Showing posts from December, 2015

2016 Go Bananas for the Year of the Monkey! Contest #1

Hey everyone! HAPPY NEW YEAR!  I'm going to try something silly this year! Okay, fine. Sillier than usual. I've decided that I'm bucking normal conventions for advertising and marketing and just doing a whole bunch of giveaways, free book promos, and other crazy stuff. Each month, I plan to host a giveaway using either Rafflecopter, or Amazon instead of another Goodreads giveaway. The idea is that I can be more flexible in my prizes and I can also add on extra 'instant win' type items in the way of free ebooks and the like. Below is the entry widget for the first contest, which is a chance to win a signed paperback copy of Kind of Like Life, my YA sci-fi adventure. Do enter and do tell others to enter as well, but note that the Rafflecopter giveaway is open only to US residents over the age of 18. Additionally, make sure to check my author page every Saturday in January to see which of my books I'm giving away for free in kindle format!

Look Both Ways: the Obligatory Year End Blog Post

2015 is nearly over. Aside from being fifteen years deep into the era known as "the future" and me being firmly supplanted in middle age, what does this even mean? Loads of things, I guess, but I'm going to focus on a few things as they pertain to me because I am completely selfish that way. On a personal level, 2015 had its ups and downs. I had some personal triumphs as well as setbacks. Though I am not one to talk about my personal life in a public setting, I would consider it a dishonor if I did not mention the most difficult moment of 2015 was losing Penny, our oldest dog, back in October. I can only hope to look as pretty at 98 I wish I could say we've found a balance since then, but I'm still coming to terms with the loss and I know I'm not the only one who notices the imbalance. She was certainly one of a kind and she is missed. Sorry for the downer, but life doesn't always give us sunshine and roses. Which is why I will continue m

SIA Presents: The Ghost of Christmas Book Blast! Meet the Authors!

Happy Holidays! Tis the season when once again, the good folks over at Support Indie Authors are hosting another free book event. On Saturday, the 19 th of December, forty authors will be offering more than fifty books in a wide variety of genres absolutely free! What better way to de-stress, decompress, and take a well-deserved break from the hustle and bustle of the holidays than to curl up with a good book? Once again, all of the free books will be listed on the official Book Blast website: As is our tradition, each of the authors participating in the book blast has told us a little about themselves. Each name links to the author’s Goodreads profile, so feel free to give them a follow if you like what you see. Below are interviews for ten of the forty participating authors. At the end of this post are links to three other blogs with the additional thirty authors. Please be sure to visit each and thank you for continuing to #SupportIndieAutho

Unconventional Wisdom

Continuing with the theme I began in my last post, and in response to the need for yet more positivity in the world, I'm going to break from my whimsical musings of robotic shenanigans. You see, it's December, which means that you can't watch TV,browse the internet, or even leave your house without being bombarded by advertisements for the latest and greatest consumables. Ads are everywhere. It's a fact of life. People have things to sell and December might as well change its name to Consumber. Which is why I'm going to stop all advertising of my products for the month. Well, full disclosure: I am going to stop advertising for products that people will need to *pay* for. Very soon we will be having yet another Book Blast and yes, I will promote the heck out of those free books. But I am not going to ask anyone to spend money. I've replaced the pinned tweets on both of my Twitter accounts with messages of joy for the season . This is not a marketing stunt a