Friday, August 29, 2014

Ebooksoda - worth a try!

After almost a year away from writing and promoting books, I am back. Writing every day, promoting every day. With my new release, Becky's Boyfriend, I was determined to try some NEW strategies to increase the visibility of my books and for that reason I have been looking into the best sites to get my book 'discovered'. Many of the sites require a certain number of reviews before they will list your book, and for that reason, my first port of call was eBookSoda - a new readers' site where they'll send you ebook recommendations tailored to your taste. They will consider new releases, but books with good reviews are more likely to be accepted. I was delighted when they accepted Johnny Doesn't Drink Champagne (which already has 50 reviews) for their newsletter and will definitely be asking them to take 'Becky's Boyfriend'

Johnny Doesn't Drink Champagne is being featured on eBookSoda on Saturday August 30th 2014. Yay! Find them at

Anyway, back to Becky's Boyfriend. At the time of its release it had no reviews (I hadn't remembered to do advanced reader copies of this one - it went to kindle first, and is now in print, and will soon be available as an audiobook, fingers crossed) so I let it go free in its first week of release and contacted all the usual sites that pick up the free books. I contact THIRTY sites and these were the ones that picked it up - thank you, thank you, thank you. I got two thousand downloads, and a five star review.

Ignite your book
List my ebook
Digital Book Today (had to pay 15 dollars)
Ebook Bargains UK (had to pay 5 pounds)
Addicted to Ebooks
And GoodKindles

I also posted to these FB pages: Author Expo, Indie Kindle and Books gone Viral
There are many others, but I am very bad at Facebook. I listed a Goodreads Giveaway for Becky's Boyfriend and details of that are here.

This morning I was delighted to find that Becky's Boyfriend is outselling all my other books. Many thanks to my wonderful readers. For people waiting for Johnny's Bride - it's next.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Giveaway: Becky's Boyfriend

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Becky's Boyfriend by Cody Young

Becky's Boyfriend

by Cody Young

Giveaway ends September 30, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

First Kiss - Becky's Boyfriend by Cody Young

‘You okay?’ he asked her.
She nodded. ‘Just worried about getting back.’ It was late. Her father’s meeting would be sure to end before quarter to ten.
Martin seemed to understand that it was very important not to be late. They walked back towards her house and silence fell over them. There didn’t seem to be a safe or suitable topic of conversation. Becky felt more than nervous. Somehow she didn’t really believe he’d do as he had promised yesterday. The mood was all wrong now. He was walking quite fast, and looking straight ahead. She couldn’t read his face; his expression was preoccupied and serious.
When they reached the high walls that surrounded her house she was sure he would turn on his heel and go. She didn’t know if it was something she’d done that was wrong. Or something she did not do. He said nothing. Gave her no clue.
He pushed open the gate for her, and followed her up the gravel drive. The sound of their feet crunched as they walked up to the house in total silence. There was a street lamp right nearby, and its light fell on the steps that led up into the shadows of the porch.
He was still beside her. They reached the front door. She hoped she wasn’t shaking when he turned to her to say goodbye.
‘No more waiting,’ he said softly, and he put his hand on her waist to pull her close to him. He seemed huge standing there in the dark in his denim jacket. He was so close she could feel the warmth of his breath on her face. She was afraid to look up at him, uncertain what she was supposed to do next.
He wasn’t. He knew exactly what to do.
She would always remember what came after: his hands in her hair, his mouth on hers, the taste of happiness and soon, the tug of real desire. His mouth was warm, and his tongue was almost aggressive, but he melted her inhibitions like ice-cream in the heat of the sun. She put her arms up around his neck and pressed her slim body against him. She wasn’t sure she was doing it right but when she heard him make a soft appreciative sound she thought she must be doing okay. She didn’t know how long they stood there, it seemed like only a few moments and it seemed like a very long time. She would have liked to stay there in the porch, kissing him forever, but she knew they had to stop. There was the ever-present danger of her father coming home.
When they drew apart Martin looked very pleased and happy. ‘I knew we’d be great together,’ he said, and he smiled down at her. ‘I knew we would be. When can I see you again, Becky? Do we really have to wait until next Thursday?’
‘It’s the only night he goes out.’
‘It’s a long time,’ he said.
‘Yes, I know.’ She wished the elated happiness of the moment didn’t have to end either.
‘One more kiss, then.’ He leaned down and kissed her again, flooding her with sensations that were much stronger than the fear of getting caught, until that fear reminded her what that would mean.
‘Martin, it’s getting late.’
‘Okay, okay. Thursday,’ he said, and started back down the gravel path, ‘Thursday’s mine,’ he called out and waved as he went to let himself out through the gate. It was the clang of the iron gate that made Becky’s father look up. He had just parked his car on the other side of the road, deciding it would be quicker in the morning if he didn’t have to fuss with gates and garage doors. He couldn’t be absolutely sure that the man in the denim jacket had just left his house, but the sound of the gate was very, very familiar. He watched Martin walking quickly along the street and all sorts of concerns and alarms came into his mind. Rebecca, Rebecca, Rebecca. No one was allowed near his Rebecca.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Join the British Book Challenge

Feeling Fictional.

I've just visited a wonderful site called UKYA to get some ideas for new British titles to read. The site lists the top 100 UK YA reads as voted by its readers. And it's interesting to see their top ten 'BEST EVER' list of UKYA novels (which I have copied and pasted here, hope that's okay):-

I've read most of these - how about you?

10) A Monster Calls – Patrick Ness and Siobhan Dowd

9) Lila series – Sarah Alderson

8) C.H.E.R.U.B. series – Robert Muchamore

7) Chaos Walking trilogy – Patrick Ness

6) The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 and 3/4 – Sue Townsend

5) I Capture the Castle – Dodie Smith

4) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Mark Haddon

3) Noughts & Crosses – Malorie Blackman

2) His Dark Materials series – Philip Pullman

1) Harry Potter series – JK Rowling

To sign up to do the British Book Challenge visit the British Books Challenge 2014 - Sign Up Page

Monday, August 11, 2014

They met at high school…
She’s a good girl, and she’s never had a boyfriend before, but when she’s forced to change school her life takes a new direction. He’s eighteen, with Swedish blue eyes and a talent for truancy and trouble. He’s the kind of boy that ought to come with a health warning. She’s doing the costumes for the summer show, and he’s chosen to be the lead singer. When he sings to her for the very first time, the effect on her is electric...