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Online Publishers

book-fan-rgb-300As some of you know, I’m an advocate of publishing either with a major commercial publisher through an agent, or self-publishing. To avoid one of the hundreds of ebook publishers on the net.

WHY?

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Preditors & Editors Readers Poll 2014

thoss2NEWCOVER300The voting for the Preditors & Editors Reader Poll Award for 2014 is nearly over. By tomorrow, I’ll know if The House on Serpent Lake placed. The top ten novels in each category – mystery, romance, horror, etc – receive an award.

While awards are not supposed to be of such importance, I’m watching the clock for the poll closing countdown. So check back tomorrow or Friday. If I’ve placed at all in the top ten, I’ll proudly announce it. If not, I’ll quietly slink out of town.

Wish me luck!

The House on Serpent Lake

When her husband inherits his abandoned childhood home on a north woods lake, Lindsay Peterson is delighted. Until . . .
Strange things happen when she sees the decaying house for the first time: she knows how the rooms are arranged, knows of a gazebo that hasn’t existed for fifty years.

After they move in, dreams of a lover from another time haunt her sleep, then intrudes on her days with déjà vu until the present blurs with the past. A stirring of air caresses her with whispered touch.
Then the touches become real.

 

 

 

 

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January 15, 2015 · 4:31 am

Amazon

I just received the news that Beyond the Quiet has hit Amazon’s top 100 Bestsellers in the Kindle Suspense genre.

And I’m thrilled. I’m going to take a screen shot so that no matter what happens from here, I’ll always remember the thrill I’m feeling right now.

I’ve received quite a few reviews in the past few days, some good and some pretty darn terrible. And that’s ok. I know not everyone will like my stories. I don’t like everything I read and I’m even disappointed at times by my favorite authors. When we make our work available to the public, we put ourselves at risk. Par for the course.

But most of the bad ones refer to the sex scenes and I’m surprised. I’ve seen graphic sex in some of the major publisher’s books, so I didn’t realize how many people were still offended by them. One said it was ‘gratuitous sex’ but on that point I have to disagree. I gave a lot of thought to those scenes and decided to go all the way – no pun intended. I wanted to show my character’s ‘flowering,’ in every way and that even a woman who has been married over twenty years can still be awakened by someone who loves her.

Maybe I’m a romantic at heart, maybe I still believe you can find true love while finding yourself. And this is the journey my character undertakes. Most of all, she’s on a journey to find herself.

I love this story, and no matter what I’ve written since or will write in the future, Beyond is still my favorite. Perhaps because, as a few readers have guessed, I put a lot of ‘me’ in the story.

I just haven’t found my Terry O’Neal yet, but Lisa’s story gives me hope.

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