Heart Search Betrayal Blog Tour – Day 3

I have a wonderful set of friends who are helping me spread the word about the launch of Heart Search: Betrayal, through my blog tour. When you’re independently published and have to arrange all your own marketing, friends who are willing to give up their time and space on their blogs are more than worth their weight in gold.

Betrayal front cover

Today, the wonderful Emma Biddulph has posted her review of Heart Search: Lost, the first book in the trilogy. She will be reviewing books two and three later in the tour. Check out her review here.

Heart Search cover

We also have an interview with the lovely Joy Keeney. She threw one or two tricky questions my way, I can tell you. Click to see the interview here.

There will be lots more going on over the next three weeks including more reviews, interviews and exclusive excerpts and I’ll be posting every day so you can pop into the blogs and see what’s happening where.

Also, don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway. You’ve seen the fabulous prizes on offer and anyone can enter. So don’t delay, click the link below. You never know – one of the winners could be you!

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Heart Search: Found – Cover Reveal and More . . .

When you see a cover reveal you know the novel isn’t far behind, and I’m excited to say Heart Search: Found is literally just a few days away. I also have some wonderful friends helping me with the launch and each one of them has something a little different on their blogs, so when you’ve seen everything here, I highly recommend you pop over to see what Donna L Sadd, Joy Keeney, Sherry Fundin, Deborah Jay and Maria V A Johnson, have in store for you.

In the meantime, I’ve got a real treat for my awesome followers, but you’ll have to scroll down to find all the goodies 😉

First though, my wonderful cover designer, Nicole Antonia Carro, has worked her magic again and I’m very proud to unveil . . .

Heart Search Found

Isn’t it AWESOME??

And now for the blurb:

One bite started it all . . .

Another mysterious disappearance sparks a frightening chain of events for Remy and her family. Events foretold come to pass, and more strange and alarming occurrences assail her life. Where can she turn?

Coven politics continue to threaten Joshua’s existence, but an even bigger menace looms . . .

And Remy’s life hangs in the balance – can Joshua save her?

Fate still toys with mortals and immortals alike, as hearts torn apart by darkness confront perils which could lead to their doom.

Intrigued yet?

Well, earlier in this post I did promise you a very special treat. A world exclusive of the prologue of Heart Search: Found – enjoy!

“Jakki sat at the table, a worried expression clouding her features. Her eyes flickered over the tarot cards spread before her, analysing every minute detail, desperately searching for another explanation, a different meaning to the one she saw.

Concern for Remy and the twins had driven her to seek answers from the cards. She had been receiving fragmented glimpses of events: a man with piercing green eyes, the children’s hands covered in a red substance, objects floating around a room, and Remy distraught over something. Jakki’s spirit guides weren’t showing her enough to allow her to make sense of it, so she had reached out through the tarot cards.

With a shaking hand, Jakki turned one more card and gasped. Colour drained from her skin, leaving it a pasty white. There was no mistaking the interpretation this time. The portent was crystal clear.

Jakki sobbed as the card fluttered from her fingers, landing face up on the table, staring back as if mocking her.

Death.”

I really hope you liked the prologue and it’s left you wanting more. Keep checking back – the book trailer is coming soon and I’ll have more news on the availability of Heart Search, book two: Found. Now go and see what the other blogs have in store for you!

#AprilPrompts Blogging Challenge

Having just completed Terri Giuliano Long’s challenge #BlogFlash2013, Donna L Sadd and I have decided we want to do another one and have decided to organise it ourselves.

The posts will be published every weekday throughout April and publicised using the hashtag #AprilPrompts. There will be a daily prompt posted on both our blogs (see list below), and each post has a maximum count of 200 words.

We would love it if you’d care to join us! This is a great way of getting the creative juices flowing and can be used as a writing exercise to warm up the muscles in the brain. It’s a lot of fun and a fab way of meeting new people.

It doesn’t matter if you can’t post every day, just do what you can. Post the links to your blog on this or Donna’s site for each prompt you write and we’ll publicise it.

If you’d like to take part, please reply to this post.

Donna and I look forward to blogging with you.

~ Carlie

Daily Prompt List:

1st – ARROW

2nd – MUSE

3rd – BIRTHDAY

4th – SIN

5th – INTIMACY

8th – GROWING

9th – TRUTH

10th – HEART

11th – THRILLER

12th – LOSS

15th – GAME

16th – INFINITY

17th – THRONE

18th – PROMISE

19th – STOLEN

22nd – HOSPITAL

23rd – SEARCHING

24th – BETRAYAL

25th – GUILT

26th – LOVE

HEART SEARCH: LOST Launch and Giveaway

Hi Everyone,

I can’t believe the day has finally arrived – YIPPEE!!!! Heart Search – book one: Lost is now available from Amazon UK http://amzn.to/PhC0Gu and Amazon US http://amzn.to/OLwU59

The Blog Tour begins today as does the Rafflecopter Giveaway. If you want to win one of the amazing prizes, visit one of the host blogs, visit my publisher website at http://myrddinpublishinggroup.com, enter here or do all of them to increase your chances! Good Luck and I hope you enjoy the Tour!

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Giveaways for Heart Search: Lost Launch

Hi Everyone,

With just six days to go till the launch of Heart Search: Lost, I thought you might be interested in seeing some of the items which will be up for grabs in the Rafflecopter giveaway. Now try and contain yourselves . . . I don’t want anyone getting over-excited by these amazing prizes . . .

Are you ready?

Sure?

Ok then – here they are . . .

This is the full collection, artfully arranged on my dining table. There are a massive 38 prizes in total!!!

As you can see above, the 1st prize is a Kindle, the 2nd prize is an Austrian crystal heart on a silver chain and the 3rd prize is silver fangs with red gemstones on a silver chain. The other prizes are T-shirts (Unisex and Ladies), Tote Bags, Mugs, 2Gb USB Memory stick, Baseball Cap, Notepads with calender magnets and 2 Mystery Goodie Bags. No expense has been spared to give you this fantastic array of prizes and I hope you’ll agree every single one of them is worth winning!

The winners will be drawn on 1st November 2012 and will be notified within seven days of completion of the draw. Look out for the blogs hosting the Rafflecopter Giveaway on the Blog Tour and get your entries in. You gotta be in it to win it!

I’ll post the names of the blogs hosting the giveaway in a couple of days time!

Aftermath #BlogFlash2012

Hi. I felt a little lost this morning. For the last 30 days we had the task of wrestling with a prompt, trying to come up with something creative and entertaining yet staying within the word limit. It was no easy task I can tell you – but I loved every minute of it! There’s nothing like stretching those creative muscles in the brain to set you up for the day! I’d like to share with you some of my experiences from taking part in this event and my feelings about it.

 

To begin with, the support and encouragement we all received from Terri Giuliano Long was fantastic. She was a superb host, came up with some challenging prompts for us and made a point of commenting on our work every day. We all owe her a huge debt of thanks. Her posts were pretty awesome and very insightful on occasions too!

Part of the challenge was to visit at least 5 other blogs each day to see what they’d written and leave a comment. I think I ended up visiting virtually all the blogs almost every day, but it was so worth it. All the people who took part in this challenge are wonderfully talented and it was interesting to see how many different takes came from the same prompt. Some of the people even did a series for the whole 30 days, leaving us in suspense until Day 30 to find out whether there was a happy or successful ending; the way these writers worked the prompts into their stories was awesome and incredibly creative.

I feel I’ve made some great new friends from taking part in #BlogFlash2012 and fully intend to keep in contact with them, either through their blogs or on Twitter. I’ll miss the day to day interaction with them though. Those that visited this blog left lovely and encouraging comments about my writing, which has boosted my confidence.

I’ve also had some awesome comments from my followers who aren’t involved in the challenge too – thank you all for your great support!

As for me, wearing my writer’s hat, I believe I’ve grown even more in my ability by taking part in this challenge. Some of the prompts were quite easy to write about, some dregged up painful memories and beautiful ones too, but some really stretched my imagination as well as my writing skills. It’s not easy to tell a story in 100 words or less. Ultimately, I feel that my writing has improved, and I proved to myself that I can write in genres other than just fantasy. I’m very sad it’s over!

So, would I take part in the next #BlogFlash? You try stopping me!!

 

Blogging For Readers

I was reading a blog post earlier today and a lady commented that every writer’s blog she reads tends to focus on other writers and not potential readers. She continued by saying readers are interested in the product not the process and she wished more writers would blog for a reading audience, rather than a writing one.

This got me thinking. Is this something I’m guilty of? Actually – yes. With the exception of guest posts, a large number of my posts have been directed at other writers, especially the more recent ones. I have tried to strike a balance by writing book reviews and featuring them on my blog, but I haven’t done hardly anything to attract readers.

If I’m honest, I’ve looked at what other writers have been doing on their blogs trying to find the secret to their success and how they generate large numbers of followers and, to a degree I’ve tried to emulate them. The majority of them write about writing so that’s what I’ve been doing, but from my own perspective and experience.

I could kick myself!

I’ve spent a great deal of my working life in marketing and the first rule I was ever taught was  ‘put yourself in the shoes of your prospective customer and ask the question, “what’s in it for me?” ‘

My prospective customers are readers so wouldn’t my time be better spent blogging with them in mind? As I want to sell my books, the answer has got to be a resounding, ‘YES’.

I’m so glad I read that lady’s comment earlier, it’s reminded me to apply the same principles I use in my working life to my writing life and I’m going to start writing more posts for readers in future!