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I’m a writer, not a marketing guru, so I feel like I’m constantly scrambling to figure out how to use all of the tools at my disposal. Today is the day my book giveaway should be starting on Goodreads, and I honestly have no idea how it will turn out. In my research, I found mostly contradictory “facts” about how to have a successful campaign. So, I chose the suggestions that worked best with my current situation, which are as follows:

  • Keeping my giveaway short. It’ll only last for one week. But by doing this, I should come up on Goodreads lists as both a giveaway ending soon and a new giveaway. Hopefully, this will bring me more exposure.
  • Giving away one copy of my book. Some authors gave up to fifty copies away, but most later decided to only give away one or two copies, saying the results were close to the same. And as a new writer trying to limit my expenses, I thought testing this marketing strategy with just one book was the smartest way to go.
  • Including an autographed copy. A lot of authors said this encouraged people to enter the giveaway. No idea if this will matter, but I thought it was worth a shot.

I plan to update all of you on the results of my giveaway, so you can benefit from either my success or my failure. If you’re interested in entering the giveaway, you can find it here: https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway

Ladies and Germs, I Present…LYNN RUSH! @lynnrush #VioletDawn #VioletMidnight #YA #Paranormal

Wicked *stopping by the lovely gardens at Dreamer’s place*: Morning, Dreamer. How’s Angel Boy?

Dreamer *pats the already neat soil around another colorful flower*: Good, keeping me busy.  *Rises to her feet and leans against her pale blue picket fence*  So, what has you out during daylight hours? I didn’t hear anything about the Prankster Duo letting Eerie’s Zombie herd out for a run.

Wicked: Actually, I’m expecting company. As a matter of fact, she should be here.

Dreamer *gazing down the beaten Swamp path*: Does she happen to fly?

Wicked *puzzled*: Um, not that I’m aware of, why?

Dreamer *slightly alarmed look on her face*: Because unless your guest has grown a pair of wings, something or someone is heading in at a very unsafe speed.

Snarky *dashing out of her cabin, curling her “formal” whip*: So, is she here yet?

Wicked *turning to watch a racing blur on two wheels skid to a stop and spray up some dirt*: I’d say, yes.  

*Ooohhss and Awwwss commence and the Swamp inhabitants shuffle, slither and limp their way over to meet our latest guest*

Wicked *huge grin*  May I present the wonderfully awesome, up and coming Young Adult Paranormal author and all around great person…Lynn Rush!

As children we tend to have an idea of what we want to be by the time we’re ten.  Before you decided to pursue the artistic dream of being a writer, what did you want to be and why?

I wanted to be a psychiatrist and eventually an FBI profiler. Remember Jodie Foster’s character in Silence of the Lambs? I sooo wanted to be her!!!

Mine was a judge, so think of this…your cases could have sat before my bench. Oh, think of the fun that would be!

If you turned your laptop/computer/pen/typewriter (yes, some of still use these!) over to your character(s), how would they describe you?

Some of them would call me a crazy-insane speed junky (I used to be a speed skater and mountain biker). Some might called me a space cadet because when I start writing, I kind of lose track of what’s going on around me. But all of them would describe me as driven. I’m pretty persistent when I have my eyes set on a goal.

Hey Lynn, maybe we should check out the Bondurant Driving School Track sometime?  I hear they let you break the rules on speed!

Many writers have that first novel which will never see the light of day. Out of curiosity, do you have one stashed somewhere?  Inquiring minds want to know: what was your first attempt at writing and how old were you?

Oh yes. I sure do! It’s called Light of Truth. It was my very first novel ever written. So, it was back in 2008—I won’t say my age (LOL)—and I didn’t even know what point of view meant! My sweet mother-in-law, Lynn, was the first to read that. Despite how horribly it was written, she found some things to encourage me with and that sparked everything! She’s the reason I give a portion of my proceeds to cancer research and treatment. She died of cancer October 2011, one month after the release of my very first novel (Wasteland).

What’s some of the funniest/sweetest/strangest things you’ve heard from your readers?

Getting emails from readers just makes my day. I try to answer every email, tweet, or message I receive because the readers are what it’s all about for me. I love interacting with them. I’ve gotten little messages from how they have book boyfriend crushes on David, my 400-year-old half-demon, to emails about how thankful they were for the New Adult category. That made me really smile because starting in a new category is always difficult. You’re just not sure how people are going to react, but so far, it’s really going well. New Adult isn’t as sweet as YA but it’s not so steamy as Adult. And when a mother wrote a note stating that when she saw New Adult, she felt safe letting her kids read it (16+).

Now it’s time for the best part–our bullet questions. Ready? Set.  GO!

Blades, guns, fists or feet?

Fists

Favorite Fairy Tale of all time?

Cinderella

Three titles and their authors sitting on your nightstand/bookcase/table/floor waiting to be read?

Jeaniene Frost: At Grave’s End, Destined for an Early Grave and This Side of the Grave. I’m digging that Night Huntress series!!

Greatest one liner of all time?

No soup for you!

Sarcastic witticism, Southern sweetness or Geeky disdain?

Sarcastic witticism

Strangest item currently taking up space in your writing cave?

Wad of gum on a coaster. I tend to chomp a bunch of gum while typing…was too lazy to get up and throw it away.

Favorite supernatural creature?

Demons

Now for the most exciting part of all.  Lynn’s latest title, VIOLET DAWN is here!

Violet Dawn (Violet Night Trilogy, #2)—Release Date April 1st, 2013

Violet Dawn 

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17160459-violet-dawn

In the darkest place, the Light shines brightest.

Emma’s love saved Jake from life as a vampire. But their happily ever after is threatened by a savage Vamp seeking retribution for destroying the Avenos Trinity of Evil.

A mysterious stranger enters the mix, coinciding with the first Vamp attack in months. Emma’s new friendship, and the suspicion and deceit surrounding it, further drives a wedge between her and Jake.

To complicate things, Emma is bitten by a Vamp with abilities no one has ever seen before, and that bite has left its mark.

A mark that might tear Jake and Emma apart forever…

“Fast-paced, action-packed, Violet Dawn is basically everything you’d want from a vampire hunter novel and then some. Emma has kick-ass written all over her.” ~Kate Evangelista, author of Taste

“Rush knocked this sequel out of the park.” ~Carrie Butler, author of Strength

If that’s not enough, check out Lynn’s other titles as well:

Violet Midnight

Violet Midnight (Violet Night, #1) Released October 2012

Amazon E-book         Amazon Paper       Barnes and Noble       Goodreads        All Romance E-Book     Book Trailer

Tainted

Tainted (Wasteland, #3) Released January, 2013

Amazon                       Goodreads                   Book Trailer by Rachel Firasek

Awaited

Awaited (Wasteland, #2) –Released May 2012

Amazon Print        Amazon Kindle          Barnes & Noble        All Romance E-Book          Kobo            Goodreads    

BooksAMillion (BAM)    Book Depository     Book Trailer

Wasteland

Wasteland (Wasteland, #1) Released September 2011

Amazon       Barnes and Noble       Goodreads      All Romance E-Book      Kobo        BooksAMillion (BAM)      Book Depository

Book Trailer

Salvation comes with a price…

Bound by the blood contract his human mother signed four centuries ago, half-demon, David Sadler, must obey his demonic Master’s order to capture fifteen-year-old Jessica Hanks. But as he learns more about her, he realizes she may be the key to freedom from his demonic enslavement.

The only obstacle—Jessica’s distractingly beautiful Guardian, Rebeka Abbott. He must not give in to their steamy chemistry, or he will lose his humanity. But fresh off a quarter millennia of sensory deprivation as punishment for not retrieving his last target, he may not be able to resist temptation long enough to save what’s left of his human soul.

“A pulse-pounding adrenaline surge brimming with poetic pyrotechnics, Rush’s story caresses your heart. Wasteland is a game-changer in the ho-hum angel/demon world. Beautifully written prose, strong characters and a compelling plot will keep readers hooked until the last page.”  –Romantic Times

***A portion of all proceeds benefits cancer research and awareness***

About Lynn…

Driven to write, Lynn Rush often sees her characters by closing her eyes watching their story unfold in her mind. Lynn Rush is a pen name that is a combination of two sources – Lynn, the first name of her mother-in-law, who passed away and Rush – since the author is a former inline speed skater and mountain biker. All of Rush’s books are dedicated to Lynn, her namesake, and a portion of the proceeds benefits cancer research and awareness.

Rush holds a degree in psychology from Southwest Minnesota State University and a master’s degree from the University of Iowa. Originally from Minneapolis, Rush currently enjoys living in the Arizona sunshine by road biking nearly 100 miles per week with her husband of 16 years and jogging with her two loveable Shetland Sheep dogs.

Connect with Lynn online

Catch the Rush™: www.LynnRush.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/LynnRushWrites

Twitter: www.twitter.com/LynnRush

Pinteresthttp://pinterest.com/lynnrushwrites/

Newsletterhttp://eepurl.com/f55fL

GIVE IT UP FOR BONNIE HEARN HILL AND CHRISTOPHER ALLEN POE…

Welcome back, my fearless readers! Today I’m thrilled to introduce Bonnie Hearn Hill and Christopher Allen Poe. Two extremely talented authors who have some vitally important advice to share on the one aspect most writers dread facing…editing.  Don’t mind the shuffling corpses wandering outside, I’ve made sure to have the shack sprayed by our local Zombie Pest Control service to keep them under control.  I think Dreamer Dwarf brought some lovely pasteries, and Eerie’s supplied the beverages.  Have a seat and give an enthusastic welcome to Bonnie and Chris! Don’t forget to pipe up at the end for your chance at winning DIGITAL INK!

THE EDITING GENIE

Bonnie Hearn Hill & Christopher Allan Poe

BHH: Thanks for hanging out with us today, Jami. We appreciate it. As a fiction writer yourself, I’m sure you’ll agree that one of the most difficult jobs for a writer is being your own editor. We all need an editing genie, but before our manuscripts even make it to our publishers, they have to be clean.

CAP: That means you need to be your own editing genie. We’ve each picked a few of our favorite tips from DIGITAL INK to discuss today. Here’s a basic one. Know the difference between your and you’re. Their, there, and they’re. To, two, and too. If you don’t know the difference, look it up. The Internet is for more than just online stalking and porn.

BHH: Obviously, most authors know the difference. That’s why they’re called typos, but that doesn’t matter to the reader. They’ll forgive your first mistake, maybe even your second.

CAP: Soon, though, you’ll start to sound like a black-toothed hillbilly, spinning tales of pig grease.

BHH: I think I hear a banjo in the distance, Chris.

CAP: That’s right, you do. And the reader will too.

WICKED: Actually I think that’s the Swamp Thing’s cousin…or maybe the Prankster Duo is practicing, either way, I get it!

CAP: The easiest way to spot these errors immediately on the page is to learn to interpret you’re as you are while reading. They’re as they are. Too should be read as well. You’d be surprised how easy it is to retrain your brain, and this alone will knock out 90 percent of the minor typos.

BHH: Absolutely, and did you know that 57 percent of statistics are made up on the spot?

CAP: I did not know that. Thank you.

BHH: Here’s one that I see in my own work as well as my clients’ work. Words and phrases that belong in The Old Words Home.

CAP: You mean words and phrases like commenced, ace in the hole, forthwith, bump in the night, toiled—

BHH: Exactly. Commenced was fine when Saroyan used it, but there are less clunky ways to get your point across now. Check your manuscript. Ask yourself if the language is fresh. If you spot a tired word or phrase, send it to the Old Words Home. Don’t worry. They’ll have nurses and shuffleboard, and you won’t have to deal with those words in your writing.

CAP: That’s not the same as The Word Spa. I actually have a file for that on my computer, and I know you do. That’s where you send your wonderful scenes and speeches that really don’t belong where you put them. They may not even belong in the book you are writing, but they are wonderful enough that you know you can use them one day. Send them to the Word Spa. They’ll get massages and pedicures and be perfect as ever when you’re ready for them.

WICKED:  Hmmm…a day at the spa…maybe I need to become one of those words…think of the pampering…

BHH: When editing, don’t forget to always focus on to-be verbs as well. Is, was, were. Usually, when you see these gems in your manuscript, you’ve probably created a weak sentence construction, which forces you to use a dreaded ING verb. For example:

Jenna was trying to behave.

Now look at the alternative.

Jenna tried to behave.

CAP: See the difference. Fewer words, more flavor. Problem solved.

BHH: Each time you see the dreaded was word, ask yourself if you can replace it with a power verb. I think this brings us to our overall point. I was an editor for many years, and even the best of us miss typos sometimes. So how can you be expected to catch everything and be objective when you wrote the manuscript?

CAP: We’re not saying that it’s easy, but it’s necessary. If you self-publish, and most modern writers probably will at some point, you have the added burden of dozens of jobs that publishers used to take care of. Hell, even if you land a deal with one of the big six publishers, you’ll soon learn that they’re not tolerant of sloppy work. Neither are agents. You have to learn to edit yourself. Plain and simple.

BHH: That still doesn’t cover one of the biggest problems authors face. Mental fatigue. It occurs when we’ve read certain passages in our work too many times, and our brains start filling in ghost words and punctuation that isn’t there.

CAP: Or when our minds cover up garbage that is there, and we read it differently than it actually appears on the page.

BHH: Here are some old tricks, and some new ones, that we use to keep a fresh eye. Hands down, the best ways to catch typos is to read out loud because it forces you to use different parts of your brain. Not only will you see more errors, but troublesome sentences become obvious when you speak them.

CAP: Another excellent way to catch typos is to print your book out and read from that. Or if you have an e-reader, convert your Word document and do a sweep on your Kindle or Nook. That will also change the way the type appears in front of you and force you to see things differently.

BHH: That way, your reader can focus on your killer story, instead of the errors in your punctuation. One of my students tells me she actually has the creepy Kindle robot voice read her story back to her. She says that makes it easy to pick out the awful stuff.

What about you? Tell us your favorite editing tips, and that will enter you into a drawing for a copy of DIGITAL INK.

WICKED:  Huge thanks to Bonnie and Chris for this post! I know many *cough—Eerie* will benefit from this advice.  Remember—‘Let’s eat Grandpa’ and ‘Let’s eat, Grandpa’ have two very different results!

    Bonnie Hearn Hill is the author of six thrillers and four young adult books as well a nonfiction title. www.bonniehhill.com.

Christopher Allan Poe, a Los Angeles-based touring musician, is the author of THE PORTAL, a paranormal thriller, and co-author, with Bonnie, of DIGITAL INK: WRITING KILLER FICTION IN THE E-BOOK AGE. www.christopherallanpoe.com. Their website is www.digitalinkbooks.com, and they welcome questions from readers.

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