BRAVE NEW GIRLS Cover Reveal @astralcolt @TClosser

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Today, I’m revealing the cover and story line-up for
BRAVE NEW GIRLS: STORIES OF GIRLS WHO SCIENCE AND SCHEME, coming August 2017!
This YA sci-fi anthology (edited by sci-fi authors Paige Daniels and Mary Fan) features
stories about girls in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)… Girls
who engineer, tinker, hack, and more, using their smarts to save the day. It’s
got space operas, sci-fi mysteries, steampunk, cyberpunk, all kinds of punk! Proceeds from sales of the anthology will be donated to the Society of Women Engineers scholarship fund.
And without further ado, here’s the cover!
Stories in the anthology (in alphabetical order by title):
The 17th Quadrennial Intergalactic Neo-Cultural Expo and
Science Fair by Jeanne Kramer-Smyth
The Adventure of the Brass Lamp by Margaret Curelas
Arch Nemesis by Jamie
Krakover
The Babysitting Job: A Robot Repair Girl Adventure by Josh Pritchett
The Case of the Missing Sherlock by Mary Fan
Chasing the Copper Dragon by Karissa Laurel
Circus in the Sky by
Lisa Toohey
Dangerous Territory by
Holly Schofield
The Experimental Bug – First Test by Jelani-Akin Parham
Hack by Evangeline
Jennings
In a Whole New Light by
Michelle Leonard
The Last Android by
Paige Daniels
Let Androids Eat Cake by
Meg Merriet
The Maker’s Handbook by
George Ebey
The Non-Existence of Gravity by Steph Bennion
Nova by Stephen Landry
Our Very Respected and Always Benevolent Leader by Kay Dominguez
Scilla’s Monster by
Elisha Betts
Skyris by A.A.
Jankiewicz
Sweet Emotion by Bryna
Butler
The Swiss Cheese Model by
Eric Bakutis
The Verne Shot by
Brandon Draga

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Brave New Girls: Stories of Girls Who Science and Scheme is the second volume of the Brave New Girls anthology series. The first, Brave New Girls: Tales of Girls and Gadgets was released in June 2015 and has so far raised thousands of dollars for the Society of Women Engineers Scholarship fund. Find it on Amazon.

ABOUT THE EDITORS

Paige Daniels is the pen name of Tina Closser. By day she works as an Electrical Engineer and Mom mushing her kids from gymnastics and violin practice. After the kids go to bed, she rocks out with her headphones turned to eleven and cranks out books. She is an uber science geek. If she wasn’t married to the most terrific guy in the world, she would be a groupie for Adam Baldwin. Her books include Non-Compliance: The Sector, Non-Compliance: The Transition, and Non-Compliance: Equilibrium.

Mary Fan is a hopeless dreamer, whose mind insists on spinning tales of “what if.” As a music major in college, she told those stories through compositions. Now, she tells them through books—a habit she began as soon as she could pick up a pencil. And what stories she has! Currently, she has three series in progress and likes to think that she has even more in her bag. Her books include the Jane Colt trilogy, the Firedragon novellas, and the Fated Stars novellas.

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Check out the For the Love of Books Giveaway 2/12-2/20!

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Over 20 Romance Authors…

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Cover Reveal: Cheerleaders from Planet X by Lyssa Chiavari

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Today I’m so excited to help reveal the cover and title for Lyssa Chiavari’s upcoming f/f sci-fi novel, releasing March 28 from The Kraken Collective. Are you ready to learn more about this tropey, quirky and fun book? Check out the cover and synopsis below!

Title: Cheerleaders From Planet X
Author: Lyssa Chiavari
Genre: New Adult Science Fiction
Publisher: The Kraken Collective
Release date: March 28, 2017

Aliens are among us. And humanity’s only hope just happens to carry pom-poms.

Laura Clark thought she was just your average college freshman—until the day she saw a cheerleader on a skateboard get into a superhuman brawl with a lightning-wielding stranger in a trenchcoat. And the weirdest thing of all? Nobody else saw it happen. Nobody, that is, except the beautiful but standoffish Shailene, one of the mysterious (and possibly super-powered) cheerleaders from Laura’s rival school, Bayview University.

When girls start disappearing all over the City, Laura suddenly realizes that she may have seen more than she should. And if she wants to keep from disappearing herself, she needs to find some answers. But though Laura can’t shake the feeling that they’re somehow connected, Shailene is more than a little reluctant to share her secrets. With strange, bug-like creatures and a sinister man in a dark coat stalking her every step, Laura will have to uncover the truth fast if she wants to survive.

The fate of the planet just might hang in the balance.

A tongue-in-cheek cross between Marvel comics and Space Invaders, Cheerleaders from Planet X is a zany, quirky and snark-filled send-up of just about every sci-fi trope known to humankind—with 100% more lesbians. Add it to your Goodreads list here!

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Keep the Faith Blog Tour by Ana Tejano

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Book Title: Keep the Faith

Release Date: July 31, 2016

Author: Ana Tejano

About the Book:

As a community development worker, Faith was quite familiar with heartbreak and recovery after all the time she spent on disaster relief missions. So when her five-year relationship ends right before she left for a mission trip to a typhoon-stricken town in Iloilo, she tries not to make a big deal out of it. How can she be broken up about a breakup when she’s with people who literally lost everything?

But now that she’s back, all Faith wants is for her life to go back to normal and have people stop looking at her with pity. Never mind that she still has a lot of questions about the breakup, or that she feels a tiny ache every time her ex comes up in conversations. She’s okay now, and happily distracted by Nico Tamayo, the attractive new guy at work.

With new possibilities in the horizon, Faith thinks she is well on her way to moving on. But when her past comes calling back to her, will all the good things in her present be enough to keep her on the path? Or will she finally learn that there was more to heartbreak and recovery than what she knows?

Links to Purchase:

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31228888-keep-the-faith

About the Author:

Ana Tejano has been in love with words and writing ever since she met Elizabeth Wakefield when she was in Grade 3. She has contributed several non-fiction pieces in print and online publications, and has been blogging for years. When she’s not writing, she works as a communications manager for a payroll outsourcing firm, and serves in CFC Singles for Christ in every other time that she doesn’t spend reading or sleeping. She lives in Metro Manila and is also known by another name in her other circles (but it’s not a secret identity, really).

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“Hi.”

I froze at the sound of that now all-too-familiar deep voice—now less sleepy—and my panic gave way to anger. I turned around slowly.

Nico’s expression was friendly, oblivious to my seething. “I just want to say sorry for sleeping on your desk. Alvin told me you were coming back but I thought it wasn’t until Monday so I didn’t transfer immediately.”

“Did you touch anything here?” I pointed to my cubicle’s walls, ignoring his apology.

“Huh?”

“You’ve been using my desk since you got here. Did you remove anything?”

He shook his head, his messy hair flopping on his forehead. He brushed it away with a hand. “No. Why would I remove anything? I only sleep at other people’s desks, but I don’t take anything.” He gave me a cheeky grin at the last part, an attempt to make a joke, but I was too worked up to play along.

“Then what happened to my pictures, huh?”

“What pictures?”

I felt a light tap on my shoulder. I turned, and there was April, holding out a small paper bag. “Hey. I almost forgot to give you this.”

“April, do you know—”

“I heard you. They’re in the bag,” she interrupted gently. “I took your pictures down, okay? It’s not Nico’s fault. He didn’t even see them.”

I took the bag from her and peeked inside, and found the smiling face of my ex-boyfriend looking at me, beside my own. I was unprepared for the stab of pain when I saw our matching grins, remembering exactly when that photo was taken (second year anniversary, right after he took me out to dinner).

“I thought it would help if I cleaned it up when you told me what happened. I’m sorry I didn’t tell you.” She squeezed my arm, and left to answer her phone that started ringing again.

Squashing the urge to sort through the photos and memories, I shoved the paper bag in my bottom drawer, shutting the drawer with a loud click. When I looked up, I saw that Nico was gazing at me intently, and my face burned with shame again. Twice now. I can’t seem to get off on the right foot with this guy.

“I told you I didn’t know about anything,” he said, amused.

Well thanks a lot for rubbing it in. “If you hadn’t been sleeping on my desk then I wouldn’t have asked you.”

“Didn’t you learn much from what you saw on my profile?”

“I wasn’t stalking you!”

A small line formed between his eyebrows as if I was a Math problem that he was trying to solve. I tried to stare back at him but his brown eyes were too intense. Then to my surprise—and frustration—I saw the beginnings of a smirk tug at the corner of his lips.

“Aren’t you going to say something?” I crossed my arms.

Then his lips stretched into a full-fledged smile, a dimple popping on his right cheek. “I’m sorry. I promise I won’t sleep on your desk again.”

“Good,” I said with a firm nod. Then I started to feel a little silly for my outburst, especially after he seemed so gracious. “I’m sorry, too.”

“Peace?” he asked, extending his right hand to me. I uncrossed my arms and looked at his hand warily before glancing up at him again. He was still smiling.

“Okay,” I said, just a little begrudgingly, and reached out to shake his hand.

“My name is Nicolas, but everyone calls me Nico.”

“Hi, Nico,” I said, trying not to think of how warm his hand was. “I’m Faith. Faith Alvarez.” I let go of his hand. Too much hand-shaking was weird.

There was that dimple again. “I know.”

 

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New Release Follower Giveaway!! Hosted by @lovekissedsteam #IARTG #bookblast #kindle #giveaway

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Check out the January New Release Followers Giveaway 1/15-1/23!

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Cover Reveal and $250 cash giveaway #booklover

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We are rearing for our first release of the year Lesson That Taught Love, our first book in that’s Contemporary Romance( traditional romance that isn’t New Adult) and its quite different from our normal style of writing, so we hope people like it!

But did you know we’re nearly complete with a second release? We just got the cover done for it, and it’s super pretty that we just had to share it!
But I’m Not a Robot does have a similar style to both our new book and New Adult books, as it’s inclusive with trans, bi, non-binary and religious diversity representation, so when it’s ready we also hope people like it!

Let me not forget to mention a chance to win some after-the-holiday money!

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Why Book Reviews Matter! Part Two-The Financial Side

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Okay so *cracks knuckles*.

We promised we’d make a post about how both retailer site reviews help on the creative side and another on the financial side of things. Both are and should be important because, let’s face it, writing isn’t all about creativity and entertainment, it’s also a business and a ton of writers make their livings off writing alone.

There are tons of reasons why reviews impact your favorite(or not so favorite) book financially but for time purposes, Libertad and I wanted to sim it down to five solid reasons why reviews are so important on retailer sites like Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Itunes and why you should consider leaving some on your favorite authors books like now!

1.You’re a bargain reader

Okay, so I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a bargain reader. I’m more like likely to splurge on books that are 2.99 and under, especially if the author is new to me. A book priced at .99 cents is excellent and free is especially great if it’s the beginning to a series but did you know that authors need at least 10 reviews averaging of at least a 4.0 to spread awareness about their .99 cents and free books discounts? I know you’re all going “what does that mean?”

Well, it means that a lot of times authors(us especially) really want to discount their books at .99 cents or even free but can’t because it’s super hard to get that first ten reviews when you’re relatively new. That means it takes us about a month or two to be able to advertise our discounted novel with book discount sites like Bookbub when we’d really love to be able to start doing it from the very beginning.

If you’re someone who loves supporting your favorite authors but are on a tight budget, consider joining their ARC team and leaving a review on their book’s release day. Even if you’re not technically buying the books, you’re still a very valuable asset to your favorite writers when you help them out with ARC reviews that you post on retailer sites like Amazon and Barnes and Noble. People tend to skip books with no reviews and will often only take a chance on them if they’re in KU.

Even we have our favorite authors( Guinevere loves Delaney Diamond and Kahillah Fox while I adore Victoria H. Smith and Rebekah Weatherspoon y’all, just sayin) but with how often we both read(especially since we prefer audiobooks) when one of our favorite writers discounts a book we just thank the heavens! It’s a beautiful way to still support your favorite author on the financial side. The more reviews a book has, the more times we can give it away at a lower price point to entice new readers like yourself. So overall, leaving reviews is a win-win situation for both parties!

2. Target Audience

Target Audience is key for knowing who to market a book to. Writers are often told to write, creating a fictional avatar, or “their biggest fan”, because it’s easier to market to one person than a random sea of people.

That helps for morale as far as writing the book, but in promoting a book not so much. Sometimes your intended audience is not always who ends up being your target audience.

One of biggest examples follow our first three series’ and I’ll give examples for each of them(even though the NA is similar, so I’ll combine those two).

Our very first published novel was The Mark of Noba. We made a lot of mistakes in promoting the novel, because we were being too broad of what kind of audience we were trying to capture for it. Since it’s a YA novel with elements of science fiction AND fantasy, we were never really sure what category or audience would enjoy it better, so we always went with its time travel aspect.

Take in mind, for years we’d been told its Urban Fantasy. We thought it had an UF feel, but our stubborn ways hurt it more than helped. We always thought our interracial couple on the cover was killing its visibility, but when a prolific author in the indie community gave her take on our book’s cover, as well as the reviews that weren’t always positive voicing such, we knew it was time to rebrand it.

We ended up reformatting the book, as well as changing elements to amp up the fantasy factor a bit. We went with a custom photoshoot to capture the two main characters in a way stock art wasn’t giving us(and we still went with our interracial couple) and redid the cover.

Since it’s re-release, its stayed in the top 100 of some of its major categories on Amazon, all because we decided to promote it as an Urban Fantasy as opposed to a YA Time Travel book. Reviews helped us brand the book to the right audience, otherwise we would’ve been promoting it to the wrong people until this day.

Now I know you’re thinking, I write/read romance! How does that help me?

Learning your target audience through the help of reviews is very, if not more helpful in romance than any other genre. First off, the rules to romance are very simple.

  1. The romance must be the biggest part of the story
  2. It must happen in a HEA or HFN
  3. Must end emotionally satisfying

Pretty simple, right? But even after knowing that, there are a couple dozen subgenres in romance, proving that romance isn’t one size fits all.

Our New Adult series’ Bookish Friends To Lovers as well as Friends That Have Sex are also interracial romance books. For marketing purposes, Interracial Romance I’m going to refer to interchangeably with Contemporary Romance, because to me they’re the same thing, same tone, just assume if I’m talking about CR, I’m referring to IR in the same thread. Back to the post, both series feature characters who fall for someone of an opposite race, despite that not being the biggest part of the plot.

We were lucky enough to get two Bookbubs last year that were within weeks of one another for both series—one paid, one free. Book Two from the BFTL series got approved in African American, while F*THS got approved in New Adult.

Take in mind, both of these series’ are New Adult. Both of these series feature Black women. Both of these series feature interracial couples. But they also both have controversial topics to bring up in romance.

Same Page, book one featured a guy who’d had a relationship with someone outside of his long distance girlfriend and marijuana use; F*THS featured a girl battling Hodkin’s Lymphoma who wasn’t likable, with marijuana and LSD use. Both were friends to lovers books, both had topics readers either cheered or jeered.

After putting them on promo, you can expect a handful of new reviews, both good and bad. Especially with a discount book list as big as Bookbub. After you shift through some of the reviews, you notice who enjoy the books more.

So even though they’re still interracial books, and we’re still going to promote them that way, the New Adult audience expects a little more edge/angst than traditional contemporary romance. So now we know, without a doubt, that Same Page and F*THS are definitely New Adult.

3. Sales

Believe it or not, the amount of reviews a book has(especially verified purchases) a slight impact on how your book ranks on Amazon. And since Amazon is where a lot of authors make a huge percentage of their sales, that’s really super helpful.

I know when we get a new review, we notice our page reads and sales go up a little, sometimes a lot. We’ve heard it may have a lot to do with Amazon’s algorithms. I know a lot of authors fear getting ones and twos, but we can be the first to tell you we’ve gotten a plethora of ones and two and not once has it impacted our sales. Amazon tends to push the books they think are selling so new reviews on top of a book that’s already slightly selling, means Amazon will push it in front of people more.

Visibility is key when finding new reads and you can’t find your next favorite read without visibility. Reviews aren’t the only factor in that, but they do contribute a little to the way Amazon pushes it in front of the right readers, that means you!

4. Credibility

Sometimes it’s not even the amount of reviews a book has. It’s about if there are enough reviews to give an insight of what people liked and disliked about a story. I don’t know about you but when I see a book in my “Recommended For You” emails and they get a click out of me, I’m always a bit disappointed when every review I see is a 4 or 5 and all the reviews say is “This author does it again”, but doesn’t tell me anything about whether I want to pick it up or not.

Which review tells you more about your next TBR:

Amazon Reviewer:

I loved this book so much! Characters were great! Pick it up right now!

Or

Amazon Reviewer:

This book had so much going on that it held my attention. Not a fan of cheating but the hero won me over and I really rooted for him and the heroine even though he was cheating on his gf to be with her. This book isn’t for everyone, but the chemistry is crazy good and I gotta say, this is my first time sympathizing with a cheater. I kept thinking there’s no way he’s going to….but then he did. I hated myself for liking him but he was so damn sexy!Ugh!

Which review would you trust? Both are short and slightly praising but one is more informative.

That’s how a ton of the reviews are like for our first NA romance Same Page, Book 1 of the Bookish Friends To Lovers series. The second review tells everyone who might want to read it that there’s cheating in the book. If you don’t like cheating, this review just helped you decide that it isn’t for you. See how much weight the power you readers have? You help each other and this is especially important when there are so many other books out there that have the themes you’d rather read about.

Lesson of the Day:

Reviews, especially honest ones, give books credibility. It lets the next person browsing their recommended list that all the reviews aren’t left by just friends and family, lol. Although I wish our family did this because we have a huge one!

5. Proof that your favorite books are profitable

How many times have we all heard the lie that books about non-white, non-straight people don’t sell. Personally, we’ve heard it too many times to count. And they’re often from readers or writers that would never read or write about a brown person to begin with.

My sister and I write multicultural YA urban fantasy and contemporary, as well as New Adult and Contemporary Romance. All of our heroines are of African descent, ranging in culture. Nigerian-American, Cuban American, Haitian American and in one of our African American Romances we planned to release this year, a heroine is even Afro-British, London accent and all, of Ghanaian ancestry. Writing inclusively isn’t really a choice. It’s our lives. So when people say diverse romance or diverse YA doesn’t sell, here’s what we hear: We don’t fall in love. We’re one-dimensional and worse of all, our stories don’t matter.

(This one features an Afro-British Ghanian Heroine with and An Afro-Boricua hero!)

Mainstream books(books with solely white characters) tend to have thousands of reviews, whereas many African American, Multicultural or Interracial romances are just pushing a few hundred. I know for a fact that our books don’t get reviewed as much as they get read. Since many of our titles are in Kindle Unlimited, it’s tough to see your book being read over one hundred times in one a day and for every one hundred maybe one will review it. We get it, ain’t nobody got time to leave a review for every book that they read when there’s barely enough time to start the next book in queue. But leaving a review whether you loved or hated it proves someone was interested in it enough to buy it, canceling out the background noise that inclusive book can’t or won’t sell. Reviews help prove these haters wrong!

If you haven’t read Part One, The Creative Side of this post, be sure to check it out here. You’re sure to reach a few *a-ha* moments from there too!

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Why Book Reviews Matter! Part One-The Creative Side

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I’m sure everyone is tired of hearing about the conversation about reviews. As an author they’re helpful, as a reader they’re helper, but I know some folk think reviews aren’t important. I was actually inspired by an author friend M. Hollis, who recently wrote a twitter thread about how helpful reviews are to marginalized writers, who have the hardest time getting their books in front of the people who might most enjoy them(check out M. Hollis’ screenshots or click on them to see her TL).

So I’ll start off by saying this post won’t be fancy. It’s not filled with statistics or interesting data that took months to curate. It’s just two author’s opinions on why reviews matter, not just to the author, but to lovers of books as well.

For some clarity, I’m a former book blogger. I try to blog. I wish I had more time to blog. But my sister and I have been trying to make writing work for us in a different way in 2017 than in our previous years published, and sometimes we sacrifice the things we love, because we love writing more. But my blogger background knows, we absolutely hate being begged, asked, held at knife point to review books on a retailer site, even if we sometimes liked the book.

Maybe it’s because Amazon ain’t shit? Maybe it’s because we don’t know how important they are to the reader who might potentially pick it up. I know I didn’t know in my past! I must’ve posted 100 reviews on my book blog that never made it to a retailer site. Since becoming an author, I realize how important they are, and not just what authors might call a “good review”, but critical ones can help, too.

Reviews in general help an author or a reader for a number of reasons, but I’m planning on doing two posts about this, one on the creative side, and one on the business side of why a book review on a retailer side can really steer readers, and even authors in the right direction of where to go next.

But this post I wanted to focus on the emotional side on how reviews on retailer sites help. If you enjoy it, consider looking out for the part two, on how it’s helpful on the business side.

Without further ado, some of the awesome reasons why reviews help both readers and authors.

Direction and Content

Readers really have a lot of say in the indie community, or at least they do in my eyes. Much like the standalone vs series argument, if a reader likes a particular couple’s story, or a major supporting character in a story, reviews tend to voice that.

For example, we released Same Page in December of 2015. Even though we’d planned Next Chapter, we never really thought about continuing the series with different characters, even though their work environment was very colorful.

So many people have liked one of our major supporting characters Ruby Jiang-Cruz, that we thought it wouldn’t be right not to give her own story. So many people were asking “Where’s Ruby’s story?” and to be honest, that shaped the future of the series with our rebrand of it.

I think the most brilliant thing about being an independently published author, is that we have complete control over our content. Especially when that content isn’t working.

The rebranding of the Bookish Friends To Lovers series came from a lot of reviews telling us they felt Next Chapter ended on a cliffhanger. Since it’s New Adult, it wasn’t meant to be one, as rules for NA are very different than Contemporary Romance. They can end in Happily For Now’s more often, but we felt if we were going to change something as big as the ending, we wanted to add additional content to both SP and NC, as well as change the covers, and the series title.

Reviews have voiced so many things we were pretty lax about, that if they didn’t exist, we would’ve left the series the way it was.

We’re going to rebrand one more time, to address more commentary in the reviews, but without them, I don’t think we would’ve made such a great effort to make them more appealing to readers.

Standalones Vs Series

One of the hardest decisions as an author is whether to focus on a stand-alone or a series. Both have pros and cons, and most of our book ideas we’re emotionally invested in for different reasons, so if we created a WIP, you can guarantee one story is not more important or holds less value than another for us.

But we made the mistake of starting nearly every single book we’ve released in the last 18 months all series’. The only stand-alone book we have is Wander This World, and we had as much fun penning that as we did the series’. But the con to Wander This World is that it’s our least profitable book—or rather, since there’s no sell-through potential, it earns the least.

But we can tell you it is the one book that gives us the least stress. Series’ are hard. A lot of people don’t know that even though we’d planned to make Same Page and Next Chapter, as well as F*THS and Friends That Still… books that related to one another, we came out with the first books without the second book right after the first release, because we were trying to see if there was even a market for their controversial material.

We really couldn’t or wouldn’t have moved forward if we hadn’t gotten reviews telling us whether it was a smart enough move to.  I’ll explain more about this in a different post, when it comes to the financial reason why reviews are important =)

But once the response for both books were frequent enough to move forward, we decided to pen their sequels too, We were new writers, so we didn’t want to focus on continuing a story people hated.

Now that they’re both out, the pressure to build off these first books is quite demanding, especially when you want to focus on new material, and new characters to fall in love with, that face different challenges. F*THS and Same Page were SO fun to write, but because people liked Tim/Naima and Asher/Teddy(even though most don’t connect with her as much as Ash) the pressure to continue their story is a lot of weight.

Stand-alones however, allow you to write one story. Snap your fingers and you’re done. There are pressures to make sequels to stand-alones, but with books you intend to be a series, reviews really push an author to keep moving forward with that series, even when they don’t really want to.

My sister and I are a team, but we have our own ideas. Most of our ideas are come from the individual, and then the other sister helps flesh out the ideas that don’t make as much sense to them. Point blank: Sometimes I want to work on my shit, and sometimes she wants to work on her shit XD We’re constantly bumping heads, so if we don’t have something to push us, we won’t help each other until the last minute.

Author Appreciation

Writers are human. Writers are readers. Writers are just like everyone else. Especially independent authors. We don’t have publicists or agents(not true for some since many indies are now being repped) to sift through when you want to drop a line to one of your favorite authors but they feel so far away because everything goes through their “teams” first.

We’re right here. Available by email, available by Facebook or just one tweet away. Authors love hearing from readers. We’re readers just as much as we are writers, and it really makes our day to know someone reading our book enjoyed it as much as we did at the time writing it. This is especially true when a writer isn’t at all motivated at the time, which happens a lot when you have the pressure of deadlines and real life issues plaguing you.

But the comments, reviews and emails that always stick with me are the ones that mention how much people loved things we had planned to cut or downplay, like intersectional identity or culture. Those are things that are really important to my sister and I and we always fear people think we’re being too extra with it. But when people tell us that they adore the fact that we make culture a huge part of characters’ lives, it really warms our heart being raised in a different culture ourselves (My sister and I are Cuban American, Huepa!)

Reviews are especially important on retailer sites like Amazon for us because we don’t read Goodreads reviews, AT ALL. We’re firm believers in GR being where readers connect. As readers ourselves, we like the freedom of just being able talk to other readers since we both have reader accounts and everything is stress-free and unbiased. Vowing to keep it that way. But to sum it all up, leaving reviews is just another small way of you showing appreciation to the content an author is putting out there. It only takes a few seconds but leaves a huge impact! Especially for us because we’re so appreciative when y’all do!

But those are just some of the creative reasons why reviews help on retailer sites. Even just a few words help the reader looking to pick up their next read, and the author not sure on where to go with their next WIP!

Don’t forget to check out Why Book Reviews Matter! Part Two-The Financial Side!

This post was brought to you by Guinevere! Part II will be brought to you by Libertad!

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★★★★72 Signed Paperbacks up for grabs in the 12 Days of Giveaways!★★★★

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How much do you love signed paperbacks from your favorite romance authors?

Yeah. We thought so.

You’ve heard of the Twelve Days of Christmas? We’re offering Twelve Days of Giveaways.

Enter to win one of twelve prize packs.

Each prize pack will contain SIX signed books.

If you’re already a collector, you’ll be in heaven. If you’ve never owned a signed paperback before, you’ll start your collection with a bang. Either way, entry is simple.

One simple entry will subscribe you to 70 Romance Author Newsletters.

Unsubscribe any time, but please don’t label us as spam. Better still, stick around and get to know us.

Participating Authors:

AJ Norris | Alyson Reynolds | Amie Stuart | Amy L Gale | Anna B. Madrise | Annie Anderson | Bethany Lopez | Bethany Shaw | Brinda Berry | Brittney Coon | Candace Clark | Candace Knoebel | Christa Cervone | Christi Barth | DD Lorenzo | Debra Parmley | Diana Quincy | Eileen Cruz Coleman | Elianne Adams | Eva Winters | G.L. Tomas | India Millar | J.M. Adele | Ja’Nese Dixon | Jamie Farrell | JB Schroeder | Jenn Windrow | Jennifer Locklear | Jennifer Ryder | Joanna Shupe | Joanne Dannon | Josie Bordeaux | Kelly Collins | Kelly Moore | Kimi Flores/K.A. Hunter | L A Cotton | L Chapman | Leigh Anderson | Lisa Ladew | Lisa Shelby | Liz Durano | M.M. Chabot | Margo Bond Collins | Mary Abshire | Mary Hughes | Mayra Statham | Michele Mannon | Michelle Irwin | MJ Summers | Monica Corwin | Nancee Cain | Nikki Lynn Barrett | Rissa Blakely | S.M. Schmitz | Shaniel Watson | Sheila Kell | Shelique Lize | Skye Jordan | Sybil Bartel | Sydney Aaliyah Michelle | Tania Cooper | Terra Kelly | Theresa Troutman | Tracey Pedersen | Tracy Ellen | Victoria Pinder | Wendy Knight
Enter to win!
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Lover of romance books? Enter this bookish giveaway!

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We’re feeling festive so I’ve joined forces with these amazing authors to bring you a HUGE giveaway running from the 15th December – 20th. Looking forward to the New Year’s sales? We’ve got $500 cash to give away, perfect for treating yourself or stocking up on goodies for next year. Check out the authors involved then enter below. And don’t forget to stop by Love Books’ Facebook page for more giveaways happening RIGHT NOW!

 

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