Saturday, April 25, 2015

Answers #Authors Need to Know About #BookFairs by Jenna Elizabeth Johnson

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What type of success have you had?
I have had a mixed amount of success when it comes to festivals and fairs.  I feel I always do well at the bigger book fairs (LA Times Festival of Books being the largest) in the sense that I get a lot of exposure and experience a decent amount of sales.  I never plan to make a profit at these events, but having my books presented for potential readers to find (even if that means they are picking up a bookmark to check the books out later) is a good thing. 

 
What type of items do you take to the fair?
I always have several copies of my books for sale (some of them for display purposes).  I also bring bookmarks and posters that I give away for free.  Another thing I do is host a free book drawing to help generate interest for the series.  With regards to the booth itself, I make sure to bring lots of decor (fabrics in colors that match my theme for the tables, as well as extra fabric for accent colors).  I also have a few plush dragons to go along with my Oescienne series (since it features dragons).  Another must is a large banner featuring my name and book cover images as well as smaller ones with some readers' reviews.
 
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How do you find out about fairs?
I usually do a Google search for fairs in my area or within a reasonable driving distance from where I live.  I don't always look for book fairs and festivals, but other such events that might work well for me (Renaissance Fairs, Comicons, local craft fairs etc.).  It is a good idea to try out your local craft fairs that don't necessarily focus on books because then you don't have other book vendors to compete against.

 
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Do fairs increase your sales?
I haven't really seen an obvious increase in sales after attending book fairs, but I still think it's important to attend them.  Not only are they a blast to take part in, but it is just one more way to get my name as an author and the books themselves out there in front of potential readers.  Plus, it gives me a chance to meet some of my readers in person and talk to them about writing.  One more advantage, especially for the really introverted, is that public book events give us the chance to come out of our shells and practice our public relation skills (something every author needs to become good at :)).
 
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Or is it more about just meeting your readers?
I'd say it's half marketing my product and brand and half meeting readers and potential readers.  It's nice to make a profit with book sales, but that very rarely happens and that is not my end goal.  I hope that meeting readers and potential readers will interest them into looking into my books online (most of my sales are ebook sales and I make sure to have that information on the bookmarks and other items I hand out).
 
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What is the best advice for author who are consider doing fairs?
Don't go halfway.  If you get a booth at a fair such as the LA Times Festival of Books, make sure you put in the time and money to make your booth look as professional as possible.  I've seen several booths that are nothing more than a plain table covering and a banner with very basic information on it.  As a fair or festival attendee, I'm going to walk right by that booth because it has hardly anything to interest me.  Get a nice banner made with your name and book covers on it.  Invest in some colorful fabric that reflects your style.  Have bookmarks made and purchase some neon poster boards to attract attention.  It can be a little on the expensive side, but it can be done and it's definitely worth it if you want to attract curious readers.  Start with something small at a small fair and learn as you go.  Keep note of what works and what you might want to include next time.  Every time I attend a festival I think of something new to incorporate into my theme/set up and I try my best to make sure I've included it the next time I go to a fair.
 

Friday, April 24, 2015

Faelorehn Dolmarehn Luathara By @authorjejohnson




 
 
Along California’s central coast there exists a portal to another world, one that is rife with ancient magic and lore.  Between the shore of the Pacific Ocean and the foothills of Nipomo, amidst the patchwork farmland of Arroyo Grande and beneath the blanket of coastal fog, there lies a secret known only to those of the Otherworld . . .
 
Meghan Elam's life may not have been perfect, but at least it was somewhere just outside the realm of normal. Of course, it only gets worse when Cade MacRoich shows up and saves her from a pack of bloodthirsty monsters. And Cade doesn't stop after playing the part of the redeeming hero. He informs Meghan that she is not human, but Faelorehn and immortal.

With the help of her mysterious rescuer, Meghan gradually learns who she truly is and that danger waits for her around every corner, danger that only grows when she ventures into the Otherworld. Between a vindictive goddess nipping at her heals and a mother who has been keeping secrets from her, Meghan must learn her new place in a magical and terrifying world, a world she is now very much a part of.
 

The Otherworld Ominibus Edition is available in ebook format from smashwords.com and amazon.com.

 
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The story begins with Faelorehn, the first book of the Otherworld Trilogy . . .

 

The Otherworld Trilogy

Book One




I never heard him come after me and even as I climbed the slope and stumbled onto our shaded back lawn, I didn’t look back. It was like the day the gnomes chased me all over again, but this time I was not escaping some horrible little creatures, I was fleeing from an incredibly good-looking guy who could very well understand me completely. I was either saving myself from that serial killer I always imagined lived down in the swamp, or I had finally gone over the deep end . . .

Meghan Elam has been strange her entire life: her eyes have this odd habit of changing color and she sees and hears things no one else does. When the visions and voices in her head start to get worse, she is convinced that her parents will want to drag her off to another psychiatrist. That is, until the mysterious Cade MacRoich shows up out of nowhere with an explanation of his own.






Cade brings her news of another realm where goblins and gnomes are the norm, a place where whispering spirits exist in the very earth, and a world where Meghan just might find the answers she has always sought.





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Now Available from smashwords.com, amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com

Read an excerpt of the first chapter . . .








Wednesday, April 22, 2015

LA Book Festival An Adventure #MFRWauthor

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Hi everyone,


Wow, have you ever been to a book fair?


I'd been to the one's at my kid's schools but this one is huge.


On the campus of USC, there was over 900 booths and several stages where authors where being interviewed. They have a kids section and poetry section. There are other type of booths too, such as health and wellness, booth stores, newspapers, leather bags.


When Kathleen Rowland suggested we attend the book fest. I agreed right off, excited by the opportunity to learn more about this avenue of getting the word out about my books.


While at the fair, I met a number of authors. Some had booths, some just there like me to check out the fair.


I know there are lots of different type of fair across the county with state fairs leading the biggest. I was wondering if anyone would like to share their experience of doing book fairs.


What type of success have you had?


What type of items do you take to the fair?


How do you find out about fairs?


Do fairs increase your sales?


Or is it more about just meeting your readers>


What is the best advice for author who are consider doing fairs?


If you'd like to let me know the answers to these question, I'll glad post a blog with your answers as well as a spotlight for your book. Just contact me at tina9561@yahoo.com


Would love to find out more about book fairs,


Tina

Monday, April 20, 2015

Linda McLaughlin Shares Why She Loves Spring #SpringFling







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Today, I have Linda McLaughlin on my blog. She's telling us why she loves spring and sharing her book with us.
 




 


I grew up just outside Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where spring was much appreciated after a long, hard, cold winter. First the hardy crocuses would push up from the earth, sometimes with snow still on the ground. Then came the yellow daffodils and multi-colored tulips, a cheery sight after the gloom of winter.  


 


My mother loved to garden and I used to help her plant the spring flowers. One year, a neighbor’s dog came to visit and helped her dig holes for the tulip bulbs. He was a cute little mutt named Andy. But he didn’t quite get the point of why she was digging the holes, so the next day, he came back and dug up all the bulbs! She was so angry at him, but I thought it was kind of funny.


 


Spring here in Southern California is a little more subtle. Our winters really don’t deserve the name, and when the offshore winds blow, spring weather feels more like August, with temperatures in the upper 80’s or even into the 90’s. Around here spring flowers include tropical plants like hibiscus and bird of paradise. Though I kind of miss having four distinct seasons, I can’t say I miss winter in Pennsylvania. Brrr.


 


I do wish it would rain, though. Some spring showers would be very welcome in this fourth year of drought.


 


Author bio:


 


Linda McLaughlin grew up with a love of books and history, so it's only natural she prefers writing historical romance. She loves transporting her readers into the past where her characters learn that, in the journey of life, love is the sweetest reward. Linda also writes steamy to erotic romance under the name Lyndi Lamont, and is one half of the writing team of Lyn O'Farrell.


 


You can find her online at http://lindalyndi.com 






Twitter: @Lyndi Lamont https://twitter.com/LyndiLamont 






Rogue's Hostage



By Linda McLaughlin


Historical Romance


 


4 ½ stars and a Top Pick from Romantic Times!


Romantic Times Nominee—Best Small Press Romance of 2003!


2nd Place - Lorie Awards - Best Historical Romance!


 


His hostage... 


 


In 1758 the Pennsylvania frontier is wild, primitive and dangerous, where safety often lies at the end of a gun. Mara Dupré's life crumbles when a French and Indian war party attacks her cabin, kills her husband, and takes her captive. Marching through the wilderness strengthens her resolve to flee, but she doesn't count on her captor teaching her the meaning of courage and the tempting call of desire.


 


Her destiny...


 


French lieutenant Jacques Corbeau's desire for his captive threatens what little honor he has left.  But when Mara desperately offers herself to him in exchange for her freedom, he finds the strength to refuse and reclaims his lost self-respect. As the shadows of his past catch up to him, Jacques realizes that Mara, despite the odds, is the one true key to reclaiming his soul and banishing his past misdeeds forever.


 


 


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Thanks Linda for stopping by and sharing your story with us,


Tina

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Are You Hitting the Fairways on National #Golf Day?




As some of you probably know, I'm a golfer. I can't say I'm the best but I do enjoy being outside.


From the picture you can see, I enjoy the flowers and plants around the course as much as the golf.





Some of the things on the course plays with my imagination and help me create new ideas.


Aliens in love?


Maybe, not.


As an author, I spend a lot of time inside playing golf helps me get outside.


Hope you enjoy National #Golf Day.


Please share what you enjoy about golf on


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Thanks everyone have an awesome day and I look forward to reading your tweets and posts, Tina

Monday, April 13, 2015

The Billionaire's Suite Dreams by Lori Ryan Presented by @GoddessFish



Now available free


THE BILLIONAIRE'S SUITE DREAMS
by Lori Ryan
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Her Secrets Are All About to Come Out
Pop star PJ Cantrell's life and career are threatened when an angry blackmailer uncovers the
truth about her hidden past. PJ knows it has to be someone close, someone she trusts. She
turns to long-time friend Gabe Sawyer for help, but finds more than she bargained for. As she
quickly discovers she wants more from him than friendship and support, she has to wonder
what he'll think of her when he finally learns the truth.
Gabe Sawyer built a successful chain of luxury hotels by focusing on one thing and one thing
only - his work. And, he's now discovering, that just isn't enough in life. He's loved PJ from afar,
but he's never felt the time was right for a deeper relationship. When he discovers a blackmailer
is threatening her life, everything changes as he struggles to keep her safe and end the threat to
her life and to the career she loves.
EXCERPT:


“What happened, Gabe?” she asked, but it came out more as an accusation. “What aren’t you
He tried a halfhearted ‘it’s nothing’ kind of response, but she put her hands on her hips and
waited him out.
He picked up the envelope and handed her the sheets of paper. “These came to me by courier
while you were sleeping,” he said as she read the sheaf of papers. It’s almost time, Pretty
Pru. It’s almost time, Pretty Pru. It’s almost time, Pretty Pru.
She looked up at Gabe and Zach. “He knows where I am.”
Gabe’s face was grave as he nodded. “Yes, he knows.”
She looked at him and knew he wasn’t telling her everything. “What are you hiding? What
haven’t you told me?”
“This came, too,” he said quietly. She knew what it was the minute she saw it. Matthew’s baby
picture. The one she’d carried with her until it was lost a month ago. The photo of him the day
PJ didn’t hesitate. She dropped the photo back on the counter as though it had bit her, and
ran to her room and began haphazardly shoving her things into her bag. She needed to get
to Matthew. Gabe and Zach followed her. She felt Gabe’s arms come around her, stilling her
hands and stopping her frantic packing.
Zach came around in front of her. “PJ, I’ve got guys headed that way now. They’ll have Matthew
and his family whisked away within the hour, and they’ll get them to a safe place. Somewhere
we can control.”
And Gabe kept talking to her, his breath warm and reassuring as her heart raced in her chest.
“They’ll get to them, Pru. I promise. We’ll keep Matthew safe. I’ll keep you both safe.” But PJ
didn’t care about her own safety anymore. In a heartbeat, she’d give herself to whoever it was
that was doing all of this in exchange for Matthew’s safety.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~





AUTHOR Bio and Links: Lori Ryan is a NY Times and USA Today bestselling author who writes contemporary romance with a twist of suspense. Her books range from sweetheart to steamy in heat level (for sweeter, read the Evers, TX series.)
She lives with an extremely understanding husband, two wonderful children (with another on the way!), two mostly well-behaved dogs, and a lone little cat in Austin, Texas. It's a bit of a zoo, but she wouldn't change a thing.
Lori published her first novel in April of 2013 and has fallen in love with writing. She is the author of the Sutton Capital Series, the Evers, Texas Series, and will be putting out several novellas with baseball player heroes in Bella Andre's Kindle World, Game For Love, in late 2014.
She loves to connect with her readers. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter or subscribe to her blog


www.loriryanromance.com


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Twitter: @loriryanauthor
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iBooks: http://bit.ly/billionaireibooks
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Lori will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via a Rafflecopter giveaway




 Follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning.


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Friday, April 10, 2015

Does Your Written Gem Need An Editor? How about Two? #WDWS #editors

You've finally typed the two most important words: "THE END", but your precious treasure of words needs one final polish before you usher it out on to the cruel world. Welcome to Wicked Dragon Writer Solutions, where you can get two editing beasts for one smoking price! WD JPEG  


Between Amber and I, we have 13 hard-won years of word crafting experience, not just in published work, but in editing for other authors.


While we've been doing this without gathering our fees, we decided it was time to put our pens to work for us. We know how vital editors are to Creators of the Written Word, and what's better than one editor? How about two editors putting their eyes to the jewelers loop to examine your precious treasure, and you'll only be out the gold for the price of one.


Think of it as an Editorial BOGO (buy-one-get-one-free).


Feel free to come on over and check us over at Wicked Dragon Writer Solutions (www.wickeddragonsolutions.com)!


In celebration of our grand opening, if you book your adventured during the month of April, we are offering 10% off your hoard of gold, just note code: WDWSOPEN when booking your spot!  


If you're anxious to start your epic journey, feel free to reach out to wickeddragonsolutions@gmail.com and we'll get you set for your editing adventure.  


Just a note to say I haven't used Wicked Dragon Writer Solution, but having two editors look at your work is not a bad idea. We all miss things so an extra set of eyes can't hurt.


Tina