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Be A Part Of The Novel: Live - UPDATED!

BY Whitney Sullivan, JANUARY 27, 2011 | PERMALINK

The sensational folks behind The Novel: Live (thirty six authors, six days, one co-written novel) are offering us the chance to get involved — again.

Back in October thirty six authors — including such big names as Julia Quinn, Elizabeth George, Deb Caletti and Susan Wiggs — worked together to create a single novel. They did this over the course of six days, writing in front of an audience and taking their suggestions, to raise money for literacy. Amazing, right? That line-up impressive as someone who doesn't even like speaking in public I can't imagine being able to put together an entire story in front of an audience!

The resulting novel from this charity event will be e-published by Open Road Media this May. And I am positively rabid to get my hands on this story, I mean, look at the authors involved. But before the book can hit digital bookshelves, these authors need our help with one more thing ... naming the book.


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Three Ladies Who Love A Good Steam

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 26, 2011 | PERMALINK

Reading romance is all about getting a glimpse into exciting times and new worlds and there is nothing more adventurous than the re-imagined Victorian-era tales of Steampunk fiction. To keep up with the new sub-genre, RT's Morgan interviewed Mari Fee, Sahara Kelly and Tilda Booth, authors who have Steampunk e-novellas from Samahin Publishing's Silk, Steel and Steam series. 

Morgan Doremus: Steampunk is still a relatively new sub-genre in the paranormal/fantasy category. Can each of you define what you see Steampunk as and how your story fits into the genre?


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Digital Lending On Your Kindle Or Nook

BY Dear Jane, JANUARY 21, 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.

Dear Jane: I must admit that I'm a little bit befuddled when it comes to the new lending policies that are available on e-readers. Can you tell me what I should know about them? - W.

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Dear W:

On the Kindle 14 day lending period. The recipient has 7 days to accept the borrowed book and the 14 day lending period begins upon the acceptance. You can lend a book only once.

On the nook 14 day lending period. Lendee has one week to "open" or acknowledge receipt. Once opened, the 14 day clock for lending begins. More here from commenter Joy.

The problem is that few books are lendable. Of my 400+ Kindle books, only a handful are lendable. I hope this changes over time. The lending feature is so restrictive that I can't see it accounting for a lost sale and by offering lending, you are making a digital book have more value.


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Keeping In The Holiday Spirit: A Midwinter Fantasy

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 12, 2011 | PERMALINK

With blizzards hitting all over the country, it is nice to escape from the cold curled up with a good book. This season, we recommend the paranormal anthology A Midwinter Fantasy to transport yourself to wonderful faraway lands. RT's Web Editor Morgan Doremus shares an in-depth author interview with the anthology's authors, Leanna Renee Hieber, L.J. McDonald and Helen Scott Taylor about what you can expect inside their three new novellas!

Morgan Doremus: Can each of you describe the paranormal creatures/characters in each of your stories and make the argument for why your paranormal characters are superior? 


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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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E-Reader Refresher

BY Dear Jane, JANUARY 04, 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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I spent the last week fielding questions from my family members about how to use their new devices. I thought that there might be several people out there who previously were uninterested in ereading posts that might need a refresher course. The instructions below are for Mac users, however, Kindles and nooks are also PC-compatible.


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RT Picks Holiday E-Book Novellas

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, DECEMBER 23, 2010 | PERMALINK

Are you looking for some great holiday e-books? Well, you are in luck because Carina Press is currently offering eight great Christmas novellas in two separate anthologies. In Naughty and Nice authors Jaci Burton, Megan Hart, Shannon Stacey and Lauren Dane write both contemporary and erotic tales. While authors Josh Lanyon, L.B. Gregg, Harper Fox and Z.A. Maxfield offer up short stories in His For The Holidays that feature four M/M romances to keep the holidays hot!

Readers can buy the complete anthologies on the Carina site, or they can pick-and-choose stories to buy individually. In an effort to save you time, we asked the reviewers which is their favorite story from each anthology. Here is what they said:


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Eloisa James and the Digital Delight!

BY Whitney Sullivan, DECEMBER 22, 2010 | PERMALINK

Historical romance maven Eloisa James is thrilling fans with the announcement of her new e-exclusive novella, Storming the Castle. I can't wait to watch James' trademark antics ensue.

Readers will remember Storming the Castle's hero, Wick, from James' summer release, A Kiss at Midnight. But will this wily gentleman be able to persuade one miss Phillipa Damson that he's the man for her?

The novella is on sale today! In addition to the story, fans also get bonus content from A Kiss at Midnight and this winter's release, When Beauty Tamed the Beast. And never fear my e-reading friends, Avon is offering the story through all of the major e-retailers, to ensure that you don't get left out in the cold this holiday season.

Order your copy now >>


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It's all Geek to Her! Mechele Armstrong on Science Fiction Conventions and Geek Culture

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, DECEMBER 22, 2010 | PERMALINK

In Mechele Armstrong’s new novel Geek Love, much of the action is woven through a science fiction convention and the story is full of geek culture references. Now find out what makes this “a great time to get your geek on” and find out the author’s top five things you should know about science fiction conventions. And don’t miss the *Web Exclusive Review* and the excerpt of Geek Love at the end of this post!

I’m a geek.


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Behind the Scenes of Sherry James' The Cowboy and the Hellcat

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, DECEMBER 09, 2010 | PERMALINK

Author Sherry James is known for her contemporary tales of love and passion, but with her new release, The Cowboy and the Hellcat, the author embarks on her first historical series. Now get an insider look at this tale that whisks readers to Christmastime in Nebraska during 1876 for a whirlwind romance between two people who never thought that love would be in their future. And don't miss the *Web Exclusive Review* of this holiday western novella after this interview!

RT BOOK REVIEWS: In The Cowboy and the Hellcat Adam has recently suffered the loss of his father and Ellie is soon to lose hers as well. What inspired you to write a holiday romance laced with such sadness? 


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