Friday, September 22, 2017

BOOK COVER FRIDAY! HIS TRUE STRENGTH BY LAQUETTE


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HIS TRUE STRENGTH
Queens of Kings: Book 5
by LaQuette



SUMMARY:  Dr. True Amare, Captain in the United States Navy, sacrificed everything for her country. One op gone wrong took her hope, her freedom, and the love of her life, Teague Maher. Twelve years later, as she struggles to put that terrible night behind her by bringing those responsible to justice, her country has one more request, “Do it all again.”  Teague Maher, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI, was forced by his government to give up his life, leave the woman he loves, and protect a queen.  Twelve years later, they’re sending him home to his enemies, to the one woman he could never forget, and the scorching memories of the two of them together.  Can she trust him with her heart? Can he lay his life, pride, and ego at her feet, and understand that then and now, their love is his true strength?

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Friday, September 15, 2017

BOOK COVER FRIDAY! RICK: STARTING OVER BY BARBARA JAMES (DEBUT !)

  
   
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RICK: STARTING OVER
by Barbara James 
www.barbarajames.net


SUMMARY: It is orientation week at Wilder University. Annelise Perigault has just started college and is away from home. Living on her own for the first time, she struggles to navigate the social landscape. Rick Santelli has just started college as well. He is a returning student, however, after spending nearly a decade in the Coast Guard. Now serving in the Reserves, he is older than most of his freshman peers. Meeting up during orientation, they will grapple with controversies that draw them closer together and create a strong foundation for a healthy long term relationship.


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Friday, September 8, 2017

BOOK COVER FRIDAY! I KNEW YOU WERE TROUBLE BY KAY BLAKE


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This book releases September 22




I KNEW YOU WERE TROUBLE
by Kay Blake 


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Friday, September 1, 2017

BOOK COVER FRIDAY! ROGUE DESIRE WITH STACEY AGDERN



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ROGUE DESIRE 
"Truth, Love and Sushi"
 by Stacey Agdern


SUMMARY:  When First Daughter Caroline Crosby finds herself in possession of the one document that can bring her father and his administration down, she turns to a real life social justice warrior for help. Max Wilcox isn’t sure what to make of Caroline: is this an elaborate hookup or a political conspiracy? But he has to make up his mind fast because the information and their chemistry could change the world—or break their hearts.


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Monday, August 28, 2017

OCCUPATION VS. AVOCATION: IS WRITING YOUR HOBBY OR YOUR JOB? BY KATE MCMURRAY


   

Because art requires so much of our souls, it falls into the middle of a Venn diagram showing business and pleasure. Many of us write because we love it or it calls to us. Many of us also loathe the monetary aspects of it; we’d rather write our books than try to sell them. But if we want careers doing the thing we love; the business of writing plays a big role.

So what are your goals? Do you write solely for pleasure, or do you set goals with the aim of making a career of it? Do you write full time, or when you have time, or just when the whim strikes? There are absolutely no wrong answers here; creative pursuits are deeply personal.

I’ve known hobby writers who write stories every now and then or participate in NaNoWriMo every year but have never taken the next steps to publish their books. They love writing, but aren’t in any hurry to publish or even share their writing with anyone. I’ve also known writers at the other end of the spectrum, who are entrepreneurs who run their writing career like a business, with strict deadlines, quality standards, and detailed business plans. These extremes and everything in between are legitimate ways to handle your writing—only you can decide what your goals are—but one thing I’ve seen a lot lately are writers who want careers but still treat their writing like a hobby.

I’ve seen this manifest itself in two ways. Either authors are in such a rush to get their product to market they cut corners, or authors value the creative expression more than the packaging of the final project.

Here’s what I mean by that. I’ve seen a rash of social media posts from self-published authors recently that are some variation on, “I want to put books out but I don’t have the means to hire people to help me, so I’m just going to do what I can and hope for the best.” These are authors who don’t hire editors, who do their own covers (badly), who just type out a story and upload it. I’ve also seen writers who complain when reviewers ding them for bad editing, saying grammar shouldn’t matter, that the story is more important.

And, look, I get it. Author services are expensive. You could spend a few thousand dollars to produce a book if you hire top-quality editors, cover designers, and book formatters. There are many authors who can’t afford that. But I feel that authors aren’t taking their potential customers seriously if they skimp on the quality of the final product for the sake of putting out a book. They’re short-changing themselves, too, because bad covers and books riddled with mistakes turn off readers, so rather than cultivating a group of fans on which to build a career, they’re putting out books that may sell a few copies but probably won’t inspire repeat customers.

So why not work to save the money to hire quality people? Or why not try submitting that novel to a traditional publisher, who will take on the expense of packaging the book well?

Because, yes, a novel is a creative expression, but if you want a writing career, it’s also a product. You wouldn’t buy a piece of furniture missing some screws or a cake that is only half-frosted or clothing with seams that were incomplete. So why would you buy a book that is still unpolished? Why would you expect readers to buy that book?

Here’s why it’s important. Shifts in the market have made it harder to be competitive as a self-published author. The days when an author could upload a book, sell it for 99¢, and sell thousands of copies are largely over. This is not to say that self-publishing success cannot be achieved, but more that the authors who will do well are those who treat their writing careers seriously, and not as a hobby. They treat writing as a business, putting out polished projects that are well written, well edited, and have eye-catching covers.

Which means investing in your product, just as you would with any business. If you want to make furniture, you invest in the materials to make good-quality furniture. Why wouldn’t you do the same for a book? Put in the time to make the book as good as you can make it, which means studying craft and improving the quality of your writing, taking your time to write a good draft and revise it, working with critique partners to get feedback and improve, and then hiring an editor to put the final polish on it. All of these steps take time and work. If you don’t have the design skills, hire a cover designer. Pay for software to format your book, or hire a formatter. These are expenses, yes, and may end up being significant expenses if you hire quality people and pay them what they’re worth, but think of it as an investment to make your book a quality product.

The authors making six-figures self-publishing have a whole team of people they work with and put out books on a regular schedule. It’s an incredible amount of work—a successful writing career is a hell of a lot of work, full stop—but the payoff is worth it.

Or, if you really don’t have the means, the model of traditional publishing is that the publisher takes on the cost of making a quality product. Publishing isn’t either/or these days, so you could also consider going the traditional publishing route, building up a platform and a fan base, and then begin self-publishing as well for the higher royalty rates and more creative control, if that’s what you want. Studies indicate the most successful authors (from a financial standpoint) are hybrid authors who do a mix of self and traditional publishing.

But at the end of the day, you should decide for yourself what you want. If you want to write stories, put them out into the world, and would be delighted by a few sales, that’s great. But if you want a career, you have to invest in it.♥


Kate McMurray is an award-winning author of gay romance and an unabashed romance fan. When she’s not writing, she works as a nonfiction editor, dabbles in various crafts, and is maybe a tiny bit obsessed with baseball. She has served as President of Rainbow Romance Writers, the LGBT romance chapter of Romance Writers of America; and as Vice President of RWA/NYC. She lives in Brooklyn, NY. Visit her at www.katemcmurray.com.




Saturday, August 26, 2017

ESCAPE BY URSULA RENÉE


This week our members shared their experiences 
on writing through hard times.  Thank you for your support.




For more than a week, I heard my mother’s voice in my head as well as the scream I emitted when she told me the tragic news about my uncle. During this time, I had been dealing with various emotions. There was anger at the woman who took the life of an uncle whom I had fond memories of. I felt pain for my mother who was burying a brother almost a year after her mother passed. And, there was disbelief that the events unfolded while I was attending an RWA/NYC chapter meeting.


My son helped me get through those days by making sure I got out of bed and I ate. And, my co-workers offered reassuring hugs and ears. But, even with all their support, I still needed something to quiet the voices in my mind.

As a child, I turned to writing as an escape. If I was unhappy with my parents, I could create a world with understanding relatives or, better yet, a universe in which parents did not exist. But, after my uncle’s death, escaping was not that easy.

I was unable to look at my thrillers without thinking about the horrors that took place that Saturday morning and I had trouble believing in in a happy-for-now after the tragic end to a forty-five-year marriage. Therefore, I pulled out the notes I had for a historical novel.

Instead of writing words on a page, I research the time period in which my novel would be set. This gave me something to do other than sit in the middle of the bed and replay that Saturday afternoon in my head or wonder what led to the tragedy.

Once I regained my focus and I lost myself in worlds in which I controlled the ending. The good guys received their rewards and the bad were punished.

I do not know how psychologists would feel about my method of coping. However, it helped me get from one day to the next. Eventually, the pain lessened, the voice faded and once again I was able to believe in Happy-for-Now.♥


Ursula Renée writes stories set in the early and mid-twentieth century with a diverse cast who must examine their own beliefs and challenge society's conventions to reach their happy-for-now. Her latest novel, BITTER BLUES, is the second book in her Big Band Series and it explores the challenges an interracial couple faces after saying, “I do,” in the 1940s. When she is not writing, Ursula enjoys photography, drawing and stone carving. She is the mother to one son and two cats.

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Friday, August 25, 2017

BOOK COVER FRIDAY! FADE TO GRAY BY DEE DAVIS



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FADE TO GRAY
by Dee Davis
Pocito Press



SUMMARY:   When Emily Masterson wakes up in a strange bed with a dead man, she does the only thing she can think to do. She calls the one man who can help her. A man who betrayed her years ago—the only man she’s ever loved, Gideon Sloan.
  

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