HAPPY NEW YEAR YOU – Brand Yourself For 2019! Should Our Brand Be All The Same? Guest Jason From Strong Social Tells Us.

Happy New Year’s Eve and Welcome All! Brand Yourself in 2019!

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Brand Voice – Should It Remain the Same Across All Social Networks

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How is your brand personality determined?

It is largely determined by the words you use in communication, as well as the kind of sentences you write. Your brand voice reveals whether your brand is corporate, academic, deadpan, grave, serious, witty, funny, clever, and so on.

When defining a company’s brand voice, the problem is that rigid guidelines can stifle you. Your brand’s personality has to appeal to different people in different locations, so like a human personality, it has to retain some elasticity. Like, a central character that can convey a message in different tones. For example, your blog posts may appear enthusiastic and professional, while the promotional copy for your social media shares should probably be less enthusiastic.

Here’s what you should know about ways of using your brand voice across different social networks.

1. Instagram

Instagram is the place for B2B and B2C companies. On this platform, you can drive brand engagement and awareness with positive visuals and copy. Thus, on Instagram, you can use the classic marketing tone.

On Instagram, the line that divides branded content and UGC (user-generated content) is quite blurry. Also, it is more challenging to spot Ads, especially from influencers with undisclosed relationships with brands. When it comes to hashtags, Instagram is quite friendly towards the use of hashtags. According to SproutSocial, about 80% of all users follow at least one brand, while 7 out of 10 hashtags on Instagram are branded. It means that you should be as clear as possible about what you want your followers to do – click the link in Bio, tag a friend, or swipe up for a free trial if you are running ads.

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2. Facebook

Facebook is an exciting opportunity for any brand being that it’s the most extensive social media network in the world. With 2.27 billion monthly active users, it’s very challenging to stand out and maximize your reach. You need a distinct brand voice and identity.

What makes an effective Facebook copy? It should be accessible, familiar, and slightly informal. Unlike Twitter or Instagram, Facebook’s user group is more intergenerational. That’s why the emotion that dominates the platform is nostalgia. The content that can recall the “golden years” of your readers resonates best, whether you want to reach out to Millennials recalling the 1990s or Baby Boomers.

On the other hand, if you can’t appeal to nostalgic content, you can use particular calls to action, such as – join the debate, develop an opinion, and inform yourself. Have the copy tell your audience that there’s a larger conversation happening without them. Facebook audiences want to be entertained, so hit them with your most potent and most human content.

4. Twitter

Active Twitter copy is quick and witty. There is so much conversation happening so fast that brands often can’t move quickly enough to keep up. It is the platform of instant information, and people there want to know what’s going on this very second. Twitter is no place for old news. That’s why you should use it to experiment with your brand voice because Twitter users appreciate a more daring and experimental voice. If you have any humorous and funny content where you’re trying out some jokes, you should use Twitter as your experimental ground.

If all you’re sharing are dull press releases, people most likely won’t follow you. Better have something funny or something valuable to add to a conversation.

5. LinkedIn

According to Pew Research Center, LinkedIn is mostly used by people in the 30-49 age range. Most of them are college graduates in urban areas. The number of LinkedIn users increased to 500 million between the years 2016 and 2017. Being a professionally-oriented social network, people go there to look for jobs or to offer them, as well as share valuable content. That means that your LinkedIn copy should take the readers straight to the point, without beating around the bush. The competition is a lot less fierce than on Facebook, but you’ll still need to give a fresh and unique angle to your material to attract your audience.

To conclude, your brand voice does have to stay coherent across all social media channels. However, every social network is specific and attracts different people. The best brand voice strategy is to have an inner brand voice, but deliver your messages and engage in slightly different tones that resonate the best on each social network.

So in the coming in NEW YEAR, make sure you Brand Yourself effectively throughout Media and Social Media TOO!

Please visit my friend Jason of StrongSocial for more amazing tips and articles all of 2019! Cat

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Christmas Is Over But Holiday Ebook Sales, New Releases Are Still On Sale! Cat Has a Few For Avid Readers …

Happy Coming New Year Reading and now that Christmas is over?


Cat has many fine authors who have low priced pre-orders, new releases, and Ebook Sales! Kick your New Year off with some great reads Still On SALE …
😉 Here Are Just a Few as MORE will be added during The Next few days! 


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Cat’s Featured Ebook Pre-order and Soon New Release – By International Prolific Writer and Author, THEODORE VALLEY … HITMAN – New Release .99 Cents!

 
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.No one writes crime, romance, thrilling, and suspense-filled reads like Theodore Valley! Best selling international writer and now he soon releases his first fiction book in the USA AND a much anticipated literary Gem.

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About The New Book:


Hitman; “La Famiglia!” is the 1st book in a series, that is set in South Florida in the 1980s.

The Hitman, now an old man in 2018, the lone survivor of his family, begins to share the story of his life in the mafia, or “La Famiglia! His story is one of romance, suspense, sex and drug dealing, betrayal, murder, mayhem, drama, and thrilling twists that you won’t see coming. The Dean, as called the Mafia’s most feared contract killer is always contracted to restore order; however, everything isn’t as it seems with the many twists and turns in these entertaining real-life reflections of the 80’s cocaine days is one of kind! Now on sale for $.99 Cents!

 

About The International Writer ~ Theodore Valley

Theodore Valley is an experienced writer, International Best-Selling Author, and Award-Winning Poet. “Hitman; La Famiglia!” is the 1st book in the series, that is set in South Florida in the 1980s. The Hitman now an old man in 2018, the lone survivor of his family, tells his story of his life in the mafia.

As early readers already raving about book one, the second book in the series is already being carefully constructed using the very latest in the family protocol in dealing with assaults on several fronts including serial killers, maniacs, and much more mayhem. With even more many twists and so much action in this exciting and heartbreaking series that a seat-belt and bulletproof vest are highly recommended …
Pre-order Book One Now on Amazon Kindle and download the free Kindle App to read on any device!

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Brand E-Book New Release by Author, Joe Siccardi Titled;  “Wisdom From A Father: One dad’s thoughts on life” only $.99 CENTS!

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About The New Release:

“I’m just that ordinary Joe walking on the path of life … and sharing it with you.”

 

There are joys. There are tribulations. There are reflections. There is everyday life. In each essay, I try to convey a recognition of a greater Power who colors my perspective. My comments are always filtered through the lens of my Judeo-Christian values and largely based on 40 years of marriage raising five children.

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About The Author:

Joe Siccardi has a gift of storytelling like no other. He has been an editorial writer, editor, and publisher for 52 years and publishes a blog called  ‘Wisdom From A Father’ and as he states, “I’m the ordinary Joe walking along this journey called life and sharing it with you.”

He is the proud father of five children, 18 grandchildren, and three great-granddaughters. He currently lives in Dover-Foxcroft, ME, afterlife experiences in Paterson, Totowa, Newton and Ogdensburg, NJ; Belvidere, IL; Toledo, OH; Washington, DC; Laurel, MD; and Seneca Falls and Willard (Romulus), NY.


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Cat’s Featured Pick for New Year Reading and Ebook Sale is All Kim Carter Mystery Suspense Reads! All Six Newer Titles now on sale .99 Cents  Amazon Kindle!! 

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Kim Carter has a way with writing prolific mystery thriller books like no other! All six of her Ebooks are now on sale starting from $.99 cents to $1.99 and they make excellent gifts for the avid readers on your Holiday Gift List! Like this one above I gave 5-STARS as it is one of Cat’s Favorite!

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About This Book:

“Falling from a life of wealth and substance to inside one of America’s most notorious prisons” …

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Falling from a life of wealth and substance, to inside one of America’s most notorious prisons, prominent orthopedic surgeon Phil Sawyer is incarcerated for the voluntary manslaughter of his wife. While confined, he finds himself on the trail of a serial killer that infiltrates the walls of San Quentin. After finding himself in the infirmary for getting involved in an incident that didn’t concern him, Phil struggles with the decision to stick his neck out.

But he can’t ignore the rise in suspicious deaths among the African American inmates. With the aid of an empathetic nurse and help from the outside, he tries to identify the unexplained cause of their cardiac arrests. He finds himself out on early release and heads to Solomon Cove, a peaceful town in Maine. But, could the tranquil town all be a façade, or has the serial killer made their way across the country to seek revenge?
From wealthy Los Angeles to the justice in San Quentin, and the serene landscapes of Maine, … you will applaud the friendships and hear the cry as you ride the roller coaster of emotions this story will bring.

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About Kim Carter:

Kim Carter is an award-winning author of suspense, mystery and thriller novels.

She was a finalist for the 2018 Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award and a recipient of the 2017 TCK Publishers’ Readers’ Choice Award for her book Murder Among The Tombstones. This is the first book in her Clara and Iris Mystery series. The characters in this series are a couple of overly curious widows who become private investigators. These funny women were inspired by Kim’s mother and her mom’s best friend.

Her other titles include Sweet Dreams, Baby Belle, When Dawn Never Comes, Deadly Odds, No Second Chances, and her latest, And The Forecast Called For Rain.

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Sweet Dreams, Baby Belle     Murder Among The Tombstones

Only $1.99! New Mystery Series ~ A Clara and Iris Mystery Series ~ Sweet Dreams Baby Belle Book One and Murder Among Book Two.


Kim’s writing career started after she suffered an illness that made her housebound for a couple of years. An avid reader of mystery novels herself, she embarked on writing as a means of filling her time. She began to share those early writings with friends and family who encouraged her to pursue writing professionally. Her health struggles and successes have been chronicled on The Lifetime Television in early 2000, The Atlanta-Journal Constitution, Women’s Day Magazine, and Guidepost.

Prior to her illness, Kim worked in many different capacities in county government as her “Day Job,” but ultimately, it was her job as a correctional officer that provided her the opportunities to talk and interact with a diverse group of people. Her experiences ran the gamete of inspiring success stories to tragic endings, much like her mysteries.

She self-published her first book No Second Chances. One of the guest speakers at the launch party she had at the Performing Arts Center in Newnan, Georgia included her close friend retired Atlanta Police Chief Eldrin Bell. This connection would become helpful as she started doing more research for other books, this time working with a small publishing house.

Kim began networking and made connections with numerous homicide detectives, medical examiners, and prison officials. Her research has taken her many places including morgues, death row, and the occasional midnight visit to cemeteries.

Kim is a college graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. She and her husband have three successful grown children and reside just outside of Atlanta, Georgia. Kim’s books can be purchased online at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, BAM, and Indie Bound. You can learn more about Kim and updates on new book releases and events by visiting her Official Author Website –  Author, Kim Carter.

All Six of her titles are now on Holiday Sale on Amazon Kindle Now through DEC. 25th like this one too for just .99 CENTS!

 

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CAT ALSO Has An Amazing Self-Help Read Find The Seeker: The pathless path to fulfillment and happiness~Kindle Edition on New Year Special and My Choice for those who Seek a healthy path to Happiness and a Fulfilled Life! …

First time ever has this Ebook been deeply discounted to just .99 CENTS!

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About The Book and Rave Reviews:

A Practical Guide to Trusting the Mystery of Life

This book’s the REAL DEAL!


“Just as described, challenging and inspirational. With so much “new age wisdom” on the market, this one feels good and right to read the words of a true Zen Master and his pupil, knowing they’ve dedicated their lives to studying and imparting knowledge without it feeling like ZEN … Even as good or better reads as a Tommy Rosen’s offering! 

“Highly recommend it!

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An Editorial Review That Sums Up SEEKER:


“Like the work I have done over many decades, this book helps people to find the true Self, be One with their Divine Nature, and be free to Be. It compassionately shows people how to turn within to uncover their own Shangri-La. It is a unique, extraordinary and extremely valuable work which I highly recommend to all spiritual seekers and those who want to find what is Eternal.”

~Ihaleakala Hew Len, author of Zero Limits, teacher of Ho’oponopono and former Chairman Emeritus of the Foundation of I.

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About The Master ~ Genro Xuan Lou Laoshi:

Gert Beirer, who was born in Austria in 1945, studied Zen, meditation, Kung-Fu, Qi Gong, and acupuncture in Asia. He was given the name Genro (“Origin of Joy”) Xuan Lou, Laoshi (Laoshi = “Spiritual Master”) by Zen Master Tetsuo Kiichi Nagaya Roshi. Genro Xuan Lou, Laoshi was named Zen (Chan) Master by the Abbot and Grand Master Kun Kong at the Lingyin Temple (Shakyamuni Buddhism) in Hangzhou, with whom he studied 11 years, by Abbot and Zen Master Shi Chan Ming in Wuhan, Province Hubei, China, and was also named Shifu or “Spiritual Teacher” in 2009 by Shi Xue Feng, Abbot of the Ding Shan Temple in Germany.


After returning to Europe, Genro spent decades as a therapist and business consultant and has been heading the Qi Gong Master School in Austria for many years, practicing in accordance with the Wuhan-Yangsheng style. 


Genro Laoshi has lectured at universities, appeared on TV, held seminars on a variety of spiritual and self-help topics, taught Qi Gong courses and published articles and books on meditation, Zen, motivation and communication, storytelling, body-reading, sexual Kung-Fu, autohypnosis, and many more topics. He resides in Austria.

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Another Prolific Writer/Author, Diane Olsen and BOTH her Ebooks titled: Ancient Ways and New Release ~ RISING WIND: The Thunder Beings
Now on Holiday Sale for just $.99 CENTS!

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Rising Wind: The Thunder Beings (The Rising Wind Series Book 1)  Ancient Ways: The Roots of Religion Paperback

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About Her Amazing Ebooks:

Nominated For a “2017 Readers Choice Award and Winner of a Bronze Medal by Illumination Book Awards

“An amazing book that examines in-depth the Evolution and Relationship of Humanity and the core belief’s in just ‘One God” …


In order to enjoy this book
, you may have to suspend current beliefs, since some of the concepts may seem quite foreign at first. What if monotheism always existed, and revelations were given to all human forms. There are hints to that effect. We should not assume primitive peoples weren’t smart enough to grasp the concept of a single Creator!

Too often we tweak religion to reflect our personal thoughts rather than dealing directly with the Word of God.  Monotheism, today is represented by at least nine living faiths, yet praying to God alone is not enough, for many. Instead, we pray to Prophets, angels, saints, ancestors, deities, even the universe.

This creates a chain of “Paths” and “Ways” which become stained, over time, by human desires for control and material benefits. And as darkness and materialism overtake one Faith, another is born, through the intervention of the Holy Spirit, which is clothed in a different form, with a new name, and very familiar teachings.

Like the Tree of Life, monotheism can be visualized as a chain linking prehistory and history, entwined with human additions, wisps, and twists that produce an undulating, ultimate Yin and Yang. This constant interaction of complementary, as well as conflicting, forces and energies, exhibits both organic unity and dynamism-even war. Those who suspect there is a unified core of basic beliefs should enjoy Ancient Ways!

New Release EBook ~ RISING WIND: The Thunder Beings (Book One Series)

A businessman is assailed by dreams of a Thunderbird who needs his help, despite his strong denial of the Lakota Heritage.

To make things worse, he is told to find a woman he doesn’t know in a South American jungle to help him solve problems initiated by his former business partner, and aid the Thunder Being in the process.

With help from several Indigenous healers, Secora James and Gideon Yellow Thunder face hardship, sorrow, and death on their path to find out what the Thunderbird needs from them, and what she can give them in return. Together they find a giant native sloth and the source of slavery, abduction, and death on a volcano.

Together they face death to save Wakinyan Tanka, the great Thunderbird and bring greedy assassins to justice … “Fantastic Read with Native Flair and an action adventure like no other!” 

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Hopefully, you will find precious gems to take with you and now ALL for just .99 Cents!  HAPPY NEW YEAR Reading! ****CAT*****

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Happy 2019 PR Message From My Dear Friend Marsha of News & Experts. New Year and a New Branding For Authors!

2019 Offers A Fresh Start To Re-Ignite Your Personal Brand – BY Marsha Friedman

 

It’s that exciting time of year when we look with eager anticipation to the future, plotting out how we can make the coming 365 days even better than the previous ones.

Maybe you want to expand your business. Perhaps you hope to add a few percentage points to your sales goals.

As you set all those wonderful goals for 2019, make sure you don’t neglect to include a few resolutions for continuing to build your personal brand. These days, with the ever-changing media landscape, the opportunities to ramp up your publicity are more plentiful than ever, yet I don’t think people are always aware of that – or realize how to take advantage of those opportunities when they are aware.

For example, nearly all print publications have an online presence that helps them reach a potentially larger audience than when they depended on delivering to homes and newsstands within a limited geographic area. And it’s easier than ever for you to share with others any articles you are quoted in, either by posting links on your website or by making use of social media.

Meanwhile, new online publications continue to pop up, so the digital realm is creating additional print real estate – and additional opportunities for you.
So, as you toast the arrival of the New Year and prepare to take advantage of the digital domain’s publicity possibilities in 2019, here are a few things you should be doing:

Maintain a strong social media presence.
One of your best weapons in the quest for publicity is social media, which can help you make connections both with the media and with your target audience. Jay York, our senior digital marketing strategist, says it’s important to know which platforms are best for what you do. For example, let’s say you are a restaurant owner.

Instagram provides a platform for foodies photographing their meals, as well as an avenue to browse hashtags related to new and interesting cuisines. Facebook offers broad appeal and features such as event creation, which provides additional value to restaurants. If you’re a financial professional, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn all are good. LinkedIn is a great place to build your network and authority with higher-end clients.


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Facebook’s ad network provides powerful tools for targeting the right audience. Twitter, like LinkedIn, also provides an opportunity to focus on building authority and networking with other industry and business influencers.


Develop a content-rich website.
Your website, among other things, provides you with a chance to be your own publisher. Are you miffed that no one else will publish your thoughtful op-ed article? Don’t pout! Instead, create a blog, providing those who visit your website valuable information based on your insight in your area of expertise. Update the blog at least every week or two so people will keep coming back to read your newest thoughts and advice for them.

Create a digital-media footprint.
Vow that in 2019 you are going to redouble your efforts to pitch story ideas to the media. Reach out to publications and let them know how their readers would benefit from what you have to say. (Remember your blog? You can share that with journalists as well, giving them an even better taste of the topics you can speak about.)

If you find success reaching top-tier media, great! But don’t neglect the seemingly smaller players, including trade publications and your local small daily and weekly newspapers. The articles that small publications write are sometimes picked up by larger publications, and all of it can be linked to on your website, helping to impress clients and potential clients that you are someone the media turn to when they need a voice of authority.

As you do all these things and the months of 2019 fly by, who knows how one great publicity success might lead to another. We once had a social media strategist who was asked to discuss a topic on a local TV station. The appearance worked out so well that for a while he became a regular on the show.

Those opportunities can build and build, and build some more!

Just maybe, 2019 will be your best year for publicity ever!

Let the fireworks begin!

Marsha!

~Please visit Marsha and her team of PR Experts at “Experts & News Today”
I am taking her Rich Website Advice Into the New Year and expanding from not only Literary services but also Social Media and Media Branding and Promoting Events too on my coming soon new website beginning in JAN 2019 here “Lyon Media Services!”

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Our Author, Adriana Gavazzoni is Just One Offering of The Fine Folks of “The Kindle Book Review” and $300 Kindle Crazy Giveaway and Ebook Sale!

A Happy Holiday E-Book Sale With A GIVEAWAY That Includes
Our Author A. Gavazzoni and
All My Readers and Friends Need to Know All About!

 

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Enter The Kindle Crazy Christmas Giveaway!

Kindle Crazy ChristmasOur Kindle Crazy Christmas Giveaway is exactly what you’ve asked for. You want to win reader gear? Well Merry Christmas, because dreams really do come true. We asked our Facebook fans what they’d like to see in our giveaways, and they overwhelmingly voted for more reader gear like Reader T’s, Reader mugs, Kindles and more. So we’re giving away some amazing prizes to two (2) lucky winners on December 23rd.

“Sound like crazy fun? Of course, it is! And that’s why we’re the No.1 Site for Reader Giveaways! We love Christmas and Kindles. Maybe a little too much… Naaahhh!”

Hey, someone’s gotta win; might as well be you! But you can only win if you’re a subscriber, so enter, subscribe, meet our authors, and WIN! And don’t miss our $200 “Award Winning Giveaway” and “Weekly Amazon eGift Card Giveaway“ now on “The Kindle Book Review!”

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1st PRIZE: 8″ Kindle Fire, Reader T, $25 Amazon eCard, and Reader mug ($150 value).

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HOW? Scroll through the book covers below and click on the books that look like “your kind of book” LIKE Author, Adriana Gavazzoni’s Award- Winner “Behind The Door”      #E-book on DEC 10th for only $2.99 a download!!

Behind the Door: A Sizzling, Psychological Suspense (Hidden Motives Book 1) Kindle Edition

Then? Enter our Rafflecopter form below, subscribe, and follow the authors who write the kind of books you enjoy. When you click on a book cover, you’ll be redirected to the author’s Amazon “Author Page”. While you’re there, read their bios, and check out all their books. Who knows, you could meet your next favorite author! There are no purchases necessary to enter or win, but supporting our authors and buying their books is the only way these giveaways are made possible.

HINT: Supporting our authors will add 5 entry points each day. Share our sponsors’ books, Tweet their Amazon link, Share on Facebook. And, yes, you can buy their books. Enter every day and tell all your reader friends to enter, too! Good luck!

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About “BEHIND The DOOR”


When Lara dies at the hands of a Manhattan lawyer during a steamy sex game, his defense attorney, Carl, hires Simone, a psychiatrist, professor, and author of books on sexual behavior to help him buttress his argument that Lara’s death was accidental. To help his defense, Carl’s client has written a detailed account of his steamy, year-long relationship with Lara.

Carl gives the text to Simone for analysis. While evaluating the presumed killer’s writing, Simone continues to receive psychiatric patients with sexual disorders and unusual fantasies and to research strange sexual behavior for her next book. Meanwhile, Simone’s clinical partner, friend and research colleague, Edward, is working with the police to capture a serial killer who is torturing and killing women.

From hot and unusual sex and interesting psychiatric patients to the swing houses of New York and Paris, this fast-paced page-turner is a blend of mystery, suspense, humor, romance, erotica, and suspenseful roller coaster like no other!

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So let’s go support one of our OWN fantastic and amazing authors if you have not read her book one of her Multi Award Winning Series, “Hidden Motives” and Book One “BEHIND The DOOR.” Just click on her book cover and get your copy today then enter to WIN …

AND? Adriana is celebrating too with a GoodReads Giveaway as well! If you haven’t had the chance to read her award-winning book “Behind The Door” then connect with her on Goodreads and enter to win a free copy here: GR Giveaway
Now until Dec. 24th, 2018.

HAPPY HOLIDAY READING FRIENDS! **** CAT ****

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Meet Ashley Emma Writer of Amish Everything. You Should Be Reading All Her Amazing Books …

Hello and Happy Holiday Reading Friends,

So you know writer and Author, Ashley Emma? Let me introduce you to her and all her fantastic reads! A dear friend for a long while now, Ash has a unique writing style and has become the Best Selling Author of Amish Books. Her is a little more about her … And to start? This awesome e-book read is Free on Amazon Kindle Now!

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Freya: an Amish Short Story of Hope and Forgiveness (The Freya Series Book 1) by [Emma, Ashley]

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“While driving through Amish country in Unity, Maine, Freya Wilson accidentally hits an Amish man in a blizzard, instantly killing him”

 

Panicked, she leaves him there in the road and drives away, afraid that if she is arrested her violent ex will locate her using his connections with the police…and kill her.
Two years later, her decision still haunts her, especially when she meets the Amish man’s handsome brother who left the Amish after the accident.
Will she keep her dark secret in order to protect herself from her violent ex?
Will she have the courage, to tell the truth? 

The sequel, Freya: The Confession (an Amish Short Story, Book 2), is NOW AVAILABLE:   The Sequel   Download three free books at http://www.AshleyEmmaAuthor.com


About The Author, Ashley Emma

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Ashley Emma, Author and Authors Helper:

Ashley Emma wrote her first novella at age 12. She wrote her first full-length novel at age 14 and self-published it at 16. Before that, she made books out of printer paper and staples.

She wrote eight full-length manuscripts before the age of 25 and is now a best-selling full-time author. (Many more titles coming soon!)

Ashley has a deep respect and love for the Amish and wanted to make sure her Amish books were genuine and realistic. When she was 20 she stayed with three Amish families in a community in Maine where she made many friends and did her research for her Amish books. To read about what it was like to live among the Amish, check out the Ashley’s Amish Adventures books.

Her bestselling book Undercover Amish received 26 out of 27 points as a finalist in the Maine Romance Writers Strut Your Stuff novel writing competition in 2015. Its sequel Amish Under Fire (coming soon!!) was a semi-finalist in Harlequin’s So You Think You Can Write novel writing competition also in 2015. Two of her short stories have been published online in writing contests and she co-wrote an article for ProofreadAnywhere.com in 2016.

“She judged the Fifth Anniversary Writing Contest for Becoming Writer in the summer of 2016.”

Ashley owns Fearless Publishing House in Maine where she lives with her husband and two children. She is passionate about helping her clients self-publish their own books so they can build their businesses or achieve their dream of becoming an author.

For more info and some free author training please visit her Official Author Site Today!

On her website, you can also join her email list to receive a few of her eBooks for free and be the first to know about new releases!

She also loves hearing from her readers, so send her an email at ashley@ashleyemmaauthor.com  …

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So don’t wait! Go visit Ashley on her website and learn more about how she helps authors become more seasoned writers and best-selling author like herself as I never hesitate to refer Ash to all my author and writer friends! She offers a wide variety of services on site section Fearless Publishing House you must check out. Make sure you tell her CAT from “Lyon Media Services”  sent YOU!


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For Writers Eyes Only ~ Write Your Way To Some After-Holiday Cash! Courtesy of ‘Two Drops of Ink’…

WHO Doesn’t Need Some Extra “After The Holiday” Cool Cash? Well, if your writer? Get your writing chops on over at “Two Drops of Ink” and  WIN you some cash! All The Details Are Below and HAPPY WRITING!

 

Best 1000 Words for the Image Contest

Note from the Editor-in-chief, Marilyn L. Davis:

The idea that a picture can convey what might take many words to express was voiced by a character in Ivan S. Turgenev’s novel Fathers and Sons, 1862: “The drawing shows me at one glance what might be spread over ten pages in a book.”

But, is a picture always worth a thousand words? Not necessarily.

So, here’s the challenge for all of Two Drops of Ink’s ~ Cat Lyon’s Reading and Writing writers and readers.

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Capture the Image Using the Power of Words

 

 

 
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Many times, an image is captured without a backstory, and that’s where the writer has the advantage of using their words to give us context for that still photo.

 

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As the writer, you get to describe the picture. But it’s got to be more than just a park bench in autumn, regardless of how beautiful the leaves are. Show us how this park bench gave relief to the elderly couple who walked that path for twenty years or sat forlornly waiting for the bulldozer so the city could have another parking deck, or how this bench and all it stood for united a community.

Now I See It!

Do you see how those words add meaning? See how those words evoke a feeling in the reader? That’s the power of words and images combined.

Let’s have a contest to see if the words don’t carry the message better than just the image or create a memorable story from a picture prompt.

 

Contest Rules

  1. For this contest, you’ll write at least 1000 words to tell a story, enchant us with a poem, or provide memoir-based problem-solving for the blogger or writer from the images.

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  2. Our monthly contributors may enter as well. It gives them an opportunity to get outside of their comfort zones and entertain, educate, or enchant us.

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  3. In the subject line of your submission, write, “Best 1000 Words for the Image Contest.” Send to twodropsofinksubmissions@yahoo.com

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  4. Deadline for this contest is December 8, 2018

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  5. Then, we’ll let the readers vote for their favorite.

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  6. The post that gets the most “likes” is the winner. The “like” button is below …

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    We’ll post the winner on December 24th, 2018.

    For this contest, any genre is welcome. Short fiction, how-to, memoir, essay, or poetry. And what do you get for your efforts? $100.

     

    Pick Your Prompt

    In many cases, the image will dictate what type of post you submit. Poetry, short fiction, memoir-based, or helpful hints … So go visit my dear friend Marilyn Davis and this article here  “Two Drops of Ink” and pick which IMAGE calls you and the hints and get writing!

 

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Tell your friends and families after you’ve submitted. Every vote counts.

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News & Experts Is Back With Some New Tips Of How A Media Pitch Is Transformed to Help Authors and Branding…

My dear friend Marsha Friedman is back with News & Experts PR Firm with an exceptional article and inside view of just how a PR Media Pitch Happens! I really think this one will help to all who have wondered if they should use and hire a PR Firm and Why…    ~Catherine Lyon, Author/Writer

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If you’ve ever wondered how a successful publicity effort goes from idea to media pitch to publication, let me give you a little glimpse of the process behind the scenes.

Just recently one of our print campaign managers here at News & Experts . Ashley Pontius announced that she had something big to reveal about one of our long-term clients.  It turns out that, thanks to Ashley’s work, this client was included in a lengthy Wall Street Journal article!

I asked for a little more detail on how this exciting coverage came about and I’m sharing the story with you because I think it’s enlightening for anyone trying to gain the media’s attention.

To begin with, this is a client we have worked with for about five years, and during that time we helped land them in Yahoo News, Reuters, CNN Money and the Washington Times, among other media outlets.

They continue to come back to us, knowing that we can help them get their message out to the larger world. They also understand that publicity isn’t a one-off. You have to keep at it if you want to remain relevant.

This client recently signed on for yet another campaign and Ashley reviewed their material. She noticed that one of the topics they were willing to talk about involved Generation Z, which is the generation born from the mid-1990s to the early 2000s. Ashley googled Gen Z and found that there seemed to be some interest in how Gen Z fits into the workforce, a topic that would tie into both the client’s message and one of its target audiences.

So she crafted a short pitch for print journalists, promoting our client as a source who could speak on a particular angle related to this topic. Nothing happened at first, but a couple of weeks later an email appeared in Ashley’s inbox. A Wall Street Journal reporter wrote that the idea fit perfectly into something the reporter planned to develop into a larger, in-depth piece.

Could Ashley set up an interview for her? She sure could!

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If you break down what happened in this situation, you’ll find that it holds lessons for you:

  • Hone your message. When you reach out to the media, it’s always best if you can give them guidance on just how your expertise could fit into a particular angle for an article. Remember, in this case, the angle involved how Gen Z fits into the workforce. If you’re a financial professional, you might offer four money-saving tips for easing retirement anxieties. If you’re a chef, you could suggest unusual dishes for the upcoming holidays. While suggesting a specific angle, it doesn’t hurt also to mention that you can speak on other issues related to the topic as well.
  • Keep up with what’s trending. Don’t hesitate to make use of the internet to learn what the media has written about in the past related to your topic. You’ll also want to keep track of the daily headlines to see if anything is being reported right now that would match your message. Are you an orthopedic surgeon who could comment on a new study about the most common sports injuries? Are you a small business owner with tips about staying afloat when the economy takes a turn for the worse?
  • Reach out to the media. Even if you’ve had contact with reporters or talk show hosts before, you shouldn’t sit around waiting for them to reach out to you. You don’t want to become a pest, but you do want to remind them – or let them know for the first time – that you’re available for an interview whenever something in your area of expertise pops up.
  • Respond promptly. Journalists are often on tight deadlines, so if you can’t provide them what they need quickly, they’ll find someone else who can.

Finally, what happened with our client is a marvelous example of why it’s important to stay on the publicity playing field and to constantly find ways to match your message with the latest trends in the news.

If you don’t keep current with fresh ideas that you can turn into pitches – and that the media can turn into coverage – then you’ll miss out on all kinds of publicity opportunities. And that would be a shame.

Get the idea?

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~Marsha Friedman

About News and Experts


As an award-winning, top national public relations agency, News and Experts has been delivering highly specialized publicity campaigns for over two decades. Our specialty is creating angles we know the media will want to cover and will obtain quality media exposure for our clients.

Through the years, we have worked with clients spanning a wide array of industries from authors, publishing, health, food, music, software and finance, to politics. News and Experts customize its clients’ PR campaigns to focus on specific objectives and we only work with quality media to ensure the results meet our clients’ needs and expectations.

News and Experts was a pioneer in the field of public relations, offering pay-for-performance PR long before being joined by other agencies. Today, News and Experts represent all its clients on a performance and project basis.