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February 28, 2014

Books People Bought

I always think it is fun to see what people buy through my Amazon links. I don't know who is buying what, and sometimes you can tell it is just people doing their normal Amazon shopping. But it the books they are buying that really has me interested. It lets me know what my readers are wanting to see more of. I thought today I would share with you the books my readers have bought this month. Some have been featured and some have not.

Two years ago, the aliens made contact. Now Cara Sweeney is going to be sharing a bathroom with one of them.

Handpicked to host the first-ever L’eihr exchange student, Cara thinks her future is set. Not only does she get a free ride to her dream college, she’ll have inside information about the mysterious L’eihrs that every journalist would kill for. Cara’s blog following is about to skyrocket.

Still, Cara isn’t sure what to think when she meets Aelyx. Humans and L’eihrs have nearly identical DNA, but cold, infuriatingly brilliant Aelyx couldn’t seem more alien. She’s certain about one thing, though: no human boy is this good-looking.

But when Cara's classmates get swept up by anti-L'eihr paranoia, Midtown High School suddenly isn't safe anymore. Threatening notes appear in Cara's locker, and a police officer has to escort her and Aelyx to class.

Cara finds support in the last person she expected. She realizes that Aelyx isn’t just her only friend; she's fallen hard for him. But Aelyx has been hiding the truth about the purpose of his exchange, and its potentially deadly consequences. Soon Cara will be in for the fight of her life—not just for herself and the boy she loves, but for the future of her planet.

Buy Alienated at Amazon

Louisiana Hotshot
Talba Wallis, the smart, sassy, African American computer whiz who's also a gifted poet and artist, made her debut in Smith's last Skip Langdon mystery, 82 Desire--along with her alter ego, the Baroness de Pontalba. Here she's back in a story of her own, holding court at a hip café by night (and keeping her audience entertained with the rap story of how her mother named her Urethra) while embarking by day on a new career as a detective under the cynical aegis of Eddie Valentino, an old PI who's never encountered anyone quite like her before.

But Eddie's got problems of his own, so he turns Talba loose investigating the possible molestation of a young black teenager and the disappearance of a couple of her friends. There's something about the violent trail she's following on this, her first case, that's stirring up Talba's own memories of her long-gone father, about whom neither Miz Clara, Talba's tough and crusty mama, nor her yuppie brother the doctor will utter a word. Set in New Orleans, territory Smith knows well, this is a lively mystery with a vivid, outrageous, and wholly likable new heroine whose appearance will be welcomed by fans of the writer's Skip Langdon series. --Jane Adams

Secrets to a successful Blog Tour
From the publicist who introduced the world to Fifty Shades of Grey, Donna Huber is now revealing her secrets to successful blog tours. She shares tips and tricks learned through organizing over 30 tours, blasts, and promotional events for nearly 50 independently and traditionally published titles. 

Secrets revealed in this quick read include,

*Planning stage decisions
*Different types of tours
*Recruiting bloggers and keeping requests organized
*Best practice communication tips 
*Tricks to making a great guest appearance
*How to organize a fun (and legal) giveaway
*Actions to take during the tour
*Next steps once the tour is complete
*Virtual tour and other promotional opportunities
*When to hire a professional

In this easy to follow manual, Donna does not stop there. She spills even more of her blog tour secrets to help authors get the most out of their events by providing,

*Tour checklist
*Tour invite tips
*Step-by-step guide to creating tour graphics
*10 broad guest post topics
*25 sample interview questions

Buy Secrets to a Successful Blog Tour at Amazon

Kimani Cannon knows she's in trouble the second she lays eyes on 6'4" of luscious male. The best kind of trouble,! Duan Jeffries turns out to be the perfect man--charming, considerate...and the best lover she's ever had. Too bad Mr. Delicious is just a one-night stand....

Until Kim needs a date to her mother's (fifth) wedding! Duan's willing to act the part of her fiancé... as long as it means full benefits. More amazing sex? No problem!

Then Kim finds out that Duan's got his own private agenda. Suddenly, she doesn't know what to believe. Her head and heart are telling her to be careful. But the sensual thrumming in her blood is turning out to be much more persuasive....

Buy Spontaneous at Amazon

The Easy Way to Write Romance that Sells
This book shows you, step by simple step, how to invent the your main characters, then how to structure your plot into a commercial romance story.

Here's the book's contents: 

Module 1. "Modern Romance, its Place & Purpose" 

Module 2. "The Myth of the Romance Formula"

Module 3. "Creating Dynamic & Believable Heroines"

Module 4. "Fun, Poignant & Realistic Motivating Factors"

Module 5. "Location, Setting & Background in Time & Space"

Module 6. "Hearts, Flowers & Weddings - The New Thinking"

Module 7. "Portraying Desire: How Much Sex is Too Much?"

Module 8. "Power Plays, Dreams and Perfect Pacing"

Module 9. "Overcoming Obstacles to Love & Lust"

Module 10. "Climaxes, False Starts and Denouements" 

All this and lots of extra information, tips and pointers on writing style, voice, point of view, dialogue, flashbacks, foreshadowing, creating drama, tension and, as you'd expect from Rob Parnell, fast and effective easy writing, editing and polishing.

There is also important advice on preparing and submitting manuscripts for publication. The end section also includes a current market listing for romance publishers AND a list of romance literary agents.

Buy The Easy Way to Write Romance that Sells at Amazon

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  1. I love that you have people buying books through your Amazon links. It seems I rarely have a book sale which is pretty sad for a book blog.