Monday, 24 February 2014

Don't Feed The Trolls

Bullying/trolling is a constant factor online, and it's surprising how tolerant moderators are of this behaviour.  If you're an author, bullies/trolls will club together and systematically run down your books with vicious one star campaigns.  It's not a big deal if you're well known but it can be horrible if you're new.

If you're venturing into writing, and you're wondering how to avoid the monsters online, here are some tips to help you spot them:

1. Bullies/trolls always cite "the rules".  They tell you how authors are supposed to act, how reviewers are supposed to review, how you should promote a book, etc etc.  Anyone who disagrees is subjected to a tirade of abuse. Fact is, there are no universal rules.

2. Bullies/trolls don't debate, nor do they stick to the point. Their point is to cause trouble, so they never give a straight answer to a straight question. If there's a good discussion going on, they'll interrupt by going off-topic, hoping to stir things up.

3. Bullies/trolls hide their identity.  On Goodreads they are the ones with private profiles, on Facebook they never show personal pics, and on Amazon they have nicknames and don't list blogs, web sites etc.  These people are cowards so they don't dare show who they really are.

What can you do about bullies/trolls?  Ignore them. They want attention, they live for attention, so when they post, ignore whatever they say and respond to someone who is genuine. Then sit back and have a good laugh as you watch your troll go ballistic from lack of attention.

For an excellent long post on troll spotting, check out this Amazon post and this lovely Wikipedia article.  If you're thinking of starting a group check out these (mostly serious) suggestions from Cracked.com.

Monday, 17 February 2014

April Quinn: What Is Monster Erotica?

Please welcome April Quinn, author of Captured by the Stegasaurus


Monster erotica is a fictional story involving a hero or heroine having sex with a non human creature, such as a dinosaur, dragon or octopus.

They’re usually short 3,000-10,000 word stories and you can download them on your e-reader.

So what is the appeal?  In my story, Captured by the Stegosaurus, Lina finds the greatest pleasure of her life when she’s at the mercy of a dinosaur.  The sex is consensual, and my heroine discovers her sexuality while in the throes of passion.

I believe you should take your audience seriously when writing in this genre.  If you expect people to pay (usually) $2.99 for a short monster sex story, then give them something worthwhile to read.  Make them glad they plunked down $2.99 for a short erotic read.  Make your story so good that they’ll want to buy any more stories you write.

One thing to be careful of, is to avoid anachronisms in your story.  For example, if your heroine is a cave girl, then she wouldn’t wear a watch.  If you’re already familiar with this time period, either by research or reading novels, then you probably have a good grasp of how people lived, what they wore, and what tools or implements were available to them.

Some things to ask yourself:

How did they measure time?
Did everyone live in a tribe?
What were their greatest predators?
What kind of language did they speak?

Even if cavemen and women spoke a different language to English, it’s far easier to have everyone in your story speak English.  However, be mindful that they probably wouldn’t have used modern slang; words such as baby boomers, dawg, my bad, kewl, peeps, laters, etc.

If this genre has intrigued you, why not read a story or two and see what you like or dislike?  You could even try writing your own monster erotica story!

April Quinn is the author of Captured by the Stegosaurus, available on Barnes and Noble, Kobo and Apple.





Tuesday, 11 February 2014

The very last batch of the 2014 Valentine's Day Giveaway!

HERE ARE THE BOOKS!

Title: MURDER IN MOSCOW
Author Name: STORM CHASE
#pages 222
Murder in Moscow By Storm Chase
When burned out ex-copper Cassidy Stone moves to Moscow, a favour for a friend leads her into a lethal ambush, and into the orbit of Dmitri Milyukov, a fun loving millionaire. Cassidy slowly learns to love again – until she stumbles on proof that Dmitri is a Red Mafia agent bent on robbing her employer. Worse, there is a gruesome murder, and everyone is convinced Cassidy is the killer…
Available Amazon & Smashwords Ebook $3.99

MBS_CoverBook Name: Minutes Before Sunset (book 1 of The Timely Death Trilogy) Author Name: Shannon A. Thompson
#pages 287
Two destinies. One death.
"Her kiss could kill us, and my consent signed our death certificates..."
Eric has less than a year left before his fated battle when he meets her. She's a shade like him, but separated from the Dark - and with more power than she should have. And he can't stay away.Jessica is new to town and desperate to figure out who, or what, her birth parents were. But she can't find them without overcoming Eric, and she won't let him stop her. Minutes Before Sunset happens through the minds of two young adults as they struggle to survive their paranormal realities and find balance in their human lives.
Available Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Ebook $3.89, Print $12.79
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Backstairs - 5 - in an apartment building.Book Name: The 13th Floor Complete Collection Author Name: Christine Rains # of pages 439 Six supernatural tenants
Living in a haunted apartment building
On a floor that doesn't exist.Six novellas telling their tales.A retired demon acquires a price on his head.
A werewolf is hunted by her pack. A modern day dragonslayer misses his target. A harpy challenges Zeus for the soul of the man she loves. A vampire is obsessed with a young woman he can't find. A banshee falls in love with someone whose death she has seen in a vision. And a sweet ghost must battle a primal monster to save them all.All the stories take place at the same time intertwining their lives together on the 13th Floor.
Available:Amazon Ebook $4.99
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UnforgettableKiss 500x750 (1)Book Title: UNFORGETTABLE KISS
Author: Angela Ford
#Pages 112
Meghan Eden swore she would never love again. The tragic death of her son, at the hands of her husband, destroyed her emotionally. She believed her successful Spa would fulfill her life until a business seminar takes her to a golf resort in Arizona.
Meghan’s love of golf gets her paired up with a man she doesn't know. The rest of the world does. Eric Nolan is the most sought after actor in Hollywood and the most eligible bachelor in the hearts of many women. Eric draws out hidden desires Meghan never imagined and leaves an unforgettable kiss etched in her memory. One kiss from Eric leaves her questioning her decision to never love again. An emotional struggle to love again cannot stop the passion that unravels. But perhaps Meghan’s ex can. Released on early parole without her knowledge, he’s had the time to develop an obsession. Will Eric be able to keep her safe?
Available:Amazon, Ebook $2.99 (but sales prices - February 7th - 10th $0.99, Feb 10th-13th $1.99)

Spinster Cover - EbookBook Title: THIRTY-TWO GOING ON SPINSTER
Author: Becky Monson
#pages 347
Julia Dorning is a spinster, or at least on the road to becoming one. She has no social life, hates her career, and lives in her parent's basement with her cat, Charlie.
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With the arrival of Jared Moody, the new hire at work, Julia's mundane life is suddenly turned upside down. Her instant (and totally ridiculous) crush on the new guy causes Julia to finally make some long-overdue changes, in hopes to find a life that includes more than baking and hanging out with Charlie.
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But when the biggest and most unexpected change comes, will the new and improved Julia be able to overcome it? Or will she go back to her spinster ways?Available AmazonKoboBarnes & Noble $2.99 (ebook) $10.28 (paperback)
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Book Name: CLOAKED IN FUR
Author Name: T.F. WALSH
#Pages 234

A rogue werewolf is killing Daciana’s friends, and she sets on capturing the creature. She’ll do whatever it takes to stop the beast. The police and her boyfriend, Inspector Connell Lonescu, are starting to question her involvement in the murders, which is endangering the pack’s secret existence. But when the pack alpha kidnaps Connell, revealing the awful truth about the creature and its connection to the pack, Daciana must choose between saving the man she loves and saving her pack family .
Available: Amazon,Barnes & Noble, All Romance, Itunes, Kobo, Sony Reader - $3.50 but $1.99 for Feb (Amazon US)
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Book Title: AFTER WIMBLEDON
After-Wimbledon_Kindle-coverAuthor Name:JENNIFER GILBY ROBERTS
#pages 264
    After 12 years on the pro. tennis tour and four years with her sort-of boyfriend, Lucy Bennett has had enough. She wants real life... and real love. Her life, her decision. Right? Well, no one else seems to think so. With opinions on all sides, Lucy's head is spinning. And she's stumbling right into the arms of long-term crush and fellow player Sam. Shame her boyfriend - his arch-rival - would sooner smash a racquet over their heads than agree to a simple change of partners. As the Wimbledon Championships play out, Lucy fights for her life on and off the courts. The question is: what will she be left with after Wimbledon?
Available Amazon $0.99 (but not for long)


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Sunday, 9 February 2014

More and More Valentine's ebook Giveaway

HERE ARE THE BOOKS!

Murder in Moscow By Storm ChaseTitle: MURDER IN MOSCOW
Author Name: STORM CHASE #pages 222
When burned out ex-copper Cassidy Stone moves to Moscow, a favour for a friend leads her into a lethal ambush, and into the orbit of Dmitri Milyukov, a fun loving millionaire. Cassidy slowly learns to love again – until she stumbles on proof that Dmitri is a Red Mafia agent bent on robbing her employer. Worse, there is a gruesome murder, and everyone is convinced Cassidy is the killer…
Available Amazon & Smashwords Ebook $3.99





Book Name: OUT OF THE BOX AWAKENING
Author Name:JENNIFER THERIOT
Genre: Romance
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.Olivia is a good woman, a good mother, a good wife. She’s got it made. She doesn’t want anything to change. Of course, it does...Swept from her perfect paper-doll life in Houston, Olivia finds herself in Chicago, alone, betrayed, and far from home. Soon everything she thought she knew about herself and her life will be challenged. She has only courage, love, and her passion for music to carry her through the maelstrom—or draw her further in. Ash is the man who has everything—everything except healing from the losses of a lifetime. His only peace lies in the sweet flow of music pouring from his guitar. What happens when the married woman and the sexy handsome widower are thrown together by fate? Out of the Box Awakening is a story of shared passion and shared joy. Jennifer Theriot has written a compelling book about what happens when two people find new life and new love for themselves and for those around them.
Available Amazon Barnes & Noble Smashwords & Ibook Ebook $2.99, paperback $8.02

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Book Title: EARLY ONE MORNING
Author name: AUBREE LANE
#pages 312
He was the dark haired deity with a salacious smile... he was the one the girls gossiped and giggled about for months... 2,600 miles away Terence Javier didn't have a clue his high school yearbook was being passed around an all girl choir and that he had been voted, as the more experienced girl put it, the one she would 'most likely do.' Thirteen years later Marissa Crandall while on a romantic island vacation, celebrating her ten year wedding anniversary, is shocked and surprised to find their dive master was none other than her old high school crush. Seeing the chance to fulfill a dream, Marissa sets out to kiss Terence. Stuck in San Diego dealing with unreasonable clients and babysitting Marissa's kids, a jealous Annie Harper catches the red-eye out of LAX wanting to intercept Terence and foil her best friend's plans. This envious act uncovers a scandalous affair and in that one pivotal moment none of their lives would ever be the same.
Available Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords Ebook $2.99, print $7.78
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Thursday, 6 February 2014

OMG! Still More Valentine’s Day Book / Ebook Giveaway

21 authors are giving away books. Entry is free! Check out 4 more books on offer today and come back in three days to see what's up next.

Title: MURDER IN MOSCOW
Murder in Moscow By Storm ChaseAuthor Name: STORM CHASE #pages 222
When burned out ex-copper Cassidy Stone moves to Moscow, a favour for a friend leads her into a lethal ambush, and into the orbit of Dmitri Milyukov, a fun loving millionaire. Cassidy slowly learns to love again – until she stumbles on proof that Dmitri is a Red Mafia agent bent on robbing her employer. Worse, there is a gruesome murder, and everyone is convinced Cassidy is the killer…
.Available Amazon & Smashwords Ebook $3.99

bad boy rock starTitle - BAD BOY ROCK STAR Author - CANDY J STARR 196 pages Hannah Sorrento never planned to be a band manager. She’s a princess and the toughest obstacle she's had in life is finding shoes to match her outfit.Then her father disappears leaves her with only the money in her purse and a management contract for hot, indie band, STORM. She plans to sell the contract, one way or another, then pack up her designer wardrobe and head back to law school.But lead singer, Jack Colt, has other ideas. She's never met a man like him before. His raw sexuality messes with her head and her heart... and a lot of other body parts too.With the help of crazy rock chick, Angie, Hannah sets the band on their first steps to the big time and learns to survive on her own.But this isn’t some game - soon the threat that Hannah fears most becomes reality.
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Jack Colt - he’s arrogant and infuriating but he’s the one that’s there for Hannah when her world comes crashing down. With secrets of his own, will Jack Colt save Hannah or destroy her?
Bad Boy Rock Star is book 1 in this series. Available:Amazon Ebook $3.50

Book Name: THE UNICORN'S DAUGHTER
unicoAuthor Name: NORMA BEISHIR
Genre:Thriller #pages 353
Codename: Unicorn. Jaime Lynde adored her father. She was devastated when she was told he was dead--but she refused to believe he was a traitor to his country. Her determination to prove his innocence sent her on a journey from Washington DC to Paris to Libya and put her on a collision course with a double agent in Tripoli at the time of the 1986 air strike...
Available Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble price $2.99
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Cover1Book Name: “NO LONGER A BRIDESMAID!”
Author Name: TERRY CATO
Genre: memoir #pages 166
For years, Terry Cato was always the bridesmaid, but never the bride. In this poignant memoir, this first-time author tells the story of her seven years of preparation, finally becoming a Lady-in-Waiting (engaged) and then a bride. During her years of being single, Terry observed seven personality types--her own included--that can get in the way of progress toward the altar. In this book, learn: The seven types of single women and how they could be harming their chances of getting married; why dating is just practicing for divorce; how to deal with and heal old emotional wounds; the seven steps the author used to successfully prepare for her husband; how to live a happy, celibate life as you prepare for your husband and more.
Ebook $2.99, Print $9.86

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Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Still More Valentine’s Day Book / Ebook Giveaway

21 authors are giving away books. Entry is free! Check out 4 more books on offer today and come back in three days to see what's up next.

Drowned Sorrow coverDROWNED SORROW
VANESSA MORGAN
#pages 191       Megan Blackwood has just lost her son in an accident. Now she has come to Moonlight Creek with her teenage daughter, Jenna, hoping that a change of scenery might help to put their lives back together. But something odd is happening in Moonlight Creek. When rain falls over the village, its inhabitants commit grisly murders, leaving the village deserted again with the first rays of sunshine. Beneath the lake's surface, something watches... and waits... Waits to reveal a tragic past drowned in mystery and fear. One that doesn't bode well for visitors. By the time Megan realizes that her daughter's life is in danger, it might already be too late.
Available Amazon Ebook $3.89



UNBREAKABLE
Unbreakable_400x600JOANN LEE
Genre: lesbian romance,
#pages 251
Sequel to Broken Star
After finding happiness, Lynn Feoras was convinced life with Alexis and Calista would be perfect. But when she and Alexis begin the tedious journey of expanding their family, she soon comes to learn that money doesn’t buy everything. In the midst of doctor’s visits, a move to New York, and a whirlwind tour, life remains chaotic for the Feoras family. New friends emerge, old ones return, and an unexpected reappearance of someone from Lynn’s past leaves her questioning her ability to be a parent. Will Lynn and Alexis be able to overcome the obstacles placed before them? Will their relationship crumble under the strain or will they come out on top, stronger than before? Available Amazon $6.99
Murder in Moscow By Storm Chase

MURDER IN MOSCOW
STORM CHASE
#pages 222
When burned out ex-copper Cassidy Stone moves to Moscow, a favour for a friend leads her into a lethal ambush, and into the orbit of Dmitri Milyukov, a fun loving millionaire. Cassidy slowly learns to love again – until she stumbles on proof that Dmitri is a Red Mafia agent bent on robbing her employer. Worse, there is a gruesome murder, and everyone is convinced Cassidy is the killer…
.Available Amazon & Smashwords Ebook $3.99
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THE BAD GIRL'S CLUB
Kathryn O'Halloran
Chick Lit 240 pages
The Bad Girls' Club: it's about sex, it's about dares, but most of all, it's about friendship! Imogen, Juliette and Beth have had a gutful of the manipulative Poppy so, when they are seated together at her wedding, their resentment not only unites them but pushes them into a risqué prank Their problems go much deeper though. Imogen has major body issues and a lousy track record with men, Juliette is stuck in a dead-end relationship with her dead beat boyfriend and Beth is so busy trying to impress everyone else, she's got no idea what she really wants. It's time to take drastic action. It's time to rebel. It's time to become Bad Girls. They band together to form the Bad Girls Club and, through a series of brazen dares, push the limits of their sexuality. But are the girls ready to finally take the final leap that will have them branded as bad girls for real? To save the club, and each other, they each have to publicly acknowledge their darkest secrets. Join the bad girls in this steamy yet snort-laughingly funny chick lit adventure. Available Amazon Ebook $3.54


Saturday, 1 February 2014

More Valentine’s Day Book / Ebook Giveaway

21 authors are giving away books.  Entry is free! Check out 4 more books on offer today and come back in three days to see what's up next.

HERE ARE THE BOOKS!

MURDER IN MOSCOW
Murder in Moscow By Storm ChaseSTORM CHASE
#pages 222
When burned out ex-copper Cassidy Stone moves to Moscow, a favour for a friend leads her into a lethal ambush, and into the orbit of Dmitri Milyukov, a fun loving millionaire. Cassidy slowly learns to love again – until she stumbles on proof that Dmitri is a Red Mafia agent bent on robbing her employer. Worse, there is a gruesome murder, and everyone is convinced Cassidy is the killer…
Available Amazon & Smashwords Ebook $3.99
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CHASE
Chase JILL KNAPP-ZITRON
#pages 205
The question that 23-year old Amalia Hastings wants the answer to is: What happens to men when they move to Manhattan? Life in the city gives Amalia a ride she is not expecting. As she tries to find her way on the little island that never sleeps, she discovers she has a harder time navigating through life then she does the streets of Greenwich Village and finds herself truly lost in the complex world of men, graduate school, money, family, and friendship. She thought she had everything she wanted – a new apartment in Manhattan, a first-rate education at NYU, a group of trusted friends and Nicholas, a boyfriend who she once believed was her soul-mate. But somehow, it isn’t enough. Stumbling through her relationships, Amalia encounters Michael. An attractive classmate who quickly moves from being one of her close friends, to an inconsistent friend-with-benefits. After all, the only thing consistent about New York is its beauty. After getting terribly lost searching for love in all the wrong places, Amalia finds herself torn between the possibility of a relationship, and an adventure she's been planning all along. She eventually realizes that solely chasing love closes her off to all of the other good things life has to offer. Now she must decide – what is worth the chase? Chase is the debut novel from author Jill Knapp-Zitron and the first in the Chase series of novels
Available Amazon, Barnes & Noble ebook $7.99, paperback $14.99

THE GUARDIAN
GOOD INTENTIONS Option A6SARA MACK
#pages 326
Guardian final_coverTrue love never dies. Emma Donohue begs to differ. When a late night accident claims the love of her life, Emma secludes herself in memories of James. In his sandy brown hair and clear blue eyes. In their innocent first kiss and declarations of love. In their plans for a life together after college. But happy dreams can’t rid her of the guilt she carries. She can’t erase her actions the night he died. She can’t erase her reaction at his funeral. And she can’t erase the hollow void that fills her chest and consumes her heart. The first time Emma hears James’ voice, she’s astounded. It sounds as if he’s standing right beside her, and she fears her shattered heart is trying to drive her mad. But, as she continues to hear the voice, she finds comfort in it. With the help of her best friend Shel and handsome newcomer Dane, she tries to move forward and start living again. Until the voice in her head turns out to be more. So much more. You know what they say.True love never dies. Available Amazon, Barnes & Noble Ebook $0.99, paperback $9.99

GOOD INTENTIONS
KATHRYN R. BIEL
#pages 307 Maggie 
Miller is about to start her life in Boston. She's done with grad school and has a good job as a pediatric physical therapist. Maggie sees herself as plain and ordinary, nothing remarkable. She doesn't see that surviving a horrific car accident that killed her mother and brother as anything special. She's had bad taste in men and is jaded, and has decided to lay low while she focuses on her career. Matt Slavin is Maggie's best friend from college. He has an atrocious girlfriend, who hates Maggie for no reason. But he also has this good friend from home. Ryan Milan is a drop-dead gorgeous young attorney who, despite significant reservations, has relocated to Boston to start his career as a prosecutor. He is good at reading the people he's prosecuting, but cannot read women. Maggie and Ryan dance around each other, never sure of where the other stands. After months of push and pull, they finally realize that the other is actually interested. After finally getting together, they are pulled apart by Ryan's family tragedy, and he is unable to return to Maggie. Just when Maggie thinks she does not have the strength to rebuild again, she finds she no longer has that choice. And when they're finally reunited seven years later, Maggie's life is barely recognizable... Available on Amazon Barnes & Noble, Kobo & Smashwords Ebook $2.99, Paperback $12.99

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