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Today it is my pleasure to host Author Mayra Calvani on day four of her virtual book tour. Mayra is the author of Dark Lullaby, a horror novel.  In this post, Mayra tells us a little bit about her book and what she is doing to promote it. Please leave a comment below for Mayra and you can also visit her at the links posted.

 

 


Since Dark Lullaby is only available as an ebook, I haven’t done any in-person events or signings so far. But there are many opportunities on the Internet, and October is the perfect month to promote a horror novel.

Besides this virtual book tour with the Working Writer’s Club, I’ve also been touring with PumpUpYourBook, Enchanted Book Tours, and I.O. Book Tours. I bought an ad on Goodreads and also on BookGorilla. I also hired someone to re-design my website (www.MayraCalvani.com) last month.

Reviews have been added to my Amazon purchase page and at one point the book’s rank went from the 400,000s to the 15,000s.

Have I earned back my investment?

No. Not yet, at least.

Horror is, in general, a tough sell, and book promotion is an ongoing process. To see results, one must be persistent and consistent.

However, I’d advise writers to never let book promotion stand in the way of their writing. As authors, our most valuable time is spent producing that next book.

About the Book:

At a tavern one Friday night, astrophysicist Gabriel Diaz meets a mysterious young woman. Captivated by her beauty as well as her views on good and evil, he spends the next several days with her. But soon he begins to notice a strangeness in her…especially the way she seems to take pleasure in toying with his conscience. 

The young woman, Kamilah, invites him to Rize, Turkey, where she claims her family owns a cottage in the woods. In spite of his heavy workload and the disturbing visions and nightmares about his sister’s baby that is due to be born soon, Gabriel agrees to go with her. 

But nothing, not even the stunning beauty of the Black Sea, can disguise the horror of her nature… In a place where death dwells and illusion and reality seem as one, Gabriel must now come to terms with his own demons in order to save his sister’s unborn child, and ultimately, his own soul.

BIO:

Mayra Calvani writes fiction and nonfiction for children and adults and has authored over a dozen books, some of which have won awards. Her stories, reviews, interviews and articles have appeared on numerous publications such as The Writer, Writer’s Journal, Multicultural Review, and Bloomsbury Review, among many others. When she’s not writing, reading, editing or reviewing, she enjoys walking her dog, traveling, and spending time with her family.

ONLINE LINKS:

·         Website www.MayraCalvani.com

·         Blog www.thedarkphantom.wordpress.com

·         Facebook https://www.facebook.com/mayra.calvani

·         Twitter https://twitter.com/mcalvani

·         Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/272703.Mayra_Calvani

Check out Mayra’s supernatural thriller, Dark Lullaby:http://www.amazon.com/Dark-Lullaby-ebook/dp/B005UI7FOG

 

 

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The Colorado theater shooting

I am taking a break away from blogging about my book to put in my two cents’ worth on the latest senseless act of carnage to take place in the US. By now you must have all heard that 12 people were killed and around 50 treated at local hospitals in Colorado. A young sportscaster, Jessica Ghawi, better known as Jessica Redfield in the sporting world, was among the fatalities. A young woman with a promising career cut down in the prime of her life. My prayers are with everyone associated with this tragedy.

It was April 20, 1999 when two high school students killed 12 of their school mates and one teacher in another senseless massacre. Today, history repeats itself, not in a school, but in a theater. When will they ever learn? What could motivate a young Phd student to do something like this? Was it stress? We may or may never know the answers, but tragedies such as this one ought to shake us to our core and remind us how vulnerable we are.

Orangeberry Summer Splash

This is a mini book tour marathon organized by Pandora Pikolos of Orangeberry Book Tours. The marathon features blog hosting and posts by authors of 100 books. My book Women For All Seasons will be among the 100 books featured. There will be links to author interviews and other posts, plus Twitter and Facebook blasts. The marathon runs (pun intended) from August 1 – August 31. I will post other updates as the time draws closer. This is a good opportunity to learn more about my book and a lot of other wonderful books out there.

Stephen Covey’s passing

The author of 7 Habits of Highly Effective People passed away this week at the age of 79. This book has influenced a lot of people, including me, when I studied it in college some years ago. One piece of advice Covey gives in his book is, “To live a more balanced existence, you have to recognize that not doing everything that comes along is okay. There’s no need to overextend yourself. All it takes is realizing that it’s all right to say no when necessary and then focus on your highest priorities.” I think this book is worth a reread.

Leave a comment and let me know your thoughts on any of the items above.

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