Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Happy Birthday Meeting Destiny!

That's right!  Five years ago today, Meeting Destiny Published!  Where has the time gone? 

People always ask me if I had always planned to be an author.  The truth is, no.  It was something on my bucket list.  I had always been a vicarious reader, and I was in awe of those who wrote books.  I wondered if I could actually write a novel.

Out of the blue one evening after my boys had gone to bed, I started writing Meeting Destiny.  I had no intention of actually publishing it - I wrote the story just to see if I could actually write a novel.  When it was complete I let a friend read it; she encouraged me to try to get it published.  This is about the time independent publishing was really gaining steam.


After sending out a grand total of two query letters to agents in late 2010, and receiving exactly two nicely-written rejections I began scouring blog posts on "how-to" self publish.  In the beginning I really treated it like a hobby.  Afterall, I had a great day job that I loved (and still do).

According to Smashwords, Meeting Destiny was first published Jun 27, 2010, but I was learning "how to" publish in 2010 - the book itself actually published Aug 31, 2011 on Amazon and all other retail sites five years ago today. 

September 2011 someone sprinkled magic fairy dust on me and a stranger bought Meeting Destiny.  I say a "stranger" because it was the first sale that came from someone I didn't know.  A few days later a review popped up on Goodreads with a friend request from the reader who had read and reviewed Meeting Destiny.  I was BLOWN AWAY!  Charles Young was my very first fan and remains a close friend to this day.  You can find Charles here on his blog:  http://charlesbooknook.blogspot.com/

I think people come into our lives exactly when we need them the most.  Charles encouragement is why I now have ten novels published and not just one.  There were other authors along the way, too.  Shelly Crane, Amy Bartol, Michelle Leighton, Tiffany King, Charlotte Abel, SM Boyce, C Gockle, Christie Rich just to name a few.  All have been and continue to be heroes to me.


Thank you to all of you who have supported me over the last five years.  I hope to keep writing novels that make you read late into the night for many years to come.

All my love,
Nancy

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Super Sunday Giveaway: Paranormal Romance


Get 14 amazing Paranormal Romance novels for absolutely FREE, plus an awesome giveaway. To enter, go to: http://smboyce.com/giveaway-paranormal-romance/

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Friday, August 26, 2016

Flashback Friday: Adventures in Bookland

I can tell this is quickly going to become my favorite type of post to share.  As I sift through my archive of book bloggers / reviewers who have touched my heart there are many who stand out.

Michelle from Adventures in Bookland is one I want to tell you about today.  Before I jump right in, here is her blog's address.  Add it to your favorites, because she will NEVER steer you wrong and always has fantastic recommendations.  https://adventuresinbooklandblog.wordpress.com

I know a few of you don't like to stalk blogs, that's okay.  Here is her Amazon review profile:  https://www.amazon.com/gp/pdp/profile/A3EDK03ZTV8TEA

July 2016 she reviewed Shroud of Lies https://adventuresinbooklandblog.wordpress.com/2016/03/21/book-review-shroud-of-lies-by-nancy-straight

I won't post all of her review links, but she also reviewed Fractured Karma (May 2015), His Frozen Heart (Oct 2014), Centaur Legacy (Feb 2015), Blood Debt (Dec 2014), etc, etc.  Do you see why I love this lady?

You can find her on twitter, too:  https://twitter.com/advinbookland1

Please stop by and show this lady some love!  Michelle, if you read this - Thank you!!  I'm more grateful for your support than you could ever know.


Happy Reading,
Nancy


Thursday, August 25, 2016

Attending Roanoke Author Invasion!!

If the title of this post did not give it away. . . I will be attending the Roanoke Author Invasion April 8, 2017.  #RAI2017

I'm excited to see so many friends have signed up to attend, but I'm equally excited to see some names of authors I have never met before!

Mark your calendars.  Here is the link where you can learn more about the event!  https://roanokeauthorinvasion.com

I hope to see some of you there!!

Happy Reading,
Nancy

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Fractured Karma's New Look

Pretty fantastic, right?  I am in love with the new cover.  So, why the change, you ask?  I liked the old cover, but the designer was unable to modify it for the hard cover book (I won't bore you with the details).  After several failed attempts, I gave up and did a design contest on 99 Designs.  The winning designer was Elementi Studios in Bulgaria.  That's right - Bulgaria!! 

I have learned much since I began my author journey 2011, but something that still surprises me is how global the independent publishing industry is.  Between Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, iBooks and all the others I am grateful to have my books available worldwide.  In addition, when I need services it is amazing to me how easy it is to find quality publishing help throughout the world. 

You haven't heard of Fractured Karma? It's a thriller / suspense that'll grab hold and won't let you put it down. ‪#‎mafia‬ ‪#‎crimeboss‬ ‪#‎drugtrafficing‬

You can find Fractured Karma Here:
Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/Fractured-Karma-Brewer-Brothers-Book-ebook/dp/B00WHIH0OM

Nook:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/fractured-karma-nancy-straight/1121788621?ean=2940151614177

iBooks:  https://itunes.apple.com/au/book/fractured-karma/id988581826?mt=11

Audiobook: http://www.audible.com/pd/Romance/Fractured-Karma-Audiobook/B0170EAYNQ 

Smashwords:  https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/537407

Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/Fractured-Karma-Brewer-Brothers-2/dp/1514745003

Hardback: COMING SOON!!

Happy Reading!
Nancy

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Super Sunday Giveaway

Hi Everybody,

It's been a while since I posted, I'm happy to report that with the help of a friend and several technicians at my web hosting service - my website is back up! (Obviously, because you're reading this post!)




I am good at a lot of things, but when my website went down, I was clueless. A great big tiger-hug of appreciation to those patient technicians who walked me through it step-by-step. If they are paid by the amount of time they are on the phone with a customer, I think a few of them may have gotten enormous paychecks last week!
So, that brings us to today's post!  Super Sunday Giveaway.  You may or may not know that I'm a big fan of Instafreebie. If you didn't know, now you do! I highly encourage you to do a search for InstaFreebie to discover some amazing books that are 100% free to you!

This week I am teamed up with some awesome Contemporary Fantasy authors.  Not only can you get our books for free, you can also enter to win a $40 Amazon Gift Card.  CLICK THIS LINK to go to the giveaway and register to win.

Happy Reading!
Nancy 

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Super Giveaway Sunday: 14 FREE YA Fantasy Books

Fill Your Virtual Bookshelf With 14 Free YA Fantasy Novels
Plus A Giveaway for a $60 Amazon Gift Card!

Click HERE or click the pic and you will be taken to a landing page where you can download them all!

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