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(Or, Networking Socially When Nothing Is Sacred)
by Lara Adrian

Let me state this right up front: I love social networking. I could easily kill an hour (all right, a full day) on Facebook without batting an eye. I’m still in denial about my recent addiction to Twitter, which means I tweet sporadically, mostly in manic binges between book deadlines or anytime I need a mental distraction (which, I’ll be honest, is more often than is healthy). I have an old account on MySpace, but I haven’t been back there since a fake anti-virus Trojan killed one of my computers. So far, I’m successfully resisting Good Reads and Library Thing and all the other book-related social networks, but only out of the sheer terror that I’ll see unkind words about my work. I may be an Internet magpie (ooh, look–shiny!) but deep down I’m a total clucker!

On a personal level, I’m fascinated and excited by how connected the world has become. Anything we could possibly need to know on virtually any subject–from the mundane, the profound, the fantastical and the profane–is right there at our fingertips, 24/7 instant gratification. What’s not to like?

However, as an author and somewhat of a public figure (Facebook says so; it must be true), the notion of letting it all hang out online makes me a bit twitchy. Maybe I’m still shell-shocked about that inmate letter a few years ago. Or maybe it’s the practical Midwesterner in me who winces every time I see an author or a celebrity spout off about their politics, religion, or sex life online. Even amusing, innocuous personal information tends to stay with me long after it’s said (I’m looking at you and your gravity boots, Dan Brown). It changes my perception of the person in question, and all too often, whether I like to think I’m above it or not, it colors my opinion of their work.

Of course, I do have my guilty pleasures. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t gobble up celebrity gossip like candy, and every now and then I enjoy watching a good brawl in the comment sections of articles at various online news sites. And, yes, let’s not forget Facebook. And Twitter.

What about you? I’m curious to hear how social networking has impacted your online habits. Being that this is an audience of primarily romance readers here at Novel Thoughts, how actively do you interact with (or observe) your favorite authors on Facebook, Twitter, or other sites? You don’t have to name names or cite incidents, but have you ever felt negatively toward an author because of something they said or did online? Alternately, was there something positive or amusing you witnessed online that brought you to an author’s work? What keeps you engaged with an author’s online presence, and is there anything you wish you’d see more of when you visit an author’s social network and/or website and blog?

Sound off in the comments section, and one random poster will win an autographed copy of KISS OF MIDNIGHT, the first book in my Midnight Breed vampire series. And if you’d like to friend me on Facebook or follow me on Twitter, you’ll find the links for both at www.LaraAdrian.com.

Thanks for reading!

Lara Adrian
TAKEN BY MIDNIGHT ~ Midnight Breed Book 8
On sale September 28!

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A Night Tracker Novel

(No blurb yet)

Release date: June 2011

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Available from Ellora’s Cave September 3, 2010.

At the age of 15, Lori Clayton was abducted while walking to a friend’s house and sold into sexual slavery.

At the age of 26, Lori is nothing but a distant memory. She is now Summer Parrish, the perfect submissive for any businessman, politician or criminal that can pay the price her owner Anthony sets for her. This is her life, this is all she knows, and her only goal is to survive.

When Summer is given to RJ, Anthony’s new employee, she starts to understand what life should be. RJ sees the real her, treats her with respect and kindness, and shows her that sex is more than just a tool to use to stay alive. For the first time in years, Summer begins to trust. Then RJ reveals a tie to her past that could have a devastating effect on their future.

In His Arms surprised me. I have read quite a few of Ms. Donahue’s books and have enjoyed every one of them. They are always fun, sexy reads so when I was given the opportunity to review this ARC, I said yes without even glancing at the blurb. I was expecting fun and sexy. What I got was a dark, edgy romantic suspense that sucked me in with the prologue and didn’t let go until Summer got the HEA she deserved.

I can’t say much more without giving away massive spoilers so I’ll leave it with this. If you are looking for a book with an emotional punch, that has enough twists and turns to keep you guessing, then I highly recommend In His Arms by Tina Donahue.

For purchase information and to read an excerpt, please visit Tina Donahue’s website.

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It’ll be all about the demons for me when I go prowling through my local bookstore tomorrow. Two of the books I have been waiting on forever will finally be for sale!

Sin Undone by Larissa Ione

HER TOUCH IS DEADLY

As the only female Seminus demon ever born, master assassin Sinead Donnelly is used to being treated like an outcast. She spent decades enslaved, and now vows she’ll die before she’ll relinquish her freedom again. Then Sin’s innate ability to kill her enemies goes awry: She creates a lethal new werewolf virus that sparks a firestorm of panic and violence.

HIS HUNGER CAN’T BE DENIED

Half-werewolf, half-vampire Conall Dearghul is charged with bringing in Sin to face punishment for the plague. And she’s no stranger: He’s bound to her by blood, and the one sexual encounter they shared has left him hungering for her raw sensuality. Worse, Sin is the underworld’s most wanted and Con soon learns he’s the only one who can help her . . . and that saving her life might mean sacrificing his own.

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Demon From The Dark by Kresley Cole

A dangerous demon she can’t resist…

Malkom Slaine: tormented by his sordid past and racked by vampiric hungers, he’s pushed to the brink by the green-eyed beauty under his guard.

A maddening witch he aches to claim…

Carrow Graie: hiding her own sorrows, she lives only for the next party or prank. Until she meets a tortured warrior worth saving.

Trapped together in a savage prison…

For them to survive, Malkom must unleash both the demon and vampire inside him. When he becomes the nightmare his own people feared, will he lose the woman he craves body and soul?

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Those are my “OMG I must have these” books for Tuesday. What are yours?

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Winner!

 

Joder

Wins a digital copy of About Last Night by Rhonda Leah

Please email me at lillie80 at gmail dot com to claim your prize. I will need to know which format you prefer.

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This looks sooooo good. I love the Immortals After Dark series!

Available August 24, 2010

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Winners!

 

ellie

Wins a signed copy of The Unexpected Son by Shobhan Bantwal

Chris M.

Wins a signed copy of To Love, Honor & Disobey by Natalie Anderson

Estella

Wins a copy of either Laced With Desire or Unlaced by Jaci Burton. Winner’s choice!

Kris & Kirsten

Both win a signed copy of Awakened By A Kiss by Lila DiPasqua


Congratulations to everyone! You have 48 hours to email Fatin at mad at romancereaderatheart dot com to claim your prizes.

(The Rhonda Leah giveaway is still on-going.)

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