Cheers and Happy New Year

Well, we’ve all gotten through the Christmas season, some of us better than others, and are on to the new year. Let’s hope 2018 is far, far better than 2017. Even if your 2017 was good, we can always hope for better.  Not that my 2017 was bad. Actually, as a writer, I would say it was one of my best.

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Allow me to recap 2017.

I re-edited, re-packaged, and re-released my first three books of my MacNicol Clan series and added a new, never before released before prequel. This included getting shiny, new covers done by the Killion Group and re-branding the series.
The MacNicol Clan Through Time series:
Book 1 – A Time to Begin (the new prequel)
Book 2 – A Time To Return  (formerly: Return In Time)
Book 3 – A Time To Belong (formerly: Somewhere To Belong)
Book 4 – A Time To Forgive  (formerly: Away Over-Yonder)

I also released a new Jules Vanderzeit Gilded Age novel, Until You Love Me, which is one of my favorites. (Note of honesty: everyone of my books is one of my favorites.)

And at the end of December, I finished writing my next Jules Vanderzeit Gilded Age novel, Until She Says Yes. This is so new, I haven’t even blogged about it yet. I’ve been too busy writing it! So you’re hearing about it here first. I plan to release this book in mid 2018. I’ve just sent it off to my wonderful editor and have a beta reader looking it over to give me her perspective. As an author, this is all very exciting.

OUTSIDE of writing, I’ve put in more hours as a tour guide/event assistant in the San Francisco Bay area. I love this semi-retirement/part-time job. It gets me out of the house and I get to hang with some really fun people who are out having a really great time. Not a bad gig.

So even if the economic and political landscape hasn’t been all roses and peach blossoms, I won’t complain. Mostly, because I think folks don’t like to hear anyone complain, and I especially don’t like to hear myself complain. I’d much rather smile, and keep on laughing. As I say on my tours: Bring the happy with you.

Cheers to a truly Happy New Year. May you enjoy always. T

Three reasons why I’m Not Good at Promotion

I have published 8 books in romance and am working on numbers 9 and 10. By now, you would think I’d be good at promotion. But I’m NOT. In fact, I kinda suck.

Promotion is actually two words – PRO, as in professional or progressive, and MOTION as to move or take action. Progressive Action. Yeah, not so good at either being progressive or taking action.

But I’m a good writer, or at least I think I am, as well as several people who have read my books and seem to agree. But to reach the next level of success I need Several More Readers (aka sales). Let’s be real here people, writers need to sell their books.

So, here are the top 3 reasons why I suck at promotion:

  1. Consistency. To be a good at promotion, the message needs to be consistent. A consistent branded message consistently repeated. My message?

    Timeless Romance with a Touch of Magic.

    Love is the greatest magic of them all.

    How many of you knew that? If only it there were more like you, the ones who knew.

  2. Easy Call To Action. For promotion to be successful, it needs to provide an easy access for the consumer – i.e. reader – to buy my books. This should be done with a single click that take the potential buyer directly to a place where they can buy my book(s), such as this one: Until You Love Me. Go ahead and click that link and see if it works.    Thanks  🙂
  3. Measurable Results. Good promotion should be measurable. This helps the promoter to know what works and what doesn’t and where to spend their advertising budget. Except I have nearly no advertising budget.

Which takes me back to number one about being consistent. And then number two about watching my sales records, which I don’t do nearly as often as I should. I rarely look at my sales data or worry about whether or not I sold XX number of books. Maybe I should, but that seems boring and often depressing.

I’d rather be writing.

Or hanging out with my friends on facebook. (honesty). Which all makes me suck at promotion. But hopefully, I’m still a good writer with entertaining stories to tell.

So IF you’re interested in timeless romance with a touch of magic, please buy and read my books, and I’ll keep writing.

Enjoy always. T

Magic carpet ride.

Writing a book and getting it published is a thrilling journey of discovery. With each book I write, I get to go through the process of creation. Creating new characters, new stories, and new ways of finding happily ever after.

Throughout this process I’ve learned more about myself than I had ever expected. I’ve gained new and greater understanding of who I am and who I want to be. Some of it has been exciting new revelations, and some of it has been scary. Some of it has confirmed previously held beliefs and some of it has become new landscape where my soul can play. But always, the journey is grand and thrilling, and mostly fun.

Whether it’s writing, romance, love, or life; we can’t avoid the challenges life presents us. We may try, but have you ever noticed how life’s challenges always wins the game of hide and seek.  Sometimes it may end badly or not go the way we planned, but that’s the thing about reality, it rarely goes the way we imagine it.  And often, that’s a good thing, because what shows up is so much more rich and challenging and interesting than our little selves could have ever imagined.

There are times when I feel much like the sorcerer’s apprentice, wielding a magic wand as I create romance and magic from everyday life. It’s a whole new world. Always enjoyable, but sometimes crazy and full of the unknown, it’s truly been a magic carpet ride. Come along, take a seat, buckle up and enjoy the ride.

Believe it or not, my life is based on a true story.   How about yours?

Enjoy always, T

Until You Love Me

He’s Back! The gilded days are here again.

My dear friend, and favorite magic man, Jules Vanderzeit, is back to cause more chaos and confusion for my hero and heroine in my new gilded age novel, Until You Love Me.

All summer I’ve been hanging out with the MacNicol Clan, chatting it up with brawn Scottish warriors, lovely fae princesses, and hapless time travelers. Now it’s time to return to the land of Manhattan and the gilded age with the new release of Until You Love Me, the latest in my Jules Vanderzeit series.

While Jules is not really the center of attention in my gilded age stories, he tends to play a part in putting my hero and heroine through the wringer of life as they go blindly about their way in search of happily ever after. Since Jules is obviously not the hero, who exactly is he? And what, precisely is his purpose in all these stories? While I have my thoughts and theories on the subject, I prefer to leave it to the reader to decide who or what Jules represents for you.

In Until You Love Me, the Maestro has a rather interesting way of connecting two very different women from very different times. But wait . . .  are they really two different women. I invite you to read the book and decide for yourself.

UntilYouLoveMe-ebook72dpi-1500x2000 (2)More than a century separate Becky Sue Dobson and Rebecca Wheland Jaffray, and yet one of them is about to discover how deeply their lives are connected.

Filled with remorse over the loss of her daughter, Becky Sue Dobson is ready to end her life, but when her car plunges over a steep hillside, instead of death, she encounters a mysterious man who calls himself the Maestro. Suddenly, everything she had thought to be true is turned inside out.

After only four months of marriage, Rebecca Wheland Jaffray would rather face the scandal of divorce than continue to live with a man she doesn’t love. The only reason James agreed to marry her was to secure a loan from her father. Feeling angry and rejected, she runs off to hide at her family’s summer home even though it’s closed for the winter season. Sadly, it seems nothing she does turns out right.

Facing financial ruin after the market crash in May, 1893, James Jaffray turns to one of the most ruthless men in all of New York and agrees to marry his daughter, Rebecca Wheland. Though their marriage was never based on love, when she suddenly disappears, James realizes his wife wants nothing to do with him.

Seven days later, when Rebecca returns home, James knows something has changed, but he’s not sure what or why, because prior to her disappearance, James hadn’t believed he could ever love his wife.

Are you in search of your happily ever after? Have you ever considered, it’s happening right now? Take care, my friend, and enjoy always, T.

Available at major online booksellers:  AmazonApple, Barnes & Noble, Kobo

Until You Love Me.

Exciting days are here again. It’s time for another Jules Vanderzeit Gilded Age novel.

November 1st is just around the corner, and with it comes the release of Until You Love Me, the third book in my Jules Vanderzeit series.

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When the story begins, it’s November 11, 1893 during the gilded age of Manhattan. The holidays are fast approaching and Rebecca Wheland Jaffary has no desire to spend them surrounded by people she doesn’t love, or worse, whom she believes don’t love her. James Jaffary, her husband of four months, wants nothing to do with her, or so she thinks, and as far as she’s concerned, the feeling is mutual.

Frustrated, but not defeated, Rebecca schemes to return to her father’s house on Fifth Avenue, but he refuses her sanctuary. Desperate to come up with an alternate plan, she takes off for her father’s summer cottage on Long Island. However, once she arrives, nothing goes as planned, and suddenly, with a single misstep, everything she had thought important no longer matters.

Look for Until You Love Me – on sale November 1 – at major online booksellers.

Enjoy always, T