How can a child focus on solving a math
problem or memorizing a new word when she or he is trying to ignore the
persistent pangs of hunger?
Across the country, teachers and school
nurses have found that in some instances, Monday morning comes and they
are forced to compete against hunger for the attention of their
students. More than 18 million children qualify for free or reduced
price meals through the National School Lunch Program, the fuel that
they need to get them through the week. What happens to these children
when they go home over the weekend?
For more than 15 years, the Feeding America BackPack Program has
been helping children get the nutritious and easy-to-prepare food they
need over the course of the weekend. Today, bags of food assembled at
more than 150 local food banks are distributed at the end of the week to
nearly 230,000 children every year. With your help, we can provide
Feeding America is the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief
charity. Their mission is to feed America’s hungry through a nationwide
network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end
hunger. For less than one dollar, you can help.
Twelve young adult authors have come together to form Otherworlds: Twelve Young Adult Fantasy Books to Benefit the Hungry. One hundred percent of the authors’ proceeds from the sale of this charitable boxed set will be donated to Feeding America.
For ninety-nine cents, you can help feed America’s hungry while feeding your imagination with twelve other worlds:
Eternal Starling (Emblem of Eternity, #1), by Angela Corbett Pawn (Nightmares Trilogy, #1), by Sophie Davis The Prophecy (Divinity Stone, #1), by Desiree DeOrto Through Glass Novella Series (#4, #5, #6), by Rebecca Ethington Final Life (The Transhuman Chronicles, #1), by Rose Garcia Reality (The Arie Chronicles, #1), by Dani Hart Hunted (Dark Secrets, #1), by Allie Juliette Mousseau The Amulet (Custodian Novel, #1), by Alison Pensy Betraying Innocence, by Airicka Phoenix The Gatekeeper’s Sons (Gatekeeper’s Saga, #1), by Eva Pohler Halo City, by Mary Ting Blood and Snow (Blood and Snow #1), by RaShelle Workman
Pre-order date: September 1stRelease Date: September 15
Otherworlds is available now for pre-order at Smashwords and Amazon (You may have to wait a few days for Amazon to price match the ninety-nine cents).
It will soon be available at your other favorite ebook sellers, so stay tuned and thanks in advance for your support!
Here is a list of bloggers participating in the promo book tour. Please visit these other amazing blogs!
I don't sell signed paperbacks online, so your exclusive and only chance to own a signed paperback is to come to one of my appearances and say hello. xo
You, the Pacific Ocean, authors, books, a glass of wine, tapas. This unique book signing is less than 2 weeks away! Grab your ticket now! You can plan on visiting the Queen Mary after. It's less than 0.5 mile away.
Have you read Reality: The Arie Chronicles? Even if you have, here's your chance to read it again with Dani. Starting August 1st there will be a daily chapter discussion in the Arie's World goodreads group. This is a unique opportunity to have one-on-one time with the author and get inside the heads of the characters. For those of you who have not purchased it yet, a FREE download code will be given in the group on July 31st. An added bonus for those who participate in the chapter discussions will be sneak peeks into Dreams: The Arie Chronicles, book 2 before anyone else later this fall. Come join the fun and meet or get reacquainted with Arie and her 2 favorite boys, River and Ashe.
4.6 Stars on Amazon
To be extraordinary was a fate Arie Belle had never imagined. She was
comfortable living the simple life on a meadow protected by towering
trees just outside of town. Her days were filled with naïve pleasures
and promising love until the unexpected and mysterious death of her mom.
Instantly, her world became dark and, at times, hopeless. Her only
saving grace was her lifetime friendship with the boy next door, River,
who was relentless in picking up the pieces of her broken future.
Years of numbness were lifted when a beautiful stranger, Ashe,
entered her world and took her soul to places it had never been, across
realities trapped in the worlds of fairytales. Would he be her savior,
or would she find the strength within to be her own?
Her journey begins on her eighteenth birthday and quickly unravels
what she is and who killed her mother. Her uncanny connection with
nature and heightened sensations are just one of many secrets that
unfold along the way. Will she find answers before the next full moon
where her death is painted in the fate of the stars? Will she accept a
scripted destiny or let the dark side of life suck her in?
These are the Social Media sites you will find me on doing different things. I think I have thrown in the towel on all the others, although I'll be on Pinterest doing pins every so often. I am starting a fun writing project on Tumblr and Wattpad, so look out for that. This is my first year where this IS my full-time job and my kiddos will both be in school the same hours. While I want to publish on a regular basis I also thought some other writing projects would be fun. Showcasing me and my work for free. I plan on having a lot of fun with my writing this year and I hope you'll take the ride with me. xo
FB www.facebook.com/authordanihart Interaction like you have been seeing
Twitter https://twitter.com/authordanihart Random in-the-moment comments (I tend to get deep) and play-by-play on fave shows
Tumblr http://danihartbooks.tumblr.com/ Teasers, random stuff, and possible secondary short story blog of real life moments
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/140012-arie-s-world Group discussions about my books chapter by chapter https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/408766.Dani_Hart/blog Weekly Blog posts
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I've noticed, myself included, that there's a huge rise in giveaways by authors and bloggers, whether it be a flash giveaway or a rafflecopter. The intentions are good, but I wonder if the giveaways cheapen our relationships with our readers. They are no longer looking to interact with us because they (and I'm not saying ALL) know we'll do a giveaway to buy that interaction. With that bribery I believe it's in hopes that we will gain readers and our sales will increase. I have not seen this happen personally except on my release days. There are a few issues with giveaways that I have observed.
1) The giveaway host either forgets or lags in sending the winner their prize. I for one know I am guilty for lagging, but not always. It depends on my life situation at the moment, but I know it's seen as unprofessional so I need to be on top of that better. Now the real issue seems to be that readers have grown accustomed to these giveaways and are louder and more confident to call you out publicly if they did not recieve their prize. My issue is for both sides on this. These are gifts, essentially. You did not pay for it so really it's the discretion of the giveaway host whether they are going to follow through with it. Is it unprofessional and somewhat unethical if they don't follow through? Well, of course, but to stoop to bottom feeder level and call them out on Facebook, twitter, etc. is worst in my opinion. On the flip side the giveaway host is buying your fanship (I believe I just created a word there) which by some is seen as unethical. In reality it is a marketing tool, but at what point do we step back and crunch numbers and realize it's a bad one? Well, I have and the numbers just don't work. If I was super on my game right now I would show you the mathematical proof, but I just woke up and would rather write my novel (sorry).
2) You can't buy true loyalty. Yes, you can try to buy the fans of your page and hope they become loyal readers, but how often does that actually work? It doesn't. Not enough at least for giveaways to make sense. And when I say giveaways I am talking about ones with prizes that cost a few dollars or more. I think the smartest giveaways are bookmarks. Those are cheap to make and send out and it still gains a lot of interaction and it advertises your brand. Other inexpensive swag makes SMART giveaways too.
3) Readership Numbness. I believe that readers, fans, whatever you want to refer them to, become numb to our giveaways and also expect us to do them. Some believe that since we do so many that all they have to do is email or private message us and we'll just give them stuff because they asked. And wait for it...they get mad if you say no (GAH). Then there are others that don't even do what's asked in the giveaway or even read the entry instructions and just write DONE in the comments. Of course, there are exceptions to everything. There are amazing readers out there who play fair, are sweet, and gracious, and to those we are all grateful for.
I guess the reason I am writing this is because after seeing how much I spent in promotion last year and seeing where I am at already this year compared to the number of book sales, I am realizing I'm not promoting smartly and I don't want others to fail like this. Moving forward I won't be doing giveaways like I used to. I want to believe that if I interact with the readers thoughtfully through Q & A and such that they will want to stick around for my next book release and a possible flash giveaway surprise. I want to build a REAL relationship with my readers and not one that's based on monetary compensation and/or bribery (I am talking about giveaways here. I don't partake or condone in any bought reviews).
I want to close this off on a positive note. I appreciate how far I have come in such a short period of time AND I appreciate the readers who have become REAL fans and loyal followers. My job is to write quality stories not to do giveaways, so I promise that I will do better by my fans and myself to make that my primary focus. Of course, I'll always do THANK YOU giveaways!
Untitled Children's Series Expected publication: September 2014
My 7 year old son has a gift for writing and art. When he finally realized that I write books he asked if we could write one together. And of course, my 4 year old daughter wanted to write one with mommy too then. I was thrilled. I told my son to think of ideas for a story. He came up with a couple of cute ideas. But then he came home one day from school and started talking about this series that his friend loves. The title was silly, but it gave me an idea. It's totally unrelated to the series he mentioned, but it inspired a story line. I pitched it to my son. Yes, I actually did a pitch! LOL! And he loved it! The best thing about the series it could be spilt into a boy series and a girl series. It makes both of my kids happy, which makes me happy. The most important thing about this series is I want each story to originate from their creativity and then I can help build and guide them. These are their stories told through the eyes of a 7 year old boy and a 4 year old girl. I am beyond excited to get started on book 1 in each series and get the illustrations underway. The series will be silly and fun and cater to the 10 and younger audience.
A Firefighter' Flame released with a bang! Thank you to everyone for all of the support. I am sorry I have been MIA on here. I promise to be more active because, let's be honest, facebook isn't what it used to be. I have started a newsletter that you can subscribe to and I am in the process of working on bi- weekly newsletters to keep you up-to-date on sales, giveaways, releases, events/signings, and WIPs. I will also be adding a Q & A section on the blog, so I can answer all of your questions.
MY CRAZY LIFE UPDATE
I am excited to announce that I will be completing my post-grad education on May 16th and will be taking a year to focus on writing and really building my brand.
I registered for many signings across the country and then quickly realized that wasn't the path I wanted to take just yet. Traveling is VERY expensive and I feel like that time and money can be better spent on promotion and building my reader base. I have also made a promise to myself that I will NOT be affiliated with any signings that include repeat MEAN GIRL offenders and signings that becoming more about who you know rather than based on your brand and positive presence in the book world. I really feel strongly about this with the surge in bullying and mean girl behavior. With that said, here are the only signings I am confirmed for this year.
UtopYA (www.utopyacon.com) Nashville, TN
June 20th 6pm-9pm
Table location: Area 51.5, Table 53 sharing with Tijan
A Firefighter's Flame cover reveal is on January 13th! Official book release date coming soon!
Exclusive scenes for REALITY will be included in an amazing compilation book supporting breast cancer awareness. If you want to know more about how Arie's parents met and more about the world she was born into you won't want to miss this purchase. Plus, you're donating to a good cause. Expected release date is early Feb. 2014. http://bookfri-ends.com/pink-shades-of-words/
If you haven't bought my book yet this is what you're missing! GO GET YOU RIVER & ASHE ON!
“I don’t know what it was about today, but I was starting to feel alive again. My body was responding in ways it never had before. I let him hold me for what seemed like an eternity. Time turned into hours rather than minutes and my breathing became irregular. My vision turned crisp and clear among the darkness and shadows of night. River turned me around and touched my face gently. His fingertips caused electric shocks to pass over my skin. I closed my eyes and let the chill of the night be swallowed by the heat generating between us. I could hear the creatures of the night dancing across the broken fall leaves on the ground and the hoots of owls that filled the tree lines. I swear I could even hear the whisper of baby birds being tucked into their nests. All of my senses seemed to be heightened and I was enjoying every moment of it. A soft pressure pushed on my lips and I could taste the sweetness of River. The tingle on my lips erupted into explosions as I responded desperately. The passion between us rose by the second as if our bodies had been waiting an eternity for us to kiss again. His hands crawled down my back increasing the intensity of the moment. My hands had become limp in the embrace, but now came alive and found his face and locks of hair. I felt more alive in this moment then I had in years. I wanted more! River pushed me up against the car as the desperation in our kiss intensified. And then it was quiet. The rustling of the leaves stopped, the owls went silent, and the quiet whispers of the birds ceased.” ~Reality
OMG! Such a great thing to wake up and see that these links are LIVE!!! (having issues with kobo and iBooks, but working on it). Please don't forget to post, at the very least, a rating of my book on all sites. This supports authors by keeping their books visible on the recommendation lists. Love all of your support! Feel free to tweet (@authordanihart) me how you liked Arie's story! xo
Publishing for the first time is an amazing, scary, and exhilarating feeling! I imagine you might see this post in your feed and just keep scrolling, but whether a book is good, bad or indifferent it's an amazing accomplishment for any author who has put their heart and soul into it. So I say kudos to all authors who have put themselves out there for the world to judge and you will always have my support for your bravery and confidence! I love all of you guys, including the readers who make us want to create! Thank you for your support, love, and loyalty! xo WITH THAT SAID: I am a total rookie and publishing on 5 sites that all have different time frames (12-72 hrs) for uploading, so I started the process tonight. Who knows when this stuff will go live...LOL! I promise I will post as soon as I see LIVE links. If you see it first then feel free to private message me. I did activate paperback orders through Amazon, but that takes longer to go live than ebooks. If you want both I would wait for the paperback because I have it set to discount the ebook if bought together :-).
I am in the home stretch of the rough draft! Yay! All of my beta readers have given it a solid 5 stars, so far! It will be off to the editor at the end of the month for a last look edit and formatting for publication.
My cover reveal is scheduled for July 22nd and hosted by Ena at www.swoonworthybooks.com. They can also be found on facebook at www.facebook.com/swoonworthybookreviews. My amazing original artwork is by Nosim. She can be found at www.nosimart.com. My digital artist is as equally talented and can be found at www.facebook.com/cassidycoverart.
And I am so excited to announce that Paranormal Book Club will be hosting my blog tour set for Sept. 23-Oct. 4 (weekdays only). They will be sending out emails soon for sign ups. They can be found at https://www.facebook.com/ParanormalBookClub?fref=ts and http://paranormal-bookclub.com/
The support I have received being an unknown indie author is absolutely amazing! Thank you all so much!!!
Arie slowly discovers she's more different then she could have ever imagined and that love exists on more then one level and reality. As her journey of discovery begins, more questions then answers arise.