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Because the Night has a voice!

Today’s Brew: Chances are, I will either be up in the air or in New Orleans by the time you read this. Headed to the RT convention.

by Kristen

Nothing happening this Tuesday at all. (Yes, I know I’m posting on Wednesday. But I wrote this on Monday. Let all of that sink in.)

Like I mentioned, I’m headed to the Romance Times Convention in New Orleans today.  If you’re there, make sure you come say hi to me!!  Everything I packed is black, so I’ll be the one who looks like the love child of Johnny Cash and Anna Nicole.

I’m also going on a New Orleans vampire tour tonight, which I think is bad ass. Someone let Lestat know I’m on my way, please.

And, most importantly, my book baby is all grown up today!  Today is the Audible release of BECAUSE THE NIGHT!!  It’s narrated by Jessica Almasy, who has narrated over 100 audio books, including some for Gena Showalter.

Be on the look out for the promotional tour this week, brought to you by Wordsmith Publicity. I love these quote graphics!

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Hear And See Kristen This Week!

Today’s Brew: Blueberry. All is back to being right with the world.

by Kristen

Once I start working on a book, I’m always dying to talk about it. I spend so much time with the characters they are real to me, and like I’d want to share the juicy exploits of my real life friends, I want to do the same for my fictional ones.

Most of the time that involves talking Julie’s ear off while she tries to get something done in the relative peace (ha) and quiet (snort) of my home.  Now we can add Intern Sara into that mix.  This week, I get to share with the world. And it’s awesome.

  •  On Wednesday, I chatted with Brian LeTendre about vampire books and hair bands for the May 7 podcast of See Brian Write.  We had so much to talk about, he invited me back just so we could talk music.  Tonight, I’ll be talking to Ariel Burnz from  Ilovevampirenovels.comUpdate: you’ll be able to hear it May 26! Tune in for a giveaway! 
  • SATURDAY!!  I’m signing books!!  Please come say hi! If you have a copy of BECAUSE THE NIGHT or NIGHT MOVES, I’d be happy to sign them. If you want one, I’ll have to available for purchase. I’ll be at the NECRWA Book Fair at the Burlington Marriott in Burlington, MA from 4-5:30 PM.  It’s free to the public. Bella Andre, Meg Maguire,  Madeline Hunter, and over 20 other romance writers will also be signing.  I’d love to see your beautiful faces if you’re in the area!
  • BECAUSE THE NIGHT will be available on Audible on May 13!  I’m so excited about this.  It’s going to be surreal for Callie to have a voice that’s not in my head. Jessica Almasy will be narrating. She’s read the audio versions of many of Gena Showalter’s books, so I know she’s done an excellent job.

Books Are Love, Yo.

Today’s Brew:  Resisting the urge for more coffee until Julie and Sara arrive for writing shenanigans.

by Kristen

First, the good NEWS!!  The Night Songs Trilogy will be available on Audible!  Jessica Almasy, who has narrated several of Gena Showalter’s books, will be reading BECAUSE THE NIGHT, NIGHT MOVES, and WE OWN THE NIGHT. I can’t wait to hear my stories come to life!  Aaaah! Just writing that made it a little more real.

This was pretty happening, too:

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I never thought my self-published books would make it into Publishers Marketplace, but someone left the door unlocked. 🙂

NIGHT MOVES COVER

A week ago today, NIGHT MOVES made it’s debut in the world. As I mentioned in my pre-release day jitters post, sometimes I feel like I want to duck for cover after I make these things available. Once it’s out, it’s OUT. And that’s the scary part. I want people to read it, so that’s the first battle. Will they? And then once they do, what will they think? So far, the reviews on the book have been overwhelmingly positive. Overwhelmingly might be an understatement. More like I can’t believe how much people are enjoying it. I’m so humbled by the response and the reactions to the book. If you love it, I love you. It’s pretty simple. Thank you for reading, loving, and sharing. Consider this a big virtual bear hug that lasts just a hair too long and borders on awkward.

And that leads me to my thought for the day. If you’re a published author, why did you make the decision to put your books out in the world? What made you go from a hobby to a job, or even a career? Once you ask for money in return, you’re an author and it’s a job.

I like to dream big. Who doesn’t dream of waking up on release day to confetti cannons of fanfare and best seller lists?  I’m going extreme with my example, but come on, you’d love it and so wouldn’t I. If you say otherwise, I don’t believe you.

I’m a new, independent author. As Julie likes to put it, I have a cult following. There’s a small group of people right now who are in the know. So am I going to knock JR Ward off the top of the vampire heap? Highly unlikely. But she was new once, too.

But I want people to read my books.

I talked to another author yesterday who said she’s just thrilled any time anyone buys her book, that she didn’t expect to have one sale.  Some authors aren’t comfortable with promotion. And I totally understand why. Promotion can be like going into the locker room of a high school gym naked. People are looking. Some people aren’t going to say nice things. A lot of people are going to say no.

But I want people to read my books, so I put myself out there. Sometimes, I don’t get my desired results. Sometimes, putting myself out there makes me cry a lot and drink even more.

I like to make stuff: word babies, pretty pretty princesses and princes (I do tons of makeup for men), food, and stuff for the house. And some of the joy in it for me is sharing my creations with other people. Julie often gets dragged around my apartment so she can see the latest improvements, even if I’ve just hung a new frame or rearranged the pillows. I love seeing people’s faces light up when they see what I’ve done to their makeup, that they didn’t know they could look so good. Seeing them happy makes me happy.  I love cooking for other people. Food is love, yo.

“Food is love” lead me to my answer. I enjoy my house (as long as I’m in it…what’s up Whiskey Tango Boulevard), I enjoy my day job, I enjoy cooking. I want to share what makes me happy. My books make me happy, and I assume what makes me happy will make other people happy, too. Books are love, yo. You heard it here first. So it’s a natural next step for me to want to share them with the world.

And that’s why I do it.

 

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