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Double Played Release Date

If you’re a member of my newsletter, you’ve known for a week now, but it’s time to make it public! This book is a first in many ways. I spent a long time working on The Assassin, and the turn around on Double Played has been much faster. But that isn’t a bad thing. I spent a long time laying the ground work, and now I’m full speed ahead.

So without further ado, the release date for Double Played. 

 

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July 23, 2016!

 

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Loving Your Indie Author Friends

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Self-publishing a book is a crazy, wonderful experience. It really takes an army to prepare a book, and once the book is out, it takes another army. In the indie publishing world, there’s this idea that the best thing an author can do for his or her book is to write another one. For a while, there may not be a lot of marketing for the first book.

Loving Your Indie Author Friends

But as a family member or friend, you can definitely help your indie author friend. Today I want to discuss some of the ways you can help your author friends.

Loving Your Indie Author Friends

1. Read the book

This one is kind of an obvious one, but it’s so important. You can’t really help your author friends if you don’t read their book. Once you read their book, you can tell them whether you like it or not, but don’t be surprised if it catches them off guard – either way.

Especially for indie authors, who spend more days (at least in the beginning) not selling many books (if any), finding out someone read their book is a big thing. Finding out you like it? That’s a really big thing.

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2. Review it

Reviews are an indie author’s best friend. The more reviews a book has on Amazon, the higher the algorithm will put the book. Reviews also encourage other people to buy the book and read it. Even though some indie authors won’t admit it, making money from our books is something we secretly love. It’s nice to be rewarded like that for our passions.

A book review doesn’t need to be super long. Even just a paragraph about the general plot and what you loved will work. Just make sure it’s honest and heartfelt. If you can, leave a review on Goodreads and where you bought the book (bought it on Kindle, leave a review on Amazon).

3. Share with your friends

If you truly love your friend’s book, share with your other friends. Share a link on Facebook, tell people about it. If you’re active on Goodreads, recommend it to other people. Spreading the news doesn’t take a lot, but you never know who will see your shares on books. It’s all about knowing people, and you may help your friend’s book end up in the hands of a reviewer. You never really know the impact of your reach, so use it to help a friend out.

Of course, these aren’t the end all be all ways to help support a friend who published a book. While I specifically mention indie authors (Because they do all of their own marketing), any author who published a book – whether traditional or indie, it can be simple to help them promote their book.

Most won’t ask you to help, but if you do, that’s just showing your love for your author friend.

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Double Played Cover Reveal

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Six months after Cassie Morgan faced The Assassin, it’s time for her to get back to work. After a break from the FBI, Cassie arrives to find her first assignment: the death of her former informant, Maria Floures.

In order to bring justice to Floures, Cassie is assigned to work with a group of DEA agents investigating a drug ring that has ties to Floures and the man suggested of murdering her. One of those DEA agents is Seth Edwards, a man who recently stood Cassie up on a blind date.

While she tries to ignore the tension between her and Seth, the two must work closely together when Seth goes undercover to infiltrate the drug group tied to Floures. Once he’s in, Cassie realizes that this group may be connected to more than just Floures. As they peel back the structure of the drug ring, Cassie realizes a figure from her past is at the head of it, and Cassie may have just been double played.

Behind The Scenes

Welcome, welcome, welcome. I am so excited to have everyone here. With just a week to go until the release of my book, The Assassin, today seems like the perfect day to share a little peek behind the scenes. I have to admit, I borrowed this idea from Kristen and Nicole, so be sure to check out their posts as well.

Behind the Scenes

Without further ado, here’s a look behind the scenes.

WHERE DO YOU WRITE?

Mostly, I try to write at my desk. Because I’m in school and move a few times a year (to school, home for the summer, back again, etc), I have to be pretty adaptable to writing anywhere. My desk is my favorite spot though.

WHEN DO YOU NORMALLY WRITE? NIGHT, AFTERNOON, OR MORNING?

Oooh, this is a tough one. During the summer when I was working from home all day, I wrote in the morning and mid afternoon. Now that I’m back at school and my schedule is more chaotic, there’s no telling when I may write. With NaNoWriMo beginning again, I’m trying to get into the habit of waking up earlier to write and set that schedule.

IS THERE A CERTAIN SNACK YOU LIKE TO EAT WHILE WRITING?

Not particularly. I do always have a drink, though. If it’s not water, it’s Dr Pepper.

HOW OFTEN DO YOU WRITE A NEW NOVEL?

Well….I’ve been working on The Assassin off and on for eight years, but I’ve written a few other books in the middle…. I don’t have an answer for that one.

DO YOU LISTEN TO MUSIC WHILE YOU WRITE?

Sometimes. This is going to sound really strange, but I actually listen to news on TV while I write. It’s mindless enough that I can use it as background noise. An actual TV show makes me feel like I need to pay attention, but with news, I don’t have to listen. I can always read the news later.

WHAT DO YOU WRITE ON? LAPTOP OR PAPER?

Back in eighth grade when I started writing The Assassin, I wrote on paper. Now, I write exclusively on my laptop, 95% of that is in Scrivener. I do occasionally use my iPad to write scenes if I’m out without my laptop, and then I’ll use Evernote on my iPad.

IS THERE A SPECIAL RITUAL YOU HAVE BEFORE OR AFTER YOU WRITE?

You mean besides waste half an hour on social media? That would be my big crutch. Social media. I also love to spend time on my blogs before I write. I’m trying to cut out all these distractions before writing and push them off to be an after writing ritual.

WHAT DO YOU DO TO GET INTO THE MOOD TO WRITE?

I don’t think I do anything. Eventually, if I just force myself to write long enough (maybe a couple hundred words an hour), I get it into it and it’ll happen. The problem is having enough time to force myself to get into it. So, I force myself to write. That’s all.

WHAT IS ALWAYS NEAR THE PLACE YOU WRITE?

A drink. My phone (that carries all my notes about writing and plot). My phone also has Pinterest, where I have boards for my books, including The Assassin, and other books I hope to write someday.

DO YOU HAVE A REWARD SYSTEM FOR YOUR WORD COUNT?

Nope. I’m not a big self-rewarder. I know that sounds bad, but it’s true. I’m a person that just keeps going and going. I don’t stop until I’m about to pass out. If anything, it would just be the ability to get a Route 44 Vanilla Dr Pepper from Sonic, but that would be it.

IS THERE ANYTHING ABOUT YOUR WRITING PROCESS THAT OTHERS MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT?

I’m thinking way far ahead. Right now, I more or less have a lot of the Cassie Morgan Mysteries planned out, and I’m already thinking about spin-off books. Now, most of that stuff isn’t set in stone, but I still have very loose ideas about what’s going on in those later books. But, of course, right now, I’m focused on the release of The Assassin, and writing Double Played.