Welcome to Love Rocks!

Once upon a time 'self-published' was synonymous with 'self-indulgent.'  Novice writers were duped into spending small fortunes in order to have their novels published in book form. More often than not, once a writer's cousins and great-aunts had been manipulated into buying a copy, the hundreds (or thousands!) left over simply moldered in the author’s garage.


Enter the Brave New World of digital publication. Suddenly anyone can pull together cover art and slap her or his words up in cyberspace. And it's not just for those who for whatever reason can't be published by a traditional  house. Bestselling authors have leaped whole-heartedly on the self-pubbing train. It offers the chance to explore themes and settings New York publishers can’t or won't touch --  and it gives writers a sense of control over their own careers.


But what’s in self-publishing for readers? The market is awash with new titles—some breathtaking, some of the boxed-in-the-garage variety. How is a reader to know the difference between delight and dreck?


That’s where Love Rocks comes in. On a bi-monthly basis, we’ll be visiting with you here about the new world of self-published romance. We'll introduce exciting, fresh voices.  We'll bring you news of  your old favorites and help you discover new ones. We’ll let you know which authors are reissuing their beloved backlists and which are delivering new stories in eBook format. We hope to discover that genuine gemstone for you among all the cubic zirconia.


Who’s we? I hear you asking.


We’re the writers from Rock*It Reads, a collective of authors  -- all published with New York based publishing houses -- that includes  Vanessa Kelly, Pamela Clare, Cheryl Holt, Elisabeth Naughton, Monica Burns, Kris Kennedy, Margo Maguire, Lila DiPasqua, Sharon Page, Joan Swan and me—Mia Marlowe. We have New York Times bestsellers and award winners in the group as well as debut authors. Rock*It Reads represents all of the wonderfully various stories that appear under the romance genre—including contemporary, historical, paranormal, and romantic suspense, among others. Our new eBook brand, Rock*It Reads, is your assurance that a great reading experience is in store.


But we won’t be promoting our own books here at Love Rocks. If you’re interested in our work, both self and traditionally published, we invite you to visit our website at rockitreads.com. For Love Rocks, we're switching hats. Because, in addition to being writers, we're all voracious readers. And we love to share when we’ve discovered a new favorite author.


Statistics prove most people buy books based on the fact that they’ve already read and enjoyed the author. But the second most common reason for buying a book is because a friend recommended it. We hope you'll come to consider us here at Love Rocks your friends when you're looking for your next reading suggestion.


Of course, we're interesting in hearing what you think too. Please be sure to set up a B&N account so you can add your comments to the discussion (If you don't have one, you can get started by going to the link in the top right-hand corner of this page and clicking on Register.) We look forward to your insights and opinions.


In the meantime, fire up your e-reader and get ready to fill it with some great new reads. Our first reading recommendation comes from my friend, Monica Burns. Monica's sexy historical romance Pleasure Me was honored with an RT Reviewers Choice Award at the recent RT BookLovers Convention in Chicago. I can’t wait to hear what self-pubbed jewel she's uncovered for us!

A classically trained soprano, Mia Marlowe describes her books as Gilbert and Sullivan...with sex! Her recent release, Touch of a Rogue, was named one of Publishers Weekly's Top Ten Romances for Spring 2012. Her website is miamarlowe.com.

by VanessaKelly on ‎04-23-2012 10:22 AM

Mia, thanks for doing such a great job introducing us to the world!  I'm so excited to be part of the conversation about indie books here at B & N.

by PamelaClare29 on ‎04-23-2012 10:39 AM

Mia, I love the picture of you with the glasses! Thanks for doing such a great job of introducing the Rock*It Reads brand to readers hear at BarnesandNoble.com. I'm excited that Rock*It Reads is going to be a part of highlighting great self-published books for the public and looking forward to Monica's column!

by Sharon_Page_author on ‎04-23-2012 10:46 AM


What a great introduction of what Rock*It Reads and the Love Rocks column is all about.  I'm thrilled to have this chance to discover terrific indie romances for myself and other readers here at B&N.  I really loved Monica's column also, which combines two of my favorite things: redemption stories and British accents.

by KrisKennedy on ‎04-23-2012 11:13 AM

I'll join the other wonderful Rock*It Reads authors in saying how excited I am about this new joint venture with B&N.  Thanks for such a great intro, Mia (and I'm with Sharon--love your pix!)


I can't wait to start chatting with readers about great self-published romances!

by MargoMaguire on ‎04-23-2012 12:35 PM

I am so looking forward to finding great independent books to read! Thanks for introducing our new venture with B&N, Mia!

by Lila_DiPasqua on ‎04-23-2012 07:59 PM

Thanks for introducing us in such a great way, Mia! Like the rest of my Rock*it Reads sisters, I'm very excited about our venture with Barnes & Noble. Can't wait to chat more about entertaining self-published books!

by KatherineB66 ‎04-24-2012 02:43 AM - edited ‎04-24-2012 02:45 AM

The pic with the glasses is very sassy! 


This promises to be a fantastic column.


And big congrats to Monica. 

by PJSharon on ‎04-24-2012 05:01 AM

Hi Mia! This is great. I can't wait to see which authors you all recommend. It is so difficult for readers to find the gems amongst the rubble. I do have my most recent title listed in the KDP Select program, but have kept my first two up on B&N as well. I love B&N, and this kind of blog can only help in keeping them current and competetive. Thanks for doing this!


It was lovely meeting you and sharing a table at Club RT:-)

by AthenaGrayson on ‎04-24-2012 05:48 AM

Hi Mia! Thanks for putting this together with the other Rock*It authors, and thanks to B&N for reaching out to the community! I'm an indie romance author who's had a wonderful reception from our local store (partly in thanks to our local RWA chapter), but I'm also a technerd, and the device "wars" are just heating up, and that means the venues open to us as authors and readers are ripe for innovation. I hope B&N keeps its eyes and ears open for new ways to make the reading experience go beyond its boundaries. Because indies are all about busting through boundaries! :)

by Juli_Alexander on ‎04-24-2012 08:20 AM

Wonderful article, Mia.  I look forward to reading your recommendations! 


BTW, great picture of you. 

by JMacLean on ‎04-24-2012 09:52 AM

Congratulations on your partnership with B&N!  Looking forward to hearing about lots of great indie romances!

--Julianne MacLean

by Bron-NZ on ‎04-24-2012 01:25 PM

Best of luck, ladies. It looks like a fabulous business model for you and the readers. Quality books at a great price in a timely fashion - no 18 month wait between books.


Go author power!

by KE_Saxon_Author on ‎04-25-2012 05:51 AM

What thrilling times! I'm loving that you're focusing on indie-pubbed books. Congrats on the B&N Partnership. (And thank you, B&N for doing this as well).

by dtchycat on ‎07-12-2012 07:57 AM

Thanks for doing this type of blog! I love that you are focusing on indie-published books because there is a ton of them out there to navigate as to what is great/good/not-so-good.

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