March 22, 2013

Street Team Invitations are open

Awhile back we started a street team.  It has been such a positive experience for Denise and me.  All of these really great readers joined us and have been supporting and promoting Denise for the past seven months.  Our Street team name is Team Swank.  We offer members incentives such as coffee mugs, Amazon gift cards, t-shirts, and other swag items as we think them up. Members of our group also have an inside track to the latest happenings here at Swank headquarters.   The job of a teammate is to help spread the word about our favorite author, Denise.  We have such creative members who come up with all sorts of great ways to get her name out there.  On top of that, we supply them with trading cards to hand out to those readers in their lives.  You may be wondering why I’m telling you about this amazing group? Well we are opening up sign ups for our group.  People who sign up need to be really excited about promoting Denise.  They need to be on Facebook(most of our communication is done through a private board there).  We only want people who are truly going to be active […]
March 21, 2013

After Math Recommendation Contest

 There’s a contest going on for After Math. If you go here, you’ll see the rules. Basically, it’s spread the word about After Math and have a chance at winning some prizes. But there’s a second part to the contest, one I came up with while writing up the rules for the main contest. I called this second one a “bonus” contest.  I was creatively frustrated for quite some time before I started torturing characters in books,  and I looked for ways to express that creativity in various, embarrassing ways on my blog.  (You can find links to these if you follow the link above.) Yeah, I did some crazy things, but I”m quite certain I’m not the only creatively frustrated person out there. So I came up with the bonus contest: Make a creative recommendation for After Math and be eligible for a $50 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. And if I’m blown away by more than one entry, I’ll give away more than one prize! But creativity is subjective, so I’m using a TEAM of judges to help me pick. I’ll tell you more about them in a week or so, but we’ve joined together and created a box […]
March 18, 2013

Signed Copies of After Math

I have about 15 copies of After Math left from the Boston Author Event. I”ve had several requests for autographed copies so I’ve decided to give you the option of getting a copy. The book is $9.99 and the postage is $3.00.  Just fill out the PayPal box below. Autograph to:
March 12, 2013

AFTER MATH is Live and Giveaway!

AFTER MATH is live!!! Amazon Barnes & Noble Kobo I’m super excited! This is a new genre for me, but I’ve been reading is since late last summer. Trisha and Heather got tired of hearing me say “I think I want to write a contemporary romance.” And finally told me to shut up and do it. If you want to read the first three chapters of AFTER MATH go here. I want to get the word out that AFTER MATH is available and I’d love  for you to help me. What can you do? First, you can read AFTER MATH and leave reviews on Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and/or your own blog. Next, you can tweet or Facebook about AFTER MATH or post about it on your blog or Tumblr or any other social media outlet that let’s people know about AFTER MATH’s release. And to show you my thanks, I’m hosting a GIVEAWAY!!! For every review you leave, you get one entry. Every time you tweet or Facebook or post somewhere about AFTER MATH, you get an entry. Tweet or Facebook or share my special BONUS PRIZE What can you win?      The giveaway starts Tuesday […]
March 9, 2013

Chosen! In Turkish!

I sold the Turkish rights to The Chosen series last summer and I just found out it will be released this summer in Turkey! One of my readers who is from Turkey tells me that the title is CHOSEN BODIES. Here’s the text from Marti Publishing Facebook page: KEHANET ONUN GÖZLERİNDE GİZLİYDİ… TÜM İNSANLIĞIN GELECEĞİ DE… SEÇİLMİŞ BEDENLER – Denise Grover Swank ‘’Yüce kişi dolunayda var olacak Yaz dönümünden sonra Büyük bir acıdan doğacak Anne kabul edecek Seçilmiş Kişi’sini Ve bu kişi onun işaretini taşıyacak Sonuna kadar onu koruyacak.” …Kaderleri Bedenlerinde Saklıydı… 1800’lerden günümüze uzanan gizli bir felsefi örgütün hedefinde olan Emma ile geleceği görebilen beş yaşındaki oğlu Jake, tüm insanlığı etkileyecek bir sırrın başkahramanlarıdır. Önemli politikacıların, işadamlarının üye olduğu gizli bir örgütün peşlerini bir an olsun bırakmadıkları anne ve oğlun hayatı ortaya çıkan bir yabancıyla tamamen değişir. Tahmin edemeyeceği bir oyunun içine dahil olan yabancıya, Emma ya güvenecek ya da bu amansız kaderle tek başına yüzleşecek. Denise Swank, fantastik severleri yeni bir macerayla buluşturuyor. Kitabın sürükleyici dili ve başkahramanlarının esprili cazibeleri okuyucuları bir sonraki kitap için heyecanlandıracak. Publishers Weekly Denise Swank, okuyucularını bulunmaz bir aksiyonun içine çekerken, bağlılık ve aşk üzerine unutulmaz bir hikâyeyle buluşturuyor. USA Today Bu kitap […]
March 8, 2013

Delay in the next Rose Gardner Mystery

Today my wonderful developmental editor, Alison Dasho, announced that she has accepted a full time editorial position at Amazon’s imprint, Thomas & Mercer. This is WONDERFUL news for her–especially since she now gets to move to Seattle! But there’s more good news. And bad news, too. Even though Alison’s going to be working full time at her new job, Alison has agreed to keep me on as a freelance client! I’m so, so lucky to keep her! But the bad news is that she’s going to be tied up with moving and getting acclimated to her new job. Which means she won’t be able to read Thirty and a Half Excuses at the beginning of April like we had scheduled. I wouldn’t dream of publishing Rose without Alison’s touch, so the release of Thirty will be delayed at least a month. I’m hoping for a late June release. Not to worry! I’m going to find something to fill up the month! I’m still trying to decide what project to squeeze in, but I’ll be sure to let you know when I figure it out.  
March 5, 2013

PreOrders for AFTER MATH

I’ve had multiple requests to pre-order AFTER MATH for the Boston Author Event signing. I’m hoping to bring 100 or more copies, but we’ll see how cooperative Amazon is. This is a VERY tight deadline! If you pre-order, you’ll be sure to get a copy reserved for you. THIS PRE-ORDER IS FOR THE BOSTON AUTHOR EVENT ONLY If you want a signed copy of AFTER MATH and are not attending the event, I will probably sell them at a later date. Just fill out the form below and make payment through PayPal and I’ll have your copy waiting for you in Boston! ATTENTION BLOGGERS: I will have a limited number of special swag bags for bloggers wearing a name tag at the event designating them as bloggers. The bags WILL contain a print copy of After Math (as long as Amazon cooperates with me! You can find out more about AFTER MATH here. AFTER MATH Preorder BAE  
March 4, 2013

Getting People to Read Your Book (How to Publish a Book #2)

If you don’t know the proper way to format you manuscript, head back to #1 in this series and read all about it. W’e’ll wait for you here while you’re reading. Are you back? Okay! Then you know how to set up your document, you’re writing your book (yay for you!) and let’s say you just typed “The End.”” *throws confetti* Congratulations!!! That is quite an accomplishment. Most writers who set out to write a book never complete one so you are already way ahead of those other people. So let’s get that bad boy published, right? Er. No. Unless you’re some kind of genius or prodigy, if this is your first book you are NO WHERE NEAR READY. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but it’s true. The beauty and the curse of self-publishing is that you can write a book, type “the end” and slap it up on Amazon with your homemade cover. DON’T DO IT!!! At least not until you’ve had SCADS of people read your book and give you critique. I hear you now. “But Denise, I’m scared to have someone read my book and tell me what they don’t like about my book.” Sista, […]
February 28, 2013

How Do I Format a Document? (How To Publish a Book #1)

I get tons of emails and Facebook messages and people in person asking me “How do I publish a book?” There is no easy answer to this and honestly, I find myself answering the same questions over and over again. I decided it would be easiest for all of us if I sporadically made “how to” posts. Now, from the title of this post, you’re probably all excited and thinking I’m going to teach you how to format your eBooks and print books. Uh, no. You have to walk before you can run, and believe it or not, the very few times I read for newbie writers, most have no idea how to format their documents. So we’re starting there. First of all, there are multiple formats you can use to write a book. Word, Scrivener, writing by hand… For this post, I’m going to presume you’ve written or are writing you book in Word. That’s how I do it. The very first thing I do is change my font to Times New Roman and font size 12. Next, I change my paragraph information. Word automatically puts your text single space with a 10pt space between paragraphs. You do NOT […]
February 27, 2013

AFTER MATH–First Three Chapters

I’ve been hard at work getting my new adult book, AFTER MATH, ready for it’s mid-March release! My hoped for date of March 12 is looking good! AFTER MATH is different than my other books. It definitely falls into the true “romance” genre. Anyone who’s read anything of mine shouldn’t really be surprised since I have some type of romance in everything I write. What might surprise you is the sexual heat level of this book. It’s hot. Okay, it’s hot for me, and I had a few early readers who were pleasantly surprised. (I’m just warming you all up for THE CURSE KEEPERS, my new urban fantasy that 47North will release in late fall 2013. One of my early readers for TCK called it “classy hot.”) That being said, many “hot” romance authors would laugh at my description. My personal style tends to run toward hot without body parts named. Fifty shades of Grey it’s not. I’m really excited about AFTER MATH, and I confess, a little bit nervous. I hope you all like it as much as I do. To celebrate , look for some exciting giveaways the week of  AFTER MATH’s release! **You can enter a Goodreads giveaway […]
February 6, 2013

IndieReCon 2013 in Two Weeks– Don’t Miss It!

  As you may or may not know, IndieReCon starts in less than 2 weeks from Feb 19th  – Feb 21st. The free conference features over 25 guests that will discuss the nuts and bolts of self publishing from the pros/cons all the way through marketing and being a bestselling author. Here it is – 20 reasons why you should register for IndieRecon. Today! 1. Find out the future of digital publishing with our key note speaker: Bob Mayer. 2. Identify the biggest mistakes indie authors and how to avoid them. 3. Find out all the nitty gritty details on self publishing basics like pricing, distribution, and formatting. 4. Create a business plan and understand your costs. 5. Find out what is in a great book and how to make your book stand out in a pile through editing and covers. 6. Learn the importance of creating a solid business plan and how to measure your success. 7. Discover everything you need to know about reaching your readers including: metatagging, blogging, and audio books. 8. Figure out what you need to know in marketing like building your community, utilizing social media and understanding your brand. 9. Learn how to throw […]
February 4, 2013

The Death of Me– a short memoir

I’ve been working on a piece for over a year now. I’d pick it up and work on it and then set it aside. I thought I finished it at one point, but then I realized I’d only told half the story. It wasn’t done yet. The problem is the piece wasn’t fiction. It was my life. The piece starts the day after my husband’s plane crash. In my first round of writing, I ended it at my husband’s death, but it didn’t feel right. After a few days, I realized that my husband’s hospitalization was only the beginning. The story was really about my grief. So I kept adding to it, not knowing where it would end. Then out of nowhere,  I realized the ending. The first anniversary of Darrell’s accident. The piece encompasses one full year This is a short piece, only 9000 words. Part of those 9000 words are a forward and my story notes at the end. Sandwiched between the two, I’ve laid my soul bare.  It’s a strange thing, told in snippets, almost like a short story, but it’s real. It happened to me as I remember it. This piece records the death of the person I […]