Announcing the Life of Privilege #sixdaysofselfies Giveaway!

I’m thrilled that Life of Privilege, the newest release in the What’s Her Secret? imprint is now out on general release.

The book is set in the Emerald City, better known as Seattle. The beautiful metropolis is hands-down my favorite city, so it seemed the perfect location for Life of Privilege.

Shortly after the story starts Katie relocates to Seattle from New York City, naturally, she explores her new home and I tried to pay homage to the area by having her visit lots of Seattle attractions. Several of the city’s iconic landmarks appear in the book, including the world-famous Pike Place Market, Space Needle, Central Library, the Great Wheel and more.

As my blog readers probably know, I live in the Pacific Northwest, in the Seattle metropolitan area. Recently, I made a trip into the city and visited a few of the landmarks that Katie and Royce explore in the book. During my adventure in the Emerald City, I brought along a camera and a paperback copy of Life of Privilege.

Beginning tomorrow, I’m hosting a very fun giveaway! I’m calling it The Life of Privilege Six Days of Selfies Giveaway.

The prize draw will last a total of six days, from Saturday, May 23 until Friday, May 28. During that time, I’ll be posting a selfie a day across my social networks. The picture will be of me holding a copy of Life of Privilege in front of a different Seattle landmark, along with a brief excerpt from the book relating to the location where the selfie was taken.

Sound exciting?

Here’s how to enter:

  1. First, friend or follow me on any of the following social media profiles. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr or Google+.
  2. Each day when I post that day’s selfie, like, share, retweet or @mention/tag me to be entered into the drawing.

The prizes:

I’ll giveaway the signed copy of Life of Privilege that I posed with in the various selfies to one U.S. winner. I’ll giveaway one ecopy to an international winner. In the event both winners are U.S. residents, the runner-up will receive the ecopy. If both winners are international residents, they’ll each receive an ecopy and a new U.S. winner will be selected for the autographed print copy.

On May 29th I’ll go through all the posts and randomly select the winners and they’ll be notified on my social media networks.

Good luck to all who enter!

Here’s a bit more about Life of Privilege

lifeofprivilege_800Living the life of a celebrity isn’t always as perfect as it seems.

Katherine Dawson was born into a life of privilege as the heiress to an apparel dynasty. Between judging a reality TV competition for budding fashion designers and having been the face of her family’s clothing line for most of her life, she’s one of the biggest celebrities in her field.

When she becomes engaged to up-and-coming television producer Nathan Taylor, she appears to have it all. To any outsider, she has a picture-perfect life, so when Katherine leaves her groom-to-be at the altar and disappears, the tabloids are full of speculation over her sudden departure.

Fleeing New York to hide out in Seattle, she quickly finds that living the life of an heiress in hiding isn’t as easy as she thought, especially after she meets a magnetic writer named Royce Reynolds. In her new life on the West Coast, she struggles to keep her anonymity, and experiences a relationship with a man who wants her for the person she is, not the celebrity she used to be.

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News, news, news!

Book promotions always feel like such an odd thing for me to blog about, it feels a bit too much like tooting my own horn, but I thought my blog readers might be interested in some of the news I have to share, so here goes.

The Life of Privilege Blog Tour:

Beginning tomorrow I’ll be all over the web promoting my newest release Life of Privilege. My seven day tour takes me to seven different blogs, the dates and websites are listed in the image below:

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I’ll share a link to each stop on the blog tour across social media, so if you’d like to read what I have to say at each blog (they’re seven different posts on varying topics I wrote about in Life of Privilege) be sure to follow me on either Twitter or Facebook.

That Moment When You’re in National Media…

As part of the promotion surrounding Life of Privilege, my publisher Totally Bound arranged for me, along with two other authors, to be in a small feature on USA Today’s Happy Ever After blog. You can see the feature here.

An Exclusive Q&A:

Each week Totally Bound features a different author on their website to spotlight. The feature usually consists of a brief interview highlighting how the author got their start in the business, a little about their newest release and what’s on the horizon for them. This week, I’m the featured author! You can learn more about how and why I started writing romance, some background on the hero in Life of Privilege and more. See the exclusive Q&A here.

Join Me on My First Ever Facebook Takeover!

Okay, this is the last bit of info I have concerning Life of Privilege promotion, I promise :) This Friday, May 15 at 9 pm EDT/6 pm PDT I’ll be hosting my first ever Facebook takeover event on my publisher’s Facebook page.

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There will giveaways, excerpts and lots of other fun stuff happening during this hour long event. I hope to see you there, so please like Totally Bound on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TotalEBound

The Romance Studio’s Staying Home Party

Starting tomorrow until Sunday, May 17 I’ll be at The Romance Studio‘s fourth annual staying home party. Staying home from what party, you ask? The Romantic Times annual booklovers convention. I wanted to go soooooooo bad this year (it’s in Dallas this year, hello, Tex-Mex food and margaritas!), but it just wasn’t in the cards. Although I’m pretty stoked to see it’s been moved up to April next year AND it’s being held in Vegas! Crossing my fingers I can make next year’s event. Join me and a plethora of other romance authors as we guest blog about our books, the romance genre in general and offer gift cards, books and swag as giveaways to lots of lucky participants! Visit http://trsparties.com/ to enter the giveaways and read posts.

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When Was the Last Time You Cried Happy Tears?

Now onto some very exciting news! Do you remember the last time you cried happy tears? I do! It was on Wednesday, April 29 when I received an email from a Harlequin Blaze editor. Some of my blog readers might remember me talking about entering Harlequin’s #BlazeBlitz submission blitz in March, somewhat on a whim. I didn’t really expect to hear anything other than some constructive feedback on my submission, so I concentrated on other projects and putting together all my promotional posts for Life of Privilege during the 44 days or so between subbing my first chapter + six-page synopsis.

So, you can probably imagine my shock when I received an email from a Blaze editor telling me they believed my story had great potential and they were interested in reading more…as in they were requesting a FULL MANUSCRIPT. Happy tears welled in my eyes. I shrieked. I couldn’t stop smiling.

And then I went “Oh sh!t. I should’ve written so much more on this manuscript.” So, I’m furiously working to finish the manuscript. I can’t believe I made it this far in the #BlazeBlitz submission process, so to get picked (mine was one of the 24 manuscripts the editors requested a full on out of the 200+ submissions they received) feels surreal and humbling.

Keep your fingers crossed for me ;) and I’ll of course keep my blog readers up to date on the progress once I know something from Harlequin.

Life of Privilege is Available for Early Download!

It seems like I signed the contract and set into motion the publishing of my first full-length novel with Totally Bound so long ago. When I looked at the calendar, the six months between the manuscript being accepted and being published seemed to stretch on for an infinite amount of time, but the last few weeks have passed so quickly! Part of the reason time might’ve seemed to have sped up is because lately I’ve been working on promotional blog posts for my blog tour, interview questions and other bits of promotion in preparation for the book’s release.

Starting today Life of Privilege is available for early download on Totally Bound‘s website! I applaud my publisher for the amazing “book boutique” on their website, check-out is easy and convenient–hello, one-click purchasing!–and readers can choose to download their books in any format compatible with all ereaders and mobile devices, Kindle, Nook, Kobo, iBooks, Android or in PDF.

You can purchase Life of Privilege while it’s on early download exclusively on Totally Bound’s website by clicking here.

Instead of posting the blurb for my novel again, (I know I’ve posted it a few times now) today I’m sharing the book video the awesome PR department at Totally Bound sent me. I won’t lie, the first time I watched it and read all the great things my editor said about me and my book, tears welled in my eyes! Please enjoy this 90-second video!

It’s Camp NaNoWriMo Time!

April is right around the corner and with the start of the new month, comes an opportunity for me to challenge myself as a writer. Twice a year, National Novel Writing Month hosts Camp NaNoWriMo in April and July.

Last summer I used Camp to get a significant portion of my novel Life of Privilege completed. I’ve taken part in this challenge several times, so it means a lot to me to participate again.

Camp-Participant-2015-Facebook-ProfileWhat makes this session of Camp NaNoWriMo so exciting for me is that I’m in a special “cabin” with some other amazing writers. My cabin mates and I all submitted to Harlequin’s #BlazeBlitz submission blitz that took place from March 2-16.

During the thirty day writing challenge, some of us in the “Blaze Blitz Cabin” will be working on finishing our Blaze stories in the hopes that we get notified by a Harlequin Blaze editor with a request for a full manuscript, while others will be working on new stories.

My hope is that I can use the challenge to write like the wind and get my Blaze story finished up and then get a request from an editor at Harlequin for a full manuscript…but we’ll see! Regardless of the outcome with my Blaze submission, I’m finishing the manuscript :)

Life of Privilege Pre-Order + an Excerpt!

Today my forthcoming release Life of Privilege is available for pre-order from Totally Bound! I’m sharing an excerpt as well, please read on to learn more about this upcoming release.

lifeofprivilege_800Living the life of a celebrity isn’t always as perfect as it seems.

Katherine Dawson was born into a life of privilege as the heiress to an apparel dynasty. Between judging a reality TV competition for budding fashion designers and having been the face of her family’s clothing line for most of her life, she’s one of the biggest celebrities in her field.

When she becomes engaged to up-and-coming television producer Nathan Taylor, she appears to have it all. To any outsider, she has a picture-perfect life, so when Katherine leaves her groom-to-be at the altar and disappears, the tabloids are full of speculation over her sudden departure.

Fleeing New York to hide out in Seattle, she quickly finds that living the life of an heiress in hiding isn’t as easy as she thought, especially after she meets a magnetic writer named Royce Reynolds. In her new life on the West Coast, she struggles to keep her anonymity, and experiences a relationship with a man who wants her for the person she is, not the celebrity she used to be.

Here’s the excerpt!

“Daddy?”

Katherine Dawson’s voice echoed off the stone walls of St. Patrick’s cathedral. As one of New York City’s oldest churches, the structure had enough prestige and beauty to hold Sunday service, memorials, and it provided the perfect setting for storybook weddings.

When her father didn’t answer right away, Katherine gathered the heavy material of her wedding gown in her hand and walked the few steps to reach her dad. She looked down at the enormous bouquet of flowers in her hand and almost lost her nerve. Yet the longer she stared at the arrangement of white roses, calla lilies and orchids, the more it reinforced her gut reaction to this day. Like the stunning flowers arranged so perfectly in the bundle, she was also trussed up and made to look pristine. She too was arranged at her peak, the moment in her life when she was likely most attractive. She knew if she went through with this decision that just like the flowers, soon she would wither and lose her beautiful essence. Through the heavy wooden doors, she heard the faint strains coming from the fifteen-piece orchestra. They were preparing to play the wedding march. It was now or never. If she had any chance at escaping the glamorous affair, it was in this moment.

“Daddy.” She stood in front of her father and knew she must look as panicked and frightened as a wounded animal. “I have to get out of here. I can’t go through with this.”

Tears welled in her eyes, but she blinked fast to push them away. Once the waterworks started, she didn’t know when they might stop. She dropped her hold on the dress and reached for her father’s hand.

“I’m leaving. If you want to stay and deal with mother’s temper tantrums when she finds out I left Nathan at the altar, so be it. Daddy, I just can’t do this. Well, won’t you say something?”

Her father cleared his throat and it was then she noticed the tears that had formed in his eyes. She hated that she’d let him down, but she couldn’t go through life with such a momentous lie hanging over her head. She stood on tiptoe, wrapping her arms around him for a quick hug. “I’m sorry I’ve hurt you. I don’t want to be a disappointment to you, but I have to stay true to myself. You won’t see me for a while. I’m going away, but I don’t know where yet. I’ve got to go find out who I really am without all the pressures of being Katherine Dawson hanging over my head.”

“Kitty Kat,” he whispered, using her childhood nickname, “I could never be disappointed in you. I’m crying because you’ve made me happy. Go find yourself. Follow your dreams. That’s what I’ve always wanted for you. I love you.”

“Daddy, I love you, too.”

She turned her head toward the heavy wooden doors again. The wedding march was playing. She had to go now. Preparing for the sprint she knew she’d have to do to make it to the limousine that waited outside, she kicked off her silver-sequined Louboutin heels. Dropping her bouquet on the ground and gathering her skirt in her hands, she hurried out of the front door and down the church steps.

In her haste to escape the wedding, she’d forgotten about the crowd of reporters and spectators gathered along the sidewalk and in the street. At least fifty black cameras took aim at her and several eager members of the paparazzi stood right in her path, their camera flashes going off. She refused to look into their lenses, even as they called out to her by name. Her gaze was locked in on the back door of the limousine. Once she got there, she’d be home free.

“Katherine! Katherine! Why are you running?”

“Have cold feet, Katherine?”

“Where’s the groom?”

Ignoring the inane questions from the media, she opened the door to the back seat of the car. Franklin, her family’s driver, jumped from the front seat, prepared to help her into the vehicle. Katherine met his gaze and she shook her head. He took her unspoken command and hopped back behind the wheel. She could handle the paparazzi. After all, she’d been dodging the vultures since she’d been a teen. Pulling the door closed behind her provided a moment of peace. However, her relief was cut short as half of the camera-wielding men formed a semi-circle around the limousine while the rest scattered to nearby cabs. The car had to move before they got trapped—or worse—were followed by the bloodthirsty press.

“Where to?”

To read more of this excerpt, visit Totally Bound’s website.

To pre-order Life of Privilege, click here.

 

Welcome my Guest Author Davee Jones!

Please join me in welcoming author Davee Jones to my blog today. Here’s a little more about Davee and her writing.

Davee Jones – My first book published was, ironically, not the first book I wrote. On Ellicott Street – a feisty, loving, cougar romance novella- holds the honor of being my first published book. Finless, released second, was the result of years of blood, sweat, and tears. It’s a dark dance balancing between love, desire, and anger. I have 12 total releases so far between my adult moniker and my YA moniker, Allee Mae.

My ideal reader allows me to take them to the edge of sanity, push limits, and support a sometimes simple protagonist just trying to get by in life. I have the same type characters in my explicit writing as well as my sweet or YA books-they just don’t use the “F” word or engage in overt sexuality. It doesn’t always take erotic descriptors of body parts/functions to get a point across. But, I will bring out the sexy when a mature story requires it. (wink)

My newest series takes a twist on fantasy football and dating clubs. Split the Uprights is book one of the Fantasy League series. Books two and three are also available- A Game of Inches and Personal Fouls

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Blurb:

splitfrontWhat happens when you mix men and women in a fantasy football league? Lots of sexy competition and instant rivalries. Owner of Fantasy Leagues, Lola Fontaine, maintains two identities, one as loving matchmaker and the other as ball busting Dominatrix. In the LockHim Room, her muscle toned guys never know what to expect. With reclusive statistician, Eugene Carlton, they believe they have the perfect formula for romance. All their success takes a place on the Wall of Flame. But, do they really know anything about true love connections? She takes awkward Danika Parker under her wing and teaches her everything she doesn’t know about love. However, in the process, they establish risky boundaries, pushing the envelope normally established for just friends. Danika takes an interest in fellow participant, Finn Maxwell, the man still searching for a plan. Unfortunately for Lola, time is running out on secrets from her past. Living on borrowed time will catch up with her in a way she least expected. She will hurt the ones she loves, no matter how she tries. But, will they ever forgive? Will Lola get more than she counted on? Learn about grilled lemonade, love jam, fantasy football, and safe words all wrapped into the fun of Split the Uprights.

Quote From Book:

“I realize you live in a world of certain parameters, so to speak. It’s like always eating cake without frosting. One day you try frosting and cake eating arrives to a whole new level of fabulous. Maybe you should add some icing, Eugene.” – Lola Fontaine

daveetatsunglassedI have adult content available as: Davee Jones began a career in the counseling field with her M.Ed. She then diversified and began work for the federal government.

Find me on Goodreads and my book titles are available in the following locations:

Amazon Author Page, Barnes and Noble Author Page , Smashwords Secret Cravings Publishing

All Romance eBooks Davee Jones

Author Bio: For my sweet side as Allee Mae– with my 13 y/o daughter, we combine to create fictional worlds with something for everyone. Whether exploring urban legends, the eerie paranormal, first loves, sweet romance, scary dreams, we take you away from the everyday. Sweet Cravings Allee Mae  alleemaeauthor@aol.com Twitter @alleemaeauthor