Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Sultry Summer Reads Blog Hop



Please bear with me I’m going to give you a few rules before my post. Then you can move on to the post. If this isn’t your first stop you can skip this because the rules are all the same at each blog. Unfortunately readers will be starting in different places so the rules are necessary. So hang tight.

We are giving away a Kindle Fire HD 7” and E-Books to go on the winner’s new Kindle. And Second prize is a 100.00 gift card to Amazon or B&N.

Winners need to be in the US or Canada to win prizes that need to be shipped. Now anyone can win the E-Books or the Kindle as long as Amazon will ship the Kindle to your country. Sorry about this but it is because of shipping cost.

Prizes will be given away daily at random. I will pop into blogs and pick winners using random.org.  For a complete list of prizes follow the link to the Safari Heat site.

This is an example of a comment in the correct format:

Name: Carey Abbott
Comment: Great Post
Twitter: Followed
FaceBook: Followed
Blog: Followed
Are you a reader or author: Author
Country You Live In: US

You can do as much or little as you want. Only a comment and email are required to win but the other stuff gives you more entries.

Now that the boring stuff is over on to the fun part! 



How Important is a Cover to Readers?

As an author and cover artist I thought I would ask the question all authors wonder about. How important is a cover to readers? 

In my opinion it is your first chance as an authors to grab the readers attention. And I tell my clients that their covers need to demand the reader's attention. A bland boring cover will just be looked over. 

First the readers notices the cover and then the cover draws them in to take a closer look at the author's story. Now instead of going on and on about what makes a great cover I decided to do some polls. You will find them in the right hand sidebar. 

And don't forget to leave a comment with your email, did you contribute to the poll, follow on
Facebook, Twitter, or join the blog? Each will get you an added entry into the grand prize giveaway. Plus if you stop by my cover art page you can get more entries into the grand prize giveaway as well. Just leave a comment, etc, etc. Just like you did here. 

Here are the links:


Cover Art Page: These are covers that were custom made for clients. I do all genres. 
http://safariheatbooktoursandauthorservices.blogspot.com/p/cover-art.html

Pre-Made Covers: These are covers that have been pre-made and can be bought as is. I just add a name and title. 
http://safariheatbooktoursandauthorservices.blogspot.com/p/pre-made-covers-for-sale.html

I would love to hear your thoughts on my work. At the end of the hop I will be giving away a 5.00 gift card to Amazon. 



Don't forget to keep hopping to win some amazing prizes! Here is the link to all the hop stops. You will find the list of blogs under the rules on the Safari Heat site. Plus a full list of the great prizes we are giving away. 
http://safariheatbooktoursandauthorservices.blogspot.com/2013/07/sultry-summer-reads-blog-hop-sign-up.html

Don't forget to leave your mark on my polls to the right hand sidebar!

Happy Hopping!

Carey Abbott/Tabitha Blake

23 comments:

kittyb78 said...

Name: Catrina Barton
Email: bidelia78@yahoo.com
Comment: Awesome giveaway! Thanks so much for the opportunities. Twitter: followed, @KittyB78
Facebook: liked and followed
Blog: followed
I am a reader, and a published author
I live in the USA.

Carey Abbott said...

Thanks for stopping by Kitty! Hope you take one of these prizes home.

Jean MP said...

Jean Patton
skpetal at hotmail dot com
What a great giveaway
Facebook followed
Blog followed
Reader
USA

Carey Abbott said...

Thanks for stopping by Jean. Hope you win some really great prizes!

Eva Millien said...

Thanks for sharing your covers. I did answer the poll. I feel that covers should be art and they should reflect the story. It helps add to the imagination. Your covers look great. Thanks for sharing the hop and the giveaways. Eva Millien evamillien at gmail dot com Facebook - yes; Reader, US

CJ Burright said...

I took the poll - I think a cover is very important--sometimes the cover alone will compel me to buy a book. Thanks for the giveaway!
cjburright@live.com
FB followed
blog followed
U.S. reader and author

Lyndi Lamont said...

Carey, what a great idea to have a poll for readers to weigh in on what they like on covers. Can't wait to hear the results!

Great blog hop!

Sue Sattler said...

Name: Sue Sattler
Email: proudarmymom32(at)yahoo(dot)com
Comment: I love book covers, sometimes that's how I found new authors. Now that I read pretty much only on my kindle, I don't look at the covers that often, which is sad because you have some beautiful ones.
FaceBook: Followed
Blog: Followed
Are you a reader or author: Author
Country You Live In: US

Jim Miller said...

Name: Jim Miller
Email: ideas13@shaw.ca
Comment: Well written review on a well-written and terrific book.
Twitter: Followed
FaceBook: Followed
Blog: Followed
Are you a reader or author: Author
Country You Live In: Canada

I've saved your website URL for future reference for book covers. I believe they are very important to indie authors. And thanks for this giveaway. Jim

Sebella Blue said...

Sebella Blue
blueshedevil32 AT gmail DOT com
OK, I'm going to tell you what I look for when scoping out new books. I need to see male skin, it could be a chest or arms, tats are ok but not required, if there is a female on the cover, she should be secondary. The colors should be rich and POP. The title and authors name should be easy to read and prominent enough that I can see that after I finish looking at the man candy.
Twitter - @blueshedevil32
Blog - GFC followed
Reader
USA

Carey Abbott said...

WOW! Thanks everyone for all your input. This really helps me as a cover artist to know what the readers like and don't like. After all it is all about getting the reader's attention. You have all been just wonderful! Keep hopping we have a whole new set of prizes to giveaway today!

Amy Hart said...

Name: Amy Hart
Email: amhart311@gmail.com
Comment: awesome tour!
Blog: Followed
I am a reader and live in the USA

Smart Ass Sara said...

Name: Sara Strand
Email: sarastrand9438@hotmail.com
Comment: Great Post
FaceBook: Liked
Blog: Followed
Are you a reader or Author: Reader!
What Country are you in: United States

Hi Carey!! You know I'm a huge fan. :)

Carey Abbott said...

Time to giveaway another prize! Woot! We are giving away a signed copy of Coming Clean by Sue Margolis. And the winner is...Sara! Congrats!

Carey Abbott said...

I wanted to say how sorry I am for not responding to all the comments. Between running the hop, working and home things have just been really crazy. But I wanted everyone that has stopped to know how much I appreciate it. You are all the best!

Catrina Barton said...

Name: Catrina Barton
Email: bidelia78@yahoo.com
Comment: Great giveaways! Thanks for the opportunities. Why are there TWO links that bring us here?
Twitter: Followed
FaceBook: Followed or Liked
Blog: Followed
Are you a reader or Author: Author
What Country are you in: United States

Anonymous said...

Trix
vitajex(at)aol(dot)com
Amazing hop--thanks for participating!
reader
USA

Kathy Osborn said...

Name: Kathy Osborn
Email: koala571@msn.com
Comment: Cover is the most important, just as your graphic grabs me on this page.Thanks for the hop and wonderful giveaway
Twitter: Followed
FaceBook: Following
Blog: Followed email
Are you a reader or Author: Reader
What Country are you in: United States

Pam said...

Thanks for participating in the hop.

I am a reader residing in the US.

pjmillion (at) comcast (dot) net

Catrina Barton said...

Name: Catrina Barton
Email: bidelia78@yahoo.com
Comment: Enjoying the hop. Thanks. 
Twitter: Followed
FaceBook: Followed or Liked
Blog: Followed
Are you a reader or Author: Author
What Country are you in: United States

Catrina Barton said...


Name: Catrina Barton
Email: bidelia78@yahoo.com
Comment: Thank you for taking time to participate in this hop. It's been a blast!
Twitter: Followed
FaceBook: Followed or Liked
Blog: Followed
Are you a reader or Author: Author and Reader. :P
What Country are you in: United States

Quilt Lady said...

Name: Virginia Horton
Email: lead AT hotsheet DOT com
Comment: Thanks for the great blog hop
Twitter: Followed
FaceBook: Following
Blog: Followed GFC name Quilt Lady
Are you a reader or Author: Reader
What Country are you in: United States

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