If you’ve read any of our romance reviews you understand that I’m a fairly jaded, grumpy old lady. All the angst in the world of new adult romance gives me heartburn. I’d much rather read adult romance about mature folks who are less liable to shoot themselves in the foot (romantically speaking) for no good reason other than they’re young and stupid. That being said, I’ve come across a few new adult romance heroes who have challenged my Grinchy reading preferences. So, without further ado, here’s our list of the top 10 best new adult romance book boyfriends EVER:
This time of year, the interwebs are flooded with gushy “what we’re most thankful for” lists that talk about family and health and friendship and all that jazz. Blah, blah, blah. Sure, we’re thankful for that stuff, but after family, health, friendship, doughnuts and Game of Thrones, here at Knockin’ Books what we’re most thankful for are books. So, for your reading pleasure, Jennifer from our editorial staff and The Design Dude have put together this little list of the books they’re most thankful for this year:
When you have a book blog, you tend to read a lot. Like a lot, a lot. After a while you get pretty good at anticipating where a story is headed and recognizing certain plot patterns. More times than not, I usually have a pretty good idea of how a story will play out fairly early. I swear, our editor Jennifer has a sixth sense about this stuff. She can map out an entire plot before she’s 20% finished with a book. It’s uncanny. But every so often, even we say to ourselves, “Huh, didn’t see that coming.” Personally, I love it when that happens. It’s part of the magic of reading. No matter how many stories you’ve read, you can still be caught off guard by a clever author. If you enjoy a crazy shocking plot twist too, this list is for you.
So, you finally finished your book. All those hours of plots, timelines, editing and proofing have paid off. But, since you’ve decided to take the self-publishing route, you have to figure out what to do about a cover. And you don’t want a boring, “don’t bother looking at me” cover. You want a cover that grabs a potential reader by the privates and says “Hey, look at me.” The only problem is you have NO IDEA how to make that happen. You want answers but first you need to know the right questions.
Guest post from author Isabel Jordan.
I watched Batman vs. Superman last night. (There was nothing else on, and my husband wanted to see it, OK? Don’t judge.) As I expected, it was one of the worst films I’ve ever seen. And just to put this into perspective: I sat through Australia, all the Highlander movies after the original, and Catwoman, people. I have seen things that can’t be unseen.
Tons of people complained about all the crap that’s wrong with Batman vs. Superman, and it’s all true. It’s a bad, bad, bad movie. Seriously bad. Bad enough that I vaguely feel like Ben Affleck owes me money. But unlike so many viewers out there, it’s not Ben Affleck who ruined this movie for me. He certainly didn’t help with his I-can’t-believe-I-really-have-to-be-here-this-is-so-embarrassing performance, but in my opinion, he was the least of this film’s concerns. My main problem with the movie? Lois Lane.
If you’ve read any of our romance novel reviews, you know that if there’s one thing we hate here at Knockin’ Books, it’s weak, spineless heroines. (And also country music, camping and reality TV, but we digress...) But fortunately, for every too-stupid-to-live heroine we’ve encountered on our reading adventures, we’ve found at least one outstanding, kick-ass woman. Here’s our top 10 favorites (listed in no particular order):
As an author of scorching-hot romance, in your opinion, what are some of the biggest misconceptions about the romance genre as a whole?
What a good question! And I could probably go on for ages on this topic but I’ll only hit a couple of points.
The first being my most disliked terminology when it comes to romance. The word “smut” (alternatively disliked moniker “mommy porn”).
I don’t write smut. I write love stories. I don’t read smut. I read love stories. Reducing this genre, which is populated by incredibly talented writers supported by incredibly talented editors (and designers, and formatters, and I can go on) telling incredibly beautiful stories, to a word with negative connotations that repudiate the power of these novels irks me.
Writers are a tough crowd. Many are very set in their ways. Convincing some of them of the value of Twitter is about as easy as selling parkas to people in hell. But, we’re gonna try anyway. (What can we say? We love a challenge) Here are but a few of the lies writers tell themselves about Twitter, and why it's costing them followers (and readers).
Lie #1: I’m a writer. I don’t have time to sit around all day tweeting.
Fortunately, you won’t have to. Tools like Hootsuite, Tweetdeck and Buffer allow you to schedule your tweets throughout the day or week. You can invest as little as an hour per day, whenever you have time, and set up as many tweets as you’d like in advance, giving you a solid Twitter presence without taking too much time away from your writing.
Few marketing tasks are as universally hated among writers as query letter writing (Although, building an author website is up there too.) After all, you’ve written a 70,000+ word novel and you’re supposed to boil it down to a few paragraphs of sales copy designed to seduce an agent into reading your work? Yep. That about sums it up. Sorry.
While query letters can vary depending on the agent (and his/her specific guidelines) and the genre of your book, there are many elements that are universal to all successful query letters. Those elements include:
NYT and USA Today bestselling author, Robyn Peterman writes because the people inside her head won’t leave her alone until she gives them life on paper. She writes snarky, sexy, funny paranormal and snarky, sexy, funny contemporaries.
Her addictions include laughing really hard with friends, shoes (the expensive kind), Target, Coke Zero Cherry with extra ice in a styrofoam cup, bejeweled reading glasses, her kids, her super-hot hubby and collecting stray animals.
You've finished your first novel and now you're trying to figure out a strategy for getting it published. But the more research you do the more it seems like there are no right answers just lots of opinions. It's enough to make your head hurt. No worries, though. We've got an Amazon bestselling author on staff that's been down the same road, learned from her mistakes and figured out how to sell a ton of books. We asked her to respond to some of the most common strategies we've heard from new authors. Let's listen in...
Oh, you want more info than that? OK. I guess we can help out with that.
An author website is a crucial part of your author platform. It’s your internet home, a place where you can keep all your stuff (blurbs, buy links, WIP updates, price promotions, giveaways, new releases...you get the picture). It’s the place your readers will land when they Google you.
That answer doesn’t do it for you, either, huh? Well, how about these reasons to have an author website:
Guest post by Isabel Jordan (Reprinted with permission)
For a self-published author, getting a negative review is like having someone tell you your kid’s ugly. And stupid. It hurts and you want to argue. You want to rage against the mouth-breathing, quarter-witted miscreant who dared disrespect your baby. But here are a few things to keep in mind before you decide to brush up on your cyber-stalking skills and formulate a plan to ruin a reviewer’s life:
And it came to pass in the time of Jeff Bezos that all the authors of the land shall write. And when they are finished writing, they shall publish. And they did. And it was good. But the authors became afraid and wandered in the deserts of the internet in search of readers and guidance. Fear not, brave authors. Knockin’ Books is here to part the seas of Goodreads and Facebook and lead you through the gates of self-publishing success.