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Book Blitz! A new Short Story!

Hello!  Well folks, today I have a sort of guest post from my friend Becca J. Campbell.  She finds time to write great stories while raising 4 boys….I can’t figure out how she does it.  The post below was written by her, and I highly recommend reading it.  After you have finished that, go check out her books.  I have been lucky enough over the years to be on the advanced reader circuit for Becca’s books and this one was no exception.  I really have enjoyed everything I have read.  This series, Flawed, was a bit different, and even Becca wasn’t sure I would like it, but I did!  She has some really great characters that are strong and very believable.  I highly recommend all of Becca’s work!

A Short Story Companion to the Flawed Series

Today is the release for Constricted, a brand new short story related to Becca J. Campbell’s Flawed series. This story coincides with the events in Empath (Flawed #1), and takes place in Logan’s point of view. You’ll need to read Empath first to thoroughly enjoy this story.

If you haven’t already, download a free copy of Empath (links below). Read on to find out more about Constricted.

Constricted (A Flawed Short Story)

Constricted_CVR_SMLLogan’s secret has been exposed. When Jade—a beautiful student at the college where he teaches—discovered the truth, he spilled the whole repulsive story. Jade’s empathetic kindness flooded him with emotions he didn’t know he had and isn’t sure he wants to deal with. Continue reading

Another book review on the Blog Tour: Empath by Becca Campbell

Greetings to all of you riding the Blog Tour train!

Today I have yet another book review from my good friend Becca J. Campbell.  I still haven’t figured out how she can write all of these books and get them published, not to mention all of the promo she sets up, with those boys of hers.  I get run ragged with my 4 and I still have only half of a draft done of my book.  Anyway…..

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Becca has a new book out called Empath.  She sent me an advance copy in exchange for the review and I was glad to do it.  I have to admit that I got into this book with a bit of apprehension because Becca told me that it was so different from her other ones, this one a bit of a romance.  Now, for me, I guess I am just a romantic because, the story didn’t seem like a romance.  Sure, there were elements of romantical ties but it didn’t read like a Harlequin romance so I didn’t notice.  The story itself is really good.  No, really good.  I venture to say that this is Becca’s best work to this point, and I have really liked her other books, especially Foreign Identity.

I got into this book quickly, empathizing with Jade and very curious about the other characters and their flaws.  Ethan was wonderfully dark and twisted, more like something I would write.  And the whole premise had elements of all of us in it.  Being uncomfortable, being able to tell other people’s moods, enjoying friends, desperation, and the fight to survive.  The settings were vibrant and real, and everything felt authentic, like places I would like to go.

There are always elements of the strange or supernatural in Becca’s stories, but these seemed the most likely to be real, and therefore a different story than Foreign Identity or Unmasked Alloy (which I am still waiting for more of that one), or even Gateway to Reality.  Notice I didn’t say better, they each had their own unique story, I just think that this one is my favorite.

I really enjoyed this book.  I look forward to reading anything that Becca puts out.  She likes to do series, so there is always more from these characters, and more to read.  Like I said, this is her best work yet, and, if I am going by the progression that I have seen since those first days in the Creative Copy Challenge(I know she was writing before that but that is where I met Becca), the next books will be even better.

Use these links and go get yourself a copy of this story.  You won’t be sorry, for either the story, or for getting to know Becca.

During the Empath Blog Tour (September 16th – October 20th), the first book in the Flawed series will be on sale for a discounted price of $0.99. Grab it for cheap while you can!

Amazon US | Amazon UK  | Amazon CA  | Barnes & Noble | iTunes | Kobo

 This is the “official” blurb from the book:

Empath (Flawed Book One)

Supernatural empathy isn’t a gift, it’s a curse. Anywhere she goes, Jade’s emotions are replaced by those of the people around her.

Jade grew up in a suburb of Colorado Springs, protected from other people by her parents. Now she faces college—and the world—with nothing to shield her from unwanted feelings.

When Cam, a classmate with a major crush on her, unintentionally hijacks her emotions, Jade struggles to keep from being carried away in feelings of attraction. When Ethan, a psychopath with a thirst for fear, fixates on her, the emotional impact could be lethal.

Caught in a deadly trap, Jade must untangle the emotions and find a way to use her empathic curse to overcome this killer or be overcome by him.

 

Blog Tour Schedule

9/16 – The Peasants Revolt – Review

9/17 – Refreshingly Riki – Review

9/18 – Now is Gone – Guest Post

9/19 – The Pen and Whisk – Review

9/20 – Catharsis of the Bogue – Review

9/21 – Simply Sensational Book Fanatics – Review

9/22 – The Bibliophile’s Corner – Review

9/23 – Kayla Curry – Guest Post/Review

9/24 – S.M. Boyce – Guest Post/Review

9/25 – The Eternal Scribe – Review

9/26 – Reader Girl Reviews a Teen Book – Review

9/27 – Reading the Alphabet – Review

9/28 – AimeeKay’s Reviews & Other Awesome Randomness – Review

9/29 – Cover Analysis – Review

9/30 – She Reads New Adult – Review

10/1 – V’s Reads – Review

10/2 – A Little Bit of R&R – Review

10/3 – OriginiquEquanimity – Interview

10/4 – Offbeat Vagabond – Review

10/5 – Lisa Is a Bookworm – Review

10/6 – Tynga’s Reviews – Review

10/7 – Dark Obsession Chronicles – Review

10/8 – BookRockGoddess – Review

10/9 – Booklvrs Haven – Guest Post

10/10 – Read for Your Future – Review

10/11– Cici’s Theories – Review

10/12 – Adventures of a Wandering Mind – Review

10/13 – Simply Sarah – Interview

10/14 – Dream Believe Write – Guest Post

10/15 – A Lady’s Manifesto – Review

10/16 – Paperback Daydreamer – Review

10/17 – A Novel Reality – Interview

10/18 – The Julia Grace Arts Blog – Interview

10/19 – Sydney Aaliyah – Review

10/20 – FU Only Knew – Review

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Becca J. Campbell is the author of the New Adult Romantic Science Fiction novels Foreign Identity and Gateway to Reality, New Adult Romantic Paranormal Thriller Empath (The Flawed Series #1), and  Sub-Normal, a series of Science Fiction short stories.

An avid lover of stories that tiptoe the line between fantasy and reality (even when they plunge off one side or the other), Becca looks for new angles on bridging the gap between the two. She holds a special place in her heart for any story that involves superpowers or time travel. Her passion is defying the limits of her own creativity. You can find her on her Author BlogFacebookTwitterGoodreads, Pinterest, and Amazon.

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Blog Post Engineering Review!

Hey folks, since I first wrote this Post, Dr. Doolin has been frantically working and reworking Blog Post Engineering.  He is launching version 0.7.4 William Today and let me tell you it will be well worth having a copy.  Like I say below, I purchased an earlier copy and Dave was kind enough to send me updates of this release.  It has more depth and several bonuses that will make your blog posts even better.  Click any of the links here or over on the sidebar to learn more.  I really think that this e-book should be in every bloggers toolkit to make some killer, SEO friendly blog posts.  Read on for more!

I deliberately delayed the posting of my Blog Post Engineering review.  I know the “un-launch” has come and gone, but there were so many glowing reviews of this book, I wanted to wait and post later.  So I could get more traffic and SEO without the masses clogging up google.  It is selfish but there you are.

Oh, and all of the links here are probably affiliate links, so take that and do what you will with it, I may make money from anything you click.  And that wouldn’t be a bad thing.

I actually bought and paid for this book.  It does come with updates, of which I have already received one.  This book will really help you write excellent blog posts.

I bought Blog Post Engineering to make my posts better and ultimately gain followers, customers, and Google rank.  My first concern when buying the book was the same whenever I buy anything, am I actually going to use this and make it worth the investment.  The email I go t from Dave about breaking legs and sledge hammers had something else to do with it.  Of course I can’t prove that e-mail ever existed so I may have been dreaming.

I wondered if I could actually use the information in a practical way.  Guess what, yes I could and so can everyone who blogs.  This book and these tips are for anyone who blogs, no experience required.  If you have experience posting on a blog, this book will help you polish and refine your posts.

There is a TON of useful and relevant information that is spelled out in a very straightforward way.  It showed me how to use tags and categories in a more useful way,  to be more productive and get on the SEO radar.

I liked how it read more like a conversation than a textbook, it was easy to follow and retain the information.  It is formatted to look like a book, so it kind of feels like reading a book.  There are plenty of links to articles on Website In A Weekend.  I had already read most of these posts so I could really see the implementation of the concepts described.

This book also goes into some promotion of your posts, so that you can actually get readers there and let the SEO magic start happening.

I would very much recommend Blog Post Engineering, especially if you are new to blogging and are trying to get eyes on your blog, all of the techniques int BPE are proven and tested several times over.  They work.

This ebook is on my desktop so that I can refer to it as often as I need.  I found some stuff I was doing right, some I was doing kind of right, and some I wasn’t doing at all.  In one fairly concise ebook all of this information is at your fingertips.

** New content- This new version has even more value than before.  It is organized in sections that let you build your skills.  It includes new chapters on what to do with old posts and how to use audio and video more effectively.  There are also chapters on using some quality plugins that will increase SEO.  **

Now, to be fair, all of this information is available on Website In A Weekend. Much of this information has been taken down and is only available in this e-manual.  If you go looking for it on there, you will find it but it takes quite a bit of digging. This book brings together all of that great information in one spot, that is instantly useable.  I think this is half of the value of the book.  The other is increasing your SEO significantly.

The best part, besides the 90 day money back guarantee, is lifetime updates to Blog Post Engineering.  When a new version comes out, you get an email.  That in itself is worth more than you will pay for the book.  It just keeps getting better and better.  I do have it on authority from Dave himself that the final version is coming.  Some of the extras available right now will not be included with the final version.  Now is a great time to purchase.  As of the date of this update, 10/27/10, the price is $23.  As of 10/31 the price will be going up to to $47.  Even that is more than worth it.

Go Check out Dave’s site and Blog Post Engineering.  You will be glad you did!

Part of the Blog tour, a book review of Foreign Identity!

Hello folks.  Today I am bringing you a review of a new book that has just been released.  For those who have been around a while, you may have heard me talk about a little site called the Creative Copy Challenge.  Well, it was through participation in the weekly challenges that this book, Foreign Identity, was spawned.

I was writing away with my own story (that really should be a book too if I wasn’t so lazy about it) when I started reading the other submissions.  One that caught me up in the story was Foreign Identity by Becca Campbell.  I got caught up in the story and became internet friends with Becca and was more than a little bummed when life got in the way and she didn’t finish the story.

Little did I know then, that she was working hard to make this story a novel.  And it is good.  Becca sent me a review copy of Foreign Identity (for free FTC, I know you are listening) and asked me to read it.  I was excited to really find out what happened to the main characters, Jax and Kel.  But more about that in a minute.

I don’t think that anyone knows (becasue I have never told anyone) that I actually cut and copied the entries from the CCC into a Word file so that I could either read it again or just finish what I missed.  At the last count in Word, Foreign Identity was 36,700 words long.  Not too shabby, but not a novel.  Now it is fleshed out and it is fun to see wha thas been added and what finishes the story.

Now for the review.  The book, I loved it.  The marketing and publishing through The Consortium (Oklahoma City based with some other people you have heard me talk about, Aaron Pogue, Courtney Cantrell, (I love to be able to actually name drop)) is just independent genius.  It gives me hope for my novels if I ever get them finished.

Ok, the book.

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