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You’ve Arrived at Stop Number 44 of the YA Scavenger Hunt!

+The YA Summer Scavenger Hunt (free books and giveaways!)

You’re making headway toward finding all the short story words in this fabulous hunt. Hopefully, you’ve accumulated lots of treasures and met new YA authors along the way.

You can take a breather here and possibly win one of four ebooks. There’s even a free short story collection to download if you enjoy sweet YA and NA Romances.

Have you read any sweet, contemporary romances set in small towns in South Florida with beaches and irresistible teenage guys lately?

Of course, there’s drama. High school, anyone? And there’s angst.

What are YA books without drama and angst? It’s one of the reasons I love them. Check out my books that are part of this giveaway.

There will be four winners in this stop’s giveaway:

For a chance to win, please tell me which of my two covers (Masquerading Our Love or Thinking About Love) you prefer and why in the “Leave a Reply” section below.

You need only to comment once for a chance to win one of the four Amazon ebooks.

If you don’t like romance but still want a chance to win please write a 1 for Masquerading Our Love or 2 for Thinking About Love and nothing else.

If you’re not interested in any of these four ebooks then please keep scrolling down for the word to complete the Secret Story.

First giveaway:

One winner will have a choice of an ebook copy of either Masquerading Our Love or Thinking About Love, two stand alone novels. Read how two juniors from Stonehaven High fall in love for the first time with all the major drama of being a teenager.

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Thalía Reynari and Christopher Cooper must deal with their parents decade-long silence.

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Trina Weber and Stuart Grant must deal with her faith and his lack of one.

Pre-order Thinking About Love, Part 1 Link releases June 10th.

Let me know below if you prefer Masquerading Our Love or Thinking About Love for a chance to win an ebook.

Second giveaway:

Three winners and each will receive one of these three ebooks.

You can have an additional chance to win if you head over to my Facebook Author Page* and let me know where you live (city/state and country).
* FACEBOOK DISCLAIMER: This is in no way sponsored, endorsed, or administered by Facebook. You understand that you are providing your information to the owner of this Facebook page and not to Facebook.

If you’re interested in sweet, YA Contemporary Romances and want to stay in touch, you can like and follow me for updates and occasional giveaways.

Winners must claim the ebooks by notifying me of their email addresses linked up to their Amazon account within five days after I announce the winner here and on my Facebook Author Page.

Wishing you good luck, while your fingers do the WALKING to stop number 45 Amanda Zieba on this treasure hunt.

If you need the rules or lose track of the order please return to the YA Bookshelf site. At the end, you’ll be able to enter all your words as a complete story and there will be more ways to increase your odds of winning.

Before you go:

513pSXCJIKL._SY346_ You & Me Forever: A Sweet Romance Collection

Click for free download:  Amazon   Barnes and Noble   Google Play  Kobo

Please don’t forget to Comment below for a chance to win one of four ebooks. I’ll announce the winner after June 7th on this page and my FB author page.

Did you miss the word? Are you tired of WALKING with your fingers? See the word now? I hope so cause I don’t want you WALKING away without it!

Amanda Zieba is waiting for you to arrive.

“And may the odds be ever in your favor.”

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Announcing a giveaway with $275 Amazon Gift Card and lots of books!

Congratulations to all the winners of this giveaway!

WINNERS OF THE BOOKBUB GIVEAWAY

* Winners are listed under the Ebook/Paperback title that they won and will be notified by the author of their prize.

$275 Amazon Gift Card …Anna Mae Lewis

Ebook written by Michelle Jo Quinn
Becky Dodson
Ebook written by Quinn
Lacey Waters
A Ghoul’s Kiss Ebook by J.M. Stoneback
Jana Kick
Ashes of Phoenix Ebook by Jess Haines
Linz Basset
Beauty and the Beastmaster by Carol Devine
Jeanna Schirm Massman
Black Hat Hacker Ebook by Soraya Naomi
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Blood Bound Paperback by Sharon Stevenson
Patti Griner
Carnal Obsession: His Heart’s Prisoner Ebook by Reily Garrett
Susan Milby
Cruz Control Ebook by S. Reynolds Clemencio Mascarina Jr.
Double Trouble Luv Ebook by LM Preston
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Ebook by KL Montgomery, Reader’s Choice
Jami Vogelsang
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Ebooks written by RL Kenderson Emma Toole
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Rita Wray
Escaping Trouble Ebook by Eva Winters
Magdalena Szabelska
Favors and Freedom Ebook by Prisca Martin
Angie Beauchamp
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Barbara Shover
Favors and Freedom Ebook by Prisca Martin
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Gnarled Bones and Other Stories Ebook by Tam May
Alan Saxon
Hidden Magic Paperback by Stephanie Wallace (US)
Debra Stein
Immortal Ties Ebook by Jennifer Malone Wright
Jackie Kidwell
Kaid’s Queen Ebook by Sandra R. Neeley
Viridiana Dimas
Life’s Second Chances by Anne Stone
Germaine Harrison
Make Time for Love Ebook by Kaiden Klein
Helen Picone
Married This Year Ebook by Tracey Pedersen
Sara-Jean Stanhope Semmler
Moments of Joy & Moments of Pain Ebook by Ysa Arcangel
Ivan A. Cintron
My Redemption Ebook by Michelle Dare
Kim Lowe Charlton
Snowball Chronicles of a Wererabbit Ebook by M.Y. Zeman
Rhonda Platts
Soul-Mate Ebook by Anna Santos Margaret Appe
The Art of Healing Ebook by Jeanne Felfe
Leticia Rocha
The Lucky One Ebook by Sylvie Stewart
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Timeless Honor Ebook by Anna Rose Leigh
Stephanie Parker Lambeth
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Susan Thiele
Widower’s Aura Ebook by AJ Renee Sandra Garcia
Wild Girls Rule Ebook by Rosalie Lario
Lorina Lynne
Wine Not Ebook by DL Gallie
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I’ll announce a new BookBub Giveaway soon!

For a chance to win all you have to do is follow me and other authors on BOOKBUB !

The chances to win are from 05/25/17 until 06/05/17

$275 Amazon Gift Card
2 – Paperbacks (1 US & 1 Int)
34 – Kindle Ebooks

Click Here To Enter:
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GOOD LUCK!

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My stories

You and Me Forever: A Sweet Romance Collection is now LIVE!

 

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Eight Short Stories from Eight bestselling and new authors! Get your free copy now and enjoy falling in love!

So excited that it’s now live. You can download your free copy of the YA and NA collection at the following retailers:

Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06Y14WPDJ

B&N:
https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/you-me-forever…/1126163394…

Google Play: https://play.google.com/…/Megan_Linski_You_Me_Forever_A_Swe…

Kobo:
https://www.kobo.com/…/you-me-forever-a-sweet-romance-colle…

 

Can’t wait to hear what you think about my first short story!

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My Writing Journal

Shown Love at the Dentist Office

I’m putting our conversation in quotes but it’s not exactly word for word. Though it’s close.

Today, when I rose from the dentist chair and turned around there were two other hygienists waiting for me. One of them held my book, which I had left for another hygienist months ago.

One of them held Masquerading Our Love in her hands and asked, “Do you recognize this book?”

I nodded. “Yes, I wrote it.”

My mind raced. Writers have so much self-doubt haunting us, that we could be billionaires if we received one cent for every time we believed that our work is terrible. I looked at the two hygienists preparing myself for criticism.

“We read it and we need to know when is the next one coming out?”

“Yeah, what happens to the pregnant girl, Trina?” asked the other one not holding my book.

“Uhm, well I’m writing Carol and Frank’s story and I’m editing Trina and Stuart’s story.” Yikes, I’m still writing Trina’s story and don’t know exactly where it’s going.

“Well, you need to write it because we need to know!”

Are you for real? You really liked my book and are waiting to read it?

We continued talking and a short time later, the second one said, “I read the book in one day. And I love the main character’s boyfriend because he’s so romantic bringing her roses.”

She loves Christopher, Thalía’s boyfriend. I do too because he is pretty romantic and reminds me of my husband, who used to bring me a single rose every time we went on a date.

I asked them to review it and to please be honest. The first one said, that it was slow in the beginning and slightly confusing with all the characters in the first two chapters but once she hit chapter three she needed to find out what happened.

HOOKED! She said she was needed to find out what happened and in my book it means she was hooked!

Since the other two heard I was there they came to talk to me. ME!

The one holding my book gave it to my hygienist and told her to read it because it’s that good. They left and the hygienist who worked on my teeth said that she’s been hearing about this book during their lunch hour and how they’re saying that she needs to read it. She knew it was written by a patient but she didn’t realize it was me. She’s planning to read it tomorrow.

Wow!

I wish you could see the joy on my face right now. It still floors me that they both said that they needed to find out what happened next. The moment my foot hit the pavement outside the office I dialed my husband’s number to let him know.

Those two women showed me so much love that my heart can still bust open from their words and I have a huge grin on my face, hours after being home. I still can’t believe that these women loved my book.

This is so exciting because every author wants readers to like our books and when two people, who are standing in front of you are saying that they loved it, well, yes I call it showing me a whole lot of love.

A special thanks to all the hygienists at Dr. A’s dental practice. I have to return in three weeks for a filling, not so much fun, but hopefully I’ll take a photo with these women and my book.

Now I must be off to work on my books so they can know what happens to my characters!

I’m hoping someone shows you as much love as I’ve been shown today and if you can please do the same.

We all need love!

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Stretched Nerves or Jumping Beans?

I’m finishing up with the last and final, I hope, edit of my novel before it’s handed off to formatting. And at the moment, I can’t decide if my nerves are stretching or if my stomach has jumping beans bouncing off its walls. It comes in spurts as I listen to the monotone voice on Word read two pages at a time.

Yikes, did my editor miss that typo? If he did, are there more? Or is it my eyes playing tricks on me. I double check the spelling as my ears listen to the slow, boring voice read on. And there go the nerves, pulled too thin.

Will the readers complain if they see a tiny typo or will their brain skip over it because the first and last letters are right? Oh, no the dreaded bad review because my editor and I missed a typo.

Should I postpone the release?

No!

It’s time to let this baby enter into the unknown world of readers and see how well it’s received. My friends and family say I’ve held on to this book too long and they’re right. Almost five years after I finished the first draft and thousands of hours working on it.

Yes, it’s time.

Besides NaNoWriMo 2016 is right around the corner and I haven’t figured out whose story to work on next. Jason? Sabrina? The antagonist, Dave? Or  the bus story?

Heck my first born entered college this August and I can’t decide, which one I dreaded releasing more to the world. He is in a safer environment than my book will be, so it seemed easier after a year of preparing for the final day we said, “Bye.” And he did come back for laundry day and brought a friend, who is the sweetest suite mate.

Hence the toss up between nervousness and excitement.

Fortunately, my to do list is reaching the stratosphere. Okay I’m exaggerating, but it sure feels like it, so sometimes it’s more like numbness that I’m feeling.

Until next time.

When maybe

                           I

                                 ….. WILL   (drum roll, please)

BE

PUBLISHED!

I bury my head back into my book, and yes, the nerves are stretched and the jumping beans ricocheted off the walls.

 

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My Writing Journal

Link to Blog Post on Advice for Writers

I love how authors help each other even through the simple action of providing advice. Casey Hays’s asked a question on the one advice we received to share with a new writer and out comes this wonderful blog post for all writers to read.

Click for Lessons from the Iceberg blog post

I’m included in there with the simple advice to “Find your own voice because no one writes like you do.”

It’s a simple sentence summarizing all the years of workshops, reading, and speaking to authors that I can impart to others. Although not one person ever said it quite that way, I know it is the one advice I could give and it ties with the meme I tweeted 0n Thursday.

Copy the leader should not not the road to sucess.

We are each special in our own way, therefore we should follow our own path to success. What worked for one successful author may not work for me or you. It’s important to learn from others and we should attempt to emulate all the amazing things they’ve done, but we can’t copy them without stepping back to see if it works…for us.

Please let me know if it helps with your own writing and continue to love and encourage others.

P.S.

You can apply this even if you aren’t a writer: There is only one you, so follow your own path to success!

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Harmful Book Reviews and Personal Attacks

On July 28th, 2014, I wrote about negative book reviews. My simple advice to my newly published author friends: use any constructive criticism and ignore the insults from their bad reviews, the hurtful words, which inflicted such emotional pain. One of them abandoned her penname and switched genres.

But almost two years later I’m back on the same topic.

Why?

Why rehash something already covered?

Because it’s important. Because it’s not only about bad book reviews, although this post will focus on them.

No, the issue is not negative reviews; it is how some reviewers write them without caring how it’ll affect the author. It’s about how people treat other people. How we interact with each other. And how reviewers hide behind their screens and feel justified to attack a person or their work.

Authors need reviews; they’re crucial for their publishing careers.

However some reviewers sling insult upon insult as though authors are not human beings, as if they don’t have any feelings. And it is immensely, utterly wrong.

Yes, WRONG! (My editor would kill me for the shouty caps, but I want to shout.) It isn’t showing respect for one another. Don’t you agree?

Many authors read every single review.

They really love the positive ones: where the reader identifies with a character, where the reader cries over a scene, where the book touches them. When readers say that the book changed them, then it’s a home run.

They dislike the negative reviews, however they understand that not everyone will like their books, but the harmful ones, well, they rip a new author apart. It can even dissuade an author from continuing to write. They may never write another word again, even if they may have better books already forming in their heads. Writers will only become great authors by writing. Just pick up the first book of an author you like and see how much they’ve grown, how you love their newest work more than their first.

The lack of sensitivity can wound the soul of any person, but more so for the vulnerable writers who share pieces of themselves in every book they write.

It’s not that a reviewer doesn’t have every right to state that they didn’t like the book and why, but they do not have the right to throw insulting words like they’re confetti at a ticker tape parade.

Because words, my friends, are powerful. They can lift a person up or push them down to the bottom of a dark, slushy pit, which is impossible to climb out of without the help of friends.

Words can build or destroy a person’s self-esteem; they can inspire or dishearten a person.

And authors spend enough time self-doubting themselves, wondering if others will enjoy that one book after slaving thousands of hours, they don’t need any help. Yes, authors spend so many hours plotting, writing, thinking, editing, re-editing, one book. And they probably spend an equal number of hours worrying about whether anyone will like it, they don’t need to read horrible words in a review. They’ve already beaten themselves up enough.

These books become their babies and when someone bashes one or them, well it creates deep rips in the authors’ hearts. When a reviewer lashes out against a book, the author’s pain is like the one a parent feels when their child is bullied.

It’d be fantastic if book reviewers remembered to focus on the book, because behind books are authors, who just exposed a part of themselves to the world. Everyone is vulnerable to negative words, especially new authors without a fan base encouraging them to continue.

A negative review won’t harm the author, if the reviewer states that the book wasn’t for them or they couldn’t connect with the main character or even that they didn’t like any of the characters. It might saddened authors that someone didn’t like their baby, but it’s much better than calling a book dumb, stating that it’s the worst book ever written, that the characters are idiots, stupid, or that the author should never write another book.

Do reviewers realize how their words affect authors?

Most likely not.

But since honest reviews are necessary for a book’s success, reviewers can use kinder, gentler words when expressing why they disliked the book. And perhaps reviewers should mention one redeeming feature, even if it’s that they loved the cover the author chose; it may just help an author not to fall apart or worse quit.

And if you’re sending a text or an email, please stop and think if your words will be hurtful or uplifting. Show your love to others by using intentional words to inspire greatness, to motivate them, even when pointing out negative issues.

Let’s love one another… always!


 

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