The Highs and Lows of Writing a Series: Lessons Learned by Helen Treharne

Advice for writing a series by Helen Treharne

Jennie Sherwin


It is my pleasure to host Helen Treharne, fellow Rave Reviews Book Club member, published author, and lucky RRBC Spotlight Author, as she graces the websites of other fellow RRBC members during her blog tour. If you haven’t heard of RRBC or the club’s perks for Indie writers, check out the RRBC website. If you join, tell them Helen sent you. Better yet, plan to go to Amazon on February 14 to order your copy of Death in the Family. While you’re there, claim your free copy of Relative Strangers. Here is Helen in her own words.

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There’s no way around it, writing a book is hard work; writing a series is perhaps even harder. You live with your characters for months, years in many cases.  Writing is not for the faint hearted. Within the confines of your creation lurk great risks. What if readers don’t…

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Review of Her Imaginary Husband (by Lia London)

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a fun, sweet romance that kept me turning the pages until late at night when I finally finished. The heroine, Nikki, is a new teacher who encounters a sexy coach and a sweet campus cop on the first day of school. The stage is set for a crazy, mixed-up plot that keeps you guessing all the way through. I felt just the right amount of frustration with Nikki for not clearing up the confusion when she had the opportunity. Especially since I wasn’t ready for the book to end. I laughed out loud several times at the funny escapades so deftly described in the book. I often forgot I was reading and felt, instead, I was watching a romantic comedy movie. (And this book would make a great movie.)
Woven into the romance were great side stories about individual kids in her classroom and Nikki’s encouraging relationships with them. It was like the spice in a zesty Italian pasta dish… It all worked together to make an absolutely yummy book.
I highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys laughing and smiling, because you’ll do a lot of that while reading this book. All the way to the last delectable page!

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A Rose in Bloom–Cover Reveal!!

I’ve published this story on my blogsite, week by week, free for anyone to read. Here’s the question? Should I start another when this one is finished?

Enjoy this beautiful cover by the multi-talented, Victorine Lieske.

Our story is almost finished. Here’s a peak at the new cover for A Rose in Bloom when it is published in book form. The serial story will remain free on the blog until the week before it is published on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Apple. I hope you’ve enjoyed following Elyssa Rose and Jaxon Crutchfield on their journey to love.

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Watching Daddy Die

Watching Daddy die… It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done. It happened last night. One minute he was there, fighting for life, despite the ravages time had worked on his body. The next minute, he was gone. In my heart I know he’s in a better place.

But it doesn’t matter.

It still hurts.

When I hurt, I write songs. This one is for Daddy.

A Song For Daddy

You were the first man
           To love me as I am
The first man
            Who taught me how to stand

All my hurts and all my pains
            Forgotten when you said my name
Running to your outstretched arms
            To find my haven, safe and warm

And now that you have gone away
            There’s only one thing I can say
Dad, I’m gonna miss you

And oh…
            Why’s it have to hurt so badly
                        To lose my Daddy?

Dad, I’m gonna miss you

You were the first man
            To wipe away my tears
The first man
            To take away my fears

In your arms I learned to dance
            And watching you, I learned romance
Learned to laugh and learned of love
            That only comes from God above

And now that you have gone away
            There’s only one thing I can say
Dad, I’m gonna miss you

And oh…
            Why’s it have to hurt so badly
                        To lose my Daddy?

Dad, I’m gonna miss you

In loving memory of Dell Dearen (April 11, 1924—January 18, 2015)

Cover Reveal–Dreamthief by Tamara Grantham

Visiting Faythander, a fairy world, is a nasty business. Forget the fairies and unicorns, most people come back with lost memories and mental problems. Olive Kennedy knows. She’s the therapist who treats patients suffering from Faythander’s side effects. She may have an emotionless mother and an apathetic boyfriend, but she takes pride in her job. She’s never failed to cure a client—until now.

Traveling back to Faythander wasn’t on Olive’s to-do list. But she has no choice. The fate of both Earth and Fairy depends on her ability to stop an evil being called the Dreamthief. Saving the world, she can handle. Falling in love—not so much. Now, she’ll have to decide between her heart and the future of an entire planet. As if battling the forces of evil wasn’t complicated enough…

Dreamthief is the first book in the Fairy World MD series.

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12 Things I Learned About Blogging In 2014

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Calendar1. Be consistent – most veteran bloggers advise new bloggers to be consistent and post regularly. I’ve learned this lesson well. I was inconsistent with my content but when I committed to the blog it started growing. Part of the reason is that the more content you have the more visits you get.

2. Work ahead – I’ve found that the more I work ahead the less stressful blogging is. If I’ve got several posts scheduled then I seem to churn out more content ahead of time. Also, in working ahead you may have several ideas in the works but you may find that the content just doesn’t work for some reason and you have time to replace it with something else.

3. Write your ideas down – if you are working ahead then you can keep writing your new ideas down. I use Scrivener to plan and write my…

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Kindle Unlimited Trends

Great post about Kindle Unlimited trends!


KU Trends


Historically, Amazon Prime borrows paid around $2 per borrow through KDP Select until the introduction of Kindle Unlimited.

The KOLL global fund has paid less for Amazon Prime borrows and Kindle Unlimited downloads read to 10% since the debut of Kindle Unlimited in July, 2014.

The most recent KOLL payout of $1.33 for October, 2014 shows a significant downward trend:

  • $2.00 or thereabouts prior to July, 2014
  • $1.81 for July, 2014
  • $1.54 for August, 2014
  • $1.52 for September, 2014
  • $1.33 for October, 2014

$1.33 is a significant drop for KOLL payments.

Books with a list price of $2.99 or higher earn royalties of $2 and up for sales (using the 70% royalty option, assuming a negligible delivery cost).

In the past, KOLL borrows have paid close to the royalty for the purchase of a $2.99 book.

But $1.33 is 33% less than the 70% royalty on a $2.99…

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