Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Guest post by Carolyn Crane + Giveaway

I have some favourite authors. Every reader has them. They are the ones whose books you have read and re-read, whose characters and plots have kept you awake long after having finished the books, and those novels, that you wouldn't leave at home if you were to pack for a deserted island stay. Well Carolyn Crane is such an author for me. I read and LOVED her Disillusionists trilogy and now that she has a new series (the 4th book of which just got released recently!) I cannot wait to finally go on vacation and devour the whole series!

So until I can lose myself in her new Associates series, please give her a warm welcome, read her post and check out Behind the Mask, it sounds AMAZING!! :-)

My four favorite things about interacting with readers
by Carolyn Crane

I remember when I was a blogger (I was a blogger before I was published – Stella, we knew each other back then!!) I was gushing about Kresley Cole and she left a comment on my blog and it * BLEW * my mind.

She seemed so huge to me even in 2009, and I kind of didn’t think she would notice somebody like me. Like I could affect her or anything.

Since then, I realize how wrong. Readers are a huge part of my life and process. The reader is always there in so many ways!

Things I learn in reviews

Usually I wait a month or two after a book comes out and then read a ton of reviews all at once. One of the biggest things about reviews for me is when readers latch onto things that they like or that they are intrigued by, it is really useful. I learn from these things and actually use them. I’ve gone on to exploit the crap out of things readers seem to like—certain characters they like, or aspects of a story. Usually those things turn out to be kind of fun because readers have noticed them first.

When readers reach out

When readers tweet or drop me an email or note on FB to say they enjoyed a book of mine, it completely makes my day. I used to think when I did that to an author, I might be bugging her or seeming stalkery, but now on this end, it’s something that keeps me going. I actually have a file of nice emails to look at when something gets me down.

When I get to meet readers

I love meeting readers! It’s still huge that a stranger wants to read my books or meet me. I’m not very clever and actually kind of nervous in person - as an author I have all this time to think of smart and entertaining things for my characters to say. But in real life, I’m all first draft and tongue-tied. Still, it’s super fun. I love giving little things away, too.

Readers as creative partners

I sometimes think about this anecdote about a scholarly book conference where a speaker was talking about a book and the author was in the audience, and he stood up and contradicted some stuff, and the speaker told him it didn’t matter what he said anymore. I always found it to be a strange and stunning story. But now I get it. I see readers as collaborators. You finish the book for me, in a way, by bringing your own unique backgrounds and histories and beliefs to the reading process. No book is the same for any two readers, and I find that totally exciting.

About the author

I am a RITA-winning author of romantic suspense, urban fantasy, and other tales of love and adventure (and erotic & dark romance as NYT bestselling author Annika Martin). My books have been published by Random House and Samhain, and I also go the indie route. I work a straight job as a marketing writer, I love to read in bed and run, I’m passionate about helping animals, and I make my home in Minnesota with my husband and two cats.

Connect with me at my website - Facebook - Twitter - Newsletter

Book#4 in the Associates series


When her estranged sister is won in a card game by a brutal drug cartel, Zelda knows what she has to do: take her place. Save her. Focus on infiltrating the shadowy group--and try not to think about why she left the spying game years ago. She’s slept with dangerous criminals before; she can do it again.

Hugo Martinez is one of South America’s most lethal and wanted men, a legendary mercenary living on a windswept mountain. Even at the height of the war he wasn’t in the habit of taking women captive, but the American whore has seen his face. And he and the orphan boy need a cook. He shouldn’t want this woman, but there’s something so unusual about her…

Meanwhile, Zelda finds herself falling for her captor…but is he the killer she’s been hunting all these years?


Carolyn has generously offered

(1) $75.00 gift card to Amazon or Barnes & Noble (winner’s choice & open internationally)
(32) Digital Copies of either Against the Dark, Off the Edge or Into the Shadows (winner’s choice & open internationally)

To be entered just fill out the Rafflecopter form below and leave a comment answering Carolyn's question:

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Good luck! :-)

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