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Daydreaming: September 2011

Friday, September 30, 2011

Exciting things coming!

I'm so excited that the blog is taking off. Not a ton of followers yet, but everyday it is growing. I also love that you are taking the time to post. Many of you are posting very thoughtful posts. When you post it helps me. Writing can sometimes be a solitary venture. I write, I read, I , I, I,... it is only when you factor into the equation that it all becomes worthwhile.

Many of you don't know me at all. Some of you have read my book. Others may be thinking of taking a chance on it. I realize through the many forums and discussion boards I frequent, that readers are not all that interested in the author as a person. Readers want a story that touches them. In many cases, they want the author to disappear. I understand that.
For those of you who are following this blog, I believe you are a little different. A reader who might enjoy getting to know the type of person I am.
The first thing you should know is that I never take you the reader for granted.  Without you, whatever story I write will be one-dimensional, you bring the story to life.  Together, we can create magic from one imagination to another.  I get chill bumps just thinking about it.
Coming Soon:
Guest Blogs from Some of my Author Friends starting October 4th.
Book Launch for THE COUNTERFEIT my new Historical Romantic Suspense. No date yet.
Trick or Treat Blog Tour - Win Prizes by Trick or Treating across the Blogosphere! Oct. 31st
I am having so much fun with this blog and sharing with you each week,
Happy Reading,

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Why don't I like everything I read?

Recently, I've been thinking about how many different authors there are and how many different styles of writing and subgenres.  I know that sometimes I just don't click with an authors voice, I know that doesn't mean that the author can't write because they are sometimes very popular authors. 

I think rather than the ability of an author or the merit of their stories, it comes down to our own personal expectations.  I read to escape, to travel to places and times I'll never be able to in my real life. For instance, I have very particular ideas about beach vacations.  I don't really care for the beach as most people do. I would love to take a beach vacation on a remote island where the beach was pristine, and isolated.  I can imagine myself lounging beneath a large shade tree with my Kindle in hand traveling to yet another exotic to me location or time. 

Isn't it great that books or our love of them can bring strangers together. I get really excited when one of you emails me or says hi when I'm posting at a forum or online somewhere.  I write so that I can discover those of you out there who can fall in love with my storytelling. 

I'd love to know your thoughts on the subject. Please leave me a comment so I'll know that you're there.

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Friday, September 16, 2011

I'm participating in the Book Blogger Hop

Check out this link for information.  http://crazy-for-books.com/2011/09/book-blogger-hop-916-919.html

Win a Nook!

Everyone needs an ereader or 2 :)
Win a Nook Simple Touch Reader from Cheap e-Reads, You can enter to win here:  http://the-cheap.net/

This is a great site for finding Cheap Ereads.

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Daydreams Do Come True

ISLAND OF SECRETS....  OH MY GOODNESS!!!!  To say I'm excited would be a HUGE understatement!
Results for 9/14/11

US Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #536 Paid in Kindle Store 
#1 in Books > Romance > Gothic
#5 in Books > Romance > Time Travel
#26 in Books > Romance > Historical

UK Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,520 Paid in Kindle Store
#2 in Books > Fiction > Romance > Gothic
#4 in Books > Fiction > Romance > Time Travel
#52 in Books > Fiction > Romance > Paranormal
I am still almost speechless! A HUGE Thank You to those of you who have purchased and are or have read my book. I am Blessed.   You have helped to make a Dream come true. 

Yesterday, was amazing, but along the way I came to some very interesting realizations.  Most probably won't come as a surprise.

Not everyone is happy for you, but if you surround yourself with positive and giving people and you return the favor, you can always be proud of your achievement.  My philosophy is that the more that I help others become successful, the more successful I will feel.  I love helping to promote other authors, sites, blogs and pretty much anything else that comes my way.  So, to all those amazing people who've helped me get to this spot by talking, tweeting, and sharing my book with others, I cannot tell you how much it means. 

You're never satisfied, but you can learn to enjoy the moment no matter how brief.  I told my husband yesterday that I may not ever reach it again, but I could now say that at least once I had!

Goals are ever changing. I can remember when I saw the listing for ISLAND OF SECRETS for the first time on Amazon and Barnes and Noble...my goal was to sell 1 book, then I wanted to sell 10, then 100 ...well you get the picture. 

Bad reviews are just a part of the business.  The more you sell, the more likely you are to get a few less than stellar opinions of your writing.  Nothing soothes the sting more than a devoted fan, a person you've never met, telling you they can't wait to read more and want to buy your book in print as soon as it is out so they can add it to their "keeper" pile. 

Life is good, I am so blessed and I am so happy that you are a part of my world! I encourage you to Daydream Big!

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Monday, September 12, 2011

Daydreaming about Memphis...

Hi everyone!
Just back from Memphis. We left last Tuesday and returned late Saturday night to a 19 year old son who pretended not to have missed us and a small Maltese baby girl dog that almost hyperventilated because she missed us so much.  I'm thinking there might be a little something wrong with the way this all played out.

I was in Memphis for a Realtor Conference so it was more or less mostly a working vacation. Is there such a thing?  I had classes and my husband vacationed.  We mostly slept and ate.  Hubby loves to watch the Man vs Food show on the Travel Channel so he already had a list of eating establishments we HAD to try out.  So...he reported back to all his Facebook friends his opinion of the various restaurants we visited. 

I have to say that all in all we had some really good food. There was one night we were disappointed, but since we heard from various "home folk" that we HAD to try this place and that it was awesome food, I guess I understand even more how some readers can LOVE a book and others can HATE it.  Personal taste is definitely a factor. 

If you are ever in Memphis, visit the Blue City Cafe, Mike had ribs and I had a seafood gumbo. The ribs were saucy and fallin' off the bone. My gumbo was spicy hot but worth the sting. I really enjoyed it.

We had breakfast at the Blue Plate Cafe. It was awesome and we both ate for a little over $13.00. We had biscuits and gravy, 3 pancakes each, I had scrambled eggs and Mike had some bacon with his.  This was one of the best meals I had.

We love Mexican so we looked up a downtown Mexican place called Rio Loco.  The Fajitas were excellent. They were fresh and more than we could eat.

The Flying Fish was also awesome. It's sort of like fast food and you get your own drinks, but Crab Legs for $14.95 is not a bad deal. I had plenty to eat and it was delicious.

The one let down for us was the Rendevous.  Others loved it and it can highly recommended, but the dry rub on their ribs just wasn't our cup of tea.  Not sure if it was an off night or if it was just our taste.

The first two nights we tried Priceline.com and ended up staying at the Mariott Downtown. It was very nice with a large room, Bath & Body soaps and shampoos, a shower with terrific water pressure and excellent staff.  We were so impressed.

The last two nights we were at the Peabody. It's a local landmark.  We watched the Peabody ducks walk the red carpet and take their place in the lobby fountain.  The Peabody is more nostalgic.  It exudes an elegant grace, but if you are looking for spacious guest rooms, it's probably not for you. The room we were in was very expensive and very small. The bathroom was barely big enough to turn around it.  Very classy and historical.

We enjoyed riding the Trolley throughout downtown and it was fun to watch the different drivers and how they dealt with the passngers.

We also took a ride on the Monorail over to Mud Island Park and visited the Mississippi River Museum. It was very neat.   Worth a look.

Well, I just thought I'd share some of our experiences.


Saturday, September 3, 2011


I am excited. Over on one of the author/reader boards I belong to a very sweet Author/ Reader posted that she was starting a project to support Indie Authors by buying a few books each month and featuring them on her blog. She asked for authors to suggest their books. Out of all the responses she chose mine as the 2nd in the project! http://www.irislovesindie.blogspot.com/ Thank you Iris!!! I'm honored.

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Friday, September 2, 2011

An Answer for Andrew....

Sorry, I cannot figure out how to respond to comments. I'm working on it, but for now this will have to do. 

This was Andrews comment to the post  Daydreams, Bestsellers and my take on Reader Reviews
Hi Tammie. Loved this post. Everybody seems to get the occasional reader review that stings.

"I don't expect every one of them to love my writing style and I try not to take their critical remarks personally."

Sound advice. I was just wondering if you had any tips on how to do that.

Hi Andrew,I think the key is in realizing that not everyone is going to like our style.  So far, I've only gotten a few reviews that weren't great and very complimentary.  I think when it comes to something as personal as our stories/writing we cannot imagine anyone not liking us.  Truthfully, I pick up books all the time that just don't appeal to me. I watch movies that other people LOVE and I just can't get into.  Therefore, the thing that is most beautiful about the creative process is the same thing that cuts us like a knife.  People like different things and our challenge is to try to market ourselves in a manner that helps us find the right people. Now, anyone got ideas on how we do that? LOL. Just kidding. :)

Have a Happy Weekend! Tammie

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