How to Save the World and Promote Your Book or Blog in Two Minutes

Update: This promotion is now a permanent part of Lover’s Quarrel to give everyone a chance to save the world and promote their books or blogs. To take advantage of this opportunity, drop me a line at the Contact page. From there, I’ll reply and you can send me a screenshot of your thank you email from The Borgen Project or tweet it to me at @QuarrelLover.

Apparently the Borgen Project doesn’t always credit me through my fundraising page. Sorry about that. 

Not only can you get your book promoted, but you can be a superhero. In fact, you can help save millions of lives.

Too good to be true? Sounds it. But it’s not

Lover’s Quarrel is pleased to be raising money for the Borgen Project, a nonprofit advocacy organization whose goal is to eliminate extreme poverty by mobilizing Congress to pass life-saving bills and to increase foreign aid. By turning to Congress for reforming and passing laws to make aid more efficient, the Borgen Project is able to save millions of lives every year.

Lover’s Quarrel will feature or promote your blog and book in exchange for a donation. 

If you donate $1, I will give you an acknowledgment in a blog post, with 1 social media/website/book link of your choosing. This blog post will say thank you to everyone who donates.

For $3, I will post links to your website/blog/book on Twitter and Facebook as well as everything above.

For $5, I will spotlight your book or blog as well as everything above.

For $10 I will review your book honestly and interview you as well as everything above.

For $12 I will post that review on Goodreads, Amazon, and anywhere else you wish as well as everything above.

This is a very important cause and I urge you to take action. You can donate here:

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Inteview with Lana Campbell

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Lana Campbell is the author of Forever and a Night vampire romance series. I’m pleased to have her on Lover’s Quarrel today. Thanks, Lana!

 

1) Introduce yourself.
I’m Lana Campbell, author of the Forever and a Night vampire series. I preface telling you about myself by talking about my writing because I absolutely love to write and use all my spare time doing so. Still I have to make a living so I work part time in a local restaurant. I enjoy reading paranormal romance as well as writing it. I live in Rogers AR with my husband and cat named Felix.
2) When did you start writing and why?
I started writing romance in 1994 because I’ve been an avid fan of romance since my teens. I thought to myself, I can write a romance. Well, I sucked at it at first and never even tried to publish anything in my early years. Eventually, I got serious about writing shortly after my restaurant closed in 2014. A year later I published Forever and a Night the first book in my Forever and a Night series. From there I started looking at writing as a business and I’ve been busy ever since.
3) Which is your favorite book you have written and what gave you the idea for it?
My favorite book is Forever and a Night Dark Experiments. It’s about a vampire OB/GYN, Dr. Christian La Mond who falls in love with a human, Tiffany Peebles who wants nothing to do with romance. Especially with a vampire. The external conflict is about an angel of death poisoning Christian’s pregnant vampire patients and he’s losing his mind trying to nail down the culprit. Throughout the chaos the couple fall in love, but Tiffany gets poisoned and nearly dies. Christian can only save her by turning her vampire. The reason I loved this story so much was Tiffany’s character. She’s funny, spunky, impulsive and unable to filter her tongue. There’s a lot of drama in this story, but humor too and I had a ball writing the story even though it took nearly a year.
4) How did you come up with the title for your book?
Every romance must have a happily ever after, thus the word Forever. The night part came from my vampire fetish. They’re night creatures of course and when they find love they hang onto it tightly, forever and a night.
5) Who helped you with the cover?
For my first book, Forever and a Night, the cover designer was Tate Publishing, my publisher for this book. They did an excellent job in my opinion. I love the cover and the male on the front looks just like I envisioned Nathan Davenport to look. My second book Forever and a Night Dark Experiments cover was designed by me. Right now it’s on Amazon Kindle Select and Kindle Unlimited. However, I have sold the book to a publisher, Bella Tulip and once it comes out I’ll have a new cover design.
6) What are some of the themes of your stories?
I’ve already described Forever and a Night Dark Experiments. In book one, Forever and a Night, the premise is billionaire Nathan Davenport is trying to hide from his evil sire vampire, Isabella and chooses New Orleans to lay low. There he meets a human, Mia Peebles, a sous chef and quickly falls for her because of course she’s beautiful, but she has such a pure spirit. Mia is a Christian and her spiritual beliefs are filtered throughout the story. It’s also the heart of the conflict she endures when she finds out Nathan is a vampire. At this point she is in love with him, but raging mad that he’s lied to her about what he is. She refuses to believe he’s a real vampire. She thinks he’s part of a sick cult.
Right now I’m writing book five in my series, which I haven’t named yet, but it will be a fun one. It’s about Nathan Davenport’s son Nate Davenport (Yes, he and Mia get together.) and a beautiful female vampire who is the daughter of an evil vampire drug lord. She steals drugs from rival drug lords for her father and in one of her stings meets Nate Davenport. They are a most unlikely pair and I’m having a lot of fun writing this one.
7) What’s your process when you sit down and decide to start writing a book?
Since I’m writing a series, I already know the characters I’m going to write about in my next book. All of the subsequent stories of book one, Forever and a Night are about Mia’s children. In book one she has three grown girls from her first marriage, Tiffany, Chelsie and Dannie. With Nathan she has two more vampire children, Nate and Beth. Each story is about one of her kids. I have no formula for how I come up with the plot lines, I just know my characters so well, I already know what they’re going to do before I ever start writing about them. And I write by the seat of my pants. I’m not an organized writer.
8) Who are some of your favorite characters and why?

Mia, the matriarch of the family, is my favorite heroine from a spiritual aspect. She is a devoted
Christian with a big heart and lots of love to give. She’s in each consecutive story as Momma with all the right advice to give her children as they’re going through their own internal and external conflicts.
Tiffany is my favorite gutsy girl character. She cusses a lot and has a sarcastic sense of humor.
Christian is by far my favorite male character. He has long blonde hair and honey gold eyes. He’s so dreamy and he possesses the patience of Job. He has to in order to love Tiffany.
Chelsie Peebles is in book three which isn’t published yet. I had fun writing her character because she is a human OB/GYN for vampires that moonlights as a country western singer. Chelsie is very intelligent and practical and a good match for her love interest Asa Bradley who has a bit of a temper.
9) Who are some of your favorite authors?
Christine Feehan who writes vampire stories and Nora Roberts.
10) Are you currently working on anything?
I’m currently working on book five in my series which I haven’t named yet. My heroine is Alabama Rain Holden a vampire who is a drug thief for her evil father drug lord. Her love interest is Nate Davenport who is a billionaire real estate mogul. Nate discovers her stinging a rival drug lord one night and begins to have her followed because he wants to get her in trouble for her drug dealings. But he soon finds out Rain is not a ruthless drug dealer, but a poor, abused girl who can’t get free of her father. He’s determined to help her, but Rain doesn’t want his help as much as she wants free of her father. But circumstances push them together and the sparks of passion begin to fly.
11) If you could have any super powers what would they be?rozpvtnx
In my stories my vampires can enchant humans into doing their bidding. I wish I could enchant a big time editor to buy my entire series.
12) If you could travel to any location in the world where would you go?
I love New Orleans which is where several of my stories are located. I wouldn’t mind living there.
13) Where do you hope to be in five years?
A writer who can actually make a living doing what I love most in the world–writing.

 

You can find Lana on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Goodreads. Also, please visit her website at http://foreverandanightla.wixsite.com/website.

 

 

Reading for a Better World: Falling for Them

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I’m a firm believer that no one is helpless in making the world a better place. I try to help as much as I can, which is why I started the Read for a Better World program.

And I’m always excited in finding other people doing the same thing. So I was ecstatic when Alisha Gallant told me about Falling for Them: A New Adult Reverse Harem Collection.

This collection has 10 reverse harem stories, with a total of 109 pages, for only $1.99. This includes a story from New York Times bestselling author C.L. Stone. It’s an amazing deal.

All profits go to charity. 

While they don’t say which charity in the description for legal reasons, Alisha told me the charity is St. Jude’s Memorial Hospital, which is an outstanding cause. It was also the deciding factor on me buying it or not. I’ve been curious about reverse harem for a long time, and this collection seems like a great place to start.

I haven’t read any, so I cannot give my own opinion of the quality of the content, but I trust Alisha’s judgment. Also, out of 38 reviews on Amazon, it has 4.1 out of 5 stars. 

These are from some of the top reviews:

I’m always looking for RH stories that have an actual plot and these did not disappoint. This anthology had something for everyone and the overwhelming majority were really well written. The positives way outweigh the few negatives that I had, so I feel good in leaving a five star review.– Kindle Customer

I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book that was given to me by Rebecca Royce. The anthology as a pure delight to read and I can’t wait to get to read another one, or other books by the authors who participated in its creation. — Sandra Hould

These are full on love stories and should not be mistaken with just being about sex. They are all about the women being safe, protected and loved. These tales are intense with satisfying romance, just with more than just one man.– Ann Chapatte

 

Whether you want to read reverse harem or you’re looking for an easy, fun way to Read for a Better World, please check out Falling for Them.

Note: No links in this post are affiliate links. I’m just really excited to share this.

Do you know of others doing social good through books? Let me know in the comments.

Guest Post: Grea Alexander’s Series of Threes

new-smi-logo-vertically-squared-framed-outside-marginI tend to write my novels in series of 3.  Why?   Because I have a strange and some might say fascinating history with the number 3.

That being said, I always try to give each book enough of a backstory so that you can pick up any of the books in a series and have a reasonable grasp of what is going on in that volume. Each book is a complete narrative unto itself that tells its own story, HOWEVER…. (yes, there is a however – a rather big HOWEVER) you won’t get the full picture unless you read them all – in order.

I am a very character focused author.  In my world, all of my characters are real people with real thoughts, feelings, histories, personalities, etc who are responding to the situations put before them in the best way they can, based on who they are AT THAT TIME. 

I am very interested in character growth, evolution and motivation.  My characters, like myself, tend to be quite Byronic in nature – with every thought, gesture and action often hiding or eluding to a much bigger picture.

Reading one of my books and not the others is kind of like watching a movie with a third of the screen obscured. 

Will you be able to enjoy it and get into it?  Probably.

Will you miss things? DEFINITELY. 

Series Structure

I structure my series like real life. 

When you first meet a new person, do you instantly know everything about them…..even after internet stalking them? 

No. 

You see what they want to show you.  You see the image they want to show the world.  As they grow a little more comfortable with you, you begin to know more about them – things that might make you interested in deepening your relationship with that person, that might well pique your curiosity. 

This is the first book.

Once you decide you want to know that person on a more intimate level, you start to learn deeper things – the types of things they hide from more casual acquaintances.  As your relationship grows more and more intimate, you learn more about their past, their true motivations and even some things that might make you question whether or not this person really is who you thought they were.  They may well even do or say things that might push you to the very edge of your personal boundaries, and, sometimes, even past them.

This is the second book.

More time passes.  Finally, you reach the ultimate level of intimacy – the inner sanctum, the level of full trust and disclosure.  All the walls that person has put up have crumbled before you and all of their facades have been laid bare.  Things that happened earlier in your relationship take on new meaning and significance as you finally, truly understand who this person is.  This is the third book.

The third, the final book, is the crown jewel.  Everything becomes clear.  True thoughts, motivations, things that have happened in the characters’ past that shape who they have become and things that have occurred in the previous books finally begin to take real form and gain deeper significance.  For better or for worse, this part of the character’s journey comes to an end.

In my personal opinion, because of this, the further you go into the series, the better, more intense the protagonists’ story becomes.

About the Author

Grea Alexander is an author specializing in historical fiction and supernatural horror books.  Her books are available in regular print, large print & ebook formats.

2015 reb i quay front.jpgREBELLION BOOK I: BOOK OF QUAY

Intrigue, deception, betrayal. What are a few knives in the back between two lovers?

Qing Dynasty, China.

Some wounds cut too deeply to ever truly heal, to ever be forgotten. For the rebel Phong Quay, Princess Ni Soung is one of those wounds – a remnant of the most painful chapter in his life, a pawn in his never ending war with his greatest enemy, the Emperor Ni Fehn.

As the Han rebellion against the Emperor intensifies, Princess Soung becomes caught in the middle. As bait in the Emperor’s most brazen bid to date to bring Phong Quay down, the princess may just find herself a casualty in the battle between the two men – a battle between the past and the present, between the truth and lies, between love and revenge.

Grea Alexander – online

Seamonkey Ink It’s my first & main online property. Ok, so it’s a seedy faux physical address store front where I get my mail. www.SeaMonkeyInk.com

GoodReads It’s where my reviews live. www.GoodReads.com/GreaAlexander 


Twitter It’s where I pelt people with lemons then run away. @SeaMonkeyInk  www.Twitter.com/SeaMonkeyInk

 

Library Thing It’s where I once had a drunken 1 night stand & left behind some review babies (that I’m not entirely sure are mine). www.librarything.com/author/alexandergrea

SMI Retailers

Amazon US  http://www.amazon.com/Grea-Alexander/e/B00HV0M83Y

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5 Reasons Why You Should Read War Bride

256062181. It’s more than just a romance

War Bride by Elise Marion is primarily a romance, but it’s so much more than a love story. The book covers a lot of social issues today, even though it’s a medieval fantasy romance. Lady Emery Calliot fights for equal rights as a woman in a misogynist world. Leofred grieves over his brother’s death. Both of them have PTSD from a recent, brutal conflict between their kingdoms that almost turned into a devastating war. Even though this is book is a lot of fun to read, nobody can ever call it a piece of fluff.

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Diversity in Romance With Brilliant Author Elise Marion

71xltwle9xl-_ux250_Elise Marion, author of the Chained series, was generous enough to do an interview with me in anticipation of our War Bride giveaway event. It’s a pleasure to be working with her and to have her on the blog. She has some great answers, including her opinion on the lack of diversity in books. I highly recommend you read her work, because she really is a fantastic writer.

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Book Review: War Bride by Elise Marion

25606218Genre: Medieval, Fantasy, Adult

Goodreads rating: 3.7 out of 5 stars

My rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

I’m going to earn your trust, Emery Toustain, he thought as he released her hand. Perhaps, if you let me, I’ll earn more than that. 

The first time I read War Bride was several months ago. It was so good I actually missed a call from my boss because I was so busy reading it. No, really. I didn’t even “ignore” the call. The fact that my phone was ringing didn’t even register because I was so absorbed in the book. I ended up finishing it in less than a day. 

I just finished it for the second time today, and it’s still incredible. 

Emery Calliot kicks ass.

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