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Monday, February 28, 2011

Bad Behavior Release Date March 8th!

Hey Book Buddies,

I'm back from New Zealand, which was as beautiful as expected. I wasn't in Christchurch during the earthquake but I was in the south island touring Dunedin, Wanaka, Queenstown, and Milford Sound. I'll post about the trip later in the week once I get settled.

I returned home to wonderful news: Bad Behavior, the sequel to With Good Behavior, will be released on March 8th! This time the cuffs are coming off.

Grant Madsen’s got issues. He’s still battling his Mafia family and doing everything possible to keep his loved ones safe. With the cruising season coming to an end, he has to find another job soon or he’ll rejoin his father in prison. And he’s trying to convince his rebellious teenage nephew to stay away from their criminal relatives (you can imagine how that’s going). But worst of all, Grant’s parole officer has mandated that he attend therapy.

The only saving grace is that they’re couples sessions with his girlfriend, Sophie Taylor, a fellow parolee who’s struggling with a few issues of her own. Sophie desperately hopes her past with Grant’s brother won’t destroy her future with him. There’s a sleazy professor at work who revels in sexually harassing women in the psychology department. And her father still hates Grant.

Their psychologist has his work cut out for him.

When Grant’s ruthless father hints at a plot to get out of prison, Grant must use everything he’s learned in therapy and beyond to try to stop him. It’s a race against time -- and a race to rescue Sophie from the Mafia’s clutches once again. But this time McSailor and Bonnie refuse to play victims. Can they break the ties that bind?

I'm very excited to unleash Book Two of The Conduct Series on the world.

And now it's time for Meet an Author Monday Blog Hop, hosted by Lisa Sanchez.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Vacation, Baby!

Fare thee well suckers, I'm off to New Zealand for vacation! Yee-haaaahhhhh

I'll be visiting my college roommate/swimming teammate, who's a physician there. I'll be blogless and internetless for over a week *feels withdrawal shakes coming* so I'll catch up with you when I return.

Did you know there are more sheep than people in New Zealand? It's true!

One of the places we'll visit is Milford Sound which looks like this:
Wow, I can't wait. When I return to the states I'll have some more information about the upcoming release date of Bad Behavior, the second book in The Conduct Series.

Jen xx

Monday, February 14, 2011

Interview with Author Carol Oates

It's my pleasure today to interview Carol Oates, author of Shades of Atlantis! See my review here.

Jennifer Lane (JL): You live in Dublin but Shades of Atlantis takes place in Maine for the first half of the story. What made you choose Maine as the initial setting?

Carol Oates (CO): Ireland may be the land of saints and scholars but I've found it very difficult to fit in with the publishing industry here. The type of paranormal romance I write is available in Ireland but generally it is by authors from outside Ireland. This is even more apparent with Young Adult.

When I started writing Shades of Atlantis I knew I was writing it to submit outside Ireland and I wanted to include locations outside Ireland. There are specific reasons for every location in the book. There is rarely anything random in anything I write. Camden, Maine is south of a town called Belfast. Dublin, Ireland is another location and my home town. Dublin is also south of Belfast. Part of the story takes place in London in an area near Camden.

JL: What do you do for a day job?

CO: I work in an office that deals with people who have been refused financial help from the government. It is the person’s legal entitlement to appeal that decision and we put those people through the process. Before that I worked in welfare fraud prosecution for twelve years.

From August I will be taking two years leave to concentrate on caring for my son. Eric is autistic and requires full-time care. I want to be with him for his last year of school and as he transitions to after school life. It also means that while I’m at home I will be able to give more time to writing.

JL: I'm glad you'll have more time with your son. How do you squeeze in writing with work and family?

CO: There is a lot of juggling involved. I am extremely lucky to come from a close family. My partner lives and works in Fermanagh while I am in Dublin with Eric until he finishes school. Places in good special needs schools are hard to come by. My dad cares for Eric while I’m at work and my partner, Rodney often takes Eric out for boys days with my dad and brothers at the weekend. This gives me a chance to catch up on writing. My brother has a secluded house in Cavan, if Eric is away for a night I go there, hide out and write. I can also be found during any coffee-break with my notebook and pen in the canteen at work.

JL: What's it been like to live in Ireland and publish with a company in the U.S.?

CO: There are a lot of e-mails. I suppose the biggest difference between me and someone living in the US with the same publisher is timezones. I don’t find this much of a problem because Eric isn’t a good sleeper and I am a chronic insomniac so I am usually awake to speak to people when they need me.

I am asked why a US publisher quite often. I would like to be published in Ireland one day and I actually had this conversation with a man who has been involved with Irish Publishing for the last thirty years. His advice to me was to go where my largest market is. I write because I love writing but I publish because I want my work to reach more readers.

JL: I'm a huge fan of U2 (With or Without You is my favorite song!) but know very little about Ireland. What would you like folks to know about your country?



CO: I live a short walk from the school where U2 met and Croke Park where they hold their Dublin concerts. When they were doing sound checks for their last concert in Croke Park my dad complained about the noise they made during rehearsals before they were famous. So some things never change.

U2 doesn’t even scratch the surface of the talent that has come out of this country in all forms of entertainment, Van Morrison, Thin Lizzy, The Cranberries, W.B. Yeats, Bram Stoker, Christy Brown. Ireland had and still has a thriving movie industry and my dad has met some of the greats who filmed here including Liz Taylor, Richard Burton, Kim Novak. Ireland is well known for lush scenic locations as well as the grittier city ones.

We have a very rich and colourful history in Ireland with archaeological sites including The Hill of Tara that pre-date the pyramids at Giza by 600 years. In one version of the history of Stonehenge it was originally erected in Ireland and moved to England by Druids under orders from Merlin. Ireland has been invaded by the Spanish and Vikings among others, more recently we were under English Rule. The buildings and monuments of Ireland reflect influences of all these eras.

After the war of Independence, Ireland became a free state in 1922 and in 1948 became the Republic of Ireland.

I should also give a mention to one of our most famous exports, the good ole pint of Guinness. The Guinness storehouse was originally leased by Arthur Guinness in 1749 for £45 per year and began brewing porter in the 1700’s using water from the Liffey River in Dublin. It was a good thing for him that the business was a success since Arthur had 21 children.

Thank you, Carol. Please visit http://artisttrust.ie/ Carol supports the Sean Lawlor Trust.

Go and get yourself a copy of Shades of Atlantis!


And now it's time for the Meet an Author Monday Blog Hop hosted by Lisa Sanchez.

Winner!

The Winner of the Follower Love Giveaway Hop is . . .

NAELANY aka Karin!!!

Congratulations, Karin. I'll be sending a signed copy of With Good Behavior to you soon.

Thank you to all the entrants! I wish I could give a book to each of you. My publisher confirmed that the second book of The Conduct Series Bad Behavior will be released in March (likely 3-22-11 but possibly as early as 3-8-11) so stay tuned!

Happy Valentine's Day.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Follower Love Giveaway Hop

I LOVE MY FOLLOWERS! *hugs*

To show my love, I'm joining the Follower Love Giveaway Hop hosted by I Am a Reader, Not a Writer.

Because Valentine's Day is my birthday and I've written a Romantic Suspense novel, I'm giving away a signed copy of my debut novel, With Good Behavior!

This giveaway is INTERNATIONAL and comes right before the March release of the sequel, Bad Behavior. Happy reading to you.

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment adding up each entry
(possible maximum of 6):

+2 for following this blog via Google Friend Connect
+1 for adding me as a friend on Goodreads: Jennifer Lane
+1 for adding my novel to your Goodreads TBR list: With Good Behavior
+1 for liking my Facebook fan page: The Conduct Series
+1 for following me on Twitter: JenLaneBooks

And please leave your email or blog address so I can contact you if you win!

You can also enter Omnific Publishing's Lookin' for Love Webhunt to win an entire collection of e-books.

Guest Blogger: Angelina Rain

Today I'm excited to host fellow author and blogger Angelina Rain.

She has a sultry short story "The Problem With Love Spells" coming out in the anthology Indecent Encounters in two short days, 2-9-11! Angelina also has a contemporary romance under contract.

Here's what Angelina has to say about the windy road to publication:

You Sold a Book. Now What?

You’ve worked over it, stressed over it, probably even found a few grey hairs because of it. So what is this “it”? The book you worked so hard to write, edit, and submit. And what do you get for all that hard work? A “Thanks, but no thanks,” letter. It’s devastating, heart crushing, and it makes you wonder will you ever get there.

I’ve been very lucky as I haven’t had to deal with rejection upon rejection. My very first two submissions led to contracts. Here, I will be talking about my short story “The Problem with Love Spells” which is included in the “Indecent Encounters” ménage anthology.

When I opened “The Call” e-mail, I thought I was dreaming. Could my silly short story really be good enough for publishing? I found it hard to believe considering it took all of three days from starting to write it to ending the editing. Woo Hoo! All the hard work is over, I thought while doing my happy dance. Boy, was I wrong!

The first round of edits arrived just days after I signed the contract. They wanted me to be done with the edits in about a week. Although the edits looked scary, all they really contained were sentences that could be fixed to sound better. My second round of edits was nothing compared to the first and it only took me five minutes to fix that. Then the cover came. All that editing was the easy work.

I learned that being an author is not just writing the book. You have to promote it too. The publisher does their share by sending your book out for reviews, but what about the people who don’t read reviews? How can you sell the book to them?

A fellow author informed me of social media. It’s a great way to attract readers. I would need to blog more, and facebook, twitter, goodreads. The list of social media sites is large and you have to make yourself visible. Yicks! Me, visible! But I have severe social anxiety. I was already accustomed to blogger, and I even had a few followers who didn’t think my posts were boring. Couldn’t I just leave it at that? No. I had to be visible so I created that dreaded facebook page and that twitter account I barely use.

Besides the dreaded social media, I had to create a website. That turned out to be scarier than social media sites. All web hosts offer free templates. Boring templates that just didn’t fit my needs. And my knowledge of web design and HTML is limited to changing colors and adding the occasional picture. I had the option of paying somebody to design it, but I’m so broke I could only afford dinner at McDonalds’. So I finally designed the website, although it’s simple and boring looking.

So I’m done, right? NOPE! Now, the actual promoting of the book. The giveaways, the blog tours, the guest appearances at other blogs. *Fainting* Coming up with interesting things to share about myself and my road to publication. And the ticker . . . I only have two weeks to pull it off. But. . . But I’m boring. I don’t have a cool life. I don’t have fun things to share.

That social anxiety found a way to creep in. What if people don’t like me? What if I write something stupid and embarrass myself? Worse, what if people actually buy the book and read my short story . . . And hate it? Or is it worse if people love it, but everything else I write after is horrible that could never be published? What if I’m a one book wonder? Yicks! Is it too late to crawl under a rock and live there for the next ten or twenty years?

So what did I learn from my first publication? Writing the story is the easy part. Before the contract arrives, it’s all easy. It’s writing, editing, having creative freedom. So to all the unpublished writers out there. Enjoy it. Enjoy every story you write, all the characters you create, all of the writing decisions you make. It’s the fun part of the job, the actual writing.
Angie’s Fun Facts: According to my grandma, I’m related to Honore de Balzac (1799-1850), a French novelist.

Indecent Encounters (Out February 9th)

A Ménage Anthology, including “The Problem with Love Spells” by Angelina Rain

Sometimes a woman needs more than a lover…

Independent, lustful ladies find pleasure and intrigue with more than one man, from a scandalous vacation in Australia, to a forced seduction at a cabin in the woods. A witch needs to break a shameful spell, and an older woman slakes her sexual needs with two younger men. Cougars purr with unrequited desire and werewolves compete for the love of their mate. Satisfaction is just a sigh away as a surgeon bends the rules for her patient, and an over-stressed boss finds more than a little peace with secret admirers.

Find out what wicked delights await you with Indecent Encounters.

The Problem with Love Spells

When you’re cursed to live your whole life unloved, can you really be held responsible for casting a love spell? When Gretchen realizes that her love spell went wrong, her only option is to reverse it before too much damage is done. However, when she wakes with a werewolf and a vampire in her bed, she learns that even reversing a love spell could have its consequences.

~*~ GIVEAWAY ~*~

Angelina Rain is giving away one free copy of “Indecent Encounters” and it could be yours. All you have to do is comment or ask a question on her blog (she will answer it in the comments). One lucky winner will be announced on Feb 9th on Angelina’s blog. Leave your e-mail address so Angelina can e-mail you if you win.

Thanks, Angelina! Visit her website and enter to win a copy of Indecent Encounters on her blog.

Time for Meet An Author Monday, hosted by Lisa Sanchez.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Lookin' for Love Webhunt

Dear readers,

Omnific Publishing has some fun events going on to celebrate Valentine's Day and their one year anniversary.


The Lookin' for Love Web Hunt is going on until February 14th. Visit the author sites listed, find the secret message on a heart hidden somewhere on their sites, and enter to win the entire collection of Omnific e-books!

Astute reader Squally informed me my heart message was difficult to find due to some pictures on my site not loading, so I've moved it to another page on this site and hopefully it will be easier to find. If you can't find it, email me by clicking on the "M" at the right of the page and I'll give you a hint! The message is something Grant and Sophie would say to each other in Bad Behavior, the sequel to With Good Behavior which will be released in March 2011.

Omnific Publishing is having an Anniversary Sale. Buy one print book, get one free!


I'll also be participating in a Follower Love Giveaway Hop February 8-13 so check back here for a chance to win books.

We're having an icestorm in Ohio and I'm enjoying the day off work to catch up on social networking, writing, and editing. Hope your day is relaxing and fun.
 


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