Saturday, November 29, 2014

My Blessings are endless...!



Thanksgiving is the one day of the year when I really stop and think about all I have to be thankful for.


And… my blessings are endless.


I have a husband I adore and who feels the same about me. A son who's such a nice man and who I truly believe is the best thing that’s ever happened to me. And a niece whose family delights me every time we’re together.


Not only am I fortunate with those people in my life; I’m happy to say that my parents are alive and well. Mom is eighty-six and Dad’s ninety.  They are the nicest, kindest most generous folks any daughter has the good fortune to have and they make me happy to be around them at all times.


Especially when I’m telling them about all the successes I've been so fortunate to have with my career. I rave about all the fabulous people I work with, the new friends I meet every day and the exciting changes in this crazy publishing business.


They love listening to me go on…and on…


This is my sweet mom!



And my lovable Dad!





Shuu… don’t wake the poor dears up…..aren't they wonderful? 



Monday, November 24, 2014

Chris LaBonty - @HeadTalker Co-founder - explains why it's your best option for promotion!!



A way for authors to get more exposure



Let’s face it! The internet is so fast paced that it is easy for your wonderful information to get lost among all the memes posted on your friends’ and followers’ social media feeds. How are you supposed to get anyone to see what you are talking about with all this chatter going on? Some people might resort to paying for Facebook Ads or Google Ads to get exposure, but who wants to click on an ad nowadays. With all of these users using these social media sites and the limits they have put on the users to get exposure might leave you wondering if your posts are even getting seen. That is why my team and I have created HeadTalker for you to use to help get your content more exposure online!


What is HeadTalker? HeadTalker is the only 100% free crowdspeaking platform in the world that can help take your message viral! Think of a HeadTalker campaign as an all-or-nothing crowdfunding campaign but instead of your supporters contributing money, they contribute their social media voice. You select the time and date you want your message and link to be shared by your supporters. Once your campaign is successful, your message and link are posted by all of your supporters simultaneously through all of their their own individual social media accounts. This helps you break the algorithms set by the social media sites which allows your post to be seen and shared by more people.


HeadTalker does need authorization by you to post the message on your social media account so please don’t worry about messages being posted that you did not support. HeadTalker only stores a token that is given by the social networks over a secure connection to allow for the post to be made one time. This means that the only posts that will be displayed on your social media account are from the campaigns that you personally support. The social media sites have created the APIs that we are approved to use which means they already have knowledge and access to your account information. Our site only stores the minimum amount of permissions for the site to function properly for the people who use our site.


Why is HeadTalker the best option? I’m not only saying this because I am the co-founder of the site, but I truly believe our site is the best option for crowdspeaking. First off, you never have to pay to use HeadTalker.   We give you almost all the features for free that other platforms like ours will charge you for. HeadTalker is also the first crowdspeaking platform in the world that is available to LinkedIn users. This helps you get more supporters since you have more social media sites you can gain support from. Also when you use HeadTalker, your campaign will automatically receive 250,000 free social reach to help give your campaign a boost. We also approve campaigns 12-24 hours after they are submitted while providing our users with speedy customer service.


HeadTalker has a very strong community of people of love to help support each other creators’ campaigns. We have been very popular with authors and have seen that they are very supportive of each other’s books. This makes HeadTalker a great choice for authors who are looking for free promotion for their new releases to help spread the word about their work.




Best Regards,
__________________
Chris LaBonty
Co-Founder





***I am delighted that Chris sent me this post to share with all of you. It explains the concept of his work a lot better than I ever could. What I can tell you is that it really worked well for me on the release of Special Agent Finnegan. So don't hesitate to try Headtalker and tell all your friends. See below his social media links where you can like and follow him and add him to your friends. It only takes a few minutes!!***

         



Friday, November 21, 2014

Screw-ups are a way to learn – right? RIGHT??? #amwriting


 
Then why is it that I'm constantly saying to myself - will you never learn!!!?
 
I thought I’d share something with you today that recently jumped up and bit me in the ass.

I’ve been at this Indie stuff for so long, I get kinda relaxed sometimes, thinking I’ve got it all covered. You know, old hand who knows it all sorta thing…!!

Well guess what? It’s not true.

I’m as infallible as the next person. And even though I know better, there are times when everything is going along so well, that I’m just up there working hard, floating away on my little cloud.

Until a 747 shoots through and wham - I wake up!!

My airplane last week was this: I’d set up two of my books to go on special promotions for Friday - Together for Christmas and Lovable Christmas Angel.

Together for Christmas was supposed to be on EReaderCafé on Friday for their promotion called “Book of the Day” that cost me $35.

True, it’s not one of the more expensive advertisements, but because of my own ineptness—the fact that I totally *FORGOT* what day it was—turns out I wasted my money plus the time it took to get it set up.

Maybe even more important—I blew it with this site, which could possibly give me a bad name. I’m not sure how different venues handle this type of thing—authors ignoring or forgetting to change the prices on their books—but I imagine the author only gets a few chances to screw up before they’re denied services (my own supposition….must look into this one day!!)

Also, Loveable Christmas Angel had been set up on Friday on a site called Read Cheaply. Now you might think this wouldn’t bother me as much since it cost me nothing as it's a free promotion.

Wrong!

It’s very difficult to get your books listed here; one can only submit a book every 30 days. In fact, I keep the date on a post-it note in front of me so I can jump on it as soon as the time is up. Therefore, to blow it after I’d waited so long, gives me a huge gut-ache. As you can imagine, this is also one of the promotions that gets you great exposure and usually a lot of sales. So all I can say is….. arggrrrrr!!!

After this fiasco, I swore never to get caught out again. I decided to take steps to remind myself of the day by placing it on my calendar and have Windows Live send me an e-mail on the important day to remind me. Good idea – right?

Not so much!! Yesterday morning, I read the notice and registered it as – Right! Tonight I have to change the prices on my books. Unfortunately, ten other things I needed to do before then took over and the thought faded as fast as it arrived.  

But… knowing myself and what a skitz I can be, after I’d stopped kicking myself last weekend, I had also set the alarm on my phone for every Thursday at 9:00pm.
 
So… there I was last night watching my shows on TV, relaxing after a hard day of writing and Rriinngggggg!!!

OHMYGODDD!!!

I’d done it again.

Only this time, my phone saved my ass.

I luvvv my phone xo

**Please - learn your lesson through my dumb mistakes. Don’t take anything for granted when it comes to remembering important chores. Do whatever it takes to give yourself a nudge, a reminder, a kick in the…. ah…yeah!!
 
 
 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Now... it's my turn - A woman of Murder, Mystery & Mayhem! #eNovAaw

 








Mimi Barbour

Author, Mimi Barbour, has five romance series at this time. The Vicarage Bench, a Spirit-travel, Time-travel Series / Angels with Attitude Series – Angels Love Romance / The Vegas Series—fast-paced, thrilling and loved by readers / Elvis Series—make an Elvis Song a book, and her latest suspense series with gritty characters, constant conflicts and emotional highs and lows sharing humor on every page, The Undercover FBI series.
“Mimi says - I’ve taken early retirement on Vancouver Island to spend my days and many nights, hovering over my computer and spinning the stories that have been vying for my attention over the years.
My husband is supportive, drags me out to feed me and plans occasional forays into the outside world. I have a son who makes me happy I was born a woman so I could be his mom, and a niece whose family adds to my full cup of happiness.




My favorite top 5 women of mystery, murder and mayhem.

It’s a very difficult choice so I've decided to stick with my favorite authors who write suspense, thrillers and mystery. I would have to say that the one I love the most is Sandra Brown. She’s gritty, real and has the talent of a fabulous story-teller. My favorite book by Sandra Brown is called Mirror Image. Loved the whole concept.

Now being that I tend to add humor in my own books, Nora Roberts can spin a really good suspense and make me crack up at the same time. Her characters are so well done and her storylines always grab me and reel me in. My favorite suspense book by Nora Roberts would have to be Blue Smoke. Couldn't put it down.

Another famous author that gets a laugh out of me is Linda Howard.Her southern ways add richness to her stories and I love her voice. I met her at an RWA conference one year and she’s as humorous as her books. Linda Howard caught me with Open Season.

Of course, there’s Lisa Jackson who always delivers your money’s worth and more. Many times she keeps me wondering until the end. I like that. I recently read Lisa’s book called Left to Die. Oh yeah! It was good!!

And last but not least is Rebecca York. Her romantic suspense books are a wonderful read. She’s the ultimate storyteller with over a hundred books to her credit. Her Rockfort Security Series is fabulous!!




Special Agent Francesca
by Mimi Barbour

An introvert, Special Agent Francesca moves to Las Vegas to escape her powerful, domineering mother. On arrival, multiple obstacles challenge her. She needs to approach a father she’s never met, a man who doesn't even know she exists. Then she must play the role of a loving fiancée with a stranger. One who makes her question every unexpected emotion he provokes. Craving the chance for real undercover work, she grabs the opportunity to be involved in cleaning up gang corruption in a nasty neighborhood. When she poses as the new owner of a hotel, the deadly-dangerous situation ramps up and she’s forced to fight her way from one conflict to the next.

Sean Collins, Psychiatrist and LVPD Profiler, has never known anyone like Francesca Donovan. From first sight, he believes her to be a screwball but her beauty and maddening personality attracts him. Despite her prickly disposition, which gets them into a load of trouble, her rotten driving skills and her constant battles, he’s hooked. Once he’s roped into a mock engagement with her, his desire to make it real takes precedence over everything else in his world.





Special Agent Finnegan
by Mimi Barbour

When Special Agent Finnegan O'Reilly gets shot, and the news brings on his father’s heart attack, he decides to take leave from further undercover assignments. The O'Reilly has suffered enough and Finn can’t be the cause of more distress for this beloved old rascal. Then his boss forces one more case on him - to take place in their own pub. Acting as the target to expose serial, suicide killers rampaging through New York City, Finn must play the part of a wife-beater, a cheating husband and an all-time jerk. No problem, until he meets his make-believe wife.

Renée Knight enjoys her job as a New York City cop. Her disguises have become a permanent fixture in her life, and no one knows what she really looks like. Except for the father she loves fiercely… the man, whose suicide makes no sense. If it means going undercover in an Irish pub where the culprits hang out, she’s their girl. Playing the wife of the bar owner to catch the killers—easy. But they never intend for her to fall for this guy, she does this all on her own. Now she has to hire the assassins to arrange his suicide. Can she catch them, before they complete the mission?



Meet the rest of the #eNovAaW
Women of Murder, Mystery & Mayhem


Lorrie Farrelly

A Navy brat and graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz, LORRIE FARRELLY is proud to be a Fightin' Banana Slug. Following graduate school at Northwestern University, she began a career in education that included teaching art to 4th graders, drama to 8th graders, and finally, math to high school students.

She's a three-time winner on "Jeopardy!" She has shepherded wide-eyed foreign exchange students along Hollywood Blvd, and has happily curried and shoveled as a ranch hand at Disneyland's Circle D Ranch. And always, she writes.

Lorrie has won a Presidential Commendation for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics. She's been a Renaissance nominee for Teacher of the Year and a finalist for the Orange Rose Award in romantic fiction. Her novels have been awarded Readers' Favorite 5-Stars. TIMELAPSE and TERMS OF SURRENDER are winning MEDALISTS in the 2014 READERS' FAVORITE INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS. Lorrie and her family live in Southern California.





Dangerous
by Lorrie Farrelly


The Guardian's Angel
by Lorrie Farrelly



L.A. Lewandowski

What happens when a Jersey girl falls in love with the Florida sunshine? Lois's life changed when she made sultry Tampa her home. It might have been the subtropical heat that forced the stories out of her head and into the books she writes. The southern migration has allowed her to pursue her passions; cooking for family and friends, growing orchids, and learning tennis. Her food blog, the Culture and Cuisine Club, continues to push the envelope of dinner club creativity. She's obsessed with art in all forms, and her interests are the entrées that fill her books with a fillip of sexy seasoning to spice things up. On most weekends she can be found enjoying the perfect cocktail with close friends.




Born To Die ~ The Montauk Murders
by L.A. Lewandoswki

A Gourmet Demise ~ Murder in South Tampa
by L.A. Lewandoswki



Julie Frayn

Julie Frayn pens award-winning novels and short stories that pack a punch. And a few stabs. She has published three novels and two short, short story collections. Her work has won two gold medals in the 2013 Authorsdb cover contest, and the Books and Pals 2014 Readers’ Choice award for women’s fiction.

A bean counter by day, Julie revels in the written word. When she is not working or writing, she spends as much time as possible with her two children (grown adults, really), while they still think she’s cool.




Mazie Baby
by Julie Frayn

It Isn't Cheating If He's Dead
by Julie Frayn



Jerri Hines

Colleen Connally is a pen name of Jerri Hines. Under Colleen Connally, she has written a historical romance series, Secret Lives, which is riddled with romantic suspense. The Secret Lives consists of Seductive Secrets, Broken Legacy and Seductive Lies. Fragmented, Book One of Boston’s Crime of Passion, marks Ms Connally’s first contemporary suspense thriller.   One can find other historical series under Jerri Hines, including Winds of Betrayal and Tides of Charleston. Coming soon, she will release a Civil War saga, Southern Legacy, beginning with Belle of Charleston. She is also a supporter of The One Fund, a charity supporting the victims of the Boston Marathon Bombing, and Alzheimer’s Association.




Fragmented
by Collen Connally

The Heavens Shall Fall
by Jerri Hines




So what or who is #eNovAaW?

eNovel Authors at Work is a group of indie authors who believe in paying it forward…

We are dedicated to helping one another to understand the challenges facing writers in the digital universe.

Everything we discover will find its way into these pages, to help authors and readers alike to navigate the ever-changing world of books.

Our goal is all about THE BOOK. We help each other to get our books noticed and expand our audiences. Indie Publishing is constantly changing, and we do our best stay informed.

Our members can participate in individual and group promotions.

Whether an author has published one book or ten, success requires diligence, dedication, and focus. We don’t know all the answers, but we are learning who to ask, who to listen to, and how best to use the tools available to sell BOOKS.

While we respect an author’s choice in what he or she writes, we do not promote erotica, gratuitous sex, or violence.

Right here is where you can subscribe to our newsletter (at the top of the sidebar on any page). eNovel Authors will only land in your mailbox when a good book is free 99 cents or a special deal . Now and again we’ll tell you about a new release, a blog hop, or a book we discovered that made us laugh or cry or dream.





Saturday, November 15, 2014

Come and meet Jerri Hines - A woman of Murder, Mystery & Mayhem @jhines340 #eNovAaw

Click the banner to see a list of all the tour stops!







Jerri Hines

Colleen Connally is a pen name of Jerri Hines. Under Colleen Connally, she has written a historical romance series, Secret Lives, which is riddled with romantic suspense. The Secret Lives consists of Seductive Secrets, Broken Legacy and Seductive Lies. Fragmented, Book One of Boston’s Crime of Passion, marks Ms Connally’s first contemporary suspense thriller.   One can find other historical series under Jerri Hines, including Winds of Betrayal and Tides of Charleston. Coming soon, she will release a Civil War saga, Southern Legacy, beginning with Belle of Charleston. She is also a supporter of The One Fund, a charity supporting the victims of the Boston Marathon Bombing, and Alzheimer’s Association.




Into the Mind of a Woman of Murder and Mayhem

My inspiration for writing murder and mayhem is real life. I’m an avid reader and love a good mystery. But my writing comes from real life scenarios. I’m a huge fan of the books of Ann Rule, the Queen of True Crime. Growing up, I was fascinated with my grandmother’s Reader Digest.  I expanded my interest to present day true crimes, especially of writers such as Ann Rule, the Queen of True Crime.

I hold a fascination with the psychology of a murderer. To write a convincing murder/mystery, you need to understand the motivation of the killer. Ann Rule has tackled some of the most horrific crime stories including Ted Bundy and Diana Downs. But what she has done is given insight into their lives which helps when someone like myself dives into creating a fictional story.

I write romantic suspense. I have tried to write a sweet romance, but the story always turns with the heroine finding herself in mortal danger. Real life has inspired many of my stories. Irene Sandler inspired Broken Legacy. Although Broken Legacy is set during the French Revolution and Irene Sandler lived during WWII, she was a shining example of bravery in the face of untold odds. Irene Sandler saved hundreds of children by working with the Polish underground against the Nazi. Her life showed me the courage of a woman and the extremes they will go to when saving innocents.

To me, a mystery is a puzzle needing for the puzzle pieces to fit together to show the whole picture. When I write, I want the reader to feel as if they are there. I want to make it feel real…




Fragmented
by Collen Connally

The first in the Boston’s Crimes of Passion Series! A pulse-pounding thriller! Ms Connally’s first murder mystery delivers! Suspenseful…shocking…a psychological thriller— leaving readers on the edge of their seat. Cameron Quinn is caught in a web of deceit. Protecting her brother from being framed for a murder places Cameron in untold danger. When the real killer diverts his attention to her, she has nowhere to turn, especially not to the man she shared one unforgettable night… who now is trying to put her brother in prison. A “must read” for any suspense lover!

She would do anything to protect her family...
Cameron Quinn watched her father fall into a world of despair after being falsely accused of causing her mother's death. Now, her brother is a suspect in a crime she knows he's not capable of committing. She'll risk everything to save her brother from the same fate as her father, even destroying evidence that implicates him in a series of murders.

He would do anything to win a case...
ADA Darren Kennedy is known as ‘the bulldog.’ He doesn’t lose. When a killer emerges on the streets of Boston, he’s dead-set on putting that killer behind bars...along with anyone that stands in his way.

A killer would do anything to get his heart's desire...Cameron soon discovers that the police aren't the only ones who suspect her of covering for her brother. The murderer is still out there and he isn't happy his plans have been disrupted. Now, the twisted psychopath has turned his attention towards Cameron and will stop at nothing until he has her in his control.





The Heavens Shall Fall
by Jerri Hines

Be swept up within the Winds of Betrayal saga! Captivating!
Spies and Traitors; Love and Betrayal!

The world of spies and traitors-love and betrayal converge on the path to the ultimate betrayal--the treachery of the American's most infamous turncoat, General Benedict Arnold!

The cry for Freedom is at its darkest hour! 

After the devastating loss at Saratoga, the British respond with a vengeance, aiming at taking a strategic hold on the South. In New York, the American spy network is in turmoil, leaving Rupert Arnett to pick up the pieces. Never has it been more dangerous, but never has the stakes been higher.

Under siege by the RedCoats, Charles Town collapses, giving the Americans their most humiliating and worse defeat of the war. When Dr. Jonathan Corbett is taken prisoner, Rebekah faces her greatest personal challenge...for the only way to save her husband's life is to betray his trust. She turns to the one man Jonathan despises the most, General Marcus Durham.

On the return of Major John Andre to New York, Rupert recognizes something is amiss. The British intelligence seems to know Washington's every move. Pressure mounts on him to discover what the British have planned. Amid untold dangers, Rupert turns to his one operative that can uncover the truth.

Now, time is of the essence. The crucial hour of the revolution is upon the Americans. There is a traitor in their midst. Can the network determine who the traitor is before all is lost? At what cost? Who one will pay the ultimate price for the cry of freedom?



Meet the rest of the #eNovAaW
Women of Murder, Mystery & Mayhem


Mimi Barbour

Author, Mimi Barbour, has five romance series at this time. The Vicarage Bench, a Spirit-travel, Time-travel Series / Angels with Attitude Series – Angels Love Romance / The Vegas Series—fast-paced, thrilling and loved by readers / Elvis Series—make an Elvis Song a book, and her latest suspense series with gritty characters, constant conflicts and emotional highs and lows sharing humor on every page, The Undercover FBI series.
“Mimi says - I’ve taken early retirement on Vancouver Island to spend my days and many nights, hovering over my computer and spinning the stories that have been vying for my attention over the years.
My husband is supportive, drags me out to feed me and plans occasional forays into the outside world. I have a son who makes me happy I was born a woman so I could be his mom, and a niece whose family adds to my full cup of happiness.




Special Agent Francesca
by Mimi Barbour

Special Agent Finnegan
by Mimi Barbour



Lorrie Farrelly

A Navy brat and graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz, LORRIE FARRELLY is proud to be a Fightin' Banana Slug. Following graduate school at Northwestern University, she began a career in education that included teaching art to 4th graders, drama to 8th graders, and finally, math to high school students.

She's a three-time winner on "Jeopardy!" She has shepherded wide-eyed foreign exchange students along Hollywood Blvd, and has happily curried and shoveled as a ranch hand at Disneyland's Circle D Ranch. And always, she writes.

Lorrie has won a Presidential Commendation for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics. She's been a Renaissance nominee for Teacher of the Year and a finalist for the Orange Rose Award in romantic fiction. Her novels have been awarded Readers' Favorite 5-Stars. TIMELAPSE and TERMS OF SURRENDER are winning MEDALISTS in the 2014 READERS' FAVORITE INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS. Lorrie and her family live in Southern California.





Dangerous
by Lorrie Farrelly


The Guardian's Angel
by Lorrie Farrelly



L.A. Lewandowski

What happens when a Jersey girl falls in love with the Florida sunshine? Lois's life changed when she made sultry Tampa her home. It might have been the subtropical heat that forced the stories out of her head and into the books she writes. The southern migration has allowed her to pursue her passions; cooking for family and friends, growing orchids, and learning tennis. Her food blog, the Culture and Cuisine Club, continues to push the envelope of dinner club creativity. She's obsessed with art in all forms, and her interests are the entrées that fill her books with a fillip of sexy seasoning to spice things up. On most weekends she can be found enjoying the perfect cocktail with close friends.




Born To Die ~ The Montauk Murders
by L.A. Lewandoswki

A Gourmet Demise ~ Murder in South Tampa
by L.A. Lewandoswki



Julie Frayn

Julie Frayn pens award-winning novels and short stories that pack a punch. And a few stabs. She has published three novels and two short, short story collections. Her work has won two gold medals in the 2013 Authorsdb cover contest, and the Books and Pals 2014 Readers’ Choice award for women’s fiction.

A bean counter by day, Julie revels in the written word. When she is not working or writing, she spends as much time as possible with her two children (grown adults, really), while they still think she’s cool.




Mazie Baby
by Julie Frayn

It Isn't Cheating If He's Dead
by Julie Frayn




So what or who is #eNovAaW?

eNovel Authors at Work is a group of indie authors who believe in paying it forward…

We are dedicated to helping one another to understand the challenges facing writers in the digital universe.

Everything we discover will find its way into these pages, to help authors and readers alike to navigate the ever-changing world of books.

Our goal is all about THE BOOK. We help each other to get our books noticed and expand our audiences. Indie Publishing is constantly changing, and we do our best stay informed.

Our members can participate in individual and group promotions.

Whether an author has published one book or ten, success requires diligence, dedication, and focus. We don’t know all the answers, but we are learning who to ask, who to listen to, and how best to use the tools available to sell BOOKS.

While we respect an author’s choice in what he or she writes, we do not promote erotica, gratuitous sex, or violence.

Right here is where you can subscribe to our newsletter (at the top of the sidebar on any page). eNovel Authors will only land in your mailbox when a good book is free 99 cents or a special deal . Now and again we’ll tell you about a new release, a blog hop, or a book we discovered that made us laugh or cry or dream.