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Cheaper By The Dozen - This Week's Hot E-Book Deals

BY , APRIL 12, 2012 | PERMALINK

One of our favorite features of the e-revolution is the sheer amount of books you can pack into such a tiny digital device. But what do you do when the growing number of new reads causes your wallet to shrink uncomfortably? Shop the e-book deals, of course! In this column we highlight some of our favorite book buys that will cost you less than a medium-sized coffee. 

Historical Romance

Devil's Kiss by Zoe Archer

   

Buy For $1.99 >>

 

Contemporary Romance

My Last Blind Date by Susan Hatler

Buy For $.99 >>

 

Young Adult

Suburban Girl's Rebellion by India Lee

Buy For $.99 >>

         


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Smashwords Founder Mark Coker Shares Secrets of Self-publishing Success

BY , APRIL 12, 2012 | PERMALINK

When it comes to making it big in self-publishing, we all know it takes sales to make your e-book climb up bestseller lists. But how do you know what you should price your self-published story, whether your long and complicated epic is actually a trilogy disguised as one book and if authors who change the prices of their books frequently earn more or less for their troubles? Yesterday Mark Coker, the founder of Smashwords.com, an online publishing platform for authors and publishers, gave RT convention attendees a look at how to make “Money, Money, Money” at the panel by that name.

During this RT-exclusive workshop the founder of the self-publishing platform talked about the factors that impact sales, all based on the statistical data mined from the site. As of this week, Coker told us that he was drawing on the data of over one hundred ten thousand e-book authors' sales. Here is a taste of some of the data that he shared about the analysis of Smashword’s figures — and what it says about how you can have financial success with your self-published books!

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Do authors who offer free e-books earn more money?


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Tags: Aspiring Authors, RT Daily Blog, Convention, E-Book
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Part(y)ing Thoughts: Ellora’s Cave Chi-Town Hip Hop Stomp & Step Bash!

BY , APRIL 12, 2012 | PERMALINK

Tonight Ellora’s Cave helped us kick off the 2012 RT Booklovers Convention with a dance party that got us all movin', groovin’ and shakin’ our tail feathers! The publisher brought in a Hip Hop dance troupe to perform and teach us some moves including — but not limited to — the step, stomp and slap. And convention attendees got into the rhythm of things, dancing until the clock struck midnight!

Ellora's Cave authors were presented to the crowd

Hip-hop gear was mandatory


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Tags: RT Daily Blog, Convention, E-Book, Erotica
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RT Booklovers Convention 2012: A Day Of Sci Fi Romance

BY , APRIL 11, 2012 | PERMALINK

Today was out of this world for Science Fiction & Fantasy romance lovers! Conventioneers enjoyed a day full of mixing and mingling with some of the best names in the genre. Hosted by Linnea Sinclair, the Intergalactic Bar & Grille party returned this year and SFF romance readers enjoyed an hour of food, goodies and the company of some fabulous authors including Catherine Asaro, Marcella Burnard, Robin Hobb, Stacey Kade, Isabo Kelly, Liddy Midnight and Janet Miller (aka Cricket Starr).


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What It Is Like To Write For Adult And Teen Audiences ...

BY , APRIL 11, 2012 | PERMALINK

It’s no secret that the YA genre is exploding, and teenage heroes and heroines make up more than a handful of the characters that readers are looking forward to spending time with. So it’s no surprise that many established authors are double dipping, crafting both adult and teen tales are a few of our favorite names in fiction. On Wednesday at the RT Booklovers Convention, authors Ann Aguirre, Jenna Black, Sophie Jordan, Jeri Smith-Ready and Rachel Vincent’s conversation was moderated by Kelley Armstrong during the afternoon’s “The Kids are ‘Alright’ Adult to YA Fiction” panel. The topic was what it takes to transition back and forth across the line and these authors certainly  provided an insiders’ look at  some of the perks — and pitfalls — of “going both ways.”

The authors all agreed that when it comes to “genre-jumping” and moving to writing YA, that’s a little bit misleading.


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Get Up Close And Personal With Three Men Of Mystery: Hurwitz, O’Brien and Rollins

BY , APRIL 11, 2012 | PERMALINK


Panel moderator and RT Editor Stephanie Klose with authors Gregg Hurwitz, Kevin O'Brien and James Rollins

Have you ever wondered what it was like to crawl inside the dark and twisted mind of a mystery and thriller author? These authors craft terrifying stories complete with grisly murders, horrific kidnappings and a slew of truly desperate characters. Today RT convention attendees got a chance to find out exactly what it’s like to be Gregg Hurwitz, Kevin O’Brien and James Rollins. These authors chatted about one of their all-time favorite scary authors, how they were inspired to write, and of course — what’s coming next!

Some of our favorite moments of the event  took place as the authors were chatting together and bonding over their shared love of Hitchcock. (And it’s no surprise that the conversation moved at a fast and furious pace, considering the quick minds of all three authors.) 


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Tags: RT Daily Blog, Convention, Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
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RT Booklovers Convention 2012: Welcome Party

BY , APRIL 11, 2012 | PERMALINK

We’ve been waiting for this day for months, the morning when we begin the 2012 RT Booklovers Convention. The festivities begin with our annual Welcome Party. There was coffee and treats for us to nibble on as we settled in. Then RT Founder Kathryn Falk, president Kenneth Rubin and publisher Carol Stacy greeted attendees and shared a look at what will be taking place in the week ahead of us.


RT Book Reviews founder Kathryn Falk welcoming guests


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On The Shelves Tuesday 4/10/2012

BY , APRIL 10, 2012 | PERMALINK

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


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Inside The Issue: June 2012

BY , APRIL 09, 2012 | PERMALINK

The June issue of RT BOOK REVIEWS will be in stores soon, and here are some of the stories you can look forward to reading ...

Larissa Ione gives readers a glimpse inside her latest Lords of Deliverance series, Lethal Rider. Suspense authors Allison Brennan and Laura Griffin discuss writing and motherhood. And we announce the winners of our 2011 Reviewers Choice Awards. Meanwhile, we spotlight some of our favorite kick-butt heroines and share which authors are building their backlists. Plus, we update readers on where the winners of our American Title competition are now. And finally, we give you the details about next year's RT Booklovers Convention!

There's all this and more between the pages of the May 2012 issue of RT BOOK REVIEWS. You can also SUBSCRIBE NOW and get access to RT's Bonus Content coming next week. Until then, here's a sneak peek at the June issue's Table of Contents!


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Forewords - The Books Before The Buzz

BY , APRIL 09, 2012 | PERMALINK

With our 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

Historical Romance - Author Vanessa Kelly will take readers back to the Regency era for her Renegade Royals series about several heroes born out-of-wedlock that have aristocratic blood flowing through their veins. Readers can expect at least four novels in the series and two connected e-shorts, however no publication dates for these stories has been announced yet.

Romantic Suspense - Do you love the drama of stories about search and rescue teams? If so, be sure to check out Vivian Arend’s newest project. Her Adrenaline series is sure to make your heart race as this squad tries to beat the clock and track missing persons. Release date for the first book: TBA.

RETURNING FAVORITE SERIES


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