Monday, October 29, 2018

October New Book Publications

Let's give it up for our LDSBR members who published in the month of October. Go check out their books! ;)

Love from Left Field: A Billionaire Romance by [Rabe, Jenny]
Jenny Rabe

Time Twist by [Davis, Jeanie R.]

A Christmas Carol for Candy: inspired by A Christmas Carol by [Urry, Peggy]

Peggy Urry

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Linda Tyler - Thema Literary Journal, Fall 2018

Some of our LDSBR members are part of an anthology!

Sleigh Ride: A Seasonal Romance Anthology by [Publishing, Literary Crush, Cowles, Brookie, Smithson, Camille, Flint, Jentry, Mulliner, Brittney, Jones, Jillian]
Brookie Cowles
Jentry Flint
Jillian Jones
Brittney Mulliner
Camille Smithson

Thursday, July 26, 2018

July New Book Publications

Let's give it up for our LDSBR members who published in the month of July. Go check out their books ;)

Denise LaPerle Roundy                
Amberlee Day                                  Judy Corry



                          Laura Giesler Pattillo

A few of our LDSBR members were included in the same anthology:

Awakening Avery (A Second Chance Romance Book 3) by [Lewis, Laurie]

Laurie Lewis 



                                                                      Bree Livingston

Her Stranded Billionaire Mix-Up: A Clean Billionaire Romance Book Five by [Livingston, Bree]

Christopher di Armani

Awaken Your Author Mindset: Finish Writing Your Book Fast (Author Success Foundations 1) by [di Armani, Christopher]

                                       Kimberly King

Thursday, July 19, 2018

How to Launch a Book

I don't know if you've heard about the Writing Gals, but they're kind of awesome, and they are all members of the LDS Beta Readers group.

They are four girls, staying up late, talking about writing. They have amazing tips for writing, marketing, and publishing.

In their 4th episode of their podcast that we are re-sharing today, here are some of the topics they hit on:

-The idea of the slow release launch to create a healthy spike of sales on Amazon
-Should you do a preorder?
-Magnet/Newsletters and how to get subscribers
-Review teams (scream teams)
-What you shouldn't waste your time on during a launch
-Series vs stand-alone books
-30/60/90 sales spike
-AMS Ads/FB Ads

Let's support our Writing Gals! They are such an asset in the writing community and we love them!

Amy's books:
Judy's books:
Michelle's books:
Victorine's books:

Thursday, June 28, 2018

June New Book Publications

We are so proud of all of our published authors. It's hard to put your work out there for others to scrutinize it. 

Here are some of the books that have been published in June from LDS Beta Reader members:  


                                                                                                                    Pamela Kelley



                                                                                Amy Meyer 

Collin (Maggie Aldrich)

                                      Megan Rose Flores

Jessica Rasmussen Randall 
       (Kate Ashgrove)



                                  C. Michelle Jefferies


Sally Britton Treanor

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Author Spotlights

We are happy to spotlight one of our LDS Beta Reader members this month: 
Shaunna Gonzalez

Why do you write?
I write because it gives me something to do. I'm an MS sufferer and so I'm limited in my abilities, but writing is something I can do and I do it wholeheartedly.

What is your experience in the publishing world?
I published with a small publishing house, they did nothing for me so that is when I decided to go with the indy publishing world. It doesn't do much but it does a bit every month so I guess it is a win. I would like to make it big and learned last night that I need a big blogger to come on board, know of any one?

What advice do you have for young writers?
Write something every day. It may turn into a great novel or it may not, but at least you are learning to discipline yourself.

What regrets do you have in your writing career if any?
I regret not starting sooner. With seven novels under my belt and the steep learning curve, I do regret not starting sooner.

What goals and dreams do you still have in the writing field?
My goals and dreams--to one day be recognized as a wonderful author not just of contemporary romance but of the mystery series.

Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Idaho on a not so small of a farm. Oh, we thought it was small back then but as I have matured, I realize the land my father owned was no small feat. The farm has since been cut up and sold off as my father died when I was young. Now the only holdings in the valley are my brothers and there is a lot of ground that he owns that I didn't even know about when I was young. The barn that my father moved onto the farm was once a saloon and from it grew my first time-travel book.

What genre do you write and why?
I started writing time-travel because it was the one genre my husband had an interest in, but it has morphed into crime drama. I write what I know and as a sufferer of MS, my feelings are somewhat stunted, but I love to write and crime seems to fill that void.

Author Bio

Shaunna Gonzales currently resides with her family in the greater Seattle area. Married over thirty years, her role as wife and mother of four continue to be her priorities.

A storyteller in her youth, she endevored to extend her love of stories to the written word and in 2005 began to write her first novel. Though that manuscript will remain buried, she has continued to learn.
Once told by her doctors that she would never leave her wheelchair -- due to her Multiple sclerosis. It has been tucked in a closet while she continues on. (In other words muddles on.)

Shaunna has worked as a professional reviewer for InD'Tales eMagazine for three years. In 2012 she also served as the vice president of Moonwriters, the on-line chapter of American Night Writers Association (ANWA) She prefers to write romantic fiction and has ventured into the romantic suspense and time-travel genres. Her debut novel, Dark Day s of Promise was released by Desert Breeze Publishing in 2012, re-released in 2015.

Check out her book releases.

Newest Release

You can connect with Shauna by emailing her at or visiting her writing blog. 

Thursday, June 14, 2018

How to Write the First Best Chapter

Bringing back one of our old ones, but good ones:  How to Write the First Best Chapter

This class is prerecorded. You may still ask questions in the comments and your peers will do their best to answer. If you don't receive an answer to your question, you may also contact Nikki—she's a wonderful person who would love to answer your question when she has time :)

About this class:
When your reader scopes your first chapter, imagine it like he’s trying to get a date. Does he pick the cute girl studying in the corner, or the gal who announces she’s new in town, has tickets to a hockey game, and is dying to try the local food rave? You know the answer. He goes for the girl who’s ready to live a new story, and yes, he goes for a first chapter that promises the same.

Is it depressing to invent all that coolness and figure out how to show it off in the first 12-20 pages AND set up a story arc, theme, and inner conflict at the same time?

Heck, no! I love first chapters!

First chapters are so full of promise that sometimes readers cheat on their existing books just to ride the first-chapter wave all over again with a new one. (Not me. I break-up first.)

If you like this topic and want more, check out all the free webinars called Fifty First Chapters: Make Yours Stand Out.