Sunday, April 3, 2011


It's April 4th, people! I'm not sure where all the time went, but it's gone. DREAM SMASHERS is now available for purchase at Amazon, Amazon UKBarnes and Noble, and Smashwords.

In celebration, I was going to create a vlog. Well, I did create one, but I discovered that I'm an uber-goober who says "um" every two seconds and forgets what to say every five seconds. So, instead, I'll write everything out, which will be a lot faster for you to get through.

I need your help to get Dream Smashers out to the world. Indie authors usually don't have the money for expensive advertising and book tours and book signings that big publishing houses have for their authors. Our books rely heavily, if not all, on word-of-mouth advertising. If you read an indie book you like, don't keep it a secret. Please. Let the world know.

Whether you've read Dream Smashers and loved it, or you just like me, or maybe you like the whole idea of the indie author movement, whatever your reason, please help spread the word.

Dream Smashers is very important to me. I hope that it finds a special place in your heart, too. You can buy it as an e-Book for less than your Starbucks bill for the morning. You get an entire novel worth of yummy words for less than a cup of coffee. How cool is that?

In celebration of introducing Dream Smashers to the world, I'd like to offer some gifts to show my appreciation of your help. Now, the gifts aren't like a million-dollars-cool or anything, but rather some awesome reads by DarkSide Publishing authors and small tokens that everyone will most likely enjoy. You don't have to promote Dream Smashers to win a gift, though (see below).

There are three gift packages outlined. In order to receive one of them, you must enter the drawing. Each time you promote Dream Smashers, paste the link to the promotion in the comment section below. Each link gives you one entry into the drawing to win a gift. *Please only three entries per day per person.*

Ways to promote for the drawing:

Post the Dream Smashers trailer to one or all of your social networking sites. (each site is an individual entry)

Post a link to this blog on one or all of your social networking sites. (each site is an individual entry)

Tweet on Twitter about Dream Smashers with a link to this blog using one or both of these hashtags: #BookLaunch or #BookGiveaway. Please remember to tag me in the tweet so I can see it. @angelacarlie

Post the cover image of Dream Smashers on one or more of your social networking sites. (each site is an individual entry) If you decide to use the cover image as your profile image, each day it is set as your profile image is a BONUS entry and won't count against your three entries for the day. Post the link below with the number of days it will be up as your profile image.

If you choose NOT to participate in the Dream Smashers promotion but still want to participate in the drawing, it's all good. Please do one or more of the following things:

In the comment section below, tell me what your favorite book is and why. (For two entries)

Post on one or more of your social networking sites something positive. Anything positive that will uplift others. Please post the links in the comment section.

*Please be sure I have your contact information. If it is not clear who you are in the links, you must email me your contact information. If your links go to a Facebook page with the security set so that I can't see it, you should probably friend me so that I can see your entry. If I can't see the entry, it won't count.*


Gift Packages

First Name Drawn

A DarkSide Publishing Gift Package: One signed paperback of Dream Smashers, one e-Book version of Anathema by Megg Jenson, one e-Book version of Into The Shadows by Karly Kirkpatrick, and one e-Book version of The Soulkeepers by G.P. Ching.

$5 Gift Card to your choice of Amazon or Barnes and Noble

Autumn's hemp beaded bracelet

Second Name Drawn

A Mini DarkSide Publishing Gift Package: One signed paperback of Dream Smashers and 2 e-Book versions of your choice from the above listed books in the First Name Drawn package.

Autumn's hemp beaded bracelet

Third Name Drawn

A Super-Mini DarkSide Publishing Gift Package: One e-Book version of Dream Smashers and the remaining e-Book that wasn't chosen by the Second Name Drawn from the three titles listed in the First Name Drawn package.

Autumn's hemp beaded bracelet.

And that's it! If you choose to promote Dream Smashers, but don't want to enter the contest, please send me an email so that I can thank you. :)

The Small Stuff

Please know that these gifts are for US and Canadian residents only. If you are outside the US and Canada and would like to participate, you may do so, but only receive the e-Books and the gift card via email. I'm sorry, but international shipping costs too much for me now to ship the paperback and bracelet. 

This giveaway will run from Monday, April 4, 2011 until Saturday, April 9, 2011 at 11:59 PM Pacific Time. Winners will be announced on Monday, April 11, 2011 at 6 PM Pacific Time on this blog. 

I will try to contact you via email or whatever contact information you have provided through your links. If you haven't provided any contact information, two back-up entries will have been drawn and your gift will go to the first back-up.

Also. You have until midnight tonight (Monday, April 4) to enter G.P. Ching's giveaway. Go do it now! :)

Woo Hoo! Now go celebrate! 

Peace out for now.


  1. Valerie Maarten said...
    Angela, I am so glad to hear it is out. You know I'll do my part in helping you spread the word. Congrats!!!

  2. Hi Angela! Congratulations on the launch! I'm helping out by sharing your link on Facebook and by promoting your launch party here:

    Enjoy your day!

  3. Hi Angela! The big day is here :-) I have posted my review of your book along with our little author interview on my blog! I hope you stop by today & view the comments!

  4. Yay, congrats! I'll bet you're super busy. I hope you get some time soon to write something else fabulous!

  5. Congratulations! Wishing you great success.

  6. Roses are Red
    Violets are Blue
    I have three dogs
    And they all fart too!

    Angie, I'm super-proud of you and hope that all your wildest, smashing dreams come true.


  7. Congrats on your book Angie <3 I wish you all the success in the world!! Camrin just said....Niccceeee :) hes even happy for you :) Yay!!

  8. I don't have a blog/website to promote it on. I just wanted to write congratulations.

    I admire your strategy. I wish you much success!

  9. Katie McAllisterApril 5, 2011 at 6:43 PM

    Hey Ang!

    Congrats, I hope you are able to get to my fb. I know that we are already friends, so it shouldn't be too hard ;)

    I let everyone know how wonderful you are!!/imkatieanne


  10. Katie McAllisterApril 5, 2011 at 6:51 PM

    What is my favorite book and why? That is the question....

    I would have to say it is not a book, but a series by the author Laurell K. Hamilton. I am on the 2nd series right now. It is a Vampire Hunter series. It has great imagination, and creativity through each word that Laurell writes. The book series really allows me to picture what is happening in the book, in my head like a movie.

    Here's a little review from her website from her first book "Guilty Pleasures":

    "My name is Anita Blake. Vampires call me "The Executioner". What I call them isn't repeatable.

    Ever since the Supreme Court granted the undead equal rights, most people think vampires are just ordinary folks with fangs. I know better. I've seen their victims. I carry the scars...

    But now a serial killer is murdering vampires—and the most powerful bloodsucker in town wants me to find the killer... "

    "In a world where vampires, zombies and werewolves have been declared legal citizens of the United States, Anita Blake is an "animator" - a profession that involves raising the dead for mourning relatives. But Anita is also known as a fearsome hunter of criminal vampires, and she's often employed to investigate cases that are far too much for conventional police. But as Anita gains the attention of the vampire masters of her hometown of St Louis, she also risks revealing an intriguing secret about herself - the source of her unusual strength and power."

    & her website is:

    Hope you get to check it out!


  11. Hello! My favorite book is Dream Smashers, because reading the first chapter I get something about how it's going to be and I know I'm going to want to read it. Meth is bad here; no, meth *behavior* is bad here. Really bad. I joke about hillbillies on crank but it's not funny in real life. I don't read e-Books, however, and I don't read young adult and I don't buy new books. Instead, please, please win me it! I can't wait for a used book sale at the library, vaguely in the future. Thanks a lot!

  12. Congrats Ang!! I <3 you and i truly <3 Dream Smashers! Way to go!

  13. Thank you everyone for participating! I'll post up the winners of the gifts on Monday. Enjoy the rest of your weekend. :)

  14. Hey Angela! Sorry for being late >.< I'm guessing you're already done with the draw but I still promoted your work on my fb! <3 u lots :)

  15. Thank you, Priya, for promoting Dream Smashers on your FB page! I truly appreciate it. I'm so sorry I didn't get this message prior to the deadline. :( There are several giveaways on blogs listed in the winner announcement post today. Be sure to enter them for a chance to win a copy of Dream Smashers.

    Thank you, again!