Tuesday Teaser/Opening ~ Milan

Courtney Milan is my one and only historical romance autobuy. Whenever she releases a new book, it goes on the top of my TBR pile. Okay, that's not true. It goes nowhere near the pile because I'm reading it NOW. I wasn't sure if that tradition would continue with Trade Me since this is her first contemporary romance, but I'm far enough in that I already know it doesn't matter what she writes. Milan Rules!

Blurb:
Tina Chen just wants a degree and a job, so her parents never have to worry about making rent again. She has no time for Blake Reynolds, the sexy billionaire who stands to inherit Cyclone Systems. But when he makes an offhand comment about what it means to be poor, she loses her cool and tells him he couldn’t last a month living her life.

To her shock, Blake offers her a trade: She’ll get his income, his house, his car. In exchange, he’ll work her hours and send money home to her family. No expectations; no future obligations.

But before long, they’re trading not just lives, but secrets, kisses, and heated nights together. No expectations might break Tina’s heart...but Blake’s secrets could ruin her life.

Opening:
  Today is going to be a good day.
  There is little outward evidence of this. Ragged, gray clouds skittered in overhead during my morning bus ride. By the time I got to my stop a few blocks from the edge of campus, rain was coming down in earnest. Now passing cars send up a fine spray of droplets. The umbrella in my backpack gave up the ghost as soon as I pulled it out, and I haven't had a chance to duct tape the fabric to the spines yet, because I'm about fourteen minutes away from a class that starts in eleven minutes and twenty-nine seconds.

Teaser:
 "You said that I didn't notice people like you." His voice lowers. His eyes are relentlessly blue, and cut into me. "That's completely false. You've never been invisible to me. I saw you the first day we crossed paths, and I've been seeing you ever since."

Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following: Grab your current readOpen to a random pageShare two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page. BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! To see what others are sharing on the Teaser Tuesdays, check the comments at:: http://shouldbereading.wordpress.com/ 






Share the first paragraph (or a few) from a book you are reading. Here's the link: Bibliophile By The Sea

Nuggets for January

Got lots to share this month.

Don't know where to start with promotion? Well, this will help. My friend Rachelle has compiled a list of sites that help you promote your book. It's fantastic having all this information in one place, but you still have the problem of where to start.
http://www.rachelleayala.com/p/promo-sites.html

More about promos. Specifically how giveaways can help.
http://www.djgelner.com/2014/12/how-i-gave-away-over-2000-books-on-kindle.html

Don't forget that promotion starts with a few basics like writing your blurb and picking out keywords
http://annerallen.blogspot.com/2014/04/how-to-make-bestseller-lists-why.html
http://annerallen.blogspot.com/2014/03/8-tips-for-writing-that-killer-blurb.html

Want to write a plot twist? Here's a mini-lesson on what you need to know.
http://www.critiquecircle.com/blog.asp?blogID=146

Thinking about how to market audiobooks?
http://www.thecreativepenn.com/2014/05/01/audiobooks-acx-marketing/

Need to update your ebook? Hugh Howey shows you how.
http://www.hughhowey.com/fixing-typos-in-your-uploaded-amazon-e-books/

Action scenes are always challenging.
http://www.superheronation.com/2009/04/03/how-to-pace-a-scene-more-quickly/

The differences between how men and women act always interests me
http://www.superheronation.com/2007/04/08/writing-male-characters-and-perspectives/

The title of this post says it all: Good Dialog is never simply Dialog
http://j.nelsonleith.com/2014/12/24/good-dialogue-is-never-simply-dialogue/ 

Thursday Writing Quote ~ JK Rowling

You have to resign yourself to the fact that you waste a lot of trees before you write anything you really like, and that’s just the way it is. It’s like learning an instrument, you’ve got to be prepared for hitting wrong notes occasionally, or quite a lot, cause I wrote an awful lot before I wrote anything I was really happy with. ~ JK Rowling