Remember Me Always is on Kindle Scout

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So as an update to my last blog post, I am now three days into my Kindle Scout campaign.  I submitted my newest romance novel, Remember Me Always, into the Kindle Scout program.  My campaign started on April 1st, and it will run until May 1st.

My advice for anyone who is interested in submitting a novel to Kindle Scout in the future would be to utilize all of your resources right out of the gate. I did a lot of self-promotion the first day, and my book ended up on the Hot & Trending list.  There are only 20 books on that list, and Kindle Press shows the list on the bottom of every book page and at the top of their homepage.  So they are basically showcasing your book for you, which is a huge plus!!

So how exactly do you self-promote yourself?  If you have an email list, send out an email informing everyone of your campaign.  Tell your friends and family.  Remember that anyone with an Amazon account can nominate you, and every nomination counts!  Post on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.  Share your promotion in Facebook groups.  Join a Facebook RT team for Twitter.  There are a LOT of ways you can self-promote your campaign, but I will warn you — it is time-consuming!

[[ I recently created a Thunderclap campaign as well. ]]

So how is my Kindle Scout campaign doing so far?  Well, I’ve been in the Hot & Trending list for almost the entire time (save for the first few hours of my campaign on day number one).  As I said in my previous blog post, I think being on the Hot & Trending list is vital to having a successful campaign.

Also, I’ve had hundreds of total page views.  I’m not sure how much the total page views matter.  In my research, I saw that a person with 5,000 views did not get published with Kindle Press, whereas a person who had a little over 1,000 views did.  So as of right now, the total page views are not as important as the Hot & Trending list, in my opinion.

So I’m going to continue doing what I’ve been doing since it seems like it’s working…for now at least!  I’m excited to see how long I can keep on the Hot & Trending list for the rest of my campaign.  More importantly, I’m excited to see if Kindle Scout chooses my book for publication! 😉

If you would like to nominate my book, please go to my campaign page.  Thank you very much for your support, and I hope you enjoyed this blog post.  Below is some information about my novel, Remember Me Always.

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REMEMBER ME ALWAYS

Synopsis:

PENNY

Five years ago, I left for college in New York, leaving behind my hometown and my high school sweetheart. I had a plan after I graduated; but somewhere along the way, my train, which was on a one-way trip to happily ever after, somehow got derailed. And so I’m back in Willowbrook, Alabama for one reason and one reason only — to confront Colton Crawford, the guy who broke my heart and a lot of promises. But instead of getting the answers I’m looking for, I only end up with even more questions.

Colton doesn’t remember me, and I suddenly lost the most important person in my life in the blink of an eye. I don’t know if I can win back his heart, but I’m going to try with every fiber of my being to bring Colton back to me.

COLTON

Everything changed five years ago, and my memory was basically wiped clean. A clean slate was exactly what I needed since I wasn’t able to save my brother in the accident that almost claimed my own life. Bringin’ up the past just makes me realize how much I’ve lost, and so forgettin’ is what gets me through the day. Not wantin’ to remember wasn’t really a problem until a pretty blonde by the name of Penny Preston shows up in my bar demandin’ answers…answers that I can’t give her.

I try to ignore the longin’ in my heart, but it’s almost impossible. Somethin’ keeps drawin’ me back to her…no matter how hard I try to push her away. Even though my brain can’t remember her, my heart just can’t seem to forget.

©Angela Snyder, 2016

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Nominate Remember Me Always on Kindle Scout here:

https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/1EUH2ZN9WIHTP

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My Experience With Kindle Scout

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Recently, at the suggestion of a friend and fellow author, I decided to submit my newest romance novel, Remember Me Always, into the Kindle Scout program.

Welcome to reader-powered publishing.
Kindle Scout is reader-powered publishing for new, never-before-published books. It’s a place where readers help decide if a book gets published. Selected books will be published by Kindle Press and receive 5-year renewable terms, a $1,500 advance, 50% eBook royalty rate, easy rights reversions and featured Amazon marketing.

The submission process is relatively easy.  You fill out a form with basic information about your new, never-before-published book.  What I really liked is that Kindle Scout will feature a “backlist” of your books currently published on Amazon.  I have a few books already self-published on the Amazon website.  So the fact that they are driving extra traffic to my other previously published books is a huge plus in my eyes.

Once you submit your book, they send you a verification email, which said it could take the Kindle Press team one to two business days (or more based on number of submissions) to get back to me.

It only took one business day for them to approve my campaign.  They scheduled it for April 1st, and it will run for 30 days through May 1st.  They emailed me the approval along with some links — a preview page (for my eyes only) and the actual link (which wouldn’t be activated until my campaign started) for the public.

Kindle Scout breaks down your campaign into two categories, which are you able to keep track of — Hours in Hot & Trending and Total Page Views.   What they don’t show you — How many nominations you receive.

I had done a fair amount of research before actually entering my book.  There appears to be some sort of secret algorithm that Kindle Scout uses in the selection process.    Now, in my research, I have heard several different authors say that Total Page Views do not seem to count all that much.  Someone with 5,000 views did not get picked, while someone with only a little over 1,000 did.  The only thing that seems to be prominent throughout my searching seems to be that this “secret algorithm” is exactly what it sounds like — it’s secret, and the authors have no way of knowing what the Kindle Scout team is actually looking for in making their decision.

However, one thing that seems to be the best indicator of being picked is that the books chosen appear to have spent a lot of time on the Hot & Trending list.  Only 20 books are chosen for that list, and it updates hourly.  What does that mean exactly?  That means you are going to have to do a LOT of sharing/tweeting/emailing during your 30-day campaign.  You are competing with all of the books in your category, but probably more importantly — you are competing to get into the Hot & Trending category and stay there for as long as you can.  It doesn’t guarantee a contract, but, hey, it most likely helps.

My campaign just started today, so I am anxious to see how it goes.  If you would like to nominate my book, please go to my campaign page.  Thank you very much for your support, and I hope you enjoyed this blog post.  Below is some information about my novel, Remember Me Always.

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REMEMBER ME ALWAYS

Synopsis:

PENNY

Five years ago, I left for college in New York, leaving behind my hometown and my high school sweetheart. I had a plan after I graduated; but somewhere along the way, my train, which was on a one-way trip to happily ever after, somehow got derailed. And so I’m back in Willowbrook, Alabama for one reason and one reason only — to confront Colton Crawford, the guy who broke my heart and a lot of promises. But instead of getting the answers I’m looking for, I only end up with even more questions.

Colton doesn’t remember me, and I suddenly lost the most important person in my life in the blink of an eye. I don’t know if I can win back his heart, but I’m going to try with every fiber of my being to bring Colton back to me.

COLTON

Everything changed five years ago, and my memory was basically wiped clean. A clean slate was exactly what I needed since I wasn’t able to save my brother in the accident that almost claimed my own life. Bringin’ up the past just makes me realize how much I’ve lost, and so forgettin’ is what gets me through the day. Not wantin’ to remember wasn’t really a problem until a pretty blonde by the name of Penny Preston shows up in my bar demandin’ answers…answers that I can’t give her.

I try to ignore the longin’ in my heart, but it’s almost impossible. Somethin’ keeps drawin’ me back to her…no matter how hard I try to push her away. Even though my brain can’t remember her, my heart just can’t seem to forget.

©Angela Snyder, 2016

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Nominate Remember Me Always on Kindle Scout here:

https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/1EUH2ZN9WIHTP

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Remember Me Always ~ Cover Reveal

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Remember Me Always by Angela Snyder


REMEMBER ME ALWAYS

(A Southern Contemporary Romance)
*Blurb subject to change before release*

Synopsis:

PENNY

Five years ago, I left for college in New York, leaving behind my hometown and my high school sweetheart. I had a plan after I graduated; but somewhere along the way, my train, which was on a one-way trip to happily ever after, somehow got derailed. And so I’m back in Willowbrook, Alabama for one reason and one reason only — to confront Colton Crawford, the guy who broke my heart and a lot of promises. But instead of getting the answers I’m looking for, I only end up with even more questions.

Colton doesn’t remember me, and I suddenly lost the most important person in my life in the blink of an eye. I don’t know if I can win back his heart, but I’m going to try with every fiber of my being to bring Colton back to me.

COLTON

Everything changed five years ago, and my memory was basically wiped clean. A clean slate was exactly what I needed since I wasn’t able to save my brother in the accident that almost claimed my own life. Bringin’ up the past just makes me realize how much I’ve lost, and so forgettin’ is what gets me through the day. Not wantin’ to remember wasn’t really a problem until a pretty blonde by the name of Penny Preston shows up in my bar demandin’ answers…answers that I can’t give her.

I try to ignore the longin’ in my heart, but it’s almost impossible. Somethin’ keeps drawin’ me back to her…no matter how hard I try to push her away. Even though my brain can’t remember her, my heart just can’t seem to forget.

©Angela Snyder, 2016


Add Remember Me Always to your Goodreads “Want to Read” Shelf here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29219790-remember-me-always

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I am going to be looking for book bloggers to sign up to receive an ARC of Remember Me Always in exchange for an honest review.  Look for announcements posted on my Facebook page: www.facebook.com/AuthorAngelaSnyder

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Release Date: Spring 2016

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Saving Avery ~ Kindle Countdown Deal

☆.•°*°•.☆KINDLE COUNTDOWN DEAL☆.•°*°•.☆

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My newest release, Saving Avery, is on sale for only 99 cents on Amazon and Amazon UK.  The Kindle Countdown Deal will run for a limited time only from November 20 to November 27.

Amazon US ~ http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0107DLYEU

Amazon UK ~ http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0107DLYEU

[[Read Saving Avery for FREE with Kindle Unlimited!]]


☆☆☆☆4.8 out of 5 stars on Amazon☆☆☆☆

“This book had my heart racing!  I was literally devouring this book just to see what was going to happen.” ~ ABeautifulBookBlog

“The way Avery’s inner turmoil was described along with her coping mechanisms had me riveted to the pages, and I admit I ignored all duties and read this book in two days.  I would pick this up again to read as the messages within the pages are simply inspiring.” ~ Romance Between The Sheets


AMAZON LINKS

Saving Avery is Amazon exclusive and is FREE with Kindle Unlimited!

Amazon US ~ http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0107DLYEU

Amazon UK ~ http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0107DLYEU

Worldwide Amazon Link ~  myBook.to/SavingAvery

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SAVING AVERY

Avery Mason had it all: the nice house, the fancy clothes, the expensive cars and the perfect husband. On the outside looking in, her life appears to be perfect. But inside, Avery knows her life is far from perfection as her husband’s carefully constructed façade slowly starts to crumble.

Forced to fake a happy marriage while enduring physical and mental abuse from the man who had once been her whole world is taking its toll. And ever so slowly, Avery finds herself slipping into an existence where she is gradually becoming a shell of her former self.

When Dr. Max Harrison transfers from Chicago to North Carolina, his world is flipped upside down the moment he sees Avery. With one glimpse into her blue-gray eyes, he can see the pain she is so desperately hiding from the rest of the world. As Avery attempts to push him away, he becomes convinced that there is more to her than meets the eye. And when he finally uncovers her darkest secret, the pieces of the puzzle slowly start to click into place.

Max and Avery want to be together, but nothing in life is ever that simple. It’s not going to be easy to get her away from the powerful Mason family, but Max will risk everything to protect her. His only concern is Saving Avery.


BLOG REVIEWS

I want to thank these amazing book bloggers who were kind enough to post reviews of Saving Avery on their websites and Facebook pages!  Click on the blog names below to see their reviews!

Romance Between The Sheets

Kat Loves Books

The Little Blog of Everything

Clockwork Origin Productions

My Bookshelf Is Yours

To see more reviews, check out Saving Avery on Goodreads.


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Wicked After Dark Anthology Release Party & Rafflecopter Giveaway!

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☆.•°*°•.☆Wicked After Dark Anthology Release Party☆.•°*°•.☆

Join the authors of the Wicked After Dark anthology for our Facebook release party on Tuesday, October 6, 2015.  We are giving away BOOKS, PRIZES, SWAG, GIFT CARDS and more!  Please RSVP and tell your friends!  https://www.facebook.com/events/746868068751598/

Also, enter our Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win a Kindle Fire and other great prizes: http://gvwy.io/6u87sbf

Wicked After Dark is a paranormal romance anthology and contains stories from 20 best-selling authors.  You will get 45 hours of reading time for only 99 cents, and 100 percent of the proceeds benefit the Epilepsy Foundation!

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Wicked After Dark: 20 Steamy Paranormal Tales of Dragons, Vampires, Werewolves, Shifters, Witches, Angels, Demons, Fey, and More

20 paranormal romance stories from your favorite USA Today best-selling and award-winning authors just in time for Halloween!
All proceeds to benefit The Epilepsy Foundation.


Mina Carter – The Reaper and the Cop
Julia Mills – Her Dragon to Slay
Stephanie Rowe – Darkness Unleashed
PM Briede – Spark
Jami Brumfield – Remote Paranoia
Claudy Conn – Dark Love
Eden Elsworth – Frippe House
Nicole Garcia – A Love for Somnus
Lane Hart – Let Him Reign
Tracey Jane Jackson – Bound by Fire
Melanie James – Conjuring Darkness
Gena D. Lutz – Chasing Magic
Michelle Mankin – Strange Magic Part I, II
Marie Mason – You Lucky Witch
A K Michaels – The Witch, The Wolf and The Vampire
Angela Snyder – Vampire Next Door
Candice Stauffer – Exquisite Breath of Darkness
Melissa Stevens – Change
Izzy Szyn – Bite Thy Neighbor
C.A. Tibbitts – Shifter In Training


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Amazon US ~ http://amzn.to/1h37PSc
Amazon UK ~ http://www.amazon.co.uk/Wicked-After-Dark-Paranormal-Werewolves-ebook/dp/B011576CZS
Worldwide Amazon Link ~ http://myBook.to/WickedAfterDark
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..B&N, iTunes & Kobo Links..
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Barnes and Noble ~ http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/wicked-after-dark-mina-carter/1122266450?ean=2940152232028
iTunes ~ https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1017397869
Kobo ~ https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/wicked-after-dark


Wicked After Dark Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WickedAfterDarkProject

Mobile Facebook Page Link: https://m.facebook.com/WickedAfterDarkProject


Here are the authors you’ll find in this anthology:

 Click on the author’s name below to visit their Facebook page and find out more about their books and upcoming releases.  Follow them on Twitter and find out news about the Wicked After Dark anthology using the hashtag #GetWickedAfterDark

Mina Carter@MinaCarter
Julia Mills@juliamills623
Stephanie Rowe@StephanieRowe2
PM Briede@PMBriede
Jami Brumfield@JamiMBrumfield
Claudy Conn@Claudyconn
Eden Elsworth – @denwor

Nicole Garcia @AuthorNGarcia
Lane Hart@WritingfromHart
Tracey Jane Jackson@trixiejaxn
Melanie James @AutMelanieJames
Gena D. Lutz @GenaDLutz
Michelle Mankin @MichelleMankin
Marie Mason @mariemasonwrite
A.K. Michaels @AvaKMichaels
Angela Snyder @AuthorAngelaS
Candice Stauffer @crstffr999
Melissa Stevens @MelissaTStevens
Izzy Szyn @izzyszyn
C.A. Tibbitts – @catibbitts

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Wicked After Dark Anthology

☆.•°*°•.☆Wicked After Dark Anthology☆.•°*°•.☆

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Twenty paranormal romance authors are contributing their books in the Wicked After Dark box set. This anthology will be released October 6, 2015, priced at only $0.99, with all proceeds donated to the Epilepsy Foundation.

Wicked After Dark: 20 Steamy Paranormal Tales of Dragons, Vampires, Werewolves, Shifters, Witches, Angels, Demons, Fey, and More

20 Hot-As-Hell stories from your favorite USA Today best selling and award-winning authors just in time for Halloween!
All proceeds to benefit The Epilepsy Foundation


Mina Carter – The Reaper and the Cop
Julia Mills – Her Dragon to Slay
Stephanie Rowe – Darkness Unleashed
PM Briede – Spark
Jami Brumfield – Remote Paranoia
Claudy Conn – Dark Love
Eden Elsworth – Frippe House
Nicole Garcia – A Love for Somnus
Lane Hart – Let Him Reign
Tracey Jane Jackson – Bound by Fire
Melanie James – Conjuring Darkness
Gena D. Lutz – Chasing Magic
Michelle Mankin – Strange Magic Part I, II
Marie Mason – You Lucky Witch
A K Michaels – The Witch, The Wolf and The Vampire
Angela Snyder – Vampire Next Door
Candice Stauffer – Exquisite Breath of Darkness
Melissa Stevens – Change
Izzy Szyn – Bite Thy Neighbor
C.A. Tibbitts – Shifter In Training


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………..Amazon Links………..
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Amazon US ~ http://www.amazon.com/Wicked-After-Dark-Paranormal-Werewolves-ebook/dp/B011576CZS
Amazon UK ~ http://www.amazon.co.uk/Wicked-After-Dark-Paranormal-Werewolves-ebook/dp/B011576CZS
Worldwide Amazon Link ~ http://myBook.to/WickedAfterDark
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..B&N, iTunes & Kobo Links..
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Barnes and Noble ~ http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/wicked-after-dark-mina-carter/1122266450?ean=2940152232028
iTunes ~ https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1017397869
Kobo ~ https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/wicked-after-dark


Wicked After Dark Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WickedAfterDarkProject

Mobile Facebook Page Link: https://m.facebook.com/WickedAfterDarkProject


Here are the authors you’ll find in this anthology:

 Click on the author’s name below to visit their Facebook page and find out more about their books and upcoming releases.  Follow them on Twitter and find out news about the Wicked After Dark anthology using the hashtag #GetWickedAfterDark

Mina Carter@MinaCarter
Julia Mills@juliamills623
Stephanie Rowe@StephanieRowe2
PM Briede@PMBriede
Jami Brumfield@JamiMBrumfield
Claudy Conn@Claudyconn
Eden Elsworth – @denwor

Nicole Garcia @AuthorNGarcia
Lane Hart@WritingfromHart
Tracey Jane Jackson@trixiejaxn
Melanie James @AutMelanieJames
Gena D. Lutz @GenaDLutz
Michelle Mankin @MichelleMankin
Marie Mason @mariemasonwrite
A.K. Michaels @AvaKMichaels
Angela Snyder @AuthorAngelaS
Candice Stauffer @crstffr999
Melissa Stevens @MelissaTStevens
Izzy Szyn @izzyszyn
C.A. Tibbitts – @catibbitts

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#NewRelease Saving Avery

☆.•°*°•.☆NEW RELEASE☆.•°*°•.☆

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Saving Avery is now available on Amazon!

SAVING AVERY

Avery Mason had it all: the nice house, the fancy clothes, the expensive cars and the perfect husband. On the outside looking in, her life appears to be perfect. But inside, Avery knows her life is far from perfection as her husband’s carefully constructed façade slowly starts to crumble.

Forced to fake a happy marriage while enduring physical and mental abuse from the man who had once been her whole world is taking its toll. And ever so slowly, Avery finds herself slipping into an existence where she is gradually becoming a shell of her former self.

When Dr. Max Harrison transfers from Chicago to North Carolina, his world is flipped upside down the moment he sees Avery. With one glimpse into her blue-gray eyes, he can see the pain she is so desperately hiding from the rest of the world. As Avery attempts to push him away, he becomes convinced that there is more to her than meets the eye. And when he finally uncovers her darkest secret, the pieces of the puzzle slowly start to click into place.

Max and Avery want to be together, but nothing in life is ever that simple. It’s not going to be easy to get her away from the powerful Mason family, but Max will risk everything to protect her. His only concern is Saving Avery.

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KINDLE LINKS

Saving Avery is Amazon exclusive and is FREE with Kindle Unlimited!

Amazon US – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0107DLYEU

Amazon UK – http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0107DLYEU

Worldwide Amazon Link –  myBook.to/SavingAvery

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PAPERBACK LINKS

My eStore – https://www.createspace.com/5116363

(Use coupon code D9YMGQG5 during checkout at my eStore to get $2.00 off!)

Amazon US – http://www.amazon.com/Saving-Avery-Angela-Snyder/dp/1507677553
Amazon UK – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Saving-Avery-Angela-Snyder/dp/1507677553
Worldwide Amazon Link – http://myBook.to/SavingAveryPB

Barnes & Noble – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/saving-avery-angela-snyder/1122195016?ean=9781507677551

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BLOG REVIEWS

I want to thank these amazing book bloggers who were kind enough to post reviews of Saving Avery on their websites and Facebook pages!  Click on the blog names below to see their reviews!

Romance Between The Sheets

Kat Loves Books

The Little Blog of Everything

Clockwork Origin Productions

My Bookshelf Is Yours

To see more reviews, check out Saving Avery on Goodreads.


If you enjoyed this blog post, please click the like button and share with your friends.  Thank you!

Saving Avery Release Party

SAVING AVERY RELEASE PARTY

Join me and over 30 other authors and book bloggers as we celebrate the release of my second novel, Saving Avery.  I am hosting a Facebook event on July 18th through July 20th that will feature giveways from over 30 participants.  The giveaways will include gift cards, books (paperback and e-book), swag and more!  Please RVSP and invite your friends! 🙂

Join the party here:  https://www.facebook.com/events/474522539382181/

If you are an author or book blogger and would like to sign up to post a giveaway, please contact me on my Facebook page.


Pre-order Saving Avery, a 98,000+ word stand-alone romantic suspense novel, at the special pre-order and release week price of only $2.99!

Release Date: July 21, 2015

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Saving Avery is Amazon exclusive and will be available for FREE with Kindle Unlimited!

Amazon US – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0107DLYEU

Amazon UK – http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0107DLYEU

Worldwide Amazon Link –  myBook.to/SavingAvery

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Saving Avery – Excerpt

An Excerpt from Saving Avery

Saving_Avery_CoverCopyright © 2015 Angela Snyder

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in retrieval system, copied in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise transmitted without written permission from the publisher. You must not circulate this excerpt in any format.


     MAX

     My footsteps slow as I near the room. Avery’s voice floats out into the hall. I can’t really hear what she’s saying, but Jacob giggles. A grin pulls at the corners of my mouth. I want to talk to her again and see if she responds with more than just a smile. It’s not that I mind her usual engaging smile that seems to instantly turn me to mush; it’s just that I love to hear the sound of her voice.

     “Hey, Avery,” I say as I walk into Jacob’s room.

     She looks up at me with those hauntingly beautiful blue-gray eyes. Her dark hair glistens in the sunlight cascading through the window, highlighting the deep shades of red. Her smile dims a bit, and I feel a profound sense of sadness radiating from her. I just can’t quite shake the feeling that she’s constantly on edge around me. I just wish I knew why.

     Avery remains quiet, barely acknowledging that I’m even there. I know she was just talking to Jacob right before I entered the room, so I wonder why she won’t talk to me. Maybe her foul mood is because of something I’ve done and has nothing to do with last night at all. The thought of me upsetting her in some way puts me into a panic. “How are you?” I ask, trying to strike up a conversation.

     Her eyes go to the floor and dart left and right as if she’s trying to decide. I wonder what’s going on in that pretty little head of hers. She opens her mouth, but closes it almost immediately. I can see the tears in her eyes as she runs out of the room. I look at Jacob, and he just shrugs.

     I dart into the hall and see Avery disappearing into the break room. I follow her, catching the door before it can close. Her back is to me, and she’s slumped over the sink with her hands gripping the counter. “Avery,” I say as the door shuts behind me.

     She immediately straightens her spine, and it reminds me of what she does on the beach after she’s let out all of her emotions. It’s as if she’s rebuilding a hard exterior around herself that no one can penetrate. “I’m sorry,” she says so low it’s barely above a whisper.

     She’s sorry? For what? I don’t even know what she’s apologizing for. Confused, I walk over to her. “Hey, if I did something to offend you, just tell me.” I’m behind her now. She’s staring straight ahead out the small window above the sink. Her breathing is shallow, and her shoulders are bunched up around her ears from being so tense. “Did I do or say something wrong? Is that why you’ve been avoiding me? Is that why you won’t talk to me?” I’m asking a lot of questions, but I’m desperate to know the answers. There is some kind of connection between us, and I need to know that I’m not imagining it. I just want her to tell me that she feels the same way. Even if it’s just friendship, I’ll take it. I just want to help her with whatever it is she’s dealing with.

     She turns and looks at me for a fraction of a second, but it’s long enough to see a million emotions flash behind those piercing eyes. She steps around me to leave. She’s always running away, but I’m not going to let her today. I’m going to get to the bottom of this right here, right now. “Wait a minute,” I say as my hand darts out and grasps her wrist in a firm, but gentle grip.

     Crying out in pain, she jerks away from me quickly. In the process of pulling away, the sleeve of her cardigan slides up her arm, revealing purplish-blue marks on her exposed skin. Even though I don’t want to frighten or upset her, I reach out and gently pull the sleeve up a little more. I quickly inspect her skin before she pulls away. She has bruises the whole length of her forearm. Some are fresh, and some are old based on their color. My brows furrow as I meet her gaze. “Who did this to you?”

     Her eyes are wide as she looks up at me, and I realize I just saw something I wasn’t ever supposed to see. “I…I fell,” she says, her voice catching.

     She’s lying right to my face. Those bruise patterns are not from a fall. And I bet if I placed my fingers over the elongated bruises around her wrist, they would almost match. What is she trying to cover up? Who is she trying to protect?


 Pre-order Saving Avery, a 98,000+ word stand-alone romantic suspense novel, at the special pre-order and release week price of only $2.99!

Release Date: July 21, 2015

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Saving Avery is Amazon exclusive and will be available for FREE with Kindle Unlimited!

Amazon US – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0107DLYEU

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