The blogosphere is a wonderful place, full of information and fascinating facts and ideas. I've discovered it is also a great place to find out about books, the authors who write the books, books, the publishers who distribute the books, books and the online stores who sell the books, books and..... Well, you get it, books! And if you have a passion for books like me, well then it a huge playground to romp around in.
I follow a lot of authors. Some after I started reading their books. Then, there are those who I heard about through book bloggers, checked out their blogs and loved the fact I could read excerpts of their books on their sites. And if I loved their writing style, would buy one of their books. Writing style is important to me. It is what sells me on a story. Does it grab me from the start or make me go 'meh.'
Also, what sells me is the author themselves. Are they friendly and warm and positive. Or are they negative and whiny and self possessed. I've come across some books I would have liked to read, but the author turned me off. I know you are supposed to keep the author separate from their works. The story is just a story and it is fiction after all but sometimes it is difficult to separate one from the other.
Last year, since I read so books by authors who blog, joined in on a Blogging Author Reading Project. I decided to keep the project going this year. Go check it out and then come on back. Over the past couple years, I've made friends with writers whose books debuted last year. Of course, I had to read their books, no question about it. They are in my stacks to read this year.
Some great blogs I think you should check out this year are:
Murderati - a group blog of 14 mystery writers including Pari Noskin Taichert, Alafair Burke, Allison Brennan, Brett Battles, Cornelia Read, J.D. Rhoades, J.T. Ellison, Louise Ure, Robert Gregory Brown, Zoe Sharp, Toni McGee Causey, Stephen Jay Schwartz, Alex Sokoloff and Tess Gerritsen.
The Deadline Dames - a group blog of paranormal romance authors including Devon Monk, Jackie Kessler, Jenna Black, Karen Mahoney, Keri Arthur, Lilith Saintcrow, Rachel Vincent, Rinda Elliot and Toni Andrews.
The Kill Zone - a group blog of mystery and thriller writers including Clare Langley, Hawthorne, Kathryn Lilley, Joe Moore, Nancy Cohen, Michelle Gagnon, Jordan Dane, John Gilstrap, Joe Hartlaub, John Ramsey Miller and James Scott Bell.
These are just a few group blogs I've discovered and have been slowly making my way through reading their books. Not a stinky one in the bunch. Well worth following and checking out their books.
What authors have you discovered online that made you decide to pick up and read on of their books?
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