Indie Pride Day | Book Giveaway

Today is #IndieBooksBeSeen Indie Pride Day: a day to celebrate and share independent authors and poets from all across the world via social media.

Today, if you check the hashtags #IndieBooksBeSeen or #IndiePrideDay, you will see thousands of photos of Indie Authors holding up their #ISupportIndieBooksBeSeen signs, as well as a copy of their own book.

In celebration of #IndiePrideDay, I am doing my biggest giveway yet! Check my Instagram for full details and the actual post. 

quote yourself a freebie

QUOTE YOURSELF A FREEBIE! All you have to do to win is comment below with your all-time favourite book quote! I will be announcing the winner Saturday 2nd July 2016.

The winner will receive:

The rules are:

  • One entry per person.
  • No giveaway-only accounts (I will be checking!)
  • Must be entered on July 1st 2016. Any entries after midnight will not be counted.
  • You must be aged 13 or over (some of my books have explicit content) or have the permission of a parent/guardian to enter.
  • This is a world-wide competition.
  • Your entry must be in the comments/ Tweets of one of my original posts, i.e: this blog post, the Facebook or Twitter posts, or on my Instagram.

Good luck, and may the best bookworm win!

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Indie Pride Day 2016 | #IndieBooksBeSeen

indiebooksbeseen logoOn July 1st 2016, Indie Authors from around the world will be covering social media with pictures of us holding up our books with the hashtags #IndiePrideDay and #IndieBooksBeSeen.

Last year thousands participated, and our Indie Pride Day trended for three days on Twitter; generating over 25,000 tweets. This year, we believe we can do even better!

We are about to make history as the biggest online showcase of Indie Authors and titles ever, and we all hope that you’ll support us on our #IndiePrideDay.

Just like last year, some authors will also be offering book discounts and giveaways – so keep an eye out for the Indie Pride hashtags; you might just end up with a new book to add to your shelf. indie pride 2016

Tell every Indie Author that you know to mark their calendars for July 1st! If you are not an Indie Author (but support us), please post a picture of some indie books that you may have on your bookshelves – or you’ve added to your To-Read list!

Remember on July 1st, when you see the Instagram posts, Facebook statuses, Tweets and #hashtags – spread the love and show your support for the Indie Authors. Every single Like and Double Tap helps the cause!

#IndiePrideDay and #IndieBooksBeSeen are about proving we’re more than just a hashtag: we’re a revolution to the publishing industry, and to readers and authors around the world. Spread the bookworm love and support for #IndieBooksBeSeen on Friday July 1st 2016.

Keep an eye out on my social media and this website, as I am doing my own giveaway! Details will be released on July 1st 2016 for 24 hours. Good luck!

Interview with an Author: Mima

Today’s Interview with an Author is…Mima!
Mima
Pen name?
Mima
What got you into writing?
I started writing when I was around ten years old, simply because I loved to read. When I was sixteen, I wrote my first full-length (well, sort of…) manuscript and at that time, I was kind of bored with most of the young adult books I was reading and wanted to create my own.
What’s your favourite book and why?
I don’t know that I really have a favourite book however, A Million Little Pieces by James Frey is definitely a front runner. I was impressed by how Frey managed to dig into some really dark, intense emotions in this book and gave some very graphic descriptions of life as an addict. It encouraged me to dig a little deeper when I’m writing.
What’s your writing routine?
I don’t have a specific routine but I try to start my day off by checking my social media (especially Twitter) and my analytics. When I do start writing, I grab some tea, water and get ready to hunker down until I have finished a chapter/blog etc. Once I am on a train of thought, it is easier to continue with it rather than stop mid-chapter or mid-article.
The Spark Before The Fire
Tea or Coffee?
Coffee first thing and tea for the rest of the day.
What’s your favourite genre to write?
My first two books are general fiction but my latest one will be fantasy. In fact, most of the ideas I have for future books kind of fall more into a fantasy category.
You have a new book coming out, how long did it take you to write? 
I am not really sure because I had some life interruptions that took me away from it a few times. I usually write a chapter a day and there are 50 chapters, but I don’t write consistently every day. Editing is what really takes the most time for me.
The rockstar of vampires
Did you have any problems with the story?
Great question! I tend to follow my instincts when I write rather than outline in advance because I find it seems too forced. This time, I was down to the last few chapters and really wasn’t sure how I was going to finish things off. I just followed my heart and it all worked out!
Are your friends and family supportive of your writing career?
Yes! I’m very fortunate.
How do you manage your time? Is it hard balancing your writing life with your working life?
Currently, I am unemployed so I have to divide my time between writing and looking for a new job. When I am working, I tend to figure out a good time to write that works with my schedule. With my first two books, I kind of burned the candles at both ends and later regretted it, so now try to keep a little more balance.
Are you self-published or with an agent?
I am self-published. Originally, I wanted to go the traditional method, hand and hand with an agent but I finally decided that it was up to me to take control of my own career and just plunged ahead and self-published. I mean, why sit on the sidelines, waiting for the ‘glass slipper’ to be placed on your foot ? Life is too short!
FIRE
How do you keep motivated?
I am actually pretty self-motivated but there are a lot of days I would prefer to just crash out and read a book, rather than write one! In general, I find the best way to stay motivated is to just make up your mind to do something and jump in with both feet before you talk yourself out of it!
Thanks, Mima!
To check out Mima’s social media and book links, click below!
Website –  www.mimaonfire.com

Interview with an Author: Eve A. Floriste

I’ve been looking forward to doing this interview, as Floriste is an author who I have been following closely (via Twitter of course!) for the past few months. I’ve got to know her as not only a fellow author, but as a person. So, here is today’s Interview with an Author, with the lovely: Eve A. Floriste

Eve A. Floriste

What got you into writing? 

I didn’t actually want to be a writer. My brother was the writer of the family. I got a lot of writing training and won some awards in school, but I wanted to be an actor. ‘Till I figured out what a colossal butt-kissing nuisance it was. Phew. Not the industry for me. I’ve been a voracious reader all my life, though (starting with comic books, of course, when my brother would let me get my grubby paws on them.) He sometimes made me wear plastic bags on my hands – loved reading them anyway. All the stories, the visuals – sometimes I’d carry the stories on in my own mind. Especially when the next issue was missing.

What’s your favourite book?

Watership Down by Richard Adams: The harrowing tale of refugee bunnies. If you haven’t read it, it sounds quite silly. It’s not. It’s an amazing allegory, and by taking it out of the human world the author has circumvented the protective numbness and apathy that we sometimes get with traumatizing stories.

What’s your writing routine?

Oh boy. Currently it involves snatching 5 – 15 minute segments to do marketing updates or organize myself. I have to work extremely hard to get a solid hour of uninterrupted time out of my day. So I do most of my writing in my head – rather uncontrollably, actually. Especially in those dark, quiet times while falling asleep or waking up. Then when I can get my hour-per-day I can just spill whatever’s been stored up.

Do you have a particular genre you stick to, or do you write about anything?

My goal is to write what I like to read: Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Mystery. Those are my favorite genres and my first loves. It’s almost random chance that the first book I’ve completed in is a completely different genre. I did it as a kind of experiment, to see how I felt about the challenge of writing something full-length and publishable.

What inspired your book: Fresh Cut: One Florist’s Story?

Well, my life, really. I had to fictionalize a lot of details but it’s largely true. I’ve been advised not to confess how much is and is not true, but suffice it to say, it’s my story. I never would have fancied myself a memoir writer, but I had the mixed blessing to have quite a fouled-up life in my younger years. I certainly had some demons to exorcise, but I’m not vain enough to think that my sob story alone would necessarily be appealing. It was the contrast of discovering the bizarre inner workings of the floral industry that made it a story worth telling. People were begging me for more weird florist stories, and they started telling me I should write them down… so this crazy idea began percolating to put it all together in one book.

Are your friends and family supportive of your writing career?

It’s a mixed bag. My brother was actually the chief editor on my book; I took full advantage of his Ivy League Writing Major education. And he’s a very, very brave man to survive reading the innermost filthy secrets of his kid sister’s life. My Mom’s a bit baffled, my husband’s quite proud, many of my beta reader friends have been incredibly cool – and then there’s a whole circle of friends where this sort of dialogue happens: “Wow you wrote a book, that’s so cool!” “Yes, will you pick it up on Amazon and give it a review?” (Sound of wind whistling and crickets chirping…)

Do you have a full-time job, if so – what is it, and how do you manage your time?

I’m the parent of a two-year-old, so yeah, that’s pretty much a round-the-clock full time job. On top of that I work part-time from home in my brother’s video game business; I run all the business operations and administration. It’s very demanding on my brain, but not very many hours of my time, so I’m lucky with that. How do I manage my time? Very, very carefully. And with ruthless efficiency. And yes, I just quoted Monty Python.

Are you self-published or with an agent? Was this a personal choice?

Fresh Cut is currently self-published. I shopped it to a tiny number of agents many years ago when it was first completed and hated absolutely everything about that process. If it gets a bit of a following going I may approach some agent contacts again. I like the ease of self-publishing but I am a crappy marketer. I don’t have the patience or the mind-set for it.

Did you find it difficult trying to get into the industry?

Oh my, yes. Twitter is the best thing that’s happened to me in that respect. There are a ton of authors and industry people on there and I’ve found it to be a very friendly, respectful environment. Through various internet and personal contacts I’ve gradually increased my industry familiarity to something marginally less than pathetic.

How do you keep motivated?

Alcohol. And coffee. Only partly joking, there. OK, really, truly – my motivation is my adorable child. He’s the thing that makes it incredibly difficult to write, but he’s also the one thing that makes me really want to write. I can’t even exactly explain why, but there’s a blog post brewing in my fevered brain about this very subject. I didn’t find the inspiration to dust off my book and publish it until he was born. There’s something about having this dependent, hopeful little creature in my life that makes me want to succeed and be a better person. A better writer, better parent, better everything. That’s not too tall an order, right?

 

Want to check out some of Eve A. Floriste’s work?

Her book, Fresh Cut: One Florist’s Story is out now on Amazon Kindle:

http://www.amazon.com/Fresh-Cut-One-Florists-Story-ebook/dp/B00HAQVBR8

 I personally, can’t wait to get my virtual hands on a copy! I will be reviewing Fresh Cut: One Florist’s Story within the next month or so! 

 

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