Valentines day Sale just for you!

Are you open to love?

With Valentine’s day a few days away I wanted to give you all deal from me to you.

A significant sale on one of my favorite romance novels regularly priced at $4.99 This month of February 2018 Diamond Joe is going for $2.99.  Don’t wait.

What happens when two women meet for the first time and click?

Donna is a Journalism professor at a small college in South Carolina. Working with her students to make sure they learn, she never just gives away a grade.

Steve, Donna’s husband a Journalist for the New York Times, takes ill and passes away with pancreatic cancer.  Selling their house in the city, Donna moves out to her parent’s plantation. Forty-five minutes from town living on over a thousand acres of land, Donna is content to live there with her horses and the seabirds as her company.

Dane, a young student from a farm in Iowa, takes Donna to task about her criticism of his work. The theme from Mrs. Robinson plays through her head as she contemplates what she will do with the young Quarterback.

Messing with his mind, she has him read a book about one of England’s famous dominatrix’s planting a seed in Dane’s head to stir him up.

Fate would play into their lives as Dane has a friend back in Iowa who happens to train racehorses and Donna had one that needed training.

Sam, short for Samantha, flies out to South Carolina where both the two ladies learn more about themselves in one day than they had in a lifetime.

Diamond Joe is about love, courage, and passion as Sam overcomes many obstacles to take Diamond Joe to the Kentucky Derby.

You will laugh, cheer, and cry as you make your way through this well put together novel. TW does not believe in sad endings so take heart!  Diamond Joe is one of those books you will want to read again and again.

Thanks for the follows, tweets and of course purchases!

Much Love


The Girl Next Door Updated


Many of you have downloaded and read, The Girl NextDoor.  I know, it has some parts that make you cry, but those are happy tears, yes?  Good stories should evoke emotions as well as entertain.  If Hallmark ever did movies with same-sex lovers, this would be one hell of a movie!

If I told the absolute truth, which I always try to do, some parts of this book still cause tears to mess up my vision, my nose to run, and my cheeks to become damp.  And I wrote the story!

The Girl Nextdoor is a rags to riches tale, which is uplifting in many ways.  It is also slightly naughty so Hallmark would probably have to delete some of that, which would be a shame.

I love the story, and telling about the struggles with Anorexia in a story format is unique, thanks for pointing that out.  Yes, it is a lesfic, and I am unapologetic about that.  When you understand that the differences between the male and female are not that great, then you can get into the story.  I happen to believe that love is magnificent wherever you find it.  As long as love is not used as a weapon, to me, it is excellent and worthy of a story.

Since many of you have offered some feedback on the story, I went back and fixed some typo’s, and I embellished the story a little here and there. The more that I write and edit my own work, the better I become.  I have this love-hate relationship with Grammarly but if you take the time to learn why it doesn’t like this or that, soon your writing will improve, grammatically speaking.

If you want to re-download The Girl Nextdoor, I think you can from Amazon without cost since you already bought it once. The modifications that I made did not change the story, I just embellished some small portions.  Wordsmithing this paragraph or that is what we writers do.  Much like we artist do when we look at a painting we did years ago.  We want to touch it up.

Thanks for your patronage and your support!  I recently released Ghost Signal from Colorado Springs which is a super fun sci-fi that I know you will like.  There is lots of science and love and romance. This could be a movie for regular TV.  Ghost Signal of Colorado Springs is actually YA!  I know, I can write things that kids can read…LOL  Lets face it, naughty is fun to write and read but this book is well worth your time, and it is so reasonable in price.  $2.99 for damned near 90 thousand words of adventure!



Here is the new teaser for The Girl NextDoor..


Sally’s life was about to change as it was past time for a new  “Adventure.” Magic from Scotland would play into this adventure as the Pixies were good at guiding the humans. It was after all their job.  In this rags, to riches story, Sally Spent much time alone entertaining herself by mimicking the musicians on TV never dreaming that she would use those talents for her next big adventure.

Finding love in an unusual place for a girl from South Carolina, Sally had no idea that the Pixies were involved. Guiding her and her future friends in a fantastic adventure that included romance, and music while dealing with health issues, created a bond that would withstand the test of time.

The Girl Next Door is an adult read. Thanks so much for your patronage and your support!  -TW

My Happy Place, Where is yours?

Having written many different novels covering multiple genres I often get questions posed to me about why this or that?

The truth of the matter is simple.  What I was writing about at that time excited me to do so.  What inspired me to write about that subject is another topic.

Some subject matter in our society today is “forbotten” (forbidden) by some group of people who think that they have some right to be its curator and arbiter for all time. Guess what; you don’t own shit!

In the UK I could be in trouble for some of my subject matter as they don’t have freedom of speech.  If I say something about some group that is hateful I would be called the hate monger.  In your vernacular UK, that is stuffed up! I would vote those cockwombels out of office if it were me.  If you like what I write, you should have the right and ability to read it.  If you don’t approve of my writings, take your business elsewhere.  Vote with your purse.

Now truth told, the folks in the UK are some of my most loyal customers, so thank you so much for that!

As a writer I can write about Race, Gay issues, straight issues, political issues, I can even write about romance. LOL

Writing fiction with gay couples has been something that interested me in that I have many gay friends.  I care about them as one might care for a brother or sister.  Whether I agree with their lifestyle or not, does not give me any right to judge them.  Male-Female romance has been done to death.  How many ways can Boy meet a girl and come through some struggles with misunderstandings or biases that they must get through before they reach happily ever after?

“Come on; it has been done to death!”  I like strong female characters.  I think the world needs more strong women or female characters.  Don’t confuse that with ultra-feminism, it is not that.  Women are not all airheads as they are often portrayed, and I seek to break that stereotype.

Have you ever watched a Hallmark movie where the leading male figure just made you say EWWW!

It has happened, but not too often.  I wanted to ask the producer or director “what were you thinking?”

Some men are just creepy, and I guess some male directors don’t see it.  There have been movies in the past where the leading lady had to say all the sweet nothings to someone else as the leading man was a douche.   I love the back stories like that.  When Hollywood just misses the mark, it warms my heart strangely and wonderfully. Why? It lets me know that nobody is perfect and even with all of their resources they screwed up.  Much like finding typos in professionally edited books I feel a little less worried about a there instead of a “their.”

Why am I talking about movies?

Your characters must work not only for you but your audience. When creating your characters, you need to keep in mind who your audience is.  The tropes are just that, as the creator, it is up to you to put a different spin on them. The story must have some appeal to it.  Why would someone want to pick up your book?

We all judge a book by its cover.

The cover art must pique your audience’s curiosity.   I liken it to junk mail.  I get stacks of mail every day.  Someone wants to sell me a product or service.  The phone rolls to voice mail if I don’t know the caller, I don’t allow salespeople to get past the receptionist, so how do they sell to me?

How do you sell to your audience?

In my junk mail, each piece of mail gets about 3 seconds of my attention.  Three count them three seconds before it ends up in the circular file cabinet.

The subject matter must be photographic, and it cannot be cluttered.  I need to determine if I want to give it more than 3 seconds within three seconds time.

Your cover should be just as inviting.  What does your cover say?

In my novel Diamond Joe, I do this.

On the cover of Diamond Joe, I show a young lady running on the beach in a bikini. Under her is a superimposed racehorse.  Within three seconds you know it has something to do with a female jockey. You know that horses are involved.  The name of the book tells you something about the possible storyline as it is “Diamond Joe.” Who or what is Diamond Joe?  What does that have to do with this young lady?

In the very uncluttered text, I have “A heartwarming story of courage of love.”

Now within three seconds, you know enough about this book to either pick it up to look inside or keep looking as you have a thing against heartwarming stories.

Free advice from me to you.

Junk mail must be created similarly, and most often it is not.  Just to assist those that put out such mail, if you put a letter opener inside your letter, you are guaranteed to get more than 3 seconds.  If you put your logo and contact information on that letter opener, you are going to have your company information on that person’s desk or in their hand every morning when they go through the mountains of junk mail. One more trick, if it is just a letter make sure that when they pull the letter out of the envelope, your business card falls in their lap.

We could talk more about logos, but that is indeed outside the scope of this blog.  I am after all talking to authors or writers that want to write a book, not companies who want to sell stuff.

Once you open up that cover, what are you looking for?

The tease the hook, why buy this book?

Tell us something about this girl on the beach or the horse, what is it about her that will compel us to dig a little deeper.  Who is this Diamond Joe?

I have read this book a dozen times since it was published.  Yes, I am on the hunt for typos and grammatical errors, but the entire truth told, I love the characters and the story.  Each paragraph excites me, and that is what I began this blog about, why do I write what I write.  I love what I write!

Since I love most of the classics, I would guess that what I love about them and what I write, might be in line with what Austin, Hemmingway or Dickens might have penned.

If after this much time, and that many reads, and I still want to curl up with it, with a cat or my “mews” (muse) and a warm blanket with some hot tea close by, that should tell you something.  The winter is a particular time for me and warm blankets. Tea and cats along with a good book are pure gold! Now if you add some excellent Merlot, Dark Chocolat and a crackling fireplace, I might have to pick up Cyber Subs or Perpetual Palpitation and switch to something a little more naughty.

May you find your happy place and take the time to enjoy it as I try so hard to do.  Life is precious don’t waste it! Find your Happy Place!

Much Love -TW


New Release of Book 2 of the Ailani Trilogy! and….Why?….

Know why …

As promised, I released the second in the Ailani trilogy today. Both on Smashwords and Amazon!

Passions overflow in this second book of the Ailani Series.  When magic and love mix with revenge, their morality is tested.  Discovering that Tina is pregnant, the story takes on several twists as Tina had a hysterectomy early in life.  Waking up ill, Tina soon finds out that the scar from the surgery has vanished.

Changing history from eons ago, also modify the others from her past who now seek to find her in this life.  While previous souls seem to find one another, Ailani’s mother, daughter of Pele, has other ideas.

If you like romances of a different kind, with reversed roles with the women are the heroes, this novel might be for you!  Each story can stand on its own, but one does build on the other, much like many books or movies you read or see today.

The first book in the series was a success and has been downloaded too many times to count, all over the world.  I was in hopes that an agent would stumble across it and want to represent the last two.  I guess that they have plenty of work as nobody is beating down my door to handle the last two in the trilogy or for that matter any of the other twenty some odd novels!

One day TWScott will pop up on their radar, and some agent will ask, “Why didn’t they contact us?”

Let me answer that question in advance… Query letters suck!

I have begged for attention in the form of query letters for far too long, and I am done!

“If you never hear from us consider it a pass…”  That one did it!

If you do this Query letter process correctly, it takes no less than four hours and very possibly a lot longer.  For those of you who wish to try your luck with the gods of the publishing industry, allow me to lay out the process for you.

  1. Know your audience.

In this case, you must know what the agency typically publishes.  That means read what they published or be familiar with their authors that they represent.  If your work is not in that niche, don’t waste your time.  Notice I did not say their time as most probably it is an intern reading your material.  When I say read, that is most likely an overstatement.  They “read” it much like you and I read junk mail, about 3 seconds at most and it better grab them by the balls, or something else equally as sensitive in that 3-second window, or deleted it is!  Maybe you might get a form rejection letter, perhaps….

  1. Read their specifications and follow them to the letter.

If your work does not fit the mold they are looking for from the get go; it will never make it past the intern or their 12-year-old daughter.  If they ask for 2.5 chapters, that is what you give them.

  1. Research the individual that is actively searching for your style, genre or subject matter. What have they accomplished?  Are they writers too?  How long have they been with the agency?  This could go in the audience section too, but if you get past the intern, you are now begging some agent, possibly someone recently promoted from intern to agent to read your material.  What are they looking for?  Is it another Jane Austin or JK Rowling?  Maybe they are looking to discover another ELJames.  Is that you?
  1. It is about money! Make the case why they should represent you.  Publishing or taking on your project is not cheap.  They must know within a few minutes if your material will sell.  If they have someone with some vision, they will be able to tell if your work can be manipulated to fit some mold that has a track record of succeeding.  Have you ever watched This Old House or House Hunters?  It is kind of like that.  If I take on this project what will it cost me and what kind of profit can I turn and how quickly can I turn it?     Once the agent you queried likes your work, it must then pass muster with his or her partners or the people who roll the dice.  What will it cost to make your work publishable?  Are you amiable to doing exactly what they want you to do, even if it is re-write the whole damned book!
  1. Don’t write to get rich! I was an artist long before I decided to pontificate in writing on the injustices of life, or in this case fantasies.  By all accounts, I am a pretty fair artist.  My works have sold all over the world and are mostly commission pieces. I still have a day job.  I have written over 25 novels, and they are selling all over the world.  I still have a day job.  Keep your damned day job!  Write because you enjoy it.

“TW, why do you do this if you still have a day job?”  The answer is simple; I love what I do.  When you or one of the many of my readers send me a note and tell me that they liked my book that is the reward.  That is my affirmation.  With my art, it is the same, although commission pieces, I do get paid nicely for. The odds of getting rich from writing a novel are slim and none. One of the problems is that too many think that they can write and they, like you or me, feel like their stuff is the best stuff around.  Cough, “Join a writers guild!

  1. Get connected. Joining a writers guild or even a local club will give you an idea if your writing is up to snuff.  Folks, you have to have thick skin to put anything creative out there and then ask people to buy it.  I give a percentage of my novels away for free so they can take a peek at my writing style before they plunk down money.  While none of my material is expensive, even the free stuff can be suspect if you don’t know the author.  Allowing others that you trust to read your stories is one way to get feedback.  Insist that if they tell you they don’t like it, make damned certain that they say why!  Know yourself.
  1. Know why. When you look at art or you read something or watch a movie, and you had a high opinion, know why you had it.  What is it in particular about that which you read or watched created this emotional response?  If your critics can adequately tell you why they felt the way they did, then listen.  When I wrote Under Roswell, one of my friends read it and said that she did not like it. “Why?  What was it that you did not like?”  “I don’t like Sci-fi!”  FFS!  Many have read it, too many to count and people that love Sci-Fi, like it just fine.  Don’t force something on your friends if it is not their cup of tea.
  1. Develop your brand. From years of working in an ad agency, I probably have a leg up on many as I know a thing or two about marketing.  Your Author name is your brand.  I knew of an author who wrote all kinds of work much as I do.  She wrote certain kinds of work under one pen name and others under another.  TWScott is my brand, and everything goes under that name.  With twenty-five novels out there, I don’t have much time to diversify.  The naughty stuff, the science fiction, and the young adult stuff are all under TWScott.  Currently, I am playing with a Christian book, it too will be under TWScott. Social media is critical for getting your brand out there.  Without spending money, take advantage of all of the free stuff that you can.  Don’t make others rich at your expense.
  1. If you understand capitalism, you know that one business feeds others. That is the way of the world and the way that it works.  There are services out there who will do so much for the independent author.  Folks, those are the people that make money most of the time.  Let me edit this for you. Allow me to format your text for you, so the meat grinder on Smashwords will like it.  Wait, let me create the cover art for you because good cover art sells your book.  You could spend tens of hundreds of dollars to get your creation sitting in front of you in several boxes of paperback books ready for the world to buy.  Don’t do it!

    Part of the process of being an independent writer is to learn the entire process of publishing your work.

If you decide to spend money on all of these services you could spend more than a few hundred dollars and still have a book that might sell $10 worth the first year.  Harsh?  I am sorry, but that is the hard truth of it.  Listen, not everyone is Hemmingway!  Practice writing here on blogs.  It is free, it won’t make you any money, but you will make some new friends.  I know an author who wrote a book about a passion he had, in this case flying.  I support authors such as this, and I bought a copy of his book.  I visited with him enough to know that his book would flop but, I still got his signature on the cover and wished him well.

Reading the book, I found typo after typo, and the grammar was terrible.  Amazon and others make it very easy to get your book into print.  How many times have you re-read your masterpiece and found a typo?  I still do to this day, and it pisses me off!  I can read the same sentence 100’s of times and miss the “you instead of your, or you’re.”

One trick that I use that I will share is I keep a list of my common typos and guess what I do with that list?  Ctrl F every you in the document. Is it correct or not?  You can use that with your typos and eliminate much.  I use Grammarly at the end of the process. If you leave it running from the get go, it disables auto save.  That to me is an incredibly stupid design.   It also uses so much horsepower that it often bogs down word to where word will crash.

This blog is about sharing, and if you read my blog, you know that I freely share with you.  Please share your tips with me, and by proxy others who read this.  I believe that we authors are not competitors but belong to a particular breed of people which unite us in a special way.

I hope that something I wrote you can use, but if nothing else, buy one of my books and tell me what you think.  They are all inexpensive reads, and some are free on Amazon Kindle Unlimited!  Feedback is invaluable but remember, if you offer it, I will want to know why.  Not why you offer it but why you did or did not like it.  Get into the habit of learning more about yourself by asking yourself always, why did I not like this or why did I like that.  It is critical in marketing to know why you liked an ad or not.  This process you can use in your entire life, everywhere with everyone.  The more that you know about yourself will assist you in learning more about others.


Much Love  -TW

Voices From the Past

Was it fate or magic that put the two on a collision course.

Married to a mommas boy, Jennifer decides she has had enough.  Twenty odd years of putting up with supporting her husband, and now his mother was too far.  Just wanting to go away for a few days without his mother tagging along; was a non-starter.

After the final argument, she leaves the house.  Filing for divorce, She soon finds her way to the States as a correspondent for her magazine.  Leaving the editing desk, she was now on an adventure.  Covering the Texas state fair; she bumps into a cowboy spilling his beer.  Harold bit his tongue wanting to take the mousy haired Brit to task when she smiled at him disarming him as she began to speak.

Was it fate or magic that put the two on a collision course.

Voices from the Past is a story about magic, romance, and love but not what you might expect.

Old meets new in this modern day tale of witchcraft, magic, and love.

Voices from the Past has been a good seller thus far, tell me what you think.

Much Love -TW

Hole In time

Just when you think you have it figured out, physics changes.

Sitting next to folks at lunch or the local Starbucks I noticed that many of you read.

Carving out a slice of time from your hectic day to take a small mental vacation, I came up with this series for you Sci-Fi buffs

Episode 1 through 9 are on Amazon Kindle Unlimited meaning you can probably read them for free.

The Pilot episode is on your standard Amazon, Apple, Barns and Nobles and so on.  Since it is the pilot and pulls the story together, for marketing sake, it needed to be widely distributed.

The series took about six months or so to create, the feedback has been awesome and the readership rather robust.   If you are one of them, Thanks so much!

Ben and his crew of the Brooking haul cargo from one stop to another while traversing the galaxy. After picking up some rare mineral on Treglia, a planet in the outer reaches of the universe, things take unpredictable twist and turns.

We meet earth’s early ancestors as well as ancient Martians as we float through each episode.

Ben finds himself the last human male alive on a ship full of women.  Does the race die off or does Ben and his crew think outside the box?

These are all lunchtime reads so let me know what you think!

The artwork was created on an IPad Pro, with different art software currently available on Itunes.
The story is a product of an overactive imagination always asking “what if” and Red Bull!

While there, check out my other novels.  Currently, I am working on a novel with Dragons, Witches, Shamans, Pirates, and Sirens  …

Naughty Novels

Wherever you find love you should hang on to it!

Perpetual Palpitation 

As I stated in an earlier blog, I have tried my hand at a few stories with adult content.

The reasons are many but suffice it to say, I enjoy books with a story, a plot and hopefully an unpredictable trope or two.

I recently noticed an uptick in sales of Perpetual Palpitation.

If you have read this book, Thanks so much!

Perpetual Palpitation or forever and heartbeats   One could and should interpret this to Love Always.

After a brutal divorce, instigated by his wife of many years, Ben decided he must change his course in life.  Spending his early years starting and building a mega-business, he had no time for himself and certainly no time for his young family.  Not even aware that his daughter was not really his, Ben buries himself in his work until one day he is served with divorce papers.

Selling the company per the divorce decree, Ben takes his half of their fortune, packs his car with some clothes and his laptop; and leaves California in his rearview mirror.  With no destination in mind, he only heads east.

Several days later Ben ends up on Amelia Island; he simply ran out of road away from his past.

Finding a beach house to rent, he pulls out his laptop and seeks to do that which he has always dreamt of, writing a book much like the Sherlock Holmes novels he loved as a young person.

Ideas whirl around in his head as he decides to take in some of the local culture.

Dr. Stein, a world famous heart surgeon, is also part of the culture that Ben runs into in a pub.  She is there because she lost one of her patients to greed and unjust laws.  Fate plays a role as the two become inseparable over time.

Dr. Stein has a dark secret which pushes Ben to the limits of his prudish ways.  Adjusting to who they are together, Ben and Juliet weave the tapestry of modern-day life into a story that will live for the ages.

This novel is an adult novel, but there is much more story than naughtiness.  Taking many out of their comfort zone and adding all sorts of twist and turns into the story, you might not be able to predict where it will end up.

The characters will tell you the story in their words.  My keen wit and sense of humor will hopefully entertain you.

Check out Perpetual Palpitation and let me know what you think.

The cover art is a combination of an oil painting that I did years ago, and some digital magic.

Much Love -TW