Launch Party: Sugar and Spice

“Pssst.

Did you hear?

Tawny’s got a book out.”  

Sven dropped his head to his hands and groaned.  Not another book launch party.  They were always so, well, crazy. Especially with those Naughty Banditas and their rafter swinging, cabana boy roping, chocolate indulging ways.  And the Bandita Buddies?  Oh, they were just as wild.  The amount of booze and chocolate and feathers that were used at these parties was crazy.  And now it was time for another one?

He sighed on his way to the storage room to haul out the margarita machine and chocolate fountain.  Then, since it was Tawny’s launch, he looked for the Johnny Depp cardboard cutouts.  They were nowhere to be found. Figured.  She was on deadline again, so she’d probably snuck them into her writing cave. How the woman could write with that guy in full Edward Scissorhands regalia, staring at her, was a mystery. 

 

“Well, c’mon,” Sven told the cabana boys.  All with their  noses pressed against the eReader, they jumped, one tucking the device behind his back as if they hadn’t just been reading the juicy parts.  “Set up for the party.  You can read the naughty scenes later.”

 

Woooot!!! It’s party time.  I’m so excited you’re here to celebrate the launch of Sugar and Spice: A Karma Cafe Novella with me!!  I’m so excited to be launching it, too LOL.  I have been playing with this series idea for a long time.  The concept of three magical women: Maiden, Mother and Crone weaving their way through a series of stories was something I love.  A chance to bring in bits and pieces about the tarot, astrology, magic and such is something I loved. And the idea of a series of love stories, all based on fairy tales, all taking place in a funky little apartment above the Karma Cafe appealed to me so much.  

With the doors wide open in indie publishing right now, this seemed like the perfect project to dip my toes in, too.  I started with Sugar and Spice, my twist on a sexy Cinderella tale, and will release Sweet Nothings next month –complete with juicy red apples and a Snow White inspired heroine.  And at the end of the year I’ll offer up Decadent Desires, a sexual awakening that does Sleeping Beauty proud.  In early 2013 I’ll have another 3 fairy tale novellas to add to the Karma Cafe series, as well.  

 

Wanna see the part the cabana boys were reading?  Here it is: 

Anja handed her a deck of old, fragile looking cards with  that she shuffle them.  When Dedra handed them back, the gypsy dealt them in the shape of a star on the sparkling glass table between them. 

Then she leaned forward to inspect them for…  What?  A message?  Dedra leaned forward, too.  But all she saw were mostly naked people, a few weapons and a lot of flowers.  The men were impressively endowed, the women in fabulous shape, but other than a suggestion to spend more time at the gym and a reminder that she wasn’t getting laid, she couldn’t see any messages herself.

“Ahhh.”  Anja’s tone was deep and triumphant at the same time.  “I see.”

“See what?”

“I see why you’re leaving.  You’re in love with Paul.  I thought it was just a crush, but this is deeper, stronger.” 

Shock ringing in her ears, Dedra stared, first at Anja, then at the cards, them back again.    

“Is not,” she hissed, giving the wall a worried look just in case Paul might be peeking through a crack somewhere. 

“Of course it is.  It’s all right here.”  Anja waved her ring-laden hand over the display of cards.  “So is the answer you need.”

“Where?”  Dedra leaned so far forward, she almost fell out of the swing.  She barely noticed, so focused was she on trying to see answers.  Was there a way to forestall the board takeover?  To keep them from forcing Paul to marry?  Some brilliant strategy that would give him fifty-one of the shares or drag one of the curmudgeons over to vote with the Chastain brothers? 

If there was, none of the naked people on the cards were saying.

“You need clarity and closure.  By getting it for yourself, you’ll be able to move forward with a clear mind, and help Chastain succeed at the same time.”

“Oh, perfect.  That’s something I’d love to do,” Dedra said with a delighted laugh.  “So what’s the answer?”

Anja leaned back, wrapping both hands around her knee and offering a smile that had probably broken the hearts of dozens of men.

“The answer is sex, of course.” 

 

 Well, there ya go. The perfect answer, right?  I hope it is, for Dedra’s sake LOL.  

So – ready to help me celebrate?  I’d love to kick this off with a big whoohooo.  To do that, I’m going to give away two downloads of Sugar and Spice to two fabulous commenters today.  All you have to do to be entered in the drawing is answer three questions (because three is a magical number, of course).  

1.  What’s your favorite fairy tale
2. Do you leave reviews on places like Amazon, Goodreads, Barnes & Noble, etc?  if you enjoy a book?
and 3. Have you climbed on the digital, indie reading bandwagon yet?  If so, how are you liking it?  If not, what would it take to lure you over? 

Interested in seeing a little more?  You can check Sugar and Spice out on my website.  And it’s for sale on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and other fine bookselling establishments 🙂  

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  • Helen says:

    Is he coming to my place ?

    Have Fun
    Helen

  • Jane says:

    Hi Tawny,
    Congrats on the new release. Beauty and the Beast is my favorite fairy tale, but I also love Rapunzel. I’m not a reviewer and haven’t left any reviews on any of those sites. I don’t have an ereader, but I do read digital books. Many authors are entering the indie publishing arena and I have tried a few.

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Hi Jane 🙂

      Thanks for the congrats! I love Beauty and the Breast, too – and Rapunzel is awesome. Tangled, Disney’s version, is one of my favorite movies.

      Do you read your digital books on the computer as you don’t have an ereader? I’ve read a few on mine, but tend to read on my iPad more often than not.

  • Helen says:

    Well I have just got home from my romance reader lunch we went to Pancakes on the Rocks today yummo had a great time with great friends dicussing e readers and the wonderful books we have been reading and the ones on the TBR pile and I bought lots of Tim Tams this week they were on special even dark chocolate mint ones I am sure the GR will be happy LOL.

    Tawny

    I have this downloaded onto my e reader already and it will be the next book I read I so love your stories I am really looking forward to it huge congrats on the release this is going to be a mad party whoo hoo.

    1. What’s your favorite fairy tale

    For me it would have to be Cinderella the idea of a beautiful poor girl having a Prince fall for her priceless.

    2. Do you leave reviews on places like Amazon, Goodreads, Barnes & Noble, etc? if you enjoy a book?

    I do I leave them at Goodreads and Amazon

    3. Have you climbed on the digital, indie reading bandwagon yet? If so, how are you liking it? If not, what would it take to lure you over?

    I have a Sony Ts1 reader and I love it. It is so easy with one click buying of fabulous books and yes I have read and loved lots of indie books and I have lots of them to read on the massive TBR pile.

    If only I had more time to read LOL

    Again congrats Tawny way to go you rock

    Have Fun
    Helen

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Hi Helen 😀

      I so envy you the fabulous reader events you are always enjoying. Especially the ones that come with pancakes and chocolate *g* Yum – books AND treats! Mmm, chocolate mint Tim Tams.

      Awww, thank you so much that you downloaded Sugar and Spice already. You’re such a sweetie 😀 I hope you like it!! Let me know, okay? Especially since it’s a Cinderella story *g*

      Your reviews are always so awesome. It really makes a difference for authors to have readers share their thoughts about stories. Not just because its so great to know if the story went over okay, but also because a lot of readers depend on reviews to decide if they want to give a story a chance or not.

      I’ve checked out the Sony readers before -they are great. I’m giggling, though. Your highlight of being able to buy a book in one click is my worry. My TBR list is miles long already and I just keep clicking it longer *ggg*

    • Helen, those pancakes sound yummy!

  • Fedora says:

    Woohoo, Tawny!!! Huge congrats on the new Sugar and Spice! It’s sure to be a hit!!

    As for favorite fairytale, I think mine is probably Beauty and the Beast or the Ugly Duckling–ones where they explore the whole outside-vs-inside beauty kind of thing, and where what’s inside counts at least as much as what’s on the outside 🙂

    I have started using Goodreads mainly as a way to track my reading, and because I know it makes a difference to authors, I’ve been trying to be better about writing and posting reviews when I enjoy the book–I have to say though, review writing is hard! Gives me even more respect for you amazing authors!!

    I have been enjoying the indie bandwagon! Lots more to read, as if my TBR needed bulking up… ;p

    Congrats again, Tawny! Thanks for keeping us posted!

    • Fedora, I have a Goodreads account but haven’t fully dived into it yet. It’s kind of overwhelming. Any advice?

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Hey Fedora 😀

      Ooooh, the Ugly Duckling. Such a fabulous story! I’m with you, I love those stories that focus on inner qualities and falling in love with the real ‘person’ (or, you know, duck).

      Goodreads is an amazing place that, I’ll be honest, freaks me out *g* There’s just so much there! How do you navigate it? Do you use it to keep track of the books you read, or do you join the different groups? There are so many options!

      LOL on your TBR pile bulking up. It’s got to already be The Incredible Hulk proportions, isn’t it? Have you ever calculated how many books per day you’d need to read –if you didn’t add one more to the stack– to finish them all?

      • Fedora says:

        I mainly joined to track my reading, so I know I use a teensy tiny fraction of what it can do–once I finish a book, I add it to my “read” shelf, and try to toss together a few comments about what I thought. I have joined a few groups at the invitation of specific authors or friends, but am not super active there. I know some readers are, and even help play “librarian” there 🙂 It seems like there’s a lot of possibility, depending on what you’re interested in doing, and as an author, you can link your blog posts to it, and make sure your books are all linked to you and to the series they’re a part of 🙂

      • Fedora says:

        Oh, and I’m terrified to actually do the calculation because I’m a bit afraid that the TBR is already such that I couldn’t finish even if read for the next say, 40 years straight… ;p

  • Tawny, so excited about this. A new Tawny Weber book for me to read? Color me tickled pink! Congratulations on the release. It sounds fantastic!

    Perhaps we should get a sugar and spice cocktail in the lair. I’m sure Paolo’s up to making one!

    1. What’s your favorite fairy tale

    Beauty and the Beast – d’uh!

    2. Do you leave reviews on places like Amazon, Goodreads, Barnes & Noble, etc? if you enjoy a book?

    I do!

    3. Have you climbed on the digital, indie reading bandwagon yet? If so, how are you liking it? If not, what would it take to lure you over?

    I’m still strictly paper. I actually think what’s going to get me swapping over is the price of toner. Seriously. It’s starting to get seriously expensive printing out the digital books I want to read. Can’t bear the idea of looking at my computer for my reading fix. The computer is my work station and lately I’ve been there too much. Lying down and reading a great book in a print edition, that to me says relaxation. Hey, I’m a dinosaur. What can I say?

    • Anna, I don’t like to read at the computer, either. As you say, I work here. If the dh hadn’t given me an iPad, I probably would have invested in an e-reader, just because so many people I know are coming out in digital imprints first.

      But I can see how your toner costs would be high. You’re probably using a fair amount of paper, too, aren’t you?

      Even though I’m enjoying ebooks, I still buy print and probably always will. Having been through two weeks without power after a hurricane, I want to be sure I always have something readable. The iPad holds only a ten-hour or so charge, not nearly enough!

      • Tawny Weber says:

        I hear ya, Nancy. And there are other considerations in Print reading favor. When flying, the mandatory device off time is the very time I’d prefer to lose myself in a book *g*

        And I think our eyes react differently to a screen versus paper. It’s a tactile thing, too. I can’t imagine not being surrounded by books 🙂

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Hmmm… Anna Campbell likes Beauty and the Beast. Yeah, I think I heard that somewhere *ggg*

      And WOW! That is reading dedication to print the digital books out so you can read them. I bow to your reading devotion. Yikes on toner costs, it’s crazy high here, too, so that’s got to add a ton to your reading budget.

      I totally agree with you on the difference of reading on the computer, versus reading curled up comfy somewhere. Its work versus relaxation. I still prefer a paper book to curl up with myself, yet I do all of my bedtime reading on the iPad because the light doesn’t bother hubby when I crawl in at 3am 🙂 I’ve tried booklights, but the constant having to move the light page to page distracts me from the story.

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Oooh, forgot to say YES! I love the idea of a Sugar and Spice cocktail.

      Oh Paolo….

  • Shantea says:

    Yay launch party!!!
    I was in Children’s Theater when I was in high school and we performed for elementary schools so I have read a LOT of fairy tales. I like a lot of obscure ones, but barring those i LOVE any variation of the 12 dancing princesses. The first version I ever read was an adaptation that actually gave the prince, the oldest and the youngest daughters personalities. Not exactly romantic, but my favorite anyway.

    I absolutely leave reviews on at least Amazon if I liked a book. Even if it was only a little- if it was good it deserves positive reviews so that other people will give it a chance if they can relate with something in the review.

    I have a Sony Reader Touch which I’m considering replacing if I ever have the money. I love it but it’s got a heavy steel body and I like to read on my back. I also like my face. 🙂 I do love paper books more, especially for the books that cost $10+, so the result is a packed reader and paper books tucked away all over the place in case I forget it. (Or forget to charge it D:)

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Hey Shantea! Oooh, I ADORE the 12 Dancing Princesses! I’ve not heard anyone else mention that as a fav. :>

      And I’m with you, and Fo, on the Sugar and Spice cocktail. YUM!

    • Shantea, I also love the 12 Dancing Princesses. We bought a beautiful edition for the boy when he was little, and it’s one of the books I held onto when he wanted the kid stuff cleared from his room.

      • Tawny Weber says:

        Nancy, we just did the big box up of my youngest daughter’s bookcase last week. She donated two boxes of books to the library, but has one for storage of those classics she loves and wants to save for her kids someday 🙂 I love that idea of handing books down, generation to generation.

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Shantea, hi 🙂

      Wow. I don’t know why I always forget about the 12 Dancing Princesses, especially as I love that story! I think you have a wonderful point about how enriching it is to read a story that does expand the secondary characters and give a bigger feel to the world.

      YAY you and thank you for being one of those readers who leave reviews 🙂 It really helps authors and readers, too. There are SO many books out there right now and reviews are a wonderful way to help readers decide between them all.

  • Minna says:

    1. Beauty and the Beast
    2. No.
    3. Not yet, but considering how many ebooks I’ve managed to accumulate (and I haven’t even actually bought all that many, but for instance Amazon offers huge number of ebooks for free), I need to get one. One of these days. It’s a pain to read ebooks on a computer screen. I still prefer audio and ink and paper books.

    • Minna, I just downloaded a free ebook as a sample. It was the first in a series, which I thought was an interesting approach to enticing readers.

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Hi Minna 🙂

      You’re right, there are a ton of free books out there to enjoy! I’d be overwhelmed trying to read them all on a computer, like you say, it’s really tough on the eyes.

  • Anna Sugden says:

    YAYYY!!! A new Tawny book is always worth celebrating!! I so love this book!! So glad to see it out there and can’t wait for the next Karma Cafe books too.

    My favourite fairy tale is Cinderella – come on, it’s all about the shoes!

    I do occasionally leave reviews on Amazon. I should do it more, but it’s a time thing.

    Oh yes – our trip to Australia forced us into the ebook mode. We had serious baggage restrictions, so couldn’t take our usual caseload of reading material. We bought iPads and haven’t looked back! This summer, when we went to Italy, I found having a Kindle useful as I could read by the pool without the issues of reflection. It’s only a basic wifi/3G one, but that’s enough (I know – gotta love the gadgets!)

    The only issue with ebooks is when you’re flying and have to have the devices switched off during take-off and landing.

    I still buy my favourite authors in paper – especially books in a series – but that’s more to do with being a collector *g*. I’m slowly weaning myself off that habit!

    • Anna, I’ve noticed that about the iPad. It’s tough to read with direct sunlight on the screen. Otherwise, though, it’s great.

      • Tawny Weber says:

        I have a portfolio style case for my iPad that opens like a book -and because the iPad screen shifts from vertical to horizontal I can hold the flap almost like a sun visor over the screen to read outdoors.

        It’s heavier, though. That parts not so good.

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Smoochy thanks, Anna, for the sweet words and for all the help on this story! I couldn’t have done it without you and Beth 🙂

      And yeah baby!!! Shoes! Love them shoes 🙂 Although I do have to say, I’m thinking glass might be a smidge uncomfortable, don’t you think? Really!

      I think what hooked me on ebooks was when the Harry Potter books came out in digital. Those babies were heavy to take on trips!!! But I can travel with all 7 while adding 5 more pair of shoes to my suitcase. Wow -the best of both worlds.

      Glare is definitely an issue with the iPad. I use my Nook for outdoor reading, on those rare occasions that I read outdoors 🙂 Their e-ink display rocks.

  • Heathercm2001 says:

    Congratulations for a new release! Sugar and Spice sounds like so much fun! Actually, the whole series sounds like a ton of fun!

    I love fairy tales in general. I’m so happy they have made their way into tv shows like “Once Upon a Time” and “Grimm.” If I had to pick a favorite, I’d probably go with what most of the people on here have said. “Beauty and the Beast” is such a great story.

    I have left reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, and GetGlue before, but not as often as I’d like to. I’m determined to sit down one day and do a bunch of them because I often use them when I am thinking about reading something.

    I’m a big fan of the digital indie reading scene. I’ve always liked the idea of people being able to put their work out there on their own. Some of my favorite musicians are “indie” and now I can delve into the world of indie authors with the help of my much-loved Kindle. 🙂

    • Heather, Trish keeps telling me I should watch “Once Upon a Time” and “Grimm.” I just never get to the TV at the right time. Now there’s this new Beauty & the Beast starring Kristin Kreuk, who played Lana Lang on Smallville. I need to check that out, too.

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Hi Heather 🙂

      I really need to check out those shows! I keep hearing they are fab, but am so behind in my TV time that I haven’t even watched the first episode of this season’s Castle yet. My current deadline is intense, but as soon as I turn the book on on 10/31, I’m glomming onto the TV. And definitely checking out Grimm and Once Upon A Time. Hmm, I should go set the dvr so I have stuff to watch, hmm.

      I wonder where I can see last season’s episodes. They just started last year, right?

      Yay you for leaving reviews 🙂 I know as a reader if it’s not one of my auto-buy authors or someone whose been recommended to me to read, I do check out the reviews to see what people are saying. They do help.

      Love indie music 🙂 I was at a club last night watching my fave indie band, Make A Scene, actually 😀

  • pjpuppymom says:

    Congratulations, Tawny! Always a reason to celebrate when you have a new book coming out. Btw, I love that cover!

    1. My favorite fairy tale? Beauty and the Beast

    2. I post reviews on our blog as well as Amazon, BN, Goodreads, etc.

    3. I have an e-reader and am enjoying reading several indie books. The only drawback is time. I need more of it!!!

    Hey Fo, great Sugar & Spice cocktail idea! I think Paolo should get right to work on that!

    • PJ, I know what you mean about time. My TBR pile is stacking up. At least on the ereader it’s not obvious!

    • Tawny Weber says:

      PJ, you are so awesome 🙂

      Thanks for the congrats, and for all the wonderful support and reviews and great help you ladies at the Romance Dish offer up.

      And ooooh, time. I wish we had more. I’m with you, there definitely isn’t enough of it!!!

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Ooops, forgot to say thank you on the cover love. Su at Earthly Charms does my covers. She’s totally amazing!!

  • Jeanne Adams says:

    Hey Tawny! WOOT!! It’s out, it’s out!! Yeah!!!

    I’m thrilled to have this GREAT new book available. How you do it all is a mystery to me, but I’m grateful. And hey, if you’ve discovered a way to have minions working for you, let me know! Hahaha!

    My favorite fairy tale is actually The Swineherd, which is kinda a reversal of fortune for the male character rather than the female. I also love another obscure one about the winter witch because I loved the Robber Girl, but I can’t remember the name of the darn thing at the moment. Too much blood still in my Caffeine System.

    SVEN!!! I need coffeee! Thanks!!

    Of the more common ones, Beauty and the Beast is my fav – if you’ve never read Beauty by Robin McKinley, you’ve missed a fun retelling of the tale. :> I really love all the versions of this, including our own Anna’s in Untouched. Matthew is STILL my fav…

    I’m dipping my toes into the Indie Biz, like you, and still keeping my ties to the traditional as well. :> We’ll see. The Bandita’s and Buddies will have to tell ME what they think in a few months. Grins.

    • pjpuppymom says:

      Jeanne, any delivery stream (indie, traditional or otherwise) that brings me more of your excellent writing is a big WIN for me!

    • Jeanne, I can’t wait to read Deadly Charms! You have a fabbo cover, and I know the story will be great.

    • Tawny Weber says:

      “Too much blood in my caffeine system.”

      OMG ROFL – I sprayed the screen with tea when I read that. LOVE it 🙂 From one caffeine addict to another, SVEN -take care of this woman!!!

      Thanks tons on the congrats, and OMG yay you I can’t wait for the release of Deadly Charms. Your cover is to die for (ohoho). I love the idea of us dipping our toes in as many venues as possible. Or at least, as many as we can while still sporting gorgeous shoes.

      I’ll have to check out Beauty, as you recommend it 🙂 It’ll go on my November reading list!

  • Congrats, Tawny!!!! I can’t wait to read it!!

    And I love a Cinderella story. Hopefully, I’ll be dipping into the indie side too. First I have to get through my contract books.

    I love reading on my Kindle. I think since i bought it, I’m reading more which is really good!

    • Christie, I find myself reading more short fiction now that I can buy a novella or a short story individually for the iPad. Are you reading more shorts, too, by chance?

      • I’m actually not reading more short stories but full length novels. I love the fact that I can toss it into my purse before heading out to an appt and it doesn’t weigh down the purse. Plus no one knows what I’m reading 🙂

    • Tawny Weber says:

      YAY Christie, I’m glad you’re going to be giving indie a shot, too 🙂

      And thanks for the congrats *g*

      I hear you on reading more. I am, too. But I’m not sure it’s because of the reader itself, or because it’s the best darned book light I’ve ever found for reading late at night without disturbing my husband *ggg*

      • I kind of wish I had gotten the back lit one only so I could turn off my light and read in the dark. That way I don’t have to stretch to reach for table lamp and wake up doing so.

        • Tawny Weber says:

          Christie, I’m a big fan of the backlight. When I bought my Nook, I’d gotten the little Nook light that went with it (this is first gen Nook, mind you -it might have improved a lot since *g*) and it was just as unwieldy as normal booklights for me – I spent so much time adjusting and moving the light, it ruined the relaxing reading experience. And a major part of that relaxing reading experience is being able to just drop to sleep when you’re ready LOL

  • Beth Andrews says:

    Yay! So glad we’re celebrating the release of Sugar and Spice – I adore this story!! Congrats, Tawny!!

    My favorite fairy tale is probably Beauty and the Beast (though it was tough to narrow it down to just one *g*)

    I don’t often leave review but I’m definitely going to spread the word about this wonderful story! Everyone should read Dedra and Paul’s story 🙂

    • Beth, Beauty and the Beast is really popular in the Lair today. I’m excited about Tawny’s new book, too, and am eager to read it.

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Awww, smooches and thanks, Beth 🙂

      For the sweet words, and for all the help!!! You’re awesome.

      I love me some B&B, too. Like Nancy says, it seems to be winning the fave fairy tale contest today, hands down. I think one of the things I love most is that the heroine is a strong woman – there don’t seem to be quite as many of those in the older traditional tales.

  • Tawny, congrats! I just bought my copy of Sugar & Spice and am looking forward to the rest of the Karma Cafe series. I think you’re a natural for this concept.

    My favorite fairy tale is probably The 12 Dancing Princesses because the hero solves the problem with his wits. Though I do love bit in the Disney Sleeping Beauty where the prince fights his way past the dragon.

    I haven’t yet left reviews, but I plan to start. Figuring out the Amazon system seemed daunting, and Goodreads has so many authors on it I know that I don’t want to annoy anyone by omission.

    I do read indie books, as you know, but cautiously. There are some fabulous books out there that don’t fit a market niche, but there are also a lot of people publishing first manuscripts these days. There’s usually a reason–other than “New York is full of idiots”–that first efforts generally don’t make it into print.

    I look at my first manuscripts and am mind-blowingly grateful they aren’t out there to embarrass me. I still love the stories and the characters, but the writing makes my fingers itch for a blue pencil.

    Good luck with this series. I’m sure it will be fabulous!

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Thank you SO much, Nancy 🙂 You’re the bestest *g*

      I am in definite need of reading The 12 Dancing Princesses again after today’s posts. I’d forgotten how much I loved that story.

      You hit on a point about reviews that is a toughie. As an author with a public profile, offering reviews can be a minefield. I try to be careful not to say anything negative in public anyway, and reviews can be taken so personally that I’ve opted out of commenting on romance altogether, just because. I’m pretty comfy leaving comments about non-fiction, though, as I still read a tons of it.

      And oh, baby –you hit a great point. There are a LOT of stories that shouldn’t be published. I have a handful of my own 🙂 and would hate to subject the one or two poor people who might stumble across them to reading that poorly written stuff! Now, there are actually a couple of them that I’d love to rewrite (not revise -they are just too bad. But totally start from scratch with the premise, plot and characters) and put out. But that takes precious time. And until I find more, they’re just gonna be ‘somedays’ *g*

  • Connie Fischer says:

    First of all, Tawny, let me congratulate you on the release of “Sugar and Spice.” If the plot of the novel isn’t enough of a draw, the picture of that chocolate covered cherry is enough to make me drool all the way to the bookstore or to Amazon.com to download this baby!

    My favorite fairy tale is, by far, Cinderella. Because of this, I love novels that have a fairy tale type plot. They’re always fun!

    Yes, I do write reviews of every novel I read and post them at Goodreads and Amazon. This is something I really enjoy doing. I feel that if an author took the time to write this baby, I can take the time to tell the world about it.

    I have the first generation Kindle and occasionally read a novel from it. I find the most appealing feature is that I can read the novel in a larger text that is much easier on my eyes. However, with an e-book, I don’t get that one-on-one, touchy-feely thing that I get with a print book. I like to enjoy the cover and back and actually turn the pages of a novel. I’m even one of those who like the smell of the pages. To me, a book is a treasure to be cared for. When I find a book with a dog-earred corner, I see red. I love “me” books. Just call me a Bookaholic!

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Aww, thanks, Connie 🙂

      Su at Earthly Charms gets the cover credit. She’s fantabulous! All I have to do is give her the general vague idea of what I want, and she turns it into a fab visual that rocks. And anything with chocolate is good, right? 😀

      I’m with you loving the fairy tale plots. Not only because the classic hooks seem to be coded into our reading DNA, but because it’s so fun to pick out the familiar fairytale threads while we read 🙂

      And woot to you for the reviewing thoughts. That’s so lovely, and something authors adore you for *g*

      I agree with you 100% on the joys of reading on paper. For people who are tactile, kinesthetic, the experience is a vital part of what makes a book awesome. The scent, the feel, it’s just so different than reading on a screen. But reading on a screen is definitely convenient. Thankfully we get to have both 😀 I love not having to choose.

  • Susan Sey says:

    Hey, Tawny, that’s a gorgeous cover you’ve got there! Congrats–can’t wait to see what’s underneath it! (And…yeah, that sounded dirty. But I’m going to let it stand.)

    To answer your questions, my favorite fairy tale has to be beauty & the beast. She’s plucky, he’s wounded, what’s not to love? And second, I avoid Goodreads like the plague (I don’t have the moral fiber to avoid reading people’s reviews of my books & it’s healthier for me if I avoid them, good & bad). And I usually don’t give reviews other places, but I will if a book really moves me.

    • Tawny Weber says:

      LOL, I’d let it stand too. Dirty is so much fun 🙂

      Another B&B fan 🙂 That’s definitely the fairytale of the day in the lair! Fo will be pleased *g*

      I hear ya on the ouchies of reading reviews. I think its even harder in indie, because I can always tell myself that in my trad books, at least my editor loved it *g*

  • Heck with all these fairy tales comments – what I want to know is…where do you find the Tarot cards with the naked men? Sounds like my kind of deck 🙂

    So excited to see your novella out in the world and so glad to see your new scheduled releases. More good reading for me!

    I like Cinderella stories and Beauty and the Beast. I like the Frog Prince as well because the pictures of little froggies with crowns always make me smile.

    I haven’t left reviews on Goodreads – but I should. I’ll have to give that a try.

    I have books on both my kindle and ipad. I still prefer a paperback, but I can’t deny that the kindle is handy. So lightweight and small, it tucks away in my purse so I can read – whenever. Not fond of the gray on gray screen though.

    • Tawny Weber says:

      ROFL Donna. Most of my decks have nekkid peeps. I use the Robin Wood deck for the most part, but I have a handful of others that have some pretty yummy views *g*

      Thanks for the woots on the releases 🙂 It’s gonna be a wild time next year – I have 4 Blazes, 2 Blaze re-releases, and hopefully at least 6 indies hitting.

      Awww, I love The Frog Prince. I wrote a Blazing Bedtime Story based on that story awhile back. The heroes weewee shrunk to tadpole proportions after being cursed by an angry witch. It amused me 😀

      You know, I really wish there was a how-to guide somewhere for Goodreads. And a constantly updating one for Facebook, etc *g* It’s so hard to know how to use those sites because they are overwhelmingly huge.

  • Julie Kornhausl says:

    My absolute favorite fairytale is Beauty and the Beast!

    I have a Kindle and a Nook. I love both of them. I’ve been reading books in digital format for quite a while now.

    As for leaving reviews – well, for a long time I reviewed for a romance book review site and then I ran my own site. I do have reviews on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. I am looking to get back into reviewing full time again, since my children are all in school finally and I have a bit more free time on my hands!

    Cheers!
    ~Julie K

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Hi Julie 🙂

      Okay, so I gotta ask. Did you throw a personal celebration when the kids all went back to school? *g* I have a friend who does – it’s her freedom day LOL. Wow, that’s a lot of reviewing. I think there is such a fine skill in being able to review and analyze books, beyond the “yes I liked it, no I didn’t” level. Especially for a lot of book as you would as a book site reviewer. Thank you for doing that 😀

  • May says:

    My favorite is Beauty and The Beast.

    I read Kindle books on my laptop but I still prefer holding a book in my hands!

    I leave reviews for some books on GoodReads… Not so much on Amazon.

    Congrats on your new book again!

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Hi May 🙂

      Thank you again!!!

      Wow, Beauty and the Beast is definitely the hottest fairy tale in the lair today. I think that speaks a lot to the power of the story and it’s romantic draw. And to bad boy heroes *g*

      A lot of us here are still trying to figure out Goodreads, that’s cool that you’re over there. Any tips?

      And I’m with you on the book holding preference 🙂 There’s nothing like it.

  • melody may says:

    The day has gotten away from me.

    My favorite fairy tale is sleeping beauty. I have always love that one since I was a kid.
    I leave reviews on goodreads and when I remember amazon.
    I actually like the indie authors. However, I will read anything that has a good storyline.

    • Tawny Weber says:

      The days seem to be flying by, don’t they, Melody 🙂 I’m still trying to figure out what happened to afternoon. It went straight from morning to evening, I swear!

      Sleeping Beauty is one of my favorites, too! In part because I do love the fairies 😀

  • Louisa says:

    Helen, he heard about the Tim Tam shopping!

    CONGRATULATIONS on your latest, Tawny! Can’t wait to read it!!

    My favorite fairy tale is Beauty and the Beast. I watch the Disney version at least once a month.

    I do leave reviews on Amazon and on Library Thing.

    I do read indie authors on my Kindle and on my computer if there is no other way to read them, however, I only read indies who I know or who have been recommended by people I trust.

    Like La Campbell I am a bit of a dinosaur. I still prefer paper when I want to curl up with a good book!

    • Tawny Weber says:

      YAY and thanks, Louisa 😀 You’re so sweet!

      Ahh, another vote for the awesomeness that is Beauty and the Beast. It’s my oldest daughter’s favorite, as well and she’s amassed quite a collection of B&B Disney memorabilia devoted to it.

      Library Thing? This is a new discovery for me… I’d love to hear more about it 🙂

      Personal recommendations are always my first choice when checking out new books and authors, too.

  • Pat Cochran says:

    WooHoo, Tawny, Sorry I couldn’t get here
    until today! Did a Happy Dance for you,
    though!! Happy Launch Day!!!

    1. Fairy tales are great favorites, I’ve read
    them to three generations of family. (Sibs,
    children, grandchildren!) Toss up between
    Beauty and The Beast & Cinderella as top
    fave!

    2. Word of mouth recommendations, but
    have never written a review.

    3. I have a Kindle and oodles & gobs of
    ebooks! Don’t know if that includes any
    Indie authors/books.

    Pat C.