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Blog Tour de Troops: Free ebooks for you & a troop!!

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Welcome to STOP 1 in the Indie Book Collective’s Blog Tour de Troops, (ALL WEEKEND LONG) where authors give back to the men and women who safeguard our freedom. What is being indie if not being free, right?

To celebrate, read, comment and instantly win a FREE ebook–“Play Fling,” then click onward along the daisy chain of over 35 authors each giving an ebook to every commenter. Next stop–Stacy Wallace Benefiel and ANOTHER free ebook!

Oh, and did I mention a troop gets one, too?

Yep, each commenter gets an ebook for them AND one for a troop!
Today, Kelli McCracken joins me and we are talking gratitude and indie and rock n roll…

A: Kelli, what does gratitude mean to you this Memorial Day?

K: Well, Amber, gratitude means many things to me this Memorial Day. I’m grateful that I have met all the wonderful members of the Indie Book Collective. They have made the last six months as an indie author less confusing and frightening; I’m grateful for the support I have received. More importantly, I’m grateful for a country in which I have the freedom to express my creativity. That I have the right to write whatever comes to my mind. That would not be possible without the men and women of the military, who risk their lives everyday to give me these liberties and more. I’m grateful I’m an American.

K: What about you, Amber? What does gratitude mean to you this Memorial Day?

A: It means a lot of the same to me. I stand on the shoulders of my ancestors who struggled and fought to bring a better life to their children. My uncles fought in world wars. My grandparents settled wild lands. I get to live a better life every day thanks to their sacrifices and hard work. As a woman, I get to dress as I please, speak as I please, even write as I please all because I was born American. I sleep safe at night thanks to those braver than me who live by a call to duty.

A: And what does being Indie mean to you, Kelli?

K: Being Indie means the world to me. I see it as a blessing. I have an opportunity to share my stories with people. It means I have a chance to get know my fans on a more personal level. I can get my work to them without the delays of traditional publishing.
I get to meet amazing people on my journey. I’ve developed friendships with other writers who I don’t think I would have met had I stuck with the persuit of traditional publishing.
Being indie also makes me appreciate my freedom. I have no restraints holding me back; no one to tell me I’m not good enough. I have people encouraging me to keep going when I feel like quiting. I can pay it forward to others who share my stuggles and give them the encouragement they need to write another day.
Being indie means being true to my characters; to my story; to my heart.
K: What does being indie mean to you, Amber?

A: It means when, where, and how my stories are shared is up to me. Not subject to someone else’s timeline, or deadline, or opinion on its sales potential. I get to be 100% a part of the sales and fan equation.
It means getting to connect with readers and peers and share all that I’ve learned. It means grabbing a trend by the neck hairs and climbing on for each ride today, not tomorrow.
A: Can you tell us about your coming Indie release, Kelli?
K: Thank you, I’d love to! “What the Heart Wants” is a paranormal romance that takes place in Los Angeles, California. Heaven Lewis is invited to LA by her childhood best friend. Once there,  Heaven learns exactly why her BFF invited her and her life changes in ways she never expected. She meets Mr. Tall, dark, and yummy, Dylan McBride.
Dylan is the mysterious lead singer for the rock band, Sliders. When Dylan sees Heaven for the first time, he is blown away, mainly because he has been dreaming about her for the last six months. He is drawn to her by an unexplainable connection. This connection is so powerful that Dylan can sense Heaven’s emotions. He knows there is a reason why he dreamed of her and why they’re connected, but he doesn’t know how to find the answers. Dylan wants to tell Heaven about their connection, but fears any explanation would sound neurotic. He can’t afford to lose her after months of searching for her.
As Dylan pursues Heaven’s heart, they not only have to fight off insecurities, but nosy paparazzi, jealous friends, meddling family, and a deranged associate. If that isn’t enough, a misunderstanding leads to a horrific event that threatens to tear apart the budding relationship. “What the Heart Wants” is the first book in my Soulmate Series.
K: How about you, Amber? Fierce Dawn was so amazing, I can’t wait to get my hands on your next book. What indie project do you have in the works?
A: Yummy is right! This sounds like a great debut! A romance we can sink our teeth into. What is it about putting a guy in a band that ups his hot quotient SO much? I love the turmoil of fame you referenced and can’t wait to see how these two deal with it.
I’m so glad you enjoyed “Fierce Dawn.”
My next release is “Soul Search.” Set in early 1930’s, Thomas Grayson blames himself for his nephew’s disappearance and will do whatever it takes to find him, including embracing the wolf soul residing inside him. When a witness to his nephew’s disappearance surfaces, Thomas harbors serious doubts which only increase when Leigh Chaney’s secret is exposed. All her life, she has been in contact with the other side and what she learns there will test every belief Cash holds dear.
Then I have three sequels on deck, one of which follows, “Play Fling,” in the Stupid Cupid series. SPEAKING OF, every commenter today scores an ebook of “Play Fling.” I figure our troops could use a good laugh and Millie’s antics are always great for that as she stumbles through her matchmaking life sentence. But don’t believe me, just ask I Smell Sheep! Their review of “Play Fling” is HERE.
Since your book has a rock star hero, and the troops are our heroes, how about if everyone comments what their favorite all American rock song is? (Don’t forget to include your email address!)
A: Mine has GOT to be “American Girl” by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers! How about you, Kelli?
K: My favorite all American rock song is “Miss America” by Saving Abel. The song gives me chills every time I hear it.
Okay, readers! All you have to do to get your instant free ebook, “Play Fling,” is comment what your fave all American song is and include your email. You’ll also be entered to win a brand, new KINDLE for you. Plus the Indie Book Collective, our tour host, will give multiple KINDLES to the troops!
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Blog Tour de Troops is Coming!

May 27th-30th, over 25 authors will be giving a free ebook to every commenter PLUS one to a troop per!

We’re giving away multiple KINDLE devices!

We’re rallying readers to pay it forward the men and women who safeguard our freedom.

All in one fun blog hop.

Stay tuned!

Hot Trends and Big Winners!

The final frontier for us authors in the digital age is the ability to give readers something personal. Like a signing. Thanks to being Indie and scoring an iPad plus the brilliant Indie Book Collective having two fingers on the industry’s pulse, I can give my readers a signed ebook.

Sweet!!

It’s my new favorite thing to give away now. Today at Immortality and Beyond, a signed copy of Fierce Dawn is up for grabs. Plus anyone who helps Fierce Dawn scale the Amazon Kindle charts now through May 18th, can request one from me, too. AND I have a winner of the one I gave away in the recent Blog Tour de Force Cage Match, too!

Whew! Let’s a catch a breath.

We also have a winner of the Super Secret Spoil Me prize. The contents in it are so awesome that I can’t tell you what’s in it. If the winner wants to, hey, that’s cool. But I’m sworn to secrecy.

But first…a couple announcements.

I’ll be joining eighteen authors in the first bi-annual Arizona Dreaming reader event June 4th in Tempe, AZ. It’s a day of fun and chatting up all your favorite on-the-rise authors. I can’t wait! Limited seats available and tickets are selling fast. Get yours here.

July 30th I’ll join Rachel Thompson and Carolyn McCray to speak on two panels at the Indie Book Event in New York City!

May 18th marks Fierce Dawn‘s Bestseller For a Day and I’m starting to see that 3 times might in fact be a charm. Reviews and reactions over Fierce Dawn are phenomenal. The event itself is getting national attention. How cool that a seed of an idea, thanks to all of you, is growing so fast!

NOW, for the winners….

The Super Secret Prize goes to….Hazel O’Shea!!

The signed ebook, commenter from The Bookish Snob goes to…Toni LoTempio!!

Huge Congrats to both and thank you to all who came to play. Off to sign and send and stuff…happy Thursday all!

:}Amber Scott

He said, “One or two pounds on you may as well be TWENTY…”

Yep. My dear husband who I love had no idea why I might be offended over that comment. Apparently, eating five gourmet cupcakes in one sitting puts a pound or two on a girl. I’m cool with that.

But TWENTY?????

#ManCode help me not kill him pleeeeeaaaassseeee!

I had a good laugh over my husband’s blunder thanks to RachelInTheOC and her book A Walk In The Snark, today’s Bestseller For A Day book.

It is side-splitting funny and ohhhh so true. Married? Dating? Living on planet earth with the opposite sex?

Then you’ll get it, too. Speaking of getting it–GO NOW and grab your copy for 99 cents today. Yep, a dollar for some serious laughs. SO worth it. And then you’ll better appreciate how I managed to NOT kill the husband yesterday.

PLUS, she has give aways to celebrate her big day. Check them out at BestsellerForADay.com!

Though I am facing a few hundred sit-ups, those cupcakes (root beer float, sweet potato with marshmallow frosting, lemon meringue and s’mores) were worth every last crunchie.

:}Amber Scott

P.S. Even if you don’t own a KINDLE, you can score A Walk In The Snark. Get a free KINDLE app HERE!

A Signed Ebook?!

YES!!!

Here is the beginning prototype.

Now, the real fun will come when it shall be a personalized signature and come inside the ebook!

Two reviewers reportedly read Fierce Dawn in one day flat.

Get yours now at Amazon.com!

Don’t have a Kindle? Get a FREE Kindle app here! Or grab your preferred format at Smashwords!

:}Amber Scott

Blood Is A Drug…

In this world, blood is a drug and vampires are the immortals addicted to it.

Elijah Stokes is a seeker. Deep blue wings carry him in flight and help him apport from place to place. He hunts vampires who’ve crossed realm lines.

Someone–something–is following Sadie Graves, a human changeling who might be the key to unraveling a conspiracy to destroy the human realm before realm lines collapse, forcing immortals and mortals to exist on the same physical plane.

Sadie knows her attraction to Elijah isn’t real, that it stems from the magnetism all seekers possess. But knowing doesn’t stop her thoughts circling or her body clamoring for just one touch. As she transforms, Elijah feels it to.

With an evil immortal sect after Sadie and her immortal side awakening so rapidly, succumbing to their lust would risk everything.

April 2011!!

Sneak Peak–Fierce Dawn

I’m not officially supposed to leak this cover until after St. Patty’s Day. Why? Because Irish Moon is up for Bestseller For A Day’s “Sustainable Sales” program on the 16th and well, we want everyone buying it, right?

So, just PROMISE you’ll still be excited over Druids, magick, betrayal, highlanders, and lust next week, okay?

SWEET.

Alright. Here is the cover for Fierce Dawn, book one in the Realm Series. It’s a dark paranormal romance where vampires are blood addicts, angels are hunters and a sect of immortals want humankind gone.

Coming April 2011

Ah, Elijah be thy name! Anyone else need a towel for the drool?

:}Amber Scott