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I’ve got your back ~ You have my word.

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It is with great sadness and true humility that I will be postponing Artificial Love until ??? – My editor, whom I trust BECAUSE she is on the same page as my career, read the first draft and said – “You are not publishing this book next.”

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After her explanation – not because it isn’t a good story or well written – I understood that she had my publishing career in mind. She could have edited it, taken hundreds of dollars, fed me a line of bullshit, and went on her merry way. She said, “Get off the phone, Mullen. You have a new novel to write and this one is shelved.”

After a long talk with my PA – “Following the Sun” followed by “Both of Her” will be written and released in my own time. The royalties on the 8 books I wrote and the 2 audio-books released in 2014 are still amazing and well – I won’t release something because readers want it. I will release books that I put ALL of my heart and terribly deranged imagination into.

Plastic Confidence (US – http://bit.ly/uspcam UK – http://bit.ly/ukplasticconfidence) will remain at .99 until the audio is released but AL – well – if you want the premise of that story as it stands – go one click Unmarked and then say – Alisa will never publish formula writing – never. Unique, raw, and original. Like all of my art.

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On to my year 2014 – https://www.facebook.com/alisamullenbooks?ref=bookmarks

Have you ever thought about writing a book?

Want to know how to get it published?

It is an amazing feeling to hold your first book while staring at the screen of your second novel. No matter what people say – publishing a novel is an extremely prestigious accomplishment. It trumps my Summa Cum Laude BA and my MSBA with a 4.0 GPA. It sometimes trumps every other job I have ever had because writing has and always been a healthy way to escape into another world. It takes me at least an hour to decompress after a 10K word count day.

I am not saying that sweeping trash in a high school at night or working with adjusters on insurance claims is less important to the way the world of commerce spins. The difference is obvious. People can live without my words but can I? It is far more important to me than sometimes my own self-preservation. I can get so lost in writing that I have no sense of time – or even what month it is. Sound crazy? Good – because authors are.

What is the downside? It may look glorious to the outside world but it isn’t. My first editor charged me $1200 to make five changes to Unsettled. I thought that was normal. Being a trusting person, I allowed a woman to overtake my life for six weeks. It was her envy, which by the way I have lost dozens of so called friends and family to envy, that made her shit all over my name. It wasn’t until her supporters came forward – clearing my name and the amount of apologies I received were overwhelming. I did appreciate the “innocent judgement” (Insert judge slamming down gavel) but that didn’t mean that staying a self published author became awesome. Yes, it has been an interesting first year. Day by day, my shield gets thicker, my trust grows fainter, and the true fans don’t need to follow up with what I ate for breakfast to one click my book.

I have been screwed over in this industry that I can’t even count anymore. Large Indie and Published Authors have also expressed that my Indie issues are not uncommon. Blogs have favorites. Signings will always be a place where readers want to meet one or two authors (with the exception of a few) and where I have seen respectable authors and models so stinking drunk that it was unfathomable.

Although cover models are fleeting, showing an average of an 18 month career – they actually gain everything from authors whereas authors don’t get shit from models joining them at said signings. Would people still stop at your table if you didn’t have eye candy? Sure BUT they won’t buy a book from you. They will get their photo of him and her and walk along. That is the majority – again there are exceptions.

I have a team. It took me nearly a year to find these people. I have an amazing editor, an amazing cover designer, and a personal assistant who tells me what to do and I don’t have to ask her to accomplish something more than once. Her professionalism, out of the box thinking, and true desire to see my books succeed are in every action she displays. She NEVER says I’ve got your back and you have my word to know that she does and more. For you aspiring writers, if you hear those two lines – run faster than a cheetah. It is bull shit talk. People either have the passion to step out of their comfort zone or they tail gate those who do. Be the 5% who actually follows their dream.

People will step all over you for money and social media attention. SO – my year is over. I am proud of my words, proud of my mistakes, and proud to be an international best selling author. Only 5% of that 5% ever really sell more than 500 copies of a book. I am proud to say I am one of them – whether or not I ever make USA Today. What is most important is trusting my editor when she says “Start again” and thank God – she understands me enough that I can’t be proud of a formula.

I wish everyone a healthy Christmas and New Year’s. I am so pumped to write about bowling, Nate Wilson, and Sunny, the spitfire that can’t be nailed down for fiver minutes.

Rock on Peeps. 2015 may be on MY terms but it will be even better – knowing that people can’t get all of me anymore. They just get my words and support to other indie authors who I KNOW hasn’t had a peachy road either.

Get Pumped for PC Audio with the SALE of Plastic Confidence (99 cents)

Plastic Confidence is Book #1 in The Good  Bye Trilogy.It is a standalone book.

56 reviews – 4.8 rating on Amazon. There is not one review less than 4 stars.

“Mullen tells us a story of Julia, a sweet innocent 12 year old, whose world slowly falls apart after a horrible incident in her neighborhood that led to a group playing the Ouija board that Julia believed led the path to her life. She develops characteristics she thought she only could, the story developed quickly through many years and tells of strong friendships, lost, betrayal, finding your true self and true love.”

“Suspenseful & Satisfying”

“This is gripping – a true love story”

“Wow! This book will make you feel like you are sitting right next to the characters.”

So…. are you ready to rock and roll?

US – http://bit.ly/uspcam UK – http://bit.ly/ukplasticconfidence

Video – https://vimeo.com/106017277

99 cents PC** This is only in anticipation of the audio. AL is shelved until mid2015.

2014 IN REVIEW BUT TWO MONTHS LEFT? Ya- I know – but…

My last signing for 2014 was this past weekend at the Texas Book Fest and it was fantastic. I finally got to meet Michelle Pace. I also got to see TK Rapp again and met Kelly Cozzone and Diana Castinellos. I probably murdered her name but it’s early and I am tired.

So now I feel like 2014 is over but it’s not! This will be our first time home for both holidays in three years. We are excited to be in our home for Santa this year. Nanowrimo is November! That means I have to finish Artificial Love! I love the program and love that a mass of writers are trying to accomplish a piece of work.

So 2014 is NOT over. Unmarked will be released on the 18th and I have two more books to try and finish by year’s end as well as marketing Deep In The Heart for February in Austin. So… I am extremely excited to get lots done – hunkered down at the house and finding words and hanging with family this holiday season.

2014 is over for socializing at events. 2014 is not over for finishing it off and making it a great year. And what a year it has been!

Until next time…

Good October!

Pumpkin Spice Lattes are back! Doesn’t that just make the whole world go around? I have been eating up everything pumpkin that by the time it is over – you can stick a fork in me.
What’s new?
I just handed Unmarked – Sean’s Story Book 4 of The Chosen Series over to my editor this morning. I am hoping that edits won’t consume everything in the next few weeks and I can start writing more under Artificial Love and another WIP I have going.

I am also getting things ready for the Texas Book Festival on October 25th and 26th. It is free to everyone in downtown Austin AND we – Texas Romance Authors – will be in tent #4.

One last thing – My event “Deep in the Heart” signing event is getting bigger and better! We still have 4 author full tables open ($115 for full and $57.50 for a half. If you are author or blogger and are interested, please contact me at texasromanceauthors@gmail.com

Tickets are available for a lower cost than at the door. We have VIP tickets available, too. I think there are 4 left so please get them before they go!

So that’s me in a nutshell for October. Hope you are eating lots of pumpkin stuff, too!

It’s all happening!

One of my favorite quotes is from Almost Famous – “It’s all happening!” and shit, that is how I feel right now. 

I leave in a few days to sign with some great authors at the Indie Tampa Mashup. There, I will finally meet my assistant, my editor, and my new muse for my upcoming book, Unmarked. 

Robert Simmons is a trained Martial Artist and is all tatted up. Perfect for Sean’s story. Picture is here.

In addition, my audio books are selling and they are getting good feedback. Click here to check them out on Audible. 

Unsettled on AUDIO

Unchosen on AUDIO

Both done by Claire White

 

What else? Oh and I am arranging a Author Signing in Austin. That is nuts. There are not enough hours in the day. So I run around naked and don’t shower. JK.

Hope everyone is well. Peace and Love.

WOW, WHAT A RIDE. Giveaway TIME!!!! #giveaway #mustread

It has been nearly ten days since Plastic Confidence released. It has been so very well received. I am honored at what people are saying.

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So today I am doing an audiobook giveaway for one of my previous books – in case anyone likes audio. I know I do!

Giveaway is here —–>   Post by Books by Alisa Mullen.

HERE ARE SOME REVIEWS of PLASTIC CONFIDENCE:

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Five Gorgeous Stars for Plastic Confidence #mustread #brilliant #oneclick

As a genre of books that I’d never read before (This whole new adult thing), I went into Plastic Confidence a little wary. I was lucky enough to be provided with a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review… and let me say that I am SO glad I won this copy!

I found this book completely thrilling, enthralling, captivating, and well written. I’m usually not one for self-publish books. This one was so wonderfully done however. The cover art is gorgeous, the inside format is wonderful… and honestly, it’s just amazing.

So… Are you ready to rock and roll?
Plastic Confidence by Alisa Mullen is NOW on Kindle Unlimited. Go read it for free in your account.
US -http://bit.ly/plasticconfidencemullen

UK -http://bit.ly/ukplasticconfidence

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