Dear Reader, thank you! Bette Lee Crosby
Hello wonderful fanfriends!
Thank you for all your support for my books over the years! Your support in my writing is what keeps me going. I love reading all your emails and messages and reviews.
In 2017 I am writing a new series for you to enjoy!
Bent Pine Publishing is the company that my husband and I formed to publish my books. It’s fun to share my books with my readers and the most essential part of this business is finding and connecting with readers. Finding readers who are interested in my writing and buying my books is what keeps the business going.
Here’s where my fanfriends come in:
There is one thing that every reader can do to help an author – write a review online. It’s really simple, and it really, really helps improve visibility for my books. Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, Kobo and GooglePlay are the distributors we use the most.
It's easy and fun to do:
Log in or open an account with any or all of the distributors listed above.
This next part is really important…
If you bought the book from that distributor (for example Amazon) then just leave an honest review.
If you got the book any other way other than purchasing it, when you leave a review you have to leave a disclaimer – I received an ARC copy from Bette Lee Crosby. If you don’t add this Amazon and other sites may delete your review.
Leaving a review is the best way to help a book reach new readers. Each review improves its ranking, its visibility which helps contribute to new readers being able to find and purchase my books. The book will start to appear as a recommendation to new readers and it will have a Verified Purchase tag next to your review which will be taken more seriously by readers.
It’s a positive, giving circle and it all started with your review!
Thank you for your continued support and look for more parties, more prizes, more fun, and more celebration in the months to come.
#Fan #BetteLeeCrosby #LakeUnionAuthors #gratitude
Wouldn't it be great if there was a National holiday just for NOT doing something. A day where you can rest from NOT doing something you did all the time. Maybe you don't even like it all that much. Something like NOT doing housework.
Oh wait! There IS such a day!
Leave it to us to have a National holiday for pretty much everything. National No Housework Day was created by Thomas and Ruth Roy. It's celebrated every April 7th. Even though it used to be harder, housework is still no joke. It's hard labor even with all the cleaning gadgets we have now.
Here's a nice list of ideas on how NOT to do housework on April 7th and do anything else instead. Enjoy!
Leave dirty clothes laying around.
Tape dishwasher shut with duct tape.
Tape NO HOUSEWORK signs all over the house.
Shout I’M ON STRIKE whenever someone enters the room.
Post the same status on Facebook.
Post the same status on Twitter.
Pin pins on Pinterest that have nothing to do with cleaning hacks.
Humble brag on social media about not doing housework all day.
Strategically cover couch crumbs with couch blanket.
Deliberately make a mess then…
Refuse to clean it up.
Mime riding a broom like a witch.
Re-brew coffee using old coffee grounds and force self to drink it.
Cleverly reuse coffee grounds to scrub face.
Lay on the floor.
Lay on the bed.
Lay on the porch.
Lay in the bath.
Take a shower until the water runs cold.
Sit on the porch.
Sit on the couch.
Sit at the table.
Sit on the stairs.
Sit on the toilet.
Leave dishes in the sink.
Switch roles with the kids.
Get a foot massage.
Get a back rub.
Get a pedicure.
Get your hair done.
Get your nails done.
Don’t wipe up the crumbs.
Eat all the old food in the fridge.
Eat all the old snacks in the cabinet.
Drink all the beer.
Drink all the wine.
Drink a martini.
Drink exclusively out of paper cups.
Smoke a celebratory cigar.
Refuse to make dinner.
Refuse to look for takeout menus in the junk drawer.
Let someone else order takeout.
Instagram pictures of your takeout.
Refuse to clean up after dinner.
Instagram pictures of your dirty sink.
Use #nohouseworkday a lot.
Designate a trash pile in the living room.
Roll eyes a lot.
Pretend you have lost your hearing.
Pretend you are narcoleptic.
Wear sunglasses all day long.
Binge-watch reality TV on DVR.
Binge-watch HBO Go.
Read a Kindle.
Read a book.
Read a magazine.
Write a screenplay.
Write book reviews online.
Have a backyard picnic.
Drink coffee on the porch.
Go back to bed.
Go to the movies.
Go to the mall.
Learn to twerk.
Walk aimlessly around the block.
Browse Internet on your smartphone.
Research getting a tattoo.
Change your mind.
Ask yourself what it’s all for.
Go back to bed.
Spray kids with hose at bath time.
Wear sturdy shoes to walk over toys on the floor.
Let kids play in water on the kitchen floor and call it “mopping.”
Pay your significant other $50 to clean the house.
Create a Google Chore Chart to divide up housework for the rest of the year.
As we come to the final days of December, I think it’s time to stop, take a deep breath and reflect back on all the exciting things that happened in 2014. It was certainly a year to remember with some events skyrocketing over anything I had anticipated.
Following are what I consider My top 5 for 2014 with exciting achievements for the year…
Let’s start with a look at the awards…a total of six this year. Jubilee’s Journey, a book that touched the heart of countless readers, won the FPA President’s Book Award Gold Medal and took First Place Honors in the Royal Palm Literary Awards. Previously Loved Treasures came away with three awards including Silver Medals from the International Reader’s Favorite Competition and The Florida Publisher’s Association. Lastly, Cracks in the Sidewalk, not only won the Reader’s Favorite Gold Medal for Women’s Fiction but out of the thousands of books entered into the competition it was one of the ten favorites selected to be read by Wind Dancer Films for movie consideration.
If it sounds like I am tooting my own horn, please forgive me. It’s just that I am particularly proud of the awards because the judging panels for these competitions are made up of Librarians, Editors, and Publishing Industry Professionals…all people I hold in high esteem.
Second on my list of outstanding achievements is my appearance and book signing at Book Expo America, the largest Book Fair in the United States. I had the pleasure of spending a few days with my Publicity Director and favorite sidekick, Coral Russell; plus I met librarians and dedicated readers from all over America…oh and did I mention I gave away hundreds of books? What a thrill to stand beside a seven foot tall sign featuring my books and to stroll the floor of the amazingly large Javitz Center with a zillion other book lovers.
Third and conceivably the most labor intensive was a complete overhaul of this website. Thanks to all of Coral's hard work (and brilliance) we went from a WordPress Blog to a self-hosted website. The beauty of doing this was that we now have so much more flexibility for interacting with readers, doing giveaways, permitting quick and easy newsletter sign-ups and countless other things. Sure there were a few bumps along the road, but the bottom line is that it's now easier than ever to connect with my readers. Just tap the newsletter sign up in the right-hand column and you'll see what I mean.
Fourth on my list is something that makes any author's heart beat faster…Cracks in the Sidewalk became a USA Today Bestseller. It also received the honor of being one of six awesome novels singled out by BookBub as Women's Fiction Bestsellers. This based-on-a-true-story novel continues to be a reader favorite, especially with moms and grandmas. But be forewarned, you'll need a box of tissues alongside your chair when you read it.
Number five has to be the 2014 new releases, which included Previously Loved Treasures in April, Blueberry Hill, A Sister's Story in June, and Wishing for Wonderful in October. Previously Loved Treasures is Book 2 in the Serendipity Series and Wishing for Wonderful is Book 3.
Blueberry Hill is a story that is close to my heart…it is the tale of my sister, a sister who was a close to me as my own skin and as uncontrollable as a cowlick. Sometimes no amount of love can save a person from herself, but it was a hard lesson to learn.
The big bonus for me this year was that I got to meet more readers, reviewers, fans and friends than ever before and I have loved every minute of it. In the evening when the hustle-bustle of the day is done, I climb into bed with my iPad and visit with friends. It's official, I am a social media junkie. I love the funny pet videos, I smile at the new baby pictures and I revel in news of friends and fellow authors reaching new heights. If you haven't already friended me on Facebook, please do so. I promise I will follow back and can almost guarantee I'll start up a conversation that will keep us chatting long into the night.
Yep, 2014 was certainly an exciting year, but 2015 promises to be even more exciting. Sign up for my newsletter and continue to visit me here on the blog for news of what is to come. Hint, hint…a fabulous giveaway in January, plus lots of exciting new stories and a very special prequel novel COMING SOON…
Now it's your turn!
What is your top 5 of 2014?