Sneak Off and Read: Lines with the topic, BALANCE #RSsos #RomSuspense

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines with the topic, BALANCE

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The dumpster wheels creaked in protest and moved just enough that Castillo lost his balance and slumped down into a sitting position.

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair


“You could do both.” Not easy, but many of my former colleagues with children were able to balance family life with career advancement.

Joanne Guidoccio


Climbing down from the tree was extremely difficult, and when she reached the ground she leaned heavily against the trunk, until she got her bearings and balance.

Kathryn Jane


A day vegging out on the beach getting to know Kyra is what they both needed. He needed balance back in his life. His equilibrium had been off since the breakup.

Marian Lanouette


When she stepped through the door, two small dogs charged, and she struggled to maintain her balance. “My gosh. Who are these cute puppies?”

Marsha West


Nate had experimented with OTCs, coffee, and illegal Canadian epilepsy drugs until finding the right balance. Wasn’t a great solution, but it kept the shakes and seizures under control.

Sharon Wray


The push became a shove, knocking her off her balance, to land on the ground at his feet. “You’re all the same,” he growled.

Jacquie Biggar


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September & Fall

Technically, Fall began on September 21. I’m saying “technically” because in Texas we are still experiencing days in the 90s. Some years, we’ve even hit the 100s. That’s not fun in July, and I really hate it during the fall. But so far this year we’re experiencing a rather mild and wet fall. All the rain is welcome because we had fire scares back in the summer. Nothing like the poor folks in the western part of the country and Canada. Still, scary.

No leaves turning yet. We don’t get color change until late November, sometimes even in December. But oh, I love to see the leaves change. I’m a sucker for all those FB posts that show the glorious colors. You know I’m a fan of New England, but one year we went to the northwest, Washington and Oregon, and they have great color, too.

Do you decorate for the seasons? I do, at least for fall. Love pumpkins, and I set them out all over. And of course, leaves. I’m not one of those folks who is happy to see Christmas decorations out already in the stores. That makes me nuts, but yeah, can’t bring out the fall stuff too early. So, I decided to show you some of my favorite fall pictures. I have a lot of these and will get some more next month when we go to Maine, so I may show more for my October post, if we’re lucky and find good color.

MRW iPhone Oct 2104 511 White Mountain Resort in New Hampshire, the first place we stayed when visiting New England.

MRW iPhone Oct 2011 080Stowe, VT. It was a warmer fall than usual and we had to drive all the way north to find color.

MRW iPhone Oct 2011 095 Deerfied, MA has a huge number of old homes with people still living in them. I used this house as a prototype for the heroin’s rental in VERMONT ESCAPE

RGW phone Oct 2011 126 The entry of the Woodstock Inn, Woodstock, VT also used in VERMONT ESCAPE. Whenever my family decides to go to Hawaii for Christmas, I’m going to stay in this lovely inn. 

MRW iPhone Oct 2104 513 This gorgeous color makes me smile. It’s also Vermont.

 MRW iPhone Oct 2013 060 The Library in Boothbay Harobr, Maine was a prototype for one  in ACT OF TRUST. 

Are you nuts about Fall or does some other season make you crazy happy? Don’t these pictures make you want to schedule a fall vacation to New England as soon as possible? Love to hear from you.

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Sneak Off and Read: Lines with the topic, ATTORNEY #RSsos #RomSuspense

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines with the topic, ATTORNEY

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For years she and Adam had worked on the Phoenix File together, ever since an incredibly brave young woman escaped the tyranny of a failed marriage to a US attorney with an eye on the governor’s chair.

Jacquie Biggar


The doctor was a pompous ass, the lawyer was a fast talking bullshitter, and the financier was about as exciting as yesterday’s mashed potatoes.

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair

“Bitsy, can you tell me the name of the woman . . . the bride of Belle Bride? The daughter of this attorney . . . the one he built the house for?”

Claire Gem


I breathed many sighs of relief when her attorney recommended she move back to British Columbia.

Joanne Guidoccio


Oddly enough, Kate felt comfortable and very relaxed when they arrived at the attorney’s office.

Kathryn Jane


Each one had pulled her aside and told her they’d give her the money for an attorney if she’d get help and promise not to set foot in the casino again, but she was unable to comply. Didn’t want to comply, she corrected.

Marian Lanouette


Mr. Sterling, a well-known attorney in Nashville, was running for the State Representative position. His reputation matched the grandiose personality he owned

S.A.Taylor
Shutter (work in progress)


“Mom is notorious for trying to hook me up with hometown guys. Another was a lawyer, but he fixed traffic tickets.”

Marsha West


Juliet shook her head. “Someone jumped my lawyer behind his office, and he’s unconscious.”

Sharon Wray


“Flimsy evidence.” Wanda tossed her dehydrated locks. “We need to call the authorities and do a fingerprint test.” Dixon said calmly, “I can arrange that. My brother is a cop.”

Vicki Batman
The Great Fruitcake Bake-off, Whispers of Winter set


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sneak Off and Read: Lines with the topic, COURT #RSsos #RomSuspense

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines with the topic, COURT

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“You remembered exactly how long we dated and when we broke up?” “Sure. You texted right after his termination email, which goes down as the tackiest thing ever.”

Vicki Batman
The Great Fruitcake Bake-off, Whispers of Winter set


“Mr. Stein, it’s my job to caution you to call the police. Vigilante justice is frowned upon in the courts.”

Jacquie Biggar


“He’ll live to see court and probably prison for the rest of his life because you chose to spare him. Had it been any other officer, he’d be dead.”

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair


I would extend my invitation once more and leave the ball in his court.

Joanne Guidoccio


She grabbed for her phone, only to remember both hers and Jason’s were in her jacket pocket…in her office…on the other side of the courtyard.

Kathryn Jane


Something always happened to deracinate love and put a divorce in motion. He’d have to check out the court docket next in hopes of finding the reason for it.

Marian Lanouette


“So you’ll let a court appointed attorney help, but not someone who knows you. Someone who has your best interests in mind?”

S.A.Taylor
A Twisted Fate (work in progress)


“Bring me sworn statements of what you’ve told me. I’ll work on getting a court order to look at Hinson’s bank documents.”

Marsha West


Nate didn’t laugh. He hadn’t been an executive officer since his court-martial, and that wound still bled.

Sharon Wray


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marketing Strategies and #CoverLove #WritingTips @jacqbiggar

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Celebrating a New Cover!

If you’re an indie author, like me, you know there’s a lot more to creating a successful marketing plan than writing the book. While an engrossing story is important, it doesn’t do you any good if no one knows about it.

Editing, beta reading and critique groups are a good start and a necessary set of steps in order to make your book baby look the best it can (on the inside.)

But what do you do after that?

GET A PROFESSIONAL COVER ARTIST!

I can’t say how many times I’ve been turned off of what could have been an award-winning story because of a weak cover.

One of the first things any potential buyer is drawn to, whether online, a library, or in a brick and mortar store is a standout cover. It is critically important that YOU, as a hard-working writer, DO NOT skip this important marketing step.

Okay, you have your masterpiece and the perfect frame for it, now what?

I recommend creating 5-6 memes that you can switch out in your social media posts. Try Canva or Covers Sell Books, both are great. Yes, you need to play nice on Facebook and Twitter 🙂

Seriously though, having a strong social media presence is crucial if you want to get the word out about your books.

Next, set up a newsletter–you’ve been building up subscribers at the same time you’re building SM contacts, right? :)–and send it out with the big news. It’s recommended not to push your sales, so take the time to be personable. Your followers want to know you, share a piece of you and they will respond, trust me!

We’re doing great!

Books are selling, reviews are trickling in, but then as time goes by the initial excitement wanes, now what?

 

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Placing your book on sale is a good marketing strategy. Not only do you regenerate interest in the product you’re promoting, but it often gains you readers for the rest of your backlist, as well.

Again, this is where your growing social media connections can count. Rather than shoving the sale in their faces though, use those pretty memes you made and share them on Twitter and Facebook group pages in your chosen genre.

I also like to book professional sites to share my sale, such as ereader News Today, Book Gorilla, and ebook Discovery, to name a few. Just make sure to decide on a budget beforehand, and stick to it. Keep in mind that while on the dace of it, your sale book may not pay out the cost of the fees, subsequent sales on all your books will continue for days or weeks after as your name moves up in Amazon (or other retailers) algorithms.

Another choice you can make is upgrading to a new cover. Maybe, for whatever reason, the old cover isn’t doing its job of catching the attention of new readers. This is a guessing game, of course, but sometimes a cover with brighter colors, or a stronger image can make all the difference.

I’ve decided to take that course of action with my 1950’s murder mystery, Missing: The Lady Said No. The title was clunky, so I dropped the Missing and added An Augustus Grant Mystery subtitle to define the series.

The original cover was dark and moody, and didn’t explain the era as well as I wanted it to.

 

Missing The Lady Said No eBook

 

The new cover is flashy, using a bright, bold color palette and an eye-catching image that does a much better job of hinting at the genre and storyline.

What do you think?

 

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Get your copy here!

 

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Sneak Off and Read: Lines with the topic, LAW #RSsos #RomSuspense

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines with the topic, LAW

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Rafe entered the law office. Like the Band-Aid analogy, the sooner he did this, the sooner he could work through the pain.

 Sharon Wray


“This is serious, young man. You broke the law. That’s very wrong. Should I call the police?” Ben shook his head. His finger inched to his eye where he pushed the corner to stave the threatening-to-flow tears.

Vicki Batman


“What kind of game are you playing, Detective? There ain’t no law that says I can’t go for a walk through a dad-blasted field, now is there?”

Jacquie Biggar


She clearly isn’t competent to make a decision about this child’s welfare and while everyone is arguing a point of law, his life is slipping away.

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair


It didn’t take me long to discover, via a quick Google search, that sellers were required by law to disclose any documented “ghoulish activity.”

Claire Gem


“Tania, the daughter, has to live near the toad. It’s the law.”

Joanne Guidoccio


Had life experience changed him? Yep. Law enforcement was eye-opening to say the least.

Kathryn Jane


She’d have to research the law to determine if the disposal of a dead body fell in the category of a misdemeanor or a felony in the legal code.

Marian Lanouette


“Elise Burgmann, Criminal Law Attorney.” He whistled. “Would’ve never guessed that.”

S.A.Taylor
A Twisted Fate (work in progress)


“Well, let me remind you, Mr. Hinson, we have laws in this state protecting those young men and Glenview Theatre. And I will enforce those laws.”

Marsha West


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sneak Off and Read: Lines with the topic, JUSTICE #RSsos #RomSuspense

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines with the topic, JUSTICE

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“My son is a junior at Stephen F. Austin studying criminal justice, and we haven’t heard for sure yet if he’ll make it home for the holidays.”

Marsha West


If justice existed, the men would be blasted by lightning. Angels didn’t appreciate hypocrisy, and neither did Juliet.

 Sharon Wray


After meting out justice, he returned home and presented his momma proof of his vengeance—two severed left feet.

Jacquie Biggar


Damn, a man who’s just been to Hell and back is asking for an ice cube. Give him some justice.

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair


I shook my head. “I bought the old Belle Bride house. I’m interested in finding out more about the place so I can do it justice when I decorate it.”

Claire Gem


Only the Greek name did justice to these culinary creations.

Joanne Guidoccio


Said they wouldn’t even notice he was gone—which was an obvious lie, but she wanted him to relax and enjoy the vacation they arranged for him to win.

Kathryn Jane


Jake’s head throbbed at the injustice of it. Why did they bother to get these guys off the street when the system put them right back out there again?

Marian Lanouette