Monday, February 19, 2018

Meredith's Monday Musings: Blurbs

Hi All!

Happy Monday! It’s the start of a new week and I’m ready to take it head on! How about y’all? 

Today’s topic for Meredith’s Monday Musing is: Blurbs. 

I have to admit, I hate writing blurbs with a passion. They seriously suck. Why do they suck, you ask? They really do because an author writes a story, say it’s 50,000 words. Now, Amazon wants us to condense that story into basically a 300 word summary. That’s super hard to do! 

On top of that, authors need to figure out how to make the blurb make readers want to read their stories without giving away the entire plot. Lets face it, if a blurb gives away the entire story plot, no one will want to read it. Yet, authors have to give away a bit of the plot to get readers attention. 

Finally, authors have to word their blurbs carefully because if they don’t, they run the risk of Amazon putting their books into “The Dungeon” because of it. This is really bad news for authors. It’s almost like the kiss of death to a book. 

So do y’all understand now why writing a blurb is hard? It’s like having to work with a double edge sword. You can’t do this, but if you do that you set your book up to fail too. So it’s a very fine balancing act. 

All right, that’s all the time I have for today. Happy Monday! 

Monday, February 12, 2018

Meredith's Monday Musings: Valentine's Day!

Hi Guys and Gals!

Happy Monday! Are you all excited for this week? This Wednesday is Valentine’s Day or Single Awareness Day if you don’t have a partner. ;-) It’s also the first day of Lent for all you Catholics out there. 

Today’s Meredith’s Monday Musing post is all about: Valentine’s Day!

I have a confession to make. I’m not a big fan of Valentine’s Day. I know, I sound like a bitter person. I’m really not. Here’s the thing, this holiday is focused pretty much on couples. So to begin with, if you don’t have a boyfriend/girlfriend, it makes you very conscious about that fact and most likely, make you a little blue about it. That’s not good. No holiday should make a person feel bad. 

Secondly, even if you have a boyfriend/girlfriend, then you have the added stress of what you should or should not get them. Who wants to have that stress? Plus, it kind of makes me sad that people need to have a holiday to specifically get grand gestures from their boyfriend/girlfriend about how they feel. Maybe it’s me, but I feel like people should express their feeling to their boyfriend/girlfriend and do gestures of affection for them all year round. Not just on a holiday that makes it where you have to. 

As I said earlier, yes I know that I sound bitter about this. I’m really not. It’s just a holiday that I think has some flaws in it. 

On one happy note, a positive thing about Valentine’s Day is the day after, all of the chocolate that didn’t sell gets marked on sale. Who doesn’t love a sale on chocolate? I know this chocolacholic does. ;-) 

That’s all I have for today. Happy Monday and Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone! :-) 

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Carly's Crush is LIVE! #MaddieTaylor #Romance #ValentinesDay

Sweet Carly is about to learn a lesson.
A very sexy, very domineering, very alpha lesson...
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Being stuck in the friend zone sucks. Even worse, the man of your dreams seeing you as nothing more than a kid. But what's a shy girl to do when her secret crush for months won't take the hint? Seduce him, of course!
Carly puts her plan into motion. One night, after closing the lingerie shop where she works, she slips into the sheerest scrap of nothing she can find, climbs on a table in the middle of the sales floor, and strikes a pose.  Now, she waits for Trent, the head of mall security, to make his rounds and find her. Simple enough, right?
Except things go terribly wrong. Silent alarms are tripped, and Carly is left with one furious Alpha on her hands. Will she end up in the arms of the man of her dreams, or will her bottom, left bare by the skimpy black thong, end up paying for her unintended crime? Or, if she's lucky, will she get both?
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About Maddie
A USA Today and #1 international bestselling author, Maddie is a lifelong reader who became a romance junkie as a teen with her first romance novel, The Wolf and the Dove by Kathleen Woodiwiss. From then on, she was hooked, and gobbled up everything she could get her hands on, whether contemporary, historical, paranormal or sci-fi. If there was romance to be found between a strong alpha male, and a sassy, adventurous and ofttimes defiant yet loving woman, Maddie was all over it. As an author, she stays true to those themes writing steamy erotic romance, with a side of kink, and adding elements of intrigue, danger and suspense to her plots.
Maddie started writing as a hobby. Her stories stayed private while she raised a family and worked full time as a registered nurse. It wasn't until 2012 that she decided to take the plunge and submit her first book for publication: Captain My Captain. She went on to publish eleven novels the first year.
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