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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Caliburn Press Blog Hop



Hi all!!
Welcome to the Caliburn Press Blog Hop!!! Below you will find some of our books by some great authors. Please check them out. Don’t forget to follow the blog links below for more blogs and giveaways.

JJ Fowler
The Longest Midnight
The Earth is dead, long ago ruined in the fires of the war - a war without end. Humanity now fights extinction from the legions of the ravenous dead.  These dead warriors change, they adapt, they fight back with our weapons, mimic our tactics, and even speak in our tongue. In a sign of desperation, a small group of human soldiers sets off into the unknown for answers to the dead's uncanny ability to learn and organize and kill. They hope to return with something that will turn the tide in humanity's favor. But is there even a tide to turn? Most humans can only wait and look up into the blackened sky, a sky without sun, a sky they call The Longest Midnight.
Link: Coming Soon.


Barbara Custer
When Blood Reigns.
Marked for death, Alexis holes up in a safehouse with her lover Yeron and four survivors of a zombie invasion. She’s searching for the compound where Kryszka renegades are making a chemical to induce a zombie-like state. Despite frequent assaults by ravenous walkers, subtle dangers such as hidden cameras elude Alexis. She never realizes until too late that the renegade soldiers have been tracking her.
Link: Coming soon.


Marti Boshers
Sophie's seemingly ordinary life is about to be replaced with one full of chaos when she travels to an immortal realm for protection. She discovers she is part faery and part witch, but she is more powerful than either. She soon realizes she will have to protect her family, friends, and this new world she has come to love. She will sacrifice everything and never give up hope. She finds family, love, and power, but she also finds betrayal and murder. Will she rise to the challenge set before her or fall beneath the ashes of what she is destined to save.
Link: Coming Soon

S.A. Hunter
Elanraigh: The Vow
Thera doesn’t know why the Elanraigh Forest-Mind chose her, of all the Allenholme folk, to hear its voice and to awaken her gifts of mind and spirit. The Elanraigh sends a warning dream—black sails swooping toward Allenholme from across the western sea—the Memteth, an ancient enemy, armed with blue fire that hungers to consume life. 


Chuck Daukas: A Little Night Fishing
"Hidden by the sea and the fog, he watches.  His lust for human flesh has sprouted and grown over a preternaturally long life.  Now his hunger is insatiable and he will hide no longer.
On shore, a young, bumbling security guard barely escapes a mind-wrenching encounter, only to find himself all that stands between the thing and humanity - and a multiplying horror that is closer to us than we are to ourselves."


Barbara Winkes
Amber Alert
When her two-year-old niece is kidnapped, Major Crimes Detective Ann McCoy uses every bit of leverage she has with Agent Cal Davis to stay on the case. The girl's parents, Ann’s sister and her wife, are desperate for answers. 
While the investigators look at the disturbing possibilities, a pattern emerges. They find an organization hidden in plain sight that has no boundaries when it comes to pushing their agenda- 
even at the cost of harming families and children.


Julia French
Hill Magick

Seeking escape from her abusive husband, aspiring columnist Rachel Jeffries travels into the hill country of Massachusetts, where she is saved from certain death by self-taught folk healer True Gannett. Armed only with his great grandfather's knowledge, can True protect himself and Rachel and stop the swath of destruction started by the powerful magician Joshua Lambrecht and his obnoxious familiar?

Frank Julius Palumbo:
Planet Nibiru has returned from its twelve thousand year orbit, and its inhabitants, a race of advanced winged gargoyles, will again rule Earth as Gods. Humanity's harvest has begun. 


Sandie Will
The Caging at Deadwater Manor
On a cold, January evening, fourteen-year-old Jeannie Kynde is told that her beloved mother drowned in the murky waters along Florida’s Gulf Coast.  Her distraught father turns on Jeannie, no longer the caring father she once knew.  Four years later, Jeannie is finally old enough to escape her father’s clutches, but he has different plans.  He imprisons her at Deadwater Manor, a psychiatric hospital with an unscrupulous past. Will she be locked away forever?


BLynn Goodwin
Talent
Fifteen-and-a-half-year-old Sandee Mason wants to find her talent, get her driver’s license, and stop living in the shadow of her big brother, who disappeared while serving in Afghanistan. She tries out for the school musical, but is assigned to a job that might be better than any role. Everything changes after her dad picks her up following a Saturday work day, and I can’t tell you the rest without spoilers. If you check the reviews on Amazon, you’ll see that it’s well worth your time.


Tina Amiri
Whatever the Impulse
When There’s Nowhere To Go But Too Far.. 

With his sole guardian turned stalker and the police on the wrong side, 19-year-old Night has little choice but to enter into an elaborate ruse in exchange for refuge. Despite his oppressive, isolated past, fulfilling his dying mentor’s grand expectations is achievable for prodigious Night, but threats and temptations abound. As Night’s power increases, will he be able to control his feral impulses, and more importantly, will he care?



Michael Penny
The nations of Daern are being torn apart. Old enemies are watching their borders, leering through a thin veneer of peace. The nobles search for weaknesses among their rivals, even as their castles crumble around them. And hungry spirits creep into the souls of mortals, whispering of more horrors still to come. At the edge of civilization, four lives collide in this world where mercy has become a luxury few can afford and life is often cheap. Can they survive under the pressure of forces they barely understand?



Jodie Pierce
The Vampire Queen (book 1 of 3-trilogy)
A young woman awakes to find out not only is she an important Countess but she is also the very first or 'Ancient One' as she is called by her subjects. Her memories of being a vampire or anyone are gone so she must relearn everything (from spells to flying) from the people around her, but can they be trusted? She also learns her main objective as the old Countess was purifying the vampire race and wishes to continue with that work. The 'Others', powerful and evil vampires, attempt to use her memory loss to their advantage. They had been trying to entice her to their side for centuries. Struggling to remember her past, battling the 'Others' and coping with her new life keep the Countess busy throughout this spellbinding and thrilling novel. Will she succeed in her goals or will the 'Others' win her over to their side this time around?


Angela Page
Matched in Heaven
Heaven may not be what you imagine. 
Jake and Mimi are dead and riddled with guilt. They play matchmaker for their spouses on Earth with the help Marcel, a disgraced priest. A May/December romance blossoms for Samantha and Syd on Earth until fate steps in.

Thank you for visiting my blog and don’t forget to check out the other ones on this blog tour. You can find the links below:


5/1 www.matchedinheaven.net
5/2 www.bloodredshadow.com
5/4 www.kissedbyliterature.blogspot.com
5/7 www.sandrahunter.blogspot.ca
5/7 www.juliafrenchbooks.wordpress.com


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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Making a Book Trailer



Today I want to discuss book trailers because I know that a lot of people are intimidated by this process or they assume they don't have the time. I am no expert in making book trailers, but I wanted to share this post to let you know how easily it can be done. It can also be done without taking all of your time.


It took me two weeks to put my book trailer together and I work a full-time job. I'd also just had a baby so no more excuses to get this done. If you want to go and pay someone to do this for you there is nothing wrong with that. If you have the money, go for it. This post is for the people who just don't have the money to put towards something that they can do with a little bit of patience. If you plan well, it makes the process go very smoothly.


There are only a few steps in this process and it can be done for free, if you look in the right places. I used window movie maker for mine, but you can also use imovie if you have a mac.


Step One: What do you want to say?


In the first step, before you even open windows movie maker, you need to figure out what you want to say. I believe the simpler it is, the better. It shouldn't be more than a couple of sentences.


Step Two: Pictures or Video


The second step is to look through some pictures or video that ties in to what you are saying. You can choose your own or go to http://photobucket.com/ or http://www.dreamstime.com/. Those are just a couple of sites where you can find some pictures to add to your trailer. Make sure they are ROYALTY FREE pictures. You have to be sure of this or you could face copyright infringement issues. Some of these are free and some are not so be aware. This was the longest process for me, but after I figured out what I wanted it went faster. I spread this out over a couple of days.


Step Three: Storyboard


In step three you need to draw you out a storyboard. This may seem like a wasted step, but trust me you will save time by doing this step. You will change your mind at least a dozen times and this will prevent having to change them in windows movie maker. You want everything final after you place them in movie maker.


Step Four:


In step four find some music that will fit in with your story. Match the tone of the story with the music. For example, is your book dramatic, sad, humerous, or scary? You can make your own music or find some sites that offer ROYALTY FREE MUSIC. I paid $7.00 for mine, but there is some free royalty free music out there. You can also use soundeffects. I found it was worth the $7.00 to get the perfect sound I was looking for.


Step Five:


The last step is, when everything is how you like it, place your files in windows movie maker. Remember to KEEP IT SIMPLE. Place your pictures in the order you want and set them to fade in and out or dissolve. This will be in animations. Set every transition for the picture the same or it will look cheezy and choppy (this is only my opinion). You can play around with the animations to see what you like. Next, tell your story. Add the text under the picture that matches up with what you want to say. Think of a movie trailer, each picture should tell a part of the story. You also want to set the animations/transition for your text. My favorite is dissolve. Use the same for all text. Now, you want to add your music. Make sure the music plays beginning to end. You want to set volume to fade in and to fade out. Once you tweak it as you like, save it for web use. Then, send it to Youtube and you are ready to share to all social media sites. Don't forget to add it to your website as well.


I have told you five simple steps in making a book trailer. I hope this helps erase the intimidation a lot of you have been feeling. I also would like to add don't over think this process. Just keep it simple. Some book trailer are a bit overdone, in my opinion. If you want your readers to use their own imagination, you need to keep actors out of it or at least their faces. Don't show too much because it could ruin the book before it gets published. Take your time and devote maybe 10-15 minutes a day to this so it can be fun and stress free.


I truly hope this has helped. Please suscribe to my blog for future posts. Thanks for stoping in.

Monday, March 14, 2016

My Marketing Strategy

There are a lot of things that will help you sell a book, but not putting the work into marketing is not one of them. I want to stress that I am not a marketing expert. I am just here to tell you what is making the process easier for me.

Okay, so your book is finished. What do you do besides wait? Whether you are with a publisher awaiting editing or you are planning to self-publish, you need a marketing strategy. I can't promise you will sell millions just by getting a strategy, but it will help your book sell. It will also ease the pain and shock most new authors seem to get when they start the marketing process. 

Step One: Sign up for social media

I can't stress this enough, people. This is important! You need to sign up for as many social media sites that you can. Especially, if you can't afford other means of marketing. It's free marketing people...why would you not use it? Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google+, and YouTube, these are all good forms of social media and there are many more. Social media even gets you recognized on an international level so take advantage. You can spread this process out over the week so it isn't so time consuming. Sign up for one every day.

Step Two: Join some groups

After you sign up for some social media sites, you are going to want to join some groups. Who would want to read your books? For example, if you write fantasy, join as many fantasy groups they have. It will give you more exposure and more followers. Again...free marketing so use it. Do this for every social site you are on. Break it up throughout the week.

Step Three: Start Marketing on social media

Now that you have a few sites going, you can start marketing. What are you supposed to say and what if you have no cover? Don't fret, you can do three things. You can make your own-depending on publisher. You can post a blurb of your book, or you can just simply state the title of your book and that it will be coming soon. That is a good start.

Step Four: Website

After a week or two of dilegently posting about your book, you need to give them a little more. It's time to make a website. If you don't already have one you need to get one. This is simple and free to do. This is somewhere you can send your followers from social media to let them get more information about you and your book. After you design your site, you can share it with all social media.

Step Five: Book Trailer

After a few weeks on social media, you may start to get a little bored. It's time to step it up a notch. It's time to think about a book trailer. DON'T RUN AWAY! This may seem intimidating, but it is actually a very simple process. You just can't over think it and it can also be fun. Just remember to keep it simple. This process can be free and you should spread it out over the next couple of weeks. Once you get it the way you want, you can post it on YouTube and share it with your followers. Don't forget to add it to your website.
www.thecreativepenn.com

Step Six: Blog

After you've started getting people interested in you with social media, your website, and your trailer it is time to get yourself a blog started. I know, I know! How the heck are you possibly going to have time to write and maintain a blog? Having a blog is very time consuming, unless you manage your time well. Start with one post per week and work your way up. Post about anything you like. Let it all out and let people get to know you, your work, or both. You can keep it at ten minutes a day if you need to. It doesn't have to rule your life.
www.wpbeginner.com

Step Seven: Newsletter

This is a free proccess you can do at www.mailchimp.com.
You can link it to your website so people can sign up from there.

Step Eight: Friends and Family

Don't underestimate the power of friends and family. Word of mouth can be very effective and of course it is free.

I've given you eight free marketing techniques today that have worked for me. I hope it has helped relieve some stress you may have had and please use the links provided to help through the process. These are all free marketing techniques and if used with persistance can dramatically improve your sales. Please subscribe for more posts on tips and tricks for selling your book. My next post will be on how I made my book trailer.

Marketing Blues


You finally get your book perfect and you send the MS in to a publisher. You wait. You finally get accepted by a publisher. You wait. You finally make it to editing and...you wait some more. Publishing a book is a big waiting game, from my experience. So while you are waiting ever so patiently, why not use that time to do something constructive like marketing. I know this is a word a lot of authors hate and with good reason. Marketing is very time consuming and for most authors it's hard to maintain a good marketing strategy. 

I am a mom and I work a full time job. I was finding it hard to market my upcoming book The Faewitch. I was sitting in front of my computer one day hoping to find an email from my editor saying my book was ready. I thought that if I had the time to check my email over and over again, I could take a few minutes each day and market my book. I needed to take the time I spent worrying over my book and actually market it. So I decided to get a plan. I only have so much time in my busy day so how was I going to use those few minutes to market a book. Well...that is where the plan comes in. 

You need a marketing plan. How do you plan on reaching people? Who is your target audience? What is your budget? These are all important things to consider when marketing. I want to stress that I am not a marketing genius. I am just telling you things that I have learned with the process of having the marketing blues.

This name is fitting because unless you can afford someone to do all the work for you, it can get down right depressing. I didn't know what I was getting into with marketing and I began to get overwhelmed. I needed a plan. It got a little easier or at least a little less stressful when I sat down and wrote out my plan of action. 

Think about it this way. If you get your book on a shelf somewhere and your dream has finally came true, do you want your dream to sit and rot. That is what will happen if you don't do some marketing. Your dream will sit and collect cobwebs. Marketing is the key to a successful book. Like I said before, I am no expert. I am just getting my first book published, but I have done my research on marketing. It is really common sense that if you don't let people know you have a book, you don't really have a book.

So get out there and market your book. Even if it is just by word of mouth. Make sure people know it exists or it just simply won't sell. I hope I've helped clear any misconseptions about whether you should market your book or not. If you simply don't know where to start, my next post will be about my marketing strategy and how it is working for me.

Please subscribe to my blog for further posts on marketing. Thanks for stopping in.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Fallen Angel

I fall from the sky trying not to cry
Reaching out to touch a star, but I pass right by
I feel the wind and I gasp to take a breath
Falling and awaiting a simple dreamer's death
My light dims as I fall closer to the ground
I put my hand upon my chest and feel my heart pound
But there is something in the fast-paced beat
Is it trying to save me from a horrible defeat
Is it telling me not to defy my inevitable destiny
Is it telling me not to let go of what is meant to be
I see my strengths shine through brighter than before
And as I hit the ground the light shines even more
Letting my presence known
Letting myself be shown
I know now I can conquer all my hearts desires
Because I am a fallen angel and I come armed with heaven's fire

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Getting Closer

I have learned a lot over the past few weeks, but I know I have a lot more to learn about the exciting world of writing. It has been three years since I began to write my first book, The Faewitch, and it has been a very interesting journey. I know that I have found my calling in life and that is very gratifying, but it hasn't been all unicorns and rainbows. It has been a long process to get to where I am now and I am still only at the beginning. I know it will be well worth the wait, though, it has been a long wait. I am happy to say that The Faewitch will be published through Caliburn Press later this year so my wait is almost over. 
I do hope to inspire people to follow their dream and not to let fear stand in their way. I was scared for a long time. I finally decided if I wanted a change in my life I was the only one who could do it. So I did and I don't plan on looking back anytime soon.
I hope y'all enjoy my posts and maybe something may help you along the way. 

Always live for passion,
MJ Boshers


Darkness Lingers

I'm a tortured soul confined outside my dreams
Every day I wake it seems
Visions of a love that doesn't exist
A passion withered, denied love's first kiss
I try to grab an outstretched hand
But only sink further into the sand
Time or the devil ticks the clock
When I wake all is forgot
But when I can turn the devil's hand
Back to when love never began
I shall finally witness unmistakable bliss
When the darkness lingers with love's first kiss.

-MJ Boshers