Blog Tour! With Cathy Kennedy!

I’m celebrating the release of my new fantasy adventure novel, Trouble By Any Other Name, the sequel to Lady, Thy Name Is Trouble! Today I’m over at Cathy Kennedy’s site, Curious as a Cathy. Stop by to read another teaser from the book. Happy Tuesday!

 

Trouble By Any Other Name

 

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Celebrate the Small Things!

Celebrate the Small Things is a weekly celebration created by VikLit and now hosted by Lexa Cain to celebrate the happenings of the week, however small or large. You can learn all about it and sign up for it here. CelebrateSmallThings_Badge

Today I’d like to celebrate that I finally published my second book, Trouble By Any Other Name! I know, I’ve been celebrating all week, but I’ve gone so far past my original dream of publishing one book that I just can’t help myself. And when my order of print books arrives on Tuesday, I’ll celebrate some more! 🙂

I’d also like to celebrate blogging buddies! I’ve met so many wonderful people in the blogosphere since I joined it a little over two years ago. Kind, friendly, generous, encouraging, and supportive — there aren’t enough words to accurately describe them. I’d like to send out a HUGE thank you for helping me get the word out about my new book!!

This weekend my family and I will celebrate Memorial Day with our annual visit to the cemeteries to remember those lost. We will never forget.

What other celebrations are going on out there?

 

Trouble By Any Other Name

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Blog Tour! With Misha Today!

I’m celebrating the release of my new fantasy adventure novel, Trouble By Any Other Name, the sequel to Lady, Thy Name Is Trouble! Today I’m visiting with Misha, where I share the best ways to get your self-published books into libraries.

As Amy Collins says in her recent article, 9 Steps to Getting Your Self-Published Books Into Libraries (http://www.thebookdesigner.com/2016/03/amy-collins/):

“I want my book in libraries because I know that 68% of Americans have a library card and over half of those cardholders say that they have been in their local library in the last month. That is a huge number of potential readers that might need or want my book.”

Hope to see you there!

 

 

 

 

© Lori L. MacLaughlin and Writing, Reading, and the Pursuit of Dreams, 2016. All rights reserved.

Blog Tour! At Loni Townsend’s and Cathrina Constantine’s!

I’m celebrating the release of my new fantasy adventure novel, Trouble By Any Other Name, the sequel to Lady, Thy Name Is Trouble! I hope you’ll stop by and visit me today over at Loni Townsend’s, where I share The Case of the Disappearing Weapons, and at Cathrina Contantine’s, where I’m sharing a teaser from the book. Happy Wednesday!

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Trouble By Any Other Name

 

Tara Triannon is no stranger to trouble. She’s yet to find an enemy her skill with a sword couldn’t dispatch. But how can she fight one that attacks through her dreams?

With her nightmares worsening, Tara seeks answers but finds only more questions. Then her sister, Laraina, reveals a stunning secret that forces Tara to go to the one place Tara’s sworn never to return to. Her troubles multiply when Jovan Trevillion, the secretive soldier of fortune who stole her heart, is mentally tortured by an ancient Being intent on bending him to its will. And worst of all, the Butcher — the terrifying wolf-like assassin she thought she’d killed — survived their duel and is hunting her again.

Hounded by enemies, Tara sets out on a harrowing quest to discover the true nature of who she is, to come to grips with the new volatility of her magic, and to defeat the evil locked in a centuries-old trap that will stop at nothing to control her magic and escape through her nightmares.

 

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Trouble By Any Other Name Is Here! And Blog Tour at Tyrean Martinson’s!

Whoo hoo! Book 2 is finally here! I know it’s not Friday, but I’m celebrating anyway! This book hasn’t been quite as long in the making as my first one, but it’s close.

I’m kicking off my blog tour over at Tyrean Martinson’s, where I’ll be sharing my “5 Reasons to Create Maps for Your Stories.” Please stop by and join in the fun!

 

Trouble By Any Other Name

Trouble By Any Other Name

Sequel to Lady, Thy Name Is Trouble

 

Tara Triannon is no stranger to trouble. She’s yet to find an enemy her skill with a sword couldn’t dispatch. But how can she fight one that attacks through her dreams?

With her nightmares worsening, Tara seeks answers but finds only more questions. Then her sister, Laraina, reveals a stunning secret that forces Tara to go to the one place Tara’s sworn never to return to. Her troubles multiply when Jovan Trevillion, the secretive soldier of fortune who stole her heart, is mentally tortured by an ancient Being intent on bending him to its will. And worst of all, the Butcher — the terrifying wolf-like assassin she thought she’d killed — survived their duel and is hunting her again.

Hounded by enemies, Tara sets out on a harrowing quest to discover the true nature of who she is, to come to grips with the new volatility of her magic, and to defeat the evil locked in a centuries-old trap that will stop at nothing to control her magic and escape through her nightmares.

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© Lori L. MacLaughlin and Writing, Reading, and the Pursuit of Dreams, 2016. All rights reserved.

Celebrate the Small Things! With a Visit from Elizabeth Seckman!

Celebrate the Small Things is a weekly celebration created by VikLit and now hosted by Lexa Cain to celebrate the happenings of the week, however small or large. You can learn all about it and sign up for it here. CelebrateSmallThings_Badge

Today, I’m celebrating CTST’s own Elizabeth Seckman! She’s here to share how NOT to take care of your fans and followers. Here she is —

 

Thanks Lori for having me over!

Swept Away is my 6th book. I imagined by book 6 that a limo would arrive to take me to the magical promo-specialist fairy prepared launch.

Sadly, that’s not the case.

It’s still me—juggling the writing and the business end.

And that’s okay.

Now.

It wasn’t okay last year. writer

Last year, I was a magic-seeking burn out. I forgot all the lessons successful writers before me shared—this is a tough business…with a glut of talented competition.

It is a marathon…not a sprint.

If you try to achieve at sprinter speed, you’ll surely wear out.

I knew this. Wise people warned me, but still…

I wanted what they all had, yesterday. Not tomorrow. Not today.

That frustration and mule-headedness lost me a slow-building momentum.

All the smart things I needed to be doing to maintain fan contact were ignored.  Simple things like regular blog posts, Facebook interaction, Tweets…hell, I wasn’t even putting out my monthly newsletter.

I was too busy obsessing over the number of trees that I forgot the beauty of the forest.

So, here is my advice, which I will take myself.

There are only so many hours in a day. You are a writer. Therefore, if you have a book that needs to be written, the words come first. There is nothing to market if you have no product. So, while the book is in the works…get off Facebook.

But not forever.

Just until you hit your word count. I shoot for 500 words a day, M-F. When I hit my target, I am done. Then I have time for being sociable online. And I can online chat from my phone, so if I get a minute here and there, I do a social check-in.

Do the newsletter. These people, the ones who have signed up to hear from you, are your core group. They willingly signed up to get spammed…by you! Come on, we’re writers—come up with something interesting and share it once a month.

That’s the least we must do. We must maintain some contact, because unless we are writing block-buster magic, readers will be offended when our only contact is when we want to sell something.

Treat your readers well. It’s not their job to make our dreams come true, but our job to engage them.

 

Swept Away Cover He came looking for a ghost. Instead, he found a girl.

Tucker Boone is a war-hardened Marine on a ghost hunt. Fresh out of the corps, Tucker learns he has a missing half-sister, Maddy. The only clue to her whereabouts is a cryptic note…I’ve gone Mad, Mags. Tucker agrees to search for her and heads to Ocracoke, North Carolina where a ghost named Mad Mags is said to haunt the ancient graveyards dotting the island.

The note doesn’t bring him any closer to finding Maddy, but it does offer him a diversion to the doldrums of civilian life— his new island neighbor, Josie McCoy. Tucker is drawn to her quiet spirit. There’s something special about Josie…a connection he can’t quite explain.

By summer’s end, he’s mixed up in deception, murder, and the love of a lifetime. Logic tells him to head home and forget the truths he found on the island. But can he walk away? Josie offers him more than love; she offers him hope. When the clues pile up and it looks like she can never be the girl for him, he has to make a choice—play it safe and break her heart, or risk everything for a chance at being swept away.

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Elizabeth is a multi-published author and family laundry wench. She is the mother of four boys, who are quickly all becoming men! Her life is filled with stinky size-twelve shoes and beard clippings in the sink. Is it any wonder she enjoys days spent writing women’s fiction of stories of romance and happily ever after?

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Celebrate the Small Things! — Another Weekend Edition

Celebrate the Small Things is a weekly celebration created by VikLit and now hosted by Lexa Cain to celebrate the happenings of the week, however small or large. You can learn all about it and sign up for it here. CelebrateSmallThings_Badge

I haven’t been keeping up with blogging very well the past couple of weeks. My focus has been on finishing up the last details necessary for getting Book 2 out. Add in the craziness of life in general and, well, something had to give.

Now that most of that stuff is out of the way, I’m celebrating finally getting my interior print file and e-book file uploaded to IngramSpark! I had already uploaded both cover files. The e-book conversion was a pain, but it’s done. All the files went through Ingram’s processing successfully, and I received the e-proof. Yay! Now all I have to do is go over the proof, and if everything checks out, Book 2 will be good to go! The e-book will be available right away. The print version will be out a week or so later because I want to order a print proof to make sure it looks good before releasing it. Can’t wait to see it! 🙂

What other celebrations are going on out there?

 

 

 

 

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