YA SCAVENGER HUNT #20 KEYWORD

You’ve made it to Author #20 in the YA Scavenger Hunt. 

Here’s my keyword  ==>>  WHO

Now, be sure to grab your FREE ebook copy of Hunt of the Unknown plus Bonus Material! Click on the image below. The Rules/List of Authors is also added below the image for your convenience…

To keep you on track…  I’m Gina Marie Long – Author #20 on the LIST. The author BEFORE me is: L.J. Higgins and the author AFTER me is: Em Kazmierski

And if you’re lost, here is my post on the Rules and the list of participating authors. Have fun!!!

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Giveaway For All 4 E-Books in The Werewolf Series!

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Giveaway ends August 19, 2015 at 12:00 A.M. Central Time. Winner will be selected randomly via Rafflecopter.com and be notified by email. Winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is selected. Digital copies will be distributed by Gina Marie Long and sent through email. You will choose the preferred format: .PDF, .mobi, or .epub. The items offered for the giveaway are free of charge, no purchase necessary. Facebook and Twitter are in no way associated with this giveaway. By providing your information in this form, you are providing your information to Gina Marie Long only. She will not share or sell your information, but will use any information for contacting the winner and subscribing all entrants to her monthly VIP Readers’ Group e-newsletter. You may unsubscribe at any time.

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Werewolf Series Paperbacks

Yeppie-doodle! The complete Werewolf Series is now available in print from Amazon. I realize few people buy physical books nowadays, but for those who do and want to hold these babies in your hot, little hands, well, go get ’em!

Prices are inexpensive, too, since I have some control over that as the publisher now. The first three are $8.00 each and the last one is a mere $6.00. Just so readers understand… I, personally, make very little per print book. Not even $1.00… heck, barely 50 cents a book. But since few readers will actually buy print, that’s okay with me. You get a great deal 🙂

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You want direct links to the paperbacks at Amazon? OK, here you go:

Unknown Touch: Werewolf Series, 1

Unknown Scent: Werewolf Series, 2

Unknown Taste: Werewolf Series, 3

Hunt of the Unknown: Werewolf Series Novella

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THEY ARE LIVE!! Complete Werewolf Series

All four books in the Werewolf Series are now live everywhere…
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OK, maybe the print isn’t available at Amazon yet BUT IT WILL BE. I kinda figured anyone buying a paperback might just like it to be reviewed (proofed) by my own two eyes first, so I’m banging my head on the wall  patiently waiting for their arrival on my doorstep sometime this coming week. I will drool on them, rub my hands over the covers in awe, wave them triumphantly in the air above my head while running around the outside of the house like a maniac and hope the neighbors don’t stare, and then determine if they are truly fine and dandy for publication. Assuming they are, THEN, I tell Amazon’s CreateSpace I “APPROVE” and they’ll do all the magic to offer them up for sale.

What a freaking ordeal! FOUR books all at one time! I’m still pulling pieces of my brain off the keyboard.

The Werewolf Series page on my site tells you everything you need to know, including: images, synopsis, links to online stores to purchase, excerpts…

AND the first one is FREE!!!!!! Did you read that?! Unknown Touch: Werewolf Series, 1 — FREE!! So for those who might’ve bought the first/original edition, you can pick up the new, shiny version for nothing! And for those who’ve never read it, yippee – read it for FREE and see how you like my story!

ALSO, in case you haven’t noticed on my website (like directly on my home page & scattered throughout the site), you have a HUGE OPPORTUNITY to nab up the brand new Hunt of the Unknown: Werewolf Series Novella for FREE if you sign up for my VIP Readers’ Group (maybe once a month you’ll get an email update from me about new books, etc.-that’s it). You can click on the image below, too. 🙂

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Let’s not forget about Unknown Scent. It’s been completely revised and sports a new cover (just like the first book-Unknown Touch-revised and new cover).

AND, the long-awaited, first time published, third book in the series: Unknown Taste. This is a brand new book. I just finished writing it in May. Lots of action with our favorite characters shoved into tight spots.

So, for you, if you play your cards right, two of the four books are free.

And for me, that means I need to get back to writing another novel so I can pay the bills!

Happy reading!!!!

~~Gina

 

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Formatting Nightmares! But, I’ll survive, because…

I’m too flipping excited with FOUR, count ’em, FOUR BOOKS due to be published within a week!!! AAAAHHHHH!!! So, formatting problems – be gone!

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Many indie authors know where I’m coming from. You click on “compile” – which is supposed to make the manuscript pretty for ebooks (and print – which is even worse!) – and then you check the results. And frown upon discovering goofy crap; such as, paragraph indentations are off, interior images display a big white blank area, the Table of Contents is messed up… Then you go back and fix the errors and hit compile again. And scream… because although most of the mistakes have been fixed, the .epub version (for Nooks, etc.) STILL doesn’t show images when you check it in the ebook previewer.

Needless to say, after about eight hours messing with all of this, I’ve won the battle. The ebook version has been uploaded to Amazon KDP and Draft2Digital (for B&N, iTunes/Books, Kobo, etc.). Of course, that was only the first book. I have three more to go. Before next Saturday. And I’ve done publishing twice before! But software keeps changing, and what I’m including inside the books has evolved, and I’ve never added interior graphics to my books in the past – which was the biggest problem I had to deal with. The graphic offers a FREEBIE, BTW.

Here’s the first book. It’s a second edition, completely revised, new cover. So, for those who’ve read the first in this series, none of the story has been changed. Don’t freak. It’s just been spiffed up to make for better quality reading  🙂

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And for those who have not read the book, well, in one week you can… FOR FREE!!!!!!!!!!! Amazon should hopefully show it as free on 8/1, but if not that day, the next. The timing on publishing four books is nuts. It will show as free on other sites, which triggers Amazon to also match the price – free. And if you HAVE read the book, you should be able to download this new edition for free and squeal with delight.

And don’t forget how important reviews are for authors! Anyone who reads any of my books, I would SO appreciate you going to Amazon and leaving a short and simple review. Reviews help make the books be “noticed”. I also randomly select reviewers to receive the next published book for free.

Okay. These books won’t publish themselves. Gotta go!

~~Gina~~

 

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Holy Cow! My Brain is Ready to Explode! (This is a good thing…)

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I have been typing my little fingers to the bones for months now! Let us recap:

In November, I participated in the NaNoWriMo Challenge (write a 50,000+ word novel in 1 month). And I was a “winner”… along with many other writers! The Reaper’s Cat was born and in late February it was published with one rockin’ cover!

January through part of March, I completely revised the first two books in the Werewolf Series: Unknown Touch and Unknown Scent. And have new covers for them, as well. I set them aside to publish later… as I wrote the final book in the series (sort of), titled Unknown Taste… and set it aside, too.

Because… I realized I wanted to offer something for FREE to readers, something of value, and a way to let new readers get a feel for my writing. plus a way for me to reach out to readers whenever I run sales, promotions, giveaways, and have new books released. I wrote a novella set in the Werewolf Series World, titled Hunt of the Unknown. As of today, I am waiting pulling my hair out patiently for the new cover to arrive.  For an undetermined amount of time, this novella will be a FREE download when you subscribe to my New Releases Newsletter (likely only sent a few times a YEAR – I think anyone can handle that!). Currently, I do NOT have the newsletter setup to send the free novella, because, well, everything isn’t ready yet. The HOME PAGE of my site will announce when that benefit is available.

Once I have this last book cover, things kick into HIGH gear. Everything is a domino effect. Advanced Reading Copies (ARCs) will be sent to Reviewers, new pages on the website need created, administrative/marketing stuff needs finalized, final formatting for FOUR books needs completed, Goodreads Giveaway prepped, everything to do with the publishing process needs finished, and the promotional chatter begins.

The LAUNCH DATE is (tentatively) planned for Sat., August 1, 2015. For all four books. Yes. Four!! The entire Werewolf Series will be made available… no more worries for readers wondering if the whole series is already published or if they have to wait and wait and wait for me to finish a book. It will be complete. *doing a little dance now*

And now to leave you with the descriptions of the two new books:

Unknown Taste: Werewolf Series, 3

Kara has one month to gain control of her new abilities and focus her unstable mind before The Liaison’s next mission. All of her senses, including psychic powers, are on overdrive and her sanity is at stake. Kara’s werewolf boyfriend, Daniel, and others help her embrace the changes… Evil beware. At a secret lab in St. Louis, werewolves and vampires undergo horrific experiments. The goal: free the captives and shut down the lab… forever. Skills are tested when Kara and her friends encounter traps and hostile opponents. Helping others gives her life greater meaning, but will her actions prove heroic or futile as she delves deeper into the unknown?

Hunt of the Unknown: Werewolf Series Novella

An evil, psychopathic werewolf escaped from captivity and is hell-bent on seeking revenge. He targets Jill, a human, who knows nothing of supernatural beings. With her life at stake, Jill learns the secrets her parents kept hidden. Her future is uncertain with an enraged werewolf hot on her heels – will he abduct her or kill her? Or both? In an odd twist, Jill turns to other werewolves for help and protection. Xander vows to keep her safe… and their feelings for each other grow. But, falling in love with a werewolf has complications when you’re a human. Although Jill is terrified throughout the chaos, Xander stands by her side as her protector. She never backs away from learning new skills, never gives up and prepares to play her own mind games against the evil werewolf. They have a plan… He’s a killer and he must be stopped. Besides hunting Jill, he’s brought too much attention to the area with his violence. The existence of werewolves needs to remain hidden from society… they need to remain the Unknown.
(This novella is set in the world of The Werewolf Series. It is a stand-alone, with new characters, but the events and timeline follow the third book, Unknown Taste.)

 

 

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Whew! New Author Site Done! (I think)

Well here we are now! I think this is the third (and hopefully final) time I’ve moved my author website to a new home over the last six years… now I’m on the WordPress.org platform and with a hosting package. Domain name is still the same…  www.ginamarielong.com

It’s still very possible I have some dead links, probably within older blog posts which were imported here, and that have internal links pointing to other pages on my old site.

I made the conversion “live”… and I apologize to anyone who may have popped in here and it looked like a complete, disaster struck! Gee – no stress there! Not.too-much-staring-at-the-screen-today_l

I’ve tried to streamline my Menu at the top and generally clean things up everywhere in order to give the site a more professional look… while still allowing my personality to show through and offering great information to the readers!

I paused for several days in my writing so I could put this author site together. I actually LOVE creating websites and have made quite a few (ex.: Cats The Boss, My Web Writing Site). 

I’ll return to furiously tapping away on my laptop on the third book in The Werewolf Series – Unknown Taste.  I know, I know… it’s taking longer than I thought to finish, but it is close to being completed. It’s just been crazy trying to figure out an “escape” with a massive security system in place, how “someone” will die, if “something” supernatural should happen to a main character, and other things I can’t possibly tell you or else I’ll spoil the book for you!

Once this book is totally complete (including editing and formatting), then I’ll go through the process of FIRST re-publishing the first two books in the series: Unknown Touch and Unknown Scent. They have both been heavily revised, but nothing with the story has changed for those who’ve read them and don’t want to re-purchase the new editions. Both have new covers, too. Then, after those two are published, I’ll get the NEW book, Unknown Taste, published for the first time.

The new covers on the first two are already posted at my BOOKS page!!! So exciting! The third book’s cover is done, too, but I’ve gotta leave something to hold back and tease you with!!

Be sure to add your email to my New Release Newsletter to be informed of new books, offers, giveaways, etc. At the MOST, you’ll only receive an email twice a month… if even. Sign up below  😛

More exciting things are coming soon, including something FREE! Stay tuned!

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Changes

I’m planning on making changes to this website/blog. Spruce it up, delete stuff, add things, etc. Stay tuned.

I’m currently writing the third book in the Unknown Touch, Werewolf Series… but keep getting distracted with how to update this site, other marketing ideas, and “things” I will offer for FREE!!

In the meantime, have you grabbed a copy of The Reaper’s Cat??? Just published within the last month.

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Update: Paperback of The Reaper’s Cat

Amazon now has the paperback of The Reaper’s Cat available to buy.  (click on the title I typed)

Also, I’m currently in the middle of writing the third book in the Werewolf Series: Unknown Taste.

Busy, busy!

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The Reaper’s Cat Availability Update

The Reaper’s Cat is now available at the following online stores. STILL waiting for the print version – I need to “okay” the Proof yet… *tapping fingers impatiently*

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Amazon: Ebook for Kindle-click here

Amazon: Paperback-coming soon
iTunes/Apple iBookstore: Ebook-click here
Barnes & Noble: Ebook for Nook-click here
Kobo Ebookstore: Ebook-click here
Smashwords: Multiple Ebook Formats-click here
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