Friday, March 15, 2013

Winners! and Celebrate the Small Things

The Winners of the Champion in the Darkness Book Tour Giveaway Are:

Tonja of Kidbits - winner of a paperback copy of Champion in the Darkness!

Miss Jack of However Improbable - winner of an ebook copy of Champion in the Darkness!

Jennifer Hardy - winner of a $20 amazon gift card!

Allison of GeekBanter - winner of a $10 amazon gift card!

And in case I forgot to mention it, the winner of the Champion in the Darkness ebook giveaway at Laurel's Leaves was: Michael Di Gesu

And a huge thank you to everyone who participated! And a huge round of applause and big HUGS for all the totally awesome people who helped me with that really long book blog tour:

  Susan Kaye Quinn  Laura Josephsen Dianne L. Gardner Laurel Garver Tara Tyler Allison at Geek Banter  Jamie Ayres Livia Peterson  Alex J. Cavanaugh Nickie Anderson

 Celebrate the Small Things from VikLit happens each Friday and encourages us to celebrate the small things in life!
1. I had an awesome exercise day on Wednesday - 2 mile walk in the morning, cardio exercises with my kids for 20 minutes in the later am, then 1 mile of jogging, 3 miles of biking, and 10 minutes of strength exercises at the YMCA in the evening with my husband. It was a hot, sweaty date. :)
(the rest of the week was very slow, and involved some crazy snacking - I made myself eat carrots and celery because I just had the continual nibbling feeling . . .must stop that somehow, any advice?)
2. I talked to another independent bookstore owner. She didn't say yes immediately, she said she would read it first, and then she told me about a tour she had at Lightning Source.
3. I'm collecting some bits and pieces of advice and info that I'll be giving out soon . . . hopefully next week.
4. My book signing at our homeschool co-op has now been extended to a two event deal - book signing at lunch, with a parent's night out + book club event in the evening. My book was the book of the month for the book club for March! The big day will be March 25th - and I'm excited.
5. I'm hand-selling books faster than I'm selling them via the internet so far this month and I'm surprised every time someone buys one from me. I have literally mumbled, stumbled, and said anything but the "official" pitch I have in my head, and people are still interested. It's totally amazing when someone wants to buy my book! Seriously, it is amazing every time.
6. My kids have been coaching me to answer the question, "How are you?" with this phrase, "Great, because I recently published my first book!" and it has definitely started some conversations I might have been too shy to have otherwise.
7. Nickie, my critique partner, rolled out the red carpet on her blog, Here's the Story this week with both a Book Review and an Interview! It was the perfect ending to a great book tour! Thanks Nickie!
And again, thank you to all who hosted, participated, encouraged, commented, and made me smile! :)
Oh . . .and I'm on the Amazon Breakthrough Novels of 2013 list at Goodreads. (as of this morning I'm at #21)You can vote for up to 5 people, and I would really appreciate it if you spent one of your votes on me. :) Other writers I highly recommend voting for are: Nancy Thompson, Cherie Reich, Rachel Morgan, Michael Pierce, Alex J. Cavanaugh, and Christine Rains.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Glad you're selling your books to people! Hey, I still stumble through my pitch.
And that's a heavy exercise day!

Miranda Hardy said...

Congrats! This is very exciting!

Suzanne Furness said...

Phew that's a lot of exercise! Some great news on your books too, well done :)

Julie Luek said...

Congratulations on the book selling. It must be hard to be bold in that one-on-one selling-- it would be for me!

Also a big phew! on the workout. Go you.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Alex - selling books to people in person is one of the hardest things I've done, but it's rewarding too. And the exercise day felt great!

Miranda - Thank you!

Suzanne - Thanks!

Julie - it is, but it's actually been rewarding too.

S.K. Anthony said...

Oh my gosh, so much to celebrate!
-Workout? Fantastic job.
-Book signing event? Have fun!
-Selling your books? You frigging rock!
-Tour? Yay for a great one.
-Breakthrough novel list? Running right over to vote!

Oh, make your kids proud: How are you? :D

C. Lee McKenzie said...

How great to hand your book to a reader! That is wonderful.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

If you're excited about your book, it won't matter what you say. Pure enthusiasm trumps and intelligent persuasive pitch every time.

Mark Means said...

Congrats on the book sales and the exercise!

Don't worry about thinking you're not exercising enough, just think of it as a stepping stone to bigger and better :)

Jen Naumann said...

Wow, you had a busy week! Congrats on the Breakthrough Novel Award! What an honor! Best of luck to you!

Al Diaz said...

Such wonderful news all of them I can't stop smiling. Good for you! and great for your kids who came up with a wonderful idea too! Keep on with the exercise. I'm dying to return to my dragon treadmill too.

Tyrean Martinson said...

S.K. - Wow! Thanks for your enthusiastic encouragement!

L. Diane - Thanks for that tip! I think you're right!

Mark Means - Thanks! It's hard to keep it all in perspective.

Jen - Thank you! and I didn't get the award, I'm just on the list.

Al - Thanks!!! :)

Jessica Harvey said...

Congrats on the recent publication and sales! I've found it is easier to hand-sell books, but maybe that's just because you get to connect with the reader or author on a personal level. I'm sure word of mouth will spread and soon you'll be selling online, too. Congrats!

VikLit said...

That is LOTS of exercise. And well done on selling to people, I like that your kids are coaching you to say it more!

Cherie Reich said...

Congrats to the winners!

And it's awesome we're on a Goodreads list together. :)

Tyrean Martinson said...

Jessica - Thanks! It is easier in some ways . . once I get past the shy/nerves part.

VikLit - My kids are a huge help!

Cherie - it is really cool!

T. Drecker said...

Yippee! I can't believe I won! I'm so looking forward to having it :)
Great that you're out there like that trying to sell your book. That's not an easy thing to do.

M. J. Joachim said...

Woohoo! Banner week for you! Kids make great coaches...mine always have my best interest at heart too:)

M Pax said...

Congrats to all the winner! and wooot! on all your success! That's great news indeed. I like your kid's advice.

Katelin said...

Yay for number one exercise! I've been training myself to get my 10K under 1 hour. I've found it difficult to stick with the schedule, but when I do it feels great. Thanks so much for the comment. Have a wonderful weekend!

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Nancy LaRonda Johnson said...

What a terrific week you've had. And I should take advice from you in self-promoting with that great answer you've given. I need to let people know I have books available! Thanks for sharing, and congrats!

Nickie said...

Wow on the hand-selling! I've been really shy about talking about writing IRL -- I need to step up my game! It's great to have your kids and family rooting for you.

I chew LOTS of gum to help the nibbly feeling. I find it helpful, especially when I'm craving something sweet.

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Jackie said...

Congrats to the winners!
And nice list of celebrations you have there!

Michelle said...

Congrats to all the winners.
A great list of celebratory things - I agree with no.6... your kids are smart!
Selling your books one-on-one is a smart approach... nothing can beat that personalised touch!

Allison said...

Woo! Awesome things to be celebrating! And thanks for the gift card.

Allison (Geek Banter)

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Congrats to the winners! That is a fantastic list for the week. Wow. You're doing excellently! :)