Wednesday, September 28, 2011

What is the best promotional thing you have done?

What is the best promotional thing you have done to promote your books.

I am on twitter, facebook, goodreads, linkedin etc. I like the social networking. It's fun and free LOL. You meet a lot of new people on these sites.



These places have promotional services that you can purchase to help promote your books too.

Manic Readers
Coffeetime Romance
Long and Short Reviews

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Ever Wonder How one review site can give you a 5 and another will give you a 2?

Hi Everyone,

Ever wonder how review sites can be so different. One will love your book and give it a 5 star review while another will hate it so much that they will give you a 2 and say it wasn't even worth that LOL.

Reviewers can be an author's best friend and we truly appreciate your honesty.

On the other hand for those reviewers that want to take out their frustrations of their bad day on an author's hard work really isn't fair to the author.

All we ask for is an honest review.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

What is the most embarrassing thing that your kid has ever done in public?

It's funny story time!!! What is the most embarrassing thing that your kid has done in public? Share your story in the comment box and win a free copy of

"Brandon's Secret" Every post gets a free book.

Leave your email address in the post so I can email you your free book or email me at witchesofsnowhollow@gmail.com the email address you want me to send your book to.



Funny Email about kids that I just got:


Children Are Quick
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TEACHER: Why are you late?
STUDENT: Class started before I got here.
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TEACHER: Maria, go to the map and find North America ..
MARIA: Here it is.
TEACHER: Correct. Now class, who discovered America ?
CLASS: Maria.
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TEACHER: John, why are you doing your math multiplication on the floor?
JOHN: You told me to do it without using tables.
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TEACHER: Glenn, how do you spell 'crocodile?'
GLENN: K-R-O-K-O-D-I-A-L'
TEACHER: No, that's wrong
GLENN: Maybe it is wrong, but you asked me how I spell it.
(I Love this child)
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TEACHER: Donald, what is the chemical formula for water?
DONALD: H I J K L M N O.
TEACHER: What are you talking about?
DONALD: Yesterday you said it's H to O.
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TEACHER: Winnie, name one important thing we have today that we didn't have ten years ago.
WINNIE: Me!
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TEACHER: Glen, why do you always get so dirty?
GLEN: Well, I'm a lot closer to the ground than you are.
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TEACHER: Millie, give me a sentence starting with ' I. '
MILLIE: I is..
TEACHER: No, Millie..... Always say, 'I am.'
MILLIE: All right... 'I am the ninth letter of the alphabet.'
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TEACHER: George Washington not only chopped down his father's cherry tree, but also admitted it. Now, Louie, do you know why his father didn't punish him?
LOUIS: Because George still had the axe in his hand.....
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TEACHER: Now, Simon , tell me frankly, do you say prayers before eating?
SIMON: No sir, I don't have to, my Mom is a good cook.
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TEACHER: Clyde , your composition on 'My Dog' is exactly the same as your brother's.. Did you copy his?
CLYDE : No, sir. It's the same dog.

(I want to adopt this kid!!!)
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TEACHER: Harold, what do you call a person who keeps on talking when people are no longer interested?
HAROLD: A teacher
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PASS IT AROUND AND MAKE SOMEONE LAUGH!
LAUGHTER IS THE SOUL'S MEDICINE!!


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

"Brandon's Secret" now available on Amazon!!!



http://www.amazon.com/Brandons-Secret-ebook/dp/B005OAW2KW/ref=sr_1_12?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1316564407&sr=1-12


Rochelle moves to the beach to get her life back on track after her mother dies in a car accident. Shortly after she arrives she meets tall, dark and sexy Brandon. Night after night he shows up at her beach house and they have a great time together, but he never comes around during the day. Where does he go all day? He says that he is at work all day , but Rochelle decides to do a little digging around and unveils more than she wants to. What secret is Brandon keeping? “Brandon’s Secret” is a short story packed with romance, mystery, and secrets.


5 Star Customer Review:
5.0 out of 5 stars heartwarming, September 20, 2011

By EJ Harrigan - See all my reviewsThis review is from: Brandon's Secret (Kindle Edition)

A lovely story with complex characters well drawn. Beautiful evocative settings combine to create a sense of mystery and romance. A concise writing style makes this a very easy read and a story one wishes there was more of. Certainly would make me read more from this author.

5 Things you don't know about E.J. Harrigan

5 Things you don't know about E.J. Harrigan

1. My dog is called Murphy

2. I live on the edge of the Atlantic as far west in Europe as you can go without being in the US.

3. I play football (soccer)

4 I've written a screenplay about a prepubescent ostrich

5 I cycle a thirty two year old racing bike







In a world where religion seems to grow increasingly irrelevant, Where The Dead Go wrestles with the timeless question, what happens after death and offers an alternative solution.



Dave McMurty is an everyman who finds himself the victim of a mindless murder. Little does he know he is not the only victim. He awakens in the hereafter to find himself at the centre of a timeless conflict between good and evil. In a strange world where the very essence of himself is the thing he must protect he must forge friendships and find hidden strengths within to try to become the man in death he could never be in life.


http://www.solsticepublishing.com/products/Where-the-Dead-Go%252d%252dPDF-EBOOK.html

Monday, September 19, 2011

"Brandon's Secret" is available at Solstice Publishing




Available at Solstice Publishing now and Coming soon at Amazon:
http://www.solsticepublishing.com/products/Brandon%27s-Secret-%252d%252d-PDF-EBOOK.html


Rochelle moves to the beach to get her life back on track after her mother dies in a car accident. Shortly after she arrives she meets tall, dark and sexy Brandon. Night after night he shows up at her beach house and they have a great time together, but he never comes around during the day. Where does he go all day? He says that he is at work all day , but Rochelle decides to do a little digging around and unveils more than she wants to. What secret is Brandon keeping? “Brandon’s Secret” is a short story packed with romance, mystery, and secrets.

Monday, September 12, 2011

The Holidays Are Coming! What's your favorite recipe?

Hi Everyone,

The Holidays are coming. Do you have a favorite recipe you would like to share with us all?

Post your recipes in the comment box.


Here's one that I like to do on the holidays that taste great and is 100% sugar free so it works great if you have diabetics in the family.


(This is just a method. You can use any flavors you like)


Yogurt Pie

Ingredients:
2 small containers of sugar free strawberry yogurt (any brand)
1 container of Sugar FREE Coolwhip
1 package of sugar free jello
1 graham cracker pie shell

How to make:
take 1/4 cup of water put in a bowl. Add  the package of jello to that and stir.
Add your yogurt and cool whip to that and stir in. When it's all mixed together put it in the pie shell and then in the refridgerator to harden. It won't take long. Maybe 30 minutes - an hour


Variations:
You can use regular yogurt instead of sugar free or you can use fat free instead of sugar free.

You can use any flavors that you want. You can mix an match. I like to take blueberry yogurt and strawberry jello. That one taste really good.

You can use any brand of ingredients and if you have extra time you can make the graham cracker shell by hand by crushing up the graham crackers yourself. I like to tkae the little extra help from the store and just buy the pre- made shell LOL.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Thoughts On Bad Reviews

What makes people leave negative reviews? Was the book they read that terrible that they have to take the time to go in and leave a horrible review?

One step further: What makes them so bitter that they will leave a horrible review for a book that is free LOL.


Then we have my favorites. The ones where they seem to forget that what they are reading is fiction LOL. Meaning --- Not Real

I've had bad reviews left because they didn't like the bad guy in the story. Or they didn't like the way my character handled something bad in her life. The reviewer has said that they have been though that situation and they handled it differently so my book got a bad review because my character didn't handle herself the way the reader would have.

It's funny sometimes to read the negative ones.

I got one recently that was bad because my characters doctor took longer than what the readers real life doctor took with her in the same situation.

Sometimes I think readers get so involved in the story that they forget that it's fiction and the characters are not real.


What is your funniest negative review? or The one that made you the madest when you read it?

Friday, September 9, 2011

How to promote your book for FREE

Hello Everyone,

Today I'm going to blog about all the free stuff you can do to promote your books. I hope that at least one of these ideas helps somebody out.


1. Set up a website. You can do this completely free at www.webs.com or www.weebly.com and if you want it to be a true dot com you can go to www.godaddy.com or www.names.com and I'm sure there are others and pay for your domain name for the year. It will cost less than $12 and then you can go back to the free site and use your own domain. You have no fees at all and you have a new website.


2. www.facebook.com
Set up a facebook page and friend everyone and tell everyone about your page. Use your page to promote your book. Don't just open the page but actually go there and post on it daily.

3. www.twitter.com
Follow people and ask them to follow you. Tweet and retweet other people's tweets. Join in on the fun.

4. www.myspace.com
Same thing here. Friend people and ask them to friend you.

5. www.manicreaders.com has free pages

6. www.linkedin.com another social networking site.

7. Start a blog. There are a few different free ones. You can try www.blogspot.com or www.wordpress.com either one are free.

8. Join yahoo groups. Be sure to follow their posting rules.

9. www.goodreads.com is another really good place to promote you book.

10. Get reviews for your book. The more reviews and good ratings the better. You can take that review and then tell all the above places. Out of every good review you get several promo opps out of it.


This list should get you started but the ideas are endless in marketing. I hope at least one of these things helped somebody out.

Lizzy

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Guest Blogger: Angela Burke




Raya Walden doesn't believe in ghosts...just the thought sends shivers up her spine. But as she falls in love with Jack Castille during a summer job at the rustic Hideaway Lodge, a resort nestled in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, Raya discovers she has an undisclosed paranormal talent. A talent that she doesn't want. Yet it is this gift that will ultimately save her life...

Lucidity is a story about the secrets of the unknown, the essence of the spirit and the endurance of love...will you believe?

Available at:
http://www.solsticepublishing.com/products/Lucidity%252d%252dPDF-EBOOK.html

or

http://www.amazon.com/Lucidity-ebook/dp/B004RVS4CO/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1315320084&sr=1-1

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Guest Blogger: Grace Elliot








Hi!
My name is Grace Elliot and I write historical romance. I started writing as an antidote to the stresses of the modern world, and then found my second home in the regency. My debut novel, ‘A Dead Man’s Debt’ is a story of duty, blackmail and unexpected love and aims to be the sort of page-turning, un-put-down-able book I love to read.

But enough about me – without further ado, let’s meet our hero, the darkly, brooding Lord Ranulf Charing.

Ah the delicious Lord Ranulf Charing (….short pause to fan myself) so dangerous and yet so misunderstood! Our first encounter with Lord Ranulf finds him hiding in his lair at his club. Arrogant, dissolute and aloof, Lord Ranulf appears the archetypal bad boy, but as the story progresses Ranulf is revealed a man ill at ease with himself. He is a complex man, who learnt as a child to deny his emotions, and worlds collide when his values are challenged by the rebellious Miss Celeste Armitage.

I hope readers will come to love Ranulf, not just for his devastating good looks, (although no harm in that, wink), but his touching affection for his stallion Fable, his fear of love and secret genius as an artist. But with the future of the Charing’s resting on Ranulf’s shoulders can he really be true to himself and which will he chose? Family duty or his unexpected love for his soul mate, Celeste Armitage?

(Tomorrow ( 9-3-11) I will be posting about our heroine, the rebellious Celeste Armitage, on the Solstice blog http://solsticepublishing.wordpress.com/)

So, if you want to forget your worries for a little while, why not read ‘A Dead Man’s Debt’ (just $2.99)

FOR A CHANCE TO WIN A PDF COPY – PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT.

Here’s what reviewers have said:
“Historical romance at its best.” Once Upon A Chapter 5/5
“Totally engrossing…sensual and evocative writing.” Fiction Books. 5/5
“Breathtaking sensuality…page turning drama…a wonderful talent.” The Romance Reviews. 5/5


To find out more please visit:
http://graceelliot-author.blogspot.com (my blog is updated twice a week and is a blend of historical trivia, romance and cats!)
or
www.wix.com/graceelliot/grace-elliot.


“A Dead Man’s Debt” is available from:
Solstice publishing.
http://www.solsticepublishing.com/products/A-Dead-Man%27s-Debt-%252d%252d%252d-PDF.html

Amazon.com
http://www.amazon.com/A-Dead-Mans-Debt-ebook/dp/B0046REKBS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&m=A7B2F8DUJ88VZ&s=books&qid=1293833253&sr=1-1

Smashwords.
http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/26527

Fictionwise
http://www.fictionwise.com/ebooks/b115169/A-Dead-Mans-Debt/Grace-Elliot/?si=0


Author Bio.

Grace Elliot leads a double life as a veterinarian by day and author of historical romance by night. Grace lives near London and is addicted to cats, acting as housekeeping staff to five mischievous moggies.
Grace believes intelligent people need romantic fiction in their lives as an antidote to the modern world and as an avid reader of historicals she turned to writing as a release from the emotionally draining side of veterinary work. Her debut novel ‘A Dead Man’s Debt’ is a story of blackmail, duty and unexpected love.
Now available from most eBook stores including Amazon, price $2.99.

To find out more visit http://graceelliot-author.blogspot.com


‘A Dead Man’s Debt’ by Grace Elliot.
Celeste Armitage has a plan…and that plan doesn’t include marriage.
After deliberately humiliating a suitor, Celeste’s despairing parents exile her to the country. But once there she discovers a sketch book of daring nude studies and is shaken to find the artist is her hostess’s eldest son, Lord Ranulf Charing. This darkly cynical lord is exactly the sort of dissipated rogue she despises most…if only her blood didn’t heat at the thought of him…
Nothing is as it seems. Lord Ranulf’s life is a fa├žade. Only he can save the Charing’s from disgrace as a blackmailer seeks to ruin his late brother’s reputation. But just as Ranulf dares to open his heart to Celeste, the fury of his nemesis is unleashed… facing him with the stark choice between true love and family duty. However when Celeste guesses the truth behind his rejection, Ranulf underestimates her resolve to clear his name and in so doing places the woman he loves in mortal danger….


Exceprt:
Lord Ranulf Charing meets Celeste for the First Time….over a cow!

So be it. Ranulf gritted his teeth as he grasped the leading leg and pushed. It was like fighting against a brick wall, the calf barely moving. A lamb was difficult enough, how much more so a calf? Just as he was wondering if one man was strong enough, a shower of pebbles rattled down the bank. Concentrating on the calf, he barked.
“Don’t just stand there. Get down here!”
“I beg your pardon!” A woman’s voice answered.
With a flash of annoyance Ranulf glanced upward.
A wide eyed young woman in a straw bonnet peered down. “I say, is everything all right?”
“Does it look all right?” Muttering under his breath, all he needed was some sensitive Miss fainting on him. “Go! Fetch help from the house.”
He saw her hesitate, biting her top lip. “But you need help now.”
A contraction clamped around his arm as the cow's tail switched across his face, stinging his eyes like a cat-o-nine-tails.
In a flurry of muslin and lace the Miss slid down the bank, landing with a thud in the ditch.
“Ouch.” She rubbed her ankle. Ranulf glared back, dark eyes flashing.
“You should have gone to the house.” Damn it all, she could make herself useful then. “Hold the tail aside.”
Pulling a face she limped over. Ranulf's eye lingered for she merited a second glance. Of middle height with a tidy waist and curves where God intended them, she appeared quick witted and bright eyed. Without further ado, she stripped off her gloves throwing them onto a bramble bush. Long, sensitive fingers grasped the muddy tail. Practical, Ranulf thought, silently impressed.
“Why didn't you go for help?”
“There wasn't time.” Her bonnet slipped backwards, revealing a quirky face with a pointed chin, her lips finely drawn with an arched cupid's bow. The sort of face an artist could lose himself in, all shades of the sea to be found in deep emerald eyes framed by a tangle of chestnut hair.
Ranulf tightened his grasp and pushed. Sweat beading his brow. The calf retreated an inch.
“What are you doing?” Her voice was gentle and calm, if somewhat deep for a woman. Ranulf guessed it would be husky in bed, whispering over a pillow after a night of passion. Her eyes were on him - deep green eyes, lively and entrancing. Suddenly he remembered that he was undressed to the waist, her curious gaze on his skin as he was gripped by the idea of those lily white hands gliding over his naked chest, her almond shaped nails digging into his skin. He shook away the thought, trying to remember her question.
All innocence and interest she watched, blushing faintly in a charming way and yet, he realized, no wilting flower. He shook his head. The woman had asked a question, damn it. He would answer.
“The calf is breech.” He grunted, “I need to push her back into the womb to turn her…” He wanted to shock this stranger, to test how bold she truly was. She stared back, biting her top lip, exaggerating her snub nose.
“Ah!” Her gaze met his.
“Think of the calf as a carriage in a narrow driveway. To turn it around you push it back into the stable yard…”
“What can I do to help?”
“Nothing.” He growled.
Throwing him an angry look, she anchored the tail with a log and scrambled round to the beast's head. After a moment‟s thought, she placed her pelisse under the cow's head stroking the broad nose and crooning words of comfort.
“She's relaxing.” Ranulf's arm was numb from the contractions. He fell forward, as the first leg finally slid back into the womb. "That helps." His hair had come free from the ribbon, falling thickly about his shoulders. He glanced at the Miss. She was leaning forward, her bosom straining against a tight bodice, a satisfying cleavage between her breasts. He swallowed hard. She was odd looking, he decided, not exactly beautiful but eye catching none the less. Her face showed character, determination…and her complexion too healthy to be fashionable, rosy cheeked and peppered with freckles which with a hint of sunlight burst into a profusion.
The Miss was glaring at him now, her skin glowing bright pink. Had he been staring? His heart raced as he returned to the calving.


- oO0Oo-


Amazon.com $2.99
http://www.amazon.com/A-Dead-Mans-Debt-ebook/dp/B0046REKBS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&m=A7B2F8DUJ88VZ&s=books&qid=1293833253&sr=1-1

Amazon.co.uk GBP 2.14
http://www.amazon.co.uk/A-Dead-Mans-Debt/dp/B0046REKBS/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1293833360&sr=1-1


Solstice publishing.
http://www.solsticepublishing.com/products/A-Dead-Man%27s-Debt-%252d%252d%252d-PDF.html


Smashwords.
http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/26527


Fictionwise
http://www.fictionwise.com/ebooks/b115169/A-Dead-Mans-Debt/Grace-Elliot/?si=0


Books on Board UK
http://www.booksonboard.com/index.php?BODY=searchresults&SEARCH=a%20dead%20man's%20debt