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Stories of Hope ~ Creating Dreams Angela is an author, a wife, mother of two, and a part-time assistant office manager. She loves nights when her husband cooks. Her two kids keep her hopping and help her tap into her well of creativity and imagination. At thirteen, Angela read Harry Potter and was reacquainted with books. She reads everything from Steven King to Will Hobbs. She started writing after her youngest was born. The characters started to visit and wouldn’t let her sleep until she wrote down their stories. She'd love for people to get lost in her books.
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Tragedy has made Keaira wise beyond her twenty years. Forced to work for the General, a commanding man who blackmailed his way into her life, she was ordered to study self-defense and master knife throwing. In the hidden community of Shifters, falcons are considered weak, a fact which may ultimately save her life. To escape his cruelty, she will need to call upon her quick-witted falcon side, but the General has other plans – ones which involve his only son, Carson. More info →
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  • Brad Fleming

    It’s a harsh lesson Tasha and we’ve all done it at some time or other.

    • http://www.facebook.com/TashaTurnerAuthor Tasha Turner

      Yep, and hey it gave me something to write about for my blog :)

  • http://cathybrockman.com Cathy Brockman

    Why is it important to rplace old blog links and what all else need to be saved on websites.. I hate this happened to you but at least now those of us that are new can learn to safeguard ours (((hugs))

    • http://www.facebook.com/TashaTurnerAuthor Tasha Turner

      The reason it is important for me to make sure the names of files/links are the same is because a number of people have shared/pointed people to specific posts we’ve written and those links are broken. If I simply post the old posts back but do not make sure the links are identical all the links out there now pointing to our website will continue to be broken. If I make sure the links/file names are the same as they were then all the links currently out there point to each post will work again and it will be as if nothing ever happened to my website.

  • http://www.poeticparfait.com Christy Birmingham

    Hey Tasha, I have had to learn that backing up work is important too.. we always hear about it but don’t realize it can happen to us until we lose our work and then think, wow it really CAN happen to us! Awe, you are a fighter. I love that you don’t let this hole you back! :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/TashaTurnerAuthor Tasha Turner

      Thanks Christy. This year does seem to be a test of how much can I be hit with and bounce back from. I figure if an 18- wheeler could not keep me down for more than a couple of weeks nothing can. Now let’s hope g-d does not take that as a challenge because I’d be ok with a month of smooth sailing.

  • http://www.thefatandtheskinnyonwellness.com/ Carole Di Tosti (@mercedeskat45)

    Tasha, I cannot resist and I’ll be the one to ask. How are Jewish vampires different from other vampires? (How is this night (darkness) different from all the rest?)

    • http://www.facebook.com/TashaTurnerAuthor Tasha Turner

      LOL love the reference to the passover seder and 4 questions. Holy water, crosses, and garlic don’t work. Nor do they die in the normal manner. Not going to answer that one in hopes that more people comment and ask – I really want to see some discussion here.

    • Bruce Freeman

      Pardon me for chiming in here, but WOW! Awesome, that is a really great reference. I am not sure I would want to be at a vampire seder when they got to the “pour out your wrath. portion though.

      This does raise a question for me. How do we as Jewish writers deal with writing about Jewish Vampires and reconcile the “Blood Libel” hatred that caused the death of so many of our people? Passover/Easter was a very dangerous time for Jews in Europe because of this libel. It really hits one in the kishkes so to speak. It’s not like this vile lie is not still around. I don;t even mean from splinter crazies like the KKK. One only has to read Egyptian mainstream newspapers to see cartoons depicting us as blood suckers.

      What do you think?

      • http://tasha-turner.com/ Tasha Turner

        Somehow I missed this comment on blood libel. I don’t think their is anything to do about that. If someone reads fictional Jewish vamp stories and it reinforces their blood libel illusions they need psychiatric help. I can see a guide might need to be written to go along with the book dealing with some of these issues or at the back of each story a list of resources that includes books that refute misconceptions about Jews that have led to us being murdered throughout the ages.

        • Bruce Freeman

          Agreed, about the person who’s blood libel issues are reinforced by reading fiction. At the very least they would need a good reality check on how immature it would be to let fiction of any kind be a guide for their knowledge/belief base. (Ok that might sound nasty to Scientologists. I apologize in advance. :-) ) I do not think we, as writers, need worry about every nuance of how an audience might take one of our stories. I would imagine Jonathon Kellerman does not think he is writing a how to manual for serial killers. Having said that, I do think we need to be cognizant of them (audience reactions to our work) and deal with them in some way. Otherwise, I think, we run the risk of trivializing our own work.

          What do you all think?

          As for the other part, how to deal with this, isn’t this analogous to Blacks writing about slavery? Like, can a Black author write a story about a slave who likes being a slave? I mean, of course they can, but what are the ramifications of that? How does one juggle the issues? Can one juggle the thematic issues within the story or does one have to append a guide at the end? How might one thematically juggle this issue? As I noted in a post above, there was a story that I remember from reading somewhere about a Vampire that made Orthodox Jews into Vampires just to torture them as blood is not kosher. So certainly the blood libel could be worked in similarly. Non-Jewish Vampire causing Jews to have to live the libel? It certainly has lots of dramatic power in my opinion.

          Just some food for further thought,

          Bruce

          • http://tasha-turner.com/ Tasha Turner

            I’m writing fiction about Jewish vampires I’m not sure how seriously I can take it.

            Stephen King did pull a book he wrote, I’m not sure of all the details, after hearing it might have played a part in a school shooting. I’m never quite sure where writers responsibilities fall.

            As too the vampire story of torturing Orthodox Jews by turning them – the author was ignorant of the laws or held they lost their souls but at the loss of soul they’d no longer be held by Jewish law. So no matter how you twist that story those turned Orthodox Jews could drink human blood and should know that from studying the most basic of laws.

            The struggle comes in forcing yourself to do something so long forbidden and dealing with the possible good feelings that come from drinking blood. Any story written on the topic has to deal with the issue of how blood is usually forbidden but once turned it’s permitted but killing is still forbidden. At least in my world killing people by drinking their blood is how a vampire goes mad and becomes out of control evil.

            • Bruce Freeman

              Yeah, I think that was a actually the point of the story; the orthodox Jews were forced to do something aberrant to them. Analogous to the Nazis (yishmach shmam) tattooing numbers on our arms. Of-course it is allowed to save a life, but tattooing is general forbidden. The insult is double fold. We also hold that one can’t count people, or Jews in particular. “Your seed will be without number, like the stars in the sky.” So in our schul we never counted people, only how many siddurs we would need that day. :-) At any rate, I mean that the tattooing of numbers was a double aveyra on orthodox Jews. So would an Orthodox Jew be happy about having to drink blood?

              I agree with you on the one hand that these are just fiction stories. I don’t want to take my stories too seriously either, or I think they will get boring and pedantic. But I don’t want to write just mindless drivel either. Ya know? I guess I see a huge potential for really dramatic events based on Jewish Vampires that non-Jewish Vampires would not have.

              Have you ever watched the Buffy series? I think that is an AWESOME example of how writers can deal with some pretty difficult and very serious issues, and yet retain comedic distance.

              • http://tasha-turner.com/ Tasha Turner

                Yes I watched Buffy. I preferred the Angel spinoff.

                In “the Satmar Vampire” the outline has the blood issue dealt with early on. My vamps follow a very famous rebbe and camp survivor from his escape to his building of the Satmar community. So from day one if being turned into vamps they have a learned rebbe to light and guide there way.

                In the short stories the vampires are in different stages and the blood issue bothers them less as they have more knowledge and don’t find it as repugnant as a modern day Jew would. I use the blood of humans as a metaphor for drug abuse.

                I’m not sure a see more/less issues for Jewish vamps than non-Jewish vamps. Just different issues.

                • Bruce Freeman

                  Yeah I agree, not necessarily more, just different issues. Sorry if I misstated.
                  I like Angel a lot as well. Both series are well thought out and show character growth. I am not a big fan of shows where the characters remain static and never learn.
                  I also love how both series employed novel and very creative devices to forward the plots. The musical episode in Buffy and the Karaoke bar in Angel are totally awesome. And somewhat gutsy. I mean, not a lot of actors want to sing badly in public. Ruins the image. But using song to learn motivation… what a great idea. Music is such a powerful tool in Judaism (as well as many other religions). I try to incorporate that in my stories as well.
                  So I would love to get your feed back on one of my stories. The one that I am blending Sumerian with Jewish narratives. It is not very far along yet. And I can not afford to pay you. but if you are interested let me know. I will send it to you. My e-mail address that I use for stories is brucebenhorin@yahoo.com

                  • http://tasha-turner.com/ Tasha Turner

                    Sent you email. :)

  • http://cathybrockman.com Cathy Brockman

    I think Jack Kelly is so handsome!Great blog

    • http://www.facebook.com/seren153366 Lisa Alford

      Jack Kelly is true YUMMY Cathy !! LOL

  • http://www.thefatandtheskinnyonwellness.com/ Carole Di Tosti (@mercedeskat45)

    Agree, Cathy. He is gorgeous. Where are all these great men in my life??? lolol
    Don’t you love Rafflecopter. It’s really fun. Thanks for sharing.

    • http://www.facebook.com/seren153366 Lisa Alford

      YUP Carole Rafflecopter is great I agree and Jack is WAY gorgey to me! hehe Thx

  • http://www.godskids.org/philippines Kim Belcheff

    I’m loving his eyes.

    • http://www.facebook.com/seren153366 Lisa Alford

      His EYES… His Smile.. His Hair!! whats NOT to love lol??

  • http://www.faythdevlin.blogspot.com Fayth Devlin

    Great post Tasha, I had no idea about your accident but it warms my heart to hear how others came together and helped support you in your time of need! I’m new into this business, so I find your links and expertise about social networking really valuable! Thank you for giving us lowly authors some resources to help launch our careers. You all should be very proud of what you’ve accomplished and I wish all of you the best of luck at RomFest. The world won’t know what hit them!

    • http://www.facebook.com/TashaTurnerAuthor Tasha Turner

      Its actaully Beth-Ann getting to go to RomFest I had to cancel my plans so its more important than ever for me to see her get to go and have everything she needs for it.

      I hope by the end of this week to have all my old posts up as there are a number of helpful ones for authors… lowly ones just like me.

    • http://www.facebook.com/TashaTurnerAuthor Tasha Turner

      I don’t talk about the accident much except when the various therapies are interfering with my life. I treat it like a small bump in my life… which being hit by a truck and being mainly in and out of consciousness for several days was probably bigger than that – but I was not aware of the worst of it.

  • Brad Fleming

    Great piece. I remember him so well.

    • http://www.facebook.com/seren153366 Lisa Alford

      Thanks for commenting Brad! Hope you get a chance to read it some day!!

  • http://christywrites.hubpages.com/ Christy Birmingham

    I like the idea you suggest of reading the post yourself and seeing how you react to be able to judge the responses of other people. The title made me laugh and the great writing made me keep reading! Well done.

    • http://www.facebook.com/TashaTurnerAuthor Tasha Turner

      Thanks I’m slowly recovering all the post accidentally deleted last week. The beginnings of this was created on a Delphi Jewish forum years ago by about 15 of us. Since then I have continued usuIng and modifying it and hope people will share thier own ideas for how to post calmly while seethInge inside.

  • Brad Fleming

    This book would not be my normal reading material, but I can appreciate a thoughtful and useful review.

    • http://www.facebook.com/TashaTurnerAuthor Tasha Turner

      Thanks brad.

  • http://christine-ashworth.com Christine Ashworth

    Great post. Sorry about your accident – and very pleased that you had such a great response from family/friends/co-workers to keep your business running! I’ll be following…now off to tweet about dear Liz and Tri Destiny!

    • http://www.facebook.com/TashaTurnerAuthor Tasha Turner

      Thanks the accident in some ways has been a blessing. I’ve learned so much from it. What a great support system I have. How well WANA works. And that I can survive something and move on.

      Now let’s take care of Liz and Tri Destiny. I want them to have a fantastic experience at RomFest with all the goodies.

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  • Brad Fleming

    Glad everything is finally up and running. Nice to have you back in full working order.

  • http://www.learnsmallbusiness.com DeAnna Troupe

    Truthfully I don’t think you need to change anything. Just maybe participate in some more Twitter chats and keep sharing the page and different times of the day. Don’t forget that people come on Twitter and Facebook at different times of the day. Don’t forget to account for people in different time zones.

  • http://www.facebook.com/TashaTurnerAuthor Tasha Turner

    Thanks DeAnna we have been sending out at different times. It is getting a lot of tweets, retweets, and shares. Just not many donations. Over 30k people have seen it which is why I feel I’m doing something wrong. I really had expected many more $1-5 contributions especially given how widely published it has been.

  • http://www.facebook.com/TashaTurnerAuthor Tasha Turner

    On FB Krisen Lamb had this to say about the blog:

    Really beautiful story by Tasha Turner and a real testament to WANA ways. Also a wonderful fund-raiser. I really hope you will check it out.

  • http://nadiakilrick@blogspot.com Nadia (J)

    I am curious too. If not Holy water, crosses or garlic. I cannot imagine what would scare them away or kill them. Maybe silver bullets like werewolves? Maybe they are not meant to die (well, again) because they are going to take over the earth…That could be fun. ;-)

    • http://www.facebook.com/TashaTurnerAuthor Tasha Turner

      The only way to kill them is to starve them to death. The more they have fed on human blood the longer it takes for them to die. But they also seem to have some sort of manners/can be bound by oaths of sorts to stop/hold them for time periods. I really need to give the citation #s and the books to my rabbi to translate in detail for me ASAP.

    • http://www.facebook.com/TashaTurnerAuthor Tasha Turner

      BTW thanks for stopping by. I love the idea of them taking over the world. How they make new vampires is a problem… I’m taking liberties in the book on that one.

  • https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Darlene-Williams-HF-Reviews/165682046828587 Darlene Williams

    Tasha, you’re not necessarily doing something wrong. It is a tough economy for fundraising for any cause. People are hanging onto their wallets in the last few years than more they were before. I fundraise for the BC Lung Assn every year to take part in a cycling benefit. We have to raise a certain amount. This year, because of difficulties raising the amount in last 2 last years, I have been saving myself and will have a donation receipt. I think many charities are experiencing donor fatigue.

    • http://www.facebook.com/TashaTurnerAuthor Tasha Turner

      Generally I agree with you. But I see people raising tons of money on indiegogo for projects and the author involved has a lot of supporters who if they donated $5 would see us on the way. So I feel like I must be doing something wrong as they are neither donating nor sharing the campaign.

  • Brad Fleming

    Most comprehensive and covers a lot of the bases. Well done Tasha, I look forward to picking up lots of useful tips.

  • http://www.facebook.com/TashaTurnerAuthor Tasha Turner

    For some reason this went out – this was on our blog for a holding spot for a month before we started blogging. My husband found it as the only thing I had not uncovered and got back up late last night. Thanks Brad

  • http://biz.leoraw.com/ Leora

    I have discovered that my number one target audience does not read blogs. They are very fast-paced, driven people who have the potential to hire me. I usually have to meet them in person (or get a referral from a previous/current fast-paced client).

    So I target my number two audience: knowledgeable people like yourself who know a lot about social media and are willing to learn more about WordPress and websites. Or some combination of all that.

    I’m doing a blogging workshop in Highland Park on June 12. If by some miracle you could come, would love to have you there in person.

    • http://www.facebook.com/TashaTurnerAuthor Tasha Turner

      I will try to be there. Between therapy sessions 5 days a week, chronic fatigue back, and work – I’ll need a remind… Hey what time & where and I”ll put it in my schedule right now.

  • Brad Fleming

    Thanks for the useful tips Tasha.

    • http://www.facebook.com/TashaTurnerAuthor Tasha Turner

      Your welcome. I hoped this did a better job explaining what I’ve been trying to teach then I’ve been doing in person… LOL.

  • http://cathybrockman.com cathy Brockman

    Great advice Tasha. I thinki have narrowed down some of my target audience.. For y blog and most of my romances.. Female ages 30-55 mostly female, maried or mid to upper midclass– takes care of slef high maintenane gets hair done nails done nice clothes, empyt nester, cares aobut health and looks am i gtting closer

    • http://www.facebook.com/TashaTurnerAuthor Tasha Turner

      Fantastic. So you could talk about health – or even do the top 10 articles this week on x and link to online magazines/blogs on those topics (health, pedicures/manicures/spas/relaxing vacations).

  • pam stanek

    Thanks for the informative blog, Coach. You’d think I’d have time to blog since I’m retired, but it just seems overwhelming as far as being time-intensive. What about guest blogging?

    • http://www.facebook.com/TashaTurnerAuthor Tasha Turner

      Being retired can mean being busier than when you worked. Frankly spending more than a half hour on a blog may mean you are working too hard at it and need to rethink the topics you are writing about or the length you are making them. Shorter with more questions can frequently be better.

      Being a guest, having guest, making sure when you guest blog you consider the audience there?

  • http://www.facebook.com/seren153366 Lisa Alford

    Great review Jess!! Gonna have to check that one out for sure! Thx

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    It’s tips like that,make this resource an excellent site.

    • http://tasha-turner.com/ Tasha Turner

      Thanks

  • http://cathybrockman.com Cathy Brockman

    great Blog!! Good luck with your books!

    • http://debrajayneeast.blogspot.com Debra Jayne East

      Thank you for stopping by Kathy!

  • http://rionnamorgan.blogspot.com Rionna Morgan

    What a wonderful post! Teachers are magical beings…they have such a gift!

    I’m glad you found solace in writing. That is also a gift.

    All the Best,
    Rionna

    • http://debrajayneeast.blogspot.com Debra Jayne East

      Little do they know what they do for us in the formative years of our lives. I’m greatfull to the amazing teachers I had growing up.

  • http://www.janecarrollauthor.com Jane Carroll

    Great post Tasha. I have to say that there are a few people that I used to enjoy reading but have lost interest in due to some inflamatory tirads they got on. Blogs tend to get so personal…but sometimes it is better to vent somewhere else.

    Thanks for sharing these great tips…and please…slap me…virtual of course :) …if I do any of them!

    • http://www.facebook.com/TashaTurnerAuthor Tasha Turner

      Always happy to slap you? No that is not what I meant… I don’t think I’ve ever seen you doing any of those bad behaviors Jane… so I don’t expect to ever need to virtually slap you. It is sad watching something good go downhill. Blogs are not the place to vent although sometimes you can take something you want to vent about and do a well crafted blog post about the topic. Venting really should be done privately and not publicly as today we usually link our followers to us everywhere we are. My followers see me on FB, Twitter, my blog, and a number of other much less frequently used social media tools.

  • http://cathybrockman.com Cathy Brockman

    Great article!! so true.. I hate it when people friend you as you to like their page and pm you all their info and never actually speak to me or when you send or accepted request they say.. oh this page is for family and friends only would you please like my professional page? ( what am i chopped liver) yes this happens a lot. and i say NO

    • http://www.facebook.com/TashaTurnerAuthor Tasha Turner

      I totally agree with you Cathy. And no you are not chopped liver… more like a good grilled bbq ribs :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/TashaTurnerAuthor Tasha Turner

    Thanks for visiting Debra. What a great post. Francis Hodgkins Burnett and Barbara Cartland were two of my favorites also.

  • http://debrajayneeast.blogspot.com Debra Jayne East

    It was my pleasure. They are wonderful authors even for today. Thanks for all who commented.

  • http://aurorathenerd.blogspot.com Aurora

    I love that you share it with your Rabbi. It makes it more appealing because I know it will be a story worth reading without the normal junk! Thanks so much for making these stories, Tasha.

  • According to Ditter

    Lisa…What a great review!! Will totally buy this book!

    • http://www.facebook.com/seren153366 Lisa Alford

      Thanks Ditter My Love! I hope many folks do buy it! so far its one of my Favs Of Rollins Sigma…hmm I have read 3 now so I retain the right to change my mind at any moment LOL!!

  • According to Ditter

    Tasha Turner rocks!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/TashaTurnerAuthor Tasha Turner

      Thanks good to see you visiting over here.

  • Pammie Sutton

    It sounds like a really great book and I will definitely be reading it….I am part Choctaw tribe and I love anything Indian…

    • http://www.facebook.com/seren153366 Lisa Alford

      Me too Pammie! James puts a lot of work into getting things accurate too. I learned so much about the UTE tribe, a lot of good info and a great storyline! thanks for stoping by!

  • http://www.facebook.com/faythdevlin Fayth Devlin

    This book does sound fantastic!! Great job to both the author and the reviewer!

    • http://www.facebook.com/seren153366 Lisa Alford

      Aww thank you Fayth! It was a fun review to do lol

  • http://theredshoereview.blogspot.com Nanci Maynard

    This is such a great idea! I can’t wait to read the book!

    • http://www.facebook.com/TashaTurnerAuthor Tasha Turner

      Thanks nanci.

  • http://www.facebook.com/TashaTurnerAuthor Tasha Turner

    Jewish vampires confuse vampire slayers around the world and across the ages. Jewish vamps struggle with many moral dilemmas.

  • http://www.akandrew.com A.K.Andrew

    Wow – sounds like a fantastic concept! Let us all know when it’s coming out. I haven’t read a vamp book since Anne Rice, but watched True Blood & loved it. But Jewish vamps – now that’s something altogether diff. Will have to let my JWF group know when it’s out. Hope it works well for you & congrats on getting it published.

    • http://www.facebook.com/TashaTurnerAuthor Tasha Turner

      Thanks. I also hope it works out well.

  • http://www.lindajalexander.net Linda J. Alexander

    Thanks to everyone for participating in this contest … lotsa fun! And special thx to Lisa Alford & Tasha Turner for reading/reviewing & posting the fantabulous review of my book, “A Maverick Life: The Jack Kelly Story.” I appreciate all of you!

  • http://quotidiandose.wordpress.com/2012/06/11/ Ellie Mack

    I’m sure I will be referring back to this often.

    • http://www.facebook.com/TashaTurnerAuthor Tasha Turner

      Thanks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/seren153366 Lisa Alford

    You and me both Ellie!! great post Tasha THX!

    • http://www.facebook.com/TashaTurnerAuthor Tasha Turner

      Thanks Lisa.

  • http://cathybrockman.com Cathy Brockman

    printed to refer as soon as I pass out form the deep breathes i forgot to let out.

  • http://www.facebook.com/TashaTurnerAuthor Tasha Turner

    LOL Cathy. You’ll be ok I promise. Would your coach lie to you.

  • Brad Fleming

    A great piece of work Karen. It makes one realise just how much work is involved in a project like that. A big well done to you!

    • http://www.facebook.com/TashaTurnerAuthor Tasha Turner

      It really is a lot of work to make a free promotion go well and to keep the momentum going afterwards so you make sales.

  • http://www.janecarrollauthor.com Jane Carroll

    Karen,

    Great post! Thanks for the useful information. I know I will be doing a free promotion soon and will benefit from your advise.

    • http://www.facebook.com/TashaTurnerAuthor Tasha Turner

      When I asked Karen to share her experience with us I had no idea just how much useful information she was going to share. She is great about helping others learn from her experiences which is a key component in building relationships. And she does it because she genuinely cares and wants to see others succeed.

  • http://cathybrockmanromances.wordpress.com/ Cathy Brockman

    Great information Karen!! thanks for sharing. I learned a lot from this Good Luck!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/TashaTurnerAuthor Tasha Turner

      We will have to make sure to refer back to this when we run free promotions for your books.

  • http://cathybrockmanromances.wordpress.com/ Cathy Brockman

    great now to find someone to stay on me, well besides tasha!! she deserves a break..

    • http://www.facebook.com/TashaTurnerAuthor Tasha Turner

      We talk every day so no reason I can’t check on your writing but having several partners helps.

  • Brad Fleming

    Good advice. I wouild write some more – or even more – but its time for my shower. Seriously though, well done!

    • http://www.facebook.com/TashaTurnerAuthor Tasha Turner

      Even if it’s only 30 minutes a day it keeps the habit of writing daily going.

  • http://www.facebook.com/TashaTurnerAuthor Tasha Turner

    The short story is taking on depth and new direction. It’s fascinating how editing a story can change it so it barely resembles the 1st draft.

  • http://poeticparfait.com Christy Birmingham

    Your post is so motivational Tasha, I will share it to help inspire others to keep writing. Take care.

    • http://www.facebook.com/TashaTurnerAuthor Tasha Turner

      Thanks Christy. I’m also working on blogging regularly again based on topics coming up on Facebook, on the virtual blog tour I’m running, or with my clients.

  • http://cathybrockmanromances.wordpress.com/ Cathy Brockman

    grt blog post.. it helped a lot.

    • http://www.facebook.com/TashaTurnerAuthor Tasha Turner

      Hope so Cathy

  • http://twitter.com/iamjustnatalie Natalie Star

    Love this! I am learning more and more everyday :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/TashaTurnerAuthor Tasha Turner

      Thanks. Learning is good.

  • http://www.karenmagill.com Karen Magill

    Thanks everyone. Everytime someone new starts following me on Twitter I cringe thinking of how many more people I will have to notify next time! LOL

    • http://www.facebook.com/TashaTurnerAuthor Tasha Turner

      I can understand that. Most people get excited when they hit 1k followers, me I wondered how I was going to build meaningful relationships with that many.

  • http://alexiachronicles.blogspot.com Ritesh Kala

    I agree with everything there, but I can never implement it!

    • http://tasha-turner.com/ Tasha Turner

      You are a bit outspoken. LOL It took me years to be able to follow these guidelines and some days I still just decide “forget it” and say what I really want to.

  • http://www.facebook.com/TashaTurnerAuthor Tasha Turner

    It is hard to implement. I think it gets easier to implement as you get older and have more experience with life. Or if you have someone that every time you want to say something and skip the rules you can turn to and say what you want and they can remind you to not do it. I have that someone who stops me all the time from saying what I really want to as long as I remember to drop him a link and then tell him what I want to say to x. The hard times are when he is not available to stop me. But if you commit to the rules and tape them up next to your computer it is possible to keep them. If I can do it anyone can.

  • http://save-send-delete.blogspot.com/ Danusha Goska

    Very well done review. Thank you!

    • http://www.facebook.com/TashaTurnerAuthor Tasha Turner

      Glad you enjoyed the review.

  • http://wwwbookbabe.blogspot.com Tara Chevrestt

    What a lovely review and well thought out.

    • http://www.facebook.com/TashaTurnerAuthor Tasha Turner

      Thanks, it took longer to write than I thought because I wanted to get it just right. When I enjoy a book I want to make sure my review lives up to the book.

  • http://lorrainenelson.weebly.com Lorraine Nelson

    Thank you for such an excellent review, Tasha! I’m so glad I kept you guessing and happy that you enjoyed it. :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/TashaTurnerAuthor Tasha Turner

      You had me so fooled. I was like “no way really”. It was my pleasure.

  • http://www.janecarrollauthor.com Jane Carroll

    Great review!

  • http://krhughestlburns.wordpress.com/ K R Hughes T L Burns

    Wonderful tips! We really appreciate you sharing your knowledge so freely with us!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/TashaTurnerAuthor Tasha Turner

      I’m just glad my tips are helpful. I want to see everyone’s books sell well and the kindles and bookshelves of the world overflowing.

  • http://poeticparfait.com Christy Birmingham

    Wow, 5 stars! Sounds like a good read from Lorraine. I have now connected with her on Twitter too. Thanks Tasha for introducing me to such a talented writer.

    • http://www.facebook.com/TashaTurnerAuthor Tasha Turner

      Your welcome. Her writing is engaging and down to earth. We will be reviewing a number of her books over the next few months.

  • http://twitter.com/iamjustnatalie Natalie Star

    I loved this story, and I am not a southern girl nor have I loved cowboys, horses or ranches all my life. I am from New York just outside of the city, so I was raised far from that life style. Maybe that’s why it appeals. I don’t know, but regardless I enjoyed it! :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/TashaTurnerAuthor Tasha Turner

      Lorraine is a great writer and pulls you into the story. I prefer tamer stories but I’m having a blast reading her hot and steamy books.

  • http://lorrainenelson.weebly.com Lorraine Nelson

    Thank you so much for the excellent review, Rebbe! I am so glad you enjoyed it.

    Natalie, I am thrilled to know that my cowboys held your interest. :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/TashaTurnerAuthor Tasha Turner

      I think you are going to love Rebbe’s review of book 2. She is really coming into her voice. It’s been fun reading your books and watching Rebbe grow as a reviewer.

      • http://lorrainenelson.weebly.com Lorraine Nelson

        Thank you, Tasha! Glad you’re both enjoying my books. :)

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  • http://beverlymahone.com Beverly Mahone

    Karen,

    Your strategy is very interesting. I didn’t do what you did at all. Perhaps if I had read this first, I might’ve had greater success.

    I put teams in place—people I knew who knew people who would support the cause plus some other stuff.

    Congratulations on making it to #2. My free promotion also landed me at #2 but I was more concerned with the number of downloads because that told me how to proceed for the next promotion—which I just completed and did hit #1.

    • http://www.facebook.com/TashaTurnerAuthor Tasha Turner

      There are so many right ways to run a promo. What I’ve learned is that if everyone does the same thing then it stops working. The best way to do things is look at a variety of successful promos and pull parts from each but add your own spin and do something different that helps you stand out. The organization part is critical. Knowing who you can trust to promote you so Facebook does not consider you a spammer is also helpful. Sounds like your promo went fairly well. Did sales pick up afterwards?

      • http://www.karenmagill.com Karen Magill

        Hi Tasha, sales did not pick up afterwards and I am taking a step back this week and looking at everything again.

        • http://www.facebook.com/TashaTurnerAuthor Tasha Turner

          Sorry to hear that

          • http://www.karenmagill.com Karen Magill

            no problem Tasha. It will all work out, just takes a while to figure out the right way for me.

  • http://www.karenmagill.com Karen Magill

    Thanks Beverly. The first time I did a promo I made it to #82 – the categories didn’t set in time – but I am happy with this result. Congrats on making it to number 1! You deserve it.

  • http://charityburke.blogspot.com/ Chastity Burke

    I hate it, here I am new profile and all doing the friend requests. I had one immediately send me an IM asking me to like their page. I was extremely put off. I really shouldn’t have liked it at all, but I’m trying to get my feet wet. I know of an author that has an entire profile filled with all her promos and nothing but. I have heard of writers wanting to use an author profile instead of a personal one, but why can’t you do a little of both? I hate the depressing posts too, it really brings me down when I’m more of a up person. Thanks for the great post Tasha!

    • http://www.facebook.com/TashaTurnerAuthor Tasha Turner

      Sorry for not replying earlier. Glad you enjoyed the post. At least with the bad behavior you know what not to do! I learned a lot watching others and how I felt about what they were doing. Did I hide their feed? Did I click like and later go back and unlike their page? Did I unfriend or even block someone? If the answer was yes then I knew that was a behavior to avoid. If on the other hand I find myself tracking down where else on the net a person is so i can follow/friend them and promote them more than other friends I know that is behavior I want to copy.

  • http://www.janecarrollauthor.com Jane Carroll

    Great resources, Tasha. Thanks! I actually find it fun to develop 140 character spots for marketing my book. It’s all about condense, condense, condense and making every keystroke count.

    • http://www.facebook.com/TashaTurnerAuthor Tasha Turner

      You may be the only person I know who enjoys creating them. I find them an interesting challenge to do and worth the time it takes. But unless I’ve been directly challenged by someone to come up with better ones than they have I don’t find them fun. We will have to have you teach us how to have fun with them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/TashaTurnerAuthor Tasha Turner

    Fantastic guest post Karen. Thank you for sharing with us.

  • http://poeticparfait.com Christy Birmingham

    Cool! I like that there are tarot cards mixed into the story. Good review of what sounds like an interesting book!

  • http://lorrainenelson.weebly.com Lorraine Nelson

    Thank you, Danusha, Tara, Jane, Tasha, and Christy, for the lovely comments. :)

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  • http://www.facebook.com/TashaTurnerAuthor Tasha Turner

    Did you know Jewish vampires turn into cats rather than bats? And that they prefer to look like old hags rather than look beautiful.

    • http://www.akandrew.com A.K.Andrew

      well cats are far more sociable than bats! Are Jewish Vampires more of a friendly lot than their counterparts? Is your fiction based on information from Sefer Chasidim or Jewish myth/history? I’m really trying to ask how much are you making up – because after all that is the fun part, even though you are basing it on some ‘facts’. All history is in the interpretation I think.

      • http://www.facebook.com/TashaTurnerAuthor Tasha Turner

        Parts are based on Sefer chassidim because it’s so little known and so fun to play with. But then Sefer chassidim only has about 4-5 paragraphs and their is much arguement as to what it means so I’m using it as a base and going my own way. Just like I’m working with a rabbi on questions about halachic implications of blood… Is there a more kosher blood for vamps to drink? Or a way to drink it that is more kosher? But once I have my answer I decide how my characters will deal with it.

        I did find that there are a few Jewish vamp books out there and I’ve read and will be reviewing a few of them. Some had too much foul language/sex for me to read the book so those will get a short mention only.

    • Bruce Freeman

      Yes, the estrie. In fact there is a story about a man who was attacked by a cat. He cut its front arm badly. The cat ran off. Later that day a woman with a broken arm came to him and asked for some bread with salt on it. This would have cured her. Interesting that we salt our bread a bit for hamotzee. We do so in memory of the destruction of the temple. Interesting no?

  • http://www.facebook.com/TashaTurnerAuthor Tasha Turner

    I’m pulling my information from translations done of passages out of Sefer Chasidim.

    • Bruce Freeman

      If you haven’t already come across this, you may want to check out “Jewish Magic and Superstition: A study in Folk Religion.” By Joshua Trachtenberg. Published by Atheneum and reprinted by The Jewish Publication Society of America copyright 1939.

      It is a great source book. His language is difficult at times. And he often does not translate foreign language quotes. But there is a lot of wonderful information about Jewish folk beliefs and superstitions.

      • http://tasha-turner.com/ Tasha Turner

        Looks like it was rereleased in 2012. Thanks for the suggestion.

  • http://poeticparfait.com Christy B

    This is a good resource for writers, well put-together Tasha!

  • http://alexiachronicles.blogspot.com Ritesh Kala

    The $2.99 price I talk about is more to do with unknown indie authors. If one of my friends recommends a book to me, the price does not matter. But, I will also not pay more than the paperback price for kindle books. I’d rather not read it. Also, bloggers read for pleasure, we do not only read to review books. So pricing matters to us too. But you have to agree, price of a book plays a big role in trying out new authors.

    • http://www.facebook.com/TashaTurnerAuthor Tasha Turner

      But you’d pay 9.99+ for a kindle book from a big 6 writer who just put out their 1st book? Just curious as it would be their 1st book also and I’m not seeing the big 6 having any problem charging 9.99-12.99 for 1st time author’s kindle books. Now mind you I do pay that for big 6 books of authors I love… I’m amazed at the price but still…

      Do you simply know it must be good because the big 6 published it? Or do you not buy those either?

      And yeah when the paperback and the kindle cost the same I’m puzzled also.

      • http://alexiachronicles.blogspot.com Ritesh Kala

        I would never read a first time big 6 author whose kindle book is priced at 9.99-12.99. I’d rather borrow it or not read it at all. Considering how in India, borrowing options are limited, it does restrict me to well known authors. And that too, after someone I know well recommends the book to me.

        • http://www.facebook.com/TashaTurnerAuthor Tasha Turner

          Ok, good to know everyone is in the same boat… so to speak.

  • http://alexiachronicles.blogspot.com Ritesh Kala

    Also, if you consider writing to be a profession or a business, you’ve got to invest in it. You should not expect to get returns without any investment on your part? Want readers to appreciate your books, like them and continue to buy them? Get the books edited and upto the best possible standard, invest in a cover designer too. INVEST in them! Only then will you see a return. If not, consider it a hobby.

    • http://aliviaanders.blogspot.com Alivia Anders

      I absolutely agree with you on pricing points. Big 6 or Self-Published, 9.99 for a digital copy is madness. I refuse to pay that much, no matter how much I like or want the book. I’ll pass and wait until I find the hardback in B&N’s clearance bin a few months later for under $10.

  • Dawne Prochilo

    I have to disagree with this comment
    “I’d also like to point out that if you see some not-so-good editing, take a moment to ask yourself one question. Is it self-published? If not, don’t blame the author. Publishers have final say in editing AND cover art.”
    Within every publishing house I have been with, the author has the final say on the cover art and has their own eyes glance through the final galley before going back to the editor.
    I admit I have found minor editing issues at this point in the manuscript and they were corrected.

    As an indie author also, I have two sets of eyes and editors review my manuscript then my own.

    It is a group effort when it comes to publishing whether with a publishing house or self-published. Everyone involved has his or her own name attached to that piece of work and needs to step up to make it the best possible it can be.

  • http://wwwbookbabe.blogspot.com Tara Chevrestt

    Dawne, I agree with you to a point, but I have to say I’ve had to make some changes/add some things? delete some things I didn’t want to due to publisher/editor recommendation. Urg. I had a reader criticize an additional scene in a book that well, was put there because it had to be. As for book pricing, I, too, am confused by ebooks being the same price as paperback. Doesn’t seem right to me. I would never price my own that high if I had say in the matter.

    • Dawne Prochilo

      I agree with some of the pricing of ebook Tara…they are outrageous and the same as print books. I was part of an anthology with 7 other authors. The ebook price was $9 for a novel having 264 pages with 8 stories. It didn’t sell very well due to the pricing because when the publisher put it on sale, more copies sold.

      Sorry but ebooks are supposed to be more economical, easier access and for e-readers, which we also have to pay for. Keep the prices lower, the overhead on ebook is NOT as great as in-print.

  • http://authordonnadillon.blogspot.com/ Donna Dillon-Truckenbrod

    Great post. I often wonder how much of the story some of these reviewers miss because they are so focused on finding misplaced commas and typos. I had some advice earlier that said I had to discount my e-books to .99 or they would never sell. I did…they didn’t. I finally said enough is enough and set the larger book to 1.99 and sold two copies within fifteen minutes of the price being changed. My first book is a short novella, .99 is a fair price to me, but my second is a full-length fiction novel, I’m not giving it away.

    • http://www.facebook.com/TashaTurnerAuthor Tasha Turner

      So many people are finding that to be the case Donna. By pricing their books at 1.99 or 2.99 they sell more than they did at 0.99.

      • http://authordonnadillon.blogspot.com/ Donna Dillon-Truckenbrod

        I guess we live and learn, huh?

  • https://www.google.com/profiles/104233089791025510284 Johanna Denton

    Congratulations on your first Author Spotlight! Love it.
    The Whispering Path sounds interesting. I like the premise. I will definitely take a look at it. Keep up the good work.

    • http://www.facebook.com/TashaTurnerAuthor Tasha Turner

      Thanks. I enjoyed doing this. It was fun and easy. And I love getting to know more about authors and their books.

  • http://poeticparfait.com Christy B

    Nice idea to have author spotlights! A good one to start :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/TashaTurnerAuthor Tasha Turner

      Good to see you stop by. It was a great idea… Not even mine. I asked if anyone wanted to guest on my blog and if so to let me know what they wanted to do. Rebekah jumped so fast I had barely hit submit on FB and I had something from her. I hope to have more of these in upcoming weeks.

  • https://www.google.com/profiles/104233089791025510284 Johanna Denton

    Thanks for the great information. It’s kind of overwhelming, so I will follow your advice about taking it slow. We should do everything we can to prevent hacking. Thanks again.

    • http://biz.leoraw.com/ Leora

      Yes, I find lots of information at once overwhelming as well! My main takeaway is make sure to update.

      Then, don’t be afraid to learn more about security, a bit at a time.

      • http://www.israelpcdoctor.com Beau – Israel’s PC Doctor

        I am constantly telling all my clients that the 3 most important things about computing are:
        1) Backup
        2) Backup
        3) Backup (in that order ;>)

        also, as for security, with all the widespread hacking that is going on these days, it is good to use a very secure password management application such as http://www.lastpass.com which will remove all your insecure passwords from where they may be stored in your browsers, prompt you to allow it to generate new, strong ones, save and encrypt them in your “vault”, and allow you to access and manage all of it via one strong master password that gets you in and out of LastPass. it offers an amazing layer of security to all that you do online, and it follows you wherever you go – different browsers, even different computers in different locations. you can have constant, non-stop protection. i’m now using it, and see that i am much safer from hackers and intruders. thanks for your critical information about backing up, Leora – although yours was very specific about WordPress, the concept has univeral applicability and relevance no matter what you might be doing. always back up the things that matter to you.

        • http://biz.leoraw.com/ Leora

          Beau, thanks for all that great advice and in particular that password manager you mentioned.

          Sherryl, thanks for relating your experiences on how things sometimes break (but can be fixed).

          Adeline, so true about “don’t use admin” – hackers will try that username first.

    • http://www.facebook.com/TashaTurnerAuthor Tasha Turner

      Things I learned were critical. Backup. Update. Slowly learn more.

      • http://biz.leoraw.com/ Leora

        As an alternative, you could learn quickly, too! But most of prefer slow and easy, especially since there’s a lot more to life than keeping stuff secure.

        • http://www.facebook.com/TashaTurnerAuthor Tasha Turner

          True. I have family and friends that learn quickly. But if feeling overwhelmed stick with the basics and take things slow.

  • http://keepupwiththeweb.com Sherryl Perry

    Great tips on keeping our software updated Leora. You are so right about updating our themes and plugins too.

    I’ve never had my site hacked but on more than one occasion, I’ve had plugins break something. Usually, all looks well in Firefox but it’s important to take a peek at our site in other browsers too. (Internet Explorer 8 causes the most problems for me.

    Another time, a minor tweak in the control panel of my premium theme caused an issue with the CSS file and I had to recreate the theme. (In that case, I relied on the information that I had tracked using Excel.)

    Lesson to be learned from all of these experiences is that in addition to updating our sites, we should also keep track of our steps. That way, if something does suddenly break, we’ll know where to start looking.

  • http://life-and-leisure.com Adeline

    Great tips! It’s also a good idea not to use “admin” or “administrator” for the username. It’s such a common username, and if you use this, you pretty much have already given a hacker half of the information they need to hack your WordPress account.

  • http://poeticparfait.com Christy B

    Good tips, thank-you. I do wonder, how do I know when there is a new version of WordPress? Will I get an email?

    • http://biz.leoraw.com/ Leora

      Christy,

      Good question about WordPress being updated! If you log into your WordPress site often (at least once per week), then you will see the announcement in your Dashboard. The reminder will be obvious. But if you are one of those people that rarely use your WordPress, you will probably need someone else to remind you. Do you look at Twitter? If you follow people who talk about WordPress, like I do (I’m @leoraw), I often tweet when there’s an update. Truth is, it’s probably just easiest to use your WordPress site often, and you will see the notice when it comes. You could also ask a friend who does use WordPress often to remind you.

      • http://poeticparfait.com Christy B

        Thanks Leora! Yes, I log in to WordPress at least once a week for my poetry blog to publish posts. I am pleased to read that the update will appear on my dashboard. I actually connected with you when Tasha’s post first came out. I am @christybis. Thanks so much for you help.

        • http://www.facebook.com/TashaTurnerAuthor Tasha Turner

          Does this mean I’m a twit-matchmaker? So glad to see people connecting.

  • http://www.facebook.com/TashaTurnerAuthor Tasha Turner

    Thank you do much for being a guest Leora. Great advice and fantastic discussion going on.

  • http://www.bindu.ca Bindhurani

    Leora Wenger gives a lot of information for WordPress users. Once I clicked update, without doing the back up. A lesson learned in hard way.
    Thanks for the great tips. Now, my problem is how am I going to remember all these information when I really needed it.
    Thanks Leora.

    • http://biz.leoraw.com/ Leora

      Bindhurani,

      Thank you for your kind words. My suggestion regarding remembering: read a post on security, then do one thing to increase your site’s security. One step at a time.

  • http://www.findingourwaynow.com Susan Cooper

    Gosh, it’s as if a red flashing light is saying “UPDATE NOW OR ELSE”. I think I need to get on the ball. Thanks for the red light warning. My website developer had been hesitant to update until he test the effects first, but maybe it’s time the take the leap. :-), Susan Cooper from BHB

    • http://biz.leoraw.com/ Leora

      Susan, in the past, earlier versions of WordPress, there have been good reasons to hesitate about upgrading. However, now most of the upgrades are quite stable. If someone has a problem, it’s usually a plugin or a theme that is the problem. If one disables all plugins and uses the TwentyEleven theme, everything will work fine. So one can then add back in one plugin at a time to find out which one is at fault. And in terms of themes, perhaps try a different theme if one causes problems.

      One developer says if the upgrade is to a full number like 3.0, he waits until 3.1 is stable. But the current upgrades are from 3.13 to 3.14 … much less likely for there to be any issues. Not upgrading is the issue.

      • Susan Cooper

        That is very good to know. Thanks for the input. :)

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  • http://www.penelopeprice.net Penelope Price

    I think we HAVE to learn to get along and co-exist. I think your post was a lovely way to bridge the gap between everyone’s points! Thanks Tasha!

    • http://www.facebook.com/TashaTurnerAuthor Tasha Turner

      Thanks that is what I’m trying to do.

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  • https://www.google.com/profiles/104124795382356446702 Joseph Eastwood

    Thanks for hosting me, Tasha! And I hope my page reaches 2,000 some time soon… v.excited! :]

    • http://www.facebook.com/TashaTurnerAuthor Tasha Turner

      Me also.

  • http://cathybrockmanromances.wordpress.com/ Cathy Brockman

    I dont think there is ever a time you should put someone down. I also agree that it does hurt you to put someone down.

    • http://www.facebook.com/TashaTurnerAuthor Tasha Turner

      I Agee

  • User

    Hi. One should never put down any person. Whatever reason you think you might have to justify it, it is wrong. Constructive criticism is a whole different animal. I strongly believe that everything comes back to you.

    • http://www.facebook.com/TashaTurnerAuthor Tasha Turner

      Great points. :grin: Constructive critism if done properly and appropriately is different. Unfortunately too many times online people take constructive critism as an attack. Thanks for visiting and commenting.

  • http://jrnova.blogspot.com/ J. R. Nova

    I have done my best to stay clear of negativity, especially hurting others. It’s a lot of work, but I’m glad for the change. I feel better, even if I talk a lot less!

    • http://www.facebook.com/TashaTurnerAuthor Tasha Turner

      Better to have little to say then regret it and feel bad later. I think you do an excellent job of being positive. It is a lot of work in the beginning. It gets easier over time. The respect you get from others is well worth the effort. As is a calmness in ones soul. :cool:

  • http://cathybrockman.com Cathy Brockman

    Great post Tasha. I do disagree on one part.. i think everyone even Authors that been in business could benefit from at least a month of social media coach. Its like finishing school for Authors.
    I dont want to be or have a guest one at my house.. I have mostly guest ones on my wall. I find avoiding the drama being just me seems to be the best for me. It may not work for everyone.

    • http://www.facebook.com/TashaTurnerAuthor Tasha Turner

      I love it “finish school”. I tend to not notice guests one as my eyes just glaze past their posts unless they have a lot in a row when I then decide whether to hide some of their stuff or remove them as friends.

  • http://poeticparfait.com Christy B

    :razz: I will stick with guest #2. Now as for who is on my networks, I have a combo of 1 and 2 but much prefer 2!

    • http://www.facebook.com/TashaTurnerAuthor Tasha Turner

      I prefer guest 2 every time. I don’t think its possible to have a network made up of only guests 2 but I do a lot more to help out guests 2 people than I do for guests 1. Thanks for stopping by. :cool:

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  • http://twitter.com/Mack_Ellie Ellie Mack

    :grin: Socializing isn’t always the same as platform building. HOwever it is called a socail media for a reason!

    • http://www.facebook.com/TashaTurnerAuthor Tasha Turner

      Very true. And as long as you know that its ok. Just make sure you know when you are working and when you are playing. :mrgreen:

  • http://cathybrockman.com Cathy Brockman

    I actually think that is an awesome pitch!

    • http://tasha-turner.com/ Tasha Turner

      I’m sure there is room to improve on it. But there always is isn’t there?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/TashaTurnerAuthor Tasha Turner

    If you require something to live then it becomes kosher for you so the question becomes are vampires living? Yes. So they are required to drink blood in the least harmful manner possible.

    • Bruce Freeman

      Doesnt it actually become commanded to do? This is a great moral ethical point that Jewish vampires can illustrate. Nice. After all we are supposed to be vegetarian. But HaShem saw we could not handle it, we were too nasty, and after Noah , allowed meat as a way to keep us less nasty.

      The argument would be do they still have their Jewish soul? If not then they are not living. They would belong to the class of creatures created late on erev Shabbat. (The first erev Shabbat ). If they still have their soul then????

      There was a Christian vampire that “converted” Orthodox Jews to torture them with forcing them to drink blood. I forgot the source for that. But it’s analogous to the Nazis tattooing us.

      • Bruce Freeman

        Let me clarify that last bit. I meant a fictional vampire. I do not particularly think that vampires are a literally truth. Lol.

      • http://tasha-turner.com/ Tasha Turner

        Yes “commanded” is what I meant by required. So if a Jew is turned into a vampire in my fictional world they maintain their soul and therefore are commanded/required to drink blood. The moral issues this brings up are interesting to play with.

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  • http://cathybrockman.com Cathy Brockman

    How do you explain what target market is to someone? -To me it is your audience. who will read your book.
    How do you research your target market?_this one I still dont know.
    Do you have any favorite websites on target marketing?_ just the ones you have shared.
    What is your book genre and who is your target market? Paranormal romance-20-late 30, or anyone that loves paranormal, People that liked twilight and true blood, die hard paranormal fans…… Romance–women30-55, married, divorced, stay at home moms, MM romance- women 35-55, married , divorced stay at home moms.

  • https://www.google.com/profiles/104233089791025510284 Johanna Denton

    I agree with you that social networking is about building relationships. I’ve been following Kristen Lamb’s advice regarding social networking and find it right on the money. Have made several really good friendships through it.
    I believe it takes time and patience but, like you said, you never know what the next person you meet will become to you.

    • http://www.facebook.com/TashaTurnerAuthor Tasha Turner

      I love Kristen Lamb’s advice. That is great that you’ve made some good friendships. The hardest part is letting it take the time it needs. But the great thing about digital books is unlike print books they don’t need to sell in the 1st month. You have time to make a go of it. :grin:

  • Jane Carroll

    Great article today, Tasha. I really enjoyed it!

    • http://tasha-turner.com/ Tasha Turner

      Thanks Jane. Nice to see you over here.

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  • Christy Birmingham

    Great tips, so true about making relationships

    • http://tasha-turner.com/ Tasha Turner

      Its so much more fun to make friends then it is to spam the world isn’t it?

  • CrimsonFlowerReviews

    This is very helpful I just got together a team and I need to add some things to my “Review Request Form.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cathy.brockman1 Cathy Brockman

    Lol i liked these pictures but I do agree the readers need to be apreciated . without them there wouldnt be a need for the writer.

    • http://tasha-turner.com/ Tasha Turner

      Exactly.

  • http://twitter.com/JohannaDenton Johanna Denton

    Hi, Tasha. Great post! I totally agree with you about how we need to think of ways to engage and thank readers. People sometimes have short memories and this is a relationship one needs to nurture, not abuse.

    • http://tasha-turner.com/ Tasha Turner

      Yep, its great to encourage your readers to do reviews. We just have to be careful in how we do that. Make sure it is done in a positive way and not as a guilt trip.

  • Gary Markwick

    Hi, Is there anyone who reviews self help books.
    Best wishes
    Gary

    • http://tasha-turner.com/ Tasha Turner

      What kind of self-help books? Really would need more information. You can contact us through the contact us tab if you have specific questions.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cathy.brockman1 Cathy Brockman

    I totally agree. I think marketing and knowing your market is invaluable.. I love hte rinse and repeat.. You should have had shampoo bottles for a photo! LOL

    • http://tasha-turner.com/ Tasha Turner

      I should have. LOL

  • http://twitter.com/JohannaDenton Johanna Denton

    I find your posts interesting and helpful, Tasha.

    • http://tasha-turner.com/ Tasha Turner

      Thanks so much Johanna. And thanks for stopping by.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cathy.brockman1 Cathy Brockman

    I agree i always promot the crap if someone hosts me and i say thank you for having me.. Its a lotof work doing intrviews yet we gt little acknowledgemnet we do this to hlep promote but fewseems to even promote back i also think the person being interviewed should comenton the blog also.

    • http://tasha-turner.com/ Tasha Turner

      I agree about the interview that a person should respond to comments.

  • http://twitter.com/eScottNicholson Scott Nicholson

    Thanks for hosting the Home for Halloween giveaway, Tasha!

    • http://tasha-turner.com/ Tasha Turner

      It was a pleasure having you

  • David

    This is an excellent point – one which a lot of people seem to ignore. Its all about building a network. I’ve only guest posted once, but as soon as it was up, I went and thanked them for hosting me.

    • http://tasha-turner.com/ Tasha Turner

      Thanks for stopping by. It really makes a difference when someone thanks you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/linda.ulleseit Linda Ulleseit

    Maybe because I’m still a new author, but I’m so excited when someone hosts me that I blab about it EVERYWHERE! Personal and author Facebook, both my blogs, Linked In, Goodreads, Google Plus, oh yes and Twitter!

    • http://tasha-turner.com/ Tasha Turner

      That is great. Keep it up. It is so important to do that. It makes people want to have you back.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002563657546 Marjorie McRae

    Love the book pictures, and totally agree with your ‘help an author’ thoughts. Maybe you should add ‘family and especially husband hostility’ to the hardships authors endure – at least female authors. I have a feeling that when it’s the man writing, he will get a lot more support from his spouse than is usual the other way round.

    • http://tasha-turner.com/ Tasha Turner

      I don’t know if men who write get more support or not. Artist in general have a hard time being taken seriously. We do need to make sure we are treating our writing professionally. It is hard to be home and a writer and to make sure we have the time to write and do what we need to for our career. One of the things that I’ve found can help is to write down what we really do hour-to-hour every day and share that with our family. Then talk at the beginning of every week about anything that is going on that is special that week that is going to interfere. If you talk about your time as if you are away at your job during those hours and you can show what you really do all day I find many families see things differently. But you have to do it without anger. From a “this is what my days/week look like what will you need from me that I need to know about so I can add it to the schedule”. Over time everyone adjusts to the schedule.

  • http://twitter.com/artyyah A.K.Andrew

    Really good post Tasha. It’s so easy to both spend too much time as well as being unfocussed. So I like the way you broke it down:-)

    • http://tasha-turner.com/ Tasha Turner

      Thanks. I have the problem myself and as a social media coach it is even easier to “justify” any time spent online as networking so I make myself review this at least once a week to keep on track.

  • Athena Brady

    Great post Tasha, really enjoyed it.

    • http://tasha-turner.com/ Tasha Turner

      Thanks For stopping by. Liz is a good author… If you like erotica… And a great marketer… I love following her as I always learn something new.

  • Caryn

    Do Jewish Vampires celebrate the holidays as in lighting candles,etc?

    • http://tasha-turner.com/ Tasha Turner

      Some would some wouldn’t it would depend on their “evilness” and how much they are trying to fit into the community. The mythology I’m pulling from seems to have them attending synagogue/religious services. Great question. Thanks for stopping by Caryn.

      • Bruce Freeman

        There are stories about synagogues at night being used by ghosts for tefillot. How many ghosts are needed for a minyan? And do they have to be over thirteen? Lol. Since they would no longer be obliged to care for the home can female ghosts be counted? I am trying to be silly btw. I just think there are so many options for really great humor in Jewish paranormal fiction.

        • http://tasha-turner.com/ Tasha Turner

          I am hoping to include a fair amount of humor in my stories but as a first time author I’m finding fiction writing to be a big change from technical writing so its taking longer to get just the basics down.

          I love the ghost question. Add can vampires see ghosts? Can vampires & ghosts make up a minyan?

          Thanks for stopping by and suggesting some new twists.

          • Bruce Freeman

            Tasha, if you are Jewish (and I think you are) you won;t have to worry about humor. It will be there. It’s too much of a part of our culture for us to not be funny… at least that is my feeling on the issue. :-)

            Hmm, a vampire and a ghost go to shul together. The vampire asks: Can we serve blood for kiddish? and the ghost replies: No, just spirits.

            Hey, what do you give a vampire for their bnei mitzvah? A gift certificate for 18 units of blood from the blood bank?

            Why didn’t the Christian vampire check in at the blood bank’s registration desk? Because they would have to type and cross him.

            Honestly, I think I just came up with those. If you’ve heard them before let me know, because I don’t want to steal anyone’s jokes. I’ve been known to forget that I’ve heard something before. Comes with being 58 years old. :-) I really like that first joke though. For me, that is how creative writing works. Some one sparks a thread in my head, and I start to run with it. It sort of feels more like I am channeling a story I am hearing than a story I am actually writing. Do you feel that way?

            I appreciate being able to talk Jewish vampires, etc, with you. I hope this is ok for you as well. Please let me know if I am ever too much. My wife is always telling me I talk too much. She’s a wonderful sweetie, and correct. She is not as into supernatural stories as I am and she was not born Jewish, so I am glad for being able to bounce Yiddishe ideas off of someone who has more of a base. She is from a Hindu background originally and has given me some really great ideas from her culture.

            • http://tasha-turner.com/ Tasha Turner

              I’m a convert. I’m not sure a sense of humor came with the dip in the Mikvah.

              Love the jokes. Keep them coming.

              My characters have taken over my series. They wrote a short story that was nothing like I planned. They keep trying to kill off one of the main characters in The Satmyr Vampire. They’ve taken Lillith who was supposed to have a quick cameo in The Satmyr Vampire and created an entire series of shorts based around her. I think all I am is a poorly chosen tool to get the story down.

              I’m often told I talk too much. Feel free to share and joke here. I was really hoping this would be a place of ideas, arguments, and possibly people deciding to write their own stories.

              • Bruce Freeman

                Getting dunked in ice cold flowing water for the opportunity to become hated by people you’ve never met, and you did not see the humor?

                Well it will come Tasha, I am confident. We have our ways of making you laugh.

                I know what you mean about the characters writing the story, or at least I feel similarly about my characters. How do I get a copy of your book. I am dyeing to read it.

                • http://tasha-turner.com/ Tasha Turner

                  The short I wrote for the Gage Project can be bought at Amazon if you purchase “The Gage Project”. I wrote it for a child and part of a charity anthology. The link is in the text above. The iPad won’t let me copy the link here. I warn you that version was written in 4 hours so it’s not a masterpiece.

                  I’m writing an revised version “the Jewish Vamp & the Priest” but I have no idea when that will be available. I decided to write a series of short stories before attempting “The Satmar Vampire” when I realized how much I needed to learn about fiction writing. Publication date for “The Satmar Vampire” is TBD but won’t be for a few years

  • Johanna Denton

    Thanks for the tips. It’s so easy to second guess oneself and become dejected. Positive thinking and perseverance are definitely needed.
    I love the blurb. Very interesting.

    • http://www.facebook.com/TaraFoxHall Tara Hall

      Thank you so much, Johanna :) It is very easy to get discouraged under a sea of “no”s A wonderful holiday to you and health and happiness in the New Year! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/TaraFoxHall Tara Hall

    Thank you so much for having me, Tasha :) Happy Holidays and best wishes for 2013! :)

    • http://tasha-turner.com/ Tasha Turner

      It was my pleasure to host you. May the coming year see fantastic sales for you.

  • Tara Chevrestt

    I agree with most of it. I’ve been using Goodreads for years, before I was even writing. I never promote my book, I never comment on reviews of my own books (This has backfired on me. Turns out some reviewers feel they should get a thank you or a like and have said this to me in PM. I have apologized and explained it was in bad form. I have rarely commented and only once to clarify a book was NOT pornography. Not that one. LOL) I review at least four books a week. It has done me no good. Your advice is solid, but I’m living proof it doesn’t sell books. I have made friends on there too, but also been badly burned. Let’s just say this. NEVER trust the members. If someone is selling Xmas cookies or promises to make you amazing cover art, do not agree and do not give them money. I met this artist on there who showed me some great work…eh, never mind. LOL. There are def some folks to watch out for. Many of my “friends” on there also just sat back and actually told me to “email your books straight to my kindle. Here’s my addy.” They didn’t want to pay for anything. That’s a lot of friends expecting free books. I had contractual stipulations about that. I actually lost many friends when I told them I would not be sending them free books. Needless to say, except for posting reviews, I’m rarely on there. I’ve discovered it’s not a good place to make friends. That’s just been my experience though. Thanks for bringing this up.

    • http://tasha-turner.com/ Tasha Turner

      People are people. There are always some bad apples. Sorry you’ve had bad experiences. I know others where this has worked well. No one method works for everyone.

      • Tara Chevrestt

        Tasha, I’d love to see you address this new…justunfollow thing people are using for twitter. It comes in handy, but now we all have to follow everyone who follows us, even if we get tired of their incessant promo, or they unfollow you, until we’re all following a bunch of people we don’t like. LOL. Thoughts? Have you tried this? Looked into it?

        • http://tasha-turner.com/ Tasha Turner

          I use justunfollow or something similar when I hit my add follower limit. I found that sometimes it tells me people have stopped following me but they hadn’t. So I don’t use it automated and I double-check on twitter 1st. Twitter has a ratio for how many you can follow based on how many follow you. This can be frustrating when you want to follow someone and can’t. I see using it to free up “spaces”.

          No you don’t have to follow everyone who follows you but it is considered good twit manners to do so. I will unfollow people who only use twitter for “buy my book” tweets. But with anything there is no right or wrong… Well if you participate in any “like-fest” you should follow people back as its the agreement. But we do have to understand that people may unfollow us if we aren’t following them. Social media is about being social.

          • Tara Chevrestt

            Agree. There are just a few folks who get on my nerves on there. Should be some rules to follow. I mean, when I log onto twitter and I see 100 tweets from the same person…ugh. LOL. And then the ones that only tweet giveaways, and about 100 of them. Or this one author who was posting pictures made from keyboard symbols. The first one was cute, the 100th one, no. LOL But like I said, soon as you unfollow them, they unfollow you. They don’t even stop and wonder, “what did I do that was so annoying?”

            • http://tasha-turner.com/ Tasha Turner

              Tweet, tagging them, links to articles that talk about the kind off problem you see… Like hey x have you read Kristen Lamb’s post link… Or send a DM or other private message about why you will be unfollowing. Me, I only look at a couple screens/pages each time I log in and spammers get lost in the crowd.

              But if you aren’t interested in their thing why should they be interested in your stuff… It’s the way many people feel about social media relationships. There are people I’d like to follow but can’t without removing people I’m already following. Deciding who to remove can be difficult. Making it a “follow me” rule makes the decision easier and less fraught with emotional backlash.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cathy.brockman1 Cathy Brockman

    I love Goodreads.I go in as a reader and see what others like and don’t like its a great place . On the Profiles didnt know we need both and the difference!

    • http://tasha-turner.com/ Tasha Turner

      My biggest problem is my TBR list has really gotten out of hand.

  • Joss Landry

    I agree about Goodreads and a negative review, Tasha. I believe wars have begun this way. Basically, you’re right. Tread people like readers and you will get there as an author.

    • http://tasha-turner.com/ Tasha Turner

      Thanks Joss. Good to see you stopping by.

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  • http://twitter.com/athenabrady Athena Brady Author

    A great post Tasha, you have given me lots to think about,

    • http://www.facebook.com/TashaTurnerAuthor Tasha Turner

      Thanks. Pop back in to share thoughts.

    • http://tasha-turner.com/ Tasha Turner

      Thanks for stopping by. Pop back in to share any thoughts you have on this as I’d love to hear them.

  • Athena Brady

    Thanks for sharing something, that I never knew about you. The thing that sticks out about you for me. is your positivity and what a loyal person you are. I recently came across a very positive lady who has cancer and wrote “A list for living” as she didn’t want to concentrate on the negitive aspects of her situation. Maybe you should do a similar list and on each anniversary tick something off it. As a way of celebrating your life. Just a thought, I enjoyed your post Tasha and love your take on life.

    • http://tasha-turner.com/ Tasha Turner

      Thanks for the idea. I decided NOT to get down about the things I did not do. I was also surprised by how much I did all things considered. Its funny as I used to be known as an “Eeyore” personality but over the last few years as I’ve dealt with a number of major health issues I’ve become more positive.

  • Meeks

    I’m gobsmacked. You are indeed lucky to be alive. Happy anniversary Tasha, and I hope those last, lingering problems disappear. It may take time but I’m sure it will happen!

    • http://tasha-turner.com/ Tasha Turner

      Thanks. Life is rarely boring that’s for sure!

  • Ramona

    Tasha- I had no idea and I am very thankful that little by little you are recovering. I hope you continue to a full recovery. Happy Anniversary, Tasha.

    • http://tasha-turner.com/ Tasha Turner

      Thank you. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/cathy.brockman1 Cathy Brockman

    I am so glad you are improving I hope you are well soon and I miss you!

  • Madison Johns

    I couldn’t agree with you more. I have deleted more posts than I could tell you. Laughs. I once commented and a review and thanked the person for their lengthy review and she thought I was trying to offend her. Luckily I was able to smooth that one over and she is now one of my beta readers. I’d never offend anyone intentionally.

    • http://tasha-turner.com/ Tasha Turner

      Its funny how something we think is positive can be taken as a negative. Good for you for working with her and turning her into a beta reader!

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  • Cathy Brockman

    great post. Social network is overwhelming.

    • http://tasha-turner.com/ Tasha Turner

      It can be. The more you know about what you are doing and why combined with limiting your time the less overwhelming it should be.

  • Meeks

    The part of this post I enjoyed the most was learning that 3 forms of social networking were enough! I’ve sort of got 3 so I’m going to go to bed happy. :)

    • http://tasha-turner.com/ Tasha Turner

      Glad I could help you get a good nights sleep. :)

  • Maria Powers

    Great points all. Thank you for writing them down.

  • Bruce Freeman

    Tasha. I came across your site here as I was googling Jewish vampires. I am intrigued by your upcoming book and thoughts expressed here. I’ve felt that horror fiction has been myopically one culture’s domain for a very long time. Of course there have been occasional flashes of other traditions (DC Marvel comics, Frankenstein possibly, golem, a few other Jewish ones, Native American lore to name a few). But I’ve been disappointed by the lack of Jewish ethically or strongly thematically written “super-natural” fiction. So let me say, Kol Hakavod to you.

    I am starting to write my own supernatural story based on our tradition and ancient Sumerian influences. After re-reading that sentence I hope my actual story won’t be that dull. But I would love to share with you ideas etc.

    Looking forward to reading the Satmir Vampire. Sounds awesome.

    • http://tasha-turner.com/ Tasha Turner

      Ohh adding Sumerian influences. Sounds interesting.

      I’d love to see more paranormal/supernatural Jewish themed stories/books that address our issues. I’ve had some great debates on Facebook in the past over specific issues & how they’d work/not work. Different things to ward off the “evil eye” as well as the blood issue.

      I’ve seen some interest on Facebook and Goodreads for books/stories based on non-xian religions as well as eastern rather than western culture. Feel free to email me or friend me on FB & message me that way to talk more.

  • http://tasha-turner.com/ Tasha Turner

    I’m not worried about names as people are used to weird names in fantasy. I may follow Kevin Hearne’s example and include a brief pronunciation guide at the beginning of the book. I expect to include translations for things that I think need it for someone to follow but to have a fuller glossary at the back of the book.

    Human blood is parve so there is no issue with what the person ate from a grief/meat/dairy point of view. In my world its ideal for vampires to avoid human blood as it creates a bloodlust/madness so most vampires survive on animal blood while lusting after humans.

    Fish do not have blood. We have a kosher certified restaurant in town but nothing is required in the manner of how fish are killed or their “fluids” being drained so go eat your sushi in peace. Stay away from squid or octopus as those aren’t kosher.

  • Judith Cherbonneau

    So glad you have come such a long way after your accident. What a life changing event that was. Nineteen years ago my son was a passenger in a car that hit a tree (that didn’t move). Being 6′ 3′ or so and sitting sideways in the seat, he literally ended up under the dash. The only thing holding his feet to his body, was skin. That was a long haul of recovery and he did very well, but some 18 years later his health began to fail, from lack of mobility. Two years ago he was admitted to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, in NH and spent 3 months in ICU and 3 more months in a regular room due to an infection and other issues. He’s been home for 1 1//2 years and reached a wonderful milestone recently. He got into his wheel chair, out of the house and down the ramp. He’s done this in the past, but once his PT was stopped, because of the state of medical care that will obviously only get worse, he had a major set back, but how he find the will to go on, I have no idea. He is certainly my hero and does not give up! He amazes me with his drive to succeed and his artist ability!

    • http://tasha-turner.com/ Tasha Turner

      I’m sorry to hear about your son. The pictures from my accident, it’s a miracle I’m alive.

      If your son keeps up the exercises or starts them up on his own he can get better. I’ve seen it happen for a number of people. But you have to be motivated and disciplined and creative as you don’t have everything at home that rehab and PT did.

      Me, I had no idea how badly I was hurt so I just did things. The more I did the better I healed, physically, mentally, and emotionally. Now as I find out more about what was wrong I understand the difficult situation I put my doctors and therapists in. I needed to get more rest but had I not done so much I would not be where I am. But eventually not taking the rest I needed caught up. LOL So now I’m slowly ramping up after taking many months off.

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