January 6, 2012

Failure

Warning:  The author is blatantly honest in this post. As December drew to a close and I spent every moment possible editing Sacrifice, the Goodreads 2011 Reading Challenge taunted me every time I signed on. “You have read 46 books of your 52 books. You need six more books to complete your goal.” What’s a Goodreads Reading Challenge? At the beginning of the year, you can challenge yourself to read a specific number of books. I picked 52 last year. I probably read that the previous year anyway. I just hadn’t recorded it. Besides, if your a writer, you need to be reading. Since I can easily read a book in a day or two, it seemed easy enough. Then I published four books in six months, as well as writing a first draft and editing TWO books in that time period. (The fact that I’m insane has already been established in previous blog posts.) No big deal, right? So I didn’t get those six books read.  Let it go. Only I couldn’t. I saw those six books as a sign of failure. I set a goal and I didn’t achieve it. Plaster a scarlet F on my chest. December was […]
January 2, 2012

Winter Indie Book Fair

Did you find a new Kindle, Nook, or iPad under the Christmas tree? Browse the Indie Book Fair and find a new ebook to break in that reader! These great new books were released Nov 2011-Feb 2012 by Indie authors, priced right so that taking a chance on a new author doesn’t have to break your wallet. (Check out last fall’s previous Internet Book Fair for other great Indie finds.) [Indie = self-publishedor small-publisher, for the purposes of this post] Note: Links are given for Amazon, but most authors publish across all e-book formats. Click on the author’s name for additional purchasing options, including paper copies. For Your Browsing Pleasure Contemporary (Adult) Build a Man by Talli Roland (Chick Lit)  Slave to the rich, rude and deluded, cosmetic surgery receptionist Serenity Holland longs for the day she’s a high-flying tabloid reporter. Unfortunately, every pitch she sends out disappears like her clients’ liposuctioned fat, never to be seen again. Then she meets Jeremy Ritchie — the hang-dog man determined to be Britain’s Most Eligible Bachelor by making himself over from head to toe and everything in between — giving Serenity a story no editor could resist. With London’s biggest tabloid on board and her very […]
December 31, 2011

Chosen: Live Chat on Tuesday, January 3

On Tuesday, January 3 at 6:30 PST, Indie Elite is hosting a chat so readers of Chosen can chatwith me and ask questions about the book.  There’s no registration, but if you follow the link below, you can sign up to get a reminder sent to you a day or hours before.  I’d love for you all to attend! (Someone please show up! LOL) However, if you haven’t read the book, we will be discussing scenes from the book and spoilers will be flying. Also, a word of warning: I’m pretty chatty. The link to the room is here:  http://theindieelite.blogspot.com/p/live-chats.html See you Tuesday night!
December 27, 2011

Jolyn’s Blog Blitz

A guest post from Jolyn Palliata Did you ever get a song stuck in your head? Or part of one? How did you get it out? Did you avoid the song at all costs in the blind hope it would stop hammering you into submission? Or did you listen to the song over, and over, and over, until you were so obsessed that all you could think about was that delicious, devilish little laugh….er, what was I saying? (Right. Song stuck in my head. Ahh…I mean, your head.) Now, I know this has happened to every person reading this post, so I’m hoping you’ll relate to my little story here. Let me give you some background. In October, I released Connected (Twists of Fate #1), and here’s a brief description of the story: A rock group’s rhythm guitarist, Rhys Alexander, dies and finds himself bound inside the body of a woman he’s never met. Can she help him move on to the other side, or will he end up finding the love of his life…after his has already ended? For a time, I had this for free on Wattpad (where I posted as I wrote it). And several readers asked […]
December 26, 2011

Savvy Authors Chat: Self-Publishing Myths

Savvy Authors (www.savvyauthors.com) asked Trish McCallan to chair an online chat about self-publishing. What makes Trish qualified to lead this chat? She released her book Forged in Fire in September and hit #5 in the top 100 romantic suspense list on Amazon and stayed in the top 10 for four weeks. Trish’s first book has been so successful, she quit her job to write full time. This woman knows her stuff. She studied sales and rankings months before she released her book. Trust me, you want to hear what she has to say! Imagine my surprise when Trish asked ME to co-chair the chat with her to discuss Self-Publishing Myths. You can join us both on Thursday, December 29th 9:00 p.m. EST. Savvy Authors is taking registration for this event.
December 19, 2011

Winners of My Favorite Things Giveaway!!!

Thank you to EVERYONE who participated in this giveaway. I know how hard it is to write a review and the time you spent to do this for me has not gone unnoticed. I wish I could give every single one of you a prize. Sigh. But I can’t. So without further ado– the winners!!! Collection of all four eBooks: # 173 Marcy Theriault Dunaway for her review of Here on Facebook Collection of autographed print copies of all four books: #205 Avery at Avery’s Book Nook for her review of  Here on Tumblr $20 Starbucks gift card: #161  Marcy Theriault Dunaway  for her review of  Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes on Facebook. $20 Barnes & Noble gift card: #24 Kay Bratt for her review of Here  on Amazon (She got five extra entries for that review) And the winner of the Kindle Fire: —————– How about a video interlude of Emma drawing the winners? (TO COME there were technical difficulties with this video. Like it’s sideways. And I’ve covered the mic for a good portion of it. Video editing is required.) **Now available. It’s a snooze fest. I did what I could with what I had. (The video is more to show […]
December 13, 2011

Look What’s #1– Chosen!

This is truly a dream come true! Chosen has been chasing the number one spot for over a week. Rankings change every hour, but I’m going to enjoy it as long as I can. And at the risk of sounding obnoxious, this isn’t just for the Kindle store. This is ALL contemporary fantasy books, print and Kindle combined. P.S. Hunted is STILL #1 in Hot New Releases on Amazon for both contemporary fantasy AND romantic suspense!
December 12, 2011

Here– On Tour with Chick Lit Plus

I’m on another fantastic blog tour with Chick Lit Plus! I just can’t say enough wonderful things about Chick Lit Plus tours– from Samantha Robey, the coordinator, to the bloggers, and the INCREDIBLE boost in sales for both Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes and Chosen. My previous experiences have been more than I could hope for! My first stop on the tour is at none other than the Chick Lit Plus site– a fabulous five star review! Samantha said, ” I was so excited to host Denise again – for the third time – because her writing is truly phenomenal. The worlds she creates, the characters that will stick with you, and the way I can just not close her books has made her one of my top authors of 2011.”
December 9, 2011

The Holiday Blog Hop

Carly Fall was sweet enough to ask me to participate in her Holiday Blog Hop. In reality, I think Carly realized I needed to get into the Christmas spirit. I’ve been so busy releasing four books in the last six months and writing and now editing Sacrifice, the third book in The Chosen series, that  I’m seriously behind this year.  There are no Christmas decorations, no Christmas trees, no Elf on a Shelf, and no presents in my house. We are totally unChristmasy. Is that a word? It is now. What? I’ve only got 16 days left to Christmas shop??? Oh, crap. Um… I’m starting to look a lot like Ebenzer Scrooge. Okay, so my kids might not get presents this year*,  but that doesn’t mean I can’t give something to YOU. *Not to worry. They’ll  get presents. Probably. *looks around my office* What should I give away? Hmm… How about an eBook of the book of your choice? You can choose from: So what do you have to do to win one of these books? Just comment below. Tell me if you’re ready for Christmas. I need to know I’m not the only slacker. ** Contest ends December 11th […]
December 9, 2011

Hunted is #1 on the Hot New Releases in Romantic Suspense

I think I’ve died and gone to heaven.
December 7, 2011

Dreaming Big

I’m so stinking excited!!! Chosen has hit its highest ranking yet– #130 in the Kindle Store. Out of one million books, only 129 are selling more books than Chosen. This blows me away. How many books do you have to sell to reach this ranking? It changes day to day, hour to hour, depending on how many overall books are bought and sold through Amazon. (I find Sunday to be the biggest selling day, Tuesday is often the slowest.) Yesterday, I sold 325 Kindle books. In one day. It took me a month and a half to sell that many Kindle books of Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes.  It took me three weeks to sell my first 300 copies of Chosen but only six days to sell 300 of Hunted. (Chosen was selling over 100 books a day when Hunted released and since Hunted is the second book of the series, I don’t necessarily find this surprising.) It’s taken a month to sell 300 copies of Here, BUT my blog review tour doesn’t start until next week.  (A blog post on the effectiveness of blog tours will be coming soon.) Who knows what will happen. I may have peaked out […]
December 5, 2011

A Case in Civility

I’m a firm believer that just about any situation can be a learning opportunity. I don’t mean barking out “Recite the multiplication table for 3s. GO!” (Although I might do that in a goofy or competitive way.) No, I mean that when something occurs that my kids don’t understand, sometimes I’ll figure out a way to teach them without going into lecture mode. (Although I’ve done that too.) Here’s an example: When the tsumani hit Japan last year, my younger children had no idea what it meant. “How can an earthquake make a flood in Japan?” Jenna, my eight year old asked. I decided that a physical demonstration would be the best way to show her and her younger brother and sister. So I got out my big red bowl and a can of soup, put the can in the bowl and filled it up with water. Then I shook it, explaining that the earthquake shook the water and sent it sloshing toward Japan. An over simplistic explanation, but enough for an eight, five and three year old to understand. And cover the kitchen counter with water when they took turns creating their own tsunamis. My little gods in the […]