Can't afford my books? Ask your library!

Today I signed up for Blasty in an attempt to remove my books from illegal sites who don’t have permission to give my books away for free. Three hours in, there are nearly 200 instances…and counting.

Considering I have a perma-free book and have given plenty of free books away since I began publishing in 2014, I have to say I’m highly disappointed at finding my books being given away for free on sites that have no right to do so. Some are just ways to steal people’s information, but others are completely legit, with people commenting about how grateful they are because they’ve been “wanting to read [this book] forever!” beneath the download link. Or someone posting a fake book on Wattpad and listing links to my books in the document!

This is not a legitimate way to acquire my book. It is stealing, which is ridiculous considering all my books are available through Overdrive, and can be requested through any library that utilizes the service if a person who wants to read the books just took the time to do it. The library will pay for the book and the person gets to read it, therefore making it FREE!

If you click here, you’ll find a page listing all my titles, including foreign language translations, listed on Overdrive. Then, sign into your library account (if you can) and put in a request for a digital copy! If this isn’t an option for you, call them up and ask what needs done for them to include the book in their circulation. It never hurts to ask.

Other options are through subscription services. My books aren’t in Kindle Unlimited, but many of them are on Scribd and Playster and 24Symbols. They cost money (not as much as buying all my books individually) and I still get paid for the ‘purchase’ of my books.

I’m making this post because maybe people don’t know about the options through their library, or about the other lending services that give them a chance to read the books at a fraction of the price. So here they are — ways you or them can read my books without having to pay for them, or pay much less, at the very least.

Thanks for supporting my work and happy reading!

<3 Violet

Books...they are a changin'...!

Hi everyone!

A brief post before I head to bed for the night about new titles & covers.

Recently, I’ve decided some of my books need new titles, updated blurbs, and new covers. Why? Because change is good and many of my books could do with a facelift. I’m hoping this helps get the books in the right hands to the exact reader (you!) who wants them!

The first book to get updated is A WOMAN’S AFFAIR, which is now titled TO BREAK A VOW. The cover and blurb has been updated on my website and on all the vendor sites, but unlike my site which is instant, the other sites may take a few days to complete the process. Therefore, don’t be alarmed when you see a different title but the old cover; everything will be good in a few days!

As for the book, I adore the new cover, find it more fitting for the story, and am told the blurb is way more intriguing! There were also a few edits to the story, mainly changing some lines to make them flow better! If you haven’t read the story before now, I hope you’ll check it out!

Soon, you’ll see the titles, blurbs, and covers change for the entire MATE series. Yes, yes, it is among the most known of my titles, but you see…they give off the wrong impression. They aren’t as dark as their covers portray! At the heart, they are romance novels, and I want their covers to entice as well as have a more cohesive look. Keep a look out for that!

Another title receiving this treatment will be LUNA. I think it’s time she had an update! She was my first serial and one of my most popular stories out of all. I hope to earn her some new readers in the near future!

That’s all for now. I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

<3 Violet

Liebster Award 2017

Hello all!

I know I haven't been around lately but Christa Simpson nominated me for the Liebster Award, so here I am! Typically, I don't do these sorts of things, especially the last few years so I figured why not?

Here we go. :)

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Rules:

1. Thank the person who nominated you. CHECK!

2. Answer the 11 questions they gave you.

3. Nominate 11 blogs.

4. Give them 11 questions to answer.


Christa's Questions:

If you could have lunch with any author, who would you pick?

I would have to say Eloisa James. She's been a historical romance author, one I've followed for a very long time now, and I met her once in person, but the chance to sit down with her to chat would be amazing.

What made you start blogging in the first place?

Back when I first decided to write and publish my work, everybody had a blog they would write in. I would say most did it to address their readers, especially if they hadn't published their first book yet, so that's why I did it, too. So, I began blogging the same year I did my first NaNoWriMo in 2012. 

What’s the best post you’ve ever written? (in your humble opinion)

Hmm, that's a bit of a tough one. I would say any post talking about my autism and how it affects my life would be a good one. So, the best one would be...this one.

Name an author you admire because of his or her social skill or amazing marketing habits.

I don't really know one, honestly. Mostly because I don't pay attention to that sort of thing. Sorry!

The best book I read in 2017 was…

Gosh, I haven't read as much as I should've this last year. Looking back over the books I have and can recall, I would say FORBIDDEN by TABITHA SUZUMA. I remember tearing up a time or two while reading that one.

If you could choose one food or drink to have no calories, what would it be?

Pizza. Because I love to eat pizza and it's just something I would eat all the time if I could.

Sand or snow and why?

Ugh, if I could choose neither, I would because I don't like the way sand feels on my body and I despise the snow because it means cold weather. However, if I have to choose, then sand, because that symbolizes warm weather and summer to me!

What does your typical Saturday involve? Share what a day in your shoes would be like!

As of now, my typical Saturday will be one of two things: either I'm at home with my husband, his two kids and my son on the weekends they are over visiting or....I'm at my new job as a nursing aide after 2:30 pm until nearly 11 at night. Before that, I'm probably on my computer goofing off once I wake up because I stayed up too late the night before.

How much introvert and how much extrovert are you?

Eh, I'm mostly introvert, about 90%. I'm only an extrovert when I really, really want to be and that's very rarely. I just like keeping to myself and stay rather quiet most of the time.

What is your favourite inspirational quote?

Wow. I really had to think about this one. My favorite one used to be about dancing in the rain, but I would say that's changed over the years. I went looking for quotes, for a new one because well, I needed a new one. And this is the one I chose: If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the outcome. ~Michael Jordan

And of course, this ties into my life (as well as perhaps that of others) because sometimes we tend to believe of ourselves what others do of us, which can be limiting if others don't expect anything of us at all. I will freely admit that I used to believe less in myself because nobody expected anything from me, but not anymore. I'm more, and can do more, than others think I can, and I think my life shows that.

What are you working on now, or what/when are you planning to release next?

Anyone who follows me knows that a few months ago, I basically said I was done with publishing as I've been doing it. In that time, I took a free training program to become a nursing aide and a week ago, I passed the state test, so I'm certified. I have a full-time job right now, but wouldn't you know...the writing itch doesn't go away just because you need to walk away from it. So I have been working on something, except it isn't a traditional romance. In fact, it's a tragic romance, and I've got about 20,000 words of it written. I don't know when it will be done or when I'll release it, but there you go. Violet Haze isn't gone forever, just available in a different form now.

Until next time, readers! ;)

Now for my nominations...

Note: I've chosen other authors. I don't really follow or know many blogs these days, so I wanted to give my fellow romance authors a wave hello this time!  And I don't have 11 but ah well, :)

Alison Foster - https://authoralisonfoster.wixsite.com/alisonfoster/blog

Aubrey Gross - http://aubreygross.com/blog-2/

Josie Litton - http://josielittonbooks.blogspot.com/

Michelle Zink - http://michellezink.com/

Kathryn L James - https://kathrynljames.wordpress.com/author/kathrynljames/

Crystal Kaswell - http://www.crystalkaswell.com/category/blog/

My questions for the nominees:

  1. What is the first book that made you cry?
  2. Did you ever have an author you disliked at first but love now?
  3. What kind of romance do you write?
  4. What is your favorite restaurant?
  5. What country could you live in if you had to leave your current one?
  6. Paper, plastic, or reusable?
  7. Name your favorite place to travel and tell why you love it.
  8. If you couldn't write anymore, what would you do instead?
  9. You receive $750,000, tax free, and you can't pay bills with it. What would you do?
  10. What is, in your opinion, the best book you've written so far?
  11. Tell readers what you're working on now and when you plan on releasing it!

I am not perfect...

These past couple of weeks have personally been hell for me.

I don't tell you any of this for your sympathy or pity. In fact, I write this blog for me and share it because if something I write helps even one person, I'm glad. Overall, though, this is where my feelings about things go, and yes, it's about my writing and my personal life and anything else I feel like including at the time I make a post.

But, back to the hell.

For the most part, I spent the week following my emergency surgery lying in bed. Okay, I kind of had to for some of it, but otherwise, I didn't get out of bed unless it was to go to the bathroom or shove something resembling food down my throat. I cried, I raged internally, and I even probably picked fights with my husband. (I did.)

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