SEVEN THINGS YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW TO SUPPORT YOUR FAVORITE AUTHOR

HI, MY NAME IS BRANDI AND I’M AN AUTHOR.

I’m also a wife, mom, friend, daughter, sister, infertility warrior, fixer-upper inhabitant, small business owner, creator, encourager, reader, decorator, and a million other things that make me…me.
Trust me when I say that when anyone does anything (and I mean just about anything) to support my book and/or my writing career, an actual person (me) does a very excited and unversed dance. Because honestly? I don’t have time to write. I make time (usually, anyway) because it’s something I feel called to do. It’s not a job for me; it’s a passion.
I’ve always been an avid small shop supporter because I know first-hand the amount of effort that it takes to make a business successful, and now that I write books, I now know first-hand the amount of effort that it takes to make a book successful.
And let me tell you, it ain’t easy.
So, if you know an author personally, love an author that doesn’t know you exist, or know ME (hi, hello, hey), here are seven things you can do to support them (trust me: these go a lot farther than you think).

BUY THEIR BOOK.

Okay, duh, stating the obvious here. Buying an author’s book supports them financially, but it also tells them their time (weeks, months, years) was worth it because ding someone bought their book.
(You can buy mine HERE.)

RATE THEIR BOOK.

Did you know that one of the number one ways Amazon ranks a book is by the reviews it has? The fewer reviews a book has, the fewer brownie points Amazon gives it. Reviews cause Amazon to give a book a double take and even put them on a bestselling list.
But don’t hang all your clothes to dry on Amazon! Other platforms, like Goodreads, also tally reviews. Goodreads is one of my favorite platforms because you’re able to connect with your friends solely about BOOKS. It’s one of the number one platforms that people find a new book to read (or author to love).
(Add me on Goodreads HERE! I love to connect with fellow readers!)

TELL YOUR FRIENDS ABOUT THEIR BOOK.

When a friend comes up to you and says, “I’ve just read a book that I think you will love!”, how likely are you to read that book? I’m very likely to. Word-of-mouth is powerful in the world of books.

REQUEST THEIR BOOK AT THE LIBRARY.

Want to read the book but can’t financially do it right now? I totally get that. Do you and your author friend a favor by requesting the book at the library if it isn’t already there. Not only will you get to read it for free, but so will many others that happen upon it while scouring the library shelves.

POST ON THE BOOK ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND/OR YOUR BLOG.

There’s a reason being an “influencer” is a legitimate job right now - social media is a powerhouse for marketing and connecting with others. I cannot tell you the number of times I’ve connected with someone about my book or a fellow writer because someone posted about my book on their blog, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and/or Pinterest. One post can bring so much to an author.

ALSO, SHARE THEIR SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS.

Did they post a giveaway? What about an excerpt from their book? Or a blog post about their book?
Share it! No one said you needed to come up with your own content to make a difference! Sharing posts is one of the number one ways social media users connect with each other - take advantage of it. :)

REACH OUT TO THE AUTHOR AND TELL THEM YOU LOVED THEIR BOOK.

I also can’t tell you how many times I’ve been down because of book sales, stuck in a writer’s block, or questioning if I’m in the right career, and I’ve received a message or email from a reader about how much they loved my book. There is truly nothing like it, and your words are so influential!

WHATEVER YOU DO TO SUPPORT AN AUTHOR, KNOW THAT YOUR EFFORTS ARE 110% WORTH IT. I PROMISE. ;)

How have you supported an author that you love? I’d love to hear it in the comments!

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A FULL BOOK REVIEW OF "GETTING EVEN"

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Well, here I am, writing my first official book review! *does a little dance*
Reviews are so, so important in the writing world, so I’d thought I’d branch out from my quick Goodreads and Instagram book reviews (but don’t leave me on their just yet - I’ll still be posting there, too!) and starting packing some meat onto my reviews on my blog. After all, books are most often sold because of recommendations…hint hint.
Here we go!

“GETTING EVEN” BY SARAH RAYNER


My synopsis: A set of best friends, Ivy and Orianna, work together as partners in an advertising agency. By all accounts, they appear to be an average set of BFFs. But, when Orianna is promoted and Ivy is not, we very quickly see a green side to Ivy, and her jealously is fast-firing. She quickly sets out to ruin every part of Orianna that she can get her hands on: her shiny new job, her relationship with her boyfriend, her other friendships. Ivy lies and schemes her way through Orianna’s life, but what’s that over there? Oh, Ivy had some big secrets of her own.
But don’t think you have it figured out just yet, because the ending will spin you faster than bad theme park ride.
First thoughts: There’s a broken vase on the cover with pretty flowers protruding from it. Lies disguised as something pretty, perhaps? There’s also the tagline of, “Revenge has never been such fun.” Yes, I’m intrigued. Let’s read it.
It’s a little slow in the beginning. A lot of background, but I realize later on that this background info is necessary for the rest of the story.
But about halfway through, the book picks up speed, and I’m starting to flip the pages faster and faster. I loathe Ivy and her self-righteous behavior. I love Orianna but pity her simultaneously. She really needs better friends.
I finish in five days, which is fairly quick for also keeping my tiny human alive and my own writing afloat. It was good and the twists kept me reading. It could definitely be turned into a Lifetime movie. It has that feel to it.
Overall, I gave it four stars on Goodreads. Do I recommend it? I do, especially if you like saying, “How dare she!” over and over again.
Pick up your own copy HERE. Check out Rayner’s website HERE. (She sounds like a lovely woman - I’d love to meet her in person one day.)

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20 VALENTINE'S DAY BOOKS FOR TODDLERS UNDER $10

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Happy February 1st AND happy Friday! So many things to celebrate today.
So, can I just say that holidays are so great with kids? Lilli is at the age (3) where she’s starting to realize that holidays are extra special days to celebrate, and I love planning out crafts and picking out themed books for her to read.
Speaking of books…we’ve snagged so many cute V-day themed ones this year. It’s all we’ve been reading lately, and I really can’t complain. Today I’ve compiled a list of our top 20 favorites that we’ve read so far this year, all under $10.
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LILLI’S FAVORITE VALENTINE’S DAY BOOKS IN 2019

My Froggy Valentine || This one seems to be her favorite this year. She’s been obsessed with princesses lately, and this one has a special take on what we define as a “princess”. It’s a short, easy read with fun graphics and a cute story line.
Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch || I think this one is my favorite this year. It’s a little long, so you’ll want to save it for an uninterrupted time. But it’s a sweet story about how a lonely man finds out just how much he’s loved by his friends on Valentine’s Day.
Llama Llama, Be My Valentine! || We grabbed this book at the library because I’ve seen this show previewed on Netflix and thought it might be cute. It’s a Level 2 reader about Llama Llama’s class finding their creative talents while making valentine’s for their friends, and that everyone has their own special ability.
Valentine’s Day is Here! by Little People || Lilli has a big bucket filled with the Little People dolls, and she picked this one out herself. She loves books with open-flaps, and this book has a ton of them. Quick, interactive read that keeps her occupied and interested.
Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown! || This is the very first Valentine’s Day book I bought for Lilli, back on her very first Valentine’s Day. It’ll always be special to me, but Lilli adores the Charlie Brown stories, as do I. It’s a decent-length read about Charlie Brown finding out that his friends really do care.
Snuggle Puppy! || So, this book might be best suited for younger toddlers, but it’s one of mine and Lilli’s favorites to read. Every night before bed we sing this song together to say “I love you” before bed. Very quick read with some singing involved. :)
Peppa’s Valentine’s Day || Lilli loves watching this show because of the accents throughout the show. It’s a cute story about Peppa showing her friends how much she cares for them on Valentine’s Day.
Happy Valentine’s Day Mouse || This is the same series as “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie), and it’s a great book if you’re looking for one to explain what Valentine’s Day is to toddlers.
Love from The Very Hungry Caterpillar || I adore Eric Carle’s books. I’m slowly stocking them on Lilli’s bookshelf, and she loves them just as much as I do.
I Love You! The Big Valentine’s Day Coloring Book || So, not exactly a book, but we’re really big into crafts around here, and this coloring book is perfect for v-day crafts.
Minnie’s Valentine || We have a Mickey Mouse book for every holiday. They never fail to get Lilli excited to read.
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Rose || Lilli giggles her little head off at the original version of this book (Swallowed a Fly). Love this Valentine’s Day edition.
The Day It Rained Hearts || A cute story about a girl making valentines from hearts that are falling from the sky.
The Biggest Valentine Ever! || If you’ve ever heard of the book, “The Biggest Pumpkin Ever!”, this book might be familiar to you. Written by the same author, it’s a good story with a lesson about teamwork.
One Love || This book is written by Bob Marley’s oldest daughter, Cedella Marley, and is a story revolved around Bob Marley’s song, “One Love” about changing the world we live in for the better. It’s not technically about Valentine’s Day, but it is about love, which is what Valentine’s Day should always be about.
Snowy Valentine || If you live anywhere like me that usually has cold temperatures and snow for Valentine’s Day, this book is perfect.
You Are My Heart || The sweetest story from mom to child about how much we love them, even before they were born.
The Night Before Valentine’s Day || I love how this story entices excitement for the night before v-day, similar to Christmas Eve.
12 Days of Valentine’s || Also similar to Christmas, this book coincides with the song “Twelve Days of Christmas”, just in Valentine’s Day fashion.
The Very Fairy Princess: Valentines From The Heart || A heartfelt story about a little girl showing her friends how special they are to her on Valentine’s Day.
I hope you found some new books to share with your toddler this Valentine’s Day! If you have a v-day favorite that isn’t on this list, be sure to leave a comment so Lilli and I can check it out!

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