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DAVID P PERLMUTTER: #Win7DayBookPromo = WINNER ANNOUNCED LIVE Sunday 6pm!

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#Win7DayBookPromo = WINNER ANNOUNCED LIVE Sunday 6pm!

Competition Time! — KYE
To enter, follow my blog adding your name in the comments. I will pick a winner on a LIVE INSTAGRAM VIDEO CHAT with host Andy Oliver. 
Be part of the LIVE CHAT – 
Follow Andy Oliver  & me

 
The more people who follow my blog, the more people will meet the winning author by email. 
 
The lucky AUTHOR will win:
⭐ SEVEN days of BOOK MARKETING
⭐ One tweet per day of your book on Twitter to over 54,000 followers
⭐ One post per day of your book on three Facebook pages

⭐ One post per day of your book on my Instagram page
⭐ One post per day of your book on my LinkedIn page to over 18,500 followers
⭐ Author Interview on my blog, currently over 235,000 page views and promoted across ALL my social media platforms
I will randomly pick a lucky winner on Sunday at 6pm LIVE on Instagram!
Good Luck Everyone!!!!!!!!!

61 comments:

  1. Hi David!! This is so kind of you. Here’s my email:
    jopaulson@sasktel.net. Cheers and have a wonderful weekend!!

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  2. Hello David and what a great thoughtful contest you are running. Wishing you & all the best of luck💕

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  4. Awesome competition David I wish good luck to all that enter as this is a prize truly worth winning #Win7DayBookPromo

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  5. Thank you, David, for the opportunity. Comes at a great time!

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  6. Not sure if I’m following you on Twitter. What’s your handle?

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  7. Hi David – God bless your charitable and supportive soul – always giving back, you’re an amazing human.
    I have been following your Blog and your Twitter for several years now … here’s my email … reviews@lailadoncaster.com
    Crossing my fingers and my toes 🙂

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  8. Thanks David. Yes I Like To Enter My True Story With You. My Email Address is donaldvodicka057@gmail.com
    https://www.amazon.com/Green-Wall-Guard%C2%92S-Against-Corruption/dp/1440140596

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  9. DPP, I’ve been following your blog for years buddy. Happy weekend! DS

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  10. Awesome David… I haven’t delved into your blog before but some rich and rewarding content here. Thank you ❤️

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  11. #Win7DayBookPromo
    Look forward to reading your blog!
    Crocker.melinda@yahoo.com

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  12. #Win7DayBookPromo Already following you!! @joyrossdavis

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  13. Hello David,
    What a thoughtful and generous spirit you are. Thank you for the shout outs and inclusions on you blogs. You deserve great success.❤️ #Win7DayBookPromo with my autobiography https://www.amazon.co.uk/Faith-Child-Patti-Boulaye/dp/1326615998

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  14. #Win7DayBookPromo https://amzn.to/2qpddWy My email is michelleholland@talk21.com fingers and toes crossed and anything else I can find!!

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  15. Hi David! This is awesome. Thank you for doing this. laurie@laurieholbrook.com

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  16. Hi David,
    You are incredibly supportive of the Writing Community, especially the newbies!
    Thanks
    Mario
    @DellOlioMario

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  17. #Win7DayBookPromo. Thanks for this offer, David. it’s just one more example of your generous heart and kind spirit.

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  18. Hello David, what a fab thing you are offering. Thank you so much. I’ve never won anything in my life, so let’s give this ago 😀 Thank you. Best Wishes #Win7DayBookPromo
    Vicky Parkinson

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  19. Hello David, what a fab thing you are offering. Thank you so much. I’ve never won anything in my life, so let’s give this ago 😀 Thank you. Best Wishes #Win7DayBookPromo
    Vicky Parkinson

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  20. Hiya mate , I hope all is well , I follow you everywhere mate , just the other night I followed you home , tomorrow I will follow you to work 😅😂😅

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  21. Yes , unknown , the man without no name is Rene Costa , I don’t know why my name won’t come up ,

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  22. Hi David, what a fabulous offer! I am one of your biggest fans, love your work! #Win7DayBookPromo

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  23. I didn’t know that would be unknown! It’s Fleur Lind here….

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  24. Hi buddy, Stephen Ainley. #Win7DayBookProm

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  25. Such a fine, generous thing you are offering, David. Wish you a happy weekend. #Win7DayBookPromo

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  26. This is AWESOME David!Thank you🌺
    #Win7DayBookPromo🤓
    Wishing you well🌺

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  27. Hi David! Thank you for the opportunity to win some much needed advertisement!#Win7DayBookPromo

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  28. Thanks for the chance!!!

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  29. I think I forgotten to leave a comment before!

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  30. Thank you David! Happy to add my name to your blog. Evan Knapp @MovementWhere I: EvanKnapp67 FB: @Evan Knapp/@MovementWhere and you can always reach me at WhereThereisMovement@gmail.com.
    Much & many, Evan

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  31. Thanks for this David 😊
    Regards Loraine Conn

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  32. Nearly forgot to do this bit David. Such a great idea and I wish everyone the best of luck. Happy sunny Sunday everyone!

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  33. I forgot too – too many books to write ugh !! Good luck to everyone!!! I will still share.

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TWO HEARTS––UNLIKELY HEROES February 13, 2020 by Casi McLean Casi McLean USA Today Bestselling Author, Casi McLean, pens novels to stir the soul with romance, mystery, and a whisper of magic. With …

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TWO HEARTS––UNLIKELY HEROES

Casi McLean

USA Today Bestselling Author, Casi McLean, pens novels to stir the soul with romance, mystery, and a whisper of magic. With strong, believable heroines and delicious heroes, she tempts hidden desires then fans the flames, sweeping readers into their innermost romantic fantasies. Her fans devour her exceptional romantic suspense and adore her lovable characters. Try one story––you’ll see, hear, and feel the magical eeriness of a fateful night, believe in time travel, be mystified by supernatural, and sense the excitement of romantic suspense––but most of all you’ll want more! Lake Lanier Mysteries Series: Beneath The Lake Winner 2016 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence for BEST Romantic Suspense.

Today, Casi’s crème de la crème pick is Tamara Ferguson’s

TWO HEARTS UNLIKELY HEROES

Check out the full review on Amazon:

5.0 out of 5 stars

Wow! A Terrific Military Thriller!

Wow – Tamara Ferguson does it again!

TWO HEARTS UNLIKELY HEROES is  a military, medical romance of star-crossed love and second chances. I am continually amazed at how this author captures my heart with her richly-drawn, war-ravaged characters. I feel the pain of their physical injuries and glimpse into the mental anguish torturing their souls.

In Two Hearts—Unlikely Heroes, Ferguson weaves a steamy romance then thrusts the couple into impossible situations, all while giving the reader a taste of military life.

The story begins in Afghanistan where hero, Lieutenant Benjamin Nash, discovers Air Force Lieutenant Samantha Caldwell, our heroine, lying on the side of a road with a mangled leg.

Two years later, they run into each other in Crystal Rock, Wisconsin and are once again thrust into the crosshairs of a terrorist.

Tamra Ferguson has an incredible talent that spins the reader into a nail-biting situation ultimately satisfying them with a happily ever after…but along the journey she somehow emboldens my sense of patriotism, hope, true love, and second

chances. If you love military thrillers I highly recommend this book and all of her Two Hearts series!

When Wounded Warrior Captain Samantha Caldwell Is Being Targeted By Terrorists After Killing Their Leader In Iraq, Can AFOSI Agent Captain Ben Nash Keep Her Safe?

When Captain Samantha Caldwell’s team is hijacked by terrorists in Iraq, her quick thinking results in the destruction of both the munitions they were transporting along with the attacking insurgents. But her actions come with a cost, and Samantha is injured from gunfire after sending her team running for their lives.

Assigned to the team following behind, Captain Benjamin Nash has been warned that the intel provided may no longer be accurate, and their mission may have been compromised.

When Ben comes across a severely injured airman near the road while scouting ahead and discovering the wreckage, he manages to radio for a chopper. They’ve never met, but when Samantha momentarily regains consciousness, Ben feels a strange connection once they speak.

But trouble strikes during the rescue, and this time Ben ends up shot as the chopper is preparing to depart.

Two years later, in preparation to become an AFOSI agent, Ben is sent to a training facility in Crystal Rock, Wisconsin, and the last person he expects to see is Samantha, who’s working there as an instructor. Not knowing her name or rank, Ben had been making discreet inquiries about her for several months, trying to discover if the woman who’d been severely injured had survived.

It doesn’t take long for Ben to realize that Samantha is special, and he would do anything in his power to have her. But Ben is there pretending to be an airman since he’s been sent there for other reasons besides training.

Sam is feeling the same way about Ben, but she’s avoiding him as much as possible. Although she can’t quite put her finger on why she thinks Ben is more than he appears, there would be serious consequences if she entered a relationship with someone beneath her in rank.

But everything changes when Colonel Pierce meets with Sam and Ben and discloses Ben’s actual mission. Can Ben keep Sam safe from the terrorists who’ve targeted her after she apparently killed their leader during that fateful mission in Iraq?

Despite their serious subject matter, the Two Hearts Wounded Warrior stories are all about hope, with happily-ever-after endings. This #1 bestselling series has won over twenty combined awards, including the Readers’ Favorite BRONZE (2019 & 2018), SILVER (2019 & 2016) and GOLD (2018) MEDALS in Military Fiction.

About Tamara Ferguson

Writing steamy yet sweet compassionate stories of fate that are wonderfully romantic, Tamara Ferguson is the multi-award winning, USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR of the Tales of the Dragonfly Romance Suspense Series, the Kissed By Fate Series, the Two Hearts Wounded Warrior Romance Series, the Daydreams & Dragonflies Sweet Romance Series and the Tales From Dragonfly Pointe Short Story Series.

If you don’t believe in the power of fate, you shouldn’t read her stories, because Tamara always writes a happily-ever-after for her heroines and heroes, since it doesn’t always work out that way in real life.

Since 2015, she has earned more than thirty awards, twenty of those for her Two Hearts Wounded Warrior romances, including five Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards with Two Hearts In Accord (2019) and Two Hearts Unbroken (2018) earning the BRONZE, Two Hearts Under Fire (2019) and Two Hearts Unspoken (2016) earning the SILVER and Two Hearts Find Christmas earning the GOLD Medal in Military Fiction (2018.) Two Hearts Surrendered was also a New Apple Romance Selection for excellence in Indie Publishing and 2018 Top Shelf Finalist. Two Hearts’ Christmas Wish is a 2017 IAN Book of the Year Finalist. And it’s the #13 BEST INDIE BOOK of 2017.

Along with the 2015 Romance Reviews Readers’ Choice Award Winner That Unforgettable Kiss, Two Hearts Surrendered and Two Hearts Unspoken were also finalists for the 2016 IAN Book of The Year. Tales of the Dragonfly In Tandem was a romance finalist in the Indie Excellence Awards, while Tales of the Dragonfly In Flight was a romance suspense winner at the Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards.

A member of the RWA, the Authors’ Billboard and the Authors’ Independent Book Network, her stories have been included in several #1 bestselling anthologies.

Since she remains a full-time caregiver for an autistic son (along with a bunch of adopted pets!), you can usually find Tammy working at home, where she spends a lot of time not completing her numerous home improvement projects, because she’s writing or helping author friends promote their books on twitter.

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My Girl Blog Tour | Tales of the Dragonfly

My Girl By Jacquie Biggar – Sometimes, the right decision isn’t the easiest one to make

November 8, 2019

My Girl
Gambling Hearts Book 3
by Jacquie Biggar
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Sometimes, the right decision isn’t the easiest one to make
Trish Sylvester knows her family and when they accept a week long stay
at a rustic dude ranch, she is concerned- especially since it’s at her ex’s home.
Aaron is overjoyed at the opening of his family’s guest ranch, until he
learns their first guest is his ex-girlfriend, her parents–and a fiancé.
And that isn’t the only surprise.
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has a new series in paranormal suspense, Mended Souls. She’s been blessed with a long, happy
marriage and enjoys writing romance novels that end with happily-ever-afters.

Jacquie lives in paradise along the west coast of Canada with her family
and loves reading, writing, and flower gardening. She swears she can’t function without coffee,
preferably at the beach with her sweetheart. 🙂 Free reads, excerpts, author news, and contests can be
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Jacquie lives on Vancouver Island with her husband and loves to hear
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Kimmy’s Korner : The Steps to USA Today Bestseller

We MADE IT TO THE USA –

It’s the 4th time for me, but it never gets less exciting!!

Here’s some great information from Kim Hornsby –

The Steps to USA Today Bestseller

We made it to #88 of the top 150 books in the Nation last week, according to the USA Today Bestseller List.
Many authors have sought this title in the last few years with a targeted campaign to sell a ton of books in one week through the specific retailers that report to the publication. I once turned up my nose at the authors who banded together in box sets to offer their 10 book sets at 99 cents to cash in on this phenomena of making the USA Today Bestseller List with a deal most romance readers can’t resist.

That was years ago and now I’m one of those authors. The sad reality is that you can buy your way to the Bestseller list with either enough money or a nice deal with a big publishing company who will promote your book. The lists aren’t a true reflection of the best books, nor are they stacked with Indie authors spending advertising dollars to reach the list (money that the big publishers spend on their new releases).
It’s a game just like all advertising. That’s not to say that many of the books that reach the top 150 aren’t worthy of the accolades. In our week, there were books by investigative reporters, super megastar celebrity writers, reality show star memoirs, children’s books by beloved children’s authors, cookbooks, SAT exam guides and of course, us. We have a Box Set of 10 Christmas Romances.

How did we make it? We started early knowing if we waited until November to release our Christmas books, we’d compete with all the other Christmas Romance box sets going for the list.
In past years, I’ve started late. I also did a box set of Christmas Suspense books with an ominous cover and that did not even get close to listing.

I contacted authors mid-August and got 9 commitments to write a new novella with a Mistletoe Lodge in the story somewhere. I needed a couple of really successful heavy hitters in contemporary romance at the head of the line to pull people in. Sabrina York, Tamara Ferguson, Jen Talty, Natalie Ann all have pedigree in the genre and box set followers.
The common theme of having a Mistletoe Lodge  in each book would be our catch. That and donating to St. Jude’s which was something we did last year as well, but did not make the list. The years before we donated to Breast Cancer Research.
We knew if we launched our book in late October to get ahead of the pack, we only had two months of presales to accumulate for dumping day on Oct 21st. We didn’t have the 3 months allowed on Amazon for presales, or more, if you publish wide at Nook and iBooks. Longer presale periods are allowed over there, which is recommended if you’re hoping to make the USA TODAY list. We had 60 days before launch.
We had a cover done quickly, wrote a blurb and published as a presale with launch day October 21st, a Tuesday. We chose that day of the week because we knew USA Today tabulated sales Sunday to Sunday and sales tended to trickle late in on Monday as well as presales dropping early sometimes on a Monday night instead of a Tuesday. We needed to include those presales. Tuesday is the day.

I compiled a FREE cookbook with Christmas recipes and crafts to advertise the set, calling it by the same name with the words Cookbook at the end. 50 recipes plus additional bonus craft ideas. I put the buy links on almost every page for our box set and we included recipes talked about in our books (that weren’t finished yet.) I launched the cookbook everywhere and it shot to the top of the FREE lists everywhere.
While I set up the main ads, saving the best ones for launch week, we wrote our stories and promoted on Facebook, Twitter and BookBub. Getting a #1 BADGE on Amazon early helped. Our categories were obscure, giving us the best chance to reach #1 faster. We could see our numbers in presales and knew which ads helped the most.
Each author had contributed $500 so we had $5,000 to work with to support our book. A lot was spent on FB ads. Amazon ads weren’t all that effective, nor were BookBub ads, we found. The ROI was not good. For USA Today, you need at least 500 sales combined from B&N and iBooks (we were told Kobo didn’t count but it does, it turns out) so we spent a lot of money to try to get those sales at sites other than Amazon. Certain ads did better than others. Book Doggy had a great ROI, Robin Reads, Fussy Librarian, and some others. We found a Facebook Nook site and used that twice. Some ads that don’t allow you to post more than every two months, were used twice. Once at the beginning of presales and again launch week.
We concentrated on e ads but did make up postcards to give out at several writers’ conferences where we raffled off Xmas gift baskets. We offered Nook users bonuses on Facebook and we set up a presale bonus to try to drive sales to dump on launch day.

On launch day we loaded over 6,000 sales to our Kindle site and saw we had over 1,000 reported on Draft 2 Digital. Our biggest, most expensive ads were stacked all launch week, some days having 2 biggies. The ads went out Tuesday to Sunday, to get as many sales as possible. Sunday, all day, we were gifting books on Amazon to anyone with an email address who wanted one. Several of us attended a big FB reader party and got our gift recipients there. We just wanted to do everything we possibly could do so that if/when we didn’t make the List, we could say we tried everything.
Launch week, we started spending our own (extra) money for FB ads. Before we launched we’d set up a link on BookFunnel with nine FREE books (including a chocolate cookbook) for anyone who ordered the book in presale or bought during launch week and advertised bonuses to buy early. We weren’t beyond bribery, at all! Beautiful posters were created by our authors and we even had a terrific video!

By Sunday night, several of us had been online for pretty much 48 hours selling, promoting and giving away books.
We couldn’t figure out how to give away Nook books if the recipient didn’t have a B&N account set up and iTunes/iBooks is just about impossible to figure out even if you have the iBooks app. As well as needing a 2D cover, iBooks also will not take a placeholder book until the day you need to upload the actual book so remember to leave the book file empty at D2D! We lost a week of iBook sales just before we launched because they delisted it due to the placeholder book not being the correct book. I’d uploaded last year’s box set to hold the place and show a set of 1200 pages.

We also had contracts drawn up, giving me, the publisher, permission to use the author’s individual books until the agreed upon delisting date. Each author signed the contract and sent it back to me in case I got into any copyright problems. I sent these in to Customer Service and to Contact Us just to be safe weeks before launch. We’d heard of sales being halted for a week while Amazon straightened out copyright rights and didn’t want it to happen to us.
Then, knowing there was nothing else we could do, we waited for the list to come out. Although the official list is released Thursday, the PDF comes out Wednesday afternoon. We discovered it around 2 pm, PST and although I only checked the last 50 of the 150, and saw we hadn’t made it, I later looked at the whole list and realized that I’d been wrong. I never thought we’d do better than 100, so I only checked the bottom 50. I was disappointed to not see our title and started processing that it hadn’t worked out for us. Imagine how happy I was to see us on there at #88.

https://www.usatoday.com/entertainment/books/best-selling/

Five minutes later, I saw our title was at #88! We made it. Not only made it but were in the top 100! With roughly 8,000 sales, 1200 of them not Kindle, we’d made the list.

Our group started texting, calling, emailing, posting our happiness. It was such a great feeling. I almost cried. I texted my agent and my husband first, then the other authors.

Days later, we were still in awe that we made it. Starting early had worked in our favor. Several others in our group had hit the list with box sets earlier in the year and never without less than 10,000 sales so we weren’t sure how but we were so grateful that everything lined up and our box set landed somewhere in the middle of the pack.

Now, after a week of good sales, we have delisted on Draft 2 Digital in preparation of raising the price and entering the book into Kindle Unlimited Select to help recoup costs so we can eventually make money to send to St. Jude’s. On KU, counting page reads in a 1200 page book, will help us as will the $2.99 price as Christmas gets closer. We’re able to advertise that all authors are USA Today Bestselling, the book is a USA Today Bestseller and we’ve maintained #1 in many categories for several months, including dog breeds, medical romance, Christmas books and Christmas Kindle. Dog breeds is a category that doesn’t have a lot of bestsellers and there are a lot of dogs in our books!

It was a marketing game with $5,000. to spend. I estimate 4 or 5 of us spent an extra $100 – $200 to support the book on launch week, but I don’t have exact numbers. Some wanted to make the list more than others. I was at the top of the pack in desperation because it was a professional milestone I wanted. This is why I put the set together and dropped everything for 2 months to devote myself to this book. I pretty much ignored my own book’s launch in late September, didn’t speak to my family much for a month and was very hard to live with towards the end while we waited to hear if we’d made it.

Was it worth it? For me, it was. I hope the other authors think so too.
Writing is such a solitary profession and any time you can band together to work with others, it’s a joy. We’ve had a lot of fun on our Facebook page posting anything and everything to communicate with each other. It’s how we share information, ask questions, share ideas and feel a part of a club.
The USA Today Bestselling Author Club!

 
KIM HORNSBY is the bestselling Amazon Author of The Dream Jumper’s Promise, Book 1 in a Supernatural Suspense series. She lives in the Seattle area and writes stories for women about overcoming tragedy, adversity and coming out the other end.
Find her on Amazon Books.

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Authors are Team Players Too | Author Jacki Delecki

Authors are Team Players Too

There are many quotes about writing being a solitary pursuit.

“Writing is one of the most solitary activities in the world.”
― Paulo CoelhoThe Alchemist

“Writing is a strange and solitary activity.”
― Patrick ModianoDora Bruder

“I am forever an advocate of books, both the reading of them and the writing. There is something sacred to me in that community. Because writing–and reading–is a solitary business. And it’s good to know I’m not alone.”
― Shannon CelebiSmall Town Ghosts

“It’s true that writing is a solitary occupation, but you would be surprised at how much companionship a group of imaginary characters can offer once you get to know them.”
― Anne TylerClock Dance

While the actual writing and composing of a story is a solo effort, I like Shannon Celebi’s reference to the community of those who read and write. This is particularly true for the romance genre, where readers and authors actively engage and connect through events such as book signings and Facebook parties.

Romance authors also collaborate. This makes the journey much less solitary and a whole lot more fun!

I am currently part of a multi-author project, and it’s been a great experience! We share ideas, brainstorm, and inspire each other’s creativity. The best part is that after working together as a team of authors, we’re able to share our handiwork with readers! From there, we are sharing the wealth, so to speak, with a contribution to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

This project is a 10-author holiday anthology called Christmas at Mistletoe Lodge. You can preorder a copy for just 99¢. The box set will include a brand new story from my Impossible Mission series–Mission: Impossible to Wed.

Each novel in this sweet to steamy romance set has a Mistletoe Lodge, none the same, but all magical, Christmasy and full of Happily Ever After endings. Curl up in a favorite chair and treat yourself to 10 wonderful holiday romances full of Christmas trees, jingle bells and mistletoe. The box set includes new romances from:

Sabrina York
Tamara Ferguson
Jen Talty
Natalie Ann
Pam Binder
Tammy L. Grace
Jacki Delecki
Joanne Jaytanie
Kim Hornsby
Lauren Gayle

As if a holiday box set wasn’t enough fun, we also compiled a collection of holiday recipes. You can download the Christmas at Mistletoe Lodge Cookbook for FREE!

What is your favorite thing about being part of the romance reader-author community? I’d love to hear from you!

 

 

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