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Saturday, 29 March 2014

Authors Helping Authors - Sign Up

Hi everyone!

I'm looking to start up a small, close-knit group of authors who are willing to help each other and work together with promotion and advice to get our books out there.

The aim is to act a bit like a publisher in terms of promotion, whereby as a collective, we can create groups that promote all of our work, benefit from each other's titles and fan bases, share certain things etc (think of indie groups like Indie Inked). I want the group to be invite only after the original members have been selected so that it remains a tight group of people who are active rather than people only along for free promotion.

I'm open to suggestions on what can be done in the group but my main goal is that I want a group of authors who can rely on one another.

**The only condition I'm putting on sign ups is that at least one book you have written must be YA/NA and have either a romantic or paranormal aspect. 

You also have to be serious about wanting to promote others. If you're looking only for your book to be promoted, this isn't the group for you.** 


Any questions, don't hesitate to contact me!

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Guest Post by Sabrina Benulis (Covenant Tour Stop)

Covenant (The Books of Raziel, #2)Covenant (The Books of Raziel 2)
Sabrina Benulis

Genre: Paranormal Fantasy
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Date of Publication: 4/1/2014
ISBN: 9780062069412
Number of pages: 400
Word Count: 98,000


Book Description:

The haunting gothic tale started in Archon continues-a mesmerizing work of the paranormal in which a young woman discovers that she is caught in a labyrinth of intrigue where angels, demons, and all the creatures between Heaven and Hell will stop at nothing to possess her.

A year ago, Angela Mathers, a talented artist with a tortured soul, enrolled at the Westwood Academy and encountered the angels who haunted her dreams. Then she discovered the dark truth … she is the Archon, a being of supreme power who will determine the fate of the universe. But with such power comes great danger, and for every force seeking to aid Angela there is another burning to stop her. After a scheming demon kidnaps the Book of Raziel, Angela must find her way through a nightmarish game and enter the Door to Hell to rescue her only friend before it is too late.

The perilous fate of both Heaven and Hell rests on her success.

Guest Post ~ Ten Things You'd Never Guess About Me

We authors are a strange bunch. Or, at least, people think we're strange.
            In my own eyes, I'm far too normal. Sure I have grand dreams about dying my hair blue--but I'm also too lazy to do the necessary touchups a few weeks later. I'd love to dress like a goth-punk girl from my local Hot Topic--yet here I am, at least fifteen years too late to get away with it without raising a few eyebrows. And so on.
            There's a mythos surrounding fiction writers, especially those of us who write speculative fiction like fantasy, horror, and sci-fi. What we write can be so quirky, imaginative, and strange. Surely, they world assumes, we have grand tricks up our sleeves and have the most odd and fascinating lives. How else could we be so inspired?
            I'm not here to burst that mythical bubble. But today, I'll show you that it's what you'd never guess about an author like me that might have you sitting there perplexed.
1.      I can write anywhere, anytime. Because I have to. I can’t count how many times I've had a deadline of some kind looming over me and I have to go on a family vacation. That one really stinks. It's also a fallacy that authors need some kind of special office filled with special printers, a laptop plus a tablet, twenty different writing apps, and the best interior design this side of Sunday. Here are the three things you need to write a book in the modern world: an idea, a computer of some kind with a writing application, and your fingers. I've had to write everywhere from hotel rooms to the couch. I don't have much time to afford being picky.
2.      But I write better in a bathrobe. Okay, this one I'll admit to. I just write better in a giant fluffy ole' robe. I don't know if it's the coziness or the feeling that I'm six seconds from being able to just get in bed, but something about typing with a purple terry robe with penguins on it tends to get my creative juices flowing a lot faster.
3.      The only monsters that truly terrify me are zombies. No matter how much blood I have to write into a book, it can't compare to a single episode of The Walking Dead.
4.      I one hundred percent believe in angels and demons. I'm often asked what my religious beliefs are considering angels and demons are the central stars of my Books of Raziel series. I'm Roman Catholic. You can take it from there.
5.      My pet bird keeps me from procrastinating. If there's one thing all of us writers have in common, it's that we really know how to waste time instead of actually writing if given the chance. My cockatiel, of all people and things, is quick to keep me on the straight and narrow. Heaven forbid I don’t sit down next to her and write at the scheduled time each day. Birds are blessed with a love of strict routine we humans can't quite comprehend.
6.      The first book I ever read front to back was Where Does Gobo Go? Anyone remember the 1980s television show Fraggle Rock? Anyone? This was a book for kids based on the show. I can't for the life of me remember the plot, but I suspect it had to do with either following Gobo on his travels or finding him, or something.
7.      But my favorite book was I Am A Bunny, by Ole Risom and Richard Scarry. According to Amazon.com only ten people in the world dislike it.
8.      If I could be any character in my own novels I would be Troy. Troy's a Jinn. She's fearsome, and has teeth, and sharp nails, and let's not forget she can fly, and she is both pretty and terrifying at the same time. Did I mention she's badass?
9.      I've been told I'm too happy to be a writer. This is an odd one, but you wouldn't believe how many people think that to be a writer you have to be dark, deep, and either half-drunk or hooked on some kind of prescription medication. I'm not sure what that says about our culture's' perception of a novelist's career track, but I'm willing to take the chance and keep going for years. If you're curious, my depression buster of choice is naps and ice cream.
10.  I find it difficult to read my own books after they're published. Not because I think they stink, but because there're a strange sense of self-awareness going on when I pick up the final product and flip through the pages. It is really the strangest feeling. "I wrote this?" I'm constantly asking myself. Now this doesn't apply to manuscript form. I can read my own writing in raw form until my eyes bleed. And it's not just because I have to!


Special thanks to Mia Hoddell for hosting me on her blog and to readers everywhere for their interest! Happy reading!


Excerpt

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Please Vote ~ Summer Demons

Hi everyone!

Summer Demons has been added to a few lists on Goodreads. If you have a free minute, please vote below to help me get it up there. If you're an author and vote, I'm happy to return the favour if you leave a link in the comments. Lists


Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Paperback Update - All Books

I couldn't wait any longer, I have approved all paperback copies of my books and they are now up on Amazon.

A few changes have been made to the Elemental Killers series. Previously they were published with Lulu but having wanted a matte cover and the 5x8 trim size I finally made the switch to Createspace because they have made some improvements for international authors publishing work. 

Because of this, the books have a new ISBN, trim size, cover finish and they are the most up to date version of the book (another good thing about Createspace, I don't have to buy a copy every time I make a change so I can keep the versions current to the ebook).

The best part about it though, is that it is now cheaper for you guys! I also checked this morning and Amazon have discounted it by $1 from the price I set. I don't know how long the price will be like that, but you can buy them here: 

Deadly to Love (Elemental Killers 1)
New ISBN: 978-1496053794

Deadly to Promise (Elemental Killers 2)
New ISBN: 978-1496111173

I have put a note in the blurbs of the old paperbacks as they have yet to be removed, just make sure to check carefully.

Summer Demons can be purchased here:

Happy reading!
Mia
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Friday, 14 March 2014

Review Copies

Over the last few weeks the number of people emailing me for copies of my books has increased significantly so I just wanted to clear somethings up and put out where I stand on this. 

While I would love to give you all copies, I cannot due to monetary restraints. I don't have an unlimited fund and therefore cannot afford to pay for everyone who emails me. If you are thinking about emailing me for a review copy please bare this in mind and include extra information in your email, such as:

*blog URL
*blog stats (page views/followers)
*where you post your reviews (links are helpful)
*how long you've been blogging

also be:
*polite
*enthusiastic

Including these types of things makes your request not only seem more credible, but it makes it stand out from the general "Id love to add your book to my tbr pile, can I have a copy?" (yes I've had emails like that)

As an indie author I have to be selective about who I send copies to as I have to purchase the copies myself. While I get them at cost price, when you add the shipping from Amazon and then to you (because I'm in the UK) it's more than if you were to purchase it yourself. Obviously this adds up and as much as I'd love for you to have a copy, when I'm receiving an increasing amount of requests, it just isn't possible.

There is also the same issue with ebooks. I no longer send out original files as my earlier work was pirated from doing this and therefore can only send a gift card through Amazon now. Being in the UK causes a disadvantage as I cannot gift the ebook and am therefore having to put a lot of trust in you guys to actually buy my book with the money I send. It's still not cheap either when it adds up.

I have deliberately kept the cost of my books as low as possible to give you a chance to read them and regularly do 99c deal days with novels and free days with novellas. That's as low as I can put the price and I make next to nothing on them at that price really (especially as I loose an extra 30% from US sales). So, I must admit that when I get emails asking for free books, "because my work sounds so interesting", when I'm in the middle of special offers it does become slightly frustrating. I'm not asking the world with 99c and when you do not include any information about yourself/site, I do find it slightly insulting. My thoughts go like this during promotional prices "If it sounds so interesting, why can't you pay 99c/77p? I know that sounds harsh, but if I gave books to everyone I would not make any money, and I have to live off something.

I hope everyone can understands this. It’s hard when I have to say no to people asking me for copies but it just isn't possible.  Please keep in mind that when you ask an author for books, they have to come straight from their pocket. If we have to decline, it’s not because we’re being mean, it's just there are limited funds available.  

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Summer Demons Paperback/Giveaway

Today I approved the Summer Demons paperback. My copy came a while a go but after changing a few things, I decided it was best to wait for a new proof copy just in case. Sadly that meant waiting another few weeks because I'm in the UK and shipping is expensive for quick delivery. 

However it arrived yesterday and is now available to buy! There will be a slight delay before it appears on Amazon (just the way things are processed) but you can buy it HERE directly from Createspace today. It costs the same no matter what and I also get more royalties as Amazon doesn't take a cut so it's win-win :-) You get the book sooner and I get paid. I'm not hinting for you to use Createspace store at all...okay maybe I am but it's still exactly the same.

Also, I will be choosing the winners of the free day blitz by the end of the week. I apologise for the delay but my cat has been really ill so I've been staying up all night with him--this is about as much I can process right now. I'll get to it soon and the winners will receive their prizes, but please bare with me.

Happy reading,
Mia
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Saturday, 1 March 2014

Summer Demons ~ Free Day

When I wrote Summer Demons, I always had the intention of giving it away for free. I want as many people to download it as possible and because it was only a novella that took a few weeks to go from writing to finished, I don't mind doing this.

So, in keeping with my word; Summer Demons is FREE today and tomorrow on Amazon Kindle! 

Download in now:

Blurb:
Jenna Shaw ran away to escape her past. In fact, she jumped on a plane and flew to Portugal to try and forget it. However, it turns out leaving everything behind isn’t as easy as it sounds.

She thought she could move on and break free of her fears—that if she had some space the pain would stop. But as memories resurface due to an ill-timed joke, the past crashes into her present once more and she didn’t see it coming.

Jenna’s plans for normality are derailed by the charismatic Ethan Brooks. She sees him as an annoyance; he sees her as a challenge. But as he tries every trick known to him to impress her, they only serve to push her further away. He’s never faced this problem before and Ethan has to work harder than he ever has if he wants to win over and help his mysterious girl.


My proof copy of the paperback  came today as well, which I couldn't be happier with and I'm also running a giveaway to celebrate the release so enter the rafflecopter form below.

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