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Well, 2016 is coming to a close and it was a big year.  Tons and tons of books came out that did really well and grabbed a lot of peoples attention, and my book, Kingpin (An Italian Mafia Romance), was one of those big books of 2016. 13180926_1736689803241828_1586459477_n

I was so proud to see it do well and finally get me some attention that I’ve been hoping for for a long time. So I just want to say Thank You to all of my fans for making that book do as well as it did.

But now we are moving onto 2017, and I am excited just like people usually are at the end of the year when they get their New Year’s resolutions together. For me and my family, it’s going to be a big year for us anyway, because we are finally moving away from the island of Guam and officially going back to the United States!  We don’t know where in the states we’re going to live, but we do know that we are going back to the states, and that means book signings and being able to communicate on social media at a time that isn’t 2 o’clock in the morning for me and my wife!  This move is going to be great for us from a business standpoint, so now that we know that it’s official and we have no other option, I am excited about it and can’t wait to see how it positively affects what we’re doing in the book world. We have three book signings already locked in for 2017: Vegas in August, Phoenix in September, Manchester in November, which we are beyond excited about!  So we can’t wait to get out there and see our fans, and give autographs, and do meet & greets and just have a great time being published authors in this amazing indie community.

The books that I have planned to publish in 2017 are stories that I am so excited to write!  All of them are what I like to call Alpha Romantic Suspense, where it’s romantic suspense but the lead male character is an alpha bad ass who doesn’t take any shit and is ride or die for his woman like no other!  I learned a lot from the three books I published in 2016, and I plan on using everything that I learned this year to make every book that I publish next year my best books yet, starting with Madman (A Wilde King Novel).

2017 will be a big year for the #AuthorPowerCouple!  Writing and game-planning has already begun. 2017 is curtains up for me, personally. Enjoy the show!

 

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Destroying Carter (The Carter Trilogy #3)

Defending Her

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Kingpin (An Italian Mafia Romance #1)

Long Live the King (An Italian Mafia Romance #2) 

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Posted by on December 21, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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Well, that was fast…

Book writing is a tough business.  You spend months putting in work, pouring your life into a 70K+ word novel, becoming your characters, figuring out ways to bring them to life and get people to love them as much as you do, and it consumes you.  After all the writing is done, you spend so much time trying to figure out how to promote the story and the characters, and your life becomes edits and revisions and ARC’s and you put just as much effort into that as you did the writing phase.  You buildup and buildup getting ready for the release and doing all you can to hype it up and get people talking about, and the next thing you know, IT’S OVER.  The book comes out and one of two things happens…

One: your book is popular and you can feel it picking up in sales and promo and word of mouth, and you get butterflies all in your stomach from the love you see being bestowed on your work, and you get the urge to check USA Today to see if you made one of the big bestseller’s lists because that’s what happens when your book is selling, and you feel like you’re on top of the whole damn world!  You get anxious to track your numbers and dollar figures, and you happily accept those messages from people telling you how awesome you and your story are!  It can be the best feeling in the world!  What a rush it can be!

Or Two happens: your book comes out and sells decently in its first few days on the shelf, and then you watch in sadness as the numbers slowly fade away and your Amazon ranking goes the opposite way you were hoping it would.  You go out and beg bloggers to share that your book is live because based on the sales, it’s obvious the world doesn’t know your book is available for purchase because that’s the only thing that makes sense after all the work you did trying to let people know how awesome the book actually is.  After a little while, you accept that the book is not going to sell as well as you thought it would or as well as it deserves.  You take a deep breath, try not to cry, try not to get caught up in what the fuck happened, try not to ask yourself what you could have done better to get people to know about this book, and tell yourself it’ll be better next time.  You shake your head because you know this book is better than your last, and keep telling yourself that your time is coming, and you say, WELL, THAT WAS FAST.  It’s over and time to move on to the next book already.  Sometimes your work is a hit, sometimes you feel like shit and have to pick up the pieces and move on.  It doesn’t mean your book is crap, or that you didn’t work hard enough, or pay enough for ads, or contact enough blogs.  When you’re not one of the big names or one of the cool kids in a crew, sometimes your work just doesn’t get noticed.  It doesn’t mean that you sell out and go join a clique to ride somebody else’s coattails.  Fuck that.  You don’t quit.  You move on.  You work harder.  You just keep writing.  And it’s on to the next one.

You use the experience as motivation going forward, and you get yourself hyped up to write.  You pay attention to every book that gets so much hype and you try to learn what you can and make sure your next book is one that is not to be denied.  You get fired up, and you write your ass off.  You promote your newest releases of course, but you dive into your next story with everything you’ve got.  You strategize your cover and synopsis and figure out how to get them to work to your advantage, because you are so sick and tired of being forgotten about.  You give your life’s blood to the next book, and tell yourself they won’t be able to ignore this one.  They won’t be able to ignore any of the ones you’ve got coming up, because with every book release, with every book that goes unnoticed, you learn something and use it to make you better.  You get up, you dust yourself off, you wipe away the tears, and you grow.

Nothing worth keeping ever comes easily.  We’ve got nowhere to go but up, and that’s where we’re going.

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Check out these other great titles from W.S. Greer

Frozen Secrets (A Loose Cannon Novel) 

Claiming Carter (The Carter Trilogy #1)

Becoming Carter (The Carter Trilogy #2)

Destroying Carter (The Carter Trilogy #3)

Defending Her

Worth Saving

Kingpin (An Italian Mafia Romance Duet #1)

Long Live the King (An Italian Mafia Romance Duet #2) 

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Posted by on September 14, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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Long Live the King is Live–And Here I/We Come!

First things first… My newest baby, Long Live the King (An Italian Mafia Romance Duet #2) is LIVE!!!!  The moment has finally arrived, and my book is on shelves everywhere on the I-net, waiting for you to download it and indulge!  This book was such a long time coming, and I’m so proud to see it completed and out there for the world to read.  It took a lot out of me, finishing this book, and that’s why I appreciate and love it so much!!

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There isn’t anything that I can say about this book that I haven’t already said, so I’ll just post this here and hope that after months of promotion and trying to hype this up, you’ll believe me when I tell you that this book is the best thing I have ever written, and it will blow you away.  The rest is up to you.  This is an epic conclusion, and I hope you’ll take a chance on it for 99¢.

Now, on to the next part of this blog post–Here I/We Come!!

I’ve been doing this for three years now, and it has been an incredible journey, and I’m proud of what I’ve been able to accomplish in this short time with the 8 books I have on the shelf.  However, it’s time for more.  I’m ambitious, and I want to be great.  It’s really as simple as that.  I want more and more people to read my books and fall in love with these stories that I fall in love with when I think of them.  I want the world to love my characters just as much as I do.  So, here I/We come.

My wife, bestselling author Isabel Lucero, and I, have been being pretty quiet about ourselves since we started this.  We’ve sat back and watched as other books and other authors have blown up and gone on to be big deals.  We’ve watched other male authors come and go and form clicks to join forces and fans, and we’ve been in the shadows, biding our time, waiting for it to be our turn.  Well, waiting for it to be our turn has only gotten us so far, and it’s obvious that it won’t take us to where we want to go.  So, we’re about to be everywhere.  We’re about to be in you faces nonstop!  I’m totally not kidding.  Before this post, I’ve already done 3 live stream videos where I have given away books to anybody who PM’s me, and I’ve got another book group takeover first thing tomorrow morning.  We’re going to plaster our mugs all over the internet so that people can get to know us and tell other people about us.  We are a married couple who writes books!  Both of us are bestselling authors!  We have what nobody else does, and we haven’t shown ourselves to the world.  Well this is it.  Those days are OVER.  So, I plan on being everywhere all the damn time.  It’s gonna be me and my baby, forming our own little click, and taking over the world.  We are the new Joker and Harley Quinn.  The world is ours, and we want you to know who we are.  So, if after all this time, you still feel like you don’t know who I am or who she is, and you’re not sure about buying our books for whatever reason, you’re about to get to know us.

I’m the Joker, she’s my Harley Quinn, and we’re about to take over the world.  Ready or not.  Here we come!!

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Frozen Secrets (A Detective Granger Novel) 

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Becoming Carter (The Carter Trilogy #2)

Destroying Carter (The Carter Trilogy #3)

Defending Her

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Kingpin (An Italian Mafia Romance Duet #1)

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Posted by on September 7, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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I did it – I Wrote My Version of the Perfect Book

Okay, we’re all grown here, so let me just be real with you for a minute.  I’m tired as fuck.  The readers will never know it, but I put myself through hell for Long Live the King (An Italian Mafia Romance Duet #2).  I have never worked so hard to complete a book in my career as an author.

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I have a book on the shelf called Worth Saving (you should one-click it), and I made a ton of revisions for that book.  I added 7 or 8 chapters to that novel and it made it so much better.  It was a ton of work to get it done, but I wasn’t on a time crunch or anything, so I got to take my time and make it happen. I thought that was a lot of revisions, but that was before LLTK came knocking.

For Long Live the King, I finished the book and pushed it to (Lucky Number) seven beta readers, and while 3 of them loved the first version I sent them, 4 of them… well, not so much, and those 4 all disliked the same things.  I was crushed, frustrated, and heartbroken all at the same time.  I put in work for this sequel, and it wasn’t well-received.  My first thought was “What the hell?!?!”  Then I realized that if 4 different people came to the same conclusions, they must be on to something.  So after a long talk with my wife and a lot of thinking, my frustration turned into pure determination.  HOWEVER, my deadline was only a few days away, and I had to get to work.  So, I spent 5 days total doing nothing but revising, the last 3 of which were back-to-back-to-back and I never got in the bed before 1:30 am (and yes I had work every morning after).  I’m fucking exhausted, BUT IT WAS SO WORTH IT!!

Thanks to the honesty of my beta readers, I DID IT!!  I finally write my version of the perfect book.  Now, I’m not naive.  I know this book will get it’s share of reviews I’ll disagree with, just like all books do because that’s the way this thing works, but I believe this book is perfect.  TO ME, Long Live the King is perfect, and it never would’ve gotten to that point without my beta readers being real with me (sorry if I seemed on edge, betas. Criticism of your creation before it even comes out can be hard to take).

In the end, everything I ever wanted to happen in a book came to life.  My favorite character of all time, Dominic Collazo, is 100% on in this book.  There’s a lot of strong characters, but Dominic is the strongest and stands out in the crowd.  He demands respect, and I can’t wait until the world gets to reunite with him.

So, buckle up, world!!  Dominic Collazo is coming back with a bang in MY perfect book, Long Live the King.

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Dominic would never let anything happen to Alannah, no matter how dangerous things become, or how guilty everyone around him looks. Even if everyone he ever trusted turns against him and he has to burn it all down to save her. He’ll let it burn, even if saving her means he’ll be consumed by the blaze.

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Until Next Week…

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Becoming Carter (The Carter Trilogy #2)

Destroying Carter (The Carter Trilogy #3)

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Kingpin (An Italian Mafia Romance Duet #1)

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Posted by on August 4, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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Think Again and The Weekend!

So, if you didn’t already know, I’m in the military, and with the 4th of July rolling up on Monday, it’s a day to celebrate our independence and a motherfucking 4-day weekend!!  Whoo-hooo for freedom and days off from work!!

So, with all the awesomeness coming up, there’s lots to celebrate, and the first thing I want to celebrate is a new book on the shelves!  This lady I know, named Isabel Lucero, just released a book this past Monday.  This ridiculously awesome book is called Think Again, and if you haven’t already one-clicked, you need to go ahead and get on that ASAP.

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And while we’re on the topic, I just want to say a huge congratulations to my beautiful wife, bestselling author Isabel Lucero.  Congratulations on your 7th book release!!  I’m so fucking proud of you for sticking with this book.  I know this one was hard, but you stuck with it and wrote what you wanted to write, which everyone knows is a big deal to me these days.  You went for it and made it happen, and I’m glad you saw it through.  Congratulations, baby.  I love you!

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So, now that the 4-day weekend is rolling in, you’re probably wondering what I plan on doing.  Well, my plan is to do four things: WRITE, SLEEP, READ, and WRITE SOME MORE!!  I have crossed the midway threshold on Long Live the King, and I have my parents coming to visit on July 13th, so I really want to finish writing before they get here.  It’d be awesome to start hitting up beta readers in the middle of the month and go into editing.  Then ARCs can go out in the beginning of August!!  That would be fucking awesome, so I know I have to sit my ass in the chair in my office and get to work every day.  So, that’s my plan.  Kingpin is still selling its ass off, which just motivates me even more to make sure Long Live the King is even better than its predecessor.  I promise I won’t let you down!  Let’s get ready to have a blast!!

So, what are your plans to celebrate freedom and the long weekend?

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Until Next Week…

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Frozen Secrets (A Detective Granger Novel) 

Claiming Carter (The Carter Trilogy #1)

Becoming Carter (The Carter Trilogy #2)

Destroying Carter (The Carter Trilogy #3)

Defending Her

Worth Saving

Kingpin (An Italian Mafia Romance Duet #1)

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Posted by on June 29, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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Will The Real Please Stand Up

Me and my wife talk a lot about the book world, and one of our many conversations fueled this week’s blog post.  I’m not calling anybody out, but I’m curious about something.  So, I have a question for readers out there.

What makes you want to read a new author?  The author might not be new to publishing, but maybe they’re new to you.  So, what makes you want to read them?

Here’s why I ask this question: there seems to be a lot of gimmicks in the indie world.  Everybody wants to be the next big thing and they want to be it now.  Writing a book is complicated and it isn’t easy.  If it’s easy to you, you’re probably doing it wrong or missing a step or two somewhere in the process.  Every book I’ve ever written has been a challenge, but it’s the challenge that has made me a better writer for the next one.  It’s the challenge and my ability to get better that I rely on to mold my writing to better create the stories book fans want to read, and now that I’m writing the stories I’ve always wanted to write, I know my books will sell, and in the meantime, I’m gonna give you the real me.  I don’t think I’m doing anything special, either.  This is the process of becoming great.  This is what makes you last forever in the hearts of your fans.  Write, sell less than you hoped for, write more and become better, sell better, and always be true to yourself.  That’s it.  This is how the game goes if you want to be in it for the long run.  This is how I think all authors should do it.

Then why are there so many gimmicks out there?  Here’s how I define gimmick in the book world: a thing you use to help you sell better when you can’t rely on your writing.  The gimmick seems to be the go-to thing for new authors who want success as fast as possible.  Now, I can’t get into the specifics about the gimmicks without outing the authors, so I won’t go there, but I will say this: I really respect the authors who let their work speak for itself.  I respect the real authors who write for a while without ever giving up, honing their skills before finally having that bestseller.  A lot of authors have come and gone trying to rely on their gimmicks to sell books, but it’s the authors who write for years, like their lives depend on it, who last in this game.  Those writers become great writers because of those years.  It’s the struggle that makes you a real author, because the struggle makes you better.  It makes you hungrier and more worthy of the success you worked so long and hard for.

So, if you’re an aspiring author who wants success in this game, the first step is accepting that it’s not supposed to happen overnight.  Nothing worth keeping comes easily, and nothing that was meant to last happens overnight.  This is how the process should go: write, struggle, struggle so much that you contemplate quitting, keep writing, persevere, and above all else, BE YOURSELF.  A gimmick may put you in the spotlight for a while, but it won’t keep you there.  Eventually, your writing will have to be the thing that stands out.  So, will the real authors please stand up?

Until next week…

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Frozen Secrets (A Detective Granger Novel) 

Claiming Carter (The Carter Trilogy #1)

Becoming Carter (The Carter Trilogy #2)

Destroying Carter (The Carter Trilogy #3)

Defending Her

Worth Saving

Kingpin (An Italian Mafia Romance Duet #1)

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Posted by on June 22, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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You Made Me International!! Thank you!!

When the idea of writing Kingpin came to me, I was beyond excited.  The plot exited me, the title exited me, and I had a feeling it was going to be my best and favorite novel.  Well, after all the writing and just over a week of being live, everything that I thought has come true!  Kingpin has had the best first week of love and sales I’ve ever had!!  As I write this, Kingpin is on multiple bestseller’s lists in the US, UK, and Australia!!  Are you effing kidding me!?!

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I don’t want to go into a big, long blog post this time.  I just want to shout a big THANK YOU to everyone out there reading and talking about Kingpin!!  I’ve been through a lot with this book world.  I’ve fallen flat on my face trying to figure myself out over the last 3 years, switching genres left and right, trying to figure out what readers wanted to read.  With Kingpin, I finally figured out that it’s okay to be me.  It’s okay to write what I want, and to see it getting so much love is so huge to me!!  I couldn’t be more thankful to all of you!!  A lot of the people who are reading Kingpin have never ready anything from me before.  Almost all of the blogs who are sharing Kingpin have never heard of me.  This book is getting support like it’s my debut, and I’m beyond thrilled.  I’ll get a little more personal next blog, like I usually do, but for this one, I just want to say THANK YOU!!  THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!

Until Next Time…

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Check out these other great titles from W.S. Greer

Frozen Secrets (A Detective Granger Novel) 

Claiming Carter (The Carter Trilogy #1)

Becoming Carter (The Carter Trilogy #2)

Destroying Carter (The Carter Trilogy #3)

Defending Her

Worth Saving

Kingpin (An Italian Mafia Romance #1)

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Posted by on May 11, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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