For my weekly column Scooped!, I scour the Internet, contact authors and pick my fellow RT editor's brains to make sure no reader question goes unanswered. This week, I share what I know about Lori Foster's upcoming series, write up some cover snark and delve into Young Adult fiction. Still have questions? Send them to me here and you may be featured in an upcoming post.
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.
I was a Nook fan/user until a few days ago when I ran into some really poor Tech Support from B&N. Never had that problem before, but it’s been a month since I’ve used them and it’s degraded a lot to the point of hair pulling. (Customer service seems okay still). Never got my question resolved and had to use another source.
I have the new Kindle 3 pre-ordered. I was sold on the global coverage, and some of the new experimental features it’s sporting. Some drawbacks are that it doesn’t utilize page numbers so I can’t cite material. Another drawback is no library e-books since Amazon doesn’t support EPUB yet. I’m hoping that will change. (Assuming everything is DRM free.)
The Amazon rep said that I had to email all files to be converted by them for use on the Kindle. That’s a pain. Can I get around this using Calibre to convert it myself then sideload? The rep couldn’t tell if the files get converted to AZW or not. I’d like to know what they are converting them to.
Has anyone successfully converted a EPUB (no DRM) to AZW?
Author Jennifer Rardin first hit the paranormal scene in October 2007 with her urban fantasy novel Once Bitten, Twice Shy. And now, after six novels with her original heroine, Jaz Parks, Rardin has left behind CIA operatives for ordinary folks — or as ordinary as you can get in an urban fantasy tale. Her newest group of heroes are members of a book club who must band together to fight the monsters that are popping out of their favorite works of fiction. The author is hard at work on her new trilogy, but took a moment to share the details of this new project with us.
RT BOOK REVIEWS: What inspired you to send members of a book club, normally not a group of people many of us think of as being particularly active, into action fighting demons?
Mystery author Rebecca James takes readers behind the scenes for a look at how she created her novel, Beautiful Malice. Learn what made writing this novel such an adventure for the author and don't miss the excerpt at the end of this post!
I started Beautiful Malice with the first sentence.
Of course you did! I hear you protest. Where else would you start? Isn't that where every book begins? Well...yes and no. The reader usually starts with the first sentence but the writer may not. Some authors start a book with an idea, a story, a plot, others start with a certain character or two. Still others might start with a place. All I had when I sat down to write was a very vague desire to write about toxic friendships -- and then I wrote the first sentence:
I didn't go to Alice's funeral.
Historical author Teresa Medeiros believes in the power of first impressions. The author shares where she found the inspiration for the daring moment in her latest novel, The Devil Wears Plaid, when hero Jamie sweeps Emma off her feet. And don't miss the excerpt at the end of the post!
I've often heard it said you'll never have a second chance to make a great first impression. That's why I wanted to give Jamie Sinclair, my Highlander hero from The Devil Wears Plaid, a very special entrance into Emmaline Marlowe's life. (And into your life, Dear Reader!) So Jamie ends up being the kilted version of the ultimate wedding crasher, riding his big, black horse through the doors of an ancient abbey just as Emmaline is about to marry the man of her nightmares and literally sweeping her off of her feet.
YA author Marlene Perez stops by to chat about the origins of her fascination with the paranormal and the evolution of her Dead Is series. The newest novel, Dead Is Just A Rumor, will hit shelves today and now you can read the *Web Exclusive* reviews of the entire series. Learn what role Perez's large family played in her writing career and don't miss heroine Daisy Giordano's Top Five Rules for Getting Along With Sisters at the bottom of the post.
Here's a look at the titles we love that hit shelves this week.
Debut author Kate Racculia is the recipient of RT's July Seal of Excellence for her novel, This Must Be The Place. Now the author sits down with RT's Whitney Sullivan to discuss the novel that begins as a tale about a grieving widower but becomes something entirely more complex. The pair chat about Racculia's background in art, the parent-child relationship she found most challenging to write, what we can expect next from this bright new talent and much more!