Saturday, 7 March 2015

Book signings

I am attending two signings this year, if you are wondering why so few, check the scary housekeeping post. The release dates are frightening.
But the two I am attending are 
The British Book Affair - http://www.thebookaffair.com in LONDON!!
andddddddd
drummmm rolllllll
The Carolina Book Fest - http://carolinabookfest2015.blogspot.ca
Other than that I am staying home and working. Except obviously apart from the date T-Swift and I have on August 1st for some summer fun.
I really hope you guys will be able to come to one or the other, depending on your location.

Scary housekeeping...

The Schedule

Of DOOOOOOOOOM

This is the schedule for the releases I have actually put onto the calendar. They are looking a little intense. My editor cried a bit.
The schedule looks insane but you have to remember I write like a savage and most of these books are close to being finished at this point. So it's the finishing touches and editing and that's about it. And these are the release dates for 2015 and 2016.
That's a lot of time between now and then, I just don't know if I will go back to preorder or not, but I want you to have a date for the book you are seeking.

These dates are entirely dependant upon everything in my life going smoothly. I am not so confident in my karmic outcomes as to boldly declare any of them firm. They are going to change a week here and there, but hopefully we can rock this year out and tie off those lose ends!

Please note, Sin and Swoon and Soul and Blade, book 2 and 3 of the Blood and Bone will be releasing this year with Montlake as traditional deals, they are the continuation of that first book.

2015

-Blood and Bone - Montlake - done - Released
-Sin and Swoon - Montlake - done - Releases August 11, 2015
-Soul and Blade - Montlake - current project - Releases November 2015
- Vengeance - rereleased as YA - done - Released
- Vanquished - March 20, 2015 - Done - Released

April
- Blood and Bone - April 28, 2015 - rereleases with Mountlake as a traditional published book.
Worked on Soul and Blade and Sin and Swoon
Went to London, why don't I live there?

May
- Beauty's Beast - May 15, 2015 - a novella - Done just in beta
- If At First - May 27th, 2015 - Current Project

June
- End of Days - June 5th, 2015 - End of Series current project
- First Kiss - June 5, 2015 - rerelease and inclusion of Daughters Of the Black Blood - End of Series as it is now a standalone
- The End of Tomorrow - June 19, 2015
- Valiant - June 26th, 2015 - End of Series

July
- PI's Like Us - July 3, 2015 - Standalone
- The Last Hour - July 19th, 2015
- Earth's Final Hour - July 31, 2015 - End of Series

August
- The End of Lies - August 7th, 2016
- Born to Fight and Reborn rerelease with edits July - August, 2015
- All The Days That End With Y - August 28, 2015 - Standalone

September
- Beautiful Monsters - September 4th, 2015 unless pub house snatches it up, that might happen - Standalone 
- Second Nature - September 24, 2015

October
- Last Light - October 16th, 2015 - Standalone
- End of Love - October 19th - End of Series
- Black Widow - October 30th, 2015 - unless publishing house snatches it up, again might happen - Standalone

November
- Third Time's a Charm - November 13th, 2015, Friday the 13th
- Betrayers - November 27th, 2015 - End of series

December
- White Girl Wedding - December 18, 2015 - End of series
- Dire - December 25th - Start of a new series 

Goal for this year is to only have Crimson Cove open still in 2016 and Dire started


2016

January
- Second Chances - January 15, 2016 - Standalone

February
- Her Side - February 12th, 2016 - End of Series
- Four Crimson Corners - February 14th, 2016, Valentine's Day

March
- Castaways, March 4th, 2016 - Standalone
- LINGER - March 17th, 2016, Saint Paddy's Day - End of Series

April
- Her Shoes - April 1st, 2016, April Fool's Day - Standalone
- The Reaping - April 22, 2016 - Standalone

May
- 13 - May 6, 2016 - Standalone
- Hang Five - May 13, 2016, Friday The 13th - End of Series
- Dire book 2 - May 27, 2016

June
- The Exception to the Summer Fling - June 1st, 2016 - Standalone
- Book of Lies - June 17, 2016 - Standalone

July
- The Handbook - July 1st, 2016 - Standalone
- The Test Dummy - July 22, 2016

August
- Tangled Up - August 5th, 2016 - A novella
- Dire book 3 - August 19th, 2016 - End of Series

September
- Lost and Bound - September 2, 2016 - Standalone
- And The Sky Fell - September 23rd - Spinoff from BORN and start of a new trilogy.

October
- And the Sky Fell 2 - October 14th, 2016

November
- And The Sky Fell - November 4th, 2016 - end of series
- HERE - November 25th, 2016 - start of new series

December
- HERE 2 - December 16th, 2016
- HERE 3 - December 31st, 2016 - End of Series


If you are looking for another book I have spoken about, it will be waiting a couple years lol, I am tapped out here as you can see.
Also audio books will be coming out this year too, I have signed some deals that way.
I know, I know, finally, right?
Doing it all as an indie you are a bit of an island and your releases are sort of fluid and contracts sit in your inbox until they are no longer valid. Then your agent is like "Le Sigh" and then you realize you aren't an island. So now there may be some books I slide to my agent, she may take them and I may end up traditional with those. That could change the schedule the way Blood and Bone did.

PI's Like Us, Her shoes, Black Widow, Second Chances, The Handbook, The Test Dummy, and And The Sky Fell, HERE and Serendipity are all candidates for trad pubs. If that happens they get removed from the release pile.


Hope this clear it up for you, I know I feel a little stressed looking at it all lol.

But again this is a 2 year outlook, just to answer the question of WHENNNNNNNNNN will that book be out?

This is about when lol...

And none of these dates are firm. They are all firmly floating.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Releases and no more nonsense

Hello people of the page made of faces that I love!

It is time for an update.
Katy basically threatened me this week, so that's how I know it’s time.
I am delinquent on these things.

This is the updated schedule, as always it’s not written in blood, not the way we want our guarantee Kanye Dip@#$% West isn’t coming to the Grammys next year. What a wanker…
Anyway, the schedule is what I am currently running with is as follows.

February:

- Rerelease of Vengeance. The story will be YA and without the sex. It just never sold as well as it could have and the biggest flaw everyone wrote about was the naughty sex scene.
- Release of Vanquished - Done!
- In the Fading Light will be getting a new cover - Done
- Born, Born to Fight, and Reborn are getting new covers - Done
- Light of the World is probably getting a new cover lol… - Done
- The Lonely got a new cover - Done
I am on a cover fixing, if you have any ideas please feel free to say them, you are the ones who matter.
LOST BOY has been re-edited as has the Lonely.

March:

- Soul and Blade will be finished for Amazon’s Montlake Romance, so not released but another book done and ready to rock and roll. They will officially have all three books at that point.


April:

- I am going to be in London in April for a signing so I will had to cancel releases. I am sorry.
- I am still editing with Mountlake and the Blood and Bone books, I know I swore I would be done.
 - Blood and Bone rereleased! Link


May:


- Small update. I am behind on a few of the dates so things got rearranged. I am doing a TON of back edits and cleaning up old books and recovering them. Sorry if the book you are looking for hasn't hit yet, I am on it. I swear. I just really needed my old books cleaned up. Also we are still working on the Montlake books.


- Still editing blood and bone books lol...
- Beauty’s Beast, a little smut to warm the core May 15th
- LOST BOY is about to republish with it's new editing May 20th
- If at First, the first of five books in the Crimson Cove Mysteries. Fans of Pretty Little Liars are not going to see this one coming. Release date is May 27th but I am trying for earlier.

June:

- The End of Days and the final Light of the World, will be about June 5th-ish.
- The End of Tomorrow, book three in Single Lady Spy Series, June 20th
- Valiant, the final book in Vengeance June 30th
- The End of Me and The End of Games are both in edits right now so they are shiny and properly done. It is one of the last books my editor has to back edit. She has worked hard to get through the list of old books. Really hard.

July:

- First kiss will be rereleased as a single novel some time in June or July. The entirety of the story will be there, it will just be massive and you will all love it lol… It is called, First Kiss, Daughter of the Black Blood. It is both books.
- PI’s Like Us, a romance standalone, July 3rd
- The Last Hour – book two in The Seventh Day July 17th
- Earth’s Final Hour, the final book in The Seventh Day July 31st

August:

- Sin and Swoon releases with Montlake - Link
- End of Lies August 7th
- All the Days that End with Y, YA Romance August 28th
- Rewrite of Born to Fight and Reborn id also happening this summer. They are still messy and cussy. They will likely rerelease in August all pretty and brand new.

September:


- Beautiful Monsters, a dark romance, September 4th

- Second Nature, book two in Crimson Cove Mysteries, September 25th

October:

- Last Light, a YA paranormal romance October 16th
- End of Love, October 19th
- Black widow, a dark romance, October 30th

November:

- Soul and Blade, final book with Montlake
- Third Time’s a Charm, book three in Crimson Cove Mysteries, November 13th
- Betrayers, the final rose, November 27th


December:

- White Girl Wedding, final book in White Girl Problems. December 18th
Dire - start of a YA trilogy, paranormal romance. December 25th


End of the year

If I cannot get them all done, All the Days that End with Y and Beautiful Monsters, and Black Widow will be postponed. They will come January, February, and March.

My goal is to have the only open series as follows:

- Crimson Cove Mysteries


That's right, one open series for 2016, and Dire just started.



Books coming in 2016
- Second Chances, Romance
- Her Side, Second book to Thin Ice book, My Side


- Four Crimson Corners, Book four of the Crimson Cove Mysteries
- Castaways, Erotic Romance


- Linger, Sebastian’s story from The Lonely
- Her Shoes, YA Murder Mystery


- The Reaping, YA Dystopian

- 13 – YA End of Days book


- Hang Five, Book five of Crimson Cove Mysteries
- Dire Book 2
- The Exception to the Summer Fling


- Book Of Lies, Romantic Suspense
- The Handbook, Rom-Com
- The Test Dummy - Rom-Com
- Tangled Up, Erotica Novella
- Dire Book 3 - end of series
- Lost and Bound, Erotica Romance
- And The Sky Fell, the Spinoff to BORN
- Sky Fell book 2
- Sky Fell book 3
- HERE, YA Science Fiction and Romance
- HERE book 2
- HERE book 3 - end of series


These are the books I have started anyway.
God knows what else might pop into my head. It is crazy…

So that is the plan. It’s aggressive but I have taken a lot of time for family and friends and other blah blah blah. I won’t be doing a lot of signings, I will be writing. I’m sure you could stand to see less of my extravagant lifestyle so that we finish more books hahaha, as extravagant as the arctic gets anyway. My goal is to get this done, rock these series finales and start the series I desperately want to get going. This is the plan, plans are based on me not dying and the world not ending and my kids not being pains in my butt, I love my kids but they are 11 & 13 year old girls. Oh and of course it also depends on my husband keeping the darned horse-dog busy.

I love you guys, thank you for bearing with me and my slow year of only 8 releases last year.
I heart you all and will be putting my game face back on.

Cheers and smooches,


Tar

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Best laid plans of mice and men and authors

I do it every time.
I don't know why I haven't yet figured it out, maybe the decision will stick this time lol.
But the truth of the matter is I have to stop preorders.
I do them for two reasons, two honest and good reasons.
1. I like to ensure my cover is signed, sealed, and delivered. If it's published no one can steal it. I do hate that. It always costs me twice the amount in the end, sometimes triple.
2. I like to have a date for everyone who asks when will the book come out. I too hate my willy nilly way of publishing what I randomly feel like publishing.

I always go in with good intentions and perfect plans. But then it happens, my family has a situation that sucks all my time from me. Damned people needing my attention and shit…. Then something random happens, like I sign a book deal and have a million things to do for it. Then of course because I have WADD, I get sucked into a story that is not on the schedule. And not to mention I have finalized my plan to go to London to a signing there.

Let's face it. I suck.

I am pulling the preorders and just publishing the books when I get the chance to do them. My family is in a bit of transition and my career even more so. I am still going to be an indie writer but I have traditional publishing going on. Those dates have to take precedence. Plus I have got a lot of catching up to do. My poor agent has deals I have left on the back burner galore lol. I am officially the worst client ever.

So you will already have notifications in your emails and kindles, all my preorders have been pulled. Apart from Blood and Bone, that is not me publishing it though. That is Montlake, Amazon's romance house.

The list of tentative releases is such.

Vengeance the rewrite.
Vanquished, book two in Blood Trail Chronicles
The End of Tomorrow
The End of Days
The Last Hour

This is my list for the next two months.

However I am not giving specific, firm, solid dates. There are like 5 books haunting my dreams at night and demanding to be written.

And in the end all I can say is I am so sorry.
My goals is still 12 books for the year. My plans have not changed I just need to adjust to the dates and commitments I am signed in for. I still plan to work hard for you and put out the best quality books I can.

Thank you so much for the support and understanding as I adjust to being a hybrid author in changing times.

Love and hugs to you all!!!

Cheers

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

New Year New Me


HAPPY NEW YEARS EVE!!!
I don't know how you all feel about New Years but I actually get a bit of a blank slate feel.
New Year, New Me.
I put the old year to bed and let it go.
The mistakes I've made are over, they still make me chuckle or blush, but they are over. I have dealt with the consequences and let the cards fall where they may. Whatever chaos has consumed me in 2014 is over.
My year in reflection is almost amusing. It’s been a bit of a three ring circus.
Of course it started with moving to the arctic and living in a new town with everything changing. It’s not easy for girls who are tweens to adjust to leaving all their friends and making new ones but my girls handled it like bosses. There were hard days but they met them with a show of maturity and wisdom that this is our life. We are the gypsy’s of the police world, federal members who move every 3-4 years.
For me it was an awesome year. It started with signing with an agent and moved quickly into signing book contracts. I actually got picked up for a book an editor at a huge house read on her own accord. I never submitted my book to the house. She read my book because she wanted to and then offered me a deal. I cant tell you what that feels like. Now we are signing other things we will all chat about at a later date when I am allowed to discuss them.
Personally, the year has involved a lot of coaching and parenting and trying to make new friends all while still trying to be Tara Brown, the machine who puts out a book a month.
It hasn't been an easy year but I have been lucky to have very superficial problems. Very white girl problems. And I thank God for that.
As a writer it has been a weird year. In my three years it has been the weirdest.Sales plummeted for most as the market flooded. I fortunately had a great readership already and was able to sustain my career through the madness of the flooded market.
That's all you guys, your loyalty is the greatest gift.

I have regrets, I wish I'd finished the list of books I'd given myself and ended my series. I wish I'd made it to more book signings and conquered my deadly fear of flying. I wish I'd been more accessible and social so people can stop assuming that I'm a bitch and not just socially awkward. Trust me when I say it's the socially awkward 99% of the time. There is bitchiness but it is usually not the culprit. I wish I'd lost more than 20 pounds but still been able to maintain my writing lol. I wish I had taken more photos. I wish I hadn't broken my iPhone. I wish gone to see my grandma and grandpa this summer. They're getting old and that scares me.

Things I don't regret?
The list is too long. I have had a crazy year, anyone who moves across a whole country the size of Canada knows what that entails. But I don't regret it. My child's health was number one. Putting my career on the back burner was an easy choice. Seeing her be a healthy, albeit sassy, teenager is a reward all in itself. I have made friends here that I know will be life long friends, just like the ones I left behind in Nova Scotia.
It has been a good year, a very good year. The highs were made higher by the lows that stung every inch of my soul.

2015

I have very high hopes for 2015.
My goals for the year are books books books books. And more books. I have so many things in the works my head is a basket case but it's just the way I like it.
Conquering my fear of flying is up there on the list of goals but they really need to stop losing planes. That has to happen.
Jogging and eating celery are obviously huge goals.
But mostly my goal is to have my life not change too much. I don't want to move again for a while. I don't want to have to make any big decisions or choices beyond curtains or where to hang a painting. I know of the best-laid plans of mice and men and I know planning to have a calm year is like asking the fates to test me. But it won't be a calm year, not with the books I plan on writing. I would like one year where writing and books is the excitement in my life. That and the jogging obviously.

But enough about me, thank you so much for the year we have had.
Thank you for buying my books and sending me messages and recommending me to people. You have kept this afloat when everyone I knew was struggling to maintain.
Thank you for believing in me, giving me a second or third chance. Thank you for sending the critical reviews, they are the stone on which I sharpen my blade. I cannot learn without knowing the mistakes I'm making. My journey is to write better. So thank you for being part of it.
I can't ever express the gratitude I am filled with or the love I have for you all. Happy New Years Eve and may 2015 be filled with more wonderment than you can imagine. 
God bless everyone and stay safe tonight. 
Make good life choices. 
Take a cab.
 Get a friend to check the validity of his hotness, in case beer goggles have taken you by storm. 
But most of all let’s all bring something good into the New Year and try to perpetuate that goodness.

Friday, 26 December 2014

Thank you for a wonderful year, let's make 2015 even better!

Well, the season, the holiday beliefs of varying types, of course the presents and family and friends have come and are on their way out. It's Boxing Day here in Canada, a day of cleaning the damned house up before Mommy goes crazy. As Christmas and all its magic and glory have started to fade again for another year we have the New Year upon us.
Do you make affirmations?
I don't normally because I am a true Aquarian and like to be sporadic. But I think this year, especially after seeing so much negativity in the feed on Facebook and Twitter, I will be making one affirmation.
To spread joy. To bring positivity. To be part of the solution.
We all have bad days. I find myself particularly evil on those days, the ones that don't work the way I have fooled myself into thinking I can control. I say the wrong things. I gossip, I mean I am girl. I act like a child. I hate admitting it but it totally happens. I am a lot like Finley in WGP.
Those are the days I get ranty and become a sniveler who only sees the worst in everything.
But I am going to walk away this year and I urge you all to do it. I am going to put serious effort into not venting and ranting. I am going to not engage when I see something negative. I think when we engage in the bad thing we see, usually out of the best intentions, we just bring too much exposure to the bad thing. Facebook, our lives, and our experiences are completely controlled by us. We choose what we see and what we acknowledge and how we respond.
Imagine if we all saw the terrible post from a person who has accidentally let their temper get the best of them, and instead of engaging and making it worse, we all just look the other way.
What if we didn't share, didn't comment, didn't add our brand of fuel to the fire? What if we simply let them have their tirade and let them be angry but didn't let them anger us as well?
I don't know how you all feel about the year we have had as far as negativity goes, but I am ready to not see it anymore.
So in my effort to maintain my joy and have my feed be as positive as possible, I am going to be adding things I find amazing to the world around me. Starting with these photos. My husband is federal police and wasn't really home for the holidays, he worked. As do a lot of Soldiers, Police, Emergency Responders, Medical Personnel. This website has come cool Soldier photos, ones that resonate with me because I love animals and have traveled to some very interesting countries and seen strays in desperate need. This warms my heart that they find each other, both maybe in need of a bit of comfort.

http://coolanimalspics.blogspot.ca/2011/07/soldiers-with-pets.html

Have an amazing boxing day, an amazing rest of the holiday, and find things you like and love to fill your day.

Peace be with you all,

Tar

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Is Facebook Over?? Oh and we've hit 1 million sales!

A year ago life as a writer was fairly easy. We were at the top of our game. I know I had three books stay top ten on Amazon for weeks and mad amounts of invitations and deals and whatnot flooding in.
The way things were going I was never going to take a book deal.
Then late fall, early winter, I noticed a subtle drop in things, ads and sales and new likes on Facebook or Twitter, but I didn't worry. I figured it was the season.
Then I started to notice that my Facebook ads were getting less and less views for more money. I went from over a million views on a lot of things to 12,000. That is still a lot of people, but compared to a million, it's not even a drop in the hat.
My growth as a seasoned writer with a great readership was dwindling a little and sales started to decrease. I figured it was just that there were so many more authors who had joined the world of literature and we would all see a slight drop but nothing serious. The more the merrier and such. Readers like selection.
Then spring it and it didn't pick up, like it always does. Summer hit and the numbers were down. I am fortunate that my numbers being down is still a great income that I can live on comfortably, but it meant less extras. Less giveaways, less author conventions, and less promotion.
For me all of this couldn't have hit at a worse time, my child had been gravely ill and I had taken a lot of family time and moved twice and my husband's career had brought up to the arctic, so I was already doing less as an author. I had been hoping my numbers would carry me through my family's hard time, and it did, but with no real growth. I had sort of faded a little.
Industry is all about growth and being Indie that growth comes from you and me. I didn't have Atria or Random House or Amazon or one of the other major houses backing me, making me look like a star and paying the extra for promotion. I had you and me. And it was enough.
Then Amazon did its KU KOLL program.
That was sort of the end for a lot of people.
I know my sales dropped again, still in a range where I could write and be at home, but a LOT of authors had to throw in the towel and get real jobs. I have managed to get the Amazon Bestseller SuperStar award all three months thus far. So that was something.
But in the end when sales didn't pick up, it was sad for me to see the people I had come up with decreasing publishing numbers or even just quitting altogether and going back to the real world of work and schedules. Even sadder to see the new authors really struggling, even with good books. If I had to start in this climate, I wouldn't have ever tossed my hat in the ring. I would have stayed with a real job. There is no certainty that we can sustain even where we are now, as Indies.
That changed my mind on a few things.
Being indie for starters.
For me the two and half years of doing this have really paid off. I waited out the deals and the offers and the agents, got what I wanted in an agent and now I have the book deal I want too. It has paid off and I am grateful because you and me are the only people who got me there, here.
I am where I want to be and I don't have to worry as such about being solely Indie in such trying times.
Because to be brutally honest, I don't know what to do about the Kindle KU KOLL program. I am so super confused about that one. I don't have an answer I'm afraid. I want to be everywhere but it pays to do KU KOLL. But dos it pay enough?
Also, I don't know what the face of Facebook will be like in a year's time but I do know if they don't start realizing they have to give back to us who press promote and buy ads, then we will walk away. We will take our business elsewhere. We have that option now.
Enter TSU.
A new site where if you follow me or friend me, you will see what I post. No more clicking yes to get notifications and clicking you want to see my ads and praying you catch a glimpse of my next giveaway or promotion.
No.
If you follow or friend me and you will see it all. Simple and easy.
So head on over, friend me, or if you just want to follow, then follow me. I will be posting all giveaways and all contests and all teasers and all promotions on TSU. Facebook has lost me a little bit right now because they have asked for too much and not given back at all. If and when they change back, I will consider using them again, but for now I will be posting everything TARA BROWN related HERE!

In good news though, I have hit the one million sales mark internationally. I actually hit it a while ago, I just didn't know. So that was awesome and made me feel really amazing. So thank you for all that you done. Leaving reviews, recommending my books, promoting me, and such. Thank you so much.

If you are a new writer, please try not to be discouraged, keep trying and keep working at it. You never know how things will turn out. I believe the economy for book sales will improve. This is a growing period and it is bringing change and that's always a challenge. But if you stick with it I think those changes will be coming to an end here soon.

Love and hugs,

Tar