Saturday, July 21, 2012

The Vincent Brothers: Abbi Glines' Ticket to the Top Ten

Today's interview features The Vincent Brothers by Abbi Glines. It's the second book in her Vincent Boys series, and on June 30th it hit the number 9 spot in the "Children's and Young Adult" section of the Amazon store.

Abbi, tell us about  The Vincent Brothers.  

He may have given her up without a fight, but Sawyer Vincent is far from over losing the girl he’s loved all of his life. Instead of giving up his best friend and the girl he thought he’d spend forever with, he gave Ashton and his brother Beau his blessing. However, adjusting to seeing Ashton wrapped up in Beau’s arms isn’t easy. Complicating everything even more, Ashton’s cousin Lana is in town for the summer. Sweet, kind, soft-spoken Lana, who gets under his skin. Just being near her makes him forget all about Ashton and his broken heart. Lana is everything he wanted Ashton to be except she isn’t Ashton. She lacks the backbone to stand up for herself and confidence that Ashton wears like a crown.

Lana McDaniel has lived her life in her cousin's shadow. While Lana struggled with her grades no matter how hard she tried, her mother praised Ashton's intelligence. She hadn’t been blessed with Ashton’s blond hair and flawless skin, but that didn't keep her mother from lamenting her naturally red hair and freckles. But none of that would have mattered if Ashton hadn’t always had Sawyer Vincent wrapped around her finger -- the only boy Lana wanted. Once Ashton let Sawyer go, Lana had been so sure that he’d move on. Determined to make Sawyer finally see her, she'd talked her mother into letting her spend the summer with Ashton. But Sawyer is still in love with Ashton, and Lana isn’t going to be anyone's rebound girl. No matter how yummy Sawyer Vincent’s kisses taste.

What top factors do you believe put your e-book where it is now?

The Vincent Brothers is the sequel to The Vincent Boys. Although, The Vincent Boys never quite reached the top #100 it did hang around the #200s for a very long time. I believe The Vincent Brothers got readers that both loved and hated The Vincent Boys. Most readers that disliked The Vincent Boys disliked it because of the fact Sawyer was cheated on by the two people he loved most. They couldn’t see his wrong in the situation. The cheating was just too big of thing for them to accept. So, in The Vincent Brothers it’s Sawyer’s turn to “speak” and they get into his head. It also helps that he gets the girl in this one.

How are people finding out about your book? Tell us about your marketing and use of social media.

Twitter is my friend. I can talk with readers and I believe that helps a lot. Also, word of mouth. Goodreads, Facebook, and just readers tweeting about it draws interest. I don’t have any one specific thing that I think helps me market. Except girls can’t really resist a sexy southern boy with a truck ;)

Do you believe the e-format helps or hurts you as an author? How?

HELPS! The world is being taken over by ereaders and iPhones. My target audience is young adult readers and if this age range doesn’t have an ereader, they have an iPhone.

There are lots of ways to learn more about Abbi and her books. Check her website and blog or follow her on Twitter.  She has two Facebook pages: one for her Existence Trilogy and of course, one for The Vincent Boys series. And she's on Goodreads.

Check this week's Kids' EBook Bestseller List for more interesting authors who've found success in e-publishing.

And guess what?  This is my 100th post!!!  Yes, ever since November of 2010 I've been featuring the top selling authors and the latest news in e-books for children and young adults. I love highlighting these fantastic authors and I think e-publishing is making this the best time ever to be an author. So keep coming back! You can also follow me on Facebook and on Twitter.