Authors, Donate Your Books for Girls to the City of Oakland’s Community Toy Drive 2016

logo-oak023180Every year I pick a charity to donate to, usually under the umbrella of my coaching business. This year, I’m supporting a local charity, the City of Oakland’s Community Toy Drive 2016, under the umbrella of my author self. 🙂

Specifically, I’m donating all three books (in print and signed) in my young adult adventure fantasy series — the Henrietta The Dragon Slayer series — to the Toy Drive.

And now I’m asking you to help by donating books especially for girls up to 12 years old.

I thought I’d mobilize my author and fan community and make sure that they had enough books this year. A friend told me that they didn’t have enough good books for girls last year. So this year I want to knock their socks off with great books for girls! Boys too, of course!

If you could spread the word via Facebook (links to the event page that’s easy to share) or this blog post, that’d would be great.

Let’s get down to specifics!

TWO WAYS TO HELP!

  1. Ship your young adult book — must be appropriate for ages up to 12 years old (not older, sorry) — to the Mayor’s office by December 23, 2016.

Mayor’s Community Toy Drive
c/o Al Lujan
1 Frank Ogawa Plaza Suite 123
Oakland CA 94612

 

2. And/or if you want to support my promotion efforts and the City of Oakland’s Annual Community Toy Drive, become a Patron of my efforts to get the Henrietta The Dragon Slayer series in the hands of as many reviewers as I can. I have reviewers all over the world.

For every new $10 donated between now and December 23, I will donate another Henrietta book to the Toy Drive.

 

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Hope you can help our local toy drive or be inspired to start your own! Let me know what you decide in the comments below. And the children thank you!

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Get Your Christmas Magic! 2 in 1 Christmas Romance Collection

Just in time for the holidays, you can now get 2 Christmas Elf romances from Beth Barany in 1 collection!

CHRISTMAS MAGIC, A CHRISTMAS ROMANCE COLLECTION by Beth Barany

CHRISTMAS MAGIC, A CHRISTMAS ROMANCE COLLECTION by Beth Barany
CHRISTMAS MAGIC, A CHRISTMAS ROMANCE COLLECTION by Beth Barany

Enjoy these Two Touchstone Series Books!

In this collection: 2 novellas for your Christmas reading pleasure!

  1. A CHRISTMAS FLING and
  2. A CUPCAKE CHRISTMAS

Read all about this collection here.

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Amazon (US)

 

All other Amazon Stores:
viewBook.at/ChristmasMagic

(Click this link to be sent to your Amazon store automatically!)

Enjoy!

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YA/NA Fairy Tales, Myths, and Legends Giveaway!

YA/NA Fairy Tales, Myths, and Legends Giveaway!I’m excited to announce a new giveaway! For YA and NA Readers!

This giveaway is LIVE now and running through November 30th (4 weeks). The Giveaway is international!

Good luck!

Fairy Tales, Myths, and Legends Giveaway

Click here to enter on Facebook or here to enter on a website.
You can also scroll below and enter here. Be sure to enter before November 30th and tell your friends! Thanks!

I’m giving away a signed copy of Henrietta The Dragon Slayer, shipped anywhere in the world.

Read an excerpt here: http://author.bethbarany.com/books/the-five-kingdom-series/excerpts/.

Enter for a chance to win:

  • One $75 Amazon gift card
  • 9 Paperbacks and 1 Audio Book
  • A Bundle of 4 E-Books

Be sure to enter before November 30th and tell your friends! Thanks!

By entering your e-mail, you are agreeing to receive the Ripley’s Booklist YA/NA newsletter as well as newsletters and information from all participating authors. Of course, you are free to unsubscribe at any time.
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YA/NA Fairy Tales, Myths, and Legends Giveaway!This giveaway is sponsored by RIPLEY’S BOOKLIST, your #1 source for free and discount Young Adult and New Adult e-books curated by a YA author and her NA son.


If you’d like a review copy of any book in the Henrietta The Dragon Slayer series, drop me a request.


Beth Barany is the award-author of Henrietta The Dragon Slayer, the first book in the young adult fantasy adventure trilogy. She also writes sweet magical romance. More about Beth here. More about the fantasy trilogy here.


Want to start the trilogy for free? Check out how here.


 

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A new 5-star review for Henrietta The Dragon Slayer by @RohiShetty!

A new 5-star review for Henrietta The Dragon Slayer by Rohi Shetty!

He says, “Henrietta is immensely likable not only for her courage but also for her weaknesses and vulnerability – and that is the greatest strength of this book.”

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Read the whole review here.

He also gave me a lovely 5-star review of Book 2, Henrietta and the Dragon Stone here.

Thanks, Rohi, for being a fan! (More about Rohi and his writing here.)


If you’d like a review copy of any book in the Henrietta The Dragon Slayer series, drop me a request.


Beth Barany is the award-author of Henrietta The Dragon Slayer, the first book in the young adult fantasy adventure trilogy. She also writes sweet magical romance. More about Beth here. More about the fantasy trilogy here.


Want to start the trilogy for free? Check out how here.

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Read My Romances on the Go!

Tapas-logoSome fun news! You can now read my 5 Touchstone romances on the go!

I love trying new things, and that includes publishing on apps.

My 5 Touchstone romances have been published on the Tapas app, available in the App Store or in Google Play.

Touchstone Series by Beth Barany, Magical tales of romance and adventure

You can read the first few chapters for free, then use keys and coin credits to read more, or wait for a few minutes or days to read the next chapters.

Tapas allows you to read bite-sized episodes on your commute, or on lunch or coffee break.

First download the Tapas app:
App Store
Google Play

  1. Then click on Books,
  2. Then tap Categories,
  3. Then tap into Romance.
  4. From there you can scroll down to find my 5 Touchstone romances.

The Tapas marketing department let me know two things for this Labor Day holiday weekend:

1. There is a Labor Day Coin SALE on Tapas! More bang for your buck.

2. My story Labyrinth of Love and Roses will be featured (free keys!), so you can unlock some extra chapters!

A Labyrinth of Love and Roses by Beth Barany
A Labyrinth of Love and Roses by Beth Barany (Touchstone, #4)

To take advantage of these offers, be sure to download the app. You can even comment and chat with me directly on the app.

Hope you enjoy! Let me know if you download the app and what you enjoy about it.

Have fun!

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There’s a Kick Ass Heroine in All Of Us by Kathrine LaFleur

Welcome back to my occasional series on kick ass heroines in fantasy and science fiction. Please give a warm welcome to today’s guest author, young adult fantasy writer, Kathrine LaFleur.

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Moonlight Hunting by Kathrine LaFleurI love routine. I’m a planner, and spend a lot of time in my head. My comfort zone is very well worn. I’m not a very athletic person, and certainly not a thrill seeker. I’m happy to walk the dogs, show up to Pilates, and work up a good sweat on the dance floor now and then, so creating Moonlight for the Cardonian Chronicles series, a character who is both physically and mentally strong, and who knows her way through a good fight, was an exciting challenge for me.

I don’t think Kiss Ass Heroines are born; they are made. Some are lucky enough to have a mentor, while others blunder through on their own. Moonlight is the result of a combination of both, and in writing her story I enjoyed finding out how she developed from a baby born into privilege to a fierce young woman living by her wits and physical prowess.

Moonlight has many skills. She can strategize, wield a blade, and resist the mind washing effects of a Persuasive. Her teacher also happened to be her father, and he made growing up a thrilling adventure for Moonlight, as he taught her how to stand her ground, fulfill her own needs, and be proud of the blond hair and blue eyes that made her different from everyone else.

By no means is Moonlight perfect. She feels fear and falters. When her knowledge and skill aren’t enough to prevent a tragedy, she chooses self-loathing, punishing herself for events beyond her control. She confuses vulnerability with weakness. Self-reliance and a need to hold herself to unreasonable standards of perfection morph into self blame and isolation, an unwillingness to let others pick up some slack when life starts to get too real.

I’ll be brave enough to admit that these are the same flaws I grudgingly see in myself. Learning to speak my truth, to be me, real and raw, instead of presenting a fragile façade of what I think others want to see has felt like an act of heroism in itself, and the lessons have often been painful.

There are probably pieces from a hundred different Kick Ass Heroines swirling about inside my Moonlight. There’s Robin McKinley’s Beauty, who is driven by loyalty and love, and Mercedes Lackey’s Talia, who is her own worst critic. I recognize Nikki Heat in there, too, rushing headlong into danger in order to find answers she desperately needs. And of course, my favorite Kick Ass Heroine of all time, Xena, Warrior Princess.

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All of these heroines are a source of strength and inspiration to me. I don’t know that I would take Moonlight’s initiative and chase down a villain. You won’t find me clashing swords or executing a vise-like headlock anytime soon, but I like to consider Moonlight and the rest of those courageous women to be my cheerleaders when I find myself in a challenging situation. Removing a monstrous wasp from my bedroom, showing up for a meeting that I know will drop me into the terrifying pit of unemployment, or putting my writing out into the world to be scrutinized, I take a breath and ask myself, “What would Moonlight do?”

Editor’s Note: I love Nikki Heat (Castle) and Xena too! Waving hello from the San Francisco Bay Area!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kathrine LaFleurKathrine LaFleur grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. As an educator, she enjoys nurturing a love of reading and writing in her students. She hopes that her writing will empower readers to value their unique qualities and see their own potential to transform obstacles into opportunities to triumph.

You can purchase Moonlight Hunting on Amazon.

To see more books by Kathrine LaFleur: http://www.storyminepress.com/.

You can connect with Kathrine on her blog, and on Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads. Follow her on Amazon too!

 

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Enter to Win A Cupcake Christmas + 35+ Other Sweet Romances, Plus Kindle Fire

Contest Graphic - Sweet Romance Giveaway - July 2016 - Barany Another fun giveaway!

To celebrate the summer, I’ve teamed up with more than 35 fantastic sweet romance authors to give away a huge collection of romances, PLUS a Kindle Fire to one lucky winner!

You can win my novel A CUPCAKE CHRISTMAS, plus books from authors like Shirley Hailstock and Stacy Juba.

Enter the giveaway by clicking here: http://bethb.net/35sweetromances

Good luck, and enjoy!

 

ABOUT BETH BARANY

Beth Barany, Young Adult Fantasy and Sweet Paranormal Romance Author
Beth Barany, Young Adult Fantasy and Sweet Paranormal Romance Author

Beth Barany is the award-wining author of Young Adult Fantasy and Sweet Paranormal Romance Author. Curious about her books? Download a sample of her first sweet paranormal romance here:

http://author.bethbarany.com/free-romance-story/.

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Film Festival by Girls from @CampReelStories

I’m a huge believer in having women and girls represented in media in all the ways women and girls show up in the real world, and in all the ways we women and girls can dream up.

Even today after lots more opportunities for women and girls to be represented in media, there’s still a need for more.

Henrietta The Dragon Slayer by Beth Barany, Book 1
This is why I write kick ass heroines who get to star in their own adventures.

This is why I write kick ass heroines who get to star in their own adventures.

A Cupcake Christmas by Beth Barany (Touchstone #5)
This is why I write entrepreneurial romance heroines getting their dreams and their loves.

This is why I write entrepreneurial romance heroines getting their dreams and their loves.

And this is why I volunteered this past week at Camp Reel Stories, a digital media camp for girls in Oakland.

Girls turning in equipment.
Girls turning in equipment.

And that is why — if you want to support girls behind the camera and in front of it in all our diversity, you are invited to come to their film festival Saturday, July 16, 9:30am-12pm. California Theatre, 2113 Kittredge Street, downtown Berkeley.

Camp Reel Stories: Film Festival
Camp Reel Stories: Film Festival

Cost: Sliding Scale Donation. Thanks!

Link to their site: http://www.campreelstories.com/

Twitter: @CampReelStories

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CampReelStories/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/campreelstories/

Camp Reel Stories is a digital media camp for teen girls. They made their short films in 5 days! Students films will be posted soon on the Camp Reel Stories site. Follow them on social media or sign up for their newsletter.

Join us Sat., July 16, 9:30am-12pm. California Theatre, downtown Berkeley.

PS. Camp Reel Stories is a 501(3)(c) organization and is always looking for donations, corporate sponsors, equipment, volunteers, and more.

A Production Team from Camp Reel Stories presenting their rough cut Friday morning.
A Production Team from Camp Reel Stories presenting their rough cut Friday morning.

“50% of the world is women so 50% of the stories should be told by women” — Stephanie Allain, LA Film Festival

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50% Off Romances + YA Fantasy at #Smashwords #SummerWinterSale2016

SMASHWORDS SUMMER%2FWINTER ANNUAL JULY 2016 SALEMore good news! July is a bundle of good news for readers looking for good reads, short reads, long reads, YA fantasy, fantasy romance, and much, much more!

All my books are 50% off on Smashwords for July, through July 31st.

Just use the coupon code SSW50 at checkout for 50% off during our site-wide promotion!
(Offer good through July 31, 2016)

Here are the Smashwords links for easy access:

Touchstone Series

Fantasy Romance, sweet, sensual romance for ages 16+

Touchstone series, Magical tales of romance and adventure by Beth Barany
Touchstone series, Magical tales of romance and adventure by Beth Barany

Touchstone of Love (A Time Travel Romance) (Book 1)
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/395088

A Christmas Fling (A Christmas Elf Romance) (Book 2)
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/386922

Parisian Amour (A Fairy Tale Romance) (Book 3)
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/442047

A Labyrinth of Love and Roses (A Fairy Tale Romance) (Book 4)
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/603020

A Cupcake Christmas (A Christmas Elf Romance) (Book 5)
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/603017

You can also get the first 4 books bundled also for 50% off. A great deal!

Touchstone Series by Beth Barany

Touchstone Series: Romance Novella Books 1-4, plus a bonus short story
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/552785

Henrietta The Dragon Slayer series

Young Adult Adventure Fantasy with Strong, Kick-Ass, Bad Ass, Heroine

HENRIETTA THE DRAGON SLAYER SERIES by Beth Barany, Books 1, 2, and 3
HENRIETTA THE DRAGON SLAYER SERIES by Beth Barany, Books 1, 2, and 3

Henrietta The Dragon Slayer (Book 1)
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/46068

Henrietta and the Dragon Stone (Book 2)
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/388586

Henrietta and the Battle of the Horse Mesa (Book 3)
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/647775

50% OFF

Remember, all my books are 50% off on Smashwords for July, through July 31st.

Just use the coupon code SSW50 at checkout for 50% off during our site-wide promotion!
(Offer good through July 31, 2016)

Enjoy!

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I’m Author of the Week at #TheAuthorHour @TheAuthorHour #bookoftheweek

Beth Barany's novel Henrietta The Dragon Slayer is #Bookoftheweek, sponsored by #theauthorhour @theauthorhour.
Beth Barany’s novel Henrietta The Dragon Slayer is #Bookoftheweek, sponsored by #theauthorhour @theauthorhour.

I’m honored to be Author of the Week, well really  at #TheAuthorHour @TheAuthorHour on Twitter. My Henrietta The Dragon Slayer novel, Book 1 in the trilogy, is featured!

How cool!

Helene McCusker of @BookedPR runs a fun Twitter chat weekly on Wednesdays at 12noon-1pm Pacific/8-9pm British time. She’s in England! I’ve marked my calendar. 🙂

Come join us weekly to share about your books, share tips from your writers life, and connect with other writers. I’ve been playing along for the last few weeks and have been delighted at the fun connections I’ve made and opportunities I’ve created.

TWEET OUT
Tweet: Congrats to @Beth_Barany #bookoftheweek at #TheAuthorHour @TheAuthorHour #bookoftheweek http://ctt.ec/bAxp_+
Congrats to @Beth_Barany #bookoftheweek at #TheAuthorHour @TheAuthorHour #bookoftheweek http://ctt.ec/bAxp_+

 

Beth Barany's novel Henrietta The Dragon Slayer is #Bookoftheweek, sponsored by #theauthorhour @theauthorhour.
Beth Barany’s novel Henrietta The Dragon Slayer is #Bookoftheweek, sponsored by #theauthorhour @theauthorhour.
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