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Smashwords Winter/Summer Sale = Free Ebooks

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At one minute past midnight Pacific time on March 2, the special Smashwords Read an Ebook Week promotion catalogue goes live on the Smashwords home page.  Readers can browse the catalogue and search by coupon code levels and categories.  At the stroke of midnight Pacific time at the end of the day on March 8, the catalogue disappears.

The coupon codes only work at Smashwords, not at retailers served by Smashwords.”

I’ve enrolled all my ebooks in this super sale, from anywhere from 50% to 75% off to FREE. Click on the book cover of your choice to get your super-discounted copy and start reading.

Time and Space

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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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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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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).

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Orangeberry Virtual Book Tour for She, Week Two

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My novel She continues to make its merry way around the world, hopping onto first American then UK blogs. This past week, it appeared on Brainy Book Reads, eInk Reviews, and High Class Books. All three posted a Book Feature; Brainy Book Reads and High Class Books an interview with me; and eInk Reviews my guest post on why book covers are (still) important.

Brainy Book Reads wants to know first who my publisher is, then why I chose to write this particular book.

All my fiction book ideas just come to me, like mist rising up, taking form, and knocking me on my head, demanding my attention.

Meanwhile High Class Books gets right to the important question: what’s my favourite food?

Chocolate!

Friday, @OBBookTours and @kybunnies are sending out a Twitter Blast. Saturday, Dreaming in the Pages has a Book Feature and $50 Amazon gift card or PayPal cash giveaway till end of March. Sunday, Next Big Book Thing also has a Book Feature. Book reviews and more questions for me are to come in the following days.

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Virtual Book Tour: Ten Writer Tips on Author’s Friend and a Review

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Today I have three events for my Orangeberry Book Tour!

First up, a guest post on Author’s Friend.  I offer ten tips on becoming a better writer, and I throw in a bonus tip too.

Even if [writing] comes naturally, spilling out like a thunderous waterfall, there are things you can do to make that waterfall of prose better.

Check out my ten tips on just how to make that waterfall of prose better on Author’s Friend.

Next is a new book review on She. Four of five stars!

Does reading this book change the way you think? In more ways than one.

Read the entire review on Author’s Friend or on Amazon.com and Goodreads.

And the last event is the Orangeberry Pick of the Week and Sidebar exposure.

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An Author Interview on Blog-A-Licious Authors and a #TwitterView

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My Orangeberry blog tour continues. This weekend is a quickie author interview, my second one, and a #TwitterView, round 2. But just because the events are the same genre, doesn’t mean the questions and answers are the same!

Blog-A-Licious Authors asks such questions as, “What genre are you most comfortable writing?” Regular readers of my books will know that would’ve been a tad hard for me to answer. Check it out to see what I came up with!

The one I most enjoyed writing was a time travel novel

The interview with Orangeberry Book Tours on Twitter or #TwitterView will be lasting throughout this day. I’ve posted a widget below so you can see my answers so far: