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Okay, so THIS happened….

See the picture below?  Yeah, that’s my latest book cover (drool).  I’ve been posting it all over Facebook, which is what authors typically do to help with promotion.  Now FB has this service called “Boosting” in which they will promote, or BOOST, your posts.  They have VERY strict rules about what can and can’t be posted (no nudity, no text that exceeds 20% of the image, no profanity, etc.), and I’ve had to re-do all my book teasers to accommodate their Puritanical standards.  I figured, wrongly, that the cover of Her Sister’s Keeper would pass: not a lot of text, no “nudity” (because a bare male chest doesn’t qualify as nudity in my world), and no profanity.  This is the response I received from FB after they refused to boost my book cover (emphasis mine):

“Your ad wasn’t approved because it doesn’t follow our Advertising Policies, which apply to an ad’s content, its audience and the destination it links to. We don’t allow ads that reference body images in a way that may make some viewers upset. Ads referring to someone’s health or appearance are sensitive in nature and using images of drastic weight loss typically evokes a negative reaction from viewers.
How to fix: Use an image that focuses clearly on your product or service.”

Oddly, they’re not upset about the “nudity” they’re upset about the “drastic weight loss” depicted in this photo.  And, I can post this all over FB for FREE, but if I want to PAY them to boost it, it suddenly violates their “standards.”

Rolling my eyes so hard I just saw my brain….

Her Sister’s Keeper

Her Sister's Keeper Lulu 2015 a.indd


Character Interview with Bear from Right Place, Right Time written by Leslie McKelvey

Source: Character Interview with Bear from Right Place, Right Time written by Leslie McKelvey


Character Interview with Bear from Right Place, Right Time written by Leslie McKelvey

I love character interviews, and I REALLY love Bear’s interviews, which he HATES. Maybe that’s part of why I like them so much, lol.


OMG…book teasers!

It has been forever since I’ve written a post for my blog, but after yesterday I figured I’d dust it off (ACHOO!).  Gosh darn it.  I think the dust bunnies killed the cleaning fairy.

Seriously though, yesterday was, for me, kind of cool.  Accidental Affair was published in 2012 and I did a couple of blog tours, but other than that and some Facebook posting I didn’t do any marketing.  Wasn’t really sure how or what to do.  I’d seen book teasers on Facebook, but had no clue how to put them together, where to get the images and whatnot.  Yesterday, however, with a friendly push from a fellow book lover and author personal assistant extraordinaire, Barbara Martoncik, I FINALLY did it.  I found a tutorial about how to put together a teaser, and after the first one was done I was hooked.  In less than an hour I had teasers for all three of my books, and they looked pretty darn good, if I do say so myself (and I do!).

Now, I want to do more.  After putting up those book teasers I got hundreds of hits on my books, and they were shared and re-posted dozens of times.  Plus, it was pretty easy and, when you get right down to it, they were FUN.  I mean, what author doesn’t like poring over their book to find excerpts and quotes?

So, it’s official, I am a fan of making book teasers.  Maybe it’s just another creative outlet for my frustrated writing muse, or maybe it’s a distraction.  Who knows?  I imagine if I had to do it all day every day it would become tedious like anything else.  For now, I’m going to enjoy it, and if it helps boost sales then all the better.  A picture really is worth a thousand words, or, more accurately, a thousand clicks.  🙂

Accidental Affair

Right Place, Right Time

Her Sister’s Keeper



It’s about freakin’ time….

Well, it finally happened.  On January 31, 2015, Right Place, Right Time was released, more than two years after Accidental Affair.  Why did it take so long?  I suppose the short answer is…life.

I don’t know what the workings are behind the scenes.  I’m just a writer.  My brain starts twitching, my fingers hit the keyboard, and I tell a story.  Once the publisher gets hold of it, that’s where my knowledge stops.  When we start edits, I make the necessary changes, and back to the publisher it goes.  Do I wish I knew more?  Yeah.  Do I know how to go about that?  Nope.

In a way I don’t want to trespass.  I feel so blessed to have a publisher, one who has contracted a total of four books.  Numbers one and two are out, my editor and I are more than two-thirds of the way through book #3, and then it will be on to book number four.  On the other hand I feel I have a right to know what is happening with my own work.  I know the publishers have a lot on their plates, I’m not their only author, but I AM one of the side dishes decorating that fine china.

I hope my next novel, Her Sister’s Keeper, doesn’t take as long to put out.  The fact we’re so far into the editing process gives me hope that my third book will be out before the end of the year.  However, there is that thing I mentioned earlier: LIFE.  I can’t control that (you’re SHOCKED, I know), so I will just continue to write, continue to do edits and work with my publishers, and pray Life bothers someone else for a while.

In the meantime, I will promote the two books I have.  If you read Accidental Affair and fell in love with Special Agent Ted “Bear” Bristol, you need to pick up Right Place, Right Time.  My second novel is Bear’s story, and the early reviews have so far been five-stars (YIPPEEE!).  Then, it’ll be Sheriff Grant Donovan’s turn in Her Sister’s Keeper.  LOVE me some Alpha males….

Pick up Bear’s story right here:

Right Place Right Time Amazon US

Right Place Right Time Amazon UK

Right Place Right Time Nook

Right Place Right Time LuLu

Right Place Right Time Smashwords

Right Place Right Time Bookstrand

And, if you haven’t had the chance to read Accidental Affair, here is the link:


#Meet My Character

I’ve been invited by Glenda Horsfall to participate in a “Meet My Character” blog hop.  She is a wonderful writer and great supporter, and you should definitely check her out.  Enjoy!


Glenda Horsfall was born and brought up in the beautiful city of Edinburgh.

From an early age she was an avid reader. She became engrossed in reading romance novels in her early teens and promised herself that one day she would sit down and write her own.

That dream has now been achieved with the publication of her first novel ‘Playing for Keeps’.  A tale of Domination and submission, the story is also a romance with a Happy Ever After ending!

Glenda now lives on the Fylde Coast of England with her own hero. She has a grown up son and three beautiful grand-daughters.

Having worked for many years as an Accountant, she loves being able to let her creative imagination run wild as she creates romantic stories for you to enjoy.






Hey, Bear!  Bear, are you there?

“Really?  I’m always here, aren’t I?”

No, not always, but I need you right now.

He arches one blonde eyebrow.  “Need me for what?”

I’m doing a blog hop.  I need you to answer some questions for the readers.

He purses his lips at me and gives me a bored look.  “Fine.  Fire away.”

So, tell us your name, and whether you are a fictional or historic character.

Blue eyes roll.  “This is ridiculous.”


He huffs in annoyance and crosses his arms over a broad, muscled chest.  “I’m FBI Special Agent Ted Bristol, but my friends call me Bear.  And, I’m fictional, not historic, a fact for which I’m extremely grateful.  Much less press that way.”

Was that so hard?

“Let’s get this over with.  Next question.”

Okay.  Where is your story set, and what should we know about you?

He sighs.  “The story is set in Colorado, and they should know I dislike doing this.”

I frown at him.  Bear.

Another sigh.  “I’m a firearms expert, mixed martial-arts instructor, and I’ve been employed with the Bureau for more than 17 years.  I’m 6’8” tall and weigh in at about 280.  If you’re a good guy, I’m your best friend.  If you’re a bad guy…I’m your worst nightmare.”

Ooh, I like that!  Now, we’d like to know what messes up your life.  So, spill it, Special Agent Bristol.

He groans and runs a hand over his face.  “Leslie….”


“All right.  You asked for it.  When I was a rookie I got involved with a witness, and it ended in disaster.  That experience was enough to keep me a bachelor for the next 15 years.”

Is that the main conflict of the story?

“No.  It’s an underlying conflict, but the fact that Beth’s life is in danger is the main conflict.  Luckily, you made me smart enough to save her.”

Which answers the next question, “What is your personal goal?”.

“Yes, it does.  Now, moving on….”

We’re almost done.  What’s the working title of your and Beth’s story?

“Right Place, Right Time, which is very apropos.”

And, when can we expect this masterpiece of romantic suspense to be released?

“Well, you’re in final edits now, so hopefully by the end of 2014.  Then, maybe you’ll finally have me out of your head and I won’t have to do anymore of this.  Can I go back to my job now?”

Sorry, Bear, but I don’t think you’ll ever be out of my head, and yes, you can go back to your job now.  Tell Beth I said hello!  Sigh…he is SO hot…!

“I heard that.”



If you want to meet Bear, he makes his first appearance in my debut novel, Accidental Affair.  Check it out!

You can also check me out on Facebook, where I’m posting excerpts from Accidental Affair AND Right Place, Right Time!




The Doggone Days of Summer….

I’ve always loved summer, at least I did when I lived on California’s Central Coast where the mercury RARELY gets above 85 degrees.  My current location is much closer to Hell’s front door, at least that’s what it feels like when I leave my air-conditioned house and face the blast furnace outside.  Growing up in such a mild climate has made me a weather wimp.  Too hot or too cold, and I shut down.

This summer has had its ups and downs.  I’m working on the edits for my next release (YEA!), but it probably won’t be published until sometime in the fall.  I’ve written two more manuscripts (another YEA!), but I really can’t do anything with them until everything with the current WIPs (that’s works-in-progress for all those non-author types) gets sorted out.  So, what do I do?  Travel?  No.  Two boys, 15 and 10, and long car rides?  I don’t think so.  Besides gas is almost $4 a gallon here.  My hubby HATES San Francisco, so if I want to go there I have to go without him.  Cycle back around to me, two boys, and long car rides.  Nope again.  It’s too dry to go shooting.  Last summer we went out to the range with a bunch of friends and a ricochet started a brush fire.  The property owners showed us the door and we haven’t been allowed back.  Grumble, grumble….  It’s not like we started the fire on PURPOSE.  Argh.

So, what have I been doing?  Well, believe it or not, I’m already working on another story.  This is a little departure for me, more rom-com and less romantic-suspense, but even that has been affected by the lethargy that accompanies summer heat and boredom.  It started out well, but with everything else going on in my life the stress seems to be choking off the outlets for my creative juices.  I can feel them pooling beneath my brain and if something doesn’t give soon, I may quite literally have a blowout.

Only authors will understand that last sentence.  People who write fiction are the only people who are allowed to live outside of the mental hospitals and not be medicated, even though they have voices in their heads.  I wouldn’t have it any other way.  Maybe as fall draws closer and the temps come down to a level that doesn’t have me blistering every time I set foot outside, that flood of inspiration will carry me away again.  Actually, I know it will.  It always does.  After all, where else are all those juices going to go but out?  Hmmm.  I guess if my backside expands three or four sizes overnight we’ll know the answer to that question.  And for that mental picture, YOU ARE WELCOME!  🙂