Tips, tricks and hacks for readers, to make your reading life easier. Plus news and gossip.

New Year Resolutions, Romanceland Style

If you overindulged last night, you have my commiserations.  As a non-drinker (I'm allergic to alcohol), I have the advantage of naturally avoiding miserable January Firsts.  :) Happy New Year, no matter what your state! It has become old-fashioned to talk about New Year Resolutions anymore.  Science and research have shown that almost no one

2018-12-04T10:16:58+00:00Tuesday, January 1, 2019|Categories: Fun Stuff, Reading|Tags: , |
  • Overstuffed bookstore

Reading More Books, Keeping Your FitBit Happy, and more.

Monday's Facebook live session was a doozy. 1) Comments worked!  I cannot tell you how awkward it felt, the week before, when I couldn't see everyone's comments. I had not realized how much the FB live sessions were a two-way street until then. So I was very relieved when the first comment showed up. (I think that

2018-12-11T08:09:32+00:00Wednesday, December 12, 2018|Categories: Fun Stuff, Historical Stuff, Reading, Videos|Tags: , , , , |

How Do *You* Find More Time to Read More Books…?

Monday's FB Live was a bit of a disaster, as I couldn't see comments.  I still don't know why that happened, but I felt like I was talking to a vacuum.  It's surprising how much difference your comments make. One of the things I was ​going​ to cover was a general discussion of ways to find

2018-12-04T07:01:48+00:00Wednesday, December 5, 2018|Categories: Fun Stuff, Reader Resources, Reading|Tags: , , |
  • Coffee and a book

Read more books by deliberately…well…reading.

If you've been following my blog posts for a while, it is probably not a big shock to you if I tell you that I am subscribed to several productivity blogs. One of them, Zen Habits, recently put up a post about deliberately scheduling reading time into your day. If you've never deliberately schedule something that

2018-08-14T16:03:23+00:00Wednesday, August 15, 2018|Categories: Reading|Tags: , |

Join My Kiss Across Time Reading Group–as we read up to the release of the next Kiss book!

  On Tuesday, the first official week of the new Kiss Across Time Reading Group gets underway. For the next few months, we will be reading the next book in the Kiss Across Time series every two weeks, leading up to the release of the brand new Book 8, Kiss Across Tomorrow, in November.  (If

Price Too High Wishlist

Do you have a "price too high" wishlist where you buy your books? Amazon in particular will let you create multiple wishlists, both for the public to view and for you to keep to your own little self. Goodreads will let you shelve books in groups you get to name, so creating a list there

2018-01-19T14:46:14+00:00Monday, January 22, 2018|Categories: Reading|Tags: , |

What Makes a Book a Book?

During 2017, a discussion via my newsletter and email from various readers alerted me to the confusion over book lengths and what makes a book a book, or a novel a novel. Novels and books are not interchangeable terms, anymore, although they used to be. A “novel” is a preset wordcount range that defines a

2017-12-15T13:00:14+00:00Monday, December 18, 2017|Categories: Reading, The Romance Industry|Tags: , , , , , |

Why Authors Let You Down

I’ve been sharply reminded this week of the constant tension that thrums between creatives and consumers – or, to be blunt—the writer and the reader.  You. (For this post, “consumer” is not merely someone who buys products.  I use the word to refer to anyone who consumes what creatives produce.  Consumers are viewers and listeners,

2017-10-13T10:36:55+00:00Friday, October 13, 2017|Categories: Reading|Tags: , , , , |

How to Write Reader Reviews

  When I first created my Street Team, I wrote for new members a guide on how to write reader reviews.  Of course, it hadn't occurred to me that many readers love reading but are completely freaked out at the idea of writing, especially their own thoughts and feelings.  That's generally not an issue for

2017-01-12T20:32:31+00:00Monday, February 6, 2017|Categories: Reading|Tags: |