Looking back…and looking ahead…

Hello everyone!  Since today is the very last day of 2016, I figured I’d do a “year-end wrap up post” or something to that effect.  I have a rager of a cold, so if I have any typos, please chalk it up to my sickness and not my inability to form a coherent sentence.

Yes, by “cold” I mean that I sneezed a few times and I have a headache.  I’m a hypochondriac.  Anyway….moving right along…


2016 Authorly YEAR-END RECAP…Broken down into highs and lows…



–published three books on Amazon

–met an amazing amount of people in the indie author community and made some excellent new friends

–learned some new skills that I’m extremely proud of such as making a book cover, a book graphic teaser, a google ARC form, wrote some blurbs, and learned a little bit about marketing and promotion.  Ah…I also created this blog that you’re looking at now.



–got my first bad review and cried like a teenage girl who wasn’t asked to prom

–wasted about a hundred bucks buying gift copies of my book to give to reviewers because I was afraid of pirating and had no clue that I could send a mobi copy to someone’s kindle address.  And the book got pirated anyway.

Yes, you will notice that there are more highs than lows, and that the lows really aren’t that bad.  Why is that?  I’ll tell you, thank you for asking.  It’s because I’m an eternal optimist and I can honestly say that my journey into the world of writing has been amazing so far.  I’ve spent countless hours researching, marketing, and learning from people.  It has been one hell of an adventure and one I wouldn’t trade for anything in the world.

Does that make it sound like I’m leaving the book writing world?  HELL NO!  I have a lot of projects planned for 2017, actually.

First up, I plan to delight you with “UNGRANTED WISHES.”  The book is solidly halfway done by now.  It involves a genie, the woman who summons him, and the adventures that they have once he appears.  I was afraid I would have no more original steamy scenes left in my brain, but there are several unique encounters that found themselves in the story.  Trust me on that.

If you’d like the opportunity to get a first look at “UNGRANTED WISHES,” please sign up for an Advanced Reader Copy here:



Also scheduled for 2017 is “My Dirty Detour: Vegas Lights,” which is book 2 in the My Dirty Detour series.  Rocky, Violet, and the gang take a little vacation to Las Vegas.  Obviously they get into a little trouble and mayhem ensues.

I have a few more ideas rolling around in my head.  You’ll just have to be surprised.

Til next time, dear reader…

Thank you for joining me in 2016 and I look forward to keep you entertained for many years to come.



Authorly Experiment…Does a category change improve Overall Rank?

Hello and welcome to another scientific authorly experiment.  Today we’ll be discussing how your category choices can influence your book’s ranking on Amazon.

I’m all about changing things up in the continual quest for more exposure/sales/readers.  So I decided I would change my categories and see what happened.  I’m a rebellious risk-taker…why not?

What made me undertake this experiment?  I’d be happy to tell you.  Once upon a time, I went to an author takeover in a favorite Facebook Group that I happen to frequent.  Well the author doing the takeover had a book that sounded pretty interesting.  So I went to check it out on Amazon.  It sounded very similar to my first book and it was ranked highly in a very unusual category.  This got me thinking…why don’t I change MY category and see what happened.  The results were pretty darn interesting.

Monday Night, December 19, 7:00 p.m.

Book:  My Dirty Detour

Overall Amazon Rank:  438,864

Category Rank:

2411 in Ebooks -Literature & Fiction – Women’s Fiction – Humor

12240 in Ebooks – Romance – Romantic Comedy

14136 in Books – Romance – Romantic Comedy

So I decided to shake things up.

I changed my categories and went to sleep, wondering what would happen next.  I eagerly woke up this morning to see what damage I’d done.

Tuesday Morning, December 20, 7:00 a.m.

Book: My Dirty Detour

Overall Amazon Rank:  137,597

#479 in Ebooks – Literature and Fiction – Action Adventure  -Women’s Adventure

#625 in Books – Literature and Fiction – Action Adventure – Romance

#1054 in Ebooks – Literature and Fiction, Action Adventure – Romance

How many books/page reads did I have overnight that might have driven up my rank? ZERO sales and 401 page reads.  Nothing so drastic to drive up the rank 300,000 places.

Will this translate to more sales?  I doubt it, since the book is still not anywhere close to the top 100 of any category and it’s about to celebrate its’ one year anniversary next month and is well past the age of a new release.

But it was sure interesting to try, and if it falls further into obscurity I can always switch it back.

What have I learned?  Find obscure categories to get more exposure.

In case you were wondering…my newest release is an Erotic novel and it’s been in the top 100 in its’ category for THREE MONTHS.  Am I amazed?  Absolutely.  Do I have any clue on how to replicate this magic that I’ve worked?  Absolutely not.

It’s been one hell of a ride and I can’t wait to see what happens next!

Have a good day and thanks for reading!