Saturday, February 9, 2013

All About Firsts


Well to start, this is my first blog hop.  I'm excited to see what it's all about, and I hope it's fun for all of you as well.

But my really big first is that my book is published.

I'm not a newbie writer, I've been writing for years, getting better, winning contests...but I never had the right book in the right niche that needed to be filled at any of the publishing houses I contacted over the years. I received very nice letters....of thanks, "but we don't have a spot for you, or we have too many of this type of story." 

But I believed in me.

When it became clear to me that digital publishing was the wave of the future, I wanted to get on top of the wave and ride it all the way in, then get back up and do it all over again.

And here I am. 

First book out, filled with love, adventure, mystery, in the mountains of Colorado and the beaches of Hawaii. 

And did I mention love?

How perfect is this first book for Valentines Day or any day you need to curl up and fall in love all over again.  Just the way Cate and Jason did.

Dare To Believe....

I did.

 Please Visit Me  I'd love to hear from you.  I always have lots going on at this blog, so sign up to a follower and I'll give away a book at the end of the hop to one of you who has!

Dare To Believe Available at:


  1. Uhm. That would be today. This is my first blog hop as a particpating blogger and a visitor. I was never able to make time before. Hopping is a lot easier than I imagined.

  2. Nice submission. I think you did a great job first time out!

  3. Congratulations on your first published novel! And thank you for participating in your first hop :)

    dreammie_angel at yahoo dot com

  4. Congratulations! It think persistence is underrated as a virtue. Love the cover. M. S.

  5. Thanks Kittyb78
    Got to take the tour and see what it's all about. Can't wait to see yours!

  6. Rue Allyn,
    I think MFRW makes it easy. This is a different one than I've usually seen and I like it, a lot. Thanks for visiting.

  7. Thanks Anon. It was fun, glad you liked it. Thanks for being here.

  8. Thanks Celina K.
    Dare to Believe means more than just the title. It means I dared to believe I could do this :) And I did.

    Thanks for showing up, I appreciate it.

  9. Hi M.S.
    Thanks for the kudos on the cover, 2nd try on it. You can go back in the archives and see two posts on cover art, one from an marketing expert's take and then my new trials.

    Again, that dang persistence...or stubborness.

    Thanks for dropping by!

  10. Bravo, L.A., that you "Dared To Believe" in yourself enough to reach publication. Congratulations!!

  11. Just wanted to stop by and say great job everyone. You all have done MFRW so proud!

  12. Thanks Christine.
    This is but the first! However, Dare To Believe will always be my first "child".

    Thanks for dropping by.

  13. Hi Karen,
    Glad you dropped by. Isn't it the coolest way to do a blog hop? I'm really impressed.

    Off to read the others.


  14. Nice post! It's great to visit other MFRW members.

  15. Thanks Jenna,
    Nice that you stopped by!

  16. Hey Jenna,
    Thanks for signing up to follow, you're in the drawing for the book!

  17. What a wonderful way to get the word out about your books! Of course I'm following you, Leslie! I'm excited over all your adventures : )

    Many, many, many congrats on Dare To Believe -- FIRST of many books to come!!!

  18. Audra,
    How wonderful to see you here! Yes, FIRST of many to come. The ribbon hop is pretty darn cool, don't you think? One stop browsing.

    Hugs buddy o' mine.

  19. Fabulous post for your first blog hop, Leslie Ann. I loved Dare to Believe and I can't wait for your next.

  20. Nice job on the trailer. I want to try making those one day. Congrats on your new release.

  21. Hi Lisa,
    Thanks for visiting. Stone of Heaven coming soon! And I'm really enjoying Sweet Glory, great story!!

  22. Hi Lyric,
    Thanks for the kind words. I'm a screenwriter as well and you can't believe how much trouble I had finding the images and the exposition to go with a minute + trailer. But it was fun.

    Good luck on yours and if I can help, let me know.

  23. Nice trailer.


  24. Thanks bn100!

    I'm going to do a post on trailers with Vicky Koch w/a Sophia Knightly some time soon, check back!

  25. This is my first blog hop, too. I enjoy meeting all the authors on "the ribbon."

  26. Congrats!! Thats awesome! Best wishes and many blessings to you! Thanks for sharing! And thanks for the awesome hop and giveaway!

  27. I know, I know, I'm a day late ..but didn't want to miss the chance to drop by. Congratulations on the book and best wishes for its success.