December 1, 2014

So many things have crossed my mind this past year. I feel so blessed that I finally had the courage to follow the only dream I have ever had, but at the same time it's been the hardest dream to chase. Social media made the indies of 2012 and 2013 the success they are today. Facebook had a lot to do with that success. Unfortunately, times are always changing and I came in at the beginning of the evolution of social media into big business. It saddens me to think had I just started a year earlier that I might have reached more readers. That my stories might be out there more for others to enjoy as much as I had writing them. However, I can't change the way of the world nor will I dwell on it, but I also have to evolve with it. Being on a strict budget rolling into year two of my publishing life I can't afford to boost posts that still aren't seen by the readers I want to reach. If I thought I was reaching my intended audience I would shift focus in that direction for marketing, but it's just not the case. With my business evolution I am considering getting rid of my PAGES on Facebook and only keeping my profile for the purpose of connecting with readers via private message and groups. I just don't see a purpose for the PAGES anymore, not without a big pocket book and that's still questionable. I want to focus my time on writing and actually reaching the readers where they are at, which I have found is on WattPad, Goodreads, Instagram, and Twitter. Marketing takes at least 50% of an author's time and I want that time to be well spent. I know I will be making a lot more changes in the new year, but you can always count on my website and blog for UP TO DATE information on releases, sales, teasers, etc. My website is under construction right now and should be ready by the new year. While there are many things that have disenchanted me in this business, there are still so many things that inspire the hell out of me and I will never quit writing. NEVER. It's ingrained in my DNA and that can't be changed. I hope I will always have your support and you will always be able to find me when you're looking. xoxo

August 23, 2014

Authors on the Coast book signing in Long Beach, CA was so much fun! I have to tell you that I am totally diggin these smaller signings. I love being able to talk to the readers and the authors. There were 13 authors, apps, a bar, and fabulous readers. R.L. Mathewson did a wonderful job putting this together and has such a great heart. I am honored to be able to call her my friend. Did I mention the view we had from the signing room?! TO DIE FOR! 2 walls were floor to ceiling windows looking out onto the Pacific Ocean and the Queen Mary. It was gorgeous. So aside from being really sick which prevented me from hanging out after the signing, I had a great time. Head over to my website to see pictures under FUN STUFF www.danihartbooks.com. xo
 August 17, 2014

So we (my hubby and me) made this really emotional and nerve-racking annoncement to our family this weekend. Of course, I was hoping it wouldn't be a big deal, which was silly since they care, but man was it emotionally exhausting. We have lived in southern California our whole lives. We LOVE it! There's pretty much one season, although we like to think we have 4 seasons, and we live next to the coast. Awesome! Here's the HUGE downside. IT'S A FORTUNE! We recently went on an adventure that took us across 6 states on the west coast and we fell in love with Utah. It's gorgeous, the school districts are better than where we live, and it costs half the money to live! WTH?! Why didn't anyone tell me sooner? We have struggled to stay where we grew up because my whole family lives within 10 miles, but at some point living to pay the bills becomes depressing. I really feel like we live half a life here because we are always scrambling. SO... we decided to move to Utah. We put a deposit down on some land and have already teamed up with a builder. And that's not even the best part! It's crazy! But I can't tell you...yet! But I promise you, it's pretty spectacular (if the stars align)! It's one of those thing you'll read and be like, "wait, what?" and then your jaw will drop. Ok I should stop teasing now. We are super excited for this. I really feel like 2015/2016 are my years for so many amazing things and because I have faith in that it keeps me motivated to keep putting out great books and building stronger relationships with all of my followers. Thank you for having faith in me. xo

August 16, 2014
It’s been almost a year since I published my first book, Reality: The Arie Chronicles. I’ve learned a lot since then and I still have so much to learn. Over the past year I published my second full length novel, A Firefighter’s Flame. It is completely different from The Arie

Chronicles and it was a difficult story to write for many reasons, but also very cathartic. They both hit bestselling sub categories on Amazon, which I’m so grateful for even if they have both hit a stalemate. I am almost ready to publ
ish book 2 in The Arie Chronicles, Dreams. Really, I guess adventures in DaniLand started last May, but I have so many new adventures coming up that I thought it would be fun to share my journey with you, whether personal or professional.

So here it begins…

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