Category Archives: Promotion

Help Spirits of the Heart win the RONE


I’m thrilled to announce that my second Haunted Voices novel, SPIRITS OF THE HEART, has been nominated for a RONE award, hosted by InDtale. But I need votes to get it to the finals!

Voting is open only one week: May 7-13. Ends this Sunday, Mother’s Day.

This title made the finals in the 2017 I Heart Indie Awards, and missed winning by a hair – help it make it over the top this time, please . . .

You have to register on the InDtale website (it’s free, no obligation) here: Once you confirm your registration with the link they email you, the voting takes place here:

My title is third or fourth under Paranormal Long, right at the top of the voting page.

Please help this book, which has a solid 4.8 star rating on Amazon, get the recognition it deserves!

The Blurb:

An addiction counselor and a security guard struggle to free a little girl and her father, two lost spirits trapped inside an abandoned mental asylum.

Addiction counselor Laura Horton returns from college to move in with an old friend and start her career. But her homecoming is jarring. Her friend moves out, leaving Laura alone with the gorgeous but intimidating ex-boyfriend—in a house that snugs up to an ancient graveyard.

Officer Miller Stanford is a man with a shattered past. His alcoholic dad destroyed their family, a weakness Miller is terrified will consume him too. The last thing he needs is a sexy, blonde addiction counselor watching his every move. When he begins to see specters in the dark, he starts questioning his own stability.

But Laura sees her too—a pathetic child-spirit searching for her father. Then Laura starts digging into old asylum records . . . Can Miller and Laura uncover the secrets of Talcott Hall without jeopardizing their love—and lives—in the process?

You can view it on Amazon here:

And see the book trailer here:

Instructions: You have to register on the InDtale website (it’s free, no obligation) here: Once you confirm your registration with the link they email you, the voting takes place here:

Thanks in advance for your support, and thank you, Margaret Fieland, for hosting me!

Writing your bio: a guest post by Debra Eckerling

Writing Your Bio
By Debra Eckerling

A bio is something all writers should have, whether it’s for a blog or website, byline, query/cover letter, book proposal, workshop flyer, pitch, or book jacket cover.

Want to re-work your bio? Here are some writing exercises to help you out:

1. Write, Don’t Think: Read your current bio. Put it aside. and rewrite it using free-writing/stream-of-consciousness.

2. Talk Your Bio. Either to a friend or to an audio recorder. Or, if you have just returned from a networking event, much of your experience may be on the top of your head—write it down!

3. Interview. Ask your friends and former co-workers about your strengths and accomplishments, and see how they see you.

Then, read, re-write, revise, read, polish, repeat.

Make sure your bio is written in your tone and style, because, like with a query, that is what you are promoting. Every bio is different, just as every writer is different. The point is to have fun, and let your personality come through your words.

Also, you should always have a short pitch of yourself to relay at any time. You never know who you are going to meet … so, be ready.

To help you practice “short and sweet,” the June Write On! Challenge is a Tweeting Contest. Describe yourself in 140 characters or less More info on the website. Write on!

Debra Eckerling is the creator of Write On! Online, a website and community for writers. Debra, a communications specialist and writing coach, has written for national, local, trade, and online publications. Follow Write On! Online on Twitter and “like” on Facebook.