Month: September 2015

Increasing My Readership

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Guys,
I’m super grateful by all of the support I’ve received from my #NYFW, Every Woman Deserves an Accessory, book promo. You guys downloaded a lot of books! Thanks.
A major goal of mine as a writer is to increase my readership. I really get a kick out of seeing where all my books are being read. Below are some of the countries outside of the USA, that downloaded my book this past week:

Major shout outs to my readers in:

The UK
France
Denmark
The Netherlands
India
Australia
Brazil
Canada

This makes me want to travel to each of those countries even more now. Hopefully, that’ll be soon.

P.S. If you didn’t get to download a free copy of my ebook, no worries. You can still join in on the fun, but there is a slight cover charge. But, it is worth it! Now I’m back off to write.

Love,
Von

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Jackie Collins You Will Be Missed

Breaking news–New York Times Bestselling author, Jackie Collins has passed away today at the age of 77. This news comes as a shock to myself and so many other fans of her work. She was an amazing writer. I respected how she offered a diverse set of characters, that her contemporaries rarely featured. It was refreshing.
Her book, Poor Little B!tch Girl, inspired me to finish up my novel, Every Woman Deserves an Accessory, and get it published. I remember reading that book in fall 2013 and making a decision then, that I would complete my novel and share my gift with the world. I think it says a lot about her work. She was a female writer from across the pond, born in a completely different generation, who wrote a book that would inspire a guy from the south-side of Chicago. I want to be that writer that inspires someone else the way she inspired me. Jackie, thanks for sharing your words with me, and so many others. You will be missed.

Love,
Von

J.A.N.E.T

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Never thought that I would ever see Janet Jackson live in concert, but last night I did. I was gifted a free ticket. I’m assuming that if I really pushed the idea, then it could have happen at another time, but the idea just never seemed to cross my mind. Which is absolutely absurd given that my friends and family all know that, this grown man will stammer his words and get all giddy, at the mentioning of Miss Jackson. The baby sibling of the bunch has always been my favorite and had a special place in my heart, ever since I discovered her as the character Penny on Good Times. Then, when Janet released her “I Get So Lonely” video in ’96, I became further enamored by that woman. The red hair (she always mixed up her style-loved that about her), that walk-which comes across more like a strut, and of course her rhythmic dance moves. And then, upon further discovery of her music, you can’t help but find songs that stick in your head, well after you’re done playing them.
Moreover, I really am taken aback by how Janet chooses to embrace her sexuality and display it. She talks about some really freaky stuff in her music, and when you hear her sing about what she likes and doesn’t like, it really gets to you. I think it’s really empowering to be comfortable enough to share that part of yourself with the world, yet still be graceful and command the respect that she deserves. She does that so seamlessly, but there’s no doubt about how difficult I’m sure that is for a lot of women. Toni Braxton, Nia Long, and Jill Scott do that well too, in my opinion. Oh yeah, and so does the main character in my first book, Raquel.
Now that I’ve let the whole world know about how smitten Janet Jackson has me, it would be wise for me to probably mention how I enjoyed the concert. To sum it up, it was nothing short of fantastic. She was electrifying on stage. The woman still moves like gravity cannot slow her down one bit. Although I selfishly wish she would’ve pulled me up on stage to perform a dance, like she used to do at her concerts. But, she’s married now and in a different place…
When Janet brings her Unbreakable Tour to a city near you, go and see her. You will enjoy it.
And, if you haven’t picked up my novel, Every Woman Deserves an Accessory on Amazon, go and pick one up now. After tomorrow, the free giveaway is over. Hurry while the promo lasts. And thank you, to everyone who downloaded the book! This promo has been very successful! I’m super grateful to have your support.

Love,
Von

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Good morning world

Today, when I got out of bed and I found out that my book on Amazon is currently #2, these were my reactions:
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Feels amazing to be growing my readership! So naturally when I saw this, I just started envisioning going to dinner tonight at Nobu and crashing in my pad off the PCH. A guy can dream…haha. And I would probably throw some money in the air, but it’d be right in my own living room, so I can pick it back up and put it right back in my pocket. I’m about that investment and diverse portfolio life, now.
Seriously though, I love knowing that people who’ve never read my work are giving me a chance now. We made it!
If you haven’t joined the wave yet, stop waiting and c’mon and join the party. Pick up my eBook for free until 9/20 on Amazon.

Love,
Von

Feeling Grateful

Day one of my #NYFW ebook giveaway has been going amazingly. Thank you to everyone who’s downloaded a copy and or told someone else about the book. We made the book reach #5 on the Top 100 books for my section. Let’s keep the momentum going and get this book in the hands of some new readers.

If you haven’t gotten the book yet, you’re missing out! But don’t worry, you can grab one for free on Amazon until 9/20. Click the link and get your kink on.

Love,
Von
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#NYFW Free e-book copy of Every Woman Deserves an Accessory from 9/16-9/20

To celebrate #NYFW, I’m giving my book away for free on Amazon! If you don’t already have a copy, this is the perfect time to pick one up! It’s sexy. It’s engaging. And it’s passionate. A perfect read for these cool autumn days.
After you’ve read it, please write a review on Amazon. Reviews help to support authors more than you know it.
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#NYFW

One of my main characters Raquel Davis, from my novel Every Woman Deserves an Accessory, attends New York Fashion Week.
I’m posting a link to Serena’s show, which will begin shortly. You’ll get to see an example of all the madness and fun that takes place for free. At midnight, I will have another surprise for you all. But for now, even the show!

http://www.hsn.com/shop/serena-williams/6590
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