August 11, 2017

YES, YES, YES!  Have I said yes enough? Listen, as a self-published author my number one goal is not to look self-published, and that should be your goal as well. Which means investing money for editing your work.  Sure, you can have your cousin or best friend who has a degree in English or literature proof your book for you, but unless they are intimately familiar with the market and what readers are going to expect from your book, then you need to hire a professional.

We all want to think the first story we write will be breathtaking (at least I did). I imagined my readers tearing up by the beautiful scenes I had taken so much care crafting and the plot twist I had stayed up all night thinkin...

July 7, 2017

She wants to make him pay.
But will it cost her everything she's ever wanted?

After spending over a decade in the Air Force, Staff Sergeant Elena Garcia is more than ready to ditch her uniform for some girlie clothes and high heels. Starting over in a quaint town in Washington, her dream of becoming a romance writer is finally within her reach.  

But when a rival from her past comes barreling back, Elena will stop at nothing to make Captain Daniel Grant pay for making her life a living Hell seven years ago. With destiny on her side, Elena plans her ultimate vendetta.

Feeling fate has answered his prayers, Daniel is ready to show the sexy and feisty staff sergeant what kind of man he can tru...

May 29, 2017

One of the greatest things about starting your own career as a writer is that it takes very little in startup costs compared to a traditional business. When I first discovered how well indie authors were doing by self-publishing their own books versus going through a traditional publisher, I started crunching the numbers to figure out if this was an investment that I could afford to make for myself.

First, I had to find out what costs were involved in self-publishing a book, what could I afford to outsource, and what I would have to do myself to save on costs. I researched several websites to find out what other authors had paid to self-publish their book and here is an itemized list that I put toge...

January 28, 2017

In a perfect world, I would be writing my blog and next bestseller in a beautiful cabin in the mountains of Gatlinburg, Tennessee. A steaming cup of hot cocoa would be sitting next to my laptop as I looked out the window to admire the beautiful scenery only found in the paintings of Thomas Kinkade.

Sadly, I’m sitting at my dining room table still in my work clothes after a long day at work writing this as I scream at my four-year-old daughter to leave her brother alone because he is trying to get his homework done. I still have lunches to pack for tomorrow, kids to bathe, and a kitchen that still needs to be cleaned. My husband is in his man-cave doing homework for his graduate program and I am exha...

November 30, 2016

I have been asked this question numerous times and I have to admit that, at first, I faked it. Yup, and I’m not proud to admit this, but I was a total imposter. I had no idea what genre I wrote in or how to even pronounce the word genre. In meetings, I would be totally lost and I’d often turn and whisper to my friend “What is Steampunk?” or “What is Chic-Lit?” I would take notes of all the different acronyms and ideas I had learned about, then go home and do some research to try and figure out this maze I felt like a rat in. The reality that I was no longer just a consumer who could read whatever cover caught my fancy without having to worry about the genre hit me hard and scared me a bit, but I re...

November 4, 2016

So you want to be a writer, eh? Good, me too. The question is, where to start? Nine years ago (that’s right, I said nine years) I started writing my first novel, ‘Settled,’ and at the same time I started writing another novel called ‘Till Then.’ I had no specific plan in place on what my goal was and no clue on what was actually needed to publish my books. Needless to say, I ‘Settled’ for not writing the book and ‘Till Then’ was basically ‘Till Now’ when I have finally put a stake in the ground and claimed ownership of my life.

 I shall be victorious, I thought, as I looked around my backyard with a piece of wood in my hand that was meant for the dahlias that never grew in my garden. I raised the st...

November 1, 2016

Welcome to my first blog on the "The Inside Voice," where you can follow me as I detail every step I take in starting my career as a self-published 'indie' contemporary romance author. 

Starting this venture in my life has been a dream come true, thanks to the wonderful support of my family and friends. My love for romance started at a young age when my aunt (the cool one that always gets into trouble with me) introduced me to “A Pirate’s Love” by Johanna Lindsey. From the moment I was introduced to Bettina Verlaine and Captain Tristan I was instantly hooked and it was all downhill from there. Since then, my passion for romance has grown stronger by the day, so much that sometimes I f...

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