Tuesday, August 11, 2015

New in Audiobook: Hunting Season Aurora Sky 4

Tune into Aurora Sky


With this month's audio release of Hunting Season, Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter, Vol. 4, the audiobooks are now caught up! :D

Here's a fun snippet of what a listener had to say about the first audibook on iTunes:

"Every twist and turn brings new delight. Jefford has brought a new creation story to both vampires and hunters as Aurora and the reader learn about her new life... and every character brought into the story adds a bit more to the depth and choices for her. I was drawn into the story early and never looked back."

I love listening to narrator Em Eldridge bring the characters to life -- especially her French and British accents. I can't wait to hear her Italian when it comes time to narrate Whiteout (Aurora Sky, Vol. 5), releasing in ebook on October 27th and in audiobook soon after. Thank you for lending your ears and joining in Aurora and the gang's Far North adventures!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Audible Aurora - Review Opportunity

Em Eldridge just finished narrating Hunting Season (Aurora Sky #4). It's been submitted and takes 14-20 business days to go through ACX's quality check. Once more, Em nailed it! She captures the humor and sarcasm of Aurora and the gang perfectly. Her reading brings it all to life.

While waiting for the audiobook to go live, I'd like to offer readers a chance to listen and review any (or all) of the first three Aurora Sky audiobooks (Aurora Sky, Northern Bites, Bad Blood).

I have a limited number of free download codes from Audible. If you are serious about listening and reviewing, click the top right envelope icon to email me or send me a message on my Facebook author page.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Bound by Duty FREE 7/22 - 7/29

Join a Live Streaming Event with Stormy Smith & Four Guest Authors + Prizes!

BBDBdayEventCover Every now and then an author offers up a really unique opportunity to engage, and when I heard about how Stormy Smith, author of the number one best-selling Bound series, planned to celebrate Bound by Duty’s first birthday, I had to share! On July 23rd, Stormy is giving fans two opportunities to not only interact live with her, but also with four amazing young adult authors! This gives readers around the globe a great opportunity to be part of the celebration! From 12 – 2 p.m. Central, you can live stream and have Q&A with Stormy, South African author Carlyle Labuschagne, and American author Jamie Magee. From 7 – 9 p.m. Central, you can live stream and interact with Stormy, and young adult authors Alys Arden and Heather Hildenbrand. In both segments, Stormy will discuss and answer your questions about Bound by Duty, read a few of her favorite passages (including a special alternate POV scene from Bound by Duty!) and give away ebooks and print copies of Bound by Duty. The guest authors will be taking your questions, discussing their books and doing giveaways as well.

Schedule:

Afternoon event 12:00 – 12:30 Stormy 12:30 – 1:00 Jamie Magee 1:00 – 1:30 Stormy 1:30 – 2:00 Carlyle Labuschagne Evening event 7:00 – 7:30 Stormy 7:30 – 8:00 Alys Arden 8:00 – 8:30 Stormy 8:30 – 9:00 Heather Hildenbrand (all times are Central) For full details on the guest authors and their giveaways, visit Stormy’s website.  

BONUS!

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  To really make this celebration great, Stormy has made Bound by Duty FREE from July 22 – 29 on all platforms! This is the first time Bound by Duty has ever been free, and it was only recently released to all ebook vendors.

Free July 22nd– 29th ONLY -- Grab your copy now!

Nook ** iTunes ** Kobo ** Amazon

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Bound by Duty by Stormy Smith

Amelia grew up in a world of half-truths. She knows she's an Elder, but has no idea what that means. Her father reminds her daily that she must maintain control, but he refuses to explain why. Even worse, she's betrothed to the prince of the Immortals and doesn't even know his name. Finally breaking free to live a few normal years at a community college, the last thing Amelia expects is to find her best friend in a cheeky southern girl, or fall for a self-assured human who sees her for who she is, not what she will become. As she learns more about herself, Amelia realizes the line between love and duty is a thin one. As her power continues to increase exponentially and her questions are slowly answered, Amelia must make the ultimate choice. The question is, will her head win the battle, or her heart?
  About the author: Stormy Bio Pic Stormy Smith calls Iowa's capital home now, but was raised in a tiny town in the Southeast corner of the state. She grew to love books honestly, having a mom that read voraciously and instilled that same love in her. She knew quickly stories of fantasy were her favorite, and even as an adult gravitates toward paranormal stories in any form. Writing a book had never been an aspiration, but suddenly the story was there and couldn't be stopped. When she isn't working on, or thinking about, her books, Stormy's favorite places include bar patios, live music shows, her yoga mat or anywhere she can relax with her husband or girlfriends.   Find her: Facebook ** Twitter ** Instagram ** GoodReads ** Website ** Amazon    

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Whiteout - October Release - Free Story Soon!


Top Priority: Finish Whiteout!

I know I said summer release and it's summer. I'm as bummed as you, but not entirely because the new version I'm working on is 100x better than the first and that's going to make it all the more sweet when it finally appears on your eReader.

Thank you for hanging in there. October is the most realistic release month, though I am trying to move mountains (McKinley sized ones) to be out earlier.

If you haven't already, you can sign up for a Release Alert by email. I've had a lot of requests for Dante's story NIGHT OF THE LIVING DANTE. It was a bonus at the end of Hunting Season on all pre-orders and release weeks, but I understand that many readers come into the series later and shouldn't have to miss out. I am going to have it formatted and published free in the coming months. I can't immediately publish free until Amazon price matches, but once it does, I'll send links to newsletter subscribers. :D

I'm scaling way back on social media the next couple months to keep on track, but will continue to post occasional Aurora Sky updates and fun giveaways on my Author Facebook Page. And, when the summer sun beckons for biking and hiking adventures, I post photos on Instagram.

Have a lovely summer!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Market Your Audiobook - Shout It Out!

This post is a follow up to the Expanding Your Empire panel I was on at UtopIA (Thursday, June 18). I love audiobooks and the whole production process. There are thousands of story lovers out there who don't have time to read or have poor eyesight and are eager for narrated stories. The audiobook market is growing and it's a great place to be!

Today, I want to share resources and marketing tips.

To learn how the process works, ACX explains everything in bite-sized chunks on their website.

Ready to talk audio?!

Reviews

ACX automatically sends 25 download codes after the publication of your audiobook. USE THEM! And when they're gone, request more and use those, too. (Do not hesitate to email the helpful ACX Team at support@acx.com.)

***My favorite place to find audiobook reviewers is the FREE Audiobook Giveaways page on Facebook. Join the page, read the House Rules, and post your audiobook. Interested reviewers will contact you. Within hours of posting, I had 10 requests. It was awesome!

Here is a starter list of audiobook bloggers who accept review requests:

Audiobook Jukebox

Eargasms Audiobook Reviews

The Guilded Earlobe

Audiobook Fans

The Bookie Monster

Audiobooks (Goodreads group has places to request reviews, etc.)

Audiobook Resources (Lists audiobook bloggers)

Giveaways

Use those same download codes from ACX to run giveaways. I used these for a bunch of Facebook takeover/group parties during the first quarter. It's an effective way to get the word out and doesn't cost a cent.

Get Creative

Last summer, following the release of my first audiobook, I interviewed my narrator, Em Eldridge live on Google Hangout On Air.

Em's a voice actress, why not let readers actually hear her answer questions? And the handy thing about Google is they automatically post the video to YouTube where the interview can be found and watched at any time. (See: Q&A with Audiobook Narrator Em Eldridge.)


This past April, I brought Em back to answer questions during an audiobook release party on Facebook for Northern Bites. Readers kept her busy the entire hour. Twelve authors donated audiobooks for giveaways. The whole thing was a blast!

I'm excited to say that I heard back from dozens of readers who'd listened and/or bought their first audiobook after the party and plan to listen to more. Music to my ears. ;-)
 

Be Vocal

Hey, this is audiobooks we're talking about. Share progress reports while your audiobook is in production. At the very least, let readers know when the book releases.

When I'm selling paperbacks at events people often ask if it's also available in eBook. I say, "Yes, it is. And it's also in audiobook." Reminders help!




> Include Audible, Amazon, and iTunes in your buy links everywhere you post your book (website, blog, social media posts, etc.)



> Send out a release announcement to your newsletter subscribers. (Maybe even combine it with an audiobook giveaway and/or release party. ;-) Feel free to contact me about including an Aurora Sky audiobook giveaway. I'd be happy to donate!)

> Share progress updates during the narration process. At the beginning of the month, I posted the below photo to show how far along Em was in the narration process of Bad Blood. I also like to share bits that made me laugh out loud while proof listening the audiobook.



> Headphone graphics are fun and get the message across quickly on social media.



Whispersync for Voice - You Want It!

This fantastic feature allows Kindle readers to switch seamlessly from the ebook to audio (or visa versa) without losing their place. And it qualifies Kindle readers to purchase audiobooks at greatly reduced rates (as low at $1.99) when they purchase the ebook.



You want at least your first audiobook with Whispersync to build your audience.

This feature is decided entirely by ACX. It happens automatically for lots of authors... I was not one of them.

Seven months after my first audiobook released, only 94 copies had sold. In February, I decided to do something about that. I emailed ACX and requested Whispersync for Aurora Sky. Within two weeks, they granted my request and my sales more than doubled in the first month. I sold more audiobooks in one month than I had in the previous seven! The timing couldn't have been more perfect as it coincided with the release of Aurora Sky #2 at the end of March.

It's amazing what you can make happen simply by ASKING.

#TalkingACX

From time to time, ACX hosts a live twitter chat that is incredibly informative. They brought on Kate Tilton in March. My brain nearly exploded with all the helpful tips I got out of that one hour. Look up the hashtag on Twitter. The info is still there!

Continue the Conversation...

Thank you for stopping by. If you have questions or tips/resources you'd like to share, please give me a shout on my author FB page. (Look for the dog with the microphone and feel free to post in comments.)

Tune In

Finally, if you'd like to give Aurora Sky a listen, the first two books are only $1.99 each with Whispersync for Voice (links posted below) or give me a holler if you'd like a review copy.

Thanks for lending your eyes and ears! ;-)

Volume 1
Only $1.99...when you download the Kindle book FREE!



About: Thanks to her rare blood type, Aurora Sky is forced to hunt vampires in Alaska while juggling school, boys, and bad decisions. All she ever wanted was to get off the iceberg she calls home. That was before her mom went and made a deal with the devil. Now Aurora’s been paired up with an overzealous partner committed to taking down the entire underworld. At school she’s tormented by Mr. Tall, Dark, and Maddening—Fane Donado—who behaves a little too much of the vampires she hunts.

Download your free copy here (US) or here for UK.

Volume 2
Only $1.99
...when you buy the $2.99 Kindle book.




 Volume 3
New Release!


 
Volume 4
In Production

Em Eldridge is narrating the entire series and is now at work on #4, Hunting Season, which will be finished July 24th.

This summer chill with Aurora and the gang in the snowy wilds of the Last Frontier. ;-)

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Bad Blood Audibook Release


Tune into Aurora Sky
Aurora Sky #3, Bad Blood, is now out in audiobook. :D

Haven't started listening to audible Aurora yet?

Volume 1
Only $1.99...when you download the Kindle book FREE!



About: Thanks to her rare blood type, Aurora Sky is forced to hunt vampires in Alaska while juggling school, boys, and bad decisions. All she ever wanted was to get off the iceberg she calls home. That was before her mom went and made a deal with the devil. Now Aurora’s been paired up with an overzealous partner committed to taking down the entire underworld. At school she’s tormented by Mr. Tall, Dark, and Maddening—Fane Donado—who behaves a little too much of the vampires she hunts.

Download your free copy here (US) or here for UK.

Volume 2
Only $1.99
...when you buy the $2.99 Kindle book.




Em Eldridge is narrating the entire series and is now at work on #4, Hunting Season, which will be finished July 24th.

This summer chill with Aurora and the gang in the snowy wilds of the Last Frontier. Thank you for tuning in! ;-)


Saturday, May 16, 2015

In Nashville!

I am so flippin' excited to make my first trip to Nashville and UtopYA. This event has been on my wish list for several years and now it's really happening.

There are so many readers and writers I'm looking forward to meeting LIVE, face to face, after years of online friendship.

If you're attending, please give me a heads up on Facebook or Twitter.

And if you want to reserve Spellbound or Aurora Sky paperbacks, you can do so on the pre-order form here.

Nashville, here I come! :D