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Updates and Plans

One thing I’m learning is just how difficult it is to keep your name out there after you are newly published. Tomorrow, two new books will go up at Carina Press and I’ll lose my front page presence. Now that I’m completely recovered from my health scare, I am getting my publicity going again.

First, I have some blog appearances coming up along with some other stuff:

I also have become a member of the new but awesome site, The Romance Reviews. They gave me four stars a while back, and when I registered as an author, they hooked me up to that review and gave me an author page. This site is terrific, and I’ll be running an ad there in November with some free advertising credits that also gave me as part of their grand opening. Visit my author page and check out my surprisingly active wall!

I have brushed off my membership to Absolute Write and I’ve been active in the Share Your Work forum, where I’ve been critiquing query letters. I likewise updated my Tor.Com profile, but so far I am just lurking until a discussion comes up that I think I could add to.

I also will be including Fantasy Literature among my regular stops. I’m a guest reviewer there, so I have a reviewer page, where my current GoodReads books show up. Also, since Kat was so good as to review my book even though it is outside their normal parameters, I also have an author page!

Also, there is a new review site out there that shows great promise. It is called The Ranting Dragon. It looks very cool and extremely well put-together. I’ll be checking in there as well.

Last and by no means least, I have been active at the eHarlequin forums for months now.

And that will have to be it because I can only be active on a few forums at once. This gives me a forum to check out just about every day of the week.


Christine Bell won my first Amazon Review Drive Giveaway prize, and the told me that she didn’t want to accept anything from a fellow Carina Press author except the copy of The Sevenfold Spell. She suggested that I put the prizes back into the mix, and so I am following her advice. Christine has an awesome-sounding time travel historical coming up in the spring, so be sure to put her on your watch list.

For my guest posts this week at A Buckeye Girl Reads and Susanna Fraser, I will enter all commenters into an extra giveaway for:

  • A free ecopy of The Sevenfold Spell, in your choice of formats,
  • A $10 gift certificate to
  • A book from my stash of unread review copies and advance editions.

This post also serves as official announcement of Phase Two of my Amazon Review Drive Giveaway. For this phase, I upped the prizes:

  • A free ecopy of The Sevenfold Spell, in your choice of formats,
  • A $20 gift certificate to
  • Two books from my stash of unread review copies and advance editions.

It is open to all commenters on this blog from now until the 20th review of The Sevenfold Spell is posted at Amazon. Currently, there are 12 reviews. If you read it, you can review it at Amazon even if you purchased it somewhere else. All you have to have done is purchased one book ever at Amazon. Please be sure you give me your honest review so I can make my next book better.

If you have any more publicity ideas for me, please either leave it in a comment or email me. Oh! And if you want bookmarks for The Sevenfold Spell, just email me with your address and I’ll pop some in the mail.

Amazon Review Drive Giveaway!

I read somewhere that 20 was the magic number with Amazon reviews. Something about how after 20 reviews you are more likely to appear in the “customers also liked” lists. I can’t find that article anywhere, but I’m still going to go with the goal of 20 Amazon reviews.

How to inspire reviews? Hopefully by good writing. But a giveaway shouldn’t hurt!

I’d feel uncomfortable requiring you to send me evidence of an Amazon review, so I’m just going to have a general comment giveaway where I will give a Fabulous Prize Pack to a random commenter across all posts (I can view them by date) every time I reach a review milestone that is divisible by 10:

  • 10 reviews – Fabulous Prize Pack 1 — done!
  • 20 reviews – Fabulous Prize Pack 2
  • 30 reviews – Fabulous Prize Pack 3

I’ll re-evaluate this contest once I reach 30 reviews, and I’ll put up another post.

One thing to keep in mind:

I’m not asking for all 5-star reviews. I’m just asking for honest reviews. Please don’t be compelled to give The Sevenfold Spell five stars unless you truly thought it was amazing.


Because a book that has only 5 star reviews looks suspicious. It looks like the author rounded up a bunch of friends and got them to write only 5 star reviews. I’d like a healthy mix, so the best way to achieve that is to just ask you to be honest.

How do I enter?

By commenting on a post here at this blog. Any post. As often as you want. All comments go in a big, fat list in my WordPress dashboard. When I’m ready to give away a Fabulous Prize Pack, I’ll take all those comments, wrestle them into an Excel spreadsheet,  and draw a random number. That person will win. I won’t check whether s/he wrote a review or not. NOTE: the more comments you leave, the more chances you have of winning!

How does a contest like that get Tia Amazon reviews?

Because I’m asking for them. Nicely. I’ll also throw reminders the current progress at the bottom of random posts. Also, the more reviews, the more often I reach one of the milestones, the more often I draw a winner, and the better the prizes will be.

The better the prizes, eh? What’s in them thar prize packs?

An ecopy of The Sevenfold Spell, if you don’t already have it. But! That’s not all! Also in that prize pack will be (a) book(s) that you can choose from my stash of unread review copies and ARCs. I have identified them all at this Goodreads shelf for paperbacks and hardcovers, and this one for ARC editions. If I notify you as the winner, you pick the books and I’ll send them off. I’ll also showcase the picked books here to give those authors a little publicity. But that’s not all! I’ll also throw in an Amazon gift certificate, which will go up with each milestone reached. 10 dollars for 10 reviews, 20 dollars for 20 reviews, and 30 dollars for 30 reviews.

To be abundantly clear, here are the 3 prize packs:

For 10 reviews at

  • ecopy of The Sevenfold Spell
  • 1 book from stash,
  • 10 dollar Amazon gift certificate

For 20 reviews at

  • ecopy of The Sevenfold Spell
  • 2 books from stash,
  • 20 dollar Amazon gift certificate

For 30 reviews at

  • ecopy of The Sevenfold Spell
  • 3 books from stash,
  • 30 dollar Amazon gift certificate

The “stash” consists of books from these Goodreads shelves:

Remember–it doesn’t matter how you purchased The Sevenfold Spell — you can review it at Amazon.

All you have to do is have ever bought anything at Amazon. How do you buy The Sevenfold Spell? A multitude of ways:

When does it start?

Right now! Thank you in advance!

Giveaway – Spellwright by Blake Charlton!

Tor has offered to give away a copy of Spellwright by Blake Charlton, which Superwench reviewed (and loved!) below. To enter, either:

  • leave a comment (making sure you enter your accurate email address), or
  • send me an email to tia dot nevitt at gmail dot com. If you email me, please also include your snail mail address. It saves a lot of time in case you win. Put as the subject “Spellwright Giveaway”.

This contest is open to residents of the United States and Canada. The publicist was kind enough to explain the reason for this restriction — it has to do with overseas publishing rights.

I’ll let this contest run all week and will post the winner next Sunday.


Giveaway – Blood Lines Series by Maria Lima

I have all three copies of Maria Lima’s Blood Line series to give away to one Urban Fantasy lover. This contest is only open to recipients in the United States (because I’m footing the postage). I will pick a winner using on Sunday night. Consider 6:00 PM EST your deadline, but in reality, I won’t rule anyone out as long as you get your entry to me before I draw a winner. I won’t draw a winner before 6 on Sunday evening. Please only enter one time.