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Writing from the Dark Side

Heh! I started out calling this blog post "Blogging from the Darkside" and then went to "Writing from the Darkside" and then went on to finally arrive at "Pubbing from the Darkside".  This little tidbit of information should be able to give you a little hint over what has been happening at the Oliver Homestead since I last posted.

Big News! I am part of a great collaboration with a collection of Writers who decided that if a romance book should be done, it should be done by us! Hence, the beginning of what is now know as Welcome to Serenity Harbor, Maine.

This is huge! This is ginormous! All of the books are set around the fictional coastal Maine town of Serenity Harbor. We didn't limit genre, only that their characters fall in love in Maine.

For me, this was a return to something that I love... well, yes... it was a return to writing. I've blogged a little bit about some of my struggles with illness that left with being unable to write for a whi…

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!




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