Indie e-Con / / Instagram for Authors


(This post is written in correlation with the Indie e-Conference. Jump over to Kendra’s Blog for more awesome posts!)


With the numerous social media platforms out there, how on earth are we supposed to keep up with them all? Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, (and I know there are more but those are the ones that come to mind) — how exactly are we supposed to come up with content for all of them on a regular basis?

For myself and many other authors with busy lives, it’s simply unattainable. Even if I wanted to, I couldn’t keep up. Yet at the same time, I knew I needed to expand my platform to reach more readers. So where’s the happy medium?

At the council of a friend, I chose one media platform to start with. One that I thought I would enjoy. One that would just take a few moments to make posts on.


Three reasons why Instagram is perfect for me:

  1. I’m a visual person. I take a lot of pictures in a day. It wasn’t hard for me to me more intentional and post pictures of what I’m already doing.
  2. It’s fast. Take a picture. Make a caption. Come up with a few hashtags (I keep hashtags to a minimum, but I know there is a lot more that can be done with them).
  3. I enjoy it! Pictures are fun. I’m no photographer, and 99% of my Instagram pics are from my phone.


Personally, it’s not difficult to come up with content for Instagram. I try to do 4-ish posts a week. If it’s more than that, great! If it’s less…well, life happens. It’s not a big deal.

But what can writers post on Instagram?

Anything. At. All. Instagram is one of those things that can be personalized or professionalized. Some authors I’ve seen post more professional-type pictures, with the personal bit coming in only every now and again. Other’s I’ve seen are the opposite–mostly personal with professionalism visiting.

The personal route is what works best for me. I include pictures of things I do with my siblings, road trips, school stuff–generally random stuff. Then there are the bookish posts, where I post about what I’m reading, what releases I’m looking forward to, etc. And then, very occasionally, promotional posts for my own books. *cringe*

From a writer standpoint, there are so many options. If your idea tank runs dry, try some of these ideas:

  • Your favorite book
  • Your favorite cover
  • Your writing space
  • A coffee/tea mug you love
  • Your window view as you write
  • Your bookshelf
  • Your favorite writing resources
  • Selfies while writing/editing/plotting
  • Memes
  • Prompts
  • Your furry writing buddy (dogs, cats, hamsters, raccoons… ;-) )
  • Screenshots of your writing music playlist


Instagram is a versatile, fun, easy, and fast. It’s ideal for authors with little time who want to actively connect with followers. It’s perfect for scatterbrains (*points to self*) who more often than not sometimes forget what day it is and when they last posted anything on any social platform.

Most of all, Instagram is an awesome method for connecting with followers in a visual, picture oriented way.




What is your favorite social media platform?

Have you tried Instagram?


Scary Stuff!!!! :)

I’m telling you guys–this being an author stuff is scary.

*deep breath*

I have officially made my first public appearance as an author.

And the worst thing was, it was a LOCAL event, so people knew who I was.


To my delight, I only met a few people with whom I was aquatinted.



Anyway, onto things of more substance…

The event was a kind of bizarre/fair sort of thing. I’m not really sure what it was…to be honest, I’m kinda shocked our little redneck community even did something like this. ;-) However, despite the blistering heat and general redneckedness of the event, I was surprised at the reaction to my book. I sold 15 copies in just a few hours! Is that not completely awesome or what?!?!

At the booth (okay, tent)  :)


Something else super awesome (and quite frightening) is that my book was featured in a local news publication. I got the entire center spread of the paper!


In the next few weeks, I’m going to send out a few more press releases in hopes of getting more attention in my local area. Hopefully, the lure of the book being about my area will be enough to find new readers!

Song of the Sword by Hope Schmidt Blog Tour

My dear friend Hope is releasing her second novella! I don’t usually like fantasy, but I’ve read several of Hope’s yet-to-be-published books (as well as the ones that have been published!) and they are all amazing!!!


Song of the Sword Blog Tour

Welcome to the launch of Song of the Sword, the second novella in the Legends of Light series! Although the history of Aslaria and the conflict between the Prince and the rebel, Tauscher, flows chronologically though the series, each novella is a stand-alone retelling of a favorite fairy tale. Each story in this nine novella series focuses on one of the nine aspects of the Fruit of the Spirit while also retelling popular fairy tales in a clean, exciting, and inspiring manner.


Song of the Sword August 5-7

A glittering sword.

An ancient oath.

A blackened rose.

And a melody which ties it all together.

Evrard and Roinette, twins separated at birth, are caught in a battle beyond their own limited powers. With their ability to walk in the melody realm, catching glimpses of the light and darkness underlying Aslaria, comes even more danger.

Deadly mistbenders. Writhing walls of blankness. Hateful drumbeats. As a warrior in the Melody, Evrard has seen it all. But his own ability in the melody realm pales in comparison to the Prince’s melody, the legendary prowess of past Wingmasters, and even the depth of his sister’s song.

To rescue Roinette and evade the trap almost certainly set for him by those who want his power, Evrard knows he’ll have to be careful. Even if he can find the Wingmaster’s sword, there’s no assurance he’ll be able to defeat a mistbender on his own. In the end, will his and Roinette’s efforts matter if the Prince brings an ancient oath to fulfillment, shaking the very foundation of Aslaria?

Available on Kindle, iTunes, and Smashwords

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My Review:

I know I’ve said this many times: I’m not a huge fantasy lover. Hope’s stories, however, are an exception. Maybe it is her suck-you-in writing style, maybe it’s the depth of the characters, maybe it’s the creativity of the setting–I don’t know exactly. This twist on Rapunzel…wow. It was so good. So much less cheesy than the real story. ;-) One little (LITTLE) thing that bugged me was it sometimes got confusing with all the realm-hopping. However, that may very well be because I read too fast and skip over things accidentally.

Hope is a fantastic author. I cannot wait to see what happens in stories to come. It can only get more amazing from here!


My interview with Hope:

When you were ten years old, did you ever think that you would be an author?

When I was ten? Oh dear, I can hardly remember… I already was writing some things, so if you would have told me I would be self-publishing fantasy when I was twenty-one, I probably would have believed you about being a writer though I’d have been incredulous about the self-publishing part. But it was until I was in my teens that consciously began thinking of myself as a author.


What is something that writing has taught you?

Endurance and steady persistence. Writing isn’t always easy. I’ll go through stages in about every story, moving from loving the book, to thinking it’s awful, to recognizing it’s not all that bad. But I’ve learned, no matter my current emotional feelings about the story, to keep writing, to keep going, to not give up. And in the end, I do get somewhere. Even if it takes a while.


Has writing brought you closer to the Lord?  If so, how?

Yes, it has. I weave allegorical themes into my stories, and I tend to learn from them as I write. The theme of joy in Song of the Sword is a case in point. I knew the idea of our joy being founded in Christ, and that joy and happiness are not necessarily the same thing. But as I wrote the story and worked through Evrard’s struggle with the source of true joy, I came to a deeper understanding of how our joy is based in Christ alone, no matter what happens around us. Even if we might be in heaviness due to personal sorrow, we can still hold to the joy give us through Christ’s death and resurrection. A joy which transcends earthly suffering.


How do you get through the ‘low points’ in writing?

When I get depressed with my writing, I’ll pray about it. I figure that I want to honor God and inspire people with my work, and that if He wants the story to get done, it will get done. Then I work through it. I write no matter if I’m feeling good or bad about the story, because I know that, sooner or later, my spirits will lift again. The slump might last a few hours, like after getting beta reader feedback (not, of course, that I resent or don’t want the feedback. I need it. I just don’t tend to realize the amount of work I still need to do sometimes) or a few weeks after discovering a gaping flaw in my story.

One trick which helps me, is to figure out what is really wrong. If I look at my story and think it’s awful, the changes needed seem overwhelming. So I sit down and figure out what exactly needs to be done. Maybe the characters lack emotion and I need setting details. Both are fairly big things, but once I know that, I can figure out a course of action. A battle plan. Such as going though one chapter a day and focusing on adding emotion. Then I’ll go back over it and look over where I can add setting details. At the rate of a chapter a day, I can get it done in five weeks… suddenly the whole project doesn’t seem as overwhelming since I know what I need to do and how I will go about doing it.


What is one of your favorite writing-related memories?

That’s hard, there are so many compiled small moments which make up the pleasures of writing. Most recently, my favorite memory is sitting on the tire swing, muttering about a subplot I had to figure out with a minor character. And then suddenly the pieces all snapped together in one great ‘ahhhh’ moment as I realized what I could do and how the solution was already built into the story. I’d just not recognized it before. Those moments are that make writing worthwhile.


About the Author

Hope-AnnHope Ann is a Christian authoress who lives on a small farm in northern Indiana. She was homeschooled and now helps teach several of her eight younger siblings.

She has been writing for over five years, and has so many story ideas that she doubts she will ever stop. Her favorite genre to write is high fantasy with a touch of the allegorical. A close second is futuristic suspense. Her goal is to not only entertain with her stories, but to provide inspirational fiction for young adults.

Predictably, she loves reading fantasy, fairy tales, mythology, and futuristic suspense. Her favorite authors include J. R. R. Tolkien, Charles Dickens, Frank Peretti, Mark Twain, and Serena Chase.

Her hobbies include photography, movie making, knitting, tree climbing, writing e-mails to friends, listening to Celtic music, and collecting shiny trinkets for story inspiration.

You can visit Hope’s blog at, or follow her on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, or Twitter.





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Blog Tour Schedule

August 2

Jennifer Kibble – Review and interview

Faith Blum – Spotlight on Andrinian

August 3

Keturah – Review and interview

Heidi Burke – Interview and sneak peek

August 4

Rebecca Morgan – Interview and spotlight on Punzel

Claire Banschbach – Sneak peek

August 5

Jaye L. Knight – Spotlight and sneak peek on Evrard

August 6

Ivy Rose – Review and interview

Kendra E. Ardnek – Review and interview

August 7

Bethany Smith – Review and spotlight on Roinette

August 8

Anna S. Brie – Review and interview

Olivia – Sneak peek

Amanda Tero – Review


The Silent Blade by Jesseca Wheaton Blog Tour

I’m super excited to be helping Jesseca Wheaton with the release of her newest book, The Silent Blade.

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The beautiful cover:

The Silent Blade Kindle Front

Dromiskin, Ireland. 925 A.D.

Eira has no greater desire than to see her life returned to what it once was—before her older brother Kevin’s sudden disappearance four years earlier. But the simple life she hoped for seems unattainable; on the contrary, her life is about to get all the more complicated.
When she suddenly finds herself and Willem, her twin brother, taken captive by someone who claims to be Kevin’s enemy, things go from bad to worse. It soon becomes clear that she and Willem are to become bait in a trap set for Kevin, and Eira knows she must try to warn him. But how, when she herself is a captive?
As mysteries of the past are unveiled, and loyalties are revealed, Eira realizes how precious her friends truly are. And when mortal danger threatens those nearest to her, will she be able to trust God with the lives of her friends and family?



My Review:

The Silent Blade surprised me. It was my first experience with this author, and I must say I’m already looking forward to more. While this book was not perfect, there were so many great things about it.


Plot/Storyline: 4/5

It was a little unrealistic at times, yet I was drawn along. No problems holding my interest.


Characters: 4/5

While likable, there was room for some character development. I loved all the guy characters, by the way. They are awesome. :)


Writing: 4/5

Sometimes it was a little choppy and confusing, but for the most part it was wonderful!


Want-to-read-ability: 4/5

The first page drew me in immediately. That was one of my favorite things…there was no “breaking into the story” chapters!




About the Author

Author-picJesseca is an 18-year old daughter, sister, and a child of God. Her days are spent reading, cooking, spending time with siblings, or playing piano.  And writing, of course! At an early age words fascinated her, and her love for the printed page has only grown. She lives with her parents and seven siblings in the sunny state of Kansas, and she’s convinced there’s no place like home.






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Defy by Tricia Mingerink Blog Tour



The war for Acktar has begun.

With his betrayal revealed, former Blade Leith Torren flees into the Sheered Rock Hills, pursued by King Respen’s vengeful Blades.

Left behind at Nalgar Castle, Renna Faythe tries to find her purpose, yet that purpose isn’t what she expected.

Brandi Faythe has been torn from her sister, and that isn’t all right. If Leith can’t rescue Renna, Brandi will take matters into her own hands.

War demands sacrifice. Courage falters. Who will find the strength to defy King Respen?

Acktar rests on one hope:

The Leader is ready.



My Review of Defy:

I am almost glad that I didn’t hear about Dare and Deny until March of this year. Had I heard about them any earlier, I might have pulled all of my hair out waiting for Defy. I had high expectations, and it didn’t disappoint! So many things happen—I think my heart got trampled into a million pieces. But oh! It’s SO good!!!!!


Plot/Storyline: 5/5

I love the story. It really can’t get much better. There was a lot of growth of our favorite characters in this book, which was fun to witness (some of the growth did feel like FINALLY!!!). :)


Characters: 5/5

The characters are awesome; their awesomeness just grew in this book. And I love Jamie. He’s just so…adorable. I love how protective he is of Brandi.


Writing: 4/5

The first 5-ish chapters felt a bit rough and choppy. It smoothed out after that, though, and was absolutely fabulous.


Dialogue: 5/5

The way Tricia does dialogue is so unique and interesting. It’s like you’re really there, hearing every lilting tone and seeing every cocked eyebrow. I love it!


Want-to-read-ability: 5/5

Lots of twists and turns in the book that I wasn’t expecting—I was glued to the Kindle. It was so good! Lots of fangirl squealing happened while reading. :)


Interview with Tricia!


  1. What is something that writing has taught you?

How to graciously accept criticism. It is very easy to get defensive when someone either doesn’t like something in your book or gives you pointers or finds mistakes. I’ve learned to bite my tongue and listen.


  1. Has writing brought you closer to the Lord? If so, how?

Yes, it has. I spend a lot of time pondering the same questions and tough decisions that my characters do.


It has also helped me depend more on God. Each book is written through a lot of tears and prayers, especially when the draft isn’t working or the spiritual questions in the book are also spiritually draining for me.


  1. How do you get through the ‘low points’ in writing?

Prayer. Lots and lots of prayer. I have several really great writing friends who are really good about praying for each other. Whenever I’m in a tough spot, I know I can ask them for prayers.


My sister-in-law also is a big help. She listens to me whine and complain when my characters aren’t behaving or my plot isn’t working.


  1. What was the hardest thing about writing Defy?

Honestly, Defy didn’t have much of a hard spot. The first draft was a dream to write. The edits were fairly easy. As usual, it took three drafts to get the characters to feel real instead of flat, but it only took three drafts, not six like Deny.


The scariest part about Defy is releasing it into the world. I love the book so much that it is hard to let it go. I’m worried that less than stellar reviews of this book will bother me more than they have on Dare or Deny.


  1. What is your advice to aspiring authors?

Keep writing. I know that sounds cliché and it’s what every writer says, but it’s true. Don’t push yourself to publish before you’re ready. Keep writing simply for the joy of writing. Publication will come.



About the Author

dsc09457-2Tricia Mingerink is a twenty-something, book-loving, horse-riding country girl. She lives in Michigan with her family and their pack of pets. When she isn’t writing, she can be found pursuing backwoods adventures across the country.

You can connect with her on Facebook, Pinterest, Goodreads, Twitter, Instagram, and her blog.






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Samara’s Peril by Jaye L. Knight Release


Jaye L. Knight’s newest novel, Samara’s Peril, has been released! Samara’s Peril is the third book in the Christian fantasy series, Ilyon Chronicles. Read about it below and be sure to check out the other blog stops on the tour by visiting the official tour page. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

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About the Book
When news arrives that Emperor Daican has been in contact with his chief war strategist, it signals potential doom for the country of Samara. Determined to intervene, the resistance in Landale, headed by Lady Anne, embark on a covert mission in hopes of unearthing further information. However, a shocking discovery leads to complications no one could have foreseen.
Armed with their newfound knowledge, they set out for Samara to warn the king. War is inevitable, and they must face two desperate battles—one on the walls of Samara’s great stronghold, and the other on the battlefield of Jace’s heart, where victory might only be achievable through great sacrifice.

Available now on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBooks!

And now, for my interview with Jaye.


Welcome, Jaye! I’m so happy to have you here on my blog!


Thank you so much for having me! :)


  1. What is something that writing has taught you?


Patience. :P It definitely takes a lot of patience. And dedication. It would be really easy to give up if I didn’t love it so much.


  1. Has writing brought you closer to the Lord? If so, how?


Yes, I believe it has. Life is so crazy, and sometimes you just can’t imagine what is going in. When I write, I can see how everything works together for the best. It’s a constant reminder that, just like the stories I write, there is an Author who sees how it all works together.


  1. How do you get through the ‘low points’ in writing?


I have had a tendency toward bad writer’s block. I have found that the best way to get past it is to just write, no matter how terrible it might be. You can always fix it later. Then there’s the times when you just feel like you’re not a good writer at all. No matter how many books I write and publish, I always have times, usually right before I publish, that I wonder if the book is really any good. I think every writer feels that at times. At that point, you have to remember that if you love it, that’s the most important. We writers write because we have to. We’d go a little crazy if we couldn’t.


  1. What was the hardest thing about writing Samara’s Peril?


Well, this book has a Savior figure in it, and that is never easy to write. For one, I never feel qualified to try to portray Christ in fiction. It involves a lot of second-guessing and wondering if you’re doing it well enough. Then, you start to wonder how others will react. That was definitely the hardest part of this book.


  1. What is your advice to aspiring authors?


Read, research, and study. Read lots of books. This really helps you develop your style. Also do a lot of research about writing and publishing in general. The more you know about the process, the better. And, of course, study the craft. Learn the “rules.” It doesn’t mean you have to always follow them (I don’t), but you need to know them anyway. Then it’s just a lot of practice and learning from experience.

My review of Samara’s Peril:

Ooooohhhhhhh, Samara’s Peril.  The much awaited sequel to The King’s Scrolls. This book was absolutely incredible. So many things about it were just… *squeals giddily*


Plot/Storyline: 5/5

Absolutely fantastic. I thought nothing could be better than Resistance, but obviously I was wrong.


Characters: 5/5

The character development was so well played out. I wanted to jump into the story and wring a few character’s necks (and others needed some hugs).


Writing: 5/5

Stayed true to Jaye L. Knight style. I loved it.


Dialogue: 5/5

Better than the last two books. If such a thing is even possible.


Want-to-read-ability: 5/5

I actually had to practice some self control when reading this book, as I sadly had to work it into my “young adult” duties. Even so, I read it in just a couple of days. It was absolutely impossible to put down.

This book was so good that I actually locked my keys in the car. How you ask? I was in the chapter 14-15 area (those who have read it know what an intense spot that is). I arrived about fifteen minutes early for my class, so I whipped out the Kindle and frantically read. When it came time to go inside, my brain was still far away in Ilyon, so I tucked the Kindle in my purse, locked the car with the on-the-driver’s-door button, and sprinted indoors.

Four hours later, I dig in my purse for the keys so we can get home. They have vanished. I dumped out the contents of my purse. There were keys for the other 3 cars my family owns, but no keys for the car I drove here.

* sigh *

My mind flitted back to the ONE TIME I locked the keys in the car (last year). But no, surely I’m not that clumsy. (Well…yes I am, but I had come up with a pretty good system and it hadn’t happened since that first time.) Then again, I’m not really in my right mind (half of my brain is still in Ilyon). Hanging my head, I make my way into the parking lot. My brother managed to open the car with the fancy little keypad unlocker. I climb into the driver’s seat, trying very hard not to panic. How in the world should I tell my mom that I’ve lost the car keys and she needs to come pick us up? (Note we’re an hour away from home.)

Lo and behold, there, dangling from the ignition, are the keys.

End of story.

About the Author
JayeAuthor2015Jaye L. Knight is an award-winning author, homeschool graduate, and shameless tea addict with a passion for Christian fantasy. Armed with an active imagination and love for adventure, Jaye weaves stories of truth, faith, and courage with the message that even in the deepest darkness, God’s love shines as a light to offer hope. She has been penning stories since the age of eight and resides in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.

You can connect with Jaye on her website, blog, Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and Etsy.

Share in the excitement of the release and enter to win a themed giveaway pack! Prizes include an autographed copy of Samara’s Peril, a John 3:16 necklace by FaithWearDesigns, and a green wire dragon bookmark by Wirelings! (Giveaway is open to US residents only. Cannot be shipped internationally.)



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Rose of Prophecy is Released!

It is my absolute honor to present to you an amazing novella by an even amazinger author (who just happens to be a close friend of mine).  :-)  I’m telling you…you don’t want to miss out on this novella. It’s AMAZING. (Let me just use that word a few more times to get the point across.) Amazing amazing amazing! And it’s absolutely free on e-readers! What do you have to loose?!? (NOTHING, and it’s TOTALLY worth reading!!! It’s AMAZING!!!!!)

Okay, I’ll hush up now and let the book speak for itself.




She is afraid. Not because she is alone. Not because thick roiling clouds obscure the moon. Not because the wind rushes through the forest like a wild dragon. She is afraid because she is late. And to be late means death.

Her life had been happy once. 

Despite the destruction wreaked by Tauscher, traitor to the King. Despite the distant war led by the Prince and fought with the help of her three brothers. Despite her own poorly-chosen nickname of Beauty, she’d enjoyed life.

Of course, that was also before her father left home on a hopeful errand but returned weary and ill, bearing a velvety scarlet rose which he claimed would never wither. But even life in the ancient hall, tucked away in the center of Mosswood, surrounded by roses of every description, overshadowed with mystery and home to a scarred figure who is more beast than man, wasn’t too bad after a time. 

But now…now, in a flash of light, Beauty finally glimpses the truth. And the cost. The price which must be paid, or the sacrifice which must be made.

It is a curse which even love alone may not be able to break.


Writing in the Light Publishing proudly presents the first of nine novellas in

The Legends of Light series!

Rose of Prophecy,

a fantasy seeped retelling of Beauty and the Beast

containing an ancient promise, an invisible spy, and the legendary Stieg der,

is more than a mere retelling of a favorite fairy tale.

Each novella focuses on one of the

nine Fruits of the Spirit

while also following the conflict between the Prince and Tauscher

and expertly retelling and twisting some popular, as well as several lesser known, fairy tales.

Get Rose of Prophecy HERE!


IMG_0420Hope Ann is a Christian authoress who loves reading and writing fantasy, retelling fairy tales, and futuristic fiction. She has been writing for over five years and is currently working on several fantasy books as well as a futuristic trilogy.

Some of her favorite authors include J. R. R. Tolkien, Serena Chase, Charles Dickens, and Mark Twain.

You can visit Hope’s blog at You can also follow her on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, or Twitter.

ICB Black Friday Book Sale



It’s that time of year. The time for buying presents, making wish lists, and planning New Year’s Resolutions. If any of those activities involve books for you, Indie Christian Authors has a perfect event for you.

From Nov 27 (that’s today!) through Nov 30th, more than 70 independent Christian books are on sale. You can find free shipping, $0.99 ebooks, package deals, and more! And if your budget is depleted from Christmas shopping, they’ve got you covered with some freebies!

Think 70 books is overwhelming? Narrow it down and find the perfect books for you or someone on your Christmas list by using this quiz to generate a customized book list.

What awesome reads of 2015 are you grateful for? What books are you looking forward to reading in 2016?

A note on the Ebooks Only page. All books are listed as “Sold Out.” This only refers to paperback copies of these titles. Please click onto the product pages to find descriptions and links to discounted or free ebooks.
Acknowledgements: Thanks to Leah E. Good for her work organizing this sale, Gloria Repp for completing the time consuming job of uploading book info to the sale website, and Hannah Mills for her fantastic design work on the website graphics. Hannah can be contacted at hmills(at)omorecollege(dot)edu for more information about her design services.