In Celebration Of Fall Snag Your eBook Of “Embers at Galdrilene” At An Amazing Price!

To celebrate the first weekend of Fall, enjoy this special treat brought to you by A.D. Trosper and get your eBook copy of Embers at Galdrilene for only $1.50.

This special is only good for Saturday, September 22 and Sunday, September 23 so don’t miss your chance to get your copy this weekend!

“A ray of light, a stain of shadow, shall endure to breathe life and death into the future” 

As a Border Guard, it is Vaddoc’s duty to turn himself in and accept the death sentence with honor when he discovers he can use magic. But the ancient song of the dragons calls to him. Although pulled by duty and the honor of his family, the song proves irresistible. When he is offered sanctuary in Galdrilene, the old home of the dragons, he leaves duty and family behind to answer the call of the Song.

 He is not alone in hearing the Dragon Song. The elements of magic are drawn together when he is joined by Kirynn, Kellinar, Serena, and finally, Mckale and Maleena who are bound to each other in a way they don’t yet understand. It’s a journey that reveals everything they have been taught to believe about magic and dragons is wrong. With the last of the dragons and the world at stake, Vaddoc and his companions will do anything, even cross through the realm of the dead, to reach a future they never thought possible.

This price is available for the U.S Amazon store and the U.K Amazon stores, only. 

 

What people are saying about Embers at Galdrilene

 “Everything seemed to come alive and hit at the emotions of each and every moment the author described. It was as if you were there, experiencing the sorrow or joy alongside the characters, which is no easy feat and one that only truly talented writers can claim as their own” ~ Katie Jennings

 “There are a lot of Point-Of-View characters in this one. Some of them have several chapters throughout the book, others have much less POV time. It could have flopped, but it didn’t. It was done well, and it worked.” ~ The Crooked Word 

“Expect to be entertained with dragon fights, romance and witty comebacks in Trosper’s creation of an idyllic world. You are even given a rare insight into the workings of a dragon’s mind.” ~ BestChickLit.com 

“When I was very young – though a voracious reader of anything I could lay my hands on – the very first book I ever personally bought was Anne McCaffrey’s ‘Dragon flight’. I’ve since bought the entire series in softcover about 3 times, testament to how well loved and frequently read they have been. 

That being said I was extremely wary when this book was immediately evocative of every story Anne ever told about dragons, their ‘Impression’ on their destined riders, and the immutable bond between the two. Like Asimov’s laws of robotics, Pern’s dragon lore is indelibly etched as ‘fact’ in my psyche and anything markedly different does not sit very well with me at all. 

I am immensely pleased to say that A.D. Trosper did not let me down. There was enough of Pernish dragon-lore to satisfy my need for continuity, whilst at the same time enough differences to make this clutch of dragons her very own. Well done Ms Trosper!” ~ Richard King 

“The intricate details about each character, like Kellinar the thief, or Maleena the young woman shunned by the people of her village, brings the story to life. The bonds of friendship are remarkable and those bonds push them to the limits for each other. Another interesting aspect of relationships in this book is the one the riders develop with their dragons.

Evil lurks at every corner and eventually bursts, bringing forth a vivid confrontation that kept me at the edge of my seat, turning page after page.” ~ Annamaria Bazzi

 

So curl up with a great fantasy read and enjoy the changing of the seasons. You can get your copy by clicking the links below:

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“When Empires Fall” FREE eBook Promotion and Birthday Bash Blog Tour!

Please join us in welcoming special guest Katie Jennings to our blog today. Be sure to wish her a “Happy Birthday” and grab your FREE eBook copy of her newest novel, When Empires Fall! Happy birthday, Katie, and thanks for stopping by!

In celebration of her quarter-life crisis, Katie Jennings is running a one day only FREE eBook Promo for her latest release, When Empires Fall! Click the cover image below to download the FREE eBook from Amazon, or click HERE!

What people are saying about When Empires Fall

 “A modern day epic in the tradition of Gone With The Wind… Infused with deception, lust, murder and romance, Jennings creates a magnificent family saga not to be missed.” -J.L. Firestone, author 

“Exhilarating and fresh… Jennings masterfully weaves an intricate web of deception and lies…When Empires Fall is not as much a story about the rich as it is a story about human character.” -Cristian Mihai, author/blogger 

“Wow! This word doesn’t even capture the writing ability of Jennings…gifted with character development to rival the New York Times best-sellers…Jennings tantalizes her readers at every chapter and scene break. Her characters are addictive.” -Bestselling Author Carolyn Arnold

Synopsis…

 Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall… 

In America, kings are not born, they are made.  Men with ambition build their own empires and it is their heirs who carry the torch of tradition, generation by generation.

The Vasser Hotel Empire rose out of the ashes of an Industrial era, cementing itself in the very heart of America’s greatest city, New York.  Through the drive and courage of one man, a legacy was born that would last more than a hundred years.

That is, until word got out that one of their own was murdered.

Sixty years of lies will come crashing down in flames of treachery and blood, and the truth will send shockwaves through an entire nation.  Now the newest generation of Vasser heirs will have to deal with the consequences, or else allow their legacy to burn to the ground.

But dark secrets are buried deep within the family itself, and everyone has an agenda.  Love of family and forbidden passion will set off sparks in a powder keg ready to annihilate the empire, but it may also be the only thing keeping them whole.

When reputation is everything, it will take all they’ve got to save themselves from their own undoing.

 

 

But Wait…There’s More!

 Also in celebration of both her birthday and the FREE promotion, Katie is unveiling the book cover and teaser trailer for the highly anticipated sequel to When Empires Fall

Here is

Rise of the Notorious

Coming Spring 2013

Synopsis:

 Finish, good lady; the bright day is done, and we are for the dark. 

When their empire fell, darkness descended upon the Vasser Hotel family and shrouded them in chaos.  It was a darkness layered in violent sins and staggering deception, made only more potent by a haunting truth.  Murder, it seemed, was a burden they couldn’t escape.

With a scandal plaguing the family’s reputation, the Vasser heirs must rise to the occasion and utilize a killer’s advice to turn bad publicity into good, and tradition into innovation.

If only it was that easy.

In an elaborate game of hidden motives and sinister agendas, more dirty truths from the past will resurface, truths that could bring about victory or bloodshed.  But how will the Vasser siblings react when the real threat to their family not only has power and control on the mind, but assassination as well?  What will they do when it becomes clear that someone out there wants them destroyed, no matter the price?

The Vassers may have fallen from grace, but now they will rise as notorious.

About Katie Jennings… 

 Nothing can compare to the exhilaration of discovering, at last, a mode of release for the imagination. Mine came, after years of struggling to visualize my creativity, in the form of written word. I found myself with my nose constantly in a book, absorbing the life of the characters and the beauty of the setting. It was intoxicating, to say the least, and the only thing I knew was that I wanted to give writing a shot, and take the thousands of characters and storylines in my head and put them down on paper, and form them into something real and compelling.

In truth, I’m just a girl from a small town north of Los Angeles, with an imagination for days and thank goodness a keyboard at my fingertips. And even though my husband thinks I’m a nerd and my mom is undoubtedly my biggest fan, at the end of the day I’m loving life and enjoying giving breath to the characters living in my heart, and sharing with others all the creativity I can harness.

I believe in true love, and I’ve always believed in happy endings. And that is just the beginning of the story.

Connect with Katie…

 Official Author Website

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 Twitter 

Blog 

 Amazon Author Page

How To Create An Awesome Author Website…Introducing Katie Jennings’ New Website

We love working with Katie Jennings. We’ve had the pleasure of designing her books and marketing materials but when she asked us if we could whip up a new website for her, we could barely contain our excitement!

In today’s online world, having a web presence is extremely important. Whether you create your own site or have someone else do it for you, let’s discuss some of the key elements needed. A lot of these elements apply across the board but today we are going to focus on author websites.

Why is an author website important?

Your website is your business card to the world. After people discover you, it’s often the next glimpse that your fans and supporters will have of not only you but your work, so it’s important to convey the right image. Remember, as an author, not only are you a brand but your genre and work are also part of that brand. The key to designing an awesome website is to tie all of these elements together by capturing the essence and personality of the author and then weaving them together using design, words and function.

Your Website Essence

Whether updating or creating your first author website, here are some items to help guide you through the process

Define Your Author Style

What genre do you write? Do you write romance, suspense or fantasy? Are you an extrovert or an  introvert? How do you see yourself but more importantly how do you want others to see you? If you are a fantasy writer, for example, examine what aspects of fantasy appeal to you. Do you have a love for wooded groves and fairies? Perhaps you prefer dragons and wish to make a stronger statement. Pick out the aspects that appeal to you most and then incorporate them into your site. The key is to strike a balance without overdoing. For instance, if your entire website is filled with graphics it will distract from your content.

Research, research, research…

Who are your favorite authors? Visit their websites to gain inspiration for your own site. What vision do you have for your own website? What do you want people to know about you and your books? We asked Katie to share her vision and she requested a clean and elegant website that was easy to navigate.

Meet Katie Jennings

Katie is a fun and carefree spirit with a smile that can melt your heart. She began writing fantasy and is now branching out into drama. Currently working on her sixth novel, she is energetic with a quiet, understated elegance. She is passionate about her writing and is a down-to-earth homebody. She believes in true love and happy endings. Knowing this about her and what she wanted, we went to work on bringing her new site to life.

Capturing The Essence Of Katie In Her Website

Katie’s favorite color is green. We picked a deep shade of green to reflect her love of nature and home. We accented it with hues of burgundy and tan to compliment the color scheme. When choosing colors for your website, pick colors that coordinate but also don’t overwhelm. Nothing can turn off a visitor to your website more than too many competing colors.

We also added other personal touches as well. Katie uses a “swirl” design that has become a part of her signature brand and we used this graphic throughout her website. We also created her signature line “Fairytale wishes” to further accentuate her love of happy endings. She uses a unique combining of the letters “K” and “J” to represent her name. We added this to her “About” page for a more personal experience and also used it to create a green Favicon (a custom graphic at the top of each page tab) to further enhance her brand. Be sure to add personal touches like these to your own website, too.

Home Is Where The Heart Is

Your home page is the portal to your entire web experience. We asked Katie to provide us with several professional photographs of herself for her website. Luckily, Katie’s husband is a photographer and he provided us with amazing shots. We also asked Katie to provide us with quotes to personalize the experience even more. The result? A soft, warm and inviting home page that beckons you to explore deeper into the website.

The Home Page

Books, Books, Books…

One of our favorite areas is the “Book” pages. We had a blast testing our creativity, designing these pages and watching them come to life. We created a main book page with all her book covers featuring snippets and character information for both of her book series. This page leads into each individual book separately.

Creating A Custom Wonderland

The individual book pages are one of our favorite features. We color coordinated each page to match each book, right down to the customized social media icons. Pulling the beautiful design elements from the book covers, we used them to custom create each book page banner to tie everything together. We also added a quote from each book to the banner to further enhance the experience. It was a fun way to give each page its own personality. Next we added everything book related. This included the book’s image, synopsis, trailer, any blog it was featured on, reviews and purchase links. Make it fun and easy for your fans to find information and purchase your books by including everything relevant together!

Customized Book Page For A Life Earthbound

Read All About It

Make sure to have a “News” page so your fans can keep up with all your latest information. We designed a custom web ad for her newest book, When Empires Fall, and made it a clickable link to Amazon. Her blog posts are also featured and included the latest updates. We also included links to her favorite websites and links to sites Katie has been featured on. And, most importantly, be sure to include a newsletter sign-up like we have featured so your fans can keep in touch with you.

Giving Back To Your Fans

We love every page on this website but if we had to pick a favorite, it would be the “Fans & Fun” page. It took the most design time but it was a lot of fun to create and we think it’s pretty cool!

We wanted to do something different that would allow Katie to give back to her fans. First we created a custom ad announcing a free, autographed bookmark. Then we added in interactive polls so fans could vote for their favorite characters with instantaneous results.

But our favorite part was designing the custom wallpapers that can be downloaded for use on your computer and your iPhone or Android phone. Using images and design elements from all of her books, we created six wallpapers for her Dryad Quartet series and six wallpapers for her Vasser Legacy series. The various wallpapers we designed used images of the main characters, book design elements, book covers or combinations. For the Vasser Legacy wallpapers, we also included a quote for each main character that truly identifies with them and brings them to life.

Custom Designed Computer Wallpaper (left) and iPhone/Android Wallpaper (right)

Lights, Camera, Action…

In the coming weeks we will be expanding the site with a media page complete with a customized media kit including author photos, press releases, and store and event media.

We are also in process of converting the site to a mobile-friendly version so you can keep up with Katie on the go!

And there you have it. An amazingly awesome author website! Depending on your needs, your own website can be as simple or as elaborate as you need. Remember, it’s all about creating your own personal reflection and matching your author image and brand to your site.

And to quote the infamous Billy Crystal line…Katie Jennings, we must say…you look simply mahvelous!

Check out the full experience at www.katieajennings.com

11 Creative Uses for a Business Card

Ever consider using a business card for something other than a business card? Not only are they one of the most affordable print products around, they are also the perfect size and handy to carry. When designed effectively, this card packs a powerful punch and can be used for a myriad of items. Add in a two-sided design and you’ve doubled your promoting abilities.

Let’s explore eleven exciting ways this small, yet powerful product can sizzle: 

Updated Business Cards

Obviously, this isn’t a new idea, however, have you updated your business card to reflect today? It’s important to add your social media affiliations such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter or any others you may use. This will increase your networking power. Your website and email should also be included. Perhaps you write an informative blog. And don’t forget if you sell online, to include your Ebay or Etsy information. Providing links for all these avenues will enable people to connect with you and your products and help drive traffic your way. 

Pocket-sized Billboards

Do you have an event to promote? If you are on a budget, consider using a business card. You’ll save at least half the printing cost when you compare a business card to a flyer.

Promote Your Work

Are you an artist, author, actor or photographer? Have cards designed to promote you and your work. Include thumbnails of your photography, art, movies you appeared in or your published books. Don’t forget to include a bio or a brief introduction about you. It’s an easy and affordable way to introduce people to you and your work.

Product Hang-tags or Custom Pricing Tickets

Do you sell products in antique stores, consignment shops or festivals? Consider having custom designed tags. The business card is an ideal size and the thickness will hold up nicely. Include relevant information on your product or business and use the other side for pricing. Use a single hole punch on the card and then attach it to your items using string, twine or a pretty ribbon. It will add an elegant and beautiful signature touch to your product.

Coupons and Customer Appreciation Cards

Whether you have a retail or online business, create coupons or discounts on  these handy-sized items to provide incentives to your customers. 

Loyalty Cards or Punch Cards

Reward your customers by providing a loyalty card or frequent visitor punch card. You’ll increase customer loyalty and encourage repeat patrons.

Gift Giving Occasions

Instead of writing everything by hand, why not create your own designs and simplify? Store bought labels and small tags often leave little room to write in everything. You can design tags for all the special occasions in your life or make a generic one to fit all. Some to consider are birthdays and holidays. Select a festive scene to incorporate along with your customized signature. Don’t forget to include a large enough line or space to include the recipient’s name.

Canning & Homemade Goodies

We love receiving canned or baked goods as presents. Labels are nice but often they can smudge or fall off. Consider creating tags for your homemade treats, especially if you have signature recipes you make every year. You’ll have enough room to include the food’s name, ingredients (especially important if someone has a nut allergy) and the recipient’s name. If it’s not a secret family recipe, consider sharing how to make it as well.

Save The Date Cards or RSVP Cards

Perfect for weddings, graduations, reunions, showers and party planning events.

Sporting Events and League Calendars

It can be hard to keep track of all the sporting events and leagues you’re involved in. Consider having cards printed showing the schedule and times for your team’s season.

Personal Information Cards

Easily share your personal information with your friends, family and those you meet. Having a personal card created eliminates the need to scrounge for a pen and paper. Items to consider including are a photo of yourself or your family, address, phone numbers and email. You might also want to include important dates such as birthdays or anniversaries.

Other tips and pointers for creating, designing and printing your cards: 

  • Work with a graphic designer that will create you a unique design. You’ll find most (including us) are partnered with printers that will blow many companies (like Vistaprint) out of the water. Make sure your designer offers printing services that includes quality, custom features and affordable printing.  Shop around.
  • Consider using rounded corners on your cards. They soften the design and are a cost-effective feature.
  • Know what quality you are getting before you order. Some cards are very flimsy and easily bend or crinkle. Make sure your cards are printed on stock that is at least 14 or 16 point so they stand up.
  • Find out about all the features offered. Often, they aren’t that much more to include. Some fun features available are foils, Lenticular designs (4D), plastic and fold-overs.
  • Ask about sizes. The standard business card size is 3-1/2″ x 2″ but you can also get them in a nifty slim design that is 1.5″ x 3.5″.

Here are three fun examples of two-sided business cards we’ve designed to help inspire you:

An updated business card for selling in antique stores and online

Using the “billboard” technique, this business card highlights online product beautifully

Combine your card as an appointment card

And there you have it, creative concepts to help inspire you with inventive ways to use a business card. We hope we’ve helped spark your imaginations!