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Writes and Wrongs: On the conversation-killer "Please visit my site to check out my work ..."

BY Shiloh Walker, JANUARY 12, 2011 | PERMALINK

Best-selling author Shiloh Walker pens this bi-weekly column of online advice for writers. Walker is a full-time author who is published in both e-book and traditional print formats. Now she shares her experience and advice to help aspiring and published authors figure out the "Writes and Wrongs" of the digital world.

There are certain words that are almost a guarantee to turn other authors off your work. Now, not all authors, mind you. There may be some that don’t care. But there are some that do. Because these words are annoying…especially when they come right after you’ve been a compliment. 

It’s also usually something a new author tends to do a lot. It’s okay…because it’s a mistake a lot of authors make and unless you do it repeatedly, it’s not going to kill interest forever.

But these words can really put a damper on the conversation. Wanna know what they are?

Please visit my site to check out my work…


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Kim Murphy And The Cunning Folk

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 12, 2011 | PERMALINK

During a time when people believed that witchcraft was behind their misfortunes, Kim Murphy found inspiration for her latest historical fiction. Look back into the 1600 and 1700s when witch-hunts ran rampant throughout society and learn about the role that “cunning folk” play in Murphy’s new novel, The Dreaming: Walks Through Mist.

Imagine a beautiful woman being searched for minor body imperfections that would prove she was a witch. This scene was played out all across Europe. In North America, most people think of Salem, but in truth the first witch trial held on the continent took place in Virginia. As a Virginia resident, I was intrigued to learn more, and the premise became the basis for my paranormal/historical novel, The Dreaming: Walks Through Mist.


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On The Bookshelves Tuesday 1/11/2011

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 11, 2011 | PERMALINK

Here's a look at the titles we love that hit shelves this week.


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More From Debut YA Author Beth Revis

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 11, 2011 | PERMALINK

Beth Revis’ debut novel Across the Universe is an RT January Top Pick! This fast-paced, futuristic YA will have your pulse pounding as teens Amy and Elder race to discover the identity of the killer aboard their spaceship. In the January issue of RT BOOK REVIEWS magazine, readers got to learn about the making of this new tale in the Teen Scene article “Star Struck.” Now the author answers a few more of our questions about that book that hits stores today!  

RT BOOK REVIEWS: Tell us about the trilogy. Do you have the second and third books written? Plotted? Can you give us spoilers (like are they finally going to land on the planet?!)?

Beth Revis: Haha! Yes, I do have the entire trilogy planned, and I know what the final scene of the third book will be. But I'm keeping mum about the details! I'll only say this: At least two things you think are true from the first book are actually lies.


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FBI Agents, Detectives and Marshals—Oh My!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 11, 2011 | PERMALINK

Inspirational author Irene Hannon has transitioned from writing contemporary series books to creating tales of romantic suspense. Discover which classic tales of suspense inspired the author to try her hand at this new genre and find out what she's learned as she starts her second romantic suspense series.

When I decided to dip my toes into romantic suspense after writing 20+ contemporary series romances, I knew I’d be entering a whole new world.

It wasn’t going to be Kansas anymore.

And taking such a plunge is always a little scary.

But I’ve loved romantic suspense ever since my Nancy Drew days. In fact, my first novel—now buried in the deepest, darkest corner of my closet, where it shall forever remain—was a romantic suspense. And it was bad. Really bad. I didn’t have the law enforcement background to write that kind of book, nor was the internet around in those days. So I went with contemporary romance.

A few years ago, however, the urge to write romantic suspense returned.


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Kimberla Lawson Roby And Ten Tips For Improving Your Relationship

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 11, 2011 | PERMALINK

In Kimberla Lawson Roby's latest mainstream novel, Love, Honor and Betray, Reverend Curtis Black’s marriage and family are falling apart as he and his wife have extramarital affairs. Now the author talks about cheating and offers her ten tips for keeping your relationship cheating-proof and full of passion.

Love, honor, and cherish…such simple vows. But what happens when they become love, honor and betray? Or maybe a more common question is, why do some married folks feel the need to cheat in the first place? Why do many of them feel as though they just can’t be happy with the same old spouse until death? Well, I’m sure if you asked ten different people, you’d likely receive ten different answers, but in the end, (and this is only in my opinion) it all boils down to one very vital detail: Men and women cheat, because he or she isn’t being treated the way he or she used to be treated when the marriage first began. 


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Forewords - Buzz Before The Books

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 10, 2011 | PERMALINK

With our new column, Forewords, we let readers know the latest book news about some of the web team's most-anticipated upcoming releases across the genres — just as the projects are announced!

NEW SERIES ALERT

Paranormal - Stephanie Tyler begins a new paranormal series, which will feature two groups of werewolves and the problems they have with werehunters and witches. No word on a release date yet, but the first book in the series is titled Dire Needs.

QUICK READS WE CAN'T WAIT FOR

Series - A seemingly sensible executive assistant quits her job and seduces her former boss in Cat Schield’s 2012 release, Winning a Millionaire.

Fantasy - Jay Lake’s contemporary dark fantasy novella about extreme body modification will be published in 2011. Prime Books will release the story, which is titled Love in the Time of Metal and Flesh. 


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Meet Mary Jane Clark's Newest Heroine - With Recipe!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 10, 2011 | PERMALINK

Mystery author Mary Jane Clark shares the inspiration for the heroine of To Have and to Kill, the first story her new Wedding Cake Mystery series. Twenty-something Piper Donovan has just returned home to help out at her mother’s bakery. And don’t miss a special taste of this new heroine with Piper’s Simple Buttercream Icing recipe at the end of this post!

While I was watching television one morning, Martha Stewart appeared to publicize her book: Wedding Cakes. The book featured more than 100 wedding cakes, each one beautiful, luscious-looking and incredibly creative. Each cake was a work of art, a mini-masterpiece. I wanted to see more. I bought the book.

The pages were filled with the most mouth-watering and eye-pleasing visual images: Daisy Garden Cake, Lemon Grove Cake, Pink Lusterware Cake, Banana Orchid Cake, Garden of Sweet Delights Cake, Lily-of-the-Valley Cake, Devils’ Food Finale Cake, Tuscan Grapes Cake, Seven Tier Coconut Cake and on and on. Each cake was as colorful and whimsical as its name implied. Each was expertly designed and executed. 


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How To Load Books Onto Your iDevice

BY Dear Jane, JANUARY 10, 2011 | PERMALINK

Welcome to Dear Jane, a weekly column based upon reader mailbag questions on anything relating to e-books. No question is too simple or too mundane. We are all learning together. Send your questions Jane@DearAuthor.com with "Dear Jane" in the subject matter.

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Dear Jane: I just got an iPad for Christmas, but have never worked anything like this device before! I am excited to read books on the iPad, but am totally confused about how to go about it. Help!

-M.

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Dear M: Not to worry adding books to the iPad, iPhone or iTouch (hereinafter collectively referred to as iThing) is quick and easy to do using a process called sideloading. In order to do this, you must use iTunes. Here is how it is done:


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WEEKLY WEB WRAP UP 1/7/2011

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 07, 2011 | PERMALINK

Were you busy all week with the fallout from your Midnight Kiss, New Year Wish?

Here's what you missed on the RT Website.

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Mystery: Three authors share how food figures into their mysteries with recipes! Get a taste >>

Contemporary Romance: Author Jennifer Greene reflects on the genre's evolution. Read on >>

Historical Romance: Take a trip to the far-flung corners of Regency England. Find out how >>

Inspirational: James L. Rubart reveals the inspiration for his new novel. Learn more >>


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