Tuesday Time Warp: Back to UtopYA Con 2013

After years of rejections from agents, I took the plunge to self publish in August of 2012.  I found a professional cover artist and editor and assembled my own team. I hit “publish” on Smashwords and KDP. Then I watched my dashboards. Nothing happened!

Then in June of 2013, I attended UtopYA Con.

I learned so many useful strategies from successful authors who had taken their careers into their own hands and had decided to forge their own destinies. I took careful notes and went home and applied everything I learned. Within a few days, my life changed!

My Amazon author rank increased:

 

Author Rannk Aug 2012 Through May 2014

My sales increased:

Books Sold from Aug 2012 through May 2013

I now make as much money, if not more, in royalties as I do in my day job as a college instructor. My plan is to become a full-time writer in five years.

Going to UtopYA Con was one of the BEST things that’s ever happened to me. I would rate it up there with some major life-changers. Here are my top five:

1. Finding my awesome hubby
2. Giving birth to my three beautiful children
3. Going to UtopYA Con
4. Having Lasik Surgery
5. Having a hysterectomy and saying goodbye to periods forever

As you can see, UtopYA Con is pretty important to me! In addition to being a total career-changer, I made some dear friends that I can’t imagine not having in my life. I went back last year and made even more!

Karaoke night at UtopYA Con 2014

Karaoke night at UtopYA Con 2014

I will keep going to UtopYA Con for as long as I can. Going back is like visiting the place of my birth. That’s how I feel!

The Difference a Year Makes Panel at UtopYA Con 2014

The Difference a Year Makes Panel at UtopYA Con 2014

If you are going to UtopYA Con for the first time next year, you have SO much to look forward to!UtopYA with Kendall McCubbinUtopya Tarot reading

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Winners of the #Charmingpurgatorium #Faceyourfears Photo Contest on Instagram

Announcing the winners of the #charmingpurgatorium #faceyourfears photo contest on Instagram!

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Fellow author Krystal Wade and I had a tough time choosing two winners, so we chose three! We wished we could afford to give everyone a t-shirt, because the entries were all so good. If you want to check them out for yourself, just search up #charmingpurgatorium on Instagram!

The three winners we chose?

Renae Poletti’s “Fear of Tornadoes”

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Raquel Perryman’s “Fear of the Dark”

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And Shawna Stringer’s “Fear of Being Gored”

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We hope you enjoyed the contest as much as we did!

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If you haven’t already checked out Krystal Wade’s Charming, you can do so here.

 

 

 

Purgatorium Final Ebook

 

And you can find The Purgatorium at your favorite retailer here.

Send Me Your Video Clips and Be Featured on YouTube!

If you’re a fan of The Gatekeeper’s Saga, make a video of yourself explaining why, and send it to me! I will pick the best clips from all the submissions to create one video to promote on YouTube.

Maybe include your pets? Or a scene of you standing on your head? Or maybe you can SING what you like? Or rap?

The funnier the better!

I am going to pay YouTube to put this video at the top of some major searches, so plan to be viewed! The more you fangirl, the more likely your clip will be included.

So get creative and send in your file to evapohler@sbcglobal.net between now and December 31st. Then watch my website to see if you made the final cut!

This Weekend Only!

We will never be able to offer our twenty-book boxed set at this low price again. Amazon won’t let us. We’ve been warned!

So buy it for 99 cents while you still can. After this weekend, it will double in price, even though we don’t want it to.

What do you get for 99 cents?

Hidden Worlds promo

Enter the hidden worlds of humans who shift to beasts, perilous enchantments and stars uncounted. Awaken in secret laboratories or walk among gods. 

Appropriate for ages 13+:

Devour, by Shelly Crane
Inescapable, by Amy A. Bartol
The Forgotten Ones, by Laura Howard
Elsker, by ST Bende
History of Fire, by Alexia Purdy
Everblue, by Brenda Pandos
Guardians: The Girl, by Lola St. Vil
The Gatekeeper’s Sons, by Eva Pohler
From Gods, by Mary Ting

Appropriate for ages 16+ due to language, sexual situations, and violence:

First, by Alyssa Rose Ivy
Darkness of Light, by Stacey Marie Brown
Lark, by Erica Cope
Catalyst, by Jennifer Snyder
Promise, by Kristie Cook
Redemption, by RK Ryals
Return of the Ascendant, by Raine Thomas
A Matter of Fate, by Heather Lyons
Runes, by Ednah Walters
Freak of Nature, by Julia Crane
River’s Recruit, by Charlotte Abel

Get your copy for 99 cents now, between 11/20 and 11/23, before Amazon forces us to double the price!

Amazon kindle buy button  Nook buy button

Hidden Worlds Boxed Set

Come See Me and the Johnson High School Orchestra at Northwoods Barnes & Noble Booksellers

Barnes and NobleThis Saturday, November 22, the Johnson High School Orchestra will be performing at the Barnes & Noble Booksellers in San Antonio, Northwoods location, which is near the intersection of 281 and Loop 1604.Medusa Calendar

This is part of a fundraiser the Johnson Ochestra does annually to support their program. Barnes & Noble offers books, music, DVDs, educational toys and games, gifts, and so much more.  I will also be there to sign and sell my books, and I’ll have more 2015 Medusa Calendars to give away, while supplies last. I will be there from 2:00 PM -7:00 PM.

In addition to the Medusa Calendar, each person who purchases one of my books will also receive the Booklover’s Holiday Stocking.

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Moreover, for every eligible item that is purchased at the store or online at Barnes & Noble, the store will contribute up to 12% of the purchase price to the orchestra program. 

If you are not able to come to the store, you can shop online at www.bn.com/bookfairs until the 27th. More details are included on the website.

Please consider visiting the Barnes & Noble website and making a purchase on behalf of the orchestra.  Click on the link below to start shopping, and please ensure you enter Johnson High School’s bookfair ID (listed below) on the payment page to ensure they receive credit.

Thanks for your help!

www.bn.com/bookfairs

Bookfair ID:  11507647

Goodreads Giveaway of The Gatekeeper’s Saga Boxed Set, Paperback Edition

As a thank you to my readers, I’d like to give one of you The Gatekeeper’s Saga Boxed Set, Books 1-6, in paperback.

Enter to win below. Good luck!

 

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Gatekeeper's Saga Boxed Set by Eva Pohler

The Gatekeeper’s Saga Boxed Set

by Eva Pohler

Giveaway ends November 27, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

The Complete Gatekeeper’s Saga Boxed Set Is Almost Here

GatekeeperSagaBox3dI am so pleased to announce that the complete six-book digital Gatekeeper’s Saga Boxed Set is available for pre-order at most retailers for $9.99. That is at a significant discount off the purchase price of all the books individually. It will release on November 10th!

I’m even MORE excited to announce that the boxed set will also be available in paperback. I’m not exactly sure when it will be available–I’ve been told within ten to fifteen days. The entire saga can be purchased in paperback from your favorite online or brick and mortar book store. The suggested retail price is $58.00, but I’ve also been told that many retailers will put the set on sale for the holidays, so snag your set if you see that happen.

If you DO buy the complete paperback boxed set and would like book plates with a personalized note from me, send me your mailing address at evapohler@sbcglobal.net, and I will send the signed book plates to you at no cost.

To pre-order your digital set, click one of the retailers below:

Amazon kindle buy button  Nook buy button   smashwords buy button 

 

Houston, We Have a Problem.

The problem is, I miss you!

I had such a great time at the Pasadena Barnes & Noble Bookseller’s Get Your Greek on Toga and Author Event this past Saturday! I was Houston Zeusso excited to see Zeus (aka Judith from Platypire Reviews)!

Here I am with the crazy booksellers who made it all happen! Thank you, Emily, Shawna, and Lucy!

Houston Crazy Booksellers

I was lucky to share the event with some fabulous authors: Nely Cab, PJ Hoover, Tera Lynn Childs, and Kristen Day.

 

Houston Nely and PJ

Nely Cab and PJ Hoover

Houston Tera

Tera Lynn Childs and Nely Cab

Houston Kristen Day

Kristen Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had a great turn out for the Greek mythology bingo, Greek mythology jeopardy, and other fun!  Among my Houston Denisefavorites to attend were my cousin Denise and her cutie pie daughter, Shea!

Houston Noah

 

 

One of my biggest fans, Noah, and his mom and fellow author, BL Marsh, also came to see me!

 

Houston Candace and Hannah

Mariela and EvaMy sweet daughter, Candace, and her friend, Hannah, looked amazing in their togas! They were a big help to me, too!

I also had the pleasure of visiting with one of my street team Divas, Mariela!

 

Houston Food Bank Drive

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The Pasadena, TX Barnes & Noble Booksellers is hosting a canned food drive for the Houston Food Bank, which will culminate at the Get Your Greek On Toga Party and Author Event on November 1st.

Get YOur Greek On Event Poster

For each canned good, participants will receive one raffle ticket. Those who come in costume (don’t have one? Wear a sheet!) will receive TWO raffle tickets.

What will these raffle tickets get you, you ask? Entry into a raffle, of course. And the booksellers will be raffling off our favorite things: BOOKS!

We will also have an estimation jar from Hades, Greek mythology bingo, Greek mythology jeopardy, and a costume contest with lots of other prizes, including a 2015 Medusa Calendar, buttons, snake rings, Starbucks gift cards, and other surprises. Best of all, you’ll hear from authors Nely Cab, Tera Lynn Childs, Kristen Day, and PJ Hoover. (And I’ll be there, too, of course.) This should be fun for the whole family.

Greek Mythology Bingo Game LidWe will be there from 3 pm to 6 pm. Here’s the address:

Barnes & Noble Booksellers
Fairway Market Place
5656 Fairmont Parkway
Pasadena, TX 77505
281-991-8011

Your canned goods will really help some folks with their meals over the holidays.

And by the way, a big thank you to those who purchased their limited copy of the Otherworlds boxed set. We raised $100 for Feeding America!

So Much Time and So Little to Write! Wait a Minute. Strike That. Reverse It. Thank You.

Exciting things are happening to me over the next few weeks!

First and foremost is the Get Your Greek On Toga Party and Author Event at the Pasadena, TX Barnes and Noble (Houston Area) on November 1st! From 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., a handful of authors and I will run games, give away prizes, tell you a bit about ourselves, and sign your books!

Get YOur Greek On Event Poster

 

We will start off with a guestimation jar from Hades. Be the one with the closest guess as to how many rings, candies, and plastic bugs are in the jar, and it’s yours! Share them with all your friends, or hoard them for yourself.

Then each author will tell you about herself and her books. Nely Cab, Tera Lynn Childs, Kristen Day, P.J. Hoover, and I have some awesome things to share with you!

After our introductions, we’ll play a few rounds of Greek Mythology Bingo! You’ll learn about forty different gods, goddesses, heroes, and mythological beings–but you’ll be having so much fun trying to win, you won’t realize you’re learning! Among other fabulous prizes, winners can choose from a 2015 Medusa Calendar or an “I’m a Book G[R]EEK” t-shirt. After you’ve learned everything there is to know about Greek mythology (or almost), we’ll put your knowledge to the test with Greek Mythology Jeopardy. Find the game on this website if you’d like to practice before the event!

We’ll end the event with a costume contest (yes, dress like the gods! Don’t have a costume? Wear a sheet!), followed by a signing. Here’s the address, in case you can make it:

Fairway Market Place
5656 Fairmont Parkway
Pasadena, TX 77505
281-991-8011

 

 

 

The second exciting thing I’ve got going on is the release of the Hidden Worlds boxed set. I was thrilled to be invited to join 19 other outstanding authors in this YA and NA paranormal romance collection.

Hidden Worlds promo

The set is already available for pre-order at most retailers and will release November 3rd.

My last bit of exciting news has to do with the release of another boxed set–The Gatekeeper’s Saga! Starting November 10th, the entire saga will be available for purchase in ebook everywhere for 9.99, just in time for the holidays!

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I hope to see you or hear from you soon! Happy Halloween!