Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Time I Accidentally Resorted to Prostitution...

I am green to marketing. Although I've worked in "sales" before, this new venture is unlike anything I've ever done. I have spent hours in front of the computer looking at author promotion...how to get word of my book out without being an annoying salesperson and how to increase my sales.

As with many things involving me...hilarity ensued.

I decided to do my very first Facebook ad. Everything was great. I had it all set up and ready to go. Facebook approved my ads and all was good with the world. I was so excited...

I was about to get my stuff shown to almost 16 million people. What the what?! Awesome, right?

So what happened was, Facebook said I could pick three pictures to help me advertise the book. I chose a book cover pic, my web banner and a picture of me. Sounds legit.

What I didn't expect to happen was Facebook plastering my picture on the ad with the slogan, "A fun, sexy romp!" beside it.

And now I can't figure out how to fix it.

For the record, I just want to state that I have not resorted to prostitution in order to sell my book.

Learn from me, young writers. Let me show you the path to stay away from.

*Caveat - If I suddenly find myself on the bestseller lists, I will no longer have any qualms about shamelessly promoting my sexuality in order to increase sales.

**Not really. But I would be sorely tempted.


*** UPDATE - I FIXED IT!! So, if it ever happens to you, I can be your crisis manager. It's a win, win.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Monday Madness

Good morning, everyone! I am making a March 24th resolution to be a better blogger and open the doors a little wider to let readers get a glimpse into my life. See how specific that was? Bah humbug, New Year's resolutions.

First, here's how I feel on Mondays...

So...what's going on in the personal front? Let's see. Hubby and I went to see the Zac Brown Band this weekend. They were phenomenal. I got goosies when they sang Chicken Fried. Here's me and the handsome guy lucky enough to call himself my husband...

Today it's back to normal with kids, life and craziness. However, I'm also over at Book Girl Knitting answering some fun questions. Pop over there and enter to win a gift basket chock full of delicious goodies.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Anna Silver Guest Post - 10 Things You Don't Know About Me!

YA Author Anna Silver is taking over the blog today and discussing some things about her most of us don't know. Sit back and enjoy because some of these are hilarious!

One of my favorite things about being an author is that all your eccentricities, of which I have plenty, are considered an acceptable side effect of the job. Writing in the Young Adult Science Fiction and fantasy subgenres means I have a wild imagination. Here are ten things you probably don’t know—never even dreamed—about me.


1. Christmas Elf

I’ve had a lot of odd jobs. Primarily because I bore easily and I have always been intrigued by the atypical so I don’t often look for employment in the usual places. But maybe one of my more impressively strange positions has been as a holiday designer. In other words, I decorated Christmas trees for a living…for four years. It was actually really fun work with some of the coolest people I’ve met to date. But it tears up your hands and is truly more grueling and exhausting than you can imagine. There is no way tiny elves could do that work. Sorry, Santa.

2. Brewmaster

Okay, I’m hardly a brewmaster. More like a brewminion. But I have brewed my fair share of beer, and I’ve brewed a few batches of mead as well (a.k.a. wine made from honey). I love doing it because it makes me feel connected to something ancient and magical. I mean, as magical as yeast can be.

3. The Number 8

I’m one of those weird people who have a favorite number and not just a favorite color. I have no idea why, but I have loved the number 8 and considered it my lucky number since I was just a girl. Very odd, I know. I even used to repeat things I said in my head 8 more times. Did I mention I was an unusual child?

4. Surgery Seconds, Please!

This is kind of a sucky one. I got appendicitis when I was six and for some ungodly reason, no one knew I had it. They knew I was sick. I’d been to the doctor more than once. But somehow it went undetected until my appendix ruptured. Enter violent, life-threatening illness and emergency surgery. I spent maybe a week or two in the hospital recovering and was sent home just in time for the holidays only to get deathly ill again with an infection. Enter surgery number two and a hospital Christmas. I have these oddly vivid memories from that time. I can still taste the broth they made me eat for days. And I remember this pillow all the nurses pitched in and bought for me to squeeze as I walked my rounds (because it huuuuurt to get up and move). And I remember having my blood drawn so much it’s a wonder I have any left. But the upside is, I have no fear whatsoever of needles or hospitals, which is more than I can say for my husband.

5. Fairy Architect

I love art of any kind. I paint (oils) and have even had some of my work in a gallery here in Houston. But probably everyone’s favorite art of mine is my fairy houses. I design, construct, and sell miniscule abodes for homeless fairies. Which equates to just about the coolest nightlight you’ve ever seen. I haven’t done any in a while, but here’s a picture so you get the idea.


6. Tarot

I LOVE tarot. I love the decks of cards. I love reading them and collecting them. I have kind of a gypsy-fortune-teller-archetype complex. Throw down some tarot cards and crystals and I’m right at home. It’s this very bohemian vibe my mother did her damnedest to train out of me, but no such luck. Now all I need is a vardo.

7. Escalaphobia

Don’t laugh, it’s totally real. I have a ridiculous fear of escalators. I can usually go up with only mild anxiety. But I can only come down about half the escalators I come across, and that’s with me white-knuckling that rubbery handrail all the way. The other half, for whatever reason, I deem too hazardous to even try. Go figure.

8. My Psychic Life

I’m a bit psychic. I’m not gonna say I can tell you when the next earthquake or stock market crash is going to hit, but I will say that I’ve had one too many precognitive incidents to rule out my very strong intuition. Although some of the things I dream or sense before they occur are really random and useless. So I’m like the world’s most unnecessary psychic. The good thing about it is that my family is all a bit spooked by it now. They don’t try to pull anything past me, and they listen when I tell them something. Very handy stuff with teenagers in the house

9. Tattoo-plasty

Remember the surgeries I talked about in number four? Well, they left a nasty little scar that I hated my whole life. Then one day I watched this special on how tattoos can cover scars and I thought, “Bingo!” Give or take a few years and here I am, down one scar, up one brilliant tattoo. Granted, it’s a little bit bigger than it had to be. The scar is the size of a large paperclip, but the tattoo is more the size of…a man’s fist. You know, go big or go home.

10. Pineywoods

Everyone who knows me knows I have a pine tree obsession. It’s really weird. I spent my weekends as a kid exploring the East Texas Pineywoods with my dad. I now use pine oil in my body spray, light pine-scented incense, and mop my floors just so I can smell the Pine Sol. I seem to have developed this positive neuro-association that there is just no use fighting. Finally, my hubbie gave up last year and let me move us all north of the city into the pine trees. If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em!

Author Bio:

Anna Silver is an author and artist living in the greater Houston area with her family, pets, and overactive imagination. Her art has been featured in the Houston gallery Las Manos Magicas. She studied English Writing & Rhetoric at St. Edward’s University. She's freelanced for private clients and small publications like the Hill Country Current. OTHERBORN, her first published novel, has been featured on 2 of Amazon's "Bestsellers" lists. She is represented by Rebecca Podos and Nicole LaBombard of Rees Literary Agency.


Monday, March 17, 2014

Holy crackers, it's RELEASE DAY!!

It seemed like my release took forever, but the last week it seems like time has flown. But, it's now here and I couldn't be happier! The release day for Out of Practice Aphrodite is finally here.

I have several things going on today. The giveaway to win a Kindle Fire HD and a handmade leather case from JoeV Leather has started. You'll see a Rafflecopter Widget at the top of my blog. Go there for a chance to win. The contest ends at midnight on April 4th.

Also, I'm guest posting over at Laurie's Thoughts and Reviews today. Head there and comment on the blog for a chance to win a coffee and wine themed gift basket, put together by yours truly. At the end of the tour on April 4th, one person will be randomly selected to win.

As the tour progresses, I'll be updating social media and my blog to tell you where I'm at and what I'm doing. Thanks for making this an amazing release day!

New Release Available HERE!