A Limelight on Debut Author: Lu Groblebe

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Q: When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

A: It was something I always had a knack for so it was always in the back of my mind growing up. It was never my first choice though. Not because I didn’t enjoy it, because I had other talents I wanted to pursue. Those were my priority. It was always an outlet for my angst as a teenager. I filled notebooks full of poetry and fanfiction stories a my old 80s model Mac too eventually. I didn’t take it seriously until adulthood. I’d say I was close to my mid twenties when I finally decided to go to college for writing. Even then though, I wasn’t confident I had a chance to make it. I’m an all or nothing type of person. I may eventually regret not trying but I’ll live with it. If I invest in something, I give it all I have and I don’t settle for anything but the top.


Q: How long does it take you to write a book?
A: It depends but I’ll admit I’m a slow writer. I have spells where I can whip out a chapter a day, but then I can go months without touching the book. I will say my speed has improved though since I entered the indie community. Having them just be there, on my friend’s list, knowing they’re watching me holds me accountable. It reminds me I have something I need to be working on, so I’ve been more proactive in doing it whereas before I never really had a reason. It became a case of, “I’ll finish it when I finish it.” I didn’t feel rushed to do something no one even knew or cared about. Being apart of the indie community really changed the game for me. Just being there, watching others talk about their books is motivation enough.

Q: What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
A: It really varies on my mood and personal life schedule. I do have other commitments. I run my own makeup distribution as a day job and I’m a mom. There are periods where I will write a chapter a day when I have the chance. There are others where, if I write anything, it isn’t more than a few paragraphs.

 

Q: What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
A: I’ve honestly never thought about it. When I plan to write, I plan to do so nonstop until I reach whatever goal I’ve set. I have a bad habit of getting distracted easily though so I enclose myself in a room alone, get a stock of drinks and snacks handy and I shut all notifications off on all devices. Otherwise I will be pulled away from writing when one from Facebook goes off. I loathe repeating words too much so I keep a dictionary site open in a new tab and I usually just let the story carry me in whatever direction it wants to go even if it goes against the outline I have. When you have the situation mapped out in front of you, it becomes different than what you preplanned in your head during the outlining phase.

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Q: How do books get published?
A: Initially I intended to self published but I took a big chance and I was able to get a publishing deal with Bella Tulip Publishing who now publishes my work for me.

Q: Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
A: I spent almost ten years in text based roleplay that gave me a stock pile of ideas. That isn’t to say I don’t have or will never get new ones but it was an outlet for a long time that sparked my creativity.


Q: When did you write your first book and how old were you?
A: I got the idea for it in 2009 so I was 23. I didn’t start writing it though until 2012. I ended up shelfing the story for a later date when I went back into editing and found some large plots holes.


Q: What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
A: Honestly, not much. I’m a big introvert, I’m easy going and easily amused so that combination makes me very boring. (Laughs) I’d go along with about anything that is suggested to me entertainment wise as long as it doesn’t scare me or is harmful. However, I don’t do much without a reason. I’m truly a workaholic. I spend most of my time either working on my writing/make business career or organizing and planning ahead for them. I like to karaoke on occasion but rarely do. I like to be at home alone but I don’t want to go out alone. What’s the fun in that? (Laughs)


Q: What does your family think of your writing?
A: Honestly, none of them care about it or are supportive, which is fine. It’s something I’ve grown used to and learned to accept. I’m not expecting a single family member to purchase any of my books.


Q: What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
A: Outlines are a helpful organizational tool for the beginning stages but the story rarely ever sticks to the outline as the book is being written. Either by your own choice or the characters’ it just doesn’t happen.


Q: How many books have you written? Which is your favourite?
A: Technically, two but only one is in the process of being published. However I’m already in the beginning stages of another novel series project I’m gonna be doubling up writing on while writing the follow up to my current WIP, but the new project will be under a new pen name.

Q: Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?
A: Make the dictionary your best friend.

Q: Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
A: I don’t have readers yet actually since the book I am waiting to release is my debut. I have heard from people who have beta read for me and enjoyed the story so much they have insisted on purchasing it when it is released finally.

Q: Do you like to create books for adults?
A: I consider myself a multi-genre author so I don’t like to rule anything out. I believe my career will lead me into every genre at some point down the line. By adult as in sexual? I know I can write erotica but it isn’t my forte. It isn’t what I’m best at or most comfortable writing, nor my preference. I do know that I can though. I’d say because of the level of profanity and the progressive speed of the relationship between the two leads my current WIP has in it, it’s more than likely considered “adult.”

Q: What do you think makes a good story?
A: Believable character development (arcs) and the unexpected. There are only so many ways an outcome can be used before it becomes predictable and bland. I try to incorporate that spirit into my own work.


Q: As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

A: A lot of things. At one point an ice skater, at another a singer, another a dancer, and in my early adult life, a police officer/detective.

You can learn more about Lu by connecting with her via social media at the following links:

Luminary Edits

Lu Groblebe – Bella Tulip Publishing Author Page

Facebook Author Page

Lu Groblebe Website

Lu Groblebe on Goodreads

Tentative Release Date Announcement

The softer side of texas

tentative release date

april 3, 2017

by blushing books publications

and author sai marieimg_20160906_182019528

I am very pleased to announce that my forthcoming and second release under the Blushing Books imprint will be coming to a book store near you on April 3, 2017. I hope that you will all continue to follow my blog for updates and periodical special blog appearances from a number of authors across many genres. I’m certain there will be much more exciting news to share and I’m proud to be going through this process with all of you whom are so supportive, kind and welcoming. I hope that we can all continue to strive in making the world a kind and artistic place filled with beauty and artistic expression.

Author Sai Marie Johnson           Author Sai Marie on Facebook

Dare to Dream Release

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DARE TO DREAM by CA Harms

SERIES: A Carolina Beach Novel

GENRE: Contemporary Romance

RELEASE DATE: February 14th 2017

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34102639-dare-to-dream

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Blurb:

After the sudden death of his wife two years ago, Darren Griffin has finally found peace. He has a good life, good job, two daughters he’d do anything for, and a beautiful home on the beach.

Greer Monroe is grieving the loss of her father. It’s the final rung on the broken ladder that’s become her life—crappy job, no friends, and a cheating ex-boyfriend. At the insistence of her aunt, Greer decides to spend some time at her family’s beach house.

When the glee-filled sound of children’s laughter dances through the breeze, Greer finds herself smiling again. The neighbor girls are carefree, depicting a life Greer has only dreamed about. Husband, children, happiness—a family. And their father, Darren, he’s everything a woman could ever want.

But it is, of course, only a dream.

She can’t stay at Carolina Beach, no matter how much she adores Darren and his daughters. She has responsibilities at home, a mother who needs her. Where there’s love, there’s heartbreak, and she can’t go through that again. And she sure as hell won’t do that to those little girls.

But Darren isn’t letting her go that easily. It’s been so long since he’s felt this way for anyone. Greer is his missing piece, a piece he never thought he’d find.

Saying goodbye is hard, but sometimes starting over is even harder.

Only when they dare to dream again, will they ever dare to love.

Buy Links: (Amazon Kindle Unlimited)

AMAZON US: http://amzn.to/2klBTvB

AMAZON CA: http://amzn.to/2klfkan

AMAZON UK: http://amzn.to/2kw9ZiG

AMAZON AU: http://amzn.to/2jHi3IY

Book Trailer:

Dare to Dream Book Trailer

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Author Bio 

C.A. Harms is like any other addicted reader. She enjoys happy endings and HEA love stories. She hasn’t always been a lover of Romance and had once been addicted to a good Mystery. Just recently she has taken on a new liking and now is a full blown Romance novel addict.

She lives in Illinois and enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. You will always find her with her kindle or paperback in hand as it is her favorite pass time.

Social Media Links:

NEWSLETTER: http://bit.ly/1xsgHCS

Twitter: https://twitter.com/charms0814

Blog: http://authorharms.blogspot.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/authorcaharms/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6895633.C_A_Harms

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Author-CA-Harms/354791947956151

Reader Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/702393513116443/

Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/C.A.-Harms/e/B00BM5QT9S

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Simply Scarlet Release Party Success & Prizes, Giveaways and

So yesterday I hosted a 14 hour day long release party on Facebook for the launch of
Simply Scarlet!
It was a major success and though it was held yesterday there are still tons
of Freebies; eBooks prizes, Amazon gift cards, contests and giveaways that are
good through today for the release and in celebration of
Valentine’s Day!
I want to make sure everyone gets a chance to enter so I am going to link some of the best opportunities right here! There’s even a chance to win a couple of copies of my new release from the amazing Haylee Thorne! You’ve got to come by and see for yourself.
Don’t Miss Out
and
Happy Valentine’s Day
Love,
Sai Marie

Happy Valentine’s Day

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💕 💕 💕 #NewRelease #ValentinesDay 💕 💕 💕

Simply Scarlet by Author Sai Marie Johnson is #LIVE
and #AvailableNow on #Kindle #OneClick today

Simply Scarlet on Amazon

💕BLURB💕
When all you have believed turns out to be false, and the reality of the truth is displayed right before your eyes, how do you cope?
Camille Alessandra de Clervaux has the perfect life, or so it seems, but when bumps in the night indicate her husband has tastes for something darker, it catapults the scarlet beauty into a world of rough sex and dark fantasy.

💕 💕 ABOUT THE AUTHOR 💕 💕

Sai Marie is an author, creative writer, and concept creator. She resides in the Great Pacific Northwest where she enjoys the flora, fauna, action and adventure that bred the Pioneer Spirit. With a heart for advocacy, animals, the environment, and great imagination she is sure to capture your attention with something for everyone.

@LadySai
Sai Marie Johnson Blog
Author Sai Marie on Instagram
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Author Sai Marie Official Amazon Author Page
Sirens of Sai Marie

 

It’s LIVE – One-Click Simply Scarlet

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Simply Scarlet

has been officially re-released under the

Blushing Books imprint!

“If you give me a chance, Camille, I’ll

Be your Savior Dom…” – Jeremiah St. Clair

Meet your new book boyfriend

Just in time for

Valentine’s Day!

To purchase the book visit:

Simply Scarlet at Blushing Books

Simply Scarlet on Amazon

Simply Scarlet is OFFICIALLY LIVE

Come check out the release party, we’ve already got two freebies and several more authors to come on throughout the day.

Open event, so invite your friends!

Author Update

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next. Here’s a preview….
(WIP Rough Draft, Author Edition)

“Mm,” I moaned which only served to heighten his need. Stripping the rest of my clothing off my body he grabbed a jar from the nightstand beside the bed, and pulled out a brightly colored neon package, which appeared to be a condom. He no longer held control of himself.

He wanted me, and he was going to have me. There was no escaping it. He shifted his body to place the condom in appropriate positioning before He quickly plunged the length of his throbbing shaft deep inside my aching warmth. I screamed in anguish as my maidenhead ripped apart in one sudden thrust, but as he moved within me the pain resided slowly working itself into a rhythm that I could just not get enough of, “You like that, don’t you? You whore. Yeah, I knew you were a slut.” He said, slamming his body into mine harder, and harder with each pounding movement. His words stung, and hurt, but as he started to come more to life so did I.

A strange sensation began to burn within the root of my gums, and I suddenly had the strong urge to bite him. Yes, I wanted to bite him, and sink my teeth completely into the veins of his protruding muscly neck. A power surged within my blood; I felt fire in my veins. My heart felt as if it were going to beat right out of my chest, and suddenly he lowered his eyes to peer into mine, “What the fuck?” he gasped, “Your eyes, what the hell is wrong with them?”

#ForbiddenFantasies by Sai Marie

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I also wanted to let everyone know that I officially signed the contract to sell The Softer Side of Texas, and I will be revealing the release date, teasers and setting up blog opportunities for the much anticipated cover reveal!

 

Don’t forget to pick up Simply Scarlet on just in time for Valentine’s Day next

Monday

February 13, 2017

From Blushing Books

and

Author Sai Marie!

Author Spotlight on Lara Bernhardt

 

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First tell us a little bit about yourself, and who you are: My name is Lara Bernhardt and I live with my family in Oklahoma. I have 5 biological children, 3 step-children, and two doggies. I’m a life-long, avid reader and writer.
What are your ambitions for your writing career? Some day I would love for writing to be my full-time job.
Which writers inspire you? When I was younger, I read all the Stephen King and Dean Koontz books I could get my hands on. Their writing surely influenced me.
So, what have you written? During my college years, I wrote a number of papers published in science journals. My first award was for a short fiction piece, which took first place. Some of my poems have also won awards in writing contests. I contributed a novella to the Shine series (Cassandra). And now my full-length novel The Wantland Files has been published by Kindle Press.
(*Include books, novellas, short stories, poems, blogs, awards or anything of interest.)
Where can we buy or see them? Cassandra and The Wantland Files are available on amazon and in independent bookstores in the Oklahoma City area.
Who is your favorite character, and why? My favorite character to write was Kimberly Wantland – I had a rough year and found respite in writing about a celebrity with none of the issues I was dealing with. Plus, I enjoyed creating her abilities and imagining how she would interact with spirits.
What is your current project about, and when do you think it will be ready for the public? I am currently writing the second book in The Wantland Files series and I hope it will be ready in the next 6-9 months.
What genre do you write in? The Wantland Files is paranormal suspense. I also write women’s fiction but have not yet published those manuscripts.
How much research do you do? Writing paranormal suspense, I have the luxury of using my imagination a lot. But since Kimberly is a paranormal investigator, I research to insure that aspect of the books is believable.
Have you ever co-written any of your work? Though Cassandra belongs to a shared universe (Shine) I wrote the book entirely myself. I have not co-written anything.
When did you decide to become a writer? I have written stories as long as I can remember – even back in elementary school. And before that I made up bedtime stories for my little sister.
Why do you write? I love to read and immerse myself in a good story. Writing is similar, but I invent the story I immerse myself in. I write because I love it. I get grumpy if I go too long without writing.
Do you write full-time or part-time? Part-time, like most writers. I have lots of children and consequently lots of bills. Three of my children suffer from a chronic medical condition and that contributes to our stack of bills.
Do you write every day, 5 days a week or as and when? How much I’m able to write depends on other demands on my time. I try to write something every day.
Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day? I don’t set a goal. When I have time to write, I make the most progress I can.
Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand? I write longhand and then type it on my computer. Some days I simply write on the computer.
Where do you draw inspiration from? The Wantland Files is inspired some by The X-Files and Ghost Hunters. These stories also incorporate some interesting and unexplainable things I’ve experienced myself.
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you? I start with jotting down ideas, overall plot points, and character points. Then I outline. Then I start writing the story.
What do you think is the biggest challenge about writing, or that writers face? For me, the greatest challenge is finding time to write. And now that I’ve published, marketing the book.
How long on average does it take you to write a book? Including the initial preliminary work of researching and outlining, plus final work revising and editing, The Wantland Files took me a year and a half. I hope to cut that time some on subsequent manuscripts but it depends on time.
How do you handle Writer’s Block? I don’t much encounter writer’s block. I think outlining before writing helps combat this.
Do you have any techniques, or tips you would like to share on tackling Writer’s Block? The times I find myself needing help, I run a very hot bath and make a hot cup of tea. I think the lack of interruptions allows my imagination to take over. This technique has never failed me.
For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books? I will read books in any format. I just love a good story.
What book/s are you reading at present? Haunted by James Herbert and a book on marketing
Do you proofread/edit all your own books or do you get someone to do that for you? When I think I’m finished, I send my manuscripts to trusted readers for feedback. When I’ve revised as thoroughly as I possibly can, then I send it to an editor.
Tell us a little bit about your book covers: Did you design them, or have them designed? I used a cover designer but was very involved in the process.
Do you think that the cover plays an important part in the buying process? “You can’t judge a book by its cover” is a nice saying but I think covers very much draw in readers (or don’t) and a good cover is vital to a book.
How are you publishing this book and why? Kindle Press accepted and published my eBook and I published the print edition myself.
(*e.g. Indie, traditional or both)
How do you market your books? I’m exploring a number of marketing options available. Primarily letting my publicist handle it for now, but taking notes for later as well.
Would you or do you use a PR agency? I am using a publicist’s services currently.
Do you have any advice for other authors on how to market their books?
What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews? Authors love to hear readers enjoyed their books, but not every book is for every person. Unfortunately, if people read your book, eventually someone will not care for it and leave a critical review.
Which social network works best for you? So far, Facebook has worked best for me.
received_10158107246725654Any tips on what to do and what not to do?
Did you do a press release, Goodreads book launch or anything else to promote your work and did it work? I have a book release party coming up. I hope it will work.
Did you get interviewed by local press/radio for your book launch?
What do you think of “trailers” for books?
Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book/s? One of my daughters offered to make a trailer for me, but she is a full time student and also works full time. So we will see if she’s able to do that.

Do you ever do giveaways, or free download days? Since I didn’t publish the book myself, promotional deals are out of my hands. But I do expect at some point to see a $.99 promo.
What is your favourite motivational phrase.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers? Plan ahead and be prepared to work hard for your book.
How can readers discover more about you and your work? My Facebook author page and my Amazon Author page will keep you updated on new releases.
Facebook:

Lara Bernhardt – Facebook
@Lara_Wells1
 Lara Bernhardt – Amazon Author Page
Wantland Files – US Amazon
Wantland Files – Amazon UK

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16308048.Lara_Bernhardt

Author Announcements

I am very excited to announce that Blushing Books Publications has now accepted my second manuscript and I will be releasing yet another new story to the public under their imprint very soon. Stay tuned to learn more as I am certain there will be plenty more development in my writing career. ❤

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I also wanted to announce that I will be at the Pieces of the Heart Release Party for an Author Takeover on February 16, 2017 at 10AM CST. This will be an online release party taking place at the following link:

Pieces of the Heart Release Party

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Also stay tuned because the cover reveal for my upcoming release from Blushing Books, Simply Scarlet, will be shown soon!

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Just in time for Valentine’s Day

Come meet your new book boyfriend, Jeremiah St. Clair.

He’s got class and he can kick some ass!

Watch for Simply Scarlet at Book Retailers Near You

February 13, 2017

Author Announcement Major Publishing Deal and First Release

****AUTHOR ANNOUNCEMENT****

I am pleased to announce that my first book to be published under a publishing house will be released in time for the wondrous day known as, the Day of Love. The official release date is 13/02/2017. The book is entitled, “Simply Scarlet.”

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It is a story I hold close to my heart and feel great pride in sharing with the world. The main character and protagonist, Camille de Clervaux, is a character I worked on for three years before truly put pen to paper and crafting her story and world.

It is my utmost pleasure to announce that Cami’s story is being released from her new publishing home with Blushing Books Publications

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Stay tuned to see teasers and the cover reveal, which is soon to come.

Author Sai Marie