Sunday, November 24, 2013

Met David Cook Again :)

One of these days my hair's gonna look decent in a picture.

Oh well. David's beautiful enough for the both of us. :)







I had VIP tickets so I got to see the sound check and meet him before the concert. We actually had a little conversation this time, much better than the conversation we had in Nashville which was just me saying "hey" and him replying "hey."  Fortunately my hoodie turned out to be a good conversation starter because it's not like I can think around him... lol. 

One of my videos from the show: 


Love this guy. 
Hope to see (and meet!) him again.

Oh...yeah... almost forgot...

I GOT A HUG FROM DAVID COOK!!! :)

Monday, November 4, 2013

NEW RELEASES




I got the rights back on Books 3 & 4 in my Blood Revelation series and uploaded them to Smashwords and Kindle so they will be available on all ereaders soon. Already available on Kindle. 

I realized last night that there were error s with Siren's Snare so I fixed them and re-uploaded it. Sorry to those who already purchased. :(  I believe you can upload updated versions through Manage My Kindle.  Just hoping I don't get some bad reviews on that. :(  I love self-pubbing but formatting and editing can be problematic.

I am going to go back through Witch's Net and Little White Lies too, just to make triple sure I didn't miss anything on those. 

These will be my last new releases for 2013 but I plan to get quite a few things out in 2014: 

Moonlit Majesty
A Cook County book
1-2 Blood Rev books
1-2 books in a new YA series
LSAYD (paranormal romance)
Redemption (contemporary romance)


Oh, if you haven't read the first 2 books in the Blood Revelation series you can get them on Kindle. However, if you want to pick up with Witch's Net or Siren's Snare since they are cheaper,  they have the backstory sprinkled in. 

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Witch's Net is Available! Giving away signed copy!



 
 


    Goodreads Book Giveaway
 

   

        Witch's Net by Crystal-Rain Love
   

   

     


          Witch's Net
     
     


          by Crystal-Rain Love
     

     

         
            Giveaway ends November 15, 2013.
         
         
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Sunday, September 29, 2013

I MET DAVID COOK !!!!

If you know anything about me at all, you know I'm a huge David Cook fan and gave been since his days on Idol.
Last night I went to my 3rd DC concert, this one in Nashville. I drove 3 hours to see him and it was well worth it.

At the end of the show he came out to meet EVERYONE.  I finally got to meet him. Yes, I remained calm. LOL

Here are some of my videos from the show and of course the moment I met him:

















Thursday, September 19, 2013

Giveaway! Signed Print copy of Little White Lies!



 
 


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        Little White Lies by Crystal-Rain Love
   

   

     


          Little White Lies
     
     


          by Crystal-Rain Love
     

     

         
            Giveaway ends October 01, 2013.
         
         
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Monday, September 9, 2013

LITTLE WHITE LIES Now Available!

Little White Lies is now available at Amazon.


It'll be exclusive to Kindle for 3 months, then available on Nook as well. I do this exclusivity because I get a higher royalty rate during the months my books are exclusive and the fact is, I just don't sell a lot on Nook. Not sure why that is, but it's a bummer.





This is the cover chosen for the Kindle edition. After the mixed feedback received on covers, I decided to go with this one for Kindle. I'll use a different one for Nook, and if I release in print, I'll choose a different one for that. 


This is actually the second book I ever wrote, and the first written as "romance."  It was a hard sell as the hero and heroine were 19 and 15 when they got together and their relationship resulted in a teenage pregnancy. I'm thankful for self-publishing so I can sell this story. 

I just can't do the cookie cutter romance. Whatever I write, it comes out with a dark side to it. I have to have something real. I enjoy reading the happy, bubbly love stories, too, but let's face it. We read romances because we want to believe in second chances. We want to believe that no matter how badly a relationship has been screwed up, no matter how dire the circumstances, no matter how poor the choices or horrible the mistakes,  it can be saved. 

Those are the stories I write. I drag my poor characters through hell to show that no matter what, there is always hope.  

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Updates

Just wanted to give an update on the status of ... well, everything.

Moonlit Majesty is still in process of being written.

Editing over 500 pages of manuscript to release Little White Lies, a romantic suspense.

Just found out the editor/publisher for my Blood Revelation series passed away Sunday night. This is very sad as Linda Kichline was a very sweet woman and far too young to leave us so soon. The authors have not yet heard what is to become of our works published with Imajinn. I imagine we will probably get our rights back. If so, I will be self-publishing the series rather than finding a new publisher. Two of the books in the series have been published already, with two more complete and ready to be published so if I get the rights back I will have those out as soon as I upload and get the cover art finished. Again, we have not been advised of anything and given the suddenness and  unexpectedness of this situation, I don't know when we will know anything but I will update as soon as I know something. Right now, just praying for Linda's family through this hard time. :(

As for me,  I have been very sick for quite a while and only seems to be getting worse. Went to doctor today where I was poked, prodded and apparently even pregnancy tested despite having tubes tied ten years ago and not doing ANYTHING to get pregnant in so long I can't even remember. Coulda saved the doc some trouble on that one but whatever. LOL. Sorry, gotta laugh through hard times in order to not totally lose it.

Anyway, it's a struggle but gotta keep pressing on. I am doing my best to write/edit as much as possible on days I can make it through work. Sadly, on days I can't make it to or through work I pretty much can't do anything but be sick. If I'm lucky, I sleep.

Hopefully the results of today's blood work will give us some answers as to what is going on with me. I just know I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired.

I promise I will get new material out as soon as I possibly can.



Thursday, August 29, 2013

VOTE for the cover of Little White Lies !

I put together some covers for Little White Lies, a suspense novel. I need your help selecting which one to choose. To vote, just put the # in the comments. You can also vote on my facebook page.

                                                                              LWL#1




LWL#2



LWL#3


LWL#4


LWL#5


LWL#6



LWL#7




Vote away !!! :) 

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Moonlit Watcher Now Available In Audio Format



Moonlit Watcher was just released in audiobook format today:  http://www.audible.com/pd/ref=cat_22267_c10_1_t?asin=B00CWG5H3A

It is available at Audible.com right now, and should be hitting other retailers (Amazon, iTunes, etc ) soon. Moonlit Dream has been recorded and the lovely Liona Gem is working on Moonlit protector. Once done and they surpass the review process, all will be available individually and together as The Moonlit Trilogy.

The Fire Still Burns has been recorded and is going through the site's review process now. I expect its release within 20 days if all goes well.


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Why I've been MIA

Why I am not writing... or doing much of anything. In fact, I am pecking this out with 1 finger. Keep in mind it barely shows up in the pic and is covering 99% of my body. This is what allergic reaction to medication looks like. What it feels like is HELL. I preferred last week when the bad meds knocked me out and I slept all day and night though both weeks have SUCKED. Zombie-state trumps physical pain though.

I still plan on getting Moonlit Majesty and LSAYD out within the next month or two , provided I can get rid of this and get back to normal, or whatever passes as normal for me.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Now on Nook...

Moonlit Trilogy is now available on Nook with a snazzy updated cover. I originally published the paperback version on Amazon and am not sure if there is a way to get it over to BN.com too...   Bear with me, peoples. Still figuring all this stuff out.
I plan on releasing The Fire Still Burns over to Nook by June and possibly releasing some things onto iTunes and Kobo, etc.
The problem is the only way I've figured out how to do release my work EVERYWHERE is to go through Smashwords, and oh my goodness. I can't even understand whatever language their formatting guide is in. LOL!
Sure, there are plenty of "$##!@^!@&!^@^*!*@* moments involved in uploading books to Kindle and Nook, believe me, but Smashwords is a whole 'nother beast!

Hopefully I'll get it figured out eventually or make enough money writing that I can hire someone who knows how to do all the formatting stuff for me.

Up Next:

Working on The Redemption of Katie Rowe ,  a contemporary romance. Hoping to have it completed within the next month. Then it's on to a paranormal romance/slightly dark chick-litty vampire novel I had started on a few years ago, and after that... Moonlit Majesty!

Sunday, April 28, 2013

AWESOMENESS

I kind of want to frame this. Being ranked #25 in fantasy and futuristic romance is awesome on its own, but look at my neighbors!!!! Too cool!

Monday, April 15, 2013

GIVEAWAY!!! Signed copy of The Moonlit Trilogy









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The Moonlit Trilogy by Crystal-Rain Love







The Moonlit Trilogy





by Crystal-Rain Love







Giveaway ends April 19, 2013.





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Friday, April 12, 2013

Moonlit Madness

Finished, edited, and published Moonlit Protector, the third novella in the Moonlit series.

Since I've had some people complain that they don't do the e-reader thing and want books in print, I also combined the three novellas into a print release: The Moonlit Trilogy.

 
 
 
 
 
Now everyone can be happy :)  Both covers were designed by my daughter and I. I'm very excited and nervous about Moonlit Protector. It is the first self-published book of mine that was not previously published by a traditional publisher.
 
Hoping everyone enjoys it!
 
All of the Moonlit books will be released as audiobooks as well; individually and as Moonlit Trilogy.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Cover Twins :)

LOL.
Whenever you use stock art, you know you're going to find your "hero" and "heroine" on someone else's cover, but I really didn't expect to find "Adam & Brynn" on Jill Shalvis's cover. I figured that publisher used models.

Anyway, I love Jill Shalvis so this is pretty cool:





New Moonlit Covers!

Just thought I'd reveal the next two Moonlit covers created by your favorite mother and daughter team. :)


Moonlit Protector, the third novella in the series, should be out in the next few weeks, and Moonlit Majesty, the first full length novel in the series, will be out later this year!


March Rawked!!!

OK, so I don't know exactly what happened but I sold over 6000 copies books between The Fire Still Burns and the Moonlit novellas.
I have worked so long and hard at being able to make a living from writing and it finally seems attainable!
The money I made last month is enough to get me to Baltimore this summer, the place I've wanted to go for so many years!
I'm going this summer and can not wait!
I hope the sales keep up. I have dreamed my whole life of being able to write full-time and I am so ready to "retire" and write full-time.
I can't get over the success of this past month. My first time ever being on a Top 100 list on Amazon and I actually had THREE books on Top 100 lists at the same time! And I have a Top 100 Amazon Author Ranking !!!!!!!!
Thank you sooooooo much to everyone who bought my books and  a bigger thanks to those who left such wonderful reviews! You are the best!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

$100 Gift Card and FREE Books!

Starting tomorrow morning, The Fool For Romance contest is back! This year we have 13 authors, including myself, giving away signed print books, free ebooks , gift cards, and a $100 Amazon Gift Card too!

Each author has asked a question. Answer the questions and submit the form on the contest page to enter.  http://www.crystalrainlove.com/foolforromance2013.htm

ALSO,   The Fire Still Burns will be FREE on Kindle for 5 days starting tomorrow so.... GRAB IT! :)

I will also be adding an ad/pic promoting this on my Facebook Author page. Share the pic for a chance to enter for a $10 Amazon gift card. :)  While you're doing that, be sure to like my page!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Great New Young Adult Trilogy!

My friend, Christle Gray, has combined all three of her Hell House novellas into one anthology: Hell House Volume One

 
 
Three great novellas for just $2.99. Get it now! http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BSXBEN0/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_ask_b2yDF.00SXB1F

Rain Is A Very Tired Girl

This month has been unreal.  I never thought I would put a re-release up at Amazon and have it sell like it has.
 Moonlit Watcher has sold over 1000 copies in 12 days. I love this. It's the first step in a dream I've had my whole life:  the dream to write fulltime, answering to no one but myself. Free to sleep all day and write all night, which just works better for me than conforming to normal business hours to hold down a job. I'm nocturnal. Always have been.
I know I need to release more new material so I am working on a few projects. I was already working on a YA novel when I released Moonlit Watcher and I absolutely love this project. However, it will be released under "Rain Love" so I don't know if that is the right move for me now. I figure I should continue building up my real name of Crystal-Rain Love. However, I already have 7 released books under my real name. For some reason, Moonlit Watcher is the one that took off.
Moonlit Dream is actually Book #1 in the Moonlit series but it hasn't sold anywhere near as many copies as Moonlit Watcher although it's the first in the series and is the same price. I don't get it. Is it because the heroine on the cover is Asian? Do Asian/Caucasian romances not sell as well as Black/White romances?  Is it just that the Moonlit Watcher cover is so awesome people are grabbing it up based on that? Is it the writing in the preview?
I don't know.
I just hope that the 1000's of readers giving Moonlit Watcher a try come back for more of my stories, whether it be the novellas or full length;  vampires, werewolves or cowboys; interracial or not. :)
I like variety and I will continue to write a variety of work. I hope my readers will like this and this wonderful month not turn out to be a fluke.
So ... I am working. I put in my 8 hours at the day job and I try to write as much as I can inbetween working the day job and caring for three kids. I hope it pays off, that I have more than one story reach the Top 10 and Top 100 charts on Amazon, and I can finally achieve my dream of working fulltime creating the stories I love to tell.
Until then... Gosh, I wish I had more time to sleep. :)

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Moonlit Watcher Made The Paranormal Romance Top 100 !

OMG!  I was super excited just to make Amazon Kindle's Romance Short Stories category, but as of this morning, Moonlit Watcher has broke into the overall Paranormal Romance Top 100 list!  It was at #87 two hours ago. It has already slipped down to 95 so may slip right on out, but I made it!!!!

It is currently #22 in Romance Short Stories. I haven't yet made it past #21 in that category, but that's still pretty awesome.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Moonlit Watcher #63 Now!!!

Just checked and Moonlit Watcher is now #63 in the Kindle Romance Short Stories category on Amazon.  I can't get over it! :)

I've been planning on doing a third in the series , possibly more. With the success of this one, I think I'm going to have to rearrange my writing plan to get the third Moonlit installment out sooner.

Speaking of getting new material out, I just submitted my cover art and  information sheet for Cook County: Lucky In Love to my publisher. Just as soon as I get the cover art and release date for that one, I'll be sure to share it right away!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

I Made The Amazon Kindle Top 100!!!!

OMGOSSSSSSSSSSHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   Moonlit Watcher, having just been released on Kindle one week ago, is now sitting at #91 on the Romance Short Stories list!!!!!!!!

This is a major milestone for me  and I am super-excited!!!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

I Have Pink Hair!

I've wanted pink hair since I was probably 19 years old... and finally at the ripe old age of 34, I got me some :)


It's so bold, I think I'm gonna have to start wearing makeup. Yeck.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Moonlit Series Out Now! New Cover Art!

I recently got the rights back for my Moonlit books so I updated the cover art for the first one to remove the original publisher's name, and I hired my daughter to do a completely different cover for Moonlit Watcher. I absolutely looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooove these covers! Check out the before and after pics!



Before:
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After:
 


Before:





After:







Both novellas have been uploaded to Kindle and will be available later today!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

FREE SIGNED COPY of The Fire Still Burns. Giveaway Details!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Fire Still Burns by Crystal-Rain Love

The Fire Still Burns

by Crystal-Rain Love

Giveaway ends February 22, 2013.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

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Starts VAlentine's Day and ends on the 22nd!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

‎40 WAYS TO BETTER HEALTH IN 2013

Saw this on Facebook. Good advice: ‎40 WAYS TO BETTER HEALTH IN 2013 - 1. Drink plenty of water. 2. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar. 3. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants, and eat less food that is manufactured in plants. 4. Live with the 3 E’s — Energy, Enthusiasm, and Empathy. 5. Make time for prayer and reflection 6. Play more games. 7. Read more books than you did in 2012. 8. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day. 9. Sleep for at least 7 hours. Personality: 10. Take a 10-30 minutes walk every day —- and while you walk, smile. 11. Don’t compare your life to others’. You have no idea what their journey is all about. 12. Don’t have negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment. 13. Don’t over do; keep your limits. 14. Don’t take yourself so seriously; no one else does. 15. Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip. 16. Dream more while you are awake. 17. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need. 18. Forget issues of the past. Don’t remind your partner with his/her mistakes of the past. That will ruin your present happiness. 19. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Don’t hate others. 20. Make peace with your past so it won’t spoil the present. 21. No one is in charge of your happiness except you. 22. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime. 23. Smile and laugh more. 24. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree. Community: 25. Call your family often. 26. Each day give something good to others. 27. Forgive everyone for everything. 28. Spend time with people over the age of 70&under the age of 6. 29. Try to make at least three people smile each day. 30. What other people think of you is none of your business. 31. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your family and friends will. Stay in touch. Life: 32. Do the right things. 33. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful. 34. Forgiveness heals everything. 35. However good or bad a situation is, it will change. 36. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up. 37. The best is yet to come. 38. When you awake alive in the morning, don’t take it for granted – embrace life. 39. Your inner most is always happy. So, be happy and ENJOY LIFE! Last but not least: 40. Grow your relationship with God !!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2013, So Glad To See You!

I have to say that 2012 was one of my worst years. I have never been a big celebrator of New Year's. I don't drink or socialaize, so what do I care about a night where everyone wants to just get drunk and party? In the past, I have actually considered New Year's to be my most hated holiday. That would be because in the past, I have spent every New Year's Eve recounting all the bad things that had happened prior to then and anticipating how bad the next year was going to be. Not this time. Around October, something happened. I was severely depressed for quite a while. I've never been so upset that I went an entire week without eating, but I hit a very low point this year and did just that. I think I had allowed things to pile up for so long that it just took one more thing to break me and eventually it happened. But in getting broken, I came to some realizations. People hurt me because I let them. I cry because I don't replace the tears with a smile. My world is ugly because ugliness is all I let in. I have so many blessings but all my life, I've been the type to focus on the bad, to wallow in the hurt and misery. I was sadder than I've ever been this year,, but I took a look around me. I saw mothers who had survived the loss of children, other mothers worrying about their babies struggling to live, children abused, and people with barely enough food to eat. I have three wonderful children. I have a roof over my head, and food on the table. I have no reason to be sad. Bad things happen. Pain is inevitable, but focusing on it only makes it hurt more. I couldn't wait for 2013 to get here because when the clock struck midnight... I let all the bad go. I said my goodbyes to anyone who I knew did not care about me. I threw away regrets. I turned a 34-year old frown into a smile for once in my life. And tonight I wrote. I didn't care what I wrote, as long as I was writing something. I will write something every day. I'm not going to set a daily word count and feel like a failure if I don't hit it. I'm just going to write and know that each day I have done something. I'm going to Baltimore. I'm not going to look it up on the internet and think how I'll visit "someday". The date is set. I am paying in advance for the hotel and the places we will visit. I am GOING. I'm going to be happy. . . because happiness is mine. I am done letting it be taken from me. So no matter what happens in 2013... It is going to be a great year.