Calling Myself an Author

So now that I’ve officially published my first book Bleeding Hearts, I can call myself an img_1839-1author. In my mind, I’ve always been a writer and have dreamed of publishing. Did I think it was a reality? Honestly, no I didn’t. But now that it is, what am I to do?

Simple, keep writing, publishing and promoting. For those that don’t know, being an author isn’t all roses and hearts. I work hard to promote my work and myself. Although sometimes I get nervous talking to people about myself and my book, I know it will only help in the long run.

What’s in store for my readers? This is a tough question, I want to tell everyone that I’ll have a new book published soon, but that means I have to finish something. I’ll give you some insight on what I’m working on.

baBLEEDING ALONE is book two in the Bleeding Hearts series. I’ve been slowly working on this book. It’s harder than I thought it was going to be, and after some thought I was going to stop its progress and put it to rest, but I can’t do that to y’all. So, I’m going to work hard on this book and hopefully sometime in 2017 it will be out.

Here’s a short blurb of Bleeding Alone:This story follows a secondary character from the first book named Ruby Mae Lavender. She’s an art student at a university and she meets the famous serial killer, Carson but she doesn’t respond with animosity like everyone else has. There’s more romance, fear, and murders in this second book!

The other story I am working on is a YA suspense titled SCARRED. Jules Martinez was in love at fifteen, but her love story turned into a nightmare when she found herself a victim of domestic abuse. To help with her fear and ending a bad relationship, she joins a mixed martial arts gym, training every day. Now, eighteen years old and ready to go to college, she still suffers from her past. But it gets worse when Christopher comes back into her life again.

So, there you have it, my goal for the next couple of months! I will keep you updated and maybe even share some excerpts as I’m writing. Please make sure to follow my FB page for additional updates. You can purchase Bleeding Hearts on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, and more.

 

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The Countess Intrigue BY Wendy May Andrews

Engaged to a rumored murderer – what’s a lady to do?

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During her second Season, Lady Elizabeth Castleton is found in a compromising situation with Lord Justice Sinclair, the Earl of Heath. Despite her attraction to him, she is dismayed to find herself betrothed to the man who is rumored to have killed his first wife. Her parents refuse to lend credence to the rumors, so she is soon married and on the way to her husband’s estate.

She cannot decide what to make of the handsome earl but after an attempt is made on her life, Elizabeth is terrified that history is about to repeat itself. She determines to find out once and for all if she is married to a murder.

Can she stay alive long enough to find her happily ever after?

Wendy May Andrews is a fellow author friend of mine from Clean Reads. She has been reading whatever she could get her hands on since the age of five. She has been writing for almost as long but hasn’t been sharing those stories with anyone but her mother until recently. Wendy lives in Toronto with her own real-life hero. When not writing or reading, they love to travel wherever the mood takes them.

You can follow her on  Facebook   Twitter   Instagram  and her website. WMAndrews author pic

Brief Excerpt:

The evening had already been harrowing with the abduction of her dearest friend from that very ballroom mere moments earlier, but it already felt like eons. After she had left it in the Duke of Wrentham’s hands there had been nothing she could do to help. She had no desire to stand about wringing her hands so she was making every effort to remain calm, keeping up appearances in order to prevent Rose’s absence from becoming common knowledge, in an effort to preserve her reputation. The last thing Elizabeth needed was to be seen conversing with the controversial earl. But despite every instinct shrieking for her to leave the man’s presence on the instant, she forced herself to meet his eye as she bade him good night.

His handsome face always made her blink. Well defined, with a sharp jaw and angular cheekbones. His skin looked smooth, as though he had just left the ministrations of his valet. His wide set eyes were a unique color, somewhere between blue and green, and leant an air of watchful intelligence to his beauty. She wondered if he found it amusing to be constantly faced with wide-eyed women or if he had become immune to it. Perhaps he took it as his due, Elizabeth thought absently, before she refocused her attention. She ought to be keeping her wits about her. Exhaustion from the evening’s turmoil was dulling her senses.

To purchase THE COUNTESS INTRIGUE, click on Amazon!

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The Importance of Social Media  

Authors, whether they are published through a larger publishing house, small press, or self published, need to know how important it is to be on social media. It’s 2016 and everyone from the age of 8 to 95 are on some form of social media. 

Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook are a few essential accounts an author will need. Your fans will want to know how to find you and your books. They want to be able to track your success and feel like they’re your best friend. 

This generation is online and ready to connect to their heart’s desire. Should one have a craving for a specific book by a certain author but can’t remember the name, the first thing that fan will do is research it online. If they know the author’s name, and if that author has diligently set up various social media networks, then it’s a piece of cake for that fan. They want easy. That want to be connected. 

Back when publishing houses provided most of the marketing and didn’t require the authors to have social media, there weren’t as many books getting published. Now, every writer, friend, neighbor, and cousin can go on Amazon and publish their own works, but it’s the self-published authors that go the extra step and create a brand for themselves and market their books, that really succeed. 

I have ten social media accounts. Ten!! My social media accounts are all linked under my full author name, Dana Louise Provo. You can find me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads, Amazon, Pinterest, Tumbler, Wattpad, Google, and WordPress. And yes, I use all of my accounts.

Being an author doesn’t just mean writing books. No, being an author means building your brand and marketing yourself. The biggest part of publishing is social media. Yes, you’re actually publishing a book and that’s huge, but it won’t sell until you market yourself. 

So, if you are an author with no social network accounts and you want to be the next bestseller, you’re going to start working extremely hard to market yourself and your book. Get a few sites, gain your followers and start selling your brand. It will help you in the long run. 

You can find all the links to my accounts on the About page or do a google search for my full name. I wish every author out there the best of luck in your publishing endeavors.