Tuesday, March 30, 2010
What's up, big box store?
Many of us have, at least once, been in a book store. Barnes and Noble, Borders, Books-a-Million, Walden Books or any number of second retail and small mom and pop shops. Even if you've wandered through the local Walmart or Target's selection, you've seen what I saw today.
The same inventory/authors that have been writing and getting shelved for the last decade--or three. Don't get me wrong. I have a LOT of favorites in those authors, but something I've noticed--my buying habits have evolved, partly caused by the lack of new blood to the romance in print world.
Yes, there ARE new people there. Cheyenne McCray, Deidre Knight, Jaci Burton, Bianca D’Arc, and many, many others. But, and here's the thing: For every ONE new NY book that's released, I have dozens or more also new that are coming out in Ebook, from a collection of authors that are bringing a new voice, a new view to genres I read. Also for every two to three releases I might get from a NY author in a year, I can get as many as 4-6 or more depending on the length of book in E in that same year. And if I'm not looking for just one author, but say a shopping spree, for the 4-6 print books I would find that I would like to read, I can find 50 in E. (And I have, just don’t tell the man. LOL!)
Now I’m not saying “off with their heads” or anything of the sort. I love print books… Have bookcases full of them and I’m a regular print trader with my friends, but what I am seeing is a stagnant inventory. I understand the NY publishing model (and frankly that’s a whole ‘nuther blog), and know that what is done in E can’t be done in print. And that’s fine. It’s a different business model entirely.
But why can’t there be new voices? Why do we have the same 30 (a number drawn out of thin air and absolutely NOT based on any facts) authors in paranormal that were shelved ten years ago? I know there’s more out there. I see them all the time online looking for their chance to break out. So why can’t they? I can’t be the only reader who is tired of the dull and ready for the invigorated and unexplored.
And I sincerely doubt that paranormal is the only genre in this bind. I don’t read historicals, so I don’t know the names as well, or even contemporary, but I will say I have seen many cross over names. Meaning Author Awesome writes for a paranormal line, AND writes for a contemporary line. Does that mean she’s writing too much? There’s holes to fill and she has work available? Or does it mean that because her work is proven, they will chose her to write that book, and as many as she can to fill the roster? Which means an overflow of Author Awesome books. For many reasons, that is nothing to complain about, but there’s just as many reasons to question because that one book could have been a new voice. Could have been a new author with a new chance, a new book, a new vision.
Well, that's where I'm stopping before I start rambling. Just make a note New York, you are being watched.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
I was on Linda Mooney's Other Worlds of Romance blog radio show, ( http://www.blogtalkradio.com/other_worlds_of_romance ). We talked about my books, Trusting Delilah, and I also did a whole chapter reading. It was a lot of fun, and so easy. If you have the chance to do something like this, I highly recommend it. This is my third 'radio' show altogether, and I love doing them. They're so easy. Just gabbing about books.
I also got the verbal approval from one of my publishers that an ebook collection will be put to print as a trio. Just gotta write the third. I'm excited about that! So much going on now that spring has sprung. Of course, a little warmth would go a long way, especially as I'm in TEXAS! where it's supposed to be HOT. Cold usually doesn't bother me, but the back and forthing on the temps is driving me batty. Do I need a sweater, or can I put them away? Can I wear shorts, or do I need jeans? *sigh* I dress for comfort, and the weather is definitely challenging that.
Waiting for the final news on when the next books will hit print. As some know, Unbound Trust has been delayed, but I hope to have final word on it by the end of the month. Nothing that could be done on it from my end, so.... Must be patient. Uuhhyeah, right. LOL Another to look forward to is Trust Revealed, book 4. That is in edits and I expect a mid to late summer release for that one. I can't wait to see the whole series together. It's going to look awesome.
Well, that's my update for now. Have a wonderful week!
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Tease Publishing 7th-13th Free at All Romance E-books week:
Tease Publishing will be giving away 2 books a day for 6 days. The promotion is designed to introduce readers to new authors. We have 12 authors that have offered one of their backlist for a 24 hour free download and we know you are going to love what you read! We have all genres, from paranormal to contemporary, IR to Scifi, horror to erotica and we know you will enjoy all we have to offer you! Starting March 8th, here are the books being offered per day.
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Monday, March 8, 2010
Sharing the spotlight with Selena Illyria's Runaway, join me in the first available free read to kick off READ AN EBOOK Week!! Books will be available for download from Tease Publishing all week! A week long party of free reads!
And don't forget! March 11th, 7-9CST/8-10EST we're throwing a party on the Tease Reader Loop
Roman Aiza is the second born son of the Aiza clan. He also owns and operates a private security company and has an ongoing contract with one of Florida's most influential residents. He is patrolling at a party when he encounters a woman who will haunt him. A woman who at their first meeting, manages to walk right out of his hands when he follows her for trespassing. She manages to do this without giving Roman a single reason why she is in the depths of the house he is protecting. When he does finally locate her days later, his goal is to prove that his instincts are wrong. She is not the woman that all of his senses are clamoring for.
Yet when the daughter of Roman's largest and closest account is kidnapped and held for ransom, will they be able to build a trust between them? Or will their own secrets keep them apart?
Want to read the first book of this series? The now is the time to meet the Aiza Shifters!
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Selena Illyria's Runaway (IR/Scifi)
Diana Castilleja's Trusting Delilah (Paranormal/werewolf)
Tilly Greene's Hephaestus Lays Down the Law (ancient gods, paranormal, erotic)
Karen Michelle Nutt's Destiny's Prerogative (paranormal, shapeshifter)
Kayleigh Jamison's Svetkavista (Historical other/multiple partner/glbt)
Stella and Audra Price's Sugar and Sin (Paranormal, multiple partner)
Cat Johnson's Erato (Ancient gods, erotica)
Diane Merlin's Mercenary Heart (Scifi, erotic romance)
Desiree Lee's Scorpio Risen (Paranormal/vampires/werewolves)
Dagmar Avery's Becoming Persephone (Ancient gods, erotica)
Dorlana Vann's Death: Jaclyn's Ghost and Passage to Messentia (paranormal/ thriller)Cara North's Curse of the Blue Stone (erotica, pirate)
Remember, your book is only FREE for the 24 hours of its day
Monday, March 1, 2010
It's been called Book 4 of the Aiza Clan for so long, I didn't think it would ever find a title, but.... Thanks to my most awesomesauce editor (her brain was obviously working, 'cuz mine had given up the ghost on this mission) it now has a title!
Book 4 is TRUST REVEALED!
Trust Revealed is Morgan's story, the last of the quadruplets. This one is a fiery adventure of a culmination with sword fighting, magic, a long lost parent returning (and not in a good way!) and a chance to see all four of the Aiza kids together one last time. I've put in the request for the cover so hopefully that will show up in a few weeks. I don't have a final release on this one, but I'm really excited to see it come out, all the covers together. Gorgeous! Okay, enough drooling over covers. Let me see if I can do an off the cuff blurb here.
The last of the four siblings, Morgan Aiza is tormented by a dream seductress, a woman who has haunted his dreams like a nightmare, but leaves him craving for a completion he's never known--and has never wanted. When Fate steps in and his dream woman literally runs right past him, Morgan is determined to prove he has no need of a wife, or a mate.
N'Rea has been alone since she was a teenager, moving and hiding, but from what she's never really admitted. When Morgan appears and offers more of himself than any other person in her lifetime in the name of compassionate aid, she is compelled to fight the attraction and help tooth and nail.
Trouble is hounding him, and evil is stalking her. From the gates of the Renaissance Faire where Morgan is granted an honorable knighthood, to the very doors of the family they are stalked by an unknown danger. To survive and to acknowledge the deepest trust either have known, they are going to have to face the ultimate good versus evil struggle.