B2CyCon might be over, but the fun doesn’t stop!

I just got done with a huge online event (#b2bcycon2017), which I use for networking with readers and authors every year. I’m a three year veteran at The Brain to Books Cyber Convention, and I’m always trying new things.

Trying New Things

My latest experiment was a Fantasy themed scavenger hunt, where I challenge participants to match the first lines of books to their covers. It uses the Amazon “Look Inside” feature to encourage people to actually look at the books featured, and explore the first few pages.

What Were The Results?

It’s proved to be an interesting experiment, because a lot of the participants have agreed to sign up for author mailing lists, and indicated they would do similar quizzes in future.

The event can be found here, for those interested in having a look, and will be available until Saturday 15th April, when I draw the winners

Look Up | Gary Turk – Official Video

Those of you who’ve been following me for a while know that I very rarely post anything that could be considered social commentary. This is partly, because this is not that kind of blog, and secondly, because sometimes that kind of content is inflammatory, and often already overshared.

But this video struck home in so many ways, that I wanted to share it. As a writer, I value the experiences I’ve had in life, and am grateful for those I’ve been able to share with others.

I’m hoping that in this ultra-connected world of ever-present social media, this video can show a side of life that some people might be missing out on.

A full transcript of the video can be found here.

To quote Gary Turk, the video’s creator:

I don’t want you to stop using social media or smartphones.
It’s about finding a balance. It’s about making sure you are awake, alive and living life in the moment; instead of living your life through a screen.

B2BCyCon Is Coming – Show Your Support For The Fantasy Genre Events!

So What’s It All About?

There are rumblings deep under the mountain, and those who live close by swear that they have seen fire and smoke in the distance. Ever since the town was established, local bards have told tales of a great monster that sleeps beneath those sacred peaks. But every now and then it awakes, angry at the world, and with a hunger that will only be satisfied with destruction. Before you know it, the great beast will awaken, and unleash havoc upon the land.
The mayor is asking for volunteers to take on the challenge. Will you be one of the few with the bravery and skill to venture into the caverns in search of a way to destroy the beast, before it awakes?

Join the brave souls attending the Brain To Books Cyber Convention fantasy genre events. And keep reading to find out what it’s all about, how to show your support, and what is happening elsewhere at the convention.

What Is The Brain To Books Cyber Convention?

The Brain to Books Cyber Convention and Book Expo is an annual event that brings authors and readers together for a massive online event. Happening every April, it showcases some of the best indie authors in the world. It lets them meet readers, run competitions, take part in online discussions, and so much more. The entire weekend is dedicated to readers and books, so come join us.

I have the honor of having been asked to help coordinate the planning, organization, and running of the Fantasy Genre events. I’ll admit that I’m extremely excited about what we have coming up.

When is all this happening?

  • April 7th-9th 2017

Spread the Word:

What events are the fantasy genre authors running?

  • We’ll be hosting discussion groups on a range of subjects
  • Live role-play sessions: a team of writers will play characters from their stories, and readers influence the challenges the players must overcome.
  • There will also be a scavenger hunt running through the entire weekend, with some great prizes.

How to take part:

  1. Share this campaign with your friends, and help them discover some great books.
  2. “Save the Date” to enter for a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card.
  3. Wait for the reminder about the event to arrive in your email.
  4. Attend the event and have a blast!

What Other Events Are Going On Elsewhere At The Convention?

  • YouTube discussion panels
  • Book expo showcase
  • Genre-based blog hops and tours
  • Giveaways
  • Grab bags
  • Goodreads author showcase
  • Author interviews
  • Workshops
  • Character competitions
  • Cover wars competition
  • …And much more.
  • Three days of a book lovers paradise.

Join us in 2017, as book lovers unite on April 7th, 8th, and 9th.

Readers can go here and Save the Date: http://b2bcycon.com/ (And be entered into a $100 Amazon Gift Card drawing)

Authors can check out the Getting Started Page: https://braintobooks.com/getting-started/

 

B2BCyCon Is Coming – Show Your Support For The Horror Genre Events!

Brain to Books Cyber Convention and Book Expo—or B2BCyCon for short—is a three day, online book convention, created by Angela B. Chrysler (@braintobooks). There are YouTube discussion panels, a book expo showcase, genre-based blog hops and tours, giveaways, grab bags, a Goodreads author showcase, author interviews, workshops, character competitions, a cover wars competition, and much more. Three days of a book lovers paradise.

And horror is a part of the show! –

Show your support by joining the Thunderclap campaign – Let the world know about this event

Welcome to the Blood Spring!

The horror events will bring forth dark terrors, human and non-human, oozing out from primal corners of the universe and the pages of author’s books to infest the convention.

Here are some of the horror event highlights

The Book Expo

This is a book showcase on the Brain to Books Convention site, arranged by genre. So horror fans can go and browse with ease. No fuss, no muss.

The Blog Hop

A genre based hop for websites designed to showcase books and authors. The horror hop has a theme of Walk with the Monsters, and will focus on the terrifying creatures our authors create Zombies, vampires, ghouls, ghosts, demons, and serial killers are most welcome.

The Genre Tour

Here you get a taste of the top genres featured in the convention, with previews, sneak peeks and up close and personal looks at what these genres have to offer. The Horror Tour will bring chills, scares, books and creepy characters right to you, all under the theme Out of the Shadows, Welcome to the Blood Spring

Panel Discussions

Live YouTube discussions on various book topics. The horror highlight is the panel: Horror, Thriller, Suspense…What is the difference?

Character CosPlay

Authors don their best garb and resume the role of one of their characters (readers are also welcome). The picture is submitted along with a character card and you vote best costume. Zombie lovers unite! Also, vampires, demons, and the odd slayer or dark arts practitioner.

Cover Wars

This contest is all about judging those books by their covers. For three days, readers can vote for their favorite cover. So bring on your best and most gruesome horror cover!

Join us in 2017, as book lovers unite on April 7th, 8th, and 9th.

Readers can go here and Save the Date: http://b2bcycon.com/

Authors can check out the Getting Started Page: https://braintobooks.com/getting-started/

Show your support by joining the Thunderclap campaign – Let the world know about this event

https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/51086-horror-at-the-b2bcycon/embed

“Under A Hunter’s Moon” Trailer – created in Powtoons

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And in less than an afternoon, this is what’s possible…

Watch The “Under A Hunter’s Moon” Video Trailer:

Click here, if the trailer doesn’t open first time.

Book Spotlight – “Emely’s Destiny” (Releasing August 20th) by Ariel Marie

Overview

Norrix Buchner’s loyalty knew no boundaries. As a king’s guard and one of the deadliest vampires, he was sworn to remain true to his king. In the absence of his king, he led the king’s guard in protecting and providing a safe refuge for displaced vampires. Now that the vampire king had returned, negotiations between vampires and humans have commenced. Norrix was assigned the task to ensure that the humans maintained their part of the treaty. Destiny led him to discover an imprisoned female vampire with large gray eyes and it just about broke him.

Two years had passed since her capture. Life as a lab rat, subjected to inhumane experiments was not how Emely Winter imagined she would spend the rest of her days. She prayed for the day that she would be free, but was beginning to lose all hope. Never in a million years, would she have believed that her rescuer would be the infamous Norrix Buchner, king’s guard and champion for vampires everywhere.

Their meeting was unconventional but love was instant. Emely and Norrix’s passion burned bright in their darkened world. Destiny may have led them to each other but will Norrix and Emely be able to secure their future, together?

From the Author

Ariel Marie

Ariel Marie fell in love with books at an early age. She can remember her first favorite book. She read the book so many times that it fell apart and she was devastated! Fast-forward thirty years later, Ariel now writes books she hopes readers will fall in love with and read over and over. Paranormal romance is her favorite genre. Who doesn’t love Shifters, Witches, Faes and all the other paranormals? She just loves writing about couple’s first meeting, the magnetism of when their eyes first meet and the first kiss! Her favorite part of writing paranormals is creating the world that the characters live in.

Links

Instagram, Bookbub, Website, TwitterFacebook, Google+, Goodreads, Amazon

Ariel Marie’s Newsletter

Ariel Marie loves connecting with her readers. Once a month she personally writes her newsletter for her readers. They are one of the first to learn about book releases, contest and events that she is participating in.

Sign Up Here!

An Interview With Me, by Joe Compton of GoIndieNow

12805949_1026533044052486_3660425143880806537_nGo Indie Now – Episode Five – Is Now Available Live

A couple of weeks ago, I sat down on Google Hangouts, for an interview. Joe Compton, of GoIndieNow was kind enough to take more than an hour out of his day to ask me some questions about my writing, blogging, and background.

I’d like to thank Joe for his wonderful comments at the end of the interview, and for helping me to extend the invitation to other indie authors. He’s an amazing advocate for the Independent lifestyle, supporting writers, film makers, musicians and more through his GoIndieNow podcasts, and blog.

Watch the Episode Now!

Episode 5, of GoIndieNow contains an edited version of the interview, along with interviews with several other guests. Joe is joined by Rhett Grametbauer (author and documentary film-maker), myself, and Lauren Michelle (singer/songwriter). The wonderful, Jin Okubo also drops in to do a book review, and overall, it’s just a fun episode to watch.

If you want to go straight to the interview, fast forward to the 25:40 minute mark, or check out the full hour-long interview (linked below). And hang around until after the interview, at the 43:12 mark, to hear Joe’s comments about the interview, and me.

Here’s the full interview!

The full interview ran for over an hour, and you can hear the full audio version of it here.

Love what you saw?

Don’t forget to subscribe to the GoIndieNow YouTube channel for past episodes, and to get notified of new videos as they’re posted.

Also, check out the full interviews on the GoIndieNow PodBean channel

Like The Interview? Want To Hear More?

I sat down with Joe for about an hour, and we covered a lot more than was shown in the episode.

Click Here To Hear The Full Interview!