<![CDATA[Mae Archer - Blog]]>Mon, 07 Dec 2015 07:47:06 +1100Weebly<![CDATA[What I've been reading: Treasured Secrets by Kendall Talbot]]>Sun, 26 Jul 2015 08:30:44 GMThttp://www.maearcher.com/blog/what-ive-been-reading-treasured-secrets-by-kendall-talbotPicture
I discovered Kendall Talbot's debut novel Lost in Kakadu when it won the Romantic Book of the Year 2014. I read it and was blown away by its originality.

Kendall's second novel Treasured Secrets is more of the same with fantastic characterisation, an adventure story, twists and turns, and what I have to say is one of the creepiest villains that I have read in a while.

Rosalina and Archer are former lovers who are brought together again when they embark on a treasure hunt that will uncover Archer's secrets and put their love to the test.

This was a fun read and if you're looking for something that has an adventure, love story, and mystery in one, then this is the book you should read.

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<![CDATA[ An interview with Belinda Williams, author of The Pitch ]]>Sat, 23 May 2015 07:37:32 GMThttp://www.maearcher.com/blog/-an-interview-with-belinda-williams-author-of-the-pitchPicture
What is the inspiration behind your latest release?
I guess I’d have to say my many years working in marketing. Like Maddy, I’ve worked in advertising and marketing in various account manager / campaign management style roles. Often the demands of the job are intense, with long hours required, and I wanted to write about the challenge of finding and nurturing a relationship in this environment.

Tell us about your writing journey/how you got published?
I wrote a lot as a child and teenager and inevitably gave it up when I became a responsible adult. I decided to revisit it again around eight years ago as a creative outlet and because I felt like being a little less responsible again.

The more I wrote, the more serious I became. Because of my background in marketing, I decided to self-publish my first novel, a paranormal romantic suspense titled Radiant. It had also been listed as a top ten finalist in the Romance Writers of Australia Emerald award, which gave me the confidence to put it out there.

After that I decided to write something more light-hearted and The Boyfriend Sessions was created, which is the first book in my contemporary romance City Love series. I had a feeling it would be more appealing to publishers so started submitting and it was picked up by Momentum (Pan Macmillan). I was secretly thrilled about this as Momentum had been at the top of my wish list! Since then I’ve been contracted to complete the series, so four books in total. Maddy’s story, The Pitch, is the second book in the series.
 
What is your writing routine?
I am a very structured, organised individual – in every other aspect of my life! Sadly my writing routine has to be flexible to accommodate the demands of part-time work, looking after my school age son and everything else. I’m lucky I work from home so if I’m having a quiet work week, I’ll fit in an hour or so of writing whenever I can. Beyond that, when I’m in writing mode, I write on weekends and at night. I am quite disciplined though. When I was writing my last manuscript I committed myself to a weekly word count and writing five out of seven nights. I can’t keep that up all the time though, only when I’m writing the first draft!

Share a writing quote/motto about writing.
Just write.
Not sure if that’s anyone’s quote, but it’s my motto.

What is the one piece of advice about writing that has stuck with you?
Similar to my motto: keep writing. The more you write, the better you get. And the more you write, the more likely you are to finish a book!

What are you reading at the moment or what’s the last book you read and what did you like/not like?
I’m reading Lisa Heidke’s latest release, It Started With A Kiss. She was actually my teacher at The Australian Writers Centre when I did her course on Popular Women’s Fiction, and we still keep in touch.

The Pitch

She’s in a long-term, committed relationship. With her business.

In three years Madeline Spencer has single-handedly grown her marketing agency, Grounded Marketing, into one of the country’s fastest growing companies. But her success has been at the expense of her social life, and her girlfriends have had enough. They’ll do whatever it takes, from speed dating to blind dates, to show her there’s more to life than work.

Only Maddy is having a hard time forgetting about her business. She’s about to pitch for her biggest client ever and the mysterious media mogul, Paul Neilsen, has volunteered to mentor her. Maddy might just be in with a shot of landing the account—if she can keep her mind on the job.

Working with Paul is not at all what she’d imagined, and Maddy finds herself torn between her ever increasing workload and her feelings for Paul. She’s discovering playing in the big league means making sacrifices…and Maddy must decide what she can’t live without.

Purchase Links:

http://momentumbooks.com.au/books/the-pitch-city-love-2/

About Belinda Williams

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Belinda is a marketing communications specialist and copywriter who allowed an addiction to romance and chick-lit to get the better of her. She was named a top ten finalist in the Romance Writers of Australia Emerald Award in both 2013 and 2014.

Her other addictions include music and cars. Belinda’s eclectic music taste forms the foundation of many of her writing ideas and her healthy appreciation for fast cars means she would not so secretly love a Lamborghini. For now she’ll have to settle with her son’s Hot Wheels collection and writing hot male leads with sports cars.

Belinda lives in Sydney and blogs regularly about writing and reading here: www.belindawilliamsbooks.com


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<![CDATA[Vintage Dreams and the Wattpad experiment]]>Sun, 03 May 2015 01:27:25 GMThttp://www.maearcher.com/blog/vintage-dreams-and-the-wattpad-experimentPicture
It's week 3 of my Wattpad experiment. I have uploaded three chapters on the website and have had 26 reads and 3 votes. I have 13 followers, which is not much.

So at this point the Wattpad experiment is not really making much gains, however it has given me much needed space and impetus to really think about my blurb and my cover.

I had a cover that I made which was just a typical romance cover of man and woman in bed, however I wasn't happy with it. On the RWA threat I read this article about how self published authors are taking risks with their covers. My original concept was something quirky, but I backed away and went with the typical out of fear, then I realised I have nothing to lose. This is my ship and I can steer it however I want it and so I designed this new cover that I'm in love with.

I've also been working on the blurb slowly. I usually have no trouble writing blurbs and my two romance novels and young adult novels I've had published in the past two years have featured the blurbs I wrote (with a few editorial tweaks), but this time around I've struggled to capture the essence of the story. However, once I had the cover that I was enthused about it all came together.

Everything I've read about Wattpad emphasizes that it's about the community and that to get readers you have to engage, which is something I really struggle with. There is only so many hours in the day and with a demanding full time job as a high school teacher and finding writing time between corrections and lesson planning, I don't have much left. I was reading on a forum about how to get readers and a thread was posted by a Wattpad Ambassador here so my goal over the next few weeks is to implement some of these strategies.

To read my book on Wattpad click here.

Vintage Dreams blurb

She had to nearly die before she could live again. Can she build a new life on the embers of her old one?

After being diagnosed with breast cancer Allegra Kenton finds new direction using her passion for vintage items by renovating a dilapidated mansion she inherited into a dance studio. When she meets Emmett Dennison and begins falling in love it seems that her new life is on track, until a mistake from her past puts everything in jeopardy. Can she hold onto her dreams and Emmett?

Emmett Dennison had a plan: the right type of fiancé, the right time to get married, the right career rung, but his plan took a detour when he became a guardian to his autistic brother and his fiancé broke off their engagement. Now his life is all about the day to day, until he meets Allegra. She inspires him to dream again, but his fiancé’s betrayal makes it hard for him to trust. Will Allegra make him believe in happy endings?

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<![CDATA[An interview with Claire Boston, author of All that Sparkles]]>Tue, 28 Apr 2015 09:58:24 GMThttp://www.maearcher.com/blog/april-28th-2015Picture
What is the inspiration behind your latest release?

All that Sparkles was inspired by a dream I had. I woke up one morning, grabbed the pen and paper that’s always by my bed and jotted down the details before I forgot. I knew the boy and girl were in a mansion’s garden, the boy wasn’t supposed to be there and the girl’s father wouldn’t approve. I also knew their meetings had to be kept secret. From these few things, All that Sparkles was born.

Tell us about your writing journey/how you got published?

I’d been writing for seven years before I got ‘The Call’. I’d been unhappy at work and was trying to figure out what to do with my life when I decided I really wanted to focus on my writing. I took a week off work and spent the time writing my first novel. By the end of that week I had a 14,000 word completed story that was nowhere near long enough to be a book (plus it was extremely badly written!). I realized I needed some help, so I joined Romance Writers of Australia (RWA), found a wonderful critique group and my writing went from strength to strength.

By 2013 I’d written two short romances (which will probably never see the light of day), four fantasy novels and a full-length contemporary romance. Then RWA announced they were having a submission panel at the national conference. Send in 3 pages and it might get read to a panel of editors and agents, who could then request the manuscript. I thought I’d give it a try, and sent my contemporary romance, What Goes on Tour. Four of the panellists requested the manuscript and a couple of months later, Joel from Momentum sent me an email saying he wanted to buy it! I think people may have heard my screams in the next state.

What is your writing routine?

I sit down at my desk about eight o’clock each morning. I open my email and try not to get sucked in. My aim is to read and respond to anything urgent and then ignore the rest until the afternoon. Sometimes that works and sometimes it doesn’t! I’ll then begin writing or editing, depending on what stage of the manuscript I’m at. Mornings are my most productive time so I like to get as much creative work done as possible straight away.

After I break for lunch I might write or edit for a bit longer depending on whether I’ve hit my targets for the day. Around three o’clock my brain decides it’s had enough and I switch to the business side of things. I might update my website, arrange some promotion, do some online training – whatever is on my weekly plan. I try to finish around five o’clock but it can stretch to six.

I do this at least five days a week and occasionally I’ll do other writing work on the weekends depending on my weekly/monthly plans.

Share a writing quote/motto about writing.

You can’t edit a blank page. This has been attributed to both Nora Roberts and Jodi Picoult, but it’s great. It reminds me that what I write in the first draft can always be fixed later so I don’t get stuck on needing each sentence to be perfect.  

What is the one piece of advice about writing that has stuck with you?

Time is the best editor. I was told this by Anna Jacobs when I first started writing. She said when you finish your manuscript, put it in a drawer and come back a year later. You’ll find so many more things you can fix. Now I don’t leave my manuscripts quite that long, but I do try to write a quick dirty draft and leave it aside while I write something else and then come back to it.

What are you reading at the moment or what’s the last book you read and what did you like/not like?

I’ve just finished How To Market A Book by Joanna Penn. I chose it as part of my training schedule and it was fantastic. There was so much comprehensive information in it that my copy is now covered in different coloured tags. I’m going to have to sit down and work out an action plan about what to do next.


All the Sparkles blurb

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Imogen Fontaine is living every girl's dream.

She is a fashion designer for her family's haute couture label, lives in a mansion, has a great circle of friends and is the apple of her father's eye. Everything is perfect.

Until the day that Christian, the boy at the center of her childhood heartbreak, walks back into her life.

From there her life starts to unravel, as long-kept secrets are revealed. Imogen learns that her past was built on lies and betrayal, shattering the illusion of her perfect existence. She must seek out the truth if she has any hope of forging a new path for herself and discovering true freedom.

But can she convince Christian that there is a place for him in her new life?

Purchase Links:

http://bit.ly/1EkAGL5


About Claire Boston

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Claire Boston was a voracious reader as a child, devouring anything by Enid Blyton as well as series such as Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden, The Baby-sitters Club and Sweet Valley High. Then one school holidays when she’d run out of books to read, her mum handed her ‘Hot Ice’ by Nora Roberts and she instantly fell in love with romance novels.

The love of reading soon turned to a love of writing and Claire struggled to keep within the 1500 word limit set by her teachers for any creative writing assignments. When she finally decided to become serious about her stories, she joined Romance Writers of Australia, found her wonderful critique group and hasn’t looked back.

When Claire’s not reading or writing she can be found in the garden attempting to grow vegetables, or racing around a vintage motocross track. If she can convince anyone to play with her, she also enjoys cards and board games.

Claire lives in Western Australia, just south of Perth, with her husband, who loves even her most annoying quirks, and her grubby, but adorable Australian bulldog.

Social links to be listed:

www.claireboston.com

www.facebook.com/clairebostonauthor

www.twitter.com/clairebauthor

www.pinterest.com/clairebauthor


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<![CDATA[An interview with  Charlotte McConaghy, author of Melancholy]]>Sun, 19 Apr 2015 21:20:18 GMThttp://www.maearcher.com/blog/an-interview-with-charlotte-mcconaghy-author-of-melancholyPicture
What is the inspiration behind your latest release?

The original idea of The Cure series actually came from a news story from the UK, about a man who had been through a severe physical trauma and as a result believed he was transforming into a werewolf each month. It got me to thinking about how powerful the mind is, and about that idea of transforming but not, about how that might affect your life. It seemed sort of monstrous, this metamorphosis, whilst also being completely psychological – and the powerlessness you might feel whilst undergoing it would naturally make you pretty damn angry. That was how I came up with my protagonist Josi. Then I started thinking about the kind of world that would further isolate Josi because of this anger and monstrousness, and it seemed like a very controlled, regulated world – maybe one in which no one else could feel the way she did? Specifically, that they had no ability to feel anger. After that I always saw her as the last woman in the world, a sort of lone figure in the post-apocalypse of emotions, and thus the dystopian future world of The Cure was born. Sorry – that was a very long-winded answer. 

Tell us about your writing journey/how you got published?

I started writing when I was about thirteen or fourteen, working on a fantasy novel for other kids my age. When I was seventeen I finished the book and sent it out to a couple of publishers, and one of them picked it up, which was really lucky. I then published the first two in that series, but by that point I was older, I was studying screenwriting and had moved on to wanting to write for adults. I had several new novels, two of which turned out to be the first in two different series. It helped that I’d been published before, and had a literary agent to get me in the door with the adult novels. ‘Avery’ got picked up by Random House, and Fury got picked up by Momentum, both in the same year. I’ve been working on the two series for a few years now, and am coming to the ends of them, so it will soon be time to come up with something completely new.

What is your writing routine?

I’m a night owl, so I do my best work late at night when the house is quiet and everyone else is asleep, I put on some moody music and get to it. During the day I tend to do other things to stimulate and inspire me, before I get settled in to write.

Share a writing quote/motto about writing.

This is one I try to live by:

“No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.”

      Robert Frost

And this is one I find useful to remember, particularly in the rather snobbish literary world that seems filled with people who turn their nose up at fantasy and try to make you feel childish for writing it:

“Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It’s a way of understanding it.”

      Lloyd Alexander

What is the one piece of advice about writing that has stuck with you?

Don’t be too precious, and remove your ego from the work – developing and editing something is a process, and if you get too precious about it, or take offense when your work is critiqued, then you’re setting yourself up for a world of angst. Your writing needs to be deeply meaningful to you, but there’s always a point when it stops being about you and starts being about the story itself, about the characters, about the editors, and about the relationship readers have with the work. 

What are you reading at the moment or what’s the last book you read and what did you like/not like?

I just finished reading Golden Son by Pierce Brown, which is the sequel to red Rising. It’s a fantastic series, really well written with an insightful, engaging protagonist you can really feel for. It also has space ships, gravity boots, some crazy whip-fighting, and a gorgeous love story.


Melancholy: Book Two of the Cure blurb

‘Here in the west they know a lot about hope. They know how to ration it just as they do with food and water.’

Josephine is at last free of the blood moon. But in a desperate rush to find help for a comatose Luke, she discovers the strange and dangerous world of the resistance, and it is unlike any world Josi has known.

In the west they believe in fury – they cultivate and encourage it. The unruly people of the resistance know that to survive means to fight. But can they fight the inevitable cure for sadness that rushes steadily closer?

In the action-packed sequel to Fury, everything Josi believes about herself will be challenged. Haunted by atrocities and betrayals, she must find the strength to trust again, and decide how far she is willing to go to fight the inevitable.

At times both brutal and sweet, Melancholy is the story of second chances and finding love in a ruined world.


Purchase Links: http://momentumbooks.com.au/books/melancholy-episode-1/

About Charlotte McConaghy

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Charlotte has been writing from a young age, and has written several novels in both the science-fiction and fantasy genres, published internationally by Random House and Pan Macmillan. These include Fury, Book One of The Cure series and Avery, Book One of The Chronicles of Kaya. She studied a Masters of Screenwriting at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School, and is the author of the Australian Writer's Guild award-winning screenplay Fury – adapted from her novel of the same name. She now lives in London, writing novels and working on both film and television projects, as well as the upcoming graphic novel Skin.

Website: http://www.charlottemcconaghy.bounce.com.au/

  Twitter: https://twitter.com/CharMcConaghy

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Charlotte-McConaghy/746419682036451?ref=bookmarks


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<![CDATA[A new direction]]>Fri, 17 Apr 2015 07:03:17 GMThttp://www.maearcher.com/blog/a-new-directionI had a plan. Write at least five romance novels over the next five years, build an audience, and hopefully work toward making my writing a viable career option so that I can at some point reduce from full time work. The plan was moving forward. I submitted the first book I ever wrote, eleven years after it languished in my bottom drawer, and got two publishers wanting to publish it. I picked a publisher and moved forward.

I made a commitment, more to myself than anyone else, to write one book a year so I completed my second book and sent it off. It was accepted and published. So far so good. I wrote my third book and sent it off, and this is when things got tricky, it was not accepted for publication. My sales were not strong enough for the publisher to want to pursue other titles.

While I had been looking at my meager royalty statements and feeling disheartened, I had a plan and I was sticking to it, but it was not to be. I don't know why sales of my books didn't go well.

  1. Was it because I was using a pen name, and therefore had to begin again as a new entity without the platform I had established as a published young adult author?
  2. Was it because I wasn't proactive enough with social media to remedy this fact?
  3. Was it that my publisher wasn't doing enough to promote my titles?
But for some reason sales of my two romance novels didn't go well. Now I had to decide on a direction to move forward. There were a few possibilities:
  1. Seek another publisher.
  2. Self publish my third book.
  3. Wait and do nothing.
  4. Do something completely different.

I decided not to seek another publisher. Maybe I would have a better outcome, maybe not, what I know is that I want the space to decide on my future direction.

I could self publish, but I would have to pay for professional editing and chances are that my sales would not be much better than where I am.

Waiting is not an option. I want my book out there and to see what happens.

So I decided that if I'm not going to make money from my romance novel at this point in time, then I want to have readers. I read about Wattpad a while ago, and this seemed like a good option. It gets my book out there, maybe gives me the opportunity to get some feedback, and I might even develop a readership that would help me with future directions.

After my social experiment I can self publish my title and it might sell, or it might not. Either way I'm moving forward in some way and doing it on my own terms.

So I'll be posting a chapter a week for the next 24 weeks and blogging about it. This will give me the opportunity to develop a social media platform and hopefully have my book read and critiqued by readers.

You can find the first chapter of my new title here.

http://www.wattpad.com/myworks/37518719-vintage-dreams

You will have to join Wattpad, but you can easily do that through whatever social media platform you have.

So have a read, or don't. This could be a failed social experiment or not, but I'll just enjoy the ride and hope that you come along too.

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<![CDATA[An interview with Amanda Pillar, author of Graced]]>Sat, 04 Apr 2015 21:00:02 GMThttp://www.maearcher.com/blog/an-interview-with-amanda-pillar-author-of-gracedPicture
What is the inspiration behind your latest release?
I love reading urban fantasy and I grew up enjoying the vampire genre as a teenager; Anne Rice, LJ Smith, Buffy…I wanted to write a story that I wanted to read. But the genre had become ‘clichéd’; so I had to write something new, something a little different. To do that, I made a new world, a new race, and tried to make my monsters relatable.

Tell us about your writing journey/how you got published?
I wrote Graced in the middle of working full time, finishing off a Masters degree and having a crazy busy life in general. Once the book was finished, I sent it off to my beta readers who provided me some amazing feedback. (Never underestimate the wonder of beta readers, even if you disagree with what they say, it all helps!) Once I’d made all the changes, I sent it off to an agent (who became my agent) and then the book was sold some months later. 

What is your writing routine?
Unfortunately, there isn’t one. I work full time in a pretty hectic job, and I do karate, and editing and…you get the picture. So I snatch the little time I can between tasks.

Share a writing quote/motto about writing.
In order to be a writer, you need to simply write.
It may sound like common sense, but the only way to get better at your craft is to put words to paper.

What is the one piece of advice about writing that has stuck with you?
When I was in year 9, I was told by an English teacher at school (not mine at the time), that a novel starts with a single sentence. I went home that night, thought about what that single sentence could be, and began writing my first novel.

That simple statement made something that seemed so very unreachable very attainable.
 
What are you reading at the moment or what’s the last book you read and what did you like/not like?
I am reading the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer at the moment. It was recommended to me by a friend, and I’m really enjoying it. A Young Adult tale set in a futuristic world with cyborgs, androids and humans, who are at odds with those living on the Lunar colony. It cleverly talks about racism and humanity in a way that sends the messages without being preachy.


Graced Blurb

City Guard Elle Brown has one goal in life: to protect her kid sister, Emmie. Falling in love–and with a werewolf at that–was never part of the deal.

Life, however, doesn't always go to plan, and when Elle meets Clay, everything she thought about her world is thrown into turmoil. Everything, that is, but protecting Emmie, who is Graced with teal-colored eyes and an unknown power that could change their very existence. But being different is dangerous in their home city of Pinton, and it's Elle's very own differences that capture the attention of the Honorable Dante Kipling, a vampire with a bone-deep fascination for a special type of human.

Dante is convinced that humans with eye colors other than brown are unique, but he has no proof. The answers may exist in the enigmatic hazel eyes of Elle Brown, and he's determined to uncover their secrets no matter the cost...or the lives lost.

Purchase Links:

Amazon (Kindle)

Amazon UK (Kindle)

Barnes and Noble (Nook devices)

Google Play (All devices except Kindle)

iBooks Store (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac)

Kobo (All devices except Kindle)

Amanda Pillar

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Amanda Pillar is an award-winning editor and author who lives in Victoria, Australia, with her husband and two cats, Saxon and Lilith. Amanda has had numerous short stories published and is working on her eighth fiction anthology. Graced is her first novel. By day, she works as an archaeologist travelling around Australia.

Social links to be listed:

www.twitter.com/amanda­_pillar

www.amandapillar.com


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<![CDATA[An interview with author V.K. Black]]>Sat, 04 Apr 2015 07:47:01 GMThttp://www.maearcher.com/blog/an-interview-with-author-vk-blackPicture
What is the inspiration behind your latest release?

I love writing short stories. I love snorkelling in tropical seas. I love to surf. When the opportunity arose to investigate self-publishing, I leapt at the idea of combining all the things I love into a short story anthology. A Bubbly Holiday is a collection of short sweet/sensual romances aimed at readers who want a quick, fun read for their lunch hour or bus ride home from work.

What was your writing journey/how you got published?
The first and best thing I did was join Romance Writers of Australia. RWA lead me to many on-line courses and excellent books from which I could study the craft of writing, I had several e-novellas published—Lies and Seduction (Cobblestone Press, 2010), Heavenly Revenge (Secret Cravings Publications, 2012), and Unexpected Places (Escape Publishing, 2014).

What is your writing routine?
When I'm being a good girl, I refuse to turn on the computer of a morning. Instead, I sit on the back verandah and write in my notebook. Afternoons are for typing up and editing what I wrote in the morning. Evenings are for Facebook and emails. That's the theory of my routine, anyway. Sometimes I follow it.

Share a writing quote/motto about writing.
Don't tell me the moon is shining, show me the glint off the glass. (Chekov)

What is the one piece of advice about writing that has stuck with you?
After you've written your manuscript, put it away, and start on another. Open up your original story at least two weeks later, when you can edit with fresh eyes.

What are you reading at the moment or what’s the last book you read and what did you like/not like?
I'm reading Edge of the Enforcer by Cherise Sinclair (a very sexy BDSM romance) and Some Days: Cheerful Stories to Cheer Your Day (sweet, short romances) by Jenny Schwartz. Depends on my mood, which one I choose, but I'm loving both.


A Bubbly Holiday: Three Short Sweet Romances in Tropical Paradise

Chase away those winter and work blues with these tropical delights.

A Bubbly Holiday ~ Lots of bubbles and a hot temper provide Ellen with her only protection when a handsome intruder bursts into the bathroom of her tropical island resort. But good manners dictate she share the champagne…

Moonstone Magic ~ Caitlyn and her boss Jack had been attracted to each other once, but all that joins them now is work. At a little, wooden beach house in the remote tropics, they see each other with new eyes—although that story about her mum's moonstones having magic powers is nonsense. Isn't it?

Lifesaver ~ If you're going to be saved from certain death, your lifesaver may as well be tall, dark and handsome. That's what Alexa thought when a gorgeous stranger rescued her from the raging surf. But when she recovers and wants to thank her hero, she can't find him. Luckily, fate takes a hand.

Author bio

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V.K. Black lives in Queensland, Australia. She writes short stories and novellas whose content ranges from sweet to sexy. Her stories are romantic, light-hearted, and fun. Victoria's published stories include A Bubbly Holiday - Three Short Stories in Tropical Paradise (2015), Unexpected Places (Escape Publishing, 2014), and Heavenly Revenge (Secret Cravings Publishing, as Victoria Black, 2012). When she's not writing, Victoria loves eating delicious meals and drinking matching wine. Food often makes an appearance in her books!

victoriablacksexystories.com

www.facebook.com/VKBlackAuthor

twitter.com/VKBlackAuthor


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<![CDATA[An interview with Claire Boston, author of All that Sparkles]]>Wed, 01 Apr 2015 22:10:33 GMThttp://www.maearcher.com/blog/an-interview-with-claire-boston-author-of-all-that-sparkles

What is the inspiration behind your latest release?

All that Sparkles was inspired by a dream I had. I woke up one morning, grabbed the pen and paper that’s always by my bed and jotted down the details before I forgot. I knew the boy and girl were in a mansion’s garden, the boy wasn’t supposed to be there and the girl’s father wouldn’t approve. I also knew their meetings had to be kept secret. From these few things, All that Sparkles was born.

Tell us about your writing journey/how you got published?

I’d been writing for seven years before I got ‘The Call’. I’d been unhappy at work and was trying to figure out what to do with my life when I decided I really wanted to focus on my writing. I took a week off work and spent the time writing my first novel. By the end of that week I had a 14,000 word completed story that was nowhere near long enough to be a book (plus it was extremely badly written!). I realized I needed some help, so I joined Romance Writers of Australia (RWA), found a wonderful critique group and my writing went from strength to strength.

By 2013 I’d written two short romances (which will probably never see the light of day), four fantasy novels and a full-length contemporary romance. Then RWA announced they were having a submission panel at the national conference. Send in 3 pages and it might get read to a panel of editors and agents, who could then request the manuscript. I thought I’d give it a try, and sent my contemporary romance, What Goes on Tour. Four of the panellists requested the manuscript and a couple of months later, Joel from Momentum sent me an
email saying he wanted to buy it! I think people may have heard my screams in the next state.


What is your writing routine?

I sit down at my desk about eight o’clock each morning. I open my email and try not to get sucked in. My aim is to read and respond to anything urgent and then ignore the rest until the afternoon. Sometimes that works and sometimes it doesn’t! I’ll then begin writing or editing, depending on what stage of the manuscript I’m at. Mornings are my most productive time so I like to get as much creative work done as possible straight away.

After I break for lunch I might write or edit for a bit longer depending on whether I’ve hit my targets for the day. Around three o’clock my brain decides it’s had enough and I switch to the business side of things. I might update my website, arrange some promotion, do some online training – whatever is on my weekly plan. I try to finish around five o’clock but it can stretch to six. I do this at least five days a week and occasionally I’ll do other writing work on the weekends depending on my weekly/monthly plans.

Share a writing quote/motto about writing.

You can’t edit a blank page. This has been attributed to both Nora Roberts and Jodi Picoult, but it’s great. It reminds me that what I write in the first draft can always be fixed later so I don’t get stuck on needing each sentence to be perfect.  

What is the one piece of advice about writing that has stuck with you?

Time is the best editor. I was told this by Anna Jacobs when I first started writing. She said when you finish your manuscript, put it in a drawer and come back a year later. You’ll find so many more things you can fix. Now I don’t leave my manuscripts quite that long, but I do try to write a quick dirty draft and leave it aside while I write something else and then come back to it.

What are you reading at the moment or what’s the last book you read and what did you like/not like?

I’ve just finished How To Market A Book by Joanna Penn. I chose it as part of my training schedule and it was fantastic. There was so much comprehensive information in it that my copy is now covered in different coloured tags. I’m going to have to sit down and work out an action plan about what to do next.

Imogen Fontaine is living every girl's dream.

She is a fashion designer for her family's haute couture label, lives in a mansion, has a great circle of friends and is the apple of her father's eye. Everything is perfect.

Until the day that Christian, the boy at the center of her childhood heartbreak, walks back into her life.

From there her life starts to unravel, as long-kept secrets are revealed. Imogen learns that her past was built on lies and betrayal, shattering the illusion of her perfect existence. She must seek out the truth if she has any hope of forging a new path for herself and discovering true freedom.

But can she convince Christian that there is a place for him in her new life?

Purchase Links:

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About Claire Boston

Claire Boston was a voracious reader as a child, devouring anything by Enid Blyton as well as series such as Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden, The Baby-sitters Club and Sweet Valley High. Then one school holidays when she’d run out of books to read, her mum handed her ‘Hot Ice’ by Nora Roberts and she instantly fell in love with romance novels.

The love of reading soon turned to a love of writing and Claire struggled to keep within the 1500 word limit set by her teachers for any creative writing assignments. When she finally decided to become serious about her stories, she joined Romance Writers of Australia, found her wonderful critique group and hasn’t looked back.

When Claire’s not reading or writing she can be found in the garden attempting to grow vegetables, or racing around a vintage motocross track. If she can convince anyone to play with her, she also enjoys cards and board games.

Claire lives in Western Australia, just south of Perth, with her husband, who loves even her most annoying quirks, and her grubby, but adorable Australian bulldog.

Social links:

www.claireboston.com

www.facebook.com/clairebostonauthor

www.twitter.com/clairebauthor

www.pinterest.com/clairebauthor

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<![CDATA[An interview with A.K. Leigh, author of See Her Run]]>Tue, 31 Mar 2015 20:00:03 GMThttp://www.maearcher.com/blog/an-interview-with-ak-leigh-author-of-see-her-runPicture
What is the inspiration behind your latest release?
The plot came to me through a series of dreams but there are some elements that are based on personal experience too.

Tell us about your writing journey/how you got published?
I got published after being accepted for an interview at Bundaberg’s WriteFest, in 2014, with Haylee Nash (Pan Macmillan’s Acquisitions Editor). Due to that interview, I was offered a contract with Pan’s digital imprint, Momentum. Nine months later, See Her Run was released.

What is your writing routine?
To write whenever I can! I have three children, a husband and one cat, so I have to work my schedule around them. There are many late nights.

Share a writing quote/motto about writing.
I love Hemingway’s: “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” It’s so true!

What is the one piece of advice about writing that has stuck with you?
Adverbs are not your friend (thanks Stephen King!)

What are you reading at the moment or what’s the last book you read and what did you like/not like?
I read a lot, in various genres, and always more than one book at a time. At the moment, my top two are Karin Slaughter’s Cop Town and Amanda Pillar’s Graced. Karin is one of the Queens of suspense and I’m loving Amanda’s writing style.

See Her Run

You can run from everything except your past.

Diana King has moved to Smithfield, North Carolina to start fresh. With a
new look, a new address and a new name, she’s hoping to begin a safe,
quiet life far from the horrors she’s endured.


On the painful road to recovery, Diana begins to think she can move
forward until she meets local farmer, Jonathan Smith, and realizes his
connection to her previous life. While Jon doesn’t recognize her, they both
have an undeniable attraction.


Just when Diana begins to see a hope of happiness, she discovers that her
ex-husband Russ is on the hunt and will stop at nothing to get her back.
For Diana holds evidence that could lock him away for life …


Purchase Links:
Amazon (USA)- www.amazon.com/dp/B00QI1QZB8
Amazon (Australia)- www.amazon.com.au/dp/B00QI1QZB8
Amazon (UK)- www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00QI1QZB8
Kobo- https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/see-her-run
iBooks- https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/see-her-run/id947737078?mt=11
Barnes & Noble- www.barnesandnoble.com/w/see-her-run-ak-leigh/1120861867?ean=9781760300104

Author bio

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A.K. Leigh is a romantic suspense author, sometimes blogger, Michael Jackson fan, martial arts movie buff, professional Astrologer and identical triplet. She is a member of Romance Writers of Australia and the Australian Romance Readers Association. The graduate degree she holds in counseling has enabled her to create rounded characters in her writing. When she’s not reading or writing, she is running around after three energetic children. She lives with her husband, children and one grumpy cat in Queensland, Australia. See Her Run is her debut novel. Visit her on the web at www.fallinlovewithleigh.com and find her on social media at www.facebook.com/AuthorAKLeigh and @AKLeighAuthor.

Website: www.fallinlovewithleigh.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/AuthorAKLeigh
Twitter: https://twitter.com/akleighauthor


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