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An Early #BlackFriday Deal on the Montana McKenna Boxed Set

Hi folks! Maddie James here. First off, full disclosure, this blog post is a test. I've discovered that my newsletter service can also deliver my blog posts to my newsletter subscribers. I thought I would test this out today, and if all goes well, this blog post may land in your email inbox at 4 a.m. tomorrow morning (Monday, Nov. 18).

That is, if all goes well. I hope I have wired this thing correctly! I've only sent this post out to a select group of my newsletter subscribers--those of you who open my emails most often--just to see if it is going to work.

So please forgive me this for this test, okay? I don't plan to bombard you with blog posts (promise!) and am truly curious how this will work.

Enough of that. Here is the deal I want to share!

LAST CHANCE! 20% off the Montana McKenna Boxed Set
Available Only at My Online Bookstore Sand Dune Books.

Jan Scarbrough and I cooked up this exclusive deal for you and it is available only on my website -- not at retailers anywhere! A…
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Did you know? Some ways authors provide #Free ebooks

Sometimes authors price books temporarily free, such as a flash sale or free promotion. Other times, authors will permanently mark books for free. Most of the time perma-free books are used to drive sales to other books. Generally, free ebooks are series starters or are books used as reader magnets (for example, book hooks to capture the reader's attention and move them toward the author's backlist).

There are various ways to offer books for free. Authors may use platforms like bookfunnelor instafreebie, and join in with other authors for multi-author free promotions. Or, those same platforms can be used for authors to leverage individually for their own personal promotions and giveaways.

Uploading free ebooks to retailers sites, so that the books are available alongside the paid backlist, is another way. Readers can find free ebooks on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, and Kobo sites, among others.

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Create the habit -- When is your write time?

Imagine it is five o’clock in the morning. Your alarm goes off. You blink, stretch, throw your legs over the side of the bed and attempt to orient yourself to the day. After a moment or two of taking care of immediate needs, you stumble to the kitchen, fumble with the coffee maker, and wait for the drip-drip-drip to finish so that you can properly caffeinate yourself in preparation for writing.

Yes. Coffee is a very important part of my writing process. From the coffeemaker, I make the 17.5 second commute to my writing room—a converted back porch with three walls of windows, overlooking a very flat soybean field and a potential Ohio sunrise. With my laptop on my lap, the day on the cusp, and my story in the forefront of my brain, I write.

No music. No television. No dog barking. No fanfare.

No one else up to talk to me. Just coffee, laptop, sunrise, and me. And my story. Maybe some birds singing. Birds are okay. Silence, however, is an important part of my writing process.

I like to wr…

Welcome to Sweet Hart Inn: Harbor Falls Romance #SophieJacobs

Have you visited Harbor Falls yet?

My Harbor Falls contemporary romance series is a 15-book series with huge potential for growth! In the southern and sometimes quirky small town of Harbor Falls, North Carolina, you’ll find characters to fall in love with, laugh with, and a few that will make you scratch your head.

Having grown up in a small town myself, I can relate. We’re all different but we have each other’s backs (generally!) and there is one common denominator between us all—we love small town living. Harbor Falls is no different.

In this series, you’ll be introduced to Suzie Hart Matthews, owner of Sweet Hart Inn, her family and friends, plus so many of the Harbor Falls townspeople your head may spin. Characters are woven throughout the books so you’ll find continuity with the people and setting from story to story. Minor characters in one story may have a full-blown book of their own down the road.

The Harbor Falls books are a mix of some newer, never-before-published stories …