Monday, 19 December 2016

2016: A Year in Review

Milestones Reached in 2016......


My Books

Published my 7th book ~ Poison Blood, Book 4: Apocalypse.


1st book series to come to conclusion ~ Poison Blood Series.

In November, Poison Blood, Book 1: Revelation entered the Top 20 Amazon US Bestseller List in the Kindle Free Fairy Tales and Myths category:




And in the Kindle UK Young Adult & Teen Coming of Age Fantasy category:




Published the 3rd book in the Soulmates Saga ~ Someone Like You.



Started writing my 1st 'sweet romance', well as sweet as they get with me :) More details in 2017....


Social Media

Twitter ~ Surpassed 2,500 followers mark in October. Currently have over 3,000 followers!



Blogger ~ Posted my 85th blog post.

Surpassed the 50,000 page views mark on my blog in October. And 70,000 views in December.

1st blog post to get 5,000 views in the first 7 days of posting.

On its 6th day of posting, this blog post got 10,000 views.


Personal

Rated my 200th book on Goodreads.

Caught 120 Pokemon on PokemonGo in 3 weeks.

Went to the WB Harry Potter Studio Tours. See a few pics below :) Super great day!















































Don't forget, my Soulmates Saga is on sale this month!

Amazon US|   Amazon UK|   iBooks   |   B&N Nook   |   Kobo |   Smashwords 






Monday, 12 December 2016

CHASING PAVEMENTS #Christmas #Giveaway


I do this every summer and every Christmas. Let readers download my debut novel Chasing Pavements for free.  Every summer to celebrate the anniversary of its launch, and every Christmas because… because it’s Christmas, and because it was Christmas time when I completed the first rough draft of the manuscript, and because the story starts once upon a Christmas...

So it’s not long until Christmas, so join me in celebrating what will be the book’s fifth festive season in market and download your free copy now via:






And also free at these retailers:


Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/chasing-pavements-the-soulmates-saga-book-1

Amazon will price match Chasing Pavements so its FREE for Kindle customers, so make sure to check out this page to get your hands on this series for under $4.50 (books 2 and 3 will have the same sale price on Amazon as other retailers):

https://www.amazon.com/Soulmates-Saga-3-Book/dp/B01FZ4U07I/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8


Chasing Pavements

Would you recognise true love if you saw it?

Singer and songwriter Jamie York is suffering from writer's block. When he meets Mukti, suddenly his creativity knows no bounds and he feels torn. He has to keep seeing her, but what will she make of his tortured soul?

Little does he know that Mukti has her own secrets and is just as troubled as he is. Her name translates as 'freedom' in her native tongue Bengali, but she is anything but free.

Recent graduate Mukti Khan has started a new job in the City and is determined to work hard and keep others at bay. All that changes after a chance encounter with the mysterious Jamie. He fascinates her like no one ever has and she just has to get to know him better.

But is truly capable of letting him in?

As an unlikely friendship develops between the two, will Jamie and Mukti be able to help each other come to terms with their pasts and move forward together, or do some ghosts haunt us forever?

Set in contemporary London, Chasing Pavements is a unique love story between two unique characters that will stay with you long after you have turned the last page.


~ What Others Have Said About Chasing Pavements ~

"Very well written, I felt like I knew the characters myself!"
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"Neha Yazmin's novel grips you from start to finish.  There are so many things I love about this novel.  Jamie's creativity.  Mukti's determination.  Twists and turns with every chapter.  But most of all, I love that you see the characters grow and develop.  When you reach the last page, it feels like you've been on a long journey with them - yet it's a journey that you want to do all over again!" *****

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"This is not your typical chic lit book.  There is no sloppy romance and no mushy words.  This is truly a one of a kind book.  Little by little the story was told to me and it was told perfectly.  I cannot believe this is Neha’s first book.  It is perfect.  This is definitely a must read." *****

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"Chasing Pavements is like one of a kind.  I loved the book.  It touched me in such a way that I felt lost for a while without having Jamie and Mukti in my life.   I can't believe that this is the author's first book; the way it's written is excellent.  I was captured from the beginning of the story.  A must read." *****

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"Unputdownable.  I loved the London setting. The story is well told.  Neha has a way with descriptions that make the scenes really vivid.  The songs were a great mechanism to add to the story telling.  I look forward to reading Neha's other work but I hope I don't have to wait too long!" *****

Also, check out this lovely review from author I.C. Camilleri and check out her books here. Her characters are just as interesting and complex as the ones in the Soulmates Saga. Even though I read The Blake Soul a few years back, I can still remember the story and some scenes are still vivid in my memory! I can't explain how I feel about her liking my book :)




Monday, 5 December 2016

The Perks of Being An #IndieAuthor

~ Freedom and Control ~

These are probably the two main benefits of going indie.

You have the freedom to write what you want to write and what you believe in. Do it your way.

You can choose how you want to structure your book and don't have to answer or explain to anyone else if it's a little unorthodox.

And if it doesn't go well, then you're not left with the bitterness and resentment you'd feel towards agents, editors and publishers if they were the ones you listened to when you'd wanted something else entirely. You make your own choices and your own mistakes, and hopefully learn from them.

If you appoint editors and proofreaders, they can suggest changes and edits, but you can kindly say, "thanks, I see your point, but I'd like to do it this way" if you don't want to alter something that they think you should.

Now, you can say the same thing to the editor at the publisher you're signed to, but for a new author, I imagine it would be a little daunting. There they are, with all their experience and track-records, and here you are, without a published title under your belt, trying to argue your point when you're being advised otherwise by professionals that have done this for years.

I know I'd feel uncomfortable, intimidated even, trying to tell my publisher that I don't want to go with what they're suggesting. And the thing is, they have a lot to lose if a book doesn't sell well, so they won't ask you to make changes that they don't truly believe will make the book more successful. Knowing that, you're more likely to give in, whereas if you were self-publishing, you'd probably stick to your guns.


For example, my debut novel Chasing Pavements starts with a Preface, and the first sentence is: "It was awfully quiet in his head." I wanted this to be the first sentence of my first book. I really like it. I can't see anything wrong with it (so clearly, I don't always follow that strange philosophy that if you can't see a single thing wrong with a sentence/paragraph that you've written, you ought to get rid of it).

But the first person to read Chasing Pavements - one of my oldest friends - absolutely loathed this sentence. She said she just didn't get it, and fought hard to get me to delete it and start with something else. I can't remember what her argument was - and I'm sure it must have been a valid one - but she did her best to convince me that it was the wrong sentence to start the book with.

If I was signed to an agent or publisher, they wouldn't have had to urge me half as much as my friend did to get that sentence removed. I probably would have agreed as soon as they voiced their distaste of it the second time (the time after I'd said, quite meekly, that I quite like that sentence). This would be because of what I've explained above - I'd think they know best because of their experience and wealth of knowledge, and because the success or failure of the book would affect them big time.

Needless to say, I didn't heed my friend's advice and kept the first sentence the way I wanted it. And it's only because I have the freedom to do so and have control over what feedback I take on board and what I don't.

Chasing Pavements is free to download this month, at the below retailers:

Amazon US|   Amazon UK|   iBooks   |   B&N Nook   |   Kobo |   Smashwords 





Thursday, 1 December 2016

This #December ~ CHASING PAVEMENTS #Giveaway

Almost every year, I give away free copies of my debut novel, Chasing Pavements. There's no limit to the number of books I give away, no multiple-choice question that you have to answer to be entered into a prize draw and winners aren't selected at random.

Everybody that wants to win, will win.


This is because I make Chasing Pavements free at the below retailers for the whole of December and anyone and everyone that wants to download a copy can do so:

Amazon US | Amazon UK | iBooks | B&N Nook | Kobo | Smashwords 


So, don't miss out on this chance to get your (digital) hands on the first book of the Soulmates Saga. Chasing Pavements introduces you to troubled soulmates Mukti and Jamie and sets the scene wonderfully for the next two instalments in the series, Make You Feel My Love and Someone Like You.

This year, I've also decided to slash the prices of the other two books in the series ~ Make You Feel My Love is down from $2.99 to $1.99 and Someone Like You is down from $2.99 to $2.49.

That's three books for only $4.48.


It's my chance to say thank you to the lovely people that follow and support me on Twitter, Goodreads, Facebook and Blogger. I really appreciate every re-tweet, every like, every time a post of mine is shared, spreading the word for my books - so Thank You!

And by giving away free copies of my books, I increase the chances of being read.

In saying that, the likelihood of my free book being read is still pretty low. Readers that download free ebooks and also purchase books with their hard-earned cash, are more likely to read the books they buy than the ones given away for free. In fact, some free books just sit in readers' digital shelves and never get read. I have a few of those on my Kindle and iPhone! Therefore, it's a good idea to give away free books quite frequently, if not making them perma-free. And a good cover goes a long way in getting people to read the free books they download.

If you would like to read the blurb and a spoiler-free Q&A on Chasing Pavements, click here.