Jumping Genres!

To someone in my generation, this might sound like something Robin would say to Batman (“Jumping Genres, Batman, did you see that?”…or I could be the only one thinking that…hmmm….*crickets*). But to someone who reads or writes, you know what I mean. The question I have been asked most lately, besides when will Dandelions be released, is why have I jumped genres from Merciful Law’s Action/Suspense (or Romantic Suspense) to Dandelions’ Young Adult Paranormal genre?

Multiple choice answer:

a)      I read YA fiction and love it!

b)      I like a variety of reading, therefore I like variety in my writing.

c)      I have commitment issues.

d)     Dandelions was partially written, and I wanted to finish it.

e)      My teens and their friends hounded me to write something for them.

The answer is all of the above, but mostly (e). Once my teens and their friends knew I had a YA book in the works, they were relentless to have me finish it. Teens have more power than multi-level marketing. They tell a friend, who tells two friends and so on. Soon any teen that walked in my house asked about when Dandelions would be finished. It was inspiring!

What we haven’t released yet is the price point for Dandelions. It will be released only in e-format, which keeps costs down, and I wanted to make it available at a price that anyone and everyone could afford…including teens and their friends. So…we’ve priced Dandelions at 99 cents. Yup, 99 cents.

You can download Dandelions Thursday fromwww.DarbyRae.com ONLY and from every other ebook format in two weeks! Read it, talk about it, tweet about it, post it on your Facebook page, send an Instagram of it. Help me spread the word so I can continue to offer this series at 99 cents. We are already well into Fireweed, the next thrilling book of this series.

To everyone who is already helping get the word out, thank you a million-trillion. I am truly grateful!

Dandelions Testimonials

Darby Rae effortlessly pulls you into the world of paranormal shifters and the young love story of Tess and Luke. The well developed characters, and the mix of love, mystery and excitement keeps you turning the pages. I read it in one sitting wanting more. I can’t wait to read the next in the series! –Lynn Zettler, Author of STOP Talking to Me

Dandelions will have you from the first paragraph; everyday characters that you identify with and love right away; a love story / adventure saga in the Young Adult Paranormal genre that appeals to teens and to their parents equally. A page-burner very similar to the I am Number Four series. You will absolutely love this story!
Bruce Seidman, Co-author Sandler Success Principles

Vivid and brilliant storytelling. This book has a lot of heart with all the excitement and twists I expect from Darby Rae. – She Who Blogs Behind the Rows

Finally. A young heroine who is neither flighty nor melodramatic. Tess is strong, real, vulnerable, capable, smart and compassionate. She respects herself, loves her family and knows her voice. A welcome relief in an age of reality show prima donnas, surly teen stars and pop divas. ~ Lisa Whitman, writer, video producer and mother of three energetic boys and two spirited girls.

Dandelions is a fun and engaging read. Rae draws you in from beginning to end. Instantly, you will find yourself wanting to learn more about each character as the complexity of the story develops. This book will keep you guessing what is next and leave you wanting more. – Arin Ralstin, co-author of 3 Steps To Your Best Body in Record Time

Dandelions

Tessa Morgan yearned to be an average teenage girl. She had a protective mother who loved her, a stepdad who annoyed her and two spirited younger brothers who entertained her and started a bit of trouble. She didn’t have friends, a social life or a boyfriend.

The summer of her 16th birthday, all of that changed. When her feet hit the sand of Clowder Beach, she believed she finally had the chance to be normal. Suddenly, she had friends and maybe even a boyfriend.

Luke Decker had lived in Kilkenny his whole life. He’d experienced great loss, had no family except for his best friend Chase and his grandmother who had taken him in as their own, and had an overwhelming responsibility no teenager should ever carry. Luke was no ordinary teen and when he met Tessa, he knew she wasn’t either. She had no idea how different she really was and he would have to reveal the truth to her.

She wanted friends. She wanted adventure. She wanted excitement. What she discovered was a family secret that changed her destiny and threatened her life.

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The Key to Succeeding is Lying

The average person lies over 100 times a day. When I heard that statistic, I was horrified! Maybe the research was done on convicts, or toddlers…but certainly not the average citizen, right? Wrong. Fortunately or unfortunately for society, it is also true the average person lies more to themselves than to others.

One morning I decided to keep track of my lies. By 8:15 I was up to 9 lies. Here were some of them:

  • I can sleep 20 more minutes and still be on time. (I told myself that lie twice)
  • I have nothing to wear today. (Big lie)
  • Coffee is all my body needs for breakfast. (Conflicts with lie #5)
  • I can’t keep up with all my email. (Closest thing to the truth I’ve told so far)
  • I’m going to eat healthy today. (Ended up being a lie)
  • I don’t have the time or energy to workout. (Only true because of lie #1, #3)

Doing some quick math, if I was going to be awake for another 14 hours, I was likely an above average liar. Not necessarily bad, but in my early morning lying spree, most of my thoughts were negative. This was not a surprise since typically, 78% of our thoughts are negative; not good either. Is this where the cliché, we are our own worst enemy, comes from?

I could just as easily have started off the day with a positive stream of lies. Keeping in mind, a lie is something that isn’t true…yet.

  • I have plenty of time and energy to do everything I need and want to do today.
  • It’s going to be a fabulous day.
  • Money comes easily and frequently to me.
  • I am a calm and peaceful person.
  • When I travel, everything goes smoothly.
  • I am a tri athlete in training.
  • I am a bestselling author.

Seth Godin, in his recent blog, Conflicted,  tells about the conflict between I and me. John Rosso, in his recent keynote address at Sandler Training’s Client Summit in Orlando, Florida spoke about the Battle of Beliefs between a buyer (prospect) and a seller (salesperson). Rhonda Byrne, in The Secret, teaches about The Law of Attraction and the power of affirmations. In all instances the experts point out the power of positive self talk, or affirmations. Therefore, the challenge with these internal conversations or statements is not whether they are true or false (a lie); it is whether they are positive or negative.

If you are going to lie to yourself, you might as well make them work for you. Tell yourself you are the best in the world at what you do. Tell yourself success comes easy. Tell yourself you are beautiful inside and out. Some days you’ll feel like it’s true, other days it feels like a lie. Nevertheless, make a commitment to start each day with a good breakfast and ten big lies…then watch your dreams become reality.

All I Want for Christmas…is a Book Trailer

The more I see book trailers, the more I want one!  So when my youngest son asked what I wanted for Christmas, the answer was simple…a book trailer!  I’ve spent countless hours on the internet this month viewing videos.  Here are three sites I’ve visited: BookScreening.com, AuthorIsland.com, and Book-Trailers.net.  At the risk of stating the obvious, the very best book trailers are ones that have already been made into movies such as Tell No One by Harlen Coben or The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson.

However, if you search the internet for book trailers of popular Young Adult novels, you’ll find pages of amateur videos.  The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is a perfect example.  I stopped on page 50 of my Google search.  Yes, more than 50 pages of video…and most of them created by teens.  Some of these amateur trailers are on par or better than ones I’ve seen by fellow authors in the links above and some of these teen trailers have over 500,000 views!  (Compared to 176 views for my 22 seconds of television fame on YouTube.)

Now, these teens have a few advantages over my fellow authors and me.  First, they aren’t in fear of prosecution of copyright infringements (when they pirate footage from other movies or music) for their Freshman English Project.  Second, the majority of them are exponentially more technically savvy than my generation.  (Wow, that phrase makes me sound old!)  And third, they aren’t worried if their acting comes across a bit…ah, schmaltzy.

Schmaltzy acting or not, I’d be thrilled to have even one Google page of amateur trailers for my novel!  (Hint, hint)  Unfortunately Merciful Law is not in the YA genre and so far, a video/trailer hasn’t been any teen’s English project.  And although there are still a few days until Christmas, I’m doubtful Santa’s elves or my teens are producing a book trailer for my stocking.

Even without a book trailer, Christmas will be bursting full of many blessings.  I wish each and every one of you a Merry Christmas and a very Happy Hanukkah.  May your lives be very blessed as well.

 

Winners of the Book Blog Tour Contest Announced!!

Congratulations to…(drumroll, please)…

Jamie Long – winner of the 8GB iPod Nano

Kristie Cobb – winner of the autographed copies of Merciful Law and Killer Coordinates

Amy Brenton – winner of the autographed copy of Merciful Law

Thank you to all who participated! And thank you for supporting Darby Rae and Merciful Law!

More details on another great contest coming soon!!! Check back for details!

Book Blog Tour Contest

Over the last month and a half we have had several book bloggers review Merciful Law! We’ve had successful reviews and it’s our turn to show our appreciation…

Order a copy of Merciful Law – doesn’t matter which type – off darbyrae.com between now and December 15th and you’ll be entered to win an 8GB iPod Nano!!

Runner-up will receive an autographed hardcover copy of Merciful Law and an autographed copy of Killer Coordinates when it comes out in the Spring.

Second runner-up will receive an autographed hardcover copy of Merciful Law!

Good luck and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!

*Must be 18 years or older to enter. No purchase is necessary. Submit your name, telephone, email address, mailing address and where you heard about the contest from to amanda@darbyrae.com. All entries must be received by midnight, EST on December 15th. All orders and prizes will be shipped December 16th to allow time for arrival prior to Christmas. Winner will be announced online December 16th and notified via email. Please direct all questions to amanda@darbyrae.com.

Thanks for the bird!

About ten years ago I read the book, You Can’t Teach a Kid to Ride a Bike at a Seminar, by David H. Sandler.  In the first 15 chapters, the author is teaching the reader his seven step selling system.  Chapter 16, ‘Getting the Angle in Success,’ is where he talks about a concept called the Birdcage Challenge.  In this chapter, he challenges the reader to buy a birdcage, put it in their kitchen, and see how much time passes before someone buys them a bird.

The birdcage is a metaphor for our goals.  Setting it in the kitchen symbolizes telling others our goals.  Someone buying us a bird reflects our friends and family wanting to help us achieve our goals.  This story encourages us to speak our goals to our network of family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues.  It is my experience that while there are always people who can’t wait to tell you something is unachievable; there are many others standing in line to help you get there.  (If you find the opposite is true—you may be hanging around the wrong people!)

Over a year ago, I metaphorically brought my birdcage into the kitchen.  I discovered I had a burning desire to finish writing a fiction novel I had started, and wanted to have it published.  If this goal had surfaced years ago, I wouldn’t have told anyone.  Frankly, I used to be afraid if I failed, and all these people knew about it, I would look like a loser!  I shed this belief when my very wise mentor once told me (or maybe he told me repeatedly until it sunk in), “If you never fail, you aren’t trying hard enough!”  He pushed me often to stretch out of the safety of my comfort zone.

When I realized how committed I was to being a published author, I shared this goal with my family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues.  Over the past year, the outpouring of support from my personal network of ‘bird buyers’ has been tremendous!  Initially this was in the form of accountability.  I hardly had a conversation with family or friends without the question surfacing, “have you finished the book yet?”  The most relentless to keeping me accountable to finishing my novel were my kids and their teenage friends.  You want to be accountable to a goal…tell your kids and their friends!  What parent wants to face their children and their children’s friends admitting they gave up…decided not to finish/pursue their goal.  Not this parent.

An empty birdcage is a powerful thing! So during this wonderful Thanksgiving season, I would like to thank, from the bottom of my heart, all of those who saw my empty birdcage…and helped me fill it!  To my family, fans – who I call friends, friends of my children, friends of friends, and friends-of-friends-of-friends, ad infinitum…thanks for the bird!  Now go get your own birdcage.

THIS week only, you will be able to download Merciful Law (from my website, www.darbyrae.com) for only $.99!! That’s right – from Sunday, November 20th through Sunday, November 27th you can download any electronic version of Merciful Law for only $.99 using the special promotional code TURKEY99. Thank you to all of my fans! Happy Reading! & Happy Thanksgiving!!  -Darby Rae

New Review by Danica Page

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. Loved this novel.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I loved loved loved this novel. I was hooked from the very first page to the very last page. After reading the first chapter, I knew I had to immediately read this book and preferably in one sitting if possible. And that’s exactly what I did.

Darby Rae is a masterful storyteller. She wove a beautiful, compelling novel that combined romance, suspense, faith, grief, and enough wit to keep anybody’s attention.

I loved the characters. I love it when characters are witty and have scarcasm, this novel had all of that and more. I found myself laughing out loud in the most inconvienent places and at the most inconvienent times.

 

Deborah Davenport, alias Annie Logan, was the narrator for most of the novel. She was a character that I could relate to and fell in love with from the very beginning. From the very first page Lawrence intrigued me. And from the moment I saw Emmet interact with his best friends Chase and Mitch I was captivated. They are the type of friends that everybody should have. Darby Rae assembled an all-star cast in this masterfully composed novel.

Honestly, this book is pretty long page-wise. 455 pages long, but it didn’t feel like a long read. I flew through this novel because I had to know what was going to happen next. Every time I turned the page, I couldn’t wait until I could turn the next one, and so on and so on.  Until finally I turned the last page and just sat there with a content smile for ten minutes.

I loved this book and definitely recommend buying and reading it. I will admit that I love romantic suspense and this novel is one of the best romantic suspense novels I’ve read in awhile.

It was funny, cute, adorable, romantic, suspesneful, and touched upon some of the harsher aspects of life in a way that blended into a beautifully written novel. Darby Rae is an author that I will definitely be keeping my eye on.

 

In Summary: A novel that I’d recommend buying. I love love loved it. This is another book that I will be keeping and proudly placing on my shelf.

 

Warnings/Side-notes: Some sexual references, slight drinking, and minimal violence. I wasn’t offended by this book. I was too busy laughing hysterically to be anything but amused.

 

The Wrap-up: A great novel that I loved. Darby Rae’s style is compelling, emotional, hilarious, and entertaining. A name I’m going to keep my eye on.

 

Additional Information/Side-note: If you want to buy this novel, please check out this link. You won’t regret it, trust me. Darby Rae will also be back in the near future for a guest post here on the blog. So be sure to check it out.

 

Also, thanks Darby for allowing me to review your book and for agreeing to do the guest post. I loved your book.

 

Happy reading!
Love,
Danica Page

 

 

 

Dr. Seuss Didn’t Write it…I Did.

I would not, could not write my blog.
I could not, would not take a jog.
I can not make another call.
Or take a trip out to the mall.

I will not clean my dirty house.
I will not wash yet one more blouse.
I will not send another tweet.
I will not format my spreadsheet.
I will not buy another book.
Not in the store, not on my Nook.
I have to write 3,000 words.
This other stuff is for the birds!

Is there always something getting in the way of your writing?  I spend 50+ hours a week in the world of “Talent Management” consulting (yes, much more interesting than it may sound) and running a household for a family of five (me plus 4 teens).  There is always something!

Years ago when I was in direct sales, I used to journal affirmation statements.  These statements are written in the present like, “I call on prospects who want to talk to me; I want your business, but I don’t need it; I have plenty of hours in the day to do everything I have to; I am in perfect health,” and so on.  As with many things, it worked…and I stopped doing it.

Journaling “I” statements is one of the best ways to reprogram your brain toward positive thinking.  I can’t count how many times this month I’ve said, “I’m having difficulty with…I’m struggling in…I can’t seem to…”  All those negative thoughts are slowing me down, so I am journaling again.

There are many ways to journal, but I keep it simple by writing affirmations.  The key is to write in the present (I am, I have) and without negative words (I am in perfect health, NOT I don’t overeat.  I have plenty of money, NOT I am not in debt.)  Every morning I rewrite the 5 negative statements that have been slowing me down into positive affirming ones, like these:

-I finished writing ‘Killer Coordinates.’
-I am a bestselling author.
-I have perfect health.
-I have plenty of time to do everything I need and want to do!
-I reach the goals I set for myself.
-Life is easy and fun.
-I have four teenagers who clean their rooms and do their homework without my prompting.  (OK…I don’t write that.  These are affirmations, not insanity statements.)

Internationally-known speaker, author, advisor and dear friend, Boaz Rauchwerger (http://boazpower.com/), once told me, “Darby, stop putting roadblocks in your own way!”  He was right then…and he’s still right.  Take a look at Boaz sharing his wisdom,  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzorXvYeBfA, including powerful attitude advice like, “If it’s not what I want I won’t say it!”  Then leave me a comment with your Attitude Statements.  Have a powerful week.