Tuesday, May 22, 2012


Celebrating the release of my first non-fiction book - ONE AUTHOR'S AHA MOMENTS - Writing Revelations with a Focus on the Young Adult Market - I am holding a contest to giveaway FIVE FREE EBOOKS.

LOGIN on the form below to see how you can enter.  There are many ways so you get more than one chance. The form calls for your email so winners will be notified. Your emails won't be used for ANY other reason.

Good luck to the entrants!

One Author’s Aha Moments by Jordan Dane is a 92-page book geared toward aspiring authors and has an emphasis on the Young Adult genre. These writing tips may also be helpful to experienced authors and those who write other genres. Jordan’s advice comes from her personal experiences on writing fiction for adult and teen markets and what has worked for her. Jordan hopes her book will kindle a fire in you to write—a passion worth pursuing.

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Jordan Dane's gritty plots weave a tapestry of vivid settings, intrigue, and dark humor. Publishers Weekly named her debut thriller, No One Heard Her Scream, as a Best Book of 2008. This national bestseller and critically acclaimed author also writes Young Adult novels for Harlequin Teen. Jordan and her husband share their Texas residence with several lucky rescue animals.

Praise for Jordan Dane’s Young Adult Novels

"Adult thriller writer Jordan Dane pens a macabre and thoroughly eerie plot for In the Arms of Stone Angels. Dane's well-developed characters provide an authentic young adult exploration of guilt, loyalty, and belonging."
—Publishers Weekly

"Dane's On a Dark Wing is a great new young adult tale about death, love and starting over. It's an exciting mix that will remind readers of Bree Despain's The Lost Saint and Rachel Vincent's Soul Screamers. Paranormal fans will love this. A compelling page turner."
—RT Magazine

The contest will run from Tuesday, May 22nd to Saturday, June 30th. Deadline times, rules, and ways to enter are on the Rafflecopter form below. Winners will be selected using random.org. There are many ways to enter on this form.

This is a contest giveaway for EBOOKS ONLY. NO PRINT BOOKS will be awarded or shipped.

Entrants must have the ability to download the digital format onto an e-reader, their computer, or smart phone via AMAZON or B&N NOOK.

The apps for digital downloads are free at these online retailer sites if an entrant does not have an e-reader device. It is the entrant's responsibility to have the digital capability to download the prize if they win, otherwise they will be ineligible and the prize will be awarded to another entrant.

International entrants must have the ability to transact on the AMAZON or NOOK site wherever the digital e-book prize is being sold. The author will not be held responsible for any limitations of the AMAZON or NOOK global online system.


  1. Great to hear from you, Linds.

    Thanks for entering & commenting, Lindsey & Chey. Good luck!

  2. Hey Lindsey--Congrats on your sale!!! So excited for you. Can't wait for your debut.

  3. If I ever do get around to writing, I will try to remember what is important to me as a reader - strong, well defined characters, a well drawn plot with a bit of suspense & twists, a pace that isn't too fast & doesn't plod along, and to remember who the target audience is.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  4. I hope you do try writing a book with your voice, Pat. It's an amazing process.

    I'm reading a debut book right now that will be coming out in Jan 2013. SPLINTERED by A. G. Howard. A great twist on Alice in Wonderland. The author writes so beautifully that I've forgotten that I'm a writer. That's a gift.

    Happy reading & thanks for entering. Good luck!

  5. I've been encouraged to try to write a romance but I've always had excuses. I'm looking forward to reading more of your work!

  6. Hey Laurie--There are so many types of romances that the genre can keep a writer challenged for a lifetime. I hope you give it a go.

    One writer said he write his nonfiction books doing it a page a day. That was one of the big motivations for me to start & it's been an amazing journey that has enhanced my quality of life. I discovered a passion for writing that I had since I was a kid reading in a library. I hope you realize that joy for yourself.

    Good luck!

  7. I am actually very interested in this book because I am developing several ideas for YA books, a series that is paranormal and one that is contemporary.

  8. Hey there, Margay. Good luck with your entry. Because I've written series for adults and YA, I have several passages dealing with longer story lines & character development that can be sustained through a series. My YA books have elements of paranormal, but I seem to find a different way to bring those elements into my storyline. I love a good emotional story and my idea for paranormal is to have that be an obstacle for the character's development--rather than the main purpose for a plot. I love stories that feel almost real, even if they have paranormal elements.

    Best of luck with your ideas. I love YA.

    1. Thank you so much! Yeah, I'm really enjoying developing my ideas and like you, I want the ones with paranormal elements to come off real, like it could really happen. It's so fun working it out!

  9. I scared myself writing a scene with a Ouija board. Too many real memories when I was a kid. Had to call my mom. HA! But she's used to my weirdness.

    Putting in your thoughts ahead of time can help you build a foundation you can spring other books from. Bottom line, write the kind of book YOU want to read and the rest will follow. Keep the faith!

  10. That reminds me of my sister. When we were young, she used to conduct seances with a group of her friends on our front porch at night and used to tell ghost stories all the time, trying to scare me - but she usually ended up scaring herself!

    Thank you for the wonderful advice! I will take it to heart.

  11. I'm interested in learning more about writing because even after self-pubbing three eBooks, I believe there's always ways to improve the craft of writing... and you're a great one to get advice from :)

  12. Hey Marty. Good luck! I'm like you. I'm always looking to improve & I never want to get complacent about how I write. I wish the best for you and your writing.

  13. I would love to be able to write but can't ever come up with ideas. I have always been better at writing about things that I know well. Would LIVE tobe an author.

  14. Hey Vicki. One thing that can help you gain confidence is to start small with maybe a short story or keep a writer's journal of your thoughts. You could practice writing short scenes that you imagine in your head--scenes with dialogue or descriptions of a place that has meant something to you. Writing is about emotion. Practice on shorter pieces that make you feel something.

    Writing can be very fulfilling, even if it's only something you do FOR YOU & no one else sees it. Good luck & thanks for entering.

  15. I swore I entered this, but guess I didn't. Maybe it was serendipitous, because now I have an idea I'm really excited about. It's a post-apocalyptic/paranormal type of thing. I'm not sure how to describe it, but I'm not pinning it down yet. It jumped practically fully formed into my head, which has me wary but excited.

    Thanks for the chance to win, and all the writing you're doing on self-publishing!

  16. Great, Leeanna. YA is a very cross-genre type of fiction. Writing a book that you're passionate about is half the battle. I'm excited for you. Woot!