Friday, August 11, 2017

Guest Author Holly J. Gill

I have great pleasure in welcoming my guest author today Holly. J- Gill Holly who is a wife, mum and nana to twins all the way from England. In her spare time she likes to write different genre's erotic and romance novels. Holly has been writing all her life since she can remember, having a wild imagination. When at school she wrote long essays of soft love and got told of by the teacher to make them shorter... like that stopped her writing. Then when Holly was 19 she started writing erotic fiction. Her imagination never lacks ideas, Holly loves all aspects of research to make a good novel. In her spare time she likes being with her family, visiting friends, reading, listening to music, watching movies and travelling the gorgeous British countryside.

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Title: Italian Playboy
Author: Holly J. Gill
Genres: #Romantic #Erotica #BDSM  #adult #language #18+ #HollyJGill #Italianplayboy

Can A Playboy Ever Be Tamed?

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I’m an arrogant, self-righteous Italian guy who only thinks through one thing… I never see the same woman twice – it’s my rule. I throw the most outrageously wicked and sexy parties for my own satisfaction and relish on women like I do my fine dining. I’m a playboy by day and a playboy by night. They call me the Italian Playboy and I love it! Only, all of that changed one night when a dark haired beauty stepped into one of my sex parties. From the moment I laid eyes on her, I had to have her. But no sooner than my eyes had met her naked body, she was gone. I had to find her. And I wouldn’t stop until I did.

“Okay so you want grand, extreme and flamboyant.
How about I put some ideas together and send them over?”
“Are you not bringing them to me?”
“Tut, tut,” he said, wagging his finger at me. “Correction, you will bring them to me. I like the personal touch,” he quirked the corner of his mouth and winked.
He walked away like some goddamn prince.
“I think we should call a meeting ASAP.” I called after him.
“Absolutely, tomorrow, but remember,” he said, stood at the other side of the room, “I’m a busy man. I don’t hang around.”
He ambled back towards me. I stood digesting he
“I can make some plans and see what you think.”
“Perfect, by the way cute ass and that blouse does nothing for your tits.”
“I wasn’t aware I asked your opinion.”
“You didn’t, but I bet when you’re wearing the right clothes you look scorching.” He wagged his brow.
The man clearly loved himself.
“Anyway, I need to be leaving. I have to put ideas together, if you could send me your e-mail address I can send ideas to you.”
“Bring your ideas to me. We have already discussed this it will give me a chance to admire you again, we could have a drink,” he cheekily grinned.
“I am simply working here on a project, not here for you to drool over.”
“Shame, I was hoping to try and get in your knickers, if you wear them, but looking at you, I’d say you’re wearing those big unsexy pants."
I choked on my saliva.
“Do you hold no shame?”
“No, not really, I am addicted to pussy. Now, I want you to bring the designs to me, no further ifs or buts…I am the one paying for you and expect,” he in fumed me with his cologne. “Something mind-fucking-blowing. If you catch my drift.”
I agreed.
“Fine, I will put some ideas together and bring them to you tomorrow."
“You’re leaving so soon,” he said, disappointed.
“I am a busy woman, Mr. Valentino. I have another client to see today.”
“I hope he doesn’t stare at your ass and tits."
I shot him a glare, narrowing my eyes.

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

GUEST AUTHOR Amanda J. Evans

One of my favourite parts of being an author is meeting and chatting with other authors, and I have the greatest pleasure in introducing my next guest Amanda Donnelly all the way from Ireland. One day I plan to visit and I hope Amanda we will get the chance to meet.  

Thanks for having me here Jen. First off, I’ll introduce myself. My name is Amanda Donnelly, but I publish under my maiden name of Amanda J Evans. I turned 40 in July and writing has been my dream forever. I am a wife and mom and I live in a small village in Co. Meath, Ireland.

1.      What made you decide to start writing?
There was no decision made really. I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. I wrote my first book, The Little Elf Fairy when I was nine, and even sent it off to Penguin J My first rejection letter too. My life took a dramatic twist in 1990 when I lost my father to suicide and with him went all my dreams and aspirations. Life just didn’t seem to have meaning anymore and I rambled my way through my teenage years writing poetry as a means of coping. I didn’t pursue my dream of being an author and went to work in the local hospital as part of the administration staff where I remained for ten years. During that time, I scribbled down stories and poems at times but this was solely for myself and a means of expressing emotions that would otherwise have remained trapped inside. Things changed after the birth of my daughter and getting internet connection. I discovered that you could write and get paid for it. I didn’t have the confidence to write for myself so I began ghostwriting articles, eBooks, website content for others. It paid and there was no fear of rejection. By the time 2006 came around and my son was born, I was able to quit my day job and become a stay at home mom. I continued to write website content for several companies and still do today. In March 2016, I joined a local writers group and that was the start of major changes for me. Picking up my pen and writing fiction felt like going home and I realized how much I had missed this part of me. I wrote for our weekly prompts and this was my commitment to myself. Fast forward a year later and I had published my first fiction book, Finding Forever, and I was in the finishing stages of my second novel Save Her Soul. They say life begins at forty and for me I think my writing life is just starting too.

2.      Do you belong to any writer groups of organizations?
I belong to several writing groups on Facebook. I was a member of the local writers group where I live, but after securing a publishing deal I found I no longer had the time to commit to this.
3.      Do you have a routine you stick to every day or do you wait for inspiration to strike?
In July 2016, I began the page a day challenge. This is where I committed to writing a page every day for the month. Although I didn’t get to write every day, I did manage to get 31 pages completed during the month. The goal was to complete a number of short stories and I choose one that I had started. It was 1,500 words when I started the challenge and as the days went by and I started writing, it developed and became Finding Forever my first book. In August 2016, I kept to the page a day challenge. Every morning for 10 minutes I picked up my pen and notebook and wrote. Some days I wrote four or five pages, some days just the one, but I stuck with it and still do it to this day. It has been the best thing ever and I no longer end my day chastising myself for not writing.

4.      How do you plot your story?
To be completely honest, I don’t plot. I just pick up my pen and write whatever comes to mind and then continue each day until the story is told. I tried plotting once when I was going to do NaNoWriMo. I spent two weeks plotting out the novel I was going to write and I was thrilled with my progress. When the day to start writing arrived, I picked up my pen and something completely different happened. My MC who I plotted as a female, turned out to be male. I decided to just let the writing flow. I wrote 22,000 words during that month and although the novel has never been finished, I did learn that plotting just doesn’t work for me. I write as if I am watching a movie in my head and I allow the characters to tell me their story. So far it seems to have worked out really well.

5.      Are character names important to you in your novel?
Yes. I like to try and match the names to the character, but I must admit, sometimes coming up with names can be difficult.

6.      Which POV do you prefer to write?
I tend to write in first person POV as it seems to be what is natural for me. I do write in third person POV at times too. In both of my books, Finding Forever and Save Her Soul, I have written in first person POV with alternating chapters for my two main characters and readers have enjoyed this. For the book of children’s spooky short stories that I have been contracted to write, the stories are a mix of first and third person POV’s.
7.      What is the genre you write?
My genre is romance but it tends to cross over into a number of subgenres. Finding Forever is romantic suspense/women’s fiction and Save Her Soul is paranormal/urban fantasy romance. Romance is the main theme that runs through my books along with the premise that good always defeats evil. My books have a happy ever after.

8.      What are the pro’s and con’s of being published traditionally versus being an indie-author?
This one is a little difficult for me to answer as I don’t have the experience of both yet. Being an Indie author gives you complete control over everything, but it is hard, especially marketing. I do have a two-book publishing deal with a children’s publisher in America and they have been fantastic to work with so far. I love that fact that they do the editing and I have been involved in all decisions including the cover design. The first of these books is due for publication later this year and is aimed at 9 – 16 year olds.

9.      How do you balance writing, promoting and attending events to get your books before readers?
Again, this is quite difficult as a new Indie author and I am learning that marketing and promoting is essential. I haven’t attended any events yet. I write in the morning and try to devote an hour to promoting on social media before I begin work each day. It’s a steep learning curve, but I am enjoying the process so far.

10.  How important do you think covers are and how involved in the process are you?
I think covers a super important. They are the first things readers see and if they don’t like it, they won’t pick your book up. In today’s digital market, covers are even more important and they are the first thing potential readers will see. You cover has to stand out whilst still reflecting your genre. I’ve been completely involved in the design of mine and have been lucky to find amazing cover designers who got my stories and created the perfect covers.

11.  Best tips aspiring authors?
If I’ve learned anything over the past year, it’s to have confidence in yourself and learn as much as you can. Get advice from the experts, test all the different marketing possibilities and find what works for you. Don’t be disappointed if you don’t hit the NY Times best sellers list, this isn’t going to happen with your first book. Don’t feel disappointed in lack of sales either, just keep writing the next book. Spend time and money on editing and cover design and don’t publish anything until you are 100% happy with it. Join writing groups and get to know other writers. The Indie community can be amazingly supportive so don’t be afraid to ask for help and advice.

12.  Aside from writing what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Spare time is usually family time for me. I have a 14-year-old daughter and an 11-year-old son, as well as my husband, so we like to relax, watch movies, and take our dog for long walks. For me, I love to read and take very long hot baths. This is my down time, and I love reading new books and finding new authors to follow. I also love to eat out and spend some quality time with my husband when we can.

13.  How do you cope with stress, bad reviews or days when nothing seems to work and your question if you should be writing at all?
When this happens, I know I need a time out and that is usually when I call on good friends or family for a catchup and a day out. This helps me get everything back into perspective. If I can’t do that I journal and that helps to clear my mind. I haven’t received a bad review, touch wood I don’t, but I did have an editor who totally tore my books to shreds and hated my main character. She was the only person, the editor that I chose to go with loved the book as did all my beta readers. They wanted more and that is how this book has ended up being a series. I think with negative reviews, you have to remember that your writing won’t be for everyone. There are books from famous authors that I haven’t enjoyed and ones that I have loved. If the review is relevant and honest, I feel everyone is entitled to their opinion. I just try to remind myself, that I am doing what I love and I can’t please everyone.
14.  What is the BEST part about being an author?
Getting to be me. I love nothing more than to pick up my pen and let the words flow onto paper. It makes me feel whole and can instantly transform a bad mood. I love creating characters and stories and sharing them with the world. The best part for me so far has been holding the paperback in my hands and seeing my name on the cover. There have been a few others too, being nominated for a 2017 Summer Indie Book Award and making the list of 98 Best Books of 2017 according to Goodreads users. Finding Forever was voted #93.

15.  How important do you feel reviews are and how to you encourage readers to leave one?
Reviews for Indie authors are so important. The more reviews you have the more sales that follow and the more Amazon will actually promote your book too. It’s hard to get them, but I do add a little note at the end of my books asking readers to consider leaving a review if they have time.
16.   Tell us about your books, where they can be found and ways readers can stay in touch?
I have two books available at the moment. Finding Forever was published on the 31st January 2017, and is a romantic suspense novella. Save Her Soul is my latest novel and this is a paranormal/urban fantasy romance. My books are available on Amazon in eBook and paperback formats.

Finding Forever tells the story of Liz and Charles. The story begins with Liz waking up on the beach in her tattered wedding dress believing that Charles has died in her arms. There are a lot of twists and turns in this book as Liz races to rescue Charles and confront demons from her past.

Save Her Soul is my latest book releasing on the 1st of August 2017. This is the story of Kate and Drake. I loved writing this book. Kate is strong, feisty, and very stubborn. Reeling from the murder of her sister, she is determined to have her revenge. Little does she realise, that her revenge could end the world. Kate’s soul was cursed almost five hundred years ago and evil resides inside of her. Drake’s mission is to save her soul and bring her back to the light, but he himself has other ideas and wants to let her rage loose. The official description for this book is:

Can Love Survive When Evil Exists?

Almost a year after the brutal murder of her sister, Kate’s world is anything but ordinary. Consumed by the rage in her soul there's nothing she won't do to get her revenge.

Drake’s no ordinary guy. Dead for nearly 500 years, he’s been tasked with saving Kate’s soul but he has a mission of his own: to ensure she gets what she wants so that he can take her soul to hell. He’ll stop at nothing to see her succeed, but their fates are tied and love may stand in his way.

As secrets are revealed, can one cursed soul end it all? Is love strong enough to overcome evil and break the curse that binds them both?

Find out in this new paranormal romance by Amanda J Evans.

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