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Friday, January 17, 2014

Cover Reveal and Giveaway: Picture Perfect by Elisabeth Grace

Picture Perfect by Elisabeth Grace
(Limelight #2)
Publication date: March 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Being the daughter of a big-city mayor, twenty-one year old Skye Summers has giant shoes to fill in her first real job out of college. With the public spotlight on her family, and her dad’s expectations running high, she jumps at the chance to work side-by-side on an important project with her sexy new boss.

Playboy entrepreneur Landon Steele has built a successful PR firm and broken more than a few hearts along the way. He’s counting on his enthusiastic new assistant to help him expand his business into LA… until he discovers she’s a pampered rich girl who’s in the public spotlight as much as his famous clients. Still, he agrees to give her a chance, and soon the two are heating up the bedroom as well as the boardroom.

But when Skye’s ex-boyfriend threatens to reveal a dangerous secret from her past, her job, relationship with Landon, and her father’s career are suddenly all on the line. Will she be forced to leave Landon? Or will she pursue her heart, regardless of the cost?

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I have a soft spot for romance novels with happily ever afters and a hot spot for alpha males! I currently live outside Toronto, Canada with my hubby and two small children. Life is busy, but never to busy for a good story and to share my love of reading and writing with others.

My debut New Adult Contemporary Romance, Rumor Has It, releases December 6, 2013.

For more of the lowdown on me feel free to visit my author website at http://www.Elisabeth-Grace.com

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Interview: Elisabeth Grace

Today I have with me New Adult author Elisabeth Grace. She is the author of the AMAZING book Rumor Has It and the upcoming sequel, Picture Perfect.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I've always liked to write. When I was in public school if the teacher asked for a 2 page story I wrote 20 pages. She'd call my parents and ask them to talk to me about staying within the guidelines. At eight I was writing articles to send to Reader's Digest to be published. LOL I had high hopes apparently but at that age you have no fear of rejection.

How did you get into romance? New Adult?
I got into romance books when I was pregnant with my daughter and devoured the Twilight series. Edward Cullen made my heart go pitter patter and I went out in search of more book boyfriends to do the same. I write contemporary romance as well (but have yet to publish it) and fell in love with New Adult when it came into the scene. For me it filled a void that was missing between the young love of YA books and the more mature romances of the usual contemporary romance.

Tell us a little about the book?
The book blurb can probably do that better than I can so here you are! ;)

 All publicity is good publicity, right? Unless you’re recent college grad Ellie Wagner and an embarrassing video of you and your boyfriend goes viral. Every man in your life abandons you, but who knew a one-minute clip of your latest doomed relationship would brand you a slut, prevent you from getting your perfect job, and force you to keep doing the one thing you swore you’d never do again…live with your mother.
But staying with mom and her latest boy-toy (is this husband number four or five?) until your life turns around might not be all bad. Especially when you fall – literally – at the feet of a sexy, green-eyed stranger who offers you freedom and a life of luxury on a gold-rimmed platter.
There’s only one little problem – the man of your dreams is none other than Mason Nash, the latest hip-hop star busting up the music charts. Fame and fortune are his calling cards and he’s vying to steal the show on a new reality TV series that will catapult him into mainstream stardom. Hello spotlight.
The man behind the famous persona is perfect for Ellie in every way, but can she overcome the ugly pitfalls that come with Mason’s celebrity status? Or will she be forced to choose between the man she loves and the independent life she longs for? After all, fame and fortune aren’t always what they seem and not all publicity is good publicity…

What were your struggles with writing your protagonists and antagonists?
Honestly, these characters just flowed out of me. Some books are a struggle to get every word on the page and others just come from somewhere within. I was fortunate that Rumor Has It was one of the later. My biggest struggle was probably with Troy. He needed to be the antagonist to Ellie and her relationship with Mason, but I still needed the reader to see and understand why Mason would work with someone like him.

Where did the idea for this book come from?
Originally the concept for the series started when a friend of mine got divorced and went back into the dating world. I realized how things had changed since I dated in my early 20's. Social media was a game changer. That thought led me to think about how transparent today's society is with social media, celebrity culture, smart phones, YouTube, etc. It really changed the dynamic of relationships and I wanted to explore that over the series as a whole.

What is your writing method?
Get the kids to bed as early as possible and get my hands on the keyboard. LOL As a serious answer I'd say I plot the book and pants the scenes. 

Why did you decide to go with self publishing?
I liked the idea of having the freedom to write what I want and write a book to the length that the story needed to be. Maybe I'm a little bit of a control freak but I wanted to decide for myself the little things like the cover, release date, editor, etc. It's turned out to be a lot of work but I've met so many amazing people in the process that I don't regret it a bit.

Is there anything you want your readers to get out of your books?
I think there is a different theme to every book I have planned in the series, but for Rumor Has It I think overall it's that things aren't always what they seem on the outside and not to sit in judgment of others. Everyone has their struggles and we shouldn't assume that we know what someone is about at first glance. That, and of course some entertainment value and perhaps a new book boyfriend. ;) 
Tell me a bit about yourself.
I live outside Toronto, ON Canada with my husband and two small children. We have a killer cat spawned by the devil. I have bite marks on my wrist as I type this to prove it! Life is busy as I have a full time job and my husband's work keeps him busy a lot of evenings and weekends, but I'm blessed to be surrounded by a wonderful group of family and friends. I have an addiction to chocolate, reality TV and David Gandy but beyond that I'm a regular well adjusted person! ;)

Where can the reader find you books?

Amazon-------> http://amzn.to/1bgmkvt
Barnes & Noble-------> 
Kobo-------> http://bit.ly/1hy1QCF
Smashwords-------> http://bit.ly/1hy1QCF 

Sunday, January 12, 2014

#WIPMarathon Check-In #6

My previous word count was 5,063. My current word count is 5,808. This week I have written 745 words.

WIP Issue this week: I have finally let the MC know she is pregnant, now I am kind of stuck figuring out how to let the love interest know she is. I'm trying to space things out so it isn't one big thing right after another and have it feeling rushed.

What I Learned This Week: Sometimes a girl needs to cry with her best friend to make her feel better. Then the best friend may use her own "promiscuous" status to help you out.

What Distracted Me This Week While Writing: My best friend (yeah the same one who has been distracting me lately) left town yesterday, so that meant a little more last minute hanging out. Plus I started back at work this week and started preparing for my Master's program starting this week. I've also had to shake off the list bits of my cold (still not totally well, but I'm getting there).

Last 200 words:

Danni rolled her eyes at her roommate. "I said I know what we can do. Well really I know what I can do." Mackenzie's slightly more awake, but not less confused face stared back at her. "I know a hell of a lot of people on campus. I could easily ask around looking for a cute guy name Graham. As many boyfriends as I have gone through this semester, no one would bat much of an eye."

Mackenzie opened her mouth to automatically argue, but Danni was right. It was a small campus and Danni was known to enjoy sampling the different guys on campus. No one would really be surprised if a guy had caught her eye and she was looking around for him. She nodded her acceptance of the plan.

"Good. Glad you agreed, because while you were asleep I already started putting the word out that I was looking for him." Danni flashed Mackenzie such a bright grin, she could only muster a half-hearted glare before bursting into a fit of giggles.

She knew it wasn't Danni's problem, but she was glad to have such a good friend at her side during a time like this.

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Monday, January 6, 2014

#WIPMarathon Check-In #5

My previous word count was 4,419. My current word count is 5,063. This week I have written 664 words.

WIP Issues This Week: The story hasn't had many issues so far. The plot is going pretty smoothly, lucky for me.

What I Learned This Week: If you write drunk, things can still come out pretty decently lol.

What Distracted Me This Week While Writng: The first half of the week I was hosting a friend at my house, then during the second half I was laid up with the flu. (Hence me posting this so late. I haven't had the stregnth to make it to a computer lately.)

Last 200 words:

By time Dr. Shaw came back into the room, she had the results of the urine test in her hand. "I just want to confirm what your urine says with an ultrasound before I give you a conclusive answer. Is that okay?"

Mackenzie nodded her acquiescence.  She laid back on the table and Dr. Shaw placed a paper blanket over her legs before lifting the hem of her gown. Mackenzie flinched at the cold gel the doctor squeezed on her stomach.

She turned her eyes up and tried to ignore the feeling of the doctor examining her. The poking and prodding around her midsection increased the queasiness in her stomach. Finally, the doctor pulled her instruments away and wiped the gel off.

"Get dressed then I'll be back to talk to you." Dr. Shaw didn't wait for a reply before walking out of the room. Panic started flashing through Mackenzie's mind. Wouldn't the doctor just tell her straight away if she wasn't pregnant? But, then again, she probably would have told her right then if she was pregnant too. Why was she making her wait?

She ended up having to wait several minutes until Dr. Shaw finally returned. Mackenzie kept looking at her watch noting each passing second with more and more anxiety.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2014 New Year New You

Ah another new year is here. As usual people are running around making New Year's Resoutions that most of them will not keep. I can't say I'm too different; just hopefully I will end up keeping mine. I have a mixture of personal and professional goals I am determined to keep this year.

  1. Write something, no matter what, everyday
  2. Finish writing a manuscript
  3. Lower my intake of sugar
  4. Get a short story published
  5. Be more consistant with my blog
  6. Present at the South Atlantic Modern Language conference
I like to think these are all pretty managable goals, the only thing I forsee having trouble with is writing everyday and keeping up with my blog. I depend on you guys to keep me going.

What are some of your resolutions? Share them in the comments.