How going on a baking binge helped me write a book

I have been invited to guest post here on Esme’s blog. Since this is mostly a food blog and I love to cook, I’m going to share here how baking helped me get published. It’s true that stress and worry kill creativity, and that a good work out improves focus. Every writer, sooner or later, will worry about his/her manuscript, whether it’s because of a scene that… Source: How going on a baking binge helped me write a book

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Bub finally gave in to my plea – We’re now together!

There was a time when I lived in the outskirts of Bub’s successful ring, with envy in my eyes and longing in my heart.
I tried coming near a few times, hoping Bub would look down and finally see me, but Bub always had is nose high in the air, and I was so below Bub, I was never noticed.
And then a few days ago, my petition to finally become part of Bub’s group was finally approved.
Come on in and let me know what you think:
https://www.bookbub.com/profile/jina-s-bazzar
Have you tried it yet? It’s a great page for both readers and authors alike.
If you’re already there, let me know so we can connect. And if so, give me some tips!

Books + Bubbles + Publish = Bubblish!

There are thousands of marketing tools out there that an author can use to promote her book, some big, others small. I have no doubt they are all effective in a way or another. I believe that a marketing success isn’t dependable solely on getting the best marketing tool, but in also knowing how to best implement it.

So, while I’m researching my options, I know that many of the marketing sites and promotions I pass up (or use), are actually the ones that have helped others achieve success.

My latest attempt (fingers crossed this one is the right tool for me) is Bublish.

Have you heard of it?

One of the main things that Bublish do is help readers connect with the authors by having the authors choose an excerpt and give personal info about it – for example, why did the author (me) choose to write it? What’s so special about that excerpt?

On my first attempt to create a book bubble with Bubblish, I chose a small paragraph that I noticed some of the reviewers found interesting enough to quote.

So, here’s how the bubble looks like:

http://bit.ly/2ILGfKQ

(click on the link to go to the bubble page)

Now, I have no idea how the image above looks, and it’s no surprise that I couldn’t create my first book bubble on my own.

However, Bubblish have an extremely supportive team, and unlike most other sites I contact for help, Bubblish actually did help me create the bubble, going as far as provide me with the image above when I said I wouldn’t know how to do it.

To be honest there was only one site that actually saw fit to see my problem through, and that was Reader’s Favorite.

I’m not saying that other pages don’t respond, they certainly do, but their responses are usually non-helpful, and they take too long to even reply. And it’s not even like I don’t know how to navigate their site and follow instructions; my problem is often with the fact that most sites aren’t fully compatible with screen readers.

But I’m not here today to rant (the above was just an example of my many woes as an indie author), but to ask for your opinion on the bubble above.
So, what do you think of the bubble? (I was the one who provided the text to the support member).

SOS please! (It’s a distress signal, not an abbreviation)

So summer is almost here and I’ve had mosquitoes for guests all year round. Used to be they’d go away in October, early November, come back late march or April. But not for the past year, no, they’ve taken up residence.
For those of you who haven’t read my previous posts on my pitiful plight against those bloodsuckers, we’ve had an ongoing war for the past year, with me trying every sort of repellent and net snap, and them wearing masks and armors and attending boot camp 101.
And they’re still coming in hoards!
I’d finally fall asleep, too exhausted to keep on fanning myself and waving the net around, and then I’d shift…. And startle awake when more than a dozen mosquitoes take flight at once, buzzing their annoying war song.
It’s like I’m an all you can eat open buffet and the more time passes the more mosquitoes immigrate to my room to partake in the free meal.
Maybe I should drag a mattress outside, seeing that they’re all here in my room. I bet by the time they realize I’m not coming to bed, it’ll be time to wake my kids to school.
Spiders haven’t been an issue lately, although my baby did ‘catch’ a big one a few weeks back and bring it inside for me to see – and I see with my fingers.
He’ll be the death of me now that he thinks it’d be cool to sit on a snake so he can ride it.
But back to my mosquito problem, this is a SOS call for help. Any ideas?
I’ve read the other day on Diana’s blog (from myths of the mirror – link below if this one doesn’t open), that Oregon bats eat around one thousand insects per hour? Maybe it was night, and no wonder my room is full of mosquitoes, my house is surrounded by bats at night… Little buggers are hiding from the bats in my room!
I’m considering bringing in a bat or four to my room, but I’m afraid they’ll have a sudden change of appetite and decide I taste better; after all, these bats aren’t from Oregon.
I could bring in the frogs, I bet my youngest won’t have any trouble catching them, but they’ll probably keep me awake jumping all over the place, so, moot point.
Any ideas? I’m desperate.
(Link to Diana’s post on bats: https://mythsofthemirror.com/2018/05/02/bats-in-the-writers-belfry/)
**Ps: SOS is a distress signal, and it doesn’t stand for Save Our Soul or any other abbreviation.

Heir of Ashes book promo and free download

Heir of Ashes is now on sale for $1.99!

For the next week, May 10th – May 17th, Heir of Ashes will be on sale for $1.99.

During these past few months, you’ve been reading about my publishing steps, some reviews, some interviews, my mishaps, success and failure. Today I’m here to announce that Heir of Ashes will be on sale for a week, from $4.99 to $1.99 via Amazon, Smashwords, Barns & Nobles and online stores.

Check it out:

Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/Heir-Ashes-Roxanne-Fosch-01-ebook/dp/B07B1JBMCW

Smashwords:  https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/794798

B&B: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/heir-of-ashes-jina-s-bazzar/1128018572?ean=2940155145325

 

About Heir of Ashes:

Blurb:

Roxanne Fosch had a perfectly normal life at the age of twelve. Cool, popular, pretty, smart. Her dreams of a perfect, successful and prosperous future seemed well within her grasp.

By the time she was twenty-two she had become a commodity. A fugitive. She was being hunted.

As Roxanne embarks on the dangerous quest to search for half-truths about her past, she discovers she’s not just an abnormal human, but a rarity even among her Fee peers.

She is hunted by scientists, keen to exploit her extraordinary abilities, as well as other beings far more dangerous whose plans for her she cannot fathom

 

Published on April 15th, 2018

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38737080-heir-of-ashes?from_search=true

 

**Want to download a book for free?

Did you know there’s a prequel to Heir of Ashes called The Curse?

You can download The Curse – Roxanne Fosch 0.5 for free here:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/797038

 

Q & A with Prachi (See how Prachi’s questions made me squirm)

As promised before, I’m going to reblog the interviews and reviews for Heir of Ashes here in my blog, and today I’m doing Prachi’s interview.
Click on the link below to continue reading how Prachi made me squirm with her questions and how I compare myself to my main character, Roxanne.
Q & A with Prachi:
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I’m so excited about this post! This will be my first author interview and I am really grateful to author Jina S. Bazzar for sparing some time from her busy schedule around the launch of her new book (Heir of Ashes), and answering some of my silly and some serious questions:

Me: Has writing always been a passion for you? What was your writing schedule like, when you wrote this novel?
Jina: I can’t say that writing has always been a passion, though there was a phase during my rebellious teens when I used to write poems, some of which I still have.
Now my writing schedule is like most things in my life: chaotic, to say the very least. When I write and how much I write, depends on my mundane routine, and of course, my children’s mood. Then there are the times when the story has me by the throat and all I can do to stay sane is type, and the world around me is nothing but a background blur.
Me: Is this the first book you have written, or have there been other books that were written and published or are unpublished?
Jina: Hmmm. No. There was a trilogy before Heir of Ashes, a miserable and embarrassing failure I have stored under lock and key. It was a wild and foolish impulse, but it served to teach me that writing isn’t just putting down a string of words.
Me: How did you come about the idea of this book, and who was your inspiration for the Heroine? Was there a specific reason you decided for the lead to be a female character than a male character?
Jina: When I was trying to fix that first trilogy, Roxanne started gaining form in my head, and eventually the storyline became persistent enough that I opened a new file and let the words flow.
I’ve always been fascinated by female heroines who start up from zero, and then grow to become a power to be reckoned with, and so it never really occurred to me to make the main character male.
Me: I’m sure there are going to be more books in the series, since I have so many questions now! Can you tell us how many books there will be in this series? Or will that be a secret?
Jina: There will be three books in this series, though there’s room for debate yet on a fourth one.
The second book, Heir of Doom, is already on its second draft. Soon I’ll be sending copies for the betas, and hopefully by early next year, Heir of Doom will be released.
Me: What do you want the readers to feel for Roxanne? Is she like you?
Author Interview with Jina S.Bazzar (Author of Heir of Ashes)

Heir of Ashes book promo and free download

Heir of Ashes is now on sale for $1.99!

For the next week, May 10th – May 17th, Heir of Ashes will be on sale for $1.99.

In these past few months, you’ve been reading about my publishing steps, some reviews, some interviews, my mishaps, success and failures. Today I’m here to announce that Heir of Ashes will be on sale for a week, from $4.99 to $1.99 via Amazon, Smashwords, Barns & Nobles and online stores.

Check it out:

Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/Heir-Ashes-Roxanne-Fosch-01-ebook/dp/B07B1JBMCW

Smashwords:  https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/794798

B&B: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/heir-of-ashes-jina-s-bazzar/1128018572?ean=2940155145325

 

About Heir of Ashes:

Blurb:

Roxanne Fosch had a perfectly normal life at the age of twelve. Cool, popular, pretty, smart. Her dreams of a perfect, successful and prosperous future seemed well within her grasp.

By the time she was twenty-two she had become a commodity. A fugitive. She was being hunted.

As Roxanne embarks on the dangerous quest to search for half-truths about her past, she discovers she’s not just an abnormal human, but a rarity even among her Fee peers.

She is hunted by scientists, keen to exploit her extraordinary abilities, as well as other beings far more dangerous whose plans for her she cannot fathom

 

Published on April 15th, 2018

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38737080-heir-of-ashes?from_search=true

 

**Want to download a book for free?

Did you know there’s a prequel to Heir of Ashes called The Curse?

You can download The Curse – Roxanne Fosch 0.5 for free here:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/797038

 

I’d do the same if I were in her place, wouldn’t you?

So this woman was diagnosed with terminal cancer. After a few days, she came to terms with the fact that she was going to die.
She called her neighbors and friends over, offered them tea and cookies, then announced that she had aids and that the doctor estimated she’d live only for a month or two.
After everyone had left, her eight year old daughter asked her why she told them she had aids when the doctor said cancer.
“Well, honey, I was making sure your father wouldn’t give you a stepmother after I’m gone.”
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Note: I’m still looking for bloggers willing to help me with the blog tour for Heir of Ashes. I’m considering setting for mid-June, starting on the 15th.
I’m also open for ideas and suggestions.
What else, aside from interviews, reviews and excerpts are there?
Any help whatsoever is very much appreciated, and if you have any ideas/suggestions or would like to participate in the tour, you can either leave a comment below or shoot me an e-mail at jina.salameh1@gmail.com

Would you like to help host a blog tour?

The next step after publication is marketing.

It’s fun, intensive, though sometimes daunting.

It’s actually like having a newborn baby, you’re tired and sleep deprived, but then you notice that your book is growing, and you forget all about the downsides.

There are still major things to do, like getting the book ready for print and audio, but in the meantime, I need to arrange a blog tour, which I’m considering setting for mid-June, starting on the 15th.

This is where I need help; I need some bloggers to host the tour, as well as ideas and suggestions.

What else, aside from interviews, reviews and excerpts are there?

Any help whatsoever is very much appreciated, and if you have any ideas/suggestions or would like to participate in the tour, you can either leave a comment below or shoot me an e-mail at jina.salameh1@gmail.com

 

 

 

Book blurb:

Roxanne Fosch had a perfectly normal life at the age of twelve. Cool, popular, pretty, smart. Her dreams of a perfect, successful and prosperous future seemed well within her grasp.

By the time she was twenty-two she had become a commodity. A fugitive. She was being hunted.

As Roxanne embarks on the dangerous quest to search for half-truths about her past, she discovers she’s not just an abnormal human, but a rarity even among her Fee peers.

She is hunted by scientists, keen to exploit her extraordinary abilities, as well as other beings far more dangerous whose plans for her she cannot fathom

 

Links:

 

Smashwords:  https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/794798

Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/Heir-Ashes-Roxanne-Fosch-01-ebook/dp/B07B1JBMCW

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38737080-heir-of-ashes?from_search=true

Barns and Nobles: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/heir-of-ashes-jina-s-bazzar/1128018572?ean=2940155145325