Welcome to my stop on Naomi Bellina‘s Virtual Book Tour for DON’T SAY NO, presented with Goddess Fish Promotions. Naomi will be awarding a $15 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, you can follow the tour here: http://goddessfishpromotions.
Mixing business with pleasure has never been so much fun.
Amber’s life sucks. Her ex got her thrown out of college, then fired from her job. When she’s hired for a mystery shopping assignment, she hopes this is exactly what she needs to kick-start her life and get her back on track.
Jaeger is all business when he hires Amber to check out the spa he’s purchasing. If she can help him prove that the venture will be a success, then he can build his own future, not the one his family has mapped out for him. Becoming attracted to his sexy spy isn’t part of the plan.
Amber can’t see how she fits into Jaeger’s world, and he’s too uptight to ever fit into hers. Circumstances bring them together, in bed and out, but when a secret from his upper-class life is revealed, Amber must decide if she can trust him. Or is her life going down in flames all over again?
She reached across the table and pinched his cheek. He caught her hand and held it. A little zing went up her arm at the touch. He had a nice, firm grip, and she enjoyed the sensation of his skin on hers.
“Thank you for doing this.” He didn’t let go of her hand, looking intently into her eyes.” It really is a good idea, and I know you’re going to help us out a lot.”
“Well hell, thank you for hiring me. I’m actually kind of having fun,” she said, breaking his stare but not pulling her hand away. The zing turned into a tingle that moved down her body, all the way to her toes.
He rubbed his thumb along the skin. “Such soft hands. Don’t let them work you too hard, and make sure to wear gloves.”
As if he suddenly realized he was caressing her in the middle of a diner, Jaeger let her go.
They both bent their heads over their menus, though by now Amber almost had it memorized. A small smile crept to her lips. A little hand-holding was an unexpectedly nice way to start the day.
Where do you get your book ideas?
From the strange things people say and do. I get to talk to a lot of different people and every now and then, someone says something and I go, Holy crap! That would make a great story.
Do you write outline to start or just start writing?
I swear, as God is my witness, I’m going to get better at outlining! Over the years, I’ve come to see how much easier it is when I have a more complete outline, even if things change along the way. I have been much better at setting up my GMC (goal, motivation, conflict) chart for my hero and heroine and that really helps. But sometimes, I’m so eager to get a story out of my brain, I just start writing.
How long does it normally take to write the book before edits?
It depends on the length, the amount of research involved, and what’s going on at the day job and in my life at the time. I just wrote an 81,000 word book and that took, let’s see, I’m going to say a year. But Don’t Say No came much faster, in just a few months. For some reason, it flowed really well and I didn’t have any major sh*t storms going on in my personal life. My goal is to write a little faster and not get distracted by shiny objects, like Facebook, Pinterest, Etsy, you know.
Are you an indie author or mainstream author?
A little of both. I’ve had experience with a large publisher and several smaller ones. (I consider indie to be independent publishers, not self-published). I’ve really enjoyed my experience with Heart’s Desire Press, the smaller publisher that produced Don’t Say No. Their editing, communication, promotion, all top-notch. I’m not anywhere near ready to self-publish yet. It’s sooooo much more work! For now, I want to do the writing, let my publisher handle the technical stuff. Who knows what will change in the next few years, though.
How did you get started, can you give people wanting to write an idea how to get started?
I’m going to say something totally contrary to what everyone else says. Write what’s popular. Yes! If you want to sell books, write what people are buying. Sure, it’s great to write what you love, but if you love something really weird and not marketable, probably you won’t get a lot of sales. You could get lucky, and some people have, writing a unique book that takes off. But to start, why not find a genre that’s selling well? One that you enjoy and like to read. Then, put your own special twist and come up with a creation you love, but that readers will love too. Once you sell those first books and maybe become a big hit, then you can write the really weird stuff. That’s my opinion, anyway.
My other advice to those wanting to go with a publisher, do some research. Find one whose covers and books you like. Don’t sign a contract if you instincts say no, no, hell no. Join a local writing group, if you can, and pay attention when experienced authors speak. Have fun! If you’re not having some fun at this gig, find another one. Life is too short to waste.
Thanks so much for having me here today! I hope you and your readers enjoy Don’t Say No.
Thank you for the interview Naomi, you gave us some really good advice and your books sounds wonderful, so adding it to my TBR list.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
I love spas! Even as an employee at several, I’ve always enjoyed the relaxing, pampering atmosphere in a place that’s designed to be all about feeling good. This book is a work of fiction and most of the craziness that went on at Bella Sun doesn’t really happen at spas. Mostly. I like to think there’s always a romance or two going on behind the scenes. I’ve also been a mystery shopper, though I never received spa treatments on any of my assignments. Some girls have all the luck!
I hope this book encouraged you to not only search for your own true love, but to follow your dreams, no matter how many setbacks you encounter.
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Amazon: Don’t Say No