My Thriller and Folk Tunes: Gifts For You

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” Do you remember the first time you were asked that? And your answer?

I do. I was in the kindergarten when my teacher, Mrs. Webster, asked us to draw the answer. I sketched a smiling, yellow-haired girl, clutching a microphone. I’m not even sure why—though I did have a thing for Barbie and the Rockers’ mega-hit “Born with a Mic In Your Hand.” And, I still have a thing for microphones…

It's kind of a sickness.

It’s kind of a sickness.

Regardless, the idea of using my voice has stuck with me through many shifted dreams and career paths. Now that I’m a writer, I feel as though some part of me knew where I was headed all along.

Since music is so precious to me, and my songwriting long preceded my book-writing, I’ve decided to give away MP3s of a couple of my originals. Why now? Because the Kindle version of my novel, IN HER SHADOW, is FREE today through Saturday. I’d love your support, if you’re so willing.

Here’s how you can participate:

1) Download IN HER SHADOW for Kindle today or tomorrow, and/or gift it to someone else. You can also purchase the paperback, which is currently discounted: $12.95, instead of $13.95.

2) Email a copy of your purchase confirmation(s) to: august at augustmclaughlin dot com

3) For one download/purchase, you’ll receive my song, “Cinderella.” For two downloads/purchases, you’ll receive “Cinderella” and “Solitude (Mr. Ground) – LIVE.”

You can also Tweet this giveaway event to your friends and/or post it on Facebook. Tag me, and I’ll add your name to a drawing for a $20 gift card. Feel free to use the sample tweet below, make it your own, or simply share my blog link.

Psych thriller IN HER SHADOW is #FREE on #Kindle – 3 days only: @AugstMcLaughlin

Easy, right? Thanks in advance for any support you’re inclined to share.

In Her Shadow cover_med

What did you first want to be when you grew up? Do you have more than one creative outlet? What projects are your working on or promoting? I’d love to cheer you on. ♥

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  1. Reblogged this on Year 'Round Thanksgiving Project and commented:
    I read this book and it was GREAT! Today is a great chance to get a copy. I encourage you to do so today.

  2. The first was a complete disaster, but I’m trying to work on my second book, but the creative process can be difficult when you have outside responsibilities and pressures to contend with.
    But you know that as well as anyone, right, August?

  3. I already own your book and it’s on my TBR, but you can bet I’ll tweet and post it on my FB wall. Good luck, August! 😀

  4. I just downloaded it. 🙂 Tweetness up next.

  5. Great promo, August! Wishing you the best (I got your book as soon as it came out ;)). Hugs!

  6. Emily

     /  April 11, 2013

    OMG! I loved Barbie and the Rockers as well. We must be the same age. 😉 I actually still could probably sing the whole song! Congrats on your book and your music career!

  7. I do remember the first thing I wanted to be — a National Geographic explorer. And everything I enjoy most has something to do with that litte-girl dream. P.S. Just downloaded your book. Very excited! Congrats again and hope to see you play around town at some point (I’ll have to plan another night off)!

    • And now you explore people’s lives and successes. I definitely see the correlation! 🙂 Thanks for the support, Debra! Means so much.

  8. Well, I already bought the book, and I can’t figure out how to gift my daughter a copy.

    • My bad, Scott. I thought we could gift freebies, but apparently not. If you send me your daughter’s email address, I’ll send her the book and you the song this weekend. Thanks for the support!

  9. Kourtney Heintz

     /  April 11, 2013

    When I was little, my grandma asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I told her, “Green.” It was my favorite color and everything I loved. I’m feeling closer to green lately. 😉

    What a cool giveaway. I have my copy of your ebook already but if I didn’t I’d be buying it. 🙂

    • LOL That is so darn cute, Kourtney! Green was my favorite color as a tyke, too. 🙂 Thanks for nabbing my book!

      • Kourtney Heintz

         /  April 14, 2013

        I used to color all the princesses in my coloring book in shades of green. 😉 Sorry I haven’t gotten to reading your book yet. I’m bogged down in rereading my manuscript. Seems like it’s the only book I get to read lately. 🙂

  10. Raani York

     /  April 14, 2013

    I just re-posted this on Twitter and Google. 🙂 I love your blog posts, as always, August!!
    When I was a little girl I wanted to be a teacher – now I’m more than happy I never became one. LOL

  11. Interesting recollection of youthful pursuits. When I was young I didn’t want to be a fireman, I wanted to be a baseball player. After years of pursuing a career as a businessman/accountant, I am now a writer.


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