• Guest Blogger,  Stress

    Each Story is Different

    Today, please welcome Diane Burton as she relates how she came up with the idea for her most recent release, NUMBERS NEVER LIE, and why it took so long from idea to finished product. Thanks, Maris, for inviting me to your blog today. Ever since we met, twenty-some years ago, I’ve thought of you as my mentor. I’ve appreciated all your help and support. You are welcome. So tell me about this new book. Every time I release a new book, someone asks how I came up that story. You would think after eleven published novels (and many more that will stay unpublished, LOL), I would answer the same. Nope. Some…

  • Blog Hops,  Contests,  E-books,  Events,  Promotion

    Doing Something Different

    I’m always trying something different, sometimes because of outside changes (lose a publisher or hear about a new publishing opportunity), and sometimes for variety (write sexy romances, sweet romances,  romantic suspense, straight suspense and thriller). Back in the mid ‘90s, my Silhouette editor told me about a new line that was being created. The idea was you often have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find Prince Charming. I liked the idea and that led to HEIRESS SEEKING PERFECT HUSBAND. Last year I put that book out as an e-book with Amazon and tried their Select program. That was new for me. Being in the program limited me…

  • Writing Ideas

    The Misadventures of Catie Bloom

    Last week I had the pleasure of reading a delightful romance (The Misadventures of Catie Bloom) written by my niece, Brooke Stanton. For weeks I (and many others) have been receiving teasers announcing the coming release of this book. I remember even voting, sometime in the past, on which cover design I liked best. When the day finally arrived and the book was available on Amazon, I felt it my “Auntie” duty to purchase a copy. (Okay, I’m cheapskate, I bought an ebook.) Over the years I’ve read several of Brooke’s published articles and her blog, so I knew she was a good writer, still I always worry when I’m…

  • E-books,  Short Stories,  Writing Ideas

    How Much Does It Cost?

    I was at the Portage District Library last Thursday talking with a group of writers and one woman asked how much it cost to publish an ebook. I had to give the unsatisfying answer of “It depends.” I decided that would be a good topic for a blog, especially since Friday I uploaded the file for my first mini-mystery short story, EYE OF THE CROW. This short story is a continuation of the P.J. Benson Mystery series. It takes place two months after the end of EAT CROW AND DIE on P.J.’s and Wade’s wedding day, and it starts when P.J. steps into a bank where a robbery is taking place.…

  • Promotion

    Getting Reviews

    Last week I talked about how much I hate having to give reviews because even if I dislike a book someone else might love it. As a writer, I’m really facing a dichotomy. One of the top ways books are sold is through word-of-mouth, and if we take word-of-mouth one step further, it’s through reviews. So I hate to give them but I need them. This year was the first time I’ve actively tried to get reviews for my books. I actually went on a site, https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/109784-good-reviews and asked for reviews for A Killer Past. I had two people request ARCs (advance reading copy), which I sent. Of the two,…

  • Writing Ideas

    Best Laid Plans II

    Every time I think I have things under control, I discover it’s a delusion. Last fall I thought I had a book coming out in March and one in June. Closer than I wanted the release of the two books to be, but not terrible. I visited Vista Print and had some Tray Cards made up with those dates. Good idea, right? In February I learned that A Killer Past—the March book—would indeed be released in the UK and Europe in March, but not in the US and Canada. A Killer Past would not be released here until June. Cross out one date; write in another. So what about Eat…