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!!! 🙂

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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.

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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!!!

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RG2E Featured Author Natalie Owens on “Fame: Would You Remember My Name?”

 


Two years ago, after a two plus month ordeal, 33 trapped men were rescued from a mine in Chile while the world looked on and sympathized with their plight. For a time, these men became famous, the fulcrum of international news. They met with their country’s President and were promised fancy book and movie deals about their ordeal. It seemed like their fate would change. They’d go from gang-ridden neighborhoods to a nice, comfortable home, like those in the US suburbs, where they could raise their families in peace. The reality? Although some donations came through, the future of these men remained far from certain.
Some of the men could have taken other jobs, or offered better opportunities. Yet, there was a dark side to all of this. It appeared some of the water consumed by them, for lack of an alternative, had a metallic taste. This could translate to serious health issues now or in the future. Also, their residency below ground brought on some tensions among the men. While the story was in the news, concrete help from the government was not yet forthcoming. This story was not just a story of solidarity and overcoming odds. It was also a story of extreme adversity, media spin, and the outcome of it was hazy at best. The good thing that came out of it was that all men were saved. Yet, life from there on would be a gamble, especially on the financial and health side.PONDERING A THOUGHT OR TWO:
This type of situation isn’t new. I’m not referring to people being horribly trapped in a mine (which we know has happened before) – but I’m talking about poor, underprivileged people being offered an ace card for a few minutes, only to have it stripped from them at the end. People who got 15 minutes of fame, and that’s all. Many have followed the controversial story of the “Slumdog Millionaire” movie protagonists, the child actors who garnered world fame with well-received performances, only to be sent back soon thereafter to the slums they came from without so much as a by-your-leave.Luckily, some have a bigger break. After being given her fame card through Julia Roberts’ portrayal of her in a blockbuster movie, Erin Brockovich, for instance, got her own show for a while and her book Take It From Me: Life’s a Struggle But You Can Win made it to the NYT bestseller list.The Subway guy, Jared Fogle, wrote a book and is still known for his Subway diet. Many participants on reality TV shows get their dream to be in the limelight fulfilled.

Jon and Kate plus 8The BachelorSurvivor… and the like – these are just a few examples. How long will their fame last and what gifts or curses will it bring them?

 
This makes me think of books and why we love the underdog characters so much – characters that are strong and resilient, and make it in the end. We all like to read about people who achieved success after a tough time because so often we imagine ourselves in that position and we can truly relate.THE LESSON OF THE HOUR:Sometimes perseverance plays a part in achieving fame, success and recognition. At times, being at the right place at the right time is the main contributor. What is always important, however, is that one has good representation, that is, someone with them who has their interests at heart. The miners in Chile and the actors in Slumdog Millionaire will never improve their lives unless someone—someone important, someone with clout—is willing to go to bat for them and be their voice. A person or institution who’s not there just to draw the news of the hour, make a buck, lift ratings, make a good impression and/or offer empty promises. Some think that fame can come in an instant – this is true, but is it always lasting? Does it bring positive change? Unfortunately, it’s not always that easy or clear-cut.
 
So my thing is, let yourself be your most ardent representative. I suppose one thing I love about the indie authors I’m surrounded by is that they’ve taken the chance to look out for themselves and to shoulder the responsibility for their little failures and ultimate successes. If you look around you, you’ll see the underdog at work, struggling to get out of a rut and be noticed, even just for a minute. Indie authors do this every day, hoping to touch the readers’ hearts. We are everywhere and you may know a few personally. It could be someone close to you, far from you, or it could even be you. As the sayings go, quite truthfully, there are moments when life’s a bi*ch then shit happens. But it’s all worth it anyway, at least I like to think so because for me it’s absolutely worth the work.And here’s the question of the hour, dear RG2Eland: If you had the opportunity to get your fifteen minutes of fame, how would you like that story to unfold?Until next time…
 
Natalie G. Owens got her first taste of serious writing by
penning award-winning poetry, as well as feature articles for college and local
publications in her native Malta. She sold her first book to a small publisher
in 2007 and is currently indie published. Her favorite stories to write are
romances with a dark edge featuring brooding heroes, strong heroines, exotic
settings, and a good dash of fantasy. Daydreaming tops her list of hobbies,
followed by reading, cooking, traveling, sharing good times with family and
friends, and ogling shoe store displays. You can find out more about Natalie
and her work at http://www.nataliegowens.com
 
Latest Release:
 
AN ETERNITY OF ROSES (THE VALTHREANS: BOOK 1) – the story of a woman who beats all odds to find the man she loved and lost. 
~ Natalie G. Owens ~ 


No Rules. No Formulas. Just a world of love, mystery and fantasy!

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I luuuvvv cheering on the peeps who do make it, and am always looking for ways to help the ones who could indeed get there with just a little boost from one of us! 🙂

Natalie, thanks bunches for sharing with us!

And RG2E Peeps, if you’d like an Ebook Gift Copy of AN ETERNITY OF ROSES, let us know below (be sure to leave 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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The Whys and Hows of Writing Ebook Reviews, Featuring RG2E Author Marina Maddix

Wavin’ atchya, RG2E Peeps!

Please give a big ol’ RG2E Welcome to First-Time Featured Author, Marina Maddix, who’s sharing wonderful tips on Writing Ebook Reviews!

Take it away, Marina…

Let’s face it, writing reviews for the books we read can be downright daunting. Some of us are voracious readers, so keeping up with all the reviews we’re supposed to leave is overwhelming. Others of us have very busy lives, so on our list of priorities, leaving a review falls somewhere between changing the baking soda box in the fridge and cleaning mildew off the cellar walls. Some readers may even be worried about putting their own writing — even in the form of a book review — out there for the world to see.

By posting a positive review to Amazon, you’re leaving a permanent mark of approval for those who might want to read the book after you. It’s called social proof. Reviews also tell us writers when you want to read more about certain characters. I didn’t expect my steamy erotic-romance short story Knight Fall to get much of a response but readers seemed to connect with my heroine, Kelly. A handful left reviews, but many emailed me asking for more of Rick and Kelly’s story. If I’d relied solely on my few reviews, I might not have written the sequel, Vegas Knights, which I released on March 1. (Did you know you can create any pen name you want for your profile, so none of your family and friends will know which books you review?)

If you love a book or a series or a character or an author, you may very well be doing yourself a disservice by not leaving a review letting others, including the author, know you want more. The more good reviews a book has almost always translates into more sales for the author. Increased sales means s/he can write more, which means you can read more. Win-win!

Look at it this way: If there is a tiny specialty grocery store in your hometown that you would hate to see go out of business, you make an effort to shop there occasionally and tell others about it to show your support. Leaving reviews for your favorite authors works the same way.

Now to the nitty gritty. You hate leaving reviews, don’t have the time or don’t know what to say. The key is to speak the truth. If you loved a book, tell us why. Don’t give out spoilers but a few tidbits help us understand if we might like the same things. And they don’t have to be long, detailed book reports, either. Here’s an easy template to start you off that fulfills Amazon’s 20-word requirement but won’t take up much of your time — replace the ALL CAP words (and examples) with your own words:

“I really enjoyed BOOK TITLE because the story made me feel EMOTION (happy, sad, conflicted, reminiscent of my childhood, etc). I especially liked SOMETHING (a character, the storyline, a plot twist, etc — just don’t leave a spoiler!). I think anyone who enjoys GENRE (sci fi, erotic romance, WWII history) books, would enjoy this one.”

If you have a specific criticism of the book, go ahead and include it, such as: “I didn’t care much for SOMETHING (the writing style, a certain character, the ending), but overall I enjoyed the story.”

So what if you hated a book? Personally, I do my best to live by the ‘If you can’t say anything nice…’ rule Mom taught me. But if you feel compelled to leave a negative review, ask yourself a few questions first:

  • Were my expectations realistic? For example, you picked up a freebie months ago and just started reading it. You thought it was chick lit for whatever reason but you’re disappointed to learn it is actually a biography of Otto von Bismarck. As fascinating as the book may be, it’s not what you wanted to read, and you’re irritated. Before leaving an outraged review, pop over to the book’s Amazon page to see if the description and categories accurately depict the content. If so, leaving a negative review because you got mixed up doesn’t help anyone.
  • Was the book poorly written or did I just not like the decisions the characters made? I received a review in which the reader complimented the book up and down but gave me one star because she didn’t agree with a decision a character made at the end. I can understand her feelings but she claimed to enjoy everything else about the book, so did it really deserve one star? There are five stars to choose from — two, three and four stars are perfectly acceptable alternatives. Pick the one that best fits your *overall* feeling about the book.
  • Am I angry/upset/offended by the subject matter? If that’s the case, I would suggest not reading any more books in that genre as it’s just not for you. Leaving a negative review for the Bible because you’re an atheist is downright rude. The same holds true for paranormal erotica, unauthorized biographies or history texts. It’s a great big world out there, full of diversity. If you find yourself hating every book in a particular genre, try a different one.
  • Which brings us to the biggest question: Did I actually read this book? If you didn’t read the book, but rather are just assuming it’s bad because you believe the subject matter to be morally wrong or you think it’s a rip-off of your favorite author or you’re ethically opposed to mining for purple diamonds on Jupiter, please don’t leave a review. Not only is it against Amazon’s Terms of Service, but it’s downright deceitful. Instead, read a book you think you’ll enjoy and use the template above to write a glowing review!

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After a passionate public encounter with a mysterious and very sexy biker, big girl Kelly Saunders finds herself on the ride of her life. Her ‘Knight on shining armor’ — Rick Knight, heir to a motorcycle legacy — whisks her away from her soul-sucking corporate job to Las Vegas, where she finds the road to love is treacherous.

As urgent business matters demand more and more of Rick’s attention, Kelly is left to wonder about the future of their relationship. A ruthless betrayal throws her life into turmoil, and a devastating discovery threatens to pull them apart. Is their love just so much Vegas glitter or is it strong enough to survive beyond the dazzling lights of Sin City?

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EXCERPT:

They sat entwined under the stars, swaying slightly with the rhythm of their own bodies. Rick’s hands moved slowly from her hair down her back. Shivers of anticipation rippled through Kelly. They were going to make love under the stars. It had always been a fantasy of hers but she’d never imagined it would come true. But a lot of things she’d never imagined were happening lately.

Feeling the need to show him she wasn’t some precious flower that needed tending and special care, that she was an independent woman, Kelly took control. His eyes never left her body as she moved to stand over him, legs spread, hands on her hips.

“Strip.” The single word brought a knowing smirk to Rick’s face. Without a word, and still never taking his eyes from her, he eased his off his jacket, throwing it aside. His gaze was positively smoldering as he loosened his tie and started to pull it over his head.

“Leave it.” Kelly commanded on impulse. His hands paused, then dropped to the front of his charcoal Armani button-down, his eyes burning into her flesh like a brand. His fingers worked slowly, deliberately, intensifying her need for him. But she wouldn’t give him the satisfaction of seeing her impatience. Cocking her hip, she let him tease her with his leisurely pace.

When the shirt was lying atop the leather jacket, he looked up expectantly, awaiting her next instruction. When she nodded toward his pants, triumph flashed across his face. She realized her mistake as he moved to stand. Once on his feet, he would tower over her, emphasizing her vulnerability and his dominance.

“On second thought, scratch that.” One of his eyebrows shot up, and a look of exasperation took the place of triumph. She knew the score and she wasn’t going to give him an advantage if she could help it. He leaned back on his elbows — shirtless and irresistible — and studied her.

She couldn’t afford to make a misstep or show any hesitation. This had become less of a game for her and more of a demand for equality in this relationship. He may be rich, but that didn’t mean he was in control here. Either he accepted that they were in this together, as equal partners, or he would be taught that lesson. Of course, she suspected that would be a lesson he might enjoy learning.

ABOUT MARINA:

Marina Maddix is a romantic at heart, but hates closing the bedroom door on her readers. Her stories are sweet, with just enough spice to make your mother blush. She lives with her husband and cat near the Pacific Ocean, and loves to hear from her fans. Connect with her by email (marinamaddix@gmail.com), on Facebook (facebook.com/MarinaMaddix), Twitter (@MarinaMaddix), Goodreads (goodreads.com/MarinaMaddix) or her website (www.MarinaMaddix.com).

Marina’s part of the Insatiable Reads book tour with 15 other sizzling hot romance authors. Different authors will be featured on various blogs throughout the month of March, culminating in several excellent giveaways. Check out the tour at www.InsatiableReads.com, where you’ll find a schedule of Marina’s other blog stops.

GIVEAWAYS:

Marina’s: 1 $10 Amazon GC, 2 signed hard copies of Vegas Knights, 3 Knight Fall/Vegas Knights ebook bundles. Winners chosen March 31.

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Insatiable Reads: 1 Kindle Paperwhite loaded with all 16 Insatiable Reads ebooks, 1 paperback book bundle (select books, including Vegas Knights), 1 ebook bundle with all 16, 4 weekly bundles featuring that week’s authors. Winners chosen March 31.

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Superfab terrific tips for Writing Ebook Reviews, Marina!

Thanks sooo much for sharing with us and for the chances to win your wonderful giveaways too!

The Best of RG2E Reading & Reviewing Wishes —

D. D. Scott, RG2E Founder

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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

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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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$3.99

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

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

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