Sunday, December 30, 2012

What does the New Year mean to you?


 

Is it a new beginning? A chance to excel? Maybe a time to meets goals that you didn’t quite reach last year. Or an opportunity to make more powerful goals in order to push yourself further—to challenge yourself to bigger and better dreams.


How about… that you might recreate yourself anew in the next grandest version of the greatest vision you ever had about Who You Really Are.  (Neale Donald Walsch – Conversations with God) This is one of my favorite quotations from his books because it gives us the power to choose to become who we know we can be.


Thinking about what I did accomplish in the past year makes me happy. The steps I took for my writing career to become more successful, the books I wrote and published. The many new friends I made along the way. And probably even more important, the confidence I’ve gained by accomplishing those objectives.
 

In fact, I now have the belief that I can reach my dream of becoming an author who is listed on Amazon’s best-selling author list and stay there. Since I had a small taste of the incredible feeling when Lovable hit #302 ranking and stayed there long enough to give me palpitations and visions of greatnessJ, I admit to being rather hungry enough to get back there. (My vision for 2013)
 
So this year I challenge you all to set out on a path, whether it be in your personal life or your business world. Create a vision in your mind and see yourself there at the end jumping up and down with the high fives and the YESSS!!! Accept your success as a reality and then do everything you can think of to make sure it happens.

Good Luck!!


****I'd like to introduce you to a talented new author I've met just recently, Katie Jennings. This is the link for her new release called "The Dryad Quartet"

 
 
This is a brand new compilation edition of the bestselling fantasy series The Dryad Quartet! Get all four books (Breath of Air, Firefight in Darkness, A Life Earthbound, and Of Water and Madness) in one exclusive collection! This compilation edition also includes beautiful illustrations and a brand new epilogue scene!

The Dryad Quartet is a contemporary fantasy series revolving around the fictional land of Euphora, where beings inspired by Greek mythology exist to preserve the balance of nature and human life, and to protect the living from the evil residing in the Underworld. Take a journey into a world where Mother Earth and Father Sky exist, secretly hidden from human awareness, and yet crucial to the creation and stability of our world. They are joined by those who control the elements, the Dryads, as well as the Fates, Muses, and Furies, all of whom play an integral role in preserving Earth and guarding those who inhabit it.

Learn more about the series at katieajennings.com
 
 
May this fresh New Year approaching be your BEST ever!!

 Hug Mimi

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Sunday, December 23, 2012

Special moments - AMAZING!!!


 

 

 
 
This is the time of the year when we all become so busy that we sometimes forget what this season is about. Recently, I received an e-mail that clutched at me, and made me take notice. It was about a violinist playing his instrument in the Washington, DC Metro Station. During the time he played, approximately 2,000 people went through the area, most of them on their way to work. One or two stopped to listen for a short while, an older man the longest. A few people threw money, but the ones who acknowledged him the most were the little ones with busy parents who forced them along so they couldn’t stay and listen.

 

After 1 hour he finished playing and silence took over, no applause, no recognition and a very few dollars for his trouble. No one knew that this man called Joshua Bell was one of the greatest violinists in the world, who played some of the most intricate pieces ever written for a violin, and this day he played on an instrument worth $3.5 million dollars. 

 

The Washington Post had organized this experiment to answer this question. In a commonplace environment, at an inappropriate hour, do we perceive beauty and stop to appreciate it? It raised the uncertainty - if we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the world’s best musicians, playing some of the finest music ever written, on one of the most beautiful instruments ever made - how many other things are we missing?

 

The thought scares me a little. I get so caught up in my writing, editing, promoting, and blogging - in fact - all the many time consuming tasks most authors have, that I must admit, it’s easy to let the world float on by.

 

But should we? And at this time of the year especially? So my request to all you wonderful readers is to stop for a while, enjoy the special moments the season of Yuletide brings us and spoil yourself with pleasures and joy…. ..and lots of chocolate!

 

Merry Christmas! Have a wonderful season full of friends, warmth and affection!

Hugs & Love   Mimi

 

 

p.s. This is also the time of year to spoil yourself or someone you love with a great Christmas romance. In three days Loveable Christmas Angel received 39 wonderful reviews from readers who got the book during a Free Promotion. So if you have family or friends who love warm, family tales this is the one!! If you don't want to take my word, check out the fabulous reviews yourself… please!!
 
 

Aloha! Sweet romance, lovable angel, and a prickly little boy’s Christmas wish.

Christmas in Hawaii! How lucky can a girl get? Except Leilani is bringing her mother’s ashes home to Waikiki and has an urgent plea of help from an aunt she’s never even met. After winning two free nights in prestigious Hotel Jordan, things take a turn she never expected. First, she is stuck in an elevator with the prickly, but luscious Mr. Jordan. Secondly, her aunt is a sick woman and only held on for one reason. She wants to pass on her most precious possession… her five-year-old grandchild. The same prickly little fellow that takes one look at Leilani, slaps his fist on his hips and yells, “Go away!”
Kale is the owner of the Jordan Hotel Chain and he can’t believe his rotten luck. He broke up with a spoilt brat of a girlfriend and now he’s stuck in an elevator with a big-eyed, effusive tourist. How in the world can a guy who’s so worldly be hooked on a lively beauty with more dilemmas than anyone he’s ever met? 
 
 
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Friday, December 21, 2012

Promoting can be fun!!??

 
 

Like everyone else in this book-selling business, I've taken on the added mantel of being a promoter kicking and screaming all the way. I mean... I write books. Love stories. Beautiful romances. Let's face it! There's a huge distance between writing great sex scenes to "Buy my Book" prompts.

 
But like we all know, or those of us who desire to actually sell our work, that no one else will do these prompts for us. If we want readers to know we have a wonderful story, one they must read, then it's up to us to get their attention and tell them so.
 

I guess there's more ways to do this than I want to go into right now but if you've followed my blog at all, you'll know that I most often promote my work with a group called The Indie Book Collective (IBC) who puts on the Free Partays. They're a fantastic bunch of authors, supportive, kind and very gifted. And I've had wonderful luck with them.


So when I was approached to join in with another small group of fantastic facebook and Triberr friends, I did hesitate before saying sure. But after some soul-searching, I happily agreed because one thing I do know and that is the more experiences I can gather about promotions, the more I'll learn about what others are doing and what works or doesn't. This bunch of enthusiastic authors were going to get together to put all their books free, and as a cohesive group, through Facebook, Goodreads and Twitter, we would get the word out.


I'm anxious to see just how this all pans out. I've enjoyed the camaraderie throughout the process and Kirkus MacGowan, our leader, has been super about the details and giving all the help necessary to be sure we're all on board.
 

So far it's been a blast!!!

 
You might say… AJubilee!!



 

 






My addition to the 12 free books for this promotion is Partners, Book #1 of the Vegas Series.
A short story introduction to the characters in the full-length sequel "Roll the Dice"
This book is Free for Dec 21st & Dec 22nd
 

 

 

When attractive Las Vegas detective Aurora Morelli makes a friend, she takes the relationship very seriously…and if anyone hurts that person, they’re going down! While Aurora may be slim and dainty on the outside, she has the heart of a lion, and when angry, the manners of a she-cat. The sick schmuck who dared attack her partner is now her prime target, and nothing or no one will stand in her way—except maybe her new partner who arrives in town seeking vengeance on the same culprit.
 
Kai Lawson, a Bruce Willis lookalike, annoys her. From the very beginning, nothing seems to go right between the two of them, leaving Aurora to question if they should even be working together—especially after he shoots her—and not accidentally! Constant screw-ups on the job and the undeniable attraction building between them makes reaching her goal seem almost insurmountable…almost!
 
You can find all these books on one Jubilee Website!!!
 
 
 


 

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Write the Darn Book! – Part 9


 

7. If possible, either join in with a promoting group like mine - IBC (Indie Book Collective), or start one yourself so that it isn't just you pushing your own work.

 

Have you ever heard of people spamming on twitter and facebook? I have. And I've taken it to mean that it refers to those who constantly "go-on" about their own books.

 

Now it's true we all have to do a certain amount of this type of promotion, and it's acceptable. Especially when we've released a new book or when one of our books goes free. But it can get pretty boring both for the author and the consumer. And I really wonder how many sales can actually be attributed to our constant prompting.

 

Many have decided to go the route of the Authors Marketing Club. If you haven't heard of them yet, it's one page that shows you a lot of places where you can list your free books for special days. Many have guaranteed listings where you can pay a minimal amount to be sure your books are featured on those days they're free.

 

Unfortunately, our books are not always free. Therefore we need to find other ways of advertising. There's places like Pixel of Ink, Romance Reviews, Coffee Time, Ereader News Today, Digital Book Today, etcertera and etcetera! I could go on for the whole page. Many of these sites will give you a short boost in sales, but it'll cost you. Some of the longer promotions cost big-time. If you have more than one book you want to push, it can get really expensive.

 

Personally, I found a group called the Indie Book Collective and started working with them as a constant place to put my budgeted allowance. Twice a month I put one of my eleven books in either their Free Partays or their Kick Ass Blowouts. Going back to March when I first started I have watched my books slowly take off, and little by little, climb the Amazon rankings. (email me at mimibarbour@hotmail.com if you're interested in joining this group. Necessary restrictions – a fairly decent backlist, all books must be listed with the KDP select program on Amazon and your covers will need to pass a strict review.)

 

Finally this month it paid off. I watched with delight as my newest release Lovable Christmas Angel took off and reached the highest point in my career of #302 before it slowly began to fall and then thankfully leveled off at around the #1,200 mark. 

 

Never before have I ever experienced this type of success, and since this one book has excelled, so have my others in the Angel series. It's fantastic. And I know I owe it all to being in a group with others who have reached their success much earlier than myself. It's their attraction that brings the readers who have now begun to recognize my name, accept my work and follow me. Soon, I have no doubt, I'll be one of those on a multitude of lists of the top 100 Best Sellers like so many of my Partay associates (I just looked at the list and today I'm showing on one - #73 in Fantasy & Futuristic - so cool!!)

 

I remember back in the days when I worked so very hard to publicize on my own. I found it difficult and disappointing. My advice to you is to try and find your own niche to join. There's many groups on Facebook, Goodreads, Amazon forums or the Indie Loops. Other authors that want to do free book adverts or giveaway promos, blog hops and book parties, etc. If you can't find a group you like, start your own. They might be a bit of work and time consuming but working this way is relatively cheap or better yet - free. Once you set up events, the magic will last for a few days and during this time the more people who choose your book, the more reviews you will gather and the more people will download you next time because of those reviews, and…and…

 

Slowly but surely, if you keep plugging, maintain some type of a steady exposure and continue to write kick-ass books, you'll be on that blasted beautiful best-selling list also. Now just to stay on it......sssssigh!!!! 

 

Dec 19th & 20th Christmas Runaway is free.

A sweet romance for young and old, with all the elements of a warm and delightful short Christmas tale.

 
While driving home in a vicious storm, Sara's white Samoyed becomes agitated and forces Sara to pull over too quickly, which lands the car in the ditch. As soon as she opens the door, the dog takes off into the bush and forces her to follow the tracks that lead to a runaway teen, injured and terrified. When Sara battles the storm outside to try and call for help, an anxious father braving the weather to find his daughter also goes off the road in order not to hit her. Is he a bit furious? Uh huh…  
 
 
Coming Soon!!!
 
 
 
 
*****

 

   

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Write the Darn Book! - Part #8




Part #8 Find a formatter to set your book up properly so that your work looks professional. Again, shop around.

 

I know I've been full of stories about my own experiences with Indie publishing, and, here I go again. I did find a woman to format my first self-published work, My Cheeky Angel. She was lovely and so very helpful. Unfortunately, she only formatted the book in order for me to be able to get a paperback edition on Create Space. She sent me the ahh!!! stuff… and I was supposed to actually set it up on the Create Space site. Uh huh! I had absolutely no idea what she did or what I was supposed to do to follow up.

Needless to say, when months later, I finally got through the obstacle course and hit the right button so that Create Space sent me the first draft, I hated it. The color of the pages, the way my name was situated, everything. But… since I had gone through this whole procedure for one person only – so my mother could have an actual book to hold… sigh!!! Yeah – I know… I decided not to get my panties in a knot. (btw -  I finally managed talk her into using a Kindle and nipped that problem then and there – no more paperbacks J)

So now, all I had to worry about was formatting each book to publish on Amazon… We won't even get into Smashwords. Talk about a nightmare!!!

I had help from local authors; bless them all, and a lot of advice from girls on the Indie loops. (Got through the mess still married and with most of my hair, kicked the drinking problem in no timeJ) But, I did tend to overlook places where things weren't exactly perfect. I mean after all, a lot of those first self-published books were no different than mine. Therefore I didn't let it bother me.

If some of the indents were messed, or I didn't have a Table of Contents—so what?? As long as a person could make out the words, I let it go. DUHH!! Can't believe now how na├»ve I was acting.

Then I began to work with a promoter and she quickly changed my mind about what mattered and what didn't. It was unacceptable to put out work that was substandard…period! She gave us the name of a wonderful professional who has slowly worked through most of my books to clean them up and soon he will have done them all. He sent me different formats such as a word doc, mobi for Amazon and an epub.

Part of his task was to set up proper front matter, with pictures of covers, etc. And the back matter put in such a way for the reader to be able to move around the book more easily. Also with links to find my other books and to contact me on Facebook, Twitter and even follow my blog. It's wonderful. Now when I download one of my newer books on my Kindle, I feel pride in the work.

Hiring a professional formatter can be costly, I know. But for me, it's been worth every penny. Again, like so many other expenses that you'll run up against as a self-published author, you need to get the best bang for your buck. Make sure you know exactly what that person will do for the money you're paying. Check out other e-books and see what's been done, and if you're lucky and smart enough that you can do it all yourself... great!
 

 

 

 

 
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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Write the Darn Book! - Part #7


 

 5. Find a good cover artist - again someone who's recommended. And get rid of the picture you have in your head about the exact way you want the cover. Most times it’s impossible to do, and if they try, which most artists will try, it’s not going to help sell your book. The best idea is to see what others in your genre have chosen for their cover, authors who are selling really well. Then show those to your cover artist and let him/her come up with ideas. Chances are they have a better vision than you do of what’s popular.

 

This is a really important step. Think about it! The very first time anyone finds your book it is the cover they see. That cover can make or break your sales. If you think I’m exaggerating, you can find many authors who either made their own covers to save money or found someone else really cheap. And then wondered why their sales were dismal. Do your homework and scroll through Amazon pages and see the books with plain, mediocre covers and what ranking they sit at.


Don’t think the readers can’t tell. They can!! Very seldom do you see a best-selling book with an unprofessional looking cover. They’re there, that’s true, but somehow those authors have managed to promote the book past the cover mattering. And unless you have such a huge following waiting to pounce on your masterpiece the minute it’s published, I wouldn’t take the chance. Not only must the cover be brilliant in the large size, it must show well in the thumbnail size that Amazon uses to put in its queues. Now the queues I’m talking about are where Amazon has a line of other book covers on your book page and it says “Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought...” You want everyone to be able to see your cover as clearly as possible here so it will intrigue them enough for them to click on it.

 
This will bring you sales, and that’s what it’s all about…right!!

 
Again, my suggestion for you as a newbie that if you're looking for a good cover artist, ask on the Indie loops. Many will refer you to their sons, daughters, friends, etc. and if they're talented—great! But whomever they do refer, it's up to you to check them out. References are fine, but you need to do your homework. Ask to see the covers they've produced. Decide if they work in your genre and represent the type of work that pleases you. Don't waste their time or yours.

 
There's so many to choose from that it is rather difficult. I've had that experience. But a cover is the first thing about your precious baby that the rest of us will see. It's very important that it makes an impression. It needs to grab attention, please the eye, and captivate a reader's interest.

 
What's even more important—don't let your cover tell a lie. If your book has a light sprinkling of horror, don't try and sabotage the reader with a kick-ass cover that promises page after page of tingles. You won't like the reviews and the reader will most likely drop you. On my romantic suspense book "Roll the Dice", the first cover my guy came up with was cool!! Dark night and a dangerously sexy, meaning-looking chick holding a smoking gun, leaning against a wall and staring towards a police car in the background. Ohhhhh-kay! Sent it to my promoter and she asked me one question. Have you written this book in your regular humorous voice?

 
Got it! She knew that cover was a lie. When I sent her note to Steven Novak, the genius who does the covers for my series, he picked up on her message straight away. Next cover he sent is the one on the left. You see—the truth is—I had given him the information for the cover that I saw in my own head. And he'd delivered. I had made the mistake, not him. I had thought a romantic suspense cover should be dark and dangerous. Except for one thing, I'd forgotten that I don't write dark.
 
 
Have you ever bought a book because the cover promised you a type of story you thought you’d enjoy? To make matters worse, the back blurb added to the deceit. Then you began reading… What a let-down. If you want to keep your fans, maybe it’s not such a good idea to mess with them!!?

 
So my advice is to look at other books in the genre you write. If your voice is light and humorous, don't try and hide that fact…celebrate it. Many readers like lighter romances.

 
Search the Amazon Best-sellers and find whatever you like. Then put them on one page and hunt for what it is on those particular covers that drew you…maybe a color scheme, or the way the page is set-up. If you're writing a series, try and find one kind of image that you might like to put on all the books to brand them. Maybe with just a small change for each one like the overall color or one type of font that can be used so reader will recognize the cover as being one of yours. Could be a sentence you've chosen. On my Angels with Attitudes series, each book has the line Angels Love Romance written in gray on the covers.

 
As I mentioned above, choose the type of cover that not only tells the reader about what the story is about, but also, the style of writing he/she might find between the pages. And if you can’t think of something appropriate, hell – you can always fall back on a symbol. Like maybe a rose! 

 
Once again I'm involved in the Yuletide

FREE PARTAY!!!
 
His Devious Angel
is Free
for Dec 12 & 13th
 
 
 
 

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Write the Darn Book! - Part #6

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4. Make sure you have at least one, preferably two, good editors a line editor and a content and copy editor. You need to search for these people. Do not just accept that if you pay top dollar, you'll get a great edit because there's no guarantee you'll even get your money's worth. Searching out recommendations is the best way to do this (which is why you need to be affiliated with other Indie authors).

 

I learned this lesson the difficult way. On my first Indie book, not having a huge budget, I decided that I could edit the work myself, have a few friends read it over (other authors) and this would suffice. Needless to say, the reviews proved me wrong.

 

I also noticed when I read other Indie author's work, editing was a huge problem. Wanting to give them a review and be honest proved difficult. I had to write about the positive parts of the stories and ignore what I knew to be a considerable problem. Thankfully, a lot of those authors have come to the same conclusion as myself. In order to get good reviews, the work needs to be clean.

 

Also, since I had been used to working with an editor when published with Wild Rose Press, I knew how much stronger the story became after a professional viewed it and did their magic.

 

So I found a name of an editor on Google and contacted the person. After reading pages of recommendations she sent me (not from anyone I knew), I decided her price was fair and I'd send her my new masterpiece. It was my first full-length for the new romantic suspense series called "Roll the Dice". I had set up a lot of promotional advertising about the book's release for Sept 15th. Keeping that in mind, I organized everything to the extent that I had scheduled the editor for mid-August, thinking if the she took a few weeks, I'd have at the minimum a week to do the revisions.

 

To my utter consternation, I received the edits three days before the release date, and needless to say, a huge amount of revisions were demanded. To add to my horror, I found I most of it useless. An editor should not rewrite a book. They are to read your words and make suggestions to strengthen the sentences, correct bad grammar, and see that the work flows in the best possible way. They should never rewrite sentence after sentence, changing the meaning and adding in even more phrases. If they feel there's a weak area, they point it out and let the author choose her own words to make those corrections.

 

With so little time and determined to follow her changes, (after all we're told the editor is the professional who knows best) I found that she had taken license with my voice and had ruined the work. Instead of me taking advantage of her edits, I found myself editing her suggestions, which took me twice as long, and my time was quickly running out. I had no choice but to ignore her work and do my best so I could meet my obligations and publish the work. It was a horrible time, stressful and very traumatic. I swore to never let that happen again.

 

Needless to say, I contacted some of my Indie friends, told them my plight and got the names of some wonderful editors who would never treat my work so unprofessionally.

 

After releasing the mangled copy on time for the big day, I worked with two other editors who helped me repair the damage and then some time after, I republished the clean manuscript. I wrote to Amazon, explained the circumstances about the book not being properly edited and asked if they could send out fresh copies to the people who had received the book so far. They were wonderful and replaced Roll the Dice for everyone who wanted a fresh copy. I so appreciated this…but. You sensed the but, didn't you? I wished they would have used the wording I'd suggested – that the book was being replaced by a newly edited version.
Unfortunately, what they did say was due to the many spelling mistakes, incorrect punctuation, etc, etc. they were willing to send anyone sho wanted an updated copy. Sooooo embarrassing!!! I walked around with a heavy heart for weeks and swore… never again!

 

***Disclaimer***I have no doubt that there are still some older published books of mine with occasional spelling errors, punctuation mistakes and other problems. I do intend to fix them as soon as I find the time. But, my goal from now on is that any book I release will be as clean as possible.
 
 

***Taking licence to brag!*** Angel Lovable Christmas is still riding the traction with Amazon and last I looked was in the  #800 level in ranking – #11 Contemporary and #14 in Fantasy. I’ve kept the price at the low 99cents in order to let as many readers have an enjoyable holiday book for themselves and to give as gifts also. If the 43 reviews (mostly 5 and 4 stars) are to be believed, this is the story you’ll want to read this season!

 

 
 

 

 

 

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

The world of The Divinities


 

 

One of the most asked questions I get is how I came up with the Divinities. I’m never sure how to answer the question, because The Divinities just evolved from a bunch of research and unfinished stories. I did a lot of research of mythologies, and I read a lot of other paranormal romances. I even got hook on a couple of urban fantasies that sparked a couple of ideas for when I’m ready to write UF. LOL.

 

When I first sat down to write a series, I wanted to write a vampire series. Why? Because that was what I was reading and loved. I still love a great vamp story. However, I couldn’t develop a solid mythology of my own. There are so many out there and I want mine to be different, something fresh. But, I’m close. I think I may have it. I’ll have to wait though before starting it.

 

Then I turned to reaching Greek Mythology, where I discovered Hecate. I was drawn to her for some reason and did more research into witches. Then the idea of four sisters, demi-goddess, are sent by Hecate to earthside to hide a power source from the evil draken that escape Tartarus. There were a number of other creatures like vamps and some I made up.  Like my vampires the storyline had holes I didn’t know how to fix. I just could figure out what was missing or wrong. So I trashed it (actually shelved it for the possibility that I could use some of it later) and started over. Trust me it was a mess. LOL.

 

So going with Hecate, the Goddess of Witchcraft, I created my witches--a spiritual and peaceful group of people that doesn’t have supernatural powers, unless they were born with the Divine gene. The gene the Divinities carry in their bloodline give them god-like powers, but not all witches born to these special bloodlines are Divinities. Only those who bare the Divine Rose birth mark possess a special gift and the ability to use magic at will, without a spell.

 

Now there is a new uprise in the demonic population, and the Divinities must protect the Sinew and stop Khan from merging the three worlds together.

 

 

Forgotten Visions is the first book in the series and can be found at Soul Mate Publishing | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | ARe

 

 

Title: Death’s Storm, The Divinities, book 2

Author: Lia Davis

Blurb:

 

Technical genius and demi-goddess--aka Divinity--Khloe Bradenton relies on no one for help, and she definitely doesn’t need comfort from anyone other than her twin. After her parents died by the demons’ hands over two years ago, she has graciously stepped up to her place in the war between demons and witches. When a creature far more dangerous than the ones responsible for killing her parents claims he is her guardian, she is torn between her desires for the dark predator and the painful loss she has endured at the hands of her enemies.

 

One of the last death demons still in existence, Jagger has pledged his life to the Goddess Hecate. Charged with the guardianship over the Divinities, he is never to approach them, but to aid them from a distance. When the firestorm, Khloe, sacrifices herself to save her twin and best friend and becomes the prey, he has no choice but to reveal himself to her. He is taken by surprise when the need to claim her as his own emerges. A desire he has never felt before could be more dangerous than the demons out to destroy them.    

 

Find it at Amazon | B&N | ARe | Kobo.

 
 

Excerpt:

Stepping off the curb to head to the car, Khloe stilled and let the warm air caress her skin. An electrical charge that only the select few magickin—like her and the other Divinities—could detect was palpable in the humid summer air.

Her spine tingled as the supernatural energy drifted on the wind, putting her on full alert. Reaching out with her senses, she relaxed. A little. The energy was familiar in an odd kind of way. Her admirer was nearby.

More like a stalker, really, without the creepy love letters and phone calls.

For the last month, someone had watched her and followed her every move. When the entity was near, a warm shiver rolled over her skin like a caress. The energy didn’t come from a human. Demon? Maybe. But, the power was too intense to be any demonic creature she’d come in contact with. She considered one of the gods, but that didn’t make sense either. The gods wouldn’t stalk her. They would send a messenger or deliver their message in person. She and the others had also thought it could be a guardian.

Whatever the entity was, it annoyed the hell out of her to be followed around and spied upon.

She scanned to mall parking lot and the sidewalk that lead to the various shops. Nothing remotely threatening came into view or reached out to her supernatural senses. Then again, she never saw anything when she sensed the presence. It had shown up last month, right after she and Kalissa had been thrust into an ancient war between witches and demons.

That was when she and Kalissa found a note from their mother telling them about the Sinew—a crystal sphere that held the magic of the worlds—and sent Kalissa on a mission to retrieve it. As Divinities, it was their duty to protect magickin from Khan, the new Bastard Lord of the Underworld.

 

 

Author Bio:

 

Lia Davis is a mother to two young adults and two very special kitties, a wife to her soul mate, a paranormal romance author, graphic designer, and co-owner to Fated Desires Publishing, LLC. She and her family live in Northeast Florida battling hurricanes and very humid summers. But it’s her home and she loves it!

 

An accounting major, Lia has always been a dreamer with a very activity imagination. The wheels in her head never stop. She ventured into the world of writing and publishing in 2008 and loves it more than she imagined. Writing and designing are stress relievers that allow her to go off in her corner of the house and enter into another world that she created, leaving real life where it belongs.

 

Her favorite things are spending time with family, traveling, reading, writing, chocolate, coffee, nature and hanging out with her kitties.

 




 


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Saturday, December 1, 2012

Write the Darn Book! Part #5


 

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 I'm back to writing the next steps for the blog
 Write the Darn Book! If you haven't followed from the beginning,
you will see the first 4 parts on the left hand panel in the blog archives in November.

 




3. Get your social media working - twitter, facebook and goodreads at least. Of course, I’m taking it for granted you already have a website and/or blog.

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First I want to reiterate that you need a website or at least a blog, preferably both. You need a site where you have control and not like what happened to me when I first started out. Frightened of having to take on more than I could comfortably chew (so to speak) I found myself a webmistress who would not only design the site for me, but would also make all the changes to the site as necessary. Well in 2007, I had no idea what a website entailed, how much effort went into it and just the word scared the ever-loving poop right outta me. So I took the easy way out. And for the first couple of years when I was so busy writing for my publisher, it worked fine.

 

But when the time went by with no reimbursements, very few royalty checks, I knew I needed to start promoting the books myself. When I went to my webmistress to ask if she could attach a blog page to my website, one that I could be in control of, she reminded me of our original contract. No blog! If I knew then what I know now—no way would I have taken that route. Instead I would have invested in starting my own website with a blog attached and paid a designer to set me up with a stunning template (such as mine on Believe! J) I would have forced myself to learn how those sites worked because in the future, I needed to learn it all anyway. And truth to tell, it wasn't near as hard as I had envisioned…especially blogger. With so many how-to videos on utube, even a technically challenged dummy (like me) managed.

 

But having said that, my website is another place on the web that highlights my work and can be easily found on Google by those who want to search for me.  It has a contact address, all my books are listed with buy buttons and is quite a pretty page. Certainly reflects the first series of books I wrote (Vicarage Bench Series). Too bad it's not pertinent to the two new series' I've written since because I can’t change it…I have no control!! So the moral of the story is – keep control in your hands.

 

Twitter is one of my favorite sites to play on and can be very helpful *once* you have enough followers. Do not wait to build this list until after your book has been released. Don’t procrastinate. It takes time to gain followers, and the more you have, the better chance this social media tool will work for you. If you’re asking me how to get people to link with you here, my best advice is link first with them. It’s a two-way street. I always follow back (unless there’s bare breasts or worse showing in the image or bad language involved.) And I've found it works like the proverbial snowball. Once you have some followers, you get more and more …

 

Facebook for me is too much of a time suck. I can spend hours reading all the trivial tidbits put out by my friends, and I just don’t have that leisure. Too much to do and always under pressure. Also, just when I get comfortable on facebook, they make another change….sigh!! So I admit to being a bit of a spammer there and tend to use it only for promotional reasons.

 

Goodreads is a site I wish I had more energy to deal with. It took me some months to pick up how it all works (I’m still in the dark over some of their finer points). I took a workshop at the RWA National Convention in Anaheim in July with Patrick Brown and he did solve some of the mysteries. Their pending changes promise to make Goodreads even better for authors. For me, it’s a good place to promote my own work and a site where I can add any reviews I’ve written for others.  I have a lot of friends there, but alas, no time to communicate to any extreme.  But I have made contacts on this site that have grown into lasting friendships and so I’m cognizant of the importance to be visible there.

 

Again, let me nag. Do not wait until you have a book ready to publish to get active in any of these places. Do it now!!!