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Guest Post & Giveaway: “From blogger to author” by Heather Lire

Feb 5
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HL picFrom Blogger to Author

When Sasha gave me the topic she wanted me to talk about in my guest post I went sure no problem I can do this. Then I sat down to write it and…

Crickets…

Chirp…

Chirp…

Nada. Nihil. Rien. Nichts. Nothing.

How hard can it be to write a post about going from blogger to author. Then I had that ahha moment. A blogger is AN author, so I decided to write about how I went from being a REVIEWER to an AUTHOR.

When I started reviewing books years ago it was a way for me to keep track of all the books I was reading. Over time it grew to what is has become today. So when I was put on the spot about writing my own story I was honest and said I have this idea…so I shared my idea with the two authors who were putting me on the spot. They stared at me and then told me to go home and write that story as they wanted to read it.

This isn’t that story as that one is a paranormal and there is a LOT of work that goes into building that kind of world, so it’s still in the planning stages. But this is the story that I went home and finished. You see I’d started writing it and put it aside for one reason or another, the main one being I was stuck. That all changed after that conference.

The next year I was going to a reader’s con where a couple of publishers were going to be accepting pitches. One of those original authors and my sister-in-law convinced me I should pitch so I did. And to my shock they wanted the full manuscript. Then they wanted to publish not just this book, but the entire series.

And that is how I went from a stressed out mom who blogged about the books she was reading to keep her sanity, to a book reviewer, to a published author. It has been one heck of a journey to get to this point, and I understand it only gets harder and better from here on out. And I’m along for the ride of my life.

I want to thank Sasha for having me on here today.

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book coverExcerpt from “Second Chance at Forever“:

When Ryan had accepted the invitation for a week of nothing but sailing, drinking and hanging out with friends from college, he’d had no idea he would end up at a house party of a couple who resembled his grandparents and their relationship.

All he’d wanted was to relax and decompress after a very stressful couple of months on the job, not spend his vacation constantly fending off advances from women, and ignoring pointed questions about his job from the men.

When he’d stumbled across the hammock on his first day there, he’d thought it was a godsend and spent a very enjoyable afternoon lazing in it, thinking of nothing.

When he’d gone back the next day he’d discovered sleeping beauty had commandeered it. She’d been lying there, a mountain of pillows surrounding her. The sun shone through the trees, creating a halo effect around the hammock. Her long legs were stretched out. God, he loved long legs on a woman. His blood hummed like it hadn’t in a long time.

With her face turned away from him, he’d used all his training to get closer without her noticing him. Then he accidentally stepped on a twig. He’d silently cursed, hoping she’d been so caught up in her book she wouldn’t notice. No such luck, as she lifted her head and her gaze swung toward him.

The piercing glare coming from the most gorgeous set of eyes he’d ever seen had rocked him to his core, drawing him in like a moth to a flame.

Ryan shook his head at that thought, like a moth to a flame. If the guys in his squad had heard him say it out loud he would never live it down, and his brother would be giving him shit about it for the rest of his life if he heard him say it.

At the slight rustling of leaves he turned toward the walkway and sucked in his breath. No matter how many times he’d seen her over the last two days, she still managed to steal his breath away. She had the tall lean lines of an athlete, and a face that kept him coming back to it every time he’d seen her.

She wasn’t one of those women who had to be done up at all times. She was quite comfortable going about with only a hint of make-up, and with her hair in a ponytail. For a guy raised with three sisters he’d learned at an early age about the importance of hair and makeup, whether he’d wanted to or not.

He’d never been attracted to simple but, as he watched Morgan approach wearing shorts, which showcased her incredibly long legs, a simple tee shirt with a hoodie tied around her waist and athletic shoes, he admitted to himself, on her it was perfect.

He took the picnic basket she carried and extended his arm to her. “What do you have here?”

“I thought a picnic on the beach would be good.” She took his arm as they moved to where he’d parked his Jeep.

“Sounds like a plan. How do you feel about driving up the coast and exploring some of the small towns?” Ryan stowed the picnic basket in the back and helped Morgan into the Jeep.

Morgan paused with a surprised look on her face. “That’s something I would love to do, but it isn’t what I expected you to suggest.”

The look on her face was one of pure innocence, belaying the sarcasm in her voice. As she looked at him he couldn’t resist and leaned forward, brushing her lips with his. A spark of electricity shot through him, making him want to sink into her and take more. He held himself back, however, instinctively knowing if he did more she would be out of the Jeep and buried back in her books.

He stepped back and looked at her, a bemused look on her face, like she couldn’t believe what just happened. Good, he thought to himself. It was only fair if she confused him, he should confuse her in return.

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Author’s bio:

Heather Lire has been telling stories for as long as she has been talking, at least according to her mother. After years spent in academia Heather was encouraged to share the stories she was writing and sending to her sister with the rest of the world.

When she isn’t writing – which is never – she can be found attending whatever sport her sons are playing at that time, accompanying her husband on his photo shoots and playing online.

For more information on Heather and what she’s currently working on please visit her website www.heatherlire.com

Second Chance at Forever is her debut novel.

Places to Find her around the internet: 

www.heatherlire.com

www.facebook.com/heatherlire

www.twitter.com/heatherlire

www.pinterest.com/heatherlire/

www.goodreads.com/heatherlire

“Second Chance at Forever” available in Digital Only February 1st 2013

book coverSynopsis: 

When Morgan Sanderson left her grandparent’s anniversary party, she had no idea how much the previous week would impact her life. Four years later she’s living a content life, teaching literature and being the best mom she can be, even if she knows something is missing. That thing being the one person she can’t forgive and yet can’t get over.

The week Ryan Cartwright spent with Morgan was the best week of his life until tragedy struck, one that changed his life completely. Four years later he discovers he’s has three year old twins with Morgan the one woman he’s never been able to forget and let go. Can he forgive her from keeping the knowledge of his son’s from him.

As they uncover the truth behind their separation, they discover the love they’ve always felt for each other is still there, but can they ever trust each other again.

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