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March 12, 2014

I just received the news last night that Cedar Hollow has been nominated for a RONE award by InD'tale magazine. It is in the mystery category for Best Indie book of 2013!
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Published on March 12, 2014 09:21 • 75 views

January 21, 2014

I am reaching the end of my newest project, tentatively titled A Summer Romance. I am looking for beta readers to do a reading of the rough draft and offer constructive feedback.
I figured where better to look than to people who are familiar with my work and in particular are fans of the romance genre.
If you would be interested in participating in this rough draft beta read please let me know!
Thanks!
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Published on January 21, 2014 08:57 • 51 views

December 6, 2013

As many self-published authors do I initially designed my own books covers. I hoped that what the cover lacked the book itself more than made up for. However I didn't stop to consider that when people are browsing the literally millions of book choices on Amazon if the cover doesn't grab them they probably won't stop to read the synopsis.
Case in point: Shortly after releasing Cedar Hollow (with a cover I designed myself) I ran a free promo weekend on Kindle. I had approximately 600 downloads worldwide, and in two months time sold around 25 copies. I then decided to invest a little money into a professionally designed cover. I ran another free promo weekend launching the new cover. This time I have over 20,000 downloads worldwide! My book jumped into the top 200 books on Amazon and my sales skyrocketed. I've sold over 200 paid copies since the promo ended and fabulous reviews have been rolling in ever since. I learned a very important lesson. People DO judge a book by its cover!!!
So with that in mind I've redesigned the covers for my Love's Trilogy. They are gorgeous! I'm once again running a promo weekend to launch the new covers. Dec 5th-9th Love's Fate will be FREE, Love's Destiny will only be 99 cents, and Love's Chance will be discounted to $1.99. Here are the links. Check out my new covers!
Love's Fate: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006WGBGKE
Love's Destiny: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006NZG8N4
Love's Chance: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0082HFWPQ
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Published on December 06, 2013 16:11 • 57 views

November 16, 2013

As I've learned how to navigate the world of self publishing I'd felt pretty good about the covers I'd designed using the cover creator free service provided by createspace. There were limitations, the covers were not what they could be if I could have anything I wanted. I'm specifically thinking of Love's Destiny's cover. I wanted so badly to have dog tags lying on a table with a violin, but my limited graphic design skills and the fact that I could not find one existing image that included both dog tags and violins (imagine that) kept me from realizing that imagined cover. Nonetheless I was reasonably happy with what I did design. Then came the reviews for Cedar Hollow. Several reviews made comments like "despite the cover this was a really good book..." or "don't let the cover fool you, this was a wonderful read...", "one look at the cover and I was sure I wasn't going to like this book, but I was wrong...". Low and behold others were not as pleased with my covers as I had been. And despite the old adage people do in fact judge a book by it's cover. It was time to call in a professional. Through FB I found Kellie Dennis of Book Cover By Design. She worked with me tweaked and finding images that were beautiful and fitting and produced a fantastic new cover for Cedar Hollow. One that I can be very proud of! It was worth every penny (and not too many pennies either!). So in honor of my beautiful new cover I am offering Cedar Hollow for FREE download on Kindle: www.amazon.com/dp/B00COOQKYK
But it's for this weekend only! Get your free copy and let me know what you think of the new cover!
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Published on November 16, 2013 07:06 • 56 views • Tags: cedar-hollow, free-kindle-book, romantic-supsense

July 19, 2013

This week I participated in a pitch session with an editor for Harlequin. I submitted my 100 word pitch for Cedar Hollow and she liked what she saw! The full manuscript has been requested! In light of this I have pulled the self-published version of Cedar Hollow from Amazon. Thank you to everyone who has read/reviewed and supported Cedar Hollow in the last few months! I hope to have it re-released soon under the Harlequin imprint and available for everyone else to read! Will definitely keep you updated!
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Published on July 19, 2013 07:03 • 67 views

June 27, 2013

Kicking off another promotional round of interviews, excerpts and giveaways! You can currently find me at:
Ashley's Reading Bliss: http://ashleysreadingbliss.blogspot.c...
Because Reading is Better than Real Life: http://love2readalways.blogspot.com/2...
And Love Hate Poetry: http://themyesterioumuslimahshaven.bl...

Then in July...
July 8th: Shut up and Read
July 9th: The Arched Doorway ***giveaway***
July 10th: Schmexy Girl Book Blog
July 12th: Book Chatter Cath
July 13th: Bec's Book Blog
July 14th: Rose's Book Blog
July 15th: Cuddle Buddy Books Blog

I will post links as they go live!
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Published on June 27, 2013 09:45 • 63 views • Tags: cedar-hollow, tracey-smith

April 28, 2013

Well I'm happy to report that I have completed the revisions on my soon-to-be-released title Cedar Hollow.
This is the first stand-alone book that I've published since my romantic trilogy which launched my writing career. I am very excited about the release of this new book which is a romantic suspense novel. I feel with each book that I've written I've grown as an author and I'm excited to present this newest book to my fans.
Romantic Suspense was a small deviation from my first three novels which I billed as Romantic Women's Fiction. The reason for not calling those books "romance" has been discussed in previous posts. I broke the "rules of romance" *laughs deviously*. But as all my readers will confirm those books were 100% romantic love stories. In this newest book I've added the element of suspense, which was a lot of fun, but not a huge deviation from previous writings. Although this new book does hold to the more traditional third person narrative.
However I am back to that annoying point in the road. The writing is done, the fun part is over, now it is time to edit, revise, format, release, promote...
But I want to write! I love to write! So I found myself mulling over new ideas, new story lines, and lo and behold before long I was back at my computer with a new story beginning to bloom.
This new storyline began as a contemporary romance (definitely within my comfort zone), but for the first time since I've begun writing I found my mind wandering. I was writing one story and began thinking of another. Something completely different. Futuristic. Possibly YA. What? I've never written YA, is that really the next direction for me to take?
Ok pause. Stop writing. Organize my thoughts. Which story is pressing on my mind the most? Which one do I want to write? Then came the dream. Of a ball, in the 1800's, two sisters the younger one beautiful and hopeful, the slightly older one much more synical. Wait a minute did I just dream of a historical romance storyline? I've never written historical romance! I've never even read that much historical romance, although I have loved several that I've read.
Now I'm even more confused than ever. Too many conflicting stories in my head... Guess it's back to the nitty-gritty of marketing and promotion for Cedar Hollow. Maybe by the time I launch that one the rest will have worked itself out...
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Published on April 28, 2013 12:43 • 61 views

March 1, 2013

2012 was a whirlwind year of writing,publishing and promoting my Love Trilogy. It was a labor of love and a year of growth for me as an author. When I first penned Love's Fate in 2009 it was a fun project that I never expected to leave the confines of my personal PC. Then came the trusted few who were allowed to read it and who lovingly encouraged me to publish.
Navigating the publishing world was a learning experience and although I made a few wrong turns along the way I think in the end I found my way to where I needed to be for this series. Finding a place for Love's Fate in the self publishing world helped pave the way for the next two books to easily be released without all the trial and error. I am proud to say that over 500 books were sold in 2012 alone and I'm happy with this small success. Reviews have been good and I feel I've grown as an author through this process.
And so here I am again, with a new manuscript in hand. A new project. A new start. And a decision to make: self publish or once again throw myself at the feet of literary agents and beg for acceptance into this highly selective world. Query letters began going out in January. The process has begun once again.
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Published on March 01, 2013 06:50 • 70 views

February 24, 2012

I'm going on a virtual book tour! I'm going to be all over the web for the next month or so, come check out what I'm up to. First stop is TODAY Friday Feb 24th at http://dbmoonauthor.blogspot.com Next stop will be on Wednesday March 7th at www.chanceofbooks.com This one will feature a FREE book giveaway! After that on Saturday March 17th I'll be over at http://zeemonodee.blogspot.com Then on Monday March 19th you can find me at www.margaretmillmore.com

This is going to be fun! :)
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Published on February 24, 2012 09:29 • 198 views

February 13, 2012

I think I may make this my motto. In fact, it should probably be the motto for all authors. As most authors probably do I have several people who I turn to when my manuscripts are in the early stages. I allow this select group to read my work in progress and give me feedback, however increasingly I'm finding that what one person loves another doesn't. While one reader might suggest that my sex scenes may be too graphic, another begs me to give her the original copy if I do in fact tone down the scene. While one reader thinks my stories need more action beyond the romance, another doesn't want to sift through the extra plot to get to the love story beneath. Bottom line; I can't please everyone. This is a fact I have finally come to terms with as I work on my third novel. With the first book I took every critique to heart, re-writing and revising every plot point that found contention. With the second novel I found myself a bit more defensive of my work, trying to defend the twists and turns that some may not have followed. And through this process realized that those parts that I left in, the ones who some suggested be changed, those are some readers favorite points. I've learned to trust my writing. There will always be critics. Some may find a lengthy description slow, while others revel in the picture it paints. Some may glaze over a sex scene finding the depth of the descriptions too graphic, while others will dog ear those pages to read repeatedly. With this third novel, I may not use a test audience. Perhaps the original is the best version, without the second guessing, without trying to please everyone. Perhaps this will be my best novel yet.
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Published on February 13, 2012 08:46 • 159 views