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July 13, 2013
I noticed a trend with pretty much every book I’ve seen that hits the Top 100 best seller list on Amazon or some of the sub-genre best seller lists. If the book is good, the first wave of reviews are all five and four stars. Then after the book has received a lot of attention, the review averages go down, down, down. I wondered what was at work there and considered a few reasons why this might be happening:
It’s just a math thing, the law of averages and statistics.
Expectations are set unreasonably high by other reviews.
Critical people are motivated to automatically be harsh towards things others are excited about.
Because I pretty much suck at math, I took at look at the things I could evaluate without hurting my brain. Those were numbers 2 and 3 above.
It’s not just a math thing…
I believe that when a reader comes to a book after reading many glowing reviews, she has very high expectations for the book, perhaps higher than she might have had if she had not read the reviews first. My theory received support recently when I read a few later reviews of my book Shine Not Burn, where the reviewers specifically said that they’d expected something that would blow them away based on the excitement they read in other reviews. One even said she probably would have rated the book higher if she’d just come to it without having those set expectations.
Books that don’t “measure up” to expectations will receive lower reviews. That makes sense. But what should the book be measuring up to? Standards set by reviews or something else? My answer is that a book should measure up to what the reader hopes to find after checking out the blurb, the cover, the sample, and the feeling the reader gets when introduced to the “bare bones” of the story. If you’re a reader and you want to truly enjoy a book from your own perspective, un-colored by someone’s review of it, focus on the bare bones before you read. Don’t read a bunch of reviews first and hope to recreate their exact experience. Reviews are important for sure. But at some point, they go from being important to affecting the enjoyment of the actual story and that’s not a good thing.
Critical people can be doubtful and unreasonably harsh…
I also believe that once a book receives a number of great reviews, there are certain people out there who have this natural inclination to just be critical of things others are enjoying. Maybe they don’t even realize they’re having this reaction; I don’t think it has to be a conscious process or effort.
If I were to guess as to the psychology behind this (taking into account that I have zero qualification to do that), I’d say that they do this because it makes them feel like they’re a more critical or discerning reader. Some people, when reading a dearth of 5-star reviews with glowing recommendations, will read the same book with the main goal of picking it apart rather than just reading to enjoy the story. They start on page one with this idea floating in their minds: “A hundred glowing 5-star reviews? Well … we’ll just see about that.”
Another reason we may be seeing this kind of overly critical reaction is because of all the fake reviews that are out there. It’s not as prevalent as it once was, now that Amazon has gotten smart about it, but it’s frequent enough that some people are automatically suspicious of any book that has a lot of good reviews. They therefore go into the reading searching for clues of false satisfaction on the part of possible sock puppet reviewers, instead of having the goal of reading to enjoy the story without playing detective.
So what’s the point of this post? My goal in presenting my theories is to help readers enjoy books without the influence of reviews coloring their reading experience. The side benefit would be that book reviews would reflect a true reader experience and not one influenced by things that have nothing to do with the book.
Book reviews only work to help us find good reads when they reflect the actual content of the story. There are other things that influence reviews beyond what I’ve mentioned here, but those are topics for another post. I’ll be covering “reader assumptions and misunderstandings” in my next post on this subject!
July 9, 2013
Since my novel Shine Not Burn made it onto the Top 100 Best Seller list at Amazon, I’ve been watching my rankings like a hawk. And when I saw ‘hawk’ I’m talking like one with a set of tiny bionic eyeballs in its itty bitty head. I’m refreshing every hour to catch the new and improved ranking, all damn day and night long. I think I only miss 4 hours while I sleep fitfully, and during those 4 hours, I have readers around the world checking for me. To say this is a big deal to me would be a colossal understatement. Obsess much? Why, yes. Yes, I do. Being on this list has been a big goal of mine for over a year now. I’m soaking up every minute of it because it could end at any second.
It’s no surprise at all that when something went wacky over at Amazon, I noticed right away.
Now, before I go any farther down this road, I just want to say that this could be a glitch! It could be that the sky is not falling, Amazon is not making a change, and I’m getting my panties in a wad over nothing. But then again, maybe it’s not a glitch. Only continue reading if you care to know my thoughts on possible changes at Amazon with the best seller lists.
First thing I saw: all the rankings on all the books on the best seller list disappeared. Poof! No more rankings for anyone.
Then, about twenty minutes later, rankings came back, but they were missing something. Instead of showing my ranking on the Top 100 Best Seller list for the Amazon book store, it only showed my ranking on the Top 100 Kindle Store. For the last few hours at least, this has not changed. I’m beginning to think it’s permanent, hence this blog post.
Search by “BOOKS” or “KINDLE BOOKS”
Before I get into the details, here’s a screen shot of the two different searches you can do as a reader: First, you can search on BOOKS (orange word, left column) > BOOKS (black word right column). Makes sense, right? I want to find a book, I click on … BOOKS. But you can also search by BOOKS (left column)> KINDLE BOOKS (right column). I own a Kindle, but most of the time I don’t bother scrolling down to KINDLE BOOKS. I just click the first link: BOOKS. Once you click there, you can click on “BEST SELLERS” and see the Top 100 books on that list.
What does this mean?
Well, assuming it’s a permanent change at Amazon, it means this to me:
First, now my books are no longer visible side-by-side with traditionally published books that are selling a lot of paperbacks. That’s going to hurt my sales. It’s going to hurt my visibility. It’s going to hurt my chances of ever getting on the NY Times or USA Today best seller lists.
Why do I think this is the case? Because I believe the reason my book (and those of many other authors) were pulled off the main list (i.e., search by: BOOKS>BOOKS>BEST SELLERS … I’m calling this BBB) is because they were only selling in good quantities as ebooks, not paperbacks.
So before, my book was for example #64 on Amazon’s BOOKS>BOOKS>BEST SELLERS [BBB] and #62 in the BOOKS>KINDLE BOOKS>BEST SELLERS [I'll call this: BKB] and showed just the BBB ranking on my book’s product page (even though the book was present in both places, BBB and BKB.) Now, instead, it shows the book in the Kindle store (BKB) and it’s only present in the Kindle store. I searched the whole BBB list and my book was no longer there. Anyone searching the overall BBB for best selling books will not see my book or other indie best sellers at all. Only if readers go to the BKB will they see those books selling well in ebook format.
That sucks. It sucks for my sales, and it sucks for the readers, because if they pick option number one, BBB, they are not truly seeing the best selling stories! They’re just seeing the best selling story in a single format. Paperback. And if they don’t realize they’re being limited to seeing books that sell well in paperback, they’ll miss a HUGE amount of books, mostly indie titles, that they might enjoy.
Second issue: Amazon is making a more clear distinction between paperbacks and ebooks.
I cannot fathom why they’d do this. Anyone using Amazon for even a minute or two will see that when they search for a book they might want, both format options are usually there right on the same page (ebook or paperback) just a hyperlink click away. Why distinguish at all? Why two separate stores/lists in the first place? I get that maybe Amazon was trying to make a clear division; if you want to only buy a paperback, you only want to see paperbacks. But don’t readers want to see the best selling STORY and not just the best selling paperback story? The way ebooks are outselling paperbacks, you’ll end up with a really skewed best seller list; it’ll have only books that sell a ton of paperbacks. Those are traditionally-published books, not indie books.
I hope this is just a glitch.
I don’t really see the point anymore in having two different stores, BBB and BKB. Why not just publish all the best sellers in one place and let the readers find out if it’s in both formats or not once they get there? Or they could click a button to exclude books not available as paperbacks. Most books are available in both formats, and as time goes on, the few who aren’t will be a smaller group. Certainly most best sellers are available in all formats. Not having paperback sales obviously doesn’t hinder overall sales, since up until now, indies were either side-by-side with or outselling their traditionally-published peers’ books being combined on the same list.
I don’t know the answers yet, but I hope eventually this works out to the benefit of readers finding good stories. To me as a reader, it shouldn’t matter whether the book sells well in one format over another. That’s just distribution more than anything these days. It matters whether the story is good. No matter what Amazon does, I hope they make it easier for readers to find those good stories with minimal confusion and fuss.
July 6, 2013
It’s 12:53 a.m. on July 7th. Yesterday was my firstborn’s 18th birthday. My first baby is officially old enough to leave the nest. And today, my novel Shine Not Burn, is sitting at #116 on the Amazon Best Seller list, for the entire bookstore, all genres. I need to try and express what this means to me as a writer and a reader too, because I don’t know when the next time will come that I’ll feel this way. Maybe never again. It’s one of those defining moments that I want to capture and tuck away in a little box to take out once in a while and re-live.
When I was a young girl, I had a really close relationship to my mom’s mom, Grace. We used to say nursery rhymes to each other as we fell asleep together – when we visited or she visited us, I always shared a bed with her. It was a fun ritual. I still know them all today (Rub a dub dub, three men in a tub. A butcher, a baker, a candlestick maker. Knaves, all three.) She was the first one to share romances with me. She was a romance reading fiend. She read at least one romance a day, often two or even three. Avon, Harlequin, whatever she could afford on her fixed income, she read it.
I was always a big reader, and I read fast. I swallow books whole. My mom let me start reading my grandma’s romances at age 9. Nine years old! Can you imagine? I think their thought process was that they didn’t care what I read, so long as I was reading. I feel the same way about my own kids.
Over the years I communicated with Grandma Grace through letters. She would always write back and tell me I should write a book. She found my stories about family life entertaining. She said she would laugh out loud reading them. Other people who I wrote letters to said the same thing. Unless it was an angry letter; then they’d save the letter for twenty years and use it against me for the rest of my life. I’ve always been a passionate writer.
Fast forward many years… my grandmother died. I kept reading romances. I started writing late in life and began with YA titles. But this year, when several of my writer friends started really taking off with their careers writing romances, I thought maybe I should give it a shot. “What do I have to lose?” I asked myself. Maybe I’ll suck and then I’ll know I should just stick to the other genres and leave romance to the experts. But a piece of me, the one listening to Grandma Grace’s spirit, said, “But you’ve read hundreds of romances and you’re a huge fan. Maybe you can write something you’d love as a reader.” So I said what the hell and did it. And planned out two other books to follow, just for fun. Just for the challenge. Just to see what would happen.
Fast forward to now… Shine Not Burn is sitting at #116 on Amazon’s Best Seller list. That means that right now, in the entire known universe, there are only 115 books that are more popular than mine. Can you wrap your mind around that? Because I can’t. This is blowing my mind. I don’t think I ever knew what that meant until now.
I wish my Grandma Grace was alive right now. I’d be on the phone with her and we’d be crying together. And she’d tell me, “I told you so! I always knew you could write a wonderful romance!” She’d probably even figure out how to leave me a review on Amazon.
I also wish I’d started writing sooner. I’m so grateful to Amazon for making ebooks a reality. Without Amazon and the Kindle and ebooks, I wouldn’t be doing this. I wouldn’t be living out my dream, my destiny. I wouldn’t be connecting with my long-dead grandmother on such a spiritual level. I am filled to the brim with gratitude for the people who helped me get here too. My life now is full of bone-deep satisfaction and the wonderful realization that I only succeed with the help of others: readers, bloggers, fellow indie writers, my family, friends, and vendors. If I could give the lot of them a big group hug I would.
Who knows where my book and my career is going from here. This could be as good as my book ever does. I could quickly sink back into the dark where no one sees my book anymore and it just sells a couple copies a day. OR. Or… it could go higher. And MAYBE. Maybe… I could break through that Top 100 spot.
We’ll see. We’ll see. But I know what I’m going to be doing all night tonight.
Refreshing my Amazon page.
Writing another romance novel.
Freaking the hell out.
July 5, 2013
I started out writing Young Adult titles, I think because they were the stories that had the most insistent characters shouting to be heard in my head. I guess that makes sense because kids do tend to be louder than adults. But after writing about 18 novels all but 2 with teens as the main characters, I decided it was time to spread my wings a little.
This decision coincided with the desire to see my name in lights. Well, not lights, but the same kind of effect. A few of my writer buddies were hitting the USA Today and NY Times Best Seller lists, and I was jelly. Yes. I was totally jealous. Their reach was so much bigger than mine, and if there’s something I’ve learned as an independent writer it’s that without good reader support, an author cannot make a living at this business. We need lots of readers.
It seemed to make sense to write for a large group of readers once in a while so I could expand my reach. Romance is the hottest market and has been since the beginning of time (or a really long time, longer than I’ve been alive, and I’m old.) I knew that to get on one of these lists, to find this many readers, I’d have a better chance in the romance genre than I would in YA urban fantasy.
I told the younger characters living in my head to shush a little so I could listen for other voices, and lo and behold, found several adults in there just waiting to be heard. The themes they’re living with and talking about are different, but their feelings, their emotions, and their desires are mostly the same. I was overjoyed to know I had “people” like that living in my head.
I worried, though, that I wouldn’t be able to write a romance. Even though I’ve read hundreds of them as an avid fan of the genre, I’m an action-oriented writer, so the idea of scene after scene of just dialogue and confusion about feelings didn’t turn me on. It frightened me, actually. I didn’t think I could do it. But I opened up my computer and let the voices speak anyway.
Andie Marks was the first to assert herself, so her story was told first. She and Mack were very clear for me, and so was Mack’s brother Ian, although he’s just a side character in Shine Not Burn. I wrote the story over 3 weeks, and hoped like hell it would be well-received. The words flew onto the computer page, and while I had to edit more than usual, it was a mostly painless process.
Turns out, I needn’t have panicked. I did a little promotion on Facebook and then sat back while the book went from a ranking of 12,000 to 148 in 3 days, selling almost 2,000 copies. That’s as close as I got to the Top 100, but it was a thrilling ride. At the time of writing this post I’m back in the 300s, but that doesn’t mean it’s over for this book in the Top 100. The 4th of July interfered in the reading world and the weather has been great in lots of places, so readers are busy right now. Last year July was terrible for sales for me, but this month it will be better, just because of this book. I won’t make it onto a best seller list with this story right now, but I’m not going to count myself out of the running just yet. The reviews are amazingly positive and it seems like the book has struck a chord with romance readers.
The point I’m making (trying to make) is that as a writer, I need to spread my wings and try new things. Challenge myself. Open myself up to new readers who have valuable input for me. The result will only be that I get better, and if I can find a bunch of new readers in the process, it’s stupid not to try. If you’re a writer and you’re looking for a little spark, or you see other writers doing something that excites you, spread your wings! Wayne Gretzky (in hockey “The Great One”) once said: “You’ll miss 100% of the shots you never take.” I love that motto.
June 21, 2013
Hey there, readers! I joined with a few other writers-of-fae recently in this book bundle. In it you’ll find my War of the Fae: Book 1 (The Changelings) and 5 other complete novels written by other authors. Here is a free excerpt for you! The first 8-10 pages of each book. It’s a PDF file. ENJOY!
A stunning collection featuring the first books in six fan-favorite series by bestselling, award-winning fantasy authors! Discover the many worlds of Faerie in these novels filled with adventure, love, and – of course – Fae Magic.
(Best for readers 14 and up)
“Wow. Holy smoking wow. This is one of the few books I’ve read that I can honestly say was totally, 100% original…. However, as unique as it is, it was insanely easy to slip into the story…” - Review for Initiate, Emi London, Octopus Ink
“A brilliantly original YA fantasy. This was an extremely fun, exciting, and original book. I couldn’t put it down. The pacing and suspense in this book are perfect.” - Review for War of the Fae, Ally Arendt, Word Vagabond book blog
“Fairy Metal Thunder has the same feel that the movie Labyrinth has, this wondrous fantasy world that you’re desperate to have at least a small part of, even to the point of stealing.” - Review for Fairy Metal Thunder, Bending the Spine
“Feyland: The Dark Realm is pure, delightful fantasy. I thoroughly enjoyed this engaging quest and romance. It blurred the lines between reality and gaming. I highly recommend Feyland to fans of fantasy, video games, quests and romances.” - Review for Feyland, Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer
“The use of Celtic mythology is refreshing… Ms. Johnson uses her knowledge to weave a beautiful story of love, friendship, and legend. The atmosphere that the author created was eerie and haunting and the creatures were truly disturbing. The ending left me breathless!” - Review for Faelorehn, Krista Loya, Breathe in Books
“A fantastic read, full of magic and greed, love and loss, and stories to unfold. I highly recommend this to all lovers of the magical world of Fae.” - Review for Ever Shade, Anne Nelson, Angel Anne Reviews
June 20, 2013
Don’t worry, this is not a bad news post. This a fabulously awesomely awesome good news post that I am so, so happy and proud to put up. I just want to open my arms as wide as the world and embrace every one of my readers in one big group hug. Thank you, readers for being awesome!
I received this email in my inbox today, and it made me cry.
I always want to let people know the power of presence they have in my life, especially when it’s for the best.
Up until a year ago I avoided reading at all cost because of how bad my dyslexia was. It was not only frustrating, but painful in the act of giving me horrible headaches at straining so hard to keep control of the words.. The only books I really read mostly were the Twilight Series, and the Harry Potter books, and it seemed to take me months to get through just one book.
Then I bought a kindle, I was determined to overcome this monster in my closet and be able to read like the other adults around me. So I turned off the TV and picked up the kindle. The first series on it that I read was the Eragon Series, it took me 4 months, 4 months of struggle and frustration, but a frustration that I concord. Then a friend of mine recommended this YA novel called “War of the Fae.” I felt foolish as it was being 29 and already reading YA books, painfully slowly.
However I listened to my friend, and I got “War of the Fae,” I finished this in 3 weeks. I thought ok I can do this, so then I got “Call to arms,” this time finishing the book in about 2 weeks. This continued through out the series, until it was taking me only 2 days to read a book. But I wasn’t only reading it I was finally comprehending the writing, understanding the metaphors, and sentence structure. All the things that I struggled for years to understand. Right down to dropping out of college cause I was told by a student advisor that I just wasn’t cut out to go to college.
With your unknown help Elle, and by reading almost all of your books (which now take an average of a day to a day and a half) I just passed my entrance exam to DeVry University for a double major. The girl who always failed English tested out of all writing courses with 100%.. The only reason why I’m even taking them is because its mandated in my degree to have a writing course.
I am certain that if your books were not recommended to me at the time they were, I never would have felt ready to stretch my wings and go after what I want in life. So even though you could be staring me in the eye and not know who the hell I am. I just wanted to thank you profusely. For without your gift, I don’t think I would be headed in the direction of my own dreams today.
[Special note: For those of you with friends or family with dyslexia, maybe ask them to give War of the Fae: Book 1 (The Changelings) a try. I have received several notes from readers who suffer from dyslexia telling me my books are relatively easy for them to read and understand, and this book is FREE, so they can try it out at no risk.]
June 16, 2013
Hello, readers! Here’s a little side project I’ve been working on, headed by the lovely and talented Anthea Sharp. I’ve teamed up with fellow fantasy authors Tara Maya, Jenna Elizabeth Johnson, JL Bryan, Anthea Sharp and Aexia Purdy to create Faery Worlds, an anthology of six full-length, fae-inspired novels. We’re hoping to launch the book collection towards the end of the month, so be sure to keep checking back here and on my Facebook page for updates.
Here are the cover images for the individual books in the package, as well as a synopsis and link to each author’s website for you guys to check out. They all have other books available, so this is a great way to check out several fantasy authors at the same time, all in one convenient package.
Six full-length novels!
A stunning collection of the first books in six fan-favorite series by bestselling, award-winning fantasy authors! Discover the many worlds of Faerie in these novels filled with adventure, love, and – of course – Fae Magic. (Best for readers 14 and up)
Tara Maya – The Unfinished Song: Initiate (Book 1)
Dindi can’t do anything right, maybe because she spends more time dancing with pixies than doing her chores. Her clan hopes to marry her off and settle her down, but she dreams of becoming a Tavaedi, one of the powerful warrior-dancers whose secret magics are revealed only to those who pass a mysterious Test during the Initiation ceremony. The problem? No-one in Dindi’s clan has ever passed the Test. Her grandmother died trying. But Dindi has a plan.
AN EXILED WARRIOR…
Kavio is the most powerful warrior-dancer in Faearth, but when he is exiled from the tribehold for a crime he didn’t commit, he decides to shed his old life. If roving cannibals and hexers don’t kill him first, this is his chance to escape the shadow of his father’s wars and his mother’s curse. But when he rescues a young Initiate girl, he finds himself drawn into as deadly a plot as any he left behind. He must decide whether to walk away or fight for her… assuming she would even accept the help of an exile.
Tara Maya’s Website: http://www.taramayastales.blogspot.com
Elle Casey – The Changelings (War of the Fae Book 1)
Jayne Sparks, a potty-mouthed, rebellious seventeen-year-old and her best friend, shy and bookish Tony Green, have a pretty typical high school existence, until several seemingly unrelated incidents converge, causing a cascade of events that change their lives forever. Jayne and Tony, together with a group of runaway teens, are hijacked and sent into a forest, where nothing and no one are as they seem. Who will emerge triumphant? And what will they be when they do? www.ElleCasey.com
JL Bryan – Fairy Metal Thunder (Songs of Magic, #1)
A rock & roll fairy tale.
Jason Becker plays guitar in a small-town garage band called the Assorted Zebras, along with a few other kids from his school. Unfortunately, they have no fans, no gigs, and they’re going nowhere. Then Jason catches a goblin robbing his house, and he chases the little green thief to creepy old Mrs. Dullahan’s overgrown back yard, where he discovers that the miniature doors in her trees lead deep into the fairy world.
Jason returns with fairy instruments that transform the band’s sound into powerful, enchanting music. Soon, the Zebras are drawing huge crowds, but they discover their new gear is brimming with destructive magic they can’t control.
Their shortcut to success turns Jason and his friends into enemies of the treacherous Queen Mab, who wants to keep the fairy world secret from humans. She sends magical hunters to track them down, including one of the most dangerous horned creatures in Faerie…a small unicorn named Buttercake.
JL Bryan’s Website: http://www.jlbryanbooks.com/
Anthea Sharp – Feyland – The Dark Realm (Book 1)
Faeries. Computer games. When realms collide, a hero from the wrong side of the tracks and the rich girl he’s afraid to love must risk everything to fight the treacherous fey.
What if a high-tech computer game was a gateway to the dangerous Realm of Faerie?
WHEN A GAME…
Feyland is the most immersive computer game ever designed, and Jennet Carter is the first to play the prototype. But she doesn’t suspect the virtual world is close enough to touch — or that she’ll be battling for her life against the Dark Queen of the faeries.
Tam Linn is the perfect hero — in-game. Too bad the rest of his life is seriously flawed. The last thing he needs is rich-girl Jennet prying into his secrets, insisting he’s the only one who can help her.
WINNING IS EVERYTHING…
Together, Jennet and Tam enter the Dark Realm of Feyland, only to discover that the entire human world is in danger. Pushed to the limit of their abilities, they must defeat the Dark Queen… before it’s too late.
Anthea Sharp’s Website: http://www.antheasharp.com
Jenna Elizabeth Johnson – Faelorehn – Book One of the Otherworld Trilogy
I never heard him come after me and even as I climbed the slope and stumbled onto our shaded back lawn, I didn’t look back. It was like the day the gnomes chased me all over again, but this time I was not escaping some horrible little creatures, I was fleeing from an incredibly good-looking guy who could very well understand me completely. I was either saving myself from that serial killer I always imagined lived down in the swamp, or I had finally gone over the deep end . . .
Meghan Elam has been strange her entire life: her eyes have this odd habit of changing color and she sees and hears things no one else does. When the visions and voices in her head start to get worse, she is convinced that her parents will want to drag her off to another psychiatrist. That is, until the mysterious Cade MacRoich shows up out of nowhere with an explanation of his own.
Cade brings her news of another realm where goblins and gnomes are the norm, a place where whispering spirits exist in the very earth, and a world where Meghan just might find the answers she has always sought.
Jenna Elizabeth Johnson’s Website: http://www.jennaelizabethjohnson.com/
Alexia Purdy – Ever Shade (A Dark Faerie Tale #1)
A dark twist on faeries. For Shade, a chance meeting with a powerful Teleen Faery warrior who wields electrical currents and blue fires along his skin, has her joining him on a treacherous mission for the good Seelie Faerie Court across the land of Faerie. Magic and malice abound and nothing is what it really seems to be.
The evil Unseelie Queen and her treacherous allies are around every corner as Shade makes her way across the breathtaking landscapes of the world of Faerie, which exists alongside the mundane human world. Shade discovers her own uncharted magic and meets some of the most powerful warriors in Faerie while battling evil dryads, conniving Teleen guards and challenges on her life with every step in a world where nothing can be taken for granted.
Alexia Purdy’s Website: http://www.alexiaepurdy.blogspot.com/
June 11, 2013
Amazon is awesome! The powers-that-be over there allowed me to give my readers a pre-order opportunity for my first New Adult Romance novel, so I’m jumping on this deal like a big ole frawg, y’all! Please share the news with your reader friends. I’ll be posting the first few chapters for free on the site here soon. In the meantime, get your reserved copy before the price goes up!
DESCRIPTION: IT HAPPENED IN VEGAS. I can’t be held responsible. Things that happen there are supposed to stay there, right? Right? Yeeeah. Not so much. … Andie’s just days away from tying the knot, but there’s just ooooone little glitch. Apparently, she’s already married. Or someone with her name is married to a guy out in Oregon of all places, and the courthouse won’t issue her a marriage license until it’s all cleared up. Tripping her way through cow pies and country songs to meet up with a man who gets around places on horseback is her very last idea of how to have a good time, but if she’s going to get married, make partner at the firm, and have two point five kids before she’s thirty-five, she needs to get to the bottom of this snafu and fix it quick … before her fiance finds out and everything she’s been working toward goes up in flames.
June 6, 2013
Let’s do another promotion, shall we? ♥ Anyone who goes to Goodreads and puts DON’T MAKE ME BEAUTIFUL (Romantic Suspense) on their To-Read list is automatically entered to win. For EVERY 100 entries, I’ll give away a $25 Amazon gift card! Contest goes until Monday, June 10, 11:59pm EST. Click “Want To Read” and it will be put on your shelf, like, BAM. **PLEASE SHARE THIS POST ON YOUR FACEBOOK AND TWITTER ACCOUNTS!**
A ROMANTIC SUSPENSE NOVEL. No one knew a woman lived there or that she even existed. A monster, living in darkness…
At twenty-six, Nicole doesn’t even look human anymore. The beast made sure of that. So she hides. A monster consigned to a life of fear and solitude. This is all she deserves, she is quite sure of that.
And then one day out of the blue, the autographed baseball caught by Brian Jensen at the latest Marlins game enters her prison and manages to turn her world completely upside down. Temptation comes in the form of pity at first, and then perhaps something more. Does she dare to believe the things she’s told, that this is not the life she was meant to live? That being a monster is not her forever-fate? And will she be willing to risk everything, to reach out and accept the helping hands around her? She knows only too well that hands can hurt. Finding out whether they can also heal is a risky proposition, especially when the beast is still out there. Looking for her.
**This story was inspired by true events. If you liked the movie “Sleeping With the Enemy”, then you might like this story too. CONTENT WARNING: Violence, foul language, and adult situations. Not meant for younger readers.**