Author, Books, iBooks, Kindle, Romance Novels

Betas needed

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Changed is now available on Amazon in eBook and Paperback, and in eBook on iBooks, Kobo, Nook, and many other retailers.

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2KKaKip

Other retailers: www.books2read.com/changed

How is your August going? Is it hot where you are? We are averaging 100+ degree days here in North Louisiana. Every. Damn. Day. I know everyone is about to go bonkers for pumpkin-spice everything, boots, scarves, and go Full Fall Festival Mode. (Note: Never Go Full Fall Festival Mode. Ever). Around these parts that kind of stuff happens, but it’s not as fun. We can have those same 100 degree days in October sometimes. Wear shorts at Thanksgiving. Sometimes even Christmas.

If you haven’t heard yet, I released a book on August 1st. I have been feeling a little overwhelmed, so took a step back from the website and newsletter. Probably not the best time for me to have a meltdown, but with everything else going on then something had to give. I’m thinking about adding a story to my newsletter though, so be sure you sign up. It might be a little naughty. Or it might be a clean, wholesome, family friendly story you can read aloud in front of small children.

And if you believe that, you might want to get your own mental health check, because I’ve already told my family that Changed was the only “nice” book that I’ll write. It’s definitely not my normal writing style. I tempered my style so much that sometimes it felt like I lost my voice as a writer, but I still feel like it was a story that needed to be told.

I am currently seeking beta readers. I have a critique partner for a Regency Romance I am writing, and I so appreciate what editors do for me now. It is so hard to do! I got great feedback from both of mine, and hopefully I am giving valuable feedback in return. I’ve had a beta before, but never had the whole symbiosis thing going. I need some beta readers for a New Adult series I began last year. I plan on submitting the first part of Book 1 to a contest. I can’t decide which story to work on first, but am trying so hard to focus on the Regency story. But who knows! Maybe those Thornton brothers will win me over.

Also, I need authors and readers in my Facebook Group. I would like to build the group up so that we can do giveaways, and that authors and readers can interact.

Don’t forget to sign up for the newsletter if you want something nice! Or something naughty 😉

 

 

 

 

Author, Books

7 DAYS!

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All three people reading this are probably excited. Maybe not as excited as I am, but still, pretty darn excited!

If I can get my print file uploaded on time, I may release a few days early.

I’m heading out of town soon and won’t have access to HSI until I get back, so who knows what is going to happen?!?

I certainly didn’t expect to fall down the stairs yesterday and twist the hell out of my ankle, but there you go. Crutches suck, by the way.

Hopefully nothing is broken. Would be nice if the radiologist got back with me, but I can wiggle my toes, so it’s probably fine.

Anyway, if you haven’t done so yet, come join my Facebook Page & Author group, where I will be doing giveaways once the book is live.

 

TS Murphy Romance: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2086039481677581/

TS Murphy Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/tsmurphyauthor/

Continue reading “7 DAYS!”

Author

My “first” book

I grew up in Oklahoma on a four hundred plus acre farm, about eighty miles northeast of Tulsa. My family had cattle and horses, and like most girls that age, I was horse obsessed. My first horse was Nickels, an ornery little Shetland pony that loved to run me into shit, buck me off, bite me, and kick me. Good times. I soon graduated to Poncho, but my legs were too short for his jaunty little jig, so my Grandpa Earl moved me up to Brandy.

I loved this horse. So much. She was gentle and put up with a lot of bullshit… like us using her as a diving board in the creek, an endless parade of strange people riding her, and me trying to force her to run barrels even though she was definitely not barrel racing material. The whole barrel racing thing was pretty short-lived. My ass didn’t fit in Rockies, and my boobs and bra ended up getting tangled around the saddle horn one too many times. Yes. My boobs.

Anyway…

My first book was about a horse, and Brandy was the inspiration (she wasn’t buckskin, she was chestnut with a flaxen mane and tail). I wrote it in grade school, and wish that I could find it, but it’s in my grandma’s house somewhere, so I’m sure I’ll never see it again. And I’m sure it was terrible. Except it was kind of awesome, even though it was a little messed up. I illustrated it with crayon and everything.

It went something like this (at least from what I can remember):

There was a horse that got lost in the desert. It was buckskin, and wandered aimlessly around, trying to find food and water. It was missing for so long that it began to change colors. And it turned into a palomino. I think I killed it at the end.

That was literally it.

I should totally go write a children’s book now.

Here is a picture of me sitting on Brandy for your viewing pleasure:

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Author, Publishing

Draft2Digital

 I haven’t hit publish yet with Draft2Digital, but I’ve heard nothing but good things. I first learned about them on one of Suzan Tisdale’s FB live videos, so I jotted the name down to check them out. I was stressing about trying to figure out how to publish with multiple vendors. Dreading creating multiple accounts for each one. I hate emails. I have worked in an office for the last eleven years, and can’t even imagine how many emails I’ve read and sent during that time.

I can’t state enough how much I hate emails.

So getting them in my personal email box has always been a pet peeve. I get crabby when I open an account somewhere and get bombarded with spammy emails for the next year until I finally get fed up and unsubscribe. I’m dreading doing author newsletters and dealing with email sequencing. I mean, do people really enjoy getting emails from their favorite authors that much?

Maybe I’m just weird.

That’s probably it.

Anyway, back to Draft2Digital.

I created my account with them. Went to watch a few YouTube videos via Self-Publishing with Dale, then watched Kevin Tumlinson’s tutorial.

Everything so far has been super easy. I’m paying someone to do formatting for me, but it really doesn’t look that hard on D2D’s platform. I’ll probably do it myself next time. I was worried about using them for Amazon, because if I ever ended the relationship with D2D, I would have to migrate to Amazon and I’d lose my sales/rankings. I sent them an email about it, and they quickly replied, reassuring me that I could have the accounts separate as long as I wasn’t joining KU or Kindle Select.

I’m learning as I go, but so far I am impressed with their services, and I’m incredibly thankful that someone came up with this idea. I know there are other digital distributors, but I think I’ve found my home here and I quickly become brand loyal to something/someone I like.

It doesn’t hurt that they are based in Oklahoma. As a fellow Okie, how can I possibly go with anyone else?

I’ll happily fork over the 10% (15% of net royalties) to them so I don’t have to deal with so many different accounts and… EMAILS.

The only downside is they do not have Google Play, but I understand they are working on that. Guess I’ll be heading over there next to figure out what I gotta do to get them in the queue of the many things I need to take care of before August 1st.

You can check them out here:

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Author

Changed – Coming August 1st, 2018

It is getting closer to release day, and I’m getting anxious. This will be my first release, and I am so afraid I’m going to screw something up that the stress is for REAL. I will be doing pre-Orders soon, publishing through Draft 2 Digital for all vendors except for Amazon. I don’t want to lose sales/rankings in Amazon, so I will be publishing directly through KDP and KDP Print.

So much to do! Anne at Victory Editing helped me tremendously by finding a cover designer, and I purchased a Pre-Made from Cover Me, Darling LLC. They have the most beautiful covers. I wish I had time to write all the books so I could has (yes, has) all the covers, but I don’t.

Here is a teaser for the cover. Hopefully once formatting is complete I’ll get the short links created and get everything squared away with D2D and the ‘Zon.

Courtesy of Cover Me, Darling LLC – Cover Me, Darling

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And I wouldn’t have made it this far without Anne @ Victory Editing doing significant hand holding. I appreciate her so much!

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Cheers, and everyone have a fantastic Thorsday!

Credit: Gizza-Sigyn via Deviant Art

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