Keep Me Safe By Maya Banks

Keep Me Safe book coverKeep Me Safe (Slow Burn # 1) by Maya Banks

Synopsis

A sizzling story of a woman who risks her life and her heart to find a wealthy man’s missing sister—the first novel in a sexy new romantic suspense series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Maya Banks

When Caleb Devereaux’s younger sister is kidnapped, this scion of a powerful and wealthy family turns to an unlikely source for help: a beautiful and sensitive woman with a gift for finding answers others cannot.

While Ramie can connect to victims and locate them by feeling their pain, her ability comes with a price. Every time she uses it, it costs her a piece of herself. Helping the infuriatingly attractive and impatient Caleb successfully find his sister nearly destroys her. Even though his sexual intensity draws her like a magnet, she needs to get as far away from him as she can.

Deeply remorseful for the pain he’s caused, Caleb is determined to make things right. But just when he thinks Ramie’s vanished forever, she reappears. She’s in trouble and she needs his help. Now, Caleb will do risk everything to protect her—including his heart. . . .

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How to Get Diamond Cut Abs with Danny Kavadlo

Diamond Cut Abs by Danny KavadloAre you dissatisfied with your abs? Does it seem a distant dream for you to own a rock-solid center? Can you only hanker in vain for the chiseled magnificence of a Greek statue? Have you given up on owning the tensile functionality and explosive power of a cage-fighter’s core?

According to Danny Kavadlo, training your abs is a whole-life endeavor. It’s about right eating, right drinking, right rest, right practice, right exercise at the right time, right motivation, right inspiration, right attitude and right lifestyle. If you don’t have that righteous set of abs in place, it’s because you have failed in one or more of these areas.

With his 25-plus years of rugged research and extreme physical dedication into every dimension of what it takes to earn world-class abs, Danny Kavadlo is a modern-day master of the art. It’s all here: over 50 of the best-ever exercises to develop the abs—from beginner to superman level—inspirational photos, no BS straight talk on nutrition and lifestyle factors and clear-cut instructions on what to do, when. Supply the grit, follow the program and you simply cannot fail but to build a monstrous mid-section.

In our culture, Abs are the Measure of a Man. To quit on your abs is to quit on your masculinity—like it or not. Diamond-Cut Abs gives you the complete, whole-life program you need to reassert yourself and reestablish your respect as a true physical specimen—with a thunderous six-pack to prove it.  Continue reading

Short Horror Stories by Crystal Connor

They all live happily ever after coverTitle:  And They All Lived Happily Ever After! by Crystal Connor
Published:  August 28th, 2012
Word Count:  approx. 65,000
Genre:  Horror, Sci-Fi, Dark Fantasy
Recommended Age:  13+

Synopsis:

Once upon a time, in a dark & scary place, in a frightening land way too close to home…

Crystal Connor’s …And They All Lived Happily Ever After! is a collection of short fables not meant for children; but for those who enjoy the madness of nightmares.

In the Queen’s Pawn you’ll visit a magical kingdom full of wonder and splendor only to come to the sickening realization that when the Queen had a message…she sends her pawns.

The perils of eating forbidden fruit have been cautioned against since the Book of Genesis, but will our urban princess in The Apple heed those warnings?

Embark on a mystical and treacherous quest to reach The Ruins, located in place so sacred that is should never be visited by mortal man.

These are just a few of the adventures you’ll have as you explore the dark imagination of Crystal Connor. Fourteen short stories of horror, science fiction, and fantasy; 65,306 words of terror by a single author who clearly intends to one day be known as a Master in the genre.

Monsters, Women, and Villains (oh my)!

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About the Author

Author Crystal Connor

Washington State native Crystal Connor has been terrorizing readers since before Jr. high School and loves anything to do with monsters, bad guys, rogue scientific experiments, jewelry, sky-high high heel shoes & unreasonably priced hang bags. She is also considering changing her professional title to dramatization specialist because it’s so much more theatrical than being just a mere drama queen. Along with inducing insomnia within her readership Crystal also reviews indie horror and sci-fi movies for HorrorAddicts.net

Connect with the author:  Amazon Author Page | Facebook | Twitter | GoodReads | Blog

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Her Perfect Game (Hot and Nerdy Series)

Her Perfect Game CoverHer Perfect Game (Hot & Nerdy # 2) by Shannyn Schroeder
Release date:  October 26th, 2014 by Kensington

Synopsis

Spring break is supposed to be a week of fun in the sun for three childhood friends about to graduate from college. But one of them is ready to get her game on somewhere else…

Charlie Castle is an expert archer and a fierce warrior—in her favorite video game, anyway. But college life was a program she couldn’t quite master. To land a cybertech job without a degree, she’s entering a “hackfest” over spring break—where she also hopes to meet the sweet gamer who’s been flirting with her online. Instead, she runs into the hot guy who walked away years ago, and can’t fight the desire that comes rushing back.

Jonah Best has never gotten over Charlie, whose kisses were always as deliciously creative as her coding. But now that they’re face to face again, he doesn’t know how to admit that her online admirer is really him—or how to convince her that he’s offering her a job for her incredible skills, not her sex appeal. Can Jonah cut through their communication glitches and persuade Charlie that the next level up for them should be forever?

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About Shannyn Schroeder

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Shannyn Schroeder is the author of the O’Leary series, contemporary romances centered around a large Irish-American family in Chicago and the new Hot & Nerdy series about 3 nerdy friends and their last spring break. When she’s not wrangling her three kids or writing, she watches a ton of TV and loves to bake cookies.

Connect with Shannyn:  Website Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

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Resources to Help You Market Your Book

Book Resources

Book Marketing doesn’t have to be an expensive venture. Nobody can market your book as well as you. All it takes is time (I know, you may not have much of that) and patience. Here are a few resources that I use, I don’t just do one thing, I try many different things, some have worked and some have not. But I’ll try anything because I believe my book deserves to be read and enjoyed by millions of readers.

I’ll start off with my book marketing virtual mentor Joanna Penn. I can’t remember exactly how I found Joanna, but her book and website have helped me tremendously. If you don’t know where to start in your book marketing adventure, this is a great resource to put you on the right path.

How To Market A Book by Joanna Penn does exactly what the title imply.  Joanna is honest and down to earth and tells you like it is. Also check out her website The Creative Penn for free resources and follow the link to her podcasts. This is an absolute must. It is very best that I’ve seen out there and believe me I’ve read lots of books by “gurus” and “experts” and they are full of shit. I am not affiliated with Joanna, I call her my virtual mentor because I respect and follow her advice.

Want to plan a blog tour? I outline everything you need to know in my book Blog Tours: A Win-Win for Authors and Bloggers. Planning a blog tour is much easier than you think. Blog tours can increase the visibility of your author brand hundred folds!

Don’t have the time to plan your own? Click here to schedule yours.

Software

Scrivener is a software that no author should be without. Let me introduce you to Scrivener. Scrivener can be used in place of Word. You simply type your manuscript into it like you would with Word. Here’s what Scrivener can do that Word can’t:

  • Help you to organize your story into index cards.
  • Edit your synopsis and add meta-data to your manuscript
  • Seamlessly move and edit scenes in your document.

Plus tons of other fun features that can make your writing process easier. Scrivener is available for PC and Mac lovers. You can download it here:  Scrivener [Download]

Virtual Assistants

Check out Serenity Virtual Assistants. These assistants are used by some of the biggest names in the industry and they are reasonably priced. Don’t just take my word for it Click here to visit Serenity Virtual Assistant Services.

Social Media

The links below shows you how to use LinkedIn and Pinterest to market your books. I use these all the time and it has definitely improved my visibility, and taught me a lot about the best practice for the best results.

Here’s how you can use LinkedIn to sell more books: Click here to view more details

How to use Pinterest to sell more books: Click here to view more details

Blogging

I use WordPress and have been known to sing their praises. WordPress is by far the easiest platform to use. To really set your WordPress blog on fire, you want to use plugins. There are tons of plugins to choose from, and you can get carried away and download everything but restrain yourself. Too many plugins and you open yourself up to problems like slowing down your blog’s load time, if you don’t keep them updated you run the risk of hackers taking over your blog or attracting some terrible virus or something. Don’t let that scare you, always download from a trusted source.

Uniquefier is a WordPress Plugin which once activated will turn your blog content from duplicate to unique: Click here to view more details

So there you have it, a few of my marketing resources. Check back often or sign up to the newsletter on the parent website to get updates when this page is updated.

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The Family Portrait Series Gets Branded

One of the hardest things I’m figuring out about being a hybrid author, is not having people to do all the stuff that you don’t particularly want to do or like to do. I’m not complaining because the benefits out weight the alternative.

What is a hybrid author you might ask? A hybrid author is an author who owns their own publishing rights, does all the marketing, advertising and overall production of their books. I first heard the term coined by my virtual mentor, and international best selling author Joanna Penn, who will be visiting us in December (YIPPEEE). Another term used to describe a hybrid author is authorpreneaur, also coined by Joanna.

Ok so I’d been thinking of branding my series for quite sometime now but kept putting it off. Why? Because trying to grow this baby empire, leaves me exhausted by the time my toes hit the covers. A potential reader emailed me and nudged me, she pointed out how disconnected the covers were. She liked everything else but like a few people have said in the past, the covers didn’t do the books justice. So I bit the bullet and looked at several “book cover designers”. A lot of the graphics you see on this site was designed by me, but I wanted a professional, who had experience in the field to do it.

I also wanted someone who didn’t design a cover with the same look as almost every other novel out there. Nudity seems to be the running theme with novels in the same genre as my books and I didn’t want that.

Although the Family Portrait Series has its fair share of naughty, raunchy behavior by some characters who shall remain nameless (to protect you if you haven’t read the books) I didn’t want it displayed on the cover.

Here are a couple of mocks I designed.

Design 1

This was when I was in the I what bright colors! phase.

Bright colors Family Portrait covers

The idea behind this one was, I wanted bright colors, and a bold look. In the covers above, the characters are on a stage and the world is watching them, yet people don’t really know them, hence the silhouettes. I used the same color elements from the original books.

There were many things I liked about these covers, one of them is the graphic identifying the book placement in the series. I loved the wood floors, it reminded me of the barrels of wine at House of Banovic, the family’s (in the book) winery. I liked the colors because lets face it I am from the Caribbean and I love color, or colour as we spell it back home ;-)

Design 2

After sleeping on the above designs for a few days, I felt I wanted more options. For some reason it felt a bit crowded. I kept seeing white space in my mind’s eye.

Cover #2 The Family Portrait series

I wanted something simple, mysterious and clean. I looked at other book covers in the same genre that was published a few years back. The covers that struck me were the covers for the Pretty Little Liars series. I liked that it was simple and clean, loved the solid colors to differentiate between books. I was also drawn to the original cover of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl. Since the movie, she redid the cover and pulled the one I liked.  It was a solid black and I think there was a slight blue graphic.

The clip art element represents something significant in the book. I did it in color, because I like color, but my sister felt that it looked odd among the silhouettes.

Design #3

With branding in mind which ever design I choose, would have to have similar elements so that the series is easily recognizable. For instance putting my name at the bottom, the book number identifying graphic, and the banner.

Family Portrait final cover

I loved this design because it has color, nothing too crazy, it is clean, and it has white space, which didn’t leave my mind until the design was finished. I love that I am able to add a blurb to the cover to give a little insight into the story.

I wanted to do something with the title font so I designed something myself. There was a font that I liked and considered purchasing, but when purchasing fonts or images there are copyright laws that need to be followed. Some of them can be too much to deal with. So I designed everything.

Which one do you prefer? Leave a comment below, I’d love to hear from you.

Xo

Gillian

Gina Robinson Talks About Crushed

Crushed by Gina RobinsonCrushed by Gina Robinson (The Rushed New Adult and College Romance Series, #2)
Publication date: October 2014
Genres: New Adult, Romance

Synopsis:

Some loves can’t be… Crushed

Morgan
Have you ever done something stupid? Like get drunk and hookup with a guy because your heart was broken by someone else? Like his best friend. And then done something really dumb, like fall in love with your hookup? Hookups aren’t stick-around guys. I’m hoping Dakota will be different. But hoping has gotten me in trouble before.

Dakota
The absolute last girl I want to see in my court-ordered alcohol and drug information school, the girl who landed me here in the first place, walks in. After we hooked up, I thought I’d gotten Morgan out of my system. So why is my pulse racing? I can’t afford to screw up right now. I know I should avoid her. Morgan has a way of messing up my life. But she’s the only one who understands.

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