Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Oy! The Things I Do For You...

Free. Yep, EFF ARE EEE EEE. Free: Complimentary. Gratis. For nothing. On the house.  Gratuitous. Chargeless. Pro bono. Zip. Bupkiss. Nanda. Without cost. Unencumbered.

Starting at  midnight, May 1, 2013 through midnight May 5, 2013, for the first time ever, you can download, for FREE,  The Carriage Trade. 

But wait! There's more!  Splitting the Difference will be free also, but I've given that one away before. So you might already have it.

"Why?" You might ask yourself, "Is the notoriously cheap frugal Slave Driver being so benevolent?" Has she inherited a butt-load of money from a distant relative? Won the Nigerian Lottery, perhaps? Had an epiphany and converted to an organized religion?

Naw... It's all a ploy. Because I realized, by watching various ABC Afterschool Specials when I was a child, that smart dealers give out the first hit of their product for free. Once you've been exposed to the wonders of _________ (crack, Costco, Netflix: fill in your poison here) if you enjoy it, you're hooked. And then you want more.

So I'm hoping that you will be hooked on my voice. Download The Carriage Trade for free, and maybe you'll want to read the sequel, The Re-Education of the One Trick Pony. Which, coincidentally, is being released tomorrow also. But that book isn't free. It's $4.99.

Why not collect the whole set!?!

See how it works? Sneaky, huh?

So run! (do not walk) over to my Lisa Deon author page on Amazon and stick it to the man by downloading two free eBooks. And, you know, buy The Re-Education of the One Trick Pony, since you're over there anyway. After all, why waste the virtual gas and have to make another internet trek to get the third book later on. Really, it's a matter of convenience. See the kind of favor I'm doing you? Logical, if you think about it.

What's that? You don't own a Kindle? Why not? I've got over 170 books on mine and it never once gained any weight. When I grow up, I want to be a Kindle reading device. Think how luxurious it would be to devour the most tasty morsels and never gain an ounce.

Okay, so you don't want a Kindle, because you're a ludite, or have a paper eating habit, like to dog-ear the pages, or have an aversion to shiny, pretty things. Well, obviously you got here using an electronic device, so go download the free (I've used that word a lot in this post) Kindle Reader app for your platform of choice and dive right in.

But wait!!! THERE'S EVEN MORE!!!

I'm running a contest. A fabulous contest where you can win one of the highly coveted The Carriage Trade or The Re-Education of the One Trick Pony coffee mugs! Yes, it's true! Purchase The Re-Education of the One Trick Pony and you have a chance to win a beautiful mug to slurp the beverage of your choice from. Coffee, tea, vodka, some shit that's healthy for you, I don't care! Use it to store pencils, cotton balls or change. Ensconce it in a shrine or carry it down a dark alley and use it as a weapon. How you utilize it matters naught to me.  But if you're going to buy the novel anyway, make sure you follow the steps that will enter you into the contest.

Two winners will be selected.

Prizes: One (1) coffee cup printed with the cover images of either The Re-Education of the One Trick Pony or The Carriage Trade. Winners will be given their choice of which mug design they wish to receive.

1.TWO WAYS TO ENTER  Between 12:01 am on May 1, 2013 and 11:59 pm on May 5, 2013, "LIKE" the Facebook page of Lisa Deon Writer , https://www.facebook.com/LisaDeonWriter and then purchase a download copy of the eBook The Re-Education of the One Trick Pony by Lisa Deon on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Re-Education-Trick-Carriage-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B00CKGBLRI/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1367348611&sr=1-1&keywords=Lisa+deon and post that you have done so on the Lisa Deon Writer Facebook page after the purchase has been made.

OR (for you non-Facebook people)

Between 12:01 am on May 1, 2013 and 11:59 pm on May 5, 2013, purchase a download copy of the eBook The Re-Education of the One Trick Pony. When you receive an email confirmation of purchase from Amazon, forward that email copy to me, Lisa{at}LisaDeon{dot}com

2. ELIGIBILITY: Open to legal residents of the fifty United States and District of Columbia who purchase an eBook copy of The Re-Education of the One Trick Pony between May 1, 2013 and May 5, 2013. Purchaser must share their purchase on their own Facebook page and "like" the Lisa Deon Writer Facebook page to be entered in the giveaway. Failure to "Like" the Lisa Deon Writer page, and then post your purchase on both your personal Facebook page and the Lisa Deon Writer Facebook page, or failure to forward the Amazon email detailing your purchase of TheRe-Education of the One Trick Pony to me (Lisa{at}LisaDeon{dot}com) will make you ineligible to win.

3. WINNERS SELECTION: Winners will be selected within 48 hours after the close of the event from among all eligible entries received during the Giveaway. Winners will be determined at random using Random.org. Winners will be announced on the giveaway post and contacted via email by May 7, 2013. Winners will have 48 hours to respond with their full name, mailing address and email information to claim their prize or a new winner will be selected. Mailing address must be within the fifty United States and District of Columbia. A list of winners can be requested at anytime by contacting Lisa{at}LisaDeon{dot}com. Winners need to send their information to Lisa {at}LisaDeon{dot}com

4. ODDS OF WINNING: Odds of winning a prize is dependent upon the total number of eligible purchase entries received. Prizes are limited to one (1) per household.

5. GENERAL: Subject to all federal, state and local laws/regulations. Neither Lisa Deon nor any affiliates will have any liability whatsoever for any injuries, losses or damages of any kind caused by any prize or resulting from acceptance, use and/or misuse of any prize or possession, due to participation in this promotion. Acceptance of a prize shall be construed as and signify the winner’s agreement and consent that Lisa Deon / Sponsor may use the winner’s name, likeness and/or prize information, without limitation, for promotional purposes without further consideration, review, approval or payment, where allowed by law. By participating in this promotion, entrants agree to be bound by the decisions of Lisa Deon / Sponsor, which are final and binding in all respects.

6. INTERNET: Lisa Deon / Sponsor is not responsible for electronic transmission errors resulting in omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operations or transmission or alterations of entry materials, or for technical, network, telephone equipment, electronic, computer, hardware or software malfunctions or limitations of any kind, or inaccurate transmissions of or failure to receive entry information by Lisa Deon / Sponsor on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website or any combination thereof. If, for any reason, the promotions are not capable of running as planned for any reason Lisa Deon / Sponsor reserves the right to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Giveaway and select the winners by random drawing from among all eligible entries received from all methods combined up to the point of the action taken by Lisa Deon / Sponsor.

7. SPONSOR: Lisa Deon  is the host of the giveaway and Sponsor. The Sponsor is deemed to be the party providing the product for the giveaway. Lisa Deon / Sponsor is responsible for shipment and delivery of giveaway product, unless otherwise specified.

8. DISCLOSURE: The prize for the Giveaway is not considered compensation in order to facilitate a review. The comments made within the post are in no way edited or influenced by any parties, including Lisa Deon / Sponsor.

So, to sum it up:

1)"Like" my Facebook Lisa Deon Writer page.
2)Buy a copy of The Re-Education of the One Trick Pony
3)"Share" through Amazon (which gets posted on your Facebook page) that you have made the purchase.
4)Go back to my Lisa Deon Writer page and post that you have purchased the book.
5)I then verify your purchase, and enter you in the contest.
6) Check back on at my blog, Confessions of a Slave Driver May 7 to see if you are a WINNER!

1) Between 12:01 am on May 1, 2013 and 11:59 pm on May 5, 2013, purchase a download copy of the eBook The Re-Education of the One Trick Pony.
2)When you receive an email confirmation of purchase from Amazon, forward that email copy to me, Lisa{at}LisaDeon{dot}com
3)I then verify your purchase, and enter you in the contest.
4) Check back at my blog, Confessions of a Slave Driver on May 7 to see if you are a WINNER

Easy peasey.


Tuesday, April 23, 2013

This is NOT "My Pretty Pony"...

I spent last weekend at a mansion with a bunch of romance writers. My roomie and I had nice digs. A beautiful queen size bed, bathroom with a claw footed tub, although our loft was infested with three other writers... but that wasn't problematic in the least. They climbed up the ladder to their attic enclosure and didn't toss miscellaneous flotsam onto us while we were sleeping so everything was good. I had just brought up my second load of junk (I do not travel light. Go camping with me... If you forget something, it's not a problem; I've brought along two) and dropped it in the corner when I spied a wooden object behind the headboard. 

The designed of this house is a little odd... lots of weird angles and cubbyholes causes furniture to sit in the middle of a room instead of against a wall. At first glance I was delighted by my discovery; that is, until I got a closer look. What should have been an awesome find for a person as addicted to horses as I am, ended up giving us the heebie-jeebies.

You see, I'd found Deviltariat. He was an enormous demon horse, carved from the sick psyche of someone who obviously has never been enamoured with horses of any kind. His wooden eyes glowed with malice, and his open mouth was poised to bite. And, he was the size of a pony. 

"Why, oh why?" I cried, falling to my knees in front of the horse from hell, begging him not to kill me in my sleep. Okay, I didn't really do that. But what I did do was to throw a towel over his head to block out his evil thoughts. Then I made a tinfoil hat to wear while sleeping, so his aberrant telepathic images wouldn't invade my already over-imaginative writer's mind. 

But that's just me. You might have slept like a baby. You know, with THIS only inches behind your head~

I thought not.

The rest of the house was no less, err, interesting when it came to the choice of decor. There is a huge presence of carved stuff. I found it particularly disturbing to have Angels looking as my butt when I was seated on the toilet. 

However, I will admit that the view of the canyon, deer and wild turkey outside made up for the oddities inside. Even considering I was surrounded by writers, and we are infamous for coming up with weird stuff like this.

Indoor Pool

A non-creepy yet huge Remington cast

Deer chillin' in someone's front yard.

Anyway, my next blog will be about my new book, The Re-Education of the One Trick Pony. There will be contests, prizes, cake, and of course wine. You can win the prizes. The cake and wine are mine. 

All mine.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch~

So I have done pretty much all I can do up to this point with my novel. Currently, I'm in a kind of writer's limbo, waiting for edits and critiques from people. What I do while I'm waiting is dink around with the cover, order promotional items from Vista Print and Walmart photo, and cobble together a synopsis.

Here is what I have so far:

The Re-Education of the One Trick Pony:

After you get to Happily Ever After, how do you keep from mucking it up?

Carlin "Carlos" Farley Fantazma's world had finally settled into her best imitation of normal. Saddled with brain damage, aphasia, and a prosthetic left foot, she controls the reins of a successful horse drawn carriage company; that is, with the assistance of her friends and employees. Married to the man she has loved all of her life, their joy at expecting a child is only slightly offset by her fear that she'll leave her baby someplace and forget where she put it.

Bill Fantazma is torn between loving his wife so much he finds it hard to breathe, and wanting to strangle her for her feisty independence and occasional outrageous behavior. He's trying to juggle his own career needs while surreptitiously micro-managing his wife. So he sees no problem with the little white lie he tells to avoid the possibility of bailing her out of jail for attempted murder. But they all discover that deception can be insidious, and wishing he'd paid attention to a creeping shadow of doubt could have saved the life of a much loved employee.

Loyalties are tested, relationships are fractured, and accusations are hurled, but when the real enemy's agenda threatens everything, the women of the tribe coalesce and make sure that retribution is swift, painful, and long lasting. And in the end, someone will discover that to be successful in life you have to be willing to improvise.

Some people do the right thing. Some people do the wrong thing. And some people do things because a little birdie tells them to...

And this is what I have so far for the cover:

Yes, I know there is a big blank space on the left; that's for the spine and the back cover. That tag line/synopsis/tag line will be there, but I can't do anything else until the interior file is ready to go.  Plus, MBA says I need to have my name bigger, but once again I have to wait until I get it on Createspace to tighten up the graphics.

Otherwise, not much else is new. Except we went to the annual Holi Festival of Color at the Krishna Temple in Spanish Fork, Utah. 

There were a lot of people there; the festival gets bigger every year. We stayed for the first throw, then we left. I do not like crowds. 

I'm aiming for a release date of May 1, 2013 for the eBook and June 1, 2013 for the paperback. While we wait, enjoy this picture of my dog, Kiowa, and the Nylabone that's almost a big as she is: