It's here. The day. The one where I host my first guest blogger. Whoop.
How Following Authors Helped Me Become One.
Hello. I’m Angelina Rain, and I’m a newly published author. I’ve wanted to be an author ever since I penned my first short story in the eighth grade. I loved writing it and letting my imagination run wild. I loved the rush of creating characters and plots. In my early adult years, I decided to take things further and actually try to get published.
I had a goal and next was the research. I looked up every publisher I could think of, only to learn that all of them wanted agented work only. Okay, so I could find an agent . . . but wait, there was another problem. All the publishers I found wanted something about 80,000 words long. I could barely type 40,000 before I reach the ending. Was there no market for shorter books?
I searched again, and my searches lead to Harlequin. It’s a huge publisher, who started careers of many of my favorite authors, including Nora Roberts and Sandra Brown. Harlequin only wanted novellas, just what I could write. But wait. Another problem stopped me dead in my tracks. I read a few Harlequin books that just weren’t me. I read their guidelines and it didn’t appear to fit my writing style. Should I sell out and write what they wanted to read? Maybe, but I would be miserable writing and why do it if I hate it, right? Hope fled me. It looked like unless I could write a long novel, I should kiss my dream goodbye.
I got lucky when, through Harlequin’s message board, I found a few newly e-published authors. They all only had one book out, and were hosting giveaways. I entered and won. They were novellas, just like my writing, with engaging plots and well developed characters. I started stalking those authors’ blogs, and through them, I learned a lot about e-publishing. I started visiting various e-publisher sites, checking out their books and submission guidelines. E-publishing seemed to be the way to go. I watched as those authors got contracts and released their books that same year. I watched and learned, and I knew I found a home for my books.
Angie’s Fun Facts: As a kid, I used to hate happy endings and all my writing used to be tragedies. Now, I prefer happy endings. I was a strange kid.
Indecent Encounters (Out February 9th)
A Ménage Anthology, including “The Problem with Love Spells” by Angelina Rain
Sometimes a woman needs more than a lover…
Independent, lustful ladies find pleasure and intrigue with more than one man, from a scandalous vacation in Australia, to a forced seduction at a cabin in the woods. A witch needs to break a shameful spell, and an older woman slakes her sexual needs with two younger men. Cougars purr with unrequited desire and werewolves compete for the love of their mate. Satisfaction is just a sigh away as a surgeon bends the rules for her patient, and an over-stressed boss finds more than a little peace with secret admirers.
Find out what wicked delights await you with Indecent Encounters.
The Problem with Love Spells
When you’re cursed to live your whole life unloved, can you really be held responsible for casting a love spell? When Gretchen realizes that her love spell went wrong, her only option is to reverse it before too much damage is done. However, when she wakes with a werewolf and a vampire in her bed, she learns that even reversing a love spell could have its consequences.
~*~ GIVEAWAY ~*~
Angelina Rain is giving away one free copy of “Indecent Encounters” and it could be yours. All you have to do is comment or ask a question (she will answer it in the comments). One lucky winner will be announced on Feb 10th on Angelina’s blog. Leave your e-mail address so Angelina can e-mail you if you win.
Angelina, I wish you massive amounts of success with your book.