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Monday, 30 September 2013

First Draft Complete

It is finished and I actually made my set deadline! 

Standing at 80,000 words with no edits, the first draft of Elemental Killers 3 is done. After giving myself a month to write the entire book, I didn't think I would get it done by the end of September. I had some serious doubts due to some slacking on my part (I left myself 16 chapters to write in 7 days) but after some last minute inspiration and motivation I have done it with an hour to spare!

I can now forget about it for a few weeks, or at least until I can muster the energy to re-draft. 
Anyway I can now go to bed happy. Tomorrow I will be waking up to the planning Elemental Killers 4 and my new stand alone novel which I can't wait to start. All I'll say about that project though, is there is going to be no romance and plenty of action!

Happy reading. 
I'm off for a much deserved rest.

Mia
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Book Tour ~ A Shot in the Dark by Jennifer Burrows

A Shot in the Dark

Genre: Romantic Thriller 

Date Published: 7/11/2013

Blurb
Most of the patients that are brought to the trauma bay in the ER remain nameless, and for the most part, faceless. For Laney Pearson and the rest of the staff, this makes it easier to move past the senseless death and destruction that they see on an almost daily basis. But all of that changes for Laney when she finds herself trying to pump the life back into a young motorcycle rider who arrives by helicopter more dead than alive.

Skyler Smith has all the makings of the next great motocross rider, right up until he crashes while trying to perform the trick that will secure his future. From the time his motionless body is lifted off the track, the question becomes not when his next race takes place, but whether he will live to see another day. And now there is mounting evidence that the tragedy was no accident

Laney can never envision this boy’s crash and the ensuing investigation will have such an impact on her own life, but in the days that follow, she discovers a life within her she never knew existed. While the police sort through the mounting evidence from the crash, Laney has to sort through her own feelings for the handsome trauma surgeon that she previously never gave a second thought. Is he really as charming as he seems, or is there another reality hiding beneath the surface? And just how long has he been watching her? 


Buy Links: Amazon | Barnes and Noble

Excerpt

As he got to the base of the jump, he noticed his front wheel was wobbling. His first instinct was to panic. Instead, he took a deep breath and counted to five to calm himself. All he had to do was make this jump. He knew he could do it. There wasn't a chance he was going to miss it.

As he watched the wheel become persistently looser, doubt filled his mind. This is bad. Maybe I shouldn't do this jump. This could end terribly. Man, you have to do this jump. This is what you have been preparing for. As he went up the jump and started his flip, he saw his front tire fall off in midair. A brief moment of panic surged through his body. He continued on not knowing what else to do as he tried to turn his bike around and land on the back tire. But the surprise of his tire falling off made his timing off. Instead, he landed on the ground with his bike falling on top of him leaving him in complete 
darkness.

Guest Post ~ Ten Things Readers Would Be Surprised To Know About Me

  1. I’m very involved in my community.  I have been elected to the local school board, I am on the Escondido Youth Baseball Board, I’m in the Older Adults and Community Services Commission and the Personnel Review Board for the City of Escondido, and I volunteer multiple hours in my kid’s school.
  2. I’m a running club coach for my son’s school I’m the team photographer for my son’s high school football team
  3. I have hiked Mt. Whitney twice (it’s the largest peak in the continental United States) and I would love the opportunity to hike part or all of Mt. Everest
  4. I have run and completed a marathon and several half marathons
  5. I have completed an Olympic and a Sprint Triathlon
  6. I have been scuba diving 140 feet down the blue hole in Belize
  7. I love to cook and can create amazing meals.  However, when I met my husband, I only knew how to cook frozen meals and he always did the cooking.  Now I’m much better than he is and I don’t let anyone else in my kitchen.
  8. I almost dropped out of high school but instead graduated a year early
  9. I always wanted to fly for a rescue helicopter.  But because I get severe motion sickness and the fear of crashing and leaving my kids without a mom, I never did it.
  10. I have two desert tortoises.  They are endangered and can’t be bought or sold.  One is names Yortoise and the other is Donatello.

Jennifer Burrows

Jennifer is a Registered Nurse, and she holds a Master’s degree in Nursing Administration. She has 15 years of experience working in the Emergency Room and the Intensive Care Unit of a major trauma center. While she is equally adept at all facets of patient care, Emergency room nursing is her passion, and is the inspiration for this story. Currently, she resides in Southern California with her husband and their three amazing boys. This is her first published novel, with the sequel expected soon.


Website |  Facebook | Twitter: @jenburrows234 |  Blog

Sunday, 29 September 2013

Book Blitz ~ To Know Me by Marcy Blesy - Excerpt + Giveaway


To Know Me

Summary from Goodreads:
To know me is to die...

Seventeen-year-old Mae is convinced that the consequences of her poor decisions have caused the untimely deaths of her dad, sister Laura, and grandma who all die within a year, no matter how ludicrous her thoughts seem to those she loves. The solution? Run away so no one else she cares for gets hurt (even if she has to keep a GPS tracker on her phone at all times).

Desperate to earn her diploma and salvage something of her life, she transfers schools when people get too close. After switching to Woodson Prep with only two months to go until graduation, Mae keeps her goals in sight. But when she meets Ty, the "perfect boy" with his own secrets and a relentless interest in Mae, she must decide if she can stop running from the past and still protect those she loves.

Available from:

Excerpt

Saturday, 28 September 2013

Book Blitz ~ Embrace & Hold Tight by Cherie Colyer - Excerpt + Giveaway


Embrace (The Embrace Series #1)
by Cherie Colyer
Release Date: 12/20/11
Omnific Publishing

Summary from Goodreads:
Madison is familiar enough with change, and she hates everything about it. Change took her long-term boyfriend away from her. It caused one of her friends to suddenly hate her. It’s responsible for the death of a local along with a host of other mysterious happenings. But when Madison meets a hot new guy, she thinks her luck is about to improve.

Madison is instantly drawn to the handsome and intriguing Isaac Addington. She quickly realizes he’s a guy harboring a secret, but she’s willing to risk the unknown to be with him.

Her world really spins out of control, however, when her best friend becomes delusional, seeing things that aren’t there and desperately trying to escape their evil. When the doctors can’t find the answers, Madison seeks her own.

Nothing can prepare her for what she is about to discover.
Dangerous, intoxicating, and darkly romantic, Embrace is a thriller that will leave you spellbound.


Friday, 27 September 2013

Double Cover Reveal - Juliana Haygert

Soul Oath (Everlast #2)
Expected pub date: Nov/25/2013
Length: ~80,000 words

Summary from Goodreads:
It’s been three months since Nadine last heard from Victor, Micah or Ceris, allowing her to concentrate on her own life. But until Victor and Micah find the scepters that will restore them as true gods, their human bodies will require her healing touch and it’s only a matter of time until they wreak havoc on her life again.

As if to prove that, Victor shows up at the hospital dragging along with him a swarm of demons. Nadine is forced to flee to safety. Despite her attempts to keep her loved ones protected, the demons find her, and they bring her to Imha, the goddess of Chaos.


Now, confronted by her greatest fear, Nadine finds a new motivation. Vengeance. And when seeking revenge, no risk is too great, including her own life.


**New Adult Fantasy Novel**

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Book Tour ~ After the Fall by Ariadne - Guest Post

After the Fall

New Adult Romance
Date Published: 7/26/13

Blurb
The first time Natalie and Alex met, Natalie fell hard. Literally. The pair embark on a 3 month fling and after the fall Alex leaves the country. Natalie struggles to get on with her life and as it turns out, Alex can’t forget her either

Torn between what he feels for Natalie and loyalty to his father, Alex makes a choice that will change his life forever. But his overwhelming need to regain his father’s respect could ruin everything.



Buy Links: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | All Romance eBooks | Kobo | iBook

Excerpt

Heart pounding in my chest, I called the number. When it began ringing I nearly put the phone down but I couldn’t back out now. Not after all the time I’d spent searching.

“Hello?” said a very sleepy, confused sounding voice.

Shit. Mentally I counted in my head. It might be 9pm here but that made it 2am there. Not only had I randomly called someone who might not even be the person I was looking for but it was the middle of the night.

“Who’s there?”

The voice sounded a bit more awake now and was definitely Alex. My Alex.

I burst into tears. “Don’t marry her,” I whispered.

“What? Who is this? Is that Natalie?”

“Please don’t marry her,” I said, sobbing now. His voice sounded so good and I wanted him here with me, not a million miles away or however many it really was. Anywhere outside my bedroom was too far away.

Guest Post - A day in my writing life

I have a full time job, juggling that with my husband and two children and writing can be a real challenge.
Typically the day starts with getting out of bed and having a quiet coffee while checking the news before making breakfast for the kids and waking them up.  My youngest is teething at the moment (she’s two and a half) and she frequently acts as my alarm clock, sometimes as early as 4am.
Luckily my husband and I work for the same company so we do the school and daycare dropoff before heading in to work together and then leaving together at the end of the day.  After collecting the children, we head home and one of us cooks dinner.
Then finally, after both of the children are in bed I get to sit down in front of the television and write. I’m no good with silence, background noise really helps. During the weekend my youngest child can be playing in the living room, trashing it with toys and I’ll be completely oblivious to what’s going on around me as I concentrate on the words displayed on the screen.
I also take my laptop to work every day so have been known to sit in the lunch room when inspired, hammering out a chapter in my lunch break. It’s interesting as not everyone I work with knows I write so I do wonder sometimes what they think I’m doing!
Other than that I squeeze whatever I can out of the day. I have been known to type up notes on my phone in the car on the way home (I’m not driving so it’s safe!) and sit in bed late at night typing away while my husband sleeps.
There is no typical writing day, just a bunch of days full of chaos with me typing away when I can. I wouldn’t change it for anything either!

Ariadne Wayne
Ariadne Wayne wanted to be a journalist when she grew up. Real life got in the way as did her love of computers and after twenty years she decided to return to writing and is loving it. After a lifetime of making up stories in her head, she’s now recording them to share with others. Her quirky sense of humour often leads all kinds of places and sometimes into trouble. She balances writing with working full time and bringing up two children and a husband so struggles for air at times but loves every minute of it!

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Guest Post by Author DM Yates

Today I have the brilliant DM Yates on my blog. She has written a guest post with some advice for authors on publishing and saving money. Hope you all enjoy it, I could definitely relate to it well!
Guest Post
Hello everyone. I’d like to thank Mia for this wonderful opportunity to guest post. My name is DM Yates and I have self-published two works: Always, a fantasy/new age/spiritual romance and Stepping Stones to Love Honor and Respect, a book of 60 poems.
I’m a self-published author and I belong to a great many groups. I read the same concerns or questions in every group, so today I’d thought I’d address one major concern - just how much of your money should you spend on publishing and marketing your own books? What should you pay for and what not?
My budget is almost non-existent, so I had to look at what I could afford.
Pay for formatting or format yourself? I chose to format my own works. It costs nothing to do it yourself. Smashwords has a free e-book that is a great reference on how-to. Createspace also has guidelines for formatting your paperback. If you want to pay to have it done or pay for templates, it could run you $100 or more.
Editing. Please don’t skip this step. It’s important to present a professional image as an author. I always suggest having your book professionally edited. Two people I recommend are Elizabeth Maginnis and Robert L. Bacon I highly recommend Mr. Bacon’s free monthly newsletter. If you don’t have the money to pay a professional editor, then I’d suggest Grammarly costs, but it is cheaper than an editor.
What about your book cover? Again, you can pay a lot to have your cover designed or you can design it yourself. I’m not an artist so this is one area I must pay for. I use Joleene Naylor because her prices are reasonable and I like the covers she’s made for me. If you’re needing a cover for a paperback and you use Createspace, Createspace offers free templates or you can pay them to design a cover for you. Many of my friends use Gimp to make their own covers.
Bookbaby offers many services starting as low as $99 http://www.bookbaby.com/pricing  They also offer an ISBN for $19. However, Smashwords also offers an ISBN for works published by them for free. So do Amazon and Createspace.
There’s often a discussion on whether to copyright or not since once your idea is on paper or the computer, your work is technically copyrighted. I’ve read too many blog posts about authors who have run into problems without going through the Copyright Office, so I do copyright my work. It is my first step before I put my book up for sale. It’s only $35 and I believe it is well worth that price. It’s very simple to do and takes only a short time. http://www.copyright.gov/ Whether you go through the Copyright Office or not is a decision you have to make.
Advertising. Many sites offer per click ads. I don’t use this because it doesn’t guarantee sales. If you’re on a low budget, look for blogs that advertise for $5 or $10 and have large followers. If you have a larger budget pay for an advertisement, but even these don’t guarantee sales.
The least expensive method is to guest post, have your book reviewed, do a blog tour (you can even set up your own for free)and be active in online communities. Make sure your books are advertised on your own sites and that you’ve built your profile on whatever sites you belong. Set up book signings.
I’ve read comments that said, “If you haven’t earned any money, don’t spend any.” Sorry, but I have to disagree. You’re setting up your own business and businesses take investments. Just be careful how much you invest upfront.   
Just don’t give up. Without big bucks and a PR company behind you, the road ahead is a difficult slow climb. One of my favorite quotes:
On the road to their destinationLie the bleached bonesOf countless millionsWho – when at the brink of decisionHesitatedAnd were lost.


I’d love to hear your comments on this subject. What do you think is important to spend on, how much do you invest in your authorship?

Thanks DM, I couldn't agree more about having to invest in your writing! My main investment is in an editor but other than that I do most things myself. Like you I format my own work and have set up numerous tours by myself. It's easy once you've done it a few times and learnt the basics. I've considered investing in a tour company to reach bloggers I can't, what with being self-published, but like I explained in a previous post, I don't think I will be using certain companies again.

Anyway you can visit DM at her Website or Facebook Page.

You can also check out her work on Amazon and Smashwords

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Passion's Sacred Dance by Juli D. Revezzo

Passion's Sacred Dance
by Juli D. Revezzo

Paranormal romance inspired by the Celtic heroic legend of the Second Battle of Mag Tuired. Wherein a leader of the Formorians slighted a poet of the Tuatha dé Danann. His slight led to a war ….which has lasted throughout time.

Synopsis:
Battling mounting debt, Stacy Macken is determined not to lose her historic art gallery. When Aaron Fielding appears and offers to help, she fights to keep the attraction sizzling between them from clouding her judgment. He may be her savior in disguise--but can she trust him?
Aaron intrigues her with tales of the Tuatha dé Danann, sworn warriors who protect humanity from the monsters seeking their destruction. If Aaron can prove what he claims, she would give up anything to help--even the gallery he claims is sacred ground. But with her property set to stage the next epic battle, she needs answers. An old family diary will confirm the ancient legend is true, if only they can find it in time.
If the battle is lost, the enemy will take control of Earth for the next five hundred years. Stacy and Aaron's budding love might only complicate things.

Published by The Wild Rose Press


Excerpt:
Can you love a man without knowing who or what he is? Can there be love without trust? She wondered.
Been there, done that. Don't want to do it again.
Good looks, bad temper. She had scars on her body to prove some handsome men couldn't be trusted. She mentally shook her head to erase the memories flooding back and yet absently scrubbed her left foot against the old wound marring her right calf. “I've had some restless nights lately,” she said.
“I understand. Been there myself.” He tapped his temple. “Battles tend to stick, now and then.”
“Yeah. You should see some of the ones I've seen.”
Aaron's brow rose.
She sniffed, but didn't say more. “Are you ready to explain what that was about, yesterday?”
“I'm not sure to what you're referring.”
How to put this? “The discussion you had with the lawyer?”
“Actually,” he said, “I rather hoped we could forget that nonsense ever happened.”
“Like I wish I could forget Janeus and Miller are offering for my place.” She waved a hand around the room. “I'm sorry for yelling at you, yesterday. Can you forgive me?”
“Forgive you for what?” Aaron wrapped his empty arm around her shoulders.
She suddenly couldn't breathe steadily or remember where they were. She blinked and licked her lips, hoping for a kiss. Someone cleared a throat and Aaron pulled away. Stacy glanced at the student watching them.
“Come on,” Aaron said and tugged her toward the stairs. Did she see the student smile?
“Let's see what your archivist might've found,” he urged.
Downstairs, Stacy chose a reading table and set her purse down. She cocked her head, reading the title of Aaron's book as he set it beside her purse.
“Self-Mastery?” she read. “Don't you know all about that?”
“It's an ongoing struggle, no matter how advanced you are.”
“No matter how old?” she teased.
“Or how youthful.” He spun the book so she could get a better look. “Would you like to read it?”

Passion's Sacred Dance is free this week (September 24-28) at Amazon and coming soon to The Wild Rose Press store and other e-retailers.

For more on these and other books visit Juli at: http://julidrevezzo.com/
And Juli's Amazon page and author page at The Wild Rose Press.

I hope you'll check it out and enjoy the story I had to tell.  Thank you, Mia, for letting me come share a little about the tales I love!
About the Author:
Juli D. Revezzo is a Florida girl, with a love of fantasy, science fiction, and Arthurian legend, so much so she gained a B.A. in English and American Literature. She loves writing stories with fantastical elements whether it be a full-on fantasy, or a story set in this world-slightly askew. She is an author of paranormal fantasy, and has been published in short form in Eternal Haunted Summer, Dark Things II: Cat Crimes (a charity anthology for cat related charities), Luna Station Quarterly, The Scribing Ibis: An Anthology of Pagan Fiction in Honor of Thoth, and Twisted Dreams Magazine. She recently released her debut paranormal romance novel,Passion's Sacred Dance.
Come learn more about her at http://julidrevezzo.com

You can also find her on:
twitter: @julidrevezzo
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Monday, 23 September 2013

Book Blitz Kick Off

The Deadly to Love (Elemental Killers 1) Book Blitz starts today!


  • Check out some of the amazing blogs taking part 
  • Grab your copy of Deadly to Love today for only 99c / 77p 
  • And enter to win an Amazon gift card with a minimum value of $5



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 now the world wants her dead.




Available from:
Amazon (Kindle) | Amazon (Paperback) | Lulu
and only 99c / 77p on Kindle for September!



***GIVEAWAY***

Mia Hoddell is giving away an Amazon gift card this month only there is a slight twist: the more entries she receives the more money she will put on the gift card to giveaway! For example:


No matter what = $5
100 entries = $10
150 entries = $15
200 entries = $20
and so forth...
So if she gets 1000 entries she will give away $100, there’s no limit!


To enter all you have to do is buy or have bought Deadly to Love. It's only $0.99 or £0.79 on Amazon 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 she gets the bigger the prize for you so share!


Sunday, 22 September 2013

An Interview with Vinny

Today I am being interviewed by Vinny, creator of the amazing blog, Books Are My Best Friend. Here's a quick teaser and you can view the full interview HERE. Go take a look and support Vinny's blog :)

Teaser

When you're not writing what do you do to relax?I get asked this a lot and people always think I’m strange when I tell them writing is relaxing for me. I know it is my job but I don’t consider it that way because it is something I love to do. There have been days where I've wrote for twelve hours straight or stayed up until 4am because I’m so lost in my story. Writing is both my hobby and job.
There are a few occasions where I just can’t force myself to sit at my laptop though. Most of these occur when I’m tired or need a break from screens. If this is the case I will generally read, work on my photography which also happens to get me out of the house or go running. I love anything creative and practical so I find crafty things relaxing too.

Writing

I am now over half way through Elemental Killers 3! I won't lie, the last chapter nearly killed me to write as I wasn't in the best of moods, but I powered through and it's the greatest feeling ever now I have got over the half way hurdle. It took me all day to write this chapter due to my short attention span and tiredness and I was up until 12am but it was worth it.

I'm aiming to finish the first draft by the end of October so I better stop blogging and get back to writing if I'm going to hit my daily target!

Saturday, 21 September 2013

To Hire or Not to Hire

With my recent Book Blitz I had to decide whether or not to do everything myself or hire a tour company to run everything for me. I ran a 70 stop tour a few months back which was hard work so I decided to look at a few companies to see if it could save me time reserved for writing. I only found two who offered unlimited sign up for a Blitz. This sounded great to me due to the amount of contacts they had and it would save me having to send out hundreds of emails. They also had reasonable prices so I would have gladly paid them to organise my week long Blitz. 

However, even though I contacted them two months in advance of the date I was aiming for, I am still waiting for a reply to both my original email and follow up email. I appreciate they probably get inundated with email requests and it probably isn't their primary job but I find this incredibly rude when I'm willing to pay for a service. Even a polite 'no' would be better if the book isn't for them as it would at least inform me so I could make other plans or arrangements as by the time I realised I wasn't going to get a response, it was too late to contact other companies.

Now this is only one company in particular so I'm not talking in general but the others had a maximum of 20 blogs which would not be worth it for me. I wanted to reach as many people as possible so this situation forced me to do everything myself. 

You know what though? I am glad it did.

I have both met and exceeded the targets set for sign ups by the companies and the blogs are all tailored specifically for my genre and audience. I've also made some new contacts and friends which is a bonus.

It may have taken me four days to go through close to 1000+ blogs, read their policy and contact info but I have now collated the information in an excel spreadsheet so will never have to do it again unless I want to extend my contact list. I had a high reply success rate as well so it has made the time invested worth it. 

I won't lie and say it was easy. A tour company running everything would have helped because I could focus on writing Elemental Killers 3, rather than spending hours emailing. They can also reach people I can't because I'm self-published but in the end it will help me in the long run when I come to run more posts. It also saved me money I can spend on other book promotion.

I'm not holding my breath for a reply from the tour company I contacted but I thank them for that as now I have an updated list of people for future reference. I may use a different company in the future but for now I am pleased with results I am getting on my own. It may take a bit longer the first time but it will hopefully be time well invested.

Friday, 20 September 2013

Spotlight ~ TWIST (A Rebecca Ashley Mystery) by Adrienne Reiter

Adrienne is hosting a stop on the Deadly to Love Book Blitz later this month so I'm happy to host her book. Everyone go take a look at this new author's work!

Published: 12th September 2013
Length:
171 Pages
Genre:
Mystery/Suspense/thriller

Description
Deception... Blackmail... Murder... The Art World.

Rebecca Ashley (Becca) dreams in color, mostly acrylic. It's current day San Francisco. In spite all odds, divorce, eviction and mounting money problems, Becca is determined to finish school. Shortly after Becca has temporarily moved into her Professor Sophie-Anne's live/work loft her Professor is murdered. Becca discovers that no one is who they claim and nothing is as it seems.

Propelled into the underworld of art and artifact smuggling Becca has to decide who to trust. Two of Sophie-Anne's thieving business partners, a charming Brit, Clark Wright, and swashbuckling Belizian, Antoine Palacio reveal Sophie-Anne's murder is tied to a blackmailer who expects a large randsome from the sale of a mysterious French artifact. When the three fail to relinquish his fee the blackmailer murders Sophie-Anne in hopes it will scare the other two thieves into giving up the money.

Now Antoine and Clark are running scared. Only problem is Sophie-Anne was the only one who knew where the object is hidden. Now Becca must find the artifact and decide who to trust or suffer Sophie-Anne's fate.

Available on Amazon

About the Author
Adrienne Reiter is a writer, club staffer, and compulsive blogger. After graduating from Mills College in Oakland she has worked in the legal field and San Francisco art and music scene over the past eight years. She currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her miniature dachshund Peaches.

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Interview with Claudette Marco

Yesterday I was delighted to be interviewed by fellow author and poet, Claudette for her wonderful blog. Here's a quick teaser and you can view the full interview HERE. Go take a look and support Claudette's blog :)

Teaser
CM: What made you decide to become a writer?
MH: I’ve always been taught to follow what you love and happiness will come with it, and that’s what writing does for me. I’m at my happiest when writing and have always been creative, whether in the arts, poetry or novels. I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember and recently found a book of poems I wrote from ages 4-10. I just love inventing worlds, stories and characters (it’s better than the real world sometimes).
My writing progressed as I found I had more to tell and after a year of great English lessons in high school I knew it was what I wanted to do. Once I got three poems published before the age of 16, I moved onto short stories which I entered into a few competitions. I found that the word limit restricted me though so it was just an obvious step to progress into full length novels. I love the freedom writing gives you and as long as it continues to bring me happiness I will stick with it. 

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

September Book Blitz

Hi everyone!

I have just emailed out all of the content for the Deadly to Love Book Blitz running from September 23rd-29th. If you signed up or were expecting to receive content and haven't please email me and I will get it to you. 

There is still time to sign up if you haven't done so! Fill in this form if you want to take part in the blitz and giveaway for an Amazon Gift card Sign Up Form


Saturday, 14 September 2013

Guest Post by Sarah Butland

Today I'm pleased to announce that Sarah, author of Arm Farm, has kindly written a guest post for me. She will be hosting a stop on my Blitz later this week but for now here is her post!

Book Touring Without Leaving Your Home


Social media, the Internet, a poor economy all contribute to making creative minds even more creative. Book tours are not the same as they were 15 years ago unless it’s for best-selling authors and even then tours have changed dramatically.

Now, without leaving their homes, authors can visit parts of the world they’ve only dreamed of, connecting with other authors and readers in many creative ways that are much more cost effective. And with the $0.99 promotions happening to improve sales every penny counts when it comes to making a living from your passion.
I know readers who have invited authors into their home while being on the other side of the country or world. With Skype it can feel like a one-on-one session without having to serve the authors wine of choice and the readers still get the same quality information from it. 

The most common example of a virtual tour is guest posting, like I’m doing now. With blogs being an outlet for a lot of authors to find readers, more and more are wanting new audiences and getting them by sharing other authors with you. By interviewing, letting the other author take over or reviewing their books, readers can easily find new books and authors to read as recommended by authors they already love. 
And, of course, there’s social media where you can friend your favourite author who wasn’t easily accessible before. In turn you can win great stuff from these authors that’s exclusive to their friends or followers and be the first to know about a new book release. This is great for authors are we can encourage these fans to promote, share and review our works easily to readers who wouldn’t otherwise hear of it.
So if you’re a reader who wants to get to know the author you’re reading outside of their books there are many ways now to do that. Invite them to your next book club meeting, find them on Facebook or Twitter, ask them to Skype a family member for their birthday. 

The world has bridged the gap between author and reader, take the time to discover how and meet your favourite author.
Sarah Butland
author of Sending You Sammy, Brain Tales - Volume One and Arm Farm


Please visit me at www.SarahButland.com to support myself and many other authors. This month as everyone heads back to school, the leaves start changing colour and the air brings a chill I am bringing you lots of reading material in hopes you'll find something you love to read. While I am putting forth a huge effort to bring awareness to my own books I understand that everyone wants something different to read. Please show a huge welcome to all my guests by commenting and checking out their books.
Sarah Butland was born in Ontario, the year was 1982. She was moved to New Brunswick for over 15 years and now resides at home in Nova Scotia, Canada. Butland has been married to her high school sweetheart and has a superstar son named William, and a cat named Russ who all make her house a home.
After many stories, attempts at novels and thousands of ideas later, Butland created BananaBoy and the Adventures of Sammy was born. Then came Brain Tales - Volume One, a collection of short stories and finally Arm Farm, her current literary pride and joy.
 
 
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