Monday, December 5, 2016

Blondie and the Brit Holiday Science Fiction Book Blast



Join me for an evening of fabulous holiday fun with a science fiction twist for the 


Blondie and the Brit Holiday Science Fiction Book Blast 


Friday December 9, 9:00 - 11:00 Eastern 



I've invited David Estes, Sean Fletcher, and SJ Hermann for a lil shindig hosted by Suzanne Kelman of Blondie and the Brit for a fun-filled Facebook party with a lot of games, prizes and bookish-goodness.

Don't miss out. You will need to join the above link on Facebook to get reminders and all of the content of the party.

Can't wait to see you there!


Sunday, November 27, 2016

Cyber Monday Deals!

Cyber Monday Deals

Get your holiday shopping off to a good start with these Cyber Monday Deals for you!


1. 50% off Stealing Time Paperback 


Enjoy my time travel thriller for only $7.50

If you're on Createspace, click here and use this code at checkout K3GRBP7V.

OR

1. 50% Off Signed Copy

For half price get your hands on my science fiction thriller set in a hurricane inspired by Outlander by Diana Gabaldon and C.S. Lewis. 

Buy a copy for dear old mom, your best friend, or spoil yourself. Just let me know what you want me to write as a special message.

Request signed copy here. $7.50 for paperback plus shipping costs.  

*In the US $11.00 payable via PayPal. Outside of the US shipping costs varies.

3. BOGO Buy One (Stealing Time ebook) and Get One Free (Blow Ebook)  

Free ecopy of Blow with purchase of Stealing Time. Coupon for a free copy of Blow will be sent to your email. 

Click here to Purchase!

Stealing Time is a breathtakingly original time travel thriller set in 1752 London and 2004 Florida.

Stealing Time is a "Breathtakingly original" time travel adventure that will keep you on the edge of your seat. As Hurricane Charley churns a path of destruction towards Orlando, Florida, Ronnie Andrews and her best friend, Stephanie McKay, scramble to prepare for the storm. Ronnie seeks shelter at her boyfriend’s weather lab while Steph heads back to her house. 

During the peak of the storm Ronnie is hurtled back in time to eighteenth-century London where she is caught in a web of superstition, deception, and lies in a life and death struggle to return to her own time. 

Steph is thrust into the middle of the hurricane, but it quickly turns into a living nightmare as she is faced with losing everything. Stealing Time: Book 1 in the Stealing Time Trilogy. 



"A very clever concept, nicely executed by a wonderful storyteller. Stealing Time will have you on the edge of your seat!" Suzanne Kelman, Multi-award winning writer and author of The Rejected Writers Book Club..

Check out what readers are saying about Stealing Time here.




BLOW - A Short Story

Caught between a hurricane and a deadly secret, Rick Harris struggles against a ticking clock when the wrong people show up at his door looking for shelter. As the storm closes in wreaking havoc on Pensacola, Florida, he has to make a choice between saving their lives and exposing a secret that could cost him everything.

Readers love BLOW. See what they're saying here.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Winners of Blondie and the Brit Awards


Welcome to the first annual Blondie and the Brit Awards and Birthday Bash celebration! If you’ve grabbed your party hat please don it and join in.
Thank you for all of your votes, shares and support! This has been a fantastic five weeks of voting. We appreciate all of your support. 



First things first. All of our winners will receive:

1.   A Blondie and the Brit award (pictured above),
2.   The opportunity for a second interview on the show sometime in the next year,
3.   A widget for your website with your award announcement,
4.   A Best of Blondie and the Brit podcast with a quick interview update for those who make themselves available,
5.   Listing on our website under Awards Winners, and
6.   Eternal bragging rights.

SJ Hermann Podcast Hero Award


 SJ Hermann
Our first award is one of our Blondie and Brit Hero Awards. Congratulations to SJ Hermann for being our first recipient of The Blondie and The Brit Hero Award. SJ’s is an emphatic supporter of Blondie and the Brit, both in reposting about our books and our supporting our podcast in general, he is also an encouraging advocate for all Indie Authors. One of our earlier interviews, his podcast has far surpassed any other in the number of downloads. S.J. is a writer of paranormal, science fiction, horror and urban fantasy novels. You can find out more about him here on his website. http://sjhermannauthor.blogspot.com/


Category 1 – Best Social Media Tip 

  
Our nominees for the Best Social Media tip are:

And our winner is:



Rachel Thompson
We loved this tip from Rachel Thompson about her #MondayBlogs creation. Rachel had so many great author tips it was hard to pick just one to feature. Congrats Rachel for the win! Please check out her website at http://rachelintheoc.com/.

Here is Rachel’s winning clip: https://clyp.it/yr2crcso

 Category 2 – Most Creative Book Promotion

 The nominees for the Most Creative Book Promotion Award are:

Nicole Waggoner

Our winner in the category Most Creative Book Promotion is the amazing Nicole Waggoner. No surprises here! Her tip on how to pull a potential reader into a second book in a series was a great promotional tool. Both Blondie and the Brit are planning on using this one in their own upcoming books.  Check out her website http://www.nicolewaggonerauthor.com/
Here is the winning clip https://clyp.it/aagp4wv2 (Nicole)


Category 3 – Best Fangirl/Boy Story


Our nominees in this category are:




Kim Harris


Congratulations to Kim Hunt Harris for winning Best Fangirl story. Kim’s interview was hilarious and we really loved hearing her story about meeting Diana Gabaldon. Diana is KJ’s favorite author so I agree with our audience on this one for sure. Thank you Kim for giving us a great interview with such a great clip. You can find out more about Kim on her website http://kimhuntharris.com/.

Here is the winning clip (Kim) https://clyp.it/ocyoowjm

Category 4 – Funniest Podcast

 Our nominees for this category are:
J.D. Lexx

There were many podcasts we could have included in this award as we have had so much fun with so many authors, however we had to narrow it down and the winner in the category with the most votes from our podcast audience is J.D. Lexx with his incredible wit who kept us laughing through the whole interview. Learn more about J.D. on his website http://www.jdlexx.com/.


Here is the winning clip from J.D https://clyp.it/he1vz3v4
  

Susan Wingate Podcast Hero Award


Susan Wingate

We are honored to introduce to you to another amazing author who is recipient of our second Blondie and The Brit Hero Award. Susan Wingate is not only a fabulous writer but she is also a great support and resources for other writers. Over the last year we have felt Susan's support in so many different ways from helping us through our book launches and Facebook parties to interviewing us on her own podcast. Both a traditionally and Indie author she extents herself in so many way to support the writing community, through her classes, her online influence and her whole-hearted devotion to her craft. We can't think of a better choice for our special hero award. Thank you Susan for all you do. You can find more about Susan by visiting her website here: http://www.susanwingate.com/


Category 5 – Best New Author Story 

Our next category was Best New Author Story where authors shared how they were discovered. Our nominees are:

Darynda Jones -- Agent Beauty Contest
Susan Spann -- Ten Years of Tenacity
Patricia Sands -- Every Day is a Gift
David Estes -- Accountant to Full-Time Writer on the Beach



And the Winner is: Darynda Jones

Congrats! Darynda was our very first aired interview on October 1, 2015. Her story of being discovered by St. Martin’s Press after winning the Golden Heart Romance Award was a very inspiring. Thank you Darynda for giving us your time and talents for our debut podcast. You can find out more about Darynda at http://www.daryndajones.com/.Here is the winning clip from Darynda  https://clyp.it/notykb11


Category 6 – Most Helpful Writing Process

Nominees for the Most Helpful Writing Process award are:

Melody Robinette

We are excited to announce the Most Helpful Writing Process winner is Melody Robinette

Our listeners deemed this as the Most Helpful Writing Process. We were so glad to meet this great author and KJ has already tried and used this writing tip successfully. Melody Robinette was our winner with her great Pomodoro technique. Find out more about Melody on her website: https://melodyrobinette.com/
  
Here is the winning clip from Melody https://clyp.it/whgefrkc


Category 7 – Most Inspired Storytelling

The nominees for our Most Inspired Storytelling category are:


 VaunMurphrey

Vaun Murphrey is the winner of the Most Inspired Storytelling with her description of what inspires her science fiction writing. I loved this clip where she shares the scientific articles that were the spark for two of her novels. Congratulations Vaun! We loved your interview and were glad you were able to stay up past 8:00 pm to talk to us. Check her out on her website http://www.vaunmurphrey.com/.


Here is the winning clip from Vaun https://clyp.it/lg0xzeqi

Martin Lastrapes Hero Award


Martin Lastrapes

We are so excited to introduce to you to our third amazing author who is the recipient of our Blondie and The Brit Hero Award. Martin Lastrapes was a great support to us and our podcast when we first launched and featured us on his Podcast for an in depth interview. Martin is an award-winning novelist, a Buffy enthusiast, and a podcaster. His debut novel, Inside the Outside, has been praised by readers and critics alike and in the spring of 2012 it won the Grand Prize in the Paris Book Festival.  You can find out more about Martin here on his website: http://www.martinlastrapes.com/

Category 8 – Best Professional Publishing Tip 


Nominees for the Best Professional Publishing Tip are:



Jeri Walker 


Our winner for the Best Professional Tip is Jeri Walker! Congrats! Jeri joined us on the program to talk editing and we ended up learning a lot about blogging and other author marketing resources. Thank you for sharing your expertise Jeri! For more great book marketing and writing advice check out her blog http://jeriwb.com/.

Here is Jeri’s winning clip: https://clyp.it/hnrc3l20

Best Overall Podcast -- Blondie’s Choice 

The last category for us is our overall personal favorite podcasts. We both chose the one we had enjoyed the most over the whole year. 

I’m so excited to announce Blondie’s Choice award for my favorite podcast of the year. Rachel Thompson!


I chose Rachel’s podcast for this award because of the endless great advice contained within. We gave you her clip on #MondayBlogs but it truly was hard to choose the best one in the interview that we spread out into two podcasts because it was so full of great author and book marketing tips and advice. Rachel gives back so much to our author community with her #bookmarketing chats Wednesday nights, her great articles on her blog and endless great content and tips.

Thank you Rachel! Stay tuned because next week we will have an update from Rachel on the podcast about all of the new and exciting things she is working on now.


Best Overall Podcast -- Brit’s Choice – Terry Persun

For the Brit, there was no contest for this award. This author was not only gracious, funny, and informative. He was also one of the most versatile and knowledgeable authors I have ever met. We ended up interviewing him twice for an hour each time and he had new and interesting things to say. I also had my writers “ahh” moment during one of those interviews. 

Terry Persun 

I am excited to announce that the Brits favorite over all podcast interview went to the amazing Terry Persun. Thank you Terry for all you do for authors and for the amazing creative spirit you are.  You can find out more about Terry at http://www.terrypersun.com/

Here is Terry’s winning clip: https://clyp.it/rrrkmyfd



Congratulations to all of our Winning Authors 



Thank you for all of your support of the podcast and Suzanne and KJ.
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Free Chapters of KJ Waters' Upcoming Release! 


As a party favor KJ is offering the first two chapters of her next novel, Shattering Time. Please click on the link here. http://www.kjwaters.com/shattering-time-book-2

You can have the first six chapters of Shattering time (the sequel to Stealing Time) by subscribing to her newsletter here. http://www.kjwaters.com/

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Blondie and the Brit Birthday Bash and Podcast Awards


Blondie and the Brit Birthday Bash and Podcast Awards 

Friday October 14 6:00 pm EST

This Friday (October 14) we will be celebrating our one year anniversary with a super fabulous Facebook party where we will announce the winners of our Audience Choice Podcast Awards.


Join our Facebook party here to get the full scoop. You have to click join to see the posts.

Suzanne Kelman and I have a blast at our parties so please join us and come along for the ride. We will be giving away some books and I will have some exclusive content for those who attend the party! 

The schedule for the grand evening is based on East Coast Standard time so make adjustments as you need to.

8:00 pm -- Party begins with a toast and I promise to wear a really stupid hat. Well maybe not but you'll have to come to the party to see.
 
8:05 -- S.J. Hermann Podcast Hero Award


8:15 -- Category 2 – Most Creative Book Promotion Winner


8:30 – Category 3 – Best Fangirl/Boy Story Winner

8:45 – Category 4 – Funniest Podcast Winner


9:00 – Susan Wingate Podcast Hero Award Winner


9:15 – Category 6 – Most Helpful Writing Process Winner


9:30 – Category 7 – Most Inspired Storytelling Winner


9:45 – Category 5 – Best New Author Story Winner


10:00 – Martin Lastrapes Hero Award


10:15 – Category 8 – Best Professional Publishing Tip Winner


10:30 – Category 1 -- Social Media Tips Winner


10:45 – Best Overall Podcast Winners -- Blondie’s Choice and then Brit’s Choice 

11:00 –- End

We hope to see you at the party!



Please listen to our two full podcasts here where we review provide the best tips from our first year of podcasting. 




Monday, October 3, 2016

Week 5 -- Blondie and the Brit Podcast Awards -- Most Inspired Storytelling and Best Professional Publishing Tip

Week 5 of Blondie and the Brit Podcast Awards 


In Honor of our One Year Anniversary

Blondie and the Brit are excited to announce our first

“Blondie and the Brit Podcast Awards” 


This week we have two categories for 

voting: 

8. Most Inspired Storytelling and 

9. Best Professional Publishing Tip


We also wanted to give a special Podcast Hero Award to someone who has gone above and beyond in supporting our podcast. This is an instant award and skips any voting procedures. 

We are so excited to introduce to you to are third amazing author, who is the recipient of our Blondie and The Brit Hero Award. Martin Lastrapes was a great support to our podcast when we first launched and featured us on his Podcast for an in depth interview. 

Our other winners were Susan Wingate and S.J. Hermann. Please take a minute to connect with these authors and their work and feel the love and support just as we have done.   

Congratulations Martin!!

Category 8 -- Most Inspired Storytelling

Please click on the clips to listen and vote below for your favorite. 

Caragh O'Brien -- California Drought

Ian Mackenzie -- South African Politics

Vaun Murphrey -- Science in the News

Amy Quick Parrish -- Web Series to Pilot to Novel


Barbara Sissel Taylor -- Living on the Grounds of a Correctional Facility

Emily Drake Carpenter -- Ideas Form in the Bath



Most Inspired Storytelling

Caragh O'Brien
Ian Mackenzie
Vaun Murphrey
Amy Quick Parrish
Barbara Sissel Taylor
Emily Drake Carpenter


Rules:
1. 1 vote per person per category.
2. Votes must be cast by October 7 midnight central time.
3. Winners will be announced on Friday, October 14, 2016 during our Facebook party. You do not have to be present to win. Please invite everyone to join the fun.

4. Winners will receive a trophy, a widget for website and eternal bragging rights and other exciting opportunities.
Poll Maker


Category 9 -- Best Professional Publishing Tip


Please click on the clips to listen and vote below for your favorite.

Andrea Hurst -- How to Approach an Agent

Gisela Hausman -- Advice for Contacting Book Reviewers

Evan Marshall -- What Does an Agent Bring to the Equation

Jeri Walker -- How to Choose and Editor

Carlie Cullen -- Common Writer Mistakes



Best Professional Publishing Tip

Andrea Hurst
Gisela Hausmann
Evan Marshall
Jeri Walker
Carlie Cullen


Rules:
1. 1 vote per person per category.
2. Votes must be cast by October 7 midnight central time.
3. Winners will be announced on Friday, October 14, 2016 during our Facebook party. You do not have to be present to win. Please invite everyone to join the fun.

4. Winners will receive a trophy, a widget for website and eternal bragging rights and other exciting opportunities.
Survey Maker


Please listen to our last podcast here where we review the voting prior to this week and provide the best tips from our year of podcasting. 

If you haven't voted for previous weeks you can do so here.
Vote on week 5 here: (Most Inspired Storytelling and Best Professional Publishing Tip)

Vote on week 4 here: (Most Helpful Writing Process)

Vote on week 3 here: (Funniest Podcast and Best New Author Story)