Dazzled by the ‘Spotlight’ on Rave Reviews Book Club!

I love to share the special Highlights of my life! My month long featured tour as The Rave Reviews Book Club’s “SPOTLIGHT AUTHOR” for February 2017 ranks among the most memorable times thus far in my journey as an Indie Author!

WHY?

Let me give you just a glimpse!

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If you are expecting a “Rave” that’s precisely what you are going to get! BUT, I like to back up my rhetoric with some statistics. So let’s take a look at a few, shall we?

My “SPOTLIGHT AUTHOR TOUR” commenced on February 1st 2017.

My visitors to this site for the entire month of January 2017 numbered = 91.

My visitors to this site for the duration of the “SPOTLIGHT TOUR” February 1st/February 28th =181. Yes! My visitors doubled!

My visitors’ country …

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The rest of the world contributed a further 20 visitors! Considering the fact that I’m an Australian based author these stats are so very welcomed.

We all write because we love to do so! I’m no different. We wouldn’t put ourselves through all the angst of being a writer, otherwise. The icing on that cake is when other people purchase, read and hopefully enjoy our work. When that happens it sets off a chain reaction that reflects in that “Bottom line” we never thought we’d care about when we became writers.

SO! Lets get down to that, shall we? The SALES figures for my SPOTLIGHTED book “ACTS BEYOND REDEMPTION”

In the month of January I garnered For my featured book “Acts Beyond Redemption”  90 sales.

In my ‘Spotlight Author” month of February “Acts Beyond Redemption” Garnered 176 sales. Nuff said, folks? These figures really do speak for themselves, don’t they?

By extension of the interest in my work due to the SPOTLIGHT TOUR ALL of my books listed with Rave Reviews Book club had sales increased for the month of FEBRUARY.

And last but certainly not least my followers increased both here on my blog and on TWITTER @pursoot where I hang my hat.

My blog now has a wonderful 9445 followers.

Color me CONTENT! Don’t wait…pop in and take a look at #RRBC this is one place where you get out of belonging to a Book Club, exactly what you put into it … and THEN some.

BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE!

I re-located on February 27th to a small University Town hundreds of miles from Sydney! I was promised that I would have Internet connection within five days. Didn’t happen, folks! My internet was only connected YESTERDAY!  18 days later! Frantic doesn’t even come close to how I was feeling … on top of all the stress of such a big move. I logged in to Twitter only this morning to find that every one of my scheduled posts for the month to date had received continuous and marvelous support from all the folks at RRBC, despite the fact that I had been unable to offer reciprocal support for weeks!

Now THAT’S what I’m talking about.

I am one very happy camper!

THANK YOU ALL! For your faith in me, and the friendships which I shall continue to treasure.

To the President of Rave Reviews Book Club; The wonderful Nonnie Jules, thank you will never be enough.

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RRBC Holiday Train “Book Trailer’ BLOCK PARTY!

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Hi and “WELCOME” to Rave Reviews Book Club’s HOLIDAY TRAIN “BOOK TRAILER” BLOCK PARTY at Welcome to the World of Suzanne Burke in Sydney: AUSTRALIA.

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 This is a celebration. I am here, living, loving and laughing each precious day. I look forward to every sunrise, for it is a gift to be treasured. I could never have done this alone. My capacity to survive would never have been enough on its own. At times it only took the smile of a stranger to help me through another day.

My memoir is written under my pen-name of Stacey Danson.

My memoir “Empty Chairs ” is not an easy book to read. The subject of ‘Child Abuse’ will never be an easy topic to discuss. But, if we, as caring, loving, human beings are ever going to have a hope of making a difference, we all need to stop hiding ourselves away from what is undoubtedly a painful and confronting issue.

I have lived it. I ran and hid from it for too many years. It took the love and understanding of people just like you to help me confront and deal with my demons.

YOU … yes …YOU, CAN make a difference, but first you need to remove the shield you hold to your eyes and the protective layer you hold to your heart, and take a look.

Help the children, by helping yourself to understand.

I’d like to introduce you to my book trailer and I do hope that you will take the time to check out my book.

To be eligible to win one of the many prizes on offer please leave a comment on the BOOK TRAILER site.

VIEW BOOK TRAILER HERE

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Stacey Danson, lived through and beyond horrific child abuse. This book tells of her brutal beginnings, the streets of Sydney at the age of eleven were preferable to the hell she endured at home. She ran, and those streets became her home for five years. She was alone, ill, and afraid. Stacey also had an unshakeable belief that she would do more than just survive her life. She would not allow her future to be determined by the horrors of her childhood. She reached out for something different; there had to be more to life; if she could only find it. She had a dream of a life where pain and humiliation had no place. She was determined to find that life. Empty Chairs is the beginning of the journey. Now she is living the dream.

Once again, thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to share your thoughts and comments on my trailer and also, at the bottom of this post if you have a moment.  Good luck on winning my giveaways!  I’ll see you at the next stop of this awesome “BOOK TRAILER” BLOCK PARTY!

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#RRBC and ME…color me happy!

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Are you expecting a rave? Good … That’s what you’re getting.

Firstly let me shed some light on my previous experiences online …

My memoirs, ‘Empty Chairs” and “Faint Echoes of Laughter.” were both originally Traditionally published. Sadly, my publisher closed their doors, and my work disappeared from view.

I was gutted.

My confidence levels were at an all time low, and the thought of self-publishing was shoved to the end of my ‘Can do’ list.

I had made some lovely friends on line, and spent the next four-years on my old blog “Soooz Says Stuff” site, blogging, actively promoting contests that I created, promotions, new releases etc. You know the drill. “Soooz Says Stuff” had a total of 287 followers.

I was well in to writing my first thriller, loving the journey but having no end vision for what I would do with it when it was complete.

Like many of us; I was utterly hopeless at promoting my own work. My comfort zone was in bringing attention to the works of folks I admired.

Then, only four-months ago I stumbled upon Rave Reviews Book Club.

I read and re-read the rules of the club, took a close look at what they were doing and more importantly just how they went about it. I liked what I saw.

That was only four-short-months ago.

Let me share a few statistics with you, for both prior to #RRBC & AFTER Joining.

BEFORE #RRBC =June 2016 … 1423 Followers on Twitter. NO new followers in June.

AFTER Joining #RRBC= July 2016 …2052 Followers on Twitter. 629 NEW FOLLOWERS.

I took part in a wonderful blog party tour hosted by #RRBC It was THE most commented on and successful post I’ve ever had. My friend list exploded! My TBR grew huge.party_balloons-29RRBC blog party header must use.

This trend has continued … as at around five-minutes ago, My Followers on Twitter number 3580. I have almost tripled my Followers.

My book “Acts Beyond Redemption” was selected as one of #RRBC’s OCTOBER books of the month. The response and huge support of the #RRBC community garnered me more sales than I had ever had of my book, and the reviews just keep on coming.

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AND THEN! Yes there’s more, I was interviewed live from Sydney to the USA and beyond on rrbc-blog-tag-team-radio-badge

And as if that weren’t enough #RRBC are having another party online this time it’s

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Yes, I am taking part! My trailer and post is scheduled for NOVEMBER 22nd, and I am extremely excited, and why wouldn’t I be?

One of THE most important things to note about the ‘reviews’ is that this club INSISTS on HONEST reviews. If the book is amazing then of course say so. BUT if you can only offer a constructive review and rate it less than 4/5 stars, then you are encouraged to do so. Honest Reviews mean exactly that.

RRBC is achieving something very important here, the club recognizes talent, and does everything it can to promote and share that talent. That support translates into the “bottom line.”

rrbc-plain-badgeI am and always have been a huge supporter of Indie Authors if I admire their work.

I have finally found a warm supportive home where all of us are like-minded. And to TOP all of this amazing stuff, My memoir “Empty Chairs” and Faint Echoes of Laughter” are BOTH sitting comfortably in the TOP 100 in their genre In Kindle in the U.K.

Color me CONTENT! Don’t wait…pop in and take a look at #RRBC this is one place where you get out of the club, exactly what you put into it.

My blog now … this one … has in excess of 7000 followers! Just a ‘tad’ different to the old blog at 287. AND THEN SOME!

So … Do YOURSELF a huge favor…Take a look. I’m so delighted that I did.

Learn much more about #RRBC right here.

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Purchase Acts Beyond Redemption for just $0.99 HERE on Amazon

Purchase Book 1 of my Memoir “Empty Chairs” here on Amazon

Purchase book 2 of my Memoir “Faint Echoes of Laughter” here on Amazon.

 

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Presenting: Rave Reviews Book Club’s “SPOTLIGHT ” Author Blog Tour! Please, welcome my guest: Author A.M. Manay.

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Hello everyone. I’m so delighted to have the opportunity to take part in this Blog Tour as a host. My guest today is Author A.M. Manay.

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Author: A. M. MANAY

In addition to her work as an award-winning indie author of supernatural new adult fantasy, A.M. Manay is a former inner-city chemistry teacher, a singer, a yoga enthusiast, and a mother through domestic open adoption. She has a passion for increasing diversity in popular culture and for strong heroines who stand up for themselves, make their own decisions, and don’t depend on romance as their reason for being.

Author A.M. Mannay has written a marvelous guest post that will assist everyone in learning how to create fabulous images for all their Promotional needs.

“Get Your Design On” by A.M. Manay

As my fellow members of Rave Reviews Book Club have likely noticed, I have developed a penchant for creating twitter graphics for my fellow writers.  Some of you have asked me how I do it, so I’ve decided to share a few of my tips and tricks for getting your design on.

I primarily use Canva.  This is a web-based software that has both free and pay versions that are pretty easy to learn how to use if you’re reasonably comfortable using a computer.  They have a library of free art as well as stock photos available for $1 each, which I think you’ll agree is quite a good deal.  They have a number of fonts and other elements, and you can make your work as simple or complex as your skill and time allow.  They have many pre-sized templates for various marketing and social media uses, but they can also do custom sizes, like you might need for, say, a Createspace paperback cover file.

Here are the basics:

1) Sign up for a free account.  Choose “Create a Design,” then “Twitter Post.”

2) Click on “Uploads.”  Then, upload your book cover as a jpeg file. You then click on your cover and place it on the template.  You can change the size of the cover as well, or rotate it.

3) If you have your own photo you want to use as background, upload that as well.  If not, choose a color under “Backgrounds” or click “Elements” then “Free Photos” to choose a photo.

4) You can then click on any image you’ve placed and resize, crop, move back or forward, or apply a filter or transparency to enhance the look.

5) Click on “Text” to insert text.  You can change the font, color, and transparency of the text to make it readable and eye-catching.  If your text is hard to read, try blurring the background image slightly under “Advanced Options” in the “Filter” menu.  Or you can go to “Elements” and insert a shape to go behind your text.  You can change the color of the shape and even make the shape partly transparent so your background image can still be seen.

6) When you are happy with your graphic, save it and download as a jpeg.  You can then attach the file to your tweets.

We learn by doing, so I would encourage you to play around with it if you have the time.  I find my tweets get much better response when they include an eye-catching, attractive image.  Or you can just hire me to do it for you.  😉  Do you have any questions about how to get your design on?  Any tips of your own to share?

BOOKS By A.M.MANAY.

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Here for your enjoyment are just a small sample of what A.M. Manay has created as part of her SERVICES offered on her Author Site.

A small sample of A.M.Manay’s Twitter Graphics for your enjoyment!

SAMPLE TWITTER GRAPHICS!

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Purchase ‘She Lights Up The Dark’ HERE on Amazon

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Website: Author site

Blog: http://ammanaywrites.blogspot.com/

email: author@ammanay.net

Facebook: facebook.com/ammanaywrites

Twitter: @ammanay

Instagram: instagram.com/a.m.manay

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Do you have a question for my guest? Please, ask away.

I hope you enjoyed stopping by. I know I enjoyed hosting this diverse and multi-talented Author.

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Welcome to RRBC 2016 Book & Blog Party!

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Hello and welcome to the Rave Reviews Book Club 2016 Book & Blog Party! Coming to you today from ‘Welcome to the World of Suzanne Burke’ … Located in Sydney, Australia.

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Here’s what I am giving away today !

One (1) E-Book copy of “Acts Beyond Redemption” My Psychological Thriller.

One (1) E-Book copy of “Empty Chairs” Book 1 of my Biography.

One (1) E-Book  copy of “Faint Echoes of Laughter” Book 2 of my Biography.

 

# Number of WINNERS for this stop = 3.

Each Winner may choose which of my books they receive.

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All Aussies love a great party! No party would be complete without some fun, so below I have shared with you some facts about my Beautiful Home of Australia.

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  • If you read about our spiders you might not like this: the average person swallows three spiders a year. NOT OF THE SIZE ABOVE! Eeeeek!

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  • We have over 6000 species of flies, about 4000 species of ants, and there are about 350 species of termites in Australia.

  • Australia has the world’s largest population of wild camels with one hump.

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  • The Tasmanian Devil does exist, and it has the jaw strength of a crocodile.

  • Sharks are immune to all known diseases.

  • There are more than 150 million sheep in Australia, and only some 20 million people.

We all appear to have a rather peculiar sense of humor (See definition of “understatement”)

You have no need to worry too much about swimming in our tropical waters, the box-jellyfish, blue ringed Octopus, and crocodiles won’t cause much of a problem, because the Great White Sharks have eaten them all. (I did warn you!) Sigh.

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To give you time to slow down your heart rate take a look at my books.

I’d like to introduce you to my books and I do hope that you will find the time to check them out.  

 Acts Beyond Redemption Book 1 (Unintended Consequences)

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In Book 1 of the ‘Unintended Consequences’ series, Acts Beyond Redemption takes you on a twisted, deadly journey.

Mike Matheson is head of a Special Task Force set up by the F.B.I to track down and apprehend the serial killers responsible for 18 brutal murders.

He and his team are exhausted, frustrated, and ready to burn out after almost five years and no leads.

Nothing in their experience has prepared them for this.

Nothing in their imaginations could conceive of the truth hidden in plain sight.

Someone on the inside, someone very powerful, is deflecting their weary eyes away from a truth too incomprehensible to be permitted to exist.

Revealing it and those that set it in motion would bring the most powerful country on earth to its knees. The corridors of power shake.

Who will be buried in the shattered remains of a country where freedom and honor are treasured above all things?

Just how far will those elected to protect and defend go, to keep the American dream alive?

Acts Beyond Redemption on Amazon

 

Empty Chairs Book 1 (Standing Tall and Fighting Back) Suzanne Burke writing as Stacey Danson.

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My Biography Book 1.

Stacey Danson, lived through and beyond horrific child abuse. This book tells of her brutal beginnings, the streets of Sydney at the age of eleven were preferable to the hell she endured at home.

She ran, and those streets became her home for five years. She was alone, ill, and afraid. Stacey also had an unshakeable belief that she would do more than just survive her life. She would not allow her future to be determined by the horrors of her past.

She reached out for something different; there had to be more to life; if she could only find it.

She had a dream of a life where pain and humiliation had no place. She was determined to find that life. Empty Chairs is the beginning of the journey.

It’s time.

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 Faint Echoes of Laughter. Book 2 (Standing Tall and Fighting Back) Suzanne Burke writing as Stacey Danson.

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Faint Echoes of Laughter Book 2 of my Biography.

The shocking and spirited sequel to the much-praised ‘Empty Chairs’. Life on the streets of Sydney was preferable to the nightmare Stacey Danson had survived in the hell that was home.

She hit the streets running at the age of eleven, and armed with a flick-knife and a fierce determination to live a different life, she began the journey from the 1960s to today. For those that came to know ‘Sassy girl’ in ‘Empty Chairs’, and for those caring people that asked how her life worked out from there, ‘Faint Echoes of Laughter’ continues the story.

For those that haven’t met her yet, this book stands alone as a tribute to the kindness of strangers, the loyalty of true friendships and the way things really are on the streets of any town … anytime.

Faint Echoes of Laughter on Amazon

 

Once again, thanks for stopping by!   Good luck on winning my giveaways!  I’ll see you at the next stop of this awesome BOOK & BLOG BLOCK PARTY!

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