Posted in books, new release

New Releases: Wicked Revenge and Christmas Pets & Kisses 2

Summer has been crazy, but the writing side of things is simmering (as in slowly cooking up some fun stuff!)

Wicked Revenge is finally published! Sorry to all my readers who had to wait FOREVER!

I’ve also got the second book in the Handbook Series coming soon. It will first release as a novella in the Christmas Pets & Kisses 2 box set, then as a full novel this winter.

For more details on both, keep reading!

 Wicked Revenge

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Secrets are unraveling, but they only bring up more questions and not enough answers. While the Roth siblings attempt to recover from the devastating confrontation with the Godlings, each one must overcome their own demons to survive.

In the midst of trying to hold their personal lives together, the captured Richiamos must be rescued from Isolde’s grasp, the Godlings must find a way to battle the traitors intent on tearing them apart, and the truth of the Godlings’ true purpose must be uncovered.

There seems to be no end to the battles they are facing, but if they can just hold onto each other and their sanity long enough to survive, they might just save everyone.

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 Christmas, Pets & Kisses 2

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Warm your hearts this holiday season with twelve all-new sweet romances from best-selling authors. If you enjoyed Christmas Pets and Kisses you’ll love following some old friends and meeting some new ones. This delightful collection of pets, from paws and hooves to wings and fins, deliver another round of Christmas magic and true love.

You can now Pre-Order the CPK2 box set for only $0.99!

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Posted in new adult, the ghost host

Echo’s Guide to Dealing With Ghosts

Echo’s Guide to Dealing with Ghosts

On the whole, ghosts suck. In specific cases, they’re quite entertaining.
So what’s the best way to deal with the sucky ones and fun
ones?

Host a webshow, of course!

The Do’s and Don’ts of interviewing ghosts live on the
internet:
DO make sure you’re
protected.
Circle of salt (more than one if you can), thermal scanner (for
those who can’t see the ghostly guests), motion activated cameras (so it’s not
just you saying something happened!), EVP and EMF sensors (again, more proof
you aren’t crazy). Holden and Zara handle most of the electronics, but the salt
circles have saved me more than once!
DON’T make promises.
There’s always the chance the message your ghostly stalker
wants you to deliver isn’t a heartfelt proclamation of love to those they left
behind. Some are out for vengeance. If you promise a ghost you’ll do something,
they’ll hold you to that promise. By force, if necessary. Trust me, you don’t
want the kind of pain and nightmares ghosts can inflict on you.
DO set boundaries.
You’ve all heard the saying, if you give them and inch they’ll
take a mile, right? Ghost will takes ten miles! They won’t stop taking. My
rules are one ghost per show. Three questions from me have to be answered
before the ghost gets a turn. Only positive messages can be shared, unless you’ve
got the proof to back up any accusations. Oh yeah! NO secrets that will get me
in trouble with the FBI, please?
DON’T believe what
everyone else says about you.
Maybe this doesn’t have so much to do with ghost as it does
about surviving an ability almost no one else understands. Maybe it’s a gift.
Maybe it’s a curse. Maybe it’s an X-Men style mutation. It doesn’t matter. It’s
part of you. Accept. Deal. Move on.

Now, do you want to know a little more about The Ghost Host Show,
me (Echo Simmons), my life savers Holden and Zara, and how I got mixed up with
Malachi, his dead great grandmother, Nazi secrets, and the FBI?

Somehow I knew you would 😉 So here’s an excerpt from The Ghost Host.

My dad frowns, his fingers tightening where they’re gripping the door frame. “Any idea why the FBI would be at our house?”
“What?”
Shaking his head, he says, “Turn the game off and come to the living room, please.”
“Sure, of course. I’ll be right there.”
He turns and walks away, leaving me to shut everything down. It takes me a minute to process what he said and start to panic. I shut down the game and stand. Suddenly, my hands feel cold. Breathing is difficult. My thoughts seem jumbled. I’m not even sure how I manage to put one foot in front of the other, but I end up in the living room doorway a minute later. As soon as I appear, two suit-clad people stand. One is a woman with long, straight hair. The other is an older man with silver at his temples.
“Echo, please take a seat,” the woman says.
The fact that they know me by sight really freaks me out. The numbing cold spreads from my

fingertips up my arms. I sit down in an armchair next to the loveseat my parents are parked on. I look over at them, not heartened by the fearful expressions on their faces. My stomach turns as I force myself to face the FBI agents.

“What’s this about?” I ask quietly.
The older guy looks at me. His expression isn’t kind or unkind. It’s firm, but not in an intimidating way. “One of our agents saw your webshow this week, and we had a few questions. I’m Agent Morton and this is Agent Ellington. We were assigned your case.”
“My case?” I feel sick. I can’t be an FBI case. Surely no college will ever take me if I’m on some kind of FBI watch list, right?
“It’s more of an inquiry,” Agent Ellington says. “Just a few questions.”
“About what?” my dad asks. I nod, echoing his question.
The two agents look at each other and it’s Ellington who takes the lead. “We just need to ask you about the stolen secrets.”
“The what?” my dad demands. He looks over to me, like I have all the answers. My mom is staring at me, too. I can see it on both their faces, the panic that this last good year is about to fall apart. It kills me to see the panic in their eyes as they wonder if I’m going to slip back into what I used to be, to the nightmares and failing grades and constant fear. I have to look away from them to escape it all.
Facing the FBI agents, I say the only thing I can. “I don’t really know anything about it. I know you guys probably think my show is just a big joke, but…it’s not.”
I hear my dad groan, barely audible, but it cuts me to the core. Tears pool in my eyes, but I refuse to let them fall. I don’t blame them for not believing me, but it doesn’t stop me from wishing it was different.
“Are you claiming that Madeline Crew actually contacted you in some way, that she gave you the information you wrote on the board during your show?” Agent Ellington asks. I nod slowly and she frowns. “It wasn’t information you found online somewhere?”
Shaking my head, I try really hard to hold onto my composure. “No. I mean, I tried to look it up later, to see if I could validate anything, but I couldn’t find anything about the Nazi secrets. That sort of thing shouldn’t be on the web, right?”
“That’s exactly the problem,” Morton says.
My heads starts shaking back and forth. I certainly wasn’t trying to cause any trouble when I asked Madeline that question. It’s the same question I ask most of my ghost guests. She just happened to have a better answer than most. “She shared it with me,” I say quietly, knowing they don’t believe a word of what I’m saying.
“You’ve been in contact with Madeline’s great grandson, correct?” Ellington asks. “Malachi Fields?”
The room goes absolutely silent. I can practically feel my dad’s breathing pick up in anger even though he’s a few feet away. I don’t have to ask to know he remembers Malachi’s name from the text he saw the other night. He’s going to kill me. And ground me. I’m so dead.
“Echo?” Agent Morton asks.
“Yes,” I whisper. “He emailed my friend Holden after the show. He saw the show and heard his great grandma’s name mentioned.”
“Then Malachi didn’t tell you about his great grandmother’s service during the war?” Ellington asks.
Suddenly angry at them, I fold my arms across my chest and glare at the both of them. “If you know I’ve been talking to Malachi, then surely you know I’d never even met him before the show.”
“Then how do you explain the information about the Nazi secrets?” Agent Morton asks.
“I already told you!” I shout. My parents both look mortified, and really freaked out, but I don’t care.
“You don’t believe me? Fine. You said yourself that there’s no way I could have known that stuff without access to whatever secret files you guys have. Even if I did, why would I steal information like that and blab about it on the internet?”
Agent Ellington is keeping her cool better than I might expect, but she obviously thinks I’m lying, or just plain crazy. “You honestly expect us to believe the ghost of Madeline Crew told you she stole Nazi secrets.”
“You can believe whatever you want. I don’t have any other answers for you. Make me take a polygraph if you want. I don’t even know why this matters! It was decades ago.”
“It matters because you have information you shouldn’t,” Agent Morton says calmly.
Scared, angry, and ready to bolt, it takes everything I have not to run away. “Well, in the future, I’ll make sure to politely ask the ghosts who follow me around all day not to share any state secrets with me, okay?”

 The Ghost Host is available now for Pre-Order on Kindle and will release on October 6th!

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Posted in books, marketing

Creating a Marketing Plan: Part 2

To get started on your marketing plan, check out Part 1 HERE. Once you have your goals set, it’s time to start preparing.


Preparatory Marketing

Networking with Bloggers

Bloggers are authors’ friends. Not just the ones with thousands of followers. Sometimes the smaller bloggers will do more to promote your post and become an ally for future books. Don’t just spam every blogger you find. Build a relationship by checking out their blog, commenting, and interacting.

Types of posts to prepare for bloggers: Guest posts, interviews, excerpts, Q&A, Top Tens lists, writing advice, etc.

KEEP TRACK of which bloggers you work with for future releases.

Social Media

Facebook

Regular posting on 2-3 platforms.

Share teasers such as quotes, images, character bios, etc.

Share sneak peeks of content.

This helps you build a fan base and interest in the projects you’re working on.

Branding

Blond Business Woman

Establishing expertise through content, i.e. columns/articles/blogs, sharing useful information/articles, etc.

You want readers to know what they can learn/expect from you. Do you share writing advice, post about your own reading, talk about your hobbies, blog your thoughts on a variety of subjects, etc.


Pre-Release/Launch Marketing

Blog tours

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Need to be set up 2-6 months in advance. Bigger tour companies will require more time. It also gives more time to bloggers to read the book and review. Blog tours are for EXPOSURE, not sales, so reviews are really important during blog tours.

Book Trailers

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Post release date in video or description to help promote the release date and/or pre-order status.

Don’t just use your blurb for the script. Create a script that fits your video/photos and gives a unique look at the book through this format. Some book trailers use text only, voiceover narration, or live action.

Resources for making book trailers include: Free Music Archive for music, Windows Movie Maker, Animoto, Stupeflix, etc. for video compilation.

Reviews

Open Blue Book

Reach out to bloggers, beta readers, friends, and other authors who are interested in your genre. If they are new to reviewing, explain the process and how easy it is to leave a review as well as how important reviews are to the success of a book.

DO NOT PAY FOR REVIEWS! It’s against most sites review policies and is considered unethical.

When dealing with Amazon, family and close friends are not allowed to review your book because they may have a financial interest in your success. Same goes for authors affiliated with the same publisher you are with, street team members, or anyone else Amazon deems may have too close of an interest.

Goodreads does not limit reviews from friends and family.

Reviews can’t be posted on amazon until the book is LIVE, but encourage posting on Goodreads pre-release. It’s easy to copy and paste later.

Pre-Orders

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A discounted price is usually offered during the pre-release period. Make sure to add the links to your website/pre-order page.

2-4 weeks is a common time period for pre-orders but trends have recently been leaning toward longer periods.

The Benefit of pre-orders is that ALL pre-sales are tallied on release day = big boost in rankings.


Launch/Release Marketing

Email Blast

Newsletter

Mailing list! Start building your mailing list early. This is a captive audience of readers who are interested in your books. Targeted Marketing=Better Click-Throughs

Release Party

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In-person &/or FB event, Twitter chat (specifics to come…) Gather your fans and readers in one place to celebrate the release. It’s great to get other authors involved for games/prizes.

Media Appearance/Interviews

Podcasts, blogs, radio, YouTube, etc. Explore local media outlets like radio and TV, but don’t be afraid to branch out and talk to online sources like internet radio shows, podcasts, bloggers, Google+ shows, etc. There are many book and writing related media outlets interested in talking to authors.

Incentives to Buy

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Freebie w/ purchase, email receipt for gift, etc. Be creative with your incentives. If you have another talent like music or drawing, pair them up for a bonus gift after purchase. These types of incentives are usually offered during the first week after release.

Add cover art to Social Media images to help announce the release and get people interested in the book.

Update your bio with release info/links so readers who are already following you will have the most current information about your books.

Putting your plan into action requires planning, but the time and effort can pay off with a great release.

WPR Header ImageTo listen to the full podcast on Creating A Marketing Plan That’s Actually Doable, check out the Write. Publish. Repeat. Podcast Part 1 and Part 2.

Posted in the ghost host

First look at The Ghost Host…Finally!

I’ve been dying to share this for forever! So finally, here it is…the cover for THE GHOST HOST!

I had a heck of a time finding a redhead on stock photos sties, but I’m lucky enough to have a fabulous photographer for a sister and she got the lovely Kate Bordeaux to pose as Echo Simmons for the front cover and I think it turned out awesome!!

The Ghost Host NEWYou can add it to your Goodreads TBR list…

TGH GoodreadsJoin the Facebook Release Party…

TGH FB PartyPre-Order the book right now!

PreOrder TGHThe Ghost Host Full WrapIf you want to know more about the photographer or cover model, check them out here!

Cover Model Photography Provided by:

Kassondra Sturtevant with Mystereah Photography (Facebook)

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Kate Bordeaux

Posted in aerling series, new release

It’s getting closer!!! #Invincible #AerlingSeries

One of my most interesting writing journeys started just over a year ago…

I had joined Wattpad several years ago, but didn’t really know how to use it. I’d posted a few chapters and pretty much just left them there to sit. It wasn’t until a good friend of mine, the lovely Apryl Baker, started telling me how great Wattpad was for interacting with readers. She encouraged me to contact the admins at Wattpad about having Invisible featured. I only had four or five chapters up at the time, but I thought, why not?

That’s when things really got interesting…

The day Invisible launched as a featured book on Wattpad on September of 2013, my email notifications went bananas! All day and night I kept getting emails from Wattpad about new followers, comments, messages, etc. I was floored!
I also hadn’t finished the book yet, so I got busy writing! During that time I was out of town training for a new job, so I put the time to good use writing in the evenings after my temporary housemates had gone to bed. During those two weeks, I was able to finish writing the last half of Invisible and get it posted on Wattpad for the hungry readers nipping at my heels.

And then…

As soon as the last chapter was posted, dozens of comments popped up. All wanting to know the same thing. WHERE IS THE NEXT BOOK?!
 
While it was incredibly gratifying to know they were all so into the story the wanted the next installment right away, there was a small problem. I hadn’t even started writing it yet! Really, the only fix was to…well…grab my laptop and start writing! So I did.
INTAGIBLE took quite a bit longer to write, but it was finished in the spring of 2014, but that brought up another problem.
By that point, Invisible had already been published and was planned to be made a free book once Intangible was published. Publishing Intangible meant pulling it from Wattpad…and boy of boy, were my readers not happy about that!
I got some very unhappy messages for a while, but once I started a review exchange program on Wattpad, they forgave me and started asking for book 3…which I really hadn’t started on quite yet.

I knew they would keep asking…

…which really kept me motivated to be perfectly honest, so I started working on book three, INVINCIBLE. I got a few chapters written and posted on Wattpad, but that’s where it stalled out for a while. It wasn’t the ideas or writing mojo that had dried up, it was time. I had three books under contract with two different publishers during that time that all needed to be finished and prepped for publishing. They had contracts, so they had to take precedence.
I felt really bad not being able to put anything up for my loyal (and very vocal, lol) Wattpad readers, but there just wasn’t any time to work on Invincible for about six months. For readers who were used to getting new chapters every week, I’m sure they thought I’d died for a while there! Messages built up too fast for me to keep up with, all asking where book 3 was and how long it was going to take me to finish it.
It took me until just last month when NaNoWriMo crept up and demanded I be productive to get me on the move. It’s kind of a funny story in itself if you want to check it out! Anyway, I bribed myself and made it a priority to finish Invincible by Nov 30th, 2014 so I could have it edited and ready to release on Dec 24th, Christmas Eve, a Christmas present to my Wattpad readers for sticking in there with me through terrible cliffhangers, unbearable moments of uncertainty in Mason and Olivia’s story, more unanswered questions than you can shake a stick at, and long gaps of radio silence from me.

You guys are the best! This entire series is for all my Wattpad readers who pushed me to keep telling Mason and Olivia’s story until all the questions were answered and they finally got to find out what happened at the end.

Even though Invincible wraps up The Aerling Series, I know those who got to share Mason and Olivia’s story will never really let it end.

Invincible, and all the Aerling books, are available now on your favorite ebook platform as well as paperback.

Invincible is only up for pre-order right now, but when you click it, it’ll will put you on the Christmas order list and by the time you wake up Christmas morning, the final chapter of Mason and Olivia’s story will be there waiting for you. Merry Christmas to all my Aerling fans!

And don’t forget Invisible and Intangible is you haven’t already grabbed your copies!
 

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