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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.

Heat Diva

Sizzling It Up Indie Style
By Nikki McCarver

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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)
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18218005-dead-sexy?from_search=true
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”.

Get 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!

 

Good Morning All!

Today is a pretty exciting day for me. My first book has been published on Amazon!

This whole journey started quite some time ago. I was curious whether other book bloggers were seeing the same issues as I was when dealing with authors. Was it a factor of experience, genre, or was there something to be learned here. After several conversations, I created a survey consisting of 26 questions and to my great surprise 215 of you responded!

Holy Cow! I was honored by the response!

Quite quickly, it became obvious that several of the questions were poorly worded and misunderstood, or need to be word answers, not multiple choice. So, I created a second survey that instead of posting on my blog, I sent out to everyone who answered the first questionnaire. Again, I was amazed by the response that I got to my questions.

What was originally going to be a short question and answer document to be shared with any book blogger that wanted a copy quickly morphed into a more in-depth book. Before I could get very far with this project, my personal life took priority as my family went through a year and a bit of one loss after another. Life became an exercise in attending funerals, visiting relatives in the hospital, and simply just getting from one day to the next.

This period of our life passed, and I went back to my project of not only trying to put everyone’s thoughts into writing, but also finding an editor. After many false starts, and the fantastic help of my mom, the retired English Teacher who still wields a mighty red pen :) I have a finished project.

While trying to sort out which book bloggers wanted to mentioned in this book and which ones didn’t, I happened upon my original post and realized that in the haze of funerals, I completely forgot about the giveaway that was supposed to accompany this survey.

So, I have finally drawn 4 names and sent off some emails. Hopefully those people will get back to me and I can apologize profusely for the oversight and send them their prizes!

As for the rest of you…I’d love your thoughts on the book. If this is something that interests you, please drop me a line at sugarbeatbc@gmail.com and I’d love to chat with you about the book.

The_Authors_Guide_To_Working_With_BookbloggersBlurb:

Do you feel out of your comfort zone when dealing with book bloggers? They are the New Gatekeepers to book publishing success – but how can you tap into that source of free promotions by putting your best foot forward?

The Author’s Guide to Working with Book Bloggers combines the advice of 215 blogging professionals collected in a survey covering all aspects of communication between authors and Review Blogs. Whether you are a new author, or have many titles under your belt, let us demystify the promotion of your book on a book blog.

You’ll learn about whom and where book bloggers are, and the following:

The Query,

The Review,

The Giveaway,

The Author Interview,

The Guest Post,

The Book Blurb Excerpt and Cover Reveals and more!

Available on Amazon

Welcome all!

Babs Hightower (BabsBookBistro) and I have created a new list of Book Bloggers. We work on a daily basis with authors, trying to teach them how to market their books and how to approach book bloggers. What we found, is that most of the lists that exist are badly out of date or difficult to navigate (I hope I’m not stepping on any toes here).

 

We hope we aren’t re-inventing the wheel, but we are trying to create a comprehensive list of Book Bloggers that is searchable by genre and is kept up to date. Please drop by and fill in our form to be registered on our site.

The link is http://bookbloggerlist.com

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“Love Bites” Pre-Release
Event & Giveaway Line-Up

Love Bites Anthology

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/event/3434726359/  for a chance to win a complete signed set of the Primal Instinct series plus “Deadly Is the Kiss” by Rhyannon Byrd (9 books total)!!

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.
The “Love Bites” anthology is set to release on June 1st, and will be available in digital eBook format.

Stay up to date on the latest “Love Bites” event news by visiting
http://www.lovebitesantho.com

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!

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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:

sugarbeat's books romance books romance novel reviews historical contemporary eroticaAnne 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…

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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?

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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?

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So….you can imagine my surprise when I logged onto my computer this morning…..coffee in hand and spotted this:

I stared.  Clutching my cup of coffee.  Really??  Were they referring to me?  I need time to finish my first cup of coffee to decided if I was really seeing what I thought I was seeing.

Very Cool!

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

I also got another pile of books! See?

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!

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Happy Monday everyone!

I have an unexpected day free!

I thought I’d take the opportunity to just chat about blogging and stuff!  I was at a conference a few weeks ago and we  had several discussions about blogging philosophy.  These conversations got me thinking about the direction I want this blog to go in.

I started this blog for two main reasons:

1) the technological challenge

2) to write down my thoughts on books that I’ve read

 

I didn’t aspire to be a writer, in fact, I’ve never aspired to be a writer.  I am a reader, a voracious reader.  I am never without a book close at hand.  I can remember reading a post shortly after I started this blog about someone who received free books in the mail.  I thought to myself – that will never happen to me.  Holy cow, has it happened to me!  I have a TBR pile that numbers in the multiple hundreds and I have had to close to reviews to try to catch up.  The reality is that I can’t possibly read all the books that I have been offered.

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This made me realize exactly how many authors there are out there that have books that need at least a little voice.  In fact, if it wasn’t for this blog, I wouldn’t have met some wonderful authors like Maureen Driscoll, Norah Wilson, or Virna DePaulI wouldn’t have had the opportunity to read some of the best stories that I’ve read in my life!  Feel free to drop by and say hi to these wonderful women….and read their books!!

Frankly, before this blog, it wouldn’t have occurred to me to read something that didn’t come out of a New York Publishing house.  If I couldn’t buy it at a bookstore or Walmart or the grocery store, I didn’t read it.  I didn’t have any sort of an ereader and I preferred to be able to hold the book in my hands. That has changed also!  I understand the advantages of my Nook!

I now realize that more and more book bloggers are the new gatekeepers of book promotions.  I don’t post more than once a day, but I have 7 days a week to give some publicity to some authors. I simply can’t read fast enough to post 7 reviews each week.  As a result I post about 3 reviews on average each week and then offer up the rest of the days to author interviews or promotions.  I want to use the vehicle of my blog to promote as many authors as I can.  Does it matter to me that I may not have read their books?  Not really.  I feel that everyone deserves a chance to talk about their book.  My readers are smart cookies!  I think that everyone can decide for themselves if they want to read a book that is being talked about.  They don’t need my 2 cents on every book they read!

So, have I met my original blogging objectives?  Yes! I have conquered the technology and in fact spend a good portion of each week teaching WordPress and optimization to other WordPress users.  I have had the opportunity to write down my thoughts on the books that I have read, and met so many wonderful authors.

I have discovered that my readers, like me, like romance, be it contemporary or historical or erotica, but they like romance.  When I try to promote an author from a different genre, there isn’t much interest – ie hits.  Because of this, you will see a bit of a change in the next few months.  I’ll be narrowing the focus of this blog to just adult romance.  I might as well stick with what I like!

 

Thank you to everyone who has filled out my survey – more to come on that in the next few weeks, and thank you to everyone who continues to share my enthusiasm for romance novels.

Hope you all have a great week!

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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!

The giveaway for several of Sabrina Jeffries‘ Hellions of Halstead Hall series books will still be active until Sunday.  Click HERE to go to the post and enter the giveaway!

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 MistDrop by and congratulate her on her win.

Hope everyone has a great weekend and thanks for dropping by!

 

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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

Speakers:
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!

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