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Winner of this contest was Jami Dutcher!!

The Only One

The One Trilogy Book 3 releases April 7th!

For the next week, you have a chance to win BIG.

Here’s what you have to do:

–Preorder your copy of The Only One on Amazon, iBooks, Nook or Kobo

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–You win instantly: each preorder receives a signed page from the manuscript of The Only One and signed swag!

–Each preorder also is entered for the GRAND PRIZE: $50 iBooks Gift Card, $25 Amazon Gift Card and a signed paperback of The One Trilogy: The Last One, The First One and The Only One. 

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The glamorous life of an author . . .

I’ve begun to write this about five times, and each time, I’ve quit. It didn’t feel right. But today, an odd juxtaposition of events made me think that maybe it’s time.

This is brutal honesty here, folks. This isn’t woe-is-me angst, nor is it a complaint or whining or begging for sales. It’s simply a state of the union post–the union between author and readers, and the union between all of us in this world.

I’m an author. I’ve been published for five and a half years. I have over fifty books in my backlist. I work hard. This is my only paid job, and I take it seriously.

I release between 6-8 books each year, sometimes more, sometimes less. This year, I’ve released eleven already, with at least three more new material-books planned as well as several additional box sets.

I love my readers. Oh, you have no idea! I adore them. They make me laugh, make me cry with happiness; they boost me up when I’m at the end of my rope, and they come see me when I travel. I couldn’t do this without them.

Like many other authors, I’ve been experiencing a trouble drop in sales over the past seven or eight months. Now, don’t get me wrong. I never was among the top-list six-figures-a-year earners, but I used to do all right. More recently, the harder I work, the less I earn.

It’s okay, because I love what I do. Shhhh, don’t tell anyone . . . but I’d do it for free.

I just don’t think I should have to do it for free.

Out there in the larger world, there are apparently a few misconceptions about how much most authors earn and the so-called glamour of our lifestyle. Over the last few weeks, I realized just how widespread that misunderstanding is.

A few weeks ago, I received a flurry of emails from people who had signed up for my newsletter. I have in place an automation system, as do many authors; readers who subscribe are offered four of my first-in-series books free, as a thank you. Now of course, I hope they will want to read the rest of the books in those series! I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that.

The emails I received, though, were from readers who were unhappy with this situation. Several told me that they were displeased with the provider I use for the freebies. Others wanted the other books free. A couple told me they’d already read one of the freebies and demanded that they receive another book in its place.

When I responded to one, explaining that there wasn’t much I could do if the freebie provider didn’t work for her, the answer floored me. She said berated me for being a selfish author, saying, “It’s just an ebook. It didn’t cost you anything to write it. With what you’re charging, you can afford to give these away.”

Huh.

Of course, there’s a lot wrong with what she said. It did cost me something to write that book. It took me many hours of my own time. Factor in proofreading, formatting and cover art, and an ebook isn’t exactly free. Consider things like promotion and publicity.  Now, I’m fortunate that I can swap for some of those services and that my formatter is amazing and kind, but still . . . the effort that goes into any book isn’t free.

Sadly, this isn’t the first time that I’ve received messages or emails like this. But this time, I got a bunch, and then . . .

All of that was on my mind when something else happened. In fact, it happened more than once in a relatively short span of time. My husband is in ministry, and just now, he is without paid employment after the church where he’d been a priest eliminated his position in January of this year. (That’s a longer story, and if you want to know about it, check out the faith blog I’m part of, A Pen and A Prayer.)

We’ve been tremendously blessed by so many during this difficult time. I am filled with gratitude. But within the last few weeks, I realized that some people had a misconception about how we’re doing. Those who are close to us know the score, but some a little farther removed reacted with surprise when my husband confessed that we’re struggling financially. Apparently, they assumed that as an author, I was raking in the big bucks. They figured that with my job, it was okay that Father Clint wasn’t earning anything. Maybe they’ve read about the big advances authors used to receive, or maybe they have no idea what it means to be an indie author. Maybe they figured all authors are millionaires.

Um . . . no.

I’ve spoken about this situation with friends in other professions. Clearly it is not a misconception limited to the arts–and I’m sure I’ve been guilty of it, too.

Not all doctors are rolling in the dough.

Not all attorneys are filthy rich.

Not all athletes are pulling in seven figures.

And not all authors are leading the glamorous life. <cue Sheila E.>

So what’s the point of this rambling post?  I guess it’s multi-pointed.

First, please don’t de-value any artists’ work by asking that it be given to you free. If it is offered that way, great! Take it with thanks. I love to share books with the loyal readers who support me and enjoy my work. I have no problem doing that. But never assume that an artist can afford to give it away, and please don’t belittle us for expecting some kind of compensation for our chosen profession.

Second, never assume that you know anyone’s situation. The author signing books at your favorite event may be eating ramen noodles for a month to afford the table at that signing. The family next door whom you assume is just fine might be barely scraping by in reality. More people than we know are a missed paycheck away from serious problems. Maybe you’re one of us, too. That doesn’t give either of us the right to make assumptions about others. Let’s agree we won’t do that.

Instead, let’s go around each day, relating to each other while holding onto to the premise that no one’s life is perfect, that we’re all dealing with crap on one level or another, and that by offering understanding instead of judgement, we just might make this world a nicer place.

And that’s all I’ve got to say about that.

Cover Reveal Day: FIFTY FROGS

 

It’s time for the cover reveal of the very first #MeetCute Book!! Are you ready . . .?

FIFTY FROGS will release on June 27th. You can preorder your copy today on iBooks.

Vivian is sick of dating. Sick of the way guys treat her, sick of living and crying by when and if they call . . . she’s just done. When her aunt reminds her that a girl has to kiss a lot of frogs before she finds her prince–Aunt Gail says that number is fifty–Vivian decides she’s taking control of her dating life: she’s going to go on a series of first dates only, and each one must end in a kiss. She begins chronicling each date–the good, the bad and the downright unbelievable–with a plan to turn the stories into an in-depth magazine series about the realities of dating in the twenty-first century.

Everything’s going along according to plan until Vivian hits a bump in her road with Frog Number Five, who doesn’t seem to understand his role in this deal. And despite Vivian’s determination to make it all the way to the big five-oh, when fate keeps throwing this same man across her path, she begins to wonder if maybe it’s time to ditch the plan . . . and kiss just one more frog.

Time for the cover! I am massively in love with this one . . . it was created by the talented Meg Murrey, and she outdid herself.

 

Please share this all over the place–and preorder your copy today!

#KeepItCute <3

Announcing the #MeetCute Books!

 

Boy meets girl. It’s the way romances usually begin . . . and while we all love a happy ending, it’s the #MeetCute that wins our hearts.
How did you two meet?
The #MeetCute Books each have a unique answer to that query. Some might make you swoon, others might make you giggle . . . and some may make you blush.
Twelve authors. Twelve stand-alone contemporary romance novels. Twelve stories that will make your heart beat a little faster.
Because it’s all about the #MeetCute.
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We are excited to announce the #MeetCute Books!
Starting on June 27th, we’ll release one #MeetCute Book a month for a year. The release months and featured authors (and titles if available) are below. Please visit all the authors and get to know them, if you’re not already a fan–this is a treasure trove of romance talent right here!
July: Rene Folsom BY CHOICE (A Playing Games Spin-Off Novel)
September: K.S. Thomas
November: Sylvie Fox WITH OR WITHOUT YOU
December: Lyssa Layne DEUCE OF HEARTS
January: Anne Conley KISS OF FORTUNE
February: Lisa Hughey
May: JK Rivers  IT HAPPENED ON A TUESDAY
Visit our website to find out about the latest releases, cover reveals and more! Like our Facebook page to keep up.  And sign up for our #MeetCute Books Breaking News  so that you never miss a release or update–or a special prize!
The first release under the #MeetCute Books logo is FIFTY FROGS by Tawdra Kandle. More information about this book will be on our website and newsletter on May 2nd . . . and the awesome cover will be revealed on May 16th.
(But psssst . . . it’s already up for preorder on iBooks. You can read the blurb there!)
Until then . . . keep it #cute!

Welcome to the Age of Aquarius

 

Tomorrow starts today.

I can’t believe that today is here. I’ve been planning for this release . . . waiting for this book . . . for a long time.

Today, the Age of Aquarius dawns.

Oh, and did I mention that today is also my fiftieth birthday? It is! I’m so excited to be entering into my sixth decade. I am so blessed, and I love my life, my family, my career so much . . . fifty really IS fabulous.

But let’s get to the big fun!

1967. It was the Summer of Love. But in the midst of peace and flower power, a group of hippies unleash an unspeakable horror that will threaten the future of the planet . . .
 
The King Series.
The Serendipity Series.
Recipe for Death Series.
 
Every battle. Every win. Every loss. All the intrigue, pain and mystery . . . it all leads here.
 
In the ultimate fight against an ancient and powerful evil, Carruthers agents join with old friends as well as new allies to save the world.
 
Tasmyn and Michael, Nell and Rafe, Jackie and Lucas—and of course, Cathryn Whitmore—all of them will risk their lives and futures to stop the dreaded Hive.

Some will live. Some will die. None of them will ever be the same.

Redeem yesterday. Survive today. Save tomorrow.

There are two versions of Age of Aquarius: one is the adult version, which includes some risqué scenes and adult language, and the other is the PG, young adult-friendly version. Both are available in ebook form at all vendors and in paperback form at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Walmart, Target and Books-a-Million.

AGE OF AQUARIUS (adult version) BUY IT HERE

AGE OF AQUARIUS (PG version) BUY IT HERE

Giveaway!

Want to enter to win of these gorgeous pendants, specially designed and made just for the release of Age of Aquarius? All you have to do is share about the release! Easy-peasy. You can enter by going here.

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Come party with us today!

It’s not a birthday without a party, right? Come enjoy mine today from 12 noon to 3 PM EDT right on Facebook. There will be guest authors, giveaways and more!

 

 

 

 

Have you read the other books in the Save Tomorrow World?

If not, you’re in luck. Two box sets are on sale for only 99 cents right NOW!

The King Series Box Set is the perfect entry point for this world. Everything started in a small town in Florida . . .

From USA Today bestselling author Tawdra Kandle comes the four-book box set of an intriguing series filled with magic and suspense. Readers of the Twilight books and the Black Mage series will fall in love with the secrets of this small town and its mystical inhabitants . . .

 

 

 

 

The Save Tomorrow Collection Box Set picks up where the King Series ends and carries the story through to Age of Aquarius.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoy the play list for Age of Aquarius . . . music by which we save the world!

Tawdra Kandle writes romance, in just about all its forms. She loves unlikely pairings, strong women, sexy guys, hot love scenes and just enough conflict to make it interesting. Her books include YA paranormal romance,  NA paranormal and contemporary romance, and adult contemporary and paramystery romance. She lives in central Florida with a husband, kids, sweet pup and too many cats. And yeah, she rocks purple hair.

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#AprilReadingChallenge: Favorite Male Character

Welcome to April! It’s my favorite month of the year . . . for many reasons. First, of course, it’s spring. When I lived in a more season-oriented climate, April was the first month when we could count on more warm days than cold ones. And it was the month of daffodils, tulips and forsythia. The air was filled with fragrance.

And April is *my* month–I celebrate my birthday on the 7th!

This year, I also have a huge release on that same day. AGE OF AQUARIUS goes live on the 7th.

So when I saw this reading challenge for April, I thought . . . why not?

April 5: Favorite Male Character 

Kill me now! I’m well-known for having ALL the book boyfriends, so don’t even think about making me only choose one.

Let’s start a list:

Cheney from Liz Schulte’s Easy Bake Coven series–just think YUM!

Dorian from Stephanie Nelson’s Gwen Sparks series–Death never looked so freaking HOT!! And yes, he is mine. Hands off.

Nicky from Olivia Hardin’s Shifty Businessthis was tough, because I am more than a little in love with all of Olivia’s men, but damn . . . Nicky just does it for me. Swooooon . . .

Ferric from Mandie Stevens’ Olde City Angels books but even more from her forthcoming series . . . wow, he makes being bad look soooooo good. I claimed Ferric first, and the rest of you are sore out of luck.

Rafe from Sarina Bowen’s The Shameless Hour  . . . I had a hard time choosing from Sarina’s leading men, because I also love Blake Riley and Griffin and Zach and . . . well, all of them. But Rafe is probably my favorite. Today, anyway. He is the nice guy with the most sizzle ever.

Tam from C.G. Powell’s Logic and Terra Stella books, but especially here in Ghosts of Yuletide Past. Tam is in high demand, but let’s just say *I* have the inside track when it comes to this man.

Christian from Melissa Lummis’s Love and Light series . . . this conflicted guy stole my heart, even when I didn’t like the things he did.

Owen from Ginger Scott’s Wild Reckless. He’s another sexy boy who just is so dang good at doing bad things. Or bad at doing good things. Or . . . all of the above. Just read the book. Seriously.

And who is my favorite of MY male characters? Hmmmm . . . I think it’s got to be Rafe. He was my first, and he’ll always have a place in my heart. Loved that I got to write so much of him in Age of Aquarius

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