Dear Bitches, Smart Authors Podcast

63. Stopping, Buying, New Genres, and What We’re Reading

This week's podcast is a mix of topics. We talk about when we quit reading a book and why, and we discuss the price points of books and whether that influences our quitting – and our buying. We discuss New Adult as a permanent genre, and the similarities it shares to other established genres of romance. Plus we talk a bit about what we're reading lately.

Here are some of the books we mention during the podcast:

 Book Kit Rocha Beyond Shame Book Rock Chick - Kristen Ashley Book Cora Carmack - Losing It

Book Rachel Van Dyken - The Wager Book Rachel Vn Dyken The Bet Book Enraptured

Book The Flame Throwers Book Audrey Wait Robin Benway Book Until November - Aurora Rose Reynolds

Book Kelly Jamieson's Rhythm of Three Book Yarn Harlot Book The Kind of Friends We Used to Be - Frances O'Roark Dowell

Book Here Comes Trouble - Erin Kern Book Scandalous Holiday

 

 

 The music you're listening to was provided by Sassy Outwater. This is Caravan Palace, and this track is called “Cotton Heads,” from their album Panic in the USA, available at Amazon, iTunes, and wherever you like to buy music.

 

Book Unexpectedly Yours

This podcast is brought to you by InterMix, publishers of Jeannie Moon's new contemporary Unexpectedly Yours.

Caroline Rossi needs to reinvent her life. Being a geotechnical engineer hasn’t exactly proved to be a guy magnet. She’s never really had the opportunity to let her hair down and have fun.

But when a chance encounter with her big sister’s brother-in-law—millionaire Josh Campbell—leads to a night of unexpected passion, Caroline starts engineering an arrangement that will give them both what they want. She can help Josh with an important real estate project and he can school her in the art of amour.

At first Josh balks—but there’s something irresistible about Caroline, something very different from the bombshells he usually dates.

Can the friends with benefits agreement really work? Or are Caroline and Josh playing a dangerous game that may end in heartbreak?

You can download Unexpectedly Yours wherever books are sold.

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. 1
    Lisa says:

    I find that a lot of the ebooks I am interested in are way more expensive than that. New books can be pretty cheap, but when I look for digital copies of my favorite older books, they are all $10 or more (Canadian), which I refuse to pay for an ebook when I spent that much on the paperback originally.

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    StarOpal says:

    I have a two chapter minimum rule (if there’s even a little bit of interest three, but after that I’m done). I used to have a hard time not finishing a book, even if it was a grind or verging on torture. Like Jane though, now that I’m older I have less time for reading in general (tragic!) so when I do I want it to be time that I enjoy.

    I think the ones that bug me the most are the C grade books. They have something that’s holding my interest enough for me to finish, but it never really reaches the point of being satisfying so much as “meh.” It’s not so terrible that I felt the need to put down the book, but I can’t say that the time investment really paid off.

    Then, semi-related, I have books that I “pause” on reading. I have an excellent memory for plots and if I start a book that I know I want to finish, but I’m just not in the mood for that particular story/tone/plot now I’ll leave my bookmark and return to it later. The longest interim being about a year and a half.

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    Jennifer W. says:

    I find the question of when to stop reading a book really interesting.  I think half the books I started this last month I didn’t finish.  It is easy to stop reading if I am just offended by something.  But I have trouble stopping if something just isn’t interesting.  I always think to myself that maybe I am not in the right mood, and that if I just keep plugging along it will get better. But life is short!  There are too many books to read!  Looking at the last 4 books I didn’t finish, I read until at least 25% through sometimes more.

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    P. J. Dean says:

    Your co-host had me in stitches over her review of “Enraptured.” Had to check it out myself. But just from the “look inside” feature alone there is no way on God’s green Earth that I could have waded through that. The number of misspellings, the head hopping, the incoherent sentence structure. All on the first page! Spellcheck and every grammar God could not have helped this work. It got rave reviews though.  I weep for humanity or should I say our American school system. ‘Nuf said.

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    Julie says:

    You gals always make my cleaning more fun! LOL

    I’ve stopped my pre-orders at Amazon because of these price changes. It seems I end up returning most of them for a price discount.

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    Allison says:

    For some reason I’ve never thought of having a one or two chapter stopping point. Usually there is something that is keeping me reading at least 50% of way through a book. Normally once I reach that point I either stop because I’m bored or just skim through the rest of the book. I especially have this problem when I’m desperate for books and need something to read. When I download a sample of a book if its a new to me author, I can usually tell by the first sentence or paragraph as to whether or not I will be able to read/buy the book (if its first person, I normally just delete). I especially don’t like when I have to break up with an author, one I’ve been reading for a long time and all of a sudden or sometimes over at least 2 or 3 books, I just can’t go on reading! Has anyone else had a difficult time breaking up with an author or is it just me?

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