Cover Reveal: The Broken & The Foolish

Coming Soon: A Literary Western Novel

Some outlaws kill for the rush. Mary just wants to survive.

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Book Review: When The Black Roses Grow

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When The Black Roses Grow By Angela Christina Archer

Twenty-five men and women were accused.
Nineteen hung to their death on Gallow Hills.
One suffocated under bone-crushing stones.
All believed to possess the power of witchcraft.

In 1692 the fear of witchcraft is spreading around Salem Village. While those who are accused and sentenced face death, everyone else faces the risk of accusations placed upon them.
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I was drawn in to Emmalyn’s world from the very first page as she grieves for her mother who was tried and hanged as a witch. 1692 Salem is a dark place where many women are accused and sentenced to death as witches, but Emmalyn does her best to stay strong and live out her life in peace. There is so much danger looming and virtually every woman in Salem worries that she might be the next accused witch.
When a mysterious vine starts to grow in her home, she fears for her life as the dark magic is evidence that she is a witch. When James, a handsome stranger comes to town, he both excites and worries Emmalyn. He hides a world of secrets behind his piercing blue eyes.
Author Angela Archer weaves a beautiful tale of loss, love, trust, and the darkness that humanity can sometimes force upon others. I enjoyed protagonist Emmalyn’s authenticity and strength through the entire book. The tension and drama builds with every passing chapter.
I was not prepared for the epic twist at the ending! You will not want to miss what happens in this beautifully written historical tale.
Historical romance and fantasy fans alike will enjoy Where The Black Roses Grow.

You can purchase When The Black Roses Grow on Amazon here!

New Novel By Christopher Milner Published On Amazon

Christopher Milner has published his first book, The Giant Rat of Sumatra, on Amazon! It is only $4.55. Make sure you get your copy and support him. He’s a very talented writer. Check out his blog here and see for yourself. You’ll be glad you did. 🙂

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My 1st Novel Now Published and Available For Sale On Amazon

To all my friends, readers and fellow bloggers, I just thought I’d let you know that my 1st Novel was published today. 🙂

It’s now available at Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01B1W526W

I would ask for your support in buying this book and also let your friends, acquaintances and family know about it to purchase it as well. 🙂

Many thanks,
Christopher

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Book Blog Tours

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It is time for me to invest in a book blog tour or two in order to get some more word out there about my ebooks. I’ve done some research on the best blog tours for your buck and so on and thought I’d share it with you in case you’re also interested in blog tours.

1.Blog Tours Are Pricey-ish

I’m an indie author still waiting to get my first cheque from Amazon, so the idea of paying someone $80 to $150 for a week’s worth of blog tours and reviews is steep.

On the other hand, sometimes an up front investment in marketing can be just the thing to boost book sales and move your ranking on Amazon to a better position. I get it.

I am not really a cheapskate, but the angsty artist chick inside of me bristled at the idea of paying so much for a service that claims to help indie writers. That said, it’s not a writer’s world and so it is what it is.

2. Most blog tours focus in YA and romance genres

My two most recent books are neither romance nor young adult, so it’s a little tougher to find a blog tour with a more alternative readership. The ones that specialize in multiple genres require more of an investment.

3. Many blog tours offer more than just blog tours

If you’re really strapped for cash, some blog tour providers offer book cover reveals and book blitzes for a fraction of the cost. I think it’s a smart idea for both parties. Some will even provide you with book reviewers if you can give them free copies to read.

I’ll likely invest in a book reveal blitz for my next publication. 🙂

4. Blog tours save you a lot of time

It does induce a sigh of relief at the idea of someone taking care of my book marketing for a week or two. Despite the surprisingly high cost (In my opinion), I can’t deny that I want the opportunity to be interviewed about my book, to have other readers who have never heard of my blog read an excerpt about my book, etc.

Writers want to write first and foremost. The idea of someone taking care of business is attractive.

5. Blog tour operators like Paypal

I don’t use Paypal for my own reasons. I had a blogger reply to me with an affordable book marketing option, and without asking, she said that once she received my payment through Paypal, that would be my consent for her to run my blog tour.

It was tough for me to decline, but I find it unprofessional to not offer direct email money transfer. If someone is willing to pay for a service, they should be given more than one option.

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That’s my take on the blog tour industry to date. I’ll keep on searching, and take my time. I’m not letting myself become jaded, and at the end of the day, I’ll probably have to splurge on the service that will give me the best results.

I’ll let you all know when my blog tour runs! 🙂

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Writers, what has your experience been with blog tours?  Do you have a blog tour service that you can recommend? Do you know of any blog tours that do not require Paypal payments? 

Cheers! 

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The Suicides: On Amazon Kindle Today!

My historical novella, The Suicides, is now available in the Kindle store on Amazon! It’s set in the late 1800’s and it has a gothic flair.

Get your FREE copy on Amazon Kindle today (Dec. 7) until the end of Wednesday (Dec. 9)!

Excerpt from The Suicides, Chapter One:

“Be careful. People have been talking about your curiosity about the suicides. You must understand that they are not impressed with your book idea.”

“I do, but this is a project that I hope to finish.”

“You will discover things that you wish you hadn’t.”

I cleared my throat. “I am prepared.”

“Are you certain?”

Her expression matched that of my moral philosophy professor before he attempted to trap me during a classroom debate.

“What in the world are you attempting to convey to me?” I asked.

She shrugged and turned away. “Forgive me. Do as you wish.”

“Good evening, then, Ma’am.”

I strode down the busy street shaking my head. Sarah seemed to suggest that some sort of doom would befall everyone should I dig too deep into the lives of the suicides. The last thing that I needed was more discouragement. I had only been in Sunny Harbour for a few days and I was already causing a bit of a stir. I needed to find better ways to glean for information.

What I wanted to find most of all was the place where the suicides’ bodies were tossed. I hated going to bed at night thinking about them never being paid the respect of a proper burial. I sometimes dreamed of them being tossed into the river, sent to drift away only to be eaten away by things that appeared only in nightmares and gruesome tales. It was yet another reminder to me of life’s darkness. It hovered over people whether or not they wished to acknowledge its presence. No matter what humans did to catch a wink of light, the darkness never stayed away for long.

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Guest Post: Angela Christina Archer

Good day, bloggers! Today, I have a special guest, Angela Christina Archer, who has recently published her historical novel “The Woman On The Painted Horse” on Amazon. She’s going to share some random facts about herself. I just love it when writers share their quirks and cool skills. 🙂

It’s time to get to know a fellow writer and her book!

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Random Things About Me…
I have weird food habits. I love bacon, it’s perhaps my most favorite
food. But with that said, I can’t have it on anything – love bacon, love
hamburgers, but will NOT eat a bacon burger. To me, bacon is too good to
be shared with other flavors.

I won’t eat onions on anything, and even strain my Ragu spaghetti sauce
to get the little chopped onions out. But I like and will eat onion
rings and Outback’s Bloomin’ Onion.

Before I was diagnosed with ulcers, I ate jalapeno peppers on anything
and everything I can get them on. It’s probably part of the reason I
developed ulcers. I miss them. A lot.

I am a condiment queen and will smoother my food with mayo, ketchup, or
dressing – whatever the condiment the certain food requires I will pile
it on, and I even put mayo on not only my sandwiches and hamburgers, but
my hot dog buns too.

I eat peanut butter on pancakes and waffles instead of butter. I prefer
vegetables over fruit. And, I believe that cream cheese is a gift from
the heavens. Brownies are my biggest weakness and I will pile cream
cheese frosting on them without a second thought.

My grandparents came to America from Germany. With my German blood, I’m
also a Taurus and the combination makes me extra stubborn.

I drive like a grandma…like seriously. It annoys the heck out of
people who drive with me.

I am an extremely light sleeper, like I hear an ant walk across the back
porch outside with a the window shut and the bedroom door shut and I
wake up. I’m ridiculously addicted to coffee….might be why I’m a light
sleeper. Huh, no, I only have one cup maybe two, I’m just a light
sleeper.

I have no patience when it comes to electronics. If it doesn’t work at
the drop of a hat, I get annoyed.

I started riding horses when I was six years old and started showing in
the Hunter Jumper circuit at the age of twelve. I haven’t been to a
horse show in several years, since getting married and having kids, but
one day I would like to get back into it with my kids.

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I can recite pretty much every scene in Dumb and Dumber. I’ve seen every
episode of I Love Lucy and can’t wait for my kids to grow up on the
show.

I think that the Prince in Sleeping Beauty (Disney version) is a wuss.
He never would have made it out of Maleificent’s castle without those
three fairies.

My all time favorite band is Def Leppard, and I wish we were still in
the 80’s. Facebook has a 80s Kids Rule group page…best page ever!

I live in a po-dunk town in Oklahoma where one of my neighbors has
little lights covered by different colored shot gun shells for Christmas
lights, tractors are often seen on the streets of the neighborhood more
than cars, where everyone instantly knows where I live at the mention of
previous homeowners last name, and I love it. My house not this large,
new, pretty track home. It is old and it needs work. But I don’t care a
single bit. It sits on over eight acres of beautiful pasture for my
horses, it’s out in the country, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

Where You Can Connect With Angela:

Website: http://www.angelachristinaarcher.com
Blog: http://www.authorangelachristinaarcher.wordpress.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Angela-Christina-Archer/121833387901997
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AuthorACArcher
Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8073551.Angela_Christina_Archer
Google+: https://plus.google.com/110805336911634038510/posts

About The Woman on The Painted Horse:

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Book Links:

Amazon:

Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21522140-the-woman-on-the-painted-horse
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheWomanonthePaintedHorse


Book Blurb:

A young woman defying the laws of her country, a young man hungry with
greed and power, a brave soul who falls in love with one he shouldn’t;
all three caught in a country divided by war and a forbidden love torn
apart by blackmail and disparity.

Alexandra Monroe is a slave smuggler, smuggling slaves north where they
can live as free people. Her crime is sedition and her punishment, if
caught, is death. The daughter of one of the wealthiest men in
Montgomery, Alexandra lives a life not by her own accord, but a life she
willingly accepts for her secret quest to save the lives of slaves. Her
ultimate sacrifice is to marry the town’s most eligible bachelor, Thomas
Ludlow—who has deadly secrets of his own.

One afternoon, Alexandra comes face to face with handsome William
Graysden. Although, forbidden for his Creek Indian heritage, he
captivates her. They fascinate one another, and ultimately find in each
other a bond they don’t wish to ignore. After a series of events;
however, William must face the choice to continue the dangerous pursuit
of Alexandra’s affections or forget about her.

Angela Christina Archer’s Bio:
Angela Christina Archer is a Historical Fiction/Romance writer. Living
on a ranch in Oklahoma, she spends her days enjoying the outdoors with
her husband and children, riding and showing horses, gardening, chasing
around her many farm animals, and of course, putting her passion to pen
and paper.

Born in Nevada, Angela and her husband made the bold choice to move
halfway across the United States, away from all they knew. They have no
regrets and have never looked back. Life on a farm can be hectic with
children, horses, a dog, a cat, chickens, ducks, goats, and the summer
frogs that love to take up residence in her backyard, but she wouldn’t
have it any other way.

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Thank you very much for posting on my humble blog today, Angela! I am excited to read The Woman On The Painted Horse soon. Cheers!

Win One of My Ebooks on March 18th!

Gracious fellow author and blogger Angela Christina Archer is hosting some giveaways in celebration of her soon to be released novel, “The Woman on the Painted Horse.” It is going to be released on March 19, 2014. You can show her your support by visiting her blog, which often features guest posts by fellow authors, and by buying her book when it releases in just over a week.

Two of the ebooks that Angela is offering as part of the giveaway are my ebooks “Followed” and “The Red Coat and the Redhead.” You can enter the give away on her Facebook page. Then, you can join her online release party. She has some other good books up for grabs. 🙂 The give away begins on March 18th.

Good luck! Xx