My Forever Love Review

Thank you Aimee Ann at redheadedbooklover.com. You always help me get back on focus when I wonder if I’ve made a mistake in my career choice. Being an indie author takes a lot of heart and blood, sweat and tears.

Read her review of my book, My Forever Love, Crossing the Line Series Book Two and check out the rest of her blog as well! https://redheadedbooklover.com/my-forever-love-m-d-stewart/ 

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IRL: In Real Life (An After Oscar Novel, Book 1)

A M/M Romance

Heat level: Steamy Rating: Five Stars

I love all things, Lucy Lennox. I’ve hunted down and downloaded her entire Made Marian and her Forever Wilde Series. I recently got the chance to read her newest venture; a collaboration with her sister Molly Maddox. I expected something great, but I got so much more than I even hoped. It begins with an accidental wrong number text and snowballs from there. It’s hot and the tension is strung tight for a while, but not so long the reader can take a breath and lose all interest. These ladies are very good and keeping the reader flipping pages to see what happens next.

First, I love books where I can see a character develop and grow. No one in, well real life, (pun intended) stays the same. With every event, either big or small, that happens to us changes us in some way. That’s good, usually. During this book, the main characters Wells Grange and Conor Newell come from two very different worlds, and that’s where these brilliant authors grab you. You have a suspicion that it’ll be a HEA, but you aren’t quite sure who’ll do the changing to make that possible.

Wells comes from a very wealthy family and through experience, learns that you can’t trust anyone in business. He’s hard, unrelenting and is known by the well-earned moniker “Glacier Grange.” And Conor, well, he’s a shy, sweet awe-shucks, people pleaser from a little town in North Carolina. Two opposite ends of the spectrum in background and love. One is a straight up commitment-phobe and the other, well he dreams of meeting The One.

To be honest, I would read Wells’ side of the story and go between liking the guy and wanting to strangle him. But isn’t that the hope of all readers, to be drawn into a character so much that your emotions are bouncing along with them on their journey?

And Conor? I just wanted to wrap that boy up and take him home and feed him like I would my kid. I ended up rooting for both characters to the point I kept looking at the percentage of the book read, and hoping I wasn’t nearing the end of the book. Again, something readers relish; a book so well written and so good you don’t want it to end.

Just when I thought I knew what was going to happen, the authors led me to a completely different way. I like that. I like being surprised thinking “I know what’s going to happen here” but then to have my head snapped into a totally different way, it’s fun.

If you get this book, I know you’ll enjoy it at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07N8GK8DM, and then you can check out other books by Lucy Lennox and Molly Maddox. I already have all of Lucy’s book and plan on check out her sister’s work as well.

Thank you Aimee Ann

I haven’t been writing on my blog, and I hate that it’s been almost a month! I’ve been really busy writing, editing and promoting my books. I’ve also been listening to my released books and making little corrections here and there and republishing them.

Bran, the second book in the Fae Shifters series came out today, and I put the first book, Devitt on sale for 0.99 until January 23rd. I hope it helps bring fans to my books. I think I have everything readers might like. A series based on romance and aliens (The Psy-Bond, Watchers and Crossing the Line Series) and a series based on romance and shifters (Fae Shifters Series).

Devitt Fae Shifters Book One

Speaking of a the Fae Shifters, I got another stellar review from Aimee Ann at over at Red Headed Book Lovers blog! She’s amazing and I appreciate her reviews so much! I thought I’d attach the review for Devitt, https://redheadedbooklover.com/devitt-m-d-stewart/ and I hope you follow her blog if you haven’t already!

Getting A Great Review

So I’m excited to have a great review from Aimee Ann for Red Headed Book Lover! She made my day and made me cry for giving such a great review on my book Double Time. I’d like for you to read it and leave a comment or question and if you’d like to follow her blog, I’m sure she’d appreciate it.

Please read it at https://redheadedbooklover.com/double-time-m-d-stewart/?fbclid=IwAR2c1Vdc_Ue3B6GIA8GldVnbSQGuZxorpg97vzbVgJUfw4z4g-Jj85zoNc8

I’ll also be releasing the second book in the series called My Forever Love on January 3rd so if you want to read up on the series, read Double Time. Each book is a HEA stand alone, but you might get to know some cross-over characters and enjoy their story.

First Pre-Order for me

So, I’m kind of nervous. I’ve decided to do a pre-order for my book, My Forever Love. While I’ve not had many comments, only one actually, it wasn’t a “good” comment. Apparently, they didn’t like my blurb for the book. “Poor grammar,” they said. Grammarly didn’t think so, but whatever.

Okay, I’ll be the first to admit that I suck at blurbs. I’d PAY someone to write them for me. Seriously. If they write good, interesting blurbs that got potential readers excited to buy my books! As it is, I just try to write what the book is about and not give away too much. It doesn’t always work though. I know this.

So, as it goes, I’m just plugging along, trying to grow tougher skin. I’m also trying to remember, not everyone likes Paranormal or Sci-Fi romance. That’s okay, I get it. I tried to be as polite to her as possible, thanking her for her critique. She jumped on me, that’s for sure. Even after I told her I was trying to be polite, she still jumped me. *sigh* I guess everyone assumes others react the same way we would. I suppose she thinks everyone is sarcastic and caustic.

Here’s a link to the book on Amazon. I hope whoever gets it, they enjoy the heck out of it. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07M96HMN4

Encourage Your Author Friends

Even if you don’t read their stuff

So, I have become discouraged in my writing. I love doing it, and I hope those that read my books enjoy them, but I hoped I’d be more successful by now. I knew I wouldn’t be a “best seller” yet, but I still feel like I’m struggling to get my fan base. I get it too; not everyone will like my genre or my characters, not even how I choose to portray … well all of it!

Maybe it’s the cold weather that’s making me feel discouraged. Last night, I told my husband, Goose I was about to just give up on paying for promotions. It didn’t seem to be panning out. When I started writing, I had no idea I’d have to pay for promos. I just didn’t think of it. I knew quality covers would cost me money. As with anything, first impressions are important and I wanted good covers to draw the eye. I wanted to capture a reader’s interest. 

I knew I’d need an editor (I’m so glad I have one! She’s pulled my burning mess from the fire, slapped out the flames, and helped me save a few stories) but I never considered promotions! That’s where my editor has guided me as well. She’s not just helped repair my books, she’s been a mentor and friend. 

In this world of self-publishing, anyone can write something, grab a cheap five dollar cover off some website, and put it out on the web. I’ve read a few of those books, because I love to read as well as write, and I want to try out new authors. Sadly, with some, I’ve sat there shaking my head at the mistakes. Not only grammar, but with flow and consistency. Someone is wearing a blue dress and the next sentence it’s a red shirt and blue jeans.

In one book I just finished, the male protagonist has just learned to drive that day so he can take the female main character into town for the first time, but the female is remembering him taking her to town not long ago. It’s important to have small details like that caught by an editor. At least to me! I want to put out books that when someone reads it, they aren’t distracted by details not matching up. 

But, I digress. As I stated earlier, I had told my husband that I’m about to give up. And bless him, he said “You can’t give up now!” That’s all I needed to hear. I felt better after that. I know, to me at least, I feel like I’m throwing good money after bad, just trying to get people to discover my books.

Maybe Paranormal Romance, Science Fiction Romance, and unconventional love between characters isn’t your cup of tea, but if you know someone who DOES like that sort of book, how about sending them to my Amazon Author page, http://amazon.com/author/mdstewart and let them look around?

That’s how you can help a struggling author, even if you hate to read or hate their chosen genre. Tell your friends about them, maybe someone will like what your author friend writes and they tell someone else. 

And for those who have read my stuff, please leave a review. If you can’t on Amazon, you can at Good Reads. Reviews also help undecided readers consider if they are willing to pay for a book. Especially for a new author. All my books have reviews now (thanks to BookSprout) and they average 4.5 out of 5 stars, so that makes me happy.

Help your struggling author friends by just letting others know about their endeavors. Send them an encouraging post, telling them you like this cover or heard from a friend that book is good. Whatever you feel comfortable doing. That way they don’t feel like their screaming in the wind and no one can hear them. Kind words mean a lot!  

Waiting for Edits

Not A Pargon of Patience

I can’t honestly say I’m a patient person. Just ask my old boss. She gave me my lowest scores on my evaluations on my patience. Or lack thereof. 

I turned in books for editing and I check my email daily to see if she’s sent back my book yet. I know she’s busy (much love to you my dear, you’re my shero) She not only works as an author herself, and is a mom, but she has other authors she also edits. I, on the other hand, just spend my days writing or planning on writing. 

I’m really trying to get my books out there, I just need to learn how to wait. I need to work on my other books and not let my impatience take over. I know it’s hard for me to do but I hope I have a few fans who are also impatient for one of my books. Or a few of them.

I’m currently working on several different things right now. The third book in the Fae Shifter Series, Rhys (Devitt’s best friend). I’m also working on the third book in The Watcher’s series and I’m playing around with my new series about The Beings’ Homeworld. I also have two books that I’ve been working on that have nothing to do with any other series I’ve got on Amazon. One is a contemporary romance and the other is a dystopian future book that will become a series.

I actually do have two books with my editor so hopefully I can get a one out soon, but I also know that it takes time to get quality out there. I guess I will have to learn that patience is a virtue.