Monday, December 3, 2012

Could you be a Marketing Assistant?

Would you make a great marketing assistant? Here is a chance to try yourself!

I came into an extra $100 recently for my marketing fund. I thought about buying an online ad for Deathscape. Then I thought about all the wonderful support I get online, with you all recommending my books to friends, etc. Honestly, I think that makes a lot more difference than any paid ad. So I’m thinking about trying something different. I thought I’d give away a $100 amazon gift certificate to the reader who helps me the most to promote Deathscape between now and Christmas.

Contest starts: now
Contest ends: Dec. 23rd  , 2012. I hope to tally up results that night so the winner can have his or her gift cert by Christmas Eve.
Void where prohibited. Must be 18 to enter. Since this is a Kindle promo for this specific book, I’m restricting this to countries where the book is actually available for Kindle: USA, Canada, European Union.

Here is your challenge if you chose to accept it: Please help me promote Deathscape.

I’m looking for online, verifiable mentions of the book. Each will get 1 point. The contestant with the most point wins. (How is that for simple?)

Here are the kind of things I’m thinking:
-Like the book’s page on amazon
-Write a book review (Only if you’ve read the book, please. I’m not trolling for fake glowing reviews, would just like your honest opinion. And please don’t write, “I’m only writing a review to win a contest,” or amazon will whack me over the head.)
-Tweet a link to the book’s amazon page with a note to friends (inclue @danamarton so I’ll see it)
-Post something on FB about the book with a link to its amazon page
-If you have a ‘favorite books’ folder in Pinterest, please post my cover in it
-Get your friends to help. E.g. If you tweet a link to my book with a note recommending it to others and 10 of your friends retweet it, that’s 11 points for you! Same with facebook. If you post about the book with a link and 20 friends hit the share button, that’s 21 points for you! Or if you say, “Hey, I reviewed your book an amazon and goodreads and got my friend XY to do the same, you get points for her reviews, too.”

Basically, please think as a promotion specialist. Posts should be professional, not annoying, have a link to the book’s amazon page when possible, etc.

If you’ve already posted and promoted Deathscape, all those mentions count! Just let me know about them.

Please report your points by posting here on the blog in the comments section. (Pls. don’t send me points in a separate email or post them on my FB page. I need them in one place so I can count them up without going loopy.)

Just post something like: I just Liked Deathscape on amazon. 1 point

That’s it! Questions?

Oh, and while only the person with the most points will receive the $100 amazon gift certificate, the top 100 score will each receive a free Kindle copy of the sequel to Deathscape when it comes out at the beginning of summer. (Since I don’t think I ever had more than 100 people enter any of my contests before, your chances of getting a free book are pretty darn good. That’s my professional statistical analysis, without promising anything, which I can’t do for legal reasons.)

Okay, that brought legal issues to mind, so here we go… By entering this contest, you solemnly swear not to hold me liable if you get carpal tunnel from all the extra typing, you’ll excuse me from all liability from all calamity and will not sue me for any reason what so ever, and all that legal stuff.

Whew. That’s the longest contest description I’ve ever done! I need chocolate now.

Good luck!!!

Friday, November 16, 2012

My new romantic suspense novel DEATHSCAPE is on a special sale for 99 cents for this weekend, starting today!!!

"... sucked me in from the beginning and kept me guessing... the characters are real people--with histories and motivations and interesting quirks. Add a scary killer, some romance and you have a perfect read!" Susan Mallery, NY Times bestselling author


After a near-death experience, artist Ashley Price is compelled to paint visions of the dead. Then she paints a man buried alive and, recognizing the surroundings, she rushes to save him.

Instead of being grateful to her for rescuing him, Detective Jack Sullivan accuses her of being in league with a serial killer. He swears he will put her behind bars. Except, the more time he spends with her, the more he falls under her spell. Can he trust her, or is he walking into another deadly trap?


Wednesday, September 19, 2012


Some author friends and I are giving away 27 free Kindle books today and tomorrow at Let the downloading begin!! Happy reading! If you have a second, would you please pass on the news?

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

THE THIRD SCROLL, an epic adventure with a poignant romance at the core, is FREE today and tomorrow. (June 13&14) Enjoy!!! :-) And please pass the word. Thank you!

Friday, May 25, 2012

A few weeks ago, I offered a handful of free review copies of my epic fantasy on Goodreads and the response (over 1000 applications) was overwhelming. Thank you!!! Goodreads picked five winners and I sent the books out, but I feel so bad for the readers who weren't picked. So here is your second chance. If you'd like an ecopy of the book (Kindle, Nook, etc.) let me know. All you have to do is send me your email and preferred file format through my Facebook page as a private message.

I'm going to give out several dozen review copies. (Hint: If you Like my page, you'll request will receive priority consideration. Still can't promise to give everyone a copy if I get another thousand requests, but I'll send out as many as I can.) Good luck!

Monday, April 16, 2012

New prize package

To celebrate the release of my first epic fantasy novel THE THIRD SCROLL on MAY 1ST, I'm giving away another prize package in a double promo with super talented fantasy author Maria V. Snyder.

To enter, please click LIKE on both of our Facebook pages. At the end of the week, I'll raffle off a book bag, cute Paris stationery kit, 2 free books and some French almonds to snack on while you're reading the books.

And that's not all!!! In a few weeks, Maria will raffle off her own prize package. So you have two chances to win big!

"Sold into slavery, Tera, a budding healer, is thrust into the savage realm of barbarian warlords, the same realm which claimed her mother years ago. She must avoid the displeasure of her warrior lord and survive the cruelties of the concubines, even as war threatens on the horizon.

Yet a greater danger looms when she catches the eye of the most powerful lord of the land and he takes her for his Pleasure Hall. Tera struggles to escape, while searching for the secret behind her mother’s death. But what she discovers challenges everything she believes in. A path set long ago beckons. A path that could lead to triumph, or the destruction of her world." THE THIRD SCROLL, May 1st release

Must be 18 to enter. Void where prohibited.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Win an original, signed manuscript....

I have something completely new coming out this spring, and I'm nervous about it. What is it about trying new things that rattles us? Not that THE THIRD SCROLL, my epic fantasy, is new exactly...

I wrote Tera’s story nearly ten years ago. Everybody who read it loved it, including agents and editors. But since nobody knew how to market it (the novel straddles the line between romance and fantasy), the book was never published.

In the meanwhile, I wrote other projects and became successfully published in romantic suspense. But I never forgot THE THIRD SCROLL, and neither had the people who read it. From time to time, I would receive an email from a friend, telling me they were still thinking about the characters, asking when they could buy the book.

Well, with the advent of direct publishing, THE THIRD SCROLL will be published on May 1st, finally. I could not be more excited! Could you please help me spread the word? I'm planning all sorts of special events for the big release. Here is the first:

I'm raffling off the original, signed manuscript of THE THIRD SCROLL, along with a gorgeous book bag with THE THIRD SCROLL cover, and some fantastic hand-made chocolate cherry fudge to nibble on while reading! Since my friend Judi Fennel also has a release right now, we're teaming up to make this giveaway even better for you.

All you have to do is go and click Like on both of our Facebook pages. Everyone who is listed on both of our pages will be eligible to win the prize. This prize is my gift to you, but in a few weeks, Judi will post her own prize package for a second drawing, so you'll have two fabulous chances to win! GOOD LUCK!

Winner for the first prize package will be chosen randomly at the end of the week. April 15th. (must be 18 to enter, void where prohibited, etc. etc. :-)