Pinterest – Pins draw Interest!
Guest Post by Author Desiree Holt
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So. You look at the vast pool of social media and say, What the heck is Pinterest? Do I need it or is it just another pain in the you-know-what? I don’t have all that much time to promote. Now they want me to do something else?
I thought the same thing, but let me tell you, Pinterest – pins+interest=Pinterest. And it’s so easy to set yourself up you won’t believe it. And for an unpublished authors, this is a fabulous way to reach out and create an audience that will be ready and waiting when that first book comes out. You know why?
Because it seems people troll Pinterest all the time. They search for topics that appeal to them. They look for photos and graphics that speak to their interests-pins that pique their interest!
Case in point. I am a huge football fan. I mean, HUGE! And more important, I am a University of Michigan grad and am obsessed about their football team. So I created a Football board. On it I pinned pictures of the Michigan Wolverines, the Houston Texans (my #1 pro team) and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (#2 on my list). The college football season opened a week ago and in that time I have had more than 5,000 repins from that board.
No, that’s not a typo. MORE THAN 5,000 repins!
I also have a board for Appaloosas, for favorite male actors, for favorite TV shows, and…Well, you get the idea.
So when someone (hundreds of thousands of someones) gets on Pinterest and searches for their favorite topics, hello! It takes many of them to my site. And along with all those other boards which draw them I have boards with my book covers, boards for each of my series, all that good stuff. I mean, they are THERE to see something else but when they land on my site they see all my other boards.
With Pinterest boards you build a community of followers. And if you have a Facebook page? Talk about your Pinterest boards.
It’s so easy. You set up a site on Pinterest, and take the PinIt icon they give you and out it where it’s easily accessible. I keep mine in my bookmarks tool bar. When I come across a picture that I think belongs on one of my boards, I click on the icon, the picture opens in a new window, left click until PinIt appears on the picture, click again and there you go. It only takes seconds.
You won’t believe how easy it is to build a community this way and begin laying the groundwork for that first published work.
Go ahead. Look for me. I’m desiree02holt. You can see what I’m creating for myself. And all the boards get regular visitors.
Check out my cowboys. I love ‘em!
And here’s a taste of one in my latest Naked Cowboys series, Stripped Naked. Here’s what the Library Journal had to say about it:
Holt knows how to pace a story. There is a slow build to the first steamy sex scene. The murder that sets up the plot and brings the two lovers together also serves as the point of resolution. Well-written erotica filled with modern-day cowboys.—John Rodzilla, Emerson Univ., Boston.
Taking over as publisher of The Hill Country Herald was supposed to help Jinx Malone put her personal and professional disasters in New York behind her. Instead, she’s barely settled at her desk when news of a murder hits the police scanner.
Who knew Rowan County could be this exciting? And who knew her first story would bring her into head-butting, hormone-pumping contact with something that’s an even bigger pain in her ass than a cheating ex—a know-it-all cop?
Sheriff Dillon Cross thought retreating to Rowan Country would help him get over a bad case of burnout. But only a few weeks into his job, he’s standing over a dead body in a ditch, arguing with his least favorite thing: a sexy, in-your-face reporter.
Before they’re through buzzing around each other like angry hornets, the last thing either expected happens. They’re in bed, burning up the sheets. But is it a new beginning, or just a bad rerun of past mistakes?
Just like two days ago and just like earlier tonight, he didn’t seem to be able to get anywhere near Jinx Malone let alone touch her without wanting to rip off her clothes and plunge himself inside her very sexy body. As he guided her up the steps to the porch, he wondered if she was having the same reaction.
When they stopped at the front door, Jinx slipped the narrow strap of her purse from her shoulder to fetch her keys. At the same time, she turned toward him and his hands automatically lifted to rest on her shoulders. She looked up at him, a quizzical expression on her face, and it seemed the most natural thing for him to lean down and brush his lips against hers. She quivered beneath his touch, her breath hitching.
Before he could change his mind or give her a chance to change hers, he deepened the kiss, tracing the seam of her lips with his tongue until she opened and let him in. God, she tasted like everything sweet he’d ever had in his life. He licked every inner surface, wanting to swallow her whole. He tightened his grip on her, not wanting to give her the chance to pull away, but she surprised him by clutching at his arms. He slid his fingers up through the silk of her hair, cupping her head and tilting it one way then another to give the kiss a better angle. And when she opened her mouth, her own small tongue thrust forward to dance erotically with his.
He broke the kiss only when his breath ran out. Lifting his head, he stared at Jinx through lust-fogged eyes. She had a startled expression on her face and her gaze was locked with his. The pulse at the hollow of her throat beat furiously and he was sure the heat radiating from her body singed his skin.
“What…what was that?” Her voice was shaky.
“I don’t know, but I think I’m gonna do it again.”
This time he took her mouth with unrestrained hunger, plundering it with his tongue, sealing his lips to hers as if he’d never let her go. All rational thought left his mind as he pressed her close to him. It took a moment for him to realize that her hands were pushing at his chest and she was trying to twist away from him. Shaking the fog from his brain, he backed away a step.
“Sorry.” He cleared his throat and tried again. “I’m sorry. I didn’t mean…”
But she was already opening the door and grabbing his hand to drag him inside.
“One of us is crazy,” she said in a husky voice. “I’m hoping it’s me. And that I’ll wake up in the morning and be able to pretend I didn’t make a fool of myself.”
“That’s for tomorrow.” His heart raced as he realized she didn’t mean to send him away after all. He tried to think of what to say, but all the blood in his head seemed to have headed south to his groin. Unwilling to give her a chance to have second thoughts, he swept her up in his arms and headed for the stairs. He halted at the top. “Which way?”
She pointed to a room at the end of the hallway. He nudged the door open with his foot, carried her inside and set her down beside the bed. Weaving his fingers through the strands of her hair again, he touched his mouth to hers and licked the outline. He wanted nothing more than to tear her clothes off and throw her on the bed.
Slow, asshole. Don’t give her a reason to change her mind. This is a woman to savor and worship, so don’t fuck it up.
Dillon couldn’t believe how impatient his body was or how ravenous he was for her. But tearing off her clothes in three seconds wasn’t his style, and he didn’t want to start now. Especially with this woman. He tasted her lips then trailed his tongue across the smoothness of her cheek to the tender spot behind her ear. With his teeth, he drew a faint line along the column of her neck, biting very gently where her neck and shoulder met. She shivered at his touch and a soft little moan drifted from her mouth.
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