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M.J. Stevens – Author and Creative Spirit

A young woman trying to make sense of the world

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September 2014

UPDATE: So … who wants a copy of DIVIDED, like now?

UPDATE: Thank you so much everyone for your on going support!! The webstore has been adjusted accordingly for purchases! I have more copies on the way so if these sellout I will always have more!

Find it here:

http://www.mjstevensauthor.com/apps/webstore/products/show/5102834

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Hello all!

The post guy came this morning and dropped off the first pack of my books. (They ship them in groups because it’s heavy). What’s weird (and great) is that they’re 6 weeks early. So I was thinking, should I just do the first 30 now? I know people have been asking when they can have them. The comps are still going to be running to win a prize pack, but if you want a copy now – let me know! If I get a few “YES” answers I will change the website accordingly. More stuff happening on this via my facebook: http://www.facebook.com/boundtotheguardians

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Freelance doesn’t mean “free”!

Hello!

How is everyone today? It’s getting towards the end of the year and I can’t help but feel that the world, on a whole, gets so tried this time of the year! I guess especially Australia because our year is January – December, so we don’t have a big break in the middle. Summer + Christmas in one massive hit!

I always get to this time of the year and start to fret that I haven’t really achieved enough. I’m one of those people that have to top what they did last year.

Yes, by the end of 2014 I will have published two books. I think sometimes people forget that BOUND debuted in January 2014 and I didn’t have plans to publish DIVIDED until 2015, with LIBERATED set for way in the 2016 future. Due to the wonderful responses to BOUND I was inspired to push forward and in many ways my confidence as a writer was strengthened; strangers don’t lie about what they thought of your work!

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Of course, it really doesn’t feel like enough and I’ve been trying to get back into doing more freelance work. However, for anyone; be them a photographer, or writer, or candlestick maker (ha-ha) “freelance” work means to many people, “free”. I’ve done lots of free freelance work because it’s great for experience, but there has to be a point where your services land you at least a few dollars, yet sadly most people want quality pieces for nothing.

I’ve won’t name names, because I don’t do that, but I was asked to do a freelance piece for a certain someone and they bugged me and bugged me about it, despite the fact that I had to fit it in during the week and drive for 30 minutes each way to get to the location (a location I didn’t know too), and called me unprofessional when the interviewee got upset they didn’t know the date. But it was the person I was working for who was supposed to organise that. So, long story short, I didn’t get paid and I had to deal with someone who was insanely rude, all for the sake of experience. That was my last free freelance piece as I promised that I would never go through that again without a future prospect.

I guess us creative types will just have to push on until we find that magical pot of gold!

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Goodread-ers can now win DIVIDED!

I always said I was going to do two giveaways for Divided: One big, one small. Goodreads users can now jump in on the action with a giveaway made just for them! Find details below. GOOD LUCK!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

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Divided

by M.J. Stevens

Giveaway ends November 09, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

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Calling all bloggers!

This is a special blog shout-out to all those reviewers who have read BOUND, enjoyed it, and would like to read DIVIDED! I have ebook copies to send out to genuine participants. If you are interested please email me at: boundtotheguardians@gmail.com

Only those with blogs and the ability to post thoughtful reviews to multiple locations will be accepted.

If you want a chance to read DIVIDED for free, then perhaps you should try your luck at entering my giveaway!

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The prize includes: 1x copy of DIVIDED (signed and/or personalised) 1x extra copy of BOUND (for a friend or family member, or you. Whatever takes your fancy. Also signed and/or personalised.) 4x BOUND/DIVIDED bookmarks. AND a beautiful, handmade tiny book necklace of BOUND. It’s so cute and it will come securely wrapped with a shiny new chain. Entries close 21st November.

Enter here:
http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/b987389e3/

Divided Book + Prize Pack!

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Hello friends!

The DIVIDED giveaway is finally here! It will run until November 21st so there is plenty of time to get those entries in. The prize includes: 1x copy of DIVIDED (signed and/or personalised) 1x extra copy of BOUND (for a friend or family member, or you. Whatever takes your fancy. Also signed and/or personalised.) 4x BOUND/DIVIDED bookmarks. AND a beautiful, handmade tiny book necklace of BOUND. It’s so cute and it will come securely wrapped with a shiny new chain.

Enter here:

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Divided is ordered! No turning back.

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Yesterday I ordered my paperback copies of DIVIDED. I’m so excited about this and I hope everyone is looking forward to reading the next chapter in Mellea’s story! It will be available via the website for paperbacks and amazon and smashwords for ebooks. In fact, the smashwords version is live for pre-orders: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/475531

Amazon should be too, but sadly I did it wrong and now I have to unpublish it and wait until the date to re-publish it. Just a note: Amazon may say something about getting a paperback through them but please ignore it for now. For some reason it’s coming up with an option (on some sites) to buy a paperback. But I haven’t actually given Amazon the full cover, only the front cover … so why they think they can do a paperback is beyond me? Anyway! Website please, I sign them through there and give out swag!

Speaking of which, I’ve decided what I want to give away in the prize pack and I’ll be taking some pictures soon! It’s nothing super-duper fancy but, it’s worth winning!

M.J.

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Goodreads voting links:

If you would still like to vote for BOUND, here are the links:

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/36290.New_Series_2014_#19877735

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/6526.Smart_Heroines_for_Smart_Teens#19877735

And just a reminder that the $5 off BOUND promotion ends 18th September, Thursday, tomorrow!!

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ARE YOU SERIOUS!? THANK YOU SOOOOOO MUCH!!

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Voters, I could kiss you … but I won’t because it’s still flu season!

BOUND is totally smashing it! Mellea & The Gang (haha) are sitting at 18 out of (earlier there was an error) 252 books for New Series of 2014 and 41 out of 215 books for Smart Heroines for Smart Teens!! So now Mellea is 40 places behind Katniss Everdeen. Insanity! All I can say is thank you, really, but hey if anyone voted and wants a free bookmark or something, let me know! I’ll shout you the 70c for postage! Just comment “I voted”  on my Facebook and shoot me a posting address via page message. ❤ ❤

If you would still like to vote, here are the links:

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/36290.New_Series_2014_#19877735
https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/6526.Smart_Heroines_for_Smart_Teens#19877735

And just a reminder that the $5 off BOUND promotion ends this THURSDAY!

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Please vote for me!

Hey everyone!

Have you read BOUND? Did you like it? If you have a Goodreads account and you’d like to vote, BOUND is sitting at #25 (Out of 125) for Debut Book in a New Series 2014, and #63 (Out of 217) Smart Heroines for Smart Teens! Mellea Wendorn is 62 places behind Katniss Everdeen, that’s freaking huge!! 🙂 

One vote can be all it takes to slide you right up the list because the voting is fierce!

Thank you so much to everyone who has voted, reviewed, shared and generally complimented my work so far. Indie work feeds off word-of-mouth and glowing reviews, so your support is what keeps it alive! 

New Series: https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/36290.New_Series_2014_#19877735
Smart Heroines: https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/6526.Smart_Heroines_for_Smart_Teens#19877735

Also, if you haven’t read BOUND now is your chance! There is officially 7 days left in the BOUND sale! Hit the website now! All sales in this offer period go towards funding DIVIDED so tell your friends! 

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