Or Not to Be Is Now Available!

I am so excited to share the news: today, 11/11, is the release day for Or Not to Be, Laura Lanni’s debut novel.

Alive, Anna considered leaving her husband. Dead, she naively believes she has escaped this difficult choice. How cruel for relationship problems to tag along to the dead side.

On November eleventh, Anna Wixim, mother of two, number geek and palindrome seeker, finds herself dead at forty-four. While wandering the universe and watching her family grieve, Anna learns that the two-way portal between her life and death remains wide open. Still, Anna hesitates to return to the man she loves. She has many reasons, real and imagined, to hesitate. The universe is full of wonder; time is boundless; she doesn’t have to do laundry. And her husband doesn’t want her back.

Based on his own experience in crossing a yawning space-time gap, her husband, Eddie, understands the rules of the universe, including Anna’s free choice to come back to him. He also knows that she doubts his love because he forgot to say that he loved her—for twenty years. On top of that, he wasn’t even nice for the last two months of her life. Don’t judge. It wasn’t fair for the universe to reveal Anna’s deathday to him. Eddie couldn’t function, couldn’t have a conversation or take a full breath, faced each year with the relentless approach of November eleventh.

I’ve had the recent good fortune of working with several amazing and talented writers; if you follow this blog, you already know Laura is on that list. I wrote about her journey here, but today I just want to say:

“Thank you, Laura Lanni, for letting me be a small part of this incredible book!”

Please help me celebrate by visiting Laura’s blog and leaving a comment, and then hurry over to Amazon.com to purchase your very own copy in print or ebook. (No Kindle? No problem— a FREE Kindle reading app is available for most major smartphones, tables, and computers.) And don’t forget to leave a review . . . which you’ll probably write in the middle of the night, because once you start reading this book, you won’t want to put it down!

Read the first three chapters for FREE here.

Happy Reading,



Candace Johnson is a professional freelance editor, proofreader, writer, ghostwriter, and writing coach who has worked with traditional publishers, self-published authors, and independent book packagers on nonfiction subjects ranging from memoirs to alternative medical treatments to self-help and on fiction ranging from romance to paranormal. As an editorial specialist, Candace is passionate about offering her clients the opportunity to take their work to the next level. She believes in maintaining an author’s unique voice while helping him or her create and polish every sentence to make it the best it can be. Learn more here.

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Spend Today in the South of France: Christa Wojo's The Wrong David

the-wrong-david-kdp-cover-4I had the privilege of editing The Wrong David, a novella (or is it a long short story?) by the always-fascinating Christa Wojociechowski several months ago, and I was so excited to learn yesterday about its publication that I raced over to Amazon.com to purchase it—and I urge you to do the same.

Christa shares her experiences of tackling Amazon’s KDP and CreateSpace for the first time (spoiler: not as difficult as she feared), and if you’ve never uploaded a manuscript before, you’ll want to read her description of her journey to publishing.

And speaking of description—reading The Wrong David is like taking a minivacation to the south of France. Here’s a peek: Continue reading “Spend Today in the South of France: Christa Wojo's The Wrong David”

8 Comparisons of Goodreads and LibraryThing

logo4_mediumWith the recent purchase of Goodreads by Amazon, I thought a side-by-side look at Goodreads and LibraryThing (in which Amazon also holds part ownership) might be helpful to anyone considering one of these reader sites.goodreads-logo

Below is the first of two parts of an article by Book Riot staff editor Amanda Nelson; the link to Part Two is at the bottom of the first article. Together they cover:

  1. adding books to your library
  2. book recommendations
  3. stats
  4. user interface
  5. discussions and groups
  6. reviews
  7. author interactions
  8. other notable stuff and things

And a final summary of the two sites. If you belong to either site, or you are considering joining one or the other, you’ll want to read both articles.

Goodreads v. LibraryThing- Part One.

Happy Reading!


FREE Book with 5 Easy Steps to Becoming a Published Author (This Weekend Only)!

From Friday, January 11 through Sunday, January 13, you have a chance to download a free Kindle version of What’s Your Book?, an aspiring author’s guide to completing the dream to become a published author. This comprehensive guide gives you the best info from innovative publishing professional Brooke Warner, who is one of my personal heroes in the publishing world; learn more about her here.jpeg_WYB_cover_image_320

In five chapters, What’s Your Book? will help you discover how to:

  • embrace the art of becoming an author;
  • get over common hurdles that prevent you from finishing your book;
  • challenge counterproductive mindsets;
  • build an author platform; and
  • get published.

These are just a few of the many tips you’ll find in What’s Your Book? Most important, you’ll learn about the three paths to publishing so that once you complete your work, you commit to yourself that you’ll bring it to your readers. Continue reading “FREE Book with 5 Easy Steps to Becoming a Published Author (This Weekend Only)!”