Paranormal Urban Fantasy Book Cover Reveal: They All Died Smiling by Ronda Del Boccio

The journey of writing a book and getting it published takes plenty of twists and turns.  I have had such a wonderful experience with my editor, Ally Robertson, at The Wild Rose Press, and now I am thrilled to reveal the AMAZING cover art by Debbie Taylor.

The cover artist did a wonderful job crawling inside my head and pulling out the deeper messages of the book along with some cover ideas I had but couldn't draw myself. Definitely, a Muse provided some inspiration...perhaps even a couple of Archangels!

What do you think? I feel it is gripping and oh-so-perfect!

Back Cover Blub of They All Died Smiling

Kassidy Spence thought she was just making a typical Friday night commute home. Turns out she was about to dance with the devil. Her unwanted ability to sense demons once tore her world apart and she refuses to let it happen again.

But a hot new self-help book changes everything. Some who read it leave on a mysterious journey only to turn up dead, even stranger, they died smiling. Kass fears the author has sinister intentions, and even worse, a demonic alliance.

Her relentless search for answers leads her down dark demonic paths. Using her gift could save countless lives, but will she risk being brought to ruin?

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Your free sneak peek includes some scenes from the book,  1 of the recipes Kassidy Spence makes (cherry cobbler!, and snippets from a couple of my other paranormal books. Claim your copy right now.

And now...

Cover Reveal: They All Died Smiling

Front cover of the paranormal/urban fantasy book They All Died Smiling: A hand in the sign language "I Love You" sign blasts from a firey background. In the palm are symbols, including a pentacle. Thte cver reads: Ronda Jean Del Boccio, An unwanted gift, a hypnotic collusion, a demonic coersion, They All Died Smiling, Reluctant Demon Hunter Series

Cheers to your #BlissfulLife!

Ronda Del Boccio

#1 best selling author and speaker

Award winning author, photographer and artist

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Ronda Del Boccio is an award-winning and best Head shot of Ronda Del Boccioselling author of both fiction and nonfiction. She has been mostly blind since birth, but she never lets that stop her doing what she wants to do. She tells transformational tales and helps visionary authors turn their dreams and imaginings into published books. See and order Ronda's books on Amazon.

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Fun Andy LoRusso Sing and Cook Italian Expanded Edition GoFundMe Launch

Before I tell you about a book launch, I want to tell you the story of how I met and got to know The Singing Chef, Andy LoRusso. It's a cool story because of what Andy brings to the world with his celebrity chef and bestselling author status.

Andy-LoRusso The Singing Chef on stage

Andy LoRusso, the Singing Chef, heard me sing before we ever officially met. He presented at a book conference, one of an all-star line-up of authors who have sold more than a million copies of their books. Continue reading "Fun Andy LoRusso Sing and Cook Italian Expanded Edition GoFundMe Launch"

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Smashwords News: Subscribe to Smashwords Alerts for New Release Updates

I got an exciting email from Smashwords today! I'm excited because now YOU can easily know when I put out a new story or book as soon as it happens.

Trouble's Turn FREE short story on Smashwords TEASER: Prayers come to us like whispers

Smashwords is a great place to get books, short stories, and more in ANY digital format you prefer, whether that's for Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Apple, or others.

Here's the email from Smashwords If you have books/stories on Smashwords, you got an email like this personalized for you.

Hello Ronda Del Boccio,

We are excited to announce Smashwords Alerts, a new feature that notifies Smashwords customers of new releases from their favorite authors. The new feature kicks off today.

You can track your number of subscribers and "favorites" in real time from your Smashwords Dashboard under "Marketing and Distribution Tools".

To get the most out of this new capability, please encourage your readers to subscribe to your alerts so they never miss another new release from you.

To subscribe, readers simply visit your profile page at Smashwords (https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/AuthorRonda), and click the button labeled "Subscribe to Author Alerts."

Readers are always in full control of their subscriptions. These are "blind" subscriptions, in that the reader's email address is never shared with anyone. Readers only receive an email if there's a new alert from an author they're following, and readers can cancel notifications at any time from their Smashwords Alerts subscriptions page.

Why don't you give it a try by subscribing to your own alert, as well as those from your own favorite authors!

We hope you enjoy this new feature.

We welcome your suggestions for additional enhancements to this feature as we work to make it easier for you to reach the million+ customers of the Smashwords Store. Please contact us here to reach our support team and tell us what you think!

Enjoy!

Sincerely,

The Smashwords Team

Subscribe to My Smashwords New Release Announcements!

Just visit my SMashwords author page at https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/AuthorRonda

You'll get a notice each time I put out a new story.

My current stories, which you can read on whatever reading app you like, are:

  • "Trouble's Turn": An adolescent Ally Wolf wants to take on her role of guiding her special human, but her pack thinks she's too young. FREE short story on Smashwords!
  • The Assassin and the Prince:  Feline assassin Aree is taking a break from killing to play bodyguard for a pampered prince on vacation. She comes to regret her choice when he makes her tail twitch once too often.
  • A Tasty Morsel: Sometimes young Ellie pokes her nose in where she shouldn't. Reality takes a major turn when she explores a secret door in a cave she just discovered.
  • ...and whatever I share next...you can know right away!

I hope you enjoy the stories! Thanks for reading.

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What Are the Latest Book Publishing Trends?

Ozarks Writers League Publishing Trends Conference, August, 2016Our speakers included an agent, an editor, some book publishers, and some independently published authors (including me.).

I missed parts of everything except the self-published authors panel in which I was a presenter. Here are some quick nuggets I gleaned at the Ozarks Writers League August conference.

Publishing has changed so much over the past decade.

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Waiting…and Waiting…and Waiting to Hear

I was thrilled last fall when the agent I pitched wanted to see my book. I could hardly believe the idea sounded interesting enough she wanted to have a look.

Once I got home, I looked up the agency's LONG, LONG list of manuscript formatting criteria and set up my book or success. I had it to her within two days.

Then, the wait began...

Anticipation

WAITI've published both independently and with small presses. Each has its advantages and disadvantages. I'll go through that another time, but suffice it to say that there's a lot of waiting involved in querying agents and publishers.

Nine months ago, I queried an agent at a writer's conference. I knew to expect a long wait, but truthfully, I had hoped I would have heard back by now.

Yes or No?

I won't be bent out of shape if the answer is "no," but I just want to get that yes or no so I know what happens next.  All life didn't stop for me, and I'm trying to be patient, but WOW is it getting hard after nine months.

Affix fingers to keys and WRITE!

I've kept myself very busy with other writing projects, as you can see by looking at the MyBookProgress info in the sidebar of my site.

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Front cover of the paranormal/urban fantasy book They All Died Smiling: A hand in the sign language "I Love You" sign blasts from a firey background. In the palm are symbols, including a pentacle. Thte cver reads: Ronda Jean Del Boccio, An unwanted gift, a hypnotic collusion, a demonic coersion, They All Died Smiling, Reluctant Demon Hunter Series
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Nine Months and Counting

So here I am, nine months later, getting ready to pitch that same book and some others to publishers and an agent at the Ozarks Writers League quarterly conference.

I'll be "pitching" four books to a couple of publishers and an agent. We'll see if anything sticks. I'll keep you posted.

Wish me luck!

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Excerpt and Cover Reveal: Trouble’s Turn: A Mystical Animal Allies Short Story by Ronda Del Boccio

Recently I've discovered the coolness that is Smashwords, a free way to publish in a variety of digital book formats. Simply by uploading a Word doc file, I can get my book into places like Kobo, Apple iBooks, and Barnes and Noble.

So I figured that I would put up some of my work, including a couple novellas and today, "Trouble's Turn: a Mystical Animal Allies Short Story."

Dreaming Stories

I had a dream that became this story. Though this tale doesn't resemble the dream, it got me thinking of the life of the animal Allies of Native American spirituality and what their lives are like.

In American Indian Wisdom, each person has an "Ally," an animal spirit guide who helps them live a good life. Trouble in this story is a young White Wolf trying to figure out her place in the world.

Making "Trouble's Turn" FREE

Why Smashwords and not just Amazon? I'll go over that another time, but the main thing is I can't make the short story free for everyone (not just Kindle Unlimited subscribers who pay) on Amazon.

I'm so excited to share the COVER of this short story along with the link where yu can get it in the format of your choice.

Cover Reveal - "Trouble's Turn"

And now...(Drum roll, please!)...The Cover of "Trouble's Turn: A Mystical Animal Allies Short Story" by Ronda Del Boccio, namely, ME.

Cover of "Trouble's Turn: A Mystical Animal Allies Short Story" by Ronda Del Boccio, featuring a white wolf ocming towards the reader

Story Excert of "Trouble's Turn"

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A Funny Thing Happened While Wiaiting to Hear from the Literary Agent

In case you haven't noticed - ha! - waiting is hard. As I write this, I am waiting for several things to happen with varying degrees of immediacy.

My delivery is supposed to come between 1 and 6. Hard going deep into something and possibly having to yank myself out of an intense scene or carefully organized nonfiction chapter. I have both going right now.

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I'm waiting for my friend to receive her present. That doesn't pull my focus often, and only briefly then.

And I'm waiting to hear back from the agent I recently pitched.  I can put it out of my mind a lot of the time  OK, some of the time. Whether her response will dish out the Hammer of Doom or the Gates of Glory, who wouldn't want to know sooner than later? One night I found myself wondering whether she had verified receipt of the digital files, so I went through the messages in the folder I made for her comms to check. Yep. She got them. Thought so, but...had to check.

Several friends who know I pitched my novel will ask, "Did you hear anything yet?" Continue reading "A Funny Thing Happened While Wiaiting to Hear from the Literary Agent"

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How to Pitch a Book to an Agent, Editor or Publisher at a Writers Conference

Soon I am going to pitch a novel to both a publisher and an agent at a writing conference. Since I have done this once before when I was extremely wet behind the ears, I figured it would be good to get some tips.

And naturally, I am sharing the good stuff with you, because you might be preparing to pitch.

First things first...

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What's a pitch?

Pitching a novel or nonfiction book is like a sales pitch. You're in a room with a person live hoping to get the agent, publisher or editor interested enough to read your book and consider representing or publishing it.

Some basic Live Book Pitch Tips: Continue reading "How to Pitch a Book to an Agent, Editor or Publisher at a Writers Conference"

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Digital Publishing Resource Book Review: Author’s Quick Guide to Making Money with Your 99 Cent Kindle Book by Kristen Eckstein

If you've perused the digital shelves of Amazon Kindle looking for advice on how to earn more as an author, you're not alone. Every author wants to earn more, because the fact of the matter is that royalties are no big whoop, even if you're selling a $20 tome.

"Authors earn more money BECAUSE they're authors than they do from actual book sales."

-- Ronda Del Boccio

I have a couple books at 99c. Perhaps you do too. This little volume by Kristen Eckstein is right in line with what I teach all my mentoring students about earning money from y your books. You have to think outside the cover. So heer's my review of a helpful little book

Author's Quick Guide to Making Money with Your 99-Cent Kindle Book by Kristen Eckstein

Cover of Author's Quick GUide to Making Monehy with Your 99-Cent Kindle Book by Kristen Eckstein

99-cent Kindle books seem to be winning the book publishing popularity contest. Every day more of them are released, flooding the market with affordable information. The key with 99-cent Kindle books is to deliver an instant solution to a relevant pain point, and to have a solid back-end in place to make your money elsewhere. This book will show you:

  • How to get (and keep) happy email subscribers - and build your platform
  • The truth about using Amazon Advantage affiliate links inside your book
  • A dozen products and services you can recommend in your e-book - and make money from later
  • How affiliate marketing works - and when it's a good fit for your book
  • What exactly to advertise in the back of your book and how to build a system of passive income
  • Exactly how each sale of one of my 99-cent Kindle books nets me a minimum of $27
  • And more!

Get this Author's Quick Guide today and start earning more profits for each book you sell!

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Indie Publishers: Make the Most of Kindle Unlimited Video Tutorial

Kindle Unlimited is like Netflix for books. It's Amazon's $10/month unlimited lending library. Some indie publishers complain all their book sales dried up since enrolling their books. Others are doing great.

Kindle Unlimited

Here is a video tutorial showing you how to make the most of it.

Some ideas to Keep Kindle Unlimited from Robbing You of Royalties:

  • Put only the first book in a series into KDP Select.
  • OR enroll a book for 3 months then take it out.
  • OR rotate boks in and out of the program, perhaps once a year.
  • Remember you can exclude a KDP Select title from KU by following the procedure

Need help with your book? I do short trainings on all sorts of author-related issues. Fnd out more at WriteOnPurpose.com/free and get yourself some helpful free tools.

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Amazon Censorship: Interact with an Author and Your Book Review Goes Down!

If I have ever connected with you on the social web and I've reviewed your book - grab a screen capture, because Amazon might tear it down any second.

If I have ever reviewed your book on this site, the Amazon review I also do could be pulled down. Why? Simply because I interact with authors whose books I review, whether I know you or not. And the way Amazon is behaving, that means reviews from people like me, including your friends, fans, and anyone who tweets or FB's you, could be censored by Big Brother Amazon.

Big Brother Amazon: "We removed your customer review because you know the author."

Here is a snippet from an article in The Guardian.

Amazon accused of 'Big Brother' tactics over customer reviews

Author Jas Ward has launched change.org petition after it emerged that the retail giant is monitoring social networks to screen would-be reviewers
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Friends not welcome ... the Amazon logo pictured at a press conference. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

If you interact with an author in any way online, beware: Amazon might decide that you’re “friends” and ban you from leaving a review of their latest book. The online retailer appears to have tightened up its review policy to weed out people boosting their mates’ books with glowing notices, but whatever algorithms they’re using to work this out seem also to be catching anyone who engages with their favourite writers on social media. The policy has prompted allegations of “Big Brother” activity and sparked a petition calling on Amazon to reverse the decision, organised by US romance author Jas Ward, which is heading towards 11,000 signatures as of Thursday morning. Ward has penned an open letter to Amazon on the change.org petition site, writing: Read More

This is CENSORSHIP plain and simple.

Social media and email mean that even the loftiest star authors ae no longer out of reach. Most authors have a Facebook author page, a Twitter account, Instagram, and the like.

  • If you know an author, you may not be able to review their book.
  • If you tweet your favorite author, you're out as a reviewer too.
  • If you read a great book and review it and tag the author in social, watch out!

This is bad for authors and avid readers alike! Reviews are highly valuable and should not be stopped.

Amazon Customer Review Guidelines

friends of the person, group, or company selling on Amazon may not write Customer Reviews for those particular items.

So...Tweeting someone now makes them a close friend or family member? When did that happen?

What can you do

1. Sign the petition.

2. Tell your author and reader friends.

3. Make a lot of noise all over the web to bring this censorship to light!

Sign the Petition nown

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Ronda Del Boccio is an award-winning and best Click for Member Home Pageselling author of both fiction and nonfiction. She tells transformational tales and helps visionary authors turn their dreams and imaginings into published books. See and order Ronda's books on Amazon.

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Amazon’s Indie Author Smackdown: Changes to KDP Select Payouts

Amazon has changed the way it pays authors who participate in the KDP Select program. Here is the email from Amazon:

In mid-June, we announced a change to the way we will pay for authors’ participation in Kindle Unlimited (KU) and the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library (KOLL) (https://kdp.amazon.com/community/ann.jspa?annID=786). Starting today, the payout of the KDP Select Global Fund will be based on the number of pages KU and KOLL customers read.

 

In mid-July, we will post results for the fund in June, expected to be at least $11M, making June the largest monthly payout so far. As previously announced, the KDP Select fund for July and August will also be at least $11M.

KDP authors can now see the Kindle Edition Normalized Page Count (KENPC V1.0) for each of their KDP Select titles on the "Promote and Advertise" page in their Bookshelf (https://kdp.amazon.com/bookshelf). Please keep in mind that, because it is based on settings specific to this program and intended to normalize the count across all KDP Select titles, KENPC may well vary from page counts listed on a book’s Amazon detail page or page counts for a print book. As measured using KENPC, during the month of June, KU and KOLL customers read nearly 1.9 billion Kindle Edition Normalized Pages (KENPs) of KDP Select books.

For information about how we determine a book’s Kindle Edition Normalized Page Count (KENPC V1.0), you can read more here:  https://kdp.amazon.com/help?topicId=A156OS90J7RDN.

 

We welcome your continued feedback and ideas about how we can further improve Kindle Direct Publishing and Kindle Unlimited.

 

Best regards,
The Kindle Direct Publishing Team

 

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Some questions Authors have:

What's a Kindle page?

There are no page numbers in Kindle, and anyone can adjust the font. Thus, it is unclear what they're calling a page. They're normalizing, but will it really be in our favor?

How will this affect payouts for the average indie publisher?

The program is new enough that it's hard to tell.

Screwdriver

It feels to me like a way to apply a screwdriver to a place where sun doesn't shine!

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About Ronda Del Boccio

Ronda Del Boccio is an award-winning and best Click for Member Home Pageselling author of both fiction and nonfiction. She tells transformational tales and helps visionary authors turn their dreams and imaginings into published books. See and order Ronda's books on Amazon.

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  • Invitations to FREE right-to-the-point classes on everything from book marketing to e-publishing to social media for authors.
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Authors: Video Tutorial: How Can Kindle Pre-Orders Help Sell More Books?

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If you're an indie author publishing with Kindle, you can use a new feature of Kindle Direct Publishing to help you sell more books...Kindle Pre-Orders.

Cool, right? You can build buzz for your book and make pre-orders available to your ans.

Here's a video tutorial showing you how, and more importantly, WHY, Kindle Pre-Orders can help you sell more books and amp up your book marketing efforts..

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Are Hardcover Books Irrelevant?

A friend of minee is so excited that his paperback/ebook is coming out in a new format. He received 70 pre-orders for hardcover, which was enough for the new release. I am THRILLED for my friend because he's excited.

Hardcover’s share of units was just ahead of e-books, accounting for 25% of unit purchases.

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But it got me wondering whether it's really a good thing to put out a hardcover book these days.

Question

According to a Neilson report about the first half of 2014:

  • Paperbacks sold 42%
  • Ebooks sold 23%
  • Hardcovers sold 23%

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Are Kindle Singles Authors Making Money?

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Are Kindle SIngles Authors Making Money?

There are so many ways to publish a book today. Kindle Singles may be Amazon's best kept secret for authors. There are just over 300 titles published to date, and, as you'll see from the story below, some authors are making big bucks on these 99 cents or $1.00 short-to-medium-length books.

“All of this stands in evidence that in its Kindle Singles brand, Amazon is investing in a serious business model behind a quality editorial product. We all -- readers and writers alike -- stand to benefit from that combination.”   in “Authors of Kindle Singles Raking in Tens of Thousands of Dollars” (see below)

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FREE Today on Kindle: Paranormal Romance Thriller Glory by Devin O’Branagan

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FREE Kindle Book today: Paranormal Romance Thriller

Wo doesn't love GOOD free books? I gave Glory by Devin O'Branagan a 5-star review on Amazon, and I shall review it in depth here on WriteOnPurpose.com January 21st.

I and bunches of folks helped her with the original launch a while back, and you may remember the Glory cover reveal for the gorgeous new design.

Get your copy of Glory FREE today!

Review (from the Glory Amazon page)

Glory was nominated by the American Library Association to YALSA's Best Popular Paperback for Young Adults List."A fantasy on the shoulders of a strong willed girl, Glory is not to be missed." - Midwest Book Review

"Glory is a well-written, fast-paced novel that sets the stage for other stories in the same universe. O'Branagan introduces supernatural archetypes that slightly twist the usual take on the paranormal, making for an engaging read. Glory's ability to drive her own narrative is reminiscent of Hunger Games' Katniss. I would recommend Glory to YA readers who crave a little more out of the traditional heroine. Its premise is unique, its world intriguing, and Glory herself has many stories left to tell." -The Universal Mirror

"I absolutely loved this book!  From the moment I started to read, I was hooked and was not able to put it down until I was finished. The wild ride you are taken on with Glory is an exciting one.  With a lot of thrills, government conspiracy and a little bit of romance you will finish the book excited for the next installment. I for one cannot wait to get my hands on it." - YA Novel Reader

"Glory was a really good read. The story is constantly moving and progressing, so as a reader you never get bored. It is well-written and the characters are all likable. I can't wait to read the next book!" -Book Briefs

From the Author

Glory is the first book in The Legend of Glory trilogy. The second book, Pretty Sacrifices, is now available. Look for the third novel, Genesis, to be released in 2015. A prominent Hollywood producer has contracted to shop the trilogy as a possible TV or movie project!

Author Devin O'Branagan

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Book Cover Reveal: Glory and Pretty Sacrifices by Devin O’Branagan

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Best Selling Author Devin O'Branagan writes stories about uncommon heroes, people who rise to the occasion and embark upon a journey of self discovery while fighting seemingly insurmountable odds.

Now, her books are under consideration for a movie or television series, and she has brand new vibrant covers to celebrate the relaunch of this series. I have read and enjoyed her paranormal thriller series and her dog stories as well The Legend of Glory. Here are the new covers for books 1 and 2:

Glory (The Legend of Glory, Book 1) by Devin O'Branagan

Seventeen-year-old Glory Templeton's blood holds the cure for a deadly pandemic-plague and she embarks on a quest to save humanity.

When evil forces conspire to stop her, three supernatural beings are assigned to be her guardians. Forbidden love, mysterious companions, ancient secret societies, vampires, witches, and angels all contribute to the high adventure that tests the character of this remarkable young woman. The legend of Glory begins! Buy on Amazon

Read my 5 star review on AmazonCover of Glory by Devin O'Branagan

 Pretty Sacrifices (The Legend of Glory, Book 2) by Devin O'Branagan

In the post apocalyptic world following a pandemic, dark angels arrive in Glory Templeton's small hometown to claim the eternal souls of her loved ones. Targeted by evil because of her heroism during the great plague, Glory fights back with the help of gutsy young witch Kaia, inexperienced guardian angel Sasha, and her intrepid demon-fighting dog Hallelujah.

Complicating everything, a rift in time reunites Glory with an old flame and forces her to pay a huge price for love. Angels, witches, vampires, and time travel all contribute to this thrilling tale of courage, faith, and fighting the good fight.

Pretty Sacrifices is the sequel to the bestselling urban fantasy, Glory, which was nominated by the American Library Association for their Best Paperbacks for Young Adults List.

Genesis, the third novel in The Legend of Glory trilogy, is forthcoming. Buy on Amazon Read my 5 star review on Amazon.Pretty Sacrifices by Devin O'Branagan Cover

About Devin O'Branagan

Author Devin O'BranaganDevin's genres include paranormal thrillers, young adult urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and romantic comedy. Her books have been published by Simon & Schuster's Pocket Books, German publisher Heyne Verlag, Turkish publisher Dogan Egmont, and indie publisher Cornucopia Creations.

She writes for Paranormal Galaxy Magazine and TAILS Magazine, is a member of the Dog Writers Association of America, the Cat Writers' Association, and many of her writing projects support animal rescue. Her books are available in print, eBook, and audio formats. Visit her author page for details.

She is represented by Deborah Schneider of Gelfman Schneider Literary Agents in New York City, and Josie Freedman, ICM International Creative Management Partners, Los Angeles. Devin is a prolific author with several wonderful series.

See her Amazon author page.

Happy reading, and as always... Follow your BLISS!

Ronda Del Boccio

Award winningg and and best selling author, and Amazon Top Reviewer

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Kindle Formatting Resource

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If you're writing a book for Kindle, you can definitely upload the word doc, however, you might decide to use a free tool to transmute it in the .mobi format for Kindle.

The tool I like is  Calibre, and it's simple to use. Just bring your final document into the program and click a button to convert.

http://calibre-ebook.com/
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calibre: The one stop solution for all your e-book needs. Comprehensive e-book software.

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DIgital Publishing Services News: Kindle Unlimited Expands to Spain and Italy

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If you're using Kindle Direct Publishing's Kindle Select promotional program  for any of your books, you'll want to be aware of a great new development.

Kindle Unlimited is a fabulous, in my opinion, A Tasty Morsel paranormal fantasy novella covercontinuity program that enables members to read as many eligible Kindle books as they want via loan. There are also Audible audiobook titles in the program.

The program  is valuable for indie authors as well. You can read my post about Kindle Unlimited for authors here.

Initially, the program only deployed in the USA. Now, little by little, they are expanding into other countries. THtey just added Spain and Italy. Here is the message I received from KDP:

Since you are enrolled in KDP Select, we want you to know Kindle Unlimited has launched on Amazon.es and Amazon.it.

Kindle Unlimited has a library of over 700,000 titles. Any title you have enrolled in KDP Select will be available for customers to read.

Learn about Kindle Unlimited:  https://kdp.amazon.com/help?topicId=AA9BSAGNO1YJH&language=en_US

Best regards,
The Kindle Direct Publishing Team

Little by little, people worldwide will be able to read your books all over the world when you include them in Kindle Select promotions.

Follow your BLISS,

Ronda Del Boccio, the Story Lady

best selling author and speaker

teller of transformational tales

Check out my books on Amazon

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FREE Humorous Paranormal Fantasy through Nov. 1

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Looking for a fast funny read? A Tasty Morsel is a vampire story, but with a humorous twist. Sparks will fly. Innuendos swill tantalize. Laughter will bubble forth - all for free as a Halloween treat for you.

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 humorous supernatural romance full of "mythical creatures" and humor

A Tasty Morsel takes you into a newly discovered cave with a secret panel.

Scientist Ellie cannot resist the urge to see what’s behind that secret stone door that rolls open at her touch. What she encounters introduces her to a ghoul, a vampire, and a hospital for the undead, among other things.

Full of humor, innuendo and quirky characters, this book will transport you to realms you did not even know existed. Hopefully, you won't take a ride in the ambulance for the undead, as Ellie ended up doing!

Here's one of the reviews:

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Download your copy now at WriteOnPurpose.com/morsel

Don't have a Kindle? No problem! There are all sorts of apps for any device or computer. Just download your app. Link is right there below where the buy box is on the page of every Kindle book

Enjoy, and thanks in advance for leaving your review! *****.

Follow Your B.L.I.S.S.!

Ronda Del Boccio

best selling, award-winning author of fiction, nonfiction and poetry.

Most of my tales take you on adventures that deepen your understanding of what it means to be alive. I also turn visionaries into best selling books. Curious? Start by getting Awakened Author Tips & Tools.

Are you a current or budding author who could use a little help along your own adventure Get weekly success tips and tools FREE, plus a cool set of tools to keep you going. Join free now!

 

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Author: Spin Your Book into Niches following Jay Baer's Example

+Jay Baer  is the author of 1 of the books on my MUST READ list. It's called YouTility

His latest book is nichified. YouTility is for business people, now he takes his same system and slatns it for real estate professionals.

How can you aply this principle to your own systems and nonfiction books? Reply in the comments.

Here's his new book. Please share with any of your friends or colleagues in real estate.
http://www.amazon.com/Youtility-Real-Estate-Professionals-Specialfrom-ebook/dp/B00MNNAOPS/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1413384666&sr=1-1&keywords=youtility+real+estate
#YouTility
#RealEstate 

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Hope you'll check out my new book:

Youtility for Real Estate: A Brand-New Youtility Book That Will Help Build Your Business

bit.ly/1sN8aNs 

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FREE 20 Minute MiniClass: KDP Kindle Authors – How & WHY Kindle Pre-Orders Can…

FREE 20 Minute MiniClass: KDP Kindle Authors - How & WHY Kindle Pre-Orders Can Help You Sell More Books

Until last week, you couldn't offer pre-orders of your upcoming Kindle books. Now you can! Learn how tomake the most of this opportunity during this free miniclass.

It's LIVE right here, on the event page, Google+ and YouTube. And of course, that means it's recorded for your future education as well.

Get the scoop on weekly free mini-classes and get your free special report "7 Ways to Make Money While Still Writing  Your book" at http://WriteOnPurpose.com/free.

See you in class  Follow your BLISS,

Ronda
#sellmorebooks   #bookmarketing   #bookpromotion   #kindlepublishing  

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KDP Authors, did you know you can now sell pre-orders of your upcoming Kindle releases? It's super easy to do, and in this 20 minute quick class, I'll show you WHY to do it and how tomake the most of it.

This class is recorded and remains in YouTube, but I hope you can come live. Please ask any questions in the comments so I can serve y ou well.

Come back each week for a new mini-class for authors. What do YOU want to know more about? Please answer this super quick survey and let me know http://writeonpurpose.com/survey

#bookmarketing   #indiepublishing   #kindlepublishing   #KDP   #awakenedauthor   #freetraining   #author   #writer   #writing   #bookpromotion   #sellmorebooks  

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How Can Kindle PreOrders Help Me Sell More Books?

If you're a KDP author, you know that new features keep magically appearing. Sure, Amazon sends you an email, but maybe you could use a little help figuring out how to make the most out of the new service. Or maybe you wonder whether you even want to use the new feature at all.

Kindle PreOrders

This week's free mini-class shows you one of the latest Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) additions, Kindle Preorders.

You'll discover

  • Why Kindle preorders are a GOOD thing.
  • How to make the most of offering preorders.
  • How to build buzz ahead of your publication date.
  • How to sell more books with the help of preorders.

You can watch LIVE or later.

How to watch LIVE

Come back to this page Thursday, August 21 at 11 AM US Eastern Time to watch live. The class is only 20 minutes, so you won't blow your morning. Click the video player below or lick where it says "watch the video now" below.

How to watch ANYTIME (after the live event is over)

Watch the video now.

I hope this helps. If y ou have questions, please feel encouraged to add them to the comments. I'll be sure to get back with you.

Now I have a very important question for you...

Where are you stuck?

What about authoring confuses or frustrates you? I want to know so I can offer a mini-class to help.

Please take a 1 minute survey at WriteOnPurpose.com/survey and let me know.

Follow your BLISS,

Ronda Del Boccio

best selling author, speaker and mentor, this time helping you sell more books using Kindle Preorders.

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Kindle Direct Publishing Introduces Kindle Pre-Orders

Gathering pre-orders before the official release of a book is a great way to build anticipation for your book. But until today, you could only do this with books published in physical ink.

Today, Kindle Direct Publishing announced that Kindle authors can now offer pre-orders of their books up to 90 days before the release date.

Kindle Pre-Orders

Kindle PreOrders

Here are the details straight from KDP:

We're excited to announce that you can now make your new books available for pre-order in Kindle Stores worldwide. With a few quick and easy steps you can create a pre-order page up to 90 days in advance of your book's release date--your pre-order product page will be created within 24 hours. When you make your book available for pre-order, customers can order the book anytime leading up to the release date you set. We will deliver it to them on that date.

One advantage of using pre-order is that you can start promoting your Kindle book pre-order page on Author Central, Goodreads, your personal website, and other places ahead of its release to help build excitement for your book. Also, pre-orders will contribute toward sales rank and other Kindle Store merchandising ahead of release, which can help more readers discover your book.

Visit your KDP Bookshelf to set up your new book for pre-order.

How can you make the most of offering Kindle pre-orders?

1. Drip tips, tidbits, scenes, or other tantalizing morsels from your book over time on your blog, in social media, and at live events.

2. Be sure to invite people to become a subscriber. Offer a special gift to those who do.

3. Distribute press releases that share the value of your book to readers.

For more help, join the next 20 minute training Thursday, August 21 at 11 AM ET. Join free now at WriteOnPurpose.com/adventure.

YES, it will be recorded and available on YouTube, however being there live means your questions get answered and registering means you get the class notes (cheat sheet).

See you then!

Follow your BLISS!

Ronda Del Boccio, the Story Lady

best selling author, speaker and mentor, this time helping you with indie publishing #indiepublishing #AwakenedAuthor

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