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T.L. Schaefer Gets Inspired By A Man In Uniform

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 26, 2011 | PERMALINK

Author T.L. Schaefer (aka Keira Ramsay) chats about the enduring appeal of a man in uniform. Learn why Schaefer gravitates towards a hero who is part of the armed forces and what is distinctive about the man who holds the heroine's heart in Schaefer's latest tale, Behind Blue Eyes.

Is there anything sexier than a man in uniform? Be they armed services members, cops or firefighters, a man in uniform has always pushed my happy buttons. Heck, I found them fascinating even before I realized they were sexy!

After I figured it out, I didn’t wait long to find my very own man in uniform, and we celebrated our twentieth anniversary earlier this year. So when I started writing, it was only natural that my first hero would be a cop, my heroine an Air Force officer. 

Now, over a decade later, writing about these warriors is still one of my favorite things to do. 


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Tags: E-Book, Romance
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RT BOOKLovers Convention 2011: Doing It Digitally

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 12, 2011 | PERMALINK

With digital e-readers all the rage, it is clear that we've entered a new era in alternative publishing. On last week's panel "The Digital Age: A Mainstream Perspective" agents and publishers shared insiders' looks about the impact that e-books are having on the traditional methods of publishing, and how the e-revolution will affect authors and readers. Check out what was said in this very special guest blog from RT's Stacey Agdern.

Change. How to handle change. So many panels on digital books focus on that very particular idea. And they should. Because change is afoot, and those who don’t pay attention will be left behind. However, what was pointed out on the panel "Digital Age: A Mainstream Perspective” is that during the 2010 holiday season, the rise of e-books is no longer in the future — it is here. What publishers were shown in December and January is that digital books have officially become mainstream. 

But what does this mean for people in the industry? Agent Ethan Ellenberg raised questions about the need to duplicate the print experience on an e-level. Is it possible (or even beneficial) to take the experience of browsing a bookstore shelf to "turning the pages" of an e-reader? 


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Tags: Aspiring Authors, RT Daily Blog, Convention, E-Book
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RT Booklovers Convention 2011: Scenes From The E-Book Expo And Graphic Novel Book Fair

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 08, 2011 | PERMALINK

Today's E-Book Expo And Graphic Novel Book Fair featured over a hundred e-book authors and graphic novel writers and artists. Among the authors in attendance were such big names as L.A. Banks, Melissa de la Cruz, Jayne Rylon and Gennita Low. At the Expo, there were also publisher exhibits and representatives from Barnes & Noble's Nook, Circle of Seven Productions, Kobo and Savvy Media Services. It was a sight to behold as readers took advantage of the opportunity to get close to the authors they love!

 

 

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At RT, when we want author news we have lots of blog sites we visit. So we had to ask the authors when not writing where they go online.


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Tags: Comics/Graphic Novels/Manga, RT Daily Blog, Convention, E-Book
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RT Booklovers Convention 2011: Wooing The Masses With E-Book Marketing

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 07, 2011 | PERMALINK

At this morning’s E-Book Marketing Panel “Wooing the Masses" e-book authors from across the genres shared their tips on effective e-marketing. The authors offering advice were Eden Bradley, Mari Carr, Kristen Painter and Jayne Rylon.


During the panel, each author discussed the different things they have done to market themselves and what they found most effective. Mari Carr, who recently co-authored the erotic e-book Northern Exposure with Jane Rylon, said that she felt that she was lucky to find another writer whose voice worked so well with hers. By having a co-author, the writers were able to split both the costs of promotion as well as the workload. Mari shared that they chose to focus their recent marketing efforts on connecting to readers using social media. For example they used Twitter to promote 140 character book quotes and hosted an excerpt party on Facebook.


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Tags: Aspiring Authors, RT Daily Blog, Convention, E-Book
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Meet Rebecca Royce's Westervelt Wolves

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MARCH 24, 2011 | PERMALINK

Rebecca Royce looks back at the evolution of her popular paranormal series about shapeshifters The Westervelt Wolves. Learn how inspiration for this furry clan struck the author like a bolt of lightening, and what fans can expect next.

Welcome to Westervelt!

Let me start out by saying that I am so unbelievable excited to be here today blogging about my series: The Westervelt Wolves. Thank you so much for having me!

The Westervelt Wolves started with the book Her Wolf. It is the story of Tristan and Ashlee and how their love story began the struggle of the Westervelt Wolves to reclaim their lives from the horror their father’s evil plots pushed upon them. Her Wolf came to me one day when I was at the zoo with my kids. I looked at the wolf pen and, since I am a fan of all things paranormal romance, I thought: “what if one of these wolves was not a wolf but a wolf-shifter trapped in that cage?”


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Tags: E-Book, Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
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Barry Eisler Turns Down A Half A Million Dollar Contract To Self-Publish

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MARCH 21, 2011 | PERMALINK

Could you walk away from a $500,000 contract? That is exactly what thriller author Barry Eisler has just done. Eisler recently announced that his lucrative deal with St. Martin's Press to publish the next two book in his John Rain series is off!

The original deal was the result of an auction that Eisler's agent, Dan Conaway, held last fall. However, Eisler has decided to instead go the self-publishing route. He made the announcement public by posting a discussion with fellow author J.A. Konrath this weekend online.


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Tags: RT Daily Blog, E-Book, Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
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Dear Jane: What Apps Do You Need For Each Device?

BY Dear Jane, FEBRUARY 17, 2011 | PERMALINK

http://www.kobobooks.com/smartphonesWelcome 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 to Jane@DearAuthor.com with "Dear Jane" in the subject matter.

Dear Jane: I was wondering if it would be possible for you to do a write up about what devices can download from each of these companies and what apps you would need to use. I know that on the Borders site they ask you to download the free Borders eBook app but I'm not sure if that is for a laptop, iPad, Kindle, etc. Same with Amazon and B&N. - M

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Dear M: If you are reading on a dedicated e-book reader like the Kindle, nook, Sony, or Kobo, these devices do not any apps to be downloaded in order to read an e-book. In fact, these devices won't allow you to add new apps.* For a laptop or desktop, you have the following choices. I am just listing the programs with my recommendations. Over the next few weeks, I will do a mini rundown of each set of programs as it is too much for one post.


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Tags: RT Daily Blog, E-Book
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Get Hot For The Holiday!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, FEBRUARY 14, 2011 | PERMALINK

Get hot hot hot for Valentine's Day with the new erotica novella from Cindy Spencer Pape. On this day for romance, chocolate and big gestures, treat yourself — or someone you love — to this steamy new tale. 

Valentine's Heart features strangers Val and Cora, who are reluctantly brought together by a dating service that neither of them signs up for. But their unlikely beginning doesn't slow down this pair that is indeed perfectly matched. Val and Cora create sparks when they do meet and they quickly head off to an exotic, erotic vacation full of sensual pleasures.

This novella is sure to get you in the mood for love. Readers will enjoy the kink-quotient which includes sexy toys and more!

Read the *Web Exclusive Review* >>


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Tags: RT Daily Blog, E-Book, Erotica
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Keeping The Love Alive Beyond The First Book

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, FEBRUARY 11, 2011 | PERMALINK

So you've published your first book in a new series and things seem to be going well but, how do you avoid the dreaded "series second slump"? There's nothing worse than losing fans because after an explosive first book the second book in your series only fizzles. So we tracked down an author whose series second is a success. Romantic Suspense author Marie Force made a splash on the e-scene with Fatal Affair back in June and wowed fans again in January with her equally excellent Fatal Justice. Now the author shares her secrets to keeping readers in love with her series!


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Dear Jane: Ten Tips For New E-Book Readers

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 27, 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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Hi Jane, I'd like to talk some basic care and keeping of my new e-reader. What are the essentials for keeping my brand new reader alive and working well?

- Rhyan

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