Articles for the Month of June 2014

It’s not my book—but I want you to buy it!

TheBitten I first “met” Brandon Hale a couple years ago when I started posting over at Amazon’s author forum. While books about vampires and werewolves really aren’t my thing, I started reading the preview of Brandon’s Day Soldiers and was hooked.

We became online friends and when Brandon and I bailed from Amazon’s KDP forum, we both landed in a private author’s group over on Facebook.

Brandon is a sweet, talented and funny guy. When he was diagnosed with cancer we understood it would be difficult for him to keep writing and marketing while battling cancer—and while his Day Soldiers series is popular, without regular promotion sales can drop, adversely affecting his income.

As a two time cancer survivor, I understand that the last thing you need to worry about when battling cancer is finances. Brandon’s fellow authors—the other members of that writing group I mentioned—wanted to do something to help, so we did what we do—we wrote a book.

The Bitten is a collection of short stories about vampires and werewolves. It’s a fun book—even for someone like me who isn’t a huge vampire and werewolf fan. But the most important thing, the proceeds from the book go to Brandon.

You can pickup The Bitten over at Amazon by clicking here.

Coulson’s Wife – name that genre!

Coulson Wife SmallThings around my house have settled down a bit and I’ve gotten into a good routine. Yet most importantly, hubby is showing a marked improvement. Yesterday was our 38th Wedding Anniversary. We had hoped to spend a few days in the nearby mountains, but life got in the way. Instead, I took him to the doctors to have his staples removed, and then we stopped by our favorite restaurant and picked up takeout. Maybe not our ideal anniversary, but I’m just grateful he is getting better.

When not acting as home nurse, I’m able to get back to my work in progress—Haunting Danielle. I plan to reveal its cover in a few days.

In the meantime, I have a question for those who read Coulson’s Wife. While it is the first book in a family saga, it is still a standalone story and I’m having a problem nailing down its genre, which will help me better target its readers.

Is it historical romance, historical fiction, woman’s fiction or something else? Some reviewers have called it a haunting bittersweet love story – while others insist it is no romance.

What do you think?

When life gets in the way…

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Life has interrupted my current work in progress—Haunting Danielle. I was about half way through the rough draft when I had to rush my husband to the hospital. Last Friday he underwent emergency surgery, due to a severe infection near his artificial knee.

According to the doctors the knee itself was not the culprit, just where the infection settled. They opened him up, cleaned the area and replaced a plastic portion of the artificial knee.

We brought him home yesterday, but he has a long road ahead. For the next six weeks he is hooked up to an IV three times a day to receive antibiotics. The home nurse has trained me to administer the IV, and that takes about four hours of my time each day.

Because they opened up his knee, he is facing the same rehab and physical therapy necessary when getting a new artificial knee. He must spend at least eight hours a day hooked up in a leg machine (forgot the proper name of the machine) that forces his knee to bend. They want him to spread the time throughout the day. I have to assist him in and out of the contraption.

He can’t stand on his own yet, or get out of bed on his own. Unfortunately the pain meds they gave him aren’t working, so this afternoon I have to take him to the doctors and see if he can get a new prescription. Not as easy as it sounds—getting him in and out of the car—and in this 100 plus degrees weather—makes me wish doctors still did house calls. I hate putting him through that.

Basically my time is scarce these days—and I’m not sure when I’ll get back to my new book. When I do find a few minutes to myself—like now—I don’t feel particularly creative, nor do I have the energy required to work on my manuscript.

My hubby will be off work for at least two months, and since he’s self-employed that means no sick pay. Therefore, if you like my books (and only if you sincerely like them) I would appreciate you recommend them to anyone you know who might share your taste in books. Frankly, I could use a little boost in book sales about now, considering all that is going on.