Design a Banner Contest

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Happy April!

Spring has arrived. Flowers are blooming, trees are budding, and allergies are in overdrive. LOL! Still, we can’t let them keep us down. Pass the tissues, pop a Benedryl, and let’s talk about my April #Giveaway and #Contest! WOOT!

Yesterday, on my Facebook page, I announced my decision to keep the original #coverart for Blind Sight. A while back, I asked my CA to make a new cover because the original was not the best quality and looked a bit fuzzy on paperbacks. I procrastinated in changing the covers out, always with the excuse that I was too busy. And I have been busy, but really, how long does it take? LOL!

I finally faced the truth. The real reason I’ve put off the exchange is because I can’t let the original “Jordan” go. The new cover is beautiful (my CA rocks), but the model on the front is not the Jordan I’ve come to know and love. I may get in touch with the original model and see if she can provide a higher resolution of the photo I used. Until then, #JordanLives!

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With this in mind, I need to change my #Facebook banner. It has the new cover displayed and I want it replaced with the original one. I want a banner that dazzles, that grabs attention, that screams out and demands to be noticed!

Unfortunately, I am in the middle of #edits on the second book in the Celadon Circle series, Refracted, AND it takes me an entire day to make a banner. I’m not kidding. I always position the photos wrong and they end up partially covered by the tabs at the top. It takes forever to choose a background, fonts…

I need help!

That’s where YOU come in. The rules of my April #contest/#giveaway are simple: Design a Facebook banner for my author page.

I’m so excited!!!

All entries will be showcased in a special photo album on my page for everyone to admire, with credit given to the artist and their links (if applicable). The winner will get a special gift.

Giving up this #prize will be more difficult for me than writing a synopsis. It would look fab on my desk. :)

With #fantasy books in mind, I ordered some UNbelieveable #artwork from the amazingly talented Karen Altman!

Are you ready for this???

Design the banner that knocks my knickers off and you’ll receive a beautiful mini picture frame in antique silver or bronze. Inside the frame are THREE mini prints designed by Karen. They can be switched out for new a new look!

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An example of the frame in antique bronze

The prints I chose are spectacular!

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“Enchanted”

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“Secret Grove”

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“Fairytale Forest”

How to Enter:
Email your design to grimsleyhollow@gmail.com. Make sure to include your name, email address (to be notified if you win), and a link to be shared (optional). I will not share your email address. All entries must be sent by April 20th. The winner will be announced via email and blog post on April 25th.

What I’d like included on the banner:
My name – Nicole Storey
My website – nicolestoreyauthor.com
Book covers, designs, backgrounds… Go Crazy!
My cover images can be found here.

A few free photo editing websites are piZap, PicMonkey, Canva, Pixlr, ipiccy, and befunky. There are many more to choose from. Google to find one that suits you.

I can’t wait to see what you all come up with. :) Have fun!!!

April is Autism Awareness Month

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…and there’s a lot going on!

Many of you know I am the mother of an #autistic child. My son, Gage, was diagnosed at the age of two, and our world changed forever.

Though we’ve certainly had our ups and downs where this disorder is concerned, I can honestly say there’s a brilliant rainbow waiting after every storm. My son has taught me more about life than I could ever teach him. I’ve learned to live in the moment and take pleasure in simple things. I’ve learned patience, tolerance, and kindness. I’ve learned what true courage is, and that real heroes don’t wear capes.

Because of my son, I am a better person, and wouldn’t change a thing on the journey we’ve taken together.

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I’m excited to announce my participation in the 2015 #Lift4Autism campaign. Fellow writers, Kennedy Ryan and Ginger Scott, have recruited 50 authors to help raise #AutismAwareness by hosting a month filled with #prizes, #raffles, a new #Facebook group that combines autism support and the love of #romance #books, and FUN!

They are also selling T-shirts to help raise funds for the following charities:

Talk About Curing Autism

The Autism Society

Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation

Autism Speaks

So, how can you join the cause AND participate in the month-long festivities? Read below!

To purchase a T-shirt, click here!

If you’re a blogger and would like to help spread the word, click here!

If you’d like to be notified via email each week in April when a new #Rafflecopter is launched (trust me, you’ll want to get your hands on some of these #prizes), click here!

If you are the parent/guardian/primary caregiver of an #ASD child/adult OR if you are on the autism spectrum, would like to make new friends, gain support, and love to #read, please join the Piece of My Heart Facebook group! It just went live today and we can’t wait to meet you. :)

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On a more personal note, I’d like to introduce my Grimsley Hollow series to those who are not aware. These award-winning, bestselling books give #specialneeds children a hero of their own to cheer for. Middle-grade (#MG) #Fantasy with a touch of #Halloween, this series is suitable for kids ages 10 and up.

Through the month of April, you can download the first two books for #99cents.

Special needs children only want to have friends and to be accepted for who they are. Together, we can make this happen.

For more information, please click the images below. Thank you!

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Eleven-year-old Gage Gilbert is autistic, loves Halloween, and has no friends. He longs to share real adventures – not just those conjured in his head.

A mysterious key leads him to Eve, a young witch from another world called Grimsley Hollow. It’s a place where all magical beings live in safety and peace, but their realm is in trouble. Gage is the only one who can save them from a nefarious witch who has taken control.
And the human world is next on her list.

With Eve’s help (along with a potty-mouthed pixy, a trouble-making werewolf, a half-vampire, and a couple of dragons) Gage travels to Grimsley Hollow and together, they embark on a journey that will change them all.

It’s a deadly race against evil, where extraordinary creatures stalk the land under a harvest moon and nightmarish monsters take form.

Gage wanted friends and adventure, but had no idea they would come at such a dangerous price.

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This short story is approximately 14,400 words. Grimsley Hollow is home to all magical beings who once inhabited Earth. A malevolent force destroys the tranquility and respect which reigned between the different races for centuries; and a young witch named Eve is the only one empowered with the truth. Eve’s journal records events which lead her and a few extraordinary friends to seek the only one who can help them survive: The Chosen One. Eve of the Beginning is the second book in the Grimsley Hollow series and a prequel to the first book, The Chosen One.

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Grimsley Hollow is under attack again. Is Inari trying to seize the Key of Opa and take control of Grimsley Hollow or is she under the power of someone even more insidious, greedy, and evil?

Siren has been kidnapped in hopes of drawing out his family and friends, especially twelve-year-old Gage, who holds the Key of Opa and all the power of Grimsley Hollow. The Daoi, a group of rogue werewolves, is enlisted to aid and abet. They would love nothing more than to sink their teeth into Siren’s pack.

When danger hits too close to home, Gage and his friends have no choice but to travel to Hemming Woods and confront the devil and his minions on their own turf – Dark Hollow.

There is nothing stronger than the bond of friendship, nothing more enduring than the ties of family, and nothing more powerful than a boy who has discovered his own self worth and the magic that comes with believing in himself.

But Gage must hurry. Siren is not the only one depending on him now.

The Search for Siren is the third book in the Grimsley Hollow series.

And coming soon, the 4th book in the Grimsley Hollow series, The Longest Days of Night!

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