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WOW! Thank you all so much!

What a weekend!

The Blog Tour de Troops has come to an end. *sigh*

I am humbled by the overwhelming response and outpouring of gratitude to our troops. My fellow authors did such an amazing job, helping the Indie Book Collective’s first Blog Tour de Troops a major success.

How major? Tune in today 4:30pm PST to the Indie Book Blog Talk Radio show to hear the final number of ebooks and Kindles to the troops! Just click here.

Live on the show, I’ll also annouce the winner of “Fierce Dawn’s” Bestseller For a Day Kindle give away! Thanks to all its support on May 18th, it is holding strong on three Kindle bestseller lists!

Not only that but “Irish Moon” rose to #2 on the Kindle Fantasy Historical list over the weekend thanks to the Blog Tour de Troops carry over.

I feel like the luckiest author ever today!

Just. SO. Cool!

:}Amber Scott

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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!

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!

Presenting Author Cage Match: Cristyn West v. Amber Scott

*Ding Ding Ding* MATCH ENDS April 25, 2011 Midnight PST!

In this corner, weighing in at never-gonna-tell, meet me, Ammmbeer Rockiiiiin Scott.

Yeah, that’s right. Rockin’. Today that’s exactly what WE are gonna do–rock Cristyn West’s world when you, me and every soul we know comes and comments here today!

You see, this week isn’t about picking the best read or the favorite author. It’s about which author can earn the most relevant comments and claim the Championship title.

And honestly, thank Chocolate for that because there are some seriously talented and amazing authors you’ll score FREE ebooks from this week. 10 in total!

We’ll have controversy with Monogamy Sucks (does it?) and A Walk In The Snark (#ManCode much?). We’ll have depth and honesty with reads like Bits of You & Pieces of Me. There are even two–count ‘em, two–award-winners in the ring! Who? Not telling, but if you hunt, you’ll easily find out.

Not that I doubt Fierce Dawn will win your heart and imagination. Its reviews prove #itshallhookyou.

Yes, I admit that my opponent’s read is so good it kept me up all night reading it…and then peeking in the dark hoping I still looked blonde in shadows. Brunettes beware is right!

But since the point to all this is FUN, I’ll try to stable my competitive streak and focus on the party part.

Did I hear someone yell PRIZES? Yes?

#asyouwish

1. Comment for your instant win of an ebook copy of Fierce Dawn telling me what superpower you’d pick if YOU became a human changeling. Don’t forget to include your email address!

2. Pick your favorite review of Fierce Dawn (Release Notes A Tale of Many Reviews, ParaYourNormal, The Bookish Snob, AO Bliblopsphere, Thrillers Rock T) and comment there with the phrase “Blood is a drug and I’m addicted!” to be entered to win my rockin’ goodie bag, too. (US residents, please.) The contents of my goodie bag are top secret. I can tell you this: You will feel spoiled and beautiful (or handsome.)

3. EVERY relevant comment counts as an entry toward the KINDLE!!!! So, the more you talk, the more YOU and I will ROCK!

4. I am also giving away one signed ebook. Yep! Autographed by me, to you, in ebook format. Just imagine the bragging and gloating being one of the first signed ebook owners in history will give you! To be entered for this one, just sign up for my newsletter, by saying “Because I’m HOT!” (We call us the HOT Club.)

Now, comment here A LOT. Tell your friends to! Cristyn is positive she’s going to win and I want her social media queen crown BAD!

Are you with me? Awesome! #letscomeoutswinging

:}Amber Scott

P.S. Send a friend through tweets, facebook and more and get EXTRA entries. Just email indiebookibc@gmail.com with the details and you’ll score!

Get Loaded…On Love, Baby!

Welcome to stop #8 in the Blog Tour de Force! Stop #7 was Keta Diablo and Stop#9 will be Rachel Thompson.

But FIRST…Before we get to the Druid magic or Highlander heat

LET”S HUNT!

    • –Score a free IRISH MOON Ebook! Comment on Quills & Zebras review with the words “Secret Charm” and it’s all yours. (include your email address!)
  • For a 2nd Free Ebook: go to I Smell Sheep and comment “I Sheep You!” on whichever review you prefer between IRISH MOON and PLAY FLING . (2nd Free Ebook=Play Fling or Love Lust.)

  • –For a shot at my Magic Mood kit (see below), tell me what sponsor you think I put most under my spell! (er, my books spell rather. I’ll draw a winner at the end of the tour.)
  • ***the COMMENT link is by the post date, in the left corner***

Over New Year’s weekend, I finished Where the Rain is Made by Keta Diablo and the story has stayed with me. The honesty and care she gave her setting and characters made them come to life for me. I got chills when I learned what the title truly means and it is so good that I can’t bear to give it away. I urge you to read and learn it for yourself. I’m a sucker for loves that are placed against impossible odds. I love thinking, these two will never make it and then being proved wrong. Keta did that for me.

I love a good historical but I’ve always been particular to Scottish Highlanders! Yum much? So, when my muse whispered in my ear about northern Ireland being essentially Scottish highlands in the medieval age, plus noted how women had near equal rights…well, IRISH MOON was born. I love the Druid magic, I love the heat between Breanne and Ashlon. I can still feel that moment in the cave when the sliver of sunlight lights his face and Ashlon reaches for–OOPS! I almost gave it away!

Speaking of spilling beans, Rachel Thompson’s The Best of RachelintheOC: A Walk In the Snark, made me spill my coffee! I laughed that hard. Then she took me to a place so personal and tender that I feel close to her. I don’t have words to describe how poignant I found her collection of posts and again, don’t want to spoil the good stuff.  I’m an instant fan. If not for this tour, I might have found her late and would be really miffed!

I know what you’re thinking now. Bring on the prizes!!!! Right? Okay! COMMENT away and I’ll start sending your Ebooks TODAY!!

Don’t forget that every relevant comment you leave today, here or at I Smell Sheep earns you 15 more chances to win the Kindle!

Magic Mood Kit:

  • Slumber Bubbles pheromone enhanced bath/shower gel.
  • Surprise salon goodies
  • Witch’s Brew love spell cards.
  • Signed paperback, reader’s choice between Irish Moon, Play Fling, and Love Lust.

I wouldn’t be on tour without the support of my amazing sponsors. The reviews they gave Play Fling, Irish Moon and Love Lust blew me away. Give them ALL love with comments   —->     —–> Every comment on any of my books’ reviews saying “Amber thanks U” earns you 20 extra entries!!!

Don’t miss out on all your other chances to win!  Start at Stop #1 with Carolyn McCray and follow the link trail til 31st for Scavenger Hunt day of fun! Mini hunt #1 and Mini hunt #2 are here, too.

:}Amber Scott

PS: For 25 bonus entries toward the Kindle AND Magic Mood kit, email me at amberscottbooks@gmail.com telling me you “brought a friend” by tweeting, facebooking or buzzing the tour.

PPS: Check out http://bestsellerforaday.com, too! Play Fling will need your help!!!

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Come Get Loaded!!

Cheers to 2011! No, I am not drunk. Yet. No, really. I am a bit tipsy on the wild ride that is already carrying me. It’s called “Get Loaded”.

Huh? Get Loaded! As in LOAD all those e-readers Santa brought with 12 up and coming authors’ new releases. That’s right, the rising stars of fiction’s ebooks you get to discover first. Santa leave you out? Well, the tour is also rocking a Kindle up for grabs, filled with over 12 eBooks to fill it, too!

And, like the promo says, this isn’t your Grandma’s blog tour, because…

  • 12+ eBooks up for grabs.
    12 Goodie Bag Gift Basket Somethings to win.
    Scavenger Hunt at the end promising to be hilarious fun.
    Bragging rights at stake–YOU pick your fave stop at the end!
    16 Book Reviewers reporting if we 12 authors can walk the walk –YOU pick your fave reviewer, too!

Eeeee! Excited yet? Can you tell I am SO stoked? I shall be announcing my uber-cool-make-them-all-jealous Tour Sponsor soon, too.

In the meantime, let’s tell the world, shall we? Check out the site, here.

:}Amber Scott

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