#THELEFTOVERBRIDE, kickstarter

* Insert upbeat message here*

Less than 48 hours to go for my Kickstarter project and still 64% to go: *Insert upbeat message here*. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to grab one of the amazing rewards (starting at $1).

It is “all or nothing”, meaning the project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Tuesday, July 19th (8.30 EDT).

(PS: if you’re receiving this post in your email, you signed up at some point on my website  If you no longer want to receive those blog posts, there’s a little “unsubscribe” at the bottom of your email.)

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#THELEFTOVERBRIDE, kickstarter

Less than 70 hours to go …

Less than 70 hours to go: Don’t miss out on the opportunity to grab one of the amazing rewards (starting at $1).

It is “all or nothing”, meaning the project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Tuesday, July 19th (8.30 EDT).

(PS: if you’re receiving this post in your email, you signed up at some point on my website  If you no longer want to receive those blog posts, there’s a little “unsubscribe” at the bottom of your email.)

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#THELEFTOVERBRIDE, kickstarter

Three reasons I’m running a Kickstarter campaign…

Three reasons I am giving Kickstarter a try for my upcoming audiobook…

Full disclosure: the campaign is still ongoing and is currently funded at 30% … So, not sure if I’ll be successful with it or not. And this post is both aimed to be informative and to maybe also spur a few of you to back this project.

Communication is key, right?

You can’t back a project you don’t know about. And transparency is important. Can you tell I used to work as a press officer?

If you don’t know, on Kickstarter, you can pledge amounts for rewards (or just because you want to support a project). The creator is the one coming up with the rewards. Your pledge is only debited if the full project is funded.

So, for this project, the rewards range from: a digital postcard, to talking to me about self-publishing, an early copy of the audiobook, your name in the credits, choosing a name in an upcoming novel/novella, signed copies and so much more… Backers support a creative process. You basically become a “patron of the arts”.

Here are the three reasons I am giving Kickstarter a try this time around.

  1. The Kickstarter can serve as a pre-order for the audiobook. All rewards backers can choose (except the $1 reward) include the audiobook. It’s a win-win for listeners since they receive the audiobook ahead of publication (all they have to do is download an app to listen to it) and it is cheaper than it will be after publication. For me, that means that I receive almost the entire price of the audiobook instead of a much lower royalty when a listener purchases it online and can then use the project funding to compensate my narrator…
  2. I want to distribute the audiobook to libraries. To do so, I cannot have the book exclusive to audible. That means I cannot do a so-called royalty-share plus agreement via ACX with my narrator. This also means I need to compensate my wonderful narrator a higher price per finished hour. Trust me, narrating, mastering and editing an audiobook is a very demanding job. You not only have to be a talented narrator; you also need to be tech savvy and have the needed software.
  3. Financing the project via Kickstarter enables me to not put money up-front—except to run a very low-budget ad. This allows me to use parts of my budget for other projects. Being a self-published author means I remunerate an editor, a copy editor for my books. I have software costs and marketing costs. I also have an ad budget and a translation budget. In addition, if you sell books on certain retailers, you only get paid for those sales about two months later. Financing the audiobook via Kickstarter might enable me to realize other projects during 2022, such as more bilingual books.

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Ep. 60 – Writing process, the writing craft and advice from TikTok (Thank you so much!)… A self-published author's diary

Today, I give you an update on my social media marketing, how writing for Kindle Vella is helping me not only keep a schedule but also going back to my Margie Lawson's lecture packet on deep editing. I also share writing advice writers would give someone who's just starting.  Mentioned in this episode: TikTok video asking writers for advice they would give someone who's just starting. Margie Lawson's lecture packets (Deep Editing, Rhetorical Devices, and More & Visceral Rules: Beyond Hammering Hearts) : https://www.margielawson.com/lecture-packets/ Save the Cat Writes A Novel by Jessica Brody: https://www.jessicabrody.com/books/non-fiction/save-cat-writes-novel/about/ Gwen Hayes Scrivener Template: http://gwenhayes.com/free-stuff/ – Jami Gold also has an excel template: https://jamigold.com/for-writers/worksheets-for-writers/#Romance-Beat-Sheet Libby Hawker's Take Off Your Pants!: Outline Your Books for Faster, Better Writing. (Not mentioned but should have been :-)): Jami Gold – Calling all Scrivener using over achievers… https://jamigold.com/2018/01/calling-all-scrivener-using-over-achievers/ L. Penelope's podcast: https://lpenelope.com/podcast/ Ways to help Ukraine: A few ways to help Ukrainians:  https://snyder.substack.com/p/a-few-ways-to-help-ukrainians?utm_source=url&fbclid=IwAR1tRHYwpS0z9XOtaMafpVuequlTEuRKcs74bEEpeCUAXHtPOardfnQe15k     List of charities to support Ukraine by subject: https://www.reddit.com/r/ukraine/comments/s6g5un/want_to_support_ukraine_heres_a_list_of_charities/    If you're in Germany: https://zez.am/act.now.by.klitschko   If you're in France: https://parrainage.refugies.info/ Ukraine Media Crisis Center How To Help: https://uacrisis.org/en/help-ukraine As always: Ask me a question (per email: authorelodienowodazkij AT gmail.com or by leaving me a voicemail: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/message)   Follow A Self-Published Author's Diary on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aselfpublishedauthorsdiary     Visit my website: http://www.elodienowodazkij.com    I'm on TikTok: @elodienowodazkij and the podcast too: @aselfpubbedauthorsdiary — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/support

#THELEFTOVERBRIDE, kickstarter

I have an announcement: Kickstarter Project…

I may have spent ten minutes trying to come up with the perfect headline for this blog post. How to grab your attention within a minute and make sure you either click on the link or read this post in your email…

Oh, and I think I’m supposed to exude absolute confidence – DOH.

Keeping it short:

  1. I have a kickstarter project for #TheLeftoverBride audiobook.
  2. You can already save the project TODAY.
  3. Why “TODAY” in all caps? Well, because by saving it today, you’ll be the first to know when it launches and can grab some of the very limited reward items. Plus, if you click on “notify me” before Monday, June 27th, send me an email and I’ll send you an exclusive short preview of #SweetsForLove (authorelodienowodazkij AT gmail DOT com)…And last but not least, seeing that number climbs does give me endorphins.
  4. How can you save the project?: You need to create a kickstarter account and click “Notify Me On Launch” – that’s it.

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Let's talk Kindle Vella: metrics, bonus, and why I enjoy writing serialized fiction, too. A self-published author's diary

Today is another episode about Kindle Vella. Now that I've been on the platform for more than nine months, I thought I'd do a recap. Mentioned in the episode: HB90 with Sarra Cannon: 90 day planning for authors – https://heartbreathings.teachable.com/p/hb90-bootcamp Becca Syme: https://betterfasteracademy.com/ My books: https://elodienowodazkij.com/my-books/ My direct store for personalized signed paperback copies: https://payhip.com/Elodiesbooks/collection/signed-paperback-copies As always: Ask me a question (per email: authorelodienowodazkij AT gmail.com or by leaving me a voicemail: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/message) Follow A Self-Published Author's Diary on Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/aselfpublishedauthorsdiary Visit my website: http://www.elodienowodazkij.com I'm on TikTok: @elodienowodazkij and the podcast too: @aselfpubbedauthorsdiary Buy me a coffee: ko-fi.com/aselfpublishedauthorsdiary Become a monthly a podcast supporter (starting at $0.99 per month): anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/support — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/support
  1. Let's talk Kindle Vella: metrics, bonus, and why I enjoy writing serialized fiction, too.
  2. BONUS – Three Black Friday Deals For Writers (2022)
  3. Defining "success" as a self-published author …
  4. Kickstarter for Authors: What To Do When Your Kickstarter Does Not Get Funded … (and what I would do differently)
  5. Ten days after my latest book release (sold copies, reviews and what comes next) and a peek inside this author's day on release day.
  6. Trying out a new book review strategy and SO MANY emotions about the release of #SweetsForLove
  7. Announcements: Summer Break and Self-Publishing/Writing Ask Me Anything
  8. Self-publishing reflection: planning and goals (Vella, novellas, marketing and more…)
  9. REPLAY – How my self-published book A SUMMER LIKE NO OTHER became a success…
  10. Ep. 62 – The ups and downs of self-publishing (including the words every romance author wants to hear…)
#THELEFTOVERBRIDE

#TheLeftoverBride Media Kit is here!

#TheLeftoverBride Media Kit is here and you can access the full pdf here or by scrolling below. It includes: summary, buy links, link to cover picture, early reviews, author bio and author picture, author interview and more..

For fans of second chance romance novels, holiday romance novels, rom-coms, and small-town romance novels.

All Sorcha O’Connor wants for Christmas is for her life to turn into a Hallmark movie—but sexier. Ryan Sawyer has a few things on his wishlist, such as staying away from Swans Cove and getting his career back on track. And he wants Sorcha. Always has, always will.

When wedding dress designer Sorcha O’Connor got stranded at the altar and went viral as #TheLeftoverBride, she lost her fiancé, her thriving business, and her dreams. To forget the upcoming first anniversary of that fateful day, Sorcha is ticking items off her “31 Things to Do Before the 31st” list and working day and night to get her life back on track. Not on her list? Falling for her former best friend, Ryan Sawyer. Again.

Ryan Sawyer skated out of Swans Cove right out of high school. Since then, he busted his ass, making sure he always had the perfect excuse to stay away: hockey. But even his own hashtag, #HockeyHottie, couldn’t keep his injuries from possibly shattering his career. With the holidays and his mother’s birthday coming up, Ryan’s back in Swans Cove for a quick visit. Even though he’s supposed to lay low, he can’t stop thinking about Sorcha, the redhead who knows him better than even his therapist.

When Sorcha’s former #RunawayGroom becomes the Most Coveted Bachelor in America, virtual eyes turn to Sorcha again. This time, Ryan won’t bolt—even as Sorcha blurts out on national TV that both she and Ryan are working on their so-called “Happy Lists” over the holidays…together.

Will the spotlight finally work in Sorcha and Ryan’s favor? Or will their past—and their hashtags—get in the way of their Happily Ever After?

#TheLeftoverBride is a second chance romance set during the holiday season in a small town on Maryland’s Eastern Shore: full of laughter and heartwarming moments (and some sexy moments), checklists, family dynamics, a stubborn cat, and a rescue dog.

Link to cover picture.

  • Second chance holiday rom-com;
  • Wedding dress designer & injured hockey player (not a sports romance);
  • Small town romance;
  • Funny & sexy w/ OCD & anxiety rep.;
  • Viral moment gone wrong;
  • Bucket lists, cute pets, family dynamics…

Available on

Early reviews:

“This book is so much fun! The perfect combination of romance, angst, and humor, it’s your favorite Hallmark movie’s sassier, sexier cousin. ” (Amazon reviewer)

“Sweet, sassy and fun!” (Amazon reviewer)

“The Leftover Bride is one of the perfect books to help get me ready for the holiday season. It’s got a great cozy feel to it w/out being sticky sweet and unbearable. I will say that if you are looking for a sports romance, this is not the book for you. Yes the H is an injured hockey player, but if you read the synopsis you will see that he returning to his home town and not currently playing due to said injuries. So, don’t one click expecting a lot of sport references and what not. You should however one click this if you are looking for a fun story with lots of chemistry set during the holidays!

I hate reviews that recap the entire book, so this isn’t one of those (obviously) but here’s a quick little check list:

1. Animals and their antics! (check)

2. Intense chemistry between the H and h (check)

3. Angst (check)

4. Light hearted moments (check)

5. Immensely enjoyable (double check)”

(Amazon reviewer)

About the author:

Elodie Nowodazkij writes about first times, second chances, things that scare the crap out of her and things that make her laugh out loud. She was raised in a tiny village in France, where she could always be found a book in hand. At nineteen, she moved to the US, where she learned she’d never lose her French accent. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Modern Language & Linguistics, and later earned master’s degrees in German Cultural Studies and European Studies. Unbeknownst to her professors, she sometimes drafted stories in class. Now she lives close to DC with her husband, Plato The Dog and Bobbie Voltaire The Cat. She’s also a serial smiley user, an audiobook narrator, a freelance researcher, has a weekly podcast and is learning how to code.

Link to author picture.

Find Elodie online:

How to pronounce Elodie Nowodazkij?

If you’d like to know how to pronounce Elodie Nowodazkij, you can listen to the pronunciation (by the author) here.

A few things you may not know about Elodie Nowodazkij:

  • She met the Nobel Prize of Economics 2014 before he received the prize at a conference and he helped her with her suitcase.
  • She was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in October 2017. After many treatments, including an autologous stem cell transplant, she’s currently in remission and regularly raises awareness and money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society as well as the Ulman Foundation. She’s written several blog articles on the topic.
  • She’s a hybrid author: both indie author and traditionally published. Several of her books were indeed published in France via a traditional publisher.
  • She speaks three languages fluently (English, French and German) and a tiny bit of Spanish and Russian.
  • She loves food, all kinds of food but always drops something at the most inappropriate time like during a business lunch in an 15th century dining room with very important people at the table. The key is to continue talking as if nothing happened and smile.
  • She shook the hand of the former Chancellor of Germany and the current Prime Minister of Italy.
  • She broke her arm in two places when she was about twelve…her gym teacher didn’t believe her at first and told her to shake it off.
  • She spent lots of my time at her grandparents after breaking her arm and freaked out because the cast was red. She convinced herself she was bleeding profusely. Her grandma had a hard time making her understand the red on her cast was just the reflection of kitchen tiles…

Interview with the author:

  • Where did you get the idea for this book?

I started writing this book after my autologous stem cell transplant and wanted to write something that made me smile and laugh. The meeting of Ryan and Sorcha in the parking lot is the first scene that came to me and after that, I needed to write the rest to see what happened between them. And writing that book definitely made me smile and laugh and swoon.

  • What traits and other tidbits do you share with your main character?

I love food. All types of food. And I’m very lucky my husband enjoys cooking and loves food as well, so we get to try out new recipes and new restaurants together.
After my stem cell transplant, I had a difficult time with OCD in addition to anxiety and I used some of that experience to inform my writing of Sorcha (even if our OCDs are not exactly similar).

I love my sisters and my family and I think that has definitely influenced how I wrote Aisling and Roisin (and the entire O’Connor family). 😊

  • Did any of your inspiration for this book originate in your real life experiences?

Swans Cove and Ryan’s house. The name “Swans Cove” originate from a writing retreat I did in March 2020. It was my first weekend away since September 2019 and the last weekend away until July 2021. The house we stayed at had a gorgeous water view with a lot of swans. It definitely inspired Ryan’s house and the name Swans Cove was the result of a brainstorming with my writer friends.

  • What was the most fun about writing #TheLeftoverBride?

I love writing second chance romances, especially with couples who were together when they were in high school and see how they can make it work years later. Sorcha and Ryan were fun to write because of their friendship in addition to their chemistry. And they have a lot of chemistry. 😊 Putting them into funny situations made me smile.

Another real fun part to write? Writing Tiramisu The Cat and Fluffy Napoleon The Dog. They’re just adorable and so cute.

  • Do you have another project in the works? If so, what is it/what are they?

So. Many. I’m currently outlining and drafting #SweetsForLove (Aisling’s story) as I’m gearing for the French translation of #TheLeftoverBride to be published mid December 2021. I’m also outlining Miss Me, Miss Me Not: the fourth book in my Gavert City series. If you like the TV show Criminal Minds, this series is for you. And I’m drafting a new adult contemporary romance novella which I will publish under a pen name. Projects after projects. 😊

#TheLeftoverBride Book Club Kit

If you’d like to discuss #TheLeftoverBride with your book club, don’t hesitate to use the book club kit (including possible discussion questions).

Available as pdf or online.

Other books by Elodie Nowodazkij

For details on all Elodie’s books, visit: https://elodienowodazkij.com/my-books/

  • A Summer Like No Other (Nick & Em #1)
  • Always Second Best (Nick & Em #2)
  • One Dream Only (Natalya’s story prequel)
  • One Two Three (Natalya’s story)
  • Love In B Minor (Lucas & Jen’s story)

Gavert City series: romantic suspense

  • Fear Me, Fear Me Not (Erin & Dimitri)
  • See Me, See Me Not (Tessa & Luke)
  • Trust Me, Trust Me Not (Lacey & Hunter)
  • Miss Me, Miss Me Not (Nadia & Gabriel – coming soon)

Books available as audiobook:

  • Fear Me, Fear Me Not (Narrated by Megan Carter)
  • See Me, See Me Not (Narrated by Megan Carter)
  • A Summer Like No Other (Narrated by Megan Carter)
  • Love in B Minor (Narrated by Kasi Hollowel)

Bilingual books:

  • If you’re learning another language, Elodie has several books (One Dream Only & A Summer Like No Other especially) available as bilingual edition (English/French, English/German, English/Italian and more…). She’s in the process of adding Duo Bilingue as author and editor for all her bilingual editions.

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Oh, and did you know I have a podcast about being an indie author?

Let's talk Kindle Vella: metrics, bonus, and why I enjoy writing serialized fiction, too. A self-published author's diary

Today is another episode about Kindle Vella. Now that I've been on the platform for more than nine months, I thought I'd do a recap. Mentioned in the episode: HB90 with Sarra Cannon: 90 day planning for authors – https://heartbreathings.teachable.com/p/hb90-bootcamp Becca Syme: https://betterfasteracademy.com/ My books: https://elodienowodazkij.com/my-books/ My direct store for personalized signed paperback copies: https://payhip.com/Elodiesbooks/collection/signed-paperback-copies As always: Ask me a question (per email: authorelodienowodazkij AT gmail.com or by leaving me a voicemail: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/message) Follow A Self-Published Author's Diary on Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/aselfpublishedauthorsdiary Visit my website: http://www.elodienowodazkij.com I'm on TikTok: @elodienowodazkij and the podcast too: @aselfpubbedauthorsdiary Buy me a coffee: ko-fi.com/aselfpublishedauthorsdiary Become a monthly a podcast supporter (starting at $0.99 per month): anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/support — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/support
  1. Let's talk Kindle Vella: metrics, bonus, and why I enjoy writing serialized fiction, too.
  2. BONUS – Three Black Friday Deals For Writers (2022)
  3. Defining "success" as a self-published author …
  4. Kickstarter for Authors: What To Do When Your Kickstarter Does Not Get Funded … (and what I would do differently)
  5. Ten days after my latest book release (sold copies, reviews and what comes next) and a peek inside this author's day on release day.
#THELEFTOVERBRIDE

#TheLeftoverBride is available as hardcover!

Did you know that #TheLeftoverBride is now available as hardcover on Amazon? 🙂

It is also available in Kindle Unlimited/Kindle and as paperback...

For fans of second chance romance novels, holiday romance novels, rom-coms, and small-town romance novels. Make sure you one-click this “Hallmark movie’s sexier and sassier cousin”…

All Sorcha O’Connor wants for Christmas is for her life to turn into a Hallmark movie—but sexier. Ryan Sawyer has a few things on his wishlist, such as staying away from Swans Cove and getting his career back on track. And he wants Sorcha. Always has, always will.

When wedding dress designer Sorcha O’Connor got stranded at the altar and went viral as #TheLeftoverBride, she lost her fiancé, her thriving business, and her dreams. To forget the upcoming first anniversary of that fateful day, Sorcha is ticking items off her “31 Things to Do Before the 31st” list and working day and night to get her life back on track. Not on her list? Falling for her former best friend, Ryan Sawyer. Again.

Ryan Sawyer skated out of Swans Cove right out of high school. Since then, he busted his ass, making sure he always had the perfect excuse to stay away: hockey. But even his own hashtag, #HockeyHottie, couldn’t keep his injuries from possibly shattering his career. With the holidays and his mother’s birthday coming up, Ryan’s back in Swans Cove for a quick visit. Even though he’s supposed to lay low, he can’t stop thinking about Sorcha, the redhead who knows him better than even his therapist.

When Sorcha’s former #RunawayGroom becomes the Most Coveted Bachelor in America, virtual eyes turn to Sorcha again. This time, Ryan won’t bolt—even as Sorcha blurts out on national TV that both she and Ryan are working on their so-called “Happy Lists” over the holidays…together.

Will the spotlight finally work in Sorcha and Ryan’s favor? Or will their past—and their hashtags—get in the way of their Happily Ever After?

Scroll up and one-click today “if you’re in the mood for a fun story with lots of chemistry set during the holidays”!

#TheLeftoverBride is a second chance romance set during the holiday season in a small town on Maryland’s Eastern Shore: full of laughter and heartwarming moments (and some sexy moments), checklists, family dynamics, a stubborn cat, and a rescue dog.

What do readers say about #TheLeftoverBride?

Readers are loving #TheLeftoverBride. Here are a few reviews…

This book is so much fun! The perfect combination of romance, angst, and humor, it’s your favorite Hallmark movie’s sassier, sexier cousin.

Amazon reviewer

Great book to get you in the holiday spirit. Super cute and loving. 

Netgalley reviewer

I loved it. (…) It was sweet and sprinkled with funny scenes, romantic angst and steamy moments, but it also had a unique way of seeming real and relatable.

Netgalley reviewer

Thank you so much for reading!

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Oh, and did you know I have a podcast about being an indie author?

Let's talk Kindle Vella: metrics, bonus, and why I enjoy writing serialized fiction, too. A self-published author's diary

Today is another episode about Kindle Vella. Now that I've been on the platform for more than nine months, I thought I'd do a recap. Mentioned in the episode: HB90 with Sarra Cannon: 90 day planning for authors – https://heartbreathings.teachable.com/p/hb90-bootcamp Becca Syme: https://betterfasteracademy.com/ My books: https://elodienowodazkij.com/my-books/ My direct store for personalized signed paperback copies: https://payhip.com/Elodiesbooks/collection/signed-paperback-copies As always: Ask me a question (per email: authorelodienowodazkij AT gmail.com or by leaving me a voicemail: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/message) Follow A Self-Published Author's Diary on Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/aselfpublishedauthorsdiary Visit my website: http://www.elodienowodazkij.com I'm on TikTok: @elodienowodazkij and the podcast too: @aselfpubbedauthorsdiary Buy me a coffee: ko-fi.com/aselfpublishedauthorsdiary Become a monthly a podcast supporter (starting at $0.99 per month): anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/support — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/support
  1. Let's talk Kindle Vella: metrics, bonus, and why I enjoy writing serialized fiction, too.
  2. BONUS – Three Black Friday Deals For Writers (2022)
  3. Defining "success" as a self-published author …
  4. Kickstarter for Authors: What To Do When Your Kickstarter Does Not Get Funded … (and what I would do differently)
  5. Ten days after my latest book release (sold copies, reviews and what comes next) and a peek inside this author's day on release day.
#THELEFTOVERBRIDE

More reviews for #TheLeftoverBride !

The reviews for #TheLeftoverBride are still coming in. And readers are falling in love with Sorcha and Ryan and Swans Cove….

Have you already grabbed your copy? (Amazon Kindle & Kindle Unlimited PaperbackHardcover)

Perfect book for the Holiday season! Would make a perfect Hallmark movie! Sorcha and Ryan are one steamy couple! I loved the small town story and how they both were “famous” in their own way. I would love to see where their story goes from here. A sequel perhaps?

Netgalley reviewer

The characters are heartwarming as they reconnect and work on getting their lives back in order. Having the background of best friends, they can support each other and laugh much easier than strangers could. The storyline has plenty of drama, laughs, big decisions, surprises and steam. Loved the situations, time of year and the locale that pulls it all together. Can not wait to see where this series goes next..

Amazon reviewer

Don’t let this one sitting around! The Leftover Bride is one of the perfect books to help get me ready for the holiday season. It’s got a great cozy feel to it w/out being sticky sweet and unbearable. I will say that if you are looking for a sports romance, this is not the book for you. Yes the H is an injured hockey player, but if you read the synopsis you will see that he returning to his home town and not currently playing due to said injuries. So, don’t one click expecting a lot of sport references and what not. You should however one click this if you are looking for a fun story with lots of chemistry set during the holidays!

Amazon reviewer

Let's talk Kindle Vella: metrics, bonus, and why I enjoy writing serialized fiction, too. A self-published author's diary

Today is another episode about Kindle Vella. Now that I've been on the platform for more than nine months, I thought I'd do a recap. Mentioned in the episode: HB90 with Sarra Cannon: 90 day planning for authors – https://heartbreathings.teachable.com/p/hb90-bootcamp Becca Syme: https://betterfasteracademy.com/ My books: https://elodienowodazkij.com/my-books/ My direct store for personalized signed paperback copies: https://payhip.com/Elodiesbooks/collection/signed-paperback-copies As always: Ask me a question (per email: authorelodienowodazkij AT gmail.com or by leaving me a voicemail: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/message) Follow A Self-Published Author's Diary on Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/aselfpublishedauthorsdiary Visit my website: http://www.elodienowodazkij.com I'm on TikTok: @elodienowodazkij and the podcast too: @aselfpubbedauthorsdiary Buy me a coffee: ko-fi.com/aselfpublishedauthorsdiary Become a monthly a podcast supporter (starting at $0.99 per month): anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/support — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/support
  1. Let's talk Kindle Vella: metrics, bonus, and why I enjoy writing serialized fiction, too.
  2. BONUS – Three Black Friday Deals For Writers (2022)
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#THELEFTOVERBRIDE

#TheLeftoverBride Book Club Kit

Are you thinking about reading #TheLeftoverBride with your book club? This book club kit includes possible discussion questions as well as behind-the-scenes info and more… Click here to access the pdf.

“This book is so much fun! The perfect combination of romance, angst, and humor, it’s your favorite Hallmark movie’s sassier, sexier cousin.”

Amazon reviewer

All Sorcha O’Connor wants for Christmas is for her life to turn into a Hallmark movie—but sexier. Ryan Sawyer has a few things on his wishlist, such as staying away from Swans Cove and getting his NHL career back. And he wants Sorcha. Always has, always will.

A little excerpt:

He shouldn’t be here. He moved to the West Coast right after high school. The first chance he got to leave our little town? He grabbed it with both hands and never skated back here. And now what? He shows up unannounced in my parking lot? In snow boots, jeans that hug his strong thighs, and a parka that doesn’t hide his muscular frame.
Everywhere he goes, Ryan Sawyer always looks like he owns the place.
Like he owns a piece of my heart.
And goddamn him, he does.

Grab your copy of #TheLeftoverBride:

Would you like to invite the author (virtually) to your book club?

Don’t hesitate to email me directly: authorelodienowodazkij@gmail.com to check her availability. I would either participate at a Q&A at the beginning or end of your book club or I could join the discussion (up to 45 minutes). If you’re wondering how to pronounce my name, click here. Oh, and Plato the Dog as well as Bobbie Voltaire the Cat may do a special appearance (but this is not guaranteed).

Possible topics of discussion & questions.

Question 1:

Second chance romance: why do you think Sorcha and Ryan were able to make it work this time around? What other second chance romance books have you read?

Question 2:

Sorcha, Ryan and Nathan all have very different experience with their stories and themselves going viral. Why do you think that is? How do you think you would react if a moment of your life went viral?

Question 3:

In Chapter 3, Sorcha says, “You can get warm and fuzzy feelings for characters with a redeeming storyline. Right? Asking for me.”: What do you think? What “difficult” topics are part of this romantic comedy? In Sorcha’s life? And in Ryan’s?

Question 4:

Sorcha and Ryan’s lists: What top 3 items would you have on a “List of Things To Do Before …”?

Question 5:

Ryan’s injuries may have pushed him to come back to Swans Cove but do you think his return had been brewing no matter what? Why?

Question 6:

#TheLeftoverBride is set up in a small town in Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Do you think the story would have been different if it was set up in a big city? Why?

Question 7:

The story starts a few days before Christmas and ends a bit after New Year’s Eve, including a polar bear plunge: have you ever participated in one? How do you think the family dynamics played a role within this context?

Question 8:

Who would be your dream casting for #TheLeftoverBride?

Question 9:

What moment(s) in #TheLeftoverBride made you smile?

Little known facts about #TheLeftoverBride (from the author):

Did you know that in a previous draft …

  • Sorcha had four siblings instead of three.
  • Sorcha didn’t live with her sister but with her best friend.
  • Pops and Ryan’s father were the same, then I split them into two different characters. 
  • The Christmas scene was way, way different: the grandparents were also present and there was a big big fight during that evening, where people slammed doors and left. There’s still some tension but the sweet and then funny scenes weren’t there.
  • Sorcha and Ryan didn’t have that big fight in the bar – they had it later.
  • Ryan was a baseball player. While this isn’t a sports romance, hockey plays a part into who Ryan is – and he just wasn’t a baseball player.
  • Nathan and Ryan had never crossed paths before.
  • When Pops and Ryan’s father were the same character, he didn’t like Sorcha.
  • The dog Sorcha adopted was a beagle at first – but knowing how much beagles bay, I thought it would be hard in the apartment. Plus, when we adopted Plato The Dog with The Chemical Engineer, he was already two years-old and it took us a bit of time to housetrain him. And with Sorcha so busy I didn’t think it would work or would need way more scenes to make it work. So the beagle became a dog in the shelter, ready to be picked up by a Beagle Rescue Association and that beagle is now in the epilogue.

The magic of revision:

See the magic of revision by looking at one paragraph with track-changes…

Ryan & Sorcha’s Favorite Book Club Snacks:

  • Sorcha would ask Aisling and Ava to help her bake cookies: the ones with marshmallows and chocolate and butternut scotch. And then, she’d bring a cheese plate with delicious crackers.
  • Ryan… well, Ryan might have to go all the way. First, he would bake snickerdoodles because those are his favorite cookies (even if he doesn’t bake super often) and he would bring Goldfish because these were, apparently, some of Julia Child’s favorite snacks. Then, he would bring jalapeno poppers filled with crab cake and he might try his hand at Julia Child’s Spinach Souffle.

About Elodie (Newsletter with bonus scenes, Readers’ Group, Podcast, and more).

  1. If you’d like to receive #TheLeftoverBride bonus scenes, make sure you sign up to Elodie’s newsletter.
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  3. Are you interested in the behind-the-scenes of writing and publishing? Elodie has just the podcast for you.

Happy Reading!

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Let's talk Kindle Vella: metrics, bonus, and why I enjoy writing serialized fiction, too. A self-published author's diary

Today is another episode about Kindle Vella. Now that I've been on the platform for more than nine months, I thought I'd do a recap. Mentioned in the episode: HB90 with Sarra Cannon: 90 day planning for authors – https://heartbreathings.teachable.com/p/hb90-bootcamp Becca Syme: https://betterfasteracademy.com/ My books: https://elodienowodazkij.com/my-books/ My direct store for personalized signed paperback copies: https://payhip.com/Elodiesbooks/collection/signed-paperback-copies As always: Ask me a question (per email: authorelodienowodazkij AT gmail.com or by leaving me a voicemail: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/message) Follow A Self-Published Author's Diary on Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/aselfpublishedauthorsdiary Visit my website: http://www.elodienowodazkij.com I'm on TikTok: @elodienowodazkij and the podcast too: @aselfpubbedauthorsdiary Buy me a coffee: ko-fi.com/aselfpublishedauthorsdiary Become a monthly a podcast supporter (starting at $0.99 per month): anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/support — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/support
  1. Let's talk Kindle Vella: metrics, bonus, and why I enjoy writing serialized fiction, too.
  2. BONUS – Three Black Friday Deals For Writers (2022)
  3. Defining "success" as a self-published author …
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  5. Ten days after my latest book release (sold copies, reviews and what comes next) and a peek inside this author's day on release day.
#THELEFTOVERBRIDE

The reviews are in for #TheLeftoverBride and they are raving!

The reviews for #TheLeftoverBride are in. And they are raving… Have you already grabbed your copy? (Amazon Kindle & Kindle Unlimited Paperback)

The story was enjoyable and kept my attention from beginning to end. Humor really makes a difference for me and the author sprinkled it liberally throughout. Well done!

Amazon Top 500 reviewer

Sweet, sassy and fun! (…) This story reads like a Christmas Hallmark movie with lots of STEAMY moments and I’m excited to see where she takes the next story in this romantic series.

Amazon reviewer

This book is so much fun! The perfect combination of romance, angst, and humor, it’s your favorite Hallmark movie’s sassier, sexier cousin.

Amazon reviewer

Great job by the author letting me escape reality into a funny but believable and hot romance!

Amazon reviewer

Another great book!

Amazon reviewer

The Leftover Bride was one of the best books I’ve read in a while (…) It’s like a Hallmark movie, only better.

Amazon reviewer

 (…) a Hallmark worthy light fun read. 

Amazon reviewer

Let's talk Kindle Vella: metrics, bonus, and why I enjoy writing serialized fiction, too. A self-published author's diary

Today is another episode about Kindle Vella. Now that I've been on the platform for more than nine months, I thought I'd do a recap. Mentioned in the episode: HB90 with Sarra Cannon: 90 day planning for authors – https://heartbreathings.teachable.com/p/hb90-bootcamp Becca Syme: https://betterfasteracademy.com/ My books: https://elodienowodazkij.com/my-books/ My direct store for personalized signed paperback copies: https://payhip.com/Elodiesbooks/collection/signed-paperback-copies As always: Ask me a question (per email: authorelodienowodazkij AT gmail.com or by leaving me a voicemail: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/message) Follow A Self-Published Author's Diary on Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/aselfpublishedauthorsdiary Visit my website: http://www.elodienowodazkij.com I'm on TikTok: @elodienowodazkij and the podcast too: @aselfpubbedauthorsdiary Buy me a coffee: ko-fi.com/aselfpublishedauthorsdiary Become a monthly a podcast supporter (starting at $0.99 per month): anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/support — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/support
  1. Let's talk Kindle Vella: metrics, bonus, and why I enjoy writing serialized fiction, too.
  2. BONUS – Three Black Friday Deals For Writers (2022)
  3. Defining "success" as a self-published author …
  4. Kickstarter for Authors: What To Do When Your Kickstarter Does Not Get Funded … (and what I would do differently)
  5. Ten days after my latest book release (sold copies, reviews and what comes next) and a peek inside this author's day on release day.

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#TheLeftoverBride Diary – Three things I’m grateful for…

Today, I am sharing an additional diary entry from Sorcha (aka #TheLeftoverBride). Ryan & Sorcha’s story in the book takes place at the end of December, but Sorcha’s been writing in her diary ever since Nathan jilted her at the altar. Here’s her entry for September 21st :-).

#TheLeftoverBride is already available. Grab your copy now: Kindle, Kindle Unlimited & paperback. If you’ve already read it: don’t forget to leave a review. 🙂

Dear Diary, Dear Unknown Reader of The Future, Dear Alien archiving information about humanity,

Why are all my designs so shitty right now?

The dress I finished drawing a few minutes ago looks like crap. Literally. A mountain of crap. And I’m being generous. It’s too much and yet not enough. Even Tiramisu turned his back on the paper he usually loves to lay on.

It’s the fifth design I have to trash today. Should I count it toward the “Design 5 more wedding dresses” item on my “31 things to do before the 31st list”? Maybe. We’ll see. I’ll give it another go tomorrow, even if ever since Nathan jumped on his horse and jilted me at the altar, inspiration has been lacking.

Understatement of the century.

My inspiration and any scrap of talent I had leaped behind #TheRunawayGroom and will never be seen again.

Another design bites the dust.

Time to get on with my list. Because that’s one of the few things I can control. Well, at least a little.

It’s September 21st and for the past two months, as part of my list, I’ve been writing three things I’m grateful for every evening.

So here we go for today.

Three Things I’m Grateful For:

Think, Sorcha, think. You actually smiled today. Stop staring at your shitty designs and think.

Okay.

  1. I had a pumpkin spice latte and a pumpkin scone after lunch. Aisling’s trying yet another recipe and she doesn’t lack inspiration. The frosting she added on top with the vanilla beans is mouthwatering delicious;
  2. Ava and I watched that baking show she loves with the actor Aisling totally has a crush on (I need to write that letter to him);
  3. Ryan’s mom told me his physical therapy seems to work. Yes. Knowing Ryan is feeling better makes me smile. But that’s because I’m a genuinely kind person, right? Not because the butterflies in my stomach are thinking about taking a dancing class to waltz around every single time I think about Ryan.

#TheLeftoverBride is out now… Kindle & Kindle Unlimited & Paperback!

A second chance romance set during the holiday season in a small town on Maryland’s Eastern Shore: full of laughter and heartwarming moments (and some sexy moments), checklists, family dynamics, a stubborn cat, and a rescue dog.

All Sorcha O’Connor wants for Christmas is for her life to turn into a Hallmark movie—but sexier. Ryan Sawyer has a few things on his wishlist. First, he wants to stay away from Swans Cove. Second, he wants his NHL career back. And third, he wants Sorcha. Always has, always will.

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Thank you so much for reading!

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Let's talk Kindle Vella: metrics, bonus, and why I enjoy writing serialized fiction, too. A self-published author's diary

Today is another episode about Kindle Vella. Now that I've been on the platform for more than nine months, I thought I'd do a recap. Mentioned in the episode: HB90 with Sarra Cannon: 90 day planning for authors – https://heartbreathings.teachable.com/p/hb90-bootcamp Becca Syme: https://betterfasteracademy.com/ My books: https://elodienowodazkij.com/my-books/ My direct store for personalized signed paperback copies: https://payhip.com/Elodiesbooks/collection/signed-paperback-copies As always: Ask me a question (per email: authorelodienowodazkij AT gmail.com or by leaving me a voicemail: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/message) Follow A Self-Published Author's Diary on Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/aselfpublishedauthorsdiary Visit my website: http://www.elodienowodazkij.com I'm on TikTok: @elodienowodazkij and the podcast too: @aselfpubbedauthorsdiary Buy me a coffee: ko-fi.com/aselfpublishedauthorsdiary Become a monthly a podcast supporter (starting at $0.99 per month): anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/support — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/support
  1. Let's talk Kindle Vella: metrics, bonus, and why I enjoy writing serialized fiction, too.
  2. BONUS – Three Black Friday Deals For Writers (2022)
  3. Defining "success" as a self-published author …
  4. Kickstarter for Authors: What To Do When Your Kickstarter Does Not Get Funded … (and what I would do differently)
  5. Ten days after my latest book release (sold copies, reviews and what comes next) and a peek inside this author's day on release day.