Category Archives: Conventions, Book Signings, And Other Book Events

That’s It! The SSWBB Sign-up is over!

Thanks to everyone who signed up. I think this will be a great annual thing I can start doing here on Reckless Indulgence to bring all book lovers together. We had 25 participants this year with 3 choosing to bensure a secret Santa to more than one person. (You guys rock in particular!)

Anyway, I’ll be sending out all the info to the wonderful Santas by the weekend.

To everyone else, a Happy December to you all!

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MIDDAY ANNOUNCEMENT! NANOWRIMO 2015… BEGIN!

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You know what you need to do.

Sign-up and get your fingers/pens moving!

MIDNIGHT ANNOUNCEMENT! NANOWRIMO 2015… BEGIN! (At least here in the East Coast lol…)

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You know what you need to do.

Sign-up and get your fingers/pens moving!

It’s Almost The Start of November, And You Know What Time That Is!

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It’s NANOWRIMO time!!!

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Regardless of your feelings on this writing “competition,” it is a fantastic event to participate in if you want to experience that rush as you write alongside thousands upon thousands of others INTERNATIONALLY… Everyone trying to get out that crazy story that’s been tumbling around in their head for goodness knows how long.

And what’s the goal? 50,000 words or more in a single month. Can you do it? 

I’ve been a participant since… hmm… 200…3? 2004? Something like that! 😀 So, you can just say I’m something of a veteran. Nonetheless, I will always advocate and support this event and all it’s promotion of creativity and the glorious art of writing.

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PepTalk – NaNo-ing Advice: I wanted to leave you with a final piece of advice:

Speaking from my own past and current experience, “bad writing” is just as important and influential as “good writing.”

Don’t let anyone tell you differently.

“Bad writing” can be learned from, improved upon, and refined. “Bad writing” is a priceless commodity that helps you get one step closer to achieving your goal. Bad writing is awesome.

(FYI – I just don’t condone the publishing of said “bad writing” *hur hur should be obvious*)

So don’t be discouraged if you end up writing something that isn’t the greatest come the end of November. Be proud that you got it all down and written in the first place! You’re one step closer than those who are still stuck in the godawful, “I’ll write it down… someday…” phase.

Now that you’ve written your story — about 150+ pages worth of it — you can turn that junk into gold.

“Good” and even “great writing” talents can be discovered! And what writer out there doesn’t enjoy a good challenge to force you to get some writing time into your day?

So sign-up now! Get ready for November!

EVENT UPDATE: Did You Know? Today is Prime Day on Amazon! (July 15th)

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Thought I’d let those of you who have Amazon Prime Membership know that today is Prime Day!! For today only, you can get better-than-Black Friday-like deals on… well.. lots of stuff! Books, electronics, kindles — you name it!

The deals are only available to Prime Members, however – so if you know someone who’s got Prime, pass along the news! You never know who’s day you just might make. 😉

I decided to splurge on some books I’ve been meaning to get, and also on a couple electronics that broken down a billion years ago that I’ve been making due with since. Great time to splurge on gifts for friends, family, loved ones, and – of course – yourself!

So get to it! Click on the banner above or right here!

FIRST DAY of the Endless Possibilities Read-A-Thon!!

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Today starts off the beginning of the 3 day readathon hosted by Good Tales Book Tours! It runs from June 4-6. I am super, super pumped for this! I have SO MANY BOOKS TO READ and, as usual, not enough time to read it in… but never you mind! I’ll find the time. One way or another. 😉

MY TBR LIST FOR THIS READATHON IS HERE.

I think I’m going to make this a comic and graphic novel day and start with some of my recently downloaded NetGalley comics today.
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Probably these:
Let’s see if I can finish those first, then get to the manhua serials because I need funny right now to lift my spirits.  🙂
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Will keep y’all posted with my progress!
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Endless Possibilities Read-A-Thon TBR List
June 4th-6th
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If you are interested in signing up click right here. We’re are also hosting random giveaways and questions with authors on a Facebook party during the readathon, so join in here. The Facebook party will go on every day during the read-a-thon between 2pm-9pm CST.
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The “rules” are simple:

  1. Post your selected TBR to either your blog or a shelf on goodreads
  2. Add your post to the linky here (When adding your list, insert your name and the name of your blog (e.g. Jaay @ Reckless Indulgence | of the Written Word) where it says NAME and link directly to your TBR list where it says LINK.)
  3. Tweet about it.
  4. SUBMIT a question.
  5. HAVE FUN!! 🙂
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Free Comic Book Day Is In 2 DAYS!!

Where are you celebrating ‪#‎FCBD2015‬?

Find a comic shop: http://bit.ly/FCBDComicShops

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World Book & Copyright Day 2015!

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How many of you knew that April 23rd is the official day of the annual event: World Book & Copyright Day?

I haven’t participated in it “officially” for at least… three years (Damn! That long????) but my heart is still behind it and its mission. I usually choose the day to talk about the importance of books and copyright, but… I had a tour yesterday which was unavoidable, so… today I’ll give the talk instead.

So — picture this! A world where… books belong to no one. Not even the ones who created them.

Picture this: A world where authors aren’t paid for the works they put their hearts and souls into, that they slaved over for hours and hours… days and months and YEARS.

Imagine a world where no laws protected author, publisher, book, or reader. Where anyone could claim a book was theirs, or distribute it however which way they pleased, or deface it, plagiarize it, rewrite it, destroy it, because… well… who would be able to contradict it? How could you make a claim in court about theft when there were no laws applying to it?

Imagine, authors… growing weary of such a world.

Imagine publishers… booksellers… making no money from their publications and shutting down en masse. Disappearing off the face of the planet. (They are part of the corporate world, after all. They need to make money in order to survive.)

So. Imagine.

Imagine authors no longer writing.

Imagine BOOKS NO LONGER BEING PUBLISHED OR RELEASED. ANYWHERE.

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Have I scared you shit-less, yet?

This is what a world without copyright… without protection for book, author, publisher, and YOU, would be like.

Scary, isn’t it?

Until a truly ideal and downright utopian world springs up from the ashes of our current reality, copyright laws will ALWAYS BE THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU COULD ASK FOR.

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But those are just my thoughts.

What are your thoughts on the matter? Do you agree? Do you think I’ve blown this waaay out of portion? Do you understand copyright law and its role in the life and creation of that lovely, gorgeous thing you stack away on your shelves or download into your eReaders?

Let me know! I’m rearing to see how this discussion takes off. 🙂

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TONIGHT — as in RIGHT NOW — IS WORLD BOOK NIGHT! :) What are you reading?

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A Little History

World Book Night was first celebrated in the UK and Ireland in 2011 on 5 March. In 2012 it was moved to 23 April, the international day of the book, and was also celebrated in the USA and Germany for the first time. Its purpose was, quite simply, to encourage more adults to read. In late 2013 World Book Night became part of The Reading Agency and is now run as a Reading Agency programme as part of its work to inspire people to take up reading and celebrate the difference that reading makes to their lives.

2015 will be the fifth World Book Night celebration.

So, what does that mean for the rest of us?

Well. Whether you’re 5 or 50, 10 or 100… you should be reading. It’s the most beautiful thing that can happen to a person, and I’m saying this wholly biased as I’ve been reading my whole life and NEVER plan on stopping. ❤

Tonight, I haven’t the slightest idea what will catch my eye — But know this: I plan to read.

And I think that’s half the battle right there. Plan to read. Don’t put it off for “another day” or “when you’re less tired” or keeping saying, “there’s always tomorrow.” Just pick up a book and get to it!

Plan for it, or be spontaneous! Either way, get to reading and don’t find excuses for not doing it.

We can use anything to dissuade us from picking up a book… “My cat needs feeding.” “My car broke down, and I have to fix it.” “I have other things – more important things – to do.” “I have nothing to read.” “It takes too long, and I have a short attention span.” “My favourite show is on TV.” “Oh look! — Is that a UFO hovering above my neighbor’s house?”

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Well, okay. So that last one is actually a legitimate reason to put down your book and take a peak. BUT YOU SHOULD IMMEDIATELY PICK IT BACK UP AGAIN ONCE YOU’RE SURE THE NOSY BASTARDS WERE TAKEN AWAY TO BE EXPERIMENTED ON. 😀 😀 😀 (I’m talking about your neighbors, by the way, not the aliens. I mean. Who needs ’em, right? Always borrowing things… Stupid neighbors.)

Right now. So where was I?

…oh yeah!

Get reading!

Which brings back me to my original question.

What book are you planning to read tonight? What book already has your interest and attention (which is why you’re only seeing this in the middle of the day instead of at night when it was posted XD)? 

Comment below and let’s get a discussion going on your favourite recent reads!

 

Guest Post — Samantha Lien, owner of Roger Charlie

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Hullo there everyone! Today, I have a very special treat for all of you – a guest post which I’m delighted to say is my first here on Reckless Indulgence. I was approached by the lovely Samantha Lien, owner of Roger Charlie, to work with her on promoting her new business and helping to spread the joy and love of previously unknown books to THE WORLD! (I don’t know if I can hold up to all that, but I’ll definitely try. 😛 )

As such, I’ve asked Samantha Lien to give us some insight on her new business and what she hopes to accomplish in her endeavors. She’s graciously provided us with a look into her world, and hopes you’ll be interested to find out more! Be sure to check out all the links at the end of this post to find and connect with her in the future!

So now, without further adieu… take it away, Samantha!

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Hi and thank you so much for having me!  I wanted to take the opportunity to share what it is I do in case it is helpful to any of your readers/followers, and also connect with even more of your readers out there, as one of my very favorite people to work with are book bloggers and reviewers!

10940586_352012244986763_2084101749892274190_nFirst of all – let me fill you in a bit on who I am.

My name is Sami and I run a company called Roger Charlie that specializes in publicity and management for creative professionals –particularly authors, musicians and small businesses.  I actually just recently jumped out on my own after nearly four years working exclusively in literary publicity because in addition to books, both local/small business and music are also two of my very biggest passions, and I wanted to move more into supporting those endeavors, as well.

I really love what I do. I love that thought that publicity really revolves around reaching out to people who may have not otherwise heard about a great book, band or business had I not been in touch, and I get excited when someone responds enthusiastically. It really cultivates a positive attitude and experience for everyone involved, and I’m all for supporting anything that motivates and inspires an individual to move forward ferociously in the things that they really love.

As I mentioned earlier, I particularly love working with bloggers and reviewers (like Jaay), because it’s like having an extended network of friends that always want to talk about things that we both love. I think we all love it because it comes very easy and natural to us – which ultimately makes it fun.

I also run with my husband called Songs for Jake, a collaborative music channel that operates around the simple mission of getting great songs to one really big music lover. Jake, my younger brother, ha11002634_10155261328525331_1527299230407528022_ns cerebral palsy – which I only mention to emphasize the impact music has on his life. While he can’t talk or tell you in words about the music he enjoys, he definitely can show you the happiness it brings him through his laughter and excitement.  The project also marries a passion for creating, finding and sharing that music with Jake, along with others who may benefit from music therapy.

I run Songs for Jake and Roger Charlie because I think it’s so important to incorporate the things you are truly dedicated to into your day-to-day work and life, because it fosters growth and encourages even more people to jump in and be part of the conversation.

 

I’d love to create some conversation with all of you. What are some of your favorite books? What are some promotions that you’ve seen for authors that you thought were particularly interesting? Why do you blog about books – and do you have a book club? I’d love to know more about all of you, too!

FIND ME HERE!

Sam@RogerCharlie.com

Official Website: RogerCharlie.com

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