Wednesday, May 25, 2016

California Dreamin' Blog Hop Party

This is so exciting! Welcome to Kelli Hughett's stop on the Smoke and Mirrors Blog Hop.

Housekeeping: If you would like to win any of our two amazing prizes, please remember to post a comment on all 7 blogs! (Comments must be posted by May 30)

Prizes include:

7 print novels from today's bestselling Christian Authors!

and a grand prize: A Kindle Fire! (and titles to start)

Monday, May 23, 2016

Smoke and Mirrors is here!

 Get your copy of Smoke and Mirrors today! It's still just .99 for a very limited time. Got Beach? Get Smoke and Mirrors!

8 reasons to read the 8 titles in Smoke and Mirrors:

  1.  Settings span the country from Alaska to the east coast. 
  2.  Sweet summertime vibes in every title
  3.  Unforgettable characters will stay with long after you've finished reading.
  4.  Catch up with today's bestselling Christian suspense authors.
  5.  Never before published
  6.  Well balanced romance and suspense
  7.  Clean reading. (Smoke and Mirrors won't offend your soul)
  8.  It gets dark later. Read longer. 

Monday, April 18, 2016

Smoke and Mirrors: A Romantic Suspense Collection

It's finally here! Smoke and Mirrors is a Romantic Suspense Collection from today's bestselling Christian Authors! Check out my title, Dangerous Alternative which is set in Southern California.

Pre-Order price: .99! Click here to pre-order Smoke and Mirrors. (official release May 20, 2016)

Dangerous Alternative by Kelli Hughett:
Summer in Southern California doesn't get any hotter than this!
When Levi Boulter agrees to work for the FBI behind the scenes in Hollywood, he never plans on becoming an operative working to thwart a plan to assassinate the President's wife--or on keeping a secret from the woman he loves, Mahari Gillaspie. When Mahari is kidnapped, Levi makes the gamble of his life in order to save her. Will Levi's secret divide them forever, or will they come together in time to stop an assassination?

Monday, November 9, 2015

This new book is a Catch Of a Lifetime!

Catch Of a Lifetime is a romance after my own heart. If you loved Red Zone, you're sure to fall in love with Catch Of a Lifetime

I was able to catch up with Cassie Parker from Catch Of a Lifetime...I tracked her down at an apartment complex just south of Front Range University. Let's see if she has a minute or two to talk to us.

Hey Cassie! Can I come in? 

Y'all come on in and thanks for stopping by. Pardon the mess, but I just moved in yesterday and am still trying to figure out where to put things. This studio apartment sure seems a lot smaller than the online listing made it appear. Then again, once I get some of these boxes cleared out it should feel bigger. I hope. But that's moving for you. Can I get you something to drink?

Water would be fine. Thank you.

I've been guzzling water ever since I got here. Sure is drier than I'm used to. Right now I'm craving a large glass of sweet tea but my pitcher won't fit into that tiny fridge. Don't worry. I'll figure something out 'cuz a Southern girl needs her tea.

How are you liking Colorado so far?

I went for a walk this morning to work the road trip driving kinks out of my back and couldn't believe how perfect the weather is in August. Cool. No bugs. And those mountains are stunning. Is the sky always this blue?

More often than not. I think it's because of the clean air. But I've also heard it's because of the high altitude and being closer to outer space.

Believe me, I'm feeling the lack of air.

So, what's on your horizon this week? Are you looking forward to another school year?

I am definitely looking forward to this year. Today the plan is to finished getting settled in and then tomorrow I'll head over to campus. I still need to stop by financial aid to give them my new bank account information so they can deposit my stipend and I'll have money for books. I still can't believe I'm getting a free education and money to live on in exchange for teaching aerobics and Pilates classes to undergrad students.

Have you met any cute guys yet?

Not yet, which is a good thing since I'm all sweaty and still wearing my move-in clothes. Maybe tomorrow. Then again, I'm not exactly looking either. After the heartache of the last couple of years, it just feels so good to be somewhere new. To get a fresh start. I can hardly wait to see what God has in store for me this year.

Get to know Cassie better in Catch Of a Lifetime by Candee Fick 

Unfortunately, Cassie's fresh start is about to turn into her worst nightmare, but God has a plan. Read more in Catch of a Lifetime.

Blurb:  He breathes football. She shudders at the very mention of the sport. After a tragedy involving a football player destroyed her family, athletic trainer and graduate student Cassie moves across the country looking for a fresh start, but a change in financial aid lands her in the middle of her worst nightmare. Meanwhile, rookie coach Reed worries his dream career will slip away as injuries plague his players and his star receiver teeters on the brink of ineligibility. As the two work together to salvage the season, sparks fly, and Reed must eventually choose between the game he cherishes and the woman he loves.

Ordering link: on Amazon:

Bio: Candee Fick is the wife of a high school football coach and the mother of three children, including a daughter with a rare genetic syndrome. When not busy with her day job or writing, she can be found cheering on the home team at football, basketball, baseball, and Special Olympics games. In what little free time remains, she enjoys exploring the great Colorado outdoors, indulging in dark chocolate, and savoring happily-ever-after endings through a good book.

Friday, October 30, 2015

4 Marketing tactics that will sell your novel

You want to sell books! Here are 4 proven strategies that will help you sell your novel.

1. Quit marketing to other writers. Your peers aren't your target audience, yet a lot of newbie writers engage the writing community with their marketing. 
  • Gear your social media posts to readers, not writers, even if you're just starting out. (have you targeted your audience? If you haven't check out this post.)
  • Focus on growing your reader base, rather than your Facebook friend list.
2. Use the 80/20 rule. Marketing isn't about YOU, it's about YOUR READERS. What are your readers interested in? Do you write nineteenth century fiction? Why not post pictures of historical homes and clothing? Did you write a steam punk novel? Why not showcase some great tattoos?
Avoid being selfish:I hate it when writers talk about themselves all the time. Be humble and feature lots of other books that your readers will love!
  • Think of your posts as bait. What will make your readers bite? Make it smell good, look good, taste good! 
  • 80% of your marketing is "bait"(reader interest) and 20% is "hook"(your books) 
3. Schedule your posts. When you've determined what you're going to use as "bait" for your audience, start a list of scheduled posts.
  •  Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest can all be managed with a monthly subscription to TIME IS MONEY, especially in marketing! 
4. BE YOU. Marketing is very personal. What works for you isn't going to work for another writer. My brother sells cars with slap-stick YouTube videos...they are hilarious! (Wanna see them? Go here) These ads are working great for him, but I don't think they're the right fit for selling my romantic suspense novels! 
  • Make a list of the things that define you as an author. (if you mention professional coffee drinker or chocolate hound, may you be cursed forever! So cliche!) Use these things to define your marketing. Are you funny? Take good pictures? Create nail art? 
  • Readers LOVE authenticity. Be YOU and no one else.  
  • Consider your budget. Spending too much on marketing will sink you faster than a lead balloon. If you don't have marketing money, don't spend it! Do what you can, sell what you can and put your profits back into marketing! (do this on 10 books and you can go to Bermuda on the proceeds)

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

To Die For

This article originally published by

Last Sunday morning, I chose an outfit that made me feel amazing. I always feel my best when the things I wear reflect my personality. Fitted jean jacket, long tiered skirt, turquoise jewelry. I did my hair in an angled French braid around to my shoulder and pulled a few wisps to curl around my face. I glanced in the mirror, happy with my reflection and ready for worship. I pulled on my favorite cowgirl boots and headed out the door, feeling a bit of confidence buoy my spirits.  


Then I arrived at church and saw her.


Nearly 10 years my junior, she was, as usual, dressed to the nines in calf-length high-heeled boots, clingy sweater with trailing ribbon flower and a short black skirt. Did I mention in addition to being 10 years my junior, she's at least that many pounds lighter?


I wiggled my toes in my snub-toed, gray cowgirl boots and felt the confidence I'd left the house with float away like a helium balloon cut from the bunch. My shoulders fell as any illusions of my beauty on that particular day burned to ash. 


Oh, what a Leah day!


Leah, the unloved. The dim-eyed sister who could only catch a man through trickery and deceit. Did she feel the same way I did Sunday when she compared herself to Rachel, the beautiful sister everyone loved? Did she feel dowdy and ridiculous like I had? Unworthy of notice, like a stump compared to cherry tree in full bloom?


I'm betting everyone reading this article has experienced a Leah day. A day in which, compared to another woman, we feel like an unloved, dim-eyed sister.


But there's a powerful lesson in Leah's story that's often overlooked. In Genesis 29:31 The Bible says, “Now the Lord saw that Leah was unloved, and He opened her womb, but Rachel was barren.”


The Lord saw Leah.


The Creator saw her. Not as dimmed-eyed Leah, but as a precious child. He saw her emotions and struggles. Saw that she was unloved. The scripture does not say the Lord saw she was ugly. It says He saw her. And he acted on her behalf. He opened her womblike a father watching over a favored daughter, the Lord intervened and blessed this woman he'd created and loved.


Isn't that what we're really looking for? To be noticed. Seen?


1 Samuel 16:7b says, “...For God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”


Similar to Leah's situation, when God looked at your heart He thought,


She so beautifulShe's to die for!”


Just like Leah, He saw you. Your flaws. Your accomplishments. Your struggles. Your gifts. Your sins. And he declared you beautiful. So beautiful, in fact, that He sent His son to die for you, so that in His beauty, yours would be complete.


Have you ever thought of yourself as a complete beauty? Yes. You. Completely Beautiful in Christ.


Colossians 2:10b says, “...and in Him you have been made complete...”


Colossians 3:3 says, “For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.”  



There are few things more beautiful than a bride, but quite possibly more beautiful is the expression on the face of the groom when he sees his beloved for the first time. Read Ephesians 5:25b-27 with yourself in mind as the bride:



Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her; that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she should be holy and blameless.” (Emphasis mine)



Next time you're having a Leah day, one where you find yourself comparing your outward beauty to another woman's; when you have a day like mine, when you're wondering if anyone ever really sees youremind yourself of this truth: You are worthy of His notice. He sees you, his gorgeous bride and


You're to die for!  


Kelli Hughett is a fiction writer, minister's wife and homeschool mom. Her first love in ministry is working with women. She and her family make their home in Windsor, Colorado. Kelli is available for speaking at Ladies events throughout the year. Look for her debut novel, RedZone, on Follow Kelli on Twitter @KelliHughett or on Facebook: Kelli Hughett: Author and Speaker or at

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Interview with Marcy Farris

Get to know Marcy Farris, the heroine from Red Zone: (Available on


Of the mind? Oh, you mean a job. Well, does cleaning toilets count?


If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
They don’t call it Loveland for nothing. I wouldn’t live anywhere else. The views of the mountains opposite the plains can’t be beat.


What’s your favorite food?
It would be easier to tell you which foods I don’t like. Sweet pickles. Yams. I think that’s about it. Brant (My 16 year old) would insert #chocolateaddict if this were a twitter interview.

Describe your favorite outfit.

I’m not much of a “fashionista”, I leave that to my daughter, Haley. But my favorite outfit has to be my faded jeans, a pair of black suede boots, and a vanilla sweater. I love wearing knit hats!

What is your greatest regret?

I regret that I didn’t see the signs before my husband committed suicide. Maybe if I’d done something more…

Are you interested in another relationship after spending 5 years as a widow?
Yikes! That makes me feel so old. No, I’m not looking for a relationship. No guy needs this kind of baggage in his life.

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment?

My kids are my MVP’s. I’m so proud of them! Brant’s made the Varsity Football team at TVHS (Thompson Valley High School) this fall and Haley is the sweetest darling in the world. (She’s still missing those front teeth) Raising them is quite an accomplishment!

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