Are You Successful? What Does that Mean?

 

One of the things that stops us from doing the things we really want to do, the things we dream of, is when we compare ourselves to others. We are all different and that is wonderful. When you team up with creative people who are all different, sometimes you get a masterpiece. The thing is as a writer, you seldom team up. Most writers write alone.

When you’re alone, you have to measure your success in a different way. Comparing yourself to others, just doesn’t work. Why? All the ways we are different: genetically, personal histories, lineage histories, daily experiences, interests, education, events that affect us, etc.

Being successful is a very personal matter. Only you can reach the goals you set. Some goals will be worth more to you then others.

Here are a few of my personal goals (not in any kind of order):

  1. Get married – done
  2. Have children – done, and one of my daughters has daughters
  3. Find something to do that makes me supremely happy – done – writing
  4. Get a book published  – done – happened when Tease Publishing LLC (which has since closed) published When Love Survives
  5. Get an additional publisher – done – happened when Soul Mate Publishing published Vampire King of New York
  6. Get more than one book published – I now have 8 published and am working on the 9th.

So have I’ve been pretty successful in doing those things that I want. I’m still writing on my 2nd series the Arnhem Knights of New York, and I’m still having fun at it.

Success is a personal measure. Don’t use someone else’s measuring stick. You may be taller than you think.

-Susan
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance
www.susanhannifordcrowley.com
Where love burns eternal and whispers in the dark!

NEW: Vampire Princess of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 2 available in Kindle!  Coming soon in Print on July 4th!

 

 

 

 


Vampire King of New York,
Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 1
available in Kindle and Print and  Barnes and Noble Print

 

 

 

 

 

Vampire in the Basement, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 4 available in Kindle.
Poseidon’s Catch (mythology romance) available in Kindle.
Mrs. Bright’s Tea Room (steampunk romance) available in Kindle.
A Vampire for Christmas,Vampires in Manhattan, Book 3 available in Kindle.
The Stormy Love Life of Laura Cordelais, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 2 available in Kindle and Print and Barnes and Noble Print
When Love , Vampires in Manhattan Book 1 available in Kindle and Print, Nook, Kobo and Smashwords.
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A Hectic Summer by Stacy Hoff

Last summer I worked hard to keep up with my writing and publishing schedule. I swore that would be my last summer spent working day and night on my books. Apparently, I lied. This summer is turning out to be as hectic as the last one.

Unlike last summer, however, this summer my kids will be spending more time at home. Since I have several book projects lined up, it will be harder than before to balance my time. But I can do it. All I need to do is give up sleep.

If I survive, the payoff will make my frenetic pace worthwhile. I’ll be announcing some very cool news over the next few months.

If I don’t survive, at least I can say I died trying!!!!

In the meantime, I will do my best to simply breathe. Whenever I feel overwhelmed I’ll take a walk outside with my kids. I hope to make my family, and my readers, proud.

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Books: My Instant Vacation by Heather Novak

So, there I was, moving along, starting to write again, enjoying the warm weather that has finally graced Michigan, when the time came to bury my mother’s urn. (And, yeah, we’re burying it because putting it on a shelf or in a box is just weird.) After waiting for family to coordinate schedules, a marker to be made and installed, and some cemetery contract issues to resolve (seriously, death is super complicated, much like life…), it’s taken nearly four months to get everything in order.

What I never expected was the week leading up to the burial feels dangerously similar to the week of her funeral. Except, now, there’s no bereavement time and I already ate all the cookies in the house and had to go out and buy more. 

I only ate three cookies yesterday, I swear. And by three, I mean four. Ish.

What’s a girl to do when she’s crawling out of her skin with grief and anxiety and can’t take a vacation?

Read. All the books. All of them. 

Okay, maybe not all of them because I still have to work my day job (since I need to fund my cookie habit). I gave myself permission not to write, because there’s absolutely no way I can focus on that anyway. Instead, I’ve been rolling around in my love for Sally Thorne and Mariana Zapata. 

Sally Thorne only has one book out so far, but yes, you need it. It’s called The Hating Game. Enemies to lovers, quirky, simple yet captivating, great voice. 

Nemesis (n.) 1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome.

                       2) A person’s undoing

                       3) Joshua Templeman

Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman hate each other. Not dislike. Not begrudgingly tolerate. Hate. And they have no problem displaying their feelings through a series of ritualistic passive aggressive maneuvers as they sit across from each other, executive assistants to co-CEOs of a publishing company. Lucy can’t understand Joshua’s joyless, uptight, meticulous approach to his job. Joshua is clearly baffled by Lucy’s overly bright clothes, quirkiness, and Pollyanna attitude.

Now up for the same promotion, their battle of wills has come to a head and Lucy refuses to back down when their latest game could cost her her dream job…But the tension between Lucy and Joshua has also reached its boiling point, and Lucy is discovering that maybe she doesn’t hate Joshua. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.

Mariana Zapata has a nice backlist, which has already made it’s way onto my kindle along with the Whispersync audio into my audible app. MZ is the QUEEN of the slow burn romance. Oh my goodness, is it DELICIOUS. I’ve not made it through all of her books yet, because these puppies are LONG (we’re talking like 700 pages each.) But they are so worth it. 

My favorite so far is probably Wait For It

If anyone ever said being an adult was easy, they hadn’t been one long enough.

Diana Casillas can admit it: she doesn’t know what the hell she’s doing half the time. How she’s made it through the last two years of her life without killing anyone is nothing short of a miracle. Being a grown-up wasn’t supposed to be so hard.

With a new house, two little boys she inherited the most painful possible way, a giant dog, a job she usually loves, more than enough family, and friends, she has almost everything she could ever ask for.

Except for a boyfriend.

Or a husband.

But who needs either one of those?

 I maintain that if the world read more romance, it would be a much happier place.

Until next week, happy reading. 

 

 



On this day in 1953  Ana Castillo was born. Mexican-American author, poet, editor, playwright and scholar, recipient of a number of awards including an American book Award and a Carl Sandbury Award, first Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Endowed Chair at DePaul University

 


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Emotions in the Writer’s Mind

In general, we tend to think of emotions as what we feel and what can at times, drive us to act. For example, we may eat ice cream or some sort of “comfort” food because it makes us feel happy. We do community service to help others but also because it makes us feel good about what we are giving back. We know that others most likely feel as well but it isn’t always the case where we transplant ourselves into others to truly understand how they feel or even why they feel it. This is common because we live with our emotions day in and day out whereas it can take a bit more effort to determine what exactly it is that others are feeling.

As writers, one of the things I love is that it is very frequent we must gauge what others are feeling or determine how best to make our readers feel something specific as we write say a fight scene or a romantic scene. Will our readers be pulled in by page-turning anxiety or will we make our readers cozy up in a big chair as our hero and heroine experience their first, long-anticipated kiss. It’s an awesome realization to think of the power we each have as individuals when it comes to impacting others. Yet, I will also say that with that power comes responsibility. In the world of fiction, I want to make my readers feel as they read and even provoke thoughts about the world I create. In reality, our impact is a lot more potent and it’s important for us to think of the consequences of our actions.

My point here? I’m not going to go all mushy and say we should all be sensitive and touchy feely, but the reality is we all feel whether we are raised to admit that or not. Some of us feel more than others. That being said, its important to take time to observe how we make others feel and explore that. While I realize we are busy with work, life, cutting corners with technology, etc., this is important as it is essential to our humanity.

Happy writing this week!

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Still Radishing by Mandy Rosko

So I’m pretty sure I’m doing the whole Radish thing properly.

 

In case you missed last week’s post, I was all celebrating and dancing about how I’d made it into Radish after spamming their inbox for literally a couple of months begging to be let in.

 

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Radish is a new reading app for fiction, kind of like Wattpad. Only SUPER new. So new that it’s currently missing several key features, like author following and commenting, but the potential of the app is big enough that myself, and a lot of other authors, are currently willing to overlook it 🙂

 

Namely, while Wattpad is testing out advertising and figuring out how to pay their authors, Radish already has that covered.

 

A lot of the stories are free, and more are on the Freemium list. Meaning each chapter can be unlocked for 20 cents or so, but at the end of at least 7 days, if you were fine with waiting, you pay nothing at all and the story becomes free anyway. A few stories are on the Premium slot, which is where the first three chapters are free, but then every other chapter after will be permanently locked behind those 20 cent per chapter paywalls.

 

I’ve currently set it up so that two of my stories are being posted chapter by chapter for free. One is under the Freemium model, so I’ll get a bit of money for it, and eventually it will go into the fully free mode, and the fourth book is under Premium.

 

I wanted some books in each one so I could test out how each would react. Even though there is currently no option for authors to build a following via Author Follows, there is the option to put a story into a user’s library, which I’ll be happy enough to build up for now and see where that takes me.

 

Currently, my Free Billionaire Contemporary is doing gangbusters compared to my Free Vampire paranormal. I’m not sure if this is because vampires aren’t so hot right now, or that Billionaire Romances happen to be in, but it’s something I’ve noticed. My Freemium werewolf story has earned me my first $1.14 cents, and my Premium Bear shifter story has year to earn anything, though I did only start posting chapters to it yesterday, so I’m going to give it some time 🙂

 

Because this is so new, I’m really happy with the chance to be one of the early few on it. I think the chance to grow organically is still there for Radish. I’ve already sent in some suggestions as well for the Radish team to improve their app.

 

I know they’re working on Author following and commenting on chapters, not sure what they’re doing about a lack of a desktop version, but my suggestion to them was to implement a “tipping” system. This would help their app continue to make money, as well as allow super fans of authors to continue to support their favorite stories from the authors they love if they happen to enjoy one of the free books they’re reading.

 

It would also keep authors from spamming the site with too much free content, because I think that’s where everything is at the moment. Wattpad trained it’s reader to want their books for free. I don’t blame them for that, and I love the idea of their advertising model, but I think giving readers the option to throw a few cents at the author for reading a free story is just as good an option, possibly better because then the reader might feel as if they’re deliberately showing support for their favorite writer.

 

A tipping option is also something Wattpad doesn’t have. They might get it, one day, but either way, I love that there’s now competition in the works for these websites, and the less we have to rely on Amazon, the better 😀

 

What do you think? Think Radish is a fad or a good idea? Something for Wattpad to look at and consider for it’s authors?

 

~Mandy

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Chipmunks Run Amok Paranormal-Scope

Chipmunks are small but they get things done. They aren’t intimidated by size. Years ago I was walking my dog and came across a chipmunk. Pete barked and this chipmunk stood on his hind legs and did his version of yelling at Pete who backed away. We called this chipmunk Elvis. Our wonderful Pete passed away. Probably so has Elvis, but his children have a happy home under our shed.

While I am not qualified in any way to read neither stars nor planets, I am intimately linked to the paranormal in the world in many ways. So are you.

The paranormal-scope is for entertainment purposes only and is not meant to guide your life by.

The week for:

Aries:
Werebunnies are bringing the warm fuzzies to your life. Spend time with those close to you.

Taurus:
Pixies indulge in fun. When was the last time you did something fun? Do it today.

Gemini:
Dragonpups sneeze and burn down their parents’ sofa. That is why dragons don’t have sofas. Have you checked all your smoke detectors and fire extinguishers? Keep your home safe.

Cancer:
Werepugs love the night life. Okay, they like walking at night. Same thing. Take care of someone close to you. Plan some new fun activities.

Leo:
Werebearcubs howl when there’s no honey. Make sure you’re well supplied. Unexpected company may be coming your way.

Virgo:
Young daywalkers hide their fangs. You will be meeting new people. Remember! Don’t judge a book by its cover. Take time to get to know them.

Libra:
Werekittens play with balls of yarn. They love unraveling them. A mystery in your life will unravel with some surprises.

Scorpio:
Gnomes love making guests comfortable. Have friends over and practice your hosting skills.

Sagittarius:
The small mermaids love surfing the waves. New waves will bring treasure to shore.

Capricorn:
Elves love to study and keep the family records. Little elves would rather take photos and dance. Reach a balance in your life.

Aquarius:
Werechipmunks have shown that even the smallest can do great things. Don’t abandon your dreams.

Pisces:
Small Griffons are often afraid to fly at first. It take practice and belief. The heights await you. You just need more practice and to believe in yourself.

-Susan
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance
www.susanhannifordcrowley.com
Where love burns eternal and whispers in the dark!

NEW: Vampire Princess of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 2 available in Kindle!  Coming soon in Print on July 4th!

 

 

 

 


Vampire King of New York,
Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 1
available in Kindle and Print and  Barnes and Noble Print

 

 

 

 

 

Vampire in the Basement, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 4 available in Kindle.
Poseidon’s Catch (mythology romance) available in Kindle.
Mrs. Bright’s Tea Room (steampunk romance) available in Kindle.
A Vampire for Christmas,Vampires in Manhattan, Book 3 available in Kindle.
The Stormy Love Life of Laura Cordelais, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 2 available in Kindle and Print and Barnes and Noble Print
When Love , Vampires in Manhattan Book 1 available in Kindle and Print, Nook, Kobo and Smashwords.
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History. Clear History. By Ripley Proserpina

Research.

I wish I had grasp of everything I want to write about, but I don’t, and so I must do research. Recently, I saw a funny meme, which I’m posting below,

and I thought, what the hell is on my browser history?

 So I checked, and here’s a rundown of the most recent.

  • Jason Momoa 
  • haka
  • quantum computing
  • computer crimes in Mississippi
  • felony computer crimes in Mississippi
  • How to hack 
  • How to remotely control a computer
  • What day of the week was July 15th, 1998? 
  • Jotnar
  • What does “casse toi” mean? 

I’ll admit, Jason Momoa was not research, and hakas led me down a hole which eventually brought me to New Zealand’s rugby team, and I refuse to regret any of that time.

I think, except for the how to hack question, most of it is pretty innocuous. I haven’t had to kill any characters yet. No, I take that back. I have, but they were secondary, or tertiary characters, and I didn’t have to google anything like, how to hide a body. But my next book is about vampires, and there’s a good chance it’s in my future.

Happy Reading! ~ Ripley

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