Reon Laudat
July 25, 2017 @ 8:13 AM

Check out the trade paperback versions of these babies, playing nicely together. Awww. Aren’t they sweet? Mama over here is so proud.

I sell better in ebook format  because of the lower price point. Paper is often three to four times the price of digital. Still, I try to make my latest books available in print. And I like having a tangible copy of my blood, sweat, and tears on the shelf.

 For more detail, check out the previous post. I wrote about changing the cover of the first Mistywood Lane book (Welcome to Mistywood Lane) to complement the second book in the series (He Could Be the One).

In the post before that, I wrote about celebrating a personal best of Kindle Unlimited page reads for the month of May. To be ............

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June 27, 2017 @ 8:36 AM

 

Some weird glitchy stuff has been happening to my blog. If you visited earlier and got a bunch of odd repeated chunks of copy, computer code, and missing photos, sorry about that. I double-checked the post before going live. Still, something went wrong after posting. Wonder if it's associated with the stuff I've seen in the news. Anyway, here goes AGAIN. I hope we're done with that cyber craziness.

Check out the *new* cover for Welcome to Mistywood Lane.  (left) Will change the look on retail sites soon.

I love the original cover of Welcome to Mistywood Lane. (lower right) When the designer sent it over, I couldn’t stop grinning at it for days.  Super-duper cute in my humble opinion.

 But with a ............

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June 16, 2017 @ 9:05 AM

 

In a previous post, I mentioned I was on track to have my best month of Kindle Unlimited page reads (for a single title He Could Be the One).

Well, it happened... and before the BookBub promo, but that’s another happy-dance story for another day.

I couldn't be more pleased!

Confession. I love writing with all my heart. I enjoy creating characters and getting lost in their worlds. Thank goodness I feel such love for the process.  Even on those bad days when I want to shoot my laptop, I know that feeling doesn’t last because writing is (and has always has been) in my blood. I wrote books in grade school tablets and passed them around for my classmates to read. First efforts were blatant rip-offs of Cinderella ............

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May 21, 2017 @ 10:35 AM

The reception for He Could Be the One has been great, the best for one of my indie debuts so far.

If you purchased it and passed along a recommendation to another romance fan, THANK YOU.

 I’m on track to have my best month of Kindle Unlimited page reads. (In addition to regular sale, my indie books are available through Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited subscription program. A portion of each book's earnings is based on the number of pages read.)  THANK YOU, Kindle Unlimited readers. :) Mwah!

If you haven't done either (purchased or read via KU), what the heck are you waiting for? Chop-chop!

For a little more than a week, HCBTO was the Editor’s Choice on the Romance in Color review site. Thanks, RIC crew! ............

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April 30, 2017 @ 6:59 PM

Happy Release Day to me! Yay!

He Could Be the One is out in the world, y’all!

Here's the book description again:

 

The Player’s Proposition…

Quinn Sommers and Lance Donovan have been hot for each other since the day they met at her sister’s back fence.

After noting his slick womanizing ways, she vowed not to become another notch on this arrogant charmer’s bedpost.

Quinn has resisted Lance for well over a year. Constant bickering—driving each other, family, and mutual friends plumb crazy— failed to quash the sexual tension crackling between them.

Lance, a master of biding his time, always gets what he wants. And he’s decided they’ve wasted too much time on nonsense. He ............

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April 12, 2017 @ 7:05 AM

After much flip-flopping, I've finally made a decision on the cover for my upcoming release, He Could Be the One. You see, I have two covers I love.

Because HCBTO features secondary characters from Welcome to Mistywood Lane, I initially thought I needed to make the covers nearly identical. That's what a lot of people do to tie their series together visually. This is a flag for the reader that the novels are set in the same story world. (Romance readers LOVE them some series.)

Reese, the heroine in WTML, is a cupcake baker so the cover features one. This is one of my favorite covers, by the way.

When I decided to write Quinn's story, I told the cover designer I wanted a cover with a sweet treat theme like WTML. I wanted the ............

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March 1, 2017 @ 6:32 AM

I'm still busy getting my latest novel (He Could Be the One)  ready for release. It's hard work, but work I enjoy. Well, I enjoy it when everything is flowing.

I had planned to do a cover reveal with this post, but I've decided to hold off a bit.

I have TWO covers! Two different concepts by two different cover designers.

And I love both.

Every time I think I've made a final decision, I change my mind again. I've even polled people. I still flip-flop every or other day, soooooo until I make a final decision and stick with that choice for longer than a few days, no posting it.

Also, on the work-in-progress front, I'm in the middle of edits for He Could Be the One. I've added an extra round to the ............

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February 1, 2017 @ 6:29 AM

Valentine's Day is near. How early do you start shopping for cards, flowers, candy, and other cute trinkets for your significant other?

When I was much younger, I'd make mix tapes of favorite love songs to give to special people on my list.

These days, I wish my books came with a soundtrack.  Music has always been a huge part of my creative process, especially when I’m writing romance.

I've blogged about this before. I immerse myself in love songs, playing them over and over again until the project is complete.

But never the same songs. Each novel has specific tunes that strongly resonate with me regarding plot and character.

More often than not, my book titles have been inspired by a song title or lyric. (It&............

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January 1, 2017 @ 5:59 AM

Happy New Year!

I'm not making official New Year's "resolutions," but I do have goals. Will share my publishing-related ones.

In 2017, I plan to release two novels, but this time both will be new. One of last year's releases (What a Girl Wants) was a title originally released a while ago. For Girl Wants' indie ebook debut I heavily revised/updated the story and gave it a new ebook cover.

That NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) project I started in November will be my next book, aka work-in-progress/ WIP.

Again, I'm serving up a light, breezy romance with a side of heat.

When I got the idea for the couple in Welcome to Mistywood Lane (released May 2016),I had no plans to do connected books. I've............

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December 1, 2016 @ 6:44 AM

Winner, winner chicken dinner! I did it.

I participated in NaNoWriMo last month. (See previous post for more detail on NaNoWriMo also known as National Novel Writing Month.) Not only did I reach my goal to write 50,000 words in 30 days, but I also completed it a day early, though I experienced a techical glitch early on. (More on that later.)

The photo at the left is a graph from my official NaNoWriMo dashboard.

Based on my NaNoWriMo experience, I will tweak the way I approach rough drafts. In the past, it has taken me way too long just to complete one. The problem is my attempt to write the "cleanest" rough draft because my pesky internal critic/editor hounds me.

In writing circles, I'm what's known as a "............

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