This weekend I had a giveaway of CONVENIENT COWGIRL BRIDE by Silver James and with random selection the winner is: Shawnee Tillmon! Congratulations, Shawnee.
On Saturday, for my Saturday Evening Soliloquy, the Muirs celebrated Earth Day by heading down to the Laramie County Library to visit their "Seed Library". This is the first year they've done it and people all over the community have donated seeds to share with everyone who wants them. The trick is you "check out" seeds and plant them, then at the end of the season, you harvest the seeds you can and "return" them to the seed library for people for next year. We've missed having a garden so we've set up our green house along with planter boxes. Now that we have seeds to plant, we're hoping to have a great garden this year.
I discussed the books that are coming: Star Light, Star Bright (Triple Star Ranch #2), Deli's Take Out (#BetaSquad #4), Wildfire's Heart (Elemental Hearts #1). Stories that need to be rewritten: Courting the Dragon Widow (PNR), The Bone Flute (paranormal romantic suspense), Cloudburst Coffee & Spa (romantic suspense with BDSM elements), The Ivory Road: A Dance Between Worlds (Ivory Road #3)
In the Sunday Morning Tea, we talked about Adobe Stock saying they don't allow us to use their stock photos on "steamy romance novels". That is within their TOS and they can choose to uphold that, but they'll take a huge beating financially when authors shut down their accounts and use stock photos from other sites. My cover artist and I did check with Shutterstock and DepositPhotos and they have standard requirements for the licenses (no pornographic depictions, no bestiality, nothing that embarrasses the models - the last being a bit problematic), but nothing that says you can't use them on romance novels. This is good because photography is expensive and it would hurt independent authors.
But one of the things I'm thinking about is putting together t-shirts for Dauntless Romance. I'll have to look into a way to get multiple styles of shirts. I know one person said she prefers tank tops, and others like V-necks, and I'm sure there are a few who love sweatshirts. So I'm going to look into that and see what I can put together. You can check it out HERE.
I also talked about how much writing is a job and why authors don't give away their entire backlist for free. Writing can be a full time job - for which we only get paid once the product comes together in its final, proofread and edited form. There's a lot that goes on between idea conception and final execution of that idea, and a lot more people than just me works on it. Cover artists, editors, proofreaders, promotional companies, blog tours. Many of these require money to do the work and I have to pay them to make an excellent product for y'all to read. So when folks say, "ebooks should be free because they're easy to produce", I disagree, and I'm one of the experts.
Sunday Morning Tea this week was long and detailed about cover art, t-shirts, and the business of being an author. What's coming this week? Writing, writing, and more writing. However, I'll be putting together my newsletter (Join HERE) and setting up a Mother's Day Giveaway on the GIVEAWAYS page, so keep an eye out for that. Thanks for joining me and I'll see you Saturday!