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Julianne MacLean On Cowboy Sex Appeal - Give Me A Real Good Man

BY , JUNE 20, 2011 | PERMALINK

This morning author Julianne MacLean stops by to chat about Taken by the Cowboy, her new self-published romance that hits releases today. Get a special look at one of sources of inspiration and find out where you can pick up this new read!

I’m a romance writer, and I love my job. Want to know why? I get to do research, and some of it is mind-blowingly enjoyable.

Today I am releasing a new book called Taken by the Cowboy, and it’s a time travel romance, where a contemporary heroine is flung back to the Wild West. As soon as she gets there, she dodges bullets and squares off with a gorgeous, hunky, gunslinging sheriff in a black hat who makes her heart go pitter-patter.

What kind of man is he? I will now turn the stage over to YouTube for a visual demonstration, and I highly recommend that you click on the link and enjoy yourself. Seriously. Watch this. It doesn’t matter that it’s a Monday morning. In fact, that is all the more reason to watch it. Trust me, you’ll thank me afterward.


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Tags: E-Book, Romance
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The Librarian's Quest with Robyn Bachar

BY , JUNE 16, 2011 | PERMALINK

Author Robyn Bachar invites readers behind the scenes for an up-close look at the paranormal world of her two most recent e-books.

When I began building the supernatural world of The Importance of Being Emily and Blood, Smoke and Mirrors, there were a few must-have details that I wanted. First, it was important to me to not have any “accidental” vampires. If a magician wants to live forever, she’s going to have to study her butt off, put in years of training, and run the risk of the transformation not working at all. Second, I wanted to include a wide variety of paranormal creatures and magic users. Witches, shapeshifters, faeries, sorcerers, seers, librarians—

Yes, librarians. Magic librarians. Even vampire librarians.


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Tags: RT Daily Blog, E-Book, Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Romance
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Unbridled Books Is Offering Inexpensive E-Books Through Indie Bookstores

BY , JUNE 09, 2011 | PERMALINK

It seems like almost everyday news breaks about another independent bookstore closing. These stores are being edged out by bigger chains and online retailers, not to mention the rise in e-books. However, publisher Unbridled Books feels that there is a definite place for independent bookstores amidst the new era of technology. Unbridled has partnered with the American Bookseller Association in order to promote the IndieCommerce program and make affordable e-books available through the 250 indie bookstores that sell through Google’s ABA platform. 

To jumpstart the partnership, for the next three days Unbridled will be selling twenty-five of their e-books titles for 25 cents each. Digital books that readers will be able to purchase include M. Allen Cunningham’s Green Age of Asher Witherow which is a coming of age tale set in a 19th-century California mining town; Marc Estrin’s The Good Doctor Guillotine, a fictional novel that follows five characters that are all destined for the guillotine during the French Revolution; and Masha Hamilton’s The Distance Between Us, a moving tale of a journalist who loses her colleague and lover while on assignment in Lebanon.

For a complete list of Unbridled's e-books on sale, see the publisher's Facebook page


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Tags: E-Book
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Amanda E. Alvarez Wants You To Know Werewolves Are People Too

BY , MAY 26, 2011 | PERMALINK

"It is rare to find a paranormal story so rooted in reality." This is how the review for debut author Amanda E. Alvarez's Hunting Human begins. The author's paranormal romance impressed RT's Dawn Crowne with the way that this novel is very much a story about people who happen to be werewolves. So with that in mind, we went straight to the author to find out how she made her paranormal characters so real, so human. 

Braden Edwards, the hero from my debut novel, could totally be the guy that you’d meet on Match.com. I he had a profile, it might read: 6’0”, brown hair, athletic. His summary might tell you that he lives in Portland, works for the family business and has a fierce addiction to coffee. He’d tell you he’s the oldest of four kids, that his parents are still married, and that family is important to him. And somewhere, down at the bottom of the list behind his love of a good steak and appreciation for old architecture he’d tell you he’s a werewolf. Not because he’s necessarily trying to hide that fact, but because that’s where being a werewolf ranks in his life. Between steak and architecture. It doesn’t define him; it’s just a part of the whole.


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Tags: E-Book, Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
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How A Visit To A BDSM Club Inspired A Series Of Anthologies — With Excerpt!

BY , MAY 26, 2011 | PERMALINK

A couple years back, authors Cherise Sinclair and Belinda McBride took a "research fieldtrip" to San Francisco's Citadel, a well-known BDSM club. After their evening at the Citadel, they sat down to exchange notes on the experience and realized how differently they experienced the club. One thing led to another, and they decided to pitch a BDSM anthology to Loose Id. The idea would be three different women visiting a fictional club called Dark Haven on the same night. Fellow author Sierra Cartwright came on board and this month's Doms of Dark Haven was born. Today the authors answer our questions about the anthology and discuss what's coming next ...

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Tags: E-Book, Erotica
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Maria Zannini On The Zombie Chicken Apocalypse

BY , MAY 18, 2011 | PERMALINK

You may remember Maria Zannini from the Kensington/RT Writing With the Stars competition. This month the Zannini's newest tale of love and adventure, titled Apocalypse Rising, is releasing from Carina Press. Today the author gives readers a taste of her writing style with this special blog post! 


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Tags: E-Book, Science Fiction
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Wendy Soliman's Road To Publication

BY , MAY 09, 2011 | PERMALINK

Author Wendy Soliman shares a look back at the route she took to get published. She points out some of the pitfalls along the way and how she overcame obstacles to jump-start a successful e-book career.

I can't remember a time when I didn't invent stories in my head, making the world behave precisely as I thought it should. Seemed to me like a perfectly natural thing to do. But dreaming's one thing, committing those dreams to paper is entirely another, as I discovered when I picked up my pen eight years ago and got serious about it.

Even then, before e-publishing had really taken off and nobody had heard the dreaded words "credit crunch", everyone told me it was almost impossible to get an agent or publisher to look beyond the first page of a manuscript. But I was convinced I'd be the exception that proved the rule. I no longer had to bash my thoughts out on a typewriter and had the added bonus of the internet at my fingertips to help with research. It didn't occur to me that the same rules applied to all the other would-be writers out there, producing a glut of material that enabled the publishing houses to be even more selective.


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Tags: Aspiring Authors, E-Book
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Patricia Rice Publishes The Book Of Her Heart

BY , APRIL 27, 2011 | PERMALINK

When bestselling author Patricia Rice was unable to get "the book of her heart" published in traditional format, she self-published this cross-genre tale as the new e-book Evil Genius

Evil Genius begins with the line: “My name is Ana, and I’m a doormat.” That line has stayed with the book in all its incarnations because Ana is one of those rare characters who has depth from the moment she walks on the page, which meant she had to be written in first person.

The problem with first person is that a large part of the market detests first person, which makes editors leery of buying it. Despite knowing market limitations, I simply wrote the book that was in my head and heart. Evil Genius took me on a wild, fascinating ride. Characters tripped off my fingers. I had huge fun brainstorming second, third, and fourth books for a world-traveling family of eccentrics who knew how to find trouble without looking.


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Tags: Aspiring Authors, E-Book, Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
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T.L. Schaefer Gets Inspired By A Man In Uniform

BY , 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 , 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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