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BREAKS – Revealing New Covers and Other Things

 


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Here’s the cover for BREAKS, book three in The Dolphin Prophecy novels.  What do you guys think? Isn’t it lovely and shiny and perfect? Every time I look at it, it just wrecks me, which is kind of the point, especially when you see it next to the other two. No really, check it. I’ll wait. It’s seriously that great.

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BREAKS, aka book three, in the series is a crazy fun whirlwind of a mess that has the Pinhold twins globetrotting to places they never could have imagined. Book three was crazy, fast and fun to write.

At this point, you would be right to wonder….book three? Am I behind? What happened to ECHOES? Did I miss something? And my answer to that would be no. You haven’t missed anything. I have.

I’d been warned about the sophomore slump before, and about the impossible nature of first sequels. The idea itself is an oxymoron, and book two has really put me through the ringer. Kaleb demanded more air time, Gram had important secrets to share, and by the end of book two, nothing in Cami’s life looks familiar anymore. And, because book number three was easier, it forced bunches of edits in book number two, and I can only beg patience from all of you and pray you’ll still be excited when it leaves my nervous, nails hands, because the changes really do make the story better.

But getting it all in there, and making sure middle book links between one and three properly – well, it’s been torturing me for months, keeping me up for weeks because deadlines are important and terrifying! When I do sleep, I wake up choking, like I’m drowning. The good news is, it’s getting better.  I know because sometimes, I can sleep and I only wake up that way a few times per week now.

ECHOES is close and I’m just triple checking that everything important is in there before formatting, (again.) My key focus is making sure everything needed is in there. And even though we could be talking minutes, or days, I’m not going to give an exact time for release. You’ll know when I share the links, and when I do, I hope you’ll help me share them with everyone else. Trust me, when ECHOES is out, I will be shouting from the rooftops, Facebook and ever single social platform.

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In the meantime, we’re celebrating other things. Like the cover of BREAKS, and how grateful I am to get to work with Regina Wamba on this series. She totally gets my vision, and with each new cover she takes the visuals a hundred steps further than I could ever imagine. She’s tireless in her passion and her perfectionism, and you can really see it. I’m so grateful to Nazarea and KP at Ink Slinger PR for organizing a cover reveal, and to all of the bloggers who participated.

We’re also celebrating the fact that CLICKS is free and has been downloaded almost 10,000 times in a bit more thank a week, thanks to iBooks and Kindle both putting it into promotions.  That means many more readers looking to get ECHOES!  And we have a big rafflecopter going so you can win stuff. Keep checking it because I’ll be adding more prizes all month.

Lots of love and waves of gratitude to you all. TAEB image logo with text gradient longhe questions about when ECHOES is coming is the best motivation I could ever know. I’m so happy you guys want to spend more time with the people who live in my head because I love them so much, and I love you all too!

 

 

 

 

Happy book birthday to Clicks!! And a Cover Reveal for ECHOES.

2And happy author birthday to me!!

Wow it has been a whole year since CLICKS came out! To celebrate, it’s on #99cents sale it’s getting a redecorated sequel. Regina Wamba came up with a perfect balance of romance and mystery that represents the book and the series perfectly. What do you think???
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Echoes officially comes out next week. I apologize for all the delays, but as some of you have heard, Kaleb was rather unsatisfied with the size of his role, and he had a lot of things be wanted to say before the book could be finished. But, since he was right, and he did need to be around more, the book is much better because if his insistence. You’ll be getting more Echoes all next week so stay tuned here.

 

IUntitled design (8)n the meantime, let’s go back to celebrating what a year means. That’s 365 days of celebrating and selling and learning, reviews, endless giveaways and promotion opportunities. There are some other numbers that are significant this year for Clicks and me. I love that I get to spend my days creating stories and sharing them with the world. And I  in the sandbox of the constantly changing independent publishing industry. This community of authorpreneurs (not my word but it’s perfect don’t you think?) has been so welcoming and supportive, and I can honestly say I wouldn’t have made it through all this time without the other writers, bloggers and readers I’ve met. They inspire me everyday to write more, read more and deliver better stories. Waves of gratitude go toy husband, kids, our parents and other friends and family members who have supported this adventure and to everyone who has helped get this book into the hands of readers. And thank you most of all to those of you who have given CLICKS your time and attention. I hope you’ll like ECHOES just as much, or even more!

You know CLICKS? It used to be called The Dolphin Book!


CLICKS are many things – they’re instincts, they’re connections, and they’re one of the sounds dolphins make when they communicate.

All of these definitions factored into the name of my first bookdolphin cloud.

For so long, I called it The Dolphin Book. Eventually, it had to have more of a name, so I called it The Dolphin Prophecy, because a major theme in the book is that what happens to the dolphins will happen to humans too. But then, I began to pitch. Editors didn’t know what to say because those I talked to insisted  dolphins only worked in middle grade,but I felt this story needed to stay Young Adult. Agents told me to send it because they were intrigued, but it sounded too different, which wasn’t selling at the moment. And they all told me, no matter what other advice I would heed, to bury the storyline about dolphins in the background, and definitely keep it out of marketing.

Clicks Book Cover Then I went to Nashville and UtopYAcon 2012 where I found a whole bunch of people who were publishing independently. They all thought CLICKS sounded interesting, and that I didn’t need to change it to please the publishing industry when they’d discovered another way to get books to an audience. t was Amy Bartol who put it most succinctly. She said “Do you want to spend the next year getting rejections, or readers?” She advised me to hire an editor, a cover designer, and a publicist, and get the darn thing into the world myself. So I did. I was blessed when Jennifer Rees, Regina Wamba, and KP Simmon came on to help. All had worked on NYTimes best sellers and each of them connected with CLICKS. Together, we moved towards publishing. I could ignore the naysayers because I knew the book was interesting, I couldn’t shake the idea that the “dolphin thing” could be damaging, so I changed the blurbs to focus more on surfing and twinning, and made the series name The Pinhold Prophecy. Pinhold is the name of the island, and an anagram for dolphin that very few people caught.

Almost a year later, I can honestly say that “hiding the dolphins” didn’t work at Sphere CLICKs word cloudall. They drive the plot, the mythology and the action and that hadn’t changed with the marketing copy. Just look at this update word cloud I made. I may have skipped the dolphin shape, but the size of the word tells you how often it was mentioned.  Most readers thought the dolphin parts were the most interesting, exciting and unique. A few didn’t like them at all and, in truth, they would have been much better off if the marketing materials had warned them off. By not mentioning the dolphins, I consistently struggled to explain the book, and I missed out on attracting the audience most inclined to read The Dolphin Book from the start.

 

 

Echoes ART square ICONI’ve learned my lesson, though, as the ECHOES cover indicates. It’s the sequel to CLICKS and comes out in June, and before that I’m rereleasing CLICKS as well with the word “dolphin” on the cover. There’s going to be a lot more images and teasers with dolphins as well, because they are the very heart of the book.

There is so much that we can learn from them In CLICKS, Cami had to learn to trust her instincts. I should have  trusted my own as well.  And you know, if you don’t like dolphins? You may not want to check out too much on here for these next few months.

xoxo

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