Back to School

It’s that time of year again: Back to School! And because I run an elementary school library, it’s back to school for me, too! I’ve been very productive this summer with my writing, completing the first three books in my new series for girls, ages 8-12: Evie and the Volunteers. I will miss the extra summer writing time but look forward to seeing all of the little faces at school. Next week several children’s book authors will be participating in a back to school blog tour. More information to come. Until then, check out the first book in the Evie and the Volunteers series.

 

Why I Love Indie Publishing

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I’m back….

Yes, it’s been a very, very long time since I updated this blog. Between writing, working, and caring for my family, the hours and minutes are stretched thin. And if I need to make a choice between writing my next book or updating my blog, I’ve consistently chosen my books. However, I realize the importantance of advertising and networking with other writers and readers, so I’m committing to spend more time blogging.

Over the last three years, I’ve published 13 books, short stories, and novellas on Amazon. All of the books are contemporary fiction and range from children’s to adult, with most being sweet romance. I have networked with other indie writers and know that many have been able to quit their jobs to write fulltime. I am not at that point in my career, but I am at the point where I am finally making more than I am spending…and it feels great. I get feedback from readers who leave reviews and as I’m enrolled in Kindle Unlimited’s Amazon program, I get daily updates of the number of pages of my books that are being read. How cool is that? Writing is more than a hobby. No, I can’t quit my day job, but I’m climbing the ranks, and knowing that I am in control with what and how much I write motivates me to keep trudging because what greater joy can you have in life than to love what you do?

New Adult Romance Series Releases Book 2

 

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Tremont Lodge Series:

Book 1: Finding Reese  http://amzn.to/1BBZTik  $2.99

College student Reese Prentice always knew she’d return to Tremont Lodge. She just didn’t know how–until she saw the notice at the university center advertising jobs at the northern Michigan ski resort turned summer playland. Yet, recalling the details of her abandonment by her parents at the lodge sixteen years earlier proves harder than anticipated with work, roommates, and love interest Finn biding for her time. Then the boss’s bad boy nephew Lawson makes her a deal too tempting to pass up that might get her closer to the answers hidden in her past. However, her path to discovery is cluttered when Lawson’s own secrets threaten to interfere with her right to know the truth and to remain safe.

 

Book 2:  Loving Reese  http://amzn.to/1GiDFBS  $2.99

After learning the secrets of her past, Reese Prentice takes the semester off from college to immerse herself in the daily operations of Tremont Lodge. While figuring out her role at the lodge, Reese advances her relationship with Finn, who has put his own dreams on hold to be with her, but Lawson can’t help but make trouble for the happy couple, dredging up more secrets from Reese’s past. And one too many unwelcome guests checking in to the lodge throws everyone off-course for an end-to-summer that no one will forget.

Young Adult Romance Kindle Unlimited Books : Is Kindle Unlimited Working for You?

As a relatively new author, Kindle Unlimited has worked to increase my visibility in the Amazon marketplace, which is what I had hoped for. I know there is a lot of talk about the merits of this program, but my footprint at Amazon has increased as I continue to release new books, so, for me, the program is currently working. I’d love the thoughts of other authors making less than four figures a month (or from readers that love/hate the program)

Young Adult and New Adult Romance Kindle Unlimited Books:

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To Know Me Complete Series Virtual Set on Sale Now: YA Contemporary Romance

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Click Here to View the Books on Amazon.

I have been MIA in regards to blogging. It is so hard to balance the writing life between marketing and creating (not to mention the balancing act of raising a family and working!) So, I am back, and I do apologize that my first time back is a shameless plug. I am very proud of the complete TO KNOW ME series and am happy to release the full series as one downloadable set. I hope you are all having a fabulous summer.

 

YA Romance Complete Series Set: http://amzn.to/1vlDbsF  $4.99

Seventeen-year-old Mae is convinced that the consequences of her poor decisions have caused the untimely deaths of three close family members within a year, no matter how ludicrous her thoughts seem to those she loves. The solution? Run away so no one else she cares for gets hurt.

Despite Mae’s efforts to blend in at a new high school just long enough to graduate, she meets Ty, the “perfect guy” with his own secrets and a relentless interest in her. She must decide if she can stop running from the past and still protect those she loves; and if she does return home, whether Ty is really the right person to protect her fragile heart.

Complete 4 Book Series:

To Know Me
To Love Me
To Forgive Me
To Choose Me

**To Know Me is an upper YA-New Adult Romance Series, not intended for younger readers.

The Story

Infusco Coffee

Infusco has been overwhelmed by the support of our loyal friends and families! But for those who are new customers, just discovering our coffee, we want to share the story of Infusco Coffee Roasters with you, too.

Rich’s interest in coffee shops first began way back in 2001, when he was going to school in Mishawaka and visiting Higher Grounds coffee shop in South Bend (no longer in business). Coffee shops in general were pretty new to the SW Michigan/NW Indiana area, but Rich was in youth ministry at the time and thought a coffee shop would be a great place to connect with teenagers. Research was done through Alex Fisenko, who runs a consulting business intended to help individuals get started with their own successful coffee shops. This research revealed that New Carlisle, where Rich and Stacey lived, was not an ideal location for a coffee shop to…

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Be the Vet – 7 Dog & Cat Stories – Test Your Veterinary Knowledge by Dr. Ed and Marcy Blesy

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Be the Vet Be the Vet – 7 Dog and Cat Stories – Test Your Veterinary Knowledge
By: Dr. Ed Blesy and Marcy Blesy
9780615930046, $ 7.99, 2013, 50 pages
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

An Entertaining Teaching Tool for Pet Lovers

Seasoned veterinary Dr. Ed Blesy and his wife Marcy collaborate in “Be the Vet” a unique concept of heart- touching stories, creative diagnostic assignments for readers ages 9 – 13, with informative recommended treatment plans.

Each of the seven stories features an incident where a family pet has an unexpected medical emergency and the need for a veterinarian. Marcy is a gifted story teller. Her writing is sensitive and age appropriate, stimulating creative curiosity and empathic compassion from her readers.

I became very interested in Jingle the cat’s story. Although Jingle was eating the same amount of food she was losing weight. The family noted she was drinking a lot more…

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Book Blitz ~ ‘To Know Me’ by Marcy Blesy.

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To Know Me by Marcy Blesy
(To Know Me #1)
Publication date: August 21st 2013
Genres: Romance, Young Adult

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SYNOPSIS

To know me is to die.

Seventeen-year-old Mae is convinced that the consequences of her poor decisions have caused the untimely deaths of her dad, sister Laura, and grandma who all die within a year, no matter how ludicrous her thoughts seem to those she loves. The solution? Run away so no one else she cares for gets hurt (even if she has to keep a GPS tracker on her phone at all times).

Desperate to earn her diploma and salvage something of her life, she transfers schools when people get too close. After switching to Woodson Prep with only two months to go until graduation, Mae keeps her goals in sight. But when she meets Ty, the “perfect boy” with his own secrets and a relentless interest in Mae, she must decide if she can stop running from the past and still protect those…

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TO KNOW ME: YA Romance Sale .99

TO KNOW ME, the first book in my new YA romance series, is featured today on Kindle Books and Tips if you are interested. For authors, this is a well-spoken of option for advertising. http://www.fkbooksandtips.com

Blurb:

To know me is to die.

Seventeen-year-old Mae is convinced that the consequences of her poor decisions have caused the untimely deaths of her dad, sister Laura, and grandma who all die within a year, no matter how ludicrous her thoughts seem to those she loves. The solution? Run away so no one else she cares for gets hurt (even if she has to keep a GPS tracker on her phone at all times).

Desperate to earn her diploma and salvage something of her life, she transfers schools when people get too close. After switching to Woodson Prep with only two months to go until graduation, Mae keeps her goals in sight. But when she meets Ty, the “perfect boy” with his own secrets and a relentless interest in Mae, she must decide if she can stop running from the past and still protect those she loves.

TO KNOW ME
TO LOVE ME
TO FORGIVE ME
TO CHOOSE ME (coming in summer 2014)

Prom Short Story: Who Says You Need a Date for Prom?

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One perfect boy…with a girlfriend = Prom for One

Seventeen-year-old Lexie doesn’t care that she’s dateless for her senior prom. Sure, her dream boy has a perfect 10 girlfriend. Sure, her best friend has a serious boyfriend. Sure, the school cad can’t stop ogling her. Sure her Dad’s still in Afghanistan. But what could go wrong on such a special night in a teen girl’s life? Plenty! While most of the evening is a nightmare worth forgetting, Lexie finds that sometimes when you least expect it, life gives you memories to hold onto forever.

Please note: This is a short story (approx. 9800 words).

**This short story is not intended for children under the age of 14.**

 

What reviewers are saying:

A truly relatable story. Everyone has moment of uncertainty or embarrassment like the one. Great for pre teen and teenage girls

 

This was a great short story. I read it thinking I would just pass the time with it but it surprised me… even made me cry at one point.

 

This story leaves a smile in your face. The main character Lexie is a brave and kind person. Even though life is not always perfect, sometimes unexpectedly, good things do happen out of our most challenging life experiences. We should always try to believe and be true to ourselves!…:)