Erica Jean Smith

Biography

ERICA JEAN SMITH is the author of the popular eBook download, Mark of Fortune, the first in a series starring genies, humans, and other creatures in between. She began writing at a very young age and discovered that while she enjoyed reading about mythological creatures, she wanted to write about them more. Even monsters have their stories, she believes. Erica writes freelance articles on animation and books when not plotting stories.

She is currently working on Korin's story from the Mark of Fortune Series.

Smashwords Interview

What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Smashwords is really awesome at helping authors reach their audience. The book marketing techniques I use, I definitely do not take credit for. Tweeting my books to my followers has been excellent. Google Plus has been a dream because I can literally type a short synopsis in the comment box and provide a link to my book. Smashwords allows for us to generate coupon codes and set books to free if we would like and this helps in "fishing" for readers.

Goodreads is another effective way to reach readers. If you are a writer, please go create a Goodreads.com author profile and become interactive with the wealth of communities on there. I also find that visiting other people's blogs and commenting on their work very effective- at least for them finding out who you are. In the process you meet cool folks and you find you can help one another out. This is not "using" them because you each learn something very valuable from one another.

I have created some business cards featuring my website and have passed it out at libraries, stores, and other individuals and I think that may have boosted my readership as well.
What's the story behind your latest book?
In my latest, Kiss of Stone, Stone and Samosa try to make a life for themselves and unfortunately, Stone is a jinni(genie) Samosa is a human; and their bonding causes a few problems. Never mate with a genie should be the motto here. Samosa has been getting her wishes granted by physically joining with Stone(a highly sensual experience) and it tweaks her future but turns her into something violent and very hungry.

Book 2.5, which is a slight spin off of KOS will be due out sometime in Summer 2014. It will feature a character that I have fallen in love with and I think readers will too. In the world of jinn, there are rules, but many of them can can be bent- if they are broken there are serious consequences and this is why my genie series is more spiritual than merely entertainment and romance. Humans are literally having to decide if they would rather do without making a wish- and many of them want that wish granted at any cost.
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Books

Kiss of Stone
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Series: Mark of Fortune, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 25,110. Language: English. Published: May 21, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Still reeling from her whirlwind romance with Stone, Samosa has found it in her heart to keep seeing him despite that fact that being intimate with him causes a deep,disturbing change within her. Stone, a genie, was Cursed by the Grand Marid to be a Nightwalker but his love for Samosa runs deep. Can he save her from her transformation? Will their love be enough?
Sea of Iron Hands
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 7,190. Language: English. Published: July 22, 2012. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Spiritual
Some thoughts are meant to be spoken. Others are meant to be written so that it may be said. "Sea of Iron Hands" is that book. Poetry that can be as flowery as your grandmother's garden ingrained with thorny truths embedded in verse on every page.
Mark of Fortune
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Price: Free! Words: 10,500. Language: English. Published: June 21, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
(5.00)
When Stone of the Ice Rings meets Samosa, he is intrigued by this woman with the "golden eyes" and wants to know her story. But Stone has a secret...he is not what he seems to be and he can help her- Or hurt her. Samosa and Stone soon realize they need each other to survive an impending threat. This is a very short prelude to the Mark of Fortune series and includes Kiss of Stone excerpt.
The Prayer Monologues: These Brass Hands
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 7,220. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2010. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
The Prayer Monologues is a small collection of verse written to heal, to encourage, to console, and to cajole the reader to be honest about their feelings towards God and quite simply they are words to enjoy while you are on your journey to discovering who you are.

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Smashwords book reviews by Erica Jean Smith

  • A Zombie For The Holidays on Dec. 21, 2011

    Well written! Truly a reading gem reminding me of AMC's Walking Dead. Will retweet.
  • A Curve of Claw on Dec. 26, 2011
    (no rating)
    I'll admit, I enjoy "clean" fiction with a mixture of suspense and darkness. However, now that I have read A Curve of Claw and seen the skills you have as a writer, I can clearly see this book as a television series(perhaps on HBO?). You truly know how to grab the heart and heat of a reader. Keep writing. I am now reading A Flash of Fang... Erica
  • A Curve of Claw on Dec. 26, 2011

    My previous review was missing your 5 stars..sorry!
  • Brenin on Dec. 27, 2011

    Very sweet and well written!
  • Brenin on Dec. 27, 2011

    Kind of sad in realistic kind of way. Remind me of Jodi Picoult's early books.
  • Say When on Jan. 06, 2014

    Say When is deeply touching and there were moments that made me cringe and I really enjoyed how well the author created the characters. They are certainly not one-dimensional and they remind me of real people with real issues. Andres is the epitome of super hot, super sweet and super caring. Christina, the protagonist did the right thing by leaving her disturbed fiance and she can definitely do without her drunken mother and drug addicted friend. However I am hoping Christina's friend Karri finally get proper help and stick with it. Love the book!
  • Rumors (A Lingering Echoes Prequel) on March 18, 2014
    (no rating)
    Rumors is emotionally packed, clearly written and an excellent tie in to Lingering Echoes. Allie Collins experienced a tragedy four months ago- losing her cousin in a terrible accident and this has changed her a little bit. What mattered to her most-basketball, no longer matters and she begins to see what a real friend looks like. Because if someone truly loves you and care about you, they are patient with you and I think Allie is learning about that; and just when I think nothing more can happen, another tragedy strikes in the novella and now I cannot wait to read the next book in the series.
  • Only For You on July 28, 2014

    I must say, the cover alone is very striking. That being said, this book was pure fire! Scarlet is in love with her best friend but when he is dumped by Penelope- a gorgeous gal by the way, she is the one to his rescue bringing pizza and beer and eventually she gives into his seduction one night and they sleep together. But the end result is nearly predictable: You can read Scarlet's thoughts as she is excited about her new found relationship with Sean. But the question is- does Sean feel the same? Without giving much away, this book was a roller coaster and it stuck to the tried and true New Adult format(nothing wrong with that by the way). I read it in two days and will be reading more by you, E.L. Todd!