Saturday, December 21, 2013

Twelve Days of Christmas Day Ten

Happy Saturday, everyone! Seeing as this is a twelve days of Christmas event, I do hope you all realize there are only two days left. Entering your book for consideration will be closed tomorrow. When I post day twelve, it'll only have a rafflecopter entry form to win the prize for that day. It's a big prize, so be ready for that one! If you missed the master list of prizes, check out this post. As always, before we get to the announcements, I'll list the books up for consideration thus far!

Renee Novelle Reflections Amazon Kindle $0.99
Marc Nash An Eye For An Eye For An Eye Amazon Kindle $2.99
Robin Murphy Federal City's Secret Amazon Kindle $2.99
*Rebecca Trogner The Last Keeper's Daughter Amazon Kindle $7.99*WINNER*
*Scott Marlowe The Five Elements Amazon Kindle $2.99*WINNER*
S.G. Night Attrition: the First Act of Penance Amazon Kindle $4.98
Niramisa Weiss The Liar Amazon Kindle $9.60
*L.K. Evans Keepers of Arden: The Brothers Volume 1 Amazon Kindle $2.99*WINNER*
Kimberley Clark The Species Within (Battles in the Dark #1) Amazon Kindle $2.99
Elle Todd The Elect Amazon Kindle $2.99
Ginette Atcheson The Legacy: Fate Amazon Kindle $0.99
Jay Allan Storey Eldorado Amazon Kindle $3.99
*Sarah Mäkelä The Witch Who Cried Wolf Amazon Kindle $0.99*WINNER*
Doris Schneider Borrowed Things Amazon Kindle $4.95
Cat Brown Awakening (The Dark Rituals Book 1)  Amazon Kindle $0.99
Christina Marie Morales Ambience Amazon Kindle $0.99
*Felicia Tatum Masked Encounters Amazon Kindle $0.99*WINNER*
Molly Taggart Roots that Clutch Amazon Kindle $2.99
Stephanie Erickson The Cure Amazon Kindle $2.99
*Peprah Boasiako The Hitman Amazon Kindle $0.99*WINNER*
Massimo Marino Daimones Amazon Kindle $2.99
Felicia Tatum Mangled Hearts Amazon Kindle $1.99
Beem Weeks Jazz Baby Amazon Kindle $3.99
*C.S. Janey Surrender To You Amazon Kindle $2.51*WINNER*
Judy Goodwin Heart of the Witch Amazon Kindle $2.99
Jerrie Brock Something Taken Amazon Kindle $2.99
Heidi Angell The Hunters Amazon Kindle $4.99
*David T Griffith The Bestiarum Vocabulum Amazon Kindle $3.99*WINNER*
Kathy Garlock Gone for a Soldier Amazon Kindle $2.99
Molly Taggart Off Target Amazon Kindle $2.99
Emily Street The Velocipede Races Amazon Kindle $3.99
Heidi Angell Elements of a Broken Mind Amazon Kindle $4.99
Edward M Wolfe Devon's Last Chance Amazon Kindle $0.99 
S.G. Daniels The Druid's Doorway Amazon Kindle $3.99
Vardan Partamyan The After/Life Amazon Kindle $0.99
Tina Brescanu Destined Union Amazon Kindle $4.99
Liney Westlund Stella's Saga: Book One Amazon Kindle $2.99
Beth Deitchman Mary Bennet and the Bloomsbury Coven Amazon Kindle $3.99
Gloria Manjarrez Train to Nowhere Amazon Kindle $2.99
Eric A. Maskell The Veil Amazon Kindle $2.99
Skylar Hamilton Burris The Strange Marriage of Anne de Bourgh Amazon Kindle $2.99
Erin McDowell Dark Luminance Amazon Kindle $3.99
Gloria Manjarrez Finnegan's Quest Amazon Kindle $4.99
Emily Street and Beth Deitchman The Painted Dog and Other Stories Amazon Kindle $2.99
Heidi Angell Angel's Dance Smashwords --Set your own price.--
Gloria Manjarrez Emperor's Hostages Amazon Kindle $2.99
J.S. Marlo Cold Sweat (Heart & Endurance #1) Amazon Kindle $4.99
Gloria Manjarrez That Other Kind Amazon Kindle $2.99
Tamar Hela Feast Island Amazon Kindle $2.99
Chris Harrison We Are Toten Herzen Amazon Kindle $3.05
*Thaddeus White Sir Edric's Temple Amazon Kindle $2.99*WINNER*
Michele Cooke Dead and Buryd Amazon Kindle $3.99
Skylar Hamilton Burris A Greater Sound By Far Amazon Kindle $2.99
J. S. Marlo Unscripted (Duty Bound Series #1) Amazon Kindle $5.49
Kay Camden The Alignment Amazon Kindle $4.99
Gloria Manjarrez Long Pig Smashwords $1.99
H. L. Carpenter Jack and The Fountain of Youth Amazon Kindle $2.25
Rusty Henrichsen Emmettville Amazon Kindle $2.99
J. S. Marlo Salvaged Amazon Kindle $5.49

If you entered and your name doesn't appear in the above list, you forgot to do something on the Rafflecopter OR you sent me a print only book (which I cannot sample). Only those authors with three entries on the excel form made it into this list. If you only left your book pitch and link in the comments, I didn't pick it up. You gotta fill out the whole form.

Remember, every book that's pitched stays in until the end! I also don't go in order. Keeping you all guessing 'til the end is my fun time. I'll announce a new choice every day. If you're an author, be sure you're following along each day to get a new way to join me on social media (this will matter when your review goes up). You can enter a book each day if you come back and fill out the new Rafflecopter form.

Suggestions for new topics on my help page were:
  • How about: Writing what you don't know?
  • A specific blog about programs to use to convert your books to ePub and mobi...I'm trying Calibre but it's not very user friendly. Also, maybe a blog specific to the bad guy. How to make him complex. Sorry if these were listed and I missed them. I'm going to have some fun reading those tips today!
  • Scrivener reviews
  • Old and New when trends should just die out and how not to fall victim to one in your writing
  • It appears complete. I run into so many comma errors in other's writing that I get confused and always have to remember what I learned in school. Your short articles are great reminders. Some writers get so carried away with saidisms, they enter the realm of hilarity. I'm delighted to see you referred to an article on those. Wait, do you have something on the use of hyphens? Or the use of capitals? Or American versus British spelling?
Thank you all for the suggestions. I'll be blogging about those soon!

Winners from yesterday:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Congratulations! You've all won a Mystic bookmark! I'll be in touch today to find out where to send your prizes

Now it's time to announce the author added to the review list!

The Elect by Elle Todd

Your book has been shared, tweeted, pinned, and added to my Goodreads TBR list for this contest.

From now until day 12, these books will be recognized with an * after the title when I do my rundown.

I chose this book because the writing is spectacular, the characters interesting, and I love a good high school paranormal novel!

**Kindly remember there's no guarantee your book will be reviewed by me. You did get a purchase and I'll try my best to read it. But if I find I can't give it more than 2 stars, I won't write the review.**

Now, time for the entry form for today! You're entering to snag a copy of The Bird by ME!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck to everyone!

Well, that's all for today, folks! Until next time, WRITE ON!



  1. This is an extraordinary piece of history, about a crime and a criminal like no other.

    It is the factional autobiography of my crazy, unbelievable life in the oil business.

    1. That sounds interesting, Steve! Welcome back to the fray and good luck in the contest. I can't wait to start on that sample. Rarely do I get the opportunity to read an autobiography! :)

  2. Good morning!! I can't believe there's only 2 days left! It went by so quick. I guess that means it's time to finish my Christmas shopping.

    Thank you again for doing this for authors. It's such a great idea. I've already put one book on my to read list, Sr Edric's Temple. Wouldn't have seen it without your posts.

    And, YAY, I won again!

    1. Take that booty to Vegas, L. K.! :) It did go by quickly, huh? Thanks for supporting your fellow Indies :) How awesome is that?

  3. Morning Jo! :D Yay, I won a bookmark! This giveaway is just great. :D

    A post on what to use to do ePub and mobi? This person should use Scrivener. It's GREAT for mobi. Not so much for ePub I've found, but then you can take the file from Scrivener, put it in Calibre (do ePub to ePub) and it pretty much takes away all the crap and makes a clean file. I know this because I was using Scrivener for ePub and it was all messed up, and I did this; it was a great discovery :)

    Thanks again for doing this! I will eventually do a giveaway and like getting different ideas of things to do rather than just doing what others do!

    1. Hiya, C. S.!! Yeah you did :) I actually have a lovely post planned for that. Thanks for the tip on Scrivener and thanks for popping back by :)

  4. Ah, I didn't realise I could enter multiple times (for differing books). The entry contest thingummyjig appears to be US only, so I'll see about entering one of my other two books another day (time permitting).

    1. Why, yes you can, Thaddeus! Your book is making waves! :) Welcome back and congrats on the win! :) Yes, the I, Zombie giveaway was US only. It cost me more to ship the book to the UK than the purchase price LOL!

  5. Hi, Jo. I would be most pleased if you would review my mystery novel, Haunting Memories from a Troubled Past. Here's a synopsis:

    Private Investigator Hera Hunter cannot escape the violence of her past. As a child she watched her father murder her mother. And she remembers the face of every man and woman she killed during two stints as a Marine Corp sniper. Today, she leads a secret life of gunning down those who get away with brutal crimes.

    She receives a call for help from Ida Bunce, private secretary to the mayor. By the time Hera reaches her, Ida is dead. Hera vows to find the woman’s killer. Her investigation stumbles upon a secret alliance that runs the city from the shadows by bribing and extorting public officials. One by one, those who voice suspicions that the group exists are killed. Meanwhile, Hera must deal with the unsigned letters pushed under her door that invite her to use her shooting skills to rid the city of corruption. Someone knows of her vigilante activities, and they are an even greater threat to Hera than the gunman from the alliance who is stalking her.

    Thanks for this opportunity.

    1. Thanks for all of the help you provide to Indie authors. Those are some interesting topics. I just use KDP to convert to .mobi. You can always download a copy of the .mobi file without publishing the book in the preview stage.

    2. Welcome to the madness, Ellie! I didn't get your entry :( boo! You gotta make sure you fill out the rafflecopter form. Haunting Memories sounds like a super book, too! Thanks for taking the time to pitch!

      Skylar, thanks for popping back by and entering. :) Good to see you again!!!

  6. The Bird sounds like such a fascinating read! Very intrigued by the description on Goodreads.

    Thanks again for hosting this. I've been winning and I never win stuff! Woohoo! :)

    1. Thanks, Tamar! I hope you love it. I certainly enjoyed writing it :) Thanks for stopping back by. I may or may not have begun your sample. And I may or may not think it's AWESOME. :)

  7. I love the way the red on the cover of The Bird really "pops". Sounds like an interesting book.

    1. Thanks, Molly. If you like a book that'll keep you on your toes, and surprise you at every turn, you love The Bird :)

  8. I bought a book at a farmer's market today. I stopped only because of its cover. I had a nice conversation with the author. The cover of The Bird attracted me, when I first saw it, for similar reasons. Maybe, if you come to our farmers market... Changing the subject, I would love to know more about Scrivener and if I should invest in it. May I also ask for a post about it?

    1. Alana, what a great piece of advice :) You may ask me for anything, dear lady, and I'd move mountains to try and get it for you :) Thanks for the blog love!

  9. Very nicely constructed campaign you are doing here. I am still convinced that which helps one of us helps us all. After publishing Barge Pilot, I learned the hard way that too many of our ranks believe this to be a zero sum game.

    1. Thanks, Lee. I agree 100%. If we don't help each other, where does that leave us? :) I do my best to share with my fellow Indies.

  10. My friend Tamar just recommended your blog to me. I have been enjoying your posts and The Bird looks interesting!

    I would LOVE to have you read my new novel, ALLURE. Why? It is an urban fantasy set in the 1920s with a paranormal twist. If you enjoy character driven novels that both make you laugh and cry--this is it. It is the prequel to the Watcher Series and can be read as a stand alone, or part of the series.

    BLURB: As America tries to forget the horrors of the Great War by embracing jazz, flappers, and the speakeasy, the Watchers remain vigilant by protecting the innocent and maintaining order among the Immortals—including a powerful line of Seers who are all but extinct. But the real horror is just beginning. When George Yates is ordered to escort the beautiful Rosemond Le Clair to safety, he finds himself in the middle of an ancient feud that demands her blood. Without the Watchers’ help, he must struggle to protect the last remaining daughter of the Le Clair family from these dark powers, even as he defies fate itself.

    1. Welcome to the insanity, Robin! Allure sounds like a very VERY cool book! I've added it to the list and will be diving into your sample today! Good luck and thanks for the pitch :)

  11. Hi, I'm rushing today because our freezer quit, and hubby is saying, "Let's go!" I have no more books to enter, but I must say I find the cover of Bird compelling. I'm a nature person, so it draws me.
    Am looking forward to receiving the bookmark. Thanks.

    1. Gloria! *wink* Congrats! Something good shall come to those who keep at it :)

  12. Yeah, I'm a winner again. Thanks for the giveaway and I'm back once more egging for a review. Pitched my novel Ambience the last few days for a review. Thanks again. Happy Holidays and New Years.

    1. You're welcome, Christina! Keep an eye out for your first win! I put it in the mail two days ago :) Congratulations and be sure and check back tomorrow :)

  13. Jo,

    Here's my hat in the ring - a 2nd novel that just came out:

    Anything else I need to do?

    Thanks for all this!


    1. Hiya, Robert! Welcome to the pitching fun! You gotta fill out the rafflecopter entry form. I didn't get your entry. But no worries, you can enter today (last day) and good luck!

  14. I would like to be considered for your indie review. My book Love & Haight is available on Kindle, Nook, Kobo & Apple. Thank you for your consideration.

    Tracey Madeley

    1. Hi, Tracey! Today's the last day to enter and you gotta fill out the rafflecopter form to be in. Day 10 was already closed (we run from 7-7). Pop on over there and give it a whirl. Thanks for stopping by and good luck!!

  15. Comments for day Ten are closed. Please proceed to the post for day Eleven to pitch your book. Link here: