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So it’s been almost 2 years since I last posted on the blog but it’s been a crazy two years since I’ve gotten a permanent office job in downtown Manhattan. When I last posted was about two months after I bought my 15″ MacBook Pro and I am still loving it much better than my Dell laptop that I bought a few months earlier than my MacBook Pro. I still use the Dell once in a while when I need to use the Adobe Acrobat program to make fill-out forms for work. My MacBook Pro has been such a great purchase even though I had to spend almost $2,000 for it. It took me a bit of time to get use to some of the changes from my PC but in the long run I have had almost no troubles with which is the total opposite of my experience with all three of my previous Dell laptops.

Recently I got a message on my Facebook Fan page from Lisa Watson who works with RT Book Reviews about doing author interviews on my Blog Talk Radio podcast show. I wasn’t too sure about doing it since I haven’t been doing any author interviews on my podcast except for that one author interview with Susan H. Crowley in July of 2013. But I decided that this was an opportunity that I shouldn’t pass up since I really need to get back to what I use to love doing which is reading book that I would post reviews about and interviewing romance authors of all genres about the books that they write. So I think from now on I will try to get myself back into the rhythm of writing book reviews on the blog but like I said it has been a long while since I’ve done it so bear with me please. I’ve also been updating my websites with new information but as you know maintaining a website takes a lot of time and mine hasn’t been updated since I started it in 2010. I’ve done a few maintenance updates with the information that I have since changed but I’m using some of my free time from work to get it all done.

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So on Saturday, October 23rd my author website was reviewed by the website 1st Turning Point. I had submitted my website for review a few months ago when they started that section of their website and I finally got to read one of their reviewers feedback. I was excited to read it and see that the reviewer, Detra Fitch, gave me 4 Parrots in total with a lot of feedback on what she thought was good what she thought I needed to change a bit to make it better. Here is a quote from her review:
Phoebe Jordan’s website is very well done. It is professional and pleasing to the eyes. If her site is any example of how good her stories will be, then she has a bright future as an author!
If you want to read the entire review and maybe even leave a comment on what you thought of her review you can read it by clicking here!
Well as you may know I have a website called Phoebe Jordan’s Reviews where I set up all the information that I want to share with my review blog readers and visitors about my author interviews and book reviews. Since I finally got my own domain name I set up Phoebe Jordan’s Reviews on that domain name and have variously different important and informational pages up that you all might enjoy visiting. For example I have the Featured Author and Book pages that I have finally finished putting up for everyone to check out as soon as possible. There is the general Featured Author and Book where you will find 8 different featured authors and their current releases every month or so. I also have 4 different sub-pages for Featured Author and Book in Erotic Romance, Historical Romance, Paranormal Romance and Young Adult which are genres that I enjoy reading and wanted to share with others about the some authors that may or may not be new to them. If you are a romance of any sub-genre, erotic romance or young adult author and want to be featured along with your current release, Contact Me, with the appropriate information, which is your author bio and your current book title, author name, word count/page number, genre, publisher, format (print or e-book), ISBN/Price and blurb of your novel no less than 2 to 3 paragraphs.

Well I have finally thought that I should have an official website for Talk About My Favorite Authors blog so that my readers can check to see what is going on and what will be going on in the future for this blog. I created it by using google pages and linking up all the pages onto the main page, which I’m still working on because I’ve only been doing this for the past 4 to 5 days. I’ve posted the link on the top corner of the blog in the right sidebar so you can go to the site without having to read this post all the time. I’ve been getting a lot of ARC of books by authors that I love to review on this website and I’ve been getting a bit of books to review by new authors that I’ve only recently heard of. I’ve even had a couple of interviews with authors that I’ve recently met online this week. On the official website for TAMFA there you will get updated information on author interviews I conducted on the blog with links. You will get information on ARC books that I’ve reviewd and about ARC books that I will be reviewing in the coming months. I have also set up a forum for TAMFA blog that I thought would bring my readers together and discuss the blog and give me insight on what my loyal readers might be looking for when they come to the blog so I can mix things up. It’s not completely set up yet but I’m working on it and I’m open for all suggestions. I hope you stop by and maybe use the contact page on the site to tell me what you think about the website, if I should keep it or not or if you have any suggestions on what I could do to make it better or anything else you have to say because all opinions are much appreciated.
Well I have finally thought that I should have an official website for Talk About My Favorite Authors blog so that my readers can check to see what is going on and what will be going on in the future for this blog. I created it by using google pages and linking up all the pages onto the main page, which I’m still working on because I’ve only been doing this for the past 4 to 5 days. I’ve posted the link on the top corner of the blog in the right sidebar so you can go to the site without having to read this post all the time. I’ve been getting a lot of ARC of books by authors that I love to review on this website and I’ve been getting a bit of books to review by new authors that I’ve only recently heard of. I’ve even had a couple of interviews with authors that I’ve recently met online this week. On the official website for TAMFA there you will get updated information on author interviews I conducted on the blog with links. You will get information on ARC books that I’ve reviewd and about ARC books that I will be reviewing in the coming months. I have also set up a forum for TAMFA blog that I thought would bring my readers together and discuss the blog and give me insight on what my loyal readers might be looking for when they come to the blog so I can mix things up. It’s not completely set up yet but I’m working on it and I’m open for all suggestions. I hope you stop by and maybe use the contact page on the site to tell me what you think about the website, if I should keep it or not or if you have any suggestions on what I could do to make it better or anything else you have to say because all opinions are much appreciated.
Now that is a good way to start a Friday! I discovered this website/blog through Jessica Brody’s website. I had recently won a signed copy of her book The Fidelity Files (which I will be reviewing on the blog sometime soon and get a interview with Brody too) and I went in search of her official website to learn more about her and her novel. Through her website I found out that she had recently created a wonderful website/blog called Free Book Friday. I love winning free books that this website immediately had my loyality to weekly visits and especially since Brody has a podcast interview of the authors she has on the website on iTunes. Recently Jessica Brody contacted me because she noticed that I was one of the followers of her website Free Book Friday and she checked out that my blog which she thought was awesome! She also wanted to send me the press release for Free Book Friday in hopes that I might post something on the blog and help spread the word! They’re also giving away a Top Referrer bonus to the site that sends the the most hits (tracked by Google Analytics) so I immediately got to writing an e-mail back to her.
When I wrote to her back I asked her if she had any banner or badge/button art work that I could link up here on my blog and on my website so that my readers could be linked back to her website Free Book Friday. Brody told me she had something and would work on it a bit and send it back to me. So on the right side half way through the blog you will see a couple of badges/buttons and the Free Book Friday badge/button is the first one. Under it is the code that you can use to put that badge/button onto your on website or blog to spread the word to everyone. Here is the copy of the press release she sent me:

CONTACT: Jessica Brody
Free Book Friday
Tel: (310) 936-2904
Email:
[email protected]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Debut Author Finds Success in Giving Away Books
Los Angeles, CA—October 26, 2008—Jessica Brody, author of The Fidelity Files (St. Martin’s Press—2008) was searching for creative new ways to market her debut novel and collaborate with fellow authors at the same time. She noticed that free giveaways seemed to be highly effective in driving website traffic so she came up with the idea for FreeBookFriday.com, a website that, true to its name, promotes authors by giving away free books every Friday.

“I started the site just as a fun way to promote my book and network with other authors, but the response has been overwhelming,” says Brody, who after only six short weeks has seen weekly visitor growth rates in the 300 percent range. “We have already filled up the rest of 2008 with an outstanding list of participating authors and have started a wait list for 2009.”

The initial draw to the site is clearly the giveaways, but the hook that keeps visitors coming back is the content. Not only can readers enter to win a free autographed book, but Brody also hosts a weekly author interview podcast to promote the featured author. “I love connecting with fellow authors every week. Not only does it help me with my writing, but it gives readers a unique insight into the creative process behind some of their favorite titles.”

This week (October 26th) FBF is hosting a special Halloween Edition, featuring one of the reigning queens of vampire novels, P.C. Cast whose House of Night series has been on the NYT Bestseller list for 25 weeks straight and has more than one million copies in print. Website visitors can listen to an exclusive interview with P.C. and enter to win a free signed copy of her latest release, UNTAMED (St. Martin’s, 2008)

“The response to UNTAMED has been so great, I decided to launch a spin-off of the main site specifically targeting teen readers,” says Brody, who is also working on a Romance Edition, scheduled to launch in early 2009.

The new site, Free Book Friday Teens, will launch November 1, 2008.

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About Free Book Friday:

The concept is simple. Each week, a new author is featured with an exclusive author interview podcast and a drawing to win free signed copies of his/her book. Website visitors are asked to sign up to be eligible and winners are chosen at random and posted on the site every Friday morning. Hence the name, “Free Book Friday!”


For more information, please visit: Free Book Friday or contact its founder, Jessica Brody at: [email protected]

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Phoebe Jordan
Phoebe Jordan

Phoebe Jordan

I'm a part-time aspiring romance novelist, book reviewer and blogger. I've always wanted to travel the world and learn everything I can about other countries. Learning the Italian language is one way of trying to make that dream come true. Traveling will help me with my writing because I'll be learning about the history of the U.S., Latin America, England, Italy, and Ireland, the countries I find so fascinating while reading the romance genre. I read and review romance novels of almost every subgenre along with erotic romance, mystery, sci-fi/fantasy and young adult novels. You can find the reviews at my blogs, Talk About My Favorite Authors and Phoebe Jordan's Reviews. I’ve also started a live podcast show called TAMFA | Phoebe Jordan hosted on Blog Talk Radio. This show is dedicated to everything I love about romance and young adult novels. I love having romance and young adult authors live on my show to be interviewed and showcase their books. I plan to write contemporary romance, romantic suspense, erotic romance, paranormal romance and young adult when I get my writing career started with help from Keta. I'm not sure what genre I'll write to begin with since I love to read so many different romance genres.

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