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Monday, April 3, 2017

Do You Hate to Ask Favors?

Muse Monday...if I have a Muse, she's chomping at the bit wanting me to finish the last book in my Love and Murder Series, The Deep Well of Love and Murder. Chomping at the bit is appropriate since it takes place on a ranch and involves horses. I'm at the point in my novel when I can see the rest of the story stretching before me, completed. It's in my mind like a movie, but I can't write fast enough to keep up. I need to invent a machine to stick my head in, I think the rest of the book, and it flows through tubes and onto the page.

Meanwhile, books three and four, A Legacy of Love and Murder and The Power of Love and Murder, garnered 4-Star reviews from InD'Tale Magazine. I'm thrilled, but I'm also full of anxiety. These great reviews put me up for two RONE Awards. The reason for the anxiety is the process. The next step is in a couple of weeks, the books will appear on the website and voting begins. The books with the most votes will then go to Industry Professionals to be judged. That last part I'm good with. My getting out and asking for votes makes my skin crawl. I really hate it. But I'll have to do. I don't have much hope. Why? Cause I'll ask once and then cower in embarrassment. It's not that I don't believe in the books, I just hate to ask for favors.

For now, I'll rejoice with the reviews.

Crafting a connection to present day political unrest and history, Ms. Whiteside knocks it out of the park with her have a stellar story that stands firmly alone, while complimenting the series.

...utterly addictive...enough thrills, romance and audacious surprises to make ones head spin. A superb story with an explosive ending.

Here's the link if you'd like to read the entire reviews or check out some other reviews from authors you might want to add to your to be read list.


  1. I'm with you Brenda. I hate the contests that are all about who has the biggest street team to vote, who knows the most authors they can beg to, etc. But we feel your pain, so make sure you post on the ROP loop. Can we vote more than once?

    1. I don't know how it works, Jannine. I'll find out in another week or two I think. Thanks, I will.

  2. Congrats on your super reviews! Awesome. I totally get the anxiety. I have plenty to spare of my own. I'll vote for you, just say when. I hate begging for votes too.

  3. I hate to ask, too. But please do! That way I don't feel guilty if I get the opportunity!

  4. I understand completely. If you want to be in the competition you have to ask for help in that situation. Good luck!

  5. I totally understand, Brenda. Yet, if you don't remind us, I know I'll forget. Wishing you all the best! Congrats on the fabulous reviews, too.

    1. Thanks, Mary. I guess I'll let you know.