29 June 2012

6 Common Myths About Book Reviews

By Dana Lynn Smith*

Book reviews are a powerful promotional tool, but there are some misconceptions about how to obtain them. Here are some common myths about getting book reviews.
  • Myth #1 - Book reviews are just for new books.
  • Myth #2 - No one will review a self-published book.
  • Myth #3 - Book reviews are just for books being sold to bookstores and libraries.
  • Myth #4 - You can't get reviews for ebooks.
  • Myth #5 - No one pays attention to the reviews in online bookstores.
  • Myth #6 – It's not worth the effort of pursing reviews.

*Dana Lynn Smith, The Savvy Book Marketer, helps authors and indie publishers learn how to sell more books through her how-to guides, blog, newsletter, and private coaching. Get her free Top Book Marketing Tips ebook, visit her blog, follow on Twitter, and connect on Facebook.

26 June 2012

Free eBook Promotion from Spring Leaf Books June 26 - 28, 2012 #Kindle #eBook #freebook

Spring Leaf Books has announced that the ebook edition of 'Deadlier Than The Male' by Fred Maddox is free on Amazon from June 26 to 28, 2012.
If you haven't picked up any of Fred Maddox's publications yet, this is a great opportunity to try one of them for free.

The Plot:
Peter Milton promised himself he would never again live in poverty, as he had done as a child. That promise became an obsession so great, it took over his life. He robs and cheats to climb the social ladder, riding roughshod over anyone who gets in his way. He warms his way into the affections of the managing director’s only daughter. His mission is achieved and he sets about climbing the social ladder using deviousness and underhand dealings. He is about to realise his goal, but an ex-girlfriend appears and threatens to throw a spanner in the works. He is in for the shock of his life. Once again he has failed to appreciate the cunning of the fairer sex?
Spring Leaf Books...

Amazon Kindle - Deadlier Than The Male 

“An imaginative plot that is sure to keep you rapt till the very end!”
...publishedbestsellers.com

22 June 2012

A Grief Unobserved - a review by the Child Bereavement Charity

Helping parents and carers with early childhood bereavement.

The Review
"This book charts the journey of a woman, through her childhood, into adolescence and finally adulthood after being bereaved by the death of her mother when very young.  Her early life is described as “a childhood of silence”, surrounded by adults who never talked about her mother’s death or offered any explanation as to what happened.
The book describes the resultant emotional scars which this girl carried with her into adult life and the therapeutic process she embarked on to try to deal with them.
It illustrates well the importance of adults being honest with young children when someone dies and the resultant damage to a child’s ability to make some sense of what has happened if an explanation is not given.
A Grief Unobserved would be a helpful read for anyone who works with bereaved adults. It offers some insight into how childhood grief that is ignored can result in an adulthood blighted by the anguish and despair of an unresolved bereavement."
Child Bereavement Charity

Maggie Kindred is the author of 'A Grief Unobserved'.

21 June 2012

Book Savvy Spotlight on Andrew D Malloy

Bringing you exclusive interviews with authors featured in the Book Savvy Newsletter.
Our Guest is Andrew D Malloy*
Enjoy the interview.

Q1. Can you tell us a little about yourself and your book 'Bible John'?
I'm a father of four living in Central Scotland. I run a couple of businesses and due to my busy lifestyle, I often find it hard to find the time to sit down and write. Worse, I'm a real procrastinator! Maybe I'll tell you about it tomorrow! Seriously, businessman by day and father all of the time leaves little opportunity to get the creative juices flowing. Pity we have to sleep sometimes! The novel,' Bible John - Closure', is actually a sequel to my first book, Frantic! which was earlier released through another publisher. Ninety five percent fiction - serial killer Bible John did actually exist in the late 1960s - the book features the life and times of the detectives of Strathclyde Police Force and their struggle to catch a killer following his apparent return after more than forty years of inactivity.


Q2. When you write what emotion do you seek to evoke in your readers?
I read somewhere that a good writer creates characters people care about and subsequently begin to 'root for' during the course of a book. If I can attain that kind of plateau with every novel I write, I'll be delighted.

Q3. What provided the inspiration for you to become a writer in the first place?
A few years ago I read a magazine article about American bestselling author, James Patterson. I felt so unashamedly envious of his seemingly idyllic lifestyle and the trappings that came with it that I drove myself to open the laptop for business.

Final Day - Free eBook Promotion from Spring Leaf Books June 19 - 21, 2012 #Kindle #eBook

'To Know the Road' Free eBook Promotion

19 June 2012

Free eBook Promotion from Spring Leaf Books June 19 - 21, 2012 #Kindle #eBook

Spring Leaf Books has announced that the ebook edition of 'To Know the Road' by Annie Coyle Martin is free on Amazon from June 19 to 21, 2012.
If you haven't picked up any of Annie Coyle Martin's publications yet, this is a great opportunity to try one of them for free.

A chance meeting with a handsome stranger sets Victoria on a heart breaking path of conflict involving family, tradition and religion. To Know the Road is the story of an impulsive Protestant girl in Ireland who falls in love with a Catholic boy and her struggle to survive and rebuild her life when she is cast out by her family. The story is set in the war years when, like smoke drifting from Europe the war affected Ireland. Caught between the Irish Catholic Protestant hostilities, will Victoria and Donny ever find happiness?
Spring Leaf Books...

Amazon Kindle - To Know the Road 

"A heart stopping movie between the covers" - - The Globe and Mail

“A sweeping heart-tugging wartime love story brought to life by deftly crafted characters.”  ...publishedbestsellers.com

15 June 2012

''Playing Havoc' - An interview with Kitty Bullard, Great Minds Think Aloud

Steve Morris, the author of soon-to-be released 'Playing Havoc' has been interviewed by Kitty Bullard, Great Minds Think Aloud.
Playing Havoc, partly based on fact, partly a black comedy, describes one small British Island’s battle to maintain some normality in the chaos after a coronal mass ejection, seen through the eyes of one man who had only recently moved there with the very intention of getting some peace.
Read the interview.

Steve Morris is the author of 'In All Probability', 'Jumble Tales' and soon to be released novel, 'Playing Havoc'.

14 June 2012

Fast-paced novel lands readers' praise in People's Book Prize

Neal James has been featured in the Derby Telegraph.
"A NOVELIST from Derbyshire who frequently sets his scenes around the county has had his latest book picked as one of the best of the year.
Philip Neale said he was stunned to hear that Two Little Dicky Birds had made it to the shortlist for The People's Book Prize."
Read full feature...

Neal James is the author of four books: 'A Ticket to Tewkesbury', 'Short Stories - Volume One', 'Two Little Dicky Birds' and 'Threads of Deceit'.

12 June 2012

Free eBook Promotion from Spring Leaf Books June 12, 2012

The e-book edition of 'The Wholesome Truth about Healing' by Yomi Akinpelu is free on Amazon today June 12, 2012.
If you haven't picked up any of Yomi Akinpelu's publications yet, this is a great opportunity to try one of them for free.

"Does God desire perfect health for all? If He does, why are some healed and others not healed?
...This book may well be the most thought-provoking and helpful presentation of this controversial subject you ever read, it tackles the tough questions, offers hope, and inspires faith in God’s ability and willingness to heal." More...


“Well researched, edifying, exhilarating!” …publishedbestsellers.com

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8 June 2012

Free eBook Promotion from Spring Leaf Books June 08, 2012

Spring Leaf Books has announced that the ebook edition of Jumble Tales by Steve Morris is free on Amazon today June 08, 2012. If you haven't picked up any of Steve Morris' publications yet, this is a great opportunity to try one of them for free.

"A superb collection of diverse short stories of the unexpected" - Read more...


“A brilliant & unique collection of short stories!” 
...publishedbestsellers.com

5 June 2012

Neal James - Waterstones Book Signing 09.06.12

Neal James will be signing copies of his four published books.

Date: Saturday, 09 June 2012
Time: 10.30am
Address: Waterstone's Derby St. Peters, 78-80 St Peter's Street, Derby DE1 1SR

Further details: Tel - 0843 290 8273
E-mail: manager@derby.waterstones.com
Site: http://www.waterstones.com

If you are unable to attend an event. Waterstone's can often reserve signed copies. Please contact the host shop for details.

Neal James is the author of four books: 'A Ticket to Tewkesbury', 'Short Stories - Volume One', 'Two Little Dicky Birds' and 'Threads of Deceit'.

We wish Neal James the very best with this events.