Things have been a bit quiet here on the blog as I have recently been dipping my toe into Facebook…figuring out how it works…and doing a bit of playing there which has meant I’ve been interacting a bit more there and a bit less here. Hopefully the learning curve has peaked now and I am familiar enough with Facebook to maintain both the Facebook page and the Facebook groups I have there as well as the blog here.
I was very Facebook resistant for a long time…it seemed like Facebook was confusing. I was always afraid I’d post something meant to be private on my own or someone else’s public wall/timeline. I was forever ending up places within Facebook, not really knowing how I ended up there, or how to get back again. But I think I’ve mastered Facebook now…at least to the extent necessary to have a good time, find my way around, and interact with people there.
Since I’ve been hanging out a bit more on Facebook I’ve discovered some great resources/groups/pages for readers and have created a few reading related groups myself so I thought I’d use this post to share a few of the places on Facebook that I like to frequent.
For fans of spanking fiction there is a very active spanking fiction group at Facebook where you can chat with other readers and authors of spanking fiction. I’ve learned about some really good stories and authors there. If you are an author, aspiring author, or reader of spanking fiction you will want to check out the Spanking Fiction Group at Facebook.
If you enjoy reading excerpts from romance novels and reading about new releases as well as other things going on in the world of romance reading and writing you’ll find a nice place to interact at the Romance Novel Excerpts Group at Facebook.
I enjoy dropping by the Flirty and Dirty Book Blog page on Facebook. It’s an active page with a lot of participation and people sharing what they like and don’t like about the books they read. It’s a great place to pick up book recommendations and most days there are at least a couple of free books listed. The Flirty and Dirty Book Blog is one of my favorite book related haunts on Facebook.
When I’m not reading romance I enjoy reading personal development books. I started the group Personal Development Readers Group to talk about and share personal development books. The group is still small but is growing. If you’re into personal development books it’s a great place to find freebies in this genre and to talk about books in the genre. Though the group is small there are some rabid readers who rip through books and share their opinions on them, making it a great place to pick up new recommendations.
I also read quite a few business books and started a Facebook group for those who enjoy discussing business related books. The Business Book Readers Group is a great place to find freebies in the genre and to discuss your latest business book reads.
Don’t forget to visit the Black Velvet Seductions Page on Facebook. I post BVS book blurbs and excerpts and occasionally a free download code for one of our books as well as freebies from other authors and publishers as I find them. It’s a good place to keep up with BVS.
What about you? What are some of your favorite Facebook haunts – book related or not?
Today we have Ryshia Kennie visiting with us. I’ve asked her a whole bunch of probing questions, which she has graciously answered. So, let me introduce you to her book, and then introduce her with the interview.
Please add to the conversation and make her visit here fun but asking Ryshia any questions you have or answering any questions she asks during the course of her visit. Someone who comments at THIS stop will win an ebook copy of From the Dust, a historical romance set in Depression Era Saskatchewan. Another winner will be chosen from all the comments on all the stops and this winner will receive an autographed copy of From the Dust, a book unique bookmark, and a Region 1 DVD of East of Borneo, a 1931 B&W movie. You need to leave a comment to win so let the chatting begin!
By Ryshia Kennie
An expedition into the Borneo rain forest is a once-in-a-lifetime chance for entomologist Garrett Cole. It’s this trip that could finally make her a star in her field. But when her team’s guide is found dead and headless on the banks of the river, Garrett’s dream trek suddenly becomes a nightmare. Lost in the heart of the jungle, she must fight to maintain her composure while leading a panicked team of scientists to safety.
When sexy and rugged Aidan arrives in the jungle looking as if he belongs, Garrett has no choice but to accept his help. But Aidan is more than she bargained for—a man of few words and fewer answers, as comfortable in the jungle as the mysterious native tribesmen. And as the days pass and passion flares between them, Garrett wonders if Aiden’s good intentions are just another of the jungle’s illusions.
In a land rife with predators and a killer still on the loose, can she trust the one man who claims to be their rescuer?
Laurie’s Interview With Ryshia Kennie
Let’s Start With Some Serious Questions First:
Q: Please tell us a bit about yourself – when did you first know you wanted to write – what was your journey to publication like – do you have a spouse or significant other – kids? Pets? Where in the world do you live? Where did you grow up? What real life events and experiences fuel your writing?
I live and grew up in Regina, Saskatchewan which is a sparsely populated province in the middle of the country. I live here with my husband and one mischievous golden-aged Irish Terrier who proved only last night when he stole my sock and hid with it – that age is really just a number. Despite living in Regina all my life I have done my share of traveling. The winters are long and cold here, and I have itchy feet and love to travel. It’s those journeys that inspire many settings for my romantic suspense stories.
I always wanted to be a writer. The only thing I didn’t know was how or when I was going to get published and if I could make a career of it. So I went for plan B. A brief interest in medicine led to nursing training where I discovered that other than textbook medicine, the only thing I was truly interested in was surgery – watching that is. In fact the few surgeries I attended, my interest was so apparent that at one point I had a surgeon have a stool brought in so I could peer over his shoulder while he performed abdominal surgery. It was fascinating but medicine wasn’t for me. I suspect even then that I was just collecting research for future stories. After that my education veered to administration and a government career that allowed me to write in the evenings and build my writing toolbox.
My journey to publication didn’t follow the normal advise. I didn’t stuff my first book in a drawer after one too many rejections. Instead, many of those rejections provided valuable advise that I used to revise. When the book was requested by a Harlequin line that had just opened I was over the moon until it was later rejected. When the yes finally came it came in a double whammy in one day, as a yes from one publisher and a maybe if you revise from another.
Now it’s three published books later and a fourth poised for publication this summer.
Q: To tell or not to tell – do you tell people what you write? Do your close friends and family members read your books? What have some of their reactions been?
I don’t hide what I write. What would be the point unless I was writing it just for myself? I don’t think my close friends or family were ever surprised by the fact that I became a published author for I’d always been a writer heading for that outcome. They all knew and believed, more than me, that it was going to happen one day. Every time I publish a book they are all very supportive, spreading the word and buying the book. Although, when I published my first book my mom told me that it was a lovely story but could I eliminate the sex next time. As a note to that – From the Dust was a sweet historic with really only one sex scene in the entire story.
Q: What really makes you tick as a writer? What drives you? What inspires you?
I’m inspired by so many things – a newscast of some craziness that has occurred in the world will trigger that what if? A look or a touch between two strangers on the bus will have me considering other relationships and new stories. A tragedy whether near or far reminds me of how similar we are despite how different we think we are – and I want to write that, to tell that in a different way, in another story. Sometimes it’s just as simple as the feel and smell of a warm summer day bringing back a memory. And often the inspiration of the story only becomes one line in the book and the story evolves into something completely different, in fact that’s often the case.
Q: Please tell us a bit about Fatal Intent.
Fatal Intent is a murder-mystery tangled in a romance. When Garrett Cole sets off in a career setting moment to lead a team of entomologists into the Borneo jungle, she doesn’t expect to be abandoned and lost mere days later. But that’s what happens when her guide is discovered headless and she must get her team to safety without even a compass to guide her.
It is then that Aidan makes an appearance. Adopted into the jungle at an early age, he is a man with a foot in two worlds. Garrett is forced to trust Aidan for he is the only person who might be able to get them out of the jungle alive.
Aidan is immediately drawn to the feisty, small blonde woman who is obviously in charge of the rag-tag group of men. He’s also suspicious, the guide’s death screams foul play and he can’t rule out Garrett or her team as primary suspects. But his method of investigation draws them further into the jungle and as hours lead to days, passion and betrayal become uneasy bed partners.
In a game of wills with two opposing agendas, Garrett and Aidan might find love but can either of them be trusted?
Q: Please tell us a bit about the idea behind Fatal Intent. What inspired the story? What part of the story did you get first? How did it build on itself till you had the complete story? What was it about this story versus other ideas that compelled you to write it?
The idea for Fatal Intent came out of a trip to Borneo where I visited an Iban longhouse. I remember walking up those worn, steep wooden steps from the river and seeing the verandah stretched out with mats and rice drying, the weather beaten old women looking at us almost with distrust or possibly disdain, and the human skull hanging from the rafter. Now the skull might have been there for the benefit of tourists but I like the explanation our guide offered, that it was the last head hunted over a hundred years ago. That skull and the longhouse were the seed of the story.
It always seems to be like that for me, one small idea – in this case the skull which led to the possibility of murder which led to the question – what would it be like to be out there, in the jungle and not know how to get out? And from there Garrett was born, a feisty woman whose personality is in inverse proportion to her small size. And of course, Aidan – well he just had to be the opposite – a big, gentle kind of guy who just happens to have a fantastic body in minimal attire.
Q: Which comes first for you? Characters? Plot? Setting? Conflict?
Setting seems to come first for me almost every time. I won’t say every time because the next idea could well surprise me. It’s hard to direct the inspiration for a story – it just happens.
Q: Was there one particular scene that was your favorite in Fatal Intent? Please tell us about that scene. What happens in the scene? Why is it an important scene in the book?
I have many favourite scenes but I suppose the one that really stands out is the one in the beginning chapters where Garrett comes face to face with the human skull in the longhouse. What the skull means to the tribe and what it means to Garrett are completely different. Garrett sees the skull as a threat as a sign of something darker and more troubling and I used this reaction to foreshadow the danger to come. But to the tribe, that skull has no darkness associated to it – in fact it’s presence is exactly the opposite. It is a point where beliefs and cultures converge, and hint at the character conflicts yet to come in the story.
Q: What are your boundaries as an author? Are there certain things you won’t write about? Are there certain situations that you will never put your characters in? Are there certain sexual practices that your characters will never indulge in? Why have you adopted these particular boundaries?
How do you answer that question? While there’s things I don’t agree with as an individual – the characters in a book are, in a way, individuals too. I don’t put a moral cap on my characters but that said, obviously my subconscious does influence who and what they are to a certain degree. Where one of my stories may go in the future – well, that will be a surprise I suppose to all of us.
Q: Are there any subgenres you absolutely cannot envision writing? Why?
There are subgenres I don’t read and don’t have a lot of interest in. Does that mean I’ll never read them, that I’ll never write them? No, I won’t say never because that means I won’t change and not to change is to stagnate. Change is what makes life exciting so – the doors open on what could happen in the future.
Q: Most writers know a lot of things about their characters that never make it into the book. What can you tell us about your characters that didn’t make it into the book?
I think everything you might want to know about Aidan and Garrett made it into the book, not the play by play of their lives but the core of their personality. As far as what their favourite colour might be or what television program they might watch? Well, Aidan doesn’t own a television and Garrett’s favourite colour is black because that to her is the colour of nighttime and as a child hearing the crickets at night began her lifelong passion and her eventual career choice.
Q: What internal conflicts or character weaknesses did your characters have to overcome in order to reach their happily ever after ending?
Garrett had to overcome her lack of confidence that is masked by her need to control everything around her. She’s scared to let go, to trust Aidan. She fears trusting will be taken as a sign of weakness. And she clings to her tough outer shell that hides her doubts that just maybe, she can’t do this. She has to learn to let go and let Aidan see her strength as well as her insecurity.
Aidan wants to keep everyone safe – he’s a protector, in a way as much as a controller as Garrett. He has to learn that he can’t protect everyone he loves and nor, as in Garrett’s case, do they necessarily need protection. Bad things happen and he can’t always prevent them nor can he hide from them.
Q: What do you envy about the characters in your book(s)?
In Fatal Intent I envy the fact that they’re in Borneo right now – and I’m suffering through the coldest spring I’ve ever experienced. There’s still snow on the ground and as I write this, it’s the beginning of May!
Q: Angst or humor? Which is your favorite in the books you write? The books you read?
I love humour but it’s tough to write. I tend to write angst more but I like that too. As far as what I like – a combination of angst and humour.
Q: What aspect of writing do you find the most difficult?
The most difficult part of writing is putting your work out there and remaining quiet while the industry weighs in with their opinions. Do they love the book? Will they publish it? Will they give it a glowing review or…? Waiting, keeping silent and …imagining what if, is a lot tougher than the what if that starts the story.
Q: What kind of writing do you find the most fun?
I love the moment when the inspiration for the story hits and I’m rough drafting ideas. That’s when everything is exciting and new and, as yet, unknown.
Q: What do you know now after writing and publishing a book that you wish you’d known at the outset?
I wish I’d known that writing the best book I could and getting it published didn’t mean my job was done. I wish I’d known that not only did I have to find readers but that I’d had a better idea of how, and that I’d begun all of that at the book’s inception and not at its publication.
It would also have been great that first time out of the gates to know everything I know now about what makes a strong story but that’s impossible because much of that was learned from experience.
Q: What advice, resources, or useful information can you offer aspiring authors who might be reading this interview?
Stop writing in the margins and make a writing schedule, one you follow every day. And keep learning, read books on writing or take classes. And then, just write.
Q: Which drives your novels more – the plot or the characters?
My novels are more plot driven than character although I keep trying to sway that pendulum.
Q: What are your favorite television shows and do any of them impact what you write?
I can’t think of any – I’m not much of a television watcher.
Q: What makes Aidea the ideal hero?
Aidan is the ideal hero because he’s so grounded. He lives a completely unconventional life and he’s totally at ease with that. He’s more comfortable in his own skin than any man I’ve met okay, or created.
Please Answer These Questions As A Reader:
As a reader I am always curious about the reading habits of the authors I enjoy, so I have a few questions about your reading habits.
Q: As an author, where do you learn about books you might want to read? Do you research the books in depth before you buy them, read an excerpt or do you buy without a great deal of research?
I buy without a great deal of research. I love the sample option for e-books and use that often to make a choice. If it’s an author I love I’ll just buy their latest. Sometimes I check out a new author’s website to see what else they’ve written – occasionally I’ll read a review or two, and I always read the blurb.
Q: When you are learning about a book what five words are most likely to get you to buy the book?
There’s no five words that will get me to buy a book even one by an author I love. I still have to read the blurb and at a minimum, the opening page.
Q: When you are learning about a book what five words will make you decide against the book?
Interestingly enough, here I could be swayed. Five words that basically said the story was like one I didn’t like or an author I wouldn’t read would have me not buying the book.
Q: As a reader are you finding the advent of self-publishing to be a positive or a negative within the industry? Are you finding more good books or are you having to search harder for good books? Please explain your answer.
I’m having to search harder for good books but there are also more good books out there. Was that contradictory enough? There’s pluses and negatives to the ability to so easily publish books in that books are being published that should never see print and on the flip side, books that traditional publishers won’t take a chance on, good stories with unknown authors or odd themes or combinations of many things are getting out there and being offered to readers. The unfortunate thing in it all is that the marketplace has become very noisy and I fear I’m missing out on a lot of good books. But that said I’ve also read some books that I would never have the opportunity to read just five years ago – and that can’t be anything but good. Like all change it will take a while to iron out and evolve.
Q: Has the way that you shop for books changed since the rise in the popularity of ebooks? Has how you shop for books been influenced by the rise in self-publishing?
I find myself buying more and more books online as ebooks . I tend to sample books more than I did before the rise of self-publishing.
Q: What are your favorite sub-genres to read? To write?
I’m an eclectic reader. There isn’t much I won’t read from horror to romance to non-fiction. As a writer I have focused on romantic suspense and women’s fiction.
Q: What are your least favorite sub-genres to read? To write?
I’m not that interested in erotica or in werewolves or vampires. Of course I thought I wasn’t too interested in westerns and then I picked one up… So things change.
Now for some just for fun:
Q: On Pinterest are you a A.) Hoarder in disguise (you collect images of everything you like) B.) Minimalist (you only collect images that fit in with some project – my next book – a home remodeling project – etc) C.) you’re not on Pinterest.
I lasted on Pinterest for about a week. I posted travel pictures and book pictures and more travel pictures. I decided that it was rather like making a postcard collection as a kid. I suspect I completely missed the point.
Q: What’s your favorite holiday and why?
My favourite holiday is Halloween. I love that belief is completely suspended and all the creepy crawlers can come out of the closet and spook the little kids and big kids. Although I find, when I dressed up in my “scare you to death” duds and handed out candy, that the toughest audience were some of the younger kids. I had one little guy go into a five minute argument of why I wasn’t real.
Q: Did you read 50 Shades of Grey? Love it? Hate it? Somewhere in between?
I started to read it – never finished it. I suppose that says it all.
Q: What was the last book you read that you really loved – enough that you’d recommend it to someone else?
Trouble Valley – Lee Hoffman, the first western I’ve read in a long time and I finished that old paperback and recommended it right away. It was such a great diversion from real life. I’d forgotten the joy of being transported into another world where holsters and spurs and cowboy hats aren’t for show.
Q: What’s your favorite place to read? Do you have a favorite food or beverage you like to eat or drink while reading?
My favourite place to read is on a plane. Because that means I’m on my way to another world, potentially another story and – a vacation!
Q: If you could go backwards or forwards in time and have dinner with anyone in history who would it be and why?
I’d go backwards and have dinner with my maternal grandfather. I waffle between paternal and maternal. But maternal this time because he lived through things that I can only imagine and had memories of incidents in history that I can only read about.
Q: Are you an introvert or an extrovert?
I love people and socializing but I suppose at heart, I’m an introvert.
Q: Describe your ideal romantic getaway?
The ideal romantic getaway would be where neither one of us had to do anything in the way of getting ready or getting there – not even pack. And when we got there again we could lounge on the beach in a perfect climate in a place where the outside world would be quiet with all its silly worries and demands and …
Oh wait – I think I hear reality calling…
Q: You have three magic wishes – what would they be?
Whew – that’s tough. How to cover everything. Okay, here goes:
Enough money to do everything I want and never have to think about money again
Good health for everyone I know and care about – now or in the future
A bonus wish to carry around for some time in the future
Q: If you were to be stranded on a desert island with one of your characters which character and why?
I’d definitely want to be stranded with Aidan. For one, he’s hot. But practically – he knows how to survive in the wilderness.
Q: Please share with us your five favorite hang outs on the web – these do not have to be book related. Please share sites other than your own website, blog, Twitter, Facebook, etc.
I’m kind of a blog junkie so I love to hang out on my google homepage where I’ve collected a good number of blog feeds that I’ll read and sometimes comment on. It’s an eclectic group of blogs from current events to perpetually traveling the globe to creating serenity in your life or…
Goodreads is another place I like to spend time at. It’s a great place to discover the next good read.
I spend time on Yahoo every morning checking the news although their feed is spotty and I keep telling myself to head to a news feed that’s slightly more serious.
Other than that, there really isn’t any other one place I hang out. I tend to flit from place to place researching one idea or another whether it’s story related or just an idea I came up with or a current interest .
Q: When you’re not writing what other hobbies or interests do you engage in?
I love to read. I walk every day, roller blade or bike ride occasionally and golf when and where the weather is nice. I love to travel – am a certified scuba diver but a so-so swimmer, and am a recovering garage sale addict. I am proud to say that I now add more to garage sales than I take away. That’s my short list.
Q: Is there anything you’ve read about in a romance novel that you’re dying to try?
I’m going to have to leave you guessing on that one.
As both an avid romance reader and writer, I attend all kinds and sizes of conferences for readers and writers. Why, you ask? There are so many reasons for spending that kind of money and time. I’ll share here the conferences I have attended and plan to attend in 2013.
Naughty Sleepover: February 22-24, San Antonio. This was the first small conference hosted by The Sassy Seven Authors for readers, writers, and publishers. It was a blast and a great way to meet a number of romance authors from quite a few different e-book publishers. I attended to meet my editors and publishers from Decadent Publishing, as well as to network with readers and get to know some of my fellow Decadent authors better. And they had a number of deliciously naughty games for people to play. Plus there were two “hot” models, a night where we were entertained by male strippers (no, they didn’t go all the way down to nothing), and a couple of interesting workshops. One of them was focused on BDSM and exactly what being a Dom involves. I will definitely go to this again next year, which I believe is scheduled for March.
Kansas Writers Association Scene Conference: March 16, Wichita, Kansas. This is the conference hosted by a local writers’ group to which I belong. They are a multi-genre group and so their conference is focused mainly on learning the craft of writing, marketing, and networking. This was our year for doing only a one-day conference for writers. One of our guest speakers was Jenna Blum, the New York Times and International best selling author of Those Who Save Us and The Stormchasers. She was a wonderful speaker and shared her background of struggling to become a published author.
Romantic Times Booklovers Convention: May 1-5, Kansas City. This is what I consider to be The romance conference/convention to attend, and this is a huge event with 2,000+ attendance. The conference has workshops for readers, writers, and booksellers and it gives everyone a chance to mingle and talk with all kinds of people. And the parties they have are The Best and so much fun. I could go on and on about the benefits to readers and writers in attending this convention. Instead I will give you the link and let you learn more about it yourself. I will add that this year they are adding something new: ebook signing. I will be taking part in that event, mainly out of curiosity to see how it goes. The E-Book, Indie Publisher and Graphic Novel Expo will be Thursday May 2. The Giant Book Fair will be May 4. http://www.rtconvention.com/
Romance Novel Convention: August 7-11, Las Vegas. This will be there first annual convention and it promises to be amazing. Jimmy Thomas (founder and CEO of Romance Novels.Com and the most popular cover model) will be there along with 337 and counting published authors (including me). There will be lots of classes and events to attend, a Mr. Casanova Competition, and many chances to network and just have fun. The Consumer Expo and book signing event will be August 10. http://romancenovelconvention.com/
Hot Mojave Knights: October 18-20, Las Vegas. This is a romance reader event where readers can interact with authors. Authors will network with other authors and have lots of opportunities for contact with readers. I will be one of the authors signing books and we are encouraged to dress somehow in relation to a particular book we are promoting. I’m still working on my cowgirl get-up. And there will be events sponsored by publishers and other sponsors. Publishers represented will include Decadent Publishing, eXtasy Books, and The Wild Rose Press. The Scribes Book Signing event for readers will be October 20, 11:15 am-12:00 pm. http://www.hotmojaveknights.com/
There are lots of conferences of various sizes for writers to attend and many of them also host special event book signings for readers. Google “romance conferences” and you will find many listings.
If you get an opportunity to attend even part of any of the above-mentioned conventions where I will be in attendance, I would love to meet you in person.
When Amazon announced its plan to purchase the book focused social networking site Goodreads late last week the news was met with a mixture of reactions.
Goodreads is a large social marketing site for those who enjoy reading and discussing books. The site has 16 million users and over 30,000 book clubs on the site. In just the past 90 days Goodreads users have added about 4 books per second to their to be read shelves at Goodreads.
Amazon is the world’s largest online retailer. It started out in 1995 as an online bookstore but soon began selling DVDs, CDs, video games, electronics, and MP3s. They currently sell clothing, food, toys, pet products, and about anything else you can think of. They produce Kindle ebook readers including the Kindle Fire tablet and not long ago began offering their cloud service. Amazon also owns Audible a large retail site that sells audio books. Amazon has retail sites for the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, and China. To make a long story short, Amazon is a powerhouse in the world of retail in general, but especially in the world of books.
Given the worldwide reach Amazon has with books and given the number of users Goodreads has with readers of books it is easy to see why Amazon and Goodreads would possess a great deal of synergy between their two companies. Rus Grandinetti, Amazon Vice President, Kindle Content summed it up this way: “Amazon and Goodreads share a passion for reinventing reading. Goodreads has helped change how we discover and discuss books and, with Kindle, Amazon has helped expand reading around the world. In addition, both Amazon and Goodreads have helped thousands of authors reach a wider audience and make a better living at their craft. Together we intend to build many new ways to delight readers and authors alike.”
One author Hugh Howey, the best-selling author of WOOL was quoted in Amazon’s press release. He said, ““I just found out my two favorite people are getting married. The best place to discuss books is joining up with the best place to buy books – To Be Read piles everywhere must be groaning in anticipation.”
I must say my immediate reaction is a lot like Hugh’s. I generally buy a lot from Amazon, not just books, but electronics, office supplies, craft items, pet supplies, and a whole host of household items. I am a huge fan of Amazon Prime so I want to think that Amazon will use this new purchase in a way that benefits readers and authors alike. I also like Goodreads a lot. I’ve written here before about using Goodreads to organize my books…though my Kindle and Audible shelves (most of what I read) tend not to be well represented on Goodreads. Amazon bringing greater integration between Amazon, Audible and Goodreads seems like a good thing to me. The cool features of Amazon combining with the cool features of Goodreads seems like a match made in heaven. However, there is a but, for me and for a lot of others who fear that Amazon may use this new power in ways that limit rather than expand the choices and opportunities of readers and authors.
The Author’s Guild sees Amazon’s purchase of Goodreads in a much more nefarious light than I do, generally, though I do see where the Author’s Guild is coming from and what they are worried about. Scott Turow, President of the Author’s Guild went so far as to say, “Amazon’s acquisition of Goodreads is a textbook example of how modern Internet monopolies can be built. The key is to eliminate or absorb competitors before they pose a serious threat. With its 16 million subscribers, Goodreads could easily have become a competing on-line bookseller, or played a role in directing buyers to a site other than Amazon. Instead, Amazon has scuttled that potential…”
Amazon has in the past made some moves that angered authors, causing some of them to remove their books from Amazon or to send their readers to Barnes & Noble or other retailers to purchase them. Though I do worry about the growing power Amazon has in the book retailing industry I do see ways in which this purchase could prove a positive for book lovers. Whether it is good or bad for readers, authors, and publishers is dependent entirely on what Amazon does with it.
What do you think? Is Amazon’s purchase of Goodreads going to bring more cool to Goodreads or is it part of an evil plan to take over the book world?
Congratulations go to Corinne Alexander who was Starla Kaye’s randomly selected winner. I believe Starla and Corinne have been in touch with each other and that arrangements have been made to get the quilt out to Corinne.
Congratulations Corinne. I hope you enjoy your quilt.
Be sure to check out Rose’s Cowboy’s.
Here’s the cover blurb:
When both the marriage Rose had planned and and her career as a professional ballerina are lost to her she packs up and moves to a small town in Colorado to begin a new career as the town’s librarian. She wants a fresh start, to heal her emotional wounds, and to steer clear of relationships with men for the rest of her life. Then she meets two of the sexiest cowboys, notorious flirts who both pursue her…even boldly suggesting she consider a ménage a trois. She tries to resist. The idea is outrageous, wrong.
Camden and Doug, adopted brothers of Samuel Grayson, are a pair of emotionally troubled, but charming cowboys who excel at making women happy in bed. Neither of them are interested in settling down, not wanting to burden a woman they might love with their dysfunctional pasts. When they meet Rose she appeals to each of them in ways they can’t fight. They dare to ask her to have a relationship with both of them, willing to share her just so they can have her in their lives. But can it really work?
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