Small Talk

Tuesday, August 16, 2016…Hello all, spent the day golfing with my beloved twin Dazzled cover art with new blonde - Rev 5sister Linda and my very good friend Dorie. Scored 116 for 18 holes. Not great, but not terrible. Came home and bought a new photo for the cover of Dazzled. Linda reworked it and created an all-new, fabulously eye-catching cover. It’s a bit more razzle-dazzle than I’d originally planned for this book, but my super-great niece says I need more razzle-dazzle, and she ought to know! Here it is. Onward and upward.

Link to Dazzled on Amazon:



Wednesday, August 17, 2016…Just submitted Dazzled to Kindle Scout. It’ll take a couple days to see if they’ve accepted it and to get it online, then the fun begins! I’ll be contacting everyone I know, and hopefully they’ll be contacting everyone THEY know, to collect votes over the next 30 days. Oh boy!


Wednesday, August 17, 2016…Heard back from Kindle Scout already. ACCEPTED.  Wonderful news. Not only that, but they usually only publish an excerpt of 5000 words, and the excerpt they published of Dazzled is over 5300 words. Must be they like it.  Love that. I’ll be sending out the URL that takes readers directly to the Dazzled page tomorrow. It won’t be active until Friday, but I like to be prepared. Happy day.


Thursday, August 25, 2016…Oh boy, it has been an exciting week! Dazzled was online at Kindle Scout at midnight last Thursday/Friday, and it’s been on their HOT & TRENDING list for over 120 hours! Now if I can just keep getting those votes for the next 20-some days. According to Kindle’s stats, over 45% of the votes for Dazzled are coming from people who are just browsing on the Kindle Scout website. They come across Dazzled, see that it’s HOT, take a look at the 5,300 word excerpt and VOTE for it. Wow, do I love that!!!


Sunday, August 28, 2016…Dazzled slipped a little on Friday and again on Saturday. Still on the Hot list, but not for as many hours in the day as earlier in the week. Total of 161 hours on the Hot List now. Okay, my beloved niece and her husband were in town for the weekend, and I wasn’t paying as much attention to Facebook and dozens of emails soliciting votes as I should have been. But we’re back on an upward trend today. And that’s always a good thing. Boomer (our dog) and I went for a nice long walk this morning to cleanse our minds, and now we’re back at it.  3-1/2 miles on a steamy Sunday can do that for you. Sure hope all my Facebook Friends aren’t getting tired of me being in their faces. Oh well. If you don’t ask, you don’t get.


Monday, August 29, 2016…Got a total of 173 hours on the Hot & Trending list for Dazzled now.  And a total of 974 votes.  Yippee. Did slip off the Hot list today. Oh well. Trying a couple different strategies to get more votes. We’ll see if they work! And tonight I joined an online Writer’s Group for a Sprint Hour. Gonna sign on at 9 tonight and write for an hour. Compare word count with the rest of the group and see who’s on top.  Should be fun.


Tuesday, August 30, 2016…Okay, the Write-A-Thon was fun. Whipped out 790 words in an hour.  Yes, it was fast, but I wouldn’t call it quality prose. Need to go back through with a serious revision and add all kinds of details and descriptions. But it did get something down on paper, and I’m pretty sure that’s the purpose. Played 18 holes of golf with my fabulous twin sister today. Scored a 103. Best game this year. Yay!


Saturday, September 3, 2016…This date was my Mother’s birthday. Happy birthday, MOM!!!! Been spending far too much time on Facebook lately trying to keep those Dazzled votes coming in.  Yesterday, decided to lay off a bit.  It is a Holiday weekend, after all.  Posted just one Post, and lo and behold, both my great friend Susan and my beloved niece Lindsey SHARED the Post with their Friends, and WOW!  Got FIVE HOURS ON THE HOT & TRENDING LIST!  WOOHOO!!!! So far I’ve got 180 hours on the Hot & Trending List out of a possible 360 hours. That’s FIFTY PERCENT!!! And I’ve got 1,257 Votes so far. Can you tell I’m just a little excited?


Sunday, September 18, 2016…The nomination period for Dazzled on Kindle Scout is finally over, thank God.  Here are the fabulous results—

2707 Total Votes

1500+ Votes from People I contacted

1100+ Votes from People Browsing the Kindle Scout Website

385 Hours on the Hot & Trending List out of a possible 720 Hours – that’s 53.5% of the time.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!  This response is incredible!  I’m blown away!


Monday, September 19, 2016…I got an email from Kindle Scout this morning. They said they would get back to me “in a few business days” with their decision. Technically they have 15 days to get back to me, but now they’re cutting that shorter. And EVERYBODY who voted will be getting an email from Kindle Scout (AND ME through Kindle Scout), thanking you all for your votes and letting you know their decision. The decision will also be posted on Kindle Scout. I think I ended up with some GREAT stats. I was targeting 2500 total votes and exceeded that with 2707. I was hoping for 1000 votes from Kindle Scout browsers and exceeded that with 1100+. I was praying for 50% Hot list time and exceeded that with 53.5%!  So whatever happens, I’m thrilled! Plan B, if Kindle Scout doesn’t want Dazzled, is to go back to traditional agents and publishers and see if I can find a better “fit.” I think Kindle Scout is heavy on the Sci Fi / Paranormal genre, and Dazzled is NOTHING like Sci Fi or Paranormal. Somewhere out there is a publisher who wants a Romantic Suspense or Suspenseful Romance! Plan C is to Self-publish on Amazon. I can always do that. So come hell or high water, Dazzled is going to get published, somehow, some way. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!


Sunday, October 2, 2016…YES, I am going to publish Dazzled on Amazon. Working to get it e-formatted now, should have it up by October 15 at the latest!


Wednesday, October 19, 2016…Well, Dazzled is up on Amazon. but the cover is all wrong. The book cover instructions ask for an image 600 pixels wide X 2500 pixels long. This size gives you a pencil, not a book cover. Yet, they specify it’s an IDEAL size for all the new hi def devices out there. It’s not. And I’m having a terrible time getting it corrected. Okay, Amazon is huge, and it’s quite possible I should have more patience, but 73 hours to update a cover photo?  Really?


Tuesday, January 10, 2017…Okay, it’s been a really long time since I’ve been on here, and I apologize. Had a health issue, then the holidays, and now I’m finally back!  Been working on the TV chef story and doing a lot of promotion for Dazzled.  Got some nice sales numbers for Dazzled over the last few weeks. Gotta love that! And we’ve finally turned the corner and are heading back to SPRING. Hooray!


Thursday, August 17, 2017…It’s been a super long time….but the good news is my pancreatic cancer is in definite remission, I’m on maintenance chemo at this point, and everything is looking rosy!  Gotta love it!  Gardening is going fabulously this year.  Everybody else is healthy!  My average golf score is in the 90’s!  And I’m getting some serious work done on the TV show cooking chef story.


Sunday, August 27, 2017…Got appointed to the Board of Directors of Arts Rockford! They’re a local non-profit organization that works with over a dozen local arts groups….writers, visual artists, musicians, singers, theater groups, photographers. Looking forward to the children’s theater holiday production of Beauty and the Beast!  I’ll be working on the sets as usual. Great fun! Still working on the TV chef story.  Kind of slow going. Committed to making my niece Steph’s wedding cake for 140 people….and I’m going to be helping my beloved twin sister with decorating the venue. Oh well, life is more than writing!