Publishing News: Paperback Contest

25 May

Website Update: You can now pre-order Minutes Before Sunset‘s paperback via Barnes & Noble by clicking here. I’m so excited!  

On May 23, I received the first printed copy of Minutes Before Sunset

As I said on my Facebook Author Page, these moments are unforgettable, and I am grateful I got to spend this time with my father.

As I said on my Facebook Author Page, these moments are unforgettable, and I am grateful I shared this moment with my father.

Within the next 3-4 weeks, the book will be appearing for sale, which I will announce as it happens. But I am here to offer more than that! 

I announce events and contests on my Facebook page immediately! Click here to join.

I announce events and contests on my Facebook page immediately! Click here to join.

AEC Stellar Publishing is giving away five SIGNED copies of Minutes Before Sunset. You can enter the contest by commenting below. If you’ve already read and reviewed this novel, post your name with the link, and your name will be entered twice as a special thank you for the extra support!

Speaking of reviews: I want to thank two wonderful ladies for their insightful reviews.

Thank you to Ky Grabowski (Welcome to the Inner Workings of My Mind) 

5 Stars: May Contain Spoilers

“…Shannon’s ability to reveal answers that many authors often leave till the end is a great strength. I think it was also a risk that paid off. We know so much about the characters, the history, and the future before we’re even half way in. Shannon touches on everything readers want and gives the illusion that the knowledge we’ve given is all we need. It’s far from that though – there’s a rich, capturing story following and don’t for one second assume you have all the answers…”

Read the rest here

Thank you to Sarah Ray (She has three blogs: click her name, Ray of Light, or Heart of Flight) Her novel, Sorcerer’s Vendetta, can be found by clicking the link. 

5 Stars: Shade is good

“…It’s a very engaging read, enjoyable for me even though it’s geared for the YA audience and I’m hardly that. Eric (Shoman) and Jessica are believable characters, easy to empathize with, and the other characters are interesting and colorful also…”

Read the rest here via Amazon.

Both of these ladies are extremely talented writers, and I definitely recommend checking them out at their blogs and/or other websites. I really appreciate their guided honesty and tremendous support.

If you want to do a review, you can receive a free ebook from my publisher. Just email expressing interest.

I’m very excited to see who wins the free paperbacks, joining L. Marie, who is being upgraded to a free signed copy as well. She took place in a previous competition, and she’ll be receiving her paperback along with five others as soon as they arrive in the mail (perhaps even sooner than when the paperback will be available for purchasing!)

I’m looking forward to the future! The second book in A Timely Death trilogy, Seconds Before Sunrise, is already in the editing process, and it’s expected to be available this Fall. So I’ll be working hard to upgrade this website in the near future to support more book pages and extras.

Goodreads Quote of the Day: “His resonating stare fluttered through my memory, and I shivered. I hadn’t seen kindness in his pupils. I only saw intensity, and I hated to admit it, but he was beyond intimidating. He was overwhelming.” (Jessica, Minutes Before Sunset.)


P.S. Have a great weekend everyone!

57 Responses to “Publishing News: Paperback Contest”

  1. Katsy Faustino May 25, 2013 at 1:26 am #

    Congrats Shannon! I’ve started reading your ebook and I’m really liking it! Will post my review soon! 🙂

    • Shannon Thompson May 25, 2013 at 11:05 am #

      I’ll consider you in the signed paperback twice, since you’re reviewing right now. I’m delighted you’re enjoying it. Let me know when you review, so I can share your blog on my websites :]

  2. Rob B. May 25, 2013 at 6:08 am #

    That must feel good to get the book in hand at last. Congratulations. Hope you sell a ton.

    • Shannon Thompson May 25, 2013 at 11:06 am #

      Rob B.,
      It did :] Thank you for the congratulations. Would you like to be in the signed paperback raffle?

      • Rob B. May 25, 2013 at 11:54 am #

        Sure why not. Thanks.

      • Shannon Thompson May 25, 2013 at 11:57 am #

        Got you in there!

  3. L. Marie May 25, 2013 at 7:22 am #

    Yay!!!!!! I can’t wait to receive that book! Thank you, Shannon!!

    • Shannon Thompson May 25, 2013 at 11:07 am #

      L. Marie,
      I couldn’t just send you a paperback when I’m sending out 5 signed ones! 😀 You’re welcome. But thank YOU for your dedicated support. You deserve a gift!

  4. Michelle Proulx May 25, 2013 at 7:55 am #

    Congrats 🙂 Hope the contest goes really well for you!

    • Shannon Thompson May 25, 2013 at 11:08 am #

      Michelle Proulx,
      Thank you! Would you like to be a part of the signed paperback contest?

  5. ejrunyon May 25, 2013 at 8:37 am #

    Great News Shannon, You must be walking on air!
    Are you planning to post an excerpt on your blog? Kind of like a ‘Look inside’ for us who follow you?

    • Shannon Thompson May 25, 2013 at 11:10 am #

      Thank you! Would you like to be a part of the signed paperback contest? You can read Chapter One on the Minutes Before Sunset “Extras” page, but Amazon’s “Look Inside This Book” goes the whole way to Chapter Five.
      I hope that helps!

      • ejrunyon May 25, 2013 at 1:10 pm #

        Amazon is fine – but it’s such a treat to have an author’s blog show us an excerpt. It feels, I don’t know festive! Good luck with it! I hope it does very well. and the series is successful.

      • Shannon Thompson May 25, 2013 at 9:25 pm #

        Thank you!

  6. Miranda A. Uyeh May 25, 2013 at 9:11 am #

    Congrats Shannon! I hope to see many more books from you. And thanking for stopping by and liking my post on books reviews. Support from other authors is always wonderful.

    • Shannon Thompson May 25, 2013 at 11:11 am #

      Miranda A. Uyeh,
      Thank you for the congrats! And, of course. I love connecting with fellow readers and writers (authors, publishers, poets, etc.)
      Would you like to be a part of the signed paperback contest?

  7. kingmidget May 25, 2013 at 9:12 am #

    Congrats on the book and the second coming in the Fall. Don’t know if you’ve seen it yet, but I’ve started a blog … I’m looking for writers who have published to share their experiences. Care to join?

    • Shannon Thompson May 25, 2013 at 11:12 am #

      kingmidget, (nice name btw)
      O_O. Congrats on the new blog! I’d love to!
      Send me an email at with any questions you’d like me to elaborate on. Thank you thinking of me.

      • kingmidget May 25, 2013 at 2:36 pm #

        Will be sending you an invite to join as an author. I know a couple of bloggers who have gone the route of small e-publishers like you. I think hearing about your experience will give all of us more information about options that are out there. The good and the bad.

      • Shannon Thompson May 25, 2013 at 9:27 pm #

        I’m sorry. I don’t know if I can help you. My publisher isn’t a strict e-publisher and it isn’t self publishing. But I can talk about my first novel, which was paperback self publishing. Is that okay?

      • kingmidget May 26, 2013 at 9:29 am #

        Maybe I shouldn’t have titled the blog TheSelfPublisher. What it’s really about is how writers can get published. Much of the focus will be on self publishing, but there are other options as well. Ones that lie between true self-publishing and agented publishing through a traditional publisher. Seems you’re somewhere in the between. If you have experiences with self-publishing (your first novel) or with your publisher and are interested in sharing them, that would be great. If not, no worries. Good luck with your new book. I look forward to hearing how it goes — whether on your blog or on TheSelfPublisher.

      • Shannon Thompson May 26, 2013 at 2:26 pm #

        Oh! I understand now. I can help out 😀 Just let me know what you’d like to know. Sorry about the confusion.

      • kingmidget May 26, 2013 at 2:27 pm #

        No worries. Did you get an invitation from me? I think I send it to the email address listed on your website.

      • Shannon Thompson May 26, 2013 at 4:26 pm #

        What was the invitation called? I’ve received numerous things the past few days but nothing from “kingmidget.”

      • kingmidget May 26, 2013 at 4:27 pm #

        Good question. I don’t know what they look like. The invitation is generated by WordPress.

      • Shannon Thompson May 26, 2013 at 4:29 pm #

        Did you send it to

      • kingmidget May 26, 2013 at 4:29 pm #


      • Shannon Thompson May 26, 2013 at 4:31 pm #

        Anyway you can send it again?

      • kingmidget May 26, 2013 at 4:32 pm #

        Working on it.

      • Shannon Thompson May 26, 2013 at 4:33 pm #

        Thank you!

      • Shannon Thompson May 26, 2013 at 4:36 pm #

        Okay. I got it and accepted it. What would you like me to do now?

      • kingmidget May 26, 2013 at 5:10 pm #

        To me, there are a lot of issues self-published authors have and a lot of questions the wanna-bes have. Think about your experience. What do you know that you wish you knew then? What was helpful? What wasn’t? I also think it would be helpful to hear about your current experience with AEC in those areas. There are so many options out there now for writers and I think we’d all like to hear about as many as possible. I want to keep it positive. While I will at times discuss web sites that weren’t helpful, I want this to be mostly about what works and lessons learned. Does that help? And, one other thing, please do not feel like you need to contribute any more information than you are comfortable with. Or to contribute any more often than you are comfortable with. I’m thrilled to have you on board and reading about your experiences.

      • Shannon Thompson May 27, 2013 at 2:04 am #

        Okay. So you physically want me to guest post these answers? Or would you like to send me interview questions so I post it then? (It gave me author abilities on your blog)

      • kingmidget May 27, 2013 at 9:50 am #

        Rather than setting it up as an interview, I’d prefer you post about what you think would be helpful. If you’d prefer an interview approach, we could try it.

      • Shannon Thompson May 27, 2013 at 1:50 pm #

        I’ll post since that’s what the website does. (I like to keep it true to whatever the owner of the site does.) When would you like me to post?

      • kingmidget May 27, 2013 at 1:52 pm #

        Whenever you’re ready to add your thoughts. I have six people, including you, authorized to post. So far it’s just been me and Sahm King posting. This is somewhat of a free form exercise.

      • Shannon Thompson May 27, 2013 at 2:01 pm #

        Gotcha! I will let you know asap. (Going to take my time of course as I want to bring as much as I can to your site.)

      • kingmidget May 27, 2013 at 2:02 pm #

        As I’ve said. There’s no rush, no obligation. Contribute when you’re ready.

  8. Louisa Cameron May 25, 2013 at 10:20 am #

    Congratulations Shannon! I’ll look for your book up here in Vancouver, Canada! From the reviews, it sounds very intriguing.

    • Shannon Thompson May 25, 2013 at 11:13 am #

      Louisa Cameron,
      Thank you for the congratulations! Hope you like it if you decide to check it out.

  9. Ky Grabowski May 25, 2013 at 2:54 pm #

    Awh Shannon! You always make me smile – you truly are one of the sweetest, people I’ve come to know. I am so happy to have come along your blog – your a fantastic writer and it’s truly wonderful to see how far your going!

    I would love to be a part of this contest! 🙂

    I can’t say it enough but Congrats Shannon!!

    • Shannon Thompson May 25, 2013 at 9:27 pm #

      Thank you! You’re definitely in there (TWICE)
      I appreciate your kind words every time :]

  10. mandilynnwrites May 25, 2013 at 5:41 pm #

    I got the first print copy of my book in the mail last week also. The feeling of holding it and realizing I wrote it is just amazing!

  11. she writes love in ink May 27, 2013 at 7:15 am #

    Congrats Shannon! I can’t wait to read your book, I love to support local artists and your blog has been a big help and inspiration to me as I continue on my own writing endeavors.

    • Shannon Thompson May 27, 2013 at 1:47 pm #

      Shucks. Thank you :] I’m here to help. And I hope you enjoy Minutes Before Sunset!

  12. stephsgrn May 28, 2013 at 3:54 pm #

    Congrats, Shannon!! I can’t wait to read your book. I love your blog posts and look forward to getting them in my email.

    • Shannon Thompson May 28, 2013 at 4:17 pm #

      Thank you! You’re so kind. I hope you enjoy the books.

  13. soireadthisbooktoday June 13, 2013 at 2:42 pm #

    Congratulations! You must be so happy. It is such an exciting and scary thing, putting yourself out there for everyone to see – to bare your soul in such a way. I wish you all luck in your writing!

    • Shannon Thompson June 13, 2013 at 2:56 pm #

      It is! Thank you for your encouragement. I appreciate it.

  14. jjspina June 14, 2013 at 8:56 am #

    Hi Shannon, so nice to meet you. That is incredible that you are an author at such a young age. Congrats to you. I am almost 65 and didn’t get serious with my writing until I retired 2 1/2 years ago. Are your books available in e-book form? God bless you. You are a beautiful young lady with the world in her pocket. Enjoy it!

    • Shannon Thompson June 14, 2013 at 1:38 pm #

      Nice to meet you too! Thank you. I feel very blessed to be where I’m at today. And it was very kind of you to share your story. Both of my novels are available as ebooks and paperback. “Minutes Before Sunset” is available through all major retailers. (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.)
      And I wish you the best of luck with your young adult fantasy novel and murder mystery. 😀

  15. queenofhearts58 June 20, 2013 at 10:00 pm #

    Thanks for following my blog and liking my posts! I look forward to looking around your site as well! Much love and light to you and have a blessed day! Queen Of Hearts


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