The End of Summer means… be kind to Editors and Writers

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How can summer already be over?

In North Carolina, the students that do not attend YEAR ROUND SCHOOL (those poor kids!) have all gone back to their classrooms. Summer might be officially over, but the days are still sunny and the nights just right. Hopefully, days of 90 degrees F and higher are behind us. So, too, are days of leisure for folks that work day in and day out for others. Me? I work for myself!

That is not quite true. I am a published author and have had my last two books released by Soul Mate Publishing. My third book in the Warriors in Bronze series is in the hands of my SMP editor, Lori Polito. In the meantime? I am releasing a book that I am self-publishing. What is the difference you might ask?

Here are the basic:

*Publisher: pays an in-house editor to make my book clean.

*Self-published: I pay an outside editor lots of $$ to do that

*Publisher: pays a cover artist to (hopefully) create a book cover I can live with

*Self-published: I find photos, choose colors, pick fonts to make the cover myself

*Publisher: formats the book, adding front and back matter, for ebook and print

*Self-published: do it all myself, including setting the price

*Publisher: advertises my book on their website

*Self-published: I do it all-website, blogs, twitter, Facebook, and Instagram as well as creating giveaways and setting up newsletter blasts.

*Publisher: collects the profits and sends me a portion every quarter

*Self-published: Since I am the publisher, ALL the profits go to me!

While writing and editing in a quiet corner of my home, or out on my deck, I find I keep thinking of how I took the chance at writing full-time by retiring from my 40-50 hour/week job as a 911 Emergency Medical Dispatcher.

Being a HYBRID author can be a challenge.

I must work to time each of my book releases so one does not overshadow the other. Advertising, newsletters, and keeping in touch of my readers so they understand all the different genres I write in means a little more work on my part. It is worth it!

September has been designated Be Kind To Editors and Writers Month, so I wish to publicly thank those editors out there, especially the ones who read and correct my work. (Waving to Lori and Kathleen Rothenberger) I am also patting my own back because I am a writer.

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Rescuing Christmas

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How To Celebrate…International Beer Day

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The first Friday in August has been designated as International Beer Day and I wonder how many folks imbibe in the brew just because it is a holiday? Trust me, when Cinco de Mayo or New Year’s Eve comes along, there is some celebratory drinking involved!

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People on this planet have enjoyed beer since 6,000 B.C. and brewed either a lager or an ale. Canned, bottled, or a draft at your favorite bar gives the consumer hundreds of choices. Over 50 countries around the world celebrate the day. What is better than cooling off after a swim with a beer and a book?

My suggestions:

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You can find all the Buy Links for my books HERE

But you’re on your own when it comes to the beer!

Nancy Lee

Things Heat Up In July

seabirdA recent trip to visit relatives in Florida opened my eyes to how different our world is from one place to the next. I love the sea and grew up within walking distance of our beach on the Long Island Sound in Bay Hills, NY. After college and marriage, we moved to rural Rumney, New Hampshire, with a big lake at one end of our road and a great river for swimming and canoeing down the other end.

When we moved into a house on a Belmont, NH pond that connected by a canal to Lake Winnisquam (New Hampshire’s 2nd largest lake) we enjoyed fishing off the dock, boating, and swimming at our homeowner association’s private sandy beach.

One day we decided to move closer to my family and headed to Raleigh, North cArolina. We are about three hours from the ocean and I miss it, but we try to find the time to head down to Daytona Beach where another relative has a pool and is about six miles from beautiful sandy beaches.

Daytona beachAfter a dip in the pool or the ocean (where, due to seeing a shark last time we visited, I kept to the shallows) we always bring bottles of water, beach chairs, sunscreen, and books!

Heaven-sent Highlander banner Reading a book is a great way to relax and reenergize, so check out all my titles and their buy links by heading HERE. Have a great summer!

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Stormy Weather is Coming!

Storm WarningJune 1st was the official start of Hurricane season. I don’t know about you, but tornadoes don’t wait for a specific date and time! The storms and floods affecting the United States was devastating.

Preparation is key, so know where the safest place is where you can avoid any storm. A relative in Florida hides in the cupboard under the stairs (and always makes me think of poor Harry Potter!)

I grab my cat, laptop, medicines, radio, and wallet and spend time in our guest bath, which is surrounded by interior walls. The cat hates thunder, but I hate twisters more. However, heed all warnings! Blaze

If the power goes out, grab a good book and get comfy. Heaven-sent Highlander, the 2nd book in my Warriors in Bronze series with Soul Mate Publishing, is an ebook available from AMAZON.  The 1st book in the series, Heaven-sent Warrior, is available as an EBOOK or PRINT. Enjoy!

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Has A Motion Picture Affected Your Life?

I bet there are several motion pictures that you remember, no matter how long ago you first sat and watched. Thinking of a few of my favorites brings back the aroma of popcorn and the sounds of a room full of people screaming at the same time (think JAWS or EARTHQUAKE) Nudity on the screen used to make me squirm with embarrassment (I actually walked out of HAIR).

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One motion picture that turned a STAR TREK television show aficionado into a lover of something new and exciting was STAR WARS. The opening scene of a small spacecraft being attacked by a huge ship that took up the entire screen turned the theater quiet. We had never seen anything like this. And, who can forget the battle between Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker to blow up the Death Star?

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Writing paranormal romance is similar because I take a world and add something that could happen, but something my readers do not expect. My readers want to be entertained and I do my best to think about STAR WARS and what about that movie entertained me. Twists and turns and a really awful villain helps and I have those and much more in my Warriors in Bronze series.

Book #2 is Heaven-sent Highlander and was released April 24th by Soul Mate Publishing.  Find all Buy Links HERE

and…May the 4th be with you!

Aprils Flowers do What?

umbrellaI grew up listening to folks say “April showers bring May flowers”, but is that because it rains so much? I suppose a RAINSTORM is oodles better than a SNOWSTORM but some of us get tired of wet shoes, dripping umbrellas, and staying inside.

One way to make the most of this time indoors is to be entertained, and authors do their best to bring you exciting new stories in every genre imaginable.

I have written contemporary, romantic suspense, time travel, dragons, and paranormal. You can easily find all my books HERE

Heaven-sent Highlander

Heaven-sent Highlander is the second book in my Warriors in Bronze series and will be released later this month and is currently available for PRE-ORDER HERE!

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MARCHing Ahead

Lewis Grizzard is quoted as once saying “Springtime is the land awakening. The March winds are the morning yawn.”     Yes, I know it is not very nice of me to be sitting in my Mom’s home is sunny Florida while so much of America is bitterly cold or flooding. I spent 20+ years in New England, so I feel for you. If you find a spare minute, read a book…it is relaxing as we all wait for spring.

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Heaven-sent Warrior is the first book in my Warriors in Bronze paranormal series. It will entertain you for hours! Check out this title and all my books HERE

Ogden Nash once said “Indoors or out, no one relaxes in March, that month of wind and taxes, the wind will presently disappear, the taxes last us all the year.”

I just helped Mom finish her taxes. Dad died earlier recently, and I hope I helped. I use Derek Stroud of Tyndall & Stroud in Cary, NC to make sure my royalties and my business expenses are done right. Again, March is a beast, but will all keep MARCHing along.