20 FREE or .99 books PLUS a $25 Amazon E-giftcard Rafflecopter

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!

An awesome line of authors have come together to bring you over 20 “free” or “.99” books to fill up your reading tablet this holiday season! Download all these great titles and you will have a book a day to read until the New Year! With a cheerful collection of contemporary, historical, spicy, erotica, and more, you can take a break after your holiday shopping and escape into a great read.

Click this link to discover the great deals & enter the $25 Amazon e-giftcard Rafflecopter giveaway! 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!

Brittney Sahin

Link: http://shannynleah.com/romance-feature.php

Mistletoe Mountain: The Mountain Man’s Christmas: The Mountain Man #3.6 by Frankie Love

Looking for a holiday read?

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Genres:  Romance, Novella, Christmas, Instalove

Published:  November 17, 2016

Told in dual POVs

The Blurb:

All I want for Christmas is Everett & Evie!

When I go out to chop down a Christmas tree the last thing I expect to find is woman caught in a snowstorm.

But there she is, lost and alone. And f*cking gorgeous.

I take her home with me — my cabin will warm her up … and so will I.

Meeting her was serendipity … and letting her go isn’t an option.

But her life isn’t built around Mistletoe Mountain the way mine is.

This mountain man is hoping for a Christmas miracle.

Darling Reader,

This story is like a candy cane. You’ll wanna keep licking this mountain man. The cover may be sweet, but Everett and Evie are sugar & spice and naughty & nice!😉

May your days be merry and bright.

xo…

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$50, say what?!

S. J. Lynn

I’m all about getting free money, but when does that ever happen? Oh yes . . . from giveaways!

Apparently, I’m feeling generous. A $50 Prepaid master card and two ebooks (Walls of Ainsley) are up for grabs . . . 3 lucky winners. Whoohoo!

What do you need to do: It’s simple. Follow these instructions:

1) Entrants will use this link to subscribe to my newsletter. http://bit.ly/NewsLetterWordPress

Then, you will comment on my Facebook author page. There will be a pinned thread for you to do so. https://www.facebook.com/sjlynn.author/

2) Like my author page

3) Follow me on amazon: amazon.com/author/s.j.lynn

4) Bonus if you also follow me on twitter: @sjlynn_author https://twitter.com/sjlynn_author

After the week is up, I will randomly choose 1 winner from my newsletter list to win the $50.00 Vanilla Prepaid master card. (I’ll be paying extra attention to those of you who share this giveaway with your friends and…

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Release Day for Walls of Ainsley 11/10/2016 A Thriller/Suspense

Happy Release Day!!

S. J. Lynn

Book lovers, Bloggers, Authors…I can’t tell you how excited I am to be releasing my third book. Most of you know that my first two novels were a romantic suspense, and although I loved writing them, I couldn’t wait to dabble in the thriller genre. Hence, Walls of Ainsley was born.

In doing so, I tried to stay true to myself…what I would want and like to read. Walls of Ainsley has a psychological element to it, mystery, some romance, and …other things (winkie face).

Questions Scarlet needs answered: Can you trust the son of a mass murderer, especially when others suspect him of the crimes? Did he commit them? Can she write her article when the family she’s writing about are all supposed to be dead?

What is Walls of Ainsley about?

Brigham Ainsley is the son of the most notorious mass murderer in Surrey, England. The Ainsleys built…

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Release day for Forever Rome

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My first contemporary stand-alone romance novel is now live. Although I have published three other books in the past year, they have all been romantic suspense. I have to say, I absolutely loved writing this book, and I am already working on the next in my Forever series (which takes readers to different cities around the world). I started with Rome since it’s one of my favorite places I’ve visited. A lot of the elements of the story are a blend of my own personal experiences in both life and in Rome (minus falling for a football player, of course . . .!)

The book is on sale for only 99cents right now & there is a great giveaway pinned to my FB page: https://www.facebook.com/authorbrittneysahin/

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BLURB:

A football fanatic sports columnist. A sexy Italian soccer player. When in Rome . . .

Maggie Lane, a sports columnist and diehard football fan, is not exactly enthused when her editor-in-chief sends her to Rome, Italy, to write a feature story on Italian soccer star Marco Valenti. The last thing she wants to do is spend three weeks covering soccer right before the American football season begins. But Maggie’s job becomes a lot more appealing after meeting a sexy Italian man on her first night there.

One hot kiss and she is done for . . . but once Maggie discovers her mysterious Italian is Marco Valenti, she’s not sure if she’ll be able to write her story objectively, or if she’ll even have to. Marco stuns the world when he announces his retirement, and without an explanation as to why, rumors fly and the tension mounts. Despite Maggie’s protests, she is forced to stay, but with each passing day, she becomes enchanted with the beautiful city, as well as finds herself breaking her cardinal rule—never fall for a player.

As Maggie learns the truth about Marco, she has to make a decision: protect him or keep her job. Will Marco be able to trust her with his secrets? Can she trust him with her heart?

Find at:
Amazon/us -> http://amzn.to/2cI8O9R
Amazon/uk -> http://amzn.to/2c4YMn7
Amazon/ca -> http://amzn.to/2cI9M64
Nook -> http://bit.ly/2bj0xg2
Apple -> http://apple.co/2bIZlRw
Kobo -> http://bit.ly/2cvIw

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EDITING 101: 03 – THAT’s the Problem in Revising…

Great advice!

I also go through and control find the word “just” and “and then” … I always find them when editing & cut almost all if possible (the ones my editor doesn’t catch). I didn’t know to do all this with my first books– all a learning process!
😉

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Originally posted as the Dun Writin’—Now Whut? series on this blog, EDITING 101 is a weekly refresher series for some of you and brand new for others.

Courtesy of Adirondack Editing

THAT’s the Problem in Revising

What’s the problem?”

That’s the problem.”

What?”

That.”

I don’t get it.”

That’s the problem.”

Sound like the old “Who’s on first” routine? Extraneous words that make a writer’s work bulky need to be eliminated. But how can you eliminate words that you don’t even see? That’s the problem, and that is one of those words that can usually be cut. Dialogue that is casual regularly contains many incidences of that word, but when it comes to writing, that can usually be deleted.

Are you still confused? If a sentence is understandable without “that” in it, take it out.

Example: “She told him that she was leaving” reads just fine…

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Release day for The Truth She Knew!

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Happy release day to the talented author, J.A. Owenby! I was super excited to have the opportunity to read an advanced review copy of The Truth She Knew, and wow, what a great debut full-length novel by Owenby.

BLURB:

Mama didn’t want me. In fact, she would’ve traded my soul back for someone different if God would’ve let her, but he didn’t, so she was stuck with me. 

For eighteen-year-old Lacey, life at home is a rollercoaster. She doesn’t think she’ll ever be good enough to truly deserve Mama’s love. 

But when Lacey enters college and meets Walker, everything starts to change. Suddenly, Lacey is face to face with the realization that maybe what she’s always seen as normal really isn’t. Her entire life—and everything she’s ever believed about herself and her family—is abruptly hanging in midair. 

Lacey is left facing two paths, and she has to make a choice. The first means walking away from everything she’s ever known. The other means never really knowing the truth. 

The Truth She Knew offers an honest and powerful glimpse into mental illness, the meaning of true love, and the psychological waltz that a daughter dances as she endures her mother’s unpredictable emotions, manipulation, and abuse. 

*** Ages 17+ Contains language, sex, and violence 
*** This is book 1 in a series

5star

My Review:

I read J.A. Owenby’s short stories last year, and they left a memorable impression upon me. Learning she was writing this book, The Truth She Knew, I was very excited to read! I was blown away with the author’s style of writing and found myself highlighting several passages as I read. I was intrigued to learn more about Lacey and mother from the very beginning, and I kept turning the pages until I almost finished in one sitting to see how the story unfolded. A truly powerful book dealing with sensitive issues in a sensitive and thought-provoking manner.

This really is an extraordinary story and a must read for 2016. I eagerly look forward to reading the next book by this author.

What are other readers saying?

“J.A. Owenby has outdone herself! The Truth She Knew is a beautifully written, thought provoking story that will leave you wanting more. The feelings and emotions come through page after page, and I while I could not put the book down, I also didn’t want it to end.” ~ Sarah J.

“I’m in love!! I could NOT put this down and I read the entire book in half a day!” ~ Nancy S.

“A bittersweet story of young love, independence, and soul-crushing manipulation.” ~ Dr. Sheri Kaye Hoff

“I could not put this novel down! Be prepared for an emotional roller coaster ride and have the box of tissues handy.” ~ Colleen C.

EXTRACT:

“You can’t run from yourself,” I whispered.

“What?” he said and moved closer.

“You can’t run from yourself,” I said louder. “When you’re the problem, if you run, it just follows you. No matter what I do, no matter how hard I try to change, I’m not getting better.”

Confusion clouded Walker’s face as he struggled with my words.

“Are you sick?” he asked as his voice hitched.

“I . . .”

He didn’t step any closer and wrap his arms around me. He didn’t promise things would be okay this time.

“Yes, Walker, I’m sick.” I bit my lip and forced the tears back. I was so tired of crying.

Find The Truth She Knew at:

Amazon: http://amzn.to/29gHfoh

Barnes & Noble http://bit.ly/29NX8DL

iTunes    http://apple.co/29LelKx

Kobo http://bit.ly/28RjthM

Featured Author: A.R. Hadley

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I am excited to introduce author A.R. Hadley to my fantastic list of featured authors. She has recently published her first novella: The Drazen World: Release. I am anxious to read it, and it is coming up soon on my tbr list! A.R. Hadley is also working on other books as well, and I eagerly look forward to the release of her books! Be sure to check out her novella & send her some review love!

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Blurb:

I chose Jessica. 
I married her. 
She saved me. 
Me — Jonathan Drazen. 
What would happen if the wind shifted direction? If I made new suggestions? 
I changed my line of sight. I started to focus on the unattainable because nothing was out of my reach. Nothing. 
Children. 
Happiness. 
Success. 
I had the universe by a string. A yo-yo. I could bring it up or down. I could fit it inside my pocket and carry it anywhere I pleased. 
Then why did I have an uneasy feeling? The kind of sensation an animal feels just before a storm or an earthquake? It was subtle enough to ignore, yet strong enough to prick me, reminding me that denial would result in severe repercussions to my psyche or my marriage. 
Suffer now or suffer later. 
I had a choice. 
Fly away from the clouds or dive head first into the nebula. 

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Who is A.R. Hadley?

A.R. Hadley writes imperfectly perfect sentences by the light of her iPhone. 
She loves her husband. 
Chocolate.
Her children. 
And Cary Grant. 
She annoys those darling little children by quoting lines from Back to the Future, but despite her knowledge of eighties and nineties pop culture, she was actually meant to live alongside the lost generation after the Great War and write a mediocre novel while drinking absinthe with Hemingway. Instead, find her sipping sweet tea with extra lemons on her porch as she weaves fictional tales of love and angst amid reality. 
A creative writer since elementary school, A.R. all but gave it up after her children were born, devoting herself to the lovely little creatures, forgetting the pleasure and happiness she derived from being imaginative. 
No more.
She rediscovered her passion in 2014 and has not stopped since — writing essays, poetry, and fiction. She is currently working on completing several novels as part of a romantic trilogy. 
Day or night, words float around inside her mind. She hears dialogue when she awakens from sleep. She is the one who has been awakened. Writing is her oxygen. Cary Grant fans the flames.

**I LOVE HER BIO. Mine is not nearly as cool!!**

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Eeks. Love these teasers–looks like a sexy and interesting read!! I may not be able to wait for my tbr list to shorten…

Check out her Amazon page by clicking here.

For Authors: Email Marketing Companies Compared, Pt3 : Launching a new release!

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I am a little late on this post, but it relates to my marketing strategy used back in June with the release of my 3rd book, Buried Lies. In this post, I plan on mostly focusing on using 99cents as a strategy for a new release, as well as discussing/comparing the email marketing companies I used to spread the word for the new release.

So, for the first time I decided to make my new release 99cents for a limited time. I saw a lot of other authors using this strategy, which helped get them great sales/ranking, so I thought- what did I have to lose?

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Part 1 of the plan: Include an extract from Buried Lies in my other books with a note that the book is at a special preorder price of only 99cents (before going up to $2.99). I put the link to buy directly before and after the extract. I also mentioned to my readers they can get all of my books at only 99cents when they’re released–so they might want to sign up for my email newsletter, so they’ll be the first to learn when my books are a/v for preorder or just released. (Note: Smashwords- you cannot mention price in your books, so I noted it is on sale for a limited time. Amazon- you can note the price of 99cents).

Part 2 of the plan: Preorder blitz – Had a blog company advertise (this to me was a waste of time) & I emailed my subscribers & boosted a post of my Facebook page. A lot of traffic was driven to my Amazon page, which prompted Amazon to quickly add the “customers also viewed…”- and I believe this adds some legitimacy. Once I had enough preorders–it switched to “customers also bought”.

I use a bitly address for the links in connection to my extracts in the back of my book to track how many people are taking action and (assumption is)- then preordering after reading the extract. Most of my preorders were from the extract. I had about 5xs the number of preorders than my other books- most likely because I’d begun to build a fan base (coupled with the seductive 99cents offer).

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Part 3 of the plan: Sign-up for email marketing companies for the week of release. Plus, I had a 2 week blog tour set up (I do this for reviews, not for sales… but now Amazon has begun to remove reviews related to blog tours–more about this in my next post)…

I chose Monday as the release date so I could maximize advertising for the entire week (normally Tuesday is the release day). My preorders credited to the day before (Sunday).

**Note: You need to meet the review/rating requirements on your backlist for most of these companies to feature a new release without any reviews**

Monday- Myromancereads.com ($90)

Tuesday- Fussy Librarian (2 categories) $24

Wednesday- Book Gorilla ($50)

Thurs- Bargain Booksy ($70)

Fri- E News Reader Today ($45-50)

*One day I had ERomance/Manybooks– I just can’t remember which day.

Note: PAIDAUTHOR- Great website, which gives coupons for some companies & offers real numbers about results: http://www.paidauthor.com/

THE RELEASE & ranking of above companies + results:

I don’t have individual numbers on hand, but in the 6 days I advertised, I generated about 1,000 sales across retailers. This was def. the best launch I had. Now, the royalties are only 35cents on Amazon (60cents on others), but the great thing was I began selling the other books in my series on a regular basis without any advertising.

Best results in order.

  1. Myromancereads
  2. ENEWSREADERTODAY)
  3. Bargain Booksy
  4. Book Gorilla – They had way too many books on their list in my opinion, and I wonder if sales were down because of that- or because it was a Wednesday (and I seem to have the lowest sales this day). I have read Tuesday’s, Thursday’s, and Friday’s are the best days to advertise…jury is still out.
  5. Others (about the same)

Other results:

I was in Amazon’s top 100 for my category briefly – and next time I may stack some of the companies together (my next month’s release)- to generate a higher ranker. BUT… Amazon had me for a few days in their “Amazon’s new release best seller list” for Romance Suspense and Romance military. I didn’t even realize this existed until I stumbled upon it accidentally. I did hit #1 in romance military in Canada (not too hard to do), but it was still pretty cool to see.

Barnes & Nobles was the real shocker. They featured me in their new release best seller list (overall + romance)- and I began getting dozens of dozens of sales daily + my backlist while I was on there, and even hit #4 in my category. A FIRST FOR ME.

APPLE– Looks like Apple does not feature books on their recent bestseller list if they are 99cents. They do list you as a new release though. As soon as my book went back to the regular 2.99 price- I was on their recent bestseller list.

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Book trailer: I also used a book trailer I had made once my book was back at regular price. I had great results on FB using this trailer, and I was very pleased. Of course, the longer an ad runs on FB the cost per click tends to increase, so you need to delete the boost and retarget to lower the cpc.

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Will I do this again? I am already setting up the same plan now for my next release, Forever Rome, which comes out 9.20. As I mentioned before, I may stack a few email companies for the same day and I’ll see how this impacts results. My new release is the first in my new series & a different subgenre- so I will be targeting other readers.

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I recently made the first book in my romantic suspense, Hidden Truths series, free. This is a whole other topic–needing a new post. I plan on sharing the good, the bad, the ugly… and the fantastic… about advertising a free book next. So stay tuned!

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