Monday, August 26, 2013

Giveaway, Guest Post, and Review of Prophecy's Child by Brenda Dyer

Promotion in Motion

I was listening to Billy Squire’s Emotions in Motion while writing this blog post—hence the title, lol.

Hello, everyone. I’m so glad to be on Close Encounters of the Knight Kind. Thank you so much Nikki McCarver for having me.

Going by the title of this post, I’m sure you’ve guessed what the topic of the day is...and you’d be correct if you were thinking promotion.

So...yeah...I’m promoting. LOL, dang, I’m sitting here wondering what the hell to write about. Well, my book, obviously. But what should I say about it? It’s awesome? You’ll love it? LOL, I even offer a money back guarantee? Scratch that last one, because I’m not offering a money back guarantee.

Maybe I should just keep this post simple? Say something like, buy Prophecy’s Child.

LOLOLOL, oh man, that made me laugh. But seriously, if I came across an author’s post, and all he/she said was buy my book, I might buy it, because this is what we are all thinking...right? Really, that’s what these posts are all about: BUY MY BOOK.

This reminds me of a post I wrote back when I was promoting my first novel, Love’s Prophecy. I actually tried to use subliminal messaging. LOL, I seriously did! In each sentence I’d squeeze in Love’s Prophecy in small letters. Here’s an example—not from the original post, mind you:  As a published author, promoting Love’s Prophecy my name and books is a must. Do Love’s Prophecy I like doing it? Not so much.

LOL, I bet you’re wondering if this form of promotion worked. I made a few sales, but I can’t really remember—that was quite some time ago. My brain has a hard enough time remembering what the hell happened yesterday, let alone a year or so ago.

Anyway, enough farting around. I’m here to promote PROPHECY’S CHILD. I’m here to get my name and my book out there, in front of potential readers. I’m here to say, my book, Prophecy’s Child is awesome, and you should all give it a try.

But you know what? I feel like a heel tooting my book’s horn. *Slap* Bad Brenda. I have to be busting with confidence, be self assured. Well, I am busting with confidence when it comes to my books.
How about I let my book do the talking and convincing since I apparently suck at it, lol.

I’ll leave you with the blurb and a small excerpt from Prophecy’s Child.

I have two questions for you all.

To the authors reading this post. Do you like promoting? What do you like about it? What do you find works? What doesn't work?
To the readers reading this post. Do you follow authors you like? Do you buy books from authors who are promoting?

Leave a comment and your email address for a chance to win a $5 Amazon Gift Card and an e-copy—your choice of format—of Prophecy’s Child, or the first book in the Prophecy Series, Love’s Prophecy.
Also, I hope you saw the humor in this post. It was meant to be humorous. Did I fail epically? Yikes, don’t answer that.

Blurb:His secret will shatter her world.Katherine Colby’s life splintered ten years ago when her lover suddenly vanished, leaving her with more than a broken heart. But when Kal unexpectedly makes an appearance, her safe, dependable existence is shattered once more. Drawn into Kal’s deadly world of vampires and demons, she must now put aside her hurt and anger and learn to trust him. Can she forgive past deceptions and find the courage to love again? Or will she turn away the one man who owns her heart and soul?
Her secret will change his life.Powerful, and lethal, Kal is a vampire warrior, sworn to protect humans from demons. Loving Katherine too much to pull her into his dangerous world, Kal deserted her, believing his decision was best for them both. But not even time could assuage his yearning for the woman who has captured his heart. As fate tosses them together once again, Kal must fight to win Katherine’s trust and forgiveness before evil separates them forever. But is he ready to become the man she needs him to be? Or will he lose the one woman he can’t live without?

Katherine glared at him. “Let’s drop the niceties, and get down to why you’re here.”
Kal’s smile faltered.
“As you’ve already guessed, you are Ike’s father—but don’t worry, it won’t change your life. You don’t have to be involved in any way, physically or financially.”
Kal rested his forearms along his thighs and clasped his hands. “But I want to be involved…in both ways.”
“Maybe I didn’t make myself clear. I don’t want you involved. Ike doesn’t know you’re his father and he never will.”
Silence pulsed between them.
Kal was the first to break the staring contest. “Look, I understand why you’re—”
“You understand nothing.” Fury almost choked her. “Nothing! Do you understand that?”
A muscle ticked along his jaw. “You have every right to be upset, but if you’d give me a chance to explain—”
“Oh, now you’re giving me permission to be angry?” She laughed, but the sound was more of a snort. “That’s very generous of you.”
“Damn it, that’s not what I meant. If I could go back and change what I did, I would, but I can’t. All I can change is the present and future.”
“Then do it somewhere else.”
Kal remained quiet for a moment, then he spread his arms wide. “I’m sorry. Obviously I handled things poorly. But if you give me a chance, I’ll explain everything.”
Nothing he had to say could take away the hurt, fear and heartache she’d suffered. And honestly, she didn’t want to hear his lame-assed excuses. But he sure as hell would hear how his decision ten years ago had set in motion the avalanche that crashed into her, changing her life.

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Author Bio:
Brenda Dyer lives in the small town of Sooke off the coast of British Columbia with her husband, two teenage boys, and an assortment of animals.
She is a graduate from LongRidge Writers group.
When she isn't writing you can find her out in her gardens or working with her two miniature horses.
Brenda loves to hear from readers. If you would like to contact her, visit her website.

I adored Love's Prophecy and could not wait for this book to come to fruition.  This book proved to be well worth the wait!!  There were many interesting twists to the book.  It was unique in a way that book 1 was NOT the beginning of the series.  Even though we believe Breena and Mel got the ball rolling, we find out quite a different story in book 2.  It seems our easy-going Kal was actually one of the first choosen to meet his mate.  He just didn't believe that Kat would stay with him if he revealed all of his secrets.  His silence and secrecy turn out to be his worst enemies in the fight to win back the love he had abandoned, but never forgotten.  

Another twist was poor Kat.  She went from having it all, to losing everything and having to start over again with literally nothing.  She was an admirable woman.  She struggled had to fight for her place in this world and to raise her son right.  She actually was a very realistic character.

I'm watching out for Soren's book.  He is one of my favorite characters.I love the world-building in this series.  To think of vampires as being created by an angel is an incredible concept.  It is an amazing place to visit, and I can't wait to come back for more!!


Kary said...

Brenda - I don't mind some promotion but the amount of time and energy it takes to help your book get seen is astounding. I seem towork better on FB and Twitter than blogs.

Allison Merritt said...

I hate promoting. I hate it so much, I failed mega-huge-big time with my last book. And I think it might be part of why I'm so far behind on editing my next one.

When I get really into it, I love Twitter for the hashtags and because I can post #novellines, which is always fun.

Ella Quinn - Romance Novelist said...

Ah, yes, promotion. I kept the last pre-order promotion to a dull roar, because the first book releases next month. I can't believe the schedule for that one. Good luck and many sales, Brenda. You deserve it! tweeted.

Brenda said...

Kary, yes, it's the time it takes away from writing.
I don't mind it--I like meeting new people--but I think what bothers me is trying to come up with a post that is interesting for others to read.

Brenda said...

LOL, Allison. I drop the ball on promoting all the time. I should be more organized, but I'm not. Like I said to Kary, I find it hard to come up with posts that are interesting and fun to read.

Brenda said...

Ella, good luck on your promotion--and you can count on me to be stalking you!

D'Ann said...

LOL funny post!
We ALL hate promo! I can't figure out any great ways to do it! Good luck, Brenda.

DeShanna said...

As long as promotions lead to me getting books with sexy men I'm a-okay!

Good luck, lady!

Brenda said...

Nikki, thank you so much for the wonderful review! LOL, I love spiders, hehehehe.

Brenda said...

D'Ann, I'm with you. If I knew how to promote like a pro, then hey, maybe I wouldn't mind it so much.
Thanks for stopping by--and good luck to you as well!

Brenda said...

LOL, D.X. Show me the sexy men!
Thanks for coming by and leaving a comment.

Sandy said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this whole series! Keep them coming!

Daryl Devoré said...

I'm not such a fan of promotion - you'll understand - it's a Canadian thing!

Fun post. :-)

Brenda said...

Awe, thank you, Sandy. I think you will be very surprised with the twist in Soren's book.

Brenda said...

LOLOL, Daryl. You're so awesome.
Thanks for stopping by.

Beautiful Disaster said...

This sounds like a really good book. I can't wait to get started on it. Thanks for the review :-)

Brenda said...

Thank you, Lori. I truly hope you enjoy it.
And thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. Very much appreciated.

Debby said...

I do follow authors and there are times I have bought a book based on the promotion.
debby236 at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I like to follow authors I love but I also like reading new authors to. There are so many wonderful books and authors out there. Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me in contest.

Brenda said...

Thank you, Debby. It's nice to know promoting does what it should!
I appreciate you stopping by and leaving a comment and entering.

Brenda said...

Victoria, this is awesome to hear.
Thanks for coming by and entering!

Brenda said...

Nikki, again, thank you ever so much for the wonderful review--you made me so happy--and for hosting me on your excellent site. You rock, and are all kinds of awesome!

Brenda said...

To all you wonderful ladies who stopped by, read my post and left me a comment--you are my heroes! Thank you, thank you!
The winner/winners will be chosen soon.

erin said...

Congrats to Brenda on the new release! If the author's promotional post catches my attention, I'll check out the book... but ultimately it's the blurb that makes me buy it or not ;) Best of luck!

Anne said...

I do follow some of the authors I like, not sure why I don't follow all. I prefer authors that send out newsletters once a month or when they have a new release instead of one that sends out little missives all the time.

If a blurb/excerpt is really good and especially if there is a first week deal (like .99)I'm more inclined to buy something during a tour or promotion event. So, yes, I have bought during a promotion, even from new to me authors, but infrequently, I like to see reviews first usually.

Brenda said...

Erin and Anne, thank you so much for stopping by and leaving me a comment!!

Mary Preston said...

I did appreciate the humor thank you.

I tend to follow authors by signing up to their newsletters & blogs. I love catching up that way. I buy more books then I should.

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