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New Covers!

Hey guys!

 

So what do you think of the new website? While I loved my last site, i thought it was time for a change. I’m big on change and spring cleaning and all that stuff. :) Can you do me a favor though? If you see any links that don’t work or any places where I write “Unstoppable” instead of “A Kiss Before Lying”, can you email me and let me know? I think I got all of it, but one can never be too sure. :)

 

 

So anyway, I have a new website. And I have new book covers to go with it! These are NOT new books. They are just rebrands of my current releases, which were called Unstoppable and Irreversible. And just to be totally clear, the only – I repeat ONLY – thing that has changed in these books is the cover and title. The book itself is still the same.

 

 

Why did I change the titles and covers? Well, a few reasons. First, I never loved the titles to begin with. At all. I never felt like they really did anything for the stories or gave the reader any hint at what the books were about. My stories are romantic suspense. Unstoppable and Irreversible don’t really hint at that, to me at least. But, with the new titles, there’s a romantic element (Kiss, Smile, Dance) but there’s also a bit of an ominous element too (Before Lying, Before Crying, Before Dying). Combined, i hope these titles give the reader a better sense of what my stories are about.

 

 

As for why I changed the covers? Again, I loved my previous covers, but because i think my books are more New Adult (to push it even farther, New Adult romantic suspense), I really wanted the covers to reflect the genre. So I did the ol’ bookstore test: I imagined myself walking into a bookstore, looking for my story, and figuring out which section it would be in. Once I had that down, I looked at all sorts of covers in that section. What did I find? Couples, color, closed eyes, almost-kisses, pretty script, sexy guys, beautiful girls. Alright! I can get my covers to look like that!

 

 

And so I did. Well, tried to. Only the readers can tell me if I pulled it off. :)

 

 

Finally, the biggest reason for the change is because, to be perfectly honest, the sales of the books weren’t where I wanted them to be. So I took the advice of JA Konrath and CJ Lyons and Joanna Penn and so many others and decided to not stick with something that wasn’t working. I decided to change. I decided to experiment. Which, by the way, is one of the huge perks of indie publishing. We’ll see if my changes pay off.

 

 

Speaking of indie-publishing, many people have asked why I decided to go the indie route for these stories. The answer is actually pretty succinct:

 

 

1. My story is a New Adult romantic suspense tale. The New Adult genre seems more vibrant online than in stores. I remember going into my local Barnes and Noble and asking them where they shelved Cora Carmack’s NA and they looked at me like I was crazy.

 

 

2. I like to try new things. I wanted to experience what indie publishing was like, and, knowing my story could fit nicely as a New Adult title, I decided to take advantage of the market trend and publish via Amazon and Smashwords.

 

 

So no big conspiracy there. :) I’ll be writing much more about my journey as an indie publisher so stay tuned. :) Right now, i think this post is long enough! So check out the new website, all the new excerpts, and don’t forget to follow me on Twitter or Facebook for lots of cat and Gaspard Ulliel pictures. :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Quick Update – Unstoppable is Free! (For Now…)

Hey guys! As the title says, my debut book, a sexy New Adult thriller, Unstoppable, is free for a limited time on Amazon. It’s a great rainy day read, and I don’t know about you, but on the East Coast, it’s definitely going to be rainy for some time. But I’m not complaining. Rainy days make my productivity soar. :)

Here’s the Unstoppable page on the site, and here’s a brief description of what the book is about:

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“UNSTOPPABLE has it all…tension, suspense, and riveting twists and turns. This debut novel is an entertaining ride that will have you on the edge of your seat till the very last scene!” ~ Kelly Parra, author of Cirminal Instinct and Graffiti Girl 

Derek Archer’s life is practically perfect, almost idyllic, but he’s not complaining. Not when he’s about to graduate from high school, get the job he’s always wanted, and move in with the girl he’s always loved, Victoria. 

And then…that night. Chaotic and brutal, heartrending and awful, it shreds Derek’s life to pieces. All that remains is a murdered man and the question of who; a broken girl and the question of why; and a shattered truth that Derek has no idea how to put back together, only that it must be put back together. 

But the truth isn’t so simple. Sometimes, it’s unimaginable. Unthinkable. Unstoppable. 

“Sexy and unstoppable, this sizzling debut hits the mark and never lets up.” ~ Gwyn Cready, RITA-award winner of Seducing Mr. Darcy 


I say that this story is like a Harlan Coben tale mixed with Marie Lu‘s Legend. Both of them awesome writers. Expect action, danger, suspense, plot twists you won’t see coming, and some heavy romance. So go forth! Read! Enjoy! Oh, and I’ll be revealing the cover for my brand new series very shortly! I can’t wait to show you! Oh, and one last thing..how about a pic of the Derek Archer, the hero of Unstoppable? (aka Leonardo DiCaprio circa Romeo and Juliet)

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Unstoppable Print Edition

Hey guys!

Busy writing book 3 in the Truth and Love series (and also catching up on Drop Dead Diva) but I thought I’d emerge from the writing cave for a minute to tell you that the print edition of Unstoppable is available!! To celebrate, I’m giving away two print editions on my Facebook page. Thanks for everything! Without your support, this really couldn’t have happened. :)

Happy Easter!

 

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Irreversible Release Day Contest Round Up

Thanks so much you guys for all the love you showed me and Irreversible yesterday! I had a fabulous release day. You make it all worthwhile. :) If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you’ll know that I posted a ton of excerpts and had a few giveaways on Facebook. It’s not too late to enter for the giveaways. I’ll be drawing winners sometime today. If you’d like a chance to win either a copy of Irreversible, Unstoppable, or both, just hit like. :)  Good luck, and happy reading!