All That Glitters By Tracy Krimmer Cover Reveal

All That Glitters By Tracy Krimmer Cover Reveal

It’s not often that I do cover reveals on my blog, but this one is for a new romance to publish this year from my good friend and critique partner, Tracy Krimmer. I adore her work, and I have this book to-read on my Kindle. I hope to start it soon so I can give feedback in a timely manner *cough cough* I hope to be timely. Lol. If you find this book interesting, be sure to follow her on her blog or sign up for her mailing list!

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Today is the cover reveal for All That Glitters by Tracy Krimmer. This cover reveal is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The cover is designed by K Creative Designs.

All That GlittersAll That Glitters (Songs of the Heart #1)
By Tracy Krimmer
Genre: Contemporary Romance / Women’s Fiction
Age category: Adult
Release Date: summer 2017

Blurb:
Country-music star, Dory Walker, never wanted to come back to the small town of Sycamore Bay. But after her fairy-tale life is flipped upside down, and her marriage becomes a casualty, she has no choice.

Harris Malone is a man with few commitments. He keeps a low profile most days while he cares for his young daughter and helps run his dad’s hardware store.

But when he and Dory run into each other at the local gas station, all either can think about is the searing kiss they shared many years ago.

Can a woman who only wants to rekindle her career and a man who enjoys a no-strings attached lifestyle find everlasting love?

You can find All That Glitters on Goodreads

About the Author:
Tracy’s love of writing began at nine years old. She wrote stories about aliens at school, machines that did homework for you, and penguins. Now she pens books and short stories about romance. She loves to read a great book, whether it be romance or science fiction, or any genre in between, or pop popcorn and catch up on her favorite TV shows or movies. She’s been known to crush a candy or two as well. Her loves include fitness, reading, coffee, dogs, and naps (not in that order), and her dislikes are blue cheese, cold weather, and burpees.

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Sunday Update – February 19, 2017

Quick update this week as I’M ON VACATION. Not a huge vacation by any means. We’re in Pennsylvania, enjoying two nights away from home. It was easy to get here and the kids are having fun, which is all that matters.

This week I spent either editing and walking or preparing for THE DAYDREAMER DETECTIVE OPENS A TEA SHOP to publish. The date is set! It’ll be available on February 27! I thought I would go for the 24th, but I didn’t like that it was a Friday. I have pre-orders set up on all the vendors but Amazon, and I hope to be done with all of them by Wednesday.

Otherwise, this week, there were days when I had to run errands or grocery shop or whatever instead of working, but all in all, I kept busy at editing and thinking really hard about what I’ll write next, which I hope to start by March 1.

I have decided that I can’t work with what I don’t have written (duh) so getting down rough first drafts via dictation is where I need to concentrate my efforts. A few months ago, I was against that idea, but I realize now after editing both THE DAYDREAMER DETECTIVE OPENS A TEA SHOP and Hikoboshi 1 that this is actually working out for me better than I thought it would. And as always, I’m learning to be flexible about how I write because getting the stories out there is the most important thing. So anyway, those are my thoughts on that!

The other stuff in life is going well. I think all the walking is really helping with my intermittent depression. I walked outside today in the sun and I immediately felt better. When I walk and work, I feel better. I really think walking is the key to my happiness.

What else happened this week?

My husband’s seedlings are really growing!

We had Taco Monday this week, which was a nice change of pace.

My treadmill got some TLC on Valentine’s Day. I have to clean it up and keep it lubricated because I use it so often. If I don’t do this, the motor tends to be unhappy. And my treadmill is my savior. If it broke, I’d be broke. Lol.

I worked whenever I could this week. At the tennis club and at the gymnasium while my kids were active.

This indoor waterpark we’re at is huge but also really noisy. I had to leave in order to get back my sanity.

And I finally crossed a review milestone! THE DAYDREAMER DETECTIVE passed 80 reviews! And the majority of them are 4- and 5-stars. I’m super happy with this. I’ve never had this many reviews on one of my books! Thanks to all who have given this book a chance. I really appreciate it!

Sunday Update – February 12, 2017

As I suspected, I didn’t update on the blog this past week. It was busy every day and I knew I wouldn’t have time to update here because I was spending my time doing other things.

In business this week, I finished off edits of THE DAYDREAMER DETECTIVE OPENS A TEA SHOP, formatted it, sent it out to my proofreaders, worked on my MailChimp lists so that my ARC readers were all set up, and sent the Daydreamer book out to them. I decided that I’m going to do teaser images for this book, BUT I’m not going to start posting them until AFTER the book goes on sale. This way it’s first month of sales will have constant attention. I’m hoping this works to help get me on the Hot New Releases list on Amazon. We shall see.

Also this week, I set up Dragon to take my digital voice recorder and transcribe from it. It was pretty accurate after training, so I hope it works well for me going forward. I’m going to work on dictating away from my computer and all my devices, which usually turn into a huge distraction. Even watching the words come up on the screen as I say them is a huge distraction.

Once that was set up, I immediately opened my sci-fi book I wrote during NaNoWriMo and got to work on it. I’m reading through, fixing some things, adding some more, and making notes. This is the first book in a Nogiku Series spin-off called the Hikoboshi Series so from here on out it will called Codename: Hikoboshi 1. Yes, I am very creative. I hope to have my read-through done before the end of the week.

This week I also entertained the idea of doing a royalty share on my audiobooks for the Daydreamer series, but I’ve decided to shelve the idea, and the idea that I’ll ever do audiobooks. I should only do them if I can pay for the price of them upfront, and at this point, I don’t ever see that being a possibility. Remember that post about author dreams the other week? This has always been a dream of mine, finding the right narrator and hearing my books come to life. After three years and failing to make a profit for that long, it’s time for me to give up on this dream. I just don’t see being able to afford them for 5+ years. Oh well.

This week was also filled with random family and life stuff. I had to get the Girl Scouts cookie money all collected and sent off to the cookie moms. I’m glad that’s done and I handed it in on time. My husband gave me a deadline for dealing with last year’s expenses, which is good. And then it snowed on Thursday and we had a snow day where everyone was home. This meant that I didn’t make it to the gym this week, but that’s okay. I still did a lot of walking! I’m on track to meet my goal again this month even though we’re going away this next weekend.

What else happened this week?

My girls had a great month in January so we celebrated with frozen yogurt.

It was almost 60ºF on Wednesday so I went for a long 5 mile walk. It was so nice!

Then it snowed A LOT the next day. Sigh. I hate snow.

Lots of working this week, both at my computer and setting up Dragon on the PC to take transcription files.

And I worked on re-formatting both FACE TIME and SUMMER HAIKUS this week with Vellum. They’re both ready to be uploaded today!

I’m not sure what this week will bring here on the blog, I have a lot to do otherwise between writing, reading, editing, and walking, plus the usual family stuff. Plus my Friday is already booked up with a haircut in the morning and my kids have a half day. I just need to keep going and working! If I’m inspired to post anything, I’ll be back!

Say Anything Saturday – Experimenting

As most of you know, I love to experiment. I’m always taking new ideas, tweaking them, and trying them out with my own processes. Over the years, I’ve tried outlining, fast drafting, beats, dictation, etc etc. and each time, my process has changed a little to make me a better storyteller and a faster writer. Those are my two main goals as an author: better and faster. Since I do much of the publishing process myself, better and faster are the most appropriate goals for my business.

I’ve found dictation to be a huge boon to my writing career. It’s relieved a lot of pain in my hands and given me mobility while writing, instead of sitting all the time at a desk. But dictation into the computer, watching the words come up on the screen, is slow for me. I’m constantly re-reading things I wrote and correcting. I’m not as fast as I’d like to be. So, I decided that my next step will be transcription. Transcription is when you speak into a recording device (like the voice recorder shown above or your phone or whatever), and then later, you bring the audio file into Dragon for it to be transcribed. This is something I want to conquer this year. I’ve avoided it in the past because of my poor short term memory, but I think I have a way to make that easier.

I’m going to start writing out what I want to happen in the scenes I want to dictate ahead of time. I’m going to sit down and write them out by hand in notebooks, hoping that by leaving my devices behind, I’ll be less distracted and my memory will stick better this way. There are two notebooks here because, in the next few weeks, I hope to start writing on two books at once. I tried this in December and really liked the process. Work on one book for a bit, then switch to the other, making sure to hit word counts for each every day. That way I’m always moving forward.

So my next experimental process will be to brainstorm my scene in the morning in the notebook, dictate into the voice recorder until I’ve accomplished that scene, switch to the other book and do the same. Then take a break while Dragon is transcribing each file and spend the afternoon making corrections and adding to what I dictated. Repeat each day until the books are done.

I’m wondering how well I’ll do! I’ll be sure to let you know how the experiments turn out!

Sunday Update – February 5, 2017

I can barely remember what I did this week. It was one of those weeks that was filled with tons of little things to do and I’m surprised I got any real work done.

Monday was my best day, I think. I spent the time while the kids were at school working on my copy edits for THE DAYDREAMER DETECTIVE OPENS A TEA SHOP. Nothing else really happened so it was a pretty good day, if cold.

Tuesday, it snowed and I spent a good two hours completing a Costco run. This always takes up a lot of my time. I only go once every 3 or 4 months, so when I do, I buy a lot. The hard part is getting it all back into the house and put away. I crammed all my edits into the afternoon and evening on Tuesday because my morning was spent shopping.

On Wednesday, the cleaning ladies were here and I worked in the basement, then I continued my edits in the evening while the kids were at tennis. Thursday was gym day which takes up my morning, so again I crammed edits into the afternoon while my kids had piano lessons.

Friday, I went to Panera to hang out with my buddy, Amy. I got some edits done before Panera and after. I very rarely actually work at Panera, Lol. I spend a lot of time talking to Amy about life and writing, so I do get a lot done, just not on the computer. We talked a little of our upcoming projects and what we want to be working on. That’s often as helpful as just working! I really value the time we can get together and talk this stuff over.

Yesterday, I put the pedal to the metal and got three chapters of editing done, which only leaves three chapters left of the whole book. I’m so close! I hope to work hard today and finish up. I did promise to take the kids out to get Valentine’s Day cards and to get frozen yogurt as well so I have to start working as soon as I post this.

What else happened this week?

All the geese were curled up on the ice. It was cold and I’m not going to walk in that freezing temperature again.

I had a fabulous lunch after going to the gym on Thursday.

Working working working. On the couch and in bed.

And drinks were had.

Expect posting to be very light on the blog this week. I have a lot of work to do, and I don’t have any posts banked up for the interim. See you all later!

On The Merits Of Author Dreams

I woke up on Thursday morning and was greeted with the happy news that several more of my FB author friends were both NY Times Best Sellers and USA Today Best Sellers. I’m pleased to say that this happens often enough that it almost feels de rigeur now. Lol. I remember when my friends list on FB was less than 300 people, and in the last nine years I’ve been on the social network, my reach has grown to almost 1000. That’s a lot of people! And when I’m not scrolling past politics, I’m witnessing a slice of humanity, a swirling amalgam of wants and needs. Of dreams.

Watching my fellow authors work hard reminds me that we all have dreams, dreams of writing, publishing, succeeding. While the newbie writer dreams of finishing a book, an intermediate author wants to earn $1000 per month, and that experienced author is shooting for the best seller list. Each level is dreaming of their next hurdle, their next winning. Each dream spurs them on.

I can’t tell you how important these dreams and goals really are. Sure, we can just be happy with what we have, never urging ourselves to do more, but I argue that stagnation is death in a creative field. I recently watched a documentary on an artisan village in Western Japan that made this clear for me. A woman in a wood-working shop was making wooden bowls and the interviewer asked her about her method. She mentioned that making bowls may not seem like anything special, but refining her technique and always improving until she could make the bowls perfectly each time was her passion. She was always striving to be better. It was her dream to be the best at what she was doing. But it’s also a very Japanese ideal to feel like perfection can never be reached. Our dreams must always grow and evolve over time to make our lives and our work better and better. We must acknowledge our progress and be thankful for our hard work, but the goals and dreams should move further down the field as we accomplish each milestone. I see this mindset in the successful authors I know. They’re always working harder, writing faster or better, dreaming bigger.

Last year, I lost my dreams for a while. It’s hard to admit, but it was real. I dreamed of making $100 per month, and I only made $30. I dreamed of finally breaking even with my business, and I only fell further into the hole. I remember staring out my front house window (one of my favorite pastimes) and thinking I should give up. My dreams were important, but they were also devastating. And then, I changed things. I switched my dreams. I had this little series I’d started, a mystery series that I loved, with a character I could relate to. She had her own dreams that were crushed and she had to figure out how to find new dreams amongst the wreckage. She was my daydreamer, a light at the end of the tunnel. I began to think about her all the time, wonder how she was going to get by, where she would take herself. Her struggle wasn’t real, it wasn’t mine, but it was what pulled me forward and kept me moving. She became my dream, reigniting my passion for success. Without her, I wouldn’t be here.

When authors around me shared their dreams, they inspired me to do the same. Some people may be jealous of another’s success, but not me. It gave me the boost I needed. When people I know and root for everyday made the NYT list this week, it gave me a new dream, one I can’t even say out loud because I’m so embarrassed by how small it is. But it’s mine. It’s keeping me going. Hopefully some day I can achieve it!

Author dreams are worth the long hours of work. They’re worth the blood, sweat, and tears. They’re also worth the effort to climb on their backs and reach for the next dream.

The only way forward is up.

February 2017 Goals

We started out a whole new year in January and because I set up goals for the entire year then, I skipped the monthly goals post. We’re now back on track!

What Happened With January’s Goals?

Finish writing the first new sci-fi book. DONE! The first book of the Hikoboshi series is complete! I finished it in the first week of January, and it’s been on my mind ever since. I’m super excited about this Nogiku series spin-off!

Get my Nogiku Series box set up everywhere. Done, and I’ve even sold a few copies of them. They’re available on all vendors.

Get moving on my audiobook challenge. This goal is moving along! I’ve listened to 3 audiobooks and I’m listening to my 4th now.

Walk 84 miles. In order to meet my goal of Walking 1000 Miles in 2017, I need to walk 84 miles per month. I crushed that goal this month with 105.2 miles walked. YES! I walked a lot, both at my treadmill desk and outside. It felt great, and I’m proud of my strong beginning. Plus, with a year-long goal, I can front-load my miles and that gives me the leeway in case I get sick or whatever.

Business Goals For February

Finish the edits on THE DAYDREAMER DETECTIVE OPENS A TEA SHOP and publish. I’m currently on track to finish edits and get it off to ARC readers on February 10. I hope to publish on or around February 23rd.

Start two brand new books. I want to read over the first Hikoboshi sci-fi book and brainstorm what I want to happen in the second book. Then I want to start the next Daydreamer book as well! I want to try working on two books at once again, as that was good for my productivity. If I find I can’t do two books at once, the second sci-fi book takes priority and I’ll concentrate on that.

Convert all my book links on my website. I’m moving over to using all Books2Read links and I’m updating all my current links with affiliate codes.

Personal Goals For February

Keep walking. I’m doing good with keeping my head up in the cold winter months and walking is certainly helping. I need to press on with this!

More reading and audiobooks. This is going well and I’m enjoying both reading and listening to audiobooks. Yay!

More knitting. I haven’t touched my knitting since Thanksgiving. 🙁 There are just not enough hours in the day.

And that’s it for my goals! LET’S DO THIS!

Sunday Update – January 29, 2017

Another busy week has passed us by! This week in particular was harder than others because my husband was gone all week while all this craziness was happening at home here in the US. He was in London for work, and we were only able to talk to him twice due to busy schedules. But he’s home now! Yay!

My work life this week was dominated by revisions of THE DAYDREAMER DETECTIVE OPENS A TEA SHOP. I’m on a schedule to edit two chapters every day and hopefully publish this book at the end of February. This is the copy edit phase of production. I’ve heard back from my initial readers that there are no real flaws with the story, a few loose ends to be tied up, and overall, they were very happy with it. Which is awesome! Now, I’m fixing things like sentence structure, repetitive words, and clarifying anything that was unclear. This is where my stories usually get 100x better, so I enjoy the process of nitty gritty word-level editing. It’s fun and really brings out the clarity of the story.

I didn’t do much besides work on Monday. Tuesday was busy with work, school, tutoring for my oldest, and then Girl Scouts for her in the evening. Wednesday, my kids had their usual tennis lessons. They go from 4PM to 5PM, and this was the week that we left tennis lessons and it was still light outside!! That makes me so happy, knowing we’re getting more light every day and winter, though still in full swing, is fading away little by little.

Thursday was a day off for us, which was nice. We had nothing to do after school and could just kick back and rest. Friday was mayhem in the evening. My youngest has gymnastics right before dinner, so I took her there, and then we all got some pizza next door afterward. My husband’s plane back from London landed early, so I then ran home to make sure he had something to eat. I knew he had a really crappy flight back as he was bumped from his seat to a lower class, and coming home to a hot meal would be nice for him.

Yesterday, I went for a nice long walk in the morning and then worked until we all went out for a belated birthday fancy meal together. I got to eat lobster, which I love, and both kids came along too. It was a nice family meal together, even if the youngest kid only ate bread and cheese and didn’t want ANY of the 100 desserts on offer. Sigh. Always something.

What else happened this week?

I set out my schedule for THE DAYDREAMER DETECTIVE OPENS A TEA SHOP!

I cooked butternut squash in my Instant Pot and loved that I didn’t have to peel it.

Lots of working and some of it done in bed.

I only asked for one thing from London, Crunchie Bars. Lol. I got them!

I had two lobsters at dinner last night. I regret nothing.

And that’s it for this week! I expect to update the blog twice again this week, so I’m sure you’ll hear from me again soon!

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