Measuring Success with Rhiannon Ellis and GIVEAWAY!

Measuring Success

I’m often asked how I measure success. It seems to be the question of the century because I get it, in one form or another, all the time. I never know how to respond to this since the answer keeps changing.

What can I say? I’m a flip-flopper. But with good reason…

I think success, like most things, is relative and fluid. How I measure it changes with my goals; it changes again once I accomplish those goals and set new ones.


For example:

When I first began seriously writing in 2008, my goal was to finish a book. I did, and that was success.
My next goal was to get an agent. I did. Another success.
Getting a publisher. Check. Success.
Officially being a published author was goal numero quatro. Happened March 18, 2011…and again on March 25, 2011…and yep, you got it. Success.
Lately, however, most of the how-do-you-measure-success questions tend to revolve around sales and money. Some people even flat-out ask how much money I’ve made. Considering I’ve just started receiving royalties off one book and have yet to receive statements/royalties off the other, this is tough to answer.
But that’s not the point. The point is I’m a writer. My job, the one I love and for which I have great passion, is writing, not selling. Sure, I’m required to promote, market, and sell my work/myself, but that’s not my job.
So, how do I measure success these days? This moment?
Reviews. If readers are enjoying my books, then I’ve done my job, which is writing a fun, sexy, compelling story that entertains people and makes them smile. Even if only ten people read my books, I consider it a success if those readers liked (or loved) them.
With that in mind, imagine my surprise (and feelings of successfulness!) when Bonded in Brazil made it into the Top 100 rated contemporary romance books on Amazon Kindle! Hooray! The timing is great, because, not only can I celebrate by giving away a free e-copy of Bonded in Brazil, but I can do so on Nikki’s blog for her blogaversary!
Thanks for stopping by. Oh, and if you read Bonded in Brazil, don’t forget to leave a review. 😉
Rhiannon Ellis


Rhiannon is giving away 1 ecopy of her  book Bonded in Brazil! Contest open internationally and I will leave it open until 6/24 and announce the winner on 6/25!


A few missed loan payments, and a family of Brazilian vintners stands to lose the fruits of four generations of labor. To save the business, devoted daughter Eliana Menino strikes a deal of her own to work off the family debt in service to the man she calls demonio–devilishly handsome private investor Hale Forester.


Uprooted from her childhood home in exotic Brazil to work for Hale at his sprawling Napa Valley estate, Eliana soon realizes that the ruthless man who can make or break her family has a secret past … and the power to break her heart.


  1. Why is it always the devilishly handsome ones that are capable of breaking your heart? That so not fair, lol. The book sounds like a great read, count me in 🙂

  2. I’ve recently begun to read romances again. I love to read and the typical formula romance novel of the past was only taken up when I had nothing else in my pile of books to read. Then Danica Avet wrote The Veil series and I love her books. The settings of Bonded in Brazil have piqued my interest, so I’m ready to sit back and enjoy the new (to me) version of romance novels.

  3. I would love the chance to read this story. Congrats on being a published author. I hope you have great success. And congrats to Nikki on the blogaversary!

  4. Thank you for sharing today and the wonderful giveaway opportunity. I would love to read this book. May you continue to enjoy success and a big shout out to Kikki for her blogaversary!


    1. okay I am tired and my eyes are not working so good – I do know that it is Nikki’s blogvaversary not Kikki, but if there is a Kikki having one also good thoughts and best wishes 🙂

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