Friday, January 31, 2014

Like a Fairy Tale Giveaway: Enter to Win a $50 Gift Code to YourNovel.com!

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Once upon a time, there was a giveaway that was Like a Fairy Tale...

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Dates: January 31 to February 14, 2014
Eligibility: US residents, age 18+ only

Any couple can play the starring roles in these novels -- as hero or heroine -- how cool is that? With dozens of books and eBooks set in exotic locations around the world, there’s something for everyone (even vampire, detective, golf and historical fiction). Your Novel‘s authors blend action and romance to produce fun, campy books for a one-of-a-kind gift or keepsake.

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One lucky reader will get to create their own fairy tale with a $50 Gift Code to YourNovel.com!

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Release Day and Facebook Party: "Samadhi" by Melissa Lummis!

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Samadhi – Book Three in the Love and Light Series is available NOW

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Wolf and Loti are learning the hard way that karma will not be denied. In their quest for the truth, they've been forced into a blood bond with a powerful witch who isn't so sure she wants to be tied down. But there's one thing they can agree on: it’s time to eliminate the ancient vampire who set off this deadly chain of events -- Modore.

Using any means necessary -- torture, murder, and even death magic -- Modore lures the triumvirate into the show down of their lives. And the consequences will far exceed even Modore's imagination.

In this final installment of the Love and Light Series, the boundaries of love, lust, and even life itself will be tested and the universe as they know it will never be the same.

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About the Author
Melissa Lummis considers herself a truth seeker, a peaceful warrior, a paranormal and fantasy writer, an avid reader, a thru-hiker GAàME ’98, a Penn Stater, a wife, a mother, and a free thinker. She believes the universe conspires to help an adventurer. And if we live our lives as if it is a daring adventure (and it is!), then everything we need will find its way to us.

Her books have been described as new age suspense in a fantasy setting, but they are also straight up, steamy Paranormal Romance. The Love and Light Series is currently available at most ebook retailers and soon to come is the Little Flame Series, a spin off focusing on the character Fiamette from the Love and Light world.

Melissa lives in rural Virginia with her husband, two children, an Alaskan Malamute, and a myriad of forest creatures. The nature of her mind dictates that she write to stay sane. Otherwise, her fertile imagination takes off on tangents of its own accord, creating scenarios and worlds that confuse the space-time continuum.
Namaste, dear friends.

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

The Complete Amish Wedding Book Blast: Giveaway for a $50 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal Cash

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The Complete Amish Wedding Series

Welcome to the tour for The Complete Amish Wedding Series by Becca Fisher! I love Amish-themed books, and this looks like a terrific series. This boxed set features all six books in the Amish Wedding series, including:

Amish Wedding
Rebecca Lapp has her life back together after a tough break-up. She's found a new man and is finally happy once again. But when her ex comes back into town wanting her back, Rebecca will be forced to make a decision that will change her life forever.

An Amish Widower's Heart
Two years after Henry King loses his wife in a freak accident, he's still trying to cobble his life back together. But he knows that if he doesn't stop lingering on the past, he'll have no future. But can he love again? And just how far is the journey back to happiness?

The Amish Late Bloomer
Almost all of Elizabeth Stoltz's friends are married with kids. Elizabeth meanwhile finds herself back on the dating scene again after a crushing heartbreak. And she quickly finds out that being single at twenty-one years old leaves few options for finding the perfect guy. But Elizabeth is determined to find the love of her life. Will Elizabeth be able to find the love she's been looking her whole life for, or is it already too little too late for her?

Beachy Amish Romance
After a rough break-up, Benjamin Stoltz moves from Lancaster to the Florida Amish community of Pinecraft looking for a fresh start. But Benjamin soon realizes that finding romance in Florida has some unique problems of its own.

This Side Of Heaven
Mary Stoltz has a clear idea in her head of what she wants her dream man to be like. But her romantic reality has fallen far short of her dreams -- not to mention she is at the tail end of her rumspringa with seemingly not a single good suitor in sight. But when Mary finally meets a handsome and interesting man, will her love life finally live up to the dreams in her head?

Amish Homecoming
David Lapp has his rumspringa in the city cut short when he finds out that his mother has been in an accident. But when he returns to Lancaster to take care of her, secrets from the past come to light that will change the direction of his life forever.


Praise for The Complete Amish Wedding Series
"I had trouble putting the book down. I enjoy the stories about the trials in their lives and the way they rise above them with a little assistance from Gott. Nice clean romances are a great to get away and relax. Thank you for the Great read." ~Teresa Thornock (Goodreads)

Excerpt

"I don't ever want this moment to end," Hannah King said.

"Neither do I," Henry King replied.

It was a brisk fall day. The kind that made you want to snuggle close to someone you loved. For Hannah and Henry, that was easy. They lived for each other. They were a match made in heaven. And when they were together, it felt like paradise.

Hannah and Henry had been married almost two years. And yet the honeymoon phase was far from over. They still had that glow about each other. An undeniable chemistry. The couple had heard that marriage was work. That everything wouldn't go as smoothly as they expected. They didn't find that to be true though.

For Hannah and Henry, the married life was amazingly simple -- even for an Amish couple. After work, they always tried to watch the sunset together. It was a tradition, carrying over from their first date. And Lord willing, they caught a glimpse of the sun dancing across the sky as much as they could.

"Do you think it's always going to be like this?" Hannah asked.

"Gott is the only one that knows for sure. But I sure hope so," Henry remarked.

"You know, I've been thinking a lot about the future," Hannah said.

"Only good things I hope," Henry replied.

"Are you kidding? I have you. What could go wrong?" Hannah asked.

"That's my line," Henry joked.

"I figured you wouldn't mind me borrowing it," Hannah replied.

"You can borrow it anytime you want if you're going to use it on me," Henry said.

"Why don't we go back to talking about our future?" Hannah joked.

"It's funny. My parents always brought me up to stay in the present. To just appreciate what was in front of me," Henry explained.

"Well, I certainly like what's in front of me," Hannah interrupted.

"Thanks to you, though, I've found myself starting to look to the future," Henry admitted.

"Look at you, living dangerously," Hannah joked.

"I wish I could be more like you. Looking at the world with nothing but hope in my eyes. But I was raised to keep my feet on the ground. To not let my head drift into the clouds. So optimism is all new to me," Henry said.

"Don't worry. I'm with you every step of the way," Hannah replied.

"I can't think of a better guide," Henry remarked.

"But now that I'm changing your mind about the world, how does the future look now?" Hannah asked.

"As bright as can be," Henry said.

There were certain memories that Henry could never forget. That became burned into his brain. For Henry, that conversation with his wife was one of them. And although the conversation happened over a year ago, it was still as fresh in Henry's mind as ever. It was the last good memory he had of his wife. The next day she died of a freak brain aneurysm.

It was all such a shock. Completely out of the blue. There were no warning signs. No symptoms. In the middle of a conversation, a blood vessel in her brain just blew, and she collapsed to the ground. There was no way to prepare for a tragedy like that, especially when it was such a freak occurrence. Henry turned to Gott for an explanation, but received none. And he'd been trying to cobble his life back together ever since.

It was all such a complete tragedy. The best thing in Henry's life was taken from him in an instant, without warning and without reason. Not to mention that Hannah was only twenty-three years old. She had so much to look forward to. So much in her future. There should have been children on the way. Glorious days spent in the park. Vacations at the beach. And holidays with relatives. It would be a simple life. But it would also be a joyful one. It just wasn't meant to be, though.

Even a year after her death, Henry woke up in disbelief that Hannah was gone. And despite having the whole bed available to him, Henry only slept on his side. He never dared to inch his body to Hannah's side. It was just a force of habit. He knew that it defied logic. That Hannah wouldn't be returning to claim her side of the bed. Still, it was the little routines that gave Henry comfort.

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Author Becca Fisher

I'm Becca Fisher, and I write sweet Amish romances featuring simple people with complex love lives. I'm devout in my faith, relish time with my family, and seek to bring joy to as many lives as possible. I would love to have you as a reader. God bless.






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Ends 2/28/14

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Bloggers Are Invited to Participate in the Like a Fairy Tale Giveaway Event!

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Like a Fairy Tale Giveaway ~ Blogger Sign-Ups!

Hosted by: Tyrneathem
Sponsored by: YourNovel.com
Dates: January 31 to February 14, 2014
Eligibility: US residents age 18+ only.
Any couple can play the starring roles in these novels – as hero or heroine – how cool is that? With dozens of books and eBooks set in exotic locations around the world, there’s something for everyone (even vampire, detective, golf and historical fiction). Your Novel‘s authors blend action and romance to produce fun, campy books for a one-of-a-kind gift or keepsake.

Giveaway will be for a $50 Gift Code to YourNovel.com!
Bloggers will receive one free link for posting and promoting.
Must have 5,000+ fans on Facebook to participate.
Additional links available for a small fee.
Announcement post not required, but most referrals will win three free links!
Please tell them that Susan Heim on Writing sent you!

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To My Readers
This is not yet a live giveaway, but come back January 31st for your chance to win!
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Mooncalf Book Blast: Giveaway for a $50 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal Cash

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Mooncalf, by Linda Zern

Over Olympia and Leah's heads, Americans race the Russians to the moon; on their television sets young men fight and struggle in the mud of Viet Nam; and America holds its breath between heartbreaking tragedies.

But on Miss Brinker's school bus, in the seat with the rip in the green plastic, Olympia and Leah fall in love, the way children do: immediately, completely, and without knowing or caring why they shouldn't. Olympia Crooms, with her happy hair, and Leah Breck, with her silly red dog, are two smart girls.

Olympia's father works other men's orange groves in rural Central Florida and tells his daughter that school is the best way to reach for the stars. Leah's father moves his family from the Space Coast to the country where she and her brother can climb orange trees, imagine lions in the tall grass, and learn to feed baby cows milk from a bottle.

At Evegan Elementary, two smart girls find each other and have to decide if they will learn the hardest lessons of all: the false traditions of their fathers.


Praise for Mooncalf

"One of the most admirable things about Mooncalf is that it's difficult to find a single wasted word in the entire book. Granted the book is short; yet, it is very rare to find a book which treats with such delicacy the choosing of each word -- each adjective, verb, and noun. Themes, motifs, and symbols are everywhere throughout Mooncalf, and most impressive of all none of it is discarded. Motifs and themes exist in big and small circles in Mooncalf, circling back in on themselves as well as intertwining themselves with the plot and the characters that inhabit it. And those motifs and themes, those messages and those symbols, don't go away once you've finished the book. They stick with you. It's hard to forget Mooncalf." ~The Thousander Club

"I never expected to be moved to tears by a book meant for adolescents. Buy it, read it, share it, and let yourself be changed by it." ~Lacey Smith

Excerpt

Olympia’s voice was a whisper in Leah’s ear.

“I don’t have those things, those cooties.”

“I know. I don’t even care what those things are.”

“Cootie bugs. Miss Rhodes is saying I have bugs crawling and living in my hair and at my house.”

“Miss Rhodes didn’t mean you.” Leah felt icky. “She couldn’t mean you.”

“It’s because I’m one of the poor kids, you know. She said it: sharecroppers.”

Without looking, Olympia pulled her hand out of Leah’s and started trying to flatten the wrinkles out of the crushed paper doily on the valentine. Leah put her hand over Olympia’s, the valentine a ruined mess under their fingers.

“But Miss Rhodes has hair just like yours.”

“No,” Olympia said, shaking her head. “No, Miss Rhodes doesn’t want hair like mine, like she had when she was a little girl. She wants white folk’s hair. That’s what Granny Mac says. ‘Cuz some colored folks like her don’t know who they want to be any more.’”

Leah looked at the neat part in her friend’s black braids, and loved the way Olympia’s barrettes danced when she dropped her head. She saw only the complicated, clever patterns in her friend’s clean black hair.

Leah saw only Olympia.

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Author Linda Zern

Linda Zern is a native of Florida where she learned to be moonstruck.

She wrote her first children's chapter book, The Pocket Fairies of Middleburg, in 2005. Writer's Digest called "the perspective of these tiny beings [the pocket fairies] refreshing, enchanting, and intriguing."

Florida Publisher's Association was kind enough to award her little book the President's Book Award for best children's book of 2005.

Mrs. Zern has since published an inspirational book, The Long-Promised Song, serving as both writer and illustrator. Three collections of her humorous essays (ZippityZern’s Uncommon Nonsense) can be found at Smashwords.com, and her award-winning essays have been recognized and published at HumorPress.com.

Her current project, Mooncalf, is her first work of historical fiction for Middle School readers. Set in rural Central Florida, the author tells the story of two misfit girls and the hard lessons they must learn about friendship and love from their friends, their families, and their world.

The mystical state of Florida remains an enchanted and delightsome place for both Mrs. Zern and her husband of thirty-plus years, and so they continue to make their home among the palmettos and armadillos in the historic town of Saint Cloud.


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Literary Addicts Weekly Meme: My Best Reads of 2013

It’s Wednesday! And that means it’s time for the Literary Addicts Weekly Meme! We took a little break for the holidays, but now we’re back with more fun Q&As about books! The theme of this week: What was your favorite book of 2013?

I’m going to assume that this refers to books that were published in 2013. And then I’m going to wimp out and say that I can’t pick just one! I’m sure I’m forgetting some books because I’m really bad at updating my Goodreads shelves, but here are three books that really stood out for me in 2013. (You can click on the covers to read about them on Amazon.)

The Winter Witch, by Paula Brackston

Ink, by Amanda Sun

Longbourn, by Jo Baker

What about you? What book(s) did you love in 2013? CLICK HERE for links to the other blogs participating in this meme to find out their choices!

This post contains my Amazon affiliate link.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Join the Daughters of the Nile Facebook Party!

You may recall that this blog was a stop last month on the book tour for the fantastic historical fiction novel, Daughters of the Nile, by Stephanie Dray! (Read all about it, plus an excerpt HERE.) Now, as a sort of last hurrah to the Daughters of the Nile tour, Stephanie Dray is hosting a Facebook event this Thursday, January 30, with about twenty of the hottest authors of the historical genre. They’re giving away so much stuff (books, critiques, lunch dates at conferences, swag, and cold hard cash), that your chances of winning something are great! They’ll be online for 10 hours beginning at noon, so stop in when you can! CLICK HERE to RSVP to the party!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Announcing the Launch of Austen Variations!


If you are a reader and/or writer of Austen-inspired fiction, you'll definitely want to follow the new blog, Austen Variations! The site is just getting started, so details are still being ironed out, but the founders (all writers of Austen-inspired fiction) will promise you excerpts from WIPs, open forums and polls, dialogue between writers and between writers and readers, guest posts from invited readers, bloggers and reviewers, and much more! I hope you'll head on over to Austen Variations today!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Inside & Out Book Tag

I saw this book tag on Christian Bookshelf Reviews, so I thought I'd join along. If you have a book blog, I hope you’ll join us, too. Leave a link to your post in the comments section so we can read your answers!

I ~ Inside flap/back of the book summaries: Too much info? Or not enough? (Discuss.)
The more info, the better. I hate book backs or flaps that just contain a list of endorsements. I want to know what the story is about before I commit to purchasing it.

N ~ New book: What form do you want it in? Be honest: Audiobook, E-Book, Paperback, or Hardcover?
Paperback. I’ve been trying to use my eReader more, but I still love having an actual book. Hardcovers are too bulky and expensive, so trade or mass-market paperbacks are great.

S ~ Scribble while you read? Do you like to write in your books, taking notes, making comments, or do you keep your books clean clean clean? (Tell us why.)
I keep them clean because I usually pass my books along in giveaways or donate them to the used bookstore at my library, so it’s more courteous to the next reader if they’re unmarked.

I ~ In your best voice, read for us your favorite 1st sentence from a book.
[In an English accent…]
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.
~Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen

D ~ Does it matter to you whether the author is male or female when you're deciding on a book? What if you're unsure of the author's gender?
No, it doesn’t matter to me, although I find that women tend to write more in the genres I like, such as historical fiction, Christian fiction and fantasy.

E ~ Ever read ahead? Or have you ever read the last page way before you got there?
I have to confess that I have, on a few occasions, read the last page when I was just in too much suspense as to how the story would end. But, generally, I am able to restrain myself from reading ahead.

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O ~ Organized bookshelves, or Outrageous bookshelves?
Unfortunately, I don’t have enough space for the books waiting for me to read, so they are messily stacked on top of each other, in front of each other, etc.

U ~ Under oath: have you ever bought a book based on the cover (alone)?
I don’t think so. As I stated previously, I really like to know what the book is about before I’ll commit to buying or reading it.

T~ Take it outside to read, or stay in?
I usually read inside because I get too distracted by all the people and things going on around me outside.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Ruth Reid’s A MIRACLE OF HOPE Kindle HDX Giveaway and Facebook Party!

A Miracle of Hope is the first book in Ruth Reid's new series, Amish Wonders, and she is celebrating the release with a Kindle HDX Giveaway and an Author Chat Facebook Party!
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One winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire HDX
  • A Miracle of Hope by Ruth Reid
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on February 11th. Winner will be announced at the A Miracle of Hope Facebook Party on February 11th. Connect with Ruth for an evening of book chat, trivia, laughter, prizes, and more!

So grab your copy of A Miracle of Hope and join Ruth and friends on the evening of February 11th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP todayTell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 11th!

And stay tuned for my review of A Miracle of Hope on February 4th!

Wicked Waves Book Blast: Giveaway for the eBook ~ 5 Winners!

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Making daggers out of raindrops is only the tip of the iceberg for Brooke Bonham. As one of four women who can control the elements, her ability to manipulate water packs a deluge of potential. Eager to learn more, she’s frustrated at the precautions she must take to avoid the wrong kind of attention on Earth.

Kai's duties as a Lash demon have kept him busy on Earth for nearly two hundred years. Fighting? He was born to do it. Females? They're drawn to him. And Earth? The perfect place for him to avoid supernatural bounty hunters.

Though the two of them mix like oil and water, Kai senses that beneath Brooke’s frosty exterior hides a vortex of simmering passion. He’s determined to thaw his ice princess.

Forced to work together in the immortal realm, they track a rogue Lash demon at the helm of a widespread kidnapping operation. All too soon, Kai’s dark past catches up to them. Time runs out as a second enemy, bent on revenge, vows to stop at nothing short of Brooke’s enslavement and Kai’s death. As they and their foes stalk each other in a demonic game of cat-and-mouse, will her evolving skills and their fledgling bond be enough to save them?




About the author:
Sharon Kay was bitten early by the writing bug. At age twelve she wrote a short story about a magic ring, which won a statewide Young Authors contest. With her nose always in a book, she read the most novels for her age group in her local library’s summer reading program.

In her teens, writing took a back seat to fashion, as she was determined to find clothes different from what everyone else bought at the mall. And what she couldn’t find, she created. She learned to sew, worked in a fabric store after school, and spent her spare time with a needle in hand. Her black and orange prom dress is still one of her favorite creations.

Sharon lives in the Chicago area with her husband and son, and didn’t expect to write again. But Wicked Wind and the Solsti series formed in her head one weekend and refused to stay quiet until she put pen to paper. Her characters tend to keep her up at night as they banter, fall in love, and slay endless varieties of power-hungry demons.

Sharon loves to hear from readers! You can find her at:

Sharonkay.novels(at)gmail.com

www.facebook.com/sharonkaynovels

Twitter: @sharonkaynovels

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The author is giving away 5 ebooks. Fill out the Rafflecopter form below to enter.

Indie Authors Naked Book Blast: Giveaway for a $50 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal Cash

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Indie Authors Naked

Indie Authors Naked explores and defines the world of independent publishing.

Comprised of a series of essays and interviews by indie authors, booksellers and publishers, readers will get a look at the many aspects of the indie community, where publishing professionals of all types come together with the simple goal of creating something unique; something that speaks directly to the reader, no middleman necessary.

Contributors include: James Franco, Hugh Howey, McNally Jackson Books, Sarah Gerard, OHWOW Books, Raine Miller, David Vinjamuri, Toby Neal, Rachel Thompson, Eden Baylee, Christoph Paul, Jessica Redmerski, Dan Holloway, Orna Ross and more.


About the Authors

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Loren Kleinman is a writer and poet with roots in New Jersey. She has a B.A. in English Literature from Drew University and an M.A. in Creative and Critical Writing from the University of Sussex. Kleinman is a columnist for IndieReader.com (IR) where she interviews New York Times and USA Today bestselling indie authors. Some of those interviews in IR reappeared in USA Today and The Huffington Post.

Her poetry has appeared in literary journals such as Nimrod, Journal of New Jersey Poets, Paterson Literary Review, Wilderness House Literary Review, Writer’s Bloc, Resurgence (UK), HerCircleEzine and Aesthetica Annual. She was the recipient of the Spire Press Poetry Prize (2003), was a 2000 and 2003 Pushcart Prize nominee, and a 2004 Nimrod/Pablo Neruda Poetry Prize finalist. In 2003, Spire Press published her first collection of poetry Flamenco Sketches, which explored the relationship between love and jazz.

Her second collection of poetry, The Dark Cave Between My Ribs, is due to release with Winter Goose Publishing in March 2014. She is currently working on a New Adult romance, This Way to Forever.


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Amy Holman Edelman launched IndieReader, the essential consumer guide to self-published books and the people who write them, way back in 2007. Since then, indie authors have stormed the bestseller lists, been courted by trad publishers and (after all that), finally gained a modicum of respect.

Amy self-published her first book, The Fashion Resource Directory, back in the ʼ80s, long before POD and Amazon and e-readers roamed the land. Her second and third books (The Little Black Dress and Manless in Montclair) were traditionally published (by Simon & Schuster and Shaye Areheart Books, an imprint of Crown).

As an author and a publicist with over 20 years’ experience, Amy’s goal for IndieReader is no less than to make indie a respected and desirable category within the publishing world. This book is just one step in that direction.



Excerpt

From the Introduction of Indie Authors Naked by Amy Edelman:

IndieReader was launched in ‘07, otherwise known as the dark days of self-publishing. Back then, every book was considered a vanity publication, every author a failed writer. Denial ran so high that when the self-pubbed book, Her Last Letter by Nancy C. Johnson hit The New York Times bestseller list, the good folks at the NYT were still saying that they’d never include one! And then there was The Shack, another indie that snuck through the gauntlet to appear on the NY Times list for an astounding 172 weeks between June 2008 to early 2010 (52 of those weeks at #1).

Flash forward to 2012-2013. With the advent of ebooks, the publishing landscape has completely and irrevocably changed. Bowker, the ISBN people, recently reported that the number of self-published books in 2012 rose 59% over 2011, growing to over 391,000 titles in 2012. That’s a lot of indie.

But it’s not just availability that has changed the notion of what a self-pubbed book can be. Either the whole “vanity” thing was propaganda on the part of trad publishing -- after all, Virginia Woolf famously did it with Hogarth Press -- or publishing ebooks makes it easier for talented writers to get their work seen. Either way, over the last couple of years -- beginning with the high-profile snagging of Amanda Hocking -- at least 50 indie authors (many of them interviewed in this very book) have been courted and won by traditional publishers.

Did these authors’ books change from when they were self-pubbed to when they became trads? Or did their appearance on the bonafide bestseller lists (The New York Times, USA Today) just make it easier for the Big 5 to spot them? Not that getting picked up by a traditional publisher is always an indie author’s end-game. In fact, a recent survey conducted by The Bookseller noted that only about one-third of the self-published authors surveyed stated that they would consider a traditional book deal. That’s a lot of authors who aren’t willing to trade the freedom of creation for the chance to have their works packaged by committee.

So whether an author decides to sell their work to a trad publisher or not -- it is clear that indies are here to stay. Their books resonate with readers who really couldn’t give a damn if they came through the hallowed halls of a traditional publisher or just via their ereaders. The indie writing community is strong and getting stronger, as are the options for placing their books (been to your local bookstore lately? You may be surprised at the titles you find on the shelves).

Yes, dear readers, this time -- thanks to technology and changing perceptions -- self-publishing is clearly here to stay. And via interviews and essays, Indie Authors Naked aims to highlight the best of the best.

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Thimble Down Book Tour: An Excerpt and an eBook Giveaway!

Susan Heim on Writing is pleased to be a stop on the book tour for Thimble Down by Pete Prown. Keep reading to find out more about this book, read an exciting excerpt, and enter to win an electronic copy of Thimble Down!

About this book:
Thimble Down, by Pete Prown, is a fantasy adventure novel, written to challenge and engage young adults ages 10 to 18. The book is recommended for readers who enjoy The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, The Wind in the Willows, Redwall, Artemis Fowl, and other timeless tales set in landscapes and cultures that bring to mind England, Ireland, Scotland, and the British Isles.

Thimble Down is a country village where death and malice lurk the quiet lanes. When the vile, drunken Bing Rumple acquires a gem-laden treasure, violence begins to follow him everywhere. Where did Bing find such a precious jewel, and worse, is someone willing to kill to possess it? In this fast-paced adventure, the village bookmaster, Mr. Dorro, and his young companions Wyll Underfoot and Cheeryup Tunbridge are in a desperate race to find the answer -- before death comes to Thimble Down.

Thimble Down is the first book in the “Chronicles of Dorro” young adult mystery series, which follows Dorro, Wyll, and Cheeryup on their exciting, but dangerous mystery adventures.

An Excerpt from Thimble Down:

The next morning, Bing Rumple was in full stride. He’d been walking in and out of shops, a chop house, pony stables, and many of the other burrows and houses that composed the center of Thimble Down, bragging about his exploits in the east. With his brother Farroot and Bill Thistle following him like a pair of leering weasels, Bing was enjoying his moment in the sun.

“How do you kill a ferocious goblin?” A youngling had just asked him this very question, and now he was preparing a grandly entertaining response. “Why, you can do it many ways, my boy-o,” he said in a tough voice, but trying to stifle a grin. “You can stick him in the throat with an arrow at fifty paces, or sneak up from behind and garrote the bugger with a sturdy piece of rope. Me, I generally just cut ‘em to pieces with this elvish saber. Look!” he said, drawing the glimmering blade out of his scabbard, “you can even see bits of dried, black goblin blood, and burnt flesh in the crevices.” At this, the Halfling children screamed with a mix of fright and glee and ran off to tell their horrified mothers. Bing and his pals roared with laughter.

As he expected, most people in Thimble Down had never even seen a goblin or troll up close. “What do they look like? Do they have bloody fangs?” asked young Tom Talbo, quivering with delight. Bing seemed to think for a moment before replying, “Oh course they do, young sir. And they have large bulbous eyes, thick grey-green or black skin covered with festering sores, long muscled arms, and meaty hands with claws on the end. They are fearsome to be sure, and if you get too close, they can shred yer intestines in a mere flash.” Bing embellished his tale each time someone asked. He’d never been a celebrity before, and he rather liked it.

“The worst of it was when me ‘n’ the lads were trapped with an elfin hunting party, pinned down by about a hundred and fifty goblins that outnumbered us mightily,” he rambled on. “We were on the top of a small bluff with goblins and trolls all around us. The elves fought valiantly, but we saved the day. Let me tell you the whole story.”

“Ya see, goblins hate fire, and by a stroke of fortune, the top of the bluff was covered with dry, dead brambles and bushes. So I braved a rain of goblin arrows and ran over to the elf chieftain. I said, ‘Toldir’ -- that was his name -- ‘go ask yer men to gather all the brush and big rocks possible, and arrange them on rim,’ I says. Of course, Toldir got pretty steamed at me for calling his warriors Men, because of course, elves ain’t Men and Men ain’t elves, if you reckon my meaning. But in the heat o’ battle, these things happen. Anyway, the elves did as I asked, and soon the entire edge of our bluff was ringed with brush and big boulders. I’ll hand it to them elves -- they are strong and can move quick-like, especially in a pinch.”

“As a further stroke of luck, the elfin hunters had leatherskin bags filled with deer and musk oil from their recent kills, which we used to drench the brush. At Toldir’s command, the oil was lit afire, creating a massive inferno around the perimeter. I gave a shout of ‘Heave-ho!’ and we used sticks and logs to push the big rocks and flaming brush over the lip and down onto the enemy, who were stricken with terror. Those goblins that weren’t killed outright by the boulders and stones were hit with the flaming brambles and verily burst into flames. And any demons that escaped this hell were soundly stuck with deadly elvish arrows or, might I modestly say, by the edge of my sword as we charged down the hill to destroy the enemy. With the goblins either dead or in complete disarray, our troop was able to escape and rejoin the larger elf forces to fight another day.”

Huzzah! Hurrah for Bing!” applauded his audience. Bing, Farroot, and Bill tossed handfuls of pennies into the crowd to curry their favor even more, driving the children mad with joy. Still, some of the older Halflings at the edge of the crowd couldn’t put the image of the sniveling Bing Rumple of yester-year out of their minds. “How could that miserable excuse for a Halfling be such a hero?” they thought. But in general, the village folk were greatly entertained, and this was a great boon to local merchants who hadn’t seen crowds this big since the harvest festival of the previous year. Up and down the hard-packed dirt lanes in Thimble Down, sellers were bringing their wares into the open air, especially pies, cakes, and any variety of dried, candied meats on a stick, which only cost a penny or two and were gobbled down rapturously.

Many in the crowd were also ogling the gem-encrusted brooch pinned on Bing’s left breast. Indeed, more than a few secretly began to covet it. Among them was one Halfling who decided -- at that very moment -- to steal it.

Even if it meant someone had to die.

Amazon reviews:

“A fun read. Choose your favorite chair and settle down for a lighthearted, fast-paced tale of thievery and intrigue in the faraway and long ago village of Thimble Down. You’ll meet some unlikely heroes among the town’s inhabitants, the ‘Halflings,’ who love a good mystery almost -- but not quite as much as they enjoy their creature comforts. This book is part mystery and part fantasy with a tasty smattering of cooking, gardening, and fishing tips thrown in. Enjoy!”

“Perfect for the tween in your life. Ordered this book for my twin 12 y/o nephews for Christmas and they both devoured it. Can’t wait for the next one!”

Thimble Down is available on Amazon, iBooks, and Barnes & Noble.

About the author:
Pete Prown is a noted American writer of Young Adult fantasy books, as well as a magazine and book editor, and journalist. He’s written both fiction and non-fiction books, including THIMBLE DOWN and a series of instructional titles about guitars. Also a talented musician and recording artist, his Guitar Garden music is available on CDBaby.com and iTunes. For more information, go to http://peteprown.com/

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Book Review: Hidden (Dragonlands, Book 1), by Megg Jensen

About this book:
The mystery enshrouding Hutton’s Bridge is as impenetrable as the fog that descended at its borders eighty years ago. Each year, three villagers enter the mist searching for answers. No one ever returns.

Then a dragon falls from the sky to the town square, dead -- the first glimpse of an outside world that has become nothing more than a fairy tale to Hutton’s Bridge. Except to Tressa.

Tressa grew up with Granna’s stories of the days before the fog fell. When Granna dies, leaving Tressa without any family, Tressa ventures into the fog herself, vowing to unravel the foul magic holding Hutton’s Bridge captive.

What she discovers beyond the fog endangers the lives of everyone she loves.

My thoughts:
Tressa is a feisty character due to the events that have shaped her life thus far. She is orphaned at a young age and raised by her grandmother, who seems kindly and yet insists that three people enter the fog each year, most certainly to face death. Tressa experiences another disappointment when the young man she falls in love with, Bastian, is forced to marry another woman. With nothing to lose except her own life, Tressa becomes determined to unravel the mystery of the fog. Though married and a father, Bastian continues to love Tressa and decides to enter the fog with her, along with their friend Connor.

I could really feel the eerie, atmospheric gloom of the fog in Hidden. I couldn’t wait to uncover its mysteries. Why was the fog there in the first place? What happened to those who entered the fog? Would it be possible to bring down the fog and free the residents of Hutton’s Bridge? Or would freeing them bring even more danger into their lives? Many of these questions are answered, and yet many mysteries remain as readers head into Book 2. There were just enough answers to leave the reader satisfied and yet enough mysteries remaining to guarantee a rush to read Book 2.

With dragons, battles, an evil queen, a spunky heroine and more, Hidden is exciting and enchanting. I’m excited to learn more about Tressa and Bastian’s fate, as well as that of the citizens of Hutton’s Bridge. Will their freedom come with too big a price?



Disclosure: The author gave me this copy in exchange for a fair and honest review. This post contains my Amazon affiliate link.

Love Spell Book Tour: An Excerpt and Giveaway for a $25 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal Cash

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Love Spell

Clint Christopherson’s love life is a running joke. When a crazed gypsy curses him with the best wish he could ever ask for, the punchline stops being funny. Now, even his barest touch drives girls mad for him. Desperate to reverse the curse, he turns to his last hope: an attractive private investigator who may be able to locate his missing gypsy. If only Clint knew who it was he just hired...




An Excerpt from Love Spell:

It was all Lindsay could do to not kick the front door of the police station off its hinges. Okay, so she wasn’t that angry, but it felt good to think it. As she exited the Seattle P.D. building, she kept her pace steady, her head erect. Treat her like some ignorant civilian would they? Fine. But to blow her off despite her credentials and connection to Uncle Tom? That was almost infuriating.

I’m sure that one station doesn’t represent the whole department, she thought coolly. Certainly most of them must know how to treat a lady.

But no matter. She’d tracked Fey this far, and jurisdictional issues aside, she’d follow the old woman to her grave if necessary. Seattle P.D.’s lack of cooperation was a minor setback.

She found Clint planted on a grassy patch in front of the station, lost in doodling as he had been for most of the trip. Lindsay stopped to admire him, privately wondering how much she could stare without unleashing the stalking animal that had exploded to life inside of her when she’d first touched his shoulder. She hated the fact that his very presence compelled her to want to do the kind of things she’d only learned from tenth grade health class. Unfortunately, ignoring him had only worked while he was asleep. However, she found that a better antidote was constantly forcing herself to hate him, and so she did, speaking as little as she dared.

Whatever it was, Clint’s bizarre condition had done something to her. The way her heart raced whenever he glanced at her, the way she stopped whenever a breeze played with his hair -- all of it was entirely unwelcome. Yet even as hatred seethed in her veins she couldn’t help remembering how charming he was once he’d started acting like a gentleman during the drive into Seattle. It was as if she’d found the grown-up version of the boy he’d been in high school. Maybe there was something more to the new Clint after all. Something he’d hidden from her -- from everyone -- all this time. Could it be that under that abrasive interior a scared little boy was hiding, waiting for someone safe to come along and help him? And would she want to help him?

Perhaps. If he smiled his smile more often.

Lindsay shook her head clear, and gracefully stepped up to get a view of whatever he was drawing. A remarkably well-drawn portrait of a woman with darker hair done up in a bun, a lovely (if aquiline) face, and glasses perched somewhat seductively on the edge of her nose was posing against a wall. The mouth hadn’t been added yet, but Clint seemed to examine the sketch with adoration. Lindsay’s internal lioness growled at the image. Lindsay herself simply looked away and pretended not to notice.

“Sully, hey,” Clint piped up. “How’d it go?”

She turned back to him, and noticed him pause as she caught his eyes.

“Oh,” he said. “That good. Well, I guess we get to nose around Seattle some, hmm?”

She glared at him for good measure.

“Hey,” he said mock-sternly, “we’re playing nice now, remember? Your cute little self, er, person and mine? And let’s not forget how psyched you were to come here in the first place. I recall you mentioned something about a joint that sells excellent chowder?”

Her frown deepened. “For someone who is potentially mere miles and minutes away from having the supposedly greatest problem of his life fixed, you don’t seem all that eager to get moving. Is there something you’re not telling me?”

Clint hopped up and tucked his sketchpad back into the leather carrying case he never seemed to part from. “That was some excellent alliteration there, Sully. I’m impressed. Have you thought about taking up poetry?”

She grimaced further.

“Yes, of course I’m eager to get this wrapped up.”

He stepped up to her. The faint scent of his aftershave sent an involuntary tremor through her, and she slinked a little bit closer, wondering if her own perfume might convince him to let her even closer.

“I was testing the water temperature of my favorite private investigator is all,” he said. “You looked like you could use some cheering up, and since I just so happen to be available…” He shrugged, and then gestured to her car. “Anyway, after you. I’m sure that detective sense of yours will get this done in no time.”

She smiled despite herself, and when she reached the door of his -- her -- car, he quickly opened it and gestured inside with one of the grand flourishes he seemed to enjoy. “After you, milady.”

Lindsay smiled again, and she slid into the driver’s seat and started the engine.

There was no stopping her this time.

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Author Stan Crowe

Stan had a pretty normal, middle-class American youth. He was lucky enough to change that by convincing an exceptional woman to marry him in 2000, setting him on a much more fulfilling life course.

Four years later, Brigham Young University awarded him with a Bachelor’s of Science in civil and environmental engineering. He then he spent several years designing homes, prescribing work for bridges, and even exploring the mortgage industry.
In the midst of all this, he produced two science fiction anthologies in 2006 and 2007. In 2012, Breezy Reads Publishing picked up his romantic comedy, The Cinderella Project. And thus he transformed himself from Captain Kirk into Don Juan.

Stan lives with his wife, children (final count to be determined) and two cats in Utah.


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Monday, January 20, 2014

The Calling Book Tour: Six Chances to Win an iPad, Kindle, or Nook from Suzanne Woods Fisher!

Bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher is celebrating her newest book, The Calling, by giving away TWO iPads, TWO Kindles, and TWO Nooks!
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Two grand prize winners will receive:
  • An iPad
  • The Letters and The Calling by Suzanne Woods Fisher
Four second place winners will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire HDX or a Nook HD—winner's choice!
  • The Letters and The Calling by Suzanne Woods Fisher
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on February 8th. All winners will be announced February 10th at Suzanne's blog.

Don't miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to visit Suzanne's blog on the 10th to see if you won one of the great prizes! (Or better yet, subscribe to her blog and have the winner announcement delivered to your inbox!)


And stay tuned for my review of The Calling on February 7th!

Rubber Soul Book Blast: Giveaway for a $50 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal Cash

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Rubber Soul, by Greg Kihn

Greg Kihn is a rock star, seasoned radio host and author. Rubber Soul, his latest novel, is inspired by intimate interviews that he conducted with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Pete Best, Yoko Ono and Patti Harrison. Though Rubber Soul is fiction, as Greg says it is “100% historically accurate” and a candid glimpse of the phenomenon that is The Beatles.

Rubber Soul is an innovation in the Rock Thriller genre, taking readers on a rollicking ride through The Beatles’ legacy from the early days in Liverpool to six sold-out shows per night in Hamburg and full-fledged Beatlemania.

Dust Bin Bob runs into some lads from Liverpool at his secondhand shop on Penny Lane. The lads -- John, Paul, George and Ringo -- and Dust Bin Bob become firm friends, sharing vinyl that will spark a revolution. Murder, mystery and Beatlemania mayhem ensues -- with the boys narrowly avoiding an international incident and an attempted assassination. It’s the ultimate Beatles story that could have happened!


Praise

“There’s no one more qualified to write a rock-and-roll novel than Greg Kihn. He’s the real deal and at his Kihntillating best in this book.” -- Guy Kawasaki, former chief evangelist of Apple

Rubber Soul is a magical mystery tour de force by Greg Kihn, a rocker who obviously has a way with words as well as music. His imagined story about The Beatles is fast-moving, full of twists and tension, and musical nuggets and insights. Great story-telling set to a Fab-four beat.” -- Ben Fong Torres

Rubber Soul captures what Rock-n-Roll is all about -- and Greg Kihn would certainly know! This nearly-true story of The Beatles is pure magic and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.” -- Eddie Money

“Greg Kihn is the most compelling author who ever had a top five singing career. Rubber Soul is a fantastic story by Greg, with an historical back beat. I urge you not to miss this.” -- Joan Jett

“I’m happy to report that Rubber Soul, the latest work by my pal Greg Kihn, has correct punctuation, complete sentences, even full paragraphs -- some of the exact same literary devices that can be found in the greatest novels our culture has ever produced! It’s also written in English, which happens to be one of my very favorite languages.” -- “Weird Al” Yankovic

“While the RIAA may not be able to certify Kihn’s work with a gold disc, fans of Kihn and The Beatles, as well as those who long for the simpler yet magical time of the 1960s, will thoroughly enjoy and fall in love with Rubber Soul. They certainly don’t write ʼem like this anymore.” -- Chris Shapiro, RetroPulse

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Author Greg Kihn

NBC called Greg Kihn “Rock’s True Renaissance Man” and for good reason. As part of the eponymous band he has: toured the globe, had hit records, been inducted into the San Jose Rock Hall Of Fame, opened for the Rolling Stones and jammed with Bruce Springsteen. You may have heard of his smash worldwide #1 hit “Jeopardy” and “The Breakup Song,” not to mention the parody written by Weird Al Yankovic.

Being a famous and successful rock star is only one part of the mosaic that is Greg’s story. In the ʼ90s, Greg poured his passion for lyrics into writing fiction -- publishing four novels, one of which Horror Show was nominated for the prestigious Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel.

In this vein, Greg merged his love of writing with Rock and Roll and wrote Rubber Soul -- a unique rock murder mystery featuring The Beatles. The inspiration for this novel came from Greg’s interviews with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Pete Best, Yoko Ono and Patti Harrison. In this way Greg gained exclusive access to the biggest band ever to exist. Rubber Soul is a work of fiction, but it is 100% historically accurate and a story that only rock veteran Greg Kihn could have written.


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Announcing the Scattered Links Book Tour and Giveaway for a Bracelet and $20 Amazon Gift Card!

Scattered Links is a novel that pulls its characters from the gutters and, in the end, celebrates the tenacity of the human spirit.

Thirteen-year-old Oksana lives on the streets of Russia with her pregnant mama and abusive aunt, both prostitutes. When Mama swells into labor, Oksana makes a decision to save herself from abandonment, a decision that torments her forever. When her plan fails and her aunt dumps her in an orphanage, she never has the chance to say goodbye to her mama or tell her the secret that haunts her.

Scattered Links is a story of family and the consequences that come from never learning how to love, of a girl’s inability to bond with her adopted family and the frustrations that follow.

How can a child understand the mechanics of forming a healthy relationship when she never had a mother who answered her cries, held her when she was frightened, fed her when she was hungry, or loved her unconditionally?

Only when the child meets a rescued abused horse, and recognizes the pain in his eyes, does she begin to trust again.

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Scattered Links, (initially titled Love Is Just a Word), was the winner of the 2013 Aspiring Writers Competition, sponsored by Write on Con and The Reading Room. Scattered Links was intended to show a glimpse into the life of a child with reactive attachment disorder (RAD), so prevalent in children who never had unconditional love in infancy.

This novel was inspired by Michelle’s journey to Russia to adopt her orphan daughter. Upon seeing the neglect of orphanage children and learning of the effects of RAD in post-institutionalized children, Michelle researched this disorder, committed to giving her daughter the best chance at a healthy life. Sadly, many parents can’t cope with the behavior from kids with RAD and re-home their children.

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About the author:

Michelle grew up in the ʼburbs of Detroit with five brothers. No sisters. Each time her mom brought the boy bundle home from the hospital, Michelle cried, certain her mom liked boys better than girls. But when her brothers pitched in with the cooking, cleaning, and babysitting -- without drama -- Michelle discovered having brothers wasn’t so bad. They even taught her how to take direct criticism without flinching, which might come in handy with book reviews. Michelle blogs at Random Writing Rants where she teaches and encourages writers about how to get published.

Follow Michelle:

Website link: http://www.mweidenbenner.com
Facebook link: http://www.facebook.com/randomwritingrants
Twitter link: @MWeidenbenner1
Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7171873.M_Weidenbenner

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Teaching adults and teens how to get published
Blog link: http://www.randomwritingrants.com

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Friday, January 17, 2014

Dreaming of Books Giveaway Hop: Enter to Win "The Promise of an Angel," by Ruth Reid


Welcome to the Dreaming of Books Giveaway Hop! For this giveaway, I am offering a paperback copy of The Promise of an Angel, an Amish fiction novel by Ruth Reid.


About this book:
All Judith Fischer ever wanted is to marry within her community and raise a family. She longs for the day when her parents will allow Levi Plank to officially court her.

But on the day Judith suspects Levi will ask her parents’ permission, her younger brother Samuel has an accident under her charge. Rushing to Samuel’s aid, Judith spies a strange man helping him; a man she later believes was an angel.

When she shares her conviction with her family and close friends, she is shocked to find that no one believes her, including Levi. In the days following the accident, the angel visits Judith with information that may guide her down the path of faith, should she choose to follow.

As her community slowly distances themselves, only one person is willing to stand up for her … the bishop’s son, Andrew Lapp. But can he convince the settlement to listen to her? With a show of faith that flies in the face of her conservative upbringing, can Judith hold strong to the promise that there are even greater things in store for those who believe in God’s miracles?

Book bloggers, join the hop! This is a “spontaneous hop”! CLICK HERE if you’re a blogger and would like to join us!

One lucky winner will receive a paperback copy of The Promise of an Angel, by Ruth Reid. Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM ET on January 24, 2014.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Create a Powerful Life Plan Book Tour: Giveaway for a $25 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal Cash

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Create a Powerful Life Plan!

Ready to jumpstart your life, but not sure how?

Years ago I was fat, unfulfilled, and unfocused. Then I got serious about making changes, writing an achievable life vision and goals. Starting with weight, I lost twenty-five pounds and gained great energy. This motivated me to organize my home and time, rediscover the joy in parenting, and speak professionally part-time to share with others what I had learned.

That was my ideal life change. What’s yours?

Create a Powerful Life Plan: 3 Simple Steps to Your Ideal Life! will help you achieve life changes in three stress-free steps. You’ll learn how to create a clear vision of your ideal life; how to set and achieve simple, enjoyable goals to make that vision a reality; and, finally, what to do when you become stuck, fearful, or frustrated.

You’ll also read the real-life experiences of five women who put their Life Plan into action and receive online support through podcasts, video segments, blog posts and more at www.conniesokol.com.

Now is the best time to become the person you want to be, and live the life you yearn to live. No gimmicks, no hoopla, just solid, time-tested principles and practices that will help you achieve your dreams and goals, and enjoy the process.

So, are you ready to create your powerful Life Plan?


Endorsements:

“I love your book!! I read it once last week and now I’m reading it again and marking it. I can see it making a difference in my life. I’m realizing that I don’t have to do it all at once.”~Jodi Anderson

“Before I started this [book], I wanted to break down my goals into weekly accomplishments in a goal setting program. I can’t believe it; this is exactly what I have been looking for!”~Brea Mefford

“I love this program. It really helps me to be accountable, and more importantly, to see progress. I increased my weekly income by better than half. I paid off two credit cards and my overdraft. My husband was able to pay off his car, and I have completely revamped my business goals and direction. Thank you!”~Andrea Johnson


Author Connie Sokol

Connie Sokol is a mother of eight, a sought after local and national presenter, and a regular speaker at Education Week. She is a monthly TV contributor on KSL’s “Studio 5” and regular blogger for KSL’s “Motherhood Matters.” She is a former columnist for Deseret News and Utah Valley Magazine, and TV and radio host for Bonneville Communications. Mrs. Sokol is the author of several books including the award-nominated Caribbean Crossroads, Faithful, Fit & Fabulous, and Life Is Too Short for One Hair Color Series, as well as the creator of talk CDs, podcasts and the “8-week Challenge.” Mrs. Sokol marinates in time spent with her family and eating decadent treats.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

No Strings Attached Giveaway Hop: Enter to Win Your Choice of a Chicken Soup for the Soul Book!

Welcome to the No Strings Attached Giveaway Hop! This hop is for all the people who hate jumping through hoops to enter giveaways! Every blog participating in this giveaway is offering a prize that a blogger, author or reader would enjoy. (Prize must be valued at $5 or more.) The only requirement to enter is to provide your name and a way to be contacted if you win. We won’t ask you to follow any social media accounts, tweet, or even answer a question! It can’t get any easier than that!

For my giveaway, I am offering the lucky winner their choice of one of the following Chicken Soup for the Soul books.



Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM EST on January 21, 2014.

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