Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Hot Off the Press!

When I was seven years old, I was sick. My dad felt sorry for me and gave me a 100+ year old copy of Grimm's Fairy Tales. I opened the leather cover and entered into a world of dancing princesses, brave travelers and cunning foxes. Danger and magic awaited at every turn.
Though my women's fiction is by far my best seller, my favorite genre is and always will be fantasy. So even though this book is tiny in comparison to my other series, it holds a special place in my heart.
The stunning cover was created by the amazingly talented Elaina Lee at For the Muse Designs.
You can get your own Kindle copy of Metal-Locks and Other Fairy Tales on Amazon for a mere 99 cents. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B073WN1ST7/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1499916682&sr=8-1&keywords=metal-locks+angela+castillo. The paperback edition should be out by July 13th, 2017. HOWEVER, if you comment on this blog post with your favorite fairy tale, you will be in the drawing to win a FREE signed paperback copy (U.S. residents only). Winner will be notified July 20th,


Monday, July 10, 2017

Today, (July 10th) is the last day to enter a HUGE contest to win a Kindle Fire and 30+ great books! (Including The River Girl's Song) Enter here! bit.ly/2urODomere:


Friday, May 26, 2017

Cover Reveal! Miss Main Street Book 1: Tangled in Time



I'm excited to present the new cover 
of the first book in my latest series, created by the talented Elaina Lee from For the Muse Designs!  





Every small town has its secrets. Darcy’s have been locked up inside her since that last summer when she left WimberTexas, and the boy she loved, for a glitzy life in Los Angeles.  
Seven years later, her gran’s passed away. Darcy’s been named as the sole owner of the Tangled in Time antique store. Darcy can’t wait to get back to the place where she’s always felt she belonged. But owning a business isn’t as easy as it seems. And sometimes the past is better left alone. 
But Darcy is determined to push forward, despite the obstacles that cross her path. And maybe even have another chance with the man who stayed behind.

Hoping to release sometime at the beginning of June!

And if anyone wants to know why it's taken me so long to release a new book, here's why:


His name is Tyrel Kole Castillo, and he was born December 7th. So you can imagine!

Stay tuned for pre-order info!

Thursday, March 31, 2016

"The Saloon Girl's Journey" is Here!

Good morning, everyone! I wanted to announce the release of my book, "The Saloon Girl's Journey." Darla is the heroine of this book. Life wasn't easy for women in the 1890's, and Darla has had to make some tough choices in life. But after meeting Soonie Eckhart and learning about God's love for her, she decides to make a drastic change--for the better. I hope you enjoy reading about Darla's journey as much as I enjoyed writing it! http://www.amazon.com/Saloon-Girls-Journey-Texas-Spirit-ebook/dp/B01CWDM90Q/ref=pd_rhf_gw_p_img_5?ie=UTF8&refRID=095DPAXTE9STSCN2RMWW

Monday, March 28, 2016

Proud to Present: Launch Day for Steampunk Fairy Tales!


Several months ago, I approached some of my favorite writers to join me in a Steampunk Fairy Tales project. Six brave souls agreed to join me, and a book was born. 

Starting today, you can download your very own copy! FREE on Smashwords for all platforms here
99 cents from Amazon Kindle HERE

Here's the Amazon description: 
A toyshop owner builds a set of magic clockwork dolls that delight a factory town. A three-inch tall samurai faces a giant iron ogre with only a sewing needle and a coin. A scientist seeks an antidote to his formula gone wrong, with the help of his partner’s beautiful daughter. 

All of these stories and more are included in Steampunk Fairy Tales. Written by authors from three different continents, every enchanting tale combines the futuristic Victorian concept of steam and fashion with memorable stories, from the recognizable “Jack and the Beanstalk”, to other popular and unfamiliar works from Germany, France, Italy and Japan. 

With steam driven gadgets such as mechanical goggles, hoverboards, and an orchestra of automatons. Steampunk Fairy Tales is a charming and unique collection of works for current lovers of the genre, and those just diving in. 

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Why Didn't My Promo Work?

Photo by Cherie Haines fairygirlphoto.weebly.com


So if you are an Indie author, you've probably heard you must spend money to get money. And unless you're living under a rock, you most likely know Bookbub is the king of all promo sites. But what about the countless other sites? You know the ones. Pay them some money and they'll promote your book deal on their site. Or perhaps you've gone to sites who offer FREE promos... if they have the space. Otherwise, you can pay money for a 'guaranteed' listing.

As for free sites, yes, they might be free, but it does take lots of time and effort to submit books to them... time that might be better spent writing if they don't sell you any books.

I've spent a lot of money... more than I care to admit ... on promo sites that didn't work. And I wish I had taken the time and trouble to do this a LONG time ago. Oh well. Maybe I will save YOU some time and money.

I made a spreadsheet of promo sites. Now, this is not a complete list, I'm sure there are hundreds more. But they are the ones I found today. Then I went to Alexa.com and found out the website rankings for the sites. This shows monthly updates for how websites are ranked in the USA. The lower the number, the more visitors the site has. (for example, Facebook is number 2) 

Here are the top ten ranked sites as of March 20, 2016, and a link to a Google doc. with the rest I researched. Please feel free to share any other sites that have worked well for you, and don't forget to compare notes with other writers. Some genres might do better on some sites than others. 
(Note; Pixel of Ink is not listed, since it's not currently taking submissions)

1. Bookbub
Ranking:  1866
Price: 50.00-2000.00      

2. E-reader IQ 
Ranking: 8955 
Price: 20.00-150.00

3. Robin Reads (I've had great results with these folks, but they are picky)
Ranking: 9954
Price: 15.00-20.00

4. Booksends
Ranking: 17147
Price: 10-125.00

5. One Hundred Free E-Books
Ranking: 20054 
Price: 75-100.00

6. Freebooksy
Ranking:22774
Price: 40-200.00

7. Bknights (Fiverr)
Ranking: 28153
Price: 5.50

8. Daily Free E-books
Ranking: 32626

9. Book Lemur
Ranking: 32700
Price: 25.00-35.00

10. E-reader News Today
Ranking: 33828
Price: 15-50.00 (This site has done great for me and many others)

Here is the link to the Google spreadsheet. Hope it's helpful! https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1BL0TCWKI8Ny05_iZpkllZvxT60zVSg12GNZUVPnHRXg/edit?usp=sharing
Please feel free to comment with thoughts/experience.