and witches. Although she still must live in hiding from her evil stepfamily, Elle has always found ways to get whatever her heart desires.
That is, until Alec Le Charme.
Alec is the heir to the Le Charme dynasty of high-end jewelers. He’s also kind, charismatic, has a knee-melting smile. Elle has fallen for him, hard. Unfortunately, thanks to Elle’s evil step family, Alec is absolutely off limits. In fact, if Elle and Alec so much as kiss, it will start a magical chain reaction that would end in powerful factions of witches and wizards going to war. As a result, Elle and Alec vow to stay friends, no matter what. Then West Lake Prep holds a masquerade ball. Identities get mixed up and forbidden kisses are finally shared.
Time for the Magicorum to go to war, and for Elle to confront her hidden past in ways she never thought possible.
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By Christina Bauer
For me, being a writer means being a reader. On average, I read a book/day. And it's hard, but not from the reading side. My challenge is finding new books that I'm excited about.
Let's face it. Nothing's worse than a reading slump.
So, in the interests of sharing best practices, here are my favorite places to find new books that feed my brain...
iBooks is what I consider curated content. In other words, the iBooks team work their butts off to find authors that are fresh, original, and about to 'break through.' I can say this from experience because they took a risk on promoting my books when I was a first-time author. My trick is to go to the categories page and see who they have featured in:
- Science Fiction and Fantasy
- Young Adult
Finding good books is as much an art as it is a science; the iBooks team does a great job.
Two. BookBub and Freebooksy
There are a lot of book newsletters out there. As I said before, I'm a fan of hand-curated content. Both BookBub and Freebooksy are selective in who they accept. Their teams do a great job of making sure that the featured books are interesting and cool. And subscribing is free!
Hands-down, this is my top place to go. I have a short list of all-time favorite books where, every so often, I go to Goodreads and check out their "Readers Also Enjoyed" section. There's always something cool in there.
I also look at the equivalent on Amazon, but that doesn't seem to work as well for me for some reason. I suspect it's because the Amazon algorithm takes my personal browsing/buying history into account, which is a mess. I look into all sorts of books and genres as my 'publisher self' versus my 'reader self.' You don't want to know the strange things I get recommended (hint: on occasion, it has included dinosaur porn!)
Four. Goodreads Friends
I also get TONS of great ideas from my friends on Goodreads. Plus, it's a lot of fun to see what people thought of the books that I've read, and vice versa. The bottom line? Goodreads is all-around awesomesauce.
So there you have it...my secret weapons in the war for finding new books to read. Hope you found some of them helpful!
**I'm a BIG fan of Goodreads so I love to see it in this list! Some great ideas from Christina!**
Bauer has also told the story of the Women’s March on Washington by leading PR efforts for the Massachusetts Chapter. Her pre-event press release—the only one sent out on a major wire service—resulted in more than 19,000 global impressions and redistribution by over 350 different media entities including the Associated Press.
Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby.
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