Monday, February 21, 2011

Looking For Something New To Read?

I love to read and I have two to three favorite authors that I never hesitate to pick up their book (Nora Roberts, Carla Neggers and Robyn Carr) knowing it will be good. But there’s no way they could write enough books to keep me reading happily all year long.

So what happens when you’ve read what your favorite authors have put out and you have four to five to six months or longer to wait for their next book? You don’t stop reading, do you? I don’t. I go looking for a new book, hoping to find a new author to add to my list.

How do you choose what to read next? Do you peruse the covers, contemplate the titles, and read the back book blurb to see if it grabs your interest? You probably don’t walk away from the shelf or hit the purchase button on your computer screen with the first book you look at because you just don’t know if it will measure up.

But wouldn’t it be nice to add one more favorite author to your list? The more favorites you have the less likely you are to run out of reading material. And if you’re lucky you’ll not just like, but love this new author and they’ll have a back list of books, like Robyn Carr and Maddie James, giving you lots of reading options in the months to come.

New release by Maddie James.
Bed, Breakfast & You
Click on cover to read excerpt

(Maddie James is widely published in fiction and non-fiction, with numerous romance novels published in both e-book and paperback formats. Writing with an edge of suspense, her stories span the romance genre from contemporary category to paranormal.)

Books by Maddie James and Mia Jae can be found at the following booksellers: Amazon and Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble, All Romance Ebooks, Fictionwise, Resplendence Publishing.
Find out more about Maddie James and Mia Jae’s at Maddie James Website, Maddie James Blog, Mia Jae's Website.

Now I admit, my reasons for picking up a book over the past year have changed. I read both to learn what is popular and to support my fellow author friends. Or at least that’s my excuse for taking a break from writing and loosing my self in a good story. Lucky for me, I’m expanding my reading list to include some pretty great authors that I would never have known about or tried had I not gotten involved in this industry.

So have you read a new-to-you author lately? What made you decide to give this author a try? Was it the cover, the book blurb? Did you open the first page and know you would love the story?

By the way, if you’ll like to see the book trailer for my upcoming debut novel Two Brothers, scroll down to the next blog post to see the video. Feel free to let me know what you think of it by leaving a comment there, as well.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

My First Cool Experience as a Published Author

Okay, technically the book hasn’t been published yet, but I had to differentiate between the author before and the one after the contract offer. Getting the contract offer is by far the coolest thing, but that was a month ago and in this day and age of the ever changing it’s old news. I’ve told everyone I know and I recommend doing that because you might be surprised by the results.

It just so happens that a lady I know, Sandy, one I’ve known going on nine to ten years, is in a writing group. We had no clue that the other was a writer. Anyway, she and a half dozen or so other ladies get together and read their stories to one other. When she learned I was getting published, she told her writing group and they’ve asked me to talk to their group about getting published.


……okay, I’ve got the giggle under control. But really isn’t that cool?

So now I’m thinking about all the things I want to pass on to them. What are the most important things they need to know? And what’s the one thing I hope they take away from my visit with them?

When Sandy asked me about doing this, I obviously said yes and told her about my friend and fellow author, Tonya, who talks about paying it forward. So what would you pay forward? And if you are an author or writer what is the best piece of advice you’ve gotten in your career and think I should pass on to this group of writers?