Thursday, May 24, 2012


Thanks so much Minx for inviting me here today. And for dealing with my *duh* moment when I thought I couldn't load my post. :-)
Gretchen, Flora and Tonya are my leading ladies in The Roughnecks. When Minx offered me a chance to guest on The Naughty Girls, I knew my topic had to be about them.

I think every girl needs at least one best friend in her backpocket and Gretchen lucked out with two of them. When she was ready to go after her man, it was these two who pushed her out of the nest. When her man turned into a bit of a jerk, it was these two saying to hell with him.

Best friends. They drink. They chat. They talk about men. They eat a heck of a lot of pie together. Gretchen is the sweet one. Flora definitely my little sexy kitten of the group! Tonya is a bit more levelheaded and sensible. While I didn’t aim to write them that way, they just took on their personality.

When Gretchen wanted to go after her man, it was Flora telling her to buy the biggest box of condoms she could and have fun. Tonya was the one seeing that she got the condoms.

Drop me a comment to win a book! Do you have a tight group of friends? Where do you fit in? The sweet one? Funny? Sexy? Informed? I think I’m the sweet one of the group, but anytime I tell my husband that he says I have all my friends snowballed. Or just tell me hi and that you'd like to have the legs off that girl on this blog's header (*dreams for a moment*)

I’ll randomly pick a winner from all those who comment for Long-Distance Lovers by The Karens – Karen Booth and Karen Stivali! Ebook, open internationally. Thanks ladies for donating your book to my tour! See more about the The Karens at their website or check out their book on Amazon , B&N  or Ellora’s Cave!


Keri Ford writes Sexy Country Contemporary Romances. See her website for more information about her books and The Roughnecks Blog Tour with all the giveaway, sneak peeks and blog stops:   

You do for family, no matter what. Lane Iverson knows that better than anyone. Harboring a secret about his mother’s death, Lane is counting the days until he finishes helping his brothers with some work and can head back to his hiding hole hours away. As long as he doesn’t have to face his three brothers every day, the guilt is easier to carry.

There is only one thing that can risk his plan. All of five foot tall with these deep eyes and a voice that shudders through him. The completely addicting, Gretchen Jones. She’s been watching him the entire time he’s been in town. With courage from her friends behind her, she confronts what she wants. To her surprise, that’s the easy part. Keeping her heart protected when she knows he’ll be leaving? Not so easy, but her only choice.

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Monday, May 21, 2012

The War on Indies

The Huffington Post has a great article today about the changing industry and the current "war" between indie authors and traditional authors. Not that I subscribe to the belief that there is a war brewing between indies and traditional authors.  I mean, what is this, X-Men?  This isn't a case of mutants vs. normals or whatever. However, ridiculous assumptions aside, I think the article brings up an interesting question.

Mainly, do readers care where the books come from?

In my experience, the answer to this question is no.  Readers want a great story wrapped up in a professional package.  As long as I provide:

(1) high quality, eye-catching cover art
(2) a fast-paced, well-edited story AND
(3) a properly formatted file with a working table of contents

then I've never had readers complain about my indie-published book.  As a matter of fact, most readers don't know which of my books are indie-published and which ones aren't.

Which, in my opinion, is exactly as it should be.

I'm curious what other people think about this issue.  Do you care if your favorite authors publish on their own or with a publishing company?

Stay Naughty!