Revenge of the Reviews

So a long, long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, no wait, it was this galaxy. Whatever. Two years ago I did a post about the importance of reviews. And today, I'm going to talk about it again.

Authors thrive on reviews. We live for them, and our sales sort of depend on them. If you have a favorite author, nothing would give them more happiness today than for you to stop by Amazon or Goodreads and leave them a review for a book that you loved. No. Really.

Think about this. When you're shopping, for anything really, but specifically books for the sake of this blog, aren't the reviews the first or at least second thing you look at? Unless that author is an insta-buy for you, it's unlikely that you would purchase a book with a one star or no star rating. Very few new authors have a cavalry of reviewers in their corner, lining up to praise them to the world. And with Amazon's new review rules, many of our die hard fans aren't able to leave reviews any more eith…

The slow death of an industry

Hello Rebel Alliance. Today, I am going to tackle the sticky conversation that people seem to want to avoid, but needs to be addressed.

The death of the traditional publishing industry.

Okay, okay, so it's not dying, per se, but it IS the end of the world as we knew it. For most of us authors, we grew up dreaming of a day when we'd finish a manuscript, find an agent and get a publishing deal...not even knowing where that road would lead. But now, we do know and we do not like it.

Finding an agent is hard. Hell, it can be damn near impossible. Most agents at this point require a referral to even get your manuscript read. So you need an agent to get an agent. What? Yeah. For a new author, this is an insanely daunting task.

Best case scenario, you get an agent. Yay! Congratulations. The agent will take your manuscript and tear it down, then build it back up. Often, the story you have submitted is not the story you receive back. The changes they "suggest" are actually r…

I have a new book!

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Good morning Rebel Alliance. Today, I have fantastic news. The third book in my Vegas Bound series is available for your reading pleasure.

Todd and Chase had been a school girl’s wet dream when Pansy was in high school. Her brother’s best friends were older, handsome, and strictly off limits as far as everyone else was concerned. When they left Nevada, she was devastated, and struggled to get on with her life without them in it.

All grown up and running an art gallery on the Las Vegas strip, the last people she expects to see wander in are the men she’s fought so hard to forget. As she learns what they have been up to while they were away, she can only hope that they’re back to stay, and that they’ll help her fulfill her darkest, submissive dreams.

And, it's a total bargain at .99! What!?!  I know, right. So if you weren't sure about picking up the other books in the series, no worries. They are the same theme, but the stories themselves are not connecte…

Top 7 Ted Talks to get lost in [Videos]

Don't you just love a good Ted Talk? They can be educating, inspiring, depressing or uplifting. I enjoy letting them play all day while I'm working at the desk job. Granted, sometimes I stop working for a few minutes when I get really engrossed in the topic. But for the most part, I just use them for some company as I toil through my day.

Today, I thought I would share my 10 favorites with you, in case you haven't yet seen them. These are in no particular order of favoritism, and I suggest you just take some time out of your day and watch them all. They are truly wonderful.

1. Ryder Carroll - How to lead and intentional life

2. Tim Urban - Inside the mind of a master procrastinator

3. Elizabeth Gilbert - Your elusive Creative Genius

4. Tony Robbins - Why we do what we do

5. Arthur Benjamin - Faster than a calculator

6. Mel Robbins - How to stop screwing yourself over

7. John Gray - Mars brain, Venus brain

I hope you've taken the time to watch these amazing people share their…

Why FanFic makes my heart happy

Okay, confession time. I love to read Fan Fiction. I mean...I LOVE FanFic. My favorite fandom is Harry Potter and I could read nothing but this for the rest of my life and not run out new material. The fans in this fandom are crazy prolific, and so, so many are insanely talented, that it wouldn't even be a hardship to give up other forms of fiction.

If you aren't familiar with the FanFic universe, let me help you out.

fan fic·tion
noun noun: fanfiction fiction written by a fan of, and featuring characters from, a particular TV series, movie, etc.
Yes, that's right! We the fans spend our time taking our beloved characters and using them to create new stories. Now, the trick here is that FanFic authors are not profiting from the use of someone else's creative property. The fans write this purely for fun, for love of the characters. There have been exceptions, and those publishers should really be ashamed of themselves, but for the most part, these stories are just continua…

Mr. Wright is available now

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Liza Jameson's new book is available now! Click the cover to pick up a copy at Amazon today.

When Lucy Merkin was young, she didn’t crush on the usual Tiger Beat poster boys. Instead she carried around a frayed copy of Time Magazine with comedian Benjamin Wright on the cover. Already in his forties when she was in high school, she knew that her crush was unusual, but his sense of humor and dashing good looks made him irresistible to her.

As an adult, the infatuation continues. Her friend gets her tickets to see him and his comedy partner live and she’s thrilled. During the show, the partner makes a joke asking if anyone in the audience would take pity on Mr. Wright and bestow a kiss upon him. Not wanting to miss her chance, she runs to the stage and gets to lock lips her celebrity crush.

After a few stutter starts, the couple begins a long distance relationship, but that is far from their biggest hurdle. Between his children’s attitudes, the press’ …

My big fat Roller Derby Dreams

I have two dreams in this world. One is to be a best selling author who makes enough from selling books to be able to make it my career. The other is to be play Roller Derby. 
Yes, you read that correctly. I want to be a Derby Girl. I've dreamed of this for years and my main goal for 2018 is going to be to make it as Fresh Meat on a local team. Below are the basic rules of Flat Track Roller Derby.
I'd love to be a Jammer, but I don't think I'm quite coordinated enough for that. I see myself as a Pivot. Filling in when needed, but mostly keeping the pack in line.

Last year I went all out, bought the skates, pads and helmet, went to the rink to practice, read everything I could get my hands on about the game, watched bouts online and in person. I immersed myself in Roller Derby...then I let it fade away. As I do so many of my dreams.

But this one stuck with me. The passion didn't just fell asleep for a little while. And now it is coming back. I think about …