Today Is The Day: Better Than You Release

Well, here we go. The day we’ve all been waiting for. Today is the day that Crimes of Grindelwald comes out 😊

And also the last book in my series: Better Than You

I can’t believe today is here. I can’t believe I didn’t quit halfway in when I realized publishing three books three months apart was the opposite of smart. But hey, lesson learned, right? And I feel like I learned a lot this go-round. 😊

I most likely won’t publish a book next year, unless it’s late next year, because I haven’t started writing the fifth Arizal Wars yet, and those books are bigger and fatter than this skinny little series. And that one will be the last in the series which means even more needs to go into it. But that’s next year and today is all about Crimes of Grindelwald. And Better Than You. And it being a glorious Friday.

Have a great weekend! And if anyone (randomly) asks for a book recommendation, you should totally toss out the third book of a series they’ve never heard of:

And what’s it about again? Well…

Alex Wolf should be on top of the world. He’s engaged to a popular Supermodel, about to head off on a world tour with his band, Better Than Decent, and he makes more money than he can spend—but he can’t stop thinking about the girl who got away. It’s been eight years, and Autumn Sommers still haunts him. He’d give anything to see her again, but with no contact after so long, it feels hopeless—until Alex is surprised with some news.

Autumn Sommers wishes she could forget the past. She hasn’t seen Alex Wolf since high school, but she hears his voice all too often. It’s hard ignoring the lead singer of Better Than Decent, but being a waitress in a gossipy small-town diner doesn’t help. Autumn knows that what happened between her and her old boyfriend ended a long time ago—until he walks into her restaurant.

It doesn’t take Alex long to break off his engagement, but once news of the split is leaked, a media frenzy erupts. Determined to clear Autumn’s name, Alex brings her to L.A., but things don’t go as smoothly as he’d hoped. Not used to the demands of a celebrity life, Autumn struggles to find her ground, especially alongside a former foe. With the world watching, she’s forced to face how she became the iconic A.M.S.—and if her relationship with Alex is going to last this time.

Buy it here 🙂

Even The Small Victories

So….last week you guys were awesome with reminding me that everyone feels insecure and bleh at times, and it made me feel better. Honestly. So, thank you 😊

I’m still cruising through this fog, and probably will be for a while, but that’s fine. I think everyone has their own fog because life is life and not a utopia (sadly). But at the end of last week, something pretty cool happened, and since life can be shitty sometimes, I like to celebrate even the small victories:

I got updated covers!

If you remember reading last week’s post, I settled for purple font for BTY and that made me sad 😦 But then, awesome Loni Townsend jumped in with an outline suggestion, and, ta-da! Now I can have yellow! Now the books can pop. And this is just in time for Better Than You’s release on Friday. And since that’s happening, I have (yet more) stuff to work on. So, I’m going to go do that. BUT, this Friday…CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD BABY.

…and Better Than You 😊

I’ll Try Again Next Time

I’m back to no bars on my sales graph again ☹

I’m bar-less ☹

You know what that means: I’ve done diddly when it comes to marketing. Less than diddly, and I’m not even sure that’s a thing. But it is for our purposes because seriously, my patient has flatlined. Not even a heartbeat since early September, and only two tiny blimps at that. I’m not surprised. I haven’t done any of the advertising earlier-this-year-me planned on doing which sucks, but it is what it is. And I’ve learned what I’ve learned. What’s that saying?

I never lose. Either I win or I learn.

Yeah, we’ll go ahead and apply that. I learned not to release books so close together, regardless of them being pretty much written (and regardless of my excitement as an author to have you read them!) because there is so, so much more that goes into a release day then just ‘releasing’ it. You have to let the whole friggin world know about it days, weeks, months in advance—and I definitely didn’t do that. At all. Not even close. Oh, well. I’ll try again next time. But what’s next time, you ask??

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I’m happy to announce, that after BTY releases, I’m writing the FIFTH and FINAL book of Arizal Wars, so STOP ASKING ME, BATMAN.

To be honest, I needed a break from AZ since I started writing it in 2011. These last two years have been a nice vacation with Autumn and Alex, and I think the newness of their world has given me the rejuvenating boost I’ll need to face the final battle in AZ. Because oh yeah, shit goes down. It’s bittersweet to be finishing up my Better Than This series since I love my characters so much, but part of me is dying to get back into writing battle scenes. And prophecies. And alien races. And forbidden love and—ahh the goosebumps!

Anyway, that’s later this year. Or early next year. Not sure where I’m going with this post, but that’s a true panster at heart. Happy Wednesday 😊

Short and Sweet

I’m going to keep this short and sweet (like me!) because I’m already behind as you might’ve read last week so every moment—EVERY PRECIOUS FREE MOMENT—is now dedicated to finishing BYY. But shouldn’t it be finished by now? Yes, it should. Shut up. It will definitely be ready for release on 11/16 (same day as The Crimes of Grindelwald!) but only if I use EVERY PRECIOUS FREE MOMENT to write and perfect and edit and re-perfect. Which means again, I’m keeping this short and sweet.

But why jump on if I have nothing to say? Two things:

  • We always have a date. Me and you. Wednesdays at that hot internet spot.
  • I saw A Star is Born

So……………I did like it, but it wasn’t the movie I thought it was going to be. Again, haven’t seen the first two, so I’m not sure if the plot is like, spot on, but it just…just kind of took me by surprise. With sadness. And I hate feeling sad because it pops up far too often in life and I wasn’t expecting it on my fun girl’s night out. Anyway, Bradley Cooper was hot. So, there’s that. 😊

Alright, off to write! Have a lovely hump day!

Until our next rendezvous – 😉

Oh, the Insecurities IWSG

Actually, I am a little insecure this month. ☹

September—while awesome—flew by and stole with it all my time to write. I’m not making excuses for myself because I did write, just not as much as I’d like. Not as much as I needed to stay on my timeline, which means I’m thrown off, people. Which means I won’t be able to do a pre-order now ☹. My own fault. All the lessons are being learned, but it does still make me feel insecure. Will I finish in time? Will I make my promised release date? Will it all come together in the end? Will I finally take up drinking fulltime?

The comforting thing is that I’m feeling good about what I’m writing. I’ll finish a scene (knowing I’ll revisit it 1-2 more times) and think, ‘can’t wait for them to read it!’ That’s one of the best things as an author. Knowing you get to share something you’re excited about with everyone, hoping they’ll enjoy it as much as you do. It’s super scary, but worth it! So, yes, I’m insecure that I fucked up with how I decided to publish this whole thing, but beyond thrilled to be able to share it .

Also: have you seen the trailer for A Star is Born? I haven’t seen the other two, but this third version looks amazing. So amazing in fact that I’ve watched the trailer twice daily for the past few days. I’m like one of those fourteen year old girls who watched Titanic ten times in the movie theaters (I WASN’T—I only saw it once) but my love for this trailer seems on par with their intense feelings of Leo’s stirring performance. I don’t know what it is—the song, the movie clips, the actors? I don’t care. It looks amazing and I can’t wait to see Bradley Cooper & Lady Gaga this weekend 😊

Now that I think about it, maybe I’m so into this trailer because I’ve been writing about a musician in love. It’s kind of giving me that extra oomph to finish Better Than You because I see a finish line every time I watch it.

Anyway, I’m going to go watch it again because we talked about this. Then, more writing. Happy IWSG day! Try to rise above your insecurities and to make all your dreams come true. And try not to fuck up your timeline like I did. 😊

Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG) is a monthly blog hop for writers at all levels to share their fears and insecurities in a safe and encouraging place. Please drop by and say hi to Alex Cavanaugh who started this nifty concept in bringing us all together.

Is This The Official “I’ve Made It” Moment?

Something cool happened 😊

Besides the whole releasing-my-book-last-week thing (which was great and we’ll get to that in a minute), I had someone sign on as a new patron. For those who don’t remember the several two occasions I might have mentioned it, I’m on Patreon, a platform for patrons to support the artists they like, and in turn, get various rewards or goodies (most enjoy behind-the-scenes/extra content). And we, the artists, get to create and share our work with people we know will enjoy it and it helps keep the lights on. So. Win-win.

I’ve had two patrons for the last few months and they have been AWESOME. But now, someone I don’t know read my books and liked them enough to GIVE ME MONEY. Not only that, she sent me a message telling me she loved both BTT & BTN, was looking forward to BTY, and was really excited about the bonus content she signed on for.

Let’s review:

A person (I don’t know) wants to give me money so I can write more of what I love?

Is this the official “I’ve made it” moment? I can’t tell. I thought it would have been the release of Escape From Harrizel, or would it have been my first two patrons on here? GAH—I don’t know! But it feels awesome, and it’s going to kick my butt in gear to get my Patreon going the way I want. Guys—I got a new patron! And she’s already requesting certain scenes from different POVs! Which she can do! Click here to lurk in the shadows while you scour my Patreon page.

The book release: I think I sold a whopping 1 copy on the actual day, which is pretty reflective of the zero advertising I did. The good thing is that I can continue to advertise going forward while I prepare for the third book’s release in November and kick ass over at my Patreon page and maintain this lovely weekly blog and go to work, take care of Batman and Appa and have a social life. I GOT THIS. And if I don’t, I have wine, so, all is well. 😊

BUT GUYS I HAVE A NEW PATRON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

More to come. 😊

(it’s today)

Friday? Well, yeah, but not just that.

Rob’s birthday? Yeah, that too, but it’s not what I’m talking about.

The 229th day of the year? Dude, stop asking stupid questions. We all know what day it is. Let’s say it together, shall we?

IT’S RELEASE DAY MOTHERFUCKERSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

By say, I meant scream, because that’s what I did. There’s no other (correct) way to announce your book release other than screaming it with definite use of profanity. Which is what I did, so, bravo to me. But YES to the few of you who know about the Better Than This series, book 2 releases today and picks up right where book 1 left off. That’s all I’m going to say. Go get it and read so we can dish and squee and obsess over all the things. 😊

Better Than Now can be found here.

With the talent show behind them, Autumn and Alex can finally begin their relationship. It took a school assignment, but they’ve managed to move beyond their awkward past to become one of the most popular—and gossiped-about—couples in school. Dating was supposed to be the easy part, but now that they’ve been plunged into the spotlight, Autumn isn’t sure she can keep up.

Things at home aren’t any better. Being grounded already sucks, but when her mom outright refuses the idea of Alex, things only get worse. It isn’t until a family secret is exposed that Autumn understands the depth of her mom’s disapproval, and the role it plays in her future with Alex.

With all the attention at school and her lack of support at home, Autumn fears for her relationship. She knows that for everything to work out, something drastic will have to change, and when it does, she’s faced with a choice that determines the rest of her life.

Goosebumps, guys. Goosebumps.

P.S. Happy birthday, Rob!