Month: March 2012

The Cassandra Davis Interview – Five Questions

Author Interview: Ashley Barronby Cassandra on 03/14/12 Ashley: Thanks for having me here today, Cassandra! I appreciate the opportunity to discuss my experiences within the self-publishing industry, and to get to know your readers and fans. 1. You live in Washington D.C. Can you name a few of your favorite bookstores or writing “haunts” in the capital?    I generally go to places like Politics & Prose specifically to attend book signings. This is Washington, D.C., after all, and many people here have written books on the ever-popular subject of politics. Kramerbooks & Afterwards is fun for lunch with friends, especially those who are serious readers. It’s amazing the twists and turns a… Here is the full interview with Cassandra Davis.

#TeaserTrain Sample: Sharon Buchbinder’s ” Desire and Deception”

DESIRE AND DECEPTION is an RT Book Reviews Nominee for Best Erotic Fiction Book of 2011. Available for purchase at Amazon Kindle, Nook, and Red Sage ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Snap, Crackle and Popping Blog Twitter: @sbuchbinderFacebook: www.facebook.com/sharon.buchbinder.romanceauthor ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ DESIRE AND DECEPTION EXCERPT (PG-13) Posted December 8th By Sharon Buchbinder Dan’s forearm corded as he cast his fishing line. Brow furrowed under his lucky Ravens fishing cap, he aimed his baited hook under the waxy leaves. After all this time, was Dan really hers? He turned his head, raised his sunglasses, winked at her, and blew her a kiss. Her breath caught in her throat and a host of butterfl...

Author Interview: Stephanie Alexander

Author Stephanie Alexander  Bio: Stephanie Alexander grew up in the suburbs of Washington, DC, the oldest of three children. Drawing, writing stories, and harassing her parents for a pony consumed much of her childhood. After graduating from high school in 1995 she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the College of Charleston, South Carolina. She returned to Washington, DC, where she followed a long-time fascination with sociopolitical structures and women’s issues to a Master of Arts in Sociology from the American University. She spent several years as a Policy Associate at the International Center for Research on Women, a think-tank focused on women’s health and economic advancement. Stephanie embraced full-time motherhood after the birth of the first of her three child...

Book Signings At Starbucks

In a recent post, I suggested that Google and Barnes & Noble team up to open NOOK Apps Stores. If ever there was a win-win… Anyway, now it is time to look beyond the obvious. It’s time to look at pairing up Starbucks and the self-published author.  And who will join these two together? Amazon. Naturally. A few months back, I read that Starbucks would begin selling beer and wine in their stores after a certain hour of the day. Their stated goal was to drive more evening traffic into their stores. I am a long-term customer of Starbucks and, frankly, I wasn’t too impressed by the decision. There is something sacrosanct about the Starbucks model; I was concerned that this move would cause it to lose its charm. Perhaps, in reality, my hesitation to support the idea came down to the fac...

New York Times Or Bust

For many authors, writing a book that sells enough copies to earn a place on the New York Times Best Sellers List is often considered the highest honor the media can bestow upon a wildly grateful writer.   Count me in. That said, I’ve never actually consulted the New York Times Best Sellers List prior to making a book purchase. But I have given a book more consideration if those words were printed on the cover. Even though I don’t go looking for the information, I still pay attention when the information finds me. To show you what a different experience Amazon is for me as a reader, I didn’t even know until today that they have a New York Times Best Sellers List posted on their site. As I scrolled through it, I briefly wondered how books are chosen for the list. Here is what I fo...

Author Interview: John Abramowitz

Bio: I’m a long, tall Texan (sorry, Lyle Lovett) born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. I got my formal education in the Midwest, and consider Iowa my second home state. I now live in Austin, Texas, where I’m working as a lawyer during the day, writing books in the evenings, dating someone far more creatively brilliant than I am, and sleeping very little as a result of all of those things. In my nearly-nonexistent free time, I follow the news and play video games. Blog: onthebird.blogspot.com Twitter: @onthebird Facebook: www.facebook.com/OnTheBird Google+: As myself What is your genre? Why did you choose it? Abramowitz: That’s a tough question, because I do a lot of genre-mixing in my stories. But I would say that I’m a fantasy writer first and foremost. I chose fan...

Author Interview: Dale Amidei

Bio: I live and write in the beautiful Texas Hill Country near San Antonio. I am a Christian, an American, a husband, son, brother, and friend. My characters are realistically portrayed as caught between heaven and earth, not always what they should be, nor what they used to be. In this way they are like all of us, on a journey forward. Website: http://www.daleamidei.com/ Blog: http://daleamidei.wordpress.com/ Twitter ID: @DaleAmidei Facebook: Dale Amidei Goodreads: Dale Amidei Books Trailer: the prerelease trailer for AOTC Welcome, Dale! Thanks for being here today. What is your genre? Why did you choose it? Amidei: I write the type of book I have always enjoyed reading: a thought-provoking, exciting adventure with characters that stand out as much as any real-world personalities I have k...

Author Interview: Carl Purdon

Bio: Carl Purdon lives in Pontotoc, Mississippi with his wife and two of their four children. Pontotoc is halfway between Tupelo, which is the birthplace of Elvis, and Oxford, which was the home of William Faulkner. Since he can’t sing, he writes. Since he’s not an expert on anything in particular, he writes fiction. In February he released his debut novel, The Night Train, and has been pinching himself ever since. Website: http://carlpurdon.com Blog: http://carlpurdon.com Twitter ID: @CarlPurdon Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/carl.purdon Google+: https://plus.google.com/111294047512325782835/posts Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5194463.Carl_Purdon Welcome, Carl! Thanks for being here today. What is your genre? Why did you choose it? Purdon: To be perfectly honest with ...

La Estrella / The Star

One of the interesting aspects of Twitter is how easy it is to connect with fellow authors around the world. While the act of physically traveling to another country is a luxury not all of our citizens are able to experience, I do feel that, in some small way, Twitter and other social media offers a practice voyage – a travel, of sorts – to faraway lands and unfamiliar cultures. Perhaps, the impact of social media is along the lines of those early photographers; those brave souls who ventured to places that (still) defy imagination in order to broaden our understanding of the world and her inhabitants. “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquire...

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