RG2E Featured Author Tamara Ward talks Epic Storylines and Cliffhangers

Happy Monday, RG2E Peeps!

Let’s give a Wonderful RG2E Welcome to Featured Author Tamara Ward, who’s talking Epic Storylines and Cliffhangers.

Take it away, Tamara…

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Hi, everyone! I’m so happy to be here on the RG2E today talking about my new release,Hidden Betrayal. It’s the second novel in the Jade O’Reilly mystery series, which features sassy private investigator Jade O’Reilly. Right now, in addition to the two novels, four short stories also are included in the series. Jade’s got spunk, and a bit of an attitude, as well as three older brothers, a cute detective as her romantic interest, and a co-worker with the appearances and persona of a pug with severe indigestion. Jade is a lot of fun to write – and (I hope) to read!

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In addition to the mysteries she sets out to solve, there’s also an overarching mystery that Jade is out to solve, one that is going to tie a series of five novels together. Without giving too much away, I’ll say that Jade wants to get resolution to her parents’ deaths. At the end of the novels, Jade finds pieces of resolution – but not the lasting kind or the kind that is entirely, neatly packaged (tightly taped shut, with a double-knotted bow). Readers won’t find this epic storyline in the short stories, just in the novels.

As an author, I admit I feel worried: Am I leaving too much unresolved at the end of each novel with Jade? I’ve read novels with epic storylines – novels that pull off the un-resolution to their overarching storylines successfully. And I’ve also read series where the novels end on cliffhangers that just leave me, the reader, feeling cheated in the worst way with heart-clenching irresolution. I hope and believe my novels provide adequate resolution. As a rule, I write my novels to be standalone – readers can read one without reading another. And the mystery/problem of each particular novel is completely resolved, one way or another. But Jade won’t find all the answers she’s looking for when it comes to her family – at least not until a few novels from now.

So about Hidden Betrayal: Here’s the blurb from the back cover…

Who isn’t hiding a secret? That’s what Private Investigator Jade O’Reilly wonders as she looks into the theft of an artifact destined for the local art museum. The artifact’s owner is a man so wealthy he could buy the county and who wouldn’t mind also investing time into Jade. His advances don’t please Keith, Jade’s romantic interest. But that’s not the only source of conflict in the developing relationship. Why doesn’t Keith want Jade applying to carry a concealed handgun? Will Keith convince Jade to scrap her application, or will Keith’s mind change as Jade’s investigation takes a deadly twist?

Hidden Betrayal is the second novel in the Jade O’Reilly Mystery series by Amazon Bestselling Mystery Author Tamara Ward. The first novel in the series, Private Deception, joins multiple short stories that follow Jade on other adventures. In all, action and light romance combine with engaging characters and humor for page-turning whodunits set in the fictional coastal town of Sweetwater, NC.

How do you feel, as a reader, about overarching storylines that aren’t resolved until the end of a series? Let me know, please, and if you’d like a free ebook copy of Hidden Betrayal, leave your email. At the end of the day, I’m drawing five winners from a hat. 

Thanks so much! I hope you enjoy the read!

~~~ Tamara Ward

Amazon Bestselling Mystery Author Tamara Ward’s storylines and characters combine for fun, fast-paced, can’t-put-it-down reads. Her published mystery novels include Private Deception, Storm Surge, andSilver Flashing. In her mysteries, you’ll find characters who keep readers hooked, strong-willed women sleuths, and a sprinkling of humor.

For more information, visit Tamara Ward’s blog athttp://www.authortamaraward.blogspot.com/.

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Thanks Bunches, Tamara, for a superfab fun post and for treating several RG2E Peeps to an Ebook Gift Copy of HIDDEN BETRAYAL. Luv the cover, btw!!! 🙂

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RG2E Featured Author Elise Stone on “Places Near and Far”

Wavin’ atchya, RG2E Peeps!

Oh, the places we go…in real life and in fiction too! And here’s RG2E First-Time Featured Author Elise Stone to take you along on her story world journeys…

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One of the things I love about reading is discovering new places. I can travel all over the world, even travel in time, without leaving my recliner. There are some books which wouldn’t be the same stories if they took place somewhere else.

I fell in love with Nevada Barr’s Anna Pigeon mystery series because each book takes place in a different National Park. Since Anna is a park ranger, she spends a lot of time outdoors. Because she’s always new to the park at the beginning, she has to learn about it, explore it, and ask questions of those who have been there longer. In the process, the reader is immersed in these places. I’ve never been to the Natchez Trace, but I certainly feel like I’ve visited.

I’ve been to Washington, DC with Margaret Truman in her Capital Crimes mysteries and to Mississippi with John Grisham. I’ve been on the Navajo Reservation with Tony Hillerman and to Medieval Europe with Jeri Westerson.

On the other hand, it’s lots of fun to travel around a place you know with one of your favorite characters. I lived in Boston for eight years, so it’s like a visit home when I read one of Robert B. Parker’s Spenser mysteries. I love when Spenser travels on Storrow Drive and I can say, “I’ve been there!”

Naturally, when I started writing my own mysteries, the setting was very important to me. I began Faith, Hope, and Murder shortly after moving to Tucson, Arizona. Having spent most of my life in the Northeast close to the ocean, where you’re likely to have a sump pump to keep your basement dry, the desert was a very different place. I’m sure I was a major traffic hazard for the first few months. Every time I glanced in the rear view mirror, I’d catch sight of the mountains and stare, thinking, “Look at that! Mountains!”

Sometimes I’d even say it out loud.

The Sonoran Desert is a beautiful place. It’s not at all like the Sahara. The variety of plant and animal life is amazing. When the cacti bloom in late spring, the desert is filled with color. Tucson is on a major flyway, so there are a large number of bird species to see. Hummingbirds regularly visit my yard. The sky is huge and open and filled with stars at night. And there is nothing like the scent of the creosote bush after a monsoon rain.

Faith, Hope, and Murder could only have taken place in the desert Southwest. The climate and culture are essential to the story. If you read it, I hope it comes alive for you so that one day you’ll come and visit Tucson. You won’t be sorry.

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When Faith Andersen’s best friend asks her to help a stranger with a legal issue, she has no idea that Ursula’s problem is a fiancé convicted of murder. As a web designer, Faith’s knowledge of law is sketchy at best, but, having just lost her job, she has plenty of hours to fill.

The victim, a smuggler who brought both drugs and human beings over the Mexican border, had plenty of enemies. And even more dangerous friends.

Pastor John Menard has problems of his own. His ministry rocked by scandal, he’s already lost his wife and may just lose his congregation. It’s too soon after his divorce to think about another relationship; but there’s something about the pretty skeptic that draws him to her.

As Faith investigates the murder, she finds herself with more questions than answers. Who killed the coyote? Is Ursula really who she seems? And has Faith gotten herself into more peril than she’s ever imagined possible?

I’ll Ebook Gift 5 Copies today! So, let us know below if you’d like one, and you just might win it! Please leave your email address in your comment too so we can get your Gift Copy to you quicker!

~~~Elise

About Elise:

I was born and raised in New York, but I was never really a New Yorker. In New York, you’re one of many. There were 1,000 in my high school graduating class. I probably knew fifty of those people. The rest were a crush of students in the hallways. Commuting to work means joining the throngs on the Long Island Expressway and sitting in traffic. Manhattan always gave me a headache. It’s loud, it’s dirty, it’s intense. You can feel the air vibrate with the intensity. Yes, it has terrific museums and Broadway shows and Rockefeller Center at Christmas, but for the most part I can live without those things.

The one thing I did like about living in New York, and on Long Island in particular, was being close to the beach. I love the ocean. I can walk along the shore or sit on a driftwood log and watch the waves roll in for hours. I love the smell of the salt air and the cry of seagulls soaring overhead.

I wanted to go to Amherst for college, but in those days Amherst was still an all-male school, so I looked at Mount Holyoke instead. My most vivid memory of that visit was when the woman showing me and my mother around the campus brought us into this lovely, quaint room and announced, “This is where our writers meet.” I longed to be there with other women who wanted to write. I imagined myself in that room, writing and reading my work with the girls of Mount Holyoke. But after that visit my mother convinced me I wouldn’t fit in with those girls. We, after all, were barely middle class and lived in a blue collar neighborhood. There was also the matter of cost. Even with the scholarship they were willing to offer me, Mount Holyoke was much too expensive for my parents to afford.

I went to Michigan State because it was far away from home, they had a Big Ten football team, and they offered me a full scholarship. Since my dream of being a writer had been pretty well quashed by this point, I had no idea what I wanted to be when I grew up. I majored in psychology because it was about as close to not having to declare a major as I could get. I found out I wasn’t a Mid-Westerner either.

Time passed. I graduated, got a job as a social worker, got married, had a child, went back to school (degrees in psychology not being conducive to doing much practical work), got a job as a bookkeeper, kept going to school at night, and discovered computers. I became a computer programmer, then a manager, then the director of a small IT department. In between, I got divorced, bought a condo, and raised my son.

In time, my son went to college and I lost my job due to the merger of my company with another, larger one. I had a boyfriend in Boston, so I sold my condo, packed up my things, and found a job in Massachusetts. I loved Boston. I loved all the history in it. I loved walking through Paul Revere’s house and the little house where Abigail Adams grew up and seeing the site of the Boston Massacre and having all those places we’d learned about in American history class come alive. There was a burgeoning folk music community in Boston and my boyfriend and I spent weekends going to see Cheryl Wheeler and Dar Williams and John Gorka and Garnet Rogers and so many other talented musicians. I was also close to the beach again.

And then 9-11 happened and the whole world changed.

What it did for me was make me take a close look at my life. I kept thinking about how those thousands of people had gone to work like any other day or gotten on an airplane for a routine trip and suddenly were dead. It made me think about how I would feel if my life had ended that day. Death was no longer something in the distant future, but an immediate possibility. What had I left undone? What did I want to do before I died?

It turned out there were two things. One was to find my faith. I’d given up on religion back in college, but had always had this nagging in the back of my mind that I should reexamine it. After 9-11 I felt the need for God in my life again. It was just too big to deal with on my own. I spent a year going to various churches until I found House of Prayer in Hingham. My faith journey brought me full circle back to the Lutheran church I’d been raised in. Not quite the same church, but with similar core beliefs.

My second unfulfilled desire was to be a writer. I hadn’t written anything other than computer programs in decades. I didn’t even know where to begin. But I remembered the joy I’d had in creating stories when I was young and I wanted that joy again. So I started, slowly. Writing is like playing tennis or playing the piano. You get rusty when you don’t practice. I had a lot of rust in there.

Another merger, another job loss, and I relocated to Arizona for work. I love Tucson, even though it’s so different from Boston. Maybe because it is so different. I love the mountains surrounding the city, cradling it, guarding it. I love the smell of the creosote bushes after it rains. I love the harsh beauty of cactus and mesquite. I love the echos of the Old West that are part of the culture, Mexican food and mariachi bands. I love the big, blue sky that’s filled with stars when night comes.

And I’ve kept writing. I feel like I’m getting close to having a novel worthy of publication. It’s probably the fifth novel I’ve written and it’s still not totally there yet. But I have rediscovered the joy of writing, of making stuff up. It’s like magic and you get to do it all by yourself, you and your muse whispering ideas into your head. Hopefully I’ll be sharing some of that magic with readers soon.

Connect with Elise here:

Web site: www.elisemstone.com

Blog: elisemstone.blogspot.com

Twitter: @EliseMStone

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I’m with you, Elise, in that I look forward to visiting and re-visiting great towns, cities and countries with my fave authors and their wonderful characters! I also look forward to returning to the fabulous fictional places and worlds they create too! 🙂

Thanks so much for sharing with us today and for the Ebook Gift Copies too!

The Best of RG2E Reading Wishes — D. D. Scott, RG2E Founder

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Amazon Bestselling Author Tamara Ward on New Year’s Reading Resolutions

Wavin’ atchya, RG2E Peeps!

Many of us made New Year’s Resolutions…but how ’bout New Year’s Reading Resolutions?

Here’s Amazon Bestselling Author Tamara Ward to tell you about hers…

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Do you make New Year’s resolutions? I do, even if I don’t always keep them! Among my resolutions this year is one that deals with the books I read. I already read a lot, but this year I want to make a concentrated effort to make sure I’m getting a balanced diet of books throughout the year.

Sometimes, I’m stuck in a reading rut, which is fine. There’s nothing wrong with enjoying a genre and sticking with it, devouring everything you can get your hands on. But every month this year I want to read a variety of books by a variety of authors, fiction and nonfiction, mystery and romance, sci-fi/fantasy, YA and adult!

Knowing how my resolutions go, I’ll start off strong and putter out. And to distract me from my lack of willpower, I’ll lose myself in a good read.

If you need distraction – or a fun read – I’ve got the ticket for you! I’d love to treat you to a mystery, Silver Flashing. It’s the second in my Jonie Waters mystery series, but it can be read as a standalone. The novel is available in every e-reading format. Leave a comment for your chance to one of 10 Ebook Gift Copies I’m giving away. 

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About Silver Flashing

Newspaper reporter Jonie Waters thinks the story she’s covering is bizarre. Even so, she’s not prepared for the shock of finding a corpse in a trunk beneath the floorboards of a house. She dashes from the grim discovery and calls the police. But by the time alluring detective Daniel Wyeth arrives on the scene and reenters the house, the trunk and its contents are missing!

With the police and her newspaper coworkers questioning her credibility, Jonie makes tracking down the body and the murderer her mission. She won’t let anything get in her way, not even distractions that include covering a series of newspaper articles with her old flame, interacting with her dysfunctional family, intercepting a mugging, and surviving a round of mud wrestling.

Silver Flashing is the second novel in the Jonie Waters Mystery series by Amazon Bestselling Mystery and Romantic Suspense Author Tamara Ward. Action and light romance combine with engaging characters and humor for a page-turning whodunit set in Wilmington, NC.

Buy Links ($3.99):

For Kindle from Amazon

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Connect with Tamara here:

Tamara’s blog

Tamara’s Facebook Page

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I’m with you, Tamara! I’m doing a ton of reading in 2013 and across a variety of genres, many of which are new to me!!! Cheers to that!!!

And cheers to you for treating our RG2E Peeps to Ebook Gift Copies!

The Best of RG2E Reading Wishes — D. D. Scott, RG2E Founder

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RG2E Featured Author Linsey Lanier on Character Growth and Smart Mouth Heroines

Happy Monday, RG2E Peeps!

I know we’ve got a lot of you who enjoy Smart Mouth Heroines, just like I do! So, here’s RG2E Featured Author Linsey Lanier to tell you about the one she created.

Take it away, Linsey…

Hello RG2E readers! And a big thanks to D.D. Scott for having me here today. This is my first time on RG2E and I’m so excited.

My name is Linsey Lanier and I write the Miranda’s Rights Mystery Series. While I’ve always had a soft spot for romance, the first time I read a Robert B Parker novel, I was hooked on mysteries as well. I suddenly had a burning desire to create a female character as snarky as Spenser. I also wanted a mystery with a good bit of romance.

Thus Miranda Steele was born. Of course, a smart mouth isn’t always acceptable for a woman, so I gave Miranda a horrendous past to justify her attitude.

In the first book in the series, Someone Else’s Daughter, Miranda’s convinced she’s overcome her past, but she really hasn’t. I discovered she’ll need several books to do that.

One of the most challenging parts of writing a novel is dealing with the growth of your characters. With the Miranda’s Rights Mystery Series, I’ve learned it’s even more challenging with a series of books. With each book, characters have to face new obstacles and grow a little more.

So I thought I’d tell you about Miranda and Wade Parker, the sexy southern gentlemen-detective hero of the books, and their journeys.

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A woman can never make herself too tough, too strong or too street smart.

Miranda Steele (who is more like a female anti-heroine in the first book) has been through the wringer. Thirteen years ago she was married to an abusive psychopath who stole her only child from her.

Miranda’s reaction to what happened to her was to make herself as tough and as strong as she could—including taking martial arts classes and working construction jobs with men—and to search for her daughter. In chapter one of Someone Else’s Daughter, Miranda has searched for her child unsuccessfully for thirteen years. When she meets ace investigator Wade Parker, she has a chip on her shoulder the size of Milwaukee.

That’s one reason she doesn’t believe him when he offers to try to find her daughter. Or when he offers her a job as a trainee at the Parker Investigative Agency. Or when he offers her his heart. She has trouble believing anyone like Parker could care for her. And yet the new job gives her a sense of purpose she’s never known before. It invigorates her, makes her feel alive.

And so does Parker.

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His calling was spawned by a deep, shadowy need, a dark episode from his past that  plunged him into a career both his father and grandfather disapproved of.

The hero of the series, Wade Russell Parker III, is Atlanta’s most eligible forty-four-year-old bachelor. Though born into the wealthy Parker family, he’s gone his own way to become an ace investigator and CEO of the ultra-successful Parker Agency.

Three years ago, Parker lost his wife to ovarian cancer and thought he could never love again. Until he met Miranda Steele.

One look at her trim, lean body, her shapely backside, those those lush, deep blue eyes fringed with the blackest of lashes, and a raw, primal desire ripples through him that takes him aback.

Never in his life has he known such a woman. With her stubborn tenacity, her nose for trouble, her uncanny ability to get herself into the thick of danger, she puts him through the gamut of emotions from terror to despair. And yet, he can’t stop admiring that irascible spirit, that strength of will, that need to defend the defenseless, to avenge the innocent. They are kindred spirits.

And though she makes him face not only his weaknesses, but his own dark past, the undeniable bond between them grows stronger every day.

One day she’ll be his.

As a reader, what do you think of mysteries? Do you like romance in your mysteries? Do you like a strong heroine?

Today Im gifting twenty copies of Someone Elses Daughter via Smashwords. 

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In a ritzy subdivision outside Atlanta, a serial killer is targeting thirteen-year-old girls, and smart-talking, pepper-eating Miranda Steele gets caught up in the investigation. Thirteen years ago, her abusive husband gave her baby up for adoption. Now Miranda has a letter written by a girl who claims she’s adopted. Is this her long lost child?

Or is she someone else’s daughter?

About Linsey:

Linsey Lanier is the author of a dozen novels and several short stories. She writes romantic mystery-suspense books, humorous romantic fantasy, and romance—with a dash of sass.

She has lived all over the country but currently resides in Georgia with her loving husband and several dozen yard squirrels.

Connect with Linsey here:

Linsey’s website

Linsey’s blog

Linsey on Twitter

Linsey on Facebook

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I always luuuvvv hearin’ about fellow smart-mouthed heroines! Your Miranda sounds like my kinda gal!!!

Thanks sooo much for the fun post and for the Ebook Gift Copies too!

The Best of RG2E Ereading Wishes — D. D. Scott, RG2E Founder

The Top Five Reasons You Don’t Want to Mess With RG2E Featured Author Tamara Ward’s Heroine, Jade O’Reilly, PI…

Happy Tuesday, RG2E Peeps!

Welcome to The RG2E and/or Welcome Back!

Amazon Bestselling Mystery Author Tamara Ward presents you with the first in a new series – PRIVATE DECEPTION – and the top five reasons you don’t want to mess with the novel’s heroine, Jade O’Reilly, PI!

Take it away, Tamara…

Hello, RG2E friends!

What happens when you’re a private investigator and the man you photograph cheating on his wife one night ends up dead the next morning?

That’s the situation facing private investigator Jade O’Reilly, the heroine in my new mystery series that begins with PRIVATE DECEPTION.

Top 5 reasons not to mess with Jade O’Reilly, PI

1. One of her three older brothers might track you down.

2. Her favorite shoes, a pair of combat boots (with cute plaid lining).

3. Her shotgun and rifle collection (she nails her target almost every time).

4. She’s got the skills (and access to special databases) to uncover your secrets.

5. You don’t mess with girls raised in the south (Jade hails from the fictional coastal town of Sweetwater, NC).

Here’s the book blurb:

Sassy private investigator Jade O’Reilly thinks she’s hit rock bottom when, in the midst of obtaining photos of a cheating spouse in a second-story apartment, she falls off a swing set to the feet of an attractive mystery man. But the next day, when Jade discovers the man’s identity—he’s a detective with the local Sweetwater, NC, police—she learns that the cheating spouse was murdered and Jade herself is a suspect. Rock bottom just got a new definition.

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Leave a comment for your chance to win one of five copies of PRIVATE DECEPTION on the ereader of your choice! As the ebooks become available (on other platforms besides Amazon), I’ll gift them to you.

Reviews:

“Private Deception dishes up a complex but clean plot that is given depth by smart, well-crafted dialogue; enough twists and turns to hold the reader’s interest; and an array of characters any reader will quickly learn to care about. And take my word for it, once you read it, Tamara Ward will become a writer you, as the reader, will want to follow.”

“Getting to know Jade was such a great experience, as the layers of her life are revealed, and how what happened in her past affects her present. … This kept me guessing up to the end.”

Connect with me on my blog or on my Facebook and Twitter pages.

Would you like an ebook gift copy of Private Deception? Leave a comment below! 

Happy reading,

Tamara Ward

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I luuuvvv Top 5 Lists, and yours totally rocks, Tamara!  I’ve got this one on my Kindle already and can’t wait to read it!!!

Thanks Bunches for chatting with us and Ebook Gifting us too!

The Best of RG2E Ereading Wishes — D. D. Scott, RG2E Founder

RG2E Featured Author Laina Turner talks Overcoming Discouragement

TGIF, RG2E Peeps!

Welcome to The RG2E and/or Welcome Back!

And Welcome Backs goin’ out to RG2E Featured Author Laina Turner, who’s chatting with us about writers overcoming discouragement.

Take it away, Laina…

I’m thrilled to be here again at the RG2E and I have a few more spots scheduled this year so hopefully you won’t get sick of me.

One of the challenges we have as authors is having a thick skin and not letting the negative nelly’s get us down. In my indie pub author career I have had people comment about me not being a real author since I publish ebooks and those are self published, I’ve had editing nightmares and spent countless dollars trying to do the right thing in having my books professionally edited by editors that aren’t so professional, and then those pesky negative reviews. But because of the great support I get from other authors, reading blogs such as the sister blog to this one (The WG2E), and my family and friends I am able to shake the negative off. It might take a glass of wine or two but it enables me to keep plugging away at this very real career of being an indie ebook author and I love every minute of it.

So a big thank you to everyone who sends the positive vibes my way and enjoy the second book in the Presley Thurman Mystery series, Necklaces & Nooses, on me!

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When Presley’s boss is found hanging she thinks its suicide until the police discover its homicide. Who would want to kill a store owner? Presley’s not sure but she’s determined to find out.

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Stilettos & Scoundrels E-book FREE on Kindle, Nook, iTunes, Kobo, and soon to be Audible.

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It does indeed take some mighty tough skin to be a Published Author, Laina! You betchya!

Thanks sooo much for sharing your thoughts with us today and for Ebook Gifting our RG2E Peeps!

C’mon, RG2E-ers…let Laina know your questions below as well as which Ebook Gift Copy Format of Necklaces and Nooses you’d like to receive, and you just might win it…

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RG2E Featured Author Laina Turner takes Make-Believe Play into Indie Epublishing Pay-Off

Happy Hump Day, RG2E Peeps!

Welcome to The RG2E and/or Welcome Back!

Today, we’re thrilled to Welcome to The RG2E Amazing Author Laina Turner!

Take it away, Laina…

As an only child I grew up spending a lot of time alone and filled much of that time through playing make believe. As I grew up I found not much changed I just didn’t speak out about all the imaginary playing I was doing in my head. When I was a little girl I wrote down a lot of my stories but as I got older I kept them to myself mostly so people didn’t think I was CRAZY! I got to a point in life where I felt I needed to do what I wanted to do and not just work on what I had to do. In the summer of 2007 on a week’s vacation from work I decide to start my novel. That week I sat outside at a café and wrote the first 30,000 words of what ended up being my first self published novel. It then took me two more years to finish it but after that first week I was hooked. I knew I had to write even if the books didn’t sell. It was fun.

Once I finished my first book the really hard work started – the marketing of the book. I first tried print books. I hadn’t yet bought into the ebook craze mostly because I love paper and bookstores. I spent 2010 and early 2011 schlepping my boxes of books to every place I could think of to do signings and promote my work. In January of 2011 I was bored one night and figured “why not?” I will upload my book on to Kindle Direct. Frankly, I uploaded it and promptly forgot about it until May when I was having a conversation with a friend who had just purchased a Kindle and told me how much fun she was having with it and how she had just downloaded my book. I did a double take and it took a second for me to even remember I had an ebook out there. The last couple months I had become so discouraged with trying to sell my book I had decided to take a break.

Book 1 of the Presley Thurman Mysteries

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Nook http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/stilettos-scoundrels-laina-turner/1104360962?ean=2940011394782

Kobo http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/Stilettos-Scoundrels/book-a2a-T7jBokGGyutWHLjMLg/page1.html?s=Yke8jr6vwEGxXdNGfVUV5Q&r=1

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When I got home from my friends, I went online to see if I had sold any other kindle books besides the one my friend bought. You can imagine my surprise when I saw I had sold about twenty in the last few months. Now I realize twenty doesn’t sound like a lot but I had been busting my a** trying to sell my paperback books and hadn’t done much better. Here I sold twenty ebooks and had done absolutely nothing! I then went into overdrive trying to research all I could into the ebook trend. I forced myself to start reading ebooks and while I admit I still love my paper I appreciate the convenience of the ebook and it has changed the landscape of how people read.  I soon came across the WG2E and it was then my focus on the ebook market was born.

Please enjoy the book that started it all, Stilettos & Scoundrels, for FREE on Kindle, Nook, iTunes, Kobo, and Smashwords and soon to be on Audible.

Short excerpt

Gently touching the handle of the front door was all it took to make it swing wide open. It was late, after midnight, and everyone in the house except Tom was asleep. As usual, Tom was in his study working late. Walking carefully and quietly through the foyer, the adrenaline began to kick in. The intruder confidently walked into Tom’s study. Tom was concentrating so hard on the papers in front of him that he was unaware of anything else. Raising his hand, the intruder hit a stack of books sitting on a side table, sending them crashing to the floor. Tom spun around with a look of shock on his face as he recognized the person swinging a sharp object toward him. Tom raised his hands to protect himself but he wasn’t quick enough. The spikey end of the stiletto heel punctured his neck instantly, sending a spray of blood over the papers on his desk. He tried to cry out, but all that sounded was a gurgling noise as his lungs filled with blood.

The intruder set the shoe down next to Tom and backed out of the room softly, closing the door to the study and hoped no one would come looking for Tom until morning.

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