Please help me welcome another awesome blog tour author guest post by Kristie Cook, author of the Soul Savers series. Her newest release, Power, is the forth book of her series.

Kristie Cook Guest Post

If I Weren’t a Writer

If I weren’t a writer, I would…

Work a normal job with normal hours, coming home at a normal time and having a normal evening with the family.

Sleep more hours, more often and not be kept awake by the voices in my head.

Watch more TV and know what the heck everyone is talking about. I’d know what a Tardis is and why it’s supposed to be so awesome. I’d know who Dexter and Jax are and what Grimm is all about and if Once Upon a Time is better. I’d know who needed to be voted out of the house or off the island or into a music contract.

Probably be thinner. At least, my writer’s butt wouldn’t be called that and wouldn’t be so big because I’d be doing more than sitting in front of a computer 16 hours a day. At least, I’d have more time to workout regularly instead of a day here and another day two weeks later.

Probably be healthier overall, too, since coffee and chocolate wouldn’t be such a big portion of my diet. Oh, who am I kidding? They still would be.

Actually have a social life. I’d spend more time with family and friends, at the beach, on the motorcycle, traveling and just hanging out. I would even – gasp! – host parties at my own house because I’d…

Have a clean house! Well, maybe. I’ve never been a Susie Homemaker who loves to clean. In fact, cleaning is my arch-nemesis. But I know my house would at least be cleaner than it is now.

Read more and only for fun. I’d probably get through more of my TBR list because I wouldn’t be compelled to read every book twice (once for fun and once to analyze what worked and what didn’t). But if I wanted to read something twice or more, I could without feeling guilty that I was too obsessed with someone else’s world when I should be working in my own.

But I also know that if I weren’t a writer, I would…

Be unhappy. I would probably have a normal life with normal activities and normal routines. But I’ve been there before and I never want to go back. I love being a writer. I love the voices in my head, even when they keep me awake at night or distract me from other work during the day. I love creating my own world and spending time in it with characters I adore nearly as much as the real people in my life.

And I love readers! I love how they become just as vested in my characters’ lives as I am. I love when they write to tell me how they’ve made it through a tough time in their lives because of my books. I love when they chat with me on Facebook and Twitter.

I’m glad I’m a writer. I wouldn’t change it for anything.

 

Power, the next installment of the Soul Savers Series, takes you on a hot and edgy ride with twists and turns you’ll never see coming, leaving you breathless and once again begging for more.


Power (Soul Savers, #4) by Kristie Cook

Ang’dora Productions, LLC | August 21, 2012 | 317 pages (est)

Summary (provided by author) (Goodreads)

As the stakes rise, can she find her true power?

As the Amadis prepare for war, Alexis returns to Florida with orders to relax, regenerate and replenish her depleted power. But her task list quickly grows—establish a new safe house, learn the art of conversion, find her AWOL protector, help a desperate fan, and protect her son. Oh, and figure out what’s going on with her husband, whose peculiar behavior just might get them killed.

But most important of all, her primary mission: recover her stolen pendant.

The stone in the pendant not only promises hope for the Amadis future, but its unknown qualities make it a possible weapon in the wrong hands. With guidance and power from an improbable source and an unlikely ally by her side, Alexis sets out to retrieve the stone before the enemy discovers its potential for mass destruction. But when she finds herself in the Daemoni’s lair fighting for her life, all hope seems lost. Will she discover the true power she holds in time? And is it enough to save herself, her family and the Amadis?

Connect with Kristie Cook


Kristie Cook is a lifelong writer in various genres, from marketing communications to fantasy fiction. Besides writing, she enjoys reading, cooking, traveling and riding on the back of a motorcycle. She has lived in ten states, but currently calls Southwest Florida home with her husband, three teenage sons, a beagle and a puggle.

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Welcome to The Soul Savers Book Tour! Be sure to check out the rest of the blogs participating in the Tour. Today’s other post is over at Reading Angel.

Today, I have Sophia answering a question!

What attributes do you concentrate on for your child to master?

Sophia: Loyalty and devotion is definitely something Alexis needs to master before it comes time for her to lead the Amadis. Unfortunately, she’s not exactly trustful of anyone. If she can get over her past betrayals, she’ll learn to trust the right people and to be devoted to her own people. I’ve done what I can to be an example of devotion, especially to the Amadis – I kept secrets from her even when I wanted nothing more than to tell her everything! She’ll come around. I believe in her.

Series

Promise by Kristie Cook

Published: 2011-08-26 by Ang’dora Productions, LLC

Pages: 368 | $15.99

Purpose by Kristie Cook

Published: 2011-08-26 by Ang’dora Productions, LLC

Pages: 354 | $15.99

Devotion by Kristie Cook

Published: 2012-01-31 by Ang’dora Productions, LLC

Pages: 388 | $15.99

Genesis: A Soul Savers Novella by Kristie Cook

Published: 2011-10-26 by Ang’dora Productions, LLC

Pages: 200 | $8.99

About Kristie Cook

Kristie Cook is a lifelong writer in various genres, from marketing communications to fantasy fiction. Besides writing, she enjoys reading, cooking, traveling and riding on the back of a motorcycle. She has lived in ten states, but currently calls Southwest Florida home with her husband, three teenage sons, a beagle and a puggle. She can be found at www.KristieCook.com.

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Kristie is hosting some great prizes!

To be entered all you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post!

One comment per person, please.

Comment qualifies you for Kristie’s prizes as listed below PLUS one commenter will win an eBook of DEVOTION!

Prizes!!!

Grand Prize – Nook Simple Touch (US only)
1st Prize — Paperbacks of all 4 of my books signed (US only)
2nd Prize — Soul Savers Swag bag (US only)
International Prize — All 4 books as ebooks


Simply leave a comment (with your email address in the comment form!) on each of the tour stops to be entered. The more stops you visit and leave a comment, the more entries you get!


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I’m so pleased to present an author guest post by Kristie Cook, author of Promise which debuts this week!tourbutton

How YOU Can Help Your Favorite New Author

When you love a book, you’re overwhelmed with the need to tell all your friends about it. When you see someone inspecting it at the bookstore or library, you feel compelled to tell them how great it is. Who cares if they’re a stranger, right? After all, if they’re considering something you can’t get enough of, they can’t be too bad anyway.

We authors love this, especially the new ones, who don’t get the marketing budget from the publishers like the big-name authors do. We don’t get front-of-store placement, if we get any shelf-space at all. Our books don’t get picked up simply because our name is on the cover. There’s little advertising and publicity, unless we do it ourselves.

We all know that books become popular because readers love them. And readers are the ones who can spread the word best. So what can you do to help your favorite new author? Telling everyone you know – and even those you don’t – is a great start. But here are some other ideas that can make a huge difference and ensure that your new fave can continue writing more books for your enjoyment:

Write reviews on all the big sites – Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Borders, Goodreads, Shelfari, etc. This is one of the most important things you can do as a reader. The more activity and buzz a book gets, the higher the rankings and the more focus the sites put on those books. Also indie and small-press authors aren’t automatically given shelf space at the brick-and-mortar stores. But when the buyers see all the reviews on the sites (they do pay attention!), they take interest and start stocking the book. They read it themselves and make recommendations to their customers.

Ask your local bookstore and library to order the book. This helps to raise awareness by the decision-makers. Again, awareness leads to books on the shelves and makes it easier for the author’s next book to be on the shelves sooner. If you can afford it, buy a book to donate to the library or even to the owner of a local independent bookstore (they’ll read it and then buy new books for the store and personally recommend it).

Pre-order the book, if possible. If you’ve already heard from reviewers that a book is great or you’ve met the author online, pre-order it. Pre-sales indicate interest to booksellers, so they’ll stock more.

Spread the word on social media sites and blogs. If you have your own blog, write a review post. If you see it reviewed on another blog, share a comment with your own thoughts.

If you know any book reviewers – online or for local media – suggest that they read and review it. Or offer to write your own guest review for them. Newspapers, feeling the pain of the economy like any other company, are short-staffed. They want to include this kind of content, but can’t give up the resources for any of their staff writers to do it. If you’re willing to write just for the experience and credit, volunteer.

Host a book club. If you let the author know, they’ll likely provide incentives and may even be able to participate. If they’re not local, they can join in via Skype.

Attend readings and signings. If the author is coming to a store near you, try your best to attend. The bigger the crowd, the happier the bookseller is and the more likely they’ll stock the author’s books (current and future) and invite the author back.

Follow the author’s blog, if they have one. Stay up to date on the author’s next project and if you see an opportunity to help, let the author know.

There are so many ways readers can help. And I’m not just saying this to boost up my own sales and put money in my pocket. These all benefit any author, specifically debuts. And the new ones, especially, aren’t making a ton of money. The average writer can barely make a living writing full time, which means they’re writing on nights and weekends…which means their next books are even further in the future. And if they’re not making enough sales, their publishers may drop them. Which means no future books at all.

Writing novels is a tough, terribly under-paid job (at least until you make it to the status of Rowling, Meyer, King or Patterson). We do it because we love it. We love our characters and our stories and want to share them with the world. We hope you love them just as much as we do. So when you do, you now know how you can help ensure there’s a next book…and a next one…

Thanks so much Kristie!

She is so right too. So if you’ve had any interest in her book Promise, head out right now and order it! :)

I’ve read a good portion of it already, but I haven’t finished it yet, I will soon, but it’s pretty good. I can’t wait to see how it progresses from where I left off. Look for my review within the next few weeks. (I just got an eARC of ALPHA by Rachel Vincent so, um, yeah. I’ll be back after I’ve consumed that book! OMG!)

Promise by Kristie Cook366 pages

Ang’dora Productions, LLC, (2010-05-26)

$15.99 (Amazon.com)

When Alexis Ames is attacked by creatures that can’t be real, she decides it’s time she learns who she really is, with or without the help of her mother, who guards their family’s secrets closely. After meeting the inhumanly attractive, multi-talented Tristan Knight, however, Alexis retreats behind her façade of normalcy…until she discovers he’s not exactly normal either. Then their secrets begin to unravel. Their union brings hope and promise to her family’s secret society, the Angels’ army, and to the future of mankind. But it also incites a dangerous pursuit by the enemy – Satan’s minions and Tristan’s creators. After all, Alexis and Tristan are a match made in Heaven and in Hell. — Amazon


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