First Book Blues

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I have found that the life of writing is nothing more than a blind trip backward on a rollercoaster, and that is not glamorous. It’s frightening, especially when your confidence is only skin deep. For those of you who don’t know, I began this adventure almost exactly one year ago. In a couple of days, I will be releasing my first story. I never finished a book before now. My mind said it wasn’t time, but now the ideas are flowing so fast I can’t possibly write them all. Yes, now it’s time.

After I had made the decision to start writing, I poured my heart and soul into it nearly every day. I stuck with it and produced something. Well, a lot of little somethings. Don’t get me wrong, I’m proud of my tenacity with staying on this new path and honestly, now that I’m writing, I can’t imagine not doing it. My problem is I have gone completely bonkers over the entire writing process.

Let me tell you how the writing process worked for me with my debut story. First, I determined the name under which I would write because using my real name was not an option. I started writing several very short stories, which in hindsight are good, solid foundations for future stories. So, I chose my favorite and decided to expound on it. A couple of months later, I actually finish a first draft. Yeah, me! I’m already ahead of the game. I let my draft sit for a customary period and work on another piece. Coming back to it a couple of weeks later, I am struck with complete anxiety because what was a masterpiece two weeks ago is utter crap now. Seriously. I wouldn’t even wish it on my worst enemy, but I am determined, and I sit down to write it again.

After I completed an entire reworking of my first draft, I am once again pleased, albeit cautiously, with the results. I let it sit and after reading it again, I was surprised that I was still moderately pleased, so I decide to work with it. After tinkering some more, I send it off to the beta readers and an editor for insight and had favorable comments returned. When I am in the middle of making the necessary corrections, my second light bulb comes on, and I decide that the story needed more! So I add in an additional eight pages of material. After receiving the seal of approval nod from my every persnickety husband, I send it back to the editor for a final run through. The book is back and now complete and now I am forced to face two very difficult decisions: marketing and distribution.

I must say that this isn’t the first time I thought about marketing and distribution. It would be accurate to say that they have been on my mind almost constantly. Having decided to do self-publishing, I took small steps to plant some roots to work from later. I started a blog where I posted weekly flash horror to get people familiar with my name. Surprisingly, it worked, and I have several followers and requests for my release date. I also started getting real active in the indie author community, helping out other writers and building relationships that hopefully will help me better market my book in the future. There was one great thing about writing for me, and that’s meeting an incredible number of interesting people that I wouldn’t have ordinarily met. They have been a tremendous help and support. Good stuff.

Now here comes the roller coaster. The following is indicative of my life for the past six months. Keeping up with social media is time-consuming, and I would spend a while answering tweets, replying to blog comments, talking to others, and then remember that I needed to write. So back to writing, then squeeze in some more networking, and realize that I can’t live off of writing books alone, and I need another job prospect. I started beta-reading and writing reviews and blogging more to beef up skills I will need later when I do start editing and such for a living. Now back to writing my actual book. Then do some more marketing, work on the website (which is still not finished), and set up promo events. Back to writing. Oops, forgot my blog posts! Complete beta-readings and remember to write reviews for the two books I managed to squeeze in. Books! I look at my overflowing shelves of treasures and shed a tear. My Kindle is bursting at the seams, and I barely have enough time to do what is needed, much less leisure read. Defeated, I vow to read them as soon as I can quit my job and work from home. My book! Back to writing.

Feeling dizzy yet? It is exceptionally hard to be a self-published author, and something as simple as uploading your book for sale is gut-wrenchingly complicated. Who will give you the most money? Where do you distribute? What formats? I finally just figured out my marketing and distribution processes and release day is just days away. Am I relieved yet? No! Now is where the rubber meets the road. There are only new anxieties. Will all of my efforts translate into sales? I sure hope so. I am not expecting an NY Times Bestseller, but I do have a couple of small goals. I know it will be a slow process, so that is not why I am anxious. My primary anxiety is whether it will be well received. Will anyone like it? I write in a genre that is strange. People either love horror or won’t touch it with a ten-foot pole. It isn’t one of the highest-grossing genres, and there are a lot of crappy works that fans will have to wade through to find mine. I put a piece of my soul into this book, and now it will go on display for the world to judge.

My name is Gina Moray. I just finished my debut story, and I feel like I just got ran over by an eighteen wheeler. Did I mention that I am still working full time?

Re-Blog This! Author Interviews and Awesome Books for Sale!

Greetings Followers!

Today I am passing along some more interviews as well as some indie author promotions. So scroll down and meet some great indie authors and maybe find some now reads!

First some awesome books to report:

Robin Soprano-Aiello

Robin has a book that just came out!! It’s called Absinthe. 

Here is the book blurb from Amazon:

Author Sharie Donovan discovers long-hidden voodoo artifacts during renovations in her recently purchased 1800s manor near New Orleans. Enchanted by the manor’s historic charm and the lure of the mysterious discovery, little did Sharie know her life was about to irrevocably change…

Among the strange and haunting artifacts is a unique bottle containing an unfamiliar green liquid…

One night and one sip later, a 200-year-old spirit, Prudence Ravensdale, communicates with Sharie through her writing. Soon, Sharie realizes with every sip of the odd liquor she is further possessed by Prudence’s presence and captivated by her riveting story.

Thrown into the unfamiliar world of the paranormal, Sharie discovers love, adventure, and a new-found spirituality.

It all begins with a taste of the mysterious elixir

Grab a copy of this amazing book at

Sahara Foley

Sahara has a new Sci Fi release called, We Journey No More. I personally did a beta read of this story and it is definitely one you shouldn’t miss! Here is the blurb from Amazon:

When runaway teenagers Don and Janet pull off the road on a mountainside road just outside of Albuquerque for a few hours’ rest, they don’t expect to wake up 1000 years in the future, in a world they can’t recognize.

There, Earth is a desert planet where nomadic tribes are little more than slaves to the Ganu, the powerful and dominant ruling tribe.

When the young couple is befriended by a small tribe, and Don is hailed as their mythical and prophesied savior, the young couple must use all their cunning and resourcefulness to defeat a powerful, cruel enemy and save the lives of their new friends.

Interested? You can pick a copy up at

Rick A. Mullins



All weekend, another two of his e-books will be reduced to $0.99.
This weekend’s countdown includes Temporal Zoo and Zombie Labyrinth


Temporal Zoo: Five archeologists who find an 8-inch diameter black sphere in the stomach of a 3 million-year-old terror bird fossil. When they touch it they are transported into a 200-mile diameter, hollow world filled with creatures dead 3 million years. Who will live to find the exit to this alien zoo?

Zombie Labyrinth: IS-42 made everyone immortal … the only problem was, it killed nine out of ten first … then the dead ate half of the survivors before things settled down. “Zombie Labyrinth” is about those who salvage the remains of a fallen society amongst the hundreds of millions of zombies craving fresh immortality serum. One group of salvagers has found the best score … an entire mountain hollowed out by a reclusive survivalist family and filled with hundreds of years of hoarded treasure.

You can also visit Rick on his website at

Lu Whitley

Lu is having a sale on her book BloodMarked, which will be 99 cents for 8/7 through 8/11. Go grab your copy!

Here’s a blurb, just in case your still not convinced…

A ‘townie’ college student, living off campus with her overprotective mother, Greta Brandt thinks everything about her life is run of the mill. Everything, except for the nightmares that have been plaguing her for as long as she can remember.
When her reality is torn apart, Greta finds herself adrift in a world she thought only existed in her fevered dreams. The one soul she can cling to, a dark stranger who seems to know her better than she knows herself.

Jaromir Ragnarsson is a shadow in a world men do not see. Charged with protecting the Brandt women from untold dangers, he had been ever vigilant in his task. Until one night, a fatal mistake threatens to take away mankind’s only chance for survival: Greta Brandt.
Now, Jaromir must find a way to introduce Greta to his hidden world, where magic and myth are fact, not fiction. And curses are very, very real.

Chloe King

Chloe has a new erotica release out called, Jemma’s Diary. Here is a quick description:

Jemma is a young woman who writes a Diary about her sex life. Her first time with her boyfriend Leigh and how she blossoms as she learns about and explores her own desires with Leigh in their first twelve months together..

You can grab this little gem at

Now let’s meet some lovely authors!

Paul Williams (P.A. Williams)

Paul sat down with Mistral Dawn recently to discuss his fantasy fiction works, The Dark Clown Series, and his inspiration for writing. Check out his full interview here

You can find the first three books in Paul’s series on his author page at

The Snake of Snowspire

And here is a quick summary of his first book, The Snake of Snowspire:

A storm rages in the north region of Neduin. Snowspire sits amongst the snowfields and cold dark forests. It’s two distinct towering spires like great booming gravestones rise high above the city walls, casting its grey dark shadow upon the ground below. A greedy king waits for the arrival of the King from the East with hoards of gold to pay for his services and men. The King of the East seeks men to increase his own army as they venture south toward the High King’s castle to take the throne for his own. But to gain these men he must put a plan into motion with various pieces in place. Unknown to him the High King aware of the army in the north, formulates his own plan which begins with the arrival of a stranger who has traveled from the south toward the kingdom of Snowspire, with murder on his mind . . .
Away from Snowspire a soothsayer watches the events unfold, yet when the time comes will her involvement cause the downfall of Neduin? Or will a more sinister person cast the first stone to bring the Realm down upon its knees . . .

Elizabeth Noreen-Newton

Elizabeth did an interview with The Writers’ Lens to discuss her book, View From the Sixth Floor – An Oswald Tale and what inspires her.

You can find her book at

Check out her interview at

Sarah Curtis

Nikki Belaire recently did an interview with Sarah Curtis, contemporary romance writer, to talk about her characters, cooking, and bucket list. Check it out at!Welcome-Wednesday-Sarah-Curtis/c23ay/55ad9a9c0cf24f011b6309e9

Her current book is Alluring. You can find both at

Engaging (Alluring Book 2)     Alluring

Phillip Stephens

Jen Winters had a chat with Phillip Stephens, writer of many genres, on her Ten on Tuesday Series. Phillip is a self-published indie author and a member of the Author Promo Co-op group. His current book is Raising Hell. You can find this book and others on his Amazon author page at

Raising Hell

Check on Jen’s interview with Phillip at

Marysol James

Marysol James is a self-published indie author of steamy contemporary erotic romances. Jen Winters sat down with her in her Ten on Tuesday Series to discuss her life in writing and her favorite memories associated with reading and writing. Go and check out her enlightening interview at

Marysol’s latest book is called, Secret Curves. You can find her collection of writings on her Amazon author page at

CK Dawn

Fantasy author CK Dawn did an interview with The Northern Witch’s Book Blog, where CK talks about everything from her book, Cloak of Shadows, to tattoos, ice cream, and what she’s really bad at. Take a look at her complete interview at and grab Cloak of Shadows at