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Don’t you just love hanging out with other booklovers and unleashing your inner fangirl and fanboy over your favorite authors? We sure do, which is why we’re pretty stoked about tomorrow’s Authors in the City event here in New York City at the New York Marriott Downtown! Organized and hosted by Stephanie from Stephanie’s Book Reports, this all day event is not to be missed.
But what exactly is Authors in the City? Well, it’s an all day event aimed at bringing readers and authors together for one giant book party. There are over 80 romance authors attending, including Jay Crownover, Shayla Black and Emma Chase. The main event is the four hour book signing from 1 to 6 PM, which will provide ample time for the close to 400 attendees to geek out and meet their literary idols. Following the signing, there’ll be a meet and greet, including food and an awards ceremony.
But that’s not all! A few of the authors are bringing their hunky cover models! Don’t worry, we’ll be taking lots of photos for those who can’t make it.
We're giving you a high five, Internet, because we've made it to Friday! To celebrate, we've got a great giveaway for you today, Tara Sue Me's RT Top Pick Seduced by Fire! Tara's an up-and-comer in the erotic genre, and series starter Seduced by Fire will "titillate and captivate," according to RT reviewer Donna. It's the story of serious Dom Daniel and new to the scene sub Julie. As they explore the ins-and-outs of their sexual relationship, they also fall in love. Can they handle it? Enter below to win one of five copies and find out! (U.S. residents only, please.)
The Internet is full of hilarious gems and memorable words of wisdom from the masses. Authors, readers and publishers on Twitter are no exception and continuously put smiles on the faces of Twitter users daily in 140 characters or less. We've started compiling our favorite Tweets.
This week we dedicate Tweethearts to everyone who says that authors are 'just like everyone else'.
Self-publishing is a brave new world, and we're here to help you navigate it with our monthly column, Self-Pub Like a Pro. This month we're tackling the ever-important cover design. Covers are such a big deal we're bringing you the insight of not one, but two, accomplished cover artists. Today with us is Frauke Spanuth, owner and creative director for Croco Designs. We hope you enjoy all Frauke has to say, and come back next week for part two!
What should a self-published author keep in mind when working with a cover artist?
As a self-published author you are also in charge of all tasks a publisher usually takes care of. You have to keep a publication schedule as well as a budget in mind, so availability and pricing may be most important for you. But please keep in mind that if a cover is poorly executed, people may also think your book is of poor quality. It’s said that one should not judge a book by its cover, but very often people still do.
Prom is as momentous to a high schooler as a winning an Oscar is for an actor. Seriously, it's a big deal. And one of the biggest deals with prom is finding a date. So when Liz Czukas's Ask Again Later popped up on our radar, we were instantly intrigued. After all, it's the story of a teen who has not one, but two potential prom dates. Today, Liz tells us some of her best and worst prom memories — but don't worry, there's a happy ending to her woes. Take it away, Liz!
I went to my first prom as a sophomore. My boyfriend was a senior at another school and I thought I was the business. It’s all well and good to be the only sophomore at prom, but as it turns out you’re also the only sophomore at prom. I didn’t know anyone. Worse though, everyone knew my date. He had more than one ex-girlfriend in attendance. That's a quick way to shrink the ego, believe me.
That's it, we're calling it. 2014 is the year of New Orleans in book publishing. There are so many sexy, spooky, spectacular NOLA-set books being put out this year, we'd be planning a trip — if we weren't already going for this year's RT Convention! Today two New Orleans-inspired authors, Mur Lafferty and Kristen Painter, share what makes the Big Easy such a ripe setting for fiction and their recent releases, Lafferty's Ghost Train to New Orleans and Painter's House of the Rising Sun.
New Orleans has a special connection with vampires — how did you tackle that particular creature in your book?
Mur Lafferty: I actually didn't, for the most part. My main vampire characters were the ones who came from New York City, and NOLA vampires were bit parts. But my vampires are pretty standard — drink blood, powerful ones can fly, they're faster than people, can mesmerize. I did cover more vampires in the travel guide sections in the book, telling some of the local history from the POVs of various monsters.
Come a little closer, we'll tell you a secret … don't tell a soul, but this month’s mainstream recommendations are built on secrets! As these books reveal, some risks are worth taking and others can lead to disastrous consequences. Take a look at our mainstream choices for March:
In Rachael Herron’s Pack Up the Moon, Kate Monroe’s life is nothing short of chaotic. It’s been three years since her former husband killed their terminally ill son — or was it an accident? To make matters more complicated, the daughter she gave up for adoption 22 years ago tracks Kate down. Kate never told her ex-husband about her daughter, and it's time to face the consequences.
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. All prices listed are accurate at the time of this blog's posting.