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Dominion Launch & Holiday Blog Hop!

Today is a big deal. Today, my friends, marks the official launch of Dominion of the Damned! Which means that you can now buy it (and if you have an e-pub device or prefer an actual book, I’ll let you know when it’s available in those formats, which it will be. Soon! Check back tomorrow)! But!

But one lucky reader can win a free copy, along with their very own version of the cute little guy pictured down below. Keep reading to see how.

For today also marks the beginning of the IWU Holiday Blog Hop! Which means that if you click here, you can learn how to win some SUPER AWESOME PRIZES, including your very own KINDLE FIRE, and an Amazon gift card, and more FREE BOOKS than you probably have time to read this year! And if you click here, you can find a list of all of the authors who are participating this week, ALL of whom are doing giveaways of their very own! That is a LOT of chances to win free book-related stuff! This is a good week to be a book-lover, you guys!

It’s also a really great week to support small businesses–i.e., indie authors and publishers–with your holiday shopping.

Grr! Arrgg!

As for my giveaway? As mentioned above, you can enter to win a virtually signed, electronic copy of Dominion of the Damnedย in your choice of Epub or Mobi format, along with your very own amigurumi zombie doll, hand-crocheted by yours truly. The zombie is approximately 4″ tall and will have his own unique set of “injuries”, and will come with a tag that is also signed by me.

You’ll receive one entry for each action that you complete below, via Rafflecopter (just click the link if the widget isn’t showing up). So the more actions you complete, the more entries you can earn. The winning entry will be chosen at random, and the winner will be announced this Friday, December 14th, as well contacted by e-mail or direct message. Which means that you have until midnight on Thursday night/Friday morning to enter.

So may the odds be ever in your… er, I mean, good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Author Interview: Melissa A. Smith

The perpetual IWU Blog Tour continues apace. This week, you can find a reciprocal interview with me by former guest-of-the-blog, Arshad Ahsanuddin, at his Pact Arcanum blog. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, help me give a warm welcome to this week’s guest, paranormal romance and YA fantasy author Melissa A. Smith:

JWG: Welcome, Melissa! To get started, why don’t you tell us a little about yourself?

Melissa: I live in the midwest with my husband and two teenaged sons. When I’m not writing I’m reading. During the day I work as a Preschool ParaEducator ie: sneeze catcher, substitute facial tissue, and play mate.

JWG: And what are you working on?

Melissa: I currently have two books out. The first is Cloud Nine of the Guardians of Man. And the other is of The Waiting Throne series, The Heir Apparent.

JWG: What first motivated you to become an indie author?

Melissa: I would have to say it was all the wonderful form rejection letters. After one of them I came across an article in Writers Beware talking about Self-Publishing and thought, what the hell? What have I got to lose? The answer was nothing, so I did it and I havent looked back since!

JWG: What has been the biggest challenge for you when it comes to self-publishing?

Melissa: Waiting on the editor. She has a life too and sometimes it interferes with her working with me (she does it out of the kindness of her heart so I hate to nag her with "are you done yet?")

JWG: Has any aspect turned out to be easier than you expected?

Melissa: Telling people about my book. I used to sell Mary Kay and was always terrified of handing out business cards or talking to them about it. With my book? I pass out bookmarks (my version of a business card) like they’re contagious! I hand them out to everyone! My boys think I’m nuts because I always have them on hand.

JWG: Do you take a strictly DIY approach, or do you hire help with things like editing, cover art, etc.

Melissa: The only thing I send out is the editing. I’m not completly computer illeterate so I do everything else. I’ve even helped out a couple of friends with cover art and formatting of their ebook files.

JWG: How has the decision to go indie turned out for you? Overall, are you happy with the choice?

Melissa: I love it! While I wish there were an easier way to market to a wider population, I’m very happy with my decision to ‘go indie’! ๐Ÿ˜€

JWG: Are there any stand-out lessons you’ve learned about self-publishing that you’d like to share with my readers?

Melissa: Join a support group like Indie Writers Unite! Such a great group of people there with so much helping up and none of the tearing down.

Thanks, Melissa!

You can find Melissa’s books on Amazon. You can also follow her on Twitter, and be sure to check out her blog!

Indie Author Spotlight: Katrina Parker Williams

Trouble Down South & Other StoriesMy guest this week is Katrina Parker Williams, a prolific indie author who teaches English composition and grammar at a community college. She is a Barton College graduate with a B.S. in Communications and a Masters of Education in English from East Carolina University. She is the author of a novel titled Liquor House Music, and three short stories, Rock, Missus Buck, and Slave Auction. Her works have appeared in Charlotte Viewpoint, Muscadine Lines, Usadeepsouth, and on the Wilson Community College website. Her writings have previously been published at The Saints’ Placenta, All Things Girl, Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, Pens on Fire, and Muscadine Lines.

Her latest release is Trouble Down South and Other Stories. Here’s the blurb:

Enslavement, murder, abuse, illness: there’s real trouble for the characters in Trouble Down South and Other Stories. The short stories take the reader on a journey to the past through a collection of interestingly crafted pieces of flawed humanness, social injustice, and redemption, and even humor. The short story collection of historical fiction chronicles events spanning more than 150 years and addresses a wide range of experiences from African-American perspectives. The stories are set in the South amid a changing landscape in which the characters are forced to wrestle with the social issues surrounding Native Americans, slavery, racism, Prohibition, World War I, the Korean War, Civil Rights, the Vietnam War, health, religion, mental illness, and education.

Learn more at

Throughout July, Trouble Down South and Other Stories is available FREE on Smashwords with coupon code SSWSF. It’s also available for the Kindle on Amazon, and for the Nook on

Check out Katrina at her blog,, and don’t forget to like her book on Facebook!

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