Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas Everyone!

YAY!!! Thank you for joining me for this awesome month of giveaways. I've had so much fun handing out prizes.

Congratulations: Samantha Alvey!
You have won the Christmas Eve grand prize!!!

Thank you so much to everyone who participated in these giveaways. I hope you had as much fun as I did. 

I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas. Thank you to everyone who has supported me throughout 2013. I have worked with so many amazing people who I have come to love and respect so much. Thank you to all the people who have read my work. It's because of you that I am able to pursue this passion and I am eternally grateful.

I was just adding up everything I've done this year and I can't believe how much I've actually achieved. It's been an epic year for me and I'm excited about what I might produce next year :)
It's now time to take a little breather.
I will be back on January 7th to share my plans for 2014. There is so much coming next year and I'm SO excited. I can't wait to tell you all about it!

Have a wonderful holiday where ever you may be. I'll see you next year!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Christmas Giveaways Week 3 Winner! Plus the final Christmas Eve Giveaway!!

Thanks for participating in Week 3 of the Christmas Giveaways.

Congratulations to: Krista
You have won: 

The rest of you can enjoy a 2-day sale of The Elements Trilogy Omnibus, which also includes an exclusive next chapter so you can find out what happened to Jethro, Kyla and Athra. Normally $6.99, you can have it for only $2.99!

You can find the book on AMAZON or SMASHWORDS
And to continue with the Christmas fun, please enter the final giveaway. This is the biggie with a bundle of excellent prizes!!

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Christmas Giveaways - Week 3!

Thanks for participating in Week 2 of the Christmas Giveaways.

Congratulations to: Sarah Miles!
You have won: 

The rest of you can enjoy a 2-day sale of The Time Spirit Trilogy Omnibus, which also includes an exclusive short story of The Electus. Normally $6.99, but you can have it for only $2.99!

Thank you to Eden Crane for a stunning new look for Gemma and this trilogy. The cover takes my breath away every time I look at it!

You can purchase this book on AMAZON or SMASHWORDS.

And to continue with the Christmas fun, please enter the Week 3 giveaway:

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Christmas Giveaways - Week 2!

And week two begins!
Thank you to everyone who participated in Week 1, I hope you had fun. 
Don't forget to take advantage of the Betwixt Series 2-day sale, which ends tomorrow.

The book can be purchased through AMAZON and SMASHWORDS.

Now onto event two!!

I'm very excited about this surprise and can't wait to share it with you all. 

Please help me spread the word. The more the merrier.
Let's spread some Christmas love and enjoy this awesome season.

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And the 1st Christmas Present is...

Thank you so much to everyone who entered Week 1 of the Christmas Giveaway! 

Congratulations to: Martinique M. 

You have won...

And to everyone else! You can enjoy The Betwixt Series sale!

The Betwixt Series is available through AMAZON and SMASHWORDS.

Thank you Eden Crane for an amazing cover. I'm so excited to have the Betwixt Series as an omnibus now. To celebrate, Xpresso Book Tours is running a blog tour for me next week. You can check out the schedule here - Betwixt Series Blog Tour.

And don't forget to check in tomorrow, so that you can enter Week 2 of the Christmas Giveaways! On December 10th, we'll be unwrapping another gift. Eeeeppp!! It's a good one!

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Gratitude Giveaway Hop! The winner of this giveaway is...

Thank you so much to everyone who participated in the Gratitude Giveaway Hop! I loved reading your comments and getting to know what you guys are doing for Thanksgiving!

Random.org was used to find the winner of this giveaway.
Congrats to Stacie McAdams! 
You get a signed paperback of choice!
*If you don't get an email Stacie, please email melissapearl.pa@gmail.com to let me know your choice of book and mailing address! Congrats!

I hope everyone has a wonderful and safe holiday!


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Christmas Giveaways - Week 1!

Welcome to the start of my Christmas Giveaways. This is my favourite time of year. I love giving gifts and spreading some holiday cheer around. It's an awesome excuse to celebrate. I would love it if you would join me by participating in four fun giveaways.

Can't wait to show you guys my first surprise! Eeeppp!
So much fun!

Please help me spread the word. The more the merrier.
Let's spread some Christmas love and enjoy this awesome season.

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Saturday, November 23, 2013

True Colors Release Day Blitz and Masquerade Ball!

I am so excited to announce the release date of my next book True Colors!
I really wanted to kick off this new release with a bang! I wanted to do something special!
I have decided to make a Masquerade Ball Event on Facebook!
(Facebook is in no way affiliated with this event or its giveaways).

To join the event, click the beautiful photo above!

*If you are a #blogger and would like to sign up for my cover reveal on January 16, 2013 please do so by clicking on the following link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040F4CADA82CA02-cover3

*#Bloggers can also sign up for the Release Day Blitz Post on the day of the Masquarade Ball! To sign up to post on February 16, 2013 please do so by clicking on the following link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040F4CADA82CA02-release2

Thank you so much to everyone for stopping by! I hope to see all of you at the event! There will be tons of news and updates leading up to the event, so make sure you join asap! :)

Monday, November 18, 2013

Release Day Blitz: Indie Inked Samplers


Get Inked Indie Inked Contemporary Romance Sampler

The Inked Inked Authors have come together to give you a taste of their contemporary romance titles. Discover a range of books in the YA and NA genres, all with a splash of romance. Get Inked and fall in love.

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Get Inked Indie Inked Fantasy Romance Sampler


The Indie Inked Authors have come together to give you a taste of their fantasy titles. Discover a range of books in the YA and NA genres, all with a magical twist. Get Inked and go on a fantastical adventure.

Purchase Links: 


Indie Inked is a collective of top selling Indie authors bringing the best in today's fiction and trends.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Gratitude Giveaway Blog Hop!

I am so happy to be taking part in this year's Gratitude Giveaway Blog Hop! 

I am so thankful to everyone who reads my work. 
I am so honored to be writing and doing what I love!

To show my appreciation for my readers, 
I would like to giveaway: 
A signed paperback of choice!

To enter to win, 
all you have to do is comment on this post! 
I want to know what you are doing for Thanksgiving this year! 

That's all you have to do to enter. 

Thank you so much again!

To check out the other blogs doing this blog hop, 
click the photo below:

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Indie Life - It's All About Collaboration

I'm very excited to be part of The Indelibles Indie Life series. These posts run on the second Wednesday of every month and include ideas and articles from a wide variety of indie authors. Check out the links below to learn more about INDIE LIFE.

This year I was lucky enough to join together with an excellent group of authors. We have formed a group called Indie Inked and have become quite close knit as the months have passed by. It has been an unexpected blessing and made this year so much more enjoyable for me.

Our goal is to support each other in writing as well as help promote each other's work. To do this we have made an effort to share each other's releases and promotions through Facebook and Twitter. We've also gone into giveaways together and really tried to spread the love through each of our own fan bases.

Another thing we've put together is a couple of samplers called Get Inked. One is a fantasy sampler and the other is a contemporary romance sampler. The samplers release on November 18th and include four chapters from each of our books. Our intention is to make the samplers free so that everyone can access them. We're hoping to all gain some new readership and give readers the chance to test out our books, free of charge. If they like what they find, they can go on and buy the rest of the book, but at least it's a risk free download to start with.

I'm not sure how successful these samplers will be yet, but either way, it's been a fun collaboration project. Working with others can be hard. Sometimes you have different views and opinions on things, but this group of authors have been so lovely and I've enjoyed each step of the way. I am really proud to have my name next to these amazing ladies.

Another form of collaboration that I've seen coming through is box sets. Many authors are pulling together and making box sets of their books then putting them on sale for readers to snaffle up. I think it is an excellent marketing technique and one I hope to try next year.

So, I encourage you. If you're not already involved with a group, maybe you should join one or form one with other writers you know. It's a great way to get your work in front of different audiences...and make some solid friendships at the same time. Indie Inked has become a very special group to me and I love them.

What do you think about collaborating with others?

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Melissa Pearl: Author Interview and More

I am so excited to share this article from examiner.com. 

I am thrilled to be featured on the site. 

I would love for you all to check it out. 

You can do so HERE.


Countdown to Christmas Giveaway!!

November already? This year has gone by so fast. I love the crisp cool fall weather and the changes in the leaves on trees. It is also a little reminder that Christmas is almost here!

So by now you should know what is coming next...
For those of you who don't, I mentioned in September, I have some really cool things planned for December that I am excited about. 
To celebrate this, I decided to do some Countdown to Christmas Giveaways. There are a bunch of cool eBooks to win this month! Discover some new authors and books while helping me celebrate the fact that Christmas is less than 2(ish) months away! Whoopeee!!!

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Friday, November 8, 2013

Taking The Day Off

I've decided to take the day off blogging so I can continue reading CHAOS by Taylor Longford. It's too good to put down.

If you haven't checked out the Greystone Series yet, I can highly recommend it. I have enjoyed every book so far...

Think you know about gargoyles? The beautiful winged race disappeared eight hundred years ago. When they last walked the earth, they traveled in close-knit packs, their throats marked with ancient runes. Their greatest enemies were the ugly and brutal harpies that people today mistake for gargoyles.

The first book - VALOR - is FREE!!


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

How Important Is Planning?

I was raised by a mother who loves to write lists. As a teenager, I'd roll my eyes and groan every time she grabbed for her little notepad and got my lazy-self organized.

Now, as an adult, in a job that has my brain struggling to contain all it needs to, I am forever grateful to my mother for getting me in the habit of writing out lists.

I love lists. I love seeing what I need to get done and then that satisfaction of crossing it off. With running my own little publishing business - which face it, as indie authors, that's exactly what we're doing - I find lists essential. So far, I have yet to miss a deadline and hopefully I never will. Lists keep me on track and organized. Being planned makes me a better business woman...and a better writer.

I know all writers have their own style for what works for them, but I am finding with each new book I write, that planning the story in detail not only makes my story stronger, but gives me an edge when it comes to the editing process.

One of my critique readers got back to me the other day with some lovely comments about how my work is always so easy to read. It's not perfect, she finds holes and always has great suggestions, but she finds she can breeze through my books, because the story structure is solid.

I put that all down to pre-planning.
When it comes to story structure and character development, if I have it all sorted before I even start writing the manuscript, my work is half done. Sure, my story can change and evolve as I write, but I tend not to deviate too much. All my thinking and working through story glitches goes on before I start draft one. I can avoid writing scenes I don't need to. Yes - I go back and sometimes add scenes in later, but at least I'm never deleting huge blocks of text - something I always find incredibly painful.

Last night I was thinking over the planning I'd done throughout the day. Something wasn't quite working and it wasn't until I'd walked away from my computer that it came to me. I was coming at one character's motivation from the wrong angle. Today I have spent time adjusting the scenes I'd mapped out to give my character a more realistic backstory and motivation for why she was doing what she was doing. Because of this change of tact, one of the other characters in the story has gone from a soft, almost lovable character to a bit of a hardass, but it's made the story better. I'm so glad I thought of it now and not in the middle of my draft. Having to go back and do rewrites is time consuming and sometimes really awkward. My mind is constantly whirring during the planning stages and I relish the little things that come to me, especially when I'm not working at my computer.

With each new book I seem to refine my system a little more. I think I used to plan too much, go into too much detail that I wouldn't read over again. I've just finished planning for a new series I hope to publish early 2014. I've cut back on my planning a little this time around and I'll be interested to see how this effects my first draft.

Until you press publish, a story is an ever evolving thing, as is the writing journey. I have gone from a non-planner to a thorough planner to someone who now plans what they need in order to get a decent story going. No doubt once this project is done, I'll refine my methods a little further.

How do you work?
Are you a planner? A panster?
How has your writing style evolved over time?

Friday, November 1, 2013

Fun Friday - Cover Love

Having become a part of the YA Storytellers Club, I am now happy to partake in their fortnightly Fun Friday Feature. This fortnight is all about Cover Love. So I thought I'd take a minute to show off some amazing covers... and why not feature a few YA Storyteller authors.

So - here are few, from some of the authors within the group, that really caught my eye.

Patti Larsen is a prolific writer and one I very much look up to. I am currently enjoying one of her books at the moment - Exit Stage Left. This new cover of hers is quite stunning and I'm sure readers are anxious to get their hands on this Hayley Coven Universe Novel.

This cover is so unique. It jumps out at me every time I spot it. I haven't read any of Stacey Rourke's work yet, but this cover has me completely intrigued. 

Doesn't this cover take your breath away? I just love it. This is a Christy Sloat novella and one that I am adding to my reading list on the cover alone. 

Now there are plenty more authors in this YA Storytellers group with plenty more amazing books and covers, but I just wanted to highlight a few today. Sometimes too many covers in one post can be overwhelming and I wanted the above covers to really shine this week. If you'd like to find out more about YA Storytellers, visit the WEBSITE. You won't be disappointed.

You'll also find more cover love on the Fun Friday Page, where other authors from the group are posting their own thoughts.

So - which cover jumps out at you?
Do you have a favourite of the three?

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The Witching Hour Blog Hop!

Thanks for stopping by for The Witching Hour Blog Hop!
What better way to celebrate Halloween than with witch and magical themed books?  And a chance to win an $50 Amazon Gift Card?

Discoveries can be dangerous. Discoveries can be deadly. Nine months ago, Teagan Matthews' boyfriend disappeared and took her sense of stability with him. But when the opportunity to live with her aging grandmother in Salem arises, she decides it's time to get on with her life. A new home, new job, and new friends are adding up to a beautiful summer... ...until a young girl's body shows up one night in town, wearing a pentagram necklace exactly like Teagan's. Now a guy looking remarkably like her missing boyfriend has arrived in Salem along with a mysterious stranger who may have some answers that Teagan has desperately been searching for. Teagan must now decide who to trust. It's a matter of life... and her death. 

I'm disfigured. Scarred. Ugly. When I look in the mirror, I see a stranger. When I look over my shoulder, no one's there… Yet I feel watched. Hunted. Afraid. And then he tells me I’m beautiful. He tells me I’m safe. I believe him. Until someone tries to kill me. Secrets abound, danger is near, and still… my heart desires a boy with whiskey-colored eyes and far too many secrets. Secrets that could cost me my life. To stay alive I have to look deep, beneath the masks everyone wears, to find the truth. To find myself. 

It’s only the end of the world at stake … Nathan’s job for the past three thousand years has been to clean up supernatural messes. Jaded, ruthlessly effective and selfless, he’s seen it all and can handle anything - demons, homicidal angels, even bad bosses. His latest challenge: A creature named Shadowman is seeking out the three keys it believes will open portals between earth and hell. Nathan must eliminate the human host guiding Shadowman to the keys. Except Nathan isn’t expecting the woman anchoring Shadowman to the human world to be beautiful, witty, innocent and completely unaware of the creature manipulating her. Worse, she makes him feel alive for the first time in his long existence, and he haphazardly discovers she’s meant to become the love of his life. Life becomes more complicated when Nathan helps rescue one of the key holders, a deaf girl charged with protecting the secret of who Shadowman really is: the first of four demons headed to the human world, intent on bringing about the Apocalypse. They will succeed, unless Nathan kills the woman he loves, and sends the demon back to Hell. 

A young adult epic fantasy set in a colourful medieval world. Embark on a treacherous journey into the unknown. Unseen (Book 2) and Unleashed (Book 3) also available. ***** One prophecy...Two seekers...A journey into the UNKNOWN. ***** Darkness is covering the land. As the city of Mezrah grows with power and greed, the rest of the world can only stand by and wait for their inevitable destruction. The only hope against this growing power is an ancient prophecy that people have stopped believing in. Then a star begins to fall. Princess Kyla of Taramon stopped trusting in the power of light the day her father died. Trapped in a city she does not care for, under the watchful glare of her mother, the queen, she struggles to accept her fate. Then a star begins to fall. Jethro has loved Kyla for as long as he can remember. Learning that she was to marry his cousin drove a wedge between him and the feisty princess. Watching her from a distance is a torture he is unable to free himself from. Then a star begins to fall, sparking an ember of hope and sending these two seekers on a treacherous journey into the unknown. 

Young Adult paranormal romance/urban fantasy novel.
Two Seattle 16-year-olds, Jatred and Jasmira, are not your typical star-crossed lovers.  They are not even your typical Shape Shifters. Sure, they try to live an ordinary life. At least, as ordinary as the Prince and the Princess of the rivaling ancient Races--the Winter wolves and the Summer leopards--can live. But eventually they learn that not much about their existence can be normal. Especially when the Races' two commanding Goddesses are involved.
One of the Goddesses is on a quest to tilt the scale of power to her side. The other will never let it happen, even if it means kicking Jatred and Jasmira's love to the curb. Nothing is off limits, including removing Jatred's memories of Jasmira. To complicate things even more, there are the Universe's powers to consider. They are trapped in an ancient Amulet in order to protect the stability of the world. But the Universe has a mind of its own, and when the powers are unleashed, the forces of nature are disturbed; earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions shake the Earth. All Shifters of both Races are summoned by their respective Goddesses to fight in the name of, or against, the normalcy of the world. 

Joclyn Despain has been marred by a brand on her skin. She doesn't know why the mark appeared on her neck, but she doesn't want anyone to see it, including her best friend Ryland, who knows everything else about her. The scar is the reason she hides herself behind baggy clothes, and won't let the idea of kissing Ryland enter her mind, no matter how much she wants to. The scar is the reason she is being hunted. If only she knew that she was. If only she had known that the cursed stone her estranged father sent for her 16th birthday would trigger a change in her. Now, she is being stalked by a tall blonde man, and is miraculously throwing her high school bully ten feet in the air. Joclyn attempts to find some answers and the courage to follow her heart. When Ryland finds her scar; only he knows what it means, and who will kill her because of it.

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Interview with Allison Potter - PA Extraordinaire

When I first started out in this business I couldn't ever imagine being in a position where I could afford, or need, a personal assistant. Well, that time came and I was lucky enough to find the lovely, Allison Potter. She's a dream to work with. Always onto it. Always does what I ask without complaint. She's reliable, helpful and I adore her.

So - I thought I'd dedicate a post to introducing you to my amazing PA. This is a chance for her to tell you a little about herself and also introduce you to a new initiative she's started.

Thank you so much Melissa for having me on your blog today! It means a lot to me that you like my idea and for you to share it with the world.

Two of my authors that I PA for, Julia Crane, and Melissa Pearl (well you) are in a group called “Indie Inked”. “Indie Inked” is a collective of top selling Indie authors bringing the best in today's fiction and trends. I have gotten to see the ladies talk back and forth in a Facebook group, and the way they support each other is amazing, and inspiring.

Personal Assistants to authors were not a very well-known thing when I started doing it in 2009. Lately, I have been seeing tons of bloggers helping out authors and becoming their Personal Assistants. I have also had numerous people message or email me asking some advice, which I happily give.

 So, with Indie Inked as inspiration, I decided to make a secret group called “Perfect Personal Assistants” on Facebook. I asked people online that I knew if they would like to join, and some of them asked some of their friends. Right now we are a group of 19 and we get along just great.

The founding members are myself (PA for Julia Crane and Melissa Pearl), Anna Coy (Nicole Stayton), Christina Silcox (R.K. Ryals). Heather Heslip Alexander (PA to D. Love), Kim Walker and Jaime Radalyac (L.P. Dover), Melissa Stickney (Jessica Gibson), Barbars Gordon (Sophie Davis), Autumn Wrought (Tiffani Clark Kemp), Amy Chris (A.J. Bennett), Kimberly Schaaf (Airicka Phoenix), Jessica Molina Ramirez (MiaFox), Julia Hendrix and Len Phelps (Doug Dillion, and Julia Gilbert).

            The secret group turned into a live Facebook Fan-page, Twitter, and a blog! I wanted to be able to help out personal assistants, and learn new things from them as well. Things have been going amazing; I couldn't be happier with all of the wonderful women in this group!

     What types of services do you provide for your authors?
I have a tab on the page where authors can fill out PA requests. We have all kinds of PAs, some who do part time, some who aren’t accepting people right now (most of us are). Mainly, it depends on what you are looking for, and we will offer up a couple of choices for you!
     What's your favorite aspect of the job?
Getting to help the girls, and learning things from them. It has been great with cross promotion for our authors as well!

     Do you have any good marketing tips for authors trying to get their work noticed? Which marketing strategies work best?
Honestly, social media is key. And we can help you with that!

     You are getting into editing as well…what do you love about editing? 
I took a year long course to get an official certification in copy editing. I was beta reading, and proof reading for some authors, and one suggested that I have a great eye for errors and should think about copy editing. I am so glad I did. I love it, and can’t wait to get my name out there more so I can do more edits! I have done 5 so far and am working on another. Editing calms me; I love everything about it!

     Do you feel as though authors need less editing the more they write?
It depends. Sometimes the authors just type without thinking of grammar just to let the creative process flow, and I think that’s great, but a bit more challenging to clean up. I have had some authors where editing is a piece of cake and I find myself so caught up in the book, that I have to go back and edit! 

     What are some of the most common mistakes you find in manuscripts?
Commas after quotes, a lot of sentences that start with “but” or “and” I have come to find a lot.
My website for copy editing is Potter’s Copy Editing Services if you want to check it out!

Some favorites:
1. Ice cream flavor = Chocolate! Or Cake Batter!
2. Movie = Die Hard and Harry Potter (don’t judge me lol)
3. TV Show = Revenge
4. Author = My authors Julia and Melissa of course…but JK ROWLING has my heart.
5. Thing to do when you're feeling silly = I am a classically trained ballerina so I dance around my house a lot. My dog, Romeo, thinks I’m nuts.
6. Subject in high school = English
7. Musical show = Not a musical kind of gal!
8. Pair of shoes = TOMS
9. Nail polish color = I like weird colors that are unusual. Also, I never only have one color on my hands. Two colors is a must!

Before I go, I have to thank Melissa again! Please check out our awesome Perfect Personal Assistants giveaway with TONS of prizes from our awesome authors! Check it out HERE!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Another Privilege of Being a Writer

As most of you already know, I simply ADORE being a writer. Yes it is really hard work and yes, sometimes I do wish I could step back and take a breather. But I have chosen the indie path and I couldn't be happier with my decision. For me I know there is so much more to come in this writing journey and I'm loving every part of it.

I feel very privileged to be in a position where my job is one I love. Writing doesn't feel like work to me and although I find marketing challenging, the fact I get to make up stories for a living takes the sting out of trying to get my books noticed. However one aspect of marketing that I really enjoy is the chance to talk about my books and writing to others...especially students.

Suzhou Singapore International School invited me to chat to some of their Literacy classes during Book Week. I had over 10 forty-minute sessions talking to high school students about my passion for writing and answering loads of questions - everything from cover design to how I go about constructing a story. Being able to rabbit on about writing this week was a privilege. Their questions were insightful and fun to answer. It made me realize that I have come to learn a lot about writing. The fact I could talk about it with such ease and no notes, means it must be ingrained. After 12 years, I still don't have the courage to call myself an expert, but I do have the courage to say I know what I'm talking about.

Another thing that occurred to me over this week is that last year, I used to tell people I was an indie author with a certain degree of shame. Like somehow because I wasn't traditionally published, I wasn't quite cutting it. I didn't feel that at all this year. As I was talking about what I had achieved in my two years as an indie author, I felt both pride and confidence. I am doing it. I am making a career out of writing and I am proud to be an indie author.

My biggest hope is that I have inspired the students. Hopefully they will realize that with a lot of hard work and persistence, they can become published authors...or whatever else they hope to be.

Thank you so much for having me SSIS. And thank you to the indie author community and my fans who have brought me to such a positive place in my writing life.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Indie Inked Giveaway

I know my blog seems as though it's all about giveaways at the moment, but there are just so many good ones going on and I don't want you guys to miss out.

So, here's another one! 

Thank you so much to everyone who has supported Indie Inked this year. It's been so awesome to have you along for the ride.

Indie Inked just had a 2,000 Facebook Likes milestone!

We've come a long way since January 2013!

These authors are amazing and so generous, we're giving away A KINDLE FIRE 7" HD WIFI, ebooks and paperbacks galore! Check this out!

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Monday, October 21, 2013

Countdown to Christmas Giveaway! ONE MORE WEEK TO GO!

There's only ONE week to go for this giveaway! Don't miss out!

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Friday, October 18, 2013

Freebies and Giveaways...Are They Worth It?

Author Lizzy Ford asked her followers on Facebook the other day if they thought freebies and 99c books were a good idea. Did they go for them? Or did the cheap price put them off?

I skimmed the thread and quickly picked up that people love a freebie. It's introduced many to authors they never would have discovered if they'd had to pay.

From a writer's viewpoint, this stings me just a little. It hurts that my hours and hours of time and energy will only be discovered if I make a book free. In saying that, I have found the strategy to be a good one and at the end of the day, I publish my work so people can read it. I know I'll never become a millionaire and I'm cool with that. It's more important to me that people are reading and enjoying my work.

So - in answer to my question... Yes - I think freebies and giveaways are worth it. They are a great way to reach a wider audience, it feels good to play the role of Santa Claus every now and then, plus, I have picked up some very loyal fans. By listing the first book in two of my trilogies free, I've had the flow on effect of selling the other two books in the series. By gifting copies of my books in numerous giveaways, readers have stumbled across my work and then gone and bought the rest of my books. It is a good marketing strategy.

So here's a question for the readers... Is it all too much?

I feel like I am involved in so many giveaways at the moment and I'm worried that I'm bogging down my followers with constant giveaways and promos. I don't want people to miss out, but I also don't want to put people off, because all they ever read from me is promotional stuff.

As a reader, do you appreciate freebies and giveaways? Is your e-reader stuffed with more books than you can ever read? What's your take on it all?


If you are a fan of the giveaways, I've listed all the ones I am currently involved in, just in case you would like to enter :)

Also - Unknown is currently FREE through all major distributors, if you'd like to pick up a copy.

Countdown to Christmas Giveaway - a stash of ebooks from Indie Inked Authors.
Spooktacular Hop Giveaway - a massive hop. I am giving away paperback copies of The Elements Trilogy.
The Spooky Spectacular Sale - a huge sale of 99c books, plus a massive giveaway.
The Society of YA Storytellers Giveaway - to celebrate our new website :)
**And keep an eye out for next week when Indie Inked is doing a Kindle Fire Giveaway. I'll post about that on Tuesday.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

BEYOND Release Day Post!

(A Betwixt Novella #1.5) (Betwixt Series)

Book Description:

Have you ever been so in love with someone, but not had the courage to tell them?
Nicole Tepper is that girl. She loves her boyfriend Dale, but fearing rejection, keeps her feelings buried deep. She can’t even let on how heartbroken she is when Dale begins applying for colleges thousands of miles away from her; never even whispering a word about how much she wishes he would stay close.
But, when Dale is rejected from Colombia University in NYC, due to a police report that follows him wherever he goes, Nicole soon discovers that love can drive her to do things she never thought possible.
There's more than one way to say, I love you and Nicole Tepper is about to prove to Dale that she loves him beyond all common sense.

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“I used to be a full time teacher (11-13 year olds) then I became a full time mother. During that time I also found my passion for writing. Over the last ten years I have been studying the craft and putting myself out there.

My first trilogy came out in November, 2011. It has been a wild ride swimming in this indie river and I have loved so much of it. I have learned so many amazing things and met so many great people. It has totally solidified the fact I want to be a writer for as long as I possibly can!

I now have five books published and am working on a new YA Fantasy trilogy for 2013. I am having so much fun with it and can't wait to share it with everybody.

I am from New Zealand, but am currently living in China with my husband and two sons. It has been a culture shock, but it's pretty cool living in such a different country.” ~Melissa Pearl

Blogs: Melissa Pearl  and YAlicious

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