The Wonderful Wizard of Indie (With Free Prize Inside!)

Please give a very warm welcome to guest blogger Zoe Winters, author of the Blood Lust series and passionate advocate of independent/self-publishing, and check out how you can enter to win a Kindle

Thanks to Kel for having me on her blog today to promote my new release, Blood Lust (my first print release, yay!) I met Kel about two years ago when I was weighing the pros and cons of going indie. Needless to say, despite some stigma still existing, it wasn’t nearly as cool to digitally self-publish then as it is now.

And Kel did it before me. 🙂

Originally the idea was that I was going to start an imprint and just do my thing and not be really “vocal” about being self-published. But me not being vocal about something is about as likely as a cat going swimming.

I couldn’t help myself. I was so excited! So being me, I ran around and started talking about the stuff I was learning about self-publishing and about marketing. Even in the beginning before I’d released a thing, I seemed to get into little cat fights on the Internet on the validity of self-publishing. I think this was how Kel found me and stalked me back to my blog. 😛

I’m glad she did. Kel and several other indies I’ve met along the way have been like Dorothy picking up all these friends on the yellow brick road. And I’m not saying I’m Dorothy and they’re my sidekicks. Sometimes they’re Dorothy and I’m the sidekick. We all learn from each other. The point is, the community feeling of going indie and the journey has been one of the coolest experiences ever.

Becoming indie has been like stepping into technicolor with singing munchkins after my house fell on the Wicked Witch of the East. Before going indie, it was all black and white and fairly depressing. At least for me. Okay, if you know me, you knew I was going to just drag that metaphor kicking and screaming as long as I could. I think it’s dead now. We can continue.

I love my indie peeps. And I love being indie. And now, finally, after releasing only digital books (which isn’t a bad thing), I’ve got my first print book in my hands that I can hold. I recently had the experience of signing my first books and that was really cool, too!

And now we’re to the marketing portion of the program. This week I’m doing a book blitz with giveaways. Each day I’ll update my blog showing where I’m guest blogging and I’ll give away a signed copy of Blood Lust to commenters at each guest blog location.

The big part of the contest can be found here at my blog, where I’ll be giving away an Amazon Kindle.

And oh yeah… I had a book to promo… Here’s the description for Blood Lust, I hope you’ll check it out!

It’s all about the blood…

Comprised of three novellas, Blood Lust gives readers a snapshot look at the world of the Preternaturals Series. (Future installments of the series will be novels.)


As a cat therian (shifter), Greta’s blood is already sought after to enhance spells and potions, but due to a quirk of her birth, her blood is potent enough to kill for. When her tribe plans to sacrifice her, Greta must ally herself with Dayne, the dangerous local sorcerer, and the only person strong enough to protect her.


For a vampire, Anthony isn’t a picky eater, but he’s drawn to Charlee’s blood more than any other. Like a fine wine saved for a special occasion, he’s denied himself this pleasure. But one night, high from the potent magical blood of another, he claims his prize and loses control. Ashamed of almost killing the one woman who means anything to him, he wipes her memory of the event. When Charlee awakens with complete amnesia, Anthony is the only one who can clean up the mess he’s made.


Because of the vampiric blood that has run through her veins since birth, Jane has been a target for vampires who resent a human being “kindred.” She’s forced to disguise herself as a vampire groupie to appease them and safeguard her life. When she’s abruptly given to Cole, the leader of the werewolf pack, to satisfy a gambling debt, she discovers the blood running through her veins has a far greater impact on her destiny than she ever imagined.

Print and ebook copies are available at and (other retailers coming soon.)

Buy links are available from my blog (The top stickied Amazon contest post.)

You can find me here:

Author Website

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17 thoughts on “The Wonderful Wizard of Indie (With Free Prize Inside!)

  1. Zoe, we’re glad you started running around talking about stuff you learned about self-publishing. There’s no way of knowing just how many indies you’ve helped along the way. I KNOW you’ve helped me! And your novellas really rock. I will definitely be buying a copy of Blood Lust.

  2. It is so cool to hear you hyped up about being indie. And first paper book – whoot! 😀 Congratulations on self publishing and good luck on your continued journey. It looks like you have gathered some nice friends around you.

  3. Terrific blog, Zoe! Funny, but I’m doing the same thing as you, talking about going indie. It’s a very cool experience. I guess we can’t help it.

    Congrats on your first paper book. Yay!!!!!!!!!

  4. The more I learn about your stories, the more I can’t wait to read them. Big congrats on your first print release, Zoe.

    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

  5. Hey everybody, thank you so much for your comments! I’ll be picking a winner from this blog thread tomorrow for a signed copy of Blood Lust.

    HOPEFULLY the buy link for the Kindle edition of Blood Lust will go live soon. (It’s going to really suck if this glitch goes on all week through my promo/contest.)

    I will update this thread tomorrow with the signed copy winner, and also I’ll update this thread when the book becomes buyable in the Kindle store.

    For now the print version is buyable for anyone interested in print.



  6. I’m a big talker myself and love telling people about the books/products that excite me. It’s fun feeling a part of something, a group of Zoesers getting the word out about your book.

    Good luck with the release! I’m looking forward to all the word-of-mouth about your new book.

  7. Congrats on your self published book. This sounds like a great read.

    jellybelly82158 at gmail dot com

  8. We were having some technical difficulties and the buy link for the Kindle edition of Blood Lust is finally available 99 cents until tomorrow at 3 pm (Eastern).

    I’m going to announce the signed copy giveaway here as soon as I get caught up with everything.


    Here’s that buy link for those who wanted to be updated:

  9. I’ve used to select a winner…

    And the winner of a signed copy of Blood Lust is…

    Julie Swaney! Congrats!

    Normally I would ask the winner to contact me via my contact form, but since you left your email addy, I can email you. Either way. I just need a mailing address to send your book to!

    Thanks to everyone who commented!

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