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Super for You, Bad for Me
Asta Idonea
Dreamspinner Press
14 August 2018
60k/200 pages
MM/Fantasy/Superheroes

Struggling actor Oswell Outterridge thinks he’s hit the jackpot when he’s chosen to play a scene opposite his idol, Kane Teague, in a superhero movie. However, things take an unexpected turn when the slime he accidentally ingests gives him telekinetic powers. Then Kane asks him out, against all expectation, and it seems that life couldn’t get any better—aside from the little matter of keeping his identity secret from his celebrity boyfriend. Oswell goes from a nobody with little social life and few prospects for the future to dating the man of his dreams and using his superhuman abilities to defend innocents. Everything is perfect, and it seems he’s finally achieved a happily ever after worthy of the silver screen. But when a supervillain arrives, determined to defeat Oswell and win Kane’s affections, everything falls apart. In the ensuing conflict, Kane gets caught in the crossfire, and Oswell faces his toughest fight yet. Can he remain the hero he’s always imagined himself, or will a dark desire for vengeance change him forever?

SoundCloud Excerpt: https://soundcloud.com/nickijmarkus/super-for-you-bad-for-me-by-asta-idonea-excerpt

YouTube Excerpt: https://youtu.be/RmbDY_g0kNc

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07G53GVFY

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07G53GVFY

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Author Bio & Links

Asta Idonea (aka Nicki J. Markus) was born in England but now lives in Adelaide, South Australia. She has loved both reading and writing from a young age and is also a keen linguist, having studied several foreign languages.
Asta launched her writing career in 2011 and divides her efforts not only between MM and mainstream works but also between traditional and indie publishing. Her works span the genres, from paranormal to historical and from contemporary to fantasy. It just depends what story and which characters spring into her mind!
As a day job, Asta works as a freelance editor and proofreader, and in her spare time she enjoys music, theatre, cinema, photography, and sketching. She also loves history, folklore and mythology, pen-palling, and travel, all of which have provided plenty of inspiration for her writing.

Blog: http://www.nickijmarkus.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/NickiJMarkus
Twitter: https://twitter.com/NickiJMarkus
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/aleera21
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nickijmarkus/
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4567057.Nicki_J_Markus
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Asta-Idonea/e/B00RMGGVYO

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You might benefit from grabbing a copy of this book – especially since it’s only 99p this week.

Here’s the blurb:

What other authors say about “Marketing the Romance”:

‘Who knew a book on marketing could be so entertaining? If you’re a romance author (or any author really) and you want to know how to market your books effectively and strategically…you need to buy this book! I guarantee you will not regret it.’ (Heidi Rice, USA Today bestselling author, published by Harlequin Mills and Boon Modern and Harlequin Mira UK)

‘It was like getting together with a friend over coffee for a good pep talk. Clear action plans to follow broken down into manageable chunks.’ (Elisabeth Hobbes, Harlequin Mills and Boon Historical author)

‘Liam’s clear, structured approach helps to demystify an often confusing subject and, with the use of genuine examples, he provides real insight into the whys and wherefores of marketing.’ (Janice Preston, Harlequin Mills and Boon Historical author)

‘Practical, detailed, and fun to read. Liam is incredibly knowledgeable about marketing and romantic fiction, and communicates that knowledge with passion and humour.’ (Alison May, RONA nominated romantic fiction author and creative writing tutor)

‘Includes the best explanation I’ve seen yet of what “author branding” actually means.’ (JL Merrow, award-winning gay romance author)

‘An absolutely essential marketing guide for today’s romance author. Highly recommended! Straight-forward, clear and packed full of tips, advice and research-based strategy to help you get your books noticed!’ (Mandy Baggot bestselling and award-winning romance author)

‘Practical and jargon-free, Liam’s witty take on marketing is gloriously do-able.’ (Virginia Heath, RONA nominated Harlequin Mills and Boon Historical author)

‘Practical, useful and sensible advice about marketing your romance novel…written in a clear, friendly and down-to-earth manner.’ (Kate Hardy, multi-award nominated Harlequin Mills and Boon Medical and Cherish author)

With testimonials like those, and from authors with those credentials, anything that I can add feels a bit superfluous. But I will say this – of all the things associated with writing books for money, I find marketing, even the thought of it, just about the worst. Even worse than writing the obligatory sex scenes, which I can at least turn into comedy once I decide that my characters have reached the point of engagement where it would be silly if they didn’t boink each others brains out. Or I can write a bit of it and fade to black when I get bored, or turn it into a massive psychological plot point or… see there are options with the actual writing. But with marketing – we kind of HAVE to do that and if one is the sort of person who would sooner chew ones own arm off than ever be conceited enough to imply that one has done/made/written something that is rather good and that might be worth someone forking out some cash for – well then marketing is a HUGE problem.

I’ve read a few ‘Build a Better Author Platform’ books that were completely unintelligible, but in this one the jargon is explained, the style is chatty and accessible, and the different topics are presented in bite sized chunks. Also, rather than a “I’m a successful author and this is what works for me” scenario, which depends a LOT on popularity, personal charisma and drive, this book is by a marketing professional and contains tips and tricks that anyone can do whether you’re aiming for mainstream success or playing to a very tiny niche audience. I think if you’re a brand new shiny author just starting out, rather than a tired old hack who has made all the mistakes the book warns against, you would find it absolutely invaluable as a guide to making your name instantly recognisable, establishing a sound author brand and ultimately selling a lot of books. And it’s useful for old hacks too – there are a few things I might try when I’m back on the marketing treadmill.

All that for 99p too. You can’t really go wrong.

And here is the very last of my book covers – and in some ways the most important because of ‘things’.

I’m not tagging because so many people have done this now – but if you see this and you have a mental bookshelf of which you would like to share the titles you keep close to hand for comfort, have at it. Seven, or eight or ten, books posted without explanation and tag whomsoever you please.

Over eight days I’m posting the covers of books that have made a huge difference to my life in some unspecified way, or that I’ve just really liked, but I’m not telling which is which.

Here we go:

Still with the unexplained book covers – though I will assure you that each and every one of them has been profoundly significant in some way. Seven, or ten, I’ve lost track, posted over seven, or ten, days and tagging – Oh I think it’s time to tag Dean Frech. How about it Dean?

Here’s the book:

Eight book covers in eight days [because I couldn’t just COULDN’T pick the one to leave out] posted without any explanations at all and tagging – um – Catherine Cavendish? Fancy a bash.

Here we go:

Several book covers in several days, posted without explanation or apologies. Tagging Anna Martin 🙂 as ever, feel free to ignore the tag if you want.

Here’s todays book – a bit lighter than yesterdays: