Welcome to the Scavenger Hunt and February Cover Wars sponsored by Masquerade Crews. Can you find the answer to one of the questions on my page? Hint: look to the right.
Yes, I’m going to blow my own horn, or rather that of my author group. Coffee Talk is my fan club, support group and my closest online friends. These gals have pushed me when writer’s block hit. They took me by the hand and pulled me into the world of social media (sometimes kicking and screaming.) We help each other through rough times, personal and professional, and shout out our successes louder than our own family members.
And to sweeten the deal, they are some of the most talented new authors I have read in the past year.
No one can understand the trials and tribulations of an author like another author. After spending an hour getting that paragraph just right, my husband smiles and says “That’s nice.” My Coffee Talk girls say, “Post it. Let’s see what you’ve got.” Or “Woohoo! Love it when a scene comes together.”
When my first novelette, Merry Christmas, Henry, hit Amazon, my family members and close friends each dutifully bought a copy. (Except for my mother who bought tried to for Christmas.) My author group shared it on Facebook, blogged and tweeted it to the heavens. My sales showed it. There is nothing better than having your own personally invested Street Team promoting you. Through the supreme efforts of the Coffee Talk Writers, my first publication reached so many readers it won Best Short Romance of 2013 in the E&P Readers Poll.
We first met in Scribophile, an online writing community. Critiquing relationships grew into friendships. Soon we established a blog together. After a year of collaboration, we have established an active website that is a regular stop with Book Monster Tours. We showcase authors through spotlights, interviews and book reviews. With careful recruiting, we added nine reviewers to our site. Our members will soon have a dozen published works between us. Quite an accomplishment. And we’re just get starting. Our new website is almost up and running. Keep an eye us: our site will be offering more services throughout 2014.
So aspiring authors, want my advice? Find yourself a group of dedicated, like-minded writers. Support each other, share your talents and see how far you can go.
Coffee Talk Publications
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Fatal Desire (Book 2 in the Guardian Series) by Valerie Twombly New release in March 2014
Between the Waters – Symphony of Light (Book 2) by Renea Mason
Second Wife by Kishan Paul
Magnificent Valor by Aubrey Wynne
It’s Your Love by Isabella Harper
KCAEC by Michaela Miles
A very special thanks and my undying gratitude to our social media guru Michaela Miles.