Good morning, boys and girls!
Today’s been a good day in the hectic life of this author. I was alerted by a fan that Big Trouble In China, book 1 of the Vampyre Legal Chronicles has hit Amazon’s Best Seller Paranormal list for Witches and Wizards at #8 in the top 100!
It’s doing well on Barnes & Noble and iTunes too.
To update readers on book three of the series – I’m way behind – Gia’s Song will be out at the end of May.
At the moment I’m knee-deep in edits for The Trouble With Coco Monroe, book 4 of The Ludlow Hall series. I’ll keep you posted on when she goes live. Then I’m working on the re-write of Desert Orchid as well as working on Book 5 of The Ludlow Series, The Fall of Jacob Del Garda and book 4 of The Vampyre Legal Chronicles, which doesn’t have a title yet.
All of the above is why this blog has been neglected and for that I ask your forgiveness!
Do you get the feeling I’ve bitten off more than I can chew?? 🙂
If you visit iTunes, check out the review numbers for Reckless Nights In Rome, book one of The Ludlow Hall series – I’m thrilled that it’s now received 336(!) 4.7* reviews. Woot! And on Barnes & Noble Reckless has 103 4.6* reviews. And as you know it’s finalled in the Indie Romance Convention Readers Choice Awards for 2013. Voting is open until the end of April – the link is on the right hand side of the blog. So if your fingers are feeling twitchy, please feel free to vote and spread the word. I’m up against some big guns. But to be nominated at all has been the highlight of this amazing journey.
One of the things I’ll never, ever forget was the night almost a year ago to the day when we pressed the button on Amazon for the book to go live. I’ve never been so terrified; sweaty palms, palpitations, excitement, dread and that, ‘What the hell am I doing? It’s not good enough. It needs more work. Mwahahaha!’ feeling. It’s been a roller-coaster ride and it’s still going.
Talking sales numbers is something I avoid, but I can say that sales on Barnes & Noble over the past four months are in the five figures. Amazon I hit four figures last month alone as I did in the last quarter with iTunes. Downloads in Reckless Nights In Rome are in the hundreds of thousands across five distributors and cover something like fifty countries. Big Trouble In China is rocking too, as you can see.
I’d never in my wildest dreams believed it was possible for an independent author to do this. To reach hundreds of thousands of readers, to meet them live on-line, to have them email, FB message, Tweet me or for wonderful fans to set up a street team for me. I still can’t believe these wonderful women take time out of their busy lives to care so much about the books that they promote them far and wide. If you’d like to join The Ludlow Girls street team just click HERE or send me a message. It’s a closed Facebook group and we have a lot of laughs and fun, plus I give them out takes of the stories, character inspirations, cover reveals/choice, competitions and news. But I also want to say that every single person who’s emailed or messaged me will also receive alerts when the next book goes live.
But none of the above happened without a support team. First up is H, he does all the IT technical support including all formatting, dealing with the distributors, keeping an eye on trends, the financial side, spreadsheets, and he does the covers! I have a team of editors and beta readers who are amazing.
I’m a member of fabulous writer’s groups, WANA – We Are Not Alone – run by the awesome Kristen Lamb just click on the link if you want to learn more about the craft and social networking, Kristen is the hot mama to go to.
I’m also a member of DeeDee Scott’s amazing The Writer’s Guide to E-Publishing WG2E author group. WG2E also has an awesome Facebook Street team for authors. It is a closed group, so again if you want to join just message me.
However, the people who are at the front and centre of every single thing I do is you, the reader. Without you none of this would have happened. The way you’ve embraced my work has thrilled and humbled me.
I love you guys.
you are such a great person
You’re very kind, Denise. Thank you. And since you run my street team, you’re pretty special yourself! 🙂 Just outed you! Hahaha!
Thanks for showing us it can happen, Christine!
There’s a certain Anvil of The Craftsman doing very well too, Mr Amidei! I’m never wrong. Repeat after me, Christine is never wrong. LOL!
1,360+ downloads so far today, lovely one.
Congratulations, Christine! Your enthusiasm is so inspiring. 🙂 Keep up the great work, but take care of yourself, too.
Couldn’t have done it without the support of you and the other WG2E peeps, who keep me focused when the going gets tough. 🙂
So much wonderful news. Glad to read about it and continue to wish you the best as you keep writing, writing and writing some more 🙂
You’re very kind, Angela. And thank you for stopping by, I appreciate it.
Congrats, Christine! So excited for you. 🙂
A WANA is in the house. Can you believe it’s been almost eighteen months since I met you? Or does it feel longer?? 😉
Congrats, Christine 🙂 You deserve every success that comes your way!
And another WANA! Thank you, Marcy. It’s been a wild ride so far.
I am so happy for you, Christine! This is awesome and you deserve it. Thanks for all you do and for the inspiration. Hugs!!!
You do plenty for others yourself, Rhonda! And we appreciate it. Support from other writers is crucial to stop us losing our sanity. Although I suspect many might say I lost mine years ago!
Congrats, this is such good news and very uplifting and positive. I’m feeling the warm rays of your sunny success. Keep on going, Christine. Keep writing those fabulous stories and remember us poor street team folk when you become the next Nora. 🙂
You’re very kind. Thank you for the support and the laughs. 😉
Congratulations, Christine. I love all of your books, so your success comes as not surprise. You are an inspiration to us all and I’m so happy you’ve become a daily part of my life. 🙂
Aww, I’m a daily part of your life? H is howling with laughter saying, ‘Poor you, Sheila.’ I’m singing D.I.V.O.R.C.E. You’ve been a huge part of this, missus! And keep writing! You’re doing great! 🙂
This post just makes me want to cry, I am so happy for you! Christine, you’ve worked long and hard. You deserve every bit of what’s happening to you now. I wish you continued success! You are an inspiration! And I’m so happy that we’ve become friends through Wana. This is so exciting. And it’s all because of you. You made this happen. After all, you wrote the books. 🙂
Hi Karen, delighted to see you’re writing again! Woot! As I’ve said before we can’t do it alone, it takes support and tough love. Give Bill a big hug from me. 🙂
Congrats, Christine, on all your fabulous success!! You make me feel like a total slacker, girl. Woot! I can’t believe how much energy you have.
And a Street Team too? Just signed up. 😉
Congratulations on the many successes that you’re experiencing right now, Christine! Enjoy every minute of this well-deserved recognition!