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Thursday, September 29, 2011

What can I do for you?

Hello, my Friday blog followers. I’ve had quite a week touring on blogs and talking about my new release, Heaven is for Heroes. Humungous thanks to Kristan Higgins and the Jaunty Quills as well as Jo Ramsey who hosted me earlier this week. I’ve had some very positive feedback about the book and am heaving a sigh of relief. I still have my work cut out for me but the early reviews and sales numbers are good, thanks to all you wonderful friends and readers.

So I’ve been thinking about what I can do for you. Other than getting that next book out there, I was wondering, what could I add to my website that would be entertaining and fun for you--the folks that this is really all about. I’ve started by updating the look of my blog. Do you like it?

I want my website to reflect the kind of books I write, so when I redesigned it last month, my goal was to make it more user friendly and give it a little YA curb appeal. I hope you noticed. I’ve added playlists with links to YouTube for songs that reminded me of my main characters, Jordie, Alex, and Levi. I see the theme song for the book being “Just a Kiss” by Lady Antebellum. Every time I hear that song, I think of the scene where Alex and Jordie kiss after their first real date to a drive-in movie. Or the scene where they are stranded on a beach overnight and each of them is fighting the temptation to take their relationship to the next level.
I’ve also added an excerpt from the book and I’ll be adding both a playlist and an excerpt from ON THIN ICE over the next few weeks. For Halloween, I’ll be participating in a blog hop with several other authors where we’ll be giving away treats to readers who want to follow along and take advantage of free e-books, tee shirts, book marks, or other surprises. Check back the third week of October when I’ll add a link to my homepage to direct you on how to participate.



That’s it so far. I’m open to suggestions about what you would like to see added to my website. Do I need more pictures of hunky guys I might cast in a Heaven is for Heroes movie? This pic of Alex Pettygrew reminds me of Levi. And wouldn't Hayden Christensen make a dreamy Alex Cooper?



Maybe I should put up free chapters of my books, links to other YA sites, or a section for short stories and poetry…or not.

So you tell me…what do you like to see on a website?

6 comments:

  1. I love your website and think it's very complete, I like the links with songs, very cool. Can't think of anything yet, but after I get a chance to read your book I'll let you know. Congrats and much success!
    Smiles, Lorelei

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  2. Thanks for your feedback and support, Lorelei.

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  3. Looking good, PJ! I don't have anything to add for what you should put on a website. I like seeing book news, good blog posts, and easy navigability (is that a word?). Best wishes with your book!

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  4. Thanks Julie. And I think navigability is a great word!

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  5. Love the pink and I'm not much of a pink person. Very welcoming.

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  6. I know, Katy. I'm not usually a pink person either but it kind of grabbed me. I think my nine year-old niece is rubbing off on me.

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