Goddess Fish Promotions Tenth Anniversary with Guest Post and Giveaway!

I have only been working with Goddess Fish Promotions for a couple of years, but they’ve been going strong for 10 years! If you’re an author, check out below what they can do for you as well as find out about the team behind Goddess Fish.



Goddess Fish Promotions Tenth Anniversary


Welcome to the Goddess Fish Promotions Tenth Anniversary Month Long Celebration!

Who is Goddess Fish Promotions? And what do we do? We’re glad you asked!

We didn’t want your visit here to be dry and boring, so we decided to have a poetry competition and put what we do into verse. Here are the initial entries:


Roses are Red.

Violets are Blue.

I’m awful at poetry.



We can edit your book

find things you didn’t see

It will be fun to look

at the changes from me.


Yeah, for some reason, Judy won!

Even better, her poem is correct. We DO offer editing as one of our options. Here are a couple of testimonials from clients:

I worked with Marianne on a complete edit and was very happy with the results. Her feedback was clear, easy to follow, and she probed on things I hadn’t thought of. She was also responsive whenever I had questions and helped me work through a few issues. Her feedback and guidance improved the quality of my manuscript, all at a very fair price. I’m working on my next book and plan to use their services again.

-J B Glazer, author, In Search of Mr. Anonymous

Choosing the right editor for a project is incredibly important to an author. Let’s face it, we want the best for our books. When I was considering editors for my first indie-published book, Regenerate, I naturally thought of Goddess Fish Promotions–and I’m so glad I did.

Marianne Arkins and Judy Thomas are incredibly attentive and professional during the entire editing process. Their input was invaluable and the story is much stronger because they cared enough to help unsnarl plot points and find order in the chaos..

I can’t wait to work with them again. Truly, a top-notch editorial team! – Sarita Leone, award-winning author of Regenerate


We also offer Virtual Book Tours, Graphic Design, Social Media Promotion and more. You can see more testimonials here.


We hope you enjoyed getting to know us a little (more information is below) and we’d like to do the same. We’d LOVE to see a little poem that tells us a bit about you in the comments. We’ll be awarding random book giveaways and $5 Amazon GCs to some of the best poetry we find. It might not be at every stop, but when something really makes us smile, we’ll reward it! Come on, be daring…

And now, more about us:

About Goddess Fish Promotions

Goddess Fish Promotions was established October 14, 2008. Why? Well, when Marianne became a published author and got her the first taste of trying to promote a book on a budget, there was only 


one other virtual book tour company in place at the time, and their fees were simply too high for a small press author. After coordinating and running her own tour, she knew other authors could use the same service for a reasonable price. Thus, Goddess Fish Promotions was born.

Because both Judy and Marianne were authors and editors prior to running Goddess Fish Promotions, they approach the business with a unique point of view, and treat their clients how they would expect to be treated.

The people behind the fish

Judy Thomas

Judy has a college degree in English and she’s worked in retail, education, at her local library as well as an editor for a small press and for the now defunct ShadowKeep Ezine. She’s also a published author so can see things from both sides of the fence. In 2013, she “retired” and now spends her days helping authors make their dream come true—as well as working as much as she can with her local theater group.

Marianne Arkins

Grammar freak and coffee lover, Marianne wrote her first novel at ten years old, built her first commercial website in 2000, and published for the first time in 2006. She worked as a professional editor for just over a year, and knows what it’s like to write, edit and promote a book on a budget.


Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/GoddessFishPromotions
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/GoddessFish

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/goddessfish/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mariannejudy/

Google+: https://plus.google.com/+Goddessfish



For Everyone: One $50 Amazon/BN GC, two $25 Amazon/BN GCs, Two $10 Amazon/BN GCs

 Enter this Giveaway here.


For Authors: 2 $10 GC for any Goddess Fish Promotions service, Winner’s choice of either a free blurb blitz (2 wk) or book blast (5 day), 50% off any tour (excludes Review tour or Full Service Tour), 4 free 25 page complete book edit, 2 Winner’s choice of teaser or social media cover graphic design

Enter this Giveaway here.


Judy’s Five Favorite Genres (in no particular order)

  1. First of all, I don’t normally enjoy contemporary romance…and Nora Roberts is not my favorite author (but J.D. Robb is fantastic!).  With romance, I need it to be something extra…historical romance works, paranormal romance, and romantic suspense are all right up there.  
  2. I love horror!  Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Joe Hill… all auto-reads for me. I have a theory… I am a very positive, upbeat, Pollyanna-kinda person, and that’s why I like dark reads.  It balances me out. Your thoughts?
  3. I cut my reading teeth on mysteries. Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, then graduating to Agatha Christie, Sherlock Holmes. Mysteries are like puzzles (which I also love).  I enjoy trying to figure out “whodunit” before the end of the book.
  4. Fantasy is another longtime favorite.  Who can forget the joy of soaring with the dragons in the Dragonriders of Pern series? Or the sandworms from Dune?  I love the way I can visit completely different worlds. Recently, I’ve been reading Michele Sagara. Of course, I started with the 6th book in the series, so now I have to go back and start the series from the beginning!
  5. Last, but certainly not least, there’s science fiction beginning with HG Wells.  I absolutely love his works and have since I was a child. I remembering devouring Asimov’s Foundation series.  I love the idea of life existing on other planets besides earth and books looking forward to what might (or might not) happen with our own plane in the future.



Seashell of Life

Getting this in just under the wire. Thanks to Rochelle for Friday Fictioneers! 🙂


PHOTO PROMPT © Sandra Crook

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Review of The Nightmare Before Dinner

The Nightmare Before Dinner:Recipes to Die For: The Beetle House Cookbook by [Neil, Zach]

The Nightmare Before Dinner

Zach Neil

Race Point Publishing

The Quarto Publishing Group

October 16, 2018

BlurbGet your goth on with 60+ recipes from Beetle House restaurant, where “every day is Halloween” and guests indulge in a deadly delicious menu inspired by the works of Tim Burton and all things dark and lovely.
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It’s Too Late Tuesday for Music Monday

First off, oops. I missed Monday. Second off, Too Late Tuesday (or not too late as the case may be).

Ha! Guess what the song’s going to be? You might guess from the title. . . . This is one for you all who love the older classics.

Music Monday is a meme started by Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek. Pick a song you really like and share it. Continue reading

Review of Simply Bento

Simply Bento

Yuko and Noriko

October 9, 2018

Quarto Publishing Group

Race Point Publishing

BlurbFrom the creators of the website Japanese Cooking 101, Simply Bento is a complete collection of over 140 delicious and healthy bento recipes for everyone in the family. 

Ready to make lunch quick, easy, and tasty? Japanese bento boxes are single-portion packed lunches, perfect for anyone looking to save money and eat a balanced, satisfying meal for lunch every single day.

Simply Bento features 140+ healthy and delicious bento recipes—including mains and sides—that you can make every day of the week, using a combination of traditional and non-traditional ingredients. Learn about different types of bento boxes and accessories, how to assemble your box, and everyday items you will need in your pantry, as well as how to plan ahead so that your morning prep is a breeze.

Simply Bento shows you the finer points of bento-making, and there is something for everyone:

  • Classic Japanese Bento
  • Sandwich Bento
  • Sushi and Onigiri Bento
  • Noodle Bento
  • Popular Japanese Bento
  • 10-Minute Bento
  • Rice and Grain Bowl Bento
  • Low-Carb Bento
  • Vegan Bento
  • Bento for Special Occasions (including for the first day of school and Halloween!)
  • Bento at Home

So, if you’re in the mood for Chicken TeriyakiRamenShrimp Avocado Pasta SaladCauliflower Fried RiceFalafelSweet and Sour MeatballsTempura, or Chicken Nuggets (for the kids), Simply Bento has the recipes—plus much more!


The duo behind the popular website Japanese Cooking 101 have written a cookbook concentrating on bento box meals. If you’d like to see their trailer for the book, click here.

I am always excited about trying new recipes especially for lunches (and breakfasts, snacks, and dinner, you get the drift–food!). The great thing about the recipes in Simply Bento is that they have been created for the individual who might not have ready access to a microwave at lunchtime and are intended to be eaten at room temperature.

The different sections, presented in the blurb above, show that bento boxes can be made for a variety of diets as well as for occasions and meal types. Some recipes are geared toward a more adult palate, while some, like chicken nuggets and mini-pizzas, are for kids (or big kids). And vegans and vegetarians are not overlooked, as they so frequently are in most cookbooks. The authors are quick to point out that substitutions are encouraged.

In the introduction, the authors acknowledge that bento boxes are probably a bit more time-consuming than throwing a sandwich together, but they are prepared with the well-being of the family in mind. After glancing at the mouth-watering pictures that accompany the recipes, it is obvious that the boxes are designed to be well-balanced with attention given to almost all food groups.

Non-traditional recipes, such as hot dogs, falafel, and pizza, are included next to traditional recipes.

As a vegetarian, I always look to see how recipes geared toward omnivores can be adapted for me. Most of the recipes in Simply Bento can be made for vegetarians and vegans with a substitution here or there. A lot of the vegetable side dishes need no substitutions. and plus there are recipes for different vegetable pickles (I love pickled vegetables).

Besides the huge variety of recipes, the authors also discuss the types of bento boxes to use, pantry essentials, ingredients, and accessories. If you’re new to bento boxes, like me, all of this information is necessary and so welcome.

I am practically salivating over some of these recipes and can’t wait to try them!

Simply Bento goes on sale October 9. You can pre-order here:

Simply Bento


I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

rating: 4-butterflies

4 butterflies out of 5 butterflies


OctPoWriMo Day 7, Dear Writer

Dear Writer,


Practice everyday

even when words evade

Let them rise from you

your heart, your soul, your brain

Take risks, pour out despair

Care to create your truth

for there’s no one else who can

Write about what matters to you

for your passion will show

Write about what you know

and what you don’t

Play in the land of make-believe

Create worlds you wish to visit

make them vividly real on paper.


But mostly dear writer,

Listen to criticism, take what’s true

but never let it own you

so you never write again.

The same for rejections.

Don’t reject yourself.

Dream daily

Be sensitive

But never ever quit.


Signed, Someone Just Like You


Sascha Darlington

Review of A Tall, Dark Cowboy Christmas

A Tall, Dark Cowboy Christmas (A Gold Valley Novel) by [Yates, Maisey]

A Tall, Dark Cowboy Christmas

Maisey Yates

HQN Books

September 25, 2018

BlurbIt’s Christmas in Gold Valley, and this wounded widower is about to get another shot at love…

Grant Dodge didn’t expect to find a woman sleeping in an abandoned cabin on his family ranch. Or to find her so intriguing. Unlike every other woman in town, McKenna Tate doesn’t know Grant’s a widower. There’s no pity in the looks she gives him. McKenna wants him, and Grant has forgotten what it’s like to feel like a man. A no-strings fling for Christmas might be the kind of holiday cheer Grant needs… Continue reading

The Quokka and the Quahog #OctPoWriMo2018 #4

A new poet to enjoy!

Scribbles from me to you

The quokka grins – a happy chap
With photobombs and selfies
Fearless and furry madcap
Like a marsupial Ewok buddy
Friendly and oh so cute
Posing with random delight
‘The happiest animal on earth’
Is beloved for his open joy –
And fiercely protected

But from the sea, they drag another
The murdered Ming the Clam
Thrust a blade through his innards
For the quahog – death had no qualm
He kept his secrets til the end
Five centuries of a quiet life
Resting, feeding in the peaceful deep
Until they dragged him up, up and away
All in the name of science

Quokka and Quahog
Strange names to be sure
Wondrously odd creatures
But not the strangest here
This world holds wonder and terror alike
But only we destroy our habitats
Decimate other lives
At the whim of a flawed belief
That humanity should be king

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OctPoWriMo Day 5, I Tried to Write of Denial

Catching up isn’t so difficult when you’re only one day behind! 🙂 Today’s prompt was: denial. Not the river. (Okay, you’ve heard that one.)


I Tried to Write of Denial

I tried to write of denial but my guts roiled, pitching as if I were a female passenger on a storm-visited ship steered by a gleeful misogynist. And I read the news today, oh, boy, and the roil continued, my jaw aching from clenched teeth.

Denial, take the fair maidens to the gala but don’t let them dance. Let them watch. Let their tempers rise until their frustration makes them march to a far different drummer from one you’ve ever envisaged.

And then you watch, watch them rise, all the fair maidens will no longer be fair and I wouldn’t dare cross them.


Sascha Darlington


Review of How to Love a Jamaican

How to Love a Jamaican: Stories by [Arthurs, Alexia]


How to Love a Jamaican

Alexia Arthurs

July 24, 2018

Ballantine Books

Blurb: Tenderness and cruelty, loyalty and betrayal, ambition and regret—Alexia Arthurs navigates these tensions to extraordinary effect in her debut collection about Jamaican immigrants and their families back home. Sweeping from close-knit island communities to the streets of New York City and midwestern university towns, these eleven stories form a portrait of a nation, a people, and a way of life. Continue reading