June 18, 2012

Blog Tour: Cicada (Cicada #1) by Belle Whittington – Guest Post with Giveaways

Hey! Thanks for stopping by the blog for our one of the kick off Tour Stops for

Cicada by Belle Whittington

hosted by ATomR Book Tours!

Be sure to enter the two(2) giveaways found at the end of the post!

Summertime for Blair Reynolds and her friends had always been carefree and fun… until the summer they happened upon something that was not human. As they band together in a fight for their lives, Blair’s true love becomes something more than human. Something unnatural. And their survival depends entirely upon their ability to keep a secret.

Cicada by Belle Whittington

Publish Date: September 13, 2011

Publisher: CreateSpace

[youtube_sc url=”” autohide=”1″ hd=”1″]

Road To Publishing

Indie Publishing

I’ve always been indie-minded and a do-it-yourselfer, and I’ve always thought that if others could do it, I could, too! When the ability to indie publish my own books became a truly viable option, and Amazon made it easy and available, I jumped at the chance! I haven’t looked back, and I haven’t regretted it!
What have I learned about indie publishing during this past wild and wonderful year since I released Cicada? The most amazing and important thing is that I’ve met so many fabulous book bloggers and reviewers…people with whom I hope to remain in contact forever! Also, I’ve gotten to know readers who’ve reached out to me after reading Cicada. I wouldn’t trade that for the world.

For authors interested in indie publishing, I’d like to share a few things I’ve learned over the past year-and-a-half:

  • Hire a professional editor before you publish. I hired Novel Proofreading, and I’m very glad that I did. I heard about Novel Proofreading on JA Konrath’s blog.
  • Hire someone to design your book cover. This is more important that one might think, because people really do judge a book by its cover. My daughter designed mine! Of course, if you are a Graphic Artist or are proficient in PhotoShop then give it a shot yourself!

– Hire someone to create a book trailer for you, or if you are proficient enough create one yourself. Readers love book trailers! They are fun! My daughter created mine.

– Hire a book designer. This is different than a person who designs your book cover. A book designer makes your manuscript look good in print and e-book form. Readers are very verbal when it comes to the appearance of the book they’ve purchased, and they want one that looks professional. I hired 52Novels, and I’m glad I did. They did an excellent job designing “Cicada” and they were a pleasure with which to work. I learned about 52Novels on JA Konrath’s blog. What else does a book designer do? They convert your designed manuscript into various types of files so that it can be uploaded to various websites for publication.

– After you’ve accomplished those things, then it’s time to publish your book and get to work networking with all those lovely bloggers out there! That’s the really fun part!

Connect with Belle:





Available for purchase:

Barnes & Noble


Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to stop by the other blogs participating in the tour.
You can check them all out HERE!
Check out the giveaways below! Happy reading :)

Giveaway #1: There are 12 ebooks to be given away on the tour. Open Internationally.

Fill out the Rafflecopter below

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Grand Prize: The author is giving away an electronic firefly in a jar in honor of the sequel to CICADA called FIREFLY. You can see a video of the jar below. (after the Rafflecopter)

US only

a Rafflecopter giveaway

[youtube_sc url=”” autohide=”1″ hd=”1″]


  1. Denise Z

    How awesome is this! Congratulations on the tour and thank you so much for sharing with us. The firefly in the jar is just too cool! I look forward to reading Cicada and am intrigued :)

  2. sarah elizabeth

    I have to say that it was the beautiful cover that first drew me to this book! It sounds really good though, I love paranormal books :)

  3. Antoinette H

    Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  4. kimbacaffeinate

    great trailer, I will be posting a review of this on Thursday!

  5. Belle Whittington

    Thank y’all for such sweet comments! And thanks to Chapter-by-Chapter for hosting me today!
    Hope y’all have a fabulous summer Monday! :-)

  6. Misty Mrosko

    I have been hearing great things about Cicada. It is definitely at the top of my TBR list right now! Thanks so much for the giveaways!

  7. Tobi H

    congrats on the tour!!! Thanks for the amazing giveaway!! <3 Tobi

Leave a comment

Your comments make us smile!