Whatchya Writing?

Hiya guys! Hope your week is starting out well. =)

I’m getting back in my writing groove, and working on my current manuscript (name to come…eventually lol). It feels so good to be writing again though!

It got me wondering, since it’s the Summer shift in writing schedules, what are you writing? Are you finishing a book, starting one, working on the middle meat of one? I’m curious!

Plus, I want to connect with other authors more, so let me know what you’re working on! Comment below, and be sure to have a fantastic day/week/month! =D

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We Bought A House!!!

Hiya guys!! I’ve got an exciting update to share with you today!

Honestly, it’s been a rough couple of months. I’ve been stressed and unable to focus on writing much at all, which sucks! It’s been for a good reason though, and now that it’s over, it was worth it.

Okay, background:

We submitted an offer on a house in the beginning of February, right? Everything looked good, closing date was mid March. That’s what I planned on. That was the goal. Should have been a simple, easy purchase. First time VA home buyer loan, good credit, close to no debt. Only way it could have been more simple, was if we bought the house with cash. In a military town, our loan type is seen all over the place, and is super quick. We were stoked!

Of course, our life is never that easy.

Everything that could have been messed up with our loan process and purchase process, was messed up. I could list a ton of things that happened, but really, I don’t want to go over it all again, because it’ll just ruin my whole day to think of it all.

To keep it simple, the biggest wrench in the whole process, was the fact the wrong loan was submitted, due to incompetence from our loan officer.

Every single meeting & phone call must have gone in one ear and out the other, because all we talked to her about, was the loan we needed. She put in a completely different loan that didn’t apply to any of our qualifications, and then was surprised when we didn’t get approved! No shit, Sherlock! Seriously, how do you even do that?

We ended up calling her boss, because she took three vacations in six weeks, leaving us and three other loans completely hanging. It escalated to the president of the company, who was beyond pissed. I’ll be surprised if she keeps her job, tbh. The mistakes she made weren’t simply unethical and unprofessional, several were completely illegal.

By the grace of God, the sellers worked with us, and extended more times than they should have had to. We are so grateful to them for being patient and so willing to work with our crazy loan lady basically dropping her job to run off only God knows where, and screw a bunch of people over.

Bottom line, Karma is gonna bite that woman hard. I just wish I had some popcorn.

God blessed it though, and somehow, we finally managed to close on our house!!!

We are now, officially homeowners! Whoot!

It took more than twice as long as it was supposed to, but we are finally done! We closed about a week ago, and have been breaking our backs trying to get everything moved. The landlord at our rental house has been patiently waiting for us to move out, as we had given him our notice in March (before we realized we had to start the entire loan process over to get the correct loan). He’s been waiting to get people in to make it sell-ready though, so there’s been a lot of pressure to get this all wrapped up quickly.

We are moving the last bit of stuff (hopefully) tonight, and should be done!

I’m exhausted and have more injuries than I can count, but at the end of the day, I’m in an amazing house that we fought hard to get. It’s an amazing place to be, has amazing views, and will be wonderful for writing and growing our various businesses & projects. God has blessed us far more than we deserve, and it’s simply wonderful to be here.

God is amazing, and He definitely pulled us through one of the most stressful times in our adult lives so far. Can’t wait to be finished moving in, and collapse for a week.

My writing should pick back up soon, once I get my office area set up. I’m still hoping to get the book I’m writing published this Summer, and have another manuscript I’m itching to get started on! Whoot!

It’s been a long three months so far, and anyone who’s bought a house knows the stress of the first time home purchase process. It’s crazy, there are more hoops to jump through than I could have imagined, but it worked out. I have a house. It’s mine.

I’m home.

Do You Review? Freebies available!

Hiya peeps! I’m writing a blog post shamelessly asking for reviews, cuz more exposure and self-promotion and all that. Ah, indie author life. =P

Anyway, basically this is a request to reviewers. I don’t currently have spare time to email awesome-sauce reviewers one-on-one, or even compile a mailing list. So, for the moment, I am compromising by posting some quick blog posts, instead of doing nothing.

I have helped indie authors promote their books for years, but you never really know how difficult it is until you become an indie author yourself! I’ve always held a lot of respect for indie peeps, but that’s gone to a whole new level the past year and a half, that’s for sure.

So, from this blogger-turned-indie-author, I’d love to connect with some reviewers! If you would be interested in reviewing any of my books, I would appreciate it greatly!!

The first book in my YA Adventure series is currently FREE on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords. If it sounds interesting, please consider picking up a copy and leaving a review once you’ve finished – I would appreciate it!

Second, and probably at this point, more importantly, is my stand-alone NA contemporary novel. It has no reviews!! I published it quickly in December, and haven’t been able to promote it much, which is totally my fault, but yikes! I’ve had several people read it, but I’m not getting any reviews on it yet.

If you would like to review that one, I have it up on Instafreebie here, and it’s also available on Kindle Unlimited. I would adore some reviews for that one, as I don’t even know if it’s any good yet! No one has told me anything! Gah! If it sounds interesting, please consider reading and reviewing it.

I’m hoping to get some better promotions going this Summer, but my family is currently in a transition that’s taking far longer than it was supposed to, and I’m simply treading water trying to keep from drowning til that’s finished.

If you wouldn’t mind helping a girl out, I would appreciate it so much. It’s difficult to ask for help, or put your stuff out there, so hopefully this didn’t come off too pushy!

Also, if you have any suggestions on how to promote and publicize books as an indie author, I’m always on the look out for great ideas!

Either way, thanks for the support, and for checking out my blog. Hope you have a fantastic week! =D

Opinions, Please!

Hiya peeps! I have a dilemma, and I would love your help!

I’ve asked a couple of times on social media, but my actual question seems to get missed. So, I’m going to try an actual blog post, with a simple poll at the end.

Like many indie authors now-a-days, I started out as a reader, blogger & reviewer. I still have my reviewer services, and have a whole little corner of the internet dedicated to that, and I’m really proud of it!

Ever since I became a published author, however, I’ve encountered a problem I hadn’t anticipated: reviewing and promoting other author’s books, as an author.

I decided to publish my books under a pen name, although it’s a minute difference: Rose vs Roze (my pen name). Still, I have my author stuff pretty separate from my book review world, and that blog. I don’t know if that was a smart move, but that’s how I set it up.

Now, as I try and get more social in the author circles of the book world, I’m starting to get more and more review requests, to my author platforms.

My question, is this: Do you review books as an author, if you’re already an established blogger/reviewer? Esp with a separate pen name?

As an author, would you prefer a review to come from an established reviewer, or a fairly unknown author?

I definitely plan to respond and reply to all requests sent to my author platforms, I just don’t always know the best way to respond! I’m used to reviewing as Desert Rose Reviews, because that’s just my norm for reviewing, and it’s comfortable. However, if it isn’t something that bothers other people, maybe I should start reviewing as Author Roze?

Should I just leave it up to the author? If you received a reply from an author saying they’d rater review on their reviewer platform, apart from their author pen name, would that be disappointing? Would you be looking forward to the review coming from another author?

Basically, it’s kind of a poll:

1) It wouldn’t bother you to be re-directed to the reviewer platforms, and not have a review by the author platform specifically – either way, you just want a review.

2) You’d rather be reviewed by an author, than a reviewer, if given the option.

3) You’d rather be reviewed by an established reviewer, than a fairly unknown author.

4) You’d like to have both platforms cited in the review, showing the diversity of the person reviewing.

I’d really love to hear what you guys think, because I want to be the most helpful I possibly can to the book community!

Thanks in advance!

~Roze/Rose

Friday Update!

Hiya guys! TGIF!! =D

This week has been a rough one, and I’m glad for the weekend! Hopefully it’ll be a good one. *crosses fingers*

I didn’t get much added to my current manuscript, but really, that’s probably a good thing. All the more to work on for Camp NaNo! =D

I’m finding the need to focus on some happy things this weekend, and try to have some fun. This month (at least for me) has been quite stressful, and I need a break!

What are your favorite ways to relax after a stressful week? Especially when you’re saving for a big purchase and have basically no fun-money? Lol!

Let me know your favorite ways to relax, and even better, what are you up to this weekend? =D

Camp NaNoWriMo?

Hiya peeps! Happy Saturday! Hopefully you’re having a wonderful weekend so far. =)

So, how many of you have heard of Camp NaNoWriMo? I hadn’t until last November, with the better known NaNoWriMo competition. Apparently, the same group also hosts writing events in April and July, known as Camp NaNo! Being a fan of this type of event/group, I’m joining in this year.

It’s basically the same thing as the November competition except you can set your own word count! They have it set as “anywhere from 30 to 999,999 words, hours, lines, or pages” for each writer. So if you don’t want to write something as long as 50K words, you can set it shorter. If you want something longer, you can set the goal as high as you want, and write to your heart’s content!

It’s also cool, because they place you in “tents” with several other writers, and it forms a kind of short-term writers group! It’s a neat idea, and it seems like it’ll be fun.

Check it out – registration is still open, and it starts in April! If you want to do it in a few months, you can participate in the July event, with all the same perks!

I’m going to be working on the book I already started, and not actually enter it at the end, since it was started before hand. I’ve found though, that the short-term goals provided in the competition setting really help me focus, and get a book pumped out quicker.

So, I’m still working on that one I mentioned in my last post, and can’t wait to see how it turns out! Hopefully I’ll actually be able to get it done. O.O

Wish me luck, and if you join in for Camp NaNo, let me know in the comments below! =D

When Do You Stop Being A “Newbie” Author?

Hiya peeps! Hope you’re having an awesome week so far!

I had a random question drop in my lap this afternoon, and I have no answer! So, I thought “Hey, blog topic opportunity!” Why not?

In your opinion, when does an author stop being a “newbie” in the community?

After a certain amount of time? A year? Two? Six?

After a certain number of publications? How many?

Once they’ve received a negative review?

Once they’ve had _____ happen?

Let me know in the comments below! I’d love to hear what you think, since everyone seems to have a different opinion!

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