Is romance in the air at your house?

We never grow too old for romance.

Want proof? Just look at the romance genre. Sales continue to climb. I’m not talking just about erotica (smut novels per my daughter.)

Want to write a bestselling novel?

Add romance to the formula.

Whether you self-publish or traditional,  write mysteries, women’s fiction, dystopian, YA, LGBT fiction, horror, or thriller, add a little romance and you’ve got a bestseller on your hands.



Because everyone loves a good love story.

Still not convinced? Check out the top Amazon 100 ebooks or the NYT Best Seller list and see for yourself. Read some of the book blurbs, I bet you’ll see lots of references to love. Even one of the hottest new YA futuristic book, Ready Player One by Ernest Cline mentions a love connection. 

So tell me—

Could your current work in progress use a little romance? 

Have you given much thought to how hot the romance genre is?


That’s it for today. Short and sweet because I’ve got a big romantic evening to plan. 

So go curl up with a good romantic movie or book and get your groove on. 


Another writer’s take on romance. Let’s Talk About Romance –By Jaq D Hawkins





Learn how to make your Amazon description stand out

It’s important for a book description to grab the reader.

So make your text stand out using bold or italics wording.    

Even if you’re not familiar with HTML, I’ve found a blog post that makes the process easy to understand. All you need to do is open and close the text with codes for Bold <b> or italics <i>.

Check out this quick tutorial and see if it helps you.

Quick How-To: add bold and italic text to your Amazon book description

Now go and update that book blurb.

Did it work?

Do you think we need to use special formatting for our descriptions?


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Don’t waste your money, learn how to advertise

Your book on

Thanks to a post by I think one day I may be ready to advertise on Amazon. But not today. 

This is a bit over my head and after reading his post I confess to a raging headache. But two aspirin, I’m happy to report that I’m back to normal. And although I may not land on the bestseller list anytime soon, I don’t think I’m quite ready to tackle this advertising mountain yet.

Read this post by Nicholas and see if you’re ready to take the plunge.

Don’t Advertise With Amazon Until You’ve Read This by

Have you invested in advertising? Amazon or where?

What was your experience?

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What’s the best way to promote your book?

My email is filled with Black Friday Ads. 

But what about your book? Can it be a Black Friday special?

If you’re like me, we are always looking for ways to promote our books. But, I’m learning marketing a book is harder than writing the dang things.

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Some ideas I’m knocking around…

  • Kindle Unlimited
  • KDP Free Promotion
  • Goodreads Giveaway
  • Library reading
  • Craft fairs? Hmm, might be a lot of work. But, maybe.

What about you? Any tips to help with book sells?

Have you had success with any special marketing technique?

Keep reading, I’ve got great links at the bottom!

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From Writing Quietly to Screaming “Buy Me!” — Promoting a Book by Randy Susan Meyers

7 Tips To Help Promote Your First Self-Published Book April 22, 2014 by