Saturday, July 28, 2012

Having My Baby

Having My Baby is now available at Smashwords, Kobo, Amazon and Nook!

I have always been fascinated by fertility drugs, test tube babies and companies that provide sperm for women who, for whatever reason, need a little help having a baby of their own.

Growing up, Jill Garrison never daydreamed about having the perfect wedding. Instead, she dreamt about having a baby. Boy or girl, it didn't matter. Unfortunately, her fiancé can't have children. Determined to realize her lifelong dream of having a baby, Jill spends years searching for a company (CryoCorp) that provides high quality donor sperm. Everything is right in Jill's world until her wedding day when her fiancé leaves her at the altar to be humiliated before friends and family. She doesn't waste any time moving from New York City to California to start over. And she keeps her appointment with Cryocorp. She may never have the wedding or the husband, but nothing is going to stop her from having a baby. She's tired of everyone telling her what to do. The baby she's carrying is hers and hers alone. Nobody can take that away from her.

Or can they?

Look for two more contemporary romances coming soon. More Baylor Family novels will be out in 2013!

Happy Reading...

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Release Day!

On March 27, 2012, after 19 crazy years of trying my damndest to get published, I signed my first publishing agreement with Thomas & Mercer. Today, July 17, 2012, the first two books in my Lizzy Gardner thriller series have been re-released. Abducted and Dead Weight have been newly edited and T&M has come up with some great new covers! Book 3 in the Lizzy Gardner Series will be published in 2013.

Thank you to my editor, Alan Turkus, for making the entire process super enjoyable. And thanks to all of the people at Amazon and CreateSpace for all of the amazing opportunities they have provided me.

I also want to thank over 300,000 readers for not only reading my books, but for taking the time to leave reviews and email me.

So much has happened since I first self-published 16 months ago. It's been a crazy, wonderful ride. I now have dreams of reaching millions of readers and someday hitting the NY Times and/or USA Today Bestsellers Lists. I know that if I continue to work hard and write the best books I can, anything is possible.

Dream big, work hard, and enjoy the journey while you’re at it!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Over 300,000 books sold!

JUNE UPDATE: 8,985 books sold in June. OVER 300,000 books sold as of June 30, 2012


I still plan to report TOTAL number of books sold every month, but nothing will be quite the same since Abducted and Dead Weight will be re-released by Thomas & Mercer on July 17, 2012. Because of this, I will no longer have access to my sales numbers on a daily basis. Sales for these books will soon be reported on a quarterly basis. Using my sales chart, I can guess at number of books sold on a monthly basis, but it will only be an estimate.

To all writers out there who aren’t seeing great sales yet, I want to say use big sales numbers you see reported to motivate and inspire. For instance, Bella Andre sold over 90,000 books in the month of June alone. I am super excited for her. This is great news for indie authors. I don’t know Bella but she seems like a happy, friendly person and she obviously works hard and knows how to tell a story.

There are indie authors out there who are selling more than 90,000 books a month. There will always be somebody with more sales than you. There will always be authors out there making more money, too.

For nearly 20 years, I didn’t make a dime, not one cent, but I kept writing because it’s what I love to do. I was and am lucky enough to have a husband who works hard to keep a roof over our heads, but an extra paycheck over the past 20 years would have been nice, too.

Writing books and having my stories read by hundreds of readers was my dream and still is. I am now lucky enough to have the time to write, although it wasn’t always that way. Like many of you I struggled with finding balance between working outside of the house, writing, and raising kids. I put in my 10,000 hours (multiplied by 2 or 3) and now it’s paying off.  

If you want something bad enough, you’ll work for it and you won’t give up. Writing a novel with tension and conflict and interesting characters is not easy. It’s definitely not a career for the faint of heart. Passion and determination is what it takes to keep many writers in front of the computer day after day.

Don’t let other writers’ large numbers of sales and big paychecks make you feel like you’re doing something wrong. Let it motivate you and challenge you to write the best damn book you can!