, I finally received the codes for a free download of my new audiobook from Audible. I really had to chase them down. I love Audible but they work on their schedule not mine.
I have a few codes left for my first audiobook, Broken Branches. Authors give out freebies with the hope that the person receiving it will go on to write a review on Amazon and Goodreads. Authors live for reviews. How else are we going to know if our readers, or listeners liked their hard work. So far I have received one review for the audio version of Broken Branches. It was a pretty good review if I do say so myself. The story was very well received and only a little constructive criticism of the narrator. We will get better thanks to that review.
I have twenty-five codes to give away in exchange for a review of book two in the Green Lady series, Whispers in Time.
Now is a great time to try an audiobook. I'll be having book three in series, Hidden Assets, made into an audiobook before Christmas, fingers crossed.
By the way my children's book, Sailing Away to Nod, won a Silver medal in the Florida Authors and Publishers Presidents awards in Orlando this month.
Sailing Away to Nod would make a great Christmas present for a young child. What kid could resist a giant, a dwarf and princess. It's available in hardcover and as a Kindle.
Who knew young children would be using Kindles? I sure didn't.
If you have written a book and published in paperback you really should consider doing a Kindle as well. If you use KDP, which is part of Amazon ( isn't everything) you can sign up for kindle select and offer your kindle for free, up to five days in any three month period. I can hear you ask how does that benefit me? You will be paid for every page that is read from the Kindle Global fund which has millions to give to authors.
Free does work. It gets your name out there and your books read. I have a small following for my Green Lady Inn series. I'm working on book four now, The Spell Box. As always I just have to sit my butt in the chair and finish it. I'm three quarters of the way done on the first draft. You can read reviews of my books on Amazon. I hope they will tempt you to try one.
If you would like a code for book one, Broken Branches, or book two, Whispers in Time, please send me an email - email@example.com. I'd love to hear from you.
I'm a self-published author. I'm also a control freak and like to have a say in everything to do with my books and also want a bigger chunk of my royalty. I don't want to pay an agent 15% and a publishers another cut of my profits.
That said, I love to read books by other self-published authors. Recently I finished a series by Leslie S. Talley. Her series is the Clarice Campion/ Miss Letty Mysteries and they are a joy to read. The last in the series is in a castle in Scotland, The bonnie, Bonnie Bone
The books are about an innkeeper and her family who trade places with other innkeeper's all over the place. Every where they go they find dead bodies or skeletons and the hunt is on to find who done it. Her home inn is in Daytona FL. Her descriptions are lively and you can actually picture the setting in your mind. The books are a history lesson as she brings each setting to life. What I also enjoyed was that they are written in the first person and she has done a fantastic job. The books are filled with humor and the exchanges between the characters are wonderful. I found myself laughing and talking back to the pages. A must read for anyone that likes a great cozy mystery.
The other book I've been reading is Illusions of Paradise, by Pat McKanic. I'm having a hard time with this one. It's a bit slow and the formatting make it difficult to discern chapter breaks. It's set on the Island of San Saypaz', somewhere hot and beachy.
The main characters are a sexy female reporter and an even sexier detective. I just think it could have been tightened up and moved a bit faster. I put it down in favor of reading the Bonnie, Bonnie Bone by Leslie S. Talley.
Now to blow my own horn. My children's book, Sailing Away to Nod won a silver medal in the Florida Authors and Publishers Presidents awards this past weekend in Orlando.
As always I'd love to hear from you. Please leave a comment or ask a question.
It's been almost two weeks since I had surgery on my shoulder. Believe me the physical therapy hurts like H-ll. I been a bit lazy in blogging but I have to tell you about this conference.
My writers group, ABC Books 4 Children & Adults, Inc., has planned it's first writers conference for April 13, 2019 in Port Charlotte Florida. Titled the Southwest Florida Writers Conference we have been busy contacting NY agents, editors and publishers and they are coming. This is the first time such a conference has happened in this area.
This evening I got the first line up of the workshops and talks to be presented. It's pretty impressive. I have always tried to learn as much as I can about my craft. If you want to be the best you can be try attending a conference in your area.
I will be giving a workshop on internet marketing. In the few years that I have been writing I've also been learning all I can about marketing. I'm not on the Times bestseller list. I just enjoy the challenge of trying to sell my books. I started out writing children's books moved on to adult cozy mysteries, made them into kindles and now I'm taking my Green Lady Inn series into audio. If you would like to try an audio book here is a link.
Broken Branches Is book one in the award-winning Green Lady Inn series. Whispers in Time is book two in the series and will be available soon.
I'll be back soon PT today was a killer. Nice young man was trying to take my arm do impossible things.
Please leave a comment or a question. I'd love to hear from you
From the active mind of Brenda M. Spalding