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Writing Passion + Readers = Success

Of course I'm around writers all the time and each have different roads they have traveled to get published.

It's no secret that I left a publisher to pursue a self publishing career almost two years ago and haven't looked back. You see, I only wanted to touch ONE reader with my story. And boy did I ever reach readers!

I always say that my readers are the best readers that any author has! Everyday they encourage me, keep me motivated to NOT watch Dr. Phil and write.

Over a year ago, I was so humbled to get an email telling me that a few readers had nominated my first novel, Carpe Bead 'em as a 2012 eFestival of Words in the Women's Fiction/Chick-lit category. What was MORE humbling was when Carpe Bead 'em took home the title a few months later!

Then. . .a few weeks after that, had double finaled in the 2012 Next Generation Indie Awards in the mystery and humor category!

THen. . .I get an email telling me I'm an Amazon Mover and Shaker. . .

THEn. . .I get an email telling me that a reader had nominated my short story romance, A New Tradition in the 2013 Indie Romance Convention Awards in the novella contest.

THEN. . .A New Tradition won!

THEN. . .I got an email telling me that A Charming Crime was nominated in TWO categories in the 2013 eFestival of Words best fantasy category and best heroine category!

But it doesn't stop there.

I decided to honor Carpe Bead 'em and A Charming Crime for their success and offer it to readers for .99 for a limited time.

Again. . .readers blow me away!

Just yesterday, A Charming Crime hit #8 on Amazon's Movers and Shakers, #43 in the top paid 100 on Amazon, AND #12 on Barnes and Noble top paid 100!

It's about my readers! This year I vowed to meet those readers who have put me at the top and nominated me for all of the amazing awards.

Last week I attended the Barbara Vey Reader Appreciation Luncheon and met so many new readers.
Next month I'm attending the Annual Reader and Author Get Together AND hosting a tea with fabulous authors Duffy Brown and Nancy Naigle.

But it doesn't stop there! All of 2013 and 2014 is filled with events where I'm traveling the Continental United States to meet all of you and thank you personally for making my passion a success. . .reaching ONE reader and beyond!

Be sure to check out my website for full details on each event and how I can TREAT YOU to a fun event on ME!



  1. Love it! You deserve all of the wonderful praise you are receiving. I hope you're adding Kansas City to your list, because I'd love to meet you :)


  2. I am so happy for you. I plan to self publish and I don't feel bad about it! The big 7 have had a strangle hold on writers and their dreams far too long. I know you will do great and live your dreams. I say go girlfriend!!!

  3. Tonya ... it is so nice to hear a tale of self-publishing success. I suspect there was some marketing skill in your success, but the key has be in your desire to "touch one reader." It's a counterpart to my desire for my readers to have a "shiver of recognition." Congratulations!


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