Friday, March 22, 2013

Cover Reveal: The Karmic Connection by Libby Mercer

I am so excited to be taking part in the cover reveal for Libby Mercer's latest book (set to be released April 25th!), "The Karmic Connection." I met Libby through the wild and crazy world of social media, and we instantly clicked. She's so warm, down to earth and funny, and I also admire her as a writer. Prolific and fabulous, Libby Mercer is a writer to watch. So, without further ado, here is the amazing cover of "The Karmic Connection"!

Isn't that gorgeous? I love the fresh color, the funky artwork and it just screams, "Read me!" Designed by Sue Traynor, this cover is memorable! And who doesn't love a story about total opposites who are drawn together despite their best efforts not to be?

The Karmic Connection

What is the universe up to?

Guilty of nothing more than working too much - or so they say - Adam Stowe is dumped at a "wellness center" in the middle of nowhere by a couple of concerned colleagues. When he meets Lorraine, the beautiful and bewitching yoga instructor, his spirits start to lift, but once he discovers what a flighty fruitcake she is, they drop back down to subterranean levels.

For Lorraine Jameson, Luna Wellness Center was a beacon of solace when her life was falling apart, and she can't stand the way Adam's toxic energy is poisoning the peace. He embodies everything negative about the life she discarded eighteen months ago. Despite being fiercely attracted to the arrogant man, she's determined not to let Adam Stowe anywhere near her heart.

Adam and Lorraine couldn't be more unsuitable as a potential couple... so why is the universe so dead set on uniting these two?

The Karmic Connection is a different kind of love story with a cast of quirky characters and a mystical, magical New Age-y flavor.

Be sure to check out "The Karmic Connection" on April 25th and take a peek at Libby's first two novels, "Fashioning a Romance" and "Unmasking Maya."

What to know all about Libby Mercer? Connect with Libby!


The Karmic Connection is now on Goodreads! Add it to your TBR list! 

Thanks so much to Libby Mercer for asking me to be a part of her cover reveal. I can't wait to grab my copy of "The Karmic Connection."

Monday, March 4, 2013

Unplugged and Recharged!

Before I became a published author and business owner, I used my computer for emails and writing. And, in my former life as an ESL teacher to adults, my lack of tech knowledge always prompted a lot of laughter from my savvy students. I didn't know how to download or upload and once mistakenly gave an entire class a porn site to peruse instead of the prepositions they were supposed to practise. But, when I started Perfect Pen Communications, my freelance writing/editing business, and published Finding Lucas, I realized that I needed an online presence. Enter Twitter, Facebook and a whole new world.

At first, I tweeted like a spammer and wasn't quite sure what it meant to like and share with "friends." But I quickly learned how to promote myself and connect with people through the World Wide Web (do people still call it that?) In fact, you might even say I became addicted to the clicking. And I've been lucky enough to get to know an amazing group of authors, readers and bloggers through my newfound love of online communication. So, when I had to unplug for a week because my family and I were going to the Dominican Republic, I panicked.

Would my readers disappear because I was gone for a week? And how would I survive without the daily emails and comments from my Twitter and Facebook friends? Would it be like I'd never existed if I shut down my computer? But, I was also excited to spend serious quality time with my family. Not just my husband and kids, but my parents, brother, sister-in-law, niece and nephew. And I was intrigued by the challenge. Could I actually go a whole day without checking my sales ranks?

The moment the plane touched down in the sunny, steaming hot Dominican Republic, I instantly relaxed. I'd been hunched over a computer for so long that my chin automatically dropped to my chest whenever I sat down. And by the time I'd downed the first of many tropical drinks while swimming with my kids, running through the surf and watching the sun set from my balcony Jacuzzi, my online world was a pleasant memory. Every second with my family was spent smiling (well, except for the few kid meltdowns), and I moved, talked and breathed more slowly than I had in so long.

Now, I did check my email once or twice at night after the kids were asleep. But I didn't respond. And I didn't buy the WIFI access that would enable me to have Internet in my room. I truly unplugged and recharged, and I have come home a different person. For a few more days, I'll be calmer and less stressed. What will last is how appreciative I am of the awesome people I have in my life. And the incredible reviews for Finding Lucas that I came back to have also put a massive smile on my slightly tanned face. I am now a darker shade of pale.

I did miss my online friends, and I can't wait to hear how everyone's doing. And yes, I've already checked the sales rank and reviews for Finding Lucas. But, I now know that I can leave my computer and revel in my life that my exists away from it. And I can come back better with a renewed energy.

So, if you haven't yet unplugged and taken a break from the computer craziness that consumes us, especially us authors, do it. Because it's okay to shut down once in a while even if it's only to take a nap. Everything will still be there when you come back.