Sunday, July 28, 2013

Historical Romance Best Seller's List

Since July 25, 2013 until today, Dark Persuasion made it to the Amazon's Historical Romance Best Seller List!  It was a great few days of glory thanks to eReader News Today where I paid for a one-day stint in advertising a 99 cent read.  My highest rank was the #4 spot! 

Thank you everyone!

Update: The Price of Love

I'm at 79,330 words and just started Chapter 30 on The Price of Love.  The climatic point at the end has occurred and then some! 

I'm not quite sure what to do at this turning point in the story, so I have to mull it over. There are still unhealed relationships and restoration that need to happen.  I'm thinking another 5,000 words or more before it ends. As it comes to a close lives are moving on in different directions. 

I fear my readers will want Book #4.  There will certainly be an untold story that could continue.  I'll decide how to handle after this release.


Sunday, July 21, 2013

Book Trailer Entertainment

I'm at 70,000 words and may hit 75,000 today. Schedule for completion (baring unforeseen circumstances) is as follows:

  • First draft completed July 31, 2013
  • First round of revisions leading to draft two completed by August 15, 2013 (which is frankly a bit aggressive, but I'll try).
  • Send the book to my editor extraordinaire by August 16, 2013.
  • Send the book to my beta readers August 16, 2013.
  • Tweak eBook format while out to editing for Kindle.
  • Re-read while out to editing (by this time I'm pretty well sick of it!)
  • By September 1st (if my editor can make the timeline) revise and correct and receive beta reader feedback.
  • Format for Kindle, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords for distribution.
  • Upload final version no later than September 15, 2013 if at all possible.  Please understand that this date is contingent upon my editor's availability and my sanity.
  • After September 15, 2013 - Format print version interior content.
  • Work full book cover front/back for print version.
  • Upload to Lightning Source, my print-on-demand printer and order proof copy.
  • Wait for proof copy and receive within one week.
  • Read proof copy (you have no idea the things you may have missed when you see it in print).
  • Make any corrections to print or eBook needed.
  • Sign off on print version.
  • Distribution begins to all channels for sales in print worldwide.
  • Register copyright with US copyright office.
  • Market, market, market.
I hope the schedule above shows you the amount of work an independent author must do to release a book.  All of these steps take time, blood, sweat, and tears.

"Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout with some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.” ― George Orwell

It's coming . . . I promise.

Regards, Vicki

Thursday, July 11, 2013


Just writing, writing, writing. Pounding keys.

I'm developing Angelique (who you'll know as Jolene); deciding if I really want a love interest for her; fleshing out young Robert's character; and many other things in the plot.

The book is heavily focused on her life and those in her inner circle as she searches for her identity in London and Paris. Robert, Suzette, Philippe are more secondary characters, but definitely still very much a part of the discovery as the story progresses. It will be an interesting conclusion!!! Just wait to see how she does it!

The little kidnapped baby has grown into a very bold and opinionated woman, especially about her dysfunctional family...after all, she is a Countess! Questions to think about: 

  • How is her identity revealed to her?
  • Who will find out first who she is?
  • How will she feel about her mother when they first meet? 
  • Will she get along with her half-brother, Robert?
  • Do you think she'll respect His Grace, the Duke, after breaking up her parent's marriage? 
  • Will she be able to find Philippe in Paris? Will he even be alive? 
  • How will she reveal the truth to her family what she knows and they do not?
  • Will she love them or blame them for what happened to her?

You'll just have to wait to find out. Remember, it is The Price of Love.

I should be at 60,000 words by this weekend. My goal for this series has always been about 80,000 per book.

Let me add, that I've been adding quite a bit of the English lifestyle in the Downton Abbey fashion doing research such as the dining experience among the wealthy. One article I found had a wealth of information about the entire dining experience. It's a new era, with new fashions, motorcars, and changing social attitudes. 

Maybe in the days ahead, I'll post a few "draft scenes" to tease you some more.

My best, Vicki