Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Publication day for "Ella's Rain"

I can't even begin to explain how it feels to finally have ELLA'S RAIN published. Thanks to Prism Book Group Joan Bauer Alley Jacqui Hopper for believing in this book and for believing in me.

Many of you know this is the first book I wrote. It's extremely special because it helped me work through a lot of grief, having lost my parents, sister and her husband and numerous friends. It was a dark time in my life and I struggled to find the light. But my faith sustained me. 

I'm especially proud of the 365 notes at the end of the book. When I wrote them, I thought about what I'd want my sons to know if I wasn't able to grow old with them. What advice would I give? What would I want them to think about? Do? Know? In many ways, the notes are my legacy. 

I think this book is meant to be read by women of all ages, from grandmothers to granddaughters. I hope that you'll give this book a chance. I know I'm asking a lot. There are so many great books out there. But this book is one of those that speaks to all of us. And the ending, well, the ending makes me cry just thinking about it. Anyway, thanks in advance for considering this book. I hope that if you do read it, you'll review and share it with others. Many blessings, Buffy  

Here is the first review by Fiona's Book Reviews

First review: 5 stars

This is a book of two halves. The first part is the story of Ella, a young girl who is struggling to cope after the death of her beloved grandmother Dorothy.
Grandma D has written letters/notes for Ella, one to be opened a day for a full year, 365 notes. These notes are inspirational, funny, thought provoking. During the story you see how these notes help Ella. Her Grandma was definitely a very special person.
Ella is struggling with other things too, so all in all in she isn't having a great time. And her journey to enlightenment isn't an easy one. There are several obstacles thrown in her way. Does she get past those, or is she halted in her progress?
It isn't only Ella who is helped during the course of the story. Grandma D was, indeed, a wise woman, as it appears she is helping others from beyond the grave.
The second part of the story features all 365 notes/letters Grandma D wrote for Ella. These make wonderful reading, and I came away with a lot of great advice which I would hope to use in the future. I started highlighting my favourite quotes to feature in my review. But, if I'm honest, by the time I got just a few weeks in I had to stop, as it was all such good advice I would have had to feature most of them!
This is a lovely story, sad for obvious reasons, but uplifting in so many ways. I would honestly recommend you read this story. I love this author and can't wait for more from her.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

'It's in the Stars' released today

It's release day for IT'S IN THE STARS. WOOT! I had so much fun writing this book about a journalist who decides to turn her eyes to the sky and leave her love life up to fate. We're talking following her horoscope, baby, in search of love. This book will have you in stitches as Sydney's new tactic provides plenty of laughter -- and maybe some love. You'll have to read to find out.

Here's the first review:

I loved the idea of this book, run your life by what your horoscope tells you to do! Is that really possible, and if it is, can it work?

Sydney is disillusioned with her love life, or the lack of it. Following complaints at work she checks out the horoscope section. While browsing she decides to throw caution to the wind and try something new. And why not? Her love life couldn't get any worse than it already was, so anything is worth a try. Right?

This book has a lot of laugh out loud moments. The humour comes out right from the first page, where the author describes the main characters initials. I won't say more than that, but it is funny to say the least.

Living her life based on the stars leads to some strange moments for Sydney. It definitely makes for some interesting situations.

I really enjoyed this book and loved that it ends exactly where I wanted it to. This author is a firm favourite of mine who never fails to surprise me with her writing, and she is one I intend following in the future.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

11 books in 18 months

A friend just pointed out that I've had 11 books published in 18 months. Wow, putting it like that kind of makes me proud. 

For those of you who have been with me on this journey, thank you for your love and support. It hasn't been easy. There's been a lot of hurdles along the way and many disappointments. I've made a lot of mistakes and I've learned tons. Mostly I've learned to believe in myself even when no one around me is.

I'm grateful to my readers who have given me a chance in a world crowded with great books and great authors. Thank you for choosing my books and I hope there are many more to come. 

Blessings, B

Monday, February 2, 2015

Get rom-com 'It's in the Stars'

10 days until IT'S IN THE STARS is released. Preorder today. Here's the skinny:

Love always turns up…

Newspaper journalist Sydney Turner Davies is the last person you’d call clueless when it comes to romance. She knows what she wants in a man (if in a little too much detail!) and is everyone’s go-to girl when it comes to relationship advice. So why is she still single? Turning 26 only makes it clearer—it’s time for a change!
Where you least expect it. 
When inspiration strikes in the form of her daily horoscope, Sydney decides to turn her eyes to the sky and leave her love life up to fate. What her horoscope says, she does! With her straight-talking best friends and the zodiac to guide her, what could go wrong?
Navigating the dating game has never been simpler. But for Sydney, finding love is just the first step. When romance finally blossoms…will she be brave enough to follow her heart?

Monday, January 19, 2015

Cover reveal: It's in the Stars

Here's the cover for my newest book, IT'S IN THE STARS, coming Feb. 12, from Carina/HarperCollins. *Happy Dance*

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Crazy idea for a new year: Tracks inside supermarkets

How's that saying go? Necessity is the mother of invention? Well, I and a lot of other people have a necessity and I have a solution that would be a win-win for a supermarket. Don't stop reading. Just hear me out.

When it's cold outside, people need a place to walk. When it's hot outside, people need a place to walk. For me, this used to be the nearby mall, but the mall is being torn down and replaced with a strip mall. There goes my place to walk over my lunch hour when it's too cold or too hot to walk outside.

Here's my solution. Supermarkets should invest more completely in the health craze and provide a walking/running track on the perimeter of their store. Don't laugh. Just think about it. When it's hot, people flock to the freezer section of the supermarket to hang out for a while. So, imagine if a supermarket (those located in areas where there is extreme cold and heat) integrated tracks into their designs. People would flock to the supermarket to walk or run. And, they might need a drink afterward or pick up a loaf of bread or bananas or whatever. The supermarket offers a service, gets people in its doors who might not normally come there, and so forth. Seems like a win-win.

So, if you're a supermarket and you want to talk out my idea, contact me. I have a billion ideas running through this crazy head of mine!

Friday, January 2, 2015

New year brings new possibilities

I love new beginnings. It's exciting to wipe the slate clean and start fresh. A new year brings new possibilities. It's full of hope and promise. Of new opportunities and challenges. Of wondrous adventures waiting to be had.
And yet, as much as I look forward to a new year, it's hard saying goodbye to this one. I've been blessed in so many ways and I'm thankful for the opportunities I've had and the memories I've made. From judging the Pulitzer Prizes to serving two fellowships at DePauw University to publishing four books, it's been a year filled with great accomplishments. I hope that 2015 will be even better.
When I think back over my yesteryears, there are some things I've learned.
I've learned never to give up on my dreams. I hope you never do. Tend to your dreams like you would anything you care deeply about. Guard them and protect them from the naysayers of the world and hold onto them tightly. Don't let them slip through your fingers and leave you holding nothing but thoughts of what might have been. Success is about hard work, passion and will.

Friday, December 19, 2014

How to promote your book

A friend asked me this the other day and I sent him some ideas that he turned into a blog post. I'm sharing the link with you. There might be ideas in here you haven't tried yet.

Please share your ideas for book promotion in comments. Let's help each other!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Cover reveal: High Street Dares

Here's the cover for the upcoming middle-grade novel, The High Street Dares: Locket of Doom and The High Street Dares: The Ghostly Connection. Two books in one! Coming January 2015.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The Christmas Violin special: Only 99 cents


This book has never been on special so don't miss your chance. 


One Christmas. Three lives. One unforgettable story.

A widower, a grieving mother and a homeless woman have one thing in common – a cemetery.

Willow, a concert violinist, begins each morning by playing her son the lullaby she wrote for him at his tomb. The melody enchants Peter during his daily visit to his wife’s grave. The homeless woman, who finds refuge in the cemetery, is equally drawn to the haunting music.

Like a violin concerto, the story unfolds in three movements, unexpectedly intertwining the fates of these characters.

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