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Join the HEIST Launch Team!

Winners for my INDIE-pendence giveaway are…..

Gwynneth White and Jennifer Recchio.

But if you like time travel thrillers and would love to read an early copy of HEIST, I have another option.

Join my HEIST Launch Team…

…and receive a FREE ebook of HEIST!

Instructions:

1. Sign up on the Google form to be part of a HEIST launch email list. You’ll receive one email with the epub or mobi file of HEIST attached.

2. Read and leave an honest review on Goodreads before the end of July – first week in August, email the link to laura@laurapauling.com or through the Contact tab on my blog, and I’ll mail you signed bookmarks (continental US only.)

3. In August, you’ll receive a second email when HEIST has gone live on Amazon.

  • Copy and paste your Goodreads reviews onto Amazon as soon as possible,
  • Email me the link, and I’ll add your name to a raffle for a $20 iTunes or Amazon gift card.

OPTIONAL:

4. After HEIST has launched, spread the word through social media. You’ll have one week to do this before I draw the winner. For every link you send: blog/twitter/facebook…etc. I’ll add another copy of your name to the raffle.

That’s all you have to do.

My way of saying thanks and including you in the HEIST launch!

Here’s that link again to the Google docs.

And thanks!!! I couldn’t do this without you.
You guys rock!

Here’s the blurb:

Can one decision change the past?

Jack Brodie has a sixth sense that someone has been watching him. Following him.

One night he travels back in time to one of the world’s largest art heists, the Gardner Heist. Why that one moment in time? And what does it mean for Jack?

When he returns, his world is different. His best friend is rougher, meaner. His dad hasn’t been around in years. And then there’s Jetta. The girl who took over his heart the moment she stepped into his life. No one is safe.

Each time Jack goes back to the heist to fix his mistakes, he returns to face the fallout. Disaster strikes in the present until Jack must make a choice. His family and his own happiness. Or the girl he loves. Except, he learns that his sixth sense was right.

Someone has been watching him and wants him dead.

 

 

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INDIE-pendence Day – 15 Minutes by Jill Cooper.

It’s that time of year! We get to celebrate our country with cook outs and fireworks…and all this week you can celebrate fantastic self published books.

 

I’d like to introduce you to Jill Cooper, author of a fantastic time travel thriller, 15 Minutes.

I couldn’t put this book down. I read it one day. Honestly? That doesn’t happen to me all that often that I truly can’t put a book down. Each chapter leads us to another clue, another twist as the main character, Lara, deals with the consequences of trying to change the past.

Fantastic. Thrilling. You can read my Goodreads reviews here.

 

I invited Jill to tell us a little bit about her book. And then stay tuned for a giveaway!

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Fast paced. High Energy.  Full on emotion assault.

That’s what I wanted 15 Minutes to be when I first started writing it and when I finished, I was not disappointed.

A roller coaster ride for the writer, main character, and hopefully readers, I wanted  people to feel what Lara feels as she struggles to discover the rules to the new world that is now her life.

There is no going back. There is no undoing the damage that she’s done.

What is it she’s done? She’s changed the past and in doing so, unleashed a can of worms that cannot be contained.

In 15 Minutes Lara Crane uses time travel to save her mother in a mugging gone wrong. In the distant future, time travel hasn’t just been discovered, it’s been regulated by the government.

Break the time travel laws and you face jail time, or worse, death.

Interacting with the past is a crime and as such you will appear as a hologram in the past, the people you see, will not notice you. You are an observer only and are not allowed to interfere with the course of history.

There are rumors that there are some who can break this rule and can in fact touch and talk with those in the past. But it is strictly forbidden to try. To do so might destroy not only time, but your mind.

The knowledge of several time lines at the same time, in the same brain, causes it to overload. What follows are painful headaches and nose bleeds that grow worse over time as memories assault you.  The brain will eventually hemorrhage and will bleed out. No time traveler has ever changed time and successfully lived to tell about it.

Lara Crane. Rebellious. Defiant. Doesn’t take no for an answer. She’s about to change the course of history.

What would you risk to save someone you love?

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Thanks, Jill!

I could write this in the third person. I could tell you what I like, where I was born, and what my    favorite things are.

But instead, I’ll say I don’t want to write like everyone else. I don’t want to craft stories you’ve read a thousand times before. I want my novels to be a cinematic experience, blending themes, genres, and situations unlike any you’ve ever read.

I want to break the rules. I want you to break out in a cold sweat as you read my books out of fear, love, and excitement. I want my books to be an experience. When you finish, I want you to feel something. Good or bad.

If you do, then I’ll have succeeded. If not, I’ll keep trying.

http://www.jillacooper.com
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jill-Cooper/319251368110396
http://www.twitter.com/jillybug
http://www.amazon.com/15-Minutes-Travel-Thriller-ebook/dp/B00DB7RV60/ref=pd_sim_kstore_2

 

For this INDIE-pendence event I was thrilled to find a story similar to HEIST – my time travel thriller releasing in August. Similar, yet very different. So to celebrate, I’m giving away an ecopy of 15 Minutes and HEIST !

1. Comment below to enter. LEAVE YOUR EMAIL!! (please)

2. If you’d like to tweet or share on Facebook, use the Share options at the bottom of this post, and then comment and leave the links.

Next, head on over to the Indelible blog to discover all the Indie books other authors are celebrating this week.

 

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Finding stock art for your cover.

At first, you might think it’s easy to find the perfect stock art for your cover. You jump on one of the sites. (I personally, use Bigstock.)

(unused stock art for HEIST)

But, the more you hunt for the perfect shot: a couple not smiling directly into the camera, not too cheesy, fits your description, right tone/mood…you realize that the process can take time. It’s better to start early.

Okay, if you’re lucky, you’ll find the exact shot you’re looking for the first time. Extremely lucky.

A couple years ago, writers were shocked when they found duplicate stock art on more than one cover. And this happens with all publishing. For some crazy reason I thought most traditional covers had photo shoots. Not quite. I can’t tell you how many photos I’ve stumbled upon and recognized from traditional covers. It’s actually kind of cool.

More recently, I’m okay with that. It doesn’t bother me because I’ve realized how hard it is to find that perfect shot. It’s happened to me. I’ll still use the stock art if the other books are completely different genres or aren’t well known.

Plus, when your book is about to be published, you’ve paid a cover designer, and then two weeks before or the week after, another book comes out with the same photo? Sometimes there’s nothing you can do about it. Of course, you could change it up, but if you love it – who cares? From what I see of sales, readers don’t care either.

(used stock art in an upcoming photo teaser for HEIST)

 

Here are my tips for finding stock art for your cover.

  • Start early.
  • Use different keyword searches. Get creative!
  • Don’t settle.
  • Pick several photos that you’d be happy be with because by the time you publish, the same shot could’ve been used and the book a best seller.
  • Download the free sample of the image onto your desktop. Then upload it to Google images to see if the stock art has been used on book covers. And how many!
  • Manipulate the picture so it doesn’t look exactly like the original stock art. (Your cover designer might do this anyway even though sometimes the original is perfect just as it is.)
  • Once you find the perfect picture…keep looking.
  • As you’re searching for one, keep a collection of photos that could be used in the future. On Bigstock I create light boxes marked spy, thriller, romcom. When I find great stock art, I save it.
  • Search for stock art in your downtime. Right before bed. Over lunch.

A year ago, this post would have been over the shocking samples of duplicate covers. Now? I see it as almost unavoidable and just part of the business.

What do you think? Do you have favorite tips? Add them in the comments.

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HEIST cover reveal–in case you missed it.

This past Tuesday, the cover for my upcoming YA psychological thriller was revealed on blogs around the web! Yay! But, just in case you missed it, I wanted to share it here.

This particular story has a long history and came very, very close to being shelved forever. But I’m so happy it’s finally ready. Somehow the muse kicked in and helped me revise it one last time. #thankful

The tentative release date is August 15th. Eek!

Click on the cover for Goodreads

 

Here’s the blurb:

Can one decision change the past?

Jack Brodie has a sixth sense that someone has been watching him. Following him.

One night he travels back in time to one of the world’s largest art heists, the Gardner Heist. Why that one moment in time? And what does it mean for Jack?

When he returns, his world is different. His best friend is rougher, meaner. His dad hasn’t been around in years. And then there’s Jetta. The girl who took over his heart the moment she stepped into his life. No one is safe.

Each time Jack goes back to the heist to fix his mistakes, he returns to face the fallout. Disaster strikes in the present until Jack must make a choice. His family and his own happiness. Or the girl he loves. Except, he learns that his sixth sense was right.

Someone has been watching him and wants him dead.

Thanks to everyone who helped to reveal the cover and tweeted for me!

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Snow in June and a cover reveal sign up.

Three weeks until school gets out.
Three weeks until I jump into summer and all the excitement that brings.
In three weeks there’d better not be any more snow, cold or rain.

People in New Hampshire live for summer. The hot weather. Swimming. Hiking. Okay, most people. Lots love the snow and cold.

I love having my kids at home. Yes, I still get work done. But I love the relaxed pace and the break from a hectic work schedule. A creative break. I take the time to catch up on books in my to-be-read pile. I dream. I have fun with my family.

I fully enjoy not having to make lunches at six in the morning.

For me, it’s a good time to see if I’ve reached my writing goals for the year. And believe it or not, I have. And then some.

I read blog posts saying that writers don’t want to self publish because they just want to write. Well, it’s official. I’ve written more, and written more effectively, in the past year than I did while pursuing the traditional course.

Why is that? That’s probably another blog post for another day.

But in my last two weeks, I’ll be finishing up the first draft of a novella, completing revisions on a novel to send to a beta reader, and formatting another novel for publication this summer.

Yes. A book I love. A story I’m excited about. The one I came very, very close to shelving. In fact, as of a few months ago, I had.

A stand-alone young adult psychological thriller. One that if you’ve been following my blog for any length of time, you’ve heard me talk about it before. Click the picture to go to Goodreads.

The cover reveal is happening on June 17th.

If you’d like to take part in the reveal, you can sign up over at Xpresso Tours. 

Hope everyone had a great Memorial Day weekend! Did you reach your goals this past year?

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