Six Sentence Sunday Snippet #28

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This may be number 28 of my Sunday Snippets, but it’s post number 100 on my blog!  Somebody pop open the champagne!  Mimosas all around!  (It is Sunday morning, after all.)  Champagne Pop

While we’re celebrating, let’s continue with Highland Seer where I left off last week.  Enjoy!   

She would know if one of these braw warriors who’d done her clan such a great service was the one in her dreams. She opened her eyes, pushed her hair back, and once again took Fergus’s hand. “If no’ the leader, then perhaps one of his men?”

“Aye, lass. Worthy lads, all. But ye must see for yerself.”

For more great snippets, check HERE for the Snippet Sunday group on Facebook.

Highland Healer is available now at all the usual outlets.

Highland Seer will be out soon.

Six Sentence Sunday Snippet #27

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Highland Seer’s edits are nearly done, which means it will get a release date soon.  While we wait, I’ll share a few more snippets from it.  Enjoy!   

“The lads tell ye true, lass,” the old man whispered. “One of them could be the one ye Saw in yer dreams. They all had strong sword arms and no fear o’ the battle. Ye must meet wi’ them and see for yerself.”

Ellie closed her eyes, picturing the man who’d appeared to her three times. If only she had seen his face clearly.

For more great snippets, check HERE for the Snippet Sunday group on Facebook.

Highland Healer is available now at all the usual outlets.

Highland Seer will be out soon.

Hurts So Good

Congratulations.  You’re on your way to becoming a published author.  Or you’ve already got 20 books on the shelf.  Either way, you’re probably up to your eyeballs in social media.

NO?  Oh no.  You’ve got work to do.  And it’s going to hurt.

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It’s not enough that you’re spending hours at your keyboard working on your next bestseller.  That’s just the beginning.  But I’m an author, you say?  I write books?  Yes, you do.  And much, much more.

You must have a website so people can find you – or your author alter-ego.  And that website must have your bio, pictures, favorite links, posts related to your books, covers and blurbs if you have them.  So you get all that set up.  Whew!  Congratulations.  But you’re nowhere near done yet.

Are you blogging?  On your website’s front page, or on a tab?  Do you guest-blog with other authors or sites like Romance University and Savvy Authors?

Then you need a Facebook profile or author page – with posts as often as you can – daily is best. Facebook is relenting a bit on limiting the visibility of posts from an author page, but your readers have to choose to get all of your posts in their newsfeed. So your words may be seen by very few until everyone realizes they can control their newsfeeds – but they’re the few who care, so stick with it.

Twitter is another important medium.  140 characters seem like a lot when you’re racking your brain for something fresh to say.  Retweet your author friends’ posts.   Quote from your books, your reviews, share your Facebook posts.  Oh, yes, and respond to mentions, retweets, and direct messages.

Goodreads?  Yes, that, too.   Face it, it’s becoming another Facebook.  But it’s focused on books, readers and authors, which is great.  Set up an author page.  Post short blog posts – or have your blog from your website feed your Goodreads blog, join groups, post your books, add your books to Listopia lists on Goodreads, become a fan of your favorite authors, make friends, converse and respond to comments.  Ignore the trolls.

Then there’s Google +, the new MySpace, and too many more to mention.

By now, your eyes are crossed, your butt is numb, and your fingers are bleeding.  And it’s a good feeling.  You’re building your brand, making a name for yourself as an author, getting the word out on your books, interacting with fans and fellow authors.

How do you get rid of the ‘hurts’ and keep the ‘so good’?  Learn from  your experience which social media work best for you.  Where do you enjoy the interactions?  Where do you get the most notice?  The most feedback?  Spend your time there.  Ignore the rest, or sharply curtail your visits.

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You’ll be a much happier, more productive author.  And you’ll have time to get back to writing that next bestseller.

Blood Entangled Cover Reveal – Gorgeous!

THIS IS A FIRST FOR ME

Up to now, I have not hosted another author on this blog, but I could not pass up the chance to show off the gorgeous new cover for Amber Belldene’s next book, BLOOD ENTANGLED.  

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KOS MARAS’s orderly life is in shambles—he must distribute Blood Vine to a population of ailing vampires, but Hunters block him at every turn. To make matters worse, each night he watches over a temptingly beautiful woman sleeping in his bed. He is convinced love cannot last a vampire-long lifetime and an entanglement will only cause them grief, but he doesn’t have the heart to send her away.

From a long line of blood servants, LENA ISAAKSON is destined to serve a vampire, but a string of humiliating rejections thwarts her pleasure. When Kos shows her kindness, she hopes he will claim her. Instead he proves himself a coward in the face of love and sends her to serve another.

Will the dark seduction of a rakish new vampire finally bring Lena the pleasure she desires or deliver her into the hands of Hunters who want to destroy everything the Maras family has worked for?

BOOK INFO:
Author: Amber Belldene
Title: Blood Entangled
Expected publication: July 23rd 2013 by Omnific Publishing
Series: Blood Vine #2
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17668584-blood-entangled
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Amber-Belldene/e/B00AY4C04G/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1371508973&sr=1-1
Author Web: http://amberbelldene.com/

WILLA BLAIR AGAIN:  I don’t usually read vampire romance, but take it from me, Run, do not walk, to get BLOOD VINE, and read it before BLOOD ENTANGLED comes out.   It’s an amazing book.  Want a peek?  Check out this fabulous trailer!

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AUTHOR BIO:
Amber Belldene grew up on the Florida panhandle, swimming with alligators, climbing oak trees and diving for scallops…when she could pull herself away from a book. As a child, she hid her Nancy Drew novels inside the church bulletin and read mysteries during sermons—an irony that is not lost on her when she preaches these days.

Amber is an Episcopal Priest and student of religion. She believes stories are the best way to explore human truths. Some people think it is strange for a minister to write romance, but it is perfectly natural to her, because the human desire for love is at the heart of every romance novel and God made people with that desire. She lives with her husband and two children in San Francisco.

Look What Just Arrived!

Last week, I won all of the RITA-nominated Best First Books in a video chat sponsored by the Romance Writers of America with the Best First Book nominees.  The video chat was lots of fun, but here’s the icing on the cake.  The books just arrived!

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The good news for you is that I already own a few of these books, so the copies that just arrived might show up in giveaways soon!

You never know when I’ll get the urge to do a giveaway.  So check back here often!

Six Sentence Sunday Snippet #26

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Highland Seer’s edits are nearly done, which means I’ll find out a release date soon.  While we wait, I’m still working on book 3, Highland Troth.  So here is another snippet from Highland Troth.  Jamie and Caitrin are reminiscing about a time that was not one of Jamie’s finest moments.  Enjoy!   

“Ye thought I believed it all, to the point of refusing to cross that bridge ever again.”

“Aye, and after that, Toran took great enjoyment from leading ye in that direction, only to watch ye splash through the burn rather than cross the bridge to reach the meadow beyond, arriving drenched and dripping.”  As they laughed.  It was not Jamie’s proudest memory of their time together.  In fact, he was still irritated with Toran over putting him up to it.  Especially after the way the summer ended.

For more great snippets, check HERE for the Snippet Sunday group on Facebook.

Highland Healer is available now at all the usual outlets.

Highland Seer will be out soon.

Six Sentence Sunday Snippet #25

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Highland Seer’s revisions are done.  I’m waiting on the line edits.  In the meantime, I’m working on book 3, Highland Troth.  So here is a snippet from Highland Troth.  Jamie and Caitrin are reminiscing about a time that was not one of Jamie’s finest moments.  Enjoy!   

“Ye told me they were ancient druidic markings.  Secret signs marking a place of ceremony and sacrifice.  That wasna true, was it?”

Jamie thought back to that day.  Caitrin had tagged along with him and Toran, as usual.  Toran had done his best to ignore her, but Jamie had started telling stories, and by the time they reached the old stone bridge, Caitrin was primed for the biggest story of all.

For more great snippets, check HERE for the Snippet Sunday group on Facebook.

Highland Healer is available now at all the usual outlets.

Highland Seer will be out soon.