Indie Insider’s Next Picks – July and August

insiders-logoCheck out the this summer’s installments of INDIE INSIDER’S NEXT PICKS, a list of recommended indie titles and authors, by IndieReader in collaboration with industry experts (including Kobo!).

Indie Insider’s Next Picks is a great place to discover great books and new authors. Check it out today to find the books everyone will be talking about tomorrow!

New picks will be available every month.

Find Indie Insider’s Next Picks for July here.

Find Indie Insider’s Next Picks for August here.

Edinburgh International Book Festival’s brochure is available in eBook format free on the Kobo Store

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Working in partnership with Kobo, Edinburgh International Book Festival has published its 2014 brochure through Kobo Writing Life.

The Book Festival’s eBook brochure is now available on the Kobo Store across over 190 countries. Readers can download it free, and read it across Kobo tablets and Kobo free reading apps.

If you already have a Kobo account and own either a Kobo tablet or a free Kobo reading app, you just have to download the brochure from the Kobo Store here.

 

If you do not have a Kobo account or a Kobo reading app, follow our step-by-step guide below for an easy way to browse the Book Festival’s brochure anytime, anywhere.

To create a Kobo account you need an active email address. You can also sign in through your Facebook account.

To create a Kobo account click here.

 

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After you have created your Kobo account you are ready to download the Book Festival’s eBook brochure.

You can find the eBook by typing “edbookfest” in the search box.

 

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You can now read the brochure, across any device, through our apps. To download the free Kobo reading app click here.

 

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Kobo mobile reading apps are available for: Android, iOS, Blackberry and Windows. You can also read the brochure on your laptop through the Kobo desktop app for Mac and PC.

 

Once you have installed the Kobo App, launch it and sign in!

 

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The Kobo app syncs all your bookmarks, so you can read between your smartphone, tablet, computer, or Kobo device and pick up right where you last left off.

 

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How to Beat Boxed Set Burnout: Making the Summer Lovin’ Series

By The Summer Lovin’ Authors

Being an author means more than writing a book. Authors are businesswomen, just like any other person who creates a product for sale. Part of our business is delivering a high-quality product—in our case, a great book!—and another part is finding ways to enhance the reading experience for the reader.

When our group first began talking about writing a project together, it was in response to the prevalence in the romance market of themed box sets. Since box sets are a fabulous waysummer lovin to introduce readers to new authors at a bargain price, we started off considering that approach. However, the conversation quickly changed after we talked about how some of our readers were experiencing what we called “box set burnout,” which meant that they either purchased a box set but never read all of the stories because they simply found the number of books overwhelming, or they felt the set wasn’t as fulfilling a read as a single author’s series featuring recurring characters in the same setting.

After a little more discussion, we decided to address box set burnout by writing a linked series instead. The Summer Lovin’ series features six category-length works by six different authors, each releasing two weeks apart. All books are set in the same location—at Stone Cliff Resort in the fictional town of Deerfield, Canada (modeled after Banff)—and each book has overlapping characters with at least two other books, but could easily be a standalone read, as well.

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This approach allows us to create a better reading experience, not just by offering a fun way to introduce readers to new authors, but also by giving readers time to read and digest each book without feeling overwhelmed. We each came up with a synopsis and a cast of characters, (even the town itself became a character) then we used Springpad to set up an online group data storage system to make our bible. Using all this information, and sharing ideas back and forth on a daily basis, we honed the story lines until we felt we had built a solid world! Then, it was writing time. We each wrote independently, based on the plots we had discussed, and then read over one another’s work, tweaking characters and setting descriptions to make sure everything in the books flowed together. Writing this way can be a challenge, since everyone is very close to their own story, but we were all willing to make changes to ensure description/characters fit with the rest of the stories because we all cared about the final produce, and ultimately the reader experience.

Our cover artist, Croco Designs, created covers with the same Summer Lovin’ logo and summer-by-the-lake theme, and before we knew it, the linked series was ready to go!

Taming Tess, New Adult RomanceSurviving NikkiSaving Sullivan

We’re so excited to offer this series of six books by Cathryn Fox, Audra North, Renee Field, Jan Meredith, Lilly Cain, and Sara Hubbard.

Check out the Summer Lovin’ Series here!

Connect with the authors on Facebook here!

Indie Insider’s Next Picks – June

insiders-logoCheck out the third monthly installment of INDIE INSIDER’S NEXT PICKS, a list of recommended indie titles and authors, by IndieReader in collaboration with industry experts (including Kobo!).

Indie Insider’s Next Picks is a great place to discover great books and new authors.

Check it out today to find the books everyone will be talking about tomorrow! Kobo’s picks are right at the top.

New picks will be available every month, so don’t forget to bookmark the link.

Find Indie Insider’s Next Picks here.

Indie Insider’s Next Picks – May

insiders-logoCheck out the second monthly installment of INDIE INSIDER’S NEXT PICKS, a list of recommended indie titles and authors, by IndieReader in collaboration with industry experts (including Kobo!).

Indie Insider’s Next Picks is a great place to discover great books and new authors.

Check it out today to find the books everyone will be talking about tomorrow! Kobo’s picks are right at the top.

New picks will be available every month, so don’t forget to bookmark the link.

Find Indie Insider’s Next Picks here.

Book Gems

Guest Post by Maria Schneider

Oh, to sort the wheat from the chaff, to find those special books, the ones that you chortle and gloat over, the ones you read more than once because they are just that good! Some gems are hidden behind odd covers. Some gems sparkle right from the start, while others pull you in slowly until you’re caught up in the sparkle. I’m a reader. Like the gold hunters of the Old West, I pan for the best and brightest. Kobo Writing Life has invited me to share a few of my favorite finds.

 

Genre: Humorous Mystery – Jana DeLeon

I’Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000031_00001]m particular about my cozy mysteries. I need a lot of action and require an intriguing career to hold my interest. There’s knitting needles, tea parties, and then there’s Jana DeLeon’s Miss Fortune series featuring an undercover assassin. This is one of those series that grabbed me right from the start. Not only do we have a fascinating protagonist, we have some of the funniest side characters ever written. The first book, Louisiana Longshot, is free. I highly recommend it. Even better? So far every book in the series has continued to earn five stars: I loved both Lethal Bayou Beauty and Swamp Sniper. I’m hoarding book four, Swamp Team 3, for that special day with chocolate cake and uninterrupted reading.

If you’re looking for more great authors who write humorous mysteries check out these gems: Aimee Gilchrist (The Tell-tale Con) and Karen Cantwell (Take the Monkeys and Run).

 

Genre: Fantasy/Urban Fantasy – Frank Tuttle

TheFiveFacesEvery now and then, an author comes along who writes more than one series, and I end up loving every single book regardless of the style or setting. I was first introduced to Frank Tuttle’s work when I read Wistril Compleat, a collection of stories that is much like a novel because each story involves the same wizard and his trusty apprentice. I’ve also heard a rumor that due to popular demand, a new novel with the same world/characters is due out this year! I can’t wait! Meanwhile, Tuttle is also the author of the Markhat series, a wonderful urban fantasy diversion. His writing is spooky at times with just the right atmosphere to send chills down your spine, funny enough to have you laughing out loud and always a page-turner. I enjoy spending time with Markhat, Mama Hog, Darla and…well, the banshee, I’m still getting used to her.   I highly recommend Wistril Compleat and Markhat.

Need more great urban fantasy? Try Lindsay Buroker (Torrent) or Chris Strange (The Man Who Crossed Worlds). Five stars all the way!

 

Traditional Fantasy – Andrea Host

TheTouchstoneTrilogyI don’t read a lot of traditional fantasy these days, but when I do, I really appreciate a multi-layered plot with intriguing characters. Stained Glass Monsters by Andrea Host has all that and a great setting too.

It’s not so traditional that I’d felt I’d read it all before, either. The adventure, mystery and magical elements saw this novel through from beginning to end. Highly recommended if you like fantasy reads.

 

If fantasy is your favorite genre, you should also check out Laura Underwood (The Hounds of Ardagh)

 

maria_schneider_authorpixMaria Schneider is the author of the Sedona O’Hala humorous mystery series and the Moon Shadow urban fantasy series. [EDITORIAL INTRUSION:  We recommend you check out BOTH in this unique combo of short stories from both universes:  Executive Affairs and Under Witch Ghost]

Maria is an avid reader, cook and gardener.

She often reviews book on her blog, www.BearMountainBooks.com.

Check out Maria’s books on Kobo here!

 

Indie Insider’s Next Picks

insiders-logoIf you’re like most readers, then your always interested in finding new ways to discover great books and new authors. Well, look no further!

IndieReader, in collaboration with industry experts (including Kobo!) have introduced INDIE INSIDER’S NEXT PICKS, a list of recommended indie titles and authors. Check it out today to find the books everyone will be talking about tomorrow! Kobo’s picks are right at the top.

New picks will be available every month, so don’t forget to bookmark the link!

Check out Indie Insider’s Next Picks here.

 

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