Banners Make the World Go Round! Plus a bonus Giveaway opportunity!

Pick up When a Pachyderm Comes to Visit and Who’s That in the Cat Pajamas in time for Christmas.  The reviews state that children will really enjoy these books.

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Here’s my special thank you to Renee Gauthier for making me these incredible banners for Dolcey.  You all know how important these Indie group members on Facebook are to me. This is where I meet amazing people like Renee and my illustrator Zsa-Zsa Venter. I could keep mentioning names on and on like, Nancy, Eva, Stephen, Audrey, MandyCj, and on and on.

BONUS

Since you hung with me this long, I am sharing a chance to get a free signed copy of 31 Days of October Volume 2,  through Goodreads. You must hurry deadline is November 21, 2017.

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All the October News! An update or two on what has been happening!

Last time I spent any time sharing what was happening in my life, I shared that I had been sick.  After 5 weeks of medication, meditation, prayers, positive affirmations, essential oils, and sleep, I can say I am better. I got up early yesterday morning for a very special event in South Africa, then I left the house and attended a book signing. My very first book signing.  I am thrilled with my day. But I will do this in chronological order so as to stay focused.

Book Release

October 10, 2017, was the launch for When a Pachyderm Comes to Visit. The Kindle version has bFronteen published and is now available on Amazon in KindleUnlimited or sale for only $.99 until November 7th.

The paperback is available at Lulu.com by clicking here. 

Signed copies can be purchased at a discount price by emailing a request. Include the name you want personalized and the number of copies.  The personalized books will be available for shipment on November 15th.

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This is book two in the Dolcey series and the story is one of magic, bullies, dreams, goals, and fears.  When Dolcey the Fairy comes to visit, she brings hope and a new perspective to Michael.  I hope you will embrace Dolcey and Michael.

Here is an excerpt:

Lying in the dark bedroom, Michael heard a noise, clunk, followed by a thud. Was that a Shuffle? Over by the window, he heard that sound, it wasn’t the usual wind on the window noise. Swish.

There he heard it again. He rolled over and looked at the long window with the streetlight shining through.

What’s that? What’s that shape? He pulled his covers over his head and lay very still. When he heard another odd clunk he peeked over the top of the blanket.

Squinting at the window he noticed what looked like a snake climbing into his room. Michael’s heart was pounding in his chest. He felt his knees begin to clack together.

It can’t be a snake, no one ever had a snake climb in their window. That window was shut, how could it get in here?

“Ga ga go away” the whisper was harsh and did not even sound like his voice. Clearing his throat he sat up straighter in his bed and said a little louder. “Go away!”

He heard a faint voice, “So, you’re awake then?” That was when he heard a giggle.

International Book Launch

Johannesburg, South Africa. Skoobs Theatre of Books allowed an indie author to ply her wares through Skype while sitting on their champagne bar.  There was no place I would rather be at 4 AM Eastern Standard Time, than on that champagne bar meeting children and adults via Skype.

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I wore my tiara and even brought my fox ears with me in case I had to do a quick change.  I was asked to read from a favorite book as a child so I chose The Gull That Lost the Sea.  A sweet story that I still love to this day.  Both Who’s That in the Cat Pajamas? and When a Pachyderm Comes to Visit were featured and are currently on sale at Skoobs in the paperback version.

While sharing this launch with children, parents and other authors in South Africa, we held a contest and Adiba was the winner.  She was able to choose the child’s name for my next book which is to be titled,  Is there an Owl in the house?

Karen’s Book Barn Trick or Treat Event

Saturday was my very first book signing. I was excited to be seated with Jen Selinsky at Karen’s Book Barn in La Grange, Kentucky during the La Grange Trick or Treat event.  La Grange is 80 miles from my home and after getting up at 1:30 to do the book launch, I might have started to get tired.  That exhaustion passed as quickly as it came when I arrived in La Grange. The entire town showed up dressed up and having a wonderful time. Many parents, grandparents, and children strolled into the bookstore and took a look four of my books. I was happy to have both of the Halloween anthologies, along with The Path of the Child and Who’s That in the Cat Pajamas? all available in paperback. I was thrilled with the turnout and with the response from the customers.  I happily signed for adults and children and a serious young reader that wanted them all. Don’t even get me started on the train that runs straight down Main Street.  What a treat that was!

Special Thanks

There you have it, my October in a nutshell. The main thing I want to convey is that I appreciate everyone for your lovely thoughts, prayers, love, and kindness.  I have the best people in my life, both online and off. I have chosen my friends and family well and have been blessed by those that have chosen to befriend me.  My heart is full.

November Thoughts

Bring on November and a valid attempt at NanoWriMo.  Today I decided to give it a go, win or lose, it is better than not trying at all.  If you have not decided to start, then think it over, what’s to lose?  If you are participating then let me know so we can be writing buddies.  November is going to be another great month.

 

 

 

A Request to Rate the Books You Read

I am borrowing this from author Paul Russell Parker as he said it so much better than I!

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Hello, readers and fans! Remember, you don’t have to purchase my books from Amazon to leave a rating or review. If you were gifted any one of my books, downloaded them for free, bought them, found them in a Little Library, found them at a rest area, at a mall, some other random place, etc… You can still leave a rating. I encourage and ask that you do so, regardless of how you received any copies. If you really enjoyed my books, let me know. My main concern is how well you liked my stories, not how much I can make.

Ratings and reviews really help. It helps other readers know that they are getting a good read, and it also helps me, the Author. When I see how much someone enjoyed one of my books, it reminds me why I’m doing this in the first place. I want you to have a new literary universe that you can lose yourself in after you had a long, frustrating, or busy day.

So, go ahead and leave a rating or review at AmazonGoodreadsBarnes & NobleBooks A Million, etc. You don’t have to post much more than two or three words if you don’t want to. Even just a star rating will do. After that, you can follow me on my many social media platforms.  Thanks, and I appreciate the time you spent reading my books and reading this post.

 

New Marketing Experience, Join me, Share Your Thoughts and More

Thunderclap. Sure, right now it might bring up thougths of the weather that is spreading all across the United States, but it can also mean a new opportunity for a writer, a small company, or an event.

I began my very first Thunderclap campaign today. It is a little unnerving as it depends on the kindness and action of at leaqst 100 people to bring it about. With that said, you would be correct if you are thinking, oh no she is going to ask me to click something.

This is a fun way to get the message out on Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr, about my new release. It also lets me promote a special price on the new book until September 26, 2017.

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Let me tell you all about the new project.

  1. The Title:  When a Pachyderm Comes to Visit
  2. The second book in the Docley Series
  3. The first edition with my new illustrator, Zsa-Zsa Venter.
  4. The story about Michael, a child that has been treated unfairly at school and is afraid to persure his dream career.
  5. The arrival of a fairy named Dolcey
  6. Dolcey comes dressed as animals to be welcomed into the homes of children she helps.
  7. Release date in papaerback and Kindle is September 26, 2017.
  8. New friends are made.
  9. New adventures take Dolcey and Michael up and away from his home.
  10. The early readers have given positive feedback on the new book.

 

Let me share the way this works. You sign up your event, opening, launch, or promotion, on Thunderclap.it and after the approval of the campaign you begin to share the link. You can share on a bllog, (case in point) on Facebook, Twitter, through email and newsletters.  When you create your campaign you place a number of supporters that you believe you will manage to receive no less than 100.  100 seems to be a reasonable goal and so I am hopeful.

Once the caqmpaign has been approved, you start sharing the word. Then remember to share on a regular basis to inspire people to support the campaign. It is a fun way to have your campaign seen by thousands and potentially millions of people you would never ordinarily reach.

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At this point, I have either utterly confused you, alienated you, or intrigued you. If you are intrigued, please click this link and support my new children’s fairy adventure book and its special pre-order price of $.99.  The price will go back to the normal selling price of $1.49 after the official launch.

If you want to pre-order this children’s book, you can do so here.

I hope you will chime in about your own experiences. I am excited when I discover a new method of marketing. I always have supported other people’s campaign, but I never had the nerve to try it before now.

Thanks for stopping in and learning about my marketing plan.   Comment below and share your marketing expiriments.