My First Book Promo

Writing a novel is hard. Promoting a novel is infinitely harder. At least to me. Maybe because I know how to write novels, but effective promotion is something I’m still trying to figure out.

My latest approach to spreading the word about my books is with video. I’ve started adding monthly patron-only videos to my Patreon page (only $1 per month!), and I’m planning on making some public videos to share as well.

Today, I shared my first promo video online. It’s a simple video where I say a few words about my books, where you can buy them, and where you can connect with me on social media.

At just over one minute, there isn’t time to say much more than the titles of my books. It’s not perfect, but it’s a start!

Being in front of a camera is not easy for me. I’m hoping that, like anything else, it will become easier with practice. I’d love to make short promos for each of my books and maybe even get comfortable enough to start doing some live Q&A sessions.

For now, my first promo video offers a nice, brief little introduction. Please share it with your friends and let me know what you’d like me to talk about in future videos!

Little Free Library – Author Book Drops

How much do you love these Little Free Library boxes popping up all over the place? I think they’re adorable and a great way to share the love of reading throughout a community.

Little Free Library Drop #1

Yesterday, I set out to find a few places to drop off some of my books. With the help of the Little Free Libary World Map!

Two of these books were bought by a reader at a recent book signing with a request to have them donated in this way. (Thanks, Rocky!!) I added the third with funds raised through my Patreon page. (Thank you all!!)

I signed each book and added a brief note inside, explaining it was dropped by a local author to encourage reading.

My son came with me and we had a great time tracking down the libraries. For the most part, they were right where they said they would be.

Finding the Libraries

We had a little trouble finding the first drop. It’s located near a tucked-away little nature center with charming, wooded trails. In our excitement, we started down the trails before realizing the library is not actually in the nature center. It was on a path just outside of it. Oops! We didn’t mind the detour since it led to a lovely (if hot and sticky!) walk in the woods.

Little Free Library Drop #2

The second drop was much quicker as the library turned out to be just outside the front doors of the local YMCA.

It was easy to find and had ample parking—as well as plenty of sunshine! The day was very hot and we were glad this library didn’t include much walking. (Note to self: next time, bring water bottles!)

As we hopped in the car to find the third little free library, I worried over our direction. I usually see these Little Free Library boxes in parks, community centers, or apartment complexes. Yet, the third box appeared to be in the middle of a suburban neighborhood—and it was!

This library sat beside the sidewalk and was quite well-filled with a wide variety of books. Hopefully, a neighborhood book lover will find my copy of Healers and Thieves and enjoy the read.

Little Free Library Drop #3

I love sharing my writing (and love of reading) with others and this was a fun way to do that. I plan to donate more books to Little Free Libraries in other nearby towns and maybe even track down some libraries when I’m traveling about.

If you’d like to help, a portion of the money I receive through my Patreon page will go toward future book drops. Becoming a patron also gives you some other perks, like bonus content and early updates on upcoming projects.

If you happen to find one of the books I donate, please feel free to either keep it or pass it along. And if you enjoy it, please share your review on Amazon and/or Goodreads!

New Book! Healers and Thieves is Now Available!!

Healers and Thieves is now available!!!

Both the Paperback Edition and the Kindle Edition are available on Amazon.com.

Healers and Thieves is the first book in The Psychic Traveler Society series.

This adventure series is written for young adults, age 13 and up, as well as adult readers of all ages.

As they say, buy early and buy often! (Ha!)

But seriously, kicking off the book with some strong sales would be fabulous! Please check out the book and tell your friends about it.

If you like what you read, please also leave a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads. Reviews really help other readers find my books!

Thank you so much for your support! I hope you enjoy Healers and Thieves even half as much as I enjoyed writing it!

Healers and Thieves Cover Preview!

Front Cover

While I’m waiting for the physical proof to arrive from the printer, here’s a first look at the cover for Healers and Thieves. Ta-da!

This is the first book in The Psychic Traveler Society Series. (Due to be available mid-April 2019.) Learn more about the book here.

I’m really excited about this one! Depending on how the physical proof looks, there may be some minor tweaks to the design. Otherwise, this is it!

The cover art was drawn in Procreate on my iPad Pro, with an Apple Pencil. It’s a customized tree of life design, which has significance in the story. (You’ll be able to read why very soon!)

I’ve seen many variations on the tree of life symbol, but this is the first one I’ve drawn myself. It was a little trickier than I expected.

I went through several versions before deciding where to put the branches and roots, how to draw the leaves, etc.

I plan to use the same basic layout for each book in The Psychic Traveler Series. Though each will have its own customized insignia and color scheme.

Back Cover and Spine

The back of the book includes a PTS logo, which I also drew in Procreate. I’m still relatively new to the app (and to digital drawing), but I’m starting to get the hang of the various brushes and features. From my amateur point-of-view, Procreate is a pretty powerful drawing app!

The physical proof will hopefully be in my hands next week. In the meantime, I’m off to finalize the interior layout and cover for the Kindle edition. Piece by piece, everything is coming together.

It may be tight, but I’m still on track for a mid-April release!

(Fingers crossed!) 

New Young Adult Fiction Coming Soon!!

Today is the day! As promised, here is your first glimpse of my current project, which is expected to be available in mid-April 2019. (So soon!!)

Healers and Thieves will be the first book in The Psychic Traveler Society series.

This series is written for young adult readers, age 13 and up, though I hope it will appeal to adult readers as well!

As an adventure/fantasy series, the story has space to unfold across diverse settings as it explores themes of growing up, fitting in, and finding your unique place in a world that may not work the way you originally thought.

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed creating my own universe and am thrilled to continue world-building as the series grows. What’s even more exciting is that I’ll soon be able to share this universe with all of you!

Without giving too much away, here’s a taste of what you will find in Healers and Thieves, the first book of The Psychic Traveler Society:

Where do your daydreams take you? 

Fourteen-year-old Amanda Jones often finds her mind wandering to the same place: A large Victorian house where each room is lined with many doors. The empty rooms have become a familiar part of her life, yet, as her fifteenth birthday approaches, the pull of the imaginary house becomes so strong that Amanda finds it difficult to focus on anything else. 

Why does the house keep drawing her back? What will happen when she gathers enough courage to open a door and see what’s on the other side?

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be hard at work on final touches. If everything goes as planned, Healers and Thieves will be available in mid-April and ready to sell in person at The All Star Comic Con in June!

As always, thank you for your support!

Thanksgiving Sale!

I am so grateful to every person who has taken the time to buy, read, review, and/or gift my novels

over the last two years!

For an indie author trying to literally get the word out, your support is HUGE!
As a thank you, for a limited time, I’m selling the Kindle versions of both of my books for just $1.
Buy them on Amazon.com: The Insistence of Memory and To the Left of Death
The sale is on now! You can pick up a copy for yourself or buy as many as you like as gifts. 
(Look for the “Buy for Others” option to give copies as gifts. It will email you redemption links to send to others as gifts.)
Please spread the word!
Happy Holidays!