Have a book to promote? Link it here! #authors #writers #paranormal #ghosts

If any one is interested in writing a short ‘n’ sharp paragraph of paranormal true events (could be while researching your book or a reason why you wrote the book in the first place!) send it to wiselouise(AT)gmail.com for it to be placed on this blog. Continue reading

Louise Wise’s new time-travel romance out for Christmas!

Coming soon… Village girl Julie Compton couldn’t wait to leave Potterspury, neither could she wait to turn her back on her mum, boyfriend and best friend when they cruelly conspired against her and turned her cossetted life upside down and inside … Continue reading

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Has anyone seen the potential of marketing via Pinterest? I have. It’s visual and it’s taking off very quickly. I can go anywhere on the web and “Pin It” (grab) a picture and stick it to a board, along with a short description, then I can Tweet, FB, LinkedIn the link as normal and when people click on the picture they are taken STRAIGHT TO THE PURCHASE PAGE of your book.


Never more is a book cover so important.


Want to be included? Email me your book’s purchase link and its genre. Here’s the Book Junkies link in full: http://pinterest.com/BookJunkies/

Open to small-press/indies only.



Update: Success! Authors have informed me sales have picked up since they’ve added their book on Book Junkies, and that to me, is success. It may have happened anyway, who knows? But it’s good to know there is a library for our growing niche community and it’s being viewed!

Peripheral Vision – Why ‘Distractions’ Can Actually Let Your Creativity Flow

by
Christine Agro
In 50 Ways To Live Life Consciously, Metaphysical Expert Christine Agro offers the simplest, yet most life-changing answer to the question “Why Are We Here?”
My husband is an artist and for many years
he has talked to me about his painting process. He talks about working on a
piece and then hanging it on the wall of his studio and then moving on to work
on something else, even though the first piece isn’t finished. He hangs the
painting in a place where he can still see it out of the corner of his eye. He
says to me ‘I’m looking at it with my peripheral vision. It helps me to see
something I didn’t see.’

‘How cool,’ I think, ‘to have that ability
to look out of the corner of one’s eye.’

I write, not because I am a writer, but
because I am an explorer of Conscious Living and I love to share what I
discover. As my own work has evolved I’ve found my own sort-of ‘peripheral
vision’ developing. True to form, I don’t just want to have the experience of
this peripheral vision, I want to understand it. When we can understand why
something works, or how it works, or why it benefits us, then we can really
start to create change in our lives. Our knowing allows us to consciously
access and utilize the information, rather than it being a haphazard happening.

I gather information by observing what’s
happening with others and also by sitting in my meditation space and looking at
the energy. I call it ‘picking it apart.’ I visualize what I want to explore;
it could be a person, a situation or even energy; and then I pick it apart like
a cotton ball to see what comes out. The information unfolds for me like a
movie.

I’ve been looking at this notion of
‘peripheral vision’ for a while now. Personally, I find the busier I am, the
more I get done. I also find that information flows when I’m in the shower or
I’m driving.  These are my own sorts of
‘peripheral vision’. But I’m not happy with the fact that they work, I want to
understand why these experiences let my creativity flow.

After looking at it and exploring it, what
I’ve found is that we can get so focused on what we are creating that our mind
and sometimes our ego create blocks (writer’s block falls into this category).
I get the picture of standing in front of a brick wall and we just keep trying
to run through it, when in fact if we step back and take a look, we can
actually walk around it, or easily climb over it.  In the process of shifting our focus to
something else we open the door for the information, the insight, the clarity
or the inspiration to resume flowing.

Interestingly in a book I recently read
(iDisorder by Dr. Larry Rosen) there was a discussion about how the brain
operates. One thing I took from it is that our brain doesn’t reset or calm down
unless it receives different signals to do so. Simply turning off the computer
doesn’t work; we need to change our environment, like go for a walk on the
beach. So in the case of blocks, I believe, but I don’t know scientifically,
that could be why ‘peripheral vision’ works. It allows our mind to receive a
different signal and to release the block. Don’t quote me on that though, I’m
just surmising from what I read. What I do know, however, is that
energetically, shifting your focus works.

Next time you feel stuck, or you think
you’ve lost your inspiration, consider looking with your own form of
‘peripheral vision’.
© 2012 Christine Agro
“Life is a journey. Spiritual evolution is a spiral. Living a conscious life puts you in the driver’s seat of your own magnificently spiraling journey.” 

Does life seem complicated? 
Are you always trying to
get to the next ‘something’? 
Are your relationships confusing and overwhelming? 

Christine Agro, Clairvoyant and Metaphysical Expert, shares her unique insight
that will help you create a graceful, ease and flowing life. 

Christine’s
information is so simple yet so powerful that you may actually feel yourself
shifting as you read. With insight into the how, why and what-for of life,
Christine helps you get off the mental and emotional wheels and helps you get
your ego in check creating a natural balance with the one aspect of yourself
that really does have all the answers, your Spirit. 

50 Ways to Live Life
Consciously is a treasure box that answers the question “why are we here” and
offers 8 tools and 42 concepts to help you make the shift into conscious
living
.

Christine Agro is an internationally
recognized Clairvoyant, Inspirational Teacher, Metaphysical Expert and author
of
50 Ways To Live Life Consciously: 8 Tools and 42 Concepts to Help You Wake-Up And Live (Haldi Press March 3, 2012).

She has helped numerous artists, writers, dancers, actors and designers
through her Creative Vision Mentor Process. 

To find out more about Christine
please visit her at: www.christineagro.com
Blog  or drop her a line  by Email she’d love to hear from you.

Short excerpt – 50 Ways To Live Life Consciously

When we live consciously we begin to see that all things are
interconnected and there is both magic and power in this awareness.
When we live consciously we are truly living. The blinders come off
and a whole new way of seeing the world and living in the world spring to life
When we live consciously we wake-up to all the many ways in which
our lives are put together and our destiny becomes ours to consciously create.
Some people spend their entire life living unconsciously, unaware of why their
life unfolds the way it does and allowing their unconsciousness to drag them
along. Life is only ‘by chance’ if we are unconscious to it. There is so much richness
and reward that comes when we live with awareness.
As you take this step toward conscious living, from this day on,
each step you take must be made as a conscious choice.
We are no longer able to sit and wait for something greater than
ourselves – God, The Universe, The One – to tell us what to do. Our learning,
our healing, our growth will only happen when we say ‘yes’ to the steps along
the way.

Flaming June

Well, the beginning of May was a washout weather wise, I wonder what June will bring? Hot sunshine? Sizzling barbecues? Barmy evenings?

We can all but hope.
Here on Wise Words the theme for June is Sock Puppets. If you don’t know what they are, stay tuned because among those authors spotlighting their books and blogs, we have some fabulous guest-posts coming up revealing all the naughty things that authors get up to in their pursuit of success.

Ooh, I can hardly wait!


My
line-up for June is:

Chrisso
Courtis  
Cancelled, so you have me instead
!
Reginald
Gray
Deidre
Havrelock
Keira
Michelle Telford

Marie Alesbury
M.K
McClintock
Cindy
McDonald
Elizabeth Nelson

Roll
on June!

A book signing tip from the authors of Launch Out Into the Deep

by

Aaron L. Slaton and 
Acacia Beumer

The first edition of Launch Out
Into The Deep!
was completed around 2006. My sister set up a lot of local book
signings in the local metro Atlanta area, with hopes of getting the book
noticed and selling a good amount of copies.

I remember the first book signing
was at Barnes and Nobles. If I remember correctly, I think we almost sold all
of our books that day. We were unknown authors with a self-published book,
which makes the odds of any success with a traditional book signing very slim. It’s
hard to get anyone to look your way as they walk into the bookstore, let alone
sell any books. So what did we do that was so special on our first book signing?


We engaged the customers as they walked
into Barnes and Nobles.

Most of the customers who walk
into a bookstore already have an idea of what they are looking for, or at least
the genre of the book they have in mind. So, as far as they are concerned, you
are just another author out of the millions of unknown authors eager to have
their book on the New York Times Best Selling List.

Ask yourselves: 
  • What makes your book stand out from
    the millions of others books flooding the shelves of bookstores?
  • Why should they stop and pay
    attention to a book they have never heard of or seen?



Even though it was uncomfortable
at first, we made it a point to try and communicate with almost everyone that
walked in the store that day.

We even pointed out key chapters
in the book and let the customer walk around the store and continue reading the
book as they browsed through it.

A word of caution about this tip:
on some of our other book signings, some people left our books on the shelves
and we had to go behind them and collect the books.

Staying motivated with book
signings can be very tough, especially when you approach people and no one
seems interested. Remember to stay upbeat and don’t get discouraged. Even if
they are not interested at that time, let them know about your website, give
them your business card or postcard, and let them know about any future events
you have
.

Without a successful platform,
you can’t expect to sell hundreds of books at signings, but if you stay
positive and learn to engage potential customers, you might just increase your
book sales on your next signing.

Aaron L. Slaton, Co-author of Launch
Out Into The Deep!
  http://www.launchoutbook.com


Life is a journey that is encumbered with
pitfalls, cruel turns of fate, and the inescapable reality of death. How we
make our way throughout this journey is what really counts but sometimes it is
easy to lose our way and our faith. Launch Out into the Deep! is a
well written heart warming coming of age book. Launch Out Into The Deep! will
work wonders for your soul and alleviate any feelings of loneliness,
rebelliousness and even regret. 


It’s important to realize that the bible is not an easy read, and that where
books like these fit in – selecting certain Bible passages and references from
the Testaments along with engagingly written notes, and true experiences from
the writer and other people, to help us reflect on the Bible’s meaning and how
it is relevant to us today.

Launch Into The Deep!  has a very intelligent architecture: a short description of life’s
brutal lesson and the cool balm that Faith provides, followed by quotations
from the Holy Scripture. Lastly a soothing poem in rhyming verse provides the
apt closure to the episode. It’s like celestial music lending its rhythm and
cadence to the momentary turbulence of the cosmos.

Launch Into The Deep! is full of such tender moments of truth. This collection of life’s
practical and illuminating lessons about the grace of Jesus and power of Faith
will definitely endear it to the multitudes, who find teachings of the Bible
difficult to comprehend and relate to their own situations.


The topics discussed are contemporary and compelling; these are subjects that affect our world today and those for which people are seeking genuine guidance. Words reveal an understanding of the depth of emotions in our world, and explains situations through personal experiences. 


Yet, throughout the book, there is a solid and strong emphasis on the Word of God. The gap between the natural and the spiritual world has been bridged, and complete reliance on the power of God brings a taste of heaven to some of today’s bitter situations: sexual promiscuity, peer pressure, disease and even crime are discussed with a bold and frank style. 

Readers will know there is nothing outside of God’s reach that He cannot restore and make right again. An added layer of spiritual enlightenment comes from the poems that accompany many of these essays. Intense and extremely insightful, the words of Aaron L. Slaton provide a strong commentary to his sister’s counsel. Encouraging, yet filled with many hard-hitting exhortations, this book speaks with a contemporary language and a timeless commitment to love and truth.

Website – www.launchoutbook.com

A tip for Indie Authors from the book Go Publish Yourself!

 by
Katie Salidas

I like to tell authors to avoid reading
reviews about their book(s). That will prevent them from being tempted to
respond. However, we’re all human, and we want to know when someone talks about
our work. I can safely assume that 99% of authors will ignore this advice
completely.

So, let’s just assume you’re one of the
99%. Once you’ve read a review on your work, you might be tempted to respond.
The best advice I can give you for that is, no matter if they are good or bad, leave your book reviews alone
Firstly, reviews are not written for you,
the author. They are the reader’s personal interpretation of your story. They
need to feel free to share their thoughts, good or bad, without fear of
harassment.



On bad reviews: Not everyone is going to
like your book. A bad review does not mean the reviewer is personally attacking
you. It’s simply an opinion from one reader. You’ve heard the old saying about
opinions, right? Everybody’s got them…

It’s human to feel upset when you receive a
bad review. After all, you did labor over this project for countless months,
revision upon revision. It’s okay to be angry, hurt, disappointed, and any
other negative emotion that hits you. Your work is your baby, and a bad review
is akin to someone calling it ugly. As the author, you feel like any negative
is a personal attack on you.  Just feel
it in the privacy of your own home. Remember, it’s one opinion.

Lashing out publicly is never going to
bring back positive results for you. In fact, it’s going to push people further
away from you and your books. Case in point: An author disagreed with
a review p
osted by a blog Big Al’s Books and Pals (dedicated to indie books). What started as a simple
disagreement between the author and the reviewer’s blog quickly dissolved into
the author throwing a temper tantrum. This tantrum was tweeted, shared, linked
and spread through the Internet like wildfire. The author’s book took the brunt
of the backlash and was flooded with thousands of negative comments and close
to 100 1-star reviews.  


The Internet is like an elephant: It never
forgets. Any comments you make, whether bad or good, will be stored online, on
servers, and can eventually be accessed and dragged out again when you least
expect it.


Instead of channeling the negative energy
into an online temper tantrum, which will only make you look bad, why not try
to look for something you can take back from the review?

Did the reviewer point out any typos,
spelling mistakes, grammar mistakes, etc.? Think of this as an opportunity to
improve your work. The nice thing about being an indie author is we have the
ability to update and improve our work. With ebooks, it’s as simple as
uploading a new file. The update costs us nothing and will correct the mistakes
for any future books purchased. With POD books, the same principle applies
(although due to cost, you might wait until you have significant improvements
before uploading new files).

Want to learn more tips and tricks on
self-publishing and marketing your book? Grab a copy of Go Publish Yourself!

Katie Salidas is an author with several
successful self-published titles. Each of her titles was created in the DIY (Do
It Yourself) style, without the aid of author service companies. Through trial
and error she has gained the knowhow to successfully publish print and ebooks. Go Publish Yourself! has that knowledge
assembled into an easy-to-use format, packed with no-nonsense tips and quick
and dirty tricks, so you can take your novel to the next level.

So, what are you waiting for?
Go
Publish Yourself
!





More about Katie:

Katie Salidas is a Super Woman! Endowed with special powers and abilities, beyond those of mortal women, She can get the munchkin off to gymnastics, cheerleading, Girl Scouts, and swim lessons. She can put hot food on the table for dinner while assisting with homework, baths, and bedtime… And, She still finds the time to keep the hubby happy (nudge nudge wink wink). She can do all of this and still have time to write. 
And if you can believe all of those lies, there is some beautiful swamp land in Florida for sale… 
Katie Salidas resides in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mother, wife, and author, she does try to do it all, often causing sleep deprivation and many nights passed out at the computer. Writing books is her passion, and she hopes that her passion will bring you hours of entertainment.


What I wish I had known about reviews before I got a bad one

by 
M.C.V. Egan
 
I come from a
huge family and married into another large one. I have (or would like to think
I have) many friends. My book came out on June 9th 2011 and many of
my friends and family read it.

I got beautiful
cards and e-mails with ‘review-like’ comments. One or two actually posted them
on my facebook page.  So I found that as
an author I had the wrong kind of friends and relatives. Perhaps not the wrong
kind, but not review friendly friends and relatives.

I had a publicist
last summer and through that PR the book was requested for reviews, but that
meant I had to sit, wait, hope, fear, wonder. What if my first review was a bad
review? What if all my reviews were bad reviews? What if my friends and family
were trying to spare my feelings? Should I start smoking again? Should I take
up drinking? I opted for massive amounts of chocolate; I am still trying to
lose the weight acquired during the waiting period!


A few months
later the reviews began to come in, and I got really spoiled. They were all
absolutely fantastic, one five-star after another including one from the much
respected Midwest Book Review.
 

I was flying
high, this time eating chocolate to celebrate, and learning so much from what
the reviewers/readers tapped into. Words like “unusual” and “unique” were
followed by amazing praise about my great ability to intertwine fact and
fiction. I could do no wrong and the five stars became the expected norm.

Then I got a
three star.

But I surprised
that I did not feel disappointed or offended. The review explained that the
factual historical aspect in the book was in great detail and was more than the
reader had bargained for.

I received a few
three-stars after that, and then the great blow.

A very scathing
one star review… no, I won’t tell you where it is posted, if you are curious
enough you will search and find it. I cannot deny it hurt. I ate a box of
chocolates; I believe I even cried. I try not to remember.

I posted it on
book blogs and I was amazed at the feedback from other authors: you are so
brave, sadly all the bad ones always hurt, not every book is for everyone and
the wisest one of them all look: up the reviewers review history it might be
someone who likes to give bad reviews.

Off I went in
search of my reviewer’s history and my heart sunk a lovely list of good
reviews. Five stars here and there, and then I saw another one-star review and I
had to smile and open another bag of M & M’s grinning from ear to ear the
other one star review was for Ulysses byJames Joyce. So, my book was not for everyone, no book is but I was certainly in
fine company.


Of course I have
absolutely no delusions of being in the fine gentleman’s category, but I do
have an Irish last name, even if it is acquired by marriage and not by
birthright.

I received a long
e-mail from a lovely blogger and reviewer, one of those that gave me five
stars, loved The Bridge of Deaths and even invited me back to her huge site for
an author interview and giveaway. She pointed out how many greats had received
bad reviews, her list did not include James Joyce, but I added him.

I have since
received other five-star, four-star, three-star reviews. I can only hope I do
not receive any more scathing or one-star reviews, they hurt, and they hurt a
lot.

I am very humbled
and honored by all my reviews. I have learned so much from each and every one.

I do need to know,
however, if any of you know a good way to end a chocolate addiction.
The Bridge of Deaths is a historical paranormal, romance mystery! Something for everyone:

Follow Bill and Maggie in London 2010 as they explore the events of August 15th 1939. When at the brink of World War II, an English plane crashed and sunk in Danish waters. Five deaths were reported: two Standard Oil of New Jersey employees, a German Corporate Lawyer, an English member of Parliament, and a crew member for the airline. Bill and Maggie find a conceivable version of the events. 

Purchase Links:
Amazon
Barnes and Noble
AuthorHouse
Website

I wonder what April will bring?

April is soon approaching and for this month I have asked my guest bloggers to concentrate on REVIEWS, and I’m sure we’ll be in for a treat with the line up of authors I have coming over to share their delights, woes, tips and funny stories.


We have the honour of M.C.V Egan author of The Bridge of Deaths, Katie Salidas with her non-fic novel Go Publish Yourself.


Then David Kubicek author of Friend of the Family, and David Grant author of Blood: The New Red. 


Rod L. Predergast is spotlighting his excellent book called Dinner with Lisa, and we can look forward to Cait Lavender’s top ten sharp and short reviews of her favourite authors. She is the author of Hunter Moon.


Who else wants to join the line up?


http://bit.ly/GMqQRe

The End… or Just the Beginning?

Vampires and Witches and Myths, oh my! 

by 
Lola James


When I first started writing, I wanted to be done quickly so that I could be published and actually become an author. Well, I wrote the story found a critique partner, and an editor. The whole process took about a month, and I am somewhat of a fast writer. Happily, I published my book on KDP, Pub-it, and Smashwords. I then sat back and waited for my good reviews and acclaims to roll-in. Boy was I wrong… Nothing happened, well something did happen I joined a writing group a few months too late, actually the day after I published, and joining that group forever changed my life.

The group consisted of less than 100 people but it was about 10 people in that group that really helped me out. It was nice to be among my peers, I mean my friends were supportive but they couldn’t relate; hell half the time they didn’t know what I was talking about!




After asking questions and getting answers along with occasional posts by various people, I found out that I rushed my publishing process. I was too worried about the end when I never paid attention to the beginning. 
The first thing I did wrong was rush and only let one person critique my work. Not to say she wasn’t a good critique partner but it was just one. In my defense, I was new and didn’t know how to find like-minded people. Second, I didn’t have my name out there, yeah I had a blog but I didn’t use it, I had twitter but I couldn’t understand it, and finally Facebook but of course I didn’t want my friends to know I was a writer (stupid, right?). 

Well, I soon made the changes needed to get my name out there. I started blogging, tweeting, and invited my friends over to my Facebook Author page. I gained more love and support by doing that than I had any other way. 
Lola James 



In the meantime, I scrambled searching high and low for a blogger to read, review, and post about my book. It wasn’t until one gave me some good advice about my book: she told me that the editor I used wasn’t very good. A fact that was re-hashed by a few people in the writing group; a few had used the same one with the same bad results, so Ms. Blogger told me to have my book re-edited. After tears and crushed pride, I did exactly that. I found a new editor, who I love by the way, and she did wonders for my book. I made the changes, found a few more critique partners/beta readers then I re-published my book! 

My next venture was exposure! During the re-edits, I found out about blog tours. This is where the magic happened! I quickly contacted some of the tour hosts and jumped on board, which led me here. And I must say the tour experience has been awesome. 
Now getting back to the title of this post, I told you my story to say that there never is an end in writing. We as writers are constantly writing, editing, changing, fixing, and stressing over our work. The main thing I have learned in my writing process is that it’s not about our ending, it’s our continuing.
Has there been something you have learned that you can share? 

Bound to Remember


Book One of the Spellbound Series

Vampires and Witches and Myths, oh my!
Toni is a young doctor with a past she can’t remember and a deadly reason for forgetting it. 
Ben is a nurse who has his own tragic past and transfers hospitals after an act of heroism forces his secluded life public. 
Ben can’t believe his eyes when he meets Toni, she has an uncanny resemblance to an old friend of his, and Toni can’t help but find Ben irresistible. 
Enter Kevin, Toni’s sexy but arrogant Ex. Kevin’s jealousy of Ben blinds him from his main objective, Toni. 
A dangerous secret is revealed and a magic spell seems to be a quick remedy, but the witch that helps has a little more than magic up her sleeve…


Read the first chapter of: Bound to Remember
Genre – Paranormal Romance
Format – Ebook
Publisher – Self Published
Released – October 27, 2011
Purchase Links:
Amazon
Barnes and Noble
Author Website: Lola James and Blog