I’m over at Novel Thoughts today, with not only a contest but a recipe of one of the few things I can cook that my husband and sons will fight over. Stop on by…
And between a website that’s been up and down and driving me crazy, and chasing around cleaning up after a sickly kitty, I forgot to post about my visit to Scorching Book Reviews yesterday. (There’s no contest there though)
My contest for the $25 Lush gift certificate is still open — you can drop by my Facebook Author page to enter. http://tinyurl.com/omcggqw
TWO posts today — first off, I’m talking more about Slow Ride Home and the toughest character to write over at The Delighted Reader today. They have a review of Slow Ride Home too.
And for a lighter side, you can learn eleven weird facts about me on my regular post at Everybody Needs a Little Romance — including a confession about something that scares the daylights out of me.
I’m guest blogging at three different sites today — the inimitable Desiree Holt’s blog, the very gracious Cassandra Carr’s blog, and Romance Novel News. There are contests at both Cassandra’s and Romance Novel News sites for you.
Sweat coating her neck as the sun blazed down on her, Allie waited through Kathy’s complaints about how Lucy, as her boss had nicknamed her GPS unit, had steered her the wrong way once again. If she hadn’t driven out on calls with Kathy on occasion and seen firsthand how the unit repeatedly gave wrong directions in its breathy porn-star-sounding voice, she might not have believed it.
Allie in Slow Ride Home
Yup, my GPS is named Lucy. I can’t remember if the name was given to “her” by my hubby when she kept getting us lost, or by my friend Mary or author Anara Bella during our long drives to Cincinnati for Lori Foster’s Reader and Author Get Together. But yup, hubby and I now laugh and imitate Ricky Ricardo and his “Luuucccy” complaint. (It was Mary who first laughingly mocked Lucy for her ‘breathy porn-star voice.’)
Visual proof of how Lucy’s led us astray? This was one of the smaller mistakes she made:
As part of a trip for research while I was writing I Need You for Christmas, we drove up to Haliburton Ontario, and wanted to visit a mill on Horseshoe Lake. See the blue line? That’s the path she was supposed to take us. See the blue dot? That’s where she led us. She’s also panicked during a drive from Ottawa to Mount Tremblant in Quebec–she kept telling us to do a U-turn in the middle of narrow road winding through the Laurentians, and on a trip from Greensboro, North Carolina to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina — in the middle of a highway she kept telling us to “turn left now” where there was no road. All in that lovely breathy voice.
Although in Canada, we get to use my iPhone’s GPS to back up Lucy’s hilarious suggestions these days, we can’t afford the data it would take to run our Canadian-based phones on trips to the States, so we take paper maps with us still for those trips. But we still take Lucy–she’s guaranteed to make us laugh.
My street team leaders Tabatha and Kayla have put together today’s post — they’re looking for new members to help spread the word about my books. A street team sends some people running for the hills–they think of them as extreme fan girling, but they’re not. At least mine isn’t.
All we ask is that you do whatever you feel comfortable doing — whether it’s leaving a starred review on Amazon, or a written review there. Liking my author page on Amazon. Or carrying some bookmarks or post cards to your book group if you belong to one, or … well, I’ll let Tabatha and Kayla explain…
Want to join Leah’s Street Team, the Braemel Brigade? Well now’s your chance! In honor of Leah’s upcoming release, Slow Ride Home, we’re looking for additional members to join our team. The Braemel Brigade is a great way to promote one of your favorite authors, as well as enjoy some perks just for helping out. By joining her team, you are signing up to help spread the word about Leah’s books by any means you feel comfortable. Social media is a powerful tool for all authors, so every little bit you can do will help tremendously. Being a part of the team means you will be given special snippets, advanced info on upcoming releases, participate in street team only contests, and so much more! We appreciate all help in any way you feel comfortable doing.
Just so you have an idea of what to expect, below is a list of a few of the ways that the street team helps spread the word about Leah’s books.
- Recommending Leah’s books to your friends (most books are sold by word-of-mouth)
- Tagging and Liking via retailers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Diesel Books, All Romance eBooks, and Facebook
- Handing out bookmarks or postcards to friends or fellow members of your book clubs or at any reader conferences you attend (supplied to you at your request via our team email)
- Doing reviews on retailer sites and GoodReads (or just a star rating)
- Hosting Leah on your blog
- Tweeting or re-tweeting about Leah’s books, contests, giveaways, and blog appearances (remember hash tags)
- Re-posting FaceBook messages, etc.
- Purchasing Leah’s books on their release week (or even pre-ordering them) as that helps jumpstart the rankings to get her books even more notice by getting them on any bestselling lists
- Joining the team on both FaceBook & GoodReads in Leah’s Lounge
If this sounds like something you’d like to do, then joining the Brigade is easy! Just email us at email@example.com to sign up.
You can now go to my Leah Braemel Amazon Author Page and click on “Stay Up To Date” to get emails when a new book releases. (It’s on the right hand side of your screen.) That’ll help you keep track not only of Slow Ride Home’s release, but of the upcoming No Accounting for Cowboys and Wrangling the Past, books 2 and 3 in The Grady Legacy trilogy.