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Saturday, January 11, 2014

The times are a changin'

It's hard to believe it's been less than a year since I took a chance on the Indie
Industry but February 8th marks the first anniversary of Nowhere to Run.

I think it's a great time to announce a slight overhaul of the novel.

I've decided to change the name of one of the major/minor characters in the novel. Jesse Carlisle will become Tyler Carlisle. I hated to do it, but on listening to readers advising there were too many J characters, I decided it was the best thing to do.

I will also be cleaning up the errors throughout the novel. I am aware that there are still a few and want to make it smoother. The same goes for Nowhere to Hide

This is a tough industry to work in and I've learned a few things along the way:

01) Network, network network

I have made so many wonderful friends in the past year and I am truly blessed to have done so. It has made the transition so much easier and I've received and given some amazing advice.

02) Shut up and write

I've learned in the past year that I'm way more happier when I am staying out of the limelight and just writing. I have found that the less time I spend on social media the happier I am, simply because places like facebook have become a bitchfest. September was an especially brutal time for me with dealing with bullying authors and nasty people. It made me realize that I'm not interested in other people's dramas or bitchiness, I just want to write and share my stories. 

03) Don't take reviews to heart

This has been one of the hardest parts of writing. The reviews. I've been lucky and had some amazing reviews but at the same time I've had some terrible ones. I've accepted not everyone will like my book. Some people will see it as a chance to personally attack me as well as my writing. If they want to do that, so be it. I try not to let it get to me anymore. There would have been a time when it did get to me and it hurt deeply to have someone attack you on a personal level but now I shrug it off. That's all you can do. In this industry, you need to have a thick skin to survive. You can't let the little things get to you and you can't allow it to creep in and make you second guess everything you say, do and write.

04) Find a good team and stick with it


I'm still working on this one. I've worked with several different cover designers - both brilliant in their own way. I've got an amazing formatter, who I will always use simply because her work is brilliant.

I've worked with several editors and still trying to gauge the right one for me. I am fairly certain this will continue for a while. Finding the right editor is kind of like the Prince finding the girl who fits the glass slipper. Some look like they fit, act as if they fit but then you realize it's all a lie and others fit seamlessly. It's a work in progress.

Once you have a great team though, stick with them. I've been pretty lucky with the people I have found along the way. 


05 Love What You Do

Love what you do. If you're in it for the money but don't give a damn about the story there's the good chance you won't succeed. You need to believe in what you're writing about and believe in your characters. If you don't believe, then how do you expect your readers to?

Be passionate about your writing. Love it and respect it.
It's really that simple. 
I'm in this industry because I can't imagine a world where I'm not writing. I can't imagine not telling stories or breathing life into my characters. 

 I never got into this industry for the money. Sure, I want to make money from my novels. My biggest dream is to work as a writer full time. It might happen but if it doesn't then I'm okay with that too.

I have the following inscribed on my ipad:

I was born to write.

It's the truth. I honestly don't know where I end and the writing begins. It's always been ingrained in me. It always will be.

 

Monday, December 23, 2013

Damaged Cover reveal

Before Stephanie Carovella had nowhere to run and nowhere to hide, she was damaged.


Stephanie Carovella has been running from her past all her life. The survivor of a brutal attack, which left her best friend dead, she has carefully built a protective wall around herself, but she knows sooner or later her past is going to catch up with her. It’s why she doesn’t want to fall in love. It’s why she doesn’t want to let anyone get too close.

Dominic Delaney works hard and plays just as hard. He’s a love ‘em and leave ‘em guy who doesn’t believe in forever until Stephanie walks into Outlaws. She is wild, unpredictable and dangerous as hell, yet, he’s drawn to her. He needs to know the secrets behind her eyes. He can’t walk away.

A sexy, tattooed womanizer, Dominic Delaney’s everything Stephanie wants to avoid. She knows she should stay the hell away from him, but he makes her want to stop running. Sometimes, even the Damaged deserve to fall in love.

You can add Damaged to your to read list on Gr

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18048276-damaged

Friday, December 20, 2013

Sitting on the dock of the bay ...

It's funny to reflect back on the past year. In the past year, I've released two novels and written a third. I'm about to start on my fourth and fifth and it doesn't feel like I'm going to slow down anytime soon.

I finished Damaged on December 1st and handed it to my editor - who has told me I should be very, very, very proud of it. I guess that is a good thing, right? I'm nervous about getting it back but also very excited. Damaged is my first romance. Shattered will be my second, before I head back to writing crime again. I can't wait to introduce you to Jaxon and Lexi. 

Shattered will be a tough write, as it deals with the tender topic of domestic abuse before I slide into betrayal, secrets and serial killers with Deadly Secrets. My last book for 2014, will be Lucky, which will also deal with the topic of suicide. Anyone, who knows me knows that I will never write light, fluffy happy ever afters. It's not me. It doesn't mean I can't write amazing stories with characters who get the girl - or guy.

I'm currently on a well - deserved break, but it's also a research trip of sorts. Deadly Secrets is set in San Francisco, so it seems only fitting that I am currently in San Francisco. The last time I was here, I was so very young and impressionable and hopelessly in love with a boy and with San Francisco.

Coming back, I'm older, wiser and still in love with that boy. I always will be - even if he is now bittersweet memories. And, it turns out I'm still in love with San Francisco. This city is beautiful and it's changed a lot since I was here last, but it still leaves me breathless. I see the Golden Gate Bridge and I'm in awe, just as I was at 18. 

I'm really excited to be in San Francisco, as it plays an important part in Damaged. It also plays a major part of Deadly Secrets. I started writing Deadly Secrets over the past few days and I have to admit, I'm really excited to be slipping back into crime.

I'm also really excited to announce that Damaged's cover will be revealed on the 23rd of December. It's only fitting it's revealed on my birthday.

I hope you all have a happy holiday.

- Nina xo




Sunday, September 22, 2013

The blurb is out: Outlaws 01: Damaged

I'm really excited to announce that Damaged now has an official blurb:

Before Stephanie Carovella had nowhere to run and nowhere to hide, she was damaged.

Stephanie Carovella has been running from her past all her life. The survivor of a brutal attack, which left her best friend dead, she has carefully built a protective wall around herself, but she knows sooner or later her past is going to catch up with her.

It’s why she doesn’t want to fall in love. It’s why she doesn’t want to let anyone get too close.


Dominic Delaney works hard and plays just as hard. He’s a love ‘em and leave ‘em guy who doesn’t believe in forever until Stephanie walks into Outlaws.

She is wild, unpredictable and dangerous as hell, yet, he’s drawn to her.
He needs to know the secrets behind her eyes. He can’t walk away.


A sexy, tattooed womanizer, Dominic Delaney’s everything Stephanie wants to avoid. She knows she should stay the hell away from him, but he makes her want to stop running.


Sometimes, even the Damaged deserve to fall in love

Add Damaged to your reading list on Goodreads

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Damaged so far...

I've been busy over the past few months writing my third novel, which is called Damaged

Damaged is the first in a new series called Outlaws, but it's also the prequel to Nowhere to Run and Nowhere to Hide

When I started writing Nowhere to Hide, I was already thinking about book three and what I could do. I'd already started plotting Deadly Secrets when someone said to me, why don't you write Dominic and Stephanie's love story?

I started thinking about it and thought that it wasn't a bad idea. I asked others who had read the Stephanie Carovella series and the general gist was that everyone wanted to see their love story. 

So, Damaged was born. 

I'm in love with this novel so far. It feels so right and the writing flows beautifully. Originally I was planning on releasing it in December, but have pushed it back to February 2014.

I'm already working with my wonderful cover designer, Allie Brennan, to design a cover and the first promo is here.

So, without further adieu, may I present the first promo for Damaged






Friday, September 6, 2013

Casey Peeler - No Turning back cover release

Check out this amazing new author, who has a book due out September 30th, 2013.

No Turning Back (Full Circle #1)

By Casey Peeler

Release Date: September 30th, 2013

Cover Photo: Firelight Photography

Cover Design: Paperclutch

Cover Model: Cortlan Allen

Synopsis:

After getting involved with Dylan, the bad boy of the Dixon High Swim team, Charley decides to stay close to home for college. It’s just safer that way. Until she realizes it’s a mistake… just like dating Dylan. She decides to put the past behind her and leave the small hick town of Grassy Pond. There is only one problem; she makes this decision 3 weeks before Fall Semester starts.

Charley packs up her Honda and heads to Southern College. On the morning she’s about to leave, Cash walks back into her life. He has been her best friend since they were 4 and is the only one that knows the REAL Charley. She leaves her farm in Grassy Pond with all kinds of “what ifs?”

Charley decides to live her college career to the fullest. She finds a great group of friends, joins the swim team, and meets a guy named Joe. He’s got eyes that make ya wanna melt!

There is only one problem…Charley has been away from home for only 48 hours before she breaks the 2 promises she made to herself. Will she be able to overcome her past? Find new love? What will happen with Cash now that he is back in her life? Will she find what she is wanting in Jack-a-lope Joe? How will her First semester end?… Joe, Cash, or alone?

Excerpt:

As we make our way to the door, Georgia slips on the gravel. She starts laughing and the rest of us do as well once we help her up. “Y’all, I think the ground and curbs are out to get me. I mean they come out of nowhere. The next thing I know, I’m on my ass again!” Georgia is a hoot. She always makes light of situations. Hank’s Tavern is not exactly what I pictured. It’s an old, worn down, wooden shed. There are five parking spaces in front of the restaurant section of the place. The rest of the parking lot is located across the road in a gravel lot. It’s gravel, no pavement anywhere. The bouncers are dressed in

jeans and Hank’s Tavern t-shirts that fit just a little snug around their arms showing off their muscles. They ask for our IDs, take a brief glance, and in we go. I will have to say, the guys don’t get in quite as easy. They get patted down and driver’s license checked. Sometimes it pays to be a female.

We enter through another set of glass doors and immediately cigarette smoke and stale beer hit my nostrils. The room is open except for a few pool tables and the bar. It is dark, lights are flashing, and the music is bumping. We do exactly what any group of girls would do, walk straight to the bathroom. You have got to kidding me! No door really! There is no freakin’ door on the last stall. After taking a few minutes to get over the negative stall and freshen up, we walk out and head straight to the dance floor.

I have to say that this is exactly redneck meets ghetto fabulous. Whoever thought a place like this would play Mystikal, Dr. Dre, Lil Wayne, throw in a little “Downtown” by Lady A and Old Crow Medicine Show? We have the best time just dancing in a big group. I notice Crystal and Lucas on the floor; she smiles and waves before continuing to do things she should be embarrassed to be doing in public. I am so thankful that I don’t have to deal with that in my room. That is one benefit to her dating an Resident Assistant… he has his own room.

By midnight, Hank’s is packed. I decide to grab a bottle of water, and as I’m about to pay, I hear that oh so sexy voice. “I got that.” “It’s okay, Joe. I got it.” “No, I insist. I was an ass earlier. I didn’t mean to make you feel bad. It’s the least I could do.” “Damn straight! I’m proud of who I am and where I’m from. I just hate when damn Yankees come down here and then try to make us look like hicks. You don’t like the way we live, then don’t cross the Mason-Dixon,” I say as playful as possible. It did tick me off earlier, but I don’t want him to think I’m a bitch. “I swear I won’t do it again, and nobody is gonna pick on you eating squirrel but me,” he says with a smile. “Okay, I’ll give ya that.” “So Squirrel, you wanna dance?” “Mr. Scaredy Cat, I’d love to.” He takes the water bottle from me and leads me to the dance floor.

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Author Info:

Casey Peeler grew up and still lives in North Carolina with her husband and daughter. Her first passion is teaching students with special needs. Over the years, she found her way to relax was in a good book.

After reading Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neal Hurston her senior year of high school and multiple Nicholas Sparks novels, she found a hidden love and appreciation for reading.

Casey has been an avid reader, blogger (Hardcover Therapy,) and now writer. No Turning Back (Full Circle #1) is her debut novel releasing this September 30th with Finding Charley (Full Circle #2) releasing Spring 2014.

Her goal is to one day be an author that is recognized nationwide like Jamie McGuire, Colleen Hoover, Tiffany King, and Amanda Bennett.

When Casey isn’t reading, you can find her listening to country music, spending the day at the lake, being a wife, dance mom, and spending time with friends and family.

Her perfect day consists of water, sand between her toes, a cold beverage, and a great book!

More about Casey Peeler

Facebook: www.facebook.com/caseypeelerauthor

Twitter: www.twitter.com/AuthorCasey

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/cdpeeler81/no-turning-back-sneak-peaks/

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