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A Self-Published Author’s Diary: Let’s start, shall we?

Good morning…I don’t know why I start with “Good morning”. Especially because I’m writing this post (and email) during a stretch of several days. Like, right now, when I’m adding this sentence, it’s evening here.

Plus, you may be reading this in a lot of different places and time zones…But anyways, here is it is “Good morning”: the sun is shining through the window, Plato the Dog is snoring on the couch and I have a lot of things on my to-do list. Including starting this weekly email…which will also be available in French.

If you’re interested: you can sign up here. for the English version and here for the French version…I’ll be sharing parts of this newsletter on my blog but I might not share it on my blog every week, while when you sign up for my weekly email, you’ll receive that weekly email directly to your inbox…

Why start a weekly email about self-publishing?

After all, I am not one of the big names nor am I making thousands dollars a month and the main reason I am able to still focus on my business is thanks to my husband and his job. I mean, granted, there’s also a pandemic and due to my stem cell transplant, I’m still considered to be in the segment of the population that needs to be extra careful. But I am able to take all necessary precautions thanks to my husband and his job. Others might not.

Anyhow.

I’ve been sharing some behind-the-scenes in my Instagram stories but (a) the reach very much depends on the algorithm and I don’t post regularly enough on social media I think to make the algorithm work in my favor, (b) After not being on social media very consistently over the past several years, it sometimes feel I need to start from scratch, (c) this might be helpful and/or entertaining and/or interesting to my readers, (d) I am currently changing the way I am working on my publishing career, (e) And yes, since I will also be talking about my books, maybe I might gain a few more readers. :-), (f) sometimes it feels like I’m talking in a void…

And did I mention there is a pandemic and that I haven’t interacted face-to-face for more than 15 minutes with more than 4 people (counting my husband) in almost a year?

And at least, when I write a blog post or a newsletter, it feels like my words may reach someone,

I feel the same way about writing my books, but there’s no instant gratification when it comes to writing novels or even short stories. I don’t publish them right away. There’s an entire process behind them.

I do receive emails from readers and I need to print out them and make an album out of them, because reading them always makes me smile.

And I know that for some authors, where I am at my career is a place they long to be. And for some other authors, they wish for something different. It’s all about expectations and I guess where you are in your writing journey.

Some self-published authors who started publishing around the same time I did have quit (for many different reasons – have I mentioned how lucky I am for my husband and his support?). Other self-published authors have risen to the top of the charts, mostly due to their hard work and business savy and marketing strategies and yes, a bit of luck. But honestly, that bit of luck wouldn’t be anything without the hard work they’ve put behind the scenes and the amount of novels they have written that are so good readers can’t get enough. And some are like me, continuing to write and publish, trying out different avenues and strategies, readjusting their goals…

See? I am musing right now. Thinking out loud. Typing…out loud? I thought about starting a patreon or a podcast, but writing seems to be my favorite mean of expressing myself and sharing information. Don’t get me wrong, I can talk, talk, talk about a lot of different subjects. And since I used to work as a press officer and an adjunct, I am used to and enjoy presenting on a variety of topics. And I am good at it. But…musings in writing? That seems more like something I can do on a regular basis. And I might read this out loud and actually add it as an audio file at some point.

What do you think? Would you like this as an audio file too? Let me know 🙂

What I am currently working on:

  1. Switching some of my French-speaking, German-speaking and maybe Portuguese-speaking books to Kindle Unlimited. Why? I haven’t published a new original book in more than a year and so the sales have been dwindling on all platforms and I am getting the rights back on some of my German and Portuguese translations. Plus, by looking at the overall sales and revenues in the last three years for my books in French, I did have a jump in revenue a few months after the hype of release week when I put those books in KU. By the way did you know that Kindle Unlimited has a different name in France and there’s a whole legal story behind it about the right of publishers to set e-book prices and there were quite a few articles about it back in 2015. I found this fascinating and will definitely read more about it. The TRUST ME, TRUST ME NOT French version has also never been in the French equivalent of Kindle Unlimited soooooo…waiting for the other platforms to delist LA PEUR DANS LE SANG, LA PEUR DANS LES YEUX and LA PEUR EN PLEIN COEUR and off they go into the French equivalent of KU.
  2. Working on two new bilingual books…I had a lot of foreign-languages editions of my books up on Babelcube. And I got a lot of the rights back on those books. And my revenue currently comes mostly from my bilingual books. So this means, I need to format, format, format and publish, publish, publish. I’m currently working on the English/Spanish version of A SUMMER LIKE NO OTHER and the German/English version of ALWAYS SECOND BEST.
  3. Started Mark Dawson’s class on Ads for Authors: I have been wanting to take this class for years. Literally, years. It is definitely an investment. But it has already helped me, when it comes to my newsletter and making efforts to expand my newsletter subscription in other countries, such as France, where my books have been selling the best – especially as I’m currently drafting several stories. Some of which I am planning to release this year.
  4. Trying to find ways to reach more audiobook listeners. Megan Carter narrated FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT and SEE ME, SEE ME NOT and those audiobooks are good. Really, they are really good. She’s an amazing narrator and I am so so looking forward to have more listeners discover those books. You can just listen to the samples (FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT sample and SEE ME, SEE ME NOT sample). From a self-publishing/business perspective, I also want to make that Megan gets her fair share of downloads. We did a Royalty-Share Plus contract on ACX, meaning that I paid her a lower rate PFH (per finished hour) but we share the royalties on the books. So for me: I want to (a) recoup my investment, (b) make a profit, (c) make sure Megan also makes on this book at least what she would have earned if I had paid her her regular PFH rate.
  5. Going wide with the audiobook of A SUMMER LIKE NO OTHER: what does going wide mean for an audiobook? That means that instead of listing my audiobook via ACX (which is the Amazon platform and only makes it available on Amazon, iTunes and Audible), I am using Findaway Voices and it will be available in libraries, Google Play and so many more places.
  6. Back to training my dragon…I bought a copy of the Dragon Naturally Speaking back in 2016 and didn’t use it a whole lot. As I am currently writing short stories (ghosts! witches! vampires!) with Susan Dennard’s story-a-month challenge and want to write a prequel novella to the rom-com I’m finishing revising, I need to draft faster. Drafting faster means getting the story out faster because I have noticed that I do much better in revising if I figure out the novel as I draft it. Yes, I am now more of a plotter than I used to be but there are still areas that I discover only once I have the story drafted.

So, this is what you might expect in my weekly email. More info about what I’m reading about the self-publishing market, results in some of my marketing methods and trying out different platforms…Some random thoughts about going wide / Kindle Unlimited, writing methods.

I’ll be sharing more about training my dragon (the transcription …), the ups and downs of self-publishing, more of a glimpse behind-the-scenes…and I’ll be crossing my fingers that, that way, I can connect more with readers and writers and people around the world, wondering about self-publishing or my experience with self-publishing…after all some people still find this blog by looking up ideas on self-publishing from years ago. A lot of things have changed in the self-publishing landscape. A lot of them haven’t. I’ll share with you how I think I became somewhat of a success in France with my self-publishing books (it has to do with a lot of luck and timing).

Okay, that’s it for now.

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Audiobooks

The One With The First Review for the SEE ME, SEE ME NOT audiobook: “Tragic and glorious story…Wonderful narration.”

The first review of the SEE ME, SEE ME NOT audiobook (Available now on Audible –Amazon iTunes) calls the story “both tragic and glorious”. And notes that Megan does “a wonderful job as the narrator.” (side note from me: she does, she really really does.)

Her sister was kidnapped years ago. He just escaped a doomsday cult. Their terrifying pasts won’t let them go. Will they be able to save the people they love before it’s too late?
Available now on Audible – Amazon iTunes.

This is also the moment I discovered I can record my screen directly from my Samsung Phone…so here is the video of me sharing the review on my Instagram stories earlier today…Keep scrolling for the full review and for all the excerpts I shared from the audiobook as well as its trailer!

And here is the full review:

The first thing that drew me to this book was the title. I found it intriguing. As the tale unfolded, I thought that the story was going to be about two teenagers finding love even though they were carrying baggage from their pasts. Then the author added a layer of complexity to the story by weaving in the life of the sister, who had gone missing. I found the characters to be believable and the story to be both tragic and glorious. Megan Carter does a wonderful job as the narrator. I requested this audiobook from Audiobooks Unleashed and have voluntarily left this review.

Have you already seen the SEE ME, SEE ME NOT audiobook trailer?

SEE ME, SEE ME NOT Audiobook trailer…
Download your audiobook now on Audible – Amazon iTunes.

Her sister was kidnapped years ago. He just escaped a doomsday cult. Their terrifying pasts won’t let them go. Will they be able to save the people they love before it’s too late?

While still struggling with the crushing horror and guilt over her sister’s unsolved kidnapping years ago, seventeen-year-old Tessa strives to achieve some balance in her life: she cares for her mom, goes to school, works two jobs, and dreams of getting into a college music program. And she’s even reconnecting with her old crush Luke, who stumbled back into town with a sad smile and plenty of secrets. As another fake psychic tricks her mom into giving her lots of money for very little info, part of her still hopes they’ll find Mellie.

Seventeen-year-old Luke didn’t plan on setting foot in Gavert City ever again–even if thinking about Tessa helped him during the years he spent in his stepfather’s doomsday cult. His stepfather could track him here. He could find his little sister who escaped with him. He could make his life hell again. But it’s not like he had a choice. Now, he only has to keep his mouth shut and work his ass off to make his older sister proud. She’s still stuck in the cult with their mother. Maybe he can even find a way to get her out of there too.

Mellie doesn’t remember what it’s like to be with her family. They forgot her anyway. They don’t care. Jeremiah said so. And he knows. He knows everything.

As Luke and Tessa’s terrifying pasts are more linked than they ever realized, will they be able to save the people they love before it’s too late? 

SEE ME, SEE ME NOT Retail Sample.


If you missed Megan’s interview that I posted last week, you can listen to it below and if you keep scrolling, you also can listen to all the samples I’ve shared from FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT which Megan also narrated. 🙂

Three Questions for Megan

Have you already subscribed to my newsletter?

When subscribing to my newsletter, you will receive the Newsletter-Subscribers-Only page on my website which includes the first complete chapters of the FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT audiobook, the first ten chapters of the SEE ME, SEE ME NOT audiobook, the full bloopers, an exclusive bonus scene narrated by Megan, and so much more.

Have you already listened all the excerpts & bloopers of the FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT audiobook?

FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT is a suspenseful romance for fans of Criminal Minds. In 17-year-old Erin’s small Texas town, a killer is on the loose. And when her best friend, Nadia, disappears, Erin and Nadia’s brother, Dimitri, race to rescue her — but can they unravel the mystery before it’s too late? Grab your copy now: AmazonAudible.comAudible.uk Audible.de Audible.fr iTunes. You can also gift it.

If you’d like to try Audible, don’t hesitate to click on my referral link here for an Audible Free Trial.

Disclaimer for Amazon links in this blog post – I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.

FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT first sentences from Chapter 1 to Chapter 10..

Audio: FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT first sentences (Chapter 1 to Chapter 10)

FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT first sentences from Chapter 11 to Chapter 15…

Audio: First sentences: Chapter 11 to Chapter 15

Have you already listened to the recording bloopers Megan agreed to share? Warning: even her bloopers sound amazing. If you are a newsletter subscriber, you have access to the full bloopers. 🙂

Audio: Bloopers Part Two.
Audio: Explicit bloopers (Part 1)

Samples/Excerpts from the audiobook:

Audio: The One Where The Killer Speaks Once Again.
Audio: The One Where Dimitri Gets A Prank Call (or a Call From The Killer?)
Audio: FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT retail sample.
Audio: Dimitri’s POV – An Almost Kiss
Audio: The Killer Speaks Again
Audio: The first minute of FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT…
Audio: Meet Dimitri – an excerpt from his point-of-view…
Audio: The Killer Speaks…
Audio: There’s romance in the air…
Audio: A little excerpt from Erin’s POV (Chapter 2)

And have you read or listened to the three tips to audiobook narrators from Megan, the narrator of FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT? You can read/listened to them here. 🙂

Don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter to receive the code to the Newsletter-Only page on my website which includes a longer sample, the full bloopers, and an exclusive bonus scene narrated by Megan, and so much more.

And if you’re ready to download the audiobook of FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT, it is available now: Amazon AudibleiTunes.

Thank you so much for reading and listening!

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Book Review

The one with a book review: THE EX TALK by Rachel Lynn Solomon…

You know you love a book when the first thing you do in the morning is not grab your phone but grab the book to know what happens next and yet you slow down your reading toward the end because you simply do not want it to end. This is how I felt with THE EX TALK.

An Instant Indie Bestseller
Public radio co-hosts navigate mixed signals in Rachel Lynn Solomon’s sparkling romantic comedy debut.

Shay Goldstein has been a producer at her Seattle public radio station for nearly a decade, and she can’t imagine working anywhere else. But lately it’s been a constant clash between her and her newest colleague, Dominic Yun, who’s fresh off a journalism master’s program and convinced he knows everything about public radio. 
 
When the struggling station needs a new concept, Shay proposes a show that her boss green-lights with excitement. On The Ex Talk, two exes will deliver relationship advice live, on air. Their boss decides Shay and Dominic are the perfect co-hosts, given how much they already despise each other. Neither loves the idea of lying to listeners, but it’s this or unemployment. Their audience gets invested fast, and it’s not long before The Ex Talk becomes a must-listen in Seattle and climbs podcast charts.  
 
As the show gets bigger, so does their deception, especially when Shay and Dominic start to fall for each other. In an industry that values truth, getting caught could mean the end of more than just their careers.
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I mean, it has so many of the romance tropes I love:

  • Enemies to lovers: done in such a way that, yes, you can see it too. They’re only enemies because of miscommunications or assumptions…nothing that makes you go, “How? Why?” No, you see the chemistry before the characters realize the chemistry…and that’s always fun.
  • Fake dating but with a twist: fake dating in the past.
  • The “oups” only one bed… 🙂

And it has public radio (if you love public radio like I do (even if you don’t): you have to also read/listen to this interview of the author with NPR) and dealing with grief and friendships in the “grown-up” world and family and…and…and…and wonderfully layered characters…Characters I feel are still with me…(not in a creepy way but in a “where are they now” way)…

So, yep, all that to say that I LOVED IT.

Shay and Dominic are just people I’d love to hang out with…or listen to their podcast.

Have you read THE EX TALK? Is it on your TBR list? If you listen to NPR, what’s your favorite show? Oh and any podcast recs (especially true crime podcasts and history podcasts, don’t hesitate to leave them in the commensts too).

Audiobooks

The One With The SEE ME, SEE ME NOT Audiobook Trailer…

Have you already listened to the SEE ME, SEE ME NOT audiobook? It is available now on Audible – Amazon iTunes…And I’m very happy to share with you the trailer I worked on yesterday and this morning. In this trailer, you’ll also hear the first paragraph of the first three chapters of SEE ME, SEE ME NOT, narrated by Megan Carter. Oh and if you’d like to get access to the full bloopers of the recording and more, don’t hesitate to subscribe to my newsletter. I will be sending a newsletter next week. 🙂

SEE ME, SEE ME NOT Audiobook trailer…
Download your audiobook now on Audible – Amazon iTunes.

Her sister was kidnapped years ago. He just escaped a doomsday cult. Their terrifying pasts won’t let them go. Will they be able to save the people they love before it’s too late?

While still struggling with the crushing horror and guilt over her sister’s unsolved kidnapping years ago, seventeen-year-old Tessa strives to achieve some balance in her life: she cares for her mom, goes to school, works two jobs, and dreams of getting into a college music program. And she’s even reconnecting with her old crush Luke, who stumbled back into town with a sad smile and plenty of secrets. As another fake psychic tricks her mom into giving her lots of money for very little info, part of her still hopes they’ll find Mellie.

Seventeen-year-old Luke didn’t plan on setting foot in Gavert City ever again–even if thinking about Tessa helped him during the years he spent in his stepfather’s doomsday cult. His stepfather could track him here. He could find his little sister who escaped with him. He could make his life hell again. But it’s not like he had a choice. Now, he only has to keep his mouth shut and work his ass off to make his older sister proud. She’s still stuck in the cult with their mother. Maybe he can even find a way to get her out of there too.

Mellie doesn’t remember what it’s like to be with her family. They forgot her anyway. They don’t care. Jeremiah said so. And he knows. He knows everything.

As Luke and Tessa’s terrifying pasts are more linked than they ever realized, will they be able to save the people they love before it’s too late? 

SEE ME, SEE ME NOT Retail Sample.


If you missed Megan’s interview that I posted last week, you can listen to it below and if you keep scrolling, you also can listen to all the samples I’ve shared from FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT which Megan also narrated. 🙂

Three Questions for Megan

Have you already subscribed to my newsletter?

When subscribing to my newsletter, you will receive the Newsletter-Subscribers-Only page on my website which includes the first complete chapters of the FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT audiobook, the full bloopers, an exclusive bonus scene narrated by Megan, and so much more.

Have you already listened all the excerpts & bloopers of the FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT audiobook?

FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT is a suspenseful romance for fans of Criminal Minds. In 17-year-old Erin’s small Texas town, a killer is on the loose. And when her best friend, Nadia, disappears, Erin and Nadia’s brother, Dimitri, race to rescue her — but can they unravel the mystery before it’s too late? Grab your copy now: AmazonAudible.comAudible.uk Audible.de Audible.fr iTunes. You can also gift it.

If you’d like to try Audible, don’t hesitate to click on my referral link here for an Audible Free Trial.

Disclaimer for Amazon links in this blog post – I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.

FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT first sentences from Chapter 1 to Chapter 10..

Audio: FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT first sentences (Chapter 1 to Chapter 10)

FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT first sentences from Chapter 11 to Chapter 15…

Audio: First sentences: Chapter 11 to Chapter 15

Have you already listened to the recording bloopers Megan agreed to share? Warning: even her bloopers sound amazing. If you are a newsletter subscriber, you have access to the full bloopers. 🙂

Audio: Bloopers Part Two.
Audio: Explicit bloopers (Part 1)

Samples/Excerpts from the audiobook:

Audio: The One Where The Killer Speaks Once Again.
Audio: The One Where Dimitri Gets A Prank Call (or a Call From The Killer?)
Audio: FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT retail sample.
Audio: Dimitri’s POV – An Almost Kiss
Audio: The Killer Speaks Again
Audio: The first minute of FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT…
Audio: Meet Dimitri – an excerpt from his point-of-view…
Audio: The Killer Speaks…
Audio: There’s romance in the air…
Audio: A little excerpt from Erin’s POV (Chapter 2)

And have you read or listened to the three tips to audiobook narrators from Megan, the narrator of FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT? You can read/listened to them here. 🙂

Don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter to receive the code to the Newsletter-Only page on my website which includes a longer sample, the full bloopers, and an exclusive bonus scene narrated by Megan, and so much more.

And if you’re ready to download the audiobook of FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT, it is available now: Amazon AudibleiTunes.

Thank you so much for reading and listening!

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Audiobooks

The One With An Interview With Audiobook Narrator Megan Carter…

If you’ve been on my website before, especially on this little blog on mine, you know that Megan Carter is the audiobook narrator I have been very lucky to work with. Megan has narrated FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT (AudibleAmazon iTunes) and SEE ME, SEE ME NOT (AudibleAmazon iTunes) and is currently recording A SUMMER LIKE NO OTHER as it has gone through some editing changes and I need to update the audiobook. We are also planning the recording of TRUST ME, TRUST ME NOT and ALWAYS SECOND BEST. 🙂 And today I am very much looking forward to sharing a short interview with Megan.

In this interview, she explains how she got into narration and how she decides on voices/tones. She also talks about narrating FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT and even shares who her favorite voice to narrate in FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT is.

Megan’s narration set-up

Megan is a London-based actor from Kansas City, USA. She received her MA in Classical Acting from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. She also holds a BA in Theatre from Loyola University Chicago, with minors in in Musical Theatre, Dance, and Shakespeare Studies.

With her strong musical theatre and dance background, Megan especially loves theatre that is highly physical and that involves lots of movement and stage combat. She is passionate about bringing classical works to contemporary audiences in a way that allows people to feel like they have a place in the story and a way to connect to it.

When not working, Megan enjoys reading, running, and practicing yoga. She loves a good road trip, and has been on one hundred and one roller coasters. (More info about Megan on her website: https://megancarter.net/)

If you haven’t heard Megan’s work before, here are a few samples from FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT and SEE ME, SEE ME NOT (I will be linking to more of those samples after the interview transcript).

SEE ME, SEE ME NOT Retail Sample.
The SEE ME, SEE ME NOT audiobook is available now on AudibleAmazon iTunes.
FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT Retail Sample.
The FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT audiobook is available now on AudibleAmazon iTunes.

And now…the interview!

Interview on YouTube
The audio file of the interview with Megan.

Hey, guys. It’s Megan here, the narrator of Fear Me, Fear Me Not, and today, I’m answering some questions about me.

How did you get started in narration?

I have a stage background, specifically Shakespeare, and I found myself, like a lot of people, unemployed during the pandemic. I had been thinking of trying to get into narration for a while because I have other actor friends who do it as a side job, and having so much time on my hands convinced me to finally take the plunge.

Why did you decide to take on Fear Me, Fear Me Not?

I think this book is such a perfect melding of genres, so it has something for everyone. I’m a huge fan of true crime, and without giving any spoilers, there are some specific cases this story reminds me of, and I love the way the suspense builds in the story. But it’s also a romance, a small-town drama, and it’s so packed with all these interesting characters and relationships. I’m just so excited to be bringing this audiobook to life.

How do you decide on the specific voice and tone to do for each character?

I first look for clues in the text, so if it says someone speaks gruffly or if they’re a smoker, and of course, age and gender play a part, as well. Or it might be less explicit than that. A character who’s really aggressive probably wouldn’t have a soft, timid sort of voice. If there are no clues, it’s kind of up to me. I just make sure to make a few notes and bookmark a sound clip so that if it’s a minor character, I can easily revisit and make sure that the voice is consistent across chapters.

No spoilers, but what was the most challenging part of narrating three points of view?

The most challenging part was physical. I try to create voices that are sustainable and healthy for me to produce, but I haven’t done a book with so much narration from a male point of view before. So sometimes, if I had a Dimitri chapter to record early in the morning, I would get voice cracks like a real teenage boy.

And finally, what character was the most fun to narrate?

I love narrating the killer. On stage, I tend to play a lot of villains, and I think it can be really fun to be bad.

Thanks for listening, and I’ll talk to you soon.


Have you already subscribed to my newsletter?

When subscribing to my newsletter, you will receive the Newsletter-Subscribers-Only page on my website which includes the first complete chapters of the FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT audiobook, the full bloopers, an exclusive bonus scene narrated by Megan, and so much more.

Have you already listened all the excerpts & bloopers of the FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT audiobook?

FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT is a suspenseful romance for fans of Criminal Minds. In 17-year-old Erin’s small Texas town, a killer is on the loose. And when her best friend, Nadia, disappears, Erin and Nadia’s brother, Dimitri, race to rescue her — but can they unravel the mystery before it’s too late? Grab your copy now: AmazonAudible.comAudible.uk Audible.de Audible.fr iTunes. You can also gift it.

If you’d like to try Audible, don’t hesitate to click on my referral link here for an Audible Free Trial.

Disclaimer for Amazon links in this blog post – I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.

FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT first sentences from Chapter 1 to Chapter 10..

Audio: FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT first sentences (Chapter 1 to Chapter 10)

FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT first sentences from Chapter 11 to Chapter 15…

Audio: First sentences: Chapter 11 to Chapter 15

Have you already listened to the recording bloopers Megan agreed to share? Warning: even her bloopers sound amazing. If you are a newsletter subscriber, you have access to the full bloopers. 🙂

Audio: Bloopers Part Two.
Audio: Explicit bloopers (Part 1)

Samples/Excerpts from the audiobook:

Audio: The One Where The Killer Speaks Once Again.
Audio: The One Where Dimitri Gets A Prank Call (or a Call From The Killer?)
Audio: FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT retail sample.
Audio: Dimitri’s POV – An Almost Kiss
Audio: The Killer Speaks Again
Audio: The first minute of FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT…
Audio: Meet Dimitri – an excerpt from his point-of-view…
Audio: The Killer Speaks…
Audio: There’s romance in the air…
Audio: A little excerpt from Erin’s POV (Chapter 2)

And have you read or listened to the three tips to audiobook narrators from Megan, the narrator of FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT? You can read/listened to them here. 🙂

Don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter to receive the code to the Newsletter-Only page on my website which includes a longer sample, the full bloopers, and an exclusive bonus scene narrated by Megan, and so much more.

And if you’re ready to download the audiobook of FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT, it is available now: Amazon AudibleiTunes.

Thank you so much for reading and listening!

You can sign up below if you would like to receive blog posts directly to your inbox.

Audiobooks

The One With FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT First Sentences (Part Two)…

Last week, I shared the first sentences from Chapter 1 to Chapter 10 of FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT narrated by Megan Carter. Today, I’m sharing the first sentences from Chapter 11 to Chapter 15…

FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT is a suspenseful romance for fans of Criminal Minds. In 17-year-old Erin’s small Texas town, a killer is on the loose. And when her best friend, Nadia, disappears, Erin and Nadia’s brother, Dimitri, race to rescue her — but can they unravel the mystery before it’s too late? Grab your copy now: AmazonAudible.comAudible.uk Audible.de Audible.fr iTunes. You can also gift it.

And subscribe to my newsletter to receive the password to the Newsletter-Subscribers-Only page on my website which includes the first complete chapters of the FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT audiobook, the full bloopers, an exclusive bonus scene narrated by Megan, and so much more.

If you’d like to try Audible, don’t hesitate to click on my referral link here for an Audible Free Trial.

Disclaimer for Amazon links in this blog post – I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.

FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT first sentences from Chapter 11 to Chapter 15…

FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT First Sentences (Part Two) on YouTube…

Chapter 11 – Erin: The truck smells like him: his cologne and the watercolors he sometimes uses instead of his charcoal pencil for drawing.

Chapter 12 Hope does die.

Chapter 13 – Dimitri: Their street is narrow enough without media trucks piling up on each side.

Chapter 14 – Erin: The house used to smell like warm caramel apple pie, fresh lemonade, and the pine solution we used on the hard floors.

Chapter 15 – Dimitri: The same media circus is happening at the police station, but cars back out, and within minutes, the parking lot is almost empty.

Have you already listened to the recording bloopers Megan agreed to share? Warning: even her bloopers sound amazing. If you are a newsletter subscriber, you have access to the full bloopers. 🙂

Bloopers Part Two.
Explicit bloopers (Part 1)

Have you already listened to other excerpts from the FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT audiobook I shared over the past couple of weeks?

Audio: FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT First Sentences From Chapter 1 to Chapter 10…
Audio: The One Where The Killer Speaks Once Again.
Audio: The One Where Dimitri Gets A Prank Call (or a Call From The Killer?)
FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT retail sample.
Dimitri’s POV – An Almost Kiss
The Killer Speaks Again
The first minute of FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT…
Meet Dimitri – an excerpt from his point-of-view…
The Killer Speaks…
There’s romance in the air…
A little excerpt from Erin’s POV (Chapter 2)

And have you read or listened to the three tips to audiobook narrators from Megan, the narrator of FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT? You can read/listened to them here. 🙂

Don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter to receive the code to the Newsletter-Only page on my website which includes a longer sample, the full bloopers, and an exclusive bonus scene narrated by Megan, and so much more.

And if you’re ready to download the audiobook of FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT, it is available now: Amazon AudibleiTunes.

Thank you so much for reading and listening!

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Audiobooks

The One With FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT First Sentences Friday…

Today is FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT First Sentences on a Friday, and I’m sharing the first sentence of the first ten chapters, narrated by Megan Carter. And yes, I may be enjoying the alliteration quite a bit.

FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT is a suspenseful romance for fans of Criminal Minds. In 17-year-old Erin’s small Texas town, a killer is on the loose. And when her best friend, Nadia, disappears, Erin and Nadia’s brother, Dimitri, race to rescue her — but can they unravel the mystery before it’s too late? And as mentioned, you can grab your copy now: AmazonAudible.comAudible.uk Audible.de Audible.fr iTunes.

And subscribe to my newsletter to receive the password to the Newsletter-Subscribers-Only page on my website which includes the first complete chapters of the FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT audiobook, the full bloopers, an exclusive bonus scene narrated by Megan, and so much more.

If you’d like to try Audible, don’t hesitate to click on my referral link here for an Audib;e Free Trial.

Disclaimer for Amazon links in this blog post – I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.

FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT first sentences from Chapter 1 to Chapter 10…

Audio: FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT First Sentences From Chapter 1 to Chapter 10…
FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT First Sentences on YouTube…

Chapter 1: Fear.
Chapter 2 – Erin: Here’s what we all know: Sometime this week or the next or the one after that, we will find another dead girl.
Chapter 3 – Dimitri: The football field almost seems smaller.
Chapter 4: That football game was stupid.
Chapter 5: The sun shines through the kitchen’s windows, but it doesn’t brighten the atmosphere.
Chapter 6 – Dimitri: The search party ended an hour ago, and since Coach wants me to help drill the guys at practice tomorrow, I should go home and work in the garage.
Chapter 7 – Erin: Mrs. Carmichael’s house is only a few minutes walking distance from ours, but Dimitri insists on driving me there instead of dropping me off at my house.
Chapter 8 – Dimitri: The space in the truck seems to get smaller and smaller with each ring.
Chapter 9: Mine, mine, mine.
Chapter 10 – Dimitri: Erin turns to me.

Have you already listened to the recording bloopers Megan agreed to share? Warning: even her bloopers sound amazing. If you are a newsletter subscriber, you have access to the full bloopers. 🙂

Bloopers Part Two.
Explicit bloopers (Part 1)

Have you already listened to other excerpts from the FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT audiobook I shared over the past couple of weeks?

Audio: The One Where The Killer Speaks Once Again.
Audio: The One Where Dimitri Gets A Prank Call (or a Call From The Killer?)
FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT retail sample.
Dimitri’s POV – An Almost Kiss
The Killer Speaks Again
The first minute of FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT…
Meet Dimitri – an excerpt from his point-of-view…
The Killer Speaks…
There’s romance in the air…
A little excerpt from Erin’s POV (Chapter 2)

And have you read or listened to the three tips to audiobook narrators from Megan, the narrator of FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT? You can read/listened to them here. 🙂

Don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter to receive the code to the Newsletter-Only page on my website which includes a longer sample, the full bloopers, and an exclusive bonus scene narrated by Megan, and so much more.

Andif you’re ready to download the audiobook of FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT, it is available now: Amazon AudibleiTunes.

Thank you so much for reading and listening!

You can sign up below if you would like to receive blog posts directly to your inbox.

Audiobooks

The One With Not One But Two Excerpts from the FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT Audiobook!

FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT is, as you may have heard already, now available as audiobook! And today I’m very excited to share two more excerpts of the fantastic narration by Megan Carter.

And if that’s the first time you stumble upon my blog: Welcome…And if you’re wondering what FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT is about? Well, it’s a suspenseful romance for fans of Criminal Minds. In 17-year-old Erin’s small Texas town, a killer is on the loose. And when her best friend, Nadia, disappears, Erin and Nadia’s brother, Dimitri, race to rescue her — but can they unravel the mystery before it’s too late? And yes, you can grab your copy now: AmazonAudible.comAudible.uk Audible.de Audible.fr iTunes

If you’d like to try Audible for free, don’t hesitate to click on my referral link here...

Disclaimer for Amazon links in this blog post – I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.

Excerpt 1: The One Where The Killer Speaks Once Again.

Audio: The One Where The Killer Speaks Once Again.
Excerpt on YouTube.

That football game was stupid. And the way she looked like she owns the world? Like she owns him? Ridiculous.“Honey, I’m back,” I singsong, and Rachel—hot, malleable, but idiotic Rachel—whimpers on the dirty floor.

Excerpt 2: The One Where Dimitri Gets A Prank Call (or a Call From The Killer?)

Audio: The One Where Dimitri Gets A Prank Call (or a Call From The Killer?)
Excerpt on YouTube.

My voice rises, and Erin gently touches my hand with hers, calming me, soothing me.

And then I hear her…

Rachel screaming for her life.

Blood drains from my face, and my hands shake.

The screaming stops, and a metallic voice whispers, “Mine, mine, mine.”

Do you want to listen to the retail sample? The retail sample is available on Amazon Audible and iTunes. But you can also listen to it right here. 🙂 Or on YouTube or SoundCloud.

And if you sign up for my newsletter, you will receive the code to the password-protected newsletter subscribers’ only page on my website which includes an exclusive longer and an exclusive bonus scene narrated by Megan.

Have you already listened to the recording bloopers Megan agreed to share? Warning: even her bloopers sound amazing. If you are a newsletter subscriber, you have access to the full bloopers. 🙂

Bloopers Part Two.
Explicit bloopers (Part 1)

Have you already listened to other excerpts from the FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT audiobook I shared over the past couple of weeks?

FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT retail sample.
Dimitri’s POV – An Almost Kiss
The Killer Speaks Again
The first minute of FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT…
Meet Dimitri – an excerpt from his point-of-view…
The Killer Speaks…
There’s romance in the air…
A little excerpt from Erin’s POV (Chapter 2)

And have you read or listened to the three tips to audiobook narrators from Megan, the narrator of FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT? You can read/listened to them here. 🙂

Don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter to receive the code to the Newsletter-Only page on my website which includes a longer sample, the full bloopers, and an exclusive bonus scene narrated by Megan.

Andif you’re ready to download the audiobook of FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT, it is available now: Amazon AudibleiTunes.

Thank you so much for reading and listening!

You can sign up below if you would like to receive blog posts directly to your inbox.

Books

The One With the Cyber Monday (and week) deals!

Today is Cyber Monday…And for my books, it is Cyber Week! All week, I’m offering FREE e-books, FREE audible trial and DISCOUNTED e-books!

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FREE E-BOOKS! Click on the cover for more info/links…

ONE DREAM ONLY
(Broken Dreams: Natalya’s story #0.5)
A SUMMER LIKE NO OTHER
(Broken Dreams:
Nick & Em #1)
FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT
(Gavert City #1

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FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT retail sample…
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SEE ME, SEE ME NOT (Gavert City #2 – Luke & Tessa)TRUST ME, TRUST ME NOT (Gavert City #3 – Lacey & Hunter)

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