A Favor to Ask, and also, a [substitute] Quick Giggle!

UntitledIt’s been a good week. Like, a really good week. I’m trying really hard to soak it in, savor it, because I know that life can be a wishy-washy little bastard, and the lows are bound to return. But this isn’t a low spot. It’s a high one. And I’m grinning ear to ear.

Thanks so much, you guys, for all the support with the launch for The Darkening. It’s been so much fun to watch those rankings rise (or drop, however you want to look at it). It’s been AMAZING to get feedback, and hear the excitement the book is generating.

Couple of little housekeeping things:

ONE: Did you know that I’m doing a month-long chat over at Goodreads? Follow this link and join in the conversations, or start your own. I check back there a few times a day to answer questions and stuff. I’d LOVE to visit with you!!

TWO: If you read The Darkening, I’d love it if you left a review. Amazon, Smashwords, Goodreads, wherever – reviews are LIFEBLOOD for authors, especially an indie like me who’s still trying to make a name for herself. I don’t care if you loved or hated the book (but, c’mon, you loved it, right?) – I really really really truly really need reviews. Am I begging? Yeah, sort-of. *throws pouty look your way*

THREE: Read An Ebook Week is still going strong over at Smashwords! Shrilugh is FREE (click here), and The Darkening is only TWO BUCKS (click here)! How amazing is that? Please tell everybody you know, and feel free to gift Shrilugh to anybody you think might enjoy it. Then they’ll be like, “Wow, so-and-so bought me a book! How thoughtful is that? I must return the favor and buy them a 100 year old bottle of Scotch!”, and you’ll be all like, “Hee, hee, hee, I’m SO not telling them that book was free! SUCKER!”, and I’ll be all like, “Yay! Somebody new got my book!”, and then we’ll all be dancing around our houses in undies and t-shirts singing into imaginary microphones while the family cat looks on with his usual bemused expression.


That escalated quickly.


Okay. I think that’s enough. Let’s move on to more important things. Like this week’s Quick Giggle. A little warning: There is some rough language, but this one had me literally LOLing, so I’m going with it. Anybody who’s ever had a substitute teacher who was a little big for his britches should get a kick out of it. Enjoy!


readanebookweekIt’s READ AN EBOOK WEEK!

And I’m super-psyched to be taking part.

Today through the 8th of March, both of my books will be on sale at Smashwords! Shrilugh will be FREE (yes, I said FREE), and The Darkening will be discounted to $2.00!

Have you ever downloaded books from Smashwords before? If not, you should. They have a vast library, and ALL their ebooks are ready to go in EVERY SINGLE EREADER FORMAT OUT THERE. It’s fabulous. And once you’ve purchased the book, you can download it in any format you like, as many times as you like. For instance, I have books both on my Kindle app on my computer, and also on my Nook. It’s fabulous. (Have I mentioned yet that it’s fabulous? Because it totally is.)

So don’t be afraid to buy from Smashwords just because it’s not Amazon or Barnes & Noble or iTunes (all of which, BTW, partner with Smashwords)! They’re a great resource for finding eBooks, and they are definitely a good friend to indie-pubs like myself.

Okay. Now that you’re totally sold on Smashwords and my books, here’s how to take advantage:

Follow the links below to get to the Smashwords pages for Shrilugh and The Darkening. Take note of the coupon code listed there. Click ‘Add to cart’. Enter coupon code. Click on ‘checkout’. Voila! You now own your book. Scroll down to see the different formats, and pick the one(s) that’s right for you.

Link to get Shrilugh for FREE!

Link to get The Darkening for only TWO BUCKS!

What are you still doing here? Go get your copies of Shrilugh and The Darkening. And if you already own copies, this is a FANTASTIC time to give some away as gifts. Remember – Shrilugh is FREE! Talk about easy gift-giving! Not that you need it, but you totally have my permission to gift to anybody and everybody you know, willy-nilly.


I hope your Sunday is particularly fabulous.

Big, Giant, Mega-love,


MAKING IT HAPPEN: No such thing as ‘going it alone’.

I’m an independent author. Basically that means I’ve chosen to publish my book in a non-traditional manner. No agent, no publishing house, no fancy cover designers, no marketing guru plotting my eminent take-over of the literary world.

But it doesn’t mean I’m going at this alone (or that I don’t have plans to take over the world). No-sir-ee-Bob.

From the fabulous people over at WANAtribe, to my special #WANA1011 pals, to my beta-readers and editors, and most especially, YOU, the reader…

well, there’s lots of people on this train ride.

And that’s a good thing. ‘Cause without y’all this wouldn’t be near as much fun. And also, I’d be out of a job.

Since Shrilugh is a new book, published by a new author, right now it’s pretty much invisible. There is a huge sea of independently published books out there. The only way for an indie book to make a splash is (a) for people to read it, (b) for those people then to talk about it and (c) get other people to read it. Then repeat that process, like a gazillion times.

Those that ask not, have not.

I’m asking for a little help. If you’ve read Shrilugh and liked it, I’d love it if you did a couple things:

(1) Talk about it. To your friendlies, your book clubs. Start a discussion group on Goodreads, get a tattoo of a Shrilugh tree and use it as a conversation starter… Word of mouth is an indie author’s best friend.

(2) Rate it, Review it. Amazon, Smashwords, iTunes, and Goodreads all have ways to rate a book, review it, or both. The more reviews a book has – especially good ones – the more likely a new reader will be willing to purchase and read themselves. On Amazon, you can also ‘like’ a book, and add tags.

(3) Tweet, or talk about it on Facebook. Sometimes this one makes folks feel nervous ’cause they’re not sure what to say. Here are a couple of short blurbies. Feel free to copy and paste willy-nilly:

For Twitter:

#shrilugh by @myndishafer is a fantastic read! Check it out: https://myndishafer.wordpress.com/shrilugh/ #YA #indiebooks

Dig #YAfantasy, #adventure, #romance? Read #shrilugh by @myndishafer! https://myndishafer.wordpress.com/shrilugh/

For Facebook:

Looking for something new to read? Dig YA fantasy? Try SHRILUGH. Available at Amazon, Smashwords, or iTunes.

Myndi Shafer’s SHRILUGH is a fantastic read! Check it out at Amazon, Smashwords, or iTunes.

Need a new book-escape? Pick up SHRILUGH. Adventure, romance, glowing trees… Find it at Amazon, Smashwords, or iTunes.

Easy-peasy, right?

Here’s the thing – I love giving crap away. So if you’ll help me out by jibber-jabbering about Shrilugh, rating it or reviewing it, Tweeting it, or updating your FB status, I’ll put your name into a drawing for a free paperback copy of Shrilugh and a box of chocolates from Cocoa Dolce. CHOCOLATE, people. Fine, handmade artisan chocolate.


Just let me know in the comments how you spread the Shrilugh love, and I’ll make sure your name gets put in the contest. The more ways you share the love, the more times your name will be entered (unless you get the Shrilugh Tree tattoo, in which case, screw the contest. I’ll make sure you get the book, a box of chocolates, and a bottle of aspirin to help ease the pain). I’ll announce the winner on the 15th, along with the winner of the WHERE ARE YOU READING SHRILUGH? contest…which, if you haven’t already entered, you should! 🙂

Finally, I’d like to point you in the direction of the Pinterest board for The Darkening. I’m having a lot of fun working on Shrilugh’s sequel, and hope you enjoy seeing (and speculating about) these images!

Big grins,