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Sparkly Badgers Easter Egg Hunt

March 29, 2018

Join in the Sparkly Badgers Easter Egg Hunt! Sparkly Badgers is an author group (we are awesome!) who, in addition to sharing tips on Facebook, also have a weekly Twitter hour every Monday.

Move from blog to blog by finding all the eggs, and you will be entered into the draw to win the grand prize of chocolate eggs and ebooks from all the indie authors involved! Everyone who enters will win an ebook of their choice from one of the authors involved. This is an absolute win-win!

The link to begin the hunt goes live on March 30 on the Facebook event page here.

My egg is hidden somewhere on this blog. When you find it, click on it to visit the next author blog to find the next egg. Good luck hunting and Happy Easter!

And be sure to follow the authors on Twitter so you can find out about new releases, giveaway, and other stuff!

As always, thank you for your support!



99 cent ebook sale! Miscalculated Risks and Acceptable Misconduct

-January 17, 2018


For the rest of January, the ebook versions of Miscalculated Risks and Acceptable Misconduct are on sale for 99 cents!

Here are the links:

Miscalculated Risks: (Amazon Kindle) (Nookpress)

Acceptable Misconduct (Amazon Kindle) (Nookpress)


Indie book stores, an author interview, and do you happen to know a Scorpio child?


-January 16, 2018 (Yes, I almost typed 2017. I’m still in denial ;))

I’ve been crazy busy working on finishing up the novel Thunderstruck for publication and engaging in other promotion and writing endeavors.

New Indie book store near Marietta, GA is carrying my books!

If you’re near the Acworth, Georgia area, about 15 miles outside of Marietta, Stacey Olson’s indie book store The Crazy Book Lady (fantastic name!) is now carrying my books. This store also carries artwork and other goodies.

Since I’m mentioning indie bookstores, please check out this great post by bestselling author Kristin Lamb on why indie book stores are thriving, and why the publishing landscape is changing.

Readers Review Room

I’ve listed the first two novels in the Law School Heretic series with Readers Review Room. If you’re a self-published author, please check them out. They are a (very) low-cost service that will share your books with their readers for free and honest reviews. Many thanks to Jena C. Henry for her insightful review of Miscalculated Risks!

Author Interview!

Author Katie O’Rourke was kind enough to interview me, which was published yesterday! Here it is.

On the subject of Scorpio children…

And lastly, in a few months I’ll be publishing what I’ll characterize as a parenting handbook that is not without humor. If you have a Scorpio child, please let me know because, for a limited time, I’ll be giving away free ebook and/or print copies of this book to parents of Scorpio children. That is how anxious I am for you to read this book!

And lastly (for real this time), I miss blogging about constitutional law issues, so expect a couple of “those types of posts” in the next week or two 😉

As always, thank you for your support!

Interview with Maria Riegger

Today's Author

Maria-13Maria Riegger is a lawyer and political junkie who lives in the DC area and has found a creative outlet by writing novels. She writes contemporary romance set in a political environment. Maria was nice enough to talk to me about her writing process and journey to publication.

When did you start calling yourself a writer? When did you decide you wanted to be published?

I’ve been writing since I was about twelve years old. I started calling myself a writer when I began working on my first novel. When I came up with the storyline for that novel (around 2012), I decided I wanted to publish it.

How did you determine that self-publishing was right for you? 

I knew immediately that I would self-publish. I prefer to retain 100% creative control, and I did not have the patience to shop my work around to publishers. I know several successful…

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Author Update: Thunderstruck, writing endeavors, and a cover reveal!

November 22, 2017 –

Deeply saddened by AC/DC’s Malcolm Young’s death this week, I continued finishing the first draft of Thunderstruck, a contemporary romance/political novel. And yes, the title is taken from AC/DC’s rock anthem, one of my all-time favorites.

I’ll start rewrites on Thunderstruck ASAP, and hope to get it published in early 2018.

This month I also entered the Writer’s Digest Short Story Contest. Results won’t be announced until February. At that time, I’ll share my short story 🙂

I’m also excited to announce that Miscalculated Risks was selected to be included in Indie Book Connect‘s subscription box in October 2018! That’s a fantastic promotion opportunity 🙂 If you are interested in joining Indie Book Connect’s subscription service, where you receive indie books on a monthly basis, click here.

I’ve started hosting spotlights of fellow authors, as part of BooksGoSocial’s cross-promotional activities. If you’re an author, I strongly encourage you to join the BooksGoSocial Facebook group, where you will find tons of great author resources.

And lastly (for now), I’m taking a quick break from fiction to work on a special project. If you have a Scorpio child who is dear to you, and have ever wondered what makes them tick, and how to connect with them and create a positive relationship, then this book may be of interest:

That’s all for now! As always, thank you for your support,



My eBooks are Free for the Rest of July!

July 14, 2017 – Alexandria, VA

Happy Bastille Day! Oh, and my eBooks are free on Kindle and Nook for the rest of July! If you read one or both, I would very much appreciate honest reviews on Amazon and Goodreads.

Here you go:

For Kindle:

Miscalculated Risks

Acceptable Misconduct

For Nook:

Miscalculated Risks

Acceptable Misconduct

As always, thank you for your support 🙂


Putting Yourself Out There: Social Media Tools for Authors


July 7, 2017 – Alexandria, VA

New independent authors are frequently overwhelmed by all the options for marketing their books. I certainly was, and still am. Here’s a list of the big-ticket items, i.e. the social media that I consider worthwhile for promotion purposes. This list is by no means all-inclusive.

Here’s one big caveat: to promote yourself as a new author, it’s not enough merely to set up these sites. You should connect and interact with other readers and authors. Once you set up your social media accounts, spend a few minutes a day checking the accounts and interacting with people. Likes, shares, and retweets go a long way. Remember, it’s not about pushing your books on people. It’s about building relationships. The results build on each other and, in time, you will see increased downloads, reviews, and sales. It’s a marathon, not a sprint.

You should have:

Facebook Author page – This should be separate from your personal Facebook page. On Facebook you can connect with other authors, and with groups such as BooksGoSocial , where you can find a ton of free writing/promotion resources.

Follow/make yourself known to other authors. First, authors are readers too! Second, getting to know other authors often leads to cross-promotional work, and that’s a great way to get your name out there.

Twitter account – Maintaining a Twitter account and tweeting at least once a day helps you connect with other authors and readers. You can also discover e-book subscription services, e.g. E-reader news, sweetfreebooks, etc., which can help you reach more readers.

Tweet about sales, book releases, and other promotional activities. I love Twitter’s list function, where I can organize followers into authors, publishers, ebook service providers, etc. Many authors cross-promote via Twitter by retweeting your promotional tweets. This is free advertising!

Goodreads Author page – Once you set up a Goodreads reader account, you can set up an author account. Being on Goodreads is a must for authors. While having an author page on Facebook is worthwhile, Goodreads is a specific platform/ community for READERS. Not everyone on Facebook reads, but everyone on Goodreads does, and most publish reviews regularly.

On Goodreads you can join groups of all sizes, and there is a topic for everyone. Do you like sci-fi, chick lit, or horror? There’s a group for that. I recommend participating in smaller to medium-size groups, so your participation is noticed and you don’t get lost in the shuffle (smaller groups are also less overwhelming).

Participate as a reader first. Be involved in group reads. Sign up to lead a group read if you have time. Some groups do group reads for books written by group members. Make sure you follow the group rules on this!

Don’t be pushy or insincere. Each Goodreads group has its own rules about authors marketing their books, so read the group rules and follow them! Most of all, get to know people, interact, comment, and be helpful where you can. I’ve met tons of really cool people on Goodreads. Remember, it’s about building relationships.

Your Goodreads activity is posted on your feed, so your friends and followers see what you’re reading, your new blog posts, etc. Again, free advertising!

The Goodreads giveaway is a great marketing tool. You announce a giveaway for a print book (not ebook). My advice is to do more than one giveaway for each book. When readers put your book on their To-read lists, and you subsequently announce a giveaway for that book, those that have added your book automatically get a notice about the giveaway. Again, it’s free advertising!

Your Blog – First, make sure your blog is linked to your social media accounts, so that when you publish a blog post, it is automatically posted on your Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Goodreads accounts. Second, make your blog about more than just your books. Post helpful articles, interesting articles, humorous stories, whatever you like. Write what you are passionate about and people will be drawn to that.

Sci-fi author Rob Kroese‘s blog is terrific because, in addition to promoting his books, he also provides great advice to authors about the writing process and publishing. He has a post on writing what you are passionate about here.

Author and speaker Kristen Lamb also has a wonderful blog where she prolifically posts helpful articles for authors. Many “experts” charge for advice that these bloggers give you for free.

Someone asked me recently, how do people know about your blog? Great question! You must interact/participate on social media. Post your blog address on your other social media accounts so that readers know how to get there. If you write an article on another website, list your bio with your contact information, social media addresses, and blog address. Once you have this system set up, it takes only a few minutes a day to maintain.

Amazon Author page – Readers can follow your Amazon Author page, and will be alerted when you publish a new book. You can also set it up so that your blog posts are automatically posted to your Amazon Author Page.

Remember not to get too caught up in your social media time. Nothing is better promotion than publishing another book, so spend most of your time writing and publishing your stuff!

Authors, do you have anything to add? Please let me know!