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Do You Smell That?

If you’ve followed me from my very first book or if you’ve chatted with me at an invent, you probably know scent in my books is a big thing for me.
The way my characters smell is described in each book. Becuase scent matters to me, from the start of this journey, I’ve custom blended melts for every one of my main characters.
These little wax melts smell exactly as I imagine my characters do. I give them away with the purchase of their corresponding books.

I always believed, as a reader, if I could smell the characters I love as I read it would add a layer to the experience. Like an awesome immersive experience, so as a writer I try to give that to my readers with these melts.

I have a giveaway about it going on right now on my Facebook profile. Go find the original post to enter. https://www.facebook.com/verlene.landon

 

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Charity Anthology Cover Reveal

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Branches of Healing: Tales of Unsung Heroes by Amy Allen, Autumn Sand, Ava Wood, Bella Emy, J.L. Leslie, Lorah Jaiyn, Natalia Schellhaas, Verlene Landon is coming July 31, 2018!!

Pre-Order price is 99 cents for a limited time! Price will go up to $3.99 after release day.

Healing Paws for Warriors, Inc.100% of all book sales will go to the charity. Healing paws takes rescue dogs and train them to be companions for veterans that suffer from PTSD.
Branches of Healing, add to your TBR.

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A compilation of stories brought to you by eight of your favorite authors. These stories will focus on the people who serve in armed services and the people who love them. All proceeds to go to Healing Paws for Warriors. http://www.healingpawsforwarriors.org/

This book is dedicated to Sue Harmeling and her recent loss of her baby boy.


My contribution, OSCAR MIKE, is a tale of love, loss, and relationships that defy explanation.

OSCAR MIKE by Verlene Landon

As a soldier, Cassie was always on the move, but when her husband was killed in an explosion overseas, her life stalled.

She lost her best friend that day and had nowhere to turn in her time of grief.

Rob, Jeff, and Cassie had been inseparable in high school. When Jeff and Cassie became a couple, and Rob realized his feeling ran deeper than just friends, they drifted apart.

But fate was cruel and spiteful. Ending up in the same unit as the “happy” couple was hell. Not being able to act on his feelings for Cassie? Pure torture. When a new assignment brought him and Jeff to London, Rob was excited, but losing his leg and watching Jeff die in his arms took his life in another direction.

Now he has a secret, one he isn’t sure Cassie can forgive him for.

Will Cassie allow herself to find love with the one person who can truly make her feel? Or will Rob’s secret destroy any chance of a happy ending, and send Cassie running?

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January & Logan’s Playlist

 

I forgot to post it here at release, sorry.

I do NOT own the rights to any of the music or videos. They do NOT endorse me or my book. This is simply the music my characters shared with me and I listened to while writing the book.

Dangerous – Shaman’s Harvest

 

All American Nightmare – Hinder

 

Little Dirty Blonde – Winger

 

Bad Girlfriend – Theory of a Deadman

 

Black Honey – Thrice

 

Domino – KISS

 

My Name is Human – Highly Suspect

 

Colorful – The Verve Pipe

 

Mother – Danzig

 

Stand By Me – Ki: Theory

 

Heaven Nor Hell – Volbeat

 

Song #3 – Stone Sour

 

 

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Whew, October!

October was so busy, I can’t share everything in the newsletter so I am making this post about signings so you can see some of the pics.

October 7 was Brew City Book Signing in Milwaukee, WI.

I hit up the Harley Museum the day before and meet some awesome authors and readers at the event. My room sucked, it had mold, but it couldn’t ruin my weekend.

 

October 14 was Arch City Book Signing in Columbus, OH.

WOW, such a good time. I got to hang with some of my favorite people and saw the best drag show ever!

October 21 was Desert & Wine with the author at Vegas Valley.

I got to sit and chat with an amazing woman over cupcakes and hear some interesting information from other authors.

October 28 was Love N Vegas, right here in my hometown.

What a way to close out my year of signings. This event was ah-mazing. I hope to get an invite in the future.

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John & Augusta’s Playlist

Yes, I have been crazy behind with keeping up with things, but here is Inevitably Yours (Imagine Ink 4), John & Augusta’s playlist.

I do NOT own the rights to any of the music or videos. They do NOT endorse me or my book. This is simply the music my characters shared with me and I listened to while writing the book.

Leather & Lace

When Will I Be Loved

More Than A Feeling

Flirtin’ With Diesaster

Have You Ever Seen The Rain

Edge Of A Broken Heart

Feel Like Making Love

Beautiful Loser

These Dreams

Waiting For A Girl Like You

Still Unbroken

Open Arms

BONUS: Sweet Home Alabama

 

 

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Author Questions Answered (Music)

Answering the author questions I get asked the most. I am in no way indicating that I speak for the community as a whole. As authors are diverse, so are their answers. This/these is/are simply mine.


MUSIC

Modern Computer Station

  • What do you listen to when you write? Do you have a writing playlist?

This is probably one of the top 5 questions I get asked. Almost every questionnaire I receive has it, many readers ask it, and I always want to know about my favorite books/authors too.

For me, I don’t have a set writing playlist, rather each couple/book has their/its own unique playlist. More often than not, music is my first introduction to them, the first thing they share with me. I get to know them through their music before they let me in on their story. Music is, for me, an intimate way to get to know people in real life, so why not my characters? They don’t always give me their entire library, but a song here or there, and once I have enough to get a feel for them, I immerse myself in that music, even when it is totally not my personal taste. Not only when I am actively writing, but when I’m in the car, riding Lemmy, or working out. That playlist is on a loop, and at some point, I mesh with them on a different level, and then their story begins to take on new layers. I continue listening to the playlist until the book is finished.

FOLLOW UP QUESTIONS

  • Do you always connect through music?

Yes and no.

Yes, because I always need to connect through music for my character to have depth. For me to even understand them and tell their story, I have to feel their music.

No, because sometimes I can’t. When I find myself skipping songs repeatedly, I suffer character block. I can’t get a real feel for them. Currently, I find myself skipping songs on my WiP playlist or just turning it off, causing me to not be able to connect to one of my main characters. I can’t write them when I can’t connect and sadly, music is my main bridge.

  • Why isn’t it in the back of your book? Can (do) you share it?

I have read books with a playlist in the back matter, and while I personally love the idea, I am not sure of all the legalities about doing it myself. I would rather put my money in editing, covers, and marketing than to pay a lawyer to find out or to handle it if I do so without full knowledge and have to pay. (Yes, there is always Google, but I prefer not to rely on an internet search for legal advise.) Besides, I do share the playlists. I have them on Spotify, I also share them on my Facebook page and Pinterest. However, I am going to start sharing them here. (I’ll get my back-lists up this week.)

  • Do your characters only listen to your favorite music?

No, sometimes they listen to songs that make me want to drive rusty railroad spikes through my eardrums, but it’s not about what I like, it’s all about getting in touch with them.

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Second Chances & First Impressions

You never get a second chance to make a first impression.

We all know that old saying, right?

While I agree with it in fact, I don’t feel it is truly factual, or wholly factual? I should say. I have broken this rule myself, and let’s face it, an up and coming writer has to bank on it being broken.

While I agree this saying holds true for say, a 32 year old interviewing for the CFO of a muti-billion dollar company, I think (and pray) there are cases where this is, well, not the case.

As much as I agree with the once-a-dick-always-a-dick kind of thing, there are circumstances where I think; no, not really.

Like the dick I dated at 17 with a black Trans Am, Member’s Only jacket, and bad boy attitude in full bloom. He was a HUGE DICK back then, and if you would’ve ask me at 17, or even at 25, I would’ve said he was a pox riddled dick that needed to masturbate with a chainsaw. However, he turned out to be a really great guy later in life. Faithful husband (as far as I know), devoted dad and not the party favor prison bitch I killed a chicken and danced naked in the moonlight, while praying to unseen forces he’d become.

Same with actors, writers and other artists. I hated some of their early work. There were times I wanted to jump through the movie screen and strangle the fuck out of an overacting, wooden bastard, whom I now go all gooey eyed and wet Victorias over. No, I will not mention specifics, but I said more than once that they would never become anyone and I would never spend a dime on their work. WRONGO – Same with some of my absolute FAVORITE authors, again, I will not name names. I will say that one book was so bad, (IN MY OPINION), some passages are still a running joke in my house, but I read every word they’ve written since then faithfully, and stalk them creepily on social media.

Why?

Because like Trans Am dick, they grew. And as they did, they changed. In the case of artists, got better in their craft. So while that first impression is there, and it’s true that it will never go away, I do not believe that is always all she wrote, fat lady singing, and curtain closing type final.

When it’s an arena where you can grow, whether literally or metaphorically, I think this saying shouldn’t apply.

While I like to think I am the greatest author in the world, the truth of the matter is,  I’m not even close. BUT, what I am, is growing. Growing with every sentence and I hope I never stop doing so. Just reading the 2 books I’ve published, I see tremendous growth. And that’s saying something considering I think I’m the Muhammad Ali of authors. LOL (actually I don’t, I’m very insecure in that arena)

The problem I face as a just starting out, independent author, is getting people to know when to apply the first impression thing and when to fucking throw it out the window.

I’ve heard that many authors (even some big ones) go back and entirely re-write their first books because they personally think they are awful. Now, if authors themselves find them horrid, then why should little ole me expect all the readers in the world to find my first book brilliant?

The truth is I never did. I was so blown away by the people who enjoyed it, I cried, yes, me who only cries over fictional characters and my kids, cried over real people. While the bad reviews stung, still do. (I’m being nice by saying sting, they fucking burn like a bitch.) I expected them, prepared for them, the best I could anyway, but I never prepared for people to say nice things, so when they did, my soul ate that shit up like warm Krispy Kremes at 3am. And in doing so, it made the bad so much worse. I got a taste of something sweet that I never anticipated, making the expected more bitter.

But even worse than the taste in my mouth, is the fact that some people will never know that I can do better, am doing better.

As long as we grow and learn, we are better. And that applies to EVERYTHING in life.

So, I have a proposal for anyone with who (whom? I never know which) I made a bad first impression.

  • If you wrote a review before this date and didn’t enjoy my first book, zip me an e-mail. Verlene.Landon@gmail.com
  • Let me know you left an I-Was-Not-Impressed review and why, (the why helps me grow) and I will send you my second book FREE, to see if maybe we just got off on the wrong foot and if I’ve grown as an author in a way you might appreciate.
  • If you’re still not a fan after you read book 2, at least you gave me a second chance and I thank you for that. That is more than some people ever get.

Well, I’m off to work on book 3 (which by the way will be better than 1 & 2) and maybe save the citizens of Solstheim from the evil Miraak.

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A Peek Into The Imagine Ink Series (and my head-aaahhhh)

Where to start, where to start. I guess somewhere in the middle, that’s logical.

NOTE: People said similar, yet story appropriate things about Indelible You, but since no one but me knew it was intentional, and there was only one book out, I didn’t even address it. Now that I have 2 of the 4 books out and more people are reading and reviewing and sharing their thoughts, I decided it is a good time to share some things running through my head while writing this series, and maybe give you a bit of an insight into the people of Imagine Ink.

I hate that I may lose readers because of my approach, but I am still committed to the continuity of this series. (Not all my work will follow this track.) I am learning from my readers though, and the things being mentioned that were not intentional on my part, are noted and will make the next book better. So please, keep commenting and reviewing, it matter so much, especially to me, as I am learning as I go, so to speak.

I wrote/am writing this series to be 4 books that you can read in any order or just 1 and still be able to enjoy it and not feel completely lost in a story that makes little sense without the previous one. However, I am also writing it to have a richer texture if you chose to read them in order. Rather than make them dependent on each other, or on the other side, treat the main characters of previous books as simply window dressing for the rest of the series, I took a different route.

As with Walker and Erika’s story (Book 1), I tried to tell it in a unique way, as unique as one can be in romance anyway. But, just because six letters appeared on the last page of the book, their stories didn’t end. I promise I will not take anyone’s HEA away down the line, but I will shake it up a bit from time to time. Why? Because one person’s story doesn’t end just because they find their soul mate or simply because someone else’s story begins. Not to mention, we are a part of the story of those we are close to, so it seems natural to me.

With Book 1 the main characters weren’t together for the majority of the book. Some people hated it, some loved it. I took the risk. I didn’t address Walker’s past in detail, again, there was love and hate for that. I also included a touch of everyone’s point of view. This was a cardinal sin apparently. Some people have expressed how much they love it, but the majority were not impressed. (FYI – I am working on a different version of book 1 that eliminates the additional POVs, but I will add it as a point-something maybe, rather than replace the original. See, your reviews can impact a book.)

Book 1 took place over a 5 – 6 month span with the mains having a history. Book 2 is condensed to 3 – 4 months and overlaps Book 1, and the mains had not met prior. So I did tend to put them (Tori & Michael) into sexual situations a bit quickly, for more than one reason. Love me or hate me, I did that on purpose, and you will see some effects of that play out in the future. Some already have on my Scrivener document.

If you read Book 1 you will notice that there were things seemingly omitted from that book, like Walker’s history for example. I hate to tell you, but I did that intentionally too. I wanted to add to people we think we know as we go. Because, let’s face it, no one peels back their layers all at once and exposes themselves completely. It happens gradually. People do not grow in a one season like tomatoes or peas, but over time and continually. So while you do not need to read the rest of the series to enjoy any one book and understand the general bent of the characters, it will give you a few ah-ha moments if you do, and hopefully bond you with them a bit. Some of you were left wondering at the end of Indelible You how Tori would feel about her mom making the executive decision not to bring her home during the shit storm, why is Walker so black and white on marriage, etc., however, it didn’t detract from the Book 1 story line for every reader, or so I’ve been told. Hopefully though, it added to Book 2, and even down the line as people continue to work through their issues and grow as individuals.

Wait, what was I talking about? Oh yeah, the thought that prompted this long winded blog post. It is one of those things, like Walker’s history, that had already been addressed in my head and Books 2, 3 & 4, just not that a reader would know yet. While some of these things, and others, are starting to be noticed by observant readers, if what they say is taken at face value, it isn’t a huge detractor from their enjoyment of the story, and that’s a good thing. But I do hope as the series moves along, readers will feel a bit more connected because of the way I did things along the way.

I knew the risk involved in doing some of the things I did. I know that some readers will give up after not finishing Book 1 or 2. But if I’m lucky, some readers out there will embrace the oddity and stick with Imagine Ink through it all. While some might not even notice what I’ve done, some may hate it. Others, like analytical readers, note it and either accept it at face value or wait with bated breath to see if it is addressed or not. And others still may feel a bit of a kinship with a character because that’s exactly what they would’ve done in that situation, even if it’s not typical. People deal with trauma in different ways. People deal with relationships in different ways. People deal with parents in different ways. People deal with death or near death in different ways. Not all of them healthy, mature, or socially acceptable. But, they all must live with the butterfly effect those choices create, just like us mere mortals. It is my hope that by the end of Book 4, every reader closes the covers (or powers down), holds it to his or her chest and just sits there for twenty minutes realizing all the little things that have come to light through out this journey, and enjoy the depth it added to their experience and relationship with the people in a little tattoo parlor on the Florida-Alabama line.

And of course if they think I’m fucking brilliant, that would be excellent.

NOTE TO READERS: MY BLOG HAS MOVED. You can now find it on my website at verlenelandon.com – I will slowly stop posting here.

Also, there is a GIVEAWAY on my site too. Check it out!

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INDELIBLE YOU Overhaul

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I have listened to the readers, and am working on a complete overhaul of Indelible You.

I am doing away with the extra POV’s and hopefully delving deeper into the H & h.
The bones of the story will be the same. (If that was your biggest yuck, well, it still will be unfortunately.)

But if you were one of the people that liked to story idea, but hated the constant POV switching, then I hope you will be pleasantly surprised.

Brand Me – Imagine Ink 2 is almost ready to hit the shelves, and it is much smoother with just the 2 POVs.

Live and learn. It took me a bit to swallow my pride and realize that my baby wasn’t as pretty as it could be in this self publishing pageant.

I hope to have that completed before April.

If you left a review of Indelible You, (retailer or Goodreads) and would be willing to give me another chance, I would love to get a revamped copy to you when it’s available. Email me at Verlene.Landon@gmail.com – add your email address (the one you use for Kindle books) and point me to your review.

Readers can, and in this case, did, make a difference.
When you review a book, you change things.
Reviews can be powerful. They not only let other readers know what to expect, but help authors improve. I am new to this and what I like may not be what you like. Without a review how am I to know if there are changes that could make my book better for you – the reader?

So, if you like a book, let the author know what you liked about it. If you didn’t, let them know that too. But please always remember, just as every reader is a person, so is every author. We may kill characters you love, put some through some heavy shit and even make you cry, but as hard as it may be to believe, we do have feelings.

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Holiday Kindle Giveaway

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★★HOLIDAY KINDLE GIVEAWAY★★
How about a new Kindle for all your awesome new books to spread the holiday cheer?!?

TO ENTER:
1. Purchase a copy of Indelible You between Dec. 7 – Dec. 20
2. Email proof of purchase to verlene.landon@gmail.com
3. Share this giveaway with your friends/family (found via link below)
4. Comment Done (on page via link) when all steps have been completed

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