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Weekly eBook Winners

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Congratulations to the weekly ebook winners in Books We Love's annual Spring Fling Event!
This week's winner is Laura Warren.
Laura wins her choice of any two Books We Love ebooks or Spice ebooks. She also receives TEN extra entries into the Kindle Fire drawing May 31. Eleanor, please visit our website http://bookswelove.net/ and make your two choices, then email the titles to bookswelove@shaw.ca
Remember, only subscribers to our newsletter are eligible to enter our contests, so if you're not a subscriber go here and sign up now. Find the entry form for Spring Fling there too!
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Congratulations Laura!


How She Does It with Gina Rosavin

friend and fellow critique partner. A woman of many names and talents.


1. How do you create your characters? Do you have a specific process?

My characters very often are inspired not only by people I know or admire, but also by other fictional characters – a lot of times, there'll be something a specific character in a TV show or movie does or says that sparks the creative juices. Some tossed off line of dialogues, or a simple expression will spur that whole “What if?” thing in my head. It’s nothing very regimented, just sort of train-of-thought brainstorming. I’ll jot down a few ideas as to who the character is – whether it be their emotional makeup, or their physical appearance. Once I have the basics set (though they are always subject to change), then I start thinking about who would make the best partner for that character. Sometimes that character is inspired in a similar fashion, other times, it's just someone in a certain situation or with a certain problem that works …

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Short, Sweet, and to the Point

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 ~*~ Publisher's Corner ~*~
By Jamie Hill



"Man hates whale, man pursues whale, whale destroys man." 
Name that book in ten seconds.
Does this help?
"When Ishmael sets sail on the whaling ship Pequod one cold Christmas Day, he has no idea of the horrors awaiting him out on the vast and merciless ocean. The ship’s strange captain, Ahab, is in the grip of an obsession to hunt down the famous white whale, Moby Dick, and will stop at nothing on his quest to annihilate his nemesis."
Apparently back in the 1800's authors weren't required to write a blurb--just the book. Somehow they managed to sell a few copies anyway. Today, with more than a million different books available on Amazon, the blurb and the cover are the only things a reader might ever see about your book. 
An eye-catching cover is a given. Without that, busy readers might not even stop to give your blurb a chance.
A catchy title might get you a second look. You've drawn the reader in. N…

Meet Author Ann Cory

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Ann Cory was born and raised in Oregon with an overactive imagination, and a love of words. With the loving support of her family, she’s able to devote time to her craft.
She enjoys writing sweet and spicy romance in an array of genres including paranormal, contemporary, historical, urban fantasy, ménage, and western.



BWL: How long have you been writing and in what genres?
AC:I’ve been writing for publication about eight years now, though I’ve been writing all my life. Genres I write include horror, erotica, fantasy, paranormal, western, contemporary, historical, ménage, BDSM, sensual romance, and more.
BWL: Where you do get your inspiration?
AC: Inspiration hits me often when I’m baking, decorating, or outside surrounded by nature. Inspiration can be a word or phrase, lyrics to a song, in a conversation my husband and I are having, and many times from a picture.
BWL: Tell us about your book(s).
AC: Penny Serenade: Tokens of the Heart Book One is a contemporary erotic romance that introduce…

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Website Suggestion: Top 5

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I’ve been asked to provide what, in my opinion, is a “Do and Don’t” list for Author Websites. I have approached them all from the positive DO point of view (although I also mention some Don’t in many of them).
By no means is this comprehensive, I only focused on what I view as the top 5 for length purposes … and please keep in mind, this is simply my opinion.Mileage can and does vary.
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1. DO have a website.First and foremost, if you are an author, in today’s internet based consumer economy, you need an author website.You don’t have to be especially tech savvy or rich to have a website.True, you could pay someone to design and maintain your website.Nothing wrong with that.But if you can’t afford that option (and let’s face it starting out, who really can?), then there are other options.Go to a website provider with templates offered.Use a blog as your website.It doesn’t even have to be perfect – just functional and most of all, pr…