Spinning Time – Romance Novel Addicts Anonymous Recommended Read

 

This was a truly engaging read with engrossing characters and several sweet romances. It is a standalone novel, which was very refreshing. This was different from what I normally read, and I’m glad I gave it a chance. Terrific, engaging writing and a clever story. 

The book is available on AMAZON

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Protector by Michelle Horst – Romance Novel Addicts Anonymous Recommended Read

This was a terrific story, but NOT for the faint of heart. Personally, I’m used to reading much lighter fare but I decided to give this a try. Not gonna lie…I almost quit on this book as the beginning is pretty violent and very depressing (some readers love that, so who I am I to judge?) I’m glad I hung on and stuck with it, because this turned out to be a terrific, page-turningly good read. There of moments of violence and sadness, but also romance and hope. Overall, a great read.

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6 Tips for Writers for Dealing with Icky Technology

 

There are a lot of talented, creative writers out there who are great with all that left-brained, complicated, technological stuff.

I am not one of those writers…

As an indie author, I still have to deal with graphic design for book covers and advertisements, formatting for eBooks and paperbacks, and lots of other icky techy stuff like that. I’m serious about self-publishing, so I’m doing my best to attack that kind of thing head-on, rather than try to avoid it. I truly believe that embracing the business side of self-publishing means the difference between success and failure.

I am generally a fairly patient person, but when it comes to dealing with technology, it takes precious little for me to absolutely lose my damn mind. I am just no good at it! Give me a cooking recipe, I can follow it and make a delicious meal. However, if you give me plain, step-by-step instructions on how to use a computer program, I just do not get it. Not the first time. Not the second time. Sometimes not even the third or fourth of fifth. This usually results in a lot of yelling things like “I am so STUPID!! I just CAN’T DO THIS!”

Believe it or not, I’ve found that completely flipping out and screaming doesn’t usually make me understand the technology any better. However, I have developed some coping mechanisms that I have found helpful, and maybe you will, too.

  1. Give Yourself A Damn Break – If you’re like me, you’re just not good with technical stuff. Well, guess what? You’re not good at it, and you’re tackling it anyway. Good for you. Good for me. Anybody can do what comes naturally to them, but it takes hard-working folks to master things that are difficult. Give yourself a cookie and a pat on the back.
  1. Decide You Can Do It – You already know it’s not going to be easy, but you need to make a conscious decision that you can and will do it.
  1. Baby Steps – Yes, you should decide that you can do it, but you shouldn’t give yourself a super-short timeframe. My recent frustration was in learning how to do a Facebook Ad. I really wanted to sit down for an hour or two, learn how to do an ad, and have it up and running before I got up from my desk. It didn’t quite work out that way… I needed, once again, to remind myself that this is tough for my airy-fairy right-brainy self. It works best for me to learn anything technological just one or two steps at a time.
  1. Ask Yourself – Do I Know More Today Than I Did Yesterday? If the answer is yes, give yourself another cookie. Sometimes my baby-steps learning sessions still end in tears, but I’ve learned to ask myself that question. It’s incredibly frustrating to spend an hour trying to learn how to do something, only to run out of time before you get it figured out. Still, I take a deep breath and ask – do I know more than I did when I started? The answer is almost always YES, even if I only learned what didn’t work.
  1. Stop When You’ve Hit a Brick Wall –There were many times when I was trying to figure out how to put together an ad that I got to a point when I was totally stuck. I just didn’t know the answer. I’ve learned that that is the time to stop for the time being. Now is the time to ask for help. If you don’t have a technology expert in your house, ask fellow writers on KBoards, Facebook groups, message boards, or reach out to tech support. Yes, you might have to wait a few hours to get a response, but it’s likely that somebody else has a quick answer, thus saving you hours of frustration. It’s not admitting defeat to admit you need help. It’s a lot wiser than banging your head against that brick wall.
  1. Don’t Give Up – This is simple, not easy, advice. It’s great to say Rah-rah! You can do it! But it’s hard to keep going when you feel like you’re never going to get it. If you give yourself reasonable time to accomplish a goal, ask for help when you get stuck, and just keep going until you get it, you really can do it. You’ve worked so hard on your books, and you really owe it to yourself to master the business side so you get the word out about your stories.

Remember, each time you master something, you own that knowledge forever. Be sure to take ample notes – notes in plain language that you can understand – so you can refer to them time and time again. It’s taking me forever to figure out the tech aspects of preparing a Facebook ad – but once I master it, I will use that knowledge for every book I write and publish. Plus, the more I master techniques that once seemed impossible, the more confident I become.

What’s most difficult for you? What are some of your coping techniques?

Romance Novel Addicts Anonymous Recommended Read – Do You Want to Start a Scandal?

My Brief Review:

This was a truly enjoyable book. Humorous, clever, with a fun mystery. The hero was sexy and brooding yet NOT an alphahole. The heroine was smart and engaging. Terrific couple, sexy and fun read. 
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Recommended Romance Read – Bedside Manner

 

This was a sweet, sexy story about two guys finding their happy ever after while dealing with problems concerning family and society. This was the second book in a series, but it flows perfectly well as a standalone. I didn’t even realize it was part of a series until I finished it. Well-written story, tender and poignant.

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Romance Novel Addicts Anonymous

If the photo here freaks you out, you can feel free to skip this article. If you snapped to attention and said HELLO! when you caught sight of this six-pack packing hunk of male yumminess, then you might be interested in Romance Novel Addicts Anonymous. 

(Join us on Facebook NOW! Email list coming soon.)

As we all know, romance novels aren’t for everyone. Like any fandom, there are hard core followers of the books as well as plenty of people who think they’re stupid. I’m a member of the former group, but it’s not always easy. I for instance, I am grateful for the advent of e-readers since now no one can see the half-naked covers of a lot of the books I read. And I’m a romance AUTHOR. 

I reasoned that I wasn’t the only person with this issue, so I created a new Facebook group called Romance Novel Addicts Anonymous.

Description:

Your friends and family might make fun of you for loving romance novels, but here you’ve found a safe place to profess your love for all things romance!

Official Welcome Message

Welcome to our lovey-dovey, super-sexy romance readers club! You’ve entered a judgment-free discussion zone where nothing is too sappy or sexy.

ALL heroes and heroines are welcome here:

Nice guys, alpha males, bad boys, werewolves, billionaires, vampires, gay, straight, bi, historical figures, aliens, and anything else that can love and/or mate.

READERS – tell us what you’re reading! What do you love? What do you hate?

AUTHORS – please DO post your book links and tell us what you’re currently working on! You might find your next big fan right here.

Life’s not all champagne and roses…but in here it is.

It’s a closed group, so only members can see what’s posted there.  Personally, I love the freedom that comes with such a private discussion group. For example, while I may not post a photo of a hot, shirtless guy on my regular Facebook page so as to scandalize my mom, my daughter, past classmates, and current and former coworkers, I WILL post it in RNAA, much to the delight of its members. 

As I’d expected, romance readers seemed thrilled to have a semi-secret, non-judgmental place to discuss their passions.  What did surprise me was the number of romance writers in need of support. I’m blessed with non-romance reading yet supportive family members, so it’s easy for me to forget that not everyone is so lucky. One writer said she is criticized for writing “that mama porn” and another writer said her family judged her for writing male/male romance. She asked if that kind of thing was welcome in the group (the answer was HELL yes and please post the link…)

It may seem like a silly problem, but nobody likes to be made fun of for the things they enjoy. Of course, we folks in the group have a sense of humor about our obsessions, but we also enjoy talking about them openly in a safe place.

Like a lot of people, I was one of those little girls who loved all those princessy Disney movies and I guess I really never grew out of it.

I hope you will join us on Facebook as well as other social media platforms. Soon we will be launching an RNAA email list where you can get the latest on free, discounted, and new release romance novels sent right to your inbox!

Recommended Romance Read – Football Sundae by Daryl Banner

 

Here is my five-star review:

This was a terrific novel followed by two terrific novellas. The main novel was a sweet (literally, as one guy was a baker) and steamy story about two guys who knew each other in high school and then fall in love after graduation. A wonderfully engaging, romantic, and upbeat novel that just makes you feel good. 

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Recommended Romance Read – My Beautiful Disaster

 

This was my Five-Star Review on Amazon:

This was a terrific read.  The characters are wonderful and complex, and the story is told with tremendous heart. It’s truly a page-turning read that is romantic, steamy, heartbreaking, and yet full of hope. Can’t wait for the next installment!

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Amazon US

Amazon UK