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The Book Bazaar / Re: YA books anyone?
« on: July 03, 2011, 10:20:02 am »
I've been on a YA reading frenzy this summer and so far I've liked almost everything I've read:

Hush Hush and Crescendo (paranormal romances)
Shiver and Linger (paranormal romances)
The Adoration of Jenna Fox (dystopian)
The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, Mockingjay (dystopian)
Unwind (dystopian) - what I really liked about this one is that it follows a few different characters who have intertwined fates

I guess I'll also recommend my own YA romance novel, Songbird http://www.amazon.com/Songbird-ebook/dp/B0053NYOQ0/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1309650806&sr=8-2

:) Ang


I definitely have to second The Adoration of Jenna Fox and Unwind. Ang--you have great taste in books!

I'd like to recommend Katie Klein's books:
The Guardian
Cross My Heart

And by Susan Bischoff:
Hush Money

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Hi everyone!

I am so excited to announce my YA Romance, The Wrong Path, is now available on Amazon Kindle!

Annabelle's life was finally going according to plan. She had the right group of friends. Her childhood crush had finally started to notice her. She was pretty, popular, and in love.

And then one terrible night at a party Will enters her life and everything changes.

Will is the polar opposite of his older brother Trevor—Annabelle’s new boyfriend—the popular, straight-A, quarterback high school star. He's wild, charismatic, and full of secrets. He's completely different from anyone Annabelle has ever known, and soon their accidental run-in becomes a pattern as Annabelle finds herself seeking him out wherever she goes. Despite his open hostility with his older brother, Annabelle is drawn to him, wanting to be with him. Will opens a new world for Annabelle, one where she can shed her carefully constructed mask and be herself.

But being with Will comes at a price. And when tragedy strikes, she has to make a choice between the two brothers.

And the wrong one means losing everything forever.


Thanks for stopping in to look! Hope you enjoy!

Vivian

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There really is a ton of wonderful advice here. Love it!

My favorite writing tip was one I picked up when I was a kid: Keep a writer's journal. Record every idea, short scene, inspiring picture, and fun quote you come across. You never know when one of those little notes will spark your creativity and end up as an entire book.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: When Things Get Rough...
« on: June 02, 2011, 08:00:37 pm »
That is really a wonderful, inspirational story. And you should be proud of yourself for your dedication to your dream and for never giving up. I think that's amazing! You certainly deserve every success you're seeing, and many, many more.

Congratulations, and thank you again for sharing.

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The Book Corner / The Guardian - YA Paranormal Romance - Katie Klein
« on: February 09, 2011, 11:18:42 pm »
I've had Katie Klein's "The Guardian" on my TBR list for an embarrassingly long time now, but today I finally sat down and read it, and I am so glad I did! It was a beautifully written, easy read, and full of realistic characters you want to call friends. And the sweet romance between the two main characters was just perfect. Katie's way with words was stunning--to say the least. She somehow always found the perfect words to describe each scene, and yet still managed to leave things up to your imagination.



Title: The Guardian
Author: Katie Klein
Get it on Amazon for $2.99! (Spoiler-free review here)
Review on my blog (Spoiler-heavy review here!)

About the book (from Amazon--I didn't write this):
Seventeen-year-old Genesis Green is living anything but a charmed existence. As far back as she can remember, she and her mother have been bouncing from town to town trying to make a better life for themselves.

Late one evening, Genesis and her boyfriend are in a car accident. Carter’s SUV rolls, and Genesis finds herself injured; lying on the pavement. Just before she slips into the darkness, an unfamiliar voice calls out to her: promising everything will be fine.

His name is Seth, and he’s the Guardian assigned to protect her.

Now, strange things are happening: Genesis is having bizarre visions. The biggest surprise comes when she learns that, through these revelations, she has the power to change the outcome—to alter courses.

When the Guardians learn about her gift, they ask her to join forces; to help them. The only thing standing in her way is Seth. To join the Guardians means stepping into the middle of an epic battle between good and evil. Even with supernatural protection, there’s no guarantee that Genesis will ever be safe again.

But before she can choose between the angel she loves and the purpose she’s discovered, the Evil Ones make the choice for her.

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Introductions & Welcomes / Re: Newbie urban fantasy author here!
« on: February 02, 2011, 07:15:17 pm »
Welcome! And--love your tag:

"Being a good writer is 3% talent, 97% not being distracted by the Internet"

That made me laaaaaugh...  :D

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The Book Bazaar / Re: Steampunk Stories for 99c
« on: February 02, 2011, 07:12:24 pm »
Ooo! Sounds exciting! I love a good steampunk.  :D Looks good!!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Ever gotten a really mean review?
« on: January 30, 2011, 12:02:50 pm »
Sybil, you're an incredible woman.

What an amazing journey you went through--and thank you for sharing it! You definitely deserve every success for all of your perseverance. Your story is incredibly inspiring.

It's definitely easy to forget how hard authors work on something when you're writing a review--hopefully your story will help keep that in mind!

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There is only one rule in writing for an audience: don't bore them.

Everything else is violable.

I like this rule. :D

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Not Quite Kindle / Re: Best Star Wars movie?
« on: January 30, 2011, 11:39:09 am »
Love the Family Guy reference in here.  ;)

So many Empire fans! Man. I'm all for A New Hope. I still remember when I saw it for the first time. I immediately went out and bought all the Star Wars books I could get my hands on. Luke was so full of hope and promise.

Also, and I know it's so unpopular, but I really loved Episode One. I mean, loved it to the point where I think I saw it about three or four times in the theater. I had Episode One books, posters, and a hat. I fell in love with that little boy playing Anakin, and my heart just broke thinking that somehow he would someday turn into Darth Vadar. I was excited to see his journey and dreaded it all at the same time. Episode One is actually what brought me into the Star Wars fandom in the first place. I knew the story, of course, but I wasn't very familiar with the movies. Episode One changed all that for me. I've been a Star Wars girl ever since.

I guess the common theme between the two that I liked was the new beginning--seeing how the legacy would unfold.

And no. For the record, I was not a Jar-Jar Binks fan.  ;)

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Changing prices -- does that annoy readers?
« on: January 30, 2011, 11:24:48 am »
There are also a number of blogs and websites where you can advertise a 99c book. If you have advertised on all those sites will you remember to remove them if you put up your price?

I don't think I would be annoyed as a reader--maybe a little bummed I missed the deal, but not annoyed. I think Jan has an excellent point above, though. If you do advertise your book at $.99, you'd definitely want to make sure you removed all references to that. Because it would be a huge disappointment to get to a book and think it was only $.99 and then find out the price had gone up by $2.00.

But on that note--I think if the person is really interested in the novel, they're probably going to buy it anyway.  ;) I would! (As long as it wasn't priced too high!  :D)

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The Book Corner / Re: If it's FREE, how good can it be?
« on: January 29, 2011, 11:29:00 pm »
I think of it as giving people a very large free sample. What people give me in return is their time, and the willingness to try an unknown author. That's payment of a sort.

I agree. I don't think there's anything wrong with free. When I first started searching on Kindle, the first thing I did was look to see what was available in the free section. (I'm not actually cheap, I was just curious.  :D) I think it's cool if an author is willing to give away something they slaved and toiled on for free, just to get people to read it.

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The Book Corner / Re: Help me choose a classic
« on: January 29, 2011, 11:24:27 pm »
So I'm late to the party, but my favorite book is Captain Blood by Rafael Sebatini. It's got a witty hero, a love story, good action, an amazing plot, fantastic writing... It's really one of the best books of all time. I highly recommend it!

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I almost always read a review of a book I'm about to read, but I generally only read the one that is rated highest for, "most people found helpful." I'm a spoiler freak, so I want to make sure it has the key elements I look for in a book and I know what I'm getting into when I buy it.  :D  If the review is harsh, I'll probably read another one, just to see if I can get some more information about the content of the book.

I don't really pay attention to the stars. They don't matter to me as much as what the review says about the book. Did the book have x, y, z in it? (E.g., good characters, great plot, well-concluded ending?) If so, then I don't care how many stars it has.  ;)

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The Book Corner / Re: How do you prefer your Vampires?
« on: January 20, 2011, 06:12:33 pm »
I know it's a craze right now, but I still love the super hot, mysterious, tall-dark-and-handsome vampires who are always in the right place at the right time to save the girl and who can easily snap someone in two... but don't unless they need to.  ;) And, of course, invincible to just about everything except the major plot device.

Damon Salvatore from The Vampire Diaries comes to mind... (Either the books or the TV show, take your pick! Both are perfection.) And Ash from L.J. Smith's Night World series. Those geared toward adult fiction (vs. YA), Eric from the Sookie Stackhouse books is pretty dreamy, right?  ;)

I'm a fangirl. I can't help it.  :D

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I just found this amazing book on the Indie Paranormal Book Review site, and I wanted to share it with all of you! I read the blurb and it looked interesting, so I decided to watch the trailer to see if it could sell me on the book. I was a little hesitant when I saw how long it was (almost three minutes!), but it was worth it--I bought the book right away! Note: I am NOT the author, so everything that follows this has been taken right off of Amazon. (Except the feature link and the trailer link... I posted those.)



The Other Side of Life (Book #1 / Cyberpunk Elven Trilogy)
$2.99
By Jess C Scott

SUMMARY:
A thieving duo's world turns upside down when an Elven rogue uncovers the heinous dealings of a megacorporation.

SYNOPSIS:
Anya and Leticia are partners-in-crime who steal for a living. Their world turns upside down after a chance encounter with fellow rogue, Ithilnin--the enigmatic leader of an Elven band of thieves.

A scuffle to prove who's "the better thief" transforms into more than Anya and Ithilnin ever bargained for. They retrieve the missing piece of an ancient poem, before getting caught in the secret dealings of a megacorporation. What they uncover threatens to alter the very essence of not just human life, but the other side as well.

Elven intrigue, cyberpunk action, and a deadly dose of danger come together in The Other Side of Life [Book #1 in the (Cyberpunk) Elven Trilogy].

GENRE:
Urban Fantasy / Cyberpunk / YA with adult crossover appeal

* Recommended for adults or young adults seeking cyberpunk themes (not hardcore sci-fi), and a love story (not fluffy romance).


FEATURE
Feature at Indie Paranormal Book Reviews


BOOK TRAILER:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YiT3bLQIyg" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YiT3bLQIyg</a>

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Do you read more than one book at a time?
« on: January 17, 2011, 07:19:32 pm »
I may read many simultaneously but when I really do get engrossed with one I'll do the same, never putting it down.  The worse case was when I read Frank Herbert's Dune - I had started and stopped on it a dozen times before picking it up and reading it straight through.  I got so wrapped up in it that I read the entire six book series in a week's time.  Nothing like really getting wrapped up in a good book such that you're depressed when you're through reading it.

Dave

Ohh... I love that feeling... When you're sad that the book is over! It's so frustrating and irritating and you're just impressed at the mastery of the author for pulling you in like that. I love it! If a book doesn't pull me in so tight I can't let go, I generally abandon it. (Yep, I'm one of THOSE people.  :D)

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Do you read more than one book at a time?
« on: January 17, 2011, 07:02:09 pm »
Oh my gosh... I admire all of you who are able to read so many books at the same time! I can't do it. If I'm reading a book (that I like and don't give up on) I get so engrossed in it that I HAVE to finish it. I can't put it down until I'm done with it. I won't stop to eat. I won't run errands. I won't sleep until I'm done. That's why I always make sure to start a book right after work, or only on the weekends. Otherwise I'll be too tired for work in the A.M.! Maybe I'm a little obsessive, but dang it, I HAVE TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS.  ;)

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Rankings versus Revenue
« on: January 17, 2011, 06:47:41 pm »
Gordon - thanks so much for sharing your experiment and the results!


I agree! It's definitely interesting to read about and it's really wonderful that you're willing to share what you've learned! Thank you!

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The Book Bazaar / Re: The Venom of Vipers - SciFi/Thriller
« on: January 17, 2011, 06:15:55 pm »
The new title looks amazing, K.C.! Love it!! I bought The Venom of Vipers a couple of days ago (I just couldn't get that hook out of my head!) and I can't wait to read it! (I'm quickly growing my TBR pile...)  :D

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This looks really good! I'm definitely going to be checking this one out. I can't wait to read it.  ;D

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Introductions & Welcomes / Re: Frequent KB reader - brand new member
« on: January 16, 2011, 10:21:50 am »
Vivian - you and I are twins separated at birth.  ;D
Except I'm much older than you and that makes that concept a little difficult.

Welcome to the boards!  :)

~ Jenna

Well, every twin has to be at least a little older than the other, right?  ;)

I loved your message--and thank you very much!!  :D (It's so good to not be alone in my quirkiness!  ;D)

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I agree.  I don't consider it cheating or baaaaaaad and I don't have any guilt over reading the end (or the middle or page 74) before the other parts of the story.  It is my reading experience and I'll have it my way, thank you. 
I just started a new book and I'm off to see how it ends.  :)

 :D  :D :D Awesome. Hope it "starts out" good!  ;)

I like to be prepared--I want to know what's going to happen before I get too emotionally invested in the characters. If I know a character is going to die, that doesn't stop me from loving them, I'll just be prepared for it. If there's a love triangle, I know who to root for so I'm not HORRIBLY disappointed (and possibly angry!) at the end. I definitely read the end of books all the time! I think that's one of my favorite parts about reviews on Amazon--I already know what I'm getting myself into when I start reading the book. I don't care if other people liked it... I just want to know more about the book.  :D

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Oooh thank you for the feedback! We have limited characters to play with (and images + URLs take up a lot), but I've taken your much appreciated advice to heart. Hopefully this sig will be even better. :)

(and just wait til you see my new book cover!!)

Ahhh!!! You are perfection. I absolutely love your new signature. And man, that hook... It's so good it kills me. (Also, I do love your covers!)

Thanks!  This is the kind of information writers (and all marketers) really need.

I try to use banners so I can get art and taglines in the same sig without taking up too much space.  (However, it's harder to change the tagline if you think of something better.)

One thing I try to do is rotate what I have in my sigs. I myself could make better use of it than i do, but I think those who have a lot of books could benefit from it. (For one thing, you could do a line of all your books for a week, which might attract people who are looking for more "established" authors, and then feature a particular book each week for a while.  Do smaller, text heavy sigs, so arty ones.  Different size banners, etc.)

Camille

I love your banner and your idea of rotating books and changing your signature. The signature is a fantastic advertising tool! Changing it up as you suggested is a wonderful idea. And banners are great because they DON'T take up a ton of space and you can still get a lot in them. (Also, I loved your banner... and then I bought your book. HA! It really does work!  :D)

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Writers' Cafe / How Your Signature Did (or Didn't) Make Me Buy Your Book
« on: January 15, 2011, 05:28:08 pm »
I've been spending a ridiculous amount of time on this board lately (in my welcome message, I was warned this place was addictive, but WOW) and I've seen a lot of people use their book covers in their board signatures. I shouldn't admit this, but from a reader's point of view, I generally just scroll past the signatures to the next post in the thread unless the poster said something that REALLY caught my eye--and then I look to see if the author writes my genre.

There's nothing wrong with using pictures of your book covers as your signature--at all. I'm not insulting here, and please don't take it that way. Most of the covers here are incredibly arresting and eye-catching. But if I just see the cover of a book, I have no idea what it's about. I just see a cover.

My favorite signature line I've found, and the one that made me not only click on it, but then buy the book, was from Katie Klein. I liked her answer in a post I read, and then I saw her book cover and three simple lines of text after it that read:

The Guardian
A YA Paranormal Romance
Kindle UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Guardian/dp/B004FPYO8K/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=digital-text&qid=1294080426&sr=1-2


I knew right away that it was my genre and my interest (hello, paranormal romance?! Count me in!) and clicked the link. Then the blurb sold me on the book on Amazon's site and I ended up purchasing my first indie book.

Today I saw another one that caught my eye from K.C. May. There were a couple of books covers, and beside it, these lines of text:

Ryder wants to be more than a lab rat; he wants to be free.
Katie wants him to save the world.
Purists want him dead.


Sounds SUPER intriguing. Definitely intriguing enough for me to want to know if it's in my genre and send me to Amazon, anyway. Those few lines of text could sell a book themselves. But I wasn't sure which cover to click on that would go with the description. (Sole Sacrifice? A series? Which is book one?)


So what I want to know is:
What's the book title?
What's the genre?
Where can I get it?

And, of course, those questions can be traded and swapped with an arresting hook, too. But I'd still like to know the title and genre.


I don't know if this is helpful feedback to everyone or not, but I thought I'd throw it out there if you're in the process of making your signature or looking to update yours. I know it's how I'm planning to format mine.  :D (I'm shamelessly stealing ideas from you two--hope you don't mind!)

Also--it turns out that I've seen K.C.'s signature before, several times, and it's just today that it caught my eye. So I think having it out there, at the right time, in front of the right person, is a huge part of it. And if you're interested in seeing their signatures for yourselves, you can check them out in this post on page one:
https://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,48921.0.html

Cheers!

Vivian

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