Wow, Wow, Wow!

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Hey everyone!
Just a quick post today with some updates regarding the sales over the weekend!

My original goal for the free Kindle downloads: 50 for the whole weekend/Monday.  That was completely blown out of the water and doubled in the first day of the sale.  From there, I thought it would be cool to reach 150 downloads, just because.

352.  Three hundred and fifty two books were downloaded between Friday and Monday.  

I don't really know how to even grasp that.  The bestsellers were Welcome Home and Something New, with 97 and 94 downloads for them, respectively.  I was going to find about 352 "thank you" gifs on Google to post here, but...I'm pretty sure that would make any given viewer's Internet bandwidth explode trying to load them all.  So here's Chris Pratt saying thank you. 

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Credit: Chris Pratt / Quotes Blog
Not to mention, there were some - I think around 45, to be exact - that went to international readers.  Germany, the UK, France, Australia, and Brazil if I remember correctly.  So thanks to you guys, too!  I never imagined crossing international borders with my books when I published my first one, and I just have to sit and laugh at the idea of it.  My books are visiting places I've never been - and may never see.  It's so cool.  

So this is basically just a huge "thank you x10000" post for you guys!  It's so exciting (and a little weird) knowing that at least 100 people are reading my books, or even want to to begin with!  

And a bit of an apology in case anyone got irritated with me promoting the sales on social media.  This was the first Black Friday/ Cyber Monday sale event I've ever really marketed for, and while it was obviously successful on the Kindle front, I know I was starting to hate myself for how many posts I was making!  So if you were ready to unfollow me, please don't.  The insanity is over for the most part until next November. 
If anything, I'll just post a couple of times next month to remind you all about the paperback sales I decided to leave in place because of the huge success of the Kindle sales.  And I haven't quite decided whether I really want to post about them at all because I'm just tired thinking about it.

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Credit: The Princess & The Frog // Tenor 

Since KDP is pretty much kaput for offering free books until my next 3 months are up, and considering the magnitude of downloads, I decided to leave the paperbacks at their discounted prices on Amazon until around December 21st or so, and I just created a new promotion on Etsy.  You can now use both the 25% off coupon I mentioned before, as well as the free shipping coupon, until December 10th for signed paperbacks.  This time, though, you don't have to buy any minimum amount for the shipping.  Codes are GIVINGSEASON and FREESHIP if anyone's interested.  

Blog Tour: HUGE Black Friday Sale - 150+ Books!

Saturday, November 24, 2018

I'm super excited about this: Victoria Lynn and Perry Elisabeth Kirkpatrick partnered to host a Black Friday sale by authors for readers.  There are over 150 titles available and ALL of the e-books are either $0.99 or free.  There is also a list of paperback books that are on sale at pretty awesome prices too, so make sure to check those ones out!  Click HERE for the sale page. Why you should check the sale out:

  • All of the books have been assessed and are clean reads
  • You're supporting great independent authors
  • That long TBR list you have?  You could get those books for great prices, this weekend and Monday only!
  • FREE BOOKS.  Need I say more?
As if this wasn't already fantastic news, there is also an awesome giveaway going on!
  It runs from November 22nd 'til Nov. 26 at midnight EST.  The grand prize winner will receive 20 paperback books, and the 2nd place winner will get 20 e-book titles from the sale.  All for free!  
Make sure to participate in the giveaway below!
 Rafflecopter giveaway.  

Grand prize is open to U.S. winners only; 2nd place prize is open internationally. 

2nd place winner receives 20 e-books

Gather Round the Fables by Erika Matthews 
The Case of the Tabloid Tattler by Perry Kirkpatrick (AudioBook)
The Twelve Cats of Christmas by Perry Kirkpatrick (Audiobook)
Coffee Shop Christmas by Ryana Lynn Miller 
The Land of Cotton by Ryana Lynn Miller 
Entertaining Angels, Entertaining Angels Book 1 by Emerald Barnes 
Secret’s Kept by Jennette Mbewe 
The Firethorn Crown by Lea Doue 
Beyond Broken Pencils by Julie C. Gilbert 
Ashlynn's Dreams by Julie C. Gilbert 
Soldier On by Vanessa Rasanen 
Burning Rose by Hope Ann 
Iced and Nailed by Avery Daniels 
Imani Earns Her Cape by Bokerah Brumley 
October by J. Grace Pennington 
Disowned by Sarah Addison Fox 
My Compass Home by Michaela Bush 
Summer Shadows and Necessary Evil by Killarney Traynor

Grand Prize winner receives 20 paperbacks

Mythical Doorways by Jenelle Schmidt 
Faith is the Victory by Faith Blum 
Kiera by Kate Willis 
Because Anonymous Diana L. Sharples 
After: Book One in The Neverway Chronicles by Savannah Jezowski 
Specter: Book Two in The Neverway Chronicles by Savannah Jezowski 
Leandra’s Enchanted Flute by Katy Huth Jones 
Eagle Eyes by Tammy Lash 
London in the Dark by Victoria Lynn 
 When Beauty Blooms by Victoria Lynn 
Aerisia: Land Beyond the Sunset by Sarah Ashwood 
Iced and Nailed by Avery Daniels 
There Was Always Laughter in Our House by Sarah Holman 
Bridgers: A Parable by Angie Thompson 
Love Blind  by Angie Thompson 
Code by Angie Thompson
Christmas Eve at the Backdoor by Rebekah Morris 
The Seven Drawers by Kendra E. Ardnek 
He's Making Diamonds: A Teen's Thoughts on Faith Through Chronic Illness by Sara Willoughby


I'm really excited about this sale.  I've already downloaded a handful of books that I can't wait to get into!  I'll post reviews for them as I finish, of course.  I'd also like to mention that several books which I've had the honor of reading for ARCs (or just reading!) are available this weekend as well.  I've linked my reviews for them below and would recommend each and every one of them!

Beyond Her Calling by Kellyn Roth
When Beauty Blooms by Victoria Lynn
He's Making Diamonds by S.G. Willoughby

Here is a list of all the awesome and talented participating authors: 

Kate Willis | Hope C.B. Cook | Vincent Trigili | Malachi Cyr | E. J. Willis | Diana L. Sharples |  Sarah Addison-Fox | Annie Douglass Lima |  Marc Secchia | Katy Huth Jones | Savannah Jezowski | Kandi J Wyatt | Joan Lightning | Angela Watts | Ava Mallory | Sara Bourgeois | Jaye L. Knight | Sarah Ashwood | Killarney Traynor | Zanna Mackenzie | Valerie Howard | Bokerah Brumley | Kat Bellemore | Faith Blum | RJ Conte  |Abigayle Claire | Tayla Alexandra | Kristen Iten | Emily Selby | Stephanie Damore | Erika Mathews | Frances Hoelsema | J. Grace Pennington | Rebekah A. Morris | Frankie Bow | Martha Fuller | Lena Karynn Tesla | Allison Tebo | Sarah Monzon | Victoria Lynn | Sonia Parin | T.I. Lowe | Lia London | Tammy Lash | Maria Grazia Swan | Deany Ray | Paige Sleuth | Jenny Berlin | Annie Louise Twitchell | Jordaina Sydney Robinson | Kelsey Gietl | Kendra E. Ardnek | Frances Hoelsema | Stacy Juba | Laura Guenot | Michaela Bush | Tricia Mingerink | Hailey Rose | Ryana Lynn Miller | Angie Thompson | Nadine C. Keels | Kellyn Roth | Angie Thompson  | Vanessa Rasanen | Julie C. Gilbert | Jennette Mbewe | C. S. Johnson |  Amy Williams | April Lynn Newell | Lauren Lynch | Lea Doue | Kelsey Bryant | Avery Daniels  | Sarah Holman | R.M. Archer | Emerald Barnes | Jenelle Leanne Schmidt | Cathy Perkins | Laura Jackson | P.D. Workman | Emily Hinkle | Hannah Loviisa | Claire Banschbach | Rebekah Jones | Faith Potts | Sara Willoughby

Sales On The Horizon....

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Hey everyone!  'Tis the season for good deals and chilly afternoons perfect for reading.  I'm posting a couple of days early so everyone gets a chance to check out the sales beforehand!  I've made some spiffy graphics (okay, about 6 different sets for each social media platform because I've decided they're rather fun to make...) and everything.  You'll find links to each sale platform below the graphic, so you don't even have to do any searching.

Paperbacks from Amazon: (remember, these qualify for Prime shipping, which I think Amazon is offering to everyone during Black Friday...?)
Welcome Home & My Compass Home: $6.00 each
Beautiful Chaos & Something New: $11.00 each
Everything I Never Said & Everything And Nothing: $3.60 each
Available now through Cyber Monday! 
Click HERE.

My Etsy store is all set up for sales!
If you'd like signed paperbacks, I'm offering a 25% off coupon (code: GIVINGSEASON).  No minimum is needed!  During 11/23-11/26, you can also benefit from free U.S. media mail shipping (no international, sorry) for orders over $30.00 (code: FREESHIP)
If you want a special message included in the book, please let me know!  

I also throw in a surprise or two in each package I ship out, so there's always something special to look forward to...
Click HERE.

Finally, you can download ANY of my Kindle books 100% free from Black Friday until Cyber Monday!  That includes my newest releases.  Stock up now!  
(I'm actually really excited to offer this one.  I love watching the downloads tick up on KDP...)
Click HERE.

Last but definitely not least, I'm also participating in a larger sale and giveaway (as in, immense and awesome) organized by a couple of wonderful indie authors.  Watch out for a Saturday post about all of that, including about 150+ reasons why you should check out the sale!  

Week In Review: The News Says It All

Saturday, November 17, 2018

I wrote up and sent out the monthly newsletter a little earlier than usual this time around, and when I sat down to write up this week's blog post, I realized that everything was already in the newsletter!  In a much nicer format, too.  So click HERE to check it out!  Tons of exciting stuff.  Next week, make sure to follow along the blog for some exciting new content...refer back to the newsletter for some hints at what's to come! 

Cover Reveal: "Seek" by Angela R. Watts!

Monday, November 12, 2018

Hey everyone!  I have a super-special post today.  Angela R. Watts' newest book, Seek, is going to be released in December -- and of course, you have to have a cover before you publish a book.  Today is the official cover reveal for this novel!  I'm going to get out of the way and let you see the majesty that is this book cover - I actually gasped when I saw it - but first, I want to encourage you to check out her social media  and make sure to add this book onto your Goodreads bookshelf.  That way, you'll be the first to know when Seek is released.

And without further ado....

About Seek
Angel Cutler’s routine life is overturned when local ganglord Viktor Marino tries to kidnap her. When she finds out her adopted sister is back in town and working with Viktor, Angel has to run with the protection of two total strangers. Can Angel’s faith in God protect her family when she can’t? Elijah Davis has seen Viktor bleed once, and to protect his family, he’ll make it happen again. But who is the One Eli can turn to when he realizes he can’t protect his loved ones alone? Hiding from gangsters and gunfire, the trio struggle to seek God above all else and trust that His plan is greater than their own. Or Viktor Marino’s. 
Make sure to add it on Goodreads!

About The Author
 Angela R. Watts is a Christian who writes fiction to glorify the King. She’s a homeschooled highschooler who lives with her family at Step By Step Sanctuary, Tennessee. She’s been writing stories since she was little but also enjoys chores, painting, and watching sunsets. 

 Website | Reveries Co. 
 Facebook | AngelaRWattsauthor 
Instagram | angiewatts

Week In Review: Cold, Cold, Cold, Cold...!

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Hey everyone!  Been super busy lately-- training for work, school stuff, other commitments -- and more things kicking in next week!  I didn't post last Saturday  because I was helping my mother at a craft show.  And kind of hoping that some of the Christmas stuff wouldn't sell because it's too pretty.  Oops.  She has a Facebook page and an Etsy shop if you want to see some of the decorations I'm talking about. 

This week was mostly a blur of realizing that I was, in no way, prepared for the sales I'm brewing for the shopping season.  I think I've remedied that for the most part, so if you have any of my books on your wish list, make sure to stick around!  That said, if you're also planning to offer sales anytime during the Christmas shopping season and would like help spreading the word, send me a link to your book(s) and your sale dates/prices, and I'll feature 'em on my social media feeds!  Just drop a note, comment, get the drill. 

If you have any hot cocoa, feel free to send that my way too.  The wind chill was approaching the single digits this morning. 

Credit: 101 Dalmations // WiffleGif
How's NaNoWriMo going for you guys? 

Currently reading: I just finished Fallen Leaves by Tessa Emily Hall.  I haven't decided what to read next!

Currently writing: Nothing.  Ugh.  I've been too busy to write, although I have plenty of ideas I wish I could be working on...

Current Bible verse: "For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." (Hebrews 4:12 KJV)

I'd also like to ask you to remember to pray for the wildfires in California.  Tens of thousands of people are being driven from their homes because of it. 

Next week, tune in on Monday for an exciting post!  Through the remainder of 2018, I may start just sharing good articles I've found online, or photos on my social media, instead of writing  elaborate Wednesday posts.  Just too busy, but I still want to make sure you guys are still seeing good content!  Let me know if there's anything you'd like to see! 

Okay...first round of Christmas sales: if you want a signed book, I officially stocked up my Etsy store, even with my newest release.  Code GIVINGSEASON will take 25% off your order!

Are you guys looking forward to Thanksgiving?  What's your favorite pie?  (For part of this week, I was convinced that Thanksgiving is next week instead of the week after, so I've had food on the brain...)

SpireGirl 2018 Blog Tour: Book Review!

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Hello!  As I mentioned in Tuesday's post, I'm participating in the SpireGirl 2018 blog tour, and this is the second post; a book review!  Make sure you check out Writings From A God Girl if you enjoyed any of the posts from this week. 

When We Were Young by Karen Kingsbury

Credit: Amazon / Howard Books
I was excited to get a copy of When We Were Young through NetGalley, and I just finished it over the weekend.  I read it in a matter of hours because I couldn't put it down.  

First of all, this book had a plot that I've never seen before.  I don't want to get into any spoilers, of course, but it portrayed the future while keeping firmly rooted into the past as well as the present, through the use of several characters.  You knew what "time-travel" section you'd be in based off of which character the chapter was highlighting, which helped to clarify any confusion.  The entire book, basically, occurs over the span of one night - just while highlighting what the future might be like and how the couple met in the first place.  I'm probably over-explaining it -- it was easy to understand but hard to explain.  I likened it to the "ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future" deal.  The story was a very easy read, given the plot.  The story was also encouraging, in which a couple decides to make their marriage work instead of letting it fall apart.  

That is a very important theme that writers should explore: making a marriage work instead of letting go because of disagreements and misunderstandings.  Topics surrounding social media and the degradation of the "family nucleus" were also explored realistically.   It was inspiring on that end, and was actually less heartbreaking than most of the Kingsbury books I've read.  Slightly.

When We Were Young is a "Baxter Family" book, but I think it's fine as a standalone as well.  I've never read any of the Baxter books, and was able to follow along with the series' recurring cast fairly well - and they weren't the focus of the book anyway.  Overall, I think this is a great book to pick up if you enjoy Karen Kingsbury's work.  I enjoyed it until my eyes were bleary and then I just squinted to keep on reading.  

Have you read any of Karen Kingsbury's books, or are you thinking about picking up When We Were Young?  What are your thoughts on her work?