My Very First Facebook Giveaway

I probably failed to mention here that I have a brand new Facebook author page. In my immense wisdom, I named my official page as my personal one, so…

Anyway, on my page I mostly post pics of handsome guys with fabulous abs, and if anything else fails to grab my audience’s attention, I’ll also post about adorable kittens. Today, I’ll give away an ecopy of one of my titles in exchange for likes and shares of my Facebook page. After the weekend, I’ll report for duty with the results.

The gist of it:

Elios Giveaway

Giveaway Time! Alien abduction and love across the universe! Who wants an ecopy of Elios, my sweet, science fiction romance novel? Here are the rules:

1) Like my Facebook author page, and if you have already, share the giveaway with your friends

2) Invite your friends to like my page

3) That’s it! Smile

Facebook is not responsible for this giveaway. I will announce the winner on Monday.

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My Writing Process–Blog Tour #2

I was tagged by author D. R. Johnson to take part in the Writing Process Blog Tour. Debra and I both wrote a short for the horror/paranormal anthology Off the Beaten Path. Debra’s zombie series The Phoenix Curse is getting rave reviews, and the first title, After – Part One is currently free for the grab, if you want to give it a try.

Now, I’ll answer my 4 questions for the second time—I was tagged the first time a few months back:

1) What are you working on?

I am currently writing The Hidden Demon, the fourth title in The Immortals series. At the same time, I am waiting for my editor to send me back the third in the series, while I am preparing the ARC copy of the second. Meanwhile, I am marketing, marketing, marketing my existing titles. Little sleep and tons of espresso.

2) How does your work differ from others of its genre?

The Lost Centurion was compared to Gena Showalter’s paranormal novels, but I guess what makes my stories in The Immortals series different is the Roman setting. My flawed heroes live and fight in modern days Rome, and the city is as much a character as the immortals, vampires, and shifters populating it.

Love is Love Always3) Why do you write what you do?

I love writing about tormented love stories, and passions so pure they are everlasting. I like to dream with my eyes wide open.

4) How does your writing process work?

With The Immortals series, I have changed the way I write. I used to sit down and let the Muse inspire me. Now, I plan the story chapter by chapter, outlining everything from characters’ development to plot. It takes me days, if not weeks, to define the whole project, but when I’m done with the outline, I am able to write from 2k to 6k words a day.

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The 2014 Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale promotion

Pax striscia occhio

To kick of the summer, I am participating in Smaswords’ annual book sale with two of my titles in The Ginecean Chronicles. Both Pax in the Land of Women and Prince at War will be $1.50 the whole month of July. Just use the discount code provided on their pages. The Priest is already free and so is Linda of the Night, plus The Lost Centurion is only 99 cents for a few more days. Happy reading! And please, if you read my books and liked them consider leaving a review for me on Amazon, Goodreads, Smashwords or any other place you might know!

P.S.

Marcus's Love ChainsAnd remember, enter the Ebook Escapes’ giveaway for a chance to win a copy of The Lost Centurion.

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In ENT we trust

Unexpectedly, yesterday, The Priest was picked up by Ereader News Today. I had entered my title in their database for the free-promotions slots a few weeks ago, and promptly forgot. Then yesterday morning I noticed The Priest’s downloads were growing at a rate short of miraculous, and I immediately checked ENT’s website—only they are capable of such results. I dug through the site a bit, and here it was Mauricio, buried at the end of the very last page of the suggested bargains and free deals, but very much alive and kicking.  At the end of the day, The Priest had been downloaded 691 times. At the moment, almost noon, it is sitting at 84 downloads. My sincere thanks to ENT for picking up my book and making, once again, my day.

 

#4 ENT June 2014Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #312 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)

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Avocado chocolate pudding

WP_20140624_12_09_43_ProA few days ago, a friend of mine posted on Facebook a recipe for a lactose-free, gluten-free chocolate pudding. The ingredients piqued my interest, and since I had all of them in the pantry, I tried to make a batch. I made a few changes to eliminate unnecessary calories and the results were great.

Ingredients:

2 ripe avocados

3 dates (soaked in warm water for a few minutes)

1/3 cup cocoa powder

1/2 cup maple syrup

How to prepare the chocolate pudding:

Put all the ingredients in the blender and let it purée until you obtain a smooth cream. Refrigerate for an hour (or not—I ate it straight from the blender) and serve with fresh fruits. Enjoy.

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The Lost Centurion: Ebook Escapes Giveaway

Marcus Preview MonicaThe Lost Centurion is this Weekend Spotlight & Giveaway at Ebook Escapes, Lori Palle’s blog. Stop by for a taste of Marcus and Diana, read about the inspiration behind the series, and try your luck at the Rafflecopter!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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The Priest Permafree: 3 months later

 

The Priest Kindle Books and Tips Promo June 2014After a daily drizzle of downloads, no love on Goodreads, and one beautiful 4 star review on Amazon, yesterday I scheduled a spot with Kindle Books and Tips for The Priest.  Although my title was the very last on the page and people had to scroll down to find it, this is the result:

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #703 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)

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