Thursday, April 2, 2020

Book Launch Q&A: W.L. Brooks, Author UNEARTHING THE PAST #booklaunch @pumpupyourbook

W.L. Brooks was born with an active imagination.  When characters come into her mind, she has to give them a life- a chance to tell their stories. With a coffee cup in her hand and a cat by her side, she spends her days letting the ideas flow onto paper.  A voracious reader, she draws her inspiration from mystery, romance, suspense and a dash of the paranormal.

A native of Virginia Beach, she is currently living in Western North Carolina. Pick up her latest novel, The Secrets That Shape Us- available now!

WEBSITE & SOCIAL LINKS:

Website: www.wlbrooks.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/authorwlbrooks
Goodreads: https://bit.ly/2RAd0xl



Book Blurb
A single mother and owner of the town diner, Charlie McKay couldn’t be happier with her life in Blue Creek. Taking care of everyone around her is a labor of love, but the secret she’s keeping about
her daughter’s parentage lurks beneath the surface. With the scars of the past still not healed, Charlie isn’t interested in adding a man to her life, even if that man is the oh-so-tempting Craig Sutton.

Determined to own his own bar, as his father had, Craig Sutton is a man on a mission. But wanting to enjoy small town life is only one of the reasons he moved to the mountains of North Carolina. Whether meaning to or not, Craig can’t keep from getting involved with the McKay family, and the closer he gets to Charlie and her daughter the more entangled he becomes.

In Blue Creek secrets have always run deep, and someone is now trying to expose Charlie’s in a disturbing way. She isn’t the only one with something to hide, however, and deception threatens a possible relationship between her and Craig. As hidden truths are revealed and danger increases, Charlie must find a way to face the past or lose everything.

Amazon → https://amzn.to/2FTlM3J



 
After your book was released, what was the first thing you did when getting ready for your book launch? Looked into marketing.

After that, what was your next step? Hired Pump Up Your Book

What are your views on social media for marketing your book? Boosting posts on Facebook and creating adds helps.

What social media has worked best for you? Facebook.

Did you have other books you offered for free in order to help sell your present book? I put the first two book in the series on sale before the release date of the third.

Did you create a book trailer? Pump Up Your Book created one for me: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPZqMXCp7Zs

Any tips for those authors wanting to set up a successful book launch?
Check out Pump Up Your Book!


Friday, March 20, 2020

Book Launch Q&A: Brit Lunden, Author of THE KNOWING #booklaunch @britlunden @pumpupyourbook

Brit Lunden is a prolific author who’s written over 50 books in assorted genres under different pen names. Bulwark was her first effort in adult fiction and was chosen by several of her fellow authors as the basis for a new series, A Bulwark Anthology.  Using her characters, they are creating new denizens in spin-off stories to this bizarre town. Brit Lunden lives on Long Island in a house full of helpful ghosts.

WEBSITE & SOCIAL LINKS:




About the Book:


Bulwark- a wall or stockade that protects or sometimes hides the truth from the outside world. Bulwark, Georgia, isolated, hidden. Who knows what strange things can happen when the rest of the world can’t see you? JB Stratton is alone in the world, and all he has left are the memories of his beloved Ellie. Dirt poor JB and wealthy Ellie feel an instant connection that is as intense and primal as the blood red earth of their home. Unseen roots connect them, pulling them into an impossible relationship. Will the memories of past lives help or hinder the path of their love? Based on the original novella Bulwark, by Brit Lunden, The Knowing continues the story of a town isolated from the rest of the world where the impossible becomes plausible, and logic is determined by reality.

“THE KNOWING is a wonderfully written romance, a time-hopping supernatural mystery, and an all-around good time–a worthy addition to Brit Lunden’s Bulwark anthology.” – Lisa Butts for IndieReader

“Lunden’s characters feel real, and their interactions make the story work quite well. Her plot is engaging and suitably dark, making this an entertaining urban fantasy tale. The Knowing: A Bulwark Anthology is a well written and engrossing read. It’s most highly recommended.” – Jack Magnus, Readers’ Favorite

“Romance devotees looking for a quick, colorful read should consider The Knowing, which might spark interest in checking out the preceding novella and other installments in the Bulwark Anthology, all of which are currently available in paperback and ebook.” – BlueInk Reviews

An interesting read and wonderful first addition to what seems to be an anthology with much promise. – Insatiable Readers (blog)

The skillful storytelling brings the characters to life and provides a highly immersive reading experience… I strongly urge you to read Brit Lunden’s original novella Bulwark as well, which sets the stage for all the characters in the anthology and offers more excitement for fans of paranormal thrillers. – Ice Fairy’s Treasure Chest (blog)


The Knowing, as its title suggests, makes a compelling pull in such a short space of pages, absolutely filled with emotion and conveying a powerfully romantic story line in sharp contrast to the previous book, but also very fitting of the town and its tone. Readers seeking an immersive new series where they can experience all different story types within the same, dark mysterious world are certain to love The Knowing and the Bulwark Anthology in general.” – K. C. Finn, Readers’ Favorite

“The story is brief yet impactful as the details included and the images they paint are emotionally evocative. The wisdom of characters such as Bear Bryant shines through and adds a beautiful touch to the already delightful love story. The intensity of JB and Ellie’s relationship plus the paranormal aspects of their story makes it even more enthralling. The Knowing by Brit Lunden is a well-told tantalizing read.” – Edith Wairimu, Readers’ Favorite

“It is a beautifully written love story encompassing the present, past, and even past lives. It is a romance with a hint of the supernatural. It is well written with a level of area building and character development often unseen in shorter books. It was easy to read this in one sitting; the story is sweet, intriguing, and sometimes moving. It has certainly piqued my interest in other books by this author, especially the Bulwark, from which this story stems. ” – K.J. Simmill, Readers’ Favorite

“The engaging tale’s centerpiece is the teens’ romance, with a Southern setting the author masterfully captures… The unadorned prose and concise descriptions make for a quick read all the way to the bittersweet ending… A short but undeniably charming love story.” – Kirkus Reviews 

“When two people find each other and then lose each other, it sometimes takes extraordinary happenings to bring them back together. “The Knowing” is a quick little story underwritten with the paranormal, and this keeps readers guessing. What could possibly go wrong in this strange world?” – Long And Short Reviews

“For those readers looking for a fast-paced paranormal mystery novel with excellent, vivid descriptive elements, this is a great choice for you. I believe that Brit Lunden’s works are destined to become a classic in paranormal short story fiction.” – Patricia Lynn Dompieri, Lemon Bee & Other Peculiar Tales

Amazon → https://amzn.to/39skWYJ

 Barnes & Noble → https://bit.ly/38gvppU



 
After your book was released, what was the first thing you did when getting ready for your book launch?
Check dates and venues for availability then generate a poster ad for online and around-town postering.
After that, what was your next step?
Arrange with publisher for delivery of books to sell at the reading.
Did you do anything different to spice up your website in lieu of your upcoming book release?
I added the ad to my site.
Did you ever consider using a PR agency to help you promote your book or did you prefer the DIY route?
I have a publisher. Other than promoting online on my own and on my author facebook site, I expected my publisher would promote. (This engagement with Pump Up
Your Book is the publisher now using a PR agency.) I thought such PR agencies were for self-publishers. I expected Post Hypnotic press to look after the PR, and they are!
Were finding reviews a top priority for you and, if yes, how did you approach that?
I have asked purchasers to write a review, of anything they liked in the book. So far, no reviews. It’s very discouraging. I have heard verbally from people who said they loved the book, had read parts of it twice, etc, but no one has accepted the invitation to review.
What are your views on social media for marketing your book? 
I can’t imagine many things more powerful for marketing.
What social media has worked best for you?
Facebook.  I cancelled Instagram because I didn’t know how to make a comment without the post disappearing. I find Twitter too bite-y. Need more space. Facebook is my love.
Did you write a press release and do you think it worked for you? 
No, again, I left that up to my publisher.
Did you revamp your author’s page at Amazon in any way to prepare for the launch?
No, I totally forgot about it. Until this moment.
Did you have other books you offered for free in order to help sell your present book?
No. Good idea except I have only one book still in print that I can do that with, and I have pulled it from circulation until I revise it preparatory to selling it as a page-to-screen script. The other books are way beyond in-print dates.
Did you set up booksignings and, if so, how did that work for you?
I have tried, but the one at Chapters had been postponed until I return from Mexico in July.
Did you create a book trailer?
No. I asked a local video/film company but they wanted money I didn’t have.
Did you time your book launch around a certain holiday?
No, I timed it for a day of the week when no productions were on offer in Peterborough, but it turned out three big theatre productions were rehearsing that night.
What was the best money you ever spent on your book launch?
Buying drinks and food for the attendees’ comfort. Few came, but those who did had a good time and we had interesting discussions sparked by the book readings.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Book Launch Q&A: Dr. Anne Watson, Author of FLASH! #booklaunch @pumpupyourbook

Anne Watson is a Canadian author and educator and co-author of So You Have to Go to Court! A Child’s Guide to Testifying as a Witness in Child Abuse Cases with Wendy Harvey. She was raised in England, trained as a teacher, and after starting teaching in Canada at Thistletown Regional Centre School for Emotionally Disturbed Children, she then taught in the Cayman Islands, the Bahamas, and in Palm Beach County USA. Just before beginning doctoral studies in Special Education Psychology at U. of T., she travelled right around the world. Once a doctor, she became a Prof at UBC and later at Trent U., then switched to doing psychoeducational assessments (CSI of the brain!). After 30 years of midnight oil reports and early morning parent meetings she retired to concentrate on writing and art. Her calling is to help people contact their Inner Voice – the Universe – by fast tracking open brain states using EEG devices, some of which can be glimpsed in a couple of scenes in her just finished movie, “A Thousand Reasons.” She has two successful adult kids and one almost grown up granddaughter.

WEBSITE & SOCIAL LINKS:

Twitter Link: @Post_Hypnotic



About the Book:


If we have intuitions (and we do) where do they come from? Where, in us, do they arrive? What, in us, allows us to receive and interpret them? And why? Why do we get them?

Fourteen years of research, often waiting for the science to catch up with a vision sent to me by the Universe, these questions are answered in lay terms for the wonderment and affirmation of those interested in energy from another plane.

ORDER YOUR COPY

Amazon → https://amzn.to/37U1Fi7



 
After your book was released, what was the first thing you did when getting ready for your book launch?
Check dates and venues for availability then generate a poster ad for online and around-town postering.

After that, what was your next step?
Arrange with publisher for delivery of books to sell at the reading.

Did you do anything different to spice up your website in lieu of your upcoming book release?
I added the ad to my site.

Did you ever consider using a PR agency to help you promote your book or did you prefer the DIY route?
I have a publisher. Other than promoting online on my own and on my author facebook site, I expected my publisher would promote. (This engagement with Pump Up
Your Book is the publisher now using a PR agency.) I thought such PR agencies were for self-publishers. I expected Post Hypnotic press to look after the PR, and they are!

Were finding reviews a top priority for you and, if yes, how did you approach that?
I have asked purchasers to write a review, of anything they liked in the book. So far, no reviews. It’s very discouraging. I have heard verbally from people who said they loved the book, had read parts of it twice, etc, but no one has accepted the invitation to review.

What are your views on social media for marketing your book? 
I can’t imagine many things more powerful for marketing.

What social media has worked best for you?
Facebook.  I cancelled Instagram because I didn’t know how to make a comment without the post disappearing. I find Twitter too bite-y. Need more space. Facebook is my love.

Did you write a press release and do you think it worked for you? 
No, again, I left that up to my publisher.

Did you revamp your author’s page at Amazon in any way to prepare for the launch?
No, I totally forgot about it. Until this moment.

Did you have other books you offered for free in order to help sell your present book?
No. Good idea except I have only one book still in print that I can do that with, and I have pulled it from circulation until I revise it preparatory to selling it as a page-to-screen script. The other books are way beyond in-print dates.

Did you set up booksignings and, if so, how did that work for you?
I have tried, but the one at Chapters had been postponed until I return from Mexico in July.

Did you create a book trailer?
No. I asked a local video/film company but they wanted money I didn’t have.

Did you time your book launch around a certain holiday?
No, I timed it for a day of the week when no productions were on offer in Peterborough, but it turned out three big theatre productions were rehearsing that night.

What was the best money you ever spent on your book launch?
Buying drinks and food for the attendees’ comfort. Few came, but those who did had a good time and we had interesting discussions sparked by the book readings.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Book Launch Q&A: Stephanie F. Tumba, Author 100 DATES AND A WEDDING #booklaunch @pumpupyourbook

Born and raised in Paris, France by Congolese parents, Stéphanie Tumba is a London-based international entrepreneur with interests in fashion, leisure, production, publishing, toys and hobbies and property.

Since Stéphanie Tumba’s been a kid, she always had an overflowing Imagination with a slight tendency to hyperactivity. Today, business lady by day and writer by night, she has always read and written songs, poems, or stories sometimes short, sometimes long, sometimes comical, occasionally sarcastic and sometimes dark & suicidal, depending on her mood, the music she has in her mind, the people she met and the amount of alcohol drunk on the day.

She strives to achieve a life that is balanced between her business interests, the projects and causes she is passionate about, and her friends and family.

Recently, we are thrilled to announce that she has released her first novel called 100 Dates and a Wedding and is now available on Amazon and other platforms.

WEBSITE & SOCIAL LINKS:

Website: www.100datesandawedding.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/100datesandawedding.com


About the Book:



Title: 100 DATES AND A WEDDING
Author: Stephanie F. Tumba
Publisher: Sté Tumba Capital
Pages: 420
Genre: Romance

100 Dates & a Wedding recounts Valérie’s love affair in London and shares the lessons she has learned. She tells about her worst experiences and the lessons she learned from them. His disappointments, his joys and his own ambiguities are shared without concession.

But the questions that every woman asks herself are the following: how to manage her love life after a divorce? Or how to handle a breakup after a long relationship? How to believe in love again after being disappointed? And between the rules of English love, the long-awaited text messages, the misunderstood messages, the expected loves, the over-interpreted words and the language barrier, Valérie experienced incomprehension and shock. cultural in all its splendor. And finally, somewhere between appointments, Hello / Goodbye and Shots Ass, Valerie finds love.

100 Dates & a Wedding is a romantic diary that will make you laugh heartily; it is full of raw emotions and a testament to the Garbage culture we live in today. But beware! 100 Dates & a Wedding does not criticize men, he spreads an inspiring message through Valérie’s dates: you have to kiss some frogs before finding Prince Charming!

ORDER YOUR COPY

Amazon U.S. → https://www.amazon.com/dp/1073571890

Amazon France → https://www.amazon.fr/dp/1073571890




 
After your book was released, what was the first thing you did when getting ready for your book launch?

To be honest, I cannot really remember what I have done. I was surely excited. I had an amazing team for the UK launch, and I could not expect any better and I was far from being stressed out. I could not wait to see my public.

I am assuming I prayed to make sure that everything goes well.

Did you ever consider using a PR agency to help you promote your book or did you prefer the DIY route?

We used a PR agency to help us promote the book. In fact, we have been interviewed and featured in a couple of magazines and had a few podcasts.

Were finding reviews a top priority for you and, if yes, how did you approach that?

Yes, it was not such a priority. However, even though the book is very easy to ready and you can read a date/chapter per day, the number of pages can be quite scary for a few readers. So, we find it rather challenging to find “brave” readers. 

What are your views on social media for marketing your book?

Social Media is fun, and it allow us to interact directly with our readers. However, in the UK and USA, I don’t feel as a self-publish book that advertising is interesting and profitable. The price per link on Facebook for example can represent us to 75% of the price of the royalties. And not everybody will be interested in your book when clicking so I found advertising on social media quite pricey for self-publishers.

What social media has worked best for you?

Facebook drives a lot of interactions but Instagram lead to most of our sales.

Did you revamp your author’s page at Amazon in any way to prepare for the launch (https://authorcentral.amazon.com/)?

Yes, I did, and I do it every time I have an update.

Did you have other books you offered for free in order to help sell your present book?

We were offering some extracts for free.

Did you set up booksignings and, if so, how did that work for you?

I did set up one in the UK and one in France for the French version upon the launches. It was fun and interesting to interact directly with the audience and share our dating experiences.

Did you create a book trailer?

No, I did not.

Did you time your book launch around a certain holiday?

We launch the book the same week as Valentine Day.

What was the best money you ever spent on your book launch?

The venue in London.

Any tips for those authors wanting to set up a successful book launch?

The 5 main tips I will give are:
1.      Pick the right venue for your book;
2.      Prepared your talk; and
3.      Develop an author platform and website
4.      Organize a blog tour;
5.      Set yourself a budget and stick to it!

Thursday, February 20, 2020

New Romance Mystery! MOCHA, MOONLIGHT, AND MURDER by MaryAnn Kempher @pumpupyourbook

Who doesn't love romantic mysteries? We're happy to be a part of MaryAnn Kempher's MOCHA, MOONLIGHT, AND MURDER Blog Tour. Scroll down to find out how you can pick up your copy!



One night, 28-year-old, Katherine O’Brian, decides to walk to an all-night diner. The only problem? It’s midnight, but Katherine lives in Reno Nevada, a city that never sleeps; she can clearly see the diner’s lights in the distance. It’s no big deal, until she passes someone’s garage where a man is loading a dead body into the trunk of his car.

And now, she’s in trouble. She outran the man that night, and while she has no idea who he is, he knows who she is. And he wants her dead.

As if attempts on her life weren’t stressful enough, Katherine has gone back to college. She’s determined to finally finish her degree, but her lab partner is driving her crazy. He’s hot, but annoying. And she’s not sure which she wants more—a night of mad, passionate sex or a new lab partner. It varies from day to day.

Will Katherine give in to her lust for her partner or will she give in to her desire to throttle him? If she’s in the ground before graduation, it won’t matter.

Not your typical romance, not your typical mystery.

Amazon → https://amzn.to/2OkHlii


 
 
 
For many years, MaryAnn Kempher lived in Reno Nevada where most of her stories are set. Her books are an entertaining mix of mystery and humor. She lives in the Tampa Florida area with her husband, two children, and a very snooty Chorkie.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

New release: 'Riley' by Paul Martin Midden


Genre:   Contemporary adult fiction
Author: Paul Martin Midden
Publisher: Wittmann Blair Publishing


About the Book:

Riley, a young writer, finally divorces her husband and begins a novel about a fictional couple in conflict. Supported by her best friend, Jennifer, she begins her life of freedom. In a complicated turn of events, she meets and beds Edward, a shy young man who falls for her instantly. She does not want to continue the relationship, however, and her refusal lays the groundwork for a series of dangerous events. Her conflicts and those of her characters play out in this psychologically intriguing story.



About the Author:

Paul Martin Midden is the author of five previous novels, each of which explores different writing styles. He practiced clinical psychology for over thirty years. Paul’s interests include historic restoration, travel, fitness, and wine tasting. He and his wife Patricia renovated an 1895 Romanesque home in 1995 and continue to enjoy urban living.

Excerpt:

Riley Cotswald sat at her desk staring at the blank screen in front of her. What do I write? she wondered. That’s a stupid question, came an immediate reply from somewhere in her head. Questioning myself about writing never helped anything. The only thing that matters is putting words on paper. I learned this with my first book.
She turned her head away from the screen and peered through the window of her small DC apartment. The sky was a Washingtonian blue, she observed, and if she looked down just a bit she could see the cherry blossoms beginning to burst. Just like me, she hoped.
But she did not feel herself bursting; all she felt was stuck at her desk, like a child in detention.
Knowing that distraction and procrastination were the two big things that worked against her getting anywhere with her writing, she forced herself to turn back to her computer screen. She had been able to do this earlier in her life, and she always associated writing with a special kind of experience, a mystical or even a spiritual one, whatever that meant. It was something she couldn’t put into words; the irony of that was not lost on her nonreligious self. 
I can do this, she told herself; and she forced herself to place her hands over the keys. The only way to start is to start, she thought. And so she believed.
She took a deep breath, closed her eyes, and commanded her fingers to move.
They weren’t listening.
Riley leaned back in her chair. This is harder than I remembered.
She lectured herself: It doesn’t matter that you have no idea what to write about. Remember when you started? When you wrote that first book? The one that sold? The one that allowed you to write full time? It wasn’t that long ago; just a year ago you were on a book tour, touting you image as an up-and-coming young author. And you promised yourself and your publisher that you would produce another. That is why you are here. To produce another saleable book.
She sighed. Back the, ages ago, writing just seemed to flow and took on a life of its own. All Riley had to do was channel it and type. This was, of course, the narrative she told herself. The fact is she cannot really remember how she did it. Not exactly.
But this mystical narrative seemed to her to be largely true, although in a corner of her mind she thought perhaps the whole experience was romanticized a bit by time. She believed that’s how it should happen. Magically. The stories are inside me and all I need to do is make my fingers move across the keyboard. The narrative will take care of itself.
But maybe not. Maybe there is some other way. An outline? A summary? No. Writing is an art. Being creative is just that: an act of creation, one that required, even demanded, discipline, but one which at base was artistic, creative. So create! Write!
She tried to stop thinking and closed her eyes once more. She knew what she was doing. All these thoughts were just distractions. And the more self-critical the thoughts, the more distracted she became and the further away she came from the act of creation.
Riley sprang out of her chair to move, to breathe, to stop the pattern of useless thinking that was preventing her from doing the writing she most wanted to do. She walked around her small apartment. If Cameron were there she would engage him somehow; she would whine to him. She wouldn’t call it whining, but that’s what it would be. It was always whining. It was saying out loud what went through her head, albeit in a more articulate voice. She would berate herself, and he would reassure her, no matter how dismal she judged her life to be at that moment or how crippled she felt putting words to paper. Or how little he actually understood what she was saying.
On reflection, that seemed like one of the best reasons to be with someone: having someone to complain to. And have that person reassure you, even if you knew that the soothing words were insincere, as in Cameron’s case. He tried to be sympathetic, but that trait did not seem to exist on his genome; the fact was dismal on the listening end. . . She shook her head. She didn’t need to go there.
Riley sat back down and repositioned her fingers over the keyboard. She took yet another deep breath. In the back of her mind, she could hear a familiar voice: Scream all you want, young lady. If this is what you want, this is what you must do. It’s as simple as that.
She straightened her shoulders.  Okay, this is what I want, so this is what I must do. She replaced her fingers over her keyboard and started typing.
Adam Wilkerson did not want to do what he knew he needed to do.
She sat back and checked in with herself. This is more like it.
He had been thinking about it for weeks, maybe even months. Definitely months. A year? Could be a year. He tried to avoid it; in fact, he tried everything he could think of to shield himself and his wife from what he needed rather than wanted to tell her. He wondered about how she would take it. He didn’t think she would take it well.
Adam was sitting at home, waiting for his wife to return. It was Saturday; she had gone shopping. Where or for what he had no idea. It was hard to imagine that she really needed anything. He thought she was just killing time until . . . until what? Until night fell and she could go to sleep and forget her own unhappiness for a few hours. That is, if she slept. That nocturnal pleasure has been coming hard for Mrs. Wilkerson recently. Adam knew this all too well; his wife wasn’t the only one lying awake in silence at night. What he didn’t know was what to do about it.
Touchy ground, Riley mused. She felt herself pale a bit, and she noticed her hands were sweaty.   Anxiety, she knew. And maybe excitement. Perhaps both. She did not take her eyes off the screen.
Adam wondered, even at this late date, if there were some way to avoid this, to somehow give his marriage yet another lease on life. Then he could avoid the discussion he promised himself he would have. But his mind was blank. He had tried everything. He tried being assertive and firm and then warm and kind; he tried to be inviting and disclosing and a little removed and distant. Nothing, absolutely nothing helped impede the belief that had been growing in his mind that he was just out of gas. By which he meant that the marriage was out of gas. No more fuel in the tank. Running on empty. The relationship platitudes were coming fast enough to fill a silly daytime advice show. 
Riley leaned back in her chair without taking her eyes off the screen. This was a habit of focus: looking at the screen was still writing, even if her hands were not tapping on the keys. She knew the anxiety was there and she knew why. She didn’t want to give her nervousness any space; nor did she want to draw comparisons to her current life. She was sure that would make it harder for her to write.