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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Book Pushalooza 26 July 2012

Below is the event I mentioned in my last post.  If you are looking to purchase books then you will find them in the Rafflecopter section at the bottom.  First though look at the overviews and see which ones appeal to you, the reader. 

Welcome to the FIRST EVER BookPushalooza!

July 26th ONLY

9 Books, only .99.

With each purchase you get the chance to WIN while Helping Authors reach new heights in Amazon’s ranks.

It’s so easy a CAVEMAN could do it!

Follow the Instructions on the Rafflecopter Widget and for each book you purchase (or Borrow through Amazon Prime for Free) you get an entry in to WIN ---

(1) Grand Prize- $100 Amazon Gift Card

(2) Runners up of $25 Amazon Gift Cards

That’s not all! Purchase all NINE (9) books and get an additional 5 entries!

Don’t delay, this offer is good for JULY 26th ONLY!

Overview of Dark Isle

When evil begets evil, a choice is forced on Quinn, the one person who can see the danger. Does she save the ones she loves, or does she save the world from Chaos?

As the realms of Fae and human collide, Quinn's future has never looked so grim, or so damn impossible.

Genre- Urban Fantasy
Overview of Enemy in Blue

 The streets aren't safe when your enemy wears a blue uniform and a gold badge.
What if the good guys weren't good?
What if a cop went rogue and killed an innocent man?
What if it was all caught on video and the cop would do anything to cover it up?
Chase this lawless cop through the streets and to a scintillating series of showdowns with Cruz Marquez, a young attorney trying to nail down his enemy in blue.
Will justice be served?
Genre- Thriller

Overview of Land of the Noonday Sun

When two strangers have nothing left but their dreams, they must forge a relationship in Nantahala, North Carolina, a small town known as Land of the Noonday Sun.

A man with a traumatic past is able to turn his life around and is happy with his chosen career as a whitewater guide. Everything changes though when fate hurls a woman into his path. His carefree life is in turmoil, and his former weaknesses threaten to overtake him. Will he be strong enough when tragedy strikes and is once again in danger of losing everything he loves?
Genre- Contemporary Romance

Overview of This Time Forever

Delaney Brannigan and Blake Morrisson met at the Cedar Cove annual costume dance, known only to each other as the leopard and the cowboy--but, as Delaney soon discovers, the cowboy she'd thought had ridden off into the sunset never to tempt her again, is none other than the man she came from New York to find and discredit. Against her will, Delaney is drawn deeper and deeper into an overwhelming attraction to Blake--an attraction she can't give in to if she wants to keep the one thing she values more than anything else.
Genre- Contemporary Romance

Overview of Cassidy Jones and the Secret Formula

Fourteen-year-old Cassidy Jones wakes up the morning after a minor accident in the laboratory of a world-renowned geneticist to discover that her body has undergone some bizarre physical changes. Her senses, strength, and speed have been radically enhanced.

Lives are put at risk when they find themselves embroiled in a dangerous, action-packed adventure. Soon they are forced to confront a maniacal villain willing to do anything - including murder - to reach his own ambitious goals.

Genre- YA/MG Superhero

Overview of Gray Justice

Gray Justice is the fast-paced debut thriller from Alan McDermott. When a killer walks free from court, the victim's father sees just two options: accept the judge's decision; or take on the entire British justice system. Tom Gray chooses the latter and his crusade attracts instant worldwide media coverage. It was just what Tom was hoping for, but it brought him a lot more than he bargained for.

Gray Justice is much more than a simple tale of revenge: it's a rollercoaster ride with an ending you'll never forget!
Genre- Thriller

Overview of Gone at Zero Hundred 00:00

"Their lives are in the hands of two 18-year-olds..."
A Prominent P.I. is gunned down - killed by a sniper - and it’s broadcasted on live TV.
Now, her daughter, along with her childhood pal, are thrust into a complex and riveting thriller forced to take on a secret club whose members call themselves The Privileged Ones.
Murder. Teen abductions and illegal underground parties.
They’re chased by men in ski-masks, nearly gunned down by members of a cartel, and the only way to bring down this criminal enterprise; is to crash a Mardi Gras bash and stop their private cruise ship from sailing off into the sunset.

Overview of Allegiance

Who do YOU pledge allegiance to?

After exposing one of the most notorious rings of police corruption in history, lawyer Cruz Marquez planned on starting a new life south of the border. That plan unraveled when an extremist group of Minutemen captured and tortured him and his wife.

Will Cruz pledge allegiance to do right, or will he do anything to serve up revenge?

Genre- Thriller

Overview of Curbchek Reload

Curbchek-Reload is a dark account of the streets as they were worked by Zach Fortier, a dangerously deranged cop. Welcome back to the inner city and the twisted mentality of Zach Fortier. Patrolling the streets, broken and mentally damaged from years of urban violence, Zach fights a losing battle to maintain a hold on reality. Join him in the passenger seat of a police cruiser for more of the darker and meaner side of life: The inner city. In Curbchek-Reload you get a front row seat to an attempted murder of a cop, suicide attempts, rapes, and DARK cop humor. Curbchek-Reload - Fasten your bullet proof vest and buckle your seatbelt, it is gonna be a wild ride!

Genre- Police Procedural 

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/49be101/" rel="nofollow">a Rafflecopter giveaway

All winners will be notified via email July 28th 2012. For a list of winners contact onedaybookpush@yahoo.ca

"Bestsellers" to all these authors!

Lynn Hallbrooks
co-author to David McKoy
co-owners of Call Sign Wrecking Crew, LLC
co-members of RABMAD and amwriting

Friday, July 20, 2012

What's Going On Here!

First I just wanted to say a huge Thank You to everyone who helped out with the July Free Book Event.  Charity Parkerson said that the special link that she set up had over 7000 hits total.  That is really great to hear.  I can't speak for any of the other authors' books, but I do know that Call Sign: Wrecking Crew (Storm Warning) had 27 total downloads during the event.  I hope those who "purchased" it, love the book enough to tell others about it either my word of mouth or reviews on Smashwords. 

During this past week it came to my attention that our Book Trailer was no longer available to be seen by the public.  This has now been corrected.  If you haven't had the opportunity to view it, please take a couple moments to look it over.

There is a somewhat delicate matter, I'd like to present to our followers. What in the world is going on with those darn twitter imps.  They seem to "unfollow" tweeps without rhyme or reason.  Having reached the twitter limits of 2000, I quickly discovered that CSWCLynn was following over 500 tweeps who were not following back. Many of these are loyal followers, so how does one say "hey you aren't following me anymore" to all the loyal followers without unfollowing them?  Seriously does anyone know the answer?

Coming up on 26 July 2012, I will be assisting with another Book Push for fellow authors.  Would you all be dears and help me help these authors out.  It looks to be a really great sale! I also hear tell there are even some nice incentives. The post should be available soon after midnight EST. So look it over either before you go to sleep or when you wake up. If you can then purchase one, two or even all nine books. Then tell a friend or two about your great bargains. However, if your budget won't allow you to purchase books maybe you can take a moment or two on that day to help spread the word (no pun intended). 

Have a great one!

Lynn Hallbrooks
co-author to David McKoy
co-owners of Call Sign Wrecking Crew, LLC
co-members of RABMAD and #amwriting

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Being Part of a Whole

Call Sign: Wrecking Crew (Storm Warning)

When we first started out writing our book, Call Sign: Wrecking Crew (Storm Warning) we were basically alone.  We had no idea of the actual steps that needed to be taken. No platform set up or even an inkling of an idea what was really needed in the marketing world. 

As I began taking our book to the virtual streets, I met a myriad of kind and generous fellow authors. Many of whom I call friends, because we share with and care about one another. We support each other using whatever means we have at our disposal.  It may be technical knowledge, writing experience or just simply getting the word out about the latest book, blog or whatever is needed to help out. 

Operation E-Book Drop
Recently, my friend, Charity Parkerson, and I did a little brainstorming. The result was her sponsoring the July Free Book Event.  Usually this means free through Amazon KDP Select program. I saw one major problem for us, we're part of Operation E-Book Drop via Smashwords.  Meaning we don't wish to put our book into the Amazon KDP Select program. Charity had the solution. She is allowing us the opportunity to use our Smashwords discount code to offer our book for free.  The catch is that you have to visit Charity's page any time between July 12th through 16th 2012 to find the code to download our book. While you are their you'll discover other great books of different genres available via Amazon.  
Smashwords home

The advantage to those who visit our Smashwords site is they won't have to only download to a Kindle app. They can also pick from Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Diesel, Apple iTunes, or Sony devices...all in one place. 

If you don't have an account, might I suggest getting one. As I recall, it was pretty simple to set up a Smashwords account. Smashwords is home to many Independent authors plus they have some really great sales throughout the year.  Right now it's the Summer/Winter Sale where some books are discounted, anywhere from 25 to 100% off the normal price. 

Thought for the day: As anyone who has read our book knows, the 'Wrecking Crew' is more than a team, they are family. Members of a team and/or family know, life is so much better when you work together as part of the whole. Otherwise you are like a solitary person in a small boat out in the big ocean...you go nowhere very fast while getting very tired in the process.

Have a great one!

Lynn Hallbrooks
co-author to David McKoy
members of RABMAD

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Independence Day

Two hundred thirty-six years ago, men constructed a written document that stood up to a government that they felt restricted the rights of the people.  

Call Sign: Wrecking Crew (Storm Warning) was written because David McKoy felt that our rights as individuals were being diminished.  The book is set in the very near future and is a work of fiction. Even so, to a degree some of the events are unfolding before our eyes. Some prime examples, that David just mentioned to me, are the latest Supreme Court rulings regarding Healthcare as well as recent actions by Congress and our current President

Our fictional band of brothers and sisters in arms, fight against a government that seemed to become tyrannical overnight.  Then again, looks can be deceiving. As you read further into the book, you'll see quotations by the Founding Fathers, such as Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin. Both are signers of the document that we celebrate every Fourth of July. 

I highly doubt that one individual alone would have had the power to create our great nation.  Looking at the signatures on this great document proves to me that when a group of individuals who have a like-minded goal get together...great things can happen. Our Founding Fathers worked and fought hard to make a statement with the Declaration of Independence. Many have fought and died for this document plus the ones that followed it. Together they made the United States of America, what it is today. 

I'd also like to express my gratitude the Independent Authors' community for their ongoing support.  More importantly, a big thanks for those that blazed the path ahead of us. If there weren't programs already in place, our book may never have been born. One could consider our book controversial and definitely not for the main stream market.  Then again, I feel sure Patriots of yesteryear were considered to be upstarts who didn't know what they were talking about either.  If they had taken that guff, where would we be today?

Thanks for taking the time to 'listen' to my thoughts. Hope you have had an enjoyable Fourth of July holiday.

Lynn Hallbrooks
co-author to David McKoy
co-owners of Call Sign Wrecking Crew, LLC
Recent members of RABMAD