Thursday, November 3, 2016

Why Virtual Book Tours Are Excellent Marketing Tools


As an Indie author, you're probably employing as many marketing techniques as possible when attempting to generate sales of your book. Posting to social media, creating and sharing book trailer videos, writing and submitting press releases and hosting book giveaways are all excellent marketing methods. But, have you heard of the virtual book tour?
The internet has made it possible to sell just about anything right from the convenience of your computer. Selling yourself as an author, while selling your book, is crucial to your success. You might not have the time or resources to travel all over the country, making the rounds on a full-blown book tour. A virtual book tour enables you to utilize all of the techniques one might normally use on a traditional book tour.
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Monday, October 17, 2016

Emotional Paramedics by Susan Barton Virtual Book Tour

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 7, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1536960322
  • ISBN-13: 978-1536960327


August Gallagher is a sweet and intelligent Brooklyn girl just trying to find her place in the world during the turbulent 1960s. Unfortunately, her mother Alis doesn't make things easy for her. Bad choices, poor parenting and abusive men create chaos at every turn. Yet, through it all, August reluctantly remains a devoted daughter and continues to be Alis's emotional paramedic.

Along the way, August finds friendship, romance and makes a few dangerous enemies. When Alis hits rock bottom, August is forced to come to terms with the fact that it's finally time to cut the dysfunctional cord to save herself from Alis's emotional grasp. This is a wonderful coming-of-age story that will appeal to a wide variety of readers.

*This book deals with serious social issues. It includes some strong language and mature situations. It is recommended for readers 17 and up.



Susan Barton is an author, book promoter, marketer and coach. Susan has written several non-fiction and fiction books with several more books in the works. She currently resides in North Texas with her husband and their two dogs. She invites readers to connect with her via her website and on social media:


October 17

Bound 2 Escape (Spotlight)
Between The Lines (Author Guest Post)
The Bookworm Lodge (Spotlight)

October 18

Robert Germaux Author (Character Interview)
eBook Review Gal (Author Guest Post)

October 19

Up Close and Literal (Spotlight)
The Bookish Ailurophile (Author Guest Post)
Up Close and Literal (Author Guest Post)
Virtual Book Tour Cafe Blog (Spotlight)

October 20

Up Close and Literal (1st Character Interview)
Adan Ramie (Author Guest Post)
The Heart of It (Author Guest Post)

October 21

Up Close and Literal (2nd Character Interview)
Bob Reads Books (Combo Post)
DIY Mom (Spotlight)

Friday, October 14, 2016

Live Life on Purpose by Rachael L. Thompson Book Tour Spotlight Stop

Book Genre: Self-Help/ Career & Business Advice
Publisher: Mind Body & Spirit Entrepreneur
Release Date: September 29, 2016
Buy Link:


What is Your Life Purpose?

Are you looking to find the answer to the age-old question “What the hell should I do with my life”? Do you want to find work that simply makes you happy? Are you sick of dreading each day and only living for the weekends? If your current job situation does not bring you happiness but you do not know how to fix it, this book will help answer all of your questions. It will not, however, answer these questions in a typical fashion. It is not going to give you a personality test or an aptitude assessment. You're not going to find a list of career or business options that you could try. This book dives much deeper than other typical career or business books you will find. The theory behind this book is that one must unlearn everything he or she has been taught before being able to authentically explore the best business or career choice.

How this book is different than typical career guides or business books: Clothing Analogy

Imagine you are asked to find one outfit to wear the rest of your life. Would you rather choose from a pre-filled closet or have your apparel custom-made? With other books, you are essentially looking in a closet full of different clothes and picking out the best option; it may not be your favorite color or fit just right but it will do. In this book, you will design your perfect ensemble

The book is structured into three parts:

The first section describes and gives examples of psychological concepts to explain how you have been shaped and exactly why you are in your current situation.
The second part is all about relearning how to live and think authentically. This is where you begin to explore and research, with fresh eyes, the best business or career choice for you.
The third part is focused solely on techniques that you can apply to assist in this process. Complex theories are broken down into simple steps, with examples to help explain how to apply these concepts in your own life.
Whether you want to find the perfect job, or start your perfect business, it will guide you through each step necessary to reach a life of happiness and fulfillment.

Sneak Peek at Everything that will be Covered:

Each of the following topics will be broken down into simple, easy-to-understand explanations and steps.

  • Psychological Learning Principals
  • Societal Norms and How They Affect You
  • Understanding Your Underlying Beliefs
  • Subconscious Structuring and Restructuring
  • Psychological Theories (Cognitive Bias, Distortions, Effects of the Ego)
  • Decision-Making Theories
  • Techniques to Explore Ideal Career or Business
  • Research Techniques
  • Goal Setting and Planning Strategies
  • Journaling Techniques
  • Affirmations
  • 6 Powerful Meditation Techniques (Mindfulness, Neuro Linguistic Programming, Imprinting Beliefs)
  • Visualization and Manifesting (Law of Attraction) Techniques
  • How to Find a Support System


Friday, September 30, 2016

A Stranger in France by Kim Knight Book Tour Spotlight

  • File Size: 1864 KB
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Books to Go Now (September 17, 2016)
  • Publication Date: September 17, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01LZIEA22


In A Stranger in France, readers are taken on a fast paced, modern day romantic journey, that spans between the city of London, the glitz and glam of France, and the beautiful English coast in a gripping romantic story, between two complete strangers with enough suspense to keep you on the edge of your seat turning pages.
When career driven and successful 32 year old London born Kate Brown faces hard times in her marriage, she confides in her best friend Tanya Adams in Marseille southern France. Kate makes a bold move and spends two weeks in Marseille away from her husband in London. Her path crosses with tall, dark, devilishly handsome and wealthy Nicholas D’Coix. An immigrant to France from the Ivory Coast west Africa as a young boy, who turned himself around and built up an empire of wealth as a hustler and money maker, and now one of Paris’ top three entrepreneurs. 

In a whirlwind of sexy, lustful romance Nicholas and Kate fall in love, Kate returns to London to a few surprises of her own and still very much in love with Nicholas as she makes yet another bold move. Touching on real life issues these two strong characters battle it out against all the odds in the name of love, across the UK and France.


Kim is 33, from London in the UK. She’s a qualified teacher and mother to a beautiful toddler. As a reader she’s head over heels in love with romance, historical fiction, crime fiction, African- American, suspense and thriller genre books.  

After submitting three chapters of a romance /suspense novel she was writing to a USA based publisher in 2016, she scored her first publishing contact. Kim’s second novella will be released Christmas 2016.

When she’s not reading or writing novels of her own,  her other passions include practising  her French, fashion and spending time at her sewing machine dress making, watching make –up and beauty  tutorials on YouTube, letter writing and being a mum.


Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Journey to Wizard's Keep by Cowan, Coles and Danner Book Tour Spotlight and Character Interview

  • File Size: 4617 KB
  • Print Length: 394 pages
  • Publisher: Chimera/Ravenswood Publishing (September 25, 2016)
  • Publication Date: September 25, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01JLGPZ58


Best friends Nan and Irene want what all 16-year-old girls in their village want—to find true love and marry. Instead, they’re going to have to defeat an evil wizard. 

When Irene and Nan’s village is attacked by the army of the Secret Valley, the two girls are taken captive—destined to become “playthings” to the King. Kay, a lady-in-waiting to the Queen, vows to help the girls. But when a jealous handmaid betrays Kay and her fiancé, all four have to flee the Valley. When they learn an evil wizard, known as the Black Lord, is the real power behind the Secret Valley, their only hope is to go to Wizards’ Keep and persuade the last remaining wizards to come out of retirement and help defeat the Black Lord. 

Journey to Wizards’ Keep is a non-stop thrilling adventure with romance and humor as three girls with very different personalities join together to save the land.


KC Cowan has spent her life working in the media, as a reporter for KGW-TV, KPAM and KLX-radio, and as original host and story producer for an arts program on Oregon ​Public Television. She is also the author of two books: “The Riches of a City,” the story of Portland, Oregon, and “They Ain’t Called Saints for Nothing!” with artist Chris Haberman. She is married and happily lives in her hometown.

Sara Cole is an officer with Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, where she is the Crime Prevention Coordinator. Sara provides public outreach to citizens on topics such as Neighborhood Watch, ID Theft and Personal Safety. She also serves on many community coalitions, and is a board member of the Crime Prevention Association of Oregon. Sara is married and enjoys spending much of her free time with her two active grandchildren.

Nancy Danner is the daughter of a shoemaker and a teacher. Nancy is a teacher, and for many years taught in a blended class of hearing and hearing-impaired students. Nancy's love of music has her singing in church choirs, directing children's musicals, and writing songs for her students. Nancy's family includes two grown children, Sean and Clarice, a rescue dog named Hal, and a loving husband, Rodney.

The authors invite readers to connect with them on their website


Q:  Kay, not a lot is know about your background. Care to enlighten us?

A:  I grew up in a loving home in a seaport, but got the urge to explore quite young, at age 14. My parents gave me permission and I was off to see the world and find my place in it.

Q:  How did you end up in the Secret Valley?

A:  I had a bad experience with a wizard, Merle of Lotz. He taught young women magical singing, but in reality he often abducted one or two and sold them to the gypsies. This is what happened to me and how I got branded. I spent a year with them before I managed to escape. I had never traveled over the Hooded Mountains before, so I decided to head east. I stumbled across the secret entrance to the Valley and observed some soldiers entering it. I followed them and was immediately captured, but Queen Ruth took a liking to me and decided to make me her Lady in Waiting, so it became my new home. That’s where I made friends with Demetrius and fell for Sir Fitzgerald.

Q:  Did you know about the evil power behind your king, Lord William of Dob?

A:  No! I had no idea Lord William was being controlled by the wizard known as the Black Lord! I totally believed that our attacks on other towns and kingdoms were preventive to stop them from attacking us! When our eyes were opened to the truth, both Fitzy and I were ashamed of our home’s army, and vowed to find a way to put a stop to war and the Black Lord. That’s why we went in search of Wizards’ Keep!

Q:  You say you have always been a bit of a loner, without close friends. How did that change with Irene and Nan?

A:  I can hardly believe it even now. I always got along better with boys as a child, and men as a young woman. I thought other girls were silly, always caring about how they looked, or learning the newest embroidery stitch. But when I first met Nan and Irene, and saw how pathetic they looked and then learned they were intended for Lord William’s pleasure, I couldn’t ignore it and decided to help them. Over our long adventure, I came to see that they were strong, intelligent girls who weren’t afraid of taking on the Black Lord and helping others. Plus, they seemed to like me, too! I count them as among my closest friends and can’t imagine my life without them.

Q:  What do you like best about Nan?

A:  She’s so sweet and kind. I swear, I never have heard her say a bad thing about anyone—even when they deserve it! Sometimes, I wish she would be a little less nice, but her loyalty is something you can always count on.

Q:  What do you like best about Irene?

A:  Well, I think she is the perfect princess. She’s pretty, smart, has good manners and is very brave. After all, she was the one who convinced us we all had to find Wizards’ Keep and ask the old wizards to come out of retirement and help us defeat the Black Lord. Without her, I can’t imagine where we’d all be!

Q:  Tell us about Ken.

A:  Oh, well he’s pretty special. Handsome, too. We’re pretty competitive, though, and so we butt heads a lot. Still, we seem to be well matched. I like intelligence in a man above all things, and Ken is very smart. I just wish he wasn’t always so bossy!

Q: Do you have a favorite wizard?

A:  Well, this might surprise some people, but it’s Kaza! I know he’s a blustery sort of wizard, and doesn’t come across as very kind. But he always speaks his mind, and as you know, that’s something I can relate to, even when it gets me into trouble! But Moor-ray and Seever are very nice, too!

Q:  Do you have anything else to add?

A:  As hard as it was sometimes, I am glad I went through this adventure. I’m proud of how Nan, Irene and I joined together and made a difference for the land. We met so many amazing people, like Gar and his fairies, David, and, of course, the wizards. I wouldn’t change a thing!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Nikolas Thime by Rix Roundtree Book Tour Spotlight and Author Guest Post

  • Paperback: 450 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 13, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1535443308
  • ISBN-13: 978-1535443302


Nikolas Thime: The End Of My World, is many genres including thriller and science fiction, but at its core it is a simple murder mystery. It’s the story of the murder of the Native American presidential candidate Henry “Hank” Ironhorse and Linda Wetzel, cosmetics company owner and President of the Daughters of the American Revolution, who is accused of his murder. 

Linda Wetzel’s arrest leads her to Nikolas Thime, the best criminal defense attorney in Washington DC. Proving his client Linda Wetzel innocent of the Hank Ironhorse murder becomes a very difficult task for Nick as his client harbors dark secrets. 

Nick Thime must navigate his client’s sea of secrets to expose the true killer of Hank Ironhorse, for if he doesn’t, not only will Linda Wetzel’s world come to an end, but quite possibly his as well, as his past present and future could be obliterated from the timeline.


A former member of the United States Coast Guard and a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University Rix Roundtree has lived in Virginia, North Carolina, Washington DC, New York City, Miami and San Francisco. 

A lover of the arts, ancestry and history Rix has worked as a Washington DC tour guide and a tour guide for the Historic Berkeley Plantation located in Charles City County Virginia. Rix worked for the prestigious history, patriotism, and preservation organization the Daughters of the American Revolution as a member of the DAR Museum staff. Rix was a member of the film crew for the 2011 blockbuster film Transformers 3: Dark Of The Moon. 

In 2003 Rix began writing music reviews and a blog called “Life Is Music” for the entertainment website The Electrogarden Network. He became a published author in 2013 with the released of his non-fiction self-help book titled “The Older You Get, The Dumber You Get: Stories for my Daughters.”



"Rix Roundtree’s Writing Process"

When I’ve fleshed out my ideas in my notebook and have done all of the required research and have a starting point (which is not necessarily the beginning of the story), I begin writing. Now the book has its official title, "Nikolas Thime: The End Of My World."

I wake in the morning between 4 am and 5 am to begin my writing day at my desktop computer. At 10 am I’m at the public library with my laptop, simply because I want to get away from the house and all the distractions that can occur there during the day. I work at the library for about 3 hours. I’m back home by 2 pm and I’m finished writing for the day as I'm mentally exhausted and my mind can’t handle anymore writing. I do not write after 2 pm because I’ve learned that anything I write after that time is rubbish and I end up discarding it the following morning.

As I write I want to keep the story moving fast, yet I want detailed character development and clear written imagery of locations, settings and the character's appearances ages and attire.

I write in segments (not necessarily in order). After each of the segments are completed I then arrange them in the order in with they need to be placed for clear concise storytelling. I then break the segments into paragraphs. I stitch the paragraphs together with connecting sentences at the beginning and end of each of them. Then I separate these paragraphs into chapters.

There are several personal favorite “must haves” that will be included in the book; one of them is stories within stories (which is my specialty). Other must haves are the use of descriptive newspaper headlines from print, television and electronic (Internet news sites) media to help tell a particular story. I must have pop music lyrics to help with storytelling. For example, I use pop songs that mention in their lyrics "The end of the world." Another must have is a battle between the US Armed forces and the sci-fi end of the world element. The final must have is descriptive images of scenes from classic films. So I must chose classic films with themes that can assist in the storytelling.

After the actual writing (on my desktop and laptop computers) has begun I go back to the notebook to review my ideas. I draw a line through the ideas that have actually been included in the story. This tells me that I have used it (so as to not use it in a future book…I don’t want to be repetitive).

I return to the park with a printed out hard copy of the manuscript to go over it (with a red pen) and work out problems or corners I’ve written myself into. I also check for plot holes and do editing. I return to my desktop PC with the edited/revised hard copy of the manuscript and make the needed changes and edits. I go through this process at least 6 times before I deem the manuscript completed and acceptable.

The end result is an exciting engaging story that combines the action-adventure of Ian Fleming's James Bond 007, with the intrusive busy-body murder mystery detective work of Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple, plus the courtroom antics and classic literary visual style of Erle Stanley Gardner’s Perry Mason, and the descriptive  investigative techniques of Patricia Moyes’ Inspector Henry Tibbett all mixed with a dash of the X-Files to create a captivating suspenseful and twisted 21st century end of the world murder mystery that must be unraveled by the book’s protagonist the famed Washington DC gay attorney, Nikolas Thime.

I like to put on my headphones and listen to music while I write and I listen to everything, pop,  country, soul, rap, r&b, heavy metal, punk, disco/dance, jazz, classical, rock ‘n roll, vocalist, electronic, ska/reggae but my absolute favorite is Italo. This means that as I write I’m listening to (just to name a few) Modern Talking, Dick Haymes, Betty Everett, Lady Gaga, the Five Satins, Ganymede, Louis Prima, the Smiths, Gloria Gaynor, Def Leppard, the Flirts, Hank Williams, Ultravox, the Ink Spots, Technotronic and Wagner.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Orphan Dani by Simon Driscoll Book Tour Stop and Excerpt

  • File Size: 7031 KB
  • Print Length: 124 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Az Publishing Services, LLC; 2nd edition (December 15, 2015)
  • Publication Date: December 15, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English


Dani is a young orphan girl, living on the streets of a medium-sized border town. Her only friend in the world is a dragon. At fourteen years of age, she should be starting her apprenticeship, but all her schooling has come from a dragon. The same day he promises she can some day become a dragon herself, a Mage finally comes looking for her. But is he there to help her, or control her?

Simon Driscoll loves fantasy adventure books and spent years researching magic in many worlds. Now he's created a world of his own, where dragons, swords and scorcery cross paths in this exciting young adult adventure series.



Simon Driscoll has published several books, including the Dragons’ Bane Chronicles, and the Warriors & Watchmen series. Writing is his passion, as well as his hobby. He studied creative writing in college to learn the mechanics of written stories. He has been influenced in his writing by great authors such as Sir Isaac Asimov, Terry Brooks, and Orson Scott Card, to name only a few.

Simon has been a student of the scriptures all his life, and feels passionately about helping others understand them better. The most difficult aspect of scriptures to comprehend is prophecy. That is why Simon has combined his passions for writing and the scriptures to create a fictional account of the fulfillment of End Times Prophecies. The first book in the Warrior and Watchmen Series was published in 2015.



Smooth stones shifted beneath my feet as I limped toward the dragon’s cave. Anger buzzed in my head with no outlet. Two miles of walking on a sprained ankle hadn’t helped my mood, or the injury. In addition to the ankle, which continued to complain with every step, my left eye felt swollen from a recent blow. The blow itself didn’t bother me so much. Instead, I was concerned by why she hit me and how I got away.

Two miles south lay Barrington, a village sandwiched between the kingdom of Puji and the mountains of Goldoon. Almost five thousand people lived in the village, including the families who had taken me in. Every winter for the past six years one family or another had taken me in as a housekeeper or cook, and shared what little food they had with me; rarely enough to truly satisfy me, or them. Eventually they would start to resent having me there. Thus every year, around the start of spring, I would find some reason to leave.

This year, the reason had reached out and grabbed me by the throat, literally. There was no real love for me there, and hadn’t been since my nanny died almost six years ago. Why should they care about a little orphan girl?

The cave before me wasn’t the adventure others might see. I wasn’t here in a vain attempt to gain treasure or impress someone with my bravery. No one else in the village knew there was a dragon nearby. For me, this was my one escape from the cruelty of the world. The only place left where someone showed me kindness instead of hatred and violence.

The last few feet were the trickiest of all and my injured ankle gave out. I scraped my hand on the cliff in a failed attempt to stop my fall.

“Cortiban’s bones!” The curse escaped my lips. Frustration boiled over and I had to close my eyes to contain the anger. Pulling myself up by grabbing the face of the cliff before me, I put all my anger to the task of overcoming the pain. I kept my eyes shut as I limped through the protective magic hiding the mouth of the cave. If someone watched as I entered, they would see me walk through solid rock. A protective spell hid everything inside. Now the magic hid me as well.