The Girl In Between Blog Tour Recap Day 21

It’s day 21 of The Girl In Between blog tour! Check out all the latest reviews and giveaways as well as links to where you can download a copy of The Girl In Between for FREE!

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Michelle from In Libris Veritas was generous enough to post a spotlight for my books during past tours and this time around she posted a spotlight of The Girl In Between along with an excerpt and giveaway for book two in the series. The giveaway was a quick one and winners have already been notified but scroll down to check out the giveaways still open!

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Natalia over at Book Cupid also posted a spotlight of The Girl In Between along with an interview in which I give advice to aspiring authors and discuss my dream dinner party with my two favorite authors of all time!

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Jessica, who is the resident Indie Enthusiast over at Bookish, wrote an incredibly heartfelt review of The Girl In Between. Check out her post for some of her favorite quotes from the novel as well as her thoughts on the synopsis, characters, and the slow-burn romance between Bryn and her mystery male lead.

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Liana who runs Bookaholic-ness posted a series spotlight for The Girl In Between but she was also gracious enough to include a guest post about The Importance of Daily Declarations in which I talk about the importance of having a routine and making a genuine commitment to your artistic goals.

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Kye from Eternity Through Pages wrote a review of The Girl In Between this week that blew me away! Check out her post to hear her thoughts on how the story stacks up to other YA novels in the paranormal genre and her appreciation for the lack of insta-love! She also has some choice words for Bryn’s ex-boyfriend, Drew (don’t we all…) and even picked up on some symbolism that not everyone has noticed. She’s also hosting a giveaway for an e-book copy of the sequel, The Boy In Her Dreams!

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Laura who runs Laura Plus Books was kind enough to post a book spotlight for The Boy In Her Dreams as well as a guest post in which I answer the terrifying question: What to Do When Your Idea Isn’t Original.

A huge thanks goes to all of these incredible bloggers for participating in the tour! Anyone still interested in an indie spotlight swap and/or review feel free to send me an email at lzkbooks[at[gmail[.]com

Current Giveaways:
Eternity Through Pages (Ends Monday, November 24th)

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My Big List of Book Reviewers

As an indie author I know how difficult promo can be when you’re doing it all on your own. I spent the past three months sending out hundreds of emails, prepping blog posts, creating media kits, formatting review copies, and corresponding with readers and bloggers in preparation for my book tour for The Girl In Between and it’s during times like these that I’m reminded why self-publishing is not the easy way out. I’m mentally and emotionally exhausted but promo is just another part of the job and an important one seeing as obscurity is an indie author’s greatest adversary. The good news though is that there is an entire community out there of book-lovers turned bloggers who are willing to help authors in any way they can.

When I started sending out review requests for my first novel two years ago I had no idea how difficult it would be to find book bloggers who accept indie and self-published titles. For that reason, I’ve been compiling a list of every indie-loving reviewer out there and now that my blog tour is underway, I’ve decided to share that master list of reviewers with all of you! My master list will now be visible in the menu bar so if you’re interested in checking out any of the blogs I’ve discovered, follow the navigation or just click here.

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Indie Author Spotlight-Kristen Otte

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In honor of The Girl In Between blog tour this week’s Indie Author Spotlight is with Kristen Otte, author of The Adventures of Zelda children’s book series and the young adult novel The Photograph.

the-adventures-of-zelda“I have the wrinkles, smashed face, and curly tail of a pug, but I have an appetite for adventure. I am always searching for a new mystery to solve, cat to chase, or pillow to steal.

After I gathered acorns for my squirrel friend Squeaks, my family knew it was time to put my adventures into a book. The thirteen short stories in this book connect and build into a story arc creating an exciting chapter book for young pug lovers (ages 7 and up).”

The Adventures of Zelda is FREE on all major ebook platforms:

Available at Amazon (Kindle & Paperback), Smashwords, Kobo, Barnes & Noble (Nook & Paperback), Apple iBooks

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On a quest for truth, one girl will find more than she bargained for.

Sixteen-year-old Rachel Brandt is excited about her six-month anniversary with her boyfriend, Brent, getting her driver’s license, and competing for a district championship in her first season on the varsity basketball team.

But when Rachel stumbles across a photograph of her parents, she can’t shake the feeling that she is meant to find her mother, whose identity is a secret her grandparents have closely guarded. All Rachel knows is that her mother disappeared around the time her father was killed in action in the Gulf War a few months after she was born.

Her discovery of the photograph sends Rachel on a search for her mother against her grandparents’ wishes and propels her life into a tailspin. She never imagines her search will reveal a series of lies that jeopardizes every important relationship in her life and ultimately lead Rachel to question her identity.

The Photograph is a contemporary young adult novel for ages 12-16 that follows Rachel’s search for her mother through the backdrop of her basketball team’s quest for its first district championship in twelve years.

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First of all, I’d love to hear about all of the projects you have in the works, where you’re at with them currently, and what your hopes are for each of them.

I am currently working on a few different projects. First, I have a children’s chapter book series titled The Adventures of Zelda about a stubborn, yet adventurous pug. I am currently writing the first draft of the fourth book in the series to release in summer of 2015.

Second, I just sent off my second contemporary young adult novel, The Evolution of Lillie Gable, to the editor. The novel is a follow up to The Photograph, but it focuses on Lillie, who is a secondary character in The Photograph. I expect to publish The Evolution of Lillie Gable in early 2015.

Third, I have the first draft written for the first in a brand new fantasy series. I have some story planning and outlining to do for the series before I return to revising and editing this project for release. I am really excited about this project, and I am hoping for a fall of 2015 release.

Tell me a bit about your writing process. Do you set strict deadlines or do you just go with the flow? Do you outline or fly by the seat of your pants?

My writing process is a work in progress. In the past year, I’ve made significant strides in my writing speed and productivity. I am a big proponent of outlining before starting a first draft. This outline includes character sketches, timelines, and a chapter-by-chapter outline. On most projects, I end up veering from the outline because the story takes me somewhere else, but the outline is crucial to get me started.

I also write in a distraction free environment. Since I have a job outside of writing, I need to manage my time wisely. I close myself off in my office, turn off my wifi and notifications, so I can focus on getting the words on the page. (At least until the dogs run into the office).

As someone who speaks on the intersection of writing and faith, how important is it for you personally that your books or other projects have some kind of moral or bigger meaning? Also, what kind of effect do you think that can have on readers when they’re reading about characters or situations that are ethical as opposed to indifferent and self-serving?

When I write a novel, my purpose is to tell a good story, but I find that my faith and morality seeps through the characters and situations. With my contemporary young adult novels, the characters struggle with right and wrong. They make mistakes, but they learn from those mistakes, and my hope is that teen readers can learn from these characters. It’s the same for my children’s books. I created the Adventures of Zelda series to make kids laugh and fall in love with reading. The books are goofy and silly, but Zelda is learning and growing as a character. She learns about sharing, making friends, and being part of a family.  I think good fiction teaches readers about human nature and the world around them without pushing a specific agenda.

Your YA novel, The Photograph, deals with an issue that has been central to many of my novels as well–secrets. What inspired you to explore this issue through the eyes of a teenager and how damaging do you think lies and secrets are to young people in particular?

I worked for six years in teen ministry before I started writing, and I saw the devastating effects of secrets and lies on people. I knew students who were lying to themselves and their parents, and it was eating away at them. On the other end of the spectrum, I saw students who were hurt by the lies of their parents and family.

When I started writing, I wanted to explore how teens deal with secrets and lies because I knew it was an issue confronting teens.

What are your ultimate publishing goals? Why did you decide to go indie?

My plans are to write fiction for the rest of my life. I would love to be a hybrid author with some books published by one of the big publishing houses and others independently published. I have plans down the road to seek an agent, but I decided to go indie to start to build my platform. I know having a solid platform and fan base will help secure an agent. Until then, I enjoy the freedom of being independent and being able to write stories and novels I love.

photo-1And here’s an even more intimidating question: What kind of writing legacy do you hope to leave behind?

My tagline sums up the legacy I want to leave behind as a writer: Finding Love and Laughter through Story. I want to be known as an author who wrote good books that made people smile and laugh.

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The Girl In Between Blog Tour Recap Day 11

It’s day 11 of The Girl In Between blog tour! Check out all the latest reviews and giveaways as well as links to where you can download a copy of The Girl In Between for FREE!

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Ali over at My Guilty Obsession posted a spotlight for The Girl In Between along with an international giveaway for The Boy In Her Dreams. Ali has helped me with promo in the past and she’s so incredibly generous. She’s such a huge help to indie authors and her readers are really interactive and I’ve had so much fun stalking her comments section this week and hearing about all of the people willing to give the freebie a try!

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Amber from Paradise of Pages posted a FIVE STAR review of The Girl In Between this week! One of the greatest and most satisfying things that people have been saying about this story is how much it caught them off guard and how unique it is compared to other stories in the paranormal genre. I’m so thrilled that the concept and the characters are resonating with people. Amber was even gracious enough to offer to read and review the sequel! Check out her blog to read her review and an excerpt from one of my favorite scenes in the entire series!

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Tricia is a fellow indie author who also runs a promo site called Authors To Watch. A huge thanks to her for taking the time to put together a promo spot for The Girl In Between! She’s actually helped me with promo a few times in the past and her site is one of the few that is open to helping any and all indie authors and there are no stipulations when it comes to asking for help. But if you already follow Tricia’s author blog which is chock-full of indie insight, inspiration, and advice then you already know how generous of spirit she is.

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Ashley at Wholly Books is the next blogger to host a special spotlight of The Girl In Between. She shared an excerpt along with an interview in which I discuss my favorite books, what I hope readers will take away from my stories, and an incredibly random/slightly disturbing memory from my childhood that probably actually explains a lot.

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Sarah from Words with Sarah posted the latest review of The Girl In Between and I was so pleasantly surprised by her reaction! Not only did she give the book another 5 stars but she was also a fan of the intense focus on Bryn’s illness. This is a paranormal story but more than that it’s about a girl who just wants to find a cure for her illness and be normal for the first time in her life. In the early stages of this story when I was still struggling with genre so many people told me to focus less on Bryn’s illness and her day-to-day struggle with it but I knew that spending the extra time on that very human aspect oft the story would make it stand out among the paranormal genre. I’m just so glad that Bryn’s personal struggle with her illness is really resonating with reviewers and am really grateful that Sarah pointed it out in her review. Check out her blog for more of her thoughts as well as an excerpt from the first book!

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Carrie from Yeah Books! shared a spotlight for The Girl In Between as well along with an excerpt from the novel. They’re a fellow wordpress blog and huge supporters of indie authors so I’m really excited to be introduced to their readership!

A huge thanks goes to all of these incredible bloggers for participating in the tour! Anyone still interested in an indie spotlight swap and/or review feel free to send me an email at lzkbooks[at[gmail[.]com

Current Giveaways:
Sofia Loves Reading (Ends Friday, November 14th)
My Guilty Obsession (Ends Friday, November 14th)

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Indie Author Spotlight-Elaine Jeremiah

IASIn honor of The Girl In Between blog tour this week’s Indie Author Spotlight is with Elaine Jeremiah, author of The Inheritance and her latest release, Reunion of The Heart.

RotH-Cover copyAfter a messy breakup with her boyfriend, Anna is feeling fragile. So when her best friend Melissa suggests the two of them go to their school reunion, she’s reluctant as Anna’s school days weren’t her happiest. The evening is going well until she meets the boy who made her school life hell.

But the grown up Will is different and Anna is surprised by the direction her life takes. The reunion sets in motion a series of events that lead Anna to realise things will never be the same again.

‘Reunion of the Heart’ is a romance that will lead you to ponder whether love can atone for past mistakes.

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First of all, I’d love to hear about all of the projects you have in the works, where you’re at with them currently, and what your hopes are for each of them.

I’ve only got one story that I’m working on at the moment, but it’s going well. It’s a romance called Teaching Mr Leavis about a young woman called Rebecca teaching at a secondary school (here in the UK it’s for 11 to 16 year olds). I’ve set it 20 years ago for when I was at secondary school, reason being that I have no idea how things are done nowadays in school. What with the advance of technology since I was at school, I felt it would be easier to set it in the past and write about what I know. It’s saving me a ton of research – that’s for sure!

I’m about halfway through writing it, but I’m finding that the plot is kind of running away from me at the moment. I think I need to rein it in a bit so that I don’t get to the end too soon. But I feel it’s important for me to finish the first draft before I start going back and changing/expanding on what I’ve got.

Tell me a bit about your writing process. Do you set strict deadlines or do you just go with the flow? Do you outline or fly by the seat of your pants? 

I don’t set myself strict deadlines – I don’t really work well under pressure, so I don’t set myself stringent targets. But I do make a plan. However, I don’t necessarily stick to that plan all the way. In fact Teaching Mr Leavis is deviating quite a lot from the plan!

In your bio you admit to genre hopping, which you claim makes your work hard to market. As someone who also genre hops how do you feel about authors who give the advice that writers who are just starting out should only write in one genre?

I would disagree with that. I think that, especially when you’re starting out, you should go with whatever genre you feel called to write in. In my opinion as a writer you should follow your gut instinct of what you want to write about. Write what you like! Of course, as I’ve mentioned in my bio, if your work doesn’t fit neatly into a genre that can be a problem too. But personally I don’t think there’s anything wrong with experimenting with genres. It’s what I’m doing at the moment and I feel that in a way I haven’t yet found the genre that suits me best. So I’m mixing it up.

Why did you decide to go indie?

My husband actually suggested I go indie. Before he told me it was possible to self-publish via Amazon, I had no idea that you could do that. But it seemed to make sense – I wrote a novel a few years ago which I sent to a few agents and they all turned me down. One didn’t even reply! So going indie seemed like a sensible idea.

Self-publishing has made it possible for me to share my writing, my novels, with many people – those who I know personally and many more who I don’t. Also, I really think that going down the traditional route of publishing is just so hard. It’s very difficult to get an agent, and just as hard to get picked up by a publisher. Self-publishing means that your work is out there for people to read almost as soon as you click the publish button.

What are your ultimate publishing goals?

I would like to be more successful as an author – wouldn’t we all?! I want my books to reach as many people as possible. I don’t actually intend to be a full time author at the moment, but it would be good to extend my publishing reach so that I get a much bigger audience than I have at the moment. I’m in it for the long haul, so I’m just going to keep working away producing more novels until my sales take off.

EJAnd here’s an even more intimidating question: What kind of writing legacy do you hope to leave behind?

Gosh that is an intimidating question! Um… well I would hope that my books would still be read after I’m gone, that would be wonderful! I think the beauty of digital publishing is that even after I’m not around, my books will still be in the virtual world. So there’ll never be the problem of them going out of print – if people stop reading them, someone else may well rediscover them and share them with a new generation of readers. I think the future’s bright for indie authors.
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