Sunday, March 30, 2014

Searching for that one reader...

That one reader...

That reader who will start my book on an upswing in sales.
That reader who will fall in love with my book from the first paragraph.
That reader who will recommend my book to their thousands of friends on Facebook and Goodreads.

That elusive reader who can make or break a book.

Where are you?

I'm here, waiting patiently for you to notice me. I find a new website to post my book and then I wait, and wait, and wait some more.

While I wait I write. I write the next story swirling in my head. I write the next book and I keep going, waiting for that one reader.

Trying to balance marketing with writing.
Trying to keep the marketing costs under control.
Trying to keep from giving up in defeat.

If you're out there, I'm still waiting. Waiting patiently for my turn.

It will happen.
Keeping the faith.
Writing and waiting.
Waiting and writing.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Are You A Duck? I Am!

A duck? Yes, I am a duck!

Let me explain... The other day I went out to check reviews of Invisible on Goodreads and I found *gasp* a one-star review.

I could have ranted and raved, posted a nasty comment, or I could ignore it for what it is - one bad review. Well, guess what I chose...

I chose to let it roll off my back, just like water off a duck's back! There is already enough hate and bitterness floating around on social media, I decided I wouldn't stir the pot and create more drama. One bad review does not constitute an attack on me or my writing - it's just one person's opinion.

Now, I feel like a real author. Even the big names get bad reviews because as they say: "you can please some of the people some of the time but you can't please all of the people all of the time." So, unless someone attacks me personally I will look at reviews as just one way to judge how I'm doing, not as the only validation of what I am doing. With that, I am signing off for now, time to put on my author hat and work on my latest WIP - Ragan's Song, Book 2 in the Fairfield Corners series.

Happy reading!

L.A. Remenicky

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Hook Up With Saving Cassie #MFRWHooks

It's Book Hooks Wednesday!

This week it's Saving Cassie...

Everyone has secrets.  Sometimes secrets can get you killed.

After ten years in the big city, Cassie Holt is moving back to her hometown to take over the bookstore left to her by her beloved Gram, vowing to live her life alone.  To her best friend, Sheriff James Marsten, Cassie seems to be the same girl that left Fairfield Corners to go to college but Cassie has secrets and one of those secrets could get her killed.  When one of her secrets becomes a threat to her life, James turns to his new deputy to help him keep Cassie safe. 

Deputy Logan Miller has been burned by love and is not looking to get involved with anyone anytime soon.  When he is thrown into close quarters with Cassie, the sparks begin to fly and he begins to see through the walls Cassie has built around her heart.  As the threat gets closer, can Logan protect Cassie and protect his heart?

Book Hook:

I walk into James’ office and plop myself in his lap and give him a great big kiss just to drive him nuts.  I love it that James is turning bright red.  “Hey baby, have you told your wife about me yet?” I say as a finishing touch.

I hear someone clear their throat.  I look over and see it’s the pain-in-my-ass deputy, looking at me like I’m pond scum.  His hat is gone and the aviator sunglasses are hanging from the pocket of his shirt.  I notice his blond hair, just long enough that the ends are starting to curl as my eyes are drawn to his eyes, they are an intense blue and it feels like they are looking all the way through me; seeing all my most private thoughts.

Saving Cassie is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble

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Sunday, March 16, 2014

2,400 Likes - Thank You Giveaway

As promised, here is the giveaway for an ebook of Invisible!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

And other news - be on the lookout...

After much deliberation, I have decided that I will be reducing the price of Saving Cassie and Invisible to $2.99 each. Tell your friends!

Happy reading!

L.A. Remenicky

Monday, March 10, 2014

My Writing Process Blog Hop

Over a week ago I found a message in my Facebook inbox from Susan Holmes tagging me to participate in the My Writing Process Blog Hop. Thanks for invite Susan! This hop is a great way to discover some new authors and find out how they write.

Each Monday, authors blog about their writing process, tagging three more authors to blog the next week. It's like a chain letter without the threat of bad luck if you break the chain. I must say I like this version much better! So let's get to it...

What am I working on?

I am about half way through writing Ragan's Song, book two in my Fairfield Corners series. It's a paranormal romance with a twist of suspense telling the story of Ragan Newlin and Adam Bricklin who were introduced in Saving Cassie.

Ragan's Song picks up about three years after the end of Saving Cassie. Ragan Newlin has returned home to Fairfield Corners after disappearing in the middle of the night three years ago. No one knows why and Ragan wants to keep it that way - no one can know the real reason she left. Adam was devastated when Ragan left and has just started to move on from the heartbreak she caused him when she crashes back into his life. Sparks fly and secrets are revealed.

How does my work differ from others of it's genre?

In most paranormal romances one of the main characters is a paranormal being - vampire, werewolf, etc. My books are paranormal but they are about normal humans who are dealing with paranormal happenings. For example, in Saving Cassie, Logan and Cassie deal with dreams, nightmares, ghosts, and demons but they are human.

My second book, Invisible, is a romantic suspense. No paranormal in this one, just a love story about two teenagers ripped apart by a violent act who reconnect ten years later. It explores how that event changed both of their lives and brought them together again.

Why do I write what I do?

I write romance because I love a happily ever after ending. I'm a sucker for a good love story so it makes sense that I would write romance. I have always been intrigued by the paranormal, I love Ghost Hunters, Ghost Adventures, Being Human, pretty much any paranormal series will drag me in. Writing paranormal romance combines my love of romance and the paranormal. It's a natural fit for me.

How does my writing process work?

I start off with "what if". It could be inspired by a song, television show, or just a random comment. Saving Cassie was inspired by a Bryan Adams song. Invisible was inspired by my feelings of being invisible during high school. I started thinking about what if someone wanted to be invisible and why and it just grew from there.

Music plays a large roll in my writing process, I always have music playing while I write, it helps me block out the rest of the world and concentrate on the world in my head that is trying to come out through my keyboard. I carry a notebook with me all the times, I get ideas for stories or plot lines while I am working my real world job. Sometimes, I even dream about my characters.

Most days I can be found at my laptop after work, plugging away at whatever writing project I am working on. It's not always a linear process, I may get half way through a story and get a brainstorm about the end and then I go back and figure out how to get my characters there.. I've learned to write what my muse tells me, ignoring it gets nothing accomplished.

As my story moves along, I send it to my Alpha reader who nags me until I get the entire story written. I am happy to say that I have been able to return the nagging as she works on a story she started some time ago. Then, it's time for the dreaded editing process.

Let's keep on hopping!

It's been fun and I hope you enjoyed this look at how I write.

Check out the post from Susan Holmes last week. Jerry Last, Renea Porter, and Kerry Firth are up next week - be sure to go check out their posts on March 17!

Happy reading!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Short and Sweet

Just a short post today - come back tomorrow and check out my post as part of the
My Writing Process Blog Hop.

Ragan's Song is moving slowly, but it is moving forward. I am looking at a fall release at this point. If that changes, I will let everyone know.

The Invisible blog tour is over. If you missed it, here is the link to the wrap up which includes all the blog stops. Go check it out if you have a moment. Invisible Blog Tour Wrap Up

I'm off to work on Ragan's Song, don't forget to stop by tomorrow for the blog hop!

Happy reading,

L.A. Remenicky

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Snow, snow go away...

Well, it looks like the snow has stopped here in northeast Indiana. This is the winter that keeps on giving: giving more snow and more cold than we have had in a long time. I am ready for spring!

It's ironic that the first scene in Ragan's Song takes place during a freak snowstorm in March - not unheard of but around here most of the snow we get is in January and February. I wrote this scene over a year ago while I was editing Saving Cassie. Thinking about the snow, I thought maybe you would like to see a sneak peak at the first chapter of Ragan's Song, Fairfield Corners book 2.  I hope to release Ragan's Song this fall. Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Note: This is part of a work in progress and has not had final editing and it may change wholly or in part in the final product.

Ragan's Song sneak peak:

Ragan’s eyes darted to the rearview mirror, checking on Skylar in his car seat in the back. The snowstorm didn’t seem to bother him a bit. She wished she could have said the same; visibility had deteriorated rapidly due to the wind whipping the snow around. The swish of the wipers was hypnotic as they tried to clear the snow from the windshield. It was the beginning of March and a sunny spring day when they left Indianapolis almost three hours ago, but the weather quickly changed and had steadily worsened. The snowstorm blew up out of nowhere, making the roads slick and hazardous.
“I should have stopped when the snow started,” she thought, “but I didn’t think it would get this bad this quick.” Her hands were cramping from holding the steering wheel tightly so she uncurled her fingers and turned up the radio and started singing along to “It’s Five O’clock Somewhere”, as she tried to convince herself that they would make it to Fairfield Corners any minute. With the darkness and the snow, she couldn’t tell how far it was to town.
She was so focused on the edge of the road that she didn’t see the deer standing in the middle of the road until they are almost on top of it. She panicked and stomped on the brakes, sending the car into a skid towards the side of the road. Turning into the skid didn’t do any good, the car hit the end of the guardrail and slid down the hill sideways and bounced off of a tree. It finally stopped after it rolled and landed in the river on the driver’s side. She heard Skylar screaming and then nothing…
Happy reading,
L.A. Remenicky