This gives you an idea of how far behind I am on everything, but I've finally finished the book video for the new fourth book in The Relics of Merlin series, and am sharing it here today. There's a lot of magic in it, so enjoy!
You have a book for sale, now what? It won;t sell itself. You need to market, promote.
While tweeting and retweeting on Twitter, I have come across book promoters. I haven;t used any, but I plan to keep an eye on them and determine if they are worth using. I also don't plan on spending much money, so I'll check their price schedules. I'm not recommending these people, but I will share their names so you can do your own research.
Free Book Promotions
Review My Ebook
Elite Book Promotions
Free Kindle Books
Tweet Your Book
If you have any information about this list, I would appreciate the feedback.
I’m excited to share my latest release from The Wild Rose Press on what would have been Elvis’ eightieth birthday. ‘End of Lonely Street’ is a Vintage Romance Short Story set in 1957, in the era when Elvis first burst on the scene. Like my heroine in the story, I am a diehard Elvis fan. (As you probably figured out, I took the title from a line in Heartbreak Hotel, which was Elvis’ first million selling record).
Check out End of Lonely Street and enter to win GREAT prizes…
GIVEAWAY: - Entries accepted from January 8, 2015 through noon on January 22, 2015
Three prizes –
Elvis Gift Basket including DVD, CD, plus more
$25 Amazon Gift Card
$10 Amazon Gift Card
First place winner has first choice, second place winner has second choice, third place winner receives remaining prize.
Every New Year's Eve the topic of resolutions comes up. I resist making them, but usually give in. This year I've decided to think of them as continued growth in areas that concern me.
1, Organizing my home. I've started cleaning out the old already. I finally gave up my VHS tapes. Well, most of them. They went to Good Will today along with old cups and glasses I rarely use. I still need to place old pictures into albums and scan paperwork I want to toss.
2. Increase my writing time. I've decided to keep the laptop on my lap while watching TV if I haven't written that day. This will allow me to open the file and work at a leisurely pace. I think I procrastinate sometimes because writing is work even if it is my passion. I don't know anyone who writes a perfect draft every time.
3. Increase promotion. My new laptop is helping tremendously. The touchscreen has allowed me to place my social media on my start screen. The links are at my fingertips. This too can be accomplished during TV time. Right now, we are watching The Sopranos.
4. Diet. I already reduced my sugar intake which helped me drop ten pounds. Next, I am going to reduce snacking. Changing one area of my life at a time is the key for me.
I hope your new year is everything you want it to be whether you make a resolution or not.
Until next time,
happy reading and writing.
Tina Swayzee McCright
Today was one of those days when The Universe conspires to send a message. On Facebook, I read a post from a writer who bashed the ability of well-known authors. She felt they should be cast aside to make room for newbies. Her frustration came through loud and clear even if I don't agree with such posts.
Later, I watched 60 Minutes. Reese Witherspoon spoke about the difficult time she went through after her divorce. Despite receiving an Oscar, she was having trouble finding projects that she was passionate about. Her career floundered. She was probably as frustrated as the writer on Facebook today. Reese finally decided to start her own production company and optioned two books before they were published. (I assume she received advanced reader copies.) She wanted to make movies that mattered to her. The first movie she produced was Gone Girl. Her new company made millions.
Reese reminded me that I need to write books that mean something to me, not just books that might get published by the big guys. Traditional publishers are going to stick predominately with the authors who sell millions. They are in business to make money. I don't need to be another Carol Higgins Clark or Nora Roberts to be happy, although it would be nice. I just need to know I am tapping into my creativity, using my voice, and putting out a quality product. Today, authors are fortunate. There are many avenues we can take to publish our books. We don't have to sink money into a production company to share our craft with the world the way Reese did. I don't know about the woman on Facebook, but I plan to focus on writing what makes me happy and not worry about who publishes it or how much money I make.
Until next time,
happy reading and writing.
Tina Swayzee McCright
One of the advantages of
being a Sourcebooks author is the opportunity to purchase our publisher’s books
at discount. Although part of the reason I take advantage of those discounts is
a loyalty to my publisher, the other part is just because they publish darn
good reads. I try to focus on those I recognize hearing about on our Casablanca
Blog. This also allows me to expand my genre of reading. So, my list includes
many Sourcebooks’ authors and works. I purchased most of these books months
ago, and am grateful to have the chance to finally read them, although now my
TBR pile is sorely depleted…which is a good thing, cause I haven’t read all the
Sourcebooks Casa authors, and now I get to buy some more .
The Heir by Grace Burrows
This is a Historical romance,
what I consider a ‘classic’ romance, where the story is primarily centered on
the relationship between the hero and heroine. This is a particularly
page-turning one, easy to get sucked into, easy to read. I especially loved
that the physical relationship between the H&H reflected the advancement of
their emotional connection. The brothers of the hero are intriguing as well,
and I’m looking forward to reading their stories (there’s a sneak-peek of
Devlin’s story at the end of the book). I also adored the secondary story-line
of the deaf sister, and when Val plays the piano for her after giving her a
‘speaking tube’, it’s truly magical.
Demon’s Curse by Alexa Egan
I was actually asked to read
this book for an author endorsement, so the first time around, I read it too
quickly. This is a book that should be savored, so I read it again, with my
‘business’ hat off. If you enjoyed my Relics of Merlin series, you’re sure to
enjoy this story. The author has created her own race of shapeshifters she
calls the Imnada, although they live in hiding, most of their race in a land
cut off from mankind by the palings, a magical mist. There are also the Others,
the Fey, who live peaceably alongside mankind, but are mortal enemies of the
Imnada. The story centers around an Emnil, an Imnada who broke the clan’s laws
and is now rogue. He falls for an actress who is strong enough to deal with the
man and his beast, and their romantic future will keep you guessing until the
end. This is an entirely new, richly textured creation of a world of
shapechangers and Fey, incredibly well conceived and realized.
Cover Me, By Catherine Mann
This is another foray into a
genre I haven’t read before, that of sexy military men and the women strong enough
to fall in love with them. I don’t often read contemporary romances, but I was
glad I delved into this one. The hero was incredibly special, incredibly HOT. A
Pararescueman, a job I’m assuming is real, although it would take an incredibly
special man to do it, which the hero is. This is a wonderful, sexy romance with
a thrilling adventure story as well, set in the wilds of Alaska. Great story!
Heart’s Blood by Juliet
I have a collection of books
that I read over and over, waiting a year or so to forget most of the book, so
I can experience it all over again. I have added this book to my collection of
treasures. This is my second reading of it, and it was even better than the
The Crystal City
by Orson Scott Card
One of my favorite authors
I’ve been reading for years, I truly enjoy the tales of Alvin the Maker. Here’s just one of the gems
in this novel:
“ideas aren’t like land or poems or babies or something. If you tell me an
idea, and I like it, then it’s my idea too, and still yours, and it also
belongs to everybody on God’s green earth who thinks it’s a good one.”
Cowboy Fever, by Joanne
Really warm, believable,
charming characters. A hot romance. A hunky cowboy. The scenes of Equine
Assisted Therapy had my eyes watering more than once. This is a wonderful
romance that can’t fail to touch your heart. An absolute must-read.
The Goblin King by Shona Husk
I’m almost through reading
this one. It’s a very dark fairytale, about a king cursed to become Goblin, and
about the woman who tries to help him. The author weaves a spell that makes the
world of the Shadowlands, and the heartbreak of the king, so very realistic.
Even though I haven’t reached the end, I can absolutely recommend this book.
The author has an incredible talent for dark fantasy.
A quick disclaimer, here. As
you can see, I’m not a reviewer. It takes a certain skill to summarize books
clearly, and there are many wonderful professional review sources, like
Booklist, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, RT BOOKReviews, NOR,
TGTB&TU…check out the reviews on my website and blog for more great on-line
review sources as well. This is just my personal recommendation of great books
I’ve recently read and had to share with my own readers.