Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Ready, Set, GO!!!

To our Team!! We have two tours ready to go, You will be recieving an email soon asking you to let us know what you which tour you would like to be part of. If the answer is yes, then put both on there..

Last Month on her way home from Christine Feehan's Fan2012, Vickieann called me. One single sentence. We are starting an Online book hosting company. Me, being me said well, umm, sure.. best thing I ever said. Vickieann is driven and focused her mind always spinning. She has no problem putting the company out there. I am creative and anything but focused with a mind that is so full of new ideas, I sometimes stumble over my thoughts.

Six weeks later, we have over 50 bloggers ready to host our tours and 5 authors signed up and we are ready to go. Using contacts, friendships and Vickieann's amazing persistance we are proud to announce our first two Official Tours, just waiting to go.

Noted author of the Wing Slayer Hunter Series, Jennifer Lyon, is releasing a novella telling us Ram's Story. We will be hosting a media blitz April 18, 2012 on 10 blogs. With Reviews, Bios and giveaways on each and every one of them. On each page there will be a linky so you can hop to the next page and read a different perspective without having to hunt them down.

A Brief Blurb!

Wing Slayer Hunter, Ram Virtos, must find his soul mirror witch and convince her to mate with him before his Thunderbird tattoo kills him. But while that witch might be able to save Ram’s life, it is the mysterious Ginny Stone who inflames his passion.

Ginny has been deeply fascinated by Ram for months, but dared not act on it or she’d be torn from her mortal life on earth and thrust into her dreaded destiny as a half-breed angel. But when her beloved brother’s soul is at stake, she must do the one thing she both fears and desires…

Take Ram to her bed

Best selling author Donna Grant will be introducing a spin off series of her Dark Shields Series.. She has two book coming out this spring and we will be promoting both for her Books Midnight's Master and Midnight's Lover. Our tour will run from May 14, 2012 to June 22, 2012 Monday through Friday only.

Some Info on the Dark Warriors, from Donna's Website

I’ve had a ton of questions about the Dark Warriors series and why I ended the Dark Sword series. The last thing I want to do is confuse readers. So, I’ll attempt to make things clear without posting any kind of spoilers for those who might not have gotten caught up on the series.

First, let me thank all of you who joined me on the journey of my Highland Warriors and their Druid heroines. I so love the world of my Warriors and Druids, and without y’all I wouldn’t have been able to continue to discover these amazing characters.

You can read The Beginning for the Dark Sword series as well as learn the reading order, find wallpaper, and watch the amazing book trailers by clicking here.

The Dark Sword series does end with DARKEST HIGHLANDER. Sort of. The story line picks right back up with the first Dark Warriors book (Logan’s) MIDNIGHT’S MASTER followed the very next month by MIDNIGHT’S LOVER (Ian’s). From now on the Dark Warriors books will be released back to back every four months!

So yes, the series name has changed, but that’s because of everything that happens leading up to DARKEST HIGHLANDER as well as what happens at the end of the book.

I’ve gotten some emails regarding DARKEST HIGHLANDER. I know some of you are upset, and I apologize for that. I follow my characters wherever they take me, and most times I’m as surprised as you are by what happens. I didn’t understand why the characters had led me to such a scene, and it wasn’t until late in 2011 that it all came together and I finally understood why it had to happen.

There is so many great things coming in the Dark Warriors series that I’m bursting to tell y’all. But I hate spoilers, so I’m going to keep it to myself. All I can say is be prepared for a roller coaster ride that will leave you reeling!

But that’s not all. My publisher asked me to come up with another series that would be heavily connected to the DS/DW world. I, of course, jumped at the chance. The first Dark Kings books will be special eNovellas released in July, August, and September of this year.

You’ll begin to see mention of these new guys in the Dark Warriors series and vice versa. It isn’t too long before the guys from both series get together, and lord help the ladies when they do!

Here’s the 2012/2013 schedule for the Dark Warriors and Dark Kings books:

MIDNIGHT’S MASTER (Dark Warriors) – May 22, 2012
MIDNIGHT’S LOVER (Dark Warriors)- June 26, 2012
DARK CRAVING (Dark Kings) – July 31, 2012
NIGHT’S AWAKENING (Dark Kings) – August 28, 2012
DAWN’S DESIRE (Dark Kings) – September 25, 2012
MIDNIGHT’S SEDUCTION (Dark Warriors) – October 30, 2012
MIDNIGHT’S WARRIOR (Dark Warriors) – November 27, 2012

Title TBD (Dark Warriors) – June 2013
Title TBD (Dark Warriors) – July 2013
Title TBD (Dark Warriors) – November 2013
Title TBD (Dark Warriors) – December 2013

I hope this helps with an explanation. And yes, every Warrior will get to have his book. :)

I can’t wait for y’all to meet the guys from the Dark Kings. Let me just say yummmmmmmy!!


I don't know about you but I am so very excited!

New Opportunities

Good Morning Team!

I have just a quick announcement post.
We have been approached by several authors to book tours and I would like to get a feel for who likes what type of reads. We have many more tours in the works but I will not reveal them until we have solid dates for you to consider.

Please take a look at:

Jennifer Lyon -FORBIDDEN MAGIC One Day Blitz on April 18th so keep that date open for posting.

Danielle Blanchard Benson - Better Off Dead: Book II (The Vamp Saga). Her Vamp saga Death Wish Book I is available on Amazon and is described as...... Welcome to Las Vegas in the year 2020.

The cold war between mortals and vampires has ended ... the vampires won and now they control the most powerful organizations in the world which include the Global Six, the pharmaceutical industry, the gaming industry and banking.

Manon Mourey is a half-breed (too bad she doesn't know it) and one of the most powerful vamps in the world, Mikkel Damgaard, has eyes only for her. She holds the key to a dream most vampires have had since they were turned... yet her secret to changing the undead into Day Walkers could spark a war on the International Vampire Council... and soon ensnare the whole entire world.

This book is not YA friendly, contains a lot of profanity, a bit of snark, and has a few choice scenes of sex and death. It is not for the faint of heart.

Please comment below as to your interest in these tours. We will be sending out emails to each of you as well for scheduling dates and post type.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

A Fun Way to Grow Your Blog Traffic

You have all seen them.. Blog Hop.. some are serious, some are wacky, some are funny, some have giveaways, some celebrate a holiday, some are created to encourage reading, some are just blogs to get to know each other.. and some are over 18 only!!

There are so very many blogs and eventually IO will be offering a weekly blog hop just to have some fun amongst the IO Team.. and of course anyone else who wants to participate..

Give Away Blogs are great fun.. who doesn't want to win great swag?

Here are a couple of examples of fun bloghops..

MANCANDY MONDAY.. yep that right all day Monday several bloggers post pictures of hot men.. Some are more explicit than others.. I try and keep mine a tease but other, you had better have a fan! And if you are under 18 blogs are appropriately marked.. warning you it could be more than you should be seeing... Heck if you are over 18 and prefer not to embark on such a journey this blog hop is not for you..


Another fun Blog Hop is the Feature and Follow Blog Hop. This blog is hosted by Parajunkie and Alison can read.. They find a blog to feature, share a little information about themselves.. then ask us all a question.. their questions usually vary and can be a lot of fun.. This blog hop was created to get to know each other and gain members.. They are working to change with the loss of GFC and now have a RSS feature to their hop..


A Third blog now running is the Luck 'O the Irish Hop.. The link is obviously closed for this but it is a great example of a both a give away blog hop and a holiday based one. Check them out and see if it is something you might enjoy.. The can be a lot of fun..

Are you a fan of the Black Dagger Brother Hood? There is a Blog Hop being hosted by Talk Supe and Under the Covers it will be a BDB-themed blog hop to celebrate with other BDB fanatics!

I know tips are supposed to be on Tuesdays but I wanted to give you all a chance to check out ManCandy Monday and see if you want to participate.. of course you have to be knowledgeable about what your blog is about and what your readers might like.. Sometimes if you join the wrong blog you end up turning people off..


Saturday, March 24, 2012

Announcing a new weekly post, Tuesdays Tips

I know it's not Tuesday so whatever can I be thinking..

I just wanted to share this new feature of our blog. To IO Team, Vickieann and I have promised to have regular posts to offer suggestions to help make each of you a success. Our team runs the gamut from beginning reviewers and first Host Team to Experienced Blogs with plenty of Hosting already under the belt.

That being said EVERYONE can always learn something new. So starting Tuesday the 27th of March there will be a regular post of helpful tips. Just like we request for all your team posts.. it will be posted by 8:00 AM EST.. If you miss a post or want to revisit it, there will be a page designed for you to peruse each tip as you feel you need them.

I am hoping that team members will have insights and suggestions that they have discovered on their own and would consider doing guest posts. That way we can work together and grow.

For the forseable future, here is a list of some of our Tuesday Tip Topics

  • How to Schedule a post on Blogger and WordPress
  • How to write an exciting and interesting interview
  • How to promote a guest author
  • How to bring traffic to your blog
  • Social Media and their uses 
  • Twitter Parties (which is more of an extension of the above two suggestions)
  • How to write a successful review (yes I know you are all already review blog sites but as I said there is always something new to learn)
  • How initiate a Blog Hop
  • How to create a good repore with an author
  • And Many Others
If you have suggestions or would like to write a guest blog on this subject let me know.. I hope to get not only bloggers but maybe an author or two to participate. For now I just want to get you excited about what IO can offer you, the members of our IO Team

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Where can a blogger get free books and access to authors for interviews and guest blogs?

The easy way is to join an Online book tour company. As a host for a tour company you get to pick the authors and books that interest you. You are offered the tours that fit your genre and when a tour and date is available that fits your needs, you offer to host the book and author either through a book review, interview, or author guest blog.

You also get the extra bonus of all the extra promotion for your blog site by the tour company and the author who are promoting the tour stops. This will bring new members to your blog and increase your traffic numbers.

At Innovative Online Book Tours we also offer weekly tips for improving your blog and increasing reader participation. Promotion is what we do and we love to share our ideas with you.

Become a Tour Host with Innovative Online Book Tours. We are looking for all genres and love your ideas and input for featured authors and new ideas. Invite your blogger friends to join us as well.

More New Faces

We just keep growing! I want to take the time to introduce you to a few more people!! 

For those of you who think we may be small our team is growing every day. Vickieann and I are working diligently to assemble the best team possible! Bloggers that are dedicated to sharing our love of books. 

>Make sure to encourage your friends to check us out and contact us if they see something they like. 

Now here are our new members.

Alaskan Dreams- pocketful of snowflakes
Minding Spot
Jess resides here

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Welcome New Blog Host Team Members

IO is starting to really come together. It is always exciting starting a new venture but IO is near and dear to my heart. Doing something that I love to do. I am the lady you meet in the book store that you think is an employee.. Always ready to point out a good book or one you should try. I have such fun doing that and reviewing authors and sharing information on my blogs that obviously IO tours is just a next step in the process. 

As IO grows we will be offering you many options, suggestions and exciting opportunities.. for now, I just want to introduce you to the new members of our Hosting Team..

Bodice Rippers, Femme Fatales and Fantasy

Monday, March 19, 2012

What’s a Blog Tour?

A Blog tour is consistent online promotion of a book, utilizing blogs, placing ads on websites, holding online interviews.

This is one of the most effective ways to market your book. Statistics show that most readers need to hear about your book three different times before they think seriously about buying it. So how do you get the needed exposure for your book?

A blog tour is one of the most cost effective campaigns for authors and publishers.

A blog tour is a virtual book signing, a meet and greet with an established group of individuals within each bloggers site of followers as well as your readers and interested readers wanting more information. Rather than taking the time and cash to make a physical tour of bookstores, many writers now appear on blogs throughout the world.

Innovative Online Blog tours will design your personalized tour, contact the blog hosts, schedule the tour dates, organize the delivery of product to be reviewed, confirm the book was received by the blogger, send confirmations to each blog host, follow up on reviews posted to tour stops, and link each post to our company website and social media sites.

Innovative Online Blog tours will promote your blog tour through twitter, Facebook, our website, triberr, the Blog tour hosts online community, and you yourself, to your online community. When all of the promotion and exposure is combined you will be exposed to thousands of readers for pennies per opportunity. As readers visit the tour locations clickable “buy now” buttons of your book will be available at each host blog site for Amazon & Barnes and Noble. Also all bloggers posting a review will be strongly encouraged to post those reviews on the major book retailer sites as well.

So what is next?

Once you schedule your tour, I.O. Book Tours will begin organizing the tour (making Banners, Buttons, Etc. For your book tour)

The Tour opportunity will be announced to our host bloggers for scheduling dates and promotion options (book review, author interview, author guest post). You will be kept informed regarding when you are scheduled to do guest posts and interview questions will be sent from the blog host to I.O. Book tours and then forwarded to you.

So what is needed from you the author?

• Choose your package
• You Promote the tour dates and locations that we give you on your website, blog,twitter, facebook, etc.
• Attend your tour stops and interact as you choose.

A New Beginning

Are you an Indy writer, a newer author or and established author just looking for a new way to market your book? Maybe you are self published? Or you desire to participate more actively in promoting your work? Enjoy the excitement of readers experiencing your book for the first time while we do the promotion piece for you.

Why Innovative? We bring our deep enjoyment of books and a passion for the written word to promotion. We appreciate that this world is a melting pot of diverse people with a variety of interests in many genres and styles. We endeavor to accommodate both you and your readers in every way possible.

Innovative online blog tours offers you an easy friendly way to promote your book and meet your readers without traveling the country. Not only will we promote your book by getting reviews posted on assorted blogs but we also strongly encourage all of our blogging partners to post reviews on Goodreads, Amazon and B&N. Another unique tool we offer is a click-able Link to purchase your book at many of the main retailers including Amazon, B&N, and any other you may be utilizing. We offer a variety of packages for you to choose from and are excited partner with you in promoting your book.

Our staff currently consists of:

Vickieann, who has her degree in Marketing and is already working to offer you the best options and the newest tools for online promotion possible.

Shauni, who has a lifelong love of history which allows her to absorb many facts and details. She also is an experienced owner and writer of six blogs, all of which will be available for blog tours.

We are currently in discussion with an editor. Yes that is right we will have an editor available for you to hire. How many of you have written an excellent book only to be stymied when it comes to editing? Or you have worked with editors who were below expectation? We hope to help you avoid that frustration by offering this service to you.

We are also in discussion with several illustrators.. wouldn't that be nice? One stop shopping. Finding someone to do your art work can leave you beyond frustrated. You are a writer and just want to write and instead you are left handling a myriad of details. We really want to alleviate that stress for you.

Make sure you check back in.. we will continue to expand our offerings and adjust to the changing needs of the publishing world.

The IO Book Tour Team