Sunday, November 11, 2018

Feature your book for an entire month with our Cover Wars Campaign

A month long campaign!

Put your cover up against other covers.

Feature your book cover for an entire month. Get your family, friends, social networking buddies, and anyone else you can—get them to vote for your cover each day of the campaign. Who will get the most votes? Who will bring the most people to the campaign? Which cover will be the editor's pick? My family will also pick their favorite covers from the campaign.

How much will this cost?

Only $5.

For the low price of $5.00 you will get lots of promotion from me. On Twitter I will highlight each book multiple times throughout the length of the campaign, which will be no less than one month. (If I don't like the amount of response we get, I may extend the vote. So, rest assured. You will get more than your $5 worth.)

But it won't be just me. I will be inviting book bloggers to get involved. (More details about that here) As an author in the campaign you will be encouraged to blog about it, tweet about it, share it on Facebook, and anything else you can think of.

In the past authors have told me that they had a lot of fun highlighting their book in Cover Wars. There will be a few differences this time around, though.

First of all, the voting results will be public throughout the entire campaign. In the past I had the results hidden until I announced the winner. I'm going to try to do the opposite and see what happens.

There will be some surprises in the end. I will pick my favorite cover out of the bunch, and each member of my family will do the same, so there will be up to five editor picks.

We will also recognize the author who brings more people to the campaign than anyone else. Each author will get a unique link they can share on social media, their blog, and so forth. Even if your book doesn't win the popular vote or even a nod from a member of my family, you might still get a little extra promotion for your efforts.

But there's still more. I will gladly promote any post on your blog where you mention and/or promote the Cover Wars campaign. Also, the offer to book bloggers (which authors can join even if they aren't in Cover Wars) will include promotion of one non Cover Wars post.

Cover Wars was the most popular thing on this site a few years ago, and I think we can achieve similar results again, even if I'm not pushing this blog like I used to. One reason is that I want to focus on the blog tour aspect of the New Cover Wars. Between the authors getting involved and other book bloggers, I think we might even be able to outshine the results of Cover Wars in its heyday, which brought more than a thousand votes in one month.

Does your cover have what it takes?

Does your social marketing need a boost?

Are you ready to try something different?

Would you like to network with other authors?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, I only have one more question to ask.

Will you join me?

To see what a Cover Wars post will look like, click here. It's a quick poll I put together with three random books I saw on Amazon. It's a working poll, so you are more than welcome to vote. The real Cover Wars post will probably include a little bit more than just a poll, such as a call to action before and after the poll, as well as some other links. But the poll itself will look similar to the post I linked to above.

I would like to launch the first of the new Cover Wars the first week of December. That gives us the rest of November to get people on board. If you would like to join in on the fun, paste a URL to your book on Amazon and then click the PayPal button below.

After you pay, send me an email to introduce yourself. Be sure to include your Twitter handle. If I don't hear from you, I'll use the email you use for PayPal.

Purchase Here
Only $5

URL of book on Amazon

Saturday, November 10, 2018

An example of what Cover Wars will look like

For more info about Cover Wars, click here.

Cover Wars — Choose your favorite cover!

The Woven Ring
Cherry Blossom Girls 4

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Top 5 Best Selling Books on Amazon

With a Twist ... There's no Pictures.
In other words...
Don't Judge a Book by its Cover!
Judge it by its Synopsis!


What does everyone in the modern world need to know? Renowned psychologist Jordan B. Peterson's answer to this most difficult of questions uniquely combines the hard-won truths of ancient tradition with the stunning revelations of cutting-edge scientific research.

Humorous, surprising and informative, Dr. Peterson tells us why skateboarding boys and girls must be left alone, what terrible fate awaits those who criticize too easily, and why you should always pet a cat when you meet one on the street.

What does the nervous system of the lowly lobster have to tell us about standing up straight (with our shoulders back) and about success in life? Why did ancient Egyptians worship the capacity to pay careful attention as the highest of gods? What dreadful paths do people tread when they become resentful, arrogant and vengeful? Dr. Peterson journeys broadly, discussing discipline, freedom, adventure and responsibility, distilling the world's wisdom into 12 practical and profound rules for life. 12 Rules for Life shatters the modern commonplaces of science, faith and human nature, while transforming and ennobling the mind and spirit of its readers.

Check out 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos.


Most of us have heard of gluten—a protein found in wheat that causes widespread inflammation in the body. Americans spend billions of dollars on gluten-free diets in an effort to protect their health. But what if we’ve been missing the root of the problem? In The Plant Paradox, renowned cardiologist Dr. Steven Gundry reveals that gluten is just one variety of a common, and highly toxic, plant-based protein called lectin. Lectins are found not only in grains like wheat but also in the “gluten-free” foods most of us commonly regard as healthy, including many fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans, and conventional dairy products. These proteins, which are found in the seeds, grains, skins, rinds, and leaves of plants, are designed by nature to protect them from predators (including humans). Once ingested, they incite a kind of chemical warfare in our bodies, causing inflammatory reactions that can lead to weight gain and serious health conditions.

At his waitlist-only clinics in California, Dr. Gundry has successfully treated tens of thousands of patients suffering from autoimmune disorders, diabetes, leaky gut syndrome, heart disease, and neurodegenerative diseases with a protocol that detoxes the cells, repairs the gut, and nourishes the body. Now, in The Plant Paradox, he shares this clinically proven program with readers around the world.

The simple (and daunting) fact is, lectins are everywhere. Thankfully, Dr. Gundry offers simple hacks we easily can employ to avoid them, including:
  • Peel your veggies. Most of the lectins are contained in the skin and seeds of plants; simply peeling and de-seeding vegetables (like tomatoes and peppers) reduces their lectin content.
  • Shop for fruit in season. Fruit contain fewer lectins when ripe, so eating apples, berries, and other lectin-containing fruits at the peak of ripeness helps minimize your lectin consumption.
  • Swap your brown rice for white. Whole grains and seeds with hard outer coatings are designed by nature to cause digestive distress—and are full of lectins.  
With a full list of lectin-containing foods and simple substitutes for each, a step-by-step detox and eating plan, and delicious lectin-free recipes, The Plant Paradox illuminates the hidden dangers lurking in your salad bowl—and shows you how to eat whole foods in a whole new way.

Check out The Plant Paradox: The Hidden Dangers in Healthy Foods That Cause Disease and Weight Gain.


Mercer Mayer’s Little Critter is going on a camping trip with his dad in this classic, funny, and heartwarming book. Whether he and his dad are canoeing, fishing, or building a campfire, parents and children alike will relate to this beloved story. A perfect gift for Father’s Day . . . or any day!

Check out Just Me and My Dad (Little Critter).


The President Is Missing confronts a threat so huge that it jeopardizes not just Pennsylvania Avenue and Wall Street, but all of America. Uncertainty and fear grip the nation. There are whispers of cyberterror and espionage and a traitor in the Cabinet. Even the President himself becomes a suspect, and then he disappears from public view . . .

Set over the course of three days, The President Is Missing sheds a stunning light upon the inner workings and vulnerabilities of our nation. Filled with information that only a former Commander-in-Chief could know, this is the most authentic, terrifying novel to come along in many years.

Check out The President Is Missing: A Novel.


A deliciously funny, delectably shocking banquet of wild-but-true tales of life in the culinary trade from Chef Anthony Bourdain, laying out his more than a quarter-century of drugs, sex, and haute cuisine—now with all-new, never-before-published material.

Check out Kitchen Confidential Updated Edition: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly.

#Authors, use the Masquerade Crew to direct attention to your book's Amazon page.

Got a book on Amazon?

Would you like more people to see it?

How does hundreds of tweets sound?

And just for five dollars.

Or just fifteen dollars where 
each tweet has a custom picture.

Like the following...

To read more about our 
book tweeting service, click here.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

#Authors, I will tweet about your book on Amazon #marketing #promotion

"You can't sell books on Twitter," say the naysayers. 
But I say, "Hog wash!"

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

Cover links to
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

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