It's been a very busy few weeks for me and I've neglected my blog...again. So lets rectify that now!
--I'm currently working on Urban Vampire 3; The Return of Alexis. But that's not the only thing--I've done a re-edit of books 1 and 2...and not just a grammatical edit but an overhaul. While none of the facts have changed I have added more sexiness (as my Beta Reader likes to say). So UV is no longer pg-13 and is now a full out erotic tale. The question becomes what is the best way to share the changes with all of you that have already purchased and enjoyed the journey at the same time that I introduce new readers to the improved document--Well the answer is make it a book set and include books 1 and 2 for FREE. So that is what I intend to do.
But don't worry if you think that I am CHANGING the story of Kim,
Alexis, Paul and Tony. On the contrary--I just didn't HOLD BACK on the
story. I'll leave it like that :) You can expect to see it in time for Thanksgiving.
--As I promised during my last hiatus, when I returned I would return with GUSTO. I am keeping that promise by re-editing all of my stories that had previously been released without benefit of a formal editing team. Also, no new book will be published without benefit of editing or the professional presentation that my readers deserve. In the past I released books quickly to satisfy whatever demand that I thought existed (or out of guilt of my own self-imposed hiatus) but it's a trade-off; it will take a bit longer for the release of a book but it will be MUCH better. I think that's a pretty good trade, don't you?
Books currently being re-edited are:
*The Purple World
Books that have been re-edited and are currently available are:
*They Say Love is Blind
--What is coming next? WOS 4 is in the works, I also have a collaboration that is in the works. I am working on a 70s era story that follows 2 people from youth to present. It's pretty good and it is keeping me amped because I get to relive the 70s! And then of course I will be re-editing the remainder of my un-edited books with the hopes to have them all available by the beginning of the year.
--I've been writing a great deal over the summer and fall. I've also been engaging in activities that promote Pepper Pace books. It first began when I became involved in the IR Readers Cruise. It was such fun that us core authors involved in the 2013 event decided to band together to create semi annual events for IR Readers. The IR 2014 Cruise is now booking and will include not only the authors of the 2013 Cruise but other popular authors. Events include:
*Author Workshops and Panel Discussions for IR Romance Readers
*Book Readings, seminars with the Authors
*Private Cocktail Party with the Authors
*Prizes and other Gifts for Reader/Fans!
The price is as low as $459 a person (double occupancy) not including tax. You can contact our travel agent Gerrilyn Grant Gipson at:
Your deposit of $100 or $150 has to be made no later than Dec. 1
--Others things things that I've done to promote Pepper Pace books was to attend a Halloween meet and greet in North Carolina. I will also be attending the Romance Slam Jam in New Orleans in 2014. I've created a TWITTER page for those of you that like to tweet or for those who might be interested in my random thoughts. I also have a FACEBOOK page which has been important in promoting my stories as well as the IR genre. I have been interviewed a number of times in different Facebook clubs and I have been nominated for several awards. Facebook has been important in connecting with readers who might not blog or who are searching for books in their favorite genres. As a result I am a member in a number of Facebook book clubs. It is probably the best exposure that I could ask for because it has allowed me to connect with other authors and to be exposed to new readers.
--I will begin making books available on All Romance which will then be available on Apple Books. These are just other means to make my work available to as many people as possible. The fact that I've only been publishing on Amazon and Barnes and Nobles shocks some of my peers. Honestly, I just didn't know about the other things but now that I'm connecting with authors I am learning a lot.
--I've been hosting a story here on the blog; Becoming the Dominus. I intend to host more stories but so far I haven't received much feedback from Dominus. I know it is a departure from what you would normally read from Pepper Pace but it is one of my favorite stories and I hope you all will take the time to read it and comment on it. Creepy enjoys the feedback, as do I! Here is the link and remember, this is for adults ONLY and includes graphic acts of sex, BDSM and strong language. BECOMING THE DOMINUS
--I've found time to do more reading! I've been reading the hell out of Yvette Hines, I've just finished an Erosa Knowles novel which had me hooting and hollering at the characters (Special Forces). I just purchased Sienna Mynx Battaglia series and Violette Dubrinsky's The Masseuse. I'm also listening to books on tape from Audio books. Currently it is The Talisman, but I have others waiting in the wings such as a Tabitha King novel. She is one of my favorite under-appreciated writers. Tabitha is the wife of Stephen King and wrote a story that still is one of my favorites; Mutant about a girl that is an outcast in her small country town. She also did an IR series years ago called Pearl. She is really really good. I highly recommend her.
I would like to do more reading and now that I've discovered that my Kindle allows text to speech I can indulge in the many books that I've collected while doing other things like shopping, driving, waiting in line etc.
--I am doing a lot more; more writing, more traveling, more promoting. However one thing I can't create is more time. Currently I work daily and as I am in the customer service field I interact non-stop with customers. I work a 9 hour day so that I can take off one day every other week (which I hoped to use as a means to write). Otherwise I only have the weekends and about 2-3 hours after work to write. It just doesn't give me enough time to whip out the stories that I'd like to whip out. It takes many months to create a story and I am happy that you and other readers are anxious for the next one. Unfortunately I just don't have enough hours in the day to write as much as I would like.
My goal is to be able to write full time--but truthfully, if I leave my job then my entire life depends on whether I can eek out enough of a living to take care of me and mine. That is a big IF. The reality of writing is that I have a following but once that following has read my newest then my sales instantly drop off. Becoming a financially secure author is based on exposure to as many people as possible and hoping they are opened to a genre that is still sometimes viewed as taboo.
I'm not complaining. I love writing or I won't do it. I write more for my own pleasure than to become rich and famous. Quite honestly I could have sold out for the money but I won't. I could whip out some bullshit stories just to make money. Again, I don't and won't. I could write mainstream stories that appeal to a broader fanbase but THIS is the genre that I love and want to promote. So there will be no selling out for me :)
--The last thing that I want to do is to thank you here at Writing Feedback. You have encouraged and supported my writing. You have helped me to develop as an author and my desire to improve is because I know that YOU deserve it. You are my favorite and always will be! Luv you guys!