The challenges faced by these characters are rivaled by my own – getting all the books my suitcases could hold home and now deciding which order to read them in.
I spent time with almost every author on this list at the Indie Author Signing. So much talent in that room and every one of them was gracious and fun to talk with. I’m more excited than ever to be a fantasy romance author.
There was so much inspiration at this conference that I can’t help but tap away at the final book in the Natural Gift series. It’s coming along very well. I have surprises for you!
One of the authors on my TBR won the RITA for best paranormal romance. This is shocking news, but I must admit I haven’t yet read J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series. I admit this with an embarrassed laugh and I’m going to fix that, pronto.
What’s on your TBR? I’d love to know. What are you reading? Let’s talk!
I’ve been to New York city for #rwa19, where Amber Kell gifted conference attendees with a red dragon, who has not left my bedside since I met him.
Here are more highlights from my trip.
I had a remarkable meal with DARA members at The View restaurant, 48 stories above the city. This is a salad-lovers dream with marcona almonds, hearts of palm, and pomegranate seeds.
Of course I had a New York deli potato cake, so I wouldn’t have to hand back my status as a foodie. It was scrumptious. Junior’s was reasonably priced and fast!
You will be proud of my self-restraint, because I only brought home twenty physical books from the conference. I would have brought them all home, but the airline has rules or something. We won’t talk about how many cards I received from the lovely, generous romance authors with download codes on them…until later. I can’t wait to show you my haul!
The final leg of my vacation was to Bangor, Maine. Have you been to Bangor? I believe it is one of the most beautiful places I’ve been. Their summer high temperature during my visit was our Texas low temperature. One night I needed a sweatshirt. They get buried in snow every winter or I might consider moving there.
Last time I was in Maine we drove by this bookstore and I wanted to check it out this time. If you’re in Bangor, stop in for a book lover’s dream. Reasonable prices, great owner, and stunning selection.
Maine brings out the history buff in me.
This apothecary’s table is fascinating. We still use some of those ingredients in homeopathic remedies. They have stood the test of time.
Toy and tea enthusiasts, check out this children’s tea set, circa mid 1800’s.
This board book and candies are also from the mid 1800’s! The book looks so modern to me! Being near this table was a major thrill.
Did you know that Maine is full of museums? I found out the good way, by visiting another one. Note that all of the machines at the logging museum are working machines. This is living history. You’ll have to visit on a Thursday when the buildings are open or during an event to see them in action.
This path is on the way to the settler’s area. It was pristine and serene. If they could make the scents and sounds I experienced here into a portable candle it would rob me of what it was like to be there. I will hear that bubbling brook and taste the sweet water we pumped after our walk for the rest of my days.
One of our last day trips was to Bar Harbor. There’s magic in that harbor, walking those cobblestone streets.
My souvenir is these sea glass earrings from Sherman’s. They are my reward for finishing the first draft of April 4th: World Reset Day. a.k.a. the fifth and final book in the Natural Gifts series.
Vacation ended this past weekend at the most fabulous writer’s retreat a romance author could ask for. This is what me and 13 of my chapter members did there.
The FAQ series continues, this time with young adult fantasy romance author, Leigh Goff in the hot seat! I asked Leigh, author of two bestselling witchy tales, Disenchanted and Bewitching Hannah, what is the question she hears most often as an author and how does she answer it. Here’s what she said:
“Where do your story ideas come from?”
This is a question I’m often asked as an author and every time the same image pops into my head. The image is a map of seedling storms forming off the west coast of Africa as hurricane season begins. They cross the Atlantic Ocean, each seedling slowly developing into a tropical storm. They feed off energy from the warm waters of the tropics and some churn into hurricanes before making landfall or turning eastward into the Atlantic.
To me, my story ideas are those storms lining up in the distance…
A five-star book that feels like chatting with a friend, talking about life, kids, music, books, childhood, and recipes. I totally enjoyed it.
There is also a bit of Youtube channel news and a reveal at the end of the video.
The character from my Natural Gift series who I think would appreciate Whiskey In A Teacup the most is Brittany. Her book is No Yesterdays, where she (spoiler? I don’t think so.) and Carter finally get together. Brittany needs recipes to impress her chef boyfriend with, and these could do it.
Soul mates are being drawn together in numbers we’ve never seen. Gifts are unlocking faster than racing hearts, adding eight new people to the soul group. The group is growing, their energy blending in ways they didn’t know could happen. The big question is why is the soul mate bond in a hurry?
Brittany has been pining for Carter for years now. She needs a push.
Jack is stubborn personified and close to having Darah walk away, keeping her secrets to herself. They need a shove.
Jason is having the time of his life in college. All those beautiful women. Ha. Not the plan. Angelina can handle him.
Rowan is convinced that his soul mate didn’t incarnate with him in this lifetime. Surprise! This psychic finds out exactly why the women in his family told him his arrogance was blinding.
There’s no looking back now.
There are No Yesterdays.
Buy No Yesterdays to join in on the fantasy and the romance today
I will be travelling for the next few weeks. There won’t be any new posts here on the blog until August 12th. It’s possible that I’ll be on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram because that’s where we like to hang out so if we’re not already connected there you can find me under my name.
Ebooks may never completely eliminate paper books, but they have revolutionized the publishing industry. Authors today can format an ebook affordably or even learn to do it themselves, and once they’ve published, they can sell that ebook an infinite number of times, to anyone in the world. Indie Ebooks Day is a celebration of the vibrant indie author community that has grown out of these changes.
Indie Ebooks Day hopes to inspire the next part of the publishing revolution. The stigma surrounding indie publishing has largely dissipated, but indie authors still don’t receive the same level of recognition as traditionally published authors. We have to fight for every book sale, every review, every newsletter subscriber.
Alone, these struggles are enormous, and often seem insurmountable. But there are tens of thousands of indie authors around the world. If we band together, commit to buying and promoting each other’s books, we can achieve great things.
Together we can amplify each other’s voices, make ourselves visible to new audiences, and even force the mainstream to acknowledge us. We can ensure each other’s success, and events like Indie Ebooks Day are the first step.
How can you participate in Indie Ebooks Day?
Indie Ebooks Day is a Twitter event happening on July 27th, 2019. To celebrate, we’re asking readers to buy an indie ebook and share a photo of themselves enjoying their new book on their favourite e-reading device, using the hashtag #IndieEbooksDay in their Twitter post. We’ve got an exciting line-up of featured indie authors to share throughout the day, so if you don’t know any indie authors right now, all you need to do is watch the @IndieEbooksDay Twitter account.
This year Indie Ebooks Day is only on Twitter, where the indie author community is most vibrant. We hope to expand to Instagram in 2020.
What comes after Indie Ebooks Day?
Indie Ebooks Day is only the first of many community initiatives. Celebrating indie authors is great, but we want that publishing revolution—and we need help to make it happen. If you’re an indie author and you want to become part of this grassroots movement, join us on Twitter at 4PM EST for #IndieCommunityChat, where we’ll tackle tough publishing conversations and work to shape a more inclusive, more successful indie author community.
You’ll face many decisions in your author career, including which name to write under. Four experienced authors have teamed up to share their perspectives and offer you the opportunity to ask questions. We write in various genres, so hopefully you’ll see yours represented.
Read at your own pace. We’ve given you time to
look through without rushing.
Sharon Ledwith is the author of the middle-grade/young adult time travel adventure series, THE LAST TIMEKEEPERS, and the teen psychic mystery series, MYSTERIOUS TALES FROM FAIRY FALLS. When not writing, researching, or revising, she enjoys reading, exercising, anything arcane, and an occasional dram of scotch. Sharon lives a serene, yet busy life in a southern tourist region of Ontario, Canada, with her hubby, one spoiled yellow Labrador and a moody calico cat.
HL Carpenter is a mother/daughter duo who write family-friendly fiction from their studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like their stories, is unreal but not untrue. When they’re not writing, the Carpenters enjoy exploring the Land of What-If and practicing the fine art of Curiosity. Visit Carpenter Country at hlcarpenter.com.
I was born in Germany, a little more than 60 years ago. My family came to Canada when I was of school age, and I’ve been here ever since. When my kids were little, I wrote 27 children’s books, worked in television and radio, and worked as a professional clown at the Children’s Hospital. After my husband of 25 years passed away, I began to write romance novels as a way to keep the love inside of my heart. I now have 11 romance novels for sale in the amazon bookstore, and while all of them have undertones of a love story, they have different genres; murder, mystery, whimsical, witches, ghosts, suspense, adventure, and my sister’s scary biography. ‘The Elusive Mr. Velucci’ is nothing short of a very romance love story, where nobody dies, but it will bring a lump to your throat as you continue to wish that Enrico and Sadie find each other again.
I will not be at the signing, though I wish I was! I am starting my vacation in Maine and my flight leaves before the signing starts. I enthusiastically recommend going to the signing. I went to the 2012 literacy autographing in Anaheim, CA. It was one of the most thrilling moments of my life. I met amazing authors and I will always cherish those books and those memories.
I will be at the conference for the rest of it, so if you are also attending and want to meet up reach out and we’ll make sure to get together.
This is my first conference as an RWA member and I am so excited! It’s also my first time in New York.
Have you been to a conference this summer? Do you have one coming up? Tell me all about it!
Thanks for the time we spend together. It means so much more to share it with you!