Thursday, September 29, 2016


How to sign up for this retreat: 

FYI: All meals are included AND there will be mini-workshops/classes. 
Retreat Dates are: March 23-26th in Heber, Utah

See pics of the awesome accommodations for the retreat here. Sign ups open on Saturday, October 8th at 8am MDT- No Earlier

1. Pick which bed type/price you would like (see below)

2. Send an email to with:
    a) your first and second choices for bed preferences
    b) the email address of the PayPal account you would like to have billed
    c) the name your PayPal account is under, and your author name if different 
    d) if you would like to make 1 full payment or split the cost into 3 payments.
    e) add a roommate name if you have made plans to share a queen bed with someone, OR a name if you would like to be in the same room with someone. We will try to honor as many of these requests as possible.
    f) if you are reserving two spots in one queen bed, tell us

3. We will send you a confirmation email and a link to pay through Paypal- (You may choose to split your payment into three and send one-third immediately, the second third on November 15th and the last third on January 15th. You must pay in full by January 15th.) We must have your initial payment within one hour of when you receive an invoice from PayPal from us requesting payment or your spot will be given to the next person in line.

NO REFUNDS-thank you. (You can, however transfer your bed reservation to someone else if you discover you are unable to attend.)

The bed options:  If you are planning to choose a queen bed, you might want to find someone to be your roomie (if you care who is in the bed with you.) Otherwise choose one of the single bed options.

*There are only beds. There are no air mattresses in this cabin
**Anything not highlighted is available and are listed as prices for each occupant
***Anything highlighted in red is reserved/paid for
****Queens are $175 each if you share with someone else, or $300 if you don’t want to share.    

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There is a $30 late fee for registrations after December 1, 2016
(Sorry, that's what the home owner charges us.)

Have questions or want to register? 

Email us-

*group size is limited to 20

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

A Few Thoughts on Unforgetable Romance

Based on Rachel Ann Nunes' 
6 Steps to Unforgettable Romance & 
my examples underneath

1. Both main characters have goals outside of falling in love. 

          One of them is trying to get a promotion. Someone moved to a new town and is struggling to fit in. Their business is on the verge of failure than they are working nonstop to save it. 

2. The plot is relatable to the reader
          The reader might think, "I have those fears." "Something like that happened to my friend." "I can totally see that happening." (In the world the author is creating.)

3. Emotional reactions between characters create tension

          Something is out of their control, there is oppression, freedom limited, conflicting ideas of life and love, want the same thing--competing for it, ruthless antagonist, phobia, past failure

4. Intimacy feels real and earned

          See my blogpost from September of last year about Romantic Tension

5. Reader satisfaction
          Romances all end with a happily every after (HEA) or a happily for now. If it doesn't, it's not a romance.

6. Beta-readers to give feedback on reader's response

          The more the merrier! Everyone has a different perspective. Everyone will read the sentences you wrote and inject their own life and circumstances into the story and interpret it differently. It is worth reading each comment carefully, deliberately, and seriously.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Five Steps to Selling Your Book in Person

Five steps to selling your book in person.

I sell my books at a lot of live events. I perfected my approach selling books at Costco. I just finished a three day signing event at Salt Lake Comic Con. You'll have fans like the princess in the picture below come to see you to buy all your new stuff, but you'll also need to introduce your books to people who have no idea who you are. Here's what works for me.

Before you go:

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1. Memorize a killer one-liner to describe your books generally.
I say, "My books are Mission Impossible meets Bourne Identity."

2. Memorize a short description for each of your books that grabs their interest and makes them want to know more.
Here's what I say for the Watched Trilogy:
"Christy doesn't fit in. She never has. She decides she wants to and so she goes on a school trip to DC. Once there, she stumbles upon a murder. Voila. She gets her change of life only in a twisted way. Now she has to change into all these different people in the witness protection program in order to survive. And of course there are hot guys in the story. You have to have hot guys in every story."

I have a short description like that for each series. I have three and a few standalones.

When you get there:

Comic con 2016
3. As people pass, say one of these things, "Do you like to read?" "What do you like to read?" or "Are you a reader?" Smile. Act like you like being there and are happy to have met them.

4. Once they say they are a reader, then pitch them. Say something like, "Great. I'll quickly tell you about my book, then." (If you are with group, you could ask them what they like to read at that point- then you can direct them to the right author who writes the genre of book they like.)
You say your one liner.
If they don't walk away, then give them your short description and as you near the end,
hand them the book you just pitched and say, "You can read the back of the book if you want."

5. Once you can see they're done, tell them the price. "It's only $10 today and if you buy the whole trilogy, you get this short story for free--or it's only $27. That's almost a twenty dollar savings from buying it anywhere else."

Then be silent and let them speak next. Answer any questions they have and then sign the book.

Comic con 2016
P.S. Don't forget to come up with something to write above your signature. A lot of times, it has to do with the concept or theme of the book.

P.S.S. Make sure you ask if they want their name in the book. Some don't.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Writer Accessories

Everyone with a passion needs toys, right? You know. Like Harry Potter fans wanting a wand, or Star Wars fans wanting a lightsaber.

What do writers want? A cool pen and notebook? A laptop? A thesaurus?

I love t-shirts with clever sayings. Like some of these:

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I love this kind of thing. If my family wanted to get me writing "gear," the sites linked above would be great places to start.

What's your favorite writing stuff?