A self-published author's diary, Books, cover, Giveaway, writing

The One With The Giveaways: win a book by L. Penelope and a book by Mona Shroff…

As part of my “A Self-Published Author’s Diary” podcast, I am chatting with authors on Fridays. And whenever possible, I am giving away a copy of one of their books. On Friday, April 30th, I talked with award-winning fantasy and paranormal romance author L. Penelope and this coming Friday (May 7th), I will share my conversation with contemporary romance author Mona Shroff.

My newsletter subscribers automatically get 5 entries in each giveaway, so don’t forget to subscribe (readers’ newsletter or weekly self-published author’s emails) Plus you’ll help me choose the cover for #TheLeftoverBride…

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A second chance romance set during the holiday season in a small town on Maryland’s Eastern Shore: full of laughter and heartwarming moments (and some sexy moments), checklists, family dynamics, a stubborn cat, and a rescue dog.

All Sorcha O’Connor wants for Christmas is for her life to turn into a Hallmark movie—but sexier.

Ryan Sawyer has a few things on his wishlist. First, he wants to stay away from Swans Cove. Second, he wants his NHL career back. And third, he wants Sorcha. Always has, always will.

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    The behind-the-scenes of self-publishing and writing with Elodie Nowodazkij, author of first kisses, second chances, things that scare the crap out of her and things that make her laugh out loud. Elodie’s been self-publishing since 2014.

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    Ep. 14 – Feature Friday: Talking with Katy Upperman about being vulnerable in our writing, her love for the revision process and her dream projects (+ Giveaway) A self-published author's diary

    Talking with YA author Katy Upperman (author of KISSING MAX HOLDEN, THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF US and HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN) about incorporating feedback in her revisions (and how much she loves the revision process), being vulnerable in our writing, her dream projects…We also talk about her life list and true crime (not related). Do you want to win one of Katy's books? Including a signed book if you live in the US. Enter the giveaway here (open internationally): http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/35c42cc24/? In this episode I also give a short update about my writing and self-publishing (newsletter, German edition and more). Would you like to ask me a question about self-publishing or my writing or my books? Leave me a voicemail here: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/message As always, you can find me on social media (@enowodazkij on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and @elodienowodazkij on Tiktok). More info on my website: http://www.elodienowodazkij.com — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/support
    1. Ep. 14 – Feature Friday: Talking with Katy Upperman about being vulnerable in our writing, her love for the revision process and her dream projects (+ Giveaway)
    2. Ep. 13 – Feature Friday: Talking with Mona Shroff about writing romance, a baking contest and receiving "the" calls.
    3. Ep. 12 – Before the cover reveal (how to engage readers…maybe) and random thoughts about social media.
    4. Ep. 11 – Feature Friday: Talking with L. Penelope about writing, publishing, patience and perseverance…(and cheesecake)
    5. Ep. 10 – My top 3 self-publishing mistakes (and keywords…)

    As always, thank you for reading and listening!

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    #THELEFTOVERBRIDE, Books, cover, writing

    Help me choose the cover for #TheLeftoverBride…

    You may have heard (literally because I have a podcast…:-)) that I’m releasing #TheLeftoverBride on August 18th, 2021… #TheLeftoverBride is already available for pre-order at $0.99 (it is a special pre-order price). You can pre-order it on: Amazon, iTunesKobo. And you can also already add it on Goodreads.

    **** Special pre-order price of $0.99 ****

    A second chance romance set during the holiday season in a small town on Maryland’s Eastern Shore: full of laughter and heartwarming moments (and some sexy moments), checklists, family dynamics, a stubborn cat, and a rescue dog.

    All Sorcha O’Connor wants for Christmas is for her life to turn into a Hallmark movie—but sexier.

    Ryan Sawyer has a few things on his wishlist. First, he wants to stay away from Swans Cove. Second, he wants his NHL career back. And third, he wants Sorcha. Always has, always will.

    Do you want to help me choose the cover?

    I have two versions of the cover and in a couple of weeks, I will ask my newsletter subscribers to help me choose...If you’d like to help me choose, just subscribe to my readers’ newsletter before May 15th.

    You’ll also receive exclusive access to a bonus content page with bonus scenes, audiobook excerpts and more!

    A little sneak peek…

    I’ve shared a few excerpts already (including on Goodreads in my status updates).

    The first sentences…

    “Dear unknown-reader of the future, or alien archiving information on the human race (I have so many questions for you), Christmas is in the air. Well, not Christmas per se. But buttery apples and cinnamon and maybe ginger?”

    Meet Ryan…aka #HockeyHottie:

    In the past year, I got caught on video bitching about Stevens and how he’s handling the team. I punched my “sperm asshole donor” at a black-tie event. And I was involved in a fight that almost kicked our team out of the NHL.”

    Trouble seems to follow me. Or maybe, as Sorcha told me once, it’s not that trouble follows me; it is that I am trouble. But the way she said it all breathy and with that secret sexy smile of hers? It didn’t seem terrible then.

    Oh and did you know I have a podcast?

    “A self-published author’s diary” is available now!

    The behind-the-scenes of self-publishing and writing with Elodie Nowodazkij, author of first kisses, second chances, things that scare the crap out of her and things that make her laugh out loud. Elodie’s been self-publishing since 2014.

    You can listen to it on SpotifyApple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and more

    Ep. 14 – Feature Friday: Talking with Katy Upperman about being vulnerable in our writing, her love for the revision process and her dream projects (+ Giveaway) A self-published author's diary

    Talking with YA author Katy Upperman (author of KISSING MAX HOLDEN, THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF US and HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN) about incorporating feedback in her revisions (and how much she loves the revision process), being vulnerable in our writing, her dream projects…We also talk about her life list and true crime (not related). Do you want to win one of Katy's books? Including a signed book if you live in the US. Enter the giveaway here (open internationally): http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/35c42cc24/? In this episode I also give a short update about my writing and self-publishing (newsletter, German edition and more). Would you like to ask me a question about self-publishing or my writing or my books? Leave me a voicemail here: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/message As always, you can find me on social media (@enowodazkij on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and @elodienowodazkij on Tiktok). More info on my website: http://www.elodienowodazkij.com — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/support
    1. Ep. 14 – Feature Friday: Talking with Katy Upperman about being vulnerable in our writing, her love for the revision process and her dream projects (+ Giveaway)
    2. Ep. 13 – Feature Friday: Talking with Mona Shroff about writing romance, a baking contest and receiving "the" calls.
    3. Ep. 12 – Before the cover reveal (how to engage readers…maybe) and random thoughts about social media.
    4. Ep. 11 – Feature Friday: Talking with L. Penelope about writing, publishing, patience and perseverance…(and cheesecake)
    5. Ep. 10 – My top 3 self-publishing mistakes (and keywords…)

    As always, thank you for reading and listening!

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    bilingual books

    Lernst du Englisch? Are you learning German? The one with a new bilingual book (zweisprachiges Buch)…

    Eine zweite Chance (Teil 1)A second chance (Part 1)

    (Bilingual book: German – English / Zweisprachiges Buch: Deutsch – Englisch).

    Lernst du Englisch? Are you learning German?
    This book can help you with that: one page in English, one page in German …
    Dieses Buch kann dir dabei helfen: eine Seite auf Englisch, eine Seite auf Deutsch…

    Amazon.de / Amazon.com iBook – Google PlayKobo – B&N

    EINE ZWEITE CHANCE TEIL 1 (Kapitel 1 – Kapitel 25) – A SECOND CHANCE PART 1 (Chapter 1 – Chapter 25)

    Manchmal ist eine zweite Chance nicht das, was man erwartet.
    Manchmal bekommt man eine zweite Chance auf die Liebe.

    Die siebzehnjährige Ballerina Emilia Moretti ist es leid, immer nur die Zweitbeste zu sein. Und sie wird der Welt beweisen, dass sie es verdient, Erste zu sein. In der kommenden Show der Hochschule für Darstellende Kunst. Für ihre leiblichen Eltern. Und im Herzen fürf den Kerl, den sie liebt.
    Aber als nichts so läuft wie geplant, muss sie erkennen, was es wirklich bedeutet, Erste zu sein.

    Der achtzehnjährige Nick Grawski will nicht mehr den Regeln seines Vaters folgen. Er wird beweisen, dass er dazu bestimmt ist, ein Tänzer zu sein – kein Anwalt – und er wird sich nicht von Em fernhalten, nur weil sein Vater es verlangt. Selbst als ihre Welt einstürzt, auch als er herausfindet, dass sein Vater nur versucht hat, ihn zu schützen, auch als es härter ist, für einander da zu sein als sich zu verlieben.

    Sometimes, you don’t expect a second chance.
    Sometimes, you get a second chance at love.

    Seventeen-year-old ballerina Emilia Moretti is tired of always being second best. And she’s going to prove the world she deserves to be first. In her upcoming School of the Performing Arts showcase. In the eyes of her birth parents. And in the heart of the guy she loves. 
    But when nothing goes the way she planned, she’ll need to realize what it really means to be first.

    Eighteen-year-old Nick Grawski doesn’t want to follow Daddy Dearest’s rules any longer. He’s going to prove he’s meant to be a dancer—not a lawyer—and he is not going to stay away from Em just because his father demands it. Even when her world goes down to shit, even when he finds out his dad may have been trying to protect him all along, even if being there for one another is harder than falling in love.

    Grab your copy now and keep reading 🙂

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    Other bilingual books (German/English) – Andere zweisprachige Buecher (Deutsch / Englisch)

    In diesem einen Sommer / A Summer Like No Other

    Lernst du Englisch? Are you learning German? This book can help you with that: one page in English, one page in German …Dieses Buch kann dir dabei helfen: eine Seite auf Englisch, eine Seite auf Deutsch…

    Sie ist die kleine Schwester seines besten Freundes. Er ist der größte Casanova von allen. Sie sollten nicht zusammen sein. Aber dieser Sommer ist zu verlockend. 

    She’s his best friend’s little sister. He’s the biggest player of them all.
    They shouldn’t be together. But this summer’s just too tempting.

    Amazon.de – Kindle (US) – Paperback – iBooks – KoboGoogle Play

    Alles für einen Traum / Only One Dream

    Alles für einen Traum / Only One Dream (Zweisprachige Ausgabe: Englisch-Deutsch): Bilingual Book: English/German (German Edition)

    Lernst du Englisch? Are you learning German?

    This book can help you with that: one page in English, one page in German …Dieses Buch kann dir dabei helfen: eine Seite auf Englisch, eine Seite auf Deutsch…

    Amazon around the worldBarnes & NobleGoogle PlayiTunesKoboHugendubel

    She thought she was on her way to the top…
    Sixteen-year-old Natalya Pushkaya has one dream and one dream only: becoming the best ballerina ever. Dancing’s always been who she is and she’s working her hardest to land the main role of the School of Performing Arts’ end-of-the-year showcase. But…will she make it?
    Within a week, Natalya’s life will be changed forever.
    Prequel novelette of One, Two, Three

    —–

    Sie hatte sich schon auf dem Weg zur Spitze gesehen…
    Die 16-jährige Natalya Pushkaya hat nur einen einzigen Traum:
    die beste Ballerina zu werden, die es je gegeben hat.
    Das Tanzen hat schon immer bestimmt, wer sie ist und sie würde alles tun, um die Hauptrolle in der jährlichen Abschlussvorstellung
    der School of Performing Arts zu landen.
    Aber…wird es ihr gelingen?
    Innerhalb einer Woche ändert sich Natalyas Leben für immer.
    Prequel der Novelle Eins, Zwei, Drei

    Live, Love, Dance / Leben, Lieben, Tanzen

    Amazon.deKindle – Paperback – iTunes – Kobo

    Lernst du Englisch? Are you learning German? This book can help you with that: one page in English, one page in German … Dieses Buch kann dir dabei helfen: eine Seite auf Englisch, eine Seite auf Deutsch…

    Sie hat alles verloren. Kann sie noch an Liebe glauben? She lost everything, can she still believe in love?

    Keep reading…:-)

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    bilingual books

    Are you learning Spanish? ¿Estás aprendiendo inglés? The one with the Spanish / English edition of A SUMMER LIKE NO OTHER.

    A SUMMER LIKE NO OTHER/ UN VERANO COMO NINGUNO (Bilingual book: Spanish – English / Libro bilingüe: Inglés – Español). Available now!

    A Summer Like No Other / Un Verano Como Ninguno

    (Bilingual book: Spanish – English / Libro bilingüe: Inglés – Español).

    Are you learning Spanish? ¿Estás aprendiendo inglés?

    This book can help you: you will find the story told in Spanish on one side and in English on the other …Este libro puede ayudarte con eso: Encontrarás el cuento narrado en español en una página y en la otra en inglés …

    Amazon (Kindle / Paperback) – iBook – Google Play Kobo – B&N Scribd

    Ella es la hermana menor de su mejor amigo. Él es el donjuán más seductor de todos.  No deberían estar juntos.
    Sin embargo, este verano es demasiado tentador.

    She’s his best friend’s little sister. He’s the biggest player of them all.  They shouldn’t be together.
    But this summer’s just too tempting.

    Grab your copy now and keep reading 🙂 Amazon (Kindle/ Paperback) – iBook – Google Play Kobo – B&N Scribd

    And have you already picked up “One Dream Only / Todo por un sueño”?

    One Dream Only / Todo por un sueño

    (Bilingual book: Spanish – English / Libro bilingüe: Inglés – Español).

    Are you learning Spanish? ¿Estás aprendiendo inglés?

    This book can help you: you will find the story told in Spanish on one side and in English on the other …Este libro puede ayudarte con eso: Encontrarás el cuento narrado en español en una página y en la otra en inglés …

    Amazon (Kindle / Paperback) – iBook Google PlayKobo B&NScribd (also available on Overdrive)

    She thought she was on her way to the top…
    Sixteen-year-old Natalya Pushkaya has one dream and one dream only: becoming the best ballerina ever. Dancing’s always been who she is and she’s working her hardest to land the main role of the School of Performing Arts’ end-of-the-year showcase.
    But…will she make it?
    Within a week, Natalya’s life will be changed forever.
    Prequel novelette of One, Two, Three…
    ***
    Ya se había visto en el camino hacia la fama…
    Natalya Pushkaya, de dieciséis años, tiene solamente un sueño: ser la mejor bailarina de todos los tiempos.
    Su vida siempre ha sido el baile y está trabajando incansablemente para conseguir el rol principal en el espectáculo de fin de año de la Escuela de Artes Escénicas.
    Pero… ¿Lo conseguirá?
    En una semana, la vida de Natalya cambiará para siempre. 
    Precuela de la novela “A La Cuenta De Tres”…

    Keep reading…:-)

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    A Self-Published Author’s Diary: What is that “back matter” you speak of?

    Updating the back matter of my book…what do I even mean when I say that? Let’s talk a closer look, shall we?

    Important: If you’re a newsletter subscriber, you’ve already gotten the full version in your email. Make sure you check your promotion tabs in gmail as this is where I received mine. 🙂 This blog post is a truncated version of what my newsletter subscribers have received, meaning I share more information with my “A self-published author’s diary weekly email” subscribers. You can subscribe here…When you subscribe you will receive access to past issues as well. 🙂

    A. Update the “Little message to my readers”

    In almost all my books, I have “A little message to my readers” at the end (I’m sharing that letter with my newsletter subscribers – don’t hesitate to subscribe here and I’ll make sure you receive it :-)) This email is not only thanking readers for their time (which I do truly appreciate)…I mean did you know there are more than 48 million books on Amazon. And while it seems very hard to get yearly data on how many books are being published each year, an article on PublisherWeekly based on Bowker’s data indicated that the number of self-published titles jumped 40% in 2018...So, yep, I am super grateful readers did pick mine up in an ocean of almost endless possibilities…

    My “Little message to readers” aims to encourage readers to:

    • leave a review. Why oh why do I ask for reviews? Because reviews really help other readers discover new authors. Annnnnnd….it also helps get more visibility. Reviews don’t have to be raving for this to be true. One of my first review one of my best-selling book basically says, “this book sucks.” But the overall rating for that book is a 4.3 out of 5, so that means that even though someone clearly didn’t like it very much, it doesn’t deter other readers to pick it up. Sometimes, those bad reviews actually help other readers pick a book up. One of my low rating review for ALWAYS SECOND BEST mentioned it wasn’t the equivalent of an Oscar-nominated book but rather a Danielle Steel novel. And let’s face it, this was actually a pretty big compliment to me, because I’d love to have Danielle’s Steel career and her books are beloved by millions…Another one noted that my Gavert City series reminded them of Lifetime movies…which, again…yes, please! Those reviews actually helped me gain more readers and even narrow my marketing.
    • susbscribe to my newsletter: Subscribing to my author’s newsletter is very very important to me. Why? Years ago, I remember hearing how important it was to have your readers’ emails because you can contact directly with them. And I’ve seen in the past few months how true this is. Algorithms change and people may like your page that are also no longer interested in your books…So the audience might be slightly skewed…In a newsletter, if someone doesn’t open your emails for months or years, then you can remove them from your audience but even more importantly, they receive the news directly into your inbox. You don’t rely on boosting a post or crossing your fingers you’ve understood how to use social media, especially when changes are implemented about who sees what and what posts are given priority.
    • Follow me on social media. You might think, wait, you just mentioned how important it is for you to grow you subscribers’ list. True. But for people who might not feel like they want to receive an email from me, then they can check out my social media. It is true that social media definitely isn’t one of my forte (and I’ll go into details about that at another time) but if someone likes my page, I can at least have one more opportunity to interact with them and build a link with them and maybe, they’ll love another one of my books.
    • Create a connection. By adding a little message to my readers, I may create a first connection with a reader. And maybe they will follow my BookBub page or maybe they’re going to be more enclined to recommend one of my books. I do believe they’ll pick another one up if they loved the one they read but maybe they might remember that little message and talk to someone about the story they’ve just read…

    B. Update the “Other books by” and maybe the sample at the end.

    C. Make sure all the social media info + newsletter info is correct, as well as the short bio info had been updated, if needed: I mean for a while there, I had the wrong link to my Facebook Author Page. I had updated the handle for my Facebook Author Page to match my other social media but hadn’t updated that info into my books…DOH! By the way, if you’d like to like my Facebook Author Page it is: www.facebook.com/enowodazkij

    So what am I doing.did I do this week? (I’m starting to write this on Monday and will update it throughout the week…)

    1. Upload the bilingual version of A SUMMER LIKE NO OTHER (English/Spanish) onto Google Play and contact Kindle Direct Publishing about the metadata of that kindle book. I have chosen to list the language as “English” (I cannot list two languages for those books right now), but they got back to me saying the metadata indicated the language was Spanish. I just double checked using Calibre and it still says “English”…so trying to figure out what is happening and if I could indeed list this book as both English and Spanish. Once that it is resolved, announce the book on my blog and on social media. –> I did the first part. Still need to announce the book…
    2. Do some promo for the audiobook of SEE ME, SEE ME NOT. Share the full bloopers to my readers’ newsletter (if you’d like to subscribe to that one, you can do so here…) –> Did that and also shared one deleted scene of Megan singing.
    3. Finish formatting the ALWAYS SECOND BEST bilingual books (German/English) and review it. I have made some changes to the ASB manuscript and I have to make sure it is updated in the German version as well.–> I have formatted the first part of the bilingual book and am currently interviewing some proofreaders to ensure everything is correct before uploading it on all platforms.
    4. Enroll my French Gavert City series into Kindle Unlimited. –> Well, I did update the back matter for some of my books and enrolled LA PEUR EN PLEIN COEUR in KU, buuuuuuttt I need to wait for
    5. Finish this round of revision fo UNNAMED PROJECT (Actually it has a name. A name I kind of love) –> Still working on this. I really need to focus on this next week. It will be my main focus so that I can finally send it off to my wonderful wonderful critique partners. I started writing this book
    6. Announce ONE, TWO, THREE in Italian and boost one of my Facebook posts. I did! Yay. I’ve announced it on my blog and I’ve also announced it on my Facebook and boosted one my posts. I’ve shared a video on Instagram which you can also see below.

    My newsletter subscribers will get more information about some of the results of that particular post boosting and what I’m learning about the particular audience I’m boosting it to.

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    Book Review

    The one with a book review: THE EX TALK by Rachel Lynn Solomon…

    You know you love a book when the first thing you do in the morning is not grab your phone but grab the book to know what happens next and yet you slow down your reading toward the end because you simply do not want it to end. This is how I felt with THE EX TALK.

    An Instant Indie Bestseller
    Public radio co-hosts navigate mixed signals in Rachel Lynn Solomon’s sparkling romantic comedy debut.

    Shay Goldstein has been a producer at her Seattle public radio station for nearly a decade, and she can’t imagine working anywhere else. But lately it’s been a constant clash between her and her newest colleague, Dominic Yun, who’s fresh off a journalism master’s program and convinced he knows everything about public radio. 
     
    When the struggling station needs a new concept, Shay proposes a show that her boss green-lights with excitement. On The Ex Talk, two exes will deliver relationship advice live, on air. Their boss decides Shay and Dominic are the perfect co-hosts, given how much they already despise each other. Neither loves the idea of lying to listeners, but it’s this or unemployment. Their audience gets invested fast, and it’s not long before The Ex Talk becomes a must-listen in Seattle and climbs podcast charts.  
     
    As the show gets bigger, so does their deception, especially when Shay and Dominic start to fall for each other. In an industry that values truth, getting caught could mean the end of more than just their careers.
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    I mean, it has so many of the romance tropes I love:

    • Enemies to lovers: done in such a way that, yes, you can see it too. They’re only enemies because of miscommunications or assumptions…nothing that makes you go, “How? Why?” No, you see the chemistry before the characters realize the chemistry…and that’s always fun.
    • Fake dating but with a twist: fake dating in the past.
    • The “oups” only one bed… 🙂

    And it has public radio (if you love public radio like I do (even if you don’t): you have to also read/listen to this interview of the author with NPR) and dealing with grief and friendships in the “grown-up” world and family and…and…and…and wonderfully layered characters…Characters I feel are still with me…(not in a creepy way but in a “where are they now” way)…

    So, yep, all that to say that I LOVED IT.

    Shay and Dominic are just people I’d love to hang out with…or listen to their podcast.

    Have you read THE EX TALK? Is it on your TBR list? If you listen to NPR, what’s your favorite show? Oh and any podcast recs (especially true crime podcasts and history podcasts, don’t hesitate to leave them in the commensts too).

    Books

    The One With the Cyber Monday (and week) deals!

    Today is Cyber Monday…And for my books, it is Cyber Week! All week, I’m offering FREE e-books, FREE audible trial and DISCOUNTED e-books!

    FREE BOOKS – FREE AUDIBLE TRIAL – DISCOUNTED E-BOOKS.

    FREE E-BOOKS! Click on the cover for more info/links…

    ONE DREAM ONLY
    (Broken Dreams: Natalya’s story #0.5)
    A SUMMER LIKE NO OTHER
    (Broken Dreams:
    Nick & Em #1)
    FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT
    (Gavert City #1

    Erin & Dimi)

    Try Audible for Free! And listen to the audiobook of FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT…

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    And the rest of my books are $0.99 for a limited time!!! (Some retailers are still matching the prices).

    Click on the covers or titles for more info/buy links.

    ONE, TWO, THREE
    (Broken Dreams:
    Natalya’s story #1)
    ALWAYS SECOND BEST
    (Broken Dreams: Em & Nick #2)
    LOVE IN B MINOR
    (Broken Dreams: Jen & Lucas’ story)
    SEE ME, SEE ME NOT (Gavert City #2 – Luke & Tessa)TRUST ME, TRUST ME NOT (Gavert City #3 – Lacey & Hunter)

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    How to pronounce “Elodie Nowodazkij”?

    I’m used to explaining how to pronounce my name: both my first and last name. I’ve done it for years.

    A few weeks ago, Trish Doller tweeted about how helpful it would be for authors to have a pronunciation guide for their name.

    I had been meaning to do that for a long time.

    Some days, I do believe it would have been easier to go with a pen name for more reasons than one. Other days, I’m happy I decided to publish under my name. Lots of pros and cons. But I digress. Today’s post is about how to pronounce “Elodie Nowodazkij.”

    “Elodie” is a common French name. And I may just have spent ten minutes looking at a graph showing its popularity per years. According to data extracted by several websites from l’Insee (National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies), I can share with you that there were 83 babies named “Elodie” in 1900, while 7118 babies were named “Elodie” in 1981. And I was one of them. It actually reached a peak in 1988. So you could say my parents started a trend. 😉 Based on this data, 58 babies were named Elodie in 2018.

    Outside of France, it is not a very common name at all. I usually tell people, it’s like, “Melody without the ‘m’.”

    For my last name, “Nowodazkij”, well it’s harder because one doesn’t pronounce all letters. The “j” at the end is silent for example. And for the little story, it’s spelled like this because it was transcribed that way from Cyrillic to German when my husband immigrated to Germany when he was a kid.

    So, for those of you who are wondering how to pronounce “Elodie Nowodazkij”, you can listen to me below saying it (or you can click here).

    At some point, I was thinking of starting a 5-minute podcast on “How do you pronounce…?” And ask authors to tell me one story about their name.

    I might still do that…

    Thanks for reading (and listening)!

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    Did you know that I have a newsletter?

    Real talk: I’m not the most consistent with my newsletter. This is an area I want to improve especially as I use Facebook less and am enjoying writing blog posts again.

    Newsletters are great ways to share exlusive content and updates and random pictures of Bobbie Voltaire The Cat and Plato The Dog.

    I mean clearly…Plato The Dog thinks you should subscribe. You can subscribe by clicking here:  eepurl.com/g_Qp4D

    I have some audiobook news which I’m very very excited to share with all of you very soon (this week). And my newsletter subscribers willl find out first.

    Clearly, that’s a reason to subscribe 🙂

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    Did you know you can recommend a book to your library or pre-order a book and receive pretty cool things?

    There are pretty amazing books coming out in August. Let’s face it: There’s always a lot of amazing books coming out 🙂

    Some authors organize pre-order / library request campaigns. Basically, all you have to do is either pre-order a book (pre-orders are really helpful to authors) or recommend it to your library (you

    And recommending the library purchases a book doesn’t cost you anything (and you can do it from home too) so if you’re on a tight book-buying budget, you still can support an author and read amazing books and get free stuff.

    Here are two on-going campaigns for books coming out in August I’m very very excited about.

    • CRY OF METAL & BONE by L. Penelope (On Sale August 11th – pre-order/library request campaign runs unti 8/11)

    I absolutely loved the first book in this series. It took me out of a reading slump I was in. And the CRY OF METAL & BONE (on sale August 11th) just got a starred review from Booklist!

    All info on L. Penelope’s website: https://lpenelope.com/2020/07/cry-of-metal-bone-pre-order-campaign/

    • NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU by Kristina Forest Pre-order campaign (also includes library recommendations)

    I just bought Kristina’s first book I WANNA SEE WHERE YOU ARE after seeing it recommended by Nic Stone. I mean: ballet, road trip and romance? Plus that cover? Gorgeous.

    Kristina’s second book “NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU” is coming out on August 25th and it also sounds so so good: “A YA novel about searching for answers, love, and your eccentric grandma in all the wrong places.

    All info on Kristina’s Forest’s website: https://www.kristinaforest.com/ntify-preorder-campaign

    Did you pre-order those books? Recommended them to your libraries?

    Let me know in the comments 🙂