Top 10 Reasons Book Bloggers Matter

romance1 smIt started innocently enough. My mother is visiting, and she brought a newspaper with her – a major national newspaper she gets so she can do the daily crossword. Normally I hate newspapers, for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is the mess of paper that always seems to accumulate around my house. Why would I PAY to have more crap to recycle at the end of the week?

Anyway, said newspaper was left on my dining table, and idly as I ate my breakfast this morning, I perused the Arts section – in particular the pages dedicated to books. My first cursory glance didn’t reveal much to capture my interest. But on second look something occurred to me. I began checking author names. Specifically, I began to circle MALE author names. What I discovered didn’t surprise me exactly but, it did confirm some stuff I’ve heard about the publishing industry.

I did a quick statistical analysis:

Of the authors reviewed or profiled 83% were male.

That’s not right, is it? That’s not fair, that’s not representative of the population at large. It should be about 50/50, right?

Well I did another quick count, this time on the bestsellers list, and here’s what I found:

Only 33% of the authors on the bestseller list are male. This includes fiction, non-fiction, paperback and Canadian books. Of the 60 books on the six different top ten lists, only 20 were authored by men. So what that tells us is that despite the fact that women are selling the majority of books, men are still getting the majority of column inches in major newspapers.  That also tells me that when it comes to speaking to the book creating and consuming population at large, the mainstream media sucks balls.

And you know what else that tells me? Unlike the mainstream media, Book Bloggers are awesome.

Book Bloggers Matter. Book bloggers matter A LOT. And to drive that point home here’s my own top ten.

The Top Ten Reasons Book Bloggers Matter:

  1. Book bloggers review genres that rarely get reviewed in mainstream publications – specifically but not limited to romance and erotica and other genres that are typically maligned by mainstream publications.
  2. Book bloggers review indie published books. For an indie author to get a look-in at a major publication they need to be “a phenomena” and even then they are usually only profiled as some kind of offensive or embarrassing anomaly.
  3. Book Bloggers come from all walks of life. You don’t need a degree in journalism from Stanford to be a book blogger. You don’t need to be the son of a prominent newspaper editor. You need a laptop and a library card. You don’t even need a laptop.
  4. Book bloggers can specialize in certain genres, and become not only experts in that genre but evangelists for it. Many blogs focus on paranormal books, or YA for example.
  5. Book bloggers are often (though not always) women, though they rarely have a bias toward women authored books. A good book is a good book in their eyes.
  6. Conversely some book bloggers specialize in books authored by under-represented groups or books depicting under-represented characters. Several blogs specialize in writers and characters of color for example, while some others are particularly interested in LGBT themes.romance2 sm
  7. Book bloggers are not beholden to advertising. If they want to sing the praises of smut-tastic gay erotica, or pan a treacly and didactic Christian romance, no amount of pressure from Chic-Fil-A is going to stop them.
  8. Book Bloggers ENGAGE with readers and writers. They don’t sit atop some privileged Manhattan high-rise sipping kale smoothies with Jonathan Franzen while Toni Morrison reads poetry in the light of an Arco floor lamp. They drink cheap martinis in dive bars in Vegas with Jimmy Thomas and Sylvia Day while fans line up to get their décolletage autographed.
  9. Book bloggers are ON POINT with social media and new technology. If they like a book not only will it appear on their blog but it will be Facebooked, tweeted, pinned, tumbled, Instagrammed and Vined up the wazoo. Not only that but they RULE when it comes to eReading and eBooks. If a book is exclusive to eBook, book bloggers will be ALL OVER it.
  10. Book bloggers not only respect trends, they make them. They practically invented the New Adult category, despite the mainstream industry’s insistence to “stop trying to make New Adult a thing” (boy are they singing a different tune now). They have kept paranormal romance alive and kicking, despite the mainstream’s weary protestations that it was “over”. Things don’t become “over” with book bloggers. If one book blogger gets sick of Shifter Erotica, there’s always another who just discovered it.

I could go on. While the mainstream media floats around in the haze of their own over-educated, organic lemongrass- scented farts, book bloggers have revolutionized how books are written, promoted, bought and read.

I, for one, am for it. We got this, girls (and guys). We got this.

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The Vikings Are Coming! (wink)

I’m pleased and proud as punch to have a story included in this amazing upcoming anthology of Viking erotica, edited by New York Times bestseller, Delilah Devlin.

Here’s a little tease:

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CONQUESTS publishes on July 14th. We have a pre-order special going right now, so order early to save!

The Shield Maiden’s Revenge – Release Blitz

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I’m super excited to share the details of the new historical romance The Shield Maiden’s Revenge. It’s a sexy New Adult Viking revenge tale, with a kick-ass heroine and a brooding hero. What’s not to love?

Blurb:

Katla Grímsdóttir has lived with her Viking father’s anger and abuse for all of her eighteen years. And she has watched him mistreat the two people she loves most in the world – her twin sister Gull and their slave “milk brother” Freyvior – until her heart is nothing but fire and steel. When Gull is sold in marriage to one of their father’s brutish warlords, Katla turns that fire and steel into the strength of fury.

She can no longer deny that her love for her beautiful slave Freyvior has changed, nor can she resist her desire to be owned by him, body and soul. But while together they awaken a fierce storm of passion between them, they must also face a violent destiny as they set out to rescue Gull. And first, those who have betrayed and abused them will be made to face the young shield maiden’s long repressed wrath.

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Excerpt:

Without undressing, he slipped between them, lying on his back and crossing his hands over his chest like a corpse. Gull rolled onto her side, her back to him, and was soon breathing the heavy breaths of the exhausted sleeper.

“I’ll slip out the loose board if your father comes,” Frey said.

Katla rolled onto her side, facing him. She could only see his silhouette against the dying candle on the bench. “That would be advised.”

They both snuffled with laughter.

Frey turned and faced her, reaching up to finger one of her braids. “There’s a fortune in gold and saffron woven in here. Did you know that?”

“What is a fortune to you is pennies to my Father.”

Frey nodded.  “You could buy my freedom with three strands.” He gathered two more braids and twirled them around his fingers.

“I would with all my heart, dear Frey, if Father would permit it.”

Frey dropped her braids, laying his hand instead on her cool cheek. “You would? Then what would you have me do? Leave the village? Sail south and search for my gypsy father? Do you want me to be a free man? Free of you?”

Katla reached up and touched the thin iron collar that marked his enslavement. She might cling to it with all her strength to keep him from leaving her. Or perhaps she could let him go. Or perhaps not. Her mind bounced back and forth, unable to formulate a decision.

“A little slow to answer, mistress.” Frey said, with a sad smile.

Perhaps Katla was able to voice feelings with her eyes that her lips had never managed. Perhaps Frey could somehow hear the words her mind was screaming.

That she would be his slave, happily.

Something changed in Frey’s face as he looked at her. He inhaled sharply and sighed, his lips slightly parted. Without taking his eyes from hers he let his hand slide off her cheek, over her neck, her exposed collarbone. He kept going lower, unlacing her night gown as he did.

“Gull,” Katla whispered. “She’s right there.”

“Asleep.” Frey spoke in a deep authoritative voice. “And you are going to be very quiet.”

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Where to Buy:

Amazon.com

Amazon.UK

Amazon.CA

Goodreads

 

About the Author:

Bibi Rizer is a mom, blogger, teacher and writer living in the Pacific Northwest. While she’s been writing professionally for many years, romance and erotica are relatively new pursuits.

Bibi likes writing about strong kinky women and brave willing men living in realistic and imperfect worlds.

In her spare time Bibi sings Karaoke and hangs around on film sets with child actors. Having the the firm belief that no one can be too weird or too funny, she happily admits that most of her favorite people and characters are both.

Stalk her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Goodreads or her blog at www.BibiRizer.com.

For sneak peeks, swag, freebies and other fun, consider joining Bibi’s Street Team, The Early Rizers.

Cover Reveal Thrill-Kinky by Teresa Noelle Roberts

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In the 26th century, humans and numerous alien races share the galaxy. Technology has advanced massively. Old Earth is a vast preserve and museum, and humans have spread to the stars. But some things remain the same. Love, lust, and money motivate both humans and other sentient species. Politics can get ugly. And crime can pay very well indeed.

The Malcolm, an independent interplanetary freighter, prefers to steer clear of both politics and crime, at least the kind of crime that doesn’t involve rescuing the occasional slave or exploited child on planets where such abominations are legal. Captain Mik and his loyal, if eccentric crew—Mik’s overprotective alien husband Gan, adventurous human mechanic Rita, bouncy cat-girl (and trained assassin) Xia, and PTSD-haunted ex-soldier Buck—usually succeed in keeping things only a little bit illegal. (One planet’s cash crop, after all, might be another’s favorite illicit recreational substance, and as long as no one’s getting hurt, why not get a cut of the profits?) But when a seemingly legitimate job goes supernova, the crew finds themselves up to their armpits in interplanetary espionage, art theft, and spies, and on the run from an infamous assassin. What a time to fall in love! (Thrill-Kinky, coming 5/12/2015).

Luckily, Drax Jalricki—reformed (mostly) art thief, former (mostly) Banjali covert operative, and all-around winged hunk—has a plan to protect them.

But it involves hiding out on Cibari, the most dangerous planet in the galaxy.

Who knew Cibari was run by a felinoid warlord who might be the perfect match for Xia—if the straight-arrow detective sent from her homeworld to “rescue” her doesn’t win her heart, ears and adorable, perky tail first? And that’s not even talking about how the warlord and the detective are crazy about each other. Of course, it would help if any of them could tell the whole truth about who they are. (Book Two, Bad Kitty, coming 9/2015)

Who would guess that a hot cyborg who’s already survived more than a human lifetime could offer Buck both healing and love? But the cyborg shares a common, deadly enemy with the Malcolm’s crew, and surviving that confrontation will trigger all their inner demons. (Book Three, tentatively called Buck, Naked)

Dark secrets Mik hides even from Gan will come to a head and threaten them more than the enemies they’d hoped to escape. A mysterious stranger holds the key to Mik’s salvation… and unexpectedly, a key to both men’s hearts as well, if they’re willing to open that door. (Book Four, title TBD)

 

Thrill-Kinky (Chronicles of the Malcolm, Book 1)

Teresa Noelle Roberts

Publication Date: May 12, 2015

 

 

Sexual freefall is like a game of chicken, except the first one to let go wins.

 

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Humans may have expanded to the stars, but they still have the annoying need to work for a living. Which is why Rita, crew member of the space freighter Malcolm, is stuck collecting recyclable slag rather than attending her favorite festival celebrating love and sexuality.

Things go from boring to interesting when she discovers a badly injured man who’s been thrown into a recycling bin to die. The catch, he’s gorgeous, winged, and naked.

Drax Jalricki, reformed (mostly) art thief and reluctant covert operative, is on an undercover mission to protect three planets when someone in his own government brands him a traitor. By virtue of association, Rita and her crew are going down with him.

From their first, hide-in-plain-sight quickie, the erotic spark between Rita and Drax is fueled by danger and adrenaline. But their growing suspicion that there’s more to their connection than lust may not matter if they don’t live through the night.

Warning: Hero and heroine who straddle the line of criminal behavior—and definitely violate public indecency statutes. Exhibitionist, dangerous sex. Dark, sordid pasts. Wild risk-taking. Giggly cat-girl sidekick who’s not just another pretty…tail. And the greatest risk of all: true love.

 

 

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Excerpt (Adult)

 

Definitely something in the danger-as-aphrodisiac theory, because in a fetid alley, with the law and outlaws both after them and her no doubt out of both a job and a home when the guys found out she’d dumped the slag and abandoned the floater, Rita was getting more turned on than she ever remembered being. She’d been excitable to start with, from the kiss, and from simply being around Drax’s dangerous good looks, but now she could feel herself getting slick, hot, ready for the cock that she could now feel all too well against her bare skin.

And his wings—marling stars, she’d never felt anything like the soft, sensual caress of all those feathers against her back, her ass. So good. His hands gripped and kneaded, and his wings stroked and soothed, and all the while he was kissing her, exploring her mouth with his tongue, sending sparks down the connections from her lips to the mouth of her sex. Her common sense told her they needed to move, couldn’t take the time to play there when the overpriced thugs in the Fiero might show up at any second.

Her common sense lost the argument with her libido.

 

 

Teresa Noelle Roberts started writing stories in kindergarten and she hasn’t stopped yet. A prolific author of short erotica, she’s also a published poet and fantasy writer—but hot paranormals and BDSM-spiced contemporaries are her favorites. Or they were, until she realized science-fiction romances offered new possibilities for outrageous adventure, wild sex and love that overcomes serious obstacles, including being from different species! She’s also a prolific author of short erotica, and a published poet and fantasy writer. Find her at www.teresanoelleroberts.com, on Facebook or on Twitter, where she hangs out as @TeresNoeRoberts.

 

Pre-Order The Shield Maiden’s Revenge

shield-maidensrevenge copyI’m super excited to let you all know that my steamy historical romance The Shield Maiden’s Revenge is now available for pre-order.

Here’s the blurb:

Katla Grímsdóttir has lived with her Viking father’s anger and abuse for all of her eighteen years. And she has watched him mistreat the two people she loves most in the world – her twin sister Gull and their slave “milk brother” Freyvior – until her heart is nothing but fire and steel. When Gull is sold in marriage to one of their father’s brutish warlords, Katla turns that fire and steel into the strength of fury.

She can no longer deny that her love for her beautiful slave Freyvior has changed, nor can she resist her desire to be owned by him, body and soul. But while together they awaken a fierce storm of passion between them, they must also face a violent destiny as they set out to rescue Gull. And first, those who have betrayed and abused them will be made to face the young shield maiden’s long repressed wrath.

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And if you want more here are a few teasers:

 

 

OBJECTIFY ME- A Fireworks Novella – Release Week Blitz

I’m super excited to share the details of the next book in the fabulous series, the Fireworks Novellas: Objectify Me.

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Here’s a video about the Fireworks Novellas

Blurb:

Seattle law student Levi Borovski has been ceremonially dispatched from his family home to “get over himself” as his mother not so politely puts it. For the last year he’s been experimenting with living by orthodox Jewish traditions and it’s driven his liberal secular parents crazy. To make matters worse, the nice Jewish medical student for whom he put in all this effort has just gotten engaged to someone else. Why Levi’s mother thinks spending Mardi Gras in New Orleans will improve his mood is something of a mystery, but at this stage he’s pretty much ready to try anything. So when his frat buddies ditch him to take off on some drug dealer’s riverboat Levi is left to his own devices in the Big Easy, determined, despite everything to let the good times roll.

Charlotte Gibbs doesn’t exactly hate her demeaning job as a lap dancer in the high end French Quarter gentlemen’s club, Objections. It’s good money and the attention she gets from her mostly rich lawyer clientele satisfies her ego enough that her perpetual singlehood no longer feels like a voodoo curse. Tourists can be a pain though, and Mardi Gras week is especially bad. Still, a hard-working girl like Charlotte is entitled to have a little fun sometimes. So when an adorably drunk but sincere West Coast college boy invites her for a drink, Charlotte decides to take a chance.

Neither of this mismatched set of misfits imagines that the magic of Mardi Gras will rub off on them in quite such a sexy, dramatic and life changing way. When the sun comes up on New Orleans will they find a way to make this unexpected magic last?

 

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Excerpt:

She tastes like lime and sugar, and her mouth is warm and soft. My cock throbs as I think about what other parts of her might be warm and soft, too. Just when I think I might slide down on the ground with her legs wrapped around me, she pulls back. I sneak a look down at her cleavage which is moving up and down as she breathes heavily.

“So…what’s your hotel like?” She looks back over my shoulder to the hotel a block away.

“It’s nice. Pretty quiet. Quaint, I guess you’d say. It’s decorated with antiques and stuff.”

She looks up at me through her eyelashes, nodding, a twinkle in her eye. “And your room? That’s nice?”objectifyme copy

“Yeah, good. It’s like a two-bedroom suite, because I came with two friends. So they let me have the bigger room because I organized the trip. There’s a balcony over Bourbon Street. It’s pretty cool.”

She nods some more, her mouth slowly breaking into a grin.

“Oh God,” I say. “I really suck at this. You’re looking for an invitation, right?”

“Unless you feel strongly about another cocktail.”

“Hell, no.” I grab her hand and we practically run the block and half back to the LaFleur. By the time we get there, we’re out of breath and laughing. And I can’t quite believe what’s happening. I’m glad I didn’t have another cocktail. This is the kind of situation that can go south in about a thousand different ways when too much alcohol in involved.

I sneak a little kiss as I dig the key out of my pocket.

The doorman looks up as we walk in. I wink at him and lead Charlotte to the staircase.

“Boy, you been gone five minutes!” he calls after us.

Charlotte trails her hand along the wooden bannister as we climb up to the second floor. “I’ve walked past this place about a thousand times, and I’ve always wanted to see inside.”

“Is it what you expected?”

“It’s clean,” she says pausing at the top of the stairs to look at a painting of a pirate. “I dunno. I think I expected these places to be like haunted houses or something. All old and dusty.”

I tug her across the landing to the door of our suite. “Not haunted at all. We even have WiFi.” I pause as I unlock and open the door, taking her hand. This whole situation is so crazy and surreal, I need to make sure I don’t epically screw it up. “I want you to know something,” I say. “I’m not one of those guys who thinks that just because a girl comes to your hotel room, it means she agrees to sex.”

Charlotte grins and touches the tip of her nose onto mine. “But I do agree to sex.” She grabs the front of my shirt and pulls me through the door, slamming it behind us.

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Where to Buy:

Amazon.com

Amazon.UK

Amazon.CA

Goodreads

 

And don’t miss The first Fireworks Novella, Electrify Me.

 

About the Author:

Bibi Rizer is a mom, blogger, teacher and writer living in the Pacific Northwest. While she’s been writing professionally for many years, romance and erotica are relatively new pursuits.

Bibi likes writing about strong kinky women and brave willing men living in realistic and imperfect worlds.

In her spare time Bibi sings Karaoke and hangs around on film sets with child actors. Having the the firm belief that no one can be too weird or too funny, she happily admits that most of her favorite people and characters are both.

Stalk her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Goodreads or her blog at www.BibiRizer.com.

For sneak peeks, swag, freebies and other fun, consider joining Bibi’s Street Team, The Early Rizers.