On October 8th, 2014, I’ll be revealing
the cover of At Any Moment to the world!
Do you want to participate? You don’t need to be a blogger.
Share the cover on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr or just about anywhere !!
There will be a giveaway !!! All participants enter into a giveaway for a chance to win a “swag pack” or a signed copy of At Any Price.
So what do you do?
Sign up… and the day or two before the reveal, you’ll get an email with all of the pertinent information, a picture of the cover to share and other info like preorder links, etc. On Wednesday, you will put the cover up on any of your social media, your website, your blog, etc! It’s easy!
AVAILABLE NOW! Beginnings: A Collection of First-in-Series New Adult Romances
Seven best-selling New Adult romance authors offer the first books in their series. From tattoo artists, to billionaires to rock stars, and everything in between, you’re guaranteed to get hooked on one or more new series.
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The contributions are:
Tall, Tatted and Tempting by Tammy Falkner:
He’s a tattoo artist in NYC. She’s living on the streets, and spends her time busking for change in the subway tunnels. One broken nose later, and he takes her home with him to keep her safe. But she has secrets, and she’s not willing to share them so he can help her. Not until she absolutely has to in order to protect someone he loves. First in the Reed Brothers Series.
Live for You by Marquita Valentine:
For years, I had the perfect life and the perfect career as the reigning princess of country music, Violet Lynn. Then after one drunken night, my mug shot went viral. Unable to withstand the questions from the press or the sight of my ex-boyfriend with my ex-best friend, I ran… straight into the arms of one bad boy bartender, Cole Morgan. The first book in the Boys of the South series.
At Any Price by Brenna Aubrey:
An online virginity auction. A geek girl virgin. A sexy CEO. When he’s the winning bidder, she gets more than she bargained for. Is he playing her or is he playing for keeps? First book in the Gaming the System series.
The Trap by Beverley Kendall
I always thought Mitch and I were the kind of couple who could make it through anything. I didn’t think anything could come between us, including the hundreds of miles that separated us when he went away to college.
It took getting pregnant for me to realize how wrong I was. First book in the Trapped series.
Stay With Me by Elyssa Patrick:
Can a famous girl step away from the spotlight and have a normal life? Hailey Bloom is going to find out . . . only she never expected to find love along the way. The first book in the With Me series.
Breakaway by Catherine Gayle:
Dana Campbell’s panic attacks make it impossible for her to have a normal relationship with a man, at least without someone to help her through them. Her older brother’s best friend, Eric Zellinger, is the only man she trusts enough to ask. As the captain of the NHL’s struggling Portland Storm, he can’t afford to lose focus–but he can’t say no to Dana, either. First book in the Portland Storm series.
The Trouble with Goodbye by Sarra Cannon:
One terrifying night in Boston changed everything for Leigh Anne Davis. She heads home to the small town of Fairhope, Georgia to reclaim her old life, never expecting to meet a guy like Knox Warner, the troubled newcomer with eyes as haunted as her own. She’s drawn to him, but if she wants to save what’s left of her old life, she has no choice but to say goodbye to him forever.Only the trouble with goodbye is that sometimes it’s about courage and sometimes it’s about fear. And sometimes you’re too broken to know the difference until it’s too late. First book in the Fairhope series.
On October4, 2014, I’ll be one of over 30 authors signing at this event! If you are local to Southern California, please come out and meet me! I’ll have paperback copies of At Any Price and At Any Turn as well as geeky swag !!!
There have been questions about where book 3 is given that the cliffhanger for At Any Turn was a bit of a doozy–(yes, I know that I understate). I know you all are dying for the book as much as I’m dying to finish it. And I know that I’ve been vague about when I will have it ready for release…
However, by way of explaining the wait, I wanted to walk you through my process for creating a new book. I’m hoping to speed this up in the future once writing becomes my full time job. But for right now, it is still the second job and I do work full time at my day job during the week. I write pretty much every evening and eight to ten hours a day on the weekends.
1) Preplanning: Character backgrounds (this was already done when I wrote At Any Price so I was able to skip this for At Any Moment!), character development for the book, plot mapping, scene mapping. I spend this time laying the groundwork for the bare bones of the story.
2) Fast Draft: For about 12-14 days I do nothing but write write write (oh, work, eat and sleep get shoved in there somewhere, too). There are LOTS of words but this draft is messy and full of plot holes and missing scenes and full of weird, half coherent notes to myself about what needs to go where.
3) Critique Draft: Once I step away from the rough draft, I come back and read through the entire thing as if it was somebody else’s book. Throughout the read, I make notes to myself about what the manuscript needs. When I redraft, I add these things in, create some coherent pages and send them to my critique partner, with whom I’ve been working for many years. She reads the draft and sends me her notes on what needs improvement. You may envy her that she gets to read the story first, but at this point, it is still untidy and needs a lot of work.
4) Beta Draft: Once I get the critique partner’s notes, I create the beta draft. This is where I can layer in details and emotion and depth to the story. At this point, we are actually getting somewhere…the book is in one coherent form, most of the character motivations are worked out. The subplots are in place but might be kind of patchy (a subplot is something going on in the background, for example Heath and Connor’s relationship, or the secret Dragon Epoch quest. In the beta version, these exist but are not fleshed out like they should be). But the main storyline between the hero and the heroine is mostly intact. Once I have this draft complete, I send it to my beta readers and my developmental editor. They read it and provide feedback to me. The developmental editor provides me with a “report”—which is an extensive analysis of the story, plot, themes, continuity (timeline), structure, etc.
5) Final Draft: I take these notes from all these people and compile notes to myself about what I need to put into the next draft. I input this feedback and do the final draft. After revising the manuscript again, I reread it to make sure everything is how I want it and the details are just right. Then I send it to the copy editor.
6) The Copy Edited Draft: With the marked-up manuscript back from the copy editor, I go through the book again. This time I’m making small fixes like punctuation, grammar, fixing wonky/clunky sentences and polishing any ambiguous spots. This is also where I make tiny fixes to the story, for example, did Adam unbutton his shirt and then two paragraphs later unbutton it again? Did Mia shrug her shoulders four times in one paragraph or did I repeat the same verb in three consecutive sentences? Things like that.
7) Proof Copy: After the copy edits are done, I send it to the proofreader who rereads and makes sure that there aren’t any mistakes in the copy that were missed or that were reintroduced as I was making the copy edits.
8) Formatted Copy: Once that’s done, the book is formatted into the kindle, iBooks, nook, etc. formats for ebook and the print formatting is also done.
9) Final Proofread: One last proofread is done to catch any mistakes that might have shown up in the formatting.
So…now that you’ve read this, you are probably scratching your head and thinking, “Okay but where is the $#%#$ book?”
So here’s the state of the manuscript as of today. I will be sending the beta draft off to beta readers and the developmental editor this weekend. As soon as I have her report in my hands and all their comments, I’ll be able to judge how much of a rewrite the book will need.
This is why I don’t have an exact release date for you yet. However, I will tell you that I am definitely shooting for an October release and hope to have more details for you, including some teaser pages, to release in my newsletter sometime in the next week or two.
Thank you so much for being patient with me. I know you want the book and, believe me, it is a wonderful feeling to know so many people are vested in the story and love the characters as much as I do. I promise that I am doing everything in my power to make the wait worth it!!
I thought I’d share this little snippet here from At Any Moment, the conclusion of Mia and Adam’s story.
There is no official release date yet but I will be announcing that and releasing some teaser pages soon in my newsletter, so sign up if you haven’t already! Also don’t forget to read the two Adam POV scenes from At Any Price if you haven’t had a chance to already.
What other scene from At Any Price would you like to see in Adam’s point of view? Let me know in the comments!