Saturday, September 15, 2018

Christmas Get It Organized is now available!


Hello friends! I have good news! My new book, Christmas...Get It Organized is now available for purchase through Amazon in Kindle and paperback!

Kindle: Christmas...Get It Organized

Paperback: Christmas...Get It Organized

Here is a description of my latest book:

Do you find yourself dreading the Holiday season? Does the word Christmas make you cringe? Christmas…Get It Organized by Deanna Martinez provides easy steps to be ready for the Holiday without all the stress, crowds and expenses.
Learn easy ways to stay organized, spend less and have more time to spend with the people you love, doing the things you love.
Deanna will show you how to make lists, shop ahead of time, have parties, bake treats, create drinks, add new family traditions and much more.
Gifts do not have to be things we buy. They can be things we make or time we can give.
Put Deanna’s organizing ideas into practice this year and find yourself laughing instead of crying this Christmas.

To view and purchase other works written by me: Author: Deanna Martinez

The Publishing Process: 
I have to say that the self publishing process was not a piece of cake. The digital version was easier to publish than the paperback for sure. But, neither were particularly EASY. I'm sure as I publish more books, it will come easier.
Formatting the text was difficult and to be honest, is not exactly how I want it to look. However, after trying and trying to fix it and make my text begin at the top of the pages, I was not successful.

The cover gave me gray hairs!!! I downloaded the cover I created and it would not fit. Finally, I went into the cover creator from Amazon (that I tried to use at the beginning of the process, but to no avail) and got it to work.

Thankfully, I now have a Kindle version AND a paperback version available for your to purchase. This book is filled with easy tips and ideas to help he Holidays go smoothly. Thank you for your support!

Monday, September 3, 2018

Book cover reveal: Christmas...Get it Organized (How I created my book cover)


Well... what do you think? This is the cover I created with Canva for my new book release! I tried using the Amazon cover creator, but it did not come easy for me.

So, I did a Google search and Canva popped up. I had used this free site before to create some book promotional materials and some Instagram posts for my baking events (Yes, I bake too: www.thefierywhisk.com)

Here is a brief description of what this book is about:

Do you find yourself dreading the Holiday season? Does the word Christmas make you cringe?
Christmas…Get It Organized by Deanna Martinez provides easy steps to be ready for the Holiday without all the stress, crowds and expenses.
Learn easy ways to stay organized, spend less and have more time to spend with the people you love, doing the things you love.
Deanna will show you how to make lists, shop ahead of time, have parties, bake treats, create drinks, add new family traditions and much more.
Gifts do not have to be things we buy. They can be things we make or time we can give.
Put Deanna’s organizing ideas into practice this year and find yourself laughing instead of crying this Christmas. 

I will post as soon as it is ready to be purchased!

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Saturday, September 1, 2018

Self publishing books...yey or nah?


I have been reading an excellent book about how to make money blogging. I plan on writing a post about it in the near future.

In addition to blogging, the author suggests writing books about what you know and self-publishing said books on Amazon.

I have 3 novels published through a traditional publisher. But, I have been doing everything this book suggests and it seems to be working. With that said, I am in the process of self-publishing non-fiction / self-help books.

My hope is to have my first one ready to publish within the next week. I have just finished creating the cover and have already edited the book as it needed some love because I originally wrote it years ago.

I will give you a hint as to what it is about...Organizing and Recipes! That is all I will say at this time. haha

You will see a new post about this book very soon...including the cover, which I am in LOVE with!

If you would like to check out my novels, here is a link to my Amazon Author Page: Deanna Martinez

Helpful information:

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Create a personal planner / organizer

Follow your heart, even if the world doesn't look at you as being "normal"

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Is Deanna still writing books? (Write Now writers conference)

Happy Sunday to you! And the answer is....YES! I am still writing books. I have started on a new endeavor...a novella series! I am super excited about this project too.

You may remember me blogging about going to the Write Now conference last year in Raleigh, NC. I am excited to say that I have registered to go again this year!
If you are interested in attending, click here: Triangle Area Freelancers: Write Now Conference (April 28, 2018)

You may also remember me blogging about author: Tara Jenkinson Cignarella and her books: Lilac Sand and Flutter. Well.... we have become close friends and she will be flying down to NC and attending the conference with me! I am SUPER excited!

Lots of good things happening!

Author Deanna Martinez-Bey: Facebook, Website, Amazon


Sunday, December 31, 2017

2018 Resolutions vs. Goals...make this your year!



It's New Years Eve and I can not allow this year to go by without posting my annual "Resolutions vs. Goals" post. I always find it encouraging and I hope you do to! I am all about offering encouragement as I appreciate when encouragement is offered to me. 

2018 Is your year to move forward with creating your perfect life. Leave the past behind and move forward into a happy, healthy new year.

Resolution: A promise we make to ourselves and declare to others that we are going to make a positive change for the new year.

Goals: A plan we put into place to move forward towards a better life.

Do you see the difference? A resolution is a promise, but a goal is a plan. Let’s set goals for ourselves this year. Make a plan, write a list of steps to get you to where you want to be: financially, physically, emotionally, relationally. Set reasonable goals. Take baby steps towards your new future, your new life.

Let’s turn our dreams into reality for 2018!

Meditate on your goals and the changes you want to make, see yourself living the life that you desire. Talk about your dreams and goals with people who will build you up and encourage you. Make your plan and work towards it each day, little by little, taking baby steps. 

They say, "Rome wasn't built in a day". How true that is! Let's make the changes within ourselves to become the people we want to be this year. It can be done and WE are the only ones who can make it happen; join a gym, write a book, change the things we don't like about ourselves/our lives. Let's make this our year! 
A great first read of 2018!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Blog Tour for: Hot Cocoa, Green Tea and the Man Who Sweetened My Heart

Happy December everyone! I am thrilled to announce that my new novel was released on December 1, 2017!

I am in the midst of a blog tour and would like to share it with you.

Deanna Martinez-Bey: Blog Tour For, Hot Cocoa, Green Tea and the Man Who Sweetened My Heart

The schedule is as follows:
December 1st: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading
December 3rd: Promo Post @ Lisa Queen of Random
December 5th: Author Interview @ Cassidy Crimson’s Blog
December 7th: Promo Post @ Nesie’s Place
December 8th: Promo Post @ Indy Book Fairy

Here is the book trailer that is loaded with information about the book...


Ready to purchase your copy of my book...


Sunday, November 26, 2017

Check out the book trailer for our domestic violence survivor in: Hot Cocoa, Green Tea and The Man Who Sweetened My Heart...

Let me preface the following book trailer by stating that my publisher must live within my head! She hit the nail SQUARE on its head with this one! I LOVE the way it has turned out.

Please take a brief look at what Stephanie's story (our domestic violence survivor) has to tell...


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“That day, I decided that a battered and bruised physical body, damaged emotions, and
what felt like a broken ankle was not going to keep me from finding happiness.
The hunt was on!” -Stephanie



Pre-Order your copy on Amazon today!

Book release: December 1, 2017!