Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Please Welcome Bestselling Author Kara Leigh Miller to my Romantic Ramblings!

She was born and raised in the small town of Mexico, New York, Kara was an only child who was forced to find ways to entertain herself. Playing make believe with her Barbie dolls and stuffed animals was her first real taste of storytelling before she became old enough to develop a love affair with the written word.

In early 2010, Kara picked up her very first erotic romance novel, and she was instantly hooked. She loves to write contemporary romance, erotica, and young adult romance. Currently she has several full-length novels in the works, a series of novellas, and a handful of short stories. Kara is an active member of the CNY
Creative Writers Café and the CNY Romance Writers.

Today, Kara resides in New Haven, New York with her husband, five kids, and three cats. When she's not reading or writing, she's thinking about reading and writing. And when she's not doing that, she's spending time with her family and friends.

Kara's here to talk about her latest release Valentine Voyeur.

One detective, the woman he loves, and the pervert that's after her. Can he catch the voyeur and get the girl?

For the past three years, Detective Greg Markson has spent his Valentine's Days chasing the Valentine Voyeur, who always seems to be one step ahead of the police. This year was no different—Until Greg comes face-to-face with Alexandra Brooks: the younger sister of his former best friend and partner. Greg has always wanted to ask her out, but fears she blames him for the accident that left her brother paralyzed. But when he has a second chance encounter with her, and she invites him to a Valentine's Day costume party, he simply can't refuse. It's the chance he's always wanted. But will he be able to get over his own guilt long enough to find love? And will he be able to stop the Valentine Voyeur before he strikes again?

You can find this wonderful book here:

Kara poses a good question... Do Readers Care Who Publishes a Book?

I recently had a discussion with a fellow writer friend of mine about publishers and whether or not it mattered if all her books were with the same publishing house. She was hesitant for various reasons. We tossed around the idea that the more publishers we worked with the more exposure we would get, and how different publishers offered a variety of editing experiences, etc.

There is a lot of varying opinions out there, but there seems to be one common thread: sticking with the same publisher offers the reader consistency, that every single time they buy a book by a certain author published by a certain house they can expect high quality, error free books.

Personally, I have 4 different publishers I work with—each one chosen for different reasons and each one publishing a different genre. One publisher I like, and will continue to use is, Books to Go Now. They consistently produce high quality, aesthetically pleasing books in a variety of genres. For them, I write erotic romances.

My final thought on the subject was this: Readers don't really care who publishes a book. They will buy it because they like the author, the blurb piques their interest, or it came recommended by a trusted source, among other reasons. But, the more I think about it, the less sure I am of that statement.

So, I pose this question to all you readers out there: Do you really care who publishes a book? Will it affect your decision to buy or not buy a particular book? What about all you authors out there? Do you prefer to keep all your books with one publisher? Or do you like the variety afforded by using multiple publishers?

Answer Kara's question and you'll be entered to win an copy of her wonderful eBook Love At The Edge.

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  1. Thanks so much for having me here today, Sharon! What're your thoughts on the question I asked?

    1. Hi Kara, When I buy a book I could care less who published it. In fact, before I started writing the publisher of a book new crossed my mind. It was all about the cover and blurb.

  2. I really don't care who publishes a book. I buy based on the author or a really catchy blurb that makes me curious enough to read it. The only time a publisher factors into my purchases is if they have high prices. Then I've got to really want to read the book to pay what they want for it.

    1. I'm the same way! I will read a book simply because I like the author, cover, or the blurb. However, if it turns out to be a horrible book, I will go back and check the publisher.

  3. Hi Kara,

    I think the answer may depend on whether you're asking readers who only read or readers who also write. Your typical reader who only reads books probably doesn't care about the publisher or even pay attention to who the publisher is. Someone who also writes for a living (or is trying to) and understands the publishing industry may have an interest in the publisher. But, if they are a fan they still will probably buy a book from the author they love regardless if they switch publishers or not.

    1. That's a good point, Laurie! Before I started writing and publishing I really didn't pay much attention to the publisher. And now the only time I do is if the book was horrible. To me, any publisher that would publish a book full of errors is a publisher I would want to avoid.

  4. Before I began writing, I followed my favorite authors. All the big names. Once in a while I'd try a new author, but I could care less about what publishing company published them.
    Since I'm an established author, I work with three small publishers, and I like them all. I still think word of mouth, a friends suggestion is the best advertising you can get.
    Now I'm trying mostly new authors that I have made friends with through the promoting process.
    Some are amazing writers, some are just so-so.

  5. Hi Kara,
    I never cared who published my favorite authors and now that I am an author, I find that my readers don't care either.
    Chris K