Waiting for "The Call"

“Honey, it’s always crap. Every book I write is crap. It’s my job to fix the crap afterwards,” according to Nora Roberts. Well, I've got it half right. Still working on the "fixing it" part. "Trust your characters to be complex enough and to have enough emotional baggage. Force them to make hard choices." Advice from Michelle Styles that might help!

More free Mills and Boon ebooks January 30, 2011

Filed under: What I'm reading — Autumn Macarthur @ 10:38 pm
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The lovely people at Mills and Boon have updated their Everyone’s Reading website with more free romance ebooks.

A fab opportunity to try out a series you wouldn’t normally read!

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Last chance at free Harlequin ebooks! January 2, 2011

Filed under: What I'm reading — Autumn Macarthur @ 11:35 am
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If you didn’t visit the Try Harlequin site yet to download the sixteen free ebooks they have available- do it now! Then do it again next week.

The current books will be changing to a new selection very soon, and last year’s books won’t be available free anymore.

It’s a fab way to try books from a line you wouldn’t normally buy, and also to get the taste of the different lines if you are writing and aren’t sure which line your story fits. The other thing that’s super useful- it’s possible to gte the books as pdfs so they can be read on anything that reads pdfs. I hate this formatting and drm stuff, especially as Harlequin have stopped supporting mobipocket, the format I used to buy all my ebooks in ‘cos at the time it was the only ebook reader that worked on my pda. I’m now going to have to have three different sets of e-book software on my computer to be able to read books I bought and paid for, which kinda sucks.

But that’s an aside, the real thing I like about having some Harlequins in pdf is it makes it possible to do that thing so many writing workshops suggest- to take a book from the series you are aiming for, get out the coloured highlighters, and mark up different colours for dialogue, physical action, description, introspection, whatever; do the same with one’s own story; compare. I wouldn’t do that with a physical copy of a book, I’m too indocrinated into treating books with respect. But cutting and pasting a big chunk of a pdf into a Word doc, and using the Word highlight works great.

Thanks to Donna Alward for the message in her newsletter that the books will be changing-  Donna’s wonderful Hired by the Cowboy will be the free sweet Romance read. And thanks to Harlequin for making the books available- and for the bonus of new free books yearly- it’s a darned good idea and I hope it results in lots more readers taking a chance on something they wouldn’t normally read- and loving it!