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Cinderella’s got new glass slippers: My Kindle Scout Experience re: my Civil War time travel romance “Love Me Forever” Part 4

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Glass slippers don’t last forever…

But Kindle e-Books do.

So when Cindy discovered her treasured glass slippers had a crack in them…ow! It was time to get a new pair.

And that’s what’s been happening in publishing. It’s time to embrace new and different ways of getting our books to readers. That’s where the Kindle Scout program fills the gap. As I’ve discussed in previous posts, it’s been an amazing journey for me since I started my campaign with LOVE ME FOREVER, my Civil War time travel romance.

I danced in my slippers when LOVE ME FOREVER went on sale.

Amazon sent me an email with the screenshots, showing LOVE ME FOREVER PR. My book was in the first slot on page one:

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And shown here with another Kindle Scout winner.

 

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The Kindle Scout Authors did a 3-hour Facebook party. It was amazing…you can read all the comments and see what happened here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1755873821306210 

 

Time travel is my favorite genre, so I was thrilled to hit the Kindle e–Books>Romance>Time Travel Top 100 list several times. Here’s a graphic I made:

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But most gratifying to me are the 5 STAR reviews:

“This is one of the best time travel historical novels I have ever read. I was hooked from page one. The descriptive scenes of the Civil War battles are so realistic that you find yourself imagining you are actually on the battlefield. I highly recommend this book.”

“Gripped me from the first page and wouldn’t let go until I finished the book HOURS later.”

“Rich in history and social issues, Love Me Forever is both deep and emotionally compelling. Another fine read from a Kindle Scout winner.”

“Wonderful historical fiction with just the right amount of time travel. The Civil War really came alive and the author did an amazing job with research to pull off all of these details and insights about such a terrible time in our history.”

“The story was riveting as she entwined the lives, lies, and misdirections of the main characters. Very diverting, indeed.”

“Full of action, excitement, and love. The characters are fantastic”

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What’s next for me? I’m writing the sequel to LOVE ME FOREVER . . . more about that in Part 5 coming soon!

Thanks for coming along with me on my journey.

~Jina

PS — very exciting news: Ken Burns’ Civil War has been remastered and will be shown in high definition on PBS beginning September 7-11, 2015. Be sure to tune in . . .

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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 now available from Kindle Press at Amazon.com

 

 

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Cinderella’s Happily Edit After: My Kindle Scout Experience re: my Civil War time travel romance “Love Me Forever” Part 3

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Remember when Cinderella was all aflutter getting ready for the ball? Her fairy godmother shows up and poof! Cindy has a gorgeous gown, a carriage, and the sexiest pair of glass slippers. Next, she meets the prince, loses her slipper, gets it back, and marries the handsomest man in the land.

Then comes a reality check.

Cindy is a princess with a hundred and fifty room castle to manage, servants galore, royal obligations, and a demanding mother-in-law who can’t wait to show her off at high teas.

First, she must learn how to be a princess.

Kinda like putting out a good book. It’s a lot of work. Period.

After my 30-day campaign with Kindle Scout for LOVE ME FOREVER, my Civil War time travel romance, being on and off the Hot and Trending list, then waiting to see if I made the cut, came my reality check.

Edits.

Most writers would rather clean bathrooms for a week than open the Editorial Letter.

I was shaking in my slippers when mine came. I worked more than two years on “LOVE ME FOREVER,” getting the research right, the romance, settings. Not an easy task. My story is over 150,000 words.

Which brings me to one of my favorite things about Kindle Scout: the Kindle Press Team. With everyone jumping into the self-publishing arena, it’s easy to want to write, write, write and get it out there. Do-it-yourself, especially if you’ve been writing for a long time. I can wrap my head around a story pretty well. I’ve written several novels for trad publishers, non-fiction books, kids’ TV scripts, and plenty of magazine columns and stories.

But no writer is an island.

A good editor is as important as Cinderella’s fairy godmother. She/he can wave their magic wand and give you that extra spin on your book, make you dig deeper, cut excess. One thing that drew me to the Kindle Scout program was the idea of receiving editorial input.

I wasn’t disappointed. The editorial guidance at Kindle Scout/Kindle Press is awesome.

I’m thrilled to say that my editor at Kindle Press was thorough, gave excellent suggestions, made me think, and complimented me along the way when she particularly liked something. She’s definitely one of the best editors I’ve ever had. The turnaround was quick: a week to complete the edits. I admit I hardly slept and I maxed out the balance on my Starbucks gold card, but the KP Team gave me a heads up three weeks before as to exactly what day to expect the email with the attached files and they delivered.

So here we are at a new juncture in my Kindle Scout experience. Edits done; book on sale at Amazon.

Am I nervous? You bet I am. I put my heart and soul into this story, laughed and cried with my characters every step of the way. I’m anxious to give it every chance I can to succeed. But the best part is, I feel confident that as part of the Kindle Scout program, LOVE ME FOREVER is the best it can be.

~Jina

I’ll be back with Part 4 on Saturday, September 5th. Tomorrow, Friday, September 4th I have a special treat: my interview for Jennifer Skutelsky’s fabulous blog Writers Reach. This lady can ask some intriguing questions.

Stop by and find out what she asked me!

PS — very exciting news: Ken Burns’ Civil War has been remastered and will be shown in high definition on PBS beginning September 7-11, 2015. Be sure to tune in . . .

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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 now available from Kindle Press at Amazon.com

Cinderella at the Ball: My Kindle Scout Experience with my Civil War time travel romance “Love Me Forever” Part 2

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I’m settling in to my Cinderella experience with my Kindle Scout Civil War time travel romance, LOVE ME FOREVER, 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 wearing my fuzzy, worn-out pink slippers when no one’s looking.

So here we are with Part 2 re: my Kindle Scout experience, featuring LOVE ME FOREVER, which was selected at the end of April. If you missed Part 1 in yesterday’s post CLICK HERE.

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 150,000 words, so you can see why it took me a month.

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.”

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.

I got my book back from the copy editor on June 29th with suggestions from the staff (style changes, anything I missed, etc.). I then had one week to accept the changes (using Track Changes) and write anything new.

LOVE ME FOREVER went on sale August 4, 2015.  Everyone who nominated my book received a link ahead of time so they could  download their free advance copy. Unbelievable how quickly things move. Three months after the campaign ended, my Civil War time travel romance is on sale.

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.

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’ve been busting my butt with promo to make my book look good.

What’s next? I’m writing a sequel to LOVE ME FOREVER called LOVE ME ALWAYS. 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 with a twist. I’m not telling . . .but the Kindle Scout authors are putting together an anthology with first chapters from our other books. I’ve included the first chapter of LOVE ME ALWAYS. More on that later . . .

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 Kindle Scout and Kindle Press teams are 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 tomorrow when I’ll have Part 3 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…

Best,

Jina

Check back tomorrow, Thursday, September 3rd, for: Cinderella’s Happily Edit After: My Kindle Scout Experience Part 3

PS — very exciting news: Ken Burns’ Civil War has been remastered and will be shown in high definition on PBS beginning September 7-11, 2015. Be sure to tune in . . .

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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 now available from Kindle Press at Amazon.com

 

Lemonade Day in the Civil War and a little girl…

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Soldiers fought hard battles day in and day out during the Civil War. Tired, weary, thirsty men and women…but what about the plain folk when they invaded a town or plantation?

Did they see their brother, father, husband, son? Daughter?

Or did they see the enemy…

I don’t rightly know how true it is, but Civil War legend has it that a mighty pretty little gal made lemonade on a hot, sweltering day back in August 1862 and offered it to the advancing army.

Every soldier got a taste of cold sweet lemonade and a smile…and they went on their way, leaving the plantation untouched.

Making us all hopeful that goodness can triumph…with the help of sweet lemonade and the kindness of a little girl.

~Jina

If you love Civil War romance and time travel and TWO hunky military heroes, check out my Kindle Scout winner below.

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

LOVE ME FOREVER is a Kindle Scout winner and is now available from Kindle Press at Amazon.com

Ice Cream Pie Day: Which Ladies are the better cooks: North or South?

New England stew steaming with hearty beef and onions and carrots…

Southern Pecan Pie with crunchy sweetness and dripping with juices…

Which ladies are the better cooks?

North or South?

What do you think?

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During the Civil War, it wasn’t easy to get supplies, as we see here in LOVE ME FOREVER when my time traveling heroine, Liberty Jordan, finds herself on a Virginia plantation–taking the place of a woman who happens to be her twin…and a Confederate spy:

Liberty  finished her tea, wishing it were coffee, but there were major shortages of salt and coffee. She wasn’t fond of the parched okra seed that replaced coffee, and she had no desire to try the grits-and-rye blend used as a java substitute. The price of salt was high and she’d heard stories of Southern cooks brushing grains of salt off salted pork to reuse it.”

If you love Civil War romance and time travel and TWO hunky military heroes, check out my Kindle Scout winner below.

Love_Me_Forever_500x798LOVE 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 winner and is now available from Kindle Press at Amazon.com

 

Walk with History and Fall in Love: “Love Me Forever” Release Day for my Civil War time travel romance

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Years ago I walked a battlefield…it was a cold January morning, ice on the ground, which made it even more eerie. As if I could hear boots marching, men crying out, guns firing.

I couldn’t shake the feeling that the spirits of fallen soldiers had never left. That even if they were ready to meet their Maker, they had to linger here, keep that spirit of brotherhood and patriotism alive for generations to come.

Lest we never forget.

Sacrifice.

Duty.

And the eternal flame of hope.

It never dies…

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For years, I gathered research, made notes, thought about the men, but especially the women who sacrificed so much during the Civil War to keep their families together. These were the women I wanted to write about, to delve into their hearts and souls as they went from having no say in their lives to running everything when the men were away at war.

I also wanted to be there with them.

So I created Liberty Jordan, a 21st century history teacher, and through her eyes I traveled back to 1862 to the bloodiest battle of the War Between the States.

Antietam.

Here is that moment in the story when Liberty must accept the fact she’s traveled back in time…

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(Liberty is disguised as a Confederate officer and has been captured by the Union Army. Using her modern day medical knowledge as a part time EMT, she saved a bluecoat’s life. Now Union Army physician, Major Stephens is trying to figure out who she is and how she has such knowledge. Liberty is still in shock and not able to believe it’s 1862.)

LOVE ME FOREVER excerpt:

“The year, Major Stephens,” she asked again. “Please, tell me the year.”

“If you insist, Lieutenant. It’s 1862.”

“Then it’s true. Everything.”

Liberty slumped down, a cry of anguish escaping from her lips and floating onto the breeze kicking up outside the tent. The sound of her pain echoed in her head like a bad scene in a play that never closed. She couldn’t recall ever feeling so helpless or alone. She refused to let her emotions rule, but sudden tears caught her defenses down, surprising her.
She sucked in her breath, taking in what seemed impossible.

1862.

She tried hard to ignore the strong sentiments running through her and deny everything, but she couldn’t. This was no game.

It was real.

Hadn’t she seen the dead, buried them with her own hands? Helped the wounded? Been captured as a prisoner of war? What more proof did she need?

A bullet through her head?

Liberty sat up straighter, her mind racing. But she had the advantage. She knew what was going to happen. They didn’t. The war would drag on for three more years. Lincoln was alive and so was Grant, and a young woman named Louisa May Alcott played games with her sisters in an attic. And somewhere on a stage, an actor named Booth had no idea his infamous role in history was yet to come.

She could use that information to find her way back to her own time.

Then her mind circled back to the present. She looked into the major’s dark, probing eyes. His passion for medicine fascinated her. His good looks sent a thrill through her. She blinked. Did he know she was a woman? What if he tried to seduce her?

The peculiar thought played with her mind in such a way that both frightened and intrigued her. Took her adventure into a whole new dimension. She didn’t dare take her eyes off him. He deliberately offered her a challenge.

She smiled. Adjusting to life in this time could prove interesting with the handsome major.

Her life, after all, was in his hands.

I hope you’ll follow me in the coming days as I talk more about my heroines–yes, I have two heroines on opposing sides of the conflict–as well as Civil War battlefield medicine and how life changed during these years.

If you love Civil War romance and time travel and TWO hunky military heroes, check out my Kindle Scout winner below.

~Jina
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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 winner and is now available from Kindle Press at Amazon.com!  

And check out my fellow Kindle Scout winners also with book releases today:

Thank you to Meredith Pritchard, fellow Kindle Scout author, for putting this graphic together

Thank you to Meredith Pritchard, fellow Kindle Scout author, for putting this graphic together

Red Rose Day…and the Scent of a Lover

I adore red roses.

Velvety, lipstick-red with a scent that makes you tingle down to your toes.

Even more so when there’s a man involved.

So here’s today graphic on Red Rose Day.

Mmm…

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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 soon!! 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

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