Hello! Today I am excited to feature my good friend, Jenn LeBlanc, and her new book, ABSOLUTE SURRENDER. The fun thing about this book is that there’s lovely images to help enhance the story. Have you ever wanted to see how an author images the hero and heroine? Now you can! Be sure to leave a comment at the end of the post for a chance to win an ebook copy of ABSOLUTE SURRENDER by Jenn.
Now all she expects is to secure her future and marry Charles, Duke of Castleberry, as arranged. But Amelia has a dangerous secret that could not only destroy her in Charles’s eyes and the eyes of society, but could also very well condemn her to Bedlam.
Baron Endsleigh, Amelia’s oldest friend, has other ideas. Ender has loved Amelia all his life. He knows her secrets, and they don’t frighten him. He plans to come between Amelia and Charles in any way he can to prevent the marriage and finally claim Amelia for his own. Though her father forbade the match years ago, Ender is determined to have her as his wife and nothing can stop him. Not even a duke as powerful as Castleberry.
That duke has hated Baron Endsleigh and wanted Amelia for, what seems to him, forever. Charles will stop at nothing to make her his, and his alone, even if that means destroying the one thing he knows she loves most in this world—Endsleigh.
Will Amelia be able to choose when one man speaks to her head and the other her heart?
None of them will find happiness until they all three learn to embrace absolute surrender.
One (1) commenter will win an ebook copy of ABSOLUTE SURRENDER. Giveaway ends Sunday, April 13th. What are your thoughts on an illustrated romance? Do you like to image what the hero or heroine look like or are you curious to see what the author had in mind?
Colorado. Canon. Curls. CJs. Chuck Norris.
Born and raised in this beautiful state —very nearly with a camera in hand— I never left. I started my own family, got used to the curls, went to college, built a CJ, started a business, and totally beat the daylights out of Chuck Norris, all with a camera in hand.
Spending my days in parenting chat rooms I got highly adept with one-handed typing and I can still type just about as fast with one hand as I can with two. It’s a great talent to have when engrossed in a scene and in need of a hit of caffeine. Once I finished my first novel I quickly realized: I was born a photographer.
From the realization that someone ELSE would be shooting the cover of MY book my control-freak took over. What started as an easy cover shoot ballooned into this completely new kind of media, designed specifically for digital book readers. The Illustrated Romance.
I live and thrive off chaos and the constant flow of the creative process. I wears shorts and flip-flops year-round —much to the chagrin of my friends and family.
The images from my book started a ruckus, and from there, #StudioSmexy was born, I’ve since shot over 300 romance novel covers, and currently shoot custom images for very special clients.
My first novel THE RAKE AND THE RECLUSE: REDUX is doing its own Chuck Norris impersonation with the time travel charts on Amazon, where it took up residence for over a year. You can find me on Twitter and Facebook sharing eye candy (NSFW) and being a total rock star.
March 10 SOS Aloha – Top 5 List
A Bluestocking’s Place – Spotlight and excerpt
Buried Under Romance Reviews for Vicky, Cara, and Lilly
Book Whore Blog – Spotlight and excerpt
March 12 The Reading Reviewer – Reviews of all three books
March 13 The Window Seat on a Rainy Day – Spotlight and excerpt
March 14 Romancing Rakes for the Love of Romance – Top 5 List
Riverina Romantics – Spotlight and excerpt
March 15 Imagine a World – Reviews of all three books
Bookworm 2 Bookworm – Top 5 List
March 16 Ramblings from This Chick – Q&A
March 17 Reading Between the Wines – Spotlight and excerpt
The Book Cellar – Spotlight and excerpt
Simply Ali http://SimplyAli.com
Stitch Read Cook – Spotlight and excerpt
Blog Talk Radio with Jennifer Fusco 7 PM CDT , 8 PM EDT, 5 PM PDT, 6 PM MT
Link to Blog talk Radio: http://bit.ly/1oeLvUg
Call In for Questions: 347-884-8266
March 19 What I’m Reading – Top 5 List
March 20 Simply Angela – Reviews of all three books
March 21 The Polished Bookworm – Reviews of all three books
Eclectic Passion – Q&A
Chat with Romance Review: Two winners – each gets a copy of What a Wicked Earl Wants + Reckless Rogue
http://www.romrevtoday.com/ 8 PM CT, 9 PM CT, 6 PM PT
March 31st Interview at http://www.buriedunderromance.com/2014/03/passionate-enticing-reckless-blog-tour.htmlC
1 ARC up for grabs!
Today, a blog caught my eye. The author was lamenting the lack of support on the part of her family and friends. She was upset that friends spend money on a cup of Starbucks, but they wouldn’t buy her books–or worse, they bought other author’s books. The author also expected these same people to leave reviews. While I understand to some degree, I really think the author’s expectations are misguided. Here is my take on the matter
- Writing for publication is a business. Keep that in mind at all times.
- Your family and your friends are not your target market.
- Beyond the first sale, you should not expect your family and friends to buy your books.
- Do you really want friends and family to buy your book out of pity? You may find they avoid you. Ouch!
- The non-writers in your life do not understand the process. Educate them & make them feel a part of what you do.
- If you feel as if someone in your life is sabotaging your writing time, stand up for yourself. Keep in mind you teach others what is acceptable and what is not.
- Is the noise level of the TV driving you crazy? I bought a pair of noise cancellation headphones. Problem solved!
- By the way, it’s important for you to put boundaries around the writing. One Thanksgiving, I actually worked on copy edits for my second book. My family understandably did not appreciate it. Lesson learned.
- For those friends and family members who actively support you, don’t forget to include them in the acknowledgments.
- Want a little respect? I think Aretha says it best!
This is 60 minutes long, but absolutely fascinating. I hope you enjoy!
“I beg your pardon?”
“We’re affianced now. Well, secretly.” He plucked her sketchbook out of her hand and set it aside.
“It is only a trial engagement to see if we suit,” she said.
Devilment showed in his eyes. “Well, since it is a trial, we should practice so that we can perfect our kisses.”
“You need no practice. You are clearly an expert.”
His smile stretched across his face. “Like my kisses, do you?”
When Colin pulled Angeline onto his lap, she shrieked.
“Good thing it’s so noisy on the road. Otherwise, John and Agnes might suspect I’m having my wicked way with you.”
“I might point out that there is plenty of room on the seat,” she said. “So I’ll avail myself of the space.”
He clamped his arms around her. “Please, can I have a kiss? Just one?”
“Very well.” She pecked him on the mouth, thinking to escape, but she’d underestimated him. He plucked at her lips and she opened for him without a thought in her head. The sweep of his tongue mesmerized her. She grew a little bolder and experimented touching her tongue to his, and when he groaned, she knew he liked it. She wanted so much more from him, but their wraps and gloves prevented them from going farther. It was probably for the best. Then his hands burrowed inside of her cape. “We must not,” she said.
“I know, but I yearn to touch you and for you to touch me.”
I am so excited about WHAT A RECKLESS ROGUE NEEDS and am anxious for all of you to read it!