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Blogging–How LOVE. WITHOUT YOU started

18 Apr

Back in the day when I began writing romance novels, I had no idea what to do to reach readers and how to promote my books. I was told I had to create a blog–like yesterday, and use the power of the internet to my advantage. So, I started doing some research online, asking people around me and following several bloggers. I sure did envy them a lot for the numbers of followers, wondering how could I too have a successful blog.

A friend of mine suggested RapidWeaver which is a web design software so here I was purchasing it. Then I signed up for three years with GoDaddy and off I went creating my blog. 

The intent of my blog was always to share from my writing and publishing journey. Once in a while I intended to post something personal so people could relate to me. I also knew how I wanted it to look, but soon I realized that RapidWeaver was really limited, or at least I couldn’t figure out how to use it. Add to that the intricate and rather hard to navigate GoDaddy content, I found myself hating blogging.

If I remember correctly I started my blog sometime in September of 2010. A year later, I probably had about 60 views (I bet 59 of them were me checking it). Frustrated doesn’t even describe how I felt and more than once I just wanted to throw it all out the window. 

But, A WORLD APART, which is my second novel was about to come out in December of 2011 and I needed to do something to change that pathetic blog of mine.  So, I went back to the drawing board and checked several platforms that hosted blogs. I narrowed my choices to bloglovin and wordpress. 

I chose wordpress because it seemed easier, especially for someone like me, whose nickname is “I’m-not-technical” (that pretty much sums up exactly how I feel when it comes to anything that had the tiniest bit of technology in it). I revamped the title from Author Camelia Miron Skiba to LOVE. WITHOUT YOU, asked my dear friend Iwona Adamkiewicz (who is the model on my debut novel HIDDEN HEART) for a  photo I could use for the site’s background and posted my very first post on wordpress end of September 2011.

It was not until 2012 when my blog began to attract steady visitors. Some began to follow my blog, and I remember squeaking in delight with each new subscription. 

Today 3 1/2 years and counting my blog has almost 10,000 followers and I couldn’t be happier. There are several followers who became dear friends and whose input always makes me smile.

Did I struggle? You have no idea. Did I learn anything? You bet. Was it worth it? I leave it up to you to judge. 

From Caterpillar to Butterfly–Guest Post and Spotlight @ I’m A Reader Not A Writer

7 Jun

Happy and sunny Friday everyone!

I hope you enjoyed a tasty lunch, a delightful cup of coffee and your newspapers. Your laundry machine is humming and the kids are playing. Hubby is long gone to work. Now it’s your me-time.

For you to savor your me-time I wrote a guest post titled From Caterpillar to Butterfly hosted by the incredible Kathy @ I’m A Reader Not A Writer. I know everybody knows how a caterpillar becomes a butterfly, but I’m not sharing entomology 101, but rather, hmmm…. how should I call it… maybe a secret?

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Along with the guest post Kathy features my historical romance BORN IN SIN (Dacian Legends, #2) along with a generous giveaway: e-copies of BORN IN VENGEANCE (Dacian Legends, #1), BORN IN SIN (Dacian Legends,#2) and a $20.00 Amazon gift card.

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Could your day be any better?

Author In The House–Virtual Book Tour Author Beth Fred with The Other Marlowe Girl

16 Apr
Today I welcome Beth Fred with her newest release The Other Marlowe Girl. Scroll below for the wonderful covers, blurbs, teaser and a giveaway. 
Enjoy!

The Fate of a Marlowe Girl

When twenty-four-year-old Tiffany escapes her sister Kammy’s too wild Cancun bachelorette party, she finds herself in a bar with the unwanted attention of a gorgeous local named Luke.
Luke may be charming but Tiffany is leaving in two days and doesn’t need any complications. But complications are exactly what she gets when the cops show up to raid Kammy’s party. When Kammy is arrested, Tiffany agrees to have dinner with Luke, so he’ll help her get Kammy out of jail. Kammy’s arrest forces her to spend an extra day in Cancun, meaning she’ll miss a crucial meeting, and as an accountant in tax season, she is already drowning in work. Not to mention, every second she spends with Luke makes it harder to leave. With Luke, Tiffany is almost ready to forget about work.
Will the airport be their final goodbye?

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The Other Marlowe Girl

When twenty-four-year-old dance school drop out Kammy Marlowe is evicted by her mother, she goes to her favorite bar. She finds an unlikely friend in the blunt eye candy, Enrique. But Kammy knows there is no way she and Enrique have a shot because he’s her brother-in-law’s brother and has been privy to her wild past.

Enrique swears he’s only interested in the person she is today, but their relationship is tested when her ex-husband’s drug dealer attacks her, looking for money. With no options and a money hungry drug dealer on her back, Kammy accepts a position as a dancer at a strip club. But when Enrique shows up at the club, their relationship is over. With no reason to stay in Texas anymore, Kammy auditions for the Bolshevik Ballet and gets the opportunity to go to Russia. Only Enrique is determined to stop her.

Will she give up the chance of a lifetime to stay with the man she still loves?

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Author Beth Fred

Meet Beth Fred! That’s me! I’m a full time ELF keeper and part time writer/blogger/writing instructor. I’m represented by Kathleen Rushall of Marsal Lyons Literary Agency. I like my tea hot, my romance sweet, and my guys chivalrous. Real men hold open doors, refer to you as ma’am, make promises they keep, and aren’t afraid to profess their undying love. It’s not breakfast if there aren’t carbs(at least, not in the South). Fajitas, carnitas, and churros are just few of my favorite things. Bet you can’t guess where I’m from 😉 Wanna know more about me? You can find that here:

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$10 Amazon Gift Card

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Excerpt 1

 
“We’ll talk about this more tomorrow. I don’t want my brother to see me out so late.” He placed a hand on my cheek and pressed his lips against mine. My mouth parted and so did his. The taste of Enrique filled me with desire, but I’d learned enough from Emmett that I knew I didn’t want whatever chance I had with Enrique to start out like this. Using more self-control than I knew I had, I pulled away from him.
Excerpt 2

When we got back to Tiffany’s, he walked me to the door. He cupped my face in his hand and leaned in inching his lips closer to mine. I’d never wanted anything so bad. He was so close I could smell the mint of his breath and feel the heat on my face, when he moved away from my face and hovered over my ear instead. Geez! What was he doing? Just kiss me already. He brushed my hair behind my ear and whispered, “I’m sorry. I forgot you asked me to wait until the fifth date.”

He became more vertical and dropped his hands around my waist pulling me to him. Locked in his arms, I felt so safe. “Forget I asked you to wait.” I did.

“No ma’am. I have to think you asked me that for a reason, and my girl needs to know I respect her.”

“Fine. But last night was a date… Did you say I’m your girl?”

“Do you want to be?”

 
 
Excerpt 3

We arrived at my car. “Here we are,” I said. I stepped closer to the door, but I made no effort to get in, because what had started out as a really bad night, I was enjoying now.

“Get in the car, so you’re out of the rain,” he said.

“Okay.” I pulled his coat off and handed it to him.

I opened the door and sat down in the driver’s seat. Before I could close it, Enrique placed a hand on the door frame and leaned down. “I want to see you again. That’s the real reason I walked you to your car.”

Too bad. He had me convinced good guys still existed with that story about his cousin. “No cousin Nikki?” I teased.

“Cousin Nikki is very real, and I don’t like for her to walk around by herself at night. I wouldn’t lie to you. I just needed time to get the courage to tell you I. Want. To. See. You. Again. You shot me down pretty hard in there.”

“So you were hitting on me?”

Kindle Fire Giveaway

9 Apr

Inspired Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer has launched a new site aimed at bringing you the best Kindle Ebook Deals and Steals.

Each day on feedyourreader.com you’ll find a new list of available ebook deals (most for under $3).

And of course there will be lots of  Featured Freebies too!

To celebrate the launch of the new site she is giving away a Kindle Fire, Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash.

Win a 7″ Kindle Fire (US only)
Or $100 Amazon.com Gift Card (International)

Or $100 in Paypal Cash (International)


Giveaway Details 

1 winner will receive their choice of a Kindle Fire 7″ (US Only), $100 Amazon Gift Card or $100 in Paypal Cash (International).

Ends 5/5/13

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer http://iamareader.com. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. Prize value $100-$159 US.

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Author In The House–Interview and Giveaway with Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy

10 Jun

I met Lee Ann during my virtual book tour for my second novel and was really excited to find out she’s a fellow author. I take advantage of her stopping by with her latest release, a war romance titled In The Shadow Of War to interview her. Lee Ann has brought a copy of her novel for a lucky winner. All you have to do is leave your email address in the next 7 days in the comments section.

Now to the actual interview.

Lee Ann, I’m so happy to introduce you and your work to my followers. With so many published novels under your belt, how do you react to a bad review?

I try to ignore them – sure, they sting a little but I do my best to just move forward. You can’t dwell on them.  If there’s constructive criticism, I try to learn from it.

How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?

I bought a bottle of good champagne (a weakness of mine) and toasted the accomplishment with my husband.

Where do you get your inspiration for your stories?

I grew up on stories.  I was the child who sat at the feet of the elders and listened.  So many of my ideas come from those years but others come from the world around me.  The idea for my just finished and submitted novel, “Devlin’s Grace” came from seeing a man on a motorcycle.

Can you see yourself in any of your characters? Which one and why?

I think there’s a little of me in every character but the one most like me is probably Angel in my upcoming release (June 3) Guy’s Angel.

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?

Never give up. Try to develop patience (an area I’m still working on myself) and always be willing to improve and learn.

What are your interests outside of writing?

Reading, gardening, family history and travel.

What do you do to promote your books?

I utilize every possible place, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedN, Yahoo groups, blogging (my blogs as well as guest blogs), virtual book tours, interviews, local appearances, and I even print up flyers to post on bulletin boards in my area.

What can you tell us about your latest release In The Shadow of War?

It’s a World War II era romance set in the small town where I now live.  In the 1940’s there was an Army training facility just outside town, Camp Crowder, which also happens to be the “real” Camp Swampy from the “Beetle Bailey” comic strip.  A lot of real life romances came from the soldiers and the local girls.  This is the love story I imagined with a recruit from Brooklyn, New York and a local first year teacher.

Thanks, Lee Ann for stopping by! For more info about Lee Ann please visit:

A Page In The Life: http://leeannsontheimermurphywriterauthor.blogspot.com

Rebel Writer: http://leeannsontheimermurphy.blogspot.com

Facebook: Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy

Twitter: @leeannwriter

My books – out and coming soon:

Wolfe’s Lady, eBook, December 2010, Evernight Publishing

Love Tattoo, eBook, March 2011, Evernight Publishing (Love Covenant Series)

Love Never Fails, eBook and paperback, May 2011, April 2011, Rebel Ink Press

Love Scars, eBook, June 2011, Evernight Publishing (Love Covenant Series)

The Marriage Cure, eBook, July 2011, Astraea Press

Kinfolk, eBook and paperback, July 2011, Champagne Books

Love Knots, eBook, August 2011, Evernight Publishing (Love Covenant series)

Witness Protection Program, eBook, October 2011, Rebel Ink Press

A Time To Love, eBook and paperback, October 2011, Champagne Books

Sing We Now of Christmas eBook, December 2011, Rebel Ink Press

A Patient Heart, eBook, February 3, 2012, Rebel Ink Press

Love Shadows, eBook, February 2012, Evernight Publishing,

In Love’s Own Time, eBook, February 17, 2012 Rebel Ink Press

Miss Good Samaritan, eBook, April 2012, Rebel Ink Press

In The Shadow of War, eBook, May 2012, Rebel Ink Press

Long Live The King, eBook, May 2012, Champagne Books

What Fills The Heart, eBook, May 2012, Astraea Press

Guy’s Angel, eBook, June 2012, Rebel Ink Press

Heart of the Ozarks, eBook, August 2012, Rebel Ink Press

Dust Bowl Dreams, eBook, September 17, Rebel Ink Press

Kosovo Tales: Two Hearts, One Love, October 2012, Rebel Ink Press