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Friday, September 25, 2015

Say It Isn't So!

Well, after only two years of operation, the e-book subscription service – Oyster – is “…taking steps to sunset the existing Oyster service over the next several months.”

Joining this site was something I had intended to do – wonder how many others meant to and didn’t – but never got around to.  I’m trying out Kindle Unlimited and of course making maximum use of my local library resources for e-books, but Oyster held such promise.

According to the article in Publishers Weekly it appears that Google Books may be absorbing this service because staff members who worked at Oyster – including the CEO and co-founders - are moving over to work for Google.  Here’s the link to the article:

Many wonder if Google Books has future plans for its own e-book subscription service.  I haven’t explored Google Books yet but now it’s on my list of things to do, a list which never seems to shorten.

I’m a fan of competition that favors the consumer and with Oyster shuttering, or being absorbed by Google – if that is indeed what is happening – it’s not clear what this will mean for consumers.  Google and Amazon are two very powerful companies so it will be interesting to see how all of this plays out.

Stay tuned.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Freebie 9/24 through 9/27

Come and get your freebie of the romance, A Perfect Angel, beginning Thursday, Sept. 24  through Sunday, Sept. 27, and tell your friends -

Here's the link:

This is a sequel to Her Handyman, the first of a 2 part series. You can enjoy this book by itself, but you may even like it more if you read Her Handyman first.

Here's what A Perfect Angel is about:
Sometimes being perfect is not enough. 
When gourmet chef, Angelina, gets dumped by her fiance in favor of a flower child wannabe who can't even boil water, she sets out to prove that she, too, can be imperfect, if that's what it takes to get a man. No matter what her best friend, Vince, says, she'll not spend her non-wedding night alone and moping, when she can let loose at Ginty's, a wild bar in Chicago's Wrigleyville. What happens that night surprises and embarrasses her. 
While groping for answers to restore her self-confidence, things get terribly confusing. When a famous newscaster she's admired from afar takes an interest in her, a new dilemma presents itself. Is he the answer to her dreams, or does her heart lie with her best friend? 

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Friday, September 18, 2015

Still Time to Enter the Contest! by DL Larson

Hi all ~
Sorry to be posting on a Friday, but I was gone yesterday and wanted to get this info out before another week slipped by.

Contest is called The Four Seasons Contest, open to both unpublished and published authors, and sponsored by the Windy City RWA chapter.


Unpublished may enter any category.
Published authors may enter any category in which they have not been contracted or published in 3 years.
The top 4 entries in each category will be forwarded to an EDITOR and AGENT judge.

The top 3 entries will receive a full critique by one of our all-star judges. Our three all-star judges are published authors whose credentials include Golden Heart nominee, RITA nominee and Best-selling author.

The cost is $25 for RWA members and $30 for non-members. The deadline is Oct. 10, 2015!

For more information regarding this contest:

Good Luck!
And remember ~ if you don't enter ... you can't win!
Be bold.
Be brave.
Enter the contest!

Til next time ~

DL Larson

Sunday, September 13, 2015

TRR Readers' Choice Awards

It's been forever since I've posted, and I'm doing so today with quite an ulterior motive...

One Great Night is entered in TRR's Readers' Choice Awards and needs 50 nominations in the first round. I'd sure appreciate as many as I can get.

Thanks a bunch!

In other news, I submitted the second installment (Valentine's Day) of my Holidays at The Corral series to my editor last month. I'm waiting with fingers crossed to hear back. She bypassed reading it herself and passed it right along to the readers to speed the process up!

On my end here, I'm about halfway through the next book, which is a Fourth of July story. It's moving along quite nicely I have to say.

The first book in the series, Christmas at The Corral , will be released on November 4.

Until next time,

Happy Reading!


Friday, September 11, 2015


An article posted today at Publishers Weekly has some very grim information for writers and that is that most writers’ income - from writing - places them below the poverty line.  Guess the adage that you shouldn’t quit your day job rings truer now, especially since 2009.

The article references a new study conducted by the Authors Guild, specifically on author income and it is apparently the last study done on this subject was in 2009.  Here’s the link to the Publishers Weekly article:

Additionally, there is a lengthy discussion of The New Publishing Landscape at the Authors Guild website – here’s the link:

Some important thoughts from both of these references are that authors are earning less and less and perhaps being valued less and less in more ways than just money.  We always hear about the multi-million dollar authors but just as with other factions of the entertainment industry that’s because it is much rarer than people think.  The money they receive is making the news because it doesn’t happen that often.

I remember many, many years ago (Wikipedia says it was in 1997) when it made the news that Tom Clancy received a total package of compensation worth a reported 97 million at the same time that the average writer made approximately $10,000 a year from their efforts.  Sounds a lot like the lottery – a few win big bucks but most just receive dribbles or nothing at all.

There’s another site you might find interesting to track and that is  Here’s the report from July 2014:

There is one chart in particular that I think you will want to study and that is the chart on earnings by genre and publisher type.

The update report from May 2015 is also very enlightening:

And there’s also a Print vs. Digital Report that is definitely food for thought for any writer at any stage of their writing career.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Inbetween Land

Right now, I'm in inbetween land. That's the place where I've finished writing one book, and am not sure which to go to next.

I have two likely candidates already begun, and keep shifting between the two. One has the working title of Wide Awake, the other is Always Young. Both are thrillers, though Always Young has more Speculative Fiction aspects as well.

Now that I'm home from vacation and after I've gotten caught up with mail, laundry, bills,, etc., I'm hoping to get some time to devote to making one of these books the next release.

Until then, I'm grateful I was able to recently release Hailey's Chance: Will Baby Make 3, the prequel to my previously released Christmas Carol romance. Hard to believe that Christmas is already around the corner, and I think I'm busy now!

Time to relax for the night.

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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Imagination Overdrive! by DL Larson

My husband and I traveled to the east coast recently. We made it to Charleston, SC. and a little further south along the outer banks. We crossed the Smoky Mountains, drove through tree-lined avenues that seemed to go on forever and gazed at the magnificent Atlantic ocean and the ever-changing tide waters.  My imagination was on overdrive!

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Our first stop was to the Biltmore Castle, near Asheville, NC. It is modeled after a French chateau and is considered the biggest home in the United States. It was owned by the Vanderbilts. Thousands of acres surround this palace and it was the 'go-to' place for the rich and famous in the last century. The Vanderbilts built their own village, hiked the surrounding mountains, built retreats along the routes, and enjoyed the quiet serenity of the country.
As I toured this house, my writer radar kept going off. Maybe it's the Downton Abbey series that I thought of, but I would enjoy a story about the rich who visited, yes, but my interest was in the employees who lived there. What did they see? What did they experience?
If you know any history regarding the Vanderbilts, you know there is no good ending for this family. They faced many crises, suicide, and bankruptcy.
This is in the Biltmore Village. Bands play in the evening as folks gather around to listen and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

This is one corner of one of the gardens! This is a three-tiered garden with walkways down to the greenhouse. The greenhouse is bigger than most of our homes. I could have spent the whole day in the gardens.

Generally when I see large lion statues, I think of a museum. This beast is at the front door of the Biltmore home. The home is now a museum, but this lion was here long before it became one. There is also a garden full of statues, arbors and shaded walkways.

We enjoyed our stay in Asheville. If you are in need of some ideas for a story, this may be the place for you to visit. Even now, in present time, the number of people working to keep this place going is numerous. They hold concerts here and other big name functions. I would love to be a part of the background - the workers who keep this museum going.

I'll share more of our trip another day.
Til then ~

DL Larson