Blizzard Sale!

You’ve seen them on Facebook all week; memes about the upcoming snow storm. They tell you to buy anywhere from 1 bottle to 15 cases of wine, based on where you live in the blizzard’s path. Or how many books to buy. Or whether your okay, in trouble, or totally screwed…

Well…

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Yeah, that’s me. In the darkest, reddest, snowiest part.

So, time to celebrate! In honor of my predicament, my book Snow Bound is FREE, using the coupon code: WK67M

And my paranormal romance, Carved in Cherry, is on sale for only 99 cents!

Happy reading! If you enjoy them, please feel free to use the below images and spread the word! And to anyone else in this with me, stay warm and safe!

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Looking for a Free Copy of More than Magic…

…on Google?

If you are reading this because you Googled for something along the lines of Semester Aboard epub pdf download torrent or anything like that, please take a moment to keep reading.

I’m flattered that you’re interested in my work and want to read it. If you honestly can’t afford $3.99 for my book, keep an eye on my blog and Facebook. I do contests for free books all the time. Sometimes I even drop the official price to free!

If you can afford to buy it, please keep reading. Semester Aboard took me the better part of three years to write. Snow Bound took two. Not including the chapters and plots that lay half-started for even more years. I spend hours each day promoting and interacting with fans. Each book is over 300 pages and 130k words. Isn’t that worth $3.99? I’ve seen ebooks half that length selling for twice as much. I once spent $8.99 on a book that turned out to be 40k words. I was finished in half an hour and felt horribly ripped off. If nothing else, you can’t tell me that mine is overpriced.

I’m not J.K. Rowling. When my royalty check is missing a zero, I notice. And let’s face it, I’ve never been lucky enough to have one with two zeros on it. I work a day job and write on my lunch breaks. I have bills and student loans and drive a busted Subaru with over 206000 miles on it. I get excited when I have $3.99 to treat myself to a Gingerbread Latte.

Here’s some heartfelt honesty for you. I earn between 50 cents and a $1.50 per book that I sell. In a good month I get a check from my publisher for $25. Yes, you read that right, $25. One month I got a whopping $3. That’s less than I even sell my book for. What if you leave this page and find a free, illegal copy? What will I earn this month? $20? $15? Maybe just $2.

Now, I’m not writing for the money. I’m writing because I love to. Sometimes friends ask me what site they should buy from so that I get a bigger cut. You know what I tell them? I say, it doesn’t matter. I tell them that as long as they leave a review or reccomend my book to others, I’ll be happy.

If you’ve gotten this far and are still determined to find an unauthorized free copy of my book, would you consider doing me a favor? Leave me a Goodreads review. If you illegally obtain my book and you enjoy it, please, at least review it so that people who are willing to buy it see that people are enjoying it. I think we can both agree you owe me that much.

Would you like to know what I do with the money I do earn? I buy swag. I turn around every month and buy bookmarks and stamps to mail them with. And I have contests and send them to readers. Everytime someone downloads an illegal copy and cuts into my profits, I order less swag and less people get fun stuff. You aren’t cutting into how I pay the bills or how I buy groceries; I don’t make enough from my book sales for that to matter.

I’ll confess, I used to download things too. Once I even REALLY wanted to read the sequal of a book. And I downloaded it. But, I went out and bought it as soon as I had the money. And I deleted the file. But it wasn’t until I started moving in the indie author circles that I started to see how much it hurt the little people. I laugh at the South Park Episode where the celebrity can’t have a solid gold airplane and has to settle for gold plated because people pirated his album. But that isn’t so for the smaller authors. (To be fair, it’s not right regardless) but the smaller authors are the ones it really hurts. Stephan King might not notice when $500 is missing from his royalty check because of piracy. I have yet to even make $500 off my writing in the first place.

Are you still waiting for the rest of Midnight Sun? You do realize that she stopped writing it because it was pirated, right? If people hadn’t been illegally downloading it, she would have finished and published it by now. And then you’d have Midnight Sun sitting happily on your bookshelf. How many more authors have to get fed up and stop writing before it stops?

Want to know why you’re having trouble finding an illegal copy? Why this is what popped up first? Because I’m a nobody. I’m not big enough for people to bother pirating my book. So, help me out here. Skip the Gingerbread Latte this week and buy my book instead. Help me buy a couple of stamps to send bookmarks to fans like you.

If you truly enjoy reading, please help me to see that I have fans. Inspire me to keep writing, don’t give me a reason to stop.

Edit: October 2015 – Once again, I can see that someone found my blog by searching for “elizabeth kirke soul choice PDF” a book that has been out for less than 6 months and, again, is only $3.99. But this time it hurts so much more. You see, I still hardly make anything from my books, but now I have a son. An 8 week old son. Go read the Soul Choice dedication and see why people stealing this book hurts me more than it ever did before. There is less than one month before my maternity leave ends. And book pirates might be the reason I have to say goodbye to him every morning and leave him at some daycare before work, instead of holding him in my arms all day and writing. Are you sure illegally downloading books doesn’t hurt anyone?

Author Interview – Kymberlee Burks Miller

I’m excited today to give you an interview with the author of Compulsion, Kymberlee Burks-Miller! 

She has kindly offered a free copy of Compulsion to the first response to this post!  Please comment with a question for the fantastic Kymberlee to win!

Kymberlee, please tell us a little about yourself and the novels you’ve had published.

Well my name is Kymberlee Burks-Miller, but those close to me call me bunny.  I’m a self-confessed shopaholic, and hermit.  I have been known to talk to myself…alot!  I’m pretty straight forward, whatcha see is whatcha get.  My 1st YA Paranormal Romance novel, Compulsion is published.  Compulsion is a new twist on a story as old as time.  Girl meets Boy.  Girl falls in love.  She finds out she’s a witch, and he’s a vampire and they live happily ever…wait!  Nope it’s an original story:)  Compulsion takes you on a journey of self discovery, and a supernatural adventure.  From page one, you jump into the action.  If you love YA, if you can’t get enough of the supernatural, and if you need another hot book crush then Compulsion is for you.

What genre do you prefer to write? Why?

I write alot of paranormal.  I think it’s because I have been obsessed with the things that go bump in the night since I was a little girl. I was sure that there really was a monster in my closet, and I wanted to meet him. The thrill of the unknown.

Complete this sentence:  Nobody knows this about me, but I really love to ____dance in my kitchen when no one is watching me______.

Do you have any writing rituals? Self-imposed rules?

I don’t know if I would call them rules…but I have to have coffee, and lots of it! I wear my fuzzy socks, jammies.  My Ipod is a must.  And I go to the seclusion of my batcave.*

* To learn more about Kymberlee’s batcave, tune in to Spellbound Radio and listen to the broadcast from 01/04/12!  Be sure to like their fantastic page too!

Regarding writing, what one piece of advice do you consider most valuable?

I was told when I was younger, that if I REALLY wanted something then I needed to fight for it.  That is so true.  Today, there are so many amazing new authors that you really do have to fight to get your work into the right hands.

What do you believe to be the high points of being a published author? What about the low points, if any?

The high point is being able to talk to all of the fans!  I love hearing all of the comments.  I love the fact that via social media, I can answer their questions instantly.  As for a low point, I really haven’t had one:)

What are you working on currently?

At the moment, I am working on Conversion; the follow up to CompulsionEnchantment, a completely different series, and my childrens’ series Ravenwood.

What is your favorite quote (any topic)?
 

A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world. ~Oscar Wilde

You’re on a desert island, which three books (other than your own) would you have with you to read and re-read until you, hopefully, are rescued?

My antique complete works of William Shakespeare, The Vampire Academy (book 1), and a how to book~How to get yourself off of a desert island for Dummies. 🙂

Thank you so much Kymberlee!

Compulsion is available from Smashwords for only $2.99!  And don’t forget that there’s a chance to win a free copy here!

To learn more about Compulsion and to keep an eye on Kymberlee and her other projects, stop by her Facebook pages for Compulsion and her Author Page.

And email her at kymberleeburksmiller AT yahoo DOT com!

Contest Winners and November

Well, the contest was over and the winners have (or should have!) gotten their free digital copies of Semester Aboard!

Another big congrats to the Paranormal Reads FB group, Ashley O, Marian L, Heather G, Yvonne L. Tracie B, Chelsea R, Morgan L, and Kymberlee B!  I hope you all enjoy my book!


November is looking like it’s going to be a big month for Semester Aboard.  Any day now there will be a feature run on Pinky’s Pub!  Annette of Gothic Mom’s Book Reviews just posted a review yesterday, which can be found here.  I’m also thrilled to say that I’ve been adopted for Adopt an Indie Month!  My wonderful new ‘mommy’ Sher has already posted a little teaser for me on her blog: Sher A Hart.  She’ll also be interviewing me fairly soon and posting that as well.  But wait, there’s more!  I’m going to be doing a guest post on the 21st on Intoxicated by Books


And, last but not least, Semester Aboard hit 100 downloads on Smashwords this month!  A lot of those are the free sample 10%, but I’m still pretty stoked to see the triple digits!  The daily page views have also be steadily climbing. 

Final Contest Day!

Ok today is the last day to enter the contest!  I’ll be drawing names tomorrow, based on how many people entered the contest!  At the moment I’ll be giving away eight free digital copies of Semester Aboard!

For those of you who don’t know the drill, there are several ways to get entries, the easiest are to follow this blog, to like my facebook page and to add Semester Aboard on Goodreads.  And, if you refer anyone to my facebook page, you’ll get an entry if they let me know who sent them!

Then, you’ve got a chance to really rack up the entries; for the past 8 days I’ve been posting trivia relating to Dani, one of the main characters of Semester Aboard.  Every time to comment or ask a question (a good one!) relating to the trivia or SA in general, you get an entry!  You also get a chance to learn a bit more about the characters before you get a chance to dive in!  Even though this is day 9, you can still comment on all of the previous trivia!

Tomorrow, probably around 7:30 EST, I’ll be drawing and announcing the winners!  You’ve still got plenty of time to enter!

On to the trivia:

As the book progresess our narrator Jen (and the reader!) learn that Dani has a few shadows in his past.  Jen manages to delve into some of them, but the observant reader might be able to spot hints and clues that Jen misses.  It is entierly possible to figure out quite a bit of Dani’s past – you just have to keep your eyes open!

Disclaimer: This trivia will be tricky to question, as I’ll probably be maddeningly unhelpful.  That said, you can get plenty of entries just by commenting on other SA related things.  Don’t forget, you can read the first chapter on Facebook in my notes section and you can also read the first 3 (and a half I think) on both Amazon and Smashwords!

Good luck tomorrow! 

Trivia Day 5 and 6 (oops!)

I knew I forgot something yesterday!  Here’s today, and yesterday’s trivia for the contest!  I’m pretty stoked,  I’ve got a total of 101 entries!  Some of you have gathered a bunch!  It looks like I’ll be giving away at least 8 copies!

So, here’s yesterday’s trivia about Dani!

In addition to sports, Dani is a big music guy. He can play the piano and the guitar, and, naturally, he’s a great singer. He’ll listen to just about any music, although he isn’t a huge fan of rap. But, he thinks that pirate hip-hop might just be the internet’s greatest contribution to society.
And today is a little different than previous ones!  This time, you ask me something you want to know! It can be about Dani, or (if you’ve read chapter 1, available in my notes on Facebook) it can be about any of the other characters/Semester Aboard in general!

You’ll get an entry into the contest for every good question you ask! Remember, we’re drawing to a close! The contest ends the 9th and I’ll announce the winners on the 10th! The more people who enter, the more winners of a copy of Semester Aboard there will be! Be sure to read my earlier updates for more ways to enter!

Dani Trivia and Contest Day #1

Ok! First day of trivia! Basic summary, I’m celebrating Dani’s birthday by posting trivia about him not found in the book, Semester Aboard! I’m also offering entries to a contest, the winner(s) will get a free copy of the book! Please see below for the full contest details. Essentially, if you comment (with thought-out comments) to the trivia with Semester Aboard related comments/questions/etc, then you’ll get an entry!

Today’s Dani Tidbit – Dani hates shoes. He goes barefoot as often as possible. If he really, really has to put on shoes, he opts for sandals 9 times out of 10. He’s pretty sure that going barefoot is against the office dress code, but so far nobody has said anything to him. Which, by Dani-logic, means that he’s free to ditch the shoes until someone catches him.
  Full Contest Details:
Dani’s birthday is November 10th!  Who is Dani?  He’s a character in my novel, More than Magic: Semester Aboard.  To celebrate his birthday (and three full months of being published!)  I’m holding a contest!  The prize, and there will be multiple winners, is a free copy of Semester Aboard
 There are a bunch of different ways to get entries!  
1. Like my facebook page: More than Magic: Semester Aboard 
2.  Refer people!  You get an entry (and so do they!) every time someone likes the page and says you sent them!
3. Same as above, but with my blog!  Every follower gets an entry, and you get entries for everyone who says to sent them.
4. Shout-outs!  If you shout-out my page on FB, you get an entry!  I don’t spam though, so you only get 1 entry per day for shout-outs!
5. Add Semester Aboard to your Goodreads shelf!
6.  Trivia comments!  Every day until the 9th I’m going to post some trivia about Dani that isn’t found in the book.  There won’t be spoilers, but I hope some of it will intrigue you!  If you leave a comment (or a question, or even start a discussion!) after I post the trivia, then you’ll get an entry!  The comment has to be either related to the trivia itself or Semester Aboard in general.  You can also read the first chapter here if you need more comment-fodder.  All I ask is that the comments are reasonably thought out.  Not just a simple “That’s funny!”  I am putting a lot of time into this contest!  
Now, not only can you get 9 entries if you comment every day, you can comment here AND on facebook for a total of 18 entries!  Plus, if I happen to really like your comment or something, you might earn even more!
Last, but not least, I’m giving away one copy for every five people who enter!  Good luck!  The drawing will be on the 10th!

A collection of ramblings…

First up: life.  I just got one eye corrected with laser eye surgery and am currently half blind. It’s exciting to be able to see the clock from across the room, but my bad eye is so bad I can’t see the computer, and my good eye is still healing, so I can’t see the computer.  It sort of makes promoting a book, maintaining a blog, and even simply checking my email a chore.  There’s a contact lens “bandage” in it right now, which should be taken out later today if all is going well.  That said, I am so excited to be able to see soon.  I’ve had glasses for probably 20 years and am really looking forward to the freedom.

Next up: something I think is of great interest to fellow indie authors.  BookChart  It’s a page that tracks iBook sales on iTunes!  Thanks to this little gem I discovered that Semester Aboard hit number 44 on the iTunes.uk Top 100 Fantasy book list.  It isn’t based solely on sales, but it still blew me away.  I can’t wait for iTunes to report to Smashwords so I can see what it means!  If you have a book on iTunes, be sure to check it out!

In other Semester Aboard news, it seems to be doing well.  My sales rank from B&N moves up and down, which leads me to assume some are selling.  I’ve gotten several fantastic reviews and the sweetest fanmail ever.  She said that I’ve inspired her to try and publish a book she’s working on.  That pretty much made my life.  I mean, wow, what a compliment!

I had a dream last night that may have inspired a novella.  I might blame my medicated eyedrops.  That said, you know how once a plot-bug bites, it’s hard to get rid of.  I have the sequel to Semester Aboard half plotted.  I’m still working out some events and things.  I have a few old chapters written that need some heavy editing, but I should get to that soon.  In addition to that, I have another novel I started ages ago that is begging to be picked back up.  As soon as my eyes are functional, I hope to do a lot of writing!

And last, since I do enjoy reading and writing, I’d like to return to review favor and review some books on my blog!  Any takers?

Also, a special day in the Semester Aboard universe is coming up soon.  There just might be a chance to get it for free!  Keep your eyes peeled!

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