Raffle copter….hey I am part of this!

I was invited nicely to be part of a raffle copter give away. For those of you who don’t know what that is, a raffle copter is a bit like a contest. You go to the linked site and put in your email. At the end of the contest time one name is picked and that person gets all the books that have been added to the raffle copter for free. Basically all the authors hope for in this is that the winner will read and review the books they have added to the copter.

I have participated in these both as a reader and a writer. They are a great way for you, the reader, to be introduced to some of the best of the new indie author voices out there (and me of course not the best but worth reading)

If you are interested in seeing all the books in the copter or if you wish to sign up please go to this link


Here is the list of titles that you will win

Double Helix Collection — by Jade Kerrion

Miriya — by Jade Kerrion

Escape: League of Stars (Book 1) — by Lisa Williamson

The SatNav of Doom — by Will Macmillan Jones

Dragon Fate — by J.D. Hallowell

The Chosen — by Sheenah Freitas

The Naphil’s Kiss — by Simone Beaudelaire

Daughter of Light & Dark — by Ch’kara Silverwolf

>Warlord’s Honor — by L.W. Browning

M.O.D. — by J.C. Allen

The Founders — by Holly Barbo

Divergent Paths — by Holly Barbo

The Writers’ Stuff Multi-Genre Anthology — by Write Stuff authors

Hot Summer Nights Anthology — by Write Stuff authors

I have read most of these and they are some really good books. As for the final two on this list…your blogger here has been a part of both of these anthologies and they are filled with more amazing indie authors! So if you own a kindle or think you will get one by Christmas I would go sign up for some really good work! The drawing will be on December 29th! Good luck!


To do a giveway or not do one, that is the question

With the news that Amazon is finally thinking about reining in all the free books on their site I find myself with a bit of a quantry.  While i pulled myself out of the KDP select program I still want to be able to give a free book or three out to potential readers.  Now Smashwords luckily allows you to do coupons for one day or more of your titles for things like giveaways.

Now this is a useful thing yes, but I don’t have all my titles over there yet.  This means I have to start moving my tush and getting all my published (self published that is) work into shape for the confusing process of smashwords.  This can be both good and bad.  They do put your stuff out to a lot of places but to be honest I have only seen one real sale over there.  One…I have ten times as many on Kobo!  Should i do it or not is the question.

Never mind that I am hip deep in Traveler right now.  I have done some nice progress and have come up with the next sequence in my head so I will hopefully keep banging out the chapters.  I am doing my best to keep this a lighter fantasy, less violence to bother the younger readers and a bit more romance to fill the gap.  Romance not sex…this will be a clean tale but not a kiddie book.

And btw just what qualifies as a YA book?  Does it have to have teens as the main character?  Or just young seeming characters.  Reece and Edana are young…just how old I never say.  Hell Edana is a lot older than she expects.  But can I say this is a YA fantasy novel?  I have no idea.  Anyone want to help me with that?

Hopefully if I keep up on the roll I will have it ready for a prereader by the end of next month.  Another hard thing, finding a prereader!  I know a number of people who like my work but they are all either busy parents or busy authors.  Makes it hard to find someone who will read my stuff and let me know if the story is plausible or needs major fixing.

Well on the news front I have sent off a copy of One More All Hallows Eve to a reviewer and did an author interview for Endings/Revenge.  Just more ways of getting the brand of me out to the reading public.  Another brillant writer type recommended having a tshirt or two made with my book cover on it and having someone wear it around a convention.  Now I hadn’t thought of  that as a marketing technique.  Just finding someone who could afford a con and was willing to wear the shirt just might find my some readers!  Course the people i know who go to cons tend to hit transformer and anime cons but I can work around that right?

Still toying with the bookmarks snuck into books at stores and the local library.  While I don’t have the funds to do this yet I think it would work.  What do you think?  One suggestion would have worked if I hadn’t sold my car but that is okay.

I need more ideas that I can do for no money.  The only way to get people to notice me I can’t afford right now but some day.  Yes someday I will be a known voice in the fantasy genre, not huge but known.  All I can ask right?

Sacrific is free for two days and moving into the next chapter

Well yesterday wasn’t as productive as it should have been.  Stupid allergies making my head stop working.  Not sure what i will get done today but I need to do some writing before my head gets bad today.  It is worrisome that I get a busted blood vessel in my eye when they get bad.  Makes the eye hurt of course but drier too.  Just means i spend a lot of time wearing dark glasses and not focusing on much.

Now I plan on at least typing up the bits I write yesterday.  If I can get through the scene/chapter that i have down I wont feel like I did nothing today.  I do love having the words flow out.  This story was in limbo for so long and it shouldn’t have been.  I have got so many to finish.  Will definitely finish the first book, hopefully this month.

Trying to decide also if i should put up the rest of my finished works this week.  I have a number of course.  But I want sales, not just downloads.  Though downloads are good.  If moving a little slow.  Yes August is not the best month for selling things according to the other authors on my discussion groups.

The smut book, Distance mean little to love, will be free from the 20th through the 24th.  Yeah it isn’t as smutty as some but I can just hope people with download and then buy stuff.  really anything would be good in the sales category.

Okay enough whining.  It is time to type up my notes and feed the kid and then hopefully finish up the scene.