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Winds of Change by D.A. Henneman

Winds of Change

by D.A. Henneman

Giveaway ends July 24, 2017.

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Enter to win one of ten copies of my latest book, Winds of Change, on Goodreads!  Click on the links above, and remember to follow me there or on my Amazon page for updates on future books or giveaways!

If having a paperback is not your thing, you can download to your Kindle from Amazon here: amazon.com/author/dahenneman

Thank you everyone for your continued support!  Can’t wait to share the next book in the series with you!

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Book Launch! Winds of Change!

Today is the official launch day for Book 2 in my Power of Four series –Winds of Change! I am so excited to bring you Aleck and Amie’s story and I hope for anyone who hasn’t started the series yet, you will consider checking out Book 1 – Sea of Dreams which is available on Amazon!

I would like to thank all of my friends and family for their continued support, I can’t think of a better group of people to travel on this life journey with! Excited to see you all at the launch party!

Meet me at the fair!

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Will be participating in the Ann Arbor Bookfest today with some of the ladies from my wonderful writing group, The Muse Crew!  For anyone who is in the area, please stop by and say hi!  There will be plenty to do and see, and if you are interested you can check out the book festival website for more information! Link: http://aabookfestival.org/

Pictures to follow!  Hope to see you there!

30-day Book Marketing Challenge

I am never one to back down from a challenge, and the latest one that popped into my Twitter feed was one from Rachel Thompson, author of the “30-Day Book Marketing Challenge.  I decided to start my challenge on the first of the month, May 1, 2017 to be exact, and I just ended it June 1, 2017.

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Before I started reading, I took my stats and documented the number of followers each of my social media sites had. Then I settled in for 30 days of changes that I hoped would increase my followers. Here is what I learned:

Twitter – Even though I had already established a Twitter account, there were a few things that were suggested that made all the difference in the world!  My followers at the beginning of the month were 288 and by the end they were 372. At the time of drafting this post, I am up to 421. Primary changes included: Pinning a post, using location spot for more information, and including hashtags in my profile. I have also been more apt to interact with other posts, which is key on Twitter.

Facebook – Wow the first day alone I made changes that I didn’t even know existed!  I added tabs through a site I was directed to called Woobox that allowed me to connect all of my other social medias to my Facebook page, which I absolutely loved! I also developed more of a storefront presence by adding my books and linking them to  my Amazon account.  Even though I thought I was way ahead of the game on this, I realized I had only been scratching the surface! My beginning numbers were: 191 on my Author account, and 59 follows on my page.  I ended with 193 on account and 59 follows, so not much of an increase, but to be fair I spent the most time interacting on Twitter.

Google + – This was another account I had already established, so didn’t do too much in the way of changes for this either.  I began and ended with 13 followers, however I firmly believe that anything posted through this site, will support your visibility in the Google search engine.  I have my Buffer linked to all my social media accounts so I can schedule posts easily, so shoot things automatically to my Google + site. I plan on giving this site a little more love in the upcoming months.

Blog – My personal blog http://www.saraybooksllc.com did see an increase in followers, going from 27 to 39, which is pretty good considering I didn’t make very many changes to what I have been doing for the past 6 months. One main change however, was that I included my Saturday blog posts on #mondayblogs, which gave my site more activity than I am used to seeing.

 

Pinterest & Instagram – Yes I have those also, and each of them showed an increase of 2-3 followers, going from 14 to 16 for Pinterest and 43 to 46 for Instagram.  The images I share are mainly quote slides, and tend not to be recycled on those sites.  I do plan on posting more pictures as I do my book events this summer which I feel will increase activity on these sites.

If you are building your author platform, make sure you check out Rachel Thompson’s “30-Day Book Marketing Challenge.”  You will want to be faithful and read it daily, and make sure you do the exercises! This book is one of the best investments in myself I have made so far!

Soundtrack of my Life – Entry #9

I have had an interesting career path and have always tried to approach things with an open mind. Because of this, the road I’ve traveled hasn’t always been the easiest, but it has been fulfilling. I didn’t attend college after High School, it wasn’t in the cards for me at the time, but I always wanted to learn new things. and the careers that found me allowed me to do just that.

Insurance was what I spent several years after High School doing, and coupled with earning a decent living I got married and raised a family. I learned more than anyone would ever want to know about Liability exclusions, Health Insurance supplements and Annuities. It is not in my nature to settle, I like to try new things, so in my mid-thirties I decided to buy a shop and become a florist. In hindsight, not the greatest plan during a recession, but I did manage to obtain my Master Gardener and Certified Florist designations during that time.

After I closed the shop, I started yet another career in small government, which allowed me the ability to go back to school. I didn’t take full advantage of that until I heard those three little words no woman ever wants to hear… “You have cancer.” I am blessed that it was found at a stage where it was easily removed, and have been Cancer free for 5 years now. My wake up call had me enrolling in college shortly after my recovery and I recently completed my first ever college degree in Business Management. Cancer also managed to bring me back full circle to writing, a passion I had in High School and dabbled with throughout my life. Somehow during all of this I managed to release my first book Sea of Dreams, and develop Winds of Change which will be released this month.

So here we are back at the beginning, so to speak, and I realize now that I am older I didn’t need to have it all figured out. For me, there are always going to be challenges to overcome, obstacles to move, and things to learn about myself and the world around me. I have completely embraced my journey and as another school year comes to an end, and all of the high school graduates head out to start a new chapter of their lives, I would like them to know that they don’t need to stress. You will figure it out as you go, we all do. Besides, it’s not so much about the destination and how you are going to get there, it is way more about experiencing the climb.

Class of 2017 this song is for you…