Revised Pricing!

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susanmacnicol:

Creativ Minds has a great new promotional schedule and price list, so if you’re looking for promotional opportunities, take a look at Sidney Lowell’s promo below.

Sid has always been a most willing and professional person to business with and I can highly recommend his services.

Originally posted on Creative Minds:

If you are an author – new or old – worried about doing a promo within your budget, your search ends here and now! Because effective 25th July, 2015, Creative Minds has revised its pricing chart to give promo opportunities to those authors who are worried about crossing their budget and yet want to get themselves and their work out there!

BLOG TOUR: 5 – 9 Blogs   – $25; 10 -14 Blogs – $45; 15 – 19 Blogs – $60; 20 – 24 Blogs – $70;

25 – 29 Blogs – $80; 30 – 34 Blogs – $90; 35 Blogs and above – $100

RELEASE DAY TOUR: $40 (10-12 blogs)

COVER REVEAL: $20 (5 Blogs); $30 (10 – 15 blogs); $35 (15 blogs or more)

AUTHOR ASSISTANT SERVICES: $10 per hour

FB GROUP PROMO SERVICES: $4.99 per 20 groups

If you are planning…

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Help us help Coz make a difference

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I live in Braintree and this accident and the deaths of the two young men and another innocent victim was heart wrenching. Young drummer Coz Powell was killed in a tragic road acccident last year.

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The story -click here to read the tragic news article

His mother, Gennie, is trying to fulfil Coz’ dream of helping disabled and mentally challenged kids by building an activity centre in his name. If you feel you want to donate or share Coz and Gennie’s story, please feel free. A number of Coz’ organs – his liver, kidneys and heart – were donated so others might live. It’s an amazing story in that Coz and his friend James Simmons, also killed in the accident, were huge fans of Bullet for My Valentine and the band actually has jewellery containing their young fans ashes to take on tour with them. What an amazing gesture.

If you want to donate towards buying the land to make Coz dream come true, this is the link.

Go Fund Me LandforCoz

 

Read here for the full story of a band doing their bit to help

Bullet for My Valentine story

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Guest Post and Giveaway: The Stripped Bare Anniversary Celebration Tour with Susan Mac Nicol

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susanmacnicol:

The Novel Approach featured me today as it’s the second birthday of my first M/M novel, Stripped Bare. They were kind enough to do a beautiful post for me, pop on an excerpt and share it around the place. I have to say a great big THANK YOU to them. Pop down and take a look.

Originally posted on The Novel Approach :

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We are so pleased to welcome author Susan Mac Nicol today on her Two Year Anniversary Celebration Tour. It’s been two years since her first M/M novel, Stripped Bare, was published, and to commemorate it, Susan is offering a couple of ways for readers to win some great prizes. Click on the Rafflecopter widget below to enter for the chance to win THREE e-books from Susan’s published work OR the runner-up prize of a set of Men of London magnets.

Good luck!

And now, here’s Susan.

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I have to say that although I published my first novel in 2012 – Cassandra by Starlight– an M/F romance that was well received but didn’t sell – I only really thought of myself as a proper writer when Stripped Bare was published in July 2013. It was the book that catapulted me into the genre through the support and generosity…

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Amazon… A virtual marketplace, or Big Brother?

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susanmacnicol:

Incensed. Insulted, Frustrated, Pissed as hell. I think this safely describes my reaction to this new move by Amazon. The internet giant is becoming too big for its boots and it’s about time it stood back, took a deep breath and listened to people instead of going full steam ahead and just making itself unpopular….read on to see what’s happened now in the crazy world of Amazon.

Originally posted on imy santiago:

A couple of weeks ago I read the third installment of a series I really loved. I will refrain from sharing the name of the novel and its author.

Like any reader, as soon as I finished reading, I wrote my review. When I tried posting it on Amazon (I did buy the eBook, just like any normal and decent human being would), I received a rather concerning email.

I will not share the screenshot of the email as it does contain the title of the book and name of the author. In its place I have copied the body of the email below.

Dear Amazon Customer,

Thanks for submitting a customer review on Amazon. Your review could not be posted to the website in its current form. While we appreciate your time and comments, reviews must adhere to the following guidelines:
http://www.amazon.com/review-guidelines

Here I was, thinking I had included an…

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All Authors, Bloggers, Fans, Readers, Young Adults

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susanmacnicol:

Wonderful, inspiring, hopeful. Lets try get the message out there that it only takes ONE person to make a difference.

Originally posted on :

NO MORE BullyingImage by www.barrymountford.com

PLEASE HELP!
Please feel free to share this post.
To all Authors, Bloggers, Fans, Readers, Young Adults.
Let’s make a change TOGETHER!

I have just signed this petition and supported this Thunderclap. We have all been affected by this at some point either with our children, our relatives, a friend or ourselves. We need to make a stand and put a stop to Bullying. All those who can’t stand up need us to be their voice. This has to be top priority, we shouldn’t allow this to continue and keep looking the other way. Help us help others in the fight against bullies.
Thank you.

Click Petition Link

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NO MORE Bullying

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Only Human – An LGBT short film

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susanmacnicol:

My daughter’s short film. I’m so proud of her for this, It was filmed on a shoe string with home made equipment and anything she could get her hands on to film it. Determination, thy name is Ashley :) So the sound may be a little bad in places but it’s an awesome achievement none the less. And to everyone who took part- you guys all rock. Keep it up. When day you’ll hit Hollywood.

Originally posted on ivysrambles:

I have not posted on this site for a while, and I don’t know why. I have been so busy with University and other stuff, that I completely forgot about this amazing site.

I though I would share Only Human with you. My first short film that I wrote, directed and edited, as well as pretty much everything else. I hope you all like it, cause I am pretty dam proud!

Two couples face the everyday trials of being gay. based on true events.

Twisted Smile Productions Present their second short film. Please share and like this video with your friends and family.

Disclaimer

(All music within this film is used with permission from the artists you can find links to the songs and the artists profiles at the bottom)

Due to a lack of professional sound recording equipment some scenes may sound quiet and distorted.

Cast and Crew

Markus…

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Blog Tour -The Eagle and The Fox – by Nya Rawlyns

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About the Book

The-Eagle-and-The-Fox-ebook-fullTitle: The Eagle and the Fox

Series: Snowy Range Mystery

Author: Nya Rawlyns

Publisher: PubRight

Cover Artist: Dreams2Media

Length: 93265 words

Release Date: June 9, 2015

Blurb: Kit Golden Eagle is running. From poverty, from abuse. Forced to live by his wits, the Ojibwe teen slowly succumbs to living a life of hate and lies.

Josiah Foxglove is given a second chance when he takes over his family’s spread in the shadow of the Snowy Range. A veteran of the Gulf War, he came back broken in body and spirit.

Marcus Colton buried his long-time lover and best friend three years ago. Lonely and still grieving, Marcus finds solace in keeping his business afloat but that doesn’t help him get through the long, dark nights.

Three damaged souls converge as violence wracks the small community of Centurion, WY. The town protects its own so when Kit Golden Eagle shows up, it’s easy to place blame on the stranger. It looks open and shut, but for Josiah and Marcus the facts simply don’t add up.

Something’s rotten in Centurion, something that smacks of a hate crime…

Excerpt

Marcus whispered. He wasn’t sure why he did, but it seemed appropriate, although his idea of stakeouts was limited to what he’d seen on TV. The actors always complained it was boring. It wasn’t, not if your stomach was tied into knots, and the whiskey you chugged in a fit of pique decided to revisit you in the form of acid reflux.

Josh hissed through the speaker, “Don’t know if we missed him, or if I’m farting in a stiff breeze.”

“Don’t mention stiff, Foxglove.”

Josh snorted, the sound rocketing through the cab and sending Marcus into a giggling jag. He’d barely gotten himself under control when Josh yelped, “Sunny bitch. I think I see the van. Damn fool’s coming down that mountain dark. Jesus Christ.”

Marcus warned, “Best not to start our engines until he’s made the turn and gets ahead of us.”

“Copy that. I’ll take point. Stay back. I don’t want you running up my ass if I have to stop fast.”

“You’re making it hard to concentrate, cowboy.” They’d been teasing each other, slinging innuendo like hash at a country diner. It had helped diffuse the tension.

Josh murmured, “Here he comes.” Marcus tensed, waiting. “What the hell?”

“What? What’s going on?”

“He just flashed his left turn signal.”

Marcus frowned, perplexed. “That’s kind of dumb. Why’d he do that?”

“Signaling?”

“Signal? Who for crying out loud? We’re the only idjits out here.”

“Maybe we aren’t.”

Buy Links

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About the Author

Author PicNya Rawlyns has lived in the country and on a sailboat on the Chesapeake Bay, earned more than 1000 miles in competitive trail and endurance racing, taught Political Science to unwilling freshmen, and found an avocation in materials science.

When she isn’t tending to her garden or the horses, the cats, or three pervert parakeets, she can be found day dreaming and listening to the voices in her head.

AUTHOR LINKS

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/NyaRawlyns

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Nya_Rawlyns

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+NyaRawlyns/posts

Blog: http://loveslastrefuge.com/

Website: http://www.romancingwords.com

 

Rafflecopter Giveaway

Winner’s Prize: $20 Amazon Gift Card + Signed Copy of The Eagle And The Fox. 10 Runners up win an e-copy of the book. a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

Tour Schedule

June 9: Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents || Molly Lolly: Reader, Reviewer, Lover of Words

June 10: Because Two Men Are Better Than One || MM Good Book Reviews

June 11: The Purple Rose Tea House || RJ Scott

June 12: Sue Brown – Love. Imperfect. Real. || Elisa – My reviews and Ramblings

June 15: Man2ManTastic || BFD Book Blog

June 16: Author Susan Mac Nicol || Divine Magazine

June 17: Diverse Reader || Drops of Ink

June 18: Love Bytes Reviews || Sid Love Writes

June 19: Nessa’s Book Reviews || Rainbow Gold Reviews

MM Memorial Day Scavenger Hunt

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Welcome to the first annual MM Memorial Day Scavenger Hunt! 10 Days, 30 Blogs, and loads of prizes! The rules are simple: At each stop on the tour you’ll find a military themed picture with a word or words. Collect the words and figure out the secret phrase (HINT: It’s lyrics to a song). Once you think you have the correct phrase, enter it into the Rafflecopter at any of the stops.

One grand prize winner will be selected from all the correct phrases. Use the other Rafflecopter options to enter to win one of the runner-up packages.

Good Luck and Happy Hunting!

Our stop’s phrase is: Easy

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Grand Prize ($45 GC total)
-Kindle Paperwhite (VWF)
-Swag (VWF)
-$25 GC (Jessie G)
-$20 GC (Sara York)
-2 ebooks (Jessie G & BFD)
-Bad Boyfriends series ebooks & print (3 books) from Nya Rawlins

1st Place ($35 GC total)
-$25 GC (Nya Rawlins)
-$10 GC (Sloan Johnson)
-CTR & backlist ebooks from Kade Boehme
-Unicorns & Hidden Gem ebooks from Lissa Kasey
-Winner’s ebook of choice from MMGoodbookreviews
-Adventures of Cole & Perry ebook from Amanda C. Stone

2nd Place ($30 GC total)
-$20 GC (Aria Grace)
-$10 ARE GC (Prism Book Alliance)
-Love at First Site ebook from Cardeno C.
-Trouble Comes in Threes ebook from M.A. Church
-Winner’s choice of Felice Stevens ebook

3rd Place ($20 GC total)
-$10 Amazon GC (READing is FUN Da Mental)
-$10 GC (Two Chicks Obsessed with Books and Eye Candy)
-backlist ebook from Annabeth Albert
-Winner’s choice of Aria Grace ebook
-Winner’s choice of Andrew Grey ebook

4th Place ($20 GC total)
-$10 GC (Felice Stevens)
-$10 Amazon GC (Amy Lane)
-Undercover Love series ebooks (2 books) from Brendan Cothern
-Winner’s choice of Susan MacNicol ebook
-Winner’s choice of Lexi Ander ebook

5th Place ($20 GC total)
-$10 Amazon GC (BFD)
-$10 GC (Lexi Ander)
-Winner’s choice of Kindle Alexander ebook
-Winner’s choice of Susan MacNicol ebook
-Winner’s choice of backlist ebook from Cate Ashwood

 

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Participating Blogs/Authors:

May 25

BFD Book Blog

Cardeno C.

Kade Boehme

May 26

Prism Book Alliance

Cate Ashwood

Reading is FunN’mental

May 27

Lissa Kasey

Hearts On Fire Reviews

Nya Rawlyns

May 28

Carly’s Book Reviews

Jessie G. Books

Two Chicks Obsessed with Books and Eye Candy

May 29

Annabeth Albert

MM Good Books Reviews

M.A. Church

May 30

Amanda C. Stone

Amy Lane

Aria Grace

May 31

Kindle Alexander

Sara York

Taylor Brooks

June 1

Andrew Grey

Divine Magazine

Brenda Cothern

June 2

Kai Tyler

3 Chicks After Dark

Sloan Johnson

June 3

Felice Stevens

Lexi Ander

Vampires, Werewolves & Fairies Oh My!

 

Hop Against Homophobia, Bi- and Transphobia

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Yep, it’s a beautiful, big colourful button. With one helluva message. DISCRIMINATION IS BAD. There, I said it. Homophobic, biphobic, and transphobic discrimination is a very serious issue.

 

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Let me very honest. I’m not gay, transgender, gender fluid, lesbian, homosexual or any other label society chooses to put upon people who are classed as ‘different’ from the norm (according to ‘set society’ stands at least). For who the hell we are we to define ‘normal’ ?

I am a ‘straight’ woman-(another bloody label) – who has been married to the same man for thirty years. But that doesn’t stop me getting on my soapbox and telling you I abhor any form of discrimination.

And the people for whom this post is in support of have faced this in buckets. They have battles to fight and a war to win.

One such story was recently showcased in an interview I did for Divine Magazine with Claire and Cas Potterton. Cas is a fourteen year old youth who used to be Megan. You can read the article here – Claire and Cas Potterton interview

You can also read author Diane Nelson’s post on the same subject here. Diane is watching her son transform into a daughter before her eyes.

And yes, there are victories. I know that these victories are hard won, that there has been a lot of heartache and angst in the process and that there is still oh so much work to do. Lives have been destroyed, people have destroyed themselves after being tainted with the stigma of being ‘different’. But there is wonderful and untiring work being done by so many people around the world to get their voice out there and tell people that they are simply human beings regardless of gender or sexuality.

Colour, religion, beliefs, sexuality – these are all simply facets of life that contribute to our growth as human beings. Which colour, which religion, which beliefs and which sexuality –these are all irrelevant. Instead we have a person who chooses to live their life in harmony with other people. Isn’t that what life is all about? A phrase I think that has been so overworked that it seems to have lost its meaning unless used in cliché ridden conversations and writings is Live and Let Live. But it still has value.

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From research I’ve done, it appears that this proverb is Dutch in origin and is first recorded in Ancient Law Merchant by G. De Malynes, published in 1622. It was later included in a book of English proverbs collected by John Ray in 1678. This is what it is defined as being –

Run your own life the way you want to, and let others do the same; be tolerant of differences.

Remember the Christmas Truce of 1914? Both sides of the opposing armies laid down their arms and formed a truce to come together as a group of people just trying to beat the cold, the hunger, the death, the grief and the need to be with other human beings in peace and in harmony.  Their differences were forgotten. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could nurture this in every second of every day? If children didn’t have be taught that being different in any way isn’t a sin or an aberration or even any business of those damn busybodies and naysayers out there.

So for me being a member of this wonderful LGBTQ community we have supporting these rights means I care. I support the fight, the drive to take away the imperfections so that life can be the same for all, no matter what their sexual or gender persuasion. And I hope that qualifies me to join this amazingly feisty and passionate band of people and rejoice in their victories.

You can read more about this initiative to fight discrimination here:

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (May 17th)

http://dayagainsthomophobia.org/

If you’d like to find out more about this hop, then head down here

http://hopagainsthomophobia.blogspot.

Want to follow the hop ?

http://www.simply-linked.com/listwidget.aspx?l=644125FF-AACF-4A13-A08A-696A562D8FB3

GIVEAWAY  (winner chosen after 24th May)

There is a giveaway  – I’m giving away an e-book to two lucky winners- winner’s choice – of any one of my e-books -and this is what you have to do –

Comment on my post, leave me your email address and please follow my blog. That’s it. Then what I’ll do is using this site-  www.random.org – I’ll choose a winner from the comments and contact you and we can take it from there.

I hope you enjoyed this post and please visit the other blogs on the tour hop!

 

 

Can we prevent suicide? We CAN help those in need..

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An amazing group of authors have agreed to donate a portion of their May 2015 books sales to the Keith Milano Memorial Fund at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).

I’m proud to say that for the second year I’m one of these authors supporting Denise Milano Sprung and the Keith Milano Memorial Fund. It’s a very worthwhile cause and one that I believe we should all be supporting.

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The books involved in my contributions are listed below. They are the first three books in my Men Of London series.

Love You Senseless

Sight and Sinners

Suit Yourself

You can find the listing of all the authors and the books involved by clicking on the link below

www.keithmilano.org

 

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The Keith Milano Memorial Fund was established to help raise awareness about the devastating and deadly disease that is mental illness.  Our hope is that by having the strength to say that Keith was “Bipolar” we can strip away the stigma.

If anyone wishes to make a direct donation to the Keith Milano Memorial Fund they can do that HERE.

Our goal is to raise awareness about mental illness and to get people talking…..

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for ages 10-24; the US loses 22 Vets a day to suicide, more than they lose in combat; there is one death by suicide in the US every 13 minutes. These statistics are scary but together we can work to make a difference!

This year the event will also include an online auction and author takeover over 4 amazing days!! We hope that you will join us for not only some great auction items but to have an opportunity to speak with participating authors during an epic author take over event.

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Please join us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/959416760744857/

In addition to all of these great things, thanks to the amazing design skills of author SJD Peterson, we also have custom t-shirt for sale, which part of the sales will also benefit the Keith Milano Memorial Fund.

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Personal Message from Denise Milano Sprung: When Keith passed away, I made a promise to myself that he would not go quietly nor would he be forgotten. It is with the help of all of you that 10 years later, I am able to keep this promise and most of all to be able to help others who may be suffering in silence.

Thank you does not seem like enough. So please know that from the bottom of my heart to the depths of my soul, every one-click of these books helps others and continues to reduce the stigma that is associated with mental illness. THANK YOU for all you do and for spreading the word and for opening your hearts to help others.

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Fund information:

Keith Milano Memorial Fund

140 Adams Ave Suite B-12

Hauppauge NY 11788

www.keithmilano.org

https://www.facebook.com/keithamilano

@MilanoFund

direct donation http://bit.ly/MilanoFund

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The Keith Milano Memorial Fund benefits the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).  http://www.afsp.org/

Donations at the end of the May Mental Awareness Event will be made by the authors directly to The Keith Milano Memorial Fund at AFSP. Keith’s fund is a self-directed memorial fund. 100% of the money is spent on programs and research programs selected by the Milano / Sprung family

For examples of programs:  http://www.keithmilano.org/#info

AFSP is the only national not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research and education, and to reaching out to people with mood disorders and those affected by suicide.

AFSP is a fully accredited 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization incorporated in the state of Delaware with primary offices in New York City. Federal tax ID # is 13-3393329. AFSP’s Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) number is 10545.

All donations to AFSP are tax deductible.

Direct Link: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/8032cec7348/?

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