Thoughts and Things

Last week was a very LONG week.

It started off with a trip to the hospital for a CT scan of my neck and ended with a houseful of teenage boys sleeping in all positions on my furniture. (BTW, the CT scan was fine.)

February may be a short month, but it feels tons longer here in Maine. Granted, we've had a lot less snow than my daughter is experiencing in Eastern Pennsylvania, but it's enough to make us feel as if it's never going to end.

Hubby is in heaven with the ice fishing. He's been ever weekend so far, but I'm not one to sit my cold butt on the ice. Give me a snuggly warm blanket and a coffee and let me curl up on the couch with my Kindle. Enough said there....

ABOUT THE WRITING
Total words last week: 298 (Stealing Souls) Yuck! But there were outside influences. (See above).

Speaking of Kindle, I ran a countdown promotion on OBSIDIAN and THREE TRUTHS last week. What is a countdown promotion? Well, I was wondering the same thing and after checking it out I came to the conclusion that it's another avenue for getting your books out there. You sign up on the KDP dashboard for a specified amount of days and it will offer your book at a discount for those days. The amount of the discount is graduated. That is, the first day of the countdown is the lowest price, and each consecutive day is a dollar higher. One of the books I went for two days and the other for three. I based it on the regular price of the book. If the regular price is 3.99, the first day would be .99. The second 1.99. And so on... The other part of this is that they are listed on a countdown sales list. I couldn't find the list. But I'm told it's there.

So, how did the promotion do? Not bad. I did get some sales out it. Over all, they were more than I'd had on those two books for awhile. I'll take them. Will I do it again? Yup. I think I'll do it when I release Stealing Thunder. This will be a good promotion to help get the sales going for Stealing Darkness, the prequel novella.

OTHER THINGS
If you haven't heard the buzz about Marie Forces' latest book, ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE, then you should check it out. Marie is the Queen of creating a following... right up there with J.R. Ward when it comes to the rampant devotion of her readers. But the devotion is well deserved when the authors consistently provide great books, satisfying stories and all within a reasonable time period. The other part that makes Marie successful is her accessibility. She is very down-to-earth with her readers, and they feel close to her. That makes for a great reader/writer relationship.

ON THE KINDLE
Well, I just downloaded ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE today, along with a novella from Deb Marlowe called A SLIGHT MISCALCULATION. I'm in the middle of reading TO TEMPT A VIKING, a Harlequin Historical from Michelle Willingham. So, it may be awhile before I get into the new stories.

That's it for last week. More medical test this week, but hopefully now that the birthday party is over and the tests are done I'll be able to get more writing done. Then again, I still have the taxes and FAFSA to do. :)

Happy Writing and Reading!




A Very Good Deal!

I confess, while hubby and son are busy watching the Superbowl tomorrow I'm going to be writing or reading. Watching it on TV is just not my thing. Also, I work at a grocery store, so I know that tomorrow is going to be INSANE while people gear up for their munch-fests. But I know I can't be totally alone in my escape plan, and, since I figured this would be the case, I decided that it would be the perfect time for a Countdown Deal on OBSIDIAN and THREE TRUTHS.

How do Countdown Deals work? Amazon puts them on their Countdown Deal list for several days and the price goes from the lowest available to the current price. In the case of OBSIDIAN, the book is listed at 3.99 for Kindle Download. Starting tomorrow, Kindle will list the book at .99 for 24 hours. After that it goes to 1.99 for 24 hours and then on to 2.99 for 24 hours. I have the same deal set up for THREE TRUTHS, but for a 2-day sale since the listing price is 2.99.

I'll be interested to see what happens with these deals. Will there be others out there looking for reading material that will drown out the football hoopla? I hope so. Until then, I'll give you a little taste of what I have available.




When a boat explosion kills his best friend, U.S.Coast Guard Officer Jamie Rivard is lured into investigating the connection between his death and an undercover smuggling operation off the coast Maine. But going back to Maine means coming to terms with his brother's death while guarding his heart from a beautiful widow with troubles of her own -








Katie Talmadge is content with the sane, somewhat boring life she's created for herself. She may be a little lonely and her Salem flower shop may not be turning the customers away, but that's perfectly fine with her.
Simon Thorton's aunt has a little magical matchmaking in mind and she's got both Katie and Simon in her sights. For far too long she's watched her nephew mourn his wife's passing. But she's not above asking for a little divine help in guiding them into realizing that life is about taking chances, especially when fate, magic and destiny lend a helping hand.
With one week to go before Halloween, Katie and Simon's hearts are in the hands of a magic wielding godmother in a city that believes that ANYTHING is possible if you only believe! 










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