Newsletter Contest Winner and Survey Results

Congratulations to Vanessa for winning the Winter 2018 newsletter contest!

I also have the poll results regarding the covers of my upcoming books in The Hackers series.  I’m happy to report that you like them!

Question: What do you think of the covers?

  • I like the final ones you chose from Artist 1 –  99%
  • I like the covers from Artist 2 better – <1%
  • I like Artist 1’s covers, but you should have kept the original image – <1%
  • I would have tried a third cover artist. – <1%

Tis The Season

for shopping, wrapping presents, putting up lights, singing carols, drinking cocoa, and so much more.  It’s hard to keep writing and blogging when things get so busy, but I’m making progress.  I’m starting to think of finishing my current work-in-progress as a Christmas present to myself.  That would be joyous, if I can make it happen.  What about you?  Do you sneak in a present for yourself this time of year?  What’s your self-indulgent treat?

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Spring Cleaning

I’ve been busy with spring cleaning, which is always a chore. Still, it’s nice to brush the dust off things and see reminders of the past.  One of the items on my chore list has been going through my book collection.  As you can imagine, I have drawers filled with books.  Shelves are stacked high with paperbacks. I have boxes of books, waiting to be read.  I’m trying to weed through these and find a better organization system.  I’ve received a lot of books at conferences, and then there are always the stacks of books I get to judge for the RITA contest every year. Those books are fun to investigate, but they aren’t the ones with which I have a connection.

I have books that I will keep forever, no matter what fantastic technology comes along.  I have the old Linda Howard Silhouette books.  (Yes, all of them.) I have a lot of Sandra Brown’s early works.  I found an Anne Stuart thriller that I remember reading on vacation. My friend asked to read it, and I warned her it was dark, but she gobbled it up, too. There’s the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, all in paperback (except the last two, which I bought in ebook form because I couldn’t wait for the paperbacks.  Who started that stupid trend?)  I have Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling series (same for that one.)  Dare I go on?

The point is, it’s very hard for me as a reader to try to downsize.  I get pulled into back cover blurbs. I hold onto unread books, because I might have liked something the author wrote before. I want to keep weak books by my favorite authors, just because.  Do you see my problem?

How have you handled the switch to digital?  Or have you even tried?  I’m looking for pointers to try to get me through this project, or I’m going to end up with even more books than I started with!  🙂

White Screen of Death

I checked on my website this week and, to my dismay, discovered nothing but a white screen.  What happened? Had I been hacked? Had I not paid some bill? Had I done something wrong with the administration?  In the end, I found out it was none of those things.  A plug-in provider had made an update that had taken down thousands of websites.  🙁

A plug-in is something that’s supposed to enhance a website. It’s supposed to help.  It’s definitely not supposed to wipe out a website entirely, because someone didn’t do proper testing before releasing it out into the wild.  To say I’m miffed is putting it mildly, because this is the second time it’s happened in the past six months. Different providers, but same white screen of death.

Fortunately, I’m back up and running. No content was lost.  Still, with “friends” like this, who needs enemies?

Losing Time

Where did February go?  It’s March Madness time already?  Once again, I have lost time. When I’m writing, especially when I’m trying to finish something, I seem to go into a deep dark cave.  Recently I was finishing up a new manuscript so I could submit it to a publisher.  Then Samhain returned my titles.  Unfortunately, they closed their doors as of March 1, so my focus then turned to getting those books back out into the marketplace.  I think I’ve got Lexie and Maxie back out there for sale now.  Yet once again, February has disappeared without me seeing it.  I’m only now emerging from the cave.

Does this happen to you when you get immersed into a project?  Or am I entering some weird time warp?

Contest Winner and Poll Results

Congratulations to Raeline, who won the Dreamer Starlight Clock giveaway from my winter newsletter contest.  Want to have a chance to win next time?  Join my newsletter group.

Thanks for voting on what cover you liked best for my upcoming release, High School Reunion. The majority of you liked Cover B!

Finally, here’s how you responded to the poll question:  What do you think of free reads?

I only download free books.   5%
They’re a nice way to keep up with a series between larger books.  9%
If they’re free, they must not be any good.  0%
They’re a nice way to try out a new author.   86%