Monthly Archives: April 2013

Things that make me happy ;)

Two days ago, I tweeted this: “One of the best things in the world: when a reader tells you it’s way past their bedtime but they can’t stop reading your book. =)” … I’m really grateful for these moments and they make me really, really happy.

Now, I want to share more about these moments with you.

I’ve met  Hannah, a book blogger from Australia, when she was organizing her New Adult November event last year – she’s a NA enthusiastic ;) Right now, she is on Destiny Gift blog tour set to go live the last week of April … since her NAN event, we’ve been tweeting a lot, and “pinteresting” a lot … she always goes snooping around my Breaking the Reins board and she writes things like “finish this book already! I need to read it!” hehe

So, the other night, she was reading Destiny Gift for her review and she keep tweeting me while at it. It was so fun … here are some things she tweeted:








And then she wrote this on goodreads: “Words. I can’t even. OMG. I died. I need more. NOW! So torn. Full review to come.

Hannah may be biased since we’re friends, but still … THIS. This is why writers write!

This makes me so, so happy. I know my book won’t please everyone, but knowing that it does please someone, it’s the world to me ;)



The Only Exception by Magan Vernon

My CP’s book is here!

The Only Exception by Magan Vernon

The Only Exception by Magan Vernon – April 9th, 2013

Fiercely liberal Monica Remy prefers to blend in. Despite her tattoos, piercings, and outspoken personality, she transferred to Central to escape—before she finds out that her next door neighbor is the uber conservative governor son, Trey Chapman.

No matter how hard she tries to avoid Trey, he still finds a way to get under her skin. Monica can’t stand his crisp white shirts or his staunch views on women. But she can’t help counting every freckle on his face and wondering what it would feel like to have him stop talking politics and kiss her.

A class debate project forces the unlikely pair to work together, and the political lines are blurred in late-night make out sessions. But despite their fiery chemistry, Trey’s politics threatens to smother their relationship for good.


Magan Vernon is a Young Adult and New Adult writer who lives with her family in the insurance capital of the world. She is in a very serious, fake relationship with Adam Lambert and constantly asks her husband to wear guyliner. He still refuses. She also believes her husband is secretly an alien, disguised as a southern gentleman.


Hey,  go visit Magan’s blog – she has rafflecopter going on to celebrate!



Self-Publishing Costs

I always enjoyed reading posts by self-pubbed authors who shared how much they spent to produce/publish their books, and then they shared the sales. It was … helpful, I think. I can’t promise if I’ll share about my sales yet. I think I’ll only know that once the book is out and start selling (*grins*) … but I can definitely share how much it cost me to edit, produce and publish Destiny Gift.


Cover = $195 (e-book and paperback)

Cover reveal = $30 by Giselle from Xpresso Book Tours

Blog tour = $150 by Giselle from Xpresso Book Tours

Content Editing = $75.89 by Danielle Crabtree from Hedanicreations

Line-editing = $ 145.65 by Danielle Crabtree from Hedanicreations

Proofreading = $73.41 by Danielle Crabtree from Hedanicreations

Bookmarks design = $50 

Bookmarks production (+ shipping) = $45.70 by Overnight Prints

Formatting = $0 – I did it myself

Necklaces (swag) = $55 by Little Literature

Giftcard given during blog tour = $25

Createspace proof copy = $7.64

Paperbacks for giveaways (10 + shipping) = $48.60

Copyright = $35

TOTAL = $936.89


Before deciding to self-pub Destiny Gift, I did send it to other two editors for critiques and that also cost money. I decided to get those critiques because I was getting full requests from agents but they ended passing on the fulls. My CPs loved the damned story … and I even signed a contract to publish it with a small press, but ended pulling it out. I knew Paranormal Romance was a tough sell on the traditional  market, so I wanted to make sure I had a good story here. Besides, I couldn’t see it clearly anymore – not after going through it 5000000000 times. After these 2 editors critiqued the manuscript and told me it was great, only a little tightening would do the trick, I decided to self-pub. So, if you want to add the critique of those two editors to my list, here it is: $328.

I’ll have more swag done by Sep/Oct, so that will add to the expenses.  


Hope that helps! 



Friends & Lovers Trilogy Giveaway

To promote the release of the Friends & Lovers Trilogy, Bethany Lopez is giving away a Nook, an autographed skin for the Nook, and an autographed paperback of Friends & Lovers. Enter through the Rafflecopter, and earn more chances to win by following everyone who is participating in the promo on Twitter!
Friends & Lovers is Make it Last, I Choose You, and Trust in Me, and includes a bonus ending for each couple.
Check out the Awesome cover by Allie Brennan.

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