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Book Review Bits “Romantic Suspense”

By Lisa M Airey

As an author and publisher, I have come to appreciate book reviewers in a new light. I also have binge and purge tendencies with whatever I do. One week I might read 7 books, the next week barely finish 1. And my reviews? Well, they tend to be short and sweet. “Bits” I’m calling them. You’ll see why.

“Touching the Moon” was described to me by the author, Lisa M. Airey, when I met her at a book fair. “It’s romantic suspense with a paranormal twist,” she said. Right up my alley, I thought. Still I didn’t buy and read it for months.

It is 5 out of 5 Stars IMO.

Here’s my bit on it which you can find on Amazon & Goodreads:

I’m a big fan of romantic suspense, and Touching the Moon packed it in every which way. Not a bit of tiring detail or drawn out plot, the author takes us from hit to action to twist. I like to guess what will happen next, and although I often got part right, there was always some unexpected development that took me pleasantly by surprise–even to the very end. The paranormal was a side aspect of simple, great plotting. I recommend this book to people who like equal measures romance and suspense.

For more Book Review Bits visit my page on Goodreads here.

Kristin King is the author of two paranormal romances “Unsinkable Vampire” and “Cain’s Coven.” Her next novel releases October 2013 and you can join the Release Party on Facebook here.

 
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Posted by on September 20, 2013 in Book Reviews

 

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I <3 Publishing

C.O.W.There is a special thrill that comes with being one of the first people to read a good book. Today I read part one of the C.O.W. manuscript, that is Children Of Wrath. As I read along it got better and better, and I grinned from ear to ear. I am going to take these words from the page and turn them into a book that people will hold in their hands. Every time I do that, it blows me away. Yes, I’m an indie author and publish my own books as well, but this is something else, something I enjoy even more.

This morning I was a writer, trudging through another round of edits and realizing I have to add another scene. Writing today was like juicing a rock.

This afternoon, though, I put on my publisher hat, a jaunty chapeau with a wide brim. This is my element,  a work of joy, and I am grateful the Creator and the creators for my place.

 
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Posted by on August 24, 2013 in Indie Business

 

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Ebook Royalties–The Perfect Contract?

Thx 2 http://www.the-ebook-reader.com

Authors, indie and traditional, take heed.

Some indie authors check their sales numbers almost every day, like military historian Charles R. King. How do I know he checks his numbers daily? I’m married to him. As far as I know tracking sales this way is not an option for traditionally published folks. Correct me if I’m wrong.

It’s not a perk I would miss. I can’t remember the last time I checked my sales, but I do monitor those royalties. We indie authors make the decisions on pricing and along with that is often what percentage of royalties we’ll earn. For example, if you price below $2.99 on Amazon your royalty is 30% as opposed to 70% above that price point.

Traditional authors are not faring quite as well according to this recent article on FutureBook.net. Here’s an excerpt:

Brian DeFiore smartly spotted a rather telling bit of information in Harper Collins’ “Investor Day” presentation (thanks to Porter Anderson for the link).There are lot of different ways of expressing the numbers in the various articles discussed here, but the burden of the whole thing is neatly expressed by DeFiore:

$27.99 hardcover generates $5.67 profit to publisher and $4.20 royalty to author 

$14.99 agency priced e-book generates $7.87 profit to publisher and $2.62 royalty to author.So, in other words, at these average price points, every time a hardcover sale is replaced by an e-book sale, the publisher makes $2.20 more per copy and the author makes $1.58 less. If the author made the same $4.20 royalty on the e-book sale as he/she would have on a hardcover, the publisher would STILL be making an improved profit of $6.28.

What these numbers don’t take into account are paperback sales.

Still I am taking note both as an indie author and indie publisher now turned publisher. As an indie author, I like how my numbers stack up and how my options for the future play out. As a publisher I’m turning a critical eye to my first signed contract and finding it blessedly non-commiserate with big houses.

I’m left to wonder, though, what would your ideal publishing contract entail?

 
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Posted by on June 27, 2013 in Indie Business

 

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Character Focus: Blog to Highlight

Character Blog Highlight

I’ve sometimes wondered about having a blog or website for a specific character or book. The highlight blog this week does just that. StanBrookshire, Homicide Detective Lake City Police Department. So is the blog all about Stan?  Not by a long shot.

In her last three posts, Allison Cosgrove featured a Spring Reads Giveaway with multiple authors, a Cover Reveal for “A Shard of Ice” by Alivia Anders, and a Q & A with Aussie Fantasy Author, Dionne Lister.

You have to go into the tabs to find the goods on Allison and her writing. About the Author says

Allison Cosgrove was born and raised in a suburb of Toronto, Ontario. A married mother of three daughters, she works in accounting by day and creates her own worlds by night.

Other tabs include Characters, Books, Media Links, but if you’re a reader you’ll want to head over to the Short Shots. There you’ll find a list of FREE short stories for your quick evening read. So head over to the URL StanBrookshire.com and enjoy.

 

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Publishing Insider

LifeboatAlthough we indie publish on a terribly small scale (i.e. 4 authors’ works), I am driven to keep up with some of the larger issues bubbling in the publishing world. As news and op-eds strike me, I’ll share them here. You can find more in my blog category “Indie Business.”

Today’s post is from KRISTINE KATHRYN RUSCH’s site which I highly recommend. In her Death to Publishing entry she says,

Traditional publishers have gotten quite savvy in the past year. Traditional publishers no longer revert rights to out-of-print books without a long fight, which sometimes ends up in court.

The contracts I’ve seen from every traditional book publisher, including one that used to be quite writer friendly, have added deadly non-compete clauses and are enforcing those clauses.

Is traditional publishing dying? I don’t think so. It certainly is going through major upheaval and absorbing considerable revenue loss. So authors must become aware of contract issues in the fine print, because one item getting scooped out of sinking publishing life-rafts is concern for the author’s writing career.

With 20+ years in the business doing both traditional and indie publishing, Kristine Rusch is a terrific Publishing Insider.

 

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