Saturday, July 26, 2014

On The Radio

Earlier this year, I met a local author for the first time. I mean, I knew of a few authors in the Knoxville area, but through the prep for the Tennessee Valley Author Event, I was able to get in touch on Facebook with several locals. I interviewed lots of the TNVAE authors here on the blog, and one of those was Leanne Tyler, author of The Good Luck Series and several other great stories. She's also the producer of Hummingbird Place.

Leanne generously extended an offer to me - would I like to appear on the Hummingbird Place and talk about what's it's like to write a series?

Um, yeah! So the plans were made, I got all nervous about appearing on a show (which was needless, since it was a great experience), about accidentally forgetting to call in early enough (I didn't), about saying something stupid (I did), and about the whole thing in general, simply because it was a new experience - something I hadn't even imagined doing.

So then, May 5th rolled around, I called on time, had perfect childcare arranged for my little ones, and didn't forget to make myself a cup of hot honeyed tea to drink during the show since I was at the time recovering from a really awful throat infection. I did forget to take the tea upstairs though - I really was terribly nervous.

But other than the little technical difficulties that plagued the show that night, things went off mostly without a hitch. (You can listen to the archived episode of Hummingbird Place here. But it cuts in and out like a crazy cell phone call the whole time. Still - I was On The Radio!)

It really was a great experience though, and now that I've done it before, I wasn't too nervous to raise my hand when Leanne let me know she was hunting guests for the show. I volunteered, sent in the required information, and set about seventeen bajillion reminders in my phone.

Why? Because on August 18th, at 7:30 pm US EST, I'll be making a second appearance on Hummingbird Place. Some things have changed since the last time I was on the show though - guests on the show are now asked to provide a giveaway, and to host a Facebook event, which I think is a great idea.

Which brings me to the point of this somewhat wordy little blog post - I've got a Facebook event to invite you to and you can bet there WILL be giveaways, leading up to AND during the event!!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Post-TNVAE Excitement.

On July 12, 2014, I attended my first signing event, and let me tell you, it was an amazing experience. I'll admit, I'm totally addicted and can't wait to do it again! But before I can repeat the awesomeness, let me tell you what it was like.


The lead-up to this event took months of planning and preparation, ordering books to keep on hand, shopping for swag, and trying to think of a way to stand out. I googled like a fiend, trying to find photos of author tables, making notes of what I did or didn't like. But really engaging pictures of author tables were surprisingly hard to find (at first), and after a while, I just went with my own instinct. I had a basic plan (some of which didn't come to fruition, but we'll get to that later), and figured that once I was standing in front of my table, I'd just know what I wanted to do.

The week before the event? Panic. I was terrified. What if I don't sell any books? What if I sell all of the books and people are mad that I've run out? What if no one talks to me? What if too many people talk to me and I get overwhelmed? What if I'm too open and I say something unprofessional? Or - oh dear God - what if I'm nervous enough to seem standoffish or unapproachable!? And the thing is, that's just normal angst - lots of other authors were worried about the exact same things.

But I had it all in hand; I had an awesome assistant (my cousin, Dana) who knows me better than anyone, and she would be there to talk to me if no one else did, or to help me manage things if by some chance I ended up with a line. It was gonna be great. Until her car broke down. Again. Panic.

And then I thought my banner was lost. More panic. But then the banner was found, Dana had her car fixed on time, and all was well.

Until it wasn't again. On Saturday morning, I woke up late, pep talked myself through the shower, and packed my makeup and hair iron, since there was no way I had time to do it before getting to the event venue on time - I'd promised a few people I'd be there by nine, with time to assist them with last minute things. Of course, that promise was out the window - I was lucky to be dressed and combed! On the way to the venue, I made a pit stop for safety pins, just in case I really couldn't figure out a better way to hang my banner, and it was in the parking lot that I got the call from Dana. Her car may have been fixed, but her son was sick.

She. Wasn't. Coming. I was on my own. At the last minute. Not even close to ready. And running out of time.

Lucky for me, my kids' dad is kind of an a-type alpha guy. He calmly rolled his eyes at my nervousness, said something like, "Don't worry, you'll kick ass anyway," and proceeded to make everything awesome. He hauled boxes of books, bookmarks, rack cards. He hauled bags of book stands, candies, vases, bowls. He hauled the banner, and then hung it up for me. While he did that, my kids really stepped up and went into perfect-angel mode, chilling quietly together at the table next to mine while I alternated between confidently setting up my table and nervously rearranging everything fourteen bazillion times. Eventually, I had two uncharacteristically perfect kids, an overheated, really tired guy, giant frizzy hair, an embarrassing naked face too red from being nervous and overheated, gratitude for the power of Degree deodorant, and this:



I never did get to iron my hair (or that tablecloth), or put on my makeup. Thankfully that line I was so afraid of didn't really happen (more than the one time) so I didn't have to worry about being overwhelmed, which allowed me to be really thrilled to have people come up to me who had read my books, who knew who I was. And it was really cool to take pictures with fans of my books! I signed bookmarks, tote bags, photo mats, e-reader covers, and yes, books. None of the things I was afraid of came to pass, and I even ended up with a really sweet volunteer assistant named Amanda. Throughout the afternoon, we kept my table pretty, we compared the hotness of the models, we chatted about books and some of the authors who were at the event, we had lunch somewhat carefully (in between readers), and we just generally had a good time.

Like I said, I'm addicted. I had so much fun meeting and interacting with other authors and some really amazing fans. I met a ton of really great bloggers, too! But I do still have some things left over, and you know what that means - giveaways! Want a chance to win a swag bag with signed bookmark, bio card, and a special surprise?

Enter below - you know what to do.
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Edited to add: Since there were so many entries on this giveaway, I chose TWO winners!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

If a Tree Falls in the Woods ...

... can anyone hear it?

Maybe they can, maybe they can't.

But if an entire forest falls down, some people are bound to notice that kind of noise. In fact, you might compare that sort of impact to the impact of a crowd speaking, as compared to the small sound of one voice. You might even compare it to ... a Thunderclap.

Many of you know that I recently participated in my first book signing, the Tennessee Valley Author Event. At the event, someone mentioned something to me called "Thunderclap," which is a crowdspeaking site.

How it works: You choose to follow/support a thunderclap campaign for social media. It's quick and easy to do, just click the support button for facebook, twitter, or tumblr, whichever you use. After that, share the campaign with your friends and ask them to support it too. Then, on a predetermined date/time, thunderclap will post a campaign message on your timeline (that you have already seen and pre-approved), so that campaign supporters are able to speak in support at one time, with one strong voice.

The concept: If I post something here, there isn't any guarantee that you'll see it. Even if you do see it, you may be scrolling through in a rush and not have time to share it. Even if you do, that only combines my little whisper with yours, and we still aren't that loud. But if we can get lots of people to speak out with us, at the same time, we create a "thunderclap" over our social media networks that will help us to be heard among the crowd.

The catch: If we don't reach our support goal, the thunderclap never goes out - the campaign doesn't launch, and our collective voice isn't heard.

Why am I telling you this? I need your help. I've got a thunderclap support goal of 100 supporters, and I'm not there yet. So if you're willing to help by supporting my first thunderclap campaign, all you need to do is click "join this thunderclap" below.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Tennessee Valley Author Event: Spotlight, Interview and Giveaway: Christy Dilg

With the Tennessee Valley Author Event looming 1 day away, I'm spotlighting the final author in the event! For those of you who can come to the event, this is a great way to get to know a little bit about each of the attending authors ... and for those of you too far away to come, this is a chance to discover new authors and new books that just might be right up your alley! And so, without further ado:

Brandi Kennedy: Christy Dilg, welcome to my blog!

Christy Dilg: Hi! Thank you so much for shining the spotlight down on me. Hehe.

Brandi Kennedy: Why don't you tell my readers a little bit about yourself?

Christy Dilg: I stink at talking about myself. Let's see ... I am married and have a teenaged daughter. I work full-time at my local hospital. I am a cake decorator and photographer when I feel like I need to branch out of my day to day life. Um ... yeah so that about sums me up.

Brandi Kennedy: I know that TNVAE is not your first signing event - you participated in an event in Georgia earlier this year. What is it like for you, prepping for an event of this size?

Christy Dilg: I am scared beyond words. More like I don't want to look like an idiot with not fans and no one even interested in my work. Some people say, "That's stupid," but really it is reality. So many amazing authors and their work will be there so basically I feel like, is my story interesting enough to peak a reader's interest, or will they stick with the ones they know?

Brandi Kennedy: How many titles do you expect to have available by the time of the event?

Christy Dilg: For sure? Forbidden Forever, but I'm hoping Forbidden No More will be there as well.

Brandi Kennedy: That sounds great! And will you be bringing both books to the event, if Forbidden No More is finished in time?

Christy Dilg: Yes, they are part of a series, and if book 2 is complete then they both will be there.

Brandi Kennedy: I'm looking forward to seeing them. In the meantime, is there a way for fans to contact you, if they won't be able to attend the event but would like to order books anyway?

Christy Dilg: Christy.Dilg@gmail.com. Also, you can order on my website.

Brandi Kennedy: That's great! What other forms of social media can readers use to follow you and your writing?

Christy Dilg: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and my blog.

Brandi Kennedy: Well, I'm really looking forward to meeting you at the Tennessee Valley Author Event, Christy. Thanks so much for taking the time to answer my questions today.

Christy Dilg: Thank you for having me and I can't wait for TNVAE! I have met some amazing people and I can't wait to put voices to the faces.

Alright, readers, there you have it! Christy Dilg!
If you'd like to order Christy's work, she's available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords.
And now, due to the generosity of our guest, a giveaway!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Tennessee Valley Author Event: Spotlight, Interview and Giveaway: B.N. Toler

With the Tennessee Valley Author Event looming only days away, I'm spotlighting some of the authors from the event! For those of you who can come to the event this is a great way to get to know a little bit about each of the attending authors ... and for those of you too far away to come, this is a chance to discover new authors and new books that just might be right up your alley! And so, without further ado:

Brandi Kennedy: B.N. Toler, welcome to my blog! Why don't you tell my readers a little bit about yourself?

B.N. Toler: I have three great kids, a handsome husband, and a love of reading. I live in Virginia and love summers by the pool or on the beach. I'm the meanest morning person you'll ever meet, I have a serious addiction to Coke, and I'm a horrible cook. But my husband makes me do it anyway. :)

Brandi Kennedy: And will TNVAE be your first signing event, or are you more of a seasoned pro at this point?

B.N. Toler: As of right now, this will be my first signing and I'm very excited to meet other authors and participate.

Brandi Kennedy: How many titles do you expect to have available by the time of the event?

B.N. Toler: Three.

Brandi Kennedy: I see. And will you be bringing all of your titles to the event?

B.N. Toler: Yes.

Brandi Kennedy: I can't wait to see them. In the meantime, what forms of social media can readers use to follow you and your writing?

B.N. Toler: I'm on Twitter and Facebook. And there's my website.

Brandi Kennedy: Well, I'm looking forward to meeting you at the Tennessee Valley Author Event, and learning more about your books, B. Thanks so much for taking the time to answer my questions today.

B.N. Toler: I enjoyed sharing some things about myself with you and look forward to meeting you in July!

Alright, readers, there you have it! If you'd like to purchase books by B.N. Toler, they can be purchased on Amazon. And now, a giveaway!!
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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Tennessee Valley Author Event: Spotlight, Interview and Giveaway: Faith S. Lynn

With the Tennessee Valley Author Event looming only days away, I'm spotlighting some of the authors from the event! For those of you who can come to the event this is a great way to get to know a little bit about each of the attending authors ... and for those of you too far away to come, this is a chance to discover new authors and new books that just might be right up your alley! And so, without further ado:

Brandi Kennedy: Faith S. Lynn, welcome to my blog!

Faith S. Lynn: Heeeyyyy, Brandi!! I am so glad to be here!

Brandi Kennedy: Why don't you tell my readers a little bit about yourself?

Faith S. Lynn: I am a history freak. It doesn't matter how much I learn, I always want more and it drives my husband insane that he can't get me on anything. I LOVE just about any type of music. I hate pink, and my son is like my partner in crime. My twin girls are like our evil minions!! No, I'm just kidding. Ok, ok. They really are our minions. My husband, he is like our Alfred, because he is always taking care of us.

Brandi Kennedy: That's hilarious! Will TNVAE be your first signing event, or are you more of a seasoned pro at this point?

Faith S. Lynn: Yes! It will be my first signing event and I am so NERVOUS! The whole knees chattering, might have to take a few shots before I go in, kind of nervous.

Brandi Kennedy: Well, if you're boozing in a bathroom stall before the event, make sure to drag me with you because I'm equally nervous! Although we'd better stop after a shot or two ... We don't want our autographs to look drunk! But tell me, how many titles do you expect to have available by the time of the event?

Faith S. Lynn: Three. Two full length novels and one novella.

Brandi Kennedy: That's awesome! Will you be bringing all of your titles to the event?

Faith S. Lynn: I will be bringing my two full length novels, but not the novella.

Brandi Kennedy: I see. In the meantime, is there a way for fans to contact you, if they wish to order signed copies of books you won't be bringing with you? Or if they won't be able to attend the event but would like to order books anyway?

Faith S. Lynn: Yes. I should have that feature up on my blog soon!

Brandi Kennedy: I'm sure your fans would love it. In the meantime, what other forms of social media can readers use to follow you and your writing?

Faith S. Lynn: My blog, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and Pinterest.

Brandi Kennedy: Well, I'm really looking forward to meeting you at the Tennessee Valley Author Event, Faith! Thanks so much for taking the time to answer my questions today.

Faith S. Lynn: Thanks for having me, Brandi! I can't wait to meet you in person in July!!

Alright, readers, there you have it! Faith S. Lynn!!
And now, Faith has generously agreed to offer a giveaway!!
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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Tennessee Valley Author Event: Spotlight, Interview and Giveaway: Felicia Tatum

With the Tennessee Valley Author Event looming only days away, I'm spotlighting some of the authors from the event! For those of you who can come to the event this is a great way to get to know a little bit about each of the attending authors ... and for those of you too far away to come, this is a chance to discover new authors and new books that just might be right up your alley! And so, without further ado:

Brandi Kennedy: Felicia Tatum, welcome to my blog! Why don't you tell my readers a little bit about yourself?

Felicia Tatum: I just turned twenty-seven in January ... I'm a mommy, a student, and a full time author. I have a daughter and a cat. I love books ... writing, reading, or smelling them. I mean, it's all fun, ya know?

Brandi Kennedy: I love books, too. There's something about the rustle of turning pages, and the scent of an old book. But tell me, will TNVAE be your first signing event, or are you more of a seasoned pro at this point?

Felicia Tatum: I've done it a few times, but I wouldn't say many. I love these events because connecting with readers is so great! Online I get to talk to them everyday, but there's something special about meeting face to face.

Brandi Kennedy: How many titles do you expect to have available by the time of the event?

Felicia Tatum: Seven or eight printed copies.

Brandi Kennedy: I see. And will you be bringing all of your titles to the event?

Felicia Tatum: I bring some of each printed copy, but some are e-book only at this time.

Brandi Kennedy: Well, in the meantime, is there a way for fans to contact you, if they wish to order signed copies of your books? Or if they won't be able to attend the event but would like to order books anyway?

Felicia Tatum: I sell signed copies to fans all the time! Just send me a message or contact me on my website and we'll get it sorted out.

Brandi Kennedy: That's great! What other forms of social media can readers use to follow you and your writing?

Felicia Tatum: My website, Facebook, and Twitter.

Brandi Kennedy: Well, I'm really looking forward to meeting you at the Tennessee Valley Author Event, Felicia. Thanks so much for taking the time to answer my questions today.

Felicia Tatum: Thank you so much for having me on your blog, Brandi! I really enjoyed it. :)

Alright, readers, there you have it, Felicia Tatum!
And now, a giveaway!! Felicia has generously offered to give prizes to three winners!
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Monday, July 7, 2014

Tennessee Valley Author Event: Spotlight, Interview and Giveaway: Savannah Leigh

With the Tennessee Valley Author Event looming only days away, I'm spotlighting some of the authors from the event! For those of you who can come to the event this is a great way to get to know a little bit about each of the attending authors ... and for those of you too far away to come, this is a chance to discover new authors and new books that just might be right up your alley! And so, without further ado:

Brandi Kennedy: Savannah Leigh, welcome to my blog!

Savannah Leigh: Thanks for having me!

Brandi Kennedy: Why don't you tell my readers a little bit about yourself?

Savannah Leigh: I'm new to writing and publishing. I never thought I would write a book. I always liked reading but gave it up when I was in graduate school. FSOG (Fifty Shades of Grey) brought me back to reading for fun.

Brandi Kennedy: There are lots of women out there who credit Fifty Shades with a renewed love of reading - it's cool that that love brought you into writing your own stories, too. Will TNVAE be your first signing event, then?

Savannah Leigh: This will be my first signing event and I am really excited and very nervous. I have no idea what to expect but I hope to meet some amazing fans and great authors!

Brandi Kennedy: That's pretty close to exactly how I feel about it, myself! How many titles do you expect to have available by the time of the event?

Savannah Leigh: Three.

Brandi Kennedy: That's a good number. And will you be bringing all three of your titles to the event?

Savannah Leigh: Yes, I will have all my books.

Brandi Kennedy: I look forward to checking them out. In the meantime, is there a way for fans to contact you, if they wish to order signed copies of books you won't be bringing with you? Or if they won't be able to attend the event but would like to order books anyway?

Savannah Leigh: I have a page on my blog where you can order signed copies of my books. I LOVE to connect with readers!

Brandi Kennedy: That's one of my favorite parts of the writing business as a whole - the interaction! So tell me, what other forms of social media can readers use to follow you and your writing?

Savannah Leigh: I am on Facebook and Twitter, and I'm working on setting up a Google+ account as well.

Brandi Kennedy: Well, I'm really looking forward to meeting you at the Tennessee Valley Author Event, Savannah. Thanks so much for taking the time to answer my questions today.

Savannah Leigh: Thank you so much for having me! I can't wait to meet everyone in Knoxville!

Alright, readers, there you have her, Savannah Leigh!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Tennessee Valley Author Event: Spotlight and Interview: Tracy Lee

With the Tennessee Valley Author Event looming only days away, I'm spotlighting some of the authors from the event! For those of you who can come to the event this is a great way to get to know a little bit about each of the attending authors ... and for those of you too far away to come, this is a chance to discover new authors and new books that just might be right up your alley! And so, without further ado:

Brandi Kennedy: Tracy Lee, welcome to my blog!

Tracy Lee: Thank you for this opportunity ... I'm glad to be here.

Brandi Kennedy: Why don't you tell my readers a little bit about yourself?

Tracy Lee: Well, I'm a mom of six, we are a blended family. Lol I'm originally from Brandon, Florida, outside Tampa. I moved to the Tulsa area after I met my husband. Twelve years later ... I'm officially a country girl! I began this journey as a blogger. I have always been an avid reader and getting lost in novels that tell about amazing adventures, smokin' hot men and steamy love scenes!! Stories have always rambled around in my head so one day I just started writing one down and haven't stopped since.

Brandi Kennedy: And will TNVAE be your first signing event, or are you more of a seasoned pro at this point?

Tracy Lee: This will be my first ... haha, I'm a signing virgin! I'm nervous as hell! I have nightmares of setting everything up and no one even shows!! I keep thinking yeah ... I'm sure people are going to show up to see me ... lol. Seriously though, I'm excited to see what this adventure brings for me.

Brandi Kennedy: How many titles do you expect to have available by the time of the event?

Tracy Lee: I'm hoping ... (hoping being used very loosely) to have four done, so that means I will have three done by the event lol.

Brandi Kennedy: Well, you know what they say about the best laid plans ... Will you be bringing all of your titles to the event?

Tracy Lee: Yes I will!

Brandi Kennedy: I look forward to seeing you there! This is my first signing too, and I'm pretty much right where you are on the nerves and fear stuff. In the meantime, is there a way for fans to contact you, if they wish to order signed copies of books you won't be bringing with you? Or if they won't be able to attend the event but would like to order books anyway?

Tracy Lee: You can go to my website and order signed copies there as well, or leave me a message and I will make sure you receive a copy.

Brandi Kennedy: That's great! What other forms of social media can readers use to follow you and your writing?

Tracy Lee: My Facebook.

Brandi Kennedy: Well, I'm really looking forward to meeting you at the Tennessee Valley Author Event, Tracy. Thanks so much for taking the time to answer my questions today.

Tracy Lee: Thank you so much for having me. I look forward to meeting all the great authors and readers in July. Make sure you stop by and say hi during the event.

Brandi Kennedy: I absolutely will!

Alright, readers, there you have it!
Tracy Lee, the author of the Personal Series and the Richland Novellas!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Tennessee Valley Author Event: Spotlight, Interview and Giveaway: Brooke Cumberland

With the Tennessee Valley Author Event looming only days away, I'm spotlighting some of the authors from the event! For those of you who can come to the event this is a great way to get to know a little bit about each of the attending authors ... and for those of you too far away to come, this is a chance to discover new authors and new books that just might be right up your alley! And so, without further ado:

Brandi Kennedy: Brooke Cumberland, welcome to my blog!

Brooke Cumberland: Thanks for having me! Happy to be here.

Brandi Kennedy: Why don't you tell my readers a little bit about yourself?

Brooke Cumberland: I'm a stay at home mom living in the frozen tundra of Packer Nation AKA Wisconsin. I've been writing for a long time, just not always my own stories. I started writing song lyrics and short stories in high school. Then came college and I had a lot of reflection and research papers, that I actually found enjoyable. Then I decided on grad school where I wrote some more ... except is wasn't as fun anymore. During a winter break, I downloaded a bunch of books from iBooks and began reading every single day. It made me realize I missed writing and I decided to join writing communities online. It was then that Kitchen Affairs was born - and I haven't been able to stop writing since. I decided grad school was no longer for me. I wanted a career in writing. It was my calling.

Brandi Kennedy: It's amazing how that worked out! Will TNVAE be your first signing event, or are you more of a seasoned pro at this point?

Brooke Cumberland: This will actually be my fifth signing - all from this year!

Brandi Kennedy: How many titles do you expect to have available by the time of the event?

Brooke Cumberland: At least six.

Brandi Kennedy: Wow! And will you be bringing all of your titles to the event?

Brooke Cumberland: Yes, more than likely.

Brandi Kennedy: I see. In the meantime, is there a way for fans to contact you, if they wish to order signed copies of books you won't be bringing with you? Or if they won't be able to attend the event but would like to order books anyway?

Brooke Cumberland: Absolutely. You can order signed copies from me anytime on my site.

Brandi Kennedy: That's great! What other forms of social media can readers use to follow you and your writing?

Brooke Cumberland: Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, my blog, and Goodreads.

Brandi Kennedy: Well, I'm really looking forward to meeting you at the Tennessee Valley Author Event, Brooke. Thanks so much for taking the time to answer my questions today.

Brooke Cumberland: Thank you and I'm super excited to meet you and all the readers soon!

Alright, readers, there you have it! Brooke Cumberland!
And now, a giveaway!!
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Friday, July 4, 2014

Tennessee Valley Author Event: Stoplight, Interview and Giveaway: Nicky Jayne

With the Tennessee Valley Author Event looming only days away, I'm spotlighting some of the authors from the event! For those of you who can come to the event this is a great way to get to know a little bit about each of the attending authors ... and for those of you too far away to come, this is a chance to discover new authors and new books that just might be right up your alley! And so, without further ado:

Brandi Kennedy: Nicky Jayne, welcome to my blog!

Nicky Jayne: Hi all!

Brandi Kennedy: Why don't you tell my readers a little bit about yourself?

Nicky Jayne: I am thirty-one, living in sunny Las Vegas with my husband and two handsome boys, ten and eight. I moved to Las Vegas in 2005 following my husband who is Active Duty Air Force. We have been married eleven years now. I am a lover of all things soft and furry, I have three chihuahuas and two cats. I am a true coffee addict, can't go a day without a cup, nothing gets done, answered or written before I indulge in morning cup of Joe! Purple is my color, shiny things are my downfall. I am a true squirrel, I will take off in the middle of a conversation for something shiny. Well, so I am told anyway.

Brandi Kennedy: And will TNVAE be your first signing event, or are you more of a seasoned pro at this point?

Nicky Jayne: TNVAE is not my first signing, but by far the biggest that I have done. I am looking forward to meeting all those that have sent amazing messages to me about my books. I am nervous as hell but really looking forward to hanging with my girl Tracy Lee and of course my readers.

Brandi Kennedy: How many titles do you expect to have available by the time of the event?

Nicky Jayne: Five.

Brandi Kennedy: A good number! Will you be bringing all of your titles to the event?

Nicky Jayne: Yes. I will have all five of my titles with me. Embracing Life, Embracing Love, a new and improved Footprints as well as my new release Taking Flight and Grounded.

Brandi Kennedy: Awesome! In the meantime, is there a way for fans to contact you, if they wish to order signed copies of books you won't be bringing with you? Or if they won't be able to attend the event but would like to order books anyway?

Nicky Jayne: Absolutely ... You can email me at EmbracingNicky@Gmail.com or message me on Facebook. I have a buy link on my blog page as well ... Which includes swag, etc.

Brandi Kennedy: That's great! What other forms of social media can readers use to follow you and your writing?

Nicky Jayne: My Twitter page.

Brandi Kennedy: Well, I'm really looking forward to meeting you at the Tennessee Valley Author Event, Nicky. Thanks so much for taking the time to answer my questions today. Before we go, is there anything else you'd like to say to the people reading this?

Nicky Jayne: Thank you all for your time. Thank you for your continued support. It means the world to me. As I say, if it wasn't for you, there would be no me. I look forward to meeting you all.

Alright, readers, there you have it, Nicky Jayne!
And now, a giveaway!!
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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Tennessee Valley Author Event: Spotlight, Interview and Giveaway: Amy Miles

With the Tennessee Valley Author Event looming only days away, I'm spotlighting some of the authors from the event! For those of you who can come to the event this is a great way to get to know a little bit about each of the attending authors ... and for those of you too far away to come, this is a chance to discover new authors and new books that just might be right up your alley! And so, without further ado:

Brandi Kennedy: Amy, welcome to my blog!

Amy Miles: Thank you so much for taking the time to host such a great spotlight feature. I'm sure every TNVAE author is grateful for your efforts!

Brandi Kennedy: Actually, while it has been a good way to help promote the event, I have really loved that the interview series has allowed me to get to know the attending authors, too. Speaking of which, why don't you tell my readers a little bit about yourself?

Amy Miles: My husband and goofball son are my life.

Interesting fact: My husband and I met as pen pals while he was living in England. NO, we didn't "hook" up in a chat room. YES, his accent is awesome!

I've been a carbaholic since birth and am now hopelessly addicted to frozen Cokes. I mix coleslaw into my KFC mashed potatoes, soak cornbread in my milk and never drink from a straw. I'm not a really big chocolate fan (I know, GASP!) and I want to run a marathon by the time I'm thirty-five. Ok, maybe forty. Forty-five???

My vice in life, apart from cupcakes, is Vera Bradley! Why does she have to make such amazing accessories?!?!

I'm a world traveler at heart who loves setting insane goals and working to meet them. I adore attending book signings to meet new friends and am trying to overcome my introvert nature. I spend far too much time on Facebook chatting with fans and have a heart for raising funds to help Action for Autism, a truly amazing St. Louis based organization that helps kids reach their true and unique potential.

When I'm not writing I can be found on the golf course, enjoying the lake life or coming up with some new "urban homesteading" idea to try. My amazing husband is the founder of Red Coat PR so we are always busy!

Brandi Kennedy: So I assume TNVAE is not your first signing by a long shot, then. Are you more of a seasoned pro at this point?

Amy Miles: I've had the pleasure of attending several book signings over the last two years so I am pumped and ready to go for TNVAE. Word of warning ... I love to chat books so if you get me talking you WILL have to stop me. :)

Brandi Kennedy: How many titles do you expect to have available by the time of the event?

Amy Miles: I will have twelve novels out, life willing!

Brandi Kennedy: Wow! And will you be bringing all of your titles to the event?

Amy Miles: Yes.

Brandi Kennedy: Is there a way for fans to contact you, if they wish to order signed copies of books you won't be bringing with you? Or if they won't be able to attend the event but would like to order books anyway?

Amy Miles: I always have my books in stock since I seem to be doing one or two book events every month this year so feel free to hit my up on Facebook and I will get back with you. I'm always on FB. Some people say it's an addiction ... yeah, I kinda agree with them!

Brandi Kennedy: What other forms of social media can readers use to follow you and your writing?

Amy Miles: Facebook, of course. Twitter, LinkedIn, Goodreads, Amazon and my newsletter.Or you can email me at Amy@AmyMilesBooks.com

Brandi Kennedy: Well, I'm really looking forward to meeting you at the Tennessee Valley Author Event, Amy. Thanks so much for taking the time to answer my questions today.

Amy Miles: Thanks so much for taking the time to do a spotlight for me. I love meeting new friends and can't wait to see everyone at TNVAE! I know it's going to be a blast!

Alright, readers, there you have it! Amy Miles!!
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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Tennessee Valley Author Event: Spotlight, Interview and Giveaway: Ashley Beale

With the Tennessee Valley Author Event looming only days away, I'm spotlighting some of the authors from the event! For those of you who can come to the event this is a great way to get to know a little bit about each of the attending authors ... and for those of you too far away to come, this is a chance to discover new authors and new books that just might be right up your alley! And so, without further ado:

Brandi Kennedy: Ashley Beale, welcome to my blog!

Ashley Beale: Thanks for having me!

Brandi Kennedy: Why don't you tell my readers a little bit about yourself?

Ashley Beale: I'm just a hopeless romantic who turned her love of reading and writing into self published books! I live in Maine but I love to travel, especially if I have family or friends by my side. I can't wait until my children are older, so they can join me on these adventures! I dreamed of publishing a book since the eighth grade, so now that I've accomplished that, I plan to cross many more things off my bucket list!

Brandi Kennedy: We have a love of travel in common, though I've never really had the opportunity to do much traveling yet. And I have a bucket list, too. Will TNVAE be your first signing event, or are you more of a seasoned pro at this point?

Ashley Beale: This will be my second, my first one being in March of this year. I'm incredibly excited for it though, especially with all those attending. Maybe a bit nervous, too. ;)

Brandi Kennedy: Will you be bringing all of your titles to the event?

Ashley Beale: Yes. Some titles I may have more or less of though, depending on what my fans ask for, and what ones have better sales.

Brandi Kennedy: Good strategy. In the meantime, is there a way for fans to contact you, if they wish to order signed copies of books you won't be bringing with you? Or if they won't be able to attend the event but would like to order books anyway?

Ashley Beale: Absolutely! Fans can always contact me on Facebook, as well as through email, at ashleybealeauthor@gmail.com :)

Brandi Kennedy: That's great! What other forms of social media can readers use to follow you and your writing?

Ashley Beale: Twitter, or Goodreads

Brandi Kennedy: Well, I'm really looking forward to meeting you at the Tennessee Valley Author Event, Ashley. Thanks so much for taking the time to answer my questions today.

Ashley Beale: I'm so glad to have joined you! Thanks for the interview, and I cannot wait to meet you and everyone else at this event!!

Alright, readers, there you have it! Ashley Beale!
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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Tennessee Valley Author Event: Spotlight, Interview and Giveaway: Faith Marlow

With the Tennessee Valley Author Event looming only days away, I'm spotlighting some of the authors from the event! For those of you who can come to the event this is a great way to get to know a little bit about each of the attending authors ... and for those of you too far away to come, this is a chance to discover new authors and new books that just might be right up your alley! And so, without further ado:

Brandi Kennedy: Faith Marlow, welcome to my blog!

NAME: Hello and thanks for having me.

Brandi Kennedy: Why don't you tell my readers a little bit about yourself?

NAME: I'm a local author (to Knoxville), so I was amazed to find out this event was happening just down the road from me. I have been writing off and on since I was young, but I have pursued it seriously for about six years. Last year, I became a member of the Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing family.

I live in Knoxville with my husband, Scottie, and our son, Avery.

Brandi Kennedy: I bet that was exciting for you! So, will TNVAE be your first signing event, or are you more of a seasoned pro at this point?

NAME: This will be my first event. I am both excited and nervous. It will be amazing to meet so many authors and readers and be a part of this event.

Brandi Kennedy: How many titles do you expect to have available by the time of the event?

NAME: Four.

Brandi Kennedy: That's a good number. And will you be bringing all of your titles to the event?

NAME: No. I will be bringing two titles, Being Mrs. Dracula and its sequel, Being Dracula's Widow. I am also a part of CHBB anthologies, Cirque D'Obscure and Cogs in Time but I do not plan to bring print copies at this time. All of my work is available in e-book format from Amazon.com.

Brandi Kennedy: That's great! In the meantime, is there a way for fans to contact you, if they wish to order signed copies of books you won't be bringing with you? Or if they won't be able to attend the event but would like to order books anyway?

NAME: Anyone who might want to contact me can find me on Facebook.

Brandi Kennedy: What other forms of social media can readers use to follow you and your writing?

NAME: My webpage/blog, or Twitter.

Brandi Kennedy: Well, I'm really looking forward to meeting you at the Tennessee Valley Author Event, Faith. Thanks so much for taking the time to answer my questions today.

NAME: I look forward to meeting you and all the other authors of TNVAE and an opportunity to introduce the brides of Dracula to Knoxville.

Alright, readers, there you have it, Faith Marlow!
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