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Social Media

Hello Rebel Alliance,

So I've been pondering the reach of Social Media in marketing terms. For the most part, I personally tend to tune out the noise when I'm online. I don't pay much attention to ads. However, most author marketing sites will tell you that a social media presence is essential to long term success and audience reach. The problem is, I'm not completely sure how to do that.

I've recently purchased a Facebook ad, and the ranking of that book sunk like a rock in a lake on Amazon. It was as if people returned the book, rather than actually buying it. I did have comments from people confirming that they have purchased books they've seen ads for...apparently just not my book.

You all know that I freakin' adore you all. I want to converse online, I want to get to know you and share some of my life stuff back. I am not just looking to convert you all into paying customers. I legitimately want us to be friends. But I think I suck at trying to find yo…
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Greetings Rebel Alliance,
I am currently attempting to get my ass back on track. I feel sometimes as if that is my plan every quarter and within two weeks I've reverted back to my old, lazy, negative ways. For the life of me I can't figure out why I do this. When I'm on point, I feel so much better. About my job, my life, my relationships, hell even just physically better. 
I've talked before about the wonders that Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod did for me. It opened my eyes to a whole new world of possibilities. Of course, because I can't leave well enough alone, I have bastardized Mr. Elrod's system to create one of my own that works so much better for me. If you remember, Hal's system SAVERS, has you focus on "Silence, Affirmations, Visualization, Scribing, Reading, Exercise." These things are wonderful and when I first began my morning routine, I followed these every day. And it worked. I was more productive, I …

10 AM Inspiration

Good morning my little frosted Pop-Tarts,

No? Well, worth a shot. I'll keep working on it.

I've started a new Social Media experiment, and I wanted to share it here as well, because my feedback has been so positive. Every morning, at 10am I post an inspirational quote to my followers. #10AMInspiration (Do you follow me on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram? You should. I'm pretty funny...and also very modest.)

Everything around us is so negative lately, I wanted to find some images that encourage, women in particular (sorry dudes, this dance is just for the ladies). So much anger and vitriol is being spewed around the internet, the news, the radio, I just wanted to share something uplifting and fun with my followers every day. 

I think it is incredibly important, especially now, to remind ourselves how important we are, that our voices count, that we can make a change. Hell, even to remind ourselves that regardless of what happens out there, our lives are still in our own control…

My Pivot Questionnaire

If you've ever watched Inside The Actors Studio with James Lipton, then you'll know that at the end of every interview, he asks his guests the Pivot Questionnaire. I've always thought I'd love to do this, so today, I did. Please copy and paste into the comments and share your answers with us. This is a really fun exercise and you may even learn something about yourself by taking it.

1.What is your favorite word?  Free 2.What is your least favorite word? No. 3.What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally? Active participation. 4.What turns you off? Negativity. 5.What is your favorite curse word? Fuck-a-doodle-doo 6.What sound or noise do you love? My son laughing 7.What sound or noise do you hate? Someone snapping their fingers. 8.What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Professional Surfer 9.What profession would you not like to do? Porta-Potty Cleaner
10.If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?…

What?!? I'm nominated?

Hello Rebel Alliance,

I'm chuffed as chips to announce that Pants on Fire is nominated for cover of the month for June over at If you love the cover, love the book or just love me, please stop by and give me a vote!

The Minimalism Challenge

At work the other day, I was speaking with a coworker about the fact that I don't own a lot of jewelry because I don't know what to do with it. I'm not a sparkly kind of girl. I wear my wedding rings, my fitness tracker, and a necklace my daughter got me for Mother's Day. That's it. He suggested that perhaps people like it for the sake of having it. For the sole purpose of possessing it.

Now look, I'm a Taurus. I totally get wanting to own things for the sake of owning things. That's why my office is littered in Funko Pop Dolls and Harry Potter Action Figures. And that's why none of that shit is allowed out of the boxes. Those are my THINGS. I worked hard to make the money used to pay off the credit cards I charged that stuff on.

As I get older, and broker, I'm starting to realize what a mistake I've made. I seriously cannot fit another toy into this office. My shelves are double stacked to the point that I don't even get to see all of it a…

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 …

February Goals with my Bullet Journal

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Hello my lovelies!

So today I'm going to take a minute to share my February goals with you and show you part of my layout for my Bullet Journal. Last month, I finally shared my journal with you all and I'd like to keep that conversation going throughout the year.

 My theme for February is CandyLand. It just seemed like such a fun, bright, colorful thing to do in the middle of a dreary Michigan winter, and I've had a lot of fun creating these pages for it. A lot of journalists pick a word of the year as something they want to strive for to achieve. Their purpose when they get up every day. I get bored too easily to have one purpose every day. So I am doing a different word every month.

This month, as you can see over there, is Optimism. I have a terrible habit of being pessimistic and this month I really want to focus on improving my attitude.
My Habit Tracker (right) is honestly my favorite page every month. And I tend to just keep add…

Introducing Liza Jameson

A week from today, Liza Jameson's debut book, Mr. Wright, will be available from Resplendence Publishing.  This highly anticipated first novel is being called one of the sweetest, funniest books of the year by people much smarter than myself.

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 with her celebrity crush. 
They begin a long distance relationship, bu…

Reading for Pleasure

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Good morning darlings! Happy Sunday.

This weekend I have rediscovered a passion that I have neglected for far too long. Reading for pleasure. It's common knowledge that good writers are voracious readers. But, we are also busy as hell most of the time, and too often the first thing to fall from our to do list is to sit down and read for hour long stretches.

This is an absolute shame, because reading is what made most of us long to be writers in the first place. A book, an author, a story that called to our inner crazy and said to it "why aren't you doing this too?"

I've had a lot of influences in my life. One of the biggest may be surprising, as Stephen King and I couldn't have more different genres we write in. But it wasn't about the content. It was about doing what is most loved, what speaks to us, and doing it prolifically and well every time. This is the connection I have with the world's leading horror writer…

And in writing news...

Now and Then, the 5th book in the Touch of Gray series, has been turned into my editor at Resplendence Publishing.

I'm so excited. This one was really difficult for me to write. It delves into the story about the Grayson parents and the boys when they were kids. It was a pretty emotional story for me and I think that's why it took me so long to finish it. It had been sitting, half completed, for months. Finally, the ending clicked for me and I wrote that then went back and fleshed out the middle.

I had planned to do a post about my writing plans later this month, but I guess now seems as good a time as any.

If you've been following my posts, you've seen that I've set a lofty goal for myself of publishing 10 books this year. I know I can do it, because I've done it before. It's more about discipline than anything else. I've already got two of them done and slated for publication, so that leaves eight more. I can totally rock that schedule.

On February 8h…

Bullet Journal Joy Part 2

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Welcome back! In my last post I started to go on and on about my Bullet Journal and how amazing it is. Today I am continuing with that theme, and will share my monthly pages with you. These are the main focus of a bullet journal. Tracking tasks and appointments, birthdays, habits, digging into your goals. The stuff I shared before is the fun, fluff of the journal that makes it so great to play with. Today, I will share what makes the journal so necessary and functional for your every day life.

Quick Recap
On a day to day basis, this is all I need to use my journal. The Journal, a ruler and a pen. I prefer the Leuchtturm1917, with a Sharpie Pen (NOT MARKER), and a small metal ruler. These three items are enough to create an entire Bullet Journal. Yes, washi tape is super fun and colored pencils make everything pop, and of course stickers are just the bees knees. But none of that is necessary to make an awesome, FUNCTIONAL journal. And that is the rea…

Bullet Journal Joy

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Okay. I've been promising for ages to share my Bullet Journal with you guys. This post seemed so overwhelming every time I thought about it that I just kept putting it off. But this little bundle of joy has been so life changing for me, I wanted to share it with you all so you can see if it might work for you as well.

I want to warn you right off the bat, if you go looking at Pinterest and Instagram pages about Bullet Journaling, you WILL get overwhelmed too. There are people out there who are insanely talented at doodles and coordinating and tracking every minute detail of their days. The absolute beauty of a Bullet Journal is that it can be whatever you want or need it to be.

On a day to day basis, this is all I need to use my journal. The Journal, a ruler and a pen. I prefer the Leuchtturm1917, with a Sharpie Pen (NOT MARKER), and a small metal ruler. These three items are enough to create an entire Bullet Journal. Yes, washi tape is super f…