ask David - promotion for books

One of our members has recommended the following free book promotion website at
Apparently is makes its money from Amazon when someone buys a book (having seen it advertised on the ask David site) and it does not affect the royalty paid to the author (or cost anything). So, what do you think? Is it worth using 'askdavid' to promote your books? 
Have any of you used the service?

An evening with author David Zelder

An Evening with David Zelder

Wednesday 23 Jan 2013
7.30 p.m. Tickets £5.90, Concessions £4.50
Winding Wheel Theatre, Holywell Street, Chesterfield, Derbyshire S41 7SA
Award winning author David Zelder will give an illustrated talk on the trials and tribulations of being an author. His works draw on personal experiences which include being held hostage at gunpoint as a child, falling foul of the Russian Mafia and how his 12 heavily armed bodyguards in Albania failed to prevent him coming under gunfire . His recent novel YOMPING OUTSIDE regularly features in the top 2% of sales charts, thus, a 2nd edition was printed in 2012. The novel centres on an ex-Royal Marine who becomes involved in a turf war between The Russian Mafia and Turkish bandits. Part of the proceeds go to The Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund. David will also talk about his experiences as a boat owner as the evening is a fund raising event for The Chesterfield Canal Trust.

Tel: 01246-345222
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Orangeberry Book Tour

NWUK member Fiona Linday has just got a discounted offer of a weeklong book tour, the Orangeberry Social Butterfly, given via her website. It is regarding her easy-read collection of short stories, 'The Heavenly Road Trip'.
For $19.99, over the week starting the 14th December, Fiona will have five blog stops at reviewers’/writers' sites, where she will be featured and interviewed. This is one of the cheapest types of book marketing offered by Orangeberry Book Tours (there are several more elaborate ones). The interview was done beforehand, with Fiona answering over twenty given questions. She is looking forward to a review from one of the blog hosts, Mommy Adventures, on the 15th of December.

Fiona was also asked to respond from the author’s perspective, the 'Writing to me is…' question. Content that will appear on the guest posts.

Full details of her tour are HERE .
Details of the Orangeberry Book Tour services are below:

OBT was created in October 2010 by Pandora Poikilos, a writer. Together with a few other writers, she worked on a three month long book launch festival and book tours were her contribution to the festival. The demand was increasingly high and she spent quite a bit of time adjusting the tours to meet the requirements of participating authors and bloggers leading to what the tour is today.

How does OBT work and what have the results been for authors who've used it?
The main goal of OBT is to raise awareness for the author and his/her book via social media. This means OBT offers more than blog stops. Hence, the name - BOOK tours not blog tours; running Twitter Blasts, blog stops and other types of smaller social awareness campaigns which focus on both author and the book.

She understands that a big budget is not something we all have when starting our writing careers, hence, there is a free book tour package (Orangeberry Basic) which allows authors to have a free book tour but they have to host other authors in return.

For those who pay for book tours, the money is then used to finance the Orangeberry Goodie Bag which distributes gifts to blog hosts and the site’s visitors.

Results wise, most authors have experienced increased sales although the exact quantities vary. Some have experienced sales as low as 20 books a day and others have had more than 200 total sales during an Orangeberry Phoenix book tour which lasts for 30 days.

Pandora does want to stress that results differ for each book, and she does point out glaring formatting errors or content issues to authors.