Saturday, February 9, 2019

HIGHLIGHTS OF A WRITER'S LIFE @kathleenlawless #romancegems


There are many notable moments in the life of an author.  Some are life-changing, like the call from an agent or publisher with an offer.  In today’s indie world, it is more likely to be hitting “Publish” on that very first book to be sent out to be scrutinized by the world.

It can be hitting a best-seller list, receiving a glowing review, or a reader letter telling the author how the book touched her life.

It can be connecting with other authors, readers who become fans, or randomly meeting a stranger who has not only heard of the writer, but has read and enjoyed their work.   (This happened to me once in Mexico on vacation and it is right up there as a truly memorable moment)

It can be helping other writers on the journey to success, or hearing that a certain story helped someone through a rough patch.  Then there is that rare but magic moment when the story takes on a life of its own and the writer becomes simply a dicta-typist getting the words down as fast as the characters spew them out. 

On the marketing front, I have heard time and again how difficult it is to get accepted by Bookbub to have a book featured.  Since rejection is my middle name (there have been countless rejections over the years in my career), I recently decided to give it a try.  To my absolute amazement and delight (think winning the lottery) my Western Historical Romance, Anora’s Pride was chosen to be featured on February 9th.
I really don’t play favorites among my stories, (much like my children) but this particular work touched a special place in me.  I actually cried at one point during the writing. 
 
Today only, you can pick up Anora on sale for just .99 and meet Jesse Quantrill, the hero Romantic Times describes as, “steams his way into every woman’s heart with his bad-boy-turned-hero machismo.” 

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While you’re here with the Romance Gems leave a comment to win an Amazon gift card, and don’t forget to enter the draw to win a Kindle Fire.  
And of course, have a Happy Valentine’s.   
From All of Us to All of You.  See you Soon!

Kathleen      

29 comments:

  1. Congrulations on the Bookbub promotion, Kathleen. It is certainly a highlight and I wish you many more.

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  2. Kathleen - a BookBub ad is the equivalent of finding a unicorn! Well Done!

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  3. Ooh, the elusive BookBub ad! Congrats 👏 and we all can relate to that "middle name" ;)

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  4. Hope you do great with the BookBub ad. I know I bought this!! And read it already! You killed me with that one scene - I'm sure you know what it is!!

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  5. I'm pretty sure we all have those "favorite" moments. Mine will always be the first "call" ... back in the day when the editor actually made the call.

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  6. I, of course woke up to no power, so it was agonizing not being able to check my sales. thanks for everyone's support. I love this group. We are doing great things here.

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  7. Western Historical Romance is a great favorite of mine.

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  8. Me too, Mary. I love the marriage-of-convenience trope. Right now Mail Order Brides are a popular theme. Do you have a favorite?

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  9. Happy Valentine's Day to you as well. western historical are so much fun to read.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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    1. I love reading and writing Western Historicals. It was a fascinating time in history, particularly for women.

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  10. Anora’s pride is such a great read! Congrats again on the BookBub ad, so happy you got it!

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    1. Thank you, Shelley. And thank you for your wonderful tarot readings at Enlighten Intuitive.

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  12. Congrats on getting with BookBub!

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  13. Thank you for sharing your story Kathleen. It is inspiring to hear that it is a good idea to never give up...no matter what you are seeking. Kudos on your BookBub victory. I am sure it feels great! I am looking forward to reading your featured book very soon.

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    1. Thank you, Brenda. What I love most is so many more readers get to meet those characters and hear their story.

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  15. Congrats!!! Wish you lots of notable moments and new readers!! :-)

    I had no idea it was hard to have your book featured on BookBub. Guess it's a competitive market. I remember seeing your book, will check it out.


    My contact info: adissidente at gmail dot com

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    1. Thanks Iris, for stopping in. Good luck in the contest.

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  16. Congratulations on hitting #1 in Western Romance, Kathleen. Talk about a highlight!

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  17. Kathleen, you have hit the lottery. Many congratulations. You're hard work is paying off. Enjoy it all.

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  18. Thanks, Nora. It's great to be part of this group. One person's success is everyone's success.

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  19. Peaks and valleys, right, Kathleen? I think every writer can identify with your post. Congrats on the BB ad. Looking forward to hearing how many hundreds, maybe 1000's, of copies went flying off the cyber shelves. *g*

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  20. Congrats on BookBub, I find lots of new authors that way.

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  21. Cindi, that is so good to know. They seem a very supportive platform for bringing authors and readers together.

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  22. Woo hoo on hitting #1 in Western Romance, Kathleen! That's great! And it's so true about those favorite moments. I was stunned - in a good way - when someone approached me at a paranormal convention to say they were reading my book. She even pulled it up on her phone to prove it. Destination = Cloud 9

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