Cover Reveal for Sweet Madness by Leaver and Currie

SWEET MADNESS
Coming September 18, 2015 from
Merit Press


Lizzie Borden took an axe,
And gave her mother forty whacks.
When she saw what she had done,
She gave her father forty one.
 
 
BLURB: 
Who was Lizzie Borden? A confused young woman, or a cold-hearted killer? For generations, people all over the world have wondered how Andrew Borden and his second wife, Abby, met their gruesome deaths. Lizzie, Andrew’s younger daughter, was charged, but a jury took only 90 minutes to find her not guilty.
In this retelling, the family maid, Bridget Sullivan, shines a compassionate light on a young woman oppressed by her cheap father and her ambitious stepmother. Was Lizzie mad, or was she driven to madness?










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Preorder Sweet Madness:
 
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
 
Trisha Leaver lives on Cape Cod with her
husband, three children, and one rather irreverent black lab. She is
a chronic daydreamer who prefers the cozy confines of her own imagination
to the mundane routine of everyday life.  She writes Young Adult Contemporary
fiction, Psychological Horror and Science Fiction and is published with FSG/
Macmillan, Flux/Llewellyn and Merit Press. To can learn more about Trisha’s
books, upcoming shenanigans, and her quest to reel in the perfect tuna, please visit
her website: 
www.trishaleaver.com
 
 
 
 
Lindsay Currie lives in Chicago with her
three awesome children, husband, and a one hundred and sixty pound lap dog
named Sam. She has an unnatural fondness for coffee, chocolate and things that
go bump in the night. She spends her days curled up in the comfortable confines
of her writing nook, penning young adult psychological horror, contemporary
fiction and science-fiction and is published with Flux/Llewellyn, Merit Press
and Spencer Hill Contemporary. Learn more about her at www.lindsaycurrie.com

To celebrate, we are giving away four AMAZING books from our publisher Merit Press. 

 

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The Scarlet Trilogy by A.C. Gaughen

ScarletUS.inddI have a bit of a confession to make: I owned Scarlet for over a year before I pulled it off my bookshelf and set to reading it. And I bought Lady Thief  before I ever read Scarlet because I was a sucker for the idea behind the story and the breathtaking covers.

But I still didn’t read them.

I know, I know – I’m an idiot.

I had met the fabulous A.C. Gaughen a few times and we got along well, plus we were set to be on a Girl Power Panel together and, quite honestly, the book kept tempting me to read it – not an easy feat, considering I have a TON of books in my office.

Scarlet whispered over the demands of The Coldest Girl in Cold Town, The Raven Boys, Afterworlds, The Winner’s Curse, The Red Queen, and Heir of Fire.

16181630I figured that I could read Scarlet in stages, because, after all, I needed to put my nose to the keyboard and get cracking on my own manuscript before my fans came at me with pitchforks.

Yeah . . . that didn’t pan out. BIGGEST FREAKIN’ MISTAKE EVER.

Scarlet, Lady Thief, and yes, Lion Heart, quickly jumped to the top of my all time favorite book lists, and if you know one thing about me, I’m picky. Really, I’m a total story snob. I demand that a great novel will take over my life and wash away reality. It will scream to be read, anywhere and at anytime, stealing my sleep and starving my body.

That was A.C. Gaughen’s trilogy for me.

I read Scarlet in one day, Lady Thief in an afternoon, and Lion Heart kept me company through midnight until dawn broke. I was invested in the characters, their plight, and the world itself.

I could feel the ash that cloaked Major Oak, the grand tree that held the heart of rebellion for Robin’s gang, and the biting cold of Scarlet’s soaked feet as she was forced into the castle alongside a brutal Gisbourne.

16181625A.C. Gaughen paints an intense, unyielding world of vicious power and violence set against the backdrop of sweeping forests and grime-covered cobblestone. I loved how Gaughen didn’t cut her characters any slack, forcing them into the crossfire and challenging their very souls by running through their agony and joy with the razor sharpness of a story built on both history and legend. Do not be lured by the beautiful covers into thinking this is some soft, romantic notion of Robin Hood. This series is a dark, brutal, spectacular retelling of the legend, with Will Scarlet as a fearless but damaged female rebel, known as Scar.

The Scarlet trilogy is what great storytelling is about – vivid worlds that become their own characters, heroes and villains that demand both respect and hatred in equal measure, and a storyline that haunts the mind far beyond the final page.

A brilliant grab for teens, both male and female, and the ultimate historical novel for reluctant readers, I highly, HIGHLY recommend the entire series for both home and school.

English teachers take heed: bring Scarlet into the classroom and watch your students become obsessed with a world of outlaws, corrupted crowns, and the glory of an England entrenched in treason. A spectacular find for the Common Core thanks to all the historical facets that can be unearthed in this rich, fabulous series.

I’m heartbroken it is over, though I will no doubt read the entire series again.

Simply unforgettable.

 

 

 

Sturgis Coffee House in review

sturgis coffee house 2Tonight I attended the Sturgis East and West’s Coffee House at the West building and let me say that I was FLOORED by the level of talent and raw courage I saw over the three hours of performances. Music, art, photography, poetry, speeches – just off-the-wall pure talent.

And I’m not sugar coating stuff here, people. I’m not doing the whole, “Oh that was lovely, we are all winners here” crap. Nope, I’m giving it to ya straight: these kids would mop the floor with America’s Got Talent.

I saw so many, many brilliant displays of talent, from a young poet who was destined to be a cross between Edgar Allen Poe and Emily Bronte, to a fierce musician who lived within the lyrics as he played, to the next song-crushing Julie Andrews. I even ended up singing to my radio on the way home, and though it wasn’t pretty, I did it because I was INSPIRED by the storytelling of the students I saw tonight.

I’m writing now because those teens lit my imagination on fire.

As I sat watching them, I wondered if they realized how truly gifted they are? Do they know that what they did tonight is not innate to us all, but a gift graced by fate and God? Will they use their gifts throughout their lives, or will they only look back on high school and recall how they, at one time, could shred a guitar or slam a poem?

My advice to those I saw perform tonight is this: Life is short. If you have a gift, hold it tight and burn it brightly and share it, always, with others. Don’t just leave it behind to gain dust and shadows in your past. Remember this night as the night a packed crowd screamed for you and that you connected YOUR story with them. That is your legacy and donation to the world: to forever maintain your gifts.

 

I will be there, at the next Coffee House, and I can’t wait to see more!

 

My keynote address for the evening is below, at the request of several audience members. I promised to repost it, so here it is:

 STURGIS KEYNOTE

I was raised in a house of storytellers, from a mother who was both a playwright and actress, to a father, whose tall tales and childhood rehashings were legendary. I could lie on my bed and watch the dust drift through a sunbeam and within my mind, I was transported to a world where stardust became its own seductive drug. A place where mirrors were doorways and adults had disappeared from the world.

 

My imagination was my getaway, because most of my childhood was spent staring at the walls of a hospital room. My body became a battleground for modern medicine. A thousand wars, never fully won nor entirely lost.

 

Like so many of the other kids on that same 8th floor, I was a prisoner, but no one could confine my ability to dream. We – all of us – were in some way or another, silent storytellers.

 

We were loners, but allies. Friends, but strangers.

 

I became that kid who lost herself to the view out the window and who appeared to never fully pay attention, but that’s where they were wrong. I was always listening, always watching. I was forever writing a story in my head, an endless loop of escape that kept me sane.

 

That is our gift – our undeniable right as people. Our imagination is uncagable and a powerful rebellion that answers only to our own heart.

 

Tonight, we celebrate the right to be storytellers in all forms, without restrictions or denials. We celebrate that which is ours by birthright and lives only within us, until we choose to share it with the world.

 

For some of us, it is like streaking down Main Street, howling in the adrenaline rush and the ability to shake our fellow man from the daily grind. For others, it is a quiet but forceful statement of purpose and belief that roots the audience to the ground. And for some of us, storytelling, whether through writing, poetry, music, dance, art, photography or the stage, is a chance to reach out to another soul and make a connection.

 

Tonight we let our stories free, and because there are those in the world who are unable to voice their own stories, we will speak for them. All the proceeds from tonight’s Coffee House will go towards programs that fight back against human trafficking in all its malicious, hateful forms. Such fundraising efforts will continue throughout the year, so remember to give whatever you can, for there are some souls who have yet to find the freedom to tell their story.

 

As we kick off the first Sturgis Coffee House of 2015 and enjoy a night of storytelling in all its beautiful forms, I’d like us all to remember the wise words of Erin Morgenstern, author of The Night Circus:

 

“You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone’s soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows that they might do because of it, because of your words. That is your role, your gift.”

 

 

 

 

 

RSVP to the GIRL POWER PANEL

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The countdown is on to the Girl Power Panel on March 16th, 2015 from 6-8pm at the Centerville Library at 585 Main Street Centerville Massachusetts. This is a FREE event and is open to the public, though we do appreciate RSVPs whenever possible.

If you would like to RSVP, you can do so on Facebook by clicking HERE or by filling out the form below.

Either way, we totally hope you can come to this wicked fun event :)

 

all authors girl power

Cruel Summer’s Cape Cod Guide for Teens

cape cod teen guide
It is no secret that all of my books in the UNDERTOW series are basically a teenager’s guide to Cape Cod.

What to do, where to go, how to nag your parents.

Well – okay, maybe not that last one, but if you do, don’t point fingers at me.

In UNDERTOW, readers were introduced to such Cape Cod staples as Four Seas Ice Cream (a famed ice cream shop here on Cape Cod in Centerville that is featured in all the books as The Milk Way), Town Neck in Sandwich, Historic Centerville, Barnstable High School, The Hyannis (Barnstable) Marina (where Cerberus docks), Newport’s Breakers mansion, Quincy Harbor, and Sandy Neck.

STORMFRONT enlarges that sweep, adding in Craigville Pizza, the BHS football fields, the elusive Torrent Road home, and The Hot Chocolate Sparrow (The Raven).

CRUEL SUMMER digital cover for goodreadsBut CRUEL SUMMER, which is a stand alone novel related to the series, shows Cape Cod in all its high summer glory. It features numerous beaches (Cahoon’s Hollow, Marconi, Nauset, and Bodfish), The Flying Horses of Martha’s Vineyard, Heritage Museum, Vineyard Vines, Oak Bluffs, Edgartown, Makonikey, The Welfleet Drive-In, Four Seas, Craigville Pizza, Nirvana Coffee House, The Boarding House, The Steamship Authority, and most of Main Street in Hyannis, including the Village Green.

Because of all the places that are featured in CRUEL SUMMER, I thought it would be wise to start a run-down of each spot in CRUEL SUMMER. That way, when you DO decide to visit the Cape, you know exactly where you want to go!

So – keep your eyes peeled here on Cape Cod Scribe for your complete Wicked Teen Guide to Cape Cod!! (PFFT –  this ain’t your Mama’s guide book!) Follow me on Twitter (@sharkprose) for updates or on Instagram (k_r_conway) for best stalkerish behavior.

And don’t forget to grab a friend (and a parental unit if you can’t drive yet) and get your butt to the Author Panel at the Centerville Library on March 16, 2015 (launch night for CRUEL SUMMER as well). Goodies, giveaways, and a chance to toss questions at crazy authors.

Need an “official” invite? Fill out the contact form found HERE (make sure you put in your mailing address) and the magical mail fairies will deliver one to ya.

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Book Review: Unconditional by Cherie Hudson

9781760300067_Unconditional_coverUnconditional by Cherie Hudson

**This title is NEW ADULT and not appropriate for teen readers**

Many thanks to Pan Macmillan for offering me an ARC of this title. Their generosity has no impact on my review.

I enjoyed this title and burned through it in one day. It’s a light-hearted semi-fairy tale of a young woman facing a life sentence in the prison known as Parkinson’s. Honestly, it reminded me a lot of the film Love and Other Drugs (2010 – Fox 2000 Pictures), except with a royalty twist and an Australian setting.

It’s a perfect romance for those seeking a happily ever after and loads of rolling in the hay. Personally I liked Marci’s buff trainer, Brendon, more than her love interest, Raph, but that’s just me. I was rooting for the gym-junkie from the beginning, though this is NOT a love triangle, which I was grateful for.

This is truly the story of one woman’s quest to find herself, now buried under the yoke of an incurable disease. And though most of her “self-discovering” is had while pinned under hot Aussie, Raph, she does learn to accept herself in the process. I think such wandering ways to self-acceptance often happen in the arms of someone else, for sometimes it is our lover that sees the beauty that we fail to recognize in the mirror.

 

Cape Cod International Council on Reading

On Saturday, February 7th (2015) I will be speaking to a room full of English literature professionals about Young Adult books for reluctant teen readers.

Screen Shot 2015-02-05 at 8.10.14 PMYou’re thinking, “Oh, she will run down those stunning, award winning books that all the professional reviewers are raving about.”

Umm . . . nope, and here’s why: most reluctant teen readers are bored out of their minds by what adult readers deem “worthy.” Quite honestly, I get a bit bored as well since my life revolves around creating worlds and characters that transform semi-readers into total addicts.

So what do I read???

I read what the teens are raving about on their personal blogs, what the crazy YA writers are fangirling over, and what the bloggers are You Tubing over. I stalk Instagram book nerds (I’m one of ‘em), and I chit-chat with my own fans to find out what THEY like. I see what Undertow is compared to, what TV shows are running up the ranks, and what movies create hords of screaming fans.

I seek out that un-put-downable ride encased in the 26 letters of the alphabet and I act like a teen when I read it: I must like the cover, the blurb, and the first 1-2 chapters, or I’m out. Because, with teens, that’s all you get – a brief snapshot of a story that better be brilliant.

Sometimes adults forget that teenhood is often a fist full of throttle and to hook those reluctant teen readers, we need a book that matches their wild, racing imaginations. It doesn’t need to be award winning or lauded by a fancy book reviewer in New York or LA. It only needs to climb into the heart of the elusive, variable teenager and take flight.

Teens need books that beat out TV shows, movies, and fancy electronics.

Teens need books that live off the page and stalk their dreams.

Teens need books that are addictive.

If you’d like to register for the Books and Brunch event, please head to the Cape Cod Council of the International Reading Association and register by clicking HERE. It will be held at the Dan’l Webster Inn in Sandwich.

It’s time to read, and dream, like a teenager.

Want to read more about great YA for teens?  Read on HERE . . .

Joyride by Anna Banks

JoyrideJoyride by Anna Banks

Pub Date: June 2, 2015

I received this title in return for an honest review. Many thanks to Macmillan Publishing for offering me a chance to review it.

Joyride is the first book I’ve read by Anna Banks and I suspect I’ll be reading more of her work in the future as I enjoyed this one!

Joyride follows in the shadow of Carly Vega, a 17-year-old Mexican American (1st person) who is working herself into the ground in an attempt to fund the illegal return of her parents (and her two twin siblings) to the States. Along with her single minded (and somewhat strict) older brother Julio, Carly lives in a trailer park with other immigrant workers, who form a tight-knit, if not gossip-laden, group.

We also follow former golden boy and football heartthrob, Arden Moss, who has dumped his grades, the pigskin, and his good sense in favor of pranking half the town’s morally corrupt characters. He is the son of the town Sheriff, a cold-hearted bastard whose political platform is based on deporting illegal workers (like Carly’s folks, who got tossed back to Mexico when she was fourteen). Arden’s chapters are written in 3rd person, which threw me for a bit until I got used to it.

“Moss” hates his father because of the way he treated his older, mentally ill sister who overdosed. He blames his father for locking her away, taking away her friends, and basically trying to keep her a secret for the benefit of his political aspirations. In an attempt to keep his sister’s memory alive and to piss off his father, Moss spends his evenings pranking people, but one such night lands him nose-to-shotgun with Carly Vega, night clerk at the Breeze Mart.

Moss is floored by her bravery and soon becomes obsessed with her, determined to make her his accomplice in nighttime fun. He finds her a new job that pays more money and encourages Carly to live a little and not work so much. In turn, Carly straightens out Moss, who focuses more on his schoolwork and helping his Uncle Cletus.

I loved Carly in this story, especially how Banks portrays the mindset of a teenage Mexican girl who is trapped by duty to a family who only sees the value of a dollar and not an education. This contrasts sharply with Carly’s American side, which screams that she needs a chance to find her youth. Banks succeeds in effortlessly portraying the sad reality of so many migrant families in the USA who come here for freedom, only to find themselves a slave to their station in life and the burden of a wealthier form of poverty.

Honestly, I loved the whole novel . . . though the ending was just a bit far fetched for me. Teens, however, will devour the story of Carly and her boy, Moss, and the awesome, scene-stealing Uncle Cletus.

Sites to advertise your ebook

Books and e-bookGreetings everyone!

I hope you had a great time at the Writers Night Out, presented by the Cape Cod Writers Center. As promised, I am listing all the promo sites on which authors (and publishers) can post their e-books on the days which they will appear for free or at a discount. Some of these sites are only available to Kindle books, whereas others prefer to see your book available though as many channels as possible.

 

The first list comes from ANDREW BUTCHER’s site, so all credit for the list goes to him.

ANDREW BUTCHER LIST:

1. eBookBooster
http://www.ebookbooster.com/

2. Armadillo eBooks
http://www.armadilloebooks.com/submit-free-ebooks/

3. Book Angel
http://bookangel.co.uk/submit-your-book/

4. Book Freebies
http://bookfreebies.com/submit-book.php

5. Book Pinning
http://bookpinning.com/?sws=home/submit-book

6. ContentMo Free eBooks
http://contentmo.com/submit-your-free-ebook-promo

7. Deal Seeking Mom
http://dealseekingmom.com/about/contact/

8. Digital Book End
http://www.digitalbookend.com/free-ebook-submission

9. Ebook Korner Kafe
http://kornerkonnection.com/

10. eReader Utopia
http://www.ereaderutopia.com/index.php/author-corner

11. Freebies 4 Mom
http://freebies4mom.com/share-free-ebooks-with-freebies-4-mom/

12. Free Books
http://www.freebooks.com/submit/

13. Free eBooks Blog
http://www.freeebooksblog.com/contact/

14. Free eBooks Daily
http://www.freeebooksdaily.com/p/blog-page_17.html

15. Free Kindle Books
free-kindle-books.deha-solutions.com/contact/

16. Frugal Freebies
http://www.frugal-freebies.com/p/submit-freebie.html

17. Free Stuff Times
http://www.freestufftimes.com/about-the-site

18. Great Books Great Deals
http://greatbooksgreatdeals.wufoo.com/forms/z7x3p3/

19. Hunt 4 Freebies
http://hunt4freebies.com/submit-freebie

20. iLoveEbooks
http://www.iloveebooks.com/for-authors.html

22. Indie Book of the Day
http://indiebookoftheday.com/authors/free-on-kindle-listing/

23. Indie Book Promo
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dFpBd0JUMk9KZzZ0TXJBYXRENFZYMVE6MQ

24. It’s Write Now
http://www.itswritenow.com/submit-your-book/

25. Jungle Deals & Steals
http://jungledealsandsteals.com/about/contact/

26. Kindle Book Promos
http://kindlebookpromos.luckycinda.com/?page_id=283

27. Kindle Freebies
http://kindle-freebies.com/about.html

28. Momma Says Read
http://www.mommasaysread.com/author-reviews/author-services/

29. Pennie Pinchin’ Mom
http://www.pennypinchinmom.com/contact-me/

30. Pin Your Book
http://pinyourbook.com/

31. Sweeties Picks
http://www.sweetiespicks.com/free-kindle-books

32. Pixel Scroll
http://pixelscroll.com/0-99-book-notification-form/

33. Super e-Books
http://super-e-books.com/how-to-add-your-free-e-book-to-the-super-e-books-calendar/

34. The eReader Café
http://www.theereadercafe.com/p/authors.html

35. Your Daily Ebooks
http://www.yourdailyebooks.com/sample-page/

36. Free Books Hub
http://www.freebookshub.co.uk/authors/

37. GOODKINDLES
http://www.goodkindles.net/p/submit-your-book.html

38. Talisman Book Publishing
http://www.talismanbookpublishing.com/promotions/

39. eBook Deal of the Day US
http://ebookdealofday.com/author-submit

40. eBook Deal of the Day UK
http://www.ebookdealoftheday.co.uk/submissions

41. Books Direct
http://booksdirectonline.blogspot.com.au/p/list-your-book-with-books-direct.html

42. Author Marketing Club
http://authormarketingclub.com/members/submit-your-book/

43. Ignite Your Book
http://igniteyourbook.com/free-ebook-submission/?KeepThis=true&TB_iframe=true&height=550&width=1200

44. The Frugal eReader
http://thefrugalereader.com/submissions/

45. eReader iQ
http://www.ereaderiq.com/

46. The Digital Ink Spot
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/embeddedform?formkey=dC1PcUFvVlZiV25lcjYtZzhtNzNQQnc6MQ

47. eReader Perks
http://www.ereaderperks.com/

48. Free Digital Reads
http://freedigitalreads.com/author-submissions/

49. eBookLister
http://www.ebooklister.net/submit.php

50. Pixel of Ink
http://www.pixelofink.com/sfkb/

51. XTME: English Books
http://www.englishbooks.xtme.de/submit-your-ebook/

52. Awesome Gang
http://awesomegang.com/submit-your-book/

53. Freebooksy
http://freebooksy.com/editorial-submissions

54. STORY finds
http://storyfinds.com/listing-information-for-authors-for-2013

55. Bargain eBook Hunter
http://bargainebookhunter.com/free-book-notification-form/

56. BookBub
http://home.bookbub.com/advertise

57. Free & Discounted Books
http://freediscountedbooks.com/submit-start/?KeepThis=true&TB_iframe=true&height=550&width=1200

58. Book Goodies
http://bookgoodies.com/submit-your-free-kindle-days/

59. BookGoodies for Kids
http://bookgoodieskids.com/submit-your-free-book-days/?KeepThis=true&TB_iframe=true&height=550&width=1200

60. Book Deal Hunter
http://bookdealhunter.com/submit-free-book/

61. Get Free eBooks
http://www.getfreeebooks.com/?page_id=81

62. Daily Free eBooks
http://www.daily-free-ebooks.com/suggest-free-ebook/

63. Free Book Dude
http://www.freebookdude.com/p/list-your-free-book.html

64. Digital Book Today
http://digitalbooktoday.com/12-top-100-submit-your-free-book-to-be-included-on-this-list/

65. Kindle Nation Daily
http://indie.kindlenationdaily.com/?page_id=642

66. eBook Blitz
http://ebookblitz.com/4-ways-to-promote-your-amazon-prime-free-download-days/

67. Orangeberry Books Tours
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dFEyLTFUSHREd05KaVItaDdUUkVVNGc6MA#gid=0

68. The Kindle Book Review
http://form.jotformpro.com/form/21078469493969

69. Ereader News Today (ENT)
http://ereadernewstoday.com/ent-free-book-submissions/

70. Author Marketing Club – Announce your free book
http://authormarketingclub.com/members/announce-your-free-book/

71. eBooks Habit
http://ebookshabit.com/for-authors/

72. That Book Place
http://www.thatbookplace.com/free-promo-submissions/

73. Kindle Books and Tips
http://www.fkbooksandtips.com/for-authors/free-kindle-book-submission-form/

74. eBooks Free Daily
http://www.ebooksfreedaily.com/?page_id=16

75. Ask David
http://askdavid.com/free-book-promotion#submit_book

76. GalleyCat
http://www.facebook.com/galleycat/app_362465080506455

77. Books on the Knob
http://blog.booksontheknob.org/

78. eBook Spice (Erotica)
http://ebookspice.com/submissions

79. Flurries of Wors
http://flurriesofwords.blogspot.co.uk/p/book-advertising.html

80. Indies Unlimited
http://www.indiesunlimited.com/submissions/

81. One Hundred Free Books
http://onehundredfreebooks.com/author-free-kindle-book-submission.html

82. Erotica Every Day
http://www.eroticaeveryday.com/

83. Christian Book Readers
http://christianbookreaders.com/submit-your-free-books/

84. BookBlast
http://www.bookblast.co/advertise.shtml

85. Kindle Fire Department
http://fireapps.blogspot.co.uk/p/app-developers-authors.html

86. BookGorilla
http://www.bookgorilla.com/advertise

– WEBSITES TO SUBMIT TO ON THE DAY –

87. Addicted to eBooks
http://addictedtoebooks.com/free

88. Snickslist
http://snickslist.com/books/place-ad

89. Free Book Club
http://www.freebookclub.org/kindle-books/book-submissions/

90. Daily Cheap Reads
http://www.dailycheapreads.com/category/free/

91. Best eBooks World
http://www.bestebooksworld/addlinks.

– FACEBOOK PAGES TO POST TO ON THE DAY –

Note: I haven’t checked these Facebook pages in a while. Some may not be relevant anymore, but here they are for you to check anywhere … Please don’t spam them though! You may have to join some of these pages/groups beforehand so that you are allowed to post to them. As a favour to the page owners (in return for them allowing you to post your book), be sure to ‘like’ and share all of the pages that you post to. Check the ‘about’ sections on all of these pages to see what content, if any, they are happy for you to post. Also check if it’s a UK or a US page. For most of these pages it’s okay to just post straight onto their timeline, but I recommend reading each page’s policies.

1. https://www.facebook.com/groups/smashwordsauthor/372081529491164/
2. https://www.facebook.com/booksdirect
3. http://www.facebook.com/groups/authorspostyourbooks/
4. http://www.facebook.com/ebooksfreefreefree
5. https://www.facebook.com/groups/369867503068226/
6. https://www.facebook.com/eReaderLove
7. http://www.facebook.com/readingkindle
8. http://www.facebook.com/IndieKindleWLC
9. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kindle-Finds/217115528350246
10. http://www.facebook.com/iauthor
11. http://www.facebook.com/eReader1.US
12. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Share-FREE-eBooks/146399952110055
13. https://www.facebook.com/groups/FreeTodayOnAmazon/
14. http://www.facebook.com/AmbitiousBookClub
15. https://www.facebook.com/groups/157960580960255/
16. https://www.facebook.com/groups/NovelspotRecommendsbooks/
17. http://www.facebook.com/authormarketingclub
18. http://www.facebook.com/eReaderPerks
19. http://www.facebook.com/FreeDigitalReads
20. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kindle-Korner/194616373930095
21. https://www.facebook.com/EbookDealoftheDayUK
22. https://www.facebook.com/Ebookdealoftheday
23. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Free-Books-for-Kindle-UK/246923732000349?ref=ts&fref=ts
24. http://www.facebook.com/FreeKindleUK?ref=ts&fref=ts
25. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Free-for-Kindle-UK/217334871681796?ref=ts&fref=ts
26. http://www.facebook.com/Ireadon?ref=ts&fref=ts
27. http://www.facebook.com/pages/UK-Kindle-Book-Lovers/175617412524192?ref=ts&fref=ts
28. http://www.facebook.com/getfreeebooks?ref=ts&fref=ts
29. http://www.facebook.com/fkbooks?ref=ts&fref=ts
30. http://www.facebook.com/freeebookdeal?ref=sgm
31. https://www.facebook.com/groups/freetoday/
32. http://www.facebook.com/FreeBookClub.org
33. http://www.facebook.com/christianbookreaders

– FORUMS TO POST TO ON THE DAY –

These forums allow you to sign up and post one thread about your book to them. But make sure you read these forums’ policies and post in the correct boards on their sites.

1. http://www.mobileread.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=226
2. http://www.kindleboards.com/index.php/board,42.0.html
3. http://www.worldliterarycafe.com/forum/171

 

LIST 2: Paid advertising sites (if you book is free or on sale) FROM Rachelle’s Window

 

Writing Real Characters

So, lately I’ve not been here, on my blog, because I am trying to get the final edits to CRUEL SUMMER done, so you can get your hot little hands on Kian, Ana, and MJ on March 16th, 2015 at the Girl Power Author Panel (deets to come). But I needed to squeeze in some time to address a few things because, quite honestly, I have the MOST AWESOME EVER FANS. OMG – it blows my mind! I can’t ever tell them thank you enough!

cruel summer book launch

 

Okay – actually, they aren’t MY fans (I’m fairly boring and steal clothes from my fourteen year old daughter’s closet). They are mad fans of MY CHARACTERS, which is WAAAAYYYY more important. No seriously – it is.

Screen Shot 2015-01-17 at 5.23.36 PMPeople are posting left and right that they are re-reading Undertow and Stormfront for the second, third – hell, sometimes FOURTH time. That every time they read it, they like it more and find more “trinkets” buried in the books (and, oh man, are there a lot of trinkets).

Because I write a series of books built on the same characters, I know that I better create characters that readers adore, or they aren’t going to want to continue with the series. But for fans and reviewers to be re-reading the books?? WOW! I am so EXCITED! And my books are sizable – heck, CRUEL SUMMER is actually a NOVEL (not a novella) and STORMFRONT could be used as a weapon, it’s so heavy (112,000 words if you’re wondering). TRUE NORTH will be a beast as well. I’m terrified of writing that one, not because of its size, but because of the stakes at hand.

18 year old Colby McWilliams was the original model for "Raef." He still is a fan of his "killer turned savior" character.

18 year old Colby McWilliams was the original model for “Raef.” He is still a fan of his “killer turned savior” alter-ego.

I never, EVER want to disappoint my readership, and I’ve hit that point where I want each new novel to out-do the last. I want to give readers that epic story, and that weighs on me often.

Some days, the doubt feels bigger and heavier than Kian’s yacht.

And though the entire story was always set (I knew the last scene from day 1), getting these very real characters to that point, is a hair-pulling experience. Plus, the Undertow story web is so complex, it looks like a street map of Boston’s downtown. And keeping track of all those zillions of little trinkets that I’ve placed throughout the story are starting to melt my brain.

And yes – CRUEL SUMMER adds to that complex, trinket-ridden web in very sneaky ways.

AHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Even worse, I’ve found out a bit late that if you write character driven stories, sometimes the characters mutiny and TAKE OVER THE F-ING story!! Eila, Ana, Raef, Kian, and MJ all have fans because they act like real, fully developed people. They have personalities, ways of talking, motivations, flaws, fears, love, and hate. They even have mannerisms and a set style. And just like a REAL person, you can’t force someone to do something.

In interviews, people have asked how I came up with the characters. The answer is simple: I started with a set of personalities that didn’t work well together and forced them to cooperate:

Content People Watcher (EILA)

In Your Face Loner (ANA)

The Quiet Craftsman (RAEF)

Self-Centered Money (KIAN)

Goofy, Loyal Friend (MJ)

 

I always search the internet for faces and emotions of characters, and the "feel" of Rillin Blackwood I found in a photo of a famous rocker.

I always search the internet for faces and emotions of characters, and the “feel” of Rillin Blackwood I found in a photo of a famous rocker.

I assigned names to those traits, and from there, I built out the characters.

The clash of who they are as people, is what makes them so real. I then place them into an adventure that tests those traits and forces them into positions that are in conflict with who they are morally and psychologically. I do this FOR EVERY character that appears in the series. It’s a time-consuming process (darn ‘ye, Psych degree!)

To build REAL characters, you can’t just throw personality traits at them and hope they stick. You need to know WHY they act a given way, not just within the story, but from the day they are born. We humans are a result of both nature and nurture – what traits we are born with and how our environment impacts the person we become. But those core traits, the ones we are born with, dictate HOW we react in a given situation. Basically I assign a Zodiac sign to each character.

I then write out all the scenes I see happening to each character and place them on index cards, with one card in the middle that gives me the climax. From there, I work backwards, setting the story up in reverse.

Screen Shot 2015-01-17 at 5.25.21 PM

 

This series has been a test of my sanity, but I am propelled forward by those readers who adored the story. I keep pushing the limits because of the fans, seeking an epic adventure that will be re-read and handed-off for years to come. And I vow to always do my best – by the story, the characters, and my readers.

My goal is simple: to leave the reader screaming for more.

 

Check our reviewer Ann Quinn’s awesome YouTube review of UNDERTOW!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0hDQdHObr8

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