Author Tips: Crunching Numbers

When it comes to dates, things can start getting really tricky, really quickly.


Let’s look at the biggest problem: Time Zones

 If you use the 12/10/15 date format for a poster, you could be causing yourself and your readers real problems. Unless your date is over the #12 then us UK folk are not going to know what the real date for the poster really is.

Remember that everyone on the Internet lasts forever, unless you delete it and even then it might be floating around somewhere. If someone shares a poster with this date format on it, people like me will get seriously confused.

 In the UK we put the date first, so 12/10/15 would be the 12th October (yesterday) but for the US it would be the 10th December. Now, those dates are close enough in the year that you could be advertising a December release.

It doesn’t take up any more space to write 12th Oct or 10th Dec instead. It generally takes up the same amount of space, especially if you use the right text font and size to make sure it’s still legible.


 Problem #2: Cross-Release

Now, this isn’t always in your hands. Sometimes the publisher sets the release date of a book, but you can often find that they’ll give you some leeway if you really want it.

 Look around for blog tour sign-ups and release events, even cover reveals on Facebook or Google for them, for your chosen date. Check to make sure that a similar book to yours or something in your genre isn’t releasing on the same date. If it is, you’ll be directly competing with that book. It might not seem like it, but trust someone who has gone to many release parties – people don’t have time to switch back and forth between 2 or 3 release parties that are happening on the same day. If your book event is in the morning and a competing book’s event is in the afternoon, then that’s fine. But if you’re both at the same time, your readers are going to weigh up who is more well known, which event is offering the best prizes and which book is more interesting. You don’t want that. Sure, you might find that your book IS the most interesting/anticipated and giving the best prizes. But what if it isn’t? What if this competitor has more money to spend on prizes than you do? You’re going to miss out and your party won’t be the best it can be.

Solution? One great way to solve this is sometimes to have your release party a week or two AFTER your actual release day. Why? Because this will let you get all of your links and blog tours out the way. If you run them all at the same time, you run the risk of spamming your audience and not benefiting from the surge sales each event (blog tour, release event, cover reveal) should give you individually.

 Also, people who are desperate to buy your book will pre-order it or buy on release day, so they’re already an automatic purchaser. If you wait that week or two, you can reach people who might not have noticed your release yet. People who don’t know you, but want to hang out at your release party to win prizes.

The best reason is to avoid the issue above – having your release event on the same day as someone else in your genre. Having your release event after your release can solve most of the problems with this issue and also remind people of your new release. It’s a double whammy!

Next on the list: Thunderclaps!

Thunderclap is an amazing platform to advertise your book. Now sure how to do that? You can find a post on our site, detailing that.

 When setting up your Thunderclap, think about what you’ve already planned in terms of release events – FB party, cover reveal, release day, blog tour. You generally want your Thunderclap to be an event of its own, so try not to plan it for the same day as any of those other events you’ve already organised.

Reason #1: it can be considered spam. And – trust me – no matter how good your intentions there will always be someone complaining that your book is clogging their FB/Twitter newsfeed, if you have all this set up for one day.

 Reason #2: you won’t see the real benefit.

When you’re advertising a new release, you want to see which advertising platform is working best for you, right? How can you do that if you have the same buy link for 5 different events that are all happening on one day?

 The biggest draw of Thunderclaps is that you can literally see how many people will see your post. It’s not an estimated number or just the number of people who have clicked to support you. It is literally the number of followers on FB, Twitter and Tumblr that every supporter will display your message to. Cool, right?

So, if your Thunderclap is going to be shown to 500,000 people, that should be enough of a boost on its own, without other advertising events. In my latest Thunderclap, I had around 50 clicks on my buy link after release day. The next day, my Thunderclap tipped and that number jumped to 370. If you have another event a day or two later, that will also give you a boost.


Finally: SmartURL

 USE SmartURL. I cannot emphasise this enough. If you don’t know how, check out this post here.

As I mentioned before, when you’ve got a lot of release events planned, using SmartURL as your go-to buy link, you can track the effectiveness and results of each event using this site.

 #1: you can see how many clicks you’ve had on your buy link at a glance. If you have 1 event every day or week, you can note how many clicks you have on each day and calculate which event got you more clicks. Easy!

#2: you can see stats about WHO is clicking on your link, e.g. male/female and age ranges.

 #3: you can see which countries have given you the most clicks

#4: you can see which platforms (social media and mobile/computer) people have used to click from.

 Why is all of this important? Because it helps you figure out your target audience and advertise effectively. If you see that you’re getting more clicks from a mobile, you can make sure that most of your social media sites are properly set up for a mobile platform (places like let you check this and re-arrange how it looks). It you’re getting more women clicking than men, then you can target your posts to that, or vice versa if men are your main clickers.

Also, as I said before, you can view which social media sites were used most. That lets you see if it’s worth doing an ad for that site, on another date, or whether to boost another social media site with an ad there.

In total – always think ahead!

When it comes to a new or re-release or even a sale, it is VITAL to think about your timing and how you’re going to keep track of progress and sales. Utilise all of the information above, to make sure that your advertising is effective and doesn’t waste you time or effort. Or, more importantly, money.

 From experience, I can tell you that if you have your Cover reveal on your FB page on the morning of your release, have your release event all day and then have a Thunderclap that tips later that afternoon, you’ll probably end up with a few angry/frustrated/disinterested comments in groups (that you may or may not see) about how a certain book is spamming their news feed, or you’ll end up with barely any clicks, because everyone who was at your event already clicked the buy link, so why would they click it on your cover reveal and your Thunderclap too?

Spread out your advertising and you’ll see the benefit. Clunk it all together and you’ll find that your book falls into those nasty little cracks of forgetfulness and inattention, because people have seen your book advertised so much that they’ve lost interest.

 You want to be interesting and encourage people to read your story, not alienate potential readers.

Book Blast: Something Like A Love Song

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Author Name: Becca Burton

Book Name: Something Like A Love Song

Release Date: November 19th, 2015

Page Count: 308 pages

Categories: Contemporary, Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Romance

Publisher: Interlude Press

Cover Artist: C.B. Messer


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One tragic night left Landon and Dylan’s dreams of happily ever after in apparent ruin. Forced to overcome physical and emotional trauma, the young lovers turn to a network of family and friends as they attempt to rebuild their lives. But can their one constant—their love—survive the changes both undergo on the road to recovery?


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Landon’s bed is in the center of the room, and Dylan’s heart begins to pound in his chest as he takes a step forward, hesitates. Landon looks so small, tucked into the middle of the bed, and everything about the scene is unnatural and wrong. His head is wrapped with thick bandages, for which Dylan is grateful—he isn’t sure he could handle that. Just the thought of what’s happening to Landon, to his fiancé, is enough to make his throat constrict, his chest tighten.

A ventilator tube parts Landon’s lips, and his chest rises and falls in equal, rhythmic whirrs. IVs line his arms; the wires snake from under his hospital gown. His freckles stand out starkly against the unnatural pale hue of his skin, except where the deep purple of a bruise creeps from under the bandages and swells down to his left cheekbone. It seems impossible that only hours ago they were laughing in the park, holding hands and eating ice cream from the small corner stand; it’s like some distant memory, a fading dream. But the ache deep in Dylan’s chest, the way his stomach is knotting itself, the too-clean smell of the hospital burning his nose, Landon’s face, battered and bruised—Dylan can’t look away—all this is too real to be a dream, no matter how badly Dylan wants to just wake up, wants all this to go away and everything to be okay.

“You can touch him, if you want,” Brittany says, her voice soft. “We need to make sure to reduce extra stimulation, to allow his brain time to recover, but it’s okay to hold his hand.”

Dylan looks up at her. Her smile is kind and understanding. Then he turns back to Landon and takes a small step forward. Landon’s hand is right there, resting above the covers, and Dylan doesn’t know why he’s so nervous; he’s held Landon’s hand more times than he could begin to count. But, surrounded by machines and tubes, Landon has never looked so utterly fragile, as if he could shatter at the lightest touch.

“It’s okay,” Brittany says from behind him, and Dylan squeezes his eyes shut, tears pricking behind his eyelids. “You won’t hurt him.”

Landon’s skin is cold; his hand is unnaturally still. Even in sleep Landon’s hand would always find Dylan’s, their fingers would curl together like a reflex.

Not now.

“I’m so sorry,” Dylan whispers, holding on a little tighter. “I’m so…”

His voice catches, the words bottling up in his throat, unable to escape. Landon’s chest rises, falls, in, out.

In, out.

“You’re so hurt, and it’s my fault,” Dylan manages, his voice barely audible above the machines keeping Landon alive. “It’s all my fault and I’m…” He exhales slowly. “I’m so sorry.”

He swipes his thumb across Landon’s knuckles, over the dips and grooves, and vaguely notes that Brittany has left them alone. He sinks down into the small chair beside the bed, not letting go of Landon’s hand.

“You need to fight, okay? I need you here, with me, and I can’t…” There’s nothing left inside him except an empty, hollow feeling and the knowledge that Landon can’t hear him. Landon’s engagement ring is in a dish on a table beside the bed, along with his watch, and Dylan fishes them out and tucks them into his pocket.


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First Prize: 5 e-copies of “Something Like A Love Song”


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Book – Something Like A Love Song
Author – Becca Burton
Star rating – ★★★★★
Plot – brilliant, original, heart-wrenching
Characters – relatable and varied

Movie Potential – ★★★★★
Ease of reading – very easy to read
Cover – perfect
Suitable Title – still deliberating, but I guess in a Country Song kind of way, yes.
Would I read it again – Definitely. With lots and lots of tissues.

Warnings? – HFN, hate crime, emotional heartache, flashbacks

(Oh, also – no sex scenes. It’s mentioned in passing. I like it this way.)


There are a million things I want to say about this book, but I’m not quite sure where to start. First off, I wasn’t planning to take on any reviews with deadlines this year, but the extract and description pulled me in, when the blog tour form came through my e-mail. I was intrigued and I had some time.

In reality, I probably spent only 6 ½ hours reading this book. I started it late at night and could only get round to finishing it this afternoon, after doing other things. I missed it, every hour in between. I wanted to know what was going to happen next.

Truthfully, this was me through about 80% of the book:

It wasn’t about what the characters went through, but the way the author perfectly detailed the emotions, thought processes and difficulties of getting through it.

To help you understand, let’s start with the blurb:

One tragic night left Landon and Dylan’s dreams of happily ever after in apparent ruin. Forced to overcome physical and emotional trauma, the young lovers turn to a network of family and friends as they attempt to rebuild their lives. But can their one constant—their love—survive the changes both undergo on the road to recovery?

Now, although it pretty much tells you that this isn’t going to be your regular M/M romance novel, it doesn’t even begin to hint at the feels that come with Dylan and Landon’s journey. Some of the things that happened during Landon’s POV nearly broke me and I’ll explain why later.


First, let’s get started on the not so good things, because I like to end on a high note. For me, the first 3-4 chapters just didn’t work. I seriously did not get on with the story, at all, and would, quite honestly, have DFN’d it after Chapter 3, if I wasn’t reading it for review. I always finish review books, so that’s the only reason I kept going and didn’t put it aside to come back to. I literally took a five minute break and thought “do I put it aside for another day or just get it over with”. I chose to get it over with and that’s about when the story really started to take off, for me.

My problems were simple:

Dylan. I didn’t connect with him and, because of what I assume is an attempt at creating mystery and intrigue about the “incident” that happened that “tragic night” it comes across worse for him than if we’d had some details. More on that later.
Third person, with present tense. Eeek! This has never been a method of writing that has worked for me. Sadly, I’ve never enjoyed the plots that come with this writing style, so this was a bad omen that – thankfully – had a happy ending, for once. (Yes, I read an extract before signing up and knew it was 3rd person and present tense, but I clearly forgot because the sample was so good)
The first few paragraphs. Sigh. These were really clunky, didn’t flow well and were heavy – and I mean, really heavy – with the imagine and metaphors. There were far too many in a short space. Yet, once we leave those few paragraphs, it evens out so that that never happens again. Thank God for that.
Disjointed. As I said in the point above, and before, the first few chapters didn’t work. They were super heavy on the short, clunky sentences that sometimes didn’t even add anything, and even heavier on the pointless descriptions, that occasionally leaked into the rest of the story. I don’t always need to know the colour of the walls or what someone else is doing, or that when Dylan’s mother sounds worried on the other end of the phone that he can heard her turning on a light. Those things are kind of assumed, by thoughts, reactions and such. The description felt unnecessary.
Dylan. Again. This time, for being over-dramatic. This was how it read, because we were given no emotional connection to him and no real sense of who he was or why we should care what he was going through. One minute he glances at the clock and we get a really intricate detail of what time it is, with second and minute hands included, then later he has to check the time. He “needs” to talk to someone, but balks when he realises what time it is when he calls his mother, and offers to hang up. He’s told he can see Landon, after the doctor has come to speak to him, yet he tells his mother he’s not allowed to see him. Hmm…
Mystery. Again, I’m going to admit that this did nothing for Dylan. We find out very little about the tragic incident, when it would really help us connect with Dylan. But, because we’re told nothing but the most minor details for a while, it comes across as though Dylan was this useless, pushy person, who did nothing to help Landon during the incident.
Dylan’s injuries. They seem almost pathetic in comparison with Landon’s and we never really get an explanation why, that satisfies me. It mentions him being held back, but it’s not until around 80% of the book that we discover what really happened and it makes sense. Until then, there was always this nagging doubt in the back of my mind that his story just didn’t fit with the injuries that affected him and Landon.
Flowery description. Having spent a lot of time in and out of hospitals, often the one in need of medical care and sometimes not, I can vouch for the fact that this is wrong. No one sits in an emergency situation like this and notices the décor the way Dylan does. All the details he describes in perfect detail, during his POV would go be unnoticed. Unfortunately, this reads more like the author trying to fill us in on information rather than Dylan’s actual observations.
Author speak. Again, the author’s voice comes through when Dylan explains the situation to his mother. When he talks about the “tragic night” that put them in this situation, it’s much too flowery and descriptive than a normal person would describe it. It should have gone by in a blur of thought and emotion, with Dylan barely able to keep track of what was happening other than focusing solely on Landon, yet he recounts very vivid and perfect details.
POV. There are too many Points of View in the story. The only POV’s I care about are Dylan and Landon’s. But, I read the others and can attest to the fact that they don’t belong. Helen, Adele, Lana and Logan all get their own POV at some point, but it’s never important. They never tell us anything that we don’t already know/assume or that Dylan or Landon’s POV’s haven’t already shown us.
Rabbit ears on a TV. This was really confusing. I don’t know anyone who still sells or buys a TV set with an aerial anymore. Even my 80+ year-old grandmother threw hers out about 10 years ago. This made me question if I’d read the timeline wrong, if this was the 70’s or 80’s. But, nope, it’s present day. Just a bit odd.

All these problems may seem petty, but they were disconcerting and – if you’ll notice – mostly all confined to the first few chapters that I mentioned earlier. If I were to give any advice to this author, on how to improve the final version, it would be to really look at these chapters and maybe do some rewrites, to address these points. This book could have been so spectacular from the first page, if these chapters were different.

But, I hear you asking why I’m complaining, when I gave it 5-stars, right? For one reason: there are people who will not read past these chapters. People who might DFN because these same issues have them rolling their eyes, as it did with me, or have them questioning how great this book could be, with all these issues in the first 20-30 pages. I honestly would not have continued if not for reviewing it and I would have missed out on an amazing story. So, I’m covering my issues here, to warn people to keep reading. Accept and ignore these problems (unless they’re fixed in the final version) so that you can push through to the amazing story behind it.


The good things?

Gosh, there aren’t enough words. Maybe it will seem like I have more complaints than praise for this book, but that’s only because I can’t list all of the things I love about this story. There aren’t the words and, if there are, I don’t know what they are.

I won’t ruin the story for you with spoilers, so please bear with me as I tried to explain what happened as I was reading, without giving too much away.

This was basically me:

The only words I can really think of to describe this book are thought-provoking and beautiful. I constantly stopped to take stock of what I was reading and how it made me feel, because it hit home so hard.

The romance was just so:

And the struggles, drama and everything that went on in the background was:

I was so lost in reading this story that I forgot about everything else. Bedtime, bathroom breaks, eating, drinking. I’ve got a dry mouth and blurry eyes as I write this, from sitting being so consumed by my reading and crying so much.

The minute Landon wakes up in the hospital, around Chapter 4 or 5, the story takes off. For me, this is where I feel the author is most comfortable. Everything previous to this almost feels like a different writer, as though the author didn’t want to write those chapters, but knew they were necessary as a lead up to the larger story arc. I absolutely agree, but they feel half-hearted and almost a stepping stone. They’re absent from the story I fell in love with. And I can forgive it taking 50-60 pages to get into the good stuff, knowing that they really were necessary, to ground the reader with a location, time and background to what was about to happen.

There are flashbacks that give you greater insight into Landon and Dylan’s relationship before. Before is also the way that life before the “tragic night” is referred to in the book and I find that really fitting, because the two lives – before and after – really are separate and different now.

I also really love the fact that there are no explicit sex scenes in this book. There’s some swearing and violence, but nothing that stops it from being accessible to the YA market. And I think that’s really important, because this could be a really important book. I think that, if you can read this and not come away feeling lighter, more grateful and having gained something from it, then you were reading a completely different book than I was.

The romance is sweet and the chemistry is clear, both from the flashbacks and from the brief, thoughtful contact they share, as Landon recovers. Every move they make is romantic, in some way or another, and it made my heart melt. Landon’s personality really got to shine through, during these moments, even when he was unable to speak or properly communicate. And the way that Dylan stands by him, no matter the obstacle and never questions running away or escaping, is both heartbreaking and special. Because you know he’s suffering for it, at certain points, but he stays anyway.

There’s some really nice, easy-going banter between the pair, too.

Landon pouts, and Dylan reaches up to poke his bottom lip. Landon snaps at his finger.
“Remind me why I still love you?” Dylan asks, and Landon’s stomach flips in a way he’d thought he’d have gotten used to after all these years.
“Because I make you breakfast?”
Dylan squints, his face serious, and nods. “It helps that you’ve decided clothing is optional while cooking.”
“The kitchen gets hot!” Landon protests, crossing his arms. “Maybe if you stopped moving the fan onto the porch, I wouldn’t be forced to cook naked.”
“Hmm.” Dylan darts forward to kiss to Landon’s cheek. “Maybe that’s why I keep moving the fan to the porch.”

Landon’s recovery is both touching, real and perfect. Dylan’s reactions are spot on and made me cry most of the time. When he met Tate at the bar, I crumbled, but it was the fireworks, the God damned fireworks that really got me.

The most painful part was that Landon’s thoughts and experiences hit home on a personal level, for me. I’ve had the same struggles with my speech and memory, to a different degree, and I have to use a wheelchair for distances. The way the author portrays these things is so real and so perfect that I had to take a moment to get myself together. It was like reading my own thoughts and fears from 10 years ago, when it all started and reliving that moment. It hurt, but it was a good hurt, because – like Landon – I’m getting there. And that’s what’s most important.


Overall, I just really want to congratulate Becca Burton on a fantastic first novel. This is the kind of debut that should and will win awards and accolades of the highest degree. There’s something special and meaningful in these words that, although the story is fiction, will resonate with so many people. Whether it’s Dylan, Adele, Landon or Helen’s story that touches you – or someone else entirely – the way these characters are crafted and the way the story is told makes this a painful, emotional, heart-wrenching read that is a must for anyone who loves the M/M genre.

I promise you won’t be disappointed.

This is a story of hope, of overcoming fears and a reminder that not all love is fleeting. Sometimes the strongest thing about a couple is their love for one another and how it can get them through anything. Just like Dylan and Landon.

This is, in no way, a Happily Ever After. But neither is life. And that makes this even more perfect.


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Today, I’m very lucky to be interviewing Becca Burton, author of Something Like a Love Song. Hi Becca, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.

Thank you for having me. Something Like a Love Song is my first novel, a story about two long time boyfriends who find themselves facing a life changing tragedy and have to find the courage and love for each other to fight through.

While this is my first novel, I have posted many stories online, and have been writing ever since I learned how. I currently work as a nurse in a Neonatal ICU, and medicine has been a big interest in my life, and always seems to find a way into my writing. I am passionate about diverse, LGBTQ fiction, and am very excited to contribute to this genre.


How do you feel about e-books vs print books?

Honestly, I don’t feel too strongly one way or the other. Personally, I prefer to read a print book when I’m at home, and I love being able to look at all my books on my bookshelves, but e-books are very handy and convenient when I’m traveling or taking the bus, or anytime I might not want to carry around a heavy book. I think both forms of books have merit in their own way, and I can completely understand why some prefer one over the other!

What process did you go through to get your first book published?

I was incredibly lucky and was approached by the IP team about publishing this story. The story was originally written as a fanwork online, and we had many discussions on how I could turn it into an original novel. After that, I just had to put it together and write it, which was definitely the hardest part, and from there the entire team was incredibly helpful in directing me with what I needed to do!

How do you find or make time to write?

It can be difficult to find the time, especially working full time as a nurse. Whenever I have days off, I try and set aside a few hours that I can go to a coffee shop or the library and force myself to focus without the distraction of being at home. When I have a deadline or am more actively working on something, I definitely schedule in more time for writing, but even when I’m not I still try to at least find a little time every week!

Name one person who you feel supported you outside of your family members?

The whole IP team was incredibly supportive during this entire process. I couldn’t have done it without all of them. All of my friends and writing buddies from online have been there for me during this journey, and I honestly can’t thank them enough. So many amazing people have listened to me and helped talk me through areas I was having problems with, or even just offered support through kind messages. I feel so incredibly lucky for all of the truly amazing people who have supported me!

Tell us about a book you’re reading now.

I just finished the book Another Day by David Levithan, who is one of my absolute favorite authors. It’s a retelling of his book Every Day, which I highly recommend to fans of young adult novels with very original and thought provoking ideas.

I am also in the middle of reading You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day, which is an autobiography of her life. I was lucky enough to go to her book signing, and she is the sweetest person in real life. Sje has lead such an interesting life, I have been enthralled by the book!

A book I am really looking forward to reading is Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. I am a huge fan of Rainbow Rowell’s writing, and I can’t wait to read her latest book, which was inspired by her novel Fangirl, another book I highly recommend! I could talk forever about books, so I’ll stop myself there!


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Becca Burton penned her first Nancy Drew fan fiction at the age of nine and has been an avid writer ever since. Currently working as a Neonatal Intensive Care nurse, Becca is a recent Oregon transplant from the Midwest. Becca has a weakness for coffee, the smell of old books, rainy days and her cat, Luna. Something Like a Love Song is her first novel.


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Song Appreciation: She’s In Love With The Boy by Trisha Yearwood

“She’s In Love With The Boy”

Katie’s sittin’ on the old front porch
Watchin’ the chickens peck the ground
There ain’t a whole lot goin’ on tonight
In this one-horse town
Over yonder comin’ up the road
In a beat-up Chevy truck
Her boyfriend Tommy, he’s layin’ on the horn
Splashin’ through the mud and the muck

Her daddy says he ain’t worth a lick
When it comes to brains, he got the short end of the stick
But Katie’s young and man, she just don’t care
She’d follow Tommy anywhere

She’s in love with the boy
She’s in love with the boy
She’s in love with the boy
And even if they have to run away
She’s gonna marry that boy someday

Katie and Tommy at the drive-in movie
Parked in the very last row
They’re too busy holdin’ on to one another
To even care about the show
Later on outside the Tastee Freeze
Tommy slips something on her hand
He says my high school ring will have to do
‘Til I can buy a wedding band

Her daddy says he ain’t worth a lick
When it comes to brains, he got the short end of the stick
But Katie’s young and man, she just don’t care
She’d follow Tommy anywhere

She’s in love with the boy
She’s in love with the boy
She’s in love with the boy
And even if they have to run away
She’s gonna marry that boy someday

Her daddy’s waitin’ up ’til half past twelve
When they come sneakin’ up the walk
He says young lady get on up to your room
While me and Junior have a talk
Mama breaks in, says don’t lose your temper
It wasn’t very long ago
When you yourself was just a hay-seed plowboy
Who didn’t have a row to hoe

My daddy said you wasn’t worth a lick
When it came to brains you got the short end of the stick
But he was wrong and honey you are too
Katie looks at Tommy like I still look at you

She’s in love with the boy
She’s in love with the boy
She’s in love with the boy
What’s meant to be will always find a way

She’s in love with the boy
She’s in love with the boy
She’s in love with the boy
What’s meant to be will always find a way
She’s gonna marry that boy someday

She’s in love with the boy

via TRISHA YEARWOOD LYRICS – She’s In Love With The Boy.

Tuesday Teaser

#TeaserTuesday #YA #Romance #MM #Evanders #Magical

The School of Second Chances, book 1 in The Evander’s School for Enchanted Personage, by Elaine White

One Banshee. One Vampire. One Selkie. And a whole lot of trouble.

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When a group of mishaps are drawn together at the most prestigious magical school in Scotland, vampires meet banshees, witches meet wolves and things begin happening that haven’t happened for an age.

For these eight children, turning sixteen has never seemed so terrifying.

To learn how to hone their skills, they will discover more secrets lurking behind the shadows of their mythical lives than they ever realised existed.

How they survive the school is one thing…

How they survive each other is quite another…



How to: use SmartURL

SmartURL’s can be an incredible tool to use in a million different ways. First off, they can be used on Facebook without causing those dreaded Captcha’s. Secondly, they’re saved on the SmartURL website, so that you don’t have to save them elsewhere. There’s a really quick and easy “Copy” button that you can just sign in to access.

Let’s take a closer look.

Start here at the SmartURL website.

Here’s your homepage.

Now let’s sign in/register and take a closer look. You can do the quick and easy option of signing in with your social media account or register to sign up the long way.

This is how your homepage will look, once you’ve got a few links added.


Now, click on “Create SmartURL” and we’ll go to the page for how to create a link:

This is the most important part that you’ll need to keep an eye on. If you’re using an Amazon link, then this will be only 1 or 2 parts that you’ll need to use.

First, let’s look at the top options:

Now, I’d normally say that you should choose Country or Events, because it’s a book that you’re advertising and promoting to various countries. But, in this case, I’ve noticed that when you choose the Music tab, Facebook doesn’t bother you with Captcha’s or Unavailable links. Often, using other options above, you might run into these problems. But, these tabs have never made a difference to how well viewed or advertised the links will be. There is no SmartURL “database” like Thunderclap etc (post coming soon) to show you everything under that tab.

I use Music, because it’s the least problematic, but feel free to play around and see which one you prefer to use. There’s no set rule here.


Next, onto creating our link.

I’m using the Amazon link for one of our company’s books – Touched by a Vampire. I’ll be using the Amazon UK links, to show you how you can make a SmartURL that will enable anyone in the world to click it and then be taken directly to their Amazon site. So, for example, if a person who lives in America clicks your SmartURL they will be taken to Amazon US. If someone from Australia clicks on your link, they’ll be taken to Amazon AU.

Here’s how.

This is your long link –

Now, insert this into the box “Default URL”. This is what you’ll see. Remember: all I’ve done is insert this ONE link into ONE box. What SmartURL does next is what makes it so smart.

The list goes on to detail the following countries for this book, on Amazon:

CanadaFranceGermanyItalyJapanSpainUnites StatesUnited Kingdom

BUT…there is the option beneath that, where you can add further countries. So, if you click this button, you can add the direct link for MexicoAustraliaChinaBrazil. (<- these are the links to the main Amazon site, not the site to the individual book. This is in case you want to save them.) Also, you can find a list of ALL worldwide Amazon links here.

Now, let’s name your link. I recommend that, if you’re doing your own book, go ahead and give it an individual name. If that name is taken, it will tell you.

 So let’s name this Touched, for Touched by a Vampire.

With the name taken, let’s try adding in a full stop and put SophieSlade at the end.

With that approved, we can go ahead to the next part. However, this part here ↓ is not something I would suggest messing around with, unless you know what you’re doing. I won’t pretend that I do, so let’s skip onto the next part.

When you’re happy with that, click “Save” and you’ll see this:

See those three little orange circles? Those are really important. To “EDIT” your link, click the little pencil on the left. In the middle, you’ve got your “TRY” button, that will take you to your page. On the right, the little clipboard is your “COPY” button.


You can now use your link!


Every time you sign in from now on, you’ll be taken to your SmartURL page (see above). As you can see in that post, you can quickly view how many clicks your link has had in its history. If you want more detail, click on the Stats button.

These are the stats for my book “Decadent”, which has the most clicks and therefore the most stats available:

As you can see, you get a heck of a lot of information from one link. This will help show you where to keep sharing your link, where to focus your audience and where you’re getting the most results.