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58. Buying Reviews and Gaming the System, Plus Books We’re Excited...

Sarah and Jane are back, this time talking about buying reviews and gaming the book recommendation and sales system. We talk about why authors might purchase reviews, and about the recent allegations that others have, even without proof. We also discuss why buying reviews can be a lucrative choice for someone trying to find their audience. Jane draws an apt parallel between authors buying reviews and athletes using performance enhancing drugs – and we try to figure out what this means for readers.

Then we talk about two books we’re each really excited about that come out on 1 October 2013.

Here are the books we talk about in this episode:

Book Stir Me Up - Sabrina ElkinsBook The Rosie Project - Graeme SimsionBook Something Like Normal - Trish Doller


 Book All of You - Christina Lee

InterMix Books, our podcast sponsor, would like you to know about All of You, the emotional and sexy New Adult romance from debut author Christina Lee.

Nursing student Avery Michaels wants nothing to do with dating—she’s perfectly happy single.  Privy to too many of her mother’s bad decisions and even worse taste in boyfriends, all Avery can handle is a string of uncomplicated hookups whenever the mood strikes.

When she meets smoking hot tattoo artist Bennett, she wants him—for just one night. But he won’t accept a no-strings-attached arrangement. He lives by a straight-laced code of values based on his own troubled upbringing.

Bennett sees something special in Avery and he wants more from her. Way more. As Avery wrestles with her emotions for Bennett, danger and tragedy force them to open up to each other. And Avery must face the terrifying realization that she wants more from him, too.

So she needs to make a choice—let Bennett go or finally let him in.

Don’t miss All of You by debut author Christina Lee, available now for download from InterMix wherever ebooks are sold!

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Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

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