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Romancing Across the World Blog Tour 2014 Day 1 – Caroline Stoner

Welcome to Day 1 of the 2nd Annual Romancing September Across The World Blog Tour. I’ve teamed up with Rosie Amber again this year. We’re promoting 30 awesome romance authors in 30 days. Help us out by cross promoting when you can and check out these authors.

Don’t forget to go over to Rosie Amber’s page and check out her page too. I’ll put the link at the bottom of this post.

Today my guest author is Caroline Stoner and I want to thank her for blogging with me today. Here is a little about her and her book The Roman.

1) What inspired you to write this book?

I’ve been a voracious reader all my life.  I also have an overactive imagination.  For years I’ve been making up stories in my head and jotting ideas for book plots down on scraps of paper muttering things like “One day I’ll…”  In 2007 my husband went out one afternoon and bought me a laptop.  He gave it to me and said “Now you’ve no excuse.  Write that book.”  It’s taken a lot of hard work to finally get published in 2014, but all the rejections shouldn’t be seen as negatives in my opinion, but stepping stones to your final goal of being published.  But I digress, – this book was inspired by Russell Crowe in “The Gladiator” – ‘nuff said!

2) What’s your favourite part of this book and why?

I love the opening chapter.  It’s full of angst and tension as this is when the hero and heroine meet for the first time after six years of bitterness and anger has festered between them.

3) What is your philosophy on writing and life? 

Just do what feels right.  I’m going to admit to being an author who writes when I feel like it.  I have days when the words don’t flow, and on those days I don’t lose any sleep over the fact that I haven’t written anything.  I tend to find that I’m more creative late in the evenings and at weekends, so I fit my writing around those times.  One thing is for sure, all writers are different, and if I compared myself to some of the more prolific authors (Nora Roberts for example) I would freak out.  So I go with the philosophy of “what works for me, works for me!”

4) Name your three favourite books that you’ve written — feel free to list buy links 

“The Roman” is my first book.  But I have written another “Roman” and that’s currently with my editor at the moment.  I’m also finishing off a “Viking” romance and I’m thinking of writing a “Regency” romance soon.

5) What are your goals for this year? 

I need to edit and “layer in” some emotion into my “Viking” book before it’s ready to be sent out.  I’m also researching everything to do with the Regency period.  My idea of “research” tends to be reading as much of the genre that I can fit onto my Kindle!

6) If you had to give one piece of advice what would it be? 

Keep going.  Ignore the rejections.  Ignore the “crows of doubt”.  One day you will be published.

 

Blurb

ROME AD 79 – The one woman he ever loved was the one woman who betrayed him. And now, the Roman will have his revenge… Marsallas and Justina were young, beautiful and desperately in love once, until a tragic betrayal tore them apart.  Six years have passed since that day and Marsallas has since thrown himself into the deadly world of chariot racing, gaining fortune, fame, and a salacious reputation throughout Rome.  His bed could be kept warm by a different woman each night if he chooses, but his heart remains iced over as the memory of Justina’s betrayal continues to haunts him.  The last thing he expects is to see her again, but when she steps back into his life he sees a chance to avenge his broken heart.  But beneath the hurt, an attraction so intense still burns between the two, and as their fates begin to intertwine once more, their determination to resist one another starts to falter…

Book Links

On Amazon.com – http://ow.ly/tPGTX

On Amazon.co.uk – http://ow.ly/tPHfJ

On Barnes and Noble – http://ow.ly/tPHvY

On Kobo – http://ow.ly/tPI1N

Google Play – https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Caroline_Storer_The_Roman_HarperImpulse_Historical?id=aR-hAgAAQBAJ

iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/roman-harperimpulse-historical/id804712321?mt=11

 

  • .Caroline Storer The Roman

 

 

 

Author Links

You can also find me on my blog at – http://carolinestorer.blogspot.co.uk/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/caroline.storer.50?ref=tn_tnmn

Twitter – https://twitter.com/CarolineStorer6

 

Thanks so much for joining us on this grand adventure we call Romancing September Across the World 2014 Blog Tour.

Now go over to Rosie’s page if you haven’t already –  http://rosieamber.wordpress.com/

 

As always, good writing and May God Bless You…

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Summer is almost over Sale!

It’s hard to believe that summer is almost over. My son starts back to school on Tuesday, that’s crazy. I love the freedom of summer, but I love the crisp air of Fall and the smell of fireplace smoke, boiled peanuts, pumpkin flavored everything, the beautiful leaves, well everything about Fall. 

Since Summer is almost over, I want to have a little sale on my books. My ebooks will be on sale on Amazon and my paperbacks will be on sale on my website. My Amazon page is at http://www.amazon.com/Stephanie-Hurt/e/B00850W7U8 and my new author website is at http://www.stephaniehurtauthor.com. The sales will go up tonight, should be available late today. 

Also, Horseshoe Publishing which is the publishing service I jointly own with my editor/cover designer/awesome assistant will be offering discounts on our services. We’ve added website design and setup to our services. My new website is one of our creations. All of my covers are designed through our service. 

Hope everyone is enjoying this day and smiling. A smile gives you joy and helps to set up the day as a positive one.

As always, good writing and May God Bless You…


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Monday morning cup…

It’s Monday morning and I definitely feel it. My weekend was a tiring adventure. We spent all day Saturday erecting the new play fort for the Children’s Ministry. Of course it was the hottest day in Georgia this summer. Let’s just say the water and gatorade was flowing. But after many hours of hot, sweaty, mind boggling instructions, we finished it. It looks great and the kids came in yesterday with huge smiles. That made it so worth it.

In my writing career I’ve been honored by a couple of magazines letting me write articles for them. I’ve been honored again by Southern Writer’s Magazine. I’m working on an article for their Nov/Dec issue and it’s going to be an instructional article. If you don’t subscribe to their magazine then you’re missing out. The magazine has some really good articles and their dedication to helping authors is amazing. They’ve been really supportive to this southern writer and I’m honored to help them with their magazine.

So as I sip my coffee adoringly this morning I’m thinking of the work at hand. Thursday I purchased the program Dragon Speak to help me with my rough drafts. If any of you have used this program then you know the frustration I had at first, but as I sat down last night determined to make it work, it just did. I just have to get used to talking instead of typing. I’m hoping it will help with the sore shoulders and neck from many days typing. I’ll keep you updated on how that works.

As for deadlines and upcoming books, Emma Rose is coming along well. I’m working on setting a deadline for it. I spent most of last week with my wonderful editor/partner/cover designer creating back covers for some of the books that have been out in Ebook edition, but not in paperback. The covers came out really well and I’m excited about their release.

My new website is up and running at stephaniehurtauthor.com, so if you get a change click over and let me know what you think. The publishing company I own with my partner, Horseshoe Publishing, is now creating websites. The possibilities are endless so if you’re looking for a creative website to showcase your work, just give us a shout.

As you can tell, my life has been busy, busy, busy the last couple of weeks. That’s why I’ve been a little away from my posts. But starting September 1st you’ll hear from me everyday of September. It’s time for Romancing September Across the World Blog Tour with my friend Rosie Amber. We have a awesome list of authors this year and I can’t wait to get it started. We’ve been working hard for two months getting the info from the authors and getting the posts set up and ready to go. Keep a watch out and help us get the word out each day.

So, sitting here writing this is keeping me from the work at hand. I could talk with you guys all morning, but Emma Rose is crying out to have another chapter under her belt. 

As always, good writing and May God Bless You…

 


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A Writer’s Brain…

A writer’s brain is a little different from just anyone’s brain. We have an extra chromosome or two in the ‘make it up’ zone of our brain. A writer’s brain is constantly thinking about the next scene in the book, the cover design, a character flaw, etc. You get the picture. Our brains are on overload most of the time.

For example: I road with my son to pick up breakfast yesterday. As we headed home with the breakfast and coffee my mind was reeling with storylines. Then the smell of the coffee hit me and my mind went to a whole different storyline. What’s up with that? 

Now, I’ve had several stories come into my head that didn’t really pan out. They kind of fizzled out after the first thought. But the problem with that is the story still roams around in my head trying to gain a little extra thought. One of those stories just recently went through my head and now it’s actually a finished book. “Safe in the Pirate’s Arms” was just one of those stories. I’ve been playing with the thought for a while, but it never really seemed to work itself out. Then one day it found it’s legs and my brain ran with it.

Again, I have to say a writer’s brain is a little different. One writer joked on social media the other day about someone that wronged her and she turned it around to a murder mystery. I had to giggle because as a writer we can take care of those people that bother us, but we do it differently. We take care of it through fiction, not action. It’s a way to get rid of it and go on to another story. Having a writer’s brain can be useful in that way, right?

The only problem is, some days my brain doesn’t go quiet at bedtime. I’ve spoken about this several times as it is a constant. But of course I do have writer’s block from time to time and would love to have those moments back. I had one of those moments on Saturday and if you follow my blog faithfully you know that’s one of my favorite times to write. I had it all scheduled out. I planned on getting Emma Rose fleshed out, but guess what, a wall of pain was erected and I spent the morning nursing a headache that refused to let creativity in. I did get in several romantic movies, I guess you could say I did research of sorts.

Do you have a writer’s brain? Can you look at something and a story unfolds? If so, put it in print. Get it out there, you never know, it could be the next big thing…

As always, good writing and May God Bless You…


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Authors are like bees!

2560x1440 Wallpaper bee, flower, pollination, insect

Ok, I know you’re saying, now where is she going with that? Well, let me explain. I was watching a bumblebee buzzing around my flowers and I was thinking about the pollination process. If you think hard about it you’ll get where I’m going with this :)

As authors we start with the seed that grows into a flower which of course is our book. Once we’ve completed our work of art we start spreading it everywhere. Then of course other authors or bees in this analogy, spread it to other places and so on and so on. Are you getting the picture?

Of course we do want to make sure to cross pollinate too. We need to work together as authors and helps other authors promote. It’s a win, win. Have you noticed that we do a lot of promoting on other authors sites and them on ours? I was asked by a non writer once why we do that and I laughed. I told them it may sound crazy, but it still gets our name out there.

We all have followers that read what we post. Then of course if we recommend a book they’ll go over and check it out, then also when we cross pollinate, the original author gets more views from the other authors followers. It may sound confusing, but it’s really quite simple. It’s like a pyramid, but legal. 

So, have you cross pollinated lately? Don’t forget about Romancing September Across The World will start Septemeber 1st. I’ll be posting more in the next week regarding it. But I’ll tell you this, we’ve got 30 awesome authors involved and it’s going to be a great chance to do some pollinating, ummm…. you know what I mean, sharing :)

As always, good writing and May God Bless You…

For more info:

http://rosieamber.wordpress.com/romancing-september-tour/

Also, the countdown is getting close for Safe In The Pirate’s Arms…


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Mid Week Snippet!

With Safe in the Pirate’s Arms coming out in 2 days, I thought I’d tease you a little bit. You know me, I have to let you in on the fun! I will say this, writing a Pirate Romance was so much fun that guess what, no wait should I tell you this yet? Hmmmm…. ok you pulled my leg, be looking for another installment coming over the horizon. Watch for it. It will sail into book sites in the near future, but for now, here’s a snippet of Caleb & Serena’s story:

Pacing the quarters that were quickly shrinking, she finally walked over to the door. She placed her ear on the door to see if anyone was near. When she heard nothing, she quietly opened the door. Slowly she stepped out of the cabin. The sea air felt wonderful on her face.

Closing her eyes she let it blow over her body and through her hair. The smell was heavenly and made her long to be up on deck. She leaned over the railing and looked down at the water rippling and splashing on the side of the huge ship.

So caught up in her view, she didn’t hear Caleb coming up the walkway. He couldn’t believe she was already disobeying him. She was caught off guard when he pulled her quickly into his quarters. The anger in his eyes told her that this would cost her freedom.

“Do you even have a thought to your safety? Am I the only one concerned with it?” He thrust her toward the bed and stood over her. “I left you untied because I wanted to give you a chance to walk around and for your wrists to heal.”

“I’m sorry, but I just can’t stay cooped up in here. It’s stuffy and warm.” She indicated the sweat on her brow.

He walked over to the door and contemplated what to do with this woman. She’d disobeyed his orders. What if his men would’ve seen her? Rolling his eyes he turned to look down at her. “If you’ll stay in here until after the men go to sleep, I’ll take you up on deck.” He put his hands on his hips. “Can you handle that?” What was she doing to his control?

She meekly looked up at him from under her lowered lashes. “I’ll stay right here.” She was excited about going up on deck to see the stars overhead. They were always brighter out at sea.

“I’ll be back in a bit with dinner, so you’d better be right here. Do you understand?” He talked to her as if she was a child.

“I’m not a child.” She huffed out.

“Then don’t make me treat you like one.” He said and walked back out the door. By the time he stepped back on deck he was smiling. Things were not going to get boring with her on board. He whistled as he stepped up to take the wheel from Tom.

Tom grinned at his friends light mood. “Well how’s the prisoner?”

Caleb cut a hard look at him. “She’s not a prisoner and she’s the most stubborn woman I’ve ever dealt with.” He growled out.

“Well, most women that are brave usually have a stubborn streak. And she’s definitely brave.” He shook his head and laughed. “I’ve never known many women who’d want to sneak on a pirate ship.”

Safe in the pirate's armsFront Cover

That was just a little dangling bait to wet your senses. It’s a powerful book that takes you on a journey across the sea and back. Don’t forget, it’s coming Friday!

As always, good writing and May God Bless You…

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