Writer Wednesday: How to add an Amazon Book Preview #websitebuilding #tips #authorlife

Step 1: Go to and find your book's page.  Note: If you want to use Amazon Affiliate links, make sure you're logged into Amazon with the account associated with the Amazon Affiliate Program. 

Step 2: Click the <Embed> link.
On the right hand side of the screen, under the buy now options, there's a little link that says, <Embed>. 

Here it is a little closer.

Step 3: Select "Embed on your site (HTML)
You will get a screen that looks like the one below. You don't want the link, you want to embed the preview on your website. Click the second option (it defaults to the link option, so you have to click on the embed option every time).

Step 4: Copy the embed code from the window.

You can either use "CTRL + C" or right click on your mouse and select "COPY." If you're a Mac user, use "APPLE + C".

Now that you have the HTML embedding code, you need to insert int…

Why Paranormal Romance? Guest Blogger: Kayden Claremont #blogmondays #mondayblogs #paranormalromance

Hi, I’m Kayden Claremont and I write paranormal erotic romance.  I’ve been asked why I write paranormal romance and the answer is a long one. I’m a science nerd. I wasn’t especially good at science in school, but I find it interesting.

Most of my books feature a Nephilim, a being that is half angel and half human. They are in the bible, but were supposed to be destroyed by the big flood. But—here’s the writing brain kicking in—what if some survived? The premise of my stories are Nephilim are here helping us and they fall in love with the human they are trying to protect.

Why did I say trying to protect? I write kick-ass heroines who don’t need protecting.
My latest release, Heaven’s Watcher has these types of characters and is set in Las Vegas.

Leather-wearing, motorcycle riding PI Heaven Vaughan is working undercover in a Las Vegas casino for the DA. She must find the evidence to convict the casino boss of ordering her brother killed, but the tall, dark, sex-on-a-stick head of securi…



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Writing Wednesday: Website Tips #websitebuilding #tips #authorlife

Coming out of a year-long maternity leave gave me time and clarity to review my promotional and marketing tactics. One thing I never gave much thought to (besides setting up) was my website. I put it up relatively fast and without much effort, slapped my books on the page and included some reviews, awards and contact information. I read a lot of marketing and promotional blogs and articles all touting the importance of a good website. I figured I was good. I didn't need to do anything else to my website besides general maintenance and updating my books because it looked nice and contained the pertinent information. Right?


I needed to improve my website (and still do), because at the end of the day, although my website is ABOUT me and my books, it's FOR the readers. When I originally designed my website, I lost site...ha, ha, ha, get it? Get it?!?...of this one simple, yet crucial fact.

I needed to turn my website  from PASSIVE to INTERACTIVE
In no particular order, here&#…

Karen Michelle Nutt #authorMondays #BlogMondays #MondayBlogs #Interview

I'm thrilled to have fellow Wild Rose Press author on my blog today, 
Karen Michelle Nutt.
JC; For those not familiar with you, please tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from and what are your interests? 
KMN: I reside in California and have lived here all my life. I've been married for thirty-two years and have three fascinating children, who are grown now and have started their own adventures in life. I have a houseful of pets, 4 dogs and 3 cats. I love to travel and if it's available, I'll take a ghost tour in each place I visit. I like to watch old movies at home as much as I enjoy going to the cinema and seeing the movies on the big screen.  
JC: How did you start writing?
KMN: I started writing stories when I was about nine or ten because I thought it was fun. I wrote plays at first. My fifth-grade teacher let my friends and I perform one of them too. It was very exciting for a ten-year-old. 
JC: Tell us about your latest book.
KMN: End of the Road is the s…

Cremains of the Day by Misty Simon #review

For Tallulah Graver, marrying wealthy Waldo Phillips seemed like the best way out of the family business, the Graver Funeral Home. But when her marriage falls apart and Tallie is left with next to nothing, she turns to cleaning houses to make ends meet. As humbling as it is to tidy the mansions of the snobby socialites she used to call friends, at least she doesn't have to be around dead bodies. Until . . .

She discovers one of her employers lying in a closet with a knife sticking out of her chest. This unpleasant shock seems to be part of a web of weird experiences: Tallie's friend Gina's shop is broken into, her ex is stun-gunned where it hurts the most, and now she's receiving flowers from the dead woman. Granted the deliveryman is handsome, but seriously, that's enough to cast a pall over anyone's day. Now Tallie needs to dig deep to clean up this mess--before she finds herself in a grave situation

My Review:
As someone who used to work in the service indus…

Where in the World Am I?!? #EventSchedule #Authorlife

Happy New Years!
I've been very busy writing and planning. Would you like to meet me? Get a signed paperback? Talk writing? Geek out about random biological phenomena? Well, here's my current schedule for author events:

1. March 16-18, 2018: Capital City Comic Con, Victoria BC

2. May 18-20, 2018: Creative Ink Festival, Burnaby BC

I'm also hopeful to attend the following once registration is open:

August: Cobble Hill Fair, Cobble Hill BCSeptember: Word Vancouver, Vancouver BCFall: Emerald City Author Event, Seattle WA

Is there an event you'd like to see me at?  Contact VIPA and let us know!