Showing Love For Your Favorite Authors

Happy New Year 🙂 

It’s not always easy getting back into work mode after the holiday season, but I am working hard on two stories at the moment and hope to have at least one of them released this month. The first is Liam’s story from the Arrowtown series (Liam’s Lament). Those of you who read book 2 will remember he had found a mate and had to let him go after some horrible issues concerning our lovely snake shifter, Simon. Liam’s story won’t be the light and fluffy type as seen in A Tiger’s Tale, but I hope you enjoy his HEA.

This is my lovely Liam 🙂

The second story is muse related – I know, I have a ton of other stories to write, but this one persisted and you know my muse. It won’t shut up until I start writing things down. Called The Necromancer’s Smile, this one concerns a young Necromancer and his relations with an Alpha Wolf Detective, who is working on an intriguing case. Unlike my other series that always involve a new couple with each new book, the plan for this one is to continue the series with just this couple, with a host of secondary characters who I hope you will grow to love as much as I do.

But, that wasn’t my purpose of the post today. All authors know that as much as they would love to sit and write their stories all day, marketing is a huge part of reaching new readers and letting loyal readers know when new releases are imminent. Some of us are lucky enough to have readers that share their posts on social media, in Facebook groups and things like that. However, from messages I receive from time to time, it seems some of you are not sure what is and is not allowed when it comes to letting your friends know you like a particular story. So here are 7 tips on things you can do to help show your love for any of your favorite authors.

  1. Leave reviews – whether it is just a star rating or you want to write a whole page on what you love about the story, please think about leaving reviews. They are vitally important when encouraging new readers to try an author they haven’t read before.
  2. Share, Share, Share – it doesn’t matter whether you are on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or any other popular social media channel. Please share your author’s covers and buy links. If you are not comfortable with your Aunt Lucy knowing you read MM for example, then share the information in closed groups. Unless she is a member to, she won’t know about it. The post doesn’t have to be anything fancy. Just something like “I’ve just read this great book…” or “Have you seen AuthorXYZ has a new release…” Always remember to include a buying link if possible. Social media users are one-clickers – if they are interested in something they don’t want to have to search for it on their favorite book site. Become an unofficial street team for the authors you love – they will love you for it.
  3. Join in – is your author having an event?  Sign up for it. Do they have a group where they share teasers and pictures? Become a member. Not only does this put you in the front row seat for any competitions or giveaways your author might be running, but you become part of a lovely community of people who all share your love as well.
  4. Newsletters – I know most of us just discard them without reading them, but you could be missing out. If your author has a newsletter sign up, read along and if you are signed up to mine, feel free to reply and say Hi.  Authors love to hear from you.
  5. Subscribe to author blogs – I will be the first to admit I do most of my posting on Facebook, but that is because they have a chat function that allows me to talk to readers directly. But when I have something big to say then I use my blog because it allows me more room to express myself. I might only be on here occasionally but I also post my free stories here, plus there is a listing of all my books and the order they need to be read in.
  6. Do your bit against piracy – Piracy is a huge concern to authors. Every single copy “borrowed” or downloaded without payment is taking money away from the author. It has gotten so bad, some authors have given up. I know I felt like that just last month. For me and a lot of other authors, our writing is our only source of income and every copy of a book sold counts. So if you see it, report it – either to the site you  saw it on, or to the author concerned. There are still some people who don’t believe the damage pirates can do. They think, “oh, but I can’t afford the new book this month and it’s just one download, or just one borrow from someone else. What harm can it do?” The harm comes from the fact you think you are the only ones doing it. Imagine that same line of thinking coming from a hundred people or a thousand. Another MM author did a post on this recently – she’d lost thousands of dollars. Can you afford to lose that much money? Do you think she can? No, none of us can. So please, if you see it, report it. Your favorite authors would far rather spend their time writing new stories than chasing down assholes that steal from them.
  7. Let your author know you care – Writing is a solitary craft and most authors have those days when they wonder why they do what they do. You have no idea how often I’ve had a bad day and then I get an email, message or post from someone letting me know how excited they are about my next book, or how much they loved about an older one.  Every single message I get like that gives me the energy to go on. We write because we love what we do, but it is so much easier to write when we know others love what we do too 🙂

I am heading back to my writing cave – these stories don’t write themselves 🙂  Have a wonderful day.

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A Time For Reflection

Here in New Zealand it is New Year’s Eve, and just as I do every year, I wanted to touch base with you all and let you know what is going on in my life.

It’s been a difficult year for all of us – you know it, I know it, and there’s no point in dwelling on it. But I like to think there have been some positives too, at least for me personally.

Back in July, I moved four hours drive away from my children and grandchildren so I could buy myself a house I could afford. This was a huge deal for me as all I’ve ever wanted was ten square feet to call my own. The house is tiny lol (a little bigger than ten square feet) but it is mine (and the lenders) and for me this was a huge achievement.

Even though I am not with them, my children and grandchildren all came down to celebrate an early Christmas with me and on the day itself I got video calls so I could see my grandchildren enjoying opening their presents. That was very special to me as this is the first Christmas I have been alone in over thirty years. And yet I wasn’t really alone because when I went online I had dozens of friends there and that is something I am truly grateful for.

I had a huge health scare with Scruffy at the beginning of the month when he had a seizure. It turns out my beloved dog and faithful companion has a heart condition and because of his age it will not be possible to operate. However, at the moment we are both staying positive although I am not allowed to throw the ball to far for him anymore. I have no idea what the new year will bring for him, but at the moment I am enjoying every day I can with him.

On the writing side of things I have published 14 new English titles this year and another 6 have been translated into French. Writing still is the major part of my life and I wouldn’t have it any other way 🙂 Although my writing schedule for next year hasn’t been set in stone yet there will be new books in the Cloverleah series, the Gods series, Balance, Arrowtown, City Dragons and the Alpha and Omega series.  Under my penname Lee Oliver I will also be writing more in the Northern States Pack series and there may even be a few surprises in the form of new series along the way. My muse is a fickle creature and I have learned to follow wherever he may lead.

One of the big positives for me this year as when my friend Torhild created a group for me on Facebook (you can find that here – https://www.facebook.com/groups/217413318738434/). It is so lovely to have a space where me and my readers can share pictures, comments about my books and excerpts of upcoming titles in a closed setting.  With now 370 members and growing every day, I feel like the group is my second home as everyday when I go on there, there are new things to see and hear about. Recently we had a Christmas card list for those who wanted to participate and I received 27 cards. Participation in the competitions I have been running has been amazing. The group has a wonderful community feel and I absolutely love it 🙂

As for what is to come – more books definitely and I am also looking into the possibility of creating podcasts with readings from some of my stories which I hope you will enjoy.  I took a week’s holiday recently, just to spend some time doing other things and this year I will also be working on more art projects. I have been learning (by trial and error and a lot of YouTube watching) how to create fluid art which fascinates me.  Creating art of any kind helps feed my creative mind and is something I find really relaxing so I have promised myself I will make the time to do more of it. I still hope to find someone special in my life, but I am learning that living alone does not mean being lonely.

No matter what the new year may bring, I for one am determined to greet whatever comes with a smile on my face. The key theme in all of my stories has always been that love is love and no matter who you love, hug them tight.

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

I am currently on holiday, spending time catching up on all those chores that never get done when I am writing. But I didn’t want this special day to pass without wishing all of my lovely friends and readers a wonderfully happy holiday season and a safe and successful 2018.

Hug hugs and thank you all for your continued support and caring. Without you, my life would be a very dull place 🙂

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My Early Family Christmas Celebrations

Hi everyone,

If any of you follow me on social media you will know I took two days off over the weekend, to celebrate an early Christmas with my children and grandchildren.  The sun was hot, I got sunburned, but with a paddle pool in the garden, plenty of food and drinks around and presents from “Secret Santa” we all had a lovely time.

I had to get prepared – this is my tree and see the lovely cards I have been receiving from my readers – thank you 🙂 I got five more on Saturday morning but I didn’t have time to put them up.

After a long play in the garden it was present time. My son Peter was elected to hand them out to the kiddies while his partner Mels, looked on. Every child got two presents each while we adults got one. Ooh, in this photo he was handing one to me. I got an amazing dream catcher complete with wolves on it 🙂 My kids know me so well. (I actually got two presents because I also got a lovely steam-punk wolf statue as well, but then I am Mom, so I guess that was allowed.)

Everyone got something 🙂 This is Thomas, Nicole and baby Mia.

And this is Holly and Alex watching on. My poor dragon statue should never be wearing a pink kitty hat lol.

Later, my kids decided to put up my new bbq for me. I had bought one so they could all fry bacon and eggs for breakfast on Sunday morning before they went home. We seemed to be missing a few screws but it worked brilliantly.

Finally it was time for family photos. The last time all of us got together like this was back in May, so for me that meant the occasion had to be recorded. Here is a photo of my lovely family – this is the grandchildren – all eight of them.

And my children and their significant others. From left that is Peter and Mels, Alex and Holly and then Thomas and Nicole and the little one squeezed in there is Phoenix and the one lurking at the back is Malacai who is in the process of writing his second Demon World story.

And finally, because my daughter says it never happens, she took a selfie of her and I.

Merry Christmas from my family to yours 🙂 May it be as happy and as full of love as mine was.

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Passion Punched King is on Preorder

I know this is a super busy time of year for most of us and I hope, no matter how you are spending your holidays, that you are making time for ME time as I think that’s one of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves 🙂

I am having an early Christmas this year as my children will all be spending the actual day busy with other family commitments. So we are having our own special Christmas at my place on the weekend of the 16th.  I am so thrilled because it is rare I manage to get my three adult kids, their partners, and all of my grandchildren together in the one place. I will be sure to post pictures when I can.

If you do find five minutes to sit down and read, the hopefully you will consider my latest story. Passion Punched King is Book 2 in the Balance series which features pairings between angels and demons. Raziel and Botis starred in the first book (The Viper’s Heart) and this is Anael and Zagan’s story. I do hope you enjoy it 🙂

Have a wonderful holiday season, no matter where you are. Hugs and good wishes for the New Year 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This beautiful cover is a photo from the wonderful photographer, Paul Henry Serres. It fitted my ideal of Anael perfectly, right down to the sheets 🙂

Blurb

King Zagan, Commander of the legions of the damned and one of the higher echelon in the Underworld, never fancied a mate. Demons weren’t that way inclined. But when Botis met the Archangel Raziel and their relationship actually worked, Zagan was intrigued. Of course, it wasn’t as though he planned on claiming anyone, but tangling in the sheets with a forbidden angel was a vice he could and would enjoy. Or so he thought.

Anael has always considered himself the annoying younger brother of angels like Raziel. As the angel of love, passion and sexuality, he could see love connections that others couldn’t. When he saw his connection with Zagan he was so excited. Not only was he part of the big “Mating Scheme” devised by Head Office, but he snagged King Zagan, the secret crush he’s had for centuries. Now if only things could go right for them both.

A marriage proposal from Lady Zoltus is just the first sign of trouble for the new couple. When Lucifer sticks his nose in and detains Zagan in the Underworld, leaving Anael to roam earth alone, more secrets are uncovered. After a confrontation Anael starts to question if anything he does is right. Will these two ever find their HEA?

This book is a continuation of the Balance series. It advisable to have read book one, The Viper’s Heart to gain a sense of context for this story. MM intimate experiences divulged in the pages. Suitable for adult readers only.

Release day December 13th – available for preorder now on Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077ZQNGDH

 

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