Tuesday, August 21, 2012

News to Share

I don't think it's a surprise after my last post that I've been dealing with a cypher stalker since last February. This has been the worse experience of my writing career. I absolutely love to write, to network with other authors and to interact with readers. Not only do I write, I'm an avid reader. Since I began writing, I have enjoyed my journey...until last February where I fell into the Twilight Zone. That was taken away from me...at least for a time.

I have exciting news coming. I will announce exactly what it is next week. I want to have time to devote to my news. At the moment, I'm in the midst of edits and kids leaving for college. Know only- finally I'm regaining control of my writing career.

I can't describe how I feel...it's like the fog has been lifted. I feel I can breathe.

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What this means is that I can go back to what I enjoy. It means that after these edits, my attention will turn to Whispers of a Legend, Part Four-Time of the Nuxvenom and submerge myself back into the fantasy world of Scarladin and Witheleghe. I will confess. I much prefer to be in the world of flying men, magic and morphing villains.

My news will take a tad of my time. It means a new blog...I'll leave it at that for the moment. Just know...I'm so relieved!

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Saturday, August 18, 2012

TWILIGHT ZONE'S SCARLET LETTER

DAUGHTER OF DECEIT

Have you ever felt like you're living in the Twilight Zone? I mean nothing around you makes sense. I think I've been living in the Twilight Zone when it comes to my writing since February...since my release of Daughter of Deceit.

Daughter of Deceit...Where, oh where, did Daughter of Deceit go? When I took Daughter of Deceit down, I put it back up as Seductive Secrets by Colleen Connally. Because of all the confusion surrounding this book, I put it back up free. It's free everywhere.

The reason...I don't think it's any secret the issues I had with Daughter of Deceit. It was...is a victim of an over zealous reviewer/reviewers...Daughter of Deceit is a victim of trolls. I have someone or a group of someones that are out to destroy my writing career. There isn't another way to say it. It is pretty clear and it isn't pretty.

I now live in the Twilight Zone. I can't make a move to defend myself because in the Twilight Zone World of Publishing, you can't mention any negativity.

DAUGHTER OF DECEIT
In this Twilight Zone, you are suppose to give the persona that everything is wonderful...idyllic...awesome. You have to present yourself as smiling and perfect...kinda like the Stepford Wives.

Nothing bad every happens to a good author...never. So if you have an issue, you need to keep it to yourself or you'll be marked by a Scarlet letter...the Scarlet A for marked author.

As in the Scarlet Letter, be prepared to be ostracized from the publishing society. Oh, they might feel bad for you, but it's like you have a contagious disease...they're afraid that any association with you will contaminate them also...so your author friends will take a step back. When you have the Scarlet A, you will be asked to take down blogs associating yourself with being friends with authors you know. While they will still accept your help in promoting their work, don't expect them to promote yours because of that fear of contamination. And the ones that do help...soon they will be warned and then you can feel them take a step back. Do I blame them? No, I wouldn't wish this on anyone.

I’m so tired of fighting this. I’m tired of defending my book against false and misleading reviews that have only a malicious intent.

Do you know what it’s like to work so hard on a book and simply have a malicious person swoop in and destroy the book you’ve worked endlessly uponDaughter of Deceit/Seductive Secrets took me over a year to write.

Now, I’m waiting like a condemned prisoner walking the last mile for my trolls’ next onslaught. There is no excitement anymore to a release, only fear.

I’ve been told to just let gowalk away from my namemy booksmy series. Why? Because I’ve done something wrongnobecause my writing is as horrible as my troll proclaimsnoMy writing is just fine.

Why then? Simply because I can’t winnot by myself.



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Saturday, August 11, 2012

Would You Like...?


I just released Ruse of Love. I have Another Night Falls to follow...don't have a set date at the moment. Suppose to be September, but it looks as though it's going to be pushed back to October. Although last time I said The Promise's release was going to be delayed and it wasn't.

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I say this because at this point I have options. Several really. I'm in the middle of a book, Broken Legacy, that I'm going to be releasing under my pen name Colleen Connally. Seductive Secrets has done extremely well in downloads...it's FREE. So it would probably be a good idea to follow Seductive Secrets up with another book, but...another option is to start another book. I have one in mind...or the last option is to finish revisions to Part Four of Whispers of a Legend.

I set the release of The Time of the Nuxvenom to early 2013. It was my own timeline. Guess what? I'm in the mood to finish it. What would you think of having it released in November? I'm thinking I might just could have it ready...

A couple of things concerning Whispers. When I started the series, I had in mind to release short books like I did with Shadows of the Past, The Path Now Turned and Vision of Destiny. That would have meant I would have had nine installments of Whispers of a Legend. Since that time, I asked the question how you readers wanted the next book to come out. The consensus seems to be instead of three installments, you want one longer book. So that's how I'm looking at the next book. With that settled, the next book will be

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Whispers of a Legend, Part Four- The Time of the Nuxvenom.

Would you like that?

Hope so! Have a good one! Keep reading!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Whispers of a Legend is Back!

Whispers of a Legend is back up everywhere or should be very soon! Busy, busy, busy week....

THE PATH NOW TURNED
Whispers of a Legend, Part Two, The Path Now Turned is back up on Barnes and Noble along with Whispers of a Legend, Volume I! I promise never...never...never to put any installment of Whispers of a Legend into Amazon Select again. It's just too restrictive to place a book for three months in one place anymore.


PATRIOT SECRETS
PATRIOT SECRETS, Book One in the Winds of Betrayal Series, is FREE for the next few days in celebration of RUSE OF LOVE, Book Two in the Winds of Betrayal Series release.


RUSE OF LOVE
Ruse of Love is coming....this week!


Don't forget the contest this month over on Jerri's Blog for your chance to win a $25 gift certificate. Stay with me this month. Promises to be a good one!


Saturday, August 4, 2012

GABBY'S SMILE!

Tower of London
King Henry VIII's Equestrian Event
Disclaimer:

All pictures within this post of London are my own. It will probably explain the reason why there are no Olympians within any of the pictures since I am not there now, but sit in front of my TV to view all events.

I love the Olympics. I have since I was a child. When I was small, I had coughing fits at times (My mother swears I did not have my asthma as a child, though. Of course, she's the women who sat in a doctor's office and explained to said doctor why cigarettes really don't harm anyone.) Anyhow when I was eleven, the winter Olympics were over in Japan. I remember this well since I got to watch them. Way back then, they telecast live. I was up during the coverage drinking herbal tea. My dad stayed up with me and we watched the events together. I used to dream as a child of competing in the Olympics. While I fell a tad short...okay...okay...a little more than a tad short of my dream, I do so enjoy watching others represent the United States. The athlete doesn't even have to be from the United States for me to appreciate their efforts.
British's Olympic Training Facility
Swimming Venue 1189 

This year I have truly been impressed. The Olympics are at the half-way point. I don't even know who I'm more impressed with- Gabby Douglas, Michael Phelps, Missy Franklin or Kimberly Rhode (she's the one who won her 5th straight gold in skeet shooting). Wasn't Gabby Douglas breathtakingly beautiful flying around on the floor exercise? Who thought that Phelps wasn't going to win gold in an individual event this Olympics? I have never even heard of Missy Franklin...well she's only seventeen...but Kimberly Rhode? Five...five straight gold medals. Seriously, congratulations to all of the US Olympians so far. You have made me proud to be an American.

But thinking about it, I think I'm most impressed with the gymnast. There's little Gabby flying around every event with a brilliant smile, but can you imagine the pressure she was under? I mean usually gymnast only have one shot at the Olympics...do or die.

Nerves can kill you...they can kill me. I have a new release on Tuesday, Ruse of Love. I don't think I have even been so nervous about a release—with good reason. It's really the first Indie release since Daughter of Deceit. We all know what happened there. I pulled Daughter of Deceit down. I can't even go into the details of what happened. Why?

Because authors are supposed to wear that smile...you know Gabby's smile. Smile at everyone without giving a hint of what's going on inside of us. Everything is supposed to be wonderful and great. In Ireland they would say splendid.

What is splendid? For me in writing at this time...August 6th! Whispers of a Legend goes back up everywhere with a promise never to go back into KDP! Hosting a contest over on Jerri's Blog for the month of August in celebration of Ruse of Love's release. Patriot Secrets will be free starting August 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9th! If you want Book One of Winds of Betrayal series, what better time! Then comes Ruse of Love...Book Two of Winds of Betrayal series, August 7th! I have held back on this release for many reasons...just have to get a grip on my nerves.

When I played sports, I attacked a game with the knowledge I had done everything I could have done to prepare for the competition. With my writings I have done the same. I have done the best I can. What makes me nervous is what I don't have control over.

Right now, I can't worry about it. For those that know me, you know that I've been dealing with my aunt who is now in hospice care. God love her. She's a trouper. She asked me how things were going with my writings. I told her I was trying to take the long way around and go through the back door hopefully so certain entities wouldn't notice me. She told me. "Don't do that. You go through that front door."

So front door it is...

August 7th-  RUSE OF LOVE!