REBECCA’S SIGN…my latest inspirational romance…

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Welcome back! I have a new book release to talk about! Yes, that’s right, my twenty-fifth book released this week, an inspirational romance about a young widow who is unexpectedly forced to begin a new life with her two young children. Rebecca’s Sign was released earlier this week by LazyDay Publishing and I’m going to share the blurb and an excerpt with you tonight.

BLURB:

Suburban housewife, Rebecca Long, has lived the American dream for several years. When her world suddenly comes crashing down around her after the sudden death of her husband and she is left to fend for herself and her two young children, she makes a drastic change and moves her family across the country. Settling on the Texas ranch of her aunt and uncle, she accepts a job keeping the books for neighboring rancher, Seth Winters, leaving behind the life she’s grown accustomed to.

Seth has been left at the altar by a fiancée who couldn’t face life on the ranch. Can two lonely hearts find the courage to give love another chance? Or will circumstances beyond their control keep them apart forever?

Wow, are you wondering about the details? Will the children adjust to life on a ranch after living in the suburbs? Will Rebecca be able to survive? And Seth…well, now that’s a whole other story…

EXCERPT:

Rebecca Long checked her pot roast in the oven again. Looking at the clock on her bright
yellow kitchen wall she sighed. If Roger didn’t get home soon, their dinner would be ruined.
Where could he be? He hadn’t called to tell her he’d be late, which was very unusual. If her
husband was anything, he was dependable.
“Mommy, I’m hungry,” her daughter, Kaci, said as she ran into the kitchen.
“Get your brother and wash up. I’m going to go ahead and let you guys eat. Daddy’s
running late.”
As Kaci ran off to find her older brother, Matthew, Rebecca reached for the potholder
once more and opened the oven door. Pushing her dark, shoulder length hair out of the way, she
stood back, waiting for the steam from the hot oven to escape before taking their dinner out.
She had just filled the children’s plates when the doorbell rang.
“Who on earth could that be right at dinnertime?” she asked aloud as she wiped her hands
on a dishtowel and walked the distance from the dining room of her modern, midwestern home
to the front foyer. She opened the door, expecting to see one of the neighbors, but instead found
herself looking at the two police officers standing on her doorstep in surprise.
“M…may I help you?” she asked.
“Mrs. Roger Long?” one of the officers asked solemnly.
“Yes, I’m Mrs. Long,” she replied hesitantly.
“May we come in, ma’am? We need to talk with you,” the officer continued. Both men
proceeded to show her their identification.
“Of course, come on in. What is this concerning?” she asked as she stepped aside to
allow them to enter her home.
“Are you here alone? Is there a neighbor or a relative you could ask to come over?” the
other officer asked.
“My children are having their dinner. I could call my next door neighbor, but I’d imagine
she is feeding her family dinner right now.”
“Would you ask her to come over, please?” the officer asked kindly.
“You’re frightening me. Has something happened?”
“I’m afraid so, ma’am.”
With shaking hands, Rebecca picked up her cell and phoned her next-door neighbor and
friend, Marci. “Marci, please, I know you’re probably in the middle of dinner, but could you
come over here? The police are here, and they are saying I shouldn’t be alone. I’m not quite sure
what’s happening.”
Within minutes, Marci and her husband, Charlie, were at the door.
Charlie looked at the officers and asked, “What’s going on?”
“Please, could we all sit down?”
Rebecca led the officers into the living room and as they all took a seat, Marci held
tightly to Rebecca’s hand. By now, both women were frightened.
The officer who’d been doing most of the talking spoke quietly. As he looked from
Charlie to Marci to Rebecca, he said, “There is no easy way to say this, ma’am. Your husband,
Roger, was in an accident this afternoon. His car apparently went left of center and over an
embankment. We don’t have all the details yet, but it is being investigated.”
“I need to go to him. Why have we wasted all this time? What hospital has he been taken
to?” Rebecca screamed as she stood up.
The officer looked at Charlie and shook his head. Charlie immediately put his arms
around Rebecca. “Sit down, hon, we need to listen to what he has to say.” He looked at Marci,
who by now had figured out what was coming next.
“I’m sorry, Mrs. Long. Your husband was killed instantly in the crash. No one else was
injured; he managed not to collide with any other vehicles.”
“This can’t be happening. You’ve made a mistake, it wasn’t my Roger. It has to be a
different Roger Long.” Rebecca was wide-eyed and shaking as she clutched onto Marci and
Charlie for support.
“Are you positive?” Charlie asked the officer.
“His identification was in his wallet and in the vehicle. We’ll have his personal effects for
Mrs. Long once the investigation is completed. I’m very sorry.”

Of course, there is a mystery surrounding the death of Roger, and the things revealed to Rebecca in the days that followed his death were shocking to her. I hope I’ve piqued your interest enough to want to one click and find out the rest. Will she find the strength to move forward for the sake of her children? Will she receive the signs from Roger she needs?

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Happy Reading!!!!!

Love, Anna

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Jackson Young, Multi-Talented Artist

Today I’m going to introduce you to a young man from my hometown. His name is Jackson Young and he is a rising country music star, a cover model, writer, actor, you name it, he does it. Many of you are familiar with him, as you’ve met him in my street team. He was in San Antonio over the weekend with author, Randi Alexander, at the Wild and Wicked Weekend Author Event and some of you met him there. Here’s a little about this talented young man. His newest CD is out and here’s the video for his hit “Drunken Angel.”

Professional Overview

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Jackson Young is a singer/songwriter in a professional career spanning fifteen years. Jackson has formerly held two independent records deals (Platinum Planet, TMG), a publishing deal, and is currently calling Nashville, TN, home.  “I’m blessed,” Jackson remarks.

Jackson has been blessed to collaborate and create with industry greats such as; Chester Thompson (Inductee in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame), Chris Leuzinger (accredited for playing electric guitar on every Garth Brooks record), Michael Rhodes (accredited A session player in Nashville), Mark Capps (Grammy Award winning engineer), Jeff “Stick” Davis (Grammy Award Winner), Tommy “Papa” Stillwell (Award Winning Blues Guitarist), and Tim Gonzalez. Currently collaborating with Jon Conley (Kenny Chesney Second Guitar), and Johnny Neel (Lifetime Achievement Allman Brothers Band, Grammy Award Winner). “The people make the difference,” Jackson says.

Jackson showcases nationally in venues and festivals which have included B.B. King’s, he gets featured on T.V. and radio, places and wins national contests with past exposure to 6.9 million people. Headlines/features for philanthropy for great organizations like; Gilda’s Club, St. Jude’s, Asphalt Templers, and more. College performances have earned current endorsement by Sigma Pi Fraternity International, reaching 100,000 alumni and 5,000 undergraduates nationwide. “Reward is giving,” Jackson believes.

Jackson has also been honored to share the stage with national recording artists such as; Shooter Jennings, Katie Armiger, The Beat Daddy’s, Bryan White, and the one and only Johnny Neel from the Allman Brothers Band.

Actor

As a professional actor, Jackson has been featured as an extra, principal, and music video choreographer. He has experience in major motion picture, commercials, independent film, and television – some of which have been CMT and 20th Century Fox distribution, among others. In commercial, video, and currently independent film, he has been responsible for co-writing, casting, co-editing, producing, and executive production.

Additionally, Jackson has been a talent scout director for a national talent agency, co-directed and worked with some of the best and most innovative actors and directors in the industry today such as; Armie Hammer, Kristoffer Polaha, Brooks & Dunn, Ruben Studdard, Brad Hodge, Aaron David Thomas, and many more.

Dancer

Fortunate to have studied under a three-time world champion, Jackson has professionally trained in the style of Ballroom, Latin, and Swing, and has performed privately for groups numbering more than 100 people. Owning a private dance company, Jackson taught group and private lessons and choreography.   While a professional instructor, his students won placement in Pro-Am dance competitions. Jackson has also been a featured principal dancer and choreographer for a national cruise line video.

In traveling the United States, Jackson represented and sold premier couture costumes for the company accredited for designing and dressing the first season of ABC Television’s “Dancing With the Stars,” giving him the opportunity to work with the world’s best.

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Jackson was the face and spokesperson for “Rooter Man A Corp” for four years during which time he co-designed the current costume. His image was on trucks, the internet, the company’s website, and a toy that was made in his likeness, which he also co-designed. While the face of the company, Jackson traveled the country performing for promotional and grand opening events.

Jackson has also modeled and walked the runway for “Manny Ready to Wear,” a premier couture designed by Manny.  Manny is the son of the famous clothing designer “Manuel” who is accredited for the “Nudie Suit” worn by various icons such as; Johnny Cash, Marty Stuart, and many others. Jackson has also been the cover model for each one of his albums; First Sessions, Let It Ride (National Distribution), and currently Once You Go Jack. Most recently he is currently the cover model for a three book series, Diaries of a Casanova; Legend Awakening, Twisted Angel, and Rising Redemption which are co-written by US Today Bestselling Author, Randi Alexander.

 Accolades

Some of Jackson’s accolades include; Pacemaker Paddle Award Vincennes University for Academic Excellence and Superb Community Service, Honorable Discharge United States Army Infantry 101st Airborne Air Assault, Smokingjacket.com Viral Video Contest winner sponsored by Playboy Magazine, gaining him exposure to 6.9 million people, Proclamation of “Country Day” in Martin County, Indiana in honor of his debut release “Let it Ride Album,” featuring the song “Country, Martin County,” and National Endorsement by Sigma Pi Fraternity International with 100,000 alumni and over 5,000 undergraduates, along with several other recognitions and awards.

Jackson says, “Wear lots of shoes you will never regret where they take you.”

Reach us at getrowdy@jacksonyoungcountry.com , Facebook.com/jacksonyoungcountry, and business manager, Jess Jenkins (615) 881-6668.

THE ROAD TO HIS SOUL…The drama and romance continues…

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Oh…my…gosh…this has been one crazy week in Anna’s World! I don’t even know where to begin…

I received edits for three different books and…

I completed all of them, believe it or not.

I worked on blog interviews, the lovely Ginger Ring hosted me on her blog Thursday. We chatted about cougar worthy men, chocolate, writing, and my upcoming release, The Road To His Soul. You can check it out at http://www.gingerring.com. I did an interview with another friend of mine, Erica Bayne, who is a fellow Rebel author. I have the distinct honor of being her very first interview and I am so excited about that! Her blog link is http://imitationsoflove1.blogspot.com/ and my interview with her is now live.

Let’s see, what else did I do? Oh, yes, I did a review for another author friend of mine, Penelope Jones. I finished the final read-through on Book #6 in my Fab Five series, The Road To Forever, and submitted it. I’m also working on the latest addition to Anna’s collection.

And last, but certainly not least, I signed THREE new contracts!!! On Monday, I signed two contracts with Rebel Ink Press, one for a novella, A Woman Like Her, which is the sequel to the novella, If You Love Me, and the other for A Holiday Hideaway, a Christmas novella. On Wednesday, I signed the contract for The Road To Forever with LazyDay Publishing! The most exciting thing about these three contracts is that in signing them, I completed a personal goal I had set for myself the day I signed my first contract. My goal was to have twelve signed contracts in twelve months. Guess what? I now have twelve signed contracts and it’s only been nine months!!! Yes, I’ve been very busy, and loving every crazy minute of it!

The first ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) review is in for The Road To His Soul and it’s a 5 star! ***** You can read the review on Goodreads! http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17790529-the-road-to-his-soul and while you’re there, be sure and add the book to your TBR list! This is the 3rd book in my Fab Five series. In this book, I mention the name of a friend of mine, a country singer, John Adam Murph, and one of his love ballads, Don’t Forget Me, becomes the love song for the main couple in the book. For more about JAM, go to his website, http://www.johnadammurph.com/ where you can listen to his songs and buy a CD if you’d like.

On Wednesday, May 22, LazyDay will release, The Road To His Soul. I promised a teaser and a teaser you’ll get. The book will be available on Amazon, B&N, and AllRomance.com, as well as http://www.lazydaypub.com.

I’ll post the links on my buy links page here on this blog, as well as on my website,  http://www.annakristellromance.com/140839533 and on my Facebook and Twitter pages as soon as they become available.

Without further ado, here’s the blurb and an excerpt from The Road To His Soul.

Blurb:

Another ‘Fab Five’ drama and Lizzie’s family isn’t out of the woods yet. This time her son is causing the problems.

 Colt Hart and Kendyl Durant have been dancing around a relationship for years. When Colt decides he is ready to give up his days as a player for a serious girlfriend, he finally makes his move, knowing that once he begins a relationship with his sister’s gorgeous blonde friend, there will be no turning back. Also deciding it’s time to think about his future career plans, he leaves his carefree job to accept his dad’s offer to join the family’s advertising agency.

 But the night before his first date with Kendyl he arrives at Rex’s office to tell him of his career decision, only to find his dad being put into the back of an ambulance after suffering what appears to be a heart attack.

 Blaming himself because his dad has been burning the candle at both ends, Colt believes that if he had accepted his dad’s offer sooner, the heart attack might not have happened. He asks Kendyl to be patient with him. He wants her, but the business has to come first right now. He has to make it up to his family and keep the business going while his dad recuperates. But how long will Kendyl wait?

 When they finally get together, the two lovers immediately enter into a sensual relationship. But Colt is called to Texas on business time and time again, and temptations await him there. Kendyl begins to doubt that he will ever be able to commit to her completely, heart and soul. When she decides to give him a wake up call by calling it quits, she hopes to turn things around.

 Will it backfire on her and end things for good, as Colt is pursued by other women? Or will he stop dragging his feet and put the ring on Kendyl’s finger?

Excerpt:

Colt took the stairs rather than the elevator, hoping to blow off some steam before he faced Kendyl. Finding a chair near the door, he watched for her as he thought about everything that had taken place that evening. He had been so happy as he drove to his dad’s office earlier. He had anticipated the joy on his parents’ faces when he told them his news. He had also looked forward to the romantic evening he had planned for Kendyl. Believing she might be the girl for him, Colt had carefully seen to each detail. Now he had to tell her the plans had changed, drastically, and he had no idea when he would be able to reschedule their date.
He looked up in time to see Kendyl rushing in the front door of the building. Rising from his chair, he went to greet her. On impulse, Colt pulled her into his arms hugging her tightly. She responded, speaking gently to him. “I’m so sorry, Colt. I’m here, for you and your family, whatever you need.”
“You’re so good in a crisis, baby. I remember how you took charge in the kitchen the day Caleb was killed. Thank you so much for being here for us.”
“I’d do anything for your family, you know that.” Looking up at him, she smiled. “I’d do anything for you.”
Colt smiled down at her gratefully, gazing into her deep blue eyes.
“Colt, I’ll understand if you want to postpone our date tomorrow night. You all have a lot to deal with right now.”
Looking at her pretty, angelic face, he replied, “I think that’s what we’re going to have to do. I’ll take a rain check, though. Problem is, I just don’t know how soon. I’m going to have my hands full, taking a crash course in advertising for the next few months.”
Kendyl laughed and when she did, her blue eyes sparkled. “I’ve waited for you to ask me out for a long time, Colt Hart. I think I can wait a little longer.”
“Let’s go outside.” He took her hand and led her to a secluded corner outside the building. Leaning down, he kissed her gently. As his hazel eyes met her shining blue ones, he saw something he had never noticed before. He kissed her again, more deeply. 
The beautiful blonde girl in his arms responded, melting against him. When he released her, she looked up at him, unable to speak. Kendyl had longed for Colt’s kiss for a very long time. But the feelings it awakened in her were like nothing she could ever have imagined. Finally, she found her voice and shakily said, “We’d better get upstairs.”
“Yes, you’re right.” He took her hand. Together they walked silently to the elevator.

Don’t forget to grab your e-Book copy of the book on Wednesday!!!! Until next time, thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

Love,

Anna 🙂

John Adam Murph…The Man and His Music

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Hello and welcome back to Anna’s World. I’d like to take a moment and wish a Happy Mother’s Day to all my readers and especially to my own Mom, Patty Kalb, in Plano, TX.

This week it is an honor for me to welcome my friend, John Adam Murph, also known as JAM to his friends and fans, to Anna’s World. If you’ve been following this blog or my Facebook page, you know that John and one of his love ballads, Don’t Forget Me, are mentioned in my upcoming release, The Road To His Soul. This is the third book in my Fab Five series from LazyDay Publishing and will be available in e-Book format on May 22nd at Amazon.com, Barnes&Noble.com and AllRomance.com

In the story, the hero Colt and heroine Kendyl have been attracted to each other for some time, but have only recently begun to do something about it. As they enter into a relationship, Colt must spend time away from his new love, time and time again, as he travels on business for this family’s business while his dad is recovering from a heart attack. On one of his trips, he is introduced to the music of John Adam Murph, and immediately takes a liking to the song, Don’t Forget Me, as the words portray the relationship he has with Kendyl. He plays the song for her when he returns home and they decide from that day forward, this is “their” song.

I met JAM about five years ago, on a social media site for country songwriters, musicians, and fans. At that time, I was dabbling a little with lyrics and thought it might be a good place to make contacts. When JAM told me he would be performing at the Linton Music Festival in Linton, IN that Labor Day weekend, I made plans to attend, since it wasn’t far from where I lived. My husband was ill, so my daughter accompanied me. We spent some time that day with John and his band members, and he gave us both an autographed CD. We fell in love with his music. When I got home and played the CD for my husband, he also became a fan. Over the years, we kept in contact through the social media, and when I got my first publishing contract, JAM was one of the people I contacted to let him know my good news. He was happy for me, and while writing The Road To His Soul, I was listening to John’s CD, when it hit me how perfect Don’t Forget Me would be as the love song for the couple in the book. I contacted him to ask if I could mention him and his song in the book, and immediately he replied, “Of course you can. Anything I can do to help.” That’s John. Simply stated. Always willing to help. He told me he had a new CD out and he mailed me a copy. Before long, I became friends with his marketing manager, Kurt Liebetrau, another just super nice guy, who has helped me with some book marketing along the way.

Who is John Adam Murph? I’m going to post his BIO, so you can see for yourself who this man is and learn a little about his music.

Listen to the love song of Colt and Kendyl:

Don’t Forget Me

another JAM

BIO:

John Adam Murph (JAM) is no stranger to the stage. At age 5 he caught the ear of kindergarten music teacher Mike Davis in a small town in south Alabama. Davis took JAM under his wing, pulling him out of class and staying after school to rehearse song after song – all different styles ranging from Vegas show tunes to Hank Williams Sr. At age 6, with permission from JAM’s parents, Davis entered JAM in his first talent competition. At the ripe old age of 6 JAM had his first victory under his belt. That was it, the passion for song and stage was in his blood. Continuing to perform and work with Davis for the next 2 years, JAM was about to endure one of the many things that shaped him as a songwriter and a vocalist. Pain.

It was early one spring morning. JAM was listening to music and singing away in his room when his mother asked him to come out she needed to talk to him. He came out and sat down on the fireplace. JAM’s mother informed him that Mike Davis, his beloved music teacher, had been shot in the head and killed in a hunting accident. Devastated, JAM gave up singing. Despite the support of his family and the community rallying around him, he was done singing. Still with the love of music pumping through his veins, he picked up a pair of drum sticks and buried himself in percussion.

JAM’s family relocated to Georgia. During this time, JAM was becoming quite a drummer, winning several drumming competitions in trap set etc… At 12 years old JAM could not resist the urge to sing again. He continued drumming, playing in several different bands. Then JAM picked up a guitar and the song was on. Listening and playing several different styles of music, JAM realized that country music told real life stories. Stories that were told by good and bad and singers like George Jones, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings and others. Their ability to deliver these lyrics was astonishing to JAM. JAM started writing, playing, singing and laying the foundation for his future.

At the age of 14, he started playing honkytonks and nightclubs around Atlanta. Because he was not yet old enough to be on the bar scene, the club owners would make JAM go and sit in the kitchen between sets. Growing up so fast, JAM decided to take a break from music to pursue a business opportunity in Montgomery, Alabama.

After a while JAM could not ignore his passion for the song and stage. JAM put a band together in Montgomery immediately breeding success playing clubs everywhere, festivals, fairs etc…JAM won several “battle of the band” competitions earning opening spots for artists such as Jo Dee Messina, David Allan Coe, Steve Azar, Nashville String Machine and so many more. JAM was also the only unsigned artist to ever headline Zoo Fest. JAM was making noise down in ‘Bama and Nashville started to take notice.  A prominent producer in Nashville contacted JAM and asked him to meet. After the meeting JAM pulled up roots and moved to Nashville.

Immediately after getting to town, JAM was in the studio making music, and damn good music. JAM’s songs started turning the heads of Nashville’s most successful songwriters. JAM started writing with many of them. JAM was selected for CRS (Country Radio Seminar) “Nashville’s Next Big Thing” category. JAM inked a management deal with Nashville veteran Judy Seale of JSI Inc. JAM entertained the 911 first responders at the Brooklyn, NY fire department, literally singing for his supper. Playing shows all over the globe, JAM has sold out concerts in Sweden, Denmark, Holland and Switzerland. JAM’s patriotism and support for the military has taken him to Iraq seven times with artist such as Charlie Daniels, Darryl Worley, Lonestar, Mark Chestnut, Cheley Wright, Filter, etc.. The new record is done!

JAM is jerking country music up by the roots and shaking the pop off!


You can find out more about John and listen to his music, or order a CD on his website: http://www.johnadammurph.com/
“Like” his Facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/fansofJAM?fref=ts
Follow him on Twitter: https://twitter.com/johnadammurph
I’d like to thank John and Kurt for their help in this venture of mine and thank both of them for being guests on my blog.
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about JAM. Check out his website. Next week, I’ll give you a sneak peek into The Road To His Soul, so stop back by. Until then, stay safe and have a great week.               Love, Anna

Marketing Tips from Kurt Liebetrau

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Welcome back to Anna’s World. This week, it is my pleasure to introduce you to a friend of mine, Kurt Liebetrau. Kurt is the Marketing Director for John Adam Murph, rising country star. I’ve talked about JAM in the past, both here and on my Facebook page. He’s mentioned in my soon-to-be-released, The Road To His Soul, which is Book #3 in my Fab Five series. May 22 is the big day! John has allowed me to use his name and one of his love ballads, Don’t Forget Me, as the theme song for the lovers in the book, Kendyl and Colt. Perfect song for their storyline, and when you read the book, you’ll understand why.

 

Today, Kurt’s going to give us some marketing tips geared towards authors. Since meeting Kurt through John, he’s often helped me out and when I asked him if he’d take time out of his busy schedule to do an interview for my blog, he immediately said yes. I found his suggestions to be very helpful and I hope you will too. Let’s see what he has to say!

 

 

Anna: Wow, welcome to my blog, Kurt. I finally cornered you long enough to get you to spill some marketing secrets for all my author friends and me. First of all, why don’t you tell my readers a little about yourself, what you do, what type of experience you have?

Kurt: I grew up in a small town in Michigan and have lived on or near the water most of my life. I lived in Daytona Beach for 21 years and moved to Huntsville, Alabama and am living on the TN River.  Needless to say, I love anything outdoors; fishing, hunting, four wheeling, scuba diving, surfing, skiing, cliff diving, caving, etc.  If I’m outside; I’m happy, if I’m on the water; I’m in love.  I started in the direct mail and marketing business in 1984. I have owned several direct marketing firms over the years and have seen quite a shift in marketing efforts over the years but most significantly within the last five years with the rise of social media.

Anna: Lots of marketing background, just what we need around here. As you know, we Indie authors have to do a lot of our own marketing. Our publishers market for us, but in order to be successful, that’s not enough. We have to really dig in and find new and exciting ways to bring the readers to us. I use the social media, along with blogging to spread the word about my books. I, along with other people, tell everyone we know, I pass out bookmarks, I’ve planned some book signings for later this year, but I’m sure there are ideas we haven’t even thought of. Do you, as a marketing expert, have any suggestions for us?

Kurt: Social media is an excellent tool to spread the word.  Being in front of your readers as much as possible is very important, especially using different mediums such as Facebook, Twitter, Email, Website, etc.  Make sure your website is mobile friendly.  Here are ten musts for social media marketing:

1. Respond to every comment — Seems simple enough. Someone’s taken the time to engage with you; they deserve your attention. But when you get busy it’s easy to let those things pile up and go unanswered. If you don’t have time to personally reply to every Facebook comment or tweet, at least like/favorite them.

2. Make sure your website is social-friendly — Does your website make social sharing easy? If not, download one of the plug-ins that enables share buttons (Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, G+, etc.). Don’t make someone have to do extra work to share your latest book release or blog post.

3. Customize your social profiles — No one wants to follow THE EGG on Twitter. And a big, bland Facebook header image isn’t doing you any favors either. So really take the time to add compelling profile images, background images, bios, etc. Oh, and don’t forget to put something in the “About” section on your Facebook Author page.

4. Don’t be afraid to ask for help in the real world — Your family, friends, and existing readers are the ones who can help you spread the word early on. Don’t be shy about asking for some sharing, engagement, and retweet love.

5. Don’t confuse your personal profiles with your author profiles — When you’ve got a personal Facebook profile, an author page, multiple Twitter accounts, and everything else — it’s easy to get confused about where you’re posting new content. Make sure to double check that your latest Instagram photo of your new book cover is going to your author page and author Twitter feed. It’s not rocket science to fix a mistake, but it’s a bit of a pain — and kind of embarrassing too.

6. Reward frequent interaction — Offer prizes or have a “reader of the week” title for people who regularly interact with you through social media and share your content.

7. Post consistently — Don’t disappear for months at a time. You don’t necessarily have to tweet or post something on Facebook every day (though it never hurts!) — but avoid long dormant stretches. It conditions your readers to forget you.

8. Remind people to follow you via social media — Use your book covers, bookmarks, your book signing,  and your email newsletter to tell folks where they can find you on social media.

9. Have a conversation —

Don’t just promote your latest release non-stop. Engage with other folks you admire. Ask for your fans’ opinions. Show them your goofy side. Tell them a secret.

10. Don’t autopost everything —

There are tools you can use to post a single update to multiple channels — Facebook, Twitter, etc. — with the push of a button. But people who follow you on each platform want to get a unique experience in each place. So while it’s ok to use the autopost method occasionally, try to make an effort to give each of your social media audiences a little something different.

Anna: These days, you’re the marketing director for country artist, John Adam Murph, also known as JAM. Tell us a little about what you do for JAM as far as marketing.

Kurt:  It’s been a pleasure to be the marketing director for John Adam  Murph. The first thing we did is to completely redo his website: johnadammurph.com  then we created a new Facebook band page.  Having JAM in front of his fans as much as possible through social media is extremely important to us.  With every new release or live show we create an event and hype it up as much as possible. Although keeping fans updated is important, getting new fans is even more important.  With likes, sharings and retweets, we are able to accomplish this.

Anna: Since John so graciously allowed me to use his name and his love ballad, Don’t Forget Me, in my upcoming release, The Road To His Soul, I’ve probably driven you crazy posting on your facebook wall and sending you PM’s. I have to say, you’ve been very sweet and patient with me. Now’s your chance to talk about JAM on my turf. Tell us all about this guy, who is not only a great singer, but a wonderful person, as well. I’ll be dedicating a post to him soon on this blog, just before the book releases, but I want you to tell us a little “backstage” info that we won’t hear from him.

Kurt:  JAM is a father of four beautiful children, three boys and a beautiful girl. His oldest, Caleb “CAM” who is 15, is becoming quite the phenomenal guitarist, following in his Daddy’s footsteps!  JAM has a heart of gold and would be the first person to give you the shirt off his back!  Most girls dream of that…he’s quite the “eye candy” as my friend Kim says!  He truly is the entire package, from his songwriting, to his vocals, to his heart for the troops.  He’s been over to Iraq seven times to play for the troops through the Stars for Stripes foundation.  He has a memory that I’ve never seen in anyone and is borderline genius.  His music speaks for itself and will stand up to anyone out there!

Anna: Yes, he’s one-in-a-million, that’s for sure. I’ve know JAM for about five years and he’s just a super guy! Thank you so much for taking time out to chat with me today, Kurt. I’m looking forward to having you stop by the release event on Facebook for The Road To His Soul to help me out like you did the day my first book, Crossroad to Love, was released. It’s been a pleasure to sit down and pick your brain about marketing. (Not like I haven’t done it before, but this time I’m sharing your insight with my blog readers.) Now, I’ll let you go so you can finish your day’s work and hit that favorite fishing spot, like I know you want to. You’ve found the perfect balance between work and play, something many authors have yet to find.

Kurt: It’s my pleasure Anna, and best of luck to you and your fellow authors as well as your readers. I hope I have given someone some insight to this world of social media.  Fish On!!!  JAM On!!!

Thanks for visiting Anna’s World today. Feel free to leave a comment or a question for us. Next week, I’ll be doing a feature on JAM and his music, so you’re not going to want to miss that!!!!! Until then, have a fabulous week!

Love,

Anna

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And The Craziness Continues…

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Welcome back to another glimpse into Anna’s world. It’s been a crazy week, that’s for sure…

Last weekend, we offered Crossroad to Love as a free download for a few days and the response was great! The book, the first in my Fab Five series from LazyDay Publishing, is followed by The Road To Her Heart, which was released on March 20. The third book in the series, The Road To His Soul, will be available on May 22. There are several more books planned for the series before it ends…so stay tuned.

During the month of May, I’ll be talking more about The Road To His Soul, and giving you some teasers along the way, as well as interviewing Kurt Liebetrau, who is the marketing manager for country singer, John Adam Murph. Kurt’s going to give us all some pointers on marketing. He’s helped me along this journey of mine.

John Adam Murph, a friend, and up and coming new country artist, graciously allowed me to use his name and one of his songs, Don’t Forget Me, in The Road To His Soul. I’ll be featuring him on this blog in May, as well.

Kurt and I are planning a big Facebook release event for the book…so keep your ears open…there have been rumblings about some giveaways…

And if that isn’t exciting enough, Rebel Ink Press released Sunny’s Love on April 3rd. This is one of my books that isn’t part of the series. I talked about it last week…if you haven’t picked up your copy yet, go grab it now…it’s already getting some good reviews!! It’s also one of the featured books in the All Romance newsletter this week!

Speaking of Sunny’s Love, I had an interesting discussion with an author friend of mine tonight. She writes about domestic discipline, and normally only reads paranormal or DD books. She’s reading Sunny’s Love right now and is loving it. We discussed how it’s a refreshing change sometimes to go out of your normal genre when choosing a book to read. In the past, I’ve had Sci-Fi fans who never read romance tell me they’ve read my books and loved them, as well as guys who normally wouldn’t be caught dead reading a romance novel, tell me they’re hooked on my books. So there must be something to be said for going out of your usual genre once in awhile. I normally only read romance or erotic romance. But I’ve been known, on occasion, to read another genre and have been pleasantly surprised when I liked the book. Food for thought the next time you’re choosing a book to read.

I got the cover for The Road To His Soul this week and I love it…it is sooooooo Colt and Kendyl, the couple in the book.

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So you see, it really has been a crazy week…add the day job, out of town guests, and hubby starting on new meds to the mix, and you’ll understand why I’ve taken a break from writing this weekend, a rare occasion for me. But never fear, I’ll be back at it this week, working on something for Rebel, and also on Book #6 for the series for LazyDay. Never a dull moment in Anna’s life, that’s for sure! With nine contracts signed, I’m not ready to stop anytime soon…oh yeah, heard that edits are headed my way again any day now…

Stop back by next week…you never know who will be here…

Love, Anna 🙂