Paving My Author’s Road Top 10 of 2016



Well 2016 has come to an end and in 40 hours to be exact. And whoa, it has been a rocky year. Okay, more than rocky. The Nice and Berlin bus massacre. The death of Prince, Harper Lee and Professor Snape. Yes I know the actor’s name playing Snape is Alan Rickman. But he’ll forever always remain in my mind as the flawed, despised and misunderstood Professor Snape.  

Yes, 2016 wasn’t so great a year. But it did have some good things too. Like the Chicago Cubs finally winning the World Series. The premiere of Harry Potter and The Cursed Child. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie released last month. And to be presumptuous some inspirational and educational blog posts by yours truly. Top 10 to be exact, from least to greatest views on Paving My Author’s Road blog.

So which posts made my top ten this year? Let’s start off with #10:

10) My About page

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Timeless by Crystal Collier Cover Reveal


TIMELESS (#3 Maiden of Time) by Crystal Collier #CoverReveal
Book Title: TIMELESS (Maiden of Time #3)
Author: Crystal Collier
Genre: YA Paranormal Historical
Release Date: November 1, 2016
In 1771, Alexia had everything: the man of her dreams, reconciliation with her father, even a child on the way. But she was never meant to stay. It broke her heart, but Alexia heeded destiny and traveled five hundred years back to stop the Soulless from becoming.
In the thirteenth century, the Holy Roman Church has ordered the Knights Templar to exterminate the Passionate, her bloodline. As Alexia fights this new threat—along with an unfathomable evil and her own heart—the Soulless genesis nears. But none of her hard-won battles may matter if she dies in childbirth before completing her mission.
Can Alexia escape her own clock?

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Crystal Collier is an eclectic author who pens clean fantasy/sci-fi, historical, and romance stories with the occasional touch of humor, horror, or inspiration. She practices her brother-induced ninja skills while teaching children or madly typing about fantastic and impossible creatures. She has lived from coast to coast and now calls Florida home with her creative husband, four littles, and “friend” (a.k.a. the zombie locked in her closet). Secretly, she dreams of world domination and a bottomless supply of cheese. You can find her on her Blog, FacebookGoodreads, or follow her on Twitter.
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The Soul Traveler & Nadia the Fire Witch New Covers

on a blogging break

Now wait a minute…aren’t am I supposed to be on a blogging break?! So what am I doing posting and blogging today? It’s not Monday nor is it 8am, the usual blog post schedule.

Well, I’m just so excited and I wanted to share it with you. Thanks to the suggestions to my post for IWSG (Insecure Writer’s Support Group) on June 1st. I was able to update two of my work in progress stories on Wattpad with new covers! Continue reading

How to Set Up a Blog Tour & Cover Reveal!

How to Set Up a Blog Tour &amp; Cover Reveal!

Happy Leap Day and Monday!

As you know, my first blog tour begins tomorrow with my first tour stop at Quanie Talks Writing. And in planning my own tour, here are a few things I’ve learned along the way. But first let’s get into why you should do a blog tour as opposed to a book tour.

They’re both great ways to find and grow an audience. But at a book tour you’re doing just that in person. You can touch, see, hear, and smell your audience and vice versa. Yet doing a book tour requires travel and hotel expenses (if you’re doing tours in one or more states). Don’t forget lugging around your books too.

If you have the budget to do a book tour in and outside your community, then go ahead. But if you’re like me and don’t have the necessary funds, then a blog tour is right up your alley.

So here are some steps I’ve learned from being a tour host myself. From preparing my own tour, research and asking advice from others. And definitely not in order:


  1. Set a tour date. It can be a week or two weeks. It can be longer if you wish it. But set your tour date at least 6-8 weeks away. My tour is from March to April because as a poetess I want to take advantage of Women’s History Month in March. And National Poetry Month in April. And I’ve been planning my blog tour since December/January. Continue reading