I haven't blogged much since I upgraded to the new website. I'm having a hard time making this blog format work for me. I wanted everything in one place. It's not working in one place. The rest of the site is awesome. This blog is not awesome. I can't insert pictures where I want them. I can't cut and paste in a link to anything. I have to type in the links manually. Some of the links I want to use are very long and involved. Hello Amazon book links. I don't want people running around all over the place to find my books and my blog and my stuff but...UGH.
Of course, I've more or less let blogging fall by the wayside in the last few months. I'm trying. It's been a really bad year. Really bad. I can't be positive and perky much anymore and it comes through in my posts. So much negative in my life right now. I don't know what to talk about. I can talk about my pets or my books. How many times can you hear about someone's cat before you just really wish they'd shut up? I feel like I'm beating a dead horse with the books. I mean there are 22 of them but most of them are old and I've talked about them until I'm blue in the face and singing to the choir.
I think I'm going to go back to my really old Blogger blog just to blog. I didn't like the wordpress blog, it wasn't easy to use either. I no longer post adult content so the reason I left blogger no longer exists. I have a tumblr account for adult content. Sooo...I think in the next day or so I'm going to put up a blog redirect and try to incorporate the old and the new and see if it works. That will be the next post.
Well, it's been a month. I haven't been here in that long. I've tweaked a bit as things became obsolete on the website. Real life isn't going so well. Stuff and bother.
Last Man Standing came out and went swiftly away. I guess would be the main thing. I removed every book from non-Amazon sites and went back to Kindle Unlimited in hopes of getting a few more readers. I gauge success and failure of a book by my own successes and failures. I can't use other books not my own to judge my own success. No one can. By Mercy standards both Diva and LMS are failures. Neither has sold even a fraction of what Offside Chance did in it's first month.
I know you're reading this and you are thinking that I'm whining and complaining. I don't know. Maybe I am. Maybe you read the books and loved them. If you did you are one of a very few. I thought it was a KU thing. I went back to KU because some page reads is better than no sales. Not many page reads.
It's not the book people wanted. It's the stories I needed to tell to get to the book people want. I'll wait until the last one comes out because cliff hangers.
Is it me?
Is it the market?
Did I not promote enough?
Did I offend?
Is it the series?
I have so many questions with no answers.
That will never be answered.
So...my plan for 2016 was to end the Scrimmage Series. I had one book planned. Just one. I ended up with two unplanned books in that series. Stories that needed to be told to tell the final book. I have a cover made for that final book. I had intended to have that book finished by the end of October so I could publish it by the end of November. It's the end of September and I can't seem to make myself open that file and pick up where I left the story.
I went too deep into this world for too long and now that the two books have failed...I can't find the will power to go into this world one more time.
I'm not saying I'm canceling the book. No. I'm not. I have to finish this now. Just not right now.
I'm going to postpone Blindsided until 2017. I need to take a break from football and drama and write something else. Or several other elses.
I don't know what I'm going to write. I've been in football book mode since December. I have so many little ideas. I ignore them because I have this big picture. This big plan. Get this last story out so I can move on. End it all and be free. People have waited for two years, nearly three for this book.
I need to not be in football book mode.
I need to step back, reassess. I don't know what to write or where I want to go. I have no story to tell right now. I'm hoping to take some stress off. Deal with some personal real life issues. And see what happens.
No I'm not retiring. Or quitting. Or whatever. And Blindsided will happen. Just not this year.
Other things...I, huh...well. It's fall. It's still hot where I live. It's still very summer like. Nothing exciting. Just daily life. The little kid goes to school. The husband is looking for work. The animals are spoiled. We're carrying on as if we mean to carry on. That's what life is. I guess.
Have you been around the website? I have signed print books available. There's the twincest book available. I might just write some filthy tabooie things that Amazon won't publish and put them up here. Who knows. It's hell watching your career spiral downward. Trying to be up and not worried....anyway...hope your weekend is nice. Hope you're having a lovely fall.
It's been nearly a week since LMS went live everywhere. I haven't updated the website yet. My apologies. Anyway it's out. I haven't arranged formatting for a print version yet. I'm hesitating. Don't do the pre-order for the print yet. I'm not sure if I'm going to bother with a print. Anyway, Raf and Sully are out there. You'll need them for Blindsided. Blindsided might be delayed. Maybe until January. I'm working on it but it's going slowly.
So, hope you're enjoying your last weekend in August. Football pre-season is coming to an end. I'm ready for fall and real ball.
You can find Last Man Standing at these fine places.
The book I didn't plan to write is releasing this weekend. Monday August 22nd is the scheduled release date and for the first time in my self publishing career I've stuck to the date. Mostly.
By mostly I mean that after a minor kickback for formatting issues, Amazon has accepted the manuscript and it has gone into publishing mode. It should be released at midnight Sunday night. For those of you who pre-ordered it, you should get it first.
It's also in pre-order mode on iBooks, but with a release date of the 20th. I've hit publish on Barnes and Noble (Nook) because it can take up to three days for them to release a book and they don't allow pre-orders (at least not for lowly ol' indie me). I'm holding All Romance until one of the other sites goes live...but yes, it will be live everywhere by Sunday midnight. I hope, I've never done a pre-order sale before and I've seen where other authors have had the original holder manuscript published instead of the finished manuscript. If you don't have a table of contents or a copyright page, it's not the finished manuscript. So worried about that.
Also if you really really want it early, you can buy it directly from this site for a dollar off right now. Just click the banner link above and look for the cover.
Okay, so about LMS....do you need to read it to read Blindsided later this year? Yes. LMS directly coincides with the beginning of Blindsided. The two new characters are players in the final book and their story is part of that plot. You'll find out why when you read it.
Reviewers: I have one request...please don't spoil the AH HA moment. I'm sure you've had it. Every beta reader had it. That one moment when they all went. AH HA. Don't spoil that.
I'm nervous. This is my 22nd published title. It's different from the rest of the series. There's a lot of sex. There is some kink. It's a look at the main players from outside eyes.
I hope you like it.
Buy links that are live are listed on the book's title page above. Other links will come available as the book goes live there.
But we all knew that already.
Hi and Welcome to Mercy 2.0 in which Mercy tries to become an entrepreneur or some such rubbish.
I have a brand new website. One that actually looks good. Unlike the previous attempt at a site that was kinda...eep.
Two months in the making...mostly because I spent the first four or five weeks thinking I could do this when in fact it took me an hour just to figure out how to change text out in a text box. Never mind design and functionality which I can't do even if I had all of the time in the world.
I contacted my friend Lynley Wayne at Digitally Imagined for help. And then proceeded to torment her for month.... lots of files had to be created and shared. The whole banner selection process. The overall look and feel.
In the end the cost was well worth it. Lynley is napping now. She deserves a nice long nap after what I put her through.
Anyway, hi and welcome to the new place. I hope you like it. I have new features. A direct from site book sales link.
Please do me one favor if you find an issue with any of the links or the checkout process please let me know so I can fix it. Oh and sign up for my newsletter. I've never had a newsletter before. I'm told it's the thing to have. It will come out once a month...and it might have info on exclusive content and possibly giveaways.
Make yourself at home, let me know if I can get you a sweet tea or a lemonade.