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The Day Has Arrived!



It’s finally happened!

My thriller, The Sussex Deal is ready.


After much writing and much more writing and then tons of editing and re-editing, and then doing research on marketing etc., my book has finally made it to the eBook publishing stage.

book_icon4I’m excited, and although I know it takes time to promote the book and generate sales, the road to getting here and now travelling the path to publishing it, I’ve come to realize that it’s the whole process that I’m obsessed with. Every step has brought its fair share of challenges to overcome, but I’ve enjoyed it every step of the way.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had my days where I thought, why am I doing this or why did I have to re-write this twelve times before I got it right.  In the end, my drive to succeed and my enormous love of the craft is what makes it all worthwhile.

My first love lies in writing fantasy, so writing a contemporary thriller was a whole new experience for me.  The language was the biggest challenge to overcome. I found myself often slipping back into writing in the style of my fantasy novels. The thriller genre did give me a taste of something new. The one thing it did have in common with my fantasy genre is that I felt passionate about all my characters. I think it’s this passion that forces me to tell their story regardless of the genre.

The Sussex Deal was initially to become my first “chapter story”—a story for my readers where I put out one chapter at a time—but we decided to use it as my first step into eBook publishing.

monitor_1Now, the task begins to market the book. Will it be a success? Time will tell. For me, the euphoria comes in writing the book and bringing it to its completion. I hope to give my readers that same euphoria when reading it. I’m already working on my next book and loving it.small_star

Alandra CL

Daily Post – Don’t Burn Your Books . . .


My Interests That May Interest You!



Don’t Burn Your Books-Print Is Here to Stay – By Nicholas Carr – The Wall Street Journal –

Nine Practices to Help you Say No – By Peter Bregman – HBR –

Keep Dreaming . . . Even When They Think You’re Nuts – By Jenny Price – For Jeff Goins –

Book Design Quick Tips for Self-Publishers – By Joel Friedlander –

globe2Parts of Earth Are Missing Gravity – By Kris Sanchez – For UberFacts –

Yes, We Do Judge . . .


My Interests That May Interest You


Yes, We Do Judge a Book By Its Cover – By Jeremy Gardiner – for Jeff Goins –



Learn to be Charismatic – by Scott Edinger – for Harvard Business Review –


Oscar-winner Michael Arndt To Pen “Star Wars Episode VII” – By Dominic Patten – for deadline –


Mustering the Courage to Turn Down a Publishing Contract – By Kfir Luzzatto – for Writer Beware –





Coming Up Soon . . .

My Interests That May Interest You:

Coming up soon – National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) –

How to Respond to Negativity – By Peter Bregman – Harvard Business Review –

How to Become a Writer – By writetodone –

How to Become an Exceptional Writer – By Demian Farnworth – copyblogger –

How Amazon Squeezes Writers to Make You Richer – By Nathan Alderman –

Less-Confident People Are More Successful – by Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic – Harvard Business Review –

Rights vs. Copyright – By Victoria Strauss – Writer Beware –

Your E-Book Is Reading You – By Alexandra Alter – The Wall Street Journal –

4 Quick Tips for Authors to Get Website Traffic Fast! – By Lynnette Phillips – For The Book Designer –

Unleash Your Writing With This Trick From the Movies – By Write to Done –

The Essential Guide to (Not) Responding to Critics – By Jeff Goins –

Are the Rules of Engagement for Serious Novels Changing?  By Warren Adler – Huffington Post –

Quote(s) of the Day:

The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.” – Mark Twain