RG2E Featured Author Julie Day on “How Teens’ Tragic Accidents Inspired Her YA Fantasy Series”

Cheers to you, RG2E Peeps!

Give a warm, RG2E Welcome to First-Timer Julie Day (from The UK), who’s sharing with us how tragic accidents have inspired her to create her YA Fantasy Series and perhaps prevent such accidents in the future.

Take it away, Julie…

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My teen/YA fantasy series ‘The Guardian Angels’ was inspired by articles I’ve read in newspapers or incidents I’ve seen where teenagers risk their lives doing dangerous stunts, and in some cases have died. I had the idea for a series of teenagers who died from doing this but had a chance to go back to Earth to prevent other teens from suffering the same fate.

Although my first story, ‘The Railway Angel,’ which is FREE on Amazon, was from my imagination, Books 2 and 3 aren’t.

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FREE on Amazon

Book 2 ‘The Racing Angel’ came from an article I read about a teenage girl who died after her friend stole her mother’s car.

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When a car race goes terribly wrong and seventeen–year-old Danny Usborne crashes into a wall, he dies and becomes a lost angel.  He’s then sent back to Earth to prevent another teenager from doing a foolish act and ending up like him.  With persuasion and newly-found powers of transportation, Danny passes his test and becomes a trainee guardian angel.

On Amazon

Amazon UK

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Book 3 ‘The Railracing Angels’ has a scene which was inspired by something I saw myself. One day I got off the bus from shopping and I heard laughter. Walking up the road, I turned round and saw 4-5 teenage boys holding onto the back of the bus, wearing roller skates. My first thought was, ‘How stupid can you get? Do you want to kill yourselves?’ I wrote the scene in the book as two teenage boys wanting to join a gang and one of them has to stick himself to a back of tram with suckers, the other has to race him in a car. They have to change over before a tram comes the other way.

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Danny and Lizzie are now ready for their pair test.  They have to stop two teenage boys from being killed by trams when one of them sticks to it with suckers wearing roller skates while the other races with it. With persuasion and transportation skills, Lizzie and Danny pass, but not before they face a new enemy who wants them to fail and get the teens killed. Back at the school, owner Jerry tells them that he thinks it is something called a ‘Black Angel’ that is trying to get the school to fail and they now need be on alert.

On Amazon

Amazon UK

Smashwords

99 Cents

Book 4 in the series, which has yet to be named, will probably be about a teenager who died after jumping from balcony to balcony. Something that I read about last year, that has become a craze. I’d welcome any suggestions for a title for that one.

~~~Julie

Connect with Julie here:

http://julieaday.blogspot.com/

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Thanks bunches for sharing with us today, Julie! I love that through your books you’re reaching out to teens to help prevent these types of accidents.

And thanks bunches for the FREE Ebook!!!

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

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RG2E Featured Author Fabio Bueno on “Book Series – How Do You Read Them?”

Happy Monday, RG2E Peeps!

Welcome to The RG2E and/or Welcome Back!

We talk a bunch about Book Series…so here’s RG2E Featured Author Fabio Bueno on “Book Series – How Do You Read Them?”

I was telling a friend about a YA series I had read recently—all four titles in a row.

“Seriously?” She asked. “Don’t you get bored reading about the same characters for thousands of pages?”

She proceeded to tell me that she reads one or a couple of books from one series, then goes on to another series, and another, and so on, until she feels like returning to the next book in the first series. This way, she assured me, she doesn’t get bored. And every time she returns to the next book in a favorite series, it’s as if she’s reading something new.

I’m a methodical person. Once I love a book, I want to read all books in a series right away. If I don’t, it feels like I’m missing out. I read The Golden Compass books back-to-back-to-back, for example. But sometimes we have to wait for the next installment. When I started reading Harry Potter, only the first three books were available. Waiting for the next ones to be released wasn’t easy.

It got me thinking about book series in general. After all, my book, Wicked Sense, is the first one in the Singularity Series.

Would you consider start reading a series with any book besides the first? Some series are designed so the installments can be read stand-alone—in this case, the author recaps the main plot and character points in each book, or the books has a “Previously On…” section.

But other series must be read in order—the plot essentially doesn’t end: since the story continues in the next books, some authors chose not to explain everything that happened in that book, or decide against wrapping up the story in book one. Those books end with major cliffhangers.

What if the latter books in a series are not as good as the first ones? Will people keep reading for completeness sake?

How do you read multiple book series? Do you have to finish one series before starting another? Have you ever started reading any other book in a series besides the first? Have you ever “abandoned” a series after a few books? Do you prefer cliffhangers or “closed story” books?

(Thanks for having me over at RG2E, Deedee!)

WICKED SENSE is on sale for 99 cents for a limited time (until November 21).

About Fabio:

Fabio writes Young Adult/Urban Fantasy/Paranormal novels. He resides in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and kids. When not writing or reading, he geeks out with family and friends, solidifies his reputation as the world’s slowest runner, and acts very snobbish about movies.

Blurb for Wicked Sense:

Witches inhabit our world, organized in covens and hiding behind a shroud of secrecy–the Veil.

Skye’s London coven sends her to Seattle’s Greenwood High to find the Singularity, an unusually gifted witch who may break the Veil and trigger a dangerous new era of witch-hunting. Things get complicated when Skye meets a charming new classmate, Drake. Skye’s job becomes even trickier when she clashes with Jane, an intimidating rival witch.

Drake falls for the mysterious Skye, but odd accidents, potion mix-ups, and the occasional brush with death kind of get in the way of romance. Once he discovers Skye is a witch, he goes to war for her, even though his only weapons are a nice set of abs and a sharp sense of humor.

Fighting off wicked Jane and the other dark forces hell-bent on seizing the Singularity’s immense power, Skye and Drake will risk everything to save the covens.

Going on a date has never been harder.

Available here (99 Cents till 11/21):

  • On Amazon (readers can also download a free sample for kindle and free kindle apps)
  • On Goodreads (free sample available in .epub format for most other e-readers)

Connect with Fabio here:

Who all would like an Ebook Gift Copy of WICKED SENSE? Let us know below, and you just might win one from Fabio!!!

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Wicked Sense sounds wonderful, Fabio! I’m definitely one-click-buying this one!!!

Thanks bunches for sharing with us today and for the superfab Ebook Gift Copies too!

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

RG2E Peeps, Would You Like to be a Beta Reader? RG2E Featured Author Fabio Bueno will give you The Scoop!

Happy Sunday, RG2E Peeps!

Welcome to The RG2E and/or Welcome Back!

Have you ever thought about being a Beta Reader? Not sure what that is?

RG2E Featured Author Fabio Bueno will tell you all about it!

Take it away, Fabio…

The importance of beta-readers

As an author, I rely heavily on beta-readers. If you are unfamiliar with the term, here is one definition: a person who reads a draft of a book with the intent of offering suggestions that might improve the next draft. The beta works as a very informal editor.

As editors, they might help you with the big-picture (plot, character arcs, theme), the small-picture (grammar and spelling), and everything in-between (characterization, plot holes, dialogue, continuity errors, factual errors).

Beta-readers can save lives

Character’s lives, that is : )

If you are a writer, I urge you to have beta-readers. They will tell you where you strayed. If you went too far, or not far enough. If your tone is uneven. If the character you killed should be spared. If your villain is not mean enough. If you used “nauseous” when you meant “nauseated.” If the kayak kiosk on Green Lake Park is closed in October (it is).

I am a writer. How can I get beta-readers?

Just ask! Good candidates are day-job colleagues, friends, neighbors, and their family. You could choose people with writing experience or readers close to your target demographic. Some writers seek an eclectic team with diverse points of view: a teen, an adult, a fan of the genre, and a non-fan. Usually they will spot different areas of improvement. Social media is a great place to find them, too (see below).

Make sure you find willing beta-readers. Your beta-reader should have time to read your work. Most people are too busy and just cannot fit a careful reading of a book into their schedules. The ideal beta is one you trust. People you know will tell you the truth, no matter what, and that will offer constructive criticism.

I am an avid reader. How can I become a beta-reader?

More and more writers are looking for betas. Your writer friends will consider your request to be one. You can find authors online: on twitter, on Facebook, and on their author websites. Ask them. Some websites, like the World Literary Café (http://www.worldliterarycafe.com/forum/125 ), connect authors and readers.

How does it work?

It depends on the stage of the novel. Maybe it is a draft close to the final one, and the writer just wants a detailed grammar check. If it is one of the early drafts, the writer may be trying a few new ideas and needs feedback on some subplots. The writer must set guidelines explaining what she expects from the betas.

Some betas like to make annotations as they read, while others prefer to read all at once (to get the flow of the novel) and then come back for an in-depth analysis. A few betas jot down only the emotions the writing stirs on them (“this made me feel very angry with the character,” or “this didn’t work for me”). Other betas are much more technical and detail-oriented.

Is it worth it?

I strongly believe so! My generous beta-readers helped me fine-tune my novels. There is no doubt those works are better because of these wonderful friends. Betas get the books earlier, the gratitude of the writer, and, sometimes, a mention in the acknowledgments page of the published version : )

I hope you find this information useful. Happy (beta-) reading and writing!

(Thanks for having me over at RG2E, Deedee!)

Bio:

Fabio Bueno writes Young Adult/Urban Fantasy/Paranormal novels. He resides in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and kids. When not writing or reading, he geeks out with family and friends, solidifies his reputation as the world’s slowest runner, and acts very snobbish about movies.

Price: $2.99

Witches inhabit our world, organized in covens and hiding behind a shroud of secrecy–the Veil.

Skye’s London coven sends her to Seattle’s Greenwood High to find the Singularity, an unusually gifted witch who may break the Veil and trigger a dangerous new era of witch-hunting. Things get complicated when Skye meets a charming new classmate, Drake. Skye’s job becomes even trickier when she clashes with Jane, an intimidating rival witch.

Drake falls for the mysterious Skye, but odd accidents, potion mix-ups, and the occasional brush with death kind of get in the way of romance. Once he discovers Skye is a witch, he goes to war for her, even though his only weapons are a nice set of abs and a sharp sense of humor.

Fighting off wicked Jane and the other dark forces hell-bent on seizing the Singularity’s immense power, Skye and Drake will risk everything to save the covens.

Going on a date has never been harder.

  • On Amazon (readers can also download a free sample for kindle and free kindle apps)
  • On Goodreads (free sample available in .epub format for most other e-readers)

Connect with Fabio here:

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So, how many of you fabulous RG2E Peeps are Beta Readers? If not, would you consider becoming one?

And thank bunches to you, Fabio, for sharing the world of Beta Readers with us! 🙂

In the meantime, Fabio will treat 5 of you to an Ebook Gift Copy of WICKED SENSE, so let him know below if you’d like to win one!!!

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

RG2E Featured Author Heather Sutherlin shares Why She Writes Fantasy

Happy Thursday, RG2E Peeps!

Welcome to The RG2E and/or Welcome Back!

For all of you Fantasy Fans, here’s a Sneak Peek into the world of RG2E Featured Author Heather Sutherlin

Hey, there, RG2E friends! I am thrilled to get this chance to say hello and introduce myself a bit to all of you fabulous readers out there. I adore the mixture of genres and styles we have represented here on RG2E and have discovered some fantastic writers. Haven’t you? I am so glad to be a part of it.

I shocked a lot of my friends and family this year by publishing a book. Most of them didn’t even know I was a writer. Surprise! So, I spent all summer answering the question, “What kind of book did you write?” This always embarrassed me a little because I didn’t think many of them would understand. I write fantasy with young adults as the main characters, but most of my friends had never mentioned reading that genre. To top it off, my first series turned out to have a lot of spiritual undertones that I hadn’t anticipated. How exactly do you market that to the general population? All their questions made me really analyze my motivations. I wanted to explain it to myself every bit as much as I wanted to explain it to them. This question kept buzzing in my head: Why do I write fantasy?

I write fantasy to soothe that part of me that longs for the world beyond this one.  It reminds me of something C.S. Lewis once said, “If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.”

I believe with all my heart that we were not created for this world alone.  There is another place, another time line altogether, which calls to me.  I can feel it inside sometimes when I am quiet and still.  There is this awesome awareness of infinity both in time and space, and I am trapped here for a short time within boundaries that keep me from fully seeing or comprehending all that is beyond.  If I am right, then there will come a day when those bonds will be broken and we will all be pushed out into the open, our eyes widened to somehow grasp what it is that lay there just beyond our sight for so long.  Isn’t it incredible to think, to consider?

I write fantasy because it is easy for me to imagine escaping this world and exploring another.  Whether you believe in another world or not, why not come escape with me for a little while?  Let me share with you the worlds that I have seen in my dreams and longed to visit in my heart.  Explore and enjoy them while they last.  And until the day comes where I can see the other side with my own eyes, I will keep writing more for us to share.

~ Heather

A Light In The Darkness by Heather Sutherlin

Merrilyn’s life is quiet and predictable. An apprentice to the royal healer, she spends her days helping in the village or up to mischief with her best friend who happens to be the handsome younger son of the king. But when a mysterious archer shows up in the forest and shoots their escort, Merrilyn’s life is forever changed. Caught in a battle between two forgotten gods, she must embrace her destiny and fight the very powers of darkness before it’s too late.

On Amazon , B&N Nook , and Kobo

Price: $2.99

Light Series #1

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Welcome to The RG2E, Heather, and thanks for sharing your luuuvvv for the fantasy genre. What a fabulous way to think about the genre!

Who all would like an Ebook Gift Copy of Heather’s A LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS? Let us know below, and you just might win one from Heather!

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

RG2E Free Ebooks Shout-out: Sheryl Steines YA Fantasy The Day of First Sun and Ann Voss Peterson’s Police Procedural Thriller Pushed Too Far!!!

Happy Thursday, RG2E Peeps!

Welcome to The RG2E and/or Welcome Back!!!

Today, we’ve got an RG2E Free Ebooks Shout-Out

Meaning, these Ebooks are FREE for a limited time, so load ’em up on your Kindles while you can…for FREE!!!

First, a YA Fantasy, that sounds sooo good:

Author: Sheryl Steines

On Amazon

Price: FREE thru 5/11

Word Count:  83,000

When Princess Amelie of Amborix is murdered by magical means, Annie Pearce and Bobby “Cham” Chamsky of the Wizard’s Guard are called in by the FBI. Their job is to help solve the crime while keeping the non-magical world from discovering the existence of the Wizard Council.

During their investigation, Annie and Cham discover that Princess Amelie’s death is connected to a series of other crimes in the Chicago area. A larger plot involving, a vampire, a rogue wizard and an army of soul-less zombies is revealed, but can Annie and Cham discover who is responsible before The Day of First Sun?

This book is the first in a new series 🙂

Next…what’s sure to be one heckuva terrific Police Procedural Thriller

From one of my fave authors…

Author: Ann Voss Peterson

On Amazon

Price: FREE (not sure how long…so get it now!)

Word Count: 65,000

Two years ago a woman was brutally murdered, her body burned until only ash
and shattered bone remained. Police Sergeant Valerie Ryker solved that case,
putting an undisputed monster Dixon Hess in prison for life, and becoming
the first female police chief of her tiny Wisconsin town.

Then the original murder victim turns up in a frozen lake, all in one piece
and only recently dead, and Val must enter a race against time. In only
forty-eight hours, Hess will be set free, and he’s nursing one hell of a
grudge. And Val, her town, and everyone she loves are at the top of his
list.

But surviving Hess’s vengeance is only part of her dilemma. For there’s
another killer in Lake Loyal. One who may be closer to Val than she
thinks…

A page-turning thriller of police procedure, passion, and revenge, PUSHED
TOO FAR is approximately 65,000 words long.

“If you’re a fan of Tess Gerritsen, James Patterson, or Kathy Reichs, don’t
even hesitate. Filled with nail-gnawing suspense, dark mystery, and even a
dash of sexy romance, PUSHED TOO FAR qualifies for Thriller of the Year.” – J.A.
Konrath, author of SHAKEN

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Superfab on both accounts, right?!

(***Note: We’re always on the look-out for Free Ebooks on other Ereaders too, but it appears that the majority can be found now on Kindle because of Amazon’s KDP Select Program which allows Indie Epub Authors to make their books Free for 5-days every three months they enroll in the program.)

Also, go ahead and Enter to Win our next Kindle Fire Giveaway! Enter Here:

http://bit.ly/A9RACx

Okay, RG2E Peeps, that should treat ya to a couple more Great Ebooks for Great Prices!

See you tomorrow!!!

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

Today’s EOTD include Stephen Graff’s River Dawn, Lizzie Starr’s Fires of a Keltic Moon and Megg Jensen’s Sleepers

Wavin’ atchya, RG2E-Land Ereading Peeps!!!
Welcome to The RG2E or Welcome Back!!!


We’ve got another round of EOTD (Ebooks of The Day), and we’re sooo excited to share ’em with y’all!
And remember, each day, here at The RG2E, we giveaway up to 50 Ebook Gift Copies of our EOTD!

Here’s how you win:

1. Make sure you’ve signed-up for The RG2E via Email (you’ll find the sign-up box at the top of the right sidebar on our Home Page)…you only have to do this once.

2. Each day then, simply leave a comment in our Comments Section as to which Ebook you’d like and for which Ereader.

That’s it! That’s all you gotta do to be eligible to win each and every day here at The RG2E!

Be sure to also Facebook Like and Follow us on Twitter too…that way you’ll be the first to know what we’re givin’ away and when.

Also, we’ll be launching our Third Monthly Ereader Giveaway soon!!! Stay-tuned later this week for that announcement…
Okay then…let’s take a look at today’s EOTD, which feature Ebooks in the following genres/sub-genres:

Literary Fiction/Dystopian
Romance (Fantasy/Time Travel)
Young Adult (YA) – Epic Fantasy/Magic

Let’s dive right into today’s EOTD…
Literary Fiction/Dystopian:

Author: Stephen Graff

On Amazon

Price: $1.99

Word Count: 60,000

Two families living in different times and places. Two girls, trying to make contact. In the present, 15 year old Alice and her family are traveling by bus through a vast tidal marsh. Alice notices the beauty of a natural landscape that is starting to fray—just as her own family is falling apart. She also notices a young man named Daniel that she’s trying to strike up the nerve to meet. In the distant future, another Alice is on a journey through a dark, flooded world on the verge of dying. It is a savage landscape of forest, black water, and death. River dwellers struggle to survive, and despots roam the flood plain looking for followers to brainwash and victims to kill. A ruthless preacher and his men are hunting for a mysterious teenage boy. One morning, Alice and her father rescue a boy, named Daniel, left for dead on a wooden barge. Now, as killers close in, she and Daniel must find safe passage. She must also find a way to meet the girl from the past who has been sending her messages through the pages of a tattered journal. On a storm-battered island, in the shadow of an abandoned lighthouse they will meet: one last chance to bring hope to the present and to save a future world that may not see another dawn.

Romance (Fantasy/Time Travel):

Author: Lizzie Starr

On Amazon , B&N Nook and Smashwords

Price: $2.99

Word Count: 227 pages

Lara Zeroun needs something in her life, so she opens a portal in time and travels to the ancient Highlands. But, how can she become involved with a dark, mysterious man who belongs to another time?

Waiting…

Due to the matriarchal line of inheritance, Iain is no longer able to lay claim to his father’s lands. He’s prepared to leave–until a golden-haired woman visits the manor on the arm of a wandering storyteller. But, with no land or possessions, Iain dares not succumb to the temptation of Lara.

Finding…

Danger lurks in Iain’s time and becomes a threat to Lara’s present. Will Lara and Iain be able to defeat the evil and make their ways through time–finding the love they both desire?

Young Adult (YA) – Epic Fantasy/Magic:

Author: Megg Jensen

On Amazon , B&N Nook , Smashwords  and Apple

Price: $2.99

Word Count: 55,000

An adoptee raised in a foreign land, sixteen-year-old Lianne was content with her life as handmaiden to the queen, until a spell cast on her at birth activated. Now she’s filled with uncontrollable rage and access to magic she thought had been bled from her people years ago. Even her years of secret training in elite hand-to-hand combat and meditation can’t calm the fires raging inside her.

Her heart is torn between two boys, the one she’s always loved and the one who always ignored her. But when the kingdom threatens to tear itself apart due to rumors surrounding the queen’s alleged affair, who will Lianne protect and who will she destroy?

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***Note: Later this week, you can also go to the pages on The RG2E site for each of your fave genres and find even more terrific scoop on each of today’s EOTD as well as great info about their authors too!!! These pages also include all the previous EOTD too…so you’ll never miss out on any of our EOTD!
***Note: All prices listed are as each Ebook was priced at the time its EOTD Post was created.
Okay, Y’All, that should give ya some superfab Ereading for the day!!!
See you tomorrow for more Ebooks to fill your Ereaders!!!
The Best of The RG2E Ereading Wishes — D. D. Scott, RG2E Founder

Today’s EOTD include Kate Kelly’s Sleight of Hand and Ebooks Featured in Cate Dean’s Report “Ebooks with Rockin’ Research””

Wavin’ atchya, RG2E-Land Ereading Peeps!!!

Welcome to The RG2E or Welcome Back!!!

We’ve got another round of EOTD (Ebooks of The Day), and we’re sooo excited to share ’em with y’all PLUS kick-off a brand new RG2E Feature:

Ebooks with Rockin’ Research

And remember, each day, here at The RG2E, we giveaway up to 50 Ebook Gift Copies of our EOTD!

Here’s how you win:

  1. Make sure you’ve signed-up for The RG2E via Email (you’ll find the sign-up box at the top of the right sidebar on our Home Page)…you only have to do this once.
  2. Each day then, simply leave a comment in our Comments Section as to which Ebook you’d like and for which Ereader.

That’s it!  That’s all you gotta do to be eligible to win each and every day here at The RG2E!

Be sure to also Facebook Like and Follow us on Twitter too…that way you’ll be the first to know what we’re givin’ away and when.

Also, we launched our March Ereader Giveaway, so if you’d like a shot at winning a Kindle Fire, here’s where you enter:

http://bit.ly/A9RACx

Okay then…let’s take a look at today’s EOTD, which feature Ebooks in the following genres/sub-genres:

Romance (Romantic Suspense)

Young Adult (YA Fantasy/Time Travel)

Cozy Mystery

Supernatural Horror/Post-Apocalyptic

Historical Romance

Fantasy Romance (with magic)

Contemporary Romance

Let’s dive right into today’s EOTD…

Romance:

Author: Kate Kelly

OnAmazon and Smashwords

Price: $2.99

Suddenly suspected of stealing half a million dollars of original paintings, Chance Spencer can’t afford to have the FBI delve too closely into his covert past. When one agent in particular endeavors to put him behind bars, Chance coerces the real thief’s daughter, Sarah O’Sullivan, into helping him flush her wily father out of hiding. Both want him found. Sarah, to warn her father of Chance’s intent to turn him over to the FBI. Chance, to hopefully catch the thief red-handed. To succeed in capturing his shady business partner, Chance must keep Sarah close to him, but his plan quickly deteriorates when the stakes for his freedom soar. How can he ruthlessly use the woman he’s falling in love with?

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Now then…the rest of today’s EOTD come from this superfab report by RG2E Featured Author Cate Dean, who’s givin’ y’all a Sneak Peek behind the Rockin’ Research that goes into creating Ebooks!!!

So just click on the highlighted titles, then in our comments section, tell us which one you’d like to win!!!  You’ve got a grand total then of 7 Ebooks to choose from today!!!

Take it away, Cate…

Ebooks with Rockin’ Research

By Cate Dean

Research. For some writers, it is the bane of their storytelling existence, and they choose a genre that doesn’t really need it. Or they do enough to fulfill the requirements for their story. Other writers love it, and find inspiration and ideas while indulging in that love.

I love research, with a capital L. There is nothing more exciting than standing in the spot where your main character is going to face her greatest danger. To be able to touch, see, smell—it can be so inspiring, and can also dramatically change the way a writer tells the story.

I have been to Dover Castle, on the South East coast of England, several times, gathering research for my YA time travel series. If I had not taken the time to travel there, to walk the cliff where the castle stands, I never would have known how the wind coming off the English Channel can be so strong it can literally pop open buttons on a blouse. (Yes, personal experience.) Or that the air can be so still, the water in the harbour looks like glass.

That sweeping historical epic you read – the one that literally pulled you into the time period? That happened because of careful attention to detail, discovered in extensive research.

What do my fellow authors think of research? Here are a few tidbits I gathered.

Greg Carrico, author of Apocalypstick, says: the first novel I wrote was set in fourteenth century England. I researched the locations entirely online, but came across a couple of people with blogs and small websites who were able to help me add some meat to my descriptions via email. Ultimately, my final draft included some modifications to include the information I had discovered.

Bailey Bristol, author of Love Will Follow, says: I love the research almost as much as I love the writing. And without the research, my scenes would lack dimension, color, authenticity. I can’t live in the era in which I write, but my research immerses me in it. And that’s when the scenes start popping in my head!

Stacey Joy Netzel, author of the Welcome to Redemption series, says: these days, my writing still requires some research, as I’m sure it always shall, but most, if not all of what I need to know is much easier to find with a Google search, or by posting a question to Twitter or Facebook. I wouldn’t say that I hate doing the research, but I don’t love the process. I do like learning, but the whole time I am reading for research, I am eager to get back to my writing.

Meredith Bond, author of Magic in the Storm, says: Love it! When I wrote Regencies, I would spend a few months doing research before I even started writing. I had the most fun when I did my research for what was published as “Love of My Life”, the first half of which is set in Calcutta during the Raj. I read a lot on exactly how the Indians were treated by the British. It’s almost sad that I’m writing fantasy now because there’s no research involved – I make up the world. Basically, if I can think of a reason to research, I’ll jump on it.

Tamara Ward, author of Storm Surge, says: It’s a love-hate relationship for me. Sometimes, if I’m fascinated by the subject, it’s a lot of fun. But if it’s something I’ve got to do to make sure I’ve got my facts straight, for instance determining police procedure following a shooting, research is not always my favorite past time.

There are as many ways to research as there are writers. As much as I love it, there will be a writer who considers it a trial. Ultimately, as storytellers, we will do what is necessary to get that story out of our head and on to the page.

I hope you enjoyed this peek into a writer’s process. We may lock ourselves in a room, staring at a computer screen for hours on end, but we do it for love of the story. And the end result of those hours is the chance to share that story with you.

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***Note: Later each day – around noon or so – you can also go to the pages on The RG2E site for each of your fave genres and find even more terrific scoop on each of today’s EOTD as well as great info about their authors too!!! These pages also include all the previous EOTD too…so you’ll never miss out on any of our EOTD!

***Note: All prices listed are as each Ebook was priced at the time its EOTD Post was created.

Okay, Y’All, that should give ya some superfab Ereading for the day!!!

See you tomorrow for more Ebooks to fill your Ereaders!!!

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