Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Are You Buzzworthy? With Guest Blogger: Jody Lebel

Free Goodie Giveaway for all &
meet author Jody Lebel 
today at the Book Boost!

She's here to tell you how to catch the buzz and here's what she had to say...

What would happen if a few hundred authors/readers teamed up, formed an on-line book of the month club, chose the book from their very own membership, and promoted each other?   Great things.

Where did this idea come from?  From a poor experience I had when I joined a book club on Twitter.

Sounded like fun, but they started reading  three days after the book was chosen.  Not nearly enough time to get a copy.  When I complained (gently) the club told me I should have either done an e-book or gone to the library.  Not possible and not very friendly either. That got me thinking.  If I ran a book club I'd give everyone enough time to get their books.

Also, some New York best seller sold another 90 books. No big deal to him/her.  But to someone like me, it would be a very big deal. If I ran a book club I wouldn't use big time authors, I'd only use…our own member's books.  A book club that uses traditionally-pubbed, self-pubbed, Print On Demands, or e-pubs?  Unheard of.

The membership will vote each month from four books (sometimes five) that will be chosen by lottery from all who submit.  There will be the traditional romance categories, one a month, with room for other categories if there is a demand.  I'm also thinking of adding a mystery/thriller/paranormal club.

On June 17, 2011, I published a website, www.ibookbuzz.com, and started emailing authors and RWA chapters one at a time.  Nine months later, I have over 700 members from 50 states plus DC, 57 countries, 28 times zones, 37 languages and 6 continents.  And it's growing every day.

This is better than a book signing.  You get to do it at home in your jammies.   Even if your book is not chosen for the Book of the Month, if you're in the Final Four you will get lots of buzz for your book.

There are no dues, no fees, no nonsense.  iBookBuzz will not sell your  e-mail address.  iBookBuzz e-mails its members once a month to remind members to vote, to begin reading our Book of the Month choice, and to send in their books for the next category. All of our e-mails to you are sent blind copy.   Members are not required to buy anything.  No one keeps track of what you read.  Participate in the months that interest you or where you have the time.

Come and join the fun.  Imagine. YOUR book could get to be a book of the month selection.

A Note from the Book Boost:  Wow, Jody!  How have I not heard of this before today?  I'm totally going to sign up for this.  How wonderful!  Oh, and I love your quote about hot cops so much--I may have to pick up a copy of your book today as well.  I have so been there and done that--I've included the quote down below.  Please tell us more about your latest.


The story centers around protagonist court reporter Renee Rose who found out the hard way that hooking up with a cop is like getting a bikini wax; it starts off hot, quickly turns painful, and ends in tears.

But when her best friend receives an e-mail from her long-dead fiancé demanding money, Renee knows they need help.

Too bad help comes in the form of Detective Anthony Graciano, an annoying bossy cop who somehow still manages to haul Renee's libido out of dry dock.

Police work is more than a career for Anthony, it's an obsession. Specializing in cases involving female victims, he has no time for a personal life until he meets Renee, a delicious mystery he yearns to solve.

When Renee’s disastrous marriage ended some years ago, her mother consoled her with the knowledge that when one door closes the next door could open to a plate of warm cookies. Could this detective be Renee’s warm cookie?


"Detective Graciano. From yesterday?” He held out his hand, but quickly took it back when Renee ignored it. 

She crossed her arms and faced him squarely. “I remember you, Detective. I’m not simple minded.”

“Well, you’re acting like it.”

“I beg your pardon?” she said through clenched teeth.

“I see this kind of thing all the time. That man is a con, and he's taking advantage of you.”

“You don't know that,” Renee said, dismissing his advice--and him--by turning her back. She struggled to appear cool and in control. Despite being ticked off at his remark about her mental status, the nearness of him made her pulse race, and something was definitely going on with her knees. She handed Eddy the docket sheet and closed her purse with a sharp snap. “Why aren’t you out working on Liz’s case?" she flung over her shoulder. "Stay out of my business.”

“Seeing people get fleeced is my business, Ms. Rose,” he said. “I can't stop you from doing this, but if you don't really know Pretty Boy over there, you shouldn't get involved."

Renee barely controlled a shiver when he said her name. What? Are we in high school now? She struggled to bring herself under control, then turned and confronted the detective dead on. “I didn't ask for a lecture. I have a father for that. I'll run my own life.” He started to open his mouth, but she held up her hand. “Again, let me remind you it's none of your business.” She kept her voice unfriendly but low, aware that they were a source of amusement to the people around them. “Why don't you concentrate on pulling yourself together?” She waggled her fingers at his crumpled shirt and hideous tie. “And leave me alone.”

Want More Jody?

Visit her on the web here:  http://jodylebel.com/ 

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"Dating a cop is like a bikini wax. It starts off hot turns painful & you end up crying." Renee Rose, Playing Dead

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