Friday, October 20, 2017

BOOK COVER FRIDAY! A TIME OF FEAR & LOVING BY ALICE ORR


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A TIME OF FEAR & LOVING
Book 5, Riverton Road series
by Alice Orr


A hot car and a hot guy can get a girl into trouble. 

Maybe that’s what Amanda Miller needs. But how much trouble is too much trouble? Dead bodies on the riverbank? A possible kidnapping? Sexy detective Mike Schaeffer might save the day. But who will protect Amanda’s heart?

 
A TIME OF FEAR & LOVING is Book 5 of the Riverton Road Romantic Suspense series set in Riverton, NY, featuring the Kalli and Miller families and the Women of West Main to be introduced in Book 6.  


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Friday, October 6, 2017

BOOK COVER FRIDAY! SEDUCTION EN POINTE BY GEMMA SNOW


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SEDUCTION EN POINTE
by Gemma Snow
Loose Id



SUMMARY:   When successful TV star of the Queen Anne’s Revenge, Nicco Castillo, finds his boyfriend in bed with another man, he goes full-on Hollywood trainwreck that lands him in ER. Next thing he knows, the producers are shipping him off to Paris to shape up and learn to dance for the next season’s story arc. But his incredibly tempting Parisian ballet instructor, Isabelle La Croix, makes that all too difficult, especially when he learns about her decadent desires--desires Nicco is all too pleased to indulge in. Against the ballet barre, the balcon railing, and wherever and for however long Isabelle is willing to have him.




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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.