Your Reading Audience May Be Growing When…

When I published (with the help of my awesome editor) my first book, Passage of Promise, in May of 2020, I’d expected that maybe a grand total of 20 people (at first, I thought 10) would hopefully buy my book. Certainly, some of my family members and close friends might buy my book, but I couldn’t be sure.

Within the first month, I’d surpassed 20 books sold. And in the next several months, over 100 copies of my novel had sold. To me, this was a huge success and, to be honest, a very pleasant surprise.

When my second novel, What She Didn’t Know, was published March of this year, I hoped those who enjoyed my first book would return for this one. Turns out, they did, and I had 45 pre-orders the month before the release of my book. The copies of this book doubled that of my first novel in the first couple of months.

But writing, revising, publishing, and marketing books are A LOT of hard work. It doesn’t come easily. However, I continue to write and put out my books because I had so much to write about over the last six years, and that’s always a good thing.

I wondered if my book would reach strangers.

Well, they had and have.

Word of mouth is a wonderful phenomenon. A real blessing.

Both my novels, Passage of Promise and What She Didn’t Know, are carried at a local county library, and have been checked out a multitude of times in the last several months to a year.

People I don’t know are checking out my books at the library, and it brings me such joy!

A few days ago, a reader on Goodreads, who I don’t know, had apparently read my book, Passage of Promise, and left a nice review. Wow!

So, this is how you know your reading audience is growing. Strangers have found my books interesting enough to buy and read and even leave a review.

Writers out there, have you had similar experiences?

I hope sharing my story will inspire other authors out there. Reach out to your local library and small bookstores in your area. They’re a great support system, and new people may discover your books as they have mine. They probably already have for your books!

These are some of the joys of being an author.

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The Gift of Reading

Friends, how about a nice book or books for your reader friends and family for Christmas?

Are they interested in taking a virtual trip to Greece and the Greek Island of Santorini with Marina, and follow her adventures and journey towards self-discovery, a splash of romance, connecting with family, searching for an important family heirloom, and hope for her nephew’s healing? If so, look over Passage of Promise on Amazon (take a peek inside the book) and see if it would be a good fit for your reader friend(s) or family member(s).

Maybe your reader friend(s) or family member(s) are more interested in a gritty, meaty novel about the estrangement of sisters, who were traumatized in childhood by an alcoholic, abusive father, and how they strive to reconnect and heal through the past and present tragedy. If so, look over What She Didn’t Know on Amazon (take a peek inside the book) and see if it would be a good fit for your reader friend(s) or family member(s).

Or, perhaps, your reader friend(s) or family member(s) are interested in more suspense and a story that has a message about the plights of the homeless and cheering on a recently-widowed woman, risking everything to try and help her deceased husband’s cousin out of poverty. If so, look over Behind the Stone House on Amazon (take a peek inside the book) and see if it would be a good fit for your reader friend(s) or family member(s).

May your gift be a blessing to your loved ones!

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There is a Lot to be Thankful for

It’s been a tough nearly two years, but within all those months and days, God has always been there, blessing me and granting His great mercy, love, and peace.

I am forever grateful for my relationship (as best as I try) with God.

I’m blessed to have my wonderful family, friends, and blog friends who follow me.

I also am so happy and grateful for all my loyal readers. All of you who read my books and leave such lovely reviews really mean so much to me, it’s hard to express. My books are recognized because of all of you buying, reading, sharing, mentioning, and reviewing them.

I’m abundantly blessed to have both my sons home for Thanksgiving and will be for Christmas, as well!

The always comforting presence of my cats add to the many joys on this day.

May you and your families have a blessed and wonderful Thanksgiving!

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