A look inside HELENA

Don’t mind me, just stopping by to share the sneak peek that just went out in my latest newsletter. 🙂 I may or may not share more in the next few months leading up to the book signings. Speaking of which, if you’re planning to come see me at the Indy Author event in Indianapolis, IN, you can get $5 off your admission if you name drop me. 😉 Use coupon code ALIANNE to get the discount. Event details below the excerpt.

Until next time!



Indy Author Event
September 14, 2019  12:15-5pm (VIP Check-in at 11:15)
Indianapolis Marriot East (7202 E 21st St., Indianapolis, IN 46219)
Tickets*: $15 (General Admission) $25 (VIP Admission)
Use Coupon code ALIANNE to get $5 off your admission!
Purchase here*Tickets must be purchased ahead of time via Eventbrite. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

Sweet as a Peach Author Event
October 5, 2019 1-5pm (VIP admission at 12pm)
Forsyth Conference Center at Lanier Technical College (3410 Ronald Reagan Blvd., Cumming, GA 30041)
Tickets: $10 (General Admission) $25 (VIP Admission) Purchase here.


Writer’s Gonna Read: Recently Read…

This will be my attempt to keep myself accountable for what I (don’t) read. It’s become an unsettling pattern for me lately to think, “I really miss reading! I never have time anymore!” but not pick up a book when I do have time. So I will try to post here about the books I read. Not reviews, just a mention, and possibly a recommendation, if I feel very strongly about a particular title.

I will start this new series of posts off by recounting 2015 in books read so far, not counting my own books, which I read to edit. Sadly, it is a very short list…

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  1. The Wolf’s Hour by Romert R. McCammon
  2. Legend by David Gemmel
  3. Nightfall by Ellen Connor (cheating a little, this was a re-read)
  4. Midnight by Ellen Connor (re-read)
  5. The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski
  6. Sword of Destiny by Andrzej Sapkowski
  7. Blood of Elves by Andrzej Sapkowski
  8. The Time of Contempt by Andrzej Sapkowski
  9. Baptism of Fire by Andrzej Sapkowski
  10. The Tower of Swallows by Andrzej Sapkowski
  11. The Lady of the Lake by Andrzej Sapkowski
  12. Junior Inquisitor by Lincoln Farish (Awesome Indie book! Dark urban fantasy)
  13. Quiet by Susan Cain

Of these, the last 6 I have read in the last four months. Meaning, I only read two new books in the beginning half of 2015. I am not happy about this, to say the least. To make matters worse, my current TBR pile is so huge, I don’t even know where to start. I am definitely not lacking for choices, only the desire to read. As a writer, reading is how a recharge my mental batteries, so you’d think I’d be reading day and night, right? Maybe I need to start…

What are you reading these days?

Share in the comments below.


DIYDay Lesson 23: Facebook Advertising – A Case Study

Marketing, marketing, marketing: the life of an author when not writing, writing, writing. Like it or not, if you want your books to sell, you have to tell people it’s out there. Sometimes, Lady Luck smiles down on you and you strike gold. Most of the time, however, you just keep trying different things, repeating what works, dropping what doesn’t. This cycle has recently led me to try out the Facebook advertising option, and I decided I might as well share the results with all my lovely author friends. This will be a brief walk-through of how to create a Website click Facebook ad campaign, and an overview of the results I got from mine. Be warned: lots of text and numbers follow. Hopefully, it helps someone, since it didn’t do all that much for me… (spoiler alert)


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What Makes A Hero(ine)? A wee rant in defense of one

If actions speak louder than words, why do we fall in love with book characters who do horrible things, simply because we know their intentions are good? Especially in Romance, the hero is usually a man with a past (or even present) filled with many violent deeds that would make us run for safety if we couldn’t see into his thoughts (translate: in real life). But everyone instinctively trusts in him, because we expect the story to have a happy ending–through his actions. Why is that?

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