Sunday, 31 July 2016

How to get your romance novel reviewed, an interview with Isabelle Werneck from More Books Than Livros


As every author knows, reviews bump up your book profile and encourage sales.  So how do you go about getting those treasured reviews?  We talked to Isabelle Werneck from More Books Than Livros

AJ: Hi, Isabelle.  Welcome!  Tell us a bit about yourself.
Isabelle: Hi. My name is Isabelle. I’m 40 years old and have been married the last 18 years of those 40. I’m a mother of three teenagers and I work with children and teens with ADHD.

I’m a bookaholic and I’ve been passional about my books since I was 7 years old and was gifted my first book collection.

I’m from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; but I read mostly in English.

Living in Brazil, but liking to read in English was not easy before Kindle and Goodreads. In fact, I believe I’m a bit crazy about endorsing both Amazon and GR.

Before Kindle, I was always behind on my book series, because it took a while for me to get my books here in Brazil.

Before Goodreads, I didn’t know that many authors and genres and I had no one to discuss my books with. None of my friends like to read in English, they all wait for the translated version in Portuguese to arrive.

I have joined Goodreads on March 2012, and I believe on July of 2012 I got my first blog posting my reviews.

I always like to remind people that English is not my first language and my reviews are not professional at all. I write them, because I read them while choosing books to buy. In fact, I try to write them for every book I read, even if it is a 15 pages short-story.

Nowadays, I read for fun and what I really love to read is romance. I will read anything with a romantic plot, and only sometimes I will choose a book without any romance whatsoever.

I like to say I’m eclectic, and I can read almost any genre inside the romance category. Even though lately, I’ve been enjoying dark romance so much, I have been having a hard time with a very sweet romance with too much TLC (tender loving caring). I guess my favorite genres are paranormal romances, specially shifters stories and ménage reads, but I really like them all inside the romance category. From YA, to very spicy non-con type of dark romance; from Historical to Dystopian books.

AJ: What is your favourite way to be approached for reviews?
Isabelle: I have been approached by authors or publishers through Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter and on my blog. I don’t mind, they all work for me. But I always ask the author to visit my blog and see at least a couple of my reviews and I make sure that he knows that I will post a review from a half a star until a 5 star. Like I’ve mention before, I review everything, even a books I dislike. I’m always polite on my reviews and I try to explain why I like or dislike the book. It’s never personal, it’s always about the book!

AJ: What is the trickiest thing about reviewing?
Isabelle: The trickiest part for me personally, is to always try to bring something new. Because I read between 5 or 6 books a week, I post a lot of reviews. I sort of have created a script for me to follow. I try to avoid repetition on my reviews and I’m always trying to learn new words in English, so I can improve my vocabulary and the quality of my reviews .
 
AJ: What is your best tip to an author who gets a not-so-glowing review?
Isabelle: I think the first and most important rule I would like to tell an author,: don’t take it personally! I know is hard, as a reviewer sometimes I also think people start judging what I’m writing, but in my case at least, is never personal. In fact, I write reviews for readers like me, not for authors. I’m not try to tell someone how or what they should write, I’m exposing to people with similar taste why they probably will or won’t like the book.
 
Books are art, not Science. We like or dislike because of personal preferences and tastes. Some books takes us beyond, in a cathartic experience. Others, don’t. I have read books from my favorites authors that I have dislike, it doesn’t mean I don’t like the author. It doesn't mean that I won't try something else from the author. I hope it helps!

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Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Little Temptations by Madison Street

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Author Note: This can be read as a stand alone; however, it is recommended to read prior novels first.
I’m an asshole; I know it, and I’ve never pretended to be anything else. I have a crazy flip switch temper but it made me the man I am today. I’m at the top of my game, a fighter with a reputation of a battler in the ring and an alpha in the bedroom.
I don’t have to chase women; they chase me. When I’m done with them, they’re left craving more. I’ve never needed more – never wanted more.
Until…her.
I’ve never wanted anyone so badly before, but my attraction to her could kill her.
Is the temptation worth the risk?
****Warning: This book contains strong sexual content, violence, and foul language. Intended for ages 18 and over. *****
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Madison Street was born in New York City and was raised in the Bronx, where she resided until she was 17 years old. After 9/11, Madison joined the United States Navy to serve her country.
During the deployments, Madison constantly wrote short stories and she discovered her passion for writing. You will find Madison always on the computer, whether she's on Facebook, designing websites, messing with Photoshop, or writing for her blog.
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Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Dirty Dealings By AJ Adams


Dirty Dealings
By AJ Adams
US$3.99
Complete and self-standing novel
105,000 words
Romance and Crime

Blurb

I could’ve fucking strangled her. She knew it too because she stepped away quickly. “Touch me and I’ll have you!” she snarled.
Bruja mala leche! What the fuck do you think you’re playing at! You can’t push me around!”
“Sure I can.” Her eyes were slate grey, the same colour as the sky, and just as cold. “I need help, and you’re going to give it.”
“What the hell are you talking about?”
“I’ve got a situation. I need someone who isn’t afraid of murder and mayhem.”
I should have charmed her, offered to help and maybe it would have settled it, but I was too mad to even consider it. “Help you? Over my dead fucking body!”
She shrugged. “We can do it that way, too.” She took out her phone. “I’ll call you soon, hopefully within the hour. If you still refuse, I call Smith.” The eyes were hard. “I’d rather not shop you, because I hate that bastard, but I will if you make me.”
I gave her my number. I mean, I wanted to kill her, but in London they notice things like bodies in the street. Especially if you’re careless enough to do it in broad daylight next to a cop shop.

Quique is having a bad time.  Back in Mexico his marriage has fallen apart and his wife has made him a laughing stock by cheating on him. Now he’s in London and finding himself out of his depth with a complex commercial deal. To make things worse, Natalia Truelove, a chef and pub manager, is blackmailing him. Quique is ready to commit murder and he’s pretty sure who his first victim will be.




Warning: Dirty Dealings contains strong adult language and themes as well as graphic violence and sex scenes.

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Monday, 18 July 2016

The Other Brother by Heather Knight

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A political marriage to the young brother of the famous General Barry, a leader known his ruthless brutality, is the last thing nineteen year-old Bianca Mason wants. But an alliance with these men will keep her father’s citizens safe from the endless Barry raids and be another step toward the return of modern civilization. Unfortunately, Bianca puts the entire treaty in jeopardy when she confesses a traumatic personal secret to her intended groom, and he refuses the marriage. Desperate to keep the peace, she gratefully accepts when another brother steps in to take his place.
Kent, the other Barry brother, is known for his strong leadership ability, fair treatment of his troops, and brilliant military strategy. He is also a known for his burn-scarred face and his reputation as a sadist. When confronted with the disintegration of a much-needed treaty, he grudgingly steps in and marries Bianca, a girl traumatized by long-ago assault who doesn’t like to be touched.
Kent must teach Bianca, as only he can, how to surrender herself fully, trust in him completely, and become the woman he needs. Only then can they both find happiness.
This dark romance novel contains mature situations and sensitive subject matter, and contains triggers some readers may find discomforting. It is a work of fiction and is intended for adult readers 18 and older.
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CHAPTER ONE SEPTEMBER 14, YEAR 03, (Four Years after the Ash) “I don’t know if we should get married.” “I understand.” Colonel Kent Barry clenches his hands into fists and looks out the window. The right side of his face flushes, and the mottled burn scars on the left side of his face pull the corner of his mouth down slightly. “I am not an attractive man.” My heart sinks. “You think I mean your scars. It’s not that at all.” “Right. Fine. Now, if we’re done here…” Shit. “It’s not you. It’s me!” “Jesus. Are you kidding me?” He looks like he’s going to throw me out. I clench my toes, my fingers, my face. Everything. “No!” My face is hotter than a volcanic pit. “Your brother broke off our engagement because I told him something. It was enough for him to risk the alliance and literally flee the city. You shouldn’t have to marry me and then find out.” His eyes flicker, and he just stands there staring at me like he expects me to continue. You don’t just throw stuff like that out there and not explain. I shake ever so slightly, and I feel like I have bees in my stomach. I never talk about what happened. It’s too private, too hideous. But like I said, I can’t marry him without telling him first. I pick at my thumbnail and hope—pray—I don’t die from the shame. “I was fifteen. Just a couple months after Yellowstone erupted. Right when things were getting bad, you know?” He nods curtly. The bees in my stomach morph into hornets, and the glue that holds me together begins to crack. I fold my arms over my chest. “A gang came through our subdivision. They were looking for food, guns, stuff like that. I tried to hide, but they found me.” “They hurt you?” He says this guardedly, like he’s afraid to say the word. I shake harder and I want to run away, but like that day four years ago, there’s no place for me to hide. “There were five of them. They held me down and raped me.” He swears under his breath, and I know what he’s thinking. I’m dirty. “I don’t like to be touched,” I say before he can speak. “I don’t care how hard you try or how gentle…I’m always going to hate it. If you marry me, you’ll be stuck with someone who will never want it. So you and your brothers really need to think. Just how bad do you want this alliance?” “So you’re saying you’re not going to…” Startled, I look up and shake my head. “No, that’s not… I’ll do whatever you want. I wouldn’t cheat some guy out of… It’s just, I’m no bargain.” He’s silent. I can’t tell what he’s thinking, but he’s definitely evaluating the situation. I can practically hear him tick. “That’s why Nico broke our engagement. I told him.” He frowns. “You’re very honest.” What I am is a goddamn human sacrifice. “I’m never going to be happy. That’s just how it is. But other people can be. If this brings peace between the territories, I’ll do it. I’ll do whatever I have to do.” He looks away, and I can see the no in the stretch of his neck.
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Heather Knight doesn’t go for billionaires with helicopters or country club fellas who sip Moscow Mules by the pool. She likes her men Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to know. She began reading romance when she was thirteen and apocalyptic fiction during college. She’s combined her love for the two genres in her new adult romance series, which is set shortly after a catastrophic worldwide event. Her books push the boundaries of both romance and erotica and are classified as Dark Romance.
Heather lives in the Mid-Atlantic with her own bad boy and dreams of one day leaving that snow behind forever.
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Saturday, 16 July 2016

Interview with Katalina Morris

Today we talk to Katalina Morris, who writes erotica, paranormal romance, and short stories, including her latest, Entering Tempest.

AJ & Storm: "What did you love most about this story?"

Katalina:  The main protagonist is a strong, sarcastic and independent female lead character. A woman on a mission that takes what she wants, my favorite type of character to write about.

AJ & Storm: "What is it you love most about writing?" 

Katalina:  What I love most about writing is the ability to create a new world, any new world that you can completely lose yourself in. If romance less than nil in your personal life, and you have always fantasized about a sexy billionaire werewolf sweeping you off your feet for example, you can create that and live vicariously through the eyes of your characters.

AJ & Storm: "What is it you dislike most about writing?" 

Katalina: Public skepticism. Other than the (incredibly encouraging) peer writers, I have been exposed to so much negativity regarding this career choice. My husband and his family, who has never read a single sentence of mine, were the first to condemn any aspirations stating my 'silly hobby' will never amount to anything. The only dislike of writing, happens to also be my strongest motivation to prove the pessimists wrong! For any fellow writers facing similar negativity, reach out to me and we can cheer for each other!   

AJ & Storm: "Tell us about your editor and proofreader. What’s your top tip for finding someone good?

Katalina: Unfortunately I am a beginning writer taking my first steps into the field. I have found a program called 'Grammarly' at approximately $40 / month membership fee and it assists me in self-editing. Once combed through with Microsoft Word spell check and Grammarly editing software, I beg friends or family to proofread and give feedback. For a new aspiring writer, this is a good option on a tight budget.

Currently, I am in the market to hire and build a relationship with beta readers, professional editors and reviewers that can help me improve and grow my brand.


Catch more of Katalina's novels on her Amazon author page.


Thursday, 14 July 2016

Dirty Dealings by AJ Adams is out!


Dirty Dealings
By AJ Adams
US$3.99
Complete and self-standing novel
105,000 words
Romance and Crime

Blurb

I could’ve fucking strangled her. She knew it too because she stepped away quickly. “Touch me and I’ll have you!” she snarled.
Bruja mala leche! What the fuck do you think you’re playing at! You can’t push me around!”
“Sure I can.” Her eyes were slate grey, the same colour as the sky, and just as cold. “I need help, and you’re going to give it.”
“What the hell are you talking about?”
“I’ve got a situation. I need someone who isn’t afraid of murder and mayhem.”
I should have charmed her, offered to help and maybe it would have settled it, but I was too mad to even consider it. “Help you? Over my dead fucking body!”
She shrugged. “We can do it that way, too.” She took out her phone. “I’ll call you soon, hopefully within the hour. If you still refuse, I call Smith.” The eyes were hard. “I’d rather not shop you, because I hate that bastard, but I will if you make me.”
I gave her my number. I mean, I wanted to kill her, but in London they notice things like bodies in the street. Especially if you’re careless enough to do it in broad daylight next to a cop shop.

Quique is having a bad time.  Back in Mexico his marriage has fallen apart and his wife has made him a laughing stock by cheating on him. Now he’s in London and finding himself out of his depth with a complex commercial deal. To make things worse, Natalia Truelove, a chef and pub manager, is blackmailing him. Quique is ready to commit murder and he’s pretty sure who his first victim will be.




Warning: Dirty Dealings contains strong adult language and themes as well as graphic violence and sex scenes.

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Saturday, 9 July 2016

Dirty Dealings by AJ Adams is out, now!


Dirty Dealings
By AJ Adams
US$3.99
Complete and self-standing novel
105,000 words
Romance and Crime

Blurb

I could’ve fucking strangled her. She knew it too because she stepped away quickly. “Touch me and I’ll have you!” she snarled.
Bruja mala leche! What the fuck do you think you’re playing at! You can’t push me around!”
“Sure I can.” Her eyes were slate grey, the same colour as the sky, and just as cold. “I need help, and you’re going to give it.”
“What the hell are you talking about?”
“I’ve got a situation. I need someone who isn’t afraid of murder and mayhem.”
I should have charmed her, offered to help and maybe it would have settled it, but I was too mad to even consider it. “Help you? Over my dead fucking body!”
She shrugged. “We can do it that way, too.” She took out her phone. “I’ll call you soon, hopefully within the hour. If you still refuse, I call Smith.” The eyes were hard. “I’d rather not shop you, because I hate that bastard, but I will if you make me.”
I gave her my number. I mean, I wanted to kill her, but in London they notice things like bodies in the street. Especially if you’re careless enough to do it in broad daylight next to a cop shop.

Quique is having a bad time.  Back in Mexico his marriage has fallen apart and his wife has made him a laughing stock by cheating on him. Now he’s in London and finding himself out of his depth with a complex commercial deal. To make things worse, Natalia Truelove, a chef and pub manager, is blackmailing him. Quique is ready to commit murder and he’s pretty sure who his first victim will be.




Warning: Dirty Dealings contains strong adult language and themes as well as graphic violence and sex scenes.

Buy Links

Kobo, iTunes etc are coming soon!

Vindication, a Tri-Stone Trilogy, Bk 3 by Anne L. Parks

Blog Tour Vindication Anne L .Parks Release Date: March 28th 2017 Kylie Tate is the happiest she has ever been since a...