Saturday, October 19, 2019

Come to the Halloween Book Fair!

Come to the Halloween Book Fair!
October 19

Come to the Fair,
the Halloween Book Fair, that is

What a selection of diverse genres, but ALL are scary stories. 

Join me along with many authors offering their best novels to frighten AND entertain you!

CLICK HERE to choose your book now!

Of course, Terror on Sunshine Boulevard is on the list!

What readers say about Terror on Sunshine Boulevard
Treat yourself this Halloween with a terrifying read!
Terror on Sunshine Boulevard
Click to order: Available at major online booksellers
Back of the Book: Terror on Sunshine Boulevard by J.Q. Rose
Rescuing a naked woman lying in a geranium bed or investigating mysterious murders are not the usual calls for first responder Jim Hart. He expects slip and fall accidents or low blood pressure emergencies in his retirement community of Citrus Ridge Senior Community and Golf Resort. The ghastly crime scenes turn the winter time fun into a terrifying season of death and mystery when the authorities cannot track down the predator responsible.

Jim and his wife Gloria could escape the horror and grief by returning to their northern home, but concern for their friends and residents keep them in Florida. With the entire community in a dither over the deaths, the Harts participate in the normal winter activities of golfing, dancing, and pool parties with their friends to distract them from the sadness and loss.

Can Jim and Gloria work with the authorities to discover who or what is killing the seniors on Sunshine Boulevard and stop the increasing body count?


                                         
Terror on Sunshine Boulevard by J.Q. Rose

Mystery-Paranormal


NEWS UPDATE: Terror on Sunset Boulevard is on sale at Smashwords for $2.99. 
Use the coupon code and choose your preferred format.
Click here to grab it now for your Halloween fun!


Also available at amazon:


Happy Halloween!!

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Bookfinder for You! #AuthorToolboxBlog Hop

#AuthorToolboxBlogHop
Hello and welcome to the Focused on Story Blog and to the Author Toolbox Blog Hop #AuthorToolboxBlogHop which meets every third Wednesday of the month to share resources and tips for authors. Thanks to Raimey Gallant for hosting this venture. 

Please join us to learn more about the craft of writing and to meet bloggers who are dedicated to helping each other become the best writers possible. Click here to visit other blog hop participants.
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Is Bookfinder for You?

I just discovered this tool, Bookfinder, last week thanks to author and teacher, Rebecca Holman. Bookfinder is a unique tool for you if you have a book in print.


According to the website, Bookfinder.com, "is a one-stop eCommerce search engine that searches over 150 million books for sale—new, used, rare, out-of-print, and textbooks. We save you time and money by searching every major catalog online and letting you know which booksellers are offering the best prices and selection. When you find a book you like, you can buy it directly from the original seller; we never charge a markup."

You may be wondering why I would share a tool for out-of-print book searches. Actually, they also search for up-to-date print books with their prices. Not only is it a good tool for comparison shopping, but it can also "find" your book and you can discover where your book is being sold and the prices.

This tool opened my eyes to places where my books are being sold, not only at amazon and Barnes and Noble but also tucked away sellers I never imagined. 

I wondered why my books were in so many different booksellers. Rebecca Holman, an excellent teacher of no or low content books, explained it this way, "When you check expanded Distribution Amazon then allows thousands upon thousands of booksellers to have access to sell your books to their millions and millions of buyers. For you, it means FREE ADVERTISING. Some of the vendors are WalMart and Barnes and Nobles..which you couldn't even afford to buy an ad on, what so ever. That is why you get so little from Expanded Distribution because Amazon is basically using them to advertise your book and expand your reach."

Now that is exciting news! If you are an indie author, this may help you decide if you want to check Expanded Distribution or not for your books. With the Expanded Distribution, you do not receive as much royalty from the sale, but you may sell a larger number of books.

You may want to take a screenshot(s) of your results when you enter your book, print only, in the form. Then, in a month, take another screenshot to compare if you are in more stores or not. Keep a record of your growth, we hope, and see how it compares to your sales.

Have you used Bookfinder? What information do you glean from the results? If you are an indie author, what tools do you use to keep track of sales and in what location?
Please leave a comment below. Thanks for stopping in!
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UPDATE ON KEYWORDS EVERYWHERE
Last month I shared the keyword finding tool, Keywords Everywhere. I just discovered, as of October 1, 2019, KE is no longer free. They are charging a minimal amount for the service. Click here to learn more about their explanation for going to a paid browser extension and the changes made to the program.
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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Chills and Giggles for Halloween: Terror on Sunshine Boulevard #BookHooks


Book Hooks Blog Hop 
#MFRWHooks


Hello and welcome to the Focused on Story Blog. Today we're joining the Book Hooks Blog Hop sponsored by the Marketing For Romance Writers Group. Each participating blogger shares an excerpt from their book. I'm sharing my "terrifying" novel that is perfect for a scary Halloween read, Terror on Sunshine Boulevard.

A reader told me she discovered she shouldn't have read Terror on Sunshine Boulevard before bed. She was too scared to turn off the lights and go to sleep!


What readers say about Terror on Sunshine Boulevard


Do you enjoy being scared? Haunted houses? Horror movies? Scary books?
Please leave a comment below and let us know.
Treat yourself this Halloween with a terrifying read!
Terror on Sunshine Boulevard
Click to order: Available at major online booksellers
Back of the Book: Terror on Sunshine Boulevard by J.Q. Rose
Rescuing a naked woman lying in a geranium bed or investigating mysterious murders are not the usual calls for first responder Jim Hart. He expects slip and fall accidents or low blood pressure emergencies in his retirement community of Citrus Ridge Senior Community and Golf Resort. The ghastly crime scenes turn the winter time fun into a terrifying season of death and mystery when the authorities cannot track down the predator responsible.

Jim and his wife Gloria could escape the horror and grief by returning to their northern home, but concern for their friends and residents keep them in Florida. With the entire community in a dither over the deaths, the Harts participate in the normal winter activities of golfing, dancing, and pool parties with their friends to distract them from the sadness and loss.

Can Jim and Gloria work with the authorities to discover who or what is killing the seniors on Sunshine Boulevard and stop the increasing body count?


                                         Terror on Sunshine Boulevard by J.Q. Rose

                                                            Mystery-Paranormal

Excerpt: Terror on Sunshine Boulevard by J.Q. Rose, Chapter 8
Warning: This is the chills part of the blog post, not the giggles.

Turning on the warm water in the bathtub, she placed her hand under the faucet to gauge the temperature. When it was just right, she turned the shower on at full force, ready to step in for a relaxing indulgence with the warm water raining over her body.  Before Pamela could step in, she heard Noel’s moan from the bedroom. Terror clutched her throat. Oh, Noel, please don’t have a heart attack now! She yanked open the bathroom door and stood frozen in the doorway. The moonlight through the window added shimmer to the yellow stripes crawling across Noel’s naked body. When a blazing yellow light filled the bedroom, she slammed the bathroom door shut. The animal instinct to escape kicked in. Clambering onto the toilet and stepping onto the granite counter, she yanked the screen off the bathroom window and dove headfirst into the cool night air. She landed face down on top of the flowers in the wood-chipped flower bed below. Pamela’s screams pierced the night as she lay naked among the geraniums....to be continued.  


NEWS UPDATE: Terror on Sunset Boulevard is on sale at Smashwords for $2.99. 
Use the coupon code and choose your preferred format.
Click here to grab it now for your Halloween fun!


Also available at amazon:


Happy Halloween!!

EXTRA! EXTRA! READ ALL ABOUT IT!

Click here or on the JQ Rose Courier graphic at the top of the sidebar to have your copy of the JQ Rose Courier delivered to your inbox. You'll find out about new releases, giveaways, contests with prizes and what JQ is up to.
Thanks!







Tuesday, October 1, 2019

IWSG Blog Hop: To Read or Not to Read--That is the Question

IWSG Blog Hop---the first Wednesday of every month.
Happy October!!

Hello and welcome to the Insecure Writer's Support Group Blog Hop! 

What is the Insecure Writer's Support Group?
Founded by author Alex J. Cavanaugh, the Insecure Writer’s Support Group offers support for writers and authors alike. It provides an online database, articles and tips, a monthly blog posting, a Facebook and Instagram group, Twitter, and a monthly newsletter. To find out more, click this link:  Insecure Writer’s Support Group

The purpose of the group is 
* to share and encourage. 
* Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. 
* Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. 
*It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds! 
You're invited to become a member of this supportive group. Click here to sign-up to join.
Question for October 2


October 2 Question 

QUESTION: It's been said that the benefits of becoming a writer who does not read is that all your ideas are new and original. Everything you do is an extension of yourself, instead of a mixture of you and another author. On the other hand, how can you expect other people to want your writing, if you don't enjoy reading? What are your thoughts?

1. Call me crazy, but I think not reading a book is NO WAY to be an author. New and original can actually mean a writer doesn't know how to begin to put a novel together using all the elements of a story--the 5 W's. Instead, the book may turn out to be a disaster. Reading several books helps to see the structure of the story, characterization, etc.

2. In the case of non-fiction, the writer may not focus on the solution to a reader's problem and take him/her down so many rabbit trails, the reader becomes confused and bored. Reading several books will allow the writer to see how the answer to the question is clearly explained or demonstrated.

3. The writer needs to know his audience because a reader has a certain expectation from different kinds of books. Non-fiction books need to solve a reader's problem. Sweet romance readers expect a Happy Ever After (HEA) ending. Memoir requires the true-life story to resonate with the reader. (I guess that's pretty true for fiction too.)

If a writer doesn't focus on the story or answer the reader's question, the reader will be lost.

I feel the more I read, the more I open my eyes to diverse ways of telling my stories. 

Do you have a specific genre you like to read? Do you try different ones or always read the same kinds of stories? What genre would you never be interested in reading?

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Painting courtesy of Julie Ann MacKevitt

Talk about reading different genres, how about writing different genres? I'm taking a break from writing fiction these days and concentrating on writing a memoir. I feel I have to write this story about our first year in the flower and greenhouse business. The crazy thing was--we had no experience in operating a business and no knowledge of the floral business either! Duh. But we had a dream to be business owners. I hope this story will encourage readers to dream big!! To realize there will be obstacles to their dreams, but with a goal in mind, persistence and determination will make that dream a reality!

A memoir or life story is a guide for those who come after us. They can find comfort and assurance knowing someone before them could overcome difficulties, be gracious in situations, be a contributor to society and find joy in living an ordinary life.

Did you or do you have a dream to be a writer and to be published? It's possible. Just be "persistent and determined" and talk to those who have done it. Sit down and write are the first steps (and in regard to the question of the month, read books too.)

Wishing you all the best in your writing projects!


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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

New Release: Prehistoric Fiction, The Quest for Home by Jacqui Murray



The Quest for Home by Jacqui Murray
Driven from her home. Stalked by enemies.
Now her closest ally may be a traitor.
Hello and welcome to the Focused on Story Blog. So glad you stopped in so you can be part of the celebration of my friend Jacqui Murray's release of the latest in her Crossroads trilogy series, The Quest for Home, a prehistoric fiction novel. 

Jacqui shares the Five W's in this unique story that takes place 850,000 years ago!

Thank you, Jacqui, for being my guest. 

The Five W's for The Quest for Home by Jacqui Murray


The 5 W's in Story: The Quest for Home by Jacqui Murray
As laid out by JQ Rose, the 5 W's of a story are who, what, where, when and why. These important W's make up the bones of a story. Today I'll show you how they apply to my latest prehistoric fiction, The Quest for Home:

The Quest for Home
Prehistoric Fiction

Book #2 in the Crossroads Trilogy

WHO--The main characters of The Quest for Home are Xhosa and Nightshade, two early humans who lived 850,000 years ago; and Wind, an advanced human who saves Xhosa’s life in Book 1 and becomes an integral part of her journey in Book 2. Xhosa and her People are a tribe of early humans who time has preserved mostly through bone fragments and stone tools. In this trilogy, I flesh out their desires and challenges to give readers a peek at life long ago when Nature was king and our goal was simply to survive.
WHEN— The story is set 850,000 years ago, a time in prehistory when man populated Eurasia. He was a violent species, fully capable of addressing the many hardships that threatened his survival except for one: future man, the one destined to obliterate any who came before.
WHATIn this trilogy, Crossroads, we join Xhosa as she searches for a new home after being chased from her East African home by a more advanced form of man who would ultimately replace Xhosa’s species, Homo erectus. She is joined by other groups of Homo erectus, also driven from their homelands in South African, East Asia, Indonesia, and the Levant. They ultimately travel across Europe and settle on the Iberian Peninsula, hoping that will become their new home.
WHEREIn an effort to find a new home, Xhosa leads the combined Peoples across Eurasia to the Iberian Peninsula where they are stopped by the Atlantic Ocean. Here, they must make their stand.

A map of the route traveled by the combined ancient Peoples tribe.

WHY— Chased by a ruthless and powerful enemy, Xhosa leads her People and four other tribes on a grueling journey through unknown and dangerous lands. As they struggle to overcome treachery, lies, danger, tragedy, hidden secrets, and Nature herself, Xhosa must face the reality that her most dangerous enemy isn’t the one she expected. It may be one she trusts with her life. Based on a true story, this is the unforgettable saga of hardship and determination. Xhosa and her People must be bigger-than-life, prepared time and again to do the impossible because nothing less than the future of mankind is at stake.

Click these links to purchase your copy now.
Available at: Kindle US   Kindle UK   Kindle CA   Kindle AU


Click here to visit Jacqui's guest post for the first book in the series, Survival of the Fittest.

About Jacqui Murray

JMurray--early for TF interviewJacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and Born in a Treacherous Timefirst in the Man vs. Nature saga. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice,  a columnist for TeachHUB and NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Quest for Home, Summer 2019, next in the Crossroads Trilogy. You can find her tech ed books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning

Click on the links below to connect online with Jacqui :

Word Dreams (Jacqui's blog) https://worddreams.wordpress.com
Jacqui's author page https://jacquimurray.net

Monday, September 16, 2019

Author Toolbox Blog Hop: Finding Keywords for your Amazon Book Description




#AuthorToolboxBlogHop
Hello and welcome to the Focused on Story Blog and to the Author Toolbox Blog Hop #AuthorToolboxBlogHop which meets every third Wednesday of the month to share resources and tips for authors. Thanks to Raimey Gallant for hosting this venture. 

Please join us to learn more about the craft of writing and to meet bloggers who are dedicated to helping each other become the best writers possible. Click here to visit other blog hop participants.
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Finding Keywords for your Amazon Book Description

Keywords
Image by Wokandapix from Pixabay 
Keywords are very, very, very, very important for readers to discover your books, blogs, writings and your book descriptions at online booksellers. These words are words people type into the Google search bar to find sites/books related to what they are looking for. These words are the targets used in the Search Engine Optimization (SEO) program.


SEO is a robot (bot) that combs thru every page of every thing online. When it spots a keyword like "cozy mystery" (yes, a keyword can be more than one word and can be a "long-tail" keyword,( a string of words e.g. a cozy mystery located in Michigan), the bot recognizes it when someone types "cozy mystery" into the search box. When your keyword pops up, the SEO bot directs the searcher to your book. 

Hopefully you'll figure out that golden keyword that will bring your audience to your book. However, that is quite unlikely, so you need to have a lot of golden keywords and change them often if you can. With traditional publishing, the publisher has to do that for you. If you're an indie publisher, you can experiment with different words.


When you consider there are 8-9 million books floating around in amazon land, you need a way to let people know one of those books is yours. Keywords do that. If a mom or teacher types in "good books for girls age 12," her search will pull up my non-fiction book, Girls Succeed! Of course, it may be on page 75 of the search because Nancy Drew, the Boxcar Kids, and for some reason books about lawyers show up too. But out of 9 million books, even if you're #212 on the list, at least you have a chance someone will see your book. Reviews help you get noticed and ranked better on amazon, but that's a whole other topic.

The FREE tool I'm sharing today, Keywords Everywhere, helps you know how many folks use that keyword for searching and offers related words too. Besides the volume of people searching globally or in one specific country every month, it also tells you the CPC and the competition data.

KE explains all that jargon below.

Search Volume: This is an average of the total searches that people have performed for this keyword per month over the last 12 months. For e.g. a search volume of 1000 means that people have searched for this keyword an average of 1000 times every month for the last 12 months. 
NOTE: I choose keywords with a volume of about a1000-10000 searches. Below that means it's not used much, but again it could mean you might rank in a small niche with not as much competition. More than 10,000 searches a month means there is a LOT of competition making it more difficult to reach a good ranking.
CPC: The cost per click (CPC) is the amount that advertisers are paying for a single click for this keyword in Google Adwords.
Competition: The competition is a gauge of the number of advertisers that are running ads on Google AdWords for this specific keyword. The number goes from 0 to 1, with lower values signifying less number of advertisers and higher values signifying more advertisers.

Take a peek at how this all shakes out on your computer screen. I searched "life story writing" since I am at the moment putting together a journal for folks interested in writing life stories. 





















In the screenshop above, the top left arrow is pointing to the keywords automatically generated when you type a search word(s) into the search box. Notice, next to the keywords is the information about the volume, CPC, and competition for each word.


Keywords and information from the search word box

Not only do we get these keywords, but in the image below notice the arrows on the right side of the page. More keywords that are related to the word in the search box. Plus another bonus, a section for People Also Search For with information for you. These are actually more searches done by readers.
Related keywords and People Also Search For keywords
are also available on the right side of the page!





















Keywords Everywhere tool is added as an extension to your Google or Foxfire browser. Follow the steps in the video below to help you install KE and to learn more about it. 


VIDEO: Tutorial on Keywords Everywhere





Many programs for finding keywords are available both free and paid. I am only beginning to learn about them.

I've seen several reviews of this program and all have been favorable as a good tool for those of us just getting into researching keywords and finding that golden nugget that will put your book in front of readers. 

Do you research keywords for your title, sub-title, and book description? If so, what method do you use? If you've tried KE, please give us your opinion of it. 

Click here to visit bloggers participating in the blog hop. You may pick up some new author tools to use too!

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Thanks for stopping.