Sunday, December 30, 2012

Out With the Old, In With the New Resolutions For the Upcoming Year with LM Pruitt





Out With the Old, In With the New
Resolutions For the Upcoming Year


Let me start by saying I hate New Year’s resolutions. I hate being asked if I made one, what it is, why I didn’t make one, what I would have picked if I was going to make one… I think you see my point. I’ve always felt that if I wanted to meet a goal I didn’t need to wait until the first of the year to decide to do it. If I really wanted it, I was going to go for it, and damn the calendar.

But I have one this year. And it’s a doozy.

I want to make the List.

I’m sure some of you are going, “What’s the List?” It’s okay. When I told my friends I wanted to make the List, they all did the same thing. Maybe if you’re a writer you have an idea of what list I’m talking about but you’re probably one of the few.

I want to make the New York Times Bestseller List.

Now, before you start laughing, hear me out. This really isn’t as unreasonable as it sounds. Data suggests that depending on the week your book is releasing you may need as little as 4,000 copies sold in order to make the list. Obviously, the more you sell the better and the higher up the list you’ll be, but that’s getting a little too specific for me. I want to make the List and then I want to climb up the List. So it might be better to say this is a two-part goal.
Actually, it might just be better to say this is a multi-pronged goal. Because the NYTBS List isn’t the only one I want to make. I also want to hit USA Today, which admittedly might be easier to do—their list is 150 spots, so there’s a much better chance of getting on it. I’ll take either one, as long as I get there and do it more than once.

You might be asking why. Again, that’s okay and a perfectly reasonable question. I want to make the Lists because, to be brutally honest, once you make either list you have a better shot at selling more books. Selling more books means more people are reading the story you have to tell. And one of the biggest goals in my life is for people to read and know my stories.
So I guess—if you wanted to get down to the nitty-gritty—all of this is just one more step in reaching a life-long resolution.

It almost makes me want to shoot for something more doable. Like cutting down on my cursing.

Actually, making either of the Lists might be easier than doing that.

Shades of Gray
Book One
By L.M. Pruitt

Jude Magdalyn Henries lives what many would call an unconventional life. 

Orphaned at birth, raised by nuns, a teenage runaway living on the streets... she now earns a living at odd jobs, including one as a fake tarot card reader. Very little about Jude's life appears normal, by any scale. 

When she accepts a gig to do a private reading, unconventional takes on an entirely new meaning. Life as she knows it ends when she's thrust into a world she never knew existed-one filled with magic, vampires, and her beloved New Orleans on the verge of an underground war. 

To make matters worse, she's got two men in her life vying for attention, Williams and Theo. Both call to a different part of her, but one scares her just a little bit. 

Can she step up to the challenges set before her and make the right choices for the greatergreater good?


Shades of Desire
By L.M. Pruitt

Blurb

All I wanted was a little peace and quiet.

Instead, I've got dead Covenant members and a steady stream of letters from the new guy in town. His beverage of choice? A 2002 Merlot, with a shot or two of powerful virgin blood.

On top of that, I'm breaking in a new police liaison, failing at playing matchmaker, and fighting nausea like it's a full time job. All I wanted was a little peace and quiet.

Instead, I've got dead Covenant members and a steady stream of letters from the new guy in town. His beverage of choice? A 2002 Merlot, with a shot or two of powerful virgin blood.

On top of that, I'm breaking in a new police liaison, failing at playing matchmaker, and fighting nausea like it's a full time job.

Did I forget to mention that I've also got enough girls living at the Crossroads to start my own boarding school?

Peace and quiet? Out the window.

--Jude Magdalyn Henries

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Shades of Blood

Felipe, one of New Orleans's most infamous—and crazy--vampires is back in town. And to say he's unhappy is an understatement.


Duprees and Williams have to track down Felipe, fast, before he claims any more victims. If that means making a deal with the Devil--otherwise known as St. Germaine--and using an untrained dhampir, so be it.

If that wasn't enough, I've also got rebellious teenagers, feuding couples, and a suddenly full social calendar.

The more things change....

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