February Giveaway Winner!

Yay! We have a winner of February’s Giveaway! Thank you to all that entered and stay tuned for next month’s giveaway–The Premonition Series, ALL FIVE BOOKS!!! And a golden feather bookmark.

Also, side note…I want everyone to know that when I read answers, I do so with the names hidden. I want to be as fair as possible. I’m all about fairness. (Kind of a nerdy rule follower…) Anyway, an email will go out soon with how to enter for March’s giveaway! If you aren’t part of my VIP club, sign up so you always know when giveaways are going out and get exclusive book deals.

Thanks a bunch!

And CONGRATS to the winner!

What do Twitter Games Mean to Readers?


If you’re on Twitter, you probably follow your favorite authors. Or I hope you do! And here’s why …

Twitter has a few games authors, both to-be-published and published, partake in to share information about themselves and their works in progress (WIP). Scrolling through the feeds, you’ll have the opportunity to get to know authors–some before they’re books hit the market, yippee–on a personal level and get sneak peeks into what they’re working on. You’ll have the “know” before anyone. Not to mention you can chat it up with writers! Ask questions. Retweet your favorites. And I can’t lie, the feeds get silly. We have tons of fun!! Sometimes a little too¬†much. hehe

How Cool Right?

Today I’m going to share a few hashtags you can follow.

  • #wipjoy –Authors share insight to their WIP, including characters, setting, and silly “what if’s”
  • #authorconfession — Authors get personal on this one. Sure there’s some info on WIP but mostly, #authorconfession, focusses on the authors themselves.
  • #wipwordsearch — Authors share quotes from their WIP containing the “word of the day.” A fun way to find a future big hit you might fall in love with. You’ll be surprised how a 140 character quote can say a lot about a novel as well as the author’s writing style!
  • #1linewed — at the very least, check out #1linewed. This hashtag is once a week. Yep, you guessed it, it’s on Wed. haha. Author’s share a single quote related to the theme.

There’s a bunch more, but these are just a few to get you started! If you know any others you’d like to share, please comment below! I’m sure your fellow readers would like to know. Plus, any authors stopping by can add a new game on their gamer list.

So the moral of this little bit-o-info: Comment! Retweet! Like! We love hearing from you! In fact, you’ll make our day! So put a smile on an author’s face by hopping on a feed and saying hello.

Till next time …

Happy Reading

Sipping the Bubbly

Pop the bubbly my friends! I’m thrilled to announce I’ve accepted a book contract with Champagne Book Group for my YA Paranormal novel! EEE! I’m crazy excited to start this journey with such a fantabulous publisher. The novel is projected to come out mid-late 2018, and I can’t wait!

So who is Champagne …

Copyright @champagnebookgroup

“Now under a new owner, CBG is a United States publisher with the goal and vision to deliver to readers quality books crafted with care and infused with passion that transport readers into imagination.” —www.champagnebooks.com

Champagne Book Group has been slinging fabulous novels since 2004. They sell a little bit of every genre and something for every reader to enjoy. Honestly, their¬†owner/publisher, Cassie Knight, was the primary reason I chose to sign on the dotted line. She’s knowledgeable, helpful, and willing to work with her authors. And from what I can tell, she also believes in them! (which believe it or not, isn’t always the case) Champagne isn’t a “turn ’em and burn ’em” kind of publisher. They take pride in producing quality products, and I’m extremely grateful to have them supporting me.

For Readers …

Check out Champagne’s homepage for their library of great novels! There are tons of awesome ones available on there! You can read an excerpt, purchase directly from the website, or buy from any¬†of the online vendors. i.e. Amazon, Kobo, Nook, etc.

For Authors …

I haven’t been with Champagne long but I’ll tell you so far I’m loving the support I’m receiving. Not to mention the tight-knit group of new authors I’ve already connected with since signing. Champagne has a lot to offer and I’m projecting some huge growth in the next few years. So I recommend submitting to them! You can click here to get to the submission page.¬†http://champagnebooks.com/store/index.php?id_cms=2&controller=cms

So there you have it! I’m humbled have the privilege to be published by an incredible group of talented professionals.

… ¬†And yay to sharing my novel with other reader/book dorks like me! I know I’ll make some fabulous friends along the way.

Giveaways! Yippee! Who doesn’t love a giveaway?

Stay tuned for updates on giveaways. I’m hoping to do something fun once a month! My novel is about Angels, Nephilim, and Fallen. My goal over the next year is to have an Angel/Fallen Angel/Nephilim Series giveaway every other month–maybe every month if I’m feeling uber generous, which I am anyway … sometimes overly haha.

A few of the giveaways will also include a little something extra. A trinket, some swag, maybe a signed copy or two, you’ll have to check in to find out.

Sign up here to be in the know! Don’t fret, I won’t spam you. Not my style. But I will send you a quick heads up when a giveaway is about to launch. And here’s a little secret … One’s coming VERY VERY soon…

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Vellum–Kick Butt Novel Formatting

Although I recently decided to embark on a new path in the publishing world, I did a ton of prep just in case I took my novel to market solo. In my next few blog posts, (the previous one included), I’ll share some of the things I did to shine my manuscript. I.e: programs and software I purchased or tried out, the businesses I worked with, or services, bloggers I reached out to.

*** Disclaimer: These are¬†my personal experiences. Everyone has a different method of becoming a star author. Budgets vary as well as skill levels. So please don’t think I’m stating a “this is how it’s got to go” claim. haha. Just some experiences of my own.***¬†

When I first considered self-publishing, formatting terrified me the most. Most of the Indie authors I know have either spent numerous¬†weeks perfecting their formatting or hired someone–which can cost hundreds of dollars! EEK! If you’re planning on publishing multiple novels, this could get a tad pricey. ¬†Who am I kidding? It would get very pricey!

I researched for programs to make formatting a snap and found Vellum. https://vellum.pub/

*Vellum did not pay me or compensate me for this review*


A downloadable program to help format books for print and ebook. The software pumps out a gorgeous, customizable, product! I loved mine after I messed around with it. It’s user-friendly¬†and easy. SUPER EASY. I might be a bit computer savvy, but anyone could pick up “how to” just by giving it a go.

First I ¬†want to mention that Vellum isn’t cheap. For paperback and ebook you’ll pay $245 USD. (they have an ebook only software for $199) BUT, consider this … How many books are you planning on formatting? Are you a skilled book¬†formatter? Do you have the time and patience to format yourself, if you’re not? Do you have the budget to outsource for subsequent books?

Your answer will give you an idea if Vellum might be an option. If you have the skills that pay the bills, then I say absolutely no. Don’t spend the money on Vellum. Keep up the awesome work of building your novels yourself. Why spend the money if you can whip up a perdy finished product? However, if you’re like me, and don’t have time or patience for DIY and can’t afford to hire someone for every novel, then I suggest giving Vellum a try.

Here’s a screen shot that was taken¬†from Vellum’s website to give you an idea of what Vellum looks like. You can view EVERY device and print your book will be published on in real time. ¬†The example below is kindle fire.

© 2017 180g. Vellum is a registered trademark of 180g.

I still edited my books on Scrivener–my FAVORITE writing platform. But once I finished, I exported as a word doc and imported into Vellum. Tada! Vellum separates chapters and scenes¬†and shows what the finished product will look like. Vellum still recommends proofing on kindle, kobo, PDF, etc. But when I did, I found the results similar and I didn’t need to make many adjustments. (if any)

Needless to say, I was very impressed!

Check out their site and make the decision for yourself. There’s no right or wrong way to get your book out there. Every route you, as an author, take will be the best one for you. I found value in Vellum and wanted to share. https://vellum.pub/

Happy writing and best of luck in your journey!


Finding an Editor: Reedsy Review

When I finally finished the last draft of my manuscript, I came to a crossroads. What next? Do I query right away? Do I hire an editor? Many of you writers out there have probably had the same questions. And really, no one can give you a straight answer. It all depends on your budget and what you are planning to do with your novel.

For me, I decided that if I didn’t find a publisher or agent, I would self-publish my book. So an editor was a must, at least for me. Some have a super-editing power. I’m great at editing but a professional eye never hurts. That’s why I figured, why not?

But how in the world would I find an editor? Just hitting search on google, you’ll come up with hundreds upon hundreds of “qualified” editors. I say “qualified” because sadly there are a lot of scammers that just run your precious baby through spell check. *insert face of horror here*

Needless to say, the entire search process was overwhelming.

That’s when I stumbled upon Reedsy …

So what is Reedsy? 

This is straight from their website:

“Crafting beautiful books is at the heart of everything that Reedsy does. We’re changing the way books are published by giving authors and publishers access to talented professionals, powerful tools, and free educational content.

Reedsy was founded in the summer of 2014 by Emmanuel Nataf, Ricardo Fayet, Vincent Durand and Matt Cobb. Since then, we‚Äôre proud to have built a network of world-class publishing professionals and helped produce over 3,000 books.”

To sum it up, Reedsy is a site where authors can hire vetted professionals to help with editing, design, publicity, website, ghostwriting, and marketing. Now THAT’S a list.

Finding what you’re looking for is easy peasy. You’d do a search, pick five professionals that you think would be an excellent choice for your novel, each professional has a profile with their previous works and experience, then you request a quote. You can also request a sample of their work! I sent my first few pages of my manuscript to compare their editing and decide¬†who complimented my writing style/vision.

I ended up finding Erin Young, an agent/editor with Dystel, Goderich, and Bourreststal, to content edit my novel. She opened my eyes to ways I could improve my character arcs and would building opportunities. After I revise her suggested changes, I hired Katherine Stephen to proofread. She was excellent! My manuscript came out so pretty!

So a few things I loved about Reedsy. I could find every service I may need in one place. Their customer service team rocks! They answer questions quickly and thoroughly, even for silly nerds like me who ask a billion. ūüôā

The biggest bonus for this site is every professional is vetted. So you know you’re not going to get scammed, and if you do, you have Reedsy to back you up. Win, Win!

Overall, I’m extremely pleased with my experience from Reedsy. I could find the help I needed within my budget. If you’re considering investing in “life beyond the draft,” check out www.reedsy.com. It’s a great tool to add to an author’s box of goodies.