How To Set Up A Giveaway Using Rafflecopter

I recently read a great article on Indies Unlimited website on how authors can easily set up a book giveaway using Rafflecopter. I'll be trying this soon. This article was posted with permission. 

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Give It Away by BigAl

One of the tools in the promotional arsenal of an author (and also companies, websites, and many other organizations) is a giveaway. People love a chance to win free stuff. Many authors do book giveaways on Goodreads which has some positives (lots of people become aware of your book and add it to their to-be-read list), but some downsides as well. Goodreads only allows paper books to be given away, which has financial implications, not only the cost of the book, but shipping costs that could easily get out of hand if you don’t limit entrants to readers from your home country. By using a 100% off coupon code on Smashwords or emailing an ebook file directly to winners it is possible for an author to do a giveaway of ebooks outside of Goodreads at no cost or, if they prefer, at low cost using their promotional dollars for other prizes (Amazon gift cards or some kind of book swag).

However, not too long ago running a giveaway was full of work and issues. A few years ago, I did a giveaway where someone entered by... read more


If you squint hard, you can see me dancing up there!

I have crowed, long and loud, about my accomplishments as a traditionally-published author. Loads of sales and foreign translations, along with beautiful shiny medallions and pretty certificates, made it possible for me to call myself a Bestselling, Award-winning Author.

But several years ago, I became an Independent Author who no longer had the backing of a huge publisher. I started doing it all: writing, editing, proofing, cover design, marketing, and promoting…hell, I was hand-selling my books to anyone who looked remotely interested and to many who did not. The journey has definitely been uphill. You know, the one-step-forward-two-steps-back kind of struggle.

However, things seem to be changing. Yesterday was a banner day for me as an Indie Author. One of my books hit the Top 100 Lists of not one but three different stores. Can you see me walking on clouds? Heck, I'm dancing, baby!

Nanny and the Professor reached #53 on the Amazon Kindle Top 100 List. The book made it to #30 on the Barnes & Noble Nook Top 100 List. And Nanny also hit #13 on the iTunes iBook Romance Bestsellers List.

Many of you saw my recent news that Her Fake Romance won the 2013 BigAl's Books & Pals Readers Choice Award for Best Romance.

What does this mean? Well, it means I can once again call myself a Bestselling, Award-winning Author! And I did it my way…without the help of a New York publishing house. I don't mind saying, I am amazed and astounded. And just for the heck of it, I'm posting my award again for everyone to see:

Don't think for a minute that I don't know how this happened. I couldn't have done it without YOU, my loyal readers.

I humbly thank you for sticking with me!

Her Fake Romance Voted Best Romance!

I woke up to the news that Her Fake Romance was voted Best Romance in BigAl's Books & Pals Readers' Choice Awards. I want to thank BigAl and his reviewers for the support they offer Indie Authors. I also want to thank everyone who voted for my book. Without the love and support of my readers, my friends, and my family, I just don't know what I would do! I want you to know, I appreciate you more than words can express. ♥

I Am A Red-head

Me, trying out a Snooki do

I found this information floating around the internet. I thought some of the "facts" were neat; however, I have no idea how much, if any, of these statements are true.

Red hair is a genetic mutation.

Red hair is seen on the heads of only 4% of the world's population. Most of these people are located in the
UK, Ireland and Australia.

In the
US, only 2% of people have red hair.

Redheads have a specific gene called the melanocortin 1 receptor (MC1R), found on the 16th chromosome. This single gene is responsible for red hair. This wasn't discovered until the late 1990's.

Redheads sometimes require up to 20% more anesthesia than people with other hair colors.

Bees are thought to sting redheads more than others.

In ancient
Egypt, red hair was seen as so unlucky, red-haired girls were burned alive.

In medieval
Europe, the infamous witch-hunting manual, Malleus Maleficarum, instructed that red hair and green eyes were marks of a witch, as were freckles, which redheads tend to have aplenty.

Redheads tend to bleed more, due to slightly different clotting factors, which again is a genetic factor.

Redheads bruise more easily than people with different colored hair.

Common Redhead stereotypes are: bad temper, sexual fire, untrustworthy, being smart, and eccentric.

Denmark, it is a high honor to have a redheaded child.

The redheaded gene is recessive, so red hair can show up many generations later. It takes both parents carrying the specific gene to produce a redheaded child.

Because of the rare pigment in the hair, it is often more difficult to dye red hair and usually takes longer.

It is said that, while in
Poland, if you pass three red-heads you'll win the state lottery.

If a man with dark hair has a red-headed beard (such as Daniel), he is more likely to carry at least one different copy of the red haired gene.

There is a belief that redheads are prone to industrial deafness. This actually could be true as the melanocytes are found in the middle ear.

In the late 16th century, the fat of a redheaded man was an essential ingredient for poison.

There have been studies done to confirm whether or not redheads are more prone to become addicts than those with blond or brunette colored locks. It is thought to be so.

Red haired/blue eyed combinations are said to be one of the rarest combinations. It is usually more common to see a redhead with brown or green eyes than with blue.

Winner of the March Madness Blog Hop

Congratulations to 

Lola Thomas!

She is the winner of The Single Daddy Boxed Set of books and the ceramic, heart-shaped ornament. 

Lola, I'll be contacting you via e-mail.

I'll announce the names of the winners of the grand prizes as soon as they're released.

I want to thank everyone who participated in the giveaway!

Watch for more contests and giveaways in the near future.