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The State Of Publishing – 2015 – My Perspective

For newer writers trying to make a living from our stories, times are challenging in Romanceland. Prices have dropped. The number of books sold per title has decreased. The marketing required to be noticed has increased. There’s been quite a bit of finger pointing, folks assigning blame. Being a business gal, I have a different perspective on events. Having already shared this with a few writers and bloggers, I want to talk about this here, hoping you’ll add your insights (in the comments). Note: I don’t have any insider information. This is based on my observations only, as a writer and a reader. I could be totally in outer space (though my predictions have come true thus far) but I’ve seen these same trends in other industries (like music and soft drinks and…well…almost every other industry). The Ideal Publishing Environment The ideal business environment has supply (roughly) equaling demand. The...

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Review of The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy

Another Smythe-Smith Musical disaster is in the making.  Iris Smythe-Smith is playing the celllo while her sister Daisy is sawing away at the violin and the guests all look like they would rather be anywhere else, except for one gentlemen who has been staring at Iris thru the whole concert.  As soon as the concert is over Iris tries to escape as quickly as possible, but she gets trapped into being introduced to him. Sir Richard Kenworthy is looking for a wife and he has to find one quickly.  He calls on Iris and appears to be courting her.  She knows she is not beautiful or popular and wonders why, she suspects something is not right with him but doesn't know why.  Sir Richard knows Iris is intelligent and he has to get her to marry him quickly but cannot tell her why.  He compromises her and they have to...

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MUTUAL ATTRACTIONS: New Curated Romance Reading Program Launches With Selections by #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Julia Quinn!

Let’s be honest here, we all know how much fun it is to pick up a new book from a favorite author and settle in for an amazing read. But what do our favorite authors choose when they change hats from writer to reader? Wouldn’t you like to be a fly on the wall and peek at the titles? Well, now you don’t have to. Avon Books is partnering with Powell’s Books to bring you Mutual Attractions, an author-selected romance recommendation program that gives you a glimpse into the books that your favorite authors love to read. It’s just like you’re peeking over their shoulders and reading with them. What fun! So, on the day we’re thrilled to release #1 New York Times bestseller Julia Quinn’s utterly delightful new novel THE SECRETS OF SIR RICHARD KENWORTHY, we thought you might like to know what she’s been reading – and what...

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Sweet Surprise by Candis Terry & Giveaway

Join the Hunt (See Details Below)   Playing naughty or nice . . . Fiona Wilder knows all about falling in lust. Love? That’s another story. Determined not to repeat past mistakes, the single mom and cupcake shop owner is focused on walking the straight and narrow. But trouble has a way of finding her. And this time it comes in the form of a smoking hot firefighter who knows all the delicious ways to ignite her bad-girl fuse. Can lead to heartbreak . . . Firefighter Mike Halsey learned long ago that playing with fire just gets you burned. He’s put his demons behind him, and if there’s one line he won’t cross, it’s getting involved with his best friend’s ex. But when fate throws him in the path of the beautiful, strong, and off-limits Fiona, will he be able to fight their attraction? Or will he willingly go...

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Spotlight & #Giveaway: Interview with Karen Ranney

"New York Times bestselling author Karen Ranney's first novel in a brand-new series spins the intriguing story of a beautiful widow and a devilishly handsome shipbuilder..."  In Your Wildest Scottish Dreams starts The MacIain Trilogy, a historical romance series published by Avon. Join us for a fun interview with Karen, read an excerpt for In Your Wildest Scottish Dreams and sign up for a chance to win $50!  Follow the rest of the tour here.   Seven years have passed since Glynis MacIain made the foolish mistake of declaring her love to Lennox Cameron, only to have him stare at her dumbfounded. Heartbroken, she accepted the proposal of a diplomat and moved to America, where she played the role of a dutiful wife among Washington's elite. Now a widow, Glynis is back in Scotland. Though Lennox can still unravel her with just one glance, Glynis is no longer the naïve...

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Blog Tour Review, Guest Post & Giveaway: Various States of Undress Georgia – Laura Simcox

Laura Simcox concludes her fun, flirty Various States of Undress series featuring three presidential daughters with the tale of love at the ballgame. Brett Knox, star catcher of the Memphis Redbirds, a Triple-A farm team for the St. Louis Cardinals, just got bumped back down to the minors. Brett’s main goal in life is to get back into the big leagues-on his own terms, which means no distractions. Certainly not in the form of a sexy brunette who won’t take no for an answer. As far as Brett’s concerned, his life story isn’t for sale, charity, or pity.’ 

Georgia Fulton, 4.0 student and daughter of the president of the United States, is certain that she’s on her way to journalistic stardom and she’s doing it without cashing in on her celebrity status-which is exactly what she wants. Nothing’s going to keep her from getting the story of her young career…until...

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In His Keeping by Maya Banks (VBT, review, excerpt and GIVEAWAY) Tasty Book Tours (ADULT title)

In His Keeping  is an ADULT title Slow Burn #2 By: Maya Banks Releasing January 27th, 2015 Avon Romance Blurb #1 bestselling author Maya Banks continues her suspenseful and steamy Slow Burn trilogy with this second book-a twisting tale featuring a strong yet vulnerable heroine in danger and the sexy alpha hero who must save her. Abandoned as a baby to a young wealthy couple and raised in a world of privilege, Arial has no hint of her past or who she belonged to. Her only link lies in the one thing that sets her apart from everyone else—telekinetic powers. Protected by her adoptive parents and hidden from the public to keep her gift secret, Ari is raised in the lap of luxury, and isolation. That is, until someone begins threatening her life. Beau Devereaux is no stranger to the strange. As the head of Deveraux Security, he’s more than...

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