Monday, December 25, 2017

I really need your help.

I'm at a loss. I'm not sure what to do.

As is apparent from browsing this site for just a few seconds, I haven't done anything with it since October. The Masquerade Crew hasn't been completely silent. I've been promoting books (and the occasional other link) on Twitter.

I've been busy working at my convenience store job, and we are homeschooling our kids this year. There hasn't been a lot of time to work on the website. That hasn't necessarily changed, but every once in a while I get the urge to try again.

One thing I know for sure is that I don't want this site to be about book ads. And it was turning into that, so when personal things started getting in the way, I took a step back to refocus.

I turned off all tweets that pointed to this site. I focused on Amazon tweets. And these tweets run as intended. I could get authors to sign up for the tweet service if and when I get this site going again. Might even make a few dollars along the way (which is kind of necessary if I'm going to put any real amount of time into the venture).

But I want the site to be more than just that. I could put a post up advertising the tweet service, and that would be the extent of what this site is for. The small handful of authors who would sign up for the service each month would come to the site when they saw an appropriate promotional tweet advertising our tweet service.

But part of me wants more than that.

I could bring back cover wars and the scavenger hunt (with or without a giveaway), but I got burned out doing those ... or I simply didn't have time. I wouldn't mind trying again.

Since I am an Amazon affiliate, I could list similar products on Amazon (like a top ten list). Might make a few dollars from it. It would generate some traffic. Perhaps even a different kind of traffic, not just those looking for books. And once people are here, they might click on other things we do.

So, my question is, what should I do with this space?

What should become of the Masquerade Crew?

Part of me has always been against niche. I have so many likes and/or hobbies. Part of me says incorporate anything and everything into this space. For example: music, homeschool, or even random stuff we find online (putting internet searches to good use). It would become less about books, though I would always help indie authors, and many authors have been instrumental in keeping my interest in this site.

What do you think?

If this site turned into a buffet of topics (nearly anything appropriate goes), would you as an author consider advertising (as opposed to if it were centered strictly on books and writing)? If you wouldn't advertise in either case, do you at least see the value in presenting books next to topics that have nothing to do with the writing industry?

What sort of things would you like to see me do with this space?

Tell me so in the comments. Let's start a discussion.

Friday, October 20, 2017

The revolutionary theological theory of Pandeism. #anthology

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The revolutionary theological theory of Pandeism, critically examined by authors of a wide variety of philosophical and faith traditions.

Pandeism: An Anthology

Edited by Knujon Mapson

Genre/Keyword(s): Non-Fiction, Anthology, Contemporary, Philosophy

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Total Freedom by @ReadMyBooks1 #romance

This post features the following book...

Debbie King. At 14 years old she was like other so many other 14 year olds - lacking confidence and maintaining belief that she was a nobody who would never know any happiness in her life. But after she meets someone so much like her, together they discover inner strengths in themselves, and a deep friendship that would be tested over and over again by events and other people coming into their lives, along with an ongoing uncertainty over what their relationship should really be like.

So many things they share, the greatest of all being their love of their enthusiasm and career as musicians, and yet still the ongoing question hovers over them - should they be together … as a couple?

Embark on a journey from the intense emotions of teenage years, and on through adult life eventualities such as marriage, parenting, post natal depression, and a never ending uncertainty about a life choice that eventually contributes to infidelity.

If you would like to be featured in a similar post,

see this post for details.

2 steps to get a free book ad.

Two easy steps to get featured in a post.

Step One

Retweet this!

Step Two

Mention a link of your book on Twitter.

Tweet: @MasqCrew I retweeted. Here's my book: [INSERT URL HERE]

(Make sure the URL link goes directly to your book on

After you do that, I'll do a quick post encouraging other authors to join in, mentioning your book.

For each author who participates, there will be a post with an ad like the following.

If enough authors participate, I'll do a group post at the end.

Help spread the word about The Masquerade Crew.

Thank you in advance.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Time travel anthologies on Amazon #timetravel #anthology

How to use an apostrophe #infographic (Tell us on Facebook)

Life is like a book... (Tell us on Facebook)

Which potion would you take? (Tell us on Facebook)

Friday, September 29, 2017

Thursday, September 28, 2017

I discovered the series on Netflix last spring... #interview w/ @mayatylerauthor

Maya Tyler
Author of 
A Vampire's Tale

10 Things That Make Me Happy by @mayatylerauthor #topten

Maya Tyler
Author of 
A Vampire's Tale

A vampire has been influencing her life path. #paranormal #romance via @mayatylerauthor

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Marisa writes fictional novels about vampires, but vampires aren’t real, are they? She doesn't think so... until she meets Corgan Halton.

A Vampire's Tale

Author: Maya Tyler

Genre/Keyword(s): Romance, Paranormal, Vampire,

This city will be your tomb. #horror via @lincolnjcole

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This city will be your tomb

The Everett Exorcim

World of Shadows

Author: Lincoln Cole

Genre/Keyword(s): Fantasy, Horror, Paranormal, Urban,

If you thought being scared to death was a myth, think again. #horror

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If you thought being scared to death was a myth, think again. Doctor Felix Bloom will prove you wrong.

Fear Inducer

Author: Ellie Douglas

Genre/Keyword(s): General Fiction, Horror, Thriller/Suspense,

Rhianwyn may now be the only hope for her people. #fantasy

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The Tribes of the West are all but conquered, and though she has traded her sword for a family home, Rhianwyn may now be the only hope for her people.


The Caledon Saga

Author: J.P. Harker

Genre/Keyword(s): Fantasy, Coming of Age, Strong Female Character, Sword & Sorcery, Iron Age Fantasy

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