Category: A Writer’s Life

#2017: My Writing Year in Review


In some ways this year felt like a decade. It’s been long and hard. I’m not only talking about politics, world events or life in general. I’m talking about my writing life.

I worked on the editing, formatting and cover design of my new novel, The Love Labyrinth. Don’t misunderstand–I handed it over to the pros to edit, format, etc. But we all know that the author has to do the preliminary work as well as make the final decisions.

I felt like my eyes were bleeding from reading, editing and just looking at words so much. My fellow writers know what I’m talking about.

Then finally, the self-publishing aspect of it was upon me and once completed, like a mother bird, I set my book free.

Along with marketing, marketing and more marketing.

Did I say marketing?

Not to mention working on my blog and social media sites.

I also worked on two other manuscripts this year but my novel, The Love Labyrinth, sucked most all of the air out of the room, figuratively speaking.

At other times, 2017 flew by like a whirlwind. Still, there were some things I wanted to do that didn’t come to pass: A month-long blog tour I got to participate in–except when it was almost time to showcase my own novel.

Shortly after that, when it came time to launch my book, I wasn’t able to have a blowout book launch like I wanted. Both ended up curtailed as a result of the same thing, an illness that hit me hard and without warning.

I did manage to publicize it on all of my social media sites and on other blogs.

Despite those things that didn’t come to pass, I spent considerable time and money this year participating in blog tours, having bloggers review it (still hoping that more will be forthcoming, hint, hint), book festivals and fairs. Finally, I had The Love Labyrinth developed, along with narrator Arnetta Ellinwood, into an audiobook and promoted several audiobook giveaways. I’m proud that I have three versions of The Love Labyrinth for purchase now.

I can say to myself that I have done all that I can do and hope to have the other two manuscripts that I’ve been working on their way soon as well.

Here’s to a healthy and prosperous 2018!

It’s Here–The Audiobook Version of #The Love Labyrinth!

It’s Here–The Audiobook Version of #The Love Labyrinth!

Introducing my contemporary romance novel, The Love Labyrinth–Now available in audiobook format! It is available on Audible, Amazon and I-Tunes!

To purchase, go to my book’s page on The link to it on Audible is:

For a lucky few, I will be giving two promotional codes to download a free copy of my audiobook, The Love Labyrinth. It’s simple: All you have to do is contact me here and give me a reason why you’d like a free download. Only one per person, first come, first serve today. Free downloads only available through

If you aren’t lucky enough to win a free download, you can still listen to it with a free Audible 30-day Free Trial.

I’m also conducting a giveaway on Goodreads under the Romance Audiobooks Group Audiobook Giveaway. You must be a member of the Romance Audiobooks Group to participate. Contest ends on October 23.

I would appreciate it if you would leave a review on Amazon, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or my Amazon Author Page, all easily accessed here on I would love to hear what you think of it.

Good luck!








Introducing #The Love Labyrinth–Soon to be Available on Audible, and iTunes!

Hey Everybody,

I’ve been working on something behind the scenes and now I can reveal it–my contemporary romance novel, The Love Labyrinth, will soon be available as an audiobook on Audible, and iTunes!

For those of you who can’t find the time to read or just enjoy audiobooks, here’s your chance to snag a free promotional code that you can use for a free download of The Love Labyrinth in exchange for an honest review. I will be giving a few of them away!

You’ll need to post a review on my Facebook Author Page, Goodreads or other social media.

More details to come soon!



Book Festivals – Are they Worth it?

2012 Book Fair

Image Credit: Virginia Festival of the Book

Yesterday I participated in a local book festival.

Can’t get those six hours back.

A big goose egg.




And no, the photo above is not from the book festival I was a part of yesterday although I did attend that festival about five years ago.

At yesterday’s festival, there were probably more author and vendors than customers. And from what I could see from my table, those that were there weren’t buying much. Those authors lucky enough to have any sales seemed to be children’s authors.

Is it the demographic? I’m wondering. The genre? I don’t know.

Do you?

Or is just basically a crapshoot?

The hours I spent writing, editing, proofreading, having my manuscript proofread, edited, formatted, deciding on a cover design, working on my blog, marketing.

Spending money.

Lots of moo-lah.

Why? What’s my motivation?

I’m starting to wonder ’cause this ain’t my first rodeo. I’ve participated in several with my first book, albeit costly when I add up the cost versus what I actually sold.

As for yesterday’s book festival, it’s not like I didn’t try to help the cause. I advertised it on my Twitter, Google+, Facebook and Amazon Author Pages several times as the time grew near.

Where’s the support? The readers?

How about where you live? What are your thoughts?

Are people coming out?

Are they buying?

Is there simply too many books on the market?

I’d like to know.


Is There Bias Against Unknown Authors When it Comes to Advertising?

Add to Goodreads Image credit: Google

Let me preface my post by first stating that I think that the concept of Goodreads is an excellent one–to bring readers and authors together. To that, I have no dispute.

And I know, it’s free to join.

I recently published by second novel, The Love Labyrinth. I’ve been a member of Goodreads since mid-2012, about the same time I published by debut novel, Relations. I hosted two giveaways in the past but I was eager to find other ways to advertise on the site for my new book. Well, it is very expensive, at least for me and I told them so. Heck, some of us haven’t even sold enough books to pay for the work it took to have it published (editing, covers, etc.)

Now don’t get the impression that I don’t spend money for advertisements. I have done so in the past and I am currently doing so with my second book. I expect to pay. Something. However, the placement and advertisement of books on Goodreads’ website seem to be geared to those authors that are already well-known, best-selling authors or authors well on their way to being both well-known and best-selling. And if I had the kind of the money they expect us to fork over, I’d probably be both, too.

Therein lies my dismay. How then, do those of us authors who aren’t well-known or best-selling yet, get exposure and play with the big boys of the literary world?

Why can’t it be more equitable for us all?

What do you think, fellow authors and readers? New authors or those of us who are trying to make our way in the industry of writing and self-publishing, cannot afford to spend thousands of dollars to advertise on Goodreads or anywhere else for that matter, sometimes on one ad. Don’t even get me started on why advertising costs so much in the first place or we’ll be here all night.

So, in essence, our voices are muffled, purely based on economic opportunity and not on talent. And well-known/best-selling authors continue to have an advantage. Their ads are seen and ours aren’t, because we can afford to purchase them in the first place.

How about you? Do you think there is bias in advertising when it comes to authors? Or do you think I’m barking up the wrong tree?

Egad! Where’s My E-Book?

Egad! Where’s My E-Book?

Last Tuesday was my birthday. And although I am happy to have reached another year of life, I am upset about something and have been for almost four months.

The e-book version of my novel. The Kindle version, to be more precise.

When my first novel, Relations, was published, it was available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books-A-Million and Abbott Press among other retailers.

Fast-forward to November 2016 and it’s gone from Amazon.


The paperback and hardcover versions are still available on Amazon but the Kindle version is nowhere to be found.

Like I said, that was in November 2016 when I found out and I still don’t know why.

To say that I’ve been a bit perturbed about it would be an understatement because my publisher has known about this since August 2016. Maybe even longer.

And if I hadn’t stumbled on this issue, I probably wouldn’t even know about it now.

Authors should be able to get information about any issues(?) with their books without a lot of rigmarole.

I would’ve appreciated a letter or an e-mail, even.

It’s still available as an e-book through Barnes and Noble, Abbott Press and other online websites so what could the issue be? More information has been leaked about the White House than about why it’s no longer available on Amazon.

It’s infuriating–they’ve got all the information they need about us–they’ve practically got my blood type and mother’s maiden name but when you make inquiries, all-of-a-sudden, you’re persona non grata or something.

Depending on who I talk to, there doesn’t seem to be any constructive advice given regarding how I (actually they) will be rectifying this conundrum.

If there was, my birthday wish will have been granted.







The Love Labyrinth©

The Love Labyrinth©

Image by Pexels*

Have you ever wondered how you could see more than one side to an issue?

How about three sides?


Meet Clark Johnson:

“Women. Does anyone understand them?

Treat ’em right but does it matter? They still don’t know what they want.”


Coming soon!

The Love Labyrinth by Pamela D. Beverly

* Disclaimer: This is not the actual cover.

An Excerpt from The Love Labyrinth©

An Excerpt from The Love Labyrinth©

Image Credit: Pixels*


     “Come here, Rodney,” Wayne called. “Let me get to that head of yours.”

     “While you’re doing that, I think I’ll go to the post office and get some stamps,” Noelle

said, going to the hall closet to get her coat.

     Wayne peeked his head out of the kitchen. “I have some in my wallet.”

     Noelle took her coat off the hanger and closed the door. Slipping it on, she replied,

“That’s okay. I want to get some air anyway.”

     “Suit yourself.”

     She went upstairs to their bedroom and grabbed her purse, then left the house.

     Noelle went to the post office and afterwards, got back into her car and drove around

aimlessly, not wanting to go back home right away. She reviewed the events of the past

evening in her mind. Her exchanges with Wayne had been sparse when he arrived home.

They’d shared a brief kiss and embrace, then Noelle had gone to warm up his dinner while

Wayne spent time with the kids.

     After he had eaten, the children were asleep and they had prepared for bed. Noelle had

taken a long, leisurely bath and was dismayed to discover that Wayne was still awake when

she entered their bedroom.

     “Junior told me that you gave him some pointers on how to write a good book report and

that he got a B on it.”

     “Yes, he did a good job.” Noelle climbed into bed and after turning out the lamp on her

nightstand, turned on her side, away from him.

     “You deserve some credit,” Wayne countered with gentleness.

    “I didn’t do it for him. He’s a bright boy. All he needed was a little coaching.” She

wanted to go to sleep. She felt his warm hand brush the hair away from her ear and her

body gave an involuntary shiver.

     Wayne kissed her neck, pulling her gently into his embrace. “You just can’t take a

compliment, can you?”

     She tried to wriggle out of it. “Maybe because I’m not used to them anymore. Wayne,

I’m really sleepy.”

     “Baby, it’s been almost two weeks. I’ve been getting home late or out of town and

lately, you’re always tired.”

     “Well, I’m sorry, but you know the boys can be a handful. Especially when you’re not at

home …”

     He continued to kiss her, running his hands all over her body. “Just a little bit, baby?”

     I can’t believe you! Noelle seethed inside. We’ve barely spoken since you’ve gotten home and

you’ve got the nerve to use our secret code for wanting to make love, one we both haven’t used in a

very long time. I ought to slap you. Here I’ve been frustrated for so long, waiting for you to show me

a bit of genuine affection.

     “Wayne, we need to talk.” She continued to struggle against him.

     Slipping his hands beneath her nightshirt, Wayne whispered, “Later.”

     Against her better instincts, Noelle yielded to the overpowering desire for her

husband’s affection. You sure know how to push my buttons, she thought weakly, despising


     There were no further protests.

     Forcing her mind back to the present, Noelle thought with despair, I should’ve told him

no. Simple sex is not going to fix this thing.

     I’m on a road leading nowhere.


*Disclaimer: This is not the actual cover.


Be on the lookout for my sizzling second novel, The Love Labyrinth©

by Pamela D. Beverly, on and other online retailers soon!

Three Line Tales – A Fatal Underestimation


Image Credit: Annie Spratt

Got the inspiration for this little tale from Bikurgurl at

Here’s my two cents. Or should I say, three line tale:


I tried to smile

although upon my entrance, the recluse I thought harmless

double-bolted the front door.

Pamela D. Beverly