Monday, May 21, 2012

New Release on Kindle

NEWS: Kindle - Dark Persuasion is up and ready for purchase.

Hope you enjoy! You can be assured, it contains a happy ending. Of course, I do tend to torture my characters before that bliss arrives.




Monday, May 14, 2012

It's Hard to Let it Go

I thought that I would post an update on the progress of Dark Persuasion's release. I've been going through another rounds of my own edits recently. 87,000 words of text can be overwhelming. I've corrected a few more inconsistencies and deleted a few more superfluous words/sentences that just don't need to be there.

The formatting of the print version is a time-consuming task. It has to look "print perfect" before going to Lightning Source to put into book form. My practice has been to work on the print version first, and then convert it to eBook HTML, which equates to additional hours of formatting. It's no easy task. The one good thing of being traditionally published, is they do all the work! Not so, with an independent author.

Most of my beta readers have read and commented. Overall, the story has been well received. I've taken to heart a few suggestions regarding rough places in the story and either clarified or expanded where needed. I changed the opening paragraph, as well, to rid it from a cliche.

I'm trying to be very diligent regarding the content of this book, making sure, first of all, that it goes out the door typo free. That's the biggest challenge. Other minor edits in grammar and word usage will help, but it's not my total focus at this time. I want it to read well out loud, so that when converted to audio it will sound decent. My writing style is a bit different in this book. I'm finding that my style is changing somewhat, but after four books, that's bound to happen.

In any event, June 1st is my absolute deadline to get this up on Kindle and distributed through Smashwords. I may hold off on the print version, because there are fees associated with changes to the text after uploading. That is not the case with Kindle or other eBook formats. You can change and upload again without charge, so eBooks often change and are corrected, as needed, throughout the life of the book. Frankly, I like that.

I've taken some vacation time around Memorial Day to finish Dark Persuasion in eBook and upload it to Kindle, etc. Hopefully, by June 1, unless the world ends or I croak, it will be available to the public.

Thanks for your patience,
Vicki

Monday, May 7, 2012

Invaluable Eyes

If love is blind, so is proofreading. After working on the text for Dark Persuasion, the words have become a blur to me. Thank goodness, I've found a group of invaluable eyes that are helping me find my typos, missed words, and incorrect references.

Dark Persuasion is currently out to my trusted friends, some of whom have walked this path with me before. I trust their opinion regarding my stories and appreciate their help. Already, I've incited one to hate Rupert, but that was inevitable. He's probably the best antagonist I've written, except for Robert Holland's looney wife. She seems to draw a lot of comment, too.

In any event, I'm slowly correcting mistakes and polishing the interior. I'm still shooting for an early June release. I linked The Price of Deception to this blog on all the Kindles to generate interest. I sold over 1,000 copies of The Price of Deception since last Thursday, which is a miracle.

Using the KDP program to put The Price of Innocence up for free was the best marketing ploy I've tried yet. Over 31,000 copies were given away. When it went off the freebie list Sunday at 12:00 a.m., The Price of Innocence moved over to the best selling list for paid. About 320 have been sold since Sunday, alone. It's been one great ride that hopefully keeps going.

I will say in closing that each of the characters in this book are extremely special to me--but, hey, I'm the author and can say that. Charlotte is endearing in her own way. Lilly, her sister, is priceless. Rupert is a stinker. And as far as Patrick goes, well, I'm madly in love with Patrick. He was definitely the muse behind the story, who moved me to write his tale of the tortured male. He brings me to tears at the end, and I hope he will do the same for you.

That's the update for now. Five are reading it with their invaluable eyes, while I patiently wait for their feedback.


Vicki

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Lilly Collins - The Sister

Another character in Dark Persuasion, who plays an important role, is Lilly Collins. Charlotte has three sisters. The eldest sister is married and lives in the Americas. Lilly is her middle sister, who is also married but lives nearby. Charlotte is the youngest of the three and has a close relationship with Lilly.

Once again finding visuals is always fun. I thought the picture to the left said it all. The look on her face is priceless. Across the room sits Rupert Rochester in the parlor of her father's house visiting Charlotte. He is definitely a man she does not trust and for good reason.

You will discover that Lilly is very protective of Charlotte. In many ways, Lilly is Charlotte's eyes at important occasions such as her coming out ball. She chaperons Charlotte's meetings with Rupert Rochester and doesn't hold back her ill opinion of the man. She's also Charlotte's maid of honor at her wedding. Lilly wholeheartedly agrees that Patrick is the best choice and eagerly helps Charlotte gather her trousseau.

Lilly is also Charlotte's confidant. They talk about the intimacy between a man and a woman and giggle behind closed doors. Her sister gives her visual descriptions of the two brothers vying for her affection. She conveys a rather bland picture of Rupert, but describes Patrick as Greek god. Lilly has a gift for blurting out statements that border on impropriety and has no shame whatsoever in declaring what she likes about men.

I enjoyed creating Lilly, since I never had a sister My imagination filled her with endearing qualities such as being a good listener, a wise woman, and a wonderful counselor for Charlotte. Her role in the story far outweighs that of her mother, who I rarely quote or mention.

Here are a few choice lines from Lilly Collins:
(Speaking of Patrick Rochester)
“His eyes were so dark and expressive. If I were not married myself, I would throw myself at his feet and beg for a kiss and not care one ounce what impropriety would be thought of it.”
(Speaking of Rupert Rochester)
“If he sports the same lecherous gaze this morning as he did last night, I’ll personally throw him out the door.”
(Conversation between sisters)
“You must tell me how he performs in bed after it’s all over. I’m dying to know if the Greek god is as romantic as he looks.”
Lilly sounded to Charlotte like the little girl in a candy store waiting for her sweets to be handed over. “Good Lord, Lilly! You couldn’t embarrass me any further, if you tried,” Charlotte screeched, abhorred over her sister’s lack of modesty.
“You know you want to tell me,” Lilly teased. “I shall not relent until I know each juicy detail and the size of his taut muscles.”

“Come near me so I can slap you,” Charlotte laughed. “If only mother could hear us, she’d absolutely die!”
I hope you'll enjoy Lilly as much as I do. A few more edits are in store. There were some rough areas in the middle of the book I'm rewriting, hence the delay. Hang in there! It's coming.

Cheers,
Vicki