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Laura Pauling | Tag Archive | Random Acts of Publicity
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Another Random Act: The Truth About Faking. (Brand new release!)

Another Random Act: The Truth About Faking. (Brand new release!)

 

Welcome fellow blogger and friend, Leigh T. Moore. Leigh just released her YA contemporary and on the first day shot up the charts!

 

Blurb:

Jason just wants a date with Harley.

Harley just wants a date with Trent. 

Trent’s still getting over Stephanie.

When Harley and Jason decide to fake date, they uncover a school of deceptions. Trent’s got a secret, but so does Jason. And the more time Harley spends secretly kissing her fake boyfriend, the further she gets from her dreams with Trent. 

Worst of all, Harley’s mom is getting cozy with her hot massage therapy student, and even Harley’s Reverend Dad can’t fake not being bothered by it. But when the masks finally come off, can everyone handle the real truth?

Here’s Leigh to tell us a little bit about her journey!

Let me see… I don’t want to get too wordy and drive everybody crazy. The story behind the story is actually pretty simple. This was the third book I ever wrote. I finished it in 2010, sent it through the critters, did my revisions, and started trying to find an agent.

Almost a year later, I got an offer from one agent, but in the meantime, I’d written a different book (ROUGE, which is coming out in Nov/Dec by Pocket Books). The *other* book got me an offer from a different agent, who was so enthusiastic about that book, I went with her and sort of back-burnered this one.

After we did the deal on ROUGE, agent came back and asked to see this one. She really liked it, so we did a few more revisions on it and shopped it around. Editors were all very complimentary, but they all passed. I proposed self-publishing it, and agent encouraged me to do it!

I was planning to wait until after the other books came out, but then I started talking to Jolene Perry about her gorgeous covers. She offered to do a cover for the book, and when she found out how “ready” it was, she told me to “rip off that band-aid!” Ha ha!

And here we are! I hope readers enjoy this story. It’s one of my early ones, so it’s very special to me, and I’d love to hear from readers. I’m on Goodreads (http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6452152.Leigh_Talbert_Moore) and Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/LeighTalbertMoore), and of course at my blog.

Purchase Leigh’s book on Amazon ~ Barnes and Noble.

Congrats Leigh! so excited to see your journey take off!

 

 

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Random Acts of Publicity: Treasure in the Flame!

Back again for another book recommendation! At the end of this post you will find a…giveaway!!!!!

 

Every Tuesday night, 9 p.m. EST, I hang out at #indiechat and talk shop. I met Brenda and learned she’d just recently released her first YA novel! So I invited over to tell us a little bit about the story behind her story. Because I love those kinds of stories. 🙂 Welcome Brenda Corey Dunne!

 

The Story…

Way Back…

I grew up about ten miles away from a wonderful place called Kings Landing Historical Settlement. It’s a living museum where costumed interpreters cook on hearth fires in two-hundred-year-old farm houses and hammer square nails at a working blacksmith’s forge. I attended a sleepover camp there (wearing costumes and milking cows) when I was nine. My husband and I had our wedding rehearsal party there fifteen years ago. My children have all gone to ‘Visiting Cousins’ camp there and my father now works there.

Being an over-imaginative sort, I got to thinking one day what a great story it would be if you could mix ordinary life at a Kings Landing-like village with magic, treasure and some romance. The idea rolled around in my head while the kids were at Visiting Cousins camp, and solidified over the autumn months while my husband was deployed to the Middle East. I was working on another story in my spare time in the evenings, but the idea was still there, with scenes popping in and out of my head like bad satellite reception.

And then…

I heard about NaNoWriMo. With hubby gone I had no big plans (well, no plans at all, actually), the kids were still early-to-bed children…there was no reason I couldn’t do it. So I signed up. With only a loose mental outline, some historical research of names, dates and census data and a very knowledgeable father who worked at ‘The Landing’, I set out on November 1st to write my story.

Well…my husband came back a month early from his deployment and my parents decided to come and visit for a week, but I still managed (after some sleepless nights) to pound out 50,000 words by November 29th. Yay me! If you’ve ever done NaNo, you’ll understand how pumped I was.

But then what?

It was a good, if short, story…so I had it edited. I played with it a bit. I workshopped it at WriteOnCon and in early spring of this year I decided to self-publish it so that I could share my little adventure with other lovers of the Landing. Maybe even with people across the globe. I had my proofreader do a final pass, and contacted the folks at Streetlight Graphics to make my fabulous cover and help me out with formatting. They also helped a bunch with uploading. TREASURE can now be found here on Amazon. Coming soon to Kobo, Nook and other platforms via Smashwords.

Little tidbits:

  • The cover shot was taken by my father, David Corey at King’s Landing in the spring.
  • My heroine’s name, Aminda, was my great, great grandmother’s name.
  • Patrick (her love interest) is my husband’s middle name.
  • The pirate gold legend of the Koac stream was told to me around campfire’s when I was a child.

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Wow! Thanks Brenda. Sounds like your story has a lot of personal connections and meaning. That’s wonderful! And guess what everyone?

Brenda is offering a print copy to one random commenter and 5 ebooks to the first five to comment! Woo hoo! Check out her book at Amazon to read the opening.

Brenda Corey Dunne currently lives in Eastern Ontario on a small hobby farm with her family. When not writing, she works as a physiotherapist well fuelled by caffeine. She can also be found holding a horse, returning late library books or playing in the dirt. She blogs at brendacoreydunne.blogspot.ca and tweets as @overdunne. TREASURE IN THE FLAME is her first novel.

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Random Acts of Publicity – TIMELESS

 

 

When I decided to participate in Darcy Pattison’s Random Acts of Publicity, I knew right away I would choose the Timeless Anthology by Pugalicious Press. The instructions are to choose a new or lesser known book that I’ve read and let my readers know about it.

I love the BLLURT concept to promote other books. Blog about it. Leave purchase Links. Like their page. Review it. Tell others about it. Love it. And it’s something I try and do for all the books I enjoy.

I’ve never been one to read or purchase anthologies. But I’ve read several this year. It was nice to read a short story before making dinner, another one a few days later before bedtime, or after I’d finished a novel, each story enticing and enjoyable in its own way.

The writing in this anthology was incredible. I kept reading all of them because they engaged my attention and the writing drew me from one page to the next.

All of these stories are historical romance with sweet, innocent love. I would read novels by any of these authors. In fact, some of the stories I wanted to be a novel.

THE STORYTELLER’S DAUGHTER by Gayle C.Krause

A reworking of the Scheherazade tale that portrays the young storyteller as a gutter-thief down on her luck.

AND THE NIGHTINGALE SANG by Kip Wilson

A reworking of an old German tale about a young woman who has to weigh up her love for a poet, her standing in the village and her need for freedom.

A LIGHT OF VICTORY by Jennifer Carson

If your love for a highwayman is eternal, then eternal is what it is. Put a candle in the window, and all will be well…

THE ANGEL OF THE BASTILLE by J.R. Sparlin

A prisoner fears to leave the walls of the notorious French prison because of his love for a ghost who is bound to the Bastille’s stone walls.

STELLA’S HERO by Kristine Carlson Asselin and Ansha Kotyk

A Victorian seamstress gets into trouble for falling from a boy from Chinatown when racial segregation is very much prevalent in society.

IN THIS MOMENT by D.E. Atwood

A mute boy undergoing experimental treatment in a sanitorium discovers that he can speak with the doctor’s son via thoughts and dreams. Very subtle steampunk.

IT LIES BENEATH by Magda Knight

The superficially beautiful city of Victorion is run on lode, steam, pride and the labour of diggers down in the Pits. Challenged to locate a mysterious underground threat, Ellie Darkbrow must find a way to survive.

But don’t trust my word on it. Read them for yourself!

 

Amazon ~ Barnes & Noble

 

Give a shout out in the comments to a book you’d recommend everyone reading!


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Random Acts of Publicity – GALAXY GAMES

I love this concept. I love the idea of surprising someone with publicity they didn’t ask for and didn’t expect. Last week, I really wanted to participate. Here it is today.

Greg Fishbone was the co-director and then the director for the New England SCBWI conference. Basically, that job is a LOT of work. I’ve heard the year you’re director you basically put your writing on hold especially as the conference draws near.

How could I not want to promote Greg’s book which is being released soon! He’s got the blog tour, cool website and his book is sure to appeal to middle graders, especially boys.

I’d like to introduce you to GALAXY GAMES –The Challengers!

Author website

Book website

Book trailer

Book excerpt

Amazon page

Check it out!

Did you participate in Random Acts of Publicity? Did you find any new books?

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