New Tab: Reader's Favorite Quotes from Brother, Betrayed

A collection of favorite quotes from readers of Brother, Betrayed. To have your quote featured here, send your name and the quote to danielle.raver (at) yahoo (dot) com.

Pame Albacete's favorite quote
From Chapter 18 of Brother, Betrayed "Disgrace":
“On my honor as a son of the king, a prince of Arnith, I swear that Denire, Knight of Arnith, never fell from his duty. I pledge my life that if he is to be found guilty, then so must I.” There were gasps throughout the hall. “I beg for a lesser sentence, if he must be punished for dissatisfying the king. To protect his honor, I swear to face the same punishment he will.” 

Alison DeLuca's favorite quote
From Chapter 26 of Brother, Betrayed "Syah's Vigil":
Syah paused before continuing, studying the weathered soldier before him closely. “How could you do it? How could you follow orders with the knowledge that they will lead you to certain death?”
“When the moment comes, a true soldier does not think of his own life. He thinks of his comrades, of loyalty and the glory of battle.”

Connie J. Jasperson's favorite quote
From Chapter 32 of Brother, Betrayed "Protection":
“… No Arnithan will ever speak of your courage, no bard will ever sing of your deeds. For no one but the enemy will survive. Therefore we will give them a battle so horrible that they will never speak of it. Today I ask you to join me out of vengeance. Let their memories of us be so terrible that they will never dare to sing of their victory for fear that they will wake our ghosts! Follow me,” the king proclaimed as he discarded cumbersome armor and shield, “into our enemies nightmares where we will never sleep!

Terese Logsdon's favorite quote
From Chapter 40 of Brother, Betrayed "Torture":
“How could he think I would threaten Arnith? I did what he sentenced me to; I’m an exile. What more does he have to take from me!” 

Father's Day Gift Suggestion: Kindle or Nook Ebook

I would like to take the time to recommend a friend's book, The Land of Nod, The Artifact, by Gary Hoover. Gary is a very funny guy, and is a relaxed, kind, and supportive fellow writer at Fantasy Island Book Publishing. His book is about a boy who risks everything in order to save his father.

Here is a brief description and a link:

Jeff Browning is a teenage boy who, following the mysterious disappearance of his father (a brilliant physicist), finds a portal in his father’s office that transports him to another dimension.

The dimension is populated by fantastic and dangerous creatures and also an advanced society of humans. That society, while very different from those on earth, is oddly similar, in some ways, to the society in which Jeff grew up.

As Jeff looks for clues regarding what may have happened to his father, he is accused by some of being a spy while thought by others to be a prophesized figure . . . who may be the key to victory in a developing war.

Here is a link to Gary's Facebook page where he frequently chats with readers and holds giveaways.

Gary Hoover on Facebook

Happy reading! Give a shout out if you enjoyed it!

Social Media for Authors Pt. 3: Facebook for Beginning Authors

A peak at Rachel Tsoumbakos' blog post for the traveling blog series "Social Media for Authors" For the first two parts visit:

Part One: A New Star in the Twitterverse
Part Two: Facebook Fan Page Fanatic

As an author, Facebook can be an important tool. So many people use this social network now that people just as often ask if you have a Facebook page as they ask for your website or blog address. And there is now so many ways in which as author can promote their books with this tool.
So what can you do with your Facebook account?

Facebook under your author name
This may be different to your actual name, and sometimes this is better. While, at first, it may be pretty awesome to have people friend requesting you because you are an author, sometimes you may not want to share everything with strangers. There is an option to categorize everyone into different groups and then prioritize what these groups can and can't see on your Facebook page. Now that you have a Facebook account, it will be invaluable to announce to....

For the complete version visit Rachel Tsoumbakos' Blog

Rachel is a friend and a fellow author at Fantasy Island Book Publishing. I highly recommend her book, Emeline and the Mutants to fans of post-apocalyptic style stories.


Book Trailer for Brother Betrayed: A dark, epic fantasy novel

Here is the trailer I created for Brother, Betrayed

It was an adventure in itself to create this video. I've been trying for weeks to find a program for Linux that was simple but with photo effects like Windows Movie Maker. The programs I found were just too complicated. So I stuck with what I knew.

I started to write a summary to include on the text slides but I decided to use quotes from the book instead.

Win a e-book copy of Brother Betrayed and a $5 Amazon gift card!

Welcome readers and fans! I am hosting my first give-away contest in celebration of summer and the coming print release of Brother, Betrayed.

There are four ways to enter:

(1) Post the link to my book on your Twitter 
and mention me (twitter @danielleraver)

(2) Post the link to my book on your Facebook account 
then post on my FB fan page that you shared my link

(3) Add my book to your "To Read" shelf on Goodreads:

(4) Ask me a writing-related question on any of these social venues:




or Author Central:

Each entrant will be assigned a number and one winner will be picked. You can enter up to four times, one time for each of the four ways to enter. Good luck!

Social Networking for Authors Part Two: Facebook Fan Page Fanatic

This is the second part of the traveling blog “Social Media for Authors”. For the first part “A New Star in the Twitter Universe”, visit best selling YA author Alison DeLuca's blog A Fresh Pot of Tea.

As I neared the publication of my book Brother, Betrayed, I found myself frequently posting on my personal Facebook page announcements about my book. I imagined that family, friends, and coworkers  were interested in my posts, but I did not want to become a monotone link-poster. Also, the sketches and art work I posted about my book were lost in a sea of baby pictures and personal status updates. When I discovered that ordinary people can set up a fan page on Facebook, like the Imagination Movers or Stephen King have, I became determined to create one. It would be my hub for all my information dispensing. Facebook fan pages allow acquaintances to show their interest and enthusiasm for a project by “liking” it. Another bonus is that posts aren't devoured on a page as they are in a person's feed or wall.

Interested in creating your own? I first will discuss how to set up an author and a book fan page (I would recommend picking one or the other to start off with).

NOTE: If you are deciding whether to start off with an author fan page or a book fan page first, consider this: If you are considering discussing your writing in general with your fans, or multiple pieces of literature, then create an author fan page. If you believe you will only be focusing on one book, the create the book page first. You can create an many fan pages as you desire, but maintaining many pages may become tedious.

Then I will give a brief explanation on how to show off your page and suggest it to friends. To end, I will explain how to add a like box to a web page or blog.

Create an author page

How to: Once you have a Facebook account you can create an author fan page. On the left of the Facebook screen are icons for “Ads” “Apps” “Requests” and “Pages” (note: if you don't see “Pages” listed, click “More”). Select Pages, and on the top right click the button “Create a Page”. For an author page, select the button “Artist, Band, or Public Figure”.

Create pages for your book(s)

How to: same  as creating an author fan page, although you will select “Book” as the page type instead of the picture of a person, select the “Product” and click “Book”.
Setting up your page is simple. Follow the step by step guide for adding your personal information and a photo. Afterwards, you can post status updates, links, photos, and videos exactly as you do for a personal page.

Tip: Don't just advertise, tell about yourself and your work as a writer
Tip: You can use notes to give excerpts from your book and other documents you'd like to share
Example: Here's mine (it is an Author Fan Page)

Suggest the link to friends (Using the icon on the right after you set up your page) and share your link with others to get them to “like” it.

NOTE: if you make new Facebook friends, this is a great way to get people to visit your page that may be unaware that you have one. When friends visit the message center or view individual posts then an icon will come up on the right of the Facebook screen that says “Danielle suggests that you check out their page”. Very non-invasive. As the previous explanation implies, you can suggest your page to new people even after you made your initial suggestions. Friends who you have already sent a request to will be in grey.
Tip: Did you notice that some of your Facebook acquaintances have yet to become fans of your page, yet you know they are very enthusiastic about your work? You can try sending them a private message with a link to your page. I would suggest against posting the link to their wall, because that is considered poor cyber-etiquette on Facebook.

Share special events on your personal feed

How to: Occasionally I still want to share some announcements on my personal feed so the Facebook acquaintances of mine that have not “liked” my page can see them. Also, posts by pages usually won't show up on friends' “News Feed” because pages aren't interacted with as much as people. Simply click “Share” next to “Like” after you post something to your page (or to post it in a group or send as a message).

If you have a blog or website, you can also add a “Like Me On Facebook” box

How to: This is a bit more complicated. I'll walk you through it step by step. Click “Edit Page” on the top right of your fan page screen. Select “Resources”, "Use Social Plug-ins", then select “Like Box”. Here's a tricky part, you need to copy and paste the url to your FB page to the field at the top. Then set you specifications, like your background color (black or white), and set your width. I personally prefer for the feed and the faces of your page to show, so visitors can click “like”, see what you have recently posted, and see the fans of your page without ever navigating away from your web page or blog.
NOTE: You may need to play around with the dimensions in order for your “Like” box to fit correctly on a sidebar on a blog or website. Simply return to the edit page section of your fan page and create a new like box.

 “Just a Thought”: you don't have to be the administrator of a page to create a “Like” box for it. If you copy any Facebook fan page's url, then you can use it under the Facebook Developer's section. This means that if you have a cause that you wish to support, such as the American Red Cross, or a favorite band or product you would like to showcase, you can create a “like” box for their page as well.

Thank you for visiting! I'll be happy to answer any questions you have about Facebook Pages, and check yours out once you make one, just post a link!

Danielle Raver

Author of Brother, Betrayed now available on Nook and Kindle