Friday, April 13, 2012

Words of Wisdom from Two Industry a Nutshell

The publishing industry can seem difficult to navigate for the modern author, especially now with the introduction of digital publishing, electronic readers, and a seemingly infinite number of web-based outlets for advertising, branding, and so on...
...How does one make sense of it all? Two publishing industry specialists are prepared to help you along this great and arduous journey to better distribution, more effective networking, and the establishment of a more complete understanding of what you want to accomplish as an author. The book that will be your guide is called Book Marketing, Book Trailers, and Author Etiquette in a Nutshell by Sheila Clover English and Barbara Vey. From start to finish it provides you, the writer (whether aspiring or established), with helpful hints and direct instruction for improving your web presence and responding accordingly to your fan-base of readers. In addition, the book gives insight into the development of a concept called the book trailer (I am almost certain that you have at least heard about these already), a form of web-based video advertising that gives you marketing leverage and provides your readers with a visually compelling way to learn about your book. Who would be better to give you the history behind book trailers than the person responsible for the idea, Sheila Clover English? In particular chapters, you also find firsthand accounts from authors about their experiences in a number of relevant (and sometimes awkward) circumstances.
If you are unsure about what to do with that bundle of pages that needs to find its way into readers' hands, then consult Book Marketing, Book Trailers, and Author Etiquette in a Nutshell. The book comes highly recommended for any writer who needs help getting to know the world of publishing in all of its glorious complexity, and it would seem particularly beneficial for those who are very new to the industry or have yet to actually publish material. You will learn from this book.
Sheila Clover English is the founder and CEO of Circle of Seven Productions, a marketing specialist for authors and publishers, as well as the company that pioneered the book trailer industry. She is also a published author herself and winner of numerous accolades throughout the industry. Barbara Vey writes the blog Beyond Her Book for Publisher's Weekly and is also the recipient of the 2012 RWA Vivian Stephens Industry Award. These are two very talented women who wish to share their incredible knowledge of the industry with you. Look for Book Marketing, Book Trailers, and Author Etiquette in a Nutshell, which is available now from major booksellers. For more information about the authors, look to the following websites: and

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Sex and the Single Therapist is a Fun Read

A Las Vegas sex therapist amateur sleuth with a penchant for finding mischief, especially if that mischief comes in the form of sexy homicide detective Zack Crawford!
The book opens up with Zack coming to Dr. Ally Skye’s office and dropping the bomb that one of her clients has been murdered. Things get more complicated when it ends up being the husband of her good friend and her friend is the prime suspect.
Ally and Zack have a rocky start and it remains that way for a while although the sexual tension begins to mount immediately.
This is romantic comedy at its best. The author has a fun voice and the pacing is quick and satisfying. The heroine is a smart girl who knows herself and is not timid. You are endeared to Ally right away and the hero, Zack is a tough go-getter. Put the two together and the killer is going to have to work pretty hard to keep up.
The characters are fun and they have immediate chemistry. If you like romantic comedies with a mystery/suspense twist then Sex and the Single Therapist by Marcia James will be a fun summer read for you!

Sex and the Single Therapist

Dr. Ally Skye is a sex therapist in Las Vegas, so already you know she’s a busy girl. But when a friend is accused of murdering her philandering husband, a husband who Ally had been trying to treat in therapy, Ally doesn’t take that lightly and neither will homicide detective, hero, Zack Crawford. Or perhaps I should say, neither of them will take it laying down. Lol
Zack and Ally are at odds immediately as Zack looks to Ally to give him information so he can pin the murder on Ally’s friend. But soon the two join forces to find the real killer before he can strike again. But, it’s more complicated than that, the two are attracted to each other almost to distraction.
The characters are fun and you want them to get together. The author strings us along, but you love every minute of it! There’s suspense and sexual tension throughout with a very satisfying ending, which is of course the hallmark of a good romance novel.
If you love mysteries, romantic comedy and fun characters you’ll enjoy Sex and the Single Therapist by Marcia James.