Is it possible to love something and hate it at the same time?
That’s how I feel about Facebook. Maybe you feel the same way too. Allow me to explain.
Why do I love Facebook? Well, for starters – it allows me to connect with readers. As a newer author, Facebook helps me reach people who love horror and are interested in reading about things that are creepy and frightening. In addition, it gives me the chance to showcase new book covers, publicity photos, book news, signing news, and so on. Finally, it also helps me connect with readers who have questions, want autographs, are thinking about writing themselves and need advice, and those who just want to share feedback with me directly. It works way better than trying to contact me through my website www.sarabrooke.com and is more personable than Twitter (which I still can’t figure out, despite numerous attempts to become educated).
So, why do I hate Facebook?
It’s a huge distraction. You can sit on there for hours “liking”, “commenting”, and “sharing” your entire life away. Several months ago, I caught myself browsing through the comments instead of writing. And that’s when I realized that it is a dangerous thing. It’s addictive…like a drug. And many of my fellow author friends are struggling with it.
I’ve made it a habit to visit Facebook several times a day to answer mail, read comments, and connect with my readers and online family. That’s fine. But when I scroll through comments, I see that some writers have posted literally hundreds of single-line updates for the past 6-9 hours.
How do they get any work done? I just can’t understand it. As fellow authors know, it’s not easy to write and immerse yourself into a world of fiction. The last thing you need is to stop because you are reading posts like...
“I just got sick with the flu. Ugh.”
“My cat threw up on my bed. FML!”
“I can’t sleep. Any suggestions?”
These are ACTUAL posts that I pulled up before writing this. And, I’ll bet you’ve seen similar ones.
So, the tug-of-war with Facebook continues. If you enjoy my work and haven’t friended me on Facebook yet, please do. I sincerely enjoy receiving your posts, comments, and feedback. Just keep in mind that if I don’t respond immediately, it’s because I’m working on the next novel and trying to keep from letting the site’s addictive spirit take over my mind.
And…hope you enjoy the new book.
The Van Vincent Hotel is ready to reopen.
It sits along the Mississippi coastline, welcoming tourists with its lavish shops and a vast casino that's home to sparkling slot machines and elegant gaming tables.
A group of friends is gathering for a reunion and a chance to experience the luxury of the Van Vincent before it officially opens, but a night of gambling turns into a night of hell.
Because when darkness descends on the Van Vincent, the dead don't always stay underground. And the phantoms of the past like to play for keeps.
Take a haunting trip around the internet with author Sara Brooke as she talks about life, writing and the paranormal. There will also be reviews of Sara's latest book Cursed Casino, book giveaways and excerpts from Cursed Casino.
Sara Brooke is a horror and suspense novelist living in South Florida. A lifelong avid reader of all things scary, Sara's childhood dream was to write horror books that force readers to sleep with their lights on. Her first novel, Still Lake, was released Spring 2012. Sara's influences and favorite authors include Bentley Little, John Saul, William Blackstone, and Joe McKinney.
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Biting Dog Press is giving away one set of the complete Sara Brooke digital library. These books include The Zyne Project , Still Lake, Kransen House, and Ghost Swim. To enter, use the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway runs from March 10 (12:00 am EST) through March 30 (12:00 am EST).
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Cursed Casino Tour Stop List
March 14 – The Dead Centre
March 15 – The Cerebral Writer
March 16 – Evil Girlfriend With a Pen – Guest Post
March 17 – Mallory Heart Reviews – Review
March 18 – The Blog World of Kat Yares – Excerpt
March 19 – My Cozie Corner
March 20 – The FlipSide of Julianne – Interview
March 21 – Fundinmental
March 22 – Timothy Dean's Pirate Radio – LIVE Interview
March 22 – Sylv-Jenkins
March 23 – Krystal's Enchanting Reads – Guest Post
March 24 – The Cerebral Writer
March 25 – A Girl and Her Kindle