Friday, July 3, 2015

Daddy Euphemisms



My parents taught me to be independent so in honor of the Fourth of July, I'm sharing some "Daddy Euphemisms".
"Sometimes you gotta have more nerve than a toothache."
"Heed your gut. Let me repeat. Heed your gut."
"Keep on truckin'."
And my personal favorite...
"Make the most of what you've got. If you've only got one leg then do what you have to do to win a wooden peg ass kickin' contest."
Any parental words of wisdom you'd like to share?
Happy Independence Day! Be safe and stay cool.

Southern Smiles,
Casey Crow

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Sssshh...Kindle Scout author at work

Yes, it's quiet here this week. Very quiet.

I'm going over my Kindle Scout edits for Love Me Forever. It goes on pre-order Monday, July 13th.

It's a big job--over 142,000 words and more than 500 pages--so I'm only posting the info about my book and one of my favorite graphics for my story.


Thanks for understanding...be back in two weeks.
 
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LOVE ME FOREVER

She wore gray.
He wore blue.
But their love defied the boundaries of war.
And time.

LOVE ME FOREVER is a Kindle Scout selection and will be on pre-order at Amazon.com on July 13th, Monday!  (I’ll update with the link when it’s available.)

You can read the first 5,000 words HERE. You’ll meet both my heroines and both my heroes in the excerpt. It’s a saga of love and romance and war. Believe me, I walked every road, fought every battle with my characters, even walked around in a hoop skirt to “get it right.”
This is a book of the heart…any questions? Please ask!!

Thanks for stopping by.

~Jina

Friday, June 19, 2015

Taylor Swift Concert

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I'm taking a diversion this week to show off my recent vacation to Charlotte, North Carolina to see Taylor Swift and the incredible Biltmore. TS was AWESOME! I think she's such a positive role model for young girls in a world where so many celebrities aren't. I especially liked Taylor's little motivation speeches in between songs.

"You are not the opinion of someone who doesn't know you."

"You are not a loser just because you haven't gotten to where you want to be in life...yet."

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Hope y'all are enjoying your summer! Would love to hear about your vacations!

Southern Smiles,
Casey Crow

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Catching up with Cinderella and Kindle Scout


I’m back with part 2 of my Cinderella experience with my Kindle Scout book selection, LOVE ME FOREVER. It's been a wild ride, though the fairy dust makes me sneeze and my feet hurt from the glass slippers.

I wouldn't change it for the world, but I admit I wear my fuzzy, worn-out pink slippers when no one's looking.

So here's an update on my Kindle Scout experience since Love Me Forever was selected at the end of April. If you missed my last post CLICK HERE.

1.  I took the full 30 days allotted after my campaign was over on April 27th (my book was selected 2 days later) to go over my book before handing it in for copy edits. I found minor errors—punctuation, missing words, etc. I had to re-do some paragraphs, fix transposed sentences, develop a few things, and worked on my timeline and events from 1862-63 for 100% accuracy.

The m/s is 142,000 words, so you can see why it took me a month.

2. Soon after I received a phone call from the KS editorial staff. The editor said my m/s was “very clean and the team loves LOVE ME FOREVER, it’s solidly written, filled with intrigue, both romantic and non-romantic, and we love the story of two heroes and two heroines interconnected.”

3. She also said they have a Civil War buff on staff who couldn’t believe the layering and historical information being so spot on. He loves my book. Needless to say, I’m thrilled.

4. I get my book back from the copy editor around June 29th with any suggestions the staff has (style changes, anything I missed, etc.). I then have one week to accept the changes (using Track Changes)

5. My book goes on pre-order on Monday, July 13, 2015. Everyone who nominated my book should get a link at that time where you can download your free advance copy.  

6 .LOVE ME FOREVER goes live on: July 28, 2015. Tuesday.

Unbelievable how quickly things move. Three months after the campaign ended, LOVE ME FOREVER will be on sale! 

7. I received the $1,500 advance—digitally wired to my bank account. It takes a while to fill out the payee forms since you have to do one for each country, but otherwise, it’s a very smooth process.

8. The Kindle Press editor also indicated my book would be eligible for Amazon promotions a month or so after its release. Wow, now that is cool. I’ll be busting my butt with promo to make my book look good.

What’s next? I’m writing a sequel to LOVE ME FOREVER. To be honest with you, I couldn’t let this family go…I have to know what happens afterward down the line, so why not follow a family through the decades who just happens to time travel? A new heroine…a sexy new hero…and a whole new time travel adventure in a different era.

I don’t want to give anything away, so I’ll just say: “Time Travel...it’s the family business."

Before I go, I want to say the Kindle Scout program has been an amazing Cinderella experience for me. If you're an author and you're wondering if you should try it, I hope my posts will help you make your decision. The KS team is awesome...the other authors are like old friends. If you're a reader, please nominate the books you'd love to see published. You'll receive a free advance copy if it's selected.

So I'll say au revoir...auf wiedersehen...arrivederci...till next time when I’ll have a new update for you.

And in case you’re wondering about the graphic in today’s post, the hunky guy and the luxury castle aren’t part of the deal, but hey, that’s the stuff dreams are made of…


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LOVE ME FOREVER

She wore gray.
He wore blue.
But their love defied the boundaries of war.
And time.

LOVE ME FOREVER is a Kindle Scout selection and will be published on July 28th, pre-order July 13!! You can read the first 5,000 words HERE. You’ll meet both my heroines and both my heroes in the excerpt.

It’s a saga of love and romance and war. Believe me, I walked every road, fought every battle with my characters, even walked around in a hoop skirt to “get it right.”

This is a book of the heart…any questions? Please ask!!

I'd love to hear from you. You can find me on social media:

www.jinabacarr.com
 
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