Getting Published

For hundreds of years, it was considered an honor to have your work published. Today, modern technology makes it easy for anyone to be published with a few clicks of their mouse. All it takes to spread the word about your work are a few links to social media sites and having your friends and family members share those links with their friends and family members.

In years past, it was almost impossible for a new author to get published unless they knew someone in the publishing industry or absolutely blew an editor away with their pitch. Now, new authors can get published and sell their own books or eBooks online. This helps newer or younger authors build an audience that they can leverage to make money both now and in the future.


Those who don’t want to write their own books can hire ghostwriters who create their content for them. In fact, it may even be possible to have a book written and published by a third-party for an affordable fee. Once the book is published, the person who paid for the service can claim authorship of the text. While this isn’t the most common form of book publishing, it makes it easier for anyone who wants to be published to have a work attributed to them even if they didn’t create it.

Epic Recs: April

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Epic Recs is a feature hosted by Amber at Books of Amber and Judith at Paper Riot. It’s an informal book club of sorts, where it’s all about the book pushing. And reading, of course. Pick a partner or request a partner through Amber and Judith to join in the fun.

Last month Josephine over at Dudette Reads recommended me to read Divergent by Veronica Roth and it was an amazing read!  I loved Beatrice/Tris. She was not only a kick ass character, but she made the story and I just had to keep reading to find out what was going to happen next.  I recommended Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott. Although Josephine thought it was a good book, it wasn’t exceptional because she couldn’t connect emotionally. Overall she distanced herself emotionally, but intellectually, her mind was stuck on the moral dilemma of the situation.

 This month I recommended The Almost Truth by Eileen Cook.  It’s about a girl con artist who is trying to get out of town to get a better life. However things aren’t always as they seem and challenges start to get in the way. It’s a book about a girl who slowly learns about herself and to accept who she is. Josephine recommended North of Beautiful by Justina Chen. It sounds like it will be a tough read however, I cannot wait to see what it entails.

               

Wilde Riders Book Tour

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Wilde Riders by Savannah Young
Release date: February 2014
Publisher: Short on Time Books
Purchase: Amazon
BOOK DESCRIPTION:
FOUR WILDE BROTHERS…ONE WILDE COUNTRY BAND
WILDE RIDERS is the first novel in a spicy new contemporary romance series about four sexy brothers, their small-town bar and their local country band. WILDE RIDERS can be read as a STAND ALONE NOVEL or as part of the SERIES.
Cooper Wilde spent his entire adolescence counting the days until he could escape rural northwest New Jersey. Now at 26, he can’t believe he’s coming back. But his late father’s bar, Haymakers, is in financial trouble and his older brother, Jake, has asked for Cooper’s help.
Riley Smith, 25, is fresh out of her Ivy League MBA program and wants to make an impression on her employer, H & C Bank. Her first solo assignment is a fraud investigation on a business loan they made to Haymakers.
Even though Old Town is less than 90 minutes from New York City, Riley feels like she’s stepped into another world in this remote, one-bar town. Riley can’t wait to do her business and get back to the city as quickly as her sports car will take her…until she meets Cooper Wilde. He’s not like the other guys in this rural town and Riley feels inexplicably attracted to him.
To check out the rest of the tour, click here.
Personal Thoughts: I was excited to read this book based on the fact that  it held a country setting and cowboys. The overall plot was a good one and it grabbed your attention and kept you reading. Whether it was fate or not, Riley and Cooper end up somewhere that they didn’t expect to be. Cooper promised himself that he was never coming back to his roots because of his past. Riley can’t wait to finish her assignment for her boss and get out of dodge as fast as possible out of Old Town. What neither of them expects is running into the other and falling for each other.
Add in three more tough brothers, a family owned bar and a cowboy band and you got yourself an adventure. :)
I loved the story line and the characters, however it did take a while to get into the story. The characters themselves didn’t really click with you until almost the end of the book. Another thing is that it felt like it was a rushed story,especially at the end and it just felt too short. If the story was expanded more and made longer, it would have been even better than it currently is.  A fast and good read. :)
Rating: 3/5 Stars
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Romance novelist Savannah Young grew up in rural northwest New Jersey in a place very similar to the fictional Old Town, which is featured in her books. When she’s not at her computer creating spicy stories, Savannah is traveling to exotic locales or spending time with her husband and their bloodhounds.

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Tryst Cover Reveal

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Tryst by Cambria Hebert
(Take It Off Series – can be read as a stand-alone)
Publication date: May 16th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Synopsis:

Sometimes all a girl needs is a little fling…

Talie Ronson needs a vacation.

From life.

Since she caught her cheating, loser husband in bed with his assistant, her life has been on a steady spiral—right into hell. Her car’s a junker, her job sucks, and her perfect, gorgeous sister likes to brag about her wonderful life every time they “do” lunch.

In an effort to salvage what’s left of her life and her sanity, she takes the advice of her kooky best friend and takes off to Topsail Island. A week at the beach, alone, is exactly what she needs to recharge, regroup, and relax.

Only, her alone time is about to get derailed.

Gavin Palmer’s favorite activity is walking around in his boxers and eating junk food. He and his neighbors have an understanding. They stay out of his business and he stays out of theirs. He lives at the beach, not for vacation, but for isolation. He’s had enough of people to last him a lifetime.

Gavin’s isolation is interrupted when his normally quiet neighbor starts disturbing his peace. He stomps across the sand to give the guy a piece of his mind… only it isn’t a guy.

It’s Talie.

She’d maddening, nosy, and talks too much.

But she’s hot and her bedroom eyes have him thinking maybe he’s had enough solitude. Maybe a week of company is exactly what he needs.

Maybe what they both need is a no-strings-attached tryst.

 
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Cambria Hebert is the author of the young adult paranormal Heven and Hell series, the new adult Death Escorts series, and the new adult Take it Off series. She loves a caramel latte, hates math and is afraid of chickens (yes, chickens). She went to college for a bachelor’s degree, couldn’t pick a major, and ended up with a degree in cosmetology. So rest assured her characters will always have good hair. She currently lives in North Carolina with her husband and children (both human and furry) where she is plotting her next book. You can find out more about Cambria and her work by visiting http://www.cambriahebert.com

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Myself in Blue Cover Reveal

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Myself in Blue by Renata F. Barcelos
Release date: June 2014
Self-Published
Sunday Morning is nineteen and recently diagnosed with Osteosarcoma. She finds it fair: a deathly cancer to pay for her sins.
The fourth of five daughters, Sunday could never overcome the jealousy she felt for her sisters, especially the youngest and her Rett Syndrome with all the attention she required. She knows her resentment and rebellion as a wayward teen brought tragedy to her family, but never learned exactly the extent. Self-exiled in Brazil living a hard life of penitence for five years, she finally feels it’s possible to come back and try to mend things.
Scott Goodwin writes bestseller biographies and always dreamed of writing about his idol, Grandma’s Eye’s vocalist, Iris Morning. The singer and her husband, Douglas Oshiro, have been reclusive since 1984, when their famous psychedelic rock band announced a surprising halt. Scott is thrilled when Iris finally agrees to let him write the book and even more so when she explains why. She hopes the bio will help finding her daughter Sunday and rebuild her shattered family.
It is Sunday, however, who finds Scott. Still too mortified to face her family, she offers her story to Scott in exchange for inside information about them. Scott has no idea how intensely the deal will change their lives when he agrees.
Through her own family’s history, from the first Oshiros and Mornings, WWII impact on her ancestors and the struggle to form the band despite Iris’ abusive stepfather—the chain of events that led to the band’s success, the birth of a new generation, and the night that changed everything—Scott will try to show Sunday nobody is perfect, and perhaps everything happens for a reason.
Sunday and Scott may not have much time, with her diagnosis and the fact she doesn’t feel worthy of redemption, but he will not give up easily. Scott has become Sunday’s only link to the past, and perhaps her only chance to have a future.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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Renata F. Barcelos lives in Brazil with her teenager daughter, Maria, constantly complaining about the heat and dreaming of moving somewhere snowy.
She has a Law Degree, but promises never to use it. She prefers to study and teach languages and to write. Facing a three-hour daily commute, Renata uses this time to listen to audiobook after audiobook, plot, and write. Sometimes she hurts herself walking and writing at the same time—forgetting to look where she’s going.
Her characters usually don’t respect her wishes, taking the stories to places she never imagined they could go; she loves it when that happens.
Renata is always working on a new novel, and so far has three published books: Mean, My Sore Hush-a-Bye and Merge. Her next novel, Myself in Blue, will be released in June, 2014.

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Docked Cover Reveal

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Docked by Rachael Wade
Publication date: May 26th 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Synopsis:

A new, sensual Adult Contemporary Romance from author of the Amazon bestselling PRESERVATION SERIES, THE REPLACEMENT, and LOVE AND RELATIVITY. Coming to e-readers everywhere May 26, 2014.

It’s not water that paralyzes Anya Banks—it’s the ocean. Tumultuous and powerful, sleek and unpredictable, it’s just like Tanner Christensen, owner of Trident Voyager, the cruise ship she’s been talked into boarding by her vivacious, foodie fanatic best friend and co-worker, Lana. Tanner exudes confidence, and his raw masculinity is hard to resist. But Anya came aboard to work, face her demons, and then get the hell back to dry land.

Until Tanner convinces her to take the plunge.

She quickly dives into a fun, carefree arrangement with him and embraces her goal to be brave, no matter how loudly her shaky knees tell her to abandon ship. For twelve days, Tanner’s all hers. For twelve days, she’s his goddess. Once the cruise is over and the ship docks, she won’t be the same. But being brave always costs something, and this time, it might cost her heart.

 
 
AUTHOR BIO
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Rachael Wade is the Amazon bestselling author of The Preservation Series, The Resistance Trilogy, and the upcoming sci-fi series, The Keepers Trilogy. When she’s not writing, she’s busy learning French, watching too many movies, and learning how to protect animals and the environment. Visit her at www.RachaelWade.com and www.LightsOnOutreach.com, or come chat with her on Twitter via @RachaelWade
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