I’ll get right to the heart of things: Write an honest review for any of my published works, urban fantasy or otherwise, and be entered into a drawing to win a $25 Amazon gift card. It’s winter. It’s cold. You know you want to snuggle up with some good books, but the checking account balance looks dire after the Christmas holidays and no one on Craigslist wants to buy that hideous sweater Aunt Edith gave you. If you hate the book, I’ll be sad, but you’ll still be entered in the contest for your review. I’ve been in the corporate world for over twenty-five years, I’ve got thick skin. Don’t feel like you have to sugar coat things to save my feelings. Be honest.
“But I have no money,” you say. Well, A Slave to the Coin is free on Smashwords (here), so go get it! “But I’ve already reviewed one of your books,” you say. Awesome! Send me the link (even if you have in the past), and you’ll be entered.
Read, write, and send me the link. You can use my contact form here, or my Facebook page here, or DM me on Twitter @debra_dunbar. Each book/story reviewed get’s one entry in the contest, even if you post it on multiple sites (although I’d love it if you did post it on multiple sites!)
This contest runs today through Valentines Day, February 14st, so get reading!
I was so excited to hear late last week that another blogger (Susan, AKA Mistress of the Dark Path) reviewed my book. Check it out HERE. But wait, there’s more! Mistress of the Dark Path also posted the first review on Amazon for Satan’s Sword HERE. Thank you!
I love hearing from readers! If you’ve read any of my books, please post your thoughts either on your blog, on Goodreads, or on Amazon. Or send me an e-mail via the Contact tab. Let me know what you think.
One of the downsides of going the self-publishing route is that some doors are closed in my face. There are readers who are happy to give my book a chance, and readers that I have to slowly win over. It’s the same with book reviewers.
Amazon reviews are only part of the picture, getting a book blogger to read my book, then post a review on their website is a major feat. Some of the larger, well -known review sites won’t even accept indy or self published works, and others have submission policies regarding Advance Review Copies (ARC) that are geared toward traditionally published works. There’s no lengthy delay between the final edits of my book and its publication, so there is no way I can send a review site my .mobi file 30-90 days prior to its release. And it’s not in my best interest to hold off a release just to submit to review sites that aren’t likely to even open my file.
So I am thrilled anytime a book reviewer agrees to take a look at my novel, expecially those that do so unsolicitied. And here’s the first for A DEMON BOUND: Honest Indie Book Reviews Woot, woot!
Thank you so much for giving my book a chance. I’m glad you enjoyed it, and truly appreciate the time it took to compose and post a review.
Today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day. Maryanne Wells proposed that we writers all blog on piratical themes in honor of the holiday, sort of like a blog tour without the scurvy, peg legs, and weevils in our hardtack. So in the spirit of pirates everywhere, I present you, my reader, with this true story. True, at least, by my recollections.
It was January, 1979. I was a 13 year old girl full of teen angst and moody depression. Skinny, with braces and a body that stubbornly clung to pre-pubescent shape no matter how hard I prayed and how many padded bras I wore. I had a brother. A six year old brother, to be exact. One that liked to hide behind the sofa and spy on me and my friends as we gossiped about cute boys. One that ate the chocolate off all the chocolate covered donuts and put them back in the box. One that got up at five in the morning and watched the test pattern on the television so he wouldn’t miss that early morning episode of Ultraman. That little brother was turning seven, and there was going to be a birthday party. Continue reading →