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Author Questions Answered (Music)

Answering the author questions I get asked the most. I am in no way indicating that I speak for the community as a whole. As authors are diverse, so are their answers. This/these is/are simply mine.


MUSIC

Modern Computer Station

  • What do you listen to when you write? Do you have a writing playlist?

This is probably one of the top 5 questions I get asked. Almost every questionnaire I receive has it, many readers ask it, and I always want to know about my favorite books/authors too.

For me, I don’t have a set writing playlist, rather each couple/book has their/its own unique playlist. More often than not, music is my first introduction to them, the first thing they share with me. I get to know them through their music before they let me in on their story. Music is, for me, an intimate way to get to know people in real life, so why not my characters? They don’t always give me their entire library, but a song here or there, and once I have enough to get a feel for them, I immerse myself in that music, even when it is totally not my personal taste. Not only when I am actively writing, but when I’m in the car, riding Lemmy, or working out. That playlist is on a loop, and at some point, I mesh with them on a different level, and then their story begins to take on new layers. I continue listening to the playlist until the book is finished.

FOLLOW UP QUESTIONS

  • Do you always connect through music?

Yes and no.

Yes, because I always need to connect through music for my character to have depth. For me to even understand them and tell their story, I have to feel their music.

No, because sometimes I can’t. When I find myself skipping songs repeatedly, I suffer character block. I can’t get a real feel for them. Currently, I find myself skipping songs on my WiP playlist or just turning it off, causing me to not be able to connect to one of my main characters. I can’t write them when I can’t connect and sadly, music is my main bridge.

  • Why isn’t it in the back of your book? Can (do) you share it?

I have read books with a playlist in the back matter, and while I personally love the idea, I am not sure of all the legalities about doing it myself. I would rather put my money in editing, covers, and marketing than to pay a lawyer to find out or to handle it if I do so without full knowledge and have to pay. (Yes, there is always Google, but I prefer not to rely on an internet search for legal advise.) Besides, I do share the playlists. I have them on Spotify, I also share them on my Facebook page and Pinterest. However, I am going to start sharing them here. (I’ll get my back-lists up this week.)

  • Do your characters only listen to your favorite music?

No, sometimes they listen to songs that make me want to drive rusty railroad spikes through my eardrums, but it’s not about what I like, it’s all about getting in touch with them.

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December Newsletter

 

Happy Holidays Vixens!

This is my last newsletter of the year, so I’ll keep it short and sweet.

THIS YEAR…

We met 2 new Imagine Ink couples. (Love them tattooed men.)
I met some awesome folks at my very first signing. (So much fun.)
Y’all won a lot of books and prizes. (I mean A LOT.)

Met some amazing readers, authors, & models. (Yep, I fangirled.)

NEXT YEAR…

We will finish out the Imagine Ink series. (Bittersweet.)
I’ve committed to 6 events for 2017. (So much MORE fun.)
Y’all will win even more books & prizes. (I mean A LOT more.)

I hope to meet even more readers, authors, & models. (I’ll still be fangirling.)


If you haven’t met the men of Imagine Ink, why not curl up with them for the holidays?

JUST FOR FUN

Michelle Vandaley
@scottysmom2004 Twitter

You have 72 hours from this newsletter timestamp to contact me from your Twitter account, to claim your prize.

To enter this month’s Just for Fun, take a picture of one of my books in a holiday/winter setting. Be sure to @ or tag me for it to count. 1 entry per platform. (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) Post must be public. Enter before 12/25.

FAN OF THE MONTH

Margaret Stagg
Facebook

You have 72 hours from this newsletter timestamp to contact me from your Facebook account, to claim your prize.

To be considered for FotM, simply interact with me online and be an active newsletter subscriber. That’s it. FotM is chosen at random. All FotM winners who claim their prizes are entered into FotY.

To be eligible for any Newsletter only prize, winner must be an active subscriber at the time the contest is announced in the newsletter and also at the time the prize is claimed.

FAN OF THE YEAR!

Look at this FotY prize pack!
($80.00+ value)

CONGRATULATIONS…

Message me to claim your prize within 72 hours of this newsletter timestamp.


Things to know before 2017!

THE HOLLY JOLLY PAGE HOPE
Starts December 13th, with tons of great prizes.
The prize for my page is a $5.00 Amazon gift card, why not start there?


Where to find me hanging out and telling inappropriate jokes next year.

If you plan on attending Love and Fifty, don’t forget to pre-order your books for an awesome discount!


Apologies for typos, poor word choice, and butchered grammar. I have an amazing editor for my books, but not for my newsletter.

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November Newsletter

 

THIS!
UPDATE on Book 4 – Gus & John’s story.

I am plugging away on their story and plan to release in February. I may be pushing that to March, but I promise, it’s coming. I will say, the cover photo is the bomb, and I can’t wait to show it to y’all.

In the meantime, meet, or revisit the guys & gals of

The Imagine Ink series centers around a small parlor in the Florida panhandle. Each book can be read as a stand alone, you won’t be lost if you skip one. However, you’ll have a richer experience by reading in order. There are Easter eggs and answers to curiosities popping up all the time.

There are currently 3 books available in the series.
Indelible You (Imagine Ink 1) and Irrevocably Mine (Imagine Ink 3), are available in e-books at most online retailers. Brand Me (Imagine Ink 2) is only available in e-book from Amazon until late December.
(It will be available on KU until then.)
If you’d like to snag a signed copy of any of these books, check out www.VerleneLandon.com for details.
ENTER THIS!

Newsletter Exclusive
November (JFF)
Just For Fun…& a prize

Share me or my books with friends…or strangers? Share my book link(s), or my social media link(s) to Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. (With or without a picture or flattering comment.) Make sure to tag/@ me for it to count. Post must be public, and remain so until 11/30. You may enter once per platform, for 3 entries total. Enter before November 25th.
(If you mention you’re a subscriber, it will count toward FotM also.)

Use the links in this newsletter to connect with me & don’t forget to mention you’re a subscriber at least once, so I can keep count of your interactions for FotM.


READ THIS!
FYI, any book you see here, is a personal choice I wanted to share with you.
No author has paid for me to recommend their book. In some cases, they don’t even know who I am.

Have you read Megan Matthews yet?
Well, you should.
Catch a sneak peak of her book RUSH in the Irrevocably Mine e-book.
Ooh, as I popped out to snag the cover and buy link for y’all, I noticed that right now,
RUSH is FREE!
No excuse not to check it out. You can read a great book for free, that’s a win-win.

JOIN THIS!

I share a pretty amazing reader group with DP Payne & Gwyn McNamee.

If you like fun, giveaways, and occasionally inappropriate posts, join us.
I have to say, we have some pretty awesome members, and they make us smile daily.
So yeah, did I mention fun?
Then, join us.
THE PLAYROOM

 * * * * * * * * * *
Wordy, Nerdy, Tattooed, & Dirty

Do you love scavenger hunts at events?

Do you love winning even when you can’t make it to events?

Do you love free books and swag from amazing authors?

Join Christy Anderson, Kris Jayne, AM Johnson, Verlene Landon, Robin Lee, Megan Mathews, Gwyn McNamee, and DP Payne – the Wordy, Nerdy, Tattooed & Dirty Authors in EPIC giveaways on location at events and online.
This is NOT an active group, except during GIVEAWAY EVENTS, so no worries about jamming up your news feed. Our next scheduled event in LOVE and FIFTY in February.


WATCH THIS!
Have you seen the Imagine Ink trailers?

INDELIBLE YOU trailer.
BRAND ME trailer.
IRREVOCABLY MINE trailer.


WHERE TO SEE ME IN 2017
If you’ve been following, you’ll notice I added a sixth event to 2017.
Click on the event names for ticket and venue information.
I hope to meet all y’all soon.

LOVE AND FIFTY
February 10 – Sacramento, CA
AUTHORPALOOZA
April 8-9 – Mesquite, NV
INDIE ADDICTS LA
July 1 – Los Angelas, CA
BOOKS IN BOURBON COUNTRY
August 19 – Louisville, KY
BREW CITY BOOK SIGNING
October 7 – Milwakee, WI
ARCH CITY AUTHOR EVENT
October 14 – Columbus, OH
If you are attending Love and Fifty in February and love to get books at a discount, check out my pre-order. I am offering a discount price for paid pre-orders, yes, even off the already discounted event pricing.
Love and Fifty (Sacramento, CA – FEB 10) – Book Pre-Order

WINNER, WINNER, WINE WITH DINNER!


  OCTOBER FotM
Fan of the Month
Tracy-Kelly Nault
(Facebook Name)
To claim your prize, message me from the account above within 72 hours of this newsletter time stamp. Include your subscriber e-mail, regular email (if different), and mailing address.
Thanks for being a loyal reader and a social media friend.September’s FotM prize – a $25 Amazon GC – was claimed.
FotM is chosen at random each month from a sampling of social media interactions. Elegibility is validated when prize is claimed. Prizes vary, but usually range between a twenty to thirty dollar value. Any FotM who validly claimed their prize, is entered into the Fan of the Year drawing. The prize pack for FotY will be valued over fifty dollars.
  OCTOBER JFF WINNER
Just For Fun
Anita Carol Grambrell
She posted a picture with my book on her phone. To claim your prize, message me from the account you posted the picture on within 72 hours of this newsletter time stamp. Include your subscriber e-mail and regular email if different.
It was so much fun seeing all your pictures, thanks for playing.September’s JFF prize went unclaimed.JFF happens each month in the newsletter. Participants are asked to do something on social media to gain entries. Winner is chosen at random from valid enties. Elegibility is validated when prize is claimed. Prizes vary, but usually range between a two to ten dollar value.
*PLEASE NOTE: To claim a FotM, JFF, or any other newsletter exclusive giveaway win, you must be a subscriber at the time the contest and winner announcement newsletters were sent. I post the newsletters online once they are sent to subscribers. If you were selected, but not an active subscriber when the newsletters announcing the contest, and you as a winner were mailed, you may not claim your prize.

Apologies for typos, poor word choice, and butchered grammar. I have an amazing editor for my books, but not for my newsletter.
Please do not mark this email as SPAM.
You opted in via the website, in person, a contest, or other promotional opportunity. I promise I did not obtain your email by deceptive means.
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Cover Reveal October 29 – Get Your ARC Today!

COVER REVEAL

October 29th

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INDELIBLE YOU

imagine ink 1

RELEASE

November 16th

ADD TO YOUR GOODREADS http://bit.ly/1kaVEEE

SIGN UP TO RECEIVE AN ARC! http://bit.ly/1K5QS04


Ink is indelible.

So is love, at least in theory.

He’s an over-inked, reformed bad boy and she is the slightly older, seemingly out of reach woman who’s head over heels (actually knees over shoulders) in love with him. Almost as much as he is with her.

Somehow, they have remained oblivious to their mutual attraction for five years.

One night, they take the plunge. Love conquers all, right?

They expose hearts and bodies, expecting a happily ever after until a terrible secret is revealed—during climax.

Anything worth having is worth bleeding for—and boy will they bleed—but will it be enough to drain the taint of that secret, or will it be fatal for both of them?

Some things are more permanent than tattoos.

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