It’s a triple feature this week, for one low price.
First up is an author who really believes in her work.
Writers start off with an inkling . . . a notion, if you will, of a story. From there characters are created and placed within the story outline. Scenes are imagined. Dialogue is designed. A book blooms and comes to fruition.
I’m often asked where I get my ideas and I reply (sarcastically), “The idea store at Third and Main.” Then I laugh because I have no idea where I get my ideas. They pop into my brain and some of them pop right back out and some remain. Some take seed and grow from a notion to a good idea to a full-blown plot.
Months go by as I commit that idea/plot to paper. It’s not easy, but I know I can do it.
Then the real labor begins. Pushing that baby out so people can see it! Unlike the birth of a child, when people gather around to “oooh” and “aaah” and strangers say, “Can I see your baby? Let me see your baby,” a book’s first few months can be lonely and discouraging. Often, only a few people arrive uninvited to praise your newest production.
Listen, I used to think I had it bad when I birthed a book for a mass market publisher like Harlequin or Avon. I had autograph parties and I went to book signing after book signing. I visited bookstores and put my books at eye level. This was nothing compared to what independent ebook writers go through. At least with mass market novels they are out there. Everywhere. Every bookstore and every library. With ebooks, if you don’t let people know, then your book will be read by a handful of people who personally know you or are related to you.
Money begins flying out from PayPal for blog tours, advertising, contests, etc. Indie writers spend hours writing to bloggers and reviewers and asking them (how to ask without sounding as if you’re begging when that’s what you’re doing – begging) to read and review their books. Of course, most reviewers have their favorite authors (and it’s always a long list) and they don’t have time to read or review hardly anyone else. They can’t help every indie author, although they might wish that were possible.
Since the first book in my Mind’s Eye series was published (Through His Eyes), I’ve been drumming up business for it. If you join my Happy Campers Super Cool Readers Group via my website (www.deborah-camp.com), I’ll even send it to you free. Why? Because I believe in this series and 99 percent of the people who read it love it, too. I want you to look at my “baby.” It’s been a long gestation period and challenging endeavors, but I’ve persevered and have now given “birth” to my fourth one.
So, get ready to “oooh” and “aaah.” No frowny faces, please, because all my babies are budding bestsellers. As my grandmother used to say, “Every crow thinks hers is the blackest.”
Through Her Eyes
The Mind’s Eye Series
Genre: Romantic Suspense/Paranormal Romance
Date of Publication: July 24, 2017
Number of pages: 415
Word Count: 92418
Cover Artist: Patricia Schmitt
Tagline: She can see evil and evil can see her
Psychic detectives Levi Wolfe and Trudy Tucker comb the streets of New Orleans in search of a serial killer who has claimed 19 lives and counting.
The suspect was in an accident almost two years ago that left him paralyzed in a wheel chair, but the murders continue. Is he faking it or has he enlisted a protégé to continue his reign of terror?
As Levi and Trudy draw closer to the truth, Trudy discovers new and unsettling psychic abilities in herself.
“So, tell me about your experience,” Trudy said, sitting next to Levi.
“It was strange. Very strange. I was contacted – during a business meeting, mind you – by the dead son of the new contractor I was speaking with in my office. This kid – a salvage yard murder victim – popped into my head and started yelling at me. I tried to shut him out, but I couldn’t. I had to actually stop the damned meeting and tell the man that his deceased son was demanding an audience. Gonzo thought I’d lost my noodle.”
“Good Lord!” She covered her parted lips with her hand. “I’d say that was a heck of a coincidence, but . . .it seems to be so much more than that.”
“Yeah, right.” He sat back and drummed his fingers on the table for a few seconds. “Anyway, the kid – Clayton Nelson – was hitchhiking in New Orleans when a guy in a pickup stopped for him. He couldn’t see much of the man’s face because he wore a ball cap and sunglasses. He had a mustache that looked fake to me. He used the ploy of something being wrong with his truck to get the kid to look under the hood and then he knocked him out with a blow to the head. Clay came to in a basement, his wrists and ankles bound with plastic ties and chains.” He shuttered his gaze from her. “That’s where he was murdered.” A few seconds ticked by before his lashes lifted to reveal his dark blue eyes that never missed much. “You’ve been in contact with the murderer already, haven’t you?”
Her heart jolted. He was uncanny. “I was in contact with someone who’s warped. I don’t know if it was the salvage yard killer.”
“Was he murdering someone?”
“Something. A cat.”
Levi’s upper lip lifted in disgust. “Jesus.”
“Yeah. He was practicing, I think.” She shuddered and blocked out the memory.
“The kid in my head showed me a compass and pointed to the N on it.”
She gasped at the reference. “Your true north?”
“Bingo. His way of telling me that you were already part of this.”
She reached for her glass of juice. They must be destined to examine this case. How else could she explain what happened to Levi and what she’d already experienced?
About the Author:
Deborah Camp is the author of more than 50 romances, both contemporary and historical. She received the first Janet Dailey Award (given to a romance novel that best addressed a social problem). “My Wild Rose” dealt with battered women and children.
A bestselling author, Deborah’s books have been praised by reviewers, bloggers, and readers who love complex characters and clever plotting. She always mixes in a bit of humor, even in her romantic suspense novels.
Communicating with readers and other writers is something she enjoys, so don’t be shy about visiting her online. If you post a review of her books, you’ll probably receive a personal “thanks” even if the review isn’t entirely favorable!
Deborah lives in Tulsa, OK where she is continually inspired by real cowboys, real Indians, and real heroes and heroines.
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