I’m So Excited to Have #Book #Scents on the #Blog Today!

HAPPY SUNDAY!

Recently I stumbled upon a new smart phone APP called Periscope by Twitter. If you haven’t seen it or tried it yet you really need to check it out. Periscope allows you to see or share what you’re doing in real time from anywhere in the world. Yes, it’s live streaming anywhere in the whole WORLD!

You can find everything from vacationers sharing their holiday with you to social media advice, cooking, how to pitch your television show ideas, positive thinking and encouragement, an adorable Irish fellow who will sing you a song on the spot, average people who are extraordinarily engaging and even writers and readers talking about BOOKS! Did I say Books? YES indeed I did!

Nalana Lillie Owner, Book Scents

Nalana Lillie
Owner, Book Scents

Last week while searching for people to follow in the book community, I came across a lovely woman named Nalana Lillie, who owns a small company named Book Scents. I enjoyed her Periscope so much that I looked her up and invited her to my blog today!

Below is all of the information about her business. I must say, what she’s doing is so unique and wonderful, I wish I’d found her sooner!

First, let’s find out what Book Scents is all about!

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Book Scents is a small business that meets the needs of book lovers around the world. Although a luxury item, book inspired candles allow customers to connect through fragrance. They do this in two ways:

  • Purchasing candles inspired by their favorite books/characters for themselves – allowing them the opportunity to “exist” (at a chemical, olfactory level) more fully into the world of their favorite novel.
  • Gifting candles to other book lovers – whether they are fans or not, gifting a unique product like Book Scents candles provides an emotional connection to another person who is a fan.

About Book Scents:

The mission of Book Scents is to provide you with a connection to the books you love. Every candle has a story! Book Scents candles are for the book lovers out there who want to experience their favorite characters and books in a new and unique way. Book Scents was started in October 2013 in the basement of my home in Central Pennsylvania. Although I still work out of my basement, Book Scents has expanded its product line and offerings to include an author focused program, The Writer’s Block. Book Scents is the extension of my love of books and I take great care to create candles that are high quality – meaning they smell really good!

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Book Scents currently carries over 40 different highly scented candles, inspired by more than 18 books/book series. My fragrances have been shipped all over the world – Australia to Scotland to Canada to Italy. I have worked with bestselling authors and their teams as well as new indie authors to develop amazing swag to share with their fan base. Book Scents currently has over 2500 sales, and over 5000 followers across social media.

Book Scents is run by me, Nalana Lillie. I am a former military wife, mom of two boys and, now, entrepreneur. I love reading and crocheting. When I’m not working my business, you can find me and my guilty pleasures – TV shows such as Dr. Who, The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, Downton Abbey, Outlander, The Walking Dead and many more – wrapped up in a warm blanket, with my coziest PJ’s, tasty snacks and my tea (or coffee if it’s any time before noon!) in our home in Central Pennsylvania.

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Book Scents in the Media

Good Day PA news clip: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=581080448664415**

Blog Interview on M.L. Gardner’s website: http://www.mlgardnerbooks.com/blog/2014/4/24/free-for-all-friday-book-scents

Mention in The Dallas News: http://popcultureblog.dallasnews.com/2014/09/the-best-places-on-the-internet-to-buy-outlander-swag-like-claires-wedding-ring.html/

Candle giveaways:

Diana Gabaldon’s Facebook Page: April 2014
J.R. Ward Fan Event in Cincinnati: March 2015

Book Scents Online:

Website: http://www.bookscentscandles.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/bookscentscandles
Instagram: @bookscents
Twitter: @bookscentscndls
Periscope: @bookscents
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCY-fmHk-u0noN0XLtcOYzsg

Getting There From Here – How Do I Get My Books In Your Hands?

One of the things about being a writer is believe it or not, if we publish a book and send it out into the world for the first time, we definitely hope someone reads it.

Writers spend hundreds of hours at their craft and then even more editing, rewriting and tweaking a story because of several reasons:

  • We want it to be as close to perfect as possible
  • We want to give you a great story
  • We want to make a good impression
  • We want you to READ the book
  • We want you to BUY the book
  • We want to make a living doing something we love
  • We want to write more stories for you

There are as many reasons writers write as there are books but in most cases, we write because we want you to read our stories. We hope you like them and that you want to read more. It excites and exhilarates us when you read them and dare I say it, like them enough to give us a sweet review. Reviews are like crack to a writer. Reviews mean we’re legitimate because someone actually read our work.

Then this magical thing happens…we keep writing.

Think of us like the chef at one of your favorite breakfast restaurants. You crave their pancakes and if you don’t get there at least once a month for a taste, you think you’ll lose your mind.

That is my wildest dream.

That’s how we want you to feel about our books.

I admire the success of many authors and at the moment, I’ve been having a secret one sided love affair with Diana Gabaldon. Every time I visit her Facebook page I fantasize that I’m living that life. She’s been at this for over twenty years and is a huge success. I read the things her fans write on her Facebook page and I imagine they’re my fans, my readers, my future.

I watch the now amazingly incredible Outlander series on STARZ based on her books and no, not just for Sam Heughan but someday, I’d love to see my own characters brought to life on screen. I’ve only read the first book in the series but if and when I don’t have to work full time and can actually write and read anytime I want to, believe me when I say I will eat those books like a stack of blueberry pancakes!

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Let me make you all some delicious blueberry pancakes for the rest of my life!

Where are you my readers? Where are you? I know you’re out there and I won’t give up until I find you.

I can write my fingers off but seriously though…I make lousy pancakes. 😉 Thank goodness I love to write!

Goodnight my loves.

A Short but Sweet Review of The Blue Diamond – The Razor’s Edge

The other day, I held an advanced ebook copy contest on my Facebook event for the upcoming book signing party for The Blue Diamond. One of the winners not only finished reading the book already but also posted a short but sweet review on my Facebook page. 

“Oh my goodness what a wonderful adventure with twists and turns that had me bewildered at every point. The Blue Diamond has me longing for more adventures of Ivory, Cassandra, Miranda, Keara and the men they’ve allowed to capture their hearts. The Blue Diamond is yet another masterpiece by P.S. Bartlett who obviously knows what the readers want and just how to give it to them. Thank you for taking me along in the amazing adventure.”

Oh that they will all be so wonderful. 🙂

Outlander wedding

As if the glorious Outlander wedding last night wasn’t enough to warm my spirit–then I wake up to this.

Although my top image is in fact The Blue Diamond on a kindle, that photo was sent to me from one of my beta readers who of course, received her own free advanced copy. 🙂 After all, what would we do without them!

 

Happy Sunday!