Speaking of. . .

I have had the most outrageous technical issues which have made it difficult to get much done besides going batshit crazy. Since I was already there, the gremlins didn’t achieve anything, really, except being, well, outrageous.   By some stroke of luck and an abundance of coffee, I was able to tinker The Giveaway Ninja into existence. You can list your current giveaway(s) there for more exposure, and/or find giveaways to enter. Gift cards, Kindles, iPads, ebooks, all that fun stuff. Places you can find The Giveaway Ninja: Website (and subscribe!) Twitter (and follow!) Facebook (and like!) Also, big thanks to Natasha Larry for offering to help process requests, and to Kris Wagner for making our logo which generally entails a lot of me saying, “I need a thing with a thing, like another thing but not that thing and add some paranormally smoke so I can decide I don’t actually want paranormally smoke.” Also, if you could share this with your friends, that would be great.   Win gift cards, Kindles, books, and more! #giveaways Find the best giveaways in one spot! Promote your giveaway for free! Get the most out of you giveaways! Speaking of Natasha, the draft of Inhumane is at 25% of target word count. It’s okay. Be impressed. 😉 Speaking of books, I want to write a book called Asshat Cat. You have to admit, it has a nice ring to it. Speaking of books I’ve actually written, there is great news coming about the killer genie. But I’m not allowed to talk about it yet. Speaking of things about the killer genie I can talk about, it looks like there might be an audio version on the horizon. What say you? Speaking of horizons, it starts with H and so does Honey, which is a nifty (oh, gosh, it’s that word again) little plugin I’ve started using. It essentially finds discount codes even when you forget about. It just sits there quietly while you shop online then randomly pops up and tells you it can help you save money, and there’s no switching car insurance involved (unless you happened to be shopping for car insurance?). Anyway, you can get it for Chrome here. I don’t know how many websites it works on, but it has already been useful for me. Speaking of websites, I added some new social network icons to this blog, both the “follow me” kind and the “share this post” kind. Try ’em out. Do eet. Do eet. They’re pretty. Speaking of pretty, I’m pretty tired and it’s long past my nap time, so I’m out....

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The Word of The Day is Nifty. I Think.

Desert storms would make terrible boyfriends; there’s so much anticipation and then, just when it’s getting good, it’s over. There’s also a lot of dust, so I’m not sure that is a good sign either. Anyway, the highlights of the last four days (besides coffee, because I mean, that’s a given): I’ve divided The Giveaway Ninja into two parts. Or something. Anyway, the buy-in sponsorship isn’t available yet, but we’re putting the finishing touches on the directory where you can list your current giveaways. Books, electronics, gift cards, clothes, you name it–if you’re giving it away, you can share it with our 20k+ and growing followers easily and at no cost. Nifty, right? I thought so. If you want to be notified when it launches, you’ll want to sign up for the ROTD monthly newsletter:       And if you want to be notified about featured giveaways after it goes live (so you can enter to win), you will want to sign up for The Giveaway Ninja newsletter.   It’s basically an opportunity to find out when people (usually authors) want you to click buttons (usually looking at their Facebook page or such) to win a Kindle or iPad or $100 Amazon gift cards or. . .I mean, why wouldn’t you want to sign up for that?           The cowriting project with Natasha is going beautifully. I mean, as beautifully as a story about people doing awful things for no apparent reason can be. Which probably isn’t beautiful. But whatever. Anyway, the draft is over 10% complete. We even have a working pitch: The world is falling into depravity, and Addie is right in the middle of it. When the madness begins to infiltrate her own mind, she must find the source before she, too, becomes inhumane.   And this cute little girl:   I’ve also started putting together a subdomain of RainyoftheDark, called The Author Realm. Basically, it’ll have all the best-kept secrets of book promotion in it. The stuff I don’t even share on the blog. Deep, dark secrets. Terrible, terrible secrets. Wait, what was I talking about again? Ah, yes. The Author Realm. Anyway, I’ll launch it with a few nifty things, and then update it periodically with niftier things, until it’s the niftiest. And it’s free, so there’s that. But first! I have a lot of work to catch up on, because unlike The Giveaway Ninja and The Author Realm, house gnomes aren’t free....

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Fun With Memes

So, what has occurred in between the amazing wonder that is Effexor withdrawal and chasing after a puppy who thinks pieces of wire are delicious? (Where, exactly, does she even find this wire? I need to have a discussion with the house gnomes.) I’ve made enchiladas. A lot of enchiladas. I’m not much of a cook, but I can occasionally surprise myself in the kitchen—and not just in a way that causes this face: This one is tried and true. But before I go any further, let me say a few things. . . I grew up in the southwest and still live here. I know plenty about real Mexican food—not only from generous Mexican friends and all the two-chair restaurants with broken drive-through speakers dotted across cities, but also places in Mexico where the only solid communication was “Mm, good!” Point being, I know these aren’t real honest-to-goodness enchiladas. Call them what you want. I call them dinner. And, as further demonstration of my lack of chef-skills. . .this isn’t a real recipe. It’s sort of a list of ingredients that you can do what you want with. Chicken (I cook it in a slow cooker with taco seasoning, or salsa verde, or really whatever sounds good and doesn’t require me to put on pants to go to the store), refried beans (again, do what you want), cream cheese (I warm it up first), chopped onions, chopped fresh jalapenos, and shredded cheddar cheese. Fill a flour tortilla (I know, the atrocities don’t end!) then place in a casserole dish with enchilada sauce (I like topping with salsa and cheddar cheese as well). Bake til hot and melty, eat, and take a nap. I worked on the cowriting project with Natasha, and then created the Facebook page for it. Click the banner below to check it out. I’m really excited for this book. I did some geeky back-end work on the music website my friend, Scott, runs. I didn’t do the design or anything, just beating WordPress into submission. Scott’s website can be found here. If you recall a conversation on Facebook about the Giveaway Ninja, I did some work on that. It’s still out in the atmosphere. But it will land. I think I even found someone to run it. If you want to win gift cards every month, sign up for my B&B Giveaways and Deals Newsletter: Last but not least, cranberry tea is awesome. This isn’t new. I just thought you should...

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2015 Blog Stats, So Far

Primarily due to health issues, I have not blogged as much this year as I normally have. I thought, instead of waiting until the end of the year to tally up stats, I would take a cringe-worthy peek at to see how the blog is going so far. Here’s some of the stats I found interesting: The first quarter Winner Takes All giveaway had a total of almost 13,250 views on this blog alone. That is not counting the views for participating bloggers who reposted. It resulted in 8,876 entries on the giveaway. You can get into the first quarter 2016 one here. This book cover had 9,450 views on this post alone. The Cecil the Lion post has had 1,157 views in 2 days. RainyoftheDark.com has had 42,596 unique visitors with 589,088 pages viewed so far this year. Last year we had over a million page views. This does not count robots, worms, etc. And no blog stats discussion can be complete without some of the gem search phrases. I’ll try to help those poor, misguided souls. jinn/genie sale Buy one, get one free? which kind of guys does vanessa morgan like? I. . .I don’t know. Alive ones? my name is intisar what is my future You are probably going to be...

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All The Things!

I used to do this thing where I would post once a day or once a week a sort of “status update” on the nonsense that is my existence. It was oddly popular—oddly because I mostly just write or edit books—but I stopped doing it a while ago. Here’s my lame attempt at starting at it again. I can’t promise the frequency, but I’ll try for daily or every other day or at least once a week (see how I am?) as long as I can come up with something to say besides, “Words…so many words…” In the last, well, day and a half: I took Elphie for her vaccinations. Partly because dogs should be vaccinated, and partly because I’m boarding the dogs in November while I go to Colorado. I promoted the 25 Book Giveaway, which includes books by USA Today Bestselling authors (several!) and even some traditionally published novels. It is just getting started, so enter away. Also, the fact I go out of my way to promote this giveaway time to time should probably tell you that contributing your book is a good idea. 😉 While I make no guarantees (it IS free, after all), participants often receive 100-150 new followers. I created a fairly in-depth spreadsheet to track my book sales. I sort of have a thing for spreadsheets, especially creating ones I forget to use. They look pretty, though. Do you track your book sales, and if so, by what means? I did a big re-organization of One Note and redirected backups. Do you use One Note? If you don’t, I’m not sure how you remember to tie your shoes. Or is that just me? By the sounds of things, you would think I am super organized. I am not, at least by any conventional sense. I’m working on a few new Thunderclaps. If you support any of them, please leave your own Thunderclap link in the comments so I can return the favor. This is another one of those tools that I don’t understand when people don’t use it. Current Thunderclaps: Stifled on Kindle Unlimited Summoned on Wattpad Free Ebook I’ve begun weening off Venlafaxine. If you don’t know what that is, be thankful you haven’t taken it. Personally, I prefer the crazy over any medication that makes you randomly black out. My new PA started. Boy, do I have work for her. Does this mean Rainy will finally get caught up? Stay tuned! 😉 I sufficiently tormented my artist enough creating the cover for Darkness Unveiled, the boxed set I’m running. No, you can’t see the cover yet. The set should be for sale around Halloween. The cover will be flashed around...

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Why I Will Not Support VL (Ginny) Towler’s Book

VL Towler (Ginny Towler) accused me of posting through her Twitter account without her permission. I tried replying that I did not, and it was likely coming through Triberr. Therefore, she would know where to start investigating to turn it off–you know, because you have control of your own timeline, not the people you post from. It’s not like a Facebook wall. Anyway, I tried to explain it to her, but she had blocked me. That’s useful, right? Then she leaves a comment on my blog saying she reported to my agent that I was posting through her without permission. My agent has WAY more important things to do than deal with the fact she doesn’t understand how social networks work. She also goes on to threaten a lawsuit. Wait, can you sue your inability to use the Internet?! Here’s some other fun facts: I have 30k followers on one account alone which grows every day, and Rebecca reposts for me to her 113k account. Why would I bother hacking someone with 9k followers and ZERO important industry contacts? If I was going to magically post through someone else’s account, how about someone cool like JK Rowling or Neil Gaiman? Furthermore, if you really truly believe I hacked you, reset your password. Oh, wait, that requires you understanding how this would work HAD I hacked you. Instead, I took the initiative to contact Dino at Triberr to help find where it’s coming from. Now the funniest part is, unless she figures out her issue, she will auto post this. And yes, I’m naming and shaming because she made it public first and this nonsense has been going on far too long. Contacting my agent and threatening to sue me is way out of...

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