Author Interview with Martine Lewis

Today on the blog we are featuring Martine Lewis, author of Crossing the Barrier – book one in The Gray Eyes Series!

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To start things off, can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your background as an author?

I start writing when I was eleven years old, and have written on and off ever since. I wrote mostly fanfictions and some bad originals when I was younger, mostly inspired by people I knew. Fanfiction was a good way to hone my skill and when I tackled the writing of my own original fiction, I was ready.

Now, I write original fictions with no end in sight.

On a more personal note, I am an avid roller skater, I love the beach, and I adore cats. I also work as a Planner/Scheduler to maintain my writing “addiction”  :) 

I saw on Twitter you are working on editing feedback for book two!! What can you tell us about it?

Yes, book two is actually almost completed. It went through proofread in June then formatting in July, run the proofs and we should be ready for the September 20, 2016 release. I am very excited about it. 

And I just finished the blurb! So here is an exclusivity, just for your readers!!!

A girl stuck in her father’s mold.

Olivia Kendall looks forward to her senior year of high school. But her world is shaken when a new boy walks into school, a boy she cannot help but be drawn to. But her father’s ideas for her life don’t include Alex.

A boy with a gift, desperate for a real home.

Alex Parker begins his senior year in yet another school. The only person he looks forward to seeing again is Olivia Kendall, a girl he knew in second grade, a girl who never made fun of him. One touch, and he knows what he’s suspected all along: there is something unearthly about their connection.

 Can the two stay together despite Alex’s secret, despite a town that seems to conspire against them?

While the characters are new in this book, all the books are related, never fear. And of course, I am planning on having a lot of content on the internet for readers, including deleted scenes, new short stories, character bio and the likes. It’s still under construction but I want to get there no later than Christmas 2016.

You describe your work as contemporary coming-of-age romance fiction (young adult/new adult) with a twist. What’s makes your work different from others in the same genre?

I have empaths. That’s the twist. My empaths deal with real life situations in a school setting (for most of them) and they have to go through life knowing (or believing) no-one else is like them. They discover love, they have adversity, they are growing up, and it’s painful. But after all, these books are also romance so you have to have a happy ending.

While some series take two characters and drag them through the entire series of books, I have decided to go the Tammy Faulkner way: take a group of characters with something in common and each book covers two characters. But don’t worry, the website will contain plenty of extra content for the characters that were in the previous books.

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On your blog you mention starting off writing bandfiction and fanfiction. Do you still write fanfic?

Unfortunately, not at this time. I do not have time as I spend all of it writing original fiction. My goal is to have 12 books out by 2020 (two series in the same universe)

And because you write Harry Potter fanfiction, I have to ask. Which book is your favorite???

Order of the Phoenix! Oh, yes, absolutely!

The blurb for Crossing the Barrier is very unique. Where did you get the idea for the series?

Believe it or not, the entire series, and my universe for that matter, was inspired by the first 20 minutes of the TV show Roswell. And no, I do not have aliens in my books. It’s another dimension of the show that inspired the books.

Where do you draw your inspiration? Are you inspired by any other authors’ work?

Mostly TV. When I write my own originals, I am not particularly inspired by other authors. However, I did take Tammy Faulkner‘s idea of having each title cover different couples.

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What have you read lately that really wowed you? What’s coming up next on your TBR?

Cambria Hebert #hashtag series is a total 6 stars out of 5 for me. I read her series three times in less than a year. I completely love it. And her next book in that same universe came out on June 3! This one is definitely on my TBR.

Where can readers find out more about you or your work? On which sites are you most active?

I’m definitely the most active on Facebook, both on my profile and page.

Page is: www.facebook.com/martinelewisauthor

I also do some twitter at www.twitter.com/authormartine and a little bit of Instagram at www.instagram.com/martinelewisauthor

I try to keep my blog up to date but I’m very bad at it… but here is my website anyway www.martinelewisauthor.com

And of course, stay tune on the website as the new content will be posted there.

Any parting words for our readers?

Thank you for being part of this great community of readers and thank you for buying books. Without you, we wouldn’t be successful🙂

Thank you so much for joining in on the Author Interview Series!!

No problem! It’s my pleasure :) 

If you enjoyed this interview, check out some of the other interviews in the series!

J. Haney  |  Ella Miles  |  Eve Langlais  |  Hilary Grossman

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Top 10 Sites to Promote Your Free Kindle Book

If your book is part of the KDP Select program, you might want to take advantage of the Free Book Promotion to allow readers to download your book for free during a window of up to 5 days. This can be a great way to get your name out in front of readers, increase your fanbase (and possibly reviews), or encourage readers to start your series. You might even get a spike in sales after the promotion as well!

Once your book is scheduled to be free for a few days, you definitely want to get the word out to increase visibility. We’ve put together this list of the top 10 places you can promote your free kindle book to increase exposure and maximize the benefits of your Free Book Promotion.

Readers: Be sure to check out these sites for your dose of free books!

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  1. One Hundred Free Books
    They’ll review your submission for free. They also offer paid listings as well.
  2. What to Read After 50 Shades of Grey
    Promotions for books that are free or on sale.
  3. New Free Kindle Books
    Required to subscribe to site to list. For $5 your promotion will be posted to the front page.
  4. Awesomegang.com
    Free listings and you can request the posting date. For $10 the book will be featured on the homepage for two days.
  5. Frugal Tips and Freebies
    Submit your free book and it will be promoted on the blog, Facebook page, and Google+, all for free!
  6. AskDavid.com
    AskDavid will promote your free Kindle books on their page and in their newsletter – whether the book is permanently free or a promotion. As a bonus, they will also give you links to tweet about your sale to their followers at the time of your choosing. They also offer paid book promotion as well.
  7. Kindle Book Promos
    The free option requires 14 days notice. Paid options guarantee posting.
  8. Read Free.ly
    This site promotes books that are free or permanently $0.99.
  9. Daily Cheap eBooks
    This site does promotions for books that are free or under $1.
  10. Jungle Deals and Steals
    Only offers paid listings.

Each of these sites offers general listings. To access readers specific to your genre, consider setting up a blog tour, which will get your book featured on pages targeting your specific reader base. Added bonus is that many of these bloggers will sign up to review your work as well.

Hope you found these pages useful. Good luck with your free book promotion!

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Interview with Chick Lit Author Hilary Grossman

Today on the blog we have author Hilary Grossman, author of Plan Bea and Dangled Carat.

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To start things off, can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your background as an author?

Hi!  Thank you so much for “inviting me” over.  As far back as I can remember I always loved to write and to read. Over the years I started writing many books but always ended up abandoning them.  Then six years ago I read Jen Lancaster’s book, Bitter is the New Black. I’m embarrassed to admit before reading it I didn’t know what a blog or a memoir was.  But the book motivated me to stop dreaming about writing and actually start writing. I launched my blog, Feeling Beachie, just days after finishing the book.  Then about six month’s later I started to write Dangled Carat.

What have you learned from the publishing process? Were any aspects easier than you thought? More challenging?

The biggest lesson I have learned from the publishing process is you have to develop a thick skin (something I don’t really have).  Not everyone will love your work. Some people will be downright mean about it, and there is a lot of rejection in the business.  But there is also a lot of love and support. I have been blown away by how much other authors are willing to help a newbie out. I have developed so many friendships with other authors, bloggers, and readers.

The biggest challenge I find is figuring out how to market your work to reach new readers. It is funny, writing the book is way easier then trying to sell it. The part that I found easiest is being social and “talking” to others on social media.

Plan Bea released in October 2015 and has been getting great reviews. What’s next for you? What are you working on now?

I am about halfway finished with the sequel of Plan Bea – Plan Cee.  This book is story of Anna’s best friend Cecelia.  Twenty years have passed since she last saw Keith, the love of her life.  She is now married with twin boys and she must decide if she should abandon her future for a second change with her past….

Your bio mentions that by day you work in the booze biz. Sounds fun! What can you tell us about that? How do you balance your day job with your writing career?

Unfortunately my day job sounds much more glamorous then it really is (although I do get to do some tasting at work). I am the CFO of a beverage alcohol importer and distributor. It is a very high pressure and high stress position.  I find my writing balances my two worlds and helps tame the stress.  But since I work very long hours I only am able to write early mornings or on the weekends.

One reviewer for Plan Bea wrote: It is a very real story with very identifiable characters that we all have known. How did you get the idea for Plan Bea? From where do you draw inspiration?

One of my neighbors, who I was very close with, passed away a few years ago.  Soon after her husband started to date another woman.  And pretty much immediately thereafter they got married. Initially it was hard for me to see him with another woman so soon, but the more time I spent with the couple the more I saw how happy they both were. I also saw a lot of positive changes in him.  It got me thinking how powerful love is and how a second chance romance can really change a person.

What is one thing you wish readers knew about you or your work?

I wish readers knew how much their comments mean to me.  Nothing makes me happier then reading a review where someone enjoyed one of my books. I also love to connect with readers and chat with them.  So many times the conversations move away from books towards real life. So many women have reached out to me after reading Dangled Carat to discuss their own commitment phobic men or ask for advice.

Just for fun — favorite spicy food?🙂

Hard one! That is like asking a mother to pick her favorite child.  I had to go to India this fall for work and I was able to keep up with all the locals.  The colleagues I was working with loved watching me eat all the spicy foods.

But if I had to pick one I would go with linguine with shrimp in a fra diavlo sauce.

Where can readers find out more about you or your books? On which sites are you most active?

I am most active on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/HilaryGrossmanAuthor/?fref=ts) , Twitter (@feelingbeachie) and my blog (www.feelingbeachie.com

As evidenced by Dangled Carat, my real life chick lit story, I’m an open book :) 

Any parting words for our readers?

Thank you so much for reading this interview!   I’d love to connect…

Thank you so much for joining in on the Author Interview Series!!

If you enjoyed this interview, check out some of the other interviews in the series!

J. Haney  |  Ella Miles  |  Jennifer L. Allen  |  J.C. Hannigan

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