Friday, 22 September 2017

Free eBooks Download Schedule


This post is addressed to all book lovers around the world. 
Romance, suspense, psychological thrillers, short and not so short dramatic tales, funny and ironic fiction, true to fact stories and memoirs, self-growth, motivational and inspirational publications. 

  • iLive: Stories From the Prison Called Life – One day only: 22/09/2017 
  • God is Weary: Tragic and Witty Short Tales  – Three days: 26, 27, 28/09/2017 

Cristina G. is a self-published author and she needs you. After you read the free eBook, take two minutes to review it on Amazon and/or Goodreads if you enjoyed it.

Please help her to help her beloved parents who survived the Second World War and lived under a very oppressive communist regime. 

Don't forget to share, follow and subscribe to keep up to date with new promotions and fantastic initiatives.

Blessings. 

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Thursday, 21 September 2017

Stop the Wars! – Together for Peace!

Happy International Peace Day!

I am lucky because I have never lived a war.
I never went to bed with the sound of bombs and gunshots. There was a Revolution in 1989 when the communist regime fell, but I was far from the Capital. I feared for my brother as he was serving the country at that time and was right in the middle of it. He came out all right only to lose his life in a different way twelve years later.

My parents though... They lived the Second World War. They've seen things I don't even want to imagine. Their stories are unbelievable. I am writing them down for eternity.
The constant fear, the hunger, the indigence, the blood and the deaths changed them.
It is hard to hear them speaking... so you can imagine how hard is for them to remember.

Today, I would like to make an appeal to every each of us: Please, Stop the wars!
I can't imagine a world like this. Parents who lose their offspring, children who watch their parents being slaughtered...
What impact would that have on your soul?
My heart is broken and I feel for everyone who has to witness such atrocities.
May the universe turn on their side.

This year theme is Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All and I am up for it.

To read more click here

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Sunday, 17 September 2017

Massive Free Books Promotions for a Good Cause

I have to admit again that publishing a book is not enough to make it seen. I don't write for vanity.
Without advertising, an author who intends to make a living from this will never make it.
So I stopped writing to learn how to do this properly.

Besides my body and soul, I have invested all my saving in my books. If they don't sell, I wasted 4 years of my life and all my finances. I can't let this happen. I can't afford it really. It's vital for me.

I write because it's a dream I never dared to dream before, but mostly, I write to provide a better life and basic amenities for my octogenarian parents. 
This has always been my main purpose. 

I have a day job, but I am not able to provide for them and maintain myself with this salary. I need more and I work for it very hard. Night and day really. I don't do anything else but writing, studying and working. There is no weekend or not feeling like doing it for me.
I HAVE TO DO IT. For my parents because I love them very much.

So, as I said, I believe in my stories. I think they are fascinating and profound because my soul is in all of them. My style is unique and nostalgic. Therefore, I am going to focus on worldwide promotions.

I have set up new social network accounts on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram (you name it).
I also set up new email accounts to reflect my status of author. To be honest, I just wanted my name, but they were all taken so my new accounts contain: authorcristinag.
That is actually also the name of my new blog where I am going to post all the promotions that are coming up in September 2017.
If you like reading, I invite you to subscribe to keep up to date with all the initiatives I am preparing. 
I am also going to publish many excerpts, chapters of some very interesting books I am working on. 
I am not going to rest until my books are in the hands of many people. This is the only thing that counts for me.

So, starting with 22nd up to 29th of September 2017, all my eBooks will free for download. In sequence. Not all at the same time. Some will be on the same date, others will be alone.

I have a huge favour to ask. When you download/purchase any of my books, I would appreciate if you left a review. Especially if you liked it. Without reviews, all these will be for nothing.

I don't know which part of the world you live in, but please sign up to Amazon.com when you download my books. Use the same credentials you used on your regular Amazon account. That way you don't mix up.
It is imperative as the reviews you might write on your regular account, will not show up on Amazon.com. 
Of course, you could also leave a review on Goodreads. Or only rate my book.

You download my eBooks for free, but I paid to make my promotion reach a large number of people. It's a huge investment for me.

It doesn't matter what's your mother tongue, reading in English will help you improve your pronunciation, but not only.

If you feel in your heart, please share this post with book readers. Please note that I am not asking you to read if you don't like it. But if you know someone who likes it, share my posts/books with them.

I really need you. Please, help me to help my parents. 

Blessings.



Friday, 8 September 2017

Beautiful Book Covers at an Amazing Price

Now, I have to be honest and say it upfront: my books don't sell (yet).
I invested massively, all my savings for a few years, in proofreading and countless other self-publishing essentials. If you want to make a career, you need to do what it takes.

The moment to look into my book covers came and hit me quite badly in the head. They looked... hmm... not good. To say the least.
But the prices on the market are not accessible to me at this point in time.
I am not saying that they are not fair because they are. But I don't have that money. I need to pay the bills.
This is literally what my life resumes to in these past two years: studying, writing, and going to work to pay the bills so I could keep writing.

I don't know you, but I really wanted to have some book covers made professionally.

I heard of Fiverr. You heard too. Everyone heard I think. So one day, I spent 5 hours to see how it works. Then after other 2 days of research for someone appropriate to help me, I hired a few people to build my so desired book covers.
15 minutes after I paid the first one I regretted bitterly. He could not understand what I wanted, although I sent him a few private messages before hiring him. "I would like this, this and this. Do you think you could help me?"
His reply was prompt and confident, "Of course."
When I saw the first draft, which he said was the finished product, I felt sick. Every information was wrong, starting with my name. Besides, it looked horrible. Just the opposite of a professional job.

5 days later I had a lot of new white hair and I gave up giving instructions that were not considered. It was like talking to a wall. I paid the guy, threw the covers away and hired somebody else. A new seller. I wanted to give him a chance.
Bad decision. A week later, same procedure.
Then another guy. He made an okay job, but it was not to my liking. I decided not to waste my time (again) explaining what I don't like and why. I just accepted and moved on.
Then I hired somebody to design a logo and a business card. Same dreadful experience.

I was devastated. I spent quite some money – that I already did not have (in surplus)  – on things I threw away. I have done infinitely better than those professionals. I was shocked by their level of knowledge and creativity.
I wasn't sure if it was because I chose the wrong people or a sort of an alliance against me.
I am kidding, of course. My fault was mine: I chose the wrong people. Fiverr is absolutely great. I am not joking now. There are billions of outstanding professionals. Just spent some time to look for them or... listen to me. I learnt quite a lot from these experiences.

Anyway, I was ready to delete my profile when I clicked on Hayley's gig.
I decided to take my last chance so I ordered and waited two days biting my lips. Terrified that I would have a similar experience to the ones above.
When she delivered, I burst into tears. She amazed me.
She is incredibly patient, creative, friendly and eager to do a great job.
I have ordered 3 times since then and now I have 6 gorgeous book covers at an incredible price.

If you want to know how much click here and see for yourself.  Huge value for money. You won't hire someone else after that.  There is no competition for Hayley. Trust me, I spent many weeks researching.

I am waiting for other 2 covers and I am ordering again next week.

If you don't believe me, have a look at the slider on my new blog, or on Amazon. I am thrilled.



Saturday, 2 September 2017

I am an Author, not a Business Person

I am grateful for everything that happens in my life.

My previous post focused on frustration and disappointment. Because, as I said, I am not a saint.
I didn't like the fact I wrote it and published it though. It's done now. I won't take it down.

I am grateful for those who give without being asked. Usually, it's always the other way around. People only ask, expect and pretend. Not all those.

I am grateful for whoever understands my bursts of anger. Many are shocked that a loving person expresses her/his feelings in such a strong manner. Well... It's a lot to discuss on this topic. Very controversial.

I am grateful that my friends ignore my requests for help. I really am. Because that makes me look further and find many other solutions. In the end, they really aren't obliged to support me. It would be nice and appreciated though.
I alway thought that one should only count on himself/herself.
I have been doing this since I was born, but I lost my sight due to the huge investments in my books and not enough exposure.
I'll manage alone. Thank you to those who took action after reading my post. It was noticed.

I am grateful that some of professional are unprofessional because when I meet a reliable one, I can appreciate her/his awesomeness.

I stopped writing for a while. I focus on finding the right people to build new covers for my books and advertise them in any way possible in exchange for money.
I am an author, not a business person. I believe that everything except the writing should be put in the hands of those who know what they are doing.

I am investing all I have into following my dream. The day I close my eyes I'll know that I did my absolute best to make it happen.

The paperback of Half my Age Plus Seven is finally on. Now only on CreateSpace but in a few days, it will be everywhere.

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Thank you and see you soon, amazing human being.

I don't know who made this and where I've taken it from