July has really flown by. The month started with a trip to my hometown of Chicago to see family and catch up with old friends. It always rejuvenates my mind, body and spirit. While in Chicago, my sister Kim gave me a reality check that I had to get with the social media program and market myself better if I want to continue to grow my fan base. She offered to help get me started. And in case you haven’t seen my multiple posts daily the last 2 weeks, visit my website and click on the new links below and join the fun. Because in addition to Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, I’m now on:
- Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/yahrahstjohn/
- Instagram http://instagram.com/yahrahstjohn
- Did you know I have a YouTube channel? http://www.youtube.com/user/yahrahstjohn
More updates are in the works for: Amazon Author Central, Goodreads and Shelfari. There’s much to do to stay on top of this ever-changing social media world we live in, but with my sister’s help, I’ll give it the ole’ college try.
A little housekeeping…if you haven’t signed up for the Untamed Hearts Contest, visit the Contest page on my website: http://yahrahstjohn.net/category/contest/ for your chance to win a $50 gift basket from Wine & Country.
But that’s not all folks, Coming Soon to a computer near you is my Untamed Hearts Virtual Tour. I’ll be visiting the websites below July 28th – August 1st! I’ll be interacting with fans all day long. Feel free to stop by and ask me questions, post comments, etc.
- Monday – Written Voices
- Tuesday – Readin & Writin with Patricia
- Wednesday – Paulette Harper
- Thursday – SORMAG
- Friday – Reading in Black and White
And guess what? If you follow the tour everyday; you’ll get a chance to win a $25 gift card EVERY DAY for 5 days straight? At the end of each night, I will YouTube the winner of the $25 gift card. Sounds good, right? So be sure and like me on Facebook and help me hit 1,000 likes. Spread the word!!
Enough marketing right? I imagine you want to know what I’m actually working on – well, I’m writing my 18th book: Restless Hearts, of course. It’s the final book in the Harts of Arizona series. You’ll finally get bad boy Caleb’s story and the heat is on when he meets debutante Addison. But don’t expect the same old love song. I’ve got some SERIOUS drama in the works for this couple. Stay tuned for the release date, but anticipate October.
Simultaneously, I am working on a new series for Harlequin with authors Pamela Yaye and Lisa Marie Perry titled: CALIFORNIA DESERT DREAMS. Sneak peek: The series will highlight three best friends running a high-end resort in a California desert town. They’ll unravel mysteries and find the man of their dreams amidst the glitz and glamour at the Belleza. Look for the trilogy in Summer 2015.
If you’ve always wanted to meet me and you like Mickey. Come on down to the City Beautiful. I’ll be joining AC Arthur at her 3rd Annual Reader Appreciation Event: The Season of Shifters on August 29th-September 1st at the Walt Disney Resort Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. I’ll be joining AC and half a dozen authors on a Writer’s panel and signing copies of my new release: Untamed Hearts. Feel free to bring any of my backlist books with you and I’ll happily sign them.
Whew, that’s all for now. Until next time….
Yahrah St. John