Introvert problems: The time I went to a conference and hid from my hero

Are you an introvert? If you are, this story should make you cringe and nod along. At the beginning of November, I went to a writing conference in Las Vegas.

At the beginning of November, I went to a writing conference in Las Vegas. To put things into perspective: I love to travel. However, circumstances conspired to keep me home-bound for all of 2017. When 20BooksVegas opened for registration, I leapt at the chance to go.

Unfortunately, I’m an introvert. I’m a very social one, but all that means is that when I’m around people, it’s often exhausting. I also have occasionally crippling social anxiety.

Fear is a powerful emotion. Fear of rejection. Fear of humiliation. Fear of looking like a silly fangirl… Add social anxiety to that and wow. Pass the bourbon?

On day 2 of the conference, I had the chance to meet one of my heroes. Lindsay Buroker self-published her novels before most of us even knew what self-publishing was. The Emperor’s Edge is one of the best steampunk series I’ve ever read. The first book is free. You should check it out.

Lindsay spoke at the conference. But when she was done, instead of going up to her and introducing myself, I chickened out. Then I kicked myself all night. The next day, I popped an anxiety pill and screwed up the courage to go talk to her, but as I got up, five or six people surrounded her, and there was no way I was going to go introduce myself then. By the time the next session was over, she’d left.

If I had the chance right now, I’d march up to her, shake her hand, and thank her for inspiring me to publish By the Fates, Freed. She showed me just by writing and publishing amazing books, that I might be able to do the same thing. And then…she started blogging and podcasting about how to do just that. So, thank you, Lindsay. One of these days, I’ll work up enough courage to tell you this in person.

Speaking of nerves…I’m hard at work finishing up In His Collar. I have to send the book to my editor in ten days, and well…writing time has been a little hard to come by. But I’ll push through, and I can’t wait to share Nicholas’s story with you.

The price for All Tied Up For New Year’s goes up very soon.

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The next book in the Restrained series is almost here. You’ll love sexy Greek bodyguard Milos and shy jewelry designer Elora. What dark secret does Milos hide under all those muscles? If Elora lets him in, will she be able to overcome the pain of her past?

All Tied Up is available for pre-order for the special low price of $0.99 for just a few more days. On November 15, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. PST, the price goes up to $3.99.

 

By the Fates, Fulfilled — Prologue

When we last left the world of By the Fates, Raven and Ealasaid…well, they’d found themselves in a bit of trouble. I ended By the Fates, Fought on a cliffhanger, fully intending to bring you the last book in the series only a few months later.

And then…life happened. I couldn’t write the story. For a while, I couldn’t get the characters to talk to me. I think they were as upset at me leaving them in a cliffhanger as readers were. Then, I got sick. Then…other things happened.

However, finally, Raven and Ealasaid are about to get their next book. So today, I want to bring you a sneak peek of what’s coming on October 31, 2017. Here’s the prologue of By the Fates, Fulfilled.

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Trying to do something special

This week (October 9-14, 2017), I’m trying to do something pretty special. I’m making a run at the USA Today Best-Selling Books List with my BDSM Romantic Suspense, In His Silks.

I don’t know if I can get there. While no one knows the exact number of sales needed to hit the list, conventional wisdom says it’s somewhere north of 4,000 copies sold, with AT LEAST 500 of those copies coming from iBooks or Nook.

I’m working a couple of angles here. First, I have a BookBub coming on Tuesday, October 10th. BookBub is a daily newsletter that sends out free and discounted books to its members. They say that listing an erotic romance with them for $0.99 will generally yield around 2500 sales. Okay, that’s partway there.

As for the rest…well…I’d hoped to arrange a boat-load of advertising this week. Unfortunately, in trying to prepare for this feat, I decided I needed to give In His Silks a fresh edit. And, as it turns out, I’m a MUCH better writer than I was when I originally published the thing. As I only had 10 days lead time from the date BookBub accepted me until the ad, I spent every single waking minute (and probably a bunch of minutes where I was at least half asleep) re-editing the book. I didn’t change the story at all, but just tightened up the language and removed a lot of repetition. Anyway…all that work meant I was staying up until 2 a.m. every night for over a week. I worked every spare minute I wasn’t at my day job or taking care of the house.

That’s where you come in. I would love your help. And while I’d love it if you’d purchase In His Silks, that’s not actually what I’m asking for. 🙂

You can help by sharing the word. Particularly with anyone you know who uses iBooks or Nook. I’ve attached a whole bunch of tweets, images suitable for Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest, and two YouTube videos to this blog post. Download, share to your heart’s content.

Do you have a book club that reads erotic romance? Pitch the book to them and suggest they download it now when it’s only $0.99.

Know anyone with a highly engaged Twitter or Instagram following? Ask them to share and then have them tag me. Or have them share any of my posts over the next few days. Go to my author page on Facebook and share the images or the videos or the posts from there.

Of course, if you’d like to buy the book, I certainly won’t say no. But I hate hitting my friends up for that sort of thing. I figure if my books interested you, you’d probably already have purchased them (and many of you have). But if you’ve been on the fence about this one for a while, now’s the time! Particularly if you can use iBooks or Nook.

Thank you for reading and sharing. I won’t know if I made the list until October 18th, but I’ll definitely share either way. And if I don’t make it, well…I think I can definitely say that this will be the closest I’ve ever come. And you know what that means? It means the next time I do this, I’ll be successful for sure.

I love you all!

Facebook Cover Photo

Download this image and place it as a Facebook cover photo in any groups or pages you might have (or your own cover photo).

Instagram Post 1

Download this image and share it to Instagram. Here are a couple of different options for what to write.

Buy best-selling erotic suspense #InHisSilks now for only $0.99. On #ibooks, #nook, #kindle, and #kobo. #UnstoppableForces #amreading #amreadingromance #eroticromance #romanticsuspense #romancebooks

Or:

Want a new, steamy read? #InHisSilks is only $0.99 on #ibooks, #nook, #kindle, and #kobo. Link in @patriciadeddy’s profile. #romanticsuspense #unstoppableforces #romancebooks #amreading #eroticromance #smartandsexybooks #oneclick #eroticromancenovels

Instagram Post 2

You can use the same text from above, or try these variations.

Love steamy #eroticromance? #InHisSilks is on sale now. Buy on #ibooks, #nook, #kindle, and #kobo. #UnstoppableForces #amreading #amreadingromance #romanticsuspense #romancebooks #steamyreads

Or:

Who says #eroticromance can’t be smart and quirky? #InHisSilks is only $0.99 on #ibooks, #nook, #kindle, and #kobo. #UnstoppableForces #romanticsuspense #romancebooks #amreading #eroticromance #smartandsexybooks #oneclick #eroticromancenovels

YouTube

Here are two book trailers you can share on Twitter or Facebook.

Twitter

Here are a few pre-written tweets (with images) you can send out. Just save the image here then add it to your tweet.

Pick up a new #steamyread for only $0.99 on http://apple.co/2g6OZPp

Pick up a new #sexyread for only $0.99 on #Amazon. http://amzn.to/2gqyY44

Love ? Best-selling In His Silks only $0.99 on #amazon. http://amzn.to/2gqyY44

Love #FiftyShades? You’ll love In His Silks. Only $0.99 on Nook. http://bit.ly/2yU0g9P

Love ? Best-selling In His Silks only $0.99 on http://apple.co/2g6OZPp  

Facebook

For Facebook, the best thing is probably just to share the book links and let folks know that the book is on sale. Remember, iTunes and Nook are the most important links to share. But you can also share any of the images here on Facebook.

Breaking His Code

Today, after a long hiatus, I’m thrilled to announce the release of Breaking His Code, the start of a new series of geeky, sexy romances called Away From Keyboard. By the way, special thanks to a friend’s son for that series name.

I’m a geek at heart. I game three or four nights a week, used to go by the handle geekwriter (by day I write technical documentation), and I own a Lego Doctor Who set. [see photo] By the way, I quite literally bounced up and down on my bed like a ten-year-old kid when I heard about the Thirteenth Doctor.

But, I digress.

Breaking His Code. I struggled finishing this book. Hell, I struggled writing it. I’ve rewritten this book (or these characters) five separate times. In one version, Cam was the SEAL and West was the programmer. Don’t worry folks, a female SEAL is headed your way within the next year or so.

If you’ve followed my blog over the last few years, you’ve seen me go through some shit. Mysterious illnesses, exhaustion, an ADHD diagnosis, then changing up how I approached my writing. Then…nothing. I sort of vanished for a while.

Over the course of two years, I made so many changes to my life that I almost didn’t recognize myself. Somewhere along the way, the wheels fell off. I’d sit down to write and the words wouldn’t come. I’d spend an hour on a single sentence. Then I’d decide that I hated that sentence. As well as the whole paragraph before. Then I’d redo the scene entirely. Then I’d hate that too.

After the first of the year, that wheel-less bus did a Thelma-and-Louise off the side of a mountain and I almost didn’t survive the crash. But like Cam, I picked myself up. I started writing again. I went back to my very first series, By the Fates, and started working on the conclusion to that series. My goal is to have that out on Halloween.

I reconnected with friends. I started focusing on advertising and social media (I’m all over Instagram these days). I started reading again. By the way, send any book recommendations my way. I’m blowing through my TBR list.

I redid my website (no, it’s not quite done yet, but at least all of my books are on there). I started running again. Cooking. Practicing the guitar.

In short (or long), I sent my wheel-less, dented, and nearly totaled bus to the body shop where it got a complete overhaul, new wheels, and a fresh coat of paint.

I hope you enjoy Breaking His Code. It’s full sexy times and some geekery and a passionate Latina heroine who was so much fun to write. If you love the book, please do me a huge favor and leave a review on your purchase site of choice.

Thank you all for being patient with me while I worked through some pretty major issues. You make this job totally worth it. Always.

I’m writing again. I promise.

Hello, readers. Can I get you a coffee? Or perhaps a glass of scotch? Let’s sit down and chat for a few minutes.

I owe you an apology.

You see, I currently have four series out there that are unfinished. Many of you are wondering where you can find A Shift in the Earth, Revelations in Blood, In His Collar, and By the Fates, Fulfilled.

Way back when I started publishing, I had this grand plan. I was going to start three different series (werewolves, witches, and vampires) and write the books one after another after another. Witches, vampires, werewolves. Witches, vampires, werewolves. Lather, rinse, repeat until done. It made sense at the time. Why not please all types of readers? Why limit myself to one series? I can do this! At the end of two years, I’d have three series finished, a nice, solid fan base, and hopefully, more ideas!

At that time, I wrote quickly. It wasn’t unusual for me to finish a book in four or five months (and that’s factoring in editing time as well). But, not long after I published By the Fates, Fought, shit started falling apart.

First, I had this epic idea for a BDSM novel. In His Silks grabbed me like no other story. That wouldn’t have been a problem had my health not tanked. Turns out, I have ADHD and a slightly underactive thyroid. Doctors were stumped for quite some time, but gradually, with help, I was able to get the right diagnoses and start treatment. Physically, I feel better now than I ever have.

Then, some issues crept up in my personal life. Long story short (too late!), somewhere in all of this, I lost my way writing.

I’d sit down and try to write and the words wouldn’t come. I’d get out my plotting tools and the plots would fall flat, dead-end, or go places I knew they shouldn’t go. I wrote whole books that had to be scrapped and rewritten. I’m working on the third version of Revelations in Blood now, the fifth of By the Fates, Fulfilled, and you don’t want to know about In His Collar.

In the past month or so, I’ve found my way again. I’m more than halfway through By the Fates, Fulfilled, and A Shift in the Earth, A Shift in Flames, and Revelations in Blood are fully plotted out. The only book that’s still vexing me is In His Collar. But I hope to find clarity on that book soon, too.

Bottom line…I’m very sorry. I haven’t forgotten about any of you readers or any of my characters.

Here’s my DRAFT publication schedule for the next eighteen months or so. Life likes to throw curve balls at us at the worst times, so this is absolutely subject to change, but I’m going to do my best to stick to this. I realize that In His Collar isn’t on this list, and that’s because I don’t have a workable plot yet. But as soon as I do, I’ll slot it in. Oh, and the first two books in the Away From Keyboard series have been written for about six months. That’s why they’re coming out first.

July 2017

Away From Keyboard: Breaking His Code

*This is a spinoff of the Holidays and Heroes series.

September 2017

Away From Keyboard: Volume 2 (currently untitled)

October 31, 2017

By the Fates, Fulfilled

January 2018

A Shift in the Earth

March 2018

Revelations in Blood

June 2018

A Shift in Flames

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