Thank You for the Support – we hit the Times!

RA_500First, I wanted to thank everybody for the tremendous support during the release of RISING ASSETS.  The book hit the New York Times Bestseller list, which was a first for me.  In fact, it’s kind of a funny story…

Hitting bestseller lists wasn’t even on my bucket list until it happened with PROVOKED, which hit the USA Today Bestseller list.  To be honest, I hadn’t even considered lists, and the second it happened, I was stunned, grateful, and so excited.  And of course, being just a bit ambitious,  then I wanted to hit the Times.  I reeaaaaally wanted to hit the Times by myself and not with other authors in a set or in an anthology so I knew I could do it with my sales alone.  (Although I think all the boxed-sets being put out by my favorite authors banding together in one set is freakin awesome).

So, RISING ASSETS had strong numbers on Amazon and Barnes & Noble on release day.  The Kindle rankings on Amazon, and the Nook rankings on BnN are really the only numbers an author has to watch to know where the book might be.  The book hit the top 50 for all fiction on release day, which was great.  Then the book stayed there a second day.  And a third.  On the fourth day, the book remained in the top 100 overall.

So I thought…maybe?  The Times?

On Wednesdays, an author can find out if she/he will hit a list the following Sunday.  So, on Wednesday, I checked the USA Today website, and RISING ASSETS was #89.  This list goes to 150, and #89 is the highest I’ve hit, and I was very excited.  However, I did think that #89 on the USA Today list probably wasn’t high enough to hit the Times, which only goes to #25.  So I was a bit disappointed but resolved to hit next time.

Then, when Big Tone was heading out to his basketball game, my phone dinged from a tweet from Entangled Publishing saying congrats for hitting the Times at #25.  I’m tearing up just writing this. :)  I’d like to say that I was instantly excited, etc…but instead I panicked.  OMG – they mixed up the USA Today and the Times lists!  So I fired off a quick email to my agent to double check her advanced copy of the list before I responded on Twitter. What was I going to say?  Oops.

I also direct messaged Heather Howland, the assistant publisher at Entangled, with a very dorky ‘are you sure?’  To which she responded with a very kind and understanding…”Yes.  We double check.”  LOL!

So then I lost it.  Just a little bit.  Then, of course, I had to take Jr. Tackle to basketball practice and Little Miss to her volleyball game.  It was all I could do not to run around the gym doing a dance and act normal.  After the game, we all went to dinner at a local sports bar, and my sweaty family was excited for me.  Then life got back to normal. 

So I wanted to say thank you.  :)

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Are you going to Authors After Dark?

Hey all!  I’ll be talking about hitting the NY Times and the USA Today Bestseller lists later this week, but for now, the Authors After Dark group is having a bit of a blog hop right now to gear up for this August…here’s the awesome info below!

AAD 2014Authors After Dark is coming QUICKLY and OMG this year is going to be INSANE!

As always AAD is about the readers, and the amount of awesome we have put together for you this year, you would be INSANE not to attend….

First, our amazing Master of Ceremonies is none other than Alexandra Ivy! She will be doing a cool little event to celebrate your favorite gargoyle, Levet on Friday! Wanna know more? Check out the FB group where Alex will be talking about the awesome that she has going on!

Torquere and authors BA Tortuga and Julia Talbot will be Sponsoring our Welcome event, the Midnight Rodeo… And it looks like We will have some VERY COOL goodies and… Riding… happening… *SNICKER*

How about Parties? This year we have a special event called the Leather and Lace Ball! Curious? We thought so! Take a ride on the wild side and let your inhibitions fly with five New York Times Bestselling Authors of erotic romance. Cuffs and corsets encouraged.

And if THAT isn’t enough awesome that will be going on… This year we have an amazing off site costumed event… the Ladies on the Green event sponsored by the AAD Anachronistic Society! This will be an hour and a Half on the famous GREEN in Charlotte (a half block from the hotel). It will be a Costumed event (though Costumes are not required they are encouraged!) to celebrate Gothic, Victorian, steampunk dark historical literature! Your hosts will be: Sahara Kelly, Amanda McIntyre, Leanna Renee Hieber, A.L. Davroe and S.A. Price. Prizes and readings will happen, as well as photo ops!

And NEVER forget the Amazing Open bar with Mel Schroeder and friends! They have SO MUCH awesome set up for you just before the Bookies… you do NOT wanna miss that!

Getting excited yet? How about some info on the AWESOME mini events we have going on? Ready?

On Wed. Night, Join Sasha White and Joey W. Hill for a wild party and Q&A, Also, the Blind Date Book Party will be open to start your con right! (If you have never done a BDBP, you are MISSING out! You need to attend, Get your blind date book, find the author that wrote it, and hang out with them!)

Thursday? Panels up the wazoo, and the Bookie Awards—– goodies and books to be given out! The hangout with The GNO girls lead by CJ Ellisson and Boone Brux for some crazy fun! And if that wasn’t enough? Readings and a Blogger Sleepover party as well!

Friday? More panels, a games carnival with Nina Gooden and Pals, Name that Author with Cat Johnson, and some other fun surprises!

Saturday? A few panels, the Big ass booksigning with 100 authors, the Cowboy Stampede party, the Readers Mad Tea Party with Hildie McQueen, An after the bookies event with a special publisher sponsor, And Jess Michaels’ Birthday extravaganza!

SEE? SO MUCH AWESOME! All the authors that are involved with parties will be talking about their involvement on the FB group, so join up and get ready to rock.

Oh? You say you’re not registered for AAD yet? You need to be! All registrants get put in the hat for the welcome party prizes, and these prizes are AMAZING! Breakfast with authors, Booze and Books, side trips to Carrowwinds…. We have a minimum of 90 special prizes…. So…

You need to rock this con! And as if this wasn’t enough…. AAD will be giving away something really awesome to registrants…. Wanna know what?

How about 5 VIP registrations for THE NOVEL EXPERIENCE 2015 in LAS VEGAS? YES… 5!

And…

How about this… If we hit 100 more registrations from TODAY April 10th to June 10th, we will give away 2 AAD registrations for 2015… 2!!!!! So get registered, get your room and get ready for one HELL of an amazing year with us!

JOIN US! WE CANT WAIT TO HANGOUT WITH YOU!

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Shoes, pretties, hats, and updates…

shoesWe’re about half way moved into the new house.  When we bought it, we decided to kind of take our time and keep the pressure off by just moving a little bit at a time, and we’re almost to the point where we can hire a couple of movers for the heavy stuff.  Except…Big Tone and Junior Tackle (14) keep moving the heavy stuff.

prettiesI have no chairs, no tables, no sofas still in my current home.  We’re sitting on the floor.  Plus, I truly had no idea how often I drag a chair somewhere in this current house to get something off a top shelf.  Without chairs, I have to ask either Tone or Tackle to get stuff down for me.  I’m starting to feel really short.

viewTony was a bit, er, surprised by how many pairs of shoes I’ve had in my shoe closet in the other room, and I’ve been shocked by how many dang hats he has.  Hats! 

I’ll take some pictures of the house when I get the chance – right now there are boxes everywhere.  Though my office is awesome, and the new pottery barn desk fits perfectly.  Tony keeps joking that we moved so the furniture would fit.  LOL!  Okay, maybe…

Just kidding.  We moved for the view and the extra room, since we’ve doubled our square footage.  And, BIG UPDATE, now we have Internet at the new house.  So…we can move now.  :)

Other than that, here’s an update:

  • Rising Assets released and hit the top 100 in Amazon overall, and is still there four days later
  • Marked (Janie’s story) was sent to my publisher…it’s all written – yay!
  • Blind Faith releases on May 6th (Nate and Audrey’s story from Sin Brothers)
  • Tamed releases on May 15th  (Caleb and Lily’s novella)

Everyone have a wonderful beginning of April!  Also, Rising Assets is still on the special sales price of .99¢ and will be going back up to three dollars any day now.
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