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#ThrowbackThursday CJ Hollenbach & Me!

Many years ago I had one of the better known cover models for one of my releases – CJ Hollenbach! CJ is such a sweet man and when I ran into him years later at an RT Convention, this Prince Charming posed for this picture with me.

CJ was supposed to be on the cover of ALL MY LOVE, but at the last minute the cartoony cover craze had them switch it out. Here are the original covers!


I’ve since edited and re-released ALL MY LOVE which is now available for pre-order as TAMING THE BACHELOR. This novel is specially priced at 99 cents until May 1.

Taming the BachelorAmazon: http://amzn.to/1DNXJJ4
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1DNXPQX
Amazon CA: http://amzn.to/1DNXQEz
Nook: http://bit.ly/1DNXUnB
Kobo: http://bit.ly/1DNXXjo
iBooks: http://apple.co/1DNXTjz

TAMING THE BACHELOR is also available as part of the Jersey Girls Contemporary Romance Box Set which is available for pre-order and is specially priced at 2.99 for all three novels!

Amazon: http://bit.ly/JrzGrlAMZUS
Amazon UK: http://bit.ly/JrzGrlAMZUK
Amazon CA: http://bit.ly/JrzGrlAMZCA
Nook: http://bit.ly/BNJerseyGirl
Kobo: http://bit.ly/JrzGrlKOBO
iBooks: http://apple.co/1DUcYmh

What makes you buy the book?

After snagging a 2 million dollar deal, Amanda Hocking was quoted as saying “I want to be a writer,” she said. “I do not want to spend 40 hours a week handling e-mails, formatting covers, finding editors, etc. Right now, being me is a full-time corporation.” (Quote courtesy NY Times, click here for the full article).

Maybe with a two mil deal Ms. Hocking can now simply sit back and solely write , but the reality is that for the rest of us, all those things are an everyday responsibility and many of us still have full time jobs.

Which brings me to the point of today’s blog. To be a full time writer you have to sell books. If you don’t, you don’t get paid and eventually your publisher will drop you. That doesn’t mean that your not a good writer or your books aren’t good, it just means that you didn’t sell enough of them.

Why not? What makes readers buy a book? Here are a few things I can think of, but I’d love to hear from you. With a few books about to be released this year, I’d like to know that I’m focusing my efforts in the right direction.

Is it the cover?

Reviews from book bloggers?

Reviews at the online retailers?

Videos, whether chats or movie-style trailers?

Word of mouth?


Or is it something else. Inquiring minds want to know. Please leave your comments about what influences your book buying.