Just A Bad Memory

Hi All,

I hope everyone has enjoyed their January and are getting ready for February. Here in Ontario, Canada it is a typical winter day, and I am here pondering the events that occurred a couple of months ago.

I am really new at marketing and the author social media thing. Yes, I have used facebook to connect with my family and friends, but this account has around 70 people on it and I have actually met ninety percent of them in person. Since publishing my novel, I have accrued over 1000 facebook friends on my author account which I’m still amazed over. Connecting with other authors, responding to posts about posting my own book and pages, taking part in groups, posting ads, book launches and takeovers are so new to me. So, I am fumbling around, learning as I go.

I have been promising to relay what happened with my novel. How a group of women attempted to steal it right out from under me. I have to admit that I have been putting this off because I truly don’t want to dwell on it. I want to put it behind me as just a little blip in my journey as an author. I decided to do just that. I believe that is for the best. No, I don’t want it to happen to other authors. So, I will give a brief accounting without mentioning any names for legal reasons.

Last November, I had seen a post about a takeover. At the time, I didn’t know what a takeover was. Being the inquisitive person I am, I made a post that asked: What is a takeover? The person who wrote the original post, answered my question and that should have been the end of it. But it wasn’t. Another person, an author, responded by offering her help. Instead of saying thank you and passing on the help, I responded with yes, I’ll take her offer. I guess I was feeling a bit lost in the quagmire of marketing and wanted a guide. Anyway, she messaged with the offer of help. No, not a simple invite to a takeover. She offered more than that.

This woman introduced me to her friend who is a cover designer, author and owner of a publishing company. Over a two week period, these two women helped me make teasers, claimed my writing had many errors, breaking down my self-esteem, but promising to help me make my book more marketable with a new cover and editing. They would do all this for a very small fee. I was invited to takeovers and they created a new cover and teasers with very little input from me. Every suggestion I made was diminished in some way or ignored.

I didn’t listen to the warning bells going off. I ignored them. I really wanted my book to make it and they made promises that seemed real. They weren’t outlandish. I observed a takeover, I sent them quotes for teasers, they said there were errors without telling me what they were. I began re-editing my novel and found errors, but not in the quotes I sent. There are always going to be errors and I began fussing with my word choice, second guessing myself.

They offered to edit my novel for an additional small fee. I agreed. I sent them my slightly altered manuscript. The following day, I was accused of plagiarism.
They claimed that I had copied my novel from a famous author. I confronted them, asked them to prove it. They couldn’t of course. I downloaded the book I was supposed to have copied “word for word” and began reading. At this point I knew what they were about.
One of them demanded I take my book off Amazon, immediately.

I said no. I would have to look into this further.

Needless to say, things became worse after that with more accusations and my asking for proof. I reminded them that I have a copyright on my novel and they were not permitted to use my novel. After another accusation, I ended the conversation.

I called Createspace. These people had my manuscript. No way was I going to let them try and publish it as their own. I made a report to Createspace. They can’t do anything but told me to contact Amazon.

I sent an email to Amazon telling them the situation.

I began reading the book I was accused of plagiarizing in earnest. Yeah, it was nothing like mine. Not even remotely close.

I spent the entire night reading this novel and then in the morning, I called Createspace again and made another report with a different person. This person actually said she was giving it to their legal department and making a note in my file. It was the best she could do.

I looked up lawyers and sent an email to one.

I sent an email to these women. I told them that I had contacted Createspace and Amazon and informed them of what they were doing. I also reminded them of my copyright and that I was contacting a lawyer.

They sent me an email in return. They claimed since we didn’t have a contract they wouldn’t report me but they attached cease and desist letters about using their graphics and screen shots showing they had deleted my manuscript. It is possible that they deleted my manuscript but I wasn’t trusting them at that point. I may be gullible, but I’m not stupid. Their “threatening” email didn’t impress me and only made me find a lawyer in earnest.

Amazon responded with an email telling me that unless there is a report of plagiarism, there wasn’t anything they can do. Contact a lawyer.

I found a lawyer who specialized in copyright law. She was all too happy to help me. She said until they actually resell and remarket the novel, there isn’t anything we can do. She advised that I keep an eye on them, but she didn’t think at this point they will do anything. I had scared them. From what I explained to her and their email which I had forwarded to her, she said they didn’t seem to know what they were doing, probably didn’t even have a business license. She advised me to keep an eye on them from time to time. I do.

The lawyer helped me compose an email informing them that I had contacted a lawyer and they were not to use my work in any form or part and remind them of my copyright with the copyright number attached. Lots of legalese in that email. It cost me $350. She was a Toronto lawyer. They are expensive, but worth every penny I spent.

I have not heard back from them.

This was quite the experience and I am embarrassed that I fell for their scam, but did I ever learn a lot. I learned to look out for the scammers. To be very careful with people offering me free help with nothing in return. Let’s face it, we don’t know the people who become our facebook friends, but for some reason, we blindly trust their integrity, that they are authentic. This is not always the case.

The one thing these people did do for me was to teach me about teasers, where to look for stock photos, about takeovers, and helped me get an author page. They may not know it, but this information is of value and they taught me a valuable lesson. This new endeavour into authorship is a slow climb up a mountain, not a fast ride. The first book is rarely ever a best seller, not without a big publishing house. Sometimes it takes several books over a long period of time to build a readership. Learning something new, like a new job in a new field, you have to start at the beginning, the bottom, and work your way up.

Despite all the negativity and duplicity these people sent my way, I stay positive and hopeful. I have learned so much about the author world and myself. I learned I’m not afraid to stand up for myself and fight with whatever tools I have available. I didn’t let them bully me into taking down my novel and I wasn’t afraid to contact a lawyer when I needed advice. I knew in my heart I hadn’t done anything wrong. They tried to make me a victim and I fought back because I was in the right.

I hope my story helps my fellow new authors in some way and explains what happened to me. My advice is to listen to your intuition. If it doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t. Ask around, talk to other authors, check out the publisher. And remember, nothing worthwhile comes easy. It takes old fashioned, hard work to be successful. I know I won’t forget that again!

Along the way, I have met some truly wonderful people. Most of them trying to be authors just like me. Some are farther along than me and some are getting started. I am thankful for them for they are making this journey worthwhile.

I do have to give a shout out to Hanliegh Bradley with Author Friends With Benefits (AFWB). She was extremely supportive during this mess and gave me some really good advice. If you are starting out, the people at AFWB are willing to help. Their fees are reasonable and worth it. They have a lot of tools and services. Check out their website. http://authorfriendswithbenefits.com/

I have to thank Claudia Vincetti, author of January Obsession. She has become a great friend. She listened and encouragement me after the fallout of this mess. She has been so supportive, and without her, I may have simply given up. She has taught me that not all people are out to use you. In fact, we help each other. I’m helping her to edit her next book and she is teaching me how to do graphics. She is awesome. Check out her most recent novel, January Obsession. http://amzn.to/2wQHkrt

For now, I keep writing, I keep learning, and I keep reading. I will write a sequel to Signs of Love and Deliverance. I will make the corrections that need to be done to Signs. And I have a short story spin off of Signs coming soon. I think my readers will enjoy it. It is fun writing it. As I told my stepson the other day, writing makes my heart sing!

Keep on reading!


Signs of Love and Deliverance is FREE

Good Afternoon and Happy New Year!

I hope everyone has enjoyed their holidays and are now getting back into the swing of things in the new year.  Our holidays were hectic with a visit to my family in Pennsylvania with lots of wintery weather. It was tricky driving to say the least. Before we knew it, we slid into the new year and my husband had to deal with some unexpected media attention as president of the local labour council (a volunteer position). To say it’s been crazy around here would be an understatement.

Signs of Love and Deliverance is FREE Saturday at 12:00 am pacific time!  This will be the last day it is available for Free on kindle! Make sure you get your copy!  However if you miss it, you can also get it free with kindle unlimited.



My good friend Claudia created this beautiful teaser for my novel. I hope you like it.

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In the weeks to come, I am planning on writing a few short stories, which are spin offs of Signs of Love and Deliverance.  I’m hoping to make these free or very cheap for my readers who are waiting not so patiently for the sequel to Signs.  I appreciate the positive respond to my novel, but please understand, these books do take time to write, and since I only do this on a part time basis, it takes longer.  But I will do my best to try and have the sequel out by the end of this year, but no promises. I truly did not expect the response I have received for Signs, and certainly didn’t expect people wanting the sequel.

Also, I want to work a bit more on this website and make it a little more appealing.  I’m not very good with this sort of thing, but I’ll see what I can do.

Another thing, I will be writing a blog entry that explains what occurred a month ago when a group of people attempted to scam me out of my novel. Although I won’t be able to give specific names of the people involved, I will give details of what occurred so that other authors can avoid similar scams.  Unfortunately, these people did get the manuscript to my novel and I have to continue to be diligent in making sure my novel doesn’t appear under some other author’s name and title. Since I really do not want this to happen to another person, I will share my story with as many authors/writers as I can.

Don’t forget to pick up your FREE kindle version of Signs of Love and Deliverance this Saturday, starting at 12:00 am Pacific time! It’s FREE!!

Have a beautiful weekend and keep on reading,






Happy Holidays!

Good Afternoon and a Happy Winter Solstice!

Today, the days begin to get longer and winter is officially here.  For my family that means the Holidays have begun. Last night we hosted our annual Winter Solstice and Yule Celebration, lighting and gifting candles for the Yule season, lighting candles in the memory of loved ones, lighting and blessing our tree, and feasting on snacks and goodies. Such a special night with family and friends. Over the next week, we will be spending time with family celebrating the holidays, as well as my step-son’s 18th birthday. It will be a whirlwind of a week with a touch of bittersweet without my Mom here to help us celebrate.

Finding time to read during these hectic days is not always easy, but I do try to get a few minutes in the morning and before bed to read a chapter or two.  I’m currently reading a Christmas romance called Holly Jolly Lycan Christmas by Alicia Montgomery.  I haven’t read any of the other books in this series, but so far it is turning out to be a good story. It can be read as a stand alone.  Here’s the link to this merry romance. It’s available free with KU or for a small fee of $.98.

If Christmas stories aren’t on your list, and you haven’t had a chance to get your copy, my novel Signs of Love and Deliverance will be free on Saturday and for the next 3 Saturdays after that.  Get your cup of cocoa, a plate of cookies and snuggle in for a sexy, steamy Regency Romance with sassy ladies and dominating men, adventure and a little murder mystery thrown in the mix. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

If you have already read Signs of Love and Deliverance, thank you very much for your support.  Don’t forget to leave a review if you are so inclined.

Looking for more to read, check out my good friend’s new release January Obsession by Claudia Vincetti. This is a humorous, sweet romance between Fia, a fireball of sass, and Rayan, a mouth-watering alpha. You don’t want to miss this quirky, upbeat romance.  It is available for free with KU or for a low price of $2.96.  Go give it a try.

I wish you safe and happy holidays! Remember, Signs of Love and Deliverance will be FREE on Saturday!  Enjoy celebrating with friends and family and don’t forget to take a little time and keep on reading.






It’s Free!

Good Afternoon!

I hope everyone has had a good week and are looking forward to the weekend.  It will be a busy one for our family. We will be getting our house ready for our Winter Solstice Ceremony and baking for the holidays. So much to do!

Now for my big announcement!

Signs of Love and Deliverance is FREE all day tomorrow. That’s right, FREE on Saturday, December 16th!  Get it on Kindle at Amazon. Link is below.

In response to a group of people attempting to take my novel through duplicity, fear and intimidation, I am giving away my novel.  I’m giving it away every Saturday for the next 5 weeks.  That’s right. Every Saturday for five weeks.  I want to give my novel away to as many people as I can. Expect to see a post every Friday to remind you to get your e copy of Signs of Love and Deliverance!

I’m sure you are all wondering how someone could take my novel.  Well, there are people out in this world that like to scam others out of their work.  These particular people used kindness and helpfulness as their duplicity and then used fear and intimidation.  Yes, I fell for the kindness duplicity part.  I tend to take people at face value, and unfortunately, my inexperience in this industry led me into their scam; however, I’m not impressed by fear and intimidation. I’m too old and too experienced to fall for that part of things. Hopefully, these people will get no farther with their scam.  I will be explaining in more detail what occurred to me in a later blog after the new year.  I want to inform other new writers of what to look for when someone approaches them with a deal too good to be true. Although I would love to shout out these people’s names, I cannot due to libel reasons, but I can tell everyone what happened and how to avoid it from happening to another writer.

Remember, Signs of Love and Deliverance is FREE on Saturday and every Saturday for the next five weeks on Kindle at Amazon.  Tell everyone you know. Post it on your facebook page, your blog, your twitter, wherever you want.  It’s free and if I could make it free everyday, I would! It is mine to give.

Have a beautiful weekend and keep on reading,


Holiday Time!

Hello Everyone,

It’s snowing here in my little corner of Ontario! Our first of the season.  We just might have a white holiday!

It has been some time since I posted a blog.  November and December have been very busy with many ups and downs. I was distracted by so many other things in life, I simply haven’t taken the time to focus on selling my novel. But tis the season to buy and to share!  And I am planning a big share in the coming weeks.

In November I promised to share a few excerpts about the female captains from Signs of Love and Deliverance.  I still plan on doing that so keep an eye out in the coming weeks for my featured characters.

In the coming weeks, I will be having free days for my novel.  That’s right, FREE! Next Saturday and subsequent Saturday’s, Signs of Love and Deliverance will be FREE! On Amazon.  Make sure you grab your copy!

If you miss getting your free copy, don’t forget that Signs of Love and Deliverance is also free with KU on Amazon.

Looking ahead! My plans for the winter are writing! I’m getting that sequel started that everyone has been asking about and I’m hoping to write a series of short stories or starting another series.  How fast I can write all of this, remains to be seen.  I’m not the fastest writer and I have life that tends to get in the way.  But I will do my best.

In the hustle and bustle of life, we tend to get caught up in the excitement of things. We forget to listen to our instincts that say something isn’t quite right. Don’t ignore it! Listen to that little voice that is screaming warnings at you.  Why do I say this? Well, I had something happen to me that seemed great at first but turned out to be a disaster. All the little signs were there, but I ignored them.  I was caught up in the excitement and the distraction it provided. I needed something good to hang onto with all the sadness that was around me from the loss of my mother. Even someone as old as I am can still be duped. I believed and trusted people when I shouldn’t have. I didn’t pay close enough attention, and now, I’m paying dearly for it.  So, listen to your gut.  If there is even the slightest uncomfortable feeling about people, an offer, a situation, don’t ignore it.  Despite feeling foolish and possibly losing something dear to me, there is a silver lining to my experience which is my learning a valuable lesson. Don’t ignore those instincts.  As my Granny use to say: if it walks like a duck, swims like a duck, looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, it’s probably a duck.

With the holidays upon us, it is a very busy season. The next few weeks will be a bit hectic for our family with celebrations, ceremony and friends and family gatherings and visits. In the midst of all this chaos, let’s remember to be kind to one another. Be polite, give a smile, say a kind word.  It’s not about the gifts we give and receive, it’s about the people that touch our lives every day, no matter how small.

Have a great day and if you need something to read, go pick up a copy of my book, Signs of Love and Deliverance.  If you can’t afford it, wait until Saturday and get your copy for free!

Keep on reading!



November’s Featured Author

Good Afternoon!

It is that time to have a featured author! I missed posting a featured author in October. Shame on me! The month simply seemed to slip by, but I have a great author for this month.

November’s Featured Author is:  River Savage

A year ago, I discovered this author when I was looking for something different to read. I stumbled upon the sexy and bad boy MC romance genre and now I’m hooked. As with all genres, some MC romance writers are better than others. One of the authors I first read in this genre was River Savage and she is definitely one of the better ones. Her series Knights Rebels MC has four full length novels and two novellas, Incandescent, Affliction, Desertion, Infatuation, Reclaimed and Paradox.

The first novel, Incandescent, begins the series with Nix and Kadence’s story. I found this to be an easy and fast read. Nix is the president of the Knights Rebels who are going legit with a son who happens to be in Kadence’s class. Although Kadence is reluctant to get involved with a student’s father, fate keeps putting them together and she finally gives in to the MC’s president. Kadence’s past throws in a few hiccups to their relationship but everything gets sorted out in the end with the bad guys losing. This book is free in Kindle.

Incandescent leads the reader into the second book in the series, Affliction, with Sy and Holly’s story. Desertion is Jessie and Bell’s story which I have to say was my favorite in the series. And Infatuation is Beau and Mackenzie’s story. The novella, Reclaimed, is a continuation of Nix and Kadence’s story, and the novella, Paradox, is a twist on Incandescent as a what if, very interesting.

Although each story does have a conflict and plot going on, the stories are about the romance and how two people are able to work through their issues to come together and fall in love.

These stories deal with personal issues such as domestic violence, PTSD, trauma, loss and heart break. Each one of the books leads into the next but each can be read as a stand alone, although I do suggest reading them in order. It is more enjoyable that way.
So, if you like the bad boys who are members of an MC family and spirited women who can handle them, this is a series of you. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

If you haven’t picked up a copy of my book, Signs of Love and Deliverance, just follow the link below. It’s free with Kindle Unlimited. Have a great rest of your day and a fantastic weekend. And don’t forget to keep on reading!



Good Afternoon!

It is finally feeling like Fall! My apologies to my followers for having not posted anything over the past few weeks. October has just slipped on by me.

Earlier in the month, my family spent time with my Dad in Pennsylvania. It was a whirlwind visit, packed full of activities and a tribute/memorial for my mother which was difficult emotionally. When we returned, I decided to take a little break from anything Signs of Love and Deliverance related since the last six months most of my time had been focused on rewrites, editing, publishing and marketing it. The publishing and marketing is so very new to me and I’m still fumbling around it. I probably will for years to come.

During my little break, I have been working on getting my house ready for the winter to come which is still in progress. I’m not much of a housekeeper. Also, I have been reading a lot, working a bit on some new story ideas and doing a bit of writing. And, to top it all off, we are still dealing with the ongoing teenage drama.

Next on my agenda is writing Signs of Love and Deliverance’s sequel. I have had several readers ask when it will be coming out and the only answer I have is, it will happen when it happens. I have the story started but it is no where near ready to be done. I’m only in the developing stage of the story, not even a first draft yet and only a working title. But be assured, I am working on it.

In the meantime, go read Signs of Love and Deliverance if you haven’t already. If you are unsure you will like it, go check out my previous blogs for excerpts and featured characters or download a sample of the novel onto your kindle. If you have already read Signs and want to read what I’m reading, go check out some of the authors I have featured previously. In the next week or so, I will feature another author I like to read, so be sure to swing on by and check that out.

Next week, I will feature the beautiful and sassy female Captains of the Deliverance Society. They are fierce, strong women who know how to kick some butt, and like the men, they are introduced in Signs. Make sure you come by to check them out.

Until next week, have a fabulous week and weekend and keep on reading!