“Ilya did not turn away from the window…”

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What can Book Clubs do for you?

Good Information!

Against Their Will

Books of every genre can be promoted at a book club. Books of every genre can be promoted at a book club.

Many of you may belong to book clubs, others may have utilized their exposure to boost name recognition and sales.

I recently made myself available to book clubs as a speaker and guest. It remains to be seen how profitable this will be (not just in sales made, but in gaining more exposure to future readers), but regardless, I think it will produce some helpful insight in how readers look for books, how they digest them and what they are looking for in a book.

I know, I know, we’re creative types, but business intrudes into our fantasy world, especially if we want to keep creating those fantasies for others to read. So, I feel this is a viable tool to help us research hot topics, see what is “happening” with readers as well as get a little much…

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The Dragon and the Goddess: Top Ten Reads of 2014

Top Ten Reads of 2014. Must Consider

Beyond the Dreamline

  1. The Turn of the Story – Sarah Rees Brennan
  2. Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell
  3. Fairytales for Wilde Girls – Allyse Near
  4. On the Steel Breeze – Alastair Reynolds
  5. The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
  6. Ancillary Justice – Ann Leckie
  7. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms – N.K. Jemisin
  8. To the Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf
  9. Rose Under Fire – Elizabeth Wein
  10. Nimona – Noelle Stevenson

As if these books are not all wonderful enough, two are available for free online. Sarah Rees Brennan’s The Turn of the Story was intended as an extra for her short story ‘The Wings of the Morning’ (published in Monstrous Affections: an Anthology of Beastly Tales) but kept getting extended into more segments and sort of turned into a novel. It includes the most dangerous pacifist you’re ever likely to meet, his mildly concerned friends, matriarchal elves, a judgemental unicorn and all the fabulous fantasy meta you…

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January Book Photo Challenge

Good way to connect with like-minded people.

For The Love of Literature

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This is a photo challenge hosted by Books-Cupcakes on tumblr each month and its a fantastic way to show off the books you love and subtlety recommend them to your friends, followers, or subscribers. I plan on participating this coming month and maybe *fingers crossed* I’ll actually keep up with it. Though, I am not the best photographer so you will have to forgive me.

Anyone else that is participating, please feel free to post a link in the comments to where you will be uploading your pictures. I would LOVE to see them.

I hope you all had happy holidays and spent time with family and some wonderful books.

Keep reading and until next time!!!!!

~Danielle

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