Nikki Leigh - Owner Promo 101 Virtual Blog Tours
Award Winning & Best Selling Fiction & Non Fiction Author & Publicist
Nikki Leigh began as an idea in a teenager’s mind. At about 14, she wanted to be an author and she wanted to write under the name Nikki Leigh. It took over 20 years, before Nikki met the world. She is from the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.
"I want to convey time, place and character details to my readers. I choose my settings carefully and want people to understand what the setting and history contributes to the story.” Her love of the coast, history and lighthouses is apparent in her stories. On a trip to Cape Ann with her brother, Chris, she found the location for the Misty Cove series. The rugged land, hard working people and rich history were too compelling to ignore. Cape Ann and Gloucester, Massachusetts are featured in Stormy View, Widow’s Walk (Book One), Lady Lightkeeper (Book Two) and Stormy View.
“My first mystery, Lilah and the Locket, is set along the Outer Banks of NC and literally at the base of Cape Hatteras. There is extensive local history and color woven into the story. I did that to help convey the time and place to readers. Other local events will be featured in upcoming books in the Outer Banks series.”
Award winning fiction and non fiction author, Nikki Leigh, provides Web 2.0 and Social Media Marketing services. Nikki brings over 17 years of promotional experience and over 9 years of online promotional experience to each project. She works with her clients to help them establish and/or build their online presence and helps them learn to identify and reach the correct target market for their promotion. Promo 101 Virtual Blog Tours and Promotional Services are always open to finding new ways to help you learn to promote more effectively. In addition to business books and novels, Nikki Leigh is the author of Book Promo 101 and Book Promo 201. For much more information, visit www.nikkileigh.com and www.virtualblogtour.blogspot.com.
Book Promo 101 – Basics of Book Promotion and Book Promo 201 - Use Web 2.0 and the Internet to Promote are Nikki's latest books. She created these to share her promotional background with authors. Promo 101 includes tips and suggestions to help the beginning book promoter or the more experienced promoter to build a solid foundation for their promotional work. There are review questions at the end of each chapter to help the author to learn more. Promo 201 reveals many details about how to use social networks, social bookmarking, book trailers, podcasting, blogs, branding and much more, including hundreds of free internet resources. For details about the promotional services that Nikki offers, visit her promotional services page - www.nikkileigh.com/promo.htm.
Promo 101 - http://www.nikkileigh.com/book_promo_101.htm
Promo 201 - http://www.nikkileigh.com/book_promo_201.htm
Nikki is the Owner of Promo 101 Promotional Services
Social Media Coordinator for Loveology University - www.loveologyuniversity.com
Head of Social Media Marketing for Happier Couples - www.happiercouples.com
Stephanie Ward – Promo 101 Virtual Tours – Tour Coordinator
Stephanie Marshall Ward was born and raised in Greenville, N.C. She has been an avid reader and aspiring writer since she was very small child. After graduating from the University of N.C. at Chapel Hill, she did a brief stint as a reporter and staff writer for a small local newspaper. She became convinced she was meant to play a role in helping people change their lives, rather than just observing and reporting on them. Therefore, she returned to school in her hometown and completed a degree in counseling.
While working her way through graduate school as a departmental research assistant, she was discovered to have editing skills. Her professors frequently used her to edit papers they had written for publication in professional journals. Thus, thanks to the “publish or perish” system, Stephanie discovered a love of editing. She also – much to her own surprise - placed second in a national writing contest sponsored by a professional journal.
Stephanie lives in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with her husband. She has had what she likes to call eclectic professional experience: raising children, developing prevention programs for “at-risk” kids, counseling youth and families, helping library patrons with literary selections, and running a home-based day care business. She is a tour coordinator for Promo 101 Virtual Blog Tours and a writing coach with Write at Home, which offers tutorial writing classes to middle- and high-school students. She is also a home schooling mom to three children, an avid reader, a writer, and a book blogger, and she was a featured writer for the Life Without School E-Zine.
Mitzi Rae – Promo 101 Tour Coordinator and Social Media Publicist
Mitzi is the pen name for an author who has ghostwritten hundreds of articles and she is now spreading her wings and dabbling in erotic fiction. She is the owner of Shed Your Inhibitions Press (http://1romanceebooks.com/shed-your-inhibitions/aff_19.html). At this point she is working on a series of short seduction stories, which are being published as ebooks. And she hopes to release the collection in print when they are complete. Mitzi also has an extensive background in promotional work and she uses that for her work and also for Promo 101 clients. In addition, she is studying at Loveology University to become a master sexpert and eventually a love coach. You can’t imagine the story ideas that come from the lesson. For much more information about Mitzi – visit her blog www.shedyourinhibitions.com and she can be found at – www.twitter.com/shedinhibitions and http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?100000067793560.
Donna Sundblad - Promo 101 Virtual Tours - Tour Coordinator
Donna is an editor for a several sites, is a freelance writer and a published author.
Donna Sundblad enjoys life as a wife, mother, and grandmother. She's the eldest of seven and the great-great granddaughter of a Native American named Little Beetle. Little Beetle's people were a blend of Chippewa and Mingo and lived in West Virginia. She decided to leave her culture and took on the name Ida M. Biddle. When she married a white fur trader named Marshall Prickett, their joining was not accepted by either culture, but they forged a new life together.
Donna's love of family, belief in God, interest in her Native American heritage and her love of fantasy and science fiction all influence her writing. Her fertile background shines through her YA fantasy novel Windwalker which opens hundreds of years in the past when the Stygian race welcomes the pale-skinned, diseased-riddled Jonnick to their shores despite prophetic warnings of future harm to the Land and their culture. Neither side is aware of the concealed powers of darkness that disembark with the refugees. Subsequent generations of conflict draw deep lines of division between the two cultures, neither aware that the spirit of the Mage lives within the Jonnick queen.
"What's fun for me," Donna says, "is that both of my fantasy novels came about through following the prompts and exercises found in my creative writing book, Pumping Your Muse."
Her second novel, Beyond the Fifth Gate, due out in September 2008 and features her first female protagonist who races against time to journey though five mystical gates to return to her homeworld to free her people from the bondage of a conquering race of incectoids.
Donna also writes inspirational non-fiction and is published in several anthologies including Life Savors published by Tyndale. Her articles have also appeared in The Writer Magazine, You and Me – America's Medical Magazine, and more. Her varied freelance career also includes work as a regular contributor and site editor at LoveToKnow, and responsibilities as the Fantasy Topic Editor at Inspired Author. She serves as a Tour Coordinator for Promo 101 Virtual Blog Tours and is the Senior Non-Fiction Editor and a Senior Fantasy Editor at ePress-online. A transplanted Midwesterner, she now lives in rural NW Georgia where she enjoys life with her husband, gardening and learning more about the local wildlife.