It is finally time for me to gather an elite group of readers who will be a part of my launch team. What is a launch team? What’s expected of a Launch Team Operative? What do you get out of the deal? It’s all answered below, along with the application at the bottom of the post. Applications will be accepted through September 30th and then I will contact applicants in mid-October.
WHAT IS A LAUNCH TEAM?
I’m so glad you asked! My launch team is a special group of readers who are enthusiastic about getting the word out about my books to the community at large. These readers are my first readers, part of my inner circle, and my most enthusiastic fans.
WHAT AM I LOOKING FOR IN LAUNCH TEAM MEMBERS?
Enthusiasm and a desire to share about my book within the sphere of their influence. Availability is important too. I depend on these members to do what I cannot: leave reviews about my book, talk about it on Social media and in person, request it from libraries, etc. The potential is endless.
WHAT IS INVOLVED IN BEING A LAUNCH TEAM MEMBER?
As a launch team member, you will receive a free, advanced copy of whatever novel is being released at that time. Members are asked to read the book prior to the release date, then-if they like it (if you don’t like it, you aren’t required to do anything)-spread the word as far and wide as possible! (FYI, you don’t have to be on Facebook to be a part of the launch team.)
The single most important thing launch team members do? Write a brief review for Amazon, Goodreads, BookBub, and/or any other online review sites where you’d like to post it. It only needs to be a paragraph or two.
Beyond that, anything else done is icing on the cake! The potential for ideas are endless. I’ve listed a few below, but none are mandatory. I want Launch Team Members to do what they feel comfortable with. The biggest help is the review.
- Talk about the books on social media sites and in reader groups.
- Ask your your local library or church library to purchase a copy.
- Blog about the books.
- Direct people to my website.
- Write a review for your local newspaper.
- Purchase copies to give away as Christmas and birthday gifts.
- Pin the cover or other pictures from my website to Pinterest.
- Share your favorite quotes from the book online. If you purchase an e-book, highlight your favorite quotes.
- Suggest the book on reading forums, like those you can find on GoodReads or Facebook.
- If you’re part of a Bible study, MOPS, or any other group, tell them about the book.
- Suggest my latest book to your book club.
WHAT DO YOU GET OUT OF THE DEAL?
Besides receiving a free copy of my book and my undying gratitude, there are some added benefits. You’ll have access to an exclusive Facebook Group just for Launch Team members, a password-protected Launch Team Dashboard, emails just for my Launch Team members with insider information, special Zoom meetings to get some face-to-face time, and occasional personal touches from me.
If this sounds like a team you’d like to be part of, please fill out the application below.
It is FINALLY time when I can share with you my cover for Counterfeit Love!! I am so stinking excited. I couldn’t have imagined a better cover for the story. The designer captured everything I desired. So, it is with great excitement I share with you my debut cover for Counterfeit Love.
I absolutely adore this cover. The designers at Kregel took what little I offered them and made it into something I could have never dreamed up on my own. I wish I had their individual names so I could give them a shout-out and just tell them how truly grateful I am for all the hard work they put into creating such a beautiful design.
I just love how Broderick is looking back at Theresa with suspicious regard. Has the woman he loved become one of the criminals he hunted? I can’t believe how well the designers captured Theresa’s independent and stubborn nature. They even included her briefcase. I don’t know if you can tell, but the background takes place at the edge of a cemetery where the first couple chapters of the book take place. I can’t believe how perfectly they captured the essence of this story, and I am forever grateful for their talent.
The Back Cover Blurb:
Can this undercover agent save the woman he loves–or is her heart as counterfeit as the money he’s been sent to track down?
After all that Grandfather has sacrificed to raise her, Theresa Plane owes it to him to save the family name–and that means clearing their debt with creditors before she marries Edward Greystone. But when one of the creditors’ threats leads her to stumble across a midnight meeting, she discovers that the money he owes isn’t all Grandfather was hiding. And the secrets he kept have now trapped Theresa in a life-threatening fight for her home–and the truth.
After months of undercover work, Secret Service operative Broderick Cosgrove is finally about to uncover the identity of the leader of a notorious counterfeiting ring. That moment of triumph turns to horror, however, when he finds undeniable proof that his former fiancée is connected. Can he really believe the woman he loved is a willing participant? Protecting Theresa and proving her innocence may destroy his career–but that’s better than failing her twice in one lifetime.
They must form a partnership, tentative though it is. But there’s no question they’re both still keeping secrets–and that lack of trust, along with the dangerous criminals out for their blood, threatens their hearts, their faith, and their very survival.
Combining rich history, danger, suspense, and romance, Crystal Caudill’s debut novel launches this new historical series with a bang. Fans of Elizabeth Camden, Michelle Griep, and Joanna Davidson Politano will be thrilled to find another author to follow!
If you are interested in preordering a print copy, you can click one of the links below. As of this moment, the e-book is not yet available for preorder, but I will let you know as soon I discover it’s been added. To my knowledge, there won’t be an audiobook at this point, but I look forward to hopefully having that option in the future. My MIL is legally blind, so I know how desired that option can be.
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*Christianbook has the best deal at the moment.
I hope you love the cover as much as I do. Feel free to share the cover far and wide. I prepared some images for my cover reveal team that you can use as well. Check those out here. Thank you so much for being a part of this writing journey. You’ll never know how much your excitement, support, and prayers mean. I am far from a perfect person or author, but may God always be glorified through it anyway.
There are lots of exciting parts about being an author. Two of those things are Title and Cover reveals. While I can’t yet reveal a cover, I DO have a title for not only my debut novel but for the series at large, and I decided I wanted to have a bit of fun and throw a party. Want to know more about the book, you can read the tentative blurb here. Before I jump into a fun Title Reveal Party, I want to get a little prep work for my cover reveal out of the way.
COVER REVEAL LAUNCH TEAM SIGNUP
It will soon be time for me to reveal my cover to the world at large. If you would like to sign up to join my cover reveal team, please click here. Anyone who wants to can sign up, I just ask that if you do, that you be willing to share the social media images created on a preplanned day (when I have it). More details will come when I know more. 🙂 NOTE: If you are a newsletter subscriber, you will need to sign up on this list to be on the Cover Reveal Team. It is a completely separate thing.
Now on to the party! … Well, sort of.
I’m still on a book deadline, everyone’s summer schedules are crazy, and setting up a party on social media meant not everyone would get to participate at their own pace. Enter the bright idea of a website party. There are virtual games to unveil my titles and digital goody bags for everyone.
So come and stay as long as you want. Play the games, or don’t. It just thrills my heart that you’ve come to find out the titles of my book/new series. If you don’t want to play the games to find out the titles, and just want the answers, you can go here.
GOODY BAGS FOR EVERYONE!!!
What is a party without goody bags and prizes? Click to download your free Goody Bag containing a heart-filled bookmark, coloring page, and suggested reading list.
Fun and Prizes!
*CONGRATULATIONS KELLY G. YOU WON!!!!* We had 16 individuals participate! Thank you so much!
I have two games you can play to uncover the names of the series and book #1. I’m super pleased about these titles and had way too much fun coming up with the image of the Series Title Puzzle. I hope you have as much fun doing them, as I did coming up with the games. Of course, there HAS to be a prize for those who want to play.
To be entered to win your choice of one book from my stack of giveaway books featured above, play the games AND fill out the form at the bottom. Everyone who fills it out gets an entry, and everyone who fills it out with the CORRECT answers gets an extra entry for each correct answer. All answers need to be received by midnight (EST) on July 20th. The more people who play, the more winners there are. For every 20 unique individuals, I’ll add one winner. Up to 20 entrants = 1 winner, 26 – 40 entrants = 2 winners, 41 – 60 entrants = 3 winners. You get the picture.
I’m assuming honesty, so please do not click on the answer page before submitting your answers in the form below. That just takes the fun out of it.
Winner(s) will be randomly selected on July 21st and then emailed. Winners announced on the July 27th post. (Print copies are only available to U.S. residents. Entries opened to all those legally allowed to enter. International participants will have a chance to win a $10 Amazon gift card.)
Thanks for coming by to celebrate with me. I’m so excited to party with you.
Game # 1 – What’s in a Name
“What’s in a name? that which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” – William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
Well, obviously names are important, but for this game, I used a thesaurus to give Book #1 a new title. See if you can guess what the real title will be by looking at this similar title.
Don’t forget to put your answer in the form below.
Game # 2 – Series Title Puzzle & Heart Scavenger Hunt
Below is an image that not only has the title of my new series, but an undisclosed number of hearts in the image. Once you put the puzzle together and know the series title, count how many total hearts you see in the image. For my visually impaired friends, instead, put how many times you found the word heart or hearts in the text of this blog post.
Thanks for partying with me! Let’s chat it up in the comments.
I am so glad that you chose to play the games and hang with me. Remember, please, don’t put the answers to the games below in the comments. However, I WOULD love to hear from you. What are your favorite book titles? Have you have read a title that made you pick up a book from an author you didn’t know just to learn more? Do you think the title is important to a book? I’d love to hear from you and just chat things up!