How To Kick Off Summertime Reading? Do a Free/Low-cost E-Book Promotion Just Like Cat. It’s Just That Simple!

Happy Summer Reading Friends and Authors!

In just a few short weeks SUMMER will be here! Well, here in Arizona it has already has hit as I have been writing poolside in the mornings to get my dose of vitamin D before it hits 100 or over each day …Lol.

It is, however, a perfect time to generate some new excitement for your E-Books as readers will be hitting the beach, lake, pools as it is vacation time too and they love reading to relax. That makes it the right time to run a lower cost promo for e-books. There are many things you can do just as I am with e-books to help readers find your books on sale that don’t cost a thing.

And there are amazingly low-cost places to run ads for it too! You can even add your books to free sites and they offer a self-serve Author Interview to make you and your books shine with large readerships. Here is how I will set up my e-book promotion for my Memoir, “Addicted To Dimes” …


First: Make sure you have your e-book cost lowered a day or two before your promo starts. That way YOU know it is at the right price beforehand. You do this through your KDP vendor account. If you have a publisher, send the request to lower your e-book price a few weeks ahead of your promotion.

Second: All my authors know you need to have accounts on Facebook, Goodreads, and have an Amazon Author Page which is free and done through Author Central Amazon and at the bottom of your page, there is an area when you are in your author page to add an EVENT. Add your e-book promotion so readers on Amazon can know all about it. Next, do the same on your Facebook page.

Use the Create an Event setting and add an image, a title, and date of the event, and a description of your event: Summer E-Book Promotion! Invite all your FB friends and FB Group members and do posts and share the FB link to the event too! Now, go to your GoodReads account and sign in and add an Event Page there too.

You will have just set up FREE advertising of your e-book promotion on three different venues and it didn’t cost you a thing! Better changes of more SALES and BOOK REVIEWS! It’s just that simple. Here is my Facebook Event so you can see how it’s done! Link:

it is time for your e-book promo to some Free Book Sites to gain more exposure! My first go to place is Vinny of Awesome Gang – Where Awesome Book Readers Meet Awesome …  Just click on “Submit Your Book” and fill out the form. They do give you a low-cost and free option to share the e-book you are going to have on sale. You can choose what works best. Another very low price option comes with nice Book Teaser/Banners to use when you promote the sale for only $10!!! Here is mine they made and you can get yours here: Author Shout Promo Teasers.



Now, hen you are done submitting your book on Awesomegang, then click here to submit a free self-serve Author Interview Submit An Author Interview and for even more FREE options click here Free Promotion for more book sites they are connected with and submit your sale and e-book there too AND you are DONE! Now use the links form your FB and GoodReads promos and promote them throughout your Social Media!

Your off and running with a free or low-cost promotion for your E-Book Sale and Like a Pro! … I wish you much success, reviews, and Sales!!


Here Is A Great Way To Enhance Your Free or Low-Cost Book Promotion








“Spring is in the air and authors are running free, .99 cent, or low-cost book promotion!  Then how about enhancing your promotion with low-cost book ad’s in conjunction with your promo to have a Successful Campaign?” Here’s How!

It is easy to run a special book promo or lower the price of your Kindle E-book and go for it! But you may want to do a couple more things to make it even better. Here are just a few of my trade secrets to having a fun and successful book promotion.

First, once you settle on a lower price for your e-book and the date? Give yourself a week out before running your promo and visit Reading Deals to add a low-cost book ad to run along with it.  Here is a little about what they have to offer:


Reading Deals


They have two to choose from. Just fill out the one you’d like and ready to go!  (E-book promo price has to be $2.99 or under, so read the guidelines please.) They email to thousands of readers and share throughout social media and their huge following. They are a part of my good friends Jason & RJ of Book Marketing Tools   who I write some articles for when invited.

Free Submission – All authors and publishers can submit their books to be considered on the dates of their book promo. These submissions are not guaranteed, but we will consider each book that is submitted. See our editorial guidelines for more information.

Guaranteed Submission – For a small fee, you can ensure that your book will be featured on and sent to our e-mail list. This way, you know that your book will reach readers in your chosen genre! This is subject to approval and if your book is not approved, you will receive a refund.

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Now, if you like reaching out to Facebook readers, and FB reader groups and Twitter readers? Then visit my good friend  Gary.O.Jones on Readers Gazette Book World and add a low-cost book ad campaign to go along with your special priced book promo. I use them all the time for my book and many of my clients when we run a fabulous book promotion. Here is where you start, as they offer just more than books. They have games, books, puzzles, articles, a blog and more going on there! They will share your promo on Twitter and Facebook with ease and watch your promo SOAR …
Authors Start Here With Your Facebook & One Easy Step!


Free Membership,

Hi Please sign in to Facebook, this part of the website needs a Facebook id
If you don’t want to sign in that’s fine, you are free to explore the rest of the site!
*Gary* login with facebook.

Just read the page for the info on all they offer for your book ad and you will see Awesome Results along with your Book or E-book promo!

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Now I know I had just had a guest article about “The Real Deal about the $.99 cent Book Promotion” last week. And even though it seemed a bit negative? There are many reasons why authors run special lower priced or free e-book promotions. It may be that they want more book reviews on Amazon to up their rankings, or maybe wanting to get a new book release up into the Top 25 or even #1 to reach Best Seller status on Amazon and not just for more Sales.

One more important tip! Make sure authors you go Create Event Page for your book promotion to invite all your FB readers & friends. Then go on Goodreads and do the same to increase the awareness of your promotion!

So, what ever the reason authors? Take my tips and advice above and just have a Successful and Fun Book Promotion!

Author and Book Promoter, Catherine Townsend-Lyon
“Lyon Book & Social Media Promotions”






FABULOUS Free E-book of Amazing Matilda: A Monarch’s Tale by Author, Bette A Stevens

Hello Readers and Welcome Everyone!

 Sorry, Free Promo is now over 😦 . . . 

I’m happy to help share a friend and fellow author who is having a fabulous free e-book giveaway all day today and through tomorrow! Here beautiful children’s e-book is such a delight for all to read. So I wanted to let all my readers know of this 2 day free promotion. All you need to do is visit Amazon Kindle books online and download yours for free!


Amazing Matilda: A Monarch’s Tale

About The Book:

Inspire the Kids in Your Life to Meet Challenges with Patience and Persistence!
This inspirational tale of a Monarch butterfly and her meadowland friends is the second children’s book written and illustrated by Bette A. Stevens.

  • Story follows the life cycle of the threatened monarch butterfly.
  • Award-winning Picture Book Excellence in Children’s Literature
    • 2013 Purple Dragonfly Book Award Children’s Literature 6+
    • TOP 10 GITTLE LIST 2013 Children’s Picture Books

SUMMARY: Unlike her meadowland friends, Matilda doesn’t want
to leap onto ledges or bound across fields, she only wants to fly.
At first,
Matilda’s friends laugh at her because she doesn’t have wings. They wonder: How
can a creature without wings ever hope to fly?
While Matilda progresses through
the various stages of her metamorphosis from egg to butterfly, her friends
recall how they felt before they were able to do all of the things they had
dreamed of doing and how hard they had to keep trying to do all of those
things. Encouraged by her meadowland friends, MATILDA learns that if she tries
hard enough and long enough, she can do anything that she really wants to do.

About The Author:

Bette A. Stevens
is a retired teacher, a wife, mother of two and grandmother of five. Stevens lives in Central Maine with her husband on their 37-acre farmstead where she enjoys writing, gardening, walking and reveling in the beauty of nature. She advocates for children and childhood literacy and for monarch butterflies, an endangered species. Stevens’s children’s activity book, THE TANGRAM ZOO and WORD PUZZLES TOO!, was first published in 1997 by Windswept House Publishing, Mt. Desert, ME; a second edition was self-published by the author in 2012.  AMAZING MATILDA , Stevens’s second children’s book, self-published in 2012, won a 2013 Purple Dragonfly Book Award (Honorable Mention for Excellence in Children’s Literature – Ages 6 and older category) and placed #9 on The 2013 Gittle List TOP 10 for Self-published Children’s Picture Books.
Stevens has written articles for ECHOES, The Northern Maine Journal of Rural Culture based in Caribou, Maine. In 2013, the author published her first book for the YA/Adult audience: PURE TRASH: The story, a short story of a boy growing up in rural New England in a family whose poverty and alcoholism mark him as a target for bullying by young and old alike.

So go grab your free e-book today on Amazon Kindle and make sure you go back and place a book review for the author, Bette A Stevens. It’s readers way of letting the author know how much you enjoy their work!



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“Bye Bye Vizify”….Hello”!

So it seems every time I find an awesome new place to “Share” myself, my books, and my blogs on the worldwide web, and the issues I “Advocate” for, they seem to get bought out, or just go away. Just like “Klout” has recently merged with “Lithium,” VIZIFY has been bought by YAHOO, and they are going away forever!


We’ve been acquired by Yahoo!

We started Vizify in 2011 with the vision of transforming the information that we all consume and create every day into something more beautiful and personal. We were awed and grateful to see this vision taken up by so many of you as you built and shared our graphical bios, info-graphic cards, and videos.

Since last summer, we’ve been engaged in a conversation with some of the incredible folks at Yahoo about the ways this more visual approach to data can inspire and entertain. As our conversations progressed, we realized we’d found a partner who shared our passion for user experience, design, and visualizing information. Ultimately, we just couldn’t say no to the opportunity to bring our vision to the hundreds of millions of people who use Yahoo every day.

As part of the transition to Yahoo, we will be sun-setting the Vizify service (read below for more detail). As for what’s next, we can’t talk specifics just yet, but we’re excited to bring a more visual approach to data at Yahoo. We have a lot more up our sleeves and can’t wait to get started.
What the heck is going on around “Social Media”? Well I have only 2 words for YOU….
“ABOUT.ME”!  is a fantastic social media community that makes you look good across the web! So when I got the email about Yahoo buying Vizify, I was happy that I already had went to and created a “Beautiful Page”!
It was fun, easy, and you can be really creative as YOU have the control over making your page! And did I tell you it’s FREE? YUP! But, they do have some excellent premium services as well, so if your website happens to be a virtual store or business, then they also have all you need to make your site “Shine” across the web with their low-cost premium services.
I happen to use my About.Me Page as my “Author Bio Page and My “About Me” page on my blogs. It’s easy to do with their tools to share your page on your blog or website. The staff are “Fabulous” too! I also use my link on Social Media as an introduction on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, asn other sites for people to learn more about me and what I do to help others in Recovery!

It’s all about you!

Having an page will make it easier for people to find and learn about you!
Benefits of using

  • Build Your Online Presence

    It’s a great place to start, or improve your presence on the web.

  • Public Profile

    Your public ID online. Visitors don’t have to sign up to see any of your information.

  • Market Your Business

    Drive awareness for your business with a simple, beautiful page.

  • Helps in a Job Search

    Give your applications a personal touch by adding your URL.

  • Personal Homepage

    No need to know code or build your own site. is free and easy to set up.

  • Central Point of Contact

    Stay organized by putting all your links in one place.
    Get Started – It’s Free.
    So what are you waiting for? Go make your own beautiful, creative, and Free page and see all the wonderful communities & people you can interact with. I enjoy seeing those who send me compliments about my page on Twitter, and you can share those through social media like on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and More!
    I have made some wonderful connections through! Go check out my “Author Bio Page” and learn a Wee Bit more
    And as ALWAYS, tell them you heard about THEM from Author Catherine Lyon!
    Hugs & Blessings Everyone!! *Cat*

*I think we all know this won’t END WELL! Bye Bye Vizify*!