Top Fan Fun

Top Fan Fun

You’ve probably heard authors talk about algorithms, it’s how websites like Amazon, Facebook, Instagram and countless others measure the traffic coming and going through the messages or books you have on the world wide web. With Facebook, they measure how often a fan visits your author page, how many articles they “like” or comment on, and how frequently they share one of your posts with their friends. Based on these factors, they give me a list each week listing the top fans. Those people are then given a TOP FAN diamond badge that appears alongside their name whenever they post on my page.

This enables me to thank those fans and followers and that’s exactly what I am doing. Each week, one of the TOP FANS is randomly selected to receive the book of their choice from my collection. I love doing this, it is such a fun way to show my fans how much I appreciate their loyalty. If you are not already a Top Fan, CLICK HERE to stop by my Facebook author page and join in the fun.

Girl’s Night Out with Friends

Girl’s Night Out with Friends

Few things are more fun than time spent with good friends, whether we do it in person or online; and with the current Social Distancing guidelines, online seems to be the venue of choice.  Book Blogger Linda Zagon and I recently cooked up just such an evening and had a ball doing it.  The event was a Facebook Live Party on LINDA’S BOOK OBSESSION and we drew quite a crowd. Over 400 gals came with their virtual beverages, lots of fun questions about books, and some great thoughts about surviving the Covid-19 pandemic. Of course, the party ran longer than anyone expected but at the evening we all agreed, it was something we should do again—and soon. Social Distancing can be hard on almost anyone, but it somehow helps to know we are in this together.

Where Did That Name Come From?

Where Did That Name Come From?

I love a fun surprise, and I’m pretty certain my followers do as well. So, imagine the smiles when my fans sit down to read my new release and find that they’ve become a character in the book. I’ve done this a number of times before, and each time it brings about a lot of happy giggles. Early on, while I am working on the book, I ask the members of my BFF Clubhouse to suggest names for characters in the new book that I am working on—theirs or someone close to them. I always end up with way more names than I can use, but no one knows which ones will make it into the book. I say nothing more until the book is published, then I wait and let them discover it for themselves. This is flat out fun for everyone. As I said, I’ve done it before and you can be pretty certain I will be doing it again.

Storytime Sunday

Storytime Sunday

Introducing a visual version of audiobooks… I have to credit one of my fans for suggesting the idea for this event. It happened during a Facebook Live Event—I was chatting back and forth with followers when one of them asked that I read from one of my books. The suggestion took me by surprise and while I wasn’t ready to do so that moment, I mulled it over and thought I’d give it a try. To be perfectly honest, I was skeptical, figuring who’d want to listen to an author reading a chapter or two from one of their books. But still… I went ahead and planned an early evening Facebook Live Storytelling Session, then announced it to my followers. Much to my surprise a sizable crowd showed up and the storytelling experiment turned out to be a lot of fun—so much so that it’s now become a regular feature on my Facebook Author Page

A Goodreads Giveaway

A Goodreads Giveaway

Starting May 16, Goodreads will be featuring the Giveaway of 100 Kindle copies of my upcoming release A Million Little Lies. It’s easy to enter and there is no purchase required. Goodreads will select the winners and notify them on June 16th when the book is officially in stores. To enter click on the Enter Giveaway button.
Bestsellers Abound

Bestsellers Abound

Seeing the Amazon Bestseller flag on one of your novels is always a thrill, so I’d like to share a few of the past year’s highs with my followers. Emily, Gone hit the #1 Spot in Southern Fiction and remained there for almost six weeks. It also hit the Top Ten list is several other categories, including Mothers and Children, Family Fiction, and Historical Mysteries.

The Summer of New Beginnings also hit the #1 spot in Sisters Fiction and held onto it for a while. It also made a showing in Women’s Fiction and Contemporary Fiction. In addition to grabbing a bestseller status, it won the Gold Medal for Women’s Fiction in the Royal Palm Literary Competition and was a runner up for Book of the Year.

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