A Dystopian Romance
Nearly 100 years after the Global War devastated the world, Aerina has only known peace. Raised a Patrician in the strictly segregated Alban Republic, she lacks for nothing. Nothing except knowledge of the world outside, and the attention of the man she desires most.
Marcus is a Reaper, responsible for the state’s security. He is a leader, an elite fighter, and sometimes, an executioner. Raised as a Man of Death, he has never known true peace.
While masquerading as a Plebeian, Aerina unknowingly is part of an assassination attempt on the Consul. Nearly executed, she becomes an outcast to her own class, and her life is now endangered by a traitor who thinks she knows too much. She turns to the most unlikely source for help – her almost-executioner, Marcus.
As the pair closes in on the traitor, they uncover a far greater threat. Devastation is coming to their shores, lured by an Alban secret kept hidden since the Global War. Can Marcus and Aerina overcome their differences to save their world? And will they find in one another what they each desire most?
Excerpt: From Chapter 4
Aerina turned towards the table, settling in to the chess game.
“My turn, I see.” She rested her hand on her chin to study the move he had made since the previous evening. She crossed her legs, letting the skirt ride high on her thigh.
Marcus walked slowly up behind her, looking at the game over her shoulder. He was so close she could feel the warmth from his thighs against her back. She resisted the urge to lean back further. It was amazing how comfortable she felt with him, as if they had played chess together in his home for years.
Aerina made a tsking sound, moving her bishop to take his rook. “Bad move, darling. That was your last rook.” Marcus said nothing, leaning over her shoulder. Aerina breathed in the scent of him, that familiar spicy musk that made her heart beat faster. His forearm brushed her cheek as he leaned forward, and she wanted to run her hand lightly over the fine dark hairs covering the sinewy muscle.
Her stomach clenched, those familiar mad butterflies taking flight. The fact that those arms could wrap around her and squeeze the life from her with little effort didn’t alarm her as it should. The raw strength was coupled with an incredible control.
She was so absorbed in the essence of him, she almost missed his move. Her move had opened up a space for him to take her queen.
“You distracted me,” she accused, studying the board in disbelief.
“I wasn’t the one hiking my skirt up to my waist,” was his cool retort.
Lindsey Winsemius learned from a young age that books hold the key to new worlds. As a young adult, she was often caught with forbidden romance novels under her mattress.
In addition to authoring dystopian romance novels, she is Vice President of a technology company. Her passion for reading has led her to become part of an initiative to promote independent authors and literacy called Frantic Froggy. She lives in Grand Haven, Michigan with her husband and two young children. She is often at the beach with a book, or making up stories to entertain her children.
Author Website: lindseywinsemius.com
The tour host is a fantastic lady who supports indie authors through her Facebook blog and other social media, and by hosting blog tours.
Not sure what a blog tour is? A blog tour is a virtual book tour for authors, in which a book is featured on numerous blogs over a specific period of time. You can read a little more about them on my post Book Blog Tours.
Before the tour, Natasha set up a Google form for blogs to sign up. A total of 54 blogs committed to promoting my book during the dates of the tour. I hope most of the do!
I created several different marketing materials for the tour, including a blog cover, several book teasers, and I also included basic information like the book description, an excerpt, and my author bio. I sent those over to Natasha, who sent them out to the list of blogs that committed to the tour.
I'll be visiting each blog this week that committed to the tour, and hopefully will see my book, so I can comment and share.
I'll post a follow up next week and share the successes (or failures) of this tour. I hope it is good news!
Authors, have you done a book tour? What has your experience been?
Have you heard of an author street team?
As a new author, it is tough to know all the industry buzz terms. One term I had heard from other authors was “street team”.
While I can imagine what an author street team is, I did some research to learn more. Here is a little more comprehensive detail about what a street team is, and how to build one.
What is an author street team?
A street team is a group of fans that an author can leverage to help get out the word about their book(s) and build enthusiasm around the author’s brand.
How can an author build a street team?
I read a great article on Bibliocrunch that outlines exactly how to build a street team:
Basic template for a street team:
1. Create a new page on your author website for your street team. You will need:
2. Once you have set up your street team’s page, with benefits and a sign up form, it is time to promote your team and recruit members.
3. Once you have established members for your street team send them a welcome packet for joining your street team.
4. After you have welcomed your members send out special monthly tasks for your street team to complete and offer a prize (via raffle if you cannot afford multiple prizes).
5. Be sure to keep your spreadsheet with member information updated and keep up with monthly missions and prizes for the best results.
This template for building a street team might work great for authors with a few books and some brand recognition. What about brand new authors? How can you get fans when you are struggling to get people to even read your book?
Start with people close to you who are excited about your book. This means friends and family. Ask them to share your book with their friends, even giving out a physical copy that is easy to loan.
Include a bookmark, business card, or some other swag that will direct readers on how to become part of your street team.
You might also want to connect with other authors and do a “street team exchange”. They can join your team and get the word out about your book(s) while you agree to do the same for them.
Managing a street team is going to take time and effort, but remember, building your brand is more important at the beginning than making individual sales. And you need to spend money to make money, so consider everything you do in the beginning as an investment in your own business: your author brand.
I hope to try it out myself, and I’ll let you know about my successes or failures!
Are you an author that uses a street team? Tell me a little about your experience and let me know if I can use it in a new post.