Glitches Happen

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If you noticed that the title on the book cover doesn’t match the title listed on Amazon, you’re right. Yeah you. Not me!

Maybe you’re asking, how did this happen? – – – Short answer: Because sometimes I’m a freaking idiot, and sometimes I’m not. This is one of those times when I dropped the ball. Bases loaded, strike one.

When I was entering my book to be published on Amazon, I hadn’t noticed that I had typed in the wrong title. Duh! That’s a pretty Big opps. Somehow I had combined parts of my previous book – Until You Love Me – with my current release – Until She Says Yes. I got it half right but only half right is still all wrong.

The title for this book is and always has been Until She Says Yes.

The US government has issued stamps with errors and many of those stamps have become quite valuable because of those errors. They represent a moment in history that was NOT intended. Everyone involved in the process of making those stamps intended to make a perfectly flawless final product. But somewhere along the way an error was overlooked.

I too intended to make a perfectly flawless final product, but like those well-intended stamp makers, somewhere along the way I screwed up. Something got overlooked.

When I discovered my error, my glitch, I spent days being bummed about it, certain it would take me months to recover from this screw-up.  All I could do was suck  it up and move on.  But then I started reading Tyler Perry’s book, Higher Is Waiting,  and I realized my error wasn’t so bad, certainly not life changing. I just needed a way to move past this moment in time and keep believing in myself. Believe in ME. It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it, who better than ME.

My book, Until She Says Yes, is a good book. The story is still a good story. It’s entertaining and uplifting. So now that you know that I screwed up, please don’t let that stop you from buying the book, reading the book, and enjoying the story.  Maybe you can be the one to tell your friends, I bought the book with the wrong title . . . and I liked it.

Enjoy always, T

PS – I’m working with Amazon to get this fixed. I’ll keep you updated.

Stories Behind the Stories

Authors are often asked where they get the inspiration for their stories. The quick and easy answer is everywhere.

But when you dig deeper, sometime it’s interesting to reveal the
Stories Behind the Stories.

Stradivarius violin

In Until We Meet Again, the first book of my Jules Vanderzeit series, the heroine goes back in time to retrieve a Stradivarius violin that has been left and lost on a train. So where did that come from? Somewhere in my internet trolling (aka research) I came across an old news story of a Stradivarius violin that had been left on a train, believe it or not, by what could only be described as an absentminded musician. I mean, really, who would forget they were traveling with a rare and expensive Stradivarius violin? But I liked the idea of how I could use it in a story.

I was writing a story of a woman being sent back in time and the idea of her going to find the lost violin worked for me. I simply moved the incident back to 1888 and made the owner a general after reading about this on Wikipedia.

As I researched this time period, I also found info on the Great Blizzard of 1888. I used that event as the cause of death for my hero’s wife, leaving the door open for his new romance.

If any of this sounds interesting to you, please pick up a copy of my book, Until We Meet Again from one of the many online book sellers and read all about it.

– – – Until we meet again, Enjoy Always, T

Why the Gilded Age?

Sometimes I’m asked by I write about the Gilded Age of New York? Easy and short answer is because it interests me. My Jules Vanderzeit novels, including Until You Love Me, are all set in the Gilded Age.UntilYouLoveMe hr-300dpi-3125x4167

There are hundreds, perhaps thousands of romance novels set in the Regency and Victorian periods of England. I’ve read several. But after awhile, I wanted something different than an endless line of Dukes, Earls, Barons and other titles of the nobility. Then it occurred to me, why not America? The Gilded Age, the time period roughly from 1870s to early 1900s, is filled with stories of wealthy families living soap opera lives with scandalous escapades. Perfect fodder for romance novels.

It was the rise of the Robber Baron, Capitalist, and Industrialist. An enterprising young man could go from rags to riches within his lifetime, and pass that wealth on to his children, creating family dynasties. The Gilded Age gave us J.P. Morgan, Andrew Carnegie, the Astors, Rockefellers, Vanderbilts, and so many more.

But behind theses wealthy men were their wives and daughters, setting the stage for high-society with all their self-imposed rules of etiquette, and hierarchy. Caroline Astor, wife of William Backhouse Astor, Jr. proclaimed herself as the highest social arbiter of her time. She made it her priority to codify proper behavior, as well as determine who exactly was acceptable among New York’s elite, going so far as to list the 400 families who could be counted as members of Fashionable Society.

Much like the Regency and Victorian periods of England, the Gilded Age had its upstairs and downstairs, the in crowd and the outs (aka, all the others), new money vs old, or basically rich vs poor. It had fancy dresses, well dressed men and lots of money spent on balls, and parties and yachts and mansions. It was a time of amazing social change, as well as political and social-economic.

What’s not to love, and oh what fun to write about.

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.


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