From a 3-Month Study: Author Marketing Strategies That Deliver Results

Most authors are not marketers by trade. Since marketing a book is such an expensive endeavor, many authors have to get creative in more ways than one.

Recently, I returned to the author world after a two-year hiatus. I had taken some time off to complete my degree in Communications, and I was shocked at how much the author world had changed…and not changed. Marketing strategies evolve over time, but the core concepts that gave birth to the indie community – most notably, the idea that all authors deserve to have their voices heard, not only the ones with the most influence or money – stay the same.

Becoming an author is what inspired me to become a marketing professional. I learned a lot from simply promoting my own books, and it sparked an interest in the industry as a whole. Marketing an indie book is never easy, but here are some strategies that might help rescue your book from the dreaded 1 million+ Amazon sales rank.

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Cover Reveal: Rock Her Long by Alyson Hale

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Title: Rock Her Long

Author: Alyson Hale

Series: Rock Her Series Book 3

Release Date: June 3rd




After my faith in love was smashed to smithereens, I thought no one could ever break down my walls again, but then I came face-to-face with an angel…

Elyza Calloway is everything a woman should be: effervescent, adventurous and sexy as hell. I shouldn’t want her. She’s young, perfect and pure: everything I’m not.

I swore I’d never try a long-distance relationship again, but for my angel, I was willing to make an exception. Then my past came back to haunt me, and Elyza got hurt in the process. Now she despises me, and I’m going to have to win her back. I don’t care what it takes; I’m going to convince her I’m in this for the long game.


I’ve always felt inferior to everyone around me, but when my idol, Eddie Turner, looks at me, I swear I become the only woman on planet Earth. He makes me feel alive, like following my dreams isn’t so impossible after all. But after all the times I’ve been hurt by men who were supposed to love me, I can’t trust him, especially since he did what he did.

Eddie has no idea what he’s in for, falling for a broken girl like me, but that sure hasn’t stopped him from calling me his…

NOTE: This 18+ rockstar romance is 35,000 word standalone read. Each book in the Rock Her Series can be read independently of the others, but much like the Bangers and their strong women, they’re better together.

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Alyson Hale is a passionate contemporary/erotic romance author from the American South. Her weaknesses are rock stars, billionaires, and alpha males. She is married to a strong, stubborn family man who shows up in almost every book boyfriend she writes. Alyson is also a mother to one human child, one canine child, and one feline child.

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Free Short Read: Petition Denied

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Petition Denied




Anton Law, a prominent, wealthy lawyer, is no stranger to the sight of a court petition. What he didn’t expect was to come home to a petition for divorce.

He knew some distance had grown between himself and his wife, but he never dreamed she’d demand a divorce with no explanation.

She insists this is what she wants. The fire in her eyes speaks otherwise.

Anton has never been a man who can be pushed around. Lana Grace Law is about to be taught a lesson, and that lesson is that leaving her husband will never be an option.

NOTE: This 18+ erotic short story will have you longing for Anton to come home and punish you!

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FREEBIE: Rock Her Wild is free for one day only! (April 15th)

Title: Rock Her Wild
Author: Alyson Hale
Genre: Steamy Rockstar Romance
I’ve always been the man who never wanted to taste the same pair of lips twice, but she’s created an addiction in me…
I’ve finally met my match, in more ways than one. I’m supposed to be the one who slips away without even a “goodbye” after a one-night stand. Now I’m sitting here alone with an ache in my chest and a driving need to find out what the hell is going on in Alexandrea Ward’s beautiful head. She targeted me from the moment she met me and effortlessly conned me into playing her games. It was supposed to be one night of unbridled pleasure, but my need for her has become a sickness, and there’s only one cure: making her mine.
Ever since the day my innocence was taken, my life has been a series of bad decisions and close calls. This time, I took it too far and I almost didn’t come back from it. All I wanted was one last wild night with a man who was worthy of me. I wasn’t counting on bad boy lead guitarist Damien Turner being more than meets the eye.
He’s offering me the world, but do I have the courage to accept it? And what will happen if my attacker decides he isn’t finished with me yet?
NOTE: This 18+ rockstar romance is 35,000 word standalone read. Each book in the Rock Her Series can be read independently of the others, but much like the Bangers and their strong women, they’re better together. This book is for people who don’t mind underlying dark themes (triggering subjects such as rape and drug abuse are mentioned without in-depth descriptions). 
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Alyson Hale is a passionate contemporary/erotic romance author from the American South. Her weaknesses are rock stars, billionaires, and alpha males. She is married to a strong, stubborn family man who shows up in almost every book boyfriend she writes. Alyson is also a mother to one human child, one canine child, and one feline child.
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Fuck me. When we came to the orchard today, I wasn’t planning on her. Now I think my plans to fuck with Jace’s head today have given way to plans of literal fucking with the gorgeous woman in front of me.
Jace called me off of Kyri as soon as he saw her in the pub. She was his, and he wasn’t going to have her messed with. As far as I know, he’s never gotten hung up on a woman like this, and it’s leverage I need to get some of my own way around here. I know they’ve slept together, but that wasn’t going to put me off from flirting a bit just to get under his skin. Now, with the eighth wonder of the world staring me right in the face, I find myself more than a bit distracted.
Her skin is like coffee with just the right amount of cream and sugar blended in, and her hair is rich and natural, curled just a bit away from her face. The hourglass curves of her figure are accentuated by a red dress with a plunging V-neck. She continued the red color up to her lips, but they don’t overshadow her stunning brown eyes. I should look away from her or say something, but I can’t. I’ve lost control of my vocal cords. They’re no longer functioning. I need a jumpstart.
My brother Eddie comes up behind me and thumps me on the back. I know it’s him because of his heavy footing that I can hear even in this damp soil. “You all right, brother? Who is this?”
The tempting siren smiles and takes over for me, stretching out her delicate, manicured hand for a shake. “Alexandrea Ward. Nice to meet you both. I’m also the best friend of Kyri Calloway.”
“Ah, Kyri’s ‘BFF’.” Eddie steps in front of me, since I’m still frozen solid, and shakes her hand. “I’m Eddie, nice to meet you.”
A deep growl crawls out of my throat. I jolt between them, blocking him from her and making their hands detach. Alexandrea looks up at me with a touch of fear in her eyes, but also intrigue.
“Damien Turner.” I reach for her hand, and lightning pulses up to my shoulder when our skin touches. Her mouth drops open, and I have to restrain myself from taking her lips with mine right then and there. I could slip my fingers right up underneath that sinful neckline and take her breasts, pinching her nipples and shoving her up against the nearest tree…
My God, I have a disease. I think she gave it to me. And fuck, I hope she’s the cure.
“Nice to meet you, Damien,” she whispers meekly. Something about her gives me the idea she’s not “nice.” Not one little bit. That makes me horny as hell.
“Likewise. Do you have plans tonight?”
A spark ignites in her eyes. “With any luck, I might.”


Book Fair + Giveaways: Spring Has Spring Kindle Unlimited Book Fair




April 10-13, 2019




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Excerpt from Rock Her Long

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Book #3 in the Rock Her Series is coming June 3, 2019!


I always knew angels were traditionally involved in Christmas celebrations, but I never expected to come face-to-face with one in the flesh. She looks fucking glorious. She smells divine. And I can’t help but imagine that holding her in my arms would be enough to send me to the seventh heaven.

Her light red hair is gathered in a halo-like shape on the top of her head. When she meets my gaze, I stop and take in her stunning hazel eyes. The irises are rimmed with amber with a ring of gold in the middle and nearly imperceptible streaks of green growing out from her pupils. They’re big, bright and piercing. It’s as if she’s looking directly into my soul. My eyes travel down her long, slim nose to her cheekbones, which are rosy and round like a couple of ripe apples. A smile teases her small, plump lips.

I suddenly realize I haven’t spoken. I hold out my hand, unprepared for the tidal wave that sweeps over me at the touch of her soft, smooth fingers. My calloused hands haven’t held anything this delicate and wonderful in years. I’ve touched plenty of women in my life, but I’ve never met one and felt like I would shatter into a million pieces if I let her go.

“Eddie Turner,” I say simply. My voice is a bit hoarse, probably from straining with all my might against the urge to take her in my arms and taste her sweetness for myself. This is my best friend’s fiancée’s little sister. I’m here to be polite and pleasant, not a pervert.

“Elyza Calloway,” she replies. If I’m not mistaken, there’s a touch of hoarseness in her voice as well. I’ve been with enough women to know when someone is turned on by me. Her mouth looks drier than usual. She’s unconsciously pushing her chest out. I can detect a slight hint of her pebbled nipples through her tight sweater.

Fuck me. This little girl has no idea what she’s asking for. I stand at least a good foot taller than her. She’s so tiny, and if her mouth looks this fuckable, I can only imagine how snug and wet her pussy is. Underneath that sweater, she’s only wearing a pair of leggings. All I can think about right now is ripping a hole in that sinfully thin fabric and squeezing my girth into her tight channel, pumping in and out, watching her dark, plush lashes shadow her stunning eyes as she moans out my name…

Damien’s truck pulls into the driveway, ripping me out of my wicked thoughts. I chastise myself inwardly. This girl can’t be much older than eighteen. She’s far too young to fuck up her life by being with a man like me. This zap of chemistry between us needs to be neutralized, and quick.


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