Updates!

It’s the first day of June. It’s been a long and exciting 5 months of 2019. God has blessed me in so many ways.

My daughter and I traveled to Springfield, Missouri to attend the meet and greet with LivePD officers. It was a trip of a lifetime. To see my daughter’s smile when meeting some of her favorite officers and K9s.

My novels Hidden Danger and Expecting Dangers were finalists in the Selah Awards. Hidden Danger in the Debut Novel category and Expecting Danger in the Romantic Suspense category. Not only did God bless my with the nominations but He blessed me with the opportunity to attend my first major writing conference and attend the ceremony that would announce if either novel were winners.

I attended the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writer’s Conference in North Carolina in May. Things I learned while traveling: 1. Dramamine is my friend, 2. Atlanta International Airport is HUGE, 3. Airport food and drinks are expensive, and 4. TSA wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be.

I learned a lot of writing related things, met lots of new friends, and accepted a Selah Award for Hidden Danger. Expecting Danger didn’t win but I consider it to be a huge honor just to be considered along some of my favorite authors, Lynette Eason, Lynn Huggins Blackburn, Dana R. Lynn, and Rachel Dylan.

In March I entered the Great Love Inspired Author Search. Out of 250-275 entries, they only moved 27 on to round 2. God blessed me and I was one of the 27. The full novel is due 8/1. I really need to be working on that.

The last week has been devastating to our community. We have been dealing with historic flooding. The Arkansas River normally hits flood stage at 22 ft. Today it crested at 40.79 feet. Entire cities along the river are under water. According the FEMA map, the flooding showed the pasture behind our house flooding and then the possibility that it would flood up to the back of the house. On top of the flooding, we were expecting torrential rains that would cause flash flooding. The neighborhood drainage flows next to our house and it’s a little down hill from the road so there was concern for flooding in the front of the house. We packed sandbags and stacked them to protect the house.

God blessed us. We do have river water in our back yard but it’s only a quarter of the way up. The flash flooding in our neighborhood didn’t happen. The sandbags are still there though because the river is going down but we’re expecting some rain again this week. Better to be safe than sorry.

There are several people in the surrounding communities that have had to evacuate. Please pray for them.

I’ll be doing a book signing at the Crawford County Library in Van Buren on June 17th. The book club will be reading Hidden Danger for the month.

My writing plans for the rest of 2019 include finishing my Love Inspired Suspense entry, Deadly Connections, writing a Christmas novella, and finishing the third book in the Small Town Guardians series. I can do it!

Happy Reading!

Jennifer

 

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How to Self Promote on Social Media by Jennifer Pierce

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typoramaCongratulations, you’ve written a book! You’ve argued with characters, stressed over the plot, edited until your eyes blurred, and consumed enough caffeine to keep a small village awake for a month straight.

You have a nice shiny new book with your name on it and now you need to sell it. Depending on your publisher, whether traditional or indie, your book is out there somewhere: Amazon, Wal-Mart, Barnes and Noble, and/or little mom and pop bookstores.

It’s not enough for it to just be there. It’s never going to get read if no one knows about it. I don’t like to sell things. Especially things I’ve created. I’d rather sit behind the scenes and go unnoticed but books won’t sell that way. Sure, your publishing company may help with promotion. They could set up a blog tour, do some advertisements, and lead and guide you, but there is only so…

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Funny Faces

The last three weeks have been interesting. It all started on my way to work one Monday morning. I ate my fruit bar and took a drink of my water. Woah, the water tastes funny! I call my husband and ask him to taste his water. Nope his water is fine. My tongue feels weird on the left the rest of the day. It never felt normal. Come Wednesday, I realize, the weird feeling is more than feeling, I can’t taste anything. I start getting a headache and feeling feverish on Wednesday and my left ear starts hurting. I must be getting an ear infection. I go to bed early and feel better Thursday morning.

I have lunch with my mother on Thursday and while I’m talking to her I notice my lip feels weird. Sure enough, my smile is crooked. I finish the work day and go to the walk in. The diagnosis is Bell’s Palsy and a sinus infection. The doctor was concerned about the loss of taste so he ordered a CT. He said the last time he came across that the patient had cancer.

Thanks to health insurance and the red tape, two weeks later I have an MRI not a CT. In the meantime, I had to start taping my eye shut at night. My smile was lopsided. I had to pinch my lips together with my fingers to rinse my mouth out. I couldn’t squeeze my left eye all the way closed nor wink with it. I battled headaches and ear pain.

MRI results: Everything looks good.

Now I can whistle, wink and rinse my mouth out like a normal person. I still have an issue with the smile.

God has blessed be through it all. My Bells Palsy was a mild case. It could have been so much worse or lasted longer.

Cover Reveal: Expecting Danger by Jennifer Pierce — Anaiah Press Blog

Please take a look at Jennifer Pierce’s newest cover reveal, Expecting Danger! Coming in December! Kate has been on the run from the men who killed her husband and left her for dead—which isn’t easy considering she’s eight months pregnant—but now they’ve found her. Again. Still reeling from her late husband’s betrayal, the last thing […]

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What do you say?

I’ve decided to start doing author interviews on my blog.  What kinds of questions would you like to see asked? I want to do some of the typical ones like “How did you start writing?” and “What inspires you?” but I also want to do some off the wall ones like “Would you rather have spaghetti for hair or cinnamon buns for ears?” or “Which household chore do you hate the most?”

What are some real life questions you’d like to ask your favorite author?

 

New Romance Editor Open for Submissions! — Anaiah Press Blog

We are pleased to introduce our newest Senior Editor, Candee Fick! Candee Fick is a multi-published award-winning author. She is also the wife of a high school football coach and the mother of three children, including a daughter with a rare genetic syndrome. When not busy editing, writing, or coaching other authors, she can […]

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What are you reading?

I love to read. I’d rather read a book than watch tv. I’d rather read than go outside, unless I can read outside. I’m currently reading

 

Here’s a few books I’ve read in the last couple of months:

Unanchored by Stephanie Eding – I gave it 5 stars. I simply loved the book. I couldn’t put it down. I wanted to know what happened next.

Criss Cross by C. C. Warrens – Kept me on the edge of my seat! Stayed up late to read it and then bought the second one.

Juliette and the Monday Mandates by Becky Doughty – Some day I want to write like this. I was taking screenshots and sharing them with family, trying to get them to read it.

Against All Odds by Becca Hart – Amazing read! Loved watching the characters overcome their grief. Enough suspense to keep you on your toes.

Blast from Her Past by Katy Eeten – Great read! I loved Sydney’s transformation.

Sit, Stay, Love by Debbie Burns – The cover intrigued me as did the blurb. I really enjoyed it but be warned there were a few curse words and adult situations, although no details.

 

Hibernation is over

Spring is here!

Well, I’m in Arkansas so it’s spring during the day and winter at night. Heater for the ride to work. AC for the ride home. There were snow flurries on my way to church Sunday and it was 80 degrees today. If you don’t like the weather just wait a couple days. 😛

I’ve been writing (not much), critiquing, reading (a bunch), editing Expecting Danger, and promoting Hidden Danger.

While I don’t know the exact sales numbers for Hidden Danger, I do know that it’s been in the top 100 for its category for about 3 weeks. Sure makes a girl feel good.

I’m waiting on my editor to send me the next round of edits on Expecting Danger. In the meantime, I’m going to buckle down and get Finding Danger finished. I want to have it to my editor by November 1st.

I’m going to review several books in the next couple of weeks. I’m even going to try to start doing author interviews. Help me, what questions do you wish you could ask authors?

 

 

Release week

Release week is coming to an end. Hidden Danger released Tuesday. I took a vacation day and celebrated My friends and family surprised me with a cake decorated with the cover. I can honestly say I’ve devoured a book now. I’ve been on three blogs, links below. I’ve also kept a steady eye on the rankings and reviews.

Here’s the cake:

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Here are the blog posts:

https://anaiahpress.wordpress.com/2018/01/24/author-interview-jennifer-pierce/

https://beccahartauthor.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2018/01/25/Art-Imitating-Life

https://flirtingwithromance.blogspot.com/2018/01/author-interview-hidden-danger-by.html?m=1

 

The best part of the week was the fact that my eight year old son was baptized this morning! Thank you, Jesus!