Special Post: Happy Release Day Plus Plus

This is a long post, so the main points are highlighted in bold for the skimmers. 🙂

Eagerness becomes me. So August 1 was to be the release date for I Loved You First. I got a little eager and uploaded the files yesterday. Surprise! Happy Release Day, I Loved You First.

Alexandria (Alex) Carmichael guards two secrets close to her heart. One—she’s in love with her best friend, Seth. Two—he’s gay.

As a freshman in college, Alex looks forward to fun times with her best friend. When Seth decides cycling through girlfriends is the way to fit in with the straight crowd, Alex must make a choice: watch Seth give his affections to another while her heart breaks or come clean with her feelings and risk losing his friendship forever.

I Loved You First is a new adult love story told through the eyes of an African-American/Caucasian student who takes a journey of self-discovery while watching her best friend come to terms with his sexuality. Turn the pages and find a message of hope, new beginnings, and positive change.

*Stay tuned for the upcoming blog tour

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Add I Loved You First to your Goodreads List.

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So I mentioned Plus Plus! Right. 🙂 If you haven’t picked up a copy of Shadow Cat, great news for you! Aobibliosphere is offering a copy at her blog. Yip yip! Head over there and check it out the giveaway.

Shadow Cat (Book One) Eric Randall’s plan is simple—fix the mess his researchers have created in Malaysia, experience the pleasures the country has to offer, and return to the comforts of America. All it takes is one beautiful aborigine, and Eric finds himself stranded in a world of Malaysian myths and legends.

A novice shaman amongst her people, Berani is free and independent. Yet all is not well in her homeland. Demons prey on her people, pushing them to extinction. When a strange speaking man invades her forest, she has one more worry to add to her already troubled life. Attraction or no, she will fight Eric tooth and claw to maintain her freedom. But will she destroy herself in the process?

If Berani wishes to save her family… if Eric wishes to reclaim his old life, they must stand together against the threats of encroaching wehr-tigers and bloodsucking demons… or perish.

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Last but not least! I’m participating in a blog hop event starting Monday. Exciting. 🙂 My job is to help secure as many votes as possible for my writing buddy, Lenore Wolfe, author of Doorway to the Triquetra.

Okay. So the voting doesn’t start until Monday. When the time comes, you can put in your vote for Doorway to the Triquetra–no other book, just Doorway to the Triquetra–and help my buddy win this thang. Yes… that’s spelled right, thang. 🙂 So remember, support and vote for Doorway to the Triquetra.

When an ancient medallion is passed down to her, Mira is not happy to learn she is the next Jaguar Witch, bound by the blood of the Jaguar, to cross the doorway and learn the Way of the Stone. She must find the Doorway of the Triquetra, but each move she makes only leads her to a deeper mystery, where all of her past lives are bound–to four immortal men.

When an ancient medallion is passed down to her, Mira is not happy to learn she is the next Jaguar Witch, bound by the blood of the Jaguar, to cross the doorway and learn the Way of the Stone. She must find the Doorway of the Triquetra, but each move she makes only leads her to a deeper mystery, where all of her past lives are bound–to four immortal men.

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Special Post: Shadow Cat on Sale!

My birthday is fast approaching–June 30, to be exact. To celebrate it this year, I’m slashing the price of Shadow Cat for a week. So if you’ve wanted it, but for whatever reason, didn’t get it, now is the time. Regular prices is $3.99. For the week, it’ll be available for $0.99. You’ll find it at Amazon, Amazon UK, Amazon DE, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords.

I’m getting older and can be quite forgetful these days. If you’re like me, I encourage you to pick up your copy now so you don’t miss about. Would be a real bummer for next Sunday to come and go, only to find oops! the sale’s over. 🙂

Also, if you haven’t picked up your free copy of Shadow Cat, you can find it at Amazon, Barnes & Nobles, Smashwords, Sony Reader Story, and a variety of other online sites.

Happy Reading,

Reena

Working Wednesday #6

I totally almost forgot this post. The sad thing about it, I was sitting here thinking I sure don’t want to work tonight. Maybe I’ll skip editing/writing tonight. Yeah, I know. I’m bad, and I’ll likely still brush off working tonight. Let’s see what I’ve accomplished this week and see if a break is warranted.

  • Edit Chasing Shadows
    • Three scene a week
      • Last update 8/57 scenes
      • This week’s progress 8/57 scenes Major FAIL this week. As soon as I modified this goal from a scene a day to three a week, I knew I was setting myself up for failure. What made me think I could add a scene a day for I Loved You First plus three scenes here when I was struggling before? Time to be a bit more reasonable. How about ONE scene a week while editing I Loved You First. I think I can manage that.
  • Edit I Loved You First
    • One scene a day
      • Last update 8/29 One scene a day. At this rate, I’ll be done editing with in a month. Let’s cross our fingers here, folks!
      • Currently at 10/29 scenes. Again… what was I thinking? The 3 above plus 7 here makes 10, if my basic math skills are right. Again, what was I thinking? So I managed 2 scenes this week. Really I don’t feel to bad about them, because the 2 scenes were chapters. When I signed myself up for this, I was thinking short scenes. I’ve actually had to break up some of my chapters because the multiple scenes in them seemed a bit much. Here’s what I’m thinking, cause I’m collapsing under the idiotic goals I’ve placed on myself. How about 4 scenes a week. That’ll give me two days to do as I please.
  • Maintaining 100+ words a day over at Word Count Union
    • This will be accomplished either by working on Trinity’s Awakening
      • Last week’s word count: 24,101
      • Current word count: 24,386 Another fail. I only wrote 4 days this week.
  • Clean up blog and update links
    • At last! A place where I did succeed. 🙂 You’ll both sidebars are on the left now. I also removed some widgets, updated some links, and added a widget or two. I’m rather liking the changes. Still not done, but it’s a step in the right direction.
  • 2011 Reading Challenge ~ I’m currently two books ahead of schedule. I imagine I’ll fall back to one this week, considering my current read–Crown of Crystal Flame by C.L. Wilson. Don’t get me wrong; the book is interesting. It’s just long… and wordy. My eyes are begging for white space.

2011 Reading Challenge

2011 Reading Challenge
Reena has read 18 books toward her goal of 60 books.
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In other news!!!!

Control Freak continues to climb the charts in the Erotica genre. Last update, it was #8. Today we’ve hit #5. Overall, it’s fluctuating in the 140s/150s. Feel free to pick it up… boost it a little higher to the top.

Today, I brushed up on the cover art of I Loved You First. Now that I know the requirements for CreateSpace, I can work on just one cover art for all my works. Even though I Loved You First isn’t fully edited, I did all the preliminary setup, so when the interior file is ready, I can just upload it and get approved. I took my work one step further and uploaded the cover to Goodreads with an expected release date and all. August 2011. Here’s my thinking. If I set a date, it’ll give me something real to work toward. As it is, no date makes me think I can work as fast or slow as I want.  I Loved You First is a step away from erotica. It’s more what I’d call a love story. I want to share the first chapter, but I want to get a bit further into the editing first… like finish the self-editing. 🙂 Here’s what I’m thinking. A giveaway would be great. My plan is to setup a Goodreads giveaway once I send it to an editor and get an estimate on when I’ll receive it back. I’m hoping to do a better job at marking it than I did with Shadow Cat. Until then, Voila!

My best friend was more than just a best friend to me. Three words summed it up: I heart him. I’d never tell him though. I wasn’t stupid. Besides, what he’d told no one but me was a little something I wished I could forget… or ignore. He was gay. I guess gay wouldn’t be so bad if I wasn’t so in love with him. Now it was just cruel.

Stereotypes run amok in this college love story: Parties, alcohol, hookups, and breakups. Alexandria Carmichael may find it a bit much as she deals with the unreturned love from the boy who completes her. When all is revealed, not only does she risk losing her best friend forever, but also herself. Without her childhood companion for support, Alexandria takes a journey of self-discovery but fears what she’ll find at the end.

If it’s for you, feel free to add it to your Goodreads list. 🙂 Go ahead. I don’t mind.

Amazon is still doing the 1/2 price thing on Shadow Cat. I don’t know why since I can’t find it listed anywhere for $1.99. All I can say is, why pay full price when you don’t have to?.

Almost 300 Follower Giveaway Plus Shadow Cat Push!

We’re doing a progressive giveaway with unlimited prizes—well almost unlimited. 🙂 We have my husband’s wallet to consider.

Here’s the thing. I want to give away copies of my debut novel, Shadow Cat. I also know, not everyone who follows this blog is over 18,  and I don’t want to exclude my younger readers or those less inclined toward erotic works. Then there are others who’ve already read Shadow Cat and don’t need an extra copy taking up space. 🙂 Thank you for your support. Still, I want Shadow Cat to find homes with folks who truly want to read it. So anyone has the option of winning The Book Depository part of the giveaway without entering the Shadow Cat portion.

So what’s up for grabs?

Eric Randall’s plan is simple—fix the mess his researchers have created in Malaysia, experience the pleasures the country has to offer, and return to the comforts of America. All it takes is one beautiful aborigine, and Eric finds himself stranded in a world of Malaysian myths and legends.

A novice shaman amongst her people, Berani is free and independent. Yet all is not well in her homeland. Demons prey on her people, pushing them to extinction. When a strange speaking man invades her forest, she has one more worry to add to her already troubled life. Attraction or no, she will fight Eric tooth and claw to maintain her freedom. But will she destroy herself in the process?

 

 

First Prize

Up to $20 worth of books from The Book Depository

A copy of Shadow Cat (choice of *eBook or **print)

Second Prize – 300 followers

(added 5/17/2011)

One book from The Book Depository (valued at $10)

A copy of Shadow Cat (choice of *eBook or **print)

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Third Prize – 325 followers

A copy of Shadow Cat (choice of *eBook or **print)

Runner ups – 350 followers plus an additional winner every 10 followers after

An additional *eCopy of Shadow Cat

  • *eCopy will be in the form of a Smashword coupon or Kindle gift.
  • ** Print copy for US/Canada residents only

 

Bonus for Bloggers: If you write a blog post advertising this giveaway or read and review Shadow Cat, I’ll sponsor a separate one-week giveaway on your site for an *eCopy of Shadow Cat. Must host your giveaway by June 29, 2011 to be eligible for this offer. If you’ve already reviewed Shadow Cat, but I haven’t sponsored a giveaway on your site, this option is open to you also.

The rules!

  • Fill out the Form.
  • Become a blog follower. See Google Friends Connect to the left.
  • You’ll earn 1 point for completing the form and additional point if you tweet and leave the link.
  • You may tweet once per day after your initial entry for an extra 2 points. Use the same form.
  • Comments are appreciated, but only entries from the form count.
  • Giveaway ends Saturday, May 21, 2011.
  • Please read the giveaway policy for the nitty gritty.

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For those who can’t wait — Shadow Cat is 1/2 off at Amazon US (as long as Amazon offers the promotion)

or

Use coupon code below to download Smashwords for 1/2 at Smashwords

Promotional price: $1.99
Coupon Code: LC23J
Expires: May 21, 2011

Also available at:

Amazon UK, Amazon DE, Barnes & Nobles


Don’t forget to grab your free copy of Control Freak at Amazon.