Today, you can get the first two Montana Marrenger books starting at .99 cents!
This is the best time for you to get into the series, and the Countdown Deals aren’t going to last forever! This means that every day, the cost will gradually return to it’s original list price.
Sure, I may be short changing myself by listing Monsoon Morning, a full length novel, at .99 cents, but you know what? That’s not the point. The point is that I want to share my work with all of you. I want you to fall in love with these characters and feel the intensity of the cases. YOU are the reason I write these stories!
Grab them while the sale lasts!
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Titles and Outlines
Today, I’m getting geared up for chapter eight in my winter novel. The tentative title for the book is Slow the Rain, but there’s a good chance it’ll be changed. It’s not that I don’t like the title, but there are a few others tumbling around in my head that may just fit the story more.
I came up with the title while writing the outline of the book. Which brings me to something I keep meaning to mention here. Outline. Seriously, do it. It will help you get those words on the page, help keep you focused, and will likely see you reaching the end of your first draft much sooner. I hear writers complaining all the time about how they started writing a book, but then their characters started to do whatever they wanted. One author actually asked me how I keep my characters in line. It’s simple. Before I write, I double check my outline to see what it is specifically that I have to tell next, and then write it. That’s the beauty of the outline. If you do your whole book, you won’t get lost, and neither will your characters.
It’s been a slow morning. Yesterday, my new writing routine (see last weeks post) really kicked into gear. During the morning hours, I managed to write all of chapter seven. That’s pretty good, considering I’m trying something new and different with my routine (thank you monthers, more on that here).
The only thing that hasn’t quite worked yet is my afternoon session. You see, the plan is to write early in the morning and later on during the day. Unlike the monthers, this would mean that I’m not writing 10k words a day, but it does mean that I’m upping my word count. Basically, my intention is to get the fans of Selena Marrenger more mysteries at a quicker pace. Seriously, though. Who wants to wait for a book that comes out once a year in a series? If that’s you, great, but it’s definitely not me.
Haaave you met Maggie?
The coffee is fresh. Pumpkin Spice creamer is filling the room with a pleasant, fall aroma. I’ve turned on Spotify, and am listening to the Interstellar soundtrack. It heightens the mood, stirs images in my mind.
Chapter eight follows a police detective named Norma Perry. As some of you may have guessed, I like to write strong female leads. She’s tough, but quirky. If I had to make a comparison, it would be… well, imagine a combination of Maggie’s humor and Selena’s strength. She’s a good detective, has a good head on her shoulders, and won’t back down. Especially when she’s chasing a lead.
Oh, that’s right. Some of you haven’t met Maggie yet. She’s featured in my new novella, Tanglewood. Subscribers to my newsletter got a sneak peak at the cover artwork for Tanglewood as well as a sample. Don’t worry, though. If you aren’t a subscriber, you’ll get your chance in a couple of days to meet Maggie. Yes, you read that right. Tanglewood will be released on October 22!
Now, it’s time to get back to work. I hope to finish all of chapter eight today, and maybe even start chapter nine. The baby is teething, and has been rather fussy, but hopefully I can meet my goals. Wish me luck!
Monsoon Morning has officially been released! To celebrate my release event, I’m offering the book at a discounted price on Amazon! I’m really excited to find out what all of you think of Selena’s new adventure!
Want a little bit of insight into the books creation? Sure you do. Here you go!
Even though this book takes place after the events of Runaway Train and The Truth About Alex, it was written before either of those were even thought of. This is an unusual step for me, but there was a method to my madness.
You see, about five years ago I made the decision to stop writing science fiction and focus my literary efforts on a different genre. My wife recommended mystery, so I went with it. As the story developed, I took countless notes and began researching. I even befriended a medical examiner who helped me with some of the technical details. After it was completely written, I had another idea.
I should introduce Selena Marrenger to audiences in a separate story, a short novella. The Runaway Train was released, and was pretty successful as far as novellas go. Sure, some folks out there considered the short length to be a fault of the book, but I knew that it’s length was completely intentional. What followed almost immediately after was another novella, a story close to my heart, The Truth About Alex. With it, I wanted to tell a larger story within the restraints of novella form, and have the emotional impact that I tried to achieve with Monsoon Morning. Both novellas were separate stories, different cases, but gave you insight into Selena’s growth as a character.
Now that Monsoon Morning is finally released, I hope that all of you will now have a more rounded experience with Montana Marrenger, and will continue to follow her, case by case, as she pieces together the puzzle of her past.
Grab Your Copy Of Monsoon Morning Today!
I’m very happy to announce that you can now pre-order your copy of Monsoon Morning! The pre-order went up yesterday after several complications with compiling from Scrivener, but I finally got it sorted. Thank all of you for your patience!
Not even time can erase the darkest secrets…
In 1997, Selena Marrenger’s sister disappeared. It was her job to watch little Tabitha, to keep her safe. All that remained were questions, and guilt for leaving her sister alone. She was too young to unravel the mystery back then. Too young to find closure.
Fourteen years later, another girl has vanished, and one is dead. When Special Agent Selena Marrenger is assigned to the case, she discovers the two were best friends. Inseparable. As close as sisters.
This time, Selena won’t leave until the missing girl is found. Only then can she find peace. Only then can she hope for redemption.
No matter the cost.
There are a lot of indie authors out there who have written a book, published it through KDP, and have been sitting back waiting for the money to roll in. After a few months, they most likely come to the realization that it’s not quite that simple. If it were, I’m sure that most of us would be napping within piles of gold like Smaug the Stupendous. Unless you are capable of leveling entire towns in order to get people to take notice of your book, it’s going to take a little bit more effort. Writing a book is only half of the work.
Do you have a website? If not, I hightly recommend that you remedy that. People want to stay up to date with what you have to offer, especially if they liked your book.
Do you have a newsletter? This one, I admit, I’m guilty of not having for quite a while. A newsletter is a great way to spread the word about your book and upcoming titles, as well as offering your readers a chance to get a little something extra. It could be sample chapters, or free ebook copies. You will want your reader to be engaged.
Do you have other books planned? Speaking of keeping your readers engaged, writing a book series will keep them around a lot longer than a single book would. Be sure to include excerpts at the end of your first book, or make them aware that there’s more to come.
Do you use social media? Sure you do! You wrote a book, and you have every right to shout it out to the world! Let everyone know! Don’t be shy about it. I can’t tell you how many awesome people I’ve met through social media just because they found my books enjoyable.
Are you enrolled in Kindle Select? There are some authors out there who swear they will never offer their book for free no matter what. That’s fine, they can do whatever they want to. However, if you’re a newly published Indie author with your first book on the market, I highly recommend enrolling that book into Kindle Select. Utilize it’s free promotional periods to boost sales of your work. Don’t worry so much about paying other companies to advertise your book just yet, wait until you have a few more out there. If you are writing a series, you will create a funnel effect by advertising your first book for free every once in a while. Eventually, enough people will have your book that Amazon will start selling it for you. What I mean by that is the more people download it, the more likely you are to pop up in the wonderful “other readers have also bought” area, and you raise the chances of your sales significantly just by having more out there to offer!
Be Active And Humble This is a big one. Keep readers up to date with intruiging blog posts, make friends and take personal charge of your followers in all of your social media outlets. These people are your fans, and you have the unique opportunity to interact with them! If they buy your book or follow you on social media, be sure to thank them and welcome them! By treating people right, you know, being nice (it’s not that hard) instead of treating people like dollar signs or only talking to them to get something from them, then you are not only making friends but building your following. Plus, you’re proving you are a decent human being.
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