Monday, August 29, 2011

Indie Book Blowout! Get Sheer Bliss for $.99


*** SEPTEMBER 2 – 5 ONLY ***

The first ever INDIE BOOK BLOWOUT – To celebrate this exciting event, I’ve reduced the price on my book to only 99¢!

Yes, it’s a weekend to remember!

To score dozens of FANTASTIC indie books for only 99¢, visit indiebookblowout.com. While you’re there, register to win a brand new Kindle & up to $100 in Gift Cards (entry form on the site).

For this promotion, you can get SHEER BLISS, my shapeshifter romance, for 99 cents on Kindle only!

Buy This: Kindle

Living in Bliss, New Jersey has it perks, unless you’re a shifter looking for love or a human looking for peace and quiet. Not only does Calla Savitch, owner of Shear Bliss salon, have to deal with warring panthers and werewolves with overlapping appointments, she’s fed up with their constant matchmaking attempts. The last thing she wants especially is a hook-up with the one shifter who broke her heart years ago.

Handsome were-panther Caleb Houlihan still nurses the guilt of Calla’s heartbreak, but when presented with a second chance to woo her he is reluctant. Calla may forgive his youthful indiscretions, but when she discovers his aunt’s true motive for wanting them together, will she send him packing?

On this stretch of the Jersey Shore, it’s a different “situation”!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Guest Blogger - Nenah Weston

Me Want Food is proud to host author Nenah Weston, who has co-launched a new venture called The Shuttered Room Press. The first offering, the erotic Stacee's Dad, is now available on Kindle, Nook, and Smashwords.

Visit Nenah online at www.NenahWeston.com.

Thanks for stopping to chat! Please tell us a bit about your latest release, or what's coming up.

Thanks for having me here! My erotic short is called Stacee's Dad, and is about a young woman putting herself in a rather compromising position to help her best friend. Reine and Stacee have lived next door to each other for years, and when Stacee threatens to move on suspicion of her dad's altering feelings for her, Reine decides to do something about it.

This is quite a risque story, and will continue in new installments.

How did you become inspired to write this work?

I had the idea to test some boundaries with erotic fiction, and came up with this idea after reading my daughter's health textbook. I can assure it's no way inspired by true to life events, but I admit I have a fondness for older men.

Do you consider yourself a plotter or a pantser? Or maybe both?

I fly by the seat of my pants! I find the creative juices flow better for me and keep my mind sharp.

Are you published primarily in print or eBook, or both equally? Which format do you prefer and why?
I am eBook for now, because this story isn't long enough for print. Eventually, as the sequels come, I will bind them into a collection.

Do you own an e-reader, or maybe two? How do you like it?

I have the iPad with several reader apps, and I use and love them all! Bluefire is great for library books, and Kindle is addictive.

Do you have any social media profiles/pages where readers can follow you?

Right now, just the main website. I'm new at this, so I need to get my Twitter and Facebook on soon. Promise!

Desert Island quiz: you can only bring one album, one DVD set for your favorite TV show, and one movie. What are they?

This is a tough one, but for the music I'll go with the first Doors album because it is amazing. TV show would have to be The Office because it cheers me up regardless of how bad the day is (and Dwight's a cutie!), and the movie...ugh. Wish I could take the Harry Potter set, but I'll settle for the Deathly Hallows Part 2 when it's out.


What was the last book that you read? What did you think?

I read The Hunger Games, gearing up for that movie. What an amazing book! Reminded me a bit of Thunderball and Rambo combined, with kids.

Most f***able movie star of the 1930s-50s? Why?

Ooh, Cary Grant. He was just so suave, and had a great voice.


 

Friday, August 19, 2011

Authors After Dark Recap, and Swag Bag Giveaway

Want to win the swag bag I brought home? Read on for info.

Maybe it's a sign of getting old that it takes longer for me to recover from conferences these days. Authors After Dark 2011 was last weekend, but I am finally getting settled. AAD is one of my favorite book events, and I had a great time catching up with friends and making new ones the third time around. I didn't sit on as many panels as I did last year, but in all honesty I didn't mind that. I had the opportunity to actually sit on some panels, and make a few agent/editor appointments. I definitely came away from AAD this year with much to think about with regards to my writing career.

I'm glad, too, for the opportunity to finally meet people I only "see" online. James Buchanan, whom I've known via Phaze and other outlets for years, came out from the West Coast. I also enjoyed catching up with Samantha Sommersby, Cat Johnson, Eliza Gayle, Bridget Midway, Denise Jeffries, Yvette Hines, Stella Price, Tilly Green, Kayleigh Jamison and others. Too many to list! I'm sure I'll see some of them at Collingswood this year, but I was happy for the chance to socialize.


ARe Cafe set up shop in the Rhapsody room. There was coffee and free promo for guests, and at the end of the conference there was an iPad giveaway. As you can see below, traffic proved decent in the mornings.


Can you recognize anybody? ;)


DLP Books gave away a rock and roll themed basket for the big raffle. I managed to get my hands on some Bon Jovi tour swag, and coupled it with a copy of Robin Slick's rock novel, Daddy Left Me Alone With God. I don't know who won because I had to leave before the baskets were drawn. If anybody knows, I'd love to hear from you.


Speaking of swag, here's a peek inside the bag I picked up at the conference. There's free books, a tumbler, and all sorts of goodies. It's going to one lucky reader in the US (international winner gets an ARe gift credit), so if you are in the mood to win, fill out this form by September 5th, 2011 EST for your chance.

What's more, if you help me promo via Twitter I'll give you a free eBook download of either Love's DoMINion or Silver Wings, free! As for AAD 2012 in NoLA, I am unfortunately undecided as several family obligations will curb my book event traveling for the year - there's at least one wedding and a 70th birthday party at Disneyland in Cali, and that requires funding. Maybe if I sell enough books.... :)

Friday, August 5, 2011

Things We Don't Do Anymore, or Showing Our Age

I will hit a milestone birthday in a few weeks, so this is just a reminder that front row seats to the mid-life crisis are still available through Ticketmaster. In preparation for the momentous event, I've been waxing nostalgia on Facebook in a group set up for people who remember the Westside of Jacksonville, Florida as it had been 30 years ago. It's comforting to know many people still remember the Pantry Pride and Pic n' Save stores, and that 103rd Street was once two lanes wide. It's less of a comfort to realize my daughter will never know the pleasure of shopping for vinyl records at Turtles or enjoying a midnight snack of a glazed doughnut on the Cassatt Avenue Krispy Kreme, because those places are long since closed. On a board I frequent, a nostalgic thread has caught fire, with people listing things we just do anymore because we don't have to do them. What would you add?

1) Dialing a rotary phone.
2) Dialing a rotary pay phone.
3) Dialing a rotary phone and using a phone number based on the old exchange system (call Lincoln Carpeting in Chicago at NAtional 2-9000).
4) Change channels on your TV by getting off your ass, walking to the set, and turning a dial.
5) Turning the second dial on your TV from UHF to VHF.
6) Adjusting the antenna on your TV for a better picture.
7) Walking into a video rental store and seeing the Beta tapes separated from the VHS.
8) Walking into a video, for that matter. Redbox, anyone?
9) Watching a slideshow of your family vacation.
10) Watching a filmstrip at school.
11) Choosing between vinyl, cassette tapes and reel to reel when placing your order with Columbia Record Club.
12) Collecting S&H and Top Value stamps.
13) Buying encyclopedias, one volume a month, at the grocery store.
14) Ride in the bed of a pickup truck without getting pulled over.
15) Using the card catalog at the library.
16) Record songs from the radio, even when the DJ talked over them.
17) Watch cartoons only when they aired...on Saturday mornings and for an hour or so after school.
18) Smoke anywhere - restaurants, airplanes, in bed.
19) Buy one flavor of Doritos because only one flavor existed.
20) Take all your empty soda bottles to the grocery store to get your deposit back.
21) Watch MTV and see music videos instead of loud, despicable orange people.
22) Choose between three (maybe six if you lived in a big city) channels for your prime-time TV entertainment.
23) Play a board game instead because the President was on that night.
24) Go to a drive-through liquor store and buy a cup of ice along with your purchase (hand to Bible, I've seen people do this - we should be glad this practice is obsolete).
25) Go to the grocery store and buy a box of Super Sugar Crisp. It's called "Golden Crisp" now, as though a simple name change will convince us the cereal doesn't have more sugar than a dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts.

What else?

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Now available in audio, Daringly Delicious

I am happy to announce my second audio book, Daringly Delicious, is now available in digital audio format! This is also the second audio book in the Dareville series and is deep discounted in it's first week.

Click here to buy now!

When it comes to chocolate, Tish Richmond delivers the goods. Her home business, Tish’s Riches, is booming, and a new contract with Dareville’s popular grocery store allows her the opportunity to expand her reach. Happy as she should be for the exposure, Tish longs to stop her waistline from expanding further so love can reach her.

Gorgeous Vinnie comes to Dareville to work for his uncle’s limousine company. One look at Tish and he’s struck by the sexy, voluptuous entrepreneur. Can he convince Tish that the size of her dishes don’t matter to him, and will she let him satisfy his sweet tooth?

This book will also be on Audible.com eventually. Hope you enjoy it!




Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Indie Book Event 2011 - A Recap

This past weekend, I had the pleasure of speaking at the inaugural Indie Book Event, a one-day expo/workshop designed to educate people about the growing movement of self-publishing and independent publishing. When you really think about it, though, these concepts aren't entirely new, but the advent of simple publishing via Kindle and Nook has brought more attention to the opportunities available to authors. Digital presses that deal exclusively or primarily with eBook editions - like Phaze Books and others with which I'm associated - may be viewed on even ground with traditional publishers by some. At this event, I had my own table next to Robin Slick, a good friend and great author. We talked about our experiences in publishing, as solo practitioners and with small presses, and found the attendants were really interested in what we had to say.



So, too, did the local news. You'll find a link to coverage at the NY 1 website, though unfortunately I cannot embed the video here. I'm in the red shirt next to Robin early on in the story.

I think one of the high points of the event for me was meeting writers who were generally interested in getting involved in digital publishing. Some took my cards, presumably with the intent to contact me later. It truly is flattering that people want to know more about your experiences. I was very impressed by the organization of the event and the venue. It was a fair walk from Times Square, but in a pretty good area of Manhattan. For lunch Robin and I found a terrific little Thai place, where I had the combo:


I like to come to these events because, even though I've been in the business of writing/editing for 20 years, I still learn things. I gained some good Amazon marketing tips that I am going to apply once I catch my breath. I have to prepare for Authors After Dark coming up, and then September I rest. I hope.