Friday, January 31, 2014

Review - The Money Tree by LaDonna N. Smith

Review - The Money Tree by LaDonna Smith
Genre: Children's


Follow Tyler on his adventure to get enough money for a cool new toy, without the help of his parents. A witty and fun story with upbeat text for your young child with a valuable lesson about working hard and saving money to get something they really want! The clear text and playful illustrations aim to simplify financial concepts like earning, saving, interest, the difference between needs and wants, and the joy of running one’s own business. To make the otherwise boring topic interesting, the concepts have been explained through small anecdotes accompanied with colorful illustrations to stimulate children and ignite a love of saving.



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About the Author: LaDonna N. Smith is a certified financial educator whose goal is to educate youth from all walks of life on how to find their path to financial empowerment. LaDonna draws inspiration for her book ideas from several typical parenting routines; watching her children play or argue, overhearing them sing or talk, and listening to all the amazing ideas, concerns, & request that they come up with. The Money Tree, is the first, but her children have inspired many more literary surprises already in the works! LaDonna and her husband reside in New York and have four wonderful children, all with intriguing and different personalities, like the characters she creates in her storybooks.

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Review
This review by: Jaslyn, age 11 (see all Jaslyn's reviews)

This is a book which teaches kids about money. It's got a funny story in it as well and colourful pictures. In the story Tyler is a spoilt brat who wants a really expensive toy and his parents say no. So he tries different ways to get the money himself. 

At first I didn't like Tyler because he was like my brother and always greedy for more things. But maybe he just didn't understand about money because at the end he wasn't greedy anymore. He made me laugh when he did silly things. I was really happy with him at the end when he did the nice thing for his parents. His parents were very smart to make him earn the money himself because now he knows how to save money in the bank.

At the end there's a chart with coins on it which we don't use here because we don't have dollars. But I guess kids could use it for an idea to make their own chart. I give the book four stars because I thought it was great!

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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Giveaway - Ever Hopeful by Lori Ryan

Ever Hopeful by Lori Ryan
Book One in the Evers, Texas Series
Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense


Combining heart-soaring contemporary romance with heart-pounding suspense is a trademark of New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lori Ryan—and in her novel Ever Hopeful she delivers spectacularly on both counts.

Two-months pregnant and trapped in a violent marriage, Laura Kensington realizes that her ruthless and powerful in-laws will never let her go, even after the strange sudden death of her abusive husband.

Fleeing far away to the Texas ranch of Cade Bishop, a strong yet tender man who believes in second chances, Laura finds herself irresistibly drawn to Cade’s gentle passion and giving heart. But there is no escaping the shadows of her past and soon danger re-enters her world, pulling Laura into a deadly web of lies, betrayals, and murder.

And only Cade Bishop’s quiet strength and unwavering love can set her free.



Excerpt:
Laura smiled but Cade’s comment sent her thoughts in a completely different direction. She was suddenly painfully aware that she wanted him to see her as a woman. How totally inappropriate was that? She was pregnant with her dead husband’s child and running from his family. She might be a grown woman but the fact was, she’d never been independent. She’d always been tied to a man—first her father and then her husband. This was the time in her life when she needed to take charge, learn to support herself, and be independent. Yet, here she was thinking about how gorgeous the man sitting across from her was and wondering if he liked what he saw when he looked at her.
Cade frowned at her. “What are you thinking? You seem like you took a little trip in your head for a minute.”
If only you knew.
Laura shook her head. She needed to figure out how she was going to take care of her baby when it came, how she would support them both. How she was going to get away from the Kensingtons and their powerful, seemingly endless reach. How she’d fight them if they tracked her down and tried to take the baby from her. The last thing she should be thinking was what it would be like to be in Cade’s arms, to touch him and feel his mouth on her skin....
“I was just thinking that I need to find a way to support myself and the baby. I can’t live off you guys forever.”
“Try telling that to Mama. I think she’s planning to adopt you,” said Cade.
Laura felt a sharp pain at his joke and had a feeling she probably grimaced. What would it have been like to be born to May Bishop? To have been raised in a place like this by someone who loved her? To receive the unconditional love that a parent is supposed to have for their child?
Fairy tales…. She’d given up on things like that a long time ago. It wasn’t useful to sit and pity herself and cry about her circumstances. But, being so close to a family like the Bishops...made her want to go back in time and rewrite her story. If not rewrite who she was born to, at least change her decision to marry Patrick.
“Well, I’ll have to come up with something,” Laura said, but in all honesty waiting tables was about the only thing she was qualified to do.
She forced a smile. She may not have ever had a mother like May Bishop, but she’d make damn sure her child did. Her baby would know she was loved no matter what. That nothing could ever take her mother’s love away. If Laura was sure of one thing in her life, she was sure of that. She would love this child with all her heart and all that she was.

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About the Author: Lori Ryan is a NY Times and USA Today bestselling author who writes contemporary romance with a twist of suspense. She lives with an extremely understanding husband, two wonderful children, two mostly-behaved dogs, and a lone little cat in Austin, Texas. It’s a bit of a zoo, but she wouldn’t change a thing.

Lori published her first novel in April of 2013 and has written three more books since then. Each of Lori’s books have made their way to the Amazon bestseller list and she quickly climbed the Amazon bestselling author list, as well. In November, 2013, Lori and a group of romantic suspense authors landed on the USA Today and NY Times bestseller lists with an anthology only eight months after the release of Lori’s first book.

Lori loves to connect with her readers. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter or subscribe to her blog. Oh, and if you’ve read Lori’s books and loved them, please consider leaving a review on Amazon.com or with the retailer of your choice. Writers live and die by their reviews and Lori promises to do a happy dance around her office every time you write one!

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Friday, January 24, 2014

Giveaway - Faithful, Fit and Fabulous by Connie E. Sokol

Faithful, Fit and Fabulous by Connie E. Sokol
Non-fiction, Self-Help


Filled with humor and I can relate life experiences, Faithful, Fit and Fabulous is the ideal 8-week life boost that will refresh any woman’s life. Gospel principles from scriptures, priceless gems from general conference addresses, and more, are shared along with ways to readily apply them in your busy daily life. Establish holy habits, feel fit and fabulous, and get organized. Just one goal a week for eight weeks simple and fun.


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Author Connie Sokol is a mother of eight, a sought after local and national presenter, and a regular speaker at Education Week. She is a monthly TV contributor on KSL’s “Studio 5” and regular blogger for KSL’s “Motherhood Matters.” She is a former columnist for Deseret News and Utah Valley Magazine, and TV and radio host for Bonneville Communications. Mrs. Sokol is the author of several books including the award-nominated Caribbean Crossroads, Faithful, Fit & Fabulous, and Life is Too Short for One Hair Color Series, as well as the creator of talk CDs, podcasts and the “8-week Challenge.” Mrs. Sokol marinates in time spent with her family and eating decadent treats.



Tour Giveaway $25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash, Ends 2/23/14
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Totally Awesome Valentine’s $600 Giveaway


Hearts, flowers, holding hands and all that - or do it Finnish style and make February 14 all about FRIENDSHIP. However you spend it, you could be **spending** if you're the lucky winner of $500 in our Totally Awesome Giveaway!

Prizes: $500 Amazon Gift Card & $100 Amazon Gift Card or cash (via Paypal)
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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Giveaway - The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman by Carole Brown

The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman
Carole Brown
Christian, Women's Fiction, Suspense


How far would YOU go to avenge the murder of a daughter?

Caralynne Hayman is angry and bitter over the abuse and death of her eleven-year-old daughter from the hands of her religious group, The Children of Righteous Cain. When her husband suffers a sudden heart attack, she does nothing to help him. In her eyes someone needs to pay, and if that means all of the men in the group, then so be it.

Dayne MacFarland is sent away to college by the senior elder of the group to learn ministry. When he returns after finding salvation, determined to bring the truth to the people he’s known all his life, he rediscovers Cara and realizes the love he once felt for her is still deeply embedded within his heart.

Dayne faces men unwilling to turn their backs on the cult training he despises. Cara faces men who follow their leader in abuse toward their wives and the young girls of the group. Cara is considered rebellious and inappropriate to befriend. Dayne is the apple of Elder Simmons’ eye—until he takes a stand against their teachings.

Can Cara overcome the feelings that have governed her most of her life? Can she learn to trust Dayne, and most of all a God whom she sees as uncaring—if he’s really there at all? Only Dayne’s prayers and love can reach Cara and show her the way to redemption, and Cara must recognize and accept God’s love and forgiveness before she goes too far.


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About the Author: Besides being a member and active participant of many writing groups, Carole Brown enjoys mentoring beginning writers. She loves to weave suspense and tough topics into her books, along with a touch of romance and whimsy, and is always on the lookout for outstanding titles and catchy ideas. She and her husband reside in SE Ohio but have ministered and counseled nationally and internationally. Together, they enjoy their grandsons, traveling, gardening, good food, the simple life, and did she mention their grandsons?


Giveaway Details: There is a tour wide giveaway. Prizes include the following:
If the winner is in the US, they will receive the following: Copy of The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman, Copy of West Virginia Scrapbook: From the Life of Caralynne Hayman, $15 Amazon Gift Card, Handmade Table Runner, Handmade Apron, and Hand decorated recipe box. 
If the winner is INT, they will receive the following: eBook copy of The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman, eBook copy of West Virginia Scrapbook: From the Life of Caralynne Hayman, an eBook copy of Hog Insane, and a $15 Amazon Gift Card.
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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

New Giveaways Page

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Podium Finish by Beth Pond

Podium Finish by Beth Pond
Genre: Young Adult


With six months until the Olympic Games, seventeen-year-old Harper’s life is pretty much perfect. She’s fighting for the starting spot on Team USA Women’s Hockey, and for the first time ever, she has a crush on a guy who likes her back. She feels like the luckiest girl in the world, until she runs a risky play at practice and breaks her knee, thereby sentencing herself to six weeks in a cast and possibly ending her Olympic dream before it even starts.

For seventeen-year-old Alex, being anything less than the best is unacceptable. That’s why, after a miserable debut season at the senior level, the former junior national singles champion switches to ice dance. Her skating partner, Ace, is an “all skating all the time” type of guy, which would be fine, if he’d stop keeping secrets about the real reason he and his former partner broke up. Now is not the time for second thoughts, but how can Alex skate her best if she can’t trust her partner…or herself?

As the pressure to make the Olympic team builds, the girls must rely on each other, because if there’s one thing they both know, it’s that the only thing harder than skating to the top is staying there.




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Author Beth Pond: Beth Pond graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Hendrix College in 2012. In 2013, she taught in South Africa for 9 months as part of a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship Grant. Pond is currently completing her coursework at the University of British Columbia’s Creative Writing MFA program. Her debut novel, Podium Finish, was released from Astraea Press in November 2013. When she’s not writing, Pond enjoys martial arts (she’s a black belt) and serving as a volunteer coach for her brother’s special needs baseball team.




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Monday, January 20, 2014

Giveaway - Rubber Soul by Greg Kihn

Rubber Soul by Greg Kihn
Genre: Thriller


Greg Kihn is a rock star, seasoned radio host and author. Rubber Soul, his latest novel is inspired by intimate interviews that he conducted with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Pete Best, Yoko Ono and Patti Harrison. Though Rubber Soul is fiction, as Greg says it is “100% historically accurate” and an candid glimpse of the phenomenon that is The Beatles.

Rubber Soul is a an innovation in the Rock Thriller genre, taking readers on a rollicking ride through The Beatles legacy from the early days in Liverpool to six sold out shows per night in Hamburg and full-fledged Beatlemania.

Dust Bin Bob runs into some lads from Liverpool at his second hand shop on Penny Lane. The lads: John, Paul, George and Ringo and Dust Bin Bob become firm friends, sharing vinyl that will spark a revolution. Murder, mystery and Beatlemania mayhem ensues—with the boys narrowly avoiding an international incident and an attempted assassination. It’s the ultimate Beatles story that could have happened!

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Praise

“There’s no one more qualified to write a rock-and-roll novel than Greg Kihn. He’s the real deal and at his Kihntillating best in this book.” – Guy Kawasaki, former chief evangelist of Apple

“Rubber Soul is a magical mystery tour de force by Greg Kihn, a rocker who obviously has a way with words as well as music. His imagined story about the Beatles is fast-moving, full of twists and tension, and musical nuggets and insights. Great story-telling set to a Fab-four beat.” – Ben Fong Torres

“Rubber Soul captures what Rock-n-Roll is all about – and Greg Kihn would certainly know! This nearly-true story of the Beatles is pure magic and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.” – Eddie Money

“Greg Kihn is the most compelling author who ever had a top five singing career. Rubber Soul is a fantastic story by Greg, with an historical back beat. I urge you not to miss this.” – Joan Jett

“I’m happy to report that Rubber Soul, the latest work by my pal Greg Kihn, has correct punctuation, complete sentences, even full paragraphs – some of the exact same literary devices that can be found in the greatest novels our culture has ever produced! It’s also written in English, which happens to be one of my very favorite languages.” – “Weird Al” Yankovic

“While the RIAA may not be able to certify Kihn’s work with a gold disc, fans of Kihn and The Beatles, as well as those who long for the simpler yet magical time of the 1960’s will thoroughly enjoy and fall in love with Rubber Soul. They certainly don’t write ‘em like this anymore.” – Chris Shapiro, RetroPulse


Author Greg Kihn: NBC called Greg Kihn “Rock’s True Renaissance Man” and for good reason. As part of the eponymous band he has: toured the globe, had hit records, been inducted into the San Jose Rock Hall Of Fame, opened for the Rolling Stones and jammed with Bruce Springsteen. You may have heard of his smash worldwide #1 hit “Jeopardy” and “The Breakup Song”, not to mention the parody written by Weird Al Yankovic.

Being a famous and successful rock star is only one part of the mosaic that is Greg’s story. In the 90s Greg poured his passion for lyrics into writing fiction—publishing four novels, one of which “Horror Show” was nominated for the prestigious Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel.

In this vein, Greg merged his love of writing with Rock and Roll and wrote “Rubber Soul”—a unique rock murder mystery featuring The Beatles. The inspiration for this novel came from Greg’s interviews with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Pete Best, Yoko Ono and Patti Harrison. In this way Greg gained exclusive access to the biggest band ever to exist. “Rubber Soul” is a work of fiction, but it is 100% historically accurate and a story that only rock veteran Greg Kihn could have written.




Giveaway: $50 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash, ends 2/10/14

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 and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.
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Giveaway - Cup of Life by Juliana Haygert

Cup of Life by Juliana Haygert 
(Everlast #2.5) 
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult, Paranormal Romance


His existence would mean nothing without her.

**New Adult Fantasy Novella**
**Novella between book #2 and #3, told on Micah’s POV**



Excerpt:
I finished the beer, considered going back to bed, but decided Zelen would keep snoring, and I could use another drink. I threw the empty bottle in the trash and opened the fridge.
I closed it when I heard mumbling.
I kept still, paying attention to it. The mumbling sounded louder this time, and I followed it. I ended up facing the first bedroom’s door. Nadine’s.
No,” I heard her voice through the door. “Oh, God, please, no!”
Knowing exactly what was going on, I swung the door open and entered the bedroom.
Nicole,” she whimpered, thrashing in her bed. “No, no!”
I closed the door behind me and rushed to her side. “Nadine,” I called her, touching her shoulder. “Wake up, Nadine.”
Oh, God, Morgan.” Then she screamed.
I grabbed her upper arms and shook her, not too hard, but not too gentle either. “Nadine!”
Her scream died out and her eyes flew open.
It was just a nightmare,” I said. Her lips quavered before she hid her face behind her hands. “It’s okay, darling, you’re safe.”
She shook her head. “But they aren’t,” she said, her voice breaking.
For a moment, I was undecided about what to do. Just pat her arm, tell her she was okay, and leave? That would be the right action. I had to keep my distance from her.
I groaned. Who was I kidding? I knew exactly what I wanted to do, and for once, I did it. I pulled back her comforter and slipped under it with her.
She peeked at me through her fingers, and I held back a chuckle.
I lay in her bed and opened my arms for her. “Come here.” Her hands slipped away from her face, and she stared at me with teary eyes. “I’ll take care of you. Come here.”
She scooted closer, turning her back to my chest and fitting her tight little ass on my hips.
I took a hard inhale. By the Everlast.
What the hell? This was paradise and I was going to enjoy it. I passed my arms around her waist, placed my head on the crook of her neck, and inhaled deeply again, savoring her sweet wild rose scent, and her perfect, warm body—clad in a skimpy tank top and shorts—pressed to mine.
She sniffed and I tried snapping out of it.

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Cover Reveal - In Pursuit by Olivia Luck

In Pursuit by Olivia Luck 
Publication date: February 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance


Eddie Neff needs space. Not the type that country stars croon about, but physical distance from her emotionally distant father and the tatters of a broken relationship. So when the opportunity to relocate her life and interior design business arises, the answer comes easily.

Adjusting to life with Claire, her gregarious new roommate, is more than simply testing comfort limits. With just one meeting, Eddie finds herself unable to resist the draw of Harris Grant, Claire’s brooding and overprotective older brother.

Harris doesn’t fit her idea of a safe relationship. He pushes Eddie to face her deepest insecurities and fears of abandonment. And Harris holds on to his own painful loss, unable to overcome personal demons.

Eddie and Harris must learn to conquer their internal struggles. But as they navigate their new love, outside forces fight to drive them apart.



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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Giveaway - The Big Day (a short story) by Elisa Tammela

Women's Fiction, Chick-lit
on tour 1st Feb - 1st Mar 2014


Alicia is almost ready for her big day - the flowers are arranged, the dress is perfect, and her man is a dream-come-true. And then comes the other big moment, one she never imagines will happen. It leaves Alicia with a big decision to make, one that will shape her destiny.

This is a 2000-word short story and contains adult themes - not suitable for children.

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Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00I0HTMMC


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Books, Social Media and Marketing - Why Incentive Isn't A Dirty Word

Earlier today I was quite surprised by a new author's expectations of the publishing industry. She was frustrated by something that I had thought everyone knew - that sales don't come from thin air but from effort - and it occurred to me that it's something I hadn't known when I first set out, so perhaps I was being unfair by being shocked. And I also had to be fair that not everyone has done tons of research. So this post is a little bit about the world of self-publishing.

First, a few home truths.

99% of books will never become successful. If you are a writer and you believe in your work, then you're also a reader, and you're good at suspending disbelief and believing in the impossible. So you have probably already ignored that part in bold or decided that you are the 1%.

The 1% which become successful are heavily promoted. This is true whether it's a big-name publisher or a little guy who goes crazy with his tweeting, facebooking, blogging and book touring. Even if you are a reader, you cannot magic this one away. There are no exceptions. You, your publisher or your marketing team are what makes your book a success (or doesn't).

WTF - I KNOW that I've heard of nobodies who had bestsellers. Yes. I never said that it required a million dollars, or that it required doing the work yourself. Just that SOMEONE has to do the legwork for at least the beginning. This includes jump-starting word-of-mouth, and includes viral social media. Word-of-mouth, the straw all authors grasp at, is part of your marketing team. In simple terms, your book's chance of success requires either money for marketing or self-marketing. Or both. And the easier it becomes for self-publishers to enter the game, the more that publishing houses expect that work to be done by authors themselves.

Now, onto the option that most indies seem to favour: self-marketing.

Even a casual glance out there will teach you that social media is supposed to be the key. It's possible to do in-store signings or launch parties of course, but without social media how will anybody know? So it comes back to social media. And sobering reality check #1: Facebook doesn't show all your posts to everyone. I've seen the official status listed as 5%, but my own use of it, with Facebook's data, is that for ordinary pictures, 1% of followers see my posts and only about a tenth of those ever click, like, share or comment. Text works a little bit better, but it depends on what you write.

Think about it. If you slog it out with massive effort and get 1000 people interested in your book who click on "Like" for your official author page, each picture you send out only gets 1 person engaged. Pitiful. Google+ will be exactly the same if all you post is book promotion. Twitter too. Pinterest and LinkedIn are doubtful for promoting writing and none of the others seem much better. Videos or blog posts are no good unless you can get people to click through and see them (remember how I said nobody's clicking?).

So everyone knows the key is social media and they think that they understand. And they go hard at it, and then get a shock that it does very little. I recently got talking to a professional, published author (and I'm talking write-ups and reviews in national newspapers, awards for best book, this man is really on his way up) and he is exhausted from constant effort yet still seeing nothing from his social media efforts. He had been ordered to tweet, plus, blog and facebook about himself and his book, by his publisher. He was getting very few replies and very few fans seemed to be interested in what he had to say. He had concluded there was no point and he admitted it to me, a relative stranger.

Let's backtrack. We have all seen the "power" of social media. Every single day we see posts or pictures with 100+ reshares. Now and then we see 10000+. We know that it's possible. We accept that social media can make things go viral. So we think of social media as having power to do amazing things. But what we completely forget is that social media gets absolutely ZERO "power" from ONE person. Sitting there and churning out posts about your book - zero power. Zero power to try and get 10000 shares. You, the author, will never have social media's "power" at your fingertips and all the solo effort in the world will not get you 10000 shares. That author up there above - who was definitely not silly - was absolutely correct that there was no point in what he was doing.

Let's dissect. How do those 100+ share posts happen? Simple - people like what someone writes (that part is relatively easy) and then they want to share it (that part is far more difficult). We already know that most people read and then scroll past without doing a thing. Even if they share, the chances are that most of their friends won't bother to share. To spread, it would need a lot of them sharing, which leads us to talk about incentives.

Give them a reason to share it. Even if that reason is a selfish one - like, for a free entry to a competition they need to share the competition. So they share it with their friends. Not all of their friends will be solely focussed on the competition - some of them might be interested in the book. Even if it's only one or two people, there are likely to be one or two more who are interested in the competition - and they will click through to enter. They then have to share it themselves, and the cycle continues. This, from my observation, is 100x more effective than your own solo social networking effort, which will generally only reach 1% of your followers and 0% of their friends. (Not to mention - do you even have a network? Or are you relying on your 100 Facebook friends to all buy your book? A competition will gain you a much bigger audience than you could reach on your own.)

I have highlighted that paragraph in blue because I have heard authors state that if you offer an incentive to click something, those people will never buy. That might be true. Competition junkies will probably never buy your book. It might feel like you are paying for competition junkies to take home the prize you paid for. They are - but it doesn't matter! (Wow. WHAT?) They are, but it doesn't matter. Because your giveaway got your book in front of all their FRIENDS and quite a few of them probably paid attention and might buy your book. Which is what you wanted, right? More eyes on your book, because now and then it turns into sales?

A competition can't turn a bad book into a best-seller. You still need a knockout title, an eye-catching cover and a captivating blurb. But once you have all those things, don't sit there in front of your keyboard and wage a solo effort. It is unlikely to get you far. Knowing two words - "social media" - is not the magic formula. You need to harness human wants and desires - people like free things and people like prizes.

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Saturday, January 18, 2014

Giveaway - Create a Powerful Life Plan! by Connie E. Sokol

Create a Powerful Life Plan! by Connie E. Sokol
Genre: Non-fiction, Self-Help



Create a Powerful Life Plan! Ready to jumpstart your life, but not sure how? Years ago I was fat, unfulfilled, and unfocused. Then I got serious about making changes, writing an achievable life vision and goals. Starting with weight, I lost twenty-five pounds and gained great energy. This motivated me to organize my home and time, rediscover the joy in parenting, and speak professionally part-time to share with others what I had learned. That was my ideal life change, what’s yours? Create a Powerful Life Plan: 3 Simple Steps to Your Ideal Life! will help you achieve life changes in three stress-free steps. You’ll learn how to create a clear vision of your ideal life. Then, how to set and achieve simple, enjoyable goals to make that vision a reality. And finally, what to do when you become stuck, fearful, or frustrated. You’ll also read the real-life experiences of five women who put their Life Plan into action. And receive online support through podcasts, video segments, blog posts and more at www.conniesokol.com. Now is the best time to become the person you want to be, and live the life you yearn to live. No gimmicks, no hoopla, just solid, time-tested principles and practices that will help you achieve your dreams and goals, and enjoy the process. So, are you ready to create your powerful Life Plan?  


Endorsements: “I love your book!! I read it once last week and now I’m reading it again and marking it. I can see it making a difference in my life. I’m realizing that I don’t have to do it all at once.” Jodi Anderson “Before I started this [book], I wanted to break down my goals into weekly accomplishments in a goal setting program. I can’t believe it, this is exactly what I have been looking for!” Brea Mefford “I love this program. It really helps me to be accountable, and more importantly, to see progress. I increased my weekly income by better than half. I paid off two credit cards and my overdraft. My husband was able to pay off his car, and I have completely revamped my business goals and direction. Thank you!” Andrea Johnson  


Author Connie Sokol is a mother of eight, a sought after local and national presenter, and a regular speaker at Education Week. She is a monthly TV contributor on KSL’s “Studio 5” and regular blogger for KSL’s “Motherhood Matters.” She is a former columnist for Deseret News and Utah Valley Magazine, and TV and radio host for Bonneville Communications. Mrs. Sokol is the author of several books including the award-nominated Caribbean Crossroads, Faithful, Fit & Fabulous, and Life is Too Short for One Hair Color Series, as well as the creator of talk CDs, podcasts and the “8-week Challenge.” Mrs. Sokol marinates in time spent with her family and eating decadent treats.

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