Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Dorothy's Dream Team

So, I decided to start a street team.

What's a street team? According to Wikipedia: A street team is a term used in marketing to describe a group of people who 'hit the streets' promoting an event or a product. 'Street Teams' are promotional tools that have been adopted industry-wide as a standard line item in marketing budgets by entertainment companies, record labels, the tech industry, corporate brand marketers, new media companies and direct marketers worldwide.

What does this mean for authors? Participation in an author's street team usually consists of tweeting, retweeting, sharing on Facebook, blogging, spreading word-of-mouth promotion, handing out flyers, requesting the author's books from local book stores, etc. Members are asked to participate in cover reveals, blog tours, commenting on promotional posts, and basically helping the author out in a promotional venue.

And I've decided to start one. I don't know how much it will help, so this is very experimental for me. I already have a few members, and I would love to add some more, from those who have great social media reach to those who simply tell a few friends to check out my books. Every little bit helps, right?

I've decided to call my street team: Dorothy's Dream Team

Interested in joining my team? I'd love to have you! Members of Dorothy's Dream Team get special access to my secret group on Facebook. They will get sneak peeks, advance notice of special events, and occasional special swag and goodies provided by yours truly. Top promoters get a mention in the acknowledgement page of my third book (and future books, too, I hope).

To become a member, fill out this form, and I'll contact you soon.



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Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Happy Book Birthday: The Looking Glass by Jessica Arnold @jess_s_arnold @month9books

Today we celebrate the book launch of THE LOOKING GLASS by Jessica Arnold, published by Month9Books. Check out this creepy-sounding young adult paranormal, and make sure to come back on April 24th to read an interview with the author.

The Looking Glass
by Jessica Arnold

Find the diary, break the curse, step through The Looking Glass!

Fifteen-year-old Alice Montgomery wakes up in the lobby of the B&B where she has been vacationing with her family to a startling discovery: no one can see or hear her. The cheap desk lights have been replaced with gas lamps and the linoleum floor with hardwood and rich Oriental carpeting. Someone has replaced the artwork with eerie paintings of Elizabeth Blackwell, the insane actress and rumored witch who killed herself at the hotel in the 1880s. Alice watches from behind the looking glass where she is haunted by Elizabeth Blackwell. Trapped in the 19th-century version of the hotel, Alice must figure out a way to break Elizabeth’s curse—with the help of Elizabeth's old diary and Tony, the son of a ghost hunter who is investigating the haunted B&B—before she becomes the inn's next victim.





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Happy Book Birthday: House of Ivy and Sorrow by Natalie Whipple @nataliewhipple

Today marks the release of HOUSE OF IVY AND SORROW by Natalie Whipple, published by Harper Teen. This one definitely goes on my TBR list.

House of Ivy and Sorrow
by Natalie Whipple

Josephine Hemlock has spent the last 10 years hiding from the Curse that killed her mother. But when a mysterious man arrives at her ivy-covered, magic-fortified home, it’s clear her mother’s killer has finally come to destroy the rest of the Hemlock bloodline. Before Jo can even think about fighting back, she must figure out who she’s fighting in the first place. The more truth Jo uncovers, the deeper she falls into witchcraft darker than she ever imagined. Trapped and running out of time, she begins to wonder if the very Curse that killed her mother is the only way to save everyone she loves.


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Monday, 14 April 2014

Interview with Shannon Duffy + GIVEAWAY!



Wow! What an amazing weekend! I'm almost sad it's Monday. Thankfully, Shannon Duffy has dropped by for an interview. Shannon has joined us before (here and here), but today she's promoting the release of her newest novel in the Gabriel Stone Series, Gabriel Stone and the Wrath of the Solarians.

Title: GABRIEL STONE AND THE WRATH OF THE SOLARIANS
Series: GABRIEL STONE
Publication date: April 15, 2014
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Author: Shannon Duffy

Gabriel Stone is back from Valta, but the adventure is just beginning! His friend Tahlita is trapped in Willow Creek with no memory of Valta. Gabe, Piper, and Brent are determined to reunite Tahlita with her father. Yet even as they do, Prince Oliver arrives asking for their help. Menacing forces known as the Solarians have kidnapped the Empress and Princess and are threatening the lives of humans everywhere. Along with talking tracker monkey, Finley, the friends battle vampire mermaids and a living, blood-filled lake in their quest to save the Empress and Princess. Even with cool new powers, Gabe discovers their strongest weapon is their friendship as they battle the Solarians and rescue a cursed white witch—who may be the only one who can save Valta.
        



Welcome back to We Do Write, Shannon! So excited to have you again!

Thanks for having me! I really do appreciate it.

Tell us a bit about Gabriel Stone and the Wrath of the Solarians.

Well, with Tahlita being in Willow Creek, Gabe, Brent, and Piper need to find Dane and get the two of them re-united and back to Valta. But when Prince Oliver shows up and tells them about the princess and empress being kidnapped by other planetary creeps, they need to go back to Valta and help out—this time equipped with new and awesome magic powers.

Sounds exciting! How did you get the idea for your story?

All in my crazy, over-active brain. =)

Ah, yes. I know about over-active brain syndrome. :-) 

Your MC is a middle-grade boy. What challenges did you face writing from that POV and how did you solve them?

Being the mom of a boy definitely helped. And I’d read it aloud to him chapter by chapter as I finished them. Gabe (my son) isn’t afraid to tell me if something doesn’t work—and he did tell me to change some things.


Isn't it great to have a representative of your intended audience in your house? And even better if they are willing to give constructive feedback. 

The Gabriel Stone series is chock full of world building. Do you have any advice for writers who struggle with world building?

I think you really need to think things through and ask yourself a lot of questions about this world you’ve created. For example, what are the rules of physics there? Is there magic? Is the landscape the same as Earth or different? If different, how so? Weave these details in but whatever they are, be consistent throughout.

Tell us something about yourself that most people don't know.

I’m really into fashion and decorating. I guess it’s all looped in with creativity, but I love it.

And finally, if you could ask any person, real or fictional, one question, who would it be and what would you ask?

Wow, that’s a tough one. Let’s go with fictional. Damon from the Vampire Diaries. My question: Will you marry me? ;)

Ha! Thanks again for joining us! I can't wait to read the next installment of the Gabriel Stone series!

Thanks so much!


ABOUT SHANNON DUFFY:

Shannon Duffy grew up on the beautiful east coast of Canada, and now lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and son, Gabriel. She’s mom to one boy, and several pets. Shannon loves writing, reading, working out, soccer, and the sport of champions: shopping.

              


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Friday, 11 April 2014

Cover Reveal: Call Me Grim by Elizabeth Holloway @month9books @eholloway300 @chapterxchapter

Welcome to the Cover Reveal for

Call Me Grim by Elizabeth Holloway

presented by Month9Books!

I'm super excited about this one, as Elizabeth is not only my blog partner and pub sister, but my critique partner as well. And this book is awesome, folks! Believe me. So come take a look at this gorgeous cover.
And be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!

Call Me Grim
The truck should have turned Libbi Piper into a Libbi Pancake -- and it would have, too, if Aaron hadn't shown up and saved her life. The problem? Aaron's the local Grim Reaper... and he only saved Libbi's life because he needs someone to take over his job. Now, Libbi has two days to choose between dying like she was supposed to, or living a lonely life as Death Incarnate. Talk about a rock and a hard place.
And the choice goes from hard to sucktastic when her best friend shows up marked: condemned as a future murderer. Libbi could have an extra week to stop the murder and fix the mark... but only if she accepts Aaron's job as Reaper, trapping herself in her crappy town forever, invisible and inaudible to everyone except the newly dead. But, if she refuses? Her best friend is headed straight for Hell.
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Title: CALL ME GRIM
Publication date: November 11, 2014
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Author: Elizabeth Holloway
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Elizabeth HollowayElizabeth Holloway is a registered nurse living in Southern Pennsylvania with her two teen children, Bam-bam the dog, and Tinkerbell the cat. CALL ME GRIM is her first novel.

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Thursday, 10 April 2014

ACCUSED Blog Tour: Interview with Yasmin Shiraz @chapterxchapter @yasminshiraz



Today we're joining the ACCUSED blog tour by chatting with author Yasmin Shiraz. Come meet Yasmin and learn more about her new adult contemporary.

Hi, Yasmin! Welcome to We Do Write. Tell us a bit about yourself.

I was born in Delaware. I went to school there, and I went to college at Hampton University in Virginia. I am a sociologist according to my college degrees and I use sociology to create great backstories for my books.
How long have you been writing?
I've been writing in journals since I was a pre-teen. Writing in journals allowed me to begin to write poetry. From poetry, I started writing television scripts, movie scripts. I, finally, started writing books after I tried so many other mediums of writing.
Tell us about ACCUSED. What’s the story about?
Accused is the 2nd book in the Retaliation series and its about a high profile athlete who gets falsely accused of a crime, while the perpetrator--a real charming sociopath-is going free and continuing to terrorize campus. It's also about how easy rumors and perceptions can change in the era of social media.
How did the idea of the story come to you?
I had been sitting in my office and the thought for Accused shot across my mind like blinding light. I heard, "I didn't do it," in one voice. Then, I heard, "They won't catch me," in another. I immediately thought, "Oh no, Ahmed's been accused of something." "Somebody is raping girls on campus," was the theme in my head that finally sat me down and guided me through the Accused outline.
Do you have a critique group/partner or beta readers, or do you self-edit?
I would love to work with a critique group or beta readers. Right now, I use an editor after I've self-edited a bunch of the book.  I thoroughly research story lines so I, generally, produce a solid first draft.
Are you a plotter or a pantser?
My process for developing a story changes from time to time. Retaliation, the first book in the series, I wrote in 28 days without an outline. I wouldn't necessarily recommend that to anyone, but its the first book that I received a Top 10 Award from the American Library Association.  Other times, I've had the theme of the story and simply create an outline for the story.
What’s the hardest part of writing for you?
Getting started! I love procrastinating much more than I should!
What do you absolutely have to have nearby when writing?
Black warrior pencils. I like the feel of the pencils, and I like the name of the pencils. I wanna feel like a warrior when I'm writing. I'm also known to occasionally gnaw on a pencil when a plot twist overwhelms me.
What are you reading right now?
How to Market A Book by Joanna Penn
If you could have any super power, what would it be?
I'd like to fly. It just snowed again where I live. I'd like to fly to the Bahamas or at least, Miami to be rid of it all.
What's the weirdest thing you've googled?
Topics relating to sociopaths.  In researching the antagonist for Accused, I wanted to write a real person.  I did extensive research on sociopaths and what they liked, what kinds of things do sociopaths do. It was disturbing and weird!!!
Quick writing test! Use the following words in a sentence: accuse, stain, chocolate.
If you accuse me of creating the enormous chocolate stain on your couch, I will not speak to you again.
Finish this sentence: If I'm not writing, I'm probably ...
Doing research on the internet.
Here’s the part where you thank the people who are supporting you. Let's hear your shout outs.
I'd like to thank readers for caring about books, stories, characters and authors. Without the readers to motivate us, encourage us and be our light, many of us would be sitting in a dark room without much hope. I'd like to thank the Young Adult bookclubs who are contributing to the success of young adult literature worldwide. I'd like to thank bloggers who care enough about books to create blogs and write about the books that matter.  Finally, I'd like to thank librarians. Many of my books have reached readers because of the love of librarians.
And finally, where can people find you and your books online?
People can visit me online at www.yasminshiraz.net, but I'm on twitter too @yasminshiraz, facebook at www.facebook.com/stilleyerisemedia and I'm pinning various book related things on my pinterest page www.pinterest.com/yasminshiraz  


Get my books online at Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble ... Many of my books are also in stores as well. Just ask for them.


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Book Blast: Hawthorne by Sarah Ballance

HawthorneHawthorne by Sarah Ballance

After a terrifying encounter with the unexplained, it takes ten years and the news of her grandmother’s passing for Emma Grace Hawthorne to return to her childhood home. She seeks peace in saying a proper goodbye, but what she finds is an old love, a sordid family history, and a wrong only she can right.

Living in the shadow of Hawthorne Manor, Noah Garrett has never forgotten about Emma Grace. In a house full of secrets, his search for missing documents reveals a truth that can cost him everything. What he finds gave Emma the freedom to walk away from the mansion, her heart free and clear, but at what price to Noah?



Praise for Hawthorne

"This is a marvelous ghost story. The mystery, the suspense, the eeriness - all collaborate to weave a spell-binding tale . . . The story seamlessly flows to a shocking ending that is utterly brilliant." -- Coffee Time Romance

"When I finished it, honestly, all I could do was sit there - a little awestruck." -- Kick Back & Review

Hawthorne will be FREE on Amazon from April 10th to 14th

Excerpt from Hawthorne

Noah closed in on the convertible, giving the nearby grounds a cursory look. The lawn was meticulous, the beds overflowing with sprays of purple garden phlox which trailed around the bend in the road and disappeared. A riot of white and rust-red irises backed the smaller purple flowers, their leaves deep green and glossy. Overhead, Spanish moss swayed only occasionally atop a maze of live oak, more likely a result of a passing swarm of insects than an actual air current. The land was still. If there were tourists snapping photos of the historic plantation — or doing anything else — he didn't see them. But someone had been there. The car was certainly real, even if that too-familiar scream had been a figment of his imagination.

Wasn’t it always?

Resigned to another night alone with his memories, Noah pivoted.

And found himself nose to nose with Emma Grace.

Astounded, he opened his mouth, then closed it. He wanted to reach for her, but his arms refused the notion; they hung uselessly by his sides, the effort futile. His mouth wasn't much on cooperation, either. Finally, he found his tongue. "Em—"

Her expression cut him off. Green eyes wide, skin pale, her small frame shaking, she spoke. "I saw her, Noah. She's back." The words, nearly soundless, seemed to catch in the thick air. Lingering. Threatening.

And ripping the heart from his chest.

Author Sarah Ballance

sarahSarah and her husband of what he calls “many long, long years” live on the mid-Atlantic coast with their six young children, all of whom are perfectly adorable when they’re asleep. She never dreamed of becoming an author, but as a homeschooling mom, she often jokes she writes fiction because if she wants anyone to listen to her, she has to make them up. (As it turns out, her characters aren’t much better than the kids). When not buried under piles of laundry, she may be found adrift in the Atlantic (preferably on a boat) or seeking that ever-elusive perfect writing spot where not even the kids can find her.

She loves creating unforgettable stories while putting her characters through an unkind amount of torture—a hobby that has nothing to do with living with six children. (Really.) Though she adores nail-biting mystery and edge-of-your-seat thrillers, Sarah writes in many genres including contemporary and ghostly paranormal romance.



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