New England stole a piece of my heart, and the coastal regions especially call to me when the steaming, landlocked heat of Orlando becomes unbearable. In those moments, I long for a cool ocean breeze on a chilly summer night, the sound of ocean waves lapping again rocks, the crispness of a dark fall evening, the smell of the first frost, and first blooms of spring. To experience it soothes my soul, and to be without it causes my heart to yearn.

My husband is a native Floridian and jumps at every chance to escape the heat, even if it means a day at the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory, tubing down gentle hills, or shopping the Kittery outlets. We've been to North Conway more times than I can count. He has driven through a blizzard, navigated the Kangamangus like a pro, and proposed to me on a snow-capped mountain in Jackson, New Hampshire.

It was on one of these trips we spent some time in York Beach and Bar Harbor. We had a blast at the Nubble Light, hopping from rock to rock with our little girl. We drove the coast, and I spotted the prettiest rose-colored dream house up on the cliff atop the peninsula that jutted out from York Beach. It captivated me so much, I made him drive by it so I could take pictures. I wondered who had built it and who lived there now.

Over the years, I google-stalked it, and noticed it was having renovations. Photos of construction materials and a portapotty intrigued me. What could they be doing? Repairing the roof? Gutting it to upgrade? My imagination got a little carried away. I knew this house had a story, and since I didn't know it, years later I decided to make one up. It became the home of the fictional Kat Daniels of Crane's Cove, heroine of Love on the Rocks, left to her by her great aunt Katherine. To find out more, you'll have to read the story...and the next one. i have big plans for Kat's 'big, empty creepy house on the cliff.'

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NEWS!

 

  • Thanks to all who attended my presentation, The Business of Writing Books, at the Orlando Public Library! My next workshop, How to Binge Write Your Novel, will be presented at the Alafaya Library on July 12 at 7:00pm! More info coming soon!
  • I have been writing, writing, writing! Here’s what I’m working on:
    • Love on the Rocks has been submitted for the first round of edits. It’s on schedule to release in early September!
    • 3 stories for 3 different anthologies! The Fisherman Nutcracker, a tale from Crane’s Cove, and A Night at the Inn (Where are my Lizzie Borden fanatics? Only the cat truly knows what happened that morning…!) Both will release at Indie Book Fest in August. More info coming soon! The last story, yet untitled, will be for the How I Met My Other anthology, coming out in early 2019.
    • I’m also working on a novella for a very popular Kindle World, due out in November… Here’s a clue – you’ll want your toes in the sand and a mimosa in your hand when you read it!
  • Rob Hare will be back to do my next cover for Love on the Rocks! I am so beyond thrilled and can’t wait to see what he comes up with! He was the last piece; I’m so very blessed that my entire publishing team is back for my second book. Racquel Henry, Nicole, Ayers, Valerie Willis, and L. E. Perez are so wonderful to work with and I can’t imagine publishing traditionally and not having the control and collaboration opportunities that Indie publishing allows. It’s hard work, expensive and limited as far as sales go, but I’m good with that.
  • Have you downloaded Meemaw’s Recipes Cards? Meemaw is character in the story that is a force! Imagine Rose from The Golden Girls with a sassy, take-charge southern lady attitude. She’ll appear in the next few books, and we’ll be adding recipe cards to the collection as we go. Special thanks to Valerie Willis of Battle Goddess Productions for designing the cards - I love how you can just fold them in half and stand them up on your counter!
  • Have you listened to the soundtrack on Spotify? This list of songs captures heart of the book. I listened to them for inspiration and to help me get my head back in the book on days I was stuck. If you are a writer, I highly recommend this technique! Currently, I’ve been listing to the Love on the Rocks playlist I put together.   Want to get into Kat and Easton’s heads with me? Check it out here: http://bit.ly/LoveontheRocksSoundtrack
  • You can always find the latest news and fun on my Facebook page!

 

Read on for five things I learned last month, giveaways, and events!


Many blessings to you and yours this new year!

 

 

      

  
 

5 THINGS I LEARNED LAST MONTH

  1. Presenting a workshop will not kill you. Now, I have spent thousands of hours presenting in front of kids and adults over the years. Presenting on writing at the library was different because it was all my stuff. It wasn’t someone else’s curriculum, product, or idea. It was all mine. If the audience left unhappy, it would be all on me.
  2. Binge writing is my thing. Some writers have the opportunity and the discipline to write 500 or 1,000 words a day. I can’t seem to master that. I don’t like the word, “can’t” but for this I make an exception. I homeschool my young children and I run three small businesses out of my home. I need to block time when I can get it, and make good use of that time. I can’t write when I’m stressed, distracted, or at home when there’s a million things going on. I need a quiet place, and I need the muse to speak to me. If not, I’m just staring at my screen thinking about all the things that need doing instead. So I’m embracing the binge. I wrote the bulk of Love on the Rocks in two months over about a dozen sittings. I’d say binge writing is working for me! Central Florida friends, stay tuned for info on my upcoming workshop How to Binge Write Your Novel.
  3. Everyone can teach you something. Even the pros learn from each other. I’m still amazed when I talk to a pro and glean things they’ve learned from others. But it’s not limited to the pros – newbie writers, workshop attendees, and friends in your writing group or book club can make an impact on your process and challenge you to acquire new skills.
  4. You should never stop challenging yourself. This applies to life, and to writing. Writing outside the comfort zone of my happily-ever- ever genre to write two paranormal short stories has stretched my creativity and strengthened my research skills.
  5. Even pros have trouble with the first draft. I will never forget Kristan Higgins stating that the first draft was the hardest part for her. Still, after all the books she has written!

 

  

 
  

 

EVENTS I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO

 

August

  • Indie Book Fest
    August 9-12
    The Westin, Lake Mary, Florida
    Indie Bookfest celebrates Indie, Hybrid, and Traditional Authors and Artists and their freedom of expression. Join some of your favorite authors for a convention filled with workshops, panels, parties and more! You won’t want to miss the sessions throughout the day, where several panelists will be speaking on a variety of topics relevant to readers, book lovers, and writers.

  • 3rd Annual Romance, Wine, and Chocolate
    August 31
    Alafaya Library, Orlando, FL
    More info coming soon! Check out the recap from last year’s event!  http://www.loreleislitlair.com/2018/01/looking-back- at-romance- wine-chocolate.html

September

  • Tentative release date for Love on the Rocks!
    September 4 th
    If all goes according to plan, I will have advance copies for sale the last week of August! Lookd for
    updates this summer for how to get yours first!

October

  • Mom Mastery Live
    October 5-6
    Fort Worth Convention Center, Fort Worth, Texas

    Mom Mastery University was founded on the simple thought that moms deserve more. You have the capability to achieve a life filled with joy, abundance, prosperity, and freedom.  Hannah Keeley created Mom Mastery University to get you there. With faith-based training and friendly support, we have the formula for total mom success. But as wonderful as the internet is, there is nothing like LIVE TRAINING. Nothing compares to being in a room full of women who are on the same track as you for a weekend of bonding, learning, and growing! Be there LIVE and you will never be the same.

  • Florida Writers Conference
    October 18-21
    The Hilton Orlando/Altamonte Springs, FL

    This is the conference for you if you’re looking for three days devoted to the craft and business of writing. With more than 70 workshops and panels ranging from sessions for beginners to deeper, more interactive workshops, the Florida Writers Conference offers a satisfying and supportive celebration of the writing world in all its infinite variety. Plus Heather Graham!

 

And Don’t Forget!

Love on the Edge is published and available at Amazon, right here: https://www.amazon.com/Love-Edge-Cranes- Cove-1/dp/0999586114! I can’t wait to hear what you think! If you love it, please, pretty please with a cherry on top, leave a review at Amazon and/or Goodreads. Amazon reviews are gold, literally. The more you have, the more they expose your books to potential buyers and it’s great for the rankings. Not sure what to say? Just leave 5 stars and the words “Loved it!” - that’s all it takes! XOXO!

 

I’d love it if you followed me on Facebook, Twitter @theKerryEvelyn and Instagram @KerryEvelynAuthor!

 

I hope you all have a wonderful month!

 

 

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I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! Speaking of Christmas, we’re right in the middle of the 12 Days of Christmas giveaway event. If you haven’t had a chance to stop by yet, it’s not too late! I’m giving away one of my favorite books every day until January 6th on my Facebook page.

My 40th birthday is January 5th! I know, I know, this baby face does not look that old, right? Haha! If you look closely, you’ll find the wrinkles from my laugh lines and freckles from sun exposure – all signs that life is good. God has blessed me so much this year, despite the loss of my precious grandmother last January. He helped me to turn that pain into something productive, and I pushed forward to finish and publish my book, a dream I’d had for as long as I can remember.

I have a not-so-secret birthday wish – 50 Amazon reviews! Magic happens to the algorithms when you hit 50 reviews, so I’ll be reaching out to those who loved the story and setting up a VIP Facebook group. Following in the footsteps of some of my favorite authors, I’ve decided to put together a Review Crew (official name TBD) of fans who read, reviewed, and loved Love on the Edge. The second book in the series, Love on the Rocks, is in the works! The first draft is due to my content editor on March 26th. I’ll be choosing beta readers from the Review Crew, so if you are interested in being one of the first to read the sequel and being part of this exclusive, cozy group, be sure to write a review and let me know where I can find it (Amazon and/or Goodreads). You can post it on my author page, send me the link to it, or message me a screen shot. I’ll be posting tidbits, scenes, maps, pictures, and more from my upcoming story, and I’d love feedback from those who want to know just what is going on between Kat and Easton and the other residents and visitors to Crane’s Cove.

I’m still so full of Christmas spirit, I decided to donate my birthday to Sportsmen for Warriors, a non-profit dreamed up by my friend Cresta Bateman and her husband, Ben. The organization sets up adventurous excursions for active military, veterans, and first responders. Check out their Facebook page to learn about all the wonderful things they are doing to help warriors heal, including their Warrior Guardians Community and partnership with the Veteran Crisis Line. Their motto is “It takes a warrior to heal a warrior.” Much like Lanie and Matt, they have learned that connection between people who have experienced a similar trauma is key to working though that trauma and beginning to live in the “new normal.” I’d love to raise $500 to contribute to their camping trip this April in Ocala, FL. You can donate to my birthday fundraiser until January 31st here: https://www.facebook.com/donate/865325320300226/ or donate to their website anytime. Also, 10% of the profits from Love on the Edge will be donated to this group, so thank you to those who bought the book already! If you haven’t and would like to, you can find it on Amazon!

Wishing you all a fabulous 2018!

 

 

 

Read the full article about Ben & Cresta here:

http://www.ladailypost.com/content/veterans-ben-and-cresta-bateman-continue-serve

 

 

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NEWS!

 

  • The Writer’s Atelier Featured me and my writing space on February 2nd . Check it out here:  https://writersatelier.com/write-place-17-kerry-evelyn/
  • On February 11th , I was featured in the Get Lost in a Story blog!  What’s Your Candy? features a fantastic selection of authors who share their favorite Valentine treat or memory.
  • Check out my interview with the And I Thought Ladies!  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/andithought/2018/02/17/kerry-tastinger
  • You can now download my bonus content, Meemaw’s Recipes! Meemaw is character in the story that is a force! Imagine Rose from The Golden Girls with a sassy, take-charge southern lady attitude. She’ll appear in the next few books, and we’ll be adding recipe cards to the collection as we go. Special thanks to Valerie Willis of Battle Goddess Productions for designing the cards - I love how you can just fold them in half and stand them up on your counter!
  • Have you listened to the soundtrack on Spotify? This list of songs captures heart of the book. I listened to them for inspiration and to help me get my head back in the book on days I was stuck. If you are a writer, I highly recommend this technique! Currently, I’ve been listing to the Love on the Rocks playlist I put together.
    Want to get into Kat and Easton’s heads with me? Check it out here: http://bit.ly/LoveontheRocksSoundtrack
  • Have you visited my Facebook page recently? I’d love some help planning Lanie’s bachelorette party! Scroll down to the post from February 2nd to share your ideas!
  • Read on for five things I learned last month, giveaways, and events!


Many blessings to you and yours this new year!

 

 

      

  
 

5 THINGS I LEARNED LAST MONTH

  1. Reviews are everything! With reviews, you gain visibility. Reviews are especially golden to Indie publishers because they help us expand our readership. Amazon algorithms and good publicity get you noticed by entities that can blow up your readership, like BookBub and bookstores.
  2. Selling books requires mad business skills. Starting an LLC, mastering sales tax, marketing strategies, etc. It’s a LOT to learn and manage!
  3. Publishing a book opens all kids of unexpected doors! Only 2% of people who say they are going to or want to write a book actually finish and get to the publishing stage. Once you have, professionals in the industry take notice and invite you to take part in a variety of things from events to anthologies to interviews to speaking. I’m so blessed and overwhelmed with the offers I am getting.
  4. Once you write a book, your readers get impatient for more. As a reader, I totally get this, and I am sneaking time whenever I can to write! Book 2 in the Crane’s Cove series is currently schedule to launch in late August/early September. I’ll be choosing beta readers in the next couple months. If you’d like to be considered, please leave a review at Amazon and/or Goodreads and send me a message or email. I’d love for you to be one of the first to read Kat and Easton’s story!
  5. Swag is expensive!! Bookmarks, pens, chip clips, sticky notes, etc. cost a pretty penny! What’s your favorite kind of author swag?

I’d love it if you followed me on Twitter @theKerryEvelyn and Instagram @KerryEvelynAuthor!

 

 


  

 

GIVEAWAYS & WINNERS

  • Congratulations to the winners of my 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways event! I was so much fun sharing some of my favorite books with you all!

  • Check in regularly to my Facebook page for new giveaways that pop up! 

 

 
  

 

EVENTS I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO

 

February

  • Lorelei’s Lit Lair Presents: Let’s Talk Romance with Kristan Higgins
    February 22, 7:00 pm
    Alafaya Library, Orlando, FL
    Curious about the Romance genre? Looking for new author suggestions and titles? Want to win free books? Lorelei’s Lit Lair will offer recommendations and discuss all things romance, including contemporary, historical, romantic suspense, and women’s fiction with romantic elements. New York Times Bestselling Contemporary Romance author Kristan Higgins will be joining via Skype. Attendees can win door prizes, lots of swag and book giveaways.  This is a free event, but seating is limited. Register here: https://attend.ocls.info/event/524301

April

  • April 10, 6:30pm at the Orlando Public Library
    Me! I’ll share everything I learned last year writing and publishing my book. Handy dandy timeline printable included. More info and registration link coming soon!

  • Barbara Vey Reader Appreciation Weekend
    April 27-29, 2018 Milwaukee, WI
    Join Barbara Vey and sixty of her favorite authors for an epic weekend! Tickets are sold out, but it’s not too late to get on her waiting list! Check out her Facebook page to learn who will be there and what to expect.

August

  • Indie Book Fest
    August 9-12
    The Westin, Lake Mary, Florida
    Indie Bookfest celebrates Indie, Hybrid, and Traditional Authors and Artists and their freedom of expression. Join some of your favorite authors for a convention filled with workshops, panels, parties and more! You won’t want to miss the sessions throughout the day, where several panelists will be speaking on a variety of topics relevant to readers, book lovers, and writers.

  • 3rd Annual Romance, Wine, and Chocolate
    August 31
    Alafaya Library, Orlando, FL
    More info coming soon! Check out the recap from last year’s event!  http://www.loreleislitlair.com/2018/01/looking-back- at-romance- wine-chocolate.html

September

  • Tentative release date for Love on the Rocks!
    September 4 th
    If all goes according to plan, I will have advance copies for sale the last week of August! Lookd for
    updates this summer for how to get yours first!

 

And Don’t Forget!

Love on the Edge is published and available at Amazon, right here: https://www.amazon.com/Love-Edge-Cranes- Cove-1/dp/0999586114! I can’t wait to hear what you think! If you love it, please, pretty please with a cherry on top, leave a review at Amazon and/or Goodreads. Amazon reviews are gold, literally. The more you have, the more they expose your books to potential buyers and it’s great for the rankings. Not sure what to say? Just leave 5 stars and the words “Loved it!” - that’s all it takes! XOXO!

 

I’d love it if you followed me on Facebook, Twitter @theKerryEvelyn and Instagram @KerryEvelynAuthor!

 

I hope you all have a wonderful month!

 

 

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Updates at KerryEvelyn.com!

 

   
 

 

NEWS!

 

  • It’s out! Love on the Edge is published and available! I can’t wait to hear what you think! If you love it, please, pretty please with a cherry on top, leave a review at Amazon and/or Goodreads. Amazon reviews are gold, literally. The more you have, the more they expose your books to potential buyers and it’s great for the rankings. Not sure what to say? Just leave 5 stars and the words “Loved it!” - that’s all it takes! XOXO!

  • If you know me personally, you know I have a servant’s heart and I love to give. I wrote my book for the purpose of educating loved ones about the PTSD their warriors go through, and I pray it brings light and grace to those who are living this story. 10% of the profits from the sale of this book will go to Sportsmen for Warriors, an organization committed enriching the lives of our military, veterans, and first responders. Their motto is “It takes a warrior to heal a warrior.” If you are a warrior (military, veteran, or first responder), you are invited to join this Facebook group where you will find a 24/7 community of support. Watch these videos or visit their page to learn more and donate if you feel led to.

  • Available now to all of my subscribers - bonus content, Meemaw’s Recipes! Meemaw is a character in the story that is a force! She’s part Rose Lindstrom Nyland and part Paula Deen, and many of my beta readers wanted more of her. She’ll appear in the next few books, and we’ll be adding recipe cards to the collection as we go. Special thanks to Valerie Willis of Battle Goddess Productions for designing the cards - I love how you can just fold them in half and stand them up on your counter!

  • Have you listened to the soundtrack on Spotify? This list of songs captures heart of the book. I listened to them for inspiration and to help me get my head back in the book on days I was stuck. If you are a writer, I highly recommend this technique!

  • Look for my Blog Tour! Here’s the ongoing list of places you’ll be able to find Love on the Edge spotlighted. Big thanks to Jaime Engle for managing this for me!

  • Lorelei’s Lit Lair spotlighted me on my launch day! Click here for fun Q&A and a giveaway (ends December 17th)! 

  • Read on for five things I learned last month, giveaways, and events! May your Christmas be merry, your Hanukkah be happy, and your Festivus be fantastic!

 

 

      

  
 

5 THINGS I LEARNED LAST MONTH

  1. It takes time to go back and forth with cover design, formatting, uploading to CreateSpace and Amazon, and getting all the business stuff together when you are publishing a book. I’m still astonished I was able to keep to my deadline! Next time, I will have it all ready before I set a date. Look for Book 2 sometime late summer or early fall 2018. No solid release date yet, haha!

  2. “Showing up is 80% of life.” – Woody Allen

    I posted this quote last month, and I’m posting it again. While I didn’t sell a physical book at Authors in a Box, many doors opened for me that day. People I met, groups I learned about, and the interview I was tricked into doing made it obvious I was supposed to be there. I sold several ebooks on Amazon from handing out my postcards, and one of the people who bought it posted a review stating how awesome s/he thought I was (and the book, too!) I was so humbled and thrilled, I cried at my computer. If it was you, THANK YOU! You made this girl’s week. I went from being disappointed and discouraged to ecstatic and understanding. As everything settles, I can see the big picture, and it is incredible. I gave books to two awesome reviewers, met a beautiful soul who happens to live near me and be part of an inspirational writing group (which she invited me to), spoke at length to the And I Thought Ladies (look up their show on Amazon!), got an awesome tip for breaking into bookstores by the host of the Hanging With web show, and survived my first on-camera interview with said host. Keep an eye out – I’ll be posting it as soon as it’s live!

  3. It is not advised to give your books to friends and family, even if they helped you write it, because they are likely the only ones who will buy your book until you get a following. Oops! LOL! I promised books to my beta readers for their time, and I will not go back on that. This story would not be what it is without their valuable input. And some of the friends and family will be getting books for Christmas because they cost a fortune, and I have not yet had time to go Christmas shopping! Haha! If you got a freebie from me, I would love it if you could leave a review for me on Amazon.  Also, the Kindle version is $2.99, your reviewed is then labeled as “verified,” and can be gifted…just sayin’! Haha!

  4. A busy, pretty display does not attract people to your booth. Big, tall signs, a bright tablecloth, and flashing lights are the way to go! So long, mini Christmas tree and gift baskets! Haha!

  5. Always take payment before you sign a book. Otherwise, you will grow a stack of books you can’t sell, unless you get very lucky! Lesson learned, mischief managed, etc...! 

 

I’d love it if you followed me on Twitter @theKerryEvelyn and Instagram @KerryEvelynAuthor!

Here are a few pics from Authors in a Box and the SpaceCoast Authors of Romance Christmas Party! Find more from my latest adventures on my Facebook page!

 

 


  

 

GIVEAWAYS & WINNERS

  • Congratulations to Jannell Rivera who won November’s giveaway! She’ll receive Kindle versions of Elicia Hyder’s Soul Summoner Series!  

  • There’s still time to enter to win the December giveaway, an autographed copy of my book and a $25 Amazon gift card!

  • Be sure to attend my 12 Days of Christmas event, happening daily December 26th through January 6th. I’ll be giving away one of my all-time favorite books each day. Be sure turn on your notifications at my Facebook page if you’d like to be alerted when I go LIVE! I’m turning 40 on January 5th, so it’s going to be hard to narrow down to just 12 books over the course of my lifetime! 

 

 

 
  

 

EVENTS I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO

December

  • 12 Days of Christmas
    December 26 - January 6  
    Join me on my author page as I count down to my 40th birthday! Each day, enter a giveaway to win one of my favorite books! From children's books to romance, there will be something for everyone.

January

  • 2018 Mom Bootcamp 2.0
    January 1 - 26, 2018
    Sign up this December to pick a time to watch Hannah Keeley’s  life-changing 2018 strategy session at www.momsbestyearever.com (not just for moms!) and learn about the Mom Mastery Method. Watch til the end and get the freebie audio set “Squeeze the Day” to learn how to get it all (all that counts) done. She’ll invite you to join January’s Mom Bootcamp 2.0. If you sign up, please let me know; I’d love for you to be one of my accountability partners! I’m currently leading a group of 9 campers; I’d love to double that number! Disclaimer: You MUST be serious and determined to make positive changes in 2018! No bellyachers, gripers, complainers, or Debbie Downers allowed!

  • Orange County Library System’s Writers Conference
    January 27th, 2018
    Orlando, Florida
    Make 2018 the year you finish and publish a novel. The OCLS Writers Conference will provide the tools and knowledge you need to reach your writing and publishing goals this year. Authors and publishing professionals will teach workshops on both craft and business topics. This conference is free to the public, but registration is required for all attendees.

April

  • Barbara Vey Reader Appreciation Weekend - April 27-29, 2018
    Milwaukee, WI
    Join Barbara Vey and sixty of her favorite authors for an epic weekend!  Tickets are sold out, but it’s not too late to get on her waiting list! Check out her Facebook page to learn who will be there and what to expect. 

 

I hope you all have a wonderful month!

 

 

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