New Year's Celebration

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Exciting stuff is going to happen in 2014.  It’s not going to occur by fortunate circumstances or luck; we are going to make it happen.

I am excited to announce that each month I will be featuring Indie historical fiction authors with new releases in that particular month. I will put the call out on Facebook near the middle to end of each month, inviting Indies with new historical fiction releases in the upcoming month to contact me by private message to discuss an author interview.

Author interviews will consist of novel excerpts, Q&A, or a mixture of both. In my personal life, I have discovered readers have a real interest in authors. They are delighted to learn as much as possible about an author (keeping appropriate  boundaries in place, of course!). In my opinion, accessibility is a powerful means to drawing readers. That’s what we need to do as authors: connect with our readers, let them know a little about ourselves, invite them into our wacky but wonderful world.

I will send invitations on my general page, and in the Historical Novel Society group, the English Historical Fiction Authors group,  and the Historical Fiction Community group. If you are interested, keep an eye out or, alternatively, send yourself a reminder to contact me the month prior to your release.

I have four authors lined up for January, 2014. I am excited to participate in this joint venture with my colleagues. It is a win-win situation in every respect: double the promotion and double the exposure.

A few caveats: as with the reviews, the novel must be worthy of at least a 4 star rating. If I feel I cannot honestly promote a release as an excellent, well-edited read, I will send a private message politely declining to undertake the interview. Please, please, do not take any such messages personally. I am not a troll; I am here to encourage, support and, hopefully, enhance your writing adventures.

Now for the mushy part: I am sincerely grateful for the amazing relationships and friendships developed over the last few years. I consider my Facebook friends as dear to me as my local friends. I was the recipient of generosity, caring and encouragement by over 100 authors – some who did not even know me – after a terrible accident in June.  That left me speechless; a rare moment. Virtuality does not mean relationships are “fake”. I believe virtuality has merely taken the place of “pen pals”, but with more personal interaction.

From my heart to yours, Happy New Year’s – wherever you are in the world.

Let’s not wait for the world to find us, my friends, let’s take the world and Rock 2014!