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#selfpublished #author Defies All Odds With TWO #USAToday #Bestsellers in ONE WEEK!

When I left my publisher and decided to self publish, it was when self publishing had (and I mean HAD) a stigma to it.
I did my research! I knew some of my colleagues would turn up their noses or snicker under their breath, but writers weren't who I wanted to buy my self published novels! It's YOU, my readers!! 

Eventually the publishing tide started to turn and the self publishing stigma began to go away making the line between traditional publishing and self publishing becoming blurred. . .very blurred. My colleagues began to call me, they wanted to know how I did it. How did I make all of the bestseller lists?

My heart was over joyed! With authors like me, the self publishing ceiling was being blown up into little pieces. I was paving the way for others to start their publishing journey on a successful road with all of the trial and error I had been doing along the way. Of course I picked up tips, as well as other picking up tips from me, on creative ways to continue on a successful self publishing journey. BUT the reader was and always will be the number one goal in my writing career. 

As the years have ticked by, with 15 novels under my publishing belt, I'm sooooo excited to FINALLY announce:
STRUNG OUT TO DIE debut is at #129 and THE PERFECT TEN box set (A CHARMING CRIME) is #118 on the list. 

It's such an honor! I'm so grateful to each and every single one of you for supporting me along this amazing and fun journey!

"Good morning everyone! Don't you just love the enthusiasm of our fearless leader, Tonya. Her posts always puts a smile on my face and I'm so happy that she is experiencing such success with her books. 

I remember the first time I saw her name and she was contemplating how to make a go of writing. Well, girl, you have succeeded. You Go Girl! 

Congratulations! You deserve it." ~ STREET TEAM MEMBER AND BLOGGER, Dru Ann Love the write! 
If you would like to join the fun on my STREET TEAM, click the link and join! Don't forget to check the events page on my website! I have a ton of events where I'm only meeting READERS! 

WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT MEETING AUTHORS? (Leave a comment for a chance to win a print copy of STRUNG OUT TO DIE)


Holly Harper's life is finally getting back on the right track after her divorce from "what's his name." She and a group of divorcees have formed a strong bond plotting creative ways to get back at their exes and created a self-help group known as The Divorced Divas where their meetings are held in Holly's bead store, The Beaded Dragonfly.

It’s no secret that Holly’s ex husband, Sean Harper, and the wealthiest bachelor in Swanee, Doug Sloan, don’t get along because Sean is constantly fixing all of Doug’s shoddy handy man work. Plus all the Divas would love to get their claws in some of Doug’s money.

When Doug ends up dead on the floor of The Beaded Dragonfly with a string of cat eye beads around his neck, it’s up to Holly to figure out whose framing her.

TEN Full-length novels: Explosive suspense, powerful romance and loads of fun by 10 bestsellers!


  1. I love meeting authors because they give so much of themselves to bring pleasure and enjoyment to their readers. I started contacted authors to simply say thank you for the hours of enjoyment that they have given me and from there I have been in contact with and made friends with many wonderful people. Tonya you are amazing!

    1. I love that too, Jill! I met Anne Perry last week and I had a complete fan girl moment! It was crazy!!

  2. Congratulations Tonya! That is such a huge accomplishment! I only hope I can reach at least half the success you've achieved with my own books. Best wishes for your new novels!

    1. Thanks, Anne Marie! You will. Keep writing and don't let negative people around you.

  3. Tonya, I want to say "Thank You". You are such an inspiration to me. After meeting you and hearing your words of encouragement, I feel I can do anything. Meeting authors like you gives me the drive to accomplish any goal I set for myself. You deserve many more accolades for all your hard work. Congratulations many times over!

    1. Oh! Mary Anne, thank you so much! It was such an honor to meet you. I'm so glad you walked away inspired last week. I really do believe in everything I said. I meant every word.

  4. Congratulations, Tonya. Both on this specific accomplishment (double-header on the best-seller list) but on building such a successful publishing platform and reader-friendly enterprise.
    What I like about meeting authors -- particular people like YOU -- is to see first-hand the creative energy at work!
    As I've told you many times, it amazes me how you juggle all your responsibilities and still find time to write. All the while being so positive and friendly.

    1. Awe...Jeff!! You have been so kind over the years. Little did you know....I went to clown school and learned how to juggle lots of balls ;)

  5. I'm a writer, but I'm also a reader. I bought Stung out to Die and it's next on my TBR list. I have watched you soar and hope one day I too can find my way into the ring.

    1. Hi, Madison! You willllll soooooo be in that ring! Believe!!

  6. I enjoy meeting the authors I read and review. It puts a personal face to the books and the author behind them. I know for a fact that Rosemary Harris has a great sense of humor, is a fantastic speaker, and fun to go out for Italian food with.

    You feel closer to the author when you've spent time with them in the real world. I've enjoyed meeting a number of authors in the last 3 years.

    1. Nora, I love that! I love spending time with my favs too. I love getting to know a little piece about them. It makes me love their work even more.

  7. Congrats! You are an inspiration!! I Love all your books and look forward to your new books!


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