Beauty of Fear-Trailer

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Overheard a conversation...

I was at my regular 9-5  job today (actually 12-9pm) and I walked up to a couple of parents to check in on them and their kids (I run a martial arts school). I figured they were chatting about the kids, since they had just gotten their black belts over the weekend , but no…they were talking about Beauty of Fear, my book. {cue fantasy music}

To say that I was stunned is an understatement.  It was strange to hear the one parent talk about the book while she recommended it to the other.  She talked about the characters like they were friends of hers and you could hear the passion she had for the book in her voice.  It was a bit surreal.  She told this other parent that she doesn't read murder mysteries but decided to give this a chance and she loved it!  Then, darned if she didn't start asking about the sequel…wow...

I told her I was happy to hear her speak that way about the book and she promised to leave a review on Amazon, but it doesn't matter, that would just be icing on this cake.  To overhear someone talking so animatedly about something I wrote and published, was the best feeling ever! 

Just a few days before, another mom who had purchased the book walked in with it under one arm when she brought her son for class.  I was dumbstruck then and I'm dumbstruck now.  I actually wrote something that others like.  I wrote a character they could root for and did.  It's one thing to write a book and self publish and hear from family that its good, but for strangers to say that and pass it on to others was something I wasn't prepared for.

And now I have another one out there…cool...

Whether I become a "successful" author or not, it is moments like these that make me feel like a #1 Times Bestselling Author. And according to my granddaughter Isabel, and I quote "people are talking about it, they're reading it, you're already successful Ada (grandma)"  Thank you my Isabear.

L.E. Perez

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Playing with pics...and building excitement

So, I've let myself get caught up in manipulating pictures...a definite distraction but also a welcome one.  It has ignited in me an excitement for my own works that I haven't felt in some time.

Fun huh?  Yeah, I think I'm getting better at this but it has made me wonder if maybe it isn't necessary to start hiring folks to do this stuff so that I can work on what I should be working on...writing!

Ugh!  But this stuff is fun too...either way, take a look at the book, it's only $.99.  If you have suggestions for making the cover more impactful I welcome it.
By the way I will be following up on my Black Belt in writing blog that I posted a couple of months ago.  I think I want to break it down a bit and maybe help a future or writer or two...

L.E. Perez

Friday, January 10, 2014

To review or not to review, that is the question…or is it?

I know that readers often wonder why is it so important to give someone a review or feedback about what they've just read?  Well, in some instances, the writer wants to know if their message got across.  In other instances, the way that a book is received critically is dependent on reviews, post positive and negative.

What happens though when someone reviews your book and they can't post it on an official site?  Amazon requires that only books actually purchased by you can be reviewed by you.  That makes things pretty tricky when you offer the book for free.  I mean really, 1000 downloads for free and 1000 possible reviews versus 10 books sold and downloaded and 10 reviews.  See what I mean?  
For the writer, reviews are our life's blood.  One way to deal with this is to recommend that folks  forward their review to you if they are unable to post.  Is your email or contact info readily available as a writer?  It should be.  Sometimes its that lone outside review that can help clue you in to the heart and soul of your story.  

An example is one from my newest release, Dear Lorna, as I posted on my Facebook page:

A beautiful review I received from a fan who read Dear Lorna but couldn't post review on Amazon: 
If there were ten stars it still would not be enough.
It has been quite sometime since I have been so completely taken with a story that has had me on the edge of my seat, in tears and wishing there was more. The back story beautifully frames the path that has led our heroine to a time and place that is both heart breaking and sensual. To add to the mix, there are beautiful letters that take your breath away and you wonder if anyone really writes that beautifully in real life anymore. This writer needs to write just a book of letters so that we could all wish we were the recipients of something so deep so as to take our breath away.
This writer has written other stories that evoke feelings of suspense and even smiles, Beauty of Fear being the most recent until now. This book will stand alone among the others. In the past I have read quite a few romance novels as well as crime, horror and of course the classics. This book is going up in that bookshelf, it's one that will be enjoyed again and again.
Here's hoping for a sequel... or two.

My two books so far...

That review made everything worth it.  The sleepless nights, the editing, the rewrites.  It evoked in the reader exactly what I wanted, and more.  

'Nuff said...

Friday, January 3, 2014

New Year's Resolve (not resolution)

Wow, another year down. Did everyone do what they planned this year.  Did you achieve what you set out to do or did you set yourself up for failure? Yeah, that's what I thought...

Too often we set out to scale a mountain and barely make it up a hill.  We set out to lose 30 pounds and instead gain 15...sheesh, what's a person to do?

Well how's this.  Accept that you will get out of your resolutions exactly what you put in.  You don't need the new year to decide you will accomplish something.  Make the decision and move on from there.  Easier said than done isn't it but the idea of failing isn't a good one either so what are we to do?

Heck I don't know.  I just know that sometimes we have to realize that we have to work for what we want out of life and work hard. So we must be resolved and resolute in our actions.  We must be willing to make tough choices and be flexible as well. 

I love to write but it is by no means easy.  Some days I will sit and try to write something and get nothing.  But goodness forbid I'm driving somewhere, suddenly whole chapters pop into my head and I end up all thumbs trying to record my thoughts on my smartphone, which I must admit is much smarter than me.  So what is a person to do? Well keep trying of course!  If we gave up whenever we encounter an obstacle then we might as well just stay home and eat Bon bons.

So what am I saying with all this?

Its a new year everyone, new choices, new decisions, new goals and aspirations.  Take a deep breath and just go for it.  That's what I'm doing!

Started the new year publishing a short romance called Dear Lorna its available as a kindle download or paperback.  Its a story of a love almost lost before it was realized.  

Dear Lorna on Amazon

What's next?  My time shifter novel tentatively titled: Relativity