Posted in Monday Blog

Why I Hate Weekends and Why You Should Too

SaturdayIt seems that everyone waits for the end of the week which is traditionally considered Friday, although more people are working weekends nowadays. I work two Saturdays a month myself. Still, the popular term TGIF, Thank God Its Friday, proliferates. I would like to propose a new saying, TGIM, Thank God It’s Monday. Why? Because I hate weekends, and after you read my reasons for feeling this way, you may hate them, too.

  1. Weekends are for Catching Up. Even though I sometimes work Saturdays, when I’m off on Saturday and Sunday, I end up doing all the household work I put off during the work week. The weekend is usually when people clean, mow their lawns in the spring and summer, garden, wash laundry, repair and maintain appliances and other household items, etc. The work required to do these tasks can be more tiring than work one does for an employer during the week.
  2. Weekends are for paying bills. I usually sort my week’s snail mail on Sunday when it isn’t delivered. I glance through it when it arrives but then save it in a letter holder by the door. On Sundays, I go through it, throw out the junk mail, and pay the bills that are due. Bill paying is never fun and not something that one looks forward to doing in their free time.
  3. Weekends are when your family gets in your way. I know this sounds awful, but for a writer like myself who needs concentration to work, it is difficult to deal with interruptions even from loved ones. Weekends are usually the time your son or daughter asks for money, tells you they failed a test or class, needs help with a project, wants to know where a particular outfit or other item is that seems to have disappeared into thin air but that he or she has to have immediately, etc.
  4. Weekends are for Having Fun Even When You Don’t. I’m not a party person and, even though I enjoy going out, there are times I’d rather stay home and rest. Also, when you have children who schedule playdates, birthday parties, and other activities on the weekend, you either have to transport them to and from places or accompany them. Many holidays and get togethers are also celebrated over a weekend, and the planning, decorating, organizing, and clean up can be overwhelming.
  5. Weekends are for staying up and sleeping late. I’m a morning person, so it’s not easy for me to stay up late, but like most people, I do it when I’m not required to be up for work the next day. The problem is that when I get a late start, it’s very difficult to keep to any of my regular routines such as writing, exercise, etc. Doctors agree it’s healthier to keep the same sleep habits every night of the week. Also, if you go to sleep two hours later but then get up two hours later, you are not catching up on any rest because you are still getting the same amount of sleep.
  6. Weekends are for shopping. Whether it’s grocery, clothes, or another type of shopping that sends you into a mall or other store, it’s usually when the place is the most crowded. And, if you haven’t noticed, a lot of shopping is now done online these days, so even if the stores aren’t crowded, there are less checkout clerks being hired. That means you still end up waiting on line. Sales are also usually posted on weekends that draw in additional people who spend more at them, anyway.
  7. Weekends are for attending Religious Services. I really don’t want to offend anyone by this topic and please don’t get the impression that I’m against religion. I go to church, but I know many people don’t attend services regularly. Part of the reason may be because they don’t look forward to spending an hour in a usually stuffy place of worship where germs are rampant because of the many people that attend who are sick or bring their sick children. It’s wonderful to hear the word of God and join a faithful community, but it’s not so fun having to get dressed in business clothes on a non-work day, donate to the collection plate, hurt your knees by kneeling up and down, and drive in and out of the parking lot which can be quite hazardous. In my opinion, it takes a lot of devotion to do this on a weekly basis.
  8. Weekends are for Replying to Emails. I receive so much email that I’m embarrassed to say that I need to star or flag the important messages until I can reply to them at the end of the week. I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in handling email this way.
  9. Weekends are for Visiting or Calling Friends and Relatives. Although it’s easier to text people on your phone or IM them on Facebook, it’s still nice to see or call people in person occasionally, and the weekend is usually the most convenient time to reach people or be reached yourself. These visits/calls can be pleasant enough except when you hear bad news, realize you missed an important date or birthday, or just get overwhelmed with trivial conversation such as the weather.
  10. Weekends are Harder When the Weather is Nice. Everyone looks forward to a warm, sunny Saturday or Sunday, but then you feel awful about spending it inside catching up on chores or other indoor activities. You are guilted into spending hours at the park or beach, and you feel good about it until you get home to the messy house, pile of bills and other work that you will have to save for another rainy weekend.

If the above reasons don’t convince you that life is simpler and more enjoyable during the work week, maybe you’re retired or have a really awful job. For me, I look forward to rising each week day at 5 a.m., sitting down at my computer and writing for an hour in the quiet morning, then heading off to work after my daughter leaves for school. Sure I have stress at work. Everyone does, but I still find it easier to deal with it in the regular routine than the unplanned, over-crammed 48-hour “weak” end.

Posted in Authors, Books, Feature Friday

Feature Friday March 10 – The Braille Club by J.A. Kerr

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BC2THE BRAILLE CLUB by J.A. Kerr

Publisher – LIMITLESS PUBLISHING

Genre – Contemporary Romance

SYNOPSIS  

Welcome to the Braille Club, where blindfolds are mandatory and members play sensual games of pleasurable endurance. Three couples take part in this exclusive, secret club for very different reasons…with very different results.

Benedict Harrison was a master of detachment…

Benedict’s first experience with the Braille Club changed his life forever when a mysterious woman reawakened his emotions and his passion. He encounters the darkly erotic Siena Waters again, and they begin a tumultuous affair and a business partnership, but what will happen if the true nature of their relationship is discovered?

Gabriella Ballantyne’s marriage is in trouble…

Her husband Max has grown cold, and Gabriella seeks out the Braille Club and its decadent delights in an effort to reawaken their hearts and strengthen their marriage. But when she presents him with his own membership card, she sees only revulsion in his eyes. Gabriella must use everything she’s learned from the club in a last-ditch effort to reconnect with Max and resurrect their love.

Abbey Marshall needs an escape from her cheating husband…

Abbey begins sensory lessons at the Braille Club, hoping it will help her regain control of Steve and prevent his straying. When the unthinkable happens, she is consumed with the need to learn the identity of Steve’s latest mistress. Left reeling and with her sanity in jeopardy, a chance visit from her husband’s former teammate might be her last chance to find the answers she needs.

At the Braille Club, the elite membership walks in the dark in order to find the light…they need to be blind before they can see. They’re ready—are you?

BC1Purchase your copy – http://amzn.to/1eU2RpB

 




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✦ MEET THE AUTHOR: J.A. Kerr ✦

JA (Julie Ann) Kerr was born in the spring of 1967 at Paisley’s Ross Hospital in Scotland and grew up in Glasgow. She was an office administrator and latterly a recruitment consultant before marrying and relocating to The Netherlands with her husband. After two years, she moved to Cheshire where her first child was born and returned to work part-time. Her final relocation took her back to her home town of Glasgow where she welcomed the arrival of her second child. She raised her family whilst harbouring dreams of becoming a writer. In September 2013, she started her first book and she is currently working on a sequel.

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/JAKerrBRAILLE

WEBSITE: http://thebrailleclub.com/

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/thebrailleclub

 

Posted in Books, Newsletter

Ruff Drafts Newsletter

FREE AUTOGRAPHED BOOK2Did you know that I’ve started a newsletter that is separate from my blog and website? It’s also known as Ruff Drafts, but it features much more. Emailed to subscribers about twice a month, it features updates about my writing including my Cobble Cove mysteries. It also features exclusive content, contests, and special offers.

The first issue that was mailed March 1st, had an offer to new subscribers that entered them into a contest for an autographed book or $10 Amazon gift card (the choice of the winner). This contest is still going on through April 1st or until the newsletter has 100 subscribers (whichever comes first).

The next newsletter is being mailed some time next week, so if you are interested in participating in the contest, subscribe by filling out the pop-up sign-up form at https://debbiedelouise.wordpress.com. You will also need to confirm your subscription by clicking on the email verification you receive from MailChimp. If you have any problems subscribing, you just need to contact me with your email to add you to the list.

I hope you will subscribe to the newsletter. The next mailing will also feature an exclusive story and some special news about the sequel to A STONE’S THROW.

Posted in Author Spotlight, Authors, Books

Author Spotlight MJ Greenway

authorspotlight Welcome to the Limitless Library Lounge where I interview fellow authors from Limitless Publishing. Today, I am chatting with MJ Greenway from Portland, Oregon.

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authorspotlightThanks for joining me, MJ.  Please have a seat and make yourself comfortable. How long have you been publishing with Limitless? What titles have you published with them? Have you self-published any titles or published with another publisher? Please give details.

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Dating Maggie is my debut contemporary romance. It was released in October 2015 by Limitless Publishing. Dating Maggie is the first novel I had written and was thrilled when I was offered a contract from Limitless.

How exciting. Can you tell us a little bit about your books — what genre you write, if you write a series, any upcoming releases or your current work-in-progress.

In Dating Maggie, a struggling actress and dating vlogger meets a hot out-of-town rancher and he threatens to turn her five year plan upside down. Maggie lives in LA and Cliff lives in Oregon on his ranch. Geography and other love interests may keep them apart or they may find their way back to each other.

Sarah’s Second Chance is a women’s fiction/romantic mystery that I recently finished. Sarah is a grieving widow with a young son. After her husband dies mysteriously she will not give up trying to prove it was murder, not suicide. At the donut shop where she’s taken a job to make ends meet, she encounters Greyson. He’s a handsome black PI who helps Sarah find answers and hope. This story has recently been sent to publishers for consideration and I’m crossing my fingers and hoping to hear some good news soon.

That sounds great. Good luck with your second book.  Would you describe your goals as a writer to us. What do you hope to achieve in the next few years? What are you planning to do to reach these goals?

I like to think about one project at a time. If I think too far ahead, it overwhelms me. My broad goal as a writer is to entertain with humor and heart. I like to read feel good stories and I like to write them too. I keep a journal of all of my ideas and go back and see what really pulls at me and start writing an outline or a scene to see where things go.

I am currently talking with a writer friend about a novel we’d like to co-write. I’ve never co-written a novel but it sounds both exciting and scary. We are considering a contemporary romance or romantic suspense and may plot out a series. It’s still in the planning stages, so we’ll see what happens.

Nice plans. I know what you mean about becoming overwhelmed. It’s less stressful to deal with one project at a time.

What type of reader are you hoping to attract?  Who do you believe would be most interested in reading your books?

I imagine women who enjoy realistic, emotional characters and stories with a bit of humor are my target demographic.

That sounds like a wide audience.

What advice would you give other authors or those still trying to get published?

Don’t give up. Rejection stings but tenacity pays off eventually. Twitter contests are great. Writing and the road to publication can be lonely. Getting a support system of beta readers and cheerleaders has really helped me.

I agree with all of that.

What hobbies and interests do you have besides writing?

I enjoy baking, walks, reading and catching up with my gal pals.

Fun activities.

What do you like most and least about being an author? What is your toughest challenge?

At the moment, figuring out how to market my book without irritating people has been a challenge. Getting lost in a story and the feeling of creative accomplishment are the things I enjoy most about writing. Also, this probably sounds silly…but if I re-read a passage I’ve written and it makes me laugh, that’s probably the greatest thrill for me.

I like those answers. Marketing without annoying people with a hard sell is often a challenge for authors. I’ve laughed at my own writing too and also really enjoyed those “aha” moments when my character does something I don’t even expect or I add a twist that I’d never planned.

Can you  please list your social media links, website, blog, etc. so readers can connect with you.

Website: https://mjgreenway.blogspot.com

Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/ht8vg5b

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AuthorJGreenway

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authormjgreenway

GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8278532.MJ_Greenway

Wonderful. I enjoyed our chat, MJ. Best wishes with your writing, and good luck publishing your second novel.

 

Posted in Author Spotlight, Authors, Books

Author Spotlight A.L. Vincent

authorspotlight Welcome to the Limitless Library Lounge where I interview fellow authors from Limitless Publishing. Today, I am chatting with Alisha Vincent (pen name A. L. Vincent) from Lafayette, Louisiana.

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authorspotlightThanks for joining me, Alisha.  Please have a seat and make yourself comfortable.

How long have you been publishing with Limitless? What titles have you published with them? Have you self-published any titles or published with another publisher? Please give details.

tangledupinyouI signed my contract with Limitless in August of 2015. Tangled up in You is my first published book.

How exciting. Can you tell us a little bit about your books — what genre you write, if you write a series, any upcoming releases or your current work-in-progress.

I write romance. What I consider reality romance. It’s characters that face real life situations like an alcoholic husband and issues like soldiers coming back with PTSD. My current WIP is about a tough young woman dealing with the after effects of being roofied by the lead singer in the band in which she is a member. She, like the character in my first novel, comes home to the safety of her friends and family to find peace and healing. 

Interesting. Would you describe your goals as a writer to us. What do you hope to achieve in the next few years? What are you planning to do to reach these goals?

I want to keep writing. Eventually, I want to be able to write full-time. In the next few years, I’m hoping to add more titles to the Fleur de Lis series. I’m also planning a Paranormal series set in a haunted hotel in New Orleans.

Oooh, that sounds really good. What type of reader are you hoping to attract?  Who do you believe would be most interested in reading your books?

I’m hoping to attract readers that are interested in uplifting stories about people who overcome obstacles and find what they’re looking for.

I’m sure there is a big audience for that topic.

What advice would you give other authors or those still trying to get published?

KEEP WRITING!!! KEEP TRYING!!! J Join Facebook critique groups. Get your work out there, seen, edited, and keep going.

Excellent advice.

What particular challenges and struggles did you face before first becoming published?

Writing a novel is hard! I found so many things challenging, like pacing, timelines, and getting the right words down on paper to get my idea across.

That is so true. I don’t think people know what it’s like to write a novel until they do it. And, even after you’re published, it doesn’t get easier because then you have to sell your work.

What hobbies and interests do you have besides writing?

Cooking, traveling, reading, live music, and all things South Louisiana.

I’m sure all of that keeps you busy when you aren’t writing.

What do you like most and least about being an author? What is your toughest challenge?

I love being able to make stories come alive. What I like least? Editing. Lol. I wish my words would just come out like they’re supposed to!

Editing certainly is a challenge to all authors.

Can you  please list your social media links, website, blog, etc. so readers can connect with you.

https://www.facebook.com/ALVincentAuthor/

Twitter: @soonergirl1975

Goodreads: AL Vincent

Thanks for joining me in the Limitless Lounge and for a great interview, Alisha. Best wishes on Tangled Up in You and all the books that follow.

 

Posted in Monday Blog

How to Cook Fresh Meals Even a Husband Can Make

blueapron2My husband has a plan to retire in four years. The first step of that is to learn how to cook, so he can prepare meals while I’m still working. He recently subscribed to a service called Blue Apron that delivers fresh ingredients and recipe cards to the home. Following the instructions and using the items in the stay-fresh box, he creates two dinners a week of four adult servings that allows leftovers for lunch blueapron1for our family of three.  So far, he has prepared Baked Empanadas de Picadillo with Arugula, Queso Fesco & Pickled Onion Salad and Spiced Checken Souvlaki with Tahini-Yogurt Sauce & Roasted Potato Wedges. Next week, he’ll be cooking sirloin steak and turkey burgers. While the meals require a bit of preparation, my husband is enjoying the experience. Even better, he is cleaning up.

Since I’m still on Jenny Craig food trying to lose a few more pounds, I was told I can eat some of the Blue Apron meals as long as I watch the calories. This isn’t hard because the recipe cards include calorie counts and portion sizes.

I was also curious about HelloFresh, a similar meal preparation company, but my husband opted to try Blue Apron first. We use Peapod for our grocery deliveries, and they have started to feature recipes on their website, although it’s not quite the same as having pre-packaged meal kits.

In an attempt to also involve our 11-year old daughter in learning to cook, I gave her a Kidstir breakfast kit for Christmas.  She has yet to try it. The kit didn’t include any food but had complete recipes for four dishes with simple instructions for children. It also featured some games and a kid-sized kitchen utensil. Subscriptions for monthly kits are available. I guess Holly considers herself too old for these, although they would make a fun activity for mothers with younger kids.

I’m sure there are more meal kit services, so if other husbands, wives, single people, or teens are interested in trying these all-in-one cooking packages, they can shop around and compare prices, menus, and other options.

Next on Anthony’s agenda is a trip to Arizona or another warm-weather state where we can afford to retire. Like any goal, There are many steps to take before reaching it. For now, I can spend more time writing, reading, or with my cats while my husband, Chef Anthony, takes care of dinner twice a week.

Since writing this article, I’ve discovered two more meal preparation companies: HomeChef and DinnerThyme. I offer no recommendations, but here is the complete list with links of the companies I’ve found so far:

Blue Apron

HelloFresh

HomeChef

DinnerThyme

Posted in A Stone's Throw, Books, Limitless Publishing, Uncategorized

What I’m Up To

debbieIn lieu of my usual Feature Friday, I’m taking a brief break to update you about A STONE’S THROW and its sequel that is almost ready for submission as well as share with you some other projects I have on the burner.

Today, March 4th, is the first meeting of the new writer’s club I’m starting at my public library. I’ve had men and women of all ages express an interest, and I’m excited about participating and sharing with both unpublished writers and those like myself who are published but still new to the field. Our group will initially meet on the first Friday of each month. I’ve prepared a questionnaire to determine the experience and interests of those who join. I know the value of a writing community, and it’s wonderful to be able to offer this type of benefit at the library where I work.

Ruff DraftsNewsletterThe first Ruff Drafts newsletter was sent out on March 1st with the opportunity for a lucky subscriber to win a free, autographed book or a $10 Amazon gift certificate. The contest is still open. To subscribe, you simply fill out the pop-up form that opens when you visit my WordPress site and then confirm the email you receive from MailChimp. Alternately, you can contact me with your email, and I can add you to the list.

Unlike this blog, the newsletter will contain only information about my writing. Subscribers will be informed of the latest news about my books, be sent exclusive content, and be eligible for special offers and giveaways. The newsletter is an attempt to help grow my fan base, so I hope all of you who read this blog will consider subscribing.

Next month, I’ll be speaking and signing copies of A STONE’S THROW at my local Barnes and Noble bookstore. Several of my co-workers and patrons as well as family members and friends will be attending. The event will be advertised online and in the store.

masendiesinnyWhat else am I up to? Besides adding the final research and revisions to the sequel to A STONE’S THROW that I hope to publish some time this summer. I will also be signing books at MASE at Foxwoods Casino in June and at INDIES IN NY in August. Tickets are already on sale for both events. Further details and any specials I’ll be offering at these events will be listed in an upcoming newsletter.

A STONE’S THROW continues to be on reserve at my library, and several people have been kind enough to purchase a copy to support my writing. Other libraries as well as Barnes and Noble have begun stocking it. If you request it at your local library or bookstore, they can order it through Amazon or Ingram.

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For those who have already read the first book, reviews are very helpful to a new author. They don’t have to be complicated or long. Reviews can be submitted to Amazon, Goodreads, and/or barnesandnoble.com.

I hope this update has answered some of your questions about what I’m up to now and will be working toward in the the next few months. If you have any others, please comment.

 

 

 

 

Posted in Cover Reveal

Cover Reveal for The Girl With Diamonds by Savannah Blevins

girldiamonds1Coming April 12th from @limitlessbooks! #TheGirlWithDiamonds by @vannajodee

✦✦✦ #CoverReveal ✦✦✦
✦✧✦THE GIRL WITH DIAMONDS by Savannah Blevins ✦✧✦
Series: Midtown Brotherhood #2
Release Date: April 12, 2016
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
✦ Cover Designer ✦
Wicked by Design: https://www.facebook.com/WickedByDesignRobinHarper

girldiamonds2✦✧✦ SYNOPSIS ✦✧✦
Purple wig, red lips, and a flirty smile—those are the only things Austin Blakely remembers when he wakes up tied to his bed…

It’s Austin’s job as the enforcer for the New York Rangers hockey team to strike fear in the hearts of grown men. But if Manhattan’s notorious gossip magazine, The Whisperer, catches wind of his dating fail—or worse, took a picture of him in his compromised state—his reputation and career could be ruined.

Magnolia Cross is still running from rumors that robbed her of the interview of a lifetime…

Intern reporter for the Madison Square Garden news affiliate isn’t Magnolia’s idea of a dream job. She doesn’t even like hockey. But it’s experience on-air, and that’s what counts. After a prank-gone-wrong leaves her stripped of her Valedictorian title, she loses her initial chance at making it big. But now she’s stronger and smarter, and won’t let trust issues screw her out of her chance for success—again.

One bad interview and two million YouTube hits later, Magnolia is a media sensation—for all the wrong reasons…

Stupid Austin Blakely with his cocky smile and hockey lingo gibberish. After he embarrasses her on national television in the name of harmless flirting, Magnolia vows never to interview him again. Except avoiding Austin is easier said than done.

It isn’t long before Magnolia discovers the real source of Austin’s fears. It’s all about the seductress in the purple wig—unless it’s about the pictures she stole that could change all their lives forever…

girldiamonds3✦✧✦MIDTOWN BROTHERHOOD SERIES✦✧✦
❤ THE GIRL WITH HEARTS, BOOK 1 ❤
KINDLE: http://amzn.to/1LMBLLi
PAPERBACK: http://amzn.to/1XS3gdt

✦✦✦ MEET THE AUTHOR: SAVANNAH BLEVINS ✦✦✦
Savannah was born in Hyden, Kentucky. She received her M.S in Speech Language Pathology from The University of Mississippi in 2009. She’s been writing since the early age of nine when she begged her parents for a type writer for Christmas.

She now lives in Corbin, Ky with her husband of eight years, John, and their two wonderful daughters, Delilah and Gracie.

When she isn’t working, or running after her kids, she spends her free time traveling the country with her husband. There is nothing better than a day of football in the grove, a late night of basketball at Rupp Arena or slapping the glass to celebrate another Washington Capitals goal.

She is a strong believer that with enough hard work and determination you can accomplish anything.

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/vannajodee
WEBSITE: http://www.savannahblevins.com/
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/savannahblevinsauthor
LIMITLESS PUBLISHING: http://www.limitlesspublishing.net/authors/savannah-blevins/

Posted in Authors, Books, New Releases

New Book Release Alert – Nobody Knows by Rebecca Barber

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NK RB BannerI am proud to present Nobody Knows. This book was written by fellow Limitless Publishing author, Rebecca Barber. The information below is taken from her release blitz by Indie Girl Promotions scheduled today, March 1, 2016. The blitz also includes a giveaway. Thanks for reading, sharing, and supporting this author.

Synopsis:

NobodyKnows_jacketGillian Dempsey must find a reason to go on…

Easier said than done after a rare virus robs her of both parents. Left alone and confused, the mourning nineteen-year-old flees to her three best friends, who receive her with open arms.

Her parents give her more than an inheritance—they give her a second chance at life…

When Gillian is left with some properties in her parents’ will, she assigns them to a real estate agent to manage. Joel Matthews takes the job, but he quickly becomes more than a business associate. After a string of fortunate coincidences, Gillian and Joel spend a passionate night together—after which Joel all but vanishes from her life.

But they still have unfinished business, and Gillian won’t allow him to slip away—especially with her heart.


Nobody Knows TWITTERLife is a roller coaster of tragedy and joy…

Gillian reels him in, and soon the two are married. Gillian’s heart expands even more when they receive the news of their first pregnancy. But after the baby is born, things aren’t the same. Joel becomes distant…resentful. And then the abuse begins. Darkness consumes their marriage—only to get worse.

While Gillian tries to hold her family together, it seems Joel is doing everything to tear them apart. But just one slip of his temper makes all the difference, because this time, there’s no turning back.

Maybe being abused can be endured, as long as Nobody Knows…until someone ends up dead.


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Bec Barber PictureAuthor Bio:

Rebecca, one of four kids to her parents who are both primary school teachers, was born in Wollongong on the south coast of Australia before moving to the country with her family. After a few years of embracing all that country life had to offer, the family relocated to Port Macquarie with its white sand beaches. After a brief period enjoying the sun and the surf they finally settled in Canberra where Rebecca still lives today. But all through her childhood a notepad and a book where never far away. These days Rebecca is an avid reader, and when she isn’t buried in a book or cheering on her beloved football team she’s spending time with her husband Robert and their overly spoilt dog Levi.

Author Links:

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IndieGirlLogo (1)Giveaway:

Link: https://gleam.io/64SmL/nobody-knows-release-blitz-giveaway

Indie Girl Promotion Links:

Website: http://www.IGPromotions.Blogspot.com

Facebook: http://www.Facebook.com/IndieGirlPromotions

 

 

Posted in Author Spotlight, Authors, Books, New Releases

Author Spotlight Lilly James

authorspotlight Welcome to the Limitless Library Lounge where I interview fellow authors from Limitless Publishing. Today, I am chatting with Lilly James from
Victoria, Australia near Ballarat.

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authorspotlightThanks for joining me, Lilly.  Please have a seat and make yourself comfortable.

How long have you been publishing with Limitless? What titles have you published with them? Have you self-published any titles or published with another publisher? Please give details.

Denying Mr Parks 3Dlillyjamesauthorspotlightphoto1I have been publishing with Limitless just over a year. I have published Denying Mr. Parks, Addicted to Mr. Parks, and today, Lost in Mr. Parks.

How exciting. Can you tell us a little bit about your books — what genre you write, if you write a series, any upcoming releases or your current work-in-progress.

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The genre for my recent series is erotica. The third and final installment of that series is Lost in Mr. Parks, and it is available today, March 1, 2016. I am also working on a couple of standalones, but they will be N/A. I am extremely excited about my upcoming projects!

Congratulations! Would you describe your goals as a writer to us. What do you hope to achieve in the next few years? What are you planning to do to reach these goals?

My goal is to connect with readers. I want readers to be able to sit back and enjoy my books, connect and relate to my characters. Laugh and cry along with them. There is nothing more enjoyable than a great book. Well, there is, but that’s a whole different subject!

I am planning on writing more stories that reader’s fall in love with.

Lol. Got ya. What type of reader are you hoping to attract?  Who do you believe would be most interested in reading your books?

I want to attract a mix of readers. Of course my books are full of romance, with a splash of sexiness–ok, a LOT of sexiness–and are typically aimed at romance readers, and erotica comes with an age warning, but in the future, I’d love to cater for all readers.

Erotica is a popular genre today, so I’m sure you will attract a lot of readers. It’s good to expand your reach but equally important to write what you enjoy.

What advice would you give other authors or those still trying to get published?

Just write your heart out. I know it’s hard if you ever get that dreaded rejection letter from an agent or publisher, but don’t let it get you down. Chances are, you were the 100th person that week they turned down. You are not alone. Don’t ever give up.

Absolutely true. I hear that all the time from authors, and I believe it myself. You have to be stubborn. The squeaky wheel gets the grease and all.

What hobbies and interests do you have besides writing?

I am going to sound really boring, because I don’t really have a hobby. I read, is that a hobby?

Absolutely. It’s one of my few hobbies, as well. I also enjoy walking and spending time with my cats. I guess those aren’t the most exciting hobbies either, but I enjoy them.

What do you like most and least about being an author? What is your toughest challenge?

Having a mix of characters in my head on a daily basis is something I love! Getting to know readers, and receiving amazing messages from them is beyond words. Also getting to know other authors who can share tips, and advice. They understand that having ten characters talking to you in your head is NOT crazy, and I love that. Ha. My toughest challenge is trying to stay off Facebook when I have chapters to finish!

Staying away from Social Media is difficult for an author. It can be time consuming, but it’s also a great way to market a book.

Talking about social media, can you  please list your social media links, website, blog, etc. so readers can connect with you.

Author page: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorLillyJames/?ref=hl

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LillyJames_LJ

Thank you for having me, Debbie!

My pleasure, Lilly. Best wishes on your new release and all the Mr. Parks books and those that follow.