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Dear readers,

Hi Rhireaders! Check out the latest events in the sidebar! Thanks for visiting, be sure and follow me on social media for MORE awesome content.

Did you drop by to request a review or tour stop? Due to high demand and a very busy schedule, I am currently CLOSED for unsolicited review requests. Thank you for thinking of me though!

I do have promotional openings for October 2017 through February 2018 open so please reach out. Just please drop me an email with a polite request and if I'm interested I will reply.

-- Rhi


Share the Love Giveaway Hop [Ends 2/15]

It’s time for our annual Share the Love giveaway hop! This hop is a little different and all about sharing our favorite bloggers and authors with you! There’s a giveaway at every blog so visit them all and find out who all we just adore.

I was recently rubbed the wrong way when the author of one of my favorite book series said something to the effect that posting about pets/cooking/family/etc. on social media is not how one sells books. I get it, I really do, but in addition to being an amazing story teller an author really can be more to some people. My auto-buy authors, the ones I preorder when there's no cover or blurb, are the ones I would want to be friends with if they were my neighbor because they know how to brand themselves. I don't auto-buy the above mentioned author and now I realize why she never made it onto my list in spite of very much enjoying her work.

As a reader, I love complex and flawed characters... and getting to know the people who created them often enhances the experience. Knowing an author is a person who has the same struggles or passions as I do helps me feel connected to their work more deeply. When they share an interesting article or a funny anecdote or a recipe they loved I don't just see a writer, I see a person, and most of my auto-buy authors are these types. They make me feel less alone and ya know what? When I spend $10 on a book and I see that an author went out and took their kid to the movies or is enjoying a bottle of wine or is heading to a fancon it makes me feel good. I got to enjoy something I paid for and in a weird sort of way I feel like what I paid had a bigger value because they get a livable income and get to have pleasures in their lives too.

With that in mind please go follow these 5 authors who have enriched my life with their wonderful writing and their fantastic social media presence. 

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Sophia Rose said...

I totally agree. I like to see the human and warm side of the authors I read. And if I don't have time to read all the posts and updates, I don't. Simple.

I already like and follow most of your favorites, Rhi.

Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

J Lenni Dorner said...

I LOVE what you wrote here. I've been told that I use too much "I, me" in my blog. But right here, what you said, that's why I do it! I know I'm weird and different. But there are some facets of me that are relatable. I hope others see that and thus we make a connection, be it just regular comments or be it an eventual friendship. Your post filled my heart. Thank you.

Rhianna said...

You are so welcome Sophia Rose! Isn't it great we have some of the same faves?

Awww, and your comment gave me warm fuzzies J Lenni Dorner! As a publicist it's one of my biggest tips for my authors—be authentic, be a person to your readers—because while I know it certainly helps sell books, it can also make both author and reader feel less alone. Don't most of us crave that? Thanks for commenting!

Anna (herding cats-burning soup) said...

I love seeing the bits and pieces of authors I read. It's so fun to get a glimpse into their lives (most of the times). I've got Katee on my list for one day hopefully :D Thanks for joining in on the hop, Rhianna!

Rhianna said...

Me too Anna! Katee is one of my favorite people, I'm hoping to get to meet her at RT and not fangirl myself into embarrassment.

Unknown said...

I agree with you. I have authors whose work I auto-buy who may not interact with their fans (I've never tried to interact with them). Even Stephen King tells family stories and anecdotes. Those personal interactions DO sell books. I've met authors whose books originally didn't interest me that much. Then, I got to know the people behind the work and NOW I buy their books. Every book. Personality sells. Snobbiness does not.

Thank you for taking the time to be a real person to your fans. I can assure you that it means a lot. Sometimes, a comment from a much beloved author can pull a person from the depths of despair.


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