#WritingWednesday: I was going to be a spectacle – Unexpected

Posted 15 November, 2017 by DLWhite in Writers Write 0 Comments

by DL White
Genres: African American Romance, Contemporary, Romance
Format: eBook
Source: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, ibooks, Kobo

Good morning and happy Writing Wednesday! It’s a super day, and I’ll tell you why: my holiday short, Unexpected, is live and kicking! I have never kicked off the holiday season so early, but I really needed it, and I hope others that need some holiday cheer will find it in my cute and fun little ditty.

A few people may recognize this short from a story I posted on my website a few years ago. It’s been niggling at me because… whatever happened to Will and Saidah??

So I took it down, retooled and updated and added chapters. It’s a very sweet, holiday themed, feel good story that I hope new and seasoned readers will enjoy!

The book will be available for purchase on Amazon as well as Kobo, Barnes & Noble and iBooks. This means it will NOT be available via Kindle Unlimited. You can reach all of those stores with this handy dandy universal link: Unexpected. As soon as the book is available on other platforms, they’ll pop up there, so if your fave platform isn’t available, hang in there and check back!

For today’s Writing Wednesday, I’m posting chapter one of Unexpected. I hope you’re intrigued and plan to snap it up and enjoy!

 


“I don’t know why you’re being so difficult, Saidah. Just put on some clothes, run a brush through your hair and come over.”

“Maybe I don’t want to go over there. Maybe I want to sit on my couch and watch A Christmas Story back to back while I drink myself into oblivion.” As if I needed to prove my point, I loudly sipped from my mug of spiked hot chocolate.

“That’s the exact reason you need to bring your behind over here. You don’t need to be by yourself on Christmas. Especially on Christmas.”

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#Writing Wednesday: All of this woman’s secrets- Same Time Next Week

#Writing Wednesday: All of this woman’s secrets- Same Time Next Week

I was thinking about SAME TIME NEXT WEEK recently, a book I don’t talk much about because it was my foray into interracial romance and it pretty much flopped. Not that the book isn’t good (because it is), but I didn’t and still really don’t know how to market this book. So while I am writing, I am trying to pop up some interest in a title that hasn’t received much attention but definitely deserves it.



*~* Happy Indie Author Day 2017 *~*

*~* Happy Indie Author Day 2017 *~*

  Happy Indie Author Day, 2017! Believe it or not, this is my FIRST Indie Author Day. I heard rumblings about it in years before, but never paid attention or celebrated it. The libraries in my city don’t participate so it’s not a Real Life thing, strictly in this online world. I figured I should jump in this year and celebrate, since my feet have planted firmly in self published soil. A few authors are talking about what this day means to them. For me, one word resonates. Freedom. The idea of contracting with a publisher and agreeing to all of their terms, the slow publishing cycle,not having control over your career… gives me the heebie jeebs! I’m very much a control freak (what, you couldn’t tell) and I love the freedom to decide to do my own thing. Like… Reducing the price on my new release, Leslie’s Curl & Dye until Tuesday Reducing the price on MOST of my books to $.99. If you wanted any of my books #fahdalowlow, now is the time… prices go back up on Tuesday! Interested in MORE free and $.99 book bargains? Check out our Indie Romance sale at the Romance Books Blog. Dinner at Sam’s is on sale for $.99 as is my author friend Tasha Harrison’s book,  IN HER CLOSET– this was a 5 star read for me! I’m off to read some books and celebrate being an Indie Author the best way I know how… by writing another book. Have a fantastic Saturday!



#TeaserTuesday: Leslie’s Curl & Dye -Whatever kinda undies you have on –

#TeaserTuesday: Leslie’s Curl & Dye -Whatever kinda undies you have on –

I decided to do a lil TuesdayTease of Leslie’s Curl & Dye, since it’s Tuesday and the book is out! Snatch it up Amazon, or read it free with your Kindle Unlimited subscription. Enjoy! I drank my iced coffee, looking around the room that was a shrine to his old life. “You probably get asked this a hundred times a day, but do you miss the court?” He started to nod, then grimaced. “I mostly miss being on a team, traveling, playing for TV cameras, whatever. I was kind of a ham.” “Yes, you were,” fell out of my mouth before I could stop myself from saying it. But he was. KC knew where the cameras were at all times and managed to get his face in one at every open opportunity. The headline wasn’t usually by how much whatever team he was on won or lost; it was about whatever gesture or expression KC showed the crowd that night. “See, I knew you followed my career. You’re not as cold and uncaring as you want to seem.” “It’s not like I could help it. Those first two years, everyone at Healy went crazy. You’re all anyone talked about.” “But you didn’t have to keep watching.” “I sort of did. My ex was a fan, since you both went to Healy and all. You were on all his Fantasy teams.” “Oh yeah?” He nodded, halfway smiling. “That’s wassup. Did he know that you knew me?” “Thats why he wanted to date me at first. He was always trying to see if he could get tickets to a game if your team was playing in Chicago. I told him I didn’t know you like that. I couldn’t just ask you for tickets.” “You could have just asked me for tickets. You did know me like that.” “I know,” I said, lifting the bottle to my lips, trying to hide a smile. “He didn’t have to know that.” “So what happened with […]



Because of course it’s up early! Leslie’s Curl & Dye, now available

Because of course it’s up early! Leslie’s Curl & Dye, now available

We are live and such! Not too much rambling about this one. I really like this story and my main characters, Leslie Baker and Kade Cavanaugh… the supporting cast aren’t too shabby, either. I hope you enjoy them too!   Pick up this book Amazon.com here -> https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075J6LQ8X Add to your Goodreads To Read Shelf here -> https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36213839-leslie-s-curl-dye Please put this book in your face and enjoy… don’t forget to leave a review!  




*August 2017 Results!*

*August 2017 Results!*

Hello there! For anyone that is interested in my August results since my post on how I was making more of a marketing effort, I have some numbers! Technically I should wait until tomorrow but the change in books sold and $ amount will be miniscule and I wanted to look at the numbers today. First, let’s look at June and July. I blot out $$ amounts but you can figure it out if you’re good at maffs. What’s important to me is # of books sold and pages read. 30/98K in June and 29/59K in July. Not stellar, by my own personal standards. An average of $5 to $15 a day. Not too bad but both months amounted to a few hundred dollars in earnings. Coming off of a book release in May (which was my biggest month ever), I wasn’t all that pleased in how my efforts failed to carry into a new month and wanted to change things up, hence my post on Book Marketing a few weeks ago. August:   Where I am ending up for August, with a few more page reads/sales than stated on this chart. Extremely happy with August. My new goal is to stay here and build. I haven’t planned out September yet but I have a book release coming up, so I am sure I’ll build up to that and do something to hold up those sales through the rest of the month.



Let’s talk Book Marketing!

Let’s talk Book Marketing!

I know, this is your favorite topic, right? Right after writer’s block and right before the discussion about whether romances have to have a happy ending. But seriously. Let’s talk about it. “Millions of people want to read your book.” -Chris Fox  I have been publishing since 2015, stumbling through most of it like a newborn deer, making an okay chunk of money here and there but for the most part, coasting along and making pizza money. You know, that deposit from Amazon that could cover a nice large pie and maybe some garlic knots from your fave pizza joint. I kind of got sick of working so hard for miniscule numbers. Then recently something changed. I’m really trying to remember who, how, when, but I stumbled upon The Author Biz. It’s a website but also a podcast. And started to listen to some of the backlog of past episodes. Ya’ll my jaw was dropping, because people were moving SERIOUS books. Quitting jobs and working full time as writers. I wanted to know HOW… HOW… HOW YA DOING THAT?! Chris Fox, author of Write to Market (great book, by the way) was talking about his new book, Relaunch your Novel, all about making the most of your backlist. I was intrigued by the depth of conversation and the content. I listened to just about every episode of The Author Biz podcast  and others like it. Started reading books, studying, taking notes. Checking stuff out. I want to show you something.



Book news + 50 Beach Reads for your face!

Book news + 50 Beach Reads for your face!

Hi friends! *waves furiously* Want a chance to win a $20 Amazon gift card? It’s only available if you answer the question I posed in my latest newsletter. Subscribe right HERE and shoot your shot!  I hope your summer has been amazing and relaxing and full of good books! I know for a while, my TO READ stack has been looking REAL NICE. In between trips to the beach and work, I have been pounding away at Leslie’s Curl & Dye, due to publish September 12. Ya’ll it’s gonna come down to the wire, but we not letting pub dates slip in the 2017! ***Want sneak peeks and early book release info? to Join my facebook reader group, BooksbyDLWhite, HERE.*** Lastly, if you’re interested in an advance copy of Curl & Dye in exchange for a review, shout me a holla by email or in the group! Advance copies will be granted via NovelReviewers, so if you’re not already a member, sign up for free HERE.   I have a super good deal for those looking for more beach reads – some light and fun, some sexy, some……..more than sexy. Grrrrrrrr!  If you haven’t had the chance to grab my sizzling, summery #BeachyBlackRomance, Beach Thing, it is included on this fabulous list of 50+ Beach Reads for your reading pleasure. I uhmmm already picked up a couple myself! Click on the image above (or visit the site HERE) to check out the list and enjoy!    



Leslie’s Curl & Dye – “Not all my crazy is on display.”

Leslie’s Curl & Dye – “Not all my crazy is on display.”

by DL White Genres: African American Romance, Small town romance Now available in print and ebook at Amazon.com!  http://books2read.com/curldye  KC Tamera untied her client’s cape and removed it, then hung it on a hook near her chair. A middle aged woman with a short salt and pepper afro stood and handed Tamera a few bills, telling her to keep the change. “Thank you, Ms. Jackie. See you next week?” The woman nodded and walked out of the shop, smiling as she passed me. Tamera used a towel to wipe down her chair, then tapped the back of it. “KC, come on over here. I’ve been staring at your hairline all day and I can’t take it anymore.” I stared at Tamera from across the room. Even Leslie stopped twisting hair to bounce her gaze between me and Tamera and back. “Uh… me? Come over there?” “Yeah, you. Come over here. I’ve been wanting to snap some candid shots of you, but you need a lineup and your fade is sloppy. Let me fix you up so you look good.” I glanced at Leslie but still didn’t move. I didn’t trust Tamera to not jack my hair up. As if she could read my mind, she laughed. “If I was gonna mess you up, I’d break into your house with some clippers. I’m not going to make you look bad. I promise.” She tapped the chair again, swiveling it around toward me. It was just… there. Welcoming me to sit. I groaned, then got up and slowly loped across the shop to Tamera’s station. I lowered myself into the chair and sat still while the cape floated over me, then draped around my shoulders. “I promise, I’m not gonna mess your hair up, KC. You want to look good in these pictures, so you can win this election, right? But since I have you here…”