Posts By: ViariRose

Winter Blast Special

December 23, 2014 Uncategorized 0

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We are having a Book Blast Special. The price is $15.

What does it include?

On as many blogs as we can manage, we guarantee at least 10 spots. Included is an cover ad on our front page linked to Amazon or other bookstore of your choice.

We are booking for Late January and February.

Sign Up


Third Annual Holiday Special

November 25, 2014 Uncategorized 0

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It’s that time of year again, when we give you our biggest deal of the year.

Our 5 days, 10 stops, 15 dollars. So stock up, and use them through out 2015.

Our deal runs until December 12th.

And all of our services are 25% off, so if your looking for a custom book cover now is the time to order them.


Holiday Book Event

October 5, 2014 Uncategorized 0

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Do you have a holiday themed romance book? Grab a spot in our Multi-Book Holiday Book Event.
We are having our event  December 1st through December 19th. 

What do you get?
5 days of promotion over as many blogs as we can book you on (We guarantee at least ten) and a month cover ad on our front page.

Price is $25

Spots are limited, so grabs yours today. Fill out the form below.


Book Blast Special

August 3, 2014 Uncategorized 0

SOR Book Blast Special


*Due to popular demand we’re extending our book blast special into October*

We are having a Book Blast Special. You can book a book blast for September and October only. The price is $15.

What does it include?

On as many blogs as we can manage, we guarantee at least 10 spots. Included is an cover ad on our front page linked to Amazon or other bookstore of your choice. Rafflecopter giveaway is optional.


I’m participating in the biannual blogathon

June 20, 2014 Uncategorized 1

Biannual Blogathon Bash
I’m participating in the bi-annual blogathon, it’s my third time. It’s where bloggers get together over a three day weekend, and get to work on their blogging related projects. They give you mini-challenges to do as you do them, you can win neat prizes. There’s still time to sign up! Just click the button.

For those just dropping in, Shades of Rose Media is the brainchild of book blogger Viari Rose (that’s me!) and romance author Tamaria Soana. We virtually tour books, mostly romance ebooks, we also do book covers, and book trailers.

While my partner Tamaria is in on vacation in Jellystone with her family, I am going to get some work done. She excited to see how much I can get done before I take my own vacation time.

Our backend, and our pages are need of a major rehaul, we’re redoing our host reward program as well. And I’m also redoing Tamaria’s blog, she’s been wanting that done for quite a while, I hope to have it done before she gets back.


How to make a blog banner

June 20, 2014 Uncategorized 17

Biannual Blogathon Bash
Creating a Blog Header


This is a mini-challenge post for the bi-annual Blogathon. It’s my first time hosting a mini-challenge, and I thought I’d do what I know. Anyone is welcome to use the information or try the challenge but blogathon participants are eligible for prizes. You still have time to sign up!

Making a blog banner



I’m doing it very simple, using a free photo editing software called GIMP.

When creating any blog graphics, I use a photo stock site, as a cover designer I use several. Deposit Photos, Big Stock, canstock, Dollar Photo Club. There are free stock sites out there, and I do not use them, it’s a personal preference. When using any image off of Google you run the chance of grabbing a copyrighted image, and I have seen several bloggers been sued over it, I personally feel that a few bucks toward an image for my blog is worth the investment.

If you are going to regularly use stock photos I would suggest a newer stock site Dollar Photo Club, it costs $10 per month, they give you 10 credits for the month (that roll over to the following month, if you don’t use them) each image costs 1 credit. If your not going to use many images, then a credit pack over at canstock will do you just fine, their lowest credit pack is $9.

Go over to GIMP, and download the most current stable version.

Need a pretty font? Check out dafont, stay to the free ones. You are going to want to choose several. It’s easier to see which works best that way. You can never have too many fonts. (I have thousands, I adore my fonts)

Try to stick to the fonts that are easy to read. Here’a an easy to understand tutorial how to install fonts.

I’m going to show you a simple way to create a header. What I years ago dubbed the overlay technique.

Usually, I go 1100×300, I think that any wider than 300 and you are losing prime real estate.


The Challenge steps.

1. Download GIMP if you don’t have it.

2. Go get two pictures.

3. Go download and install fonts.

4. Open both images in GIMP. Just left click the image in your folder, edit with GIMP.

5. Open a new image (File, then open)

6. Copy image one into the new image (edit-copy, then edit-paste)

7. Add a layer (layer – to new layer)

8. Copy image two into image two

9. Here’s where it gets a little tricky for beginners. Erase image two with opacity.

OpacityYour going to want to lower the opacity down, use the size to make your brush bigger, also click the circle there, that’s your brush, you can use your copied image as a brush, square is so much easier to use than round.






10. Add another layer  (layer – to new layer)

11. Put in your text.

12. Save as xcf.

13. Save as a jpg, or png.

14. Upload it to your site.


Here’s one I did a while back using this same technique,

to pen a dream blog header

To complete the challenge, try your hand at making one up, comment with the link.

It really is that easy!


Summer Book Event

June 16, 2014 Uncategorized 0

SOR Summer Party
We’re hosting an upcoming event! 
Here’s the breakdown. 
We are hosting an great opportunity for promoting your  romance books. For the month of August, we will be hosting  romance genre tours, spotlights only. For the month of August it’s all about the summer romances. 
It’s $20 per book.  
What’s it include? 
Easy, ten days of promotion! Your book on as many blogs as we can, we have unlimited stops on all our tours. For this event we are guaranteeing at least 15 stops. Daily promotion on facebook and twitter. Advertising on our front page is included. 
And finally, but surely not last, a facebook party! We will be hosting an weekend party on Facebook August 28 – August 31st. We’ll be having a blast with prizes,  games, and most importantly lots of awesome books.

You don’t want to miss out.  
Got a question? You can email us at


It’s Back our 5-10-15 deal

May 10, 2014 Uncategorized 0


It’s back! Our popular 5-10-15 deal. Here’s the breakdown. A ten stop spotlight tour over five days (two spots a day) for only $15.

What’s included you ask. Cover, blurb, excerpt, buy links, author bio and author links.

The fine print: one book only per spotlight, and does not include a giveaway. Deal ends Monday, we’re booking June and July.

Get the deal




Fetching Love by Tamara Hoffa

April 25, 2014 Uncategorized 0

SOR Fetching Love VBT BannerGenre: Western Contemporary Romance


As a fourteen year old, Megan Malone thought Chad Ryan hung the moon, but the boy of her dreams was already a man. Chad left town for seven years. Now he’s back. He’s the new veterinarian in town and he’s working for her dad, in the Animal clinic that she manages. Never mate a dog from your own kennel, so the saying goes, but…

Chad Ryan is a dog. The skinny little girl who used to trail after him like a lost puppy, is now a beautiful woman. He has no business even noticing. On the heels of a failed relationship, and the beginning of his career, there is no time for love in his life.

A matchmaking mom and dad, a boisterous yellow lab and fate have different plans. When it’s dropped in their path, no dog can resist Fetching Love.


SORM excerpt

The back door swung open and Chase sauntered in. “Hi, Ma. It smells great in here.” He snatched a slice of tomato from the board in front of her and she slapped at his hand. “Get out of that, you. The tomatoes are for the sauce.”

“You’re making sauce and Sam and I didn’t get an invite for dinner?” He gave her his best puppy dog face.

“We’re having Megan and Doc over for dinner,” Chad interjected before his mother could speak.

“I’m making plenty. I’ll send some home with you and you can make my Samantha some nice spaghetti for dinner.”

Chase looked crestfallen. “Aww, come on Ma. You know I hate to cook.”

“Yes, I know, but Sam has been working too hard and she is big as a house. It’s the least you can do for her. All you have to do is boil up some noodles.”

“I’m telling her you said she was big as a house,” he teased.

Wiping her hands on her apron she placed her hands on her hips and gave her middle son the stare. Chad turned back to his tomatoes so he didn’t get caught in the crossfire. “I beg your pardon, young man. Did you just threaten your mother?”

Chad struggled to keep a straight face, laughing now would earn him a smack in the head, but it was so funny to see his itty bitty mother squaring off with her six foot plus son. Watching out of the corner of his eye he saw Chase drop his head and mutter, “No, ma’am. I was only teasing.”

Chad bit his cheek and continued to peel tomatoes.

“Shoo, you two. Get out of my kitchen. Go eat your lunch in the living room.” She took the knife from Chad’s hand and pushed him toward the door.

He grabbed the bag of food from the table. “Grab us a couple beers, Chase,” he tossed over his shoulder as he exited the room.

They settled themselves on the sofa and Chad pulled the sandwiches and chips from the bag, along with some napkins. “I got you roast beef. That okay?”

“It’s great. So, how’s the new job going?”

They made small talk while they ate. Catching up on the goings on of the ranch and local gossip. When they had finished their sandwiches Chase sat back on the couch, took a long sip of his beer and leveled his gaze on Chad. “Okay, spill. I can tell you have something on your mind, so quit pussy footing around and let me have it.”

“I never could get away with anything around here. I swear, between you, Chance and Ma, a man doesn’t stand a chance.”

“Quit stalling.”

“Okay, okay. Well, you remember Doc’s daughter, Megan?”

“How could I forget? That poor girl had such a crush on you. She followed you around like a little puppy. Oh, no. She’s not still trailing after you, is she?”

“I wish,” Chad muttered.

Chase stuck a finger in his ear and wiggled it. “Did I just hear you right? You want little Megs following you around?”

“Obviously you haven’t seen little Megs in a while. She’s not so little anymore. In fact, she’s a stone fox.”

“Seriously? So, what’s the problem?”

“I don’t know what to do. She runs the All About Animals office now, we work together. I know I shouldn’t pursue her, but I can’t get her out of my mind.”

“Is she still stuck on you?”

“I really don’t know. She always acts very professionally, but every once in a while I think I catch her watching me.”

“So, ask her out. The worst she can do is say ‘no’”

“No, that’s not the worst she could do. We work together. What if it doesn’t work out?”

“What if it does? Are you really such a chicken shit that you’re willing to ignore your feelings for this girl because of a maybe?”

“I don’t know. Julie really—”

Chase interrupted. “Screw Julie.”

“Been there. Done that. Got the broken heart to prove it.”

Buy Links:  Secret Cravings Publishing

SORM About the Author

Tamara Hoffa lives in central Tennessee, with her husband of 30 years, her three grown children, two grandchildren, 4 dogs and 2 cats. Tamara started reading when she was four years old and has rarely been seen without a book at hand since. At home you will usually find her in “nana’s chair” with her kindle, her laptop or one of her precious, precocious grandson’s in her lap. Tamara is an author, a reviewer, an editor, a professional reader and runs the SSLY blog with her best friend of thirty years, Beverly Ovalle. Tamara is proof positive that it’s never too late to reach for your dreams.

Author Links: Site      Facebook      Twitter      Goodreads      Google+      Amazon


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