Sale Blitz/Spotlight – Shopping for a Billionaire’s Honeymoon – romcom

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 Shopping for A Billionaire’s Honeymoon (Book 11 in the Shopping series)

Author: Julia Kent

Release date: January 31, 2017

Genre: Romantic Comedy, Contemporary Romance

Description:

He is addicted to his phone and his new role as CEO. I’m addicted to getting some on my own honeymoon.

One of these things is not like the other.

I am pretty sure a serial killer’s lair is the only place in the world where I could stash my new husband so he can’t manage the acquisition of our new company.

And that seems a little drastic.

But only a little…

All I want is one week alone with him. Hours in bed, legs tangled together in ecstasy, room service and long walks on the beach in Hawaii.

Not vying for his kisses around a Bluetooth microphone. The Borg aren’t sexy in real…

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7 Tips to Being an Author: Who Put Glass on This Road?

Quote on Reality

Full disclosure on this one:  I’m not sure what this was supposed to be about.  There are times I get an idea for a post, jot it down in shorthand, and assume I’ll remember what I meant later.  Less than a week later, I’m not sure what I meant by ‘7 Tips to Author Reality’.  Figure I’ll give some tips to those about to start on their journey in the usual tongue and cheek method.

  1. Run!  That or use a bike or some type of physical activity if you can.  Since authors spend a lot of time sitting due to writing and editing, it’s best to put aside some time for movement.  This can be outside or in the house, but the point is to do your best to ward off the author gut and stir up some energy.  (Smart Diet helps too, but it feels hypocritical for me to write about that while eating a Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Master Shake from Sonic.)
  2. There is somebody out there who will hate you and your writing.  They might never meet you in person or interact being a review, but they are out there.  It’s unavoidable because you can’t please everyone.  Will the negativity hurt?  Yes, especially at the beginning.  The best thing to do here is focus on the good and rant to friends in private instead of making a public stink.  It’s a big urge to fight, but that really will only make things worse.
  3. Controversial:  Many people will tell you that you can’t publish without a professional editor.  If you can afford one then great.  If not then be diligent on your own, find some beta readers, and learn from your mistakes.  Not every indie author has the money for editing, especially when you look at cover art and promos too.  Don’t feel ashamed if you have to work up to a professional editor, but also don’t half-ass your own editing and figure it’s good enough.
  4. Makes friends with other authors through social media.  Blogging is usually the easiest because it isn’t as limited as Twitter and Facebook.  Starting out, try to find other indie authors and comment a few times on their blog.  Not about visiting you or buying your books, but hold a conversation.  This should be more about making friendships than sales because you can get a lot of support from people who are actually in the same boat as you.
  5. With blogging, try not to write about the same thing too often.  This gets tricky after a few years when you start having a feeling that you’ve been over this before.  Seriously, I really do think I’m repeating myself here.
  6. Classic Tip:  Just because something works for one author, doesn’t mean it will work for another.  Certain promo sites are better for certain genres and some people are more comfortable on specific mediums.  For example, some authors excel on Twitter while others have trouble with the limited characters and fast pace.  Personally, I find a blog acting as a central hub works best because you get your feet into multiple platforms from one post.  Again, that’s just a personal preference.
  7. Never feel like you have to rush your writing, promos, or whatever else you’re going to put out.  These things take time and it’s hard to recover from a stumble, especially with debuts.  If you’re comfortable and confident then things will be a lot better. At the very least, you can adapt to any small issues that turn up instead of panicking like a chicken that sees the fox coming.
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Let’s all find that Jewel in the Mud

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Harmony Kent is a good friend of mine, and she’s here to tell us about her newest publication today. Let’s all help her out by using those sharing buttons and spreading the word.

Author Bio:

Harmony Kent is famous for her laughter, and has made quite the name for herself … she’s also, um, a writer … and fairly well known for that too. She’s even won a few awards. Harmony lives in rural Cornwall with her ever-present sense of humour and quirky neighbours and refuses to admit to her age.

If you catch her at work, you’ll see she also offers editing, proof reading, manuscript appraisal, and beta reading services. Not to mention being passionate about supporting her fellow authors.

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What inspired me to write Jewel in the Mud?

My life has been an interesting one and has provided many challenges, as well as seeing a lot of change—both…

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January’s Free Books And Giveaways

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eNovAaW giveaway | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

In what is starting to look like a tradition, eNovel Authors At Work is offering this month yet another amazing giveaway. Along with the above books, you can also win:

  • eNovAaW giveaway | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksKindle Paperwhite
  • Vera Bradley Pocket Note Set with Pen
  • Fisher-Price Nickelodeon Shimmer & Shine, Bedtime Wishes Shimmer
  • Panasonic ES2207P Ladies Electric Shaver, 3-Blade Cordless Women’s Electric Razor
  • Message Charm (46 words to choose from) Expandable Wire Bangle Bracelet
  • Inktastic – Life’s Better With Books Tote Bag Natural
  • Star Wars Black Series 6 Rey (Starkiller Base)
  • $15 Amazon Gift Card
  • Bass Pro Shops Active Watch for Ladies – Blue
  • Walking Tyrannosaurus Rex Dinosaur 21″ Toy
  • Panda Planner
  • Aurora Tears Purple Created Amethyst Butterfly Birthstone Water Drop Pendant Necklace, 18″

With so many gifts, you’re more than likely to win something! However, the giveaway will only run between the 17th and the 21st, so no time to waste…

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Windemere and Windemere: The Origins and Name Shares

One of the things I run into the most online is the question of where I took the name Windemere from.  Many people think I snagged it from an existing place.  Specifically, a lake area in England that might actually be named WindeRmere.  This isn’t the case, but I figure 5 years of fielding this question means I should do a post.

The Possibilities:

Windemere Township Minnesota

Windemere Texas

Ernest Hemingway Cottage (Windemere at Walloon Lake)

Winderemere Island

Lake Windermere in England

The list keeps going for WindeRmere with places in the USA, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the U.K.  So, what is the true origin?

TOTAL COINCEDENCE

Originally, I had a world named Mylrix, but that was for another set of stories.  It would get absorbed eventually, but people were still telling me it wasn’t catchy.  This was in college where I was still learning and taking advice very seriously.  So, I needed to think up something else and began combining words, letters, and whatever I could think of.  It was during the early spring in SUNY Oswego, which is on Lake Ontario.  The weather was nice enough to go outside and take a walk while I thought of more ideas.  This led to me going down to the lake shore where the wind was very strong.  Just stared out in the direction of Canada and let my mind wander.  I kept focusing a lot on the wind because it nearly knocked me over a few times.  Played around with that word and landed on ‘WINDEMERE’.  I liked the sound of it and realized the wind showed up a lot in my descriptions too.  So, it stuck and I went on for 12 years before anybody told me there was a Lake Windermere in England.

Anybody else ever come up with an idea and then find out years later that there’s something with the same name?

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Lorelei the Muse is Here with ‘The Hat’ by C.S. Boyack #newrelease @virgilante

Thank you for having me over, Charles. Before we get started, yes, I am an honest to the Gods Greek Muse. The author C. S. Boyack is my charge.

My job is to inspire him any way I can. Craig is an odd fellow in that if I work really hard at it, there are no results. If I whisper something on the breeze, he’s good for an entire novel.

I once whispered in his ear while he watched the Disney movie Brave, with his grandchildren. He wrote an entire novel called Will O’ the Wisp that had nothing to do with the movie. It broke onto the top one-hundred lists a few times, so who am I to argue?

The Hat is a novella about a girl, Lizzie, who comes into possession of what she thinks is an old hat. It’s actually a being from another dimension and he is thousands of years old. He’s been in Lizzie’s family the entire time. They have to work together to solve a major crime, and wind up dispensing a bit of justice along the way. Lizzie even tries her hand at a new career because of their relationship, and maybe it’s the opportunity she needs for a better life.

I know what you’re thinking, but the sorting hat had nothing to do with this story. Like I said, Craig is a little bit odd. I mean, I was talking to him one day about how preconceived notions can hold people back. He wrote a story about a man with a prosthetic arm who pitches in a professional baseball league. I have no idea how he made that leap, but a Muse has to take her successes where she can these days.

Honestly, I don’t want to become the Muse of YouTube fail videos. You know the ones where boys jump off of something and hurt their testicles. Working with an author is held in higher regard than that, even if the author is a strange one. I’ll keep visiting him as long as he keeps creating.

So, back in 2016, I dropped by the writing cabin. I was only there to drop off some Christmas presents. Craig’s assistant had some music playing, like most people that time of year. You may be familiar with her, Lisa Burton the robot girl.

Lisa offered me a cup of eggnog and we got a bit talkative, as girls do. I swear, I only muttered one verse under my breath while the music played in the background. “There must have been some magic in that old silk hat they found…” I glanced up and Craig disappeared.

I found him in his office typing away on the Notes app. Like I said, he seems to react to accidental inspiration more than purposeful. Still, if it keeps me in my apartment on Olympus, and my cup filled with ambrosia, who am I to argue.

My main concern is that Craig remains creative. He’s the one who wants to publish these stories. It would make him happy if you would read The Hat, and he’d be ecstatic if you left a review. It’s priced at 99¢ and I think you’ll enjoy it.

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Blurb:

Lizzie St. Laurent is dealing with many of the struggles of young life. She lost her grandmother, and her living arrangements. Her new roommate abandoned her, and she’s working multiple jobs just to keep her head above water.

She inherits an old hat from her grandmother’s estate, but it belonged to her grandfather. This is no ordinary hat, but a being from an alternate dimension. One with special powers.

Lizzie and the hat don’t exactly hit it off right away, but when her best friend’s newborn is kidnapped by a ring of baby traffickers, Lizzie turns to the hat for help. This leads her deep into her family history and a world she’s never known.

Lizzie gives up everything to rescue the babies. She loses her jobs, and may wind up in jail before it’s over. Along the way, she and the hat may have a new way of making ends meet.

Humorous and fun, The Hat is novella length. Wonderful escapism for an afternoon.

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I was born in a town called Elko, Nevada. I like to tell everyone I was born in a small town in the 1940s. I’m not quite that old, but Elko has always been a little behind the times. This gives me a unique perspective of earlier times, and other ways of getting by. Some of this bleeds through into my fiction.

I moved to Idaho right after the turn of the century, and never looked back. My writing career was born here, with access to other writers and critique groups I jumped in with both feet.

I like to write about things that have something unusual. My works are in the realm of science fiction, paranormal, and fantasy. The goal is to entertain you for a few hours. I hope you enjoy the ride.

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Meet Guest Illustrator, Danielle English…

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My name is Danielle English, and I am a Freelance Illustrator.

I mostly do digital illustration with the use of a Wacom Cintiq tablet and Photoshop, though I do also love using traditional mediums such as inks and watercolours.

Most of my work is based on fantasy and character design, which is mostly inspired by the natural world.

Creatures and landscapes and probably my favourite subjects to draw as it’s great being able to create something new and give each drawing personality and emotion.

     

Though I spend a lot of my time drawing (both for work and as a hobby!), I also really enjoy spending time outside; especially when the weather is nice and I’m able to go on long walks or cycling.

My work can be found in a number of places, but here are a few links to the main sites I use:

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