<![CDATA[shannaswenson.com - Adventures in Writing]]>Mon, 02 Sep 2019 22:26:57 -0400Weebly<![CDATA[Ah, September... Football is back and Abundance's book birthday is 9/16. Let's celebrate with a HUGE SALE!! :-D]]>Mon, 02 Sep 2019 13:56:26 GMThttp://shannaswenson.com/adventures-in-writing/ah-september-football-is-back-and-abundances-book-birthday-is-916-lets-celebrate-with-a-huge-sale-d
It's September and fall won't officially begin until the autumn equinox Saturday, September 23rd...but try telling us Fall lovers that--am I right ;-)? I'll be putting decor up before the day is out.

Alright, first off...

Who else is as excited as I am that football is back?

Any other Packer fans around here?

College kicked off the season last week and professional starts back Thursday night with the Packers vs. Bears game (100th season)

Go Pack Go!

I legit can't wait!!!
Big news for Abundance

September 16th marks Abundance's 1 year book birthday!

And to celebrate, I'm giving you an all expense paid trip to Abundance from September 5th to September 19th.

(*All three ebooks in the series will be FREE for 5 days each starting Thursday 9/5)
**Abundance will be FREE from 9/5-9/9, Return will be FREE from 9/10-9/14 and Escape will be FREE from 9/15-9/19 **

In addition to that, the entire series will be on SALE (50% off on all three ebooks) ALL month, and the paperbacks are discounted too (up to 20% off), so if you haven't gone yet, pack your bags and head there today! Click HERE.

September also has an array of awesome new releases going on too, so be sure to check your inbox for my newsletter coming on Thursday for those! 

How about more FREE and discounted  books?!

Do you love steamy romance novels?

Well, this promo is for you then! Covering romance, contemporary romance, new adult, and paranormal romance. There's something for everyone in this array of 140+ Kindle Unlimited books. Grab yours now

*Promo runs from Sunday, September 1st through Monday, September 30th.*
Are you a fan of book series?

Well, then check out this discount series promotion for general fiction mystery and suspense romance, starting Thursday, 9/5 until Wednesday, 9/11.

Grab yours here.
Only one more month before the Sweet As a Peach Indie Author Book Event coming on Saturday, October 5th right here in Cumming, GA.

The incredibly talented authors- 
Nicole Rodrigues, author of the Double Play Series and upcoming Saddler's Series will be joining me along with Evelyn Montgomery, author of the Kismet Series, to name a few in this epic line up of awesome indies.

​Grab your tickets now and join us on October 5th at the Lanier Technical College Conference center. 
The countdown now begins for book 4, Stars over Abundance, for all my Buck Jenkins fans out there I hope this can help tide you over until you get to see him again in early December (right in time for Christmas :-D) 

Here's the official blurb:

Vivian Alexander- Hollywood’s Oscar-winning actress extraordinaire was “coerced” into coming to the Helping Heroes Ball by her manager, to make an appearance and save face after the interview that embarrassed her far more than she cares to admit. After all, she’s good at hiding her true feelings behind the radiant smile that’s made her famous. Well, she came, she saw, she made her appearance. Now it’s time for a quick and inconspicuous exit…until she sees a familiar face she never imagined she would.
 
Buck Jenkins- Retired football player/gridiron legend/playboy comes to the ball; for it’s a good cause, and being as he’s not too far from Dallas and all he really can’t pass up the opportunity—not when he’s been MIA from the limelight as long as he has now. It’s a good excuse to get out of town anyway, for a much-needed break from the grievous chaos ensuing his life at the moment. But he didn’t see the bombshell blonde starlet coming until she was directly in front of him. Now, his night just made a surprising turn for the best.
 
One unexpected night...
 
Two unsuspecting hearts...
 
Their paths inescapably intertwine and neither will come out unscathed.
 
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Book 4 in the Abundance series follows the story of a one-night stand that becomes so much more for two broken-hearted lovers. Get swept up and head back to Abundance, Texas once more as Buck and Vivian take your soul on a journey through heartbreak, tragedy, new beginnings, and perseverance. You’ll be laughing, crying, and swooning for these two “stars” in Stars over Abundance

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Keep your eye on your inbox next month for the big cover reveal!!!

Until then, Happy reading and Happy Fall, y'all!! 

-Shanna Swenson

author of the Abundance series, where swoony cowboys await to take your breath away. 

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<![CDATA[August is here! Summer is just flying by...]]>Thu, 01 Aug 2019 22:51:47 GMThttp://shannaswenson.com/adventures-in-writing/august-is-here-summer-is-just-flying-by
Hi readers! How've you been? I didn't get around to posting an update last month, but I did send out a newsletter and do a couple book promos, so maybe that makes up for it ;-). I know your summer--like mine--has probably flown by. The kids are already back in school and we are one month closer to 2020. 
I hope you had a nice, fun, relaxing Independence Day. I did and I held my talk at the library on the 13th. It went smoothly and was good to have a voice in my local venue--albeit it be a small one.

(Check out my snazzy new banner) 
So, I have some exciting news to share with you (drum roll please) I recently sent Book 4: Stars over Abundance (Buck and Vivian's story) out to beta readers and I gotta say I am loving the feedback I'm getting. I will be doing some edits on it in the coming months and getting the cover sent off to my designer. But I'm aiming for a December release. I'll be sure to share the cover well before then ;-) But, we'll see how it all goes. Right now, I'm not rushing because I do work a full time job, send out a monthly newsletter, manage all these social media sites, blog, and review too--among write, take care of hubby and myself and a large house, try and maintain some semblance of a social life and so forth...

Speaking of reviews- Did you see my last book review for Pomegranate by Nicole Scarano? NO! OMG! Click here.
If you love Greek mythology, you HAVE to read this book. No seriously! STOP what you are doing and read it. Browse through the rest of my blog as well because there are several good ones in there that you might have missed, along with some indie author interviews of what inspired their work. 

Speaking of indie authors and their work- Keep an eye out in your inbox for this month's coming newsletter. There's a ton of new releases and trending books in it, info on upcoming series, AND even a HUGE book giveaway. It'll be going out on Tuesday, August 6th, so if you aren't a subscriber, click here. You'll also receive some free gifts just for being a newsletter subscriber ;-)

There's still plenty of time to grab your tickets for the Sweet As a Peach Indie Author Book Event coming in October here in Cumming, GA. The incredibly talented authors- Nicole Rodrigues, author of the Double Play Series and upcoming Saddler's Series will be joining me along with Evelyn Montgomery, author of the Kismet Series, to name a few in this epic line up of awesome indies.

​Grab your tickets now and join us on October 5th at the Lanier Technical College Conference center. 
Have you read my series?
If not, stayed tuned next month for the big book birthday sale I'm gonna be hosting for ALL three books. That's right! It's the upcoming one-year anniversary for Abundance's debut on September 16th, and you'll have an opportunity to get all three in the series for NOTHING. ZERO. ZILCH. NADA. I'll keep you posted, but September is gonna be big for books! I just wanna go ahead and let you know, so you can be prepared to stay in bed reading all day LOL! 

And with that I'm gonna head on over to Mailerlite and get to working on my newsletter. Here's a teaser for Book 4 for all my Buck Jenkin's fans ;-) 

Until next time, 
Happy reading from Abundance--where swoony cowboys are waiting to take your breath away ;-) 

Shanna Swenson, author of the Abundance series

​...and said swoony cowboys ;-) 

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<![CDATA[June Happenings- Escape is here, BIG giveaways, and more...]]>Thu, 20 Jun 2019 16:14:04 GMThttp://shannaswenson.com/adventures-in-writing/june-happenings-escape-is-here-big-giveaways-and-more
Escape from Abundance is now available! Just released on Saturday, June 8th, the saga continues with Dallas's story- a tale of murder, deception and young love. Head back to Abundance and fall in love with your favorite cowboys and cowgirls all over again in book 3 of this 5 part series. Get it on Kindle, Kindle Unlimited and in paperback formats now on Amazon! 

Current Book Giveaways

Want FREE books? Who doesn't! Grab yours in these two awesome summer book giveaways going on now:
Romance Getaway-  Get 40 + FREE romance books, plus enter for a chance to win $. Now what's not to love about this giveaway? *Promo ends- Sunday, June 30th
Southern Heat- What's hotter than a southern summer? Seventeen sizzling southern romance novels! From all these awesome names, get your fill of Wrangler jeans and sexy southern drawl from Georgia all the way to Texas in this hot book promo! 
*Promo ends- Sunday, July 14th

Paperback Giveaway

My birthday is Saturday, June 23rd and in lieu of celebrating my third book in the series, I'm hosting a big giveaway! All three of my paperback books, signed and delivered to you.
All you have to do? 

--Follow me on BookBub
--Tag a friend (a fellow reader perhaps) and send them to my profile there (via email, text, social media- anything goes!)
--Have a U.S. mailing address


Do these three things and notify me that you have (use the contact form here, email me, or contact me on any of my social media platforms) and you'll get an entry into the giveaway!
It's that simple!

*Extra entries for leaving a review of any of my 3 books on BookBub - 3 entries for all three!
**Book giveaway is not affiliated with BookBub or any entity save for the author hosting it- Shanna Swenson.
***Contest ends on July 4th at midnight. US residents only for paperbacks. Ebooks can be substituted for non-US residents if applicable. NO purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Winner will be contacted by July 6th. 

Featured Read- Abundance

Abundance was featured on two Instagram pages this month. Kali Brixton reviewed it and my other three books as well. Check out her amazing book blog here. 
Abundance was read and reviewed by The Momma Book Club on IG as well. Check out their review here

Cumming-Coming Events

I personally have two local events coming soon to my town of Cumming, Georgia!
First- is my talk at the Forsyth County Library coming up on Saturday, July 13th. I'll be talking about my books and hosting a book signing. Be sure to stop by and grab your copies. I'll have all three books there and they'll be discounted!
I'll be accepting cash, credit cards, debit cards, PayPal, Venmo and Apple pay. Come on out. I would love to hang out and meet you! 
Second- is the Sweet As A Peach Indie Author Event coming on Saturday, October 5th to the Lanier Tech Campus in Cumming. Join me, Heather Gunter, Katie Ashley, Nicole Rodrigues, Evelyn Montgomery and many more indie authors as we gather together for this incredible event coming this fall. I'm super excited to be a part of this and meet my fellow writers. It's going to be a blast. Be sure to grab your tickets now before they're gone. We'll have door prizes, raffles, giveaways- you don't wanna miss this!! 

Exciting news in the coming months

I've got some super exciting news but can't quite share it just yet as it's a secret. Shh.... (wink wink)
I've been accepted into an anthology with numerous fellow authors that will be releasing later this year, just in time for Christmas. It's going to be so good. I can't wait to be a part of it! 

In the mean time... I'm currently working on book 4 and 5 of the Abundance series with no set plans for release dates as of yet. Right now I'm just focused on enjoying my summer, catching up on my TBR list of fellow indie author books, and preparing for my upcoming events. 

Are you enjoying my books? If so, please be sure to leave a review for them on Amazon, Goodreads and BookBub. This makes it possible for others to be able to read them too. 

Thanks so much for all your support. It means so much! 

Until next time,
​Shanna Swenson, author of the Abundance series 

Shanna is writing...and reading!
She enjoys good books, the simple things in life, and making her readers laugh, cry and swoon.

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<![CDATA[PRE-ORDERS FOR ESCAPE ARE HERE!! (Blog feature, updated book event list, and more)]]>Sun, 12 May 2019 17:27:50 GMThttp://shannaswenson.com/adventures-in-writing/pre-orders-for-escape-are-here-blog-feature-updated-book-event-list-and-more
Pre-orders are here for Escape from Abundance
Be sure to pre-order your copy to be to sent to your Kindle library on Saturday, June 8th when it releases! 
Abundance was rated and reviewed (5 stars) recently by The Guide to Romance Novels. Check out the blog post review here
Here's the current list of attending authors coming to Cumming, GA in October for the Sweet As a Peach Book Event. Be sure to get your tickets now! I can't wait to meet new readers and fans of my series! It's gonna be sweet ;-) ​!!
I chose these two reads to take on vacation with me next week.
The award-winning Lady Sun by Marni MacRae and the epic fantasy novel by Jenna Moreci, The Savior's Champion.
They've both been on my TBR list for some time now and I can't wait to dive into them. 
I'm excited to get away, chill at the beach and enjoy being unplugged!!
Here's my latest ad for Escape.

​I'm excited for all that June holds! I've got some ebook giveaways coming up next month, this awesome book release, a BIG paperback giveaway (of ALL THREE of my books- personalized autographed copies) and my birthday!

Summer is gonna be sizzling ;-) 

Stay tuned for more!

Shanna Swenson, author of the Abundance series 

Shanna enjoys the simple things in life and loves to laugh. She enjoys a good book and supporting her fellow indies! 

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<![CDATA[Flash book SALE, new cover release and new teaser]]>Wed, 01 May 2019 02:08:18 GMThttp://shannaswenson.com/adventures-in-writing/flash-book-sale-new-cover-release-and-new-teaser
In honor of my cover reveal for book 3, I'm running a Kindle Countdown Deal on Abundance and Return to Abundance.
Get them for just $0.99 each until May 1st at 5 PM. The price will then go to $1.99 until May 2nd, then $2.99... you get the idea ;-) 

Get your copies now while the discount lasts here
I just released the cover for book 3 today! I'm ecstatic from all the stellar feedback I've received from it. My cover designer, Olivia, did a wonderful job. I couldn't be more pleased with how it turned out! Escape from Abundance will premiere on June 8th! Stay tuned for the pre-order links in the coming weeks. 

Here's my latest teaser for Escape
Man... Jack and Natalie just have that sizzling connection! 

This month marks a much needed vacation for me. I will be unplugged for an entire week and I can't wait, not that I don't love what I do, but I'm looking forward to my own escape from my busy, crazy life! LOL! 
May is going to be a busy month getting Escape ready for its debut along with several graduations. But Summer looks promising with the release of book 3, a steamy southern book promo coming next month, and a book signing/talk at my local library in July. 

Stay tuned! I'll update you soon ;-)

Until next time, Happy Reading...and writing for those that do :-)

Shanna Swenson, author of the Abundance series

Just an indie author livin' the dream, one written page at a time! 

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<![CDATA[Spring updates- Book giveaways, fellow indie author interviews, Escape cover release and more]]>Tue, 09 Apr 2019 23:17:54 GMThttp://shannaswenson.com/adventures-in-writing/spring-updates-book-giveaways-fellow-indie-author-interviews-escape-cover-release-and-more
Get a FREE sample of Abundance (through Chapter 3 plus) as  part of twenty  other books/book samples available in the Sizzling Spring Romantic Suspense book promo, running from now until Tuesday, April 30th. 
Searching for a romance that's not too cold but not too hot? Then head on over to the Just Right Romance book giveaway running from now until Monday, April 15th. 
Join me every Thursday night on my blog for a new author interview with one of my fellow indie authors whose works I've read. Tonight, I interview Veronica Cline Barton after reading her book A Crown for Castlewood Manor. 
The book cover release for Escape from Abundance will be at the end of this month, I will be giving you sneak peeks of it on social media for the next couple weeks until I release it on Tuesday, April 30th! Escape from Abundance- Book 3 in the Abundance series will premiere in June. I can't wait to share Dallas Kinsen and Cole Callahan's story with you all! 

Stay tuned for more updates, more teasers from book 3, a sale on book 1, local events and more in the coming months! 

-Shanna Swenson, author of the Abundance series 
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<![CDATA[Aspiring Author BlogĀ  Review and Giveaway!!]]>Mon, 18 Mar 2019 23:21:21 GMThttp://shannaswenson.com/adventures-in-writing/aspiring-author-blog-review-and-giveaway
Abundance is now featured on yet another blog! Check out the latest blog book review of my debut novel, Abundance, on The Aspiring Author Blog. You can also enter for your chance to win a free copy of it too for a limited time. 
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<![CDATA[Exciting news for (and from) this self-published author!!!]]>Sun, 10 Mar 2019 15:40:17 GMThttp://shannaswenson.com/adventures-in-writing/exciting-news-for-and-from-this-self-published-authorI will be an attending author at this AMAZING event in October
I am beyond thrilled to announce that I, Shanna Swenson, will be one of the many attending authors amid the bestsellers at the Sweet As A Peach Indie Author Event coming to my town of Cumming, GA on October 5th! 

Get your tickets NOW!!!

I can't wait to participate, network and meet my readers!!! It's going to be SO much fun!!! 

Starlight Valley is HERE!!!

I just released Starlight Valley yesterday to My Book Cave and Book Funnel as a FREE ebook. Are you anxious for book 3 and can't wait to go back to Abundance? Well, here's your chance to blast back into the past and read David and Corrine's story, back before it all began. Get your FREE copy by clicking the links below. 
BOOK FUNNEL LINK TO STARLIGHT VALLEY
MY BOOK CAVE LINK TO STARLIGHT VALLEY

Cowboy romance- Book Giveaway

Is one FREE cowboy romance novel just not enough? Alright, well, how about six more?! Yup, I've teamed up with several other authors to bring you a cowboy romance book giveaway- it's going to run from now until April 5th, so go ahead and get your month's worth of sweet to steamy cowboys with this book giveaway that sure to make you say, "Yeehaw!"

Market Day at The Market in Acworth, GA

And lastly, 
I'll be hosting a book signing and giveaway at The Market in Acworth for Market Day. Everything storewide is 20% off, so come down and get your autographed copies of both Abundance and Return (while supplies last) for a discounted price and be entered for a chance to win this gorgeous epic fantasy novel (all the way from Montana) Nav'Aria: The Marked Heir by my fellow indie author and dear friend, K.J. Backer.
I hope to see you there! 
Until next time,
-Shanna Swenson, author of the Abundance series

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<![CDATA[March News- blog appearances, new release, a book signing and more!]]>Sun, 03 Mar 2019 03:18:12 GMThttp://shannaswenson.com/adventures-in-writing/march-news-blog-appearances-new-release-a-book-signing-and-more
 There's a lot going on this month!

- I recently received a stellar 5 star review  from longandshortreviews.com. I was compared to Nora Roberts- talk about being blown away AND I received this awesome graphic to put here on my website. In fact, it's about to get put on the Home page ;-) 
- I have an upcoming blog appearance on The Aspiring Author Blog. There will be a review for my book, a giveaway for a free digital copy and a guest post- an article I wrote about the importance of networking as an indie author. 
- My permafree book/book magnet, the prequel to Abundance, Starlight Valley, will be available on Saturday, March 9th. If you have subscribed to my newsletter, you'll get the FREE ebook sent directly to your inbox that day. Go back in time, in this short novella, to Corrine and David's story, long before Natalie met Jack and Starlight Valley Stables was originally founded. 
- I have a book signing coming up on Saturday, March 16th at the Bailey and Company Designs booth at The Market in Acworth, Georgia. It's Market Day and everything storewide will be 20% off, plus you can get a discounted bundle price of $25 when you purchase both books. I'll be there to personalize your copies! 
Don't miss out!
We'll have a raffle with giveaways and a chance to win a signed copy of Nav'Aria: The Marked Heir by KJ Backer, an EPIC YA fantasy novel with action, suspense and unicorns. 
- I have an upcoming indie author interview with fellow indie author, Nicole Rodrigues- author of the Double Play Series, a sizzling sports romance series, on Tuesday, March 5th. I just did a blog post review of the latest book in the series, Going, Going, Goner. I absolutely LOVED it! 
- Finally (maybe...I think, haha!) my books are now in the Forsyth County library system. I will be meeting with the coordinator for the Community Author Program this Monday. 

This month is full of big and exciting things, and I'm looking forward to continuing to get my name and books out there in the public eye as well as online. This is such an amazing journey and I look forward to continuing my writing, stay tuned readers for more news in the coming months. Happy March!! 
- Shanna 

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<![CDATA[Upcoming Book Signing and Sale!]]>Sat, 23 Feb 2019 23:38:51 GMThttp://shannaswenson.com/adventures-in-writing/upcoming-book-signing-and-sale
Abundance and Return to Abundance are now available for purchase at the Bailey and Company Designs booth at The Market in Acworth, GA. You can get your signed copies of Abundance for $15.00 plus tax and Return for $13.00 plus tax. The Market is open Monday- Saturday from 10 AM to 7 PM and on Sundays from 12 PM- 6 PM. 

Join Kathryn, owner of Bailey and Company Designs, and I on Saturday, March 16th in the booth for Market Day for an extra 20% off of EVERYTHING storewide. We're going to be hosting giveaways and drawings, and I'll be there to personalize your signed copies of my books. We look forward to seeing you there!

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