Sunday, March 1, 2015

Celebrating Read an E-Book Week: Win an E-book! Giveaway

Free and discounted ebooks at Smashwords.com during Read an E-book Week
It's the annual Read an eBook Week! 

Readers, check out the Smashwords site for FREE and discounted reads and more!
I'm celebrating eBook Week by giving away an eBook from my list. Just leave a comment anytime this week, and I'll draw a winner from all commenters on Sunday, March 8. Check my Amazon Author page to make your choice. If I don't have your email addy, please leave it in the comment or email me with it at jqrose02 at gmail dot com. (Yes, the new e-book on Vegetable Gardening, QUICK TIPS ON VEGETABLE GARDENING: STARTING YOUR GARDEN is on the list too!)
Quick Tips on Vegetable Gardening: Starting Your Garden

Plus GIRLS SUCCEED: STORIES BEHIND THE CAREERS OF SUCCESSFUL WOMEN is 50% OFF during this event. $2.00. 
Grab it at Smashwords 
Girls Succeed!
Inspiring and empowering girls to achieve success in their dream careers



Video: Girls Succeed! Stories Behind the Careers of Successful Women

  


The Reader's Guide to accompany the book is FREE at Smashwords. Download it now.



I love reading on my Kindle. 
  • I can adjust the font so when my eyes are weary, I can increase the size for easier reading.
  • I love that the Kindle keeps my place in the book, so when I open the e-book, I'm on the right page! Oh, hmmm, I think that's called a bookmark.
  • I can have hundreds of books in my hand, not on shelves.
  • I can order a new book if I want to whether I'm in my home or not. Plus, I don't have to wait for the mailman for delivery.
Do you enjoy reading e-books? What device do you use to read them? 

Please leave a comment(s) all week to enter to win your choice of my e-books by Sunday at 9 pm, Eastern Daylight Savings Time March 8. (Time changes on March 8!)

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Your Book is Just the Beginning: Multiple Income Streams and Author Platform Building

Multiple Income Streams from Your Book 
by J.Q. Rose
 Money Maker
Photo by 
Mister GC. Courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net

Your book is just the beginning of a new career for you. I had a "light bulb" moment last summer when I discovered D'vorah Lansky's website, Build a Business with Your Book and her amazing program for authors, Book Marketing Challenge. While the 30 day program emphasizes building your author platform, in the third week D'vorah opened my eyes to using a book as a springboard to new opportunities for enlarging your platform and earn multiple income streams. I was intrigued with the idea because I never thought beyond writing a book. I guess I was so focused on the writing, publishing, and marketing, I never thought about ways of making money with it other than selling it.


D'vorah Lansky
Founder, Build a Business with Your Book
Did you write a fiction book whose character is into designing clothing? Then focus on sewing or tailoring to extend your reach. Did you write a non-fiction how-to book? Use your expertise in the topic to expand your audience and build your list.

Whether your book is fiction or non-fiction, here are some ideas to add some pennies to your piggy bank:
  • Write articles on your topic for magazines and ezines
  • Monetize a blog you write on the book topic
  • Speak in front of audiences about the topic and you will be known as an expert. You may get paid for your speaking engagement and/or sell books at the back of the room.
  • Appear in webinars/teleseminars as a guest or host experts/authors
  • Interview on podcasts experts in the field
  • Be a consultant or coach and get paid for it!
These action plans may help you get your name out there and sell more books as well as open doors to new opportunities.

Have you tried any of these methods to build your platform and/or earn more from your book? Can you add to the list?
Leave a comment for us. We'd love to hear about your experiences.


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Quick Tips on Vegetable Gardening: Starting Your Garden
First in the series
One of the ways to build your author platform is to have a LOT of great books in your list. So if someone likes your book, have one ready for them to come back to buy. The series idea works for fiction and non-fiction books. 

I am trying this idea out by publishing an eBook series with my husband, Gardener Ted, on vegetable gardening. This is the right time of the year for sure. When I released the eBook on Amazon on Feb 15, 2015, the book was a top 100 seller in crafts/hobbies and vegetables categories. At this writing it is in the top 100 in the seasonal category. That is exciting!

Back of the Book:
Do you want to savor vegetables grown in your own back yard? Save money on food? Add healthy vegetables to your diet? We can help you with quick, practical tips on growing a vegetable garden. Learn how to get ready for gardening, how to plan a garden for four seasons of eating enjoyment, how to start seeds, and more. Quick Tips for Vegetable Gardening is dedicated to offering you quick tips and advice for you to grow veggies in a garden plot, container, raised bed, or vertical gardening. This eBook is written with clear and concise tips to get you started.
The purpose of sharing these gardening tips is not only to advise you on best gardening practices, but also to afford you the opportunity for a satisfying and fulfilling experience with a garden that produces delicious vegetables for your eating pleasure year after year. 

The authors have years of experience growing their own vegetable gardens, producing plants in commercial greenhouses, and owning and operating a garden center. They know how to grow a productive garden. Order the first book in the Vegetable Gardening Series, Quick Tips on Vegetable Gardening: Starting Your Garden, and watch for more eBooks in the series jam-packed with information to help you produce delicious vegetables for your dinner table.
Get your copy today for 99 cents.
Buy Link: Amazon
Tell friends and family who are interested in gardening about these quick tips. Thank you!



Monday, February 23, 2015

Amazon is the Reader's Friend? True or False


A Summary of the debate, Amazon is the Reader's Friend by J.Q. Rose

amazon

I spent most of Sunday morning listening to a debate on the PBS program, Intelligence Squared. The topic was "Amazon is the Reader's Friend." I discovered the video of the debate on Joe Konrath's blog, A Newbie's Guide to Publishing. 

J.A. Konrath is well-known as the self-published author of the Jack Daniels thrillers and lots more stories. Check out Joe's bio here

He submitted his books to traditional publishers for ten years, but never received one acceptance. During the debate on the topic of amazon being a reader's friend, he revealed he turned to self-pubbing and made a million dollars on nine of the books he had submitted for a contract with publishers.

Can you figure out which side he took on the debate? Yes, he and editor at Vox, Matthew Yglesias, tried to convince the New York audience that Amazon is the reader's friend. Their main points--
  • the gatekeepers are not at amazon, so books trad publishers would not allow are published
  • readers have a vast variety of books at reasonable prices
  • textbooks can be rented saving students a lot of money every term
  • readers not living near a bookstore can easily browse books and purchase them
  • amazon offers public domain books free on their site. Not many businesses offer anything free!
  • Kindle Unlimited allows members to read as many books each month as they can for the $10.
Those are a few of the points they tried to make clear, but the other side, IMHO, didn't even argue the point about readers. They were bashing amazon for possibly becoming a monopoly (which Yglesias very well discounted by citing other big companies such as Google and Apple offering e-books, and I could think of several other booksellers too.) Their point was that Amazon has 67% of the eBook market share.

They also believed traditional publishing would be squeezed out of business making authors the promoters and business people left out in the cold to fend for themselves. Hmmmm...even with traditional publishers, we still have to do our own promoting.

I won't continue to try to sum up the 90 minutes plus of debate. You can listen to it yourself. Spoiler--Konrath and Yglesias failed to win the debate from the NYaudience 43% to 50% but Konrath reports the online viewers overwhelmingly voted for his team with the online debate results of 72% to 28%.

They lost to mystery best-selling author Scott Turow and Franklin Foer,  a former director of the New Republic magazine. Not because Turow and Foer made the point amazon was not a friend to readers, but rather because amazon was bad for New York's Big Five publishers (traditional publishers) and for authors. 

Honestly I believe Konrath portraying himself as the reader's "every man" persona made them lose the debate. His team's points were valid and strong, but Konrath came off as a less-educated man--he made the point himself about how he could ever appear together with three men--one being a lawyer (Turow) and all three graduates of prestigious colleges while he made a sofa out of stacking beer cans and getting a 2.2 GPA at a small college. He also made some off-color "jokes" which were not accepted well by the audience. In other words, he made a joke of himself, rather than identifying himself as the brilliant writer and business person he is.

abcNews anchor/reporter John Donvan, hosted the debate and performed an exceptional job keeping order. The debate was always respectful and entertaining. Otherwise I wouldn't have watched the whole program. I was amazed at how quickly the first hour flew by. 

I had not heard of Intelligence Squared debates until watching this one. I look forward to taking in many more on all kinds of subjects.

What are your thoughts on the premise that Amazon is the Reader's Friend? Perhaps they should debate on Amazon is the Author's Friend? 

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Romance and Mystery Authors on Writing: Books on Writing for Writers,

Romance and Mystery Authors on Writing series
Writing Tips
Hello and welcome. So glad to see you here today. I have good news and bad news. The bad news is this is the last blog post in our series, Romance and Mystery Authors on Writing. But the good news is that I have compiled all the excellent writing tips and advice into an e-book that will be available this spring. In addition to the tips here, authors share even more insight in writing as a career, publishing, and marketing books inside the ebook. 

Subscribe by email to the J.Q. Rose blog so you can receive updates on the progress and new posts on the blog.

The good news too is how excited I am to have introduced you to new authors and re-acquainted you with others. Along with the writing tips, we also found great romance and mystery stories. In case you missed one of the blog posts in the series, here are the authors who participated. 
***applause***

OCTOBER
2 Roseanne Dowell
9 Miss Mae
16 Heather Fraser Brainerd
23 Marva Dasef
30 Gail Roughton
NOVEMBER
6 Joselyn Vaughn
13 Melissa Maygrove
20 Conda Douglas 
27 THANKSGIVING NO GUEST
DECEMBER 
4 Marsha R West
11 Kathy McIntosh
18 IWSG BOOK
25 CHRISTMAS NO GUEST
JANUARY
1 NEW YEAR'S DAY NO GUEST
8 Sara Jayne Townsend
15 Joan Curtis
22 Helena Fairfax
29 J.Q. Rose
FEBRUARY
5 Heather Haven 
12 C. Hope Clark
19 Resources for Writers


Pile of books courtesy of Stuart Miles
Freedigitalphotos.net
I asked the authors what books they have found helpful in their writing process. I have listed them below.


Mystery author C. Hope Clark said, "Stephen King's On Writing, then the rest comes from reading what you'd love to be able to write. We read too many how-to books on writing instead of reading the good stuff and emulating good writing. We learn more from seeing it put into practice than from lesson plans."

Author Joan Curtis suggests Hooked: Writer Fiction that Grabs Readers and Never Lets them Go by Les Edgerton
The First Five Pages: A Writer’s Guide to Staying Out of the Rejection Pile
by Noah Lukeman 

Author Marsha West advises--There are many, but two that I have are post noted, highlighted, and dog eared (yes, I have the paperbacks) and are great helps with editing. I’m embarrassed to say a couple of judges from the first contest I entered suggested I get these. They also suggested I get one on Goal, Motivation, and Conflict. (I really knew nothing about the craft of writing fiction, especially genre fiction.) Here are the first two:
 Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne & Dave King
The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. and E. B. White

Author Sara-Jayne Townsend said--In my view the best book about writing is Stephen King’s On Writing.  He has a very approachable, accessible style and this book is pretty much him sitting down the reader and saying, 'this is what works for me.  Maybe it will work for you too.'

J.Q. Rose says--Here is a list of books on writing that I have used and still use:

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

Author: Anne Lamott
Publisher: Knopf

Chicago Manual of Style

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

The Complete Handbook of Novel Writing
Author: The Editors of Writer’s Digest
Publisher: Writer’s Digest Books

How to be a Writer: Building Your Creative Skills Through Practice and Play
Author: Barbara Baig

The Elements of Style
Author: William Strunk  and E.B.White. 

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

Author: Stephen King
Publisher: Scribner

On Writing Well
Author: William Zinsser

Reading Like a Writer

Author: Francine Prose
Publisher: HarperCollins

Writers on Writing: Collected Essays from The New York Times

Editor: John Darnton

Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within (I found this especially inspiring when I questioned my calling to be a writer.)

Author: Natalie Goldberg
Publisher: Shambhala


I hope you find these books helpful in your writing projects.
What is one of your favorite books for writing?  Leave a comment below. Thank you!





Sunday, February 15, 2015

Spring IS Coming, New Vegetable Gardening Guide, This Week

Garden quote--looking forward to Spring
Snowbound, blizzard beaten, blister shoveling Readers, this post is for YOU!

I'm right in there digging out, scraping off, and bundling up with you, if not physically, at least in spirit. I know what it's all about after living through Michigan winters. 

My graphic above is supposed to lift your spirits and let you focus on spring coming. Think about the spring flowers and leafy trees. Think about planting those garden beds and vegetable gardens.


Lilac bush
Spring WILL come. In fact I am so sure of it, I just released a short guide for Vegetable Gardening, Quick Tips on Vegetable Gardening: Starting Your Garden.


NEW Vegetable Gardening Guide
My husband, Gardener Ted, and I put together tips and advice for starting a vegetable garden drawing upon his lifetime experience as a gardener, greenhouse grower, and garden center owner. The booklet is only 24 pages long. The booklet is crammed with information you can read now and be ready to get a head start on your vegetable garden whether you raise veggies in a garden plot, container, raised bed, or vertical garden. 

Take a peek at some of the topics:
  • Getting Ready for Gardening 
  • Start Those Seeds
  • Four Season Planning
  • Don't Forget the Soil
  • Toilet Paper is an Essential Tool for Gardening
  • Cold Frames 

Dig right in to the pages and you'll be certain to be ready for gardening this spring. Take my word for it, Spring is Coming!!

If you would like a PDF copy of the eBook to read and review, please email me at JQRose02 at gmail dot com. 

Do you raise vegetables? Got any tips for gardeners? Please leave a comment below and tell us about your gardening experience.Thank you!!


This Week:

Thursday, February 19--The final entry in the series, Romance and Mystery Authors on Writing, is this Thursday. I have compiled a list of helpful writing websites suggested by my guests. Stop in as I share some of them with you. As a free gift, I'll send you the complete list.

Romance and Mystery Author on Writing series
Because this series was loaded with such valuable information, I plan to compile the interviews into an eBook this spring to share the authors' advice and new information with you all. 




Thursday, February 12, 2015

Romance and Mystery Authors on Writing: Mystery Author C. Hope Clark on Dialogue, Character, Structure and More, Giveaway


Sneaking in here to wish everyone a 
Happy Valentine's Day!
Now, please check out C. Hope Clark's great post while you munch your Valentine candy...

Romance and Mystery Authors on Writing
A series on tips for writing, publishing, and marketing
Hello and welcome to the Romance and Mystery Authors on Writing series featuring mystery author C. Hope Clark. Hope is sharing quite a mix of  helpful tips today.

You may know Hope Clark as the editor of the award-winning FundsforWriters.com, Her Friday newsletters are packed with information and ideas to generate income from your writing career. If you are a fiction writer, have you thought about picking up some extra cash by submitting articles for magazines on writing or your passion for your hobby? How about the topic of your latest novel or short story? Is your main character a quilter (probably like you)? You could write an article for a quilting magazine or site AND get exposure for your book. If you are a children's writer, submit articles to magazines for children. 

There are numerous ways to pick up more income and Hope can direct you to those sites. She even includes contests that pay. Check out Funds for Writers  for opportunities to expand your writing career.
Palmetto Poison by C. Hope Clark

Hope has brought along two prizes for two lucky commenters. One is a subscription to Total Funds for Writers and the other is a copy of Palmetto Poison, the third book in the Carolina Slade Mystery Series. Just leave a comment below to enter the drawing. Winners will be drawn after 9 pm EST Sunday evening.


Hope, put on your mystery author hat and tell us about your experience when you entered the world of fiction. 


Thank you, Janet.



I realized when, after ten years, I finally published a mystery with a traditional publisher, that I still had not "arrived." As a matter of fact, I learned that we never arrive. We just take new steps. After building FundsforWriters for a decade, and speaking nationally, I learned that entering the fiction world put me in the position of a freshman in college, stepping out of being the big dog in high school. I was a novice. Nobody had heard of FFW in the fiction world, so I was a newbie of the highest order. I had to publish more and earn sufficient royalties to even be accepted in certain professional organizations. Today, I've published four mysteries and one nonfiction book, and while I might have climbed one more rung on that ladder, I'm still way behind a gazillion authors and have a long way to go. It's always an upward climb. It's never easy. And there is no top. If you aren't in this business for the enjoyment of the long haul, then leave. You most definitely have to enjoy the process or you are in the wrong game.

Thanks, Hope. Your experience is a good lesson for all of us. You have more valuable advice for writers. Please go ahead and let us in on the tips you have gathered as a mystery author.

Writing Tips by C. Hope Clark

DIALOGUE - Write dialogue without the tags to test whether your characters are distinct enough. If the voices sound alike, you have work to do.

CHARACTER - Your characters need to walk off the page. In other words, readers should want to meet them in person. Most characters these days do not meet this criteria, so better to make them bigger than life than routine. Opt for over-the-top characters over those that color within the lines. Doesn't matter the genre.

STRUCTURE - Nothing beats the Three Act Structure (see http://www.musik-therapie.at/PederHill/Structure&Plot.htm ) or the Hero's Journey (you can see how similar it is to the Three Act Structure here http://www.movieoutline.com/articles/the-hero-journey-mythic-structure-of-joseph-campbell-monomyth.html ) for fiction writing. Over time, after several novels, you learn to naturally see where the pivotal moments are. Just remember that every scene has to propel the story. Every scene needs something off-balance that makes the reader proceed forward. If you get to the end of a scene, and nothing stirred the pot or yanked the reader in some manner, go back and rewrite. This is a good editing phase once your draft is done, though your structure (your skeleton) needs to be basically solid at the end of the first draft.

SETTINGS - Settings drive my stories. I feel readers should sense location as much or more than the characters themselves. The story is three-dimensional, and character and plot only make up a fraction of the pie. Setting is all around us in real life, to include all the senses, so why not include the same in your story? The reader should feel hot, cold, damp, parched, sticky, buggy, or dirty. He should hear the traffic, the birds, the wind or the crowd. He should taste the pollution, the salt breeze, or the margarita. He should smell the ozone, the bakery, the decomposing organize matter in the swamp. He should feel the sticky ooze from a jungle plant, the dust on a coffin, the smoothness of a stair banister. Don't leave a scene with running all the senses through your mind to give your words depth.

ORGANIZATION - Personally, an outline is a good tool for your story. However, be willing to be flexible. Many new writers want strict organization before they start, then get frustrated when the story doesn't go in that direction. An outline keeps you on task, but sudden innovative thoughts can take you on a better journey. Be willing to detour. Creativity is not static . . . it flows wherever the downhill takes it.

EDITING - I'm the world's worst editor for myself. I have edited each one of my books differently. And I'm one of those people the masters fuss about...my internal editor never shuts off, but I like it that way. That's not to say I do not have to edit as much as the next guy. I just hate reading sloppy work, so even if I have to move or delete a chapter, erase a character, or shift the climax, it's in a cleaner environment, and frankly, I make fewer mistakes in the long run. But...that's me. The masters state that you need to get that first draft down on paper as quickly as you can, so that you are running on pure creativity. I strongly suggest you begin that way until you have a bit of experience under your belt. Creativity is original and yours. Editing is more structured and a multi-person effort. Get all of you on the paper before you worry about commas and passive voice.

FINDING AN AGENT, EDITOR, OR PUBLISHER - It is a slow process. Accept it. The world is packed with writers who gave it a month and a couple dozen queries then gave up and self-pubbed. And ninety percent of them learned later that they were not ready to publish. That process is not just supposed to find you a representative. It's supposed to make you reconsider whether your work is ready. If you are not finding these representatives after several dozen attempts, them go back and fix your writing, because the truth is, all those people found it in need of repair.

 CONTENT FOR BLOGGING - Y'all...it isn't all about you. Readers want take-away value. You might mention yourself, but the message has to be bigger than you, and applicable to the reader. I don't care you've been to Italy. I am not intrigued by your Christmas. Not unless there was a story to be told, a growth process that emerged, an unexpected lesson. The reader has to feel the reading was worth the time, with something to take away and learn from, even if it's just a recipe or a string of how-to items.

 BEING A GUEST BLOGGER - Honor the blog's theme, first and foremost. Adhere to guidelines, and if there aren't any, read enough of the blog to recognize them. The day it appears, be available to answer comments, and treat each comment like a special guest. You are a guest in the blog host's home . . . act accordingly. 

MARKETING/PROMOTING - Like writing, marketing is a daily venture. It doesn't take  much, but you should do something, somewhere, to put your face/name/title/brand out there each and every day. If you aren't energized to spread the word, and aren't eager to communicate with your readers, why should they be interested in what you have to offer? They want a part of your energy as much as what you are selling.

USING SOCIAL MEDIA - Find that balance between using it religiously and being addicted. Use the 10:1 ratio. Ten items your followers might be interested in learning, and one item that promotes you and your work. You need to show you care about your followers and that it isn't just about you.

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Murder on Edisto by C. Hope Clark
The Edisto Island Mysteries (Volume 1)
A big city detective...a lowcountry crime

In Murder on Edisto, former detective Callie Jean Morgan returns to her parents’ South Carolina home broken, widowed, no longer employed, with a craving for gin and a teenage boy to raise. Life means little to her, but she owes it to her dead husband to raise Jeb. Regretfully, she remembers too late why she left her parents’ overbearing ways so many years ago, and she heads to the family’s vacation home on Edisto Beach to get away, clear her head, and hopefully give her son the life he deserves. On her first day in her new home, however, she finds her childhood mentor, a senior gentleman in his 80s, murdered, and Callie has to decide what she’s made of.

Buy LinkAmazon  
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About Hope:
Mystery Author C. Hope Clark
C. Hope Clark holds a fascination with the mystery genre and is author of The Carolina Slade Mystery Series as well as the Edisto Beach Series, both set in her home state of South Carolina. In her previous federal life, she performed administrative investigations and married the agent she met on a bribery investigation. She enjoys nothing more than editing her books on the back porch with him, overlooking the lake with bourbons in hand. She can be found either on the banks of Lake Murray or Edisto Beach with one or two dachshunds in her lap. Hope is also editor of the award-winning FundsforWriters.com, chosen by Writer’s Digest Magazine for its 101 Best Websites for Writers for the past 14 years. Her Friday newsletters reach 40,000 readers, and she speaks at writing, reader and mystery events across the United States.  She also freelances and has been published in the likes of Writer’s Digest, The Writer, Writer’s Market, Guide to Literary Agents, and Guide to Self-Publishing. 

Connect with Hope at:



Have you been to Edisto Island and/or the Carolinas? Please leave a comment below.Your comment will enter you into the drawing for a subscription to Total Funds for Writers or the e-book, Palmetto Poison. Two winners!!





 

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Fantasy YA Author Susan A. Royal and Lara Visit, Giveaway

Hello and welcome to the J.Q. Rose blog. 

Looking forward to a fun day because YA author Susan Royal and I are swapping blogs. She's visiting today and  she's brought along a copy of her YA fantasy, In My Own Shadow
YA fantasy, In Her Own Shadow
or a copy of any of her other books for a prize. So be sure to leave a comment below to enter your name in the drawing for the giveaway! Winner will be determined after 9 pm EST on Wednesday evening. 


Be sure and pop over to Susan's blog to visit me there. I hope I can keep things under control until Susan gets back! See you at the Susan A. Royal blog  

If you haven't met Susan, or just want to learn more about her, here's what I can tell you...
     Born in west Texas and raised in south Texas, Susan makes her home in a 100-year-old farmhouse in a small east Texas town that comes complete with a ghost who has been known to harmonize with her son when he plays guitar. 
YA Author Susan A. Royal


     She is married and the mother of six (she counts her children’s spouses as her own) and five grandchildren who are all unique and very special. Her family is rich with characters, both past and present. Her grandmother shared stories of living on a farm in Oklahoma Territory with three sisters and three brothers and working as a telephone operator in the early 20th century.  She heard about growing up in San Antonio in the depression from her father, and experienced being a teenager during WWII through her mother’s eyes.
   
     When she isn’t writing, she still has a day job working as a secretary in the public schools in east Texas. She also does her best to keep up with her grandchildren. Music and painting are two of her passions. Susan is a firm believer in getting what you want without breaking the bank. She loves to bargain shop anywhere there’s a sale and began repurposing long before it was popular. She paints, crafts and sews. Her office/craft/sewing room is littered with her latest projects.

     Susan loves to take her readers through all kinds of adventures with liberal doses of romance. So far, she’s written two books in her It’s About Time series, Not Long Ago and From Now On. They are time travel adventures with romance about two people who fall in love despite the fact they come from very different worlds. In My Own Shadow is a Fantasy adventure/romance. Look for her books at MuseItUp/Amazon/B&N. You can also find Odin’s Spear, one of her short stories featured in a Quests, Curses, and Vengeance anthology, Martinus Publishing, available on Amazon.

     Want to know more? Visit Susan at the Susan A. Royal blog  and Susan A. Royal's author site for a peek inside this writer’s mind and see what she’s up to. You never know what new worlds she’s going to visit next.
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Oh, wait a minute, wait a minute. I just got a text that Susan is sending Lara, her main character from In My Own Shadow. What a treat to get inside the story with Lara. 

A Visit from Lara from In My Own Shadow by Susan A. Royal

     My name is Lara, and I work downtown in the Metropolitan Building. I’m not really all that good at talking about myself. Just ask my good friend, Carrie. She accuses me of being a recluse, but the sad truth is I lack her social graces. Sometimes I give in and let her drag me to some party, so she’ll get off my case for a little while. Once we get there, she flits from one group to another, laughing and having a great time, while I lurk around the edges of the crowd, looking for a dark place to hide.
     Carrie and I have been BFFs for a long time, even though we are total opposites. She’s cheerful. I’m sarcastic. She’s outgoing. I’m a loner. But she’s always been there for me, especially after losing Dad. Mom died when I was born and left the two of us trying to cope. Now there’s only me. Carrie’s been a great friend. I just wish she’d quit trying to fix me up with some guy she thinks is my Mr. Right.
     People are always telling me I should go into modeling, because I’m 5 foot ten and have the kind of red hair everyone wants these days, but honestly, being in the spotlight isn’t my thing. And, looking like a model hasn’t helped with dating at all. My height seems to intimidate a lot of men. It’s funny. One of the first things I noticed about Rhys is that it didn’t seem to bother him a bit that we stood eye to eye. Not to mention his great body and rugged good looks didn’t get my attention, along with his green eyes…
     Honestly, everything happened so fast the night we met all I remember is a blur. It wasn’t until after Rhys dragged me through a portal into another dimension that I realized he wasn’t the blind date Carrie set me up with after all. And he really was out of this world.
     Yeah, I know…you’re probably thinking this sounds like your typical ‘guy rescues girl from danger and takes her to another world, where they fall in love’ scenario, but you’re wrong. Rhys treats me like an unwanted responsibility, nothing more. Every time I tried to be nice to him, he clams and starts acting like commando man. It goes downhill from there when I open my mouth and out comes the sarcasm. I let the guy get under my skin. Why? Because even though I refuse to admit it, I have feelings for the guy. There’s something about the quiet way he takes responsibility for our little group of travelers. He takes his job seriously…even to the point of blaming himself when things go wrong, the way I felt when Dad died. If only he would open up…
     The bad thing is we’ve got to work together so we can locate the book of secrets before it falls into the wrong hands and his world falls apart, that is if we don’t kill each other during the process.
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In My Own Shadow-On an adventure to an alternate world 
with a handsome stranger, Lara finds herself living in her own shadow.
 Back of the book:
     Talk about the worst day ever! Lara lets her friend Carrie talk her into a blind date, only it turns out the handsome stranger waiting for Lara after work isn’t Carrie’s cousin after all. And, when they’re chased through a portal to another world, Lara realizes Rhys really is out of this world.
     Lyra, her alternate in another dimension, has left clues to the whereabouts of the Book of Secrets that explains the mystery of time travel in Lara’s subconscious.  Or so Rhys thinks. Power-hungry telepaths pursuing them will stop at nothing to get it, even if it means breaking Lara’s mind. To complicate matters, Lara gets tangled up in her feelings for Rhys while exploring her connection with Lyra.
     With Rhys as her guardian, a bear of a man named Azle to guide her, and the spirit of Lyra haunting her dreams, Lara must find the Book of Secrets before it falls into the hands of those who want its power.  Only then can she return to her world safely.

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