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Fall into pages Blog hop winners!!


This is going to be a really short post. I just want to say thank you to everyone who took part in the autumn blog hop, it was awesome meeting you all and I really hope you enjoyed meeting the characters from Seared by Desire and Rocked by Passion.

So without further ado I want to announce my winners!

Seared by Desire – luckywings

Rocked by Passion – Mera Sampson

If you both could let me know what ebook format you want that would be great. Until the next hop!!

 

A hop, skip and giveaway!


I have some questions for you…..

Who here likes books?

– Me

Who here likes free stuff?

– Me

Who here likes both?

– You?

Then you have to come and join the mega author blog hop tour!! Over 60 authors and bloggers have joined forces to talk books, meet new people and giveaway a mountain of free stuff. It’s happening today and lasts a week. 19th-26th September.

Most contests are open to international participants so what are you waiting for?

Get hopping.

 

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The Giveaway is Over!


So that’s it. The 10 days of giveaways are over! It was a lovely ride but all good things must come to an end. So here’s what I’m going to do. Because I’m still so manic busy with uni I’m going to list all the winners and the books they’ve won here (sorry if I’m repeating your name) If you’re one of the winners then that’s awesome. I’m just going to need you to let me know if you’re happy with the book you’re getting and then let me know what ebook format you want (i.e. kindle, nook etc)

So without further ado!

  • Leanne Gagnon – Rocked by Passion

  • Sherry McCarver – A Wolf’s Duty

  • Cheah Ming Yi – Rocked by Passion

  • Sam – A Wolf’s Oath

  • Jess – Seared by Desire

  • Denise Z – A Wolf’s Duty

  • Dean – Rocked by Passion

  • Sue B – A Wolf’s Duty

  • Andina – Rocked by Passion

  • Kelly – Seared by Desire

So that’s all of you! So remember, let me know if you’re happy with the book and what form you want it in. I’m sorry if some of you are having to repeat yourselves. Forgive me!  See you soon.
 
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Posted by on 15/09/2011 in Writing

 

The Woes of a starving artist….


“The things one must endure for their art are many and prove the worth of an artist’s soul and their dedication to their craft.” 

– Jennifer T. Alli

 

Now I’m not saying I’m a starving artist, I managed to eat breakfast just fine this morning what I am saying is that I am exhausted beyond belief. I never imagined it possible for me to be so tired!! Now while I’d love to be able to make a living off my work I’m just not there (yet 😉 ) and that means I have to have some means of supporting myself. At the moment my focus is on education. I am currently in education to become an educator and never once in a million years did I imagine that it would be so much hard work! I’m exhausted already and it’s only the third day of the course. I’m glad I managed to complete Whirlwind of Pleasure before I started because I haven’t managed to write a single word since I started. I’m hoping that once I get into the swing of things things will be better otherwise I have a problem. I need to get writing for Submerged in Ecstasy and I need to get lots done before the 11th November!! In fact if I’m perfectly honest I need to get a mountain of work done before that date because on the 11th November Skyrim will be released >.<

For those of you that have never heard of Skyrim, it’s the follow on to The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion my favourite game of all time!! My geeky side is showing but for Skyrim I’m willing to display it proudly. I want to do nothing on that day but relax. So I’ve got to find a way to manage the most inconsistent timetable I’ve ever seen, seriously, there is no consistent repetition of anything! I suppose that’s how teachers have to deal with things but it’s rather frustrating for me. Once I’ve negotiated the treacherous waters of that timetable I’m hopeful I’ll be able to get my writing schedule in order. That is if my characters haven’t driven me mad because I haven’t written them!

Alright, I think that’s enough of my whining. I’ve got to get off to uni and give myself another chance to get my life in order. Wish me luck and hopefully I’ll be able to announce this week’s winners soon.

 

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A Week of Giveaways


Now I’m not going to deny it, I’ve been a bit lax in announcing the winners of this weeks giveaway but I’ve been mega busy with back to university preparations. You’d think that seeing as this isn’t my first degree and I’ve done this all before I’d be better prepared….clearly not!!

But I decided just to blitz it in one day. So are you ready. I have a week’s worth of winners to announce. Fingers crossed you’re one of them!!

Day 2 – Sherry McCarver: A Wolf’s Duty

Day 3 – Cheah Ming Yi: Rocked by Passion

Day 4  – Sam: A Wolf’s Oath

Day 5 – Jess: Seared by Desire

I haven’t had any comment for today so if you’re not on the list fear not. You still have the chance to win!! So get tagging 😉

And if you’re a winner…let me know what ereader you have so that I can get your book out to you.

 

10 days of Giveaways – Day One


So it’s the day after the giveaway before and guess what that means? It means that I get to announce a winner. Now it was a really close call between the wolves and the Elementals and by close I mean down to the wire! One tag changed it all and that one tag means that Rocked by Passion won!!!

So without further ado I’ll announce the winner!!

So for everyone that isn’t Leanne, that just means we have NINE more days where you can win! So how to win? Tags of course! All you have to do is tag the book you want and then post here which book you tagged and which tag you went with!!! 
 

– Seared by Desire
– Rocked by Passion
– A Wolf’s Duty
– A Wolf’s Oath
– A Wolf’s Pride

Don’t forget, there are other bloggers out there with lots of lovely freebies all for you. Go and visit them!

Ten days of Giveaways

Coffee Beans & Love Scenes Ten Days of Giveaways

 

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Tag!! You’re It! – An Author’s Guide


When you’re a self published author there isn’t much you don’t have to do for and by yourself and I for some reason have decided that I’m going to do everything by myself. I’m not going to deny it I’m quite clearly crazy. I’m going to blame it on that unique disease Writer’s madness. I’ve had it for sometime now so I personally am of the belief that its incurable. I’m alright with that fact though because it allows me to come up with the brilliant ideas for my books.
But seeing as I’m damned already I don’t think there’s a need for all of you to join me in my madness. Let’s try and keep it contained. We don’t want government officials quarantining all us writers for fear that our illness is contagious.

So for today’s lesson we’re going to focus on marketing!

Now like I said before when you’re a self published author like me you do a lot and if you don’t want that Writer’s madness to turn into a genuine case of insanity you have to learn quickly. What I learned this week was the importance of tags.


Tags? I hear you asking. What are they?
Have no fear my dear friends I’m all over the explanations. 🙂
Tags are little markers that allow people to find your book based on the genres.
Let me tag my book Seared by Desire so that you get an idea of what I’m talking about.
-Paranormal Romance
-Vampires
-Romance
-Elementals
-Adventure
-etc

Tags are the embodiment of that age old adage “Small but mighty.” Even though they’re only a few words long tags are important.

I can hear you questioning me again….Fine! Don’t ever say I don’t answer your questions. Tags help people find you and your book especially on amazon that most wondrous of websites where millions of people buy books everyday! I see understanding dawning in your eyes. Let me make sure we’re all on the same page though. You know when you’re looking for a new book but you’re not sure what author is going to do it for you….what do you do? I know exactly what you do because I’ve done it myself.
You head over to amazon and type a keyword into that little search box and are suddenly inundated with new ideas! Hundreds of authors pop up onto the page and do you know why? Tags!! The power of a few words should never be underestimated. Sadly lots of indie authors don’t seem to be aware of the power of tags. 🙂 I’ve seen so many great indie books with no tags at all. But that’s what this post is for. If you’re indie and proud then grab your amazon page and get tagging. The more people who agree with a tag the higher you appear in that mythical amazon search list.

Now I’m actually taking place in a giveaway this week called the Ten days of Giveaways!! And I thought I’d combine the giveaway with this week’s post.

Coffee Beans & Love Scenes Ten Days of Giveaways

So here’s what we’re going to do. I’m going to put the power in your hands once again. I want you to get tagging. I’m going to be giving away a copy of a book every single day from today until the 14th of September.

Now I hear you asking how you win…It’s simple. I’ll decide which book gets given away based on the number of tags it gets. The more tags it gets the more likely it’ll be that day’s winner. So that’s how we pick what get’s given away. I can hear you asking how YOU win something. Simple.

Leave a comment that says why you’d like to read the book you’ve tagged and just click that button that let’s you subscribe to the blog so you know if you get chosen as a winner.

What do you want a chance to win?

– Seared by Desire
– Rocked by Passion
– A Wolf’s Duty
– A Wolf’s Oath
– A Wolf’s Pride

The choice is completely up to you so get tagging and here’s how.

Click the book or books that you want to win, scroll down to the section that says tags and get clicking. Just put a tick into the box next to the word and your job is done. I think that’s enough from me. I’ll be back on Monday!

Remember 5 books, 10 days, get tagging and get winning!

 
Oh and before I forget. What do you think of the taglines for the Elemental Passions series. I just thought of them.
Seared by Desire – She’d burn the world to ashes to love him.
Rocked by Passion – He’d move worlds to keep her.
Whirlwind of Pleasure – She’d take on the heavens for a chance to love him.
Submerged in Ecstasy – He’d destroy the world to save her.

Leave me a comment and let me know what you think.

Now while I’m giving my books away there are other great blogs taking part in this 10 day giveaway so if you want my advice I’d go and visit them. It’s free stuff what more can I say?

Want more free stuff? Yes? Then just click here!

 

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