Friday, March 30, 2012

Protected Blog Tour

Welcome to the PROTECTED Blog Tour! One of my fellow Indelibles, Cindy Hogan, is celebrating the release of PROTECTED, sequel to her YA novel WATCHED. Read all about it!

They found her.
Now she must run and leave behind everything she knows,
including herself.

She has the guy. The terrorists have been taken care of and she has a shot at becoming popular.
Life is great!
Until they find her.
Now she must run and leave behind everything she knows,
including herself.



Goodreads author page:

Amazon: Hogan/dp/0985131802/ref=pd_sim_sbs_b_1

Praise for Protected
"From bullies to terrorists, Christy faces challenge after challenge in this stunning sequel that raises the stakes, both for her safety, and her love-life. A fantastic addition to a series that is sure to catch the hearts of readers." ~Heather McCorkle, author of the Channeler series

"PROTECTED is a thrilling follow-up that left me sitting on the edge of my seat and begging for more."- Magan Vernon author of How to Date an Alien

"A suspenseful, romantic, and intriguing novel. Protected is a riveting novel that I couldn’t put down until the very last word." Miriam Barton, author

"Protected, is unique and so elegantly written that it did no less than amaze me with the brilliance of this author. In a world where danger is real and there are bad people just waiting to hurt you at every turn, Cindy M. Hogan still manages to weave in the hope that is found in believing in a higher power.
This is one of the very best YA series I have ever read and it's definitely worth picking up. I think I love this series most because of the real-life drama and situations these teens are put in. The situations are indicative of what could truly happen in today's world and that's what makes it so exciting and thrilling. Packed with a combination of heart-wrenching teen angst and heart-stopping action with the threat of some really bad people, this is one you don't want to miss!"
~Kitty Bullard GMTA reviews

"This anticipated sequel sizzles with equal parts thriller, suspense and romance. A spine tingling story I could not put down." ~C.K.Bryant, author of BOUND

"Protected has equal parts romance and thriller. This fast paced novel has a little something for everyone!" -Lani Woodland, author of Intrinsical

Other Stops on the PROTECTED Blog Tour:

Friday, March 23, 2012

Adventures in Epublishing: What I Really Really Want...

I've now been at publishing for over a year now. I've figured it all out (kinda, hehehehe) and I've become skilled in the arts of content editing, copy editing, picking covers, formatting books, marketing (at least as much as I've had time). I've also joined up with not one, but two super groups, DarkSide Publishing and The Indelibles. But now we're finding that at this stage, we have different wants and needs than before.

There are two things that I could use extra help with. Being an indie author is great, but if you're working full-time, it's hard to keep up with both working and marketing, so that's something that I usually have to let slide.

I know there are a few places offering marketing services now, but they also cost money and I'm trying to keep as profitable as possible. But I SO need help with marketing. What's crazy is the things that work pop up and fizzle out so fast. Wanna go free? Before Christmas, I did and had tens of thousands of downloads. Try to go free now and instant success is NOT guaranteed because now everyone is doing it. Get a great result from using one of those ebook promoting sites (Pixel of Ink, etc.)? Well, by the time you get a date and get your book on it, another's author's great success might not be able to be replicated.

One of our Indelible friends has hired an intern, which isn't a bad idea, but alas, with little money, I'd need an intern that would volunteer just to do it for the experience. Maybe I should recruit one of my social marketing-savvy high school students to do it. Hmmmm.

The other thing I feel I'm missing out on is foreign sales. And this is pretty much one of the reasons I wouldn't look down on having an agent. It would be awesome to have a proper business partner, one who could take my book and sell it in a bunch of markets. It's so frustrating because we've tried this approach...


But they're not biting. I'm not sure if there really isn't money in it for them or if they still just have this stigma with working with us indies or what, but really, I don't have the time or energy to send queries all over the world. For agents, they have these connections already organized. With nary the touch of an email button, ZOOM, connect with foreign agents/publishers, and if they like the book, voila - MOOLAH.

Well, we'll see. Maybe someday, our universes, indie and trad pubbed, will merge and agents will be thrilled to help us look for those rights. A girl can dream, right!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop

Being Irish, I love St. Patrick's Day. And what better way to celebrate than by offering up some great prizes to new friends! Thanks to I Am A Reader, Not A Writer, Books Complete Me, and Author Cindy Thomas for hosting!

I've got some great giveaways for you!

In honor of St. Patrick's Day, I'll be offering my brand new title, THE GREEN, as a free gift, just for stopping by. Claim yours by following the link below to Smashwords and use the coupon code to claim your free book!

Enter Coupon Code TB22J for FREE copy!

There are no requirements to enter other than leaving your name and email address in the comments so I may contact you. It would be great if you want to follow the blog or would like to follow me on Twitter or Facebook.

Prize Pack #1 
One signed first edition paperback copy of INTO THE SHADOWS with the original limited edition cover! (US Only) Plus ebook copy of BLOODY LITTLE SECRETS & EIGHT. 

Prize Pack #2
Ebooks of the following titles (US & International)

Bloody Little Secrets by Karly Kirkpatrick
The Veil by Cory Putnam Oakes
Sleepers by Megg Jensen

Prize Pack #3 
Ebooks of the following titles (US & International)


How to Date an Alien by Magan Vernon
Exiled by RaShelle Workman
Tangled Tides by Karen Amanda Hooper

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Check It Out! New Book From DarkSide's Angela Carlie!!!

I'm excited to announce the sequel to Loramendi's Story, called Spider Wars, which is available now! Pick up your copy today if your a paranormal fan like me!

The second book in the Lords of Shifters series, Spider Wars, is now available!

What happens when a species is tired of being stomped on?

Jess' life has never been ordinary. After all, life on the road with an immortal family of gypsies is hardly predictable. Living in the small town of White Salmon, Washington has brought some normality to her life. But when her cheating, sometimes boyfriend, Nicu, gets involved with a group of arachneshifters, life gets a little sticky. Will she be able to save him from the web he's spun? More importantly, how much is she willing to risk to get him back?

This novel is meant for mature readers.

Available now on and Smashwords.

For a limited time, you can get the first book in the series, Loramendi's Story for FREE on Amazon.