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Author Toolbox: Is Paying for a Facebook Ad Worth It?

Exposure isn’t just something that will kill you while hiking. For authors, it’s a coveted, elusive treasure. Like Atlantis? Let’s call it Atlantis. It’s well-concealed, no one knows if it’s real for sure, and you’ll most likely run out of air before you find it. Sounds about right. In the quest for some exposure I swallowed my pride and forked money over to the social behemoth. I decided to go with Facebook for two main reasons. First, it might not…

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Top Ten Tuesday: Travel Bug Edition

If a book is well written, you disappear into the world of the story, right? At least, that’s part of the magic for me. I love being whisked away to unreal worlds, or to a real place magically re-imagined, or just a plain old real city. This week, top ten Tuesday is all about the books that Awaken the Travel Bug in Me. I don’t have ten books for this list, mostly because I got carried away by whole geographical…

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Is a Book Con Worth It?

I recently attended my very first convention, the Romantic Times Convention in Reno, Nevada. As an introduction to a SUPER new scene, this was nice and gentle. I’ll do my best to give you the pros and cons and lead up to my answer to the question: was it worth it? Pros for going: Discount option available with the FANtastic day pass. The RT convention includes this wonderful option for a one day fan pass that was steeply discounted at 55$ (USD). I’m not…

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Why Titles are Literally the Worst

This is an Insecure Writer’s Support Group post. To join the group yourself, head over to their website and don’t forget to throw a ninja salute at our captain, Alex J Cavanaugh. The co-hosts for this month’s posts are Beverly Stowe McClure, Tyrean Martinson, Tonja Drecker and Ellen the Cynical Sailor, stop by and check out their posts as you’re hopping today! The question (totally optional, you little rebel, you) for June 6th is: What’s harder for you to come up with, book titles or character names? Answer:…

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Bookish Worlds to Wish or Avoid: TTT Post

Feeling the urge to write up some bookworm top ten posts yourself? That Artsy Reader Girl has you covered. Head over and check out her topics for the rest of the summer and then jump on in with the link-up. For this week’s post I wanted to mix it up a little. So I’m making a half-and-half list. Five bookish worlds I would move to tomorrow, and five bookish worlds where I’d last long enough for one good Hollywood scream. First, the top…

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Guest Post: Please Welcome Adriana Kraft!

Say hello to my fellow eXtasy Books author, Adriana! She’s saying goodbye to a long-running series about a modern-day Aphrodite who brings couples together by getting all parties involved in a good, sexy romp. Megan Keenan, our friendly goddess of love, has been uniting couples for plenty of books now but this is her last, best adventure. The book was released on May 4th, and I’ll let Adriana tell you all about it. “When we first started writing about Meg,…

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Top Ten Tuesday, Best Character Names

To sign up or find other blogs participating, head over here to That Artsy Reader Girl.com. For Top Ten Tuesday this week I am shamelessly giving you some Harry Potter spam. I’m a proud Potterhead, and I’m always happy to show my love. Here are ten of my favorite character names from the Wizarding world. J.K. Rowling is particularly good at using root/Latin to imbue her character names with tons of meaning. I love how many hidden clues there are in all…

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Top Ten Tuesday: Awful Books I’m Glad I Read

This week’s list was an interesting one, because it was nearly impossible for me to do. I try hard to stay away from bashing bad books. In the first place, I wouldn’t like it done to my books. That shit hurts. Second, I might meet the actual author some day, and that would be awkward AF. Can you picture it at a convention? Me: “Oh, hi, you’re [author]? You must be the one who wrote [this book, which I totally…

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Romancelandia Has Your Back

Pro Life Tip 1: The internet is forever. Screenshots exist. Pro Life Tip 2: Romance authors and readers are fierce, badass ladies who take zero shit. Combine the two and what do you get? Right now, you get #cockygate. For anyone unfamiliar, an indie author with an erotic series centered around the word “cocky” in the title, went and trademarked the word “cocky”. Can you trademark a word that is used by millions of people and appeared in plenty of…

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