Can I sum it up?

So there was another blogger that challenged authors to be able to wrap the entire book into one sentence. How’s this?

Noble Courage is a medieval tale of love, greed, and power in which Aspen Tiller finds her way to become an angel for a lost and downtrodden people, wherein she finds out the difference between love at first sight and a deep, true love but must fight with all her might to hang onto everything she holds dear. ~ Daisha Marie Korth

Download Noble Courage for .99 from Kindle or the prequel, Tales of Elgolan for free until 10/1/12!

 

Tales of Elgolan is now LIVE!

So after I finished Noble Courage, I really struggled with the next book. My initial plan was to begin the book many years in the future and my fans made it clear that was NOT what they wanted.

So as I floundered for about eight months on the first few paragraphs of the book, I was getting emails about when people could expect the next book. I was seriously frustrated. With working more than 40 hours a week, there was no way I could pump out a whole novel in four months. (did I mention I had a house of five boys at the time?) There was just no time.

And so it happened, I quit my job. I stayed home for one month between jobs and in that time, I wrote this little prequel that translates into about 150 pages. It was first started as a series of short stories for the Amazon Shorts program. I had part one done and part two started. But after I had published the first two with them, they dissolved the program. I was at a loss.

I kept writing those little stories and eventually, I put out the collection of them that defines the way life was before Noble Courage began. The number one question I was asked after people read Noble Courage was how did Vatric end up the way he was. I wanted to give some background to my characters because every story has to have a beginning!

I think the story is very cool. Believe me, it was difficult to get times, events, and ages to all match up in hind sight. But if you read Noble Courage first, it is fun to see the puzzle all come together.

So yesterday, I put the book on Amazon Kindle. It has NEVER been made into an ebook before so this will be great fun! It does run for free downloads until Monday so go pick it up! I thank you so much for reading, you will never know how much it means to me that you take the time to escape to my world!

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It’s Fan Friday!

Okay, as you might have read before, Fan Friday is the time to enter to become a character in one of my books. You will be fictional, but if you want to become a permanent part of the story, leave me a comment as to why. I will choose one and you will in one of my upcoming books! Happy Reading!

I Guess I am Sticking my Toes in the Water

I have been contemplating what to do with the other three books I have out for download through Smashwords.com. With very little feedback from anyone, I decided I really have little to lose and unpublished The Price of Power yesterday. Now, I just wait and see what happens, how long it takes retailers to remove that book from their catalogs and then be able to activate it with Kindle. *Deep Breath*

I don’t know why it is such a scary move for me, or why I even have to think on it at all. But it is. It is like letting go of a child, letting them out into the cruel world with no way for me to stand up and defend them against the harsh eyes of critics, but I can celebrate with them as they become well received by the fans.

You know, I started my first book, Noble Courage, when I was 26. It took me seven years to complete it I was 33 when I got up the guts to publish it and that was because a woman who has become a very good friend, told me to get it out there. That is seven years of my life I laughed, cried, loved, and hated my characters and now I make 35 cents each time a reader takes a chance on me. lol I love you all dearly for reading, I really do.

Book two was really hard for me. When a year had gone by and I didn’t even have one chapter done, I wrote a small prequel to keep my readers satisfied. But inspiration finally hit me and Book Two, The Price of Power, had to be split into two books. That second half had to be split again for a third book,Tears of Penance, and Book Four, Salvation of the Forgotten was a very emotional voyage for me and was just released for purchase a couple of months ago.

So I guess my whole point was just to say that I have made quite the journey. I’ve had to dust off my clothes after being beaten into the dirt of haters. But I have done it and I’m determined to make something of myself.

Noble Courage on Kindle! .99

Stuck at the Fork in the Road…

I’m having a tough time with deciding whether or not to enroll all my books with Kindle. I have Noble Courage with Kindle and the other three with Smashwords. Even though Smashwords will have a format for Kindle devices, I’m not sure people understand that. I’m established with Smashwords, but how critical is it to have all four books exclusive to Kindle? Hmmmm.

I want to thank any of you who have taken the time to read  my work. Even if you didn’t like it, I appreciate that you took time out of your busy life to try me out. I hope, of course, that many of you like it. I look forward to your feedback!

Noble Courage is now LIVE!!

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Brand new cover for the new version of Noble Courage’s eBook!

Okay! Noble Courage is now LIVE! And, starting tomorrow, it will be free for 3 days! This is your chance to take a chance on an author trying to break into the industry and it won’t cost you a thing. Even better, you are able to lend this to others you know who have a Kindle. So help me spread the word, please!
What?? You don’t have a Kindle? That is okay, there are free apps for your devices that will allow for the download too.
I’m thanking you all for your support right now! 🙂

Computer App- http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/ref=kcp_pc_ln_ar?docId=1000426311

Android App- http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/ref=kcp_and_ln_ar?docId=165849822

iPhone/iPad App- http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/ref=kcp_iph_ln_ar?docId=1000301301

Simple Ways to Market your Book!

This article is from a guest poster and is about some of the easy little things we can do, and forget to do, besides just all the social media marketing that has become commonplace.

We are all learning the advantages of social media and the internet when it comes to reaching out and selling books. However, in dedicating so much time to the digital world, we have not grown to improve our business building skills between us and our face to face customers. As writers, many of us don’t like to step out be outgoing with strangers nor do we always like to toot our own horn. Marketing online only may work, but you create a personal following when you come out of your house and strut your stuff to the public around you.

  • Bookmarks: Having a bookmark image designed and printed is a great way to connect with potential readers. Leaving a small stack of them in bookstores generates a want in people. Leaving them on the table after you eat out will make it possible to have your name land in someone else’s hands. Remember that it only takes one loud person to discover your book and you will have more readers than you know what to do with.
  • Business Cards: While bookmarks can be expensive, you can create a business card that you can give out to people you run into. Hand them to your checker at the grocery store. Mail them with your bills (I know, we pay so many of them online). However, to just spend the 42 cents on a stamp for marketing, you are reaching those people you would never know. And if you are running a special, print a label you can stick on the back with a coupon code or dates of free downloads.
  • Book Signings: While these can be very scary to some writers, they are a great time to come out as a celebrity. You can do them in bookstores or have them elsewhere like in a hotel conference room or the library. Even outdoor booth space type shows or events can constitute as a signing. Create a buzz about your event online and offer prizes for those who bring someone with them. This doubles your exposure. At the signing, hold a drawing for your newest release. The forms you collect from the drawing will give you the information you need to add them to your social media contacts. Part of getting people’s attention and making them interested enough to stop requires a very visual set up. A large poster, of your book’s cover, your other signing dates, and maybe your bio, on an easel in close proximity to your table will help you.
  • Vinyl Letters on your Car: Having your book’s title and your web address cut out of weather resistant vinyl and spread across the back window of your car will show that you are most proud of your work. How many customers do you miss everyday sitting in traffic? This is a low-cost way to get your website in front of the average person. White is simple and shows up well while neon colors are attention grabbing. Never do black, it will blend into the interior of your vehicle.

Although the internet is the easy, risk free way to market to people far away from you, it is still important to make an image for yourself. Be that author who makes regular appearances for their fans and future readers. Their voices get pretty loud when they are excited about what you do for them…which is writing. Share the love.

Jessica Reynolds loves spending time with her family and living life through photography and art. She has spent considerable time running her own businesses while raising her kids. Currently, she blogs for Poster Session, a large format poster printer.