Share the Love Scavenger Hunt

Review to Win

Share the LoveEarlier I showed you a few ways you can share the love with your favorite authors by reviewing their books or sharing their links with friends. Now it’s time to put that to good use in today’s Share the Love Scavenger Hunt clue:
Read the post,
Review a book,
Then, share the link
And we’ll take a look.

Be sure to post your review link in the comments below so we’ll know where to find it! For a bonus entry, Share the Love with your friends by tweeting/sharing on FB this comment:

Want to win FREE books and #sharethelove with an author? Join the hunt! @HeatherSutherli

Our big giveaway day is next week, so if you’ve missed any of the clues, hurry and catch up with the hunt! You can find all the clues for the month here and don’t forget to look for bonus entries where you can help us Share the Love. In the meantime, we’re giving away prizes and sharing some of our favorite indie authors on the Facebook page, so join us there for more fun and free books. Happy Hunting!  ~Heather

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Share the Love for Your Favorite Author

Heather headshotAll month long we’ve been sharing the love of books and our favorite indie authors with our Share the Love Scavenger Hunt. If you’ve been following us on Facebook, you know that the authors are sharing some too and that means FREE books!

Most of us become authors because we have a story to tell. Before we were writers, we were readers, and even now the writers I know are passionate fans.  The discussions and debates over books in a group of writers can get downright…lively. So, if you ask us what we think about a book or an author, we’re happy to tell you! And that is the best thing any reader can do for an author they love – Tell someone!

With that in mind, I thought I would share a few tips on how YOU, dear reader, can share the love with your favorite authors.

Share a Review
This the most powerful way to shout your love from the rooftops and tickle your favorite author’s fancy. A review is a public declaration of your affections. It not only cheers your author on to greater things, it sells books! That’s right – YOU have the power to help your author succeed. In the end all the work we put into our books is still worthless if our readers don’t share their enthusiasm with other readers. We rely on you to tell friends and family and anyone on the street with an iPhone or Kindle that we have a story worth reading. A positive book review is even better because it’s permanent and posted for all to see. Book reviews sell books!

While I was preparing for this post, I hopped over to Amazon to check out the changes they’ve made (They’ve recently nixed “likes” and “tags” which used to be easy ways to help readers find your favorite authors.) I stopped by the Amazon page for A Light In the Darkness and found a new review had been posted. My heart began to race and I nearly squealed with delight (yes, I really do this!) A new review filled with thoughtful opinion and cheerful enthusiasm can carry me afloat for the rest of the day and drives me back into the arms of my worrisome “work in progress” so that I struggle through another round of edits just to satisfy the desires of my readers who leave comments like, “I can’t wait for her next book in this series!!” Want to see more books from your favorite author? Leave a review telling everyone why they should read the author’s book and end it by cheering them on to keep writing. At the very least, maybe your review will help sell a few more books, pay another bill or even fund the next book in the series. Remember, reviews sell books!

Share a Link
Do you follow your favorite authors online? Another simple way to share the love is to join an author’s Facebook page, Twitter following, and blog and then share the links with friends. This is twice as fun when you are a fan of indie authors because most of us have a lot more time on our hands for fan interaction than the big names do. As a matter of fact, even when we don’t have a lot of time, we are likely to respond because most of us opted for indie status in hopes of connecting with our readers in a more personal way than traditional publishing allows. We’re fan girls (or boys) too, for the most part, so we get it. You want to know what’s up with a certain character or when the next book is coming out? Wonder how they were inspired or why the book writing is taking so long? All of that is usually shared in social media if you’re keeping up. So, if you have groupie tendencies, join the fun. Then, share the love by retweeting or sharing links to the posts that fascinate you and might interest your book loving friends. Who knows, you might even become actual friends with your favorite author! Wouldn’t that rock?!

 Share the Love
Now that you know how to share the love with your favorite author, it’s time to get busy! Come back later for today’s Share the Love Scavenger Hunt clue! 


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Interview and Giveaway

I was thrilled to be interviewed this week over at the fabulous book blog, Christian Bookshelf Reviews. I want to thank Melanie at CBR for inviting me to share a little more about myself and my books.  I thought her questions were insightful and unique. I enjoyed the opportunity to meet new readers and hope you will all stop by to say hello. She reads and reviews Christian fiction and I’ve become a true fan of her site in my constant search for great books.

If you are curious about why I write or want to know a little more about me as a person, please stop by and read through the interview. While you’re there, go ahead and enter for a chance to win my first book, A Light In the Darkness.  If you know someone who has been wanting to read it, now’s a good time for them to have a shot at getting it for FREE. So, be sure to share the link with your friends.

Happy reading!