Well, despite the fact it is a brand new year...doesn't get much newer than this, really, I do have a few things to talk about today. INTERESTING THINGS I CAME ACROSS ON THE WEB
On Kristen Lamb's blog, and article on why tradiotional advertising won't sell your book. It made a lot of sense to me, and it might to you, too. Go read the post here.
NEWS FROM FRIENDS
Most of you have probably heard about Love Romances Cafe's yearly Best of Awards. I have a few highlights for you here:
2011 LRC's "Best of" Awards Nominee List
Best Paranormal/Fantasy Book
Andrea Speed-Pretty Monsters
Haven't read it yet, but I've heard really, really good things...
> Best Book of 2011 TJ Klune-Bear, Otter and the Kid Rick R. Reed-Caregiver Two more books in my TBR pile that I've heard are fantastic....
Best GBLT Book Damon Suede-Hot Head
No secret who I'd vote for in this category ;) Hot Head remains my favorite book of the year.
Best Contemporary Book Damon Suede-Hot Head Johnny Miles-Learning to Samba ZA Maxfield-The Book of Daniel The first two I've read, and that's a tough call for me. I loved them both...and I've yet to read The Book of Daniel, but again, I hear wonderful things and I have yet to meet a Z.A. Maxfield book I didn't like...
Best Historical Romance Book Best BDSM Book Best Mystery/Romantic Suspense/Thriller Book
I haven't read any of the books in these categories, so I really don't have an opinion, but good luck to all the nominees!
Best Author of 2011
Damon Suede Andrew Grey Ethan Day Johnny Miles Tara Lain
Just a few nominees I'll be rooting for. Besides being terrific authors, they are all wonderful people I've had the distinct pleasure of meeting face to face....
> Best GBLT Author 2011 Andrew Grey SJD Peterson Margie Church Xavier Axelson Amber Kell Jambrea Jo Jones Kim Dare Serena Yates Carol Lynne Bailey Bradford TJ Klune Mary Calmes Sue Brown Lynn Hagen Stormy Glenn Joyee Flynn Chris Quinton Brannon Black Johnny Miles ZA Maxfield
Well...that's the whole list of nominees, and yeah. Good luck choosing just one....
Best Cover of 2011 Damon Suede-Hot Head always one of my favs, and odd, since I don't usually go for naked torso....
Best Cover Artist Reese Dante...does beautiful work Dawné Dominique...not afraid to capture the kink Valerie Tibbs....wonderful to work with Anne Cain....what can I say? Love her work, loved working with her, brief ass it was. She did a wonderful job! (I'll show y'all in a sec) Jet Mykles....talk about multi talent!
Best e-Publisher 2011 Dreamspinner Press...professional and awesome Riptide Publishing...new and exciting Samhain Publishing...tried and true Loose Id Publishing...have yet to read a Loose Id book I didn't enjoy Total E-Bound Publishing...like family.
There is more. Much more. Go check out Dawn Roberto's blog for the full list!
And as promised, the Anne Cain cover for my upcoming release, Better, to show why she's one of my cover artist heroes. Check her DeviantArt page if you need further proof :)