SELLING BOOKS ON TIKTOK –

I heard TikTok is a good place for authors to be.

Yes I’m old. Yes I’m learning as I go.

And in spite of what others have said about it being a waste of time…

I posted this 60 sec video about supporting other indie writers by buying their paperbacks. No selfie, no talking, just books.

Guess what?

Over 200 views in 24 hrs and people messaging me asking for my indie book recommendations. I may not be selling my books yet – but I am perhaps selling yours!

Why say no to ANY free advertising?

WHY?

Are you on TikTok? Friend me @authortheresajcbs

Need a little romance in your life? Find all the love and steamy heat here.

Clean, exciting Romantic Suspense from a Multi-Award-Winning Author.
Readers’ Favorite Award-Winner – a love story that gets hotter… and hotter. 
What happens when your boss finds your naughty letter to Santa?
https://amzn.to/2NeYDzQ What happens when you find the man who checks all the boxes on your Cupid’s List?

Set in the 60’s in a small town in Wales where everybody knows everybody and everyone loves a scandal.
Past, present & future come together in this explosive modern tale of love and revenge.
He can’t leave his world; she won’t be tied to a planet again. The Shaman-king and the mercenary.

A Romantic Suspense Novel

Three mysteries in one! Missing in Egypt, Missing at Sea and Missing in London. Three stand-alone books set on far-flung continents, the only link being Anna herself.
A Contemporary Small Town Romantic Suspense
A Celebrity Romantic Suspense Novel
A Second Chance Romance (Forever Young Series)
A “howcatchem” rather than a “whodunit,” Poison Pen is a stand-alone novel and part of the About Three Authors series
A Paranormal Romance Novel
https://books2read.com/u/mYA2AY  
Paranormal Werewolves & Shifters Romance
This is a sweet tale and a coming of age narrative of Amanda Rose

Everything Somewhere …

Welcome one and all, let me introduce you to a young up and coming author, David Kummer. His new book, Everything Somewhere will be coming out soon and I got the opportunity to chat with him about it. Read his interview below. Please drop a comment, ask questions, and be sure to check out his website at the end for a sneak peek at chapter one!

How did this idea begin?

This book originated from a few different ideas and intentions. One of the first and major ideas was to write a book about my hometown, specifically the people and stories that make up the place. That hometown, Madison, Indiana, is a major character in the book, though under the name of Little Rush. I tried to write honestly and openly about the good and the bad, from different point of views.

That idea evolved into two major themes throughout the book. Everything, Somewhere is all about normal life. Sure, there are some incredible things that happen, ranging from the unlikely to the improbable, but everything is about accepting and treasuring average life. Writing this allowed me to explore the idea of a normal life, what that means, the pros and cons, and this eventually led to another big topic. Writing about mental illness and suicide gave me the chance to write a heartwarming but brutally honest story about the state of today’s teenagers, but also adults. Balancing these two themes and a plot full of big characters, big ideas, was an incredibly rewarding experience. I have no doubt that it’ll be just as rewarding for you to read.

I've seen you mention on social media that this has been one of your most difficult books to write, why?

This book is the most open I’ve ever been about mental illness, suicide, and substance abuse. Not everything in the book is stuff I’ve experienced personally. Instead, I tried to paint a realistic and brutal picture of what the average teenager goes through nowadays, but also with adults and their own struggles in mind. I chose the POV characters specifically to show the town and major issues from all different angles.

While this makes the book dark and gripping, there are hopeful moments as well. I think the honesty and openness that I put into the book are what make it such a captivating read. There’s something for everybody, pieces of life that are relatable and hardships that we all face. In that same vein of thought, there are heroes and friends that we all know, relationships we long for or maybe have already. I can’t wait to share it with everyone!

What did you edit out of this book?

There were a few plot points and threads that I took out of the book. Some were fully developed chapters, others just paragraphs, but I do have one story to share.

One part that you might find interesting occurred near the beginning of the book. One character is named Willow. There were two chapters written out where she interacts with a friend who is moving out of town, and it’s sort of a goodbye scene meant to foreshadow some events later in the book. The chapters were good, but I decided not to include them. For sake of brevity, sure, but also the friend’s character never got developed enough. Trust me, in the end it was a good thing, though it did have a few killer lines I held onto for later use!

What do you plan on writing next?

I’ve got a weird thriller/mystery/kidnapping story mix that I’ve already written. It’ll need a few rewrites and lots of editing, but I’m super excited for how it’ll turn out. That book is one I’ll consider querying, maybe finding an agent for. It’ll be really fun to advertise, since the hook is pretty great. It’s been a while since I wrote something so exciting or action-packed, but also dark. It’ll be a blast for everyone, as soon as I get time to work on it! College gets in the way a bit.

What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?

For this answer, I could easily have said “Where the Crawdads Sing,” but instead I’ll go with something a bit more obscure. I’ve written about it extensively on my blog, because I have some really weird/cool stories to go along with the book review, but “The Little Stranger” by Sarah Waters is wildly good! It’s the kind of book I wish I could have written.

While the book is a thriller and a mystery, the beautiful writing takes it from being great to legendary. The plot itself is slow-burning and unnerving, one of the most memorable. There are hints of love and of ghosts, the struggle of grief. It’s all put together perfectly and sticks to your skin even after you’re finished. The last page is, I think, the best closing I’ve ever read, as haunting as the whole book that preceded it. There’s even a movie, if you’re into that sort of thing! So, yeah, this was kinda just another book recommendation. You’ll thank me later.

https://davidkummer.com/

Elements the Horror Anthologies Promo’s Ebooks & Audio

Usually horror stories revolve around ghosts, goblins, beasts of death, or things that go bump in the night. But what type of horror do you think stems from within the Four Elements? Earth, Air, Water and Fire?
For an interesting spin on everyday aspects, why not check these books out? While sadly I dropped the ball and missed one call, it’s still worth your time, so don’t be shy – BUY!

Earth – https://mybook.to/BookOneEarth

Air – https://mybook.to/BookTwoAir

Fire – https://mybook.to/BookThreeFire

Water – https://mybook.to/BookFourWater

Writers looking for some interesting new submission areas, look no further than, Redcape https://redcapepublishing.com/submissions/

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New Release YA Contemporary The Guardian

Free for a limited time on Kindle Unlimited. A great read for the young, and the young at heart.

Seventeen-year-old Josephine is used to new towns, the same bullies, and being a loner.
Until they move to Lilith Falls, where her world gets turned upside-down. Here she suspects a creature that can not possibly exist, just might.

With nothing to lose, she begins her search. Along the way, she finds a few unexpected and unusual friendships. And for the first time in her young life; falls in love. But it’s a love that is not only utterly wrong, it also can not be returned.

Will Josephine finally be happy and find a place to call home? Or will the mysteries of Lilith Falls destroy her and leave her broken?

Grab your copy of the Guardian today.

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Horror Zines Book of Ghost Stories

#HorrorZinesBookofGhostStories Ebook is ready! I’m in here with some of the #HorrorMasters Bentley Little, Graham Masterton, Joe Lansdale and more!  Okay you’ve probably seen it shared on Facebook already, but hey, I’m excited.

“This collection of ghost stories is fresh, varied, and entertaining. Perfect company for a long winter’s night.” – Owen King, co-author of Sleeping Beauties

103673044_3430851303606390_7177657732898661268_n“An incredibly creepy collection of stories of the recently and not so recently dead, written by some of the finest writers in horror. I suggest that when reading, do so in the daylight, because reading these at night will only make you more aware of your own, unempty house.” – Susie Moloney, author of The Dwelling and The Thirteen

 

“Gruesome, eerie, horrific, sometimes uplifting; this is a terrific selection of ghost stories that satisfy the soul—they chill the blood, too.” – Simon Clark, author of Whitby Vampyrrhic

“Looking for a perfect evening? Spend the night hunkered down in your favorite chair with only a reading light on, and dive into The Horror Zine’s Book of Ghost Stories. Forget sleep, these tales will keep you enthralled till daybreak.” – Tony Tremblay, author of The Moore House

“Nobody keeps the supernatural alive like The Horror Zine.” – Scott Nicholson, author of The Red Church

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