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AUGUST NEWSLETTER

COVER REVEAL, RELEASE BLITZ & REVIEW
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The sign-ups (Cover Reveal, Release Blitz & Review) for Irrevocably Mine (Imagine Ink #3) is officially open!! Please help a gal out and sign-up to help spread the word about this ‪#‎HOT‬ cover/book coming your way! 🙂

 

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BOOK NEWS

 

Meet the guys & gals of Imagine Ink tattoo parlor.

The Imagine Ink series centers around a small parlor in the Florida panhandle. Each book can be read as a stand alone, you won’t be lost if you skip one. However, you’ll have a richer experience by reading in order. There are Easter eggs and answers to curiosities popping up all the time.

INDELIBLE YOU

E-book is available from Amazon for under a dollar. (FREE to borrow for KU subscribers.) Paperback is also available from Createspace & Amazon for $10.99 or, grab a signed copy for only $12.99 from my website.

BRAND ME

E-book is available from Amazon for $1.99. (FREE to borrow for KU subscribers.) Paperback is also available from Createspace & Amazon for $10.99 or, grab a signed copy for only $12.99 from my website.


AUGUST JUST FOR FUN
(and a prize)

Just for fun, take a picture of one of my books or e-books on a table, by a pool, skydiving with Elvis or anything else you think is fun. Post it to Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. Make sure to tag/@ me. Post before August 25th.
(If you mention you’re a subscriber, it will count toward FotM also.)

Use the links in this newsletter to connect with me & don’t forget to mention you’re a subscriber at least once, so I can keep count of your interactions for FotM.

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JULY FAN OF THE MONTH

 

Teresa A. Chapman
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This beautiful lady interacts with me regularly, and has since the release of my first book. Teresa to claim your prize, message me on Facebook, from the account above within 72 hours of this newsletter time stamp. Thanks for being a loyal reader and a social media friend.

 

To be in the running for FtoM, simply follow, friend, & interact with me on social media. The more interactions, the better your chances. And the prizes aren’t too shabby. Last months winner claimed this t-shirt for being FotM.

PSST, You will also be 1 of only 12 (or fewer) entrants in the FAN OF THE YEAR drawing for an awesome prize package. (This year it will be fewer as I want to have the drawing before winter holidays & didn’t start until late in the year.)

See, I told y’all there would be perks.

JULY JUST FOR FUN WINNER

 

Jennifer Herman
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Jennifer, to claim your prize, message me on Facebook, from the same account you posted from within 72 hours of this newsletter time stamp. Thanks for playing along, and I hope you will continue to play along!


LOVE AND FIFTY
February 10, 2017 – Sacramento, CA
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August 19, 2017 – Louisville, KY
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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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Cover Reveal: Brand Me (Imagine Ink #2)

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Genre: Contemporary Romance
Appx. Release Date: March 16, 2016

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About the Book

Ink is indelible.

So is love, at least in theory.

Love shouldn’t just make you happy, it should brand you.

Tori Reid thinks she has her life in order: a great job, her own business in the works, fantastic friends and family, and a boyfriend, Richard, who she thinks is the one (despite the fact he is technically married).

When he invites her on a three-month vacation to his family’s isolated cabin, she assumes it means he finally got a divorce and she is well on her way to everything she ever wanted, including a husband, kids, and a huge yard for her dogs, Sixx and Mars. But when she meets Michael, her expectations for the trip, and her future, quickly change.

Everything about Michael Brande screams quintessential playboy-personal trainer by day and lead singer by night. He seems to be relishing his newly-single status by jumping from bed to bed across the Florida Panhandle.

However, appearances can be deceiving. Reality doesn’t entertain the bored denizens of a one-horse town nearly as much as a tantalizing rumor traveling at the speed of light and changing with the wind. The mandatory six-month trip to Indiana couldn’t have come at a better timneeded to get away-now. Away from his cheating ex-fiancée trying to worm her way back into his life, the increasing tales of his “many exploits,” gym bunny bimbos and groupie wannabes, but mostly from his secret shame and taunting dreams. His life couldn’t possibly get worse.

Both are about to learn that some truths are painful, but sometimes, pain is necessary for salvation.

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ABOUT ME

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I’m not that interesting, but the people in my head are. I’ve had fantastical ideas floating around my brain for as long as I can remember, I just finally got brave enough to share them. I was born and raised in the south, if the name Verlene didn’t give that away already. Thanks to the military (myself & spouse), I’ve been all over the US. I now call the west coast home with my husband, my (as of OCT) adult son, my high school daughter, an obnoxiously obese cat, 2 spoiled bunnies, a hyper chocolate lab and a Great Dane puppy that cries like baby when left alone. I like to think of it as living the BAMAFORNIA life.

FUN FACTS: I possess an impressive yet accidental dust bunny collection. I have a serious wine, Bama football & book addiction. My grammar skills are atrocious & no, the irony isn’t lost on me. I’ve made up more words than a certain President. I’ve worked in fast-food, not so fast food, a lab, a print shop, a club dj booth, dental assistant, a muffler shop, an aviator store, the military, quilting, and just about everything in between. Plus, I’ve thrown live grenades & survived the tear gas chamber. (Have to add that because it makes me sound badass.)

STALK ME

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Brand Me (Imagine Ink 2) is COMING SOON!

BRAND ME IS COMING SOON!

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You know what that means?

Cover reveal, review and release day sign-up is officially open to both readers and bloggers! The more the merrier, so get the word out!

Sign up NOW!

Brand Me is book 2 in the Imagine Ink Series, but can be read alone.

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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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Some Things I Learned In 2 Weeks

Let me start off by stating, I am 45 years old. At this age, I tend to learn things at a slower rate. (insert joke about slowing with age here)

Not because I can’t learn things quickly, but rather, there are fewer things I encounter that I do not already have at least a cursory knowledge of, or aware of its existence. No, I’m not a know it all by any means. And yes, there are millions upon millions of things I know nothing about, but I don’t have the opportunity to run into them in my everyday routine.

So, with that in mind, what is the best way to learn new things? Why, try something new of course, break the routine.

I did just that a few weeks ago when I published my debut novel. (Which is available NOW at most online retailers. Links at the bottom.) And let me tell you, I probably learned more in the last two weeks than in the last decade. Here’s a short list, just so I don’t forget before my aged mind slows to turtle crossing a country road through the kudzu speed. LOL

  • Writing a book is hard work, but it turns out, it’s one of the easier parts of this whole process.
  • No matter how thick I believed my skin to be, it’s not impenetrable.
  • Giving my first phone interview turned me into a putz with a temporary speech impediment and sudden onset Tourette symptoms.
  • Selling myself, not in a Pretty Woman kind of way, is difficult. I mean, catching feathers in a tornado kind of difficult.
  • No matter how ‘small potatoes’ me or my book may be, pirates are pirates are pirates. 3 days before it was pirated. 3 fucking days.
  • In those 3 days, on just 1 pirate ship (site) at least 10 people a day sucked at being decent humans.
  • I say fuck – A LOT!
  • The people I have at my side are as important as the words I put on the pages.
  • I have some pretty amazing friends and family. Because some lie to protect my feelings and some don’t. It’s balance.
  • Just as there are some shitty people out there, there are some fanfuckingtastic ones too.
  • Not all bad reviews are bad. Some are good because I have already learned from them and it is reflected in my next book.
  • Some bad reviews are just that, bad. They offer nothing that is helpful to either writer or potential readers. Those suck.
  • Did I mention my skin?
  • Stars (1 or 5) without words are like shows that get cancelled mid-season. I’ll never fucking know and that kills me. (Note to self, go to Goodreads account and add comments to the many stars only reviews I have left for others, because now I know how it feels.)
  •  Readers and followers are worth their weight in gold.
  • I now know what a strawberry cheesecake is, but really wish I didn’t.
  • The good outweighs the bad as long as I take my thumb off the scale. It really is a conscious choice.
  • There are people in the indie writer community (including bloggers, readers, photographers, designers, etc) that genuinely want to help others succeed. (But, there are also the opposites.)
  • Just because I can do things myself, doesn’t always mean I should.
  • And, just because I can’t do some things myself, doesn’t mean I can’t learn to.
  • Some investments are mandatory. (editor, design, pr, etc.)
  • It felt good to be in the paper for something I accomplished.
  • Being a self-published author is beyond a full time job. Even my sleep is occupied with books and characters. I am always “on”.
  • I’ll do it all over again & again & again, because I fucking love it.

Cheers!

INDELIBLE YOU

Imagine Ink 1

AVAILABLE NOW!

AMAZON * B&N * iBOOKS * KOBO * SIGNED PAPERBACK

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Red Pen, Ripcord & Rusty Halo

Super excited to say…

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Erika & Walker are heading back to the editor for their final meeting with a professional red pen later today.

It won’t be long now before I can introduce them. I’ve ordered some gifts for their debut, and hope you will love them as much as I do. (Erika & Walker that is…but the gifts too.)

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On the writer front in general, I have kickass web graphics (as seen at VerleneLandon.com and my header/profile on most social media) and a logo (above) that rocks. (Designed by Blue Sky if you’re interested.) Time to learn to self promote. It’s not my thing, but if I want to be a published author and continue to write and release books, I need to learn, and fast.

SONG OF THE WEEK

The song I can’t get out of my head this week.

Ripcord by Tangier

Have a great day/week/month/year/decade/life.

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