Free Books

Let us have a chat about free books. Again I wonder if someone offers up a book for free; what the purpose is.

I have a published series, and for me the first in the series is free. My sales haven’t been all that great on the other novels, so it just tells me that the first one needs some more work. Yes, I am gonna get on that…eventually.

I see free books all the time. Some are full length and some are less than novella. When I see the four thousand word novels, I wonder if it is worth the read. Well if I was the one who could write short novels, then of course I would say yes. I want someone to look at my work no matter the time I put into it.

Hmmm just made me think of something else. Anyway, read those short novels because everyone deserves to be read. Good or bad, if it’s free, why not. However, I refuse to pay for a four thousand word book. That in my opinion says the writer is only out to see what they can sell. Greed should never get in the way of art, and yes, what we do is a true form of art.

I read a free novella last week and it started off well. The middle showed great promise, and then it fell off into a five-page one-sided email conversation. Boring! I would have appreciated a bit of dialog in there. Perhaps a phone conversation would have been better. This says nothing about the author but pure laziness.

So, I will get off my soap box now. Take a chance and read the free books. You may find a gem, and you may not. And if you don’t, don’t berate the author about it by leaving nasty reviews.  They worked for the work they have done, and are proud of it even though it may not be that good to you.

Until next time,



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Write Every Day

I know I said I was going to talk about something different this week, but something else struck my brain.  It was like lightning.  Ha! Not really, but another good piece of advice for all who even care.

Write Every Day.

We sit in our novelist capsule wondering when our books will finally take off and make some real money. Well, that, you may wait years to happen. But what do we do in the meantime?

I personally am acquainted with one other novelist, and well, they are not as passionate about their writing as me.

So this week I say, “Write Everyday”. Everyday. Even if it is just a paragraph, write something every day. I have done it for so long that I have to be in a certain “mode” to write every day, but I do write at least 3 times a week at a minimum, and if the story moves even me, the author, I write until I am nearly un-continence. Kinda like I am now. Quarter to three in the morning my time, yet I am still here.

Gotta wonder what moves us to bypass sleep and food to keep our stories going. I will give you one word. Determination. Is that a good word? Have any of you been there? I once wrote seventeen pages in a matter of hours though my body was fighting against me. My noodle would not let go, so I couldn’t sleep until I finished. Once I was finished, I went to bed satisfied, and quite frankly proud of my accomplishment. I went to work the day after that, and when I came home, I continued.

So I will say, and I have heard it many times. Write everyday. I’m like, WTH does that mean? Just as I heard it. Literally, write everyday. Why would we do this?

You would do this for several reasons.

Get to know your own horrible habits. You can only help your editor ahead of time if you tell them what you already know about yourself.

When you write something everyday, it can only spark creativity farther.

Conversations with your friends will also help. Who knows a fantastic story idea will come out of causal conversation. Write it down. It may or may not be a good idea, but if it hit you as you were conversing about it, you never know.

I promise if you asked some of the well known authors out there today what they did to become successful, they will first say persistence, and the next thing they will say is that they never gave up on the stories they believed in. I can bet you that they wrote something everyday, and we all should. I try to, and so should you.

Until something profound strikes me,


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Sorry, I’m Back Now

We all go through tough things in life, and well for the past few months, it was my turn.  I have missed blogging, and look forward to getting back at it.  Next week I’ll have something to talk about, though it might be a bit personal.

Until Next Week,


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Why We Buy

Vegas…Family…Totally broke…Windfall…Oh sorry. That was a dream I had this week. And yes it was so vivid; I was pissed when I woke up. On to the topic.

Oh wow, now I want to talk about something that is purely up to the individual. And yes it has a lot to do with what I blogged about last week.

Why do we read what we do? I love a romance with a bit of chivalry in it. I love men to be men. I will read anything that even remotely suggests it. If the man in the book opens doors, feeds his woman, gives her orders, or well pleases her, I’m all for it. The latter two having nothing to do with the romance genre, I just like men to be in control. Whew! Okay let’s move on.

I will read just about anything from any genre as long as it holds my attention. I can usually tell from the first five pages of a new novel if that will be the case, however, not always. I may get thirty pages in before I lose interest. And well, it has happened to all of us.

The internet has allowed us to get books for free. I don’t know what is in the head of the author at the time, but I for the most part am glad that they offer their work for free. It in most cases has to do with marketing, as I explained in two of my previous posts.

The story may not move you, or you may be so anal retentive that a missed quote irks you to the point of not finishing the book, but we all have our reasons.

My Featured Author is not from America, but is from Canada, spelling is a bit different there. Yet I read in a review of one of her books that her English needed work. Really? Nicky explained in her first work where she was from and why her spelling was a bit odd. I respected that as a reader and moved on.

Man I am really off topic this week.  Okay, so I will move on.

You are an avid reader. You look to find a book that will gain your interest. You find one and suddenly you hesitate at your wallet. You think, “Is it worth the read? Am I spending too much money? Will this book leave me satisfied?” I think that of all the three questions, satisfaction is what we are really looking for.

Most of us read casually to escape the pressure of everyday life, so if you buy a book you want it to completely take you away. When it is finished, you want more, or you are satisfied that it ended the way it did, and yet still look for more.

Why do we read what we do? It is a mystery that may never be solved, I however as an author appreciate anyone who decides to download my books and read them…fully. Not a half a assed read, but a real true to life read gauging all possible outcomes of the novel. I feel that if a reader does not begin a book with an open mind, the story is lost on them. And that is something that I personally never intend to happen.

Read more. You will learn a great deal about yourself if you do.

Until Next Time,


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Book Reviews

I recently put together all three of the Baby Farm Series in one book. It is only available on Smashwords at this time, because I wanted to try a different sales model. Smashwords has an option called, “You set the price.” I was already warned how this model worked, but I wanted to see it for myself. Would I sell many more books like this? I had to find out.

Well, I am currently 2 short from my goal, and wow. I had one person give me a somewhat respectable $3.99, and only one other, gave me a whole $.99. Yup, less than a dollar for three full length novels all put together in one book. Disgusted.

However on to what sparked this thought for this week. I got a review. What is so funny about it is that the person didn’t review the novel as a whole; they reviewed the first book only. Then they gave it some nasty snide comments and only gave it one star. So was that fair to me? Nope. Was it fair to the other people who downloaded my book? Nope. I believe I have written a pretty good series. It is not the quality that you would get from large publishing houses; however, it was a good story.

I know everyone will not like everything. That is just how it goes. But it just makes me darn grouchy when they didn’t even bother to finish the other two novels. Okay, you got me, I’m venting.

So when and if you take the time to write a review on a book you read, think about the time the person has taken to put into the story. And if it is bad, and you have to leave a review, give constructive criticism. Let the writer know what they can do to fix their novel. And if you loved the book, tell the author why.

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I have talked about several things as far as your novel goes. Now let’s put it all together and call it, storyline.

Your storyline of course is based on your idea that you had when you saw two women talking on the street. Two women, one tall, one short. One large, one small. But really what it boils down to is the real communication you witness between the two of them.

The tall one says that her boyfriend cheats on her. The small one replies with an open mouth gasp, and the story you wanted to tell about these two women suddenly opens up a bit. So already knowing you want to write a story about two friends, this fact opens up new ideas in your head. Storyline. Where do you want these two women to go? How are they connected to each other? Did they meet at work? At a party? Casually on the street? We can meet our closest friends in the most bizarre of places, and you may need to use that in your storyline.

What happens in your story between these two women? Do they click at first meeting? Is there something casual that sparks their conversation? Do they like each other immediately or is it something else that brings them together?

Think about your novel the way we listen to lyrics in a song. Songs tend to tell a story in verses and repetitive chorus. There is always something about your favorite song that makes you want to listen to it over and over. Use that same analogy in your storylines.

Make your readers want to know the end of the song.

Until Next Week,


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Book Endings

First, let me apologize for my absence. Other things got in the way of this blog and everything else, but I am back. Now on to the topic.

Do you have an ending for your book when you start it? A lot of times I don’t. Hence the reason I would guess that some of my books never get finished.

Endings are important. They are the goal, something to look forward too. Once upon a time, I would visualize the ending to my new novel in my head, write the ending, then create the rest of the book based on how I knew it would end. It seems that somewhere in all the years of writing, I moved away from that. I am currently working on something new, and well, to put it mildly, it is something way outside of my comfort zone. But we all have to do that at one point, right? Anyway, I am working on a romance with the underlying tone of crooks. Jewel thieves to be exact. I did my research (as much as my money would allow) and I began. Keep in mind, I had no idea how it is going to end at the point I started it, but it seemed like a good idea.

Almost finished with it now, and well, up until a week ago, I didn’t have my ending. This put a wall slamming halt on the finish. I had no idea what I wanted to do, so I had a serious situation on my hands. I looked to my friends.

They gave me some awesome ideas, and well, I am happy to say, my novel has an ending now. Creativity has a lot to do with that. If you can’t see it, you can talk to your friends until you are blue in the face, and still nothing will come to you.

So, book endings.  Work on them first. If you get an idea, think of how you want it to end before you start. You may not have the blockbuster you planned, if you don’t.

Until Next Week,


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