Christmas Blog Hop 2012

2012 Christmas Blog Hop

Hi Everyone! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!!!
I hope you love the hop! Make sure you visit all the participating blogs and enter their giveaways as well as mine. Have fun and remember to leave comments ūüôā I will pick a comment at the end of the tour for an EXTRA giveaway.
Here are the other participating blogs my Rafflecopter is also below!!!
18. Casey Crow

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Becoming Jolie Huge Giveaway!

Becoming Jolie is going to be FREE for download on Amazon from October 8-10.  We have set up giveaway so that you can win lots of free stuff by helping us spread the word!  Just click on the rafflecopter link below and follow directions.  Hope you enjoy!!!!

Prizes РOriginal cover Рsigned copy of Becoming Jolie Р(The one with the swing set on it), PDFS of Magia Rising, Becoming Jolie and The Watchers and a $10 Amazon Gift card are all up for grabs!

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Huge Giveaway – Magia Rising Launch!!!!

Come help me celebrate the debut of Magia Rising by clicking on the giveaway link below!!! You have a chance to win A $25 Amazon Gift Card, Mardi Gras Beads, and PDF Copies of Magia Rising!!!!

Have fun!!!!

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The Book Demolition Derby!!! Scavenger Hunt! May 5-May 20th 2012

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 A fabulous group of authors has gotten together to offer readers the chance to win lots of signed books and PDFs for their collection!  This is amazing!  We hope you enjoy!

Here’s the scoop!¬† Below is a list of web addresses for each author and a question from their website.¬† Most of the questions come from the first page.¬†(If a question comes from another page we will tell you where to look).

We made the questions as simple as possible.  The idea is just to visit each website.  Once you have answered all the questions email your list of answers to nique313@yahoo.com.  On May 20th, we will do a random drawing from the correct answers and you can win signed books or pdfs from these authors.  (See prizes below.)

Questions and websites:

1. http://www.moniqueoconnorjames.com/ РIn what state does Monique live?

2.¬† http://www.kristinecheney.com/¬†– click on bio-¬†what¬†is the name of Kristine’s labra-doodle?

3. http://www.ginikoch.com/ РMaking the world safer one _______ at a time.

4.¬† http://sellery.weebly.com/– What is the name of the anthology Miller’s Daughter was published in?

5. http://jfjenkinswrites.wordpress.com РClick graveyard Рwhat does Jillian keep track of here?

6.  www.elainecantrell.com РHope. Dreams.

7.  www.frederickjarceneaux.webs.com РWhere is the setting of Mirrored?

8. http://eawest.mcphitty.com РWhat are her unusual pets?

9. http://www.lisakumar.com/ – Escape into fantasy and _______.

10. http://www.breaessex.com/ – Shadows and ________.

11. http://www.briclarkthebelleofboise.blogspot.com/oise.blogspot.com – _____ from the life of an author and speaker.

12. http://www.thesupernovasaga.com/– Who is the publisher of Supernova?

13. http://murdersandmysteries.wordpress.com/ – What kind of dog is that on Lindsay’s blog? (hint – Lassie)

14. http://www.iris-b.blogspot.com/ – Dare to live your _______.

15. http://feliciarogersauthor.webs.com/ Click on about me. For what is love without _______.

16. http://www.lisaorchard.com/ click on bio – Where did Lisa grow up?

17. http://www.nancygideon.com/ Romance by any other _____.

18. http://www.loraleelillibridge.com/ – Ordinary People….Extra-ordinary ______.

19. http://www.sherrygloag.com/ – The ______ of romance.

20. http://joselynvaughn.wordpress.com/books-sucker2.htm – The things that give me joy (and _______).

21. http://www.patriciakiyono.com/ – Escape into a great ______ _______.

PRIZES:

FIRST PLACE: 7 Signed Print Books & 3 PDFS

SECOND PLACE: 5 Signed Print Books & 3 PDFS

THIRD PLACE: 2 Signed Print Books & 3 PDFS

FOURTH PLACE: 10 PDFS

FIFTH PLACE: 7 PDFS

SIXTH PLACE: 3 PDFS

Cheers and Enjoy The giveaway!

*** PS:¬†¬† I did everything I could to get the covers of the books to pull into this post and for some reason the preview button wasn’t working in wordpress!¬† So here is a list of the books that are being offered just in case it doesn’t work!

Print:  The Keepers, Jamais Vu, Spartan Heart, Secret Santa, Alien in the Family, Her Kind of Man, A New Dream, Mirrored, Sucker for a Hot Rod, Foreshadow, Eternal Witch, Supernova, Seeker of Shadows and All that Matters

PDFS:  His Chosen Bride, Aegean Intrigue, The Legacy, The Keepers, Jamais Vu, Deja Vu, The Mulligan Man, Spartan Heart Part One, Spartan Heart Part Two, Spartan Surrender,  Secret Santa, Unfiltered, Legend of The Oceina Dragon, Legend of the Inero Dragon, Vala Agenda, Vala Heritage, Battlefield, The Sentence, Imperfect Beauty, Through the Rabbit Hole, Foreshadow, Eternal Witch, A Body In the Attic, Emily Dahill CID, A Dog Gone Christmas, Journey to Her Dreams, Painted Lady, Love Octagon,The Super Spies РCat & Lady Killer.

Monique O’Connor James

Author of The Keepers, Jamais Vu, Deja Vu, The Mulligan Man

& Coming Soon:  Becoming Jolie and The Watchers!!!

Deja Vu Debut 1/12/12 Giveaways!!!!!

You probably know by now that Jamais Vu’s follow-up, Deja Vu, will be coming out tomorrow 1/12/12.¬† I have lots of giveaways going on right now and just wanted to do a little run down so you don’t miss anything.

Okay first,  if you purchase Deja Vu on 1/12/12, email the receipt to nique313@yahoo.com and I will give you the choice of a PDF of The Keepers , Jamais Vu or The Mulligan Man!  Two for One!!!!  This is for 1/12/12 only.

Next, Rachel Van Dyken had a fabulous write-up about the books on her blog.  If you comment on her blog, I will draw someone on 1/12/12 o receive a PDF copy of Jamais Vu or Deja Vu (Your choice).

Okay last one for now.¬† We are playing throw me something mister on my facebook page.¬† Change your profile picture to the cover of Deja Vu above and yell “Throw Me Something Mister” on my page!¬† On Saturday, 1/14/12 I’ll draw for several winners and the prizes are the collectors beads below and maybe even a couple of PDFs!

Have Fun! Thank you all for always supporting me!

Cheers,

Monique O’Connor James

Author of The Keepers, The Mulligan Man, Jamais Vu and Deja Vu published by Astraea Press

Coming Summer 2012 – Becoming Jolie published by Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing

Ghost Stories Part 1 – The Myrtles

I’ve decided to insert a series of ghost stories into my blog purely for your enjoyment.¬† I’ve gathered these from here and there, and as far as I know they are told in earnest.¬† If you’re like me the thrill comes just as much from speculation as seeing or hearing something!

I’ll start with one of my favorite places in the world, The Myrtles Plantation in St. Francisville, Louisiana.¬† The Myrtles websites¬†touts it as one of America’s most haunted homes.¬† Here in Louisiana, it’s a popular place to spend Halloween night, if you have the cojones.¬†

The home was built circa 1796 and the stories about the ongoing hauntings have websites dedicated to both debunking and proving their validity.  Whatever you believe, visitors and paranormal investigators alike claim to have witnessed the sights and sounds of a truly haunted house.

Here are some of the ghost who haunt The Myrtles:

1.  Chloe РA slave who allegedly poisoned two children and was subsequently hung on the property.

2.  The ghost of those children have been seen playing on the Veranda.

3.¬† William Drew Winter – lived at the Myrtles in the Mid 1800’s.¬† It was reported that he was shot on the porch by a stranger.¬† William left the porch just after the shooting and began to make his way to the second floor.¬† It is said that he died on the 17th step and that the sound of his footsteps can still be heard.

4.  The ghosts of several slaves have approached visitors asking if there is any work for them.

5.  People have reported that the grand piano in the home often plays by itself.

Even with all the spooks who hang around, The Myrtles is one of the most beautiful plantation homes in South Louisiana. Put this one on your list of must see locations should you find yourself in this neck of the woods!

Cheers!

Monique O’Connor James author of The Keepers, Jamais Vu and The Mulligan Man available at Barnes and Noble and Amazon.

Coming Early 2012:  Deja Vu; Coming Summer 2012:  Becoming Jolie

So you got a bad review?

It seems that all authors treat reviews differently.¬† Some read each one and take them to heart and others refuse to even look at them.¬† It’s difficult¬†to take something you’ve loved, nurtured, and¬†sent into the world and allow others to cast their opinions on it.¬† For those who don’t write, I would compare it to someone criticizing¬†your child.

At least once a week, I see the following post on Facebook, “I¬†received a one star review, and I’m crushed”. Well there’s hope!¬† There are some things you should know about negative reviews and I hope this helps you put them in perspective.

First, I’ll start by telling you that I’ve had my share of bad reviews and most of them were caused by something completely out of my control.¬† When my first book The Keepers was published, we worked tirelessly on editing it and then the worst of the worst happened.¬† Somehow, between here and there the wrong document was uploaded and the unedited version was sent out to the masses.¬† Being so excited and green, I didn’t even check my copy. (Yes, I know, I know.)¬† So for over a month I was sending it out for reviews oblivious to the problem.

The first time I got a review back that said something to the effect of, “I couldn’t even finish this book it was so error-ridden” I almost died.¬† No, not literally, but you know what I mean.¬† I knew we had spent hours editing it, and for me this was a huge slap in the face.¬† I thought it was a fluke, until a few more came in with the same comments.¬†¬†In tears, I pulled it from the shelf and my publisher graciously sent it back through editing.¬† So you see, I’ve had my bout with horrid, nasty reviews and those reviews can still be seen on my Amazon and Goodreads pages.

I can’t lie, I was defeated at first.¬† I thought there was no way to overcome the damage that had been done, and¬†I wanted to just give up.¬† Lucky for me, I can’t ever let anything go.¬† I put the new copy up, went plugging along, and have since released another book.

So what’s the good news?¬† One thing I did when I was distraught over the mark on my name, was¬†I went¬†to other author’s Amazon pages.¬† I picked authors who¬†were at the top of their genre rankings and studied their reviews.¬† There was a very small percentage who had never received less than three stars, but for the most part, every author had at a few low scores, and even those who didn’t, had some nasty remarks made by readers and reviewers. What does this mean for you?¬† If people selling 500 plus books a month aren’t losing momentum because of a couple of less than stellar reviews, neither will you.

Another thing I noticed about reviews that were less than complimentary, was that¬†most of¬†the time, the reader couldn’t pinpoint why they didn’t like the book.¬† Maybe they didn’t connect with the characters, or the story moved too slow for them or two fast, but even they had a hard time putting into words why they didn’t like the story.¬† (Imagine that this is better than – the story was so riddled with errors I couldn’t finish it!).¬† Once long ago, when I first started my regular JOB a friend told me, “Not everyone will like you.¬† Get over it.”¬† I’ve taken this attitude with me into my writing.¬† No matter how hard you try, not everyone is going to get you.

Yes, I know you are thinking – But I want everyone to get me! – No you don’t.¬† I’m sure when you were writing one of the things you hoped for was a unique voice and to bring something new and different to the table.¬† Some people just like cookie-cutter.¬† They want romance to be boy meets girl, boy and girl fall in love, and they live happily ever after.¬†¬† They want your hero to be the kind of guy that has no flaws that everyone just falls for from the beginning.¬†¬† They want the same thing they’ve been reading for years, because they find it comfortable.

Since you were striving so hard to make your voice unique, I know that there are things in your books that not everyone will connect with and as writers we have to set our delicate egos aside and understand that it is OKAY!¬† I’ve found that when you have stepped outside of the box you will no doubt get those nasty little reviews, but you will also develop a following¬†of rabid fans that DID connect with what you were trying to say and the message you wanted your work to put out there.¬† Wouldn’t you rather have those die-hard fans who yell your name from the roof, than just another reader that felt comfortable reading your work?

Finally, I’ll leave you with this.¬† I get nervous when I have all five-star reviews.¬† Yes, I said nervous.¬† Right¬†now on Amazon, Jamais Vu has all five-star write ups!¬† I’m thrilled, because each one of those readers is passionate about how much they love the story. However, everything I’ve read says that when you do have a couple of lower marks, it lends credibility to your great reviews, because then it doesn’t look like you just rounded up your closest friends to tell the world how super you are!

I really hope that each of us can put aside any hurt and learn anything we can from constructive criticism.¬† We learn from each other and our editors, why can’t we learn from those that didn’t exactly connect with our work?

Here’s to a future full of five-star reviews!

Cheers!

Monique O’Connor James

Author of:  The Keepers, Jamais Vu & The Mulligan Man

all from Astraea Press.

http://www.amazon.com/Jamais-Vu-ebook/dp/B005SG02FE/ref=pd_rhf_gw_p_t_4

http://www.amazon.com/The-Keepers-ebook/dp/B0054LO9E8/ref=pd_sim_kinc_2?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2

http://www.amazon.com/The-Mulligan-Man-ebook/dp/B005ES06M0/ref=pd_sim_kinc_4?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2

12 Days of Christmas Blog Tour

 

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog during the 12 days of Christmas Blog Tour! 


I hope that you are all warm and snuggly and that all your Christmas Shopping is done so you can enjoy the holidays!¬† Many of you will be getting E-readers for Christmas and looking for books to download.¬† Remember to check out Indie and Small press authors as you can find √ľber talented writers for a fraction of the price!

Before I tell you about the prizes I’d like to tell you about my latest release Jamais Vu.

Blurb: 

A gunshot echoes, thrusting Darby Lambert into a near death experience. Inside the confines of an ambulance, she meets ‚Äúthe man in white light‚ÄĚ. He takes away the guilt, but makes her question everything. ‚ÄúYou will see them,‚ÄĚ he whispers, as he catapults her back into the real world where she is plagued with dreams of demons, nurses, and rock stars.

Why has He sent her back? Does she have the courage to rectify her sins? Given the chance, could you erase it all?

If you enjoy paranormal twists and turns and a little romance you will love this book.  Check for the buy links below.

Now on to the good stuff!¬† The contest will run from December 12-December 24, 2011 at midnight.¬† Two lucky people who comment on this blog during that time period will be picked to receive PDF’s of Jamais Vu and my debut novel The Keepers.¬† That’s right! All you have to do is leave a comment and you’re qualified!¬†

I’d love for you to stop by my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/moniquejamesauthor and give me a like, but it’s not a requirement to win the prizes!

Finally,  the linky link below will take you back to the list of authors who are participating in the blog tour and more chances to win!  Have a great time and I hope your Holiday Season is filled with love and joy!  Stay warm!

Linky Link:¬† http://www.linkytools.com/basic_linky_include.aspx?id=109862” type=”text/javascript”></script>

Monique O’Connor James

www.moniqueoconnorjames.com

Amazon Buy Link for Jamais Vu:  http://www.amazon.com/Jamais-Vu-ebook/dp/B005SG02FE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1322063199&sr=8-1

The Keepers Blog Tour Final Stop 9/11/11

Final Stop!!! The Keepers Blog Tour 9/1/11-9/11/11 Thanks so much for participating in my first blog tour! Please add my facebook author fan page (listed below) and comment on this blog.¬† Once you’ve done those two things you will be … Continue reading

Publicity Package

So you wrote a novel.  Now what?  One of the things you will need to do is market your book.  Part of marketing requires you to send your book and information about yourself to bloggers, reviewers, interviewers, etc. 

The process can be made a bit simpler if you prepare a publicity package before hand.  This way when each person asks for these items you will have them all in one place. 

Attached each of the following in a separate document and place in a file on your computer:

Author Bio РGive the readers a little personal information about yourself.  They want to get to know you!

Photo –¬† Yes your readers want to see what you look like! Your relationship becomes more personal when they can put a face with the name.

Book Blurb РSet up a document with a blurb about each one of your books.  (The back cover blurb works perfect for this).

Cover Art –¬† Save each of your covers into a separate file.

Excerpt – Save an excerpt from each book into separate documents.

How to connect – Create a document with all the information about how to connect with you on the internet: email addresses, facebook pages, twitter accounts, etc.

Buy Links – Create a document with information/links on where to purchase each of your books.

ISBN – Create a document with your ISBNs.

Trailer Links – Create a document with each of your book trailer links.

If you have these items saved on your computer, you will be able to easily access them when the information is requested by a reviewer or blogger.  You may consider creating a document also, that has frequently asked questions and answers.

Hope this helps you as much as it has helped me!

Cheers!

Monique O’Connor James

Twitter:               mjames13
WordPress:         www.moniquejames.wordpress.com
Website:             www.moniqueoconnorjames.com
Facebook:          https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=511255176