Just wanted to give a quick update on everything.
I’ll be signing my paperbacks at A Taste of Omaha Saturday and Sunday (June 2 and 3)!
I don’t know who (if anyone) is going to be in the Omaha area this weekend, but I’m at the Riverfront on the Lewis and Clark landing in downtown Omaha for A Taste of Omaha to sell some paperbacks. I had no idea what to expect until today when Janet Syas Nitsick (fellow author and friend) went there. Today was the first day, and I was pleasantly surprised, though I didn’t care much for the portable toilets. I’ll state upfront that even if I love to write about the American old west, I love flushing toilets and electricity. LOL And yes, I brought some sanitary wipes to “wash” my hands when I was done. Ever notice I have my characters wash their hands at the well when they use the privy (aka outhouse) in my historicals? I’m a stickler for that kind of thing, even in the books. 😀
Like I said, if anyone reading this blog is going to A Taste of Omaha, stop by my table (I have my name right on the front of the table), say you read my blog, and I’ll give you a signed paperback copy of one of my books.
Loving Eliza and Suddenly a Bride will be Free Soon on Places like B&N, Amazon, Kobo, Sony, Diesel, and Apple!
In other news, I decided to make Loving Eliza and Suddenly a Bride free on Smashwords. The price change will trickle down to B&N, Apple, Sony, Kobo, Diesel, and (probably) Amazon in about a month or less. Amazon won’t allow me to go in and make a book free, but they often end up price matching when I make my book free at the other places. Why did I choose Loving Eliza and Suddenly a Bride? Well, Loving Eliza is the first book of the South Dakota Series, so I thought it’d be nice to have that be a free introductory book to the series for people to see if they liked enough to continue the series or not.
Why did I make Suddenly a Bride free? I would kind of like to do Runaway Bride as a contemporary, so this is the last effort to generate interest in Suddenly a Bride, which would be the first in the series. I don’t know if the experiment will work or not. I’ve been trying to do everything I can to save that series. So far all of my efforts have flopped big time. I can’t seem to generate enough interest to make writing the other books I had planned in the series worthwhile. With my husband being retired, we’re now relying on my income to eat and pay bills, so it’s up to me to provide for me, my husband, and four kids. I have to watch which books are selling better (and modify my writing to ensure that I spend my writing time wisely enough so we can live off my income). It’s really more about the financial pay off in whether the time invested in writing a book is worth it. This isn’t a hobby for me. It’s a business, and part of making business decisions is figuring out what people want or don’t want. So far, the majority of people have voted for Regencies and historical western romances. So that’s why I’m now focusing my efforts in those two areas. If I can generate interest in Suddenly a Bride, then I can write Runaway Bride. If making Suddenly a Bride free doesn’t work, then I give up, and Runaway Bride will be given a historical western or Regency plot (and I think it would work well as a Regency, to be honest).
I’m Behind on Personal Emails
I don’t know how many of you reading this blog have been emailing me through my website, but I am backed up on those emails right now and probably won’t get to them until after Monday. I tried to catch up on Facebook and blog comments today, but I know I have a few emails I still need to answer. Those emails will take longer than a couple of minutes to answer, which is why I want to wait until this weekend craziness settles down and I have the time to answer those who emailed me. I don’t want to rush through an email because then I feel like I’m being impersonal, and I don’t want to be that way. So please be patient and bear with me. If you want to resent me an email, that is cool, too. Sometimes a reminder helps. Right now I’m doing good to remember to pay the bills because I have so much stuff happening at once between this weekend and getting ready for a move. 😀