All about Helping…

This month our topic was, well, there was no topic. It’s a “freebie” month. Scene13ers get to blog about anythingFirst Cover Reveal!they want. Well, normally I don’t like freebies. I freeze. I over-think until I can’t think. I stress myself out to the point that my stress is stressed. But this month something really great happened and I want to share.

Last month I shared that I signed a contract to publish my first young adult contemporary romance, “Unspeakable.” Now I have a novella, “Finding Willow,” releasing, too. But as great as that is, it’s not what I want to write about.

When I wrote my debut novel, “PODs,” I knew nothing about the writing community. I didn’t use critique partners or Betas—I didn’t know what a Beta was! I had no idea there were bloggers that lived to review books, nor did I know how many there were.

But writing “Unspeakable” I had a group of ladies who read my work and told me honestly what worked, what they liked, and what they loved. Man, that was a great feeling to hear them gush over my book! Then came the second half of their email… “And this is what sucks…” Well, that let the air out of my balloon.

Second Cover Reveal!

Second Cover Reveal!

So I read their critiques, did some rewriting and had some Beta readers take a look, mainly girls the age the book would be marketed toward, and of course my group of critique partners.

Their suggestions made a huge difference. “Unspeakable” went from a good book, to a great (IMHO) book. And I realize now how essential, how priceless my CPs and Betas are in my writing career.

But there’s one other group of people other than the bloggers who are golden to authors, CPs and Betas who are priceless, and that group is other authors.

I had two cover reveals in a week. I found out about both the day before. Whoa. So I started emailing anyone I could think of that might help. And the response was Amazing. Many of you already know this because you blog here, and you stepped-up and helped. I want to tell you, you are AWESOME.

The authors that dropped everything to set-up a post at the very last minute—twice—just rocked. The way they came together to help really showed me how tight the bond is between authors. Well, how it should be, anyway.

I love helping other authors. I keep a blog for that reason, and only that reason. But to have it turned around and the help focused on me was a very prodigious experience. And for those of you who helped, thank you. You made my cover reveals awesome.

How about you? Have you ever had a time when you needed help and authors or bloggers jumped in?

It's time to read!

Camp Payback Available Today!

cpIs it so tacky of us that we brought our own Release Day B’day Cake to the Scene 13 Blog today?? We couldn’t help it. We are sooo excited to see CAMP PAYBACK— Bcampcakeook #2 in the Camp Boyfriend series — available for sale!!

Can we interest anyone in a slice of chocolate s’more cake?? We’ve been toasting s’mores all night. Seriously, pull up a comfy log around the campfire and allow us to hit the highlights from our fun release week events.

First, we’ve got a Book Blitz going on. Huge cheers and thanks to the amazing book bloggers working with us through ATOMR book tours to spread the word about Camp Release-Event-JK-RockPayback for us. We’re so grateful. There’s a grand prize for this one that’s open to international readers and we’re giving away six YA contemporary romance titles including: Far from You by Tesse Sharpe, The Break-up Artist by Philip Siegel, Destiny by Cindy Ray Hale, What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick, Open Road Summer by Emery Lord, and The Summer I Found You by Jolene Perry. Pretty awesome, right? ou can enter here and on lots of other blogs, too!

We’ve also been ordering new camp swag, which is always fun. Divas’ Den emery boards, cabin trading cards, new bookmarks… We could go crazy with those things, but we tried to rein ourselves in. Next, there was a Pinterest Contest during April where we cast the movie version of Camp Payback. Check out all the character pics on our board including Tyler Posey as Javier!

And then, there was the surprise fun note during all of it. While prepping for the release of Camp Payback, we got a message from the creative ladies at a new blog calleFluffy ReadsFluffy Reads. They were excited about the camp series and wanted to do a Read-a-thon of Camp Boyfriend. We thought it sounded like a great time to help readers get up to date on the series. It was so much more tan that!.

Sure there were interview and guest posts… Joanne wrote about why you can’t forget your summer love and Karen worked on the Q & A questions. (See how we always split the work 50/50?) We did the usual prep involved and couldn’t wait to be a part of the event.

But while we did our part, the Fluffy Reads hosts, Francine of Always Lost in BooksSandra of Sandra’s World of Books, and Valeria of A Touch of Book Madness were working twice as hard to make this week extra special for us and for their followers. They organized the read-a-long, coordinated a Twitter party and a hashtag to keep the conversation going (check out what we said using #ReadCampBoyfriend), and organized a super yummy Battle of the Book Boyfriends that will definitely make you smile.

We hope you’ll check out the Battle of Book Boyfriends, and while you’re there, take a walk down memory lane at some of the guys’ best lines from Camp BoyfriendVote for Seth or Matt as your fav and don’t forget Seth fans… he still has a story coming :-).

But now that the Boyfriend Battle has subsided a little, we can fall in love all over again with a new hero. We hope you’ll join us and see what Camp Payback is all about 🙂