Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Nora Weston: Authors Supporting Authors

Guardian 2632 by Nora Weston:


Zane Grayson, the most accomplished executive director Guardian TMF has ever seen, is breaking the law…his law against time surfing. Zane has the supreme power, in 2632, to decide which paradoxes in time need altered, or deleted, but he’s frustrated. Something, or someone, is missing from his life.

Time surfing in illegal time zones is the rush Zane can’t live without. As addictive as the Martian dust called kilred, time surfing becomes Zane’s obsession. And knowing full well if caught by the Elite Guardians, he’ll suffer an unwelcome death by Time Mercs, Zane still dives deep into trouble. Soon, he discovers a mission in 2035 left him trapped in a timehole. This timehole places him in Pittsburgh, PA in 1998, instead of home. In Pittsburgh, Zane strolls into a coffee shop to see the bewitching Julia Emerson. From that point on, his life spirals out of control as he fights to protect what he loves most.

It’s possible Zane’s future is no longer in 2632...but actually in 1998. Slip through time with Zane Grayson as Guardian 2632 reveals what he will sacrifice to save a life. 

Contest: Leave a comment to be entered to win the e-book version of Guardian 2632! Winner chosen randomly. 

Observations of an Almost Sane Lady

The world has shrunk. It’s so small there are practically no boundaries when it comes to communicating with people all over this beautiful blue orb. Night and day, Earth’s residents exist in a virtual world saturated with social networks like Twitter, Facebook, and Digg, plus cell phones should no longer be referred to as such because they are mini-computers that have successfully scrambled this woman’s mind. During Guardian 2632’s book tour, my Sci-Fi adventure/romance has enabled me to connect with people not only from the good-old USA, but England, Belgium, and the Netherlands. My previous website had visitors from all over Europe, and Seychelles...an island country with a cluster of 115 in the Indian Ocean, northeast of Madagascar. This blows my mind, especially because I grew up without cell phones, with no computer, and I remember as a child watching black and white TV.

Oddly enough, Zane Grayson, the executive director of Guardian TMF, which is a time monitoring facility in the year 2632, has everything a person could imagine as far as technology goes, but he discovers living in 1998 appeals to him as well. No way would I want to go backwards! However, what Zane craves the most about 1998 is the love of his life, Julia Emerson, not the lack of technology he must accept while visiting his gorgeous pastian.

This relates to authors and readers in a huge way! No matter how a book hits the market, authors should promote it due to the sheer number of books published annually. The Internet is a useful tool authors can utilize to introduce their books to the world, and readers can interact with their favorite authors like never before. So book lovers, enjoy what technology has to offer. Below, you’ll find what I’ve observed while blog hopping.

·    Use various sites to meet authors and promote your work like AZ Publishing Services, authors’ blogs, book review blogs, Goodreads, and Booklist Online.
·    Engage with authors and readers using Twitter, Facebook, and Digg...plus any of the other social networks that interest you, but keep in mind...you still need time to read and write!
·    Create your own blog to highlight your work, and let your personality shine through.
·    Sponsor giveaways using the Internet to stimulate interest in your book, which may lead to some reviews for your latest masterpiece.
·    This one is important! Read the work of other writers, and learn from them. It’s amazing the writing talent flowing like crazy worldwide, so why not chill out with a book written by a new author?
·    Gain experience by subbing short stories and poetry. Two of my favorite sites to find markets are Duotrope’s Digest and Ralan’s Webstravaganza.
·    Make sure to participate with your blog tour interviews by replying to your visitors in a timely manner.
·    Prizes are greatly appreciated by readers, and so much fun to do!
·    If you become a guest blogger, it’s nice to follow that blog, reciprocate links, and promote the guest appearance.

With that in mind, if you are participating in a book tour, or sponsoring a contest...I’d be more than happy to tweet about it! On Twitter, I’m almostsanelady. Simply email me, and I’ll post it.



Bio:
Nora Weston’s fiction and poetry slips in-between and all around science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Her publishing credits include the anthologies Mind Mutations, Cyber Pulp’s Halloween 3.0, and Dark Pleasures. Other venues in print and online include; The Hacker’s Source, The Dream People, Hoboeye, Abandoned Towers, Lost in the Dark, Sputnik 57, Soul Engravings, and Decompositions. Recently, Dark Gothic Resurrected Magazine, Worlds Within–Worlds Beyond, Trapeze Magazine, and Four and Twenty published her work. Melange Books has accepted The Twelfth Paladin for a May 2011 release. Nora has had the pleasure of reaching people through the airwaves on radio stations throughout the US, and episodes can be downloaded from Blog Talk Radio’s show Not Picture Perfect.

Thanks for visiting!

Book Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcCg1wY60YQ

Thursday, March 10, 2011

HD Hatcher: Authors Supporting Authors Tour Stop

Author's Supporting Authors Virtual Tour

HD Hatcher - Author of A Cold Dark Place

Writing for Charity
I recently had the honor of working with six amazingly talented authors on an anthology entitled, Unloved.

I was so moved by the stories in the news about young men and women committing suicide because they had been bullied to the point of hopelessness. I wanted to help but I had no idea what I could do. Grant you, I knew that I could easily donate money to a miscellaneous cause. However, this didn’t sit well with me.

Almost overnight, I had an idea. Why not write a book about bullying and donate all of the money to bully prevention programs.  I immediately contacted the publisher and asked them what they thought about the idea. Well, they loved the idea.

I knew that this task would be too daunting and time consuming for just one person to handle alone. I mean honestly, if you are anything like me, you have a fulltime job and it can take six or seven months to write a novel.

I racked my brain, and decided to enlist the help of some of the most talented people I know. (Davis, Omegia Keeys, Autumn Prince, Lisa Rusczyk, KJ Thompson, and Vogue) I used Facebook to contact them each individually, and then we created a group and listed it as “secret” so that we could work freely and keep the details of the project amongst ourselves.  The group was called, The Author Project.

The Author Project was just a generic name for what we were, and what we were doing.  We were authors and this was our project. The name, The Author Project was slated to go away when the project was complete. However, we decided that we liked the sound of  The Author Project, and kept it.

We didn’t even have a title for the story yet when we started this. The stories were originally supposed to be about bullying. The stories could be Happy, sad, good, bad, or indifferent; it didn’t matter.

As the stories started coming in for review, I noticed that some of the stories were not about bullying at all.  Some of the stories were about suicide as well. I was elated that these wonderful writers were taking the time to write from the heart, and not just what they were expected to write.

Everyone poured their heart and souls into Unloved. This is how I knew that we had something special. We all worked together as an amazing team, and I would not change a thing about the experience


Thursday, March 3, 2011

Book Tips & Bits for Marketing - March

Marketing Tips For Authors.....from Charles Burgess

author of Don't Say you do if you Don't 
Bee-Wildered
Ghetto Sopranos: Rise of the Family

Chocolate Rose

And the new book coming March 18th,
"Midnight Love"
The Key to selling, is marketing. We all know this, but what is the key to marketing. Marketing your book is marketing yourself. If you believe in what you've taken the time to write, then stand behind it. Family and friends are a good start. (List) while your book is in it's production stages. Make a list of all your family and friends with Names, Addresses, and phone numbers. People love to get things from people they know in the mail. Flyers or bookmarks are great to send out, about a week before your release. Then it gives you the outlet to call all these people on your mailing list. They will surely say, "Hey did your book come out?" and you can say, "Yes, I have your copy right here."
Book signings are great, and you can start with your list, but everyone you encounter, while you're writing is a good prospect to let them know your book is coming. Make sure you get their names and numbers along with email addresses to keep them aware. I love to do the book signings and I call them book events. Here I have food, and maybe a poet, or singer come out. Look for a person who is willing to help, maybe an aspiring author. There are a lot of aspiring great talent that would love to be put in front of a ready made audience and show their talents. This is great because you can advertise that you have entertainment and free food, this will draw more people to show up. Bookstores are okay. I just personally haven't had the greatest success with generating the type of crowd needed, but you want to do them even if only five people show, because that is five more books sold and five more people who know you now.
Posters. They are great. I hang them in every place I can. Poster with my book cover and release date, and you can get fancy with them and be creative. The more you make it look exciting the more curious people are.
Accessories. I once did my own bottle water which was a regular bottled water, but with my book label affixed to it. I also had a Rubik's cube designed, which is a six-sided operational Rubik's cube that contained my book covers. I'm going to try a new venture with the new release of Chocolate Rose, by producing a candy bar that will have the book cover as the wrapper and the author's name on the back as the ingredients. 
One other marketing tool that creates awareness is book trailers. You can send the link to people by copy and pasting and they love to view them. I'm also working to trying something new with this tool, moving to live book trailers using real actors. This should bring something different to my marketing efforts.
Remember, marketing is very important. If you don't market people you don't know, then they can't support you. It takes time, some get lucky with one book. It may take some authors ten books, but marketing keeps your book in people faces, which is a must.


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These books are also available on Kindle or all other reading devices or Smart phones. 
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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

PJ Hultstrand's Updated Event Schedule

Event Tour for PJ Hultstrand - author of Time Conquers All
MARCH LINE-UP:

WEDNESDAY MARCH 9TH 6:30PM -
CONNECTED IN EAST VALLEY FOR BUSINESS

SATURDAY MARCH 12TH - 11:45am - 1:15pm
TUCSON FESTIVAL OF BOOKS
BOOK SIGNING IN AUTHOR PAVILLION - east tent
http://www.tucsonfestivalofbooks.com/pavilion/list
SUNDAY MARCH 13TH - 3:15 - 4:45pm
TUCSON FESTIVAL OF BOOKS
BOOK SIGNING IN AUTHOR PAVILLION -
west tent
http://www.tucsonfestivalofbooks.com

YOB Fair - Your Own Business
552 N. 40th St. - Phoenix
Friday, March 18th8am - 4pm
LAUGHING MOON CONVENTION
APRIL 16TH; 11am - 11pm
http://underthelaughingmoon.blogspot.com/search/label/Adventures%20Under%20the%20Laughing%20Moon

Book Related Puzzles

FIND YOUR WAY AROUND THE TAJ MAHAL - FREE JIGSAW PUZZLE
http://www.puzzlehouse.com/_onlinepuzzles/jigsaw84.htm

HELP ASPEN FIND ALL THE PIECES OF HIS PICTURE - ENJOY THE FREE JIGSAW PUZZLE
http://www.puzzlehouse.com/_onlinepuzzles/jigsaw149.htm

For your enjoyment

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Authors Supporting Ai

Marian welcomes the release of her second book, My Father's Colors-The Drama-Filled Journey of Naya Monà Continues to online retailers, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble.com, Kindle and Nook. Be sure to get your copy today! It is sure to be another Best-Seller for the author as it takes you on the journey of four individuals that lead to one destination filled with betrayal, lies and shocking secrets.

Ready to Purchase Your Copy? Click Here


You Could Win a Free Signed Copy!
How? It's easy. Marian will be a guest blogger for some  of the most amazing blogs, such as this one.  Visit each blog, leave a comment and your name will be entered into a  drawing for one signed copy of my book. The person who has left the most comments (one per blog) will win.
Ready to win? Start with leaving a comment on this blog and then : Click Here .


My Flow
By Marian L. Thomas

Some ask how do I write
I say to them that I don’t write
My heart begins to sing
And my mind begins to breathe

When my pen stops
Then the words drop
Slipping off my chin
To create the poetry from within

It’s like a flow
A constant passion
That moves me to
Think, create and feel
It’s essence
It’s not sexy
Or rehearsed
Just a flow
Of the poetry from within

It’s a moment
Not of silence
But of inspiration
Desire and compassion
To create this poetry
This flow
Of the poetry from within

It’s not just smooth
But soothing
It’s not romance
But romantic
When I begin to flow
you can feel the poetry from within
It's no longer written
 what drops off my tongue
It's not even  poetic
It's My flow

About the Author:
Marian L. Thomas, reared in Chicago but lives with her biggest-supporterher husband and their spoiled but playful dog, Winston in Atlanta, Georgia. Her debut title, Color Me Jazzmyne, went on to become an Amazon Best-Seller and was ranked as one of the" Top 100 Books"-1st Qtr 2010 by the Sankofa Literary Society Review. 

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