Archive for June 12th, 2012



We are almost at the halfway point of the Digital First Read-A-Thon and I couldn’t be happier with how it is going. I’ve read some great books, added more to my to-be-read list, and connected with other digital readers. Fun!

Thanks to all of you for your support. Don’t forget, you can track your reads at Goodreads by creating a DFRAT shelf. If you aren’t a member, The Book Binge has created a list where you can share your reads with us. Just click here and enter your reads.

If you’re participating, add your information here for a chance to win a $25gift card to either Amazon or B&N.


Here’s our schedule* for this week. Don’t forget to visit  Tracy’s Place, The Book Reading Gals and The Book Binge  for more great authors and chances to win awesome prizes.

6/10/2012    Anne Becker                 Book Binge
6/10/2012    Lilly Cain                Tracy’s Place
6/11/2012    Adrienne Giordano            Book Binge
6/11/2012    Fiona Lowe            RR@H Novel Thoughts
6/11/2012    Lila DiPasqua                The Book Reading Gals
6/12/2012    Janni Nell                Book Binge
6/12/2012    Rae Renzi                RR@H Novel Thoughts
6/12/2012    Mandy M. Roth and Michelle M. Pillow    The Book Reading Gals
6/12/2012    Jeffe Kennedy                Tracy’s Place
6/13/2012    Alanna Coca                Book Binge
6/13/2012    Kristina Coi                RR@H Novel Thoughts
6/13/2012    MJ Frederick                The Book Reading Gals
6/13/2012    Rita Henuber                Tracy’s Place
6/14/2012    Zaide Bishop                Book Binge
6/14/2012    Mary Campisi                RR@H Novel Thoughts
6/14/2012    Mad’s Favorite Digital First Giveaway  RR@H Novel Thoughts
6/14/2012    Reesa H and Michelle Moore        The Book Reading Gals
6/15/2012    Natalie J Damschroder        Book Binge
6/15/2012    Jean Harrington                  RR@H Novel Thoughts
6/15/2012    Samantha Ann King           The Book Reading Gals
6/16/2012    Shona Husk                        Book Binge
6/16/2012    Joely Skye                           Book Binge
6/16/2012    LaVerne Clark                     The Book Reading Gals
6/16/2012    Christine d’Abo                   Tracy’s Place
6/17/2012    Beth Williamson                 Book Binge
6/17/2012    Lauren Dane                      Book Binge
6/17/2012    Julie Korzenko                   Tracy’s Place


*Subject to change

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Six years ago in February my family and I took an icy getaway into the wilds of the Yukon bush. I’ve been on many adventures before that trip, and many since, but that one marks a very special moment in my life. It’s the event that set the foundation for my writing career, and the base for the Granite Lake Wolves series.


It was an exciting trip from beginning to end, starting with a helicopter trip into the area. Notorious tightwads, the only reason we splurged on the route in was because the cabin we were hitting was free to stay the week.


Our pilot wasn’t at the airstrip at the appointed pick-up time—he’d tied one on a little too hard the night before and showed up an hour late with rather bleary eyes. Shortly after arriving at the cabin my then ten-year-old daughter announced she was tired. She crawled into one of the bunks and slept for nearly two days, running a high fever.


In spite of that, the weather was amazing, the vistas beautiful. The February weather unseasonably warm—the ice cream bars we’d brought in our food supply refused to stay frozen in our makeshift outdoor freezer. And at the end of the week I got to convince a slightly healthier, but still tired, little girl that she was capable of skiing the 10 miles out to the highway where our car waited.


No, it hadn’t been the adventure we’d expected, but in the end it was something even better. We worked together as a family and now have marvelous memories.


When I wrote a story set at Granite Lake cabin, I had no idea what adventures would ensure. Today my 5th book in that series releases, my 18th book with Samhain. The adventure has been incredible. Exciting at moments, frightening at others. But in the end it’s been the people who made it extraordinary.


People like you, the readers. Thank you for all your support and love for the wolfies. You rock! Arwhoooooooo!




Wolf Line
Granite Lake Wolves, Book 5


Into the best-laid plans a little chaos must fall…


Jared’s not sure how his quiet morning coffee near the harbour ended with him on a cruise ship impersonating one of his pack mates. Well, it might have something to do with a woman, but who can blame him? The female of the species was made to love, and he’s more than willing to share his considerable skills in that area. Especially since he figures the chances of meeting his own one-and-only are slim.


Keri Smith is positive the last-minute recruit sneaking aboard the Arctic Wolf Cruise Lines tour is her mate. Ix-nay on confirming that, though, at least for the next ten days. She’s promised her best friend to be overall troubleshooter for the shifter-only cruise. Getting tangled up in mating lust would reduce her skills to nil. Avoidance of the sexy wolf for the duration of the cruise, followed by jumping his bones, seems the logical solution.


But when libidos are on the line, “logic” and “wolves” don’t go together. Throw in suspicions of wrongdoing, and these two virtual strangers will need a lot more than luck to find their way through to forever.


Warning: Really? You need to be warned about the hot nookie and sarcasm? Yeah, it’s in here. Also colourful cat shifters, lupine royalty, and wild adventures in cabins like you’ve never seen before.



Digital: Amazon | Barnes & Noble



Vivian Arend in one word: Adventurous. In a sentence: Willing to try just about anything once. That wide-eyed attitude has taken her around North America, through parts of Europe, and into Central and South America, often with no running water.


Her optimistic outlook also meant that when challenged to write a book, she gave it a shot, and discovered creating worlds to play in was nearly as addictive as traveling the real one.  Now a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of both contemporary and paranormal stories, Vivian continues to explore, write and otherwise keep herself well entertained.


Vivian Arend: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads



Viv will be giving away 5 ebooks from the Granite Lake Wolves series! The winners can pick whichever of books 1-4 they’d like for themselves or a friend. For a chance to win, just leave a comment below. Good luck! 😀


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Casey Lord knows that marital mistakes can spell disaster—her whole childhood was living proof. Her current boyfriend Reed is smart, steady, handsome, and from a socially prominent family. He should be the perfect mate, but she wants to be sure. She embarks on a river-rafting trip to do some serious soul-searching amidst the tranquility of nature. Instead, she is heaved into chaos when a flash flood sweeps her away and deposits her on a rocky beach in the wilderness.

Casey’s not the only one the river captures. Jack Raines is thrown from his river raft by the flood, and washes up on the same shore. Quiet and moody, he’s as different from Casey as night is from day, but he doesn’t mind: he’s happy for an unscheduled break in his sharply tangled life—a life he’s determined to keep secret from Casey.
It should be a desperate struggle to survive until they’re rescued, but their sojourn in RiverTime—their term for the isolated time and space they now inhabit—takes on an altogether different feel.

But change is inevitable—it’s only a matter of time before they are rescued. They each face the prospect of return to the world in their own way: Casey reasons about what is real and what is fantasy, while Jack pretends the outside world doesn’t exist.

When their rescuers arrive, neither is prepared for what awaits them—deceit, betrayal, and danger.


Publishing Digitally—4 Critical Elements to Consider for Your Publishing Strategy.

I chose to publish my debut novel RIVERTIME digitally for several reasons. First, e-publishing is no longer the wave of the future—we’re already there—and I liked the idea of riding the wave in. Second, I love print books, but I also love trees. Although the exact number of trees that are cut to make a book is hard to quantify, the effect of book manufacturing on the environment can’t be denied: in the U.S. alone, 30 million trees are cut each year to make books. Finally, I thought e-publishing would be simpler than the traditional route. I think that was right, but not for the reasons I believed at the time.

I was lucky enough to be picked up right away by Carina Press, the digital-first division of Harlequin. During the process of publication, and after, I learned a lot. Here are four elements I found were key:

Discovery. In the print world, a newly-launched book finds a place in a display window or on shelf at the front of a store, where it can catch the eye of hundreds of people each day. E-books don’t have that kind of incidental exposure for discoverability. Leaders in the industry recognize the problem (http://bit.ly/IRqKcc), but no hard-and-fast solutions have been found.

Access. Although this number increases every day, a recent Pew Center for Research study reported that 19% of Americans own an electronic device for reading. This means only about one fifth of the literate population has the technical capacity read your book (note, however, this number does not include smart phones) as compared to closer to 100% for print books.

Distribution. The distribution of e-books has blossomed. One advantage of e-books is the variety and accessibility of virtual bookstores, some of which focus on specialized genres. Another bright spot on the e-publishing horizon is the emergence of virtual lending. Thanks to applications like Overdrive, readers can check out e-books from public libraries just as they do print books. Don’t be shy about asking your publisher for the distribution plan for your book.

Promotion. Promotion of e-books is an evolving art, and one that authors must take an active part in. As would be expected, social media, such as Twitter and Facebook, figure prominently, although exactly how to best use them as tools for promotion is the subject of much debate. Find out from your publisher exactly how your book will be promoted, and how you can help. This allows you to fill in the gaps (depending on your agreement).

The sheer volume of information about e-literacy and the speed at which it changes can be dizzying, but it’s all about choices—and there are so many! It’s an exciting time to be publishing, and I hope you are as thrilled to be part of the e-revolution as I am.

Rae Renzi is the author of the EPIC award-winning contemporary romance novel, RiverTime, published digitally by Carina Press. Her newest novel, DogDaze, will be released in late summer, 2012. You can reach her on her web page, http://www.raerenzi.com/ ; by email: RaeRenzi@gmail.com, or on FaceBook: http://www.facebook.com/RaeRenzi.


For a chance to win a digital copy of RiverTime by Rae Renzi, juat leave a comment below. Good luck! 😀

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Maya Banks has shared a new cover! This will be the second book in her new Scottish historical series.



Release date: February 26, 2013

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