NEW: Monthly Giveaways!

(to skip ramblings, jump straight to Monthly Giveaways page)

News about the monthly giveaways shortly…some rambling/introduction first 🙂

New year, new habits has worked out poorly for me so far 🙂 However, I have as wonderful excuse as you can have – my husband’s little brother (who I’ve known since he was 13) got married over the weekend and, while we were busy as, it was great to see two people I love on such a lovely occasion. Now that the festivities are over (sad face), it is onto completing my next set of writing goals.

For 2016, I am aiming to:

  • Finish the novel I started for NaNoWriMo, Valiant Valerie
  • Put all other novel ideas into some sort of coherent planning book
  • Start and finish another novel
  • Read more (between my birthday in October and Christmas, I received about 20 new books – which does not include any of the books I already owned and have not read yet)
  • Get unvamped some more exposure.

That last point is what brings me to this new idea. I’ve decided that until the first anniversary of unvamped‘s publication, I am going to be giving away ebook copies (mobi, epub or pdf formats) every month in exchange for honest reviews.

What do you have to do to win a copy?

Each month, I will put up a post when the month’s competition starts. Then, all you have to do is contact me before the end of the month. At the end of the month, I will then contact the winners for their information (email address, preferred ebook format, etc.). The number of winners will be at least five (5), but may be more depending on the number of entrants.

All I ask in return is that you tell your friends about it and post a review – even if it’s just a rating – on unvamped‘s page on Goodreads. I will take any review/rating from zero to five stars, as long as you’re honest.

So, to recap, to win a copy of unvamped, you need to:

  1. Wait until I announce the opening of the month’s competition – it may vary, but will be about two weeks before the end of the month
  2. Contact me by the end of the month using #unvampedmonthly – any way you like, Facebook, Twitter, email, via the contact form on the homepage, in person, in the comments below, etc.
  3. If/when I contact you, let me know what format you want – epub, mobi, or pdf
  4. Read unvamped – and hopefully enjoy it 🙂
  5. Leave a review/rating on Goodreads – remember to begin the review with “I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.”
  6. Share the competition and tell your friends about unvamped!

Consider this month’s competition OPEN! 🙂

(I still have a lot of print copies left as well, selling for AUD$25 that I will send to you signed and with a free bookmark!)

Signed Print Editions of ‘unvamped’ for Purchase

I still have quite a few print editions (and I will get more if necessary) of unvamped available for purchase directly from me. While stocks last, they come with a free signed bookmark.

Copies are $25 each – that is $5.40 less than buying it from Amazon (I still don’t know why it costs so much…). Postage will depend on where you are, ask me for more details.

Please email me or send me a message via Facebook or Twitter and we’ll arrange the finer points 🙂

x iz

#unvamped has launched :)

You can buy the ebook for AUD$6.95 at: http://www.eternalpress.biz/book.php?isbn=9781629292700
on Amazon.com for AUD$6.95 at:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00YFY3L8K/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?qid=1433142998&sr=8-1π=AC_SX110_SY165_FMwebp_QL70&keywords=unvamped
Or Amazon.com.au for AUD$8.88 at:
http://www.amazon.com.au/gp/aw/d/B00YFY3L8K/ref=mp_s_a_1_2?qid=1433143131&sr=8-2π=SY200_QL40&keywords=unvamped

I’ll keep you updated on when it’s available in print and elsewhere.

Print books will be available for AUD$25 at the book launch.

general update

Well, the past two weeks have been filled with 17-hour editing sessions, sleep, and resting my tendinitis – for which my wrist thanks me.

All that work now means we have found ourselves two days away from the unvamped release date and less than one week away from the launch!! The print books are winging their way to me and I have a lot of last minute organisation to do. Not in the least, I need to find my usb which has momentarily disappeared…I need to put a tracking device on that thing. And, I must be a better aunt and get my niece a birthday present.

I have also been sorting giveaways for the Adelaide Launch, which is very exciting, but I must be good and not spoil the surprise 🙂

My ‘Sentence a Day’ venture will be re-started in earnest from June.

You can now find unvamped on the Eternal Press website at: http://www.eternalpress.biz/book.php?isbn=9781629292700. They sell ebook versions (which will be available at 12:01am Pacific Time (US) on June 1st). You can also find ebooks on Amazon within 24 hours of then, and print editions soon to follow. I’ll give more info when I have it 🙂

I must get back to my mandarin marmalade making now,

x iz

Day 30 – The End of Month One

A month has passed and it is time to evaluate my site/blog and see what I’m doing, what I should be doing, and what I want to be doing. I have been rather lazy this past week with a dreaded lurgy, and I worked through the weekend (though made time to have my Writers’ Group meeting!), so not a lot has been done, but I’ve been thinking about it all.

I don’t have any more news yet as to a release date for unvamped and until that happens, I don’t have much more pre-promotional stuff I can be doing. So, I can tick that off in terms of doing what I should be doing.

I’ve started uploading some stories, but not had any time to write more at the moment – deadline for work is almost done so free time will be my own soon! – so I’m bordering on actually getting done what I would like to be getting done. Next month, I’d really like to be able to write a few new ones and enter some competitions. I think, too, I may submit my two children’s books to publishers and see if there’s any interest there.

We shall not discuss Camp Nano for this month – suffice to say planning will be completed through May and Camp Nano will be done in June! If only I could counts the words I’ve written for work and study! *woe*

I haven’t been blogging quite as much as I’d planned given my work load this month. But I do think, given I haven’t had much of interest to say when I have blogged, that’s not such a bad thing 🙂

I have been very slow in putting up more of my Tips & Tricks, but I will get back to that in the next week as I have found a (somewhat) solution to my formatting issue – we’ll see how successful that is when I’ve posted them up!

Having discovered my lack of daily blogging – and losing track of what day I’m up to – I have decided now to change my menu format going forward. From now on, I will be grouping posts by months (Month 2, Month 3, etc – possibly by Month name too, I shall see how I feel when I need to set it up) and just naming them whatever I think matches best. I feel like I need to go back and do that for this past month, but have decided its much too much work for now – maybe when work calms down and this dreaded lurgy goes away.

Lunch over now, back to work time.

x iz