San Antonio RWA 2014 Conference; Little romance, all writing…Great Time!

What do #BDalton #BordersBooks #CamelotMusic  #CrownBooks#MediaPlay #Waldenbooks  have in common?  They were some of the book retailers that helped me to sell over 3 million books back in the day.  When I returned to writing books in 2012 after a long absence writing for the big screen  I realized that I was not the only the one reading on a Kindle!  Duh!?!

So off to the #RWA 2014 National Conference Bob and I went to in San Antonio to search for better ways to self publish and get our 9 suspense titles in #YA #NA and #Romantic  Suspense fiction titles in front of readers. 4 and 5 star reviews and contest finalists and gold medals don’t cut it.

What an eye opener!!!!!!

First.  I used to site these conferences back in the day as an  #RWA Board Member and these gals did an AMAZING job.  VERY impressed.  They should be applauded so clap clap clap times 1,000

Second, where the hell are all my friends from back in the day?  Nevermond I digress. Let’s ignore the that one for now.

IMHO here’s some of the absolutely amazing presentations.  Just giving them a 5 star on the conference app isn’t enough.

Five Strategies for Building Reader Loyalty…#SherriBrooks #StellaCameron   #CissyHartley   #JayneAnKrenz

Spotlight on #Ballentine  #Bantam #Dell

Spotlight on #Pocket and #Gallery

Six Goals of Online Book Promotion #LauraKaye  This was over 5 stars but the app limited my feedback.

The Keynote speaker was #SylviaDay  Not to make her feel bad but her perspective really tied my two very different book author experiences together!  Thank you Sylvia.

The Care and feeding of the social media beast   #TyraBurtin  #JanaOliver   Another app limiter…way over 5 stars.

Strategies for intermediate and advanced publishers  #BellaAndre   #BarbaraFreethy  These authors are now where I left writing years ago and their experience was amazing to hear!  Too bad it didn’t last a full day!

Promotion Platform and Players  #CathrineBybee #jenniferprobst

How to sell books by the truckload on Amazon #pennysansevieri  We had no idea the depth and involvement required to be sure we get our books in front of our future readers. Penny was awesome.

I’ll have more for a later post but I need to catch up with Karma, Kiwi, Alex and Betty.  Three dogs and my Mom.  Oh yeah, my Mom is a member of my #streetteam  and reading 5 to 8 books a week gives her a broad perspective.  She’s #betareading our August release in the#SCANDALS #NewAdult series, #KILLERDATE  .  A romantic suspense with the romance in between the action.  Think #romancingthestone with kidnapping and drug cartels and five 20 somethings who are still dealing with the fact they have the same biological father.

Thanks again #RWA!







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I truly hope you soon will read it; CRIES IN THE NIGHT

My 29th book, and book #2 in the DENVER AFTER DARK Romantic Suspense series, CRIES IN THE NIGHT, achieved top 15 sales ranking on Amazon in January and sales across all nine (9) major book sellers have continued to strong. The story is of a fireman and a victim’s advocate dealing with human tragedy and emotions in their daily work and personal lives in Denver, Colorado. The stories are real and my experience as a victim’s Advocate and my father’s experience as a fireman and the personal research that went into the book was extensive. The reviews have averaged 4.9 stars early on and here is some of the feedback that really catches the essence of the book –

“This book had be from the very beginning and it has it all terror, love, sex, fear and lies.”

“The author writes with a very distinct, visually rich writing style that is well-refined to the point of flawlessness; this combined with the original and dynamic characters makes for a really great end result with this book and I’m sure it is going to impress even the most critical fans of the genre.”

“I fell in love with the characters, Julie and Rusty, while becoming endeared to his brothers, Chris and Sam as well. Other characters in the story that were central to the story line are so authentic, that you actually become connected to them in a real way.”

I know most any author can find some great reviews to march out in support of new sales and fans. But I truly hope, if you haven’t read it that you soon will.

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What do the Eagles, New Adults and Facebook have in common?

My recent New Adult romantic suspense novel, BABY DADDY, was released in November and hit Amazon’s top ten this last weekend.  Unfortunately it got scored in the erotica category even though it isn’t advertised there and it isn’t an erotica book by any means.  But I digress.  It is still discounted from this past weekend’s virtual book fair and you can get it at the following buy links-


iTunes / Apple –

Barnes & Noble –


All Romance –

Amazon –

Before I move on I really do appreciate the many hundreds who purchased this book yesterday alone!

I’ve become interested on the new adult genre from several perspectives. Five sons who are in or very recently went through that window and several of my 23 novels trhat today would be classified as new adults but they were written too long ago to qualify.  I’ve written several blogs that look into the psychology and economics and the social aspects of the new adult world and they are on my blog at


I ran across this Mashable Facebook survey this morning which is a new adult genre discussion.  And like any article from my generation, give or take, how it relates to Hotel California and the Eagles.


Mashable reached out to a few Millennials, in particular, to find out why they left Facebook — and why some returned. While the reasons for cutting the cord ranged from the practical to the existential, many former Facebook users cited the stress of maintaining their online appearances.

What generation ever looked at a voluntary activity as having too much stress?

Most often cited as a reason to drop Facebook by the Millennials according to Mashable along with a few personal comments and questions-

1. It’s Just Too Overwhelming [Isn’t this a voluntary act?]

2. To Hide Incriminating Evidence From Employers [This is beyond a Facebook issue]

3. To Hide From a Breakup [Your real friends should know this anyway]

4. To Avoid Anxieties [See #2]

5. You’re Having an Existential Crisis [What does this even mean?]


“Hotel California” is the title song from the Eagles’ album of the same name and was released as a single in February 1977. It is one of the best-known songs of the Eagles.  At least two decades ahead of widespread use of the Internet.  How did they know when they wrote / sang – “You can sign out any time you’d like, but you’re never really going to leave.”

How did they know?


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