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‘Unbroken Souls’ will be released on Friday, August 1. This is a collection of my poetry that I have written over the years. Normally, I throw a poem on Facebook now and then, but I was inspired by Renee. Anyone who has read my blog, knows that Renee Robinson is a dear friend of mine. I read two of her poetry books so far and gave both of them 5 stars. It was becoming her friend and reading her emotions that gave me the inspiration to put together my own collection. Basically, she said I should (so I did). My book is dedicated to Renee and I have even included a poem that I wrote specifically for her.


When it’s released, I will post buy links.



Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:42:03 GMT 8e3ced19-97ec-48fe-a994-c84bcaccd867

"Marie’s World" by Joe E. Legend & Kristal McKerrington
Four Stars. The story sends the reader on a journey of suspense as Marie, does her best to protect those she cares about, and how she must deal with her current life as it clashes with her past. It’s an excellent story of strength and the writing brings on a level of suspense. I found myself rooting for Marie to make the right choice, and to realize that all her secrets would come out, eventually. The torment of Marie shows in the character’s actions and thoughts.‘Never meet those you idealise as they can never live up to what you dream them to be.’ I’m not a fan of cliffhanger endings but I found myself looking forward to what would happen to Marie next.


Wed, 30 Jul 2014 01:30:43 GMT 294fcd31-61b2-4021-b2dc-7dc78dd050d7

5 stars for Butterfly Wings <a href=" I love the emotions that were poured out on paper. My favorite poem was The Shadow Man but I loved each poem. Robinson's prose brought me on an emotional journey and brought tears and comfort to my heart.

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:44:23 GMT 299efc4a-b127-465b-ae39-b0b6e5e5bfa0

Five Stars for this Children’s book.

Another great book written by Renee Robinson. Robinson’s children’s books are inspiring and totally lyrical, and Bullfrog Boogie is no different. Children can read along with the wonderful rhythmic words or even sing them to their own tune. Children will find themselves wanting to "boogie" right along with the animals and even the creek. "All the birds line up to sing
Even the creeks are rippling." The colorful photos bring the children right into the story as well. Robinson even adds pages so that kids can color their own character.


It’s a great story for young children.


Bullfrog Boogie is available on


Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:48:06 GMT 7c20f18b-417b-4085-a4e8-0d4c21de9a15

I have recently been inspired … inspired by a great woman, my friend, Renee Robinson. She writes children’s books, as well as poetry. In reading her work, I got inspired to share my poetry, too. I write poems as they come to me, but I only share a poem here and there on facebook. In thinking about how many poems I have written, I have decided to create a collective poetry books, tentatively entitled "Unbroken Souls". I guess this is my new WIP, but I still have two other stories that are works in progress. Having just finished one "third" draft, I think it’s the perfect time to gain more perspective and collect my poetry.

Will post more when I have more to share … maybe a release date or cover reveal … who knows because I never know.

Sat, 26 Jul 2014 21:00:26 GMT 1d478d56-b584-4665-9a77-80937cde06b0

Friendships come in all shapes and sizes, some are close by and others may be miles away. With the rise of social media and the greatness of technology, we can become "friends" in an instant. Of course, there is a difference between knowing someone and just having them as  "friend" or a "follower" on one of your social media sites. Sometimes, we meet someone that we truly like and grow to care about, even if we have not ever met them. Like most things, letter writing has gone by the way side and we now text or email, or even comment on a "status" or whatever. I can say that nowadays, without the use of sites like "Facebook", "Twitter" and "linked in", I would probably not be in contact with a lot of my friends and family as I am now.

Recently, I was very lucky to "meet" this wonderful and inspiring woman and author of poetry and children’s books. She and I have become dear friends. I have to admit that it is nice to become friends with a fellow author. I have read what she has written, children’s books and poetry and she is very good at what she does. She also has terminal Cancer. Though, she is sick and has to deal with chemo, I think her strength and inspiring words of poetry and children’s stories, have kept her alive. I am glad that she is my friend.

I want everyone who has children to pick up one of her children’s books and all adults to read her blogs and read her poetry. Click on the link to go to her blog.

Renee Robinson

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:19:19 GMT 29a8a2fa-d974-49fd-86d9-08e6bd0f260f

I have leaned more in the past few months about marketing strategies than I did in the years since I first wrote "Unwritten Life" in 2004. I have decided to take a new look at my old (and published) works as I continue to work on my current projects, while also doing some reviews. Hey, I figure I read a lot anyways, I might as well review what I write. I do, however, only post the reviews of the stories that I like and if I feel they deserve less than 3 stars, I will not post my review.

Anyway, that’s my rant, Getting back to my focus on "old" stories. I’m working to start promoting the ones I already have out there and I figured the best way is to start at the beginning.

"Unwritten Life" was written in December of 2004. Yes, it took me four weeks to write my first draft of the lovely story that grew into a Saga with 68 volumes. The first edition "Unwritten Life" was published by then-publisher PublishAmerica (Now, it’s America Star books) in May of 2005. After the contract on that expired, I made some minor changes (but not to the storyline) and republished the second edition of "Unwritten Life" in 2012 by Lulu. It is now available on KINDLE format as well. (And until the end of July, it’s on sale for 99 cents). In about two to three weeks, it will also be available on audiobooks, and when it is, I will be shouting out loud on that one!

"Unwritten Life" is just the beginning of the story. Not only for the main Character Alex Garrison, but also for me, since it was the first full length book I had ever written. Since that fateful day when I finished it, I have written over 83 books. But this is about Alex Garrison and the friends and family she meets on her "unwritten" path.  And just a hint (even on book 68, Alex Garrison is still alive and well, well, kind of).

Recently, I was interviewed about "Unwritten Life" and here is the link to my INTERVIEW at HEI!Books

Sun, 20 Jul 2014 12:26:38 GMT 80080933-bf08-4cc5-8632-8d9ea42d30f0

Great story about a mother realizing that her children are growing up. The hangers that hold a child’s clothes can’t grow with the child so the children’s clothes eventually need adult hangers. The sign of growth.


Small Hangers by Amy Fraher

Sun, 20 Jul 2014 12:14:06 GMT fb9f2fed-c38f-4170-8db4-a38de80b8094

This is an amazing story of the fight against Cancer. The story is about the mighty chemo which helps the fight against the horrible and painful Cancer. Any child who suffers from Cancer or who has a sibling or friend who does will enjoy reading this in order to understand and get strength from the story.

Tue, 15 Jul 2014 23:16:06 GMT 62de91b9-1127-4365-bb47-4527b6a2f9f2

Definitely 5 STARS

Positively inspiring. The collection of poem were both light and dark, celebrating life as well as fighting against death and what comes after death. Robinson was able to paint colorful as well as dark images with her use of words, which showed how her emotions flowed from her body to her pen, to the paper.  Several passages caught my eye as I read her words and I could feel what she was feeling. I could see what she was seeing. I didn’t think I could pick one favorite poem until I was almost finished reading the book. The poem "Just One" stood out for me and I think it’s my favorite. Robinson writes "Hoping I will get well, Healing salts of the sea, say a prayer for me, I need just one, just one prayer, just one to save me." This is the poem that brought tears to my heart.

Tue, 15 Jul 2014 23:13:09 GMT fac48d9c-edea-4e70-89ff-7f63f86834cb


Check out the brand new group for those in need of book reviews, promotion, informative discussions and a little bit of fun. Amy, the group leader is dedicated and ambitious.

My first post to this group is not only to introduce myself, Amy and the group but to share some of my ideas and tools that have been helpful to me.

I focus on reviews. There are a couple of things I have noticed. It is much easier to receive reviews:

1. when you are willing to give reviews.
2. when you follow, like and seek out fellow authors
3. when you are active in social media groups via posts, likes and comments


1. Make it know you are willing to give good and thorough reviews.Often you will find writers are able to wait a few weeks or so as you may have a waiting list. Also, fellow writers understand being pressed for time not only to read and review but also to write and take care of your own books which is your main priority.

2 & 3 are very similar. Don’t just join but be active in groups.Make sure you are in the appropriate group for the post you want to make. If reviews are what you seek, don’t waste your time making posts and replies in the a writer’s group which does not encourage book promotions or reviews.

Making yourself seen increases your chances of swapping books and getting reviews. The more visible you are the more your name will be remembered. If you are dedicated to giving a good review in return for one, you are building a good reputation within the group and soon will have writers who are seeking you because they know you can be trusted.

I have had the misfortune of swapping books and reviews only to find I held up my end of the deal but got stuck by the writer who received a free copy of my book but never left a return review. And when I asked for, I received no reply.

When this happens the author’s name goes on my “NO REVIEW” list for future reference. I also have no problem sharing this list with another author to keep this from happening to them. Luckily,those who follow through far outweigh those who do not.

This is another advantage of being in this group. We all get familiar with each other and become friendly and dedicated.

Later on, I will share my review list to help those who do not know of all the options we have in getting these reviews out on as broad a scale as possible.

Welcome to those who join. Have a drink on me. Cheers. 🙂



A newsletter all about SUCCESSFUL publishing and POWERFUL promotion.

July 4, 2013 Issue #302

in this issue
— Note From The Editor
— Own a Copy of Red Hot Internet Publicity!
— Feature Article: Readers: How You Can Help Your Favorite Authors
— How to Edit your Book – Method 2: Niche Communities
— Book Marketing Resources From AME
— Book Bits and Bites
— Make Red Hot Promotion Work for You!
— Discover the Key to eBook Success with our Powerful eBook Programs
— The Best Form of Marketing – Promoting Others’ Books
— AME in the News
— Why Writers Must Read In Order To Become Authors
— Easy Kindle eBook Cover Design in Two Steps
— Author Blogging 101: How Long Should Your Blog Posts Be?
— Why Should You Attend EPICon 2014?
— Get Exposure With the AME Blog Carnival!
— Reader Tip: Get the Most From Your Amazon Profile
— Social Media Snippet: What Writers & Publishers Need To Know About Pinterest
— Social Media Snippet: Double Your Followers on Twitter!
— Reader Tip!
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Penny C. Sansevieri, Editor


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Note From The Editor


Welcome to another issue of the Book Marketing Expert Newsletter!Dear Author,

Happy Fourth of July! I hope you are celebrating this outstanding holiday with family and friends and spending a little time watching fireworks.

Speaking of fireworks, if you’re feeling like your campaign has fizzled, it may be time to engage your readers for help. I ran this piece on HuffPo and got tons of comments from readers saying they were posting this article to their blog, or offering snippets of it for readers to show them ways they could be helpful. Engaging readers is a very powerful thing! And yes, feel free to use this with proper credit. I hope it brings you many reviews and some additional exposure. Here’s to adding some outstanding fireworks to your book campaign!

It’s summertime and it’s hard to keep thinking about promoting a book. When temperatures soar and the beach beckons it’s often tough to stay focused on marketing. My suggestion? Do one thing a day. If you can do just one thing, you’ll still be yards ahead of the folks who are taking a summer break. Marketing is a conversation and once you stop marketing the conversation stops.

This week we’ve got some more great tidbits for you. Did you know that libraries now outnumber McDonald’s? I love that! We look at this fab story and many others.

Wishing you a safe and wonderful Fourth of July, and if you’re taking the long weekend, be safe and have fun!

Penny, Paula, Amy, Katie and everyone at Author Marketing Experts, Inc.

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Feature Article: Readers: How You Can Help Your Favorite Authors


Okay readers, listen up. This one is for you. Being an author isn’t easy, in fact it’s a pretty tough job. We write our books for you and, in return, we’d love a little help now and again.Most of my articles are around marketing, social media, and advising authors on what they can do. Often I am sure that authors read these pieces and feel like they need a nap. Yes, there’s a lot to be done, but you shouldn’t go it alone. Your readers can be your best ally to help you market and readers, listen up: it’s not easy being an author in a world where everyone can get published.

Often readers do want to help, but aren’t really sure what to do. Also, there’s a bit of a mystique around authors. Many readers think, “Well, the book has been published, they probably don’t need my help.” But this couldn’t be further from the truth. Authors (especially those who are starting out) do need our help. Here are a few things you can do to help support your favorite author and for authors, don’t hesitate to post this list somewhere on your website. If you need help (and who doesn’t) you need to ask for it.

* Review the book: I’ve been doing an experiment with a book that I published anonymously. I included an email address for readers to write to share their thoughts on the book and I was shocked at all of the emails I got. Most of them complimentary (whew) and many of them asking when I’d write another book (something every author wants to hear). I would write them, thank them and ask them if they had the time, would they consider reviewing it on Amazon. This has netted me over fifty reader reviews. Authentic opinions about the book, written by a reader. Fantastic, yes? Readers are some of the best resources for reviews. If you are an author, ask for a review. You might even include a note at the end of the book to your readers inviting them to review it and telling them why. I’m surprised that many readers don’t do this, it’s not because they’re lazy but because they wonder if their opinion matters. Guess what? It does! Like a book? Please review it. Even if you don’t like it review it, too. Most authors welcome feedback if it’s constructive. Always be positive.

* Video reviews: If you’re ready to take this a step further, why not offer a video review? Amazon lets you do this and I know, as an author, I would be thrilled if someone reviewed my book on video! If you do this, send the video clip via Dropbox or YouSendit and keep the clip to under a minute. Hold up the book and smile!

* Photo sharing: This is another thing that I would love so much. A reader holding up my book, snapping a picture and posting it on social media! This is a fun, visual way to share your love for a book. Even better, snap a picture where you’re reading it. Taking a book on vacation? Why not show yourself enjoying the book (cover out!) reclining in a hammock or sitting somewhere sipping espresso (Paris?). If you don’t have any travel planned, take a picture anyway. Authors love, love this so much!

* Local bookstores: Though it may seem like every author who is published gets a shot at bookstore shelf space, the truth is that most don’t. If you’ve found a book you love and had to buy it on Amazon because your local store didn’t carry it, tell them. Bookstore managers have told me if they get multiple requests for a book they will consider stocking it.

* Reading groups: This is often a tough one for authors to get into. Reading groups are a fantastic way to get the word out about your book but many are tough to reach and often pick their books months in advance. Unlike The Pulpwood Queens which has a website and a strong online presence, most local book clubs don’t have that kind of exposure but their regional reach can be fantastic. If you know of a local book club let them know about this book and then put them in touch with the author. It’s a quick thing to do and I speak from experience when I say that any author would be very, very grateful to have this kind of a connection.

* Buy the book for a friend: This is pretty basic. If you love the book you just read, buy a copy for a friend. I do this almost every year for Christmas. If I love a book, I gift it. When you gift it, remind the person to review it.

* Social Media: Sharing has become part of our lives. We share good and bad news but when was the last time you shared what you are reading? Here’s where that great picture you just took of you reading a book can come in handy. Or even better, hop on over to Goodreads or Library Thing and share your love for this author to the millions listening there.

* Bookmarks: Most authors will get things printed up like bookmarks, postcards, etc. Bookmarks are especially fun because despite the eBook surge, many of us are still reading printed books. Email the author and see if he or she will send you a stack of them that you can share with your local library or bookstore. Leave them at the counter or pop them inside of similar books. Sort of like Amazon’s “Other customers also bought” which pairs up similar titles. I know of a few times when this has happened, meaning readers contacting authors and the authors are blown away and grateful. Again, this takes very little effort. Ask for the bookmarks and the next time you’re at a bookstore drop them off. Easy and the authors will really appreciate the local exposure.

* Authors on tour: It’s not often that authors tour anymore but if you have someone coming to your area why not offer to help them get the word out? Maybe drop off fliers, or if you are so inclined, call your local paper and let them know this author is coming to town and as a reader, you’d love for the paper to do a story on it. Getting a heads up about an author coming to town from a reader can be ten times more effective than even a well-polished pitch. Why? Because the media is serving the local community and if a resident is sharing an idea, they’re bound to listen.

* Libraries: Authors can have a tough time getting into libraries so why not buy an extra book and donate it? Then let the author know that you did this so they can let readers know where they can check out the book at a local library. I know most authors would love to have a reader do this. It’s impossible to reach everyone and most authors don’t have the budget to do a library pitch on top of everything else. Many will submit their books to publications librarians read and hope for the best. Having a local connection is a fantastic way to get a book some local exposure.

When I’ve offered these tips in a session sometimes someone will pop up and say, “But big named authors don’t need this kind of help.” That’s possibly quite true, but if you’re only reading big names you’re missing out on a whole crop of wonderful new writers. And, candidly, most authors, no matter how big they are will appreciate the help. The publishing world isn’t just shrinking for the little guy, it’s shrinking for every author. As a reader, you have a unique opportunity to make a difference and help out an author who has poured his or her heart and soul into a book. As an author, if you need help from your readers ask. Post this article on your website or excerpt pieces of it that you feel best fit your needs. Even better, create your own list. When you ask for help, you might be very pleasantly surprised by the results.

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If you find a book you would like to read and review for me, let me know. I will gift the book to you.

Thanking you in advance!



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Review Swap

Nae's Nest —  June 17, 2013 — Leave a comment

Hello to all of you. Like many of you, I am in need of book reviews. I have 6 poetry books, with a couple of novels to be released soon. I need reviews for all of my poetry books.

I would like to offer a review swap to any of you who may also be in need of reviews, or otherwise interested in my proposal.

I will, of course, send you free copies of whichever books you would like to review.

If anyone is interested, please email. Good luck.

Keep an eye out for my soon to be released books below.  Be the one of the first  to read!  Anyone who is reading this that would like to read and review one of my books, please let me know. I will get a complimentary copy to you.  xxoxx Nae

bk colorofthewind bk cover Spirit Dust 1 bk spirit dance Blood Dragon 2

Shadows & Flames Home.

Check out my new book net. It is a tool for emerging writers to present their book tours,events, etc. For those who love to read, it is a great way to take advantage of winning free ebooks & books.

Author’s are encouraged to do book reviews for each other, non-writers are certainly encouraged to. As a new author, it is difficult to get a book “out there” and noticed.  Reviews are the single most important thing needed to help get a book be recognized by stores such as, Barnes & Nobles, and Kobo.

I also hope to get information creating eBook covers. I would like to see illustrators, editors, publishers…anyone within the book/arts or “reading” industry come to offer your experience, knowledge and expertise. I am also looking into creating a bookstore allowing the author to sell books directly through your publisher, just like in Amazon. Shadows & Flames would not be cutting checks, handling monies or charging fee/percentage of payment.  I will only ask for a donation to help me to meet the monthly expenses needed to maintain the site.

Please join the site, membership is always free.