Thursday, August 30, 2012

Mark your calendars! The Baltimore Book Festival is coming!

Save the date!
It's just one month until the Baltimore Book Festival, September 28-30, 2012! The Maryland Romance Writers are an annual co-sponsor of the event and we have three full days of super fun panels, discussions, readings, signings, games, and other goodies planned just for you!



Need more motivation to attend??? Just look at our list of participating authors and industry professionals:

Debra Anastasia 
Ann Arbaugh 
Jennifer L. Armentrout 
Catherine Asaro 
Christi Barth
Sharon Buchbinder 
Robin Covington 
Natalie Damschroder 
Kate Dolan
Stephanie Dray/Draven 
Patricia Eimer
Elaine English 
Joya Fields 
Claudia Gabel 
Megan Hart/Em Garner 
Leanna Renee Hieber 
Lisa Verge Higgins 
Laura Kaye 
Christie Kelley 
Cheryl Klam
Eliza Knight 
Alethea Kontis 
Loni Lynne 
Jamie Michele 
Janet Mullany 
Miranda Neville
Lea Nolan/Lillie Finn
Sophie Perinot
Elissa Petruzzi
Caridad Pineiro
Kate Poole
Kate Quinn
Nicole Resciniti
Pam Rosenthal/Molly Weatherfield
Mary Sue Seymour
Jeri Smith-Ready
Hope Tarr
Amy Villalba
Laura Welling
Diane Wylie
Rebecca York

See the full Maryland Romance Writers schedule here! And plan to come visit us at the BBF!

Thanks for reading!
Laura

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Happy Release Day Q&A w/ Marie Treanor! #Vampires


Happy Release Day to
Marie Treanor
And Welcome Back to the Blog!
See below for her giveaway!
Welcome back to my place, Marie!  Please share a little about yourself, your genres, any other pen names you use.

Thank you, Laura! Lovely to be on your blog again – thanks for having me back J.
So, I’m Marie Treanor, from Scotland, and I write mostly paranormal romance, of the spicy variety. I now have well over twenty books out (of varying sizes from short stories to full length novels) with e-publishers and traditional publishers and now also self-published.

That’s awesome! So, tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.

My latest book (released today!) is SERAFINA AND THE SILENT VAMPIRE, the start of a completely new paranormal romance series centering on a unique psychic investigation agency in Edinburgh – Serafina’s.

The first book is about the agency’s owner, psychic Serafina MacBride, and her discovery that spirits are not the only dead things that haunt the earth! While setting up a hilarious fake vampire attack, she encounters a real vampire - along with the corpse of her client’s son. Her life is turned on its head and she has to rethink everything she knows and believes in – while keeping her sanity, tracking down a murderer, saving the world… J.

That sounds like so much fun! Which character is your favorite and why?

I think probably Serafina herself. She’s strong and feisty and afraid of nothing. She likes a laugh and she’s quite prepared to commit the odd scam. But although she likes to pretend she’s hard as nails - and in some ways she is - she’s also completely loyal to her few friends, never forgets a favour, and has a much softer, kinder side she reveals to very few. She’s had a tragic childhood, and although she’s risen above it, she’s quite a lonely, isolated figure: her psychic gifts have set her apart, and increased the hardship of an already difficult life, but she never lets it stop her, just makes the best of things.

Mind you, I do also have a soft spot for the vampire Blair – heading for three hundred years old, arrogant, amoral and powerful as he is, in his own way he’s even more lonely and isolated than Serafina. After all, he can’t even speak except to fellow telepaths. But he still keeps his sense of humour, and the responsibility which was thrust upon him by his maker. He thinks he doesn’t need anyone except for biting purposes, until Serafina begins to fascinate him.

Both characters sounds great! Can’t wait to meet them! As the author, what surprised you about this story?

Blair. He kept going his own way and forcing me to veer off-plot J

Love when that happens! Will there be any sequels or other books in the same series?

Yes, there will – hopefully at least two more books…

Yay! What was the hardest thing for you about writing this story?

I think keeping track of who could “hear” Blair! Telepathic humans like Sera hear his thoughts, as do the older vampires, but the new vampires who’re causing all the bother aren’t telepathic and they have all sorts of difficulty communicating! But it was always great fun writing the scenes where Sera talks to Blair, in the company of other humans who worry that she’s talking to herself J.

What are you working on right now?

Funnily enough, the second Serafina book! Focusing on Sera’s friend and ally, Jilly Kerr.

Awesome! Okay, now, just for fun:

Milk chocolate or dark chocolate? Both!

Salty or sweet? Sweet

Bed or kitchen table? Has to be bed – our kitchen’s too small for a table, which is probably a blessing!

Beach or mountains? Both!

Give or receive? Both! (Is this cheating? [Maybe! *winks*])


Silence has never been so sinful…

Welcome to Edinburgh's unique psychic investigation agency, Serafina's. Serafina MacBride is psychic - but not strictly honest. While staging a hilarious vampire attack at a client's party, Sera is stunned to encounter a real vampire - annoying, gorgeous and inaudible to everyone but her. When her client's son is found dead with puncture wounds in his neck, she tracks the silent vampire to his lair.

But the amoral and seductive  Blair is also on a mission - to find and kill a nest of young vampires who've invaded his territory. Soon Sera is drawn into the bizarre world of the undead, where danger lurks in the shadows along with forbidden sensual delights - and a murderous conspiracy to flood the world with financially astute vampires who talk. 


Supported and hindered by Blair's eccentric, undead friends, and by her own motley crew from Serafina's, Sera and Blair uncover surprising truths about each other and about the mysterious Founder from whom all vampires are descended.


In the end, Sera draws on powers she never knew she had in a frantic fight to defeat the forces of evil and preserve the strange, complicated being  she's trying so hard not to love.
Where can we find you on the web?


THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING MY GUEST, MARIE!

All right everyone, share with Marie your favorite thing about vampires!

And thanks for reading!
Laura

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Monday, August 27, 2012

5 #NorthofNeed Paperbacks Up for Grabs Today! Don't miss!

It's my birthday! And I have gifts for YOU!

That's right! Visit my one-day contest at Fresh Fiction where you have a chance at one of three paperback copies of North of Need, or enter my Goodreads Giveaway where you have a chance at one of two paperbacks!


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Goodreads Book Giveaway

North of Need by Laura Kaye

North of Need

by Laura Kaye

Giveaway ends September 21, 2012.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win

So enter early, enter often! Just don't miss this chance to win!

Thanks for reading!
Laura

Sunday, August 26, 2012

#SixSunday ~ Zeph doesn't need to be asked twice... #WestofWant

Happy Sunday everyone! So, a milestone of sorts...this is my 71st Six Sentence Sunday, but the first time I decided to drop the number from my title! LOL! I have six sentences from West of Want today filled with tons of heart and heat. I hope you enjoy!
"Don't tease me, Zeph, I want you."

Zephyros didn't need to be asked twice. He pushed in, inch by hot, tight inch. Ella gasped and pressed back, encouraging him to go deeper. Wrapping her in his arms, Zeph moved his hips in a slow, steady rhythm. He thought to tell her how exquisite she felt, how much her generosity of spirit meant to him, how scared he was that he was falling so hard, so fast, but the incredible pleasure of physical connection stole his words, and nearly his breath.
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Don't forget to check out the Other Sixers' Posts and follow the #sixsunday hashtag on Twitter! Thanks so much for reading and hopefully commenting, too!

Laura

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Welcome Guest Author Christine Bell! #IndulgenceBooks

Welcome Guest Author
Christine Bell
to the Blog!
See below for her giveaway!
Welcome, Christine!  Please share a little about yourself, your genres, any other pen names you use.

My name is Christine Bell, I’m still in my 30’s (barely, but I’ll take it), and am happily married with four boys. I write a bit of everything, contemporary romance, steampunk romance, paranormal. You name it, I write it. I also write erotic romance under the pen name Chloe Cole.

Awesome, so tell us a little about your latest release.

Wife for Hire is about Belfast billionaire Owen Phipps and his quirky accomplice, Belinda Knight. After some ill-advised small business ideas go bad, Lindy is hard up for some cash, so when she comes across a cryptic ad on Craigslist looking for an actress to do a three-week gig, she responds (in spite of her concern that it might end up getting her serial-murdered). What she gets is gorgeous Owen on her doorstep needing a fake wife to help him infiltrate a couple's retreat so that he can catch the conman who broke his sister's heart (and bank account). Hilarity, sexy times and a wee bit of intrigue ensue.

How fun! Which character is your favorite and why?

I LOVE my heroine. The thing about Lindy is that she is probably the nicest heroine I’ve ever written but under the fluffy exterior, she actually the toughest. Her parents died when she was young and she is sort of the family caretaker now. She’s funny and flawed and neurotic, but also very brave and has such a great outlook on life. I feel like I could hang out with her and have a beer. Don’t get me wrong, Owen (he pronounces it “Ooh-un” cuz he’s Irish. And hunky) is fabulous. I just have a special place in my heart for Lindy. She throws herself into everything she does and I admire that heart so much.

Aw, she sounds great! Will there be any sequels or other books in the same series?

Yes, which I’m very excited about! This is slated to be a four-book series titled UK Billionaires and each features -you guessed it- a billionaire from a different country in the UK. Owen is from Belfast, and in this book we also meet Gavin who is from Edinburgh and will be our next hero.

That’s cool! I want them on audio books read by men from the corresponding countries! LOL! What are you working on right now?

I’m working on book three in the UK Billionaires series, as well as book two in the Dare Me series for Entangled’s Brazen line. Book one will be out next month and that series is slated for three books.

Busy bee! Good luck! What happened to the first book you ever wrote?

I sold it! It’s a novella called Pray about wolf-shifters in Pray, Montana. Very steamy and a lot of fun to write.

Cool! Have you incorporated actual events or people from your own life into your books?

All the time. Usually, little things. Quirks that I see in people that make them interesting and I think will make my characters seem layered and real so that readers can connect. The kids are an endless supply of material, and my husband is very funny so the tone of our banter definitely flavors my work.

Is there a theme or message that runs through your work?

No message that runs through them all, but I think humor ties them together in a way that, if you read one of my books, you would likely recognize my voice in another. I also have a penchant for mouthy heroines. As a reader, I can’t stand a milk-toast heroine so I don’t write them. Brassy women are more fun.

Love that! What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?

Hmm, maybe that, although I write romance, I’m very much a tomboy at heart? I love to play poker, shoot pool, and play laser tag. I never liked dolls and preferred superheroes to shows about ponies. Although the tomboyish-ness stops at shoes. I loves me some sexy shoes.

Who doesn’t??? Which romance book or series (or other genre, if you don’t write romance) do you wish you had written?

Oooh…wow. There are DOZENS. I’ll narrow it down to a few though, is that okay? I’ll say A Week to be Wicked by Tessa Dare, because it’s just so frigging smart and funny. I was alternately cursing and praising her with every line I read because I was both envious and in awe. Another is an oldie but goody by Loretta Chase called Lord of Scoundrels. The woman can create smog-thick tension with the unbuttoning of a glove. It’s the perfect romance novel. Then I love everything by Cari Quinn. Her voice is so sparkly and fun, her characters are so relatable and she writes the best love scenes. The last one isn’t a romance, it’s a thriller, but the writing is so good that, every time I read it, everything else is crap for a month until I forget how amazing the writing is. And then I read it again. It’s called Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn. Her current NYT Bestseller Gone Girl is just as well written. Love her.

Okay, now, just for fun:

Milk chocolate or dark chocolate? Milk. But I won’t kick dark outta bed either. The only think I don’t like is white chocolate. Because, well, that’s just not even chocolate.

Salty or sweet? Both. Salty, then sweet.

Bed or kitchen table? Bed. Wait, for eating crackers or? Meh, you know what, doesn’t matter. Still bed.

Beach or mountains? Beach.

Give or receive? Give.
He needs a wife for three weeks…

Owen Phipps is out for revenge. His mission? To expose the man who stole his sister’s money and dignity. All he needs is a “wife” who can play along. Too bad his last best hope is an actress who tries to mace him with perfume when he offers her the role of a lifetime.

Lindy Knight is a real sap. She loves too hard, feels too deep, and often finds herself saying yes when she should be saying “Let me think about it.” She can’t believe her good fortune when Owen offers her more than enough money to hold off foreclosure until she can find a job. Three weeks at a resort, money she desperately needs, and she gets to help bring a criminal to justice? Score.

It seems easy enough until the first time a couples bonding game turns intimate, and they realize how dangerous their mutual attraction could be. Can they keep their hands to themselves long enough to find the evidence Owen needs? Or are the close quarters more temptation than they can handle?

Where can we find you on the web?


THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING MY GUEST!

Thanks for having me! 
Giveaway!
Please check out the Entangled website here for an extended excerpt of Wife for Hire, and readers, stick around to comment, because, to celebrate the release of my new Entangled Indulgence, I’m offering to indulge YOU! One commenter on this post will win a $10 Barnes & Noble or Amazon gift card, so she (or he!) can buy a couple (or, if you buy from the Entangled Indulgence line, a few because they’re only $2.99!) new books. Must leave email address to be eligible. Gift card giveaway ends at midnight EST August 31!  

AND I’m also running a Let Me Indulge You contest. If Wife for Hire gets onto the Amazon OR Barnes & Noble top 500 list by September 18th, I will be giving away a $250 gift card to the salon or spa of one lucky winner’s choice. Sign into Rafflecopter below and every comment from my blog tour will be counted as an entry. Follow my whole blog tour? EACH comment = another entry! Extra entries will also be given for tweeting or posting the link to the book on Facebook:

So now to you, blog readers! Do tell. What’s your favorite indulgence? 


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Thanks so much for reading!
Laura

Friday, August 24, 2012

Sharing Birthday Good News and Gifts!

I am so full of good news today I don't even know what to do with myself! Monday is my birthday, so I have a gift for me AND a gift for you:

For me:

The gift I received is this:  I have an agent! Squee! I am now represented by Jennifer Schober of Spencerhill Associates! I couldn't be more thrilled!

For you:


If we were at a bar, I'd say the next round's on me! But since we're online, here's what I've got:


5 North of Need Paperbacks to Give Away!

I am giving away two paperbacks of North of Need on Goodreads and three paperbacks of NoN on Fresh Fiction beginning Monday! Haven't started the Hearts of the Anemoi series yet? Now's your chance! North of Need is the winner of the FF&P PRISM Award for Best Light Paranormal of 2012 and is the GraveTells Best Book of 2011 and was voted Sizzling Read of 2011 by readers at Sizzling Hot Book Reviews! Check out the giveaways here:


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Goodreads Book Giveaway

North of Need by Laura Kaye

North of Need

by Laura Kaye

Giveaway ends September 21, 2012.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win

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So, that's my good news! Have a great weekend and thanks so much for stopping by!

Laura

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

What Editors Want Workshop - Don't miss it! #amwriting

I'm pleased to share the below information with you about a workshop my local chapter, the Maryland Romance Writers, is sponsoring exactly one month from today! If you're within driving distance of Baltimore, Maryland, you should seriously consider attending!


  ALL DAY WORKSHOP
What Editors Want: Beyond the Submission Guidelines

Saturday, September 22, 2012
9:00 am to 4:00 pm,
Arbutus Public Library, Arbutus, MD

The Maryland Romance Writers Chapter of RWA is delighted to present our workshop, What Editors Want: Beyond the Submission Guidelines.

Come and hear Angela James of Carina Press, Kathy Cottrell of the Wild Rose Press and Stacy Abrams of Entangled Publishing tell you what they look for in a query, submission, between the lines and what they mean when they say “fresh voice!”

Two editors (Kathy Cottrell and Stacy Abrams) will be taking pitches. See guidelines on website for pitching.

Registration MUST be completed online before the event. No payments can be taken at the venue. Space is limited. Registration will be cut off at 70. Pitch registrations will be capped at 60.

Price is $35 for MRW Members, $40 for Non Members. Box lunch, beverages and snacks will be included. To pay and register, please click here.

Hope to see some of you there! Thanks for reading!
Laura

Monday, August 20, 2012

Gorgeous Cover Reveal ~ Lea Nolan's YA PNR Conjure! #Giveaway

I could NOT be more thrilled to be participating in the cover reveal giveaway event for Conjure today. YA paranormal author Lea Nolan is my best friend, go-to crit partner, writing buddy, and sistah-from-another-mothah and I am so so excited to share her debut novel with you! Here we go...
Be careful what you search for...

Emma Guthrie expects this summer to be like any other in the South Carolina Lowcountry--hot and steamy with plenty of beach time alongside her best friend and secret crush, Cooper Beaumont, and Emma’s ever-present twin brother, Jack. But then a mysterious eighteenth-century message in a bottle surfaces, revealing a hidden pirate bounty. Lured by the adventure, the trio discovers the treasure and unwittingly unleashes an ancient Gullah curse that attacks Jack with the wicked flesh-eating Creep and promises to steal Cooper’s soul on his approaching sixteenth birthday.

When a strange girl appears, bent on revenge; demon dogs become a threat; and Jack turns into a walking skeleton; Emma has no choice but to learn hoodoo magic to undo the hex, all before summer—and her friends--are lost forever.
Now, for this most beauteous cover...
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Thanks for stopping by! Please leave Lea some cover love!
Laura

Sunday, August 19, 2012

#SixSunday 70 ~ When a Greek God wants you... #WestofWant

Happy Sunday everyone! I've got six more from West of Want. Here's what happens right after Ella tells Zeph she wants him *winks*:
His weight disappeared, then so did she. For a split second, her physical self seemed to vanish, and then they were on the bed in her room.

Dazed and awed, she laughed. “What just happened?”

Heavy-lidded eyes traced over her face. “I don’t have the patience to act human right now.”
 
Be sure to visit the Other Sixers' Posts and follow the #sixsunday hashtag on Twitter. Thanks so much for reading and hopefully commenting, too!

Laura

Friday, August 17, 2012

Killian McRae on #eBook Price Points: Are we getting fleeced?

Welcome Guest Author
Killian McRae
to the blog today!

I'm please to welcome Killian McRae to the blog today to discuss ebook price points - something both authors and readers care a lot about. Take it away, Killian...

Are we getting fleeced when it comes to ebooks?

On Amazon.com, you can currently pre-order J.K. Rowling’s highly anticipated The Casual Vacancy in hardback for $20.93. Or, if you’re an ebook reader, for your Kindle for $19.99.

Wait, $19.99? That has to be a typo, right? I mean, a Kindle book is electronic. It doesn’t require shipping, paper, shelving, etc., so it should be far less than the hardback, shouldn’t it? *Looks back to Amazon.* Nope, that’s what it is. True, the MSRP on that title in print is set at $35, but when’s the last time Amazon charged full price for a new release of this magnitude? They buy in gross, get a discount, and pass that along to consumers. But still, twenty bucks for an ebook?

As an indie writer who, in large part, is responsible for setting the price for her own books, such considerations as “what everyone else is doing” weigh heavy in my price points. It is for this reason that since moving towards self- and indie-publishing last year, my eyes have been trained on trends in the market in this area.

And the trend, at least where large publishers are concerned, has been upward. You may not have been the only one recently who’s noticed that titles “traditionally” published are favoring Jackson to Lincoln these days. Prices in the $15-$25 range for new release books by prominent authors aren’t uncommon. Even middle list fiction works generally hit $10-$15.  Sometimes the electronic version of a book costs more than the paperback or even hard cover edition.

At first blush, the logic on this is hardly logical. Firstly, the difference in production cost between print and ebooks is huge. As much as 70% of a print title’s cost is just to cover the paper, presses and ponies to get it to your hands. Even for mass market paperbacks (think any romance book you’ve ever seen at the checkout aisle of your local grocery store), that number tends toward one-third. For an ebook, however, the only per-unit production cost for a purchased copy is a nearly insignificant use of bandwidth to perform that transaction. (Assuming one already has the technology to display the book, but that cost is not unique or attributable to a single purchase, therefore I suggest we not factor that in to our consideration for the moment.) It should stand to reason, then, that if those production costs are eliminated, the final product cost should fall as well.

But herein enters the market. According to Reuters, in 2011, ebooks accounted for 30% of all retail sales in the United States, which is more than double its market share from just one year prior. While the majority of sales are, consequently, still print, the fact that a bigger slice of a publisher’s earnings come in this sector has caused a shift. For traditional publishers, there are still many upfront costs born of putting out an ebook in tangent with a print volume. Covers must still be produced; editors must still be hired; for big-brand authors, a marketing campaign must be launched.  Whereas a few years ago, any ebook sales were but a few extra sprinkles of cinnamon sugar on piece of bread, now those very sales are becoming a publisher’s bread and butter. They hedge a heavy price against the hope that die-hard fans will be willing to shell out at a price comparable to what they have historically paid for print, and thereby be able quickly to break even on their investment.  As a business practice, it seems a sound one.

But let me remove my author’s hat here and speak merely as consumer. For disclosure’s sake, let me back up and state this bluntly: I am a libertarian and a full-fledged believer in free markets in almost all cases. I have to remind myself that a house - as with most anything - is worth whatever someone is willing and able to pay for it.  If there was not a significant share of the audience willing and able to pay $19.99 for an ebook, the price would fall. Simple as that. (And over time, as a title ages, its price tends to drop.)

I fear, however, the consequence of this reality. I have become such a firm believer in the ebook that I will not read print books unless fiercely required. No matter how much I want to read it as a fan, I refuse to pay almost twice the price for an ebook as its paperback counterpart costs new, knowing that the profit margin’s increase is the sole reason for the match to be made. If distributors really want us to adapt the technology (and no doubt they do; it’s a win-win-win between them, the consumer, and the author/publishers for so many reasons), why are they allowing publishers – with whom large companies such as Amazon and B&N have great sway – to give us such firm incentive to revert back to print? If you must match, match the lesser expensive of the hard cover or paperback, not the most.

One concluding note: the large publishers’ folly in all this may the indie- and self-publisher’s - and readers - gain. While ebook prices from the big six have been on the rise, most I/SP titles still retail for less than $5. Given the recent instances of self- or indie-published books that have exploded and been picked up by large publishers after having been first rejected by them (i.e. 50 Shades of Grey, Beautiful Disaster, and Slammed, just to name a few) due in part to this more reasonable range, methinks readers might find the density of enjoyment per penny is much higher in this brave and unrestricted world of that surely holds the next “big thing” than anything offered to us at 5th Avenue prices.
Killian McRae is an author of historical romance, science fiction, and fantasy. She’s proud to note that her regency romance, A Love by Any Measure, has never retailed for more than $4.99 in ebook format. 
So, what do you think? Killian would love to receive your comments or questions!

Thanks for reading!
Laura 

Sunday, August 12, 2012

#SixSunday 69 - Flat on her back with a Greek God! #WestofWant

Happy Sunday everyone! I've got six more from West of Want! Enjoy!
She wasn’t sure what happened or, rather, how it happened, but the next thing she knew she was flat on her back, Zephyros’s huge body atop hers. The kiss was consuming and filled with gratitude, promise. His hands tangled in her hair, little appreciative and totally sexy groans echoing deep in his throat.

Desperate for more contact, she spread her legs, and he slid into the cradle of her thighs.

The earlier heat between them returned and went molten. Her body remembered her unsated arousal, which surged anew with every suck of his lips, stroke of his tongue, and shift of his hips.

 Don't forget to check out the Other Sixers' Posts and follow the #sixsunday hashtag on twitter! Thanks so much for reading and hopefully commenting, too!

Laura

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Would YOU like a DEVIANT T-shirt? Join in the fun!

Following receipt of a humorous review on Amazon, a group of Twitter friends got to joking about making a T-Shirt, and this is what we came up with:

Creative credit goes to Jess @audsmom2002!!!
Now the question is: would you like one? :-)

If so, here's the deal:

Email me at laurakayeauthor @ gmail.com with:
  1. Your real name and mailing address
  2. Your size
  3. # of t-shirts you want
Size Chart:
S34" - 36"
M38" - 40"
L42" - 44"
XL46" - 48"
2XL50" - 52"
3XL    54"
4XL    56"
5XL    58"

Site's Pricing:
1 = $22.95 each
6-11 = $14.92 each
12-23 = $11.93 each
24-47 = $10.33 each
48+ = 8.95 each

BUT: If we get at least 10 people to buy one, the cost per person will only be $14, and I'll pick up the rest plus shipping.* If we get at least 24 people, the cost per person will only be $10, and again, I'll pick up the rest plus shipping.*  *International friends, I'm afraid the cost will be $10 higher for you because the shipping is such a killer, but I'll still be paying a share of it! Once we know how many orders I have, I'll send everyone an invoice through PayPal.

So, what say you? Would YOU like to be the owner of this fine luxury t-shirt proclaiming your deviance loud and proud??? Say yes, say yes!

Thanks for visiting!

Laura

Friday, August 10, 2012

4 Ways to Read an eBook Without an eReader! Spread the word!

Many times by email, blog post comment, tweet, or facebook message, readers have said some version of the following statement:
I can't afford an e-reader, so I can't read your e-books.
This post is for readers willing to read e-books, but who, for whatever reason, don't have, can't afford, or don't want to have to buy a Kindle or a Nook or an iPad, etc.

Here's the good news:
YOU DON'T HAVE TO OWN AN E-READER TO READ E-BOOKS!
Yes, I'm serious!

I'm here to let you in on some not-so-secret secrets. COMPLETELY FREE options abound to be able to read e-books without e-readers:
  1. PDF format e-books. Many books are available as PDF files which can be read using FREE Adobe Reader software. Simply download this free software, and then buy books in PDF format wherever you see that option available. Admittedly, PDF e-books tend to be limited, but they are out there and often available from e-publishers' websites, which is true for my books Forever Freed and Hearts in Darkness, for example.
  2. ePub format e-books. Many books are available as ePub files which can be read using FREE Adobe Digital Editions software. Simply download this free software, and then buy books in ePub format wherever you see that option available. ePub format is often available through e-publishers' websites and book retailers like All Romance eBooks and Books on Board, among others.
  3. Get a Kindle for free! That's right! Turn your iPhone, Android phone, computer (PC or Mac), or Blackberry into a Kindle e-reader by downloading the FREE Kindle App from Amazon. Simply download this free software, and then buy books from Amazon or in Mobi format from other retailers, and read them on your Kindle app.
  4. Get a Nook for free! Yep, this one's true, too! Like Amazon, Barnes & Noble also provides FREE Nook Apps for Androids, iPhones, or computers. Simply download this free software, and then buy books from Barnes & Noble and read them on your Nook app.

So, don't be turned off of e-books because you don't want to have to lay out the money for a fancy new device and then have to learn how to use it. I own a Nook and have a kindle app on my iPhone, so I personally love e-readers. But whether you do or don't, whether you never want to buy an e-reader or just aren't ready yet, know that if you have a computer, you can read e-books using any number of completely free software options.

So, go forth and buy e-books! And happy reading!

Thanks for stopping by!
Laura