#GivingTuesday

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There has been radio silence from me during the time Black Friday seeped into Thanksgiving, the weekend, and became a whole Black Friday Week. Now it appears Cyber Monday has turned into Cyber Week. (a/s/l?)

No, I haven’t been shopping. I didn’t do any special sales at my webstore on my books either. I spent way too much time promoting sales last year and did not make one sale. Instead, I used that time recovering from throwing my back out two weeks ago moving furniture, getting caught up on cleaning, and decorating for the holidays. also-availableDuring that time, I also had a breakthrough on figuring out which software to use for the layout of my third book in The Sick Rose Vampires series, The Heart is a Rebel.

I will save you the details, but I had beaucoup problems and frustration putting together my last book. There was time and energy lost with using sub par software when it could have went towards making additional and better quality illustrations. Despite lack of funds and training on the fanciest and current ways of putting together a book or the means to hire someone who can, I may have figured out a way to make this go easier. This has always been a fly by the seat of my pants operation. Without yet saying what I’m specifically using this time around, so far so good.

So, it’s “Giving Tuesday”. A day set aside to make consumerism feel better, if there is money left after Black/Cyber Week/Month/Whatever events to donate to charity. Let’s make giving a part of our lifestyle, and not just because we need to feel better about our spending habits, or because it’s the holidays. If you don’t have the moola, donate your time or skills. Last week I got to spend time with elementary school kids making art.

drawing-for-a-cureI thought today would be a good day for me to announce that I’ve been working with Drawing For A Cure, a non-profit organization of artists who contribute artwork with all sales going towards the American Cancer Society. You may have seen my Joker/Harley fan art as a coloring page. Soon you can get it as a full color print exclusively from Drawing For A Cure, with all proceeds going to a good cause. WIN

Did you do something special for #GivingTuesday? How do you make giving a part of your life the rest of the year?

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And The Winner Is…

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 ***NIKKI M.***

Congratulations! You won all this stuff!

Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway. If you missed this one, don’t despair. I’m planning two more prize package giveaways before the year is up. You’re going to have to wait and see what they are!

I hope everyone had an awesome Halloween!

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And if you’re doing NaNoWriMo this year, good luck! I’ll be once again trying to do the 30 Day Plank Challenge. 😛

The Sick Rose Vampires Dark Shadows Halloween Giveaway

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Prize pack includes: an autographed copy of both books in The Sick Rose Vampires series so far, chibi Barnabas Collins print, and Barnabas Collins trinket box.

ENTER HERE!

Monroe Comic Con This Saturday!

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I’m happy to remind you that a huge convention appearance is coming up this Saturday in Monroe, Michigan! There will be 200 tables of comics, art, toys, crafts, cosplay, celebrity guests, panels, and yours truly! I attended Monroe Comic Con last year as a cosplayer and it was great! It was my official first attempt at cosplaying, which makes it my one year anniversary of cosplaying. It feels much longer (especially since I’ve already placed 3rd as Lady Penguin at Redford Comic Con and judged two days of Taylor Town cosplay contests in my first year)!

This year at Monroe Comic Con, I will be cosplaying as a local artist and published author and illustrator of vampire books. 😉 I encourage you to attend the Alloy Ash cosplay panel. I consider her my cosplay fairy godmother. She got me into cosplay after I attended a panel of hers at Motor City Comic Con 2015. I got to met her and thank her for the inspiration at Monroe last year!

In addition to my COSPLAnniversary fast approaching, I must share that today is the two-year anniversary of my first published book, Blood & Alcohol! It is available in paperback from Amazon, Createspace, my Sick Shoppe, and I will have copies at Monroe Comic Con. If you buy my first and second book together, you get 10% off at the show! See you soon!

MONROE COMIC CON

October 1st

10 am – 7 pm

TOTAL SPORTS MONROE

987 Stewart Rd, Monroe, Michigan 48162

#IndiePrideDay Vampire Book Party Starts Tomorrow

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Are you looking for summer reading suggestions? Do you like free stuff? Do you like to support independent creative endeavors? Do you have a Kindley-Dindley or other e-reader?

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Welcome.

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#IndiePrideDay is almost here! The Sick Rose Vampires is getting the party started early! I will be hosting paranormal romance author, Sharon Lipman, right here on the blog tomorrow. You can hear about her debut novel, Bound to Blackwood, and the delicious deal she is offering all weekend!

 

13501621_10209029636194772_1095369102842902340_nAlso joining my party July 1st will be Lynne Murray’s, The Falstaff Vampire Ghosts! You had me at vampire ghosts! This is another killer deal that you won’t want to pass up. I will provide you a direct link to the goods Friday!

 

 

And of course, you can get started on The Sick Rose Vampires series with two paperbacks for the price of one! My special offer will only be available Friday, so don’t forget!

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If you are a Sick Rose fan and have my books already, you may participate in #IndiePrideDay by taking a selfie with the books and uploading the photo to Twitter or Facebook using the hashtag!

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Now let’s finish getting primped for the book party!

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Skin of the Night Signed Book Preorder

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You may now PREORDER a signed copy of my second book, Skin of the Night, from my webstore. Books will ship out in the middle of June. Can’t wait for a signed copy? Order today directly from Createspace or Amazon.

If you are in the area, you may also purchase one directly from me at (or after) my book signing at Cosplay Con June 4th in Taylor, Michigan.

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I’ve made another promotional video for the new book. I’ve enjoyed learning to make videos so much that I made one for my first book, Blood & Alcohol, and reopened my Youtube channel.

Skin of the Night Promo Video Bonanza

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I sent out a few promotional videos this afternoon via Facebook and Twitter for my latest release, Skin of the Night.

Short 30 second videos on Twitter…

And the full “director’s cut” on facebook…

 

I hope you like them! Autographed copies of the book will be available to order in June. You may also come visit me and pick one up at Cosplay Con in Taylor, Michigan on June 4th!

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And thank you for the over 600 follows on my blog!