Current News 12-07-15

My, how time flies.  It just seems like yesterday when I posted my last Current News.  But that was a month ago.  So much has happened since then, what with the beginning of the Holiday season, and the terrorist attacks in Paris and now San Bernardino.  What the hell is going on in our precious world?  I definitely fear for what’s going to happen in the upcoming years.  But that’s doom and gloom, and I can’t let myself dwell on it.  So on with my news.

First news.  When I could finally afford to have It Lives in the Basement edited, I uploaded the corrected edition to Amazon and sent it to Readers’ Favorite to see if it would earn a 5 star review .  Guess what?  It did.  A stellar review too.  I’m so thrilled!!

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Here’s the review:  Reviewed By Melinda Hills for Readers’ Favorite
If you don’t want to be terrified, don’t read this book in the dark or while alone! It Lives in the Basement by Sahara Foley is a gripping, fast paced horror tale that is essentially three separate stories in one. Beginning with the disappearance of a young couple and their three cats, the house on 18th Street is responsible for countless deadly incidents, including the disappearance of the detective investigating the case. As the police become more and more involved in the second part of the story, with the partner of the original missing police officer called to a grisly crime scene at the same house, a detective with a special background lends a hand in trying to deal with the ancient evil that has manifested itself on the property. The action continues into the third section of the tale with a sighting of the suspected evil creature and the attempts to capture it. From the edge of a moonlit lake back to the basement of the 18th Street house, a team of officers and a large mammal specialist follow the creature into the sewer tunnels below the city. Will they finally succeed in catching or killing the beast?
This is one of the scariest stories to come along in a while. Gripping, horrifying, and almost over the edge of belief, It Lives in the Basement by Sahara Foley keeps you turning the pages as you continually look over your shoulder. The characters are diverse and dedicated to their mission and you just wish you could get their attention to help them through the non-stop action. This is certainly well worth reading, as long as you lock your basement door and keep the lights on. Great book! I couldn’t put it down.
Second news.  The Christmas anthology that featured my short story, Silent Night, is finally on Amazon.  And it’s FREE!  I just read the other stories in the book over the weekend.  Amazing!  My favorites, other than my own (wink, wink), were Simple Blessings by Heather Osborne and A Soul For Christmas by DM Singh.  You can read my review here.  So grab your copy today, and let me know which one is your favorite. 

Third news.   I’ve been thinking about my marketing strategy.  My publisher, Creativia, does all of my promotional sales, so I don’t have to pay for them, which I’m so grateful for.  In this day and age, most publishers don’t do much for their authors.  But after 2 years as a published author, I still feel like I’m a very little drop in an ocean of authors.  I don’t have a fan base, I don’t have a street team, and my Facebook author page has less than 700 likes.  I tweet all the time about my books, which gets as redundant for me as I’m sure it does my followers.  I keep thinking, there has to be something different I can do.  Well, several weeks ago, while on some of my FB groups, I ran across a new group that helps Indie Authors that don’t have a street team and has less than 3,000 likes on their FB pages.  So I joined the group.  What they do is promote me, as an author, on numerous book related FB pages.  I also ran across several that were setting up author takeovers for December and January.  I signed up for 4 of them.  Two were free, and two cost me money.  But what the hell?  They sound like fun.  So, if you’re looking for some great giveaways or Amazon gift cards, be sure to drop in.  I’d love you see you there.  Here’s my schedule.: 

12-09-15 from 2 pm to 3 pm CST

https://www.facebook.com/events/857934554325992/

12-16-2015  2 pm to 3 pm CST

https://www.facebook.com/JoandIsalovebooks/?fref=photo

The Ultimate Fan Blog:  01-06-2016  6 pm to 7 pm CST

https://www.facebook.com/TheUltimateFanBlog/

Now for some minor news.  Lynn Roberts has agreed to do the audio book for We Journey No More.  He’s currently working on another audio book, so he won’t be staring real soon.  It’s worth the wait, as he has such a fabulous voice.

 Lynn Roberts 

Yesterday I downloaded a free version of Photoshop.  I’m taking a beginner lesson now.  So beware, I’ll be splashing my new marketing work all over the place.  🙂
And the final news.  Well, not really news, but just something I’m thinking about doing.  A friend of mine on FB posts these What Would You Rather Do questions?  I’ve never heard of them, but sounds like such a terrific way to interact with fellow authors and fans.  So, I’m going to start my own questions.  I’ll be posting one question at a time on twitter, but posting several at once on my blog.  I can’t wait to see your answers.  Here’s one to start you off:

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I’m a paperback reader all the way.  I love my ebooks, but if I had to rate them, paperbacks #1, ebooks #2, then audiobooks.  When my eyes get bad enough where I can’t read anymore, I’ll probably be converting over to audiobooks. 
What’s your preference?

About Sahara Foley

Bio: Until my husband died on Christmas 2012, I never thought about becoming a writer. In fact, the act of writing a story terrified me. Don’t get me wrong, I loved reading, just never had the knack for writing. The thought of writing dialogue scared the bejeebers out of me. See, Bob was the writer. He wrote stories for years but could never get a traditional publisher interested enough to publish even one. Now I understand why, as they were unpolished outlines. Then, after 30 years together, Bob passed away and my life was turned upside down. About a month later, I was sitting around my apartment, trying to adjust to the worst event in my life, when a little voice spoke to me. Why not publish Bob’s stories? To be truthful, ever since the advent of self-publishing, I always wanted too, that’s how much I believed in his stories. But I knew I would have to fight him for every little change I made to his outlines. Sorry, honey, but they had to be done. So, I pulled out the box of stories, dusted them off, and started on a new adventure: The World of Self-Publishing. Boy, did I have a lot to learn. I finally published several short stories early in 2014, then my horror novella, It Lives in the Basement. While I was working on them, I was slowly learning the craft of writing, and getting The Secret of Excalibur ready for publication. Excalibur was my favorite story of them all, and in the back of my mind, I knew I wanted a publisher. One day on Twitter, I ran across a tweet from Creativia Publishing, and that was another game changer for me. I signed up with them in December of 2014, and it was the best decision I’ve made. One thing I’ve discovered on my new adventure, are all the really awesome and talented Indie Authors. If you find the right community of Indie Authors, all they want to do is help each other. I found that I love promoting them and their books, so that’s how I setup my blog. For readers to meet Indie Authors. Anyway, enough about me. Here’s all my contact information: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/booksbysaharafoley Twitter: https://twitter.com/SaharaFoley Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/saharafoley/ Google Plus: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+SaharaFoley/posts Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Sahara-Foley/e/B00J9ST32U/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1
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