February 20, 2014

Blood, She Read Giveaway

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Blood, She Read by Sara Hubbard

Blood, She Read

by Sara Hubbard

Giveaway ends April 01, 2014.

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February 18, 2014

Beautiful and Broken Print Giveaway

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Beautiful and Broken by Sara Hubbard

Beautiful and Broken

by Sara Hubbard

Giveaway ends April 15, 2014.

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February 10, 2014

First Crack at Self-Publishing

Okay. So day one of self-publishing is over and how do I feel? Overwhelmed. I thought I'd share some of my troubles so far so you can either commiserate with me or learn from me. 

Let's start at the beginning. 

First off, I hired an exceptional editor to edit my book. I've worked with her before so I knew going in that I didn't have to worry about the quality of her work. Then I hired a cover artist who really delivered. I am over the moon in love with the cover for Beautiful & Broken and I'll definitely be using Steph from Steph's Cover Design again. So having these major ticks in the boxes, I was feeling pretty comfortable about self-publishing. I mean, what's left, right? 

I know you're probably laughing at my naivety right now. 

I decided to do my formatting myself because Scrivener pretty much formats your manuscript for you in any format you choose, and really, the only major one you need to upload to most places is ePub. I formatted the MS in PDF, Word, Mobi, and ePub and started to explore all the different distributors to upload my books. I began with Are and let me tell you, this was probably the simplest one. All I had to do was browse my desktop and drop in the files and poof, like magic my book was up and ready for sale. Kobo was almost as easy. It just took me a little bit longer to navigate it and figure out how and where to upload, plus the lag time between upload and sale was longer. 

Moving on to Barnes and Noble... Oh, Barnes and Noble, what can I say about you. I think I just might have to zip my mouth shut right now, but of course, I won't do that. Here's the thing, after you play around FOREVER with your MS to try and get it formatted right (believe me it took a long time and I still couldn't get it to work out even though my ePub document worked perfectly everywhere else and in preview) you discover that unless you're American you can't upload your books to B&N. What the hell? Apparently the routing numbers for their banks are different and it won't allow you to change the country of residence to anything other than USA. All I have to say is no wonder they're losing their market share. In the end, I ended up using Draft2Digital to upload, meaning that for every book I sell, they get 10% simply for uploading it for me. And the draft that I approved for upload was formatted perfectly and yet it is still messed up in B&N. So if you bought a copy of B&B from B&N, I am so sorry if some of the headings are off centre. It seems minor but when you pay for something you want a professional-looking product and I'm saddened that it's not perfect. I've contacted Draft2Digital and I'm sure they'll have it rectified shortly, but still...

Moving on to iTunes... This wasn't as bad as I expected it to be be. I magically uploaded my ePub document and it went off without a hitch. I thought I'd end up with crazy errors but not so much. Still, I uploaded it last night and it still isn't available to anyone in any country, although I'm told this can take a while so I'll be patient. I'm just happy that I'll have a book on iTunes since my other books aren't available there and probably won't be in the near future. 

So that's it so far. Oh, right! Amazon. Not so bad. I uploaded my ePub document without problems. B&B is live on all Amazon sites now except for US. Not sure why, but I'm sure it will be up soon. 

Here are the links for B&B in case you're interested:

February 05, 2014

Beautiful & Broken Cover Reveal

Finally, I get to share my new amazing cover, designed by Stephanie White of Steph's Cover Designs. People who know me will tell you I am not good at keeping secrets so sitting on this cover and not sharing has been killing me, to say the least. So here it is:

Molly's a hot mess and her life is falling apart.
Just when she thinks she's about to get her happily ever after, her sister steps in to have an affair with her fiancé on her wedding day. Determined to bring Molly out of her funk, her friends take her out for a night on the town, only for her to go home with a professional boxer who pops in and out of her life when she least expects it. Her mother tries to push her back into the arms of her cheating ex, but forgiving Jason is the hardest thing Molly will ever have to do. And even if she can forgive him, does her happily ever after include her ex-fiance, or the charming boxer with a shady past?

Release date: February 16, 2014 
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

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To set up the scene, this happens shortly after Molly intervenes in a fight between Sawyer and one of his friends, and she inadvertently gets caught in the crossfire. 

I'm to meet the client at the Red Line Coffee House the following day. It's this little cafe on the main floor of the Dover Hotel— the same hotel I did the walk of shame at after sleeping with Sawyer. Sigh. Being here makes me uncomfortable and I massage the back of my neck as I feel a flush of heat in my face.

I check my watch and it's twelve forty five. I’m fifteen minutes early and I'm dressed to impress, wearing my best outfit: a black pencil skirt and white silk blouse with a fitted red blazer and matching pumps that Jason bought me for Christmas last year. Looking down at them as I sit at the table near the counter, I can't help but feel nostalgic.

Why can’t I stop missing him?

"This seat taken?" says a familiar, deep voice.

I begin to smile as I look up, but my smile quickly fades. Then my temper fires. Sawyer slides into the seat opposite me. He smile is timid, like he’s not sure if I’m happy to see him or not. Newsflash: I’m not. He wears brand name track pants and a henley shirt. His hair is freshly showered and damp, falling over his eyes so he flicks his head to push it back.

"Yes, it is. I'm waiting for someone."

"Oh, really. A date?"

"That's none of your business." I fold my arms across my chest and sit up straight. I need to be on my toes with this one. I barely know him and yet everything about him disturbs me. "Haven’t you done enough damage?" I say as I lean in. He leans in to meet me.

He points to my face and drops his hand onto the table. "Your face doesn't look so bad."

I make a face. "Thanks. Just the kind of compliment every girl wishes for.”

He clears his throat and changes the subject. "Does it hurt?"

"What do you care? The damage is done. Now if you don't mind, I'd really rather not see you ever again."

“Dane said you were insulted that I sent him.”

“I’m not a gold digger. And you if you wanted to make things right, you could have come to the hospital and apologized instead of sending your lawyer. I mean, it's not like we're complete strangers, is it?" I feel the heat pooling in my cheeks. I really don't want to think about that night we spent together. I can barely remember it anyway, but the look on his face, the frown and the head tilt, I wonder if he remembers me at all—other than our incident at the party.

"Did we hook up?" He points to his chest and mine.

I want to slap him across the face. Okay, we were both drunk, but could he make me feel any smaller? The heat in my cheeks burns hotter, this time from anger. At least I remembered sleeping with him—sort of. The least he could do was afford me the same courtesy.

“I wasn't at my best when I saw you at the party,” he adds.

"No. We didn't." I look away hoping he doesn't see through my lie.

He shifts in his seat and taps his thumbs on the table. His eyes go blank, as if he's somewhere else.

"I am sorry about the…" He points to my head.

I take a deep breath and study his face. Somewhere on the edges of his cheeky smile, I see a flash of sincerity. As much I’m decided on accepting his apology, now is not the time for making amends. I have more pressing things to deal with. My watch reads one-oh-five.

“What were you even fighting about? Let me guess, a girl? Maybe the girl you slept with at the party? Real classy, by the way.”

He scratches at the scruff on his cheek and takes a deep breath. “How did you know about the girl?”

“I was in the bathroom when I heard your marathon sex session.”


I expect him to be embarrassed, to blush or something, but he doesn’t. He just looks a little surprised.

He massages the back of his neck as he chuckles. “This really isn’t going the way I planned.”

"Listen. We're cool. I accept your apology, but you need to go, all right? I'm waiting for a client."

"A client, huh? What kind of work is it that you do?”

I glance around the room. I have no idea who I’m looking for. Dina said the client would find me. "Real estate."
"Really. Well now that’s a coincidence, because I'm in the market for a new house."

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February 01, 2014

Cover Reveal for Beautiful and Broken

The cover reveal for Beautiful and Broken will happen on Wednesday, February 5th. I know, it seems so far away, but I promise you it will be worth the wait. AND if you don't want to wait, you can always sign up for my newsletter where I'll be giving you an early peek, as well as an exclusive excerpt from the book that I will not be posting elsewhere. Just fill out the form in the right hand column.