Had Fun at My Book Signing and Would Totally Do It Again!!!

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me setting up my table

Over the weekend (9/14 and 9/15), I participated in the Craft Train 2 fair. There were 104 vendors, including 15 local authors. I had a blast both days. The more book signings I do, the less shy I become at talking to strangers. I sold 13 books, gave out a lot of business cards, and made over $120 dollars. Not bad for hanging out at the Martinsburg Roundhouse.

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Audrey and me

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me and Mom

Thank you everyone who came down for support! I really appreciated it. I reconnected with some local writing buddies, and reconnected with some old classmates. So surreal that I graduated high school in 2000 and WVU in 2004! Where did the time go???

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me signing books

I’m in the process of switching my paperback covers into my more interesting ebook covers, so hopefully, that will help all of my books stand out in the future. I honestly think Perfect Little Murder was the best seller both days because the cover was eye-catchy, compared to the other generic covers.

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me and Mary

The highlight of the second day–we had only 5 minutes left before the craft show was over. Some vendors were already closing. The guy beside me was having his family help him pack his stuff and fold his tables. A little girl named Kaylen walked over to my table. She was smiling, which is totally contagious. I asked her if she liked to read, and she said yes. She took me by surprise when she mentioned liking horror and suspense. Her mom let her buy Perfect Little Murder after I said the main character was around the same age as Kaylen.

You just never know what may happen 🙂 For example, I found out a YouTuber posted a video of me at the book signing! Click on the link to check it out: Book Signing.

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

10 Horror Movies That Inspire My Writing

Hola! Check out Bella’s blog to see my top 10 list of horror movies that have inspired my writing. Spoiler alert–I love slashers. Scream, The Strangers, and House of Wax made an appearance. Click the link to see the other movies that make my skin crawl (in a good way)!

Guest Post: Yawatta Hosby Shares 10 Horror Films That Inspire Her

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Don’t Open the Door Is Here!!!

I’m happy to announce Don’t Open the Door: A Horror Anthology is available on Amazon. My two shorts Man Cave and Nico’s Blood (an updated version) are in the book. I was very excited when our editor Cory Tomo accepted my work. The publishing industry can be full of rejection, so it’s always nice to hear a ‘yes.’ 🙂

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A reality TV housewife finds that truth is often more disturbing than fiction. A college field trip devolves into something stomach-turning. A lonely boy finds something strange in the woods near his house.

These and even more wait for you behind the door. Step inside and discover ten of your new favorite authors of the weird and terrifying, serving you chilling stories that reveal how everything familiar and safe can hide something sinister just beneath the surface. Each of these stories will make you look twice at the places and things you take for granted every day.

If you want to feel safe, if you want to sleep soundly in your own bed tonight, then you only need to do one thing.

Don’t open the door.

The authors of Don’t Open the Door wish to help make positive change in the world, so the profits from every copy of this book will be donated to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, in the hopes that it will help at least one person who is struggling.

CLICK TO BUY!!!

***If you check out the horror anthology, let me know what you think. Disclaimer: the editor is working on a print copy, and there’s some formatting issues in the ebook (weird spacing between words in some stories) that should be fixed soon

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Perfect Little Murder is here!

I’m happy to announce book #6 is available! What would you do if someone killed your brother? Cry? Get revenge? Check out my new suspense to see what Loren does.

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Franco was my brother, my best friend, my protector. He never missed any of my ballet practices.

Until Kina…killed him. I don’t care how many times she denies it. I know she killed him. And for that, she’ll have to pay.

CLICK THE LINK TO BUY:  AMAZON, B&N, APPLE, KOBO, OTHER BOOK SITES

***If anyone wants a free copy so they can write an honest review, please email me: author.yawatta.hosby(AT)aol(DOT)com. I can gift the book at any book site or give a PDF, ePub, or Mobi file.

Right now, Perfect Little Murder is only available as an ebook. Once my proof copy arrives, I’ll be able to publish the paperback too 🙂

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Can You Guys Help Name My Next Suspense Book? Pretty Please

Hola. I want to thank everyone who has helped me with titles in the past. I suck at naming my stories hahaha. I’m asking again…can you please help me name my new suspense book?

The premise is:

Thirteen year old Loren terrorizes her younger sister after their brother, Franco, dies. Ballet will never be the same for Loren because she was his perfect little dancer.

I’ve named the story (in my head) Crazy Ballerina for so long that it’ll feel bittersweet calling it something else.

Please vote for the title you like the most:

  1. Perfect Little Dancer
  2. Loren
  3. Franco’s Dancer
  4. anything you can think of. I’m open to options 🙂

Thank you.

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Took the Leap and Went Wide

I’ve been debating off and on about keeping my books in Kindle Select or going wide. With Kindle Select, you have to stay exclusively on Amazon and readers can borrow your books from the library instead of having to pay for it. I had fun with the program. My sales rank peaked with the KDP pages read. I got some reviews from readers who took a chance on my writing by borrowing my books.

Through all the good, this month I made the decision to pull my books out of KDP Select to go wide. Going wide will help me reach new readers by having my books on sites like B&N, Kobo, Apple, Overdrive, etc. I think the opportunity to do this will be more important than a sales rank.

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Six Plus One has to wait until February. If you want to take a chance on my writing, click here to borrow.

I hope you guys will check out my books now that I’m not tied down by only Amazon.

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One By One–click to buy

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Something’s Amiss–click to buy

Twisted Obsession–click to buy

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby