Winners of “Goal Setting for Writers”

It’s Monday, and that means it’s time to draw the winners of my newest giveaway for a copy of Goal Setting for Writers!

Thank you to everyone who participated and left a comment, either here or on my blog for writers

The random number generator just picked two winners:


The fifth and sixth comment would be Darlene Williamson and Anne, but since Anne says she already owns a copy of Goal Setting for Writers, I skipped her, so the second winner is Kate Ennis. 

Congratulations to Darlene and Kate!

Everyone else, please check back or subscribe to my blog so you don’t miss the next giveaway–likely in April, when my new romance novel, Damage Control, will be published. 

Book giveaway: Win a copy of “Goal Setting for Writers”

cover_Goal-Setting-for-Writers_500x800Over the years, I have mentored a lot of new writers, helping them to finish their first book, and I have also given advice to writers who were further along in their writing careers and wanted to pursue other writing goals such as trying out a new genre, publishing a series, or giving up their day jobs to make a living as a writer. 

Most writers I know have some kind of goal or dream for their writing, but many aren’t quite sure how to achieve their goals.

So I finally sat down and wrote a book that will help writers achieve their writing dreams.

Goal Setting for Writers has been published under my real name, Sandra Gerth. It’s a book that will show you how to set and achieve your writing goals, finally write a book, and become a successful author. 

Today, I’m giving away two e-book copies of Goal Setting for Writers

All you have to do to be entered into the drawing is to leave a comment, either on this blog or on my blog for writers. I’ll draw the winners on Monday morning (8 a.m. EST). 

Make sure to check back to see if you have won or sign up for my newsletter so you won’t miss it. 

Best of luck!


Wow. Fifty people leaving comments to say happy birthday and enter the giveaway! I didn’t expect that. Thank you all for participating. 

Before I leave for a family visit / late birthday party, I drew the winners of the giveaway. So, drum roll, please: 

The winner of the signed paperback copy is Angela. 

Anya and Jessica each won an e-book of Good Enough to Eat. 

I’ll e-mail the winners to ask for your address or your format of choice. 

Please check back next week or, even better, subscribe to my newsletter so you won’t miss the next giveaway. 

Have a nice weekend, everyone!


Anniversary book giveaway

Good Enough to Eat1Today is not only my birthday but also the fifth anniversary of my blog. Hard to believe that I’ve been blogging and sharing my journey as a writer for five years! 

To thank all my readers for reading my books and my blog posts, I decided to celebrate with a giveaway. 

I’m giving away two e-books and one signed paperback copy of my newest novel, Good Enough to Eat. The book will be signed by both me and my co-author, Alison Grey. 

All you have to do to be entered into the drawing is to leave a comment. I’ll draw the winners on Saturday morning, German time, which means that the deadline to enter the drawing is about midnight (EST) on Friday. 

Make sure sure to check back next week when I’ll give away a copy of my new nonfiction book for writers–or sign up for my newsletter so you won’t miss it. 

Good luck, everyone!


Goal Setting for Writers is available

cover_Goal-Setting-for-Writers_500x800Today marks the beginning of a new step in my writing career. My first work of nonfiction, published under my own name, Sandra Gerth, has just come out!

Goal Setting for Writers is the book I wish I’d had when I was first starting out as a writer and wasn’t quite sure how to write, revise, and publish a book. It’s not just about setting goals; it’s about how to turn your writing dreams into reality, no matter what they are. Goal Setting for Writers guides you through every step of the writing and publishing process and provides you with many helpful resources along the way.

So if you are a writer who wants to accomplish something—writing a book, being accepted by a traditional publisher, self-publishing a novel, winning a writing contest, or improving your writing skills—you might want to take a look at Goal Setting for Writers.

For now, it’s available as an e-book from Ylva Publishing. We’ll make it available as a paperback too, once part two of my writers’ guide series—Time Management for Writers—comes out in December. 

I hope you find it helpful!

Writing Hours in February 2015

flowers-of-apple-tree-1445312-mMarch has begun and with it, spring. Maybe not all over the world, but we had gorgeous sunshine here in southwestern Germany today.

February seemed to be over in the blink of an eye. I had two new books out within one week–the paranormal romance novel Good Enough to Eat, which I co-wrote with fellow Ylva author Alison Grey, and Auf schmalem Grat, the German version of my romantic suspense novel Conflict of Interest.

I was also busy working on my work-in-progress, Damage Control. I’m excited to say that I’m very close to finishing the novel–just two more chapters to go. I really love these characters, and I already decided that one of the minor characters, Jill, deserves her own novel. That will be one of my projects for 2016.

Let’s take a look at the numbers for February:

Fiction Writing
Nonfiction Writing
Marketing & Administration
2015 - TOTAL330 hours141 hours4 hours14 hours65 hours554 hours
January175 hours88 hours---5 hours29 hours297 hours
February155 hours53 hours4 hours9 hours36 hours257 hours

Please check back on March 19 for a giveaway!


Writing hours in January 2015

February is halfway over, and I just realize that I haven’t posted the numbers for January yet. Well, better late than never, right?

January was incredibly busy, as anyone I still owe an e-mail can attest to. I got started on writing my new romance novel, Damage Control, on January 1. Now I’m almost 97,000 words into the story…and the two main characters haven’t even kissed yet! I think it’s safe to say that this is going to be one of my longer books.

I also wrote a new short story in January. “The Snow Liger” is part of my shape-shifter series and will be published in the anthology Love Spanks tomorrow, on Valentine’s Day.

Let’s take a look at the numbers for January:

Fiction Writing
Nonfiction Writing
Marketing & Administration
2015 - TOTAL175 hours88 hours0 hours5 hours29 hours297 hours
January175 hours88 hours---5 hours29 hours297 hours

Have a nice weekend, everyone!


Love Spanks 2015: Free short stories


Love Spanks 2015 is over!

Thank you so much for reading and commenting. The winners will be announced on Valentine’s Day, so please check back.

The short stories are no longer available online, but you can find them in the anthology Love Spanks 2015: A Collection of Lesbian Romance Stories. You can pre-order the anthology, which will be available on February 14. 

If you want to read more about the shape-shifting characters from “The Snow Liger,” take a look at my novels Second Nature and True Nature


Second Nature

Second Nature

Novelist Jorie Price doesn’t believe in the existence of shape-shifting creatures or true love. She leads a solitary life, and the paranormal romances she writes are pure fiction for her.

Griffin Westmore knows better—at least about one of these two things. She doesn’t believe in love either, but she’s one of the not-so-fictional shape-shifters. She’s also a Saru, an elite soldier with the mission to protect the shape-shifters’ secret existence at any cost.

When Jorie gets too close to the truth in her latest shape-shifter romance, Griffin is sent to investigate—and if necessary to destroy the manuscript before it’s published and to kill the writer.

About Jae

Jae grew up amidst the vineyards of southern Germany. She spent her childhood with her nose buried in a book, earning her the nickname “professor.” The writing bug bit her at the age of eleven. For the last eight years, she has been writing mostly in English.

She used to work as a psychologist but gave up her day job in December 2013 to become a full-time writer and a part-time editor. As far as she’s concerned, it’s the best job in the world. When she’s not writing, she likes to spend her time reading, indulging her ice cream and office supply addictions, and watching way too many crime shows.

Jae’s Amazon Page

Jae on Facebook

Find a link to all of the other participating authors here! 

My new paranormal romance Good Enough to Eat is available!

Good Enough to Eat1You know the old adage advising people to “never say never”?

I should really take it to heart. When my historical romance Backwards to Oregon was first published and readers kept asking me for a sequel, I always insisted that I’d never write one. Now there’s not only a novel-length sequel, but also several short stories that continue to give us glimpes into the Hamiltons’ lives.

I also always said that I’d never write a book with another writer. I admired writers who could co-author a book, but I never thought it was for me.

Well, you can probably guess what happened… I co-authored a book with another writer. So I hereby proudly present my very first co-written novel, Good Enough to Eat, which has just become available as an e-book.

Good Enough to Eat is a paranormal romance about Robin, a vampirelike creature, who sets a New Year’s resolution not to drink blood fresh from its human source anymore. Others of her kind think she’s crazy, so she’s looking for support in a human AA meeting, where she meets Alana–who turns out to be the ultimate temptation. Alana is also keeping her own secrets… which I don’t want to give away here. You’ll have to read the novel to find out :-)

Here’s how the co-authoring worked in this book: My co-author, Alison Grey, who also publishes with Ylva, and I sat down together and decided on some parameters, e.g., what kind of traits we wanted our vampires to have, as well as the major turning points of the plot. Then I wrote the scenes from Robin’s point of view, while Alison handled the scenes that were written in Alana’s POV.

In the beginning, I admit that I was a bit skeptical that co-authoring a book would work for me. I’m a tiny bit territorial about my writing and my characters, so I wasn’t too sure about letting another writer play in my fictional sandbox. But, as it turned out, I needn’t have worried. No blood was shed in the making of this novel. Well, there is some bloodshed *in* the novel, but that’s different.

It was fun getting a new scene that Alison had just written. I was often amazed at an unexpected twist she’d given the scene, which then sparked interesting ideas for my own scenes. I think it turned out a different, more interesting book than if I’d written it by myself. So once Alison and I find some time in between our own projects, we’ll definitely write a sequel.

See? I learned to never say never!

For now, Good Enough to Eat is available as a DRM-free e-book via Amazon, but it’ll soon also be available at many other online bookstores in different formats and also as a paperback.

Happy reading!


Writing Hours in December 2014

Composite image of 2014 and 2015The new year is a few days old already, and I just realized that I haven’t posted the numbers for December yet.

At the end of the month, it’s been one year since I became a full-time writer–and what an incredible year!

I spend the last month of 2014 mostly working to finish my nonfiction book, Goal Setting for Writers. I got some great feedback from my beta readers, and the manuscript is now with the editor.

I also did a lot of research for my newest romance novel, Damage Control, which I started on January 1. I’m already 8,000 words into the story, so I’d say doing the research beforehand paid off.

Let’s take a look at the numbers for December and the entire year 2014:

Fiction Writing
Nonfiction Writing
Marketing & Administration
2014 - TOTAL973 hours540 hours279 hours371 hours388 hours2,551 hours
January75 hours60 hours1 hour--30 hours171 hours
February48 hours70 hours35 hours--17 hours170 hours
March50 hours41 hours47 hours--12 hours150 hours
April109 hours31 hours48 hours--40 hours228 hours
May102 hours48 hours28 hours37 hours39 hours254 hours
June75 hours7 hours--8 hours15 hours105 hours
July61 hours15 hours4 hours7 hours15 hours102 hours
August121 hours54 hours15 hours40 hours62 hours292 hours
September88 hours40 hours17 hours111 hours28 hours274 hours
October100 hours65 hours23 hours55 hours35 hours278 hours
November99 hours64 hours25 hours25 hours45 hours258 hours
December45 hours45 hours36 hours88 hours50 hours264 hours

That’s more than double the 1,108 hours of writing and editing I did in 2013, so I’m happy to see that I didn’t slack off during my first year as a full-time writer.

Check back at the beginning of February for the January numbers and also for a free short story that I’m writing for an exciting Valentine’s Day event, Love Spanks, which is put together by the amazing Anastasia Vitsky. There’ll be great prizes, so you might want to participate.

Have a nice Sunday, everyone!


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