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Monday, April 23, 2018

Love in Bloom featuring Brooke St. James


EXCERPT and GIVEAWAY
Summer of ‘65
(Bishop Family Book 1)
by Brooke St. James

Summer of ‘65 (Bishop Family Book 1) by Brooke St. James

Throughout the month of April, we will be featuring 10 fabulous authors who write clean romance. Today we feature Brooke St. James with Summer of ‘65, the first book in the Bishop Family series, which will be FREE on 23 and 24 April.


This book blast and giveaway is brought to you by I Am A Reader.


Description
Ivy Lewis went home to Memphis in the summer of 1965 unaware of the adventure that awaited her. She was content to go through the motions of her predictable routines back home while safeguarding a few little secrets about her life in Nashville. In her mind, the two worlds weren’t meant to intersect.
Then Michael Bishop entered the picture. He had just moved to Memphis from Detroit in hopes of expanding his motorcycle company. He appeared to be nothing more than an outlaw and a menace to the community. Any type of relationship between them was sure to be met with resistance from Ivy’s family and friends.
But Michael Bishop was too great of a temptation for Ivy.
The summer of 1965 would be one of first impressions, first dances, and forbidden love.

Excerpt
I glanced at Alice who gave me a wide-eyed smile. I heard the noise of shifting gravel, and I looked up to find that Michael was getting off of his motorcycle.
“Ivy Lewis,” he said, closing the distance between us.
“Michael Bishop,” I returned.
“You came back to look for a hairpin,” he said as more of a statement than a question.
The other waiters came closer to help me look, which caused their shadows to block the light. “I think it was over here,” Alice said, redirecting them. She had, thank goodness, caught on to the fact that I might want to say a couple of words to Michael and was helping me out.
“I really liked that song,” he said.
He must have known I wasn’t really there to look for a hairpin, because he didn’t even bother looking down.
“When can I hear you play again?”
[Want more? Click below to read a longer excerpt.]


Praise for the Book
“Just like her other books, you get everything a good book provides. It has a beautiful love story, nostalgia and a bit of mystery without repeating things over and over. Love it and will read it again I’m sure.” ~ Deb R
“I’m always anxious to see what Brooke writes and this book didn’t disappoint. Michael and Ivy experienced typical 1965 prejudices and problems but the fun and flirty dialogue is still there. Motorcycles and the preacher’s kid, misunderstood music and parental expectations … this story had it all. Can’t wait for the next generation!” ~ Barbara
“What an amazing new book by an incredible author! The story was sincere and well-paced with adorable dialogue, poignant moments and surprises along the way. I can’t get enough of these charming and realistic main characters and eagerly await the next book in this series.” ~ C. Marshall
“Wow! This was my first time reading this author. What a sweet romance and the beginning of a family of characters that I already love. I highly recommend this captivating story.” ~ T Cramer
“Love this series, couldn't put them down once I got started. Good wholesome family with a Christian romance tied to each one of the books in the series.” ~ LSanders

About the Author
Brooke St. James
Brooke St. James is an author of contemporary romance novels with Christian and inspirational themes and happy endings. She was born and raised in south Louisiana but has had the opportunity to travel and live throughout the U.S. An avid reader, writer, audio book addict, and fan of all things artistic, Brooke constantly has her hands in some creative activity. She’s currently back home in Louisiana enjoying life with her husband, children, and two lazy dogs.

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Giveaway
Enter the blast-wide giveaway for a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card or PayPal cash.


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Monday, March 12, 2018

Book Review Banzai Webinar presented by Jason B. Ladd


WEBINAR REGISTRATION
Book Review Banzai
presented by Jason B. Ladd

Book Review Banzai Webinar presented by Jason B. Ladd

By now, you’ve probably read your free copy of Book Review Banzai: The Unknown Author’s Ultimate Guide to Getting Amazon Reviews (see my previous blog post). Now, Jason B. Ladd is giving a full report of what he's learned in a FREE live webinar, coming soon!

Description
Have you heard the story of the author who waited patiently for book reviews and was rewarded with a flood of them finally coming in? Me neither. That's because it's complete fiction. When you're a new author, that doesn't happen. Like ever.
When you see an author with a 100-person street team and 101 reviews during launch week, there has been a lot of extremely intentional work going on behind the scenes. This is where Jason B. Ladd wants to take you in his upcoming webinar - behind the scenes of a coordinated book review campaign.
Register here.
And he's not plugging any shady practices like paying for reviews. He's talking about time-tested, tried and true principles used by successful indie authors and major publishing houses. And he's spilling the beans on all the techniques he uses to get his books over 100 reviews during his targeted campaigns. And the webinar is 100% free.
Not only are you going to learn the secret behind his Book Review Banzai technique, but you'll be getting his back story too. And who doesn't love a good backstory?
And just for signing up for the webinar, he's going to send you the complete Book Review Banzai audiobook for free!
So, register here to watch the webinar free and download the audiobook free right now!


About the Author
Jason B. Ladd
Jason B. Ladd is an author, apologist, and entrepreneur. Ladd served on active duty with the Marines for fourteen years and has flown as an instructor pilot in both the F/A-18 and the F-16. He is the founder of Boone Shepherd and creator of Indielisters, the largest live online database of book promotions results built by authors. He and his wife, Karry, are the parents of seven children.
His book One of the Few was awarded as Finalist in the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards and was optioned for film. He is represented by Julie Gwinn of the Seymour Agency.

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Monday, March 5, 2018

"Book Review Banzai" by Jason B. Ladd


FREE plus REVIEW
Book Review Banzai:
The Unknown Author’s Ultimate Guide to Getting Amazon Reviews
by Jason B. Ladd

Book Review Banzai: The Unknown Author’s Ultimate Guide to Getting Amazon Reviews  by Jason B. Ladd

What’s one of your biggest challenges as an independent author? If you answered, “Getting book reviews on Amazon”, you’re not alone. You know how important reviews are for getting your book downloaded and talked about. And you also know how hard it is to get them, especially with all of Amazon’s rules.
Indie author Jason B. Ladd literally wrote the book on how to get Amazon reviews, and he’s giving it away FREE to 7 March! It’s called Book Review Banzai: The Unknown Author’s Ultimate Guide to Getting Amazon Reviews, and you can download it FREE right now! You can also read my review below.


Description
Indie author and book review expert Jason B. Ladd reveals the secret to scoring book reviews on Amazon as an unknown author.
Using a strategic mix of automation and personalization, Book Review Banzai is helping authors get the reviews they so desperately need in today's crowded publishing market-place.
This high integrity system is a laser-focused approach that teaches authors not only how to effectively get book reviews on Amazon, but how to get them in quantities that matter.
Using a combination of free web tools and effective marketing tactics, this 5-step technique saves authors time and frustration by walking them through a process that begins with a Google Search and ends with an Amazon ebook page full of reviews.
If you’re publishing a book on Amazon, you must learn how to market your book. Specifically, you must learn how to get book reviews on Amazon.
If you’re serious about getting your published work into the hands of reviewers and readers, if you want to finally book that BookBub slot, if you’re ready to unlock your book’s full potential, then you need this concise, competent guide on how to get book reviews on Amazon!


Praise for the Book
"Warning: executing these techniques may cause a drastic increase in book reviews." ~ Alinka Rutkowska, multi-award winning, #1 international best-selling author and author coach
"This book will show you how to get dozens and possibly hundreds of reviews for your book." ~ Tom Morkes, CEO Insurgent Publishing
"Book reviews are vital for indie authors. Jason’s system shows you how to get them. Pure and simple." ~ Karen Dimmick, author & founder of Bookthority.com
"The Book Review Banzai e-course showed me a whole new way of finding quality reviews with relative ease. It is a real God-send for indie authors!" ~ Beth Durkee, independent author
"This 'charging forth' (Banzai) approach to finding book bloggers, reviewers and readers is personal, direct and spot on." ~ Daniel Wetta, independent author and publisher
"You just can't lose, Book Review Banzai is the way to go on your own path to success." ~ Paul Zunckel, independent author

My Review
I received this book in return for an honest review.


By Lynda Dickson
As an indie author, how do you get your book into the hands of as many people as possible? With book reviews. This book will show you how to use a laser-focused, in-depth technique to accomplish that one aspect of your book promotion: getting those coveted reviews. And you don’t have to be a first-time author to use the technique; it will work for any author who wants to increase their number of reviews.
Although written with humor and levity, the author is very sincere and gives examples from his personal experience. Aside from his priceless advice on how to garner reviews for your book, he also gives us a lesson on how to write a book: with no editing errors, hyperlinked chapters, footnotes, a review request at the end, e-course signup link, email signup link, links to other books by the author, and testimonials. Flawless!
Be warned, this system is not an easy fix; you will need to put in some effort. But, tell you what ... it worked on me. I replied to Jason's review request email in less than five hours!

If You’re Still Not Convinced …
You know that saying, "Give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day, teach a man to fish and he’ll eat for a lifetime?" That’s what this book reminds me of. Book Review Banzai teaches you a strategic blend of personalization and automation to help you find and connect with book reviewers directly. One on one. And in the kind of numbers that matter. That means you’re in complete control of your book review campaign.
This technique doesn’t just get you some fish (book reviews) - it teaches you how to get book reviews on your own for life! And all in complete compliance with Amazons’ review policy and Terms of Service.
I’m passing this on because the specific technique Jason is teaching is different than all the other services out there (it's actually not a service at all!), and the reviews and endorsements for Book Review Banzai keep on coming in. In fact, the Book Review Banzai ebook received 101 Amazon reviews in only six days and hit #1 Best Seller status in both the free and paid categories!


Getting over 70 reviews for his first book is what finally enabled him (he strongly suspects) to get a BookBub slot on his 4th attempt. Does your book have less than 50 Amazon reviews? If you're an unknown author, I can all but guarantee it's going to stay that way. Unless you take action. Download it here now!
In the book, you'll learn how to:
- Identify your perfect book reviewer
- Find thousands of them
- Use automation to minimize workload and maximize results
- Create personal connections to build relationships
- Build your launch team big enough to yield a double to TRIPLE digit review count
- Unlock your book's full potential for marketing and sales
- Get organized with tracking spreadsheets
- Craft your emails to maximize positive response rates
This book is densely packed with everything you need to know to launch a successful book review campaign.
Here’s what people are saying:
"Jason’s high integrity approach and fun writing style will arm you with an effective strategy for getting Amazon reviews." ~ Alinka Rutkowska, multi-award winning, #1 international best-selling author and author coach
"This will show you how to get dozens and possibly hundreds of reviews for your book." ~ Tom Morkes, CEO Insurgent Publishing
"It will help you put your book on the map." ~ Jason Squire Fluck, independent author
So, check it out and help spread the word about Book Review Banzai: The Unknown Author’s Ultimate Guide to Getting Amazon Reviews.
Don't miss out! Download it here.


About the Author
Jason B. Ladd
Jason B. Ladd is an author, apologist, and entrepreneur. Ladd served on active duty with the Marines for fourteen years and has flown as an instructor pilot in both the F/A-18 and the F-16. He is the founder of Boone Shepherd and creator of Indielisters, the largest live online database of book promotions results built by authors. He and his wife, Karry, are the parents of seven children.
His book One of the Few was awarded as Finalist in the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards and was optioned for film. He is represented by Julie Gwinn of the Seymour Agency.

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

"The Nightmare Room" by Chris Sorensen


GUEST POST and EXCERPT
The Nightmare Room
(The Messy Man Series Book 1)
by Chris Sorensen

The Nightmare Room (The Messy Man Series Book 1) by Chris Sorensen

The Nightmare Room by Chris Sorensen is currently on tour with Bewitching Book Tours. The tour stops here today for a guest post by the author and an excerpt. Don’t miss out on downloading your FREE copy to 23 February. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well.


Description
A boy in a basement, a man in a booth and a darkness that threatens to swallow them both ...
New York audiobook narrator Peter Larson and his wife Hannah head to his hometown of Maple City to help Peter's ailing father and to put a recent tragedy behind them. Though the small, Midwestern town seems the idyllic place to start afresh, Peter and Hannah will soon learn that evil currents flow beneath its surface.
They move into an old farmhouse on the outskirts of town—a house purchased by Peter's father at auction and kept secret until now—and start to settle into their new life.
But as Peter sets up his recording studio in a small basement room, disturbing things begin to occur - mysterious voices haunt audio tracks, malevolent shadows creep about the house. And when an insidious presence emerges from the woodwork, Peter must face old demons in order to save his family and himself.

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Excerpt
The man threw open the basement door. A rush of mildewed air rose up from the darkness, like the hideous breath of some subterranean thing. He flicked on the light, and the cascade of descending stairs came into view. Among their number was the treacherous one midway down, the one that bent like a bow at the slightest weight.
“Are you going down on your own or do I have to make you?”
The boy looked up at his father. The anger that had fueled him thus far was fading, seemingly sapped by the trip from the boy’s bedroom. Instead, his father looked pained. If he didn’t know better, he might think the Old Man was about to cry. But his father had said he was tired. Dead tired. And perhaps it was as simple as that.
"I'll go," the boy whispered, and he took the first tentative step down.
The change in temperature was immediate; it was like diving into a cold pool. He took another step down, and another.
He paused on the third step and looked back at his father. The bare bulb above paled the man’s countenance. The grey circles under his eyes made him look like he’d been bludgeoned.
“Git!” the Old Man snarled. The boy went. When he reached the sagging step, he stopped, took a breath and leaped over it. His heel hit the lip of the next step, but the wood was damp, and the boy came down hard on his butt.
“Get some sleep. And no more dreams.”
As if he could help it.
His father closed the door, and the lock clicked. It would not open again until morning.
The boy descended the final few stairs and stepped onto the floor. Ice-cold cement sucked heat from his soles. He squinted, trying to adjust to the dark.
The usefulness of the light bulb ended a few feet into the basement. And there was no more source of light until he reached the…
The gears in his head ground to a halt, stopping short of allowing the dreaded name to be uttered.
He started picking out objects around him. The solemn metal face of the furnace, a stack of water softener salt bags, the frame of an old bicycle.
Straight ahead lay a distance of twenty or so feet before he'd come to a door. Three-quarters of that stretch was in pitch black. To get to the door, to get to the room, he had to dash through the darkness until his hand found the doorknob. Then, he would throw the door open, reach to his right, flip the wall switch and presto. An island of light in an ocean of black.
He girded himself for the sprint.
“One…two…”
He hesitated…but why? He’d already made this run two times this week. Both Monday and Thursday, he’d awakened screaming, bringing down the Old Man’s wrath, and sending him here. To the penalty box. To time out. To the Night—
“Three!”
The boy startled at the sound of his own voice, and he lurched into motion. He hurtled into the darkness, his feet slapping the floor, echoing off the walls in hollow applause.
He bumped into something and spun, temporarily throwing himself and his inner compass off balance. He skidded across the floor and came to a stop.
Heart pounding in his chest, he quickly located the lit stairs off to his left. He made a rapid calculation and turned to face the invisible pathway to the room. He bolted, coming to a halt only when he slammed head-on into the door.
His hand floundered before finding the knob. He launched into his practiced routine. Open door, flip switch, step inside.
In seconds, the boy slipped into the room and slammed the door shut. A pink light overhead bathed him in imaginary warmth—he had made it.
He stepped back and sank into the waiting beanbag chair, facing the door. The small room with its mint green walls and rollaway bed felt almost welcoming, an odd feeling for a place that was meant as a punishment.
The boy pulled a quilt from the bed and wrapped it around him tight. For the first time in his life, he felt safe here in this room—in the Nightmare Room.
Because he hadn’t bumped into something out there in the dark. He had bumped into someone.
He was almost certain of it.
He kept one eye on the door as the minutes hummed past on the illuminated clock on the nightstand. He busied himself with crayon and paper, doodling to keep his mind quiet. Soon, his vision began to flutter; the room began to strobe. And, in the space between two breaths, the boy sank into his beanbag chair and fell into a fitful sleep.
The doorknob twitched.
The boy bolted upright. He pressed back into the chair. His whole body started shivering, and he feared he would wet himself for the second time that night.
A thought…no, a voice crept into his head.
Coming in.
The door quivered as if someone was leaning against it, trying to stifle a laugh. Nails scratched against the wood.
“Dad?” the boy whispered.
The door shuddered.
“Is that you?” Knowing it was not.
Coming…
“Please don’t.”
Coming…
“No.”
Coming…
“No!”
In.
[Want more? Click below to read a longer excerpt.]


Praise for the Book
"The Nightmare Room is one creepy little gem! I highly recommend this fantastic 5 star read!" ~ Horror Maiden's Book Reviews
"This is one haunted house that had me running for the door! Blood frozen. Spine chilled. A must read." ~ Hunter Shea, author of We Are Always Watching and The Jersey Devil
"Chilling one moment, terrifying the next, The Nightmare Room will have you shopping for a nightlight." ~ Nick Sullivan, author of Zombie Bigfoot
"The Nightmare Room pulled me in right from the start with believable characters and a central mystery that forced me to keep reading to learn more. Prepare for all night reading once it enters its second act and then prepare to stay up all night hearing the sounds in your own house! A real delight for horror fans!" ~ Kendal Sinn, screenwriter of Nailbiter, Shadow Falls Memorial
"The Nightmare Room pulled me in right from the start with believable characters and a central mystery that forced me to keep reading to learn more...A real delight for horror fans!" ~ Kendal Sinn, screenwriter of Nailbiter, Shadow Falls Memorial


Guest Post by the Author
My Inspiration for Writing this Book
The Nightmare Room was born out of loss. My wife and I were the caretakers of her elderly aunt for a number of years. We divided our time between NYC and the NJ lake house where I now sit. During this same period, my father was undergoing cancer treatment in Colorado, so I was also traveling back and forth to Fort Collins.
When they passed, I became a haunted man.
I’d never experienced death in such a personal way. I’d never seen a person’s final breath. You think you’re ready for such things, but you’re not. You assume that your head and heart know how to process death, but they don’t - not really. Your insides are tipped upside-down, and as you struggle to right things again, the ghosts slip in.
That was the moment that The Nightmare Room was born.
The story has taken a number of different roads as I working to pin it down. Was it about the cold spot in the hallway where I always want to break into a dash? Was it about the voice I heard coming through the headphones as I narrated a book in the basement? Yes … and no.
I finally lit upon the answer to many of my questions when I realized that the story was not about fear but about love.
Love makes us vulnerable - to pain, to sorrow, to loss. But it also makes us strong. When my father was ill, a doctor told us that the pain we feel is equal to the love we give. I had been concentrating on the pain in my story; I’d forgotten about the love.
Maybe I was just ready to finally tell this story. Who am I kidding? I know that’s the case.
The Nightmare Room is about the lengths to which we will go to protect the ones we love. And if that means stepping into the darkness, so be it.

About the Author
Chris Sorensen
Chris Sorensen spends many days and nights locked away inside his own nightmare room. He is the narrator of over 200 audiobooks (including the award-winning The Missing series by Margaret Peterson Haddix) and the recipient of three AudioFile Earphone Awards. Over the past fifteen years, the Butte Theater and Thin Air Theatre Company in Cripple Creek, Colorado have produced dozens of his plays including Dr. Jekyll’s Medicine Show, Werewolves of Poverty Gulch, and The Vampire of Cripple Creek. He is the author of the middle grade book The Mad Scientists of New Jersey and has written numerous screenplay including Suckerville, Bee Tornado, and The Roswell Project.

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