Friday, April 13, 2012

Guest Blog - Monica Burns

Letting the cat out of the bag

Have you ever had a secret so big that every time you open your mouth, you're afraid you're going to let it slip? My friends know me well, and they’ve pretty much had to hog-tie me to keep my mouth shut about all the great news I have to share. For the last several months I've been hard at work with ten other authors to develop a way for readers to find quality reads. It’s been a crazy eight months preparing for the launch of Rock*It Reads, but this week, the group had their official launch, and now, I'm able to shout the news from the roof tops.

So, what is Rock*It Reads, you ask? We’re a group of New York authors who’ve banded together to help readers find quality self-published books. Some of our books are backlist and others are original, written solely for self-publication. Simply put, Rock*It Reads is our solution for helping readers find quality indie-pubbed titles in the sea of books out there.

If you're a fan of e-books, you've probably purchased your share of titles that were full of typos, errors, and writing that doesn’t meet the standard you expect from a book. We’re determined to help readers find books that won’t make them regret their purchase. How do we do that? We’ve created this awesome logo that will be placed on all the covers of members’ self-published books. Our brand is like the Good Housekeeping Seal of Quality. It will be a sign to readers that here’s a book from an author committed to quality. It’s a fantastic way to help readers weed through the maze of all the self-publishing books you see online. It also doesn’t hurt to know that these are authors you know with stories you love.

The most important thing to know is that Rock*It Reads is not a publisher. We all publish our own books under our own name. When you see the Rock*It Reads logo, you’ll know the book you’re purchasing is written by an author who understands how important quality is to readers and is committed to a high standard of quality when self-publishing their works.

The members of Rock*It Reads have been handpicked, and each brings something unique and wonderful to the table. We have New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors in our group. All of our members are award-winning writers who love to tell a good story. We have all genres and categories, so no matter what your taste, you're sure to find something you like. We can’t promise you’ll love every story, but we do promise to provide you with quality writing, editing and formatting.

In addition to being committed to ensuring our own books are up to par for readers, the Rock*It Reads group is also excited to announce that we’re teaming up with Barnes and Noble to spotlight other quality indie pubbed titles in a brand new reader column! The column is called Love Rocks and will be hosted on the site.

Beginning April 23rd, Rock*It Reads authors will be spotlighting great indie pubbed books we've come across. These are gems and treasure nuggets readers might not discover without that word-of-mouth we all know is so important when you read a good book. These are books from authors you’ve probably never read or even heard of because we’d never heard of them either until we read them. So you’re going to find even more books that are great reads through our Love Rocks column over at Most importantly, these are going to be self-published stories that will have to measure up to the same standards we hold for our own books.

I can tell you right now that I’m teaming up with fellow author Mia Marlowe for the first column of Love Rocks, and I’ll be talking about two books I pulled out of the stacks and have just fallen in love with. I loved this author, and I’m EXTREMELY picky because my reading time has really been crunched in the last two years. So be sure visit on April 23rd for two wonderful recommendations!

If that's not enough to keep me excited, I also have a new book that I am about to release under the Rock*It Reads umbrella. Obsession, my forthcoming book, tells the story of Helen, a woman who is desperate to get away from her tyrannical uncle. Drugged and sold at a brothel, she is at the mercy of the man who purchased her, but Sebastian Rockwood, Earl of Melton, wants only her participation in a harmless charade. The Earl is haunted by his dark past, and values control above all else, but soon he finds holding onto his control is difficult when he is with Helen, and there may be something he values more, love.

Look for Obsession’s release in the next two weeks. And check out Rock*It Reads for more great books from me and the rest of our Rock*It Reads authors. 

Obsession by Monica Burns
Indie Published
Length: Full-length (approx. 390 pg / 100K+ words)
ISBN: 978-1-60504-121-6 (Print)

Coming April 2012 - Read an Excerpt

A woman on the edge of sin…
Helen Rivenall is willing to do anything to escape the brutality of her uncle’s home. But a promise of honest employment is a ruse. Drugged and auctioned off in a notorious London brothel, she finds herself won by a man who wants nothing from her except her participation in a harmless charade. Left with no choice, she reluctantly agrees, but as their web of lies grows, so does temptation and the realization that pleasure and sin are often one and the same.

A man about to lose all control…
Sebastian Rockwood, Earl of Melton is haunted by a dark secret in his past. One that taught him control is a personal trait to be valued above all others. He also learned never to give his heart to anyone. The risk is too great. Yet where Helen is concerned, his prized control is slowly giving way to temptation, and all too quickly he discovers nothing can protect him from the ultimate obsession—love.


Estella said...

There has long been a need for this service.

Monica Burns said...

Hi Estella, I'm sorry I haven't responded until now. I'm at the RT Conference and didn't realized I'd be here when I scheduled to blog here at Lucy's place.

And I agree, there's definitely a niche Rock*It Reads is looking to fill.

Carol L. said...

I'm going over to see Rocket Reads. What a wonderful idea. And Obsession is now on my TRL. Thanks for this Monica.
Carol L
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