Archive for April 27, 2012

Just Email it!

April 25, 2012

Not too very long ago I was just a blissful reader, never even dreaming of one day being a published author myself. And when I’d encounter a book I loved I’d just gush about it and tell all my friends and I’d just be glowing for days about how wonderful that book was.

You know what I didn’t do? Tell the author.

Me? Email or tweet or submit a comment to the author through their website? Oh well they must be so busy and important and wouldn’t want me spamming their inbox just to say I loved their book. Surely they already know that. I bought it, didn’t I? Sometimes I’d even written a nice review.

Well let me tell you now, every time someone tells me they enjoyed my book, every single time, it gives me a little glow of happiness and is honestly more important to me than whatever royalties I might have gotten from their one purchase. I’m not sure there’d ever be any amount of positive reader feedback I could get that would make me start to see those emails or tweets as spam. That’s not spam. That’s WONDERFUL!

So email that author, tweet them with an @message, post on their Facebook author page, comment on their blog. Most don’t make it hard to contact them. I promise, they’ll be so happy you did.

Here’s where you can find me besides this blog:

Contact info: email address

Twitter: http://twitter.com/LeahPetersen

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/LeahPetersenAuthor

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/leahpetersen

Google+: http://profiles.google.com/leahpetersen

I’ve Done a Crappy Job of Promoting My Own Blog Tour

April 24, 2012

‘Cause, you know, that’s just how I roll.

Or not.

Have you seen these lovely people who have given me a place on their blog as part of the celebration of Fighting Gravity’s release?

Interview at Lisa Haselton’s

Interview at Dawn’s Reading Nook

Guest post at Guys Like Romance, Too! about putting romance in science fiction.

Guest post at Kristabel Reed’s about where a sci-fi author goes when she needs to get away.

Interview by The Book Monsters

Interview at Rogue’s Angels

Also, several good friends and colleagues have hosted me as well:

R.B. Wood hosted my guest post The Meaning of Life and Other Minutia.

Big Al at BooksandPals let me guest post on Raising the Next Generation of Readers, and there’s a great discussion going on in the comments.

Check them out!

There’s also a Goodreads Giveaway!

Oh, and I think I’m going to give a prize at the end of this tour for whoever spots all the places my name is spelled with sOn. 😉

The Prodigal’s Foole RE-RELEASE Day!

April 20, 2012

Welcome again to my good friend, R.B. Wood, who is celebrating the re-release of his debut novel, The Prodigal’s Foole. As part of the re-launch, I’ve invited him to guest post here today.

I love good stories.

I have a vague recollection of my mother’s soft voice reading to me when I was very young.  The delight of receiving a picture book as a toddler.  The fear, when heading off to first grade, when I asked my father what would happen if I couldn’t learn to read.

The triumph of reading my first book out loud to the first grade class just three months later.

We were all voracious readers in my house.  Books always play a major part in growing up.  From my obsession with The Hardy Boys to that penultimate moment when I read H. G. Wells  War of the Worlds at age nine.

Today, with the re-launch of my first written work, The Prodigal’s Foole is available in stores again.  Why I’m doing a re-launch is touched upon in my blog posting of a couple weeks ago.  It was a long time coming, and more will follow.  But my passion for good tales—from the fantastical to the everyday—burns as bright today as it did that wondrous day I picked up War of the Worlds.

I’ve just finally reached the maturity level to give back a little of what I’ve enjoyed by so many other authors over the years.

I know I’ll never be a Dickens, a Tolkien or an H. G. Wells.  And I’m okay with that.  As long as I can build a story that people will enjoy and take them to another place for a few hours, I’m happy.

And really, as a writer…what more could you ask for?

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R.B. Wood is a technology consultant and a writer of Urban Fantasy, Science Fiction and quite frankly anything else that strikes his fancy. He is working on the follow up to The Prodigal’s Foole, as well as a Science Fiction trilogy and a collaborative comic book project.

He is also host of The Word Count podcast. R.B. currently lives in Boston with his partner, Tina, his dog Jack, three cats and various other critters that visit from time to time. Feel free to contact him at:

WEB: http://www.rbwood.com

FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/rbwoodwriter

The Word Count Podcast: http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-word-count/id392550989

The Prodigal’s Foole is available via Amazon

Fighting Gravity RELEASE DAY!

April 18, 2012

It’s HERE! It’s official, Fighting Gravity is available for purchase! Have you seen it yet? Did you buy it??

Here:

Dragon Moon Press (paperback, .mobi, & .epub versions)

Amazon (Kindle)     Amazon (Paperback)

Goodreads

Now, anyone who’s been around the industry knows that purchases beget purchases and having a good ranking number on Amazon or whatever makes a real difference on how many people will find your book. So, if you have any plans to purchase Fighting Gravity, or know a friend who might like it, today’s the day! (Not that I’d complain if you bought it tomorrow…)

Help me get Fighting Gravity into the top ranking books in its genre today! We can do this!

Your support and encouragement have meant the world to me. So thanks again everyone!!

And don’t forget to check out the places Fighting Gravity’s hanging out including Guys Like Romance, Too! and R.B. Wood’s blog for the extended party today!