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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Are you coming? I AM!!!


Reading is sexy 

Join ARe for a Video Premiere sure to convince you:
Reading Is Sexy

ARe is hosting a party to celebrate the launch of a very special video and you're invited!

Join them for the debut of, Reading is Sexy on January 31stThe party will take place at http://www.shindig.com/event/allromanceebooks at 8pm US Eastern and last approximately one hour. 

Attendees will get to meet, greet and interact with authors and other readers as well as have a chance to win the many prizes they'll be handing out during the event. 

We want to show the world what romance readers have always known -- Reading Is Sexy.

Reading is Sexy

GRIMM ~ Joesph Spencer

Pet Peeves of the Publishing Industry 

You’ve finished your masterpiece, and by the grace of the book gods it’s going to be published. You’re work is finished, right? Wrong!
Many first-time authors make the mistake of thinking the majority of the heavy lifting is finished with the book writing process. That may be the end of their comfort zone, but it’s only the beginning of their work load. There are several steps in the publishing process in which authors must participate to help make their novel a success.
Some publishers will refuse to accept future work from an author if they feel that author hasn’t made a good faith effort on aspects of the book outside of the writing. With that in mind, here’s a list of publishing industry no-nos to avoid:

1.     Avoiding social media
Our world is shrinking because of the Web. Publishers expect their authors to be their own best supporter by utilizing social networking sites to build a following from family, friends, coworkers and other acquaintances who are likely to support their work. All prospective authors should begin making a network of contacts online through Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Goodreads, Google+ and appropriate writers groups on Yahoo! or other sites. You may also want to create a separate Facebook account for each book so that you can encourage writer friends, family and others to Like you on Facebook and leave comments. A failure to utilize the free marketing on social networking sites will raise a red flag with publishers.

2.    No online presence
One of the best ways an author can make a good first impression with readers is by creating an attractive Web site independent of their presence with their publisher and online retail outlets such as Amazon and Barnesandnoble.com. Your site should be your best sales pitch in convincing a stranger who has never heard of you to try your book. Your site should include photos of your book cover, yourself and perhaps candid shots of you with your spouse or pet or at a literary event. It should also include all there is to know about your book including character sketches, a synopsis, a video trailer, podcasts, an announcements area where you share your upcoming appearances and a place where your readers can write you to give you feedback. Publishers want to see you active on your site, and won’t take kindly to sloughing off on it. 


Title: Grim

Series: Sons of Darkness Series, Book 1

Author: Joseph Spencer

Genre: Crime, Dark, Horror, Mystery, Paranormal, Thriller,

Publisher: Damnation Books


Words: 93,000

Book Description:

When everything is taken from him, Detective Adam White must choose what's most important. Does he stick to the heroic ideals which made him a famed paragon of justice and take down a murderous madman? Or does he give in to his vigilante impulses, avenge his wife's murder, and become the type of killer he's hunted for so many years?  


3.    Skimping on marketing materials
Publishers would like to see authors get creative with how they promote their work. There are a number of items authors can create cheaply as giveaways to help attract interest in their work. Putting your cover art and email address on business cards, post cards, bookmarks, notepads, pens, mugs and various other items that you offer at appearances for free can equal sales later on. Anything that gets your name in front of a prospective buyer is a good thing.  Authors also can put together slick sell sheets, media kits and other handouts which can be mailed to reviewers, media, libraries and retailers on their home computers. Nothing gets you in the dog house with a publisher faster than failing to self promote.

4.    Unwillingness to edit
Some authors are very temperamental about their material remaining how it’s written. In some cases, changes to the narrative may vastly alter their intended message or tone to the book. The fine line between artistic expression and deferring to marketing professionals is something in which each author must decide for themselves. Other authors loathe the editing process altogether and expect editors from the publishing house to bear the brunt of the work. A failure to make suggested changes or to completely rework passages may end up in a publishing deal collapsing.

5.    Coming off cocky
Industry professionals hear book pitches all the time. Almost all of them claim to be the next bestseller or that the proposed novel is better than the novels already out in the marketplace. This is the wrong approach to take. Many agents and publishing houses view this type of approach on some level as if you’re telling them they don’t know how to judge talent and they made a mistake in representing/selling current clients and titles. Needless to say, you don’t want to insult the person you’re trying to win over to make your publishing dreams a reality.

Joe Spencer is the author of Grim, a paranormal crime thriller released by Damnation Books in September 2012. It’s the first in the planned Sons of Darkness series. His second book, Wrage, is due out in 2013. He can be reached at www.josephbspencer.com.

About the Author:

Joseph Spencer is the author of the Sons of Darkness series launched by his debut novel, Grim, on September 1, 2012. Work on his second book of the series, Wrage, is already underway and is expected to be released some time in 2013.

The Sons of Darkness is a series of paranormal crime thrillers following investigations into mysterious deaths in the central Illinois city of Prairieville. Home of the notorious serial killer, The Reaper, Prairieville has had a history of violence centered on an ongoing feud between the Marino and Black organized crime families. When bodies start showing up again at the abandoned Marino State Hospital, many fear the Reaper has returned. The people of Prairieville are about to find out their problems stem from a supernatural source which has lurked in secret for decades.

As a boy, Joseph Spencer immersed himself in the deductive logic of Sherlock Holmes, the heroic crime fighting of Batman and Spider-Man, and a taste for the tragic with dramas from poets like Shakespeare and Homer.
Before Joseph took to spinning his own tales, he pursued a career in print sports journalism, graduating with honors from Clinton (IL) High School in 1996 and summa cum laude from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale in 2000. He covered such events as NASCAR’s Subway 500 race in Martinsville, the NBA Draft Camp in Chicago, the Junior College World Series, and Minor League Baseball’s Midwest League All-Star Game during a ten-year career throughout the Midwest. Now, he works as an emergency telecommunications specialist with an Illinois police department. The combination of years of writing experience with a background working with law enforcement professionals gave rise to his writing aspirations.
Joseph was married Dr. Amy (Waggoner) Spencer, an accomplished veterinary doctor, on March 14, 2012. He received word his debut novel was accepted by his publisher, Damnation Books, the next day. Joseph and Amy look forward to their honeymoon in Paris in September 2012. Murphy, a 15-year-old orange tabby, is perhaps the most vocal member of the family. The Spencer family enjoys reading Charlaine Harris, George R.R. Martin, Mary Janice Davidson, and most paranormal stories. The Spencers also enjoy quoting movie lines from The Princess Bride, Rain Man, Bridesmaids, and Office Space.

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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Have you heard of...

 Don't you just love it when you get a book recommendation from a friend and you love it? I do and I have to say THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, to Kat from The Book Tart.



By:  Alice Clayton
Published By: Omnific Publishing
Published: Nov 27, 2012
Word Count: 120,000


Caroline Reynolds has a fantastic new apartment in San Francisco, a KitchenAid mixer, and no O (and we’re not talking Oprah here, folks). She has a flourishing design career, an office overlooking the bay, a killer zucchini bread recipe, and no O. She has Clive (the best cat ever), great friends, a great rack, and no O.

Adding insult to O-less, since her move, she has an oversexed neighbor with the loudest late-night wallbanging she’s ever heard. Each moan, spank, and–was that a meow?–punctuates the fact that not only is she losing sleep, she still has, yep, you guessed it, no O.

Enter Simon Parker. (No, really, Simon, please enter.) When the wallbanging threatens to literally bounce her out of bed, Caroline, clad in sexual frustration and a pink baby-doll nightie, confronts her heard-but-never-seen neighbor. Their late-night hallway encounter has, well, mixed results. Ahem. With walls this thin, the tension’s gonna be thick…

In her third novel, Alice Clayton returns to dish her trademark mix of silly and steamy. Banter, barbs, and strutting pussycats, plus the sexiest apple pie ever made, are dunked in a hot tub and set against the gorgeous San Francisco skyline in this hot and hilarious tale of exasperation at first sight.

So why am I so excited about a book I haven't even finished yet? 

1. The cover - I'm a cover girl and WOW- I love it! I like, I want, I must have, I buy it!
2. It's a recommend from a friend and what could be better than that.
3. The is funny, relatable, steamy, her inner voice is great!
4. Lastly, when a book grabs you in at the first six lines you know it's a keeper...

image "Oh, God."
"Oh, God."
Thump, thump.
What the...
"Oh, God, that's so good!"

Now you know you want to find out what this is all about, don't you :)  

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Seduced by Innocence by Kimberly Kinrade

Seduction comes in many forms.
"Liquid fire poured into me, filling me with the intimate sense of him as he leaned in to claim my lips with his own. I reached for him, needing him closer, but my arms couldn't close the distance between us, which grew wider with each hitched breath. So close to finally feeling something real, something carnal and deep, I cried out in frustration, dropping my hands as he disappeared. My cries deepened into a frenzy of panic and my eyes flew open. I clutched my blanket and stilled myself to calm my racing heart.  

Just a dream. Always just a dream." 

 Rose Wintersong didn't have an ordinary upbringing. Raised in what most would call a hippy commune, but what is actually a powerful coven of witches, she never questions the life fate chose for her. 

Until she meets Derek O'Conner. 

Derek challenges everything Rose believes and forces her to see the secrets hidden beneath the whitewashed walls of her idyllic country life. 

Rose knows she should walk away, that the sexy martial arts instructor is bad news bred to create discord in her tight community… but the animal magnetism between them is impossible to fight. 

Caught between the passion of first love, and the steady beat of the life she's always known, Rose must choose between the innocence of her youth or the pleasures of womanhood—but lost innocence comes at a price, and Rose harbors a dark secret that could destroy everyone she loves—including Derek.  

Submit to the Seduced Saga as Derek and Rose face their future while unraveling the mysteries of their past.  

By Sure to mark as "Want to read" on Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4687115.Kimberly_Kinrade

  "Kimberly Kinrade will be giving away a custom made rose pendant based on the book cover, if she gets 1,000 adds on Goodreads before the launch on January 21, 2013.
Look for these books in 2013
January 21, 2013 -Seduced by Innocence
February 14, 2013 -Seduced by Power
TBA-Seduced by Pleasure
TBA-Seduced by Pain
TBA-Seduced by Love(less)

Kimberly Kinrade was born with ink in her veins and magic in her heart. She writes fantasy and paranormal stories for all ages and still believes in magic worlds. Check out her YA paranormal series The Forbidden Trilogy, her lower grade fantasy series The Three Lost Kids, and watch for her New Adult romance and fantasy books coming in 2013 including The Seduced Saga, Sunrise and Nightfall, Death by Destiny and The Fallen Trilogy and her next YA fantasy adventure, The Reluctant Familiar. You can find her books on Amazon, B&N and Goodreads among other fine retailers.

 When she's not writing, she runs Daring Books Design & Marketing with her husband, Dmytry Karpov, where they help authors with all manner of marketing, editing, and design needs until such a time that their brilliant children take over the business for them. 

She lives with her three little girls who think they're ninja princesses with super powers, her two cats who think they're gods (and probably are), her two dogs who think they're humans and her husband, also known as the sexy Russian Prince, who is the love of her life and writing partner. 

Website  http://KimberlyKinrade.com 
Twitter: @KimberlyKinrade 
Facebook: /KimberlyKinrade 
Amazon: http://Amazon.com/author/kimberlykinrade 
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4687115.Kimberly_Kinrade 

If you're an author looking for help in marketing, editing, design or self-publishing, check out http://DaringBooksDesign.com 

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