Happy to say that One Try is out today!
For fans of Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle, ONE TRY is a charming Christmas novella set against a gorgeous Hawaiian backdrop.
When Thompson is home for winter break he finds out the Tiki House, the local hangout he loves to hate, is in financial trouble. Determined not to let one of his favorite places close, he and his friend Johnny concoct a plan to save it.
Thompson’s ex-girlfriend is home for Christmas, too…And she wants to help.
What happens when the two get together to try and save their favorite Honolulu dive?
Part romance, part comedy, ONE TRY is about going for it–in life, love, and everything you do. It appeals to fans of Hallmark Christmas movies and novels by Debbie Macomber.
Though ONE TRY is technically the third part of the Thompson Lake series it can be read as a standalone YA romance novella.
Links to order ONE TRY:
Amazon – https://amzn.to/2Ot6qZL
Apple – https://apple.co/2E1BJa3
B&N – https://bit.ly/2CpxeVn
Kobo – https://bit.ly/2yf8GK0
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Just wanted to let you know that both my novels are free on Kindle Unlimited. If you have a KU subscription read away! Here are the links:
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Since the pub date for One Love is fast approaching I wanted to put together this list of FAQs I’ve received.
Question: I haven’t read One Night. Will I be able to follow One Love without knowing everyone’s backstory?
Answer: Yes, One Love was designed to be a standalone novel. You do not have to have read One Night in order to enjoy it.
Question: Are my favorite characters from One Night in the sequel?
Answer: Yes. Ronnie, Johnny, and Greta are all part of the cast of One Love. There are also some new characters including Kenny, my personal favorite.
Question: What is One Love about?
Answer: You can read the full description here, but in general it’s about Thompson’s continued quest to find his true love.
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My novel, One Love is being considered for a publishing deal with Amazon’s Kindle Scout program. If chosen, Amazon will publish the digital version of One Love. The way it works is Amazon’s editors consider the concept, story, etc. and also how many nominations the book gets.
Please go here to vote and nominate One Love! You can read an extended preview and if you vote and the book is selected for publication, you will receive a free digital copy of the book.
A year ago today One Night made it’s way into the world. There have been some ups and downs, for sure, but all in all I’m happy about where Thompson’s journey has taken him. I can’t wait to share the next chapter of his journey with you in the upcoming sequel, One Love. To be notified when One Love comes out sign up here.
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Thank you to all my readers for your support! 🙂
Or, what I learned from my second event as an author 🙂
This past weekend I participated in a Local Author Fair at a nearby library. I learned a lot and wanted to share these tips in the hopes of helping other writers.
- Bring a buddy who is good at pimping your book. In my case this was my mother. She talked my novel up to anyone and everyone who walked into the room and touted my book to the other 14 authors in attendance. I don’t know if that led to any sales but at least she helped spread the word.
- Make sure your table looks amazing. Some of my fellow authors had great books, but their displays didn’t convey as much. I brought a tablecloth, giant print out of my cover made at Fedex Office, magnets, postcards, an easel to prop my book on. Your table needs to sell your book.
- Network with other writers. I shared a table with the lovely Lina Chern, a crime writer, and basically interviewed her at length about her publishing experience when not selling my book. I also grabbed a business card from another author who said she might know a good critique partner for me.
- A more general pitch is better when trying to sell your book. At the start of the fair when someone stopped by the table and asked what my book was about, I gave them a blow-by-blow of the plot. Heartbroken teen boy meets Elvis impersonator and quirky friendship and adventure ensues. After I said this, a lot of people gave me a blank look. When I generalized my description, though, to: “It’s a YA novel but it’s not too angsty and it has a sense of humor and it’s set in Hawaii” I got a WAY better response.
- Remember that it’s one sale at a time. It’s easy to get discouraged when a lot of people walk through the room and only a fraction of them actually purchase. The hope is some of the readers who do buy your book like it and tell all their friends about it. And when a teen girl stops by, reads your back cover and says, “This sounds sick!!” the struggle will be worth it.
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Authors, if you have any other tips I’d love to hear them via comments 🙂
As writers it’s easy to focus on what we didn’t accomplish in the last year. With so many books being released and the amount of competition it’s sometimes hard to appreciate the small victories. Here’s a rundown of my wins from 2016. When I’m feeling unmotivated in 2017 I’ll look back at this post for inspiration!
2016 writing accomplishments:
I hope you all had a nice holiday and wonderful new year in 2017!
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