I want to thank Lois W. Stern for this neat marketing idea and to pass it along to all of you. Here is a way to help market yourself while helping your fellow authors.
The basic idea is to respond to ten questions about something you’re currently writing or a book or story just published or to be published soon. Here are the rules:
1. Post your responses to the interview questions below on your own blog page.
2. Add my name and my book cover montage (image) to your blog page and link them both back to this page.
3. Send this blog to five or more other writers.
4. Each time you forward this message to someone, start with the “I want to thank . . .” sentence as seen above, substituting her name, Lois W. Stern, for the one currently appearing in that first sentence.
5. Ask them to substitute your name for Lois W. Stern’s as they send out notices to their circle.
6 Tell them to post this same content on their website or blog, adding their book image and URL link, and to answer the questions below about their book.
7. Send her the URL of your completed blog page.
8. Lois W. Stern will add to her AUTHORS’ HALL OF FAME the first ten authors who complete the above instructions, post their interview questions/answers on their blog, and add her information to their AUTHORS’ HALL OF FAME linking her name and image to http://tales2inspire.com/?p=1617. E-mail her @ Tales2Inspire@optimum.net.
9. The writers you invite answer the questions; each one puts that blog up the week after yours goes up, and each one credits you as the inviter and includes a link to your blog.
10. They, in turn, tag five other writers, and the cycle continues.
The posts follow a standard format.
THE QUESTIONS APPEAR BELOW, WITH MY ANSWERS.
1. What is your working title of your book (or story)?
The title of my work in progress is Upon Your Love.
2. Where did the idea come from for these books?
Upon Your Love is part of the Heiresses in Love Series, a Victorian romance series with some suspense. Spurred from the first book, Upon Your Return, it all started with a woman who gets into a bit of trouble on the docks in La Rochelle, France. Hmm…my heroines in that series always seem to encounter trouble of one kind or another. The scene for the first book just came to me, and I didn’t question why Fara’s story had to be told. And I guess I’m still telling it, though each book is centered on a new set of characters. The ideas for the sequels came to me shortly after I received a contract for the first book. Suddenly, I knew the story wasn’t over, that other characters needed their say.
3. What genre do your books fall under?
4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
In a way, this is tough for me because I’d want it to be perfect. Let’s see…I always liked the idea of Gerard Butler playing Captain Grant Hill, and maybe Isla Fisher or Amy Adams to play Fara Bellamont. They both have that elegant sensuality with a touch of fun. Also the red hair is perfect for the role. For the other characters in the series? Julianne Hough for Chloe Waverly and Simon Woods with dark auburn hair to play Gabriel Hill. For Fara’s parents? Jessica Stam would have to play Annabelle D’Aubigne for her bright blue eyes and red hair when she wears it that way. I think Brandon Routh would be a good bet as Andre Bellamont. For Eric Caron, I might choose Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Sara Carbonero would be a good fit for Claudette Giroux. For Elena Wyndham and Pierce Laroque? Maybe I would choose Ashley Benson and Michael Trevino. And finally, for Adrienne Hill and Christian du Plessis? I might pick Jessica Green and Eduardo Verastegui. Oh! Wow, I nearly forgot Marcel Armistead. For him, I would choose Ian Somerhalder.
5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
The story is about the trials of love, and how each character faces them in one way or another.
6. Will your book(s) be self-published or represented by an agency?
I plan to submit this manuscript to Solstice Publishing, the Summer Solstice division.
7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
This book took me a year to write.
8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I’m not sure. I haven’t seen this technique used in other historical romances. Most usually focus on one couple. I did something completely different this time, and I included many interconnected stories in one book. The closest book I would compare it to would be J.R. Ward’s The King because she tends to have more than one story going at a time and you get to see all of the characters interacting, yet have their personal traumas. Although that book is a paranormal romance, not a historical.
9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?
My readers inspired me to write this book. I already knew Adrienne’s story needed to be told, but with the final book in the series, I wanted to answer questions readers had asked in reviews, comments on interviews and via social media. I wanted to show some of the things they might not have known about those characters not only by checking in on the characters from the previous books, but also introducing some new ones. I wanted to tell the stories that hadn’t been told yet.
Well, that it’s for now with regards to my work in progress, Upon Your Love, which is currently in edits now. The rest would be spoilers! Don’t forget to add at least 5 more authors to the network by tagging them on your blog. You can also use my blog by tagging https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/ or this specific post.
Below I have included the authors I am tagging along with a bio of each one plus their latest book.
I was born in Queens N.Y. where I fell in love with writing during the 8th grade in Our lady of Victory catholic school in Floral Park. At the age of 14 my family moved to California. And with the huge change in my life, writing became a personal escape that was tucked away in a box. I composed my first book for children, Winslow Willow the Woodland Fairy. After much encouragement from my daughters, I started sending in submissions. The first company that responded positively was a small publishing house in Wisconsin, Salt of the Earth Press. I currently have another children book, The Queen of It. In addition, the YA novelette series…The Dusk Chronicles. This trilogy is available individually as ebooks and in paperback featuring all three books. Coming soon … the historical romance, The Garden of Two and a paranormal romance novella, The Fulfillment.
Celia Kennedy was born in Wurzburg, Germany on a military base. Her parent’s penchant for traveling has stuck with her, she’s lived in and traveled through several countries.
The imagined world has always fascinated Celia. She has studied Art History, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, and Architecture. Her thirteen year career at UW in Seattle ended in 1996. Not wanting to be homeless, she left the academic world and worked as a Landscape Architect, married the love of her life, became a mom, has been PTA President, Girl Scout leader and Boy Scout leader.
The unimaginable wealth in her life is the most fascinating thing to her.
Her love of travel, the designed and natural world, friendship, self-discovery, wine, chocolate, AND love are the foundation of her books.
Celia published her first book, Charlotte’s Restrained, The Accidental Stalker in December 2012, Venus Rising in August of 2013, Sugar It’s Cold Outside, Cupid on the Loose Anthology, April’s Fool, Fool’s Rush In Anthology, 2015 AND Kathleen’s Undressed, The Accidental Enigma on February 23, 2015. Three other works are in progress.
Almost as soon as Devika Fernando could write, she imagined stories and poems. After finishing her education in Germany and returning to her roots in Sri Lanka, she got a chance to turn her passion into her profession. Having lived in Germany and in Sri Lanka with her husband has made her experience the best (and the worst) of two totally different worlds – something that influences her writing. Her trademark is writing sweet, yet deeply emotional romance stories where the characters actually fall in love instead of merely falling in lust. What she loves most about being an author is the chance to create new worlds and send her protagonists on a journey full of ups and downs that will leave them changed. She draws inspiration from everyone and everything in life. Besides being a romance novel author, she works as a self-employed German web content writer, as a translator, and as a faithful servant to all the cats, dogs, fish and birds in her home. When she’s not writing, she’s reading or thinking about writing.
Having always loved to read and write, Devika made her dream come true in 2014 when she became a self-published novelist. The Amazon bestselling author has published several eBooks in the genres contemporary romance, paranormal romance and romantic suspense. Her German and Sri Lankan roots influence her writing.
Once living under the guise of a passive, quiet, school librarian, books and kids were the passions which kept her mind fresh. One day she decided to spread her wings and live the dream of her heart. As she sits in front of her computer, her fingers bring to life the voices in her head. But it is when the night muses visit Jordyn, her spirit rises up to wrap around the stories that float in her dreams. Land locked in the mid-west, she envisions days on a white sandy beach with a laptop to write all her tales. Crossing many genres she spins chronicles of romance, paranormal and fantasy, for they are stories worth telling, even at the risk of revealing true feelings.
Bestselling Regency author Ella Quinn lived all over the United States, the Pacific, Canada, England and Europe before finally discovering the Caribbean. She is currently living on a sailboat, with her wonderful husband of over 30 years, a cat and a Portuguese Water Dog. Ella loves when readers connect with her.
Crystal Miles Gauthier (a.k.a Crysmisty Lee)
Blonde Hair, Blue eyed, buxom, fiery tempered mature woman. Born in Lousiville, KY. Now living in Lansing, MI where I spent my youth. My mother and father worked for General Motors. I have one sister named Angela Miles Meredith who is also an author. I am a retired paralegal, housewife, mother of five and grandmother of 13. I have two cats. I have lived all over the northeast and south. Have traveled the USA. In 2001 I married my husband Joe, a retired Army Military Policeman, who is now a Regional Marketing VP for a local consulting firm.
As a novelist, I enjoy my work immensely. My first book, A Fairytale; was written when I was eleven years old for an assignment I had in sixth grade. While the rest of the class was writing one or two pages, I created a book more than ten pages long. Since I’ve loved to write from that time that I was in first grade, it seemed the logical path to take. Miracles in the Making is my first novella. Up to this point however, I have published two other novels, Dishonorable Intentions and Stranger by Morning. Right now, I am working on a fresh new romance. Almost Wonderful is due to be released in the near future. I currently live in the beautiful town of Moab, Utah.
When I am not writing, I can usually be found spending time with my young son, Julian. As a single mom, it was a challenge at first to find a happy medium, but my son always comes first! I never stop loving what I do. I hope you enjoy my works.
I write speculative fiction set in the near and distant future. I like my science hard and my romance harder.
Snowburn, now available, begins a far-future, sci-fi/romance series set on the Deep Frontier. The sequel to Snowburn, Throwing Fire, will be released in spring 2015 and continues the adventures of Hale Hauser, Kez and their Norgir rabbits.
In 2016, the second phase of the Deep Frontier series launches with Hale Hauser’s distant cousin, Jon Hauser, taking the spotlight in The Lure of Space. Jon takes his rebellion interstellar in The Stars Avail.
Neon Blue, now available, begins a contemporary fantasy series, chronicling the path to power of urban witch Tsara Faa. Tsara’s powers expand in the short story, Black Magic Friday. The second book in the series, Blood Yellow, will be released in fall 2015. The conclusion to the series, Burning Bones, is scheduled for 2016.
I almost forgot my info, didn’t I? LOL.
Bestselling author of UPON YOUR RETURN and 19 other books. 2014 BTS Red Carpet Review Nominee. Finalist and Runner-up in the MARSocial’s Author of the Year Competition. Honorable mention in the January 2014 Reader’s Choice Award. Liebster Blogger Award for 2013 and 2014. Top 50 Authors on AuthorsDB.com. Winner of the Great One Liners Contest on the Directory of Published Authors.
Marie Lavender lives in the Midwest with her family and three cats. She has been writing for over twenty years. She has more works in progress than she can count on two hands. Marie has published twenty books in the genres of historical romance, contemporary romance, romantic suspense, paranormal romance/fantasy, mystery/thriller, literary fiction and poetry. Lavender just released Second Nature, a paranormal romance/urban fantasy, in December of 2014. She released Magick & Moonlight, a romantic fantasy, back in March of last year. Upon Your Honor, released last April, is her second historical romance. Her current series are The Heiresses in Love Series, The Magick Series and The Blood at First Sight Series. Feel free to visit her website at http://marielavender.com/ for further information about her books and her life. Marie is also on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn.
A list of her books and pen names are as follows:
Marie Lavender: Upon Your Return; Magick & Moonlight; Upon Your Honor; Second Nature
Erica Sutherhome: Hard to Get; Memories; A Hint of Scandal; Without You; Strange Heat; Terror in the Night; Haunted; Pursuit; Perfect Game; A Touch of Dawn; Ransom; Leather and Lace
Kathryn Layne: A Misplaced Life
Heather Crouse: Express Café and Other Ramblings; Ramblings, Musings and Other Things; Soulful Ramblings and Other Worldly Things
My Books through Solstice Publishing
Thank you all for stopping by to see the blog tour, and special thanks to all the participating authors! 🙂