November 20, 2014

Cinderella!!!

If you haven't heard, Disney is doing a live action Cinderella movie.


And can we say I'm thrilled? I have always loved the Disney story of Cinderella--it was my favorite in childhood. My mother still tells stories about how I became a 'party trick' among her friends, because I could recite the entire book, including the voices my mom used when she read it, on command.

And evidently did.

To this day, Cinderella has always been a favorite story trope. Some of my favorite renditions? Well, let's see -- Ever After, with Drew Barrymore, A Cinderella Story, with Hilary Duff, and of course, the classic Disney cartoon.

It's a tried and true trope, to be sure--the slave girl/servant who finds love with the titled man--Julia Quinn does it very well in An Offer From a Gentleman. It's part of the Bridgerton Series, which I love, just in general, and highly recommend all 8 books.

I even tried my hand at a Cinderella retelling--a sequel to my short-lived fairy tale book, Rescuing Rapunzel. As of yet, nothing has come of the book, but someday, it will be available, I promise. (There was a whole trilogy there, and hopefully soon I'll have news on the horizon about this series -- three Charming Nobles, and the fairy tales damsels they find.)

I hope the new Cinderella movie winds up as good as the trailer portrays it to be. I know I was breathless as I watched it, and even teared up a bit when it was done.

This is certainly going on my "Must See" movie list.







November 19, 2014

The Taming The Alpha Box Set

This is the latest about the new box set I'll be in, Taming The Alpha, available for pre-order now at Amazon Kindle and pre-order for Nook and other vendors is coming soon.

Post by Candice Gilmer.

November 13, 2014

Why Should I Have A Newsletter?


Today, I spent most of my day doing administrative stuff. Cleaning up and updating my website was the first thing. Then came getting my first ever newsletter (click here to sign up) sent out, including an excerpt from HIS VELVET TOUCH, the new story I have in the Taming The Alpha boxed set. (Totally excited about this--I'm in it with over 20 other awesome authors).

However, the whole process of creating a newsletter was horribly nerve-wracking, and why, I'm not sure, exactly. Maybe it had something to do with wanting to make a perfectly pretty newsletter. Or wondering what I would put in a newsletter.

I set up an account with Mail Chimp a while back, and started building a list, but I had hesitated to send one out, because, well, I just didn't know what to put in them.

(And yes, Mail Chimp is very easy to use and set up. You gotta play with it a little bit to get it like you like, but it's not overly hard. So simple in certain aspects, that I wanted to smack myself upside the head when I figured out how to do what it was I was trying to do)

I find the idea of a newsletter amazing and wonderful and fabulous, but I also find myself wondering why people would sign up for one. Then I look in my inbox, and see the number of newsletters I get. Some I read every day without fail. Others I just kind of delete and ignore. And I don't want to be someone who sends out an email that gets deleted and ignored.

It's inevitable, I know it is, and maybe that's why I was so hesitant to start one. That rejection...

(Can we say I'm thinking a little too much about this?)

Yeah. I worried way too much about this. I spent two weeks trying to figure out what to put in it. When I finally got it put together, I realized I'm a nimrod and I just sent it out.

Will people delete without reading? Sure. It's going to happen.

But it's also one of the most valuable marketing tools a writer has in his/her arsenal. It's people who ASK TO KNOW when your stuff is coming out. Not "want to know when they think about you," but actually PHYSICALLY PUT THEIR EMAIL IN and then CONFIRM IT. They do it because they WANT TO. Not because they are auto signing up, so they can read an article, (OMG total pet peeve that so many websites do), or someone else is doing without asking them.

Newsletter subscriptions are the coolest thing. It means people WANT TO KNOW what I've got going on. Do I have a lot of subscribers yet? No, but that'll always build. Do I appreciate those few I have already? Absolutely.

Because that translates to... psst... FANS. :) :::Happy dance:::

If you're a writer, do you have a newsletter? Why or why not?

October 24, 2014

So... I've Upgraded and Customer Service Still Exists.

My new Tesla Sidewinder I battery
and Nautilus Mini tank. 
So today, when I went into Big E's Vapor Shop--my husband's favorite, and now my favorite vapor shop in my area--I intended to get a coil for my Kangertech Evod 2.

But I started asking questions about batteries to the very patient guy who was helping me. I had been considering a new battery, for a lot of reasons, but the biggest one was that I didn't want to have to charge it every night.

BTW, for those of you who aren't aware, I quit smoking on August 31st, 2014. I'd been a smoker for 22 years, and I decided, shit, I'm old. I waste cigarettes. Time to get away from this. And the smell. I was really tired of the stink of it.

Since that day, I've been cigarette free, that would be, what, um, almost 2 months now. It'll be two full months on Halloween.

Nope, I haven't broken down, I haven't went back once.

What am I doing? The E-Vapor cigarettes, and slowly taking my nicotine level down. I've dropped from 18 to 15. Next step down is 12, and I'm hoping to be there by Thanksgiving.

Back to my story--anyway, so I was looking at batteries, and they had this one (see picture), the Tesla Sidewinder I. I asked questions about battery life, the difference in hit from a basic battery, like the one I had, to the fancy ones.