Monday, December 24, 2012

Tag! I'm It!

I'm it because I got tagged by M.S. Spencer as an author in The Next Big Thing Blog Hop.  I'd like to thank her for tagging me.  That gives you, the reader, an opportunity to find out about M.S. and about me and four other authors.  Who knows?  You might find your favorite next big thing right here.

The trouble with some good books is that no one has heard of them.  Plenty of publicity goes to the top selling books, but while everyone may be reading and enjoying those books, there are some that might be missed in the rush.

We're attempting to get some exposure for some great books.  One author posts and tags other authors who link back to the blog the next week and tag new authors.  I'm sure you'll find some great books along the way.  So, yes, this blog is like a game of tag, but you don't have to count to ten.

I've been traditionally published since 1996, but I'm brand new to self-publishing.  A good friend of mine encouraged me to jump in with both feet and that's what I've done.  My plan is to have four books out by the anniversary of my foray into self-publishing.  That's the full Going to the Dogs Series.  So come back often to see what is going on with my gals, their heroes, and all the wonderful pets!

So this is the part about me.  I've answered ten questions about my current WIP:

What is the working title of your current/next book?

My current work in progress is Groomed for Murder which is at the end stages and soon will be uploaded.  I will then begin working on the next book in the series Hounded.

Where did you get the idea for that book?

This is the second book in the Going to the Dog Series.  I got the idea from the tight friendships of the women in the show Sex and the City.  New York City was a great place to set the stories, a nice cosmopolitan backdrop that is very dog friendly.

What's the genre of the book?

Contemporary romance with comedy and a little mystery.

If you could pick actors to play the lead characters in your story, who would you pick?

For my hero, Drew Hudson, it would be Alex Pettyfer.  He's got those great green eyes and that to die for curly blond hair.  And in this picture he looks like my corporate shark lawyer.

For my heroine, Brooke Palmer, I think Emma Roberts would be perfect.  she's fresh, innocent looking, and beautiful with just a gleam of spunky in her eye.  She's the perfect foil for my hero.

How would you describe your book in one sentence?

Brooke Palmer gets sued by a client for a bad poodle cut, requiring dog therapy, but the lawyer they send wants to settle out of court and savvy entrepreneur Brooke won't be wooed by a corporate shark in a sharp suit.

How will your book be published, submitted through the traditional route to a traditional publisher or will you be handling it yourself through Indie Publishing methods?

This series is self-published.

If you are an Indie Author, will you be publishing through your own Indie Publishing company or in a collective with other Indie Authors?

My own company, Blue Moon Creative.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of this book?

I had a goal to get this book up quickly after I released the first book, Leashed. So, I buckled down and wrote this book in a month.

What other books within your genre are similar to yours?

I think my books would be similiar to Susan Donovan or Susan Elizabeth Phillips, although these two writers write mainstream books, my book is more category.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

The tight bond of female friendship and the magic of falling in love with someone you thought might be an enemy.  I liked that challenge.

What about your book will pique the reader's interest?

This book is about two people who are afraid of change and think they're enemies when, in fact, they're perfectly right for each other.  They just don't know it.  Wink.  And, the dogs.  They have personalities of their own.

Here are the authors who will be joining the hop for the week of December 31, 2012.  Maybe one of them will become your new favorite author!

1/3: Athena Grayson

1/2: David Russell

1/1:  Jen Talty

1/2: Sydney Jane Baily