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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! 


Share the Love Scavenger Hunt


Seen Recently author Larisa Walk asked authors to share something scandalous or quirky about one of their characters. I had to think about that for a while. I have quite a few quirky characters including one kid who sees visions of a mysterious girl and sketches her obsessively, and a girl so caught up in the man she sees in her dreams that she leaves behind the love of her life and almost dies! But scandalous? Ha! My characters are as clean as fresh fallen snow. They are nearly perfect. Sure they may whine or complain, but they are basically good. But… they aren’t ALL good. I mean, what’s a good adventure story without a villain, right? My main characters may be offered sainthood, but my villains are down and dirty. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that they are truly scandalous. And yet, I never really cover those nitty gritty details in my story. So, today I’m digging in to what makes my villains tick. What makes them so mean and nasty? I’ll give you a sneak peek in today’s Share the Love Scavenger Hunt Clue:

Click here and scroll down to find today’s clue

You’re looking for SEEN and then here’s what you’ll do

Read about Margo and tell me this quick

What makes her evil? What makes her tick?

 Want a bonus entry? Have you seen the long list of prizes we’re giving away on the 28th? Wow, it’s getting long! A ton of great books from some fabulous authors. We have a lot of chances to win. You gain entries by commenting your answers to our clues here on the blog, but you can also win on FB with our daily games. So, for today’s bonus entry, Share the Love by sharing the link to our FB event either on FB or twitter. You can visit my Twitter page and retweet my announcements to make things easy. Don’t worry, we’re keeping track of who follows through. Don’t forget to #sharethelove!


Share the Love Scavenger Hunt

Share the Love, people!

Share the LoveI know Valentine’s Day is over, but we are just getting started with our Share the Love Scavenger Hunt. We’ve got so much planned that we decided to spread out a little. My good friend, author Felicia Tatum, and I are joining forces in a new Facebook event to Share the Love. On February 28th we’re giving away prizes ALL DAY LONG! You will want your name drawn, I promise you! So, get busy hunting those clues, posting your guesses, and sharing the love with your book-loving posse. Here’s today’s clue:

Roses are Red, Violets are Blue
Don’t worry, dear readers, 
We have prizes you!

The date has been set,
We’re ready to cheer.
Choose the prize you want most
And then post it here.

That’s right. We want to know which of our prizes you’re dreaming of winning! (Oops! I gave it away.) So, visit the FB event page and scroll through our prize selection. Then, come back here to post your answer under comments. Want a bonus entry? Share the love by inviting your friends to join the fun. You can post our event link on your Facebook page or click the “Invite Friends” button on the event page. Be sure to let us know that you shared the love so that we can count your bonus entry. Happy Hunting!

Share the Love Scavenger Hunt

The Hunt Begins

It’s February and that means it’s time to share the love, people! Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and I want YOU to be my Valentine. This month I’ll be sharing the love with all of my readers and fans here at HeatherSutherlin.com. Not only will I be giving away books and other fun prizes, I’ll also introduce you to some incredible Indie Authors that I know you’ll L-O-V-E and many of them are giving away freebies this month, too! It’s going to be a month to remember, I can tell you that!

It all starts today with my Share The Love Scavenger Hunt. Each day I’ll post a new clue on the website and all you have to do is follow the links to find the answer, then hurry back here to post your discovery. Bonus points if you Share the Love! At the end of the month, we’ll have a big giveaway day and spread around some book love with all of you. It’s easy, it’s fun, and you are going LOVE what I have in store. Want to know what you could win?

Grand Prize: A complete sets of my books, signed and delivered to the address of your choosing. Prefer ebooks? No problem!

1st Runner Up: Choose a free ebook from my collection

Valentine’s Day Winners: Shhhh! It’s a secret! Be sure to visit the website on Valentine’s Day to enter our special giveaway. Want more prizes? The more visitors we have that day, the more prizes you could win, so tell your friends. It’s going to ROCK!

Are you ready to play? Here we go:

Roses are red, here’s your first clue,

Last Friday on FB, I announced some big news.


When you’ve found the answer, come back and post it here. Then, for a Share the Love bonus point, click “Like” on my FB page. You have to comment here AND click like if you want both points for today. Good luck!



It’s often a lonely business being a writer. I’ve learned that the best way to make it through is to befriend other writers in similar straits. This year I’ve joined quite a few author collectives to make that happen. This week I’m going to tell you about them, but first I want to share an event that is happening RIGHT NOW for indie writers.

Indies 4 Hire is a brand spankin’ new business venture between Gwen Gardner and Maria Zannini. Both are indie authors who have decided to share their acquired talents with other authors in need. Gwen is a formatting and editing guru while Maria shares her graphic design experience through cover design, web design and marketing materials. Two of the sweetest gals I’ve met, they are hoping their talents will launch new authors into the bright and shiny world of publishing.

To introduce themselves, they’ve created a special Facebook event that is running all week during the lunch hour. Indie authors are signing on from all over the globe to join in the lively discussion on topics ranging from self-editing tips to best marketing practices. To join in the fun, just follow this link and join the group. Then, jump in by adding a comment or two or just reading through the discussions. To add to the fun, Indies 4 Hire is hosting a giveaway and the prizes are BIG. You can find that here.

Come back tomorrow to hear all about another group I’m very proud of, the YA Indie Carnival.

Happy Reading,