Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Writer Wednesday – Always Spring For The Good Shirts #AmWriting #Marketing #Promo #WednesdayWisdom

Today we’re going to talk about something that’s just as important to successful writers as proper grammar and strong characterization: making a good first impression. This can be done in many ways, and several of them have nothing to do with the actual quality of your writing. Now, don’t for a moment think that I’m suggesting your writing should be anything but top notch, and polished until it’s and perfect as you can get it. But let’s face it, the writing isn’t always the first impression someone has of an author. There are many other ways to make contact with new readers, either via a website, social media, personal appearances, or swag. Yes, swag matters. A lot. Let me tell you about my husband. He’s a rock star (locally, anyway) which means that we have an abundance of band t-shirts in our house. You know the shirts I’m talking about – they start out black with vibrant designs silk screened onto them. After a few washes, the fabric  fades and possibly pills, and the design cracks and flakes off. Whenever that happens, you know the band settled for the cheap shirts. What difference does this make? Well, out of sight out of mind, for one; the main purpose of swag is so people have a handy little reminder of who you are, and what you do. And if your swag disintegrates or looks sub-par after regular use or wear, that doesn’t leave the best impression. Sometimes we hit the nail on the head, and get swag that is both well designed and long-lasting.  I worked at a liquor store over ten years ago, and one of the sales representatives gave me a Magic Hat shirt. I’ve been wearing that shirt almost weekly since then, and while the design is faded it’s still legible. Even better, the fabric hasn’t shrunk or thinned out to nothing. In short, Magic Hat sprung for the good shirts. What does this mean for us authors? First and foremost, swag should be well designed. If you know your way around graphic design programs there’s nothing wrong with designing things yourself. There’s also nothing wrong with hiring someone who knows what they’re doing—remember, you can reuse the same designs again and again, so consider that in your cost benefit analysis. As for printing, if you don’t have a nearby print shop a quick internet search will reveal a plethora of online retailers. Don’t be the author with the home-printed bookmarks and crooked logo. Trust me on this. By being choosy about our swag—and making it as professional-looking as possible—you strengthen your brand and appeal to a wider audience. There are all sorts of articles out there advising authors how to strengthen their brand, and professional, well-designed swag is an easy way to stand out from the crowd. What do you think about swag? Love it, hate it, or collect it? Tell me in the comments below! jen2

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

The Virgin Queen, book 2 of The Chronicles of Parthalan, on sale for 99 cents

That's right, the second Chronicle of Parthalan is on sale for 99 cents, but only for a limited time. This is s great opportunity to revisit Parthalan and Asherah - but you need to act fast, since the price goes back up on August 13. And stay tuned for updates on the next installment, Rise of the Deva'shi, will be available by year end. Click to purchase---> http://amzn.to/2aJqfoE virgin_queen_final-draft_text2   A broken queen. A friendship mired in deceit. Can one man from the desert help hold the realm together? Asherah, Queen of Parthalan and Lady of Tingu, has led her people through eight centuries of prosperity. That peace shatters when Mersgoth, the mordeth thought long dead, attacks Teg’urnan. In the aftermath a new warrior emerges: Aeolmar, a man as secretive as he is deadly. Asherah and Aeolmar race across Parthalan in pursuit of Mersgoth, and track the beast to the High Desert. While they're gone, Harek, now Prelate of Parthalan, conspires with the Dark Fae against the elves...Against Leran, the king of the elves and Asherah's son in all but blood. Will Asherah see the truth of Harek before it's too late, or will he bring down the fae once and for all? ***********************************************************************   389fb-bellatrix  

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Live today - COPPER VEINS, book three of the Copper Legacy @SpencerHillP #urbanfantasy #fantasy #newrelease #coppergirl

jen2 Get it from Amazon or Barnes & Noble Sara’s pretty sure her life is perfect. Not only are she and Micah finally married, her father, who’d been missing since the Magic Wars, has been found. Actually, he just strode up to the manor’s front door, but whatever. Sara knows better than to look a gift horse in the mouth. But Baudoin Corbeau isn’t content to return to family life. He’s decided that he will be the force of change in the Mundane world, and lead the Elemental resistance to victory with his children at his side. What’s worse, Baudoin doesn’t approve of Sara’s marriage, and makes every attempt to separate her from Micah. After a visit to the Mundane realm leaves Sara, Max and Sadie imprisoned by the Peacekeepers, Sara’s doubts creep to the surface. Is her father right? Does she belong in the Mundane realm, not the Otherworld? Is Micah really the right man--make that elf--for her? Was marrying him a mistake? copperveinsteaser3 New to the series? Comment below for a chance to win the book that started it all, Copper Girl! Happy reading :) copperveinsbook3  

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

A Sale, A New Release, And TWO Events! @SpencerHillP @BodaciousIndie @pandybooks #CopperVeins #New #fantasy #romance #sale #Kindle

CopperVeinsBanner 3D Copper Girl PB Hey all! There's a lot happening this month, so I'll just jump right into things. First off, Copper Girl is on sale for 99 cents across all platforms! That's right, the book that introduced us to Sara and Micah's world is available for 99 pennies. This sale won't last long, so grab your copy now! Here's an Amazon link, and one for Barnes & Noble.       CopperVein3DCopper Veins, book 3 of the Copper Legacy, will be available everywhere July 26! This installment picks up right where Copper Ravens left off, with the unexpected return of Sara's quasi-legendary father, Baudoin Corbeau. His family is overjoyed to have him back, but then he starts acting a bit off...

 If you're a blogger or reviewer, Copper Veins is up on NetGalley now. Click here to request a copy.

I also have two in-person events happening this month. On July 9 I'll be at Bodacious Books and Baubles at 225 Shaker Road in East Longmeadow - rumor has it that there may be signed copies of Copper Veins up for grabs. On July 14 I'll be at Pandemonium Books in Cambridge, along with my fellow New England Horror Writers. The event is called Thursday Night Frights, and it's going to rock! I hope to see some familiar faces at one (or both) events.

 That's all for now. As always, if you have any questions or comments leave 'em below. Happy reading!

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Friday, June 24, 2016

What People Are Saying About Changing Teams @LimitlessBooks #Romance #Contemporary #NYC

Now available This week has inundated me with great reviews for Changing Teams! Here are a few of my favorites: From Cutting Muse Blog Review - Laura and Makayla Redmon: "I really enjoyed reading this story! I don't think I've ever had the pleasure of reading anything like it, which makes it unique in my book!" From Suzanne Talkington: "Overall, I found this book a lot of fun. I laughed, wanted to yell and almost cried at some points. Character build was great as well as the story’s flow. The side characters are amazing. Solid 4 ½ stars!!" From Bella's blog: "The characters were well developed and quite engaging .I really enjoyed the point of view the way it was split in two ,because it totally defined everything really clearly . And it was easier for us the reads to get the inside story of both of those characters ,specially their thoughts and motivations. The chemistry between these two was instant and it just continued to grow until it sealed them together" Have you gotten your copy? http://amzn.to/28SmFGO afe12-front

Monday, May 30, 2016

Heir to the Sun Is On Sale For 99 Cents! #sale #fantasy #romance #parthalan

HeirFBBanner That's right, for a limited time Heir to the Sun, book 1 of the Chronicles of Parthalan, is on sale for 99 cents. If you haven't gotten your copy yet, now's the time! Click to purchase: http://amzn.to/1WtPujA [caption id="attachment_140" align="alignleft" width="318"]ProvostHeirToTheSun A mad king. An escaped slave. One warrior to save the realm...[/caption] A mad king. An escaped slave. One warrior to save the realm... When Asherah, stripped of both her memory and her dignity, learns that King Sahlgren is responsible for her torment it nearly breaks her. Instead, she leads her fellow slaves to freedom. More prisons are scattered across Parthalan, and Asherah vows to burn them all. Caol'nir, a warrior descended from the gods, is sworn to serve and defend the king. Then a priestess is murdered, and Caol'nir learns that Sahlgren is to blame. Determined to stop the king, sacred oath or no, Caol'nir joins Asherah's rebellion. What Caol'nir doesn't know is that Sahlgren has promised the demon lord a woman of rare and singular beauty, a woman whose abilities are rumored to rival the sun god’s themselves…a woman Caol’nir knows all too well. The Virgin Queen, Book 2 of the Chronicles of Parthalan is Available Now: http://amzn.to/1qXueEY virgin_queen_final-draft_text2 A broken queen. A friendship mired in deceit. Can one man from the desert help hold the realm together? Asherah, Queen of Parthalan and Lady of Tingu, has led her people through eight centuries of prosperity. That peace shatters when Mersgoth, the mordeth thought long dead, attacks Teg’urnan. In the aftermath a new warrior emerges: Aeolmar, a man as secretive as he is deadly. Asherah and Aeolmar race across Parthalan in pursuit of Mersgoth, and track the beast to the High Desert. While they're gone, Harek, now Prelate of Parthalan, conspires with the Dark Fae against the elves...Against Leran, the king of the elves and Asherah's son in all but blood. Will Asherah see the truth of Harek before it's too late, or will he bring down the fae once and for all?

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Events, Giveaways, and Casinos, Oh My! #amwriting #events #Foxwoods #MASE16

After a relatively quite May--which also saw the end of my second semester in grad school--June and July are hopping with events. First up is the Mystic Author Signing, happening June 4 at Foxwoods Casino. Here is a link to the event's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MysticAuthorSigning/?fref=ts 12688231_1014468988618161_6689427549691744539_n The signing will feature over sixty authors, cover models, and other literary luminaries! And did I mention that it will be held in the Grand Pequot Ballroom? For more information, or to purchase tickets, click here.     virgin_queen_final-draft_text2I'm also still taking entries for my $10 gift card raffle - Just post a review for The Virgin Queen, book 2 in my Chronicles of Parthalan series, then go here to enter. Click here to learn more about The Virgin Queen, and *hint hint* I do happen to have some review copies available. Just sayin'.         Speaking of Parthalan, check out this amazing map of the realm! More to come on how you can win a copy. FINAL Fantasy Map- for paperback Last but not least, Copper Veins, the third installment of the Copper Legacy, is almost here! If you'd like to take part in the week long release blitz, click here: http://xpressobooktours.com/2016/05/06/blitz-sign-up-copper-veins-by-jennifer-allis-provost/ copperveinsblitzbanner That's all for now! How are you kicking off your summer? Let me know in the comments!