Posts tagged christine Glover
Digging Out of Distraction: Perseverence Pays Off

I haven’t had a lot of time to blog lately—despite the best of intentions. Life sort of happened in a big way. I’ll share what happened to me in a Healthy Writer Blog post. But today isn’t about when bad stuff happens… it’s about when GOOD STUFF HAPPENS!! And boy did something really good happen to me in Romancelandia!

Wait for it… wait for it… drum roll please… the ROYAL & RECKLESS boxset that I was a part of as an author with 22 other authors HIT the USA Today Bestseller list THIS WEEK!!! I’m over the moon. I am officially…

A USA TODAY Bestselling author!

Yes! It’s official. But I honestly didn’t believe it until I saw this in today’s USA Today website:

This is the screenshot of where the ROYAL AND RECKLESS Boxset landed on the list yesterday! I’m still in shock… it’s surreal… and it’s AWESOME!

This is the screenshot of where the ROYAL AND RECKLESS Boxset landed on the list yesterday! I’m still in shock… it’s surreal… and it’s AWESOME!

Yes. I hit a list with 22 other authors in an anthology. I’m very proud of all of us because we worked really hard to make this happen. We wrote kick butt stories, had a Royal & Reckless Party room with guest author takeovers, ran ads, did newsletter swaps, ran more ads, grew our followings on BookBub and Amazon, ran more ads, hosted more takeovers, supported each other and kept plugging along for over four months to get to this point. At times the work was overwhelming and took precedence over all other writing projects.

BUT ALL THE HARD WORK PAID OFF AND IT WAS WORTH IT!!

Does this mean I’m any different today than I was yesterday? In some ways, yes. Writing is a lonely art and the romance industry has seen many ups and downs. Sometimes it’s enough to make this romance author want to run to the hills with a jug of wine and stay there indefinitely. This isn’t an easy industry, but I keep slogging away at this thing called “crafting a romance” because I love writing the stories. But there are days… days when I feel like maybe it isn’t worth all the time and energy I’m putting into this gig.

But then something magical happens when I need it the most. Something like becoming a USA Today Bestselling Author and then I am motivated to try again even if I don’t know when the next magical thing will happen.

So on days when you’re feeling like tossing in the proverbial towel and running to the hills with a jug of wine for an indefinite period of time, don’t… hang on and keep writing… magic is waiting just around the corner!

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Royal & Reckless: Spotlight on Author Laura Greenwood

Super excited to introduce one of the kick-butt authors in the Royal & Reckless Boxset!! Please say a big hello to Laura Greenwood!! 

Check out her awesome story coming to you in September, but you can pre-order the entire boxset of stories TODAY from Kobo, Nook, and Apple Books!! 

KNEEL FOR ME is a royal contemporary standalone reverse harem. Includes one almost Queen, four royal suitors and a whole lot of mischief. Ooh... I'm intrigued!!

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Biography

Laura really needs to get around to writing a better biography. She's great at doing them for her friends, but not so much for herself. Until then...she's a USA Today Bestselling Author of Paranormal, Reverse Harem & Fantasy Romance...the romance being the important bit! From kelpies to dragons, and princesses to bakers, there's a wide range of heroines, with one thing in common: they know how to look after themselves. (But the romance is fun too!) 

When she's not writing, you can find Laura reading, cooking, baking or binge watching one of three TV shows. Or Pitch Perfect. She's been known to watch that a couple of times in a day. 

You can check out Laura's Website here: 
www.authorlauragreenwood.co.uk

Or join her Facebook Group: 
www.facebook.com/groups/theparanormalcouncil  

 

Stalking Links

Facebook Group: http://facebook.com/groups/theparanormalcouncil 

Facebook Page: http://facebook.com/authorlauragreenwood

Bookbub: http://www.bookbub.com/authors/laura-greenwood

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/authorlauragreenwood

Website: www.authorlauragreenwood.co.uk 

Mailing List: www.authorlauragreenwood.co.uk/p/mailing-list-sign-up.html

You can get your hands on all the Royal & Reckless stories by pre-ordering from Kobo, Nook and Apple Books TODAY!

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Digging Out of Distraction: Learning to Pivot in Author World

Romancelandia has been very noisy during the last several weeks. Many negative things have happened which have made sitting down to write words difficult. Romance authors have taken a lot of hits, myself included, and I bet most of us are questioning why we're even doing this anymore. I know I have questioned sitting down for hours alone in a room to write stories which, quite frankly, are part of an ocean of romances that are underpriced and many of us are struggling to sell a book for less than a high priced mocha latte. 

The biggest hit to my career was Amazon's sudden announcement that they were closing down Kindle Worlds in July 2018. This came out of nowhere (I had just blogged about how much I loved writing romantic suspense in this world less than a month ago) and the World Author owners along with the many writers who contributed to these worlds are still trying to figure out what to do. I was ready to start working on my third story for Elle James' Brotherhood Protectors' Kindle World, but decided to park until my wonderful leader, Elle, made some decisions about what to do next. We all love the world. We all adore Elle. There is good news on the horizon, but that's a blog post for another day.

I had to pivot away from my stories that I'd planned and refocus my energy in a new direction. What would I work on after I finished my current boxset novella for the Royal & Reckless Boxset? And where did I want to put my energy for the next several years to come if Romancelandia continues to become more difficult to navigate? 

The first thing I did was reevaluate my strengths and what I loved doing the most. I love writing, editing, and encouraging/motivating people. Deep content editing as a Drill Sargeant at Bootcamp Edits along with story coaching gives me the opportunity to encourage and motivate romance novelists to improve their craft and stories. Writing my romances fulfills me and I love creating new worlds with new people. Exploring how two people grow to be the perfect people for each other despite their flaws and developing their journey toward their happily ever afters is something I enjoy despite how much work goes into the process.

Because these stories aren't easy to write. They're hard work. Every book presents a different challenge. The same process goes into developing a well-crafted long romance as into a short romance. The only difference is the number of words required to complete the story. Add to that I have become 100% independently published. I'm all Indie all the way. This means getting my own work to editors, hiring cover artists, formatting, and uploading every book I write myself along with marketing the books prior to and after publishing. I wear a LOT of hats. I say NO to a lot of things because I wear a lot of hats. 

Every cut into my income stream impacts how and when and what I can do for my stories. I also want to deliver quality love stories to my readers. To be honest, I'd love some help with marketing these books because it's not really in my wheelhouse to check algorithms and make perfect Facebook Ads (I don't even try anymore where that's concerned) and doing the marketing stuff kills my creative brain as quick as a person stepping on a bug.

I'm pivoting and dancing along the writing road to my own beat with my own rules. 

I'm pivoting and dancing along the writing road to my own beat with my own rules. 

But I am trying some new things, out of the box things, that might reach readers in a different way. Hopefully, these methods will translate into more sales and more reach via using a strength that is in my wheelhouse: connecting one-on-one with people in real life and via other media outlets. 

However, for now, I have to get back to where do I need to focus my energy today so I can sustain a lifelong career as an author? First, I gave myself a little Royal Wedding Break, then gave myself permission to take a break from writing romances during the month of July. I've got a non-fiction project I want to work on instead. My dad's memoir about his life which includes being interred in a Japanese Concentration camp during most of his adolescence. So that's what I'm going to do and I'm thrilled to dig into this project. And, fun fact, I alluded to this memoir in TEMPTING THE HEARTBREAKER: Hollywood Heartbreakers Book 1.

Then, as I waited to hear about what would happen regarding my Kindle World books' future, I continued working on my fun, sexy Reckless & Royal story and made plans to revise another story for an October/November release this year. I also dusted off a story I'd written last year that was going to be part of a small town series I had in mind for future publication. 

A funny thing happened along the Brainstorming Trail. An older idea I had for the small town series began bubbling to the surface and wouldn't stop pinging me. I let the idea continue to germinate and opened my mind to ALL the possibilities. Voila! A new, different, fun, exciting series is being discovered. This is GOLD! Platinum. The best part is I don't have to rush it. Because I've decided to pivot in another way which is the polar opposite of what I'm "supposed" to do in Indie Romancelandia.

I'm taking my time. I'm not rushing this series. I'm thinking long term. I'm still writing some standalone romance novels and going to participate in other cool romance writing projects, but this series is going to carry me through a lot of years if I remain focused on the end game. Best of all, I'm very excited to work on this ongoing project/series.

I'm not pivoting to chase the next "this is what's hot in romance now" stories. I'm pivoting to create a series that'll sustain my creativity and my writing soul while actively pursuing other projects and enjoying my personal life too.

 

 

The Healthy Writer: My Frenemies the Scale & the Measuring Tape

On March 3rd, I shared a blog about my journey back to health. You can read all about it here. One of the things I had to start doing in order to regain my health was to get back on my scale and weigh myself every day. 

I hate that damn scale, but I am not like some people who cut back on donuts and pizza if their favorite skinny jeans don’t fit. I am the kind of person who says, “Spanx makes leggings & let’s buy some nice muumuu tops if my skinny jeans don’t fit.”

Let's be honest. My definition of skinny jeans has changed over time. LOL But they're mine and I am cool with wearing them.

So I started weighing every day. Not fun. I have one of those body mass digital scales that tells me my weight and my BMI. Blech. But I have to face it every day. That works for me. Unfortunately, the weight wasn't coming off fast and I was getting disillusioned. So my doctor suggested I measure myself too.

Ah, the measuring tape. Another frenemy of mine, but it does show different changes as you undergo lifestyle transformations. I'd used it once during the pre-oh-shit-I've-got-a-lot-lose moment in May 2017 because I needed to order some plus size dresses for the RWA National Conference. So I had those measurements written down for future purchases. Then I measured again in July after my doctor suggested I do so.

Drum Roll Please... I'm going to share the numbers with you... because I want anyone out there to see that even a former model, skinny kid from the North side of the 55th parallel has to face these demons too. And together we can conquer them!

Photo by  Jennifer Burk  on  Unsplash

Photo by Jennifer Burk on Unsplash

Measurements don't include my freakishly long torso which is the same length as my inseam. 

March/April 2017 Measurements (Weight Unknown)

Hips: 49 inches Waist: 40 inches  Bust: 45 inches 

July 13, 2017 Measurements (Weight 197 lbs)

Hips: 47 inches Waist: 38 inches Bust: 42 inches

I had lost a total of 5 inches!! That encouraged me to go on and keep fighting to regain my health and fitness. 

March 13, 2018 (about one year later-weight 175 lbs)

Hips: 42.5 inches Waist: 33 inches Bust: 39 inches

Y'all, I am pleased with those numbers. Sure the scale (my frenemy for life) is nowhere near the numbers I want it to show me (mean old scale), but the measuring tape is slowly becoming my best friend. I have lost 6.5 inches off my hips, 7 inches off my waist and 6 inches off my bust. This is a grand total of 19.5 inches off my body. Gone! I am thrilled with these results.

But I'm not stopping here. I decided I needed to add another layer of effort to my fitness and health regime so I hired a personal trainer at the local YMCA to teach me how to work out all over again. She's helping me regain my torso strength along with rebuilding my muscular strength in my legs and arms. I have had two half-hour sessions with her and she's fantastic.

I'm still on this journey. It's not easy to remain fit and healthy when you sit in a chair by yourself writing stories all day long. It's not easy for anyone who has a demanding career or busy family life or all of the above. Toss in pets and aging parents and general life happenings and things get really out of control.

So be mindful. Be aware that this is a journey with pitfalls, but you can make it! I'm committed to maintaining what I've already achieved and slowly taking it to the next level.

What are your fitness goals? What are your obstacles? Do you weigh every day or avoid the scale like the plague? Talk to me. Let's take this journey together! 

★•**•★FALLING FOR HER TEMPORARY BODYGUARD is LIVE!!★•**•★ #giveaways #romance #brotherhoodprotectors #kindleworld

FALLING FOR HER TEMPORARY BODYGUARD: A Brotherhood Protectors' Novella is LIVE!!!

Super excited to bring you the second book in my Lawson family Brotherhood Protectors' Kindle World series as part of Elle James' sexy new world. You can get your copy from Amazon Kindle TODAY!! It's only 1.99 or FREE from Kindle Unlimited. 

FALLING FOR HER TEMPORARY BODYGUARD

My sexy ginger bodyguard... Jacob Lawson meets his match in Eagle Rock, Montana in this action-filled, sexy story.

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Blurb: 

Navy SEAL Jacob Lawson returns to Montana to receive physical therapy for a bum shoulder that might permanently put him out of commission. When his sexy physical therapist is threatened by a dangerous criminal, he volunteers to guard her as a favor to the Brotherhood Protectors’ leader. Jacob’s attracted to her, but he won’t take advantage of the situation. He won’t touch her… though he wants to do that and so much more.

Claire Murray once put a madman away with her testimony against him. Now he’s free and she’s terrified he’ll follow through on his threats against her. The Brotherhood Protectors are a man short, so her muscular, powerful patient offers to fill in. She accepts his help only if he’ll let her treat him for free. Soon spending her days and nights with this hot protector ignites tantalizing fantasies she craves for him to fulfill. 

Unfortunately, Jacob’s keeping his hands to himself… that is until she realizes the attraction is mutual during a sizzling after-hours physical therapy session. And though she usually doesn’t make the first move, Claire dares her gorgeous temporary bodyguard to act on their desire. 

When he does, they unleash their sexual chemistry, but when the danger escalates, Claire insists on luring her stalker out of hiding so she can stop him. Now Jacob must put the woman he’s grown to love in the line of fire to save her life…

Available from AMAZON

BROTHERHOOD PROTECTORS' FACEBOOK LAUNCH PARTY!!
Today: 1:30-10PM CST
Join the fun and enter for chances to win prizes from 17 Brotherhood Protector Authors as we celebrate our releases!

Become a member of the Reader Group here. We're partying all afternoon!
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GIVEAWAY ALERT!!!

I'm so stoked about the launch of these 17 books that I'm giving away 4 Brotherhood Protectors' e-books by any author of your choice in this month's launch. Here's the lineup authors and links to their books too! Enter for a chance to win a free book by commenting on this blog with the title you want to read! Easy!!

Paige Yancey, Hot Colorado Nights - https://amzn.to/2Ekt9hE
Delilah Devlin, Reaper’s Ride - https://amzn.to/2HbIPqu
Regan Black, Lost Signal - https://amzn.to/2Elciem
Heather Long, Wrangling Wanda - https://amzn.to/2GxdqBP
Ilsa J Ilsa J. Bick, Soldier’s Heart Part 3 - https://amzn.to/2uQaSt0
Jen Talty, Rough Justice - https://amzn.to/2GCSK7z
Jesse Jacobson - Author, Rainhorse - https://amzn.to/2GUPjfu
Silver James, Montana Moon - https://amzn.to/2JmpJym
Kris Norris, Carved In Ice - https://amzn.to/2uSnakI
Margaret Madigan, Broken SEAL - https://amzn.to/2GyZ8Rf
Beth Colleen Beth Williamson, Sawyer - https://amzn.to/2uSngc4
Desiree Holt, Hidden Danger - https://amzn.to/2GzdRLI
Kat Mizera, Catching Lana - https://amzn.to/2JiYzbM
Aliyah Burke, Spring Rain - https://amzn.to/2H9V9rc
Mary Caelsto-Lenker/Mary Winter, Roped and Rescued - https://amzn.to/2H9epoD
Layla Chase, Ranger Loyalty - https://amzn.to/2H9Kgpt

Notes from the Writer's Chair

So much excitement this week!! I love new releases. Once this busy day is over, I'll be working on my fun new modern fairy tale romance set in a lush fantasy kingdom located in the Mediterranean Sea. This Marriage of Convenience love story is sexy, edgy and has a hint of suspense! But today? I'm partying!!! Join us and say hello!

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Christine