Welcome to Rukia,
Today we are very pleased to be helping our founder Sarah Jane Butfield launch a new series of books aimed at helping self-published authors by sharing hints, tips and advice based on her own experiences. The first book takes you on the journey of turning a writing dream into a reality.
Good luck Sarah Jane from all at Rukia
The Accidental Author is book 1 in a new series of book marketing and promotion e-books based on the experiences of travel memoir author Sarah Jane Butfield. The Accidental Author introduces the author and this series of self-help e-books for new or aspiring self-published authors. The introduction starts with how and why Sarah Jane came to write and self-publish Glass Half Full: Our Australian Adventure. Find out how an aspiring author aims to be discovered while learning on the job how to write, publish and launch a new career in writing. “A must read for any aspiring author or readers interested in the life of a self-published author. Sarah Jane’s never give up approach to life and anything she turns her hand to is beyond admirable.”
In this series, Sarah Jane will share tips and methods for using social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, as well as ideas, hints and tips on blogging and author websites. She will look at how networking and growing a mailing list is an essential part of planning for the future, and how making your books available to readers via aggregators worldwide for a variety of e-reader devices can be achieved as your knowledge grows, and with limited financial investment. Other topics relevant to new authors include the use of Amazon pre-order, the use of low cost paid advertising and much more.
Authors & Readers Get your copy of The Accidental Author by Sarah Jane Butfield http://bit.ly/accaBk1
Thank you being our guest blogger today.
Thank you Sarah Jane.
The Bicyclephant in the Room
It’s nearly eight years to the day since I stood in that New Zealand bicycle shop choosing the least frightening-looking species of the genus. “Yes, this should get you across Europe,” the amused shop-owner assured me. But first it had to get me home, and I’d not ridden a bicycle since I was ten. I’d been rubbish at it even then.
So I wobbled a precarious the mile or two and parked my new purchase in the living room and tried hard to pretend it wasn’t there for the next month or so. It was hard to pretend it wasn’t there – that bicyclephant in the room - all black and silver and sparkly with newness, impossible to ignore, a terrifying reminder of just exactly what it was I planning to do.
So what was it exactly I was planning to do? Oh, that’s right, I’d had a moment of complete lunacy and had decided to cycle across Europe with a tent, all alone, in search of Utopia. But now the bicyclephant in the room was reminding me daily that what had started out as a project-in-thought had become a terrifying reality from which there was no escape.
Looking back, I don’t know where I found the courage to do it. But nothing I have experienced before or since can quite compare with the joy and the freedom I experienced during those months as a nomadic cyclist, relying on some sort of internal compass rather than any maps, travelling south through Europe in search of heaven on earth. I didn’t find Utopia of course, because it doesn’t exist. But I came close, very close. And one day I’ll try again. I’ll set off again, like Laurie Lee, one midsummer morning, with no idea where I’m going, with just the freedom of going….
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A deep discount from RA Candless
In the past, the children of angels and humans, the Nephilim, were allowed to lead their lives as they willed. But they proved too strong, too ambitious, and too cunning for their own good. They became warlords, conquerors and emperors. They caused war and strife until the Throne stepped in and forced them to submit to Its will, or die.
Unlike most of her fellows, Del, one of the first Nephilim, had no interest in conquest and domination. In the ancient past, prior to the Throne's interdiction, she met and fell in love with Dami, a Mediterranean ship captain and trader. Together, they face down pirates and storms and try to create a future together.
In the present, Del unwillingly works for the Throne, obeying the commands of the angel Ahadiel. She helps to keep the world safe from the horrors of escaped demons. At the same time, she keeps herself in the Throne's good graces. Whenever a rogue demon breaks free from Hell, she and her partner, Marrin, another Nephilim, work together to banish it.
Thrilling danger, fast-paced adventure, high-seas action, and heart-warming romance fill this novel, with a page-turning story that won't let you put it down.
Read the first two chapters on Rob's website: http://robroymccandless.wix.com/ramccandless
The TEARS OF HEAVEN is on promotion meaning it is currently discounted from $5.99 to $2.99.
Here are the links to the book:
Barnes & Noble:
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In the run up to the launch of RPBP News there are some offers that run out before we launch. To give us all a taste of author news, free and discounted books, etc., we will feature as many as we can on the blog until 1st March
Today it's the turn of Greenbeaux by David Bergeim. This is his debut novel so let's show some Rukia team spirit and get this book promoted.
Here is the synopsis:
Russell Greenbeaux is a clown and he’s running for president. His oddball campaign takes off when his message about political dysfunction inside the Beltway catches on.
Along the way, his campaign encounters challenges from evil lobbyists, an angry reporter, an odd assortment of third party candidates with obscure agendas, covert infiltration from the major parties, Republicans waiting to be raptured, Democrats who invent mind control technology to win the culture war, and a murder mystery.
Greenbeaux is similar to other political campaign novels – such as Primary Colors – that follow the rise of a political movement. Its twists and turns highlight the absurdity of a political landscape in which the clown who is running for president makes more sense than anyone else in the race.
It will be offered for free until Tuesday, 2/24 on Amazon, after that date, it will be priced at $3.99:
What can be submitted to RPBP News and how?
Each day we will feature 5-10 authors. We are looking for a mix of FREE or discounted books together with book news items such as new releases, pre-orders, giveaways, book signings, author events, blog tours, etc.
To submit Free or discounted books:
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with
1. A cover image, for the free or discounted book
2. The link(s) to your book promotion on Amazon, B&N, iTunes, etc.
3. Confirm the exact dates and book price applicable during your book promotion
To submit an author event, news item etc:
1. Provide a max. 250 word description of the event information in the body of the email to email@example.com
2. Submit one image to accompany the feature.
3. Provide links to websites, blogs, etc., where readers can find more information.
Any queries please contact Sarah Jane or Shontae on the Rukia Publishing email address.
DO NOT submit via Facebook or Twitter - this information will not be used.
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99c on Kindle Countdown!!!
Kevin And I in India by Frank Kusy
I find it hard to believe myself, but almost 30 years have passed since I first wrote ‘Kevin and I in India’. It was my very first published book – a year or so before I was commissioned to write a series of travel guides to Asia – so I was both surprised and amazed when it won plaudits from such big international press names like the Sunday Tribune and the Mail on Sunday. I was even more amazed when it became an instant bestseller and ran three editions in paperback.
Last year (2014), after publishing a more recent book of my Indian adventures (called ‘Rupee Millionaires’), I decided to re-release ‘Kevin and I’ as an e-book, but was plagued with doubts. ‘Is it still worth putting out there?’ I thought to myself. ‘Is it still relevant to our times?’ Well, the answer to both questions – thanks to a flood of lovely reviews on Amazon – was a resounding “Yes”. India hasn’t changed much, especially at backpacker level, and people who have never been to this wonderful country, and even those who have, are still enjoying our little ‘diary of disaster’ as we haplessly flung ourselves into three months of fun and self-imposed torture.
So why did we do it? Why did we expose ourselves to the most down and dirty (and yet often hilarious) time of our lives? Well, we really had no choice. We couldn’t afford luxury hotels or comfortable transport or what few Western-style restaurants there were back then. All that we could afford was to tour India like Gandhi – living in the most basic of accommodations, travelling 3rd class by bus and train, experiencing this vital, funny, sad, curious, welcoming and altogether mind-blowing country at grass roots level. Would we do it again? Probably not. Were we glad we did it at all? We wouldn’t have missed it for worlds. Oh, and if you read the book, and are wondering at the end what happened to Kevin, well, he is alive and well and living in Lowestoft. Every Christmas I travel up to see him, and we share the plate of cheese sandwiches that we couldn’t find in India, and we look back and say to each other: ‘Did we really do all that half a lifetime ago?’ Well, yes, we did.
Kevin and I in India - available on Kindle Countdown from 22 to 27 Feb
http://authl.it/274 (universal link)
US link: http://www.amazon.com/Kevin-I-India-Frank-Kusy-ebook/dp/B00GUUI4TI/
UK link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Kevin-I-India-Frank-Kusy-ebook/dp/B00GUUI4TI/
**Follow Frank on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/frank.kusy.5
He loves to chat with readers.
**Follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Wussyboy
**Or at his blog on GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/author_blog_posts/6569769-pushkar-get-blessed
Ginger the Buddha Cat is only 99c on Kindle Countdown from 21 to 26 Feb inclusive.
Here's the universal link! http://authl.it/2pb
Ginger is about to relive the first of his nine lifetimes upon this earth - as a fat greedy god-cat in ancient India. With the help of his little pal Sparky, the cutest cat in the universe, he must curb his appetites and bring home the top sausage known to Man - without eating it.
If he succeeds, he will win the heart of Madame Frou-Frou, the foxiest kitty on the block. He will also prove himself worthy of becoming the Buddha's cat. If he fails, no good cat will ever go to Heaven.
Can Ginger overcome his attachment to sausages? Can he really be bothered to save feline-kind? After 2000 years and nine horribly mis-spent lives, it doesn't seem likely...
Note: 'Ginger' is aimed at 10+ children, the parents who enjoy reading to them, and cat-lovers everywhere.
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Do you have a travel story to share?
Are you an aspiring travel writer?
We would love to read your story so why not enter this competition being run by Rukia Publishing travel memoir author Robert Fear?
There are great prizes available and the chance to showcase your writing here at Rukia Publishing.
Travel Story Competition
The rules are simple:
1. Your story should be between 500 and 1000 words in length
2. Please add a title and a link that you would like to promote
3. Send a copy of your memorable travel story (in Word or RTF) to firstname.lastname@example.org
Selected entries will be featured on the ‘Travel Stories’ page.
At the end of each month (March through to July 2015) Fred will choose the best story from that month and the winning author will receive a £20/$30 Amazon gift card as well as an e-copy of Fred’s Diary 1981.
The competition will close on July 31st 2015 and an overall winner will be announced on August 10th 2015. They will receive a £100/$150 Amazon gift card along with a signed copy of the paperback version of the diary.
Spread the word by sharing this blog’s link fd81.net on your own social media pages.
Good luck and we look forward to reading your stories.
Reblogged from writepublishpromote.com with permission of Janet Matthews.
Today indie author Janet Matthews shares her views on book marketing and promotion.
One of the great things about being an indie author is the freedom to experiment with writing in different styles and genres. But, as today’s post from guest author Janet Matthews shows, just because you can doesn’t necessarily mean you should…
I mentioned in my last article that my initial foray into the world of writing ebooks started several years ago when I joined an online challenge to write 500 words a day for 30 days. To my amazement not only did I complete the challenge but I also enjoyed it. I found it an extremely cathartic experience, especially as the book contained a small part of “my story”. As soon as the book had been published I was eager to start another book, but struggled for a while to decide on a topic. Because of my success with my previous book I decided to stick to a similar theme and write about what I had learned from another personal experience, that I thought worthy of passing on to others. On this occasion my book was for people with a gluten intolerance and aimed at advising them on how to have a healthy gluten free diet.
So often we can come up with topics that we feel comfortable writing about or that we have the relevant experience to make it a believable book, but often, we don’t always give any thought to how those books might “hang together”. How does the sale of one enhance the sale of another and any future books.
Beat the Diet Trap: Discover the Truth about Weight Loss and Learn How to Change the Habits of a LifetimeI made a similar mistake with my 3rd book. I have always been interested in weight loss having run a weight loss class in my local town and worked for a weight loss company for several years. As a result I have done lots of research into the real reasons why we put on weight and what we can do about it. And so my third book was born. All of my books were loosely tied together under the “health” umbrella, but none of them were likely to help the sale of my other books..
To read the remainder of this blog post visit http://writepublishpromote.com/books-hanging/