“Equals” Blog Tour – The Blogger Girls – Excerpt #2

Come check out The Blogger Girls for a second excerpt of “Equals” and another chance to be entered in the giveaways!

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Blog Tour Stops:

7/11/2014Prism Book Alliance  http://www.prismbookalliance.com 

 7/12/2014Love Bytes Reviews http://lovebytesreviews.com

7/14/2014The Novel Approach http://thenovelapproachreviews.com/

7/16/2014GGR Review http://www.ggr-review.com/

7/19/2014The Blogger Girls http://thebloggergirls.com/

7/21/2014Kimi Chan Experience http://www.kimnsarah.co.uk/

7/23/2014The Hat Party http://raineotierney.blogspot.com/p/the-hat-party.html

7/25/2014Rainbow Gold Reviews http://rainbowgoldreviews.wordpress.com/

In addition, next Sunday, 7/20/20, join me on Facebook at 2:30pm EST for a half hour chat on the Rainbow Gold Reviews FB page to celebrate Pride!

Giveaway:

At each stop, one commenter will win their choice of a backlist title from me. In addition, one commenter in all of the tour will win a $10 Gift Card from Amazon. See the stops on the blog tour for more details.

“Equals” Blog Tour – GGR Review – Review and Giveaway.

Come check out GGR Review for a review of “Equals” and a guest post I wrote about transitioning from short stories to novels!

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Blog Tour Stops:

7/11/2014Prism Book Alliance  http://www.prismbookalliance.com 

 7/12/2014Love Bytes Reviews http://lovebytesreviews.com

7/14/2014The Novel Approach http://thenovelapproachreviews.com/

7/16/2014GGR Review http://www.ggr-review.com/

7/19/2014The Blogger Girls http://thebloggergirls.com/

7/21/2014Kimi Chan Experience http://www.kimnsarah.co.uk/

7/23/2014The Hat Party http://raineotierney.blogspot.com/p/the-hat-party.html

7/25/2014Rainbow Gold Reviews http://rainbowgoldreviews.wordpress.com/

In addition, next Sunday, 7/20/20, join me on Facebook at 2:30pm EST for a half hour chat on the Rainbow Gold Reviews FB page to celebrate Pride!

Giveaway:

At each stop, one commenter will win their choice of a backlist title from me. In addition, one commenter in all of the tour will win a $10 Gift Card from Amazon. See the stops on the blog tour for more details.

“Equals” Blog Tour – The Novel Approach – Interview

The blog tour for Equals continues on The Novel Approach with a character interview.  Allison Hickman and I interviewed Russ and Stephen.  Come check it out and  win one of my backlist titles AND a chance for a $10 Amazon gift card.

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Blog Tour Stops:

7/11/2014Prism Book Alliance  http://www.prismbookalliance.com 

 7/12/2014Love Bytes Reviews http://lovebytesreviews.com

7/14/2014The Novel Approach http://thenovelapproachreviews.com/

7/16/2014GGR Review http://www.ggr-review.com/

7/19/2014The Blogger Girls http://thebloggergirls.com/

7/21/2014Kimi Chan Experience http://www.kimnsarah.co.uk/

7/23/2014The Hat Party http://raineotierney.blogspot.com/p/the-hat-party.html

7/25/2014Rainbow Gold Reviews http://rainbowgoldreviews.wordpress.com/

In addition, next Sunday, 7/20/20, join me on Facebook at 2:30pm EST for a half hour chat on the Rainbow Gold Reviews FB page to celebrate Pride!

Giveaway:

At each stop, one commenter will win their choice of a backlist title from me. In addition, one commenter in all of the tour will win a $10 Gift Card from Amazon. See the stops on the blog tour for more details.

 

“Equals” Blog Tour

Yesterday’s release of “Equals” was very successful.  It’s the best day for sales I’ve ever had!  Huge thanks to all of you who helped make that happen.

The blog tour began yesterday with a guest post and review on Prism Book Alliance.  In the post, I discuss 10 Songs I Listened to While Writing Equals. And it includes a link to a Spotify playlist you can listen to.

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Blog Tour Stops:

7/11/2014Prism Book Alliance  http://www.prismbookalliance.com 

 7/12/2014Love Bytes Reviews http://lovebytesreviews.com

7/14/2014The Novel Approach http://thenovelapproachreviews.com/

7/16/2014GGR Review http://www.ggr-review.com/

7/19/2014The Blogger Girls http://thebloggergirls.com/

7/21/2014Kimi Chan Experience http://www.kimnsarah.co.uk/

7/23/2014The Hat Party http://raineotierney.blogspot.com/p/the-hat-party.html

7/25/2014Rainbow Gold Reviews http://rainbowgoldreviews.wordpress.com/

In addition, next Sunday, 7/20/20, join me on Facebook at 2:30pm EST for a half hour chat on the Rainbow Gold Reviews FB page to celebrate Pride!

Giveaway:

At each stop, one commenter will win their choice of a backlist title from me. In addition, one commenter in all of the tour will win a $10 Gift Card from Amazon. See the stops on the blog tour for more details.

Today’s Stop: Love Byte’s Reviews with a longer excerpt and a chance to win!

Please keep an eye out for all of the stops on the blog tour, I know you’ll love what I have planned.

 

New Release – “Equals”

 

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 Summary:

Too busy to date while he worked to put himself through school, Russell Bishop’s dedication finally pays off; he has a great job with Vantage Marketing. Stephen Parker, CFO of the marketing firm, has resigned himself to a life without a partner. For six months, they wanted each other but it isn’t until Russ slips on spilled coffee, and Stephen rushes to his rescue that they discover their attraction is mutual. However, the twenty year age gap between them proves difficult when they begin dating. Fiercely independent, Russ isn’t sure he’s ready for long-term commitment. Scarred from a previous relationship, Stephen is afraid history is repeating itself. Is there any way for them to meet in the middle and become equals?

Excerpt:

As if he’d heard Stephen’s thoughts, Russ straightened and turned his head before hopping in a half circle to face him, smiling widely. “Hey. Didn’t hear you come in.”

Stephen realized he still hovered in the doorway and he stepped forward and let it shut behind him. “Hi. How was your day?”

Russ leaned back against the counter, all of his weight on his uninjured foot. “Once I got over being pissed at you, not bad.”

Stephen gave him a wry smile. “I am sorry; I didn’t mean to come off heavy-handed.” He set the bags in his hands on the counter and walked closer to Russ. “I was worried about you.”

Russ laid a hand on Stephen’s chest, fingers curling around his tie. “I’m a big boy; I can take care of myself.”

Stephen nodded, stepping closer so his feet were between Russ’ but careful not to bump the injured ankle. “I am sure you can,” Stephen said calmly. “But I feel at least somewhat responsible for your accident.”

“I don’t blame you for it.”

“I know you don’t.” For a few heartbeats, they looked at each other until Russ tugged at the tie. Stephen didn’t lean in, but it didn’t take a genius to decipher his intention. He looked up at Stephen and spoke quietly. “It feels strange to be wearing your clothes and sleeping in your bed when we haven’t so much as kissed.”

Stephen’s voice was husky. “Was that a hint?”

“No.” Russ wet his lips. “But this is a demand: I want you to kiss me.”

“I can do that.”

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As I said in an earlier post, I’d been toying with the idea of writing a story about a couple with a significant age gap.  I ran across a picture (more on that early next week) that sparked an idea and the plot slowly built from there.  Unlike many of my previous stories where the idea came all at once, in a rush, this was slower.  It came in fits and starts, trickling out.  Every story is different, and I kind of love that.  Sometimes lines of dialogue that pop into my head tells me who the characters are.  In this case, getting a solid grasp of where the characters came from and finding out what their motivation was needed to be squared away before I could truly hear them.  My pre-readers, who I can’t thank enough, were fantastic about brainstorming ideas with me.

Russ and Stephen were an absolutely fascinating pair for me to explore.  Although Lucas and Sean in the Wine Tasting Series had an age gap, it was only eleven years and both were financially secure, over thirty, and Lucas’ career was more established.

Russ and Stephen have a lot more to deal with, and almost two decades of age difference.  There’s bound to be some friction there, huh?  With Stephen’s past relationship looming over them and Russ’ stubbornness … well, they have a lot to work through.

Keep an eye out for the blog tour info.  I’ll post that in the near future.  And I can’t wait to hear what you think of Russ and Stephen!

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The What Ifs


Tomorrow is the big release for Equals, the novella I told you about a month ago.  It took longer to finish than I expected.  The feedback I get from my talented team of pre-readers is something I take very seriously.  When they told me they felt like things were missing, I listened.  When they told me tweaks needed to be made, I agreed.  I took their feedback, read through the story again, and made the changes.  Not every single last one–there are always a few suggestions that I know just don’t feel right for the characters–but I thought them all over thoroughly.  And they were right.  Before, I felt like the story was good.  Now, I feel like it’s great.  Well, at least I did.

In the last few weeks as I put on the final touches, polished the document with my editor, and prepared the book for publishing, my confidence began to waver.  When I thought about the July 11 release date, my stomach knotted.  Had I done everything I could to make it a great story? What if I should have fleshed out this scene more? Cut that one?  What if the character motivation wasn’t strong enough? What if it bored the reader to tears?

The questions multiplied. What if it was just regurgitating the same old story? What if I got it all wrong?  What if everyone finds out I don’t have a clue what I’m doing?

Why the hell am I doing this writing thing anyway?

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Self doubt is horrible.  It’s painful and crippling and as the release creeps closer the worse it gets.  In the past, I knew there was a limited audience for short stories.  My releases were small.  I knew the bulk of my readers were friends, people I already know.  There’s more pressure with a novella.  And I’ve set up a blog tour to promote the story and bring in new readers.  I had a blast preparing for it and I think you’ll love the excerpts and interviews.  But it somehow makes this much more “real”.  Cue the anxiety.

The book is done, the advance review copies are in the hands of the bloggers, and there’s nothing to do but wait.  Tomorrow everything starts rolling and all I can do is hang on. I’ll be posting links to the blog tour and of course I’ll have links to where you can buy the book.  I hope you’ll give the book a chance and that you’ll visit the blogs on the tour. What will I be doing? Well, I’ll be swimming through the what ifs and doing my best to make it through to the other side.