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Chrysalis Tour and Giveaway

The Gifted Series Book 1
by Maria MacDonald
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Emery never realized the kind of power she held.
Her whole life had been one long battle. Against other children, bullies,
her abusers. Forever the outsider, living her days isolated and
lonely. She didn’t know that while waging her own battles, another
kind of war was coming.
In just one night her whole life changed.
When she finds herself in danger, the power that was lying dormant inside
of her suddenly releases, surprising everyone.
In the aftermath, a figure appears in the shadows – Elijah. With an
air of mysteriousness and answers she had no idea she needed, Emery
suddenly understands she’s not alone.
He’s either here to save her or bury her. But with no time to ask
questions, she takes the plunge, grabs his hand, and prepares herself
for a whole new world. One where she will be reborn.
Maria is a full time working Mum, she has two beautiful daughters, both of
whom love books as much as she does.
Maria has loved to write since she was a little girl.
Reading and loving books, as well as blogging, has inspired her to write and
Maria, her husband and children now reside in Wiltshire, England.
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for exclusive excerpts and a giveaway!


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Cover Reveal: The Earl Most Likely

by Jane Goodger
Genre: Historical Romance

Pub. Date: 1/16/2018
The picturesque seaside town of St. Ives is
home to all manner of treasures . . .
It’s not every day a young woman is offered
ten thousand pounds for a few month’s work—especially the plain,
shy daughter of a tin mine owner. The only thing special about
Harriet Anderson is her extraordinary memory for even the smallest,
most obscure detail. So when she’s asked by a gentleman to help
restore his once magnificent ancestral home, she simply can’t
refuse, no matter how scandalous the position. The money will mean
freedom from her callous parents, and a life of independence. Harriet
doesn’t imagine dreaming of anything more . . .
Augustus Lawton, Lord Berkley, cares about only
one thing: restoring his beloved Costille House to its former,
historically correct, glory. His late wife had taken great vindictive
delight in transforming the old castle into a modern Victorian
nightmare. Harriet’s remarkable memory will be invaluable in
repairing it—and in helping him solve his wife’s murder. Yet as
they work together, Augustus finds that besides her uncanny gift,
Harriet possesses other priceless qualities. And as the castle’s
beauty is gradually revealed, he can’t help noticing, so is hers .
. .
Jane Goodger lives in Rhode Island with
her husband and three children. Jane, a former journalist, has
written seven historical romances. When she isn’t writing, she’s
reading, walking, playing with her kids, or anything else completely
unrelated to cleaning a house.
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Stifled Release
Today we’re celebrating the release of STIFLED, book two in the SUMMONED series by USA Today Bestselling author, Rainy Kaye. A dark twist on genie folklore, SUMMONED follows a reluctant criminal as he unravels the mystery of the paranormal bond controlling him. In STIFLED, Dimitri trails an elusive jinn and finds himself in the middle of a community keeping dark secrets. The SUMMONED series is represented by Rossano Trentin of TZLA.

Scroll down to pick up your copy of STIFLED, get SUMMONED for free for a limited time, and enter to win a $10 Amazon gift card.

Stifled Final 2 PSDDimitri would like nothing more than to live a low-key life in Naples, Italy. His girlfriend, Syd, has other plans.

After three months of researching, she is positive she has found a jinn on a killing spree in San Diego, California. Since Syd gave Dimitri the one thing he thought was out of reach, he feels obligated to use his ill-gained talents for her cause.

A few hours back in the US proves that Dimitri and Syd didn’t quite make the clean escape they had thought. As they trail the elusive jinn, someone else trails them. What should have been a simple trip to confirm once and for all if the jinn are living among humans, instead reveals a community keeping dark secrets.

Unfortunately for Dim, the only way out is in.

Get your copy here!

Haven’t read book one yet? No problem! It’s currently FREE on Amazon.


summoned_cover_final_biggerTwenty-three year old Dimitri has to do what he is told?literally.

Controlled by a paranormal bond, he is forced to use his wits to fulfill unlimited deadly wishes made by multimillionaire Karl Walker.

Dimitri has no idea how his family line became trapped in the genie bond. He just knows resisting has never ended well.

When he meets Syd?assertive, sexy, intelligent Syd?he becomes determined to make her his own. Except Karl has ensured Dimitri can?t tell anyone about the bond, and Syd isn?t the type to tolerate secrets.

Then Karl starts sending him away on back-to-back wishes. Unable to balance love and lies, Dimitri sets out to uncover Karl?s ultimate plan and put it to an end. But doing so forces him to confront the one wish he never saw coming?the wish that will destroy him.


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rainykayeRainy Kaye is an aspiring overlord. In the mean time, she blogs at RainyoftheDark and writes paranormal novels from her lair somewhere in Phoenix, Arizona.

She is represented by Rossano Trentin of TZLA. Someone told her she’s a USA Today Bestselling author. She thought there would be cake.



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Book Blitz!


Hi, everyone! I wanted to let you know that I will have the pleasure of hosting Michelle Pickett’s novel Milayna here on March 17th as part of her book blitz tour. Check out the summary below.

From the bestselling author of PODs comes an unforgettable tale of action, intrigue, and following your heart in the midst of betrayal.

It’s hard being good all the time. Everyone needs to be bad once in a while. But for seventeen-year-old Milayna, being good isn’t a choice. It’s a job requirement. And it’s a job she can’t quit. Born a demi-angel, Milayna steps in when danger and demons threaten the people around her, but being half angel isn’t all halos and happiness. Azazel, Hell’s demon, wants Milayna’s power and he’ll do anything to get it. But he only has until her eighteenth birthday, after which she becomes untouchable.

With the help of other demi-angels, Milayna thwarts the trouble Azazel sends her way. Fighting by her side is Chay. He’s a demi-angel who’s sinfully gorgeous, and Milayna falls hard. But is Chay her true love… or her nemesis in disguise?”

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Author Cross Promo Event


Two of my favorite authors to follow on twitter, Rebecca Hamilton and Rainy Kaye, are currently putting together a promotional book event. Participating writers (who have full length novels available through amazon) will charge just $.99 for each Kindle copy from April 10-12. There will be a website dedicated solely to the promotion and each writer will share the promo information with their audience. This is a great opportunity for independent writers to connect with readers and for readers to find new books at lower prices. Here is the link to the sign-up form for anyone who’s interested. Otherwise, I will be sure to make a new post as soon as the promo website launches in April. Happy reading, everyone!

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Book Signings and Launch Parties


On the heels of my previous post about finding your motivation to write, this update probably seems like it’s coming a little bit late. I have plenty of excuses though! Since last month I’ve served as a beta reader for two books and one article as well as organized two bookstore events for my client.

On the personal level, I absolutely love attending book signings. There’s nothing quite like the experience of meeting an author and having them sign something for you in person. That’s why I always encourage my clients to set up a few events at the local level every year. Conventions and book festivals can be really great but the personal shopping experience can’t be beat. We are lucky enough to work in an art friendly Southern city where a few local bookstores have managed to hang on successfully.

While book signings are a ton of fun, the business side of things can be a little bit sticky. First, you need to connect with bookstores in your area and see which of them would like to host your event. This process can be a bit harder than it at first seems, particularly since major bookstores turn away independent authors and many local bookstores carry a mix of new and used stock.


Speaking of stock,if you’re self published you have to order books. Kate uses CreateSpace, which allows you to print your books one at a time as you need them. Choosing the number of books to have on hand can be difficult so it it best to speak with the bookstore owners/managers about their clientele’s buying habits.

Once you’ve scheduled your event, negotiated consignment rates (or negotiated with the owners to run your own cash drawer), and ordered stock, it’s time to promote your event. Launch parties in particular seem to be a better draw than just a standard book signing but either way, this is a good time to evaluate your advertising budget and get the word out in as many places as possible. In the case of the most recent event, we had the information posted on the bookstore website, the author’s website, most social media platforms, on signs around town, and took out a small ad in the newspaper.

As a final touch, we also had bookmarks printed to give to customers with their purchase and ran a raffle for free copies of Kate’s newest book.Once you’ve taken all of the necessary steps, the event should go smoothly. Bookstore customers are fiercely loyal and are happy to support local authors, particularly if they are also supporting their favorite store. At the end of the event, it’s not always about the money you’ve made but rather the connections.

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Promotional Materials

Promotional Materials

Another key component of a writer’s professional life is tackling the sometimes dreadful task of creating marketing materials. Most writers are reluctant to promote themselves, despite the deep love of their written works. Thankfully, the materials needed to promote an author and his/her book are far less numerous than those traditionally used to sell products.

While I was thinking about what to post today, my mind instantly sprang to the memory of the textbook salespeople I used to see throughout my public school days. They would always disrupt class by wheeling in some massive cart and table to set up books and information packets. While teachers would always dread the arrival of the textbook salespeople, the Scholastic book fair representatives were treated with kindness and respect. The question is, then, what’s the difference?

At the end of the day, marketing and promotional materials act as an extension of the writer. It is the writer’s job to choose how to create and distribute these products. The textbook salespeople tend to force themselves upon potential clients and demand that time be taken to immediately present their wares. On the other hand, the Scholastic group distributes flyers and order guides weeks beforehand to allow buyers to decide what they want to purchase ahead of time. In my case, I have business cards with basic information that I give out freely and brochures with more detailed information that I give out only if the person seems truly interested. Websites and flyers work in a similar manner.

For my clients on a book tour, I recommend creating posters to put up around town with details about their latest book signing event in addition to the usual business cards/brochures/book cards, ect. Book trailers are also recommended if they can be made to look professional. Beyond those basics, it is up to the author to decide whether or not to invest in the less common materials such as mugs, pens, totes, and shirts.

Water bottles and Tervis tumblers are festival favorites but are extremely pricey to order and are usually out of an independent writer’s means. I generally tell my clients to avoid that kind of thing unless they can order relatively small quantities for a stellar price. That’s not out of any sort of prejudice, trust me I love free pens and cups, but out of a desire to see my client turn the greatest possible profit with the least possible loss. Even though it sounds cliche, I love making bookmarks to sell at conventions and festivals. That way (especially if you are allowed to put the event name on the bookmark itself) you are creating a product that can be made cheaply but can potentially become a treasured item for your buyer.