Friday, November 30, 2012

Friday Rundown: Welcome Cheri Chesley

Today's rundown is for Cheri Chesley. Check out what she brings:

Cheri Chesley believes in miracles and the magic of books in everyday life. When not writing, she can be found reading the dictionary for fun or devouring any of the many books in her library. She lives with her husband and numerous children in Waurika, OK. Look for updates on her latest works at www.cheri-chesley.com. Follow her tweets at @CheriWrites.

Amazon
Amazon and Smashwords
Smashwords
Oh, and I just have to say, I LOVE the unicorn background for Cheri's Twitter page. Seriously love it!!
Anybody else here like unicorns? Even if you don't, we can still be friends :-)

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Swimming with Alligators and a Winner

Catch me over at C. Lee McKenzie's blog, The Write Game, where there are Alligators Overhead and Neverlove on display :-)

The INDIEgiving blogfest is behind us. Thanksgiving has been "thanks given". Christmas trees are now window centerpieces, their twinkling lights aglow and the most wonderful time of the year is near. I left my Neverlove soccer charm giveaway open for a bit in case anyone wanted to hop in. But, that time too, has passed and a winner chosen:

bn100, you are the WINNER!!
*throws confetti*
If you have not already, you should be receiving an e-mail so that I can mail you your prize.

Speaking of prizes, what are some of your favorite giveaway prizes?

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Ranking - You're Face So Ugly...

***Just a quick note, when you finish here, check out the haps with me and M Pax as we chat it up at Spacedock 19 :-)***

Now...on to ranking~

When we played on the playground in elementary, getting ranked on was a battle of words.

"You're a cheese head!"
"You're feet so big they flop like Bozo the Clown when you run!"
"You're breath's so bad..."

You get the gist. Back then, the winner was the one who didn't cry. I tried not to play too often. Even though I was kind of tough from some bullying I took for being a certifiable nerd due to my love of books and my glasses, I was kind of sensitive, especially when the ranking slipped into "Yo Mama" jokes.

Yeah, them was fightin' words for me.

As an author, ranking matters again. This time, the playground is Amazon. Get the right rank in the right category at the right time when Venus and the moon align and you just might get to pull the lever to a door that opens the secret to life, or at least something like it. Okay, maybe not quite that crazy, but that's how it can feel.

Like my sales, I try not to obsess myself with the rank numbers, though the temptation is strong. I want to know if people really think my story is worth three or four dollars to purchase my book for themselves or for someone else.

I don't want to feel that my ranking - low, low, low or high, high, high - equates to how good or bad my story is.

What are your thoughts on ranking? What weight do you give to them? And did you ever rank on anyone when you were a kid?

Monday, November 26, 2012

All Good Things - Cyber Monday

Yep. Like all good things must come to an end, so must the special I've sort of been harping about during the last few days. I've tweeted, blogged, gotten help from other bloggers (THANK YOU!!!) and did some strutting around Facebook to share this Black Friday through Cyber Monday special.

But Cyber Monday is today. The special pricing ends...today.

So if you have not already, please visit this great list of Fantastic YA Indie Reads. Neverlove is among the list, priced at $1.99.

"I already have it." - Thank you so much for owning it! When you read it, I hope you truly enjoy the story. But know that you can gift the e-book to friends and family.

Perhaps you have a book club where you're interested in trying something new to read. Today's the perfect time to choose Neverlove, "Give as a gift", and your club members can have this great book for discussion. Heck, when it comes to a book club, I'd love to Skype in to one for the discussion.

Here's the list of book covers as well participating in this group:


GWEN GARDNER
If you shop on Amazon.com, click HERE * If you shop on Amazon UK, click HERE
 
FREE Friday - Saturday
$1.99 Sunday-Monday
 


 
ANGELA BROWN
If you shop on Amazon.com, click HERE * If you shop on Amazon UK, click HERE

$1.99 pricing through Cyber Monday 
 
 
ANGELA ORLOWSKI-PEART
If you shop on Amazon.com, click HERE * If you shop on Amazon UK, click HERE
 $1.99 Friday-Monday
 

DIANA MURDOCK
If you shop on Amazon.com, click HERE * If you shop on Amazon UK, click HERE
$1.99 Black Friday through Cyber Monday


JULIE CASSAR
If you shop on Amazon.com, click HERE * If you shop on Amazon UK, click HERE
 
RUBY BLUE
FREE!!! Saturday and Sunday
 
DEJA BLUE
$1.99 CYBER MONDAY

 

HEATHER McCORKLE
If you shop on Amazon.com, click HERE * If you shop on Amazon UK, click HERE * Or if you prefer Barnes and Noble, click HERE


TIFFANY A. WHITE
If you shop on Amazon.com, click HERE * If you shop on Amazon UK, click HERE



MYNDI SHAFER
If you shop on Amazon.com, click HERE * If you shop on Amazon UK, click HERE

Saturday, November 24, 2012

The Gift of Giving

This is the weekend most go out to find their gifts. But you can take care of your own or your family and friends' reading curiosities with several YA Indie book deals going on thru Cyber Monday. Neverlove is among them so if you haven't gotten it yet, get it now for the discounted price of $1.99, only thru Monday.

Here's a list that shows several great YA books for you to purchase: Fantastic YA Indie Reads

If you do have it, then you can always give it as a gift with  the "Buy as a gift" option.

Feel free to spread the word :-)


The FREEBIES aren't FREE for long.
And the discount prices won’t last past Monday, so don’t delay!
PLEASE help us share by tweeting and Facebooking. 
Join our Facebook Event and GoodReads Event. 

 
 
GWEN GARDNER
If you shop on Amazon.com, click HERE * If you shop on Amazon UK, click HERE
 
FREE Friday - Saturday
$1.99 Sunday-Monday
 


 
ANGELA BROWN
If you shop on Amazon.com, click HERE * If you shop on Amazon UK, click HERE

 
 
 
ANGELA ORLOWSKI-PEART
If you shop on Amazon.com, click HERE * If you shop on Amazon UK, click HERE
 $1.99 Friday-Monday
 

DIANA MURDOCK
If you shop on Amazon.com, click HERE * If you shop on Amazon UK, click HERE
$1.99 Black Friday through Cyber Monday


JULIE CASSAR
If you shop on Amazon.com, click HERE * If you shop on Amazon UK, click HERE
 
RUBY BLUE
FREE!!! Saturday and Sunday
 
DEJA BLUE
$1.99 CYBER MONDAY

 

HEATHER McCORKLE
If you shop on Amazon.com, click HERE * If you shop on Amazon UK, click HERE * Or if you prefer Barnes and Noble, click HERE


TIFFANY A. WHITE
If you shop on Amazon.com, click HERE * If you shop on Amazon UK, click HERE



MYNDI SHAFER
If you shop on Amazon.com, click HERE * If you shop on Amazon UK, click HERE

Friday, November 23, 2012

Friday Rundown: Sirens Call Publications

After celebrating a day of Thanksgiving for the many blessings we have, perhaps a little something would help to really etch those things into our hearts and minds.
That's where Sirens Call Publications comes in. This Friday, I'd like to share a few things that are now available from Sirens Call Publications. After hosting them to announce their anthology, I was glad to get a chance to share about some things that have recently been released:
For those feeling a desire for some post-apocalyptic horror in their reading life, there's Carnage: After the End, Volumes 1 and 2

Carnage: After the End - Volume 1
The Apocalypse has come, leaving in its wake small pockets of survivors battling to stay alive; each carving out a new beginning for mankind.
The ten stories in Carnage: After the End – Volume 1 are the terrifyingly harsh and brutal realities those survivors must face. Each one takes us to a place where humanity’s stragglers are forced to battle with enemies outside of their control; mutant beasts, groups of depraved and desperate people, and the terrifying threat of a dwindling food supply. Their fight for survival gets even more difficult as they search among the tatters of civilization for the will to carry on.
In a world where society has collapsed and terror lurks around every corner, no one can be trusted and nothing can be taken for granted.
Hell has invaded and happy endings are a thing of the past…
Contributing Authors in Volume 1 include:
Kimberly A. Bettes, Shane Cashman, Shane R. Collins, Laura Diamond, Rodney James Galley, Michael Griffin, Russell Linton, Adam Millard, Christofer Nigro, and Julianne Snow.

Interested in picking up a copy? Carnage: After the End – Volume 1 can be found at any of these fine retailers:

Hell has invaded Earth and happy endings are a thing long since forgotten.
The ten stories in Carnage: After the End - Volume 2 tell of the frighteningly horrific and cruel lives the survivors must face. Each one takes us to a place where humanity’s stragglers are forced to battle for their very existence against their own grim reality; creatures from different worlds or times, individuals or groups of miscreants who feed on the fear of the weak, and even the terrifying threat of unknown bacterial organisms. Their will to go on diminishing among the tatters of the civilization they once knew.
In a world where society has collapsed and terror lurks around every corner, no one can be trusted and nothing can be taken for granted.
The Apocalypse has come, leaving in its wake small pockets of survivors battling to stay alive; each carving out a new beginning for mankind…
Contributing Authors in Volume 2 include
Angel D. Callido, Charlie Fish, Harper Hull, Magda Knight, Jason Lairamore, Harry Manners, Zachary O'Shea, Wednesday Silverwood, Adrian Tchaikovsky, and L.E. White.

Interested in picking up a copy? Carnage: After the End – Volume 2 can found one at any of these fine retailers:


Wow. After reading that, I'm feeling much more thankful for what I have, how about you?

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Black Friday thru Cyber Monday YA Indie Deals!


We all know what Black Friday and Cyber Monday is about, right? Shopping! With the holidays right around the corner consumers are looking for deals. A group of Young Adult fiction authors is offering their ebooks at a discounted price for those days only.
Starting on Black Friday morning and ending on Cyber Monday night you will have a chance of crossing some of the gifts off your holiday shopping list. Books make wonderful presents to deliver to your friends, family, and coworkers. And because we offer them on Amazon, you can buy them now and choose the delivery day, so they are scheduled to be received later. How to do that? When you buy ebooks on Amazon, click on “Give as a Gift”. Then choose your delivery date.
So why not stock up for the upcoming holidays? These prices won’t last past Monday, so don’t delay!
Check out this Amazon list: Fantastic YA Indie Reads
If you shop on Amazon.com, click HERE  *  If you shop on Amazon UK, clickHERE










DIANA MURDOCK
If you shop on Amazon.com, click HERE  *  If you shop on Amazon UK, click HERE










JULIE CASSAR
If you shop on Amazon.com, click HERE  *  If you shop on Amazon UK, click HERE










ANGELA BROWN
If you shop on Amazon.com, click HERE  *  If you shop on Amazon UK, click HERE










GWEN GARDNER
If you shop on Amazon.com, click HERE  *  If you shop on Amazon UK, click HERE










HEATHER McCORKLE
If you shop on Amazon.com, click HERE  *  If you shop on Amazon UK, click HERE  *  Or if you prefer Barnes and Noble, click HERE










TIFFANY A. WHITE
If you shop on Amazon.com, click HERE  *  If you shop on Amazon UK, click HERE










MYNDI SHAFER
If you shop on Amazon.com, click HERE  *  If you shop on Amazon UK, click HERE










Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Turkey Day Cometh Nigh

Tomorrow shall be a day of many thanks, many hugs, many memories made, and some wished to be forgotten. That's family and friends for you. Or, for some it may be a quiet day to relax with everything completely NOT related to a carbohydrate-heavy meal that will bring on a trip to sandman land.

Before you venture off to enjoy yourselves, I was tempted to do a rundown of all the things I'm thankful for. That would require so much typing it would be a novel all it's own. What I would like to share is something that had me smiling like the Cheshire cat when I saw it.

It's a link for the most recent review for Neverlove. Click here to read it, if you're so inclined. Thus far, I feel extremely blessed to have received 4 to 5 star ratings from my wonderful readers that have reviewed. In a sort of way, the reason I share this review is because I want to say how thankful I am to ALL of you, my writing community friends. Most of you are in faraway places, different parts of the USA, different parts of the world, but Neverlove may not have found life if not for my interactions and friendships formed because of this community.

I still quake at the thought of asking for reviews and asking for people to please buy my book, but I suppose I better deal with that in a timely manner, I think lol!!! Not a very good sales person, and I don't really want to "sell" Neverlove. I hope readers enjoy it enough to tell a friend and have their friends tell a friend and so forth and so on. Am I being too dreamy about this?

Le sigh.

To close, I simply want to say THANK YOU my bloggy buddies, one and all, and hope you have a very Happy Thanksgiving :-)

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Show & Tell In A Nutshell by Jessica Bell

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Have you been told there's a little too much telling in your novel? Want to remedy it? Then this is the book for you!

In Show & Tell in a Nutshell: Demonstrated Transitions from Telling to Showing you will find sixteen real scenes depicting a variety of situations, emotions, and characteristics which clearly demonstrate how to turn telling into showing. Dispersed throughout, and at the back of the book, are blank pages to take notes as you read. A few short writing prompts are also provided.

Not only is this pocket guide an excellent learning tool for aspiring writers, but it is a light, convenient, and easy solution to honing your craft no matter how broad your writing experience. Keep it in the side pocket of your school bag, throw it in your purse, or even carry it around in the pocket of your jeans or jacket, to enhance your skills, keep notes, and jot down story ideas, anywhere, anytime.

If you purchase the e-book, you will be armed with the convenient hyper-linked Contents Page, where you can toggle backward and forward from different scenes with ease. Use your e-reader's highlighting and note-taking tools to keep notes instead.

The author, Jessica Bell, also welcomes questions via email, concerning the content of this book, or about showing vs. telling in general, at showandtellinanutshell@gmail.com

Reviews:
“Jessica Bell addresses one of the most common yet elusive pieces of writing advice—show, don't tell—in a uniquely user-friendly and effective way: by example. By studying the sixteen scenes she converts from “telling” into “showing,” not only will you clearly understand the difference; you will be inspired by her vivid imagery and dialogue to pour through your drafts and do the same.” ~Jenny Baranick, College English Teacher, Author of Missed Periods and Other Grammar Scares
“A practical, no-nonsense resource that will help new and experienced writers alike deal with that dreaded piece of advice: show, don’t tell. I wish Bell’s book had been around when I started writing!” ~Talli Roland, bestselling author

Purchase the paperback:
$4.40 on Amazon US
£3.99 on Amazon UK

Purchase the e-book:
$1.99 on Amazon US
£1.99 on Amazon UK
$1.99 on Kobo

About the Author:
The Australian-native contemporary fiction author and poet, Jessica Bell, also makes a living as an editor and writer for global ELT publishers (English Language Teaching), such as Pearson Education, HarperCollins, Macmillan Education, Education First and Cengage Learning.

She is the Co-Publishing Editor of Vine Leaves Literary Journal, and co-hosts the Homeric Writers’ Retreat & Workshop on the Greek Isle of Ithaca, with Chuck Sambuchino of Writer’s Digest.

For more information about Jessica Bell, please visit: 
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