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#tuesdaythoughts Why would you read another book by an author when you obviously don’t like their work??

First, a disclaimer: this is not an infantile rant. It may seem like one, but I’ve rewritten this 4 times to try and ensure it’s not, so I hope it comes across in the spirit it is intended for and not just me whining.

Okay.

We all have our one-click authors, right? The ones where we preorder their newest soon-to-be-released book without even knowing anything about the story, simply because we’ve loved the way they have written their previous books and know we will get enjoyment out of reading their new stuff? For me, those authors include: Lauren Layne, Jill Shalvis, Kari Lemor, Marianne Rice, Donna Simonetta, Sandra Brown, and of course Nora Roberts/JD Robb. The moment Goodreads informs me these gals have new books on the horizon, I head over to amazon and preorder.

No thoughts about not doing this. Ever.

I venture to say we also all have those authors whom we’ve read once, maybe twice, and then realized…never again. Not even if their books are listed at $.99 cents or free.  They are probably not bad writers, but something didn’t resonate with their story, or characters, or something was missing in the plotline. Whatever it is, you’ve decided that you’re not going to waste your time – an hour you will never get back! – or hard earned cash on purchasing something you know will not bring you enjoyment. I have several I’ve read in all different genres like this, and no, I’m not going to name them here. If I can’t say something positive about someone I’m going to do what my mother always told me to and keep my mouth shut and my  thoughts to myself. I satisfy myself by simply  not purchasing these authors’ books no matter how many Amazon alerts I receive to.

End of story. Well, not quite, yet….

The question I pose today is why would anyone read an author they have so obviously disliked in the past – even venturing to pan their books on review sites and give their stories 1 ratings? Seems ridiculous and counter intuitive, right?

Yeah, well it’s happened to me. Twice. By the same reviewer and of course she’s the type of reviewer/reader who broadcasts her opinions/reviews/pannings on every book outlet from Bookbub to Goodreads to amazon and B&N.

I won’t mention her name but you can see her reviews ( I actually call them attacks on my character, but that’s me) on Goodreads first for DIRTY DAMSELS and then for my newest release. Let’s be real here: she HATED Dirty Damsels. Hated it. Why,  I wonder, did she request to read and review the newest one, knowing she hated the other one?

I actually asked this question of a few people because it bothers me so much and most of the answers were the same: Maybe she wanted to give me another chance, or the first book just wasn’t to her liking, but thought the second would be.

Yeah..NO.  Not buying either of those responses. I won’t be vicious and say what I really think motivates someone like this ( read yesterday’s blog for a little insight, though.). But maybe  I harmed her in a previous life; or maybe I went to high school with her and she thought I was mean ( It can’t be that, because I was a total geek introvert in HS and never talked to anyone.) Or maybe  she’s just the kind of person that lives to brings others down by writing nasty things about their work – in all truth I have no idea what  motivates a person like this.

When I’ve read a book that is categorically a misread on every level for me- character, plot, actual writing – I don’t review the book, scathe the author, or broadcast the fact this book was the spawn of the devil to anyone, anywhere, or across any media. I simply don’t purchase another book from this author and move on- which is what I wish everyone would do.

Now, as I said, I don’t want this to sound like I’m whining because this individual didn’t like my books. The right to have an opinion on something is just that – a right. Not everyone will like what I write. Hey, not every one likes me as a person. I’m cool with both those things. What I’m not cool with is nasty vitriol for no apparent reason other than to be, well, nasty, and appear better than anyone else around you.

I learned a long time ago that the person who is the smartest one in the room is NEVER the person telling you or shouting out that they are the smartest. It’s the person who goes about their business, living their smarty-ness without rubbing it in the faces of others, or shouting it from the rooftops. This goes for book reviewers, too. Hopefully, you can understand in what way and why.

Okay. Rant over.

For now….

Until next time ~ Peg

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#SundaySnippet First one of 2020~ 1.5.20 ; A PRIDE OF BROTHERS:RICK

It’s a little hard for me to believe 2020 is here already. It seems like just yesterday it was 1.1.19.

Oh well….

I have a brand new ROMANTIC SUSPENSE series starting this year titled A PRIDE OF BROTHERS and the very first book, RICK is dropping on 1.13.20 so it seems apropos I post my very first Sunday Snippet of 2020 with a little scene from the book.

Blurb:

Elite bodyguard and P.I. Rick Bannerman’s job is to protect. He doesn’t get emotional with his clients, but when a woman from his past is threatened, his next job becomes personal.

Family lawyer Abigail Laine is the target of a client’s vengeful husband, but refuses Rick’s offer of protection. He walked away from her four years ago, and she swore to forget him.

Now her reluctance to accept his help could cost Abby her life.

As she reached out to clutch the table for support, a pair of firm hands seized her upper arms from behind.

“Easy there, Abigail.”

Abby’s entire body stilled. In a heartbeat, she went from tipsy to stone-cold sober as the smooth, deep timbre of that voice washed over her.

“Reception hasn’t started yet. Wouldn’t do for one of Kandy’s minions to go down before the band even warms up.”

When her arms were freed a moment later, Abby whirled around to find a pair of chocolate-drop-colored eyes trained on her from a face hand carved by the gods of gorgeous. Hair as dark as unprocessed coal was cut military short. Dark, thick lashes framed his almond- shaped eyes, and his mouth was pulled into a totally charming smirk that she wanted to kiss off his chiseled face.

Why did simply looking at him make her stomach act like a roller coaster spiraling downward and back to the station?

“Minions? Really, Bannerman?”

He had the nerve to grin. “Well, you are required to blindly follow and do everything Kandy tells you to without argument, aren’t you? Sounds pretty accurate to me.”

“You’re wearing a tuxedo. Does that make you one of Josh’s minions?” She raked a finger up and down his ridiculously well-cut black lapel.

A free and easy laugh kicked her square in her already shaking stomach. “Not in this lifetime.” His eyes crinkled at the corners. “He’s got two brothers who can more than fill the bill. I’m merely a humble wedding guest.”

Humble was hardly the word she’d use to describe him. At six two and a solid, muscular two hundred pounds, Rick Bannerman was cocky, sinfully sexy, and a total player. Exactly the kind of man she knew she shouldn’t be drawn to, but God help her, was.

Intrigued? You can preorder your copy here and have it as soon as it’s released on 1.13.20:

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MY word for 2020 : PERSISTENCE

No it isn’t a lonely western town between Devil’s Head and Snake Canyon! It’s my word of 2020. The one that is going to take me to new levels in my career and my personal life.

2019’s word was FOCUS and I did just that for the entire year. I wrote 4 books, blogged 5-6 times a week, and sold more books than I had for any previous year. Can I support myself yet, financially? No. But it’s coming and it’s certainly a closer concept than it was in 2018.

This year I’m taking that focus that  I honed so well in my writing career and adding to my personal life and mixing in a huge does of PERSISTENCE.

persistence | pərˈsistəns | noun

firm or obstinate continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition; the continued or prolonged existence of something: the persistence of huge environmental problems.

I LOVE this definition. OBSTINATE continuance in a course of action IN SPITE OF difficulty or opposition. That definition could have been hand written by the gods of words for me! Hee Hee.

In case you  missed it earlier in the week, these are my goals for 2020:

  • Write a minimum of 1000 words before I start my actual day – what this means is that while I’m still in jammies, I write. Once 1000 words is achieved I get to get dressed, and do the adulting things I need to – like gym, laundry, etc. When they are done, I can write more.
  • Finish 3-4 complete manuscripts in 2020; self-pub one of them. A lofty goal.
  • Gym 6-7 times per week. No excuses. I’ve got a wedding I need to be camera ready for in May 2020.
  • Eat better, and by better I mean, cut out the crap!! All of it.
  • Double my book sales this year through organic exposure. More about this in 2020 blogs!

It’s going to take a great deal of PERSISTENCE to do those things, so, once again, I think this is the perfect word for me to live my life by in 2020!

Thoughts, peeps?

Until next time ~ Peg

And if you’re looking for me in 2020, I’m usually here: Tweet Me//Read Me// Visit Me//Picture Me//Pin Me//Friend Me// Triber// Book Me // Watch me

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A look ahead….

 

Seems appropriate that I title this one a look ahead when the last blog was about looking back.

I’m nothing if not consistent, peeps. Hee hee

I’ve got some career goals for 2020 that I want to accomplish, in addition to some personal ones that need doing, as well.

1.Write a minimum of 1000 words before I start my actual day – what this means is that while I’m still in jammies, I write. Once 1000 words is achieved I get to get dressed, and do the adulting things I need to – like gym, laundry, etc. When they are done, I can write more.

  1. Finish 3-4 complete manuscripts in 2020; self-pub one of them. A lofty goal.
  2. Gym 6-7 times per week. No excuses. I’ve got a wedding I need to be camera ready for in May 2020.
  3. Eat better, and by better I mean, cut out the crap!! All of it.
  4. Double my book sales this year through organic exposure. More about this in 2020 blogs!

These seem more doable than last year’s goals, only 2 of which ( out of 7 ) I managed to keep. That’s a horrible track record and i hope this year is sosos much better for me.

 

Some of the amazing things coming for me in 2020 include:

  1. My daughter’s wedding in May
  2. My 60th birthday (also in May!)
  3. I have just signed on to write another monthly blog for a blogging group called ROMANCING THE GENRES. That makes 2 blogs, in addition to my own, that I can get exposure to the masses. Not too shabby, eh?? Heehee
  4. My 33rd wedding anniversary.

I’m sure more wonderful stuff will come down the pike for me, especially if I stay positive, focused, and keep my eyes forward and not dwell on the negatives.

I think that’s a good start, don’t you. We’ll see how far they get, which ones drop off by the wayside, and which ones become habits-for-life.

The happiest of New Years, peeps. ~Peg

 

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A look back…..

As I’ve gotten older, I find myself in a reflective mood this time of year. The current year is drawing to a close, the New Year is just over the horizon. Since I’m such a lesson-oriented person with a tad of goal-making obsession thrown in, I wanted to look back on this year at the highs – and lows – and see what I can learn to guide me into 2020 with a brighter, enthusiastic mindset. At the end of 2018 I made some goals for myself for  2019. Of the 7 things I listed, I only stuck to 2. More about that on tomorrow’s blog.

For now, since being positive is such a good thing, let’s start with the good things that happened this year.

  1. I had 3 books published through 2 publishing houses and I released my very first indie pubbed book into the world  ( the story of how this came about is detailed on tomorrow’s blog, so check back.)      
  2. I celebrated my 59th birthday and my 32nd wedding anniversary. No small feat, either of them.
  3. I never wrote them all out together until now, but I won ALL of the following awards this year:
  4. 2019 NERFA WinnerContemporary romance 40k-56k CHRISTMAS & CANNOLIS
  5. 2019 Book Buyer Best Top pick of the year Contemporary Romance – DEARLY BELOVED
  6. 2019 Book Buyers Best First place in Mainstream Romance: CHRISTMAS & CANNOLIS
  7. 2019 International Digital AwardsWinner CONTEMPORARY NOVEL – CHRISTMAS & CANNOLIS (this is the second year in a row I’ve won this division, so YAY!)
  8. 2019  Golden Quill ContestWinner Contemporary CAN’T STAND THE HEAT
  9. 2019 Maine Romance Writers Strut your Stuff Grand Prize Winner DEARLY BELOVED
  10. I finaled in a bunch more contests, but the wins have a tad more cache ( hee hee)
  11. I sold more books than ever before this year, so I hope that means I gained some new, loyal readers. That’s the goal, anyway!
  12. I joined a fabulous Blogging Group called the ROMANCE GEMS where I get to blog to the masses once a month ( more if I want a special day!) The support and love in this group is astounding.

And of course, there were things that weren’t so great that happened and need to be listed.

  1. I was dropped by one of my publishing houses after book 1 of a 3 book series was published due to low sales. I never realized they wanted me to sell 1,000,000 books right out of the gate. And yes, if that sounds bitter….I am.
  2. I received some not very flattering reviews for a few of my books ( and yes, they were outnumbered in droves by the positive ones, but the negative ones are the ones you ALWAYS remember)
  3. I tore the rotator cuffs in both arms, the bicep tendon in my right and had to have surgery to fix the right arm so I could function like a human being again. ( Left arm is next year)
  4. I continue to see my parents deteriorate with age and that truly saddens my soul.
  5. Several of my friends lost their parents this year making # 4 a reality for me to come.
  6. The world around us is very dark and scary right now and I truly am sick and tired of seeing another high school or mass shooting, or another home-terrorist attack every time I look at the news. I am trying to be hopeful for the future, but it’s hard.

I am happy and hopeful, though to see that there were more good things listed above than bad things.

So, I look forward to starting 2020 renewed, recharged, and delighted with the potential happiness the year will bring.

Happy New Year, peeps  ~ Peg

 

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A look back at my year of reading….

 

I’m a big reader.

I know: shocked ya, right? Hee hee.

This year I read 117 books for 2019 Goodreads Challenge. In reality, I read a whole bunch more because a large  number of them were print books and the goodreads ones were really only e-books I read on my Kindle.

The number is probably closer to 200 for the year.

It’s no wonder I love to write since I love to read so much. Goes hand in hand, eh?

Here’s the top of the list of my favorite read books in 2019. Some were print, some e-books, but they were all fabulous and I highly recommend them and their authors.

In no particular order, here you go:

UntouchableJayne Anne Krentz (My rating)

the third book in the CUTLER, SUTTER and SALINAS series, it’s a dark story woven through the golden age of Hollywood – and a goodie!

Passion on Park AvenueLauren Layne (my review)

 

In my review I stated that this might just be Lauren’s best book to date ( and that’s saying something because they’ve all been 5 star reads for me) and I wasn’t wrong. This first chapter of the CENTAL PARK PACK series is a great intro to the gals and their potential love interests.

Where the Crawdads singDelia Owens 

For some strange reason I never reviewed or rated this book and if I had I would have given it 5++++ stars. The story is so lyrically told I felt as if Delia Owens was sitting in my living room speaking it aloud to me.

Love on Lexington AvenueLauren Layne (my review)

Book 2 in the CENTRAL PARK PACK series is a deep dive into widow angst that is funny, sexy, and just up my alley when it comes to RomComs. Lauren hit all the right spots with this book and I am eagerly awaiting book 3 which is releasing in 2020.

The One for YouRoni Loren ( my review)

This 4th installment in the Ones Who Got Away series was my favorite for so many reasons. Read my review to learn why. And then start with the first book and read them in order. You’ll be glad you did.

Never TellLisa Gardner (my rating) 

You can’t go wrong with A DDWarren police mystery and now that the amazeballs Flora Dane is helping her, well, 5stars isn’t enough!

Quinn’s  ResolutionKatie O’Sullivan ( my review)

Rock star romances are a popular trope and most are just okay. But Katie’s take on Quinn MacDonald and the tragedy that occurs just as his career is taking off compelled me to give this book the 5 stars it deserved. Filled with sorrow and jumping with heat, this story is short but it packs a powerful punch.

Elusive DreamsKari Lemor (my review)

You usually read Marriage of Convenience tropes in historical novels. Well, Kari took the well-loved trope and modernized it to perfection. I went through almost an entire package of Kleenex’s while I was reading Tessa and Eric’s love story and I bet you will, too.

I can’t wait for 2020 and a whole new year of books to read by my favorite authors. And who knows: maybe I’ll find some new favs!

Until next  year ~ Peg

 

 

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25 Days of Holiday Romance day # 25 – Christmas & Cannolis

is it a bad thing that I put my own Holiday books up on this list?

Naaaaah.

Today, I’ve got my second San Valentino Christmas book, CHRISTMAS & CANNOLIS for you.

 

WINNER OF THE 2019 OKRWA INTERNATIONAL DIGITAL AWARDS for BEST CONTEMPORARY NOVEL!WINNER OF THE 2019 NERFA AWARD FOR CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

Can a second chance at love heal a broken heart? 

With Christmas season in full swing, baker Regina San Valentino is up to her elbows in cake batter and cookie dough. Between running her own business, filling her bursting holiday order book, and managing her crazy Italian family, she’s got no time to relax, no room for more custom cake orders, and no desire to find love. A failed marriage and a personal tragedy have convinced her she’s better off alone. Then a handsome stranger enters her bakery begging for help. Regina can’t find it in her heart to refuse him.
Connor Gilhooly is in a bind. He needs a specialty cake for an upcoming fundraiser and puts himself–and his company’s reputation–in Regina’s capable hands. What he doesn’t plan on is falling for a woman with heartbreak in her eyes or dealing with a wise-guy father and a disapproving family.

Can Regina lay her past to rest and trust the man who’s awoken her heart? Readers who enjoy the following kinds of stories will love CHRISTMAS & CANNOLIS: big families, Holiday romance, RomCom, surviving loss, moving on, foodies, bakers, Christmas

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About the author: me!!

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25 Days of Holiday Romance day # 23 – Practicing for Christmas

One more Wild Rose Press sistah! Rachael Richey has PRACTICING FOR CHRISTMAS on day 23 of the blog event.

A remote coastal cottage; a group of old friends; the Christmas holidays. It’s just the break Olivia needs to help her relax and forget her worries. What could be more perfect? But that was before she found a handsome unconscious stranger on the beach. Add in a case of mistaken identity, a lot of kissing practice, and an inquisitive best friend, and things begin to get more than a little complicated.

The large bump on Adam’s head hurts, but he refuses to go to the hospital—or back home—and eventually accepts Olivia’s offer of hospitality. When her friends arrive the following morning, a chance remark catapults them both into a bizarre and amusing situation that promises to make it a Christmas to remember.

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About the Author: Rachael Richey

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25 Days of Holiday Romance day #22 – Christmas in Catalonia

Fellow Rose Karen Hulene Bartell is my day 22  Holiday Romance choice for her book CHRISTMAS IN CATALONIA

A simple trek through Spain becomes a life-changing journey through fear and hope.

A daddy’s girl born on Father’s Day, Gwen Alton lost faith in men when her father emotionally abandoned her. Despite her impending marriage, she has doubts.
A spiritual orphan with trust issues, Gwen lets no one crack her shell of self-reliance. When the young photojournalist sets out on her family’s pipedream of walking the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage through Spain, she has no real faith in the divine or supernatural. But along the Way, her deceased father haunts her and she meets a mysterious man with violet-blue eyes who bewilders her.
Can she resolve issues with her father-figure fiancé? Will she choose the familiar, well-worn path of emotional rejection or blaze a new and exciting trail? Through a series of divine signs along the Way, Gwen takes the first steps on a life-long pilgrimage.

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About the Author: Karen Hulene Bartell

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25 Days of Holiday Romance day # 21 – CHRISTMAS CAROLE

The WIld Rose press dominates in this Holiday Blog Event! Today, I’ve got fellow sistah Stephanie Sullivan and her addition to our holiday romance reading, CHRISTMAS CAROLE

After the death of her fiancé, workaholic Carole Sinclair vowed never to fall in love again. She can’t face another loss of someone she loves.
Firefighter Derek Langston was interested in Carole years ago, but his best friend asked her out first. Derek has stayed friends and supported her while she grieves. Two years have passed, and impatient for his life to move forward, he proclaims his feelings.
Their friendship becomes much more complicated than either bargained for. After a glimpse into her past, present and future, Carole must choose between remaining stuck in old memories or claiming the future she longs for. Can a treasured friendship grow into a lasting love?

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