Monday, September 22, 2014


You  are the best! 

You are amazing! 

You have the best taste in books!

You know why? Because EVEN VILLAINS GO TO THE MOVIES hit the Breathless Press Top Ten list this weekend.

My editor sent me this screen cap Sunday morning and just about knocked my fuzzy blue socks off! I don't think any of the Heroes and Villains books have made it to the Top Ten list before. And it's all thanks to you.

An author only writes the book. We can market it, or beg people to read it, or give it away for free but unless an author buys 500 copies of their own book they can't put it on the bestseller list. That's completely in the hands of the readers. You're the ones who make the choice to buy a book. You're the ones who decide if a book is worth investing time and money in. You're the ones who make and break careers.

I'm very lucky to have the best readers in the world. Yes, I know I share you with dozens, possibly hundreds, of other lucky authors. I know you don't read my books exclusively, and I wouldn't want you to, but I know you're reading my books and that's exciting. Thank you for thinking my books are worth a few hours of your time. I appreciate the faith you have in me. 

*big hugs*

You're the best!

Friday, September 19, 2014

A Novel Way To Edit

Do you know what my least favorite part of writing a report was as a kid? Writing the bibliography. It was tedious, and dull, and I never knew where to stop with the commas. And apparently I'm not the only one who felt this way because some smarty pants out there went and wrote a website called where you enter a URL and it writes the bibliography for you. You can enter a book's ISBN number or title and get the bibliography.

Seriously, my kid showed this to me and I turned green with envy!

That isn't the only fun trick she's learned at school. Modern age editing for 6th graders includes a crash course in Google Translate. Eldest's teacher has them put their paragraphs into the Google Translate, set it on English, and see if GT thinks they're missing any words.

This isn't the most sophisticated way to edit a story, and it's not the end all and be all of editing, but if you want a quick check, Google Translate isn't a bad way to go. At least you'll know you're writing as well as a 6th grader.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

In Which I Have a Title Problem

Look! It's a book! It's a book with a rough cover and a name that, rather unfortunately, doesn't work at all.

The Choose Your Own Adventure sci-fi romance novella allows the reader to make the choices for California native Izzy Santiago when she sees a mysterious light over the desert. Will she go investigate? Will she call the police? If she does investigate, will she help the men she finds?

It's a CYOA novella so anything could happen, including dying horribly, because that's always my favorite part of choosing your own adventure. However... the name... it might be copyrighted. Even if it isn't, Amazon has several other identical titles. So I need your help.

What titles can you think of that involve Twentynine Palms, California, the desert, stars, spaceships, and don't sound like the titles for porn movies? There might be a Happily Ever After in it for you, but only if you make the right choices.