Sunday, August 30, 2009

CONTEST is closed

The WINNERS are... Commenting: Mindy Yahoo Group: Gayle FurFriends: Caffey Special: Tamsyn I've contacted each person by email with instructions to claim prize. For those who joined the Yahoo Group, I look forward to having a great time. Thanks to everyone who participated - it was fun. Joann Growl and roar-it's okay to let the beast out.-J. Hali Steele

Thursday, August 27, 2009

CONTEST for release day!

HOT TIN ROOF will be released Friday. I'm holding a contest and will be giving away a Kind (green) or Purple P Rose (purple) t-shirt or one of my eBooks. To automatically be entered in the contest, visit Friday and leave a comment and email address so I can reach you. PART TWO: The names of my 4 furfriends have been scattered throughout my website (orange is the color of the day-HINT!) To win a special prize of a shirt and eBook, leave the name of all four of my cats along with your email address. PART THREE: I have a Yahoo!Group that I'd like to use as a posting place. To do this effectively - I NEED MEMBERS. While looking for furry names (in orange), click on the JOIN NOW button on any web page beginning TODAY. Your name will be entered in a separate drawing for the shirt or eBook of your choice. Yes! leaving a comment, naming my cats AND joining the group gives you THREE chances to win!! The drawing will take place at noon on Saturday, August 29th. Winners will be listed on my website's Favorite Places page and I'll contact you by email to get your choice of shirt and/or eBook. You can buy HOT TIN ROOF here: Hope to see you there!
Remember: Growl and roar-it's okay to let the beast out.-J. Hali Steele

Monday, August 24, 2009

A Thousand Words to Say...

I'm done. For now anyway.
With an edit that was tougher than most. Yes, my character agreed to let me change her a little, with her mother's help. Then I moved on.
Actually 1,476 words penned to the start of a new short I'm working on as a follow-up (I hope) to HOT TIN ROOF. I think it's going okay - considering I cried on the first page! Damn, that was rough.
I think you'll figure out who it's about if you read HOT TIN ROOF. It will be available this Friday at:
I'm done. For now anyway.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Changing her ways...

This is really where I'd like to be right now, but - I'm editing, and the character is not working with me. Dang, this should be easier. Problem is - I see her in a way that readers may not. I like her, but then I gave birth to her! See my predicament? Anyway, I made a few changes that snowballed into more changes and now I'm not sure I've done the right thing.
Back to the drawing (writing) board. Today I have to decide, or she does, who she really is...

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Ready, set - GO!

Getting ready for a new release. How many days now? Seventeen. The questions I ask myself are: -Have I promoed enough -Contest: yes or no -Interviews set up -Blog ready -Excerpts prepared -Video trailer ...and the list goes on and on. I've made some decisions on promotion, but much more needs to be done. Here's my problem - I don't have a cover yet! Without it, I'm totally NOT ready. I need to see it. Know that it's what I wanted. It'll become my new desktop and I'll gaze at it every damn day. Hopefully, loving it as much as I did the story, the characters. Somehow, having the cover makes it "real" for me. I like to show it off. I'll post it on Facebook, Myspace, my blogs. I'll redo the trailer and add it in. It will go on my website. My friends and family, my fans - everyone gets an email with my new cover attached. Hell, that covers my whole promotion scheme. LOL Then the hard part comes. Waiting to see how sales go. You know, I've always said, "if one person reads a story I wrote, and likes it - I've done my job." I still feel that way. HOT TIN ROOF coming August 28th from Changeling Press. I'm almost ready... Remember: Growl and roar-it's okay to let the beast out.-J. Hali Steele

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Video Trailers

Do they help with book sales? Does anyone know of a study done on this? And does it really matter? I'll be blogging at about this tomorrow, so stop by and let me know what you think. Here's my latest: