Sunday Update – July 16, 2017

Sunday Update – July 16, 2017

Late day Sunday Update today! We had family over today to celebrate my youngest’s birthday. It was a fun-filled day of food, sun, and lots of talking.

The week went by pretty quickly. I really don’t remember much of it! I have to look back at my photos to see what happened. Lol.

Monday was a bit stressful. I had an all-day takeover in a very big reader group on Facebook… that I thought was on Tuesday. Oops! I hustled right away and got the day rolling with only a 15-minute delay. My takeover went really well though! I kept everyone chatting all day long, played lots of games and gave away a lot of books. I met new people and had a great time. No complaints. People were commenting on my posts well into later in the week! I obviously had an impact on them. heart I did some of my posts from the pool and treated the kids to a cool and easy evening there.

Tuesday was chill. We got our weekly vegetable share and spent the evening at the pool. The kids ate dinner there since my husband was working late. I had a giant salad at home later for dinner. Tuesday was Amazon Prime Day. I didn’t really sell any books but I got a great deal on something that’s hush-hush for the time being. šŸ™‚

Wednesday was my youngest’s 7th birthday. Happy birthday, Lil’D!! She went to camp and I worked, cleaned up the house, and saw my chiropractor. Then I picked up the kids, and my mom and aunt came over. My aunt was just visiting, and my mom stayed for the night. We all went out to dinner together to celebrate D’s birthday and had ice cream for dessert. My mom had an excellent night’s sleep on the couch.

Thursday, Mom was still here. We went out for a walk together in the morning, had lunch together, and then I drove her to the airport in the afternoon. Her trip home didn’t go as planned (don’t ask) but she eventually made it home.

Friday, my husband and I took the morning off and saw Wonder Woman at the dine-in theater. It was nice seeing a movie together! We haven’t done that in a long time. I enjoyed Wonder Woman immensely! It was awesome to see women kicking butt, and Diana Prince was super charming and had great depths of character that I admired. A hearty 5 stars from me! Afterward, I got the kids from camp and went grocery shopping in the afternoon. We then spent the evening at home since it was a rainy day.

Saturday, the sun was shining again, so after walking in the morning and having lunch at home, I took the kids to the pool in the afternoon.

All this week, I wrote little bits here and there on Daydreamer 4. I’m loving this story already, even if it’s slow going. I’m not pushing myself on this draft, especially right around the launch of CRASH LAND ON KURAI, which is weighing heavily on my thoughts and my confidence/self-esteem. I’m hesitant to make a prediction on how well it’ll do, especially since it’s the first book I’m launching into Kindle Unlimited. Let’s hope it exceeds expectations.

What else happened this week?

I enjoyed some Stress Away essential oils with a foot bath.

I consumed plenty of beverages.

We grew a cucumber in the green house!

Birthday ice cream celebration for D.

I worked on my knitting for a bit.

And some new copies of THE DAYDREAMER DETECTIVE came, so I’ll be doing some giveaways in the months ahead!

And that’s it! This week on the blog we have the launch of CRASH LAND ON KURAI and two teasers for it! Have a great week!

Teaser Thursday – Yumi’s Heart

It’s Teaser Thursday for CRASH LAND ON KURAI!!

When I started writing this book, I was reading a non-fiction book on building characters by James Scott Bell, and he suggested that you think back to your character being sixteen. What happened to them at sixteen that will influence them in years to come?

In Yumi’s case, when she was sixteen, she was totally in love with this guy, Takeji, but after bearing her soul to him, it turned out that he had been dating her twin brother on the side. Ouch. Though on the surface, she brushed it off, it sent her on a downward spiral of anger and confusion, and she never loved anyone again after that, though she tried to date other guys.

Going on this mission was supposed to help her heal and find some peace. It turns out it just makes her even more confused!

Want to pre-order CRASH LAND ON KURAI? You can pick it up for a dollar off the retail price now on Amazon.com! Kindle Unlimited subscribers will be able to borrow the book on July 18th.

Pre-order Crash Land on Kurai

Available on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited on July 18th!
(You’ll be able to choose your bookstore on the following page, if you have not chosen a default Books2Read store already.)

Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you again next week!

Teaser Tuesday – Powerful

It’s Teaser Tuesday again!! Today, you get to meet Rin, the hero of this series…

It was always my intention to make this series about bridging worlds and bringing two very different people together. Yumi’s parents, Kentaro and Namika, are like this. Kentaro is from Earth and Namika is from Orihime. I thought it would be fun to repeat the same connection in their daughter.

In this case, I decided to start Rin and Yumi off on shaky ground since he almost kills her more than once in this book before they come to a truce. He’s from a police agency and he’s one of the first people to track her down on Kurai. By the time this quote comes in the story, they’ve already been to hell and back and they still have a long way to go to be friends. Or more…

Want to pre-order CRASH LAND ON KURAI? You can pick it up for a dollar off the retail price now on Amazon.com! Kindle Unlimited subscribers will be able to borrow the book on July 18th.

Pre-order Crash Land on Kurai

Available on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited on July 18th!
(You’ll be able to choose your bookstore on the following page, if you have not chosen a default Books2Read store already.)

Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you again on Thursday!

Sunday Update – July 9, 2017

Since this past week included a holiday, the week felt very off, but not in a bad way. Monday felt like Tuesday, and several times during the day, I was sure it was Tuesday. Lol. Sigh. Four day weekend can really mess with your head.

Monday we spent the day mostly at home due to rain that came and went throughout the day. No big deal. I got some writing in and relaxing on the couch.

Tuesday was July 4th, Independence Day. We spent it mostly at the pool. Then we picked up our veggie share and cooked out at home for dinner. It was nice hanging with the family and eating outside! We also had some fireworks so we set them off around 9PM and we were done before 9:30 when the kids went to bed.

Wednesday it was back to work! I had a weird morning where everything went wrong, but the rest of the day worked out. Nothing awful happened. It was just one of those days. I got writing done and I took the kids to the pool in the afternoon.

Thursday was not a good day for me. I battled a headache all day. No matter what I did, it did not get better. I drank extra water, extra caffeine. I took Advil. I took a nap. There was just no getting away from it. I went to bed early that day and got very little done.

Friday was much better even though it rained like crazy. (And now that I think of it, the oncoming full moon combined with the weather was probably what caused my headache.) I got some walking in in the morning then grocery shopping. In the afternoon, I took the kids to the pool and it was quite nice, not crowded. Most people probably stayed away because of the morning downpour.

Yesterday was a typical weekend day. I worked while walking in the morning, then I took the kids to the pool in the afternoon.

Today, I’m writing this update from the pool! Ha! We’re here all the time. šŸ™‚

Not much to report work-wise. I continue to write on Daydreamer 4 and I now have 21,000 words on it. I know where I’m going with the story, but I’m taking it easy because I have a ton of other stuff going on right now with the launch of CRASH LAND ON KURAI coming up next week. There are AMS ads to set up. Facebook ads to prep both copy and images for. Book Blitz to prepare for. Plus a million other things. I’m trying to keep the stress levels low.

What else happened this week?

I enjoyed wearing my Space Mountain t-shirt.

Reading at the pool is a total summer thing.

The remains of fireworks.

I did everything I could to get rid of my headache, including gin.

I’m watching the bears in Alaska again. Every year they’re on this live feed and it’s always a pleasure to watch them catch salmon. I watched while I was on the treadmill.

The paperback for CRASH LAND ON KURAI arrived on Friday!

I’ve started rewatching BATTLESTAR GALACTICA. It’s still one of the best shows of all time.

And I’ve been writing at the pool using my AlphaSmart! I love that thing. šŸ™‚

Coming up this week on the blog: Teaser Tuesday and Thursday for CRASH LAND ON KURAI. Have a great week everyone!

WordPress Scheduled Posts Not Publishing

Okay, this has happened enough times, I’ve decided to post about it, to get it out there to the Google Hivemind and Internet in case anyone else has the same problem as me.

Every now and then, I schedule posts on this blog to go live at a future date because it’s convenient. But then they don’t publish. Which is quite inconvenient.

After much hair pulling, searching, and a long conversation with my hosting company, the culprit is the WP SUPER CACHE Plugin. Almost all WordPress installations have it, so I’m pretty sure this is a common problem.

If you find that your posts are NOT publishing when you schedule them to, go to the WP SUPER CACHE plugin settings and DELETE THE CACHE. Just hit the button DELETE CACHE. I promise it won’t screw up your website.

Once the cache is cleared, go back to your post that didn’t publish, and re-schedule it to go live in the next few minutes, then monitor to see if it works and publishes for when you wanted it to go live. The problem should be all cleared up.

It seems I have to do this at least once or twice per year, and if I have to, no doubt other people do too. Hope this helps!

PS) Random featured image up there because I don’t have one made for WordPress issues. It was a bath bomb. Such cool colors!

My Publishing Schedule For The Rest Of 2017

Happy Tanabata everyone! Now that we’ve hit the mid-year mark, it’s safe to say that I know what I should be able to publish the rest of the year.

When I started out 2017, I had hoped to bring you 4 books this year. But now, I think there’s a strong possibility I will only be able to publish 3 books this year, with a new book in early January 2018.

The reasons for this change are time, novel length, and money.

Though I’m continuing to write and edit, there are only so many hours in a day, and I get burned out if I spend too much time working. I see tons of authors doing really well, working 12 hours a day or more, and I’m super impressed by them. That was me in 2014 and 2015. I worked really hard but saw very little growth of my business, which left me feeling very depressed in early 2016 and then I didn’t write for six months. I want to avoid that at all costs, so keeping a healthy schedule is really important to me. Since I do the majority of my own edits too, I always have to leave time to whip a manuscript into shape. I wish there were more hours in the day, but there aren’t! šŸ™‚

This is me, working late into the night, with a drink in hand.

Having the time is directly impacted by novel length. I write books on the longer side when compared to the current market. All of my books are 80,000 words or more, and most books I see being published now by my contemporaries are 60,000 words or less (not all but most). Writing longer books takes more time, and like I said above, there are only so many hours in a day. Since I have two established series with books that are longer, I can’t really make subsequent books in those series any shorter without feeling like I’m cheating readers from getting the full story. My goal is to start writing a new series next year that has shorter books in it (40k-50k in length), but right now those novels are just a dream. Hopefully I can get around to them!

And, of course, money. Without going into too many details, I haven’t made much this year. In fact, I haven’t made enough to cover most of my expenses. My husband, the CFO of this organization, is chipping in more money to cover ads and other expenses for my upcoming two books I plan to launch this year, and we’re going to hope that these books make back their investment. I can afford to publish three books a year and take a loss. Four books per year? Not as much.

So, that’s what’s going on with me and what you can expect the rest of the year ā€” the first two books in the Hikoboshi Series. I hope to write much more than that! And maybe next year’s schedule will have more books in it, but I’ll let you know in 2018. šŸ™‚

Teaser Thursday – Seeing Red

It’s Teaser Thursday! And I’m excited to get back to talking about CRASH LAND ON KURAI!!

I remember writing this scene and how it just came into being so quickly. By this time in the book, Yumi has faced death at least a dozen times already, but this time is worse than all the others. She’s beaten. She’s tired. But this quote shows how even on the brink, she’s still willing to fight. That’s something I love about her. She always has the fighting spirit.

Want to pre-order CRASH LAND ON KURAI? You can pick it up for a dollar off the retail price now on Amazon.com! Kindle Unlimited subscribers will be able to borrow the book on July 18th.

Pre-order Crash Land on Kurai

Available on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited on July 18th!
(You’ll be able to choose your bookstore on the following page, if you have not chosen a default Books2Read store already.)

Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you again next week!

Teaser Tuesday – The Building

First, Happy 4th of July to those readers in the States! We’re taking it easy today, so I decided to schedule this post ahead of time. Two weeks from today, CRASH LAND ON KURAI will be available on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited! So, I plan to have a teaser posted, Tuesdays and Thursdays, for the next three weeks. Let’s go!

Yumi Minamoto, the main character of this series, is a journalist, and it’s always been her goal to both (1) seek out the truth, and (2) be the best at her job. She has an older brother who’s set to inherit the family business, so that’s off her shoulders. And she also has a twin brother who’s super smart and gets a lot of accolades. She’s always felt like she has to compete not only with other journalists, but with everyone in her influential family.

She’s also been quite a screw up with a testy temper. She has a lot to prove.

So when she goes on the Hikoboshi mission to document the trip, she’s feeling both on-edge, excited, and ready to rumble. When she happens upon this mysterious building after crash landing on the moon, Kurai, and its occupants, she’s blown away by what she finds there. The excitement doesn’t last long as the building crumbles over her top news story. Lol.

Want to pre-order CRASH LAND ON KURAI? You can pick it up for a dollar off the retail price now on Amazon.com! Kindle Unlimited subscribers will be able to borrow the book on July 18th.

Pre-order Crash Land on Kurai

Available on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited on July 18th!
(You’ll be able to choose your bookstore on the following page, if you have not chosen a default Books2Read store already.)

Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you again on Thursday!

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