Congratulations to "Erin", the winner of Adrienne's JRS giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!
We’ve all heard that saying, haven’t we?
Even in the books we love, our heroes and heroines have friends. Whether those friends are mentors, business partners or childhood friends, they’re there to serve as a helping hand to our hero/heroine.
In my books, those friends tend to be of the snarky variety. Maybe their love comes packed with a whole lot of toughness, but when the hero or heroine is in trouble, those friends always show up. No matter the time or place or situation. They show up.
My author friends are the same way. We all try to help each other out. We also all love to connect with readers and chat about our favorite authors and books. Not too long ago my pals Nancy Naigle, Tracy March, Kelsey Browning, Tracey Devlyn and I decided to team up and create the Dangerous Darlings street team.
What’s a street team? It’s a group of loyal readers who come together to help an author spread the word about their books. What could be better than hanging out with people who love books and want to develop a sense of community? And if we could make that community a place where there’s always something fun going on, even better. Our Dangerous Darlings motto is: Read. Reach Out. Repeat.
As a reader, I love visiting blogs or author chats and interacting with my favorite authors. At a book signing once, I told Suzanne Brockmann that if anything happened to Jimmy Nash I’d be really upset. Really upset. She gave me a sly smile and told me to have faith. Thankfully, Jimmy turned out to be fine and I had a good laugh over informing one of my favorite authors she’d created a character I adored and she’d better not take him from me.
As an author, this exchange with Suzanne taught me a lot about the kind of relationship I want with my readers. I want to joke and have fun with readers. I want to scare the daylights out of them every now and again and then (hopefully) make it all better. I’ll admit, the all-better part doesn’t happen every time, but most times it does. There’s gotta be some wiggle room on that all-better thing, right? That’s the fun of it. I killed off a much-loved secondary character once and a group of readers held a rally to save him.
As mad at me as they were, it was a great compliment. My readers loved one of my characters so much that they stood up in protest when I offed him. I was impressed with their passion, but his fate had been sealed. I will always be grateful for the sense of community established over that one character.
When my pals wanted to team up and create a street team, I thought about that incident with my readers and imagined what fun it would have been to chat on a dedicated Facebook page about it. A street team would let us connect with our most loyal readers. It would also let us reward them by offering swag and sneak peeks at covers and excerpts. We get to ask their opinions on character names and maybe have those suggested names wind up in books.
As a reader, I enjoy that. As an author, I find it to be great fun. What about you? What are some of your favorite things about connecting with authors? I will be giving away a digital copy of THE CHASE to one lucky commenter, plus you have more options to win below!
WORD SCRAMBLE/SCAVENGER HUNT CONTEST:
Could you use $50? Read on to find out how to win a $50 gift card of your choice (must be available for purchase online).
Kelsey, Tracey, Nancy, Tracy and I have created a fun word scramble/scavenger hunt. Over the past two weeks, we’ve been chatting about Dangerous Darlings at the blogs mentioned below.
Tracey Devlyn HEA USA Today
Kelsey Browning Romance at Random
Tracy March Romance University
Nancy Naigle Ramblings From This Chick
To enter the contest:
1. Find the letter and punctuation clues on our websites on these pages:
http://adriennegiordano.com/ (Hint: you’re looking for 4 letters on my site)
http://www.kelseybrowning.com/ (4 letters)
http://traceydevlyn.com/ (4 letters)
http://www.nancynaigle.com/nupdates.htm (2 letters)
http://www.tracymarch.com/ (4 letters)
2. Unscramble the letters to make a phrase
3. Sign in on the Rafflecopter contest form below
4. Enter the secret phrase in the form
HINT: The secret phrase is in today’s post and has been mentioned in all the posts listed above. And here’s an example of what you’ll be looking for on our websites:
We’d love to keep you updated on our new releases, contests and special appearance via our periodic e-newsletters. In addition to solving the word scramble, you could earn up to five additional chances to win the $50 gift card. All you have to do is sign up for our e-newsletters. One you enter the secret phrase in Rafflecopter, links to our five newsletters will appear. Each newsletter sign-up will get you that much closer to winning $50!
Bio: Adrienne Giordano writes romantic suspense and mystery. She is a Jersey girl at heart, but now lives in the Midwest with her workaholic husband, sports obsessed son and Buddy the Wheaten Terrorist (Terrier). She is a co-founder of Romance University blog and Lady Jane's Salon-Naperville, a reading series dedicated to romantic fiction. For more information on Adrienne's books please visit www.AdrienneGiordano.com. Adrienne can also be found on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/AdrienneGiordanoAuthor and Twitter at http://twitter.com/AdriennGiordano. For information on Adrienne’s street team, Dangerous Darlings, go to http://www.facebook.com/groups/dangerousdarlings.