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Ruby’s Choice is #1

My debut novel published on July 27, 2015. The last couple of days Ruby’s Choice is the #1 download in the free KINDLE store.

I’m writing my fifth novel, The Witches of Hant Hollow, and I can’t believe it’s been almost two years since the release of Ruby’s Choice. She will always hold a special place in my  heart. 

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Ruby’s Choice (Ditch Lane Diaries Book 1) 

by D.F. Jones 

At time of this post, Amazon Best Sellers Rank: 

#1 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Metaphysical

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Angel and Demons Collide in Sandy’s Story (Ditch Lane Diaries 3) by D. F. Jones

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Angel and Demons Collide in Sandy’s Story (Ditch Lane Diaries 3)

Investigative reporter, Sandy Cothran follows a murder lead on Music Row which uncovers Luc’s Testament along with a string of related crimes.

Baldric is falling in love with Sandy breaking the rules of heaven and places her in danger because Luc is waiting in the wings to pounce at his given moment.

The Wards of Campbell Ridge fight with Heaven’s Warrior Angels in an epic supernatural battle against Luc and his demons to save one of The Chosen.

“D.F. Jones does it again. Definitely, a book you’ll want to sink your teeth into. So well written, great plot, and entertaining characters that you can’t help to fall in love. A definite page-turner. This Series had me at book one, and I couldn’t put it down. Each story brings you closer to each character, but this one was by far my absolute favorite. This book tells Sandy’s story. I love her. And Baldric, what’s not to love about him. This book is too good to give away too much so I’ll just say that if I were an angel, this book would have me sprinkling love dust all over the place. High five DF Jones. Remarkable Read!”

“This is the third book in the Ditch Lane Diaries. The first two books were good, but this one surpasses them. Don’t get me wrong; I love all the books. However, this book is my favorite of them all. The series follows the story of three friends; each book focuses on one. This is Sandy’s story, and my, what a story! It combines suspense, romance, and supernatural elements, creating an unforgettable tale.”

“The author wrapped up the series well and ties most of the loose ends. The book is well written, the characters were vivid, and the story was gripping and sucked you right in from the start. This is a story about powerful love, loss, family, trust, and good vs., evil. As the tale gets underway, it has you grasping for more. If you didn’t read the series, I suggest you start with the first book as each book is tied to the next one. Highly recommended!”

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The best way to keep an author writing is posting a positive review. 

Next time, when you read a book and enjoy it- take five minutes and post a review. Wherever you purchased the book there is a place to leave a review: Amazon/GRs, Nook, IBooks, Kobo and more!

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The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression Kindle Editionby Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi 

Description

One of the biggest problem areas for writers is conveying a character’s emotions to the reader in a unique, compelling way. This book comes to the rescue by highlighting 75 emotions and listing the possible body language cues, thoughts, and visceral responses for each. 

Using its easy-to-navigate list format, readers can draw inspiration from character cues that range in intensity to match any emotional moment. The Emotion Thesaurus also tackles common emotion-related writing problems and provides methods to overcome them. 

My Review:
The Emotion Thesaurus is an excellent tool for writers. It helps to jog the brain and kick in new action sentences during editing. I keep it handy during all phases of writing. Share this little nugget with your writing groups. 

https://www.amazon.com/Emotion-Thesaurus-Writers-Character-Expression

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What’s up with Harlequin?

Rumors on social media and the internet states that Harlequin is longer acquiring titles for: Harlequin Nocturne, Harlequin Western, Love Inspired Historical, Kimani Romance, and Harlequin Superromance. (I could not find any official statement.)

I’m not sure how it affects the authors, and the employees of those Harlequin lines but my thoughts and prayers are with each one during the phase out.

Two years ago, after much research, I made an educated decision to add publishing to my eighteen-year-old media company, Jones Media. I had the desire to write fiction that I enjoy reading and with the ever-changing landscape of the book industry, I didn’t want my books in hands other than my own.

The closing of those genre lines within Harlequin reinforces my decision.

Self-published authors continually fight traditional publishing companies along with many agents, bookstores and libraries that keep indies from mainstream readers. To the readers, I’m an avid reader and the self-published talent is impressive. 

I have an advantage over some authors. I have graphic designers, editors, and over thirty years of marketing experience to put behind my books. 

Even with my experience, my paperback books will not see the light of day on a bookstore shelf because I choose not to sign a form saying I will buy back books. The NY rep with B&N, in all fairness, wanted my books but without the buy back form, her hands were tied. She stated they would be conservative in placement but as a business owner, I wasn’t about to risk having to purchase back 60k books. (FYI- My paperbacks are available with most booksellers online and signed copies are available at DFJonesAuthor.com)

That’s like selling thousands of an ABC car to dealerships then six months later the dealerships make the manufacturer of the ABC car buy back the cars! “New vehicles stay until they’re sold,” says Automobile Protection Association (APA) president George Iny. 

Hastings Bookstores was one of the few SP author friendly stores in the USA, and they filed bankruptcy.

Based on my personal experience, E-books sales are 99 to 1 over print editions. That’s where I concentrate my marketing efforts.

Self-publishing with Amazon, Draft2Digital, Smashwords, etcetera, make it easy to upload a manuscript to the world but if you don’t edit properly, create an aesthetically pleasing cover, and most importantly, market your books, your titles will drown in an turbulent ocean of book titles where free and nearly free sales crest the top of the waves. 

I love to write. Writing gives me joy but I’m also competitive enough to want to profit from my efforts. So I too use the free and nearly free book promos to attract readers. 

As with any start up company, it takes time to build a loyal clientele.

My readership numbers keep steadily increasing, and my social media footprint along with loyal readers help spread the word about my books. 

I like owning the Copyrights to my books. I love interacting and making friends with readers around the world. 

It’s priceless.

I cannot imagine placing my trust into a company with my work and them doing away with the product lines. But hey, they did say to submit to the lines that they’re keeping, and like it or not, I guess that’s big business.