It's Halloween over in the UK and other parts of the world, so I'm hitting publish on this now. In a few hours, Michael's US Amazon page will update to free, so while you're waiting, grab my other books at Smashwords. I'll also be keeping the linky updated with everyone's link to their post so you don't have to navigate their blog (although, a few listing go directly to the Amazon page because they were last minute and I said it was okay.)
If you remember last year I had THE BEST IDEA EVER thanks to a discussion on #indiechat. We were discussing holiday promotion and how weird it would be to hand out your books to trick-or-treaters. Then I had the moment where I was like "What if I did a blog hop where authors handed out their books for free to readers? THE BOOKS ARE LIKE CANDY!"
Everyone thought it was a great idea. Well, I'm sure there was one person who didn't, but most everyone.
As Halloween approached, I debated doing it again. It's not hard, so it was more of a "Do I want to be lazy?" decision. Then Kate Tilton messaged me asking if I was doing it because I filled out the form to be a guest on #K8Chat about it. I had to make a snap decision so I said YES!
It's that time of year again. No, I don't mean Christmas or New Years. That's kind of obvious. The time I'm talking about is Angela Kulig's Annual Stocking Your E-Reader Sale. It's a magical time of year where the snow is falling, you do not want to leave your warm blankets, and you have a brand new e-reader in dire need of books! Don't worry, you don't have to get out of bed to fix that.
The holidays are here and what better time to spread the joy and love of reading. I'll be offering Snapshots for free on Amazon. It's my gift to you for being awesome. Why are you awesome? Because I said so. =P When you're done consuming Snapshots like Santa consumes cookies and milk, head over to Wattpad where I have a short story called Influence of Love that you can devour like cookies too.
You can't have forgotten by now, but maybe NaNoWriMo has distracted you, so I'll give you a reminder. This past Halloween was the Trick-Or-Treat Book Blog Hop. A total of 22 people signed up to give their books away in a Halloween themed hop. I was very pleased with the range of books offered. There was something for everyone. The hashtag, #trickortreatreads, worked well on Twitter. I saw a lot of people using it to promote their links and other links. I made sure I tweeted every link at least once. It kept steam pretty well. There were slow moments, but it didn't die out until close to midnight.
People loved this idea.
It was exciting for me. I woke up to Snapshots #11 on an Amazon list. By the end of the night, it was #1! I was freaking out on Facebook with all caps. What's more, I didn't have a chance to submit Snapshots to any promo sites. Making it free was a last minute thing because I finally got it into Select the day before. I wasn't sure it'd be free in time! But it was.
Okay, so I may be exaggerating a bit. The world isn't ending, at least not anytime soon.... well, I hope not any time soon. That would really put a damper of things, eh? Anyways, this week Snapshots is entered in not one, but two, TWO, cover contests. And Cyc needs your help with it. He needs YOU to vote for HIM. And why wouldn't you? Look at that cover!
Isn't it gorgeous? Or creepy if you back up and look from afar, but trust me, that's the point. Cyc isn't your average guy after all.
Also, is that a tear in the corner of Cyc's eye? Is he sad you're considering not voting for him? Has he foreseen it in your future? QUICK! There is no time to waste, go vote for him. Only you can change the future. His fate is in your hands.
Voting at Author Shouts ends Saturday. If Cyc wins, then he competes again. (Also, if you don't see the images, AdBlock is blocking them and you have to allow ads for that page.)
Over at Page Curl, the first round of voting ends Saturday. Don't let Cyc be eliminated in the first round! Think of the tear in his eye. Don't make him cry, he'll be embarrassed. In fact, if you want to make him happy, why not pop over to Amazon and buy Snapshots for less than a buck. Of on Nook if that's your poison.
When I published Being Human, I knew, without a doubt, that someone would read it and be disappointed it wasn't anything like the TV show. And it happened. I chuckled at the review and got on with my writing. Then, when I published Snapshots, again, I knew there would be reviews that did not like the fact that Cyc starts the story off saying he's gay, but ends up with a girl. They would point out that he is gay. The thing is...
he's not gay.
As I said, in the beginning it's what he thinks, but at one point in the story, with a little help from Amber, he figures out he's really bisexual. I even get into why Cyc thought he was gay and not interested in girls. I don't mind telling you this because it's not really a spoiler. In fact, it's something I want known. Whenever there's interviews about Snapshots, I say it's an LGBT story that focuses on the B. Part of the inspiration was a Twitter chat about the lack of bisexual main characters.
I thought this sounded like a fun blogfest. The rules are simple. Post the badge, a picture of a book you love (and it can be your own) with a food and/or recipe from the book, or a food from the MC's region, or any food you just like! Link back to the three hosts, Beth, Media, and Lexa. There will also be a giveaway of their books, so make sure to enter! (I have a giveaway going on too BTW.)
So, what do I have. Badge: Check. Link to hosts: Check. Book... uh, let's see. Oh! Snapshots has a scene that talks about food, and I found a recipe to go with it! Check and check!
A little background on why I picked Italian Pasta Salad for this particular scene. For one, I needed a food that you would find at a gathering like this, but it didn't need to be fancy. Cyc does live in a bad neighborhood filled with gang members. They don't do caviar. But the main reason was my mom used to get Suddenly Salad Pasta Salad. The one she bought wasn't called Italian, It was simply labeled Classic, but it was yummy!
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