Mishmash Monday

 

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Thanks Kelly Hashway  for mishmash Monday.

So Mishmash Monday is where you post what’s on your mind.  Here is what is on my mind and please feel free to share what is on yours.

  1. Okay – the only marketing I will do today. For the Love of Murphy is on sale until the 31st in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. Go get a $.99 copy before it is too late!  Click here.

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  1. I am neck deep in taxes-for those in the USA, isn’t tax season fun?
  2. I am working on a short story for a new anthology. I am giving sneak peeks in my online group Michelle’s Virtual Watercooler.  Come join in the fun! I promise it’s fun and once we get 15 people I will do a giveaway.  I plan to do giveaways a lot actually.
  3. I just finished reading a new novella and need to review it.  Problem is I don’t know where to begin or what to write.  I liked it for sure, but it wasn’t what I had hopped. I hate that.
  4. Over the weekend I watched Into the Woods and loved it – until the end.  WTF. Seriously, unless you are Disney I don’t think you can get away with endings like that.  Bleck. Anyone else see it? What were your thoughts?
  5. SPRINGS IT FINALLY HERE in Denver that is. Thank goodness. I think I am done with snow!

Now to you, that is enough from me for one day.  What is on your mind today?

 

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Septemeber is Free Reads Month at Roane Publishing

Free story.  Get your FREE story.

You’ve got it by now right? September is full of free reads in honor of Roane Publishing’s first birthday.

Check out this weeks free reads.  Check out new to you authors!  Happy reading! Feel free to share the love with the author by commenting or reposting this awesome opportunity.  Smashword links are below or get them through Roane Publishing.

Roane Free Reads

Roane Publishing is turning one this month and to celebrate, we’re giving away free eBooks!All you have to do is come by our Free Reads page each Monday and download the stories we are offering that week. Simple and straightforward, just the way we like it.The best part?

The time to release the first two of Roane Publishing’s Free Reads has finally arrived. (You can find the entire release schedule and all of the available downloads on our Free Reads page.)


The line up and Smashword links for releases stories:
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Monday, Sept. 1st:

Any Other Way – Michelle Ziegler

Dragon Eye – Anna Simpson

Monday, Sept. 8th:

Plague of Cats – Sonny Zae
Bourbon Boots and Southern Persuasion – London Saint James

Monday, Sept. 15th:

Pixified – Sheryl Winters
Sisters: A Montana Series Short – Krista Ames

Monday, Sept. 22nd:

Manor of Sweet Souls: Gladys Celebrates – Echo Shea
Love’s Revenge: Chapter One – Terri Rochenski

Monday, Sept. 29th:

All For Nothing – Laurie Tracey
First Date Disaster? – Rebecca Hart

 

Septemeber is Free Reads Month at Roane Publishing

Free story.  Get your FREE story.

You’ve got it by now right? September is full of free reads in honor of Roane Publishing’s first birthday.

Check out this weeks free reads.  Don’t forget that there are 4 others, one is mine, from the 1st and 8th.  Check out new to you authors!  You can go wrong with these two from today. Happy reading! Feel free to share the love with the author by commenting or reposting this awesome opportunity.

Roane Free Reads

Roane Publishing is turning one this month and to celebrate, we’re giving away free eBooks!All you have to do is come by our Free Reads page each Monday and download the stories we are offering that week. Simple and straightforward, just the way we like it.The best part?

The time to release the first two of Roane Publishing’s Free Reads has finally arrived. (You can find the entire release schedule and all of the available downloads on our Free Reads page.)


This week’s Free Read releases:
Pixified – Sheryl Winters
Sisters: A Montana Series Short – Krista Ames
Either story can be downloaded from our Free Reads page right now, and both are available in ePUB, MOBI, and PDF formats. Happy Reading from all of us at Roane Publishing!!
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Monday, Sept. 1st:

Any Other Way – Michelle Ziegler
Dragon Eye – Anna Simpson

Monday, Sept. 8th:

Plague of Cats – Sonny Zae
Bourbon Boots and Southern Persuasion – London Saint James

Monday, Sept. 15th:

Pixified – Sheryl Winters
Sisters: A Montana Series Short – Krista Ames

Monday, Sept. 22nd:

Manor of Sweet Souls: Gladys Celebrates – Echo Shea
Love’s Revenge: Chapter One – Terri Rochenski

Monday, Sept. 29th:

All For Nothing – Laurie Tracey
First Date Disaster? – Rebecca Hart

 

 

Septemeber is Free Reads Month at Roane Publishing

Free story.  Get your FREE story.

That’s right.  You heard me.  Free stories all month long!  Yours truly is part of the celebration of Roane’s first birthday.  So come check out my story from September 1st.  Then don’t forget to come back every Monday for the month.

Roane Free Reads

Roane Publishing is turning one this month and to celebrate, we’re giving away free eBooks!All you have to do is come by our Free Reads page each Monday and download the stories we are offering that week. Simple and straightforward, just the way we like it.The best part?

The time to release the first two of Roane Publishing’s Free Reads has finally arrived. (You can find the entire release schedule and all of the available downloads on our Free Reads page.)


This week’s Free Read releases:
Plague of Cats – Sonny Zae

Bourbon Boots and Southern Persuasion – London Saint James
Either story can be downloaded from our Free Reads page right now, and both are available in ePUB, MOBI, and PDF formats. Happy Reading from all of us at Roane Publishing!!
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Monday, Sept. 1st:

Any Other Way – Michelle Ziegler
Dragon Eye – Anna Simpson

Monday, Sept. 8th:

Plague of Cats – Sonny Zae
Bourbon Boots and Southern Persuasion – London Saint James

Monday, Sept. 15th:

Pixified – Sheryl Winters
Sisters: A Montana Series Short – Krista Ames

Monday, Sept. 22nd:

Manor of Sweet Souls: Gladys Celebrates – Echo Shea
Love’s Revenge: Chapter One – Terri Rochenski

Monday, Sept. 29th:

All For Nothing – Laurie Tracey
First Date Disaster? – Rebecca Hart

 

 

Septemeber is Free Reads Month at Roane Publishing

Free story.  Get your FREE story.

That’s right.  You heard me.  Free stories all month long!  Yours truly is part of the celebration of Roane’s first birthday.  So come check out my story today, September 1st.  Then don’t forget to come back every Monday for the month.

Roane Free Reads

Roane Publishing is turning one this month and to celebrate, we’re giving away free eBooks!All you have to do is come by our Free Reads page each Monday and download the stories we are offering that week. Simple and straightforward, just the way we like it.The best part?

The time to release the first two of Roane Publishing’s Free Reads has finally arrived. (You can find the entire release schedule and all of the available downloads on our Free Reads page.)


This week’s Free Read releases:
Any Other Way by Michelle Ziegler

and


Dragon Eye by Anna Simpson
Either story can be downloaded from our Free Reads page right now, and both are available in ePUB, MOBI, and PDF formats.Happy Reading from all of us at Roane Publishing!!
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Monday, Sept. 1st:

Any Other Way – Michelle Ziegler
Dragon Eye – Anna Simpson

Monday, Sept. 8th:

Plague of Cats – Sonny Zae
Bourbon Boots and Southern Persuasion – London Saint James

Monday, Sept. 15th:

Pixified – Sheryl Winters
Sisters: A Montana Series Short – Krista Ames

Monday, Sept. 22nd:

Manor of Sweet Souls: Gladys Celebrates – Echo Shea
Love’s Revenge: Chapter One – Terri Rochenski

Monday, Sept. 29th:

All For Nothing – Laurie Tracey
First Date Disaster? – Rebecca Hart

 

 

For the Love of Murphy Tour

What’s a blog tour?  Well, in short it is a virtual book tour.  Questions will be answered.  Excerpts will be shared.  In the end you can sort of feel like a groupie! Just kidding, well, sort of.  Here’s where you can cyber stalk the authors of For the Love of Murphy, a sweet romance anthology. Don’t forget about the giveaway.

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Here are the stops!

For the Love of Murphy Blog Tour Schedule

March 17th

Release Day Blitz

Girl Who Reads  –  Author Interviews

March 18th

Tattered Pages  –  Promotional / Excerpt #1

March 19th

All Things Bookie  –  Author Interviews

The Book Drifter  –  Review

March 20th

Bex Book Nook  –  Review

March 21st

Michelle’s Blog  –  Author Interviews

March 24th

Author DC Stone  –  Author Interviews

March 25th

You Gotta Read  –  Author Interview with Lisa A. Adams

March 26th

Romance Writer Sara Walter Ellwood  –  Promotional / Excerpt #2

Good Friends, Good Books and a Sleepy Conscience: This is the Ideal Life  –  Review

March 27th

Scribbler’s Sojourn  –  Top Two List

March 28th

Shout With Emaginette  –  Favorite Five List

Back Porchervations  –  Review

March 31st

Shaya Roy’s Blog  –  Promotional  /  Excerpt #3

April 1st

Long and Short Reviews  –  Author Interviews

April 2nd

Machenwood Chronicles  –  Top Two List

April 3rd

Reader Girls  –  Promotional  /  Excerpt #4

You Gotta Read  –  Author Interview with Michelle Ziegler

April 4th

You Gotta Read  –  Author Interview with Annabelle Blume

Lorraine Nelson’s Writing Blog  –  Author Interview with London Saint James

April 7th

Harlie’s Books  –  Review  /  Excerpt #5

April 8th

You Gotta Read  –  Author Interview with Rebecca Hart

In A Dream Beyond  –  Promotional Post

April 9th

Musings About the Writer’s Life  –  Author Interviews

April 10th

You Gotta Read  –  Author Interview with London Saint James

April 11th

London’s Scribbles  –  4 Excerpts from her fellow authors

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Book Blitz and Tour-wide Giveaway
$10 Amazon Gift card & paperback copy of
For the Love of Murphy
Ends 4/11/2014

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For the Love of Murphy
Publisher: Roane Publishing
Release Date: March 17, 2014
Key Words: Adult, Romance, Sweet, Contemporary, Anthology
They say love conquers all, but whoever “they” are, must not have heard of Murphy’s Law — whatever can go wrong, will go wrong.
These five tales of sweet, accidental romance prove Cupid’s arrows are a lot tougher than they seem, and sometimes it pays to be unlucky.

No Wrong Turns by Lisa A. Adams
Jessica Brannah is escaping from her last heartbreak with a loaded car and a new address. But, when Murphy’s Law finds her stranded in a back country town, she realizes there’s no outrunning love.
Falling For You by Michelle Ziegler
Darci’s ready to move on. Too bad the dating pool stinks. Until, a ghost from her past resurfaces—the man she missed out on in college.

Andrew was the one man she’d always loved, but neither of them ever made a move. But, old feelings aren’t the only thing resurfacing of late. Darci’s ex comes crawling back at the most inappropriate time, and with all the testosterone flying, she might not end up with either man.

Coffee and Cufflinks by Annabelle Blume
Fresh out of a failed relationship and exhausted by a constant barrage of fiascos at work, Olivia Johnson doesn’t see the man of her dreams standing right in front of her. She tells herself the morning coffee meet-ups with Daren are nothing but coincidence, but even she can’t deny his unequivocal attractiveness. When a night entertaining clients takes a turn for the worst, and Daren shows up where she least expects him, failure starts to look more like fate.

A Slippery Slope by Rebecca Hart
Anne Montgomery is psyched for her girl’s only weekend, despite her friends’ choice of vacation locale—the snowy slopes of Harris Peak Ski Resort—where someone as notoriously accident prone as she has no business being. When Murphy’s Law finally catches up with her, Anne is forced to consider there may be times when it pays to be unlucky.
The Shamrock Incident by London Saint James
Florist, Marissa Carmichael isn’t usually a klutz, but she’s in a hurry and having a bad day. In her haste, she loses her balance and tumbles from the back room of her shop, arms flailing. Her less than graceful entrance halted by a headfirst crash into a display case chock full of silk flowers.
Trey Cleary didn’t think his day could get any worse, until he finds. himself picking the side view mirror of his BMW up from the ground. On a mission to do something about it, he locates the flower shop matching the name on the back of the van that mangled his ‘baby’. But, his car is forgotten when a beautiful woman bursts into the room like an out of control whirling dervish, and takes one mother of a wipeout into the shop’s counter. Coming to her aid brings out the hero in him like no one he’s ever encountered, and leaves him with a need to know more.
For Marissa and Trey, this just might be the one time it pays to be unlucky.
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Purchase Links:

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The Marketing Craze

statsIt’s been awhile since I wrote about what I’ve learned along the way to publication.  I thought it was time to start again.

If you are reading this, you are already a step ahead of a lot of authors or writers. There are those that think that they are too good to market themselves.  There are the crazy ideas that everyone gets large amounts of marketing from publishers. Well, reality? There is more money out there from the big 6 for marketing, but not all authors are treated equal. And even so, the odds of getting picked up at a big house are small, at least right away.  I know a lot of talented authors that have started as small press and moved to a big house after a few years.  so you might be at a small press for sometime. Or maybe you aren’t anywhere yet, but you want an agent.

Before you hit it big, or even before you get published, it’s great to start creating a platform. Agents love to see a presence established.  Publishers love to see books sell.  Sometimes your first book is too late to start finding social networks to market.

Start to follow authors or writers you like. Start to comment on their blogs.  Become a respectful cyber stalker.  Yes, this is one of those times when stalking is encouraged.  Don’t go too crazy though.

Maybe start your own blog. Maybe start with something you know.  I started my blog about two years before I actually got published, and I started by writing about the mistakes I was making. I met some amazing authors thorough blogging. I actually found my first pub contract through another author’s recommendations.

The moral is, it’s never too early to start getting your name out there.  even if you don’t think you have a lot to offer there are others put there willing to help. So start small and grow from there.

Are there tricks to getting lots of followers and likes? I suppose so, but I don’t know in the end how many payoff. Perhaps some experienced bloggers put there have some advice?

Blog Tour – Now Scheduling

Join in the fun.  For the Love of Murphy releases March 17th and the blog tour is now scheduling!Murphy_TourButton

Go here to sign up!  In case you missed it, my second short story will be in the For the Love of Murphy anthology!  The theme?  Sometimes it pays to be unlucky in love and Murphy’s Law of course. How can this not be a fun release!

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Additionally, anyone who reviews, sign up here.  There are lots of perks to be on Roane Publishing’s review team, such as free ARCs.

Don’t know what a blog tour is?  Well there’s a little info here.

Shameless Saturday and Reviewers Needed

I’m having one of those days. The kind of day where I feel the need to self promote!

Winter’s Sweet Kiss paper copy is available for pre-order!  If you missed it, Winter’s Sweet Kiss is an anthology with my story, One in a Million Snowflakes.  Who’s excited?  ARCs (Advanced reader copies) are out too!  December 16th is the official release and I can’t wait.   Okay.  I am done.

Have an awesome weekend.

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If you or anyone you know wants to partake in reviewing books, here’s your chance! Roane Publishing is looking for reviewers!  Sign up!  If you want to sign up and don’t think your blog has a big enough following, mention me and the requirement is waved! Roane_Logo_Web

Blog Tour Opportunity

Roane_Logo_WebDrive traffic to your blog by helping promote a 5 author anthology.  I am one of the authors!
Release date is Dec 16th & tour runs for 2 weeks through the 30th.
There will be author interviews – ONE question for every author to answer. Top Two / Fav Five lists for all the authors instead of a Top Tens list for individuals
Group Giveaway where your Twitter handle will be included
Promotional posts / excerpts
Please head over HERE if you are inclined.  😉
Not sure what a blog tour is?  Well in short, it is a book tour taking place over blogging.  In todays digital world, marketing takes on a whole new form! Please don’t hesitate to ask me about this.  It is a great opportunity to reach out to more readers.
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