No Excuses Fitness Cover

Fitness Friday: No Excuses Fitness Book Cover Reveal

As I near the completion of my book No Excuses Fitness, I’ve been experimenting with the layout of Kindle book covers. After some trial and error, and critique and feedback from some folks, I chose this as the final candidate. Final Cover What do you think? How did I do it, you ask? Here are …

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Spotlight on #Blog Visions for 2017 ~ New Year’s Delight

So proud to be included in Tina Frisco’s New Year’s round-up. Please visit these bloggers who are self-published authors and check out their books. Happy New Year and may your 2017 be full of inspiration and blessings!

TINA FRISCO

Flower Garden by Lucie Stastkova Image courtesy of Lucie Stastkova

I’ve thought for some time now that I’d like to have a theme for my blog. Many of the blogs I follow have themes I find most enjoyable. I’ve asked several of these folks to be my guest, tell us what they envision for their blog in 2017, and include their images and links.

I want to thank all of those who responded and wish them great success in the New Year. They are listed below in alphabetical order by first name. Please visit their sites, like and follow, and perhaps download a book or two. Enjoy! 

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Allan HudsonAllan Hudson ~South Branch Scribbler

2017 will see the South Branch Scribbler hosting a variety of authors with some artists, photographers, and musicians. I have a lineup of terrific folks for the first three months of the New Year and am adding more weekly. I will be trying…

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My New Novel Is Now Available on Amazon!

My blogging friend Tina Frisco, just launched another book, Vampyrie, on Amazon! Now before you say, ” Not another vampire book,” like I almost did, take a moment to read the book’s description. Tina weaves in the Valkyries of Viking/Norse mythology to give us a new spin on the vampire legends.

Tina is a faithful blogger who takes the time to read, review and re-blog posts. Thanks, Tina, I am looking forward to reading this new book!

TINA FRISCO

I am so pleased to announce that the Kindle version of my new novel, Vampyrie: Origin of the Vampire, is now available on Amazon. CreateSpace should have it out in paper shortly.

v-cover-csI’m also very relieved! Talk about birthing a baby . . . I did most of the work myself, from formatting to cover text — not to mention writing the 388-page book.

Don’t let the title fool you. This is not your typical vampire book. I’m incapable of writing a book without a spiritual bent. Vampyrie also has a basis in science, specifically medicine.

I’ve always been intrigued by the myth of the vampire and often have wondered if the phenomenon actually could exist. My background in medicine led me to speculate about how this might have a basis in reality. If rooted in science, how might this myth come to life? The most likely answer would be as…

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Glimpses Short Stories

#Glimpses – The Short Story Lineup

Fellow blogger Hugh Roberts is pre-selling his brand-new book, Glimpses! It is chock full of short stories written by one of my favorite bloggers!

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I’m jumping with joy because I’d like to announce that Glimpses, my first collection of short stories, is now available to pre-order on Kindle.

Glimpses - The new book of some of my short stories. Publication Date: Paperback: Thursday 1st December 2016. Kindle: Tuesday 6th December 2016 Glimpses – The new book of some of my short stories. Publication Date: Paperback: Thursday 1st December 2016. Kindle: Tuesday 6th December 2016.

The Kindle version of Glimpses will be available to download from Tuesday, 6th December 2016 and is now available to pre-order. Click on the links below to pre-order.

Amazon UK      Amazon.com

The paperback version of Glimpses will be available to buy on Amazon from Thursday, 1st December 2016.

The book is made up of 28 short stories, many of which have been rewritten for the book; some with different endings to those previously published on my blog.

Here’s the complete lineup with a synopsis for each of the stories that will appear in the book.

01. Last Train To Aldwych

Genre: Ghost

A…

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goodreads giveaways

Doing a Goodreads Giveaway – Guest Post…

If you are a self-published author, you know that promoting your book is a critical function of the process. A book give-away is a great idea as this article mentions.

I have been reading Goodreads for Authors: How To Use Goodreads To Promote Your Books, a very useful guide for book marketing. There is a chapter in this book about using Goodreads to promote your book using giveaways. One thing the author mentions is to get print copies of your book made for the giveaways.

I am considering these options for my eBook, Better Blogging with Photography (see on my sidebar). especially with the upcoming holidays. I am looking into Create Space as my option for printing a few copies of my book.

What good ideas for book promotion do you have?

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

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We’re heading rapidly into the holiday season, so who’d like a present?

A giveaway is not a present.

Well, not unless you’re giving it to everyone that enters (or visits your blog depending on the wording).

A giveaway is a raffle, or a draw, where an advertised number of people win a prize by being drawn at random from all the entries received. Most countries have rules on what exactly constitutes a raffle, or a draw, and the fine line between it being a gentle bit of fun, and a form of gambling which requires a licence.

I’m not going to go into what those laws are, although there are some very good posts around on the internet to help you ensure you aren’t straying into vice. Most of them I found through The Story Reading Ape reporting them, thank you, Ape … mwah! Rafflecopter has a very useful set…

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eBook Building a Successful Blog

My First Book Shout Out – An Insider’s Guide to Building a Successful Blog by Janice Wald

Sally does a wonderful job of promoting new books by new (and veteran) authors. If you are a blogger, take a closer look at Janice’s eBook. It is a wealth of information!

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

first book shout out

Today the featured book is for bloggers… However long we have been writing our blog posts there is always something more we can learn. As you will see from the reviews, new and seasoned bloggers are finding the book very helpful. An Insider’s Guide to Building a Successful Blog: Tips and Tricks from the creator of Mostly Blogging. Janice Wald.

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About the book
Are you a blogger? Are you ready to see your page views skyrocket?

If so, you know the importance of using proven tips to engage readers, improve content, and increase blog traffic.

In 2016, there were over two billion social media users.

Fortunately, this guide is the only roadmap you will need to send them rushing to your blog.

“By your reading this particular ebook, you’re finally ready to cut through the clutter and all of the confusion and online noise.”

Janice Wald’s tips…

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