I’m excited to announce that The Lost Door, volume 2 of The Door Keeper Trilogy is now available on Amazon Kindle and Kindle Unlimited! The paperback will be following soon. Thank you all so much for your patience and I hope you enjoy the continuation of Eden and Gabby’s story.
Would you like an Advanced Reader Copy of The Lost Door before it becomes available for sale? All you have to do is join my promotional team! I’m looking for 20 or 25 people who are willing to help me spread the word about The Lost Door and The Door Keeper trilogy. Here is all you have to do to be eligible:
- Be willing to buy the book on Amazon on December 5th. (Paperback or Kindle.)
- Leave a review on Amazon of the book with in the first week of release.
- Post about the book (Or The Door Keeper) or thoughts about either books & their respective links on Amazon on any one of your social media platforms!
That’s it! If you are willing to commit to doing those three things, I’ll send you an ARC of The Lost Door before anyone else gets their hands on it. (Also, there may be some fun bookish surprises in the mail for you as well!)
Do you have friends who enjoyed The Door Keeper? Make sure you let them know about this cool opportunity.
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested and thanks for all you support!
When I was a kid and teenager, I loved to read. Obviously I didn’t enjoy all the school assigned reading, but I loved to read fantasy and romance and all the seemingly unattainable things of my youth.
But getting married young, having special needs kids, and attempting to find my career path; I managed to forget that I enjoyed reading. There were WAY too many things that needed my attention and money: changing diapers, therapies, work, sleep, actual clothes (not pajamas) and the occasional date with my husband.
Then one day, in my later twenties, I picked up a book y’all may have heard of . . . Twilight. Suddenly, my mind and imagination sparked in a way it hadn’t in years, and I remembered I loved to read. How much I’d missed the magic, escape, and all the imaginary worlds beyond this one.
Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about the kind of writer/storyteller I want to be. Who is my ideal reader? Who do I want to focus my marketing towards? Who are the people who I want to actually read The Door Keeper?
A couple days ago, I texted with a friend who had just finished the book on her vacation, and she said something that affirmed my answer. She said, “Yea, it makes me want to keep reading too . . . I kinda fell off the reading band wagon but I’m back on . . . It’s so good for your soul.”
Jordan is mom with two kids, a husband, and a career she enjoys. She is busy juggling a lot, but on a vacation, she read The Door Keeper and it reminded her how much she enjoyed reading.
I want this series to be that kind of series. I want to be that kind of author.
I want to be that fun, easy, whimsical read that reminds you how good it feels to pick up and get lost a book. How wonderful it is to be taken on an adventure outside of your own life, and explore other worlds. I want to reignite the imagination we had when we were younger, before real life overwhelmed us with chores, obligations, and work.
That is who I want to read this story. That is who I want to write for. Do you know someone like that? Are you them? Well, then THIS was written for you.
Please share this post with your friends and if you’ve read the book already, give it to a friend to borrow who may need reminding they love to read.
Help me spark our imaginations, reengage our minds, and reignite our passion for reading, because Jordan is right: It’s good for the soul.
Do you have an account on Goodreads? Click the link below to enter to win a signed copy of The Door Keeper! Make sure you share this with your friends and help me get the word out about TDK. Thank you and good luck!
Calling all sons and daughters!
I’m excited to announce a fun and different type of contest I’m running for Mother’s Day.
Do you have an awesome, inspiring, funny, quirky, intelligent, or accomplished Mom?
Does she deserve to have a character in a book inspired by her? Do you think she should be immortalized in the written word forever?
The Door Keeper revolves around a mother/daughter bond and the legacy that surrounds family. So to honor my story and mothers worldwide, I’ve decided to write a new character based on one of your moms.
Anywhere on social media, tell me 5 reasons your mom deserves to be a character in the sequel to The Door Keeper. It can be a normal post, a picture, or a video. Just make sure you tag me to be entered. (Feel free to use the hashtag #doorkeepermom so you can see other entries.) On Sunday, May 14th, I will choose a Mom to become a new character in the next book.
I will also send whoever I chose, a signed copy of The Door Keeper, so they can catch up to their big debut as a fictional character. 🙂
I’m so excited to get to know your mothers over the next 10 days! Enter early and share this post to give other people the opportunity to submit their moms. I plan on sharing some of the entries on my blog, so yours could be featured.
Who knows, if more than one speak to me, I may decide on more than one winner!
I’m so fortunate to have people in my life who are willing to answer questions and have conversations with me that loop around and around in circles. I am so grateful the people around me are so patient.
I spoke with several author friends this past week, some of which are self published and still working hard to find their groove, and some who are a published through traditional publishers ,and still working hard to keep their groove.
I think the important thing to notice is no matter what avenue you take, you have to work hard. The good news, is that I am willing and ready to do that.
So that being said, I have decided to self publish The Door Keeper so I don’t lose momentum.
The good news is there will be no lapse of time the book isn’t for sale on Amazon. I’ve already uploaded it to Kindle and Kindle Unlimited and this week will transfer the paperback to Createspace. (Who was already printing the book.) If anything, the only difference you should see is the price decreasing a bit. (With no middle man, you save money!)
For the sequel, I will most likely attempt to sign with an agent and try to sell it to a traditional publisher once it’s completed. But I’ll cross that bridge when I get there.
Thank you all SO much for your support and kind words about The Door Keeper. I hope you continue to buy it, read it, and recommend it to your friends. 🙂 Thank you specifically to Bonnie Clark, Melanie Dale, Jennifer Blaske, and Jennifer Schuchmann for listening to my rambling and speaking wisdom and truth into my situation.
You can continue to buy the book HERE, and it is now available on Kindle Unlimited. Thanks again, and if you’ve read the book and haven’t left a review yet, don’t forget to do that.
I’m so excited to move forward in this direction! Cheers to the many possibilities. *clinking coffee mugs
I’ve been dreading writing this post. A week has passed since I woke up to some upsetting news. My publisher, Royal James Publishing, closed it’s doors last Tuesday.
After being available for purchase for 2 months, The Door Keeper will be pulled from Amazon and Barnes and Noble effective immediately. The good news is that the publisher was very happy with TDK and how it was selling. Her decision to close had more to do with how the overall business was doing. But still, a big time bummer.
So, I’m back to square one. Well, not completely at square one at least. I have a beautiful cover, the writing went through a round of editing (although, I think it could use some more), I got some great reviews, the book is formatted for e-version, and all rights remain with me.
I don’t have any regrets. I knew signing with Royal James was a risk, and I have learned SO much since signing my contract. Lessons that I will absolutely use moving forward. It’s just difficult when you have been building momentum and suddenly have to halt everything. So the big question is, what am I going to do now? What’s my next step?
After seeking some counsel from author friends, I’ve decided to restart my search for an agent. An agent would be able to help me know where to go from here. An agent could answer the questions that I have: Do I self publish TDK and work on selling the sequel? Do I shelf it and attempt to sell the first and second together? Or do I just start over and re-sell the TDK before doing anything else with the sequel?
For friends of mine, I have about 30 copies left I can sell you from the trunk of my car. 🙂 To those of you I’ve already talked to, thank you so much for your kind words and support. It means so much.
I’d love any input you guys may have for me. As in most of my short writing career, I’m in unchartered territories here…
What do y’all think? What would you do if you were in my position? How do I move forward from here?