How To Properly Store Books by @JoanReeves #mgtab

Writers are die-hard readers first and foremost, and we know how to properly store books.

In fact, we probably buy more books than the average reader, and many of us have massive home libraries.

Whether you’re talking an online bookseller or a brick and mortar store, we find it had to pass them by without browsing the sale books, new releases, and collectibles.

I’ve written before about how to remove the smell from books one may buy in a musty used book store. Today, I thought I’d talk about how to store books properly. At the end of this post, I’ll even talk about the proper storage of ebooks since so many of us now prefer to read those because of convenience and the inexpensive price point.

Print Books Rule

If you’re like me, you have a considerable financial investment in printed books that comprise your home library. Actually, according to recent book sale statistics, softcover and hardcover print books are rising in popularity.

I’ve lost many readers because they tell me they read only print. They love the feel of the printed pages, and digital just doesn’t give them the same feel. (I plan to get all my backlist in new print editions by the end of January 2020 if not before.)

Our personal book collections are more valuable than we realize. If you add up the amount you have invested in your personal library, you might be stunned by the tally. Protect your library by storing your books properly.

5 Tips on Storing Your Print Books

1. Store books upright to prevent warping. It’s always best to completely fill the book shelf so they are supported on each end. If you don’t have enough books to do this, be sure to use strong bookends.

2. Keep food and beverages away from books because insects, along with heat and humidity, are a book’s worst enemies. Cockroaches, silverfish, and carpet beetle larvae, better known as—you guessed it—the bookworm are attracted to the smallest residue of nutrients. Keep your books clean, cool, dry, and nutrient-free.

3. Use bookmarks to hold your place in a book. (Roses are not appropriate bookmarks.) Do not dog ear the page (I am so guilty of this!) or lay the book down, open-faced (Sigh. I do this too.) which will damage the spine of the book.

4. Books aren’t double-jointed. Never “crack” one open, that is, don’t force it open past its own natural angle.

5. The purpose of the dust jacket, the paper cover that comes on hardbacks, is to keep the book from becoming soiled and to protect it from wear and tear. Never discard it because if you think you may hang on to it as a collectible, the lack of a dust cover lowers its value.

It’s okay to remove the dust jacket, as long as you follow Rule #2, so as not to tatter it while reading the book, but return it to the book when you finish reading.

How To Store Ebooks

Stuff as many as possible into your selected digital reading device as often as possible. You’ll find hundreds available from the Authors of Authors Billboard. Just look at the Home Page for some suggestions and subscribe to our Friday weekly newsletter to see new releases and ebooks on sale.

*LOL* Okay, that’s not really a rule, but an ereader stores your ebooks without your doing much more than downloading the ebook. Plus, you don’t have to dust the books on your digital shelf. Anything that gets me out of dusting is a good thing.

For your consideration, try my romantic comedy Just One Look.

Here’s what a recent  Review said: “This story gripped me and didn’t let go. I finished it in five hours! It was fast-paced and filled with emotion and very HOT moments. The hero — Matt — is delicious and sweet. And confident. Very enjoyable read.”

Seriously, it’s never too late to learn the proper way to do something. Make new book handling habits today and teach them to your children.

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Finders Keepers!

I remember being a little girl and other kids around me would find things and say, “finders keepers losers weepers.” I always found that to be strange saying when my parents taught me that if you found something valuable, you aways try to find the owner.

I’ve done a few writing workshops where every authors is given the same prompt and yet, when you read the stories, they are very different. One such exercise had been done at my local RWA meeting. The prompt was this: You walk into your hotel room and what to do you find? We had everything from puppies, to naked men, to a computer, to an ominous note, to a dead body, and more! It was very interesting to see how each writer took the same sentence and ran with it in totally different directions.

Since then, I’ve wanted to do boxset based on a similar concept and I came up with, what if you looked inside your purse and found something that didn’t belong to you? What is that item? I told that idea to Casey Hagen and Finders Keepers was born.

We have eight talented authors who contributed to this set. Each one picking a different item. Each story going in a different direction. We have some contemporary stories, suspense stories, and romantic comedies. A little something for everyone. You can’t go wrong with this set. Pre-Order your copy today! 

Welcome to Finders Keepers where Possession is 9/10ths of the law and it has never been so sweet…or scandalous! Curl up with eight romances where each heroine discovers a surprise in her purse that sends her on a wild ride to her happily-ever-after.

Open the clasp and see what’s inside!

USA Today Bestselling Author Jen Talty: What started as a reunion ends in a deadly twist and an unexpected finish.

USA Today Bestselling Author Casey Hagen: Mama always warned her that her sense of adventure would only lead to trouble. Tall. Dark. Delicious. Trouble.

Nicole S. Patrick: He’d cracked the wall around her heart.

Stacey Wilk: When a chance encounter warms the heart and lights the way home.

Rayvn Salvador: Their past is the key to everything, but the move to unlock the future has yet to be made.

Lisa Ricard Claro: When the past and present collide, love can be a real killer.

Robin Stone: He lost his true love. Will he ever find another?

Judy Kentrus: Their journey to love is battered by secrets from their pasts.

Available only on Amazon.

 

Kiss Me, Thrill Me in June @JoanReeves #mgtab

Ah, June! The month for weddings. Wait a minute. Why is June traditionally the month for weddings?

Well, June was named for the Roman goddess Juno, the protector of women in all aspects of life, but especially in marriage and childbearing. So if a woman married in Juno’s month, good luck would shine upon her marriage.

What began as superstition became tradition. Of course, before a woman marries, she must first find that special man. The one who will thrill her and touch her heart.

That’s what the Romance Collection KISS ME, THRILL ME is all about–a smart, sassy woman finding the right man who will not only sweep her off her feet with romance but be there to catch her if she ever needs saving.

With 6 New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors contributing to KISS ME, THRILL ME , I thought it would be interesting to ask the authors what thrills them when it comes to romance.

I’ll let my fellow authors speak first.

Mimi Barbour is the author of The Surrogate’s Secret, an international love story. Miguel forces his dead brother’s surrogate to marry him so he can take her and her twin babies to Chile to save his beloved, sickly mother whose only cure is to see her grandchildren.

Mimi said, “I like a romance with humor and realistic characters. For me, the first meet is important, and I like it to start it with sparks flying.

Whether instant attraction, anger or even action are the causes for them to feel connected, it’s nice if they recognise a link right from the start.

Characters in my books have to be people I’d love to meet in real life.

If I have to spend hours creating a story for them, they better make me care about them first and then hopefully, the readers will too.

Alicia Street is the author of Touch Me and Tango, a second chance at love story.

A lost love returns for one more dance–and a second chance at love. They fell for each other long ago, but reality intruded and broke them apart. When they meet again, the same passion flares between them. Can love prevail this time?

When asked what thrills her when it comes to romance, Alicia said: “A story that takes me through the ups and downs and the final triumph of two people falling in love is what thrills me. It gives me hope in this crazy, difficult world. I never tire of reading novels that show how love can conquer all.

Mona Risk is the author of Right Name, Wrong Man, a medical romance.

What’s a girl to do when she whispers another man’s name while in her fiancé’s arms? In this international medical romance, forbidden dreams about the sexy French surgeon, Dr. Yves Malroux, assail Mary-Beth at every turn.

Torn between two lovers and not ready to pledge love and commitment to her fiancé, she flies to France to confront her past and the lover she left behind.

What thrills Mona when it comes to romance? She said, “When I read a romance I like to meet characters who attract me. I like to see them thrown into difficult situations that disturb their lives or facing realistic problems that force them to re-evaluate their priorities. A successful author–in my view–would make me sail through the characters’ journeys with a fluid writing style that doesn’t detract from the story.

Patrice Wilton is the author of For the Love of Candy, a chick lit romantic comedy.

Fun, flirty, a little sexy, and a lot of humor–that’s chick lit romantic comedy at its best. Harrison Wolfe doesn’t want his twenty-year-old daughter to marry Candy’s son. Candy hasn’t met her yet, but knows they are too young. How can the parents keep them apart without their own attraction getting in the way?

Patrice answered the question this way. “All writers are readers first, so I try to give them what I want. I love books that make me laugh and cry, that make me feel deeply, and what better than a heartwarming, gut wrenching romance?

The characters have to be strong, wonderful, people that you care about and root for. The hero is the man you can’t NOT love. He’s irresistible, and the heroine will steal any heart away. The conflict has to be strong and dramatic, giving the reader a thrill of a lifetime and a book they won’t soon forget.

Dani Haviland is the author of Aye, I Am a Fairy.

This time-travel romance is an adventure with assaults, arson, a 230-year old video on a solar-powered smartphone, and two very different women awaiting the sharp British lord with a great secret.

What will lovely Leah, the sassy heroine, do when she learns the truth?

Unfortunately, I believe Dani was on vacation and could not respond to the question I’d posed to the group, but I wanted you to see the lovely cover of her book in the Kiss Me, Thrill Me Collection.

Joan Reeves is the author of Cinderella Blue, a mashup of romantic comedy and a cop romance.

Detective Andrea Luft–Andie to her friends–loves to say those three little words: “You’re under arrest.” Especially to bad guys who SO deserve it. Andie is undercover to catch the thief stealing designer wedding gowns from San Antonio bridal boutiques.

She’s about to make an arrest when Detective Bruce Benton barges onto the scene. The suspect escapes, and, as a reward for this screw-up, Benton and Andie are paired together as partners to close the case. Andie and Benton, two commitment-phobic cops with nothing in common—except the desire sizzling between them.

What thrills me when it comes to romance? I like a romance that’s like one of those 20 layer cakes you see on the Great British Baking Show. I want layers of appealing characters, humor, interesting situation, dynamic scenes, great dialogue, oceans of emotion with unexpected undercurrents, a really black moment, and an epic ending.

Okay, Readers, now it’s your turn. What thrills you when it comes to romance?

Joan Reeves is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Sassy, Sexy Contemporary Romance. All of her books have the same underlying theme: It’s never too late to live happily ever after. She lives her HEA with her hero, her husband, in the Lone Star State. Visit Joan online at her Blog and Website. Follow her at: Facebook * Twitter * Amazon Author Page * BookBub Author Page. Sign up for Joan’s mailing list and receive a free ebook. Just click here to sign up.

Comedy relief or humor compulsion?

Is a sense of humor hereditary?
I know a person’s general body shape and coloring is hereditary, but is the compulsion to bring levity to a conversation or situation caused by genetics or environment? After spending just a few minutes with the half-sister I had never met, I’m beginning to believe it’s genetic.
We were reared by different people, had different colors of eyes and body shapes because we had different mothers, but we both had a boisterous silliness that our mutual friend spotted right off the bat. My second daughter doesn’t look a thing like me, but the same situation occurred when we met new people who only knew me. “She has to be your daughter. You don’t look anything alike, but that sense of humor…”
I really don’t see any reason to suppress it. Even when I’m writing romance novellas, the urgency to give a situation a humorous spin is unstoppable. Here’s an excerpt from Three Are One, part of Sweet and Sassy Brides box set, released today. The mother of a deceased (and very dishonorable) soldier is in complete denial that her son has died.

Forsythe pulled the sheet back, exposing the head and shoulders of the corpse, the cloth bandage disguising the fact that the back of the soldier’s skull had been blasted away by his 9 mm service revolver.
Heath and the corporal were at her heels, ready to catch her when she passed out, but they weren’t needed. She did grasp the edge of the table, though, her knees buckling briefly.
“He did such a good job of finding a doppelganger. This man looks so much like my Butch.”
“Ma’am,” Forsythe said, “they matched the fingerprints, too. This is your son.”
“Hmph! If it was my son, he’d have six toes on his right foot. I seriously doubt any body double would be able to duplicate that!”
She stepped to the end of the table and grasped the end of the sheet.
Heath and the corporal rushed to either side of her.
She pulled the shroud off dramatically, took one look, then said, “Oh, shit!” and fainted.
“Some people just won’t believe what you say, no matter what,” the corporal said. “Now what’ll we do?”
“I have smelling salts right here,” Forsythe said, patting his chest pocket. “Do you want to give her a minute?”
Heath looked side to side, lips pursed in frustration, hoping for inspiration. “Yes, wait a minute. Cover him up again, then let’s get her out of here before we rouse her. I don’t want her fainting all over again.”

“Ma’am. Ma’am,” Forsythe said, wafting the ammonia-filled snifter under her nose. “You have to wake up now.”
Her eyes fluttered, then popped open and shut again, squeezed tight against reality.
“Mrs. Wadsworth,” Heath said, his voice stern and uncompromising. “You have to get up. We’ll have a driver take you to your hotel. I just talked to your husband. He’s expecting you.”
The woman was feigning unconsciousness, her eyes and lips wrinkled as she forced them closed.
“Well, then, I guess I’ll just have to take you to the post medical center. Or would you rather go to the hospital in Anchorage?”
Still no reply.
“All right, then,” Heath said. “Post medical center it is. They don’t have any private rooms, and you’ll probably have to wait in the lobby for a couple hours before the medic can see you. Still, it’s clean and better than spending the rest of the afternoon in a mortuary. Come on, Corporal—you grab her legs and I’ll get her shoulders.”
“Don’t you dare!” she screeched, sitting up like someone had poured ice water on her head.
“Sorry about that, ma’am,” Heath said. “I couldn’t let you stay lying out here. And I truly am sorry for your loss…”
“Oh, shut up.”
(Read more in the box set Sweet and Sassy Brides or as a single in Three Are One)

A good sense of humor will get you through tough times better than a bucket of beer. And there’s no chance of a DUI with it, either! Dani Haviland