RELEASE DAY NEWS!


Today is release day for the second book in my Wounded Hearts series, The Rebel’s Redemption.

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Annie Campbell has made a good life for her and her young son in the mountain town of Tidal Falls. She’s dating the sheriff, owns a successful business, and has the support of the community.
So why isn’t it quite enough?
Jared Martin left Tidal Falls a hotheaded youth, and now, after eight years in the military, he returns a bitter, disillusioned man.
Then he finds out he’s a father.
When an old enemy follows and causes mayhem in the small town, can Jared overcome the odds to protect the woman he’s always loved and the child he never knew, or will it be too late?

Excerpt:

“Miss Campbell, guess what? Jake’s here. He was outside when we went to get Susan. How cool is that?”

“That’s pretty cool all right. How’d he get here? And where’s Chris?” She’d grabbed up a napkin to wipe the ice cream from her lips, when a voice out of the past lifted the hairs on the nape of her neck and sent a shiver down her spine.

“He’s here. With me.”

The smooth tones rolled over her, and sucked all the air out of the room. Annie stiffened, then crumpled the napkin and slowly turned in her seat—yep, it was Jared all right. And Chris.

Oh.

My.

God.

He looked good. The random thought floated through her mind even as she tried to digest the fact he was finally back. Eight years too late, but he was here. She wanted to grab Chris and run. Run before what was obvious to her became obvious to everyone else. Shit.

“Hello, Annie, it’s been a long time.” Why was he looking at her as if she’d betrayed him? She wasn’t the one to cut and run without a single word in all this time. Goddamn him.

“Jared. Yes, it has been. A very long time. There were no phones where you were? Your mother probably would’ve appreciated knowing whether you were dead or alive.” Not to mention herself. She’d promised herself she wasn’t going down this road, the blame road. It was time to leave.

She turned her back on him, looked into Jack’s concerned eyes, and forced herself to smile as if her heart wasn’t shattering into a million tiny pieces. “I better get back. Tina needs to take her break. Call me later?”

He gave her waist a warm squeeze, and placed a gentle kiss on her cheek before sliding free. “I’m not sure what’s going on, but for what it’s worth, I’ve got your back.”

Near tears, she stood from the table, and without looking at either man again, grabbed both children’s hands and hustled them out the door.

I’ve started a Thunderclap campaign to help spread the word, and would appreciate your support. The link is here:

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MEET THE AUTHOR


Today I’m excited to indroduce my guest on Meet the Author,  JoAnne Myers.

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JoAnne is a prolific writer, a painter, and a social media queen. I’ve learned a lot from following her. 🙂

Author Bio:

I hail from the famous Hocking Hills region of southeastern Ohio. I have worked in the blue-collar industry most of my life. Besides having several novels under my belt, I canvas paint. When not busy with hobbies or working outside the home, I spend time with relatives, my dog Jasmine, and volunteer my time within the community. I am a member of the International Women’s Writing Guild, Savvy Authors, Coffee Time Romance, Paranormal Romance Guild, True Romance Studios, National Writers Association, the Hocking Hill’s Arts and Craftsmen Association, The Hocking County Historical Society and Museum, and the Hocking Hills Regional Welcome Center.

I believe in family values and following your dreams. My original canvas paintings, can be found at: http://www.booksandpaintingsbyjoanne.com

JoAnne allowed me to pick her brain  ask a few questions about her writing process:

“Hello and thank you Jacquie for having me today. I am happy to announce my new release of “Flagitious” a four crime/mystery anthology published by Melange Books. I will be awarding two lucky people who comment a print copy of their choice of four books. The choices are: Murder Most Foul, Loves, Myths, and Monsters, Wicked Intentions, and Poems About Life, Love, and Everything in Between.”

What do you write?

Right now I write mystery, paranormal, fantasy, poetry and true crime

What genre do you favor?

True crime because I like the real stuff.

When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?

I have always been able to write, and have had an artistic flair since childhood.

Are you published?

Yes, I have 7 published books by 3 publishing houses

Contact JoAnne here:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/joanne.myers.927

Facebook Author Page: http://facebook.com/authorpage.joannemyers

Amazon: http://amazon.com/author/joannemyers

Twitter: http://twitter.com/scooterismine/

Email: authorjoannemyers@yahoo.com

Website: My website is Books and Paintings by JoAnne   http://www.booksandpaintingsbyjoanne.com

What do you think is the best way to publish these days? 

Self-publishing is certainly easier, than locating a traditional publisher, but with self-publishing and small publishing houses, the author is required to do most of the promoting. I find that very discouraging. I think if the publishing company handled the bulk of the promoting, the book would get more exposure and therefore sell better, making more money for the author and publisher.

What are your favorite genres to read? Why?

True crime because it is true. Someone actually experienced what happened in the book.

How do you approach starting a new book?

I have the plot figured out in my head before putting it to paper.

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Blurbs for “Flagitious” a four crime/mystery anthology

 

“Too Solve His Mother’s Murder”

After his Air Force career was interrupted by his mother’s untimely murder, Steven Moore, returned home. Met with a cold reception of lies, secrets, and threats, he is determined too find Wanda’s killer, even at the cost of his own life.  Was Wanda a victim of the legendary Hatchet Man? Was this loving and devoted mother killed because of her shady past, or for her inheritance?  Between finding the truth and falling in love, Steven stops at nothing, too solve his mother’s murder.

“The Other Couple’s Child”

Charlotte had it all. A loving and devoted husband. Supportive family and friends, and a house full of beautiful children. Everything was perfect for this Super Mom, until a medical procedure turns her life upside down, and spirals into a child abduction case. Time is running out. Will police arrive in time to save Charlotte and the other couple’s child?

“3381 Market Street”

Katherine Sims, a young widow working for a brokerage firm in a small southeastern town, is tired of the excuses concerning Charlie’s absence. She knows something terrible must have happened to her favorite nephew with the sad blue-eyes. After exposing the killer, Katherine’s life is turned upside down and she finds herself fighting for her life. Filled with maniacal suspects, a Satanic Cult, and danger around each corner, this story depicts one woman’s courage too avenge a child’s murder, while finding unexpected love.

“The Tarot Card Murders”

New Detective, and ex-navel man, twenty-six-year-old Nick Difozzio, returns to his small county determined too abolish crime. Not until death knocked on his door, did he know the face of evil. Will the decorated veteran destroy the Lycanthropes, or will he succumb to their murderess desires and become one of them? He took an oath too protect, honor, and uphold the law, but can he defy the lust, riches, and power offered, or are the ‘dark forces’ stronger than his will?

Excerpt from “The Tarot Card Murders”

The Scene:  Detective Nick Difozzio has been called to another bizarre murder scene, located in the abandoned industrial section of town.

An abrupt silence you could cut with a knife filled the room. “Shape-shifters?” said one from the group. “You mean like a Yeti turns into a deer to avoid those who track it. Or the Lock Ness monster turns into a log.”

After Ted and the others poked fun at his fantastic idea, Nick laid it out, “Not exactly. But certain creatures are believed to have shape-shifting powers of one sort or another, and what other possibility is there to explain these bizarre murders?”

“Well, we could have a psychopath lurkin’ around. Or a nutty drifter or escaped convict,” Ted said. “But it doesn’t take a brain surgeon to understand that, if shape-shifters do exit, they would be very elusive creatures, nearly impossible to detect and capture. What does take a lot of imagination, is believing in shape-shifters.”

“Yeah, I guess you’re right. I’ll see ya tomorrow,” Nick said. Once outside, he noticed the full moon, and wondered, who will die tonight? On reaching his vehicle, he discovered a surprise in his passenger seat.

“Denise, what’s going on?” he asked via the driver’s window.

With teeth white as snow, she said, “Well, sugar, I was thinkin’ about the last time you were at my house. You remember, when you cabbaged my safe contents so foolishly?”

With a chuckle, he nodded. “Honey, the only foolish thing I did that night was fail to realize the money in the safe was counterfeit. But I bet it’s all gone now.”

“And I bet you’re right,” she smiled. Just then, Denise’ partner in crime, twenty-two-year-old Wendy Goss zapped the lawman with a stun gun from behind, dropping him like a hot potato.

Jumping from the vehicle, Denise removed Nick’s gun and cell phone, placing them under the seat. Afterward, both women placed him in the backseat. Getting behind the steering wheel of Nick’s car, Denise drove his Mustang, while Wendy followed in her Firebird.

Halfway to the destination spot, Nick regained consciousness. With his gun gone, he played dead, hoping to find the gang’s hangout. Soon both vehicles stopped. Denise exited the Ford then helped Wendy search the Firebird’s trunk, for items needed for Nick’s demise.

“Someone better keep an eye on the cop,” Wendy said.

“Don’t worry, that pig’s out cold,” Denise said, finding rope. Peering out the back window, Nick realized he was on an abandoned farm. Searching for landmarks, he memorized a foreclosure sign reading Stonewall Realty.

Uncertain if the girls were armed, Nick made the decision to strike now or never. Disabling his car’s dome light, he cautiously retreated from the backseat. As quiet as a mouse, he snuck up on the chattering women foraging for items to gag and bind him.

As soon as the murdering beauties were finished gathering their supplies, Denise slammed the trunk shut. Immediately Nick punched her between her baby blues, knocking her to the ground before turning on Wendy.

Struggling with the yellow-haired lady, who, like her partner, was trained in Judo, Nick swapped blows with the tall slender gal and encountered a high degree of skill. Then, recovering, Denise attacked him from behind with a blow to his ribs, bringing him to his knees. Both women struck like tigers from all sides.

Doing his best to avoid their most deadly kicks, Nick used every device not nailed down as a weapon against the feisty felines. First, his leather belt with the sterling silver buckle, then, a stray piece of firewood left behind by the homeowners. Across the parking area, the trio fought. Nick matched his street skills against the trained martial artists as each one fought for their own reasons.

The gallant cop battled for his life and self-respect, while the women fought for control over the detective representing the authority they loathed. Or perhaps, Denise and Wendy’s desire for domination extended to include the entire county, not just the town, thought Nick. Whatever the reason, they’re formidable.

Bruised and bleeding, the women fought until Nick broke Wendy’s arm. Seizing the opportunity to get away, she escaped in her vehicle leaving her comrade helpless and easily overpowered.

“Get off me, you bastard!” Denise screamed as Nick slammed her to the ground, cuffing her.

“You’re under arrest.” Wiping the blood from his lip, he threw her into his vehicle then drove to the local hospital. On the way there, Nick phoned headquarters, “I got one of the blood members. We’re on our way to the ER.”

Other books by JoAnne:

“WICKED INTENTIONS” a paranormal/mystery anthology

“LOVES’, MYTHS’ AND MONSTERS’,” a fantasy anthology

“THE CRIME OF THE CENTURY,” a biography true-crime

“POEMS ABOUT LIFE, LOVE, AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN”

“TWISTED LOVE,” a true-crime anthology

“MURDER MOST FOUL,” a detective/mystery

Buy link:

Amazon Kindle:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NOZGUPG

Paperback:

http://www.lulu.com/shop/joanne-myers/flagitious/paperback/product-21812982.html

Thank you for joining me today. Jo-Anne would love to hear from you. What are your favorite choices for reading on a cold winter’s night?

SPREADING THE WORD


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One of the biggest challenges to face authors, both new and established, is how to go about getting the word out to your readers.

More and more books are hitting the market each and every day. I recently heard a quote of something like nineteen new novels are published on Amazon per hour!

According to R.R. Bowker, there are about 175,000 books published each year. That is an average of 479 books each day, or about 19 books every hour.

Read more : http://www.ehow.com/about_4740870_publishing-facts.html

This article also goes on to say there are approx. 86,300 publishing companies worldwide and 86,000 of those are self-publishers.

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So what can we, as a grain of sand on a endless beach, possibly do to stand out from the crowd?

Thankfully, there are some fairly painless answers to this question.

Blogging:

There are many great blogging sites who are more than happy to have new authors as guests. Some do book cover reveals, author questions, character point of view interviews. And if you’re not to sure about all of that, an excerpt from your new book will usually work. The grain grows into a little pile.

Local Newspaper:

Never underestimate the support you can find in your hometown. They will be happy for you, and probably become your biggest fans (next to your mom 🙂 )

Social Media:

Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Goodreads, Google+, LinkedIn, to name but a few.

This is the who and the where of  social media users.

  1. 72% of all internet users are now active on social media
  2. 18-29 year olds have an 89% usage
  3. The 30-49 bracket sits at 72%
  4. 60 percent of 50 to 60 year olds are active on social media
  5. In the 65 plus bracket, 43% are using social media
  6. Time spent on Facebook per hour spent online by country. Here are the top three. USA citizens get the top gong at 16% followed by the Aussies at 14 minutes and the Brits at 13 minutes.
  7. 71% of users access social media from a mobile device.

Read more at http://www.jeffbullas.com/2014/01/17/20-social-media-facts-and-statistics-you-should-know-in-2014/#BQzRpjl4I3LHHF4f.99

Obviously, from these stats we cannot afford to ignore the power of an online presence. The single most important thing I could share about social media is: SOCIAL.

That’s right, you have to talk. Don’t sign up just to force your book baby down people’s throats. They won’t appreciate it, and you will get spammed. So dig out those funny jokes, old pictures of you with funky hair, pets, anything that makes you more human. You will get followed. So when can you share your book then?

It’s a good idea to go with an 80-20 ratio. 80% social interaction, 20% sales pitch. Just enough to keep it in the back of your ‘new friends’ minds, but not enough to annoy.

Crowdsourcing Campaigns:

This is a good one. Everyone likes to win something, whether it’s a free book, swag, gift cards, or electronics. The sky is the limit, depending on each person’s personal finances.

From the Merriam-Webster dictionary

Definition of CROWDSOURCING

:  the practice of obtaining needed services, ideas, or content by soliciting contributions from a large group of people and especially from the online community rather than from traditional employees or suppliers
I’ve recently started two such campaigns, one through Headtalker.com, and the other through Heyo.com
Headtalker and Thunderclap:
This is a fairly new concept in which you use the power of a crowd to amplify your message. The idea is to launch a campaign, get as many people to sign up as possible (each program has different specifications) then on launch day word goes out at the same time to all of their followers from everyone who supported you.
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This is a link to my campaign, I’d love your support, 🙂
Heyo is a company that allows you to set up contests, promotions, and deals on Facebook so that they are easily accessed through mobile applications.
I found them to be user-friendly, with a nice clean layout.
My first campaign with them is currently running here, a contest for a free e-copy of my book, Tidal Falls.
This contest allows me to gain members to my Newsletter.
5. Newsletters:
Newsletters are an important way to keep in touch with your most loyal fans. Use them sparingly to send out news of upcoming releases, exclusive excerpts, contests, recipes, or anything that pertains to your books.
Here is my most recent one:
These are just a few of the ways I’ve found to spread the word and make a castle out of that grain of sand, 🙂
How about you, any advice you’d care to share?

CONTEST WINNERS!!


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Today’s the big day!!

Congratulations to the following winners who followed and commented from my August 2014 blog, AMAZON DOES IT AGAIN:

3rd Prize: a gift certificate of ten dollars from Amazon, and a free e-copy of my book, Tidal Falls – Dani

2nd prize– a gift certificate of twenty-five dollars from your choice of Starbucks, or Tim Horton’s,an autographed bookmark, and a free e-copy of my book, Tidal Falls – Irene Allison

And the grand prize of a Kindle Paperwhite and and an e-copy of my book, Tidal Falls – Stacy Van Beek

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Winners have forty-eight hours to get in touch with me through the comment section of this blog.Thank you for participating in my first ever contest. Sign up to my newsletter at the top of the page for fun contests, recipes, excerpts, and much more in the coming months.

And we'd all be the better for it.

RELEASE DAY NEWS


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It’s here!

Release Day for my first book, Tidal Falls.

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It seemed as if the day would never come, and then it came too fast, 🙂

Some tips I’ve learned along the way:

  1. Listen to advice, but in the end trust your instincts.
  2. In my opinion it’s crucial to spend the money on a professionally done cover, and if you’re not tech savvy (hand waves in the air), it’s a good idea to pay someone to format for you, at least the first time out. I used Killion Group, and plan to return. The service is excellent, and the work is quality all the way.
  3. Join as many critique groups as you can handle, their insights are invaluable.
  4. Make friends, no really. The romance community is far-reaching, it can only help you down the line.
  5. Learn Social Media. You absolutely need this in order to succeed in todays market.
  6. Don’t forget the reason you began this journey, you love romance.
  7. Don’t give up on your dreams, only you can put a limit your capabilities.

The contest for a Kindle Paperwhite runs until midnight pacific time, check my previous blog on Amazon Does it Again for your chance to win. Announcements will be made tomorrow, Sept 16, 2014 so check you e-mail to see if you’re the lucky winner. 🙂

My Goodreads contest for a paperback copy of Tidal Falls, runs until September 22, 2014.

There’s another great contest running on Romance Books ‘4’ Us right now in celebration of Fall. Enter for a chance at an e-copy version of Tidal Falls, and many other prizes. While there check out all the lovely author pages, mine’s on the right hand side, 🙂

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Okay, that’s it for now, good luck to everyone, and see you tomorrow.

WHAT TO DO WHEN THE BOOK IS WRITTEN


 

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So now you’ve written, rewritten, revised, edited, critiqued, and hopefully had beta readers look at your baby and tell you how great it is, right? RIGHT?

What’s next?

We’re lucky enough to be publishing now when there are so many options available.

  • E-book publishers– Lyrical Press, Montlake, Ellora’s Cave, Samhain, & many more.
  • Traditional Publishers– The big five as they are affectionately known. In the romance genre, this would be, Harlequin, Kensington, Avon, Hachette, & Penguin. Some of these will let you submit without an agent, check their guidelines and follow them, exactly.
  • Self-publishing– This is becoming more and more popular as authors get tired of waiting for their manuscripts to find first an agent and then a publisher, all of which could conceivably take years. Self-publishing puts the onus on the author to pay for everything it takes to get the book in front of the public eye.

Some of the things you need to plan for are: Covers, editing services, formatting, advertising.

Writer groups such as both local and on-line RWA chapters, and internet searches are vital research tools. Use them.

The best advice I could give is to remember why you’re doing this. For myself, it’s because I love books, everything about them. This community suits me and my goals.

What about you? Why do you write?

Don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter, exciting news is on the way. 🙂

 

 

 

Writing Contests


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Today was a very good day for me. I won second place in a writing contest from my home chapter, VIC-RWA.
This was a huge stepping stone for me and validation that what I’m writing is worth reading. I think as authors, whether pre-published or not, this is something we all fight with.
I mean, I know my characters are incredible and my Mom says they’re great, but what about strangers, what do they think?
This is why I think entering contests are so important.

1)Feedback- Even if you don’t manage to final in a contest that you’ve entered, you will still receive constructive criticism from at least two, most often three authors. Quite often these are published, PAN members of Romance Writers of America, invaluable.

2)Finaling- If your work finals, awesome, congratulations pat yourself on the back because you deserve it. 🙂 Finaling means your work goes before a panel of agents, editors and published authors- a real honor. This gives you the inside track straight to the finish line, (if there’s a God )

3)Validation- Now you have many different eyes on your baby. Scary? You bet it is, but it’s also exciting, gratifying and satisfying.

I think this is a necessary step on the road to publication, both for your manuscripts sake, and for your own.
So don’t be frightened, jump in with both feet and enjoy the ride. 🙂

Learning to love that critique


So I’ve finished my MS, now what? Publish, Publish, Publish. BUT WAIT!! Not so fast. You want to put your best foot forward right? Right.
First, go through and line by line, edit your work, be brutal. I know, I know, it hurt me too, watching all those precious words that I slaved over get erased by the backspace button. So what if there’s a few extra That, and, as, and the’s in there. It reads just fine, sort of.
Okay, you’ve polished that baby so much you need sunglasses if you’re within five feet of it, now what? This is the time to let others see your baby for the first time. Look for some contest you can enter for valuable feedback and maybe even catch the eye of an agent or publisher.
Go online and look for some critique groups. I joined Scribophile and The Romance Critique Group through RWA. I was also invited through my local RWA chapter (you’ve joined one right? Invaluable, go do it, now) to join a group of four ladies, two of which are multi-published.
Best thing ever. We exchange a certain amount of work and then meet once a month to go over any issues. I attended my first meeting last week, and though I was nervous as hell to go, (us writers are an introverted bunch) I was so glad I did.
They were all gracious and kind to the newby. We hashed out ideas and
elements of plot structure. They helped me with my questions on the Word program, and gave their take on publishing today.
Before I knew it three hours had flown by and it was time to leave. I came away with a plan for revision that will strengthen my story. Because they were right.
Can’t wait for next month. 🙂
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