RG2E Featured Author Tamara Ward talks Epic Storylines and Cliffhangers

Happy Monday, RG2E Peeps!

Let’s give a Wonderful RG2E Welcome to Featured Author Tamara Ward, who’s talking Epic Storylines and Cliffhangers.

Take it away, Tamara…

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Hi, everyone! I’m so happy to be here on the RG2E today talking about my new release,Hidden Betrayal. It’s the second novel in the Jade O’Reilly mystery series, which features sassy private investigator Jade O’Reilly. Right now, in addition to the two novels, four short stories also are included in the series. Jade’s got spunk, and a bit of an attitude, as well as three older brothers, a cute detective as her romantic interest, and a co-worker with the appearances and persona of a pug with severe indigestion. Jade is a lot of fun to write – and (I hope) to read!

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In addition to the mysteries she sets out to solve, there’s also an overarching mystery that Jade is out to solve, one that is going to tie a series of five novels together. Without giving too much away, I’ll say that Jade wants to get resolution to her parents’ deaths. At the end of the novels, Jade finds pieces of resolution – but not the lasting kind or the kind that is entirely, neatly packaged (tightly taped shut, with a double-knotted bow). Readers won’t find this epic storyline in the short stories, just in the novels.

As an author, I admit I feel worried: Am I leaving too much unresolved at the end of each novel with Jade? I’ve read novels with epic storylines – novels that pull off the un-resolution to their overarching storylines successfully. And I’ve also read series where the novels end on cliffhangers that just leave me, the reader, feeling cheated in the worst way with heart-clenching irresolution. I hope and believe my novels provide adequate resolution. As a rule, I write my novels to be standalone – readers can read one without reading another. And the mystery/problem of each particular novel is completely resolved, one way or another. But Jade won’t find all the answers she’s looking for when it comes to her family – at least not until a few novels from now.

So about Hidden Betrayal: Here’s the blurb from the back cover…

Who isn’t hiding a secret? That’s what Private Investigator Jade O’Reilly wonders as she looks into the theft of an artifact destined for the local art museum. The artifact’s owner is a man so wealthy he could buy the county and who wouldn’t mind also investing time into Jade. His advances don’t please Keith, Jade’s romantic interest. But that’s not the only source of conflict in the developing relationship. Why doesn’t Keith want Jade applying to carry a concealed handgun? Will Keith convince Jade to scrap her application, or will Keith’s mind change as Jade’s investigation takes a deadly twist?

Hidden Betrayal is the second novel in the Jade O’Reilly Mystery series by Amazon Bestselling Mystery Author Tamara Ward. The first novel in the series, Private Deception, joins multiple short stories that follow Jade on other adventures. In all, action and light romance combine with engaging characters and humor for page-turning whodunits set in the fictional coastal town of Sweetwater, NC.

How do you feel, as a reader, about overarching storylines that aren’t resolved until the end of a series? Let me know, please, and if you’d like a free ebook copy of Hidden Betrayal, leave your email. At the end of the day, I’m drawing five winners from a hat. 

Thanks so much! I hope you enjoy the read!

~~~ Tamara Ward

Amazon Bestselling Mystery Author Tamara Ward’s storylines and characters combine for fun, fast-paced, can’t-put-it-down reads. Her published mystery novels include Private Deception, Storm Surge, andSilver Flashing. In her mysteries, you’ll find characters who keep readers hooked, strong-willed women sleuths, and a sprinkling of humor.

For more information, visit Tamara Ward’s blog athttp://www.authortamaraward.blogspot.com/.

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Thanks Bunches, Tamara, for a superfab fun post and for treating several RG2E Peeps to an Ebook Gift Copy of HIDDEN BETRAYAL. Luv the cover, btw!!! :-)

The Best of RG2E Reading Wishes — D. D. Scott, RG2E Founder

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RG2E Featured Author Jill Hughey talks “The End”

Happy Tuesday, RG2E Peeps!

“The End”…as our fabulous RG2E Featured Author Jill Hughey says: “Every story has one.”

Take it away, Jill…

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Endings. Every story has one. As readers, we both dread and anticipate THE END of that rarest of gems, a book that has grabbed us by the eyeballs, refusing to let go until we reach the last…fabulous…page. We close the book with a sigh and a smile. We have achieved the satisfying ending.

Unfortunately, not all stories bring us all the way. Sometimes there are threads left, frayed and dangling, with no promise of a sequel to pick them up again. We are confused, with the cry of “Wait!” on our lips instead of “Yes!”

Endings can also be ambiguous, the reader abandoned to decide how it all goes down, like those dinner theaters where you vote to choose the murderer. Except there is no big choral finale before the curtain closes. The author thinks we should wrap this one up on our own, and we do, first because we are creative like that, and second because we don’t have much choice.

I don’t mind frayed or ambiguous endings as much as abrupt ones. An example of a fabulous story with a too-abrupt ending is the movie August Rush, a tale of love at first sight immediately stamped out by the girl’s wicked father, followed by a dozen years of separation and yearning, concluding with a hint of a reunion. What could be wrong with that, you might ask? They do get together at the end.

Go back to the DOZEN YEARS OF SEPARATION. Twelve years of longing ends with the man and woman taking one another’s hand while they see their son for the first time. Fade to a long shot of Central Park.

Wait! I just watched a mother who thought her baby died at birth and a father who didn’t know he was a father pine for each other for over a decade. Add in the wrongly orphaned boy who has been a ward of the state his whole life. The payoff is a clasp of hands and the three of them smiling with teary eyes?

Dear Mr. Screenwriter, Would it have been too much to ask to get a twenty-second glimpse into their future? You can even roll the credits over it. Here is the scene. They are in a sunny apartment kitchen with Mom packing a lunch while Dad and Boy doodle around on their guitars until Mom lovingly reminds them that school starts in twenty minutes. Mom and Dad share a stunningly happy smile while Boy wolfs down his homemade pancakes. You can fade out to emperor penguins for all I care now that I have seen the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

Like I said, I don’t appreciate abrupt endings. That is why I don’t write them. As a romance writer I always aim for a happy ending, but there is no law saying I have to end the book at the earliest glimmer of joy. I don’t want stories to conclude with the initial kiss or the first “I love you.” I long to see the couple adjust and struggle a little bit before I am forced to let them go.

I wrote a series of historical romances set in the 830s in Europe, specifically Charlemagne’s Empire. In each of the three books in the Evolution Series, my heroes and heroines have an issue to resolve together even after they fall in love.

My characters in Unbidden, the first book, finally declare their undying love about 80% through the story. David, the hero, still has a lesson to learn about misplaced family loyalty before we know for sure that the two of them will be okay. (Unbidden is free at Amazon April 9, 10, and 11 so go grab a copy! http://www.amzn.com/B0067DDX1M)

Redeemed features the villain from the first book. Love and trust do not come easily to my tortured hero, but when they do, he fiercely protects his wife from betrayal within their own home.

In Vain, my most recent release, the heroine is the one who holds back the longest while she struggles to believe that her proud, sometimes cruel husband, has finally fallen in love with her. (One reviewer said, “Theo can be a genuine bastard at times.” I absolutely loved that assessment!)

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Each of my books lets readers see that the happy couple is really together, pulling in the same direction, working as a team, because that is the kind of ending I like.

So, how about some chatter? Tell me your ideal “Yes!” ending or bluster about the type that makes you scream “Wait!” I will give one ebook copy of Vain to one commenter chosen by RG2E. Don’t forget that Unbidden is free April 9, 10, and 11.

~~~Jill

Despite her ranting, Jill still watches August Rush at least twice a year because 99% of the story is so darn good. Jill can be found at her blog, on Facebook, and she tweets @jillhughey.

Vain: Book Three in the Evolution Series: A tailor’s abandoned daughter fashions a vain nobleman’s tunic, finding passion between the neckline and hem as misfortune forces her into his precarious aristocratic world. Vain is available at the following vendors.

Amazon     Barnes and Noble     Kobo     Smashwords     Createspace

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Superfab fun scoop, Jill!

When it comes to endings, I luv a satisfying ending to the current story problem with a wee bit on a new problem, which means “oh yeah…there will be a sequel!”

Thanks bunches for sharing your thoughts as well as treating us all to a FREE book and a chance to win VAIN! U rock!!!

The Best of RG2E Reading Wishes — D. D. Scott, RG2E Founder

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It’s Day 2 of Beach Book Blast’s Spring Splash: 15 Books, $75 in Prizes, 2 Days!!!

Spring Splash: 15 books, $75 in prizes, 2 days

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Welcome, RG2E Peeps, to Day 2 of the Beach Book Blast’s Spring Splash!

The WG2E Street Team authors are having a Spring Splash, Beach Book Blast style! We’re highlighting a bunch of fantastic reads and giving away a $50 and $25 gift certificate to any e-book retailer – it’s the choice of the two winning readers. Enter the Rafflecopter contest on the Beach Book Blast blog at http://beachbookblast.blogspot.com for your chance to win.

Also, on the RG2E, we’re giving away one copy of each book featured below to the first person who leaves a comment requesting the book. So jump right in and splash into spring with these books! 

Spring Splash April 6 books

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Babydoll
By Alicia & Roy Street
$2.99 at AmazonB&NSmashwords

Three fashion models murdered, a high-powered attorney with a secret, a burned-out porn actress with a grudge, a pretty boy Irish illegal who’s good with a knife, a way too sexy PI.

It would all just be tabloid buzz to Saylor Oz, except the young Nuyorican artist wrongly convicted of the killings is the brother of her BFF Benita Morales. Determined to find the real killer, warmhearted oddball Saylor becomes part of a genius designer’s zany plan to tweak the fashion world — and ends up becoming the killer’s next target.

“BABYDOLL is a fast, fun read with great characters and action that never stops.” —New York Times bestselling author Karen Robards

“ . . . an excellent read . . . The characters are stellar . . . from sorrow and hatred to tears-rolling-down-your-face humor.” —Jenn’s Bookshelf

“Babydoll was a total blast.”
—Five star rating at Reading With Monie

“ . . . another winner . . . even better than the first . . . the personalities of Saylor and Benita are priceless.”
—Five star rating at The Romance Studio

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Children of the Plague
By Gregory Carrico
$3.99 at Amazon and Smashwords

In the darkest corners of lower Manhattan, a battle like no other rages. The city is home to a hidden group of survivors of the nanite plague, and a brother and sister born to defend their race. With a touch that can destroy nanites, Lanni, sister of Alex, is their last chance. Can she save her brother? Can she protect mankind’s only hope? Or will she be responsible for the destruction of the last humans on earth? It’s going to be another long day…

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Forever Road
By Catie Rhodes
$3.99 at Amazon

My name’s Peri Jean Mace, and I’ve seen ghosts ever since I can remember. Don’t get too excited. Seeing across the veil branded me as a loony during my growing up years, and I learned to keep my yap shut about it.

Now I’m not sure I can anymore.

See, my cousin up and got herself killed the very same day I promised her a favor.  Now she’s back in spirit form and determined to make me pay. If I don’t solve her murder, she’s going to haunt me forever. Talk about the debt collector from hell.

That’s not my only problem. An obnoxiously hot cop wants to arrest my best friend for the murder.  My bigmouthed archenemy holds a clue to the killer’s identity. And there’s this mean—and ugly—woman who wants to beat me up.

None of this can turn out good.

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Hidden Betrayal

By Tamara Ward
$3.99 at AmazonB&NSmashwordsKobo

Who isn’t hiding a secret? That’s what Private Investigator Jade O’Reilly wonders as she looks into the theft of an artifact destined for the local art museum. The artifact’s owner is a man so wealthy he could buy the county and who wouldn’t mind also investing time into Jade. His advances don’t please Keith, Jade’s romantic interest. But that’s not the only source of conflict in the developing relationship. Why doesn’t Keith want Jade applying to carry a concealed handgun? Will Keith convince Jade to scrap her application, or will Keith’s mind change as Jade’s investigation takes a deadly twist?

Hidden Betrayal is the second novel in the Jade O’Reilly Mystery series by Amazon Bestselling Mystery Author Tamara Ward. The first novel in the series, Private Deception, joins multiple short stories that follow Jade on other adventures. In all, action and light romance combine with engaging characters and humor for page-turning whodunits set in the fictional coastal town of Sweetwater, NC.

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Purgatory Reign
By LM Preston
Young Adult Paranormal Romance, Action Adventure
$2.99 at Smashwords
$3.19 at Amazon
Print available at AmazonB&N

Something evil this way comes, unfortunately for it, Peter Saints is waiting.

Seventeen-year-old Peter Saints’ life stinks. But things are about to get much worse. First, his parents are murdered in front of him. Then another victim dies in his arms.

Visions plague Peter with warnings that something wants him for a sinister cause. It desires the one thing that Peter refuses to give – his blood.

On the run with Angel, a scruffy kid, Peter starts to unravel the mystery. It’s the one secret the heavens sought to hide from the world. Unfortunately, when Peter finds the answer he hopes that will save the girl he loves, he opens the door to a great evil that happens to be salivating to meet him.

Book Trailer Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atvKA9E4bPI&feature=youtu.be

Read sample: http://www.freado.com/book/13273/purgatory-reign

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Storm on the Horizon
By Meredith Bond
$1.99 at AmazonB&NSmashwordsAre

Tatiana Ashurst has a secret – one that she cannot afford to be known to Georgian English society. But Kit Vallentyn discovers her hidden ability to wield infinitely powerful magic… and saves her from inadvertently revealing it to everyone. Tatiana knows it is impossible for her to marry him. But how can she help herself from becoming fascinated by this handsome man, who seems to extend a spell over her more powerful than any she can conjure?

Kit is out for a wife. His instinct, however, is to go through the mere motions of searching, just to please his ambitious father who wants a big dowry from the marriage. But the one woman who he can’t get out of his mind is the twin sister of the one his father wants him to marry – the one who is plain, penniless, ineligible… and enchanting in more ways than one.

For Kit and Tatiana to weather the storm of their desires, they have to peel away the layers of all of their secrets, to discover the simple truth of their love.

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Tales from the Mist
By Scott Nicholson, Rhonda Hopkins, Marty Young, Cate Dean, Tamara Ward, Meredith Bond, Catie Rhodes, Greg Carrico, Mitzi Flyte, Natalie G. Owens, *lizzie starr and Stacey Joy Netzel
$4.99 at Amazon USAmazon UKB&NSmashwords,KoboAre

Tales from the Mist will take you on a journey into the dark world of the paranormal. These twelve stories vary in their degree of horror, yet all reach across the boundaries of their genres into the chilling realms of the macabre. Witches, ghosts, shape-shifters and vampire rats are some of the creatures that reign within these pages.

Joe McKinney, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Flesh Eaters and Mutated: “Tales From The Mist is one of those rare anthologies that gets it right from the first story to the last. It’s a magnificent feast of horror from some of the most assured voices working today. From cold-blooded tales of revenge to Faustian bargains to terrifying journeys into the dark corners of our world, these stories will make the shivers climb your back.”
From TW Brown, author of Dead: The Ugly Beginning: “To have a collection assembled by such a talented group of authors makes this THE anthology to own if you are a fan of horror.”

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Let’s hear it again for all of the terrific Beach Book Blast Authors!!!

Get to commenting, RG2E Peeps…you could be their next winner!!! :-)

And again, huge shout-outs to the lovely Tamara Ward for putting this together for all of us in RG2E-Land!!!

The Best of RG2E and BBB Reading Wishes —

D. D. Scott, RG2E Founder

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D. D. Scott’s Wonderfully Witchy World is Here with Book 1 in Her Belle Bishop, Queen of Witches, Series!!!

When I began writing my latest release – PRACTICAL MISCHIEF (Belle Bishop, Queen of Witches, Book 1) – it was because I have a passion for witchcraft. In fact, I’m a witch-in-training.

I wanted to share my magickal journey with a fabulous fictional cast and crew, and thus Belle Bishop and her Wonderfully Witchy World came to life in my notebooks and then on my screen.

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As I always do when I first start a new series, I began to play with how I would market these magickal, witchery-filled books. And also as always, I wanted to find a fabulous way to work-in me, myself and I – and my brand – into my promotions.

My D. D. Scott-ville brand, at its heart, is all about sassy humor and LOL fun.

Why?

Because that’s me…that’s who I am.

One of the things I do with my love of sassy humor is collect and share Bitchy Signs in all of my cyber homes (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, my personal website D. D. Scott-ville, etc.). So, first I wanted to capture that element but give it a magickal boost. To that end, my Bitchy Signs became Witchy Bitchy Signs, like this little gem:

Along with the LMAO fun though, I’m also all about paying it forward and sharing my love of life, organic food, cocktails, coffee, and quirky crazy ideas and pop culture.

But how could I work my witchery journey and new series into all of that?

And what if the fact that I am a witch-in-training scared the hell outta you?

I work with the magickal energies that are all around us. For example, I pay close attention to the moon and celebrate all of its phases. I use crystals and stones, flowers and herbs, candles and color, tarot cards, the elements of fire, water, air and earth.

What could I do with that aspect of me? And even more important, should I put that out there at all?

Did I have the balls to take a Wonderfully Witchy Risk?!

U betchyer broomsticks I did!!!

***Note: That cow is jumpin’ over the moon in style, my friends…one very savvy bovine.

So, I came out of the broom closet!!! :-)

I started by creating what I call my D. D. Scott-ville Magickal Mantras, a series of blog posts sharing fabulous magickal tips that y’all can use in your own homes to bring more positive things into your life and banish the not-so-positive. There’s the pay it forward portion of my brand’s promise to all of you wonderful peeps. You can do a lot more than just get the scoop from my D. D. Scott-ville World, you can participate in all of the quirky crazy fun too!

Yes, I’ve taken a huge risk coming out of the broom closet with my witchery journey, but I’m being authentic, fun and sharin’ the love – all things at the heart of who I am.

And guess what?!

Thanks to so many of you A-mazing RG2E Peeps, my D. D. Scott-ville website traffic has tripled and every week now most of the posts that show up as my most influential moments (on Klout ) have to do with my wonderfully witchy adventures! :-)

So, Welcome, RG2E Peeps, to my Wonderfully Witchy World! I can’t wait to hear what you think about Belle Bishop, my Queen of Witches.

For PRACTICAL MISCHIEF…Think The Good Witch meets The Three Stooges and Tinker Hell!

Who all would like an Ebook Gift Copy of PRACTICAL MISCHIEF?! Let me know below, and you just might win one!!!

The Best of RG2E Reading Wishes — D. D. Scott

D. D. Scott is an Amazon and Barnes and Noble Top 100 Bestselling Author and a four-time Amazon Movers and Shakers List Author. She’s also a Writer’s Go-To-Gal for Muse Therapy and Indie Epublishing, the Co-Founder of The WG2E- The Writer’s Guide to E-Publishing, and the Founder of The RG2E – The Reader’s Guide to E-publishing.  You can get all the scoop on her, her books, her Online Classes and Live Workshops, plus juicy tidbits too from her new cyber home…D. D. Scott-ville.

RG2E Featured Author Stacey Joy Netzel on Her Favorite Reader Comment “I Wish It Were Longer…”

Happy Monday, RG2E Peeps!

For an author, nothing beats knowing our readers are really loving our books and want more.

Here’s RG2E Featured Author Stacey Joy Netzel on that very thing…

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“I wish it were longer…” 

As an author, those are words I love to hear. It means the reader wanted more. They loved the book, but didn’t want it to end so they could continue to spend time with their new ‘friends.’ Not to be confused with “The story ended too soon,” which many times means the reader wasn’t satisfied with the way the story ended.

I have a shorter story that has received both these responses. The readers who wish for more usually leave a great review. The ones who say it ended too soon, well…not so much. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, and this is not to complain about the readers who expected more. I am sorry if I let them down.

The thing is for me, when I wrote the final sentence for that story, it was done. My characters were on their way to their Happily Ever After (HEA), and there was nothing left to tell. Forcing more wouldn’t have satisfied me, or any of my readers.

Then came my story Beneath Still Waters (Part One), in the Tales From The Mist anthology.

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An old legend tells of a beautiful witch unjustly persecuted who became a ghost bent on revenge…

The danger lies in not believing.

On a sorority camping trip in the Colorado Rocky Mountain National Park, Becca scoffs at the story of the Ghost of Still Waters, despite the convictions of her fellow campers, Liz and Shane. When Liz challenges her to summon the witch’s spirit, will Becca’s disbelief seal her fate?

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I was writing to a word count limit, but the closer I got to 8,000 words, the more antsy I got, because I could feel there was no way the characters’ story would truly be finished to my satisfaction within that limit. But I really wanted to be part of the wonderful collaboration of stories, so I wrapped BSW up, and then decided to write a sequel.

Rising Above (Still Waters Part Two) took me by surprise, too. What I’d expected to be about 15,000 words morphed into 35,000 before the characters stopped ‘talking’ and I could give them the ending they’d earned. And you know what…there’s still the remote possibility that one of the characters from this series will start talking to me in the future.

If she does, there will be a Still Waters (Part Three).

In the meantime I’d love to offer five ebook copies of Tales From The Mist today. Hopefully you’ll WISH Beneath Still Waters was longer and pick up a copy of Rising Above (Still Waters Part Two).

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Imagine you’ve lived before, but don’t remember or believe it’s even possible. Therein lies the danger. For in not believing and learning from your pasts, the power shifts to the one who would see you dead. Again.

Ryan James never gave much thought to ghosts or the idea of reincarnation—until the appearance of the beautiful Ali Whitman triggers terrifying visions that feel like real life. As he pieces together their past lives, he discovers they aren’t the only players. Worse, if he can’t convince Ali to believe before their past adversary makes the next move, he’ll lose her all over again.

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And now, my question for you lovely readers: Do you more often find yourself wishing a story were longer, or thinking it ended too soon?

Let me know in the comments, along with your email address, and I’ll draw 5 winners for a download of the Tales From The Mist ebook.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Stacey Joy Netzel

Award-winning author Stacey Joy Netzel fell in love with books at a young age, so for her the graduation to writing them was natural. An avid reader and fan of movies with a happily ever after, she is thrilled to call herself a full-time writer after 20 years as a travel agent. She writes romantic suspense, contemporary romance, and the occasional paranormal romance short story. Colorado is one of her favorite settings for her books, followed closely by Wisconsin and Italy.

Follow Stacey online:

Website and Blog:  http://www.StaceyJoyNetzel.com

Facebook: Facebook.com/StaceyJoyNetzel

Twitter:  http://twitter.com/StaceyJoyNetzel

Newsletter signup: http://eepurl.com/o6jT5

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Loved this Behind the Scenes Scoop, Stacey, and can’t wait to read your new series!

Thanks Bunches for sharing with us and for the Ebook Gift Copies too! U rock!!!

The Best of RG2E Reading Wishes — D. D. Scott, RG2E Founder

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RG2E Featured Author Tamara Ward on “How to Use Goodreads”

Happy Weekend, RG2E Peeps!

We’ve gotten a few requests to go over the basics of Goodreads, how to use the site. So, here’s the fabulous scoop from RG2E Featured Author Tamara Ward, who is my go-to Goodreads Guru.

Take it away, Tamara…

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Goodreads is a site that’s all about readers – readers sharing what books they like and don’t like, readers getting and giving book recommendations. As the site says, “Every once in a while you run into a friend who tells you about this ‘great new book I’m reading.’ And suddenly you’re excited to read it. It’s that kind of excitement that Goodreads is all about.”

So you want to know how to be a part of the excitement. The first step is to read a book… or remember the last book you read. It helps if you really loved the book. Then, log onto Goodreads and find the book by running a search for its title.

Hopefully, the book will come up in your search, you’ll click on it, and you’ll be brought to the book’s page. You’ll see the book cover on the left, beside the title and author, and the book blurb. Beneath the cover, five stars are lined up, just waiting for your click. Select the number of stars you feel the book deserves. Get ready to click on the pop-up balloon that gives you the option of writing a review.

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On a book’s page, you’ll see your friends’ reviews of that book, and you’ll also see which of your Goodreads friends have marked the book as to-be-read. (This is all on the left hand side of your screen.)

On the right hands side, you’ve got a bunch of interactive features. You can share that you’ve read the book via a variety of social media sites. You can share or view favorite quotes or trivia from the book. Sometimes even a video related to the book is posted, and you can watch that.

If you really loved the book, see if it’s on any lists (also in that right hand column). Check out the list; perhaps you’ll like another book on the list.

I can get lost wandering around Goodreads. In a good way.

“Goodreads users recommend books, compare what they are reading, keep track of what they’ve read and would like to read, find their next favorite book, form book clubs and much more,” the site says.

And it’s true. I’ve enjoyed all these features on Goodreads, and basically, you just dive in and start going for it. That’s my best advice.

Oh yeah, and if you’re looking for a book club, try the WG2E Street Team’s RG2E club at http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/62304-we-read-indie-books-rg2e.

What do you think, RG2E Peeps? Do you have a favorite way to spend your time on Goodreads?

The Best of Goodreads Wishes — Tamara Ward

Tamara Ward is an Amazon Bestselling Romantic Suspense and Mystery Author. Storm Surge, the first novel in the Jonie Waters mystery series, released in 2011.

Today, here at The RG2E, Tamara is Ebook Gifting her latest release – PRIVATE DECEPTION. So, let us know below if you’d like one, and you just might win!!!

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Sassy private investigator Jade O’Reilly thinks she’s hit rock bottom when, in the midst of obtaining photos of a cheating spouse in a second-story apartment, she falls off a swing set to the feet of an attractive mystery man. But the next day, when Jade discovers the man’s identity—he’s a detective with the local Sweetwater, NC, police—she learns that the cheating spouse was murdered and Jade herself is a suspect. Rock bottom just got a new definition.

For Kindle from Amazon, $3.99
For Nook from Barnes & Noble
In various digital formats from Smashwords

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I’m on Goodreads too, Tamara, and really enjoy it! Here’s my page so y’all can join the fun:

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/949843.D_D_Scott

The Best of RG2E Reading Wishes — D. D. Scott, RG2E Founder

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RG2E Featured Author Christy Hayes asks “Book Clubs…What’s Your Stance?”

TGIF, RG2E Peeps!

What a wonderful week of Ereading we’ve enjoyed together!!! I can’t wait to tally up all of your fabulous comments!

In the meantime, let’s give a warm welcome to RG2E Featured Author Christy Hayes.

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Christy has a question for u…

Book Clubs…What’s Your Stance?

Take it away, Christy…

I belong to a book club, or, I used to. My book club fizzled out and I’m not really sure why. Our group was small, our reading tastes similar, and we all loved to read. I think we no longer meet because we couldn’t find a time when all our members could get together.

I miss being in a book club for many reasons. I loved reading books that I would never have picked up on my own. I read books about other cultures, I discovered unknown-to-me authors, and I marveled at the different things people walk away from a book appreciating.

Often, the members of my group were drawn to certain characters and plot points in the books we read. Listening to the members discuss the things they liked and didn’t like was fascinating. As an author, I miss having that research group at my fingertips.

Many authors will admit they read differently since they started writing. I find it much harder to enjoy a book and really lose myself in the story because I’m too busy dissecting the plot, looking for the hook, anticipating the climax, and thinking of ways I would have written the book differently. I know I’ve discovered a truly gifted author when I no longer look for these things and just get caught up in the story.

So what about you, RG2E? Are you in a book club? If so, what do you appreciate most about the experience? 

I’ll be giving away my romantic women’s fiction title, Angle of Incidence, today at RG2E.

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Here’s a short synopsis:

Gwen Perry has the picture perfect life. Her Washington D.C. based photography business is booming, her husband’s law career is lucrative, and after years of trying, they’re only months away from the birth of their first child. 

While a nasty turn of fate leaves Gwen devastated, angry, and on the verge of depression, her husband Rob walks a dangerous tight rope. He’s hiding something from Gwen that could destroy their marriage. But even the deepest secrets won’t stay buried forever. 

When Rob’s past is revealed, Gwen agrees to join her college friend at the artists’ retreat he’s leading in Colorado despite the consequences to her marriage. But Rob’s not the only one keeping secrets from the past and her trip down memory lane could burn the bridge leading her back home.

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About Christy:

Christy Hayes writes romance and romantic women’s fiction. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America and Romance Writers of America Women’s Fiction chapter. She lives outside Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband, two children, and two dogs.

Please visit her website at www.christyhayes.com for more information.

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Awesome scoop, Christy, and thanks bunches for the Ebook Gift Copies too!!!

RG2E Peeps – let us know below if you’d like an Ebook Gift Copy of ANGEL OF INCIDENCE, and you just might win one!

Did y’all know that The RG2E also has its own Book Club on Goodreads?! You can join here:

http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/62304-we-read-indie-books-rg2e

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RG2E Featured Thriller Author Seeley James talks “Making It Real” For You, The Readers

Happy Hump Day, RG2E Peeps!

Many of your featured authors here at The RG2E write fiction. But here’s the thing…even though we’re writing fiction, we need to make it as “real” as we can to treat you, as our readers, to a fabulous adventure.

Here’s Thriller Author Seeley James on that very topic…

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Main characters have to feel real or you, the reader, will abandon them. I write thrillers and I’m forever striving to write that perfect visceral character. Hemingway’s advice: “From all things that you know and all those you cannot know, you make something through your invention that is not a representation but a whole new thing truer than anything true and alive.”

I wanted to make a thriller heroine who was a whole new thing from a unique experience in my life that I felt perfect for a heroine’s backstory. The part I cannot know, the elements that my character keeps hidden, presented a challenge.

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The true story is stranger than fiction.

James Rollins once said, “You can write a story about telepathic marsupials in Antarctica as long as you have the Starbucks in Kansas City on exactly the same corner as the real one. Put it on the wrong side of the street, and telepathic marsupials cease to exist in the reader’s mind.”

Thrillers tend to avoid family members for that reason.* If we get the family relationships wrong, we lose you. Did Sherlock Holmes’ mother hound him about marriage? Did James Bond ever drive his daughter to soccer practice? Would Hercule Poirot take cooking tips from his sister? Writers leave out the one thing we all have in common, family, to avoid complications.

Cowards.

I wanted my heroine to have an involved father. And not a wise, calm and patient father from central casting either. I wanted an accidental father. One who was not even the biological father but was tossed into the role by fate.

When I was nineteen, an acquaintance told me that daycare costs were killing her. She had been sixteen when she conceived her daughter and three years later was working a night shift. She asked if I could help by watching her child from the time I got off work until she came home at midnight. Without realizing how that would change my life, I said, “Sure!”

The next day, I stopped at the daycare facility and announced that I was there to pick up a child. I didn’t know the mother’s last name, and didn’t know the child’s name. And they looked at me blankly. (This was before people worried about child abduction.)

I’d seen the girl once at a distance and described her to the daycare workers: she’s about so high, three years old, blonde hair. They took me to a room filled with three year olds about so high with blonde hair. It struck me that I might have been a bit unprepared for the responsibility I’d agreed to shoulder.

The workers looked at me. I looked at them.

A little girl came running out of the crowd, her arms outstretched, shouting, Daddy, Daddy Daddy, and leapt into my arms. She squeezed me tight with unconditional love and never let go—for the next thirty-seven years and counting.**

As so often happens in unplanned teenaged parenthood, her biological mother had every intention of being a good mother, but jumped at the chance to start over when I offered to raise the child.

I had no idea what was involved.

I only knew that for the first time in my life I was desperately important to someone. We all want to be important to someone. It is the primary motivator in human life.

Experiencing the dynamics of an inextricable relationship was something I felt you wanted in a thriller. The trick was to make it fascinating. The real story would never work in fiction; it would come off as manipulative or melodramatic. It needed a better, more believable catalyst.

I experimented with short stories, piecing together the things I know and the things I cannot know, and came up with a back story. When my editor read it, he said, No one will believe it in one big chunk. Dole it out over the course of the three plus books. I took his advice.

After all, my first priority was making sure the Starbucks was on the right corner.

Peace, Seeley

* Yes, I know there are exceptions like Zoe Sharp’s Charlie Fox and James Rollins’ Gray Pierce, can you just bear with me a minute?

** There was a small gap in that love-fest when she was a teenager, but we survived. She just turned forty and lives in Seattle with her husband and children. We talk regularly.

About Seeley:

Seeley James is the author of the Pia Sabel series of thriller short stories and novels. He was first published in The Battered Suitcase, was a Finalist for DeMarini Award in fiction, and was short listed for the Fish Publishing Award and the Debut Dagger Award.

He discovered his love of creativity at an early age, growing up at Frank Lloyd Wright’s School of Architecture in Arizona and Wisconsin. He carried his imagination first into a successful career in advertising and marketing, and then to his real love: fiction.

He created Pia Sabel to be the kind of character that his friends and children would want to read. James has three children; he adopted his first, a precocious and beautiful three-year-old girl, when he was a single nineteen year old. Twenty years later he married, and he and his wife have two more children. They live in Scottsdale, Arizona, and enjoy youth soccer games and sunshine.

Connect with Seeley here:

Seeley@seeleyjames.com

http://seeleyjames.com/

https://twitter.com/SeeleyJamesAuth

http://www.facebook.com/SeeleyJamesAuth

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Wow, Seeley! What a story!!!  A-mazing!!!

Thanks bunches for sharing with us and with that special little girl you now call your daughter.

Okay, RG2E Peeps…who all would like an Ebook Gift Copy of THE GENEVA DECISION?! Let us know below (and include your email address too), and you just might win one!

The Best of RG2E Reading Wishes — D. D. Scott, RG2E Founder

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RG2E Featured Author L. Leander talks 3-D Characters and Circus Star Elephant Riders

Happy Tuesday, RG2E Peeps!

Let’s go to the circus today…with RG2E First-Time Featured Author L. Leander.

Take it away, L. …

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A character that’s well developed has a rich history.  You should not write your heroine, for instance, as a lifeless person or no one will want to read about her.  For that reason, many writers compile an in-depth biography of their main characters.  It’s quickly apparent that family history provides the traits that form unique characteristics.  When I wrote early on in my career, I didn’t know I should do a bio of the key players.  I fleshed a person out bit by bit as I wrote and added in their idiosyncrasies and personal flaws as the tale evolved.  The problem with that was that my characters remained flat.  They weren’t in 3-D.  Even if you’d put on those cute little glasses they give you at the movie theater you wouldn’t have seen a change.

Once I learned about character studies I found that I enjoyed writing them.  If I put a little time into researching a certain type of people, culture or country I had a much better idea for who the person was and it became easy to understand how he or she would react in certain situations.

Take, for instance, my protagonist in the Inzared series.  She is born Bertha Maude Anderson, to a family who lives in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina.  Her ancestors are Scottish – proud people who are unafraid to face life circumstances.  Stoic and not always affectionate, they face adversity with hard work and determination.  Bertha Maude is the dreamer in the family – she wants more and yearns to travel and become famous.

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Bertha Maude Anderson has no inkling of how famous she will become. She lives in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina in the year 1843. Her world changes forever when she is enticed to join The Romanoff Brothers Circus and her name is changed to Inzared, Queen of the Elephant Riders. Inzared discovers her true calling while learning to live with the nomadic Gypsies. From the hatred shown by some of the performers to the love she finds along the way, Inzared finds herself immersed in the rich folklore and customs of the misunderstood people who call the circus their home. Her one constant is Cecil, the elephant, and together they form a bond that no one can break as Inzared finds herself lured into the world of the Gypsies while clinging to her own roots and trying to break free of the chains that keep her from her destiny.

It was easy to fill in the physical characteristics just by pulling up old photos similar to the hardy stock Bertha Maude came from.  Her inner personality was achieved through getting into her head.  Yes, I said getting into her head!  To do that I sat in a quiet room with no distraction and wrote everything I had learned about my main character.  I included her ancestors, her surroundings, her feelings and her aspirations.  Since she comes from a poor part of Appalachia in the 1800’s, I included her education and indigenous speech.  After a couple of hours of intense writing she took shape and became Inzared, the name given to her by the circus owner after she has joined the troupe and is picked to ride the elephant in a performance.

I next had to do an intense study of the Gypsies, as the setting is a Gypsy circus set in 1843.  Again, once I spent time reading and delving into everything I could find on the subject another character, Paytre, emerged.

I followed this procedure for the main characters in the book and also did mini-bios on the supporting cast.  I found that knowing about a person’s heritage and background makes the story take shape much more quickly and the characters spring to life on the page.

What if a character has no background, you say?  We all have one, however some of us for one reason or another don’t know the details of our past.  My husband fits in that category; adopted at birth by a couple old enough to be his grandparents, he lived a solitary life on a rural farm and survived bullies and being called names at school.  As an adult he sought to find his forbears but was thwarted at every turn by an uncaring judicial system that held onto a birth certificate that was “locked.”  That meant he had no right to see or have it, including who his real parents were.

Even as I write this I understand the deep character traits I’d include here just by studying the man.  However, I put my research and writing skills to use and after a lot of doors were slammed others opened.  Just this week my sixty-four year old husband received the news that he is a member of the Chippewa Sault Saint Marie Tribe – now fancy that!

I tell you this because with this week of uncovered secrets and watching my husband weep for joy at finding who he is and where he comes from, I realized how important our character studies are.  Everyone has a story.  Authors use them to give our readers a glimpse into the past.  It makes our books shine for you – the reader!

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About L.:

L.Leander is an author, freelancer and award-winning songwriter.  Her first novel, Inzared, Queen of the Elephant Riders was published in June of 2012.  The second book in the series, Inzared, The Fortune Teller is slated for publication in early 2013.  The author has also published a short non-fiction series titled 13 Extreme Tips for Writers, targeted to the beginning writer.

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Ms. Leander manages a blog titled L.Leander’s Reviews and Interviews that offers book promotion to Indie Authors.  The author currently resides between Wisconsin and Mexico.

Connect with L. here:

13 Extreme Tips to Self Publishing by L.Leander

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13 Extreme Tips to Marketing an eBook by L.Leander

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L.Leander’s Website:  www.lleander.com

L.Leander’s Reviews and Interviews: http://lleandersreviewsandinterviews.wordpress.com/

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/L.-Leander/e/B008IVRNU8

Facebook Page:  http://facebook.com/lleanderbooks

Twitter:  www.twitter.com/lleander11

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LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/lleander11

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6441993.L_Leander

Google+: https://plus.google.com/100076816458862731821

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I luuuvvv the circus and gypsies too, L.! Your book sounds fabulous!!!

Thanks bunches for sharing with us today!

Okay, RG2E Peeps…who all would like an Ebook Gift Copy of INZARED?! Let us know below, and you just might win one!

The Best of RG2E Reading Wishes — D. D. Scott, RG2E Founder

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RG2E Featured Author L.C. Giroux Treats You to a Steamy Hetero Romance and The RG2E’s First Male/Male Romance Too!

Happy Monday, RG2E Peeps!

Here’s the Amazing L.C. Giroux with not only a steamy hetero romance but also The RG2E’s first featured male/male romance too!

Take it away, L.C….

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As an author, every book I write is a chance to step outside my comfort zone and experience new things. I say this as a romance writer, some of my thriller author friends may not feel the same way. Actually, they probably do but their kicks are a lot scarier than mine! I don’t want to experience zombies chasing me even in my head. In the romance world it is considered a hard fact that readers will not cross genre lines, that is a Historical reader will not even consider a Contemporary romance. So I’m asking, why? I write contemporary romance and read almost anything (except horror: see above!) I just assumed everyone else did too. My thinking is you never know where your next favorite story is going to come from. I grew up loving mysteries thanks to my mom’s mother. She had stacks of Agatha Christie and Ellery Queen but she also had Robert Ludlum, John Le Carre, and Ian Fleming (who wrote not only the James Bond books but Chitty Chitty Bang Bang!) so I love me some spy novels too. My other grandmother read ‘sensible’ books so I learned to love my ‘how to’ books from her. As a family we are big believers in the phrase -if someone wrote a book on it, I can learn to do it. Where did I get my love of romance? I fell in love with the Greek and Roman myths early and most of them are about somebody falling in love with someone that they shouldn’t be loving, sound familiar?

What started all the crossing genre questions for me was my new book. I write pretty steamy, very hetero romance and don’t expect that I will stop any time soon (The series I am in the middle of is planned out till the middle of 2014!). But… sometimes a character comes along that as a writer, you know needs a story of their own. Kevin was that character. So writing a sweet, as in no sex on the page, Male/Male love story for him was a stretch. But here is the thing about stretching sometimes you reach further than you ever have before. He and Bo are sweet, funny, brave, and 100% male just like a lot of gay men I have known. “Where’s My Cowboy?” ended up being my most romantic story to date.

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So tell me, reading-wise what is a stretch for you?

Leave me a comment below and I’ll send you a copy of “All In” the story that introduces Kevin and “Where’s My Cowboy?” where he gets his happily ever after.

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About L.C.: 

L.C. Giroux is an Amazon bestselling author in the US and the UK. She writes steamy contemporary romance because she doesn’t need a vampire to see the magic in the every day. Her previous career was writing laboratory protocols. Romance is much more fun. She is also a founding member of WG2E’s Beach Book Blast.

Connect with L.C. here: 

http://www.lcgiroux.com

Facebook: http://on.fb.me/Pacuzc

Twitter: http://twitter.com/LCGiroux

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/lcgiroux/

Amazon Author Page: http://amzn.to/QCVyTB

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Thanks bunches, L.C., for bringing another fabulous new genre to The RG2E!

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