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Mothers' Day Giveaway! Don't miss out on my free spooky short story! Plus Goodreads' Guide to Great Cover Reveals
28 March 2014

When Dreams Return - freebie 28th March on Amazon When Dreams Return - freebie 28th March on Amazon

Mothers’ Day Weekend Freebies and Promotions! Plus the medieval books bound in human skin – eouw!

It’s here, it’s here! Find out what happens when Chelle tries a Hallowe’en magic spell to conjure up her ideal man, with the help of Sara. What’s the mystery in the attic in Chelle’s newly renovated Victorian home as she spends her first night there? And what’s the significance of the black cat?

Go here to read When Dreams Return – you can download it free for Mothers’ Day weekend only. It only needs the free kindle app on your phone or tablet (or pc – see to find out more)

PLUS – Till the Fat Lady Slims is on 99p special offer this weekend only. My semi-autobiographical weight loss book may help you break free from Food Prison forever, and give yourself the best chance to eat like people do. Lots of ladies on our Facebook group have already been using the wisdom for a couple of months and are finding it astounding how much difference this common sense approach can make. It’s not a secret, but it’s reassuring to know you’re not alone in this battle against diets. Go here to get it for 99p. (28-31st March, for Mothers’ Day Giveaway!). Enjoy!


Other news

-          Books bound in human skin – yes really! Eouw! More info here.


-          Friday Fiction Focus – Goodreads on Cover Reveals – a how–to from masters of their craft, Goodreads. See the PS below – if I find their weblink I will insert it later. But some sage advice from one of the juggernauts of the book world atm.


All my books are below

Have a great week and don’t forget there’s more about RiWiSi on my book section on the main QVC weekly blog – see blog tab above.




Keeping in Touch & Finding my Books

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Book 1 Hawaiian Escape Steamy or Hawaiian Escape PG, the prequel to Hawaiian Affair - is now available on Amazon in eBook or paperback in both PG original and steamy (just released last week!).

Book 2 Hawaiian Affair Steamy or Hawaiian Affair PG versions are both available on Amazon in either eBook or paperback.

 (Book 3 ‘Hawaiian Retreat – Helen’s Story’ is coming in the Summer)

Till the Fat Lady Slims is my 2002 weight loss book all about eating like slim people do, following Food Freedom technique. Special offer pricing of 70% off, 28th March weekend – just 99p!

‘When Dreams Return’ – spooky romantic short story – freebie (28-31 March) specially for Mothers’ Day 2014!

The Valentine’s Surprise is a short story proving it’s never too late to find your Sir Galahad! And will be on offer on Valentine’s weekend as a freebie on Amazon.

OTHER WORK IN PROGRESS (see my new Work In Progress tab above for updates!)

‘Diary of a Wannabe Shopping Channel Presenter’ – Bridget Jones meets Alan Partridge meets Eddie Murphy in Holy Man… coming Easter 2014


PS – as promised -

FRIDAY FICTION FOCUS – Cover Reveals, by Goodreads.

Cover reveals according to Goodreads

In this segment, we're going to discuss how covers work on Goodreads, as well as a few promotional ideas involving great book covers. Read on for more!

“GOODREADS: How To - Cover Reveals



A cover reveal is a promotion that uses assets you already have -- your book cover and the actual text of your book. The idea is simple: use the unveiling of your cover as a moment to promote your book. We've found these typically work best for books in a series or for mysteries, romance, and YA books, but that’s not to say a creative business book author can’t apply this strategy as well.

Here are the basic steps on how to set up a cover reveal on Goodreads, but it’s only one way of doing this. We’d love to hear your ideas!

1. Select a date for your cover reveal. Set this date several months before your publication to build anticipation. Your cover reveal will probably be one of the first promotions you run for your book.

2. Create a placeholder image. You can use a simple black and white (or purple or yellow or blue...) image with the text “Cover to be revealed on [insert date].” Upload it to your book page. This will let Goodreads librarians know that you will be doing a cover reveal and will warn them not to upload a cover before the date of the reveal.

3. Create an event on Goodreads to start spreading the word. Invite people to RSVP. Those who RSVP will receive an automatic reminder email the day before the reveal.

4. In the event description, encourage people to add your book to their To-Read shelves by offering extra content. For example, offer to release the first chapter of the book as an exclusive excerpt if 100 people add the book.

5. Keep track of the number of people adding the book to their To-Read shelf via your stats page. You can get to this page from your author dashboard.

6. Reveal the cover on the day you announced by uploading it to your book page. Share the news via your other social media accounts!

Note the there is always the risk of your cover being accidentally released via your publisher or through an automatic feed. Let your publisher know you're planning a reveal, and do everything within your power to ensure the cover doesn’t get leaked! Once the cover is out on Goodreads or elsewhere, that’s it -- there’s no do-over.




Quick Tip: We don't delete covers!


This is a Goodreads policy that was implemented a long, long time ago. As an author, you may not love this policy, but consider it from the vantage point of the reader:

A reader shelves a particular edition of a book, perhaps because it’s the edition on his shelf in real life, or perhaps because he just really likes the cover! Months later he returns to Goodreads to find the book to start reading next, but doesn’t recognize the cover because it has been changed. That's not a great experience for the reader. We want our members to be able to shelve the exact edition they read, regardless of whether that edition has a new cover or not.

That doesn't mean your book page has to sport an out-of-date cover, though. As a Goodreads Author, you can have a Goodreads Librarian create an alternate cover edition, and then you can make that the new primary edition for your book. To make a new edition the primary edition, go to that edition's book page and click "edit details." Click the link on the right-hand side that says "Set this book as the primary edition for this work." Contact our librarians or our support team when you have any questions about covers.

Keep in mind that for self-serve advertising you can manually add any image you like. Since you can create an unlimited number of ads within a campaign, why not test out which cover gets more clicks?

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  • Comment Link Sharon harvey 2 April 2014 posted by Sharon harvey

    Great information regarding Goodreads cover reveal! And how wonderful does your library of books look all listed out? Whoop! But please......books bound in human skin....just NO..... I cannot even read it yuk!

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