Guest Post by Harlie Williams

Hello readers : )

What better way is there to start the day than with a guest post by author of The Couple, Harlie Williams. But first, a sneak peek at her short n’ spicy story.

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Book Blurb:

A woman has one thing on her mind tonight…sex. Dirty, sweaty, kinky sex with a cowboy. With her man gone more than he is at home, she needs the release.

After being away for two weeks, a cowboy goes looking for someone to play with for the night. Being away is part of the job but not having someone to come home to is hurting his soul. Feeling disconnected in his love life, the red-head will be perfect.

Once they meet, can one night of pure passion led to more than just a one night stand for either of them? Communication is the key to every relationship. Can these two find a way to connect emotionally or are they destined for heartache.

Released December 26, 2012

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And now a few words from Harlie Williams,

My Publishing Journey by Harlie Williams.

Now, I know that most authors have a fabulous publishing journey.  Filled with a fast track to greatness, glowing inspiration from other authors and the words just flowed like you’re the writing machine of Nora Roberts sitting in your perfect office overlooking beautiful scenery in your backyard, right?

Reality for this writer is I wrote my story over a year ago with SpongeBob Square Pants in the background, my son consistently bugging me for food, something to drink or “Can you play with me?” every five minutes.  Yes, writing the sex scene was interrupted too many times.

I subbed this story for anthology call and it was rejected flat out.  No explanation from the editor.  I cried and told myself that I wasn’t cut out to be a writer.  After about a month of self-loathing, I realized that I was a writer.  I had a review blog.  I reviewed books, wrote about them and people really liked my reviews.  So I took a couple of online writing classes, joined a great critique group and buckled down.  I even had a couple of authors read it and see what they thought of it.  Well, after getting back my story in shreds, I re-worked it and put it away for a couple of months.

In one of my loops, they were offering an online pitch session.  I eagerly signed up and worked on my pitch.  If I thought writing the story was hard, getting the pitch right was even harder.  I mean, how do you sell in a story in ten minutes?  It’s not easy.  As I waited my turn in the bull pen to pitch, I got really, really nervous.  What if they don’t like it?  What if it’s too short?  Is my story good enough?  Soon, I’m leaving the pitch session with a request for a full.  OMG!  They liked the pitch.  Now what?

I went back into my story added some things that were mentioned in the pitch session and hit the “send” button.  Hardest thing I have ever done in my life; hitting that button.  Within 48 hours, I had a contract.  Yes, a contract.  I was in shock for at least two days.  I didn’t know what to do.  Sign the contract?  Not sign?  Can I handle edits?  Promo? Reviews?  Social media?  Website?  The answer is yes.  I have a blog; I review for other sites and my own.  I’m active on social media.

The main thing I learned about this journey is that everyone’s is different.  It took me a year for someone to like this story and give it a chance.  I’ve been told that shopping a story for a year and getting a contract for it is excellent.  Most of the time it takes longer for a story to even be considered.

The moral of my journey is I NEVER gave up.  I worked on it, learned from my mistakes and it made me a better writer.

Giveaway time…$20 GC to either Amazon, B&N or Book Depository, just answer the question with email address…Have you ever been on a journey that you thought would never be fulfilled?

Author Links:

Website:  www.harliewilliams.com

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/marika67

Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/?ref=tn_tnmn#!/pages/Harlie-Williams-Writer/224885394212458

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