Happy New Year, RG2E Peeps!!!

WooHooo, RG2E Peeps!!!

It’s almost 2013!!!

We’re thrilled to be able to continue to get to know you, chat with you and treat you to a bunch of Ebook Gifts throughout 2013!!!

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Happy New Year from our home to yours and Happy Reading too!!!

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

P.S. Our regular posting schedule will begin again on Wednesday, January 2nd, with the fabulous Christy Hayes!!!

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RG2E Featured Author Michael Scott Miller on “Why I Hate Writing Blurbs”

Happy Sunday, RG2E Peeps!

Please give a Big Ol’ RG2E First-Timer Shout-Out to Featured Author Michael Scott Miller, who’s chatting with us for the first time!!!

Take it away, Michael…

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For those of you unfamiliar with the term as it applies to novel writing, the blurb is the brief description that goes on the back of the paperback version of a book.  More importantly, though, it is what a potential reader sees when shopping online for books.

At its most basic, the blurb is supposed to be a teaser, a 50 to 100 word lure to get readers interested in reading the other 60,000 to 70,000 words in the novel.  And that’s precisely where it breaks down for me.  In the math.  I simply struggle to distill 60,000 carefully chosen words and phrases that I’ve poured into a novel into what amounts to a sound bite.  When I sit down to write blurbs, they a) come out superficial, b) give away too much of the story, or c) both.  Here’s why.

My stories aim to get readers engaged with the characters.  That’s hard to capture in a blurb.  How does one get a reader emotionally invested in 100 words?  I see where the blurb works in an action story:  U.S. and Soviet intelligence agents race to locate a Soviet submarine as it attempts to defect to the west and bring with it a trove of military intelligence.  Or maybe:  Man-eating shark stalks idyllic New England town and scares the bejesus out of its residents.  But in a character driven story? Not so easy.

I also hate giving away any of the story.  There’s no double standard here.  I feel the same way when I’m reading.  I don’t want to know before beginning the Hunger Games that Katniss will be forced to represent District 12 in a brutal game created for the amusement of the Capitol.  I don’t want to know that the guests invited to the island mansion in And Then There Were None are going to get killed one by one. That doesn’t leave much uncertainty about what’s going to happen next until pretty darn close to the end of the book.  Unless something is going to happen on page one, I just don’t want to know about it before I start reading.

As a writer, I feel like I’ve made every scene in the story important, every word, every utterance.  Okay, so maybe that’s a bit overstated.  But still, I’m supposed to filter this thing down to 100 words?

I’m almost embarrassed to admit that I’ve spent hours and hours working and reworking my blurbs.  At times, it feels more difficult than writing the book itself.

So with this background, I am presenting to you the two blurbs for The Book of Sylvia that I finally decided were good enough to see the light of day.  The first is the original, and the second is the new and improved version.  Or is it the other way around?

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In any case, let me know what you think and I’ll gift you a free copy of the book for your Kindle through Amazon (to at least the first 50 of you).  I promise you’ll like the book.  It’s this cool story about a London prostitute and a priest in rural England who try to solve a mystery and learn a lot about themselves along the way.

Original

Under suspicion of abetting a robbery, London streetwalker Sylvia Smith doesn’t know where to turn. Frightened and alone, she arrives on the steps of St. Alban’s church, where she meets Father Christopher Fosberry, a priest consumed with self-doubt as he struggles to resurrect his dying church. Together they set out to recover the stolen money, following a cryptic clue whispered to Sylvia by her client as he was taken into custody. They quickly find themselves drawn toward one another by a mutual sense of despair and a desire to help the other. But Sylvia soon discovers that the more she guides the priest, the deeper she drives a wedge between the man and the church.

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Unwittingly pulled into a high profile crime by her client, London call girl Sylvia Smith doesn’t know where to turn.  Frightened and alone, she seeks solace at a rural church, where she meets Father Christopher, a priest consumed with his own set of struggles. Father Christopher takes her in, reluctantly, but is soon drawn into Sylvia’s obsession with the cryptic message that the client left behind. In this journey of self-discovery cloaked in a mystery, Sylvia and the priest grapple with the police, their demons, and temptation.

I look forward to hearing from you!

~~~ Michael

About Michael:

Michael Scott Miller works with numbers by day in the business world and with words by night. He began writing shortly after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania and has had his work published in the Welcomat (now Philadelphia Weekly) and wrote music reviews for the Wharton Journal while his wife was getting her degree there.

He has written two novels, Ladies and Gentlemen…The Redeemers, and The Book of Sylvia, both works of contemporary fiction with strong emphasis on their characters.

Miller grew up in Cherry Hill, New Jersey and now lives in Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania with his wife and three children.

Connect with Michael here:

http://www.michaelscottmillerauthor.com/

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Fabulous scoop here, Michael! Welcome to The RG2E and thanks bunches for the Ebook Gift Copies!

Writing Blurbs is actually one of my fave things to do. Okay…writing the high concept/movie pitch version of the blurb that is. For example, I write things like: Hell’s Kitchen mixed with Meet the Fockers – or – Will and Kate gone Bond, James Bond…Under the Tuscan Sun – or – Castle and Beckett gone country with a bit of Bewitched tossed into the barnyard.

I start with those high concept pitches and then draw out my paragraph blurb from there.

I luuuvvv both of your blurbs, btw, and would love to see what your high concept/movie pitch would be…

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

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RG2E Featured Author Laina Turner on “Getting Ready for the New Year”

It’s time to get ready for the new year, RG2E Peeps!

And here’s how RG2E Featured Author Laina Turner does it…

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I love this time of year and not just because of the presents I receive for Christmas. I like the symbolic thought of a new year with new goals and a clean slate so to speak. I bought my 2013 planner before Thanksgiving and have just been staring at it excited to start writing things down. But writing down goals is just a small step to the whole picture of putting the actions in motion to realize your goals. More importantly you have to have the ability to push through the hard times when things happen that threaten to derail you from your path.

I am a firm believer of mind over matter and having a positive frame of mind that is focused on what needs to happen and having the faith that it will, is the hardest part.

My routine it to set my goals, create a vision statement for the year as if I had already achieved those goals, and then create milestones for those goals with weekly and monthly actions to meet those milestones. I then revisit my progress and plan monthly (or so) and have learned over the years to not beat myself up if things aren’t moving as fast as I would have hoped. As I work on finishing up my plan for 2013 I would love to hear about yours and how you keep yourself motivated throughout the year.

Comment and get a free copy of Books Aren’t Just for Reading!

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Book Blurb

Trixie and her friends, Berklie and Sophie, are excited about the opening of Read/Wine their new business venture of a bookstore/wine bar. All is going well until they happen to find a dead body in the shop and that wasn’t part of the business plan. All signs pointed to Berklie since it was her ex-husbands lover who was murdered. Trixie knew Berklie hadn’t murdered Sylvia so who did?

About Laina

Laina Turner is a businesswoman, mom, author, Professor, and a major supporter of shopping. She has an undying love for shoes and coffee, which is why she created her main character and alter ego Presley Thurman.

With a lot of letters after her name and a ton of student loan debt, she is always working to pay the bills. While she enjoys her day job, her passion is writing, and she is hoping to sell her book and retire to a private island.

Laina is currently living in Indiana, with her family, and is always writing something, whether it’s blogs, articles, business journals and books or ideas for her next novel. She is continuously doing what she loves which is writing or drinking coffee.

Connect with her here:

Follow me at @lturnermolaski

Subscribe to my newsletter and get a free book.

Find me on my Facebook Fan Page Laina Turner

Visit my website www.lainaturner.com

Download my iPhone app

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It is all about setting your goals, Laina, and setting ’em in both baby steps and giant leaps too! 🙂

Thanks bunches for the Ebook Gifting today and for sharing your new year scoop with us!

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

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Who Would Like a D. D. Scott Audio Book…for FREE?!

TGIF, RG2E Peeps!

The calendar may say that Christmas is over…but it’s Christmas all year long here at The RG2E!!!

To that end, who all would like one of my D. D. Scott Audio Books…for FREE?! Four of you will win your choice!!!

You’ve got three to choose from in my Bootscootin’ Books Series!!!

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Here’s the scoop on The Bootscootin’ Books in Audio Book Format:

http://www.audible.com/series/ref=sr_1_1_sa_s/?asin=B008NB9CMA

And let’s give a big ol’ RG2E Shout-out and Thank You to Audible ACX President Jason Ojalvo for making this giveaway possible!!! 🙂

Jason, along with RG2E Featured Author Elaine Raco Chase, interviewed me on December 13th on Elaine’s Blog Talk Radio Show! And, if y’all want great behind the scenes scoop on the Audio Book World, get yourself a glass of wine and listen in:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/trianglevariety/2012/12/14/authors-corner-with-elaine-raco-chase

Lucky for all of you, Jason also gave each author on the show special codes to treat 4 of our “listeners” and fans to one of our Audio Books for FREE!

All you gotta do is leave me a comment and I’ll choose 4 random winners to receive the special checkout codes!!!

The Best of RG2E Reading & Listening Wishes —

D. D. Scott, RG2E Founder

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The RG2E is Back…Following a WordPress Snafu

Wavin’ atchya, RG2E Peeps!!!

We’re back…following a major WordPress Snafu!!!

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I pulled up our site late Saturday night, December 22nd, and it was gone! Just like that, without an email or warning of any kind, WordPress’ spam engines had decided we were basically “selling” items and being as that’s a violation of their policies, they shut us down.

Luckily, they have an appeal procedure, which I did, and within about 4 days (by yesterday, December 26th), they had us approved and running again!!! Yayyy!!! 🙂

So, what that means is, you can all look forward to a 2013 filled with fabulous Ebook Gifts (and Audio Book Gifts too) from all of our RG2E Featured Authors, who you’ll also be able to get to know, chat with and follow in all of their cyber homes!!!

Sit back, relax, grab a hot cup of coffee or tea, or perhaps a glass of wine or a cocktail, and check your email frequently! We’ve got a bunch of Ebook Gifting to catch up on!!!

Cheers to each of you and Welcome back to The RG2E!!!

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

Holiday Greetings from The RG2E!!!

Happy Holidays, RG2E Peeps!!!

It’s just about time for the most magickal of nights, and it’s also the perfect time to let y’all know how much I luuuvvv hangin’ with each of you throughout the year!!!

Would y’all believe The RG2E will celebrate its 1st Birthday in February?! How cool is that?!

Nothin’ beats Reachin’ Readers, Hangin’ with Y’All and Treatin’ You to Ebook Gift Copies too!!! And that’s what it’s all about here at The RG2E!!!

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And nothin’ beats the kind of community we’ve built here to share the love we all have for great books at great prices.

So, as we each sit near our holiday trees, perhaps with some eggnog, and reflect on what the year has meant and where we’re headed next, know that I have my glass raised to each of you and am so thankful to be able to treat you to new Authors and new Ebooks.

Wishing you nothing but love and happiness this holiday season…and great reading too! 🙂

Holiday Greetings from D. D. Scott-ville — D. D. Scott

D. D. Scott is an Amazon and Barnes and Noble Top 100 Bestselling Romantic Comedy and Humorous Mystery 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.

P.S. We’ll resume our regular RG2E Posting Schedule on Wednesday, December 26th! Happy Reading till then and tons of love too!!! 🙂

RG2E Featured Author Lisa Bouchard on “Surviving the Mayan Apocalypse and Moving Forward with New Year’s Resolutions”

Happy Sunday, RG2E Peeps!

Okay…we’ve survived the Mayan Apocalypse…so now what?

Here’s RG2E Featured Author Lisa Bouchard to chat on that…

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Since we’ve all survived the Mayan Apocalypse, it’s time to get on with our lives and for me, that means New Year’s planning and resolutions.

I love planning and scheduling. My brain relaxes and I feel like everything is going to be all right since it’s all laid out right there on the color-coded, day by day spreadsheet. Yeah, day by day. Writing goals, reading goals, and some years even a plan for how to keep the house tidy.

As in battle, no plan survives engagement with the enemy, but for a while it feels great. I feel like I can handle anything and the world can just bring it on because I’m ready! Grrr!

Even when I don’t stick to the plan, I love making them. They spur me on and keep me working when I’d rather be watching tv or playing games on my laptop. They’re the good angel on my shoulder whispering, “Just a few hundred more words and you can cross that task off the list.”

Do I get everything done? Of course not. Between having four homeschooled kids and a propensity for overcommitting, I don’t. But I get more done with a plan than without and that means everything to me.

This year I’ve planned out to the day how much I want to write and on what project: which novel, how many words on a short story, when to blog, and also when I’ll be editing all these words  I’m writing. Oy! The editing…

As far as resolutions go, I make those too. But I don’t back them up with a schedule because they’re more nebulous and harder to control. I’m trying to reword my resolutions in a more positive light than I might actually feel about myself. For instance, “quit eating crap” is replaced with “have a big salad for a meal twice a week”, and “don’t be fat” is now “exercise three times a week”.  It’s a healthier way to look at my life and doesn’t make me feel like a looser. Try it – it’s good.

What does my 2013 look like? I’m insanely busy and I think I’m going to have to make some changes in my day to day life to support my schedule. I think I’m going to have to do the thing I dread most in life: limit my time on the internet. Meet my word count goals for the day and then I can hang out on Facebook for a while – all those cute cat pictures aren’t going anywhere, right?

So, how about you? Do you make plans and resolutions? In what areas? And how do you stick to them – I’d love to know.

About Lisa:

I am 9 days older than Star Trek. I thank any and all deities that I have never had to live in a world without Mr. Spock.

I probably spend way too much time watching television. I blame the internet. Seriously, my lack of will power has nothing to do with it. Now that I can wait and watch an entire season of a show at once I get sucked in and don’t come up for air until about 2 in the morning. I think this goes along with my love for long songs, multi-book series, and four hour movies.

My life seems to be a series of crazy ideas, from ‘go to college across the country where you don’t know anyone’ to ‘four kids sounds like a great idea’ to ‘writing novels for a living sounds like a great plan’. My latest crazy idea is to hike the Appalachian Trail all at once, with my long-suffering husband. He’s taking it rather well.

I live in southern New Hampshire with my husband and our four children. I am the author of the Morrison Investigations series. Please visit me at http://LisaBouchard.com.

Connect with Lisa at:

Facebook: http://facebook.com/LisaBouchard.Author

Email: mailto:Lisa@LisaBouchard.com

Twitter: @Lisa_Bouchard

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6540287.Lisa_Bouchard

LibraryThing: http://www.librarything.com/author/bouchardlisa

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The Shattered Door paperback: http://www.amazon.com/Shattered-Door-Morrison-Investigations/dp/0988382601/ref=la_B009EG084O_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1349199696&sr=1-1

The Shattered Door US Kindle ebook: www.amazon.com/Shattered-Door-Morrison-Investigations-ebook/dp/B009DJQGGQ/

The Shattered Door UK Kindle ebook: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Shattered-Door-Morrison-Investigations-ebook/dp/B009DJQGGQ/

The Shattered Door Nook ebook: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6540287.Lisa_Bouchard

Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/237409

Kobo: http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/The-Shattered-Door/book-8wj8YK4rB0qyJ0SSohJLYw/page1.html?s=ewnflSK0CkGo8ELgK5DWwg&r=1

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“A polished gemstone.”

“A great start to…a fantastic series.”

“Engaging from the first paragraph.”

The Shattered Door is a fast-paced mystery set in Boston. It
features a brutal murder, a secret society dedicated to genocide of the
telepaths, and two beautiful twin private investigators who try desperately to
keep their own telepathic abilities secret.

Looking for a paranormal twist in your mysteries? The
Shattered Door is for you.

Mind Stealer. Freak. Telepath.

In the United States, telepaths are hunted by the Telepathic
Corps, a small, mobile army who can sense when telepaths use their powers. No one knows what happens to captured telepaths, but rumors of secret medical experiments and death squads fly through the telepathic underground.

When famous telepath George Wynton is found at the scene of his lover’s murder, novice private investigators Olivia and Darcy Morison are hired to find the real killer. Trained to keep their abilities secret, they have become experts at passing as normal.

As the sisters struggle to balance their time between helping Wynton and the mind-numbing jobs their boss assigns them, dangerous elements continue to swirl around them.

The Twenty, a high-powered, secret group, is working to keep Wynton behind bars while members of Boston’s telepathic underground are threatening to rise up and break him out of jail.

And the Corps has arrived in the city, rounding up telepaths with a vengeance.

Now Olivia and Darcy must find the killer, keep their secret hidden and work
with the telepathic underground all while avoiding their boss, not to mention
finding a gangsters dog.

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Who all would like an Ebook Gift Copy of THE SHATTERED DOOR? Let us know below, and you just might win one from Lisa!

And thanks bunches, Lisa, for making your first spot on RG2E superfab fun!!!

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

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