Q&A: Catherine Brunelle | SELF-esteem

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In Claire Never Ending, SELF-e author Catherine Brunelle traces a family though generations of captivating women, all of whom share the middle name Claire. Each vignette gives a snapshot of a life in progress—from a hot air balloonist to those with connections to witchcraft to the first-generation Claire sailing to her new life. Here, Brunelle talks about ancestry, pregnancy, and her favorite reads.

Not Quite Love at First Sight | SELF-esteem

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Not all romances begin with instant attraction; some start with a misunderstanding, a false assumption, or even a bit of good old-fashioned snark. These SELF-e novels see their couples set off on the wrong foot before finding their happy ending. After all, as the Bard once said, “the course of true love never did run smooth.”

Q&A: Nicole Evelina | SELF-esteem

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In her “Guinevere’s Tale” trilogy, Nicole Evelina turns the image of Camelot’s queen on its head and allows this iconic figure to tell her story in her own words. Below, the author discusses the importance of a character often synonymous with adultery and betrayal, the research required to rework a legend, and how to avoid rookie mistakes in self-publishing.

SELF-e Circs: The Top Ten Most Read Titles in SELF-e Select

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Author and Iraq War veteran Jessica Scott’s new “Falling” series tackles the effects of war on those who serve as well as the people who love them. The first book in the series, Before I Fall, takes the top spot of most read Romance in SELF-e Select.

Striking a Chord | SELF-esteem

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While the musical experience is typically an aural one, there’s something to be said for reading about one’s appreciate for the medium. Here are a few odes to music available on LJ’s SELF-e platform.

Beyond the Winners | SELF-esteem

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This year’s Indie Ebook Awards brought forth some amazing submissions, but sadly not all of them could be winners. Here are a few notable titles worth putting on your SELF-e reading list.

Indie Ebook Award Winners 2016

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LJ recently concluded its second annual Indie Ebook Awards. Committees of librarians volunteered their time to combing through hundreds of submissions in five fiction categories: fantasy, sf, romance, mystery, and YA. These books—and many others—can be found on the SELF-e, a subscription-based discovery platform for self-published books that is a partnership between LJ and BiblioBoard. Congratulations to all our 2016 winners!

Witching Hour: Haunting SELF-e Reads | SELF-esteem

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Halloween is quickly approaching, giving way to pumpkin spice, carefully chosen costumes, and a healthy dose of all things spooky. Whether you’re in the mood for full-on terror or just a taste of the supernatural, these SELF-e Select titles, available via LJ‘s SELF-e publishing platform, have got you covered for some late-night chills and thrills.

A Good Beginning | SELF-esteem

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Reading a series means a long-term literary commitment, and there’s nothing like finding that amazing Book 1 to get you started. Here are just a few indie titles available on SELF-e that will provide an engaging first taste of worlds waiting to be explored.

Partners in Crime: How Indie Authors and Libraries Gain New Readers

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When I decided to participate in the SELF-e program, I did so because I saw it as a boon for indie writers, librarians, and readers. As a relatively unknown author writing in the very popular crime fiction genre, I often find it difficult to make my work stand out and to establish a loyal audience. I’ve also found this to be true with the first YA novel that I’ve written. Today, there are so many great books available by both traditionally published and self-published authors that it is more challenging than ever to catch the attention of new readers.