Smart Author Podcast Launches with Four Episodes…

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The Smart Author Podcast kicked off today with the release of the first four episodes! 

Hosted by yours truly, The Smart Author Podcast guides writers step-by-step from the very basics of ebook publishing to more advanced topics.

Think of it as a free masterclass in ebook publishing best practices.

If you’ve never had the opportunity to attend one of my recent classes at a writer’s conference, now’s your chance to do it from the comfort of your own home, car or wherever you enjoy listing to podcasts.

Over at the podcast hub page at Smashwords, I share the story behind the podcast.  I was also interviewed today on Tim Knox’s show talking about the podcast and other topics which you view over at YouTube.

I created the podcast to cut through the clutter and make ebook publishing easy again.

I’ll teach you practical, no-nonsense…

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Facebook in Real life | Fun Post

I was going though my mobile gallery found an image, I don’t know who actually wrote it, but wanted to share it with you guys because it is hilarious AF. 😛

FACEBOOK

I am trying to make friends outside of Facebook while applying the same principles.

Therefore, every day I walk down the street and tell passers-by what I have eaten, How I feel at the moment, what I have done the night before, what I will do later and with whom.

I give them pictures of my family, my dog and of me gardening, taking things apart in the garage, watering the lawn, standing in front of landmarks, driving around town, having lunch and doing what anybody and everybody does every day.

I also listen to their conversations, give them the “thumbs up” and tell them I like them.

And it works just like Facebook! I already have four…

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Spotlight on the Darkness of Virginia Lee Johnson

What a great, fun and interesting interview of my friend Ginnie. She is a remarkable woman who has earned her success and happiness in spades–as well as her irreverence and language. I am proud to call her a friend, a Wicked Warrior Friend. Part of our Broad Squad: intelligent, beautiful, all woman and so damned creative she may just write a book so she can kill you off. ~ MW

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tw vlj Profile Who’s afraid of Virginia Lee Johnson?

Virginia is a mom to two beautiful children and resides in Minnesota. Any spare time is spent watching TV, reading, facebooking and spending time with friends. She’s married to Thai Preyer PA 😉, yet owned by Kyle Perkins as his PA. *these two run my life*
A love for reading and writing is a new concept for Virginia. Before the Twilight rave and a need to know the ending after Eclipse was released in theaters, Virginia preferred to watch the movie or convince a friend to read the book for her. Needing to know the story of a random homeless man that she encountered on a freeway exit ramp, was the only reason she began writing in the first place. Soulless Nights spawned from the unknown story and a dare from her friends.

Virginia has expanded her love for books by planning and…

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Arcane by @ErzabetBishop Released Oct 24, 2017 Series: Curse Workers #3

Arcane
Author: Erzabet Bishop
Released Oct 24, 2017
Series: Curse Workers #3
 
Blurb:
Lies, betrayal, and maybe a battery-operated boyfriend…
She’s done with men. But someone needs to tell her wolf.
When Laurel’s Alpha female is found murdered and her Alpha
turns up missing, the Briarwood Pack is turned upside down. An unwanted blast
from Laurel’s romantic past puts her to the test as the fine line between love
and hate is redefined. If she can keep herself alive. Love can be murder…unless
it saves your life.
 
Nerdy, hunky boys with a knack for the dead need love too…
With his roommate back from the dead and his future as
Montelier College of Witchcraft and Arcane Sciences new necromancer on staff on
hold after his mentor’s murder, James Merryweather finds himself looking for
answers in the one place he never thought to find them. And when a chance encounter
leads him to his heart’s desire, will he have the strength to claim the woman
he loves before she’s ripped from his arms forever?
 
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Excerpt:
 
Prologue
 
The crowded streets of Salem a few weeks before Halloween
 
“Blixana. You shouldn’t be out here. What if someone sees
you?” Esmay, her brownie watchdog tugged at the sleeve of her shirt.
Frustrated and in no mood to listen to the lesser fae, Blix
marched out past the boundaries of the old churchyard and found herself in a
world of mortal enchantment. She’d observed for far too long and tonight she
was going to taste everything. Nothing in Faerie could ever compare to the
bustle and sheer humanity of the sights in front of her.
The streets were chock full of people, mostly on foot. Human
women dressed in a combination of riotous colors and black, some sporting
broomsticks and others giant gourd like creations with faces. Men dressed in
black walked along, their eyes caressing the women next to them, no doubt in
anticipation of what else the night had to offer behind the thrall of closed
doors.
The scent of baking and sugary snacks sent her mouth
watering. And the loud raucous laughter from a place called The Copper Kettle
beckoned her the loudest. What did these humans have that drew so many inside?
Was their ale as good as the Summer Meade in Faery? No doubt it was better.
More earthy.
She ran a hand down the denim fabric she’d seen the humans
wear and a thin top that still let the chill of the October winds dance along
her skin. She would have to return before the Dark Queen found her missing. But
for a little while she could wander in a world where what you saw was very
often what you got. It was not so in Faerie.
“Get back here. Do you want the Fenris to see you?” Esmay
hissed. “He’s the guardian of the Gate. Did you not think he would notice you
slipping through?”
Blix locked her jaw and turned to face the little
tattletale. “Go ahead, Esmay. You tell him. All I wanted was to come across
before it got locked down for Samhain.”
Esmay let go of her and crossed her arms over her chest,
looking up at her with a belligerent expression. “If you go out there, I can’t
protect you from the wolves. Or anything else that comes prowling.”
“You won’t need to,” she scoffed. “Now go. I’ll be back soon
enough. I’ll even bring you back a sweet.”
The greedy brownie’s eyes glittered in the dark as Blixana
stared down at her. Esmay was already caving in; she could read it in her eyes.
The promise of sweets always won, whether it was back home or sneaking a treat
from a trespassing human on a picnic in their churchyard. Her mother served in
the Dark Court, as did Blixana’s and they both knew their way to enjoy a moment
or two without the intrusive eyes of the Court watching. Thus far they’d only
gone through to visit the Gate protected churchyard, but as in everything else,
Blix was given an inch but preferred to take a mile.
“Fine. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. Boundaries for a reason.
Pix addled pixie. Going to get killed. See if I care.” The brownie stomped off,
leaving Blix to her own devices.
Where should she go first? No human money graced her
pockets, but she didn’t need it. A simple turn of the wrist and a light step
made anything she wanted ripe for the taking. Her slippered feet rested on the
concrete sidewalk and she frowned, taking in the footwear of the passersby.
With a wink and a nod, she glamoured the slippers into black
boots, rocking back and forth on the two inch heels, marveling at how they felt
on her feet.
Striding forward, she brushed a strand of hair out of her
face and let herself be absorbed into the crowd. With the costumed folk all
around her, no one would notice her differences, but all the same, she made
sure the pointy tips of her ears were hidden beneath her hair.
She’d gotten half a block when she felt the chill breeze of
Other at her heels. Scuttling forward on the new boots, she scurried deeper
into the fray of partygoers.
What could be trailing her? A nymph perhaps? Or even a
sprite? They both loved the thrill of adventure and chomped at the bit to delve
into the human world.
Or was it a selkie, easy to transform into human form and
then back into the body of a seal? She turned her head upward, letting her
senses run wild but she couldn’t tell in the crush of people.
“Damned brownie. Probably ratted me out already.” She
spotted a tavern up ahead. The Copper Kettle. A smile turning up her lips, she
darted forward, only to be yanked back by a fist in her hair.
“Going somewhere, pixie?”
She collapsed to the ground, two large men standing over
her, the moon shining in their eyes.
Wolves.
A shiver tore through her. She’d heard tell of their
ferociousness but had never seen them before. But still not as deadly as a
sidhe warrior could be. How could they be? Mayhap she could outrun them and
make it back to her churchyard. She scrambled up, only making it a few feet in
an alley right next to the pub before they downed her a second time. A well
placed boot had her sprawling out amidst the damp grass and discarded beer cans
and cups.
“What…what do you want?”
“You broke the treaty. Fae don’t belong here.”
She blinked, her mouth gaping open like a fish. That was
supposed to be an old wives tale. No one but Fenris guarded the Gate.
“Please. Let me go.”
“I don’t think so, little fae.” The larger of the two knelt
down, his teeth much too sharp in his mouth.
Then he smiled. Blix started to scream, lashing the wolves
with a dose of pixie dust, the only curse she knew thrown in for good measure.
Fang and claw were the only truths she knew as they tore at her flesh.
“Get off me!” She doused them with an inconsequential burst
of pixie dust to no avail.
Battered and bruised, she fought and struggled to remember
the vibrant colors of Faery, instead of pain and the greasy beer smell of the
mortal plane. Esmay was right. She had been a fool, but she was not yet without
a parting gift for her attackers. One more spell. One more burst of power from
the deepest parts of her. The only spell she’d ever read from her grandmother’s
book of the arcane.
As she slipped from the world, sight leaving her eyes, she
smiled as the gleam of crimson found its way into the eyes of the now cursed
wolves and surrendered freely to the welcoming darkness.
 
 
 
About the author:
 
Erzabet Bishop is a USA Today bestselling author who loves
to write naughty stories. She is the author of Lipstick, Crave, Malediction,
Map of Bones, Sanguine Shadows,  Arcane ,The
Science of Lust, Wicked for You, Heart’s Protector, Burning for You, Taming the
Beast, Mistletoe Kisses, Burning Midnight (Cimmerian Shade), Surrender, Torment
(upcoming), Hedging Her Bets, Cat’s Got Her Tongue (upcoming), Waking Up Wolf,
Arcane Imaginarium: Spirit Board, Holidays in Hell, Mallory’s Mark, The Devil’s
Due (upcoming), Charity Benshaw’s Enchanted Paddle Emporium (upcoming), Baked
with Sass (upcoming), Club Beam, Pomegranate, A Red Dress for Christmas, The
Black Magic Café, Sweet Seductions, The Erotic Pagans Series: Beltane Fires,
Samhain Shadows and Yuletide Temptation along with being a contributor to many
anthologies. She lives in Texas with her husband, furry children and can often
be found lurking in local bookstores. She loves to bake, make naughty crochet
projects and watch monster movies.
 
Follow her on Twitter @erzabetbishop.
 
Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/erzabet.bishop

 
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Welcome to the Tease Me Spotlight and Giveaway! This giveaway runs from 8/29 to 9/5! Below are some wonderful teasers from some of our favorite authors! Check them out. To enter the giveaway all you have to do is share them! There are links to their work below the teasers as well in case you…

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Pretty Reckless by Jane Anthony @JAnthonyAuthor ~ Released Today: His addiction. Her salvation. #ASMSG #NewRelease #99c @SexyMuffyWilson

Pretty Reckless
by
Jane Anthony
@JAnthonyAuthor

His addiction. Her salvation.

 
Blurb:
 
Addiction:
the fact or condition of being addicted to a particular substance, thing, or
activity.
Love: feel a deep romantic or sexual attachment to (someone)Amazing how two words with vastly different definitions can have the same
adverse effect on the spirit. I may be an addict, but I’m no longer foolhardy
enough to be addicted to one man. No, this girl finds her comfort in thirst
quenching liquid — it dulls the pain caused by tainted love.

True love may exist, but not for me.

Reckless: without thinking or caring about the consequences of an action

The guy I used to be is a distant memory. I left him in the past, vowing never
to be that man again. But never say never, right? This time, I became him out
of need. Need for her. She only let me in assuming I enjoyed being on the
outside, at arm’s length. But the more I fight the desire brewing in my veins,
the harder she is to resist.

Wrong for each other, but carved from the same stone.

He is my rock.

She is my air.

But rocks shatter, and if you get high enough, air becomes unbreathable.

No matter how good it might seem, getting wrapped up in each other is pretty
reckless.

His addiction. Her salvation.
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Giveaway:
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*Please make sure all comments are left on the
ORIGINAL POST. Open internationally. THREE lucky winners will be chosen on
August 26th. Facebook is not responsible for this giveaway. This is all Jane.
Good luck!

 



 Jane Anthony is a romance author, fist pumping Jersey-girl, and hard rock enthusiast. She resides in the ‘burbs of New Jersey with her husband and children. A lover of Halloween, vintage cars, & coffee, she’s also an encyclopedia of useless 80’s knowledge and trivia. When not writing, she’s an avid reader, concert goer, and party planner extraordinaire.



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Muffy was born in Texas to traditional parents. With two older brothers, she was the youngest, the family “princess,” indulged and pampered. Her father was a career Colonel and pilot in the U.S. Air Force which required the family to travel extensively. Muffy spent her formative years in Europe and ‘came of age’ in France which forged her joie de vivre and love for books and writing. Married and living in the tropical paradise of SW Florida along the Gulf Coast, Muffy writes and enjoys life in the sun with her husband and wee Havanese pup, Buddy. 


Join Muffy’s mailing list to get the scoop on her new releases and special promotions at http://www.MuffyWilson.com  Follow her on Facebook at facebook.com/muffy.wilson.1 or facebook.com/MuffyWilsoncom and on Twitter at @SexyMuffyWilson. Muffy also blogs daily here: http://muffywilson.blogspot.com ~ Contact Muffy at Muffy@MuffyWilson.com.                                                                                                           ~ Live, Laugh, Love with Passion


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Southwest Florida Romance Writers Writing Contest ~ You Must Enter to WIN #SWFLW #Contest

My SWFLW Chapter of RWA is having a writing contest.
I entered a piece, why not check it out?
Southwest Florida Romance Writers
 
27th Annual Writing Contest
 The Joyce Henderson Contest 2017

 

How cool is that?!
 
 
We’re still accepting entries. Lots of editor/agent requests
from the last contest, and almost as many contracts plus the cash prizes and
receiving your award at the conference. Well worth entering!
 
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Muffy was born in Texas to traditional parents. With two older brothers, she was the youngest, the family “princess,” indulged and pampered. Her father was a career Colonel and pilot in the U.S. Air Force which required the family to travel extensively. Muffy spent her formative years in Europe and ‘came of age’ in France which forged her joie de vivre and love for books and writing. Married and living in the tropical paradise of SW Florida along the Gulf Coast, Muffy writes and enjoys life in the sun with her husband and wee Havanese pup, Buddy. 


Join Muffy’s mailing list to get the scoop on her new releases and special promotions at http://www.MuffyWilson.com  Follow her on Facebook at facebook.com/muffy.wilson.1 or facebook.com/MuffyWilsoncom and on Twitter at @SexyMuffyWilson. Muffy also blogs daily here: http://muffywilson.blogspot.com ~ Contact Muffy at Muffy@MuffyWilson.com.                                                                                                           ~ Live, Laugh, Love with Passion


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~~ BOXED SET CORNER ~~
 
Pre-Order on Amazon

$6.95 for 4 Books!

Amazon

 

$2.99 or #Free on KU

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Prowlers & Growlers

ORDER ***NOW***

99c

 
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Steamy & Dreamy

 

A Collection of Sizzling Romance, Fairytales, and more!
99c
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#FREE on KindleUnlimited

Rocked! In Vegas

 

Rockstar Romance Limited Edition Collection
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