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Monday, 26 August 2013

Book Blitz and Giveaway Sign Up


I am organizing a week-long Book Blitz for my book Deadly to Love (Elemental Killers #1). The blitz will run from September 23rd to September 29th and I'm looking for bloggers or author who would be able to help me. You would decide which date you would like to post out of the week and I will happily promote your blog in return.

The Blitz post will include information on my book, an excerpt and the giveaway I am running at the moment for an Amazon gift card. As well as this Deadly to Love will stay 99c / 77p for the duration of the blitz!

If you would like to participate (I'd love it if you could), please fill out the form below. I will send everything out week before the book blitz starts and will include a HTML-ready post (for blogger) as well as all the raw files so you can choose what works best for you. You can of course, personalise the HTML though.

Hope to hear from you :)
Mia


Saturday, 24 August 2013

Teaser (4) - Elemental Killers #2

Here's the latest teaser from Elemental Killers #2! I'm nearly at the end on my editing and the closer I get the more excited I get. 

Don't forget to enter the Deadly to Love giveaway for a chance to win an Amazon gift card. The more entries I get the more money I giveaway :)

The clang of the door opening behind us made us both jump and Kai pulled the gun to his chest instantly, keeping it out of sight as he looked back. Thankfully it was only Jack.
"Thought I'd come and check on you seeing as you've been gone a while. Wanted to make sure you hadn't fallen overboard," he said as he strolled up to us.
As he was half way across the deck another wave hit the boat. Bigger than the rest it shook the boat causing Jack to lose his footing and fall.
I screamed as he slid towards the back of the boat, heading for the gap in the railings.

Happy Reading!
Mia

x 

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Odd Emails

Like any author, social networking is a big part of my marketing so I have signed up to many different sites to get the most exposure. I must say though I have had some pretty weird emails coming through in the past few weeks on my different sites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Here are a few topics of emails I have received (the people will remain anonymous so don't ask for me to reveal them or any more detail than below, that's not fair).

  1. A marriage proposal (with an apology if it seemed inappropriate) - This did scare me slightly and was highly inappropriate in my opinion.
  2. An offer to write someone's manuscript for them from scratch - I was slightly confused by this, they gave me the idea and wanted me to write the book for them?
  3. An offer to turn someone's novel into a movie script - I declined politely as I have no experience in script writing. I do love acting though.
  4. A request for my address so someone could send me jfdjnisjdbcnwspdujc - actually you don't need to know what they wanted to send me, it's embarrassing even now.
  5. A few offers to trade picture (a few with apologies if I get offended) - I did not bother to respond to these, not only do they freak me out but I find it wrong and inappropriate.
  6. An offer to edit someone's manuscript - I was unsure why I got this as I only edit my books to a certain extent before handing them over to my editor.
  7. A request to sign a book - OK so this one isn't so weird as I am an author but it was a nice surprise as it was the first one.

Anyway that's just a few of the random and weird emails I have received since putting my books online. Thankfully my spam filter catches most of them but some still slip through and while there are a few that make me chuckle, most make me cringe and others irritate me (just ask my family, they have to listen to my rants). Any other authors out there have this problem or is it just me? 

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Teaser (3) ~ Elemental Killers #2

I have been busy editing Elemental Killers #2 the last few weeks. I found some great software that lets me paste my manuscript into it and it reads it back to me. I can't tell you how helpful it as been. It not only helps me pick up on errors as you can hear it's the wrong word when it's being read out loud but it also helps me to focus on what is actually in front of me. 

I have found that focusing on what I have written is the main problem I have with editing as I know what I mean, so assume I've written what's in my head, therefore missing typos. This software highlights a paragraph at a time and then each individual words as it reads so I can follow it - great for helping me read what I have actually written! 

Anyway that's enough of my ramblings, here's the latest teaser from Elemental Killers #2. As it is from the partly edited manuscript please excuse any mistakes if you notice one and bare in mind the wording is subject to change on release.



"You're wrong Rea. If you can't keep the wall up, then there is no point in having it there in the first place," his voice changed as he spoke. It became sadder and he seemed to become more introverted. He didn't say anything else for a while, he just sat there in his own thoughts and I didn't interrupt him.
After about ten minutes he looked up giving me a weak smile. "Do you want to continue? With the training I mean. I promise no more kisses," he said but something seemed different about him. His eyes were haunted, clouded by his ghostly secrets that creased his forehead in despair.
I walked back over to sit on the same sofa he was but his eyes never met mine.

Happy Reading!
Mia
x

Sunday, 11 August 2013

Observing the World


In a world that is constantly developing and changing there is always something new to see or discover. However, how many of you actually take the time to pause and observe your surroundings? Do you stop to smell the flowers, take in the view? What about that sunset or is TV an evening priority?


Being an author, becoming observant comes with the territory. Views turn into book setting, smells and sounds turn into vivid descriptions to help the reader form an image. And the sunset? Well that may just turn into a cheesy romance setting - if you like that kind of thing that is.

Personally, I love observing what others do - actually I prefer it to conversations at times. You get to see the little thing people do, hear odd things that spark ideas or - and perhaps the best - get a rare glimpse of something unusual or funny that is a freak accident. It's one of those thing you know you have to weave into you next book when you see it.

I love it when life throws something new and unexpected my way and am quiet happy to sit quietly for hours just watching. I get asked a lot why I prefer being quiet and listening to others than talking myself and the simple answer is; I find it more interesting and you can learn a lot. The other, more blunt, answer may be I don't want to talk to that person or I don't like being the centre of attention in a crowd. I won't admit that to them though...

I've also heard a few times that people do become wary when an author is in the room (not just me, I've heard it from friends). I'm not sure why as we're not there transcribing the conversation or actually looking for ideas, if anything we're there to be sociable - maybe. Believe it or not, there are rare occasions where we can pull ourselves away from our computers and come out of hiding but my tolerance lasts for about an hour in large crowds. Even then only the odd thing will catch our eyes. It may work itself into a character but we're not sat there judging you or turning you into a fictional being and the likelihood of anything being recognizable is pretty slim. So if you're one of those people I assure you you can relax around us!

Anyway, that's a different topic and I'm getting side tracked. Next time you're sat somewhere, either waiting for someone or are just out on your own, take a look around. Nature can be just as interesting as people and who knows? You may see something that surprises you.

Friday, 9 August 2013

Feature Follow #2

Increase Blog Followers

Feature & Follow is a weekly hop organised by Alison Can Read and Parajunkie, to promote their blogs - as well as make new friends. This week is #161!

If you're following me through F&F, I'd love it if you could leave a comment here to let me know! I can follow back via GFC, Bloglovin', Twitter and Goodreads, or 'like' on Facebook page.



This week's question: 

Back to school. Create a reading list for the imaginary English Lit class you’ll be teaching this semester.


Well I never had the best experience with books chosen in my English Lit class, I used to hate them and they almost put me off reading again. I can't tell you how many boring  books (my opinion) I got forced to read. I know their classics but I don't care for them and think they're out-dated. So, my list would be modern, current books that are some of my favourites! And yes I do realise I've included my own book ;)

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1) Divergent (Divergent, #1) Legend (Legend, #1) Skulduggery Pleasant (Skulduggery Pleasant, #1) My Swordhand is Singing (My Swordhand is Singing, #1) Deadly to Love (Elemental Killer #1) Frozen Fire The Book Thief

And remember to stop by and enter my giveaway for an Amazon gift card! The more entries I get the more money I give away. HERE

Thursday, 8 August 2013

Honesty

Something has annoyed me this morning and so it doesn't happen again I feel it needs to be addressed now. I'm sorry if this seems a like a little rant (it's not my usual style) but when people think they can easily pull the wool over my eyes it winds me up. I'm not stupid.

I know you all like entering giveaways, so do I, especially when an Amazon gift card is involved. I mean who doesn't right? But you will never win if you lie. 

Yes, that's right this brief post is about dishonest entries in my giveaway. I was checking earlier today just to see how many people had entered and came across some that are obviously fake. Not only has the person in question never followed or liked my Twitter or Facebook and tweeted about another book, the order code is evidently made up. If you do this your entry really stands out and I promise you I will delete any that appear like this. This giveaway is to help promote my book so why should you win when you're not playing by the rules? It's not fair on people who are genuine.

Nobody likes being lied to. I hate it, especially when I'm giving away more money than the book cost. If you want to be in with a chance of getting the gift card, follow the instructions properly. 

Anyway now that's over, thank you to all the people who have entered honestly and keep sharing my post! I wish you all the best of luck :)

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Amazon Paperback

The newest version of Deadly to Love (Elemental Killers #1) is finally available in paperback from Amazon. After taking it down 4 months ago because I wanted to change the size Lulu have finally distributed it once more. 

The best part though, is it's now cheaper for you guys to buy!
Support independent publishing: Buy this book on Lulu.


Remember if you do buy it, make sure to enter my giveaway to be in with a chance of winning a Amazon gift card!

Sunday, 4 August 2013

Appreciation Month - Gift Card/Kindle Giveaway

I've decided it is time for another giveaway. Not only has my blog been going for over a year now, but I also want to say thank you for all the support over the year! 

This time though, instead of books, I will be giving away a variation of prizes depending on what I achieve. To say thank you to anyone who buys or has bought my book previously, the more entries I receive, the bigger the prize is for you!




The Prizes! 
($ or the £ equivalent):
50 entries = $5
100 entries = $10
150 entries = $15
200 entries = $20
250 entries = $25
300 entries = $30
350 entries = $35
400 entries = $40
450 entries = $45
500 entries = $50
and so forth...

The number of entries will be divided by 10 which will equate to the value of the gift card so if I get 1000 entries I will give away $100! 

To enter it's simple, all you have to do is buy or have bought Deadly to Love to enter - it's on special offer right now for the duration of the giveaway! This will also unlock extra entries for you so you can earn more points by sharing the giveaway. Remember the more entries I get the bigger the prize for you so share, share, share!

I can't thank you all enough for your support and I'm glad you are all enjoying Deadly to Love! Good luck in the giveaway and happy reading :)

Mia
x

The Rules:

  • Entrants must be 16 or over and have parents permission if under 16.
  • An order code will be needed to enter the giveaway and proof of purchase at the end may be required.
  • Only one entry per household unless you buy the book more than once.
  • 1 person equals 1 entry no matter what extras they do. The value of the gift card depends on the number of people entering not points they collect e.g the total entries may say 1220 but if only 100 people have entered to acculmulate those points the gift card balance is $10.
  • Paperback orders from Lulu will be counted.
  • Twitter and Facebook accounts used only for giveaways only will not be accepted.
  • The winner will be contacted by email and will have 48hrs to respond before a new winner is chosen.
  • I reserve the right to discount any entries that do not meet the requirements or are fraudulent - my decision is final. Also entries that do not follow the instructions properly will be discounted.
  • Please be honest about buying the book. Don't just use another order code/make one up, I can check and it's obvious.


Buy Deadly to Love from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk or Lulu to get your first entry, or if you've already bought it fill in the form!


Deadly to Love (Elemental Killers #1)

The world is dangerous – but love will kill you.


Little did Serena Jackson know that one simple, flirty remark to an anonymous guy online would lead to her world being changed forever.

She doesn’t know him, but inexplicably, is drawn. She knows it is wrong but she agrees to meet.

His real name is Kai. He is beautiful. And immediately Serena feels herself blindly falling for him even though she senses a lie. She knows he is hiding something and it terrifies her.

What she doesn’t realise is that her entire life has been built on secrets and lies. The people she loved left her in the dark for a reason.

She trusted them. She trusts Kai. But as he pulls her straight into the heart of the danger the lies and deadly secrets are revealed. They overwhelm her, and the person she once was no longer exists as she is thrown into a ruthless world of elemental forces. The price of truth is her life—and the world now wants her dead.




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Thursday, 1 August 2013

Feature and Follow #1

Increase Blog Followers

Feature & Follow is a weekly hop organised by Alison Can Read and Parajunkie, to promote their blogs - as well as make new friends. This week is #160!

If you're following me through F&F, I'd love it if you could leave a comment here to let me know! I can follow back via GFC, Bloglovin', Twitter and Goodreads, or 'like' on Facebook page.


This week's question: 


How do you handle a book you don’t like? Do you DNF or do you power through?


Normally I will know by 50-100 pages whether it's for me. There are two categories books fall into for me when I don't like one:
1) I hate it, I can't read another page! - If I feel this strongly I will almost certainly give up and mark it as DNF. For me reading is a hobby  use to relax with so I don't see the point in torturing myself - it's not fun. This has only happened once though.

2) I'm not really hooked but I want to see what happens with [something] - I may not be enjoying a book but there may be one small thing keeping me interested, for example how a romance turns out. If this is the case I may power through or skip to the end. 

What about you? What do you do? Also take a look at my giveaway for a chance to win an Amazon gift card. The more entries I get the more money I give away! HERE If you're a blogger and would be interested in helping me promote  this giveaway (shares/likes/tweets/features etc) I'd love to hear from you!

Here are the other blogs taking part in the hop:


 
 
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