Monday, November 11, 2013

After 11 years of struggling and hustling to finish my first novel and get a publisher interested, it's finally my publication day! Booktrope released Between Boyfriends on and ! I get a little thrill every time I look at either site and see "Booktrope" next to the publisher line. 

Curious what the novel is about? 

At first glance, twenty-one-year-old Jan Weston has it all: a gorgeous boyfriend, fun friends, and wealthy parents who take care of all those pesky credit card bills.

Then her boyfriend dumps her, her friendships fall apart, and her parents cut her off. Suddenly without money, without a man, and without a plan, it's time for Jan to grow up.

Determined to get her life back on track, Jan decides it's time to make it on her own. Can she find her way as a single lady in San Diego? Can she fix her friendships, her job prospects, and her hair? And can she keep her vow that she'll never date again, even after she meets a guy who just might be perfect for her?

BETWEEN BOYFRIENDS is a sexy, hilarious story of living life, finding love, and growing up... but not necessarily in that order.


Look for the sequel, Between the Sheets, coming early 2014.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Today I interview three very talented authors whose books recently claimed a coveted #1 spot on a Barnes & Noble best seller list! The authors are Caroline Fardig (It's Just a Little Crush - Cozy Mystery), Carolyn Ridder Aspenson (Unfinished Business - Urban Fantasy), and Angel Sefer (Spellbound in His Arms - Romantic Mystery).
Sarka-Jonae
1. Me (Sarka-Jonae): How likely did you really think it was that you'd hit #1 on a Barnes & Noble bestseller list?
Caroline: Well, frankly, I mean I was honored and excited, of course, but I think I deserved it. Truthfully though, I never thought Carolyn would do it.
Carolyn: I knew for sure I could do it after Caroline did. I mean, clearly BN readers will buy anything.
Angel: I was sure I could do it after I saw Caroline and Carolyn hit #1. After all, every author thinks that her book is better than everyone else’s. But seriously, I'm really proud of all of us – although, I suspect they stayed up all night hitting that buy button…

2. Me: How does your family feel about your success? Super proud of you or are they already picking out what they want to buy when you win a Pulitzer?
Caroline
Caroline: My daughter is psyched about my success. Everywhere we go, if someone doesn't give me the respect I deserve, she scoffs, "Mom, don't they know you're a famous author?" Angel, however, has used her success as an excuse to behave badly. There's a photo of her roughing up the paparazzi on TMZ.
Carolyn: My husband is out whoring my book to any and everyone. He wants me recoup his investment. Anytime I mention my book or how it's doing to my 14 year-old son he says, "huh?" He's a very involved child, can you tell? And my daughters, I'm not even sure they know I wrote a book!
Angel: My little son seems more proud of his mom than anyone else, even though, I don’t think he quite understands what being a bestselling author means. As for Caroline’s comment, all I have to say is that at least one of us has paparazzi chasing after them…

3. Me: I've been on TMZ two times, once and once just . So, what's the next big accomplishment you all have your hearts set on? A book deal with a five-figure advance? A glowing review from the NY Times? A more shapely rear end in case TMZ comes around?
Caroline: I’m going for the 2-fer. First, a five-figure advance…which should do probably just about cover a Brazilian Butt Lift. Who needs the NYT if I look like J-Lo from the back? I'll tell you one thing for certain though, I'll be getting a book deal first.
Carolyn
Carolyn: I'm almost 47 and peri-menopausal, so I consider it a victory every morning I wake up. I consider that a big accomplishment for me. But I'd really like a six-figure advance, although I hear that just isn't done anymore. Very sad since I totally deserve it, so I guess I'll make due with a smaller one. I'm sending out queries to agents now. I'm sure it's only a matter of time before they start fighting over me. One thing is for sure though, I'll get the book deal first.
Angel: I'm a bit of a review whore, so I'd take the glowing praise over the money any day. I'm not sure the NY Times would review a self-published book though, even one as great as mine. One thing I know, I'll definitely get a deal before Caroline or Carolyn.

4. Me: I wish I'd gotten a six-figure advance too for Between Boyfriends. There was talk of giving me a parkour goat instead, but the damn thing kept running up the fence and escaping, so I never got it . I understand each of you are sending out query letters. Any responses yet?
Caroline: Oh boy, have I. One agent called me at home. At first I thought I was being Punk'd, since my husband and Ashton Kutcher are now work buddies.
Carolyn: Well, I've gotten a few no's. At least they answered me. Nothing worse than being ignored. But I haven't heard back from the agents who like Caroline. I'm sure if they liked her book they'll be on the first plane out to talk to me about my book.
Angel
Angel: I'm actually getting ready to send out my queries next week. I just have so many accomplishments it's hard to fit everything into a one-page letter. It's like asking the Dalai Lama to fit all his wisdom on a napkin. I should be ready soon. I think I'll target the agents who turned Carolyn down first. I'm too nice to spell out why.




5. Me: Angel, you're so funny. But seriously everyone gets turned down by agents. When you get your huge book deals, they'll be kicking themselves. Are any of you kicking yourselves for not self-publishing sooner?
Angel: Honestly yes. I have such a gift and I should have shared it with the world sooner, but I was nervous that I wouldn't be appreciated in my own time. All jokes aside, I'm a humble person and it took me a while to find the confidence to put my work out there. My family has been wonderfully supportive. And my publicist too.
Carolyn: I think I released the book at the right time. There was a period when I stopped working on it, but then I had a dream about my late mother, and she told me to finish the book. I'm not saying she really visited me in my dream, but who knows? Maybe she did. I feel like since then everything has unfolded as it should.
Caroline: I'm glad that I didn't publish the book earlier because the first draft wasn't the best. I put a lot of work into rewriting it based on some great feedback from friends. It was the right decision to wait until the book was ready.

Thanks ladies for being here. Visit to learn more about each other. If anyone would like to purchase their #1 bestsellers, they can be found here:

It's Just a Little Crush by Caroline Fardig





Unfinished Business: An Angela Panther Novel by Carolyn Ridder Aspenson




Spellbound in His Arms by Angel Sefer


Sunday, November 3, 2013

Do you have your own "between boyfriends" story? Perhaps a breakup story? A big win you experienced as a singleton? A first date disaster? A relationship that was in your head? If it happened any time when you weren't in a serious relationship, we'd love to hear about it. 

Friday, November 1, 2013

During my junior year of college, I got an idea for a novel. Believe it or not, this wasn't the first time, nor is coming up with book ideas that rare for others. What is rare is actually following through and writing a book. by 2005, I'd finished what I thought was a pretty good book. I won't bore you with the details of how I sent the book out to agents and went through a the usual number of rejections, because all that really matters is that earlier this year Booktrope offered me a book deal! Now, it's only 10 days until the release!!!



I'm incredibly excited that on November 11 (11/11, Veterans Day) Between Boyfriends is going public. I'm counting the days because this is my dream, because it's more than 10 years in the making, and because I have a whole team now that will benefit from the book's success. Hooyah!

If you want to be a part of something special, if you want to be one of the first people to get Between Boyfriends, and if you want exclusive access to myself, my team, and upcoming projects, then email my book manager, Wendy Logdon, at wendy.logsdon@booktrope.com and tell her that you'd like more information about joining #TeamBetweenBoyfriends. 

Monday, October 28, 2013

We're welcoming Janine A. Southard to the Between Boyfriends Blog today. Janine's new novella, These Convergent Stars, was just published this month. It's a 25,000-word science fiction story, and it sounds really cool.

These Convergent Stars Book Description


300 years ago, Earth was destroyed, but the Terrans aren’t giving up. Maya Qaitra is a special type of Terran, created to sniff out biologically compatible species. But Maya’s talent comes with a hefty cosmetic price: half the time, she looks like a mountain lion.

On a space station over the planet Elsajh, she’s mistaken for a local shapeshifter and goes with the flow. After all, how better to observe a new species and culture? While impersonating her alien look-alike, Maya stops an invasion and becomes a populist hero. Sure, that seems great, but her mistaken identity stirs trouble for her and her Doppelganger. If she’s not careful, she could get her whole species banned from Elsajh forever.

About Janine


Janine A. Southard writes speculative fiction and videogame dialogue from her home in Seattle, WA. She sings with a Celtic band and is working on the next book in the Hive Queen universe. She’s also been known to read aloud to her cat.
The cat appreciates all of these things. Maybe.


Sunday, October 27, 2013

WHAT IF SAVING THE WORLD MEANT LOSING EVERYTHING?

What an awesome tagline. Holly Martin's first young adult adventure is now for sale on , but before you purchase the fun new book why not try to win it instead? One lucky winner in the US or the UK will win a signed paperback. 




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Giveaway ends November 27, 2013.
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We're welcoming Alissa Baxter to the Between Boyfriends Blog with an author interview. Alissa will tell us about her new book The Blog Affair. This is definitely a book that will appeal to single ladies who are "between boyfriends."


Q. When did you first decide to become an author? Is there anything funny you wanted to be instead?

I first decided that I wanted to be a writer when I learned to read properly at the age of seven. It was very clear cut in my mind – I knew specifically that I wanted to write novels. Before that I wanted to be a ballerina but I was never very good at pointing my toes.

Q. Can you describe The Blog Affair in 75 words or less?

Emma Bradshaw has a pattern of falling for unsuitable men and starts a blog about these so-called “serial datists”. Her search for new beginnings takes her to Cape Town, where she gets a job working for sexy author, Nick Reynolds. When an anonymous male reader of Emma’s blog challenges her on her ideas about men, Emma realises she must confront her past before love can blossom again in her future.

Q. What was the inspiration behind your novel? Any funny real-life moments you'd like to share?

Being single and dating gave me plenty of inspiration for my novel! Anyone who’s been on the dating scene knows that there are sometimes so many frogs out there that it should be called a dating pond rather than a dating pool! I once dated a guy who told me that after his divorce he’d started putting all his bad dating experiences into a closely guarded notebook. I decided not to stick around when he consistently referred to women as being “crazy”.

Q. Is writing your only job?

I’ve worked in Corporate Communications for a number of years , but I freelance from home now as I have an 18 month old boy and another baby on the way.

Q. What are you working on now?

I tend to become intrigued with the lives of the secondary characters in my books, and I’m writing a story at the moment about a character who appeared in The Blog Affair.

Q. Is there anything unique or maybe even a little crazy about your writing process?

Some writers say that it’s important to write every day if you wish to be a professional writer. However, I’m pretty much an all or nothing person and after I’ve completed a book I’m emotionally and intellectually drained. I take a good break after I’ve finished writing a book to recover creatively which flies in this face of this advice! But everyone’s different.

Q. What are your hobbies? What do you do when you just don't feel like writing?

I enjoy running – it’s a great way to clear the mind! And when I just don’t feel like writing, I’m usually reading :)

Q. What are your top 5 favorite books?

I really can’t choose five favourite books as I grew up reading Georgette Heyer’s Regency novels and I loved most of them – I can’t pick a favourite. I also enjoy Cathy Kelly and Marion Keyes’ novels, as well as a number of crime writers including Peter Robinson and good old Agatha Christie. 

Q. If authors went out on tour together like bands do, who would you want to open for?

I think Cathy Kelly – she writes with such wisdom.

Q. What advice do you have for new authors? Any dating advice?

Friday, October 25, 2013

Angel Sefer of Athens, Greece has achieved what few self-published authors can claim, she has a book that became a #1 bestseller on BarnesandNoble.com. Not every traditionally published author can say they've reached #1. 

Angel's romantic suspense novel, Spellbound in His Arms, hit #1 earlier today on the B&N  Romantic Mystery list. Her novel first appeared on B&N best seller lists yesterday and is currently on 14 lists! 

But she isn't only crushing it on B&N. Spellbound is dominating Amazon lists too. It first appeared on the Mystery Romance list on October 22, and then claimed the #2 spot on October 24. It also made it into the teens on two more lists, both for Romantic Suspense. 

This is the third month in a row that Angel has seen her work on Amazon best seller lists. In August, Spellbound spent two days on three Amazon lists. It hit #14 on the Romantic Mystery list, as well as #24 and #27 on two Romantic Suspense best seller lists. In September, it made it to #43 on the Mystery Romance list. 

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