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No Joke Multi-Author Giveaway-Win a Kindle Fire HD or $199!

No Joke – Win Big April Fools Giveaway Kindle Fire HD 7″ Giveaway The winner will have the option of receiving a 7″ Kindle Fire HD (US Only) Or $199 Amazon.com Gift Card (International) Or $199 in Paypal Cash (International) Sponsoring Authors The Breeders by Katie French “The Breeders is a YA dystopian read that’s as gritty and dark as the cover and title suggest. It takes a look at how society might devolve if females were commodities: bought, sold, stolen, and traded to keep the dwindling human race going. Frightening concept. I loved it.” –A.G. Henley, author of The …

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Thou Shalt Not Read Reviews of Your Own Book

Once upon a time I wrote because I found it relaxing. I enjoyed being able to escape into another world of my own making. It brought me great joy. I could write up to 14 hours a day, lost in a haze. I dreamed and daydreamed about my characters. I got inspired in the middle of the night, and didn’t mind typing notes into my phone so that I wouldn’t lose those thoughts. Then one day everything changed. I decided to publish my 4th novel I’d written. After writing for 6 months & editing for 6 months; shelving for even …

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daynight novella to be released April 22 (Earth Day)!

Exciting news! I will be releasing clean slate complex (a daynight novella) on April 22. This novella will explore what The Second Chance Institute is up to on Earth (surely nothing good). April 22 happens to be both Earth Day (so very appropriate) and the start of my next blog tour. I am very excited to share this next chapter of the daynight saga with you. arbitrate, book 2 in the daynight series, is still scheduled to be out by late summer, even if I must sacrifice sleep :).

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“Create for daynight” Contest: $100 Grand Prize!

I’m betting BIG that there are very creative people out there. I want to spice up the daynight forum on facebook (facebook.com/daynight.series), and have some great stuff to post on this site. So, I am asking you to think big and “Create for daynight.” Prizes: The top 20 entries will receive a daynight swag bag (full of goodies), and be entered into a public vote for the “Grand Prize.” The “Grand Prize” winner will receive a $100 Amazon.com gift certificate! All valid entries will be entered into a drawing for a $25 Amazon.com gift certificate. What to submit: Anything goes for …

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Anatomy of a Book Blast/Blog Tour and KDP Select “Freebie” Promo

*originally posted on my goodreads blog. I just finished up a big promotional push for daynight and thought I’d share my results with other authors looking to promote their books. I had a lot going on at once, so it will be difficult to pin down exactly where downloads, sales, twitter follows, goodreads adds, facebook likes, etc. came from, but the overall campaign was very effective. For reference: – My free days were January 21, 22 & 23 (I had used two days earlier in the 90 day period) – My book blast (organized by Book Blasts and Blog Tours) was January 21, purposely positioned …

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Advice for writers

1/4/14: A list of Author Resources (cover designers, editors, formatters, PR specialists, and bloggers) is available here. *originally posted on my goodreads blog This is post is for aspiring writers or current authors. I’m no expert, but I’ve been working around the clock to try to figure it all out. I’ve done a ton of research–particularly into promotional opportunities, and want to share what I’ve learned and hopefully save you some time (it was terribly tedious and I wouldn’t wish it upon anyone)! Feel free to comment with your own best practices or things that have worked and not worked. …

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My Favorite Books of 2012

*originally posted on my goodreads blog I read over 600 books in 2012. Here’s a list of the standouts for me. My reading process: – Pick one of my favorite books and look it up on Amazon – Check out the ‘customers also bought’ and glance at description and review rating and if it catches my interest, I download a sample. I always download the sample now (before I did this I ended up with some not-so-spectacular books). I often will download 5-10 samples at a time. – If I see something interesting in my Goodreads feed that someone I respect gave …

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The Controversy of Dystopias

*originally posted on my goodreads blog I’ve had a couple excellent critical reviews of my YA dystopian novel daynight recently that make me chuckle, and more importantly think about the controversies caused by dystopian novels (not just mine). Every time I see someone rant about The Hunger Games promoting violence, I think “Really? That was your takeaway?” But every reader will interpret a piece of writing differently, and the fact is that every opinion is valid. More than a few readers think that daynight should be renamed Cleaving or Hormones. I love the fact that the book is causing such …

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