August 29, 2014

Character Sketch: Kyle from Forbidden Waters @LMBrownAuthor #RLFblog #ParanormalRomance

Forbidden Waters 
Title Forbidden Waters
Genre M/M/M Paranormal Romance
Author Name L.M. Brown
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
To save his clan from ever-increasing shark attacks, merman Kyle seeks sanctuary for his people in the sunken city of Atlantis, even though he knows that as a homosexual merman, he will be sacrificing his own chance for love. Love finds him anyway in the form of Prince Finn, the rebellious young heir to the Atlantean throne.
When their relationship is discovered, Kyle is the one to pay the price. Banished from the oceans, he seeks shelter in England and finds a new love with human, Jake Seabrook.
For Jake, Kyle is the chance to move on from the crush he has on his straight best friend. The strange man he found naked on the beach seems to fit into his life with ease. If only Kyle weren't keeping secrets from him, Jake could see them having a future together.
Things are not what they seem for either of the men and when Kyle discovers the truth about Finn, he knows he must return to Atlantis.
Three men, a tangled relationship, and one chance for happiness—if they can trust enough to take it.

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About the Character

Name: Kyle
Age: 22
Gender: Male
Birthplace: Somewhere in the South Pacific Ocean
Profession: Bodyguard
Ethnicity/Species (if not human): Merman
Describe his/her body build, skin tone, height and weight. Include any unique features such as dimples, freckles, or scars:
Kyle is quite pale since he spends the majority of his time under the water and away from the rays of the sun. He has brown hair which is cropped short. He has found having long hair tends to get in the way when you live underwater. His eyes are a silvery blue and an exact match in colour to his tail and fins. The constant swimming has given him excellent upper body strength. From the waist up he has a typical swimmer's build. On land he is fully human and stands a little under six feet tall, not that measurements mean much in the ocean.
Who is the significant other in your character's life?
Kyle is torn between two different men. Prince Finn, heir to the throne of the sunken city of Atlantis, is a merman like Kyle and Jake Seabrook is a human living in England.
How does your hero dress?
Naked is the preferred mode of dress for Kyle, though he is learning that being out and about in England does require him to be covered up to a certain extent. He dresses under protest.
What is your character's viewpoint on wealth? Not necessary, nice to have, important, obtain at all costs?
Kyle has very little concept of money since it isn't used under the ocean. On land he is actually very wealthy, although he didn't realize it at first. The longer he stays on land, the more he will have to get used to things like money, but thankfully for him the funds he has are enough that he can live comfortably for the rest of his life, even if he never does learn the value of money. I think he will because he's a pretty fast learner.
Is he close to family?
Kyle looks up to his father and hope to follow in his footsteps as the leader of the clan. He is close to his mother and keeps a watchful eye over his younger sister. Making the right choices for his family is of paramount consideration for Kyle, even at the cost of his own happiness.
If someone from your character's past showed up, who would he most want it to be, and why?
Kyle would most like to see his mother, Maurissa. The oceans are dangerous places and although he understands her decision to swim away from the safety of Atlantis, he would like to know she is well.
Can your hero keep a secret? If not, why not? If yes, why?
Kyle isn't generally a secretive person, but there is one secret which he can keep very well, that of being a merman. Of course there are sometimes circumstances where his secret is revealed because Kyle is the sort of person who will do the right thing even if it means revealing what he is.
What is your character's biggest need at the beginning of the story?
After a devastating shark attack on his nomadic community Kyle's biggest need becomes finding a safe haven for his people. Even if it means giving up any chance of love.

About Your Writer: Questions for your character to answer about you.

What do you wish your writer had not told others about you?
I wish she hadn't told everyone I'm a merman, but thankfully she has done it in a way that it makes me appear as only a character in a work of fiction.
Was there anything your writer discovered about you that was a surprise to one or both of you?
My writer expected me to sit around pining over Finn when he broke my heart. She definitely didn't expect me to fall for someone else.
What do you wish your writer would write next?
I want her to write my first lover, Dax's story. Although we parted on good terms I want to know that he is well and has found someone to love. Unfortunately she tells me that although she is keeping tabs on Dax, his story isn't the next one.
What other character from your book do you think your writer should write a book about? Care to tell us why?
Although he scares me by what he can do, I would like to know more about Caspian. I'm just not sure he is the type to get all loved up with someone like the rest of us. He's not exactly sociable.
Is there anything you'd like to say to your writer?
I know my story isn't over yet, but could you at least give me a hint about what is to come?

Author Bio

L.M. Brown lives in England, in a quaint little village time doesn't seem to have touched. No, wait a minute—that's the retirement biography. Right now, she is in England in a medium sized town no one has ever heard of, so she won't bore you with the details. Keeping her company are numerous sexy men. She just wishes they weren't all inside her head.
L.M. believes there is nothing hotter or sweeter than two men in love with each other… unless it is three.
L.M. Brown loves hearing from readers so don't be shy.

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August 28, 2014

Marilyn Baron -- Stones: Books and Bling @MarilynBaron #RLFblog #humor

Stones 
Genre Humorous Women's Fiction
Author Marilyn Baron
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Desperate housewife seeks closure with first love about secret baby on the eve of their son's wedding.
When Julie Paver's husband Matt moves his business to Atlanta, she is forced to leave behind her thriving jewelry boutique, Stones. The move threatens their twenty-five-year marriage, because now if Matt isn't out of town negotiating a merger, he's spending late hours on overseas phone calls with his sexy-sounding second-in-command. Feeling neglected and unloved, Julie seeks closure by reconnecting with her first love, Manny, when he pursues her with his Internet innuendos. Manny is unaware he's the father of Julie's son, and Julie contemplates revealing the secret to him on the eve of their son's wedding. But would such a walk down memory lane be worth the cost? Julie and Manny finally meet at her oceanfront condo — in the midst of a hurricane — and elements collide to create the perfect storm in a coming-of-middle-age crisis.

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After Stones' worldwide release September 26, you can find other distribution channels and formats listed on Marilyn's Web site at www.marilynbaron.com.

Interview with Marilyn Baron

Why did you write this book?
I wanted to feature a heroine of a certain age because I'm not getting any younger and I believe people don't just want to read about twenty-somethings. This book was originally called, The Colonoscopy Club, so right away you know what age I'm talking about. In Stones, I take a humorous look at a woman who can't seem to get closure in her life. My central character Julie has issues. Even her issues have issues. Stones is about how Julie deals with those issues and features the themes of first loves and second chances.
What is your favorite genre to read?
I write in a number of genres—from historical romantic thrillers and suspense to paranormal and women's fiction—and I love to read a variety of genres. Among my favorite genres are thrillers, literary fiction, and romantic suspense. I have read a lot of amazing YA lately.
What is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own characters)?
Gabriel Allon in the Daniel Silva books.
Do you enjoy films and/or TV shows? Which are your favorites?
I love movies and I watch a lot of TV. Some of my favorite TV shows are Castle, Rizzoli and Isles, Major Crimes, Blue Bloods, The Good Wife, The Bridge, and Downton Abbey.
What are you working on at the moment, and what are we likely to see from you in the coming months?
I am currently finishing Book Three of my Psychic Crystal Mystery Series. Book One is Sixth Sense; Book Two is Homecoming Homicides. Book Three is called Murder on the Repositioning Cruise.
I have a new women's fiction book coming out this year in The Lobster Cove Series from The Wild Rose Press (TWRP) called The Widows' Gallery. I'm very excited to be participating in this series. Lobster Cove is a quaint and quirky fictional town on the coast of Maine near Bar Harbor. Participating TWRP authors write stories across all lines as long as they're set in Lobster Cove.
Here's the blurb for The Widows' Gallery:
Four recently widowed women meet on a Mediterranean cruise, bond over the Renaissance masterpiece, The Birth of Venus, in Florence, Italy, and find love, friendship and joy in their joint venture to open an art gallery in the quaint, quirky, coastal town of Lobster Cove, Maine.
Please tell us some fun facts about your latest book, Stones.
The Colonoscopy Club (Now the published novel Stones) finaled in the GRW Unpublished Maggie Awards for Excellence in 2005 in the Single Title category.
I lived in Florence, Italy, for six months during my junior year in college, where I studied Art History, Italian, English, Mythology and Religion. Part of Stones is set in Florence. The story is also set in Atlanta, Miami, and Palm Coast. I was born in Miami and currently live in Atlanta and I own a beach condo in Palm Coast. My central character owns an upscale jewelry boutique called Stones, hence the name of the novel. I love jewelry, which is why I chose that career for my heroine. My birthstone is an emerald which is why I wanted an emerald necklace on the cover. A priceless emerald medallion is also featured prominently in the book.
In Stones, Julie is planning her son's wedding and in real life, I'm planning my daughter's wedding.
The first line and my favorite line of the book is "Thank God for lint."
The book will be officially released September 26. Right now it's only available in paperback. It was released early in paperback in time for my appearance on a panel at the Decatur Book Festival Saturday August 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. called "Tackling Sensitive Issues in Fiction." Additional information about the event is available on https://www.facebook.com/events/623254154448358/ If you're in the Atlanta area over Labor Day I hope you'll attend the presentation/book signing.

Excerpt

To go or not to go to Palm Coast is no longer the question. The question is what will I do once I get there? Will I really have the nerve to reconnect, or as my daughter Natalie likes to say, "hook up," again with Manny Gellar? How will I feel tomorrow when I see him alone for the first time after 25 years? Will I finally reveal what I feel compelled—no, what I'm busting a gut—to tell him? That he has a beautiful son, that our son Josh is getting married in just three months? I'm probably rationalizing, but I think he finally has a right to know.
If I could, I'd fix what is wrong with my marriage and put it back the way it was before. Before Matt yanked me out of Miami by my roots as if I were a noxious weed he was tossing out of a flower garden and carelessly transplanted us to Atlanta. Before we moved a state away from preoccupied with his sexy-sounding German second-in-command, Gretchen. Before he stopped sleeping with me in the biblical sense. Before I turned fifty.
my family and my best friend and a business I'd worked a lifetime to create. Before Matt sold his freight expediting business to a German conglomerate for mega-millions and agreed to run the company for them from Atlanta for the next two years, barely consulting me. Before the German occupation, or rather before he became
All I really want is closure. I'm convinced that meeting Manny Gellar again is the only way I will ever come full circle and reconnect with my life.

Author Bio

Significant Others 
Marilyn is a finalist in the 2014 Georgia Romance Writers Published Maggie Award for Excellence in the category Novel with Strong Romantic Elements for her book Significant Others.
Marilyn Baron is a public relations consultant in Atlanta. She's a member of Marketing for Romance Writers, Romance Writers of America and Georgia Romance Writers (GRW) and the recipient of the GRW 2009 Chapter Service Award. She writes humorous women's fiction, romantic thrillers/suspense, historicals and paranormal. She has won writing awards in Single Title, Suspense Romance, Paranormal/Fantasy Romance and Novel with Strong Romantic Elements. Marilyn blogs at Petit Fours and Hot Tamales at www.petitfoursandhotamales.com. She serves on the Roswell Reads steering committee.
She and her sister, Sharon Goldman, just released a play about Alzheimer's called Memory Lane. You can find out more about Marilyn's books and short stories and listen to a medley of the music from Memory Lane on her Web site at www.marilynbaron.com or view it on YouTube at http://youtu.be/Hgi_mIdt5MA.

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August 27, 2014

Cover Love: Hurt Me, Heal Me @SayaraStClair #RLFblog #BDSM #Erotica

Hurt Me, Heal Me 
Cover Love at Romance Lives Forever is a short intro to a book and includes a cover, blurb, buy links, and social media contacts for the author. Today's featured book is Hurt Me, Heal Me by Sayara St. Clair.
Genre Erotic romance (BDSM)
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Dante's Purgatory, Book One
After the death of her Master, Caitlin Bennett discovers years of sadistic cruelty at his hands have made her a slave to pain. To orgasm, Caitlin needs the type of extreme agony few responsible Doms are willing to inflict, especially Doms like Paul Nelson. Offering nearly everything she craves, Paul's perfect--except for his aversion to the whip.
Paul refuses to hurt Caitlin, instead attempting to retrain her with patience and trust. But the longer she suffers from a lack of release, the more she's convinced her mind and body are irrevocably conditioned. And Paul has precious little time to convince her otherwise. Waiting in the wings is a newbie Dom determined to have Caitlin for his own...who's learning the whip just for her.
She'll soon have to choose--the man who can give her what she wants, or the man who can give her what she needs.
Inside Scoop: Caitlin recalls scenes of abuse that could disturb the more tenderhearted.
A Romantica® BDSM erotic romance from Ellora's Cave
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August 26, 2014

Cover Love: Wolf in her Bed @njwaltersauthor #RLFblog #ParanormalRomance

Wolf in Her Bed 
Genre Paranormal Romance
Author Name N.J. Walters
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Is he Prince Charming or the Big Bad Wolf?
Salvation Pack, Book 2
Anny Conrad is a single thirty-year-old librarian—a cliché complete with two cats. Dragged out to a local bar, she's rethinking her life plan over a few drinks when a man walks up and asks her to dance. And what a man. Tall, rugged and more than a little untamed. Before she knows it, she's in his arms and throwing caution to the wind.
With a pack war in full, deadly swing, the last thing Armand LaForge needs right now is a woman in his life, much less a human. But one thing is certain, he's met his mate, the one woman in the world for him.
The kindest thing to do is give her all the hot sex she wants and then leave her alone. But when the morning comes, fate isn't done screwing with them. Anny is confronted with the fact that the myths in her library books are real…and now she's one of them.

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August 25, 2014

Cover Love: Saxon Bride by Ashley York @ashley1066york #RLFblog #historical

The Saxon Bride 
Cover Love at Romance Lives Forever is a short intro to a book and includes a cover, blurb, buy links, and social media contacts for the author. Today's featured book is The Saxon Bride by Ashley York.

Genre medieval romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13

Blurb

In war torn England the battle lines between Saxon and Norman are clearly drawn. The Saxons must fight for everything they have in the hopes of winning their country back from the Normans who are determined to break their resistance.
Rowena Godwinson, the sole remaining member of the defeated royal family, stands proudly against the Normans that would trample them underfoot but her nobility and grace make her an ideal pawn in the Norman King William's play for power with the Saxon people. When he decrees she marry a powerful Norman knight, her subjugation appears to be complete. The handsome soldier with the kind brown eyes and gentle touch is a threat to her determination to defy the interlopers. Can she hold firm to her Saxon heritage and refuse to give in to his advances?
John of Normandy wants only to prove himself worthy of the king's trust. He is rewarded for his service and loyalty with land, titles and a Saxon beauty for a bride. John balks at the marriage, driven by the secret guilt of knowing Rowena's father would be alive still if not for him. However, John's reluctance is soon replaced by a burning desire to please this woman and win her over as well as her people.
 As their people look to them for guidance and peace, can John and Rowena find a love that unites all of England?

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August 24, 2014

10 Alpha Males + 10 Hot Writers @tinadonahue @JennferKacey @SabrinaYork #RLFblog

Brought to His Knees 

About the Book

The Alpha male. Strong. In control. Letting no one and nothing rule him…until he meets the one, and all bets are off. The world tilts, the bed rocks, and suddenly that tough guy finds himself Brought to His Knees—in more ways than one.
This collection of ten hot to erotic novellas and one short erotic novel will take you on journeys of lust, love, and adventure, leave you breathless and quite possibly in need of a cold shower.
Enter with anticipation. Finish satisfied…

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Brought to His Knees Boxed Set
Including Make Me Surrender – by Tina Donahue
99¢ for a limited time
Blurb for Tina Donahue's Make Me Surrender (ménage):
She has a proposition…to win their attention, passion, hearts.
For over a year, Mercy's had her eye on Travis and Dutch, two of the hottest guys on the Oregon coast. Dark and dangerously virile, Travis owns a saloon that caters to bikers. Dutch looks like one, right down to his impressive tats, and operates a motorcycle repair shop on the premises.
When a position opens in the saloon's kitchen, Mercy sees a way to be near these sinfully sexy men, wanting the job and lodging, her cabin snuggled between theirs.
Travis isn't so sure about having Mercy nearby. She's deliciously curvy, but too nice. He's into temporary fun. To Dutch, forever is a dirty word.
Imagine their surprise when sweet little Mercy encourages wild nights of carnal pleasure with a dash of bondage and spanking…followed by friendship and tenderness.
Before she's through, these tough guys will be the ones who've surrendered.

Excerpt

Shaking off her uncertainty, Mercy pulled a plate from beneath the counter. On it was her gift to Travis and Dutch. Treats she always offered them when they came here.
Travis reached the counter first, his long fingers wrapped around a bottle of Lipton's Iced Tea and three packages of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.
Mercy's mouth went dry. She imagined his hands on her, the pads of his thumbs dragging over her nipples, sending a thrum of delight through her body.
She managed a wobbly smile. He produced an interested grin, making a dimple in his beard-shadowed cheek. Her belly fluttered and her heart sank. His attention was on the plate she'd set out, not her.
"Hey," she murmured, soft and warm.
His gaze flicked up. A flash of heat burned in his dreamy eyes before it faded beneath what appeared to be confusion. As though he hadn't expected that sultry greeting to have come from her. "Hey."
His voice was so fucking deep and rough, Mercy had difficulty breathing. Jill made a noise that sounded too turned on. Mercy kicked her friend's running shoe; an order for her to beat it.
Jill pivoted and hurried off, her narrow shoulders drawn to her skinny body, her blonde ponytail bouncing over her thin neck.
"Want one?" Mercy breathed to Travis. She stroked the lip of the plate with the same care she would his balls and cock. If he'd only let her.
Travis studied her breasts as though he'd never noticed them before, which he hadn't. Given the unusual summer heat, the air conditioning had kicked on, making it nicely chilly in here. The cold air had pebbled Mercy's nipples against her stretchy cotton tee. When she'd seen him and Dutch pull up, she'd ditched her shapeless Fast Fill jacket.
Travis's sexy smile said he appreciated her boobs.
Mercy pulled back her shoulders to give him an even better look at her chest.
Joining them, Dutch dropped packs of M&M's and Lay's potato chips on the counter. "What's this?" He regarded the plate.
Travis dragged his attention back to the gourmet cupcakes. Mercy had baked them this morning, hoping he and Dutch would show up as they usually did on Sunday afternoons. Their only time off.
"Breakfast and dessert," she cooed.
Travis lifted one dark eyebrow. Dutch had finally discovered her tight-as-hell nipples and remained riveted on them. "Huh?"
Mercy's skin prickled with excitement and more than a little lust. "Technically, they're bacon and banana cupcakes, with maple, peanut butter, and bacon topping."
She ran her finger over the edge of one then offered a taste of the frosting to both men. Eager to know who'd lick her first. "Try it. It's as good as the other stuff I've given you."
They reached for her at the same time, their hands bumping each other. Dutch curled his fingers around her wrist. Before he could lift her hand, Travis drew Mercy's finger between his lips.
She blinked wildly. Her pulse pounded out of control at the wet heat of his mouth and Dutch running his thumb over her wrist. Travis suckled gently, swirling his tongue around Mercy's nail, driving her crazy with need.
"Hmm." His prominent Adam's apple bobbed with his swallow.
She fought an insane urge to lick it and his bristly throat.
"You should try this," he said to Dutch.
"I was about to." He twisted his mouth at her finger still damp from Travis's awesome tongue. Dutch kept stroking her skin, until he seemed to realize what he was doing. After releasing her, he grabbed a cupcake and devoured half of it in one bite. Frosting clung to the corners of his mouth.
Mesmerized, Mercy watched him chew.
He swallowed. "Fuck—I mean, damn, this is good. Even better than the other ones you've made."
Travis nodded as he gobbled his cupcake. Another strand of hair swayed forward, grazing his unshaven cheek.
Sex radiated from them, weakening every part of Mercy's body, making her reckless and bold.
"I have a proposition," she whispered.
Dutch's chews slowed. Travis forced down a swallow and frowned. "What? Didn't hear that."
She spoke louder. "A proposition. I have one."
Make Me Surrender 

Books in the set include

Murder, mayhem and imprinting with a hot wolf shifter… And they say being an accountant is boring.
Dark Wolf Enterprises -- A.M. Griffin
A vet tech and a lone wolf rancher ride out a sudden storm, but can they weather the emotions they stir up in each other...
Building Bridges -- Amy Ruttan
Two lonely men. One secret affair. Irresistible passion that will push them both to the breaking point, and beyond.
Three Strikes -- Anya Richards
One exhausted cowboy + One uptight accountant x A tropical resort = A hot seduction. But who is seducing whom?
A Cowboy's Seduction -- Cynthia D'Alba
A tomboy in love makes a desperate attempt to seduce her best friend and succeeds beyond her wildest dreams. But this Alpha male isn't easily tamed and has secrets that could very well tear them apart.
Born to Sin -- Danica Avet
Their silent erotic encounters change his luck and awaken his soul, but secrets and cowboy superstitions can only keep them apart.
The Sound of Your Name -- Felice Fox
One wicked night with her did nothing but whet his appetite. Now he'll settle for nothing less than her complete submission.
Beneath the Pages -- Jennifer Kacey
A vacation cruise comes with surprises—like the BDSM theme and her high school love, the one man she can't resist.
Cruising for Love -- Lynne Silver
A scalding attraction. An irresistible passion. A pity she's the one woman he can never have…
Whipped -- Sabrina York
A taste of Sin isn't enough. Instead she wants all of him, including the heart she once broke.
Chief Sin -- Sayde Grace
When it comes to two of the hottest guys in town, she has a proposition…to win their attention, passion, hearts.
Make Me Surrender -- Tina Donahue

About the Author

Tina Donahue is an award-winning, bestselling novelist in erotic, paranormal, contemporary and historical romance for Samhain Publishing, Ellora's Cave, Siren Publishing, and Kensington. Booklist, Publisher's Weekly, Romantic Times and numerous online sites have praised her work. Three of her erotic romances (Adored, Lush Velvet Nights, and Deep, Dark, Delicious) were named finalists in the 2011 EPIC competition. The French review site, Blue Moon reviews, chose her erotic romance Sensual Stranger as their Book of the Year 2010 (erotic category). The Golden Nib Award at Miz Love Loves Books was created specifically for Lush Velvet Nights, and two of her titles (The Yearning and Deep, Dark, Delicious) received an Award of Merit in the RWA Holt Medallion competition (2011 and 2012). Take Me Away and Adored both won second place in the NEC RWA contest (different years). Tina is featured in the 2012 Novel and Short Story Writer's Market. She was the editor of an award–winning Midwestern newspaper and worked in Story Direction for a Hollywood production company.

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August 23, 2014

Researching a Publisher: 3 Author Tips by Mary Caelsto @harmoniczen #RLFblog #musecharmer

Mary Caelsto 
More choices for authors means more ways to publish and more publishers. Having a completed, polished manuscript is only part of the work of getting published. The next step is to find a publisher. With so many companies arriving on the scene and going out of business, it can be difficult--maddening even--to find a publisher. So what's an author to do?

The very first thing I suggest to authors is to leverage the power of a favorite search engine. This shouldn't be the only criteria an author uses to choose a publisher. It can, however, provide a good start. The best way to search is to use proper terms. The publisher's full name should be searched with quotation marks around it to ensure that the name as an entire phrase comes up. For example, searching "ABC Books" without the quotes will bring up results with "books" in it, but not the ABC. That probably won't be very helpful. Even if the publisher has a unique name, use the quotes. What you feel is unique may not be when searched against the entirety of the internet.

Next add a modifier. I use a word like problems or issues. The way this looks in a search engine is like this:
"Publisher full name" + problems
Then, look at the results that come up. Newer dates are bigger issues, as are venues. Let's take a moment for some honesty. No publisher will make every author happy. This means that there is a good chance that some result will come up. A story in Publisher's Weekly or other high visibility blog will raise more alarm bells than a single result from one author.

It is the author's job to determine which issues, if any, aren't deal breakers. Personally and for many authors, any issues make the publisher a non-starter. There are too many good publishers out there to get caught with the bad ones.

Beyond a search engine, the next step in smart publisher research is doing some good old-fashioned leg work. Visit the publisher's website. Look at their covers. See if they lean heavily to a specific genre or subset of books. An author should make sure that his or her books will fit in well with the publisher's literary culture (or lack thereof). A sweet romance author in a sea of erotic books where it's obvious the website and publisher caters toward the steamier books wouldn't be a good fit, for example.

Yet, there's one more tool for smart publisher research: reading the books. Yes, this takes time. Yes, this may be an investment. However, the prettiest cover and best laid out website could conceal books with poor editing. If an author absolutely cannot find time to read books, then check reviews. Many good review sites will mention issues with editing or storyline problems.
There's more to publisher research than these three steps; however, by starting with these processes, the author will have a good feeling which publishers will do right by them and whose books the author will feel proud about being among. Taking some time in publisher research will prevent trouble and heartbreak down the road. And, there's a good chance it will lead to better sales.

More Resources

If you're interested in learning more, join Mary starting August 20, 2014 for Smart Publisher Evaluation for Career-Minded Authors. This week-long course will dive deep into the art of evaluating publishers so authors can avoid trouble, find the best fit for them, and know that they, and their work, will be supported. Learn more and register here: http://musecharmer.com/musestore/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=75&products_id=212
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Visit her website at www.musecharmer.com to get her free video presentation Tap Into Your Muse Power to learn exactly how an author's muse is the most important tool for today's working author.

Author Bio

Mary lives in the Ozarks with her husband, three spoiled horses, an office rabbit, an opinionated parrot, a not-so-itty-bitty kitty committee, and a charmed chicken (rooster). She's been published since 2002, working for some of the biggest and best digital-first publishers. Three years ago, she began The Muse Charmer to share her insights from being in the publishing industry for so long with authors. Her belief: it can be easy to be an author today. To that end, she offers classes, news, and information authors can use to navigate today's ever-changing publishing industry.

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August 22, 2014

5 Easy Questions: Business or Pleasure by Ashley Ladd @ashleyladd #RLFblog #LGBT

Business or Pleasure 
5 Easy Questions is an interview is designed to be quick, easy, and fun. Today's guest is Ashley Ladd.
What is your go-to meal to order when you dine out? Your favorite "I know it will hit the spot" item.
Tijuana Flats salad with black beans and lots of salsa. Either that or Tijuana Flats chicken chimichanga wet with verde sauce.
What were you like when you were in school?
Pretty shy and introverted. At least I thought so then, but looking back, although I wasn't in the In Crowd, I had a lot of friends. Still, I was the high school newsletter co-editor, media news reporter, and 2nd lieutenant on our Flag Corps squad. I was an A-B student without trying too hard. When I got into college and actually tried, I was almost a straight A student.
Would you rather stay inside and watch snow falling, or get out in it and build a snowman?
I love to go outside and build snowmen. Sadly, I live in South Florida (which I just saw termed as "America's wang"). I'm from Cincinnati, Ohio, and about ten years ago when I went home to visit my Dad in February, there was a pitiful snowfall. However, it was the best I'd seen in years, so I went outside and built this pathetic little snowman. Before I knew it, Dad was outside helping me. I haven't had so much fun in ages. I really wish I could find the pictures we took of our snowman building adventure.
What is your favorite quote?
Live long and prosper (Spock – I'm a huge Trekkie)
What was your favorite book as a child?
I loved Nancy Drew mysteries. When I was about 12 I discovered Harlequin romances and loved those, too. I can't recall the name of any one particular book.

About the Book

Title: Business or Pleasure
Genre: Contemporary erotic male-male romance
Author: Ashley Ladd
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): X
Guy Rogers is extremely attracted to his new realtor, Tom Beaudreaux. As a passionate vegetarian and animal activist, he's ecstatic that Tom is a kindred soul. In fact, Tommy's family owns the most popular barbecue restaurant in town and if his family has their way, he'll manage the new location.
When Guy finds out that Tommy eats meat and his family owns a restaurant that is a monument to eating meat, he's livid and doesn't know if he wants anything else to do with Tommy.
But then Guy's life gets crazy –his dad's paranoia blossoms into violent dementia, he gets arrested for picketing a doggy mill, and then he winds up in even more legal trouble. When Tommy sticks by him through all his trouble and does everything he can to help him, Guy wonders if he's been too narrow-minded. Perhaps he can learn to live with people who have opposite views.

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August 21, 2014

Cover Love: Finding the Dream @JenBritt #RLFblog #contemporary

Finding the Dream 
Genre Contemporary romance
Author Name Jennifer Britt
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Jessica James had her dream—a career on Broadway as a successful actress—until one night when it was taken all away. Forced to move back to Lincoln Falls and live with her parents, Jessica's only goal is to regain her career and go back to New York. She doesn't count on a honeysuckle hating man standing in her way or the town of Lincoln Falls itself. Now everything she thought she ever wanted may not be her dream at all.
Eric Mason and his daughter have quietly lived next door to Jessica's parents. That all changes when he meets Jessica. She is overly dramatic and the most annoying person he's ever met. Yet, he can't get her off his mind.
Will they find a new dream together?

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August 20, 2014

Cover Love: Waking the Beast @penelopemerrin #RLFblog #Fantasy

Genre: Fantasy, Fairy Tale Retelling
Author Name: Penelope Merrin
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

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When lusty Melina gets caught spying on guests, her innkeeper father sends her off to work for the Beast. Instead of the monster she expects, Melina discovers a hulking, misshapen but incredibly sexy man. Curiosity consumes her—is every part of him oversized?
Rowland doesn't know how to handle Melina. He can't believe she could ever desire him. He is no match for her relentless seduction. They enjoy a few weeks of sensual bliss before Melina's father visits unexpectedly and catches them in the act, causing them to flee.
Driven from his home with Melina by his side, Rowland finally has the courage to explore the woods for wild magic to reverse his curse. But magic doesn't conform to even the best laid plans.

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