January 17, 2016

11 Naughty Romance Stories from the @NaughtyLiterati Authors #RLFblog #Romance

Cover Love includes a cover, blurb, buy links, and social media contacts for the author. Today's featured book is Naughty Hearts: Eleven Naughty Romance Stories by The Naughty Literati.

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Title Naughty Hearts: Eleven Naughty Romance Stories
Genre romance anthology
Author The Naughty Literati
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
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Naughty Hearts is Eleven Naughty Romance Stories including Contemporary, Dark Fantasy, Ménage, M/M, M/M/F, New Adult, Paranormal, Shapeshifter, Steampunk, and Time Travel romances from bestselling authors writing as The Naughty Literati.
Naughty Balls  by  Suz deMello
Love Potion #69  by  Alexa Silver
My Valentine Lovers  by  Nicole Austin
Valentime  by  Belle Scarlett
Delia’s Heartthrob  by  Regina Kammer
Two Into One Goes Great  by  Lynne Connolly
Buy Me A Rose  by  Francesca Hawley
Chocolate-Coated Reunion  by  Berengaria Brown
Cupid’s Curious Case  by  Marianne Stephens
Fifty Shades Of Valentine’s Day  by  Katherine Kingston
The Reaper’s Valentine  by  Charlotte Boyett-Compo

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The Naughty Literati are a group of authors who’ve come together to showcase their epic talents in stories filled with powerful eroticism and satisfying romance. Our tales range from heartwarming and sweet to scorching hot erotic; medieval to futuristic; humans to aliens and shape-shifters; vanilla committed couples to kinky ménage fun.

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January 16, 2016

Reviewing Books, Yay or Nay? @mizging #Reviews #RLFblog

Dancing Fawn 
Author Ginger Simpson shares an opinion piece about reviewing books.
Sometimes I wonder if as an author I should review the work of others. Before I was published, I read for the sheer enjoyment, but now, after going through so many editing sessions and being whipped into an actual author, I cannot read without my internal editor whispering in my ear. I read with an eye for pitfalls I've been advised to avoid rather than losing myself in the story as I once was able to do. Heck, before my debut novel, I hadn't even heard half the terms I hear now--headhopping, passive voice, transitions, etc.. Now the simplest mistakes keep me from really connecting with the characters. It could be that the books I read all those years had been finely edited so assuming a place in the heroine's shoes came naturally.
Don't get me wrong. I think editors are an essential part of the process, and now when I read, I can definitely tell the novices from the professionals. Is it fair to report to readers that I've found areas in a story that should have been caught by an editor and the reader advised to fix? I'm not sure. Does it make me come across as a "know it all?" Trust me, I don't. I learn a new rule every day, and the scary thing is that I'm never sure that the rule is hard and fast.
It's a fact that the majority of editors working in small press are authors as well, and possibly some that haven't been writing very long themselves. Could it be they are just passing along what they've learned? I've found that some of what I've been told isn't exactly true, but I think some of the examples I can share with you today make sense. For example: Overusing He/She if you've made it clear whose POV your in at the moment. Read these two paragraphs and see which sounds more polished.
John smelled Joan's perfume as she twirled by him on the dance floor. He envied the man who held her in his arms. He believed she was the most beautiful woman in the room, and he vowed to ask her to dance the next time the orchestra played a slow song. He intended to be the one to take her home tonight.
John inhaled the sweet smell of Joan's perfume as she twirled by him on the dance floor. The man who held her in his arms was one lucky guy. Before the evening ended, John intended to share a slow dance with her, and if his prayers were answered, he'd be the one to take her home.
See, you don't need he envied, he believed, he intended. You've let the reader know by John enjoying the aroma of Joan's perfume that we're in his POV, so anything you type should be interpreted as his perspective.
Another pet peeve are needless tags. It's always best to use an action tag in place of he said, she said, but if you end the dialogue with a question mark, do you really need to say, she asked? I think the punctuation is a big hint. *smile* When only two people are in the room, using the character's names over and over becomes redundant. The reader is usually smart enough to determine who is talking, and if you need to clarify, you can say something like: "Are you crazy?" John's eyes widened beneath a furrowed brow.
Editors become very important in keeping the redundancy out of the story line. Authors don't usually write an entire book in one setting, so it's very hard to remember everything you've already written. For example: If you've pointed out to the reader that the heroine broke her leg by falling off a horse, it isn't necessary to repeat that information again in dialogue with someone and then add it in a descriptive paragraph pages later. Readers, me included, roll their eyes and say, "enough already...I know, I know."
Since I don't plot my stories and find my memory isn't what it used to be, I've taken to making notes about the physical attributes of my characters. It's quite easy to describe sky blue eyes in one chapter and chocolate brown in another further down the line. Unless you're writing from the perspective of an Australian Shepherd, both eyes should be the same color and remain that way throughout the story.
As an historical author, I learned long ago, and I'm still learning, that you really need to be on guard to assure your language is appropriate for the period about which you write. I've read some love scenes lately that left me shaking my head because of the present day terminology used for body parts. It's really not believable that an Indian brave would bust out with the word "clitoris."
I've found the online Etymology dictionary most helpful in determining the origin of most words, but judgement helps too. Think about your story's time period and how people spoke. While you might find word origins described from the 1500s, that doesn't mean they were used all over the globe. Example: Ma/Maw/Momma is how a child addressed their female parent rather than just Mom in 1840. Although "kid" has been a word for a long time, the manner in which it was used in the 1800s most often referred to a baby goat. Children were not kids, but you could kid with them (tease). Historical credibility is all a matter of knowing your time period and doing your research. Trust me, if you make a mistake, someone will notice and let you know.

My most recent editor pointed out her amazement that my heroine still had a bottom lip as she constantly chewed on it. *lol* It's so easy to utilize the same action without realizing you've overdone it. Here again, that's because we don't write books in one sitting nor do we usually go back and re-read the previous chapters. Thank God for those who devote their time and talents to making us stop and think about our writing habits. What would we do without our editors...internal and external?
Reviewing Books, Yay or Nay? by Ginger Simpson was first blogged here and is used with permission.

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Ginger Simpson -- Writing with a dream for bigger and better things.

January 14, 2016

Storm Crazy by @liviaquinn #RLFblog #paranormal

Storm Crazy 
Today's featured book is Storm Crazy by Livia Quinn.
About the Book
Title Storm Crazy, Destiny Paramortals, Book1
Genre Paranormal
Author Livia Quinn
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG

Destiny — is it Mayberry or Middle Earth?
To say I was having a bad day would be like saying Katrina dropped a little rain on the Gulf Coast. My name is Tempest Pomeroy. I'm a mail carrier in Destiny, Louisiana, and a Paramortal like my family. Or I'm supposed to be. If I didn't have a few little talents, I'd think I was adopted.
I discovered my brother's amphora missing from the mantle—that's genie bottle to you mere-mortals— and on my first delivery, a handsome scantily clad doctor triggered some sort of hallucination with just a touch. Pheromones? Then Mr. Jackson stroked while reading me the riot act.
I saved the old grouch with a zap of my Zeus juice, only to have Destiny's hunky new sheriff show up minutes later. And again when the owner of Flowers by Dick complained I dropped a seventy pound box on his foot. Yeah, I did it, but it was kind of an accident. He put his hand where it didn't belong and I… sorta dropped it. Things went downhill from there.
I discovered a dead body in the clubhouse and rescued my brother's amphora from a locker, bashing it in with a Greg Norman wedge. I was caught in the act by…you guessed it.
I've denied my heritage as a Tempestaerie for too long. Now, my mother's out of pocket, my brother's missing and the sheriff thinks one of us is guilty of murder. Is it any wonder I'm calling this the worst MALE day of my life?
Oh, and the sheriff? He thought he'd settled in a normal small town to raise his teenage daughter—like Mayberry?! We'll see how that turns out… Things better settle down soon 'cause I'm about to go Storm Crazy.
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About the Author
Hi, I’m Livia Quinn, a DC native living on the bayou. With a life long fascination (read that: phobia) of storms, and living in Louisiana where severe weather is a part of life, it was only natural that it would play a big part in my world. Visit Storm Lake…where anything can happen! My former jobs as a mail lady, computer trainer, plant manager, professional singer, business owner and salesperson have stocked my brain full of quirky characters I can’t wait to share with my readers.
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