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Time and Space Goes on a Virtual Book Tour

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New novel, new book tour! I launched Time and Space on 4 June 2013 and sent it off on an Orangeberry book tour at the same time. Today ends the first leg of the book tour, which comprised reviews (to come), guest posts, author interviews, and a #TwitterView!

Day One: Newbie Blast and a Feature on Peace From Pieces.

Day Two: Interview on Mommy Adventures with Ravina.

Day Three: Guest post on How to Research Your Story on Bunny’s Review.

Day Four: More questions for moi on The Reading Cat.

Day Five: Guest post on Finding Your Voice on Blog-A-Licious Authors.

Day Six: Excerpt on Author’s Friend (tis labelled an interview but it’s a sample of the ebook).

Day Seven: #TwitterView!

(If widget showing only questions, click on this link.)


Day Eight: Twitter Blast with @OBBookTours

The next leg of Time and Space‘s Orangeberry Book Tour begins on June 18 with a guest post and will consist of weekly blog stops, with interviews, excerpts, and features!

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Time and Space Launching

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Time and Space Cover
Time and Space on Sale Now!

It’s hard to believe, but almost two years after I began relearning certain aspects of theoretical physics, general relativity, and time travel, I am now launching the fruits of all that mental labour: my second novel Time and Space.

Faint clicks emanating from behind me, from inside the murkiest of the gloom, send all my nerves on end and shoot my head up, eyes narrowed, darting around, hunting for what caused the sound.

Time and Space is about an ordinary woman turning 40 whose life suddenly undergoes a dramatic change as she’s on her way to her safe, boring job. Three boys kidnap her and take her to their present: a lab in the future. Their prof is not amused. The boys had promised never again to kidnap people from the past, he reminds them. He orders them to leave her where they took the others: her future, their past. The Nasty Time, they call it. But while they leave her alone in order to prep the time travel cube, a bikini-clad girl slips in and tells her how to build a time machine to get back home. But it’s all gibberish to Time, and she doesn’t want to learn . . . until the boys dump her in The Nasty Time. It’s 2411. She’s still turning 40. And she wants to go home.

Time and Space is on book tour now. And you can purchase your ebook copy in ePub or Kindle right now, for only $4.99 and while you’re at your favourite retailer or Amazon Canada, you can add a free copy of my first novel She to your cart. I hope you will enjoy reading Time and Space as much as I enjoyed writing it!

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Giveaway to Celebrate New Book Launch!

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My newest novel Time and Space is set to launch the first week of June, and to celebrate that, I’m holding a giveaway of a paperback copy of She, my first novel, on Goodreads. Enter now!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

She by Shireen Jeejeebhoy

She

by Shireen Jeejeebhoy

Giveaway ends May 22, 2013.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

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Giveaway Time! For Concussion Is Brain Injury!

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For the grand finale of my Orangeberry Book Tour of Concussion Is Brain Injury, I’m holding a giveaway for one paperback copy on Goodreads. Enter today before time runs out!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Concussion Is Brain Injury by Shireen Jeejeebhoy

Concussion Is Brain Injury

by Shireen Jeejeebhoy

Giveaway ends May 01, 2013.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

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Orangeberry Virtual Book Tour for my Novel She Comes to an End

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Well, that was a busy few weeks touring my first novel She around the blogs and Twitter. I had interviews and guest posts on many blogs, a couple of #TwitterViews, three Twitter Blasts, and best of all, reviews. When I signed up with Orangeberry for their Phoenix 30-day tour, I wanted reviews most of all. And since She had been out awhile, I was able to give them the time they needed to send my ebook around and for bloggers to read them individually or in their book clubs: about six weeks.

This was my first virtual book tour, and it was a tad confusing for me at first. The Starter Kit seemed to lose its way to me in cyberspace. But once I got it, the details were clear insofar as what I needed to do to prepare: answer interview questions, write guest blog posts of about 500 words, and announce on social media that my book tour was coming up. There was a fair amount of writing to do, but the questions were interesting and got me thinking. And the guest post topics were challenging for me as I normally don’t write about writing. I like a challenge. As I was answering and writing, I had to keep in mind which book of mine I was promoting. When I went to do the same for my next book tour for Concussion Is Brain Injury, I had to shift focus from being an author of a novel to being an author of a non-fiction medical memoir.

Once I sent off my answers and posts, I noted the start date in my calendar so that I could be ready to tweet and/or blog about the tour events. I also noted down the dates of the #TwitterViews so that I could answer the questions as they were tweeted. They came at the rate of about one question every half hour over several hours. Much easier to do in real time then catch up later. Plus less overwhelming for your Twitter followers. In the Starter Kit they include the URL of your Author Page. You can see it immediately, well before your tour start date. The first few dates are filled up, and then … nothing. I wasn’t sure if that meant they hadn’t found bloggers to fill the rest of the dates or what. But on the first day of the tour, all those empty dates suddenly got filled. So fear not empty days, they shall be filled. And, as I discovered with my second tour, the dates or events can sometimes change. For example, one day was supposed to be an Author Interview, then it was changed to Book Feature. The Book Feature is your book cover, your Amazon blurb, social media links, buy links to Amazon and Smashwords, Amazon author page and your website, and rating and genre info. It’s a bit disconcerting when you don’t know what to expect, but once you get into the tour, it’s okay. And any time I had questions, I received a reply pretty quickly. That went too if by the end of the day (they ask you to wait to see your event show up on a blog because of time zone differences etc.) I hadn’t seen my guest post or interview, I emailed to ask where it was. They’d reply by the next day at the latest with the URL.

One thing to note: book reviews may not show up until the end of the tour. The Book Feature will show up on the day scheduled for the review — that’s your cue that a review is being written and will be posted later. Some reviews appear on Goodreads, some on Amazon, and some on both. The book club ones follow a short question-and-answer format. The individual ones vary with the blogger’s style. I was really pleased with the number of reviews I received (even if some had spoilers, oy!). Between March 7 and 25, twenty-one new text reviews were posted on Goodreads, five new text reviews on Amazon.com, and one new one on Amazon.co.uk. Of course, being a Canadian author with a book set in a Canadian city, one cannot expect any Canadians to review it! Ahem.

And so after all that, I had great reviews, plenty of buzz about She, and very, very few new sales. Oh well. I think I’ll do another Goodreads giveaway anyway.

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Home Stretch Stops on Orangeberry Book Tours

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We’re entering the home stretch of the the Orangeberry Book Tour for She and going from daily to weekly stops for Concussion Is Brain Injury. Since my last post, the She book tour has stopped at

She deserves someone to love her unconditionally.” (From My Love for Books Review)

And the Concussion Is Brain Injury tour has been appeared on Twitter a few times, including a #TwitterView, and at these blogs:

Each blog has posted an interview with me, a Book Feature, and/or a book review. Click on the links to see more, including giveaways for a $50 Amazon gift card during March (not all have the giveaway).

What is your favourite quality about yourself?Click to find out my answer to this and other questions!

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#TwitterView with @ShireenJ on Concussion Is Brain Injury

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At the end of my first week of my Orangeberry Book Tour for Concussion Is Brain Injury comes a #TwitterView, short for a Twitter interview. This is my third one, and I’m getting to be an old hand at this — or so I think until I see the first question. Oy!

As I write this, I’m mid-answering the questions as they appear on my Twitter timeline. But no need to go searching for my answers on my timeline. For your convenience, I’ve created the widget below where you can see all the questions and my answers all at once, beginning with my first #TwitterView!


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Orangeberry Book Tours for She and Concussion Is Brain Injury

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As of Monday, I have two book tours running. Ack! One for my first novel She, and one for my latest book Concussion Is Brain Injury.

Loved the forest scene. Was dark and eerie. Felt like you were right there in the car with them.” (Melody Armstrong on Goodreads)

The one for She has been running a couple of weeks now, and so the book reviews are starting to come in. Some are done through book clubs, and they have a question and answer format. From what I can ascertain, the reader/reviewer of my book picks four questions from a list I assume their book club gives them, and they give brief answers. Then they attach a star rating to it. A few do, ahem, give away a few details. So if you like being kept fully in suspense, skip those. But if you’re the kind of reader who wants to know everything before you dive in, go over to my Goodreads page for She and check out the reviews!

At a glance, you think you are indulging in a fantasy read but as you go deeper into the story, you see the other side of the story which is how to make a come back after tragedy has struck. This is where the story becomes interesting.” (Vicky Smith on Amazon)

There are also a couple of new reviews on Amazon’s US site. They’re either straight reviews or in the book club question-and-answer format. It’s too bad Amazon doesn’t propagate reviews across all their sites — as a reader, I may want to buy from Amazon Canada but have to go to Amazon US first to read any reviews, skipping over the one-star reviews as they’re usually idiotic.

When did you first know you could be a writer? I didn’t consider writing a career for me until…” (From interview on Bits ‘n Bobs on Books)

Some of the reviews appear on individual blogs too. Bits ‘n Bobs on Books published a review (tiny spoiler alert: main character name reveal), author interview, and book feature this week. I also continue to have Book Features, the latest on The Reading Cat and Lonely Heart Reviews, and guest posts, the latest on How to Write by the Seat of your Pants on Lonely Heart Reviews.

I want readers to know that concussion is a brain injury, a serious injury.” (From interview on Mommy Adventures with Ravina)

Meanwhile, my book tour of Concussion Is Brain Injury begins with a book feature on Peace from Pieces and an Author Interview on Mommy Adventures with Ravina (which is also holding a giveaway for a $50 Amazon gift card for the next 10 days).