Falling For You Release Date!

I’m excited to announce that Falling For You finally has a release date of October 24, 2017 and will be available for pre-order later this week!! I’ve been working really hard over the past two weeks to get this story just right, and I’m finally happy with how it turned out. With any book, you can rewrite it over and over, but eventually, you have to finally know that it is finished. I’m so excited about this one and I cannot wait for you all to read it.

Falling For You is a novella ebook (for kindle) and is book 2 in the Maple Falls series. (Other ebook platforms coming soon.) This story will follow Ali Bradford, who you were briefly introduced to in Bake My Day. It’s a fun adventure and I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!!

Release Date

I am already well into working on book 3, so now that this one is finished, I can put all of my focus into it. My plan is to release the next book in the series later this winter. I cannot reveal much about it just yet, but it will be set in Maple Falls at Christmas time. More to come on that in the following weeks.

I will leave you with the blurb:

     Ali Bradford has waited her entire life to turn thirty to see what all the hype was about. Waking up the morning of her thirtieth birthday to a note on her boyfriend’s pillow and him nowhere to be found, it wasn’t exactly what she was expecting.

After a few twists and turns that lead her around Maple Falls, she follows a series of clues in hopes of finding Zach. Will she finally get the ending she had hoped for, or will it be more?

I will post again once the pre-order link is live! Have a great week!

Shannon

COVER REVEAL and Book News!

Today is the big COVER REVEAL day for my new novella coming this fall!! I started writing Falling For You after Bake My Day was published, but then decided to put it aside to work on the next novel instead. Book 3, which I’m hoping to release this winter, I wrote during NaNoWriMo last November, pushing Falling For You to the side. Fast forward to this summer…I decided to dust it off and finish it! It’s set in the same town of Maple Falls and will follow Ali’s story which will continue into book 3 as a secondary story. It’s fun and a little adventure along the way, finding out who really loves her and how lucky she is to have those special people in her life.

I’m planning on an early to mid October release, depending on the timeline of a few more steps I have to take to get it finished. Once the kids are back in school, I can devote a little more time to it. For the next two weeks while they are still home for the summer, they will take priority 🙂

And now….the cover!!! I hope you love it as much as I do!

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It matches perfect with the theme of Bake My Day to continue on with the series!! I love the work Christa does at Paper and Sage! I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a custom book cover.

Once I have a better idea of a release date, I’ll let you all know and I’ll have it available for preorder soon!! To keep up on my current book info, you can sign up for my NEWSLETTER HERE.

Have a great day!

Shannon

Cover Reveal & Pre-Order!

I am SO excited to finally share my final cover for Bake My Day with you!! I spent many hours looking for the perfect picture and I love the one I chose. I, of course, had great feedback and input from my family. Here it is!!!

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In other exciting news, the kindle version of Bake My Day is now available for pre-order!! You can find it HERE.

I am getting my print preview on Tuesday so the print version should be available for pre-order hopefully by the end of next week. I will definitely let you all know when it is.

My official release date is November 10th. I knew that it would be released in early to mid November, and after looking at the calendar, I knew that would be the day. That date has very special meaning to me so it made sense to choose it.

November 10th is going to be 14 years since my husband and I went out on our first date when I was just 19 years old. That day will now be even more of a special celebration for us.

I hope you love the cover!!! Stay tuned for more information on the print version coming soon!!

I hope you all have a great week!

Shannon

Cover Proof Day!

Today was the day I have been waiting for!! About 3-4 weeks ago, I started setting up my book cover with my designer. I sent her the photo a couple of weeks ago and today was the day that she sent me my first proof of the Ebook cover and the Print cover. Let me tell you….I LOVE THEM! She designed them better than I could have hoped for and I have no changes to make.

Her communication has been phenomenal and she has been so helpful with all of my questions having never been through the process before. She usually emails back within a few hours and always has the answer. I have been following along with her premade covers for months now and I knew that I wanted her to design mine.

Over the weekend I purchased my ISBN number. I opted to buy the 10-pack vs only 1. The cost of two single numbers was the cost of a 10-pack, no brainer in my book. My designer offered to put my ISBN number on the back cover for me along with the barcode for no extra cost.

Once she places that on the back, I will be able to approve my final cover design and she will then be able to make my matching title page and chapter headers. Once I receive those, I will be able to forward them on to my formatter and she will be able to get started. Without those, she can’t do anything. Once she starts, both books (Ebook & Print) should be finished within 5 business days!!

I’m hoping both the cover and formatting will both be complete by the middle of next week so I can begin to upload it on Createspace. I believe I then will be able to order a proof copy and review it, making sure the spine, text, covers, etc all line up in the way they are supposed to.

I cannot wait until I get that book in my hands!! Holding it will be surreal I’m sure.

If you are looking for an amazing cover designer, check out Paper & Sage Designs.

I can’t wait to share my cover with all of you when I get the final copy!

Shannon

Bake My Day!

I am so excited to share some information about my book with all of you! The title of my first book is Bake My Day, set in the small town of Maple Falls.

See below for the back cover blurb!

Yesterday, I finished going through my edits and officially have a final draft! Something I have never had before after writing so many stories over the past few years so the word exciting doesn’t quite cut it.

This week I am working on finding a person to format my book in a print form and also for an e-book. I think I have found a great candidate to do it for me, I am just waiting for the quote to come in.

Next week, I will be getting my first proof of my cover. On Monday, she will be emailing me the first proof she has already been working on. After that, we will tweak a few things if needed and go from there. By Friday of next week, I should have a complete cover design ready to go!! I cannot wait to share it all with you next week.

Everything is starting to come together and I am getting close to the home stretch. These last steps I need to take are a little stressful but I know will be worth it in the end to see a finished product and be able to hold a physical book that I actually wrote in my hands!! Thanks to a very sweet author friend, I feel like I will be able to do this…with a little help from her 🙂  Thanks Harley!

And now…I leave you with my back cover blurb! I would love to know what you think!

           Cora Westerling thought she finally found the one. But as her relationship slowly starts to change, she is forced to make a tough decision. Giving her two week notice at her job, she packs up her life into her tiny car and decides it is finally time to live the life she has always dreamed of living. As a true believer of signs, she follows them along the way until she stumbles upon the small town of Maple Falls. Could this town hold everything she has been longing for?

Bradley Harper is a local police officer in the town of Maple Falls. After losing his wife, he was forced to raise their young daughter Lily all on his own. Working long hours and relying on his parents help, the last thing he has time for is a relationship. Could a new girl in town change all of that?

When the two of them meet on her first night in town, there is something about him she cannot stop thinking about. As their paths continue to cross and the love for his daughter grows in her heart, it seems like fate may have more in store for them than they both realize.

Comment below and let me know what you think 🙂

Shannon

The Waiting Game

Over the past two weeks or so while I have been waiting for my book to come back from my editor, I have been using that time to begin the next book in the series. I sat down the other night and mapped out each of the scenes, chose the characters who will appear in each of them, and where they will take place. I know that once I get book 1 back, it will take me away from book 2 so I am trying to get a good solid layout on it while I have the extra time. Book 2 is going to be a novella so I am hoping the process will go quickly and smoothly for the most part.

Once I get my edits back, I will once again go through it and read all of her notes, making changes along the way when needed. Once I am happy with the final draft, I will then send it off to my formatter. I still have to finalize all of that as I do not know how long the edits will take me to complete. I received a message from my editor saying that she is really enjoying my book and that there are notes along the way but nothing major as far as story structure and plot go which was a relief!

I have hired my book cover designer and purchased my stock photo!!! I love the photo just as it is so I can’t wait to see it with my title and name on it! I know I will love it even more. I am on their schedule for the week of Oct 3-7. How it will work is I will give her all of my information ahead of time; stock photo, back cover blurb, author bio & photo, links, etc. and on the morning of Oct 3rd, I will be sent my first proof of the cover. She will have designed it beforehand and then we will work together over the next 5 days to make it perfect. I will have 2 proofs to look at in the end. I have been following her covers for months now and love her work so I have no doubt that she will do an amazing job.

Along with the cover design, I have chosen to add a custom title page and chapter headers to match the font that will be on the front cover. I could have just used plain text but as a personal preference, I love the look of matching text throughout and feel like it will just add that extra touch to my book.

The ebook cover will be complete within the week, but I may not get the print cover right away. My title page and chapter headers won’t be available until that week also so I will have to send them off to my formatter to add and complete first. The cover designer will need a final page count for the spine to be just right so it may take an additional week or so.

Once those two things are complete, it really just comes down to uploading the files correctly and lining up everything on Createspace. As a first time author, it may take me a little longer to figure it all out but I won’t give up until it is finished!!

I have been counting down the days until the editing is complete to move forward in the final steps of the process. I have never gotten this far in my writing and I get more and more excited about it each day as the date gets closer to seeing it again.

As of right now, I plan to reveal my cover around the second week of October and my hope is to release the book in November. I know this process is A LOT of work so I am going to accept that it may be December if need be. 2016 is the year I told myself that I would finally have a book in print out in this world and I will work night and day to see that it happens!

I can’t wait to share more of my book with you in the upcoming weeks and finally be able to introduce you to my characters!!

Shannon