Happy Thanksgiving!

Image Happy Thanksgiving to all my fellow Americans! Since I am in Sweden, I have to wait until saturday to celebrate Thanksgiving. I’ll pick my turkey up tomorrow and make my stuffing and sweet potatoes. My hubby is on dessert duty and he’ll make his stellar pumpkin pie. 🙂 We’re having dinner with some friends so they’ll take care of veggies and then I can imagine we’ll enjoy a few glasses of wine and lots of good cheer. 🙂

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I want to give thanks to all of you who’ve enjoyed reading my blog and who’ve followed my many Nanowrimo ventures. I’d also like to thank everyone who has bought and enjoyed any of my writing. Your support means the world to me and the messages of encouragement and the book reviews you leave on Amazon and Goodreads really make my day. I’d also like to thank my patient hubby, Tord, who graciously accepts that I am often in front of my computer typing away on a novel when I could be snuggling with him. Thank you, readers, and thank you, Tord!

ImageFor those of you who prefer paperback books over ereaders, i have a Thanksgiving present for you. 🙂 Today and tomorrow only (28-29 November): save 50% when you order Snowbound in paperback from my CreateSpace page. Just give this code J8TLMFCJ when you check out! Remember: this is ONLY valid for the paperback version ordered from Createspace. 🙂

Happy Thanksgiving!

Let’s get Snowbound on the bestseller list! :)

dfw-kg-sb-cover-2-3d-nologoSnowbound has been live now for around two weeks and, so far, I’ve had two reviews on Amazona four-star review (paperback) and a five-star review (Kindle edition). Thanks so much to Tamekia and Erni for posting your reviews! It really means a lot to me to hear from readers who enjoy the stories I write.

Now I’m trying to spread the word about my book. I made a flyer, which I posted on my Facebook author page, and I would love it if my readers here could share it and help others who like holiday-themed love stories or who want a fun book to pass the time discover Snowbound.

We managed to keep Choose Me on Amazon’s Top 50 bestseller list for Women’s Fiction and IR Romance for close to a month and that was a novella. Let’s see if we can get Snowbound to skyrocket up the charts as well! 🙂

In the meantime, I’m trying to get my book in local bookshops. I don’t write for the money–even though it would be wonderful to be able to write fulltime. I can’t imagine a life without writing. It’s what fulfills me and it gets me through the rough times in my life.

I have a dream that within the next two years, I will be able to support myself solely through my writing, and I hope you’ll join me for the journey.

And remember–if you’ve already read Snowbound and enjoyed it, please post a review on the site where you purchased it. Thank you so much for your support!

Happy reading (and writing)!

The paperback version of Snowbound is live!

ImageJust wanted to let you know the paperback version of Snowbound is finally live via my CreateSpace store. You’ll be able to purcase it from Amazon in a few days. Ebook version is still in the works. I had a some formatting issues which I am trying to get sorted ASAP. So, if you are in the mood for a love story set in snowy Vermont with a nice holiday mood, then Snowbound is just the thing for you. 🙂

I’ll keep you posted on when the ebook version (which will be available for all ereaders) will be ready.

Some of you may remember Snowbound as my Nanowrimo 2011 novel. It was also the novel that helped me complete Nanowrimo on time for the very first time.

More novellas and short stories will be coming your way soon, so keep checking in. 🙂

Happy reading (and writing)!

The Melanie Chronicles is live on amazon.com now!

Yup, that's from amazon.com...

So now it’s official: the print version of The Melanie Chronicles is live on Amazon. You can find it here and it’s only $3.99 + shipping. A few people asked me why I was doing a print version when it’s already available as an e-book. Well, not everyone has or wants an e-reader. My mother is one of those people. She isn’t interested in e-readers at all–despite all my efforts to convince her of the joy that is Kindle. When I was in Philadelphia in February, we had a conversation that went something like this…

Me: Mom, I’ve published my collection of short stories now.

Mom: Oh, good! Where is it?

Me: It’s an e-book, so it’s on my Kindle. (Show my mother the ebook.)

Mom: But where’s the book?

Me: On the Kindle. See? Right there… (Show her the cover, etc on the Kindle.)

Mom: That’s so nice, honey, but I want a real book. Can’t you print one for me? You know I don’t like these techno-thingies.

I should also add that my mother doesn’t read the email I send her unless I call her first and tell her I’ve sent her an email. She’s not very into computers. She won’t even buy anything online if she can help it.

Anyway, several of my friends have also said they want to read my book but don’t have an e-reader and don’t like reading books on their computers. Plus, I am one of those people who loves my e-reader but still loves the thrill I get from having print books.

So for any of you who are like me and still like print books or if you’re like my mom and you don’t like techno-thingies, the wait is over–the book is now officially live on amazon.com. You can also order it from my CreateSpace mini-store.

That’s it for now! I am trying to finish A Little Night Music and Another Cup of Love, plus the revision/editing of Snowbound so you can have even more from me to read .

I have an author page

Just a quickie: since I am now self-publishing, I figured I needed an author page. I have 2–one on Facebook and one on Amazon. Soon, I will have an ebookstore on CreateSpace (will let you know when it will be live).  So, my lovely readers, if you like me here, please like me on Facebook and Amazon. 🙂

My author pages are works-in-progress–I need a better author picture (must ask a photographer friend to help me with that) and I am trying to think of what sort of goodies should be on these pages aside from info about my book(s). 

I’ve started planning covers for my next publishing forays. I think I may share them with you later this week and we can vote on which are best….

 

What I actually read for Easter–The Jane Austen Marriage Manual

This weekend, I ended up reading a completely different book than I’d planned. I finished reading The Somnambulist before heading to my in-laws. While going through my stack of books I stumbled upon one I’d picked up in Heathrow on way home from the US–Kim Izzo’s The Jane Austen Marriage Manual. I don’t know why I keep picking up these books connected to Jane Austen. I love Jane Austen novels but I am not a fanatic. Lately though, everything Austen has been like comfort food for me. Anyway, I started reading it and was pleasantly surprised that it didn’t go overboard in trying to be a new Jane Austen novel. I liked how Izzo gives us a heroine who is at wit’s end–no job, lost her home, broke–and comes up with a plot that is a little-far-fetched but still so entertaining you go along for the ride. Our broke heroine, Katherine, agrees to write an article for a fashion magazine about marrying well based on advice Jane Austen would’ve given. Except Katherine decides she isn’t just going to write the article, she’s going to live it. She figures love hasn’t given her what she wanted from a relationship so why not marry for money. And she learns a few lessons along the way. I am halfway through the book and finding it difficult to put down. In fact, in a few minutes, I am going back into my living room to settle down on my couch and read a bit more.

And then there is my own writing–I was going through my flash drive and found a novel I’d stupidly shelved a few years ago. I started reading what I’d written and was surprised by how much I’d actually completed–over 40,000 words of what I’d planned on being a 65,000-word novel. I think I will finish it and send it out into the world as an ebook + POD version via CreateSpace. Originally the working title for this WIP was See How They Shine For You–way too long. Now it’s called A Little Night Music. Not sure how long it will take to finish it, but as soon as it’s done, I’ll let you know.

Did the Easter Bunny leave you any nice surprises? 🙂

Coming soon: a print version of The Melanie Chronicles

The Melanie Chronicles--coming soon as a trade paperback.

It’s true! I’ve had quite a few people asking when they can order a print version of The Melanie Chronicles since they don’t have e-readers. With that in mind, I looked around for a good print-on-demand service and decided to go with CreateSpace. I received a proof a few days ago–it needed some tweaks. I devoted all of last night to making necessary changes and adjusting the formatting, then I sent the updated document to CreateSpace. Now I am just waiting for them to get back to me following their review.

So what’s next? Well, there will be two more volumes of The Melanie Chronicles–one with stories of her relationship with Damian, the other focusing on her affair with Alex the Swedish actor. I think all the covers will feature the same cover illustration–just with a different background color. Maybe I’ll even publish the novel I wrote about Melanie and John. We’ll see. 🙂

The print version of The Melanie Chronicles will be available via amazon.com, my CreateSpace estore and via this lovely blog. I’ll keep you updated on the final publication date.