I am thrilled to have Zoe Winters, indie author extraordinaire as a guest this week. She’s come a long way, but the journey was well worth it now that she has three Kindle Bestsellers under her name. I’m halfway through Bloodlust and I can see why her books are hot. 😀
So without further ado…
This is the last day of my week-long book blitz/blog tour for Blood Lust. There has been laughter and tears and ice cream and butterflies and… um nevermind. I’ll stop now.
I’m going to take this moment to poke a little fun at my own behavior. I started a series of cartoons on Youtube called Zoe Who? to make fun of the publishing industry, and me, and the super serious “it will kill your career” attitude toward self-publishing.
In one of my videos the character playing opposite Z, has a fit about how horrific self-publishing is… and how you could end up in a ditch, panhandling, or maybe as a prostitute. At that point Z points out that we’re just talking about publishing a book. It’s not that big of a deal. It’s not like we’re feeding Ethiopian children or curing cancer.
Of course, the irony is, every time I do something, especially having to do with promoting my own work, I DO act like it’s world-in-peril stuff. Like the world will end if I mess up and don’t do it exactly right. I put way too much pressure on myself to succeed.
One of my critique partners, and a very talented indie author, Susan Bischoff, typically gets into my IM box when I reach terror-level-orange and throws my Zoe Who? words back in my face. She says: “Zoe, calm down. You aren’t curing cancer. It’s not a big deal.”
She’s the best pep talker ever! She tells me that if I don’t reach the ludicrously insane goals I’ve set for myself this time, then nobody will die. IncuBooks (my self-created imprint), will not drop me. I can just keep trucking, learn whatever lessons there are to learn from the experience, and do better next time.
I’m actually writing this very late Sunday night/early Monday morning, before the blitz has really gotten started, before I know how it all turns out. I already screwed up once, by announcing the blitz before my buy link was up (a stupid oversight on my part). I went to emo-crazy-level for most of the weekend over the issue and Tom just about murdered me.
So as we’re drawing to the end of all this madness, (and hopefully my buy link for the Kindle book showed up at some point during the week. I will seriously cry if it hasn’t), I can sit back and think and remember that it’s just not that Epic. Whatever did or didn’t happen on this blitz, it was a learning experience. Already, still sitting at the front of this promo push writing this, I’ve learned one lesson: Publish your Kindle book a full week before your blitz, and make SURE the buy button is live before you start promo. LOL
So that’s one thing I’ll do better next time!
Even though we’re almost at the end here, there is still time to enter the big contest to win a brand new next generation Amazon Kindle with 3G. Check out my blog for details.
I’ll also be giving away a signed copy of Blood Lust to a commenter here.
And… here’s the description of the book.. in case you haven’t already seen it 70 billion times already:
It’s all about the blood…
Comprised of three novellas, Blood Lust gives readers a snapshot look at the world of the Preternaturals Series. (Future installments of the series will be novels.)
As a cat therian (shifter), Greta’s blood is already sought after to enhance spells and potions, but due to a quirk of her birth, her blood is potent enough to kill for. When her tribe plans to sacrifice her, Greta must ally herself with Dayne, the dangerous local sorcerer, and the only person strong enough to protect her.
For a vampire, Anthony isn’t a picky eater, but he’s drawn to Charlee’s blood more than any other. Like a fine wine saved for a special occasion, he’s denied himself this pleasure. But one night, high from the potent magical blood of another, he claims his prize and loses control. Ashamed of almost killing the one woman who means anything to him, he wipes her memory of the event. When Charlee awakens with complete amnesia, Anthony is the only one who can clean up the mess he’s made.
Because of the vampiric blood that has run through her veins since birth, Jane has been a target for vampires who resent a human being “kindred.” She’s forced to disguise herself as a vampire groupie to appease them and safeguard her life. When she’s abruptly given to Cole, the leader of the werewolf pack, to satisfy a gambling debt, she discovers the blood running through her veins has a far greater impact on her destiny than she ever imagined.
Print and ebook copies are available at Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk. (other retailers coming soon.)
Buy links are available from my blog (The top stickied Amazon contest post.)
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