Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Goodreads #Giveaway- a smart step to take before you release your book! #mgtab

I’m getting excited because I’ll be releasing Special Agent Kandice in a few days – April 1st.You’d think that after all the books I’ve put out there, I would have gotten over this tense, giddy-stomach kinda feeling but I admit that – nope – it’s still there.

This is the point where I’m always a bit frazzled. Those of you who are Indie authors, well you know the never-ending chores needed to be done when you get to this point. I have this mental list that seems overpowering, and as I tick each thing off, I know there’s still a lot more – prompting the book being the biggest hurdle to cross.

For instance, I decided with this book to give away a couple of paperbacks on Goodreads. It will give the book exposure and hopefully bring attention to the fact that it’s the 4th in the series. So, being the pro that I am, and having done this before, though quite some time ago, I beetle my butt over to the Goodreads’ Giveaway page and get totally stuck there.

First of all, I’ve never done this promo on a book not already released before. It makes a difference… YEP!!

So after I filled in the form, they stopped me dead and kicked me out (metaphorically speaking). Their excuse was - using an invalid ISBN#. Well… hell’s bells. How would they know it was invalid – see my head was planted firmly up my…ahh ahem! Anyway, duh! It finally dawned on me – after I broke down and wrote to a friend on a loop about the situation (darn) – that if I hadn’t set the book up yet, of course the number would be invalid.

Plus, I couldn’t find any place to add the cover and well… all the other ads had covers – I wanted mine there too…right? So easy once I had the answer.

I did get one benefit from this little trip back down “newbie” lane...

It means we can set our books up on Goodreads before they’re released!! I forced open my inner data base and lodged that into the already over-extended brain that I keep feeding more stuff every day.

Steps to set up unpublished book on Goodreads:

Go to your Goodreads Dashboard

See - Add a book – click and fill in form. (make sure where it says book format – put paperback or when you try to list this book as a Giveaway – it will kick your cute little petoodie right outta there (happened 3 times to me before I caught on……..ackkkk!!!)

Go to top of page and see browse and then click on Giveaways.

On right, see list a giveaway.

Fill in form with the same ISBN# you set up the book with or it will kick you out and you have to start all over again. Also, make sure you choose a start date at least 7 days in advance or again – oh yeah!! It’ll kick you out. In fact, my strong suggestion is to keep a copy of the info for this form as you might have to use it over and over and over and…..grrr!!

Now in case you wondered why I wrote this blog, it’s as much for me as it is for you. Next time I have to go through this procedure, I want step-by-step instructions so I don’t waste my whole afternoon :-))
Here's the page of Giveaways as of today...of course Special Agent Kandice won't show up there for 7 days but at least, after my herculean efforts, it will appear!!

Next blog – other things to do before releasing a new book.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Kindle Edition Normalized Page Count (KENP) - Have you succumbed yet? #mgtab #eNovAaw

I’ve read some great blogs on this subject and want to share this one with you.

Roger goes into great description to explain to you just how Amazon is pricing the KENP and it’s extremely interesting.

But I admit that what particularly caught my attention the most is how it will affect my own books. Lately, I’ve seen that many of my friends have chosen to go the route of Amazon Select and therefore in the Unlimited program with their books. It took me a while to make up my mind too. But in the end I succumbed to the temptation, added a few books and waited.

Sure enough, once they were promoted so folks knew about them, the books started getting read and the pages piled up.

So… not being too stupid, I added a bunch more and saw them getting snapped up also. Since most of my books are not long reads, I thought it might work against me. My full-length ones come in at around the 55,000 – 65,000 word length. And calculating the number of pages in the old way of 250 words per page meant that I didn’t have a huge number of pages: 220 – 260 pages.

But after reading Roger’s blog, I realized that low page count wasn’t against me. He seems to think that Amazon’s Policing means more like 187 words per kindle page. That stoked my fire – big time.

As you can see, with a book like Special Agent Maximilian which has 59,571 words divided by187 = 318 pages x 0.0057 = $1.81 is earned for every time the full book is read. Now that’s totally acceptable. (Hopefully AZ continues to pay around this amount each month.)

Roger also says that this is based on a 12pt text. Since I format all my work on Pressbooks, I’m sure that the word count is within the regulations but you might want to make sure you’re keeping within those guidelines if you’re publishing a word document - which is possible – just not advisable for anyone to be doing nowadays. 

So… I’m beginning to see that Amazon has won me over again. If my books get read, I’m happy. If I get paid, I’m even happier. And if folks out there in the world get to read as many books as they want for one low monthly price, then I guess they’re also happy… that’s just the way of the world.
***Therefore - those of you who have joined the unlimited program, and are paying your $9.99 per month, please do check out my books. My author page is Mimi Barbour and while you're visiting, do me the honor of "Following" me so Amazon will continue to let you know when my next books are released.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

You are invited to a Christmas in March party! #Giveaways #Contests #mgtab

Help us celebrate our Christmas Event!

We have decided to have a wonderful Facebook event: 
 our coming 2016 Collection of 20 brand new novellas...

(One which will be written by Leanne Banks a #1 National Best-selling author!!)
All with Christmas Carols as titles...
Some with the same theme as the title...
and all dedicated to 20 lucky winners.
Come and celebrate with us!
Win lots of prizes - 
20 of us will be there waiting
 and... willing to share all kinds of giveaways.
 Thursday, March 24 at 1 PM - 6 PM in EDT

Host Schedule: All Times EST (Eastern)
1:00- Stacy Juba
1:15- Joan Reeves
1:30- Jennifer St. Giles
1:45- Ari Thatcher
2:00- Dani Haviland
2:15- Mona Risk
2:30- Taylor Lee
2:45- Rachelle Ayala
3:00- Mimi Barbour...
3:15- Donna Fasano
3:30- Jacquie Biggar
3:45- Alicia Street
4:00- Michele Hauf
4:15- Melinda Curtis
4:30- Stephanie Queen
4:45- Patricia Rosemoor
5:00- Rebecca York
5:15- Nancy Radke
5:30- Traci Hall
5:45- Nina Bruhns

Monday, March 21, 2016

Lucky Leprechaun Four Leaf Clover Giveaway - Donna Fasano #mgtab #eNovAaw

Welcome to the 
Lucky Leprechaun Four Leaf Clover Giveaway!

Free Booksy/Red Feather Romance has partnered with eNovel Authors at Work to bring you a week long celebration with great books, great book deals, and let's not forget the great giveaways!

Check out today's featured author and book below and be sure to scroll down to the bottom and enter to win some awesome prizes, including a $200 Gift Card and a Kindle Paperwhite from Free Booksy/Red Feather Romance and Print and eCopies of MOUNTAIN LAUREL from today's featured author Donna Fasano!

Head on over to the event page and learn more about all the great authors being featured!

#eNovAaW Featured Author
Donna Fasano

Mountain Laurel
by Donna Fasano
Genre: Contemporary Romance

So what if Laurel Morgan hadn't had a date since the senior prom? If all it would take to convince her teenage sister to consider college was to go on a few dates and have some fun, it was a bet she could beat. And before she could change her mind, sexy forest ranger Michael Walker agreed to play the part of her ardent admirer!

Laurel never expected Michael's acting abilities to be quite so convincing. Whenever her sister was watching, Laurel found herself wrapped in a heady embrace with a passionate kiss on the way. Her captivating cohort promised a performance that would win her the wager, but when the curtain closed, would she lose the only man she would ever love?

Meet Donna Fasano:

Donna Fasano is a USA Today Bestselling Author whose award-winning books have been translated into nearly two dozen languages and have sold 4 million copies.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Enter this #contest, name your favorite Christmas Carol & check out the 20 #prizes!! #mgtab


Calling all Christmas lovers!

Do you love the music of the holiday season? If so, the Authors’ Billboard needs your attention! This coming 2016 Christmas, twenty of our authors—New York Times and USA Today Bestsellers—will be putting together a multi-author box collection of brand new, never before published stories to dazzle everyone, but we require your participation.

The title of our collection will be
LOVE, CHRISTMAS and the theme of this bundle will be Christmas carols. We want to use YOUR favorite holiday songs. If you and your song title are chosen, one of the 20 novellas will be dedicated to you.

Sound like fun? Please enter the contest by naming your special carols in the contest entry form.

You may enter as many times as you like. So what are you waiting for?

Here's what the winners will receive:

1. Twenty winners will have his/her favorite song chosen as the title and possibly the theme for one of the novellas.
2. That particular story will be dedicated to the winner— twenty in total.
3. And the winners will receive a free copy of the box set (eBook only).



Ho, ho, ho! And good luck!


The authors involved in this great contest are:

Leanne Banks - NY Times & USAToday, National #1 Best-selling author

Mimi Barbour - NY Times & USA Today, Best-selling author 

Nina Bruhns - NY Times & USA Today, Best-selling author

Joan Reeves - NY Times & USAToday, Best-selling author

Mona Risk - NY Times & USA Today, Best-selling author

Patricia Rosemoor - NY Times & USA Today, Best-selling author

Rebecca York - NY Times & USA Today, Best-selling author

Denise Devine - USA Today, Best-selling author

Donna Fasano - USA Today,Best-selling author

Traci Hall - USA Today,Best-selling author

Taylor Lee - USA Today,Best-selling author

Stephanie Queen - USA Today,Best-selling author

Jennifer St. Giles - USA Today,Best-selling author

Alicia Street – USA Today,Best-selling author

Ari Thatcher - USA Today,Best-selling author

Rachelle Ayala - Best-selling author

Jacquie Biggar - Best-selling author

Michele Hauf - Best-selling author

Dani Haviland - Best-selling author

Nancy Radke - Best-selling author


Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Lucky Leprechaun Four Leaf Clover Giveaway - Jackie Weger #eNovAaw #mgtab

Welcome to the 
Lucky Leprechaun Four Leaf Clover Giveaway!

Free Booksy/Red Feather Romance has partnered with eNovel Authors at Work to bring you a week long celebration with great books, great book deals, and let's not forget the great giveaways!

Check out today's featured author and book below and be sure to scroll down to the bottom and enter to win some awesome prizes, including a $200 Gift Card and a Kindle Paperwhite from Free Booksy/Red Feather Romance and Print copies of NO PERFECT DESTINY from today's featured author Jackie Weger!

Head on over to the event page and learn more about all the great authors being featured!

#eNovAaW Featured Author
Jackie Weger

No Perfect Destiny
by Jackie Weger
Genre:  Romance

Detective Leo Garvey wears pheromones like most men wear aftershave. Leah Spenser dares not to show any interest in the man. He has the means to wreck her life. Thief or not, Leo determines to unravel Leah’s secrets and have her for his own.

Meet Jackie Weger:

Traveller of the good earth by foot, mule, train, plane, pickup and internet.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Summer Heat - Love on Fire!! Get your copy now... Great Price #99c #mgtab

Summer Heat: Love on Fire
by Caridad Piniero, Nina Bruhns, Rebecca York, Jennifer Lowery, Taylor Lee, Traci Hall, Stephanie Queen, Alicia Street, Kathy Ivan, Jackie Ivie, Michele Hauf, Rachelle Ayala, Katy Walters, Melissa Keir, Dani Haviland, and Jacquie Biggar
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 24, 2016

16 All New Contemporary Romances from NY Times, USA Today, and International Bestselling Authors.

Guaranteed to make your blood run hot. Passion, steamy nights, excitement, and suspense. Something to suit every reader's taste. Grab a cool drink (you'll need it!), find a hammock, and curl up for an unforgettable escape.

Caridad Pineiro, Under the Boardwalk - A passionate night under the boardwalk brought them together, but can Chase and Natalie rekindle that lost love in just one night?

Nina Bruhns, Fast and Flirty - The top-secret package STORM Corps transporter Kade Maddox is hired to deliver turns out to be way more trouble—and a whole lot sexier—than he ever anticipated.

Rebecca York, Outlaw Justice - Will a surprise reunion with her old lover save her life when she flees from a homicidal husband?

Jennifer Lowery, The Fall (Book #2 ATCOM series) - The last thing ATCOM agent Brendan Devayne wants is to settle down, but Mia Lawrence makes him think twice…

Taylor Lee, Jared: (Book 1, The Justice Brothers Series) - The rookie cop learned the hard way that when tangling with the Justice Brothers, Justice—like Love-- isn’t always fair or easy.

Traci Hall, Festival by the Sea - Al Cooper’s too bad to be a cop and too good to be a crook; Darcy Smith can’t get enough.

Stephanie Queen, Beachcomber Heat - This summer’s heat wave on Martha’s Vineyard is breaking records, but so is the crime wave. The combination is causing a wave of red-hot dangerous desire between Dane and Shana.

Alicia Street, In Training for Love - When private fitness trainer Shannon meets her hot new client, loving her job takes on a whole new meaning.

Kathy Ivan, Sex, Lies and Apple Pies - A televised baking competition brings them together. But deceit, intrigue and revenge are on this menu. Can their love survive?

Jackie Ivie, The Hunted - LeeAnn’s got business in Miami. Bring on the sun. Sand. Sexy men to look at. The last thing she expects is to be someone’s target.

Michele Hauf, The Geek Gets The Girl - Mistaken for the IT geek? This sexy CEO is about to learn the intimate operations of his company—up close, and personal.

Rachelle Ayala, Bad Boys for Hire: Ken (Bad Boys for Hire Series, #2) - After Jolie Becker is left at the altar, her friends secretly hire a hunky beach bum to cheer her up.

Katy Walters, Sands of Seduction - Clary escaped to a place of sea and sand, a place of passion and seduction.

Melissa Keir, Protecting Her Pigg - Arson and fire bring them together, but what will cause the most damage…the arsonist bent on revenge or their own stubborn ways?

Dani Haviland, Pool Boy Wanted (No Experience Preferred) - He’d never known a woman before, and that’s just how she wanted him.

Jacquie Biggar, Summer Lovin’ - Can two mismatched lovers find a way past their mistakes, or will they keep their lonely hearts forever guarded?

Caridad PiƱeiro
NY Times and USA Today Bestseller Caridad Pineiro is a Jersey Girl who writes romantic suspense, military romance, contemporary romance, paranormal romance, and vampire suspense. Caridad loves to travel, cook, & spend time with family & friends. Caridad is the author of nearly 50 novels/novellas. Caridad writes dark and sexy novels and novellas for those who live to love on the edge. Her sweet, but still naughty side, Charity Pineiro, writes contemporary romances packed with emotion and humor. For more information on Caridad/Charity, please visit www.caridad.com or www.rebornvampirenovels.com.

Nina Bruhns
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Nina Bruhns decided it was time to change careers and pursue her longtime dream of writing when fieldwork in Egyptology became too dangerous. Since then, Nina has achieved international bestsellerdom writing for Berkley, Harlequin and Silhouette, various epublishers, and now as an indie author with Cajun Hot Press. Nina has earned numerous awards for her thirty-plus books to date, including three Daphne du Maurier Awards for Best Overall Mystery-Suspense Book of the Year, three Rita nominations, four RT Bookclub Reviewers Choice Awards, a National Readers Choice Award, five Dorothy Parker Awards of Excellence, and two Golden Hearts.

Rebecca York
New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling and award-winning author, Rebecca York has written over 145 books and novellas. In 2011 she became the dozenth author to receive the Romance Writers of America Centennial Award for having written 100 romantic novels. Her Killing Moon was a launch title for Berkley’s Sensation imprint in June 2003. Five more books in the series have followed.

Rebecca has authored or co-authored over 65 romantic thrillers, many for Harlequin Intrigue’s very popular 43 Light Street series, set in Baltimore, and many with paranormal elements. She currently writes the paranormal romantic suspense Decorah Security Series and the science fiction romance Off World Series.

Her many awards include two Rita finalist books. She has two Career Achievement awards from Romantic Times: for Series Romantic Suspense and for Series Romantic Mystery. And her Peregrine Connection series won a Lifetime Achievement Award for Romantic Suspense Series.

Jennifer Lowery
NY Times & USA Today bestselling author, Jennifer Lowery grew up reading romance novels in the back of her math book and on the bus to school, and never wanted to be anything but a writer. Her summers were spent sitting at the kitchen table with her sisters spinning tales of romance and intrigue and always with a tall glass of ice tea at their side.

Taylor Lee
USA Today Best Selling author Taylor Lee writes Suspenseful Mystery Thrillers – with a heavy dose of Sexy to Sizzling HOT Romance.

In the less than four years that she has been writing, Taylor has written more than thirty books.  Her six, soon to be seven, series track her Special Operatives, Covert Agents, Cops, Firefighters and other iconic heroes and heroines, through the harrowing situations that make up their lives. From human trafficking rings to corrupt politicians, Taylor investigates the underbelly of society and the criminals who flourish there.

Traci Hall
With an impressive bibliography in an array of genres, USA Today bestselling author Traci Hall has garnered a notable fan base. She pens stories guaranteed to touch the heart while transporting the reader to another time and place. Her belief in happily ever after shines through, whether it's a romantic glimpse into history or a love affair for today.

Stephanie Queen
USA Today bestselling author Stephanie Queen writes romantic suspense novels where the good guys always win. She lives in New Hampshire with her family, friends and cat, Kitty III.

Alicia Street
Alicia Street is USA Today bestselling author and Daphne du Maurier award-winner. She writes both sweet and sexy romances and sometimes collaborates with her husband, Roy. She spent many years as a dancer, choreographer, and teacher—the inspiration behind her sexy Dance ‘n’ Luv contemporary romance series. Her Holiday Luv books are totally sweet romances. In Training for Love, her contribution to the Summer Heat boxed set, begins a totally hot series featuring the Rocklyn brothers.

Kathy Ivan
Kathy Ivan is a USA Today Bestselling author and International Digital Award winner.  She writes award-winning romantic suspense, contemporary romance/romantic comedy, and paranormal romance and loves hanging out with readers and writers, talking about books.

Jackie Ivie
Jackie Ivie lives in the enormous state of Alaska with her husband and three very spoiled pets. She started her writing career writing hot highland historical romances for Kensington Publishing. There are now ten “Clans series” books, available in seven languages. Keeping her head in the clouds most of the time, Jackie now spends her time researching, developing, and writing her paranormal series – the Vampire Assassin League, the NEW Chronicles of the Hunter, as well as her other historical line – the Brocade Collection.

Michele Hauf
Michele Hauf is an award-winning author who has been writing romance, action-adventure and fantasy stories for over twenty years. Her first published novel was DARK RAPTURE.

France, musketeers, vampires and faeries populate her stories. And if she followed the adage ‘write what you know’, all her stories would have snow in them.

Rachelle Ayala
Rachelle Ayala is a bestselling author of contemporary romance and romantic suspense. She writes from sweet to steamy and believes that everyone should find love as often as possible, even if it's within the pages of a book. Rachelle is working on a sweet series of romances with pets and firemen, Have a Hart Romances, and one full of bad boys, Bad Boys for Hire. She also writes sports romances in both football and baseball, as well as many holiday romances, both sweet and spicy.

Katy Walters
Katy Walters lives on the South Coast of England with her husband and hyperactive Golden Retriever Fairey Magic, Lily for short.  Her two sons have now grown and flown the nest. After gaining her degrees, BA Hons, Psych; MA and Hon D. Sc., she pursued a fulfilling career in psychology both as a Researcher and Therapist.  She then decided to change direction and returned to Uni., attaining a BA in Eng.Lit. and Creative Writing.  She now enjoys writing full-time and loves to explore many genres.

Melissa Keir
Melissa Keir is a bestselling author of small town romances that sizzle. Her stories feature realistic characters that will capture your heart. She doesn’t believe in down-time but can be found knee-deep in projects.

Dani Haviland
Dani Haviland, formerly of Connecticut, Arizona, and Alaska, recently semi-retired from selling tractor parts, tools, and roses. She moved to a more temperate climate in western Oregon to pursue her passions: writing, gardening, and photography. Life has changed from plowing snow with a Bobcat loader to pull-starting a walk behind weed whacker, but there are still enough hours in the day for the feisty old lady to propagate people for her novels and plants for her yard. Sharing is part of her personality, so creating books and photos to share all over the world makes her happy.

Jacquie Biggar
Jacquie lives in paradise along the west coast of Canada with her family. She loves reading, writing, and flower gardening. Jacquie swears she can't function without coffee, preferably at the beach with her sweetheart.
You can stay in touch with Jacquie here:

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