Two Bucks or a Penny Less

Everyone loves a sale, right? And a fabulous sale is when you can buy a book for two bucks or a penny less. My ebook publisher, Kindle Press, cycles their titles through a promotion schedule. This month, both my Kindle Scout winners are on month-long sales in the US Amazon store. High Tea & Flip-Flops will be priced at $2 and Forever will be priced at $1.99 for the whole month of September.

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Read the full preview of High Tea & Flip-Flops.

Chelsea can’t stop thinking about her handsome upstairs neighbor. Jeremy, a suave and secretive, man with a British accent, is the opposite of her usual California surfer type. When drawn together by fate and a pizza, they make a pair that’s hilarious, sexy, and worth cheering for.

 

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Read the full preview of Forever.

Tom doesn’t usually keep secrets from his wife, Julie, but he keeps one when Annie is thrust into his life and he sees flashes of a past life with her. And that secret endangers their lives because a dark entity, who’s waited two centuries to exact revenge, has made them pawns in a demented game.

 

So what are you waiting for? Go book shopping!

Linda

A sale, an interview, and a review!

newtea_pageSALE!!! High Tea & Flip-Flops will be priced in the US for only $1.99 the whole month of May! As one reviewer said, it’s “Perfect for a lazy afternoon and an umbrella drink.” Here’s the link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00YNKHFII in case you’d like to share it with a friend.

I’m working on a sequel now. I mean, you knew Chelsea would insist on going to London and meeting Jeremy’s parents, didn’t you? After all—what could possibly go wrong?

Recently author Craig Hart interviewed me, and the result is up now at his blog. Among other things, he asked me how I managed the change in genre and tone in following up the romantic comedy of High Tea & Flip-Flops with the dark suspense of Forever. A friend assured me I didn’t embarrass myself in this interview … but judge for yourself. Read it here.

Forever_welcomeI suspect the genre of my latest book surprised some—a lot?—of you. My publisher mainly promotes it as suspense with subcategories of horror, occult, and ghosts. I think of it as psychological supernatural suspense, the story of a marriage under extreme—and extremely unusual—stress. So it pleased me when one recent reviewer gave it five stars and said this:

A Gripping and Original Tale!
Linda Cassidy Lewis has penned a unique story line in her new novel FOREVER. Tom and Julie are at a crossroads in their marriage. Their daughter is going off to college and that development will change the dynamics of their relationship. Will it be for the better? Or will their marriage crumble without the glue that is their child. Like many long endured marriages, the passion between them has waned. Still, there’s a comfort level between them that Tom believes will help them weather the storm.

Until he touches the hands of an unlikely woman working at the cinema. Only then does a powerful force stir within his soul. Or is it his soul? His obsession with Annie, for whatever vague reason consumes him, and little by little, their past-life affair awakens within a vortex in his soul. The monster—and I do mean monster—that once destroyed them, has returned in full force to once again exact his savage revenge.

Lewis has created an engaging plot that combines horror, romance and the supernatural. Be warned: it is violent and horrific, some of it sexual. But for me it only heightened the monster that was Eddie. Lewis keenly understands the rhythms of domestic life and uses it in FOREVER to give this story a feeling of authenticity. Intelligent, very scary at times, and filled with supernatural twists and turns that I didn’t see coming, FOREVER is an original and entertaining take on true love and the evil that tries to break its eternal bond. I really enjoyed this book.

By the way, author Joseph Souza wrote that review. No, I didn’t pay him to write it. But I’ve read two of his books so far—Unpaved Surfaces and Need to Find You—and can tell you he’s a very good writer. Here’s a link to his Amazon page.

I wish all the mothers out there a HAPPY MOTHERS DAY! To everyone, I wish you the blessing of joy.

Linda

Looking Forward … and Upward!

Last year, my life hit a high and a low. I hope never to repeat the low, but I hope to repeat the high often. The high came from seeing High Tea & Flip-Flops be bought or borrowed by almost 4,000 readers in only four months! That may be nothing to some of you writers, but it was HUGE to me. That the high came from a most unlikely book, for me, only adds to my surprised delight.

Forever_postSo what’s in store for my career this year? I’m perpetually dizzy from all the ideas spinning around in my head. I do know one thing for sure—I have a new publishing contract with Kindle Press for my supernatural suspense novel Forever. YAY! My initial excitement about that resulted in a crushing headache, but it was worth it. This will be another new book genre for me, so I’ll need to find out how to connect with readers of that genre. Of course, Amazon already knows how—and boy do they do it!

I’ll have some final work to do concerning Forever in the next few weeks, but I still hope to complete the first draft of my next novel by the end of March. That one (shown as Fish in the bar graph in the side bar) is a beautiful story of love and heartbreak and second chances. I’ll be editing and revising that manuscript through spring and summer. It will definitely be published, but I don’t know how or when. I’m excited to get back to work on it because I believe it’s going to be my best book yet.

Also, I’m thinking about changing all the book covers on my first three novels. I want to develop distinctive “brands” to visually differentiate the genres of my books. And I have several stories in those genres that I need to do something with. Maybe I’ll submit them to journals, maybe I’ll publish them as singles or in a collection, maybe gift some to my devoted fans.

Speaking of devoted fans, watch this place for an announcement about something new I’m going to start—a Facebook group for those who enjoy my books and want to show their support. I’m on Facebook every day. It’s the only place I regularly “speak.” I have a Facebook author page, but unless I pay to boost my posts, which I can’t afford to do, most of those who follow that page never see what I say there. But every member should see whatever I post or comment on in my fan group—whether serious or silly.

Okay. Ready, set, go!

Linda

My New Book: Free or Pre-order?

I’m excited to share with you a quick update on my third novel High Tea & Flip-Flops. If you nominated it for a Kindle Press contract in May, you should have received notice that your free copy is now available. If you don’t qualify for a free copy, the ebook is listed at Amazon for pre-order until its official release date of 28 July, which is when the paperback will also become available.

tea_front_heartAmazon sent out the advance copies in the hope you’ll download, read, and review the book before the release date. I realize many of you have a to-be-read list a mile long, but please download your copy anyway, and when you do get the opportunity to read High Tea & Flip-Flops , please, please, pretty please write at least a few words in review at Amazon. (And anywhere else you please.) You don’t have to write a lengthy, professional review, just a few honest words. The more action a book gets—in sales and reviews—the more promotion Amazon gives it. So I hope you’ll enjoy High Tea & Flip-Flops and tell your friends about it as well as help me spread the word on social media.

Here’s what it’s about:

Chelsea Cole has lost her way. A year ago, she had her heart set on launching a retail marketing career. Now, still working the deli job that got her through college, she’s one paycheck away from—OMG—moving back to her mother’s house. And that would seriously suck because her life recently got more interesting when a gorgeous Brit moved into the apartment above hers.

Jeremy Pearce is definitely not her usual blond and bronzed surfer type. He’s all sexy long hair, poet shirts, suede boots, and secrets. Lots of secrets. He’s definitely aroused her curiosity, but how will she get close enough to solve the Jeremy puzzle if she keeps humiliating herself every time he’s around?

To Chelsea’s amazement, Jeremy comes to her rescue with an offer that not only ends her financial worries but means they’ll be spending long hours together. The first secret she discovers is his surprising occupation—one that sets her on a new career path. While Chelsea’s confidence grows so does the sexual tension between them, and she boldly suggests they would be perfect together for more than business.

Linda

Writing at the speed of ???

I realize this is only the end of November, but I know from past years I won’t get much writing done in December, so I think I can predict this year’s work results. I certainly won’t have three ready-to-publish books as I’d hoped. I expect to end the year with one publish-ready manuscript; another stuck in revision, and one incomplete first draft.

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Writing, editing, revising, and polishing a manuscript in one year is a first for me. If I’d worked only on the completed romantic comedy, I’m sure I could have cut that time by a couple of months. Yet, according to indie book marketing advice, even ten months turnaround time is not competitive. Sigh.

Now, as I work through a final polish on that romantic comedy, I find myself doubting. This is my first time to write a book that falls squarely in the romance category—maybe even crossing over into older New Adult romance. It’s also my first attempt at comedy. So I guess I’m entitled to a few doubts. The coming months will show whether those doubts were justified.

Another concern about this story is whether I should publish it under a different name. My first two books are serious women’s fiction—book club fiction, if I may call it that. My half-finished manuscript will be the same. By publishing this under the same author name, would I risk receiving bad reviews from readers expecting this next book to be the same genre as the first two?

Yes, of course, the cover, book description, and preview will make it obvious this book is a different genre, but unfortunately, not all readers pay close attention before they buy. Then again, is it worth creating a pseudonym for just one book? Though I had a blast writing this one and would love to write another or more, as yet, I don’t have an idea for a second romantic comedy.

Oh well, I have time to decide. When I’m done with this polish, I’ll have to write a book description (pure torture) and create the cover—which looks fantastic in my head.

I hope you’re feeling good about the first eleven months of this year and the last month will put the cherry on top. For those of you in the U.S.—Happy Thanksgiving!

Linda