Happy Friday the 13th!

April 13th, 2018
A friend from high school turned 58 today on Friday the 13th! She was born on a Friday the 13th, and, guess what? 5 + 8 = 13. That’s pretty lucky. For years, until I was 13 and met this friend and another born on April 13th, who both set me straight and showed me calendars from the year of our birthday to prove how wrong I was, I thought I was born on a Friday the 13th in January.
 
Turns out I was born on a Wednesday. My mom had 3 kids close together and couldn’t remember the day of the week I was born. My dad only knew he was working out of town and came home on Wednesdays and Fridays. So I was therefore born on one of those days. Thirteen years of thinking I’d been born on Friday the 13th flew out the window! I had to console myself with being born on the 13th day of the 13th month.
 
Happy birthday to everyone born on the 13th of a month, but especially to the Friday the 13th babies! It’s not unlucky. We’re a bit weird, but, hey, weird is wonderful. Embrace it!

One Week Since Release – Some Reviews!

April 10th, 2018

Hello, folks.

When it comes to being a romance author in the new millennium, I am a very tiny fish in a gigantic pond. I have been around for some time but have never really “hit.” And I’m still not there. I might never be there. But my goal has always been to build and engage with a base of “true fans.” Folks who honestly connect with my writing and aren’t just buying my books because one happens to be on sale in a bargain newsletter that week. Now, I’m all for bargain eBooks, but some of those newsletters are tough for an author to get into, especially the ones that will really make an impact, even temporarily, on an author’s ability to gain visibility on the electronic storefronts.

You guessed it. I have a tough time getting placements on the most important bargain sites, which is one of the reasons I don’t have sales on my books very often.

Back when I started publishing (as opposed to writing – that came long before), I used to joke with my reader peeps about my “dozen fans.” Those readers on whom I could count to buy a new book come release day. Well, guess what? I have cracked 40. That’s a long way from the 1000 true fans that a creator of content (like writers and musicians) evidently needs to earn a living–but! I have cracked my Faithful Forty! Baby steps, right?

Thank you to everyone who pre-ordered GETTING OVER BRETT or bought the book on release day or during this last week, the first week of the book’s release. I hope you’ve read it already. If you have, I hope you enjoyed it. And please tell your friends. Maybe leave a review. Reviews are extremely important to authors in today’s marketplace.

I was lucky enough to be able to build up some Advanced Reader Reviews for GETTING OVER BRETT, and, on Amazon, the book now has over 50 reviews in a week. I am pretty excited about that. Want to hear some reader reactions to the story? Of course you do, or you wouldn’t have read this far (click away now if you’ve just changed your mind).

5 Stars ~ “Loved the book!!! Never give your heart to someone you know is not ready to give you their all. Loved the book!!!”

5 Stars ~ “I absolutely loved this book and story. It caught my attention from the blurb and definitely hooked me right into the story once I started reading. I couldn’t find anything wrong with this book or story at all, that’s how much I enjoyed reading this book.”

5 Stars ~ “There were parts that made me laugh out loud. The ending was the happily ever after that they both wanted. I really enjoyed this book.”

5 Stars ~ “Love all books from Cindy this was my favorite. Really enjoyed the characters and story line. Also loved the cover of the book.”

Thank you! I love the book cover, too.

Quick Links:

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Google Play

Amazon

Amazon Canada

Amazon UK

Amazon Down Under!

Or check out the cover, blurb, and read an excerpt here.

I have to say, now that I have cracked the Faithful Forty, I’m looking forward to reaching the Fab Fifty. If you love sassy romance, won’t you join me on my journey?

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I hope to see you there!

Humboldt Broncos Tragedy

April 9th, 2018

Devastating loss of young lives up here in Canada. If you can help, a GoFundMe account has been set up for the families.

Check it out here.

It’s Release Day for Getting Over Brett!

April 3rd, 2018

You guys, I am thrilled to share that Getting Over Brett is now available on all major eBook retailer sites as well as in print from Barnes and Noble and Amazon! The book has over 50 reviews already on Amazon. That’s the most reviews I’ve ever had on release day. Thank you, readers!

I’ve been sharing the cover a lot lately on my blog, but just in case you’ve missed it…

Getting Over Brett releases April 3rd!

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Nook

Google Play

Amazon CA

Amazon UK

Amazon Aus

If you read the book and like it, reviews on your retailer site of choice are very much appreciated!

By the way, did you know you can follow me on BookBub and/or Amazon to get notifications of new releases? Just visit your site of choice and make sure to click the Follow button.

Or sign up for my newsletter! Updates go out once or twice a month (sometimes every other month), unless something super exciting is happening (like free excerpts on upcoming book releases, special sales or announcements). Then there might be 3 emails in a month, but that’s unusual.

One Week to Release! Reviews Coming in!

March 27th, 2018

Here we go!!

Getting Over Brett releases April 3rd!

Getting Over Brett releases April 3rd!

The paperback of GETTING OVER BRETT is already available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble, and the eBook releases in one week from Amazon, Nook, Kobo, and iBooks. The book will be on Google Play as well, but that link won’t show up until release day.

I am so excited that advance reader copies are bringing in some great reviews on Amazon and Goodreads! Right now the book has a 4.3 star average on Amazon!

“I LOVED this book! Tori has a hard decision to make and Brett wants to rekindle what they had. Can they go beyond just friends? I loved the ups and downs of this book. Great story, great ending.” 5 Stars

“I love second chance romance storylines, my first book from this author was Picture Imperfect and today it’s still my favorite, this is my second best book from her, she never disappoints her readers.” 4 Stars

“I loved this book! The chemistry between Tori and Brett was off the charts. I loved the history between them and seeing both struggle with their attraction to each other. I couldn’t put it down because I just had to see what happened.” 4 Stars

“This is a well written romantic comedy with a sweet romance between Tori and Brett. The author does a great job weaving an entertaining story filled with humor and steam. I loved watching their bantering and how the story is brought around. I enjoyed this book and would highly recommend reading.” 5 Stars

Learn more about GETTING OVER BRETT.

One week to go!!

Quick Palm Springs Break

March 16th, 2018

I recently returned from a week’s visit to Palm Springs with my husband. This gave me a great chance to see where my parents spend their winters. My first time in Palm Springs, and I loved it. Palm Springs has a great, laid-back vibe, and, well, it kinda reminded me of Fred Flintstone’s Bedrock City. I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that Bedrock City is based on Palm Springs (I shall have to google that and see if I’m right).

We had some “bad weather” (aka clouds) while there, but still plenty of pool time. Had a chance to visit the zoo and also ride the Aerial Tram. Here’s a shot of me with my Dad at the top of the tram.

Here’s another of my husband playing with the big rocks:

And me, afraid of slipping down the slope, so this is as far as I got:

I usually post photos on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook. I’m trying to get better at doing it here.

Did you have a chance to take a break somewhere warm this winter? I’m now back to snow, which thankfully is finally melting (slowly…so slow…ly…).

Getting Over Brett Print Edition is Popping up in Cyberspace!

March 13th, 2018

GETTING OVER BRETT, releasing in eBook April 3rd, is already available in print from Amazon and Barnes and Noble!

Canadians, the book is showing on Amazon Canada, but don’t buy it yet. An Amazon-Canada edition is coming, and it’ll be cheaper than the print edition from third party sellers currently showing on Amazon Canada. It makes no difference to me as an author, royalty-wise, if you order your print copies from Amazon Canada or a third-party distributor. I’ll still earn the same amount. The difference hits your pocketbook and earns money for the third-party distributor. Fellow Canucks, have no fear, I’ll post the link to the best-value-for-your-Canuck-buck print version of GETTING OVER BRETT as soon as I have it.

Also, here a couple of early reader reviews:

From a reader in Texas:

He was her brother’s best friend, her childhood crush and her first time lover, but he crushed not only her heart, but also her spirit. None other has ever measured up, but she so wanted her happy ever after. Then after those four agonizing years there he was standing in her living room expecting to stay in the spare room for a month! The author has written a clever, sassy, sweet, cute, and surprisingly deep story about childhood longings and major disappointments. I enjoyed every minute spent reading this book and give no spoilers. I voluntarily reviewed an advance copy. Most highly recommend.

And a reader in the Pacific Northwest!

Tori + Brett forever says it all. Tori & Brett were so enjoyable as they struggled to define their relationship. Their humor and banter made the story that more enjoyable. Living in the Pacific Northwest makes this more fun to read and relate to. Will continue to enjoy these great books.

Only three weeks to release day! Sign up for my newsletter to get excerpts over the next couple of weeks and also a New Release Alert when the eBook comes out!

 

I’ll post more info as it comes!

A Slushy Walk

January 25th, 2018

Between bouts of clouds and slushy snow, it’s a beautiful day. Ghost of Allie pulled me away from my laptop and took me for a walk. She’s much faster now that she’s not in earthly form. We happened to pass the house of one of my “old man friends” from the dog park. There were two special old guys with dogs with the same name (different breeds). Both called Shadow, humans named Bob and Jim. I remembered their names by thinking of Jim-Bob Walton. Bob passed away from an aggressive cancer maybe over a year ago. Maybe longer. His Shadow died a week later. Jim continued to walk to the park even after his own Shadow died. But then Allie and I changed our patterns, and I stopped seeing Jim.

What a delight to find Jim out shoveling snow today (he’s in his late 80s last I knew). I didn’t know if he was still around or not. I don’t know if he recognized me, but we chatted, and I was so pleased Ghost of Allie decided to drag me on this walk. It just lifted my spirits to see Jim still in his huge house and still obviously managing. Way to go, Jim. Thinking of Bob. Jim-Bob Dog Park Old Man Friends…I’ll remember you both fondly.

Getting Over Brett Cover Reveal!

January 15th, 2018

Woo-hoo, GETTING OVER BRETT, Book 3 in my Love in the Pacific Northwest series of sassy romances, is now available for pre-order at Amazon, iBooks, Kobo, and Nook for an April 3rd release! Check out the beautiful cover!

Nothing can stop a girl with a plan…

Tori Jarrett is rocking her life. Well, mostly. She has great friends, and she’s busy fixing up her house. The only thing missing is love. But Tori isn’t worried…an awful lot. Mr. Right will arrive when he’s meant to, and this time they’ll ride off into the sunset together. No repeats of four years ago when she gave her heart and virginity to Brett Evans hours before he skipped town.

Not that Tori is holding a grudge. In fact, she’s almost forgotten their disastrous one-night stand. Until Brett stands on her doorstep, looking to rent a room. Yi-yi, does he have to be as handsome and charming as always?

Of course, Brett regrets ever hurting Tori. It’s difficult to know what to do about a woman he once considered the cute kid sister of his best friend but now can’t deny is thoroughly, irresistibly sexy. But, seriously, he’s better off alone. After all, Tori is a childhood pal, a boundary he won’t cross again.

Pal? Tori can’t believe Brett is stuck in the dusty past! What she needs is help with her house renovations, not a history list. Pals or not, she intends to get Brett under the covers again where he will discover she’s all woman where he is concerned. Maybe then she can finally bury her dreams and fantasies about the man, and move on.

Bed him and forget him. Forever this time. Such a simple plan…

~~ This is a fun, emotional, sweet, and sexy book. You’re gonna love it. I do!

Amazon

Amazon Canada

Amazon UK

Amazon Australia

iBooks

Kobo

Nook

Coming soon to Google Play!

A New Year – A New Word(s) of Intention

January 7th, 2018

I’m not much for New Year’s Resolutions. The surest way for me not to attain a resolution is to set it in stone. I don’t know, the rebel in me just balks. So for the past couple of years, I have chosen a Word of Intention for the year. 2016 was Gratitude. Each day, I strove (strived? stroved? egad) to feel grateful for some aspect of my life, no matter how small. My mood is affected by not only the ups and downs of daily life, the losses that naturally increase as we and our loved ones age, but also by the weather. And in my part of the world, in the winters we get our fair share of white-shrouded skies, in the spring comes the gray clouds and sometimes torrential rains (our region suffered severe flooding in 2017), and the summers, while usually nice, lately we are experiencing drought and forest fires up the whazoo, which makes for more clouds–with smoke–obscuring the skies. Something about a blue sky just lifts my spirits. The weight of clouds weighs me down. So my annual Word of Intention helps me get through those rainy or fire-smoky days,

For 2017, I chose Positivity as my Word of Intention. In retrospect, this was a fantastic choice. My dear doggie left this world in November, and I spent most of last year as her caregiver. Reminding myself to find the positive in a day–no matter how small–helped me focus on the positivity animals, and especially dogs, radiate. Once Allie died, I got very ill with a host of viruses that seemed to swoop in and take advantage of my total lack of defenses. Only wrapping myself in the feeling of positivity Allie gave me helped me through some of those days.

So along came the time to choose my word for 2018. I chose Joy, as an extension of Gratitude and Positivity. Here we are less than 10 days into the new year, though, and Joy alone isn’t quite working. As I gazed at the white sky while on a solo walk without my beloved pooch, I wondered why. And I decided Joy wasn’t…verby enough. It’s a fine plan to try and embrace a spark of joy in daily life as we proceed through the year, but I needed something more active to spur me along. Joy is my goal, but being Proactive every day, in my writing and in my life, I believe will help set me on the path to Joy.

And you know what? It’s working. The days I can’t find joy, I remind myself to just be proactive, to take a step toward a writing or personal goal. And once I’m in the midst of doing that, well, there comes my joy.

Some days, joy is elusive. And you know what? That’s okay. It’s hard to find joy when someone passes away or another sort of tragedy befalls a loved one. But by being proactive, I am confident that step by step, I will find my way back to joy every time.

What about you? Do you set Resolutions? Or do you have a Word of Intention for the year? The season? This month? That’s sort of the approach I’m taking with 2018. If February requires a word other than Proactive to pave the path to Joy, so be it. Don’t fence me in! My year is wide open.