Saturday, March 26, 2011

Wow. Just Wow.

By Jonathan Petramala, Reporter
Last Updated: Thursday, March 3, 2011
A local company is changing the way readers get their coveted signatures on eBooks.
Local author and inventor T.J. Waters and his friend developed Autography, a place for the author's signature.
"Basically, what you do is pull up a copy of your book as the author, and it inserts a blank page behind the cover and you sign whatever you're going to personalize for somebody," Waters said.

Waters can sign from his iPad, and that message will show up on the eReader within a couple of minutes on a newly created page.

"What we've also been able to figure out is how to do this remotely," Waters said. "So an author could be sitting in his home or a facility like this and doing a book signing in Cleveland."

Pictures and even digital baseball cards can be personalized using Autography.

Some booklovers worry software like Autography could mean the end of bound books.

Experts in the publishing industry predict half of all books will be eBooks in just a couple of years.

"That's an incredible shift in the entire industry that everybody is still trying to get their arms around," Waters said. "How's that going to change bookstores, libraries? How's it going to change author tours, and how is that going to change how the consumers and the authors interact?"

The company is also expanding the technology to other digital mediums like comic books.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Release Day! Book Review and Giveaway: Invincible: Chronicles of Nick by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Book Two
Book One
Invincible is the second book in Sherrilyn Kenyon's first young adult series. This book picks up where the first book, Infinity left off: leaving fourteen year-old Nick trying to figure out what's the real deal with the supernatural guardians assigned to protect him and why are all manner of shapeshifters and demons are after him. Stop by and read the review to learn more as well as enter the giveaway for the ARC. The giveaway ends Friday, March 25th.


Saturday, March 19, 2011

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Adventures in SFF

I am organizing a review and blog tour for the summer. Sometimes, a blogger needs to get out of the house and go visit other people. So, that’s what I’m going to do!
Want to be involved? Perfect because I want you involved, too! I’m offering some copies of Harvest Moon and Flying Kite, Crashing Ship for reviews to be posted during that period. If you don’t want to review, I’m also up for guest blogging and interviews.

(I really need the form because I'm scattered brain and google automatically makes me this really awesome spreadsheet that I could never make on my own using email.)

Got Erotic Romance: Dark Diary II: The First by Dawne Dominique

I gotta love a night that ends like this! Starla blew me away with the review she gave for Eden's Hell. the first novel in this series; and this one, well, she knocked my socks off! *floating on a cloud*

Got Erotic Romance: Dark Diary II: The First by Dawne Dominique: "Title: Dark Diary II: The FirstAuthor: Dawne DominiquePublisher: Purple Sword Publi..."

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Steampunk author at my blog this week

Scifi and steampunk readers won't want to miss Robert Appleton's interview on my blog this week. He's giving away a copy of his latest steampunk, The Mysterious Lady Law.

Swing by and leave a comment to be in the running!

Robert also deserves congrats for his new EPIC award!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Interview with Marie Beau

As part of Shifter's Saturdays, Marie Beau is visiting Mariposa's Musings today to talk about Wolf! and her other passions. Come by and chat!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Writers Conference with Agent/Editor Appointments

Connecticut Fiction Fest (all genre writing conference) on Saturday, May 14, 2011 – Holiday Inn Conference Center, North Haven, Connecticut
Hotel Discount Code for night of Friday, May 13: CFF
This is a day chocked full of excellent writing workshops and guest speakers. Eloisa James is the keynote speaker. Registration is $99 and sells out quickly so sign-up at Sign up for agent/editor appointments at the same time. They go fast.
The Booksigning is open the public at 4:30 pm

PLUS I will be signing my vampire/supernatural romance The Stormy Love Life of Laura Cordelais.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Promotional Opportunity

Hello Everyone!

I am working with The Romance Studio to put on a promo event. I want to organize an online scavenger hunt for readers at TRS or anyone else who wants to join. I'm hoping to find 25 or more authors to participate. We would each have to put in $10 to participate in the event because I would like to giveaway a Color Nook or depending on how many people we get to participate an iPad.

The event would run the first week of April, starting April 1. TRS is willing to allow me to launch the event on the site and send out the details in their April 1st newsletter. I think this event can draw a large crowd and get a lot of people to our blogs/websites and allow readers to get to know us and our books.

Please let me know if you are interested by Friday, March 11 (email me - paranormalqueen (at) gmail (dot) com). Once I get the list of those who want to participate, I will send out and email with the details.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Guest Bloggers Wanted for Wicked Jungle

Hi All

It has been a while since I posted but I wanted to share with you an exciting new update. We are in the process of transitioning all guest bloggers onto a Yahoo Group and actively seeking new guest bloggers for the spring and summer. This is not an active discussion loop, nor is it high traffic. I'll be sending out updates once per month to let authors know about blogging and promotional opportunities on the site. Group Members will also be able to access the calendar feature to view vacant slots and reserve guest blogging dates weeks, or even months in advance. 

On the group you will also have access to the guest blogger guidelines and detailed instructions for submitting your posts, excerpts, cover images, and author photos. 

We hope you will join us! You can send a request to join the group by following the link below.

As always, if you have any thoughts, suggestions, or feedback on the process let me know. We are learning as we go and want to make it as easy as possible for authors to contribute to Wicked Jungle!


Permission to forward & share outside of the group!!

Interview at Deviant Divas

I have an interview up today at Deviant Divas - if you're interested in why I started to write. It's ugly..... not the interview!!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Stop by my blog today to meet erotic author Em Petrova.

And answer a sexy question for a chance to win a copy of her new release Isolde’s Wish—an erotic medieval fantasy from Loose Id

Here’s the blurb for Isolde’s Wish:

With a wild boar on her heels and a naked man before her, Princess Isolde has no clue which danger is greater. When she trips and falls into the dirt at the feet of the axe-wielding warrior, giving her a very close encounter with his manhood, she battles her undeniable awareness of the sculpted man even after she finds he has a price on his head for attempting to assassinate her father, King Adlard.

The bold son of the man executed for sleeping with the king’s wife, Sadler attempted to avenge his father at a very young age. Now he’s faced with the temptation of King Adlard’s daughter and presented a fresh opportunity to right his failed assassination attempt.

But when he learns a powerful earl seeks the princess’s hand in marriage, Sadler realizes his passions run deep. Desperate to keep her from the arms of his enemy, he plans to steal her away from the kingdom and make her his own.

And Em has a trailer here too!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Freebies for Read an E-Book Week!

Celebrate by reading an ebook! Have you read any good ones lately? I have so many on my hard drive waiting to be read. I really need an ereader.

Which makes me curious - how many of you own ereaders? Or do you simply read ebooks on your computer? Have you ever read an ebook on a different device? Maybe your phone?
The industry's shifting all the time, and ever, it seems, in the direction of digital. Ten years ago, I probably couldn't have imagined reading a book on my computer, or even being an e-published author. But now I have fourteen available, and have released four short stories through Smashwords/Kindle. Another three ebooks will release soon.

So I'm definitely celebrating ebooks! These past two years have been an amazing experience. My stories range from sweet to erotic, contemporary to historical, paranormal and fantasy, flash to novel-length. I hope you'll give some a try. :)

For Read an E-Book Week, I'm participating in the Smashwords celebration and making all my titles free. Yes, you read that right - free! They were very affordable before at 99 cents, but now they cost nothing. Nada. Gratis. Grab 'em now!  Most were previously published by small online presses or web zines.
Hotline to Hell's a fun little paranormal story, another cautionary tale about selling your soul without exploring other options.

Reflections is another fun little paranormal, set during one of my favorite times of the year - Halloween. On the night when the veil between the two worlds thins, you never know what might cross over and cause a little mayhem and chaos. :)

Imprints is a more mainstream/literary short story. Much of it was derived from real life, based on the experiences of two reporters whose tales sometimes embodied the old phrase "truth is stranger than fiction." 


If your tastes run more to speculative fiction, Trick of the Light is always available for free from Smashwords.

I have another free read available from the Wild Rose Press:
Cinderella Dreams (are tough to shake) is a short Vintage, set in the 1980s. Yes, relive your days of Madonna wannabes and Eighties music. :)

Give them a try! And I'd love for you to check out my other stories. I have lots to choose from. :)

Sunday, March 6, 2011

4 Cups from Coffee Time Romance

My M/M shifter romance has been reviewed over at Coffee Time Romance. "Lair of the Jaguar God" was given Four Cups of Coffee and some very nice comments from Kimberly!

"The idea of the were-jaguar intrigued me from page one. I found that I became so absorbed in the story that time stopped as I read. This is such a well-written book. The male/male love scenes are red-hot and sensual without being too much. Watching Kit own his sexuality and fall in love was such a wonderful experience. Ms. Dees has written a delightful story, which I will look forward to reading again and again."

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Hot New Review!

My m/m vampire short story from Breathless Press has gotten a fabulous review from Whipped Cream Reviews!

Tiger Lily says: "Whew! Talk about hot stories. This one really sizzles from page one. Rebecca Leigh has written a short story that’s guaranteed to scorch the screen."  She goes on to say: "If you want a hot book that’s guaranteed to fog the windows right before bed, this book hits the mark. It’s quick, fun, and sexy. Read Room Number Twelve. You’ll want to book your room there with the cowboy of your choice—I guarantee it."

To read the entire review, visit the Whipped Cream Blog here.

To see what other readers think about ROOM NUMBER TWELVE, go to Goodreads here.

Mahalo to Whipped Cream and to Tiger Lily!

Friday, March 4, 2011

'Kiss A Falling Star' is Out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It's that time again. In an amazing list of novels, assuming I counted right, the 17th novel has a buy link.
I can't keep track of how many novels Barbara has her name on, but I will never forget the characters and plot to each.
If you have yet to experience one of Barbara's worlds, Kiss a Falling Star, is a perfect one to start with. And if you've read any short or novel of hers, you already know you're in for another wonderful ride.
How far can you fall? Caspar had once shone brighter than any star in the sky. He led an exciting life, had a good job and the love of his family. Now he barely survives in a village where he’s shunned by everyone, even his parents. Unemployed, unemployable, he consoles himself with stringless sex—lots of it.

How hard can you land? Ally escapes death by a whisker when she falls in front of a train. Not an accident, someone pushed her, and she doesn’t hang around to give them another shot. But she finds herself falling in a different way when she meets Caspar, and she plummets hard and fast. He’s dark, he’s brooding, he’s hotter than any man she’s ever met, and she wants him—bad.

How high can they soar? With Ally’s adversary closing in, plus Caspar’s tendency to screw things up, if they don’t open their arms and catch each other, they’ll burn up in an atmosphere determined to keep them apart.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Release Day: Betrayal-A Haunting Emma Novel by Lee Nichols

I've been looking forward to reading Betrayal, the second book in the Haunting Emma series. It's all about ghosts and fighting them! Check out the blurb on the book...

Emma Vaile is the most powerful ghostkeeper in centuries. Which is great when she's battling the wraith-master Neos, but terrible when she's flirting with fellow ghostkeeper (and soul mate) Bennett. When ghostkeepers fall in love, the weaker one loses all power, and that's not something Bennett can handle. Heartbroken and alone, Emma tries to lose herself in school with fellow ghostkeeper, Natalie. When a new team of ghostkeepers arrive - one a snarky teen boy, the other a British scholar - Emma finds solace in training for the battle against Neos. But as the team grows stronger, they are threatened by an unknown force. One they thought was good.

I've posted my review here. Stop by and check it out!