Saturday, March 26, 2011

I need to take a class on Tweeting.

But if I can't make it to my BLOG, I'm wondering...why bother? Ya know? How do those of you who Tweet, and update Facebook and My Space DO this? I get so bogged down with the should haves in a writer's life that every now and then I have a grade A, homogenized meltdown if the media aspect detracts me from my writing.

That said, TPTB at Harlequin are right. My romantic suspense that debuted Monday was #5 that day for sales. I have no way of knowing for sure whether the Tweets they did and the Facebook promo is the cause or if it's simply that several people were waiting or surprised that I'd gotten off my butt and had a book out. But...I'll give H's marketing strategies the kudos.

I took a leave of absence from my life a while back. Was rather interesting. I came to the conclusion that i was doing too much of what didn't feed my soul. The results? I made a commitment (yes, another one) to quit smoking. Oh, bite me. I can do this. I also refrained from critiquing anyone else for several weeks until I had a come to Jesus meeting with my muse, who kicked my whiny ass.
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Therefore, I've also been writing my buns off. Short stories, 1st chapter of a new women's fiction, a male/male romance or two. Should have news in a bit on a couple of submissions. One debuts next week. Ack. Another launch day.
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I'm amazed at my friends who put up with my obnoxiously harsh critiques of their own work. I do not derive pleasure from those. I simply want them to put forth their best effort when they submit, but i take things too far. I try keeping that thought in mind whenever they blast away at my work. Color me shocked that they still want me back after my self-imposed exile.
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I'm equally astonished if they like something and publicly say so. Lol. Gretchen Jones did a review of Memories Of You and posted this to Amazon. My humble thanks to her.

I'm looking forward to spring weather, not just the calendar telling me that the snow we're to get tomorrow is ACTUALLY DURING SPRING. Maybe I just need to adjust my attitude a little further before gearing up for BBQ weather, sandals, and sunny dispositions. Maybe the weather has nothing to do with my snarky 'tude.

Then again...maybe it does.

Hope your week has gone well.

Sunny Bob The Industrious



At 7:50 AM, Blogger DeAnn said...

Congrats on the release and being #5. I love your style and I love your critiques. Now for the smoking bit--WTG!

At 11:26 PM, Blogger Jackie Bannon said...

Your critiques are always welcome woman, but I understand the frustration. I'm looking at my calendar and wondering "Am I ever going to have time for myself?" So, I really like your additude. Maybe it will rub off???

Oh, and on the tweeting thing, get an app for your phone. Makes it a lot easier. I've tweeted more since I've gotten the app than I did in the last year!


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Monday, March 21, 2011

My first Carina Press Book DEBUTS TODAY!!!!!

In my first novel for Carina Press, Memories of You, protagonist Charlene Vargas works cold cases for the Houston PD, and when one case dovetails with the disappearance of her boyfriend, resolving both cases puts her in danger. Seth has a new face, given to him after a tragic automobile accident. What's worse, he doesn't remember the woman who can't forget him. Somehow his memory loss is connected to her cold case, and a killer is determined that neither discover who Seth really is and why he was resurrected after the car crash as someone else with a new name and face.

Memories Of You, release date: March 21, 2011

ISBN: 978-14268-9134-2

Price: $4.99

Cover Artist: Frauke Spanuth

Totally inspiring people who helped me get this book into print:
Heather Rae Scott, who told me to write it
Carla Cassidy, who made damn sure I DID write it
Gretchen Jones who provided transportation and beer
Heather Snow who provided the lake house, breakfast, and a kick in the butt
Members of MARA who encouraged me
Jackie Bannon who drove me everywhere but nuts
Angela James who took another chance on me
Melissa Johnson, my fabulous editor
Aideen O'Leary Chung, Emma Cunningham, & other terrific Carina Press staff
and the other MARVELOUS authors of Not Your Usual Suspects
(romantic suspense authors for Carina Press)
...the list is long...and I owe a huge thank you to all of these folks!

To read an excerpt, buy, or just gawk at a bigger cover:



At 9:51 AM, Blogger Liz Wolfe said...

Congratulations Sunny! If you do Twitter, I mentioned it there too.
I suck at social media. Really need to make an effort but...

At 1:11 AM, Blogger Bobbie (Sunny) Cole said...

Oh, THANK YOU! I'm jazzed about that cover. The artist is in Germany and freelances.


At 10:45 PM, Blogger Denise Patrick said...

AHEM!!! How come I'm only just now discovering this?

But now that I know, I'll have to make sure I get it.

Wishing you great sales!


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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Gad - I hate that huge logo on this blog

I haven't been able to shrink that sign. Haven't been here to blog in ages. Forgive me. Social media just ain't my thing. I love keeping in touch, love it when folks email me or post here, whatever, but I feel tongue-tied when I go to post.

Right now...let's see...

I have two books out this month. One is a male/male for Resplendence. (Thank you Carol Lynn for kicking my ass). Another is a romantic suspense for Carina Press. I shall have more info on both of them later this month. I PROMISE.

Hope the rest of you are doing okay this month. It's March - yay! Spring is just around the proverbial corner. Think we just had our last snow of the season earlier this week, so temps will be warming up.

I'm plotting new books. Planning trips for later in the year. Won't be attending RT convention this year. Some of you may have read, but my buddy Alexis Fleming's spouse passed away a few weeks ago, so things are pretty unsettled with her, and she's my RT buddy. Major hugs to Alex.

Let's see...there's the RWA conference. Dunno if I can make that one or not either. Cost is astronomical to attend these things nowadays. Love going. Just *wince* hate that cost.

And there's a new conference with m/m readers and writers, editors and reviewers. That one is GayRomLit, and it will be held this year in New Orleans. VERY affordable. So I'd like to go to that one in October.

And that's it for this one. I shall return...



At 4:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wanna keep in touch better. My email is Don't have your recent and I'm dying to know if the Carina book is what I think it is!!!

At 2:26 PM, Blogger Bobbie (Sunny) Cole said...

Sending you an email - thanks for stopping by, Rinda! I MISS YOU.


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