Thrillerfest 2017

My Adventures at Thrillerfest 2017

A few weeks ago, I attended Thrillerfest 2017 - the premiere conference for thriller enthusiasts, which brings together famous authors and new ones along with industry professionals, agents, and fans. The conference, which took place from July 11-15 at the Grand Hyatt in New York City, is divided into three distinct parts (four if you count some of the preceding activities): Craftfest, Pitchfest...
FBI Chronicles

Thrillerfest 2017 Day 1 – The FBI Chronicles

Hi there: This week, I'm in New York City attending Thrillerfest 2017.  As usual, the conference is taking place at the Grand Central Hyatt in Midtown Manhattan. This is the third or so time that I've attended Thrillerfest, but it's the first time I attended the FBI seminar.  The program is held every year by the FBI in conjunction with Thrillerfest to educate thriller writers  in the hopes...

The Liberian Agenda BookBub Promotion Mothers Day 2017

Hi there: I have great news! BookBub is going to feature my book - "The Liberian Agenda" - for a promotion on Mothers Day, May 14, 2017. The fact that "The Liberian Agenda" will be promoted by BookBub on Mother's Day is ironic and a little bittersweet to me for a number of reasons. First, I lost my mother a few years ago. I didn't finish or publish "The Liberian Agenda" until July, 2016, so she...

Indie Writer Tip: Get the Book Cover Source File

Hi there: I learned a really important lesson last week: When you have a book cover designed, get all permutations of the book cover designed at once (i.e. the e-book, paperback, audiobook and box sets covers) and get the source file. When I published my first book "Just Dreams" and my second book "Dreams Deferred," I was completely new to the world of self-publishing. I didn't know as much then...

Dreams Deferred Video

Hi there: Lately, I've been trying to up my game by learning how to use Facebook advertising to market my books and grow my e-mail list.  I signed up for Mark Dawson's Facebook advertising course and then headed over to Animoto.com to use my newfound knowledge to put together the Dreams Deferred video. Unfortunately, the course didn't have a segment in it on how to put together video ads. I'm a...

Kimberly Kaye Interviews L.J. Taylor

Hi there: Kimberly Kaye at WFKX 96kix FM radio in Jacksonville, Tennessee interviewed me as their "Author of the Week."   She was a great interviewer with tons of energy and great personality.  I'm really grateful to have had the opportunity to appear on her show. We talked about the first two books in my Brooks Sisters Dreams Series - "Just Dreams" and "Dreams Deferred."  We also talked about...

Cover Reveal: The Monrovian Affair by L.J. Taylor

Hi there: You may know me as a romantic suspense author, but did you know that I also write flat out suspense?  My next book, "The Monrovian Affair"  - an exciting suspense novel set in Liberia and New York - will be released in March, 2016. I will also put it up on pre-order soon. What if the person you married neglected to mention he was a member of a notorious family of Liberian arms...

I Entered My Novel “Dreams Deferred” in RWA’s RITA Contest

Hi there: So, I did something wild and crazy.  I entered the second novel in my romantic suspense series "Dreams Deferred" into the Romance Writers of America RITA competition. The purpose of the RITA award is to promote excellence in the romance genre by recognizing outstanding published romance novels and novellas. The award itself is a golden statuette named after RWA's first president, Rita...

Release Day for Dreams Deferred!

Hi There: I'm excited to tell you that today is release day for my new novel - "Dreams Deferred" - Book 2 of the Brooks Sisters Dreams Series.  You can get it on Amazon here or from your other favorite retailer by clicking on the "Dreams Deferred" book cover here. "Dreams Deferred" is the story of Ivy Brooks - Kathy Brooks' wild baby sister: Ivy Brooks was always attracted to the bad boys until...

My First Time at BEA and BookCon.

Hi there: So, a month later, I'm finally getting around to posting about BEA and BookCon 2015.  BEA (BookExpo America) is the mac daddy of publishing industry trade shows in North America.  Anybody who is anybody attends along with a few newbies like myself.  Agents, publishers, bloggers, bestselling novelists and even TV, film and recording stars attend hoping to generate buzz about and/or...