Tall, Dark and Slayer is now available for purchase

A purchasing agent for vampires and a slayer who takes out rogue vamps must set aside their differences to fight a common enemy in Tall, Dark and Slayer.After months of writing and editing, my paranormal romance, Tall, Dark and Slayer is now available for purchase.

Betty Banks has made a living as a purchasing agent for New York City’s vampires. Artificial blood. Sunscreen. Chocolate? Yes, because all of the vamps in Betty’s world are women, fighting a bloodlust that hits them in their childbearing years. They’re not immortal yet, but Dee Villa, a powerful vampire, hopes to soon make that legend a reality. Under her influence, Betty’s clients are taking to the streets, looking for fresh victims. Helping Dee is Betty’s grifter father, who sees the Back-to-Nature movement as the perfect con.

Gabe Mercer, a childhood victim of the bloodlust, is a cold, calculating slayer. He’s in town to take out Dee, a threat to the peace the government likes to keep. When he crosses paths with Betty, fireworks erupt. Soon, he’s embroiled in a fight to save her business, but to do so, he must first confront his past.

How playing “What If?” lead to a new story

Tall, Dark and Slayer started when I wondered if I could write a vampire book could be without vampire main characters. Could the hero NOT be a seven-hundred year old, jaded vampire, positive he’ll always outlive any woman he’s attracted to? Can the heroine NOT be a freshly-minted vampire with a shoe fetish? What if (my favorite game, playing “What If?) the vampires aren’t really vampires, but have a rare disease that makes them crave blood? And what if the heroine was their purchasing agent for artificial blood, working for a secret government agency keeping them quiet and satisfied? What if the hero worked for the same agency, taking out rogue “vamps”? And what if one of the “vamps” thought she’d found a way to convert to a traditional, immortal kind of vampirism?

With all these “What if?” questions, a book was born. The rest was easy (not).

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Thanks again to the supreme Kris Norris for the cover!


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A new writers group will keep my goals on track.

New Writers Group

A new writers group will keep my goals on track.
I’m in the process of forming a new writer’s group in Kona, Hawaii.  About time, eh?  I should say my husband sneakily posted some Craigslist ads and I started getting phone calls.  I admire his concern for my social and writing needs. 🙂

Currently, we have eight (8) members on (search for Kona Writers Group and join.  It’s free).  Our next meeting is Sept. 21.  Details are on Meetup.

In the meantime, I’m now Empress-elect of a small critique group.  Interestingly, none of them write fiction.  A new perspective?

Does this mean I have to write on a regular basis?

As if that’s not enough, Continue reading New Writing Group! Yowsers!

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Do you have a self-published book marketing plan?

Do you have a self-published book marketing plan?

Do you have a self-published book marketing plan?Is your book self-published?  Have you figured out your self-published book marketing plan?

With the introduction of the Kindle in 2007 (only 7 years ago?) the publishing industry changed. It’s still changing.  I believe the big city publishers continue to work their way through how they can survive. This means they’re skittish on taking chances on unknown writers – that’s you.  Self-publishing may be the only way to get your work to the readers.

Assuming you’ve published to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, etc, how do you market your book? This new venue has resulted in thousands of more books becoming available to readers.  How do you stand out in the crowd?

Here are some tips on how to market your self-published book.

  1. Make sure it’s well written. Polish, polish, polish and have it edited by someone who not only can find grammatical and punctuation errors, but can spot plot holes, characterization problems and continuity lapses. If you’re going to forgo the NYC publishing process, make your work look like it hasn’t.
  2. Find your reader. Yeah, easier said than done, but you know the type of audience who will read your book because that person is you. Where do you hang out? Where do you go to find new reads? Target those areas and you’ll find your readers. I know I’ve overlooked a couple of places where I could publish my books, hitting my target audience right in their pocketbooks.
  3. Brand yourself. I’ve made a concentrated effort to increase my brand awareness. I write paranormal romantic comedies, and try to capitalize on the “Extraordinary romances set in an alternate realities” that I have at the top of this blog.
  4. Use free internet marketing. This means Facebook and other social media. Don’t participate in every avenue there is, or you’ll stretch your time (better spent writing) too thin. Pick two or three venues that you enjoy. Comment on others’ posts. Be a presence. Be an authority on your niche. I have a Pinterest board dedicated to book marketing, check it out.

Making a plan and having goals are useless if they are not implemented. Break the goals down into manageable steps, create a calendar and find someone who can hold you accountable. Use the points listed above to reorient your self-published book marketing plan. You’ll see a steady increase in sales.

All the best!


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