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March 25, 2019

Celebrate Spring - Let's Pimp & Promote!

It's been a hard winter. Let's celebrate spring with a little "Pimp and Promote." Of course, this always costs us some money, because we have to go out and buy lots of books. But now that it's getting nice, we can find a tree to read under!

How does this work?

To quote the genie in Aladdin, “There are a few provisos, a couple of quid-pro-quos…"

  • Pimp out somebody else’s work – this can be a favorite author, blogger, post or book you’ve read, a wonderful teacher or just someone who had profound influence on you as a writer or a person. Please limit your comments to one work.
  • Promote one of your projects that you’re excited about – a hobby, a blog, a book, or a new direction your writing is taking you. You decide. Just tell us about it in the comments! (Please restrain your enthusiasm to just one of your WIPs.) The rest of us will jump in and “ooooh and ahh” at you, and likely promote your project even further because we’re just so darn excited today.

We'll start things off by doing some P&P with the gals here at WITS...

Julie Glover:

Julie Glover, Writers In The Storm

PIMP: Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi have put out some of the best writer resources with their Thesaurus series, including a recently released second edition of The Emotion Thesaurus, now with 130 entries! But I'm just as in love with their One Stop for Writers subscription service, which includes everything from story structure tools to timelines to a new character builder. Plus, you get access to all of the entries of all of their thesauri (or thesauruses, if you prefer). Check it out!

Promote: My new Muse Island Series, written as Jules Lynn with co-author Kris Faryn, has released two books with a third coming soon. Mark of the Gods and Power of the Song are currently available, and Rise of the Storm will be out April 4. Also, check out our fun cocktail parties! In the first one, we show you how to make a Pink Sands Margarita.

Fae Rowen

PIMP: I just finished a book I'd somehow missed by Zoe York, Love on a Summer Night. For a short time it's free on Amazon! She writes about men who are, or were, special ops or military or first responders, but it's not suspense. Her stories are heartfelt romances with strong women.

Promote: The second book in my P.R.I.S.M. series will be available for pre-order in September. It's taken longer than I thought it would to finish, but O'Neill and Jericho's story is a powerful finish to the first book in the series, P.R.I.S.M.: Prisoner Relocation Internment Security Management.

Laura Drake

PIMP: I have the great pleasure of critting with the fantastic thriller/suspense author. Kimberly Belle. Every book, I think she can't get better. Then came her next release, Dear Wife. Wowzer. If you liked Gone Girl, The Woman in the Window, or Harlan Coben, you'll love her books.

Promote: The second installment of my Chestnut Creek series, Home at Chestnut Creek, will be out in July — which gives you time to read the first, The Last True Cowboy! Oh, and Home at Chesnut Creek is coming bundled with a twofer — a novel by NYT and Amazon Bestseller, Carolyn Brown!

26 comments on “Celebrate Spring - Let's Pimp & Promote!”

  1. This is the first time I've done this, so I hope I've done this correctly.

    PIMP:I just finished <a href=”https://www.amazon.com/Sisterhood-Deleyna-Marr-ebook/dp/B008J6GU0Q” Sisterhood by Deleyna Marr.This paranormal technothriller is about a woman in an unhappy marriage who reconnects with old friends. Her perfect life is shattered and she must learn a new world with new rules while chasing her demons away. I loved the characters and could not stop turning pages.

    Promote: In celebration of Women’s History Month my debut novel has been on sale at a steep discount. <a href=”https://www.amazon.com/My-Soul-Keep-Book-One-ebook/dp/B07G7RMGJ7”My Soul to Keep
    is an alternate history dystopian story set in 1961. It’s about a woman of privilege who breaks free from her pre-planned life. She discovers her life was a lie and following the rules isn’t optional. The sale will last for six more days, until the end of the month.

  2. What a fabulous idea!

    Pimp: No other blogger has been more supportive of my work than D.B. Moone. Donna devotes a ton of energy to reviewing a diverse selection of small press and indie writers, a rarity in the book blogger world. She's very active among the writing community on Twitter and Instagram. Do her a solid and follow her here: https://dbmoone.com/

    Promote: My next novel CLOVER BLUE is an emotional story about of boy who grows up in a California commune not knowing who his parents are. An early reviewer wrote, "An unforgettable, beautifully written book. Clover Blue is going to be THE book that everyone talks about - you don't want to miss it." There's currently a Goodreads Giveaway for 25 copies ahead of publication! https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/290880-clover-blue

  3. Good morning (it is here in Arizona anyway). What a fabulous idea--THANK YOU--I'm jumping in feet first!

    Pimp: Since Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi already have a fist-pump, I'm going to give Rachel of Book Addict Romance a shout out. She's new to the blogging world, but is one of the most prolific readers/reviews around. Rachel has an ongoing love affair with books, especially ones with a romantic element, and reads and reviews both traditional and indie authors. She's a Top 1000 Reviewer on Amazon. There's no one who has been more supportive of my work. You can find her blog here: https://bit.ly/2JHyCaa
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/BookAddictHEA

    Promote: Rachel wrote this about The Other Side of Broken, Book 3 in my award-winning Whisper of the Pines series: "The advance copy I read of this book is my first by this author and my eighteen years of education have left me woefully inept to write a review that can begin to do this book justice. This one ripped out my guts, shredded my heart and left jagged tears in my soul....Ms. Haught's words are so poetic and emotional they’ve left an indelible mark on my soul. The characters and their relationships are so rich, full and complex, and her vivid imagery brought the book alive...I can easily put this in my list of top ten books of all time and urge you to run to the 1-Click button and start reading immediately."
    You can find The Other Side of Broken here: https://amzn.to/2TkGtyP

    Thank you ladies, for the opportunity. CHEERS!

  4. Okay, here goes...
    Pimp: Maria Geraci's book-That Thing You Do
    Don't let the chick-lit cover turn you off! This freebie first in series was so good that I immediately bought and read the second. Maria does a great job of transitioning the reader from one book to the next, and these books give a stellar example of how to get click-through for a series. Also, the writing is crisp, with engaging characters. Common cardboard characterizations, even of secondary characters, are gleefully avoided.

    Promote: The first book of the Cedar Hill romances trilogy is almost ready to launch. This is the story of a woman learning to live as her authentic self, and the man whose challenges trigger her metamorphosis. The title is Something Blue.

  5. What a great idea! Thank you for providing this opportunity.

    PIMP: My friend Lisa Symonds's ( http://bit.ly/2HFkFaU ) debut novel "All In" will be available soon. I've had the pleasure of reading an advance copy of a young woman's journey in life, and I highly recommend it.

    PROMOTE: My own debut novel, "The Watch on the Fencepost" is a mystery about a young woman whose parents have died in an automobile accident. When she finds a mysterious gold watch, it leads to a dark family secret and a suspicion that her parents' deaths weren't an accident. The main character is led through a labyrinth of cryptic clues and new relationships while trying to find the truth. In the interest of "shameless self-promotion," here's one of the reviews from Amazon:
    "What an incredible debut novel! I certainly look forward to reading more from this author. The mystery begins with a car going over the cliff on a straight stretch of road - an accident .... or foul play? The puzzle starts with a note in a very unexpected place, leading to several other surprising locations. Add politics, intrigue with a little romance and the results are a story you won't put down until you are finished."
    The book is currently available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other retailers.

    Thank you!

  6. Thanks for this opportunity!

    Pimp: I'm considering narrating my own audio books, as I have some acting training/experience (and a miniscule budget). A marvelous resource for this endeavor is the audio book (of course) Storyteller: How to be an Audio Book Narrator, by prolific audio book narrator Lorelei King and audio book producer Ali Muirden. So much detailed advice!

    Promote: My debut romance novel is a steamy contemporary set in an indie bookshop in Eugene, Oregon. Don't let the gloriously tacky cover put you off. Through the Red Door is the tale of Clara, 39, a widowed bookseller. Book Nirvana, the bookshop she founded with her late husband, is her emotional anchor, but it's floundering in the face of rising rents and corporate competition. Their one advantage: an extensive collection of historical erotica, kept behind a red door. Clara's not ready to open that door and face the passionate memories it evokes. Worried by her self-imposed isolation, friends urge her to dip her toes back into the dating pool. Two candidates present themselves: a local teacher and runner who has much in common with her late husband, and a professor of cultural anthropology who wants to peruse her special collection for a research project.

    "…a beautiful love story filled with wonderful characters and if you like your romance hot, hot, hot look no further. It is a story about being able to begin anew and still love the one you lost."
    -- Linda Tonis, RWA Paranormal Romance Review Team
    Available from Amazon, B & N, Kobo, iTunes, Overdrive, and wherever you get your steamy romance fix.

  7. I've been a fan of WITS for some time (always such great info), so I'll jump in to participate with P&P.

    PIMP: My crit partner, Ann Charles, has just released the first book in a new series, co-written with her husband. Life At The Coffin Joint: Deadwood Undertaker Series Book 1 by Ann Charles and Sam Lucky, is a western, a mystery, and a spookfest of the highest order. Undertaker Clementine Johanssen takes care of the dead in more ways than one, and soon she must help Boone and Rabbit as they search for their missing uncle. Set in the wooly town of Deadwood in the 1870s, this story was hard to put down, and it's a prequel of sorts to Ann's popular, contemporary Deadwood Mystery series, so connecting all of her 'easter egg' dots is challenging and fun.

    PROMOTE: I'm finishing up the second book in my new contemporary romance adventure series and hope to release it in May. COLD HORIZON is set on the deadly mountain of K2, the second highest peak in the world. Ty Galloway has brought a small American team to conquer the peak, which includes famed climber Lindsey Coulson. While things heat up between Ty and Lindsey, she seeks answers to the death of her sister two years prior high on the slopes of K2. The first book, DEEP BLUE, is currently available. Underwater filmmaker, Alec Galloway, films Dr. Grace Mann as she freedives with great white sharks. http://a.co/e4Rp12U

    Thanks for letting me share! Cheers.

  8. I love that WITS does this! Thank you for the opportunity to share. Here goes...

    PIMP: ON A KNIFE'S EDGE by Lynda Bailey ( https://www.lyndabailey.net/on-a-knifes-edge-2/ )

    She was once his sweet salvation…
    Lynch Callan has been a dead man walking most of his life—nothing out of the ordinary for a member of the 5th Street biker gang. There was a brief period, though, when she made him believe he could be more. That he could be worthy of her, and her love. To protect her, and keep their relationship from being discovered, he went to prison. Except now the Streeters are in danger. But in order to save his crew, he must first betray them. If caught, he’ll end up dead for sure. It’ll be the mother of all balancing acts—especially with her in the picture. But Lynch will do whatever is necessary to protect the people he loves.
    He was once her deepest desire…
    Shasta Albright doesn’t break the rules. Not anymore. As an unruly teenager, she defied her family at every turn…even secretly befriending, then dating, then falling in love with a bad boy Streeter. Finally her recklessness caught up with her—with lasting and even dire consequences. Now she leads a pristine existence, always staying within the lines and keeping her secrets hidden. That is until he gets released from prison. Can Shasta hold her perfect world together, or will everything get hurled into chaos?
    With young girls going missing, the sleepy town of Stardust, Nevada becomes an unlikely epicenter for an illicit slave trade—with Shasta and Lynch caught in the middle. Amidst the rising body count, they fight to keep their loved ones—and each other—safe. A single slipup could have deadly repercussions. It’s an untenable and treacherous position. Much like walking On a Knife’s Edge…

    PROMOTE: The third installment of The King Brothers Series, JOSH'S CHALLENGE by http://www.elisemanion.com
    Josh's Challenge (King Brothers 3)

    When you live in a small town, reputations are impossible to transcend…
    Plagued by social anxiety, Melissa Theroux has always used her shy girl label to her advantage. But now that she’s living next door to the town’s playboy, she’s going to have to get creative to push away his advances.
    Josh King has always been intrigued by Melissa, especially since she’s the one girl in town who’s never chased after him. He’s determined to break through her shy reputation and make her a part of his life forever.
    When a stalker comes calling at Melissa’s door, she must turn to Josh for help. Now Melissa must learn to overcome her panic attacks in the midst of beginning a new relationship, a new career…and an old past that won’t leave her alone.

    Thank you again! I love this blog ladies, you do a great service to indies and self-published authors 🙂


  9. PIMP: Bec McMaster released the final book in her London Steampunk: The Blueblood Conspiracy series. "Dukes Are Forever" is an amazing end to a fantastic series. Highly recommend it! https://www.becmcmaster.com/

    PROMOTE: I released the 2nd book in my Bennett's Bastards series, "This Time Around" https://www.jenniekew.com/

    What would you do for a second chance at love?

    Jane Melville has done some very stupid things in her life. Having an open sexual relationship with someone who turned out to be a thieving con man and left her standing at the altar—pregnant and penniless—was one of the worst. With her dreams of owning her own catering business down the drain, and the prospect of working at her family's patisserie for the rest of her life looking more and more likely, Jane is determined to make the most of her misfortunes. After all, things could be worse. Her baby daddy might have turned out to be the con man instead of the tall, brooding lawyer, Rafael Bennett. But just because she's willing to have a baby with the man doesn't mean she has to like him.

    Rafe Bennett's life has been one of responsibility and heartache. A long time ago, he was forced to give up the girl of his dreams, then made to bear the brunt of her anger for his trouble. In the years since, he has shared his bed with Jane Melville more times than he can count, snatching moments of erotic bliss whenever he can, but when she chose to marry someone else, Rafe walked away for good. Or so he thought. When fate thrusts Jane back into his life—complete with baby on board—Rafe seizes the opportunity with both hands. He lost her once and never truly got her back, but he's determined to change their fate. He knows in his heart that with a little persuasion and a whole lot of cake, everything will be different this time around!

  10. I'd love to pimp Zakarrie Clarke's Darkness Dawns. I read this and loved it: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43839572-darkness-dawns

    As for me, Redeemed, book two in the Matawapit Family Series is scheduled for release on April 19, 2019.

    A single woman battles to keep her foster child from his newly-paroled father—a dangerous man she used to love.

    Bridget Matawapit is an Indigenous activist, daughter of a Catholic deacon, and foster mother to Kyle, the son of an Ojibway father—the ex-fiancé she kicked to the curb after he chose alcohol over her love. With Adam out on parole and back in Thunder Bay, she is determined to stop him from obtaining custody of Kyle.

    Adam Guimond is a recovering alcoholic and ex-gangbanger newly-paroled. Through counselling, reconnecting with his Ojibway culture and twelve-step meetings while in prison, Adam now understands he’s worthy of the love that frightened him enough to pick up the bottle he’d previously corked. He can't escape the damage he caused so many others, but he longs to rise like a true warrior in the pursuit of forgiveness and a second chance. There's nothing he isn't willing to do to win back his son--and Bridget.

    When an old cell mate’s daughter dies under mysterious circumstances in foster care, Adam begs Bridget to help him uncover the truth. Bound to the plight of the Indigenous children in care, Bridget agrees. But putting herself in contact with Adam threatens to resurrect her long-buried feelings for him, and even worse, she risks losing care of Kyle, by falling for a man who might destroy her faith in love completely this time. https://www.extasybooks.com/maggie-blackbird/978-1-4874-2455-8-redeemed/

  11. Congratulations everyone!

    My latest movie review comes out today--when I'm not writing fiction, I'm a contributor for my friend's blog.


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