Tuesday, August 05, 2014

How to Create Picture Teaser Ads

I'm guest blogging over at IWriteNetwork.com go visit me there.

You'll learn how to make picture teasers like this one

or this one


Step by step instructions...Go check it out here

What was the best teaser ad you've seen lately?

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

5 Amazing Summer Reads and a Giveaway

Welcome to the Summer Reads Scavenger Hunt! 

5 Amazing Summer Reads..and my progress...

So, I posted I would be reading Hex Hall, The Goldfinch, Harry Potter Series, Perry Road, and Secret Servant this Summer.

So far, I've gotten to Hex Hall...the whole series. Loved it. 

I've also read/listened to Airel, (just ok-I think the reader put me off a bit) 

The Poisonwood Bible(so funny/jaw dropping and interesting)

Furies of Calderon, (great strong female roles and fun fantasy-totally nail biting the whole time)

I started Looking for Alaska and put it down-too much sex and crudeness)

Hot Shot (ok. but I'm not really a fan of pure romance like this) 

Becoming a Legend-(the head hopping was so hard to follow)

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer- (loved this, but can't recommend it highly because of the terrible language in it.)

I had no time to listen to Secret Servant while in Canada-(I was too busy hiking and grilling and having a great time with old friends)

I started The Goldfinch...and I've been so tired at the end of every day, I've only gotten a few pages in a night before I'm totally asleep.

Perry Road-for the next 2 weeks I get to teach munchkins how to swim-so my pool time will be spent with them-then I will start Perry Road. Excited.

Harry Potter audio-It's going to happen...Yay   
Wizarding World at Universal - Orlando, Florida   Because Hogsmeade is now open-Can't wait for August 13. (yep, this is the number you need) 


The Summer Reads Scavenger Hunt  will run from TODAY until midnight on SUNDAY (19th July). To enter to win FORTY signed paperbacks by a wide range of authors PLUS $30 worth of Amazon Gift Cards, simply hop around ALL participating stops, collect all of the highlighted numbers, add them together, and then go enter the requested details along with your calculated answer in the ENTRY FORM. You can find more information on how the stop works HERE. All stops will direct you to the next place to hop across to. And don’t worry if you get lost, because the entire list of participating authors can be found HERE.




Emi Gayle is giving away a 

signed print copy of Perry Road and I'll even throw in a few goodies too!

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Get over to the next stop to get the next number. You'll be visiting the awesome Ali Cross. Www.Alicross.com here and Good luck winning !!!  

Or, if you have all of your numbers and are ready to enter, then hop across to the Summer Reads Scavenger Hunt Entry Form.

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

What if psychic warfare is real???


Christine Fonseca's latest action-packed, heart-pounding thriller COLLIDE, explores the world of psychic warfare with a new twist!


The most dangerous secrets are the ones that kill.

When a surprising mental breakdown draws too much attention from a secret government group call the Order, 17-year-old Dakota discovers that her so-called boring life isn’t so boring after all. Between the lies, secrets and assassins out to kill her family, Dakota discovers there’s more to paranormal activity than ghosts and cheap mind tricks. Now she must uncover the truth before a new breed of terrorism takes everything away – including her life.



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Early Praise:

"Collide is a fast moving, suspenseful thriller full of twists and turns around every bend. An action packed read that will have your heart slamming in your chest and your mind racing until the end."
- Brooke DelVecchio, the Cover Contessa - blogger/reviewer

And here is a little teaser:




Get your copy of COLLIDE today! Only $2.99. 
CLICK HERE to buy


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There's more to paranormal activity than cheap mind tricks in COLLIDE. #Newrelease by @chrstinef #YA #paranormal http://ow.ly/yOsIC





Christine Fonseca, exploring humanity one story at a time.

Critically acclaimed and award-winning author of YA novels and nonfiction, Christine is dedicated to helping people of all ages find their own unique voice in our noisy world. She crafts psychological thrillers, sweeping romances and self-help books that explore the darker aspects of humanity with hope and authenticity. A love lover of books, lattes, and family, Christine is passionate about the world and believes that all things are possible when we work together. Find out more about Christine, her books, and her passion for life at http://christinefonseca.com.

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What's a party without a celebration, right? So, I have a little giveaway to celebrate. Check out the wonderful NEW releases from other Indie author buds of mine, as well as the SIGNED PAPERBACKS and a $25.00 Amazon Gift Card I'm giving away. I'll tell you, it is an extravaganza to be sure!



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Monday, July 07, 2014

Heart and Soul by Lee Strauss





Check out my friend's new book!

Introducing 


Heart & Soul




Heart & Soul is the third book in The Minstrel Series 

(This is a connected book series - while each book can stand alone, they are best enjoyed in sequence.)


ROMANCE. SUSPENSE. MUSIC. DANGER. HOT BRITISH GUY


She's heartbroken. He's heartless.

Gabriele Baumann-Smith is deliriously in love with her young husband Lennon.
Except, it turns out that Lennon Smith isn't his real name. In fact, he's full of secrets: a cottage on the southern British coast, an old girlfriend and... an identical twin brother.

Callum Jones—not his real name—can't believe his brother's widow came to England. He'd warned Mick—Lennon—that an inheritance could put the girl's life in danger, and he was right.

“Mrs. Smith” is the last thing Callum needs to worry about right now. She's beautiful, sure, takes his breath away at times. But when she looks at him, who does she see?

Gabriele's heart is battered and bruised. Can one brother fix what the other left behind? And will they live long enough to find out?



BUZZ for Heart & Soul

"...this took a turn for the spy/thriller genre, which surprised me, but still carried the strong romantic flavor and wonderful accompanying music, like the first two books. I think this is a great series and would recommend it to contemporary romance fans." Denise Jaden, author of Foreign Exchange

"Another great book by Lee! This one had action, wit and a forbidden love! Love the characters and their interaction with each other! Can't wait to see what she has in store for us next!" Tressa Sager, Amazon reviewer

"I don't want to give away what the danger is, but suffice it to say, it's a real and plausible threat. Gabrielle is a good leading lady. She doesn't back down from anything or anyone in this book, but she's still vulnerable, making her well-rounded and likable." J Harrell, Amazon reviewer

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Heart & Soul in Print


The Music fromThe Minstrel Series Volume 3 Heart & Soul


Featuring the author's daughter, Tasia Strauss!


Lee Strauss' thoughts on The Minstrel Series and Heart & Soul:

"My musician husband and I just randomly started talking about the idea of working on a project together - wouldn't it be great if we could collaborate and merge our two artistic worlds? Writing and Music? That was the seed that started the muse talking, and soon afterward The Minstrel Series was born!

For Heart & Soul, I knew I wanted to move the series from Germany to England (next to Ireland and Boston!) and that I needed a small coastal town not far from London. I used Google Earth to examine the British coastline to search for the perfect town and found it in Emsworth. Living in Germany part-time has its advantages and one of them is its proximity to England. My husband and I did a quick five day research trip. (It also came in handy for the next book, a Christmas novella set in London - stay tuned!)

Because of the musical aspect of this series, I'm always on the prowl for songs and singers. My connection to the singer-songwriter world via my musical husband has been a big advantage. My husband's musical genes have also been down to our kids, so it's exciting to involve my daughter Tasia in the project to be the singing voice of Gabriele."

Click HERE to read the first chapter of Heart & Soul. 

**One of the entry options will ask a question from the above chapter.


About The Minstrel Series:

The Minstrel Series is a collection of contemporary romance novels set in the singer/songwriter world. The books are companion novels, with shared settings and characters, but each is a complete stand-alone story with a HEA (happily ever after) and no cliffhangers!

The books include MP3 links to original music by talented Indie Artists, so you can hear the characters sing!

#1     Sun & Moon
#2     Flesh & Bone 
#3     Heart & Soul 
#3.5  Peace & Goodwill (Christmas Novella coming Fall 2014)

It also has its own FACEBOOK (link) page and its own BANDCAMP (link) page where you can listen to the original music associated with the books. Albums are also available on AMAZON.


About Lee Strauss:

Lee Strauss is the author of The Minstrel Series (contemporary romance), The Perception Series (young adult dystopian) and young adult historical fiction. She is the married mother of four grown children, three boys and a girl, and divides her time between British Columbia, Canada and Dresden, Germany. When she's not writing or reading she likes to cycle, hike and do yoga. She enjoys traveling (but not jet lag >:0), soy lattes, red wine and dark chocolate.






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Love #Romance and #Suspense? #Music? HEART & SOUL, bk3 in a connected series by @leestraussbooks 
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Thursday, July 03, 2014

A Beauty so Beastly by Rashelle Workman

What happens if beauty is also the beast...


Find out in A Beauty So Beastly. In this exciting new story, RaShelle takes the classic fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast and flips it on its head.


Here's the summary:


“For your vanity, your cruelty, and your cold unfeeling heart, a curse I leave upon you . . .” 


The stunning Beatrice Cavanaugh is considered American royalty. She has everything except the ability to love. Cursed on her eighteenth birthday, she becomes more beastly than ever, having a newfound craving for raw meat, and an undeniable yearning for the night. Bitterness is her only companion. 


After accusing a maid of stealing, a disgustingly kind and exquisitely handsome guy named Adam shows up asking Beatrice to drop the charges against his mother. 



Infuriated by his goodness, Beatrice vows to break him. Destroy him. Make him hurt the way she hurts. So she agrees. On one condition: Adam must take his mother’s place as a servant in the mansion. 



Because Beatrice won’t stop until he’s more beastly than she is. 




It's available now for only .99cents. Click HERE to purchase. 









RaShelle Workman is the author of the popular Blood and Snow series. She loves to reinvent fairy tales that older teens and adults can sink their teeth into. Her stories include kissing, vampires, werewolves, witches, aliens, and more kissing. Sleeping Roses, Exiled, Beguiled, and Dovetailed have foreign rights contracts with a Turkish publisher. RaShelle is also one of the co-founders of Indie Recon LIVE.
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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Torn Canvas by Donna K. Weaver


If you haven't read Donna's first book-A Change of Plans-you should run right out and get it. You'll love it. It's a great adventure love story. It's a big win!! Click here to check it out.

I thought it might be fun to have you check out all the songs Donna listened to while creating both A Change of Plans and her newest novel, Torn Canvas. I think her playlist is pretty fun because she lists the songs according to character and why she chose them. See what you think

ØBecause both Lyn and Braedon played piano, she listened to a lot of the following artists and the songs below are some of her favorites:

·      Cristofori’s Dream by David Lanz
·      Resta Con Me by Ludovico Einaudi
     Anything by The Piano Guys but especially their classical/modern mash-ups like BourneVivaldi, Rockabel’s Canon, etc.
·      The Chicken Race by Greg Maroney
·      Helen Jane Long
o   Expression
o   Lost Wind
Even a hero needs rescuing sometimes

Go snag it at all these places:

AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | KOBO | GOODREADS
·      
Ø  Because Jimmy was all about Power Metal, she liked to listen to YouTube videos from bands like Dark Moor, Sonata Arctica, Night Wish, and Rhapsody of Fire. Some of her favs were Dark Moor’s (love the killer guitar playing):
·      In the Heart of the Stone (which is a group Jimmy also liked)
·      Vivaldi’s Winter

Ø   Jori loved to listen to Lyn and Braedon play, and Jori was also friends with Jimmy, so she would listen to the songs above while writing Jori’s tale. But he was already firmly planted in Finnish Power Metal bands like:
·      Sonata Arctica
o   My Selene
o   Misplaced Lyrics
o   Abandoned Pleased Brainwashed Exploited:
·      Stratovarious
o   Nemesis:
·      Dreamtale
o   Island of My Heart
o   The Dawn

I have to tell you that I know Donna quite well and think she is amazingly talented. She is super fun to be with. I really admire the way she thinks of 
others and makes sure everyone feels included.
Author of the Safe Harbors series and Second Chances 101, Book 5 in the Ripple Effect series. A wife, mother, grandmother, Harry Potter geek, Army veteran,
and karate black belt.

  Go stalk Donna in all these places
Blog | Amazon Author Page Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | YouTube | Google+

Want more about Torn Canvas? You got it!
Here's the summary
Modern-day pirates took more than Jori Virtanen’s friends; they stole his face. Not only does the twenty-four-year-old former model have to confront months of reconstructive surgery, he discovers his previous life was as superficial as his looks. Jori struggles to make a new life for himself as an artist while evading the press. They expect a hero, but he knows the truth. His beauty masks a beast.

Olivia Howard’s given up a normal life for her job, and the sacrifices are finally paying off. The twenty-six-year-old talk-show host’s ratings are heading to the top of the charts. Her dream is to make a difference in people’s lives, but the studio wants mind fluff—like interviewing hot model Jori Virtanen. When Olivia learns the guy helped rescue passengers on a cruise excursion from kidnappers, she knows this is the story she needs to make her case. The only problem is the hero was injured, and now he’s disappeared.

The more Olivia learns about the man behind the scar, the more intrigued she becomes. But Jori is no girl’s happily ever after. Once she finds him, Olivia has to free his heart and help heal the beast.