Thursday, March 23, 2017

Writer Wednesday: How To Make In-Person Appearances Even More Awesome #WriterWednesday #Events #amwriting

It's no secret that I love in-person events. After spending months or in some cases, years, working on a novel, getting out of my writer cave and presenting my work to potential readers is wonderful. I have attended hundreds of events, both as a presenter and an audience member, and I've learned a few things along the way. Below are some quick and easy ways to make sure your event goes swimmingly.

 Be sure to check out my upcoming events here.

Presentation Matters - You don't need to spend hundreds of dollars on swag and display merchandise, but if you're given a table you should make it as appealing as possible. For example, in the image below along with books and swag, I have a display rack, a table covering, and a string of white lights. Since the rack was borrowed and the table covering is a repurposed curtain, I only paid 99 cents for the lights. Small investment, big impact. Now about that wacky author...

Your Appearance Matters, Too - Strive to dress and behave appropriately for the venue in question. If you're visiting a school or library, keep in mind that children may be present, so be cognizant of your language and subject matter. You don't want to risk not getting asked back because you dropped a few inappropriate words.

And for the love of all that is holy, wear clean clothes! I will never forget one particular bookstore event where a fellow panelist was wearing a sleeveless top, thus revealing an absolutely filthy bra. Really, people, do you want to be known for your writing, or your hygiene?

Be Gracious - Most people are great. Some are jerks. Be kind and polite to everyone, since no one will remember the name of the heckler in the third row, but social media will light up like a Christmas tree if you lose your cool. So what if you've been asked the same question ten times in a row? If it's the first time that person has asked you the question, they deserve a polite response. Of course, if the same person has asked you the same question ten times, you have full permission to get creative with your answers :)

 All kidding aside, you'll catch more bees with honey than vinegar. Saying please and thank you go a long way, and people remember kindness.

What are some tips you use at appearances? Have you ever been to an event that went south in an epic manner? Tell us in the comments!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Writer Wednesday: Cover Reveal: Changing Fate (Changes #3), And Other Great Reads #writerwednesday #coverlove #Changes #romance #new

Changing Fate (Changes #3) available March 28, 2017 from Limitless Publishing
  ChangingFate (2)

Cindy has loved Sean O’Rourke for as long as she can remember…

When Cindy Cavanaugh got pregnant at age fifteen, she wasn’t worried. After all, she knew Sean would always be there for both her and their baby. Now twenty years have gone by, and she’s Cindy Sullivan, stuck in a loveless marriage to Patrick, an ethically corrupt lawyer who controls her every move… And the daughter she shares with Sean is getting married.

Sean has never gotten over his first love, and seeing her again is almost more than he can bear…

When Sean arrives at his daughter’s wedding rehearsal, it isn’t the bride who took his breath away. Cindy is just as smart and funny, but she not only is she married—Sean is in an unhappy relationship of his own. It seems their love is nothing more than a fond memory.

A moment of passion leads to unexpected complications…

After a few stolen moments during the reception, Sean is determined to be with Cindy again. As for Cindy, the only thing keeping her married is her controlling husband’s ironclad prenuptial agreement—until she learns that her tryst with Sean led to more than just passion. Seeing this as her long awaited second chance, Cindy leaves her husband and runs back to Sean, but Patrick is prepared to use any means necessary—legal or otherwise—to keep Cindy by his side.

As Cindy and Sean struggle to build a new life together, will they succeed in Changing Fate?

Catch up on the series - books one and two are available now.

More great reads to check out, including one of mine!


Samie Sands - Lockdown -

Amanda Mackey - Pain -

Maddie Wade - Healing Danger -

ML Rodriguez -This I Promise You -

Alyson Hale -  Rock Her Hard -

Marianne Rice - Staying Grounded -

Marie Skye - Unjustly Destroyed -

Amy Reece - The Seeker Series -

Debbie DeLouise - Between A Rock And A Hard Place -

Jennifer Provost - Rise Of The Deva'Shi -

S.Valentine - His Confession -