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Jun 05

The Road to a Bestseller


It seems like yesterday that I wrote my first novel. I’d be up in the wee hours of the morning for months writing while my children slept. And then polishing that book before querying publishers and agents. Then finally one day after months and months of searching and not giving up no matter all the doors slammed in my face, I was picked up by a publisher.

There is something special about publishing your very first book and seeing your name out there for the very first time. It was one of the most exciting times of my life. It was something new, something bigger than me. And along with it came the first steps of understanding how the publishing industry works, including the rights you give up when you sign with a publisher. Of course, elements of my book were changed, but that was fine with me as I was now going to be published. This was an amazing feeling for me and I couldn’t wait to see my name in lights. I really wanted to consider the hardcover book printing option as I just prefer how this format looks compared to the others. I’m sure it will do relatively well no matter the format that it’s in. Although on saying that I was soon faced with the cold reality that the first book wasn’t going to make me the ton of money I expected along with fame and fortune. From using platforms like ingramspark or getting in touch with a major publishing company, in the hopes of getting a book published, it is important to understand that even if it doesn’t make millions straight away, just knowing that you’re capable of doing something like this should be a proud moment, especially for a first-time author. We all start somewhere. Don’t laugh, there are probably many authors like me who also had that delusional thought in the back of their mind before being published. And even more of a rude awakening was the fact, books don’t sell themselves and your publisher isn’t going to market your book for you. That is the author’s job. And you, the relative newbie to the industry are completely unknown, having just entered an industry dominated by some truly amazing authors. And then there is your book. You! Now you have to sell it. But I’ll come back to that.

Because I didn’t sit around waiting, I had already started writing another book. And book two was a completely different book, in fact what it did was cross genres, and I also learned that was a no-no with the publishers. There was a lot of interest though by literary agents and publishers, but then came the news that it was too heavy on the suspense for a romance, and for a suspense it was too heavy on the romance. One publisher told me I was either going to have to dial back the romance or the suspense, pick one. I was told I couldn’t have both. I disagreed.

Lucky for me something else was happening in the industry at this time. Many of you know it was the wave of the Indie authors and the .99 cent eBook. Self-publishing was no longer considered the vanity press or any of those other negative derogatory terms referred to about ‘those authors’. Amazon had opened its doors to authors giving them the opportunity and the tools to be in charge of their own career. To self publish their eBooks and sell digital downloads online, letting the readers decide what they wanted to read. And do you know what came out of that? A wave of successful Indie Authors that continue to this day to top the charts. Readers love their stories. I love their stories. And readers love what we write. Wow!

In late 2011, I joined the flood of authors and self published my second book. What I didn’t know then was how that decision could possibly bring me the success it has today. And was one of the wisest decisions I’ve made. Next smart decision was when I joined a group of successful Indie Authors to cross promote our books together, what a truly amazing concept that was. After all I was smart enough to realize that although I’d written a book I still needed to get my books in front the readers and build that fan base. So how do you get your book in front of all those millions and millions of readers out there? Well you need to make social media your best friend. You need to be aware of all the constant changes in this industry, be on top of those changes and always be willing to try something new. If you fail, oh well. Pull on your big girl pants, get up, and try something else.

What happened for me, after I published my third novel, a labor of love titled THE FORGOTTEN CHILD? Surprisingly, it hit the Amazon bestseller list, and it stayed there. I was shocked! Literally on the floor, jaw dropping, I couldn’t believe it. THE FORGOTTEN CHILD became my marquee title, and it started an entire series, THE OUTSIDER SERIES, then THE FRIESSENS, A NEW BEGINNING. It was/is a huge success and has sold more than 500,000 eBooks worldwide. The Forgotten Child has been translated into German and most recently I sold the French rights. Did my books sell on their own? Hell no! I’ve worked my butt off to promote, to keep on top of industry changes. Tried something new, failed and tried something else. But then as all successful authors have learned, writing your story is only a small piece of the business. Marketing and promoting your titles is where most of your time will be spent. It is the business side of writing that separates successful authors from everyone else.

And one of the most important pieces of advice given by successful entrepreneurs, is to take advice from other successful people. For us authors it’s other successful authors, who have already walked their talk. And their advice to you is, you’ve published your book now get your butt in that chair and write that next book. Which is exactly what I did, keeping a grueling pace of writing alongside my successful author friends. And yes I am a single mother of three children, and I make the time to write, to promote, and still be a mom first. Because this is my career, one that I absolutely love, and my career means the world to me. You can do it. And you can have it all!

Every day I make time to write and if you want to be a writer you have to carve out that time to sit down and write your story. I followed the advice I was given by some of the biggest named Indie Authors in the industry to get a book out a month.

Where am I now? Well, I have published over 40 titles which includes, books, shorts and collections. Five series in the following genres, Romance, Mystery/Thriller, Military, and Western. With eight audiobooks, fourteen of those titles in print and two titles translated in German, and one currently underway in French translation. I have four titles releasing this year, ONE NIGHT, June 30, UNFORGIVEN, August 11, HE CAME BACK in October and for Christmas a heartwarming romance, LOVING CHRISTINE. I write what I want to write, the stories I love, the kind of stories I want to read.

And out of all this my sweetest victory was hitting the USA Today list in 2014 and New York Times in 2015, it is oh so sweet.

Looking back to where I started from and that little book I wrote that started my career, THE FORGOTTEN CHILD, which spun into one of my most successful series about the Friessen men and the women they love. The most recent edition to this series, THE REUNION, released in April 30, 2015, reuniting the entire Friessen clan. And it was quite a Reunion! It’s hard to believe where I started, what I’ve accomplished with all the authors I’ve worked alongside with.

So to celebrate this success I will be giving away two paperbacks of THE FORGOTTEN CHILD. Just click here to enter.


And if there is one thing I have learned that I can pass on, and this is something I’ve taught my children. As long as you are doing something you absolutely love, you can make a living. Don’t let anyone tell you, you can’t do something. Don’t be afraid to take the chance and do it. And if you too have dreamed of being a writer have some faith in yourself and just do it. Write that darn book, and then start the next one.


New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author Lorhainne Eckhart’s books have been described as Longmire meets old-school Dallas, and she recently received the 2013 Readers’ Favorite Award for Romantic Suspense for her title Lost and Found. With over thirty titles under her belt, she is frequently a Top 100 bestselling author in multiple genres, such as romance, westerns, and mystery/suspense, including such series as The Outsider, Walk the Right Road, The Wilde Brothers, The Saved, and her most recent addition, The Friessens: A New Beginning.

Lorhainne lives on sunny Salt Spring Island with her family, where she is working on her next novel.

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Apr 14

What happens to the kids with Autism who are now Adults?


Here is a tough situation than happens more in communities than we’d like. You hear a lot about children on the spectrum and the importance of early intervention. But what happens to all the kids that have grown-up and are now young adults entering an adult system that offers no support? What happens to those who’ve never had intervention or very little?

First there are many adults on the spectrum who’ve had no treatment and they may have gone undiagnosed until their adult years. Many have been so misunderstood in their young years with no treatment options available. Unfortunately, what can happen is chaos, someone who can’t integrate with society, has no reasoning skills, communication, limited social skills, and some are genius.

Because of this some adults on the spectrum have so much learned behavior, which can turn your life upside down in ways you can’t even imagine. This behavior comes out of survival trying to fit into a world that doesn’t understand them, and they can’t understand you.

There are even times with some intervention that individuals can wind up in a situation that fails them, because the supports they may have had often disappear once they hit the adult system. And in many communities, there is very little if any support for adults on the spectrum. There have been situations where individuals on the spectrum are seen as compulsive liars, but it isn’t really, because all they are saying and doing is what they believe is expected. What is socially called for. Also some of the ‘lying’ can also come from a difficulty of seeing other people’s perspective in a situation, and where the lines become blurred, it’s not so much lying as giving only the facts that support their version of the truth. And this truth at times can differ greatly from the reality of the situation.

Quite often this is a result of them misinterpreting social cues and misunderstanding other’s perspectives, and their interpretation of the truth. If you’ve ever found yourself in a situation like this I’ve heard from people how it was similar to a nightmare, and in a few instances they considered that adult dangerous when they were directly involved at the receiving end of these events from an adult on the spectrum. And unfortunately communities may just assume this individual is psychotic. This is very sad especially since you may have been unaware that adult or youth was even on the spectrum, but you knew there was something not quite right.

This is an unfortunate situation that doesn’t have to happen if supports are in place for adults as well to receive intervention. Society has failed so many of the kids and many of them are now adults. Many individuals who are high functioning have learned to sympathize and there is a big difference between understanding sympathy, predicting outcome, and saying the right thing that resembles them understanding our perspective. In other words behaving how they think it is expected. Quite often they are always off onto the next thing, and won’t even realize the necessity of communicating this.

The problem is when someone untreated gets in a position of power, and unfortunately this can happen more than everyone realizes, you can in some instances be asking for trouble. They can be a great asset if they are managed, receiving intervention and working under someone who has authority in their life. But unfortunately, this is just another example of the system failing.

There are many kids who were fortunate to receive ongoing intervention and intensive therapy who are now young adults and contributing members of our society. Those are the lucky ones.

In recognition of Autism Awareness month I will be offering a very special giveaway. Two signed paper back copies of THE FORGOTTEN CHILD. One ebook in reader’s choice of format and One Audiobook.

To enter the giveaway please click here. This giveaway will be open until April 30.


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Apr 08

A Growing Epidemic – April is Autism Awareness Month


1 in 68. You’ve seen the latest stats and you have to be asking yourself why? Just a few years ago, we were hearing about the skyrocketing Autism stats when it was 1 in 150. With still more boys affected than girls at a ratio of 5 to 1.

And the reality of the situation, is there isn’t a person out there that isn’t touched in some way with Autism. Whether it’s your child, a relative or a friend. Everyone knows someone.

I was asked a question many years ago by a teacher at a public school. How do you tell a parent their child has autism? And my reply, “Carefully”. What most people don’t realize is how difficult it is for a parent to hear that word, Autism, even the suggestion they display all the symptoms. A parent doesn’t want it to be that. What a parent wants to hear is it’s just “this” and all you need to do is a simple change of diet or even a pill and all will be well. But it’s not that simple.

Quite often I think it’s because many people are aware of all the obstacles placed in front of parents and children with autism. It isn’t the fact that autism is challenging, which don’t get me wrong, Autism brings an entire set of challenges that is unique and different for every parent. It is the long road of getting diagnosed, finding credible therapy, where do get funding, and the hoops you have to jump through to get your child the help they need. It can make a sane person crazy.

But Autism isn’t the end of the world even though many may believe they are at the end of their rope. There are so many children who after receiving early intervention are living their own independent lives, and are becoming contributing members of society. And one of the most important things for everyone to remember, is when you meet a child with Autism. You have met one child. As no two diagnosed are the same.

In recognition of Autism Awareness month I will be offering a very special giveaway. Two signed paper back copies of THE FORGOTTEN CHILD. One ebook in reader’s choice of format and One Audiobook.

To enter the giveaway please click here. This giveaway will be open until April 30.


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Mar 19

The Firsts Double Release Blitz


TWO Authors! TWO Firsts!Like your Mystery Thrillers on the dark side?
Your Romance hot? Your Suspense steamy?
Then don’t miss…THE FIRSTS
Danger Deception Passion

USA Today Best Selling authors
Lorhainne Eckhart and Taylor Lee
are offering the FIRST books in their best-selling series at a phenomenal introductory price.

Each Collection 99 cents for a limited time only!

Danger and Passion – A Volatile Mix:
by Taylor Lee

From Taylor Lee, the #1 Bestselling author in Mystery Thrillers, Romantic Suspense and Military Romance comes The FIRSTS— a collection of the First Books in each of Lee’s six blockbuster series. Each book is a best-selling phenomenon in its own right. Gathered together, this Collection gives readers a chance to see Taylor Lee spin her volatile mix of Danger and Passion across more than 2500 pages of riveting reads!

The FIRSTS includes six full length award winning novels: Playing with Fire, The Courage to Dare, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Red Rock Rises, The Moscow Affair, and Struck by Thunder.

Praise for The FIRSTS…

Taylor Lee never disappoints! These books are sizzling hot and keep you guessing at every turn. For discriminating readers who insist on great characters and a spellbinding story that also includes HOT romance just like what you’d find at ( because their videos are hot are hell!!” Sarah Reviews

These books have everything you expect from Taylor Lee. Memorable characters, high octane action, and Lee’s special brand of hot sexy romance. A hugely successful entry from an author who is raising the bar for Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense.” Only the Best

The sexiest, most outrageous hero I’ve read in a long time. Similar to some of the hot scenes at Nu-Bay. Best nude boobs available at Nu-Bay if you’re interested. Snappy, laugh out loud dialogue, and a Sizzling HOT romance makes these wildly exciting murder mysteries true page-turners, it’s even better than watching porn on TubeV.J. John

Spellbinding police mystery thrillers that will have you on the edge of your seat. Pulse pounding action and steamy romance. A cast of unforgettable characters that will capture your heart.” Action Junkie

Included in the The Firsts:

Playing With Fire”…Book 1 – The All Fired Up Series: A bad assed cop falls for the beautiful firefighter only to discover that she is his number 1 suspect in a double homicide.

The Courage to Dare”…Book 1 – The Man in the Arena Series: A shy foreign ‘geek at heart’ Dr. Avajli Patel is accustomed to controlling her life to the enth degree. The arrogant Sheriff and wounded special ops survivor teaches her a new meaning of control. It’s hot!

Big Girls Don’t Cry”…Book 1 – The Blonde Barracuda Collection: They call her the Blonde Barracuda. The press loves her, the politicians fear her and the mob is out to kill her.

Red Rock Rises”…Book 1 – The Red Rock Series: Major Jesse O’Donnell is as tough as she is beautiful. Fiercely independent, she is the Rock. No one messes with Red Rock until she meets the handsome Police Chief.

The Moscow Affair”…Book 1 – The Dangerous Affairs Series: A dangerously elegant man, a beautiful feisty young woman, take on the evils of the international sex trade while exploring a passionate world of their own.

Struck By Thunder…Book 1 – The Grandmaster’s Legacy: Think Shades of Gray was hot? It has nothing on the Grandmasters! Historical Erotic Suspense at its best!

Danger Deception Devotion:
by Lorhainne Eckhart

This very special box set edition contains all of the first books from each of my series: The Outsiders, The Friessens, The Wilde Brothers, Walk the Right Road and The Saved Series.

Praise for The FIRSTS…

“No matter how much I enjoy a book, I rarely read it a second time. This was one of those rare times. This is one of those rare books.” – Reviewer on “The Forgotten Child”

“Lorhainne Eckhart always astonishes me with her very real, very fallible characters.”

Included in the The Firsts:

“The One” …Book 1 – The Wilde Brothers: You never know when you’ll suddenly meet the one.

“The Forgotten Child: …Book 1 – The Outsiders: How do you tell a man there is something wrong with his child?

“The Deadline” …Book 1 – The Friessens: Andy Friessen has packed up everything and moved his family two states away to Montana to protect his wife, Laura, his newborn babies, and his stepson, Gabriel, from the threats of his mother. What Andy doesn’t know is that they’ll soon face a new threat, one he never saw coming.

Saved …Book 1 – The Saved Series: Growing up I had dreams that one day I’d fall in love, get married and start a family. Then one night I was taken. But I survived, I escaped and I was saved. Eric didn’t see me as damaged. He didn’t see my baby as a monster. He protected me, he kept me safe…he saved me.

The Choice …Book 1 – Walk the Right Road: One woman. Two men. And a choice that will kill her.

Lorhainne Eckhart

USA Today Bestselling Author Lorhainne Eckhart’s books have been described as Longmire meets old-school Dallas, and she recently received the 2013 Readers’ Favorite Award for Romantic Suspense for her title Lost and Found. With over thirty titles under her belt, she is frequently a Top 100 bestselling author in multiple genres, such as romance, westerns, and mystery/suspense, including such series as The Outsider, Walk the Right Road, The Wilde Brothers, The Saved, and her most recent addition, The Friessens: A New Beginning.

Lorhainne lives on sunny Salt Spring Island with her family, where she is working on her next novel.

Taylor Lee

USA Today Best Selling author Taylor Lee writes Suspenseful Mystery Thrillers – with a heavy dose of Sexy to Sizzling HOT Romance.

In the less than four years that she has been writing, Taylor has written more than thirty books. Her six, soon to be seven, series track her Special Operatives, Covert Agents, Cops, Firefighters and other iconic heroes and heroines, through the harrowing situations that make up their lives. From human trafficking rings to corrupt politicians, Taylor investigates the underbelly of society and the criminals who flourish there.

Taylor says: “From the residue in my personal blender of mixed races, cultures and world views, my characters emerge. It comforts me to know that while evil slinks in the shadows, the “good guys” of the world sniff it out – and snuff it out.

My characters are arrogant alpha males and the feisty women who bring them to their knees – and vice versa… They fight hard, love hard and don’t mince words. They are dangerous men and women in dangerous times. Love, passion and ridding the world of evil? What’s not to like?”

Lorhainne Eckhart’s Giveaway:
(1) The Outsider Series: The Complete Omnibus Collection (readers choice of ebook format)
(1) Audiobook – Lost And Found
(1) Audiobook – The Price to Love
Taylor Lee’s Giveaway:
(1) eCopy – The Man In The Arena Collection: Sexy Romantic Suspense
(1) $25 Amazon e-gift card
(1) $25 iTunes e-gift card
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