Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Out Today and a Must read Steamer.

https://www.booksbymanis.com/p/owned-by-alpa.html
 This series brings some heat. Not for the faint at heart and for those who can handle some burn.

A new interview and a new release!

 Thank you for joining us with our Interview with author Jayce Carter today. I am excited to announce that she has a new book release today and we will be talking about that a little. So let’s get started.



Gina: Why did you become an author?

Jayce: Everyone likes to ask this question, and I’m never sure of the answer. I can’t think of a time when I didn’t want to become an author. I was that weird kid with imaginary friends who would be happy to sit on my own and make-believe. As soon as I learned to write, when I realized I could turn that imagination into stories, I did it. I can’t imagine not writing, even on days when I hate it, when I’m tired, when I’m sure my work is the worst thing that has ever graced a laptop screen, I still can’t picture myself not doing it. Even if I found I’d never make a dime writing, I’d still do it. 

Gina: What genre of books do you like to write?

Jayce: I write erotic romance, and within that genre I have works that are reverse-harem, BDSM, contemporary, and scifi. Basically, anything with romance and sex makes me happy. 

Gina: What is your inspiration for the current book or series you are writing?

Jayce: As a lover of romance, I’d gotten used to the entire love triangle trope, and because I am a softie at heart, I always felt bad for the person left out. When I learned about the entire #whychoose idea of reverse-harem, I was hooked. Why pick one penis when you can have them all!? However, I also tend to love the romance, which is why my current series is a more romance-based reverse harem, meaning each book features its own female main character, her harem, and the full arc of their relationship. The next book then moves onto another character to tell her story. More specifically, my Omega’s Alphas series focuses on omegas—females who are often mistreated and underestimated—finding their own power and strength with the help of their alpha mates. These female omegas kick ass and overcome their pasts to get the future and lives they want.
Gina: I do see that in your books. Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Jayce: I’ve am an unholy mixture of the two. I always know my ending when I start, but I don’t always know the exact path the story will take to get there. I figure it is like starting a road trip. I know where I’m going so I head off in that general direction. The exact route I take might change, but I always know I’m still heading toward my ending. 

Gina: Seeing the ending first sounds interesting. I would expect most see the beginning first. I know I do.
Do you have any quirks or habits when your writing?

Jayce: Other than running on copious amounts of coffee, I love using the pomodoro method. I set timers for 25 minutes to work and have 5 minute breaks between them. This tends to keep me on track, and the ticking of the timer is mildly threatening. I love a good threat. 

Gina: Nice that you mention the pomodoro method. It is the first I have heard and other authors might like to know.
Have you had any setbacks becoming an author yourself?

Jayce: I started writing when I was a teenager, and since I’m 33 now, I’d say it took me a while to reach this place. I wouldn’t call any of them setbacks so much as knowing I wasn’t ready until now. I spent all that time learning and growing my craft.

Gina: It shows in your work. I know you are a new author but your writing has a very professional feel about it.
What advice would you give to someone who would like to become a writer?

Jayce: To keep going! There will be days when writing sucks, when you’re sure you’re terrible, when your book is rejected or you get a scathing review, or when you realize your first book didn’t even make enough money to pay for the celebration dinner you took yourself out to. Just keep writing. Keep working, because you sure as hell won’t reach your goals by quitting. 

Gina: What is some of the best advice or inspiration you have received from another author?

Jayce: My mentor and pseudo-big-brother taught me everything I know, but I think the most important lesson he taught me was to write every day. Even when I was tired, even when I didn’t want to, to sit my ass in the chair and do it anyway. He taught me to make writing as vital to my daily routine as brushing my teeth, and by doing that I’ve found I never struggle for what to write. 

Gina: I think I might love your brother. He is after my own heart.
What goals have you set for yourself in the future?

Jayce: I have 4 more books in the Omega’s Alphas series coming out next year, plus three novellas for that series, and four additional novellas that are rom-com and part of a new series. I have a few other things I am hoping to do, but I don’t like to share too much until it’s certain. 

Gina:  Sounds like you have a busy year for 2020. How many do you think you will get published?

Jayce: The plan is all of them. The plans for all have been okayed by my publisher and we have tentative release dates for all. So unless there is some huge problem, they should all get done. I should have time to do all in that time and will have a release for all but one month next year.

Gina: How do you want readers to see your work?

Jayce: I want readers to see flawed people who have to learn to be their best selves to form connections with one another. Beyond the sex, beyond anything else in my novels, that’s what they’re about. I write about people who aren’t perfect, those with baggage, with walls up, with fears and setbacks and desires they never believe they’ll get. I want readers to see the characters face their biggest fears and overcome their pasts for the futures they truly want. 

Gina: I too like to show the flaws in my characters. Nobody is perfect and I don’t think they should be. 
What should a reader expect to see from your next novel?

Jayce: Sex. Humor. Grumpy characters who curse but are sweet for the person they love.

Gina: Anything you would like to share about the new release today, “Shared by Alpha’s”?
 
Jayce:  My next book is called Shared by the Alphas and is book two in The Omega’s Alphas series. The story is about a young omega named Tiffany who has her life turned upside down when someone starts to target her. Three very different alphas come together to help keep her safe despite each resisting an actual relationship with her. I think the three of them complement one another perfectly, and together they create a wonderful balance for the feisty and young Tiffany.

Gina: Is there anything you would like to share with your readers?

Jayce: Only that I am beyond grateful to be able to share these characters and stories with my wonderful readers. It’s always been a dream of mine, and I couldn’t do it if I didn’t have such amazing and supportive readers.

Gina: Thank you for sharing with us your story and how you have become a writer. I look forward to reading your new release and all your books in the future. I am a big fan and will be following your work. I’m sure many others will also.

Jayce: Thank you.

Be sure to check out Jayce’s new release today! You can also see my review of the first book “Owned by Alphas’s”.

https://www.booksbymanis.com/p/owned-by-alpa.html

Monday, November 25, 2019

Updates on some of our Author Pages

I have been working hard to do some updates to some of our book pages. Updates to new covers, adding the newest releases to series, and even a few author interviews. Wanted to give a shout out to the authors I have been working with and updates to their books. See the updates now for these great Authors.


Didn't realize how long that list was until just now. If I didn't mention you, its only because we still have some work to do and I am looking forward to it.

Check out these amazing books!

Taken
https://www.booksbymanis.com/p/taken-midwest-sins-book.html
  In book one, you’re introduced to a family built on an unusual set of values, who offer a glimpse into the dark world of captivity and what they believe is their light at the end of the tunnel. 

Found
https://www.booksbymanis.com/p/taken-midwest-sins-book.html
Book two is an exciting edge of your seat conclusion to the midwest sins duet. The escape. 

Friday, November 22, 2019

Interview with Myra Wards


Thank you for joining us today and answering a few questions for me and some of my friends. Let's get right into it then.


     Gina: Why did you become an author, Myra Ward?

     Myra:  I have been an avid reader since I was a young child. It helped me escape reality. If I didn’t have a book to read, I would make up my own stories. Being creative keeps me sane so I started writing my story ideas down. My father, who always had a dream of being a writer, encouraged me to keep writing. He passed away before I could hit publish, but I know he would be so proud.

      Gina: I'm sure he would be. What romance genre of books do you like to write?
  
      Myra: Contemporary Romance. I am a sucker for love and a happy ending. 

      Gina: I've read your book. It is pretty hot in some places.

      Myra:  Steamy is my preference in any book I read or write.

      Gina: What is your inspiration for the current book or series you are writing? 

      Myra: In my late teens, early twenties I spent a lot of time touring the country with different rock bands. It was an experience I will never forget. Also, I am a former musician, so a rock star romance had to be my first book.

      Gina: Are you a plotter or a pantser? 

      Myra: Pantser! I would love to be a plotter, but I spend hours plotting and my characters decide to do something completely different. It drives me crazy looking at my outline after I have strayed off course, so I throw it all out and let my characters tell the story.

       Gina: I am a pantser too. No matter how much I plot, it doesn't come to life until I write. Then I'm plotting all over again.

       Myra: That's me exactly.

      Gina: Do you have any quirks or habits when your writing? 

       Myra: I am distracted easily so I have to turn off my wifi and listen to music or rain sounds.

      Gina: Have you had any setbacks becoming an author yourself?
 
      Myra: It took me a long time to finish my first book. My father became ill not long after I started writing. I was his caregiver, so I put the book on hold for a while.

      Gina: What advice would you give to someone who would like to become a writer? 

      Myra: Keep writing. I can’t say it enough. Writing is something we have inside of us. I wanted to give up so many times because I thought I would never be good enough. If you have story to tell, tell it. Someone will be glad you did.

      Gina:  That is some good advice. What is some of the best advice or inspiration you have received from another author? 

      Myra:  I don’t know many Authors personally, but Colleen Hoover has always inspired me with her kindness and general support of other authors. Reading her book, Slammed, is what gave me the courage to write.

      Gina: What goals have you set for yourself in the future? 

      Myra: I want to write six more books in The Dark Rain/Lane Gang series. I am also a huge fan of RH (reverse harem) so I am writing a fun story about Triplet brothers and their best friend, who happens to be the girl next door.

       Gina: Oh! Are they identical?

       Myra: Yes, they are identical.

       Gina: How do you want readers to see your work? 

       Myra: As an escape from reality. That’s what I always hope to get from any book I read.

      Gina: What should a reader expect to see from your next novel? 

      Myra: The next book in my rock star romance series will be darker than the first. The main characters have had to deal with so much in life that they have many obstacles to get past before they can find their HEA.

      Gina: When will we be seeing your next book release?

      Myra: I am hoping February at the latest but I have no set date yet because I am still learning.

      Gina: Is there anything you would like to share with your readers? 

      Myra: I want my readers to know that I am always there to chat or talk books. I am not only an author but a reader myself. I love to make new reader or author friends. However, I am an introvert so I am terrible at initiating a conversation.

      Gina: Thank you, Myra Wards for doing this interview with me. I loved your book and readers can check it out here on my blog. Your story is amazing and I wish you much success.

     Myra: Thank You. 

      Gina: Check out Myra Wards first book now if you like. Her page is posted below and you can see my review.  Thank you for reading and I am looking forward to my next interview with Heather Huntsman. She has a new book coming out in a few days and I can't wait to see what's going to be in it. 


Thursday, November 21, 2019

A beautiful series I am looking to start soon.

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A save me, save you series, I think this one is going to be making me cry. The blurbs are so amazing I already am half in love with the characters. If Sarah Stevens can make me feel so much in just that little bit, this is something I am going to enjoy reading.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Forge in the Heart (A Second Chance Romance)

A second chance romance swirling around the aura of forbidden love. A love affair you don’t want to miss!

Simone had it all. Wealth, power and influence. Everything in her life was about to change.
Brody Felan, walked back into her life. He brought a whirlwind of passion she had only flirted with in the past. 

Monday, November 18, 2019

Awakening the Fae (A Shadow Walkers Time Travel Romance



Time can't separate them, but fate can. Do you like time travel stories with a hot elven king and lots of twists? This compelling romance will capture your soul.

This is a standalone story in the Shadow-walkers series.

She’s the most powerful Shadow-walker and the most vulnerable.
Dina, the wild, strong-willed drummer for Hecate’s Fury and wearer of the Gateway rune, is thrust back in time where she meets a tall, handsome fairy king. Beneath all the beauty of the aes sidhe city lurks a dark, menacing danger, and nothing is as it seems. She may be the only one to help them, but the cost to her is high.
Beware a kiss in moonlight.

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Sunday, November 17, 2019

Spectral Vibrations (The Spectrum of Power Book 1)

In a galaxy far away,

     a supernova changed a world forever. Energy became the daily fix, sex became currency, and children were a thing of the past. How do you create a future when you can’t move beyond the present?

     All I ever wanted was to be a Scientist; what I never anticipated was becoming an Empathic Healer. Luckily, my bondmate, Laz, has always been my center. As a Duo, we have power, but someone believes that we can be more. They say you can’t hear a scream in space... but some of us can feel the pain. 

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

12 Steps to Building Amazon Rankings while Marketing



None of you knew me before I became an author, and I wanted to share with you some advice I have about marketing. To understand where this advice comes from, you should know what I use to do.

I built a small business online. E-Commerce which is one of the hardest website ever to build. It changes continuously and each page, each product, any description, keyword, tags went on everything. All of this was done for building ranking in search engines.

Now, there are many different ways to build rankings, and to get to the top, your need to learn to use all of them. As a new author or doing self-publishing, you may think your ranking is terrible but they can be useful. I hope I can show you how.

Take my ranking, for example. On Amazon I am listed as somewhere around 100,000, give or take, it is always changing, and that also can be a good thing (I will explain later). I love my ranking, it is just where I need to be at this point. And the reason why I am saying this because I am self-publishing, I have only one book published, and I have been testing out marketing for the last two months. 

I have built up ranking and let them drop testing this on a smaller scale every three weeks. I am raising them up again, even now, in my ninth week. Its all about numbers, and if you can count them and understand algorithms of how those numbers play together, then you can make your marketing count.

I have broken this up into groups.

Promotions

#1 A huge Promotion and high traffic should be done in a burst every three months to six months. You want to get as much traffic as you can within two weeks to read in the KU program and also to buy. This is great when planning new releases. It's always easy to build them in the beginning because you do most likely a massive promotional campaign.

#2 Small promotions that are more cost-effective should be done every two to three weeks. Think to spend no more than $40 to $100. Yes, I know that may be a lot for some people and not for others. I am going off my own model and from what I know about building rankings online. This is important because you want to keep your numbers fluctuating. Otherwise, they are just going to move down.


Amazon is a search engine. It takes every time you log on for purchase it is recorded somewhere. Then it goes through an analysis where they then send you emails or list you as products you might be interested in. Promotions and new releases go into unique pages, as well. All of which can build your rankings.

Reviews

#3 Verified purchases of your book are ranked of the highest review status. You can get reviews all day long but what is going to build your rankings faster and better is going to be a verified review. It doesn’t matter how the book is purchased only that it can be verified. You see how I use that word a lot. Verified.

#4 Verified purchases can be easier to come to buy than you think. In fact, you can spend a good chunk of your marketing budget on it. This produces two avenues for you rank building and a good marketing campaign. Many of us might know this, but how to get it could still be a problem. I want to tell you how.

Strategy 

#5 Sell your book at a price. Don’t give it away! In general if you're going to give your book away, you want to do that in a promotion. Advertising is when you promote, so any other time, your book should be priced. The KU program is perfect to be in also. If priced just right and within the KU program you can make about the same as selling your book at cost.

#6 Put your book of sale but at a price. Still, you want to think about your bottom dollar. This is about making money by building rankings. Never put your book out there for free. The only thing you can build by offering for free is verified reviews. It is still claimed as a purchase when offered in a promotion for free.

#7 This doesn’t mean you don’t offer your book free. This is just an avenue you want to control. Social Media can really come into play here, but I am going to skip this for now.

Spending

#8 The first promotion you will want to do is put your book on sale. Market it however you like, spend what you like. But no matter what you do, buy your books with codes. Say you offer your ebook on sale for $.99. Your purchase 50 of them. That’s you spending $50, right? Wrong. In Amazon, your set up to make a profit on every dollar spent on your book. Must of us are in the 70%. Your purchase of your own book of fifty copies, really only cost you $16.50. Now you can only purchase it at this price during your own promotion. Amazon offers this just for this purpose, but not all people know this or how to use.

#9 I know the above part might sound good but don’t go jumping the gun here. This is a small marketing campaign and should utilize over time. You do have to watch your time table and your rankings. How they move is when you should market. When they are moving down and down over a two or three week time, then it is time to do something to build.

#10 When they start to drop, that is when you should use your codes and give your book away for free. Now, this just cost you $16.50, and no other money needs to be spent on promotions. Because what we are doing as I say is building rankings. Always focus on them, not your bottom dollar. When your ranking is at the top. This does only work with ebooks, and it is because of numbers. Links and codes are numbers, and that is what amazon platform will follow when they rank your book.

Social Marketing.

#11 Giving your book away for free, you have to be social. Finding people with groups, pages, blogs, newsletters, so many ways you can give those links away for free. In this time period, your marketing yourself and your work. People who like will purchase the next book. Something you should focus on doing every six months, at least if you can. Three months is my goal, but everyone is different. You are building a base of followers.

#12 This also comes back to verify reviews. Someone is going to review, and it will be a verified purchase. Something you paid $.30 for. And what does that do? It builds rankings. Just one can make a difference, 5 out fifty can make more. And if you market those codes just right and sometimes just ask, no telling the limits.

So there you go. How to market in an Amazon platform and build rankings. This process is continuous, as I said before. It is to build and keep over long term, but you have to work the system in other ways as well. You have to be a writer and publish new things.

1.      Small Promotions and social marketing keep them up.

2.      Large promotions will give them a boost.

This is just a few ways you can use Amazon’s platform, but there is so much more. I’m still learning my strategies, and I am taking my time to find them now and in the beginning.

For ten years, I worked online building from platforms like amazon. I was successful at it for nine. In that time, I found that the best way to market is keeping that as a second. Building within is better, and it doesn’t have to cost you a fortune. Only time and effort.

As I said before, my ranking currently is in the 100,000 mark. I like to keep it below 200,000. So when I hit that 100 mark, I want to do something.

In December, I will do a large marketing campaign. This is going to be tricky because some of the highest and most costly time is during the holidays. It has the highest chance at return also. So how do you market and build during that time frame?

That, I guess, will have to be in another article. Until then keep writing because… you need to keep publishing.

By Gina Manis

Author,

Tuesday, November 05, 2019

A few new books to check out.

https://www.booksbymanis.com/p/the-fate-of-wolves.html
Deegan Volkov is a werewolf—a direct descendant of the first dark soul who’d committed the vile crime for which his ancestor and the other four had been cursed. It was his fate to suffer. The monster that dwelt inside Deegan had always taken far more than it ever gave. So, when he was faced with yet another impossible choice, Deegan had known no other way. No other path had been open to him. But this last agonizing loss had been too much for his heart to bear, and he’d howled his pain and despair to an uncaring moon never expecting a miracle—or her.


https://www.booksbymanis.com/p/lavender-fields.html 
My name is Isabella Knight, my husband and I have been together for over half of our lives. Our last name suits Jack. He is my Knight in shining armor. He's strong, smart and incredibly handsome, and he has always done his best to protect our family any way he could.

Neither of us was born with a silver spoon in our mouths. We have had to work hard our whole adult lives to get where we are, teaching our values to our daughters the best that we could. The hard times and the neigh Sayers couldn't tear us down, couldn't destroy our love. We knew nothing ever would...until now.

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