• The Long Year and a Look Ahead in an Indie Writer’s Life #amwriting

    Not going to sugar coat it, 2016 was a hard year.

    Reflecting

    Despite the struggles, I somehow managed to publish two new books: The Astronaut’s Princess in February and Shifted in Seattle in October. And I haven’t written a word since.

    My mother (70) was diagnosed with non-alcoholic liver cirrhosis two years ago. She steadily declined this year but the img_5824past six months proved very challenging. She spent August in a nursing home near my home and then lived with us in our home September, October, and November…when she wasn’t hospitalized, which was frequently. I spent the last week of her life with her (she in a coma) in yet another nursing home. She passed Nov. 10.

    I’m so glad we got to spend that time close to her.

    As you can imagine, there wasn’t much time or energy for creating.

    But, a new year is on the horizon, and I’m getting back into the writing cave and looking ahead.

    It’s exciting.

    I already have about 10k on book four (Reap & Reckon) of the Reaper Series so that’s encouraging, and as I read through those pages, I’m reenergized with passion for that project.

     

    ReapandReckon (427x640)I had a brief stint (two months) with all of my books on Smashwords and distributed through all retailers, thinking this would find new readers. With little to no promotion, however, and out of KDP Select, all those book rankings slowly sank. They currently sit like the Titanic on the bottom of the Amazon Sea.
    I’m fixin’ to go on an expedition to try to raise them.

    They’ll all be back in KDP Select and Kindle Unlimited by the end of the weekend. Amazon is Queen, and I am her minion.

    Planning

    I was looking over my 2016 Writing Business Plan. All in all, I accomplished most of what I set out to do. Except finish Reckon and have audio books made for my non-reaper books. I just don’t think audio books are worth it. The narrator and I are making about $10 a month on those two audio books. I just can’t ask someone else to invest that much time for such a minimal payout.

    Wonder what my plan looked like? Take a gander if you want. The barely legible red writings are the results. Check marks mean it happened, baby.

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    A few more good accomplishments in there: a box set put together, audio books released, an AWESOME endorsement blurb from Darynda Jones…seriously, go check out her reaper books.

    Future

    So what’s in store for 2017? Kid, if I knew that, I’d play the lottery and own a mountain somewhere. That said, I’m working on THE PLAN now. I hope it will include Reap & Reckon published, work on the third Cosmic Cowboys episode, The Magnate’s Moon, attending Visioncon in Branson in February and Ozarks Indie Book Fest in Springfield in October.

    Right now the rest is TBD. I want to stay open to the possibilities. But like I always tell my husband, if we don’t make a plan…nothing happens.

    Here’s to some good happenings in 2017.

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    What does your 2017 Plan look like?


  • Sometimes the best way to say, “I love you” is through touch. #BodyTalk – a romance anthology sampler by Cara Bristol

    BODY TALK ~ 99 cents on Amazon & Kindle Unlimited

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    Remember when your favorite paperback books used to naturally open to the scenes you’d read over and over, the ones that made you laugh, tugged your heart or got you hot and bothered? In Body Talk, USA Today bestselling author Cara Bristol has compiled full-chapter excerpts of the sexiest scenes from her most popular and favorite erotic romances. These story excerpts will tug at your heart, captivate your imagination, and stir your senses. You’ll visit the familiar…and escape to the unexpected in a variety of subgenres including: contemporary romance, BDSM/spanking romance, science fiction romance, romantic comedy, and even a historical romance selection.

    Come share some tender, erotic moments in some of Cara’s beloved stories.
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    USA Today bestselling author Cara Bristol writes erotic romance in several subgenres. Her romances have ranked no. 1 in science fiction romance, BDSM  erotica, and holiday fiction on Amazon. No matter what the subgenre,  her books are character-driven stories with sizzling chemistry between the hero and heroine and a touch of humor.  Besides her list of fiction credits, she is the author of Naughty Words for Nice Writers, a sex scene thesaurus for romance writers. Cara lives in Missouri with her own alpha hero, her husband.
    Cara’s website: http://carabristol.com/
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  • Sasquatch shifters? Yes, please. #Bigfoot #paranormal #romance #FindingBigfoot

    My father-in-law Gary LOVES Bigfoot. In a manly way, of course. He’s been obsessed with Bigfoot for as long as I’ve known him. In fact, he’s rather perfected a Bigfoot greeting and is often howling into our woods, hoping to draw one near. I recently asked him to give it a go here at The Big Cedars…

    Gary has seen every episode of Finding Bigfoot, which I only started watching in the past year as research. So guess what. Now I’m obsessed too. When I started thinking about what book I might write next, again I wanted something that hadn’t been overdone. Let me tell you, there are damn few Sasquatch love stories out there and that’s a pity because Sasquatch needs love too.

    This, of course, all got me pondering how that might all work because there’s definitely the possibility for it to all go wrong. Way, way wrong. I found my answer in the shifter romances. What if Sasquatch was a shifter? What if 99 percent of the time he looked just like your banker or tax guy, or teacher or…you get the picture.

    What if the reason no one has ever captured a live Sasquatch or discovered a dead one is because they SHIFT?

    And so it began… Ethan Lane is a writer, who just so happens to have a terrible, wonderful secret.

    Shifted in Seattle 

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    No one’s ever captured a Sasquatch.
    Until now.

    Sasquatches have roamed the Pacific Northwest for centuries, hiding in the wilds of the northern territories and protected by the Lummi nation.

    When Seattle author Ethan Lane’s secret is exposed after a first date with Ruby Parsons goes wonderfully right, then horribly wrong, he’s faced with betraying his clan or losing his only chance at true love and a normal life.

    Sometimes love gets hairy.

     

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  • Bigfoot Revealed? Outed in Shifted in Seattle #paranormal #romance #Sasquatch

    The best video proof we have of Bigfoot to this day remains the Patterson Gimlin footage from 1967. You can watch the recovered and enhanced footage and analysis here thanks to National Geographic:

    In Shifted in Seattle, Ethan gets caught on camera in downtown Seattle setting off a chain of events that threatens to not only expose his clan but ruin his best chance at a happily ever after. Find out why it’s growing more and more difficult for Bigfoot and his kin to stay in the shadows.

    Shifted in Seattle – New Release!

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    No one’s ever captured a Sasquatch.
    Until now.

    Sasquatches have roamed the Pacific Northwest for centuries, hiding in the wilds of the northern territories and protected by the Lummi nation.

    When Seattle author Ethan Lane’s secret is exposed after a first date with Ruby Parsons goes wonderfully right, then horribly wrong, he’s faced with betraying his clan or losing his only chance at true love and a normal life.

    Sometimes love gets hairy.

     

     

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  • Learn the truth of Sasquatch’s stealthy past and sexy future… #BigFoot #paranormal #romance

    There have been an incalculable number of Bigfoot sightings through the years in the US alone. Somehow, even with a cell phone in the hand of virtually every ten-year-old in the country, there still hasn’t been any clear and definitive evidence brought forth to answer the question of Sasquatch’s existence once and for all.

    Here are the 6 Most Believable BIGFOOT Sightings so far… until SHIFTED IN SEATTLE that is.

    Learn the truth of Sasquatch’s stealthy past and sexy future…

    Shifted in Seattle – New Release!

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    No one’s ever captured a Sasquatch.
    Until now.

    Sasquatches have roamed the Pacific Northwest for centuries, hiding in the wilds of the northern territories and protected by the Lummi nation.

    When Seattle author Ethan Lane’s secret is exposed after a first date with Ruby Parsons goes wonderfully right, then horribly wrong, he’s faced with betraying his clan or losing his only chance at true love and a normal life.

    Sometimes love gets hairy.

     

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  • Sasquatch on tour: Shifted in Seattle book release. #paranormal #romance

    You can catch Sasquatch on tour with Goddess Fish at the following locations. Join in the fun of #FindingBigfoot

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    October 3: Romance Novel Giveaways – review
    October 4: The Reading Addict
    October 5: Welcome to My World of Dreams
    October 6: Book Lover Promo
    October 7: Megan Morgan
    October 10: Books,Dreams,Life
    October 10: Louise Lyndon Romance Author Hear Me Roar
    October 11: BooksChatter
    October 12: Fabulous and Brunette
    October 12: EskieMama Reads
    October 13: jbiggarblog
    October 14: fundinmental

    Shifted in Seattle – New Release!

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    No one’s ever captured a Sasquatch.
    Until now.

    Sasquatches have roamed the Pacific Northwest for centuries, hiding in the wilds of the northern territories and protected by the Lummi nation.

    When Seattle author Ethan Lane’s secret is exposed after a first date with Ruby Parsons goes wonderfully right, then horribly wrong, he’s faced with betraying his clan or losing his only chance at true love and a normal life.

    Sometimes love gets hairy.

     

     

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  • NEW RELEASE Shifted in Seattle: A Sexy Sasquatch Shifter Story #Bigfoot #paranormal #romance

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    NEW RELEASE
    Shifted in Seattle shifted_in_seattle_600x900All your Bigfoot questions will be answered…

    No one’s ever captured a Sasquatch.

    Until now.

    Sasquatches have roamed the Pacific Northwest for centuries, hiding in the wilds of the northern territories and protected by the Lummi nation.

    When Seattle author Ethan Lane’s secret is exposed after a first date with Ruby Parsons goes wonderfully right, then horribly wrong, he’s faced with betraying his clan or losing his only chance at true love and a normal life.

    Sometimes love gets hairy.

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    A Wicked Halloween Box Set
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    A set of paranormal romance tales that will thrill and chill you just in time for All Hallow’s Eve. With many of the stories set in Salem—the ultimate city for witchy, demon, and shape-shifting delight—these tales will enthrall you with their sexy heroes and spellbinding characters. Salem has never been this hot!

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  • A Sasquatch by any other name would smell as…yeah, bad. #Paranormal #Romance #Shifter #findingbigfoot

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    A rose by any other name would smell as sweet” is a frequently referenced part of William Shakespeare‘s play Romeo and Juliet – Wikipedia 

    Juliet had the right idea. Sometimes it doesn’t matter if your love interest is in the rival family or gang or clan or…a Sasquatch because love wins, my friend.

    My latest novel is a sexy Sasquatch shifter story. Shifted in Seattle and answers all sorts of questions for believers and nonbelievers alike, such as:

    Why has no one ever, in all these many years of stories and searching and sightings, captured a Bigfoot. Dead or alive?

    Why have there been no Bigfoot bones excavated?

    Why do nearly every nation and native peoples have Bigfoot stories passed down through oral tradition since time immemorial?

    Sasquatch is the most universally common name for the enigmatic, hairy, humanoid creature, which has eluded capture for centuries if not longer. The term Bigfoot wasn’t coined until 1958 when a set of mysterious tracks were found in Del Norte County, California.

    The Yeti is considered an entirely different beast. As is the Abominable Snowman. Even so, it’s my contention that they are all the same species, carefully concealed through the years by a curious ability and the help of native peoples.

    In China, they are known as Fei Fei and Ye Ren, which means Wild Man. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, they are known as Mystery Apes. In Australia, they are the Yowie. Brazilians call them Mapinguari.*

    No matter what flavor of Sasquatch you have in your neck of the woods, know one thing; Sasquatches need love too.

    Shifted in Seattle – Coming Oct. 3, 2016

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    No one’s ever captured a Sasquatch.
    Until now.

    Sasquatches have roamed the Pacific Northwest for centuries, hiding in the wilds of the northern territories and protected by the Lummi nation.

    When Seattle author Ethan Lane’s secret is exposed after a first date with Ruby Parsons goes wonderfully right, then horribly wrong, he’s faced with betraying his clan or losing his only chance at true love and a normal life.

    Sometimes love gets hairy.

     

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    *Source material Special Newsweek Edition BIGFOOT Topix Media Specials January 23, 2016

  • reSearching Sasquatch for Shifted In Seattle #Bigfoot #paranormal #romance

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    I did a lot of research for my sexy Sasquatch shifter story, Shifted in Seattle, before choosing my book’s setting. For most of us, the first place we think of when we picture a Bigfoot is probably the Pacific Northwest. So much lush secluded territory up there. If ever there was a place a Sasquatch could hide for a few centuries, that is it!

    The Lummi Nation features prominently in my story and guess what? There have been Bigfoot sightings there through the years.

    You can read three original newspaper articles about a few of the sightings here:

    * The Vancouver Sun, Wednesday, November 12, 1975, “Now It’s Sasquatch vs. the Indians”

    * San Francisco Chronicle, Wednesday, November 12, 1975,“Residents of a Pacific Northwest Indian Reservation Report a rash of sighting of Bigfoot”

    * Seattle Times, Saturday, November 15, 1975, “Sasquatch Reports Stir Up Reservation”

    There’s a reason Sasquatches hang around Indian reservations. Find out why..

    Shifted in Seattle – Coming Oct. 3, 2016

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    No one’s ever captured a Sasquatch.
    Until now.

    Sasquatches have roamed the Pacific Northwest for centuries, hiding in the wilds of the northern territories and protected by the Lummi nation.

    When Seattle author Ethan Lane’s secret is exposed after a first date with Ruby Parsons goes wonderfully right, then horribly wrong, he’s faced with betraying his clan or losing his only chance at true love and a normal life.

    Sometimes love gets hairy.

     

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  • When a Missed Connections ad leads to finding Bigfoot… #PNR #shifter # romance

    Shifted in Seattle all begins with this real-life Seattle Craigslist Missed Connections ad.

    H.P. Lovecraft: Stand-Up Comedian – m4w (Annex Theater) – Seattle

    Tuesday night, after the show, you and I flirted while in line for the bathroom. We agreed that even if the staff had to clean up a blood sacrifice, the place was still nicer than the streets below.

    You smiled at me as you took off, but there was no chance for me to get your name.

    Buy you a drink sometime? We might as well enjoy ourselves before Cthulhu rises…

    After seeing that ad, my writer wheels started turning. Seattle? Hmmm…lots of Sasquatch sightings in the Seattle area. What if…

    And a book was born.

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    No one’s ever captured a Sasquatch.
    Until now.

    Sasquatches have roamed the Pacific Northwest for centuries, hiding in the wilds of the northern territories and protected by the Lummi nation.

    When Seattle author Ethan Lane’s secret is exposed after a first date with Ruby Parsons goes wonderfully right, then horribly wrong, he’s faced with betraying his clan or losing his only chance at true love and a normal life.

    Sometimes love gets hairy.

     

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    Here are a few real-life Craiglist Missed Connections read for dramatic effect by my friends at The Mystery Hour.

     

    Have you ever placed or answered a Missed Connections ad? How did it turn out?