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Q&A with Laura Boon
1. What was the inspiration for your novel?
I wanted to set my story in a place that was inspiring and a little exotic so that the characters had to consciously consider their environment. Being “out of place” heightens one’s awareness and raises the stakes on any difficulties. I had previously visited the Chamonix-Le Tour valley in the French Alps and thought what a wonderful setting it was for a romance. Beautiful but challenging, especially for an English-speaking person.
2. When did you take up writing?
I first started writing at university. I had written essays at school but always thought of them as assignments rather than writing. Taking a course in creative writing at university dared me to think that I could be a storyteller rather than just read the stories of others.
3. How important is setting/place in your writing?
Setting is very important to me. The space we occupy affects our behaviour, from our home outwards. Place can be safe or dangerous, from both a physical and an emotional perspective. Until I understand the environment my characters inhabit, I can’t predict how they will behave. Is walking down the street a ho-hum experience, so familiar they don’t even notice the shops or is every shop window an inspiration and a curiosity? Likewise, how do they fare in nature? Do they love the challenge of the environment or are they always on the lookout for spiders and wondering how soon they can turn around and head home?
4. Do you have a favourite character (s) in your current novel?
I have a soft spot for my heroine Hailey Gordon. She’s always trying to do everything right and is flummoxed when life refuses to play along and follow her rules.
5. What’s the best piece of writing advice you were ever given?
“Bum glue.” If your butt isn’t in the seat, you won’t produce any words.
6. Do you have a schedule for writing?
I don’t have a schedule although now that I am not working full-time, I am hoping to write more regularly. I am easily distracted – by the dishes, my dog, Facebook; you name it, I can be distracted by it. I aim for a particular word count per day, but it doesn’t matter when I do it, except of course if I leave it too late because then it doesn’t happen.
7. Are you a plotter or someone who tends to wing it?
I would love to be a plotter. Plotting makes sense. Unfortunately, my characters are very uncooperative and have their own ideas. I start with a rough outline of the key action points in each chapter. By the time I finish the novel, this outline has been rewritten four or five times.
8. Can you name three or four of your current favourite books?
Only four? I’ll try. Lionheart by Thea Harrison (it is book three in a fantasy romance trilogy set between the contemporary world and other worlds people by magical beings and Arthurian legends. Rough and Tumble by Rhenna Morgan. This is book one in her six book Men of Haven series. It’s been my go-to comfort read since it came out. The others are fabulous as well. I just reread the whole series and I’m waiting (very impatiently) for book six. The Pursuit Of by Courtney Milan, a beautiful, sensitive, same-sex novella that is the origin story in her Worth Saga series. The Laird’s Wilful Lass by Anna Campbell, her first full-length novel in some time. It’s set in Scotland. There are kilts and accents and high-handed men who need to be taken down a peg or two.
9. Can you tell me a little bit about what you are working on now?
I have two projects on the go, Lion Dancing for Love, which is part of the Deerbourne Inn series from The Wild Rose Press and book two in Romancing the Alps, currently title-less.
10. What advice would you give to a fledgling writer to assist them on their journey?
Join a writing group or association, keep learning by taking as many courses as you can, and keep reading. Reading is the best education of all.
Laura Boon stole her first romance from her father’s bookshelves as a teenager, The Flame and the Flower by Kathleen Woodiwiss, and was immediately captivated. After holding a variety of positions in publishing, from bookseller to sales rep and publicist, she eventually found the courage to write her own stories. She was born in Zambia, grew up in South Africa, and went to university in America. She now lives in Australia with her husband and their Pekingese Beau. When she is not reading or writing, she enjoys sleuthing for artisan chocolate and beautiful stationery, watching tennis, and walking alongside Sydney’s beautiful harbour. You can find her at:
Website and blog: https://lauraboon.com
Blurb and excerpt
When danger threatens a bona fide city girl, an adventurer is her only hope of rescue
Mountain climber Matt Hanley is a former investment manager whose lean body and rugged good looks epitomize an outdoor adrenaline junky. When his business partner in their country hotel is injured, he needs an efficient replacement in a hurry.
Hailey Gordon lives a chic city life free of adventures and daredevils. She craves stability and security but loses her job and boyfriend on the same day. A holiday job in France is the perfect escape from her troubles.
Sparks ignite when Matt and Hailey meet, but she resolves to ignore the flame flickering between them. Aside from the fact Matt is her boss, she is convinced he is not her type. Matt is determined to teach Hailey to look beyond appearances. He needs to show her how good they are together, even if he must risk life and limb to do so.
Extract from The Millionaire Mountain Climber
Hailey drank in the landscape, noticing the clarity of the late afternoon sky and the way the snow-capped peaks glistened despite the fading light.
“Beautiful, isn’t it?” said Matt. “Trending down the valley, you have the villages of Argentiere and Les Praz and the town of Chamonix. Behind Chamonix you can see the Grand Mama of all the peaks, Mont Blanc.”
“Yes, the pens––and the chocolates.” She shook her head. What hubris to name a pen after the magnificent towering peak, but what marketing genius.
Matt grinned. “Ah, you know the chocolates, do you? We’ll have to buy you some.”
“From the lips to the hips,” she murmured, “and I am sure they don’t do the mountain justice.”
“Come on, let’s get you inside before your face turns blue, and I earn a reprimand from Genie for chatting up scantily-clad women in sub-zero temperatures.”
“Really? You were chatting me up? I’m flattered.”
The smile turned wicked. “You’re welcome.” As he bent to pick up her suitcase, he dropped his head next to hers and murmured into her ear in a low, deep voice, sending shivers down her spine. “For the record, Hailey, your curves are perfect. A little chocolate won’t do them any harm.”
She blushed, and the fire of his words flickered all the way through her belly. When was the last time her ex had paid her a compliment? An appalling thought crossed her mind; she, the High Priestess of Order and Long-Term Planning, was ripe for the picking and contemplating a holiday romance.
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Get ready for some fun reads this weekend
All That Matters by Tracy Krimmer
Dory Walker finally has both feet on the ground and looks forward to one thing only--becoming Mrs. Harris Malone. Her wedding is coming up, and she's put her music career behind her for good so she can focus on what's important in her life. Family comes first.
Harris Malone is getting used to his young daughter living over an hour away but now faces a new challenge--unemployment. With a wedding in a few months, he's in need of money, and he’s not sure how he’s going to find it.
But as Dory and Harris plan their happy future together, a trail of lies follows them. From secrets to hidden truths, every aspect of their relationship will be tested. Will they say "I do," or will a web of deceit force them into saying "I don’t?”
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The Millionaire Mountain Climber by Laura Boon
Mountain climber Matt Hanley is a former investment manager whose lean body and rugged good looks epitomize an outdoor adrenaline junky. When his business partner in their country hotel is injured, he needs an efficient replacement in a hurry.
Hailey Gordon lives a chic city life free of adventures and daredevils. She craves stability and security but loses her job and boyfriend on the same day. A holiday job in France is the perfect escape from her troubles. Sparks ignite when Matt and Hailey meet, but she resolves to ignore the flame flickering between them.
Aside from the fact Matt is her boss, she is convinced he is not her type. Matt is determined to teach Hailey to look beyond appearances. He needs to show her how good they are together, even if he must risk life and limb to do so.
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Two new releases for lovers of chicklit
I've been very lucky to meet some amazing chicklit authors since I launched my first book baby into the world all those many years ago. This week two of the most kind and generous of those women have new releases out, sure to make you smile. Go grab a copy of each and have a great weekend of reading.
Relatively Normal by Whitney Dineen
Catriona Masterton's fiancé, Ethan, is Normal.
He plans trips six months in advance and arrives at the airport a minimum of three hours early. He purchases life insurance, luggage insurance, and always opts for the extended warranty. He's responsible, reliable, and would make any woman a wonderful life partner.
In other words, he's the exact opposite of the Masterton clan.
Cat's mother has a kitchen gadget fetish, a father whose best friends are taxidermied field mice, and a super stoner man-child brother who lives--where else?--in the basement. Then there's Nan, her proud Scottish grandmother with a proclivity for profanity and mischief.
What on earth will Catriona's Normal fiancé think when he comes home with her for the holidays? What will he think when he discovers his soon-to-be in-laws invited Cat's ex to join them for Thanksgiving dinner?
Find out in a laugh-out-loud journey of self-discovery, familial pandemonium, and love. A must read for fans of a true romantic comedy! Get it here.
Just a Name by Beck Monson
Holly has a plan for everything. But she never could have planned for this.
If there’s one thing Holly Murphy loves, it’s a solid plan. She has her entire life figured out—or so she thinks. But when life pulls the rug out from under her, she’s left to deal with a canceled wedding—hers, to be precise. And the promotion she’s worked toward for years is now in jeopardy because the team she supervises doesn’t like her management style.
Thinking that Holly is too tightly wound and needs a break from everything, her boss demands she take a vacation. But how can she take a vacation when her promotion is on the line? Trying to help out, her best friend, Quinn, suggests she still go on her honeymoon and conduct a nationwide search to find a man with the same name as her ex-fiancé to use his plane ticket. Leaving Holly to wonder if she’s the only sane person left on the planet.
Yet when her boss gets wind of the idea and loves it, Holly finds herself in a corner she can’t get out of. And when handsome Nate Jones from Newport Beach gets picked to go with her, she wonders if this whole thing won’t be so bad after all.
Can Holly learn to let go? Or will this crazy adventure send her running right back to her safety net?
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I haven't done a Writers on Wednesday Post in a while, at least not one written by me, but I've been thinking a lot about how people spend their time and why some people are super productive and some people aren't. I don't think productivity necessarily equals success but I do think it is a lot easier to be successful if your are productive.
Lots of people ask me how I manage to get so many things done. I work basically full-time, have a family, I have a fairly active author profile on social media, I've just written my 20th book and I do have a social life and I read.
I've thought about this a lot. Here are some of my thoughts and tips on time management. (I'm a big believer in the 80-20 rule but you don't need me to tell you about that.
5 Time Management Tips
1. Perfection is the enemy of good
I'm not a perfectionist. I'm sure many people think this is a great failing of mine and I'm not sure they're entirely wrong but I do think you need to get out of your own way. A first draft doesn't need to be perfect, you're going to go back and redraft it again and again anyway. Spending an hour finding the perfect image for a social media post is a waste of time...if it's a Christmas post, choose a festive image and get it done. Not sending out a newsletter because you don't have the perfect graphic is also crazy. You will get better the more you do things. Some times you will have to compromise but getting it done is more important. I'm not saying be sloppy and I'm not saying put crap out into the universe, I'm just saying don't let perfectionism stop you from making progress. Keep in mind so much of what we do is subjective anyway, not everyone will agree that thing you spet hours perfecting is amazing anyway.
2. Set goals and stick to them
It doesn't matter what your goals are you need them. It might be you want to write one book in a year. If you wrote 500 words a day you'd have around of 130,000 words. It will probably take you 30-45 minutes a day (you'll get faster). That's a book done and edited.
Write 500 a day and then edit 500 a day and you have one book i half an hour a day. You can do that.
You can post on social media 3 times a week. (Half an hour total).
You can spend one hour a week on marketing your books. (Less than 10 minutes a day.)
I think you need to write goals where you can see them. A whiteboard, a sticky note on a mirror, the back of your front door, on your car's sun visor. You need the visual reminder.
3. Life happens in small chunks of time - use them.
I wrote a post a while back about how to make a difference if you only have 5 minutes. I think this is where we lose a lot of our time in the 21st century. We say we have no time for our author social media and yet we spend hours on platforms doing idle stuff.
I'm a big believer in using small blocks of time. If I had waited for a big chunk or time I'd never have done anything. I wrote my first book, and many since using 30 minute chunks or as long as a children's TV show lasted. Maybe you believe you need a whole hour to write anything. That belief is a big part of your problem. There's a way around that. If you have a 15 minute break in the day (in the car waiting for the kids, your lunch break at work, waiting at an appointment) make some notes on the next scene or chapter in your book and then when you finally get half an hour use that as your jumping off point.
Some people would call this plotting. Lots of people hate that word and many of the people who hate that word also struggle with deadlines, procrastination and time management. Don't call this process plotting - I call it pre-thinking. I pre-think about what I want to write so that when I go to write I know exactly what I want to say.
4. Be honest with yourself.
If you have time to watch every episode or the Bachelor, This Is Us, Survivor and the Great British Bake-Off you have time to write. If you spend an hour a day on Facebook, you have time to write. Look at how you really spend your time and cut something out. I'm not saying everything, just something.
If you don't make writing a priority it won't happen. I've done NaNoWriMo several times now. I love this as an exercise in showing you where you waste time. It's taught me excellent time management skills just by discovering where my free time really lies and where my procrastination takes place.
Be honest about who you are and what works for you - life is not one size fits all. I am not a morning person. I do not write well at six in the morning. I know that. I'm not going to lie to myself and pretend otherwise. I'm better off getting an extra hour's sleep and writing at eleven in the morning or six at night. I don't feel bad about that any more.
Here's another thing to consider - maybe you like the idea of writing but you don't really want to write. Writing is hard, it takes commitment and it's not for everyone. Some people have one or two books in them and that's it. There's nothing wrong with that.
I know lots of people who spend more time reading writing books, attending talks and classes and conferences than they ever do writing. That's absolutely fine. They love the world of writing and the wonderful people in it and the idea of being an author. I love all those things too, but maybe they don't love the process and practice of writing as much. Just be honest with yourself if that's you. Let yourself off the hook and have fun. Don't spend your whole life guilty about not getting any writing done.
5. Be adaptable. Learn to pivot.
Life is messy. Plans change. People get sick. Books are published and don't sell. Deadlines are missed. You need to learn to let the time between the change and the time you adapt be as small as possible.
If your day hits a bump at 10am and you planned to write then rather than think "I guess I can't achieve anything today" try and think "How can I claw back some of that time and still get something done." It might not be the same something but something. Maybe you can book some promo, maybe you can schedule some social media, maybe you can put on the washing and fill out the school notes you were planning to do tomorrow so you have extra time tomorrow.
Alter your plan, be adaptable but don't change your goal...just change how you reach it.
This list is not exhaustive. I haven't discussed any tools I use to help me manage my time. Time is just a construct so how we approach it and how we treat it is just as important as what we actually do with it . These tips are really all about respecting time and be honest with yourself about how you really want to use it. For me, that's the biggest challenge.
An Italian Count for Christmas (London Lords Book 1) by Sasha Cottman
Count Nico de Luca has been blessed with wealth, power, and a seductive Italian body. Though women lust after him, the one thing Nico has never been able to possess is the love of a woman.
After his intended bride jilts him to marry another, Nico decides that he will stick to matters of business and leave love to other fools.
Arriving in London to inspect his investments, he is invited to stay for Christmas as the guest of one of his tenants, a poor young widow, Isabelle Collins.
In Isabelle, Nico discovers a rare beauty, and as much as he fights temptation, he soon loses his heart to her.
Left in reduced circumstances by her blackguard of a late husband, Isabelle is in no hurry to hand her heart over to yet another self-assured male, especially one who has no intention of remaining in England.
But Nico is persuasive and nights of passion spent in his arms soon have Isabelle questioning the sort of future she wants. Can she risk giving up her country and home on the chance of finding love again?
When Nico discovers the shocking truth of how Isabelle’s husband died, he realizes that he will have to risk everything he has to win Isabelle’s heart and finally break his love curse.Get your copy here
Go on Girl, by Hilary Grossman
Executive, wife, and mother of an outgoing first-grader, Sydney Clayton crushes her day-to-day obligations at work but flounders in the cutthroat world of parental politics.
She manages to avoid the local drama until she’s faced with an ultimatum: join the Forest River PTA or risk her daughter becoming a social outcast. Sydney reluctantly becomes treasurer, and takes the recently vacated position of the president’s sidekick. If protecting the children’s freedom of speech, one best friend ban at a time, isn’t complicated enough, Sydney and her husband receive an unexpected offer for their house they don’t think they can refuse.
Embroiled in the deception and manipulation rife among the elementary school moms, Sydney struggles. Should she sell the home she worked so hard to build in a town where betrayal runs rampant? Or should she stay put to avoid the fallout from uprooting her child? As Sydney focuses on what is best for her daughter, and lets go of her judgments, she finds friendship can develop in very unexpected ways.
Warm, witty, and wise, Go On, Girl dramatizes the dilemmas of life in the suburbs and the bonds shared by women. Perfect for fans of Class Mom and Big Little Lies.
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The Scarlet Letter of the Law by Lexi Greene
When Tony Radcliff joins Forbes Lawyers, career-driven Scarlet O'Connor suddenly has serious competition for the coveted senior associate position that is the foundation-stone of her future.
And Tony has a couple of aces up his sleeve. Like his surf-sculpted body, which plays havoc with Scarlet’s ‘all work and no play’ plans for partnership and his brother, who holds the key to a secret from her past.
When Scarlet and Tony start steaming up the office windows, there’s no doubt they're playing with fire. But there can only be one winner, so who gets burned?
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The Perfect Catch (Kissing the Enemy Book 1)
Her brother's best friend used to be Callie's friend too. But that was before he became a jerk, and then her coach, and now...her first kiss.
There's no doubt about it, Noah is avoiding Callie like the plague now that she's living in the dorms on his college campus. She'd hoped this weeklong softball clinic would help put their past awkwardness behind them--after all, he'd taught her everything she knows about the game. But her brother's best friend is more of a jerk than ever. Until he kisses her. And now...well, now she doesn't know what's going on between them. But it doesn't matter, not really. She's not here for Noah, she's only here to show the recruiters at the big showcase game that she has what it takes to play for a college team.
It's a solid plan...until it all falls apart. Thanks to Noah's overprotective interference, she's kicked out of the showcase game, and any chance of college scholarships slips out of her reach. But there might be a way to salvage her plan and her future. She just has to be seen, right? Noah's the new coach for a charity softball event and he owes her big time. She might just be able to save her scholarship chances if she can survive his coaching...and his kisses.
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Frankie B - Captain's Gold - A paranormal witch cozy mystery (Marina Witches Mysteries Book 2)
Faced with a potentially-lethal blood curse, should she really be on this crazy treasure hunt? Yes, if finding the gold will help break the curse.
Rid of the ghost of Captain Russell Garnet, Frankie thought she could get on with life, if only she wasn’t lumbered with this pesky blood curse. And if only her troublesome grandmamma — the not so ex-pirate — Anne Bonny hadn’t managed to get herself in a heap of trouble.
But before any rescue can take place, Frankie needs to get a handle on her new witchy powers. While she’s no longer stuck with housework spells and the occasional ward, her new power levels are unstable at best. And completely missing, at worst.
And yet again, she’s training with the drop-dead gorgeous Zane, making concentration difficult, especially when the air between them is laced with magic.
Will Frankie break the curse, and find out who killed her mom and dad, or will she die trying? With Dex, her familiar, and Zane at her side, how can she possibly fail?
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The Wedding Photo (Wedding Bouquet Novellas Book 1)
An outrageous dress. An unexpected proposal. A photo that never should have happened.
Bridesmaid Katherine's perfect boyfriend, Michael, just got down on one knee and she screwed it all up. What is wrong with her? And what is she going to tell Michael?
Bryan doesn't get close to people. Not anymore. Maybe he dropped out of life a little bit, but, hey, it was his life to drop out of.
But when Bryan's photography hobby accidentally makes Katherine a viral sensation, all bets are off. Suddenly, she's in his face and he's not unhappy about it. Maybe she isn't either...
Can one picture change everything?
The Wedding Photo is the first book in the Wedding Bouquet romantic comedy novella series. If you like light, sweet, romantic reads told with humor and heart, you'll love The Wedding Photo.
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(The Wedding Photo is a Sweetheart Read. The romance is sweet, the language is clean.)
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Saving Sarah (The Gold Coast Retrievers Book 1)
A shy girl, a social guy, a second chance to get their stories right…
Sarah Campbell loves living vicariously through the residents at the Redwood Cove Rest Home. But when a surly patient insists she can’t die before “setting things right,” Sarah finds she may end up taking on far more than she ever bargained for… especially since all signs point to murder. Have she and her therapy dog Lucky stumbled upon the key to solving the most famous cold case in Gold Coast history?
Despite creating the world’s most popular social network, Finch Jameson lives a life of ashamed solitude. The last thing he wants is to draw attention to himself, but that’s exactly what happens when a distant relative delivers an earth-shattering confession in her dying days. Soon he finds himself more intrigued by the shy and beautiful nurse who’s committed to helping him solve his great-aunt Eleanor’s mystery than in the mystery itself. But will she ever let her guard down long enough to let him in?
Can Finch and Sarah work together to solve Eleanor’s big mystery before time runs out? And might redeeming Eleanor’s legacy somehow save them both in the process?
Find out if Lucky can help these two humans get to the bottom of this mystery and get a head start on their own love story. This sweet tale of suspense, secrets, and second chances is one you won’t want to miss... Get your copy and start reading today!
Hot Mess: Lucy Davenport: Season One, Episode One (The CRD Series Book 2)
In the pilot for the series, you met the #Davenport clan and all their craziness.
Pick up in episode one where the pilot for the book left off.
Lucy Davenport is a Hot Mess, no doubt. She’s digging herself in deeper and deeper with the surprise announcement from her in-laws. They are demanding that she marry Cash Davenport, her deceased husbands brother. Her family will bond together to fight them, but their hilarious
dys-FUN-ctional antics will land them in trouble, maybe even in jail.
Warning: If you are looking for a sweet, sensitive book with a happily ever after, this isn’t it. It is a totally inappropriate book about a completely dysfunctional family. The F word flies free along with many other curse words. Feel free to get drunk (because the Davenports sure are!) while you’re reading it, and prepare to wet yourself laughing. If sex scenes are not your thing, this book might not be your thing. But, if you have a crazy sense of humor and like raunchy comedies - you’re in the right place. Join in on the craziness of The Crazy Rich Davenport Family.
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All That Doesn't - Tracey Krimmer
After a devastating end to her marriage, Dory Walker has rebuilt her life in her hometown of Sycamore Bay. She’s left her music career behind and is only looking forward to her future with her rekindled love, Harris Malone.
Single dad Harris is doing his best to guide his young daughter and take the reins of his soon to be retired dad’s hardware store. With Dory by his side, he can do anything.
But just when Dory thought she had it all, a surprise visitor turns her world upside down with a revelation that threatens to tear her family apart. She turns to Harris for help, but he’s caught up trying to save his relationship with his daughter. Can the bond between Dory and Harris survive these turbulent times?
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Chasing a Starr - Delancey Stewart
When a city girl comes up against a cowboy, some dust is bound to fly...
Reine Halverson was 100% city girl – shiny, polished, and put together. A branding specialist for a huge San Francisco firm, she’d built herself from the ground up, covering her country roots with the gleam and glamour of city life.
She might’ve been from somewhere else, but the city was her salvation. That life was behind her.
Will Starr was a cowboy, through and through. His mother had tried to make him something else, but a combat tour in Afghanistan has a way of making a man see what he’s made of. And Will knew he was made up of Northern California grapevines, a hundred-year old farmhouse, and cattle land that had been in his family for generations.
When Reine arrives at Starr Ranch Winery as part of the big city firm’s investment deal set up to save the family land, Will’s convinced she’s the last thing any of them need. But when she starts to find her way beneath his carefully built armor, he realizes there’s more at stake than the business.
Reine might just walk away with what little remains of his heart.
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The Ten-Step Publicity Plan for Authors, Laura Boon
Press releases …. reviews … interviews … cover reveals … newsletters … blog tours … street teams
You’ve written and published your book. Now you need a strategy to help more copies find their way into the hands of interested readers. Publicity is the most effective and least expensive marketing tool available to you. Even better news is that it’s not rocket science. If you’re willing to roll up your sleeves and get your hands ink-stained, you can create a successful publicity template you can tweak for every book.
Have you ever wondered how the big publishers create all that publicity for their authors? Wonder no more. Laura Boon, a successful book publicist who has worked for multiple publishing houses, helps you plan a simple yet effective publicity campaign that will get your book ‘out there’ for minimal financial investment. Every time.
The Ten-Step Publicity Plan for Authors is a short, succinct, practical and easy-to-implement publicity strategy for your book, fiction or non-fiction, new book releases, backlist titles and series. The ten steps cover:
Kiss Me, An Asian Hero Boxed Set
Get EIGHT sweet contemporary romances for 99c here. -
Two Worlds, One Kiss, a Lifetime of Love
This set features EIGHT sweet contemporary romance novellas featuring handsome Asian heroes.
From Australia's vineyards to the bright lights of Hong Kong, these stories have something for anyone looking for a little international flair in their romance.
This set will be available for a limited time only, so don't miss out!
Joanne Dannon - An Unexpected Forever
Khardine Gray – Kisses and Blossoms
Imogene Nix – Hero of Heartbreak Hill
Aislinn Kearns - Until You
Dakota Harrison – Once Upon a K-Pop Prince
Fiona Marsden – Beautiful Stranger
Terri A. Wilson – A New Ending
Zena Oliver - Seven-Day Cruise
The Lucky Dress
Author: Aimee Brown
Blurb: We all have our lucky dress... an irresistibly hilarious rom-com!
Emi Harrison hasn't been feeling particularly lucky lately. Ever since her ex-fiancée, Jack Cabot, successfully shattered her heart into a million pieces. She's managed to avoid him for a whole year, but all that's about to change at her brother Evan's wedding...
She will have to face Jack, Jack's sister, Jack's parents, and Jack's new girlfriend: a mean girl that just won't quit. What could possibly go wrong?
With her lucky dress on, all bets are off, and maybe Emi will find her happily-ever-after at last?
Perfect for fans of Anna Bell, Jo Watson and Sophie Kinsella.
Universal Amazon Link: mybook.to/TheLuckyDressEbook
Four Last First Dates: A romantic comedy of love, friendship and one big cake (Cozy Cottage Café Book 4)
What do you do when you've agreed to a pact with your friends to get married, but neither you nor the guy in your sights is quite ready to fall in love?
Bailey De Luca is the last of her friends to complete the Last First Date pact--to marry the next guy she dates. But lady luck must be in a bad mood, because so far, it's all come to nothing.
Everywhere she looks people are in love. Everyone except her. Is she fundamentally unlovable? Or is it that she's already found--and lost--The One? Whatever the reason, one thing's for sure: Bailey never expected to be alone at thirty.
When one of her friends announces her engagement with a rock that could eclipse the sun, Bailey throws herself into a new business. Starting up Cozy Cottage Catering seems like the perfect way to bury her head in the sand. But fate has other ideas, and soon Bailey is swept off her feet by the oh-so cute Ryan Jones.
Ryan may seem like the perfect combination of Prince Charming meets Thor (without the hammer), but is Bailey ready to be with him?
Or will the ghost of her past love prevent her from finding happiness again?
Grab your copy and escape to New Zealand in this fun, feel-good sweet romance.
Time for our quarterly reading wrap-up
Welcome to the quarterly recap of what the members of the Writers Dozen have been reading. We're an eclectic bunch which will be reflected in our reading choices. I hope between us we point you to some good new reads.
Dr Strange Beard - Penny Reid
I'm a big fan of Penny Reid. Her books are automatic reads for me. If you've not read her books they're smart romances with quirky and complex characters. I'm half-way through this novel which just came out this week. If you've not read any of her books I suggest you start with her Knitting in the City series. I don't knit, and I don't find men with beards attractive but I enjoy hanging with her knitting and bearded characters so that probably tells you how well they're written.
The men in these books are kind of brooding and complicated so if that's your thing jump on in.
Also, don't you love these covers? They're just terrifically quirky and different.
Girl Wash Your Face - Rachel Hollis
I'm a big fan of a self-help book. (In fact more than one person has suggested I write one - as I've mentioned here on my blog I'm a lot of people's go to girl and they feel my advice warrants writing down, clearly I haven't agreed up to this point). I follow Rachel Hollis on social media and this book had a lt of hype so as I was off on a long plane flight I downloaded it and read it on the plane. I'm older than the author and in a different place in my life so I liked this book but bits of it were definitely more apt for younger moms. Having said that if I'd read this book even five years ago I would have loved it and I definitely felt inspired after reading it. There were some good pearls of advice and it was also a reminder to me that I was doing a few things right which is never a bad thing. So if you need a bit of a kick in the pants or a razz up this is a good read. (Note:There's also a strong Christian element which isn't really my thing - I know the author thinks she's toning that down but if you're not religious it is still quite a dominant theme).
The Blue Moon Series - Lucy Score
I struggled to find five books this time because I read a lot of series. I'm what's known in the business as a whale reader - once you hook me I'm the ultimate big fish because I then read all your books. I've done this with two or three authors this year already which means I have read ALL their books. If they have twenty books then yes I have read all of them. I stumbled upon Lucy Score's Blue Moon Series and did just that. If you like small town romance then you'll love this series set in a hippie town a few hours from New York, focused initially around a family of brothers. I've also read her other books (some of them are considerably more steamy) but this is the series I would recommend.
(I nearly didn't read this series because of the cover - the main character is a farmer and the cover seems to have little relevance to the story in my opinion).
TinFoil Heart - Daisy Prescott
Daisy Prescott is another author who I've devoured the back Iist of in the last few months. I read her first novel back when it released and then I lost her. I was happy to rediscover her a month or so ago.
I liked all her books but I'm recommend TinFoil Heart because it's her latest and a stand-alone.
This is a quirky stand alone about a character who is trying to find her long lost father, her late mother believed he was abducted by aliens, but really she's trying to find herself and where she belongs.
Called Up - Jen Doyle
As you know I've recently started writing a sports romance series. There's not much tennis romance out there but baseball romance is big in the US. I like my sports romance light on the sports and heavy on the romance. You don't have to be a baseball fan to enjoy Jen Doyle's Called Up. It is the first in a series but they're stand alone stories so you don't have to read them in order. This is sweeter romance, more like what I write so if you like my books this will likely be a good fit for you.
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