Welcome to Erin A. Jensen w/ The Dream Waters #Series #Contemporary #Fantasy @GoddessFish

Today we have author Erin A. Jensen visiting. Welcome!

What would you like to tell readers about yourself?

* Erin Jensen is a part-time pharmacist and a fulltime creator of imaginary worlds. She lives in upstate NY with her incredibly supportive husband, two sons (who are both taller than her) and a Yorkshire terrier who thinks he’s the family bodyguard. In the early days of her writing career, Erin vowed to get a dragon tattoo—once her books received a milestone number of reviews—but she won’t disclose that number any longer, for fear of actually reaching her goal and having to go through with it.

Today Erin A. Jensen will be sharing her bit of advice for writers.
* I don’t think I’ve ever done a book signing where at least one person didn’t eagerly approach my table to tell me they had a novel in the works back at home. I’m no different from any of them. Before I published my debut novel, I spent three years writing it in secret. Only a handful of people had any idea I was writing a book because I wasn’t confident enough to consider myself a real author. Now that I am a full-fledged author, I’d like to share some advice with anyone who’s sitting where I was a few short years ago. I’m not claiming to have the magic formula for success. This is just what I’d tell myself if I could travel back in time. Since I don’t have access to a Tardis, I’m sharing it with the writers who are out there hiding in the shadows like I once was.
1. You ARE a writer. The minute you start putting your ideas down on paper and compiling them into a story, you have every right to call yourself a writer.
2. Don’t be afraid to share your dream with the people in your life. If I’d known how supportive the people in my life were going to be when they found out I’d written a book, I would’ve told them years earlier.
3. Connect with other writers. It doesn’t matter how remote of an area you live in. If you can’t find other authors near you, I guarantee you can find them online. Twitter and Goodreads.com are great places to start. You’ll be amazed at what a supportive bunch authors are. No matter what stage of the writing process you’re in, they’ve been there. They’ll share advice. They’ll retweet your tweets. They’ll sympathize when you have setbacks in your writing career (we all have them, it comes with the territory). They’ll cheer you on when you succeed. Some of them might even become dear friends.
4. Connect with other book lovers, not to sell them your book but because they are kindred spirits. They understand what it’s like to lose yourself in the pages of a book. They’ve stayed up way past their bedtime because they had to read just one more chapter. They love what you love. They get you, and they’re out there looking for fellow readers to share their passion for books with.
5. Book bloggers are the most amazing people on the planet. They love to read books so much that they’ve created blogs to share their thoughts on what they’ve read with others. When I first started out, I figured contacting book bloggers would be like querying agents (a terrifying journey paved with rejection and tears). I couldn’t have been more wrong. They are super approachable book-loving people. They’re happy to help spread the word about your book with their fellow book lovers, and they love to review books.
6. Find yourself a group of beta-readers. If you can’t find any near you, find them online. Their feedback is crucial. It will help you pinpoint inconsistencies or confusing portions of the story.
7. Hire a professional editor. I know it’s expensive, but you’re limiting yourself if you skip that step.
8. Develop a thick skin…VERY thick. I’m not going to lie. Putting your book out there is daunting. Whether you decide to query literary agents or self-publish your novel, you’ll be offering up your book baby—the product of your blood, sweat and tears that you’ve been pouring your heart and soul into for eons—to be criticized by strangers. Even the greatest authors out there have received rejection letters and negative reviews because books are a matter of personal taste. Not everyone enjoys the same stories, and there will be plenty of people who dislike yours. It will crush you at first but if you really want this, it comes with the territory. Brush it off, be proud of the fact that you were brave enough to put yourself out there, and move on.
9. Keep reading books. You’ll never improve as a writer if you don’t set aside time to read. Read outside your genre. Everything you absorb will find its way into your writing in one way or another.
10. Keep writing. Think of it like taking up a sport—the more you practice, the better you get. That’s absolutely true of writing.
* This isn’t an all-inclusive list by any means. It’s just a bit of advice I wish I could go back in time and give myself. If it helps another author move forward on their writing journey, then that’s just as good.
* That’s my final piece of advice. Pay it forward. Once you reach the next step in your journey, don’t forget to lend an ear or offer a bit of help to someone who’s standing where you once were. Other authors are not your competition, they’re your peers. Show them some love.

A look into…

~ Blurb for Dream Sight book 3 ~

* The clock is ticking for Emma Talbot—if her dormant memories don’t resurface soon, her past will be forever lost to her—but that’s the least of her worries. Abducted from her home by her husband’s worst enemy, Emma is running out of time in more ways than one.
* No longer bound by any limits—moral or physical—the Dragon King sets off on a rampage to discover the whereabouts of his missing wife and retrieve her from the monster who took her. And any creature who is fool enough to stand in his way may well condemn himself to a fate worse than death.
* As the royal family’s crisis escalates, Charlie has his own struggles to deal with. The weight of the world now rests on his shoulders and although he is physically capable of shouldering the burden in his emergent form, his ability to control the bestial urges that accompany his newfound power might be another story.

~ Excerpts for The Dream Waters Series ~

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Thank you for joining us here today, Erin A. Jensen! It was a pleasure getting to know you and your story.

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Welcome to D. Lieber w/ #Fantasy #Romance ‘The Exiled Otherkin’ @GoddessFish

Today we have author D. Lieber visiting. Welcome!

What would you like to tell readers about yourself?

* D. writes stories she wants to read. Her love of the worlds of fiction led her to earn a Bachelor’s in English from Wright State University.
* When she isn’t reading or writing, she’s probably hiking, crafting, watching anime, Korean television, Bollywood, or old movies. She may also be getting her geek on while planning her next steampunk cosplay with friends.
* She lives in Wisconsin with her husband (John), retired guide dog (Samwise), and cat (Yin).

Today D. Lieber will be talking about the best writing advice she’s ever received.
* The best writing advice I’ve ever received was actually directed to an entire audience at a convention (C2E2 2014 to be exact). One of the authors on the All Things Fantastic panel made an off-handed comment that she writes stories she wants to read that haven’t been written yet. This statement made a huge impact on me in a few ways. On one hand, it encouraged me to take the leap into novel writing; I had previously stuck to poetry and short stories. On the other hand, it emphasized that authors should write for themselves before anyone else. This advice has gotten me through all of the stages of self-doubt, which accompany any form of artistic pursuit.

A look into…

~ Blurb ~

* Exiled from Faerie when her father dies, half-Fae Ember is surprised by how much the human realm has changed since she was there last. She takes a dangerous job on a merchant airship, hoping a life on the move will keep her well-hidden. Sure, she misses her brother, but years of apathy have numbed her emotions.
* When the optimistic and naïve Reilley follows her, it’s annoying to say the least. But when she starts feeling responsible for him, long-stifled emotions crack the ice around her heart.
* Faeries, pirates, and traveling players meet in this steampunk fantasy adventure as Ember tries to cope with feelings long forgotten and a past that pursues her.

~ Excerpt ~

* Clutching my new tambourine, I walked to a clearing to have more room to dance. Reilley grabbed the drum and started a beat. Like before, I moved to the rhythm. This time, my red skirt danced with me, and I shook my tambourine appropriately. We discovered that as long as I let Reilley choose the pace, we could improvise an entertaining performance.
* We fed on each other’s energy and ended at a natural breaking point, exchanging smiles as the last beat echoed off the trees.
* “You’re enchanting,” Reilley complimented smoothly.
* “I’m only expressing your music and following your lead.”
* He flushed with pleasure at the high praise.
* “Could you do me a favor?” I asked him.
* He nodded.
* “Would you unplait my hair? It should be dry by now.”
* His eyes gleamed like I’d given him a gift, and I turned my back to him. With long, deft fingers, he gently unbraided my hair. Undone, he ran his hands through the soft waves to separate them. I shivered.
* “Thank you,” I whispered.
* As his hands gently stroked the dark locks, I became aware that we were very alone. We’d been alone before, but this time was different. An air of anticipation settled between us. His hands stilled. Neither of us knew what should happen next, and the pressure quickly became uncomfortable.

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Thank you for joining us here today, D. Lieber! It was a pleasure getting to know you and your story.

ANNOUNCEMENT! D. Lieber will be awarding a fancy homemade bookmark (US ONLY) to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour! So be sure to leave a comment AND use this RAFFLECOPTER LINK to enter the drawing. Also, visit the other tour stops for a greater chance of winning!

Welcome to Rachel Brimble w/ #RomanticSuspense ‘If I Want You’ @RachelBrimble @GoddessFish

Today we have author Rachel Brimble visiting. Welcome!

What would you like to tell readers about yourself?

* Rachel lives with her husband and two teenage daughters in a small town near Bath in the UK. After having several novels published by small US presses, she secured agent representation in 2011. Since 2013, she has had seven books published by Harlequin Superromance (Templeton Cove Stories) and an eighth coming in Feb 2018. She also has four Victorian romances with eKensington/Lyrical Press.
* Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and Romance Writers of America, and was selected to mentor the Superromance finalist of So You Think You Can Write 2014 contest. When she isn’t writing, you’ll find Rachel with her head in a book or walking the beautiful English countryside with her family. Her dream place to live is Bourton-on-the-Water in South West England.
* She likes nothing more than connecting and chatting with her readers and fellow romance writers. Rachel would love to hear from you!

Today Rachel Brimble will be talking about the best writing advice she ever received and how it helped her.
“Give yourself permission to write a ‘crappy’ first draft…” Julie Cohen
* This was it! This single line of advice changed my career and output in one glorious blow. I was at a resident writing course and the tutor (and fabulous women’s fiction author!), Julie Cohen said this to her avid students and the lightbulb didn’t just go off in my head, it darn near exploded!
* By nature, I am a worrier of ridiculous proportions – added to the often introvert nature of most writers, and I was struggling to move forward with my work. Instead, I was constantly battling the continuing self-doubt that the writing was good enough…that I was good enough.
* I think I received this advice in 2010 and since then I’ve heard it been given many times in one form or another. So, what does it really mean and how did it help me?
* Well, it’s not exactly encouraging you to write a ‘crappy’ first draft – what it is encouraging is freedom. Liberty to write how you want, what you want, and go with the characters action/reactions/wants/desires. Once I started writing this way and finally destroyed that pesky internal editor once and for all, not only did I fall in love with writing again, but my output quadrupled overnight.
* That first draft is still my favourite place to be – I am a plotter, I make character sketches, chapter plans and even write a synopsis before I start the actual writing. However, once I start, I really start. Bells, whistles, foghorns, you name it, everything pours out of me in that first draft and if things turn away from my plan, I run with it. After all, my characters know themselves better than I do!
* So, several weeks later I’m done. The first draft is in the bag. THE END is written.
* What next?
* The hard part, of course! Did I say writing was easy? Did I say the ‘crappy’ first draft means you’ll never sweat, cry or bleed again? Nope. Writing is hard, will always be hard and there’s no shortcut to getting it right, BUT this is a great way to produce a finished book, to get to that all-important end so you have pages and pages of good (and not so good) material to edit, tweak and change.
* It’s a process – one that I absolutely love and, God willing, I won’t have to do anything for a living ever again.
* Happy writing!
* Rachel x

A look into…

~ Blurb ~

* When local journalist, Tori Peterson, fails to prevent a child abduction outside her niece’s school, her horror and guilt sparks a vow to do whatever it takes to get little Abby Brady home to her parents.
* While Tori battles the vile memories of her own kidnapping as a child, she accepts the help of widowed father, Mark Bolton. As he and Tori join forces with the local police, their attraction and intimacy grows…along with their fears for Abby.
* Links are uncovered between Abby’s disappearance and Tori’s kidnapping, and Tori is forced to accept the monster who held her captive is back. But this time, Tori is all grown up, and there is no way she will let him hurt another little girl.

~ Excerpt ~

* Sensing her discomfort, he stopped and leaned against the bureau. God, did he frighten her? Surely not, or she wouldn’t be here. Or did she sense his attraction toward her and would do all she could to deflect it? He didn’t doubt for one minute his eyes gave away his appreciation whenever he looked at her.
* He lifted the can to his lips. “So, what have you been thinking about?”
* She tapped a peach-painted nail on the bureau. “This.”
* “The bureau?”
* “Principal White’s bureau.”
* He frowned. “How did you know it was hers?”
* “She mentioned you were working on a bureau for her when I was in the school office. I assumed this is it.”
* “It is.”
* “Good, because that makes it all the easier for me to give you your first assignment.”
* “You want me to talk to her.”
* She smiled, took a few tentative steps closer to him. “Got it in one, Watson.”
* He smiled, pleased to see genuine mischief shining in her eyes. “I’m Watson?”
* “Yep.”
* “So that makes you Holmes. Not sure I like being anyone’s sidekick.”
* Another couple of steps closer until no more than a couple of feet separated them. She met his eyes and his heart kicked. Her V-neck shirt was just the right side of professional. Yet, the way it revealed her collarbones and hugged her full breasts made him want to reach out and pull her into his arms, kiss her, taste her…
* “You’re staring, Watson.”
* He blinked and snapped his gaze from her breasts, rare heat hitting his face. “Sorry. You look nice.”
* “Thanks.” She raised her eyebrows and nodded toward his chest. “So do you.”
* He smiled. “Why don’t we go inside? It’s way too hot out here.”

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Thank you for joining us here today, Rachel Brimble! It was a pleasure getting to know you and your story.

ANNOUNCEMENT! Rachel Brimble will be awarding a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour! So be sure to leave a comment AND use this RAFFLECOPTER LINK to enter the drawing. Also, visit the other tour stops for a greater chance of winning!