Captured Is On Its Second Week by Mandy Rosko

Second week, lots more blog, Facebook and Twitter posts, and I’m still excited and hopeful for everything that’s going on. A lot of other blogs and Facebook groups have been really nice when they post something or retweet something to help us all get the word out. And another group of authors doing a box set of their own is even doing a cross promotion with us :)

Speaking of which, The Highland Shifters looks pretty damned amazing, and as of this writing it’s #56 on the Kindle Bestseller list. Figured I should mention that, since, you know, cross promotion and all ;)

Here’s the link if you want to check it out. I’m definitely going to pick up a copy because the new Outlander tv series has me stoked for Scottish guys in kilts again.

http://amzn.to/1B2x3TI

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I had to put in the 3D version of the Captured Box Set because I’m super proud of it, especially since as of today, it’s finally on Kobo. It took a while for it to get up there, but it’s there now and I’m really stoked about that :D

Anyway, this was just a quick update. It seems that so much time has gone by since I first got the email that asked me to be in this box set, but it hasn’t been that long at all. It feels like a whole other dimension when I wasn’t making Facebook and Twitter updates every few minutes. It’s a lot of work, but I love this, and I loved getting to meet Eve Langlais and hanging out with the other authors in this set, though I haven’t met everyone yet, though I really hope to since the ones I have met and hung out with have been pretty cool, and the quote cards have been pretty sweet to look at, too.

Right now, I’m reading Accidental Abduction by Eve Langlais, and though I’m only a couple of pages in, so far I’m loving it. I can’t wait until I get to the part where she meets the hot purple alien!

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Amazon: http://amzn.to/1mq0j5u

iBooks: http://bit.ly/CapturedBox

Nook: http://bit.ly/1nLO9PJ

Kobo: http://bit.ly/1vaf7Vw

Cheers,

Mandy Rosko

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Weekly Paranormal-Scope

Change is in the air like an exciting electric spark. I can’t wait to see what the winds bring besides snow.

While I am not qualified in any way to read neither stars nor planets, I am intimately linked to the paranormal in the world in many ways. So are you.

The paranormal scope is for entertainment purposes only and is not meant to guide your life by.

The week for:

Aries:
Hobbits love to join forces to put on a great party.  Meet new hobbits and expand your circle.  Someone wants to be cozy with you.

Taurus:
Faeries love eating healthy. Get some cookbooks and try more recipes to eat healthier and expand your foodie delights.

Gemini:
Salamanders are Fire Spirits. You are ablaze with talent and people will look to you for leadership.

Cancer:
Pixies are tight with family and friends.  Plan a small reunion or a comfy get-together.

Leo:
Shapeshifters love planning events. Create a social calendar and be open to inviting additional new people.

Virgo:
Goblins keep their ears to the ground for new opportunities.  Keep your eyes wide open before accepting a change.

Libra:
Aslan is revered for his wisdom.  Others will seeks out your advice. Be confident and honest and smile.

Scorpio:
Land sharks are not a myth.  You have competition coming your way.  Make sure people in power know your work is yours.

Sagittarius:
Werewolves know how to delegate work.  That’s what being the head of a pack is all about. Find someone you trust who is on  the same page as Team You!

Capricorn:
Dragons will teach you to soar.  It’s time to buckle down and get out a lot of work. More success is coming your way. Contact those dragons with power.

Aquarius:
Mermaids love new locales. It’s time to book a vacation.  You need some down time.

Pisces:
Vampires know how to play cards close to the vest.  Don’t give out all your trade secrets.

-Susan
Susan Hanniford Crowley
www.susanhannifordcrowley.com

New release: Vampire King of New York now in print at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Also in ebooks.  Mrs. Bright’s Tea Room now in Kindle with a new cover.

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Virgin Heroes

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Virginity is one of the staple tropes of the historical romance novel. To date I’ve never written an historical heroine who wasn’t a virgin and during most periods keeping one’s virginity until marriage is a pretty big deal. Of course one or two of those heroines has jumped the gun, so to speak, but with her hero only. This necessity provides many plot complications and helps build tension up until the heroine is virgin no more.

What is almost as common, although I wouldn’t have believed it, is the virgin hero. The “Books with Virgin Heroes” list on Goodreads numbers 269 books where the hero is a virgin until he meets the heroine. And this list was created in 2009, so there may indeed be more.

The number one book on this list is Outlander and I’m sure millions of women tuned in last night to see Jamie Fraser’s deflowering on the series (including me!). And yes, this post was inspired by “The Wedding” episode of Outlander. Number 5 on the list is Twilight (I always forget that Edward is a virgin when he marries Bella). And one of my favorites is number 35, Forbidden by Jo Beverley.

Until I actually looked at the list of books with virgin heroes, I’d always found it rather difficult to think of men past their teenage years as virgins. I know, that seems like the old double standard in reverse. But men place such an emphasis on sexual prowess, that to find a character who has denied themselves that rite of passage to manhood casts that character in a different light to readers. It speaks to the depth of their character and their conviction that they have imposed this deprivation on themselves for whatever reason. I find them more attractive because of their virginity, because to my mind they have chosen not to follow the crowd but to march to their own drum. It speaks to their strength of character and I love a strong hero.

So I have worked a virginal hero into one of my historical series. His story is a couple of books down the road, but I’ve already figured out why he’s stayed a virgin and how his heroine reacts to this news. I’m really looking forward to their interactions and how his virginity drives a lot of the conflict of the book.

Do you have a favorite book with a virgin hero? Have you ever written one?

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How Much is Your Dream Worth to You?

I’m a published author. I’ve been traditionally published in fantasy years ago in anthologies. I’ve been published by two CT Authors Nightsmall publishers in romance, and I’ve republished books when I have received the rights back.

Quite a while back, I was at a talk where the  author said that Book 2 of her trilogy was unavailable because her current publisher was not reprinting it. Her fans would only have the first and last book available. That was before the ebook gained prominence. I know other authors who have received rights back from their traditional big publishers to their older books and they have self-published the reprint. They didn’t want to disappoint their readers.

I understand that completely. When I’m not working on a new novel, which I currently am feverishly every single second I can get, I’m looking over two books that I want to put back out again. One needs more editing and some expansion. The other one needs editing, some expansion and a new cover.

A lot of people think that an author writes the book and they send it in to a publisher who buys it and that’s it. Their part is finished. No. You are assigned an editor to work with you and there are edits and proofs. Then when you get your date, you begin your advertising. Most authors now do a large amount of advertising and promotion on their own. And at the same time you are writing the next novel. It’s a never ending cycle.

I’ve looked at promotion packages and since in my day job, I do social media promotion and have a huge background in advertising, I am hesitant to hire someone to do what I can do myself. When my books grow in popularity, that would have to change. Being an author and promoter, I have to manage a balance.

Believe or not, in that balance is the family. Authors are real people who have family and friends that expect to see them. They walk their dogs and play with their cats. They go to the movies. Being stuffed in a home writing book after book can make you overtired if not a little crazy. Recently a friend reminded to celebrate when I reach a milestone, such as; when I finish a book and turn it into my publisher. I should go out and celebrate. I’ve actually been rewarding myself with my to read list or going out to a movie. It’s important to take that time to regroup and have fun, so you’re fresh when you write again.

I’m living my dream as a writer. How much is the dream worth to me? I’ve invested everything in it, and I’m living the writer’s life. It’s amazing. I love it when readers visit with me at conferences and take photos and ask for signing. I love being on panels at conferences and giving workshops. I’ve been developing a new workshop. I love meeting new people, and I smiled when I found out that I have a lot of gentlemen who are my readers and couples too.

I love my characters. Even when I’m not with them, I’m usually thinking of them.  I’ve talked to writers that became discouraged just after their careers took off.  They feel the pressure of writing all the time and some have told me they lost the fun.  I hope never to lose the fun.  Every moment I write is fun.

How much is your dream worth to you?

-Susan
Susan Hanniford Crowley
http://www.susanhannifordcrowley.com

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Author Anxiety, Part II – By Stacy Hoff

my debut novel, DESIRE IN THE EVERGLADES, is hard. As a mother, I can personally vouch releasing actual babies into the world is much less traumatizing. After all, what Facebook friend would post under my baby’s picture: “Your newest delivery is horrible”? None too many, I’d hope. But in my author persona, can I be so sure of positive responses when my fictionalized “baby” is released?

I won’t be waiting too long to find out because my September 17th release date has just passed. Gulp. I’ll find out real soon what emotional “tough stuff” I’m made of.

My writer friends have helped me. They’ve told me all reviews are good. That’s because even bad reviews have a positive benefit—they give helpful feedback, which makes us better writers. It also exposes us to healthy literary debates. And if nothing else, they thicken our fragile skin.

Of all the benefits I’ve gained from joining writers’ group, the support system has been one of the best. Knowing I’m not “going it alone” has given me the strength I need to keep going past release day. My best advice to any newbie, “Get thee to a writers’ group, go!”

Who do you lean on when you’re anxious?

Find me on social media:  Facebook: www.facebook.com/authorStacyHoff Twitter: twitter.com/authorStacyHoff   Web: www.stacyhoff.com

DESIRE IN THE EVERGLADES IS ON AMAZON.COM. http://www.amazon.com/Desire-Everglades-Stacy-Hoff-ebook/dp/B00NFSMCYG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1410289138&sr=8-1&keywords=desire+in+the+everglades.

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Change and Other Ramblings by Gerri Brousseau

This past week the temperatures outside have dropped significantly. There is a crispness in the air, and this morning when I was walking my little pug, Mimi, I noticed I could see my breath. The leaves are starting to change and a hint of fall is in the air. This makes me want to make chili, go apple picking and bake pies. I love wearing big bulky sweaters and boots and I’m really looking forward to the autumn. I know there are those of you who love, love, love those crazy, lazy, hazy days of summer, but I love the cooler weather. What does all this have to do with writing? Nothing. HA! But for me, cooler weather and shorter daylight hours mean I’m in the house more. It usually warrants more time to write. But what I was really thinking about today was change. In life, as in nature, we go through seasons. What was important to me as a teen or young adult, certainly has changed in the late summer and early autumn of my years. “Change is good,” they say, and I agree. You’re never too old to learn something new or to change an old habit and create a new one. I think in the autumn of my life, which I point out is the most colorful time, I have embraced writing, whereas when I was younger, other things took precedent. Now I make time to do the things I enjoy doing, whereas when I was younger my time was full of other responsibilities. I have noticed a question you may have also seen from time-to-time on Facebook asking what you would tell your younger self if you could. I think I would have told my younger self to give serious consideration to writing as a career choice rather than putting it on the back burner.

As we approach the change of seasons and think about what we would have told our younger self if we could have, what would that be for you? And what is it about autumn that you enjoy most?

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The Bare Complexities

The world of books is vastly complex – perhaps more complex than it need be. As I read The New York Times’ article In Latest Volley Against Amazon, Hachette’s Writers Target Its Board, I can’t help but shake my head at this complexity. It’s definitely not something a writer expects as we embark on telling a story to our readers. In that case, it could be said that we writers may be a bit naïve about the world out there—especially as the complexity is nothing new.

For as long as there has been literature, there has been some sort of censorship or control (as censorship can be a strong word at times) over who and where and what can sell or read it. It truly gives meaning to the saying that “words are power”. As kids we are taught that sticks and stones may break our bones but words will never hurt us. In fact, I believe that sometimes words can do more damage than anything physical.

This latest debacle seems to be about Amazon discouraging readers from purchasing Hachette’s print books and while it seems to have raised the hackles of quite a few authors, this is neither the first nor the last battle when it comes to book sales. With all the publishers and platforms out there, an author will find it near impossible to work without following some sort of rules (rape, incest and bestiality is a common one) if you want to publish or sell with any of these publishers/platforms. This is not necessarily a bad thing depending on your preferences and what your end goal is, but it does give one some sort of pause as to what you aim to accomplish.

So what is the moral of today’s blog? Read, read and read. Do your homework before you write or even as you write, keep abreast of what is going on. If you want to play a part in this literary world, it behooves you to be informed about the complexities of the industry.

Happy Writing this week!

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