Audiobooks, Books

Gavert City is on Kindle Unlimited (plus a promo…)

Are you ready to set foot into Gavert City? “The perfect books for fans of Criminal Minds and the movie Scream…” are now available on Kindle Unlimited as a boxed set. You can also get it as paperback.

Have you already read all the books and do you have a few minutes? You can leave a review and help other readers find this bundle of books.

Are you ready to step into Gavert City? The small Texan town with a history of mysterious disappearances and murders and cults, where falling in love almost seems dangerous? Those books filled with tension and twists will keep you up at night and may break your heart before piecing it back together.

Included in this set:

Fear Me, Fear Me Not (Erin & Dimitri’s story):
A serial killer has been terrorizing Gavert City for years… what if it’s my father? My forever crush Dimitri may try to protect me but he can’t protect me from the truth.
Here’s what we all know: Sometime this week or the next or the one after that, we will find another dead girl. Every year, a girl disappears, and every year, she’s found dead with an angel wing carved into her cheek.
And this year is no different.
Another girl disappeared.

See Me, See Me Not (Tessa & Luke’s story):
My sister disappeared years ago… but her body was never found. My mom wants to believe she’s still alive. I’m not sure what to believe. I know that I miss her. I know that I feel responsible… I’m the reason she disappeared. And I’m not the only one with secrets. My childhood crush, Luke, is back in town and there’s a darkness to him that wasn’t there before. He’s hiding something… But when he finally tells me he escaped a dangerous cult, will we be able to help each other heal or will our pasts come back to crush us?

Trust Me, Trust Me Not (Lacey & Hunter’s story):
I may have jumped for a building engulfed in flames. I may have thought I was ready to start college after living secluded in my stepfather’s dangerous cult. I may have believed I was finally safe.
I was wrong.
Can Hunter, the firefighter who saved my life, help me move on? Or will danger always lurk around us?

Do you enjoy audiobooks?

And if you enjoy audiobooks, the full set will soon be available as an audiobook set.

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Fear Me, Fear Me Not as well as See Me, See Me Not are already available on Audible, Amazon & iTunes… (narrated by the wonderful Megan Carter).

Fear Me, Fear Me Not audiobook sample
See Me, See Me Not audiobook sample

Sweeten & Heat up The New Year…

Oh and if you are on Kindle Unlimited and you’re looking for Sweet with Heat books… here are a few…in the Sweeten & Heat Up The New Year book list.

Happy reading and listening!

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Ep. 46 – Writing 6000 words in a couple of hours or how I'm leaning into my process… A self-published author's diary

Episode 46 is also known as season 2, episode 1 🙂 Today, I'm starting season 2 by talking about writing more than 10000 words a week, by doing sprints for a couple of hours per day (not every day), leaning into my process, writing two stories at the same time and more. Mentioned in this episode: 20Books Vegas 2021 Day 2 – Becca Syme – Productivity Myths: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLrwmj9uUvc&t=22s Elana Johnson's outline/character spreadsheet: http://elanajohnson.com/rapidrelease  Writing and Releasing Rapidly (Indie Inspiration for Self-Publishers Book 1) by Elana Johnson: https://amzn.to/3KnIbpS Sprinting: https://writeordie.com/ 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 — 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. Ep. 46 – Writing 6000 words in a couple of hours or how I'm leaning into my process…
  2. Ep – 45: An indie author yearly review: The highs and lows of my self-publishing career in 2021.
  3. Ep. 44 – Five things I've learned about self-publishing in 2021 and one thing I learned about writing.
  4. Ep. 43 – Five things I've learned about podcasting as an author in 2021 and five things I want to do next year (podcast-related)
  5. Ep. 42 – The feeling when you upload your files for publication, brainstorming story ideas and learning, learning, learning…
Audiobooks, Books, reading

Reading/Listening to next…Psychological thrillers

I’m in the mood for psychological thrillers and I think those three books will definitely fulfill that craving. Is that weird to say “craving” when it comes to psychological thrillers? Hmmm. I might either read or listen to them. If you’d like to read them, at the time of this post, both WHITE SMOKE and LOCAL WOMAN MISSING are on sale for $2.99… THE REPLACEMENT WIFE came out on Tuesday. 🙂

Oh and if you’re thinking about trying Audible to listen to them, you can click here be aware not all titles are in the Plus catalogue – the Chemical Engineer and I figured that out after signing up – but you do get one credit or two credits as well which is cheaper with the membership than without). You can, also, of course get the audiobooks from your library! Many libraries have an audiobook service.

In this smart and chilling thriller, master of suspense Mary Kubica takes domestic secrets to a whole new level, showing that some people will stop at nothing to keep the truth buried.

People don’t just disappear without a trace…

Shelby Tebow is the first to go missing. Not long after, Meredith Dickey and her six-year-old daughter, Delilah, vanish just blocks away from where Shelby was last seen, striking fear into their once-peaceful community. Are these incidents connected? After an elusive search that yields more questions than answers, the case eventually goes cold.

Now, eleven years later, Delilah shockingly returns. Everyone wants to know what happened to her, but no one is prepared for what they’ll find…

START READING ON YOUR KINDLE (for only $2.99)

The Haunting of Hill House meets Get Out in this chilling YA psychological thriller and modern take on the classic haunted house story from New York Times bestselling author Tiffany D. Jackson!

Marigold is running from ghosts. The phantoms of her old life keep haunting her, but a move with her newly blended family from their small California beach town to the embattled Midwestern city of Cedarville might be the fresh start she needs. Her mom has accepted a new job with the Sterling Foundation that comes with a free house, one that Mari now has to share with her bratty ten-year-old stepsister, Piper.

The renovated picture-perfect home on Maple Street, sitting between dilapidated houses, surrounded by wary neighbors has its . . . secrets. That’s only half the problem: household items vanish, doors open on their own, lights turn off, shadows walk past rooms, voices can be heard in the walls, and there’s a foul smell seeping through the vents only Mari seems to notice. Worse: Piper keeps talking about a friend who wants Mari gone.

But “running from ghosts” is just a metaphor, right?

As the house closes in, Mari learns that the danger isn’t limited to Maple Street. Cedarville has its secrets, too. And secrets always find their way through the cracks.

START READING ON YOUR KINDLE NOW (Only $2.99)

The #1 International bestselling author of Pretty Little Wife returns with another thrilling domestic suspense novel that asks, how many wives and girlfriends need to disappear before your family notices?

Elisa Wright is a mom and wife, living a nice, quiet life in a nice, quiet town. She’s also convinced her brother-in-law is a murderer. Josh has one dead wife and one missing fiancée, and though he grieved for them he starts dating someone new. Elisa fears for that woman’s safety, and she desperately wants to know what happened to her friend, Josh’s missing fiancée.

Searching for clues means investigating her own family. And she doesn’t like what she finds. A laptop filled with incriminating information. Other women.

But when Elisa becomes friends with Josh’s new girlfriend and starts to question things she thinks are true, Elisa wonders if the memories of a horrible incident a year ago have finally pushed her over the edge and Josh is really innocent. With so much at stake, Elisa fights off panic attacks and a strange illness. Is it a breakdown or something more? The race is on to get to the truth before another disappearance because there’s a killer in the family…or is there?

START READING ON YOUR KINDLE NOW…

What is next on your TBR/To listen pile?

Happy reading!

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Ep. 46 – Writing 6000 words in a couple of hours or how I'm leaning into my process… A self-published author's diary

Episode 46 is also known as season 2, episode 1 🙂 Today, I'm starting season 2 by talking about writing more than 10000 words a week, by doing sprints for a couple of hours per day (not every day), leaning into my process, writing two stories at the same time and more. Mentioned in this episode: 20Books Vegas 2021 Day 2 – Becca Syme – Productivity Myths: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLrwmj9uUvc&t=22s Elana Johnson's outline/character spreadsheet: http://elanajohnson.com/rapidrelease  Writing and Releasing Rapidly (Indie Inspiration for Self-Publishers Book 1) by Elana Johnson: https://amzn.to/3KnIbpS Sprinting: https://writeordie.com/ 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 — 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. Ep. 46 – Writing 6000 words in a couple of hours or how I'm leaning into my process…
  2. Ep – 45: An indie author yearly review: The highs and lows of my self-publishing career in 2021.
  3. Ep. 44 – Five things I've learned about self-publishing in 2021 and one thing I learned about writing.
  4. Ep. 43 – Five things I've learned about podcasting as an author in 2021 and five things I want to do next year (podcast-related)
  5. Ep. 42 – The feeling when you upload your files for publication, brainstorming story ideas and learning, learning, learning…
Audiobooks, Books

Huzzah! All the deals. The CyberMonday deals.

Do you watch The Great on Hulu? We started the 2nd season yesterday and Huzzah! Huzzah is also how I feel about those CyberMonday deals… 🙂

Are you ready? 🙂

FOR A LIMITED TIME:

Happy reading! Oh and if you’re a writer as well as a reader, there are a lot of Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals right now for software and courses and more…Here are a few links if you’re interested: Kindlepreneur has a a list of offers, Depositphotos (for all your stock photos needs), Writer’s Craft Stack 3.0 … 

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Ep. 46 – Writing 6000 words in a couple of hours or how I'm leaning into my process… A self-published author's diary

Episode 46 is also known as season 2, episode 1 🙂 Today, I'm starting season 2 by talking about writing more than 10000 words a week, by doing sprints for a couple of hours per day (not every day), leaning into my process, writing two stories at the same time and more. Mentioned in this episode: 20Books Vegas 2021 Day 2 – Becca Syme – Productivity Myths: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLrwmj9uUvc&t=22s Elana Johnson's outline/character spreadsheet: http://elanajohnson.com/rapidrelease  Writing and Releasing Rapidly (Indie Inspiration for Self-Publishers Book 1) by Elana Johnson: https://amzn.to/3KnIbpS Sprinting: https://writeordie.com/ 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 — 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. Ep. 46 – Writing 6000 words in a couple of hours or how I'm leaning into my process…
  2. Ep – 45: An indie author yearly review: The highs and lows of my self-publishing career in 2021.
  3. Ep. 44 – Five things I've learned about self-publishing in 2021 and one thing I learned about writing.
  4. Ep. 43 – Five things I've learned about podcasting as an author in 2021 and five things I want to do next year (podcast-related)
  5. Ep. 42 – The feeling when you upload your files for publication, brainstorming story ideas and learning, learning, learning…
#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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Ep. 46 – Writing 6000 words in a couple of hours or how I'm leaning into my process… A self-published author's diary

Episode 46 is also known as season 2, episode 1 🙂 Today, I'm starting season 2 by talking about writing more than 10000 words a week, by doing sprints for a couple of hours per day (not every day), leaning into my process, writing two stories at the same time and more. Mentioned in this episode: 20Books Vegas 2021 Day 2 – Becca Syme – Productivity Myths: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLrwmj9uUvc&t=22s Elana Johnson's outline/character spreadsheet: http://elanajohnson.com/rapidrelease  Writing and Releasing Rapidly (Indie Inspiration for Self-Publishers Book 1) by Elana Johnson: https://amzn.to/3KnIbpS Sprinting: https://writeordie.com/ 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 — 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. Ep. 46 – Writing 6000 words in a couple of hours or how I'm leaning into my process…
  2. Ep – 45: An indie author yearly review: The highs and lows of my self-publishing career in 2021.
  3. Ep. 44 – Five things I've learned about self-publishing in 2021 and one thing I learned about writing.
  4. Ep. 43 – Five things I've learned about podcasting as an author in 2021 and five things I want to do next year (podcast-related)
  5. Ep. 42 – The feeling when you upload your files for publication, brainstorming story ideas and learning, learning, learning…
#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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Ep. 46 – Writing 6000 words in a couple of hours or how I'm leaning into my process… A self-published author's diary

Episode 46 is also known as season 2, episode 1 🙂 Today, I'm starting season 2 by talking about writing more than 10000 words a week, by doing sprints for a couple of hours per day (not every day), leaning into my process, writing two stories at the same time and more. Mentioned in this episode: 20Books Vegas 2021 Day 2 – Becca Syme – Productivity Myths: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLrwmj9uUvc&t=22s Elana Johnson's outline/character spreadsheet: http://elanajohnson.com/rapidrelease  Writing and Releasing Rapidly (Indie Inspiration for Self-Publishers Book 1) by Elana Johnson: https://amzn.to/3KnIbpS Sprinting: https://writeordie.com/ 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 — 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. Ep. 46 – Writing 6000 words in a couple of hours or how I'm leaning into my process…
  2. Ep – 45: An indie author yearly review: The highs and lows of my self-publishing career in 2021.
  3. Ep. 44 – Five things I've learned about self-publishing in 2021 and one thing I learned about writing.
  4. Ep. 43 – Five things I've learned about podcasting as an author in 2021 and five things I want to do next year (podcast-related)
  5. Ep. 42 – The feeling when you upload your files for publication, brainstorming story ideas and learning, learning, learning…
A self-published author's diary, podcast

Good news, using netgalley as an indie author (part 1), getting a spike in free ebooks in germany (not sure why)…

Listen to the full episode now…Choose you favorite platform here or listen on SpotifyApple PodcastsGoogle Podcasts, StitcherAmazon MusicAudible, OvercastBreaker and more…

Episode 39 on Spotify

Today, I share some good news: I had a PET scan on Wednesday and then we saw my oncologist. And no signs of malignancy. I’ll see him again in three months but as I’m now two years out of transplant, no more scheduled scans 🙂

I also talk about using Netgalley as an indie author: what my goals are in terms of reviews and reaching more readers and why I decided to put #TheLeftoverBride on Netgalley.

As a self-published author, I use Victory Editing co-op (for one title and one month) and have already received hundreds of request for review.

Also mentioned in this episode: TikTok, Instagram as an author and not knowing why some videos take off as well as IN DIESEM EINEN SOMMER (A SUMMER LIKE NO OTHER in German) getting hundreds (now probably at least a thousand) free downloads without me doing anything (I’m not sure why either). 

Don’t hesitate to ask me a question per email or record a question…

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Ep. 46 – Writing 6000 words in a couple of hours or how I'm leaning into my process… A self-published author's diary

Episode 46 is also known as season 2, episode 1 🙂 Today, I'm starting season 2 by talking about writing more than 10000 words a week, by doing sprints for a couple of hours per day (not every day), leaning into my process, writing two stories at the same time and more. Mentioned in this episode: 20Books Vegas 2021 Day 2 – Becca Syme – Productivity Myths: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLrwmj9uUvc&t=22s Elana Johnson's outline/character spreadsheet: http://elanajohnson.com/rapidrelease  Writing and Releasing Rapidly (Indie Inspiration for Self-Publishers Book 1) by Elana Johnson: https://amzn.to/3KnIbpS Sprinting: https://writeordie.com/ 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 — 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. Ep. 46 – Writing 6000 words in a couple of hours or how I'm leaning into my process…
  2. Ep – 45: An indie author yearly review: The highs and lows of my self-publishing career in 2021.
  3. Ep. 44 – Five things I've learned about self-publishing in 2021 and one thing I learned about writing.
  4. Ep. 43 – Five things I've learned about podcasting as an author in 2021 and five things I want to do next year (podcast-related)
  5. Ep. 42 – The feeling when you upload your files for publication, brainstorming story ideas and learning, learning, learning…
#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

Ep. 46 – Writing 6000 words in a couple of hours or how I'm leaning into my process… A self-published author's diary

Episode 46 is also known as season 2, episode 1 🙂 Today, I'm starting season 2 by talking about writing more than 10000 words a week, by doing sprints for a couple of hours per day (not every day), leaning into my process, writing two stories at the same time and more. Mentioned in this episode: 20Books Vegas 2021 Day 2 – Becca Syme – Productivity Myths: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLrwmj9uUvc&t=22s Elana Johnson's outline/character spreadsheet: http://elanajohnson.com/rapidrelease  Writing and Releasing Rapidly (Indie Inspiration for Self-Publishers Book 1) by Elana Johnson: https://amzn.to/3KnIbpS Sprinting: https://writeordie.com/ 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 — 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. Ep. 46 – Writing 6000 words in a couple of hours or how I'm leaning into my process…
  2. Ep – 45: An indie author yearly review: The highs and lows of my self-publishing career in 2021.
  3. Ep. 44 – Five things I've learned about self-publishing in 2021 and one thing I learned about writing.
  4. Ep. 43 – Five things I've learned about podcasting as an author in 2021 and five things I want to do next year (podcast-related)
  5. Ep. 42 – The feeling when you upload your files for publication, brainstorming story ideas and learning, learning, learning…

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Another (hard) lesson learned as indie author, getting back into a writing routine and more…

Listen to the full episode now…Choose you favorite platform here or listen on SpotifyApple PodcastsGoogle Podcasts, StitcherAmazon MusicAudible, OvercastBreaker and more…

Episode 38

Today, on the podcast: another lesson learned in my self-publishing career or how I may have slightly panicked on Wednesday when it comes to the French translation (should be fine now but this was stressful) of my next novel and how I’m learning from my mistakes, getting back into a writing routine, putting #TheLeftoverBride on Netgalley, not doing NaNoWriMo… and more.

Also mentioned today:

Don’t hesitate to ask me a question per email or record a question…

How to support this podcast?

Thank you so much for listening!

Ep. 46 – Writing 6000 words in a couple of hours or how I'm leaning into my process… A self-published author's diary

Episode 46 is also known as season 2, episode 1 🙂 Today, I'm starting season 2 by talking about writing more than 10000 words a week, by doing sprints for a couple of hours per day (not every day), leaning into my process, writing two stories at the same time and more. Mentioned in this episode: 20Books Vegas 2021 Day 2 – Becca Syme – Productivity Myths: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLrwmj9uUvc&t=22s Elana Johnson's outline/character spreadsheet: http://elanajohnson.com/rapidrelease  Writing and Releasing Rapidly (Indie Inspiration for Self-Publishers Book 1) by Elana Johnson: https://amzn.to/3KnIbpS Sprinting: https://writeordie.com/ 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 — 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. Ep. 46 – Writing 6000 words in a couple of hours or how I'm leaning into my process…
  2. Ep – 45: An indie author yearly review: The highs and lows of my self-publishing career in 2021.
  3. Ep. 44 – Five things I've learned about self-publishing in 2021 and one thing I learned about writing.
  4. Ep. 43 – Five things I've learned about podcasting as an author in 2021 and five things I want to do next year (podcast-related)
  5. Ep. 42 – The feeling when you upload your files for publication, brainstorming story ideas and learning, learning, learning…
  6. Ep. 41 – Gearing up for the publication of #TheLeftoverBride French edition and writing craft building blocks…
  7. Ep. 40 – Keeping track of indie author conferences, updating newsletter landing pages and the writing high …
  8. Ep – 39: Good news, using Netgalley as an indie author (part 1), getting a spike in free ebooks in Germany (not sure why)…
  9. Ep. 38 – Another (hard) lesson learned as indie author, getting back into a writing routine and more…
  10. REPLAY – Interview with audiobook narrator Megan Carter

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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.
  2. She also has a readers’ group on Facebook: Elodie’s Cozy Nook.
  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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Ep. 46 – Writing 6000 words in a couple of hours or how I'm leaning into my process… A self-published author's diary

Episode 46 is also known as season 2, episode 1 🙂 Today, I'm starting season 2 by talking about writing more than 10000 words a week, by doing sprints for a couple of hours per day (not every day), leaning into my process, writing two stories at the same time and more. Mentioned in this episode: 20Books Vegas 2021 Day 2 – Becca Syme – Productivity Myths: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLrwmj9uUvc&t=22s Elana Johnson's outline/character spreadsheet: http://elanajohnson.com/rapidrelease  Writing and Releasing Rapidly (Indie Inspiration for Self-Publishers Book 1) by Elana Johnson: https://amzn.to/3KnIbpS Sprinting: https://writeordie.com/ 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 — 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. Ep. 46 – Writing 6000 words in a couple of hours or how I'm leaning into my process…
  2. Ep – 45: An indie author yearly review: The highs and lows of my self-publishing career in 2021.
  3. Ep. 44 – Five things I've learned about self-publishing in 2021 and one thing I learned about writing.
  4. Ep. 43 – Five things I've learned about podcasting as an author in 2021 and five things I want to do next year (podcast-related)
  5. Ep. 42 – The feeling when you upload your files for publication, brainstorming story ideas and learning, learning, learning…
A self-published author's diary, podcast

Learning from other indie authors because success isn’t a pie, right?

Listen to the full episode now…Choose you favorite platform here or listen on SpotifyApple PodcastsGoogle Podcasts, StitcherAmazon MusicAudible, OvercastBreaker and more…

Episode 36

Today, I share with you what I’ve done each day to increase my royalties: one step at a time.

Between updating #TheLeftoverBride epilogue, starting to format another bilingual book, putting one of my books as perma-free and running a free promo on another book who is currently in KDP select, I am making progress. 

Another topic I’m talking about today is dealing with feeling inadequate or not “as successful” as an indie author because those are feelings many of us have at one time or another.

And a reminder that success isn’t a pie and that learning from other indie authors as well as remembering what our goals are is oh so important.

Also mentioned in this episode

Don’t hesitate to ask me a question per email or record a question…

How to support this podcast?

Thank you so much for listening!

Ep. 46 – Writing 6000 words in a couple of hours or how I'm leaning into my process… A self-published author's diary

Episode 46 is also known as season 2, episode 1 🙂 Today, I'm starting season 2 by talking about writing more than 10000 words a week, by doing sprints for a couple of hours per day (not every day), leaning into my process, writing two stories at the same time and more. Mentioned in this episode: 20Books Vegas 2021 Day 2 – Becca Syme – Productivity Myths: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLrwmj9uUvc&t=22s Elana Johnson's outline/character spreadsheet: http://elanajohnson.com/rapidrelease  Writing and Releasing Rapidly (Indie Inspiration for Self-Publishers Book 1) by Elana Johnson: https://amzn.to/3KnIbpS Sprinting: https://writeordie.com/ 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 — 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. Ep. 46 – Writing 6000 words in a couple of hours or how I'm leaning into my process…
  2. Ep – 45: An indie author yearly review: The highs and lows of my self-publishing career in 2021.
  3. Ep. 44 – Five things I've learned about self-publishing in 2021 and one thing I learned about writing.
  4. Ep. 43 – Five things I've learned about podcasting as an author in 2021 and five things I want to do next year (podcast-related)
  5. Ep. 42 – The feeling when you upload your files for publication, brainstorming story ideas and learning, learning, learning…
  6. Ep. 41 – Gearing up for the publication of #TheLeftoverBride French edition and writing craft building blocks…
  7. Ep. 40 – Keeping track of indie author conferences, updating newsletter landing pages and the writing high …
  8. Ep – 39: Good news, using Netgalley as an indie author (part 1), getting a spike in free ebooks in Germany (not sure why)…
  9. Ep. 38 – Another (hard) lesson learned as indie author, getting back into a writing routine and more…
  10. REPLAY – Interview with audiobook narrator Megan Carter

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