Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Writer's Maze: I Wrote a Book--Now What? And a Giveaway!

What do you do once you've realized your dream and published a book? You sell it, of course!

Go. Now. Buy my book. And tell all of your friends to buy my book.

Share the crap out of my link.
Share it everywhere EVERYWHERE! 

Thank you for your support and encouragement. And thank you for your patience as I write the rest of the SEEK Saga.

Anticipated Release Dates:

Evade (SEEK #2) November 2016
Extract (SEEK #3) May 2017
Kill (SEEK #4) November 2017

As of today, I'm right on schedule and anticipate no problems during production.

Search (SEEK #1) is live. Eeeeep! http://www.amazon.com/Search-SEEK-Candie-Leigh-Campbell-ebook/dp/B01EKKTZT2/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1461193757&sr=1-1&keywords=candie+leigh+campbell#customerReviews

Click the picture for the link to Search (SEEK #1).


SEEK
Out of seven billion people, there’s only one thing we all have in common.
We search for what eludes us.
We evade what causes us sorrow.
We extract what doesn’t suit our needs.
And we kill to get what we want.
WE SEEK.
In the time it takes you to read this, two lives will be revoked and one spared. Some call it divine intervention, others say natural selection decides, but no one really knows for sure.
EXCEPT ME.
My name is Keira, and this is how I saved you.


Seventeen-year-old SEEK agent Keira Donavan knows her job—Search, Evade, Extract, and Kill the Khayal, but when she encounters Jonathan Steed, her green-eyed fast-talking human target she learns her life is a bitter lie. With a bounty on her head and her family held captive, the huntress becomes the hunted. Now Keira must choose, save her family or band together with Jonathan and his crusade of unlikely misfits to prevent the extermination of an ancient mystical race. In the end, no one is safe, not even her heart.

Tweet, Follow and Enter My Amazon eBook Giveaway:

 

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Saturday, April 16, 2016

Writer's Maze: A Toast to the Editor



In every author’s life there are always people who help us become the writer we are. Those people deserve our utmost gratitude. And among this group of encouragers there is most likely also one person who stands out in the crowd. A person who made the difference in your decision to become a writer, or not. A person, who perhaps pushed you over a hump and made you try—or try again. A person whose encouragement was so valuable that you might not even be a writer at all if not for them.

For me, that person was the Editor in chief at a small newspaper I was working at. 



But let me backup. 

All my life I’d wanted to be a writer, I wrote for pleasure and I wrote stories for my children, but I never wrote anything anyone could see.

In a way, I think my late father had a hand in the way fate changed my life, because so many things happened all at once I don’t really even understand to this day how I got here. 

This is how it happened.

I lived in Portland, OR. I worked part time at an upscale salon downtown. I taught cosmetology part time at a college and I went to school fulltime. Majored in Fine Arts. Why? Because I didn’t believe I could be a writer due to my dyslexia – I’d let my disability become my excuse instead of my reason – so I was going to be an illustrator instead, dammit. Luckily, my mother was an artist and my father dabbled in art, so I had just enough residual talent to fake it. 

Then my father died. And this is where my life takes a huge detour. I packed up and moved to a beautiful small town in Oregon to take care of my grieving mother. I got a job at the nicest salon in town, bought a cool house and let my dream of becoming an illustrator go. With no colleges to continue my degree, I was okay with accepting a simple life in my new friendly town. 

Fate had other plans once again. 

Four months later, once I was happily settled in and making friends, I was in a car accident. My neck was so messed up that I couldn’t work in the salon for close to a year. But I needed to work so I took a fulltime job at a local jewelers and a part-time job at the local paper selling advertising. I really enjoyed the challenge of creating the ads and helping people acquire more business. Plus, I got to walk around downtown (all 8 blocks) visiting with people. 

But soon, I needed something more so I enrolled in online college. And here is where my most important person comes in. Debby (I’ll give you her details later), my Editor in chief, asked if I’d like to write a column about the happenings going on downtown. A friendly gossip column of sorts. I desperately wanted to say yes, but I was nervous my spelling and grammar were not up to “publishing” standards.


“Don’t worry,” Debby said. “I’ll edit it first. I won’t put anything out there that isn’t ready.”

My whole world shifted. One column at a time. 

Shout out to Debbie Ohi! I've met her a couple of times at various writer's conferences and she is FABULOUS! 
 
Each week I’d get to do exactly what I’m doing right now, talk about nothing but gibberish. And people liked it. The locals would actually make it a point to tell me how much they enjoyed the column. 

No one was laughing at me. At least not to my face.



My mother was in shock. I don’t think she ever dreamed that I could read, much less write. Remember she’d watched me struggle all my life. She’d gotten my cards and letters over the years—chicken scratched and littered with errors because I couldn’t write to save myself.

But it turns out all I needed was to type— and type a lot. Debby gave me just that chance when she asked me if I wanted to start covering some news also. Let me tell you, you haven’t truly written until you’ve covered a City Council meeting. Ha! I joke. 

It was about a year later that I was standing outside on my back porch, waiting for my dog to do her business, that the universe revealed its ultimate plan for me. It was like a voice, somewhere in my own mind, yet not my usual monologue voice. This voice was important and it made me pay attention. 

It said, “You’ve always wanted to be writer. To write books. In five years, will you still feel the same?”

“Yes,” I answered back, looking to the clouds rushing across the sky.

“And in ten years, twenty years, will you still wish you had written a book?”

“Yes, yes.”

I walked around in a daze that day. And that night I dreamt the end. Not the end of my life but the end of a story I’d been writing in my head for as long as I could remember.

The next morning, I woke up before the sun and began to write. 

That was seven years ago this month. 

Seven happy years spent hammering words onto paper. Seven hard years trying to figure it all out. And seven years of learning who it was I really wanted to be.

So I raise a virtual glass of champagne. “To Debby! Thanks for changing my life. You made me believe I could.”


To find out more about Debby Schoeningh, a witty and talented writer, go to:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/debby-schoeningh-76ab8251

Want to know more about Debby's books?




 Have a mentor you'd like to give a shout-out to? Leave their link below (NO SPAMMERS! I'll delete you!) so we can check them out.

http://candieleighcampbell.com/home/search_seek_1

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Self Published Author Keeping it Real: Simple Marketing

Hello, you wonderful group of followers! You guys are absolutely amazing!

I've had this blog for close to five years now and I can't tell you how much your support has meant to me. It's been a long journey, one I've shared openly, of the many ups and downs to becoming a YA author. And now, as my release date approaches and I try my hand at self marketing (NOT as easy as it sounds!), I thought I'd share with you some of the social media posters I've been creating and sharing EVERYWHERE I can.

If you follow me on social media and you're already sick of seeing these, I apologize. I'm trying really hard not to be THAT author who just bombards you with their crap. I'm trying to mix it up by still posting my usual stuff and sneaking in my commercials on the side.

So here we go, my fabulous whatever-they're-calleds...







If you feel so inclined to share them, thank you! I love you! You're my hero!

Check out the fan made "SEEK Saga" fan page!
It's pretty friggen awesome and I stop by from time to time.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Search (SEEK #1) COVER REVEAL


It's time to share my beautiful cover! It's been a long road getting here and many of you have been with me from the start. Thank you! Your support and encouragement have made it possible.

And for those of you who've accidentally stumbled on this blog and thought you were going to play a word game...I'm sorry, but welcome. I'm happy you're here too.

All right, let's get to it.

HERE

SHE

IS

http://www.amazon.com/Search-SEEK-Candie-Leigh-Campbell-ebook/dp/B01EKKTZT2/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1461291535&sr=8-5&keywords=Search+%28SEEK+%231%29
Picture Opens a Link to Amazon

SEEK
Out of seven billion people, there’s only one thing we all have in common.
We search for what eludes us.
We evade what causes us sorrow.
We extract what doesn’t suit our needs.
And we kill to get what we want.

WE SEEK.

In the time it takes you to read this, two lives will be revoked and one spared. Some call it divine intervention, others say natural selection decides, but no one really knows for sure.

EXCEPT ME.

My name is Keira, and this is how I saved you.


Seventeen-year-old SEEK agent Keira Donavan knows her job—Search, Evade, Extract, and Kill the Khayal, but when she encounters Jonathan Steed, her green-eyed fast-talking human target she learns her life is a bitter lie. With a bounty on her head and her family held captive, the huntress becomes the hunted. Now Keira must choose, save her family or band together with Jonathan and his crusade of unlikely misfits to prevent the extermination of an ancient mystical race. In the end, no one is safe, not even her heart.

Read Chapter One Here!

 

  Search (SEEK #1) release: May 1, 2016

 

Stay tuned for more details and awesome giveaways.

Don't forget to follow me on Goodreads!

Sunday, March 20, 2016

SEEK Treasure Hunt $100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

Just 10 little days. After dreaming about this for four years we are now just 10 measly days away from my oh-my-gosh it's-about-time Search (SEEK #1) cover reveal!

I'm dancing in my chair. It's too much. I'm going to burst!

I can't wait, so here's the deal.

Instead of waiting I'm having an early secret hidden cover reveal on my website starting today March 20, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. EST, along with my secret hidden cover reveal there will be a secret hidden code word, and that secret hidden code word could win you a $100 Amazon Gift Card.
Electronic Gift Card Delivered Via eMail
Electronic $100 Amazon Gift Card Delivered via eMail on 4/2/2016


To win,

  1. Visit candieleighcampbell.com and find the secret hidden cover reveal of Search (SEEK #1) 
  2. Once you've found it locate the secret hidden code word 
  3. Next go to my author Facebook (make sure to LIKE it!), then private message me the secret hidden code word 
  4. Lastly, come back here and comment on this post saying you've found the treasure. 

Are you up to the challenge? Good. Contest ends Midnight EST March 31st, 2016. The winner will be chosen at random and announced right here on April 2nd (so you know this isn't an April fools).

Good luck!


Friday, March 4, 2016

Into the Dim and Celebrating Victories Awesome YA Giveaway!



Firstly, a HUMONGOUS congratulations to my fantastic friend and crit partner Janet B. Taylor! 

  
She is the real deal folks. This girl works her butt off and still finds time to be there for others, remain positive and encouraging, and write us the most amazing romantic historical YA time-travel. Seriously, how many debut books have trended on Twitter hours after their release? Not many, but this baby was trending away! Woohoo! So without further ado, let me introduce Miss Janet Taylor’s lovely book, Into the Dim:



“Addictive, romantic, and rich with historical detail, Into the Dim is an Outlander for teens.

When fragile, sixteen-year-old Hope Walton loses her mom to an earthquake overseas, her secluded world crumbles. Agreeing to spend the summer in Scotland, Hope discovers that her mother was more than a brilliant academic, but also a member of a secret society of time travelers. Trapped in the twelfth century in the age of Eleanor of Aquitaine, Hope has seventy-two hours to rescue her mother and get back to their own time. Along the way, her path collides with that of a mysterious boy who could be vital to her mission . . . or the key to Hope’s undoing.”     

To enter please check out Into the Dim on Goodreads

Follow Miss Janet Taylor on Twitter

Follow the link to my Amazon Giveaway

And that's it. Good luck!

And for those of you following my story, Search (SEEK #1) is coming along nicely. The cover reveal is still set for April 1st and to celebrate these small victories I’m sharing, for the first time ever on my blog, the back cover blurb! 

I can't watch.



Seventeen-year-old SEEK agent Keira Donavan knows her job—Search, Evade, Extract, and Kill the Khayal, but when she encounters Jonathan Steed, her green-eyed fast-talking human target she learns her life is a bitter lie. With a bounty on her head and her family held captive, the huntress becomes the hunted. Now Keira must choose, save her family or band together with Jonathan and his crusade of unlikely misfits to prevent the extermination of an ancient mystical race. In the end, no one is safe, not even her heart.




SEEK
Out of seven billion people, there’s only one thing we all have in common.
We search for what eludes us.
We evade what causes us sorrow.
We extract what doesn’t suit our whims.
And we kill to get what we want.
We SEEK.
In the time it takes you to read this, two lives will be revoked and one spared. Some call it divine intervention, others say natural selection decides, but no one really knows for sure…except me.
My name is Keira, and this is how I saved you.

Well? What do you think? If you like it, please make sure to add me to your Goodreads and mark Search (SEEK #1) To Be Read. Or leave a comment below, all encouragement welcome! Thank you, awesome friends! I heart you all.