The ABCs of Erotica

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Sign Up for the Hot Summer Romance Giveaway Hop July 18 to 21

Hot_summer_romance_giveaway_hop_graphicThe Insatiable Reads Blog Tour is returning this summer! In celebration, we’ll be hosting a blog hop July 18 – 21. All authors, bloggers, reviewers etc. are invited to sign up!

We’ll have grand prizes like an ereader and gift cards! Exact prize details will be announced closer to the date.

To participate, sign up via the Linky below. Please plan to host a giveaway on your blog during the hop. This can be an eBook, paperback, gift card, swag or whatever you choose! You’ll choose your own winner from your site and you are responsible for getting your prize to the winner.

Posts must be up 9 AM EST the first day of the hop (July 18)!

More details and directions will be sent out via email closer to the hop. Please make sure you provide a correct email address.

Please snag the graphic and put it up on your sidebar!

Spread the word – the more participating blogs, the more hoppers!

Get the InLinkz code for your blog here!

Join Malia Mallory and 25 other Authors for the Wicked Pleasures Scavenger Hunt

Welcome to the Wicked Pleasures Scavenger Hunt Blog Hop!

A big thanks to the Book & Trailer Showcase & Queentutt’s World of Escapism for hosting.

The prizes listed are awesome – over 20 plus gifts!  The winners will be selected on Oct 8th and will be notified by email.

There is one rafflecopter which will be shared on each blog site and as you go to each stop only answer the Question pertaining to the Blog site.  For instance, you are here at my blog, so when you log into the Rafflecopter (below) you click on my link and the question will be revealed.

Answer the question in the space provided in the rafflecopter and in the comment section on my site. Don’t forget your email!!!

What is neat about rafflecopter is that it remembers you once you sign in, so if you leave off at my site then go to another site it will remember your entry where you left off.

My Prize donation for the Scavenger Hunt is an eBook copy of The ABCs of Erotica – G is for Gigolo.

Want a free copy of B is for Beach from The ABCs of Erotica? Sign up for my mailing list here.

So get ready to start your hunt and thanks for stopping by and hopefully while you are hunting for the answer to my question you will find other goodies that you will find exciting as well.

Now for my question for the Scavenger Hunt:

Question – What city is the setting for The ABCs of Erotica – G is for Gigolo?

Hint – Check the blurb! (below)

Once you have answered my question continue on the hop by clicking on the next site in the Linky List.  Have fun hopping along.  Below is the Rafflecopter and the Linky List.

Good Luck Everyone!

The ABCs of Erotica — G is for Gigolo

Candace travels the world and happens to be stopping over in L.A. with one thing on her mind: red hot sex with no strings attached! After losing her husband, this sultry seductress is finally discovering herself. Widowed but wise, and ready for action, Candace knows what she needs and she will take it right now. The old boundaries from her marriage no longer hold her back.

Gavin is a gigolo. Sex with women like Candace is his job. Gavin is about to accompany Candace on a journey down an erotic path she never would have dreamed of.

The full story is available for sample or purchase at the links below – just click!

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Click here to view all the participating sites.


Click here for the Rafflecopter to complete your entry!

Malia Mallory Shares 5 Things You Need to Get Published for the Indie Pendence Week BlogHop

Welcome to the Indie-Pendence Week Blog Hop.

Thank you to our hosts!

All commenters on my blog will receive a free ebook!

Want a free copy of B is for Beach from The ABCs of Erotica? Sign up for my mailing list here.

Five Things You Need to Get Published

1.  A Good Book. You have a couple choices here. If you write nonfiction, you need a book that contains information that people need to know or want to know. If you write fiction, you need a book that is entertaining and appealing. In either case, it could be a niche interest. In fact, independent publishing is the perfect vehicle for those books that traditional publishers may overlook. Traditional publishers rely on volume. With the economies of scale involved in independent publishing, it can still be lucrative to publish a book that appeals to only a small subset of readers.

2.  An Editor. No matter how good a writer you are, you need an editor. Let me repeat that. No matter how good a writer you are, no matter how perfect your prose, you need an editor. I know professional editors and proofreaders who still have others edit their work. When it’s your own work, you are too close to it to identify all the issues. To put out the best possible product, you need to take a professional approach. Please, get an editor.

3.  A Great Cover. Some people have the graphic design skills to create their own covers. Unfortunately, many people do not. Look at the bestseller list. Can you create a cover like that? If you can, go ahead. If you can’t, you might want to consider hiring someone to help you. There are low-cost options available. A poor cover will not entice readers to click on your book. Weird fonts, overly bright colors and simplistic layouts will identify your book as self-published. While there is nothing wrong with being self-published, your books, including the cover, should blend in with the other offerings and not being distinguishable upon first glance.

4.  A Platform. This could consist of a variety of possibilities. You could have a website, a blog or both. You could have a Facebook or Pinterest page. Another possibility is actively participating on Goodreads or Twitter. Basically, you need a place for your readers and fans to find you. Your platform will inform your potential readers about your upcoming releases and give them a chance to get to know you.

5.  A Marketing Plan. Though Twitter is a great tool, your marketing plan needs to consist of more than spamming links for your books. You might consider a blog tour, giving author interviews or soliciting reviews of your books from review sites. Another option is to become active in online reading groups or message boards. It is important to be an honest and active participant and not just an advertiser. Lastly, you might consider the judicious use of free books to introduce readers to your work.

These items are just the tip of the iceberg. It’s up to you, as an independent author, to decide how and where to invest your time. That’s both the beauty and the curse of this path. You have the independence to decide what to write, where it is sold and how to market it. However, you are also responsible for everything. This can be a huge investment of time and may even take away from writing.

I hope I’ve given you something to think about. Please share what you think is important to becoming an independent author.

Please visit the other participating sites here!

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