I sat in my room at our family’s tattoo parlor, Forever Steel staring at the phone. I hadn’t stopped looking at the picture of this crazy, quirky, insanely beautiful blonde haired blue eyed siren that invaded the Jersey Shore a month ago.
Carly Smythe was not my type at all. She was a twenty year old student at Stanford University in California, smart as hell, and funny. The shit kicker was she was so awkwardly unaware of what any man with pulse could see, and that was that she was a damn heartbreaker with a body that made me hard the very first time I saw her.
She made me crazy, she snuck out to see me, and then avoided any sexual advances I made on her, until I finally kissed her, and I didn’t wait for an invitation either: I took those pouty little lips and made them mine.
Carly was also an avid reader of those books, you know “Mommy Porn.” So my game had to be stepped up. Who the hell am I kidding? She could see through my game immediately, and it didn’t have the same effect it did on every other girl I hooked up with. And she didn’t go running for the hills, either. I fell hard… and fast.
Abe (her cousin) knew all the shit that had gone down in my life for the past five and a half years and in order to make this work, which I wanted it to… I needed to set the record straight, put it all on the line, give her the 411, and let her decide if after everything, she still wanted to give it up to a guy like me. A tattooed, pierced, f-up, with a past that was sure to send any girl into a tail spin. She was not any girl, she was…different.
~ Xpresso BT
1. What made you decide to go the self-pub way?
I wrote 13 books in a year and a half and I wanted them out.
2. What would you say was the toughest part?
Pushing submit and putting myself out there.
3. Did you hire professionals for editing, cover design, formatting?
Not at first but yes to editing and cover design now. I format them myself.
4. How did you decide who to hire, if you worked with pros?
Word of mouth.
5. How long did the production part take, from the moment you began working on the manuscript to self-pub to when you hit ‘Publish’?
Nine months (Intresting right? Like pregnancy.) But now it’s much quicker two months tops.
6. Where is your work being distributed, Amazon, B&N, Smashwords, AllRomanceEbooks/Omnilit, some other distributor? How did you decide which one(s) to go with?
Started with Smashwords then quickly realized the power of Amazon.
7. If you could turn back in time and do things differently, would you? What would you change?
I would have had them edited before hitting submit. When you write and then edit yourself you miss so much. You’re to close to the story and miss things. LOTS of things. I would have used readers (If I had known about them) started a page before releaseing it. I would have reached out to bloggers, there very helpful. But I am not joking when I say I jumped in with both feet knowing nothing.
1. If you could wish for any one thing, and it would immediately come true, what would you wish for?
My Daughters eternal happiness.
2. If you were stranded on an isolated island, what’s the one book you’d absolutely wish to have with you?
Where the Sidewalk Ends ~ Shel Silverstien
3. Name your favorite fruit.
4. Coffee or tea?
5. Favorite season?
6. How about fav time of 24 hours?
8:00 pm (reading to my daughter)
7. Were you a boyscout/girlscout?
No but I was a Daisy and a Brownie leader, lol.
8. Favorite food for breakfast?
9. Latest book you’ve bought and read?
Remy by Katy Evans
10. Do you collect things, like stamps, or key chains, or shoes?
11. Favorite color, you know you want to tell us!
12. Drama or comedy?
Drama unless of course I have enough of that going on in my life, then comedy please.
13. Have a fav quote or personal motto?
“Do unto others”
14. Cats or dogs?
Dogs (Please don’t tell my cats or bunny)
15. Dinner by candlelight or a night out clubbing?
Clubbing (cause it’s been to long)
About the Author & Links:
My imagination became apparent at age three. Sigma was my very first (imaginary) boyfriend. He lived about fifteen miles from my family’s farm. I took him chicken noodle soup every night on one of our snowmobiles, regardless of the season. Apparently he was very ill and “Thank God” I was able to care for him.
At eight my love for writing blossomed. My cousins and I (of course I was the president) wrote a newsletter and sold it to our family members.
Years later I decided to put it back into print to entertain my cousin on an aircraft carrier on 9/11 and very far away from home during a scary time for our country, (protecting our butts).
Fast forward to 2012. I read 50 shades and thought, I wanna do that!
I have two complete series The Love Series, and Wrapped and two new series Burning Souls and Men of Steel. Thirteen books in sixteen months. CrAzY and wonderful.
I love love! (I would love to reference a Pink song here but I will save my inappropriateness for my books.
I enjoy watching people grow and change with self realization and moments of clarity that sneak up behind you and smack you in the head. I love people and have always been able to see both sides of a story. Each person that comes into our life leaves us with something it is what we choose to do with it that helps us grow.
I live in central New York in the middle of nowhere and am surrounded by family and friend. I ran a small business out of my home and have recently closed my door to pursue this dream full time. I spend time writing and doing the typical Mommy things. Our house is full of pets, friends, and noise ninety percent of the time. I would have it no other way.
I love people,music, laughter, hugs, books, and talking about books.
I’m very excited to share that I have recently signed and am now represented by with Marissa Corvisiero.
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