It’s the most wonderful time of the year …

Thanksgiving is over, and preparation for Christmas is now underway. At least that’s the way it works in my household. The tree is up, and the house is full of Santas and reindeer.

Eternal Embrace sits on the shelf waiting for its cover and editing. For now, my attention has turned to the other side of writing — marketing. A little bit of advertising, promos to be made and strategically placed on group pages. For the first time, my book is on sale, and I’m trying to get the word out to generate sales.

To tie in with my book sale, I’m starting a contest to give away Phoenix Rising Christmas ornaments that will run the first three Saturdays in December. And I’m also sending out Yule cards to any reader who sends me their address.

I also have an event in January, and I’m promoting it by making memes and posting them periodically. Another local author is sharing a table with me and together we’re spreading the word as much as we can with promos.

It’s organized chaos, and it’s taking a lot for me to keep things straight and running smoothly. I constantly go over things to make sure I’m on schedule and not leaving anything out.

Somewhere in the midst of all this, I grew concerned because I hadn’t actually written anything new. And my muse was ominously silent. Not a good sign, I was sure. Right when I began to worry, I got slammed with two story lines; one of them tying into my Kindred series. Not only was my muse alive and well, she was roaring with life and I found myself scrambling to get some notes down on paper so I wouldn’t forget anything. The notes were important because right now, I don’t have the luxury to write. Not only do I have all this bookish stuff going on, I’m dealing with work, family life, and Christmas. Things are hectic this time of year. It’s keeping me busy, and I’m not complaining. I’d rather be doing something productive.

So, while I’m hip deep in my world of books, gift wrap, and ornaments, I hope you’re enjoying the most wonderful time of the year. No matter how you celebrate it, the season seems to bring out the best in people, and I hope that’s true in your world too.

Till next week,

~ Madison

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