Author Interview: Jina S. Bazzar

Peeps, I’m over at Biyai from RovingBookwormNG for an interview. Come and check it out! And readers, poets, travel lovers, take a look around, Biyai has an interesting blog.

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What one thing will you give up to become a better writer?

Jina: Now that’s a hard question. Let me see – my free time, I suppose, could be a fair exchange.

Come and read all ten questions: https://rovingbookwormng.com/2020/04/30/author-interview-jina-s-bazzar/

Just a beggar

Hey peeps, today I’m here to beg, again, for your vote for my book.

Most votes last time didn’t go through due to their precaution (against cheating) system, and the votes are about to close on august 20th. I’ve been on the lead since April, and I wasn’t going to post about it again, but today I discovered I’m in a tie with another book.

Please help!

Here’s a step by step instruction on how to vote:

1- Click on the link below

2- Go to page 8, fantasy category (there’s a 1/16 with arrows to go back and forth through the pages. Click on the arrows until you get to 8/16)

3- Click on my book, Heir of ashes by Jina S. Bazzar

4- Choose which platform you want to use to vote – Twitter or Facebook

5- Confirm your vote by clicking on your account name

 

Once you’ve done those steps, your vote should’ve gone through. There’s no need to create any accounts or sign up for a newsletter.

 

If your vote went through the last time, two things may happen when you click on my book:

 

1- You’ll be sent to page 9 to vote in that category.

2- You’ll be shown the number of votes I have.

Link: https://www.tckpublishing.com/2019-readers-choice-voting-page/

 

I really appreciate any support I get at this stage.

Thank you very much!

Help me win this award!

So Heir of Ashes – book 1 in the Roxanne Fosch Files was nominated for the 2019 Readers Choice Award by TCK Publishing.

 

I’m here to shamelessly ask for your vote to help me win – link below.

To vote, please click on the link below and then go to page 8 – fantasy category and click on Heir of Ashes.

 

I appreciate the help!

Link: https://www.tckpublishing.com/2019-readers-choice-voting-page/

If you have any trouble voting, leave me a comment and I can walk you through it.

 

Thank you!

Heir of Ashes – The Roxanne Fosch Files 01

Starting today, Friday, December 14th and until Tuesday, December 18th, Heir of Ashes will be available for free on Amazon.

http://mybook.to/HeirOfAshes

book cover

Blurb:

At the age of twelve, Roxanne Fosch had a perfectly normal life.

By the time she was twenty-two, she was being hunted.

After being trapped for years within the clutches of the Paranormal Scientists Society, Roxanne escapes and embarks on the dangerous quest for the truth about her past. Soon, she discovers that she’s not human – and a rarity even among her Fae peers.

Hunted by PSS scientists keen to exploit her extraordinary abilities, and dangerous factions whose plans she cannot fathom, Roxanne realizes that everything she’s ever known is a lie.

Praise for Heir of Ashes:

“Sci-fi adventure, fast-paced action with elements of paranormal and a strong, vibrant female main character who handles it all. An exciting debut by a promising new author.” – SRL Review

“If you love the Sookie Stackhouse Mysteries or the TV show Supernatural, I highly recommend this book. This is a YA paranormal and sci-fi story full of non-stop action, unpredictable plot twists and mysteries that will keep you turning the pages.” – Stories To Live By Review

Excerpt:

 

I had just finished chopping onions for Paul when the sky broke.

 

It wasn’t really a kaboom, but more like giant rocks tumbling down a hill. Like a giant avalanche.

 

On its heel followed the torrential downpour I’d been hearing about for the past few days. A sense of foreboding kept nagging at me, a feeling that I was missing something that I should know. Or see.

 

“Do you need anything else before I go?” I asked Paul as I hung my apron on a peg and tried to shake the sensation away. I could hear some of the crowd outside dispersing, going home to celebrate another weekend with family, friends, or just be alone after a fulfilling meal; and the booming laughter of those who lingered for a drink and latest gossip in the diner.

 

“That’ll be all,” he said, sending me a distracted smile over his shoulder.

 

I went inside Paul’s office and grabbed my purse, a huge monstrosity my friend Michelle had desperately tried to destroy, but inside were things I couldn’t leave behind if I had to make a hasty exit. Dr. Maxwell’s journal was also inside. It had helped me sort a lot of things since I had escaped, even if it hadn’t been the one I wanted, and I never went anywhere without it.

 

I slung the purse on my left shoulder and let it dangle on my right side, the easier if I needed to run, then let myself out from the back door of the diner. The downpour was like a water sheet in front of me, blocking anything farther than a few feet from view.

 

Already water was gathering on the street, herding the brown leaves that had gathered at the edges toward the drainage system.

 

It was unbelievably cold for October, but I’d only been there for three months so I wasn’t sure if this was the norm for early autumn.

 

I shivered involuntarily and tucked my gloveless hands inside my pockets. I loved autumn, when trees turned into that burnish gold color and animals scurried to gather supplies for the winter, but it seemed like here, in this small town, winter had already arrived.

Another flash of light appeared, just a few yards to my left, followed immediately by a loud kaboom! And the bucket of giant rocks down the mountain.

That sense of foreboding returned, and I glanced around, found nothing that felt out of place.

 

GET YOUR COPY NOW FOR FREE!

EUREKA! And a Surprise Giveaway

Almost a month after I foolishly enabled Gutenberg, I was finally able to disable it.

Yay for me.

The “Classic Editor” appeared inside a setting box I’m pretty sure I searched a few times, but since I have my Classic Editor back, I’m not going to complain.

The Good News

So, as I was denied a couple times to share the good news in style, I’m going to do it today, as a kind of welcome back celebration to the Classic Editor.

Some of you already know I signed a contract with Creativia Publisher for my trilogy and that Heir of Ashes got a new cover. So, here it is:

Creativia book cover

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.

What do you think?

The name of the series also underwent some adjustment. Where it used to be Roxanne Fosch, it’s now the Roxanne Fosch Files – sounds kind of mysterious, doesn’t it?

And oh yeah, paperback will be coming on soon.

The Giveaway

As for the giveaway, here’s the good part:

For the next week, I’ll be giving away a limited number of e-copies of Heir of Ashes in exchange for honest reviews on amazon.com. Anyone interested can reach me at jina.salameh1@gmail.com

And thank you to everyone who has supported my journey – You guys are so many, I won’t be mentioning any names. But, you all know who you are.

 

Writing in the clouds

When I have a story in my mind I live up in the clouds, with momentary bouts of reality whenever someone yanks me down.

Well, as the above sentence indicates, when I’m drafting a story, particularly a long one, I tend to walk in the clouds. When I’m forced to come back down, I’m usually scattered, (more) disorganized, and short tempered. That’s right, I get cranky as an old lady deprived of an afternoon nap and favorite sweet when I have to focus outside my head.

But that’s not the reason I haven’t been posting lately, or not the entire reason.

In fact, I’ve had several posts ready to publish. One  I typed late at night, only to find out in the morning that the editor layout in WP changed. So, since I had all these people talking at once in my head, I put that first post aside. And then a few days later I had another post typed and ready to go, and again, though it was no surprise this time around, I wasn’t able to post. And then two days ago I had another topic in mind.

I tried disabling the new editor, but so far, though I’ve been told it’s there, I can’t seem to find ‘disable Gutenberg” anywhere.

This post, if it works, is being drafted in the draft box, saved and hopefully, I’ll be able to find publish and let everyone know that I’m cranky, frustrated, but still alive.

So I’m going to add here just the points of the past three posts that I’ve been denied posting before:

  • I got a publishing contract for my trilogy!!! Isn’t that great?
  • Ok, most of y’all know I’m a pantser but that I have the ending to the trilogy ready, right? A few days ago I woke up early – way too early – and I brainstormed this ending that had me getting up and doing a victory dance at 4:47 in the morning. Though I’m still smoothing out edges and ironing it out, I know this ending is the best idea I’ve had so far.
  • A couple days ago the publisher – Creativia Publisher – e-mailed me a new cover for Heir of Ashes! I would add it here to the post, except I can’t find the add media button with this new editor thing (rolling my eyes and clenching my teeth here.

 

Ok, this is all the news for today. Hopefully I didn’t just spend the past few minutes furiously typing just to add this post to the pile of growing drafts (I’m on 68 drafts by now, let’s see if this will make 69).

Book Promo – Heir of Ashes on sale for three weeks!

Sales, sales

 

Who doesn’t like a good book sale?

Well, it’s been pointed out to me that I haven’t done a book sale since the beginning of may, and that I should correct my mistake.

So, here I am. For the next three weeks, Heir of Ashes will be priced at $0.99 on Amazon, smashwords and every retail bookstore.

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

 

GET YOUR COPY:

 

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

 

And don’t forget that the prequel, The Curse, can be downloaded for free via Smashwords here: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/797038

 

So it’s really two for the price of $0.99!

 

 

When All Else Fails, You Have to Dream – Guest Posting for Christy B.

I was invited to guest post on Christy birmingham’s blog a few weeks ago (some of you may know her as Christy B. from ‘When Women Inspire’) and at first I wasn’t sure about what to write. She’s a prolific writer with her own poem book out there, and she hosts all sorts of successful people, I was intimidated at first. I wanted it to be something impressive, something positive, and something big, and so I struggled to come up with something. And then, one night before I fell asleep, I told myself, why not write the truth, from the beginning?
And that’s what I did.
Thank you, Christy, for this opportunity.
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Please join me in welcoming author Jina Bazzar here today. You may know her from Authors Inspirations, where she blogs about her experiences writing and editing a book as a woman who is blind. She created her blog to connect with other women who are undergoing the publishing journey and have disabilities. I remember when I first learned about Jina’s blindness and I was blown away by this as I recognized the big challenge to the writing process that must bring her. Jina is an inspiration, as you will see from her guest post below.
When All Else Fails, You Have to Dream – Guest Post by Jina Bazzar
When I first became blind over a decade ago, one thing I had in abundance was time. There was nothing really much I could do to entertain myself besides listen to loud music, bake, and sometimes listen to talk shows on TV.
In a world … Click here to read more: https://whenwomeninspire.com/2018/06/21/dream-jina-bazzar/

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).