Sunday, March 5, 2017

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.
If the idea of taking your book on the virtual road sounds like an excellent marketing plan, but you're overwhelmed with the process, My Book Tour can help. A TWO-WEEK Virtual Book Tour is just $99. For just $99, we'll plan, schedule, create and deliver content and share your tour for you so you can sit back and relax. 

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Honeysuckle Holiday by Kathleen M. Jacobs Virtual Book Tour

  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Little Creek Books (May 11, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1939289904
  • ISBN-13: 978-1939289902


Honeysuckle Holiday centers on the life of twelve-year-old protagonist, Lucy. It takes place in the south, in the late 1960s. Lucy struggles internally to come to terms with her parents' sudden and mysterious divorce. She finds herself thrust almost overnight from a world of comfort and privilege into one of near marginality.

When Lucy’s mother hires a black woman to help her, the situation intensifies. As the story progresses, Lucy learns the mystery behind her parents' divorce and her father's uncharacteristic, almost unforgivable immersion in the KKK. Lucy comes to shed her unknowing racism, taking her beyond the ideals of youth, her love of books and the trappings of childhood knit closely to her very fiber. She learns to peel back the layers of human frailty (her own included) painful piece by painful piece, while struggling to hold on to the comforts of innocence. Honeysuckle Holiday is young adult, to adult reading.



Kathleen M. Jacobs’s work has appeared in regional and national publications. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Humanistic Studies, and has taught English and Creative Writing on the high school and college levels.

Kathleen divides her time between the Appalachian region and New York City. Honeysuckle Holiday is her first young adult novel. She encourages readers to connect with her on her website, and on Facebook and Twitter.



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Monday, January 16, 2017

Cry for the Mercenary by Gabriel Wright Spotlight Book Tour

Print Length: 332 pages
Publication Date: November 12, 2015
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
ASIN: B017X442DQ


He was all they had . . .

In the face of a monster of a man, they were powerless. They couldn’t run, they couldn’t hide, they couldn’t fight. Every aspect of their lives were under his control. It was obedience or oblivion. When that monster of a man went down into a death spiral, he expected them to follow.

To break free they needed an outsider, a stranger, a mercenary. They found him.

With all his troubles, and all his flaws, they found him. With all his baggage, and even his reluctance, they cried for him. It wasn’t only a question of would he do it, but could he. It wasn’t only a matter of saving them, but of saving himself.




Gabriel Wright was born, and raised in NYC.  Originally from the borough of the Bronx, Gabriel attended college at the City University of New York (CUNY). Afterwards, he spent 20 years in a career as an IT Professional.  Gabe admits it wasn't exactly his dream job but he liked the work enough that he would've happily toiled away at it until mandatory (or forced) retirement.

Gabriel’s true dream job was being a writer.  It was always in the back of his mind, but it was always something that he thought he’d get around to eventually. Then a not so funny thing happened in Gabe’s IT career – he was laid off.  Although, sadly, it wasn't the first time, this time he took it as a sign that eventually had finally come.  Gabriel began to write and ultimately producing his first novel Cry for the Mercenary.

Gabriel Wright still lives in NYC with his family.  Along with writing, he’s also trying to make a success of his family-owned bagel shop in Harlem.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Author Michael Bolan Talks About Adding Archaisms to Your Writing - Author Guest Post

It all started when my editor changed ‘conceit’ to ‘concept’. She wasn’t aware of the alternative meaning of the word, and dutifully suggested the correction. She was concerned that my average reader would not know the more archaic definition and think it was a typo. I write historical adventure fiction, and I know how well-read my readers tend to be, so I changed it right back again. Over the course of three novels, other examples presented themselves, prompting heated discussion on each occasion. “You mean he sat ON his horse?” “No, dear editor, I do indeed mean that Reinald sat his horse well…”
Language is constantly evolving and certain words and expressions naturally fall out of fashion. That said, there is an expectation when writing historical fiction that older forms of words should be used. George R. R. Martin is a notable exception to this truism, as he uses completely contemporary language in his books, despite their setting in a medieval world. He gets away with it for two reasons: one – he’s George R. R. Martin and Westeros is his world, and two – he is consistent throughout (that’s kind of basic – obviously a professional author isn’t going to jump around using krappy inconsistencies). I have been striving for a hybrid model – accessible to the mainstream reader, but with enough of a historical feel to satisfy diehard histfic fans.
The editorial arguments set me to thinking, though, about what linguistic gems have been cast aside in the name of progress. I have quietly started to collect some of these and use them in my work. Aside from amusing me in a whimsical manner, they display the richness of the language which is our stock in-trade. Here’s a few of my favourites…
Groak/ groke
Although it used to be applied to dogs, this is just as valid for my kids. To groak/ groke is to gaze at somebody while they're eating in the hope that they'll give you some of their food. It’s look that your kid has when he spies the last morsel of food on your plate. You know? The best bit, the one you had saved to round off the meal? Well, think again – it’s gone, victim of groaking.
Roynish and Spavined
Animals had a hard time in the Middle Ages: dogs were curs, horses were nags, and pretty much everything was underfed. But a roynish dog evokes more than manginess, it suggests dirt, disability and disgust. And scabs, lots of scabs. Meanwhile, you can still ride a nag, but a spavined nag is as likely to collapse under your weight. The reader can almost hear the crack of brittle bones breaking…
I spent half my life snudging at work, striding around as though I’m terribly busy, when in fact I’m doing nothing. Even easier thanks to the invention of the smartphone.
Possibly my favourite word in the English language. Who else but the Greeks could give us an elegant word which means ‘fair-buttocked’. They say that Helen of Troy’s face launched a thousand ships, but they don’t mention what impact her bottom had.
To a certain extent myself, but definitely my character Leo, a vinipote is a wine-drinker. I like to think of myself more as a ‘ginipote’. A new word to go with an old.
Widdershins and deosil
I have made these part of our daily vocabulary, usually when chasing the kids round the living room. They’re so much richer than anti-clockwise or clockwise.
Luciferous and lucriferous
From Satan’s name in his angel period, luciferous means light-bringing, or shining. But add in just one letter and you descend into Shylock’s seedy world of money-lending and profiteering. Stemming from filthy lucre, a lucriferous guarantees vast returns.
Comely and homely
Staples of the historical fiction and fantasy genres, another quick letter switch can change a character from being beautiful to being ugly faster than raising three kids. The comely wench stood out from her homely companions like a cuckoo in a nest.
Eric and Weregild
I laughed the first time I read that a murder victim’s family had demanded an eric from the murderer. It turns out they didn’t want a spectacled accountant called eric, they wanted a bloodprice for the crime. AKA weregild, which conjures all sorts of ghoulish images.
This just means a nagging woman, the sort that Shakespeare would have described as a shrew, which are incidentally poisonous. Why I love termagant is because the word comes from the belief that the moon wandered between heaven, earth, and hell as the goddesses Selene, Artemis, and Persephone, always on the move, never satisfied. Just like my editor…
When I asked other writers for advice on this issue, the overwhelming answer was to stick with the obsolete vocabulary, as it adds authenticity to the story, and a sprinkle of zesty linguistic flair to the text. So now I strive to pepper my books with these words in the comfort that they will bring a smile to the face of the historical fiction reader, like the quiet nod of a doorman at a private members club.
There are dozens more to add to this list, be they archaisms, dialect or slang. My Top Ten is always changing - what are your favourites?


Michael Bolan is a nomadic Irish storyteller. 
It took him over two decades of running in the corporate ratrace to realise that all he actually did was tell stories.

There was no Damascene revelation for Bolan which caused him to pen his first work of fiction, "The Sons of Brabant". An avid reader, he simply felt that he could do as good a job as many of the authors he read and decided to put his money where his mouth was.

Living and working in many countries left him with smatterings of a dozen languages and their stories, and his love for history focused his ideas on the Thirty Years War, the most destructive conflict that the continent has ever seen.

Now living in Prague (again), Michael brings alive the twisted alleys of the 17th century and recreates the brooding darkness of a fractured Europe, where no-one was entirely sure who was fighting whom.

Michael writes while liberally soused in gin, a testament to Franz de le Boƫ, who was mixing oil of juniper with neat spirit while the thirty Years War raged around him.

Please visit Michael's Amazon Author Page and connect with him on his website

New Release Coming Soon! 

Monday, November 28, 2016

Rosie and Friends Positively Different by Helen Hipp Book Tour

Paperback: 28 Pages
Publisher: Different Kind of Safari, LLC (August 17, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0989013421
ISBN-13: 978-0989013420


Rosie and Friends is Helping Children to Understand That Their Uniqueness Is Not a Weakness.

Rosie the Pink Hippo asks readers "What advice would you give your friends who want to feel better about themselves" in this adventure book to help readers see that being different can be positive. Join Rosie the Pink Hippo, Olivia the Ostrich, and many others in this educational and eye-opening 28-page illustrated children's book, Rosie and Friends Positively Different, a creative and fun teaching tool intended for parents, caregivers, teachers, and children who may have felt at some point in their life that they were different from their peers.


Helen Hipp has had her own kind of safari through the land of a large family. She was always exploring new ways to define herself. There are many ways to navigate the waters of life says Helen. “You may ride in a canoe, sailboat, motorboat, or you may find yourself on the back of a pink hippo!”

With a mindset that centered on creating opportunities out of obstacles, Helen explored career opportunities, by connecting her personal experiences (parenting a child with special needs) with her beliefs, professional skills, and aspirations.

Helen received her M.A. in counseling and began her career as a psychotherapist to help people find answers for their life problems. Her work eventually evolved into a coaching practice, WithinU Life Coaching, focusing on individuals with special needs and their families.

Helen has authored articles for Family Works and Washington Family Magazine and written multiple self-help articles published by where she is viewed as an expert in her field. She has been a contributor as a special needs consultant to FOX44 News in Burlington, Vermont.

In addition to her work, Helen has written two children’s books creating a very effective way to motivate kids of all ages to meet their challenges with self-acceptance, confidence and understanding.

Her debut children’s book, A Different Kind of Safari, released in 2013 addresses the many questions life asks by offering up lighthearted, ever-changing perspectives that transform personal challenges into opportunities. Once again, the engaging safari family, led by Rosie the Pink Hippo inspires, and help you see your life differently in her new book, Rosie and Friends Positively Different. With a cast characters experiencing real-life issues such as anxiety, fear, physical differences and poor self-esteem, Helen Hipp’s adventure books provide children with the opportunity to identify, understand and feel supported by the characters handling of similar fears, interests, and concerns.

Readers can connect with Helen Hipp on her website and on Twitter.  

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November 28

Introduction on the My Book Tour Website
Ali the Dragon Slayer – Combo Post
Between the Lines – Combo Post
Bob Reads Books – Author Guest Post
Robert Germaux Author – Guest Post
Virtual Book Tour Stops – Author Guest Post

November 29

Bound 4 Escape – Book Review Post
eBook Review Gal Blog – Author Interview

November 30

DIY Mom – Author Interview
eBook Review Gal - Giveaway Post
Authors and Readers Book Corner – Spotlight Post

December 1

DIY Mom – Spotlight Post
J Bronder Book Reviews – Book Review Post

December 2

Bob Reads Books – Book Review Post
eBook Review Gal – Spotlight Post
Robert Germaux Author – Author Interview

December 3

SciFi and Scary – Book Review and Author Guest Post
Storywraps - Book Review

Monday, November 7, 2016

Inheritance by Rachel Adair Book Tour Spotlight

  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 30, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1536857882
  • ISBN-13: 978-1536857887


Alhanna is devastated by the violent loss of her loving parents. Alone and submerged in a torturous grief she learns of an Inheritance. An estate in Northern Ireland, dominated by a monstrous Tower, what awaits inside may unlock her destiny. Yet a dark malevolent force pursues her as she begins on her journey of self discovery, into the world of the supernatural... There stands a delicate balance between the five elements, one which is in constant turmoil. What has once been forgotten, will again emerge, like a whisper from afar playing upon the autumnal winds..... Akasha.



Originally from Yorkshire, I am now lucky enough to be living in County Down, Northern Ireland. Since moving here I feel most at home outside, surrounded by the cathartic cathedral like silence that descends in the woodlands, along the Loch sides, and abandoned quarries. It was here I felt the impetus to write. 

As well as a writer, I am a working mother of four fantastically charming yet quirky children, it's always a pleasure watching them grow and their wee personalities develop. My formal education consists of average GCSE results and four A levels. It wasn't until the age of eighteen that we discovered I was dyslexic, with a little extra help from my family I have never let it hold me back.



Friday, November 4, 2016

The After War by Brandon Zenner Virtual Book Tour Spotlight and Giveaway

Book Genre: Post Apocalyptic, Dystopian. 
Publisher: Brandon Zenner
Release Date: October 20, 2016
Purchase Link: Amazon

Book Description:

Two years have passed since mankind faced extinction. 

Brain Rhodes and his cousin, Steven, are leaving the protection of their underground bunker for the first time, after a cataclysmic war and unrelenting disease ravaged the earth. 
On the other side of the North American continent, young Simon Kalispell is leaving the safety and seclusion of his cabin deep in the woods, traveling with his aging canine companion, Winston. 

For individual reasons, these men are traveling east, where the fragmented lives of a small number of survivors will soon be decided by the choices of a corrupt few. 

Simon Kalispell and Brian Rhodes are not yet aware, but the strength that resides inside them will soon be tested, and destiny will call for their fates to be forever intertwined.

Author Bio:

Brandon Zenner is an American fiction writer and an Amazon best selling author. His short fiction has been published in both print and online publications, the first being submitted when he was 19 years old. THE EXPERIMENT OF DREAMS, his debut eBook thriller, has reached Amazon's best seller list many times. His second novel, WHISKEY DEVILS, was released in early 2016. THE AFTER WAR, a dystopian thriller, was released in fall 2016. His genres of choice are thrillers, crime, dystopian, and science fiction.

Amazon Author Page