Last night I gave in to temptation and decided to run a Goodreads Giveaway on The Cougar. I like the way the physical book has turned out and being aware that there are lots of dinosaurs like me who like the feel of a real book in their hands, I thought a draw might publicise the thing. So we now have a Kindle edition (which is on KDP Prime and free to borrow for Prime members) and a paperback that looks and feels good. We shall see how it goes.

I gave in to the temptation of trying the matte finish out this week too. Today another copy of The Cougar came, this time with a cover in the said matte finish. It feels really nice, but loses depth and becomes very two dimensional. While a plain graphic style cover might look much more elegant in matte, I prefer the depth of colour and the 3D aspect that gloss gives my western hemlock forest image so it will be back to gloss finish any time soon.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Cougar by Lisa Marie Gabriel

The Cougar

by Lisa Marie Gabriel

Giveaway ends February 12, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

How could I miss it? When I first started posting my compositions on the Sibelius website (now known as Score Exchange) one of the dangerous highlights was to venture onto the forum there to encounter the positive sunbeams, listless lurkers and terrifying trolls of the self-pubbing music world. Things move on, the site was updated, changed ownership and the forum disbanded – not that it ever did much for publicising our work to those who buy rather than produce musical compositions and arrangements. Off we set into the dangerous wilderness of Twitter or into our own composer forums….

Now I have been writing for years. My first love is poetry of course and as a musician and teacher it seemed I had little time for the more challenging written forms but since giving up work to become a carer I have had a second chance at the writing and produced my own novel, The Cougar, which is available on Amazon now worldwide. Wow! That in itself is amazing. The internet is so very powerful and liberating to creative artists, writers and musicians!

The Cougar on Kindle (Amazon UK)

And in paperback…

Finding Goodreads is another step on the journey. Here a writer can meet up with other writers and readers, sharing the books that they love, reviewing and being presented with an opportunity to connect with new friends as well as possible readers. I have got myself into the spirit with a Giveaway of the new release of my poetry book, In Remembrance of Future Present. I have a sneaking fondness for this little bit of juvenile madness – some of the poems I even like. (Any poet will understand that!)

Goodreads Book Giveaway

In Remembrance of Future Present by Lisa Marie Gabriel

In Remembrance of Future Present

by Lisa Marie Gabriel

Giveaway ends January 25, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Anyway, back to the plot… my first post on Goodreads blog to come… I do have so much to learn about social networking!