Writers Wednesday! Let’s talk about hashtags baby!

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Part of my 2018 goals was to post more useful content on my blog. So today we kick off – Writers Wednesday!

As an Indie Author I spend as much time writing as I do researching. I research marketing techniques, writing techniques, brand building, how to use paid advertising…just about everything. I keep stockpiles of notebooks about my research and I try to employ everything I learn.

And I can say, that the more I learn, the greater success I have. The more I learn, the more my audience grows. But how do you grow an audience organically? And then, how do you keep that organic audience engaged?

Today we are talking about Instagram. It’s getting harder and harder to gain an organic reach with Facebook. And don’t even think about using Facebook “boosted” posts until you learn how to properly do it. My first two were a disaster until I learned how. The ones following got me click-throughs and sales. Score! But what if you can’t always afford to be paying for marketing? Did you know that Instagram is exploding as a place to connect with readers? And if you aren’t reaching readers – then you aren’t using Instagram to it’s fullest or utilizing hashtags to the fullest potential!

Keep your Instagram fun and consistent. Readers want a glimpse of your life, we are all voyeuristic by nature and we don’t just want books shoved down their throats! Too much self-promo is just as bad as no self-promo. Connect with other authors, bloggers, and marketing pages and make sure you tag them! (Cross-promotion builds community) And use hashtags – hashtags connect us. They aren’t just a cute thing to add to the end of a post – they are connectors. People have hashtags they search daily to find new content.

Below is a list of hashtags with the amount of users using them daily:

TO CONNECT WITH READERS
#bookworm (6,371,173)
#bookworms (235,315)
#bookwormforlife (6,791)
#booklover (3,764,062)
#booklovers (687,615)
#booklove (1,224,768)
#booknerdigans (757,411)
#igbooks (338,186)
#bookish (1,802,618)
#bibliophile (2,739,542)

TO CONNECT WITH OTHER WRITERS
#writersofinstagram (3,522,603)
#writersofig (1,687,520)
#writerscommunity (971,414)
#amwriting (725,636)
#nanowrimo (120,441)
#amediting (68,056)
#ilovewriting (30,128)
#authorlife (120,549)
#writerscorner (72,792)
#writerscommunity (971,414)

CONNECT BY GENRE
#AutoBiographical (4,337)
#NonFiction (190,819)
#NonFictionbooks (2,447)
#ChickLit (53,479)
#ParanormalRomance (22,822)
#Poetry (11,413,783)
#PoetryMonth (18,462)
#CrimeFiction (26,076)
#ReadCrimeFiction (2,985)
#RomanticSuspense (9,785)

Others to try include: #oneclick #mustread and for romance #bookboyfriend

See you next Wednesday!

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The Space Between Us Video Trailer and Release Blitz Sign-Ups!!!

**I do NOT own this song nor the videos featured in this video. All rights belong to it’s rightful owner/owner’s. No copyright infringement intended. FOR ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES ONLY** Emma f#cking Winchester She’s the little sister of my ex-best friend, Forrest. She’s off limits like tempting forbidden fruit, and I’m the snake slithering through the grass. She ignites a fire in me. One I can’t explain. One I sure as f#ck can’t control. It’s raw and primal. She’s sweet, and I am not. She’s pure, and I’m broken. When I came back to the town and past I’d left behind ten years ago to make it big in the world of underground fighting – it was for one reason, and one reason only. To take care of my Grandma Rose, and I’ll do it by any means necessary. Even if it means doing the one thing I said I’d never do. I didn’t expect to see Emma again. I didn’t expect to want her the way I do. I didn’t expect to peel back all her perfectly controlled layers or for her to see through mine. *** Love isn’t always simple. And it’s definitely not as predictable as aspiring dancer Emma Winchester’s life. Or the way her life used to be until Dean King forced his way into her world and heart – now there’s no turning back. Emma returned to her hometown of Evansdale after leaving for college when tragedy struck. She and her brother Forrest are now the sole owners of Winchester Estate Orchards – but the apple business has never been Emma’s passion. Dancing is. Until she bumps into Dean King, her older brother’s ex-best friend and the object of her teenage crush. She knows she’ll hurt her brother if she keeps seeing Dean, but she can’t stay away. Tall, handsome and tattooed boxer Dean King is nothing out of a fairy tale. He’s brooding and moody, and he doesn’t believe in love. But when he runs into Emma, something ignites inside of him. A fire. A desire that’s all but consuming in way he doesn’t understand. Dean’s life has never been simple. And it’s never been predictable. Coming from a poor family and having an alcoholic and neglectful mother left him with scars he’d just as soon forget. He left Evansdale to get away from the memories and reputation that have haunted him – until his grandmother Rose, the only person who’s ever told him they loved him is dying. Dean will do whatever it takes to take care of his Mama Rose. Even if it means selling his soul. Fate brings them together. Burning passion binds them. When the fires get too hot, can love save them?

A little over two weeks until The Space Between Us is released! To be a part of the Release Blitz Blog Tour please sign up on this Google Form from Enticing Journies!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScMfSU3H5HGxb5gTNwXUc9HBq-udTDjlJqV_j-lQQiFS0Svow/viewform

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The Island: New cover and newly formatted interior!

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I wrote The Island in 2012, and released it in May of 2017. I studied as many tutorials as I could – and yet I still did A LOT (admittedly) wrong! There was some wonky formatting, no table of contents – etc.

Over the last week I have done a labor of love and reformatted the interior, as well as gave it a sparkly new cover!

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THREE PEOPLE. ONE RELATIONSHIP.
For 31 year old Amie Graham, life on the island was supposed to be simpler – simpler than the life and problems she left behind. Less complicated and less dramatic than life back home. That was the plan anyway.
But fate, it seems, has a sense of humor and it throws a complication or two right in her path.
Complication one, Michael.
If you could cross a model with a football player, you’d get Michael, at least how Amie sees him. Long dark blonde hair, packed with rounded muscles and well over six feet tall, he’s gorgeous, he’s funny, sweet and vulnerable. He’s her own Greek god among men, and she finds herself falling in love with him.
Complication two, Gabe. 
Gabe is beautiful, serene and intelligent, and Amie finds herself drawn to him. With his curly brown hair, soulful green eyes and olive skin decorated with tattoos and piercings – she finds herself falling in love with him also.
The other problem? They’re best friends – and they’re in love with her too. Can three people really love each other, or is the air of the island just messing with their hearts and minds?
WARNING. This is a MFM romance. While this book focuses heavily on the emotions and relationship(s) there is plenty of steam! If this is your cup of tea, you should know there is no MM action. It’s all about Amie, and her love of these two hot, loveable, sexy men. No cliffhanger, no cheating and a guaranteed happily ever after. 

Amazon Kindle US: http://amzn.to/2v0Vd6r

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B071HW4VN6

Amazon AU https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B071HW4VN6

Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B071HW4VN6

Amazon DE https://www.amazon.de/dp/B071HW4VN6

Paperback: http://amzn.to/2iocOmt

Coming Soon to Kobo, Apple, Nook and more!

The Space Between Us Coming Feb 2018

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Emma fucking Winchester

She’s little sister of my ex-best friend, Forrest. She’s off limits like tempting forbidden fruit, and I’m the snake slithering through the grass.

She ignites a fire in me. One I can’t explain. One I sure as fuck can’t control. It’s raw and primal.

She’s sweet, and I am not.

She’s pure, and I’m broken.

When I came back to the town and past I’d left behind ten years ago to make it big in the world of underground fighting – it was for one reason, and one reason only. To take care of my Grandma Rose, and I’ll do it by any means necessary. Even if it means doing the one thing I never said I’d do.

I didn’t expect to see Emma again.

I didn’t expect to want her the way I do.

I didn’t expect to peel back all her perfectly controlled layers or for her to see through mine.  

***

Love isn’t always simple. And it’s definitely not as predictable as aspiring dancer Emma Winchester’s life. Or the way her life used to be until Dean King forced his way into her world and heart – now there’s no turning back.

Emma returned to her hometown of Evansdale after leaving for college when tragedy struck. She and her brother Forrest are now the sole owners of Winchester Estate Orchards – but the apple business has never been Emma’s passion. Dancing is. Until she bumps into Dean King, her older brother’s ex-best friend and the object of her teenage crush. She knows she’ll hurt her brother if she keeps seeing Dean, but she can’t stay away.

Tall, handsome and tattooed boxer Dean King is nothing out of a fairy tale. He’s brooding and moody, and he doesn’t believe in love. But when he runs into Emma, something ignites inside of him. A fire. A desire that’s all but consuming in way he doesn’t understand.

Dean’s life has never been simple. And it’s never been predictable. Coming from a poor family and having an alcoholic and neglectful mother left him with scars he’d just as soon forget. He left Evansdale to get away from the memories and reputation that have haunted him – until his grandmother Rose, the only person who’s ever told him they loved him is dying. Dean will do whatever it takes to take care of his Mama Rose. Even if it means selling his soul.

Fate brings them together. Burning passion binds them. When the fires get too hot, can love save them?

The Space Between Us is a standalone novel in the Men of Evansdale County Series. No cheating. No cliffhanger and a guaranteed happy ever after!

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