Monday, February 11, 2013

Tour Stop - Book Returns, Announcement Winners, Tyrean Martinson's New Book, and Need Help During the A to Z Challenge

Today’s tour stop is with Jemi Fraser! I’m discussing the bane of the publishing industry - book returns - the changes over the years and how they affect authors and publishers. If you’ve never understood how book returns work, I invite you to visit Jemi’s site today.

Thank you so much to those who announced my book last week. The winners of a free e-book of How to Publish and Promote Your Book Now are:

Susan Gourley
Laura Eno
Magical Mystical Mimi

Congrats, ladies!

Today is also a special day for one of my tour hosts as she releases her very first book!

Champion in the Darkness by Tyrean Martinson

Clara is younger than most trainees, but she is ready to hold a Sword Master's blade. While visions and ancient prophecies stand in her way, they also offer a destiny unlike any other. Clara is aided by a haunted mentor, Stelia, whose knowledge of their enemy Kalidess is both a bane and a blessing. As evil threatens their land, Clara and Stelia must find the strength to overcome the darkness.

Champion in the Darkness is YA Christian Fantasy, and is the first book in the Champion Trilogy.

Tyrean Martinson lives and writes in the Northwest, encouraged by her loving husband and daughters, and reminded to exercise by her dogs and cat. Champion in the Darkness is the first book in the Champion Trilogy, and she has previously published short stories and poetry.

Finally, the hosts of the A to Z Challenge are looking for minions! These will be volunteer helpers that will check on a batch of twenty or so participants during the A to Z Challenge.

I believe I have three helpers already (Laura Marcella, Sia McKye, and Golden Eagle ) but I need three more people to help during the month of April.

If you can help me, please let me know in the comments. Thank you!

$14.95 Trade paperback ISBN 978-0-9827139-5-2
$4.99 Ebook ISBN 978-0-9827139-9-0

Purchase at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Amazon Kindle, Amazon Kindle UK, and Powell’s.


  1. I was surprised when Matt told me about the issues the challenges is faced with. No wonder you need help to monitor it.

    Off to check out your post, Diane. :)

  2. I can help you with the A-Z challenge. Let me know what you need.

  3. I've already signed up to help Jeremy or I would have offered to help you. I'm sure you'll have no trouble finding people, though.

    A to Z should be a good time :)

  4. Clarissa, thank you!

    Mark, I hope so.

  5. Thanks for the awesome shout out Diane!!!
    And I am considering being a minion - does that mean visiting those same 20 blogs each day, or every other day?

  6. I liked your guest post. I didn't know about some of that stuff!

  7. Yeah for Tyrean and congratulations to the winners.

  8. I won something? Me? How awesome! Thank you, Diane. :)

    Congrats to Tyrean! I'm seeing her everywhere today.

    I'm already minioning for Jeremy but I'm sure you'll get plenty of help.

  9. You won, Laura. I'll email you a copy right now.

  10. Yay me! :D I won your book?! Total awesomeness! I'm so excited! Do I download it at Amazon?? I've never won an ebook before! Thank you SO much!!

  11. Congrats to the winners!

    Can't wait to read your book. And I've signed up to be an A-Z minion.

  12. I was waiting and hoping for your book. I really need it. Thank you so much.

  13. I'm looking forward to reading your book, Diane.

    Glad to be a Spunky's Minion for A-Z. Seriously, there is a lot of planning and work that goes into making something this large work. I'm glad to help lighten the load.


  14. Congratulations to Tyrean!

    I've already signed up with another AtoZ Minion Team, or I would have gladly joined your team. There's lots of behind-the-scenes work for this challenge... but there are lots of willing bloggers who are eager to help out, so I'm sure you'll have no problem in this regard.
    Happy Minion Hunting!
    And I'm looking forward to your new book (...when I get a chance to buy it)

  15. Congratulations to the winners! And to Tyrean on her release.

    Looking forward to the A-Z Challenge! :)

  16. I saw your book all over, Diane! My copy is on my kindle, waiting TBR when I have a spare moment:-) Congrats!!!

  17. It's been a fun visit over at my place today! If I was signing up for AtoZ for sure, I'd definitely help, but I think I'm going to skip it this year - sorry!

  18. Mimi, congrats!

    Jay, thank you so much.

    Susan, you got it.

    Sia, I appreciate it.

    Michelle, that's okay. We all need help.

    Jamie, thank you so much.

    Jemi, thank you, and it's a big commitment.

  19. If you still need a minion, I will volunteer. Let me know exactly what I am supposed to do. Something about checking 20 A-Zers during the challenge isn't it?

  20. I've popped over from the A to Z blog to say 'hi'. I've seen Tyrean's book on a few blogs today. Great cover!

    Rosalind Adam is Writing in the Rain

  21. CONGRATS to the ebook winners!

  22. Congrats on your book announcement! If you still need volunteers, I will be a minion. :-) Have a great week!

  23. Congrats to the winners and best of luck to Tyrean!

    I'm doing a blog tour and A-Z at the same time ... don't think I can take on other duties.

  24. Congratulations to the winners and to Tyrean!!

    And I'd definitely offer my help but I'm already a minion for someone else. :)

  25. Thank you, Jo.

    Hi, Rosalind.

    Tracy Jo, thank you.

    Carol, I wouldn't!

    Tamara, that was good of you to volunteer.

  26. Congrats! to the winners. Free stuff is good. If its free, I'll take two. That's my motto.

  27. Congratulations to the winners and Tyrean! I my copy of How To already and it's proving its worth.

  28. It's great to see Tyrean all around the blogs, congratulations to her!

    I'm signed up to be a minion for the A-Z and I can't wait. My first time as a minion for anything LOL.

    Congratulations on such a successful tour!

  29. Will go check on your post at Jemi's. Yay for you and Tyrean!

  30. Congrats to you and Tyrean. I'm seeing your books all over the blogoverse!

    I can be an A-Z minion - just let me know what I need to do :)

  31. We really got a good response to our minion call! You've got a good team.

    Wrote By Rote
    An A to Z Co-host blog
    Twitter: @AprilA2Z

  32. Wow! Thanks for all the awesome shout out, and thanks to everyone who stopped by and said congrats!

  33. Ellie, thank you so much.

    Julie, that's good.

    Gwen, thank you for the offer.

    Tyrean, you are welcome.

  34. Hi Diane, I've seen your book all over the place. It is getting good publicity across the blogosphere at least where I have been. I look forward to reading it. God bless, Maria

  35. I did volunteer at the A-Z blog, but just let me know if you need me in April. :-)

  36. Congrats to the winners. And happy V day!

  37. Woohoo so happy to be one of your minions!!