A little taste of the entertaining and informative columns in November BTS Book Reviews magazine.
See all 6 sexy books covered in Nikki’s column.
Sizzling It Up Indie Style
By Nikki McCarver
Many people are on the fence when it comes to indie publishing. I can’t help but ask them why. The indie explosion is quite fascinating and has opened so many doors for so many incredibly talented people to share their work. I say don’t knock until you try it . . . and the Diva has quite a few naughty nibbles for you to sink your teeth in. The great thing about indie publishing is that the rules don’t apply. You end up having a literal smorgasbord of raw sex scenes that will make your toes and other areas . . . curl . . .
Heat Level: 3 Flames
Hot, Hot, Hot Indie Paranormals.
Dead Sexy by Paige Tyler (Indie Book— available now)
My vote is that this lovely lady should go from Paige Tyler to Paige Turner . . . such is the way of her books. This unique and incredibly hot partial-zombie wonder is a masterpiece of love, suspense, and panty-drenching sex scenes. If paranormals are not your forte, but contemporary BDSM (bondage, discipline, dominance, submission, sadism, masochism) scenes are? Please take a look at some of her other books. They will absolutely make your nights more memorable.
Discover great tips on promotions from author Mary Manners. Read the full column for full details on “getting twitterpated”.
By Mary Manners
So, you’ve just signed a contract for your first book or perhaps even published as an indie author. Or, maybe you’re on the journey to publication and looking for a great editor or agent while you’re hashing out the final edits. Whether a seasoned author, a newbie author, or a wannabe author, how does one connect with other writers and readers who share the same interests without losing an abundance of precious writing time?
One of the answers is Twitter. With a little practice and a bit of patience, navigating Twitter is fairly easy. Here are the basics:
- Set Up an Account
- Choose a username that is as close to yours as possible, so others can easily find you. Avoid using underscores if possible. If someone shares your name, you can add a numeral after yours. For example, my username is marymanners1.
- Add a short bio that’s catchy and gives viewers a snapshot of who you are. Be sure to include both a
touch of professionalism and a tidbit of personal. Do you love dark chocolate? Consider flavored coffee a food group? Hike the Himalayas for kicks and giggles? Let viewers know. A bit of humor goes a long way.
- Find Friends and Colleagues
One way to do this is to start with people from your writing circle and see whom they follow and who follows them. By checking out profiles, you should begin to easily build your follow group. Most people will acknowledge new followers with a thank-you and are happy to follow back. Another way to do this is to search hashtags that highlight
your interests, such as #writing, #inspyromance, etc. This type of search will bring up others who share your
interests. You can subgroup your followers into lists so each may be located quickly and easily.
Compose Your Tweets
#K8chat is a weekly chat for authors AND readers. Every week we join together to talk about a new book/publishing topic, usually with an awesome special guest and prizes! #k8chat is held every Thursday at 9pm Eastern. You can check out our previous chats log on the #K8chat page.
This week on #K8chat Kate Tilton (@K8Tilton) will be will be hosting with me as the special guest! (@sugarbeatbc). I’ll be on to chat to talk romance in writing! What are your favorite romance stories? How much romance do you like in your book? Bring your recommendations!
We hope to see you there!
Event & Giveaway Line-Up
On May 10th at 6pm EST, a virtual kick-off party is scheduled to take place where readers will have an opportunity to interact and ask questions of the anthology authors: Lori Foster, Brenda Jackson, Virna DePaul, Catherine Mann, and Jules Bennett.
RSVP for the event at http://www.eventbrite.com/
During the live event, each of the anthology authors will be giving away one autographed book to a guest from the pre-registration sign-up. You must attend the event and be present to win a prize. One of the books being given away is a Limited Edition Print Copy of “Love Bites” signed by all five authors!!
Other ways to win more books:
- Exclusively for my newsletter friends: Those that pre-register by clicking on this link: http://www.eventbrite.com/
event/3434726359/and providing your information will be entered to win an autographed copy of Tawny Weber’s upcoming Blaze “Blazing Bedtimes Vol. VII” (with Rhonda Nelson).
- Follow along on the anthology website, http://www.lovebitesantho.com, to see author and blogger pet pictures. Each week we’ll be giving away more books to commenters!
- Coming on May 10th, the same day as the live kick-off event, the “Love Bites” Facebook page will launch. This page will allow readers to stay connected with the anthology authors during the pre-release. Additionally, US residents will be able to share their own “love bites” pet story in order to be entered into a sweepstakes for the chance to win more autographed books donated by each of the anthology authors! The sweepstakes will run from May 10th – June 1st.
Stay up to date on the latest “Love Bites” event news by visiting
Welcome to Sugarbeat’s Books – The Home of the Romance Novel!
Welcome to Friday! We’re going to take some time to talk about upcoming events!
The Romance Reviews is hosting an Erotic Romance Madness Hop.
The date is approaching fast – May 10th to 14th. Put this on your calendar and stay tuned for more details. Events on The Romance Reviews are always fun and filled with great prizes! I’m not participating in this hop as a blogger/host, but I’m planning on winning some cool prizes and books! For more information click HERE.
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Now on to books to be released soon….I guess I need to hope for a late season snowstorm to allow me enough time to read….
On May 29th, I’ll be sitting waiting for the bookstore to open to get:
Anne Wynter might not be who she says she is…
But she’s managing quite well as a governess to three highborn young ladies. Her job can be a challenge— in a single week she finds herself hiding in a closet full of tubas, playing an evil queen in a play that might be a tragedy (or might be a comedy— no one is sure), and tending to the wounds of the oh-so-dashing Earl of Winstead. After years of dodging unwanted advances, he’s the first man who has truly tempted her, and it’s getting harder and harder to remind herself that a governess has no business flirting with a nobleman.
Daniel Smythe-Smith Might be in mortal danger…
But that’s not going to stop the young earl from falling in love. And when he spies a mysterious woman at his family’s annual musicale, he vows to pursue her, even if that means spending his days with a ten-year-old who thinks she’s a unicorn. But Daniel has an enemy, one who has vowed to see him dead. And when Anne is thrown into peril, he will stop at nothing to ensure their happy ending…
May 22nd is D Day for the next in Karen Hawkin’s series.
The fourth book in the Hurst Amulet Series
A DETERMINED EXPLORER
When famed Egyptologist Michael Hurst discovers that the infamous Hurst Amulet is hidden in Scotland, he insists his trusted assistant, Miss Jane Smythe-Haughton, accompany him north. Strangely, the usually unflappable Jane seems perturbed by their destination—the mysterious Isle of Barra. A fascinated Michael watches as his staid assistant transforms, revealing intriguing layers of mystery and vulnerability. Could he be about to uncover not one, but two, precious treasures?
A DAUNTLESS PRINCESS
Once her clan’s princess, Jane fled Barra years ago to avoid a forced marriage. Since then, she has made her living as efficient Miss Smythe-Haughton—the perfect (and highly paid) assistant. Now she must confront her secrets . . . including her feelings for her irascible employer, too-handsome-for-his-own-good Michael Hurst.
A PERILOUS PLEASURE
Others are also searching for the missing amulet, however. Can Jane and Michael learn to trust each other in time to solve two riddles: the location of the Hurst Amulet, and the meaning of the vivid passion flaring between them?
And on May 29th, the highly anticipated book from Elizabeth Boyle! Check out this blurb:
Along Came A Duke
The Duke of Preston is about to take a Bride . . . or so he thinks
The Duke of Preston has ruined more young ladies than Society can tolerate and turns their collective back to him and his family. In order to retake their place in Society, his aunt insists he take a bride to regain their respectability.
What Preston never imagines is that he will fall in love with the most unlikely of ladies–Miss Tabitha Timmons, a vicar’s daughter who is cursed in love and vowed never to marry. Now it is up to the notorious duke to change her mind and teach her lesson in love–before the infamous Kempton curse catches up with them.
With 2 books being released on the same day, I guess we know where I’ll be for the next few days after that!
What’s new on your Friday?
So….you can imagine my surprise when I logged onto my computer this morning…..coffee in hand and spotted this:
I have had people dropping to visit all day!
My day got even better! Just before lunch the courier showed up and my door with my new collection of swag from Avon! In addition to my t-shirt
Pretty exciting! Not only did I get a Lynsay Sands beach ball and a Jeaniene Frost notepad, but I also got 5 copies of Confessions from an Arranged Marriage by Miranda Neville, Wicked Road to Hell by Juiana Stone, Kiss of Pride by Sandra Hill and Rescue Me by Rachel Gibson!
Do you see a giveaway in your future?? Stay tuned….I’ll read these as fast as I can and then I’ll pass them on!
I’m enjoying being an Avon Addict!
- Avon Romance Searches for Super Readers to become “Avon Addicts” (romanticcrushjunkies.com)
Welcome to the last week of March break – at least in this household!
I’ve determined that I need to get more organized before summer break arrives My ability to be a last minute poster reached new heights this week……
My survey of book bloggers continues. I’ve had such a wonderful response that I’ve decided to extend the deadline for another month! If you haven’t had the opportunity to share your thoughts, click HERE to go to the post.
I hosted Genie Gabriel, author of Picture Perfect Legacy yesterday. She is touring with Goddessfish Promotions and is giving away a gift card to a commenter from the tour. Drop by the POST and leave a comment to be entered.
On Monday, Mallory Kane dropped by to share some information and has offered up either a copy of her book Hard to Hold or a book from her backlist. To be entered click HERE to go to the post and leave a comment. Good luck!
Lastly, I want to congratulate Nancy Lee Badger for winning first prize in the Silken Sands Self-Published Star Contest for her book Dragon in the Mist! Drop by and congratulate her on her win.
Hope everyone has a great weekend and thanks for dropping by!
The Book Bloggers and Publishers Online Conference is coming up fast! Just over a month from now – from Mar 7th to 11th. I attended last year and learned so much! This year I’m serving as a panelist for several panels as well as a moderator for several more. I’m pretty excited! We are going to be talk about some pretty important topics! Not only are the discussions great, but everyone who registers gets free books!
This is the 3rd Book Bloggers and Publishers Online Conference, March 7-11 2012.
We are excited to welcome some fabulous publishers and bloggers this year as we work together to better understand the relationship between authors, bloggers, and publishers in the industry.
There will be audio panels and simultaneous chat rooms for the live interaction. All panels are recorded and available to attendees for a month after the conference. This is an opportunity to make new friends amongst bloggers and other industry professionals. There will be authors, editors, speakers from PR and Marketing departments, publishers, and specialists in social media, time management, and online organization.
All attendees will also receive books for giveaway from participating publishers. There are print and e-book titles available. Titles are being added to the giveaway page daily.
Below you will find a listing of the Panels and a short list of the panelists speaking at the conference.
More info can be found at pacomediagroup.com
Scheduled Events – All Panels are Subject to Change
Wednesday – March 7th
Panels – Opening Day
Where do Books Come From: Review Copy Distribution – Netgalley – Goodreads – Publisher Blogs: Tor.com, Romance at Random, USA Today Book Blog
Review Guidelines: Don’t be Overwhelmed
Thursday – March 8th
Panels – Working with Authors
Approaching Authors – The Creative Process for Authors and Bloggers – What Authors look for in Reviews – Publishing: The Options Authors Have Now – Should Authors Review?
Genre Discussions: Category Romance – GLBT – Inspirational – More TBA
Friday – March 9th
Panels – Industry Day
What PR Departments do – Working with Private PR Companies – Blogging’s Role in “Traditional” Media – Building a Relationship with Publishers – Obligation to Publishers: What are the Expectations?
Saturday – March 10th
Panels – Young Adult Focus – Online Safety – Keeping Social Media Social – Review Guidelines: Defining Your Blog
Negative Reviews: Fallout and Fears – Finding Independent Presses and Mis-use of the Term – To Review or Not to Review Self-Pub
What Bloggers Want: Don’t make Publishers Read Our Minds – Book Blogging as a Business?
Sunday – March 11th
Panels – Time Management – Online Organization Specialist – Writers Block: Creativity Coach
Covers: How Important are They? – Graphic Novels: Reading and Reviewing – Meet Your Local Book Store – Blogger Manifesto 2012
Sue Grimshaw – Random House Publishing Group
Jennifer Bonnell – Penguin YA Editor
Robert Dugoni – Thriller Author
Lindsey Rudnickas – Netgalley
Kristen Lamb – WANA Consulting
Don Dauria – Samhain Publishing
Ariel Tachna – Dreamspinner Press
Kate Lied – Bloomsbury Publishing
For more information and to sign up go to Paco Media Group today!