Monday, April 19, 2010

Count Down to Release Day

I've got a book coming out in five weeks. Ack! Its crunch time! What do I do? Do I flash the beautiful cover again? Do I mention the release date one more time?


Should I tell you to go to my website and sign up for my newsletter?

How about giveaways and prizes?

How about I give you a blurb?

An Elusive Huntress She appeared out of nowhere, clad in form fitting leathers and looking as magical as the mysterious woods she roamed. With flashing emerald eyes, she taunted the intruder, daring him to come deeper into her enchanted realm.

An Arranged Marriage Rhys De Remy owed his life to her father, just as he owed unswering obedience to his king. If he took the heiress of Abugrgate to wife, he could clear the debts of the tormented boy he had been as well as the battle-hardened warrior he'd become. But it was Eliane herself who called out to the man in him, whose fierce pride cast a spell on him, whose silken bed promised a...Breath of Heaven

Should I post exerpts? Links to reviews (while I nervously wait for them to come in) Tell me readers, what do you want to see? What builds up your anticipation for a new book and makes you rush out to the store on release day to pick it up? As an author, I'd love to know what puts a book on your TBR pile (To Be Read) Let the Chatelaines know what works for you and we'll to our best to make it happen when we have a new release.


Gillian Layne April 19, 2010 at 5:12 PM  

I am a huge fan of newsletters. And yes, keep reminding me of the date. It's a crazy, busy time of year. It's always good to have those reminders to go get that book!

EmilyBryan April 20, 2010 at 12:08 PM  

Hi Cindy!
Why, you guest blog at of course!

Good luck on your release. We're twins this time. My STROKE OF GENIUS is out the very same day!

librarypat April 20, 2010 at 11:17 PM  

I visit quite a few blogs that discuss new books and do reviews. I will check the reviews to see what the main complaint, if any, is. The back cover blurb is important. I often decide to get a book by reading those. A chapter or two excerpt is a great way to hook a reader and make them want to get the book to finish it.
Of course everyone loves to win stuff.

Good luck with the release of BREATH OF HEAVEN. You were lucky to get a lovely cover.

Terri April 21, 2010 at 4:45 AM  

At this point in time, most of my TBR pile is authors that I know and love. My MBR (must be read)pile is all the books I have to review which in turn when I find a new author ends up adding books to my TBR pile. There is never enough time to read everything I want to read. (Neither new book mentioned is in either pile at this point so I'm guessing that I'm not reviewing either for NOR.)

To get me to pick up a book that I don't know the author....the cover. The front must get my attention so I read the back. If I'm still not sure, I'll check online to read a couple of reviews. Of course, I also have this problems with skimming reviews for one book, I'll read reviews for others and want even more books! I need to become independently wealthy.

Anyway, keep reminding us of these great new books.


Katharine Ashe April 23, 2010 at 11:45 AM  

Cindy, I second librarypat: your cover truly is lovely. (I almost hate to admit this, but...) If the cover is gorgeous, I sometimes buy a book without reading the back cover. True. And the more I see a cover out and about on blogs and bookstore shelves,and get addicted to the gorgeous hero or beautiful dress, the more likely I am to buy. Yes, I am a cover sl-t. ;) But, like Terri, I buy everything of an author I already love, so that ought to stand you in good stead on May 25! :)

p.s. Emily Bryan's blog is fantastic.

Cindy Holby April 26, 2010 at 11:31 AM  

thanks everyone for your comments. So I guess I'll keep flashing my beautiful cover, post my good reviews (so far so good) and I am doing a blog tour in May so hopefully everyone will pick it up. ;p

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