Dreaming of Books Giveaway

Dear Reader,

I’ve been selected as January’s “Author of the Month” over at A Buckeye Girl Reads. Make sure to check out the interview and leave some love. 🙂 I like that idea, highlighting local authors (I’m on Ohio). Maybe I’ll do something similar, but with indie authors…

Now then. It’s a new month, which means we have a new giveaway! All you have to do is agree to sign up for my newsletter and agree to write a review for my upcoming book of short stories, Love or Lack Thereof. At the end of the giveaway, you will receive a 100%-off discount code to “buy” Love or Lack Thereof.

I am trying to get more reviews on Barnes and Noble.com and Amazon.com. Goodreads.com is always appreciated. I’ll send you the information through the newsletter when we get closer to the release date, which looks like it will be March.

Pretty simple, right? Happy new year!

Best,
Belinda

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Touring the Historical Fiction World

Dear Reader,

I hope your holiday season is going well! Those of you who entered the giveaway from last week, you should have received an email with the discount codes. Have you had a chance to listen to my half hour interview on Page Readers? It was a blast, and I’m so glad Nanci had me on the show.

This week, I want to talk about Charlie Courtland’s great idea to take a tour of the subgenres that are popping into historical fiction. The goal of the “tour” is to read six subgenres of historical fiction. Charlie has suggested…

  • Historical Mystery
  • Historical Horror
  • Historical Romance
  • Historical Young Adult
  • Historical Plantation
  • Historical Thriller
  • Historical GLBT
  • Historical Fantasy
  • Historical Western
  • Historical Paranormal
  • Historical True Crime

Given that I am part of the group of authors who are playing with the historical fiction norms, I love this idea. I’ve written in the historical romance and historical gothic-thriller genres. I have no idea what my next genre is going to be, except that it will be historical. This will be a lot of fun!

So with the above genres in mind, what books do you think I should read? I think I’m going to start with Maids of Misfortune. I want to read books by authors I’ve never read before and in genres I’m not familiar with, which means I can’t read Lauren Willig (romance), Philippa Gregory (romance), Amanda Quick (paranormal), Deanna Raybourn (mystery/plantation), Mary Jo Putney (fantasy).

What’s Next?

I’m not happy with the sales for Catching the Rose, so I’m having an editor look at it to see where I can improve the story. I wrote it over seven years ago, meaning I don’t know what to do with it without outside help. I’m looking forward to the results from the editor, especially because the editor, Wulfshado, needs help with finances. This is a good way for both of us to get what we need.

I’m hoping to get the new content out for Catching the Rose in the next couple of months. I’m also working on the short story anthology Love or Lack Thereof; my awesome editor Cindy Sherwood has agreed to help me with that so I can get it out in time for Valentine’s Day.

I’m looking forward to hearing reviews from the giveaway. They are two very different writing styles, but I hope people enjoy them.

Best,

Belinda

Releasing the Ghost

Dear Reader,

Haunting Miss Trentwood is now available for pre-print publication reviews!

What does that mean? It means the digital version is available on Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, and Amazon.com. Huzzah!

If you would like to receive a free copy for an honest review of either Haunting Miss Trentwood or my first book Catching the Rose there are a couple of ways to contact me…

  1. The Goodreads invitation
  2. Through Facebook
  3. Comment on this blog post with your email

All I ask is that you agree to provide a review on Smashwords.com, Goodreads.com, Amazon.com, and/or Barnes and Noble.com to receive your free copy. When you contact me I will send a coupon for a free purchase from Smashwords.

My goal is to get at least three reviews on each website by Halloween. Don’t have time, or is your to-be-read list too long as it is? Tell your friends and family about this offer.

Haunting Miss Trentwood Tea Tasting!

My sister and Ava Misseldine
My sister and Ava Misseldine

Haunting Miss Trentwood is set in England, which means, of course, we ought to drink tea to celebrate the launch of the book. Are you, your friends, or family in the Columbus, Ohio area? If so, go to the main branch of the metropolitan library on October 27, 2010 at 6:30 PM.

I have been working with local tea salon owner Ava Misseldine to select teas which represent the main characters of Haunting Miss Trentwood. We will be talking about the book, my experience as an independent publisher, and more.

Print copies of Catching the Rose (and hopefully Haunting Miss Trentwood… postal service, don’t let me down!) will be available for purchase.

I hope to see you there!

Best,

Belinda

Media Mail and CreateSpace

Dear Reader,

Don’t switch addresses while waiting for a shipment of books from CreateSpace. It causes a mini-headache.

So get this: I’m currently at my parents’ house, waiting for a shipment of books from CreateSpace that I will be giving to winners of a GoodReads contest I’m holding, as well as my local library. They should have come last week, but I had my fingers crossed that they would magically appear at my parents’ door.

You see, I’m moving out, and I have a forwarding address in place. I assumed the book package would be forwarded to the new address.

WRONG. Oh so wrong. I just got an email this morning stating CreateSpace couldn’t deliver the package and it has been returned to them. In ten days, the package will be destroyed.

WHAT?!

Ok. Don’t panic. Contact them. Only, what do you know? Their response form is BROKEN. Ok, don’t panic. Have them call you. Wait on the line. Ask them what the freaking hell happened, why are they back in CreateSpace’s hands if they were at my doorstep?!

I’m sorry ma’am, I’m looking through all our systems and I can’t find a reason why. Here’s the package number for you, it was sent media mail. We’ll send them back to you the same way you originally asked, free of charge.

So I look up the number at the USPS and UPS websites. Except they say the number doesn’t match their tracking systems. Oh, excellent.  Let’s call the local post office and see if they know what happened.

Nope, they don’t. By this point, I think the lady on the other end heard my irritation and slight desperation and began asking questions.

Did you write the address correctly? Yes, I’ve had shipments from CreateSpace to this address only last month.

What sort of shipment method was it? Media mail? Why yes, it was. I set up a forwarding address because I’m moving, why didn’t it go to the new address?

We don’t forward media mail. That’s just not how it’s done. Especially books. We never forward bulk book shipments. Consider me flabbergasted and resigned.

All right then. I guess I’ll twiddle my thumbs in the meantime while CreateSpace sends it back to me, free of charge. It better come in time for my GoodReads contest! At least I got answers and know the books are coming back to me.

Lesson learned: stay where you are when books are coming your way.

All the best,

Belinda