Friday, January 3, 2014

Happy Birthday to Writesy Press and A Big Sale

It may be hard to believe but this little Publishing House - Writesy Press - is two years old!!! Because of that, I've got a special deal for you so keep reading.

As the Owner of this micro-press I'm compelled to step back and reflect for a couple minutes. Writesy Press officially opened its doors in January of 2012 as the finishing touches were being done to edit my first book then prepare it for printing and paperback distribution. In many ways that feels like a lifetime ago.

But wasn't it just yesterday?

So much has happened in the past 2 years and I've learned so much about the publishing industry! The ink on Ripple the Twine was barely dry and I had to throw myself into formatting, the Library of Congress, legality, and assigning an ISBN. Not to mention conceptualizing cover art, writing jacket copy and fighting with MS Word on how to make page numbers do what I wanted them to do. And then it was all about marketing and distribution. That is, until I got the itch to start writing another book.

There was no stopping the second book!

By the time Reckless Abandon hit the shelves it felt like old hat doing all the administrative type stuff that needs to be done to bring a book to market. It still took a while but it seemed that Reckless just flowed better in every way. The pressure was off. My second book could be a disaster and it wouldn't have mattered. Not in the same way as a first book disaster would have hit me.

And now another year has gone by. Another full calendar year and not a single book has been released on this micro-press label. Which is a damn shame!

Mostly that's because as the Owner I've had to shift my writing priorities to ensure I can keep paying the bills. I've been full time freelancing since May of last year and I must confess - I love it! Of course that means fiction writing has all but hit a screeching halt for the moment. Unless something insane happens its unlikely I'll release a fiction book/novella in 2014.

Will Writesy Press survive the no fiction release year?

In short, yes! We're not going anywhere anytime soon. In fact, through my freelancing work I've discovered nuggets of advice, wisdom, tips and other need-to-know articles for logic based, snarky and fun freelancers. I hope to pull a lot of it together into an eBook by late spring and have it ready for distro by early summer.

Stay tuned for details!

Here's the deal...

Now, I promised a special deal! For those of you who would like a signed print copy of Ripple the Twine and Reckless Abandon here's the skinny.

For our birthday I'm offering both books (print only) for a total of just $20! That's like getting Reckless Abandon for the same price as the eBook! But you'll have TWO fully autographed pieces of literary goodness in your hands instead! Real paper. With the smell of real ink. The feel of a real book. Pages you can dog-ear. Your name inside the front cover. Some things are worth the throwback to paper.

I take PayPal or if we're face-to-face a check would be fine.

This sale is only going on until the end of January because, like our birthday, the party has to come to an end sometime. Books make excellent gifts and I'd be happy to personalize the message to anyone you like.

Email me so we can get started on your order - randomlunacy11 at yahoo dot com

Enjoy the start of 2014 and may all of your wishes come true this year!

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Monday, May 6, 2013

Reckless Abandon Blog Tour Wrap Up and the Month Ahead

Wow, April was quite the busy month around these parts!

The Blog Tour for Reckless Abandon was a great success! The winner of the giveaway over at The Book Bag was chosen and I'm so excited to get this book out to her. I really hope she enjoys it!

Every blogger on the tour was gracious and wonderful to get their posts up on the scheduled dates with zero drama or complications. I hope their traffic got a bump out of it because they're all fantastic book bloggers. Anything you could be looking for in the realms of Romance, Erotica, Women's Fiction, Chick Lit, or many other genres can be found reviewed on these sites. Readers are the lifeblood of published Authors and I can't begin to thank them enough for doing just that - reading my novella. Thanks for taking part in my tour!

But none of it would have been possible if it wasn't for Samantha at Chick Lit Plus for her super organizational skills to pull these fantastic bloggers together for a most successful tour! Thanks Samantha!

If you'd like to re-visit, or visit for the first time, any of the bloggers from my tour click over to the Tour Page on Writesy Press.

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May is shaping up to be just as busy as April was as I revive some old projects, breathe life into a couple of previously shelved projects, and also start something new.

My digital journal, Randomness and Lunacy, is where you'll find me most of the month. I'm doing a month long of music inspired posts. So far I've written/published/scheduled to post up through May 8 and I'm very proud of the stories included. Many of them will contribute to my new creative non-fiction project.

The possible memoir will be a slow and steady piece of work for me through the summer. In addition I also plan to edit poems for my soon to be re-released expanded Trying for the Moon.

I also plan to take the sequel for Reckless Abandon in a new direction this month and I've already got a few thousand words down on paper. I think the storyline will be enjoyable for readers and might answer some of those lingering questions they may still have after finishing Reckless Abandon. I may not finish the draft by the end of the month but I'm goaling myself to have a first draft ready by June 11.

As my own Agent I set the deadlines but that doesn't make them any less real. Sometimes I think the added pressure is good for me though. Call it the perfectionist in me or whatever you like but I like to deliver on the promises I make. I'm expecting to spend the rest of the summer editing the novel and pulling cover art together. If this next one ends up as a Writesy Press Publication as well then I hope to have it out by August. However I'm considering other options with this one.

I've already self-published two books and though I enjoyed the experience I think it's time for me to really buckle down to find an Agent. I'd really like to see what it's like on the other side being published by a traditional house. We'll see what happens. By August I could completely change my mind and decide to dive right back into the frantic weeks spent publishing another book!

Have a great May folks, see you out there somewhere in the written world.

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Saturday, April 13, 2013

Reckless Abandon Blog Book Tour Starting Monday

It's finally here! The Reckless Abandon Blog Book Tour starts Monday. hosted by CLP Tours I'm making stops at ten blogs across the tour and really look forward to you all getting to know these bloggers. They review or share information on my book and don't even get paid more than a copy of the book to do so much.

Thanks awesome bloggers!

Starting Monday I'm going to be updating the tab on the Writesy Press site with the direct links each day. Please note that I'm a human so the links may not be up immediately when the post goes up (I have to live my life, sleep at night, you know, stuff away from the computer) but I promise to get them up asap., wait...HUGE thanks to Samantha March at CLP Tours for once again coordinating a fantastic tour. Can't wait to hit the road!

Enjoy the stops and please say hello, enter giveaways, and share the links with your networks. Thanks all, see you in the blogosphere!

Friday, March 29, 2013

Reckless Abandon Blog Book Tour Announcement

Good morning friends! I just received the hot new graphic for my upcoming Blog Book Tour, organized by Samantha at Chick Lit Plus. What do you think?

Eye catching, no?

All the info you need about the tour is there on the button but to reiterate...

This is a ten stop tour spanning fourteen days from April 15-29. I've submitted excerpts from Reckless Abandon, responded to some ah-mazing interview questions, written a handful of guest posts, and I anxiously await multiple reviews of my latest novella!

To get the tour schedule and links to the bloggers taking part in my tour you can visit my publishing house site, Writesy Press, or for the list of bloggers feel free to stop by my CLP Tours page.

Oh and don't forget there wil be giveaways** as well! So make sure you check out each stop on the tour to enter for your chance to win an autographed copy of Reckless Abandon in print.
Hope to see everyone on the tour, stop by and give these bloggers a big high five because they are dong this for nothing more than a copy of my book and their love for reading. They deserve some recognition for that.

Also during the tour will be my one year anniversary of publishing Ripple the Twine so stay tuned for info on some special deals I'll be running on that book as well.

** Giveaways open to residents of the USA only this time around, sorry friends but shipping costs for outside the US have become prohibitive.

Reckless Abandon Blog Book Tour 2013


Reckless Abandon a Novella by Author Jenn Flynn-Shon will be on tour with Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours from April 15 – 29, 2013

Flynn-Shon shares the story of Shaw McLeary, a young adult fiction Author from Phoenix, Arizona. When Shaw returns from running errands she discovers her husband, Danny, their stash of cash and his passport are all missing. Suspicious, she calls the police. When that cop is shot in her home she flees and runs right for the only person she trusts to help her – JJ Anderson. Not only a former cop and P.I., JJ is also Shaw’s ex-fiancĂ© and first love. Reluctant, he agrees to help her track down Danny. But their tight quarters and dire circumstances are forcing all kinds of latent emotions to the surface. Can Shaw maintain a professional distance from the man she once loved while on the hunt for her husbanf? And what happens if they find him? Can she still love a man who abandoned her or is she too drawn to fixing her past mistake to let go of JJ again?


April 15 – The Book Bag – Review

April 16- The Book Bag – Guest Post

April 16- The Self-Taught Cook – Review

April 17 – Samantha March – Interview & Excerpt

April 18 – Chick Lit Goddess – Guest Post

April 19 – Storm Goddess Book Reviews – Excerpt

April 22 – Change the Word – Review

April 23 – Change the Word – Interview

April 24- Jersey Girl Book Reviews – Review, Guest Post & Excerpt

April 25- Books Etc – Review

April 26 – Every Free Chance Book Reviews – Review

April 29 – Books Etc – Guest Post

April 29 – Chick Lit Plus – Review

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Reckless Abandon is Featured and Upcoming CLP Blog Book Tour

To read the blurb and see my book featured on Indietribe in their Ninth Indie Author Showcase please click here.

Charlie Bray is a pretty cool guy that does a lot of promotion for Indie Authors for free and we hooked up over in the Goodreads forums. If you're an Indie Author looking to be featured on his site just get in touch with him and I'm sure he'd be thrilled to have you join the Indietribe family of Authors!

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Back in August of 2012 I took Ripple the Twine on a virtual book tour organized by Chick Lit Plus. Now that Reckless Abandon is out in print as well as eBook it seemed like the perfect time to contact Samantha for my next tour!

My Blog Book Tour for Reckless Abandon will run April 15-29. Just like the last one it will consist of book excerpts, guest posts, interviews and reviews from some bloggers that I've really come to enjoy reading since doing my last tour, as well as some new bloggers I look forward to getting to know this time around. I know you'll enjoy it!

Graphic for the tour should be posted on the Chick Lit Plus site soon and I'll share all the info as it becomes available. I'm really looking forward to touring this book and I'm so proud of how well it's already being received by readers.

I'm always interested in what you have to say about my books. Even if it's short and sweet it would be very helpful, and I'd be most grateful, for an Amazon review of Reckless Abandon. Reviews help Authors thrive in the competitive marketplace and gain higher ranking on Amazon which of course helps with exposure. And we Indies need as much of it as we can get!

And a big huge THANKS to everyone who has already reviewed it on Amazon or Goodreads! You rock!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Ripple the Twine and Reckless Abandon Now in eBook or Paperback

I've been saying for months now that I was going to publish Ripple the Twine as an eBook in addition to its print form but just never got off my butt to figure out how to do it. Then back in October of 2012 I published Reckless Abandon as an eBook and a whole new world opened up!

The real secret that I found out was that publishing an eBook on KDP Select through Amazon is easy. Really, really easy (disclaimer: as long as you've already formatted your Word doc correctly but that's a post for my Writesy blog).

So after I fully formatted Reckless Abandon for paperback (and let me just give a HUGE thank you shout-out to my mom Judi FitzPatrick Studio, for her amazing work on both of my cover designs!) it seemed like a no brainer to get Ripple the Twine ready for sale as an eBook.

And now they're both here in both formats, ready for your reading pleasure! A brief synopsis of each book and the cover art is below, please click on the links that follow to read more, see what my reviewers are saying (LOVE you all!), and to purchase either the eBook or print version depending on your preference.

Stick around as I'll be talking soon about an upcoming Blog Tour for Reckless Abandon and will be hosting a Giveaway on Goodreads for a print copy of the book as well. Happy reading!

Ripple the Twine

A Tomboy-meets-Townie love story that shows how sometimes friends can be your closest family.

Set in Boston Ripple tells the story of Sara Quinn, a 30-something sportswriter thawing out after a long winter season on the sidelines of the fields and the ice. She's a rabid hockey fan and has an eclectic crew of friends who have been battling multiple issues without her while she was off covering the winter market. Now that she's back, everyone is coming to her for advice. Its causing her insecurities about love to bubble up just as a cute Townie named Ben enters the picture. Is she willing to let go of her emotionally painful past to give Ben a chance? And what will Sara do when her three closest friends all announce they may be out of the country more often then they're in it? Can any of them handle their problems on their own or will life force them back together to face things as a family?

Buy the eBook on Amazon
Buy the paperback on Lulu

Reckless Abandon

How far would you go for love?

Shaw McLeary is on the run and on a hunt for her missing husband, Danny. Only she’s not alone, Shaw somehow managed to convince her ex-fiancĂ©, Private Investigator JJ Anderson, to help with the search. They start in Phoenix but are chased all the way to Manhattan in somewhat tight quarters and neither of them can deny they may still feel the same as they did twenty years ago. The chase has her spooked but her renewed feelings for JJ might scare her more than the bad guys with guns. Will Shaw find what she's looking for when they reach upstate New York, or will dirty cops catch her before she figures out what, or who, that even is?

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Buy the paperback on Amazon