Heather Christie gives advice

What The Valley Knows
Heather Christie
Romance, Young Adult
January 25th 2018

Millington Valley is a quintessential small Pennsylvania town: families go back generations. Football rules. Kids drink while adults look the other way. High school is a whirlwind of aspiration and rivalry, friendship and jealousy.

When smart and pretty Molly Hanover moves to town and attracts the attention of the football team’s hero, Wade Thornton—a nice guy with a bad drinking habit—longtime friendships are threatened and a popular cheerleader tries to turn the school against Molly.

The young couple’s future is shattered when Wade, drunk, wrecks his truck and Molly is thrown through the windshield. She wakes from a coma to find her beauty marred and her memory full of holes. As she struggles to heal, she becomes sure that something terrible happened before the accident. And there is somebody in the valley who doesn’t want her to remember.

Platform-Building

guest post

by Heather Christie

I thought the hardest part of writing a book was going to be writing a book. During my MFA program, I remember toiling through revisions, attempting to create perfect sentences, craft fast-paced scenes, and nuanced characters. I believed my huge publishing contract was just around the corner. There were fantasies of agents fighting over my novel. My book would go to auction and I’d have to quit my job as a real estate agent because I’d have a new career as an author. Oh, how naïve I was.

As I was crafting my novel, I should have been spending equal amounts of time building my writer’s platform. Little did I know how important it would be in my search for an agent/publisher search.

My advice to budding authors is to build an audience BEFORE YOU DO ANYTHING ELSE! Even if you are considering self-publishing, you would be wise to first create a rabid group of readers who can’t wait for you’re next word. If you can boast a true following, and you’ve written a wonderful book, your quest to secure an agent or a publisher, OR launch a successful self-published novel, becomes increasingly more attainable.

Here’s a list of simple, first-steps,  platform-building MUST DO LIST to get started:

  1. Create your writer identity/pen name and claim it across cyberspace. Heather Christie wasn’t available (apparently there’s a famous model with the same name), so I chose Heather Christie Books. (HeatherChristieBooks.com)
  2. Set up a writer page on Facebook, not a profile, which caps your followers at 5000. You can find me on Facebook @
  3. Pick two other social media platforms (three is about the maximum most people can manage without becoming overwhelmed) and create writer accounts. For me it’s Twitter (@hchristiebooks) and Instagram (@heatherchristiebooks).
  4. Now, post regularly . . . even it’s only once a week. Pick a schedule and stick to it. Share writerly meme, poems, inspirational quotes, excerpts from your WIP, recipes, word puzzles, riddles, anything that will engage people and reflects who you are.
  5. Start a blog. Write about anything (parenting, your pets, your job, your favorite books, politics)—show people you can write and what you have to say is interesting. Your blog readers will be the people who will line up to BUY your book one day!
  6. Connect with other authors. Join Facebook groups, follow other writers on Twitter, figure out who the Bookstgrammers are in your genre and then—ENGAGE. Write reviews for other authors on Goodreads and Amazon (5 stars), comment on their posts, share, tweets, build up other writers . . . create lots of good, sincere mojo—the kind of stuff you want coming back at you when your book is published.
Giveaway:

Tour-wide giveaway (US/CAN)

A signed copy of What the Valley Knows, a 30″ inch sterling silver necklace, and a What the Valley Knows mini book charm

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/d04251232263/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36198199-what-the-valley-knows

Book trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ZbVwGmysDI

Purchase:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/What-Valley-Knows-Heather-Christie/dp/1612969402/

B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/what-the-valley-knows-heather-christie/1127052493?ean=978161

AUTHOR BIO

Heather Christie grew up in rural Pennsylvania and, at age seventeen, took off for New York City in hopes of becoming a movie star. Flash forward several decades, a couple degrees, a bunch of cats, two kids and one husband later, she’s back in Pennsylvania writing her heart out and chasing dreams again. She loves to read, run, drink tea, and make Sunday dinner. Follow her blog at www.HeatherChristieBooks.com and say “hello” on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Author links:

https://www.facebook.com/heatherchristiebooks/

https://twitter.com/hchristiebooks

https://www.instagram.com/heatherchristiebooks/

www.heatherchristiebooks.com

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17148513.Heather_Christie

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What Mischievous Plumbers….

Elements of Mischief Book Cover Elements of Mischief
Hijinks Harem #1
C.M. Stunich,‎ Tate James
paranormal romance, shifters,
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
(21 Oct. 2017)

WARNING: This is a sexy, steamy reverse harem paranormal romance (one girl, four guys) with loads of humor, plumber puns, and group sex. Read with a glass of wine and a smile!
Four hunky, supernatural plumbers. One reluctant, slightly drunk human. A match made in heaven … or in the bathroom, rather.

My name is Arizona Smoke, and I'm the proud owner of a house haunted by my dead Gram, best friend to a cocktail dress loving werewolf, and apparent soul mate to four plumbers who also happen to be elemental dragons. Besides rippling pectorals, tattoos, and … uh, nice, long pipes, the guys also have control of the elements.

Supernatural law (whoever heard of such a thing anyway?) dictates that since I stumbled upon the guys in their alternate forms, I have to marry them. All four of them. Oh, and apparently one lousy (okay, awesome) night of sex means that I'm an elemental, too—and no amount of magical penicillin can cure this disease.

All I wanted was hot running water and toilets that flushed, but now I'm dealing with monsters lurking in the sewers, supernatural politics, and four penniless (but totally hot) plumbers living in my crumbling old Victorian.

I'm Ari Smoke, wine aficionado, ex-barista, and a girl who is completely out of her element. Having four hot husbands is nice … but the death threats, not so much.

 

 

 

Oh What naughty girls these authors are – and what fun they had with puns… about plumbing! And such a fun storyline – with lots of husbands – the more the merrier seems to be their motto/creed.

So yes, it was an enjoyable light read. Not high literature but good saucy – and a bit – paranormal reading with humour and some originality.

Purchase: 
Tour-wide giveaway
AUTHOR BIOS:
Tate James was born and raised in the Land of the Long White Cloud (New Zealand) but now lives in Australia with her husband, baby and furbaby.
She is a lover of books, red wine, cats and coffee and is not a morning person. She is a bit too sarcastic and swears too much for polite society and definitely tells too many dirty jokes.
Author links:
C.M. Stunich is a self-admitted bibliophile with a love for exotic teas and a whole host of characters who live full time inside the strange, swirling vortex of her thoughts. Some folks might call this crazy, but Caitlin Morgan doesn’t mind – especially considering she has to write biographies in the third person. Oh, and half the host of characters in her head are searing hot bad boys with dirty mouths and skillful hands (among other things). If being crazy means hanging out with them everyday, C.M. has decided to have herself committed.

She hates tapioca pudding, loves to binge on cheesy horror movies, and is a slave to many cats. When she’s not vacuuming fur off of her couch, C.M. can be found with her nose buried in a book or her eyes glued to a computer screen. She’s the author of over thirty novels – romance, new adult, fantasy, and young adult included. Please, come and join her inside her crazy. There’s a heck of a lot to do there.

Oh, and Caitlin loves to chat (incessantly), so feel free to e-mail her, send her a Facebook message, or put up smoke signals. She’s already looking forward to it.

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Something weird is going on?

Incandescently Book Cover Incandescently
Incandescent bk 1; #2; #3
Sylvie Parizeau
romance, NA, contemporary, fantasy
By the Book; 1 edition
26 Oct. 2016

PHILIPPE-OLIVIER TISSEROT’s caffeine addiction is about to land him in uncharted territory and one hell of a ride. One that’s about to go viral.

Current status: Computer whiz to hacker to penpal.

Upgrade status: Lover.

Well, I’m still working on the lover part.

I’m just a computer geek studying at MIT. And now I’m in two places at once – the geek and the lover battling it out to get the girl.

The only problem is, my dream girl doesn’t know she knows me in either one of them.

Now I have to win her in both.

Please wait. Upgrade in progress.

This is a series of books with number 1 being Incandescently and number 2 is Apprehension.  The 3rd book is Exposure.

I am reviewing all 3 books here.

Book 1: Incandescently

This is a series of romances with a touch of fantasy set in the French Canadian boonies with (real) French spoken by the characters. (and translated in end of chapter notes for those that need it)

We start with a set of boys sent at an early age – some only 4 – to a Swiss Boarding School.  These boys form a very close pack as even though their parents were very wealthy and very entitled (often literally), they were effectively abandoned by them and thus in need of comfort and affection.

When Liam joins the school, there are now 6 in the pack and he unites them even more by telling them stories of magic and adventure in a fantastical land. This book is Liam’s story of how he grows up to become a famous writer because of the stories he told in school.

I liked the writing style, it was fluid and linked the stories nicely. This book 1 is the scene setter.

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Book 2: Apprehension

This is Zac’s tale. Zac, the risk taker, who ignores signs and then falls hard for a girl.

Zac is restless and cannot settle on a career until he discovers obstetrics through Liam’s wife and her twins.

And his home in the magical forest of Laure.

A nice tale but we are now into a more ‘normal’ romance story as the magic was woven into the storyline in book 1.

Thus whilst a nice story, it is not as  unique as book 1.

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Book 3: Exposure

Geeks in love are delicious – mostly they do not compute.

“I’m waitng for the right girl. All I need is a sine”.

A great romance series with the odd touch of ‘Spock’.

I thought it was good to have a heroine with a disability and to suggest ways to help technically, though personally, I would still be in favour of the Hearing Dog.

And guys – use those very large brains of yours. Buy a cafetiere! All you need is hot water and ground coffee – replaces the instant after a 3 minute wait.

Giveaway:
A signed copy of the three books in the series: Incandescently, Apprehension and Exposure

AUTHOR BIO:

A paralegal by day and incurable romantic by night, Sylvie is a cross-genre, and she takes Happily Ever After very seriously. The End just isn’t in her vocabulary.

An incorrigible daydreamer, she now feeds her obsession with epilogues by concocting stories in which heroes deal with the happy from the get-go. Ready, or not. And she confesses under oath to loving every minute of it.

Sylvie lives her own Happily Ever After in the beautiful mountains of Les Laurentides in Northern Quebec, alongside her whole set of characters.

In between treks in their backyard wilderness, you can find them hanging out at www.sylvieparizeau.com

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Flap your wings little butterfly and chaos comes

The Butterfly Code Book Cover The Butterfly Code
The Infinity Gene #1
Sue Wyshynski
Fiction
Whitman Books
October 15, 2015
346

A quiet vacation turns exhilarating when Aeris meets the alluring and mysterious Hunter Cayman.

Usually when an author references a Butterfly it the old - ‘ a butterfly flaps its wings and chaos comes’; this is also true here but we are also looking more deeply into how a caterpillar s transformed into a butterfly. What happens inside that cocoon that changes the caterpillar into a butterfly? Or that changes the larvae living in water into the best hunter on this planet - a dragonfly? Have you ever watched one hatch from its cocoon on the side of a rush in your pond? It crawls out slowly and painfully and damp. It then sits in the sun for a while and then spreads its wings to dry and then suddenly there it is in its full glory, a creature that has 4 independently moveable wings and that can sense where its prey will be in the future and intercept them there.

What does all of the above have to do with this book?

Well the concept of the infinity gene is based on the scientific knowledge we could have of how the transformation takes place within that cocoon. How can cells completely change their operation? Well in fact they do so occasionally in humans. Take cancer. This is a cell transformation. It is just that we don’t completely transform all our cells at once, which is what a butterfly or dragonfly does.

If we could, than could we go back to a different age? Could all our aging cells or our cancerous cells be transformed back into young cells or non-cancerous cells?

Would we want to? Would an infinite life be good? Initially, especially if we remained young and whole with no diseases and all the vigour of your youth, we might think so. But isn’t it the same premise, as would you like to live in heaven, where nothing ever changes, including yourself? Would you not get bored with life?  It is true, that if you lived for thousands of years you could become rich indeed, but you would also have seen every play ever performed at least once, seen every painting in the world, been to every museum, every cit, every country and resort, every hotel if you were so inclined and so on. Experienced every emotion and fallen in love many times, especially as if you were immortal and those around you weren’t....

So we can wax philosophical about infinity in the same body and whether it is something we might want. And what would be the price we would be prepared to pay to achieve it.

In this book a solution is offered as how to achieve it, but those who have been so transformed into infinite immortals are not so keen on it, and certainly don’t want to spread it around for it has other effects on the human body than just immortality. And these effects in the wrong hands might be disastrous.

A book that tells a story but it was more about the concept for me and so thought provoking in its own way

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