My first blog tour with Silver Dagger Book Tours

After being burned by 2 blog tour companies, I decided to continue putting together blog tours for my own books (my results had been much better than theirs). As any active indie author will tell you that the more books you have available, the busier you get.

With the release of Family Portrait Book 6 racing towards me (I’m hoping for a summer release), every bit of my time is being directed towards completing the second draft. I knew I needed promotion for Bad Uncle (Family Portrait Book 5) but time has been dodging me.

As if sent from the heavens, I got an email out-of-the-blue from Silver Dagger Tours promising to get my book featured on 30 blogs. I normally delete emails with a headline promising things like that because they usually cost more than I am willing to spend. For some reason, I opened this email and liked the way it was presented. I did my homework but the skeptic in me had my doubts. The payment was pay-what-you-want or a tips system when the tour starts/ends. I figured I had nothing to lose so I signed up. I also signed up to host with them. I’ve found that the best way to get to know a blog tour company is to host with them.

I have to say I am very pleased from the blogger and author’s point of view.

Hosting

The materials arrived in my inbox on time, all the information that is supposed to be in the media kit (purchase links, author links, bios, synopsis) was there, the graphics were also properly sized. It was very well organized. I couldn’t have done it better myself.

The Tour

The tour had me nervous (I usually am when I hand over one of my babies). I am very impressed with the number of bloggers that committed to the tour. I opted for reviews, promos and a guest post. See for yourself, below are the links for you to follow the tour.

Would I recommend Silver Dagger Tours? Yes. I will also work with them on the next launch and other previously released books. Check them out hereContinue reading

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Soundtrack for Bad Uncle (Family Portrait Book 5)

One of the most fun parts of finishing a novel is compiling the soundtrack. I only started compiling soundtracks for my novels after Bastard’s Brew (Family Portrait Book 3). Actually a reader gave me that idea. She enjoyed the books so much that she compiled her own ‘hit list’ as she called it. They were the songs that resonated with her as she read the scenes. I loved it! Since the Family Portrait series is character and plot driven it made sense. The books are written like a television series with story arcs, and the merging of characters and plots.

Here is my soundtrack for Bad Uncle (Family Portrait Book 5) and an explanation of why I chose them to accompany the scene.

Little Do You Know by Alex & Sierra

Haze and Adriana are so much in love with each other they make themselves crazy. For Adriana it was love at first sight when she first saw him at a photo shoot. Their relationship went through all sorts of trials and twists but they made it. Cut to Bad Uncle (Book 5), Haze discovers that Adriana has a secret that could land him in jail or worse. Because of this secret coming to light he has to break up with her and it is killing them both.

Little do you know I … Love you till the sun dies. Continue reading

My Favorite Scene from Bad Uncle

Book cover Bad Uncle Family Portrait Book 5I have many unforgettable scenes in Bad Uncle (Family Portrait Book 5) so choosing one scene as my favorite was a task. The reason I love this scene is because of Kevin and Adriana’s relationship. One of the things readers are attracted to in the series is the relationship between the siblings.

In the scene below called Krav Maga, it is Sunday morning and Kevin, Adriana’s older brother is around teaching her how to protect herself. Adriana’s mind is not into it because her boyfriend is leaving for New York and, well the last time he went to New York she almost lost him for good.

Chapter 12: Krav Maga

“Focus, Adriana.” Kevin’s voice interrupted her thoughts as she rolled over. The training used to be fun and a great way to spend time with her brother, but today it was a hindrance. Adriana glanced at the pool; maybe if she could get him close enough to the edge, she could push him in and that’d be the end of their training for the day. She grappled with him in an effort to take him down, but he spun out of her grip, flipping her to the floor. He held his hand out to her to help her up; she roughly grabbed it and rushed after him, moving herself closer to the edge of the pool and off the mat.

“Come on, fifteen more minutes,” he encouraged and she thrust at him with fake punches and uppercuts.

Stopping to take a breath, he lectured her about paying attention when in combat and never losing focus.

“Oh, hi, L’Wren.” She looked towards the entrance behind him, and when he turned around, she successfully took him down and held his neck in a headlock. He tried to flip her over, but the angle his body was positioned made it impossible to do without seriously hurting her. He tapped out, but she ignored him.

“You should never lose focus when in combat, Kevin,” she mocked.

“What are you guys doing?” Concern coated L’Wren’s voice.

“Just playing around,” Adriana said casually as Kevin tapped the mat.

“Cool! I wanna learn how to do that.” Leighann was amazed.

“That looks dangerous,” L’Wren warned.

“Kevin’s been teaching me, so I’ll always know how to protect myself from evil boys,” Adriana said ignoring Kevin’s frantic tapping.

“He looks like he can’t breathe,” L’Wren pointed out nervously.

“He’ll live,” Adriana said sweetly. “You spending the night?” She directed her question at Leighann.

“Yes, L’Wren leaves tomorrow,” Leighann replied, still fascinated by the predicament Adriana had her brother in.

“Could you let my boyfriend go, please? He’s turning blue.” L’Wren’s concern grew and Adriana sighed, kissed him on his head and released him.

Kevin coughed and gasped for air as L’Wren ran to him.

“I’m all right, she got lucky.” He stretched his neck like it was no big deal.

“You guys play really rough,” L’Wren said in her mommy voice.

“Can you show me how to do that?” Leighann asked gingerly.

“NO!” Kevin and L’Wren said in unison.

“Let’s go in the house and leave Mom and Dad alone,” Adriana mocked.

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Bad Uncle Blog Tour Kickoff

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The Bad Uncle choose your own date tour kicks off on Monday corresponding with the release on Amazon.

Thank you to all the bloggers taking part, this could not have happened without you. I am always open to putting in blog appearances so if you’d like to join the tour, click on this link.

If you’d like to follow the tour click here.

To read excerpts from Bad Uncle click here.

Bad Uncle (Family Portrait Book 5) by Gillian Felix

Published by: Plain Talk Book Marketing LLC

Genre: Drama, New Adult

Warning: Strong sexual content, language and situations. For readers 18+

Book cover Bad Uncle Family Portrait Book 5Synopsis

Who needs enemies when you’ve got family.

The stars are aligned in Adriana’s favor, but secrets have a way of exposing themselves just when everything is perfect. As Adriana and Haze’s relationship heads south, Carys is ready to pounce. Will Adriana’s lies drive the man she loves into the arms of another?

Meanwhile Zax is finally with his dream girl, but why can’t he get his best friend’s girl out of his mind? When she turns to him for advice on how to be a better girlfriend, can he put his selfish desires aside, or will he follow his siblings and take what he wants despite the consequences?

When Kevin’s lifestyle puts innocent L’Wren in danger, his retaliation brings his ruthless uncle back to Los Angeles and into the lives of his family. In Bad Uncle you’ll get to know the man who has the power to change the legacy of the Banovic family forever.

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Bastards Brew (Family Portrait Book 3), Perfect Escape (Family Portrait Book 4), Bad Uncle (Family Portrait Book 5) can be read as standalones.

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