I didn’t do any writing at all today. I’m getting near the time for Dave and Mary to leave Maine in To Have and To Hold, and you know, the big scene I planned for Dave to tell Mary she needed to believe in herself never happened. I’m sort of bummed, too, because it was going to lead to this passionate love scene in a gazebo (out of sight of anyone else). But as it turned out, Mary figured out she doesn’t have to put up with anyone’s crap on her own so there goes that idea. Poor Dave will be stuck with three love scenes instead of the four he wanted, but that’s the way it goes.
I will add that it’s rare for any of my books to end up like I planned when I started them. No one is more surprised than I am when I see what actually happens. And I can say in To Have and To Hold, Mary has surprised me a lot.
In Her Heart’s Desire, Rick is getting ready to make his move with Sally. I’m waiting to see if that will be anything like I planned because I’m hoping to add some humor in with the way he gets even with her after he learns that Vivian really did make up Samuel so Sally could snag him.
I haven’t made much progress on the other three books. Yes, poor Citlali who was stuck out in the snow is still there. 😦 But he’s also talking to Cole and Penelope from A Chance in Time, so at least he’s not alone anymore. 🙂
Working on the January Giveaway Page for Bargain Books For Your Nook
I spent all day working through blog comments (esp. on the Self-Published Author’s Lounge blog) and then I set up the January Giveaway page on the Bargain Books for Your Nook blog that Rose Gordon and I started a couple weeks ago.
Nine authors have offered to participate in the Giveaway, which was cool. Since this is a Nook book blog, the Giveaway is only for Nook users. So if you have a Nook and would like a chance to win, here’s the link: http://bargainbooksforyournook.com/monthly-giveaways/. We use random.org to pick the winner. The winner will be announced on January 16.
The reason Rose and I started a Nook book blog was because she came to me with the idea because there are only Kindle blogs out there. I thought it sounded like a good idea, so I asked to help out. As it turned out, http://www.nooklovers.com/ had the same idea. We ddin’t even realize it until we got the stuff started on our blog. But I think it’s great because there weren’t any Nook book blogs before and now there are.
I guess next up is for someone to start one for Smashwords. I won’t be doing that because I’m swamped enough as it is. However, I am thinking of having a bunch of Smashwords authors give me links to their special deals during Read an Ebook Week in March where you can get books at a discount or free. Then I would feature them for the whole week on the Self-Published Author’s Lounge blog, but I’ll plan on linking those posts over here so for those of you who go to Smashwords and would like to check out some authors over there, the series of posts might be of interest to you.
I’m thinking of starting up the newsletter again. I found a site that makes it easy to make newsletters so I wouldn’t have to do the dreaded pdf thing which used to take me four to five hours to create. This website (can’t remember the name off the top of my head) allows you to type in what you have to say and send it out. So it looks like it would take half an hour, and that’s a lot better than the 4-5 hours I used to spend. I’m probably going to email everyone on my newsletter list and see if anyone wants to get out of it. It’d be easier to do that than to have everyone say they want to stay in it. I’m assuming more people would like to keep getting the newsletter than not. I’m probably going to start it up on February 1.
I believe that’s it for now. I’m hoping to get back to the Nebraska hero competition tomorrow. Is there any competition you guys would like to see?