How Do You Choose a Book to Read?

Books+Main a review by Zara West

~Does Books+Main Have the Right Idea? ~ There are a whole bunch of e-book sales listing services out there – Bookbud, Fussy Librarian, Rifle, E-Reader and more. These services list books that are on sale with a short sales-pitch type blurb. With 50 % of all romances being published independently, I use these services all the time to find new … Continue reading How Do You Choose a Book to Read?

Are you more likely to read a book that has won an award?

Close to the Skin by Zara West

~ Book Awards ~ This week my romantic suspense Close to the Skin is in a competition to win a Rone Award from InD’Tale Magazine– a beautiful and well-known e-magazine dedicated to romance writing. This award is one in which readers vote for their favorite book or author. This process is similar to a number of Reader Award contests for … Continue reading Are you more likely to read a book that has won an award?

Forgive My Long Silence…

My Journal

Dear Readers, I have been busy. In June, my first romantic suspense Beneath the Skin was published by Wild Rose Press. I have just signed the contract for Close to the Skin, Book 2 in the Skin Quartet series. I have discovered that it is not the writing that is time consuming. I love writing. … Continue reading Forgive My Long Silence…

Have a Successful Facebook Party

Facebook Party for Beneath the Skin

I’m having a Facebook Party for Beneath the Skin! Today is my big day. Beneath the Skin will be released to the world! In celebration, I am holding my first ever Facebook Party. In preparation, I have done a ton of research. Below is what I learned goes into having a successful party. Steps to a Successful Facebook … Continue reading Have a Successful Facebook Party

There’s a Party Going on for Beneath the Skin!

Beneath the Skin

It’s coming. It’s almost here. My first romantic suspense, Beneath the Skin, will be available for pre-orders any day now, and I am having a Pre-Order Round-Up party on my Facebook Fan Page. Come join the party! Every day there will be a new question, a new poll, a new challenge, or a request for an … Continue reading There’s a Party Going on for Beneath the Skin!

What Makes a Romantic Suspense Suspenseful?

Beneath the Skin romantic suspense www.zarawestsuspense.com

Lisa Gardner in the “Seven Secrets of Romantic Suspense” lists the following elements that all romantic suspense novels need to be successful: A tense, dangerous setting Complex heroes, heroines, and most importantly, villains, who have goals they must accomplish and something personal at stake, often their only chance at love. Heroes and heroines with a … Continue reading What Makes a Romantic Suspense Suspenseful?