Award-Winning Novel

I was excited to learn this week that my debut 24 Hours of the Phoenix was a 2019 NATIONAL INDIE EXCELLENCE® AWARDS (NIEA) Finalist in the "Thriller" category! When you realize that 1000+ novels entered this 13th annual contest, you can humbly brag. What's more, it's not everyday that you [...]
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Second-Person Point of View in Fiction

First off, happy new year to everyone! I hope you all had a bit of joy and a lot of champagne—or vice versa. And second, I wanted to share a small piece of writing I'd worked on a little over a year ago which my current reading—An Anonymous Girl, by [...]
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What’s Behind the Cover?

Some say, "Don’t judge a book by its cover." Right, sure. Well, maybe you don’t, or more likely maybe you shouldn’t. Except you do. At least I do. (Feel free to throw the book at me. Pun intended.) To be fair, it’s a part of my choosing process: when I [...]
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Exciting News for Phoenix

I barely hit the "publish" button on a post stating a "disheartening release" and some mistakes I'd made when, as if on cue, as if to prove me wrong, as if to cheer me up, I received two emails as unexpected and reinvigorating as could be. The first one was [...]
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Mid-November News

Yes, we’re there, at this time of year where hundreds of thousands of established or aspiring authors are immersed in their next projects for a whole month of intense writing. I'm participating for the first time, and after debating with myself about the different options I had—one of which being [...]
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Phoenix’s Countdown

I’m keeping them here as an archive and in case they give someone else an idea; here’s what I did on Facebook and Instagram in the weeks/days that led to release day.

Learning to Accept Criticism

All I share on Facebook are very good to amazing reviews, but as you can imagine, they’re not all good: I’ve had three “mediocre” to bad. At first, I was saddened, of course, and even more so, frustrated, because the “badder” one contained important spoilers, so I couldn't share it [...]
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U-Turn (Lili), by AaRON

In Hour 14 of 24 Hours of the Phoenix, Gabriel, one of the main characters, lets music play in the background, and some of the advanced readers had never heard of this particular song. So here it is, listen to it; it's beautiful. Thank you again to AaRON’s management team [...]
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Why Pre-Ordering a Book Matters

This is me: A new author coming out of nowhere—no history, no one's ever heard of me. On the other hand, 5,000+ new books are published every day on Amazon alone. That's 3.4 million e-books out there, and counting, but e-books are relatively new and ridiculously small compared to the [...]
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