Valentines romance reads for 99p/99c!

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Happy Valentines day everyone!

Curl up somewhere comfortable and download two internationally bestselling, fun filled, romance reads, for just 99p/99c each today! I hope they make you smile and that you have an amazing day. 

Both of the main characters in these books don’t always get things right when it comes to their love lives, and they don’t even really know that they are missing anything. Join in with the stores of Maud and Skye and find out if they find true love and can overcome adversity to finally be happy. You will also find out if Skye, my Nina School Mum, manages to let romance into her life without forgetting she’s a school mum now and breaking someone’s arm for getting too close!

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Universal book buy link: If you love me, I’m yours: viewbook.at/IfYouLoveMe-ImYours

Universal book buy link: Ninja School Mum: viewBook.at/NinjaSchoolMum

Reviews:

If you love me, I’m yours:

” If You Love Me, I’m Yours “ by Lizzie Chantree is a tale of Maud an unfulfilled woman with great artistic ability …Dot a woman who struggled to fit into an artistic world that so easily was was conquered by her brother Nate an artist of repute and renown. In this story the characters search for and discover exactly who they are and what it is that they truly want outa life….and in the process find love and their own HEAs! A wonderful read…greatly enjoyed and Highly Recommended.’

Ninja School Mum:

‘Skye has a secret that is only revealed as the book goes on – I liked how her past story was revealed piece by piece, leaving the reader guessing until the end.
There’s much to enjoy in “Ninja School Mum” which isn’t all simply romance. Skye is lonely – and that isn’t helped by being ignored by the other mothers at the school gates; bullying also rears its ugly head; Skye is a loyal friend – as her new friend Thea discovers; and there is romance – with lovely Zack who also has his demons to fight.

I thoroughly recommend this novel – that combines lots of humour with the hard-hitting subjects of bullying and loneliness. The characters are memorable and I’d love to have Skye as a friend.’

My other books:

Universal book buy link: Babe Driven: myBook.to/LizziesBooks

Universal book buy link: Love’s Child: viewBook.at/Amazon-LovesChild

Universal book buy link: Finding Gina: viewbook.at/FindingGina



Monday Marketing.

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Hello everyone. I’ve been busily writing a new novel and am now over halfway there. I’ve changed my routine and have been going to the gym more… not to work out, as I have an injury, but to sit and write. Originally I took my work there as a way to keep myself in the habit of going to the gym, but now I find I can easily write 1-2,000 words in a couple of hours. I think it is because I know I will only be there for a a short while and I set myself a 1,000 word target, which I’m disappointed if I don’t reach. Do you find a change of scenery helps with your flow of words?

For todays marketing tips, I was thinking of the fact that I’ve been contacted by some bookshops recently and asked to do some author visits and book signings. These were wonderful and I’m looking forward to them. They saw my interaction with readers online and contacted me about visiting their shops. So here are my 3 quick tips for being asked to book signings.

  1. Be social on social media and show your personality. Why would you be a good fit for a bookstore looking to fill their calendar with new authors?
  2. Have a website that is easy to find, fits your brand and has a way for bookshops to contact you. Be professional.
  3. Make it as easy as possible for the bookshop owner. Have press releases ready for them to send out. Have book links etc available for them and have author photos and book covers sent over for them to use in marketing material.



Introducing Helena Fairfax.

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Today’s guest is author Helena Fairfax. Helena has sent me some great photos to introduce herself to you. The first photo below, is of her as a child with her dad in Kenya, the second is her book of books she read as a teenager, which is a fabulous photo! I love that idea.
Over to Helena:

Like most writers I’m a complete bookworm. I was born in Uganda and came to England when I was six. I could already read when I started school, but unfortunately everything I’d learned about England had come from Janet and John books. I found going to school in Yorkshire was very different – and completely bewildering! Books were a great solace as I adjusted to the cold and the strange accent. Since then I’ve moved house many times, but certain books have always come with me. I’m in the process of moving to a much smaller house at the moment … and having to get rid of some beloved books has been a traumatic process!

I live near Saltaire, on the edge of the Yorkshire moors, and I find walking the landscape with my rescue dog is a great place to think up ideas for my own novels. Besides writing women’s fiction, I also spent a lot of time last year researching the lives of women in Halifax, West Yorkshire, for a historical non-fiction book that will be released on 28th February. Researching these women’s lives has been an eye-opener and, from feeling an outsider when I first arrived here as a child, has made me feel even more firmly fixed in my adopted home in Yorkshire.

My books are available on Amazonhttp://author.to/HelenaFairfax

In the Mouth of the Wolf is a re-release of my romantic suspense and is on pre-order now, available 8th Feb 2019 http://mybook.to/MouthoftheWolf

And my non-fiction book, Struggle and Suffrage in Halifax: Women’s Lives and the Fight for Equality will be released on 28th February and is available on pre-order from bookshops and Amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/Struggle-Suffrage-Halifax-Womens-Equality/dp/1526717778/

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You can contact me or keep up with my news via any of these links. Please get in touch – I’d love to hear from you!

Email helena.fairfax@gmail.com

Website www.helenafairfax.com

Newsletter https://t.co/8WkjaK3b3B

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/helena.fairfax.9

Twitter https://twitter.com/HelenaFairfax

Pinterest https://www.pinterest.co.uk/helenafairfax/

 

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Monday Marketing with guest Lizzie Lamb.

Today it’s my great pleasure to invite author Lizzie Lamb onto my blog to share with you her top three marketing tips. I’m Currently writing my seventh romance novel, so I can relate to the ‘sit down and finish the novel’ tip!

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Lizzie’s author bio with links –

After teaching her 1000th pupil and working as a deputy head teacher in a large primary school, Lizzie decided to pursue her first love: writing. She joined the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s New Writers’ Scheme, wrote Tall, Dark and Kilted(2012), quickly followed by Boot Camp Bride. She went on to publish Scotch on the Rocks, which achieved Best Seller status within two weeks of appearing on Amazon and her next novel, Girl in the Castle, reached #3 in the Amazon charts. Lizzie is a founder member of indie publishing group – New Romantics Press, and has co-hosted author events at Aspinall, St Pancras and Waterstones, Kensington, talking about the research which underpins her novels. Lizzie latest romance Take Me, I’m Yoursis set in Wisconsin, a part of the USA which she adores. This novel also achieved BEST SELLER status >travel>USA. She has further Scottish-themed romances planned and spends most of the summer touring the Scottish Highlands researching men in kilts. What’s not to like? As for the years she spent as a teacher, they haven’t quite gone to waste. She is building a reputation as a go-to speaker on indie publishing, and how to plan, write, and publish a debut novel. She is currently working on #6 – a road trip ‘movie’ where two warring guardians are forced to join forces and set off in hot pursuit after a runaway niece and son.  Lizzie lives in Leicestershire (UK) with her husband, David.

She loves to hear from readers, so do get in touch . . .

Lizzie’s Links

https://www.amazon.com/author/lizzielamb

www.facebook.com/LizzieLambwriter

lizzielambwriter@gmail.com

website: www.lizzielamb.co.uk

https://twitter.com/lizzie_lamb

Newsletter – http://tinyurl.com/ELNL-2016

Linked in: uk.linkedin.com/pub/lizzie-lamb/18/194/202/

Goodreads http://tinyurl.com/cbla48d

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/lizzielamb/

 

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Take Me, I’m Yours

India Buchanan plans to set up an English-Style bed and breakfast establishment in her great-aunt’s home, MacFarlane’s Landing, Wisconsin. But she’s reckoned without opposition from Logan MacFarlane whose family once owned her aunt’s house and now want it back. MacFarlane is in no mood to be denied. His grandfather’s living on borrowed time and Logan has vowed to ensure the old man sees out his days in their former home. India’s great-aunt has other ideas and has threatened to burn the house to the ground before she lets a MacFarlane set foot in it. There’s a story here. One the family elders aren’t prepared to share. When India finds herself in Logan’s debt, her feelings towards him change. However, the past casts a long shadow and events conspire to deny them the love and happiness they both deserve. Can India and Logan’s love overcome all odds? Or is history about to repeat itself?

 

Monday Marketing.

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Happy new week everyone. I’ve been working hard on my latest manuscript and it’s coming along nicely. I’m about to write about my main male character in the story, but suddenly another minor male character has stepped up and appeared far sooner that I’d originally imagined. He obviously wants to be a bigger part in the story! I love it when this happens and it makes writing the new book so much fun.

I often support other authors on my blog, but it’s now booked up until the middle of the year, so I thought I’d open up some marketing posts to top tips from authors who can share their experience with you and possibly give you some insight into their own writing journey. The first tips are from Awen Thornber, who is a mystery and romance author.

Awen’s top marketing tips:

1. If your book is much more than just a romance, don’t have ‘A Romance’ under the title on the cover. It gives the impression that it’s just a romance. Sometimes the publisher might add this – but being a novice you might find it difficult to object. Try and raise objections early if you are unhappy with something and be willing to listen to your publishers reasoning.

2. Give the back blurb a lot of thought. Don’t rush this stage. Don’t have something on the back that isn’t relevant to your readers or the story as this might cause confusion, even if you think it will put your book in better categories. Research what will work for your genre and see what other authors are doing to be more visible with keywords. My book has the words ‘let’s dance’ on the back as this fits with the story, but on reflection, this may deter readers who aren’t interested in dance and narrows my marketplace.

3. The ‘Foxtrot’ in my book’s title is a nod towards the police/crime/intrigue part of the novel but I think it was too subtle taking the top two points into consideration. So my top tip would be to seriously think and look at the cover and title and how it appears to would be readers. Get several opinions before settling for the final wording. You only have a matter of seconds to attract a reader to your book out of a page of similar books for sale on Amazon. The cover is the all important sales and marketing tool. It’s the make or break for your book being chosen out of a larger selection.

Some reviewers have commented that despite not liking dance they were surprised to find they enjoyed the book because it was much more than dance. Other reviewers who don’t usually read romance enjoyed the suspense with the crime aspect. Your title, cover and blurb needs to reel in a wider and diverse readership. The wrong choice of words narrows it right down to a few. I realised very quickly when it was too late that my cover obviously targeted a reader who solely liked dance and romance.

This has made it harder to market.

I hope this helps you all! From Awen. 

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Book buy links for Awen’s books:

Foxtrot in Freshby

Threads of Awen

 

 

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Introducing Rosie Dean.

It’s my great pleasure to introduce you to romantic fiction author, Rosie Dean, today. Rosie is a fellow member of The Romantic Novelists Association and I can’t wait to find out what you think of her fabulous work. I absolutely love receiving the author photos I request, as they say so much about the writer’s personality. Here you can see Rosie with her cover designer, Joe Brown, in one photo and another with her dog Dillon, in Spain.

Meet Rosie:

Although Rosie Dean has been writing stories and plays since she was big enough to type she came to full-time fiction writing after teaching art and pottery in high schools, and then writing marketing materials for the corporate world.

Now, happily inhabiting the imaginary world of her characters, Rosie loves to write sassy, romantic fiction with a sense of humour and, sometimes, a sense of the ridiculous – because we all know life and love aren’t exactly how we’d like them to be.

Rosie often draws on her past experiences for the content of her books; Vicki is a teacher of art, Gigi is a sculptor, Millie works in marketing but runs an amateur dramatic group for teenagers in her spare time, and Chloe is trying to save a theatre from being bulldozed.

Each heroine is looking for her hero, and her search is invariably fraught with chaos, drama and some amusing misunderstandings.

Rosie is lucky enough to split her time between southern Spain and the Isle of Wight – where she set her latest book, Gigi’s Island Dream.

Rosie has four romantic comedies available on Amazon which you can buy via her author page:       http://www.amazon.com/Rosie-Dean/e/B00GML9CU0

Millie’s Game Plan

Vicki’s Work of Heart

Chloe’s Rescue Mission

Gigi’s Island Dream

 

Grab a copy of her books and visit her social media pages here:

E-mail                                     rosiedean.author@gmail.com

Website/blog                          http://www.rosie-dean.com

Facebook                                http://www.facebook.com/RosieDeanWriter

Twitter                                    http://twitter.com/RosieDeanAuthor

Goodreads                              www.goodreads.com/RosieDean

Amazon (Author Page)          http://www.amazon.com/Rosie-Dean/e/B00GML9CU0

BookBub                                 http://www.bookbub.com/authors/rosie-dean

Monday Marketing.

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Happy new week everyone. Today’s post is about how you can help yourself with your marketing approach. When I published my first book, I didn’t know where to go to for help with marketing and I felt quite isolated. I then joined a book group called RRBC and also some Facebook groups and found that there is a lot of help out there. Here are my three top tips for marketing that have worked for me.

  1. Shout out about other people’s work on social media, but always remember to tag them in on it by adding their Facebook page name or Twitter bio name with the @ symbol in front. This disappears on Facebook once you type the name, but it tags the person you are talking about. More often than not, people will see that you are trying to help promote their work and do the same for you if they can. This is all about helping each other. It doesn’t mean spend all day tweeting or posting about other people’s work, but a few choice posts will make others see that you are willing to help them. They might check out your work, tweet about it, or share it on their Facebook timeline.
  2. Join groups on Facebook. You will often find people who have similar interests to you here, and if you are a writer, most groups about books will be full of other authors and readers of different genres. Just type something like romance readers book group etc in the search bar and ask to join. I have a book group and FB have just dropped 60 of my members without my knowledge, because they weren’t active, even though they may have enjoyed reading the posts. This seems to be a new thing, so if you want to stay in a group, be sure to post in it every now and them or join the group discussions. My book group is full of marketing tips for writers and book suggestions for readers. Lizzie’s Book Group. Feel free to join if you want to.
  3. Have bookmarks or business cards made up – not just with your business details, but make them interesting! You can put quotes, photos and anything that will make other people pick them up. Leave them in coffee shops, on notice boards and in shop windows. These are often free or cost as little as 50p per week to post.

Thursday thoughts.

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I’m sure it’s the same for everyone when we begin a new year and we set goals and try to achieve fresh dreams. For me, I am trying to find more writing time each day to complete the updates I started last year on some of my earliest books. I have managed to redesign all of my website headers, social media branding and anything to do with my book to reflect my genre, which is romance. I am also thinking of new ways to make my readers smile. I put a Facebook post up at the very start of the year which said my aim is to get as many people smiling as possible from reading my books. It received some really nice reactions, which is wonderful. When readers tell me that my work has made them happy for a while, it makes me want to rush to my desk and write more. My first book really got me through some tough times, so I write stories to hopefully give people a little time out from everyday worries and to help them focus on relaxing with a fun filled read for a while.

I currently have a finished manuscript, which I hope will be out in the not to distant future and I am about 20,000 words into writing a new story, which I am really enjoying. I hope that you are all enjoying what you are doing in life and that 2019 brings you a year full of smiles! From Lizzie.

 

Monday Marketing News.

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Today is very exciting as I’m featured in the beautifully glossy and very informative Writers’ Forum Magazine! Author and regular contributor to the magazine Paula Williams interviewed me for her blog and column and I was thrilled to have been asked.

If you haven’t come across this magazine before, it’s packed full of advice for writers and has news, competitions and workshops to get involved in.

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