Monday, December 16, 2013

Book Blog Tour: COPIED by S.M. Anderson

This is just one of many stops on the book blog tour for COPIED, a newly released sci-fi/distopian adventure by my friend Sarah Anderson. You defiantly will want to add this new book to your "to read" list.

Adopted off the black market, Alexander Mitchell, has no idea his DNA is copyrighted and property of military weapons giant Texacom Defense. Nor that his DNA is being used to develop an army of clones. When the company discovers he was not properly disposed of 17 years ago, they send an assassin copy, BETA23, to terminate Xan and cover it up

 After he narrowly escapes BETA23’s first attempt, Xan teams up with Lacey, a genetically engineered genius he’s surprised to find common ground with— only they’re awkward together. Half of the time she stares at Xan like the science project he is and the other half…let’s just say Xan can’t keep his eyes off her lips. When they manage to capture a company copy by luck and sheer stupidity on Xan’s part, Lacey is determined to see the good in their prisoner to the point she believes BETA23 can be persuade to give them the intelligence they need to keep the company forever off Xan’s back. Xan’s not sure if he can trust the darker version of himself, not when it means gambling with the lives of his family and the possibility of losing Lacey.

Reviews of Copied
     “A chilling tale of nature vs. nurture, the power of trusting, and the belief in the transformative power of kindness to change who we are. The underlying theme that we can choose to be whoever we want to be, despite what we’ve been taught, screams from the pages of Copied.” – Cindy Hogan, author of Watched

     “Copied by S. M. Anderson was a fresh, exciting novel that seamlessly wove together elements of science fiction with our everyday world. Not only was it a great read, but it got me thinking–what makes a person truly unique, and what would happen if that uniqueness was challenged? I definitely recommend it.” - Tristi Pinkston, freelance editor and author Character Trading Cards: 6packtrading card

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Friday, December 13, 2013

Friday the 13th Lucky-For-You Book Sale

It's Friday the 13th! Normally we think of Friday the 13th as unlucky—but today is your lucky day! It's a one day sale on over thirty books. Stock up for yourself, grab great deals on Christmas gifts, and find something for everyone!
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Scroll through the titles below and click on the purchase links to pick up anything and everything that looks interesting—or give as Christmas gifts! There's something on this list for everyone to enjoy! *Be sure to check the price of the book before you download so you know you're getting the sale price.*
The Book Blogger's Cookbook (2011) by Christy Dorrity Promotion Price: 99¢  Click here to purchase! Great books, bloggers, and recipes meet in this fresh and unique cookbook that helps you experience books, not just read them. Books were selected from the author’s book review blog and paired with delectable recipes like “Fairy Touched Calico Brownies” from the Fablehaven series by Brandon Mull, “7-Day Layer Dip” from Lauren Oliver’s Before I Fall, and “I Hate Chocolate Cake” from Amanda Hocking’s Switched. Whether you're a food lover, an avid reader or a book blogger, there’s something for you in The 2011 Book Blogger’s Cookbook.

Clean romance (including romantic comedy & historical romance)

Working It Out by Rachael Anderson Regular price $3.99 Promotion Price: $1.99 Click here to purchase! A chance encounter . . . Grace Warren's life is safe and predictable--exactly the way she likes it. But when she gets roped into going to an auction to help out a friend, everything changes. She meets Seth Tuttle--a guy who unexpectedly kisses her then disappears, leaving her flustered and upset. If she never sees him again, it will be too soon. A chance for love . . . Weeks later, when Seth limps into Grace's rehab clinic post surgery, he's every bit as frustrating and annoying as she remembered. Yet there's something about him that makes her second-guess her carefully placed boundaries even though he's everything she's sure she doesn't want in a man. But maybe Seth is exactly what Grace has needed all along--assuming she's willing to risk safe and predictable for a chance at love.
Prank Wars
by Stephanie Fowers
Promotion Price: $2.99 Click here to purchase! In this fun-filled novel, it’s girls vs. boys in a hilarious prank war that pits the college students against their nemeses. When some of the pranks start getting dangerous, can the two enemies join forces to capture the culprit?
Third Time's the Charm by Heather B. Moore Sale price for promotion: 99¢. Click here to purchase! Liz Carlson will settle for a normal man. A normal man with a job, that is. Married twice, then divorced twice, Liz had her rose-colored glasses fall off and shatter on the ground a long time ago. Her main focus now is raising her six-year-old daughter and surviving long days at work on her feet as a hairdresser. When Sloane Branden answers her call for help, quite literally, Liz doesn’t even give him a second glance. She has sworn off dating for as many years as it takes, and it seems that Sloane has done the same after his own tumultuous marriage. But when Liz realizes that Sloane defies every stereotypical deadbeat she has dated, she might just find room in her heart and discover the third time’s the charm.
Loyalty's Web by Joyce DiPastena Sale price for promotion: 99¢. Click here to purchase from Amazon and Smashwords! Heléne de Laurant has not forgotten how the Earl of Gunthar destroyed her father’s castle during Henry II’s war with his sons. Apparently neither have her family and friends, for when someone tries to murder Gunthar, every sign points in their direction. Heléne realizes the only way to prove her loved ones’ innocence is by exposing the true assassin. As Heléne and Gunthar spar over the identity of the traitor, fierce determination gives way to mutual attraction. Heléne must race against time, and dark secrets of the past, to unmask the would-be killer before the kingdom plunges back into war and takes the life of the man she has unexpectedly learned to love.

Clean romantic suspense & adventure romance

I, Spy (Spy Another Day #1)
by Jordan McCollum
Regular price: $3.99 Promotion Price: 99¢ Click here to purchase on Amazon, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, or author's website Canada is probably the last place you’d expect to find an American spy. But even idyllic Ottawa has its deadly secrets—and so does CIA operative Talia Reynolds. She can climb through ventilation shafts, blend in at the occasional diplomatic function, even scale buildings (small ones). But there’s one thing she can’t do: tell her aerospace engineer boyfriend Danny about her Top Secret occupation. It worked for a year, keeping Danny in the dark, keeping him away from danger, keeping her secrets. And then Talia finally catches a hot case: Fyodor Timofeyev. Russian. Aerospace executive. Possible spy? She can make this work, too—until Danny needs her at the same time her country does. And when Fyodor targets Danny? Suddenly her schedule isn’t the only thing suffering. Now to save her secrets and her country, Talia must sacrifice the man she loves.
Poison Me
by Cami Checketts
Promotion Price: FREE Click here to purchase!
Can they catch a killer that no one believes is real?
Jake Merrill was raised by his grandmother, Ruby, and her hilarious friends. After a suspicious death at the retirement home where Ruby lives, she enlists Jake and Chanel, the beautiful activities director, to help her find the killer.
Secrets Ruby has kept for decades threaten her family and the man she's always loved, but could never have. Chanel's unstable ex-boyfriend, a presumably dead relative, and vicious criminals add to the confusion. Time is running out as Jake, Chanel, and Ruby desperately search for clues to solve the murders and fight to save those they love. "Poison Me made me laugh out loud and thoroughly enjoy myself. I wish I had a friend like Ruby! Snappy dialogue, romance, and a strong sense of family made this book well worth reading."  Rachel Ann Nunes, bestselling author of Line of Fire and Before I Say Goodbye
The Colony by Cami Checketts Sale price for promotion: 99¢. Click here to purchase! To protect her sons from the mistakes of her past, Brinlee Trapper escapes to a secluded mountain home. But there are dangers lurking in the mountains she has never encountered. The little family is saved from injury by Jed, a mysterious hunter. Brinlee is drawn to him, but she worries about his involvement with a peaceful commune hidden deep in the mountains behind her property. Lance, Brinlee’s attentive neighbor, has his own troubled history. Between his obvious attraction to Brinlee and his developing love for her children, Brinlee finds it more than difficult to guard her heart against this tender intrusion. While Jed offers a life of excitement and freedom, Lance holds the key to the family Brinlee always wanted. When it comes time to choose, she learns that both men have secrets that could shatter her fledgling trust in men and the wrong decision could leave more than her heart exposed to danger. "Cami Checketts is a genius! She writes about topics that aren't widely discussed, in and out of books, and she does such a brilliant job of crafting these things into wonderful stories that touch your heart and remain with you for days afterwards." Myra, Reviewer, Pieces of Whimsy
A Change of Plans (Safe Harbors #1) by Donna K. Weaver Sale price for promotion: $2.99. Click here to purchase from Amazon and Barnes & Noble! When Lyn sets off on her supposedly uncomplicated and unromantic cruise, she never dreams it will include pirates. All the 25-year-old Colorado high school teacher wants is to forget that her dead fiancé was a cheating scumbag. What she plans is a vacation diversion; what fate provides is Braedon, an intriguing surgeon. She finds herself drawn to him: his gentle humor, his love of music, and even his willingness to let her take him down during morning karate practices. Against the backdrop of the ship’s make-believe world and its temporary friendships, her emotions come alive. However, fear is an emotion, too. Unaware of the sensitive waters he navigates, Braedon moves to take their relationship beyond friendship--on the very anniversary Lyn came on the cruise to forget. But Lyn's painful memories are too powerful, and she runs off in a panic. Things are bad enough when the pair finds themselves on one of the cruise’s snorkeling excursions in American Samoa. However, paradise turns to piracy when their party is kidnapped. Lyn’s fear of a fairytale turns grim. Now she must fight alongside the man she rejected, first for their freedom and then against storms, sharks, and shipwreck. Also available as an audio book from Audible!

Paranormal romance & Fantasy (adult)

The Change (Unbounded #1)
by Teyla Branton
Promotion Price: 99¢ Click here to purchase at Amazon, iBookstore, and Barnes & Noble 
No Second Chances. Death, Life, or Love—Unbounded Always Play for Keeps.
There are only two ways to kill Unbounded, and fire isn’t one of them—as law school dropout Erin Radkey learns the hard way. By fluke of a recessive gene, she has become Unbounded, a nearly immortal being with paranormal abilities.
Erin’s Change separates her from her loved ones and alters everything she believes to be true. A week earlier she was considering a marriage proposal; now she contemplates the best way to stay alive. Caught in a battle between two Unbounded groups, the Emporium and the Renegades, she is also hunted by a secret mortal society sworn to eradicate the Unbounded gene.
As Erin plunges into this dangerous new life, she must carve out her own place in the madness, protect her mortal family, and decide which group she should join. Her unique ability is vital to both groups in the race to secure an identification software that spells death for all Unbounded—or enslavement for the entire mortal world. Some will stop at nothing to use Erin as one more pawn in a battle that has spanned centuries. Erin’s undeniable attraction to Ritter Langton, whose family was massacred by opposing Unbounded two hundred and forty years ago, complicates her choices. There are no second chances. Death, life, or love—Unbounded always play for keeps.
Non-stop action, terrifying consequences, and powerful romance make The Change an exciting addition to the world of romantic urban fantasy.
by Ilyan Kei Lavanway
Promotion Price: $2.99   Click here to purchase on Amazon and Smashwords
Young wife Gracie yearns for renewed innocence. Abiathar wants to secure it for her. Their trek has been anything but blissful. Stomach their journey, and let your faith be strengthened through their experience. Glimpse tribulations and miracles future pioneers may expect as you live vicariously through the life of this young family.
Out of the Picture and Into the Picture
by Victor G. La Van Way and Ilyan Kei Levanway
Promotion Price: 99¢  Click here to purchase on Amazon and Smashwords!
Out of the Picture and Into the Picture by Victor G. La Van Way and Ilyan Kei Lavanway is a fantasy adventure book containing two short stories about a pilot who is miraculously reunited with his father in a strange storm. Experience superimposed worlds and altered realities. Relive the thrill of flight as you follow this pilot's mysterious journey. Find a renewed hope and youthful determination.

Young Adult

The Big Debate (Literary Loom Book One) by Carolyn Twede Frank Promotion Price: 99¢  Click here to purchase! A bizarre corpse . . . A strange girl . . . A creepy teacher . . . A cool invention . . . Combine these with an old school and a new student anxious to fit in, and the adventure begins. Fifteen-year-old Josh’s big mouth gets him in trouble at first. But after walking in the shoes of great men of history in the Literary Loom, he uses that mouth to bring down the bad guy and ultimately solve the mystery behind the murder . . . and the mystery behind a strange girl.
The Dream Keeper (Dream Keeper Chronicles #1) by Mikey Brooks Regular $3.99 Sale for Promotion 99¢ Click here to purchase! or here for Nook or Kobo Dreams: Dorothy called it Oz, Alice called it Wonderland, but Nightmares call it HOME. When an evil shifter takes over the gateway to the realm of Dreams, it falls to 14-year-olds Parker and Kaelyn to stop him. Their only hope lies with Gladamyr, the Dream Keeper, but can they trust a Nightmare to save their world?
The Dreamstone (Dream Keeper Chronicles #2) by Mikey Brooks Sale price: 99¢ Click here to purchase from Amazon and Kobo! When Parker’s mom is dreamnapped by the wicked Mab, it is up to him and Kaelyn to save her. However when they return to Dreams, they discover Mab isn’t their only problem. Gladamyr has lost his powers and the only way to get them back is to become what he fears the most—a nightmare.
Aura by Rebecca Lynn Talley Sale Price for Promotion: 99¢  Click here to purchase! What if the greatest weapon in the age-old war between good and evil was inside of you?
Crystal Scott has always felt different but tried hard to blend in.  Now that she's scored the lead in the school play, has a boyfriend she adores, and a best friend she can't live without, she finally feels like she belongs. A few days before prom, a mysterious young man appears and suddenly she has to figure out how to use the weapon of Light she has inside her or mankind is doomed.
Demons are determined to tip the war in their favor no matter what the cost and they're hot on Crystal's trail.  With danger around every corner, she doesn't know if she can save herself, never mind anyone else.  When things look darkest and there's nowhere to turn, Crystal must find the strength to use her newfound gifts against the tide of evil threatening all of them--or die trying.
With a Kiss (Twisted Tales, Book One) by Stephanie Fowers
Promotion Price: FREE on Amazon Click here to purchase! or free on Smashwords! Faerytales. They're real . . . they just haven't happened yet. Halley Starr finds out the truth when she loses her heart with a curse. Now she has to get it back from that dirty faery who stole it from her, but first, she must fight against the seven rules of the faery kingdom that mortals must never break. If Halley wants her heart back again, she can’t worry about the rules.
Confessions of a 16-Year-Old Virgin Lips (Episodes 1-3) by Cindy M. Hogan Regular price $3.99 Sale price: 99¢ Click here to purchase! The first 3 Episodes of Confessions of a 16-Year-Old Virgin Lips in one book! "First Kiss" VL. Virgin Lips. You may not have heard of it, but where I live, it's a thing with a card, even if it is a figurative card. I was Brooklyn Hamlin, certified virgin lips, and I planned on clinging to that figurative card with all I had--while dating as many of the hottest guys at school as I could. Maybe that's a bit strange. I mean, what teenage girl isn't interested in kissing? Locking lips definitely interested me, but the drama that came with it didn't. No kissing, no drama. Simple. But on my sixteenth birthday, on my first real date even, the drama found me. His name was Luke Graham--cute, funny, and bad news for the whole female race. "Stolen Kiss" With my VL card gone, my flickering light of hope lay with Ryker, someone else who'd caught my eye. Only he could erase the memory of Luke, the boy who lip-raped me. Unfortunately, Luke was determined to keep me, or at the very least, ruin me. "Rebound Kiss" Brooklyn has become a social outcast at school thanks to Luke, who spent his entire weekend playing the victim and spreading rumors. And there’s nothing worse than Luke’s brand of justice. With no other way to escape her torn up, lonely life, she accepts an invitation to her cousin’s birthday party. Attending a party thrown by someone she doesn’t get along with is better than sitting home alone. The highlight of the party is meeting Riley, a boy who’s sweeter than the plate of sugar cookies he arrives with. After everything Brooklyn has been through, it seems that karma is finally on her side, but she soon learns that nothing is ever simple in the dating world.
Gravediggers by Cindy M. Hogan Regular price $3.99 Sale price for promotion: $1.99 Click here to purchase! Seventeen-year-old Billy thinks his father’s murder will never be solved—until he stumbles across an old ammo box while digging a grave in his small-town Tennessee cemetery. What he finds leads him to question everything he knows, and his search for answers will uncover more than he bargained for: lies, secrets, and conspiracies—and behind them all, a dangerous truth.
Aos Si by Rebecca Lyn Shelley Sale price for promotion: 99¢ Click here to purchase from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and the iTunes/Apple! Legends say the magical Aos Si, the Fair Folk of Irish and Scottish folklore that once plagued humanity, have retreated Under the Hill, never to be seen again. The legends are wrong. Aos Si are still abroad in the world, powerful, dangerous, and living among us. When Carla's mother drags her from their home in Denver to the-middle-of-nowhere Colorado, a mysterious neighbor embroils her in a battle between warring Aos Si factions. Then she meets Shade, a slave of a cruel and power-hungry Aos Si. Her attraction to Shade is as deep as the magical powers that surround him, but her attempt to free him from his evil master sinks them both deeper into the war, endangering her life and those of the people she cares about most.
You're Strong Enough by Kassi Pontious Price for promotion: FREE Click here to purchase! You’re Strong Enough takes young adult readers on a quest to discover who they are, why they are here, where they came from, and what their ultimate goal is. Christian writer, Kassi Pontious, shares personal experiences aimed at teaching young people that each of us is strong enough for our own trials and challenges. In You’re Strong Enough, you will discover who your real enemy is and how to defeat this dragon. As you participate in individual quests at the end of each chapter, you will learn how to cut the strings of dysfunction that may be trying to control your life. Ultimately, you will discover where your true strength lies and how to conquer the obstacles in life’s path. You’re Strong Enough is a book about hope and empowerment. It brings truths to light that will empower your soul and inspire you, and those around you.
The Princess Sisters (Princess Sisters #1) by Stacy Lynn Carroll Promotional Price 99¢. Click here to purchase! The only thing she stands to lose are her shoes. Cinderella is an ordinary teenage girl, with an extraordinary name. But because of that name, she and her cousins, Belle, Aurora, Ariel, and Snow White suffer years of torment from their peers. Then as the girls enter high school and the enticing world of dating, a life-altering decision must be made. Is it finally time to stop fighting, and surrender to the fairy tale clichés that have been holding them back? By embracing their names, the girls discover an inner-strength they never knew existed. And by putting everything they have on the line, maybe, just maybe they will discover there really is such a thing as 'happily ever after'.
Frogs & Toads (Princess Sisters #2) by Stacy Lynn Carroll Promotional price 99¢. Click here to purchase! One kiss can change the future, for better or for worse. Belle and her cousins have conquered their fears. Now as they navigate their way through the dating world, they start to see a "happily ever after" on the horizon. But when an unexpected school assignment forces them to examine their past, the Princess sisters realize they have a lot of questions about the fathers they've never met. Secrets are revealed, long lost family members are discovered, and now the girls must decide who belongs in their future and who should be kept in the past.

Middle Grade

Heroes of the Highest Order Book Bundle 1-3 by R. K. Hinrichsen Regular price $9.99 Promotional price: $5.99 Three books in one! Click here to purchase on Amazon and Barnes & Noble! THE DARK ENEMY NEVER RESTS. BUT NEITHER DO THE HEROES OF THE HIGHEST ORDER! Book 1 (The Hidden Kingdom): A magical playground whisks Dan and Page into the Hidden Kingdom, a skinny giant quickly registers them for hero training camp. There, they learn they must gain skills and earn powerful treasures by travelling back in time and walking in the footsteps of a real pioneer hero. Book 2 (The Prisoner of the Shadows): Dan and Page search the catacombs in Italy, race through the streets of India, and follow in the footsteps of Mother Teresa in order to rescue their grandfather from the Prison of the Shadows. A bonus: Dan finds out he's even more powerful than he thought! Book 3 (The Mouth of the Dragon): Tadeusz Pankiewicz, a real-life hero, helps Dan and Page rescue two children from the Nazis in World War II Poland.
All I Got For Christmas by Rebecca Shelley Sale price for promotion: 99¢ Click here to purchase from Barnes & Noble and Amazon! Oh No! Principal Green says Santa can't come to the school Christmas party. Monkey needs a plan to get Santa to come. Too bad Monkey's ideas get him on Santa's Naughty List. It looks like all he'll get for Christmas is a bucket of coal. But when a blizzard knocks out the power lines and buries the roads, it's up to Monkey and the Smartboys to save Christmas for everyone.


A Greater Love  by Rachel Ann Nunes Regular price $5.99. Price for promotion: FREE Click here to purchase! A Special Kind of Christmas Story Miguel Silva is a street orphan who will do anything to avoid the wrath of his alcoholic aunt and to keep his little sister, Sara, happy. He and Sara roam the streets of Portugal, begging and stealing to feed and clothe themselves. A sudden twist of fate throws them into an even colder world, where their only chance for survival is a couple who is childless by choice—Daniel and Cristina Andrade. Daniel Andrade has put his bitter past behind him and found a new life with Cristina. But the past returns in force when Miguel steals his wallet on the ferry, throwing into motion a series of unstoppable events. Daniel doesn’t want to face the secrets of the past or open his heart to anyone—yet that is exactly what he must do or face losing everything he loves. Cristina Andrade also has secrets. Now she must choose between her husband and the deep longing in her heart. Or is there a compromise? Only Miguel can help them find the way—and time for Miguel is running out. Can the Savior’s love heal them all before it’s too late?
Dreaming of You my Christian romantic comedy / Christmas story. by Marie Higgins Regular price $2.99. Sale price for promotion 99¢. Click here to purchase! Katelyn Palmer never believed any harm could come from using her college crush as the hero in her first romance novel—the novel that jumpstarted her writing career. However, when Shane Hunter storms into town, demanding to meet the writer who used his identity, Katelyn is confronted with more than her long, silent emotions. If Shane takes her to court for invasion of privacy, her career would be over. Shane doesn’t know how to act when his ex sister-in-law accuses him of having an affair while he was married—and then shows him the romance book as proof. Now he wants to know who this author really is and why she used his name and most of the events in his life for her story. Desperate to know the truth Shane befriends Katelyn but he does not expect to be attracted to her, even more unexpected is the joy he finds watching his twins fall in love with the woman who is stealing his heart, too...
All I Want (Christmas Anthology)
by Rachael Anderson, Jolene Perry, and Kaylee Baldwin
Regular Price $3.99 Promotion Price: $1.99 Click here to purchase from Amazon or here for Barnes and Noble! Pretty Near Perfect by Jolene Perry The last thing Norah needs is to be attracted to anyone – especially in her deceased fiancé's parents' home. Collin’s starting a new career, and has no business getting involved – especially while staying with his roommate’s family, who very kindly offered to take him in for the holidays. Unfortunately, you just don’t always pick the most convenient time and place to fall for someone. Six Days of Christmas by Kaylee Baldwin When Natalie goes home with her best friend for Christmas, she expects plenty of quiet time to work on a winning ad so she can turn her dream internship into her dream job. Instead, she gets time-consuming Christmas festivities, a house full of children, and Jimmy, her best friend’s brother - someone who makes her question everything she’s always thought she wanted. Twist of Fate by Rachael Anderson When a postcard meant for Kenzie winds up in Ty's mailbox, Ty's faced with a decision. Should he tell her that her fiancé is breaking up with her and let it ruin her favorite holiday, or should he do what he’s wanted to do since he met her - make a move and hope that he can win her over before she discovers there won’t be a wedding after all?

Friday, December 6, 2013

Book Giveaway: Journal of Curious Letters by James Dashner

It's time for another book giveaway here on my blog. This time I'm giving away a hardbound copy of The 13th Reality, by James Dashner. It will make a great gift for the young readers in your home.

What if every choice you made created an alternate reality? In The Journal of Curious Letters, Atticus Higginbottom, a.k.a. Tick, is an average thirteen-year-old boy until the day he receives a strange letter informing him that dangerous— perhaps even deadly—events have been set in motion that could result in the destruction of reality itself. Tick will be sent twelve riddles that, when solved, will reveal the time and place of an extraordinary happening. Will Tick have the courage to follow the twelve clues and discover the life he was meant to live?

Enter to win. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post. A week from today I will do a random drawing to select the winner from those who entered.

Monday, November 18, 2013

A Great New Holiday Book!

A New Holiday Book Is Out!

Carol of the Tales and Other Nightly Noels: An Advent Anthology, Volume 2

Christmas carols capture the spirit of Christmas, and Carol of the Tales and Other Nightly Noels brings beloved carols to life like never before. Throw your cares away with the tales from sweet silver bells. Find out how Santa Claus dabbles in time travel, and feel the redemption of a dying wife's parting Christmas gift. Experience all this and more in these heartfelt, entertaining tales donated by a team of authors from across the country, working together for a good cause. The proceeds from this book will be donated toward Autism research and advocacy.

Anthology authors include: Shirley Bahlmann, C. David Belt, Rebecca Carlson, Loretta Carter, Madonna D. Christensen, Danyelle Ferguson, C. Michelle Jefferies, Theric Jepson, Ryan Larsen, Angie Lofthouse, Betsy Love, J. Lloyd Morgan, Janet Olsen, Teresa G. Osgood, Brian Ricks, Jennifer Ricks, Peg Russell, and Michael Young.

Carol of the Tales is the 2nd book in the Advent Anthology series. Both anthologies are available in paperback and Amazon Kindle formats from 

A Sample of one of the Stories:

The Gifts of Friendship and Hope by Danyelle Ferguson
The Gifts of Friendship and Hope, (based on the song "Mary, Did You Know?") is about Holly, a mother of two children--one of whom has autism--struggling through her first Christmas as a single mother. 

At the end of yet another difficult day, Holly can't decide if she should use the little energy she has left to clean the kitchen or wrap holiday gifts. Especially when all she really wants is to go upstairs, sink into her bed and embrace the oblivion of sleep. When her best friends from the local Autism Society group arrive armed with treats, ribbon and bows, Holly is reminded that laughter and friendship not only ease away the stress of a crazy day, but add a big dose of hope for the future as well.  

How to Order: 

Notes from Danyelle: I have a limited number of copies of Carol of the Talesavailable if you'd like an autographed copy. Please visit my website to order.Otherwise, check out these Amazon links below.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Homemade Yogurt and Waffles at a Writers' Retreat

This past week I attended the Authors Incognito writers' retreat held in the beautiful mountains east of Heber, Utah. For my food contribution I brought some of my homemade honey vanilla yogurt. I also brought some frozen peaches from my tree and the makings for my whole wheat waffles. (Okay, so the picture shows my favorite way to eat them at home--with fresh strawberries and bananas). Everyone loved them. So much so, they asked for the recipes. What a better way to share them than to share them with all my blog followers.

In mixing bowl combine:
1 cup freshly ground whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoon powdered milk
1/8 tsp. nutmeg (optional)

in a liquid measuring cup place:
1 to 2 tsp yogurt
add water to the 3/4 cup mark (or omit powdered milk above and use regular milk here)
1/4 cup vegetable oil

Add the liquid to the dry ingredients, add one egg, mix well and pour into heated waffle iron.

A year ago I realized I was buying vanilla yogurt almost every time I went into the supermarket. (I love to eat it for breakfast along with fresh fruit on my homemade whole wheat waffles). So I  tried a few recipes that I found on line, added some things and subtracted other things, coming up with a recipe that I liked. I gave homemade yogurt away for Christmas last year, along with my recipe. All of the recipients loved it.
 It's healthy, tasty, and easy. You just need a candy thermometer, a good sauce pan, an oven that can maintain a temperature of 100 degrees, and the following ingredients:

4 cups of fresh milk
1/3 cup powdered milk
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin (1/2 envelope)

Mix together in a heavy sauce pan with a wire whisk.
Turn the burner to low-medium low and let the milk slowly rise in temperature up to 170 degrees, but DO NOT let the milk come to a boil. Stir occasionally to prevent a film sticking to the bottom of the pan.

When the milk mixture reaches 170, remove from heat and stir in:
1/2 cup honey
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Let the mixture cool down to between 130 and 120 degrees and add:
1 teaspoon instant pectin (for making freezer jams)
2 tablespoons sugar
(mix the two above ingredients together first to aid in the distribution of the pectin. You can omit this step, but the yogurt might be a little thinner and less sweet).

When the mixture reaches a temperature between 112 and 108, add:
1/2 cup of yogurt starter. (Use plain or vanilla. You can reserve a 1/2 cup from your previous batch of yogurt).

Mix well with wire whisk. Strain and pour into containers. I like to use Pyrex bowls that come with lids, but I have found that used yogurt containers work, as long as they have snap on lids.

Put the lids on the containers and place in a pre-heated 100 degree oven for 6 to 8 hours. Turn off the heat and let remain in the oven for another 1 to 6 hours, depending on how strong you want the yogurt flavor.

Refrigerate and enjoy.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Time to give away another set of books: FABLEHAVEN series

We're still moving (though months away), and I need to give away some more books. This time I'm giving away book one, two, and three of Brandon Mull's Fablehaven series. Each book is a hardbound, gently used copy  read just once). Just like for my last book giveaway, all you have to do to enter is to leave a comment at the end of this post. A week from today, October 31 I will randomly draw a name from all those who entered, so make sure you leave some contact information. What a great Halloween present: a fun, fantasy series about mystical creatures.
For more information about the Fablehaven series, or other Brandon Mull books, visit his website.

My last winner was Linda Adams, my old missionary companion who now lives in CA. She won two of Tristi Pinkston's Secret Sisters mysteries. Congratulations, Linda.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

LDS Indie Authors Launch Giant Ebook Sale!!

I am one of numerous authors participating in this first, of what we hope to be, many e-book sales. It is the perfect chance for you to load up on ebooks by LDS authors, all at bargain prices. Plus you can enter to win a free Kindle. You won't want to miss this.

Win a free Kindle
Find ebooks at discount prices
For ebook lovers everywhere
Our authors at BookMarked Bargains are amazing, and to prove it, we’re holding a huge online extravaganza ebook sale!
You’re invited!!!
WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 16 to Friday, Oct. 18, 2013
Three days of deals, discounts, and dynamite reads!
Come check out our online site to find your favorite authors and their fantastic ebooks at great discount prices. Also, be sure to enter for your chance to win a free Kindle!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Moving Prompts Book Giveaway

I am moving soon. My husband and I are downsizing houses in an effort to retire early and do missionary work. I will not have room for all of my books in our new house (a major fixer-upper we will be working on in coming months--perhaps I should blog about the transformation of that, at the moment, scary house. Quite the Halloween story). So every other week I will be giving away some gently used books (read only once).

For this week, I am featuring two paperback books in my giveaway. All you have to do to enter my giveaway is to leave a comment to this post. Next Tuesday, October 15, I will make a random drawing of all names entered to select the winner. Make sure you leave some contact info so I can obtain your mailing address, and I will send them out to you.

The first book is Dearly Departed

Ida Mae Babbit has done her community service and is a reformed woman - no more law-breaking for her. But when Arlette's granddaughter Eden discovers a mystery in a fancy nursing home, Ida Mae - with the perfect excuse of a broken wrist and a broken ankle - checks herself into the place. After all, it is for the greater good. Soon she's buzzing around in her motorized wheelchair, questioning the residents and swiping files from the office. She's bound and determined to get to the bottom of this case. But can she solve the mystery before she becomes the next victim?

The second book is Hang 'Em High

When Ida Mae Babbitt receives an invitation to visit her son Keith's dude ranch in Montana, she's excited to mend their broken relationship, but not so excited about spending time with cows. Arlette and Tansy go along with her, ready to take a vacation that does not involve dead bodies or mysteries of any sort - one must have a break from time to time. But it seems a no-good scoundrel has moseyed into Dodge City and is bent on causing all sorts of trouble for the ranch. Unable to keep her curiosity in check - especially when it seems her own son is the most likely culprit - Ida Mae decides to investigate. Can she lasso the varmint and get him to the sheriff in time?

Both books are written by a dear friend of mine, Tristi Pinkston.

They are both fun reads that I enjoyed very much.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Making Your Books More Promotable

Making Your Book More Promotable

I came across this post on BookMarketBuzzBlog and found it very helpful. The author, Brian Feinblum  encouraged his readers to share it with others. That works for me since I'd love to share it with you, plus keep it on file on my own blog so I can reference it as I continue down my path to publication. 

Write Your Next Book With The Media In Mind

Here is what I know and think about making your book more promotable.

The world of book publishing has changed immensely over the past decade --and certainly over the past three years, thanks to Amazon, Apple, tablets, e-books, Borders, and social media.

The role of book publicity has not changed, though the methods have been altered.

PR is needed to give a book a chance at succeeding in an overcrowded marketplace and a noisy media landscape. With more books being published than ever before, and more media outlets around than ever before, there is a lot of competition to get a diluted piece of the pie.

Technology has no doubt impacted many industries, including: publishing, retail, the news media, and even the way books are written. As a result, readers and consumers have been changed as well.

It may seem like everyone:

· Has plastic surgery
· Eats organic food
· Watches TV on a smartphone
· Spends more time tweeting than talking to others

…. but such phenomena show we are a changing and diverse nation.

Not everyone is doing these things I just mentioned but the world certainly is in transition. Writers are changing, too. They are morphing into hybrids - - they are writers and they are promoters.

I understand what it is like for today’s author to be confronted with the new publishing landscape.

I have been in publishing and PR since 1989, back when we used to fax media pitches. I have worked for publishers as an editor and a publicist and for the past 14 years have served as the marketing director for the nation’s largest book promoter, Media Connect, formerly known as Planned Television Arts. I have also had a book published and learned how challenging it was to promote it.
And for the last two years I have posted at least 800 times on my blog, writing the equivalent of three full-length books, about all aspects of book publishing, publicity, marketing, advertising, writing, and the fate of the industry.

Check it out:

See, a promoter never stops promoting!

It used to be that the publisher would take care of the publicity for a book, though it didn’t always do a great job. Then authors started to supplement the publisher’s efforts. Now authors are the publishers.

Today, authors team up with publicists that they hire and maybe also get help from their publisher, if they have a publisher, if they offer to help. It takes a village to promote a book.

Many refer to their book as their baby. Well consider the PR campaign the way you would when paying for your kid’s college. You hope there is a payoff to it, but you wouldn’t dare choose to not send your kids to college.

There is no way of getting around it. To embrace PR as an author is to embrace your future. The good news is there is plenty that you can and should do, to promote your book.

You Need To:
· Think like the media and about their needs
· Create a book with promotable content
· Change your attitude about your PR role
· Realize it is up to you and in your hands to grow as a writer

So How Do You Write A Book That Will Be Promotable?
· Do you have to kill someone – or write about a murderer?
· Do you have to confess to a sexual addiction to a celebrity?
· Do you need to have the name on the book cover say JK Rowling or EL James?
· Does your book need to be published by a big New York house?

Sure, these things would help, but I have promoted books by unknown, first-time, self-published authors and have seen them succeed.

They Have:
· Something that is promotable
· An interesting background
· Confidence, conviction, and personality
· A willingness to do whatever it takes to get attention
· Put in the time and effort that is necessary
· Taken a creative approach to the media
· Been lucky

Of Course, Authors Can Be Promotable But It Doesn’t Always Yield Sales
What makes a book sell is not necessarily the same thing that makes it news worthy or promotable. Today we are talking purely about publicity and the news media – not marketing, not sales, not advertising -- though they are all closely linked to one another.

I See So Many Mistakes Made By Authors. They:
· Wait too long to start thinking about publicity
· Mistakenly think they can do it all
· Mistakenly think they will succeed without PR
· Falsely believe the media will cover them with little effort
· Think PR is a one-time thing but really it’s an ongoing, perpetual thing

Too Many Authors Have Hang-Ups About PR
- They don’t believe they are promotable
- They aren’t comfortable promoting their book
- They don’t want to spend money on a publicist
- They think their publisher takes care of everything – or they fear stepping on the publisher’s toes
- They don’t want to sound like they are begging or bragging
- They lack the time or resources to execute a PR campaign
- They don’t know how to talk about themselves
- They are shy or fear rejection
- They feel uneasy talking to the media
- They lack confidence in their appearance or voice
- The PR process seems murky or unfamiliar to them

All legitimate things, but all are excuses. You need to take ownership of your book and that means quarterbacking your PR campaign.

Give Yourself A PR Audit
· Examine your past and see what the media might find noteworthy
· Look at the experiences you have had and see if any are worth discussing
· Think of the connections you have and the people you know – can you drop names to the media?
· What is in your book that the media will find of interest?

Think About What It Is That You May Want to Accomplish With Your PR
· Branding your name to help your career
· Building a media resume
· Establishing your voice
· Selling a current or upcoming book
· Influencing others
· Conveying a strong message
· Selling backlist or non-book products/services
· To stroke your ego
· Helping you get a book deal or better terms – or to get the eyes of Hollywood on you
· Leading you to being hired as a consultant or employee
· To land paid speaking gigs

What Are You Willing To Do?
· Pour your time into it
· Devote the necessary money and resources
· Get help
· Willing to experiment and diversify your approach to PR
· Going out of your comfort zone to do what is needed

The Books That Are Most Promotable, Whether Fiction or Non-Fiction, Are Those That:
· Are first to raise an issue or aspect of life.
· Are unique in how you tackle a well-known subject.
· Reveal news or raise great questions on a newsy topic.
· Lend personal insight on an industry, person, or organization that we are curious about.
· Are great at the extremes – using humor, sex, violence, love, politics, money, fame or other push-button emotions on sensitive issues to get a point across.
· Are controversial, outrageous, trendy, offensive, and shocking.

Creating A Media-Friendly Book
What if publicists could influence the editorial content of a book before it’s published and promoted? What if the book could be enhanced or altered so that its integrity remains intact, but its ability to attract media attention is increased?

So few authors—and even publishers—consult a publicist far in advance of publication for the sole purpose of doing a PR audit of the manuscript.

To do so, requires great forethought and planning, something most authors aren’t aware of and something most publishers are too rushed to consider.

Still, I ponder the idea. Can you imagine how much better a book would sell if it was packaged for the media?

There may not be an exact formula for making a book promotable.

Some things can’t be altered such as the author’s credentials, who the publisher is, or the overall theme of the book. But anything from a book’s title, length, use of photos, language, revelations, etc are up for grabs.

Consider creating a PR laboratory, where you can genetically alter a book’s DNA, where you can cut here, add there, or change this—and you suddenly have a media-friendly book.

There are challenges to this, for sure. Let’s see:
1. You need enough time to give it a cosmetic makeover.
2. There needs to still be something of quality as a base to work with.
3. You need a smart editor to team with a savvy publicist to make sure the book is still a quality read while addressing the media’s needs.
4. You have to know what the media wants and how to feed it to them.

There’s also a dilemma attached to such a process. An author is very proud and protective of his or her work. She wouldn’t want some stranger suddenly rewriting her creation. It seems less genuine, less authentic, less creative to suddenly throw in things to a book just to placate the media or commercial demand.

But if you can live with the changes you’ll have a much more marketable book.

So if one were to engage the services of a PR consultant, what would he or she be told?

1st, it depends if it’s a novel or non-fiction. There’s a huge difference in what can be done to each type of book. 2nd, it also depends on the genre you write in and the existing competition out there. 3rd, it depends on how much media coverage has already taken place on your subject matter. 4th, it depends on the type of media you plan to approach. The needs and nuances vary greatly amongst television, newspapers, magazines, blogs, and radio shows. 5th, it depends on the amount of money and time you can dedicate to promoting your book.

If you want to write a book that has a chance of getting publicity, sales, and critical acclaim, you first need to write what you want, what you know, what you feel. But then go back and edit and revise in a way that makes it more promotable or commercially viable. This doesn’t mean you are selling out. It means you are making additions or changes that don’t substantively alter the integrity of the work but by making such changes, you now connect with potentially a larger or more rabid fan base.

Look at trends, demographic changes, and emerging industries or lifestyles.

See if you can change names, places, professions, and cultural references in your book to match the look and tastes of the newly emerging America,

- Instead of the family pet being a gerbil, make it a three-legged dog
- Instead of a relationship book being about a power couple, make it about a waitress and a fireman
- Instead of setting your book in the present, make it about the 1980’s
- Instead of being vague about a college or street or company, reference specific ones that are sure to have many followers
- Rather than saying something happened, show it, and be descriptive
- Throw in people the media can relate to or like
- Instead of writing about worlds, people, or times that you didn’t come close to experiencing in your life, write about something that connects to your past, family, city, job, relationship or childhood
- Be willing to make despicable characters strong and almost likeable. Turn our perceptions upside down – make us think about those we normally don’t like or shine a spotlight on

What’s Today’s Media Landscape?
· More media outlets and opportunities exist than ever before
· And their value, individually, is more diluted than ever before
· You will need a certain quantity of quality media placements
· You need to secure publicity by the pound
· Most media coverage can take place by phone and email -- it’s becoming rarer that an author needs to travel or take to a road tour.

· Print
You have book reviewers, news and feature editors, columnists, beat writers, op-eds and by-line article opportunities at

- Newspapers
- Magazines
- Newswires
- Newsletters
- Trade journals
- Industry publications
- Airline magazines

· TV
- Interviews or feature stories on national and local news programs, morning shows like GMA or Today Show, late shows like Daily Show with Jon Stewart , weekend shows, talk shows, and magazine format shows such as 60 Minutes

· Radio
- Interviews or feature stories on national and local talk shows or news segments
- Different station formats target certain demographics

· Online
- Blog interviews, stories, reviews
- Online reviews posted on various sites
- Guest blog posts

· Social Media
- Facebook
- Twitter
- LinkedIn
- YouTube
- Pinterest
- Instagran
- Your blog

PR is not just about giving away free downloads of chapters and books, or of tweeting and making videos, or of eblasting a press release. It is about making a sustained, strategic effort to influence the influencers and get media coverage that will help you in the short and long-term.

Your Writing Can Help You Get Media Coverage
- Great writing can get people’s attention
- Identify a particular chapter to make available for your site
- Find a few high-quality passages to excerpt
- Coin a phrase or highlight something odd or unique
- Invent your own word to explain or express something
- The specific word choices you make and the level of vocabulary matter
- The overall writing style and pace of the book are important

How You Talk About What You Wrote Matters
- Are you the most qualified to write your book? Sound like it
- Find a way to summarize without the details
- Get to the heart of why one would read your book
- Can you compare your work with other known writers?
- Sell the action, the dilemma, the characters,, the words
- How do you describe your book in the context of your life?
- How does it fit into the body of your other writings?
- Can you genuinely speak with passion, confidence, conviction?
- You should visualize your press release headline as you write your book
- You should formulate your 15-second elevator speech about your book before it is written
- Find a way to succinctly put your book or story into perspective and relevance
- Express it in a way that serves a need, fulfills a desire, or feeds a want – and sounds interesting in the process.

Think Like The News Media

They look for books not only that are well-written, interesting, and new, but where:

- There is a direct tie-in to their readers or audiences, such as by location, content, theme, or industry
- There is news to report or you can tie into things in the news
- The author is famous or has great credentials
- The book ties into a movie
- The book is a best-seller
- The book is getting buzz through Twitter or YouTube
- The book is controversial
- The book has something the journalist, blogger or talk show host can personally relate to
- The demographics of the media outlet tend to match those of the book’s intended readership

Find a way to reduce your book of 200+ pages into a handful of bullet points and sound bites.

The Media Is
- Overworked
- Understaffed
- Jaded
- Exposed to too many options to cover
- Human and has physical, psychological and financial needs
- Smarter than the average person
- Drawn to big issues, dynamic personalities, shock, drama, power and fame
- It is expanding and shrinking, diversifying and fragmenting

Scrutinize Every Aspect and Component of Your Book:
· How visually appealing is your book?
· Look at the front and back cover colors, images, design, texture
· Book title and subtitle
· Testimonials/Endorsements
· Foreword, Intro, Preface
· Price, paper quality, type face, interior design, add-ons/resources like a CD or DVD
· The book’s timing
· Who the publisher is
· Chapter headings and the table of contents

Does Your Book Cover Topics That Have Popular Followings?
What Is Evergreen? What Is Needed vs. What Is Desired?

· Sex / Romance
· Relationships: Parents, Lovers, Siblings, Friends, Enemies
· Politics (Issues, Policy, Government)
· Religion (Spirituality)
· Dogs/Cats (Pets/Animals)
· Wealth (Money, Retirement, Career, Homes)
· Gadgets and Technology
· Kids/Parenting (Education, Family Dynamics)
· Entertainment/Travel
· Health (Diet, Disease, Beauty, Youth, Sports)
· Life/Death
· War/Peace
· Natural Disaster
· Celebrity
· Ethical Questions

Does Your Book Cover Themes Such As:
· Loss and grief
· Romance
· Second chances
· Hero/villain
· Fame
· Greed
· The underdog
· Ability to grow/improve
· Offering advice: legal, financial, parental, career
· People need guidance on life and through each phase/stage

Think In Terms of Headlines and Bullet Points
· What makes your book new, unique, different or funny and entertaining
· What ties your credentials into what is in the news?
· Write a book that’s promotable by thinking like a promoter; write for the media – not just the consumer
· Can you convert a chapter heading into a media story?

What’s The Media Looking For?
· Drop names, events, places in the book
· Cover a newsy topic
· Reveal a thinly veiled truth about someone
· Make an allegation or accusation
· Raise a theory and question the status quo
· Dispute perceived truths
· Attack or promote certain values
· Be mysterious

What Helps You Get Media?
· Socalize or regionalize the book
· First, media begets media
· Get buy-ins early to create traction
· Build buzz by getting early reviews
· Have the backing of a group
· Try to ride the coattails of others or be linked by association to big things, people or events
· Tie into something that is on the calendar – a relevant holiday, an anniversary, an honorary day
· Think of your life – create a matrix of people, events and experiences and think of how to call upon your past – ask for specific favors
· Exploit personal experience: overcoming addiction, abuse, poverty, loss, disability, arrest
· Create a resume: don’t lie, but shape it to tell a story = develop your media persona
· Channel your energy, resources and creativity not just towards your writing, but to your PR efforts.
· Use your gift – your ability to communicate with words and images – to promote your work
· See PR as a means to an end, just like passing tests leads to a school degree or creating a resume leads to a job
· Shape your image – think of yourself as a business and develop a tagline
· Set the tone and image of who you are or want to be seen as – by what you say, do, and look like
· Create your Web site at least 5-6 months prior to your book launch date
· See your launch date as a coronation – not Day 1. From your launch date, you have 30-90 days to make an impression.

Explore Writing About Powerful Minorities or Niche Groups
· Hispanics
· Gays and lesbians
· Jews
· Entrepreneurs
· Intellects
· Parents of young children
· Fans of: football, baseball, movies, etc.
· Ebay users
· Divorced women
· Animal Rights advocates/opponents
· Gun advocates/opponents

You get the idea – there are hundreds of such classes, groups and connections out there that you can tap into.

For Novelists, See:
· What ideas have not yet been explored
· What character traits would be unique
· Think of locations, time periods, historical events to connect to
· Look for the extreme, the unknown, the emotional triggers, the fantasy
· Monitor the news
· Look at an Almanac or Census Data
· Anticipate trends from your observations, experiences, or conversations
· Be aware of what the competition writes about

Your Approach Towards The Media Should Be As Follows:
· Create a press release based on your core message and then expand outward into other areas
· The opposite of your core message can be commented on as well
· Forget any sense of fairness: often, the dumbest things get attention.
· You may need to think on a simpler level in order to generate story ideas that will interest others
· PR is the opposite of substantive writing – but it is important – it’s the doorway you must enter to get to your reader

Explore The Extremes and Weave Them Into Your Book Or Media Pitches
· Make outrageous statements
· Unleash wild predictions
· Raise questions
· Insert gut-punching humor
· Express or appeal to emotions: Fear, Anger, Love, Hate
· Offer a confessional
· Reveal a truth
· Offer ways to help people – inspire, inform, enlighten them
· Play Paul Revere and issue a warning or offer prevention or a solution to some dilemma

As An Author You Are Also A Publicist
- Determine what you can give away to get what you want
- Brand beyond the book – brand yourself
- Promote to perceptions – appeal to what people believe
- Promote to assumptions – appeal to how they think
- Promote to appearances—appeal to what they see
- Befriend people with big mouths to get early buzz
- Viral videos – try to do a few but don’t expect a lot
- Networking – always
- Issue teasers with blog posts, a short story, or even a prior book
- Partner with other authors – other writers can help you greatly

Look At How You Are Packaged
Honestly Assess The Following About Yourself

· Physical Looks
· Clothes
· The Persona You Project
· Sound Of Your Voice
· Vocabulary Choice
· Energy Level

Other Factors To Ponder
· How would your book or life translate into press release speak?
· Do you have a sponsor – such as an organization or non-profit that is endorsing you?
· Do you have a co-author or collaborator that brings media savvy and mojo to the book?
· Do you have someone who can champion you?

What Else Can You Do?
· Promote your book way before it’s out
· Do something daily for your book publicity
· Meet deadlines and work in advance to handle potential setbacks
· Poll others to test out ideas
· Anticipate – don’t follow – trends
· Get used to talking about things in a way that is more hype than substance, more extreme than modest, more sensational and not so ordinary
· Copy what works for others – but only the important traits
· Get out of your head and step back so you get an honest perspective of your book
· Don’t let your ego get in the way
· Coincide your media pitches and efforts with upcoming events, holidays, anniversaries, honorary days, and timely news hooks

I Conclude With This:
I know you see yourself as a writer, first and foremost. And you should. But it is not a distinction exclusive of being other things. You are also a promoter.

Try the hat on, and get comfortable with it.

There is nothing more rewarding than writing a great book than to have a lot of readers and media attention. By actively promoting your work, you position yourself to break through the clutter and to be heard.

I wish you well in your journey.