Monthly Archives: March 2012

I’m a brand new blogger – how do I extend my reach?? [@Triberr]

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Breaking into the blogosphere is intimidating.  You’ve got established bloggers who’ve got huge numbers of followers, their own TV shows born of their blogs, and nearly every celebrity with a website has a blog of some sort.

How can I ever hope to make a dent?

You’re lucky, ’cause I’m about to tell you a secret:  Triberr.  Now, you hold on to that name, keep it somewhere safe and warm, and tell everybody you know all about it.

Let me break this down:

Triberr is a networking powerhouse.

  • You link up via “tribes” with other people who share interests (and blog posts) similar to yours – momblogs, cooking, technology, gardening, anything.
  • Each of my tribesmates brings to the Triberr table their own set of Twitter followers.  This adds up fast!
  •  When your tribesmates post a new blog post, you tweet it out to your followers, as do the other members of the tribe.
  • As an example, I’m a new blogger, and I only have 191 followers on Twitter.  Thanks to the magic of Triberr, my blog posts are being re-tweeted to a potential audience of nearly 100,000.  That’s an incredible explosion of audience potential

– Innovations & Webinars

Triberr is making changes that are sure to effect Blogging As We Know It ™.

  • They’ve created via a plug-in the ability for your tribesmates to re-blog your content, thrusting your content into syndication, and exploding your reach potential.
  • They’ve created the Triberr Global Commenting System, which brilliantly assembles all of the comments from all of the syndicated posts all over the internet in ONE pretty, concise place.  The author has a powerful, simple way to keep track of all feedback, regardless of how far and wide their post has spread.
  • Comment Anywhere (Floating Comment System) – wow, this one is cool.  For someone like me who is eager to leave comments the minute I see something that resonates with me, this system is beautiful.  A picture will help you visualize how this might be implemented.
  • Pinterest Integration – here’s something new and fresh.  Pinterest is quickly gaining ground as an untapped marketing goldmine for people who know how to utilize it.  Sure, the pictures are hilarious, the food looks delicious, and the organizational ideas are neverending, but can you imagine earning money using it?  Dino Dogan and Dan Cristo (the masterminds behind Triberr) are hosting a Webinar on how to get in on the ground floor of the earning potential of Pinterest & Your Blog.  http://triberr.com/blog.php?post=29563
      • How to Pinterest for Bloggers
      • Drive traffic, build authority, connect with influencers, and make money on the fastest-growing social media site today.
      • April 3rd 11:00am-1:00pm Eastern Time
      • $25 (or 350 bones)
      • Registration Status: OPEN

Sign-Up!

  • Just get started on Triberr.com.  There is no upfront cost.  In fact, you start out with a gift of 100 “bones” (Triberr currency used to join tribes and various other tasks) so that you can jump right in.
  • If it’s easier, let me know and I can invite you straight in.  All I need is your Twitter handle or your email address.  I’m @twistysense on Twitter.

Other Helpful Resources

  • All About Triberr 
    Step by Step and How Tos from AllTriberr.com.
  • New Member Training
    Join Christina via Skype every Monday at 7PM EST, and ask your most pressing questions.
  • New Triberr WordPress Plugin
    Avoid RSS issues and import delays and help your tribemates read your posts inside the Tribal Stream. For self hosted WordPress blogs.

Consuming The Walking Dead! Just Can’t Get Enough.

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I think I’m an introvert at heart.

Sure, sure, I am capable of socializing and engaging with people, and rather well… but give me the option, and I will sit with myself and think (and think) and think (and think) about a whole bunch of things.  Every once in a while, I get stuck on something and I truly pour my heart and soul into it.  I research and I “network” all about these topics.

When my daughter was diagnosed with leukemia, I researched for hours.  I linked up with people whose young children were going through treatment or had gone through treatment similar to my daughter’s and I read and read.  When I was pregnant for the second time after a cesarean section with my first, I drove myself, my husband, my family, and my friends absolutely batshit with my inability to stop. talking. about it.

My current mental obsession?  AMC’s The Walking Dead.  Man, I love this show.  It is hands-down the goriest visual entertainment I have ever experienced … and it’s on basic cable!  I’m terrified by it, I am stressed out by it, and I am fascinated with it.

Given that zombies are not real, each show or book on the topic is required to set up its own rules and its own lore.  I’m one of those sticklers for accuracy.  Those annoying people that says, “Wait, if they’re not able to figure out how to open a door, how did that one just get inside?” and then I go online and I seek out others who’ve found the same holes that I have, and then we fanwank.

At the moment, my two favorite places for both fanwank, continuity, digging deeper into plotholes, etc, are:

TelevisionWithoutPity Forums, and Roamers & Lurkers

Are there any other forums out there you know of for The Walking Dead?  Do you participate with others regarding your favorite shows?

The Walking Dead Quiz at Smarterer.com [a bzzagent post]

Proving you know what you claim to know is paramount to a lot of online chest-puffers.  Facebook statuses (statusii?) and Twitter are abuzz with quiz results – people sharing the depth and breadth of their knowledge on everything from 80s trivia (You Know You’re a Kid From The 80s When…) to sussing out which Twilight Character you really, truly are – deep down inside!

I’m a BzzAgent and one of my latest campaigns is checking out Smarterer.com – a one-stop shop for quizzes bursting at the seams to show your friends what you know.

I was honestly surprised this morning when I went back to the site for yet another round of quizzing and found there was no quiz for my favorite show: The Walking Dead. Aghast, I took the opportunity to go ahead and create the quiz myself.  Please, go check it out!  Add some questions if you’re a Walking Dead fan.  Take the quiz!  There are only three questions so far, but as I plug along during the day I’ll be adding more.

So get over to Smarterer.com and show what you know!  Create some new quizzes, share them on Facebook and Twitter, and be the smartest and shiniest star of all your friends.

Review: Latter-Day of the Dead by @kevinkrohn

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If I had to describe this book in two words I would probably use creepy and page-turner.

I have to say I wondered towards the beginning if Kevin Krohn was a Mormon.  Not only a Mormon, but of the Fundamentalist variety.  When he contacted me to do the review, he gave me the basic premise of the book, and I can’t say that I had any idea the depth and breadth of knowledge this author would have for a condemned lifestyle so far out on the fringe.

The feeling of desperation I had for the characters living within this compound before the zombies even become an issue blindsided me.  Kevin has wonderful style of storytelling that didn’t even need to “bring me in” to where his characters were living, he actually wove the story around me.  Can I make that make sense to onlooker (onreader?)? Not likely, so when you read the book, take note – you’ll look around and wonder how you got pulled in so fast.

Our protagonist, Brother Elias, is a very young man, albeit the compound’s doctor, whose whims and wishes match that of a kid his age, while his wisdom and faith go decades past.  He is a shining star in comparison to the feeble (but mostly sweet) minds of so many of the compound’s inhabitants.  We’re there with him when his heart is full, nearly immediately broken, and then watch as he tries to do the right thing even though the “captain of the ship” town prophet isn’t man enough to do it himself.

The zombie gore is delicious (too soon?) and being a huge fan of The Walking Dead, I’m not lying when I say I hope this goes the direction of film – a hope that is encouraged by the book having its own video trailer.  I found myself wincing in a many spots, and downright covering my eyes in others.  Having no visuals to elicit that reaction in me is a testament to the skill of this author.

At the end of the book I kept looking down at the progress bar and feeling very apprehensive and even a little anxious that the content was running out while the action and intensity was heating up.  At the end I literally said out loud, “You did not end it there.”

Kevin, kudos to you.  More, please.

Rating (5/5):

What I’m Reading: Latter-Day of the Dead by Kevin Krohn

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by Kevin Krohn (Goodreads Author)
(2 ratings) – 5 stars

“Harrowing cries escaped the contorted faces of our flock. End of Days was a known truth but never a faced reality. Once the madness broke…we feared it would never subside.”

Expected publication: March 10th 2012 by SpiralBound Publishing

Coinciding with the release date for this book, I celebrate Kevin Krohn’s release of Latter-Day of the Dead by spending a whole lot of time with it this weekend.  I am stupid-in-love with all things zombie, spending my Sunday nights with The Walking Dead and being utterly scared out of my skin.  I hope this book will provide the same creep-factor!

Here’s a preview:

Jade reached into the open fly and clutched on. Benjamin sat straight up with increasing apprehension. Jade looked up at Benjamin and Sapphire, opening her eyes for the first time. Her dark pupils covered the entire eyeball of each eye, causing Benjamin and Sapphire to gasp in unison. A devilish grin crossed Jade’s face.
“What’s wrong with her?!” Benjamin yelped.

Yeah. Creeped out already, and I’m only 17 pages in.

See you later!

Giveaway: Lunar Love! Three Books To Choose From.

Welcome to the Lunar Love Giveaway hosted by I Am A Reader Not A Writer and Bookworm Lisa!

The giveaway for this event will be your choice of ONE from these three Kindle books:

Moon Spell (The Tale of Lunamorte) #1 by Samantha Young – a fantasy romance.
Strummin’ The Banjo Moon by Joyce Keller Walsh – a mainstream fiction/humorous drama.
Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer – a dystopian story

Moon Spell (The Tale of Lunarmorte #1)

Moon Spell (The Tale of Lunarmorte) #1 by Samantha Young:

Enter a world of fierce wolves, stunning magic and romance…
It’s bad enough feeling different among the human crowd, but feeling different among wolves?

No one said returning to her pack would be easy, especially after ten years without them, but seventeen year old Caia Ribeiro is unprepared for the realities of the transition. Raised in a world where kids aren’t scared by bedtime tales of the bogeyman but by the real life threat of enemy supernaturals who might come creeping into their community to kill them in their sleep, Caia is used to the darkness; she’s used to the mystery and the intrigue of the ancient underworld war she’s bound to by chance of birth. What she’s having trouble with are pack members treating her with wary suspicion, the Elders tucking secrets behind their backs, and her young Alpha, Lucien, distracting her with a dangerous attraction from her decision to uncover the truth.

But as the saying goes ‘the truth will out’ and when it does, Caia will only have so long to prepare herself before the war comes pounding on their door threatening to destroy the safe, secret lives of the wolves… and the girl they protect.

 

Strummin' The Banjo Moon

Strummin’ The Banjo Moon by Joyce Keller Walsh

Nineteen year-old Juanna Mae DelRio Lottery was abandoned by her husband and foreclosed out of her house in South Jersey. Left without any resources except for an old Buick, $264, and her own grit, she and Dell—her five-year-old daughter—moved their belongings into the car and drove to a secluded spot deep in the pinewoods. Juanna planned to stay there until she saved enough travel money to go home to her mother in Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana. But she made a mistake by applying for food stamps and now they have to leave right away because the Social Service is about to swoop down and take Dell into foster care . . . and if Juanna hadn’t lied about her age, they might even take her, too. She should have known better, for as her mother always says, “The road to hell is paved with government intentions.”

Like Huckleberry Finn’s adventures on the river, Juanna’s adventures on the road thrust her into a world of oddball characters and precarious situations. Her humorous, moving, and sometimes tragic journey spans thirty years and two continents, and often tests her belief that everything that happens has a purpose and a moral.

Ultimately, Juanna not only survives her misfortunes, she conquers them.

Life As We Knew It

Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
It’s almost the end of Miranda’s sophomore year in high school, and her journal reflects the busy life of a typical teenager: conversations with friends, fights with mom, and fervent hopes for a driver’s license. When Miranda first begins hearing the reports of a meteor on a collision course with the moon, it hardly seems worth a mention in her diary. But after the meteor hits, pushing the moon off its axis and causing worldwide earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanoes, all the things Miranda used to take for granted begin to disappear. Food and gas shortages, along with extreme weather changes, come to her small Pennsylvania town; and Miranda’s voice is by turns petulant, angry, and finally resigned, as her family is forced to make tough choices while they consider their increasingly limited options. Yet even as suspicious neighbors stockpile food in anticipation of a looming winter without heat or electricity, Miranda knows that that her future is still hers to decide even if life as she knew it is over.


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Review: Rust & Salt by Evan Brandon Bruno

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Rust & Salt by Evan Brandon Bruno

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

Rust & Salt began invading my dreams right about at the halfway mark.

In the beginning, this book was a gathering of the ingredients for a new recipe. A slow, methodical, careful introduction to all of the components that would later result in a delicious feast. We learned about each character and their strengths and weaknesses. We learned about the characters’ connections to each other, and how deep or shallow the individual connections were. This process took up a good portion of time leading up to the action, and once you get there – you’re glad Bruno took the time to develop everybody in the manner he did.

I’m a bonafide agnostic. I don’t think I expected the Biblical force that would pack a punch in my general direction while reading. But there it was, completely bare and honest in front of me without feeling preachy or judgmental. There is a lot of reference to Heaven and Hell, angels and demons, light versus dark, etc, so do go into this book understanding the basic premise. As an agnostic, I am typically leery of subject matter that might have a strong tendency to judge those of us who are not “on the same page”, but Rust & Salt avoids anything resembling judgment. In fact, a passage stands out to me, even now, where Amarillo Rust speaks to the little sliver of “but what if it’s all nothing?” that exists in all of us, and boy do I appreciate that. So while this author is clearly writing from a perspective I can all but assume I understand, I felt really comfortable with the overall story. I consumed this story! I wanted more!

But be prepared for the dreams.

As I stated initially, the dreams hit me as the action increased. I don’t dream about books that I’m reading too often, and Rust & Salt has been terrifying me for at least the past week. The imagery and Bruno’s incredible skill in sharing description with the reader will sink its teeth directly into your brain and never let go. His prose is truly excellent in its ability to flow to you, the reader, for your immediate comfort and consumption.

I am excited that there seems to be more in the works in this series. Hook a sister up, I’ll be reading!

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