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Friday, May 29, 2015

Boosting sales: Tweaks I've Made.

Sales have been up over the last two to three months, and it has me scrambling to see if something I did is finally working or if it is just some sort of coincidence. I'm hopeful that the trend holds, but I thought I'd give a list of things that I've done recently that MIGHT have something to do with it. I have no idea if it was one of these things, all of these things, or none of these things, but in the last few months I have . . .

Added the Word "Series" to my Keywords

Tweaking keywords for your book is a great place to start when you're looking for ways to boost sales. Amazon is essentially a search engine that sells stuff. I actually had mine set okay with things like "Dragon, Fairy Tale, Adventure." However, I read somewhere that adding the word "series" into your keywords can help, so I did. And it makes sense. People looking for a series are likely voracious readers who find something they like and stick with it. They're probably looking to buy multiple books by the same author, in the same world, with the same characters.

 Checking my Genre Categorization 

This kind of falls under "stupid things I did when I was still learning the ropes that I had to fix later." I didn't realize you were allowed to pick two genres when you enter your book in Kindle Direct Publishing. I had my book in the very broad "Fiction>Fantasy>General." I went back in and added in "Fiction>Romance>Fantasy." 

Actively (but honestly) Pursuing Reviews

I've written about sketchy or downright dishonest ways some people try and get reviews before (here for instance), but there are honest ways to pursue reviews and considering the low rate of readers who actually review after reading, if you just wait for reviews to come in naturally, you might be waiting a while. However, getting reviews can be an exhausting process. I spend hours emailing reviewers offering them free copies of my book in return for an honest review and am lucky to get a handful to respond to me. 
There are rotating theories about a "magic number" of reviews, like, if you have 35 reviews, or 50, or a 100 Amazon will promote you or give you higher precedence in their algorithms somehow. . . I don't know if any of this is true. I honestly think most of what people say about how Amazon work is guess work and/or outdated because Amazon seems to constantly change policies/methods. I'm guessing they're experimenting to see what works to keep themselves and their site relevant the same way we authors play with our covers and keywords. 
That said, magic number or not, Dragon's Curse currently has 48 reviews and seems to be doing pretty well. 

Free Days and Promos

I'm Kindle Select which means in turn for being exclusive to Amazon, I get a certain number of promotional days per quarter where I can either put my book for free or discounted through a kindle countdown deal. I used to be a big fan of the countdown (having my book be 99 cents for a week), but I've seen fewer sales the last few times I did it, even with paid ads, and I just wasn't getting the sales I wanted.
So last January, I started experimenting with free days, running ads on different sites during these free days, and almost always the boost in sales following the free days have been encouraging.

Other things that I might look into in the future are playing with price points and cover designs. While I'm overall happy with both of these aspects of my fiction, it's something I'm prepared to mess with if sales go down again and I need something to draw new eyes to my books. 

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

50 Self-Published Books Worth Reading!

So, the site "Read Freely" is trying to put together a list of the best self-published books . . . and while I'd love for you all to nominate me, I'm sure there are dozens of self-published authors you think are worthy of a place on this list.
You can use the form below to nominate an author of your choice.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Scales! by Pauline Creeden


Scales A Falling in Deep Collection novella by Pauline Creeden published on May 26, 2015 Goodreads | Amazon
Verona is a bottom feeder. She is the one mer in her clan who is considered the ugliest and least intelligent. Growing up with the constant bullying and abuse wasn’t the worst of what her kind had in store for her. At seventeen years old, she must now endure “The Reckoning.” The scales will measure her worth to her clan. Will she endure thirty days as a land-walker to gather information and knowledge to appease her clan and return a valued member? Will she wait three years, until she is twenty, and find a mer of her kind to accept her and marry her? Or will she suffer exile for the rest of her life?

Woman in water  


TO KEEP FROM SCREAMING, I bite hard on my lip. The copper mixture of blood and saltwater mingles on my tongue. Mer claws rake against my back. The barnacles on the post to which I’m tied stab me in the chest. Pain sets my body on fire. Everything burns. I squeeze my eyes shut tight and keep my silence. “Ugly.” “Repugnant.” “Unsightly.” “Ignorant.” “Bottom Feeder.” Each word cuts as deep in my flesh as the physical wounds my clan inflicts. It can’t last long. I can endure this. As soon as the sharks catch scent of my blood they will come, and the Mer will scatter. The world spins around me like a whirlpool. My breaths come quick and shallow, my heart pounds faster in my ears. Each second is an eternity, until I realize fresh wounds are not adding to the burning in my skin. The elder’s sharp tongue whispers in my ear. “Now you will be measured.” My wrists fall free of the post as he cuts the ties. Exile. My Reckoning has begun. Diving
pauline1About the Author:
Pauline Creeden is an award-winning author, horse trainer, and overall book ninja. She becomes the main character in each of her stories, and because she has ADD, she will get bored if she pretends to be one person for too long. Her debut novel, Sanctuary, won 1st Place Christian YA Title 2013 Dante Rosetti Award and 2014 Gold Award for First Place YA Horror Novel. Stalker Links: Website: http://paulinecreeden.com Facebook: http://facebook.com/PaulineCreeden Twitter: http://twitter.com/P_Creeden Instagram: https://instagram.com/paulinecreeden/

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Review: Fairy Wren

btw, this cover is amazing, isn't it?
I actually won this book in a raffle, but I'd been lusting after it for a while, just because of the cover. Look at that cover. That's a gorgeous cover. I think I want it framed.
This book is a magical realism/mystery by Australian author Ashley Capes. You can purchase it through the link below.
The Fairy Wren

This is one of the few recent books I have that I consider truly excellent. It's poetic and wistful and drives you forward without losing its heart. Seriously, I loved this book, and I'm picky. Really, really picky. You don't see how picky I am because if I don't like a book I just STOP reading it and never bother to review, but this one, dang, makes me wish there was an extra star to add in or something.

The writing is extremely poetic and filled with these little Easter eggs referencing authors and books, art, and music that have insane nostalgia factors and create this seamless mood without going into long descriptions. There was a point in the book where the character seemed to be digging himself deeper and deeper into a hole that I sort of wanted to pluck him out of the story and rescue him, but for the most part the ill luck was just that, not character stupidity, and I was still rooting for him.

I teared up a little at the end too.

For more conservative readers or in case my mother sees this review and tries to buy the book for my pre-teen sister, there is some off screen violence and strong language scattered about. The book never feels "dark" to me even when it delves into more serious topics, I think because there is an idea of hope and magic behind it all.
Anyway, this is just a bravo moment for me. This is probably the best book I've read this year. 

Friday, May 22, 2015

Review: Only a Kiss by Ines Bautista-Yao

Only a Kiss by Ines Bautista-Yao

You can purchase the book through the link below.

I didn't want to stop reading, missed a step, and almost fell down the stairs. Deadly book.
The strength of this book is in the characterization and the believable narration which ages with the kids. They feel like kids, then teens, then young adults. They are likable and relatable throughout, with believable foibles as well as strength.
I liked that this kept its non-US setting without feeling confusing to someone who has never been there, just enough non-English words thrown in to give it character (there's a glossary in the back, but I never needed it).
My only two small quibbles were occasionally the story would skip forward in time and then catch us up with "what we'd missed" in the last few years through a quick "sum up" narrative. Once or twice I lost track of the timeline because of this, but only for a moment. Also, if you  are considering this for a younger reader, there is some drinking at parties for fairly young characters.

I really enjoyed this lighthearted read and finished it quickly. It's a happy, hopeful, interesting love story. 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Our Trip to Disney World

First off, look at these girls, these two awesome girls. Don't these two girls deserve a trip to Disney World?

Apparently we qualified for a pretty hefty "Florida resident" discount to Disney. We hadn't been planning on going, but Matt had some leave and time just seemed right, so BOOM! Off we went. It's actually our first real family vacation. So off we went!
It wasn't a bad drive. We left a little later than we wanted to, after checking Caen into a kennel (Called Cain's Dog House, so he fit right in) and stopping at Walmart to buy some fresh dvds for the girls (Matt's truck has a dvd player in the back), we were on our way. We spent three days at the park and two traveling (one day there, one day back).

best part of long car trips

Mostly pictures in this post. Not a lot to say (It's Disney. They have Disney stuff. It was fun.) . . . but some quick notes.
Going to Disney is a sure way to get kids out of bed early. Too early. Like "Why are you out of bed before six?" early.

Claire loves trying on hats
This exchange after Matt honked at somebody hogging the passing lane . . .
Me: You can't fix every rude driver from here to Disney World.
Matt: I'm not trying to fix every rude driver, just the ones in front of me.

I swear she was having a good time
 Claire would've been happy with a lot less than Disney World. Every time we passed even a tiny body of water she'd point and say, "Lake! Lake! Wanna go beach!" She also would've been happy just riding the tram between the parking lot and the ticket gate. She loved that dang thing. She called it a choo choo.

Matt came down with a cold like on our first day, so he looks dead in a lot of these photos

Claire became quite addicted to being carried. She would go up to either me or Matt, put up her arms and say, "I carry you!" If we said she had to walk she'd say, "Don wanna." If she didn't get her way and had to walk she'd drag her feet, cross her arms, and stick her lip out.
She also was obsessed with the donuts at the continental breakfast in our hotel.
best seat in the house
The first ride we went on was Aladdin's Magic Carpet, and Claire loved it.

The second ride we went on was the Pirates of the Caribbean. It paused for about ten minutes and Claire started to freak out. She spent the rest of the ride crying and clinging to Matt.
The next ride we got onto was It's a Small World. The moment we sat down in the boat, she got this terrified look on her face and clung to Matt for dear life.
 Fortunately Small World is a lot tamer than Pirates (though if you ask me the dolls in Small World are ten times creepier than anything in Pirates) so after it got going she calmed down significantly. 
Though when we went on the Haunted House ride she didn't like that at all . . . however, Matt let her watch youtube videos on his phone and so she didn't cry on that one. 

One change we'd make if we did it again was to skip Animal Kingdom. There wasn't enough to do there that appealed to both our girls. Matt took Coryn on the Everest Ride and we did one Kiddie Ride in Dinoland and caught a Lion King show, a petting zoo, and a train ride . . .but mostly it felt like a really tiny zoo spread out over a large area. I'd rather just go to a real zoo. Though I did get my picture taken next to a komodo dragon. I like dragons.
he's just waiting to sprout wings and toast a village
Coryn tripped in Animal Kingdom and skinned her knee pretty badly. A nice lady with a (maybe, I'm bad with accents) Kiwi or Australian accent offered me bandaids (she didn't call them bandaids . . . something that I didn't recognize right away, I forget what), which was nice, though they kept falling off. But anyway, that was probably one of the reasons that day didn't go so great. Coryn was kind of sulky after that happened and didn't really get her groove back . . . plus Matt's cold got really bad. 
in a tea cup

Claire and I went wandering around while Coryn and Matt did the "big kid" ride, though, and we had a good time, saw a tiger and some exotic birds. She saw this stuffed animal she wanted (a leopard, maybe? I forget) and stood next to it saying "C'mon, pwease, pwease, pwease" while making her little "come hither" hand gesture. A random individual told me she sounded like a little Italian (is there a stereotype about Italians being demanding and slightly spoiled as children?) . . . anyway, she didn't get the leopard but only because her daddy had already bought her an over priced Piglet plushie (she calls him Oink) the night before.
I like dragons
covering her ears because fireworks are loud
Claire's favorite ride was probably Winnie the Pooh. Unfortunately, it broke down about half way through. They had to come let us out of our car and walk us out. Claire seemed to like this closer look at the figures and it was kind of cool getting an inside glimpse at some of the smoke and mirrors tricks used in the ride.
Claire likes Pooh
Coryn loved the fast rides and was all "go go go" but was disappointed that she didn't meet any friends. It is hard to meet people in Disney World. Everyone is in such a hurry.

Claire occasionally just wanted to take breaks and play with sticks or throw things in the water features. One time that was really cool was when we were resting near the Tiki Lounge (Matt and Coryn were off on Splash Mountain . . .we divided up when Claire was too short for a ride. I took Coryn on Thunder Mountain and the Seven Dwarves Mine Cart and Matt took her on Splash Mountain and Everest) and all of the sudden this giant clam shell next to the fountain opened up, said something (I didn't catch it), and closed again. Claire looked at me like, "Did you see that?" and watched it for the longest time but it didn't repeat. She loved that.
So both my girls really seemed to enjoy it. We're glad to be home, though. I feel like I fell really behind in my writing just in taking that three days off, which is stupid because I'm self-published and the only reason I have deadlines is because I set them. But oh well. 
This post is mostly just an excuse to share cute pictures of my girls. Believe it or not, I'm showing restraint. I have a lot more. 

Caen was happy when we picked him up again, though the kennel seemed to have kept him quite well. 
But it is good to be home. 

Monday, May 18, 2015

More Promo Site Results

I'm always testing promo sites. I have a few that have given me reliable numbers every time I've run a promo through them and ones I didn't make my money back on. Every time I do a free day or a countdown deal, I always try a new, reasonably priced promo site.

This time I did 5 free days and three paid promos. I used tried and true Ereader News Today and Bknights/Fiverr and also tried out eBookSoda for the first time. Unexpectedly, I got picked up by eBookDaily also, so that probably skewed the numbers . . .but here are my results. I will be including the amount of free downloads of the promo book as well as sales and Kindle Unlimited library loans of the books that were not free during this time.

Day One: no paid promos, did some tweeting and Facebook sharing.

  • Free Downloads 603
  • Paid Downloads 18
  • Kindle Unlimited Loans 4

Day Two: Ereader News Today.

  • Free Downloads 1,410
  • Paid Downloads 43
  • Kindle Unlimited Loans 11

Day Three: Bknights/Fiverr plus unexpectedly picked up by eBookDaily

  • Free Downloads 2,057
  • Paid Downloads 87
  • Kindle Unlimited Loans 10

Day Four: eBookSoda

  • Free Downloads 532
  • Paid Downloads 31
  • Kindle Unlimited Loans 14

Price of the Promos: 
  • Ereader News Today: $20
  • Bknights/Fiverr: $5.50
  • eBookSoda: $10
  • eBookDaily: in this case Free


Ereader News Today and Bknights both have a proven track record as far as I'm concerned, and while ENT used to be a slightly better return (at a slightly cheaper price, they've raised their fee a couple of times since I first used them), they still consistently make my ad money back for me. Bknights is almost as good as Ereader. My numbers were obviously better on day three than on day two, but I have no way of determining which sales and downloads were due to Bknights and which were from the free eBookDaily promo.
Now eBookSoda has me torn a bit. Assuming that all the sales on that date were a direct result of that ad rather than just ripple effect from the previous three days of promotions, I did make my $10 back. . . but not by as much as I liked. 
Some pros for them: they got me on relatively fast. I scheduled this promotion last minute when ENT emailed me saying they could fit me in on the 10th (like on the 7th), so a lot of sites I wanted to try to get on, I couldn't because of the required week or more advance notice. EBooksoda required three days or something like that. That was nice. 

Also, I always ask writers considering doing promos to consider genre. I'm a fantasy writer. A site that has a poor return for me might fit your romance or mystery or other genre piece. 

I'm planning on running another promo (this one for book three, Dragon's Rival) in June. So back on the hunt for reasonably priced but effective promo sites.

Oh and also, my short story The Baby and the Bacon is free again for the next few days (until May 21st). Check it out through the link below.
The Baby and the Bacon

Saturday, May 16, 2015

#HotPotatoStory The Chronicles of Chadwick Continue

If you missed last week's installment click here.
If you would like to start from the beginning click here.

Chapter Five: Bea Again

Bea sidled up to Chadwick the moment he stumbled away from Y'Manya. Fortunately the tables in this smokey tavern were high enough to hide behind without being too obvious. She wasn't ready for Y'Manya to see her . . . yet.
Bea smiled her brightest and nodded towards the princess. "So . . . apparently it wasn't all that hard. What did I tell you? In and out, out and in. No muss, no fuss."
Chadwick gave her a stupid grin and a thumbs up.
"No sign of her fairy godmother yet, though? To restore your voice?" Bea stuck out her bottom lip sympathetically.
Chadwick shrugged but disappointment played about the corners of his mouth.
Bea gasped and put her hand to her mouth. "Oh dear! She's not still wearing the necklace, is she?"
Chadwick's eyes widened. He started motioning frantically.
"Tsk tsk." Bea held up her hands. "I don't do that charades nonsense." She reached up and yanked him down by the collar. "Listen, Chaddie my Laddie, she's not free. Not yet. Not as long as she wears that necklace. It's a dragon charm." That was mostly true. Sort of. "You know what that means?"
He shook his head.
"Of course not. So listen. Wherever she goes, as long as she wears that charm, the dragons can find her, find her and take her right back. They're probably laughing at you right now, taking bets on which paths you take, what inns you stay at, how long you survive . . ." She shuddered. "So listen, tonight, while she sleeps, slip in and grab the necklace. And bring it to me. I'll take care of the nasty thing. Neutralize it for you. Then all will be right, right? All right." She playfully smacked him on both cheeks, first with her hands then with her lips. "Now get going before she sees us and gets jealous."
She slipped under several tables, relieved a drunk of his purse because he wasn't taking care of it, not as he should've been, and climbed up next to the handsome dwarf, Thrush.
"I thought you wanted me to go after it." Thrush arched an eyebrow.
"That's my  back up plan . . . after all, he's not exactly the sharpest thorn in the bramble." She rolled her eyes. "You understand the terms, right?" She tossed him the drunk's purse. "A down payment."
"Paltry one." Thrush sniffed.
"Ah, but with what is coming! Think on what is coming." She grinned. "Now handsome, buy me some pie."

Check out next week's installment HERE

Thursday, May 14, 2015

MAH GOAT! (I don't have a goat . . .)

In Lands of Ash, rather than having boring old horses or donkeys, my characters use goats and rams as beasts of burden. I imagine them as being much bigger than the average old goat or sheep that we have on our boring old earth farms . . . but low and behold, a friend sent me this:

That's MAH GOAT!

Isn't he majestic? Or she? I'm not really sure from this photo . . .
Anyway, I haven't found a good photo of a ram big enough to be my packram, but these are the goats of Lands of Ash. 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The Collar and the Cavvarach: Excerpt!!!

Today I'm happy to host Annie Douglass Lima and her blog tour for her next YA Action and Adventure book. Take it away, Annie!

I'm excited to announce that my young adult action and adventure novel, The Collar and the Cavvarach, is scheduled to be released next month!  Here is the cover, created by the talented Jack Lin:

About the Story:

Bensin, a teenage slave and martial artist, is desperate to see his little sister freed. But only victory in the Krillonian Empire's most prestigious tournament will allow him to secretly arrange for Ellie's escape. Dangerous people are closing in on her, however, and Bensin is running out of time.  With his one hope fading quickly away, how can Bensin save Ellie from a life of slavery and abuse?

What is the Collar for, and What is a Cavvarach?

The story is set in a world very much like our own, with just a few major differences.  One is that slavery is legal there.  Slaves must wear metal collars that lock around their neck, making their enslaved status obvious to everyone.  Any slave attempting to escape faces the dilemma of how and where to illegally get their collar removed (a crime punishable by enslavement for the remover).  

Another difference is the popularity of a martial art called cavvara shil.  It is fought with a cavvarach, an unsharpened weapon similar to a sword but with a steel hook protruding from partway down its top edge.  Competitors can strike at each other with their feet as well as with the blades.  You win in one of two ways: disarming your opponent (hooking or knocking their cavvarach out of their hands) or pinning their shoulders to the mat for five seconds.

Excerpt: “Less than Legal”

Bensin took a deep breath. “I’m the one who called awhile ago to ask for directions, sir. Bruno sent me to ask for work.”
Did he?” Wenn picked up a Styrofoam cup from the ground nearby and rose to his feet. He worked a wad of betel nut out from one cheek and spat it into the cup. “Well, do you know anything about engines?”
Um — not really, sir.” Was it a legitimate question? Did the man expect him to actually do a job for him? Or was he just being careful about what he said in front of his coworker?
Well, you can wash this other car for us.” Wenn indicated one of the two they weren’t working on. “Its owner is coming back for it pretty soon. Supplies are in that cupboard; faucet’s out front to your left. Make sure you dry it and give it a good wax when you’re done.” He set the cup down again and disappeared back under the car.
Maybe he’s waiting to talk to me when the other guy leaves. Bensin found the supplies where indicated and started in. He hoped this wouldn’t take too long; considering the length of the bus ride, he ought to be starting back pretty soon.
Eventually both men finished their tasks. Wenn propped open the hood of the other car and began to fiddle around under it, and the second man hung his tools up on the wall and disappeared through a doorway.
This is my chance. Bensin set down the sponge he had been using and approached Wenn again. “Sir,” he began, raising his voice above the blasting music, “the reason I actually came —”
Shut up!” The man glared at him. Then he beckoned and pointed to something under the hood.
Uncertainly, Bensin stepped closer and bent to see what Wenn was pointing at. He didn’t know much about car parts, but he saw nothing that seemed out of the ordinary.
Wenn seized him by the collar and tugged his head in there above the engine, leaning in himself until their faces were only inches apart.
We can’t talk here!” His voice was almost inaudible under the music. Bensin, clutching the edge of the engine compartment, stared at him in the gasoline-fumed shadows. “Didn’t you see the cameras?” the man demanded.
Cameras, sir?”
The video cameras installed up in the corners by the ceiling. No, don’t look now! They don’t pick up audio, but someone could read our lips.” At Bensin’s blank expression, he went on. “We have to have a special license because we keep tools like bolt cutters here that could be used for — you know — less than legal purposes.” He gave the collar a meaningful twitch. “So the government keeps an eye on us through the cameras, or at least they could be watching at any given moment. They ever suspect I use my tools to cut something I’m not supposed to and they take over the business just like that; and everyone who works here ends up on the auction block.” He released the collar. “So shut up. Be patient.”
Bensin nodded. Rubbing the back of his neck where the steel had dug in, he straightened up and went back to work on the waxing.
Wenn’s partner came in and out a few times, puttering around, and a third man appeared and joined Wenn working under the hood. Bensin wondered how long it would be until they left and where Wenn was planning to bring him to talk to him. He wished he could see a clock; it must be past time for him to head back. What am I supposed to tell Coach Steene if I’m late?

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Sunday, May 10, 2015

A map! (sort of)

Tonight I was double checking some location consistency in my (almost finished) book, Lands of Ash, and decided to write it out. So I made a "map."
It's not pretty but it shows all the important locations. The Burnt Wastes where nobody goes because it is burnt and wasted . . . the River Brisk which is all squiggly and the town next to it quite creatively named "Crossriver." Then the "dirt farm" where one character starts and the aptly labeled "book starts" spot in the wilderness you can read about in my Chapter One Tease . . . The Haven where most of my book takes place. The Fork Vale Fortress, Mill Town, a plot relevant cave, the Mountain's Feet, and the Green Band . .. it's all there!
Intrigued? Want to be the first of your friend to put a story to this cartographical wonder?
Click the link below to pre-order the book on Amazon!

Lands of Ash (Elemental Realms Book 1)

You can also to enter to win an advanced paperback copy on Goodreads!


    Goodreads Book Giveaway

        Lands of Ash by H.L. Burke


          Lands of Ash

          by H.L. Burke

            Giveaway ends May 17, 2015.
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Saturday, May 9, 2015

#Free #Book today! Dragon's Debt

Read Dragon's Curse and can't wait to see what happens next? Today is your lucky day! Book two in the series, Dragon's Debt, is FREE today through May 13th (Happy Mother's Day!)!

Dragon's Curse is still a reasonable 99 cents (or free through Kindle Unlimited). You can find both books on Amazon through the links below.
If you read them, please consider leaving a review! Reviews are precious.

Dragon's Debt (The Dragon and the Scholar Book 2)

Dragon's Curse (The Dragon and the Scholar Book 1)

In other news, the new installment of The Chronicles of Chadwick is up today on Bethany Jenning's blog. If you want to start the beginning, here's the link. If you are all caught up and want to move right on to the latest chapter, here's the link for that. 

Friday, May 8, 2015

Lands of Ash: Pre-orders Now Live!

The pre-order for the Lands of Ash ebook is now live!

Lands of Ash (Elemental Realms Book 1)

If you are interested, this is also about the time I start making lists for ARCs (Advance Reviewer Copies). Basically you get an early (probably unproofed, so not typo free) copy of the book for free in return for your honest review (on Amazon, Goodreads, and/or your Blog).

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Best Friends. ..Forever? Blog Tour

Best Friends…Forever? (Landry’s True Colors Series) by Krysten Lindsay Hager
Best Friends…Forever? by Krysten Lindsay Hager
I have always loved reading books that use humor and have realistic (and relatable) characters. I decided to write the book I wanted to read when I was reading YA and I’m overjoyed it’s now a series where people can follow along on Landry’s journey through dealing with friendships, the ups and downs of school, crushes, relationships, and insecurities. Sure, going back to that time in my own life was a little crazy, but lucky for me there weren’t camera phones to capture me dancing in the school talent show…while wearing jean shorts. If you’re not cringing yet, let’s just say I also had a moment of “genius” where I thought my super dark brown hair would look amazing with “Sun-In” highlights that actually turned my hair a lovely shade of copper. Sigh.
The Landry’s True Colors Series is a clean reads young adult series about friendship, self-esteem, fitting in, middle school and high school, frenemies, modeling, crushes, values, and self-image. Best Friends…Forever? was ranked at #1 on Amazon’s Hot New Releases in Teen & Young Adult Values & Virtues Fiction and #1 on Amazon’s Hot New Releases in Children's Books on Values.True Colors is an international bestselling book.

Good friends have your back, but some go behind it.

Landry Albright hopes the new year will start off in an amazing way—instead she has to deal with more frenemy issues, boy drama, and having most of her best friends make the cheerleading squad without her. Suddenly, it seems like all anyone can talk about is starting high school next year—something she finds terrifying.
    Landry gets her first boyfriend (her crush, Vladi), but then gets dumped just as things come to a head with her friends. She feels lost and left out, but finds good advice about dealing with frenemies from what she considers an unlikely source. Landry faces having to speak up for what’s right, tell the truth (even when it hurts), and how to get past the fear of failure as she gets another shot at competing in the American IngĂ©nue modeling competition. Will she get a second chance with her friends, fame, and Vladi?

Buy Links:
Amazon international: http://authl.it/B00UIP1N5S
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Monday, May 4, 2015

Lands of Ash: #CoverReveal

Lands of Ash: Cover Reveal

After decades of Elemental Invasions, the once flourishing Kingdom of Forra has been reduced to ruins. A band of survivors pulls together in one last attempt to defend their homes and families as the Elementals make a push to wipe them out completely.

Author Links:
Follow H. L. Burke on her website www.hlburkeauthor.com

Sunday, May 3, 2015


This is just to let you know, I may not be as active/around/as much (though everywhere has wifi, so who knows) because we're going on a family vacation this week.

Hopefully I shall return with pictures!

Saturday, May 2, 2015

#hotpotatostory Another installment! The Chronicles of Chadwick

If you want to start this story from the beginning, click HERE!

If you've been loyally following along, check out this week's installment at Nat Davis's blog HERE!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Cover Reveal: the Secret Keeper

When Seventeen year old Winter Merrill was driven to make a bargain with the mysterious Secret Keeper, she knew there were rules.  The most important one, the next time you have a secret, you will not be able to tell it….even if you try. What she didn’t know is that her next secret if not told, would destroy her life and the life of Liam, the only boy she ever loved. Can Winter find a way out of the dark bargain that binds her tongue or will her deal with the Secret Keeper bring devastating consequences unimaginable even to her?

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