Opportunities Galore!

Opportunities

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Okay, so there are only 2 opportunities, but that doesn’t sound as catchy. 😉

Many of you already know from my endless, shameless, self-promotion that I have a new Contemporary Paranormal Romance coming out on June 1st. Hearthstone Alpha is a full-length novel and is the first in my new Úlfrinn series about a unique kind of Wolf Shifter species created by Odin, himself.

If you like that kind of stuff or just want to promote supremely hot Scandinavian men who can shift into wolfies, then I have the materials link HERE for the Release Day Blitz being hosted by Goddess Fish Promotions.

My second opportunity is more of an idea in the making, so it will depend on the response on whether or not it becomes a regular thing (as I hope it will) – I want to interview your Heroes/Heroines! I know this is not a new thing by any stretch of the imagination, but I would like to have a monthly or bi-monthly character interview to help promote your books! Again, the frequency will depend on the response and I’m sure it will take some doing getting it up off the ground.

I am currently putting together an interview questionnaire for either Hero or Heroine and will leave it up to you writers on which character you’d like to see in the limelight. If you’re interested, just let me know in the comments. This will be for any romance genre and any relationship situation, M/F, M/M, F/F, Menage, etc. I am an equal opportunity interviewer. 🙂

Happy Sunday!

We’re in a Magazine!

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Yep, that’s Avarice up there in the top right hand corner! 🙂

In all honesty, I completely forgot that I had even submitted for this months ago, so it’s not really a surprise to me, but it’s still exciting to see the results at last!

Indie Authors Monthly is a brand new e-magazine and best of all it’s Free & chock full of Indie resources, helpful articles, author spotlights and yes… even AWESOME ads (like Avarice!) 😀

I was given this opportunity through the Goodreads support group: Navigating IndieWorld Discussing All Things Indie. This is truly an amazing and supportive group for Indies and they’re really open to collaborative blog events, self-promoting and their discussions are endlessly insightful! Plus, the atmosphere there is very friendly and welcoming. Best Selling Children’s Author, Carole Roman is one of the group mods and she is frequently offering amazing, can’t-find-anywhere-else promotional opportunities – Like stuffing your printed books into the swag bags at Hollywood Awards Shows and running ads on Podcast sites.

My books don’t qualify, even if they were in print, no S-E-X allowed in the grab bags!

If you’re not already a member, I highly recommend the NIW group and they have a new website where they advertise Indies with their own author pages, and love getting guest blog articles!

#AuthorsSupportingAuthors

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#FREE Read 💋 Avarice Unforgiving !

All this week you can get Avarice Unforgiving (Hell on Earth, Book 2) absolutely FREE on Amazon! Ends Friday April 28th!

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That’s Kami’s first instinct when shit gets a little too real for her peace of mind.
Kink was supposed to be an escape, a release, but her mysterious Dom robbed her of that and there’s no going back. Her job was supposed to be an accomplishment, a step forward, but Mr. Kress took that from her and twisted it to his own design.

They want her to submit.

If Kami had her way, they’d both be kissing her ass on her way out the door.
Now, there’s a new threat hanging over her head. An unknown enemy wants to expose all of Kami’s sordid, depraved secrets to the media. Little do they know, that even she has no clue who in the hell she really is…but someone does.

Someone who’s about to reveal an incomprehensible tale. A truth that will unravel Kami’s entire life at the seams. Everything she’s ever believed will be altered as she’s thrust into a world she’d never feared existed, and only one undeniable fact will ring through the loudest:
Running had never been an option.

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This is in celebration of the New Release of Avarice Unleashed (#3) coming this Sunday, April 30th, so if you haven’t started the Hell on Earth series yet, now’s your chance to get the first 2 books for the price of one – Only $1.99!

Happy Monday All!

🏵 Spring Book Festival 🏵

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Navigating Indieworld’s first annual Spring Book Festival kicks off today! This is a multi-genre event spanning Childrens, YA, Christian, Contemporary Romance, Horror, Mystery, Erotica, you name it. There is something for everyone and a lot of the books will be on sale or free.

Make sure to go check out this Indie Festival and find your new favorite author. There’s also a giveaway with $150 worth of prizes for multiple winners, so don’t miss out!

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Have you started my Hell on Earth series, yet? If not, Avarice (bk 1) will be 100% FREE on Amazon for this entire week (March 27-31). The 3rd and final book will be coming out on April 30th so get a jump start on where Kami’s crazy, sexy story begins now!

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Happy Reading!

 

 

#ReadWithMe ♥ Reading the Write Way

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Welcome back to another ‘Read With Me’ post for Ms. Felicia’s blog hop. If you’d like to link your post or blog to the list, just click on the banner above! This is in celebration of National Reading Month and will be happening all of March, so it’s not too late to hop in.

Read What You Write, Write What You Read

Let me tell you about an adventure I had with this #1 most common piece of writing advice…

When I switched from avid reader to reader/writer 10+ years ago, I didn’t even know ‘genre’ was a thing. Mostly, because I was absolutely clueless about marketing. In my last post, I mentioned that my first book idea was born when I was only 17, but not yet hatched. It festered in my mind for years, warping, evolving, maturing and expanding. One book idea spread into a series with its own maps and timeline, all centered around this singular world, plot, and set of characters.

This is how my brain (aka my muse) works. Simple is a foreign concept we cannot comprehend. It took me 5 years to finish my very first novel at over 150,000 words. As you can see, I was just as clueless about word count limits. It also happens to take place in the middle of my massive series, not the beginning – please refer back to my explanation of simple.

I would classify the book as Fiction-Fantasy. It’s not epic and probably breaks every fantasy genre rule ever created. I couldn’t get it off the ground to anyone. No one wanted this ‘pretending to be fantasy’ novel, not literary agents, publishers or e-pubs. In not so many words, my friend gave me the advice: Write what you read. It was probably more like: “I love Nora Roberts, you should write a book like hers!”

In a weird, roundabout and completely self-serving way, she was right. It had been years since I’d actually read a fantasy novel. During the 5 years I’d been trying to write fantasy, I’d only been reading romance, erotic romance, crime/mystery and Anne Rice (yes, she’s her own genre).

Call me an overachiever. My 2nd novel only took 2 months to write from start to finish at a little over 100k words. I had taken my friend’s advice – and that turned out to be a major problem. Remember all the genres I listed in the last paragraph? Yeah, well… they all ended up in the same book. I don’t think that’s what ‘write what you read’ is meant to accomplish.

I never sat down to write with a particular genre in mind, I just wrote what I’d been reading. It wasn’t until I was asked to label my book’s genre in the submission form to my publisher that I even considered it. And I floundered.

Um…. Can’t it just be a good book about people and stuff? Whatever happened to creative freedom?!

So, there I was with this novel that takes place in the near future with advanced technology and some space travel, told mostly from the male POV, whose female love interest is mute, explicit sex scenes and dark, gritty crimes that needed to be solved – and they want me to put a genre-specific label on it? 😐 I didn’t even know where to start!

Anyone perusing my collection of books would call me genre ignorant. A genre floozy, if you will. I am unbiased of genre – at least, I used to be a lot less biased. This was the first of many lessons in my professional writing journey. I ended up slapping a multi-genre label on it to satisfy the masses. The Zen Lounge is listed as a Futuristic Erotic Romance with Crime/Detective elements. But, that’s a freaking mouthful!

I learned my lesson, mostly. I’m a bit more conscientious about genres and ‘reading what I write’ rather than trying to write one book about everything I’ve ever read. We shall call this Reading the Write Way. Authors should be reading, at any rate. It’s a great way to expand your vocabulary, find inspiration and keep up with what’s already being done to avoid cliches.

Personally, I’d rather not to be known as a copycat or a Bandwagon writer. You won’t ever catch me referencing or comparing myself to the most popular authors or their books in my genre. I don’t want to be known as being “like [insert author name here].” Our greatest achievement should be when our work and therefore name, stands on its own merit, because it is that good and that loved by readers. However, there are ‘genre specific’ elements that readers expect to get and those are important to know. At the end of the day, we’re still running a business, and if we hope to succeed, then we need to be mindful of our demographics.

There are many authors who decide to write different genres, typically under different pen names, so readers won’t get an unpleasant surprise. This is a good approach and one that I might put to use someday by returning to my long ago attempt at Fiction-Fantasy. This time, I’ll make sure I spend a lot of time brushing up on my fantasy reading first!

I’ll likely keep reading other genres for the pure enjoyment of it, and have a variety on my TBR list. But, I’ve noticed that since I started writing Erotic Romance, that’s definitely the first genre to grab my attention while looking for new reading material. How about you?

Do you Read What You Write? Do you find yourself drawn more to your own genre, or away from it?

Sin With Me

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Do you want to Sin with me? Then make sure you sign up for the Avarice Unleashed Cover Reveal being hosted by Saints and Sinners books by clicking on this link here:

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March 15th is the date, but you don’t have to wait… If you’d like to be among the first to see the new cover in all its naughty glory, PLUS have the chance to win a free eBook or $10 Amazon Gift Card, then make sure to subscribe to my author newsletter today. Just click on the link in my sidebar over there —->

It won’t be the last exclusive sneak peek or giveaway, but newsletters will be going out on Monday, March 6th. Winners will be drawn the evening of the 15th and announced in the 16th newsletter. That gives everyone 10 whole days to have the chance to join in and win!

Keep your eyes peeled for the upcoming Tour Host link for the Release Day Blitz – it’s coming soon, I promise!

A Big THANK YOU & virtual hugs for all those who help share this event!