Archive for March, 2013

“Spring is in the Air” Blog Hop

XOXO eBook Prize Package XOXO Spring Blog Hop

Hello, everyone, and welcome to my part of the “Spring is in the Air” blog hop.

 

Spring means different things to different people. For some it means finding love. I’m lucky enough to have found mine—best-selling, critically-acclaimed paranormal author Desirée Lee: www.desireelee.com. For others, it means the start of a new season of planting, farming, or gardening. For others, it simply means an end to the cold of winter. On the morning I write this post, our overnight low was supposed to have only been 33 degrees. We woke up to a chilling 21 degrees. That being the case, I’m with those seeking warming spring weather! Still others long for spring for the April showers, which bring May flowers.

 

Rain showers… Rain forest… Jungle… The setting of my eighth novel, “Quintana Roo, Yucatan”. The book launched a publishing company (Umbral Press – www.umbralpress.com) and won an award for Second-Place in the Paranormal Romance Guild’s 2012 Reviewers’ Choice Awards a month after its release.

 

“Quintana Roo, Yucatan”

 

Rikki Breitenberg is an archeologist in charge of the first team of American documenters allowed by the Mexican government to explore newly discovered Mayan ruins in the Yucatan. However, shortly after their arrival in Mexico, things go awry. Treacherous jungle, inclement weather and dangerous wildlife are only the beginning.

 

When Rikki and her team run afoul of members of an ancient cult devoted to the worship of a bloodthirsty god, things take a terrifying turn for the worse. During their struggle for survival, the team makes a startling discovery that may rewrite the whole of human history. Will they survive to bring their amazing find back to civilization?

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You can view the book trailer HERE.

 

Part of the fun of blog hops such as this are the giveaways. The “Spring is in the Air” blog hop is no exception. XOXO Publishing is offering an e-book prize package as the Grand Prize drawing for this hop. To enter, please simple comment on this blog post. Be sure to include your e-mail address, so that you can be contacted if you win.

 

At add to the fun, I’m offering a giveaway of my own—an e-book edition (PDF format) of my novel “Predators or Prey?”. That book, my fourth novel, was the first in my Wendy Markland series. Since the book’s release in its original e-book format, there has been interested from several parties in adapting it as a film or TV series. Also, the Wendy Markland books are the basis of an up-coming, on-going comic book series called “Wendy Markland: Chronicles Nocturnum”. I’ll be writing and lettering the series. Learn more about “Predators or Prey?” HERE. To enter to win a copy, please go HERE.

 

Best of luck to you in the contests, and thank you for visiting!

 

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

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“Lucky in Love” Blog Hop – And the winner is…

Congratulations to Wendy P. on winning the e-book copy of “Predators or Prey?” during the “Lucky in Love” blog hop!

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Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

Big Things

Hello, everyone!

Just a quick note to let you know that things are really busy here. Within the past few days, big, big news has come in on two projects I’m involved with. Please keep checking back; I’ll start releasing details ASAP.

Thank you all for your support. No writer can do what we do without our fans being there for us!

Scott Harper

www.scottharper

“Lucky in Love” Blog Hop

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Green is one of my favorite colors. It’s one of the reasons I like St. Patrick’s Day so much—green is everywhere.

This St. Patrick’s Day is the best ever for me, though. Why? Because it’s the first spent with my gorgeous fiancée—best-selling, critically-acclaimed paranormal author Desirée Lee. Her outstanding work can be found HERE.

Desirée and I met about six years ago. Suitably enough for two authors, we met at a book signing. I was part of a group of authors appearing at a two-day signing—a Saturday and Sunday event. On the second day of the signing, Desirée dropped by, wanting to make contact with someone from a publishing house she knew would be present. I was there, seated near the person Desirée had hoped to speak with. I had copies of my first three novels with me—”Winter’s Rite”, “Well Wishes”, and “Gauntlet”. As Desirée is a fan of the fantasy genre, and since “Winter’s Rite” and “Well Wishes” are fantasy, those books caught her attention. She bought a copy of “Winter’s Rite” from me. I autographed it. We talked briefly about writing, indie authors, and small presses. And then she left.

Right away, I knew I had just met someone very special. At the time, however, I had no idea how special she would become to me.

We kept in touch, tentatively, on-line. Talk was almost exclusively of our work and the writing profession. Until just over a year ago, that is. Desirée and I began getting to know each other on a personal level. Now, here we are, engaged, planning our wedding for this summer, and expecting the arrival of our first child this summer, as well. This St. Patrick’s Day will be our first together. Next year will be our first St. Patrick’s Day with our baby daughter.

Yes, I consider myself to be very lucky!

That luck extends to the honor of being able to partake in the “Lucky in Love” blog hop, too. My thanks to author Carrie Ann Ryan for allowing me to partake in this event, and be able to tell everyone a bit about my latest release.

Green isn’t only found around St. Patrick’s Day. It’s also found in swamps such as Quagmire Fen—the fictional setting for my most recent release.

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“Quagmire Fen”

Bog skulks are small, mysterious creatures with vicious teeth and claws. They turned up in Quagmire Fen some time ago. No one seems to know what they are or where they came from.

Spencer Foster is a young man who has lived his entire life in the poor backwater of Quagmire Fen. He despises the swamp, and wants only to leave and start a new life in the city with his girlfriend. But his callous drunkard of a father has other ideas.

Very soon, Spencer’s life is irrevocably changed. His destiny is now linked to the bog skulks and Quagmire Fen.

What are the bog skulks? Where did they come from? What is the connection between Spencer Foster and the odd beings he’s given so little thought to?

Here are a few things critics are saying about it:

“This story will grab you at page one and not let you go until the very end.”

“This novella is recommendable for adults that like modern day fantasy.”

“The paranormal aspect of this story is original and done exceptionally well.”

“A sad and touching story which will carry you along from the first to the last page.”

“5 Stars for what it is a short novella that reads like a novel and will stay with you.”

Currently, “Quagmire Fen”, my first-ever novella, is only available via Amazon. It can be found HERE for only $2.99. The trailer for “Quagmire Fen” can be found HERE, thanks to My Book Trailers—these guys are great!

One of the great things about blog hops is the giveaways. The “Lucky in Love” blog hop is no exception to that. In fact, this hop has two grand prizes that you could win! The first grand prize is a $100 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. The second grand prize is a swag pack containing paperback books, ebooks, over 50 bookmarks, book cover flats, magnets, pens, coffee cozies, and more! Apologies to entrants outside of the USA, but, given the cost of international shipping, the winner of the swag pack must reside in the US. Winners will be chosen on March 19th.

To enter to win one of these two awesome grand prizes, all you need to do is to leave a comment on this blog post. Please include your e-mail address with your comment so that you can be contacted if you’re one of the lucky winners!

In addition to the fantastic prize giveaways mentioned above, I’m doing a giveaway of my own. One lucky winner will receive a PDF copy of “Predators or Prey?”. That book launched my Wendy Markland series. That series of books is the basis of the upcoming, on-going comic book series “Wendy Markland: Chronicles Nocturnum”, which will be published by Timeless Comics. “Predators or Prey?” can be found on Amazon HERE. To enter to win your PDF copy of “Predators or Prey?”, please enter HERE.

Thank you very much for taking time to drop by as part of this hop. May the fabled luck of the Irish be with you in the “Lucky in Love” blog hop grand prize drawings, and in my own giveaway drawing.

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Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

Hops

I’m now signed up for two blog hops for this month. The first runs from March 15 – March 18. The second will run from March 20th – March 29th.

 

All of the hops I had signed up for after May 27 have been cancelled by choice of the organizer of those hops. If anyone is organizing a blog hop, and looking for authors to sign up for it, please let me know.

 

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

Latest Interview

Please check out my latest author interview: http://turningthepagesbooks.blogspot.com/2013/03/march-madness-presents-scott-harper.html

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

Still Casting

We’re still seeking potential cast members for “Most Likely To”. Despite having several actors interested in the roles of LEO and SID, we still don’t have any potentials for CJ or RACHEL.

 

Any acting talent in the Klamath Falls, Oregon area interested in a role in a low-budget, direct-to-DVD thriller, please see the ad and contact information below:

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Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

Discordant Marketing

When it comes to marketing your work, everyone seems to have a different opinion. No matter what “experts” tell you, that’s all it is—their opinion. Different things work for different people. Various people have told me so many things over the years that’s become impossible for me to keep them all straight.

 

Social networking as, over the past few years, become the center point, the focus, for most marketing strategies.

 

It’s the opinion of some people that you need to keep your business pages and profile exactly that—business only. They claim that, by doing anything less, you won’t be taken seriously as an author. Others, at the same time, will tell you that it’s okay to mix business and jocularity on the same page. Many such pages readily mix best-selling authors, and LOLCats.

 

I used to keep my work pages clean of everything but promo for my writing. The response from my fans were messages saying things like, “We get to see your work, and learn about it, but never get to learn about you personally. We want to know the person behind the books!”

 

Some people are of the opinion that it’s best to link all of your social networking pages and profiles together. You post something on one, it cross-posts to others. I especially like doing that with Facebook and Twitter. With Twitter, you’re limited to 140 characters. Not a lot of promo posts fit within that constraint. By linking your accounts, you can post a far larger piece on Facebook, and it’ll cross-post to Twitter. What shows up on your Twitter profile are the first few words of the large post, and a trail off to a URL. Anyone interested in reading more than the first few words can simply click the link, and visit the post on Facebook. Doing this allows you to share things on Twitter that you’d normally not be able to.

 

Contrawise, other people are of the opinion that such linking of social networking site would never, ever be done. Why? They see the redundancy of the posts as the equivalent of bashing people over the head with a message. Also, depending upon how you’ve done the social network site linking, you might end up posting the newest Grumpy Cat photo on Facebook, and it could wind up on you Twitter profile—thus contaminating your heretofore professional, work-only Twitter account with a moment of humor.

 

It isn’t just the marketing “experts” who will take sides on issues such as these. Fans, too, have different likes and dislikes. Some want authors they follow to use linked accounts. This way they’re far less apt to miss any posts by the author—or other professional—in question. They also like the simple convenience of not having to make it a point to keep checking in with one given social networking site to see the latest posts by people they’re interested in. Believe it or not, not everyone has a Facebook account. Of those who do, not all of them devote every waking second to the site. Often, these fans like to be able to take a glance at Twitter, Linkedin, or whatever their favorite such site is, and get updates that way.

 

At the same time, other fans naysay such social network site linking. They express the same opinion as some marketing people, and view such repeat posts as being bashed with a message.

 

Games are extremely popular time-wasters on social networking sites. Facebook alone is loaded with them. Other authors have told me that they use these games to reach fans and prospective new readers. Basically, they play the games, and, while doing so, chat with others who are playing. Others, however, view such things unprofessional and a total waste of time. I’ve tried this method. For me, personally, I saw a bit more traffic to my website, but no extra sales.

 

I have two Facebook pages. I have my fan page— https://www.facebook.com/ScottHarperAuthor —which I strive to keep to nothing but work and other book-related things. I also have a regular profile that it’s attached to. That one I refer to as my “goof-off” page. I’m also on other social networking sites. I did have them all linked together. I’m trying some new things based on the opinions of a publicist my fiancée (best-selling, critically-acclaimed paranormal author Desirée Lee— http://www.desireelee.com) and I are working with. So, currently, they’re unlinked. If I don’t notice a positive difference, I’ll switch back to the set-up I had going.

 

All in all, I would have to suggest simply finding a method that works for you, and then keep doing it. Some people have personalities are that more coldly professional. Some are able to seamlessly blend book promo, tidbits from their daily lives that their fans may find interested, and maybe even Grumpy Cat, on the same social networking page. I mean, let’s face it—Grumpy Cat is a riot. If you can’t appreciate a good Grumpy Cat meme, why are you even on the Internet?

 

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

 

Upcoming Blog Hop

Once again, I’d like to take a moment to apologize to everyone who stopped by as part of the previous blog hop I was supposed to be a part of. With everything going on in my life at the moment—business and personal—that hop simply slipped between the cracks. I had the timing wrong in my mind. Again, my apologies to you all.

 

Information has come in for the next blog hop I’ve signed on for. It’s the “Lucky in Love” blog hop. It will run from March 15 – 18th. I look forward to it, and hope that all of you are, too!

 

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

Interview

I remember taking this interview, but don’t recall having seen it on-line before today: http://mrsmommybooknerd.blogspot.com/2013/02/showcase-quintana-roo-yucatan-by-scott.html

 

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

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