August 20, 2014

25 things you might not know about Jenn

I'm recycling a post, just because I have lots of new friends now.

Twenty-five things most people...probably don't know about me. (I'm kinda an open book anyway, so I'll try to dig deep.)

25. I'm afraid of spiders and not much else.

24. My brother and I have a weird ESP connection and we're not twins.

23. My confirmation name is Elizabeth. I picked it so my initials would be J. E. N. if I took out my real middle name, Lynn.

22. On that note, I changed Jen to Jenn in highschool because well, in 1974 Jennifer was the #1 name for girls, so just guess how many I had in my classes?

21. Between the ages of 9-13 I wanted my name to be Julie. When I turned 15 I wished my name was Sam. I haven't a clue why.

20. My brother and I used to make radio stations in our room when we were grounded. WKIDS, Kids Radio was our station!

19. I still have my Strawberry Shortcake and Cabbage Patch dolls from the 80's.

18. I used to sleep with a blankey. I'd roll it up under my head, on top of my pillow. I've washed it so many times, it's really just fabric without stuffing these days. now.

17. When I was 17 (heh), I almost tipped over my car the very first day I got my driver's license. And to this day, I swear that car had bullet holes in it.

16. I attempted to have a Sweet 16 Birthday party the day after my friends 15th birthday party. No one showed up.

15. I really do believe in aliens. I'm still waiting for them to show up.

14. I LOVE thunder and lightning storms. 

13. If it's "popular" I probably know a little bit about it, no matter what the topic is.

12. I've never had a dream about any of the character's I've written about, no matter how hard I try. But my friends and family do. Go figure.

11. I taught my brother how to burp when we were kids. We both can do the alphabet in one burp.

10. I used to trade writing penalty letters for amended returns with friends at Paychex because I loved researching and writing them.

9. I lived in my car for a couple of weeks with my then boyfriend and my black lab puppy. 

8. There are more divorces in my family than marriages.

7. One of my favorite words is incognito.

6. I've been working since the age of 14.

5. I can multi-task like a freak.

4. But sometimes, when I'm writing or zoned out, you can talk to me and I won't hear a word you say.

3. I've lost over 100lbs.

2. I'm a tomboy, always have been, always will be.

1. I think you're fantastic for getting this far. :-)

August 6, 2014

#TivaBoon is a #BESTSELLER on @Amazon!

Wow. I'm so happy and thankful to be able to tell you that my latest release Tiva Boon: Royal Guardian is a bestseller on Amazon. I'm in a SciFi Children's Bestseller list and flirting with a couple more lists!!

This totally makes this 10+ year journey to get this book published worth ever second of it.

Thank you all for helping and if you haven't gotten your copy yet please do! 

Share it with a friend or give it to a child who loves to read if SciFi is not your favorite. :-)


August 5, 2014

Teaser Tuesday with Chris Redding!

Today's Teaser Tuesday is with Author Chris Redding!

Enjoy & Comment!

License to Nerd

Madison West appears on Peter Quincy’s doorstep as expected, when her husband, Charlie, disappears. Peter had been her husband’s best man and had promised to take care of Madison if something happened to him. Neither Madison nor Peter are what they seem, but will their lies to each other to save the world, instead fail to save them from each other?

 "He just has to help me," she said to no one. Because no one occupied the alley.
     Until a man rounded the corner.
     The way the man slammed into her, she knew it wasn’t an accident.
      He could have gone around her, but he didn’t. She turned to give him a good Jersey Girl dressing down, when he grabbed her arm. He jerked her close. She looked up into deep-set eyes that held no soul.
     The snarky retort died on her lips.
     “We want the package, Madison.”
     Holy crap. How did he know her name? How did he know about the package? Her heart jumped into her throat. She yanked on her arm, looking around hoping for witnesses.
      No one else walked this stretch of the sidewalk. Odd since it was lunchtime. Maybe this man made this happen. His blocking of the road meant power.
     Turning back to him, she asked, “What package?”
     Madison wanted to snarl at him, but she needed to play the innocent so she shuddered.
     “The one your husband sent you,” in a voice that spoke of years of cigarette use.
     “I don’t have any package.” Her words tumbled over themselves as he gripped her tighter. His hot, spicy breath wrinkled her nose.
     “We know it arrived. You have it. We want it.”
     What the hell was Charlie into? Why did he send her that package? Damn him. She would like to give Charlie a nice roundhouse kick, but she after she dealt with this asshole.
     “Uh, I don’t have it.”
     “Yes, you do.”

Chris Redding lives in New Jersey with her family and various animals. She writes romantic suspense and romantic comedy. She graduated from Penn State with a degree in Journalism. When she isn’t writing, she works part time for a local winery.

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July 31, 2014

Q&A, Jenn Nixon!

I asked for some questions to answer. Feel free to add more questions in the comments and I'll update. :-)

Here you go!

Chet C asks: How much emphasis do you put on research when you write?

Great question. I try to make my characters and plot as realistic as possible despite the genre. When writing something like Lucky's Charm, I want to make sure everything is believable, so I did a lot of research on guns, locations, and the psychology of someone who kills for a living. If I'm writing Sci-Fi or something based outside of our normal reality, I tend to stay away from too many scientific or technical jargon since I'm never sure if I'm using it correctly, but I research just enough to be able to explain it truthfully within the story.

Sue V asks: What is your worst timesuck (i.e., what makes you facepalm when you realize you just wasted X number of hrs instead of writing)?

Ha! The EVIL Timesuck! There are SO many. Usually, when I'm writing, I try to avoid the timesuck that is social media, Facebook, Twitter, etc. I do, however, have a bad habit of getting timesucked into reading more than I need to when researching. Sometimes I have to research in the middle of a paragraph because my character says something or goes somewhere that I'm cluesless about. That's always fun!

Andrea N asks: How do you get your creative juices to produce great stories?

Love this question! Many of my ideas come from brainstorming with friends. I give them a general idea of what I'm thinking about writing and we play around with it until it sounds even better! Sometimes I'll be inspired by another book, movie, TV show, sometimes a character or even an actor.

Adam T asks: What is the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow?

The answer is 42. Right?

Dauna M asks: How long have you been writing? What inspired you to become a writer?

I've been "writing" in one form or another since about 10-11 years old when I started off with poetry. I eventually started writing Fan Fiction in High School and College! Lots of fun. I didn't decided to take it seriously until I finished my first original story and shared it with friends. They LOVED the story and kept asking me for more, so I did, and I haven't stopped yet!

Luanne T asks: When is your birthday?

April 23rd! I'm a Taurus!

How about you, do you have a question? I'm game, are you?

July 28, 2014

Facebook Promos. What I've learned and paying it forward!

I have a great mix of people reading my blog. Some of you are authors, musicians, artists, models, others are fellow pop culture geeks, readers, friends, get the idea.

This post is probably more for authors, but anyone who uses the internet to advertise can probably pick up a tip or two.

As you know, I've been promoting a few books hardcore the last couple of months on Facebook. I don't have a large budget, so this should be helpful to people in similar circumstance.

Here's what I used, how it works, and the results I got.

Facebook -Events, Ads, and Groups:

Hosting an Event on Facebook is a great way to make new friends, promote your brand, and even make some sales depending on what you have to offer.

Two weeks before my latest book release, I set up an Event Party. I invited lots of friends and family, and ask my fellow publishing house authors and author friends to help me spread the word. 172 people, half of which I didn't know prior, clicked to "Join the Event". For my first ever event, I thought I did rather well.

One week before the book release, I had a daily giveaway via donated ebooks from author friends. This helped to generate buzz and readers invited other readers. Awesome!

On the day of the Event, I had a 4 hour window of giveaways, with a new prize every half hour, and promoted my grand prize drawing. Anyone who wanted the grand prize was asked to leave their purchase code for the book in the comments! I was skeptical about doing this, but it generated more sales that I ever imagined! The party was a lot of fun, I sold books, and gained new readers. Win-Win!

During the Event Day and several days after I ran two different Facebook promotion. One was a sponsored ad and the other boosted specific posts I had on my Author page to gain visibility among my followers.

The minimum magic budget seems to be $5 per day for me. The good thing about Facebook is that you can set daily and lifetime limits so you won't go over a certain amount. Facebook will also bill you at a specific dollar point if you ask them to. Learning Facebook ads can take some time, but there are help sections, videos on the internet, and friends out there who can help you, but it's best to learn the basics it on your own first. The main thing to know is you can BID for Impressions, Engagements, and Clicks.

Impressions are usually by the thousand and are basically a fly by advertisement, it will show up 1000 times on a web page. This helps you show up more, but not necessarily get the attention you want.

Engagements are when people like, comment, or share the post.

Clicks are for when people physically click the link you have in the ad, which usually takes you to another webpage where someone can buy your product.

Each product and ad are different. Getting clicks is more expensive but so far in my experience more effective, but on occasion I do change it up to get it in front of different people. You can change the add constantly, switching from Impression to Engagements to Clicks and back. You can also keep track of this on your own with trackable url links. I use smart url. It will show you the number of time each link you set up is clicked. I highly recommend it to help keep track of any promos you do.

Lastly, posting in Facebook Groups can be helpful, too, if done right. The key is to find promotion or advertising groups for your products. There are many out there and most are open to everyone.

Facebook puts all your groups in a list with the most recently accessed ones up top. If you are posting multiple posts, pay attention to this list. Start on the bottom and work your way up.

When you get to each group, READ THE ABOUT SECTION FIRST! Make sure they allow promotions and advertising. Some groups are just for networking and not promotion. Next, scroll down a for a few seconds to make sure you haven't posted recently. If you spam groups multiple times a day for days in a row they may kick you out. They are trying to help all authors and don't want any one person clogging up the groups with multiple posts.

Above and beyond the promotions listed above on Facebook, you also have your personal profile and Fan Page to help you promote with no additional costs. Branching out beyond Facebook to Twitter, Google+, and other social media outlets may be right for you, too, and if you're just getting started, check out my helpful guide here:

Hope this helps a bit and remember to pay it forward. :-)