Alan Canton commented on my post capsulizing the BEA, along with a link to his own blog about the event. It’s very informative and quite comprehensive- a peek behind the curtain, among other things. Many tanks to Alan for sharing his experiences.
I am angry,
I am very angry.
I am blowing a gasket, a fuse or any of the other metaphors you can come up with for red with anger. I chuckle at this as I can’t technically turn red since I’m black but you get the point.
This evening started off pretty well. I’m still working on my practice writing in an attempt to propel my Muse from her awkward teenage, acne-filled, bracing wearing years to a more mature young adult when Laurell K Hamilton retweeted a tweet that stopped me dead in my tracks. The original tweet was made by Lorelei James who complained of someone , Alison Gilmore, passing off one of her books published in 2009 as their own. Alison used a website to upload the book one chapter at a time. She was originally a member of http://www.fanfiction.net where she stated she was writing One…
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Goodreads has millions of members, at the moment almost 27 million, who not only read books, they blog about books, write long reviews about books, and discuss in their group forums about books. These are the people with whom you want to connect, especially to announce your new book and its launch.
So, how can you create buzz for your upcoming book before it launches?
Give away copies of your print book.
It makes sense to give away books – if your goal is to get reviews. More than 50% of giveaway winners review the books they win, so the more books you offer, the more reviews you are likely to get. Run your giveaway for two weeks to a month. Goodreads says, “Giveaways less than two weeks run the risk of not getting enough entries, while a four-week giveaway will generate more entries.
Goodreads recommends even…
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I’m working on rewrites of my upcoming re-release, Chase and Seduction, book one of the Hot Country series. One thing I notice far too often as I read books, is that the afterglow scenes are often rushed or even ignored.
The afterglow snuggling is where our characters’ emotions pour forth. They’re in each other’s arms, both satisfied and exhausted . What are they thinking? Do they keep it to themselves, or do they share with their partner? There may be a few sensual descriptions – an aftershock, a sore muscle, panting breaths, a racing heart. But mostly, we want to have feelings surfacing.
This first draft version of an afterglow scene is in Chase’s point of view – he’s a country western superstar, but he’s insecure about their relationship, and he doesn’t know how to bring up the subject of their future.
He smiled and kissed her forehead…
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Most of you have probably seen this, but I updated some pictures in my Game of Thrones Flowchart, so I’m reposting it. (No spoilers!) I also realized I haven’t made a flowchart in too long… need to think of something (feel free to send me any ideas you have though!).
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*Source material and inspiration taken from George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series.
Good morning TRS! This is Shar, triad author again with the 3 muses doing one post to talk about their latest and what’s next up. Enjoy my 3 muses posting and all will give away a book from their backlist for the contest. Winners choice so make sure you comment! Let’s start with BL, then Rawiya, and end up with Michael closing it out!
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Mornin! Nice to be here for yet another release party. This is BL the muse speaking with a promo for my latest book! The Wretched series is my pride and joy! It follows hot and sexy bass player, Corey Patrick as he gets used to being the newest addition to the best band in the world.
Right now, I’m on book 3 of this awesome collection with more books to come in the not so distant future. If you love…
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It’s here!!! The book hit cyber shelves this morning. Here’s what it’s about, in case you’ve been living in a cave and haven’t already been driven batty by my constant sneak previews! LOL
What if real love began in the pages of a paranormal novel? And what if that love leapt off those pages, and into an avid reader’s arms?
Terra fell in love with Jacobin when he was the hero in a sexy paranormal novel, but when he showed up at her door she thought she was losing her mind. Imagine how she felt to learn her fate had been scribed onto magic pages and could just as easily be erased. Would she be willing to give up everything, just to hold onto a love she never dreamed she’d have?
They left her alone for hours. At some point someone brought her a meal of fruit and…
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Matt Schiariti is an internet buddy of mine. We’ve chatted, bitched, moaned, complained, commiserated on Facebook and Amazon innumerable times… heck, we’ve even Skyped. And if I Skype with you, that’s deep.
A few months ago Matt made a bit of a splash with his critically acclaimed debut short story Words With Fiends, followed up by his appearance in Padwolf Publishing’s anthology, Apocalypse 13. Somewhere along the way he found time to celebrate the arrival of a bouncing baby boy, Vinnie!
Now he’s got a new full length novel out, Ghosts of Demons Past. Haven’t gotten it yet, but if you’ve read his other stuff you know he can do the job. Plus he’s got a knack for dialogue and characterization that kinda pisses me off. Damn him.
So go check out his blog, Overly Verbose, for some news and info about his latest effort and a chance to win a Kindle copy of it. You’ll be glad you did.
Those shows were great, and had a few more notable names in the house: Keith Olbermann, Martin Scorsese, Jason Kidd- who’s angling to be the Nets’ new coach- and Jimmy Kimmel. Man, you should’ve seen Kimmel’s face during the show; like a child on his first Christmas morning. Guess Macca has that kind of effect on people. Catch my overview of the show here.
And I can’t think of no better way to segue from light into darkness, going from sun into shadow. 🙂
Two long-awaited cds came out today: Black Sabbath’s 13 and Hans Zimmer’s Man of Steel score. One of these is a case of the darkness being long overdue, the return of an old friend well remembered and lifts your spirits by the mere mention of their name. The other is by Hans Zimmer.
Last night was one of those nights you’ll look back and say, “yeah, I was there when…”. The Out There Tour is truly a fantastic show.
Got off on a odd note when Mac took the stage an hour late- show was scheduled for 8; he didn’t start til around 9- but when he did, it was non-stop. Actually, let me roll that back a bit. First he did a soundcheck/meet-n-greet which lasted for about an hour, followed by interviews and photo sessions. Walked straight from those into the show and did all non-stop for almost three hours, including TWO encores and then an after-party. We should all be able to go so strong at that age.
Kicked the show off performing Eight Days A Week, and the crowd ate it up. It was an retrospective of over 50 years of performing- Beatles, Wings and beyond- even played Paperback Writer on the same guitar he’d originally used in the recording session. Intermixed with the music were some anecdotes about George, John, Phil Ramone, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and tributes to Linda, John and George. During one of his stories he self-deprecated, “I’m just going on and on. I know; I don’t care.” The man was in fine form the whole evening, and though there was a mini-teleprompter at the front of the stage I didn’t notice him ever using it.
One of my favorite moments in the show was when he sang “Blackbird”, a song he wrote during the sixties to reflect the struggles of the Civil Rights Movement. Aside from always liking the song, there was some showmanship that added poignancy to the moment:
Mayor Bloomberg was in attendance, as well as Stella McCartney and her BFF, Cameron Diaz- both of whom I had to keep an eye on as they were seated in the crowd. Got a little hectic after the show trying to get them backstage again, but Diaz was a sweetheart and personally thanked me for my assistance. 🙂
Towards the end of the show came another interesting moment, this time during Live and Let Die.
Yeah, them flames was friggin’ HOT!
Wouldn’t exactly call it a magical, mystery tour, but it’s a show you won’t soon forget. And the audience was lovely; couples were dancing together in the aisles and at their seats, holding each other… quite a sight. Don’t know if there’s any tix still available for Monday night’s show, but if there’s any way possible for you to get out there- do so.