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Pick A Card

I have to say I adore being in the RWA. Sure, there are tons of awesome workshops and stuff to do, but the people are the ones that make this organization the very best. Case in point, I met my fabulous critique partners through the RWA and they’re beyond awesome.

As many of you know, Daisy Harris (she of the Ocean Shifters series and hot, naughty stories fame) is one of my critique partners. Not only is she great at helping me see beyond my creative stubbornness, but she’s also a great marketer. A few weeks ago, she showed me this site called www.romancetradingcards.com and suggested I give it a try.

I was scared. I’m not a technical person. I don’t know how to do all those photoshop thingies and okay, I also don’t have the patience for it. However, I saw the benefit in romance trading cards. So I pulled up my big girl panties and decided to give it a shot. If they came out horribly, I could always keep them to myself as a sign of my failure and I could weep copious amounts of tears as I munched on a Snickers and drown my sorrows with a 40oz beer. I’ve done that before.

Anyway, I followed the very in-depth how-to steps on the site and with the help of my mom (who loves that technical stuff), figured out how to do it. I made two cards for each of the books in my Veil series and I’m quite proud of them. As a writer with a limited budget for marketing, these cards are great. I’m not going to RT this year, but Daisy is and she was sweet enough to take some of my cards with her to hand out.

So these are the cards I made. They’re not as nice as the ones I’ve seen, but as a complete noob in the world of photoshop and stuff, I think they came out well. If you’re looking for something to give out to readers as a way to entice them to read your books, I don’t think you could go wrong with a few of these.

  

  

  

Okay, so I had a lot of fun making these things, more than I thought I would, that’s for sure. Once I figured out how to make them, it didn’t take long to make and the cost, while more than I’d like to spend on anything (can you say cheap?), wasn’t terrible.

For those of you banging your heads on the wall trying to think of some cool little favors to hand out for giveaways, you might want to look into these. For anyone who has won in the past, if you’d like a set, shoot me an e-mail and I’ll send a set to you.

Happy Tuesday y’all. Tomorrow’s release day, so expect craziness on the blog (and a giveaway)!

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It Runs in the Family

Usually when we use this phrase in my family, it’s followed by a lot of drooling and goofy faces. Except this time, I’m actually thankful some traits run in my family. I know I’m constantly bragging on my family (or making fun of them), but I love them to death, so why shouldn’t I?

Over the weekend, I realized, “Hey, I’m going to need to start gathering ideas for promotional items for my upcoming books!” So was it any surprise that when my aunt, sister-in-law, and mom were gathered together, I picked their brains?

Because really, why wouldn’t I ask them? My mom paints. She’s very, very good at it and the walls of our homes, my sister’s home, and my brother’s home are graced with her works. Swamp scenes, plantation scenes, old New Orleans type scenes, you name it, we have them. I’m so flippin’ proud of her work. She’s self-taught and really, how much cooler is that?

Then, there’s my sister-in-law. No, she’s not blood, but she belongs to us now. She draws, she bakes fantastic cakes, she does craft stuff. I have no doubt if she put her mind to something creative, she could do it. She’s also cool as hell and knows what kind of audience I’m trying to target, so hello! I had to get her input.

And now we go to my aunt. She’s done it all. Photography, writing poems, scrapbooking, sewing, interior decorating,  you name it, she’s probably given it a shot. She also thinks outside the box. With her quirky humor, she was the perfect person to toss ideas out.

I love them all. But, I get sidetracked. My aunt, mom, and sister-in-law helped me think outside of the usual. They gave me ideas so different and unique, I have to go with them. There’s no other choice. Of course, it’ll require me trying to remember how to create something other than a story. I’m not artsy in the same vein they are. No, words are my medium, but I’m going to damn well try my hand at something visual and unique to give to people during my marketing campaigns.

I’m not saying what it is because I have no idea if I can even do it. I’ve taken ceramics classes in college and even recently for fun. Wheels are not my friend. I look like I’ve been digging for clay, not like I’ve been trying to shape it into a bowl. *sniff* So, because I’m more of a…word person, I’ve informed them that since they’re artsy-fartsy, we’re going to have a Promotion Party. In fact, I think that’s a great idea. A bunch of women, some craft to create, and laughter. Maybe throw in some wine or daiquiris…It’ll be a blast.

How about you? Do you have family members who astound you with their talent? Are you “arsty-fartsy”, or into crafts?

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