Motivational Monday; Not Everything is Shaped like a Square

Hello Readers and Happy Monday!

Dare-To-Be-Different-LogoNot every day is going to be shaped like a square, four even sides. Some days are going to bend a little more to the left, a little more to the right. Some days may seem like they are a circle that just keeps going. What should be so motivating about this is that every day is different. Last Monday might have been the worst. Last month but have been unbearable. However, that does not determine what this week will be like or what today will be like.

Hold on to the fact that everything is changing. Nothing stays the same. There will always be good days and there will always be bad days. Get motivated!

Do not worry about what it was like yesterday…get motivated that everyday is not the same!

-Your Literary Mentor

Dominique

How to Tuesday; How to Create a Landing Page

Hello readers!!

3594980022A landing page is a page where your readers, followers will land after they’ve clicked your link. Creating a landing page is extremely easy however, understanding why you should have one is the tricky part.

When we are asking for directions to a destination, we are hoping that the person giving the directions will give us point A and point B directions. Sometimes those directions come A.1 and A.2 and A.3. 1-3 is unnecessary. We just want to know what to do to specifically get there. This is exactly how your readers and followers feel.

If you are advertising your book, and you are giving away a discount or something and you want your readers to get there, you don’t want them to be stopped along the way. You want them to have clear instructions on what to do to receive the item. This is where a landing page comes into play.

You should have a link or page that is the final place the reader or follower needs to go to get to what they need. It’s as simple as that. When they click your link, it should tell them exactly what you were advertising. They shouldn’t get a ‘wait there’s more’ message. If you are giving them a free book, take them to the free book page so all they have to do is grab it.

So how do you create a landing page?

Simple (but first there’s more)

Your social media cannot be a landing page unless all you want them to do is to follow you on that social media page. Social media will cause people to go searching and we don’t want this when it comes to landing pages.

So, you need to make sure your landing page is coming from your website. You will create a separate page that’s all about what you are offering or what you want the reader or follower to do. On this page it should only include a sign up or purchase link or anything that’s hardly anything else you want them to do.

The goal for a landing page is for the reader or follower to simply land…and do nothing else.

-Your Literary Mentor

Dominque L. Watson

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Release Day Blitz Pied (Once Upon A Villain Book 7) by Brooklyn Knight

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She cannot see me, but she can hear me; and that is all I’ll need to make her fall in love… with me.

 

Everything I’ve ever needed, is right here in my Paradise, including the whining brats I led away from their parents eons ago with my magical flute; but when that sorceress, Celeste Dubois, shows up and suggests that things need to change – that I need to change, I know she has lost her mind. That is, until she presents me with a brown beauty named Melodie, who awakens something deep inside me with her own music. I thought I had everything, but suddenly, I’m considering that maybe I don’t. I’m full of magic and music, but will those be enough to win Melodie’s heart? Especially when she learns that I’m the villain she despises from the folktales of old?

 

I can’t see him, but his music is like magic, and it restores my belief in true love.

 

Patrick appeared out of nowhere – not that I can actually see him, but the aura and the vibe he carries is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. Sometimes, I think I can actually see his radiance, and when he plays that flute of his, the sound is like healing magic. But my son, Rafael, has reservations. He says he recognizes Patrick from somewhere, though he’s not totally sure. Rafael is my eyes. I want to follow his lead, the way I always do, but Patrick is like magic, and his music is beckoning me closer…

**READER ALERT**
This story contains extremely passionate and descriptive sex scenes. Not suitable for readers under the age of 18 years, or those who may be offended by somewhat graphic descriptions of sexual encounters. This story also contains scenes which include expletives. Brooklyn’s characters exhibit real emotions and desires, and though she is their creator, she is also very sensitive to their needs and wants, and works in partnership with them to create their unique HEAs.

***Each book in the ‘Once Upon A Villain’ series is a standalone. This series does not have to be read in order. Be sure to read the other books in the series here.***

Publication DateSeptember 13, 2019
SeriesOnce Upon A Villain Book 7
GenreMulticultural & Interracial Romance, Paranormal Romance, Romance
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ABOUT BROOKLYN KNIGHT

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Brooklyn Knight was born and raised in the beautiful islands of Bermuda, where she currently resides. She is the mother of three and the wife of one.

By day, Brooklyn uses her Clinical Mental Health Therapy Master’s degree and works as a high school Adjustment Counselor. By night, after family time, and after every one is fast asleep, she burns the midnight oil completing assignments for her doctoral program and designing characters to go along with the narratives in her head.

Since self-publishing her debut-novel in July 2018, she has sold almost 10,000 books, accrued more than 1.6 million page-reads in Kindle Unlimited, been invited to international author conferences and expos, and has been featured on local and online radio programs and podcasts. She is the founder of 16 Weeks to Published: The Ultimate Writer’s Workshop, where she assists aspiring authors in achieving success with their own stories.

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How to Tuesday; How to Create the Perfect Pre Release Package

Hello Readers,

book-launchGetting ready to release a book is one of the most exciting things as an author. It doesn’t matter if you’ve released a book before or not, releasing your 100thbook compared to your 20this all the same. It’s like having a new baby even when you already have two.  So, when it comes to getting ready to release a book, it’s always a lot of fun.

There are so many fun things you can do to get ready for the release, book tours, blog tours, cover reveals, pre reviews etc. So how can you create the perfect pre-release package? Let’s discuss.

The first thing to sort out is what exactly you want to surround this release. Do you think doing a cover reveal will be more exciting for your book? Is your cover so captivating that people will want to purchase your book off the cover alone? Do a cover reveal.

What about a book tour? Are readers going to flock to you off your reading and presence that they will want to purchase your book for that reason alone? Do you have a good following? This might be the right move for you.

Blog tours are basically the same thing as a book tour, but from the comfort of your own home. Are you trying to gain new followers? Schedule a blog tour.

But, scheduling events is just the icing on the cake. Simple organizing and being prepared for the release goes a long away. Here are a few things you need to make sure are set in motion before the book releases.

  • Has the book been through several rounds of editing
  • Have you updated your website about your coming book
  • Are all social media platforms ready for the book you’ve been promoting since you’ve been writing
  • Have you created logos and graphics to help promote.
  • Is the cover finished
  • Has the synopsis been created
  • Is your bio updated
  • Have you started contacting the media about your release
  • Have you created a release date
  • Most importantly, have you budgeted for this release

If you can put together good events to surround your book and then put together a well-organized list to prepare for the release, you are well on your way to having the perfect pre-release package.

-Your Literary Mentor

Dominique

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How to Tuesday; How to Pitch to the Literary Industry

Hello Readers and Happy Tuesday!

b2ap3_thumbnail_AdobeStock_143440966-1So how do you pitch to the literary industry? You must first ask yourself, who is the literary industry? Is the literary industry your family and friends? Book stores? Magazines? Websites? Blogs? Who are we in fact pitching to?

When you learn who you are pitching to, you can then find out how to bring your work to their attention.

Let’s say for instance, you are pitching your work to a reviewer. The first thing to do is to go to their website or social media. Do a little research. Read about this person. Then go to their contact me page and read a little more. Do they have requirements for contacting them? Take note of this. More importantly, how do they like to be contacted when someone is inquiring about their services?

Sometimes, when we follow people on social media they will tell us how to contact them from a promotion. They may say, “Send an email, now!” or “Use our contact us page to inquire.”, these are things you need to pay attention to if you are thinking about contacting someone about their services in the future.

Once you have figured out how to contact them, then you want to make sure you know their requirements for being contacted. Are they asking for a press release? Bio? Press Kit? You need to know this so that you don’t send a full length bio instead of a simple byline.

Bottomline, in order to know how to pitch to the literary industry, you must first know how they like to be contacted and what their requirements are.

If you are simply pitching to the literary industry, then you need to know how these particular people receive their news. This is called target marketing. We will save this blog for another day.

-Your Literary Mentor

Dominique

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Motivational Monday; Embrace your off Day

Hello Readers!

Happy Labor Day!

29YNjHcu7VCkYquHLnpYDe-320-80Many of you are spending the day relaxing and enjoying your off day. And many of us, not only work on careers we are passionate about, but we also have 9-5’s that we go to every day. We have to make time to actually work on what we love. It’s natural for us to fall into a routine of simply work and home. But, we must find the time to actually embrace our off days. Make a list of things to do today to work on your business. How can you be productive to your business and yourself?

Don’t let the day go to waste. Embrace it!

-Your Literary Mentor

Dominique

Motivational Monday; Reset your Goals

Hello Readers!

It’s a new week which means new goals, and a reset on our motivation.

bigstock-dream-big-set-goals-take-act-191570074-980x600Monday is always the day to start new goals. Working out, making lists, losing weight, making more money etc. Most people pick Monday to reset their goals. I hope you are one of those people who have reset their goals for the week. No matter what happened last week, this is a new week. Your motivation should be on reset. You should have a new list waiting on you this week, a whole new motivation.

I encourage you to use today to reset your goals. Get motivated. Think about your business, your dreams, the list in front of you. How can you make this reset work best for you?

It’s time to reset your goals and get motivated. Have a wonderful, prosperous week!!

-Your Literary Mentor

Dominique

Book Blitz: Trois by Brooklyn Knight

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Troisis the exciting conclusion to Brooklyn Knight’sThe French Connectionseries; A BWWM, Multicultural & Interracial Romance. It is currently on sale now in eBook and paperback format.

 

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ABOUT THE BOOK

He has three days to save her…

Dylan Hamilton has waited two years for this day to arrive; the day when Laila Renaud will become his wife. But the morning after his nuptials, he awakens, drugged and confused, only to discover that she has been snatched from his bed. And according to the man who has taken her, he has a limited amount of time to get her back. The clock is ticking… When Stefan Miller finds three Italian gangsters sitting in his suite the morning after Dylan’s wedding, it’s confirmation that his worst fears have come true. His brother’s antics have finally caught up with him and everyone else, including his love-interest, Sasha, who has been held ransom. Now with the clock counting down, he and Dylan must come up with a plan to save the women from impending doom.

Theoretically, it’s a simple operation: Get Stefan’s brother! Engage Dylan’s mob-boss of a mother! Save the girls!

But the rescue effort doesn’t go as smoothly as planned, especially when the puzzle pieces of Dylan’s traumatic past begin to connect. And especially when Stefan discovers that Sasha has fallen under the curious spell of her green-eyed kidnapper.

 

 

SeriesThe French Connection, Book 3 of 3

Publication DateJanuary 4, 2019

 

PublisherIndependently Published

 

Print Length260 pages

GenresBWWM Romance, Multicultural & Interracial Romance, Contemporary Romance

Add on Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43313848-trois

 

 

EXCERPT

 

Dylan

A persistent pounding on the door ripped me out of sleep. I stirred, extra groggy from the fact that Laila had interrupted my slumber to talk about my parents and the announcement of her pregnancy. Her questions about my mother and father had angered me, but I’d hidden it from her, but when she’d told me she was carrying our baby, any negative emotions I’d been harboring fled.

Bang! Bang! Bang!

I reached over to the nightstand and gripped the clock, squinting. “It’s five-thirty,” I said to Laila. I reached over to pull her close, but when I realized the place in which she was laying was empty, my eyes popped open.

Bang! Bang!

“Lai…” I called into the darkness. My eyes shot to the en-suite bathroom, noticing the light bleeding from beneath the closed door.

Maybe she’d gotten up to use it. That was what happened to pregnant women. They peed more and they started throwing up. The sound of water running down the drain confirmed my suspicions.

The banging sounded again and I threw my legs over the edge of the bed, holding my head. That was when I realized the banging wasn’t only coming from the door. An aggressive thud was pounding against my brain, and I wondered what it could be from.

I looked at the empty glass on the night table and my brows drew. I turned to the door. “Who is it?” I shouted.

“Open the door, man!”

I stretched the tightness out of my limbs and made my way over, wondering what in the world would have Stefan so uptight and hammering my door down at such an ungodly hour.

“Lai,” I called again.

Still no answer.

I frowned, peeked through the peephole, and then stood back.

Stefan’s voice emitted from the other side of the barrier, and I couldn’t help but notice the alarmed edge in his tone.
I unlatched the door and ripped it open. Without hesitation, Stefan sprang inside, his eyes as wide as saucers.

“Stef, what the hell –”

“Where’s Laila?” He pushed past me and started searching the room as if he was looking for treasure.

I frowned, trying to understand what he was talking about, all the while, trying to ignore the throbbing in my head. “What do you mean, where’s Laila? She’s in the bathroom.”

Without saying anything, Stefan dashed for the bathroom and ripped at the door.

“What the hell are you doing?” I demanded rushing after him, I pulled him by the arm.

He ripped his arm away from me and glared at me. His eyes seeped with anger.

I grimaced. “What’s going on?” I demanded.

“Laila isn’t here,” he spat out.

My neck jerked forward. “Of course she is, she’s in the bathroom,” I reminded him. “She’s pregnant.”

Stefan rolled his eyes towards the ceiling and covered his face with his hands. “Jesus Christ…” he muttered.

“That’s not quite the response I was expecting,” I admitted trying to quell my frustration.

Stefan spun around and gripped me by the shoulders. “Dylan, Laila isn’t here,” he said again. Forcefully.

My body turned rigid. “What the hell do you mean –”

“Your boy, Anthony Moretti, the guy you told me not to worry about…”

He was talking, but I’d already ripped the bathroom door open, almost taking it off the hinges. I looked into the room, my eyes shifting frantically, searching for my wife who, true to Stefan’s word, was nowhere in sight. The only sign of movement was the water spilling from the gold faucet and disappearing down the drain.

My chest heaved and I stumbled until I had no choice but to lean over the basin. Water from the tap splashed onto me. Everything was spinning like it would in a funhouse, yet there was no doubt in my mind, I was in a house of goddamn horrors.

“Where’s my wife?” I gripped my temple before pulling myself away from the basin and storming through the Presidential Suite. I ransacked the place. I tore through every room, tossing the furniture like it was plastic. I marched out to the pool and scanned the area. With each examination, the fact that she was nowhere to be found pushed me further over the edge of sanity.

I screamed her name into the emptiness.

No answer.

Stefan paced the floors next to me. His hand was clasped over his mouth. His eyes were narrow with rage. “He took Sasha too,” he muttered.

I spun around to look at him. “Who took Sasha?”

Stefan turned his eyes on me. “Fucking Moretti.”

I looked at the carpet, trying to make sense of what he was saying. “How do you know this?”

“Because I woke up in the middle of the night to Moretti and his boys in my goddamn room, and that’s when he told me. Silas…”

“What the hell does he have to do with this? I swear to God, I’ll kill him!” I listened, my entire body shaking as Stefan revealed the things Moretti had told him. Then he handed me the man’s business card, his despicable name embossed and emboldened.

Three days.

Moretti was demanding that we came up with two million euros in three days.

An angry breath escaped my nose. “Fine,” I spat. “He wants it in three days, he’ll have it three hours.”

Stefan nodded, realizing that my transferring the funds into Moretti’s account was the only way to put a stop to what was happening.

I raced around the room, looking for my cell phone. After a few minutes, which felt like a few hours, I found it on the floor underneath shards of a vase I’d destroyed.
I instructed SIRI to call my accountant and waited, operating on threads of patience, for him to pick up.

It went to voicemail.

I cursed.

“What happened?” Stefan asked, dry-washing his hands.
I gripped my bottom lip between my teeth and didn’t respond. Instead, I called the number again, this time taking care to punch each digit in manually.

It rang six times before clicking over to voicemail. In a fit of rage, I pitched the phone across the room and took my sweaty hair into my hands.

“Fuck!” My voice almost made the Swarovski chandelier hanging above us to crash to the floor.

Stefan raked his hands through his afro and pulled out his own cell phone.

“Who are you calling?” I asked, shoving my hands on my hips.

“It sure as hell ain’t my investment banker,” he muttered. “The hell if I have two million goddamn euros sitting in an account.” He pressed the phone against his ear. “I’m calling my brother.”

“If you don’t have it, he sure as hell doesn’t,” I spat. My eyes burned and I rubbed them, trying to erase the sensation.
I needed to slow down.

I needed to calm down and think rationally.

Ma belle fille and Sasha had been abducted. I had no idea how it had happened or when. In fact, the more I thought about it, the more I realized I couldn’t remember much of what had transpired over the course of maybe three or four hours.

Stefan turned away from me and I listened for a second as he threw a slew of curse words into the cell phone receiver.
I pinched the bridge of my nose, trying to practice my solution-focused mantra, the one I used every day at my firm.

“I need to call Moretti,” I mumbled to myself. My cell phone, now shattered on the ground, would be of no use. I rushed to the landline on Laila’s side of the bed and tried to ignore my heart, crushing inside of my chest. I held the business card Stefan and given me and tried to steady my shaking hands as

I dialed the numbers.

Within seconds, Moretti answered.

I dropped onto the bed and pressed the phone hard against my ear. “Tell me this is a fucking joke!” I shouted into the phone.

“Dylan Hamilton.” The sound of his vocals made me want to spit.

“Where is my goddamn wife?” He’d barely finished his greeting before I was barking the demand. “I swear to God, I’m two seconds away from alerting INTERPOL. They’ll have you apprehended and your ass will be in jail quicker than you can fucking blink!”

“A few things,” Moretti responded casually. “INTERPOL is not a threat to me. Yes, I have been barred from various jurisdictions, but that does not inhibit my movements. Surely, you are aware of this. Secondly, if I were you, I would think long and hard about alerting anybody about anything. Your precious wife and her friend would be dead before the authorities ever caught up with me and my men. And thirdly…” he sighed. “You should practice being less emotional. You are a savvy business tycoon who cuts million-dollar deals by the hour. You, of all people should know that emotion has no place when it comes to business. Let us talk like the adults that we are.”

I gritted my teeth and tried to settle myself as best I could. In some ways he was right. My only concern was getting my wife and Sasha back. If that meant playing Moretti’s sick game, I should at least hear the rules.

 
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ABOUT BROOKLYN KNIGHT

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Brooklyn Knightis a romance enthusiast who lives in the island of Bermuda and has been writing stories since she was a little girl. Over the years, her gift for designing and bringing characters to life has evolved, and she enjoys creating vivid, memorable characters and unforgettable situations. Her characters are thought-provoking and evocative; and they will draw emotion out of you like water from a well.

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Boost your Business with a Book Workshop!

There’s a new workshop coming to Diamond M’Press Publications. The workshop will debut on March 5 and it is called Boost your Business with a Book. I’m really excited about this workshop because this is geared towards the entrepreneurs. There are a lot of people in the literary industry who start off as simply writing or blogging but then go into business such as an editor or cover designer or publisher. However, there are many people outside of the literary industry who could really use this workshop. If you are a cake designer or in construction or design this workshop is for you. It’s for anyone in any type of business who’s looking to gain new clients or customers. I take you step-by-step answering the question of why you should publish a book to boost your business. I know that there are many people who are not into writing books in their profession but sometimes it’s always a good idea to step into a different arena to find new clients. If you were trying to find different ways to boost your business, this workshop will be really interesting for you. We talk about target marketing, marketing, writing the book and the different elements of publishing a book which include, organizing, writing, editing, cover design and much more. Again, the workshop starts on March 5.

Click the link for more details. I hope to see you there!

-Your Literary Mentor

Dominique Watson