2012 eFestival of Words – 8 Award-Winning Indie eBooks Under $8

Readers! Eight award winners in the 2012 eFestival of Words “Best of the Independent eBook Awards” have grouped together to offer you an amazing opportunity. They’ve reduced the prices of their award-winning novels to 99 cents for August 27 and 28th!
Whether you like to read mysteries, romance, horror, young adult, women’s fiction, or fantasy, this group has it. Are you a writer yourself? Do you want to learn all about digitally publishing your next masterpiece? They’ve got you covered there too.
Get all eight award-winning ebooks for the price of one single paperback!

Award Winners
Best Mystery/Suspense: Dead is the New Black by Christine DeMaio-Rice
Best Non-Fiction: DIY/Self-Help: Let’s Get Digital by David Gaughran
Best Horror: 61 A.D. by David McAfee
Best Romance: Deadly Obsession by Kristine Cayne
Best Young Adult: The Book of Lost Souls by Michelle Muto
Best Fantasy/Urban Fantasy and Best Novel: The Black God’s War by Moses Siregar III
Best Chick Lit/Women’s LitCarpe Bead’em by Tonya Kappes
Award for Best Twist (“I’ve Been Shyamalaned”): The Survival of Thomas Ford by John A.A. Logan

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Book Blurbs
Laura Carnegie gave up on the man of her dreams a long time ago. He’s fashion designer Jeremy St. James, and not only is he her boss, everyone knows he’s gay.
When the woman who holds the company purse strings is found dead in the office, and Jeremy’s arrested for the murder, everything changes. If Laura can just solve this crime, keep the cops off her tail, break up a counterfeiting ring, and get the show on the runway by Friday, she might stop being Seventh Avenue’s perpetual loser.
If you love Project Runway, or enjoyed The Devil Wears Prada, try Dead Is the New Black.
This guide contains over 60,000 words of essays, articles, and how-to guides, as well as contributions from 33 bestselling indie authors including J Carson Black, Bob Mayer, Victorine Lieske, Mark Edwards, and many more.
It covers everything from how the disruptive power of the internet has changed the publishing business forever to the opportunities this has created for writers. It gives you practical advice on editing, cover design, formatting, and pricing. And it reveals marketing tips from blogging and social networking right through to competitions, discounts, reviews, and giveaways.
If you are considering self-publishing, if you need to breathe life into your flagging sales, or if you want to understand why it’s a great time to be a writer, Let’s Get Digital: How To Self-Publish, And Why You Should will explain it all.
61 A.D. For ten years, Taras has lived in the young city of Londinium, feeding off the city’s underbelly. But now Theron, his old enemy, has come looking for revenge, and Taras’ nights of living in relative peace are about to end.
Yet not even Theron can slip into town unnoticed, and the Council of Thirteen sends Ramah to deal with the two renegades once and for all. But unknown to the Council, a much older enemy is also in Londinium, and this time even the great Ramah might not be safe.
Set against the backdrop of the Iceni uprising in Roman-era Britannia, 61 A.D. continues the story of Taras, Theron, and Ramah, as they fight their way through history.
Nic Lamoureux’s perfect movie star life is shattered by a stalker who threatens any woman close to him. When he meets photographer Lauren James, the attraction is instant–and mutual. She’s exactly the sort of woman he craves, but the stalker makes deadly clear Lauren is the competition.
And the competition must be eliminated.
“Stock up on ice cubes because this is definitely one sizzling debut. Readers will be hooked from the first sentence- on the book and on Nic! As rich as a white chocolate cheesecake, Cayne’s entrance into the suspense genre is invigorating, explosive and simply intoxicating.” ~ RT Book Reviews Top Pick
When teen witch Ivy MacTavish changes a lizard into her date for a Halloween dance, everything turns to chaos. And when no one is powerful enough to transform him back except Ivy, it sparks the rumor: Like father, like daughter. Worse, someone has used an evil spell book to bring back two of history’s most nefarious killers.
Ivy’s got a simple plan to set things right: find the real dark spell caster, steal the book, and reverse the spell. No problem! But first, she’ll have to deal with something more dangerous than murderous spirits: the school’s hotter-than-brimstone demon bad boy, Nick Marcelli. Demons are about as hard to handle as black magic, and Ivy soon discovers it’s going to take more than a lot of luck and a little charm if she wants to clear her status as a dark witch, get a warm-blooded boyfriend, and have her former date back to eating meal worms before the week’s end
Against the backdrop of epic warfare and the powers of ten mysterious gods, Lucia struggles to understand The Black One.
Her father-king wants war.
Her messianic brother wants peace.
The black god wants his due.
She suffers all the consequences.
“Moses is a fine writer deserving of success, and I think that it will follow … I really enjoyed Moses’s work.” – David Farland, NYT Bestselling Author of The Runelords
Hallie Mediate was raised by her (slightly) crazy Great Aunt Grace on the wrong side of the tracks in Cincinnati. Hallie escapes her hometown and never looks back.
That is, until she’s transferred back to the hometown. Not wanting her past to cross paths with her future, Hallie puts her life on hold.
Aunt Grace is still up to her old tricks, but Hallie finds some sanity at a local jewelry-making class where she uncovers a hidden talent for beading.
Will she keep searching for the happiness she may already have found?

Thomas Ford is the only survivor of the car crash which killed his wife. He is also the only witness who would be willing to identify the young, reckless driver who caused the crash. But the driver would sooner see Thomas Ford dead than ever let that happen. 
Happy Reading!

Sherri Rabinowitz – Author Interview

Please describe [Title of book] in 25 words or less: My novel is called Fantasy Time Inc. it is a time travel story with a twist. It is set in the future instead of going to travel agency to go to Hawaii, you get to go to a Time Travel Agency and book a trip to the past or the future. There is a lot of romance in it but there is also history and adventure.
What do you struggle with as a writer?
Finding time to write everything I am working on. There is not enough time in the day.

How long does it take you to write a story? 

Depends on the story. Some pour out of my head others are harder they take longer but they both can end up beautiful. One of the hardest stories I ever wrote took me forever but I had a lot of great feed back on it.

How many books have you written? Are they part of a series?
Two books, the first was Murder Inc. an alternative murder mystery and this book
Fantasy Time Inc. which is a time travel story. No, they are not a series all they have in common is Inc. My next book does not and will not have that in it, I promise you.

What other projects are you working on?
I am working on a memior and historical drama.
If your book(s) were made into a TV Series, what actors would you choose to play your characters?
For Murder Inc. I would like Lucy Lawless and Renee O’Connor.
For Fantasy Time Inc.Kristen Davis and George Clooney
What is your favorite paranormal movie? The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
Who are your favorite authors? Agatha Christie, Ray Bradbury, Jane Austen and J.K Rowling.

Do you read the genres you write?
Yes, I read a lot so I love a lot of books.

If you could date one of your characters, who would it be?  Captain Morgan Why? He popped in my mind as a combo of a lot of my fave older movie stars, Clark Gable, Cary Grant with some Robert Wagner and Pierce Brosnan thrown in. It would be fun!
What has one of your fans said that made your day? That they wanted a sequel.
Do you have any advice for aspiring authors? Write. It sounds simple but to anyone who ever faced that blank page or screen it isn’t. You have to start writing not talking about it. It’s the only way to find your way and make your mistakes.


Quickies for Fun: (Because who doesn’t like a quickie?)

Fave Paranormal Type (vamp, were-creature, ghosts, psychics, etc.) Ghosts
Coffee or Tea: both


Author/Book Info:

In the future we as a people will be going through many strange and conflicting changes. We will be traveling and living in space and under water. We will have an even better network of communications and transportations but we will still need to have a vacation and to relax from this antiseptic new environment. People will need an escape and most people dream of the future and the past, because no one romanticizes about their own time.
Sherri has been writing since she was a small child. She was inspired by Ray Bradbury and Agatha Christie. She had always loved writing but has had to make a living in a varied number of ways. She worked as an actress, a travel agent and in several forms of customer service. Her passion though has always been writing. She loves and enjoys both reading and writing fan fiction. Fantasy Time Inc. is her second work of original fiction and was nominated for the Global Ebook Award.

Fantasy Time Inc.




Murder Inc.


one line review;
Murder Inc.

You’ll find it hard to put the book down. T Stratton | 4 reviewers made a similar statement
Fantasy Time Inc.

Time travel…I love it.A great adventure.Debra Stokes (Van, Texas United States

Meet The Characters! Author Jennifer Labelle Chats

More ‘Spice It Up’ with Author Jennifer Labelle
Today we meet the lovely Meagan Morales, and Lyric Cooper from Lyrics and Lust (Spice It Up 3).
Jennifer: Good afternoon, you two.
Lyric: Hello, Jennifer. *extends hand to shake*
Meagan: Hi Jennifer, it’s a pleasure to see you again.
Jennifer: Likewise, so tell us Meagan how does it feel to finally have your happily ever after all of this time?
Meagan: Amazing! Lyric has literally saved me from myself, among other things. First with a job when I needed one, an amazing friendship when I had none, and then with…*clears throat* Let’s just say I noticed him instantly, and I haven’t been able to let go ever since.
Lyric: Aw, Meagan, me too. *Lyric reaches over to pull Meagan closer, and wraps an arm around her.” I love you, baby.
Meagan: I love you too!
Jennifer: *grins* I just love a happy ending. Was it the same for you, Lyric? You were literally like her knight in shining armour, as Meagan says, pretty much right from the start.
Lyric: Meagan is an easily lovable woman. I was in instant lust with her, and it didn’t take me very long at all to fall in love. She’s everything I ever hoped for and then some, but it took a little bit of persuading before she opened up to me.
Jennifer: Well, you’re a very charming man. I’m sure it didn’t take long for her to surrender. *giggles* It must have been a big change for you, considering you have women swoon at your feet on almost a nightly basis while you’re on stage.
Meagan: *laughs* oh yes, the groupies. It’s actually comical at times to watch. Sorry, ladies, he’s now spoken for.
Lyric: What do you mean comical? *feigns a wounded look, and then smiles* It was, I guess but completely worth the wait. I love performing, and my music even more, but I’m past the meaningless trysts of my youth, and wanted to settle down for some time. Meagan made that happen for me, and there will never be anyone else.
Jennifer: Do you write your own songs, Lyric? I mean I know the answer to that, but humor me, for those readers out there who have yet to read Lyrics and Lust.
Lyric: I do, but I get the odd request to sing other’s as well, so I’ve done that from time to time.
Meagan: Wait till you hear the one he wrote for me. *smiles* Read the book people, you won’t be disappointed.
Jennifer: *chuckles* It was certainly a pleasure writing it for you. I especially loved re-visiting Nathan, Heidi, Rafe and Zoey. Those four can really heat the pages.
Meagan: Oh gosh, you don’t have to tell me. I had several sleepless nights because of the noise remember? God, love them, it’s hard enough to find one person to spend forever with, and my cousin is blessed with three, but I’m glad I’m not the fifth wheel anymore. I envied them for the longest time, but I’d like to think that my love life is now equal with Lyric.
Lyric: Well, thank you, a man can never tire of hearing he knows how to heat the pages. *winks* Is my woman the best or what?
Jennifer: Meagan had a rough start, and she certainly deserves it. How does it feel to know that all of you are going to be in print soon?
Lyric: Print?
Meagan: Wait, what?
Jennifer: LOL, Nathan, Heidi, Rafe, Zoey, and the two of you are all going into one delicious paperback novel next month. My entire Spice It Up trilogy, and I’m calling it ‘Three Words to Bliss.’ The new cover for it is absolutely delicious, just like your stories.
Meagan: I’m so excited, have you told Nathan and the gang yet?
Jennifer: I called them this morning.
Lyric: Wow, I don’t know what to say… except this is awesome. Thank you, Jennifer.
Jennifer: And, thank you Secret Cravings Publishing for loving the trilogy enough to make print copies available to our readers.
Meagan and Lyric at the same time: Thank you, Secret Cravings.
Jennifer: I’m so happy for the two of you, and would like to thank you both for visiting with me this afternoon. I love updates I can smile about, and it’s been a pleasure to see you both again.
Meagan: Likewise, Jennifer. Don’t be a stranger. *the chair scrapes across the floor as Meagan gets up to give Jennifer a hug*
Lyric: Yes, Jennifer, and drinks are on the house next time you stop by the bar.
Jennifer: Oh, goodie, I’ll be there. Thank you, Lyric and Meagan.
Please enjoy the blurb, and an excerpt below;
Meagan Morales hits a rough patch in life, and in love. Moving to a new city with the help of her cousin, she feels like the fifth wheel once Nathan welcomes her into his home. You see, Nathan not only has a newly-wed wife but two lovers who live there with them, making Meagan worry that she’s intruding.
She gains new friends, employment, and surprises herself when she opens up to the very sexy, Mr. Lyric Cooper, but danger lurks in the shadows and she may need to risk her heart again to survive it.
Lyric Cooper lives for music. He’s got a successful business, his own band, and a regular audience. Lucky in life, but unlucky in love, Meagan suddenly walks into his bar and he knows she’s something special. Now if he can only convince her to think the same about himself…
The Rendezvous was a lot larger than she pictured it to be, but once inside it had a cozy feel to it. A pub designed to make you feel at home, and a popular local hang out judging by how busy it was, despite the weekday. After her eyes adjusted to the dim lighting inside she managed to get a better look starting with the floors up.
There were hard wood floors all around except for the dance floor. It was done in a dark ceramic. A long oak bar on the right side had an even longer line up of people waiting for their drink orders. The walls were a neutral white with rock memorabilia hanging against it as far as she could see. There were guitars, posters, T-shirts, and autographed pictures to admire. Tables were on the left, booths were against the walls, and in the middle sat a large stage.
It was then she saw the band. The music distant in the background, a good beat, but it was the person singing that caught her attention. He was hypnotizing, with his blond messy hair, seductive blue eyes, and deep baritone. He was tall, lean, and sculpted. She could tell by just looking, even at a distance. His T-shirt rolled up at the sleeves gave her a great view of large biceps with artwork, his pecs were outlined, and led down to a flat stomach she just knew would be defined by even more muscle. She couldn’t help but admire, and lowered her gaze for a further perusal, and bit her lip. Damn!
His blue jeans clung to him like a second skin outlining a generous bump in the front she tried not to think about and strong thighs. Her cheeks began to heat up making her snap her eyes back up to his face and gasp when her brown eyes met his blue ones. Had he been checking her out too? She instantly shook it off. There are a ton of beautiful women in the bar as if he’d notice you by the entrance.
“Earth to Meagan.” Heidi chuckled and broke the spell between her and the gorgeous band member. Then looped her arm through Meagan’s to drag her with them towards their booth. “Is everything okay?”
Meagan nearly groaned knowing Heidi knew exactly what had her distracted but decided not to dwell on it and pulled her to a stop. “Yeah, but I think I need a drink.” She smiled at her newest cousin-in-law and tried to fight another blush.
“Sure thing, his name is Lyric Cooper by the way. His band is also named Lyric, since he’s their lead, but everyone calls him Coop to avoid confusion, I think.”
Meagan looked around and breathed a sigh of relief seeing Zoey, Nathan, and Rafe were already seated at a booth a few feet away. “And, they’re pretty good but please don’t think I’m interested in anything else.” She gave her a knowing look and continued, “I’m just not relationship material at the moment, nor am I ready for anything naked and sweaty with anyone.”
“I’m sorry I just thought you might be interested. I mean you seemed to be…”
Meagan sighed, looked up to the ceiling momentarily, and then let out a deep breath before interrupting her. “He’s certainly eye catching. Can you blame me?” She smiled brightly then and hugged Heidi tight. “Thank you for caring, I know your intentions are for the best, but I was merely doing what hundreds of other women in this bar are doing at this very moment.” She stepped back and looped her arm around Heidi’s again. “Now come on, I was promised some celebrating and I plan on doing just that. Let’s go to the bar, the first round is on me.”
Heidi chuckled again.
“Coop certainly is that, isn’t he? He’s talented, gorgeous, and such a nice guy to be around. I’m sure you’ll meet him eventually. We’re regulars here so he may say hi later, and I agree he does know how to work the room.” She winked and smiled wider as Meagan’s eyes automatically went back to the stage. “Now let’s celebrate new beginnings.”
“To new beginnings and wonderful family,” Meagan cheered, feeling thankful for the distraction. It disturbed her to know how attracted she was to Mr. Lyric Cooper already and she didn’t want to think about it anymore. Tonight’s about starting over and quality time with your cousin and his loved ones. Just avoid the stage and have a good time.
But, it was easier said than done.
Secret Cravings Publishing:
And, don’t forget ‘Three Words to Bliss’: Coming soon…
It only took three words of advice to inspire them.
Spice It Up,
Heidi Taylor fell in love with a man who’s off limits. He’s her best friend and she’s afraid to tell him how she really feels, that is until Nathan suggests she needs a little spice in her love life, and designates himself as her something spicy.
Finding His Something Spicy,
Rafe Zakas had no intention of settling down until he fell hard for his two closest friends, Nathan and Heidi. Their perfect trio falls apart when Nathan gets a job offer, relocating them, and Rafe realizes he needs his own something spicy to love.
Lyrics and Lust,
Meagan Morales hits a rough patch in life and in love, until she meets successful rocker, Lyric Cooper. Just when she opens up to the idea of a new love, danger lurks in the shadows and she may need to risk her heart again to survive it.
Three loving couples, three incredible stories, and the erotic encounters that heat their sheets…
Best wishes,
Author Jennifer Labelle

How to Balance Between Personality and Brand

Just be you. Somebody is bound to like it. -BC Brown


As writers we walk a fine tightrope over a pit of starving lions. Let’s forget about all the things we know we’re supposed to be – wordsmith, promoter, editor side-show barker – and go onto the things most people don’t think about. People want Professionalism out of authors. People also want sass out of authors. A certain degree of sass seems to imply wit, and fellow authors and readers can’t seem to get enough. But what happens when you’re a writer like me whose sass tends more towards crass?
It’s no secret… I have a foul mouth. I like to push buttons and get reactions from people. My mother will attest, I’ve been this way my whole life. That panache for getting attention (especially with words) makes me a good writer or, at the very least, an entertaining one. I’m also a queen of snark. Biting sarcasm is rarely absent from my verbal repertoire. And when it is… just know that I’m thinking it regardless of what is coming out of my mouth.
Walking a tightrope between being considered sassy and witty and rude and crass, however, is not the easiest task. The circles in my life that ebb and flow from sass to crass are in constant flux, it seems, and I’m forced to check myself before I wreck myself often. Even here, on my blog, I write, read, and re-read what gets posted. Why? Well, to avoid offending. But it’s often that, while trying not to seem unprofessional, my red pen of death slashes through much of my personality – the sassy, often crass, wench (I hope) most people know and love.
What’s a girl to do? Deny thyself and refuse… oh, wait, that’s Shakespeare. OK, so maybe not that, but you get my point. When does sass become crass? Many would agree that a snarky, word-slinging writer is great. Who doesn’t like a sense of humor after all? But there are often times when humor crosses a line into perverse or offensive. [Although the term “offensive” often bothers me. The Dictionary defines it as: 1) to irritate, annoy or anger, 2) to affect disagreeably, 3) to violate or transgress (such as moral law), 4) to hurt or cause pain to, or 5) to cause to fall into sinful ways (in Bibilical terms). – In this sense, everything could be deemed offensive. I choose to smoke so, Biblically, I’m offensive; I bake a pie someone doesn’t like the taste of so I “affect their sense of taste disagreeably”; or I chew with my mouth open so I irritate my niece. It seems everything is offensive based on each person’s individual likes and dislikes, pet peeves and petty annoyances. But that’s enough of this rant for now.]
How is an author who believes they are professional in that they – 1) take their work seriously, 2) obey by the rules of professional behavior like not ripping apart a reviewer who might not have liked their story, 3) hold their work up to the highest standard prior to publication, and 4) constantly try to learn how to better themselves as a writer – supposed to balance their humor with their business manner?
As many can tell, I’ve recently become a more prolific freaking obsessed blogger. I’ve actually come to enjoy it in a way I never thought possible before. Sometimes those blogs are informative about writing. Some are fun things I’ve noticed and how I can tie them back to my writing. Because, face it, that’s what I’m about… the writing. And some are straight up snark. Hell, even those are often tied back to writing but maybe a little looser than other articles. Take interviews, for example.
I no likey-likey interviews. It’s not much of a secret. Why don’t I like them? They’re boring! And if I could make that word any bigger to emphasis it I would. Author interviews consist of the same questions. Every so often an interviewer comes up with something new or unique I haven’t answered before. But, most of the time, the questions are as follows: 1) Tell us about yourself, 2) Tell us about your book, 3) What inspires you, or Why do you write, 4) When did you know you wanted to be a writer, or When did you start writing, 5) Do you have anything coming up you’d like to share. And tah-dah the questions you are always asked in an interview. I know I get bored out of my fricking mind answering the same questions all the time. So much so that I have standardized answers to these questions I keep and tweak when sending back to my interviewers. I’m so bored that I’ve began creating snark responses for these answers. But that’s not fair to the interviewers I think. Especially since my answers don’t inform hopefully entertain but definitely don’t educate their readers as to my books. With a little luck they make people laugh or I’ll take a snicker, I’m not greedy and click over to my blog where they can learn more about me and my books etc. Of course, they may not. People want to be hooked. But don’t readers get sick of my answering the same questions – rinse and repeat? I know I do. The blogs I follow showcase any of the same writers; they all ask those writers the same questions, and I read the same thing. So what do I do? I skip reading on the days those blogs feature interviews. I know, it’s bad of me but I do. Or I only skim them briefly, looking for something that is not boring in them.
But, B.C., you host interviews too!
Yes; yes, I do. From time to time. If you notice, however, I don’t do it often. I hope my questions are somewhat unique. Naturally, I get the dull preliminaries out of the way but I like to move on. Or I try to insert additional wit into the interview (jokes etc) if the author chooses only to answer the basic questions about themselves and their books. What I love though is the author who plays with me. Get your mind out of the gutter! The one who has a humor of their own and has fun with the answers. Those people I don’t mind hosting; they give me and my readers more than perfunctory answers whoring their latest work. Don’t get me wrong, I love to pimp out my friends but I need more generous workers. lol
I digress. The point I’m trying to make is that, even in interviews, it is difficult to walk the line between being a professional and selling yourself and your writing and being who you are – sometimes sass, most often crass, in my case. Teetering between the two can be amusing, is often stressful, and is most likely to get me in big heap o’trouble at some point. Do I care? A little, yeah. But, mostly, naw.

Image of a redheaded woman in a black leather jacket. She has her hands held up in the American Sign Language sign for 'I love you.'BC Brown is the author of three novels and has participated in multiple short story anthologies. Having committed almost every ‘bad deed’ in the book of ‘How to Be An Author’, she now strives to educate others through humor and simple instruction.

Books: A Touch of DarknessA Touch of Madness ◘ Sister Light (out of print)
Anthologies: Fracas: A Collection of Short FrictionQuixotic: Not Everyday Love StoriesA Chimerical World: Tales of the Seelie Court

Coming Soon: Karaoke Jane

Book Spotlight – Adventures of Baby Jaimie

While I don’t often promote in the Children’s genre, I was touched by the sweetness of this book. 

Book Title:
The Adventures of Baby Jaimie: Baby Jaimie Has A Crush

Book Blurb:

From the minute she met him everyone thought Baby Jaimie’s first crush was Derek. Derek even thought so. That’s why he asked her first grade teacher, Mrs. Smith if he could come visit her. The day of the visit didn’t go as
planned. While Derek was introducing himself a new student, Jack, entered the room and stole everyone’s attention. Especially Baby Jaimie’s. For that reason Derek took an instant disliking to the new kid. Baby Jaimie is
forced to choose between Derek and Jack and she doesn’t know what to do. Is there a way to combine old friends with new friends? Can’t they all just get along? Find out in The Adventures of Baby Jaimie: Baby Jaimie Has A Crush.

Author Bio:

Jaimie Hope was born November 3, 1976 in New York. It wasn’t until high school, where she joined the newspaper staff, that she decided she wanted to be a writer. After graduation, writing was put aside for a while. The author went to college and received an Associates degree in 1999. Then she
moved to Florida where she was an active volunteer in the local historical society and remained active in the arts. It wasn’t until 2005 that Jaimie wrote her first children’s book, The Adventures of Baby Jaimie, published in 2006 and Who Says You Can”t Go Home? in 2008. The Adventures of Baby Jaimie: Baby Jaimie Goes to School in 2010. Her Autobiography, Roll With It followed by the third volume in her children’s series, The Adventures of Baby Jaimie: Baby Jaimie Gets Stage Fright, and her first Paranormal Romance, When You Come Back To Me Again were released in 2011. Finally, The Adventures of Baby Jaimie: Baby Jaimie Has a Crush was released in 2012. What’s next for this author? Currently, she has the fifth volume in the Baby Jaimie series under contract and a couple novels are also in the works.

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Cookie Cutters Unwelcome!

I’m unique. I’m individual. I’m damned good at standing out. Or at least I thought I was. Right up until the moment a few days ago when a traitor an acquaintance asked me why I don’t have a “niche” on my blog.
“Huh?” <— My bloody brilliant response. “Why don’t you do anything special to make people come back to your site on specific days every week? Something to make you stand out.” <— Her follow up. (Although she did go on to say that she doesn’t actually read my blog, just skims it every so often to see if there is anything “interesting” to catch her eye. She admitted, since writing doesn’t interest her, she hasn’t found anything thus far.)
My answer to her question might have been a little less diplomatic than intended, but it was my own Popeye “I’ams what I’ams” (registered character and trademarked quote) moment.
“What a bitchy thing to say.” <— Yep, all diplomacy there, folks.
But it got me thinking. And reviewing. Specifically, it had me scrolling through the 100+ blogs I follow, only some of which I screen almost religiously, and looking at these so-called “marketing tools” that make them stand out and get noticed. What did I find? A smattering of tried-and-true weekly blog posts, usually sporting a quippy and same consonant starting letter title. These were everything from fellow author interviews and reviews, giveaways and contests, and specific life-related posts. Some were excellent. Some were boring. Most I couldn’t care less about, my interest was that involved.
Why didn’t I care? I had seen those same posts week after week from those particular blogs. Did I like reading them each week? Sometimes, yes; sometimes, no. Did I jump onto my blog each week I knew those particular posts were coming up? No. Primarily because I knew those posts would be there (barring a natural disaster like tornado, flood, or Hipster invasion brief vacation of one blogger or another) this week, next week, and the next week. These were their regularly scheduled blog posts.
As a kid there wasn’t a lot of money to go around for groceries. Due to their inexpensive cheap nature, the same things tended to make it on the menu each week. In time, those same items on the list became repetitive. Despite loving chili, after months of eating it, I was less than enthusiastic about seeing it in my bowl. The same can be said about seeing the same things rotate around on blogs. Blah blah blah… author interview; blah blah blah… book blurb; blah blah blah… weekly random thing on a specified day… each and every week… the same day… the same thing. 
Spontaneity is reputed to be the spice of life. That or whippets. I’m not sure. My approach to blogging follows that approach – random. That way, when I do post, my readers can enjoy a little goulash instead of chili in their bowl.
Don’t misconstrue me here, however. I’m not saying a little regularity in a blog isn’t welcomed and appreciated. Your followers have to know what to expect out of you. They can hardly be expected to continue checking a blog that hasn’t been updated in months. Ahem… I’ve been guilty of this in the past, so I know what I’m talking about. But you can’t continue to plop the same mush in their bowl week in and week out and have them come back asking, “Please, sir? I’d like some more.” Stir it up, spice it up; give your reader a little randomness. It will be the strength of your writing, not the routine of your posting, that keeps them loyal and clicking refresh on that browser button. For the love of Pete, amuse them, people!

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