Interview with Renee Dahlia

Interview with Renee Dahlia

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Renee’s Path to Publication

Today I chat with the wonderful Renee Dahlia, a fellow Australian Author, who shares with us her path to publication. Her latest book, a short story ‘The Bluestocking’s Legacy’ is available now.

Renée is an unabashed romance reader who loves feisty women and strong, clever men. Her books reflect this, with a side-note of dark humour. Renée has a science degree in physics. When not distracted by the characters fighting for attention in her brain, she works in the horse racing industry doing data analysis. She writes for two racing publications, churning out feature articles, interviews and advertorials. When she isn’t reading or writing, Renée wrangles a husband, four children, and volunteers on the local cricket club committee.

 

Welcome to my blog, Renee! I’m excited to have you here, and thank you so much for sharing your ‘Path to Publication’ experience with us all. I know so many of my readers will love to hear about how you went from an aspiring author to a published one, and many will gather inspiration from the journey!

 

Thank you, Maddison, for this opportunity to chat with you about my path to publication. There are so many wonderful stories out there waiting to be published, and I can read far more books than I can write, so my advice to all aspiring writers is to please keep writing.

 

  • How long have you been writing for?

About a decade. My journey started in an unexpected place. I studied physics and maths at uni, because none of the course work included any essay writing! Years later, an opportunity came up to write a series of statistically based ‘myth busting’ articles for a horse racing magazine. It grew from there, and I still write regularly for two magazines. A few years ago, I ghost-wrote a biographical book for a famous Australian racing personality. That gave me a taste for longer form writing, and I started writing a romance as a creative exercise. To see if I could. Why romance? Because I’m a voracious reader of the genre, and it seemed a natural place to start.

 

  • How long did it take you from when you started writing, to when you became a published author?

Please don’t hit me, but my first book, To Charm a Bluestocking, the aforementioned creative exercise, was published by Harlequin’s Escape Publishing in March 2017, only a year after I started writing it. I know how rare my experience is, and I’m very grateful to Kate and the team at Escape for this opportunity.

 

  • Where do you write from, home, office, coffee shop, etc? And do you have any pre-writing or actual writing rituals (such as lighting a candle, listening to music, etc)?

I have a laptop and can write pretty much anywhere. My second book, In Pursuit of a Bluestocking, was mostly written while watching my kids play cricket. Normally, I write from home, and am fortunate enough that my magazine writing earns enough so I can call myself a full time writer.

 

  • Are you a plotter, a pantser, or somewhere in-between?

Somewhere in between. Maybe it’s my scientific training? I love the concept of romance beats, and I put them together to form the backbone of a book. I often take a few chapters to write my way into a story, and learn the characters. Those first few chapters usually don’t make the final cut.

 

  • What is your favourite part of the writing process?

Dialogue. I love the way characters talk to each other and go to unexpected places.

 

  • What is the most important part of a novel to you: plot, characters, or setting?

Characters and the way they banter together.

 

  • Describe your writing routine (how long do you spending plotting the novel, time spent writing, editing, submitting it):

I’m trying to get to a place where I can write a novel, let it rest while I write the next, then come back and edit the first, on rotation. Because I was lucky enough to get published (virtually) straightaway, I still feel like I’m playing catch up. I’d like to be able to let my books ‘rest’ for longer.

 

  • How many books a year do you usually write (or are you aiming to write):

I’ve written six books in my first two years of writing. Two are published, one is due out in September, two are on submission, and the other is a completed first draft at this stage. I’ve also written a couple of short stories, and one, The Bluestocking’s Legacy, is available now. It’s the great-grandson of the heroine from my debut novel, To Charm a Bluestocking, and he’s an Olympics hero with a twist.

I’m aiming to write five books in 2018.

 

  • How did you get your publishing contract?

I pitched the Bluestocking series at Escape Publishing at RWA 2016 and the first one was publishing in March 2017, the second in October 2017, and the third will be out in September 2018.

 

  • Describe the time when you got ‘the call’ regarding publication:

The speed of turnaround gave me whiplash. I pitched at RWA in August, and submitted the full manuscript in October on a Wednesday late at night. I got an email on Sunday, asking if Escape could take my book to an acquisition meeting the next day. Kate, Managing Editor at Escape, rang at 10am to say they’d agreed to take on my book. My initial thought was “but you haven’t had time to have coffee, let alone make a decision!” 😊

 

  • What were your biggest learning experiences or surprises throughout the publishing journey?

Getting ‘the call’ is only the start of the game. Publishing is similar to the queue at the airport. Everyone wants to get through customs to the other side, but once you get there, you realise there are so many more people and they are all going to different places at different speeds.

 

  • Looking back, what do you think you did right that helped you break in?

The concept of three female doctors just graduating from medical school in the Victorian era (and based on my own great-grandmother who did this) makes my series appeal to readers who want strong female characters. My writing is quite light-hearted for a fairly serious concept, and maybe that appealed to Escape as it’s a good balance. In the end, it’s the characters that readers fall in love with, regardless of concept or setting, and I hope readers enjoy the different personalities of Josephine, Marie, and Claire as they navigate their world.

 

  • Is there anything you wish you could do differently?

Take the time to build a good network within the industry. Because I got published so early in my journey, I’ve had to do much of my learning and networking after my book was already out in the world. I think I missed many marketing opportunities due to the speed.

 

  • Best advice you’ve ever been given, or have heard, about writing?

Read.

 

  • Any advice for aspiring writers on writing and submitting?

Be resilient and keep going. Keep learning your craft. Listen to people who’ve been in publishing for a long time. Read.

 

  • What’s up next for you, and what are you working on now?

I’m writing a contemporary series set in Sydney which is on submission. It’s at the finger’s crossed stage 😊 I’m interested in becoming a hybrid author, and will go down that road with this series if it gets rejected. In terms of historicals, I have two more books to write in the Bluestocking series, and a fun new series idea to explore.

 

  • How can people connect with you?

I’m very active on Facebook, otherwise all my information is on my website. I blog quite frequently, and send out a newsletter about twice a year.

 

Thank you so much Renee for sharing your Path to Publication with us! What a great journey you’ve had, with many more adventures to come. And I must say I’m looking forward to reading your next novel in the Bluestocking Series – and you’re contemporaries sound exciting, so fingers crossed for you.

And for those of you who want to read Renee’s fantastic book ‘The Bluestocking’s Legacy’ just click on the pic below for more info.

‘The Bluestocking’s Legacy’

A modern short story.

Alex St. George can’t live up to his family legacy of academic success. He has turned his disadvantage into a quest for an Olympic medal. When he meets Dr Seo, he realises he can make a difference for other kids.

Dr Seo Yu-jin always wanted to be a sports doctor, until one athlete made her question everything. When she meets Alex St. George, she is reminded of her braver self. Can she confront her fear to create a future with Alex?

 

 

Renee can be found on the following platforms:

Website address:www.reneedahlia.com
Facebook link:https://www.facebook.com/reneedahliawriter/
Twitter link:https://twitter.com/dekabat
Goodreads link:https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16450970.Ren_e_Dahlia
Buy links for your latest or soon to be released book:https://www.books2read.com/u/ml57N9

Interview with Amanda Knight

Interview with Amanda Knight

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Amanda’s Path to Publication

Today I chat with the absolutely lovely Amanda Knight, a fellow Australian Author, who shares with us her path to publication. Her novel ‘Situation Critical’ is about to have it’s very first book birthday this April!

I first met Amanda way back in 2010 at the RWA of Australia’s inaugural 5 day Manuscript intensive workshop, and then we touched base again in 2015 at the yearly RWA Australia conference. It was wonderful to reconnect with her, and I think there was something magical in the water at the 2016 conference because since then we’ve both gone on to finally get our debut books published!

And let’s all CONGRATULATE her for being nominated as a finalist in the Australian Romance Readers Awards for 2017, in 4 different categories!! Well done, Amanda, and I’m so excited for you !!

* Favourite New Romance Author (first published 2017)
* Favourite Romantic Suspense
* Strongest Heroine from a Romance Published in 2017
* Favourite Couple from a Romance Published in 2017

 

 

Amanda is one of the loveliest Authors you will meet, and I’m so excited to be able to feature her on my website, and share with you all her Path to Publication. So let’s get started!!

 

  • How long have you been writing for?

I’ve always written—whether it be angsty teen poetry, short stories, blogs, journals or workplace newsletters… I’ve tried to stop—but I can’t NOT write! My romance writing career started around nine years ago when I’d finished a short story, and wanted to ‘learn’ how to craft a page turner, and to find out whether my manuscript had any potential. After Googling books, courses and everything in-between, I stumbled on Romance Writers of Australia.

 

I went along to my first conference that same year, and pitched my work to a seasoned editor, who’d asked for the first 5000 words of my manuscript prior to the pitch. The book I pitched was loosely in the genre of thriller with romantic elements (and wasn’t finished!) The editor told me that they felt I was stifling something in my ‘voice’ and perhaps it was romance, to let it ‘flow’ within my work and then send it back for review… I went away, stopped pushing the romance aside (which I’d previously done when those characters screamed at me to include it!) and indeed let it flow… and then I was hooked!

 

  • How long did it take you from when you started writing, to when you became a published author?

The next big step along my journey after I decided to get serious, was my selection for the Romance Writers of Australia Inaugural 5 Day Intensive workshop in 2010 (a bit like you Maddy!) That was the catalyst for making me ‘finish’ a book – up until then I’d started plenty, but not finished! (Although that one is in the bottom drawer for now!) As an aside, some of my nearest and dearest friends were forged from that experience!

 

After 5DI, I dabbled around the edges for the next few years, finalled in a few competitions and then decided enough was enough. I gave myself another swift talking to, which included issuing a self-imposed deadline to finish the book by July 2016, and to pitch the book at the Romance Writers of Australia conference the same year.

 

Not without hesitation, (many) crises of confidence and a little help from my friends, I did submit the book, and was thrilled when I received the call from Kate Cuthbert at Escape (well, it was an email!) just before Christmas, accepting the manuscript for what is now known as Situation Critical… and the rest, as they say, is history!

 

  • Where do you write from, home, office, coffee shop, etc? And do you have any pre-writing or actual writing rituals (such as lighting a candle, listening to music, etc)?

I write in my office, a little ‘study in the cupboard’ and at my desk (where I can close the door when the family are home) or at the dining table (big windows, lots of light) when there’s no one else around. I also write on the train heading into work (that’s usually scribbling ideas in my notebook), at the library when my home is just too busy for concentration, and sometimes, at my local café where the comings and goings become a little like white noise, that somehow helps me immerse in the words. Although, once, I had a fellow guest tap me on the shoulder, and ask if I was alright – I’d been writing a scene where my villain killed someone, and it seems my facial expressions whilst doing so were a little alarming! Perhaps public writing isn’t such a good plan?!

 

  • Are you a plotter, a pantser, or somewhere in-between?

I am definitely somewhere in-between! I used to be an all-out plotter, but found it stifled me creatively. So now, once I have my core idea, and an inkling of my black moment/and or story ending, I spend quite a bit of time ‘listening’ to who my characters are as the initial step, filling in a character bio of sorts (mine is a bit of a combo of the detail in Cherry Adair’s Writer’s Bible, Jami Gold’s Character Worksheets and KM Weiland’s Character Interview with elements of my own thrown in!) I then learn all I can about my characters. I research the specific or unique elements of each of their worlds; see life through their eyes and experiences – a bit of an immersion experience.

 

Often, I’ll write the first couple of chapters when I’m still in the ‘getting to know the character’ phase, but usually, by the time I’m at chapter four to five-ish, I am fairly well acquainted with my primary characters, and the essential elements of their goals, motivation and conflict. At this stage, I’ll general plot out the main scenes/chapters for the remainder of the book. If I don’t do this, I can end up procrastinating or heading down a rabbit hole that doesn’t end up working!

 

  • What is your favourite part of the writing process?

The part when the tiny idea explodes into an amazing array of characters, scenes and an entire storyline emerges – often faster than I can write it down! I love when I am in ‘flow’ and not really even conscious of the twists and turns that fly out of my finger tips (during the planning and the writing…) it’s super exciting. I also love the feeling of reaching the end, although, by then I think I loath and pine for my characters in equal parts!

 

  • What is the most important part of a novel to you: plot, characters, or setting?

Each of these is as important to me as the other… I do love intricately woven characters and so, perhaps, that’s a little more important than the other two for me! But only by a smidge.

 

  • Describe your writing routine (how long do you spending plotting the novel, time spent writing, editing, submitting it):

Hmmm – that has never been the same! My process now is planning and plotting around four to six weeks. I aim to write five thousand words per week, and give myself four to six months to complete a first draft (depending on the length I’m aiming for). Sometimes, I am able to write the synopsis during this phase, but usually work on that near to the end or when I’m finished. Generally, capturing the tag line and nailing the blurb comes for me after the process. I’d love to sort this earlier, but so far, not a lot of luck! I hold out hope!

 

I work a full-time job outside of my writing life, and am mum to three children, so I have to be pretty regimented in committing to my writing time, or it just doesn’t happen. At the very least, no matter what kind of day I’ve had, or how tired I am, I force myself to write 500 words a day, and have one day dedicated to reaching at least a 2k word count. I aim for 5k per week, at the very least. I find if I miss a few daily sessions, I lose my mojo, and can then go a number of weeks without writing a thing – super dangerous! So have learned I must make that 500 words happen EVERY day!

 

  • How many books a year do you usually write (or are you aiming to write):

One per year at this stage but would really like to make that two, or even a full length and novella. That’s my next goal!

 

  • How did you get your publishing contract?

I pitched to the editor at the Romance Writers of Australia conference in 2016, and on request, submitted my full manuscript including cover letter and synopsis.

 

  • How did you cope with rejection during the querying process?

It’s an awful feeling, so I do allow myself a bit of a boo-hoo… and then take the time to review the feedback objectively, decide which parts are a great opportunity for improvement or a different way of thinking, and if there’s anything that I don’t agree with… that’s okay too.

 

  • Describe the time when you got ‘the call’ regarding publication:

I was knee deep in a time sensitive project at my day job, had ducked up the road for a coffee and loaded my personal emails… I think I might have gasped really loudly, and then actually, found myself in this weird state of wondering if the words I’d read were actually what they said they were! I immediately called my fabulous crit partner (and the person who’d most closely travelled this journey with me!) and I think she screamed, and cried… and then it kicked in! I shook, cried, laughed, gasped and overall, couldn’t quite believe it! AND then, I had to go back to work, and deliver to my deadline (was super hard, was so distracted!) I saved all the celebrating and absolute excitement for after that! It is such a surreal feeling to finally achieve what I’d been striving for, for so long!

 

  • What were your biggest learning experiences or surprises throughout the publishing journey?

Time… and how quickly you have to move once it’s a ‘yes.’ Editing and all the tasks needed to have your book reach its audience happen at warp speed compared to everything that’s gone before! Also, the amount of dedicated time needed for promotions – this is a definite to be factored into the planning!

 

  • Looking back, what do you think you did right that helped you break in?

Perseverance… you can’t give up, you really have to want this and keep at it. Listen, learn and be respectful. Take advice, consider it – there’s always something new to experience and learn, that may help you hone your craft. Behave like a published author, remain professional at all times and remember that sometimes it’s a long game, and who you are at the beginning, middle and end matters.

 

  • Is there anything you wish you could do differently?

Get serious, without compromise, sooner!

 

  • Best advice you’ve ever been given, or have heard, about writing?

Keep writing; keep submitting… stay true to your voice and your story. Your story will find a place, when it’s the right place to find. J K Rowling said, “Sometimes you have to get your writing done in spare moments here and there.” It’s so true – life is there, and you have to do what you can to keep moving forward… don’t let excuses get in the way! Read – often and widely! Super important…

 

  • Any advice for aspiring writers on writing and submitting?

DON’T give up… be curious – read craft books, listen to podcasts, ready other writers journey stories… there IS a place for you. Sometimes, the road is long and hard, but you WILL move forward… follow the rules when submitting – anything can happen after!

 

  • What advice can you give to other writers on building a platform and gaining a readership base?

Behave like you’re already published… follow and help other writers, join relevant groups, spent time in reader environments (volunteer to help!) and become a great advocate within these environments for when your time comes… be kind and respectful, these people WILL remember!

 

  • What’s up next for you, and what are you working on now?

A Christmas novella with a side of suspense!

 

  • How can people connect with you?

Best place is here: http://www.amandaknightauthor.com/connect-with-amanda.php

 

  • Anything else you want to add?

Thank you so much for your support, time and such a comprehensive interview Maddison! And to all the writers who’ve not yet achieved their dream – whatever that is, keep going… every step forward, is a step!

 

Thank you so much Amanda for sharing your Path to Publication with us! What an awesome journey, with many more adventures to come. I cannot wait to read more of your books – and that Christmas novel sounds great (after all I just love a side of suspense)!!

And for those of you who want to read Amanda’s fantastic book ‘Situation Critical’ just click on the pic below for more info.

‘Situation Critical’

A taut debut novel about a wounded soldier, a courageous doctor, and a dog in desperate need of a rescue.

Soldier, surgeon, traitor, dog…

 

When Sergeant Nate Calloway is carried into the field hospital with no memory of how he got there or where the other members of his unit are, Australian army surgeon, Captain Beth Harper cares only about repairing his broken body. But it’s clear that something went terribly wrong on the other side of the wire, and as Nate slowly recovers, he becomes more and more anxious to return to duty, go back into the field, and rescue his friends, his unit, and the bomb detection dog that he loves.

 

The only way Nate can be released to active duty is if a doctor agrees to accompany him, and Beth surprises everyone by volunteering. Her role is to monitor Nate and take him right back to hospital the instant that his health deteriorates enough to put their rescue operation at risk. But as she stays close, she finds herself inexplicably drawn to his courage, his determination, and his commitment to his fellow soldiers.

 

Instead of a straightforward recovery, however, Nate and Beth soon realise they’ve stumbled on a tangled web of deceit and danger, and the enemy is no longer outside the wire. He is one of their own, a traitor, and he has them in his scope.

 

About Amanda:

Raised in suburban Sydney, as a child, Amanda loved to escape the bright lights and bustle, and visit the home of her mother’s rural roots, deep in Sydney’s Blue Mountains or historical Bathurst, the dusty cattle country her father’s family hails from. The ramshackle farmhouses, and wonderfully unique characters (both animal and human!) along with paddocks fringed with mysterious bushland, provided an endless canvas of sensory delights, and unending fodder for her writerly imagination … and still does!

 

Intrigued by the machinations that motivate human behaviour, particularly crime, for as long as she can remember, and a little partial to a man in uniform, it seemed only natural Amanda study psychology and marry said man in uniform!

 

When she’s not writing about psychopaths, soldiers and police officers, or love and loss in small town communities, Amanda fills her cup in the field of people and culture development.

 

Amanda resides in a beautiful beachside suburb in Sydney with her husband and children, a cranky (but still lovable) Ragdoll cat, and the most gorgeous Golden Retriever dog that ever lived.

 

Amanda can be found on the following platforms:

Website address:www.amandaknightauthor.com
Facebook link:https://www.facebook.com/amandaknightwrites/
Twitter link:https://twitter.com/AKnightWriter
Instagram link:https://www.instagram.com/amandaknightauthor/
Pinterest link:https://www.pinterest.com.au/amandaknightaut/
Goodreads link:https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34521448-situation-critical#other_reviews
Buy links for Situation Critical·      Amazon Australia: http://amzn.to/2nhpTLX

·      GooglePlay: http://bit.ly/2nBp2oP

·      iTunes: https://apple.co/2p43wvG

·      Booktopia: http://bit.ly/2ub2UoP

·      Amazon: http://amzn.to/2IfFAhI

 

 

 

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Dianne Freeman’s Successful Twitter Pitch Query

Dianne Freeman’s Successful Twitter Pitch Query

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Dianne it’s fantastic to welcome you to my blog, and thank you so much for sharing your Twitter querying experience with us, which is different to the usual route, but becoming such a popular way of querying. Also a very big thanks, for sharing your Twitter pitch, that lead to you getting that coveted YES. I know many aspiring authors out there will be supremely grateful for your generosity in sharing, because let’s face it, for most of us the querying process is daunting, and the more successful examples out there, the better! And I love that this example is of a different method of querying!

Thanks so much for having me, Maddison.

 

So let’s begin with your Twitter Pitch itself, and then we’ll get into the questions:

 

  • How long did you spend writing your Twitter Pitch?

Not counting the time I sat staring at it, willing it to write itself, I’d say 5 hours or so over the course of a week.

 

  • Did you revise your pitch at all during the twitter query process?

Oh, yes! I did a first draft in 30 minutes, but condensing it into 50 words that both conveyed the storyline and the spirit of the story was a slow and painful process. I finally settled on 55 words for the pitch, and had to remove five words from the first page. It’s a process.

 

  • How long did it take you from when you started tweeting your pitch to when you got your first partial or full manuscript (ms) request?

Because it was a contest, all the agents were able to view my submission and request pages at the same time. I started getting requests immediately.

 

  • How many partial and full ms requests did you receive?

20

 

  • Did you receive any rejections, and if so how did you cope?

Ultimately, I received 19 rejections. Two came within a day. The manuscript just wasn’t for them. It was disappointing but I wasn’t surprised. I hoped someone would love it, but I knew not to expect everyone to love it. After Melissa offered representation, I “nudged” the remaining agents who had fulls and partials and they all eventually stepped aside. By that time, I was so thrilled with Melissa’s vision for the book and the series, I was perfectly happy to let them.

 

  • Did you personalize each pitch/submission?

When I submitted, absolutely.

 

  • Can you tell us a bit about when you received ‘the call’?

This is so embarrassing—I was a nervous wreck. And I really don’t know why. I had no problem with rejection, but as soon as someone showed interest, I choked. It took a full ten minutes into the call before I could speak in complete sentences and even longer before I relaxed enough to ask questions. Poor Melissa. I still marvel that she didn’t just hang up on me.

 

  • What questions did you ask when speaking with the agent/acquiring editor that you were considering?

We discussed both our visions for the book.

Whether she was interested in representing just this book or future work.

We discussed her process, both for editing and submission.

After the call, she sent me a contract and we went over that via e-mail.

There were more questions, but those were the important ones for me.

 

  • What questions do you wish you’d ask, but didn’t?

I wish I’d asked her if she’d be willing to read and comment on my future work. I really value Melissa’s feedback, but when I finished book 2, I was nervous about asking her. (Again, with the nerves!)

 

  • Any advice and top tips for others about the querying process and writing the query letter itself?

First, get feedback on your query before sending it out. Lots of feedback. If your friends don’t understand it, neither will an agent. Second, don’t take rejection to heart. Third, don’t panic when someone says, yes!

 

  • Anything else you want to add?

Here is my agent’s response as to why she requested the manuscript from me:

I was attracted to Dianne’s pitch and sample because the joy and effervescent spirit that embody A LADY’S GUIDE were already so apparent in that short introduction to her work. There is a light touch– a bounciness, a sparkle– to the writing that makes it clear that this book is going to be a delight to behold. The subject matter itself already intrigued me, because I enjoy stories about Victorian England and have a soft spot for mysteries, but when you add that special timbre that Dianne employs? It just jumps off the page. I think this is an important lesson for queriers. Try to match the tone of your query to the tone of your manuscript. If your book is spooky, your query should be so as well. If your book is lyrical and full of imagery, so too should be your query. Dianne’s book is funny and irreverent, and her pitch echoes that perfectly. I specifically loved the image of a gossip circle of Victorian women solving a murder. The incongruence of the image just gets me. Further, the sample itself is snappy, yet descriptive. We can so easily picture the scene, wherein Frances is setting these gowns aside, tired of black crepe, frustrated with her current lot in life, but oh so ready to improve it! And that is where the novel comes in!

 

Thanks so much Dianne for sharing your Successful Twitter Pitch with us, as well as your road on the querying journey!! It was wonderful to read and I’m sure will inspire many other authors out there, who are about to embark on the querying path. I’m sure it will also encourage others to enter Twitter Pitch events in the future!

And for those of you who want to have a read of Dianne’s awesome book ‘A Lady’s Guide to Etiquette and Murder’, it’s scheduled for release on June 26th, 2018. Click on the pic below for more info.

About Dianne:

Dianne Freeman is a life-long book lover who left the world of corporate finance to pursue her passion for writing. After co-authoring the non-fiction book, Haunted Highway, The Spirits of Route 66, she realized her true love was fiction, historical mystery in particular. She also realized she didn’t like winter very much so now she and her husband pursue the endless summer by splitting their time between Michigan and Arizona.

Dianne can be found on the following platforms:

Website address:https://difreeman.com/
Facebook link:https://www.facebook.com/DianneFreemanAuthor/
Twitter link:https://twitter.com/Difreeman001
Instagram link:https://www.instagram.com/diannefreemanwrites/
Goodreads link:https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17347322.Dianne_Freeman

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Whoo Hoo! The Devilish Duke is Available!!

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“I absolutely loved this book. The character were likeable and well developed. The sass from them had me grinning from ear to ear at times. The murder and mystery had me so consumed, I finished this book in just three days!” – Simone Ventura-wharton

 

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“I thoroughly enjoyed this engrossing debut novel which was very accomplished, there was everything you could want in a historical romance, mystery, murder, humour, a tortured gorgeous hero, a determined heroine & of course romance. I’ll be impatiently awaiting the next novel.” – Janet

 

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Author Spotlight – S. T. Young

Author Spotlight – S. T. Young

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Author Spotlight

On today’s Author Spotlight Series, I’ll be featuring brother and sister Author team Samaya and Taffin Young, and discussing their debut novel GIRL IN THE MIST, scheduled for release February 26th 2018, with Entangled Publishing!

Read on to learn more about their new book and the authors behind the words!

MEET SAMAYA AND TAFFIN

Siblings Samaya and Taffin grew up in a somewhat unorthodox family. Born in the Netherlands, their early childhood was a relatively normal one, but their teens were spent traveling through Europe with their mother and siblings before they settled down in Southern Spain to build their home from scratch. In 2015 they returned to their country of birth.

Though different in character, brother and sister shared a love for strong, character driven stories with one recurring element they both needed in all their reading—romance. Though Samaya can get side-tracked by horror, and Taffin can get lost in sci-fi from time to time, they always return to the genre that never fails to draw them into any plot—romantic fiction.

In 2008 they started working together, first on Samaya’s earlier manuscripts, but other, newer stories, too, to see if they could find an audience for the work they’d put their hearts and souls into.. In the process of learning to work together, many fierce discussions followed as they argued grammar, plot, and even something as simple as comma placement (doesn’t everyone?). Girl in the Mist was their first joint effort, but there are many more on the way.

GIRL IN THE MIST

Infamous for infiltration and becoming her undercover identities, Nina Hernandez disappeared without a trace. Three years later, Naval Intelligence agent Rory O’Donnell finds her in a tortuous mental hospital. He’s unsure if it’s really Nina, or if she’s undercover and faking it. Either way, he’s pretty sure something sinister is going on…

 

Rory springs Nina, and together they elude their determined pursuers. He needs to get her to safety…all while keeping his hands off the beautiful, mysterious young woman. As he works to convince her to trust him and share her darkest secrets, he wonders if he can trust her not to betray his…

 

Between her mercurial changes, sexy come-ons, and her exasperating independence, a protection assignment has never been so hard. On a dangerous trek across the country as they tumble from one danger into the next, Rory finds that resisting Nina might just be his toughest task yet.

Interview with Negeen Papehn

Interview with Negeen Papehn

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Negeen’s Path to Publication

Today I chat with the lovely Negeen Papehn, the debut author of ‘Forbidden By Faith’, who shares with us her path to publication. Her debut ‘Forbidden By Faith’ is scheduled for release on February 20th 2018!

Born and raised in California, Negeen spends half her week dreaming up stories between lovers and the other half as a dentist. FORBIDDEN BY FAITH, set in Los Angeles, is a Contemporary Romance that encompasses the journey of self-discovery, while battling family and cultural expectations, in the name of true love.

 

Hi Negeen, I’m so excited to have you on my blog, and thank you so much for sharing your ‘Path to Publication’ experience with us all. I know so many of my readers will love to hear about how you went from an aspiring author to a published one, and many will gather inspiration from the journey!

Thanks Maddison! I’m very excited to be here with all of you. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to share my story.

 

  • How long have you been writing for?

I’ve been writing in some form since I was a teenager. Back then, I wrote a lot of poetry and even a handful of original songs. But the novel writing is relatively new. I started about four years ago.

 

  • How long did it take you from when you started writing, to when you became a published (or soon to be) published author?

It took me a year to finish my first novel then another year to find representation. By the time the book is released in February, it will be almost three years, start to finish.

 

  • Where do you write from, home, office, coffee shop, etc? And do you have any pre-writing or actual writing rituals (such as lighting a candle, listening to music, etc)?

I literally write everywhere! I never have mapped out writing time, but rather, I write in small sprints. Usually thirty minutes to an hour before an interruption, if I’m lucky. So wherever I am and I can get a moment to write, I do. But mostly, you’ll find me at my desk in the spare bedroom or the dining room table if I’m at home, at my desk in my office if I’m at work, or at the local coffee shop. No matter where I am, though, I always have my headphones in and music blasting. It’s the only way I can block out the world around me. And it also helps set the mood for the scene, so I strategically pick the playlist.

 

  • Are you a plotter, a pantser, or somewhere in-between?

I am a pantser to a fault. I wish I was a plotter. I’ve tried to write it all out, create a step-by-step outline, but once I start writing, the story changes course and veers off in directions I wasn’t anticipating. The problem that arises with that is that I get stuck a lot, trying to plot my way out of a hole I’ve written myself into, LOL.

 

  • What is your favourite part of the writing process?

My favorite part of the writing process is when my manuscript is ready for the first round of beta readers. I love sharing my work with people. Hearing their reactions and listening to their responses is my drug of choice. I just love picking their brains! And it doesn’t have to just be praise. I welcome their constructive criticism as well. Makes the story better, and makes me a better writer.

 

  • What is the most important part of a novel to you: plot, characters, or setting?

Definitely characters. In my opinion, they’re what create the story. If they are complicated, emotional, raw, and real, you could have any plot or any setting and your readers will still be invested. Or at least that’s how I feel.

 

  • Describe your writing routine (how long do you spending plotting the novel, time spent writing, editing, submitting it):

Hmmm….I don’t have this down to an exact science yet. I spend the least amount of time plotting, which may be one of my weakness, truthfully. Reason why I end up lost at times and stuck on the storyline. It usually takes me a week or so to work out the basics on the plot.

 

I’ve written two full novels so far and am on my third. I’d say on average it takes me anywhere from 8-12 months to write the first draft.

Editing is the longest of the processes and most complicated for me. I usually have my critique partners reading along with me as I write, and edit throughout the process. Then once the first draft is completely done, I do a read through myself and try to catch any plot holes/issues I may have missed. Then I give it to the first round of betas. I take their feedback and make changes based on what I see fit. Then another round of new betas. Last read through on my end and edits. Then I’m ready to submit.

I’ve only submitted one novel so far. The entire submission process took around six months. I sent it to about 20 agents/editors. The first response came about a month later. Some were outright rejections, others requested fulls. Took another few months before I heard anything from those. In April of 2016, City Owl Press made me an offer.

 

  • How many books a year do you usually write (or are you aiming to write):

I write one book a year. I’m usually editing the book from the previous year simultaneously. I’d really like to be able to have two manuscripts completed in a year, at some point.

 

  • How did you get your agent, or your publishing contract (if applicable)?

I came across City Owl Press one night after the sting of the most recent round of rejections was fresh, and the wine wasn’t helping, LOL. I started researching agents and publishers to gather a new set of people to send submissions out to and came across their site. I liked what I saw and sent my submission late that evening. A few weeks later, my editor Amanda reached out and asked for a full MS. A few months passed and I didn’t hear anything. I’d given up hope. One morning, as I was getting ready for work, an email popped up on my phone screen. I took the ever dreaded deep breath to prepare myself for yet another “thanks but no thanks,” but when I opened it, her first line read, “Sorry it took me so long to get back to you but I have good news, City Owl Press would like to publish your novel!” I just started screaming from the bathroom, which brought my husband running because he thought something had happened. I was jumping up and down squealing when he got there.

 

  • How did you cope with rejection during the querying process?

Friends. I made some author friends in various social media outlets that were going through the same thing so we coped together. I also had family and friends in my personal life that kept encouraging me forward despite the fact that there were times I really wanted to give up. So I had an awesome support system. I wouldn’t have made it this far without them.

 

  • Describe the time when you got ‘the call’ regarding publication:

My ‘call’ was actually an email. My editor lives overseas, so the email came in at some ungodly hour. I think it was like 2AM my time, or something like that. I was obviously asleep being that it was a Thursday J So I saw it pop up on my phone when I went to turn my alarm off. I didn’t immediately look at it, preparing myself for the worse. I’d already gotten a handful of rejections at that point, and was assuming it was just more of the same. I got my kids up and ready for school. When I finally made it to my bathroom to start putting myself together for work, I couldn’t resist any longer. I took a deep breath and opened the email. My eyes scanned the first two lines quickly, bracing myself for the disappointment that I’d become accustomed to. But instead of ‘thanks but no thanks,’ it was ‘thanks and we want you.’ I started screaming, which brought my husband running, thinking something terrible had happened. I was squealing and jumping up and down when I told him the news. Then I sent a text message to my family, spent my forty-minute drive to work on the phone with my sister-in-law, and then blabbed it to my boss and all my co-workers. It was definitely a good day 🙂

 

  • Can you describe what your own path to publication was like?

My path to publication felt like a whirlwind. It moved at light speed from getting my first draft completed, to submitting and getting a publishing deal. It all happened so fast that I still have a hard time believing it!

It took me one year to finish the manuscript, another year to do multiple rounds of edits utilizing my beta readers and critique partners. Then, about six months after submitting, I received my publishing deal.

 

  • What were your biggest learning experiences or surprises throughout the publishing journey?

The people that have been alongside me through this journey are amazing. I’ve made so many fabulous author friends. I never expected to make so many connections and find so much support in the writing community.

 

  • Looking back, what do you think you did right that helped you break in?

Honestly, I think timing really is what did it for me. I wrote a story about a very touchy subject, at a time in this country where very touchy subjects were rearing their ugly heads. I caught a lot of attention that way, and rather quickly. So I don’t think I personally did anything special. I think that the timing was just right.

 

  • Best advice you’ve ever been given, or have heard, about writing?

“No matter what happens, you’ve already won.” My boss said that to me. He’s one of my biggest fans. I was having a panic attack over covers and marketing and the idea that this whole thing will flop because I make the wrong choice on color or don’t know how to get the word out there correctly, etc. I was freaking out about failing. He said, “The reason why you were able to go through this entire process so quickly is because you were fierce. You didn’t start this thinking you’d become some big famous author. You told me you did this because you wanted to and you loved it. And because of that you had nothing to lose; you were fearless. Don’t you see, you’ve already won? This has become so much more than you ever imagined. Remember that. Hold onto that. You can’t fail.”

I repeat it like a mantra when I’m having the many panic attacks I have over this whole thing, LOL.

 

  • Any advice for aspiring writers on writing and submitting?

Hang in there. It’s a bumpy road, I won’t lie. But stay determined and keep going because amongst the rejections, you will get that call.

 

  • What advice can you give to other writers on building a platform and gaining a readership base?

Put yourself out there as much as you can. It’s tough manning all the different social media platforms and making a presence. It almost feels like a full time job! But I have found quite a few author friends and a fabulous support team, so it’s well worth it.

 

  • What’s up next for you, and what are you working on now?

I’m currently writing the second book in the Forbidden Love Series. I’m also getting ready to start submitting my stand alone novel, What Will Be, for representation.

 

  • How can people connect with you?

They can connect with me through my website: www.negeenpapehn.com

I can also be found on FB: https://www.facebook.com/NegeenPapehn/

Or Twitter: @NegeenPapehn   And Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/negeenpapehn/

 

  • Anything else you want to add?

Thank you so much for interviewing me! I hope my answers help other author’s forging on their own path to publication.

 

Thank you so much Negeen for sharing your Path to Publication with us! What an awesome journey, with many more adventures to come. Good luck with your release of ‘Forbidden By Faith’ – can’t wait to have a read 🙂

And for those of you who want to have a read of Negeen’s awesome book ‘Forbidden By Faith’, it’s scheduled for release on Feb 20th, 2018. Click on the pic below for more info.

‘Forbidden by Faith’

Sara knows her life would be easier if she married a Muslim man, but when has love ever been easy?
​Raised by her immigrant Iranian Muslim parents, she’s been taught that a good daughter makes decisions based on her family’s approval, and she’s spent most of her life doing just that. Then one night, she meets Maziar, and her world is turned upside down. She feels an instant electricity between them, and it seems like fate when he tells her he’s also Iranian. Just as her mind begins to soar with the possibilities, he shatters her hopes when he tells her he’s Jewish.
Despite the centuries of unrest behind them, Sara and Maziar embark on a forbidden love affair, attempting to navigate through the cultural and religious prejudices that beat them down and attempt to tear them apart.
Deep within the trenches of her battle, Sara finds herself more empowered and careless than ever before. Angry at and disappointed by the people she’s idolized all her life, she’s determined to forge her own path. But choosing who to be could mean creating a life that’s no longer acceptable to those around her.
Sara feels herself growing into an independent and confident woman, but will it be worth the ultimate cost: her family?

 

About Negeen:

Negeen Papehn was born and raised in southern California, where she currently lives with her husband and two rambunctious boys. She wasn’t always a writer. A graduate of USC dental school, Negeen spends half of her week with patients and the other half in front of her laptop. In the little time she finds in between, she loves to play with her boys, go wine tasting with her friends, throw parties, and relax with her family.
Her debut novel FORBIDDEN BY FAITH will be out with City Owl Press February of 2018

 

Negeen can be found on the following platforms:

Website address:www.negeenpapehn.com
Facebook link:https://www.facebook.com/NegeenPapehn/
Twitter link:https://twitter.com/NegeenPapehn
Instagram link:https://www.instagram.com/negeenpapehn/
Goodreads link:https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17379780.Negeen_Papehn
Buy link for your latest or soon to be released book:Amazon: http://smarturl.it/FLove1Amz

Amazon Print: http://smarturl.it/FLove1AmzPrt

BN: http://smarturl.it/FLove1BN

Kobo: http://smarturl.it/FLove1Kobo

Apple: http://smarturl.it/FLove1iBooks

Google: http://smarturl.it/FLove1Google

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OMG My Book Babies Have Arrived!

OMG My Book Babies Have Arrived!

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My Book Babies Have Arrived!

I was soooo exited when I received my box of books last week! And my goodness, it was such an exciting and surreal moment when I opened them up and physically held my book for the first time – particularly as it’s been a dream of mine since I was young. So I wanted to share the moment with you all, especially for those of you not on Social Media 🙂

 

And to celebrate receiving my Book Babies, I’m giving away a signed paperback copy to one of my Newsletter Subscribers, and even better it’s open Internationally! So be sure to subscribe to my newsletter at the top of the page and check out the giveaway page to be in the running: http://maddisonmichaels.com/giveaways/

Negeen Papehn’s Successful Query Letter

Negeen Papehn’s Successful Query Letter

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Negeen it’s wonderful to welcome you to my blog, and thank you so much for sharing your querying experience with us. Also a very big thanks, for sharing your successful query letter, that got you that coveted YES. I know many aspiring authors out there will be supremely grateful for your generosity in sharing, because let’s face it, for most of us the querying process is daunting, and the more successful examples out there, the better!

Thanks, for having me, Madisson! I hope my answers and my query sample will help authors when they’re stuck in their own query trenches. The entire process is tedious and torturous in my opinion. 🙂

So let’s begin with your query letter itself and then we’ll get into the questions:

 

  • How long did you spend writing your query letter?

I put it off for a really long time, because frankly, it terrified me. But when I finally sat down to do it, I spent a week researching successful query letters on-line trying to figure out what the secret was. Once I felt like I had a semi-decent grasp of what it needed to include, I wrote a draft. From there, I edited; took me three versions before I was ready to get some input. I had a few fellow author friends read it for me and give me some feedback. Then I modified again. All in all, I think it was about a month or so until it was submit ready.

 

  • Did you revise your query letter at all during the querying process?

No, I didn’t. I got my fair share of rejections, but I was lucky to have a handful of personalized emails instead of the industry standard ones we usually get. They specified changes that needed to be done on the MS but none referred to the query. I hated writing it so much, I refused to deal with it again unless absolutely necessary. I just focused on working on my MS based on the feedback.

 

  • How long did it take you from when you started querying to when you got your first partial or full manuscript (ms) request?

I received my first full request about four weeks after I sent in my first set of submissions.

 

  • How many partial and full ms requests did you receive?

I had five requests. Two partials and three fulls.

 

  • Did you receive any rejections, and if so how did you cope?

Of course I did! I think we all do. It was hard, I won’t lie. I was new to the writing world and questioning if I even belonged there. So with each rejection, my confidence plummeted. There were times the sting of the most recent rejection left me deflated and ready to give up. I was fortunate to have a strong support system, though, that wouldn’t let me quit. I was reminded that getting requests at all, was an accomplishment. Especially as quickly as I had. They encouraged me to keep going. If it weren’t for them, I may have thrown in the towel.

 

  • Did you use any particular software, or system for keeping track of the queries you sent out?

I just made a word document. It was the easiest way for me to keep track. I’d make a note of the agent/editor’s name, the agency/publisher they were with, the date I sent it in and then I’d follow up with dates of their responses and what, if anything, they’d requested. And when the rejections came, I put those in too.

 

  • How many query letters did you send out at a time?

It varied a bit depending on how much time I had and how long of a list I had made. But on average, 10-15 at a time.

 

  • How did you choose who you sent your query letter to?

I used MS Wish List quite a bit. I’d do searches under my genre and make a list of potential agents/editors that fit the parameters of my novel. I also followed various contests on twitter and saw what was being requested there too. Once I’d compiled a nice size group of potentials, I’d find them on their websites and read up further to make sure the pairing made sense, before I submitted to them.

 

  • Did you personalize each one?

I wasn’t familiar enough with the agents/editors to be able to make a reference that was worthy enough to mention. I felt like making a comment about something I’d researched only made the entire process less personal than it already was. I just addressed it to their name and went right into the query. But that’s my personal preference. I know other’s opinions vary. There’s no right or wrong way to do this.

Now, though, when I’m ready to start submitting on my next novel, I know more people in the industry and have interacted with some enough to personalize some of the submission.

 

  • Can you tell us a bit about when you received ‘the call’?

My ‘call’ was actually an email. My editor lives overseas, so the email came in at some ungodly hour. I think it was like 2AM my time, or something like that. I was obviously asleep being that it was a Thursday J So I saw it pop up on my phone when I went to turn my alarm off. I didn’t immediately look at it, preparing myself for the worse. I’d already gotten a handful of rejections at that point, and was assuming it was just more of the same. I got my kids up and ready for school. When I finally made it to my bathroom to start putting myself together for work, I couldn’t resist any longer. I took a deep breath and opened the email. My eyes scanned the first two lines quickly, bracing myself for the disappointment that I’d become accustomed to. But instead of ‘thanks but no thanks,’ it was ‘thanks and we want you.’ I started screaming, which brought my husband running, thinking something terrible had happened. I was squealing and jumping up and down when I told him the news. Then I sent a text message to my family, spent my forty-minute drive to work on the phone with my sister-in-law, and then blabbed it to my boss and all my co-workers. It was definitely a good day 🙂

 

  • Did you have multiple offers for either representation or publication, and if so, how did you decide who you were going to accept?

Sadly, I only received one offer.

 

  • What questions did you ask when speaking with the agent/acquiring editor that you were considering?

It was all so new to me so I think I asked a million questions and understood very few of the answers, LOL. I asked about the actual process of publishing, the various steps/phases the book would go through. I wanted to know my own roll, what would be expected of me. I also wanted to know how much creative control I would have along the way. With my current publisher, I have quite a bit. I asked about their marketing strategies as well. That part was hard for me to follow, to be honest. Once I reviewed the contract, there were a few questions there and a couple modifications we agreed on together.

 

  • What questions do you wish you’d ask, but didn’t?

I wish I would have known more about what the marketing aspect of the entire process entailed so that I could have asked more detailed questions and understood what I was going to be responsible for. From writing the first draft, to publishing, it’s been a whirlwind for me. Everything has felt like it’s been moving at light speed. I find myself lost and frustrated quite frequently when it comes to all the avenues we as authors, must use to market ourselves. If I had a better understanding in the beginning, I may not feel as overwhelmed about it now.

 

  • Any advice and top tips for others about the querying process and writing the query letter itself?

As far as writing the query letter goes, try and think of it as an in depth back cover blurb. It needs to be enticing enough to grab the reader’s attention, agent/editor included. Do some research. There are a lot of sites that have sample query letters. I tried to find successful ones in my genre to use as a template.

And ultimately, don’t let the rejections get you down. They suck; I get it. The sting is worse with each one that arrives, but hang in there. Your story will light a spark for someone, you just have to keep going.

 

  • Anything else you want to add?

Landing an agent is tough. I wasn’t able to do it with my first book and I don’t know if I will with my other ones. But that doesn’t define us as authors. There’s a whole business model that goes into what an agent picks up. Ultimately, it needs to be mainstream and it needs to sell. Sometimes, the genre we write just isn’t the ‘in’ thing at the moment. But that changes. Don’t give up.

 

Thanks so much Negeen for sharing your Successful Query Letter with us, as well as your road on the querying journey!! It was wonderful to read and I’m sure will inspire many other authors out there, who are about to embark on the querying path 🙂

And for those of you who want to have a read of Negeen’s awesome book ‘Forbidden By Faith’, it’s scheduled for release on Feb 20th, 2018. Click on the pic below for more info.

 

 

About Negeen:

Negeen Papehn was born and raised in southern California, where she currently lives with her husband and two rambunctious boys. She wasn’t always a writer. A graduate of USC dental school, Negeen spends half of her week with patients and the other half in front of her laptop. In the little time she finds in between, she loves to play with her boys, go wine tasting with her friends, throw parties, and relax with her family.
Her debut novel FORBIDDEN BY FAITH will be out with City Owl Press February of 2018

 

Negeen can be found on the following platforms:

Website address:www.negeenpapehn.com
Facebook link:https://www.facebook.com/NegeenPapehn/
Twitter link:https://twitter.com/NegeenPapehn
Instagram link:https://www.instagram.com/negeenpapehn/
Goodreads link:https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17379780.Negeen_Papehn
Buy link for your latest or soon to be released book:Amazon: http://smarturl.it/FLove1Amz

Amazon Print: http://smarturl.it/FLove1AmzPrt

BN: http://smarturl.it/FLove1BN

Kobo: http://smarturl.it/FLove1Kobo

Apple: http://smarturl.it/FLove1iBooks

Google: http://smarturl.it/FLove1Google

 

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Author Spotlight – Sara Portman

Author Spotlight – Sara Portman

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On today’s Author Spotlight Series, I’ll be featuring the Fabulous Sara Portman and discussing her novel THE CHASE!

Read on to learn more about her new book and the author behind the words!

MEET SARA PORTMAN

Sara Portman is an award-winning author of historical romance. Her debut novel, THE REUNION, is a winner of the Romance Writers of America® Golden Heart® contest and named a 2017 Reviewers’ Choice Nominee by RT Book Reviews.

A daughter of the Midwest, Sara was born in Illinois, grew up in Michigan, and currently lives in Ohio. In addition to her writing endeavors, Sara is a wife and mother in a large, blended family.

When not reading or dreaming up romantic fiction, Sara works in corporate finance by day and holds a B.B.A. in Accounting. As part of her academic experience, Sara spent a semester in London, UK through a study abroad program at Richmond College. Her anglophile tendencies continue today.

THE CHASE: THE BRIDES OF BEADWELL

In this thrilling romance from award-winning author Sara Portman, the illegitimate son of a nobleman and a woman on the run chase their fate on the London Road . . . 
According to his father’s terms, Michael Rosevear’s duty is to be ignored–until such time as he is useful. Now that the earldom is in need of funds, Michael is to be sold off in marriage to the daughter of a crass but wealthy merchant willing to pay for any connection to nobility–even one from the wrong side of the blanket . . . 

En route to his fate in London, Michael does not plan to board an extra passenger. Yet there is something in the young miss’s desperate plea that tugs at his conscience–though he is certain her story is a fabrication . . . 

Juliana Crawford has fled her father’s cruel home. Using a false name to evade pursuit, she must find a private traveler with whom to complete her escape. Chance matches her with a dark and wounded young lord who guards his own secrets just as carefully. The unlikely pair embark on a journey filled with revelations and unexpected adventure–one that may lead them to question whether to part at their destination–or change course entirely. . .

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