Friday, August 28, 2015



Shadow Hunters

Follow the adventures of Simon Lewis as he trains to become a Shadowhunter! Like The Bane Chronicles, the Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy series is written by Cassandra Clare in collaboration with fellow authors and friends, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, and Robin Wasserman, and will be released once a month as a series of ten e-novellas. Click "share" in the widget and copy the embed code to add the Cassandra Clare countdown widget to your blog and website and you'll always know when the next Shadowhunters book is coming out!

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About the Author

Odds are good, if you’re reading this, that you’re already passing familiar with “the Dream-Quest Series Books, but for the sake of anyone who isn’t, let me lay it all out. Intoxcy8me is my pen name, and I love writing fiction. In my previous career, Intoxcy8me served in the United States Marine Corps, working on the communications equipment for several different aircrafts. This experience afforded me a glimpse into the sometimes "not so pretty" reality of the military sphere. Much of this reality and various locations throughout his travels make it into his writing.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Convince Book Bloggers To Review Your Book

Just an announcement to inform my friends about my new blog site, hope everyone stops by for a visit soon. A Single Moment Can Change It All In A Blink Of An Eye In A Story

Book bloggers actually do want to review your book! But we don't have a lot of time so when you forget to include vital information or don't follow the submission instructions, your requests end up in the trash bin. Here are 8 ways to convince me---and other book bloggers---to review your book:

There’s no reason to pile on and make your request email an epic read – that’s your novel’s job. When approaching reviewers keep your request on point. Give each blogger exactly what they ask for – no more, no less. Remember, we get lots of emails and the easier you make it for us, the greater your chance of acceptance. Here’s what should always be included.

1. Reviewer’s name: Guess what? You may have to read through the blog a bit to find it. Check contact information. Read all the way to the bottom of submission guidelines. It’s there. Now address your email to an actual person. Don’t write a generic salutation like To whom it may concern, Madam, Sir or other nonsense. Personalize it like Hi, Jar or Mr. Jarhead. Start requests using a smidgen of professionalism.

2. Your name: State this in your first sentence and again at close. Something like My name is Intoxcy8me, author of Shadow Master, and… Sign off with Sincerely, Intoxcy8me. You get the drift.

3. Book title: Again, include this in paragraph one similar to the example given in #2.

4. Word count: If your request is for an eBook, include word count. If for print, reference page count. Reviewers need to have an idea of the time investment required.

5. Genre: Thriller, Mystery, etc. In a world of crossovers and sub-genres it can be difficult to classify your novel’s niche. Try and focus on the main thematic element. Is it something taking place in a galaxy far, far away? Science Fiction is for you. A post-apocalyptic world? Dystopian. Who done it? Mystery. Fast-paced, high stakes? Thriller. Even if your novel has elements of romance, action, or mystery classify it under one main heading then choose the underlying classifications to further identify it, such as Romantic Suspense – a romance novel with elements of suspense. As a reviewer if I’m told a novel is thriller, then I expect a fast-paced read. If it ends up plodding and drags my review will reflect this perceived negative due to deviation from the genre’s norms. But if this same book was referenced as a fantasy, I’d expect a more character-based journey and the slower or uneven pace would fit. Therefore my review would not perceive this as a negative. Simply put – KNOW YOUR GENRE – and know it well.

6. Time frame: If you have a hard date for reviews (release party, tour, campaign), tell a potential reviewer up front. Otherwise, don’t even mention time frame in your email. If a hard date is the case, always give a minimum of two months lead time. This allows reviewers to decide if they can meet your deadline. Don’t email two weeks before said date. We may not even get to your request within that time. Conversely, if you are like most authors and have no established date by which you need reviews, don’t say anything about a time frame. Referencing you want a timely review goes back to the slap in the face moment mentioned earlier. We try to make reviews timely – but timely to authors and timely to reviewers are very different. Authors are happy when reviews are posted the following week. Reviewers are happy when we post the following month (or two, three…).

7. Book blurb/synopsis: Sell reviewers on your book. Make it sound like something we’ve gotta read ASAP. Don’t do the lazy thing and simply provide a link. Copy/paste description/synopsis/blurb into the email body. Make it easy for reviewers to take a chance on you, an unknown indie, to want to read your novel.

8. Subject line: State Review Request or Book Review. Don’t get all flowery or funky and make the email subject line long and convoluted. Anything longer won’t show up in a condensed line anyway.


See? It isn't difficult to compose a concise request detailing a novel’s basics. You don’t need to write another manuscript to get your point across. You don’t need to brow-beat reviewers or blow sunshine up dark places. You don’t need to denigrate or puff yourself up to get a point across. If reviewers want more simply go off submission guidelines – follow reviewer guidelines first and foremost.

Otherwise, lean on the side of KISS – Keep It Simple, Stupid!