Saturday, January 18, 2014

GOING POSTAL



GOING POSTAL

I love getting to know my readers on a personal level. Never have I referred to my readers as fans. To me, readers are friends I have yet to meet in person.
Fans are different, or so I like to believe. For example: I am a HUGE fan of Johnny Depp, which means I will never know him on a personal level, and, thankfully, my husband is kind enough to overlook my slight obsession. :)
Kelly, a reader I met on Wattpad back in 2011, is awesome! She has my full admiration. Allow me to explain. Kelly lives in Singapore. We have exchanged emails for quite some time. Back in September, she mentioned ordering one of my books through a site.
It was a pirate site. I told her how pirates worked, and thanked her for her support. Granted, authors make zero royalties through pirating sites. However, Kelly got the book she wanted in a reasonable time.
KUDOS to those pirates! They provided excellent customer service.
When I told Kelly, she could order the books directly through me at a much cheaper price, which included autograph and poster. She was delighted. 
*shakes head* If only I had known what it would entail.
     
      Kelly ordered Desired Nights. I headed to the post office and got the rates for shipping. One of the options was by paddle boat, and it would take up to three months! 

      We exchanged laughs about Jaws and bad weather. In the end, we chose shipping by air.

The first time I shipped the book, I put a little surprise in the package. A handmade fairy book mark, and an autographed poster that matches the book, The Secrets of Albion Falls.
On November 5th, 2013, I got a call from customs. I forgot to claim and add a value to the bookmark. Bad Sass, I know!
My logic?
What good is a surprise when there is a list written on the outside of the package?  I told them what it was and tried to pay over the phone. 
It did not work.
Kelly did not deserve an extended delay. Nervously (because that's who I am), I quickly put another package together, without the bookmark, and shipped it right away. Then I gave my sincerest apologies. 
It was and is unfair to delay any shipments.
Bad … bad Sass! I am a strong believe in customer service, and I don't like disappointing friends.
Over the next few weeks, we exchanged virtual teas. Kelly sent me virtual hot chocolate and hugs, during the ice storm. 

The ice storm video links are below.

     Video 2

     Video 3

    Video 4
We chatted about the different ways we celebrate Christmas, and sent New Years wishes to one another… sadly, no mail arrived to either home. :(
On January 8th, 2014 Kelly sent this email.
Hi Sass~~

*Tea party~* ;P

Need a little help from u... erm.. Is there like any tracking available for the book you've sent me? Cos I still haven't received it yet.. Sorry for the trouble yet again… sorry really sorry....

Sending u lots of and hugs~ & hot choco too~

      My response?

      Sass Cadeaux

      Are you kidding!!! Oh my Goddess this is crazy! I'll look into it and get back to you. xoxox
 
      I rushed to the post office and explained everything. The ladies were helpful. They began a full investigation and warned that it may take a couple of days. 

      On January 10th, I received this message.   

Sass!!! I just received the book!! Sorry for the trouble I made u went through. Thank you so much! It's awesome! I'm so happy n excited I received. Hee Happy happy so happy! Lots of hugs! Tytyty

Attached were pictures and awesome stickers. 
      
Kelly is a blast to chat with, and I love knowing her! She is a blessing, as are all my readers. :)
 
      The postal investigation continued. 

      It has to. 

      There is a book, bookmark and poster floating somewhere in customs. :)

      So why entitle this blog, Going Postal when clearly there is a happy ending?

      Well my friends, to this day I have yet to receive the first package I sent. Normally, I would be upset, and would inquire about the investigation daily. No ... not red faced or calling people names. However, a strong letter and follow up phone calls would be added to my daily regiment, but they are not.

      Why?

      How can I be upset when I have readers like Kelly? 

      It is impossible! 

      She got her book and poster.  She is happy, and we continue to have our virtual teas. We share life stories, and, you know what? I learned a long time ago that if it wasn’t for bad luck, I wouldn’t have any luck at all.  

      With readers like Kelly, I am blessed, and I would rather cherish my blessing than pray for luck.

      Wishing you all the BEST adventures in reading and in life,
     
      Sass
      )O(

Friday, November 29, 2013

What An Awesome Deal





Not too long ago, I invited everyone to an Online Party.
Now some of you might be thinking, Awe crap, not another one those. 

If you are, don’t run just yet! 

Hear me out (hmm is it right to say hear me our on a blog?) *shrugs* read me out, because I don’t think there has been another one like this.

Recently, I read and LOVED a book entitled; Maker of Angels. This book has it has it all! 
*raises hand in surrendering motion* 

Yeah, yeah, how many times have we all heard that?
Nevertheless, it is the truth.

Inserts a short plug about Maker of Angels. 
Once again, Author Dean Sault finely weaved an amazing adventure, which took me out of reality and into a world unlike any I had experienced before.
Kaga (although she is not the main character) is my hero, and by far one of my favorite fictional characters of all time! 

When I grow up, I want to be like Kaga. :)
I highly recommend this book!
Oh, and another exciting announcement. If you buy and read the book by December 8th, be sure to sign up for the Cyber Party!
Author Dean Sault, every two minutes, he will ask one question about the book. Until a total
of 25 are asked. The first person to CORRECTLY answer each question (including all parts of a question) will win an Amazon gift card.

Each question will stay "live" from the moment it is posted until exactly 2:00 PST. When all answers become final. If you change your answer, the time of the altered answer will be your official time, so it is best to make sure your first answer is as accurate as possible.

How to win: The earliest time of a complete and correct answer will win an Amazon gift card, plus an extra bonus entry into the Kindle Fire drawing. Bonus entries are limited to a total of five (5) that may be earned by any single participant.
After the contest closes (2PM PST), slips with EVERY participant's name, will be placed in a hat. An extra slip will be added for each "bonus entry" that was earned by quiz question winners.
After all participants AND bonus slips have been placed in the hat, one lucky winner will be drawn by Deans assistants (I am one of them) for the Kindle Fire.
The winner of the Kindle Fire, will be contact by direct message, via Facebook. He or she has twelve hours to respond, or the prize will be awarded to the first alternate.
So why blog about this book or party when December 8th is nearly upon us?
Well my friends, I guarantee you will fly through this book! It is that amazing, and even though,

Maker of Angels is a full 289 page novel, Sault has a way trapping you into his adventure with no
chance of putting the story down.

So, for less than $4.00, you will get hours of entertainment, the opportunity to win up to 5, $5.00 Amazon gift cards, and, a chance to win a Kindle Fire!
For those who prefer print copies, Dean Sault has your back as well.
Anyone who orders an autographed print copy directly from him, will receive a free ebook, so you can participate in the cyber party as well.  What a great bundle!
Click here to order your autographed copies. By the way, all autographed copies come at a discounted price, with a number verification certificate. 

Let’s face it, Author Dean Sault is a new author, but you never know who will be the next big hit! I purchased two as Christmas gifts, and I could not believe that I paid so little for top quality work.
So there you have it! You get to read an amazing tale, have the opportunity to win fabulous prizes, and even if you already have a Kindle Fire, if you win one at the cyber party, it is one less Christmas gift to buy.  


Be sure to join the fun! I will be there early to chat and share some more exciting news.
So what do you think? Share your thoughts.
Wishing you all the BEST adventures in reading and in life,
Sass
)O(

Thursday, November 21, 2013

What Is Nanowrite







November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).
NaNoWriMo is a fun and challenging approach to creative writing. For some, like me, it can be stressful at times, but you have not lived until you have loved, lost, felt rejection, and have stressed … right?
Oh how I hope I am right. :)
It is for ANYONE who has ever thought about writing a novel. Here’s alittle more about how it all works.
On November 1, participants begin working towards their goal. The goal is to write a 50,000-word novel in 30 days.
Approximately 1666 words per day.
YIKES! If I were a superstitious person, I would veer far away from the last 3 digits. However, I am not superstitious nor am I meeting my daily word count. :(
I am currently 10,000-words behind, but that is all right because NaNoWriMo is not a race.
Besides, anyone who knows me knows I will not run unless I am being chased, and I have to be scared. :)
NaNoWriMo is much more than a writing challenge. It is an amazing community of friendly people striving toward similar goals. There are pep talks, writing friends (buddy’s), on-line and local write-ins, and so much more. 
For me, it is also a therapeutic and freaking scary adventure!
Since this is my first time attempting the challenge, I wanted it to be a complete month of firsts. Do things I had never done before.
Therefore, I have chosen to write a YA fantasy novel entitled, Imperceptible. 
Why choose that title?
Well, it is my belief that we all (at one time or another) have felt invisible. So why not write about it?
I have attempted YA before; however, the rules consumed me so much that it stifled my creativity. I second-guessed every from the premise to the names of the characters. 
In the end, I could not stand the story.
This time I am writing the story with the rules in mind, but they are not in control.
My characters are. :)
Another first, one character is based off a good friend and loyal reader whom I have yet to meet in person.
We met a few years back on Wattpad. Deepest thanks to the internet and Wattpad for bringing us together!
Another terrifying first is a certain character based off the writer (me). Talk about a painful challenge. I mean … we all have qualities we do not like about ourselves. Add my unusual childhood, and who wouldn’t want to be invisible?
So why write a blog when I am 10,000 words behind and there are only nine left in this challenge?
Well, it’s simple really. I wanted to let you know that I’m still here, I’m still reading and writing, and I wanted to say if you were considering NaNoWriMo.
Go for it!
I hope to see you there next November! Add me to your writing buddy list and we’ll share a few laughs.
Brightest blessings,
)O(