In 2015 I took my first dip into the indie publishing pool. And promptly fell into the deep end. But I had two very good teachers–Lisa Mondello and Margaret Daley. They invited me to join them and told me the idea they had. Scared but ready to learn, I said yes. We brainstormed in person and online until we had three novellas fleshed out. Then they took me step by step through how to write, format and publish an indie novella. I had a lot of help from the cover to the formatting (we hired someone for those) and I learned the basics about online buy links and pre-orders and boosting ads on Facebook. (And a whole lot of other little things that make it all work.)
My first impression was that indie publishing truly is a small business that requires a lot of work. But I had fun and we made a nice little profit. We wanted to do more. So this year, we invited others to join. That first series was Rodeo Knights and my title was One Knight in Vegas. I knew very little about rodeos but I’d done a couple of rodeo books where the heroes were retired or injured. I researched and asked questions and read books and even talked to a retired rodeo cowboy–a true Texas gentleman. (Terry Holland wrote his own book entitled “What A Ride.”) Exciting stuff. While these books are more secular in tone, mine is still sweet and PG 13 rated. Here are those first covers:
We had fun and I learned a lot about indie publishing and the rodeo life. So now we’re about to do it all again but this time we invited some friends and we’ll have ten books, all to be released at the same time. The authors include, Lisa, Margaret and me, Debra Clopton, Stephanie Rowe, Laura Marie Altom, Cathy McDavid, Marin Thomas, and Barbara McMahon, and Patricia McLinn. All talented writers.
The books are set all over the West so readers will get to travel to various ranches and rodeo circuits. But then, who doesn’t love a cowboy? Rodeo cowboys are tough. They have to stay on bulls and saddle broncs for eight seconds, which can seem like a lifetime. There is good and bad around a rodeo circuit but most of the people are good and love their animals and don’t abide cruelty. Rodeos are big money these days. Las Vegas just built a big new arena outside of the city to accommodate the PRCA Rodeo Finals each year in the fall.
To celebrate the June release of our upcoming books, we are offering the first three in at instafreebie.com:
Here is my cover:
My story involves a female rodeo ranch owner and a Texan who is a horse trainer and one ornery saddle bronc named Domino. It’s a light romantic suspense where the three brothers from the original Rodeo Knights series help solve rodeo issues and crimes through their newly developed Knight Agency Investigations.
So if you love rodeos and cowboys, here’s your chance to get three connected stories for FREE! And we hope you’ll look for our upcoming Rodeo Knights novellas, available on most online book outlets. By the way, they are going up for pre-order as I write this! Saddle up, ladies. The Knights are back in town.
Do you like rodeos? Do you enjoy rodeo stories? What are some of your favorites?
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