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Where Has The Time Gone?!

I just realized that I have yet to blog in May, and the month’s almost over! Wow. So, I am completing week #4 of my “7 Days of Giveaways”. Tonight before the final episode of Game of Thrones airs (YAY!), I’ll be giving away a $30 Amazon gift card to a lucky person who is a subscriber of my Cherry Picking newsletter.

After that it’s the home stretch for me. Last week, I received my first shipment of author copies. Let me tell you, it is so surreal to be holding your hard work in your very hands. I can’t even begin to put it into words (see gallery below).

What’s left to do? Well, I just realized that I’m about a week late in offering ARCs to the reader/reviewers out there (oops!), so I’ll be doing a couple of posts about that on social today. There’s a sign-up link on the home page if you’re interested. I’ll be leaving that open for just two weeks. I’ll also be setting my social media post schedule for the seven days leading up to the June 7th launch.

I have three more giveaways left. The last one is pretty big, so you don’t want to miss it. I’ve already let my Cherry Picking folks know exactly what I’m doing as far as giveaways, with the exception of the last one. That giveaway be announced on the day that the book launches.

Also, there’s some cool things that I’d like to do to tease the book. We’ll see if I have time for it in between writing, promoting, and working my full-time job. Or perhaps it’ll be something I’ll end up doing post-launch. I do have something planned as far as swag. Hint: It’s has something to do with the company that Blake works at in the book. I’m pretty stoked about that one!

Oh, I need to post the prologue on this site! I’ll jot that on my to-do list right now. 🙃

I didn’t realize how much effort it would take to promote this thing. I know that I could be doing much more. But the cool thing of it all is that this is my very first book. And because I believe in it so much, it’s never too late to push it. I figure as soon as I have a nice back list behind me, I can increase my efforts. The reading public just needs to get to know me and my work first before they are confident enough to get behind me. 😊

Anyway, I am still living and learning. I did join RWA (Romance Writers of America) a week ago. I’ve enrolled in some classes and I look forward to meeting other writers and learning more and more about the art of writing, as well as the business side of things.

On that note, I’m signing off to set-up some social posts and to get some writing in. But before I do that, I’d like to wish my son a happy birthday today. He’s past grown, but he’ll always be my baby. ☺️

Stay sweet, folks!—TK🍒

Approaching The Reveal!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter. We had a good time with friends. After that was episode #2 of the final season of Game of Thrones. I’m getting a little nervous as we near the big battle that everyone’s been waiting on for ten years. 😳

There are two more events that I’m equally nervous about this week. One of them is the outcome of The Avengers. I will be at the theater Thursday night gnawing my nails down to the quick 😆 The other event is the cover reveal of my very first published novel, “A Nocturnal Rendezvous,” which takes place Thursday as well.

Coming Soon: Cover Reveal for "A Nocturnal Rendezvous"
Click image to preorder!

Actually, my cover has been complete for quite some time…like months—so, I’ve had a long time to marinate on it. I remember when my designer Jeanette first showed it to me after I sent her some pitiful drafts that I’d done in PowerPoint. I screamed, “THAT’S IT!”

Prior to that moment of glee, I’d searched weeks for the perfect image that would tell my character(s) story. And for a long time, I wasn’t having any luck. You know, the crazy thing about getting started in this indie publishing biz is that many of us begin with a very small budget. Therefore, almost all of us go the paid stock image route. So, throughout my quest for the perfect photo, I ran across images that were used on many other wonderful indie book covers out there. It was surreal—almost kind of like seeing the Wizard of Oz behind the curtain, ya know? 😄

I guess the trick to using stock images on your cover is to be as creative with it as possible, and I hope that’s what we’ve done here. Stay tuned on my TK Cherry, Author Facebook Page as well as on Instagram and Twitter for the big reveal on Thursday morning at 7:30 EST!

Oh…by the way, if you are a member of Cherryville, my official reader’s group on Facebook, you’ll get to peep the cover a day early. 🤫

I hope you have an epic week. It is the last full week of April, after all. 😉 — TK 🍒

Livin’ And Learnin’

Hey everyone! I’m in this phase right now where I’m making a ton of mistakes—and as I do, I’m filing the incident under: “Remember when you tried this the first time?” 😆 Most of my screw-ups have occured on Instagram. The first time I posted a video on IG (my first teaser trailer), I forgot to scale it, so the subtitles were cut off. I quickly learned from that experience and did it right when I posted my second teaser trailer last weekend. Then on my birthday last week, I posted my cover teaser. Another oops moment. It cut off the bottom half of my page that stated it was available for pre-order on Amazon. So now I know that on April 25th, I have to post my cover reveal on top of a blurred background. I also learned that if fancy Unicode font/art work nicely on Facebook, that doesn’t necessarily translate over to IG. The text that accompanied my collage reveal was all over the place. Yeesh!

Instagram FAIL!

One HUGE lesson I learned today is to never let strangers beta read for you. I had a very negative experience when I advertised for beta assistance in a very large group last weekend. One member answered the call and it became a total nightmare which included name-calling and making false accusations. Not cool. I’ve since removed myself from the group and will no longer be soliciting betas that I don’t know.

I’m certain that more mishaps will occur leading up to my June 7th release date, but I’m taking everything in stride. This is my very first rodeo in the world of indie publishing and self-promotion. And even though I’ve worked in marketing for ten years, it’s very difficult promoting yourself, especially when you’re a bona fide introvert, haha! But hey…I’m doing this! – TK 🍒

The silver lining in my week of mishaps is this beautiful collage by NET Hook & Line Design!

Next Steps…

Yesterday, I tidied up the edits I received from my editor and formatted the outcome into an epub. I also sent a copy over to a good friend to read over the weekend. This is the final review phase before the manuscript for A Nocturnal Rendezvous goes out to the formatter for finishing. Once formatting is done, it’s ARC time!

I can’t wait to get this book into the hands of some of you wonderful bloggers out there. Hopefully this story is satisfying enough to get a little buzz going for my debut. After the bloggers get ARCs, I will open it up to readers who like posting reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, etc. Stay tuned here and on my social media forums for more information on these two special opportunities to read my new book before it comes out on June 7th. Also, if you subscribe to my newsletter, I’m about 99.99999% sure that you will be getting an exclusive look at chapter 1 way before ARCs come out! ☺️

Anywho, the photo is me going over the first few post-edited chapters this afternoon while watching the Twilight Zone marathon because I was too distracted to write. And now, I must get back to writing.

Until later! – TK 🍒

Reviewing the Prologue of my upcoming book!

Since we’re now up on Goodreads, here’s a little tease…

Hey! Looks like my upcoming debut novel is set up for preorder on Amazon! It’s also listed on Goodreads, so make sure you stop by and add it to your “Want to Read” list.

Excuse me? What’s that? You’re screaming, “What’s the title, woman?!” Oh, yes. I’m so sorry . The name of my upcoming book is titled “A Nocturnal Rendezvous” and will be the first of three tales about Nighttime Cravings. Each story will feature a unique craving.

For the first tale, here is Georgia’s…

Coming June 7th!
Stay tuned for the cover tease!

Georgia is a young housewife who’s trapped in the mundane, until an old condition of hers rears its head. But this time it brings along a sinful friend.

Will Georgia’s insane appetite cost her her marriage? Find out on June 7th! – TK 🍒

Welcome!

Well, I’m here! I just uploaded my very first manuscript to Amazon yesterday for presale, and I’ve been in a whirlwind ever since.

This journey is something that you and I will be taking together. I’m thinking of ways on how to document my experience as an indie published author so I can come back in a year to two year’s time and see how naive I was, haha!

Stay tuned in the coming weeks where I will be telling you more about my first book! 😉

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