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Fiction Friday – Virtual Launch Party For On The Island!

  • September 9, 2011

***Edited to add that links are not all clicky. You’ll have to copy and paste. Blame Blogger. I have (it’s probably my fault, though).

Good morning and happy Friday everyone! My debut novel went live on Amazon and Barnes and Noble this week and I’d like to welcome you to the virtual launch party for On the Island.

Time: Now until 11:59 p.m. tonight.

Place: The Interwebz (Facebook, Twitter, blogs, etc…) If you’re reading this but we aren’t already Facebook friends, send me a friend request! You can never have too many friends (or too much wine, am I right?) Also, are you following me on Twitter? If you’d like to, my Twitter handle is @tgarvisgraves.

Dress code: Island wear, naturally. I know a few of you will probably arrive full of Captain Morgan rum but sans pants but that’s okay because it’s virtual.

So, how does a virtual launch party work?

Well, first of all, check out the book on Amazon. If you click on the book cover in my sidebar in the upper-left hand corner, it will take you right to it.

Or, if you’re a Nook user, here’s the link for the listing on Barnes and Noble (sorry, you’ll have to copy and paste. Blogger is not letting me insert the link. Or I’m too tired this morning and I’m doing something wrong).

There will also be a paperback edition, but it has not been released yet.

So if the paperback isn’t out yet, and I don’t have an e-reader, how can I read On the Island?

There are several free Amazon apps you can use to read On the Island. This one is my favorite:

***You’ll have to copy and paste links. Thanks for nothing, Blogger.

It’s the Kindle app for PC. Before I got my Kindle, I downloaded this app to my laptop and read many, many books on it, sitting in my comfy reading chair. When I got my Kindle all my ebooks transferred to it which was super cool. But if you’ve been thinking about buying an e-reader now is the time (and not just because I wrote a book you can read on it). You can get a Kindle for as low as $114 and YOU WILL LOVE IT. Here are some links for other devices that you can download free Kindle apps to:

Copy and paste: (iphone), (BlackBerry), (ipad), and (Android). Personally, I’d rather stab myself in the eye than read a whole book on my smartphone, but that’s just me.

There are a whole bunch of free apps for Nook too.

Now, back to the virtual launch part of the party. I will be pasting this blog post into my Facebook status update and I’m asking anyone who’d like to participate in the launch to copy and paste my link into their status update, too. That way, all their Facebook friends can check out the book. If you’ve read On the Island, make sure and mention that, too.

Many of you have already done this and I am so very appreciative. If you have, there is no need to do it again, but I do want you to know that your fabulous PR has already garnered me several sales. And some of the people that have purchased the book have finished it and sent me messages on Facebook about how much they enjoyed it. I don’t know if you understand exactly how it feels to get feedback like that. It’s surreal, actually, and it makes me so happy I want to cry. Reviews are starting to trickle in and that is the single most important thing you can do to help a debut author. For that I thank you.

And because you have all done so much for me, there will be prizes awarded when the virtual launch party is done.

If you copy and paste my status into your Facebook status, or you tweet about my book, or you link to it on your blog or just WHATEVER, please let me know about it. You can leave a comment on Facebook, include @tgarvisgraves on Twitter, or you can comment on this blog post. I will be putting the names of everyone who participated in a hat and will let the offspring draw two names on Saturday morning (this will include those of you who have already told your Facebook friends – I’ve been keeping track). There will have to be two winners because the offspring will have a knock-down, drag-out fight about who gets to draw the name because God forbid only one of them gets to do it.

So, what are the prizes? Well, don’t get too excited. Dave put the big kibosh on the prize I really wanted to give, so we’ll have to settle for two $50 gift cards (one per winner). I’ll have plenty of options to choose from and I’ll notify the winners on Facebook sometime Saturday (in between drinking beer and watching the Iowa game). So, maybe Saturday late afternoon.

I want to thank everyone again. On the Island has been 18 months in the making and it has been a wonderful experience. Many of you have been so supportive throughout the process and I’m lucky to have such great friends.

So, happy Friday everyone! Let’s launch this thing.


P.S. Please don’t think I’m ignoring anyone today. I’ll be at work, so I won’t be able to interact on Facebook until I get home. I can use my BlackBerry at lunchtime to moderate blog comments or check tweets, but that’s about it. But I’ll be there in spirit, and I’ll lift my virtual wine glass to you. Cheers!

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