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I honestly don’t remember how I old I was when that switch clicked in my head and I went from laboring through books to inhaling them. I became a reader when you could do two things for the authors that delighted you with their stories:

  1. You could keep reading their books (and if you had actual money, buy them – hey, I was pretty young. It took me a while to save up that .75 for a new book!)
  2. You tell a friend about your favorite books. This is called “word-of-mouth” and is still the most powerful way for people discover books.

With social media, your reach, the number of people you can potentially share with, has expanded dramatically. And so have the number of books you can potentially talk about.

Frankly, it’s pretty crazy out there. So this awesome blogger, Cate Russel-Cole, came up with this idea for spreading the word called #AuthorTag. I heard about it when she tagged me, which was pretty awesome, I must say.

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I feel a bit uncomfortable blowing my own horn (I’m from Wyoming where we barely tap it), so I thought I’d boost the idea and three authors in my book blog today. I’ll call this my “why not read” meme, for wont of something better. (Look at that. I used “wont” in a sentence.)

Since it’s February, I’m picking three romance authors and since I’m me and I love space opera, yeah, going with science fiction romance. Cuz I can. If you read my blog, then you know these names (though Laurie is new to publishing, so she could especially use the signal boost). I hope you’ll click through to their websites and follow them on social media, too. Besides buying one of their books, another way to help them is share something they post on their wall, or retweet them on Twitter. And best of all, recommend them to someone you think might like their books.

Veronica ScottVeronica Scott is not only a great author of adventurous and romantic space opera, she writes a column for USA Today’s Happy Ever After.

Australian author, Greta Van der Rol, also writes fun and exciting space opera and she posts wonderful photos to Facebook. Kuralon Resue cover art

Laurie A. Green just released her first novella, a prequel to her Inherit the Stars series. The first part of that releases the 22nd of Feb. Laurie also founded the SFR Brigade and is a contributor to the Spacefreighters Lounge.

cover art for Farewell Andromeda

If you already love and read SFR and want to keep up with who is releasing what in SFR indie fiction, check out the SFR Station or The Galaxy Express blog. And when you’re tweeting about a book you love, add the #AuthorTag hashtag for some extra signal boost!

So please share some book love in the comments today. Have you read any of these authors? Want to get the word out on a book or author you’ve just discovered? You know I love comments so much that I pick a favorite to receive my monthly AnaBanana gift basket ($25 value).  Recipient is announced the first blog post of the new month.

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Perilously yours,


Have You Heard of #AuthorTag?

20 thoughts on “Have You Heard of #AuthorTag?

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  • February 18, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    And this was supposed to be just for YOU! Pauline, your generosity is an amazing blessing. Thanks so much for passing on the baton… and now I get to make new friends!

    P.S. I really do love that blog header.

    • February 18, 2015 at 5:08 pm

      LOL thank you and so glad you like it! I smile every time I see it. I might need to do a blog post about those old melodramas. I used to love them as a kid. 🙂

  • February 18, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    I like all the authors you suggested Pauline and I’ve read Kuralon Rescue. The other two are on my e-reader! I would add Carol Van Natta’s Overload Flux, since she did not toot her own horn. And of course, I recommend both The Key and Girl Gone Nova to anyone who needs a good story to sink their teeth into.

    There are so a many authors I like in several genres. I’ll add a couple to today’s list. First – Marie Croke. Her sci-fi fantasy book The Rains of Imarcia is one the best I read in 2014. It has only a couple of ratings on Amazon and Goodreads, so I am making it my personal mission to get her name out there. Second – I’m going to jump genre’s to historical fiction. Anna Lee Huber’s Lady Darby mysteries are big on mystery, light on romance and always keep me reading into the late hours. I pre-ordered #4 in the series and it won’t even be out until July.

    Pauline, you are so right – when someone tells me ‘you have to read this book’ I automatically file that in the don’t bother pile. Last week someone said to me ‘you gotta see that movie’. No I don’t! I guess I don’t take orders well. I much prefer your suggestion for making recommendations.

    • February 18, 2015 at 5:07 pm

      Well, thank you, Riley for the recs of my books and thank you for mentioning these books. I’m totally taking notes here! I like how Heather Massey talks about elements readers might like. I try to do it like she does. Thank you SO much for your support!

      • February 18, 2015 at 8:30 pm

        If we weren’t contrary, we probably wouldn’t be writers. LOL Hugs back at you!

  • February 18, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    Thanks, Pauline. I’m honoured. And also delighted to know you enjoy reading my books. This is a wonderful idea, not just because it may help to boost sales but also because it offers that ‘pat on the head’ that I think we authors so much want. We NEED to know the stories are being read.
    Greta van der Rol recently posted…Teaser Tuesday – a piece from Morgan’s Choice #sfrgttMy Profile

    • February 18, 2015 at 5:04 pm

      I think we need it because it completes our creation. A book is just words until a reader reads it. 🙂

  • February 18, 2015 at 7:43 am

    I hadn’t heard of Cate’s idea, either, but I think it’s a good one. I can’t bring myself to play in the Twitterverse because it’s too much like drinking from a firehose, but I’m trying to be active on Facebook. As it happens, I have two out of three of the books you mentioned in my burgeoning TBR pile. In that same pile is a lovely-looking book called The Key: A Perilous Pauline Science Fiction Romance (Project Enterprise Book 1) by a certain Pauline Baird Jones.

    If you like science fiction romance (and who doesn’t?), I also recommend Ruby Lionsdrake’s Mandrake Company series, starting with Mercenary Instinct, which is currently free on Amazon.

    • February 18, 2015 at 9:11 am

      Ah, that is so nice of you Carol! I will definitely check out Ruby’s book! I do think it is a great idea. When I read a fun book, after wishing it wasn’t over, my next thought is usually, “Now who do I know that would like this book?”

      • February 18, 2015 at 9:19 am

        If even half our science fiction romance readers would do that, our little corner of the genre universe would rule!

        • February 18, 2015 at 9:31 am

          I know, right??? And readers are a lot more likely to listen to “I think you’d like this book because…” rather than “You must buy this book!”

          I know I am a reader first and probably always, so I think very carefully about who to rec a book to. But on my blog, I can’t do that, and I don’t do reviews, so it gets interesting. I just like to talk about books. I’m still trying to find the right mix here.

          • February 18, 2015 at 10:20 am

            Yep, I’m in the same boat as you. I read a ton of books, and hope to do so until my brain becomes Swiss cheese, and I like to recommend my fellow SFR authors because I like their work and want our genre to take over the world.

            I don’t publish reviews, either, because I know how much effort goes into writing even a book that pisses me off, so I can’t be objective. I make a better beta reader, as long as the author is genuinely looking for ways to improve the book, instead of praise and adulation.

          • February 18, 2015 at 5:03 pm

            Exactly, Carol. Though I’m not the best beta reader. I get so lost in the story I forget I’m supposed to be paying attention. LOL I think I’m just a reader. LOL

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