Thursday, February 2, 2017

Questions on Amazon, Barnes and Nobles and the Ibook- paperbacks or ebooks

I've been a published author now for over a few years, and I wondered if all authors get more traffic and sales through Amazon? I know as an author there are so many of us as indie authors we have to work harder to get noticed. It seems to me, that most people not only shop for items through Amazon, they buy there books as well. Amazon is where my sales come through almost 100%.


Do you do better with ebooks or paperbacks? How many people use only the KDP part? Some people like it and others don't.  I don't because I do have them in Barnes and Nobles and Ibook, and other places like Smashwords.


Now I will say that when I first published, my sales were higher through Barnes and Nobles, but this last couple of years it has declined. Is it because more people use the kindle,  the iphones? What are your thoughts as authors, and I would also like to hear from our readers.



I do have the iphone myself and I love it, but my ibooks sales are very low.  How are your sales from people with ipads, iphones, or the mac computers? I thought personally that the iphone would bring in the big bucks because everyone loves the iphone, but I was mistaken.

I do self promote and push myself. I even changed my covers. I know part of my problem is how often I publish and this year my goal is to do at least three.  I just thought I would throw this out there into the void and see what others have to say. Thanks for listening to my rant on sales, promoting. LOL. An author's frustrations.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Spreading some love to my readers and fans

I just wanted to reach out and tell everyone how much you mean to me.  For years I was the one who was the fan, reading other author's work, but now I'm both. There are certain author's whom I admire intensely and would bend over backwards to please them.

Now, I'm in awe, humbled to the roots of my soul because I have fans who tell me how much they love me, and how much they love my books.  When it happens it makes me catch my breath because I KNOW that feeling!!! I  have those same emotions for my mentor, my authors whom I adore.

I wanted to send out my heart to you and want you all to know, I love you all. I cherish our friendships and love hearing from you. You make me want to write more
and put out more books to keep you happy.

So this is a huge thank you for all your support and love. Keep in touch. When I have another book signing please come out and visit. It'll be great to meet you all in person. My next event in March 4th in Houma, LA


Love to you all.
Author Paula V. Hardin

PS,
   I have a different genre coming out
I'm working on the cover as we speak, it'll be called, "A Daughter's Justice" It's a contemporary Suspense Romance with steampunk elements.
I'm now working another vampire romance for all my fang peeps.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

ARC NOLA 2017 A GREAT SUCCESS


ARC Nola 2017 was a great success, I met alot of great authors this weekend and met alot of new readers. Check out my blog and see who was there.







 Saturday was a great day, it began at eight a.m. with all the authors having breakfast and setting up their tables.






 

Author Danielle Dauphinet with her dark paranormal "Strife"

    Author Evelyn Ledermann writes Paranormal Fantasy. When I met her Saturday she was really a very sweet lady.


 Now these two are amazing fun, happy ladies. Author Heather Warren Shephard has "Gun Powder and Lead" and on the right is Author Guenevere Williams and she has her first book out called "Wild Obsession" 
   Author V.A. Dold has too many books to tell you her list, but she is one amazing author. She's also the woman who put this together for us authors to come together for this event. I applaud you and loved hanging out with you.
 Now this lady is a hoot. She writes children's books and other kind of books that aren't meant for children, let me tell you. You all need to check out Cooper McKenzie  Here she's holding her children's book "A Bear's Tale."

 Here is Author Diana Marie DuBois doing a selfie with me. She's amazing and I call her my friend. She also has a number of books out now.


 At nine a.m. Speed dating. Not actual dating, but readers went from table to table and chatted with an author for four minutes then moved on to another author's table.  I thought that was a marvelous idea so that all of the author's got a chance to pitch their books.




The picture on the left,  Author Paula V. Hardin, and her editor Becky Highnote.













Author Rhea L. Wiggs was also there. She's such a sweet heart. Check out her books. She's really a nice lady. We sat across from each other and we're friends on Facebook.


You can find all of these authors on Facebook. Check them out. You won't be disappointed.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Paranormal Author TK lawyer is in the house


 Today we're chatting with TK Lawyer about her books, so sit back, grab a coffee and enjoy

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1.     How did you know you wanted to be a writer?

Well, it all started with me screaming in the kitchen one day that there had to be something else in life for me.  No, seriously, this is what actually happened.  I am a very passionate person and my full-time job at the time was boring, mundane, and routine.  I felt myself withering away, literally, at my job and I was desperate, craving adventure, anything to revive the passion buried deep down inside of me that was untapped with my full-time job.  Shortly after my episode in the kitchen, ideas started coming to me and I wrote them down.  I can tell you that I never pictured myself as a writer and had no inclination to be one but now that I am, I have no compunction to stop. 

2.     Tell me about your journey as an author… where did it start?

It started with my fascination with the idea of Angels engaging in normal human activities with human beings.  The idea of an Angel falling in love with a human and dating them right here, on Earth, interested me.  How would they react to certain situations, what would they do?  That’s how Jasper, the first book in the Guardian League Series, was created.

3.     Are you a “plotter” or do you fly by the seat of your pants?

Well~  I am a very spontaneous person so most of the time, I ‘fly by the seat of my pants.’  I am not the type of Author that even writes an outline.  Scenes from a book will come to me and I’ll place them where I think would be best and after a while you have so many scenes, that you now have a book.  It sort of all comes together.

4.     Where do you get your inspiration from?

I’ve been asked this a couple of times and I really don’t have an answer for it.  I guess what keeps me writing is that I truly enjoy writing, I love hearing from readers what they thought about my book, and I have to keep writing because if I didn’t, life would be so incomplete without it.

5.     What’s been the greatest challenge in being a writer and becoming published? What lessons would you share with new writers?

I would say the greatest challenge is having the time to write, promote, market, blog and run a Street Team when you also working a Monday – Friday, full time job.  And throw in taking care of a family.  It gets really hairy at times to keep everything together and organized. 

Small things like your Publisher changing their publishing requirements and dropping all your books so you have to find a Publisher in the middle of your normal, regular chaos you deal with on a daily basis can be startling and devastating.  I recently underwent this horrific situation that totally threw me and my schedule for a loop. 

The advice that I would share is to always expect the unexpected because nothing is ever defined and set in stone.  The plans that you have can erupt at any moment (like me having to look for a new publisher for my book when I had a contract ready and set to go), so just take one day at a time and make the best of it and be flexible enough to recover from setbacks in your writing career when they happen.

6.     What are you working on at the moment?


Currently, I am working on a short story for an upcoming Valentine’s Day anthology for 2017.  I am excited to be part of a chosen group of Authors for this project. 
I am also working on finishing up the Guardian League series and am writing Aeron’s book (the 4th Guardian Angel in the series).  


7.     What should readers expect from your books?

I am chuckling at this question because the range of emotions my readers feel when they read my books is astounding.  It warms my heart the reactions I get from readers who tell me they cried, laughed and even got upset with some of my characters but despite all this they continue reading because the books just somehow grab them.  The majority of my reviews are 4 or 5 stars.  I will say that my Angel books are not your traditional Guardian Angels.  They are fun, protective, and loving just like your traditional Angels but when they love, they fall hard and love even harder.  If you have an aversion to reading Angels that share everything, even intimacy with their chosen ones, then you will want to steer clear of my books because for these Angels, it’s all about true love and sharing their love with their intended.


8.     What’s on your bookshelf? Do you have favourite authors?

Currently, I read a lot of paranormal romance and some erotica but I’ve also read mysteries, romance and even horror (one Author).  My favourite authors range from Dean Koontz, Linda Barnes, Lawrence Block to Eve Langlais, Felicity Heaton and Jordan Summers.  I have just started delving into Elyssa Ebbott’s books and am in love with her Shifters of the Primus series. 

9.     And of your own books, which is your favourite?

Hmmm…  Wow, that’s a hard question because each book has unique personalities and the themes they tackle and experience are different but I would have to say one of my favourites is the second book in the Guardian League Series, Centurion, expected to re-release in November 2016.  Centurion is cocky, incorrigible and a lot of fun.  He doesn’t want to be in a relationship with a human but he is smitten with April and doesn’t know it.  What he experiences and goes through was a lot of fun writing and plus, he loves the human beverage, coffee- I mean, what is there not to love about this guy? 

10.  If you could write in any other genre than your own, what would it be?

Contemporary Romance.  I wrote a short story in this genre for my self-published book, Angels and Diamonds called “New Home” and I loved writing the story.
 
Author Name:  TK Lawyer

Website:  www.tklawyerauthor.wordpress.com

Social Media Links: 


https://plus.google.com/u/0/109094672467230073885
http://www.amazon.com/author/tklawyer
https://promotingauthors.wordpress.com/tk-lawyer/
http://www.theromancereviews.com/tklawyer
http://www.quotesrain.com/page/tklawyer/
http://authorsdb.com/authors-directory/21372-tk-lawyer


Book Titles:  Jasper, The Guardian League, Book One

“Buy Links”  







Paperback/Hardcover:  http://foundationsbooks.com/library


Friday, October 28, 2016

R.M. James Release Party October 29, 2016


 
Name            RM James

First            Reina
 
Last            Gonzalez

Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.  Hello! About me, well I live in a small rural town in Georgia just five minutes from the border of South Carolina (not South of the Border—that's too far) and about fifteen minutes from downtown Savannah. I'm originally from Queens, New York. So far I have written two books—one as an indie and the other with a publisher.

What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it? Latest book is Firefly Kayla's Gift what inspired the story was events and experiences in my life and overcoming obstacles that would have emotionally crippled me.


Do you have any unusual writing habits? I have to listen to calming ambient music and have my cat, Bailey, with me.

What authors, or books have influenced you? Twilight Saga by Stephanie Myer, Vampire Coalition by J.S. Scott

What are you working on now?  My current WIP is a sequel to Kayla's Gift and have ideas for future novels.

What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books? I promote my books on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and my website rm-james.com

Do you have any advice for new authors? Writing is hard work so don't rush the process take your time and also don't get discouraged if your story is rejected…it's to be expected. I was rejected several times before landing a publisher.

What is the best advice you have ever heard? It’s never too late to try something new…you never know what you’ll accomplish unless you give it a try.

What are you reading now? Right now, I’m reading the bible as there are in things going in my life I need guidance with—if that makes sense. Besides that I’ve been trying to find time to read some books I acquired—just waiting on my life to slow down a bit!

What's next for you as a writer? What's next? I'm not sure….I'm hoping to move on and start new adventures for my characters.

If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring? The Bible, Goodbye Saturday Night by Tom Conner, The Darkest Torment by Gena Showalter.

Email*                                                 rrg31419@gmail.com

Author Website/Blog                                     rm-james.com

Author Profile Page on Amazon             https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00ADY97KC

Goodreads Profile                                      https://www.goodreads.com/rmjames

Facebook Profile                                    https://www.facebook.com/AuthorRM.James
Twitter Account                                    @leyna_jared

Pinterest Account                                    https://www.pinterest.com/rmauthor/

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Chatting it up with Author A.S. Crowder


Featured Author Interview Series

Author Name* A.S. Crowder

Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now? Do you have any pets?

          I grew up in Alabama and went to college in Mississippi. I worked at a radio station for a while and then a TV station. I ended up back in Alabama teaching sociology at local colleges/universities. I’ve always been surrounded by stories—books, TV, movies, plays—and I’ve always been curious as to the forces that might shape people’s lives. I guess, bearing all that in mind, it’s not super surprising that I ended up writing. I’ve got two cats, Rascal and Stormageddon. They don’t like the writing so much, but they’re big fans of the laptop, so I guess that works out.

At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?

         It’s less a fascination with books than it is a fascination with stories, but I started reading everything I could get my hands on as soon as I could. I knew from the beginning that I wanted to tell stories, but I wasn’t sure how I wanted to do it. I tried acting for a while, and even though I enjoyed it, I wanted to be able to come up with stories of my own. I started playing around with writing when I was thirteen. I started a couple of projects, but none ever really got off  the ground. I made my first real attempt to write a novel when I was seventeen.  I’ve been trying to get stories from my head to paper ever since.

Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read? Who inspires you in your writings?

         As far as genres go, I like a mix. Lately I’ve been reading a lot of thrillers—I love the fast-paced action, especially if it’s coupled with great character moments. I love to read books that surprise me. I really enjoy stuff by Christopher Moore. I’m also a member of the Harry Potter generation, so I’m a fan of JK Rowling. As far as inspiration goes, for me it’s more about the circumstances under which authors write than it is about the actual content. So people like JK Rowling, who wrote through poverty and personal struggles, and SE Hinton, who wrote one of my favorite books (The Outsiders) when she was a teenager.

Tell us a little about your latest book?


         Evin is my first novel. I wrote the first draft during NaNoWriMo in 2012, though I  had drafted a long prologue to it about a year before. After I got the first draft done, I let it sit on my computer until I moved back to Alabama. A fellow writer friend convinced me to take it back out and polish it. I did, and here we are!
Evin follows named Eva as she discovers that she’s being targeted by beings made of shadow—beings that have been sent to stop her from saving the Forest of Evin. The forest is the glue that holds the various human worlds together, but something or someone has been trying to tear it apart. Eva has to find the other two people who share her destiny and stop whatever is trying to destroy the forest.
         The story is about  teamwork and knowing your value, even if you don’t think you’re equipped to deal with the challenges you’re facing. Eva’s not the hero type, but she figures out how to get done what she needs to get done.


Author website AuthorASCrowder.blogspot.com

Facebook Page www.facebook.com/AuthorASCrowder

Twitter Account https://twitter.com/annabeth07

Email* AuthorASCrowder@gmail.com


Thank you A.S. Crowder for your time. Good luck to you with your writing.