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Goodreads Printed Book Giveaway and ManicReaders where books can be free!

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GOODREADS

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/119396-love-awakens

I have an active Goodreads giveaway where I put up five printed copies of my debut novel, “Love Awakens”.

Giveaway runs until 01/12/15!

MANICREADERS

http://www.manicreaders.com/

After I get a few reviews, I will post Love Awakens as a pdf

and anyone can download it and read it for free!

My author page is under nightshadelane.

When I asked for reviews, it won’t allow me to post my book for free until the review process is over.

Also this site has a variety of books but lots of adult books.FYI!

AMAZON KINDLE

http://www.amazon.com/Love-Awakens-Paranormal-Young-Fantasy-ebook/dp/B00QPRMJ60

Price has returned to $0.99 but I will get it back down to Free soon.

Results of 5 day FREE PROMO on Amazon Kindle

This was very interesting!

This was the first time LOVE AWAKENS was available on Amazon

(or anywhere)

Day 1 12/08/14: 63 free units

Day 2 12/09/14: 37 free units and 1 Kindle Unlimited unit

Day 3 12/10/14: 37 free units

Day 4 12/11/14: 71 free units

Day 5 12/12/14: 69 free units and 5 Kindle Unlimited units

NO LONGER FREE; $0.99 the lowest I can make it without a promo set up

Day 6 12/13/14: 4 free units

Last Day for Free Ebook @ Amazon! Learn about the Middleborders from Love Awakens

This is the last day to get my debut novel for free until I can set it up to be forever free.

http://www.amazon.com/Love-Awakens-Paranormal-Young-Fantasy-ebook/dp/B00QPRMJ60

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Middleborders

of Vrozia from “LOVE AWAKENS”

by Colleen Michelle Johnson

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Excerpt from

Chapter Twelve

Shapeshifters and Parasitic Limbs

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In the Middleborders Territory at the Animal Blood Farms – “This is different,” Cilla commented as she looked around her. “It looks like a place someone would board their horses but the smell tells me otherwise. It does look deserted though.”

“You are partially correct. The middleborders are in charge of the animals that live here and these animals are bred solely for their blood. Thus, this is called the blood farms. The animals here are raised to a certain age and then their blood is drained to be used in the nourishment I create. I assure you that never does an animal feel pain or experience terror,” Sias motioned towards the high black metal fence with sharp tips.

“These fences completely encase these farms. As you can see, they go on for miles and miles. The royal family thought that if they kept the middleborders within this fenced area that they would never mix with any outerborders but of course they are wrong, and in fact, know it too. But the royals like to play their games and pamper themselves too much to actually find out how the middleborders are truly living. And the queen is heavy handed at punishments which I assure you, we will make changes immediately.”

Sias led her to a large metal door and waved his hand making the door open. “Let me introduce you to our lovely middleborder citizens,” Sias smiled as he took her hand and walked with her through the door. Once on the inside he sealed the door shut behind them by waving his hand again.

“Cantaber!” Sias called out. Cilla looked at the strange long, rectangular structures within her line of sight. It didn’t truly look like any farm she’d ever known, but this wasn’t her home world. She knew they had horses but was curious to see what other types of animals were bred here for their blood.

A man came out of the one of two matching triangular buildings to her right. Looking at him, Cilla thought he looked normal except for the way he walked until he got closer. When he stopped and stood in front of them, Cilla counted four legs and three arms.

“Ostramethusias!” The man’s voice was very high, almost painfully high to Cilla’s ears.

“Cantaber, my visit today is to bring you nourishment but first, please meet my mate, Cilla,” Sias held her hand out towards the four-legged man who stared at her hand. Cilla felt a moment of déjà vu as she watched him study her hand very seriously.

“Her blood smells different,” he said before stretching himself up and forward, extending his body to what seemed to Cilla, a very uncomfortable length. And certainly not something a human could do! He bent his head and licked her palm, leaving a slightly pink mark. She thought it had felt like very rough sandpaper, and the feeling wasn’t pleasant.

“I see, she is like you. She is welcome here,” Cantaber bowed to them awkwardly before walking down a path she hadn’t noticed before. It was made from light red bricks and it formed a ‘T’, with them, starting their walk at the bottom of the ‘T’.

As they walked, they passed the long buildings that all looked the same to Cilla until she noticed that there was a different symbol next to the door of each building. And she thought that the doors were not your average door size. It looked like they were made for elephants to walk through. Cilla turned to Sias, but he just shook his head while placing his left hand against her lower back, encouraging her to keep walking. When they reached the end where different types of buildings filled up the top of the ‘T’, Cantaber turned to look at them.

He whistled and along the top of the ‘T’, doors opened, showing people standing in their doorways. But there was no light behind them and under the night sky, she couldn’t discern their true shapes.

“This is the center of our territory. All the buildings behind me are for the workers of these farms. We are a family and have mixed with the outerborders now and then. There are one hundred and fifty adults living here, working these farms for the royal family. We are a clan, a group unto ourselves with our own rules. We sense change in the air, Ostramethusias. Would it be that your mate here has triggered these changes we see in you?” Cantaber asked, curiosity clinging to his words.

Cilla had to give him bonus points for bravery.

“Yes my friend, there are changes in the air. As I have always done, today I have brought you nourishment. I know the queen handed out some in that ‘special ceremony’ of hers not too long ago, but I also know that it wasn’t enough for all your people. My regular monthly visits will not cease. My mate and I will always return to keep you well,” Sias pointed to Cilla before turning back to the four-legged man.

“We are called the middleborders and we are given land of our own and shelter here in exchange for our work. Ostramethusias always provides us with more than enough nourishment. We are very thankful for his visits though I do believe this is the first time he has used the front door.” Cilla noticed that his teeth were brown, but not decaying, just their natural color. Cilla bent down until she was on her knees and sat back on her heels like she had with the outerborders. She looked up at Sias, who smiled down at her before bringing back that beautiful bowl from nowhere and placing it in her hands.

“Please come to us so that we may ensure your health is well and provide each and every one of you with the nourishment you not only need but greatly deserve,” Sias called out.

For a few minutes, no one moved, but then Cilla saw the farmers leave their homes and come towards her. Her stomach clenched when she saw that they didn’t exactly walk, more like dragged themselves closer. Each movement looked painful and when she became aware of their pain, she noticed all of them had extra limbs that she just knew deep down inside, weren’t supposed to be there.

“Please come and drink,” Cilla spoke softly and encouragingly towards the farmers now lining up in front of her. As before, her bowl filled up and never ran empty. But this time after each farmer drank what they needed, they would then go to Sias standing to her right.

She watched as his magic flowed through each of them, tweaking a heart that beat too fast or clearing out bugs that had nested in a farmer’s ear. They had many physical deformities and their medical issues greatly concerned her. She was proud to see Sias heal everyone that allowed him to address their medical issues. They bowed to him before returning to their homes. She wondered how to help them rid themselves of their painful abnormalities.

Excerpt & A look at the Outerborders from Vrozia in Love Awakens

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Vrozia’s OUTERBORDERS!

My ebook is free at amazon until 12/13/14 and then when I can figure out how to keep it free it will be free!

http://www.amazon.com/Love-Awakens-Paranormal-Young-Fantasy-ebook/dp/B00QPRMJ60

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Vrozia a world of perpetual night, under twin moons is home to the outerborders, middleborders and innerborders.  I want to define the outerborders today.

This so called class of citizens have been pushed as far away from the royal castle as possible. They live in caves and trees beyond the Dymare Forest. They are the outcast villains, or so the royal family would have you think this. In reality, they are a sensitive and tight knitted community of shapeshifters led by Lysimachus, a chimera and the Alpha. There are many sub-alphas that represent each type of animal or creature that they can shift forms from two legs to four.  They do not kill nor do they thirst for the blood of those living beyond the portals the royals opened to other worlds like Earth.

They receive all the proper nutrition they need from Ostramethusias, the last original Other in Vrozia. He is a fabulous chemist mixing animal and human blood with special herbs to maintain the exact nutrients the outerborders need. He comes monthly to visit and he brings Cilla, his mate, to meet Lysimachus and is accepted. When she drinks his blood, she is able to shift into a different form! With Cilla and ‘Sias’ together,Vrozians can live freely and not fear the wrath of the royal family for Ostramethusias has magic far beyond anything anyone has ever seen and he let the queen borrow some of it until he cut her off. Her book of spells have a very minor touch to the world but as Cilla and Sias evolved into what they were meant to be, Maldoriens, they will change Vrozia forevermore.

quote from Love Awakens, italic words are thoughts instead of spoken words.

You do not understand yet but once our bodies adjust to these changes, we will be so different from what we were. But have no fear my dear firefly.”

Sias grinned at her and led her closer to where she thought she had heard movement, closer to those big open caves filled with darkness.

Lysimachus!” Sias called out in a deeper voice then Cilla was used to hearing. She looked at him and was surprised to see his long silver hair was now streaked with black. She shook her head so that her long hair flowed into view and her shock doubled. Her normally light blonde hair was streaked with silver and black. She briefly wondered what that would look like from someone else’s point of view. But when she saw a large shape moving towards them, her mouth went dry before Sias was in her head calming her down.

Do not show fear, as they can smell it, taste it, feel it.”

Cilla forced her body to relax and drew upon Sias’s strength as the large shape stopped about three feet away from them.

Ostramethusias, time has passed,” Lysimachus verbalized in its own way of speaking.

To Cilla’s untrained ears, what she heard was more of a growl than words yet she did understand what it said.

Yes it has most ruthless leader. We are entering a new time with many changes,” Sias smiled showing his elongated teeth and Cilla’s eyes widened at the sight. She put all her energy into keeping her heart beat steady, not to scream and to keep holding Sias’s hand.

Lysimachus, meet my mate, Cilla,” Sias told the big creature as he held Cilla’s hand out towards the big male. His eyes glowed a dark green and suddenly Cilla could see what he truly looked like though she wasn’t quite sure she had ever seen something like him before.

Lysimachus studied the hand of the Other’s mate for a very long time. He stood and stared, he smelled the air and sensed the weight of judgment from those hidden in their caves. He also felt the air caress him from those who lived in the trees and were right now gently shaking them. He mentally went around to every sub-alpha until he had reached them all. Then without warning, he shifted his body until he became something else.

Cilla scrutinized him, trying to imagine all the animals and creatures that this one being represented, but she couldn’t pinpoint every single one. She was impressed and realized she held no fear even though this being had razor sharp teeth, several rows in fact. He sat like a lion would sit or maybe a dragon and watched her. Lysimachus lifted one massive, spotted paw with needle-pointed nails and whisked it over his own throat. A thin line of blood began to well up and Cilla’s mouth went dry. She felt her own teeth lengthen and knew she had to keep eye contact with Lysimachus even though she badly wanted to look at Sias for affirmation about her teeth. Her nails grew outrageously sharp and she tried very hard not to puncture Sias’s skin where he held her other hand.

When she smelled the chimera’s blood, she lost control. Without consciously thinking, she found herself standing in front of the chimera watching it bleed, mesmerized by the rich red liquid. In the next second, she sank her teeth into its neck for a few seconds before rubbing her tongue over the bleeding slash. Cilla felt the skin mend as her tongue passed over it. As quickly as it had happened it was over and she was back to where she had been standing. Looking at the chimera, she saw that his eyes were closed. She knew instinctively that he was feeling no anger or fear. In fact, he looked euphoric, if such an expression could be discerned at a moment like this. Or in a creature such as this one. Cilla liked the word chimera, for he really lived up to that word’s description.

In a flash, Sias was standing over the chimera and she watched, equally horrified and fascinated to see him sink his sharp teeth into its neck for about the same amount of time that she had done. But Sias seemed to heal the broken skin with his mind. She stood as if her legs were made of wood with roots sinking deep into the earth. Her thoughts raced through the last few minutes, taking the moments apart, piecing them together and processing everything. Cilla could feel the other creatures gathering around the area where they were standing, watching them. She was surprised at first that she didn’t feel any danger while being watched by so many eyes. But when she realized that she felt just as comfortable here in the middle of the outerborder’s territory as she did in Sias’s personal rooms, she knew the royal family was just an illusion of power. These feelings didn’t jibe with the knowledge she had been fed by the queen that these ‘feral’ beings would tear her whole world apart and bathe in the blood of all. The queen had lied to her and who knew if anything she had every said held a grain of truth.

My experience with Amazon, KDP, and Createspace for my first book (free right now!)

Publishing my first book through createspace.com was super easy. I got the template from them for formatting my book from their site. I participated in NaNoWriMo.org and got two free printed copies which is cool. I love NaNoWriMo.org as it’s a great writing challenge.

The Printed Book

First I made an account with CreateSpace.com and downloaded their template for the trade paperback 6 x 9 book. It allows me to edit my book as many times as I want and I used openoffice instead of Microsoft Word.

The Cover for the Printed Book and the EBook

The only thing I have paid for is the cover which I chose a premade and I think they are awesome! $69 spent for the cover.I used selfpubbookcovers.com. This site’s prices start at $69 and it gives you a 300 dpi image for print and a 72 dpi. It only asks for credit inside the book, easily done.  I can use their text options but I chose to take the image, use cooltext.com  and then I used lunapic.com to put it all together. Both cooltext.com and lunapic.com are free to use.

Print Copy Shipping

I paid about $8 for the shipping of my two printed books from CreateSpace. Now, they first want you to order a physical proof copy but you can overlook that step if you like, as you do have to pay for the proof and the shipping. BTW I just got my two proof copies (I chose two) and see an error on the back of the book! Got to be very careful with editing.

Print Copy ISBN and barcode

CreateSpace.com will give you an ISBN for both print and ebook formats for free as well as a free barcode. No need to go and buy them yourself (hundreds of dollars!).

Editing

I pay about $30 a month for grammarly.com to help me self edit my books. I think it’s worth every penny.

Prices

I am all about offering any book for free but Amazon doesn’t like that and the lowest in USD is $0.99 but I can choose five days, five times a year and make it $0.00. I do have the Kindle Lending so it’s free for people who belong to that.

So my first day, yesterday of twitter posts, blog post, reblog posts (THANK YOU!) gave me over 60 ‘purchases’ all free. I love that! Today there was about 9 but I’m just glad my book is out there. It isn’t my best work but it’s a good story. I confess I am scared of the feedback but also really want to find out what other people think!

Life

Now back to caretaking, running errands that had me literally walking in circles and being a mom.

NEVER FORGET: Mental Health is just as important as physical health. Take care of your emotions and mind better than you take of your body!

FREE!

http://www.amazon.com/Love-Awakens-Paranormal-Young-Fantasy-ebook/dp/B00QPRMJ60

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Free ebook from Amazon, Need Reviews, yes it is mine

I published my first book a few days ago and it is free for the next five days. I wrote this one for nanowrimo.org, November’s 50,000 word challenge to write a novel in 30 days.

I have never asked before, but I’d like to ask for Help An Author With a Review! Free book! I’m working on making it free permanently but Amazon doesn’t care for that as they don’t earn a cent.

http://www.amazon.com/Love-Awakens-Colleen-Johnson-ebook/dp/B00QPRMJ60

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Mental health and Foggy Days & My first book is published and available on Amazon!

This Is Life

My son is in the hospital for depression. It’s been hard but his father drove me to see him on Saturday and Sunday. His 72 hour hold is over and he will be discharged on Wednesday.  It was one of the most hardest things I have ever done. To bring my son to crisis where he was taken back behind many locked doors by these very big men. Then they moved him by ambulance, totally strapped down from neck to feet more than an hour away.

Other than missing his handheld gaming system, food at home, and some other regular day comforts, he is doing quite well. I just pray that this is helping him as his life is just beginning and I need him to thrive while he survives.

On another note, our neighbors had a party last night and they turned their sound system all the way up. God says to forgive your neighbors but I found it hard because I already had a migraine and they do not care what time it is or how loud they are or to be courteous to thy neighbors. I called the police the last time they did this and they threw eggs on our cars. But on that occurrence their sound system was maxed out and on both times, the chairs we sat in vibrated from their pounding, swearing music.

My mom’s multiple sclerosis has not improved rather it is weakening her further. She couldn’t get pills down her throat without gagging so she’s wearing a cervical collar and it helps like magic! I am a caregiver to both my mom and grandma who;s leg was amputated in April of this year. I am a mom of two boys I love dearly and guardian of four cats that do not always get along and I am constantly cleaning up their messes as one overeats and up it comes while another overeats and makes a mess in both ways which can get pretty stinky, poor maine coon kitty. So furry. While our cat that overeats got bitten by another one of its siblings, I took him to the vet a week ago and he’s 21 pounds. He is doing much better now.

My happiest note is that I took my book I wrote for 2014 NaNoWriMo.org and I ordered the proof paperback and published it on Amazon!  I want it available as free so I’m going to have to figure it out as it would not let me do that. The lowest I could go was $0.99 and I am all about free books!

I will gladly send a copy to anyone who would be willing to write a review for me. This book was written in thirty days and edited in fifteen days by myself. It is just the beginning as I have one more complete novel that is my jewel that I am editing right now.

We have super foggy nights and mornings and I hope  that people drive safely! It didn’t rain but the cars drive by making that swooshing sound from the wet pavement.

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http://www.amazon.com/Love-Awakens-Colleen-Johnson-ebook/dp/B00QPRMJ60

I am going to give a paperback copy away in goodreads once I finish the proof.

Ethical Author, free ebooks from Amazon and no turkey

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Through a blog I follow, I found out about being an ‘ethical author’. While I have always had strong beliefs in life, this organization came up with a perfect code of conduct.

Now, with NaNoWriMo.org finishing up, I am busy editing each chapter of my books, “Love Awakens” that I wrote for 2014 NaNoWriMo.org’s writing challenge. I am using grammerly and editing this book chapter by chapter. With my role as a caregiver of my mom and grandma and being a mom to two boys and four cats, life can get a bit tangled for me. Writing helps me remain sane, or as sane as I will ever be!

My mom who has multiple sclerosis is getting her motorized wheelchair tomorrow which is a boon! She can barely hold her head up now even though we are doing her shots, it is frustrating to see her so frail! Then my grandma is still going to her physical therapy appointments like today’s, where she walks with her prosthetic leg. 80+ years and having had her left leg amputated above the knee only seven months ago, she is amazing. This holiday season will be blessed as she is no longer in clutches of the horrible pain she suffered for too long. She is a very strong woman, all of us are! Since I am now the chef and my carpal tunnel keeps me from being able to do many things, we won’t be having a turkey for Thanksgiving this year. I think we’ll go with a rotisserie chicken, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, black olives and gravy for those who want it. I am not a gravy person. I hate peas and carrots too. Thank goodness I can hide the peas and not serve them this year!

Here are some free Amazon Kindle books for you to enjoy. Remember that there are thousands of books available to you for free every day in almost every category of reading you are looking for. Same goes with Barnes and Nobles and the Nook.

Look at the top 100 free Kindle books here: (make sure to click on Free!)

http://www.amazon.com/Best-Sellers-Kindle-Store/zgbs/digital-text/

From there, you can branch off to different categories from the menu on your left.

Happy Monday!

My IndieGoGo Campaign for Imminent Danger is now LIVE!

I’m always trying to help an author out!

Michelle Proulx - Author

After two years of struggling with iUniverse, I have broken away and will be re-publishing my YA sci-fi novel, Imminent Danger And How to Fly Straight into It, with a shiny new cover. As if that’s not exciting enough, I’m also running an IndieGoGo campaign! It will be running from today until December 9th (i.e., 30 days), and if all goes well I’ll be able to start shipping some of the perks out in time for Christmas.

The purpose of the campaign is threefold:

  1. To raise funds to pay back the costs of the cover design.
  2. To increase awareness and visibility of my book. (It’s hard to buy a book if you don’t know it exists!)
  3. To provide awesome Imminent Danger themed swag for all you wonderful people.

The perks you can buy include, but are not limited to:

  • A copy of the eBook
  • A signed copy of the…

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Books free at the time of this post! Free books from Amazon, 2 need help with a review!

I enjoy posting free ebooks. There are thousands out there under almost every subject and this is just a tiny sample. Okay back to NaNoWriMo and my two books I’m dragging my feet through the editing process!

Help An Author With A Review! First 2 books have no reviews.

testingthelimits

http://www.amazon.com/Testing-Limits-Limitless-Trilogy-Book-ebook/dp/B00PB09HSA

Testing The Limits (The Limitless Trilogy Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

By Harper Cole Book #2 in a series

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A Scent of Magic [Kindle Edition]

By Jill Jones

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http://www.amazon.com/Traitorous-Heart-1-3-Series-ebook/dp/B00N2V6X9Q

Traitorous Heart 1-3 (Traitorous Heart Series) [Kindle Edition]

By Breena Wilde

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Spell of Summoning (Dark Caster Series, Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

By Anna Abner

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http://www.amazon.com/Fatal-Seduction-1-Liv-Bennett-ebook/dp/B00OU1WLV6

Fatal Seduction 1 [Kindle Edition]

By Liv Bennett

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Blood Lust (The Preternaturals Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

By Zoe Winters (This is an anthology of: Kept, Claimed, and Mated)

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Noble Ark (Mankind’s Redemption Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

By Colette Black , Evan Braun , Suzanne Helmigh

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Greenshift (From the World of Ambasadora Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

By Heidi Ruby Miller , Dana Marton , Bradley Sharp

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Hybrid (The Evolution Trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

By Vanessa Wester , Susan Buchanan