Tuesday, September 24, 2013

KINDLE FIRE GIVEAWAY!

fall kindle fire
This is a joint AUTHOR & BLOGGER GIVEAWAY EVENT! Bloggers & Authors have joined together and each chipped in a little money towards a Kindle Fire HD 7".
The winner will have the option of receiving a 7" Kindle Fire HD (US Only)
  Or $199 Amazon.com Gift Card (International)
  Or $199 in Paypal Cash (International)
    Fall Sponsoring Authors & Bloggers
  1. I Am A Reader, Not A Writer
  2. Feed Your Reader
  3. Author Annette K. Larsen
  4. Phantasmic Reads
  5. Author Bella Street
  6. Author Bonnie Blythe
  7. Author Stacy Claflin
  8. MyLadyWeb: Women's History, Women Authors
  9. Book Mama Blog
  10. Word to Dreams
  11. Candace's Book Blog
  12. Once Upon a YA Book
  13. Author Miriam Louise
  14. Author Mary Ting
  15. Author Camelia Miron Skiba
  16. Books4Tomorrow
  17. Author Theresa McClinton
  18. Brooke Blogs
  19. Author Pauline Creeden
  20. Author MK McClintock
  21. Author Kathryn Chastain Treat
  22. Books Unhinged Book Blog
  23. Author Kelly Cozy
  24. Meredith & Jennifer's Musings
  25. These Are But Shadows
  26. My Devotional Thoughts
  27. Author Ally Shields
  28. Dark Motive's Books and More
  29. Nessarox
  30. Fae Books
  31. Author Jennie Sherwin
  32. The Real Bookshelves of Room 918
  33. Auggie Talk
  34. No BS Book Reviews
  35. BookLover Sue
  36. Gin's Book Notes
  37. Bookhounds
  38. Buku-Buku Didi
  39. Author Shelli Profitt Howells
  40. My Nook, Books and More
  41. The Late Bloomer's Book Blog
  42. Clarice's Book Nook
  43. MichaelSciFan
  44. Magical Manuscripts
  45. Author Talia Jager
  46. Every Free Chance Book Reviews
  47. Jessabella Reads
  48. Author Melissa Pearl
  49. Author Elizabeth Isaacs
  50. Bookitty Blog
  51. Author Helen Smith
  52. The (Mis)Adventures of a Twenty-Something Year Old Girl
  53. Christine's Blog
  54. Write Away Bliss
  55. Another World of Books
  56. The Reporter and The Girl MINUS The Super Man!
  57. Katie's Clean Book Collection
  58. Author Marcia Lynn McClure
  59. Author Shannon Guymon
  60. Ripple Effect Romance Series
 Giveaway Details 1 winner will receive their choice of a Kindle Fire 7" HD (US Only), $199 Amazon Gift Card or $199 in Paypal Cash (International). There is a second separate giveaway for bloggers who post this giveaway on their blog. See details in the rafflecopter on how to enter to win the 2nd Kindle Fire. Ends 10/31/13 Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer http://iamareader.com and sponsored by the participating authors & bloggers. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.   a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Risky Business

Before (Betwixt Novella #0.5) is due out this Friday!! I must admit I am both excited and nervous about the release.

I'm excited because I know many Betwixt fans have eagerly been awaiting more of the unassuming hero, Dale. It has been so much fun working with him again and writing about his "bad boy" years.

Here's why I'm nervous. This is the riskiest thing I've ever written. In order to capture Dale's true story, I felt it was really important to show him going through some of his experiences. Having never written sex scenes before and always being very careful about the language I use, I had to throw caution to the wind on this one. It was a struggle, but I kept coming back to the same point - glossing over Dale's experiences stole some of the impact from his story. I needed to be realistic and show the readers what it was really like for him.

Now don't get me wrong - the sex scenes are not detailed and the language is there, but only when necessary. This is still a YA story and I was very mindful of that. I have tried to be wise with my writing choices, however the book has a warning. Before is written for mature readers due to its content. I really hope everyone who loved Betwixt will also love Before. Dale is a fantastic character and knowing his history makes him all the more loveable, in my opinion.

If you're a writer - have you ever pushed the boundaries with scenes and characters you never thought you'd write about?

As a reader - have you ever read something you thought you never would and been pleasantly surprised by how enjoyable or moving it was?

If you'd like to win a copy of Before, you can enter the September Countdown to Christmas Giveaway.

And don't forget about the September Sale I currently have running. You can check out my website for purchase links and further details - www.melissapearlauthor.com

Friday, September 13, 2013

Countdown to Christmas Giveaway!!

I have some really cool things planned for December and to celebrate this, I've decided to do some Countdown to Christmas Giveaways. There are a bunch of cool ebooks to win. Discover some new authors and books while helping me celebrate the fact that Christmas is less than 4 months away! Whoopeee!!!



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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Indie Life - It's All About The Blog Tour

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.

I am really interested to hear people's opinions on blog tours. I have one coming up on Sept 16th to feature my latest trilogy - The Elements Trilogy. (It's being run by A Tale of Many Reviews - the are awesome to work with - reliable and always have a big list of bloggers to draw from.)

Now, I personally think they are a necessary part of writing life. You need someone to help you spread the word about your books, you need to build up reviews...what better way to do this than organise, or have someone else organise, a blog tour.

I have done at least three blog tours since publishing my first book and I have enjoyed being a part of all of them...but they have very rarely resulted into huge sales for me. My books have been added to many reading lists because of them and yes I have gained reviews and exposure. They are good...I just wish they resulted in more sales. I don't mean to sound money hungry - that's not what writing is about, but I do think it's important to consider how much you're spending on a tour and if you'll make your money back. Or is that not important? Is it actually worth spending that money just to get some buzz happening around your books?

Another thing to consider is how to use tours as an effective way to gain new readers. In the past I have always used the same people to do tours for me and I had an epiphany a few weeks back when I suddenly realized that I was advertising to the same readers over and over again. So I do think it's worth looking into using different people to help you spread the word. But it's also important to choose people that are reliable. I have worked with brilliant people in the past - A Tale Of Many Reviews being my favourite - but I'm branching out now and look forward to reporting back on other publicity companies I have used to run tours for me.

So I guess my final conclusion is that blog tours are worth it. They are a great way to make connections, find new fans and gain yourself some decent exposure.

What are your thoughts?
Does every book you release need to be accompanied by a tour? Or is it better to save up tours for later on in a books life - a way of reviving it perhaps?


Tuesday, September 3, 2013

What We Can Learn From The Unexpected

Last week I was faced with the unexpected. A bike swerved out in front of mine and I can't tell you what happened, but I ended up face first on the road. I split my chin open, broke one of my molars in half and fractured my jaw.

It was a real shock and I now face a long road to recovery. It's not all bad. I can still talk (sort of), I can still interact with my family (carefully), I can still write (successfully).

I'm not saying I'm glad to be in this position, but I am incredibly grateful. Things could have been so much worse.

People keep commenting that there's sure to be a story in all of this. At first I thought - Yeah right! Like I'll ever write a story about this. But the more I've thought about it, the more I think - yeah, there is a story in this.

I might not write about my specific bike accident, but I now understand the pain of a broken bone, what it's like to close your eyes and relive the impact of the accident. I have also experienced shock and the symptoms that follow that. I know I could have researched all of this, but something a little extra comes from experiencing it in the flesh.

As I said, my accident could have been so much worse, but it's been enough to teach me a few things...things I can use in my writing.

I wouldn't wish this unexpected event on anyone. It hasn't been pleasant, but I am glad I can make the most of it. I have glimpsed both the good and the bad through this experience and I'm going to file it all away to use in my future work.