Friday, September 30, 2011

FREEBIE FRIDAY (Sep 30) #romance #mystery #freereads #fridayreads #weekendgoodreads @buttaflii @p_fenton @dannygillan @ruby_barnes

Welcome back! This week, we've got two repeats and a new arrival.

First up is a return from the Summer Winter Sale:  Samsara (approx. 95820 words) the Gothic Paranormal Romance from Sara E. Collins (@buttaflii).

Summer James knows how temporary life is, but she is about to discover that true love can transcend death when you find the one you are destined to be with forever. When Summer James accidentally stumbles into the arms of the enigmatic Boden Phelan on her twenty first birthday, she is unaware that their first meeting is in fact a reunion. Once the truth unfolds, her past life collides with her present one and Summer is forced to deal with a trail of consequences and doubts before she can begin her long awaited happily ever after.

NOTE: This book contains content that may not be suitable for young readers 17 and under.

To get this book free, use coupon code VT55L at checkout (coupon expires October 1, 2011)



Next up is newcomer Paul Fenton (@p_fenton) with his suspense mystery, Punchline (approx. 100459 words).

I have to say, from the description, I sense this is another one of those fun little Britishisms like some of the bites in Scots author Danny Gillan's Selection of Meats & Cheeses or Irish author Ruby Barnes's mystery suspense novel Peril, both of which I downloaded when they were free here on the blog and both of which I did actually enjoy reading. I've gotten myself a copy of this book to check out, too!


They say everyone has a novel in them. Luca Pope had five, until they were stolen. He sets out to track down and corner the plagiarists - if they'd just stay alive long enough to give him answers. Urged on by outrage and instability, Luca departs his career of salaried apathy to pursue the life which has been brazenly stolen from him: successful novelist … or failing that, serial killer.

NOTE: This book contains content that may not be suitable for young readers 17 and under.

To get this book free, use coupon code HU35T at checkout (coupon expires October 1, 2011)


The last entry this week is my very own Jewish Inspirational / Romantic Comedy, Coming Home (Dicky's Story), by Sarah R. Yoffa (@webbiegrl) which I decided to make FREE for the holidays--the Jewish holidays, or Haggim, which started with Rosh Hashanah on Wed, Sep. 28 and run through Simchat Torah on Fri, Oct. 21.

This is a limited edition cover (thank gawwwwd, huh?) because I hope to be done cartooning Dicky for the new cover artwork around the end of October--or just after this book comes off the holiday promo. If you'd like a copy of this original cover art autographed by me, please leave a comment on the Webbiegrrl Writer Facebook Page or tweet @webbiegrrl and I'll get in touch to arrange it.

They say when God closes a door, He opens a window, so what happens when it all comes crashing down on top of you?

Dicky's a Godless soul and he likes it that way. In the undergound world of The Colony, Dicky eeks out a living by stealing scraps and cheating the automated system. His lifestyle may not be ethical but even a Thief has morals, so when he sees a kid in trouble, instincts propel him into action. The Kid introduces Dicky to a world he never knew existed—and a woman he only imagined in his wildest dreams.

Leah hasn’t got much of a life in The Colony and conformance to the rules has never been her forte—as her family has pointed out every chance they get. Her only escape from the fault-finding has been helping to care for Itzick, the sole surviving son of an elderly couple. Itzick is far more than just the end of a family line. Leah is one of the few who know the Kid's true place in the world of The Colony.

When another cave-in brings the world crashing down and Leah’s own brother disowns her in the middle of the chaos, she finally decides she’s had enough. Better to die free than live enslaved, but she can’t leave without knowing Itzick is safe. The Kid’s been taken in by a Thief, so Leah must enter a world she’d only seen from a distance and, to come out again, not lose her heart to a lost soul named Dicky.

NOTE: This book contains content that may not be suitable for young readers 17 and under (including sexually explicit themes and graphic sexual descriptions).

This book is priced FREE (until October 21, 2011) so no coupon will be required.


What's Next....
Please remember to say thank you to the authors by tweeting at them or leaving a comment on their book's page even if you don't want to leave a review. The acknowledgement of the free gift will mean a lot!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

TUES TIP Twitter Basics - Revisited (6 Ways to Play Nice with the Bots)

Throughout the Twitter Series, I've done a lot of chatting about how to get set up effectively in Twitter from the 3 basic tools necessary for minimal communication to how to present your authentic self and how to manage your community. I went over how to consistently brand your tweets using what I call "purposeful tweets" rather than sheer promotional salestalk fed into your Twitterstream.

Now that I've started moving into automation tool discussions, I realize that some of my earlier comments might be breezed past by some of you, thinking that this or that doesn't apply to you--and you'd be wrong! Whether you use the automation tools or not, there a lot of other tweeps using bots and you need to present yourself to the bots as much as to the real people.

So today, I'm going to review 6 basics points and illustrate how bots and other automation tools might see you if you don't pay close attention to the details. The devil's always in the details, isn't it?

Monday, September 26, 2011

Coming Home (Dicky's Story) Coming Soon!

I've decided to put my Jewish Inspirational (and Romantic Comedy) Coming Home (Dicky's Story) on a special FREE OFFER to celebrate the start of the Jewish High Holy Day season, or the Haggim (hah-GEEM) as we call the 3-1/2 weeks of non-stop holidays (and holy days).

The Haggim start with Rosh HaShanah (roe-sh hah-shah-NAH) this Wednesday night through Friday and then nine (9) "awe-full" days later, continue with Yom HaKippurim (Yohm hah-KEE-pour-reem) and then move onto Sukkot (sue-COAT) and finally end (which point is highly debated) on Simchat Torah (sim-CHAHt TOE-rah) on Friday, October 21st. It's a LOT of holidays. Trust me, religious Jews are intensely busy these next 25 or so days. To say 'tis the season would be an understatement.

Simchat Torah is, by the way, the "new year" for the Torah--or when we "rewind" the Torah scrolls and begin reading them again from the start. Actually, we end with the last section and read NON-STOP (preferably without even taking a breath between words) to the first words of the first chapter of the Book of Genesis. It's kind of a big deal ^_^ The religious, right-wingers up in New York will be dancing in the streets celebrating Simchat Torah and the fact that Hashem cherished us enough to give us the gift of His Laws and guidance and to choose us as His people.

Now if only we would choose Him back, eh? And that's Dicky's Story. One very secular man's journey to the point where he decides to choose to be chosen. A little. Click through the jump-break for all the deets on this free offer.

MONDAY MARKETING The Law of the Mind + Perception is Everything #positioning #marketing #branding #indie #pubtip

Previously, we discussed the first two immutable laws of marketing from the Al Ries/Jack Trout bible, The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing. Law 1 told us to be first in our field and Law 2 said to create a new field and be first in it if the first spot in our existing field of choice is already taken.

Following on the heels of this concept is the third law, which says It is better to be first in the mind than to be first in the marketplace. Wait, what? Yeah, that doesn't sound right but it is. The closing of a sale takes place in a customer's mind, not out in the marketplace among the competition.

It really doesn't matter in a critical way whether you're #1 or #2 if you're first in a customer's (prospect's) mind. For us Indie Authors, this feels wrong. We all want to be #1 on the very top of the Bestseller's lists. We think that's the apex of success, but it's not necessarily. If you want to write and sell more than one book for more than one week (or one day) then you need to understand that the "Top 100" are all potential "#1" spots.


What matters is what your readers see in their minds as the "best" choice, not what Amazon or the New York Times or any other "list maker" claims is the best. Capture the reader's mind's eye and you have captured the sale.

That's the 4th Immutable Law of Marketing: Marketing is not a battle of products, but one of perception. This is another one of those subtle differences between two seemingly identical points. You may or may not be the best. You may or may not be the first. You simply need to be perceived as such by your prospects and you will have won the battle for their mind.

Now the hard part to accept: You cannot change someone's mind. They will perceive whatever idea they have entrenched in their mind. You can persuade them to change their mind themselves but it's easier to simply appear, fully-formed, in their minds, displacing what was there. Blast it away, as though you're carrying out a demolition and construct your new idea in its place. The trick is to do so in a single blow.

You cannot change their thoughts for them. No matter how much money or time or energy you throw at it, the marketing problem remains that the person must make the choice to change their own mind for themselves. You need to give them the reason why they should bother. It's a motivational question, not a sales question. This is the subtle point that marketers have struggled with for years.

Prospects see and hear -- and reject -- new ideas all day, every day. Why do we reject some and accept (even embrace!) others? Perception. One idea is perceived as stupid or ridiculous or pointless while another is perceived as holding great promise for...something the prospect wants. The things may all be identical. It's how they are presented that differs. In 2011, most of us have heard the expression Ries made famous, Perception is everything. But do you know what that means? Why it's true? Let me quote from the book (3rd Law):


If you want to make a big impression on another person, you cannot slowly worm your way into their mind then slowly build up a favorable opinion over a period of time. You have to blast your way in [overnight].


This sounds counter-intuitive for an author, but think about it. The most popular authors who remain in dominant positions in the market today, blasted their way into the public consciousness as "overnight sensations" years ago. They didn't slowly acquire market share; they broke out from the pack from what appears to have been Day One.

I've mentioned the concept of the "breakout novel" before and I confess, I'm still struggling to get through the buzzword-heavy salespeak in Maas's book so that I can find the "meat." This is one of the biggest differences between the Ries/Trout books and other marketing books. Ries/Trout cut to the chase right away. They blast through all the hype and just deliver the message.

That's what we need to do as Indie Authors. Come up with a unique and special way to describe your particular style of writing and focus on entrenching that idea in the minds of your prospective readers. Don't worry about all of the other things you "should" be doing unless or until you've captured the minds of your readers.

Once you have a firm and unique position in their minds, it's up to your book's story to hold it.  Assuming you deliver on the promise of your unique and special snowflake, your position is yours for the life of the prospect's mind. Unless or until you start delivering (publishing) books that deviate from your promise, you'll be first in their mind whenever they want what you are selling.

The key isn't the selling. The key is defining what you're selling - and doing so in the prospect's mind. And that's going to lead well into Law 5: Focus (The most powerful concept in marketing is to own a single word in a prospect's mind.) which I'll discuss next Monday.


What's Next....

I guess I've already told you what's next in this Monday Marketing series. Tomorrow on the Tuesday Tip I'm still discussing Twitter but I'm going to back up a second and review the Basics before I delve into automationi tools, starting next week.


Coming on Friday, of course, we have 3 more freebies to offer so be sure to stop back for a look.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

SAT SURPRISE Snippet from #Banbha Book 2 (Lacey/Rainey Story) #romantic #suspense #thriller

Today I'm snippeting part of a chapter from around the middle of the Lacey / Rainey Story which I'm officially dubbing Book 2 of the Banbha Series. This book is currently scheduled for completion and release in 2012.

I've been playing with titles for the books in this series. Yes, again. I've been down this path before but I normally don't pick a title until the book is 100% complete, then I (usually) choose something relevant to the core of the story, the theme or the meta-arc.

For Ze'evi + Mags (Book 1) I'm thinking Banbha: New Beginnings to End. Their stories and the subplots extraneous to Ze'evi and Mags are all about new beginnings needing to be resolved or established. For Lacey / Rainey (Book 2) I'm thinking Banbha: New Deaths to Live. There's a lot of killing in their book, all of which they survive and "live through" because they're both professional killers by trade (duh). I nearly went with A New Life to Live but OMG that sounds like an old soap opera, doesn't it? *bzzt*

I'm not in a hurry on the titles as I have 6 mos or more before I'm even close to needing one, but I'd love to know what you think, especially if you've been following along for a while and heard some of the earlier titles (yes, I'm speaking to the 39 Barflies currently redshirted in this series!)

In the below scene, Rainey (Charles Rainford, "Charlie" to his friends/employees but he thinks of himself as "Rainey" as it's a nickname Lacey gave him years ago) is going to meet a woman named Katerina Sergeyevna Radovas, or Krazy Kate as Rainey likes to call her. She will earn that nickname shortly after this scene, when she tortures Rainey for...no good reason.

It is as a result of this scene's "distraction" that Rainey misses his critical meeting with Radovas in Prague and ends up in the Sofia warehouse to be picked apart, piece by piece, but I think you'll agree with Rainey that the distraction (later called Anastasia) is worth it.

As always with pre-publication snippets, this is an unedited draft which may or may not ever show up in the book. The characterizations are true to form, as my characters are the first things that come to me. What usually changes is just the details about the story or setting. There may be typos, missing or wrong words so read at your own risk! Also, since I copy/pasted directly from MS Word into Blogger's "Compose" screen, there may be formatting issues that are hinky.  On the other hand, it's free!

Click through the jump to start reading the snippet.

Friday, September 23, 2011

FREEBIE FRIDAY (Sep 23) #SciFi #Detective #Paranormal #RomanticSuspense

Welcome back to Freebie Friday! Today I have 3 new reads from 3 new Indie Authors and other than Simon's lighthearted short (first up) I think there's a preponderance of terror this weekend. It's not even October yet! Just imagine how the horror will abound as Halloween approaches.

As always, I have not read any of these books but I encourage you to have a look and let the authors know what you think--especially if you like their work. Your comments will encourage them to write more!

If the author has a Twitter account, I've noted their Twitter ID after their name. Tweet them a thank you for the free gift even if you don't want to write a review. Just the personal acknowledgement from a new reader will (guaranteed) make them smile--and it costs you nothing. Plus you still get the book for free! ^_^


First up is Jones and the Mammoths (approx. 5918 words) a short science fiction story by Simon Poore (@simonpoore).

Jones is marooned when his ship crashes. He has no idea where he is or how he'll survive. Katie is an archaeologist investigating a spectacular find in an English forest. How are these two characters from very different worlds linked? How will the majestic mammoths bring them together? Read on to find out! Then check for more Jones stories at Smashwords.

This book is currently priced at FREE so no coupon is required.



Next is a hard-boiled detective story, Case Files of Newport Investigations: Case File:Bright Sun (approx. 74445 words) by Pat Price (not on Twitter).

This story could have been taken from today's headlines featuring terrorists, nuclear weapons and a deadline that is rapidly approaching. This is Book 2 of Case Files of Newport Investigations and finds our two Newport Beach detectives in a race to find nuclear weapons constructed from stolen nuclear fuel. Add in a homegrown radical group determined to deliver a blow to the government and these gumshoes have their work cut out for them!

To get this book free, use coupon code FE79L at checkout.
(Coupon valid Friday, Sep. 23, 2011 only)



The terrorist theme continues with our last freebie for today--and I swear I didn't plan this. It's just how the books came into the submissions thread! Callout (approx. 71377 words), a paranormal romance by L. B. Clark (@clarklb), is Book One of the Jukebox Heroes series.


A phone call from her best friend’s boyfriend pulls Elizabeth Morgan into a situation she could never have imagined. The world as she knows it changes in the blink of an eye when she finds herself facing a world where terrorists can sling magic as well as bullets, everyone is both more and less than they seem, and even her own thoughts and feelings are suspect.

To get this book free, use coupon code RR29L at checkout.
(Coupon valid through Monday, Sep. 26, 2011)

Just discovered that LB Clark is interviewed elsewhere in the blogosphere today - I'd had no idea! You can learn more about the author at Melissa Garrett's blog by clicking here.


What's Next....

Tomorrow's another Saturday Surprise but I won't be snippeting from the SciFi series this time. I really need to get some of the edits finalized in the earlier chapters so I'll be sharing some of Webbiegrrl's Writings instead--for a change! *haha*

Tomorrow's snippet will be a chapter from around the middle of the Lacey / Rainey Story which I'm officially dubbing Book 2 of the Banbha Series, though it might be Book 3. Won't know where it falls into the series until I map out Ze'evi + Mags and the other related books. There are way more than 3 in Banbha Series (maybe 7 or 8!) All I know for sure is that Ze'evi's comes before Rainey's because Rainey hooks up with someone else (not Lacey) in Ze'evi's and it is Ze'evi who mends his friend's broken heart--by sending him off to a deserted island to set up the Consortium that Rainey is running on the island in his book (and tomorrow's snippet). Leave it to Zachary "Ze'evi" Levinson to "solve" a problem by isolating the man. Yeah, Ze'evi's always the Pragmatist.

Coming up on Monday's Marketing, I'll be looking at Ries & Trout's 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing again. Law 3: The Law of the Mind. Be sure to stop back!

Shabbat Shalom l'kulam!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

TUES TOOL TIP #Hootsuite Fly-Through (even @ChrisBrogan's a Convert!)

Over the course of several Tuesday Tips, I've been adding to my Twitter Series, but one thing I've avoided is getting into advising you on the specific tools to use--or how to use them. I've been talking about you, the Tweep behind the tweets, and letting you figure out the tool of choice for your specific personal style (and hardware).

Today I'm going to break from that "hands off" policy and strongly endorse  Hootsuite as a tool of choice. TweetDeck is a nice tool which I did try out, briefly, but now that it is fully-integrated into Twitter (essentially, the "new Twitter" is TweetDeck or vice a versa) the versatility factor of TweetDeck's gone way down. Hootsuite, is just a better tool for me, as an Indie Author, especially given that I'm trying to build a readership and following as a public figure. It lets me do what I think an Indie Author should be doing: providing my readers with branded content in an organized (read: scheduled and automated) fashion while still facilitating my ability to engage with readers directly.

Monday, September 19, 2011

MON MARKETING First Law: Be First--Not Just Number One #marketing #branding @lauraries @JackTrout #myWANA #WITS

Over the past several weeks' worth of Monday Marketing articles, I've been discussing Branding as the concept applies to Indie Authors, specifically. I keep name-dropping the backbone of the industry (IMO anyway), Al Ries and his co-author of the "Bibles" that built the industry, Jack Trout.

Two weeks ago, I recommended you buy yourself a copy of the best little book ever written on Marketing, The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing. Did you? It's only a 1/4" thick paperback so if you did, by now, you should have read through the whole thing. You might have felt all fired up by the inspiring words, but then deflated, thinking, "That's for people selling things. I'm selling books. It's different." I'm here to tell you, No, it's not.

As an Indie Author, you are selling an idea, just like everyone else. You are positioning yourself in your reader's minds as the solution to their craving, just like Starbucks, McDonalds and [insert your favorite chocolate maker here]. In fact, because you're Indie YOU are in charge of all of your marketing. Then again, YOU are responsible for doing it all, too. It's not hard. Learn it, understand it, breathe it, become it. What is it? It is the secret to your success. It is understanding who you are because you are your brand. For an Indie Author, unlike other widget-makers, your position in the reader's mind, is who you are. To those paying customers, anyway, you are your Company.

The first thing to understand about the 22 Immutable Laws is that they do all apply to every single business model out there. They might not all be as easily adapted to book-selling as they are to selling other widgets or craving-satisfiers like a Big Mac or half-caff latte, but your indie books can be sold and marketed just like everything else out there. You are what has to be adapted.

Stop being an author for a second and become your Company's Marketing guru. Then throw away all of that advice you've been getting from publishing "experts" and think outside the publishing "box" to open your mind to the marketing world. Don't run with the rest of the millions of wannabe Indie Authors. Be part of my blizzard of unique and special snowflakes.

Starting today, and spanning the next several weeks (or months through the end of the year), I'm going to discuss the 22 Immutable Laws, one or two at a time, and relate them to how an Indie author can use these fundamental concepts to successfully self-market your way onto a bestseller's list. Click through the jump to see how the first two immutable laws apply to Indie Authors.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Submissions for Freebie Friday (30 Sep) #writing #indie #pubtip #myWANA #WITS

The point of the Friday feature is to get the Indie Authors featured some exposure to new readers (and to get my readers some free stuff they'll enjoy reading).

I am already pre-booked for Friday 23 Sep 11 and have someone already ahead of schedule for the #1 spot on Friday, 30 Sep 2011. Since I only feature 3 books each week, and it's a first come, first serve basis, that means there are only 2 spots left for Sep 30th. Please take a look at the comments in place before you and know that your spot in the comment queue is your spot on the feature list. After the Sep 30th feature is full, I'll definitely start booking the Oct 7th feature so feel free to comment here even if it's 2 weeks out. Your coupon codes won't be due until (at the latest) 1700 hrs ET the Thursday before your featured date.

Also, until I reply with a comment using my Heidi Klum voice (like from Project Runway, where she tells contestants, "You are IN. You may leave the runway.") you are submitted but not yet "in" the feature. I'll review your submission, test-click your link and then post a comment and try to note your position/date.

I try to check comments once a day so give me at least 24 hours (and be sure to tick the checkbox to "send followup comments to your email" or whatever it says to subscribe to the comments. If I need more information and you aren't answering but someone else submits a complete entry, they are in before you. It's not that hard. Honest!


Sounds great! How do I join?

If you're a reader, come back Friday and choose the free eBook you want to read. Use the coupon code on Friday's post at checkout to get it at Zero Dollars ($0.00)

If you're an Indie Author, you'll need to have an English-language book that is on a web site and/or can be downloaded in multiple formats. I won't specify formats, but I highly suggest a minimum of Kindle (MOBI) and Nook/Apple (EPUB) formats, as those 2 file formats alone will saturate 90% or more of the market. The book needs to be priced at "free" or be made free for a day on Friday for the feature or for any length of time that includes the Friday you're being featured. Smashwords coupons are great. If you want to generate the coupon in advance but not place it on the blog, that's fine. Follow @webbiegrrl on Twitter and then you can DM me the coupon code -- wait until I've told you you're IN though.

SAT SURPRISE Lacey's Tiny Little Killers (Deleted Scene)

Yep, surprise!! Got another snippet for you today. I'll be sampling this tomorrow for #SampleSunday and figured it'd be easier to post here than behind the firewall that is my now-defunct, friends-only LiveJournal space.

I had kind of hoped to snippet the scene from the airplane, which I could have sworn I'd already uploaded here but I guess not. Instead, I located one of the older, now-deleted scenes I cranked out and trashed when I was searching for the opener (the dream where she shoots him--again--is the current and definite opener).

This deleted scene is definitely deleted from the new version of the Lacey / Rainey Story. The plot and action of this scene is entirely gone--the scene had opened with a bomb going off and Rainey was reciting the press releases which claimed that Charles Rainford, CEO of Empire Security, was not available for comment--and this, after Rainey had paid good money for coverage of the bombing he'd staged. He even made a comment about a bit of Al Qaeda Press Envy :-)

I've decided all of this stuff is entirely inappropriate to the story I want to tell with the L&R book but these characterizations are spot-on. Rainey is less changed in the new version than Lacey. She'll lose a tiny bit of her psychotic break and "edge" but not all of the PTSD-induced psychosis can go away. It's just not possible for a human being to spend an entire lifetime hunting other humans and not be a little psychotic for it. Lacey finds her solace in her OCD-like reloading. Her SIG/Sauer 3000 sniper rifle requires her perfectly balanced little loads.

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He had to unclench his teeth to answer her and spat out, "Yes, I remember this discussion. We needn't have it again." He frowned at his toes. What had he said to piss her off like this? He was just trying to flirt. It was his birthday for God's sake. Wasn't she interested in flirting anymore? Most women complained about a man who stopped bothering after the first year.

No woman in her right mind would tell a man to go visit a whorehouse on his birthday unless she was trying to get rid of him. No, he wouldn't accept that explanation. She probably didn't even remember it was his bloody birthday. No one else had. Except Tony and he doesn't count. The man probably has a computer chip embedded in his brain to remind him of such things.
"Don't worry, luv." His tone was sharper than he'd intended. "I've booked the Presidential Suite at The Bristol, and I intend to use it. I don't need to stay at your flat, but I'll bloody well be seeing you tonight. We're having dinner, Lacey, and afterwards we're having...dessert. Wear something appropriate."

Without waiting for an answer, he punched to close the phone connection, then tossed the brick-sized secure phone across the aisle into an empty seat. He reclined his seat and watched the sunrise slowly color the sky outside the window.  A hundred thoughts ran through his head, a hundred things he needed to get done before they landed. He ignored it all, let his mind drift. Most of all, he ignored the sick feeling in his gut, the weight on his chest, the struggle in his throat.

She really knew how to push his buttons. She couldn't have been serious, telling him to go spend his birthday in Amsterdam. Joking or serious, it didn't matter anymore. He'd had enough. He didn't need to feel like this. No matter what the fucking news reports said, Lacey Townsend had better grasp this newsflash. Charles Rainford was available, and for more than a bloody fucking comment.

#

Lacey jiggled the button on her telephone receiver and stared in disbelief when the dial tone resumed. He'd hung up on her. Rainey had actually hung up on her. The nerve of the man! 

She settled the receiver back into place and straightened out the sheets with quick, sharp jabs. The situation with Rainey was completely out of control. He was completely out of control. He was insinuating himself into her life. Why, he'd practically moved himself into her flat over the winter. She'd found his little things left behind everywhere, in every room, like a dog marking territory. It had to stop. 

She couldn't afford to permit that kind of invasion. He couldn't afford to risk it either, even for his birthday. That had to be it, she realized. He was turning forty today. She wouldn't make a big deal of it, wouldn't give him that much acknowledgement or he'd take it to mean something, like he had when she'd arranged a cake to be served at the restaurant where they'd celebrated his birthday last year. God, she'd never do that again! The man blew everything out of proportion. He was getting dangerously close to being half of a couple with her, which meant she was half of a couple and that just wouldn't do.

She let her head sink back into the pillow but couldn't calm down again after that phone call. She was just considering turning on the light and getting up when the phone rang. Assuming it was Rainey, dutifully calling back to apologize, she reached over in the dark and answered impatiently.

"Did you change your mind again?"

The voice on the other end slithered into her ear, "I'll never change my mind about you, Baby."

She jerked the receiver away as though it had burned her and felt her heart racing as she shot up, fumbled for the light switch.

"Roger. What do you want? Why are you calling at this hour? It's..." She checked the little clock and, belatedly, the display on the phone. Roger Townsend's Seattle office. "It's the middle of the night there, isn't it?"

"Yeah, but I couldn't sleep, Baby. I couldn't stop thinking of you. I want you to come home, Lacey. I need you here."

"I told you not to call me again. I'll let you know when I'm done in Wales."

"I'm not calling about the goddam job in Wales," he snapped at her, "But since you bring it up, have you even spoken to MacCallum yet? Have you done anything I asked for that job?"

"Mac--" She shook her head, trying to place the name, then remembered. Her spotter, the man Roger had arranged for her to use on the Erbistock job, one of his own men, someone she'd never met. "Only by email. I've left him voicemail, he's done the same. I'll arrange to meet him when I'm ready, but I can't work like this, Roger. Just leave me alone and let me do the job my own way. I always get the job done, don't I?"

"Who were you talking to?"

"What?" The change in direction threw her.

"Baby, your line was busy for more than twenty minutes. If it wasn't MacCallum, then who was it? Rainford? Again?"

He said Rainey's name with such venom and certainty, she had to wonder, had it been him making that clicking sound on the line that she'd heard? She felt the burning sickness rising up her chest, threatening to close her throat. She realized she was breathing heavily and shifted the phone's receiver to take in and let out one deep calming breath.

Evenly, she told him, "Stop calling me Baby, and just--stop calling me, Roger. Who I talk to on my own phone is none of your bloody business. Stop checking up on me. You have no right anymore. We discussed this."

"I know you're still angry, Lacey, but we can work this out. Come back to Seattle." He paused. She waited. He offered her a carrot. "Bob Cruze was just asking about you yesterday. He's starting a new job for me and wanted you to help him out. So do I. Come back to the States and work with Bob Cruze. It'll be fun. I'll get someone else to cover Wales."

"Bob'll survive without me, as will you. I live in Paris now, Roger. I'm never coming back, ever, and the Erbistock job is mine. We agreed that--we agreed this is the last job I'll be doing for you. This...pays my debt in full."

"You know you miss me, Baby." She could hear the anger in his voice now. He was trying to suppress the hiss but it was there, in an undertone. "You belong to me, Lazy Girl, you always have. I know you're just angry about how things went last month. I'll make it up to you when you come back. I've got your room all fixed up again. It'll be just like old times."

Her hand was shaking, she realized when the phone banged  against her chin. She clamped down on the rage, the fear, the sick feeling in her throat. She ignored the flashes of images that ran across her mind, the broken furniture, the shattered window glass flying, the blood trickling down her legs. He'd never touch her again, never be in the same room with her again unless the muzzle of her SIG was pointed at his head. She'd sworn that to herself. She would keep that promise.

"No, Roger. Leave me alone or I'll--just leave me alone, Roger. For your own good."

She heard the wavering conviction in her voice and slammed the phone down. She half expected it to ring again right away. She folded her knees up, wrapped her arms around them, hugging herself, trying to calm down.

When the phone rang again, she wasn't surprised to see Roger's name in the display. She closed her eyes against Roger's call, rocking herself gently against the demanding ring. She put her hands up over her face and let the sobbing shake her body, but it was silent sobs. She wouldn't make a sound. He'd know if she cried.

Even half a world away, he'd sense it. She was certain, from where he sat in Seattle, Roger Townsend would know she sat here in Paris crying under his grip on her soul. He'd had a hold on her soul since she was barely six years old, but she was thirty now. She wasn't a child who had to sit still for this anymore. She'd had enough. She wouldn't be his prisoner again. She could fight back now.

She threw back the sheets and walked naked into the next room, her work room, with a fire in her eyes that lit up the view despite the faint pre-dawn light barely seeping in through the drawn curtains. 

Lifting one of the cases of ammunition from a stack against the wall, she knew what would calm her nerves. She'd spend the day reloading. That always worked and then, tonight, she'd be safe with Rainey. He might be annoying, but he'd be safe.

He'd distract her with his demands for her attention, filling her time, her thoughts, filling her with his heat, burning off the bone-deep coldness in her now. Rainey would take control, demand it, like he always did, relieving her of responsibility for making decisions for a few hours. She could surrender to him and not lose herself the way she did with Roger. She would be safe with Rainey, at least for a while.

She sat down with the case of ammo in her lap and started unpacking the bullets, one by one, onto the work table, ignoring the fact her shaking fingers kept knocking them over as she tried to line them up in straight organized little lines. She resolved to just swallow her pride and invite Rainey to stay at her flat after all, let him invade her life again.

Not completely, of course, not like over the winter. She couldn't let him get the wrong idea. It had taken too much effort to get Rainey to back off again but not leave her completely. She needed him in her own way, just in smaller doses than he seemed to want to inflict on her. She didn't know what she'd do if Rainey decided that he'd had enough of her, and wanted to call it quits for good. She needed to keep Rainey around until after she left for Wales, until she'd finished with Roger, once and for all. Then she wouldn't need Rainey in her life to keep Roger at bay. Until then, however, he was her deterrent. Rainey was an obstacle even Roger couldn't get around. After Wales, once she was free...

She sat back and looked at the pointy little projectiles on the table. What was she thinking? She'd never be free, not while Roger lived but she'd figure something out. She was never going back to him. Never. She sat in the dead silence of early morning and arranged the rest of the box of bullets into rows onto the work table, one soldierly little killer after another. Maybe one day, she'd be ready to deliver one these little warriors to Roger Townsend. One bullet, one kill, to paraphrase the sniper's code.

She held up one of the little lethal killers to look at the markings. Maybe this would be the one that killed her. No, not her, Roger, she corrected herself. She'd feed one to Roger, not herself. It's what she did for a living, after all, hunting humans, snuffing out their mortal existence. He's just one man and she had so many, many bullets. One of them must be his. She just had to figure out which one it was. She picked up another and searched its markings for a clue to its destiny.

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Ehhh, yeah, Lacey's just a wee little bit "off"   ^_^

#SciFi SAT SURPRISE #Snippet SPOILERS AHEAD Meet the 7 Chiefs #thriller #mystery #SF #worldbuilders

It's SciFi Saturday and not much of a surprise. In my other life as "Friday" or "Marjorie F. Baldwin" (@phoenicianbooks) I've been editing like mad all week. Today, I'm sharing a chapter titled "the seven chiefs" which is from Conditioned Response, Book 2 of The Phoenician Series, my SF Technothrillers which I've been working on editing using the Harper Collins site, Authonomy. If you can give your support, I'm definitely looking for some more comments on the book and/or some "backings" on Authonomy. (See the end of yesterday's post for an explanation of what it means to "back" a book there.)

I'm not sure why but I've been going so fast and furious this week, but I churned out new material--which occurs out at the 75% mark of the book. Oops. Since July, I've been uploading chapters as I edit them and got to about the 40% mark with the uploads, but I don't want to upload chapters out of order, even though I usually work out of order.

My regular readers will know, I never ever do anything "in order." It's just not my Webbiegrrl Way. I am a blizzard, not an orderly row of snowflakes. Hence, I'm snippeting here to make unwanted spoilers less likely. If you don't care about spoilers and just want to read for the fun of it, this is a pretty darn good chapter if I do say so myself!

I've got a major plotting event occurring in the chapter titled "the trigger" which comes 2 chapters after this one (about 10,000 words after this) and I'd planned to stop uploading/sharing/snippeting after that climax comes and dies down (double or triple entendre intended). The book will be nearly done by the time "the trigger" is uploaded to Authonomy anyway.

I don't regret doing this week's new content ahead of schedule--it was about 25,000 words worth with about 15,000 of it on Tuesday! Don't even ask me how I cranked all that out on Monday and Tuesday but this is what happens when I'm allowed to write and not have to go to some stupid low-wage day job (like I'm doing tomorrow). If I could just sit here and crank out words, I could have this sucker done before Thanksgiving! As it is, I'm worrying if I can get it done in January or February of 2012.

If you're someone who prefers to read the whole book at once, and not see anything before then, stop reading now or click through to Authonomy to read from the beginning straight through. You can read there free of charge there, but you have to register with the Harper Collins site if you want to leave me a comment or "back" the book. (See the end of yesterday's post for an explanation of what it means to "back" a book on Authonomy.)

For those of you who need it, here, I'll put in a jump break to help protect your virgin eyes from my evil spoilers. ^_^ For those of you who are reader sluts, who love spoilers or who just like reading eARCs, click on through.

Friday, September 16, 2011

FREEBIE FRIDAY (16 Sep) #fridayreads #weekendgoodreads @MildaHarris @annie_oldham #ya #fantasy #scifi #mystery

It's a Young Adult trio this week! First up is a double-play by Milda Harris (@MildaHarris). She has 2 YA crime-mystery novels to offer you. Look out Nancy Drew, Kait Lenox is here!

Adventures In Funeral Crashing (approx. 54539 words) is Book 1 in the series.

Sixteen year old Kait Lenox has a reputation as the weird girl in school, mostly because of her ex-best friend turned mean popular girl, Ariel, but maybe it has a little to do with the fact that Kait has a hobby crashing funerals.

At one of these, Kait is outted by the most popular guy in school, Ethan Ripley, for whom she's got a full-on crush. Gratefully, instead of humiliating her for all the world to see, Ethan asks for Kait's help, and she finds herself entangled in a murder mystery. Not only is the thrill of the mystery exciting, but more importantly, now Ethan knows her name! A little sleuthing is well worth that!

To get this book for free, use coupon code QV43S at checkout.
(Coupon valid through Sep 30, 2011)



Book 2 of the series, The New Girl Who Found A Dead Body (approx. 57794 words) finds Chloe excited about spending her senior year of high school in California with her friend Jake's family. Even the usual dread of being the new girl can't bring her down. That is, until she stumbles across the dead body of Lora Kelly, the most popular girl in school. Now Chloe's receiving threatening notes. Will she be the next to die? As quickly as that, Chloe's dream life, has turned into a nightmare!

To get this book for free, use coupon code NF66B at checkout.
(Coupon valid through Sep 30, 2011)

As our 3rd entry this week, Annie Oldham (@annie_oldham) offered up her YA fantasy, Dragon Sister (approx. 60116 words).

Neram has been raised alone by her mother, an outcast and unwanted. Then Neram finds the last dragon in Vallorn, and she knows her life can change. But when she learns she is half-sister to the dragon, she must make a choice: embrace the dragon inside her or lose that which has mattered most to her. Forever.


To get this book for free, use coupon code AM76L at checkout.
(Coupon code valid through Sep 30, 2011)


What's Next....

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

TUES TIP Twitter Hashtagging Part Trois: Hashtagging for Good Not Evil @jhansenwrites #WITS #pubtip

Okay, I think I spelled the French for 3 correctly but I don't have a clue how to write 4 in French so this really has to be it! Of course, I could switch to Spanish. Can you say Quattro? Yeah, I think we should move on.

There were just too many hashtags to put into the last 2 weeks' posts, when I wanted to focus on how tweeting and branding through social media usage are tied together. Today's Twitter Series entry is about hashtagging for fun--while still making it work for your business.

Quick Review

In the first entry of the Twitter Series, I went over the 3 basic tools you need learn to be able to function on Twitter:

1. The "@" sign called a "mention" or "reply"
2. The "DM" or Direct Message which you can only do when you follow someone
3. The magical number/pound/hash mark called "hashtagging"

A few posts later, in Mastering Twitterspeak, I discussed hashtagging in the context of having the same conversation as other people on Twitter, rather than using Twitter like a broadcasting platform. The Mastering Twitterspeak post also linked to Mashable's great little list of Twitter terms/acronyms/shorthand which you might want to review now. (GGG)

Monday, September 12, 2011

MON MARKETING Branding Your Tweets @soniasimone @toonopolis

Last Monday, I talked about Author Branding, then on Tuesday, a little more about writerly hashtagging (I definitely have more hashtags to discuss!)  Today I want to tie those posts together with what I'll call "purposeful tweeting."


Purposeful Tweeting, Not Promotion
That doesn't mean promotional tweets that have clicky links and scream Buy my book! Buy my book! (still smirking at that video, thanks again, Melissa!)

To me, purposeful tweeting is a soft-sell activity conducted in your twitterstream. It is the branded remarks which act in a passive way to reinforce your brand in the minds of your tweeps. This is basically the position marketing of which Ries and Trout lectured, but it's on an even more subtle level. Purposeful tweets don't actually ask for the sale but they do make you and your product more salable. Purposeful tweets brand you.

Purposeful tweets don't actually ask for the sale but they do make you and your product more salable.


Saturday, September 10, 2011

SATURDAY SURPRISE SciFi Snippet Time

I got a huge amount of editing done today over on the scifi side and I've uploaded new versions of the chapters to the Authonomy site. I'm not going to duplicate the snippets in triplicate (here, over on The Phoenician Series and on Authonomy). Instead, I'd ask you to just click through to read the new material. Some good stuff!

I'll be setting up Hootsuite this evening to do some autotweets tomorrow for #SampleSunday while I'm off #workingthedayjob (ick) so be sure to check @webbiegrrl's stream, every hour on the hour. I plan to do a series, like a Twitter novel style scene. I have to pick a really good punchline though, huh? :)

Let's see what happens.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Submissions for Freebie Friday (23 Sep 11) #indie #author @Smashwords

The point of the Friday feature is to get the Indie Authors featured some exposure to new readers (and to get my readers some free stuff they'll enjoy reading).

I am already pre-booked for Friday 16 Sep 11 so I am now taking submissions for Friday 23 Sep 2011 (or if that fills up too quickly, for Friday, 30 Sep 2011) Each week I feature just 3 books and it's a first come, first serve basis. Please take a look at the comments in place before you and know that your spot in the queue is your spot on the feature list.

Until I reply with a comment using my Heidi Klum voice (like from Project Runway, where she tells contestants, "You are IN. You may leave the runway.") you are submitted but not yet "in" the feature. I'll review your submission, test-click your link and then post a comment. I try to check comments once a day so give me at least 24 hours (and be sure to tick the checkbox to "send followup comments to your email" or whatever it says to subscribe to the comments).


Sounds great! How do I join?

If you're a reader, come back Friday and choose the free eBook you want to read. Use the coupon code on Friday's post at checkout to get it at Zero Dollars ($0.00)

If you're an Indie Author, you'll need to have an English-language book that is on a web site and/or can be downloaded in multiple formats. I won't specify formats, but I highly suggest a minimum of Kindle (MOBI) and Nook/Apple (EPUB) formats, as those 2 file formats alone will saturate 90% or more of the market. The book needs to be priced at "free" or be made free for a day on Friday for the feature or for any length of time that includes the Friday you're being featured.

FREEBIE FRIDAY 3 #fridayreads what r u #reading this weekend? @AmosTFairchild @FredBubbers @DCSargentBooks

This week's 3 free reads are completely different from each other - should be something for everyone that way! Oddly enough, though, the first and third books this week both have an extreme closeup of an eye on the cover. Isn't that a strange coincidence!


First up is Long Days in Paradise (approx. 119974 words) by Amos T. Fairchild. This is the first book of the Shards of Heaven Series, a juvenile SF/F genre series well underway.

Jorden has stumbled into a strange land of not-quite human inhabitants, his friend Taf at least human enough in all the ways that matter. Getting home means facing the witch-god Hura, if she exists at all, on the other side of Nowhere. But this is a world of many races run by the spiritual kaedith and financial sarisan, while he is friend to the lowest class species who struggle simply to survive.

To get this book for free, use coupon code YE63E at checkout.



Next up is a coming of age story I know I've run across before. Only Love Can Break Your Heart (approx. 11,700 words) by Fred Bubbers must've caught my eye previously because it's set in the 1960s and 1970s, which is when I grew up, so I think I was curious about whether or not Bubbers and I saw the same world. I'm from Boston, Massachusetts and the Boston/NYC "feud" can't be that divisive, can it?

Three stories about two neighbors who meet as young children and grow up together on Long Island during the late 60′s and early 70′s. The comforting and loving world they live in changes around them as their families fracture, society descends into chaos, and a war rages on. In the aftermath, they left on a wrecked, smoking landscape, searching for a new way to live when all of the signs have been burned down.

To get this book for free, use coupon code WY79U at checkout.



The last freebie for today is Entangled (approx. 108628 words) by D.C. Sargent, the debut novel in her new lighthearted series. Book 2 is already out so there's something to follow up with here! The premise of the books reminds me of the title to an SF short I wrote (prequel to The Phoenician Series) called When Minds Collide, where I have two men who hate each other (Joshua Scherrer and Andrew Caine) occupying the same brain. I didn't have it turn out to be light-hearted though, so kudos to Ms. Sargent for seeing the humor in this scenario. I always wanted Joshua and Andrew to see the cosmic joke. Maybe one day...in Book 5 of my series? (haha)

Here's the scoop on  Entangled: Book 1:

Levi's elite commando unit is trapped deep within the jungle. He certainly doesn't have time to be hearing things, especially the incessant female voice invading his mind. The mission is in shambles and the enemy is closing in. Now is not the time to go crazy.

Mandy doesn't like someone else thinking in her head. She doesn't know who Levi is or how he got into her head, but he's eavesdropping on private property. Their thoughts entangle, their lives collide. It's driving her nuts!

To get this book for free, use coupon code QF53X at checkout.
(Coupon valid until Monday, Sep. 12, 2011)


What's Next....

Tomorrow by sunset, when Shabbat "goes out" (Motzei Shabbat), I shall have new material in on the SciFi Technothriller side. The edits from Ch. 8-12 are really massive but it's all turning out really well. Plus I think I can cut about 25,000 to 30,00 words from the chapters after the current "12" so that might be closer to 75% into the book, which is right where I want that plotline to climax (so to speak, or literally as the case may be *he he he* yes, that's a spoiler)

Cya tomorrow. Shabbat Shalom!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

TUES TIP Twitter Hashtagging, Part Deux @jhansenwrites @toonopolis @SimonKewin @Tagalus #twitterspeak #writetip @inkygirl @hauntedcomputer

So I've been adding to the Twitter Series, almost against my will, as I keep forming more and more questions, and -- being the feisty little wench that I am -- I get those questions answered.  I briefly addressed hashtags in the very first installment, Twitter Basics: 3 Tools You Need to Master, but I didn't really delve too deeply into which ones to use or how they can affect your Twitter experience. Basically, I said, use hashtags to Join the Conversation. Today, I'll go beyond the slogans and actually dig into hashtag usage. Warning: Lists ahead!


Just to be fair, let me point out that a good chunk of my content today is coming from other sources. I started at a blog entry by Jenny Hansen (@jhansenwrites) and followed links she included in that entry. Until I was copy/pasting her blog link, I didn't realize she had just posted that this past weekend. I feel like I'm riding on her coattails a bit with this but honestly, I just saw it yesterday when I was searching out posts on branding for yesterday's Monday Marketing, Author Branding: What Kind of Business Are You?

Although she focuses her branding discussion more on the image on your book's cover, I believe Author branding is more about the image of the Author in the prospect's mind, regardless of the picture on the front of the book. The great covers ain't bad neither though.

In any case, I'm glad I stumbled upon the Writers in the Storm (#WITS) site, because (a) hey, great site and (b) I noticed she has a bunchaton of great Twitter stuff, so I saved the link. More below.


What is a Hashtag?

Let's review quickly, just for yucks and grins. You take a hash or pound sign (#) and immediately follow it with a word or series of words, the whole thing together, no spaces. Like #thisuselessexample. That's a hashtag. It's a hash followed by what is, essentially, a tag. Yes, it seems, everywhere you go in the Indie Author world these days, you need to know what a tag is and how to use them. Twitter's no different than Amazon. Your tagging habits should be relevant to you and your content--or your brand or intended brand.

Since #thisuselessexample would only be useful if others also put that hashtag into their tweets, thus bringing you all into one conversation together, I'll go over a few useful "Writerly" hashtags. Remember, the point of Twitter is to Join the Conversation, not to blast the world with your spam. Did you watch the video in yesterday's Author Branding post? Buy my book! Buy my book!  is not a conversation (nor a hashtag) you want to create.

Monday, September 5, 2011

MONDAY MARKETING Author Branding: What Kind of Business are You? @melissaconway1 @DeanWesleySmith @jfbookman @thecreativepenn @DonnaKauffman

I started out this morning with the goal of writing about Author Branding--what is it, how to go about doing it, what tools can help--and although I might touch on all of this in a later post, the scope was too broad. Therefore, today I wanted to focus only on the first question What is branding? and more importantly, what kind of branding do you want to do if you're an Indie Author?

Branding Defined

I'm going to go out on a limb and just write a definition here. I'm probably paraphrasing someone, somewhere, so you've probably seen this before. I make no claims to originality (nor have I plagiarized). I've run my own business and written marketing materials (and created brands) for small businesses. This is what I know. Truth is truth.
Branding is when a customer (prospect) immediately associates a product (what you're selling) with a provider (you or your company if you're doing it right). A brand's power lies in its ability to influence a purchasing decision.

Strong branding is when your name, product or company is consistently the first thought associated with a prospect's needs.
Weak branding is when your product is associated with another provider (prospect thinks of your product but thinks the competition is selling it).

Branding is more than a logo, certainly, but a look and feel or a well-known slogan is definitely a good first step towards building a brand in your advertising materials. Think about it. Do you recognize all of the famous brands at this site without the words? Probably, you do.

MONDAY MARKETING Coming soon!

I'm already late and still not done polishing off the edges on today's article but I didn't want to just not say anything. I'm going to post about the topic of Author Branding. It's a marketing concept that extends far beyond Indie Authors and people who're just struggling to figure out Amazon's KDP or Smashwords Meatgrinder script.

Branding is for everyone.  Branding, for Indie Authors, can start even before your book's done. Branding is not a quick little post to toss together, so I'm giving it more attention than speed.

I promise to have it done and out before I leave for work at the day job this afternoon but I'm going to need another hour or two to get this done--and done right. It'll be worth stopping back. I hope to see you then and my apologies for the delay beyond my usualy 10AM Eastern posting time. Maybe I should just make the deadline noon every day and be early most of the time. *grin*

Saturday, September 3, 2011

SATURDAY SURPRISE i #amcartooning Yep #Cartooning Dicky Has Returned

I'm going to do some cartooning later today...got a few writing related things to get done first but this afternoon, I definitely plan to add some deets to Dicky's shirt..maybe not hands. Still. Not yet *grin* We'll see. I'll post an update to the cartooning images by sunset...when Shabbat goes out ^_^

I was scheduled to do a Shabbat feature today for a woman with a book, the proceeds of which go to a charity that helps homeless families with children. Good cause, right? Happy to help, but it was like pulling teeth to get her to post the link to the book to my Webbiegrrl Writer Wall in the first place and now the link's gone! I have no clue what happened. I'm not even sure she actually posted to the Wall. I think ultimately it was in a comment somewhere. I have no clue where it went. I've searched back through a week--twice--and got nothing.

I'd still like to feature the charity so Lynn Hardy if you're out there, reading this, please do this:
  1. post a link to your book page to the Webbiegrrl Writer Wall
  2. do NOT post a link to a Facebook Page
  3. do NOT post a link to a twitter account
  4. do NOT post a link to anything OTHER than the book page
  5. do NOT post the link anywhere OTHER than the Wall of the Page
As I recall, we had a flurry of conversation going on in a long comment thread  wherein you posted about 5 different links to whoknowswhat all over the place (none of which appeared to be an Amazon page or a Smashwords page so I'm still not sure you ever did post the actual book page even in all of those comments).

The Webbiegrrl Writer Page is set up to allow fans to post links. I'm not sure what the problem is here but if that link ever shows up again, I'll be happy to do a feature to help the charity get some new revenue.

Just post a link to the book page. Treat me like a customer. If I can't figure out the charity from the book page like a customer would, there's something worse going on than the link not showing up on Facebook because of some quirk in Facebook's scripting.

I am offline for a bit folks. Had a really rough day yesterday. It's amazing what one toxic influence can do to a person's overall emotional health!

Submissions for Freebie Friday (Sep 9) i #amwriting r u #reading?

Last weekend's holiday bonus went well, I think but this week we're back to the regular 3 free reads. If you'd like to get featured this Friday, read on. Most of the free reads are from Smashwords, but any books from any sites are welcome, so long as they'll be free on Friday, Sep 9, 2011.

The point of the Friday feature is to get the Indie Authors some exposure to a new audience (and to get my readers some free reads they'll enjoy) so I'm trying to feature books that are not only different from what I usually write, but also might be first novels or early works that are struggling to get a foot under them.

Because it's not fair to my readers to offer only novice material, I'll also try to mix in the occasional "best selling" Indie Author--or at least, Smasher with several extremely successful works, one of which is priced at "free." If no one with an established body of work submits a title, I'll go find one myself.


Sounds great! How do I join?

If you're a reader, come back Friday and choose the free eBook you want to read. Use the coupon code on Friday's post at checkout to get it at Zero Dollars ($0.00)

If you're an Indie Author, read on.

Friday, September 2, 2011

FREEBIE FRIDAY (2 Sep) Happy #LaborDay USA! Get 6 @Smashwords #free @FridayReads for the long holiday weekend

Administrative Note:
From now on, I'm going to forego the link to Tracy and the Blog Hop entry, as the scheduling's become somewhat chaotic (between my plans and Tracy's, not to mention the 5+ hr time zone difference between the US + UK, I think we're just too out of synch to do this indefinitely).

But...I encourage you to check in at BookedUp each Friday to see what great reads Tracy might've reviewed for you. She reads and reviews an amazing number of books each and every week! So far, I've found most of Tracy's reviews to be helpful and I think you will, too.

Now let's give away some books!

This week, I bring you a cornicopia of free read selections. Twice the fun for the long holiday weekend (it's Labor day Weekend here in the USA). First up is Bitten (approx. 14710 words) a paranormal romance by Merrill Gemus. This is "book 1" of a series, though the consensus seems to be it is a partial, opening a series. It is, however, a completed work "as is.

When Ally becomes a newly single woman, she is determined to meet the man of her dreams. Never truly expecting it to actually occur, she is amaze [sic] to find herself drawn to a dark, mysterious stranger leaning against the bar. He was utterly irresistible. Despite her friends’ protests, she willingly follows him outside the bar and soon realizes that her world will never be the same again.  

NOTE: This book contains content that may not be suitable for young readers 17 and under. This book is currently priced at FREE so no coupon code is required.

Our plotlines thicken with my first Irish Indie Author and only the 2nd mystery genre I've featured. Peril (approx. 91376 words) by Ruby Barnes. I sense from the book's description there'll be some snarky gallows humor ahead. Given I've got a Dubliner Hero in one of my Romantic Suspense novels  (the Lacey / Rainey Story), I might just have to grab this free read for myself! It's research, I tell you! Research!

Meet Gerard Mayes, Anti-hero. Men want to be him, women want to redeem him. Ger's story is fiction, but his origins are real - everyday folk living and working in a Dublin city center wracked with organised begging, drug addicts, and violent crime. It's not all leprechauns and shillelaghs in Ireland.

Ger is a slacker. A consumer. He thinks life owes him, takes what he can and goes with the flow. His perspective on life, like that of another famous slacker The Big Lebowski, is sometimes humorous, but the story takes a noir turn when Ger kills a mugger and is held to account for it. All things move toward their end, of that you can be sure. Contains occasional strong language and peril.

NOTE: This book contains content that may not be suitable for young readers 17 and under. This book is currently priced at FREE so no coupon code is required.


Our next entry just missed the deadline last week but got back on board this week :) More than Magic: Semester Aboard (approx. 142814 words) by Elizabeth Kirke is a contemporary fantasy genre.

Jen is looking forward to spending an entire summer studying abroad on a cruise ship and she knows the experience will change her life. Then she sees something she wasn't supposed to see, something she can't explain. Jen finds herself thrust into a world she never knew existed and her life will change more than she imagined. That is, if she can survive the dangers lurking on the ship.

NOTE: This book contains content that may not be suitable for young readers 17 and under. This book will be priced as FREE from Thursday (Sep 1) through Saturday (Sep 3) so get your copy early, while you can!

Click through for 3 more bonus books beyond the fold!