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Friday Book Club! What are you reading?

Friday Book Club! What are you all reading? Anything you recommend? Anything you’re looking forward to?

I’m swamped with final exams and the fiction projects from our course, so not reading much outside of that right now. But have a few books I’m looking forward to! I started Dorothy Sayers’ Strong Poison before papers came in, and Audra North shared an early copy of their One Week in Hawaii with me, so I’m looking forward to trying it. What about you?

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Thanks for the feedback!

Thanks so much for all this feedback on author/reader discovery! This is hugely interesting to me, actually. One of the things that strikes me in the responses is how varied discovery is. And another thing that struck me is that, even though you would think an informal online question would filter to people who discover a lot of things online, libraries still got a lot of mentions, tying in second place with friend recommendations and blogs. (So let’s hear it for our libraries!! Also, for friends and for all you bloggers. smile emoticon )

And you know what the number one mention was? Authors. Authors who recommend books they love to their readers. That is a really important thing for me, as an author, to remember. And also, of course, it means, as I already knew, that I owe such huge thanks to the authors who have been generous enough to pick these books up and talk about them to you.

Thanks for the feedback! I’m fascinated by this.

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How did you discover these books?

I was observing a conversation about author discoverability the other day, and now I am curious. How did you first discover my books? (Friend recommendation, free book promotion, blog review, happened to spot it on a library or bookstore shelf…? Other?) I’m very curious!

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Friday Book Club! What are you reading?

Friday Book Club! What are you all reading this week and weekend? Anything you recommend? Anything you’re looking forward to?

I’ve been re-reading myself (Once Upon a Rose), which doubtless sounds rather self-absorbed, but it’s because I’m about two-thirds of the way through the draft of the next Rosier book and needed to re-situate myself in the family dynamics set up in Book 1 and make sure I still had a good feel for them and where they were heading.

And last weekend/beginning of this week I was reading Sage Blackwood’s Jinx series. This is a middle-grade fantasy series around the main character, Jinx, that had been recommended to me a lot for my daughter. I started reading it myself and just loved it–the character, the world, the wry humor and magic. A big recommend, both for adults or if you’re looking for something for your own kids. No romance, though! (Well, a hint of it, but it’s not at all the focus.)

What about you? What are you reading?

Happy weekend!

(PS There’s a chocolate cup giveaway going on on my Facebook page until noon today. Hop over there to enter.)

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Reader ARCs of ALL FOR YOU

Reader advanced copies of ALL FOR YOU are almost ready!

As many of you know, I think reader reviews are extremely important. They really help get a discussion going among readers, and that is just vital to the life of a book.

So in honor of that, I started, several books back, sharing the 10 arcs my publisher would give me with those of you who would like to review on Amazon, Apple, BN, Goodreads, etc. Obviously, it’s important to have more reviews for books than that, so I hope all of you will consider reviewing if you can, but this is my way of trying to honor the regular readers and not just focus on professional reviewers. We’re going to keep with this tradition again this time around.

If you’ve asked to be on the list before, you should still be on it for this round. (Although you can double-check by trying to sign up again–it won’t let you sign up twice.) If you’re relatively new to my books but would enjoy this kind of opportunity,  here’s the link to sign up.

We’re hoping to get these out in the next week. Please remember that there is a LOT of interest, and we send out a very limited number, so it’s all in the luck of the draw, but I hope it’s a fun opportunity.

Thank you all again for all your interest and support. Reader reviews are really vital to authors, so I truly appreciate how many of you have gone out of your way to share your thoughts and spread the word about these books.

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Hot Chocolate Cups Go To…

I see there is a great love of hot chocolate cups here. :) (You know, those cups that some people use for coffee, but not me!)

I ended up drawing 6 names instead of 2, just because 2 seemed kind of inadequate to the interest. 3 from the email list and 3 from here on FB.

Never fear! I have a limited edition run of these. They are for book clubs and for YOU, so I will give away another every week or so until we run out.

Some people asked if I would sell them. Honestly, it’s too much hassle. This is just something I wanted to do for fun because what is a better symbol of curling up with the pleasures of life than a cup of hot chocolate…maybe under a cozy throw by the fire with a good book?

It seemed a little way to spread some happiness around! I hope so!

So today we have Carmin, Susan, and Gloria from the email list (emails sent) and Chris D., Amy D (of the macarons! do you think she draws luck on herself from all that goodness she makes?), and Lynn L, and Michele A, from Facebook and the blog.

(I know, that makes 7. The thing is, since I believe Lynn was the one who suggested the quote in the first place, I was going to send her one anyway as a thanks, so I drew another. I cannot find the old post where people were brainstorming quotes, now, though, so let me know if you think you were the one to mention it! My mind is a sieve these days.)

Happy chocolate drinking! I’ll draw another name next week to keep the chocolate cheer coming against the snow!

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A Cup of Hot Chocolate

Look what’s finally here! The hot chocolate cups! Just in time for spring probably, sigh. (Okay, so we get a little swamped over here and not everything gets done. But all this snow was motivating, hot chocolate wise.)

Who wants one? With a little bit of Valrhona nestled inside so that you can make your own cup of hot chocolate to get through this long winter–or maybe, who knows, celebrate the start of spring? (Any sign of spring yet where you live?)

I’ll pick one name from Facebook and one from my new releases email list, so you can enter both places. (Sign up for email list here.)


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Revising & making truffles–what about you?

Some days I enjoy revising so much. There’s something very therapeutic about it, like cleaning up a room before you show it off to guests. A little word trimmed here, a sentence cleared up there, shining it up.

[Ironically, cleaning up an actual room would be something I do not enjoy doing at all.]

What are you celebrating this week? How are you taking time to enjoy life? We’ve been making truffles this weekend, and I suspect tomorrow will be a snow day here and we’ll be doing even more baking, the type of celebration I enjoy a lot.

I hope this week is treating you well!

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Book Valentine’s?

Valentine’s Day! A day which in regular life I have some reticence toward–if you’re in an established couple, hopefully you make time for each other (and chocolate!) without marketers telling you that today has to be the day, and if you’re single…doesn’t it just make you feel lousy?

BUT in books I have a *great* time with Valentine’s Day. When I think back on it, there have been quite a few Valentine moments in the Chocolate books in particular. I think that’s because once it slips into fiction, it’s so rich with symbolism that *of course* with all those chefs and chocolatiers I can’t resist.

So let’s celebrate Valentine’s in books! Do you have a favorite book Valentine moment? Or book boyfriend?

Happy Valentine’s Day! Love yourself today, too!

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