Friday, March 14, 2008

Fifteen Minutes of Shame

I won't call this post a shameless plug - I swear it's not like that, guys. But I have an interesting story. Well, at least I think it's interesting. I suppose to each his own and all that jazz, but anyway, I'll get it all out and you can decide for yourself. Isn't freedom of speech just awesome? :)

Seriously though. So here's the deal. I Facebook a lot. I mean a lot a lot. Probably more than I should, arguably more than is healthy. Earlier in my Fbook life I created a number of groups. At this point, I'm going to go out on a limb and say that there is probably ALREADY a FB group for oh, I don't know, EVERYTHING UNDER THE SUN. However, some of the groups I made actually 'took off'. The group that I am currently referring to is called simply 'Book Lovers' (Alright, I suppose this could be considered a shameless plug, but that's neither here nor there).

Moving on - occasionally I will get emails from people concerning the group. You know, like "Would you post a link to my group here?", "I made this application concerning favorite books and stuff, can you tell your group about it?", et cetera. You get the idea. And I'm totally fine with that. Not quite sure why they won't just join the group...but really, ain't none o' my business. In a manner of speaking.

Well not too long ago, actually February 11 to be exact, I get an email from a woman who introduces herself as Ashley, and she's emailing me in regards to an author named Lisa Daily. Up until this point I've been receiving emails from people concerning themselves, so it stuck out to me a little that she said she spoke for, or with, the author. Anyway, to continue - she told me about Lisa's new novel (Fifteen Minutes of Shame, in stores March 25th! And yes, I'm promoting. Guilty as charged!) and asked if I would be willing to post a photo of the book cover in my group on the day of the books release. I say I'd be happy to. Of course. I mean, no skin off my back. Cool's cool, so I double check that she wants it up the day of the release, not earlier, and since I'm an incredibly generous person *snort*, I let her know that I've gone ahead and posted a link to Lisa's website in the group as well. 

Real quick I want to take the opportunity to make it known that my 'snort' wasn't meant to say 'I totally lied', so much as to say that my self appreciating 'I'm so generous' comment was deserving of a contradicting self DEpreciating *snort*. 

Once again, moving right along...So, I got an email back saying that Ashley thought posting the picture a couple of days early might help build momentum. Hey, no big. Happy to help. So I'm gonna post a picture to the group a few days early, and everyone's happy. End of story. Right?

Hah! Got you! Trick question! Of course it's not the end of the story. Then it would be completely mundane.
After that I get another email from Ashley. She says that she spoke to Lisa and is passing on a "Thanks so much for helping!" message, and that she wants to send me a copy to review. I'm thinking...sweet! You wanna send me the book before it releases just because I'm putting up a picture in my FB group? I'm there!

I'm admittedly a little skeptical because while the email address seems really legit, you never know. But I decide to go for it because it all seemed really professional so far. No reason to believe it won't continue to be. So I respond with a hearty (and honest) thanks! And, of course, my mailing address.

And then I sort of forget about it. For a couple of days I'm checking my porch every day, but my life has been rather hectic lately and my mail-yet-to-come dutifully retreated to the back burner to make room for whatever else I need to be focused on at the moment. Well, lo and behold, I for some reason think it necessary to check my porch today and what do I see?? This little (well, not too little) white envelope just staring up at me, not a care in the world. (Alright, that part I made up. I guess it could care about something - I'm just not sure what exactly that would be). Not really too exciting, just your standard package...envelope...thing - that is, except for the two stickers in the top lefthand corner. Yeah, that's just a little something I added after I got it...Anyway, I check the return address and it's from...what's that? A publishing company? Ooh-lala! Yes indeedy, Ashley came through! I received a copy of Fifteen Minutes of Shame a little over a week before it actually hits the shelves!

And not just the book, either. I got the whole nine yards! The book, a letter about it, and a little publicity book. Fancy fancy! Here's where I admit to feeling a little ego boost - "Yeah, there's this book I read, it's really good. What? You don't have it? Oh, that's right. It aint' out yet!

And just to let you know, I've already started reading the book and I love it. It's fun, not a difficult read but it's not meant to be. And it's a genre that I genuinely appreciate so already I recommend reading it. I'll get back to you if it's got an incredibly frustrating ending or something. ;)

And yes, I'm aware that I linked to her website like...seventy million times in this post - but hey, what the heck? Send me a free book and I'll promote your brains out! How'dya like them apples?!

For my final book promo, I give you 'the blurb'!

What happens when America's favorite TV dating expert finds out on national television that her husband is cheating? Darby Vaughn's fifteen minutes of fame quickly spin into fifteen minutes of shame: Not only is the most humiliating moment of her life splashed across every supermarket tabloid and celebrity gossip show, but also her reputation as America's love guru is shot.
Her fans are turning on her, her book sales have tanked, and her love life is fodder for light-night television. If Darby breaks her own zero-tolerance policy for cheaters and takes her philandering husband back, her career will be over. But if she sticks to her own rules, she'll lose the only man she's ever loved.

So, in closing - 
  • Networking. It pays. Or at least sends free gifts.
  • Check out Lisa's website
  • I hereby swear I will not promote anything I don't actually like. Scouts honor.

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