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1. BUY ONE GET 2 FREE!

Buy my new hardcover and get two ebooks free! 

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Really!

If you buy The Collector of Dying Breaths (hardcover only!) between today & Thursday & email the receipt to MJRoseWriter at gmail.com - I will send you two free ebooks from my awared winning Butterfield Institute series.

Here are the buy links for the hardcover at Amazon  at BN.com or an your favorite indie! 

Here's what they are are saying about The Collector of Dying Breaths:

Amazon Best Books of April  Mystery/ Suspense/ Thriller

"Gripping—a suspenseful and enigmatic story... Best-selling author Rose has created a captivating world...a compelling, imaginative look at one woman's intersection with history." Kirkus

"Rose's latest venture into myth and reality is a page-turning, alluring concoction of fiction infused with fantastical yet actual history. Readers will be mesmerized by her enchanting narrative, which takes them on a mystical and magical journey." Library Journal (Starred)


"Rose masterfully combines romance, mystery, and dual timelines…The storyline and extensive historical details…are fascinating.”  Romantic Times TOP PICK

"Mysterious, magical, and mythical. What a joy to read!" New York Times Bestseller, Sara Gruen, Water For Elephants

"With an alchemist's skill, M.J. Rose mixes present and past with the dark scent of love and an intricate mystery, creating a blend that is splendidly, spookily magical." New York Times bestseller, Susanna Kearsley

"M.J. Rose masterfully serves up suspense with generous sides of philosophy and intrigue.  A lavish and satisfying banquet of a book!"   —Lynn Cullen, bestselling author of Mrs. Poe

"History, mystery, ambition, lust, love, death and the timeless quest for immortality — a riveting tale of suspense." New York Times bestseller, B. A. Shapiro, The Art Forger

"A superb tale of two people separated by centuries yet linked by a haunting secret. Poison, obsession and undying love have never been so enticing — or so lethal." —C.W. Gortner, The Confessions of Catherine de Medici

 

 

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2. My Strawberry Soufflé

Shouldn’t success and happiness be the achievement of what we love to its own end, knowing that end might be private and personal?  - Felicia Sullivan from Love,Life,Eat 

ImagesThis morning I came upon Felicia’s blog. Having been at the Bouchercon mystery convention this weekend, her column really hit home—I’ve just spent the last three days with hundreds of authors and was struck over and over by how of us expressed unhappiness about our careers.

 So many talked about not feeling like a “success”.

 Why? I asked again and again.

There were authors who complained they get nominated for awards but never win. Others who said they often win awards, but don’t have sales. Or they get sales but no reviews. Or were upset they get reviews but no nominations for awards. Or are frustrated they are published in trade paperback instead of hardcover, or in mass market and not trade… you get the idea.

The Dali Lama said if you compare yourself to people who have more than you, you will always be unhappy.  But if you compare yourself to people who have less that you, you will always be happy.

I think that’s amazing advice but I’d even go further and ask do we have to compare ourselves to anyone? Can every writer really be “big”? Does every book honestly have that potential? Is it easier for some topics and kinds of books to take off? Or win awards? Or get reviews?  And what if you don’t write those kind of books?

The measure of achievement is not winning awards. It’s doing something that you appreciate, something you believe is worthwhile. I think of my strawberry soufflé. I did that at least twenty-eight times before I finally conquered it. — Julia Child

I think the most important thing we as writers can do is figure out how we define what success will mean to us and focus on that.

This weekend one writer was complimenting me on AuthorBuzz.com, my marketing company. She told me how much we’d helped her then followed up with a question. She wanted to know why, since we do such great work, I’m not a mega-name author and asked how I feel about not being a “real success.”Strawberry_photos_Fresh_Strawberry_Picture_F045020

I was honestly surprised. I’m realistic about my career as a novelist. I’m certainly not a superstar and far far from a house hold name, but I feel successful.

From the very beginning I envisioned success as selling enough books so I could keep getting published and continue to write what I wanted to without compromising.

Did I want to be a bestseller, make millions and get amazing reviews? If you’d asked I’m sure I would have said yes, but that just wasn’t what I thought about. I was focused about having the kind of long term career that would allow me to keep writing, because writing is what saves my life each and every day.

So here I am 14 years later with my 14th novel to be published in 2014. Im published in 28 countried and I’ve sold enough copies of all those books to feel it wouldn’t be ladylike to mention the number and I’ve never comprised what I wanted to write.

Am I a success?  

Are you?

Clearly it all depends on who you ask. Or maybe if you’re smart you’ll stop asking anyone and not look beyond yourself to figure it out. Because is it what anyone else thinks, or is it what you think?

As Felicia asks in her blog, do you want to be big? Or bold? Be popular or remarkable? Or all of them?

One of my favorite poets, Mary Oliver, wrote: Tell me, what is it you plan to do / with your one wild and precious life?



I am pretty sure no author at Bouchercon, or author reading this blog would think that worrying about meeting some arbitrary measure of success is worth spending that one life on.

 

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3. Hand Yelling Constance by Patrick McGrath

ImagesI devoured Constance by Patrick McGrath yesterday.  I unabashedly think he is one of the masters of gothic writing now.  (I bought at R.J. Julia in Madison CT while on tour- what a great bookstore!)

Constance is a gothic tale of a marriage that had me obsessed all day, yesterday. Thank goodness it was raining and a weekend.

 Compelling, psychologically haunting, dark, lurid...  Here is a NYT review that poses some problems but ultimately gives it a rave that I agree with. 

"Loss, trauma and a drastic, fatal desire for control are what this novel is really about. And, as the whole performance slowly won me over, many of McGrath’s glorious phrases made me catch my breath. A “sort of muted sexual uproar” was one of them. I can’t put it in context without spoiling things for the reader. But I can’t resist quoting it either, because it perfectly sums up the dark, ecstatic flavor of this unforgettable book." NYT Book Review        

Buy links are here.  If you are a fan of gothics - I think you'll love it!

 

 

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4. Hand Yelling The Age of Desire

9780143123286_p0_v2_s260x420I read this evoacative, atomospheric and compelling book - a novel about a novelist -  last week while on my own book tour which was an M.C. Escherish experience.
I really enjoyed this intimate exploration of Edith Warton's sexual awaking even though at times I wasn't overly fond of Edith herself, or the choices she made. Which does make this an odd endorsement I suppose.
But the book is beautifully written and compelling. Especially fascinating for fans of Warton - since the author based so much of the story on actual letters - it was fascinating for me to learn the story of Warton's loveless marriage and the man this brilliant woman chose to fall in lust with.
 “Somewhere between the repressiveness of Edith Wharton’s early-20th-century Age of Innocence and our own libertine Shades of Grey era lies the absorbingly sensuous world of Jennie Fields’s The Age of Desire . . . along with the overheated romance and the middle-age passion it so accurately describes, The Age of Desire also offers something simpler and quieter: a tribute to the enduring power of female friendship.”
Boston Globe

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5. Hand Yelling The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro

01 the perfume collector-usI picked up this book with trepidation.

I've been writing books about perfume for the last four years and am seeped in it. I expected to be either disappointed or jealous. I wasn't disappointed and I can't be jealous because the of hours of pleasure I got reading The Perfume Collector.

Even though I guessed "the secret" almost right away - it didn't matter - the characters were so engaging and the writing so lovely.

Perfume, Paris, passion, style, elegance, a certain "je ne sais quois", charm and good old fashioned storytelling along with a lump in my throat on the last page. The Perfume Collector is delightful. 

Perhaps the greatest compliment I can give Tessaro is when I finished I immediately ordered one of her backlist to start tonight on my iPad.

As readers of this blog know I don't review - I just shout about a book I enjoy. 

Read more and order it from Tessaro's webiste here.

From the flap copy:

London,1955: Grace Monroe is a very fortunate young woman. In spite of a sheltered upbringing in Oxford, her recent marriage has thrust her into the heart of London’s most refined and ambitious social circles, where alliances are formed and reputations made. However, playing the role of the sophisticated socialite her husband would like her to be doesn’t come naturally to her - and perhaps never will.  

 Then one evening, a letter arrives from a law firm in Paris. Grace has received an unanticipated inheritance. Only her benefactor, Frenchwoman Eva d’Orsey, is a complete stranger to her. Grace dismisses it as a mistake. However, when later that same night, she suddenly suspects her husband of infidelity, her world is thrown into chaos. 

 Fleeing London for Paris, Grace searching for information about the mysterious Eva d’Orsey. What she uncovers is the remarkable history of an unconventional woman who inspired one of Paris’s greatest perfumers. Only Eva’s past and Grace’s future intersect. And soon Grace must chose between the life she thinks she ought to live or becoming the person she truly is.

Told in three distinctive perfumes, the story weaves through the decades, from 1920’s New York to Monte Carlo, Paris and London; revealing the complex, obsessive love between muse and artist and the tremendous power of memory and scent. 

 

 

 

 

 

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6. WHAT TO DO BEFORE YOUR BOOK LAUNCH? In person! 8 Events

MJ & Randy on the road



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7. Hand Yelling Murder as a Fine Art by David Morrell

Morrell-MurderasFineArt-cvr-thumbI've been reading David Morrell for years. Amazed most I think by how masterful every book is. How intelligent but at the same time fast paces. How smart he is but how he never makes you stop to notice it. And how he keeps reinventing himself as an author - taking on every kind of suspense novel  - and doing it as well as anyone ever has. 

Now he's taken on historical suspense and you will swear that he must have used a time travel machine to write Murder As a Fine Art. You will be in gaslit London... you will smell the filth.. you will walk the dark streets... you will be scared and horrified and your heart will beat faster and you will know when you are finished with this astonishing novel that you have truly been in the hands of one of our era's most brilliant masters of the genre.

I don't review books - but I do hand yell (my version of a booksellers "hand sell"). If you love historical suspense - you will be enthralled! Truly! (All the buy links are here)

Publishers Weekly calls Murder as a Fine Art a “brilliant crime thriller. . . . Everything works–the horrifying depiction of the murders, the asides explaining the impact of train travel on English society, nail-biting action sequences–making this book an epitome of the intelligent page-turner.”

Chosen as one of PW’s 10 Best Summer Mystery/Thrillers of 2013!

Here's the flap copy:

The Ratcliffe Highway murders of 1811 were the most notorious mass killings in their day. Never fully explained, they brought London and all of England to the verge of panic.

Forty-three years later, the equally notorious Thomas De Quincey returns to London. Along with his Confessions of an English Opium-Eater, he is infamous for a scandalous essay about the killings: “On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts.”

Days after his arrival, a family is killed in the same horrific way as the earlier murders. It seems someone is using the essay as an inspiration—and a blueprint. And De Quincey himself is the obvious suspect. Aided by his brilliant daughter Emily and two determined Scotland Yard detectives, he must uncover the truth before more blood is shed and London itself becomes the next victim.

In Murder as a Fine Art, gaslit London becomes a battleground between a literary star and a demented murderer. Their lives are linked by secrets long buried but never forgotten.

 

 

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8. Writing By Hand

Cover_seductionWhen Seduction comes out on Tuesday, readers who buy the hardcover and open it will find, what I hope, will be a surprise.

The endpapers (see below) show my hand written manuscript of the book along with the pen and the ink I wrote it with.

Why did I write  122,833 words in ink?

I love challenges, but to tell the story of Victor Hugo’s experiments with séances in his own voice? What kind of crazy idea had I come up with? Surely it was lunacy to even attempt it.

I don’t have literary illusions. I had just fallen in love with Hugo’s story and wanted to tell it. What fascinated me was how much had been written about his life as a statesman, poet and author of The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Les Misérables, but how little had been written about a certain part of his personal life: his dabbling with hashish, his preoccupation with reincarnation and the more than100 séances he’d conducted during a two year period while he lived on the Isle of Jersey.

During my research, I hadn’t once stopped to think that in order to tell the story of Hugo’s seduction by the spirit world, I would have to find his voice.

But there I was. Finally ready to write, sitting at a computer in a very 21st century world trying to conjure a mid 19th genius. For weeks I was stumped.

Then I had a revelation. I didn’t need to invoke the genius, just the man. I had read Hugo’s letters. I knew that the eloquence and brilliance of his poetry and prose didn’t always exhibit itself when he was writing to people close to him. Sometimes he was an extraordinary man saying ordinary things to his family.

That was the Hugo I needed to find try to find. The one who was relating a tale to an intimate. Not writing for the ages. Not trying to be brilliant – just attempting to reason out an unreasonable time in his life that had disturbed him.

But I still couldn’t do it. The cold keyboard, the sound of the mechanical clicking, the icons at the top of the page, the spell check. All of it was a gulf between me and the man I needed to channel. I decided it was hubris to even attempt to write this novel. Absurd to try. And yet, I couldn’t give up. 936957_510199102361215_936981694_n

Carl Jung said that often coincidences aren’t coincidences at all.

One day in fit of frustration I got up from my desk in a huff and managed to  tip over a jar of pens. One was an old fountain pen. It rolled and fell on the computer. I stared at it for a moment.

What if…

I found a bottle of ink. Filled the pen. Then pulled out a simple notebook and started to write. Not the way I write, on a computer, but the way Victor Hugo would have written over one hundred and fifty years ago. Pen on paper. I began. And as the ink flowed… the words flowed.  

I don’t remember writing this book. Each day when I sat down and uncapped my pen I disappeared into the world of the novel. Three notebooks and 122,833 words later, I finished Seduction

Seduction is the first novel I’ve written by hand. Perhaps the last. Definitely one of the most fascinating journeys I’ve ever taken.

I do very much hope it proves fascinating for you as well. 

To order and find out more click here.

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9. A New AuthorBuzz Indie Love Award

 A special award—from authors to booksellers—to say thank you this spring and summer.

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 We're celebrating booksellers because you make discoveries, shine light on titles that you love, and welcome readers to your stores.

 Every Indie who sells a combined 25 copies (or more) from these bestselling & award-winning authors shown below receives a tin of treats from the Dancing Deer Baking Co.

 And the one bookseller who sells the most copies will win a $500 American Express Gift Certificate.

 To qualify to win: Simply keep track of copies sold of these six titles and email AuthorBuzzCo at gmail.com by Julyl 1 with your tallies, using the heading “Indie Love.”

 It’s just our way of taking a moment to show you some love back for all the love you show us authors.


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10. The Spring/Summer Indie Love Award

A special award—from authors to booksellers—to say thank you this Spring/Summer season.

Spring Indie Love Logo-1We're celebrating booksellers because you make discoveries, shine light on titles that you love, and welcome readers to your stores.

 Every Indie who sells a combined 25 copies (or more) from these bestselling & award-winning authors shown below receives a tin of treats from the Dancing Deer Baking Co.

 And the one bookseller who sells the most copies will win a $500 American Express Gift Certificate.

 To qualify to win: Simply keep track of copies sold of these six titles and email AuthorBuzzCo at gmail.com by July 1 with your tallies, using the heading “Indie Love.”

 It’s just our way of taking a moment to show you some love back for all the love you show us authors.

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11. Hand Yelling Aunt Dimity & The Lost Prince

ImagesWhen the world is spinning off it's axsis and nothing make sense, there's nothing like a mystery to curl up with and disappear into.

So I was especially grateful to have Aunt Dimity to relax with this weekend.

Nancy Atherton never disappoints. Her charming novels are entertainment you can count on. I loved the newest in the series. It was delightful. Peopled with charming characters. And full of surprises. 

Booksellers hand sell, I hand yell here on my blog. So if mystery is your cup of tea, you can't do better than to turn on the kettle and enjoy a few hours with the most engaging paranormal detective, Aunt Dimity.

Here's the description from the book cover. 

It’s a cold, dreary February in the sleepy village of Finch and Lori Shepherd has two stir-crazy seven-year-old boys on her hands. So when her good friend Bree Pym suggests an outing to Skeaping Manor, the bizarre Jacobean-house-turned-museum, Lori leaps at the chance. There she meets Daisy Pickering, a sweet (if a little odd) nine-year-old dressed in a shabby pink parka who regales Lori with a wild tale about the Russian aristocrats who once owned the priceless silver pieces on display.
 
A few days later, when a finely wrought silver sleigh figurine turns up in the pocket of a shabby pink parka at her thrift shop Lori recognizes it instantly as the object that mesmerized Daisy at Skeaping Manor. Hoping to avoid any real commotion, Lori tracks down Daisy’s mother, only to find that the Pickering family has disappeared without a trace. Stranger still, it seems that one of Daisy’s imagined Russian princes may be very real—and in desperate need of help.

With Aunt Dimity’s otherworldly guidance, Lori’s search for the sleigh’s true owner and the fate of the Pickering family begins to unravel a tangled web of secrets stretching from England’s finest country estates back to the blood-drenched soil of the Russian Revolution.

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12.

LEE CHILD, BARRY EISLER & STEVE BERRY

THE GIFT EVERY M.J. ROSE READER GETS!

Order a hardcover of SEDUCTION by M.J. Rose and get a free ebook of the short story collection IN SESSION. PLUS a limited edition MANUSCRIPT PAGE SIGNED BY LEE CHILD, STEVE BERRY, BARRY EISLER, & M.J. Rose

"Jack Reacher, John Rain and Cotton Malone, on the sex Images-5 therapist's couch. Testosterone therapy as high art. What could be better? One of the most original and well-done series of stories I've ever read. M.J. Rose has blasted this baby to the ozone." - NYT Bestseller, David Baldacci

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1.order the hardcover of Seduction from Amazon, BN.com or an Indie Store by May 12th.

2. Email  MJRoseWriter@gmail.com your recipt & snail mail address.

3. EVERYONE will be emailed  the free IN SESSION ebook plus a limited editon manuscript page signed by Lee Child, Barry Eisler, Steve Berry & M.J. Rose!*

SUSPENSE READERS- BE SEDUCED  

In 1853 Victor Hugo began a series of secret seances to read his dead daughter...

Cover"Intriguing, absorbing, and utterly captivating, Seduction will leave you begging for a sequel."Books & Books

Images-4 "Mysterious, haunting, and tragic, Seduction emerges as a suspenseful alchemy of potent ingredients, beautifully blended, that ignites your senses and leaves you aching for more." —Jamie Ford, New York Times bestselling  author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet  

Rose interweaves mythology, the supernatural, psychoanalysis and Evil Incarnate, creating an amazing amalgam of narrative wonder. And, yes, M.J. Rose fans, there are reincarnationists in Seduction, and they will haunt you." —Mystery Lovers Bookshop 

*While Supplies Last  US/Canada only - pages will be mailed mid May.

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13. WIN A ROSE GARDEN OF BOOKS

Rosepen"Rose is an unusually skillful storyteller. Her polished prose and intricate plot will grip even the most skeptical reader. " —The Washington Post

In honor of the trade paperback of The Book of Lost Fragrances  (Indie Next & Best of 2012 Suspense Magazine) coming out this week I'm giving away  a copy of each of 5 books - a veritable Rose garden of titles....to two readers. 

You'll win The Reincarnationist, The Memorist, The Hypnotist, The Book of Lost Fragrances and an advanced reading copy of my upcoming May book, Seduction, a novel of suspense.  Rosepen

"The Book of Lost Fragrances... Compelling... suspenseful tale. Once you catch a whiff, you will be enchanted". Associated Press

"Enthralling... A supple and elegant thriller...There is simply no more daring writer than M.J Rose, and her blisteringly original The Book of Lost Fragrances shows why." Providence Journal

All you have to do to be entered to win is write to MJRoseWriter at gmail.com with “I Want To Win A Rose Garden!” in the subject.  A random generator will chose the winner.(US residents only.) 

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14. Announcing the AuthorBuzz Indie Bookstore Love Award

  Indie Love Award logo

 A special award—from authors to booksellers—to say thank you during Valentine’s season.

 We're celebrating booksellers because you make discoveries, shine light on titles that you love, and welcome readers to your stores.

 Every Indie who sells a combined 25 copies (or more) from these bestselling & award-winning authors shown below receives a tin of treats from the Dancing Deer Baking Co.

 And the one bookseller who sells the most copies will win a $500 American Express Gift Certificate.

 To qualify to win: Simply keep track of copies sold of these six titles and email AuthorBuzzCo at gmail.com by April 10 with your tallies, using the heading “Indie Love.”

 It’s just our way of taking a moment to show you some love back for all the love you show us authors.

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15. Really? You Haven't read The Twelfth Enchantment?

12E-ppbk-coverReally?

You read Discovery of Witches and The Shadow of Night and you haven't read The Twelfth Enchantment?

Really?

You read Mr Penumbras 24 Hour-Bookstore and you haven't read The Twelfth Enchantment?

Really? 

You read City of Dark Magic and The House of Velvet and Glass and The Night Circus and you haven't read The Twelfth Enchantment?

What are you waiting for?

I was enchanted and enthralled. The Twelfth Enchantment  was one of my favorite historical novels of the last few years. It's almost impossible to me that Liss didn't transport himself back in time in order to write with such assurance about another time and place. The story is original and captivating and I just loved this novel. I'm not a reviewer so here are what other authors and reviewers have said about it. 

“Tremendously appealing characters . . . a thoroughly enjoyable, satisfying read.”—Deborah Harkness, author of A Discovery of Witches

 
“A fascinating netherworld weaves through David Liss’s intoxicating new novel, The Twelfth Enchantment. Set in Regency England, it tells the story of Lucy Derrick, a vivacious heroine in the tradition of Jane Austen’s Elizabeth Bennet. It takes a cunning novelist, indeed, to tell a story this gripping—and magical.”—Katherine Howe, author of The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane
 
“Truly a magical, mystical tour de force . . . Liss, in fanciful English prose, fans the flames into a literary conflagration that eventually engulfs us.”—San Antonio Express-News
 
“A unique and fascinating story, compelling characters, and the delicious combination of realism and mythical.”—Pittsburgh Historical Fiction Examiner
 
“A tale of mystery, intrigue, and magic that leaves the reader wanting more.”—Austenprose
 
“An enthralling tale of romance and the supernatural—with a heroine for the ages.”—Stephanie Barron, author of Jane and the Canterbury Tale

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16. IMAGINE

Imagine if every author followed F.Scott Fitzgerald's advice. Really. Just stop and imagine if we all really challenged ourself to follow this advice.  I feel so passionately about this becuase in this time of difficult discovery we need to astound our readers no matter our genre so they can do nothing less than rave about our work outloud. 

F_scott_fitzgerald_5First Fitzgerald to his daughter:

Nobody ever became a writer just by wanting to be one. If you have anything to say, anything you feel nobody has ever said before, you have got to feel it so desperately that you will find some way to say it that nobody has ever found before, so that the thing you have to say and the way of saying it blend as one matter—as indissolubly as if they were conceived together.

And to his friend:

You’ve got to sell your heart, your strongest reactions, not the little minor things that only touch you lightly... it was necessary for Dickens to put into Oliver Twist the child’s passionate resentment at being abused and starved that had haunted his whole childhood...In ‘This Side of Paradise’ I wrote about a love affair that was still bleeding as fresh as the skin wound on a haemophile... [Literature]  is one of those professions that wants the ‘works.’ You wouldn’t be interested in a soldier who was only a little brave.

(Longer letters via Brainpicking here.)

 

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17. Wow Required

"I want to implore you to remember to dedicate at least as much effort, if not more, to craft than you did before you started taking on so many of the business functions in the industry. Simply never lose sight of the fact that readers expect you to bring your A-game consistently, and they have more incentive than ever to walk away if you disappoint them.” - Lou Aronica, Publisher, Fiction Studio, in his last letter as President, to the membership of Novelists, Inc.

Estimates are that in 2012 over 1.5 million books will have been published (About 20% of them coming from traditional houses). And thanks to the explosion of self-publishing, 2013 could see double that number; as many as 3 million books might grace our virtual bookstores next year! That means we are going to be awash in covers and titles, plot descriptions and characters. That means we are going to be pushing harder than ever to break through the crowded marketplace and doing it without any new methods or magic.

It means that now more than ever we can’t be writing just another book. We can’t be rushing through a draft.

There are those who say the way to win the game is to write fast and furious, and fill up the virtual shelves with as many books carrying your name on the spine as possible. In the past there’s been some proof that it was a viable strategy.

But there’s more proof that the future isn’t about endless quantity.

With so many millions of titles available, the books that will get talked about are the books that make readers talk about them. Now is not the time to try and write twookay books a year as opposed to one really gangbuster book in the next 12 or 18 or 24 months.

I’m not really talking about good vs. bad books. Not talking about quiet vs. noisy books. I’m talking about books that whatever their genre or sensibility areexceptional. If it’s a romance or mystery or literary fiction it has to stand out. Way out.

Not even the few hundred branded authors with built-in fan bases are exempt.

The playing field isn’t level; it’s so overcrowded we can’t see it. Whether we are writing about serial killers or heroines who engage in bondage or National Book Award fiction we need to be writing that “WOW” book. That book that makes readers go “Oooo.”

We need to write books that publicists and marketers and booksellers and book club leaders and librarians and readers can get excited about. That have something about them that makes them stand out. That makes them shine.

PR and marketing doesn’t sell books. It gets attention for them. It sends readers to bookstores and websites to read a few pages. We need to make sure those pages grab the reader with talons and won’t let him or her go.

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18. WOW BOOKS

Today at Writer Unboxed I have a post up that goes against some current advice. Maybe we shouldn't be trying so hard to write fast and write more - maybe we need to write better.  Read it here.

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19. Thursday 8PM EST- You're Invited to Chat about Sunday Brunch with Julia Pandl

Cover-3D-1Thursday, November 15th 8PM, Julia Pandl, author of Memoir of the Sunday Brunch, chats with BookMovement live--Join us - click here for an RSVP reminder.

For Julia Pandl, the rite of passage included mandatory service at her family’s Milwaukee-based restaurant, where she watched as her father-who was also the chef-ruled with the strictness of a drill sergeant.

At age twelve, Julia was initiated into the ritual of the Sunday brunch, a weekly madhouse, where she-and her eight siblings before her-did service in a situation of controlled chaos, learning not just the family business but also life lessons that would shape them for years to come. she now looks back on those formative years as a source of strength as the world her father knew began to change into a tougher, less welcoming place.

This witty, honest, and exuberant memoir marks the debut of a writer who knows that humor exists in even the smallest details of our lives and that the biggest moments we ever experience can happen behind the pancake station at the Sunday brunch.

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20. A Holiday Book Bundle

 A group of  11 terrific authors (and me) have joined forces to offer you wonderful opportunity to sample our Holiday promo pdf latest novels  -just in time for the holidays—  samples and quirky holiday-themed interviews in one FREE downloadable PDF.

 There's something here for every reader -  mysteries, romance, young adult, women's fiction. So take a look and make some discoveries.

 First Snow – Christine Cunningham
After The Fog - -Kathleen Shoop
A Charming Crime -  Tonya Kappes
Come Back To Me – Melissa Foster
Read Me Dead – Emerald Barnes
Dancing Naked In Dixie – Lauren Clark
The Last Supper Catering Company – Michaelene McElroy
The Hurricane Lover – Joni Rodgers
The Hounding – Sandra de Helen
Milkshake – Joanna Weiss
The Ninth Step – Barbara Taylor Sissel

Each excerpt is prefaced by information about the book and its author. Concluding each excerpt is an order page with clickable links to several online retailers

You can download the PDF “Holiday Sampler” here http://bit.ly/eBookSamples, and share by sending them this link: http://bit.ly/eBookSamples.

 

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21. Have you been to the Montreal book fair: Salon du livre de Montreal.

 In 1950 a little event in Montréal at Hotel Windsor was put in place to celebrate books and promote reading and literature to the public through direct interaction with regional, national and international authors. With time the event grew in both exhibitor participation and guest attendance.

In 1978, the book fair, known officially as Salon du Livre de Montréal, moved to a larger venue, at La Place Bonaventure, where it is currently held annually. Since it’s inauguration, this well orchestrated event has continued with great success, not only aiding in the promotion of literature and reading, but also being an outlet where members of the trade, publishers, booksellers and librarians, can interact.

Just last year 124,500 people were in attendance and 1600 authors exhibited. Passion is at the heart of this event and the organizers work hard each year to bring exciting moments of originality to each visitor. Interviews with authors, intimate discussions and workshops create these magical moments so special to the core of the Salon du Livre. For the authors, multiple prizes are awarded, voted on by both the partners of the organization and by the public themselves.

Some of the names behind this year’s 35th annual Salon du Livre de Montréal are, Francine Bois (general director since 1990), René Bonenfant (Chairman of the Board of Directors since 2005), and Georges-Hébert Germain (writer and president of honor).

Practical Information: Salon du Livre de Montréal begins November 14th at 9am and continues until November 19th at 4pm. It is open to the public and tickets are $8 for general admission. Find a list of discounted prices and daily hours of operation here. A full list of exhibitors can be found here. Traveling to the event? Book your hotel using this link.

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22. In Santa's Book Bag -The Art Lover's Stocking

S-ARTISTS-IN-LOVE-410x410For centuries, great artists have been drawn together in friendship and in love. In Artists in Love, curator and writer Veronica Kavass delves into the passionate and creative underpinnings of the art world's most provocative romances. From Picasso and Francoise Gilot to Lee Miler and Man Ray to Saul Steinberg and Hedda Sterne, Kavass' graceful and daring text provides a generous glimpse into the inspiring and sometimes tempestuous relationships between celebrated artists throughout the 20th and 21st centuries.

The cover alone makes it worth giving to the art lover in your life. Click here for a wonderful article about the book and slide show about the artists couples.

 

Buy it here!

 

 

The couples include:

Robert & Sonia Delaunay
Alfred Stieglitz & Georgia O’Keeffe
Jean Arp & Sophie Taeuber-Arp
Anni & Josef Albers
Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera
Lee Miller & Man Ray
Jacob Lawrence and Gwendolyn Knight
Barbara Hepworth & Ben Nicholson
Elaine & Willem de Kooning
Pablo Picasso & Françoise Gilot
Jackson Pollock & Lee Krasner
Dorothea Tanning & Max Ernst
Nancy Spero & Leon Golub
Jasper Johns & Robert Rauschenberg
Robert Motherwell & Helen Frankenthaler
Christo & Jeanne-Claude
Bernd & Hilla Becher
Eva Hesse & Tom Doyle
Charles and Ray Eames
Kay Sage and Yves Tanguy
Saul Steinberg and Hedda Sterne
Robert Smithson & Nancy Holt
Niki de Saint Phalle & Jean Tinguely
Marina Abramović & Ulay
Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen
Bruce Nauman & Susan Rothenberg
David McDermott and Peter McGough

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23. From Santa's Book Bag - for the fantasy stocking!

Magical books that I loved and urge you to get a copy for yourself when you buy them for others on your list.

9780670024971Shelf-Awareness says: 

When a tale is shaped so well that the line of the narrative seems to have been able to take no other path," Pullman says, "and to have touched every important event in making for its end, one can only bow with respect for the teller." There are several moments in Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm in which Pullman himself earns that honor. --Ron Hogan, founder of Beatrice.com

Discover: An enticing collection of familiar and not-so-familiar fairy tales, retold with clarity and wit by a master of fantasy literature.

 

 

 


City-of-Dark-Magic-by-Marcus-Flyte1CITY OF DARK MAGIC
, written by the mysterious Magnus Flyte (pseudonym for authors Meg Howrey and Christina Lynch.

It has a very spiffy trailer here.  It's the delightful and absorbing and fanciful story of a woman who goes to the Prague Castle for the summer.

Paranormal suspense at it's best. ( Along with some tantric sex and Beethoven.)

“This deliciously madcap novel has it all: murder in Prague, time travel, a misanthropic Beethoven, tantric sex, and a dwarf with attitude. I salute you, Magnus Flyte!" —Conan O'Brien

"The most wickedly enchanting novel I’ve ever read and also the funniest. A Champagne magnum of intrigue and wit, this book sparkles from beginning to end." —Anne Fortier, bestselling author of Juliet

City-of-Dark-Magic

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24. Backstory from Eva Stachniak

Uswp_small 82Catherine the Great intrigued me for a long time. She was a powerful woman monarch. She was an immigrant to Russia. She was the best empress Russia has ever had. And—to me born and raised in Poland—she was also the empress who wiped Poland off the map of Europe and turned my ancestors into the reluctant subjects of the Russian tsars.

An irresistible combination.

As soon as I decided to write about Catherine the Great I began reading her letters and memoirs in search for inspiration. In one of the letters Catherine wrote to Sir Charles Hanbury Williams, a British ambassador to Russia, I came across the following sentence: Three people who never leave her room, and who do not know about one another, inform me of what is going on, and will not fail to acquaint me when the crucial moment arrives. “Her” meant Elizabeth Petrovna, the empress who invited Catherine to Russia as a prospective bride to her nephew Peter. “The crucial moment” meant Elizabeth’s much awaited death which Catherine saw as her big political chance. But who were the three spies Russia’s Grand Duchess kept in the imperial bedroom? And what stories and secrets could they reveal? 

Whoever they were I couldn’t stop thinking about them and the kind of lives they must have led: dangerous and filled with betrayals. 

The Winter Palace begins in 1744 when a fourteen year old German princess Sophie of Anhalt-Zerbst arrives in Russia. One of the palace spies, Varvara, a Polish orphan who is trying to assure her own survival, befriends the newcomer from Zerbst and for the next twenty years watches how Grand Duchess Catherine turns herself into the empress and sole autocrat of All the Russias.

Listen to me, Varvara says, I know

The one you do not suspect is the most dangerous of spies.

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25. In Santa's Book Bag - The Fishnet Stocking Stuffer

This year I'm giving as many books as I can - here are some suggestions.

For the fishnet stocking: 

If-I-Were-You-Ad-300x250-A3The steamy first installment in the Inside Out erotic romance trilogy by Lisa Renee Jones, in the bestselling tradition of Fifty Shades of Grey.

When Sara McMillan finds a stack of journals in a storage unit, she’s shocked and enthralled by the erotic life the writer led. Unable to stop reading, she vicariously lives out dark fantasies through Rebecca, the writer—until the terrifying final entry.

 Certain something sinister has happened, Sara sets out to discover the facts, immersing herself in Rebecca’s life. Soon she’s working at the art gallery Rebecca worked at and meeting Rebecca’s friends. Finding herself drawn to two dangerously sexy men, the manager of the gallery and a famed artist, Sara realizes she’s going down the same path Rebecca took. But with the promise of her dark needs being met by a man with confident good looks and a desire for control, she’s not sure anything else matters. Just the burn for more.

When Sara McMillan finds a stack of journals in a storage unit, she’s shocked and enthralled by the erotic life the writer led. Unable to stop reading, she vicariously lives out dark fantasies through Rebecca, the writer—until the terrifying final entry.

 Certain something sinister has happened, Sara sets out to discover the facts, immersing herself in Rebecca’s life. Soon she’s working at the art gallery Rebecca worked at and meeting Rebecca’s friends. Finding herself drawn to two dangerously sexy men, the manager of the gallery and a famed artist, Sara realizes she’s going down the same path Rebecca took. But with the promise of her dark needs being met by a man with confident good looks and a desire for control, she’s not sure anything else matters. Just the burn for more.

 

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