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Aloha Also Means Goodbye out in Paperback!

standard July 15, 2014 Leave a response

It’s been a long time coming! But it’s here! It’s here! We had to chase down some errant typos, update the cover with the IPPY silver medal seal,fight the Amazon uploader, but at long last it’s ready and available! And I am SO excited!

I present to you, the award winning Aloha Also Means Goodbye out in paperback! WHOOOT!

Aloha Also Means Goodbye cover

Quick reminder about the story line!

 Jo and Jordan tied the knot five years ago in a mud hut in the middle of Zambia far from all their friends and family. Now they’re in Hawaii for a big wedding vow renewal ceremony elaborately planned by Jo’s mother. There’s just one small issue, something’s wrong with the wedding license issued in Africa and only Jo knows that she wasn’t legally married in Zambia. Enter her old flame, the man she was running from when she met Jordan. He’s on the island and with his two kids, both of whom are named after her. Coming face to face with her past, just as she’s trying to brave her future, forces Jo to make some big decisions. It might even force her to grow up. Luckily she doesn’t have to do any of it on her own; her two best friends are there to hold her hand and help her down the right path. But what path will she choose? Despite all the upheaval and complications, Jo will eventually walk down the aisle to say “I do” to the man who completes her. But will the wedding be the one Jo’s mother planned? Or will it be something much, much better?

With luck the reviews from the Kindle version will soon populate over to the paper version, in the meantime you can see them all by clicking here.

Have you read it yet? Were you just waiting to get it in paper to sink your teeth into the beach read of the year? Lucky you! Your wait is over! Be sure to tell all of your friends!


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Award Winning Novel!

standard May 15, 2014 2 responses

I’m pretty sure that at some point in the last few months I got an email from my publisher letting me know that she’d entered Aloha Also Means Goodbye in some literary contests. I have a vague memory of reading that email and instantly mentally filing it under “information I should care about, but don’t really know what to do with so I’ll just get on with my day.”

Basically, I instantly forgot about it.

So, cue complete and utter surprise this morning when I received an email letting me know that Aloha had just taken silver in the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Awards. (in the romance/erotica ebooks category)

Over 2500 books from all over the world compete and my little book came second in its category.

I’m quite the proud mama. And an award winning novelist apparently.

Aloha Also Means Goodbye

Award Winning Novel! Oh yeah!

The paradox every author faces

standard February 19, 2014 4 responses

At my monthly book club meeting the other day, one of my friends turned to the group and gushed that she’d read Aloha Also Means Goodbye and that she couldn’t wait to discuss it with the group.

At a friend’s birthday party last week, one friend turned to another and raved about the book, telling her that she absolutely had to put it on her list of books to read.

Both of these encounters should have filled me with pride; instead they made me want to crawl into a hole and hide.

Please don’t misunderstand me. I am insanely proud that I’ve published a book that is receiving so much positive attention. I love that my friends are loving it. I love that complete strangers are loving it too. I just seem to have trouble talking about it with people.

It feels a little like this.

Imagine that you’ve spent a long time pouring your most intimate fears, hopes, desires, thoughts into a diary. Now your friends are passing around this diary of yours and are stopping you in the street to discuss it with you.

It might make you feel incredibly naked and vulnerable.You’d probably want to vanish too, right?

Now, to be fair, Aloha Also Means Goodbye is a work of pure fiction. Every character and experience is wholy made up. I did not draw from my personal experience in any way shape or form. And yet, I spent four years writing this book. Four years slipping myself into the skin of all these characters, feeling their pain, their struggles, their hopes. They might be a work of fiction to everyone, but they feel like parts of me.

Discussing them feels like I’m violating their privacy.

I know. It’s twisted. Especially when I think about how much of a thrill it is to read a positive review, to hear that a reader has fallen in love with these people I created, to discover that they too have become close to them. But face to face? I just can’t handle it.

Funny that someone who writes a personal blog might feel this way, eh? (Trust me, it’s just as weird when someone wants to discuss a blog post I wrote.)

Now that challenge here is that in order to sell books I have to talk about it. I have to tell people about it. I have to bring it up on a regular basis. I have to ask if they’ve read it, if they’ve told their friends about it. And I can’t just assume that people will remember without being constantly reminded.

I know why so many painters become famous after they die. I really truly get it. Who wants to be the person always parading their most intimate self in front of others for attention?

I am a blogger. Have been for a long time. You’d think that self promotion would be second nature by now. And yet it so isn’t. I’m a million times more likely to tell you about my friends who have written books, other bloggers who have written great posts, other women who are doing amazing things, than to toot my own horn.

This self promotion thing doesn’t come easily to me. It makes me want to find a hole to crawl into where I could perhaps, spin a new tale, invent some new characters, until I remember that I’ll have to sell that book too, I’ll have to share it with the world, I’ll have to let them see this new vulnerable side of me… and then I freeze and the words just don’t come.

It’s quite the paradox. One that has me scratching my head and wondering if maybe I really would be better suited to a career as a carefree barista.

Have you read it? Have you told your friends to read it?

I wrote a novel; now I need your help

standard January 16, 2014 1 response

As you know, if you read this blog even sporadically, way back in 2007 I sat down at a coffee shop table, placed Little L’s baby carrier at my feet, and typed the first words to a story that would, over the course of the next five years, become Aloha Also Means Goodbye, my very first novel.

Typing those words never stops feeling surreal. Writing a novel is one of the hardest and most amazing things I’ve ever accomplished. I have to admit I’m not just a little proud.

Aloha Also Means Goodbye is the story of a girl, Jo, who heads to Hawaii to renew her wedding vows with Jordan, the man who saved her when she was beyond broken. When she arrives on the island she discovers that Andy, part of the reason she needed fixing, is there too. With the help of her two best friends, and despite the meddling of her mother, Jo has to face down her past in order to move on with her future.

It’s a fun read; a quick escape to a tropical island. If you’re looking for a little vacation, it’s the perfect book for you!

Right now the book is available in Kindle format, which means that you can read it on a Kindle or any device that supports a Kindle app (computer, smart phone, iPad, iPod, tablet…. You name it, it probably has an available Kindle app). We’re releasing the paper version imminently. So if digital books really aren’t your cup of tea, hang tight!

But really, why this post?

Well, that’s simple; I need your help. And please, let me assure you, asking for help is not something that comes easy to me. If I’m asking it’s because I truly believe that you can make a huge difference. Even with just a few seconds of your time!

Interested? Yay! Here’s what you can do!

1) Read the book! (Ok, ok, that was a pot shot. Sorry.)
2) If you’ve already read the book (Thank you!) pretty please take a minute to write a review
       a) on Amazon (My goal is to reach 25 reviews! Help!)
       b) on Goodreads
3) If you haven’t already read the book, please take a second to
       a) mark it as “want to read” on Goodreads
       b) put it on your wishlist on Amazon
4) Tell your friends about it!

That’s it! Now you have my eternal gratitude!

Oh wait. One more thing.

I’m killing myself in an effort to not spam people via email. I only ever want to send emails to people who want them.  I also don’t want anyone to miss updates about sales, deals, important releases, or even book tours. So, if you’re interested in hearing about any of that, pretty please subscribe here: http://eepurl.com/LKUSz. I promise to only ever email you when I have something of value to say!

Now I’m all done. Off you go and read or something. I’ll try not to bite my knuckles too hard while I wait to hear what you think.