Understanding Goodreads for Authors With Julie Whitely, Goodreads Librarian

Understanding Goodreads for Authors

Goodreads has been a mystery to many authors who would like to make better use of the site without making etiquette mistakes. It was my good fortune to meet Goodreads librarian, Julie Whitely, who has come to our rescue. I collected a list of the biggest concerns to authors and Julie has graciously addressed them in this informative and helpful blog. She is sharing a lot good information and tips. I appreciate that Julie is, above all, a lover of books, as are all the participants on Goodreads.

Now, from Julie:

First of all, I would like to thank Cheryl for inviting me to be a guest on her blog.

As a reader, I never really gave much thought to Goodreads from the author's perspective. Well, I am thinking about it now that I have put my foot in it. I mentioned on Facebook a couple of weeks ago that authors and publishers were not using the site to their advantage. It seemed that authors were assuming their books were being added by little fairies. Of course that wasn’t the case, so many books are missing. I stop several times a day to add a book I want to put on my own Goodreads shelf. This had me thinking that someone somewhere was sleeping on the job, and that authors were missing out on valuable free exposure.

I got more responses than I could ever have imagined. I learned that most authors have shouldered the responsibility of promotion, but ma...

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★~*~★ Release Day for TEN CHRISTMAS BRIDES! ★~*~★ #TenBrides

USA Today calls TEN CHRISTMAS BRIDES a “must-read”!

Join ten New York Times, USA Today, and National best-selling authors in celebrating the holiday season with a boxed set of stories brimming with emotion, holiday spirit and happy ever afters. From sweet to sexy, suspense to small town drama, travel from Belarus to Africa to the snowy Highlands of Scotland as Santa delivers our gift to you--love, laughter and happiness this Christmas.

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A FREE cookbook full of delicious cookie recipes to share 
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The recipes are the authors' gifts to you this holiday season. 
Enjoy these special goodies and have a wonderful Christmas. 
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Southwest Chicken Crock-Pot #Recipe

A friend gave me a recipe for the crock-pot meal that she claimed is easy and delicious. I made it last week and she is right. Easy. And. Delicious. Now that the weather is cooling off a bit, I love to use my crock-pot. Try this recipe and let me know what you think.

Easy Southwest Chicken

4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
1 15 ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 lb bag of frozen sweet corn
1 can petite diced fire-roasted tomatoes (do not drain)
1 jar salsa, choose your favorite heat level

Place chicken breasts in the bottom of the crock-pot and then layer on the other ingredients: beans, corn, tomatoes, salsa. For the salsa, I used a 17.6 ounce jar of Goya Pico de Gallo because that’s what I had in my pantry. Cook on high for 4 hours, or on low for 7 hours. When ready to serve, reach into the crock-pot with a pair of tongs and shred the chicken breasts.

Now, decide how you want to serve. Spoon this lusciousness over cooked rice, or wrap it in soft tortillas, or sprinkle on some shredded cheese and serve with crisp tortilla chips.

Serves 4 as a main course, 6-8 as an appetizer.

Easy and delicious! Enjoy!

SHE'S NOT YOU by @MimiBarbour #Christmas Book #TenBrides

Today, I invite Mimi Barbour, a friend and fellow author, 
to chat about her book, SHE'S NOT YOU.

The months it took to write this book was a fun time for me. The song echoed in my head periodically to remind me of where the plot line needed to go. I’d even play the tune just to get in the mood.

Of course, writing about this holiday is always special. I enjoy trying to get the mood just right so that it comes through the pages for the readers to experience. You know - those festive touches that bring the season close and makes one feel, taste and smell Christmas.

When I write my characters, I have a vision in my head, and at first, for the hero, I saw Elvis himself. But then Jesse Parker emerged and became his own man. I’m glad, because he’s a sweetheart and a shadow to no one. Locked into an old, dead romance, this guy needed to wake up and let go of his memories. Then he wouldn’t miss the lovely woman right in front of him – my heroine Belle. In the song it said – And it’s just breakin’ my heart cause she’s not you. Maybe not, but what if she’s better?

Belle Foster soon became real to me also. As a mother myself, I felt her worries and fears for her little girl. She’s a woman who’s had so much to overcome, most of all a belief in her own worthiness. Sick and alone at any time of the year is difficult, but when you have a small child who relies on you, and the season is Christmas, then who wouldn’t yearn for that special person to share their world.

And Layla, the child, could be anyone’s daughter or granddaughter. Mischievous and cute as a button, she gets into your heart, digs a hole and won’t be shook loose.

Put these three people together in a love story and you have a delightful tale that will warm your heart and brighten the holiday season for any reader of romance. Add a wedding and it can’t get much better...

Actually, it
can get better. This is just one of ten books in the
Ten Christmas Brides
Collection available at:

New Project! Multi-Author Bundle - ROMANCING THE HEART $0.99

I am proud to announce that I'm participating in a multi-author bundle of 8 romances novels with Christina Skye, Roxanne St. Claire, Jennifer Blake, and other fabulous authors. The boxed set launches TODAY and is available for Kindle, Nook, Kobo, and iBooks. You can get all these stories for less than $1, but it will only be available for a limited time. So grab this deal while you can! Here’s a little more information:
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Share the joy of 8 happy-ever-afters with some of the best-known names in romance today. Each book in this limited-edition collection is a complete story - no cliffhangers! 

Grab your favorite drink, find a comfy spot and read your way to paradise, replete with sweet and hunky heroes, near and distant lands, and love just the way it should be. 

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Exclusive! - Read Christina Skye's newest release here first, and see why Booklist named her last release one of the Best Romances of 2013. 


Christina Skye - MARRIED BEFORE MIDNIGHT (The Brides Club Series: Book 1) 
Mimi Strong - COMPLICATED GIRL (Baker Street Romance: Book 2) 
Roxanne St. Claire - SECRETS ON THE SAND (The Billionaires of Barefoot Bay: Book 1)
Patricia McLinn - PRELUDE TO A WEDDING (The Wedding Series: Book 1)
Jennifer Blake - THE VENETIAN'S DARING SEDUCTION (The Italian Billionaires Collection: Book 2)
Donna Fasano - TAKE ME, I'M YOURS

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Let's Have Some Fun!

Do you have a child who is an avid reader? Spaghetti Book Club is a place where kids can review books. What a great idea!

Need to put a little fun in your life? Try a visit to 101 Ideas for a Fun Date. Your significant other will thank you!

How about some Food Facts that will Blow Your Mind? (Glazed Garlic Donuts? *shiver* See #17.)

That's enough fun for one day!