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Nothing Else But You Katrina's Destiny
Nothing Else But You

Gio has experienced some terrible realities, yet he finds hope and a ballast in the woman who has become his secret love, but he doesn’t know who she is and where she lives.
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Katrina's Destiny

Widowed young, for years Katrina focused on raising her son while hoping to find love again, and when it comes, the complications are almost too much to bear.
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Finally Home Endgate Island
Finally Home

All Kate wants to do is focus on herself, which means Ben, the sweet guy invading her life, is not welcome, but...he's grabbed her attention and he won't let go.
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Endgate Island

An invitation to design a mystery theater in a haunted castle sends Teddie searching for descendants of pirates & slaves, accompanied by romance, the threat of someone willing to kill to keep a centuries-old secret looms.
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Writer's World

Tips & Answers to Qs

Quotes Inside of Quotes

American Rules:

* Use single quotation marks inside double quotation marks
when you have a quotation within a quotation.

* Periods always go inside all quotation marks.

* If a quote inside a quote is a question or exclamation, place the
question mark or exclamation point inside the single quotation marks.

Example: Lila said, “Stu asked, ‘Will this remote work on my TV?’ ”

* If the question is inside the double quotation marks,
place the question mark between the
single and double quotation marks.

Example: Gwen asked, “Did Fred say, ‘This will never work’?”

British style, followed in Australia and New Zealand (Canada blends the two)
uses single quotes for initial quotations, then double quotes
for quotations within the initial quotation.

For more on the differences between the two punctuation styles go to:
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From the Editor's Desk

Editor's Desk

The Backlist, AKA, Oldies But Goodies

When was the last time you had a book birthday party? Whether it’s the first book in a series, or a standalone, if you haven’t celebrated your earlier books recently, you should.

Backlists are the fertile soil upon which you plant the seeds of your new books. And, as every good farmer knows, you have to take care of the soil for new things to grow.

Your earlier books are great inducements when you want to hold out a carrot for new readers. Try something such as: “If you haven’t read (insert older book title here), you’re missing out on (MC’s names here) (emotional, scary, tense, fun-filled) ride.” Give a few more teaser lines, dust off the memes, or make new ones.

Referencing the first book in a series is always a good way to get readers interested in your backlist. “See where it all began. When (MCs names here) met in (your fictional town/world or real city/place) such and such happened, etc. You put a lot of thought and time in creating that town/world or researching the city/place where you set your series. Take the reader back to that first book. Typically, it’s where the foundation of the world building in a series is the richest. As the series goes on, you layer in more, but it’s that first story that sets the feel and tone of the town, establishes the secondary and tertiary characters, and gives us the favorite restaurants/bars/bakeries/landmarks.

If you are a serial standalone novelist, tie the stories together with your inspiration. “After I wrote (book title), it sparked my interest in (hockey/ballet/rock climbing), which is why I wrote (next book title).

Use various forms of promotion to bring in new readers. We see a lot of reviews that begin like this, “I’m new to this author, but now that I know she’s written…” and the reader goes on to buy a whole series, or jumps into the author’s backlist.

You loved the MCs and their romance five years ago. Give someone else a chance to feel the same way.