"Reckless Beginnings" Journey

Book launch buzz – A week of interviews

Book launch buzz - A week of interviews

Creating a Book Launch Buzz is not easy

The clock continues to tick. Counting down the seconds, minutes, hours and days until release day is finally here. Yes, October 4th is the magic day. By the time this goes live, we will be at fifteen days until that anticipated day is finally upon us. It will be the day my book, Reckless Beginnings will finally be available to purchase.  Wow! I can’t believe it. Can you?

Preparing for the launch and bringing awareness of the event has not been easy. It has involved numerous emails to bloggers, newspapers, podcast and TV shows. Sending out a press release to various target audiences. Booking a virtual book tour. (Due to begin October 1st and run for one month.) Organize book review tours. (due to begin, October 27th.) Plan a book signing event. (This will be at the Frazier Park library, Saturday, October 13th;  3:00 – 5:00 pm.)  It has been an exhausting ordeal, but each day results from my efforts are beginning to trickle in.

My First Podcast Interview

Book launch buzz - A week of interviews

I had my first podcast interview with The Thrillers & Mystery Podcast. I was somewhat nervous in the beginning. But the host was wonderful and eased me into the interview and made feel extremely comfortable. It went longer than I had anticipated, about twenty-five minutes, but I’m quite pleased with it. I didn’t feel rushed and got to say everything that I had wanted to say. You can listen to the entire interview below.

Book launch buzz - A week of interviews

Interview with Voyage LA Magazine

I was contacted by Voyage LA Magazine last month and asked if I would like to do an interview. It was a written interview which was nice because I knew all the questions up front and there were no hidden surprises. I spent a few days, taking my time and thinking about my answers. The interview went live earlier this week. You can read the full interview by clicking on the image.

Book launch buzz - A week of interviews

Upcoming Interviews

I have also been contacted by FOX 58 BAKERSFIELD NEWS to appear on the show. A date has yet to be set. But as soon as I have it, I will post it to the locals, so they can hopefully tune in.

HOMETOWN STATION AM radio 1220 of Santa Clarita has invited me to be a guest on the show. I will be appearing live on October 9th at 8:40 am.

A Newbie to Interviews

Book launch buzz - A week of interviews

Before writing my book Reckless Beginnings, being interviewed about anything had never crossed my mind. My lifestyle didn’t require it. Now all of a sudden it has become a necessity. It’s an important method to reach hundreds, sometimes thousands of people and spread the word about my work. How quickly one’s life can change.

Like anything in life, the more you do something, the easier it becomes. I’m finding this with interviews. The first one I did, I was a nervous wreck, I felt I stumbled my words and even though I said a lot, I wasn’t saying what I had rehearsed before the interview. It’s quite a learning experience and one has to stay in tune with their mind and nerves and don’t let your nervousness run the show. With practice, you’ll begin to notice habits of nervous energy that need to be controlled. For me, it’s shifting in my seat, unable to sit still or tapping my fingers on the table subconsciously. Because of these habits that I’m unaware of at the time, I now sit on my hands while being interviewed. It works!

I will continue to pitch to the media even when the book is out. Promoting the book will never end. I have only just begun 🙂

If you know of any media outlets, (Podcasts, radio, tv, magazines, or newspapers) that may be interested in hearing about my book please send or post me a link and I will defiantly contact them.

Book Launch/Signing October 13th

Book launch buzz - A week of interviews

Book Trailer

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"Reckless Beginnings" Journey

Cover Reveal for Novel Reckless Beginnings

It’s here! Cover Reveal

I thought this day would never get here. My book Reckless Beginnings was submitted for publication in July 2017. Finally, after months of editing, tweaking, and many frustrations, I am able to reveal the cover to all of you that have followed me on this journey. Getting to this stage has been a long grueling 13 months. So with no further ado; HERE IT IS! Drum roll, please 🙂

Cover Reveal for Novel Reckless Beginnings

So What do you Think?

I hope you like it as much as I do. I love the soft matt colors that capture the mood of the main character Tammy mellows, who finds herself at a crossroads in her life. Struggling to recapture her identity and make sense of the chaos that surrounds her. This image shows her contemplating the decisions she has to make and whether she will make the right one.

I would love to hear your thoughts about the cover in the comments below. Did it live up to your expectations? If you saw this cover on a bookshelf, would it captivate your attention?  From looking at the cover, is it a book you would purchase?

More updates

Now that the cover has been unveiled it’s time to give you some insights on other projects that have been happening during the preparation of the book launch.

I’m a Luster Lexicon Winner

Cover Reveal for Novel Reckless Beginnings

A few months ago Luster Lexicon ran a contest for their Writer’s Spectacle. A place where they feature eight winning authors on their site for a month. I decided to give it a go and submitted myself as a contender. A few weeks later I received the first round of detailed questions, submitted my answers and was elated a week later when I was informed that I would be moving onto the next round. Again I answered more questions and submitted my answers.  A month went by without hearing nothing. Then over the past weekend, I was told I was one of the eight winners and I would be featured on their site.

I would like to thank Luster Lexicon for this opportunity. Click here to read my interview. 

My First Podcast Interview

Cover Reveal for Novel Reckless Beginnings

I will be having my first podcast interview on August 27th with Thrills & Mystery Podcast.

It will go live on September 10th. Having never done an interview before, this is a nail-biting event for me. Wish me luck! If I’m able to post the interview here, I will do so.

Launch Party/Book Signing

Cover Reveal for Novel Reckless Beginnings

The launch party/book signing event will be held at the Frazier Park Branch library. This is also where we hold our monthly book club meetings. I meet later this week to schedule a date. We are thinking somewhere around mid-October. Once confirmed I will post on the site.  I hope to make it a fun event with raffle prizes for a kindle-white, gift certificates, book giveaways along with bookmarks, bags and other fun items. I’ll plan on doing a reading and make some time for discussion and questions.   If you are in the area, come, join us.

Sneak Peek at the Prolog is Coming Soon

If you read the interview on Luster Lexicon, you probably noticed there was a little excerpt from the prolog of Reckless beginnings. That is a tiny piece.  I will be posting the full prolog, only for my readers in about two weeks. So be sure to open those newsletters so you don’t miss it.

Virtual Book Tour

Cover Reveal for Novel Reckless Beginnings

A virtual book tour is scheduled for the month of October with Goddess Fish Promotions. I am also a host for this site which is why you see the host banner. This tour will make 8-10 stops a week on different book blog sites which will include, interviews and giveaways, plus a 30-day promotion on Twitter.

Reckless Beginnings Book Giveaway

If you are a member of my newsletter, you are automatically entered in the drawing for one of the first signed copies of Reckless Beginners. The drawing will take place on the launch day – October 4th. If you haven’t signed up yet, here is the link. Win a free copy on Reckless Beginnings.  

Good Luck!

A Big Thank you!

As the book launching day draws closer, I want to give a big thank you to all my supporters and followers who have been on board since day one. You are all amazing and I hope you enjoy my debut novel, once it reaches the stores.  I hope to have some more updates in the upcoming weeks.