Wednesday, October 14, 2015

5+ STAR Review of Lev:a Shot Callers novel, By Belle Aurora

 Lev: a Shot Callers novel, By Belle Aurora 
"From the moment Lev Leokov spots the young woman hiding behind her hair in the middle of the gentleman's club, he can't take his eyes off of her.
For the very first time in his life, he is affected. Having been told his entire life that he can't process or understand emotion, he considers it a big deal. 
When Mina Harris gets caught red-handed with a wallet that isn't hers, she falls apart. She's tired, lonely and hasn't eaten in days. 
Lev offers her an ultimatum... A nice warm bed, a hot meal and a job, or the cops. 
Mina takes her chances with Lev. 
After all, a person with nothing has nothing left to lose."

I seriously LOVED this book! Lev was the perfect imperfect alpha male.  The fact that Belle could write a character that was so vastly different than anything I've ever read, yet make him so damn lovable is amazing. I'm now also completely invested in the secondary characters too.  I can't wait for Nas and Vic's story, which I hope she's writing next!  This was a well paced, beautifully written, fantastic read!

Monday, September 14, 2015

Dirty grammar!

When grammatical construction errors sound dirty….
The dangling modifier.
I’ll dangle your modifier.
She dangled his modifier. 
Come dangle my modifier.
I can’t thank my editor enough for bringing this wonderful grammar lesson into my world!  I will forever love the dangling modifier, just not in my novel. J   

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Contract signed with The Wild Rose Press!!

Yes, you read that right.  This girl just signed her first publishing contract with The Wild Rose Press! 

WEB OF DECEIT, my debut novel, is a story I've had in my head for years.  Last year I decided that I was finally going to put these characters, who were haunting my brain, down on paper.  This was something I've always wanted to do but the timing was never right.   Halfway into book one, I realized that my secondary characters were demanding to have their stories told too, so books two, three and four were born.

I decided against submitting to agents, and went straight into researching publishers.  Why? It was just my personal preference.

This. took. days.


I read everything I could find on each publisher I was interested in.  I exhausted my google search trying to sniff out the good and the ugly.  People loved talking about the ugly, but I found one publisher were all the authors raved about their publishing experiences, The Wild Rose Press.  Their website was phenomenal and their Crimson Rose line was perfect for my romantic suspense.  I knew this was the publisher for me, now I just had to convince them of this too.

Thus began my tireless query letter writing. 

This. again. took. days.

I was officially back in High School, writing my college essay, trying to convince the University of Tampa that they just needed to accept me.  I wrote 10 different query letters before I was even somewhat satisfied.  Then came the dreaded synopsis.  Even thinking about it now makes my palms sweat.  Writing a one page, full story synopsis was my kryptonite.  It was physically painful trying to convey my characters and plot onto one page, a real battle for me.  Once I was convinced I'd won, I was ready to submit.

My submission turned into a full manuscript request, and by some miracle, that turned into a publishing contract! 

I truly could not be more excited to start this journey with such a wonderful publisher. 

Bring on the first round of edits!!!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Mason, Logan and Sam are finally back!!  I have loved this series so far, so to say that I was excited for this release would be an understatement.  I was slightly disappointed with the pace and the plot, but I still love me some Tijan and cannot wait for Logan's story along with the conclusion.