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My 2 am Revelation – I don’t Write Romance

I woke up at 2 am with an epiphany of sorts and the deep desire to share it with you. I realize that I have not blogged in some time – too busy with writing and life… but this you have got to hear.

How many authors really LIKE reviews? Hmmm. I for one have reviews that I like, but I also have some that I want to grab the reviewer and shake them and say…. “You don’t even know the details of the story; you are missing MAJOR parts and your reading comprehension is way off base – how could you possible understand it???”

That being said, even those who have the wrong name for the main character, have no idea of the year or context of the book, or have missed some giant detail that makes everything they know about a book completely false – even they can and do have some merit. That is exactly the case with a review I just saw come through a few days ago that says that one of my books is NOT a romance, and to her I can emphatically reply – NO – it’s not!!!

I have said this to so many people at meet and greets, Facebook Events, and book signings – I don’t write romance, even though my books almost always contain a romantic element. The people in my stories are always caught up in an incredible adventure, sometimes an incredibly HORRIBLE adventure; that’s what my stories are about. They are suspense and/or thriller. When, how and even IF they fall in love is something that happens along the way, not the reason their story is being told. Sometimes they end up together and sometimes they don’t, and this isn’t CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE, so YOU do not get to pick the ending.

My books will never be Harlequin’s; they  will never follow a ‘romantic arch’ or fit in any cookie-cutter mold you want to stuff them into with a neatly predictable plot line. There are going to be surprises you didn’t see coming. There are going to be elements you never thought of and choices (hard damn choices) you aren’t always going to understand or like. That’s what a Samantha Jacobey book is all about, and I have enough GREAT reviews to know that is exactly what MANY readers enjoy most about my work.

So what did I gain from this cathartic awakening? I realized that I LOVE reviews – even bad ones! I love to have people say things that get me to thinking and considering the possibilities; I guess that’s the debater in me. They help me get to the deepest question of them all – why? I find myself asking that most often after someone has blasted me on Amazon or Goodreads, and like with all living things, I find that struggle and strife are good for me; they help me to reflect and make me stronger in the end.

Therefore, I want to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who writes a review – good, bad, wrong, or ugly. You keep voicing those opinions, and I will keep putting out books that make you scratch your head and say… “Damn; I didn’t see that coming.”

Don’t tell me I can’t!

I’m home from California; the Love and Fifty signing ranks as my second best ever, the first being the one that Maya Banks attended, as far as sales goes. As far as fun, this one was far and away the best ever. I stayed with a very good friend while I was there, had another friend who joined us, and we were in a group of seven authors that made for a fantastic little niche. I feel like I attended a revival.

That being said, I realized that things have been difficult for me for a while. I don’t usually talk much about my life’s history. I put some of it in The Writer’s Block short stories, but it’s pretty watered down and veiled. I’m private like that, and won’t give away too much today, either. If you want to hear my horror stories, read between the lines of my books.

What I will say, is that no one will ever tell me that I can’t do it. I spent half my life listening to people tell me what I wasn’t. Not smart enough, not talented enough, not good enough, from the time I was born until here recently, in fact. I hate that; hate that I listened for so long. I am good enough, and I won’t believe anything else.

Today, I make my own way, so don’t tell me I can’t. I can do what I put my mind to because I am diligent and won’t give up. I will keep working on me, both as a writer and as a person, because you don’t actually fail until you give up trying.

I never said I was perfect, and I’m bound to make some mistakes along the way, but that’s how it goes. People who don’t make mistakes never do anything; that’s the only way to avoid them all together. I can’t let those things get me down, because life is too short to spend time worrying about regrets and what I wish I had done.

So where do I go from here? To Pittsburgh, of course! In three weeks, in fact. Between now and then I have much to do. I have continued doing the editing for Lavish, even after we finished my books, and I like how that feels to contribute to success on so many levels. Plus, I have several new books that I am working on, so those will be coming out starting this summer and into the fall. My plate is full, and I have so much to do! And life is good.

SOMETHING happened to me today…

Today, INTREPID, book 6 of the series became available for pre-order on amazon, and I can’t explain it…

I have an extremely HIGH sense of elation right now – something along the lines of what I felt when the first book was published. Maybe even higher.

We are so close to the end, and I have met so many wonderful people on this journey. Thank you all for your support, your time and your energy.

I work to promote my books every day, and I now have a following that works just as hard as I do… you guys are wonderful, and I thank you so much for being there!!!

In case you haven’t seen it… this is the blurb for INTREPID, BUT it’s a giant spoiler if you aren’t up to speed on the rest of the series… if that be the case, take one of these links instead and go get started while the boxed set, or at the very least, CAPTIVE, is on sale…

BOXED SET (bk 1 – bk 4) –http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00M4TE8Q2
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CAPTIVE (book 1) – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00J1AO3JE
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BOUND (book 2) – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00J1AO2C2
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ENTWINED (book 3) – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00J7F2NTA
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EXPOSED (book 4) – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00L6FV9XU
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INDELIBLE (book 5) – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00N2GZ996
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INTREPID (book 6) – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OL232FI
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AVENGED (book 7) – coming Jan 20th

Well, you’re still here, so I guess you are ready to see what’s got my stomach full of butterflies… so here it is…

Intrepid – A New Life SeriesBook 6 of a New Life Series

When past and present collide, how do you escape your fate?

Tori Farrell is finally on the path that leads to a bright future. Raised to be an assassin, she lived in a world consisting of drugs, sex, violence and murder. Gaining her freedom, and discovering her true identity, she has reconciled the life she was born to have with the one she fought so hard to flee. Managing to hold on to her soul mate, she is pushing forward, refusing to allow the fear to hold her back any longer.
Taking her place in her brother’s band, Tori faces new challenges. Learning to live the life of a rock star seems easy enough, and she quickly gets a handle on what she holds most dear. Soon however, the tables are turned, with the realization that the FBI has merely taken to the shadows, waiting for the other shoe to drop. Only when her former lover forces his way back into her life does it become clear; some things are simply meant to be…

INDELIBLE – BOOK 5 COVER REVEALED!!!

original indelible

 

I LOVE the new cover – and my publisher said I could share!!!
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This is book 5 – INDELIBLE!!! If you have NOT read books 1 – 4 DO NOT read the end of this post…
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Instead – take one of these links and GET FIXED with the boxed set of books 1 – 4 for ONLY 7.49 (that’s 50% off!!!) so you can get caught up – because reading the blurb for book 5 is a HUGE SPOILER if you haven’t read the first part!!!
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Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/New-Life-Captive-Entwined-Exposed-ebook/dp/B00M4TE8Q2/
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Barnes & Nobel – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-new-life-series-boxed-set-samantha-jacobey/1120004642?ean=2940149801664
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KOBO – http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/a-new-life-series-boxed-set
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NOW – if you are still reading – I assume you are ready to see what book 5 is all about
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INDELIBLE – A New Life Novel… What do you do if you discover the life you’re living isn’t the one you were meant to have?

Tori Farrell’s path has been a long one. She was raised by a Motorcycle Gang called the Dragons, trained as an assassin, and lived by the sword in a world consisting of drugs, sex, violence and murder. She made her escape, and even successfully thwarted a second attempt to draw her back in.

Returning to her safe new life, Tori faces unforeseen challenges, as the discovery of her Rock Star relation, Brian Madson, gives way to the desire to have the life she was born to live. Haunted by fear, and caught in a fierce battle between her husband and brother, she must learn to accept her dark past and face her future boldly. The FBI and The Organization still linger in the shadows, and time is creeping forward, pushing her to choose. Which path will she take, and where will it lead, when she is forced to decide between destiny and fate…

BOXED SET – are you ready for the ride?

boxed set 7.49

~ ~ ~ LIMITED time offer – BOXED SET ~ ~ ~
~ ~ ~ A NEW LIFE by Samantha Jacobey ~ ~ ~
~ ~ THE SERIES YOU do not want TO MISS ~ ~
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CAPTIVE – After years of being ruled by a gang of bikers called the Dragons, Tori Farrell uses her skills to free herself from the people who vowed they would never let her go.
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BOUND – Living in a halfway house under orders of the FBI, Tori Farrell is working to move forward and to face her addictions and learn who she can trust…
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ENTWINED – Confronted by a ghost from her past, Tori Farrell runs in an attempt to disappear and hide in anonymity, but her plan holds a flaw – a man she can’t shake…
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EXPOSED – Faced with her true identity, and the danger of having friends and family destroyed by the past Tori Farrell left behind, she again becomes lost in a dark world filled with sex, drugs and murder, and is forced to see that not all of the demons are on the outside.
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GET the first 4 INSTALLMENTS – books 1-4 at a special price of only $7.49 – this is a LIMITED TIME OFFER, and the boxed set will be removed completely upon the release of book 5 – INDELIBLE…
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Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/New-Life-Captive-Entwined-Exposed-ebook/dp/B00M4TE8Q2/
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Barnes & Nobel – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-new-life-series-boxed-set-samantha-jacobey/1120004642?ean=2940149801664
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KOBO – http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/a-new-life-series-boxed-set

Can’t say it enough

I NEED A MOMENT… I am nearly in tears this morning…
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Things are so hectic right now, with everything I am working on… so many GOOD THINGS going on around me, and it is hard for us sometimes to accept those things at face value.
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What I would really like to do is to say thank you.
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THANK YOU to every person who has left a review for one of my books – whether they are short, and direct, or they are long and drawn out.. even the typos and the inaccuracies from the story (even a few character names are wrong, and I seriously lmao at that!!!)
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I love them all and I appreciate every single one, because you read my stories and you took the time to post a word about them…
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~ ~ ~ REVIEW COUNT TODAY ~ ~ ~
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5 stars – 94 <<< holy sh*t!!!!
4 stars – 38
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132 total 4&5 stars out of 141 total reviews!!!
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THAT IS 94%!!!!
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I am completely blown away… so happy right now, you cannot imagine… happy because I have shared something of myself with you… and you love it as much as I do…. thank you so much… I am so glad that you understand.
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❤ Sam

GOOD TIMES

Wow, my summer is half over, and still so much to do!!!

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I have finished ‘writing’ on the series, and am making my final edits to book 6 right now, and should have that over to my publisher as the final copy in a day or two. I REALLY LOVE this story guys – and I totally understand your wanting to get your hands on it. I promise, it is only going to get more amazing 😀

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We have some exciting things coming up – so many options in the works, and I want to keep you all in the loop as much as I can. I know many of us can go out and buy what ever we want, but there are those who have to watch for the bargains and the giveaways.

 

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If you haven’t followed me on facebook, you should if you use it, as I run events there on a regular basis.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Samantha-Jacobey/165092307031832 is my author page and https://www.facebook.com/ANewLifeSeries is the series page, so like it up if you are able.

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For those of you who are pinterest users, I try to keep that board for sales and giveaways updated as well, so follow me there if that helps >> http://www.pinterest.com/samanthajacobey/

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As of right now, we have one rafflecopter going >> ENTER HERE >> http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/996a8e50/

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and the 99 cent sale on CAPTIVE is still going for a while longer >> http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00J1AO3JE

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Other than that, it’s good times right now, with lots of work to do!!! OH and keep an eye out – I will be tossing up the rest of the series covers here in a few weeks – so excited about that… can’t wait for you to see… and to read what’s going to happen next…

Spectacular Giveaway and Other news

As most of you are aware, I have a fondness for competitions and giveaways, and this last one has been SUPER successful. We still have over a day for people to enter, but we are already over 4,000 entries (that’s points, not people), but still, it makes me feel REALLY HAPPY to have so many involved and eager to participate!!!

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In case anyone has not gotten in on this, there are 3 $10 gift cards in the pot, a variety of swag items, AND two sets of paperbacks up for grabs (a pair and set of 4) from the series.

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the generic link is here —>>>  http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/996a8e49/

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For my other bit of news – we are almost 2 weeks in for EXPOSED and this is where we stand…

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@ @ @ @ @ REVIEW COUNT @ @ @ @ @

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Add them up!!! As of this morning – the series has 122 REVIEWS on amazon…

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4 star = 33

5 star = 80

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total = 113

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113 / 122 = 92.6% WHOOP WHOOP!!!

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HAPPY DAY 😀

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WARNING!!! THESE REVIEWS definitely contain spoilers – so read them in full AT YOUR OWN RISK… and if you have not started this fantastic journey – NOW IT IS THE TIME!!!

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You can get book 1 for ONLY 99 CENTS (for a limited time) and each book after that is only 3.79!!!

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CAPTIVE (book 1) – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00J1AO3JE

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BOUND (book 2) – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00J1AO2C2

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ENTWINED (book 3) – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00J7F2NTA

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EXPOSED (book 4) – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00L6FV9XU

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I also have a special blog post in mind that I will make here in the next few days – If you have not heard, all 7 books are completed!!! That means my part is essentially done, and I am just as excited as you are for those release dates to come.

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Have a GREAT DAY everyone!!!

PINS AND NEEDLES – EXPOSED IS RELEASED!!!

My publisher uploaded the final copy and released it this morning, so all we can do now is wait. I have posted a giveaway over on my

Facebook Author page – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Samantha-Jacobey/165092307031832

and am chatting away in the release party event room – https://www.facebook.com/events/1511694799059235/

 

I am SO excited for this – the story is going to make some drastic turns from here, so this is one of those ‘HOLD ON TO YOUR BUTTS’ moments for me.

 

Thank you to everyone who has been following along, welcome to all those who have joined in as of late, and I can’t wait to hear what you have to say about this latest segment of the journey!!!

Facebook Blues

I’m not sure how many of you use Facebook, but I have been on it daily ever since I set up my author page. Previous to that, I never used it, and didn’t see what the big deal was, or why people would want to put so much of their personal lives out there for the whole world to see.

 

After I published my first book, I started looking for ways to market it, and that’s when I got hooked. That’s right, I’m an addict. I have spent countless hours clicking around, sharing posts and checking out other peoples pages. And since I have only been a user for 7 or 8 months, I don’t really know what it was like before that. I do know that the changes that they have recently made… suck.

 

And I say suck in the nicest way possible. I mean, lets face it, I totally understand why they did it. Most people don’t use a conventional computer any more. Most people use a tablet or some other device, so the streamlined feeds for every page makes sense. I still hate them.

 

Used to, when you came to my page it was amazing. I mean it, I loved my page. I put stuff on it that was informative about my books, some advertisements, reviews, and upcoming events, but I also put stuff that was fun. I love puzzles and interesting food for thought items, and my page was plastered with them.

 

I also kept my page clean. Everything had a visual appeal, down to the way the little boxes fit together on my screen. I loved pinning a post and providing an experience when you visited my page, would make sure it was all current, and would remove or hide things if they didn’t fit in with what I had in mind. It was perfect. And… it’s gone. Sigh.

 

So today, I have realized that I don’t spend near as much time on good old Facebook as I once did. I guess it’s because I’m depressed that my page doesn’t look as appealing to me. Or maybe it’s the resentment I still feel that even though I have almost 6000 likes and followers, my posts don’t make it to more than a few 100 people… unless they are of a cat or I pay to ‘sponsor’ them. I have noticed that one guy sponsors his daily pic, with his cup of coffee and a cute little saying to think about. That’s ok, I’ll pass. I have better things to do with my money.

 

I will just go, suffer through my withdrawals… and continue to look for another social media place that I can mess around with and call home. Any suggestions?

 

 

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