NEWS FLASH – FREE BOOK PROMOTION – “Twilight’s Indian Princess” July 1 – 5

A FREE Book Promotion of Twilight’s Indian Princess begins July 1 and ends July 5. It’s a Kindle edition so get over there and get your copy!

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As part of the launch of this title and to introduce the series to the widest possible audience, CHP is running a FREE BOOK PROMO JULY 1 – 5 for the Kindle edition.

Now is the time voracious readers! If you are presently feeling a bit impecunious and pinched, you can snap it up gratis with one click.

    http://www.amazon.com/Twilights-Indian-Princess-A-Story-ebook/dp/B00L9Q1TC2

Now Available for Kindle on Amazon.com Now Available for Kindle on Amazon.com

Oh, you want to know what it’s about? About! Okay …. the skinny:

So you think you’re too stressed? You think you’re too busy, stretched too thin, have no time for anything, let alone any time for yourself? Think again, weaklings, and quit feeling sorry for yourselves (wink):

Sarah Sloan McCorkle of Piney Point, TN is a smart, hard-working schoolteacher, a good wife and great mother with a hair shirt conscience who “married down”—according to her Southern aristocrat mother. Way down.

She’d tried…

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Book Review Challenge Series – The Importance of Book Reviews by Lizzie Lamb

It’s the last guest post for Rosie Amber’s Book Review Challenge! This post is by Lizzie Lamb!

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Last Day

Our last guest post on the Book review Challenge before we hand over to you the reader is author Lizzie Lamb. Plus authors might like to step around the fence to the book reviewers side and take a look.

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1)     How important are book reviews for an author?

Very important. Not only do they let writers know what their readers (the genuine ones, that is) think, they give readers feedback to see if the book is something they might enjoy and download. Reviews also help to keep a writer’s profile ‘up there’ with Amazon. They ‘ping’ with the SEO machine and make sure that writer doesn’t get forgotten by Amazon’s big publicity machine.

2)     What are the top sites for book reviews?

I must admit that I don’t search these types of sites very often so I really can’t say. Sites like Novelicious and Love Reading, for example…

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Top Ten Things Not To Do On Your First Anniversary

Here is the 52nd installment of Ten Top Lists of What Not to Do by Marie Ann Bailey of 1WriteWay at http://1writeway.com and John W. Howell of Fiction Favorites at http://johnwhowell.com. These lists are simu-published on our blogs each Monday. We hope you enjoy.

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10.  If it is your first wedding anniversary, do not think your spouse will find it funny if you pretend to forget your wedding date.  If you do pretend to forget, at best your spouse will forgive you after you’ve recited a dozen mea culpas and treated your spouse to a romantic candlelit dinner at the most expensive restaurant in town.  At worst, your spouse will demand, in addition to the mea culpas and romantic dinner, you be solely responsible for cleaning out your cat’s litter box until your second wedding anniversary.

9.  If it is your first wedding anniversary, do not assume your spouse will want to celebrate the anniversary with all your family, friends, and the same people at your wedding.  If you do, at best your spouse will grudgingly put up with the crush and noise of partygoers.  At worst, your spouse will commit a disappearing act (sneaking out of the house to have that nice, quiet dinner your spouse really wanted), leaving you to be solo host, as well as clean-up crew after the party.

8.  If it is your first work anniversary, do not think you should necessarily expect some congratulations from your boss and coworkers.  At best, you will get some recognition for having stayed in the job for a year since no one else (including your boss) has, an insight which might cause you to start looking for another job.  At worst, you try to throw your own party during lunch time in the conference room which coincides with your boss’s own planned luncheon with the CEO, CFO, CIO, and COO, and you wind up playing caterer to them since you are now too embarrassed to admit the food was for your own party.

7.  If it is your first work anniversary, do not insist on going to the most expensive restaurant to celebrate with your boss and coworkers.  If you do, at best, no one will complain about the fact that all any of them (except your boss) can afford is the Caesar salad and a glass of ice water.  At worst, in honor of your anniversary, your boss will publicly suggest you pay the bill for the entire table since your anniversary grants you a 1.0% raise which, after taxes, translates to a 0.3% raise which after a year will cover the cost of the meal.

6.  If it is the first anniversary of your first date, do not think your significant other will be unaware of the fact.  If you do, at best, your significant other will accept your apologies for forgetting and you make a promise to yourself not to forget the second anniversary.  At worst, your significant other will accept your apologies and then suggest perhaps it’s time to see other people, letting you know in no-uncertain terms there will not be a second anniversary.

5.  If it is the first anniversary of your first date, do not think a simple greeting card will be enough to celebrate the event.  If you do, at best, your significant other will simply sigh and make arrangements for a nice dinner at the restaurant where you had your first date.  At worst, your significant other will make reservations at a very expensive restaurant you’ve always wanted to go but never had the money and then after dessert tell you it’s time for you both to see other people.  For the cherry on top, your significant other will abruptly leave, grabbing the foil wrapped coq au vin, but leaving the check which, of course, you cannot pay except with long hours of dishwashing.

4.  If it is your first blogging anniversary, do not think no one will care if you ignore the event.  If you do, at best, your readers will likely be confused when you start writing posts beginning “When I began blogging over a year ago ….” since it’s fairly common to celebrate such an event and they won’t understand why you didn’t.  At worst, you’ll be out spotlighted into shame by your fellow bloggers who go ahead and post about their first-year anniversary while you sit and watch their readership grow as yours sinks.

3.  If it is your first blogging anniversary, do not think you can crowdsource your way to a fancy restaurant to celebrate.  If you do, at best, you’ll gain enough for a tip  and your readers will just shake their heads over your impudence and continue to read your blog any way.  At worst, a number of fellow bloggers will show up at the fancy restaurant expecting you to share your crowdsourced meal for one with all of them, forcing you to eventually crowdsource to get enough money to pay the bill so you don’t have to wash the restaurant’s dishes for the next month.

2.  If it is the first anniversary of your book, do not think it would be gauche to promote the hell out of it on your important day.  If you do, at best, an ardent fan will realize the date and promote your book for you, giving you an uptick in sales which you otherwise would not have had.  At worst, you miss your window of opportunity and your post-first anniversary sale bombs since no one understands what a year and a day anniversary is all about.

1.  If it is the first anniversary of your book, do not hesitate to promote the hell out of it on that important day.  If you do hesitate, at best, you’ll get a lukewarm response of increased sales from your lukewarm effort.  At worst, your promotion will be so tepid none of your readers will understand what you are promoting and miss the opportunity to purchase your book at less than the cost of a tall skinny Vanilla latte.

0. If it is the first anniversary … oh, wait, lists aren’t supposed to have 0s in them.  Well, this one does but not for a happy reason. On this first anniversary of our Top Ten Things Not To Do lists, I have published my last list with John.  I am stepping down as a collaborator on these lists and hope that many of you will now rush over to John’s blog (www.johnwhowell.com) and leave your comments about what not to do on one’s first anniversary of anything.

For personal reasons, I need to step down and step away from blogging, although not entirely; I just need to slow the pace of my postings, the weight of my own expectations.  John, as many of you know, is a wonderful writer, a good friend, and the best partner in blogging that I’ve ever had.  I love him dearly.  I will do all I can support whatever direction he chooses to go with this venture.  And for this reason I’ve disabled the comments on this post.  Any comments you want to make on the list, you make them over on John’s blog.  Any comments you want to make on my decision, save for later.  There will be a post later this week for that.  Until then, thank you for reading.  Thank you for your support.  And most of all, thank you for John.  I might never have met him if it hadn’t been for this wonderful world of blogging.

Book review challenge series – Ionia Martin

Day 5 of Rosie Amber’s book review challenge. Visit Rosie’s blog where you can enjoy interviews with top book reviewer Ionia Martin and author Adrienne Vaughan. And there are still books available if you want to join the challenge!

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Day 5

Today our guest is book reviewer extraordinaire Ionia Martin. Please join me in welcoming her to the blog. Plus we have author Adrienne Vaughan’s views on the importance of book reviews, posting a review to Amazon and gearing up to write your own review.

Ionia Martin

1) Where can readers and writers find your blog?
You can find me at http://readfulthingsblog.com

2) Where do you post your book reviews as well as your blog?
It depends on the book, but I usually cross-post to Amazon.com US and UK as well as posting to Facebook, Linked-in, Goodreads and Twitter. If the author has a publisher site I will sometimes post there too.

3) What type of books will you consider for review?
I don’t do sci-fi books. Otherwise, I accept almost anything that doesn’t include graphic material. If a 15 year old couldn’t read it without blushing or getting sick, I…

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Book Review Challenge – Writing Book Reviews by Diane Coto from Fictionzeal

And Rosie Amber’s Book Review Challenge continues with Day 4 and Diane Coto!

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Day 4

Today Diane Coto joins us from Fictionzeal and talks about book reviews. Plus a quick look at Shelfari and I go in deep talking more about what you can look for whilst reading a book ready for a book review.

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Over to you Diane.
1)    Where can readers and writers find your blog?
 
2)    Where do you post your book reviews as well as your blog?
I provide links back to the review on Twitter; Facebook; Google+; and bookblogs.ning.com.  Then I provide the review on Amazon; GoodReads; and Shelfari. 
 
3)    What type of books will you consider for review?
Even though my preferred genre is mystery & suspense, I leave myself open to review outside of my ‘comfort genre.’  I also really enjoy romantic suspense; historical fiction (not Tudor); and many YA books.  I tend to avoid horror and sci-fi.
 

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Book Review Challenge Series – The Importance Of Book Reviews By Terry Tyler

It’s Day 3 of Rosie Amber’s Book Review Challenge!

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Day 3

Today our guest is fabulous author Terry Tyler. I’ve challenged Terry to talk about the importance of book reviews as an author. Plus we’ll look at Goodreads and should you write a Bad Book Review?

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Over to you Terry.

1)      How important are book reviews for an author?

 Hugely, massively! The more the better. Doesn’t even matter if some aren’t that complimentary; they show potential readers that the book has provoked interest sufficient for people to want to write about it. It doesn’t matter if some of the reviews are only a couple of lines long, either.

 2) What are the top sites for book reviews?

I’m sorry, I don’t know! I only know about the few on which I’ve appeared regularly, which, apart from yours, are A Woman’s Wisdom, Once Upon A Book Blog, Jera’s Jamboree, Me My Books and I, Kerry’s Reviews Blog, A Lover Of…

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A favor, por favor? Help me move some books today!

I am a day late in sharing this news: Kevin Brennan’s book Yesterday Road was featured as Book of the Day on Ereader News Today … yesterday. But you can still grab a copy of Yesterday Road for 99 cents through June 30. Go forth to Kevin’s post for details. Whatever you do, how ever you find it, do purchase a copy of Yesterday Road. It’s a great novel. If you don’t believe me, then read the reviews!

WHAT THE HELL

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Hey all! Yesterday Road is listed with Ereader News Today now, and I hope you can take a moment or two to help me by going to their Facebook page and liking or sharing the second post down (More Kindle Deals). That way your Facebook followers will have a chance to buy the book through ENT’s ad.

You can also direct your readers to go to the ENT website and click on my listing (fourth one down) for access to Amazon or Barnes & Noble. They can buy Yesterday Road for 99 cents through June 30.

Thus far in my marketing efforts, Ereader News Today has been the most effective vehicle. This is my third time sipping from their spring, so I hope the low-low price attracts more new readers than ever!

So share the links, and if you haven’t bought the book yet yourself, take advantage of the…

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“Twilight’s Indian Princess” – a new story

A new story by Margaret Langstaff, available at Amazon! Click on the link to get details.

Margaret Langstaff

Now Available for Kindle on Amazon.com Now Available for Kindle on Amazon.com

Sarah Sloan McCorkle of Piney Point, TN is a smart, hard-working schoolteacher, a good wife and great mother, who “married down”—according to her Southern aristocrat mother. Way down.

One day she finds herself at the end of her rope, exhausted, kaput, from the strenuous effort required to stay the course, do the right thing and juggle all of her onerous work duties and mothering responsibilities and cope with her constant marital aggravations.

Fearing the “jig was up,” that she just can’t take any more of the galloping 18-hour days, she lays a cunning plan to take some stolen time off, time to kick back and reflect.

She scours the calendar. “Yes, right there, in the middle of July. Perfect!”

“Twilight’s Indian Princess” is an amusing, sweet story about an over-burdened woman “too smart for her own good.”

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00L9Q1TC2

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Book Review Challenge Series – A Woman’s Wisdom

Day 2 of Rosie’s challenge! Click on the link to read more!

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Day 2

Today as part of our book review challenge series we will hear from book reviewer and good friend, Bodicia about how she writes a book review. Plus there are tips on downloading a PDF file of a book to your Kindle and my thoughts on writing non-fiction book reviews.

A Woman's Wisdom

Take it away Bodicia.

Where can readers and writers find your blog?

http://awomanswisdom.wordpress.com/

 

Where do you post your book reviews as well as your blog?

I post my reviews on Amazon UK, Amazon US and Goodreads.

 

What type of books will you consider for review?

I will consider most books for review except erotica, those which are overtly religious and those filled with too much gore and violence.

 

What format do you like books to be in for review?

As a rule I normally only accept mobi and PDF formats.

 

What’s the first thing you…

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Book review Challenge Series – How I write a book review

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