Facebook Events Hack for Giveaways

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Facebook events are an awesome way to spread the word about your book (or whatever cool thing you have going on.) And a lot of times, there are giveaways involved. Maybe it’s a copy of a book, a gift card, some swag… Whatever it is, the way Facebook has events pages set up, sometimes it’s hard to go back in and find your posts. This little hack is an easy way to track your giveaway posts, or any posts you want to be able to find later on, so you can go back in, close them and pick a winner. ***Also good for participants who want to track a giveaway they have entered***

Step 1: Make sure the post has an image attached to it. This hack will NOT work unless there is an image. A links image doesn’t count either.

Here is an example of what DOES NOT work: “Add my book to your TBR list on Goodreads *www.goodreads.com/mybook*”
The link will post a preview image. This will not work.

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Here is an example of what DOES work: Click on the little camera icon and add an image before you even type up your post. This could be an image of the book, some swag, or even just a goofy little picture. Then type up your post: “Add my book to your TBR list on Goodreads *www.goodreads.com/mybook*” The image you uploaded will be what is displayed instead of the link preview. This will work20141123_194050
Step 2: After you make the post click the “Share” button. Share the post in a private message to yourself. The message will be the image. Just click on the image in your message and it will pop up with the post. You can go close it out and post the winners right there in the comments. Easy as pie 🙂

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Anyone who is actually attending the event (by clicking “Going”) can do this. It is not limited to the person who created the post.

*Side Note* The event needs to be set up so posts can be shared. I believe in order for that to be the case, under the event setting, you need to click “Edit” and select either “Public” or “Open Invite”. If you are not a host for the event, ask the host to do this.

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Cover Reveal and Release Date: Mended Dreams by D.L. Kane

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Mended again blueYes! The answer to that question is YES!! Mason and Amy ARE getting another story!

I am still in awe of the response to Shattered Dreams, and the countless emails I’ve received about Mason, Amy AND Asa. I had not originally planned to write another installment of Mason and Amy’s story, but the outpouring of support encouraged me to do so.

Mended Dreams is a Christmas novella that picks up shortly after Shattered Dreams ended. It is the “funny, sweet, and oh so steamy” story of Mason and Amy’s first Christmas together as a couple. Of course, it wouldn’t be a story without Asa now would it?? And you would be surprised at what Amy’s Dad is up to these days!

Mended Dreams will be available on outlets December 1, 2014!

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Penned Con 2014 Wrap Up

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10425867_326353917547000_2832998122973676364_nIt was my very first signing as an author, and more fun than I could have imagined!!! So many great things happened during this event, I could fill PAGES and still not be able to tell you everything.

Before I share my wrap up, there are a few people I want to acknowledge.

Dawn Pendleton offered me half of her table before she’d even read a single word of my dusty manuscript. The amount of faith this amazing woman had in me is STILL humbling and inspiring. When she told me she wasn’t going to be able to make it, my heart broke a little bit. The thing I looked forward to most was finally being able to give her a hug (and a copy of the book that FINALLY got published!) I kept the little sign with our names on it. It’s been tacked to my inspiration board, where it will stay forever and always.

Faith Goddard is the cover model for Shattered Dreams. Without her, my book couldn’t have been “mine.” We spent hours out in hot, grass hopper infested fields, twisting, turning, falling and laughing until we finally stumbled on that perfect shot. She has been one of my dearest and most cherished friends. Seeing her there, with the book we worked so hard to finish, will be a memory I carry with me always.

Susan Garwood. My Momma Bear. Shattered Dreams COULD NOT have happened without this amazing woman. She took a BIG CHANCE on me. She read my book when it was just scraps of paper. She suffered through my hissy fits and temper tantrums, hours of writes and rewrites, and she held my hand when I finally took the leap. She has been my biggest fan from the very start and there will never be a word I pen that she hasn’t guided.

The Man and The Hooligans ❤ None of anything would have been possible without their love and support. Penned Con was the very first time in 13 years I went ANYWHERE without them. It was hard at first. I wanted them there. But coming home in the middle of the night, seeing them all standing outside waiting for me… I will keep that memory in my heart forever.

And finally, Jennifer. A dear and true friend who cheered me on from the very start! Her’s were the first pair of eyes to see the actual, PRINTED novel in live and living color! She may never know how much her support means to me.

And now, for the Wrap Up! I made a video with as many pictures as I could manage. I was such a nervous wreck, most times I forgot how to spell my own name! I didn’t get a whole lot of pictures because I was just too shy to ask. Tara Sivec PEOPLE!! I was an author at signing WITH Tara Sivec!! And Jasinda Wilder. And Abby Glines. AND AMALIE SILVER!!! OMG! The list goes on! I was in a room full of amazingly talented authors, and I could barely manage to make eye contact I was so nervous!

So, here is my video 🙂 I hope you enjoy! Thank you Rick and Amy Miles, Red Coat PR, and all the amazing people that put this event together! You guys ROCK!!!