MUST. KEEP. WRITING!

O, the woes of a writer! Just when I was seriously thinking about becoming a “summer slacker,” a persistent (but greatly appreciated) question from readers finally burst my warm, happy bubble: “So, when’s your next book coming out?” My response is always, “I’m working on it.” But, what I really want to say is, “Dude, I barely survived this one!”

*Sigh* Yes, the obligatory next novel–an apparent requirement for any writer who dare call herself an author. As a self-published and first-time novelist (i.e., an absolute rookie at this stuff), getting from the Goslyn County manuscript to the actual book was down-right exhausting. Throw in the social media book promo roller coaster as I try to flip this writing “gig” from a hobby in to a profession, and I need a vacation followed by a long nap.

First, it was “learning” the “dos and don’ts” when traveling on the social media road. When I say learning, I mean trying to figure out what the heck to do on it and with it! I swore I’d never become a tweep or join the Facebook™ crowd. Attracting “followers,” being “liked” and “unliked,” and debating whether to hit the confirm or delete button to a so-called “friend request” is just too freakin’ stressful! Then there’s deciding where to advertising. Here? There? Everywhere?! I thought writing was the hardest part. Foolish me!

But who am I kidding? Writing is addictive. It’s like a bag of Lay’s Ruffles™ chips. It’s impossible to stop at one story. My imagination won’t let me. Hence, I’ve been slogging through a second manuscript, constantly interrupted by that thing called Life. But to my surprise, another idea has taken hold of my brain–a short story romance featuring Olivia and Maureen of Goslyn County. Like I said, writing is addictive.

So despite a steep learning curve and Life’s demands in general, I’ve got that writer’s compulsion to keep digging into that bag of chips and pulling out one handful after another. Hail to the pen! Hail to Ruffles chips!

Goslyn County giveaway

UPDATE 6/11/2016: Congrats to the winners in my Goodsreads giveaway of Goslyn County. The winners have been notified, and the books are in the mail. Happy reading!

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Time’s running out! June 10, 2016, will be the last day to enter the giveaway at goodreads for a chance to win a copy of my first novel, Goslyn County. Thanks for your support and good luck!

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Only 101 words?!

7/26/2016 Update:

A Good Day https://www.101words.org/?s=a+good+day

Compliment? http://www.101words.org/?s=compliment

Every writer likes a challenge, but only 101 words?! Yep. That’s the rule set by 101words.org, a great website that helps writers, including me, sharpen their skills. It’s also a great opportunity to get published and dazzle readers with our clever and witty ideas.

Please check them out and let me know what you think about my recent submission Protect This House! which you can view here: http://www.101words.org/protect-this-house/

 

A “Thank You” to Readers/Reviewers

It’s a wonderful feeling (and relief) when someone tells me how much they enjoyed my book and is willing to invest the time to write a review. So, I shout “Thank You!” to the following readers/reviewers for their STAR RATINGS of Goslyn County:

Long and Short Reviews (@LASReviews): http://www.longandshortreviews.com/?s=goslyn

Inked Rainbow Reads (@InkedRainbowRea):                       https://www.inkedrainbowreads.com/5-star-4-star-and-3-star-reviews-for-goslyn-county-by-a-m-mcknight-ff-crime-wordmc46/

A.M. Leibowitz (@amyunchained): http://amleibowitz.com/2016/06/20/book-review-goslyn-county-by-a-m-mcknight/

LVLM (@LVLMLeah): 

Brown Books and Green Tea (@BBandGT):  … … …

Sistahs on the Shelf (@SOTS):http://sistahsontheshelf.com/?p=6573

With Love, Tania (@WLoveTaniaBlog): https://t.co/pqgKuOUfR4

Romance Novels in Color (@RomanceinColor):  … …

K.A. Smith (@AuthorKASmith):https://t.co/sWAuGLWyG4

Black Lesbian Fiction (@respublishing):