Self-published writer? Hybrid author? Marketing guru? Wife, Mother and Grandmother?: Three secret questions that keep me sane while writing and publishing

Self-published writer? Hybrid author? Marketing guru? Wife, Mother and Grandmother?: Three secret questions that keep me sane while writing and publishing

Self-published writer? Hybrid author? Marketing guru? Wife, Mother and Grandmother?: Three secret questions that keep me sane while writing and publishing

I approach every day with way too much to do and too many things I haven’t a clue as how to do. So, every day I ask myself these three magic questions...

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Keep On Keeping On...

The following quote by John Quincy Adams inspired me to write a blog today:

"Patience and perseverance have a magical effect, before which difficulties and obstacles vanish." - John Quincy Adams
My tiny assistant editing our next novel.

My tiny assistant editing our next novel.

In the past year I've certainly put in the patience and perseverance toward my self-publishing career, but the obstacles and difficulties seem to loom as high as ever. Still, "keep on keeping on" was the advice my ninety-year-old grandmother-in-law gave me many years ago. Since I considered her wise, I listened and have followed her advice. 

Her words of wisdom have served me well, although the bumps in the road seem higher than ever.

One's attitude toward problems can make life easier or more difficult. I try to seek solutions or find acceptance – depending on the challenge or setback... or current priorities. If I can't solve a problem, usually I can learn to live with it or learn a valuable lesson from it. Bad or good, I try to use it in some way that benefits me and my goals. Sometimes it's enough to learn what not to do.

Let us not forget what Tomas A. Edison had to say on this subject while trying to invent the lightbulb:

"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." - Thomas A. Edison

Still one of the most difficult things to do is to embrace failure. Life coaches teach us to set goals, but when we fail to achieve them, how do we live with ourselves? What do we do?

Sometimes watching little ones work is a reminder not to take our failures so seriously.

Sometimes watching little ones work is a reminder not to take our failures so seriously.

I say embrace your bad result. I don't mean wallow in misery or beat yourself up - although a little wallowing is good for the soul sometimes. Analyze the bad result. If you don't admit you're unhappy with your result... or deny and refuse to face facts with your disappointment, how can you do anything different and change?

It is with these thoughts that I look forward to another year of self-publishing and fresh challenges. 

I will end with a final quote from Thomas A. Edison:

"Restlessness is discontent – and discontent is the first necessity of progress. Show me a thoroughly satisfied man – and I will show you a failure." - Thomas A. Edison

Hey, maybe I'm more of a success than I thought.

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Lookalike Covers?? Why I can't Wait to Read Carole Mortimer's CHALLENGING GABRIEL (Knight Security 2)

I would have been intrigued by Carole’s new novel even it didn’t look almost exactly like the cover I chose for I Will Find You. I mean, I’ll take any association with the fabulous Carole Mortimer, who just completed her 200th novel for Harlequin and has recently embarked on a career in Indie publishing. She is the most amazing writer.

Recently I enjoyed The Duke’s Mistress (Regency Unlaced 1) and Claimed by the Marquis (Regency Unlaced 2) which she wrote.

So, why are our covers nearly identical? Maybe because we both fell in love with the same premade cover from the same cover designer, the super-talented Kim Killion.

Carole’s stories in her Regency Unlaced Series as well as her stories in the Knight Security Series are so hot she posts a warning.

I’m so glad I didn’t heed the warning because I thought the two novellas were delicious. 

Challenging Gabriel 

When Angel’s son is taken, there is only one man she can turn to for help. Gabriel Knight, CEO of Knight Security. Unfortunately, he’s also the last man she should go anywhere near, ever again. He’s hard and cynical, utterly ruthless, and the last time the two of them met did not end well. 

When Angel Sinclair walks back into Gabriel’s life, utterly beautiful, and just as much of a threat as ever to his ordered life, his first instinct is to tell her to leave and never come back. 

But no matter what happened between the two of them in the past, or how badly it ended, Gabriel isn’t cold enough to turn his back on Angel when she explains her son, Daniel, has been kidnapped. She has been warned not to go to the police, and given a limited time to come up with the ransom money. If she fails to follow either of those instructions, she will never see Daniel again. 

Can the two of them forget the hurts of the past, and work together to save the life of an innocent seven year old boy? 

When I asked Carole why she chose our cover for this passionate tale, her reasons were nearly exactly the same as mine—even though our stories are our own.

To quote Carole: “Because it's lush and ultra-sensual. The hero looks so dangerously sexy, and yet I like the idea of the woman on top, as the guy is confident enough in his own sexuality and skin to allow that impression of domination. It is so, so sensual. Loved it from the moment I first saw it, and I knew I had to use it as the cover for the 3rd book in my contemporary Knight Security series.

Back to me. I chose it for I Will Find You, a short story version of one of my favorite novels, Night Child (Bk 3, Texas: Children of Destiny) which I wanted to publish free for my fans and as a teaser for new readers. I, too, felt this sensual story needed as equally sensual cover.

I Will Find You

Warning: besides being a version of Night Child, this short story has been published recently as one of the stories in Fantasy Lovers

If you haven’t read Night Child or Fantasy Lovers, and you want something short and free, you won’t want to miss this fiery, suspenseful romance! 

Haunted by her past, world-famous ballerina Dawn Hayden has no memory of being torn from Kirk MacKay’s arms and abducted as a child. 

Years later when she’s in danger again, the mysterious stranger, who rescues her seems so dazzlingly familiar on a soul deep level, she can’t resist him. He, however, is on his guard because he remembers all too well. 

So, identical artwork. But two very different stories. Enjoy…