Book review : “Scoring Wilder” by R.S. Grey

21843117Title: Scoring Wilder

Author: R.S. Grey

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

Publication date: June 15, 2014

My ratingNovel Girl - 4 stars

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What started out as a joke— seduce Coach Wilder—soon became a goal she had to score.

With Olympic tryouts on the horizon, the last thing nineteen-year-old Kinsley Bryant needs to add to her plate is Liam Wilder. He’s a professional soccer player, America’s favorite bad-boy, and has all the qualities of a skilled panty-dropper.

• A face that makes girls weep – check.
• Abs that can shred Parmesan cheese (the expensive kind) – check.
• Enough confidence to shift the earth’s gravitational pull – double check.

Not to mention Liam is strictly off limits. Forbidden. Her coaches have made that perfectly clear. (i.e. “Score with Coach Wilder anywhere other than the field and you’ll be cut from the team faster than you can count his tattoos.”) But that just makes him all the more enticing…Besides, Kinsley’s already counted the visible ones, and she is not one to leave a project unfinished.

Kinsley tries to play the game her way as they navigate through forbidden territory, but Liam is determined to teach her a whole new definition for the term “team bonding.”

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MY REVIEW

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Scoring Wilder is a sexy, hilarious, coming-of-age romance between an up and coming soccer-star hopeful (Kinsley Bryant) wanting to make the Olympic tryouts, and soccer’s best and baddest star (Liam Wilder).

Kinsley has been cheated on by two boyfriends in a row, but she doesn’t become “woe is me” and I love this about her. She’s one of the few non-annoying female main characters in books aimed for women. Early on we meet one of the seniors, Tara—best described is a word that rhymes with witch—who has it out for Kinsley. Kinsley gets treated like dirt by her, and contemplates speaking out, but also from the start of the novel she crushes on Liam Wilder, and it’s soon apparent they have a thing. Kinsley can’t shake her attraction for Liam, and soon we see that the attraction goes both ways. Everything becomes twisted in the quest to have Liam, to not get him in trouble, or her, and to stay out of Tara’s evil games.

Liam Wilder is helping out with the girl’s soccer team. He’s been in hot water with his sponsors and needs to clean up his act. So here he is helping out when he gets to know Kinsley. Things become intimate and hot with the two of them and their practically forbidden relationship, him being coach and all.

If you’re looking for a light comedy with a sexy side, Scoring Wilder is your novel. I loved reading it. It was easy and addictive, and nothing stupid happened as a plot device in order to keep the story going. Becca, as Kinsley’s sidekick, is funny and keeps the scenes moving, adding much of the comedic relief in the story. The relationship between our main characters doesn’t start up right away, instead there is interest that turns to angst, and angst that turns into many very satisfying scenes.

From about 70% onwards, though, the story seemed to have tied up mostly. It didn’t drag, but I did read that last ~ 1/3 of the novel wondering what would pop out and ruin things because most of it was happy and dandy. It felt a bit strange, because I felt like I would pay later for getting awesome scenes without anything standing between Kinsley and Liam. In the end, other little things were tied up, but the ending did feel a bit … anticlimactic? I enjoyed it, but it still had that sense to it.

Great book overall!

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Book review + GIVEAWAY: “Hate To Love You” by Elise Alden

96949eb82c4c4ca35087d021a1991d74Title: Hate To Love You

Author: Elise Alden

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publication date: June 2, 2014

My ratingNovel Girl - 5 stars

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Despite my slutty reputation, I was technically a virgin at eighteen. But it turns out all those sex-ed teachers aren’t just trying to scare you. The faint positive on a budget pregnancy test sent me spinning, moments before meeting my sister’s snooty new fiancé.

Shaking hands with upper-crusty James was like downing a triple shot of vodka. Dizzy with desire, confused by my body’s reaction, and shocked by the possessiveness flashing in his eyes, I deceived him that night and told the world at their wedding reception.

The truth?
I slept with my sister’s fiancé. Hot and sweaty, all night long in a room so dark he couldn’t tell I wasn’t her.

The lie? 
Said fiancé is the father of my child. The one I signed over my rights to just before he was born.

That was seven years ago. 

It’s time to come clean.

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MY REVIEW

Author, Elise Alden

Author, Elise Alden

If you’re looking for a traditional romance that is however very unconventional, then this novel is for you! I read most of it in a day and that’s coming from a reader who takes 3-6 days to finish a normal novel.

See, Elise Alden gave me a tonne of reasons to hate Paisley, the main character, and a few even to hate James, the love interest, but what can I say? I really appreciate and tip my hat to her as the author for daring to make leading characters have qualities that other authors shy away from, instead making characteristics to enhance likeability. I think inside we all want to do nasty things, think them at least, and maybe even do some them in our lives. For this reason, I completely connected with Paisley. If you’re looking for a sweet, innocent, heroic and selfless main character you’d be approaching this book the wrong way. This book, in my opinion, does become selfless but it is a wild friggin ride along the way to get there.

Poor Paisley has a few nasty works of art in her life, in her parents and sister. I couldn’t help but expect the teenager she turned into given how they treated her growing up.

James is so proper and British and upstanding … but Paisley is a dirty little girl who knows how to reveal the inner man and boy did I enjoy seeing the layers of his character.

Please do buy this book and give it a go though you might have heard opposing things. Hopefully I’ve straightened it all out for you. Hate To Love You is a traditional romance but written and plotted in a very unconventional way. I loved to hate, and loved to love, these two lead characters, and the supporting cast all shine, too. 

Highly recommend!

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Book review: “Breakable” by Tammara Webber

Breakable-by-Tammara-WebberTitle: Breakable

Author: Tammara Webber

Genre: New Adult; Contemporary Romance

Publication date: May 6, 2014

My ratingNovel Girl - 5 stars

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He was lost and alone. Then he found her.
And the future seemed more fragile than ever.


As a child, Landon Lucas Maxfield believed his life was perfect and looked forward to a future filled with promise — until tragedy tore his family apart and made him doubt everything he ever believed.

All he wanted was to leave the past behind. When he met Jacqueline Wallace, his desire to be everything she needed came so easy…

As easy as it could be for a man who learned that the soul is breakable and that everything you hoped for could be ripped away in a heartbeat.

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Dear Tammara Webber,

You once introduced me to the book that would make me fall in love with a brand new genre: New Adult. That book was Easy and it blew me away so much that I’ve read it just as much as the first Harry Potter book.

Now you’ve followed it up with Breakable and I just have to say a few things first:

  • I believed in your talent, but Easy was perfect and I didn’t think you could make another perfect book to match that elite level;
  • I still love Easy as one of my all time favs and I doubted you could impress me that much again; and
  • I worried you’d erase the ground-breaking first book in this series by following up with this one.

Glad to report I was wrong, and can’t be any happier for it.

Love, Rebecca

••• Now here is my review! •••

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Sliding my hand to the base of her spine and pulling her closer, I teased my fingers into the back of her jeans while I returned my mouth to hers, kissing her slow and gentle to slow and deep, slow and deep to fast and tender, fast and tender to hard and deep – reeling her in, bit by bit.

Breakable is sort of a sequel and sort of Easy in Lucas’ POV (point of view). It’s told in alternating storylines, with Landon as a teenager before the first book and then as Lucas in the current timeline, and yet this too manages to reveal new content but touch on the absolute best parts of Easy.

I think everyone should buy this book if you love contemporary stories. It literally has the best of everything. A bit of the type of YA you love to read, the sexy stuff from NA, and the emotional and poignant narrative of a thought-provoking, heart-wrenching contemporary.

Landon is a kid with no direction, mother suddenly dead and his father absent and drowning in his own grief. Landon becomes adventurous, dangerous, live-for-the-moment, experimental, slutty and withdrawn. He meets a friend early on, and after a quick punch on, they become best mates. Together they go through high school like one big ride and this storyline is both crazy as it is hard to watch, knowing what I do about his grown-up character.

Lucas is the sexy college kid/tutor/barista/defence-class-instructor who is guarded, and torn over his feelings for Jacqueline. He notices and crushes on her well before we heard about him in Easy and immediately we run into a huge problem: he’s both a student with her and her teacher. He can’t be both and so he tries to stay back, but their connection is intense and angsty and he can’t stop where they’re heading when he feels as strongly as he does.

Avoidance would have been the smart thing, but where she was concerned, all logical thought was useless. I was so full of irrational desires to be what i could never be again, to have what I could never have.

I wanted to be whole.

I am so glad that I read this book ASAP. If I had the opportunity I’d scream it from every rooftop. Like the original, this sort-of-sequel, sort-of-retelling-from-lucas’-POV is what NA should be. It’s about growing up into an adult, and sexual exploration, it’s about experimenting, and finding out who you really are, about realising you have to face the darkest bits of your past, and completely about finding true love.

★★★★★ Straight to my Best Everrr shelf on Goodreads and HIGHLY recommended! ★★★★★

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Book review: “The Bronze Horseman” by Paullina Simons

maybe-someday-by-colleen-hooverTitle: The Bronze Horseman

Author: Paullina Simons

Genre: Historical Romance

Publication date: July 2000

My ratingNovel Girl - 5 stars

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The golden skies, the translucent twilight, the white nights, all hold the promise of youth, of love, of eternal renewal. The war has not yet touched this city of fallen grandeur, or the lives of two sisters, Tatiana and Dasha Metanova, who share a single room in a cramped apartment with their brother and parents. Their world is turned upside down when Hitler’s armies attack Russia and begin their unstoppable blitz to Leningrad.

Yet there is light in the darkness. Tatiana meets Alexander, a brave young officer in the Red Army. Strong and self-confident, yet guarding a mysterious and troubled past, he is drawn to Tatiana—and she to him. Starvation, desperation, and fear soon grip their city during the terrible winter of the merciless German siege. Tatiana and Alexander’s impossible love threatens to tear the Metanova family apart and expose the dangerous secret Alexander so carefully protects—a secret as devastating as the war itself—as the lovers are swept up in the brutal tides that will change the world and their lives forever.

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47499Books — when they resonate with a reader — help us laugh, cry, appreciate, feel sad, feel loved or feel sexy. For the first time, though, I read this book called The Bronze Horseman and lived in this world like I was a hologram or astral projection of myself. No longer was I imagining a book world but living it.

“Ask yourself these three questions, Tatiana Metanova, and you will know who you are. Ask: What do believe in? What do you hope for? What do you love?”

I put off reading this novel probably for the same reason every other non-reader of this book has: the extraordinary length. It doesn’t quite beat Ulysses, but at 912 pages in the paperback, it’s no plane-ride quickie. I huffed and puffed and said, “Oh, but …” and glanced longingly at the cover on my Kindle before bypassing it for a book with 300-odd pages.

Mistake. I should have read this the moment I heard of it.

The Bronze Horseman is an epic love story tale. It begins in the tiny apartment where several of the Metanova family live, including the main character, Tatiana. The war begins on the first page of the book, though we simply follow Tatiana on the way to buy supplies for her family where she meets a man, Alexander. They share what I’ll always look on as one of the most memorable scenes, and it’s clear that physically, emotionally and wholly they are meant for each other.

“Good-bye, my moonsong and my breath, my white nights and golden days, my fresh water and my fire. Good-bye, and may you find a better life, find comfort again and your breathless smile, and when your beloved face lights up once more at the Western sunrise, be sure what I felt for you was not in vain. Good-bye and have faith, my Tatiana.”

And then, very early on, Tatiana realises her sister’s new man that she has been gushing and praising is actually Alexander Belov. The couple share unimaginable heartbreak through this epic saga, Tatiana being of the utmost giving types of person, and Alexander a selfless, strong, and incredible leader and hero while they have to deal with his being with Dasha.

But the war is terrible and it breaks the family apart, it sends Alexander to war and the Metanovas into severe struggles. The war is relentless and it breaks spirits, lives and even love.

The Bronze Horseman is the most fullest, passionate, emotional, taxing, vivid, truest, saddest love stories of all time. It pushes and pushes and pushes you, and I do not exaggerate when I say after every single scene you are left wanting more, more hooked, more in love with Tatiana and Alexander. At 912 paperback pages, you can imagine the amount of love I felt by the end.

“We walk alone through this world, but if we’re lucky, we have a moment of belonging to something, to someone, that sustains us through a lifetime of loneliness.”

I would say you have nothing to lose by giving this incredible book a go, but it’s more important to stress you have everything to lose if you don’t experience it.

5+ big, huge, massive stars!

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Book review: “Mud, Sweat and Tears” by Bear Grylls

Mud-Sweat-TearsTitle: Mud, Sweat and Tears

Author: Bear Grylls

Genre: Memoir & Autobiography

Publication date: May, 2011

My ratingNovel Girl - 5 stars

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Bear Grylls has always sought the ultimate in adventure. Growing up on a remote island off of Britain’s windswept coast, he was taught by his father to sail and climb at an early age. Inevitably, it wasn’t long before the young explorer was sneaking out to lead all-night climbing expeditions.

As a teenager at Eton College, Bear found his identity and purpose through both mountaineering and martial arts. These passions led him into the foothills of the mighty Himalayas and to a karate grandmaster’s remote training camp in Japan, an experience that soon helped him earn a second-degree black belt. Returning home, he embarked upon the notoriously grueling selection course for the British Special Forces to join the elite Special Air Service unit 21 SAS—a journey that would push him to the very limits of physical and mental endurance.

Then, disaster. Bear broke his back in three places in a horrific free-fall parachuting accident in Africa. It was touch and go whether he would walk again, according to doctors. However, only eighteen months later, a twenty three-year-old Bear became one of the youngest climbers to scale Mount Everest, the world’s highest summit. But these were just the beginning of his many extraordinary adventures. . . .

Known and admired by millions as the star of Man vs. Wild, Bear Grylls has survived where few would dare to go. Now, for the first time, Bear tells the story of his action-packed life. Gripping, moving, and wildly exhilarating, Mud, Sweat, and Tears is a must-read for adrenaline junkies and armchair explorers alike.

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bear-grylls1Bear’s autobiography is punchy, addictive and a wild ride in the reading experience itself.

I’ve been a fan of his Man vs. Wild show for years and his fierce determination and passion. But it took me about a year or two to finally get onto this book. I have to say I never read non-fiction unless it has to do with writing or publishing. And the last non-fiction, and non-writing/publishing-related book I’ve read was Portia de Rossi’s autobiography more than a year and a half ago.

Boy I feel inspired and enlightened by reading something “real”. Bear made me feel hopeless yet inspired–hopeless about how much I complain and how lazy I am; and inspired to change my attitude and go at life.

Bear’s writing style is fast, action-like, written with purpose as if you are there with him on every adventure and moment. It took me through his ancestry, growing up as a lost kid, finding his passion for adventure, his SAS days, climbing Everest, his recovery from breaking his back, and a conclusion about his life now.

It gives you hope because he wasn’t born a star or born with great talents or abilities. He just worked really hard, got lucky and never stopped being grounded.

Bear is such an “every” man. In fact, I’m going so far to say as he thinks he’s more ordinary than most people. He has such humility. He believes he’s not the best physically, he believes — or at least he did back in his earlier days — that he was nothing special and had to fight harder than most fit people to achieve success with his adventures. Reading the book, you believe that he’s ordinary, nothing different. But think about the achievements almost all people on this earth have failed at that he can say he’s done. If someone else had to speak about him, they’d say the opposite. But hearing how he narrates his life is quite special. Because after you read more of this book, you see just how absolutely extraordinary this man is. It gives you hope because he wasn’t born a star or born with great talents or abilities. He just worked really hard, got lucky and never stopped being grounded.

After reading the way this man pushes himself (mostly mental, because let’s face it: every body has a physical capability, and his mental strength far outshone the mere limit of a human body) I feel proud to have shared his stories.

If you’ve heard about the book or love Bear, read this. ASAP!

Five, big, brave and courageous stars!

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Book review: “Maybe Someday” by Colleen Hoover

maybe-someday-by-colleen-hooverTitle: Maybe Someday

Author: Colleen Hoover

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

Publication date: March 18, 2014

My ratingNovel Girl - 5 stars

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Includes a free original soundtrack by musician Griffin Peterson.

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, a passionate tale of friendship, betrayal, and romance—and the enchanting music that inspires one young woman to put her life back together.

At twenty-two years old, aspiring musician Sydney Blake has a great life: She’s in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her good friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers Hunter cheating on her with Tori—and she is left trying to decide what to do next.

Sydney becomes captivated by her mysterious neighbor, Ridge Lawson. She can’t take her eyes off him or stop listening to the daily guitar playing he does out on his balcony. She can feel the harmony and vibrations in his music. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either: He seems to have finally found his muse. When their inevitable encounter happens, they soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one…

From the author of the New York Times bestsellers Slammed, Point of Retreat, Hopeless, This Girl, and Losing Hope, Maybe Someday is destined to become another bestseller and long-lasting fan favorite.

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colleen-hoover-authorI just finished this novel in half a day, which hasn’t been done in years, not since Twilight made me fall in love with reading again. I’m both dreading and loving that I’m writing this review because it’s the last first experience I’m going to get with this book.

Maybe Someday is one of the best books I’ll probably ever read and is far too exceptional for anything I could say to describe it. But listen anyway because I’m begging you.

Just trust me.

Ready?

This is the best ever Colleen Hoover book.

Don’t think that Hopeless didn’t blow me away. It did. And it still makes my head spin when I think of it. But for one moment, throw away everything you think you know about the New Adult and Contemporary Romance genres. Open that trash can, empty out your pre-conceived notions and understand that this book is but isn’t those two genres. Maybe Someday defies the scenes and set ups of most of these books and creates a whole new Colleen Hoover genre. You can only hope to read something like it, that however is completely different, when she brings out her next novel mindblower.

Let me backtrack and describe this book for you. It’s about a girl, Sydney, who we meet rooming with Ridge and Warren because she discovered her boyfriend and best friend were sleeping together. She loves music but hasn’t given it the attention her talent deserves and Ridge plays and writes music but is in a writer’s block slump.

So they begin writing music together. Soon, something strange happens. I’m not going to give away any spoilers. It’s odd even writing this but this book is the most romantic thing I’ve ever read without any romance with what I’m about to say. I fell in love reading the interactions between these characters—as they unwittingly fell in love—with their first encounters and many after that when they weren’t even flirting, checking each other out or trying to get under each other’s clothes.

The trouble comes in because Ridge has a girlfriend. What follows is the weirdest love triangle I’ve seen written. Because this book has no bad guys. That’s right, you heard me. I loved the girlfriend, Ridge (our main man) and Sydney (our main girl). You can’t hate any of them despite the hard and deeply emotional situation you feel for Sydney and Ridge. This novel isn’t a story with cheating, so put that out of your mind. It’s told from the point of view of both Sydney and Ridge and for this reason, we completely understand everyone’s intentions and difficulties.

If you’re a Colleen Hoover fan or always been interested in her stories, you must, must read this one. Let me draw some comparisons:

  • If Lorde were a novel, it’d still not be the closest thing to Maybe Someday
  • If the on-screen chemistry between Jack and Rose in Titanic were a novel, it’d be the closest thing to Maybe Someday
  • If you’ve ever been away from the one person you love most for an extended period of time, then go to wait at the airport to meet them, that first moment when your heart stops and then takes off at a million miles an hour, and adrenaline courses through you would be the same as the overwhelming sense of love you’ll feel build throughout Maybe Someday until the very last word.

Maybe Someday is so rich in everything I’ve never read in a romance story before, nothing I expected to find, and anything I could hope to capture in my heart and mind.

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The Rental: a teaser

Today’s post is micro short.

Tiny and cheeky.

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Read on for a teaser from The Rental, Part 1, my upcoming release from a scorching new Erotic Romance series.

The Rental pt 1 teaserNovel Girl - book descriptionEighteen-year-old Vee Wyland is no stranger to loss. In the blink of an eye, she loses her father in a horrible accident. And when she needs her boyfriend the most, he leaves her for her best friend. Suddenly, the girl that had everything unravels, caught in a downward spiral of grief and financial loss.

Drop-dead gorgeous and old crush, Rick Delaney waltzes in and opens her up to the world of The Rental, where everything is for sale, except sex itself.

It seems easy enough … guarding your heart, but selling your body.

But it’s hard to trust your ex-boyfriend’s brother.

Dealing with his own demons, Rick is drawn to Vee and the white-hot sizzle that flares when she walks into a room. From the moment they re-unite, their sexual chemistry is undeniable. He ignites passion back into her dull world, and it seems all fun and games until feelings get involved.

Fall into the scorching new world of The Rental, where hearts get broken and the foreplay builds to a thrilling climax.

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11 pre-release buzz and exposure tips for authors

In this post, I take off assuming you have your book listed on Goodreads, that you already have a book cover and all the other basics. This post is geared for authors needing to do their own promotion, so while it is great for self-publishers, traditionally contracted authors will find this helpful too if they need to do promotion of their own and are stuck for ideas.

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Do a Goodreads paperback giveaway

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Though many people are reading eBooks, paperbacks are still shiny and wanted formats. They’re special formats of books to put on a real shelf. The benefit you’re going for here regardless if they read the paperback is exposure. It’s free to list and only costs you the price of the book and postage which is peanuts compared to book ads.

Take advantage of the fact that Goodreads report many books average 900+ entries and many of them even reach thousands of entries. Now THAT is a lot of new people seeing and reading about your book!

Create and share teasers on social media

E.G. teaser

E.G. teaser

Sharing the favourite parts of your book on social media helps create an army — whether small or enormous — that will get excited about your release too and in turn help promote it out of their own excitement and interest. So go on and grab a properly licenced image (creative commons, stock purchase, or with permission signed by a photographer) and add text.

Images + text = creates more attention, so grab a short excerpt (1-5 sentences, relatively average size) or a tagline and add it to your text and post to social media, welcoming and inviting people to share it.

Share about 3-6 teasers (or more if you have the time) before release and spread it out over a few weeks, not crammed into a few spammy-and-annoying days before release.

Send out ARCs to reputable reviewers weeks before release

Timing is optimal for sending out ARCs (Advanced Reader Copies). Give only days and almost all your reviewers won’t have time to get to it, and give a few months and they could forget about it by the time it comes to reading just before release.

Depending on the length of your book, go for 2-6 weeks ahead of schedule, depending on if you have a novella or short novel upwards to an epic saga.

Do a book blitz or blog tour or review tour

Screen Shot 2014-03-05 at 9.05.38 AMThese days, book tours are effective for exposure rather than generating book sales, and book blitz are heading that way too with the market more flooded than ever before.

As I said above though, you need to create a buzz, and you can’t stop trying to create the biggest buzz possible. Book blitzes are a cheaper option and are probably just as effective as book tours (since you can organise reviews on your own, and for free) so the little investment for a book blitz is worth it. You can get tens of blogs upwards to hundreds posting on release day or week for your book. They list the cover, synopsis, Goodreads link, book buy links, and often excerpts or teasers.

Companies for book blitzes or tours include Xpresso Book Tours, AToMR Book Blog Tours, and Love Between The Sheets Promotions. (I personally vouch the quality of these hosts)

Update your social media with posts about your progress on the book

Stay current in the mind of readers and find new readers by posting regularly about your book.

Don’t be spammy and make continual posts about them, so break these up amongst other types, but vary it and gain excitement for your book by posting fun facts, casting characters images, funny bits during your editing process, interesting things about the characters or storyline. Anything that will get people reading and asking questions.

Link reviewers with books sites where they can now post their review of your book

It’s hard for reviewers to keep track of all their reviewing list so kindly remind them they can now post their book review on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc, as well as Goodreads if they haven’t already (the former is true for self-publishers since most can’t have book site links before they click publish).

Send out email with book links to bloggers on review day

Book bloggers are overworked and that’s an understatement. Regardless of this fact, they are still gracious people who will help authors share links for their book if they have the time and are interested. Gather the emails of book bloggers who accept and invite authors to email them promotional stuff and let them know that your book is live with link/s and thank them for their help and time.

N.B. always BCC everyone or email individually with their names in separate emails!

Do a post with links

If you have a blog, why not use, it? For every social media account you have, post links with your books.

Pictures help for a better result so add your book cover and/or a teaser to your post and link Goodreads and all the available book sites to buy your book. For Amazon, I recommend using a site like BookLinker because it sends the clicker to their country’s Amazon site. You then don’t have to list the ~11 country Amazon links AND you can check your click hits, too!

Send out to email subscribers

Do you have an email newsletter list? Don’t forget about this one! Most authors don’t use this regularly so it can be easy to forget. Why not use the tens, hundreds, thousands, or more people you have waiting to hear stuff about your books? Regardless of your list length, this will be beneficial!

Highly recommended and free!

Highly recommended and free!

Do a pre-release tour or book blog post features

It’s popular to do a feature on book blogs when and after you publish, but even if you’re a self-publisher who can’t list pre-order links, you can still gain interest and start that buzz by doing a feature with a host, or asking some bloggers yourself if you can feature you and your book on their site.

You never know what will work for exposure, so why not see if book bloggers want to feature you and get in front of their many thousands of eager book-reading followers?

Hold giveaways for readers to win prizes

Authors have their cover completed well before publishing, so why not use that to even more of an advantage! Order bookmarks or key rings or another promotional item with your cover or cover image and then hold giveaways for readers in exchange for entries such as adding your book to Goodreads or sharing a picture or post on social media.

I hope this list helped you!

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