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Book Covers with Sanyare

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Megan Haskell is the author of the dark fantasy adventure series, The Sanyare Chronicles.  Pixie Tamer is the short story prequel to Sanyare: The Last Descendant, a dark fantasy adventure with epic themes and a new adult tone. The stories are complements, but can be read independently.

I was intrigued by the covers of this series, when first I spied them on a Facebook event. They caught my eye and seemed to promise mystery and adventure. Reading Pixie Tamer confirmed my reaction to the cover. I was immediately captivated by the character and the story. Check it out, you might find the same things I did.

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Sanyare: The Last Descendant (Book 1) 

Amazon Best Seller and B.R.A.G Medallion Winner!

A woman torn between honor and survival…

Raised in a realm where humans are no better than slaves, Rie Lhethannien has struggled for decades to earn a meager post in the High Court messenger service. Even training as an elite fighter isn’t enough to earn the respect she craves. Scorned by the high elves who rely on her loyalty, Rie’s closest allies are the fierce carnivorous pixies who travel by her side.

When she’s attacked on a routine delivery by assassins from the enemy Shadow Realm, Rie’s martial prowess keeps her alive…and frames her as a traitor. Facing execution at the hand of an unmerciful king, Rie must forsake her oaths and flee into enemy lands to prove her innocence. With surprising help from a bastard prince and an ambitious blood sidhe, Rie searches for the truth behind the attack. The secrets she uncovers may threaten more than her honor or even her life…for war is looming in the nine faerie realms.

Sanyare: The Last Descendant is the first book in The Sanyare Chronicles, a fast-paced dark fantasy adventure. If you like kick-butt heroines and action-packed fantasy filled with mythological creatures, then you’ll love the first novel in Megan Haskell’s debut series. Start your journey across the nine faerie realms today!

 

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Sanyare: The Heir Apparent (Book 2) 

Her secret is unraveling. One dangerous quest could end it all…

Rie thought she was an ordinary human. After she’s named heir to Sanyaro, the truthseeker and mediator of all nine realms, life becomes a lot more complicated. As she struggles to control her magics, Rie nearly falls prey to a brutal assassination attempt during a public ceremony.

Blamed for the chaos, Rie’s escort, Prince Daenor, is taken prisoner. While Sanyaro tempers the political flames, Rie must once again chase after the truth. As if the threat of another great war and the impending death of her lover weren’t enough, Rie uncovers a dark secret that threatens to crack the very foundations of the faerie realms. When allies fall, can Rie overcome the odds… and the opposition?

Sanyare: The Heir Apparent is a captivating dark fantasy adventure novel. If you enjoy thrilling adventures across nine unique realms filled with wise-cracking carnivorous pixies, then you’ll love the second installment of The Sanyare Chronicles from Megan Haskell.

Author Info
Legend has it I was born with a book in my hands. Thirty-ish years later, I’m a stay-at-home-mom who prefers a good story over doing the dishes. Only now, I’m building my own fantasy worlds! I am the author of The Sanyare Chronicles, a fast-paced dark fantasy adventure set in the nine faerie realms. The third book in the series, Sanyare: The Rebel Apprentice will be released on June 12, 2017. I am also the Program Director of O.C. Writers, A Network of Published and Aspiring Authors, located in Orange County, CA. To find out more about me and my books, visit my website at www.meganhaskell.com!

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Don’t Read My Book!

 

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Reposting this article from last year. Several authors have used reverse psychology in humorous approaches to marketing their books.

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Stephanie Barr made a meme for Beast Within, The Bete Book 1, that highlights aspects of the book that some people might possibly find irritating.

Reverse psychology involves advocating ideas or behaviors that are in opposition to one’s desired goals according to Wikipedia. Above is a reverse mention of my book, Asante’s Gullah Journey.

Some authors have taken the humorous approach of producing meme posters about why you, a potential reader, should not pick up and read their books. The reasons can include potential shortcomings in their books, or critiques of reading generally, or the particular genre, or perhaps larger criticisms of the world in general.  Usually, the desired outcome derives from the hope of the author that you will be so intrigued that you will rush out and buy the book.

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In K. M. Herkes’ example above for her book, Controlled Descent, we see negatives and tongue in cheek comments.

The hoped for psychological outcome seems similar to me to that in Goodreads reviews where controversy around a book results in more sales. When readers have contentious disagreements about the content, style, or meaning of a book, new readers can become curious to try for themselves. They want to see what side of the controversy they will land after giving the book a try.

dontread_470511166462959_1441979994374461108_oM. A. Ray, in the example above, disses aspects of her book, Hard Luck.

Reverse psychology is a time honored mind control approach. We use it with our friends, enemies, and family members to gain compliance. We hope that if we seem to offer a position that is opposite of our true position we will find common ground with the other person, or get those others to lower their barriers and let in our message.

One approach to marketing is to offer benefit for the customer. Writers who employ reverse psychology memes are hoping to secretly show how their book will offer value to the reader. The self-criticism of the book may be intended to be false, or may be intended to warn the reader what to be careful of.

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For Crimson Fire, Mirren Hogan lists possible off-putting facts about her book.

Don’t be afraid of reading a book, just because the author tells you scary things. Likely an author puts the energy into critiquing their book because they hold their own works in high regard. Give them a try. Judge for yourself whether there is validity in the reverse-hype!

Author links:

K. M. Herkes: https://www.amazon.com/K.M.-Herkes/e/B00GRLYEL2 and https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7391528.K_M_Herkes

M. A. Ray: https://www.amazon.com/M.A.-Ray/e/B00IREBFUU and https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7509703.M_A_Ray

Mirren Hogan at: https://www.amazon.com/Mirren-Hogan/e/B01MAYXJV9 and https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/9833643.Mirren_Hogan

S. A. Gibson: https://www.amazon.com/S.-A.-Gibson/e/B00O0HQ6E8 and https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8687249.S_A_Gibson

Stephanie Barr: https://www.amazon.com/Stephanie-Barr/e/B00N9W84YK/ and https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8176598.Stephanie_Barr

 

 

 

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Interview with Finny from Umbrae

Umbrae blog tour

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Finny Interview

Welcome, Finny to my page.

Thank you I’m happy to be here.

Tell us something about yourself, Finny.

Well as you can see I’m a very fetching sandy and white cat. My fur is the perfect combination for a feline living in the city of Safed. I blend seamlessly to my surroundings. Of course once upon a time I had a human form too, but today I prefer living as a cat, far less complicated.

How did you meet Miri?

I met Miri on the day she arrived in Safed. She was lost and needed a wise cat like me to show her around.

Why are you so willing to help Miri, on her quest?

Love is important. I’ve seen so many of my family and friends destroyed over the years. Miri will never forgive herself if she believes she can help Danny and lets it go. So I’m helping her as much as I can.

How do you feel about the Rabbi, Rav Shmuel? You spend time at his compound, but he seems strict.

Thankfully as a cat I don’t have to follow all the restrictions that Rav Shmuel lays down for his family, but still I try to be respectful. I feel though he should trust Rifka more and give all his children a bit more freedom.

Aren’t you scared to go into Umbrae?

I don’t like it. Every time I visit Umbrae I lose a little of my lifeforce and I’ve been traveling in and out of the shadows for a long time. As I said I don’t like it, but sometimes it’s necessary.

What’s the most surprising, or frightening thing you’ve seen in Umbrae?

The Tegs sisters – Stella and Morgana. I really should stay away, but it’s fun to rile them up sometimes. Still when I first came across them it was scary. I nearly was trapped. They are very devious, almost as devious as a cat …

It’s great you get to travel around the world, sometimes on your adventures. What is the most interesting land you’ve traveled to?

I think my favorite place is Aswan in southern Egypt. That’s where the P.A.W.S. Institute of the Middle East sits. I love this area of the Nile and one day I’m going to smuggle myself onto one the Nile riverboats (or feluccas) and go on an adventure.

What future adventures can we expect to hear about?

I’ve always wanted to go to London and visit the P.A.W.S. Institute over there. I’ve heard there’s an old mage over there with very ancient magic. It would be interesting to meet him and pick his brains.

Umbrae by Debbie Manber Kupfer

Umbrae is the third book in the series about P.A.W.S. and Miri’s learning her powers and fitting in with the other creatures and beings who  are different and special. I have read all three in the series, so far, and rate them five stars. I highly recommend these books.


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Don’t Buy My Book!

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Reverse psychology involves advocating ideas or behaviors that are in opposition to one’s desired goals according to Wikipedia. Above is a reverse mention of my book, Pratima’s Forbidden Book.

Some authors have taken the humorous approach of producing meme posters about why you, a potential reader, should not pick up and read their books. The reasons can include potential shortcomings in their books, or critiques of reading generally, or the particular genre, or perhaps larger criticisms of the world in general.  Usually, the desired outcome derives from the hope of the author that you will be so intrigued that you will rush out and buy the book.

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In K. M. Herkes’ example above for her book, Controlled Descent, we see negatives and tongue in cheek comments.

The hoped for psychological outcome seems similar to me to that in Goodreads reviews where controversy around a book results in more sales. When readers have contentious disagreements about the content, style, or meaning of a book, new readers can become curious to try for themselves. They want to see what side of the controversy they will land after giving the book a try.

dontread_470511166462959_1441979994374461108_oM. A. Ray, in the example above, disses aspects of her book, Hard Luck.

Reverse psychology is a time honored mind control approach. We use it with our friends, enemies, and family members to gain compliance. We hope that if we seem to offer a position that is opposite of our true position we will find common ground with the other person, or get those others to lower their barriers and let in our message.

One approach to marketing is to offer benefit for the customer. Writers who employ reverse psychology memes are hoping to secretly show how their book will offer value to the reader. The self-criticism of the book may be intended to be false, or may be intended to warn the reader what to be careful of.

Don’t be afraid of reading a book, just because the author tells you scary things. Likely an author puts the energy into critiquing their book because they hold their own works in high regard. Give them a try. Judge for yourself whether there is validity in the reverse-hype!

Author links: K. M. Herkes: https://www.amazon.com/K.M.-Herkes/e/B00GRLYEL2 and https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7391528.K_M_Herkes

M. A. Ray: https://www.amazon.com/M.A.-Ray/e/B00IREBFUU and https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7509703.M_A_Ray

S. A. Gibson: https://www.amazon.com/S.-A.-Gibson/e/B00O0HQ6E8 and https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8687249.S_A_Gibson

Here is another:

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Mirren Hogan at: https://www.amazon.com/Mirren-Hogan/e/B01MAYXJV9

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