Goodreads . . . Good Times . . . Good Friends

One of the best ways to get your books noticed is to have them on a Goodreads list (of which there are a few).

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The rules, I understand, are as follows:

♦  You cannot add or vote for your own book (makes sense). Someone else has to add it for you.    ♦  You must list the book you’re voting for on one of your shelves (“Read” or “Want to Read”).    ♦  You can vote for multiple books, as well as prioritize them.

I’ve come across many writers requesting votes for their masterworks so that they may move higher in ranking.  I get that and am more than happy to help by offering a vote or two or twenty.

Confession: me, myself and I have never done that (we’re challenged when it comes to self-promotion, but have always really wanted to give it a go).  WPgoodreads3

A dear blogger-writer friend, Jina S Bazzar added Can You Hula Like Hilo Hattie—the 2nd in the Triple Threat Investigation Agency series—on the Detective List.  How cool and sweet is that?  Thank you, Jina!

Journeys, a Facebook writing community, has “Shameless Saturday Promotion”  . . . I’m borrowing the idea and shamelessly promoting myself on this fine October Saturday.  Won’t you please vote for Hula by going to Goodreads?  I’m # 493.

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/322.Detective_Fiction?page=7

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And please check out what Jina’s doing on her blog:

https://authorsinspirations.wordpress.com/

She’s also the author of Heir of Ashes and Heir of Doom, which feature the feisty Roxanne Fosch, a young fee hybrid who escaped a government research facility after spending nine years as a captive.  I won’t reveal more.  You’ll have to read the exciting books to see what transpires!

Forever Poi Promo Post

A quick shameless self-promotion post – nothing new if you’ve seen my recent Facebook posts – but worth mentioning (again) from this humble author’s perspective.

Forever Poi, the fourth in the Triple Threat Investigation Agency series, is available for .99 through September 9th on Amazon, thanks to a New Chapter promotion. This case has private eyes JJ, Rey, and Linda solving a double-arson and murder—specifically, who torched two Oahu Chinatown art galleries and left two charred bodies in the rubble?  The trio encounters a sundry of suspects, each possessing a viable motive for having done so—insurance collection, unwanted lover, dicey past, sour grapes …?

The gals would love for you to accompany them as they track leads and clues, encounter strange and suspicious persons, and become embroiled in one of their most puzzling cases yet. WPpromo3

On a different note, I want to extend heartfelt gratitude to those who’ve provided me with much needed [I’m so lost] and much appreciated [I’d be lost without you] support and advice.  Jay, Jina, and Sean—thank you, thank you, thank you!

 

Forever … Floundering?

As you know, when it comes to self-promotion, I suck.  Big time.  As I’ve mentioned more than once, time just ain’t my friend.  <LOL>

That said, Next Chapter (formerly Creativia) has me scheduled for a promotion (.99 for Forever Poi on Amazon) starting September 5th.  That’s so exciting!

Consequently, I’m keeping this week’s Wednesday post short so I can scramble to learn/do as much as possible … which will be quite comical to see (of this I have no doubt).

Before I dash, I want to extend a huge thank you to Jina S. Bazzar, fellow blogger and author of Heir of Ashes (and other great books).  She’s always so very helpful and supportive. WPFPoi3 

 

Thank you, Jina!  And thank you, Next Chapter!

(I’ll get my act together, of this you can be sure.  It may not be tomorrow, but it will happen.)

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Thank you !!!

Yesterday was the last day of the Can You Hula Like Hilo Hattie? book-blog tour (although it was a “didn’t happen”, but that’s fine).  What fun . . . and eye-opening.  I have some “must-dos” for January.  <LOL>

Thank you to all those amazing bloggers and reviewers who had the gals from the Triple Threat Investigation Agency trio (JJ, Rey, and Linda) and me drop by –  and a huge hug of gratitude to Jina S. Bazzar, who organized everything!

Thank you, thank you, thank you !!!

Taking a Breath(er)

Can You Hula Like Hilo Hattie? was to be featured on a blog yesterday . . . but it appears that this didn’t happen.  Which is fine.  Things (like life) can sometimes get in the way.  <LOL>  It’s all good.

So I’ll just reiterate . . . thank you to everyone who has featured the e-book so far.  I truly appreciate it (and the Triple Threat Investigation Agency gals are absolutely thrilled).

Once more, I’d also like to extend my gratitude to Jina S. Bazzar for organizing this amazing (eye-opening) blog tour.

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Jina S Bazzar—Not Bizarre, But an Inspiration

Jina is a fellow blogger and writer (among other exciting roles) who also organizes book-blog tours.  In fact, she’s launching one for me, beginning December 1st, for the second mystery in the Triple Threat Investigation Agency series, Can You Hula Like Hilo Hattie?

There is no boundary I can’t cross, no limit I can’t push; my mind is my passport, my thoughts my mode of transportation.”

Having had an opportunity to get to know Jina, I have to say that this dynamic statement fits her to a T . . . so much so, I felt compelled to do a tribute post, an interview as it were.

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How long have you been organizing book blog tours?  How did you get into them?  And what inspires you to do them?

Well, it all started at the beginning of the year when I was considering doing a tour for my own debut novel. I read, researched and re-read how to go about organizing a book tour.  At the time I was scrambling to meet deadlines, so the amount of work and the time necessary to do it properly lost me.  A few months later I wanted to help a friend promote her newly released book, so I helped her organize a tour – I already had a notion of how to go about it, and I already knew some bloggers who hosted tours.

To be honest, I’ve only done it twice, and I’m only trying to help others promote.  It’s not really a hobby, there’s really no motive besides being helpful.

Please enlighten us about your current Roxanne Fosch books—where did you get the idea?  Where are you at now?

The idea for Roxanne’s story developed slowly.  There was no wake-up call moment or a dream-induced plot for me.  I’m a pantser, so I can’t say I plan ahead, though when I started, I knew who my heroine was, I had a vague notion of what would happen, and I knew how I wanted the ending to go.

Heir of Ashes, the first installment, was just re-published by Creativia Publishers, and Heir of Doom, the second installment, is in the copy-editing stage (thank you, Tyler, for taking up with my illiteracy), and Heir of Fury, the final installment, is currently being drafted.  There’s a novella on how Roxanne came to be in the mess she is in, called The Curse (available for free on Smashwords here: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/797038

What are you planning, going forward?

Going forward . . . well, my first attempt at writing a few years ago resulted in a shudder worthy, hand-to-mouth mortifying experience.  That trilogy is buried somewhere in a USB memory drive, and I plan to pick it up and use it as an outline for the next trilogy.  I also have a complete draft for a romantic suspense that I want to tackle – probably before the embarrassing trilogy, since it’s a stand alone.  But it’ll all depend on my mood and if I want to work on fantasy or straight fiction.

But yes, going forward, I plan to keep writing, blogging, baking and continue on the crazy-lane with my kids.

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Kudos to Jina.  She has lots on her [vast] plate—and I have no doubt she’ll accomplish all she sets out to.

Make sure to check out her book Heir of Ashes (and Heir of Doom, when it’s available).  You can visit Jina’s blog and learn more about her at: https://authorsinspirations.wordpress.com.

Thanks Jina!

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