- Title: Wicked Hunger: Someone Wicked This Way Comes
- Author: DelSheree Gladden
- Genre: Fantasy
- Length: 254 pages
- Release Date: July 2013
- ISBN-13: 978-0615832982
- Imprint: Mythos Press
Vanessa and Zander Roth are good at lying. They have to be when they are hiding a deadly secret. Day after day, they struggle to rein in their uncontrollable hunger for pain and suffering in order to live normal lives. Things only get worse when Ivy Guerra appears with her pink-striped hair and secrets. The vicious hunger Ivy inspires is frightening, not to mention suspicious.
Vanessa’s instincts are rarely wrong, so when they tell her that Ivy’s appearance is a sign of bad things to come, she listens. She becomes determined to expose Ivy’s secrets. Vanessa tries to warn her brother, but Zander is too enamored with Ivy to pay attention to her conspiracy theories.
One of them is right about Ivy … but if they lose control of their hunger, it won’t matter who is right and who is wrong. One little slip, and they’ll all be dead.
When I first dreamed of becoming a published author, I pictured myself doing book signings all over the world and meeting my readers in person. The reality is, most of the book marketing these days is done online. The cost of travelling and hauling around printed books makes it harder to manage, especially for indie authors and small press publishers. Having a strong online presence is key to reaching readers today, and one of the best ways to do that is through social networking sites. But which sites are the most worthwhile?
I absolutely love Goodreads and I think every author should be on Goodreads if they want to reach readers and establish an online presence. For those of you who don’t know about Goodreads, it’s basically a huge online bookshelf where other readers (hopefully) are putting your books on their bookshelves. Readers can click on your name and be taken to your author page where they can easily drop you a message.
Facebook is another great online tool for networking. All readers have to do to get in touch with you is click the “Like” button on your page and suddenly they get updates about your books, signings, cover reveals, etc. They don’t have to give you an email address or any other personal information. It’s easy and effective.
I have to admit that I am still trying to figure out Twitter, but I do recognize that it’s a good way to stay in contact with readers and other writers. Like Facebook, it’s easy for them to follow you, and the character limit on posts ensures that you get your point across quickly and succinctly. Give them the most important details, and it’s only one click for them to share your update with all their followers. It has the potential to snowball quickly.
Social networks aren’t just for writers to reach readers. Writers getting in contact with other writers can be absolutely key to getting your work noticed. Whether it’s on Facebook, an online writers’ group, or a Google group, staying in touch with other writers can keep you up to date on agents and publishers, marketing opportunities, and just about every aspect of the publishing world.
If you don’t have a strong online presence as a writer, start building one now. It may be a bit overwhelming to jump into everything all at once. Start out with one thing at a time. My suggestion would be Goodreads then maybe a Facebook fan page and Twitter. Give readers and other writers easy ways to get in contact with you, to share important news or to just tell you how much they love your books. If I didn’t have a Facebook page, I never would have had the chance to see the awesome music video and fan of mine, Kaylee Bair, made for my novel, Twin Souls. Readers and writers want to connect. Give them simple ways to get in contact and you’ll definitely see the benefits first hand.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
DelSheree Gladden lives in New Mexico with her husband and two children. The Southwest is a big influence in her writing because of its culture, beauty, and mythology. Local folk lore is strongly rooted in her writing, particularly ideas of prophecy, destiny, and talents born from natural abilities. When she is not writing, DelSheree is usually teaching yoga, coaching gymnastics, reading, painting, sewing, or studying about teeth as a Dental Hygiene student. Her works include Escaping Fate and the Twin Souls Saga. DelSheree’s newest series, The Destroyer Trilogy, follows sixteen-year-old Libby Sparks as she tries to escape her destiny to destroy the world. But Libby soon realizes dodging fate might not be worth the price.