Two Elements to Finding A Great Author

In today’s growing market of books, it is sometimes hard to find a story that grabs you and makes you want to read more. What are two elements that help you decide? One may be a free book from the author; the other element may take you by surprise!

Everyone loves to get something for free. More and more authors today are offering free books to entice readers to take a chance on reading their stories. I have several free books available for just that reason. The number of free books has grown so much over the last couple of years that the market is saturated with these free offers. The pain for the reader is shuffling through the good stories and the not so good stories. I think we have all encountered those. Writing a good story doesn’t come cheap – or free – for the author. It takes months, sometimes years, for an author to write a story. Then, comes the costs of editing, book covers, formatting, advertising, and more. These costs can run into the thousands of dollars. This is a hefty investment for anyone to make in the hopes that a reader will enjoy the story enough to purchase additional books. But, why would a reader buy another book by the author if they can get so many of them for free? This leads into the next element: writing style!

Readers who really enjoy an author’s writing are more likely to purchase additional books the author has written. An author’s writing style is more than the book cover, the editing, or the formatting-all of which are important. It is the voice of the author. The way they tell a story that makes it interactive where you laugh, cry, cheer, and get angry with the characters. It is the way the author creates a world that is so vivid you feel like you are a part of it and have a vested interest in what happens to everything and everyone in it. It is about the author’s branding and what they believe in. Writing styles cross genre and make a so-so author into a great author. It takes a special author to connect with readers on an emotional level that the reader can identify with. The author isn’t writing something just to make a buck or waste your time, they are writing to take you on a journey that would otherwise be impossible and help you deal with the stress of daily life.

A story should take you away from where you are and into a new world. A great story should be interactive and make you feel like you are there. When an author gives you a free story to read, they are giving you a chance to hear their voice and get lost in their world. If you do enjoy their story, please consider supporting them by purchasing another of their books.

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Get a Free Copy of A Mate for Matrix

Want something more to go with Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2?

For anyone who sends me their receipt for Embrace the Romance, I will send you a free copy of my story from Pets in Space 1 – A Mate for Matrix. You cannot get A Mate for Matrix anywhere.

Send your receipt to GetMyBookOutThere@gmail.com. Offer ends November 11th.

Haven’t purchased Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2 which has my story, Pearl’s Dragon, yet? Click here to find out more and to buy:

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My Australian Odyssey

Hi from Down Under!!

First, thank you to all who wished me a warm and wonderful birthday (October 11th). I have to say this has been a truly incredible adventure. We started out in September with Hurricane Irma paying an unexpected visit and dropping enough rain that my hometown made the New York Times – for most rain and flooding. We had one day to clean up (without power) before we left for Australia. Three stops to find gas and we finally made it to the airport only to find out I had filled out the VISAS wrong. Luckily, we arrived early and all was taken care of despite the churning stomach! Twenty-five hours later, we arrived in Melbourne only to discover that due to high winds our plane had been canceled. Thank you to the airlines for getting us onto another flight. So began our journey!

Fictionally Yours, Melbourne:

This was my first signing event in Australia. I met a load of amazing readers and authors. Thank you to Ashlea Rhodes for bringing my boxes of books I had sent up even though she had a severe twisted ankle! I had a wonderful Meet and Greet with readers while I was there, then hung out with a group of authors that rocked the event.

Then, it was off on a road trip and Meet and Greets around the country! I can honestly say I have BEEN to Australia! From Rainforests to Crocodiles and Koalas to Rock Wallabies, I’ve seen a wide variety of animals. We traveled along the Great Ocean Road, toured outback New South Wales up to Toowoomba and Brisbane, then to Cairns where we drove up to the Daintree and then down to Townsville. We spent time on Magnetic Island before flying to Sydney and Uluru before heading back to Brisbane for Riveting Reads.

I would like to say a very special thank you to Narelle Todd for all the planning she has done to make this such a magnificent trip! Everything has gone smoothly – well, except for the spider bite, falling, getting bit by a Trigger Fish, and suffering 2nd degree burns to my hand from cooking – and we’ve had a true Aussie experience with her explaining things to us (or making it up so we think she knows what she is talking about). Did you know that Drop Bears love to attack American tourists?! 😜

I hope those that have been following me on Facebook have enjoyed living the experience with me through the photos and videos I have been posting.

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Military Honors for Heroes

I had seen military honors on television shows, but had never experienced it in real life until my dad, a veteran of WWII and Korea, passed away last year.

While military honors are mandated by law, I know the men who served with my dad (and my dad while he still lived) consider it a privilege to be in the honor guard for a comrades in arms.

I don’t think any television show or movie can capture the poignancy of the real deal. The haunting effect of the bugler and then the echo as another distant bugler echoes “Taps.”

I could feel my dad saying farewell for now to his buddies. And we were so grateful to the younger soldiers who also gave up time on a Saturday morning to honor my dad. I could feel their deep respect for what they were doing and for the man they were doing it for.

I wanted to share this clip because it is the essence of why we wanted a charity that helps veterans for Pets in Space. It was our privilege to work with Hero Dogs last year, and it is an even greater privilege to be able to work with them again this year with Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2.

We are so grateful for our veterans, for all the heroes who stand in harm’s way to protect us, to protect our freedom.

Pauline Baird Jones Military Honors for Heroes

They called my Dad’s generation the “greatest,” and there is no question they deserve the designation. Boys became men when they were thrown into battle against ruthless enemies. Thankfully there are still heroes, still “greatest” men and women willing to face ruthless enemies in our time.

And thank goodness for organizations like Hero Dogs who are there to help them when they come home suffering from the injuries of war.

Hero Dogs raises and trains service dogs and places them free of charge with US Veterans to improve quality of life and restore independence. 10% of all preorders and the first month’s profits go to Hero-Dogs.org.

Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2 will release world-wide Oct 10, 2017.

The pets are back! Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2, featuring twelve of today’s leading Science Fiction Romance authors, brings you a dozen original stories written just for you! Join in the fun, from the Dragon Lords of Valdier to a trip aboard award-winning author, Veronica Scott’s Nebula Zephyr to journeying back to Luda where Grim is King, for stories that will take you out of this world! Join New York Times, USA TODAY, and Award-winning authors S.E. Smith, M.K. Eidem, Susan Grant, Michelle Howard, Cara Bristol, Veronica Scott, Pauline Baird Jones, Laurie A. Green, Sabine Priestley, Jessica E. Subject, Carol Van Natta, and Alexis Glynn Latner as they share stories and help out Hero-Dogs.org, a charity that supports our veterans!

Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2 will release world-wide Oct 10, 2017.

Pauline Baird Jones never liked reality, so she writes books. She likes to wander among the genres, rampaging like Godzilla, because she does love peril mixed in her romance.

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