I’ll Make You a Bet, All on Me!

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Ana Valdez and Día Fuego de Noche Will Melt Your Hearts!

So far, there have been over 725 downloads of my free short stories, “Awakening from the Golden Sleep” and “Nightfire!” I have probably sent out over a hundred more in .pdf formats to people who wanted to read these stories on their computer or print them on paper. The short stories have always been free e-books. What I am  hoping is that there are thousands more who will want to know the protagonists, Ana and Día, in these stories and follow them with excitement into my novels, The Z Redemption and Corvette Nightfire.

In both novels, Ana Valdez is the Mexican homemaker who becomes the fiery populist leader of Mexico when the corrupt government of her country falls to a military coup. She teams up with gringo David James, an ex-CIA operative with special interests in justice, to rally Mexico’s young people to join the “Zs” in a fight against the drug cartels and those wishing to use the country’s instability for enormous and unethical personal gain. Passionate in her love for David and for the Mexican people who have suffered horrible injustices, Ana inspires ordinary people to become heroes in actions against overwhelming odds. Many readers have said that they loved the character of Ana and felt her to be a real woman who might be born of situations like those in the novel that so closely parallel current events in Mexico and the United States.

 

The comments of readers about Ana caused me to think about what things in her life before the story opens would have molded her strong character. So I imagined her privileged childhood in Mazatlán, Mexico, the Pacific resort city that at one time was the vacation destination of choice for the Hollywood elite of its Golden Era. Ana was a child there in the 1980s. If she would one day become the future President of Mexico, what would happen in her life that would incite the transformation from innocence to awareness and passion? I traveled to Mazatlán in my heart and observed her. The result is the short story, “Awakening from the Golden Sleep.”

 

There was a different job to do to provide background for Corvette Nightfire, the protagonist of the novel with the same name. When the novel opens, Corvette is a player at the final table of the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. He is single, sexy and has groupies. His short Mexican father met his tall British mother on a cruise and married soon after. Corvette was their only child. He inherited their ability to dance, and his father taught him poker at an early age. What Corvette did not know was the mystery of his grandparents on his father’s side, who they were and what they did that sealed his fate fifty years later. When I wrote Corvette Nightfire, I hinted about them, but the fun thing was to write a prequel about the grandparents when they were young and their story of  a clash of cultures.

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I did a lot of research on the indigenous people of Northern Mexico and discovered the amazing Rarámuri people, popularly mis-called the Tarahumara, who are famous for running for days without stopping between settlements in the Copper Canyons in the state of Chihuahua, Mexico. Their history is fascinating. It gave me the perfect setting for the plotting of Corvette’s unknown grandparents, Día and Luna, in “Nightfire!” I believe you will agree with me that theirs is a very unique story if you read it.

And that is what I am asking you to do! I wrote these two free stories just for you, and my wager is that if you read them, you will want to read the novels to know more about these characters. I ask that if you haven’t done so, download the stories to your e-book readers (Kindle, Nook, iPad, Kobo etc.) or to your PC. Just click on the book cover photos that I have here in this post, and you will be taken to the Smashwords download page for that story. You can download any or all file formats for free as often as you like. And if you have any problems, I am happy to email you a .pdf version if you simply contact me.

The bet is on! I wager that Ana and Día will get to you with their stories, and you will not forget them. As for me, I want to feel the happiness in my heart that someone is reading about them. And I don’t mind a bit if you share the links with others. Please do!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review of Winning Texas by Nancy Stancill

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Masterful Storytelling Again!

Annie Price, the Houston newspaper reporter protagonist of the first novel (Saving Texas), is back four years later, a little more mature, less boozy, dealing better with personal issues of career and men, and smart and sexy as ever. Many of the characters of the first novel continue in the second. The author, Nancy Stancill, is a masterful plotter, and her consistent characters definitely hatch plots! Which ones are good, which ones have reformed evil ways, and which ones are killing off those who try to interfere with the Texas secessionist movement challenge the reader throughout the novel to guess what happens next.

The author’s background as an investigative reporter in Texas and North Carolina brings authenticity to her stories. She is also a Texas historian who entertains the reader in interesting ways about the German communities in that state, the operations of international crime there, and, of course, the culture that makes Texas a “cowboy state” in more ways than one.

The beginning of Winning Texas grabbed me, and the last half of the book would not let me go. Once again, I sense another Annie Price novel coming, and I can’t wait to read what Annie will be doing next. If you require that novels kidnap you for two or three days of can’t-put-it-down excitement, then this is one for you!

Winning Texas, Black Rose Writing, May, 2016

NetGalley for a Self-Published Debut Author

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Luke Gracias, author of The Devil’s Prayer, writes a must-read, informative article on his experience with Net Galley in getting book reviews!

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Background

This is a summary of my NetGalley experience as a self-published debut author, which I believe may be of assistance to other self-publishing authors and may also be of interest to NetGalley readers.

Around the end of June 2016, I listed my ebook The Devil’s Prayer with NetGalley, to generate reviews. The entry level for a single title listing at the time was $399 (All prices are 2016 prices in USD). I chose the $599 package which in addition to the listing includes one marketing newsletter.

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Over the next six months, I chose to try out the various marketing tools from the NetGalley shed.     I spent a further $1,540 on a variety of NetGalley promotions, including a Category Spotlight placement, a Featured Title placement and two promotional eBlasts. At just over $2,000, (including the listing fee of $599), it is a big spend on a single title. I…

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Free-fall in Love and Danger!

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Nightfire!

FREE! Experience a free-fall in love! Fifty years before Corvette sat in a win-or-die poker tournament in Las Vegas, his indigenous young Tarahumara grandparents stole a ’63 Stingray from the Sinaloa drug cartel to escape captivity in Texas. They fled to hide in their home canyons in northern Mexico. This set in motion the forces that, many years later, would shape Corvette’s destiny. Download my fast-paced story of love and danger, free at Smashwords. Compatible with all devices. Nine thousand words and twenty-two pages transport you to a world that you probably have never imagined.

To go to the download site at Smashwords, simply click the e-book cover below!

 

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Why Authors Should Love Social Media!

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My grandsons had just sugared up on chocolate cupcakes when I corralled them into the backseat of my little Cavalier. They were huddled and hyper, and without even looking, I held up the phone camera over my head and snapped a picture behind me as I started the car to drive. I just happened to catch this instant of their spontaneous combustion. Looking at the photo months later, I had a thought: What a perfect expression of joy of life! It captured what I want to express to prospective author-clients for my publishing business: Writing and publishing and going for it just ought to be fun!

I found a template, “Join Our Team,” on the Poto app which I had installed on my phone. The picture inserted perfectly. Happy as a songbird, I quickly sent it out as a Tweet and posted it on Facebook. Here is the tweet: 

Oops! A friend spotted the spelling error, “Contect Us.” That was an embarrassing mistake for a publisher offering editing services to make, but quickly fixable in our wonderful social media world. Delete tweet, send out correction.

Okay, but notice the tweet. I hardly ever send one out without a visual and a link to my website or a client page or a purchasing page. If you spend 10 minutes looking at the Twitter feed scroll past like a rushing river, I guarantee you will pause it only if a graphic catches your eye. Text alone rarely grabs you. And if you do pause it to look, you are looking for that link to be there to take you somewhere interesting.

Links and visuals are the game. They are like the soccer ball and the field. I love Twitter, but my favorite social media site is Instagram. That is fast action (although not as fast as Snapchat), and the play is this: Instagram has 400 million users and can be one of the most powerful client catchers of all. So you take a picture that fits with a creative idea that you have, maybe make a collage of photos, decide to whom you want to direct your exciting concept, figure out the hashtags that will get this work of art to them, write your masterpiece message and post. Wait! Don’t forget your link! With every Instagram post, you want to be sure that when the viewer pauses that whirling feed to see what you have done, there is a link to take them where you want. So here is an Instagram post I did recently:

I had a simple idea, but one that intrigues readers: When the author writes fiction, how much of him or her is in the main character? So I boldly put it out there: Yep, that 27-year-old, celebrity, Spanish speaking World Series of Poker stud, Corvette Nightfire, is really me. Ha! Who will believe it? But to add a modicum of credulity, I threw in some Spanish and left my hashtags visible so people could see where I was heading. Yes, the link to my Amazon sale page was there in the bio profile at the time.

Of course, we would never overlook Facebook, right? I feel strongly that authors should have a separate author page from their personal page. For one thing, it is much easier to join the professional page with other professional groups and communities. On those other pages, you can post as an author. The separate page lets you not annoy FB friends with your book marketing, and Facebook also makes it easier to boost your professional posts from your author page. Here is an example of a video post advertising Corvette Nightfire from my author page. I am glad to mention in it my wonderful editor and story contributor, Robert Selfe, in this short video:

If I have one message with this post, it is that indie authors who want to market can do it having lots of fun, perhaps almost as much fun as when they are writing. Both require creativity and imagination. When writing, authors create visual images with words. When we live our lives, we are stimulated by sights and sounds, and we like to understand how what we are experiencing is relevant (linked) to our lives. In other words, in life we also look for the links and the visuals. So in our modern daily living, in which we snap photos, tap the phone and send pictures immediately to Facebook or Instagram, we share our joys and sorrows. It is just as easy to share our books and stories in the same ways.

Link, link, link! Go ahead – click on any of the photos or links in this post, and see where I send you. Happy posting!

 

This is the Year You Publish!

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In 2017: Tell your story to the generations!

Why not make 2017 the year you publish? Through Daniel Wetta Publishing, I am an affordable and full-service indie publisher who can help you with editing, formatting, cover design, publishing in soft-cover and e-books, and social media marketing. I learned through the school of experience and can save you money and help you avoid mistakes. 2017 is the year for you! See my digital publishing brochure – just click the photo above– and visit my website to see the authors and books of Daniel Wetta Publishing. Contact me!

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Road to Destiny!

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Just Published! M. J. Scott’s sequel to her first in the Power Steering series: Power Steering 2! Daniel Wetta Publishing is proud to have this added addition to the growing list of authors and publications. Power Steering 2 is available in print or e-book through Amazon, Barnes and Noble and all online book retailers. Here is the Amazon link for Kindle and print purchases:

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20161113_094214ABOUT POWER STEERING 2: 
Your life is unlimited, and no one, including yourself, has the power to contain your potential. That is a central theme by M. J. Scott in Power Steering 2, a sequel to the book that introduced seekers of highest destiny to trust in their intuitive senses. In Power Steering 2, the author continues the analogy of “power steering” as the intuitive force inside us that facilitates our journeys in life. In her compilation of narrative-poetic essays, M. J. Scott awakens us to notice coincidences and chance encounters and happenings and consider these as subtle messaging from God. She takes us along on her personal trip in life. Many of the essays describe incidents as they occur for her, and through them we discover beauty, kindness, peace, joy and pathways to higher calling. M. J. has lived a life of encouragement to others. She shows the reader that the power steering of intuition allows one to sense and feel the life of a total stranger. Your smallest encouragements to them may be life-changing. Power Steering 2 is an important continuing of the guidance in the first book to lives of more blessed destinies.

Power Steering 2! Just $10.00 in gorgeous glossy print edition or $2.99 for e-book!

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Click Here for Smashwords Smashwords sells the e-book in all file formats for one price for multiple devices including iPad, Nook, Kindle, Android phones and computers.

Apple Devices: Power Steering 2 may be purchased directly in the iTunes Store on your device or on your Apple computer within iTunes. Simply search “Power Steering 2 M J Scott. Or you may purchase through Smashwords (see link above) and transfer to your Apple device of choice.

For more information about author M. J. Scott (USA) and her other works, see her webpage at this link: Author M. J. Scott.