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For the Love of Books & Raleigh Author Event August 5, 2017

 

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Only two weeks until the BIG EVENT!! Grab your tickets while you still can and join in on all the fun…

 

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For the Love of Books & Raleigh – August 5, 2017

TICKET INFO – Tickets on sale for $10!!! Get them while they last!

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LOCATION

Sheraton Raleigh Hotel

421 South Salisbury Street

Raleigh, NC 27601

Attendee Group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/1368134909869731/

Event Website – https://fortheloveofbooksauthorevents.com/raleigh-2017/  

 

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Reader asked, Author Q & A…

Q&AGoodreads recently added an option for readers to askauthors discussion questions and I thought it would fun to share them here as well.

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Q: Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?
A: Megan McCooey
My most recent…would be Crossroads: The Ella Thomas story. I guess with all of the stories on the news and on social media about bullying and what it has become today. I researched other books on the topic and there currently aren’t many. Several years ago, I read Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher, and I remember feeling so moved, so heartbroken by Hannah’s pain and wondered why more people weren’t writing about this extremely relevant topic or even talking about it as we should be. I wanted to show teens the real consequences of their actions. How what seems silly and petty may change the course of your entire future and the future of everyone involved. So in this short story, when Ella finds herself at the Crossroads, the reader gets to choose between two separate paths. Two separate endings as she must make a choice. …but just remember, in real life you can never go back.

Q: How do you get inspired to write?
A: Megan McCooey
I’m big on writing from the heart. From my own experiences and writing what can help others. Most of my work is geared toward this and probably always will be. The Crossroads compilation short stories will each deal with some form of social issue teens are facing today. The Harvest Series dealt with family dysfunction, physical abuse, emotional abuse, secrets and learning to start over. All things close to me, but also things as a society we need to know how to deal with so we know we aren’t alone. Knowing my stories may touch another person’s life, may make them feel less alone, less afraid to tell someone or even make someone think twice about drinking and driving or bullying is what truly inspires me.

 


Q: What are you currently working on?
A: Megan McCooey
I just finished the second choose-your-own ending Crossroads short story which deals with teen bullying. I’m simultaneously working on the next Crossroads that will focus on the growing heroin epidemic and also a stand alone novel titled, Behind Closed Doors. BHCD will tell Leila’s story. How her family of five is mostly normal. Her parents get up everyday, go to work, come home and take care of her and her two younger siblings. They are a loving family with normal family problems. But come Friday, what happens behind closed doors is something no one ever talks about…until it’s too late.

Q: What’s your advice for aspiring writers?
A: Megan McCooey
Write! write all the time. And don’t be afraid to take chances. It’s scary to put your work out there. To have others judge it. And there will be people who have opinions that hurt, but if your story touches even one person, you have succeeded. But this is only my opinion. I remember after Harvest Moon was released I read a review where someone had stated the content was “unrealistic” that if someone they knew was being abused, they would know… I remember feeling torn apart. Thinking, but this is real. I’ve seen it, I lived it. Then I remembered that we all walk different paths. For someone who has never walked in Lexie’s shoes or my shoes, how could you possibly know? Isn’t it easier to believe these kinds of monsters can’t really exist? But this only motivated me to share the message even more. I began doing a series on my website dealing with wives, children, girlfriends, parents who abused and sometimes killed the victim all while no one ever knew it was happening. So again, don’t get discouraged. Not everyone will share your vision. Not everyone will like your stories. I have family and friends who have never read my work because it’s not their cup of tea… do I fret? NOPE! Because those who do read my work, keep me motivated.

Q: What’s the best thing about being a writer?
A: Megan McCooey
Hmmm, the best thing? Aside from sharing my stories with you, the readers, and hearing what you took from it or how the characters made you feel? I would say for me it was the healing process. The Harvest Series was therapy for my life. A way for me to work through my own dark upbringing. To scream without screaming, give someone else the secrets I had locked away, and hopefully make others feel less alone in the process. From the time I started writing until now, I can honestly admit I was a much different person and you’ll see it in my writing too. It’s there. It’s clear as day, the way I grow…as any artist should. What’s crazy is, I can feel my strength today. I watched as the baggage, the trust issues, the scars began to fall away. Some of the hurt will never truly dissipate, but overall writing saved me.

Q: How do you deal with writer’s block?
A: Megan McCooey
I used to try and push through writer’s block. If I had an idea in my head I would sit in front of the computer because I believed it would come to me. But over time what I have learned is my creativity has a mind of it’s own. So now, I wait…sometimes not so patiently, until I feel…literally feel, the creativity flowing through me. When that happens I become a power house. I wrote the first Crossroads, Angela and Full Moon, drunk on creativity, all in less than a week, because I listened to myself. In addition, waiting until the right time makes a difference in what I produce. I can see the difference when I read back material I forced versus material I was ready to write.
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Crossroads Goes FREE for Five Days!!

Are you a fan of choose your own adventure books? If you said yes, then the Crossroads stories may be you’re new favorite addiction!

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On the night of her high school graduation, Delia Landon attends a party with her friends, to celebrate all they’ve accomplished. A night filled with laughter, dancing, and drinking. Her three best friends—Courtney, Lindsay and Beth—are extremely intoxicated as they climb into the back of Brandon’s jeep. Courtney yells to Delia one last time, “Come on, Delia, get your ass in this jeep! Woohoo! We graduated, so let’s celebrate!!” Suddenly, Delia finds herself at a crossroads. Either she ignores her parents warning and goes with her friends, letting the party continue or she says no to the peer pressure and calls it a night.

Whatever choice you make, just remember, in life… you can never go back!

EXCLUSIVELY on Amazon for FREE starting Wednesday June 14-June 18


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When new girl Carly Matthews, arrives at Souhegan High School, Ella and her four best friends—Olivia, Rebecca, Sophia, and Hailey—immediately feel threatened. Senior year is supposed to be carefree and easy. But when the rumors start, actions are set into motion. Actions that can’t easily be undone. The newspapers paint them as “real life mean girls,” but this is not who they are…or rather who they were.
A hierarchy of popularity, years in the making, is uncovered when Carly’s uninhibited behaviors thrust Ella and her friends into a storm of bullying that leads them down a path they never imagined. Until finally Ella finds herself at a Crossroads where she must decide between standing alongside her friends to finish what they started, or come forward and take responsibility for what they’ve done. But just remember, whatever path you might choose for Ella…in real life, you can never go back.

EXCLUSIVELY on Amazon for FREE starting Wednesday June 14-June 18

GRAB YOUR E-BOOK COPIES FOR FREE WHILE YOU CAN!!

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Choose Your Own Ending With Crossroads!

Are you a fan of choose your own adventure books? If you said yes, then the Crossroads stories may be you’re new favorite addiction!

Crossroads: The Delia Landon Story 

On the night of her high school graduation, Delia Landon attends a party with her friends, to celebrate all they’ve accomplished. A night filled with laughter, dancing, and drinking. Her three best friends—Courtney, Lindsay and Beth—are extremely intoxicated as they climb into the back of Brandon’s jeep. Courtney yells to Delia one last time, “Come on, Delia, get your ass in this jeep! Woohoo! We graduated, so let’s celebrate!!” Suddenly,  Delia finds herself at a crossroads. Either she ignores her parents warning and goes with her friends, letting the party continue or she says no to the peer pressure and calls it a night.

Whatever choice you make, just remember, in life… you can never go back!

On Sale NOW EXCLUSIVELY on Amazon for only .99!! Click here to Buy Now!

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Crossroads: The Ella Thomas story 

When new girl Carly Matthews, arrives at Souhegan High School, Ella and her four best friends—Olivia, Rebecca, Sophia, and Hailey—immediately feel threatened. Senior year is supposed to be carefree and easy. But when the rumors start, actions are set into motion. Actions that can’t easily be undone. The newspapers paint them as “real life mean girls,” but this is not who they are…or rather who they were.
A hierarchy of popularity, years in the making, is uncovered when Carly’s uninhibited behaviors thrust Ella and her friends into a storm of bullying that leads them down a path they never imagined. Until finally Ella finds herself at a Crossroads where she must decide between standing alongside her friends to finish what they started, or come forward and take responsibility for what they’ve done. But just remember, whatever path you might choose for Ella…in real life, you can never go back

*Currently a contestant in the Amazon Kindle Storytellers Contest!!! So please share, download and rate Crossroads: The Ella Thomas Story TODAY!

On Sale 5/15 EXCLUSIVELY on Amazon for only .99!!  Click here to Pre-order your copy

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Huge success for 5 books…5 free days!!

As a writer, I spend countless hours perfecting my characters, double checking my storyline, and asking dedicated beta readers to sit through numerous versions of the same story. All in the hopes that my words will touch others.

Being an indie author is so much fun, but it can also be quite difficult at times. Trying to find your niche. Getting your books into the hands of readers. Compiling enough reviews so when those readers stumble across your books, they stop and take a second glance. And this is exactly why it’s so important to have a great team! From the writing, to the editing, and finally to the cover and interior design. We always say “never judge a book by its cover,” but let’s be honest, we all have. Which is why I’m so grateful to the team I have in my corner. To my editor Tom Shutt and the wonderful woman responsible for all the beautiful covers and the impeccable interior layouts…Judy Davison. (I cannot tell you how many times I hear, “oh my, these covers are gorgeous!”)

When I was deciding whether or not to take my books Kindle exclusive I was torn, because I know I have readers who rely on borrowing them from their local libraries (which you still can in paperback format) and others who purchase through small town book stores…and it is important to me that they are readily available to you. But with the series finally finished I wanted Lexie and Angela to find their place out there. For readers to get to know them and be touched by their powerful, emotional, tragic and uplifting story.

Kindle exclusive, or KDP select rather, allows indie authors like myself, several promotional options when we agree to offer our ebooks on Amazon and Amazon alone. One of which is offering up to five days where you’re books can be offered for free.

“Free? Everyone gasps, but how will you make any money?” It’s not about the money…at least not always, lol. Of course I want to make money off my hard work, but to find that niche I mentioned earlier takes time. It takes patience. It takes a willingness to look ahead. When I sat staring at these five beautiful books on the table, I realized I needed something big. I had to get The Harvest Series into as many hands as possible. Offering the series for free was how I would do that.

Each day I woke up to more downloads than the day before. I was blown away the first morning when I saw more than 400 books were now in the hands of readers across the world. And yes, I mean WORLD! From the U.S. to Denmark, France, Spain, Italy and the U.K. people were downloading The Harvest Series in droves. I was not solely responsible for this either. I had friends and family sharing my posts and spreading the word. And I had one blogger/reader friend in particular who graciously promoted the heck out of my books everyday, all week. So thank you Lisa at  ljsecretaddiction.com for all you do for me and many other authors.

Now, at the end of the five day promo, I couldn’t be happier in my decision. The reason? 1,380 copies of The Harvest Series were downloaded worldwide!!

I want to say thank you to all of you who diligently shared, by post or word of mouth,  about this unique little series or to those of you who took the time to download it.

As new reviews begin to trickle in my hope now is that Lexie and Angela will find there place in the big ol’ book world  out there.

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Amazon Kindle Storytellers Contestant!

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Crossroads-Ella-ThomasGreat news friends and family! Crossroads: The Ella Thomas Story has been entered into the Amazon Kindle Storytellers Competition for a chance to be chosen for an International book deal and some other great prizes, but in order to win, I NEED YOUR HELP!

Here’s how it works…Here’s how you can help…

Crossroads: The Ella Thomas Story is available for Kindle e-book pre-order for only .99 and will release on May 15, 2017. Pre-order your copy now and when it automatically downloads on 5/15, read it and DON’T FORGET to rate it on Amazon NO LATER than June 1, 2017 to help move me onto round 2! It’s a short, quick read so you can do! Here’s how round one works.

First Round. From 20th May 2017 through 1st June 2017, each Book will be rated based on the commercial viability of the Book (including, without limitation, with regards to the Book’s sales, borrows and customer feedback), and five finalists will be selected to move onto the final round, where a panel of judges will pick one lucky winner!!!

Crossroads: The Ella Thomas Story

When new girl Carly Matthews, arrives at Souhegan High School, Ella and her four best friends—Olivia, Rebecca, Sophia and Hailey, immediately feel threatened. Senior year is supposed to be carefree and easy. But when the rumors start, actions are set into motion. Actions that can’t easily be undone. The newspapers paint them as “real life mean girls,” but this is not who they are…or rather who they were.

A hierarchy of popularity, years in the making, is uncovered when Carly’s uninhibited behaviors thrust Ella and her friends into a storm of bullying that leads them down a path they never imagined. Until finally Ella finds herself at a Crossroads where she must decide between standing along side her friends to finish what they started, or come forward and take responsibility for what they’ve done. But just remember, whatever path you might choose for Ella…In real life, you can never go back!

Click here for a preview.