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Click Date Repeat Earns Awesome Indies Approval

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I’m pleased to announce that Click Date Repeat has been awarded a place on the Awesome Indies list of quality independent fiction. Hooray!


A little about Awesome Indies and what it means to be Awesome Indies Approved.

  • “The Awesome Indies showcases great stories that are well written and engaging. Our books step outside genre boundaries to offer you something different. We are the unique voices of independent fiction.” Tahlia Newland, founder.

Criteria for Approval:

  • The book is correctly formatted for fiction;
  • The cover looks professional;
  • The plot is well structured, well paced, conceptually sound and engaging;
  • The characters are well developed and their dialogue and interactions with others are believable;
  • The book is not overwritten or unnecessarily wordy; for instance; no obvious dumps of information, unnecessary repetition or irrelevant scenes;
  • Changes in point of view are clear;
  • The prose is well written and engaging. Where appropriate for the genre, voice and intention, the story is shown rather than told and the writing active rather than passive;
  • The book has been line edited, copy edited and proofread, and the grammar, spelling and punctuation usage is consistent throughout.
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Click Date Repeat Discounted for a Limited Time!

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If you haven’t read Click Date Repeat yet, click here to get the Kindle version for just $0.99!


Most Recent 5 Star Review from Books, Chocolate and Wine!

In her twenties, Chloe has everything sorted in her life, family, friends, career, her own home, everything that is except her love life, on the recommendation from a co-worker Chloe decides to give online dating a try.

From the first hilarious and disastrous date, I thought that this was going to be a light hearted humorous look at online dating, but what you get is so much more. This felt more of an insight into someone’s life. Yes there were funny and disastrous dates, but I was also taken on the emotional roller coaster that coincides with dating.

Chloe’s biggest problem was listening to her mother and two closest friends conflicting advice, often caring more about their opinions than her own. The book also raises so many issues, such as the stigma of online dating, how being perfect on paper does not always translate in reality, how we are all to some extent shallow and are concerned with looks.

I can’t help but feel that most of the main characters were based on real people because of the way they are conveyed, they are not perfect, they all have their flaws and yet the group blends together to create something very real and easy to relate to.

I was not ready for this book to end, and immediately looked to see if there was a follow up, I wanted to know more of the characters and what became of them. This book was both well written and well edited, if there were any editing flaws I was too caught up in the story to notice them. This book deserves a very easy 5 stars.

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Click Date Repeat Awarded Indie B.R.A.G. Medallion

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I’m pleased to announce that Click Date Repeat has been awarded an Indie B.R.A.G. Medallion.

Yippee!


A little about indieBRAG, LLC and the B.R.A.G. Medallion:

  • “Our mission is to discover new and talented self-published authors and help them give their work the attention and recognition it deserves.”
  • “All ebooks brought to the attention of indieBRAG, LLC are subjected to a rigorous selection process. This entails an initial screening to ensure that the author’s work meets certain minimum standards of quality and content. This initial screening may involve a review of sample chapters available on Amazon.com (or other on-line booksellers), or portions of the nominated ebook. IndieBRAG, LLC reserves the right to reject an ebook during this initial screening assessment for any reason in indieBRAG, LLC’s sole discretion. If it passes this preliminary assessment, it is then read by members drawn from our global reader group. They judge the merits of the book based on a comprehensive list of criteria, including: plot, characters, dialogue, writing style, copy editing and cover/interior layout.”
  • “On average, 50% of the books submitted to us fail to pass the initial screen and another 40% are subsequently rejected by our readers. Thus, only 10% of the books we consider are awarded our B.R.A.G. Medallion and are presented on our website.”
Click Date Repeat

Click.Date.Repeat. by K.J. Farnham

Thank you to Readers+Writers Journal for the lovely review of Click Date Repeat!

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A Delightful Look at Online Romance, Circa 2003

click date artBased on the author’s real-life experiences with online dating (through which she met her husband) Click. Date. Repeat. is a look at internet dating in its early days – 2003. The novel opens with the text of Chloe’s online profile and moves swiftly from there. It follows Chloe, a teacher in her mid-twenties living in the Midwest, who is certain that she can use a system to find the right man efficiently. With all of the men available on the internet, how can she possibly fail? Inevitably, she fails. Men do not live up to her expectations, she doesn’t live up to theirs and some dates who seemed perfect online turn out to be hilariously less than perfect in person.  Meanwhile, there is an ex-boyfriend who is making himself available and, as the story progresses and Chloe’s dating experiences go from bad to…

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Author Events

4 Paws for Piper Book Auction

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Please participate in this book auction! All funds will be donated to 4 Paws for Ability, a non profit organization that trains service dogs for individuals with disabilities. This organization will provide Piper, who battles Autism and Epilepsy, with a multipurpose service dogPiper’s service dog will be trained in behaviors disruption, tethering, tracking, search & rescue and seizure alert work.

Over 140 authors have already donated books. I am donating two paperback copies of Click Date Repeat and two advanced reader copies of Don’t Call Me Kit Kat.

Visit the event page to sign up as an author, to RSVP or to make a monetary donation.

You can also click here to become a member of the 4 Paws for Piper Community on Facebook.

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Bookbzz.com Prize Writer Competition

imageI’m happy to announce that Click Date Repeat has been chosen as a finalist in the Romantic Fiction Category of Bookbzz.com’s Prize Writer Competition.

Finalists were chosen by a panel of independent reviewers, and winners will be chosen by public vote.

To view a list of romantic fiction finalists or to vote for Click Date Repeat, please visit the voting page no later than February 28. Winners will be announced on World Book Day (March 5).

Thank you for your votes!

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Personal Tidbits, Self Publishing

My Goals for 2015

My one and only goal in 2014 was to finish Click Date Repeat. Now that that’s done—phew!—it’s time to really get to work. This year, my aspirations are much higher. I honestly don’t know how many of these goals I can accomplish, but the first step to meeting any goal is committing to it, right?? Plus, I’m the kind of person who likes to cross things off of lists, so I’m hopeful that putting my goals for 2015 in writing will keep me on task.

Goal #1 – Finish and Publish Don’t Call Me Kit Kat

I started this book in June of 2014 while Sarah Hansen of Okay Creations was designing the cover for Click Date Repeat. (One of the many things I learned about self-publishing: A cover designer must be booked anywhere from several weeks to months before you wish to publish.) However, I realized within weeks that three kids during summer vacation = zero productivity. So when I say I “started” this book, what that really means is I began planning it in my head. By the time September rolled around, I was able to draft an outline. The first third has been through a developmental edit, and I am now two-thirds of the way done. Now that the holidays are over and things are slowly returning to “normal” around my house, I expect to send the entire manuscript off for another round of developmental editing by the end of January.

Goal #2 – Stop Obsessing Over Click Date Repeat

The day after Click Date Repeat went live on Amazon, I did what most self-published authors probably do. I checked first thing in the morning to see if any copies had sold. Then I checked again a couple of hours later. Then again. And again. What’s worse is that I have continued to check at least once a day, every day. There have been times when I was ecstatic at the sight of blue and/or red lines indicating sales/borrows and others when I was devastated to see nothing. This obsession has to stop! So here’s my goal: I will only check sales once a week, on Mondays. Probably still a bit obsessive, but hey, it’s an improvement.

*The only exception is if I am running an ad or promotion and I need to check for effectiveness.

Goal #3 – Finish the First Draft of Click Date Repeat 2

This is another book that I have started writing in my head. I can’t help it. Sometimes when I am working on Don’t Call Me Kit Kat, an idea for CDR2 pops into my head. While this can be quite distracting, these brain lapses tell me that I have no choice but to write the sequel. My goal is to outline the story as soon as Don’t Call Me Kit Kat goes on sale. However, I promised my husband that I would take a break from novel writing, so I won’t begin drafting until August or September.

Goal #4 – Stick to a Blog Schedule

This post indicates the beginning of my new blog schedule. I will post on Wednesdays and every other Sunday. Wednesday posts will be either professional or personal, and Sunday posts will be book reviews. I may occasionally sneak in reviews on non-scheduled Sundays as well.

Goal #5 – Remember What’s Really Important

In my house, Friday nights are family movie nights. Each week, a different family member is supposed to choose the movie; however, I have been skipping my turn for months ever since I got into the habit of writing during the movies. Terrible, I know. Anyway, the Friday after Christmas we sat down to watch Disney’s Maleficent. It was so good that I didn’t type one word while it was on. My son noticed and said, “Holy cow! Mom actually watched the movie this time!” His excitement made me sad because it hit me that simply being in the same room with my family isn’t the same as paying attention to what’s going on around me, even if it is just a movie. So here’s my goal: I will watch the family movie every Friday night, and I will not touch my computer.

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Have you set goals for 2015? Are any of your goals similar to mine?

Book Promotion, Click Date Repeat

Win a Paperback Copy of Click Date Repeat!

Hi all! I’m kicking off the New Year with a giveaway. One paperback copy of Click Date Repeat is up for grabs!

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To enter, you can either like the giveaway post on the Click Date Repeat Facebook page OR follow my blog. (I rarely post promotional stuff–mostly book reviews and personal tidbits.) If you do both, that counts as two entries!

If you are already a follower of this blog (Thank you!😄) and would like to enter, then you can either like this post or let me know by commenting.

The winner will be chosen by a random draw on Monday, January 12 and will be contacted privately for shipping information.

Good luck to all entrants!

Personal Tidbits

Happy 2015!

To ring in the New Year, my family started a new tradition. All of us (except for the 2-year-old, of course) shared a favorite memory from 2014 about each family member. To my surprise, my husband and 9-year-old son both said their favorite memory about me was when I published my first novel.

Here are my son’s exact words:

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My favorite memory of mom was when she achieved her goal to finish Click Date Repeat.

Talk about warm fuzzies.😊 Something else I felt was pride, not because I finished the book, though. I felt pride because I realized that I have accomplished something much more important than publishing a book; I have shown my son that goals can be achieved through hard work and determination.

I wish you good health, happiness and the diligence to achieve your goals in 2015.

Book Promotion

Click Date Repeat Book Blitz

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If you are a book blogger, please sign up to host the upcoming Click Date Repeat book blitz!

Visit lolasblogtours.net for details.

Or, simply fill out a registration form.

If you are a reader, be sure to sign up for a chance to win an Amazon gift card during the blitz! View the tour schedule for a list of hosts, then visit a hosting blog to register.

 

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