Cover Reveal and Giveaway–New Sci-fi Novella: Samantha LaFantasie’s Made to Forget

It is my pleasure to present the Made to Forget Cover Reveal–A Nepherium Novella, Part One of the new sci-fi series by the author of Heart Song…Samantha LaFantasie
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There’s something that lies within my memory. Hidden in the dark. Something that can kill me and those that I love. But I was in an accident, covered in mystery and deception. And my memory…was lost. There are those who want me to remember. I don’t trust them. And those I do trust…are fighting for me to forget.

Elsabetha Ellery wants to get her memory back, even if it kills her.

After waking up in a hospital with no memory, Elsabetha quickly learns those who claim to be her friend are anything but. And those who are her true friends keep themselves unseen.

Stuck with piecing together her broken memories alone, Elsa struggles with having faith in those she trusts and heeding the warnings of the dangers in recovering her memory. Ignoring them, she faces heavy consequences. Ones she doesn’t see until it’s too late and loses those she loves.

COMING SUMMER 2013

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Book Party Swag–Tips and ideas for a great book release party

Your book is done–polished, edited and polished one last time. Now you’re ready to celebrate the milestone with family, friends and fans. Here are some tips and ideas, along with photos of my party swag for those of you who desire a physical location for your book release party:

*Print materials! Posters, business cards, invitations, flyers, postcards, labels (different types and sizes). Check out you nearest Staples, Office Max, Kinko’s and Office Depot for pricing and specials. I got great deals and savings at Staples. Ink cartridges are pretty pricey, so I wouldn’t suggest that as an option, unless you are doing a teeny print job. Use the print experts for your big jobs. I like to do the 11×17 “Coming Soon” posters and smaller flyers to pique interest.

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*Location, location, location! A local spot would be the obvious choice. For the right ambiance, if possible, picking a place that fits with your book would be perfect. I picked Coffee Bean Connection, my favorite, local coffee house.

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*Promoting your book and party to the community! Talk to school administrators (keep in mind book age appropriateness), local libraries, book stores, businesses, especially small businesses. Get names of those in charge and mail or personally deliver flyers, invitations and business cards. Give posters to them to display.

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*Setting the scene! If you planned your release party while you were working on your book, chances are you have a sizable picture in your head of what you want your party spot to exude inside. Check out party shops online/offline for themed decorations and favors or find the right color scheme and go from there. You can find other ideas, gifts, etc. from specialty shops. Banners and mini-red carpets are a fun way to advertise your party and have extra photo galleries for your social media sites as well. Centerpieces add a nice touch or you can have one large centerpiece for the main table and multiple, simple pieces on the other tables. You can make up regular 8.5×11 flyers or 11×17 poster size with the party details (games, activities food and refreshments, raffles, mini-red carpet and banner).

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*Things to do at your party! Games, music, other activities, food and refreshments help liven a party and induce your social endorphins (okay, I made that last part up). You might choose food and drink themed around your book. Raffles are a good way to interact with potential fans.

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Party swag! This is the best part. I love giveaways and swag bags and if you make labels with your book cover on them, it’s cool to slap some on the bags, boxes and favors. If your party spot has gift certificates add some to swag bags and boxes and toss in a book matching book mark to top it off. If your party is around the holidays, you can add ornaments in as well. Oh, and a nice label w/your book cover can look great on a keepsake ornament. I found clear, teardrop-shaped ornaments with a peacock feather inside. Mugs, tote bags, key chains and T-shirts are always nice to sell and/or give a way at the event. The list for book swag is endless.

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Remember, you don’t have to go overboard spending. How much you want to and can spend on your party and swag is up to you. But you might want to start planning and saving for your big event to make it special and memorable. You deserve to have a great book release party!

Did you have your party already? Online and/or offline, share your ideas and photos with the rest of us!

Here are some good sites to check out:

Party City 

Factory Card and Party Outlet

How to Create Swag Bags for Parties

Red Carpet Store

Stickers Banners

Staples

Discount Mugs

On the Fence–Book Release Parties

Are you on the fence about your book release party choices?

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We wait, for what seems an eternity, to publish our books online and/or offline. We subject ourselves and our work to grueling hours and the sweat we must pour out for the finished product. But what choices work best for that grand celebration of said work? I have seen many Twitter posts and received lots of online book release party invites. My very first online book party was that of The Ruby Curse by Makayla Yokley. It was an after release party. I had no idea what I was doing, stumbling over Facebook, trying to interact. Still, a pleasant experience and party.

By the next online party, I was a little better prepared and ended up winning an e-book copy of the author’s book. (Heart Song by Samantha LaFantasie). Even though it got easier to maneuver in and out of online parties, I chose to have an offline book release party for my debut novel The Throne of Olympus. Many factors played a role, but the biggest one–How can it be pulled off in such a short time, especially with my lack of know-how on social media and no readily available help?

The offline release party was a must. It was something planned out throughout my writing and I knew the perfect place to have it…the local coffee house. Perfect because one of the m/c’s is a coffee mogul heir and another m/c is addicted to the stuff. There are so many things you can do with a physical location, but that’s for another post.

I’m still a little on the fence, but definitely entertaining the thought of online release parties for book two and my YA spin-off series. Both ways grant opportunities and exposure and a great way to celebrate your work.

Which do you prefer? Any tips on how to host an online book release party?

Addicted to Heroines Blog Tour–Interview with Samantha LaFantasie, Author of Heart Song

What is the Addicted to Heroines Blog Tour about?

The tour is all about the heroines of fantasy and why we love them or simply just can’t get enough of them. Five authors have come together to do character interviews with their leading lady, guest posts, discussions on Goodreads, as well as prizes and giveaways.

I am woman hear me roar…woof! Heroines have long held the most exciting roles in fantasy and real life. I am proud to welcome and interview one I know.

Meet the Author: Samantha LaFantasie

 

It’s a wonderful opportunity to be included in something like this. I feel so honored. Here is a little bit about me.

Name

 Samantha LaFantasie

Hometown

 I was born in Wichita, Kansas but currently live in Derby, Kansas

Author of

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 and coming soon, Made to Forget, Nepherium Novella Part One, as well as, Fated, An Ithia Novel, Book One

Why I like reading fantasy

 I like reading fantasy because of the way it stretches the imagination and takes me to different worlds. I love how it is an escape from reality.

Why I like writing fantasy

 I like writing fantasy for very much the same reasons I enjoy reading it. It’s a part of me. My mind works in fantastic ways and with fantastic ideas. I love the stories.

Fantasy books/authors I enjoy

I always have to give credit to a couple of authors who instilled in me the desire to read, and they are Margaret Weiss and Tracey Hickman. They’re the authors of the Dragonlance Chronicles.  Until them, I read because I had and very seldom because I wanted to.
When I was in High school, I thought I would grow up to become
A number of things.  First three were, teacher, actress, and singer.  They all changed routinely with how I felt.  Still do.

I’ve been writing since

 I want to say I wrote my first story, a rendition of Aladdin, when I was in 1993. It was written for my mom on an old typewriter. From there I wrote songs, poetry, and many years after, stories.

My greatest accomplishments so far as a writer

 I want to say that my greatest accomplishment is the fact that I wrote a book and published it. It’s a dream come true for me. To have positive reviews and see how well it has been received is even more of an accomplishment.  Being including in a career that involves my favorite authors is just icing on the cake.

Who are the other participating authors?

The mastermind behind the tour is Alesha Escobar.

Author of The Gray Tower Trilogy.

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Devora Fox.

Author  of The Lost King.

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Francene Stanley.

Author of Still Rock Water.

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Cecelia Robert

Author of Truly, Madly, Deeply You.

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When is it?

Starting February 1st through the 10th

Where can it be found?

By visiting http://www.heroinestour.blogspot.com/

You’ll find out what’s going on and when and even have the chance to participate in some awesome giveaways and snatch some fantastic prizes!

Also, stop by our Facebook page.

When Fantasy Goes Awry

Fantasy writers create worlds within worlds and story scenes inside the mind at any given moment. It’s just what we do. And when it comes to our real life…not much different.

Possible scenes:

1. Imagining a rude, condescending boss tied to a chair, mouth taped, as we peacefully finish our work. Disclaimer: No bosses were hurt during the writing of this post or thereafter.

2. A traffic-free expressway/highway.

3. No line at our favorite restaurant for lunch.

4. A quiet spot in the house where everyone around us is floating overhead in slow-mo and on mute just to be able to get a few moments of writing done.

5. The day the youngest child becomes of age–the ripe old age of eighteen (okay, so this was my favorite one anyway).

Yesterday was that day for me and it failed in comparison to what I imagined years ago. There was going to be a party…for me, celebrating my new independence. But alas, the day came and instead of partying, a slight whimper escaped my lips as I repeatedly glanced over at my baby girl all growed up.

The parental tears of empty-nesting were falling like icicle daggers, realizing that she wouldn’t need me anymore because she was coming into her own. This was supposed to be a good thing, I thought. Is this what happens when real-life and fantasy don’t see eye to eye?

And then it happened, she looked at me and asked if we could get matching tattoos. Oh…the honor felt that she would let me, her mom, share a piece of her hip, new adult world and there was no prouder moment.

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Not quite ready to release her out into society just yet, so I’m going to keep her close a little while longer. Now, onto new fantasies in the true fashion of, “be careful what you wish for,” or fantasize about.

How did your fantasy-to-real-life moment play out? Was it close to, true to or not at all what you imagined?

New Year, New You! Again?

Is it that time again? How many times has the thought crossed our minds to make changes for a new year? We poke and prod at our lives to pull out the gunk and pinpoint things to adjust. To be even more successful this year! To change evil ways! To be a better person! To spend more time with the family! To go on that much deserved trip! To do more for ourselves! We try to figure out why our previous year sucked (or not) or ponder why things didn’t go the way we planned.

Ah, resolutions. They can be fun until their not…until the tiniest of resolutions is broken, leaving us to feel the inescapable regret of setting them in the first place. But aren’t resolutions a form of goals? If you find yourself in the resolution rut, just remember whatever resolution you set for yourself is an attainable goal for the new year. Hit restart on your thought process and begin the day anew.

What are some of the ways you work on accomplishing new year goals? What are some of the ways you get through the resolution rut?