Sunday, September 22, 2013

My inspirational playlist

Here are the songs I listen to when I need to keep the faith!

This review put a smile on my face

Latest review for The Yearbook Series: Gina and Mike 

When I picked up Gina and Mike, read the reviews I thought to myself "oh no, another sappy story, surely the reviews were over the top and *I* was not going to go running for tissues." To my amazement, the author has taught me a lesson in humility, because by chapter 6 I was a blubbering mess and found myself wiping the tears I was bound and determined not to let fall. I give huge kudos to this author for having the courage and will to write about such a complex topic. Making the characters come to life on page and making them all relatable in some way. For making us, the reader, feel the emotions, the anger, the hurt, the loneliness of these characters was brilliant. I was in despair at one point of not knowing if these characters would find their HEA. I will leave it to the new readers to find out. Well done!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Download my book for FREE today

You can download my book, The Yearbook Series: Gina and Mike for FREE today. Happy hump day! 

If you read it, please consider leaving a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads. 

Also, if you don't have a Kindle, you can download the Kindle reading app for your PC. 

What people are saying: 

The highs and lows keep you reading and anxious to see what's next.

Wonderfully relatable characters whose lives are forever altered by the choice of silence.

A story of friendship, love and redemption, this book will grab you from the beginning and leave you wanting more.

I can't wait to read more from this author!

This is a perfect vacation read, once you start you won't put it down until you're finished!

It will make you laugh and make you cry, and realize the importance of friends and family - and how a secret can change your life.

Buffy Andrews draws you in with action from the very start of this novel.

The characters feel like old friends and will bring the reader back to their high school days.

A quick page turner, you won't be able to put this book down.

This is a great story about the vagaries of life, but also about the redemptive and healing power of love.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Life has been way too busy!

Sorry I've been a little MIA lately. My life has been crazy! I working on multiple projects including:

1. Proofing final stage of The Moment Keeper, coming Nov. 1 from Carina UK

2. Finishing up Book 2 of The Yearbook Series: Sue and Tom to send to my publisher, Limitless Publishing

3. Revising The Lion Awakens for my publisher Prism Book Group

4. Promoting Book 1 of The Yearbook Series: Gina and Mike

5. Working a full-time job as a journalist

6. Being a wife and mother

There are never enough hours in the day!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Post on Writers Digest blog

Obituaries are fascinating. We learn so much about the people who have passed away – not just what they did, but who they were. Their passions and hobbies, likes (and sometimes dislikes) triumphs, joys and even sorrows. Their names and faces leap off the page and they become so much more than ink on paper. They become people. Real people, who lived and loved and died. As an author, obituaries provide a wealth of story material. 
Continue reading 

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Read these books for free

Here's a list of books from Limitless Publishing and when they will be free to download. 
  • "Banished from Grace" 9/6 - 9/7
  • "Return of the Taken" 9/7 - 9/8
  • "A Dark Road" 9/8 -9/9
  • "The Promise" 9/9 - 9/10
  • "Savior Frequency" 9/10 - 9/11
  • "Dark Wings" 9/11 - 9/12
  • "The Game" 9/12 - 9/13
  • "Sun Kissed" 9/16 - 9/17
  • "Yearbook Series: Gina and Mike" 9/18 - 9/19
  • "Because of Lucy" 9/19 - 9/20
  • "The Guardians" 9/20 - 9/21
  • "The Trials" 9/21 - 9/22

How to promote your book via social media

When my debut novel, “The Yearbook Series: Gina and Mike,” was published, I shared the news via various digital platforms. 

Of course, I did the usual Twitter and Facebook, but I also employed some other tools that you might not be quite as familiar with.

I will discuss NewHive, YouTube, SoundCloud and Tout in this post.

In a companion post on Steve Buttry's blog, I discuss RebelMouse, Storify and Pinterest. Be sure to read BOTH posts.


NewHive is a lot of fun. Think of it as a blank canvas and you get to put whatever you want on it. Your creation is called an expression.

It’s uber easy to use and a fun way to promote your book.

I like creating expressions around a particular topic and I have created several, from an Author Expression to a Gettysburg150 Expression.

I also created one for “The Yearbook Series.”

This tool allows you to drop text, images, music, videos, etc. onto your blank canvas. And, you can link out to various sites, like Amazon.

Each expression gets its own url and there are the normal social share buttons. These include Google+, Pinterest, Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook and Reddit. You can also embed your expression in a blog post or article web page.

On The Yearbook Series expression, I have a pin that links to the Yearbook Pinterest board

I included my book trailer from my YouTube channel.

I have review snippets that link to a blog post with more reviews. 

I have the book cover that links to Amazon. I also have a module with links to connect with me via various social networking sites.

I can edit the expression at any time, adding or subtracting content or changing it. People find expressions via featured, network and community feeds as well as through tags and search. And, like with the other social networks, you can “heart” an expression and share it.