Lost Wolf (Curse of the Moon, #1) by Stacy Claflin

Stacy Claflin book coverTitle: Lost Wolf (Curse of the Moon, #1) by Stacy Claflin
Publication date: July 17th 2016
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult

Synopsis:

She’s hiding a dark secret. It already killed her once.

Victoria can’t wait to start college, but there’s a hitch—she can’t remember anything before arriving on campus. Her memories spark when she sees her ruggedly handsome math professor, but she senses something horrific. The shock on his face affirms her fears.

Toby is an alpha wolf who never thought he’d see his true love again—not after she died in his arms. Nothing could have prepared him for her walking into his class. But to his dismay, not only has she forgotten what happened, she doesn’t even know who she is.

He’s determined to do whatever it takes to restore what they’ve lost. Can Toby help Victoria recover her memories, or will he lose her forever? Continue reading

Sara Jane Stone Writing Journey

Welcome back Sara Jane Stone. I am really honored to get the chance to interview Sara on her writing process and journey. Such a great interview, thank you Sara!

Author of Full ExposureWhat is your writing process?

SJS: I start each book with a character outline and a short summary of the story. This two-paragraph blurb generally resembles the back of the book copy. Sometimes, if the publisher requests one, I write a synopsis. Then I start writing the first draft. I write whenever I have time until the manuscript is complete. I usually go back to the beginning about halfway through and read what I have to make sure the characters and plot are on track. And after the first draft, I go through many, many rounds of revisions and edits🙂

Describe your journey as an author so far.


SJS: I discovered romance novels while working as a sales representative for Random House. The more I read, the more I wished to write them myself. After a few failed attempts, I wrote a story that caught an agent’s attention. Then I wrote another that I sold to Harlequin. My debut, Command Performance, released three years ago. Mixing Temptation marks my 13th published book!

How do you stay motivated?


SJS: I love to write. But deadlines also help. I’m generally very motivated when the first draft is due. And I’m always eager to hear what my editor thinks about story.

What has been your biggest obstacle while writing and how have you overcome it?


SJS: Learning how to structure a story. I wrote a few terrible manuscripts before I sold my first book. They were creative and I had a strong voice, but the characters lacked goals and motivation. Also, I’d skipped the conflict. My agent and my first editor helped me by recommending books about story structure. Save the Cat, a screenwriting book, is my favorite. My agent recommended a number of blogs. Then I took everything I’d learned and read a lot of romance novels. I reread some over and over until I understood structure and could apply what I’d learned to my own writing.

Why did you write this book?

SJS: Great question! I wrote this one for all of the readers who asked for Caroline’s story. Initially, I pitched Caroline’s story to my editor as a secondary character/plot line. But readers started asking, so I spoke to my editor and we decided that this was the right direction for this series. Even though writing a story about a woman who’d been raped while serving in the Marines didn’t exactly sound like a recipe for happy-ever-after, I found one for Caroline. But wow, the bumps along the way! Mixing Temptation was the most challenging story I’ve written so far. And the most complicated to research. The first person accounts and interviews were heartbreaking to read. In the end, I think the story delivers on the HEA promise romance readers expect. And yet it is also realistic.

Thank you for being a part of the Mixing Temptation blog tour! And happy reading!! Continue reading

Shadow of a Girl by Shannon Greenland

Shadow girl Shannon GreenlandTitle: Shadow of a Girl by Shannon Greenland
Published by: Entangled Teen
Publication date: September 19th 2016
Genres: Romance, Young Adult

Synopsis:

Use cash and keep moving.

After I ran away from home, these were the two rules that dictated my life. Scoring a job as a roadie fit perfectly for what I needed. Traveling, cash, and life out of the spotlight. But when my path collides with West, the lead singer of Bus Stop, I can’t seem to stay out of his spotlight—especially since we’ll be touring together for an entire year.

West is determined to break down my walls. He won’t give up. And little by little they come crumbling. But if he knew what lurked behind them, he wouldn’t be so eager to get rid of them.

The more time we spend together, the more the lines of our friendship become blurred. He makes me dream of things I never thought possible. But while our friendship has been evolving into a romance, my secrets have been closing in. And just when I’ve decided to reveal my past to West, I’m confronted by it. The cost of my freedom could ruin the life of the guy I love… Continue reading

Reaching an Audience with Blog Tours

Personally I LOVE blog tours. I love hosting, planning, promoting, the whole nine yards. Here’s why I love it:

  • I learn about new authors, usually indies.
  • Discover new books.
  • I love interviewing authors and finding out about their journey and motivations. Some authors have the most interesting personal stories… while some have written about their interesting lives in their memoirs, I learn about most of them through their bios or guest posts.
  • I love a good book trailer or soundtrack. It amazes me how creative some of the trailers are. My good friend and fellow blogger/book lover Jovon Tucker quickly created a trailer for my first book. The amazing thing was, she did it just based on the synopsis.
  • I’m a sucker for characters. I love a good character interview.

These are things I love about the actual tour itself. I have a whole different set of love for planning and putting it all together.

I’ll touch on the points above and why they are important to include in your blog tour. The whole purpose of a blog tour is to gain exposure, right? So you want to have as many ways as possible to reach an audience.

What I am going to say next is blasphemy to marketers, but I’ll say it anyway. There is no such thing as the perfect audience. Your perfect group of readers cannot be lumped into one profile. Here’s why.

People like different things at different stages in their lives. For example, when I was like 10 or 12 years old I started reading Mills & Boon. Do I read romance now? It’s not really my genre of choice. As an adult, I went through a phase where I read only self-helps and nothing else. Now, my taste have really expanded, I love thrillers, mysteries, drama, memoirs. My bookshelf, like a lot of people I know, is very eclectic.

Books are like music, in that some people don’t just stick to one genre. Hence the reason why I stick to my belief that trying to profile your audience is BS.

That said, how do you find your audience? One way is through guest posts. Continue reading

The Surrendered by Case Maynard

Case Maynard SurrenderedTitle: The Surrendered by Case Maynard
Published by: Blaze Publishing
Publication date: September 20th 2016
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult

Synopsis:

After a financial collapse devastates the United States, the new government imposes a tax on the nation’s most valuable resource—the children.

Surrendered at age ten—after her parents could no longer afford her exorbitant fees—Vee Delancourt has spent six hard years at the Mills, alongside her twin, Oliver. With just a year to freedom, they do what they can to stay off the Master’s radar. But when Vee discovers unspeakable things happening to the younger girls in service, she has no choice but to take a stand—a decision that lands her on the run and outside the fence for the first time since the System robbed her of her liberty.

Vee knows the Master will stop at nothing to prove he holds ultimate authority over the Surrendered. But when he makes a threat that goes beyond what even she considers possible, she accepts the aid of an unlikely group of allies. Problem is, with opposing factions gunning for the one thing that might save them all, Vee must find a way to turn oppression and desperation into hope and determination—or risk failing all the children and the brother she left behind. Continue reading

Get to know Sara Secora

Secora interviewDescribe your journey as an author so far.

Exhausting, terrifying, exciting—it’s so many things. I poured my heart and soul into this novel and I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished. Although, it does still feel a bit surreal that I have a book out on shelves, and that I am a real author. That may take a bit longer to settle in than I expected.

How do you stay motivated?

I’m a very motivated person when something matters to me. It’s almost natural. The only issue I have is letting fear of failure rear its ugly head at me. Failure should never deter someone from reaching their goals.

What has been your biggest obstacle while writing and how have you overcome it?

As I said above, I’d have to say fear—or more specifically, the “imposter syndrome.” I experienced a lot of that as I tried to push my book forward. In fact, I still feel that way a bit, but the important thing is I never let it stop me.

Why did you write this book?

Becoming an author was a dream I’ve had for a long while. I adore fantasy and almost exclusively read it. That coupled with my love of the written word—it just felt fitting for me to write one.

What do you hope readers would take away from this book?

Amethysta is on a self-discovering journey, and I hoped that maybe younger readers might be able to relate to that as they go through their own journey in life.

How long did it take you to write Throne of Lies?

I’ve been writing Throne of Lies on and off for nine years. I’d say it was more consistently about four or five years. It took me a long while since I had no solid plans to finish it until about two years ago. I became determined to really get this rolling and spent most of my free time during those years writing away.

What’s next for you?

Finishing the Amethysta trilogy and working on another series on the side. I will also still be working as a voice actress and YouTube content creator.

What genres do you read?

I stated before that I almost exclusively read fantasy and that is true. Pretty much all I’ve ever read has been fantasy! However, I want to begin exploring other genres. Continue reading

Julie Brannagh on how to get published

Julie Brannagh has been featured numerous times on this website. Today she revisits and answers the question: how to get published. Enjoy!

Julie Brannagh Intercepting DaisyMost people have questions when they find out what I do. Sometimes they’re curious about the publishing industry. Many people want to know how I research the sex scenes I write. A few want to know if I have met E.L. James, Stephenie Meyers, or Nora Roberts. Back to publishing, though: I do not have all the answers. I can only describe what happened to me.

I have wanted to write a book most of my life. I spent the first (number redacted) years of my life doing everything else but writing. I was told it was impractical. As a result, my first attempt at writing a book was in 2005; I finished NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). I started writing my first single title one week later. It took about six months to finish that. I had no idea what to do next, but someone told me I should try joining Romance Writers of America. I showed up for my first RWA meeting with my entire printed manuscript. After all, wasn’t someone going to offer me a publishing deal on the spot?

Nobody bought my book that night, but I met an entire group of people that knew what they were doing and could teach me how to do it, too. I spent the next three years learning from them about writing, revisions, querying and submitting. I had written a three-manuscript series before I started pitching my work at conferences and querying. My first book (Blitzing Emily) was written in the first person; I was told I would not sell until I rewrote it in the third person. It took several months. I also entered writing contests. Writing contests are offered by RWA chapters as a fundraiser and an opportunity for the unpublished and un-agented to get their work in front of an editor or an agent.

Two years later, I finaled [was a finalist] in a contest. My prize was a ten-minute meeting with an editor. I’d met her previously at a conference. The first thing she said as I sat down at her table: “Why don’t you have an agent yet?” I learned that “Because I’m a chicken” was not an acceptable answer. She took the notebook out of my hands, wrote down five agents and their contact information and said, “Query them and get back to me if you need more.”

Those agents rejected my work, but I kept querying. I queried for another two years. Those who write will know that your initial queries might never be acknowledged. You might get a mass-produced note that states “Thank you, but it’s not for us.” You’re close when you get a letter with a few suggestions on improvement. Shortly before I signed with my agent, I was getting detailed and personally-written rejection letters. I write in a sub-genre of romance that was a guaranteed rejection as little as three years ago: Contemporary romance, specifically sports romance. I kept writing.

I was a Golden Heart finalist in 2011. To my shock and amazement, agents and editors wanted to talk to me instead of the other way around. Many GH finalists sign a deal before the award winners are announced. My finalist manuscript got sent to more agents.

I found my agent because another author posted her name on an e-mail loop comprised of Golden Heart winners and finalists. She was looking for sports romance. I had to rub my eyes and look at it twice before I pulled up my e-mail and sent the agent my query letter and the first chapter pasted into the mail. She responded four hours later. She wanted the entire book. We spent two days mailing back and forth as I tried to tell her that the book needed another polish. She finally wrote to say “Just send it. I don’t care.” Continue reading

Sheryl Lister Pre-order Promo

In celebration of Sheryl’s upcoming release, Places In My Heart, she’s giving away (5) five prizes: (4) four mini-swag packs and (1) one Grand Prize of a Reader Lovers Basket, including a Kindle Fire and $25 Amazon gift card.

Pre-order your copy: Amazon: http://amzn.to/1OSFA3h

B&N: http://bit.ly/2ae25BQ

iTunes: http://apple.co/2bcYF5q

Kobo: http://bit.ly/2aYeslG

Once you’ve ordered, enter here: http://sheryllister.com/contest

This contest is open through September 30, 2016. Thank you so much for helping to make this book a success!

Publication Date:  Oct 1, 2016

Genre: Contemporary Romance

ISBN-10: 0373864701

ISBN-13: 978-0373864706 Continue reading

Erin Richards presents, Dragonfly Nightmare

Dragonfly nightmare Erin RichardTitle: Dragonfly Nightmare (Once Upon A Secret, #1) by Erin Richards
Publication date: September 12th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Suspense, Young Adult

Synopsis

To be a normal teenage girl.
To forget about the past.
To fall in love for the first time.
Is that too much to ask?

Sixteen-year-old Allie Bailey just wants a break—a break from her overly-protected life. And Dragonfly Meadows summer camp is the answer. A summer away from her parents in the California Sierras with her best friend is exactly what she needs.

But once at camp, Allie notices that things are a little off. Paid excursions are cancelled and staff is replaced with shady new people. When the camp’s founder goes “missing,” Allie starts to worry. Unable to let it rest due to her past, she starts to investigate, enlisting the help of Logan Montgomery, her best friend’s older and adorably geeky brother.

When hauntingly familiar flowers appear in Allie’s cabin, she’s not sure what to think—has her past caught up to her? Yet, after Allie stumbles across a murder conspiracy and chases down the truth, she becomes a target. Pushing through her paranoia and fear to find strength, it’s up to Allie to save herself and the campers from a deranged killer before it’s too late. Continue reading

Four Truths and a Lie with Jennifer Derrick

Today we’re going to play a game: Four truths and a lie. I’m going to tell you five things about myself. Four of them are true and one is complete fiction. This is just a fun way of helping you get to know me.

Skip down below the image to read the answers and explanations after you make your guesses.

  1. I ran a half-marathon on Saturday followed by a full marathon on Sunday, making a weekend total of 39.3 miles.
  2. I had the honor of meeting Darth Vader.
  3. Growing up, I wanted to be a doctor and performed surgery on all my stuffed animals.
  4. I studied at Oxford University.
  5. When I got the email confirming that Broken Fate was going to be published, I was cleaning toilets.

Truth Lie icon

  1. True. Yep, I was stupid enough to do that. Even stupider, I did it before ever completing a half or a full marathon on their own. Disney introduced something called the “Goofy Challenge” which is a half marathon on Saturday and a full on Sunday. Being a Disney nut and the sort of person who likes a ridiculous challenge, I had to do it. Twice. The fact that the second was followed by a lot of physical therapy isn’t something I dwell on.
  2. True. No, I didn’t meet James Earl Jones, but I did get to meet the man who wore the Vader suit. His name is David Prowse and I met him when I was a kid, not long after the original Star Wars came out. He came by our mall and autographed pictures (and he wore the suit). I still have my picture, somewhere.
  3. Lie. Unlike a lot of kids, I never entertained the idea of being a doctor. I don’t like ick and being a doctor is an ick-heavy profession. My stuffed animals were never my patients. I did want to be an astronaut, though, and even went to Space Camp a few times and started college as an aerospace engineering major before changing to something else later on.
  4. True. I did a semester abroad at Oxford during college. Best experience of my life. I highly recommend that anyone who has the chance to study abroad do so. Side note: My professor gave everyone silly awards at the end of the term and mine was a mock Oscar for my portrayal of “The Invisible Woman.” Why? Because I spent so much time touring the country that I “forgot” to go to class a lot of the time. Still passed my classes, though.
  5. True. You want your publishing story to be something glamorous, but mine totally wasn’t. When Clean Teen Publishing emailed to tell me that they were accepting my book and offering me a contract, I was cleaning the toilet. My phone was on the counter next to me and I checked it when it dinged, thinking it would be spam. Fortunately, I had a place handy to sit down because I was shocked by the news.

Continue reading