Now Available at Barnes & Noble

Impending Reveries is now available at Barnes & Noble! Squeeeee!

Price: $2.99

Link: Impending Reveries

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Published in: on November 7, 2011 at 10:00 AM  Leave a Comment  
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Goodreads

I have heard that Goodreads is a great site for authors and readers alike. So I spent some time setting up a profile and adding some of the books that I’ve read. Wow! There are too many for me to add them all.But I’m working on it. Especially the books written by authors I know personally. I’ve also reviewed a few and rated them all.

That’s something that readers don’t do enough of, IMO. Give the author feedback. I don’t care how big the author is. Knowing that a reader took the time to rate or review your book is an amazing feeling. It’s like when you were in school and the most popular kid in class said hello. It’s that kind of amazing.

You see, to an author, the readers are the popular kids. They are the ones that matter. Their opinions can make or break an author’s reputation. So if you haven’t done it yet, join Goodreads! Rate the books you’ve read. Give an honest review. Oh, and add me as a friend cause I can never have too many of those. 😉

I had to manually add Impending Reveries to their list, but it’s there now. Make sure to add it to your bookshelf.

I haven’t done a lot of exploring yet. Just set up the basics. So I want to ask you: how do you use Goodreads?

Published in: on October 19, 2011 at 10:00 AM  Comments (2)  
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Not so Happy with the Happily Ever After

Have you ever read a book where you wanted the heroine to end up with the bad guy? That was me this past weekend.

Don’t get me wrong, I loved the heroine. It was her relationship with the hero that I had issues with.

The hero thought she was a 15 yo boy when they first met, but through many twists and turns she turned out to be the model that he had drooled over for years. That still wasn’t what I had a problem with.

What I DID have a problem with was, the hero was booooring. I just couldn’t like him. The heroine had a lively sense of adventure but the hero was a dullard. (I know, this happens in real life all the time but I don’t like it in romance novels.)

By the end of the book, I was wanting the serial killer to get rid of the hero and run away with the heroine (which was what he wanted also).

It was a frustrating book. I know that as writers, we need to make the reader like/feel sorry for the bad guy, but to make him more likable than the hero is not a good thing.

Have you ever liked the villan more than the main character?

Published in: on June 14, 2010 at 8:00 AM  Comments (3)  
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Writers NEED to Read

I had an argument a discussion with a family member yesterday about why I read. He didn’t understand the writer’s need to read.

For starters, we need to keep up to date as to what is being sold. I skim all of the best seller lists and notice what genre each book is. This helps me to know how my current projects will be received by the public.

We also need to read books from the publishers that we are considering. I go to their websites and click through to buy their new releases. This lets me see what they like. The voice, genre, and story length.

If the story I’m considering writing has a similar book out there; I MUST read it and consider if mine will be different enough to sell.

Reading has always been a hobby of mine but now that I’m a writer, it’s also work. I love my job!!!! 🙂

Why do YOU read?

Published in: on June 11, 2010 at 8:57 AM  Comments (3)  
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The Adventures of … my son?

I recently gave my son The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. This book is a classic and I think that he’ll enjoy it, but I’m starting to get worried.

The language in the book is not what I’m worried about. He knows that there are some words in it that he is not allowed to say. We have discussed certain words and their meanings and he doesn’t understand why people would use a word to cause anyone pain. (For that matter, I don’t understand it either.)

What I am worried about is simple: will Tom be a bad influence on my son? I am VERY overprotective and that boy got into some MAJOR mischief. What if my son thinks it would be fun to experience some of the things that Tom did?

I know I’m being silly and I’m not going to stop him from reading it. Venting my worries here has made me feel a little better. And the closest river is a thirty minute drive, so at least I don’t have to worry about that part.

Did you have “friends” that influenced your childhood shenanigans? (They can be characters in a book or real life.)

Published in: on June 4, 2010 at 8:00 AM  Comments (2)  
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Talking to Books

Yes, I’m one of those. I’m a talker. Whether it’s a book or a movie, I talk to the characters and sometimes scream out my frustrations to the inanimate objects.

Yesterday was one of those days. My hubby has almost gotten used to it, but yesterday he was shocked. He was in the other room watching Star Trek when I started talking to the book.

Me: Oh, man! This sucks!

Him: Bad book or tortured character?

Me: Neither.

When I didn’t explain, he came to me and sat in a chair for one of his pep-talks, I suspect. He took in my pouted lip and the way my eyes never left the computer. Finally, I turned and explained.

It was a really great story. In fact the blurb had me hooked. I bought it without noticing that it was a short story. And that was the problem. The end came before I wanted it to. I wanted more.

Hubby, of course, rolled his eyes. Being a non-reader, he just doesn’t understand the way that I feel about books. The characters are real to me and I experience what they experience.

So, hubby thinks I’m crazier than ever. I don’t care. Those characters will live on in my mind and he can just go watch Star Trek.

Published in: on May 19, 2010 at 7:00 AM  Comments (6)  
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