Sunday, April 29, 2012

Exciting New Tours Going on Right Now

Looking for a great new book? Check out the following tours, showcasing Danielle Blanchard's Better off Dead and Nadja Notarani's The Third Fate

Danielle Blanchard 



1-May    Lissette, Lissette E. Manning  (review)
2-May    Kayla, Bibliophilia, Please  (Interview)
3-May    Heather, Red Headed Bookworm   (review)

4-May    Nikki, Storm Goddess Book Reviews  (interview)

5-May    Mary Ann,  All Things Wirting    (review)
11-May  Laurie T, Reader Girls (Interview & review)
12-May   Suzie Welker, Book's Reviewed by Bunny (review)
14-May    Sheika, Doctorsnotes (interview)   Trish Dechant (review)
15-May    Rea, Rea's Reading and Reviews Review
16-May    Shannon,  Cocktails and Books (interview and review)
17-May    Melissa, LilyElement Book Reviews   (review and Interview)
18-May    Brooklyn, Ce-Ce`s Garden of Reviews (review)
19-May    Julie, Bookaroo-ju (Review)
 Nadja Notariani

29-Apr     Jess  WonderlandReviews (review)

1-May     Melissa Vera adventures of frugal mom (interview and review)
2-May     Mary Ann Loesch  All Things Writing Review and Interview w giveaway 

2-May Shauni, Tea and Book Bio/Synopsis/Excerpt 
3-May     Laurie Treacy Reader Girls (interview)  
4-May     Kerry-Ann McDade A Redheads Guilty Reads (review and interview givaway)
5-May     Kimberly R  Turning The Pages (Review/interview w giveaway) 
6-May     Suzie Welker Book's Reviewed by Bunny ( Review) 
7-May     Gael Blogher.com/GaelMcCarte (review)
8-May     Ramblings of an Amateur Writer (Excerpt/Bio) 
9-May    Mely Journey with Words (Excerpt/Bio) 
10-May     Amber Sapphyria's Book Reviews, (review) 
11-May     Jessica Mason Wickedlybookish  (review, interview & Giveaway)
12-May     Lizziebeth Lissette E Manning  ( Review) 
12 - May Shauni, Bodice Rippers, Femme Fatales and Fantasy (Review)

Unconquered Tour Mini Release Day Blitz

Tuesday May 1st is the Release Day Blitz for J.D. Davis’s Unconquered. Be sure to stop by these Blogs for Interesting Interviews and guest blogs.
 
Bibliophilia, Please (interview/Bio/Synopsis)
Lissette E. Manning (Guest post)
Adventures of Frugal Mom (Guest Post, Interview/Bio/Synopsis)
My Cozie Corner (interview/Bio/Synopsis)
The Bunnys Review & Books Reviewed by Bunny (Guest Post, interview/Bio/Synopsis)
Reader Girls (interview/Bio/Synopsis)

Friday, April 27, 2012

Follow the Tour's Friday

 Ever wonder what your favorite author is reading?  Andrea has posted a guest post during her Dissolve tour and she tells you just that.  Visit Ramblings of an Amateur Writer  to see what Andrea is currently reading and what is on her TBR.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Pet a bunny and read a review

Stop by Suzie's   Book's Reviewed by Bunny  for  A REVIEW of Andrea Heltsley's " Dissolve"
Bring a carrot and feed a bunny while you are there.

Todays Tour Stop

A REVIEW of Andrea Heltsley's " Dissolve"  at  Book's Reviewed by Bunny

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The Importance of Social Networking

So you have a blog... you write interesting reviews, you post witty an clever daily posts. You even get involved in blog hops and give aways and yet, it seems like your blog is just dead. Little traffic and no comments.. Sound familiar?

Have you used all the tools available to you? Yes you have a blog, do you have a Facebook page to go with your blog? Not your home wall, but an actual page. A Place where you can interact with people you may not choose to friend. I know I don't have a lot of "friends" on facebook. I am just not into that but I love when people come like my Facebook Page. It makes me think that there are those that are interested in what I have to say.. Those that want to keep track of my thoughts.. yeah.. and maybe they just like to "like" things.

Either way, when I make a post on my blog, I immediately copy the URL to that post, get my tiny URL and post it to my facebook page. Now I have double the exposure.. My blog traffic is going to grow.

Of course every post I make on my Facebook Page is attached to my twitter account! So if I make an announcement on Facebook, telling everyone about  my post it just flows seamlessly over to Twitter. When I am posting on Facebook and it's about someone, I make sure to add two things.

The person's Facebook Name..
The person's Twitter Name..

For instance, if it is about Sherrilyn Kenyon.. I write @Sherrilyn Kenyon until the facebook highlight grabs hold and I tag her name. Then right next to it I will put @kenyonsherrilyn.. because that is her twitter name and this post is going straight to Twitter. Completely maximizing my facebook post.

Now for my absolute favorite tool.. TRIBERR.. Triberr is a social network that requires you to have a Blog and a Twitter account. Once you join, you find tribes of like minded people to join. Let me explain as simply as possible.

Say you have 5 followers on twitter and you join a tribe with 4 other people who also have 5 followers. Then you write a blog and your blog appears in the Tribal Stream. Once everyone approves it suddenly instead of being tweeted to 5 people you are now tweeted to 25. You can join many different tribes and your stream grows accordingly. It's a great way to garner traffic.

Yes there are negatives to all of this but I seriously feel that the positives far outweigh the negatives and yes they most certainly do garner traffic. Join a few of these sites, then watch your stats.. You will be astounded at the increase in your visitors.

There are other network tools out there as well but I prefer Triberr because once you are set up, the actual work is minimal. A Couple of stops a day to approve all the posts in your stream and Triberr will stagger the tweets so you don't flood twitter.

These are my favorite networking tools, what are yours?

Shauni



Monday, April 23, 2012


The Tour Starts Today! Andrea Heltsley's Dissolve Tour

Check out these blogs on these dates to find out more about Andrea and her book.

April 23, 2012 adventures of frugal mom (guest post)

April 23, 2012 Bookaroo-Ju (bio/excerpt/synopsis/interview)

April 24, 2012 Red Headed Bookworm (review)

April 25, A Chick Who Reads (guest post)

April 26, 2012 Book's Reviewed by Bunny (review)

April 27, 2012 Ramblings of an Amateur Writer (guest post)

April 28, 2012 Turning the Pages (review)

April 30, 2012 RedHeads Review it Better (bio/synopsis/excerpt )

May 2, 2012 Ali's Book Shelf (guest post)

May 4, 2012 Bibliophilia, Please (Bio/excerpt/Interview)

May 5, 2012 Reviews by Molly (bio/synopsis/excerpt )

Where you can find Andrea:

Her Blog

Her facebook

Her Good reads

Buy it here:


Thursday, April 19, 2012

Coming Soon!


Monday April 23, 2012 starts our Andrea Heltsley Tour promoting her book Dissolve.. Check out these blogs on these dates to find out more about Andrea and her book.

Reviews
April 28, 2012 Turning the Pages
April 26, 2012 Book's Reviewed by Bunny
April 24, 2012 Red Headed Bookworm


guest Post
April 23, 2012 adventures of frugal mom
April 25, A Chick Who Reads
April 27, 2012 Ramblings of an Amateur Writer
May 2, 2012  Ali's Book Shelf
May 4, 2012  Bibliophilia, Please 


 Bio/excerpt/Interview
April 23, 2012 Bookaroo-Ju

Bio/excerpt/
April 30, 2012  RedHeads Review it Better
May 5, 2012 Reviews by Molly

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Jennifer Lyon Tour!!

April 18th is coming soon! Are you ready for some stellar reviews and fun give aways? Make sure and join the Jennifer Lyon Forbidden Magic Blog Hop Blitz!!

10 Reviews and 1 Interview to get the ball rolling!




Reader Girls
Reviews by Molly
Reading Between the Wines
Cabin Goddess
Stressed Rach
Kindling the Fire
Red Headed Bookworm
Storm Goddess Book Reviews & More
With an interview on 
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

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

IO Tours Meet and Greet Blog Hop #2

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This is our weekly blog hope to get to know each other and have some fun.

Each week we will feature one of the team member blogs. If you would like to be featured please leave a comment as such.

A different Team blogger featured every week

Welcome to all of the new book blog tour host team!

Hop on and join the fun.

Meet your new Teammates.

Follow each others blog pages.

Lets have some fun! Join the hop and offer a giveaway if you have one.
This Blog hop is open to any blogger who would like to join the fun.

Today's Featured blog is Tea and Book..





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Tea and Book started as a supplementary blog to Bodice Rippers, Femme Fatales and Fantasy. But as all things do it outgrew it's sidekick status and has found it's own niche. Tea is dedicated to new authors, some you may not see in the grocery aisle.. but are excellently written, fascinating books.. We believe there is nothing better than sipping a cuppa tea and reading a good book..
We have a give away for you.. a complete set of Jessa Slade, Caris Roane and Donna Grant Romantic Trading Cards.. I am so addicted to these things..

Remember all you have to do to win is make sure you are a member of Tea and Book, either by GFC, Facebook or email.. and leave a comment on Tea's page on the blog hop post.. easy peasy..

Remember to post this as your blog of the day.. feel free to offer a give away of your own..  and let us know if you want to be featured in the blog hop!


Tuesday Tip - How to Write a Better Interview

As the internet has expanded, we here in blogoshpere have been given such an amazing opportunity. As bloggers we form communities, we find others with like minds. From the inane to the insane.. We bond with others over movies, children, cars, vacations and yes books. We get a chance to interact with people that even 5 years ago we wouldn't have imagined..

On twitter I speak regularly authors, publishers and fellow romance book lovers.. I even feel a kinship to many of them! And it's not just the newbie authors, who are oodles of fun. What a wonderful world we live in! BUT.. that makes some things harder.. Like writing an interview..

So many of the questions we want to know can be found on the author's FAQ page..  Obviously these are questions that have been asked in ad nauseaum and should be avoided at all cost. Form Interviews have their place but do they really get the wow factor? Get both the author and the reader coming back?

So, how do you write a better interview? How do you get an author to say this was the hardest interview or these were the best questions or I really enjoyed these questions? The answer is you go outside of the box..

Some Simple Suggestions to building a better interview..
  1. Research.. Yes that is right, research.. Check out their Faq page, maybe some older interviews, find out what questions they have been asked often and find out something about them.. what their interests are. Sometimes a little snippet from a previous interview can be a great question. Vickieann found out in an older interview that an author's house had suddenly become cat central and was referring to herself as the crazy cat lady.. so she asked how was that going?
  2. Use your personal experience.. In my recent interview with Jennifer Lyon I found out we grew up about minutes apart so I asked her some questions that I knew she would understand and yet not exclude the readers.
  3. Ask the questions you really want to know.. believe me so do others.. In my recent interview with Jo Goodman I asked if she ever considered going back to an older series.. I miss them.. 
  4. Create a signature move.. At BR and Tea we do a speed round, granted it was created by former BR member Sandy who now is co owner of The Reading Cafe.. but it remains BR's signature move.. as it was on all interviews before Sandy left.
  5. Make sure your interview flows.. if you are speaking about a book and it's characters, don't skip over to where they live then back to the character. Let the questions flow together.
  6. Ask questions about the books but don't make it your main theme..there is so much more to an author than just her books... yes we LOVE those books but let's appreciate their creator.. Because of the internet we know so much more about authors than ever. We know where they live, if they just moved, the struggles they are having with water heaters, furniture, moving men, pets, children... they have lives let's bring them into ours..
  7. Above all be appreciative, as far as I am concerned it's ok to gush..can you imagine giving your heart and soul to something putting yourself out there to be insulted or unappreciated? Yeah, neither can I but I have seen it. Face it some of these authors I have read for a lifetime.. When Cynthia Wright and Jo Goodman responded to me and agreed to interviews, I took a minute to just cry.. I have been reading Cynthia since my HS years and JO since the mid 80's how could I not be excited?
  8. And make it yours..your interviews share more than the author they give us a glimpse of you.. So state your questions loud and proud be you, it's way more fun that way.
Hope this helps.. if anyone has suggestions to add.. or have tried some of these and aren't comfortable then please share them with us in the comments section.

Shauni

Sunday, April 8, 2012

I.O. Book Tours has the Most Amazing Hosts!

This was posted by Heather Schrock Of Red Headed Bookworm Blog



It is a little blurry because of the re-post, Please visit her blog and read it there while you join her followers. Leave a comment if you care to as well. Red Headed Bookworm Blog

I am speechless with gratitude. Thank You so much Heather!


Saturday, April 7, 2012

Now on Tour: Forbidden Magic by Jennifer Lyon

Join the Blitz April 18th

Reader Girls
Reviews by Molly
Reading Between the Wines
Cabin Goddess
Stressed Rach
Kindling the Fire
Red Headed Bookworm
Storm Goddess Book Reviews & More
With an interview on 
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

COMING SOON!!

DANIELLE BLANCHARD:  
Author of Better off Dead,                                    April 28th through May 6th

BLURB
Welcome to Western Europe in 2020.
The International Vampire Council are in the middle of intense negotiations with the Global 6 when a mysterious plot is revealed to end Manon's life and thinly veiled lies Mikkel has told his wife will be exposed once and for all.
Manon is sent into hiding with Emmerik as her protector while a deal can be negotiated to spare her life.
As the clock ticks toward a catastrophic outbreak of new virus which seeks to destroy not only the Lycan population but millions of humans along with it, two ancient vampires return prematurely from their time in the ground, and their mood is less than receptive.
What will happen? Who will live? Who will face betrayal? Who will die? Sometimes, the most devastating secrets are better off dead and buried.
This novel is not YA friendly, contains plenty of snark, supernatural creatures included, but not limited to, vampires and Lycans, not to mention a few choice scenes of sex and death. It is not for the faint of heart.

NADJA NOTARIANI: Author of The Third Fate,                               
Tour April 29th through May 12th

BLURB:

~ One Fate be granted mortal man, used for evil or good as the inner voice directs. Alas, the divine spark draws the eyes of the Fates, the Second Fate sparingly gifted by their hands. Be warned offspring of the gods; guard your gifting well. For if the Third Fate be unleashed, the soul lays bare before one so touched by the gods.' ~

Cautious and quiet by nature, Paige Kinnell watches life unfold from the sidelines, maintaining her simple existence as a shield to hide behind. But underneath her shy, careful ways, Paige senses a disconnect with the world around her, indulging instead her ever curious interest in the legend and lore of time nearly forgotten.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Innovative Online Book Tours Blog Hop

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We at Innovative Online Book Tours are giving a $25.00 Amazon gift card as a prize for this first hop.

How do you win this great prize?

Simply invite a fellow blogger to apply as a host.

Post their blog URL in comments and have them go to the website to fill out the Host form and in one week I will pick a winner from all the successful new blog host applications, very scientifically (out of a hat)

Lets have a fun hop!

This week we are featuring BODICE RIPPERS, FEMME FATALES AND FANTASY


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Hello All! Bodice Rippers, Femme Fatales and Fantasy was born in conversation on Christine Feehan's members walls.. We would read books, review them and discuss them. One day I pointed out how much fun it would be to create a blog that did just that. I dragged a couple of my friends along and BR was born! I love reading! I particularly enjoy Romance and all it's sub genre's. But I also love Michner and Tolkien and Dr Suess and Alexander Dumas and ... I could go on and on.. I can safely say I am happiest when I have a book (or a kindle) in hand. To join in the fun on BR I am going to donate RTCs (romance trading cards) from Donna Grant, Jessa Slade and Caris Roane!
My question to all of you... What makes you happiest? 
Shauni