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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.

 

 

A Successful Release Week & More!

RESISTING THE HEARTBREAKER has had a wonderful release week. Thanks so much to everyone who are reading the book and special thanks to those who have left wonderful reviews. They truly help readers discover new authors and stories. Here's what some people have been saying about the third book in the HOLLYWOOD HEARTBREAKERS' Series: has had a wonderful release week. Thanks so much to everyone who are reading the book and special thanks to those who have left wonderful reviews. They truly help readers discover new authors and stories. Here's what some people have been saying about the third book in the HOLLYWOOD HEARTBREAKERS' Series:

"RESISTING THE HEARTBREAKER is exciting from the beginning; the story is captivating, the characters unusual and sympathetic." -- Monique

"This book had me on pins and needles hoping they can get their happily ever after! Christine Glover has written another great book and is a five-star read." -- Kathy

"This was the first book I have read from this author - she is now on my radar for future books." -- Cherie

"When these two meet sparks fly! This story was fun, sexy and at times pulled at my heartstrings. It was all well worth it though to get to the HEA, which was beautiful!" -- Jane

If you love steaming hot passionate romances with heart, then grab your copy today!

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$25 Amazon Gift Card

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Now that the final book in the HOLLYWOOD HEARTBREAKERS' series is out, I focusing on developing a new series along with two other book projects. For those of you who have read TEMPTING THE HEARTBREAKER, you'll be excited to learn that Rafe's younger sister, Isabella, is going to have her own story and her romance will kick off the new series!! As usual, I like to shake things up and change my settings and backgrounds. And Isabella's story will definitely bring a twist as this Fish Out of Water meets her perfect hero in the gorgeous countryside surrounding the vineyards and the Shenandoah Mountains in Virginia. Northern Virginia was home to me and my family for many years and I love returning to this region. So, of course, I have to write a book series set in that area!! 

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I'm excited about the future and all the fun projects I'll be working on in the months ahead. I appreciate all of my readers and I promise to blog more often... not just about my books, but about other fun topics too. 

XXOO,

Christine

RESISTING THE HEARTBREAKER is LIVE!!!

GOOD MORNING!!

I'm thrilled to announce that RESISTING THE HEARTBREAKER is LIVE!!! You've read about Trevor Maguire in Tempting the Heartbreaker & in Seducing the Heartbreaker. Now you'll finally learn his deep dark secret and meet the woman who helps him face his past! Samantha Bennett's a former Navy helicopter pilot who is the perfect woman for Trevor... but he'll have to work hard to earn her love because Samantha knows what she wants and deserves from a man, even a Hollywood Hottie like Trevor Maguire! If you love steaming hot passionate romances with heart, then grab your copy today!

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Early Reviews are in and here's what readers are saying right now!

  • "RESISTING THE HEARTBREAKER is exciting from the beginning; the story is captivating, the characters unusual and sympathetic, especially a secondary character: Quentin, Trevor’s father."--Monique
  • "This book had me on pins and needles hoping they can get their happily ever after! Christine Glover has written another great book and is a five-star read."-- Kathy
  • "This was the first book I have read from this author - she is now on my radar for future books." -- Cherie
  • "This story was fun, sexy and at times pulled at my heartstrings. It was all well worth it though to get to the HEA, which was beautiful!" -- Jane

GIVEAWAY ALERT!

I'm celebrating RESISTING THE HEARTBREAKER'S release with a fun prize sweepstakes. You can enter for a chance to win:

$25 Amazon Gift Card

Author Tote Bag

Author Pen

Book Lover's Bracelet

Autographed Paperback of RESISTING THE HEARTBREAKER

Don't delay, enter for your chance to win this amazing package of goodies today!

GIVEAWAY PACKAGE ENTRY

 

Trevor Maguire—a dangerous, sexy devil in disguise who had the ability to get women naked with just one heart stopping, pulse pounding look.   

Trevor Maguire—a dangerous, sexy devil in disguise who had the ability to get women naked with just one heart stopping, pulse pounding look.

 

Seducing the Heartbreaker is HERE!!

Seducing the Heartbreaker is out TODAY!! 

Read Jax and Fiona's story! Book 2 in the Hollywood Heartbreakers' series. 

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Reforming this bad boy makes her want to be very naughty...

PR expert extraordinaire Fiona Maguire must deal with her most challenging task yet: clean up NASCAR champion Jax Hannigan’s act by posing as his girlfriend. She’s determined to help him because she feels responsible for his best friend’s death after setting the wrong man free for all the right reasons. Truthfully, she’s always harbored a secret crush on Jax—one she should ignore now, but can’t when passion flares between them. 

To secure a coveted sponsorship and prove he’s got what it takes to win to his slimy former team owner/stepfather, Jax needs to reform his bad boy image. He’s got the best in public relations backing him. The attraction sizzling between them is tempting, but she’s only available because he encouraged her fiancé to drive in a race that killed him. 

Soon days of working together turn to passionate, steamy nights. But their feelings for each other could jeopardize his comeback, especially after another scandal erupts. Now Jax must choose the ultimate prize: a championship trophy… or the woman he loves.

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