Smashwords End of Year Sale

Looking for bargain books to fill your #Kindle or other #ebook reader?  Look no further than Smashwords for all of your favorite Uncovered Myths Books!

#Smashwords End of Year #Sale!
December 25 – January 1

Free:
Life After Life
The Stork Mis-Delivered – Twice
Bending the Bars
#VoiceOver With the #Brailiant #Braille #Display
Trails 1: Trails Through the Fault Lines
Crosswinds: Past, Present, and Future Combine

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Trails Pit Miners
Journey Through Life Lists
Coffee, Tea, and Gluten Free: The #Cookbook
Coffee, Tea, and Gluten Free: #Desserts and Grains
Coffee, Tea, and Gluten Free: #Meat
Coffee, Tea, and Gluten Free: #Vegetables
Coffee, Tea, and Gluten Free: #Learning to Live #GlutenFree

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Newsletter Sign Ups

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One way I reach my readers with more content is by newsletters.  I am changing  my newsletter process and hope to incorporate Instafreebie links.

I don’t send newsletters daily.  Weekly.  Or, even monthly.  I send them when I have a new book out.  Or when I am participating in special sales.

My author team will receive extra newsletters, when we try to work together to help each make more sales.

Readers are welcome to choose to be a part of any of these newsletters.

What would you like to see and read in author newsletters?

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#WritersPersevere My story

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I commented like crazy yesterday on the Twitter stream. For a bit. I actually found out some interesting bits about myself, and why I wrote some of the books I did.

No knowledge of who my ancestors are, or my place in flow of the land, and sky, did not prevent me from writing. Crosswinds: Past, Present, and Future Combine – my first work – explores this from another point of view.

Surviving severe physical, mental, emotional, and sexual abuse did not prevent me from writing. Bending the Bars and The Stork Mis-Delivered – Twice is the result of my knowledge, of me, and millions of others.

Severe memory loss and brain damage didn’t make me stop writing.  If anything, it gave me more reason to write.  To bring my memory back.  At least the good parts.  Out of this came – Journey Through Life Lists.

Learning to live gluten free didn’t slow down my writing. In fact, as I learned to cook gluten free, people begged for my recipes. Coffee, Tea, and Gluten Free: The Cookbook is the result. As is the coming of age novel that accompanies them.

Losing my hearing, and my vision slowed me down. Only because I wanted to be able to continue after all of my vision was gone. There were no guides for an adult to learn how to use a screen reader after using a mouse to control their computer for decades. So, I spent a few years learning, and wrote VoiceOver with the Brailliant Braille Display so I could continue writing. And after the latest OSX update – I had to turn to it to find out why my braille display wasn’t working right!

Somewhere, lost in the depths of time, I wanted to see more science in novels. So I started the Trails series. Still hope to finish the last pair.

I tend to write in pairs. #writerspersevere

I want to write Karma’s Children to describe the millions of stories when adults have smacked down my needs. Don’t have a baby and female – Not qualified to work a job, give it to man, or a woman with someone to support. Don’t have a car, and not willing to drive an hour each way? You aren’t serious about working a job. That novel will be fun.

And it’s pair will cover even more scary features.

Then, there are the short stories I am trying to finish up. Only, I keep having more ideas for short stories.

And the two novellas I want to write.

Deafblind, and doing fine, most of the time. Difficulty walking, talking, and doing many daily things. Yet, I too am a #writerspersevere person.

#writerspersevere

End of Year for Authors – A New Beginning

 

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Bailey ready for a new adventure.

Welcome to my End of Year for Authors post.  Or better put, a beginning of a new year, with hopes and dreams of better sales!

This post may include a few references to my specific sites.  I apologize.  This is not a sales post.  It is a post to help authors.  Depending on how well organized you are, and how up to date your sites are, this process may take one day, or a week or more, if you have to make many changes,

When an author reaches year end, how do they begin to prepare for the next year?

Step 1:  Make a list of every social media link you use.  (Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Google Plus, Hootsuit, Tumblr, Linked In, MailChimp, Pinterest, Instagram, and any other you may use).
A. Verify the account is still open and active.
B. Update passwords as necessary.
C. Verify icon is the same on every site, clearly visible.
D. Verify tagline matches.
E. Verify author descriptions match.
F.  Verify book descriptions match.
G. Verify you have the correct sales link to books listed on it.
H. Verify any outgoing links still work. (include links to social media, web site, and  blog)
I.  Update pinned posts as relevant (Twitter).
J.  Update publication years in footer (sample: 2009 – 2017.)
Optional:  Determine if you still use this social media site.  If you don’t use it often, you may wish to close it.  Or, you may wish to leave it open for exposure in a market you don’t often use.

Step 2:  Make a list of every sales channel link you use.  (Might include: Apple, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Draft2Digital, Kobo, Smashwords)
A. Verify the account is still open and active.
B. Update passwords as necessary.
C. Verify icon is the same on every site, clearly visible.
D. Verify tagline matches.
E. Verify author descriptions match.
F.  Verify book descriptions match.
G. Verify you have the correct sales link to books listed on it.
H. Verify any outgoing links still work.
I.  Verify prices are what you intend them to be.
J.  Verify keywords and categories are correct.
Optional:  Determine if you have any sales in each market.
1.  If you are satisfied with your sales, you may make no changes.
2.  If a market is not selling well, you may wish to pull your books from it.
3.  Another option is to separate markets.  For instance Draft2Digital sends books to multiple outlets.  However, if you upload directly to Kobo for instance, you may be eligible for marketing opportunities that you will not be able to participate in if Draft2Digital uploads your book to them.  If you have the time and skill to individually upload to Apple, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo, you may make more sells.

Step 3:  Update blogs and websites.
A. Verify the account is still open and active.
B. Update passwords as necessary.
C. Verify icon is the same on every site, clearly visible.
D. Verify tagline matches.
E. Verify author descriptions match.
F.  Verify book descriptions match.
G. Verify you have the correct sales link to books listed on it.
H. Verify any outgoing (social media) links still work.
I. Update your Newsletter sign up link.
J. Make sure each book has a landing page.  Include extras – lists of characters, cut scenes, chapters, and even pictures.
K. Verify widgets work and go to correct page (Goodreads and Smashwords).
L. Update publication years in footer (sample: 2009 – 2017.)
Optional:  Determine if you still use this blog or website.  If you don’t use it often, you may wish to close it.  Or, you may wish to leave it open for exposure in a market you don’t often use.

Step 4: Backup your bookmarks, and make sure they match across browsers.  There are programs that can check your bookmarks for dead links.

Step 5: Prepare sorted folders for the incoming years newsletters, emails, marketing efforts, and anything else you may need.

 

Life Lists

Journey Through Life Lists

Heath Braley

Heath Braley has been a good friend for longer than I care to remember.  I am happy to share links to his art works.

Daniel Heath Braley (or dhbraley on deviantart.com) is a hobbyist artist and photographer originally from Crab Orchard, KY. He currently resides in Lexington, KY with his girlfriend, Cynthia. When he isn’t working, drawing cartoony arts, or binge watching things like Doctor Who, Sherlock, or various other such things, he sings with the Lexington Singers.

Heath’s Art work can be found on:

Deviant Art

Braley Creative

Facebook Braley Creative

Heath’s photography is featured on Trails 4: Trails Through the Garbage Mines

Check out his art pages, and spread the word!

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Johanna Harness Author of Spillworthy

Johanna Harness is the creator of the successful Twitter tag #amwriting.

Her novel was published in May 2014.  My review is full of spoilers, though it attempts to connect with the characters.

Spillworthy is an upper middle grade novel, perfect for all age readers.  There are spoilers in this essay.

Spillworthy by Johanna Harness

Before you read this, don’t get me wrong.  This is the way it touched me.   This is a heartwarming, uplifting novel of hope for all of those society has left behind.  Abusers, abused, ignored, and children.  Your words matter.   Their words matter.  They will touch someone, even if you never know who, where, or when.  They may never know who you are.  You may never know who they are.

Normally, when I r

ead a novel, I can only connect with one, or maybe two characters.  In this case, I can relate to nearly every character, and even the ones I can’t, I can understand how they became who they did.

Ulysses Samuel Finch – The first character introduced.  A homeless 10 year old boy who already understands the importance of sharing thoughts with the world without expectation.   An easy character to connect to.

Long-legged Janetta –  Ulysses’s mother.  The one parent who didn’t completely abandon him.  She is a long term drug addict, among other addictions.  And yet, she

values her son.  While I have never been a drug addict, I have known some.  Well portrayed character.  Many people say they never understand how anyone can become an addict.  My recent experience with the “medical” system we have in our country has given me a more in depth understanding of why.  Women need medical care without false accusation.  And to be respected, as Janetta likely never was.

Samuel Finch – Ulysses missing father.  He likely never knew he had a son.  The reader eventually finds out why he left home before he knew.  What is this missing character like now?  No one knows.

Gem Isobel Rost – A twelve year old girl who wants to find her missing mother.  She eventually finds out many secrets of her birth that her father didn’t want to tell her. She

learns the importance of not keeping secrets, and what can happen, when a person does.  I often wish I knew the truth of who I am.  And yet, does it really matter at this point in my life?

Estella – A sixteen year old girl who knows her father, and despises him.  She deals with this every day.  She has an apparent strong exterior, with a soft heart.  She would likely have found

Ulysses father if given enough time.  I was lot like that at sixteen.

Estella’s mom – Referred to as a “Sally.”  Someone who stands up for others, especially children.  She is strong, and left the man who had abused her. The reader never finds out if the abuse is physical, mental, or emotional.  They all leave scars.  Often, the mental and emotional leave more permanent scars, as other people can’t see the original scars, and frequently (and often unintentionally) rip them open and pour salt into the wounds.  Yes, I’ve done that as well.

Blake – The seventeen year old boy who left an ugly home and tried to escape abuse.  He returns each day to check on his mother’s welfare, as she will not leave the man she married.

The reader never finds out if she knew about the abuse, or, if she too were abused and could not admit it.  He rescues the little girl, Crystal Barnes.  An easy to connect to character who has a rough exterior, and a heart of gold.

Crystal Barnes – A six year old girl who rarely spoke, and who had been kidnapped and hidden on the Wildlife Refuge.  She would escape most days, and return to her hidden cell.  Like many abused children, she returned out of fear to her abuser.  Also easy to connect to character.  A starved child, only one outfit, and no ability to communicate her needs or wishes.  In fact, many abused children go home to their abuser everyday.

Norma – the dog walker.

A person who had once survived an unknown abuse, and never recovered.  She was afraid to reach out to others.  Easy to relate to.

So, the question becomes, was there anyone in the story I didn’t relate to?

The kidnapper?  Well, I don’t personally relate to him.  I have seen how power can easily become abuse of power though.  Ulysses grandmother?  No.  She kicked out her abuser.  She stayed with him for too many decades because of social requirements.  She finally determined what was important in her life.  I think, she’d search for her missing son.

Are there any characters left?

Gem’s dad.  He was a nice person.  He kept secrets for many reasons.   He learns that eventually, he has to share them.

The other characters in Portland?

They are mostly unique, and each come alive on the page.  The reader doesn’t really learn their stories, though they can sense what a few of those stories might contain.  Sally, Doogy, the music store owner, and a few others were part of his “family” network.  Those who listened and cared.  Every person of every age needs people like this.

All in all, a great novel of hope for those society chooses to leave behind.

Merri Halma

Author Merri Halma

I have followed Merri Halma on Facebook for about a year now.  She is a good friend, and a good writer of middle grade, early YA novels.

Merri Halma’s Bio

I was raised in Sunnyside, Washington the youngest of three girls. I always had an active imagination. As we drove across country in the summer, I would see the Indians on horseback on the mountain ranges. Sometimes I would even see them riding down towards the open range. My parents and sisters would laugh. But to me, I really saw the Indians. They were real.
I had a severe speech impediment, so as I approached my teen years, I had few friends. I felt alone, lonely and like no one really understood me. Writing became my outlet for sanity. I wrote in journal, started writing my first novel at 12 or 13 and also wrote poetry.
I went to college after high school, denying myself what I most wanted to do. I wanted to study writing and drama. My mom had assured me if I went into writing, I would lose my mind, because all writers go crazy. I was afraid of losing my mind.
I am real, Because I felt pain deeply, I knew I was real. I had to stay in touch with me. I had to feel the deep hurt I did, otherwise I would be denying myself. It was difficult for me to get into a character because I was afraid of losing my mind. Also, most drama professors wouldn’t accept me for speaking roles because of my speech impediment.
I ended up with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in Social Services and the Humanities.  Later, a Master’s of Science in Counseling-Psychology.
All my life I have sought God or some reason why no matter what field I endeavored to go into, the door was slammed in my face.
My search for God and reasons why my life sucks eggs so much lead me to want create characters who also search for why their life is the way it is. Writing called me so strongly, I couldn’t ignore it. My mom wasn’t too happy about it. At 56, I still have my sanity. I live what I want to. I just would love to find readers who really can identify with my characters.

Links to books and blog
Spiritual Muses

Indigo Traveler: Book I (Indigo Travelers 1) by [Halma, Merri]
Indigo Traveler – Paperback
Indigo Traveler – Ebook


Keys to the Shadowlands – Paperback
Keys to the Shadowlands – Ebook

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