On Politics and Marketing. Dai & Julia, An enchanted dog, plus new releases

Because of current politics many authors are venting online, threatening followers with unfriending, bullying and choosing sides. As early as 2015 I learned a bitter lesson in keeping a cool head which almost cost me two friends. If sites were merely personal, it would be one thing, but if there's a business connection it's just too risky. This is why many companies don't want their employees to have social media accounts. I found one very helpful article, which I've adapted, to help spell out the risks. From: https://fullmoondesigngroup.com/2018/12/should-business-owners-talk-politics-on-social-media-probably-not-heres-why/ 5 Powerful Reasons Not To Talk Politics

You (and your opinions) are your business. As a writer, you ARE a small-business owner. You and your business are one and the same in most people’s eyes. When you share your thoughts in a public forum, it can damage your business by highlighting an ideological divide between you and your potential readers.

It can affect your ability to collaborate or hire the best talent. What this means to an author is that unless you are already famous, such as Mary Trump, a sweet traditional publishing deal you've fought for could vanish because no publisher wants controversy. Witness the recent cancellation of Senator Hawley's book by Simon & Schuster. Even established authors can damage themselves such as J.K. Rowling's anti trans opinions costing her some readers. For we struggling Indie authors who hardly support ourselves or are independently wealthy such a mistake could be career-ending.

The internet has a very long memory. Yelp is a great example of how long it can take to rehabilitate your online image once it’s been damaged. Several catering companies and bakeries who publicly stated they wouldn’t serve LGBT weddings, for example, are still wading through all the 1-star reviews from angry internet users who wanted to make a statement. On Amazon and Goodreads the occasional 1-star review is marginally tolerable and may even inspire curiosity, but what if there were a couple dozen from different sources? a 4.5 average can drop to 1.5 in a hurry and usually bad or retaliatory reviews can only be removed after a lot of effort. The one I got in 2013 simply because someone resented Indie authors went away after 3-4 years. You may alienate potential customers. Simply put: stating your opinion on divisive issues may cost you clients and customers. On the other hand, you may also build a powerful niche following. Ask yourself if you feel that lucky. I know some who say well I'll just take it down later, but later might be too late for the post that accidentally goes viral.

Still Can’t Resist Talking Politics? 5 Tips To Keep In Mind.

Maybe after carefully weighing the risks and potential rewards, you’ll decide you do indeed feel strongly enough about publicly supporting a political issue or candidate.

One option is to include a simple statement such as, “Jane Smith’s Company is proud to support John Jones for president.”

Itching to say more? Be sure to remember:

Skip name-calling of any kind.

Avoid calling a candidate, (or someone who supports him) any negative term. Talk about politicians and issues you do like and support, instead.

Stay humble.

Approach social media with the mindset that you’d love to learn what other people think or feel about an issue.

Don’t argue. (This one was particularly hard for me)

With emotions running high and the (relative) anonymity the internet provides, well-intended discussions can quickly spiral out of control. You can unintentionally come across as ignorant or arrogant to potential clients. Your best bet is to never argue – always take the high road.

Share articles or posts from trusted news sources.

This empowers your friends and followers to read more and decide about complex issues for themselves.

Never tell people what to think.

This one can be tough! Rather than being the one to inform others about what to think, simply share facts (just make sure you check your facts first!). When we learn from each other, everyone can make informed, intelligent decisions when it comes to politics.

In Practice, “Free Speech” Is Different For Business Owners

In theory, we all love the concept of free speech, and the idea of being allowed to express thoughts and feelings that other people might disagree with. But in practice, it can certainly feel as though the masses are not in support of this philosophy and will take offense.

Even when you have strong feelings about politics, be sure to consider the risks and rewards of sharing them.

BOLDED HEARTS Kindle Edition

by Jane Jago https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01N6ZPAZN/

The blurb says simply "A Love Story" but it's so much more. Amal and Chin-Cha are a beautiful pair. Amal is a young healer and midwife who has run afoul of Christian Priests who believe her gifts are witchcraft. Chin-Cha is a big enchanted dog who was once human. They protect each other and as they move through a series of events, find they love each other. If I say much more it gives too much away, but I want all to know it's a sweet and happy fantasy and much more than expected. I'd almost like to see a few more adventures and spinoffs with these characters, but Ms. Jago presents a complete package. A complete page turner with a sighingly sweet end.

Dying for a Present Kindle Edition

by Jane Jago(Author), E.M. Swift-Hook(Author)https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08NXV41BQ/ This is another story in the "Dying..." series set in the present time but in a world still part of the Ancient Roman system. Dai and Julia Llewellyn are a husband an wife law enforcement /detective team who now have a family: A daughter Aelwen and a son. Saturnalia is coming and Aelwyn wants toget her mother a gift but discovers a criminal operation that puts her young life in danger. But why would one try to kill a child? Dai and Julia must solve this one quickly and in time for the Holiday celebrations. A great read for crime fans and historical fantasy fans alike. Well written and with a great page-turning pace.

Rebel Academy: Curse: A Paranormal Prison Romance Series (Wickedly Charmed Book 3) Kindle Edition by Rosemary A Johns 12/29/20 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B084YW4LXT/ Nothing is more dangerous than my past… …and its secrets could curse this dark academy. I was the wicked witch who cursed the Rebel Academy to perpetual winter. When the fae who tried to force me to marry him returns for the Enchanted Ball, will my magic bring the academy to life or freeze it forever? But first, my three sinfully hot and protective Immortal lovers and I must survive dangerous missions, Dragon Tournaments, and deadly classes. Sleipnir — Loki’s dominant shifter son Bask — a possessive, sinful incubus Fox — a cute cat shifter and mage Tough choices also await the eleven and fae Princes, as well as their dark and mysterious vampire. The wickedly gorgeous students of the Rebel Academy have pasts that should remain buried. Yet they’ll be brought to light at the Enchanted Ball. Then nothing will be the same again. Will my lovers and I be shattered or freed? Rebel Academy: Curse is a complete 110,000 word paranormal academy romance from USA Today Bestselling Author Rosemary A. Johns. Discover mysterious and delicious vampires, shifters, mages, gods, fae, elves, and princes. If you love steamy paranormal romances where the men know how to share, dive in now! In this world, even the rebels aren’t free. ***EXCERPT*** "May I drink from you, my queen?" The vampire murmured. "Mark me." I kissed him. "We’re both cursed. I want the world to know that I'm yours." Midnight's groan vibrated against my skin. I felt more alive than I ever had before. My nerves were on fire. "Oh, they shall know who you belong to," the fae prince drawled. I was surrounded by my two lovers. Their teeth pressed at the same time on each side of my neck. Bite me, please...

The Calling (Finding Humanity Series Book 1) Kindle Edition

by Branwen OShea (Author) Format: Kindle Edition

Book 1 of 1: Finding Humanity Series 12-29-20 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08MZ7JY93/

Humanity’s wake-up call. Answer it or face extinction. When Bleu’s little sister shows symptoms of the deadly Sickness, a strange vision directs him to leave humanity’s subterranean haven and seek the cure on Earth’s glacial surface. Joining the expedition team, Bleu expects extreme temperatures, not a surface ruled by ingenious predators. Rana and her fellow star beings have co-existed with Earth’s top carnivores since the humans disappeared. But when her peers transform into Crowned Ones, the final stage of star being development, she fears remaining Uncrowned like her parents. To prove her worth, she undertakes a dangerous mission—contacting the hostile and nearly extinct humans. But Rana’s plan backfires, and Bleu’s team retaliates. As war with the more advanced star being civilization looms, both Rana and Bleu separately seek a way to save their people.

Resolution Kindle Edition

by S. I. Hayes (Author), J. Haney (Author) Format: Kindle Edition

Book 1 of 1: Cherry Tree Heights 1/1/21 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08J46N1VD/

Jarrett Brooks is about to be a granddad. His daughter not wanting to lose her only family left, begs him to give up his nasty cigarette habit. Having failed in the past he looks to alternative options. Namely hypnosis. Winnie McCormick has been smoking for years. When her twelve-year-old boy wants to her dismay start dating the only way to curb his growing libido is to agree to quit. This sends her straight to the Holloway Hypnotherapy clinic. The chance meeting sends both into a hazy lust-filled fantasy. Can Jarett get past Winnie’s college friends AKA the gatekeepers? Can Winnie get her children on board and finally get a semblance of a life or will priorities flip them both on their heads?

Remembering Ryan: a charity anthology honoring the life of Marine veteran Ryan Kinch Kindle Edition 1-3-21 by Courtney Lynn Rose (Author), Elizabeth Knox (Author), Raven Scott (Author), E.C. Land (Author), Janine Infante Bosco (Author), Erin Osborne (Author), Nikki Landis (Author), Cedar Rose (Author), KD Michaels (Author), Nicole Banks (Author) Format: Kindle Edition

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08C7ZZ7MX/ Remembering Ryan is a charity anthology honoring the life of Marine Veteran, Ryan Kinch. This limited-release anthology is available for purchase from retailers from January 3, 2021 until July 3, 2021; and is full of original, never before published stories from a plethora of talented authors, each of whom penned their story specifically for this anthology. To honor not only Ryan, but his undying love for animals, every story in this anthology will feature both a veteran as well as an animal that is central to their story. We truly hope that you love and enjoy these amazing stories as each author takes you into their characters and worlds. Proceeds from this work will be donated to the ASPCA in Ryan's name to honor him and help the animals in the same ways that he did during his life. Disclaimer: This anthology is not being conducted on behalf of the ASPCA, nor does the ASPCA endorse this anthology or effort. Remembering Ryan Authors Courtney Lynn Rose Elizabeth Knox Raven Scott E.C. Land Nicole Banks Janine Infante Bosco Erin Osborne Nikki Landis Cedar Rose Desiree Lafawn KD Michaels Kristina Canady H.J. Marshall Julie Bailes Ashlynn Mills Kristine Allen Barbara Nolan HL Nighbor Candi Fox Ashley Amy Darlene Tallman Liberty Parker Becca L'Amour Abigal Lee Justice A.R. Case Jen Talty

Manifesting Magic: A 21-Day Guide For Harnessing The Magic of Life Through The Law of Attraction Kindle Edition

by Amanda Rose (Author) Format: Kindle Edition

Part of: Manifesting (5 Books) 1-4-21 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08PDS6LHX/ From the Author of Manifesting on Purpose comes Manifesting Magic! You know deep down that you are so much more than your physical body. You are infinite, unlimited energy... you are the Universe Incarnate in Human form! There is absolutely nothing that you cannot be, do, or have, and yet... you feel stuck. You find that life to be a struggle, that desires seem out of reach, that your to-do list leaves you in a state of overwhelm, and you do not know how to change it. You see successful, happy, and abundant people and wonder if they have a secret that allows them to tap into the magic of life. Well, there is a secret. There is a tool that successful people use every single day to create, achieve, and accomplish their goals all while living a life most people only ever dream of. There is an unlimited supply of love, health, wealth, happiness... it is there for us in infinite quantities, accessible to us through the Universal Law that governs us all... The Law of Attraction. You are always manifesting, and you have been every moment of every day since you were born. Everything in your life has been energetically pulled into existence in response to the energy you have put out. The problem is that without understanding how The Law of Attraction Works, how to harness this power purposefully, and how to use it intentionally... you are stuck responding instead of creating. That ends now. It is time to reclaim your power as the ultimate manifestor! Manifesting Magic is going to take you through 21-days of practices that teach you how to cultivate the Law of Attraction to experience the Magic in Life! Are you ready to experience a life filled with happiness, freedom, love, money, and all of your desires? Then let us begin!

Splatter Soul: A Dark Victorian Paranormal Romance Novel (His Mortal Demoness Book 3) Kindle Edition

by Andrea B. Lamoureux (Author) Format: Kindle Edition

Book 3 of 4: His Mortal Demoness 1-8-21 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08MSYN1GF/ Five wicked souls have been stolen from the underworld. If they aren't brought back, every realm will crumble. Vivivka's worst fear has come true. She's lost Elias to the darkness. She's made peace with it, but when an angel steals five souls from the underworld, Vivika's forced to work with him in order to return the souls. If they fail, their dark realm will fall apart, taking everyone with it. Elias has no room in his heart left for love. But everything is about to change. His new abilities as a fallen angel make him the only one who can help Vivika collect the missing souls. To make matters worse, Elias is captured and taken to his old home in the paradise realm. The goddess who created him wants revenge, and her wish is about to be granted. Now Vivika must decide whether she needs to save the underworld first or find a way to rescue the fallen angel she can't turn her back on no matter how hard she tries. Can Vivika and Elias bring the souls back to the underworld before the realm turns to dust? And will their hearts find their way back to each other? Find out in the final book of the His Mortal Demoness series.

Dragon Mage: An Epic Fantasy Adventure Kindle Edition M L Spencer 1-8-21 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08PDQ5XT4/ Aram Raythe has the power to challenge the gods. He just doesn't know it yet.

Aram thinks he’s nothing but a misfit from a small fishing village in a dark corner of the world. As far as Aram knows, he has nothing, with hardly a possession to his name other than a desire to make friends and be accepted by those around him, which is something he’s never known. But Aram is more.

Much, much more.

Unknown to him, Aram bears within him a gift so old and rare that many people would kill him for it, and there are others who would twist him to use for their own sinister purposes. These magics are so potent that Aram earns a place at an academy for warrior mages training to earn for themselves the greatest place of honor among the armies of men: dragon riders.

Aram will have to fight for respect by becoming not just a dragon rider, but a Champion, the caliber of mage that hasn’t existed in the world for hundreds of years. And the land needs a Champion. Because when a dark god out of ancient myth arises to threaten the world of magic, it is Aram the world will turn to in its hour of need.

Edited by Sarah Chorn

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