Marketing tips from Adriana Barros.


Today we have three marketing tips from author Adriana Barros. Her latest book is published with Darkstroke, part of Crooked Cat Books. Adriana is from Brazil. Since she was little, she has been obsessed with great stories in books, movies or in her mind.

Adriana currently lives in Florida with her husband and  beloved pet, Flicka. She believes in dreaming big and works to make this come true every day.

Adriana’s three top marketing tips:

  • booktuber channel on youtube: YouTube gains more strength every day. Now the new term booktubers (influencers of books) have channels that reach thousands of reading lovers. If one of these influencers fell in love with your book, you will be on the road to success.
  • Twitter: Its a powerful platform that gives you visibility across hashtags and communities. If you don’t explore this world yet, please try it.
  • Influencer to boost your book: You wrote an amazing book, get published, but you still have to show to the world your talent, how? If you are lucky to know someone quite famous in any area, this person can give you the visibility you need to reach your audience.



Adriana’s book is a fantasy YA called, “ The magical life of Lola Bloom.”
Here its the link if you’d like to check it out :

Monday Marketing tips from Alice Castle.


It’s my pleasure to host bestselling author Alice Castle on my blog today. Alice has provided three of her top marketing tips for you. Her books are hugely popular and you can find out more about her work by following the links at the bottom of this post. I added Alice’s books to my mother-in-law’s kindle and after reading The Perfect Widow,  my mother-in-law said she didn’t want the book to end! I can vouch for the fact that all of Alice’s books are amazing.

Alice Castle’s three top marketing tips.

  1. Keep promotional bookmarks on you at all times, with the book covers/buy links on them.  I’ve given them out in shops, at parties and even once at a queue in the bank. You never know who’s going to buy!
  2. Ask your local library if they do author talks. They are nerve-wracking but help to get new readers, plus the library may buy copies of your books and then you get 8p every time someone borrows one, if you sign up for Public Lending Rights
  3. Try and interact with readers as well as other authors on social media. It’s easy to get into a comfortable circle with authors, all promoting their own books, but what you really need is someone who’ll buy and read. Check out who other authors in your genre have as readers/followers. And always reply to readers!


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Alice’s book links are: and

Mother’s Day weekend. Free books!

Mothers day meme by Lizzie Chantree

Happy Saturday everyone. For Mother’s Day, my publishers, Crooked Cat Books, are offering two of my ebooks to download for FREE this weekend! I hope all parents and families everywhere are safe and well and that these books make some mums and dads smile. Especially for anyone who has to stay indoors right now. These books are full of friendship, laughter and mayhem!

Here are some reader reviews: They still make me smile!

If you love me, I’m yours: ‘Rarely has a book held my heart in it’s hands the way If You Love Me I’m Yours has. An incredibly uplifting romantic story that has had me laughing and crying over and over again. The depth given to the characters in this novel is a wonder and leads the reader into the fully immersive world of Maud, her friends and family. I honestly didn’t think Ninja School Mum, by the same author, could be beaten. Yet this story has layers and depths that make the book completely unputdownable.’

Ninja School Mum: ‘This story really caught my imagination and I couldn’t put it down . A romance read with fire in it’s belly. Didn’t have a clue to the ending, kept me guessing till the end.’



If you love me, I’m yours. Book blurb:

Maud had a sensible job, clothes, and love life. She could tolerate not fulfilling her dreams, if her parents would pay her one compliment about the only thing she was passionate about in life: her art.

Dot should have fit in with her flamboyant family of talented artists, but she was an anomaly who couldn’t paint. She tried to be part of their world by becoming an art agent extraordinaire, but she dreamed of finding her own voice.

Nate, a smoulderingly sexy and famous artist, was adored by everyone. His creative talent left them in awe of his ability to capture such passion on canvas. Women worshipped him, but a tragic event in his past had left him emotionally and physically scarred.

Someone was leaving exquisite paintings on park benches, with a tag saying, ‘If you love me, I’m yours’. The art was so fresh and cutting-edge, that it generated a media frenzy and a scramble to discover where the mystery artist could be hiding. The revelation of who the artist was interlinked Maud, Dot and Nate’s lives forever, but their worlds came crashing down.

Were bonds of friendship, love and loyalty strong enough to withstand fame, success and scandal?

Book free download link:  




Ninja School Mum. Book Blurb:

Obsessive-compulsive school  mum, Skye, is a lonely  elite  spy,  who is running from her past whilst trying to protect the future of her child. She tries hard to fit in with the other parents at her son’s new school, but the only person who accepts her unconventional way of life is new mother, Thea.

Thea is feeling harassed by her sister and bored with her life, but she suspects that there is something strange about the new school mum, Skye. Thea has secrets of her own and, although the two become unlikely friends, she hesitates to tell Skye about the father of her own child.

Zack’s new business is growing faster than he could have dreamed but, suddenly, he finds himself the owner of a crumbling estate on the edge of a pretty village, and a single parent to a very demanding child. Could he make a go of things and give his daughter the life she deserved?

When three lives collide, it appears that only one of them is who they seem to be, and you never know who the person next to you in the school playground really is.

Book free download link:



Monday Marketing.

Book covers by Lizzie Chnatree

Happy new week everyone. For this week’s 3 quick tips, I’m going to chat to you about author branding. It’s really important as a writer that you keep the message about your book, on brand. Do your social media pages reflect your genre and style?

  1. Make sure that the message you are sending out, reflects your genre of writing. What do your pages say about you at a glance. Most viewers will stay for about three seconds. Can you convey your brand in that time? Is it clear?
  2. Keep your branding the same across all of your social media sites.
  3. Follow this branding through to business cards, banner stands and any other graphics you use for your books.

Here is an example of my author branding. I write contemporary romances that are great for holidays. This is my website, Facebook page and Twitter page. You could recognise them from any of my social media sites.



Networking for writers.

Hello everyone. I’m going to be getting back to regular blogging after having to stop for a while due to writing deadlines. I’ll be posting my Monday Marketing blog with 3 quick tips every week and will also be featuring some other authors, with their own marketing advice, or book news.

I hope you’ve all been well. I was so happy to be invited onto BBC Essex and hosted the AuthorsAt… book signing, with 26 authors and lots of other writing professionals. We were lucky enough to have around 300 guests. We ran workshops throughout the afternoon with Southend Council and had the book signing in the evening.  I also ran my first seminar on networking for writers as part of The Essex Book Festival at Chelmsford Library, last weekend. It was sold out and the guests were brilliant. They asked lots of questions and I learnt about their work too. I’m being requested to do more and more seminars, which is a learning curve for me as I’m usually sitting behind my writing desk and chatting to my book characters!

Have an amazing week everyone.


Photo from the seminar via D. Wells.

Book Links:

Giveaway time!

The lucky winner of this competition is @DuvetDwellers via Twitter. Thank you to everyone who took part, recommended to friends and retweeted the competition tweet. This competition is now closed. 

February special offer meme, by Lizzie Chantree

Hello everyone. I’m running a giveaway for the next week or so. One lucky winner will win three of my international bestsellers. I’ll happily sign them for the winner too.

To enter, pop by my Twitter page and RT the pinned post. Tag two friends and you are in the competition.

Here are a few reviews of these books by some of my wonderful readers:

‘This is the first book that I have read by Lizzie and I am now wondering where the hell I have been and will certainly be reading more of her books in the future.’

‘This book is one of those that grabs you and doesn’t let go. I just couldn’t put it down. It is full of fun and quirkiness.’ 

‘A fabulous book with twists and turns with a little romance and plenty of feisty characters. From the super rich all the way down to the deprived areas of town Lizzie has brought all these characters together in book full of suspense and intrigue.
I can heartily recommend this as a good read.’

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Book Giveaway Terms and Conditions

Terms & Conditions for the 6 Summer Reads book giveaway

  1. The promoter is Lizzie Chantree.
  2. The competition is open to residents of the United Kingdom and abroad, aged 18 years or over.
  3. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.
  4. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  5. Closing date for entry will be Saturday 29th February 2020, at 10am. After this time and date the no further entries to the competition will be permitted.
  6. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.
  7. There is no cash alternative.


The rules of the competition and how to enter are as follows:

  1. To enter, simply RT the appropriate post on our Twitter page. follow the authors Twitter account and tag two friends in the comments of the Twitter post.
  2. One RT will count as one entry, you do not need to enter more than once, but feel free to RT the competition posts as much as you like.
  3. 3 books will be given away for free including P&P. There will be 1 winner.
  4. Winners will be selected at random on the morning of Saturday the 29th February and announced that day.
  5. The winner will be contacted by Twitter private messaged by one of our page admins. Please check your message requests folder in your inbox. If we do not receive a reply within 24 hours we will choose another winner.

Introducing the latest novel by Jo Fenton.

Crime and Love: The Perfect Match – by Jo Fenton 

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Thank you for inviting me here today, Lizzie. I’m delighted to be visiting your blog.

I’ve always loved romance novels at least as much as crime fiction, so it was something of a surprise to me that crime thrillers came out on top when I started writing. It was too much to expect me to ditch the romance altogether though, and all my novels so far have had a significant love element.

However, my new novel, Revelation, tackles the subject from a different angle – or actually, several different angles.

Cover pic - Revelation

Unrequited love is a key theme in this book, for both my protagonists. The story is told by Becky and Dan. Dan is in love with Rick, who is found dead on the first page of the book (so this is really not a spoiler). Becky is in love with Dan, even though she half suspects he’s gay.

However, unrequited love can have compensations in friendship, and the growing affection between Becky and Dan is the foundation upon which the novel is built.

Early on in the book, Dan meets Alan, a religious leader, who runs a Kabbalistic group. Alan is keen for Dan to join, explaining that it will help Dan to deal with his grief. In his first encounter with the group, Dan meets Rachel, a keen, enthusiastic and kind member of the group, but he soon suspects that Alan and Rachel are closer than they first appeared. How will their relationship impact on him? Will he get two friends for the price of one, or is there something darker and more sinister at stake?

Another relationship that appears in the book, is in retrospect, from letters found in Rick’s room. These letters reveal a passionate and slightly sordid interlude with a character called Joanna, who we meet properly later on in the book.

Becky and Dan are both 18 at the time of this novel, in January 1989. My own personal experience of this age, is that it’s a time filled with unrequited love, lust, and brief encounters.

So, why are crime and love such a perfect match? Love is probably the most complicated emotion in existence (anyone wanting to argue this point, please feel free to comment below). It can promote passion, hatred, obsession, anger and fear – all potential motives for murder, let alone lesser crimes.

Revelation cannot be described as a romance novel, but it’s very much a story about love, friendship, betrayal and revenge – a crime thriller.


About the book:

Manchester, 1989

A student, Rick, is found dead in halls of residence.

His friends get caught up in the aftermath: Dan, who was in love with Rick; and Becky, who is in love with Dan.

Their fraught emotions lead them into dark places – particularly a connection to a mysterious Kabbalistic sect.

Will Becky discover who killed Rick in time to save her best friend?


About the author:

Jo Fenton grew up in Hertfordshire. She devoured books from an early age and, at eleven, discovered Agatha Christie and Georgette Heyer. She now has an eclectic and much loved book collection cluttering her home office.

Jo combines an exciting career in Clinical Research with an equally exciting but very different career as a writer of psychological thrillers.

When not working, she runs (very slowly), and chats to lots of people. She lives in Manchester with her family and is an active and enthusiastic member of two writing groups and two reading groups.


Revelation will be released on Amazon on 24th February

It’s available for pre-order at

My other books are also available on Amazon:

The Brotherhood:

The Refuge:

You can find me on social media at:




Valentine’s Day Competition. #RNA60

OMChapter comp.

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone. I’m excited to share with you a project I’ve been working on with some amazing ladies at The Romantic Novelists’ Association. Together with publisher, One More Chapter, we have a huge prize draw of a 60 book bundle from their authors and another 60 individual book prizes from members of the brand new Romantic Fiction Book Club which can be found on Facebook.

To enter the competition, you follow the link below to join the author and reader group, which is full of informative and fun posts from both readers and writers. This competition is UK only.

Enter the competition here!

Book Club white Rose by Lizzie Chantree


Author Jane Cable wrote a brilliant article about the competition in Frost Magazine. See her article here: FROST MAGAZINE


Here are some of the books you could win!

Valentine competition 1 by Lizzie Chantree

Valentine competition 7 by Lizzie Chantree

Valentine competition 2 by Lizzie Chantree

Valentine competition 9 by Lizzie Chantree

Valentine competition 6 by Lizzie Chantree

Valentine competition 10 by Lizzie Chantree

Valentine competition 8 by Lizzie Chantree

Valentine competition 4 by Lizzie Chantree

Valentine competition 3 by Lizzie Chantree

Valentine competition 5 by Lizzie Chantree



A novel way to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Valentine meme by Lizzie Chantree

Happy new week everyone. The start of the year had sped past and I’m now thinking about Valentine’s Day.

In conjunction with #Essex2020 I’m hosting a multi-author book signing party, where creatives can chat to writing professionals about their own work and readers can meet some of their favourite Essex authors.

I’m sending out posts asking locals to come in and buy a book for their loved ones, from the array of authors and genres available on the night and to have a short message personalised for them by the author. An absolute dream for book lovers!

You can’t find a more romantic gift than opening a book with a personal message inside from someone you love, written by the author of that book.

Valentine’s Day is an excuse to be shamelessly romantic and to show the one you love how much they mean to you. What better way than within a book?

For more information about the event:


Latest news from author, Val Penny.

Today it’s my pleasure to take part in Val’s book tour and I can’t wait to tell you more about her new book. If you haven’t read any of Val’s books, she writes wonderful crime novels that keep you turning page after page. Find out more about Hunter’s Blood, the latest in her Edinburgh Crime Mystery Series. 

Hunter’s Blood

DI Hunter Wilson never has just one problem to solve.

Three elderly women he knows have died in mysterious circumstances. Hunter appears to be the only link.

A little girl goes missing on a cold winter’s night. When his team discovers cocaine hidden at the farm where she was living, the search becomes even more urgent.

Why did the women die? And what did the child witness?

Hunter must find the answers to these questions to ensure his family and his city are safe.

Purchase Links

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Author Bio

Val Penny is an American author living in SW Scotland. She has two adult daughters of whom she is justly proud and lives with her husband and two cats. She has a Law degree from Edinburgh University and her MSc from Napier University. She has had many jobs including hairdresser, waitress, lawyer, banker, azalea farmer and lecturer. However, she has not yet achieved either of her childhood dreams of being a ballerina or owning a candy store. Until those dreams come true, she has turned her hand to writing poetry, short stories and novels. Her crime novels, ‘Hunter’s Chase’ Hunter’s Revenge, Hunter’s Force and Hunter’s Blood are set in Edinburgh, Scotland, published by Crooked Cat Books. The fifth book in the series, Hunter’s Secret, follows shortly.

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Don’t miss the rest of val’s tour. 

Hunters Blood Full Tour Banner


Author buy links


Giveaway to Win a .mobi or PDF of Hunter’s Blood  by Val Penny (Open INT)

*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopterlink below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

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