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Keri Ford in 2013. 10 releases…3 series…1 new world!

Most writers make goals. They may be monthly, quarterly, yearly–I even have some out that I hope to accomplish over the next two or three years! Part of the fun of making new goals is looking back on what you’ve accomplished. So here’s what I did in 2013:

I published 9 stories. 6 of those were reissuing my blacklist. 1 of those was a bundle of 3 of those stories. 2 of those were a new release.

Out of those 9, I completely published a whole series and the start to a brand-new series that I’m excited to continue into 2014!

If I get at all lucky, I’ll have 1 more book to add to my total for 2013. I got sick for a week before the holidays and it threw me off my goals. We’ll see. :) if so, that’ll be the start of re-releasing my most popular series–The Roughnecks.

So those 9 stories? Here they are:

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An Apple Trail Novella Series, 1

Available From: Amazon | B&N | ibookstore | ARe | Kobo

“I absolutely LOVED this book, and have already read it three times since I bought it. It’s sexy and sultry without too much erotica, but leaves you breathless”  Cherisse Jones | 5 Stars (via Amazon)

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An Apple Trail Novella Series, 2

Available From:  Amazon | B&N | Apple All Romance Ebooks | Kobo 

“A great read, fast compelling read, hooks you in from the start. great balance of action-romance-mystery for any reader… romance syeamy enough to curl your toes without being overly graphic.” RL Jedlicka | 5Stars

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An Apple Trail Novella Series, 3

Available From: Amazon B&N | Apple  All Romance Ebooks | Kobo

“So far I have read all of the apple trail novella series and have enjoyed immensely! I recommend reading to all romance lovers” Jennifer Kight | 5Stars

“I fell in love with this series it just captures you and brings you into the book to a place where you feel at home!!!” kk | 5Stars

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An Apple Trail Novella Series, 4

Available From: Amazon B&N | iTunes | ARe Kobo

“Keri Ford is a new author to me and she hooked me with Making Her Nights. I don’t know what took me so long to read this book. I absolutely LOVED it!! A short~fun~sexy read!!” Mariann at Belle’s Book Bag | 5Stars

“Keri has the uncanny ability to make you want to pack your bags and head to Apple Trail, Arkansas and move right in. Can’t wait for the next installment!” Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

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An Apple Trail Novella Series, 5

Available From: Amazon B&N | ARe | Kobo iTunes

“Keri Ford’s unique voice is pure fun!” Mira | 5Stars

“Readers who have yet to get lost in Apple Trail, Arkansas should absolutely pick up this series. They don’t have to be read in order, but once you start you’ll be hooked.” Dahlia | 5Stars

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An Apple Trail Novella Series, 6

Available From:  Amazon | B&N | ARe | Apple* | Kobo*

*This is a new release. Apple and Kobo shut down over the holidays! Look for this title available from the sellers shortly after the new year.

“I have enjoyed these quick, sexy novellas in Keri Ford’s Apple Trail series for the most part, and Chasing Her Trail, might be my favorite of the group.” A. Schreiner “smexybooks” | 4Stars

” love this series. It’s honest, real and makes my heart go pitter patter. Having said all that, Keri Ford has given us an ending fitting to her series. I think I say this with each book of hers I read, but this is her best work yet!” Nikki B | 5Stars

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An Apple Trail Novella Series, Bundle 1

Get the first three stories in Apple Trail in one easy collection!

Available From: Amazon B&N | | Apple Kobo All Romance Ebooks

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My all new series – Chester Farms

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A Chester Farms Novella

Available From: Amazon B&N | ARe iBookstore Kobo

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“This is a great book. Keri Ford includes some witty humor — especially the shower part for Tasha! Pick this one up. You’ll be happy to have it as part of your book collection.” WolfeMama | 5Stars
“I always enjoy Keri’s books! They are are always good for a “hot read”. Keep it up and I’ll keep reading” T Mac | 5Stars
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A Chester Farms Novel, 1

Available From: Carina Press | Amazon B&N | ARe | iBookstore Kobo
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“Crazy, nosy busybodies are everywhere and some really good ones live in Bella Warren! Fun read for vacation, beach or any time!” Homeschool Mom of 6 | 5Stars
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“I recommend this book to anyone with a true romantic heart.” The Kindle Book Reviews | 5Stars
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Look for the start to The Roughnecks soon!

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Happy New Year! It was great in 2013 and I can’t wait for what 2014 brings!!

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This week in Keri’s life.

This post could also be titled as “Watch Keri Procrastinate” but then if my editor is watching there’s that whole guilt thing I’ll have to deal will. So we’re just going to dress this post up as a week in my life (or summary, more or less, if you follow me elsewhere on this fast-paced web thing) and it becomes marketing or something.

I smell a winner!

So anyway. This week–

It’s FAIR WEEK!!! Yes. So excited. Can’t wait for tonight so I can nab some funnel cake and a caramel apple. It’s the only reason I live for the fair. Fun fact, on son’s field trip to the fair to watch the exhibit, another mom got bit on the butt by a goat. True Story. Glad she had jeans on, cause that would have hurt in my yoga pants.

I harvested my first pumpkin from the garden and pureed it. Oh heavenly scent! That sweetheart will be pie for my family reunion next weekend!

And Pup caught a mouse. Even though it was cornered in the bottom of a bathroom trashcan, SHE CAUGHT A MOUSE. I’ve been trying to get her to learn what “EEAAAAAKKKKK!!!!! FLUFFFFFFFF!!!!! GET THE MOUSE!!! GET IT!!!” means for about two months now. Up to this point she would just hide in her bed at this scream. (okay, and even this point. I had to coax her to it. She doesn’t like loud screaming. Once she saw what was going on though, she was all over it.) I think she got it. She was ridiculously pleased with herself as she played with her new toy in the yard.

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What’s that say?

I’m having a kid day with Son. He’s got a big test this afternoon, so we’re just taking it easy. Then he pulls out this lego (that I believe came from a Ninja-go set) and asks what it says. I speak English and that’s about it other some sprinkling of Spanish thanks in large part to Dora and Diego.

So…any ideas? I think it might be Japanese (IF the piece came from a Ninja-go set) as the Ninja-go series is based on a former series that was set in feudal Japan(according to the ever not-to-trusty Wikipedia!). that’s all I have going for me. any ideas?

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Senior Sidewalk

I posted on twitter earlier about seeing the Senior Sidewalk for this year’s seniors from my high school. Couple people didn’t know what this was and by some hot luck, I found my picture stamping my name in–

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The sidewalks start up by the flag pole by the cafeteria. Every new class, a new section is poured. Most of the sidewalks are in front of the high school (that’s where mine is). They just keep adding more rows as more classes graduate. The school also includes names of students who passed away far too soon and never saw their graduation day :(

By each name, is a new penny marking that graduating year’s class. That section is my entire class. My sister’s name is somewhere near by and by the time all our kids graduate, who knows where they’ll pouring at! there’s a lot of grass out there, so I don’t think they’ll run out any time soon. :)

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Your 30 Dress and Shoes

Today I responded to an email that included the words “I’ll be 30 this year!”

I decided that was weird to say.

Then had a brilliant thought. NEW DRESS.

Then I had another brilliant through. WITH MATCHING NEW SHOES.

What’s your 30 dress and shoes look like? I’m on the hunt for mine!

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Built like what?

Took a 4hr drive to ride a 45 minute long train for the kid. actually, it was more like 5hrs, because my nephew (in the other car thank God) puked twice on the way. anyway, this conversation came up along the way:

 

Husband: Runners are long and lean. I’m not built like a runner.

Me while popping a starburst: me neither. I’m built like Marilyn Monroe. I should lay around on a couch and let people take pictures of me.

 

What are you built like and what should you be doing with your frame?

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Authors Against Bullying

(Post taken from Mandy Roth with permission)

( A message from Mandy M Roth) If you’ve been following online media at all chances are you know who Amanda Todd is. She is the Canadian teen who committed suicide because of bullying. She posted a Youtube video that told her story. The comments on the video and the web have managed to both warm my heart and horrify me. Some commenters have made such hateful and vicious remarks about her taking her life that I won’t credit them with repeating them. It’s not just a few, but many disgusting negative things being said. I refuse to believe these people speak for the masses. I have to believe the majority of us don’t think “she deserved it”. And I’m guessing most of us are sickened of the stories we hear about bullying. Many of us have had our lives touched by bullying in some form. It changes you. You can often feel isolated, desperate and lose all hope. That’s a dangerous place to be.

Without hope.

I’m not the only author who feels this way. In fact, a group of us have gathered together to stand united against bullying. We want those who are victims of bullying to know they are not alone and there is hope. On Friday Oct 19th Authors Against Bullying will be posting to our blogs, letting the world know we are not okay with bullying. We ask that you help us spread the word, that you join us on this day, read our posts, hear our stories and comment. Share your stories as well. Open lines of communication to help bring bullying to an end. October is National Bullying Awareness Month and we hope all of you join us in standing up against bullying.

Join us, Authors Against Bullying, on Friday Oct 19th. We will be blogging and taking a stand against bullying.

 

*Each authors’ opinions on bullying are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of all participating.

 

Want to know how you can help? Easy… help us spread the word about what we’re doing. Tell your friends. If you can, stop past each blog and try to comment, even if its just quick to show the world we are united against this. If you have a story about being bullied or bullying has touched your life in some way please do share it in the comment sections of the blogs this Friday Oct 19th, or even post to your own FB, blog, etc. We want people talking about this. We want those who are being bullied or who have been bullied to know they are NOT alone and they do MATTER. You are ALL welcome to use the Authors Against Bullying graphics to help spread the word about our cause. I’m adding a smaller one here. Thank you so much for helping us try to make a difference.

 

Here is the author coding in HTML format for anyone wanting to help spread the word.

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Just going to throw this out there.

I share my office space with a bowflex that’s more closet than fitness equipment. There are three deer heads hanging above me and all shake when the kid plays hard. I live in a constant state of fear that one day one will fall off and my obit will say Taxidermied animal got it’s revenge! …even though the dead animals are not my doing. But you all know how the media likes a good story.

My vacuum cleaner is just behind me and a few Christmas decorations that somehow didn’t get put back up last year also share this space.

Why? Because I live in a tiny, single-wide trailer. Let me assure you, I’ve never paid for reviews. Because if I have that kind of money to waste, I would have a big house. With my own personal beach and combination theme and water park.

And even if I had those things, I’d rather live in my single-trailer with these creepy dead animals than do something so disgustingly underhanded as pay for reviews.

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New…things!

First off my good friend Lanie Jordan is guest blogging over at my group blog. She has giveaways of her new YA Urban Fantasy release that you are going to want! This is her first ever guest post, so show her some love please?

Now. New Things. Do you see anything new? This would imply that you’ve been to my website a crap ton to notice a change. And I’m doubting any of you have. That’s okay tho! That’s why I blog . So I can be all in your face with new information instead of subtle. Unless I want to be subtle.

And I have been subtle on my website. For weeks now. *does that wrist twisting chuckle with hunched over shoulders*

So, see anything new? Look in the menu. I’ll wait. Be sure to come back!

Yes, I have a new name coming. As soon as October! Gotta tell ya, it’s been hard sitting on this. And I’m afraid I’m only tossing you scraps here. Remember my friend Lanie? Go comment on her blog post and next week I’ll share a little bit more about Charley Colins and her first release!

Oh! and yes, Rough Play releases in just a couple weeks!! So excited for Jacob and Flora!

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Could there be a better deal for a writer?

Probably not. Best grocery store ever.

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