January 2022 – First Edition of Writer’s Tips

Welcome to my January Writer’s Tips. In this month’s edition of posts I hand picked from my reading trails, I’ve found some informative articles for writers from authors, Natalie Ducey – how to add weblinks on #Instagram, publishing predictions for 2022 by agent Laurie McLean at the blog of Anne R. Allen, ideas for promoting sequels on #Bookbub, book promotion blunders by Kathy Steinemann, and, how to use dashes in fiction by Louise Harnby.

Natalie Ducey has a helpful tutorial on how to add weblinks on #Instagram

Anne R. Allen, guest writer, agent Laurie McLean shares her predictions for the publishing world 2022

12 Clever ideas for promoting sequels on Bookbub

Fiction editor and proofreader, Louise Harnby shares, how to use dashes in fiction for both U.S. and U.K.

https://www.louiseharnbyproofreader.com/blog/how-to-use-dashes-in-fiction-dashes-uk-and-us-style

Ten Book Promotion blunders authors make by Kathy Steinemann

https://kathysteinemann.com/Musings/promotion/#comment-10817

©DGKaye2022

Book Sale! Two of my Books Going on Sale This Week!

Double Header Book Sale!

book sale

It’s been awhile since I’ve put any of my books on sale so I’ve gone all out and doing a double-header!

 

Starting TODAY, running through July 23rd, my book, P.S. I Forgive You for the first time will be FREE! If you haven’t yet got a copy of this book, hop on over to Amazon and download a copy!

 

P.S. I Forgive You - D.G. Kaye

Universal Link, Click to go to Amazon

 

Blurb:

 

“I hurt for her. She wasn’t much of a mother, but she was still my mother.”

Confronted with resurfacing feelings of guilt, D.G. Kaye is tormented by her decision to remain estranged from her dying emotionally abusive mother after resolving to banish her years ago, an event she has shared in her book Conflicted Hearts. In P.S. I Forgive You, Kaye takes us on a compelling heartfelt journey as she seeks to understand the roots of her mother’s narcissism, let go of past hurts, and find forgiveness for both her mother and herself.

After struggling for decades to break free, Kaye has severed the unhealthy ties that bound her to her dominating mother—but now Kaye battles new confliction, as the guilt she harbors over her decision only increases as the end of her mother’s life draws near. Kaye once again struggles with her conscience and her feelings of being obligated to return to a painful past she thought she left behind.

 

What are people saying?

 

5 Stars

on May 13, 2018
The author’s honest account of her relationship with her mother is a deeply emotional read. The unresolved longing of being loved by the person who, by nature, is the most capable of it.
A thought itself of such a mother D.G. Kaye was unfortunate to have is disturbing. Yet I can’t help but express my sadness about her mother’s plight while she, herself, was a victim of the unloving family.
The scene where the mother wanted to console her daughter at the news of her (daughter’s) upcoming heart surgery and was denied by her broke my heart.
I think the book will appeal to the broad readership – who suffered in a dysfunctional family may find inspiration in the D.G. Kaye’s story, who grew up in a loving family may appreciate it even deeper.

Something else I’ve yet to do is to put my latest book, Twenty Years: After “I Do” ON SALE. Also, beginning today, and running through til the last day of July, I will be putting this book on sale for .99 cents!

 

Universal Link, Click to go to Amazon

Blurb:

 

May/December memoirs.

In this personal accounting, D.G. Kaye shares the insights and wisdom she has accrued through twenty years of keeping her marriage strong and thriving despite the everyday changes and challenges of aging. Kaye reveals how a little creative planning, acceptance, and unconditional love can create a bond no obstacle will break. Kaye’s stories are informative, inspiring, and a testament to love eclipsing all when two people understand, respect, and honor their vows. She adds that a daily sprinkling of laughter is a staple in nourishing a healthy marriage.

Twenty years began with a promise. As Kaye recounts what transpired within that time, she shows that true love has no limits, even when one spouse ages ahead of the other.

 

What are people saying?

 

on December 21, 2017

Are you thinking about getting married? Worried about the future? What happens twenty years later? Most women marry older men when they are younger. Twenty Years: After “I Do explains what you might expect twenty, thirty or forty years later.

Debby G. Kaye writes what I would label as memoirs. Her editor calls this one a self-help book. Deb has a story so compelling that her memoirs work their way into being helpful. She inspires me, not to write my memoirs because I’m not as brave and forthright as she is. However, as an educational consultant, my gut reaction is that her book needs a study guide, and I’m just the person to write it.

Are you married or thinking about getting married to an older man? Maybe not, but if you are married for very long, you will be married to an older man whether you set out to do that or not. D.G. Kaye points out some authentic problems in Twenty Years: After “I Do that you are going to encounter when your husband reaches his 60s or 70s. Probably if you thought about all of them in your 20s, it would paralyze you, and you would never get married. However, as she points out, you think you are invincible when you are that age, and you just jump in. Yet, many people jump into marriages in their later years. They will face these problems without as many years of understanding of their partner.

If you read this book, you will learn how Debby managed to “navigate companionship challenges and show love and kindness to her partner, handling life together gracefully and in harmony.” Some of the hard challenges she shares must have been excruciating to write. What happens when or if wee willy wimps? How do you talk about death, burial, wills? Does your partner have grown children? They certainly play more of a part in your relationship than you might expect since they are out of the home.

This is the perfect gift for the holidays. It’s an easy read with lots of good advice.
Twenty Years: After “I Do”: Reflections on Love and Changes Through AgingTwenty Years: After “I Do”: Reflections on Love and Changes Through AgingTwenty Years: After “I Do”: Reflections on Love and Changes Through Aging

 

Please feel free to visit all of my books HERE

 

Books by D.G. Kaye

 

What’s the Scoop? New Books and Hot Deals – Hurry!

Newsworthy notes

 

As I am ultra busy trying to tend to life and preparing to publish my own newest upcoming book by next week’s end, I came across some fabulous finds while doing my blog travels this week. So I thought I’d note a few blogs and books I came across to share with you all here in case you haven’t seen these yet yourself. The book promos are time sensitive so do jump on those. My Kindle is bursting at the seams but that won’t stop me from adding books by some of my own favorite authors!

 

I’m going to break these special offers down in 4 categories:

 

Writing Competitions:

Stevie Turner is still accepting entries for her generous offer for authors to contribute a short story to her Blog Hop where the winner will receive a badge to display proudly and the story will be included in an anthology Stevie is planning to put together next year. Visit the post HERE.

 

Sue Vincent is generously inviting writers to submit your stories, book promotions, and Holiday posts to her by email, HERE

 

Book Promotion:

Many of you know some of the various promotions Sally Cronin offers at her Smorgasbord Invitation where writers have a chance to showcase their stories, books and promotions. And starting this coming Monday Nov. 27th, Sally has a new promotion starting for her Christmas Bookfair Promotion. You need to check this out to have your book be part of this wonderful festive promotion.

 

Hot Deals:

Marcia Meara is running a fantastic promotion right now on Amazon where all 3 books in each of two of her series – Wake Robin Ridge and her Riverbend series are on special pricing for a limited time at just .99 cents! Visit Marcia’s Amazon Author Page to see all of her books and snatch a few. I promise she’ll keep you captivated!

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Newly Published: #Recommended

 

Sacha “De” Black has just released her newest YA first in a series book –  Keepers – An Eden East novel Book 1

Keepers (The Eden East Novels Book 1) by [de Black, Sacha]

 

Sarah Brentyn just released – On the Edge of a Raindrop

FREE for a limited time!!!!

On the Edge of a Raindrop by [Brentyn, Sarah]

 

Annette Rochelle Aben just released – A Tanka Picture Book

A Tanka Picture Book by [Aben, Annette Rochelle]

 

Sue Vincent in collaboration with Stuart France released – An Imperious Impulse (Coyote Tales – Volume 1)

 

Sally Cronin recently released – What’s In A Name? (Volume 2)

 

Christoph Fischer released – The Sanctuary on Cayman Brac: Key to Truth

The Sanctuary on Cayman Brac: Key to the Truth (Fraud or Miracle? Book 3) by [Fischer, Christoph]

 

Stevie Turner recently re-released one of her books with a new title and book cover – Mind Games

Mind Games by [Turner, Stevie]

 

Diana Peach just released a sweet book in a totally different genre for her – Grumpy Ana and the Grouchy Monsters (A Children’s Tale)

 

Carol Balawyder newly published – The Longest Nine Months (Part of the Getting to Mr. Right series)

The Longest Nine Months: A Getting To Mr. Right series by (The Longest Nine Months is the last of the Getting To Mr. Right series.) by [Balawyder, Carol]

 

Belinda Miller has just come out with her Book 3 of – The Reunion (The Ragwort Chronicles)

 

The blogs I’ve linked to here and book release and promos I’ve listed here are not only friends of mine, but mighty fine writers whose books I thoroughly enjoy, so they come #Recommended.

 

If I’ve missed anyone’s promos that may currently be running, please accept my apologies.

Sunday Book Reviews – Something a Little Different

Book reviews by D.G. Kaye

 

Today my Sunday Book Review series is a little different. Because I’ve yet to finish my latest read, I thought I’d use today’s post to highlight some books from author friends which are currently on promotion and some that are brand new!

Please check out these books by these talented authors. Some I’ve read already and the others await me on my Kindle!

 

CURRENTLY ON PROMOTION:

 

 

Sally Cronin’s

Volume 1 of – What’s in a Name? – Available, FREE through special email offer, find the link here.

Blurb:

 

There are names that have been passed down through thousands of years which have powerful and deep-rooted meaning to their bearers. Other names have been adopted from other languages, cultures and from the big screen. They all have one thing in common. They are with us from birth until the grave and they are how we are known to everyone that we meet.

There are classical names such as Adam, David and Sarah that will grace millions of babies in the future. There are also names that parents have invented or borrowed from places or events in their lives which may last just one lifetime or may become the classic names of tomorrow.

Whatever the name there is always a story behind it. In What’s in a Name? – Volume One, twenty men and women face danger, love, loss, romance, fear, revenge and rebirth as they move through their lives.

Anne changes her name because of associations with her childhood, Brian carries the mark of ancient man, Jane discovers that her life is about to take a very different direction, and what is Isobel’s secret?

Sublime Shadows of Life

 

Balroop Singh’s

Sublime Shadows of Life – Available on Amazon for just .99 cents from Aug. 10 thru 13

Blurb:

 

Sublime Shadows of Life is a comment on life, its turbulent curves and relationships. It envisions people through the prism of poetry. I, you, he, we and they are universal symbols which highlight the fact that happiness is not a destination but a chasm to bury agony, anguish, grief, distress and move on! No sea of solitude is so deep that it can drown us. Sometimes aspirations are trampled upon, the boulders of exploitation and discrimination may block your path but those who tread on undeterred are always successful.

 

Catling's Bane

 

 

Diana Peach’s

Catling’s Bane (Book 1) – Available FREE on Amazon this weekend only!

Blurb:

 

In the tiers of Ellegeance, the elite Influencers’ Guild holds the power to manipulate emotions. Love and fear, pain and pleasure, healing and death mark the extremes of their sway, but it’s the subtle blends that hook their victims’ hearts. They hide behind oaths of loyalty and rule the world.

A child born in the grim warrens beneath the city, Catling rues the rose birthmark encircling her eye. Yet, it grants her the ability to disrupt the influencers’ sway. Established methods of civil control disintegrate before her. She’s a weapon desired by those who reign and those who rebel.

To the Influencer’s Guild, she’s an aberration, a threat. They order her death and thus the betrayals begin. One woman protects and trains her, plotting to use her shield to further imperial goals. No longer a helpless child, Catling has other plans. As chaos shakes the foundations of order and rule, will she become the realm’s savior? Or its executioner?

The Rose Shield Tetralogy – a blend of science fiction and fantasy.

Welcome to a world of three moons, a sentient landscape, rivers of light, and tier cities that rise from the swamps like otherworld flowers. A planet of waterdragons, where humans are the aliens living among three-fingered natives with spotted skin. Where a half-blood converses with the fog and the goddess plans her final reckoning.

Follow Catling’s journey as she grows from childhood into the deadly force that shapes the future. She is the realm’s shield, an influencer, assassin, healer, mother, and avenger. And all she wants is to go home.

The books of The Rose Shield Tetralogy
Catling’s Bane
Oathbreakers’ Guild
Farlanders’ Law
Kari’s Reckoning

 

Books by Toni Pike

 

Toni Pike – Is offering a great two for one special for $2.00 on Amazon Here and Here The Magnus Covenant and Happy Travels 101

Blurbs:   The Magnus Covenant

 

THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT IS IN PERIL – UNLESS ONE MAN CAN UNCOVER THE TRUTH…
A long-forgotten sect, a deadly brotherhood, a billionaire who trades in relics and a race across Europe in pursuit of a killer.

Jotham Fletcher is in Rome to give a lecture on his PhD thesis about Simon Magus at the church where he fell to his death beside the Roman Forum. Magus was a cult leader mentioned in the Bible and his libertine sect disappeared by 400 AD.

But did it really die out? . . .

 

Happy Travels 101

BECOME A TRAVEL EXPERT BEFORE YOU LEAVE HOME.
Discover my travel booking tips, my suggestions for exploring any destination, my tips for escorted tours and my travel packing guide.

Find out how to select and make the most of your next cruise, how to cope with a long-haul flight, and how to prepare a travel preparation checklist.

And don’t miss my recommendations on travel safety, travel for seniors, and travel photography.

I love to travel because there is so much to see around the world: breathtaking landscapes, ancient ruins, towns steeped in history, fascinating cultures and modern marvels. Now I want to share the tips that I believe can help to enhance your journey.

Here is your chance to master the art of successful globetrotting!
Don’t leave home without reading it…

 

Words We Carry

 

Oh yes, and my book, Words We Carry is available FREE for download on Amazon til this Tuesday night.

Blurb:

 

I have been a great critic of myself for most of my life, and I was darned good at it, deflating my own ego without the help of anyone else.”

What do our shopping habits, high-heeled shoes, and big hair have to do with how we perceive ourselves? Do the slights we endured when we were young affect how we choose our relationships now?
D.G. takes us on a journey, unlocking the hurts of the past by identifying situations that hindered her own self-esteem. Her anecdotes and confessions demonstrate how the hurtful events in our lives linger and set the tone for how we value our own self-worth.
Words We Carry is a raw, personal accounting of how the author overcame the demons of low self-esteem with the determination to learn to love herself.

 

Newly published and Pre-Orders!

 

What's in a Name by Sally Cronin

 

Sally Cronin’s Volume 2 – What’s in a Name? Available now on Amazon!

Blurb:

Our legacy is not always about money or fame, but rather in the way that people remember our name after we have gone. In these sixteen short stories we discover the reasons why special men and women will stay in the hearts and minds of those who have met them. Romance, revenge and sacrifice all play their part in the lives of these characters.

Kenneth watches the love of his life dance on New Year’s Eve while Lily plants very special flowers every spring for her father. Martha helps out a work colleague as Norman steps back out into the world to make a difference. Owen brings light into a house and Patrick risks his life in the skies over Britain and holds back from telling a beautiful redhead that he loves her.

Meet Queenie and Rosemary who have both lost their husbands and must face a very different future. One that will take courage and the use of new technology.

Sonia is an entitled princess whose father has reached the end of his tether and Theresa has to deal with a bully in the checkout. Usher is an arrogant narcissist with a docile wife and is used to getting his own way and Vanessa worries about the future of her relationship with her teenage son.

Walter is a loner and is happy with just his dog for company, Xenia is the long awaited first baby of a young couple. Yves is a dashing romeo who has the tables turned on him unexpectedly and Zoe… Well she can see into the future.

In one way or another all these characters will be remembered by those whose lives they have touched.

 

Judith Barrow

 

One Hundred Tiny Threads by Judith Barrow is available now for pre-order on Amazon!

 

Blurb:

It’s 1911 and Winifred Duffy is a determined young woman eager for new experiences, for a life beyond the grocer’s shop counter ruled over by her domineering mother.

The scars of Bill Howarth’s troubled childhood linger. The only light in his life comes from a chance encounter with Winifred, the girl he determines to make his wife.

Meeting her friend Honora’s silver-tongued brother turns Winifred’s heart upside down. But Honora and Conal disappear, after a suffrage rally turns into a riot, and abandoned Winifred has nowhere to turn but home.

The Great War intervenes, sending Bill abroad to be hardened in a furnace of carnage and loss. When he returns his dream is still of Winifred and the life they might have had… Back in Lancashire, worn down by work and the barbed comments of narrow-minded townsfolk, Winifred faces difficult choices in love and life.

Vashti Vega

 

Vashti Vega has her new book available now on Amazon The Fall of Lilith –  (Update) This book is on promo for .99 cents until August 15th.

 

Blurb:

“I merely assisted you in doing what you desired all along.”

So says Lilith, the most exquisite of the angels. The two most important pledges an angel makes to God are those of obedience and celibacy, and dire consequences await any who break their oaths.

At first, the angels are happy in their celestial home, learning and exploring together. As they grow older, though, Lilith begins to question these pledges, which now seem arbitrary and stifling. Her challenge of the status quo leads to disagreement, jealousy, and strife among her peers. As the arguing and acrimony grow, lines are drawn and sides are chosen. Is war inevitable?

Filled with robust characters, incredible landscapes, and exciting action, The Fall of Lilith is an epic tale of seduction, betrayal, and revenge.

Free Will involves asking difficult questions and making hard choices, choices that require strength and sacrifice. These decisions can tear apart friendships and cause rifts between allies.

They can even threaten the foundations of Heaven.

 

Marjorie Mallon

 

Marjorie Mallon is debuting her new book, The Curse of Time, now available on Pre-Order at Amazon!

 

Blurb:

On Amelina Scott’s thirteenth birthday, her father disappears under mysterious circumstances. Saddened by this traumatic event, she pieces together details of a curse that has stricken the heart and soul of her family.

Amelina longs for someone to confide in. Her once carefree mother has become angry and despondent. One day a strange black cat and a young girl, named Esme appear. Immediately, Esme becomes the sister Amelina never had. The only catch is that Esme must remain a prisoner, living within the mirrors of Amelina’s house.

Dreams and a puzzling invitation convince Amelina the answer to her family’s troubles lies within the walls of the illusive Crystal Cottage. Undaunted by her mother’s warnings, Amelina searches for the cottage on an isolated Cambridgeshire pathway where she encounters a charismatic young man, named Ryder. At the right moment, he steps out of the shadows, rescuing her from the unwanted attention of two male troublemakers.

With the help of an enchanted paint set, Amelina meets the eccentric owner of the cottage, Leanne, who instructs her in the art of crystal magic. In time, she earns the right to use three wizard stones. The first awakens her spirit to discover a time of legends, and later, leads her to the Bloodstone, the supreme cleansing crystal which has the power to restore the balance of time. Will Amelina find the power to set her family free? . . .

 

Happy reading folks!

New Book Promotion 2016 – A celebration of Short Stories, Novellas and Anthologies | Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life

news alert

 

The wonderful Sally Cronin will be promoting our works next year on her blog where she shares her place with so many, and is always eager to help promote writers. Sally will also be promoting books in series and children’s books, come 2016. Have a look at her posts for submission guidelines:

Smorgasbord promoting Short Stories, Novellas and Anthologies.

Smorgasbord promoting books in series.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/12/22/new-book-promotion-2016-childrens-books/

Have a read through Sally’s post  below, where she introduces the promotion:

In 2016 I would like to celebrate the short stories, novellas and anthologies that are published.

Like many of us, I began by writing short stories.  I recently found a scribbled tale from 30 years ago at a time when I was busy working 12 hour days and falling into bed exhausted. Just goes to show the power of that craving to write will be satisfied, whatever the circumstances.

It was clear in the last year that short stories are still a strong sector of publishin; as is the novella. However, I don’t believe that they and the anthologies that are published are getting as much promotion as they should.  That seems to be particularly true of community anthologies which contain amazing stories by fabulous writers.

The short story is a very important part of our writing culture and if we look back to our childhood it was fairy tales and bedtime stories that introduced us to reading and writing. For thousands of years storytellers have travelled the globe carrying verbal history of our existence, delighting their audiences as they went. Novels are a relatively new invention! . . .” Continue Reading

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/12/19/new-book-promotion-2016-a-celebration-of-short-stories-novellas-and-anthologies/comment-page-1/#comments

 

Source: New Book Promotion 2016 – A celebration of Short Stories, Novellas and Anthologies | Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life 

 

DGKaye©2015

What’s Wrong with Getting an Ebook for Nothing? – Jack Eason

What

I often visit Jack’s blog at Have We Had Help. Jack is a published author, and likes to share his opinions on many issues concerning self publishing, reviews, and writing.

 

In this time of self publishing, Amazon’s payment structures and promotion avenues are often a topic of conversation between authors. Amazon offers us tools to promote with them if we keep our books in their Select KDP program. Although I’m grateful that we at least have an opportunity to promote our books with them, I’m also not always in agreement with the payment structure. And as for putting our books on FREE, yes, it hurts (psychologically and in pocket), but many authors I confer with agree that when it comes to marketing, we have to take off our author hats and step into the marketing arena with a different perspective.

 

Putting our books on FREE, enables readers to take a chance on our work without having to pay. In the hopes that we put out our best work and have readers enjoy and spreading the word to increase later sales, many authors including myself, occasionally use the FREE program. But that doesn’t mean I agree with all of their policies.

Below is an excerpt of Jack’s opinion on the matter:

“Everything, that’s what!!!

The fact that today’s readers of eBooks demand it must be free or on offer as part of an all you can read for x number of dollars per month package deal, is just so wrong!

Face it people, when you go to your supermarket to get your groceries, or to any other retail outlet you care to name, do you get what you want for nothing? No of course not. So why should you expect to get a book for free? I’ve . . .”   Read Jack’s full post below:

https://havewehadhelp.wordpress.com/2015/08/14/whats-wrong-with-getting-an-ebook-for-nothing/comment-page-1/#comment-6028

 

Here was the response I commented back on Jack’s blog:

My two cents

Well Jack, you’ve said what many of us authors are thinking, and perhaps didn’t dare say. We don’t want to upset the amazon gods that trickle our meager drippings to us. You are so right when saying that free and cheap have become an expected thing with our books without anyone taking in consideration that we spend our lifetimes writing books, researching, revising, editing, and on and on, only to have to give them away free to get us up the ranks. And come to think of it, hmm, I don’t recall going to a store and being offered anything else on this planet free. This kindle page reading chart is annoying. They’ve figured out a way to make money for themselves by readers signing up for ‘all you can eat’. At least before, we got a bit back from our book being downloaded in the program, even if not read. Now it’s by the page, and author’s like me who enjoy writing shorter essay novels are getting less from that new pot. Should this propel authors to write big fat books full of filler crap just to get more page reads?

I’m so reblogging this! Thanks. 🙂

 

How do you authors feel about the Kindle Unlimited program and the new ‘pay the author a bonus by the page read?’

 

D.G. Kaye ©September 2015