Margo Maguire


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You have your e-reader, and now you’re looking for good books to download. How do you choose something you know is going to be well-crafted, well-edited and reliable? You can always download the Jaunty Quills’ (and other favorite authors’) mainstream books. You know they’re going to be formatted correctly. There won’t be a bunch of typos or spelling errors.

But what if you knew of an author collective that was committed to producing only top quality work? An independent group of authors whose goals were to meet or even exceed NY standards? I am part of a group exactly like this, and we call our collective Rock*It Reads. You might already know some of the authors: Mia Marlowe, Vanessa Kelly (VK Sykes), Monica Burns, Joan Swan, Elisabeth Naughton, Pamela Clare, Sharon Page, Lila DiPasqua, Cheryl Holt, Kris Kennedy and me. You can visit our website and see what books and novellas we have to offer, often at lower prices than your typical NY pricing.

Our website is a portal for readers to find really great romance reads without having to wade through hundreds of pages at the electronic booksellers’ sites. And the Rock*It Reads authors are going to help you find even more great independently published books – books written by authors who are not part of RiR – through our bi-weekly column at Barnes & Noble. The column is called Love Rocks and you can find us here.

We’re pretty new, having launched our brand only this month. Rock*It Reads is not a publisher – all of our books are self-published, and each of us is responsible for our own work. But we’ve got a logo – seen here on the right. And when you see that logo on a book cover, you’ll know the book has met our high standards. It wouldn’t be a part of Rock*It Reads otherwise.

So go on over to our website and bookmark it. Check out what we’ve got to offer. Tell me what you like best about the website, and which of the books look interesting to you, and I’ll draw 10 names to win a free download of a RiR book. Bear in mind that we’ll be adding more books to our brand as we go along. And we plan to add more authors, too.  How does that old song go… We’ve Only Just Begun…

Come on – tell me what you think!

35 thoughts on “How Do You Find a Good e-Book to Read?

  1. That’s a very interesting idea, Margo! I generally buy e-books from already published authors, because it’s hard to wade through the lists, just as you said. Good for you and your partners for doing this!

  2. Shana Galen Shana Galen says:

    I am so excited for you guys! I have been anticipating some of these releases for months. I think this is a great way to help readers deluged by ebooks find some really quality ones.

  3. Shana Galen Shana Galen says:

    P.S. I wouldn’t mind winning UNDONE…

  4. Ebony Morton says:

    woww !! that sounds good. I like a good e book . 🙂

  5. Tammy Henderson says:

    Through Facebook and authors on Facebook and their recommendation. I am willing to try a new author if they price an ebook low too.

  6. lori meehan says:

    Hi Margo, I’ve been to the website several times. I love that it narrows down quality ebooks and that it introduces you to new authors you may not of heard of before. VK Skyes sounds good and I love the books I’ve read by Pamela Clare. I’m looking foward to what comes next with this website.

  7. Rebe says:

    I’m intrigued by the V.K. Sykes books. I love the idea of sports romances! And I’m impressed by the names of the authors who are participating. That’s a great group, and this will make it a lot easier for readers to find good reads for our ereaders.

  8. CateS says:

    I’ve been so impressed with the authors participating !!

  9. Fran says:

    I usually buy authors that I already know or that someone recommend

  10. Mary Doherty says:

    I am friends with Rock*it reads on Facebook. I just love the idea. I love all of the authors that are a part of it too.

  11. kimmyl says:

    I love the website and the books. What a great idea and a great group of authors. How To Distract A Duchess by Mia Marlowe looks great.

  12. Rahab M says:

    Hi Margo? That is such a wonderful idea!and all the members in the group are such great and talented authors! I love reading romances & sometimes its hard to choose what to read and its so much easier when you have a recommendation from a reliable source. Just recently discovered VK Sykes and can’t wait to read their book!

  13. juliana says:

    I think it will help readers a lot to find their fave author’s book which is out of stock or not published anymore. So far, I ‘m an erader person. I read the books with format either PDF, Epub, or Doc in my blackberry. It’s easy and lite to bring. You can read it in anywhere you like.

  14. Oh! I forgot about our facebook page. We did a pretty bog contest there when we launched. We’ll probably do more. Come on over and LIKE us!!/RockItReads

  15. May Pau says:

    Undone sounds good since I like Lila’s other fairy tales books… I am all for cheaper price books!

  16. Breanna says:

    I love this! I am a fan of several of these authors already and looking forward to checking out some new ones. Thanks for a great site!

  17. Polly says:

    Excellent idea for ereaders and what a great lineup of authors! I wish you all much success.

  18. Kathleen O says:

    This is a great site.. Thanks for introducing me to it.. I have just found a few new authors I have never read…Finding new books to read and that I can download on my Kindle makes me so happy…

  19. misskallie2000 says:

    So excited to have all these great books and “one stop shopping”. So many great authors with many that I have read and many I look forward to reading. Thanks..
    I would love to read Obsession by Monica Burns. I will be checking out the new book from your newsletter.

  20. SharonD says:

    I am so in love with this concept. I read a ton of books and my choices usually come from familiar authors that are autobuys for me, or reviews/recs from blog sites. Ever since I got my Kindle I have branched out to authors I probably never would have read if I just browsed the book store. I don’t mind spending the money, but I hope it’s money spent well. Nothing could be more disappointing then dropping some cash and coming up with a dud (writing wise and editing wise). I’ve read some pretty bad ones when I tried to branch out and go for cheap reads. I will say the lower price and the RIR logo will make it easier to purchase.. and if I like the book I’ll usually buy more from that author.
    I would love to read Undone or Hot Number 🙂

  21. It’s great to see so many of you interested in Rock*It Reads. We’ve been working on this concept for about a year, and although some of us don’t have full-length books available yet (like me) we will soon!

  22. Megan G. says:

    I really like the new website. It is very easy to navigate. Also V.K. Sykes book Hardball. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Megan G.

  23. Margo, thanks for the great writeup on RIR! I’m so thrilled to be part of this project. And thanks to all the readers who took a look at my VK Sykes books!

  24. Carol S says:

    Like the new website. It introduced me to writers I have never read before. I downloaded How To Distract A Dutchess and thoroughly enjoyed the book so now onto reading other Mia Marlowe books. Thanks for the new website and helping with the choice of good books to read.

  25. StacieD says:

    I love the new website. I like that each author has their own page with all of their latest news. I also love all of the buy links for the current releases.

  26. Jenni says:

    How to Please a Pirate looks might fine.

    I love the idea of an indie author’s collective. It’s like when we had our unground newspaper in high school……but 1000000 times awesome!

  27. Lol I have been a loyal and ethusiastic fan of your site ever suince it launched and enjoyed going back and seeing all the new updates. One of the things I love the most is how each author has their own page where besides their bio we can see their books as well as some personal tidbits 😀

    I would have just one request/suggestion: please add a subscribe by e-mail option as that’s how I like to follow and that way I wouldn’t miss out on any updates.

    I would love to read Obsession by Monica Burns 😀

    Keep up the great work Ladies and congrats once again!!

    Another comment: I’m amazed at how beautiful your covers are!!

  28. Jane says:

    I like that there are plenty of book selections. I’m especially interested in Vanessa’s “Fastball” and Pamela’s “Skin Deep.”

  29. Julie says:

    I love the idea of Rock*It Reads. It’s like having more friends recommending their favorite books! Best of luck in the new venture!

  30. bn100 says:

    I like the concept of the website and that it’s easy to use. All the books and covers look great!

  31. RobynDeHart RobynDeHart says:

    I think it’s fantastic, Margo and I know I’ll be making use of your recommendations as well as continuing to buy books of y’all’s. It’s brave new world out there in publishing and this is a great endeavor.

  32. Julia says:

    I am going to start off by saying that I am in love with this concept. One of the reasons I have thus far not bought and/or read much self-published work is that it is a grab bag. Will I get a book that knows how to use basic grammar? Will it be 7,000 pages where 345 would have done? So the concept of authors holding themselves to a higher standard is appealing.

    That said, what is that high standard? From the About Us page it looks like its “professional quality” which is great. But how is it held? Do you read each others or is it dependent on the author to hold themselves to the quality? I am genuinely curious about the process 🙂

    With THAT said, I like the website and like I mentioned I really like the concept. I have read some excerpts of a few of these books and am interested in giving them a shot 🙂

    One constructive thing I could say about the website is on each book page, since they are self-published, mentioning at which stores they can be purchased or where they will be able to be purchased. Oh! Here is something else. The About the Book link under each book’s cover image on each book’s page is just relinking to the page that I am already on. Is it suppose to go to a different site?

    Undone is already on my wishlist, but I am interested in hearing more about Claiming Her, Brash, and How to Distract a Duchess.

    Hope my ridiculously long comment is helpful! Thanks for the giveaway and congrats on the great idea 🙂

  33. Fedora says:

    The site looks fabulous! I especially like that I can look for books in several ways, including by genre or by author. Looking forward to treating myself to some off my wishlist!

  34. donna ann says:

    i love the idea & how you’ve pulled it all together. while we love our authors it’s nice to see they love us too 😉 by making it just a little easier to wisely spend our money & time on books we can enjoy. both your’s & Lila’s ebooks are on my wish list 🙂 (just for starters)

  35. Shannon says:

    I am really liking RIR and look forward to seeing more. I love works in progress and to see the evolution.

    As for ebooks – I usually stumble upon them from reviews or other recommendations (seeing the cover on a blog or such). Sometimes I overlook ebooks because there aren’t covers (such as on goodreads) and sometimes the book blurbs aren’t available…

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