Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Royal Romance, Dating The Prince by Alina Snow

Clean, sweet, funny romance!
In Hollywood, it’s all about the hustle. No one knows that better than Katie O’Connor. While working on a Burbank game show, she elbows her way into auditions, and lives on a shoestring budget. Whatever is required to land a movie deal, Katie throws her heart into… until she’s involved in a royal kidnapping.

As the second son, Prince Alexander was destined for a military career. When his older brother is suddenly killed, his life does a one-eighty. In two months, he’s about to become King of England. Except he doesn’t have a clue how to relate to his future subjects, regardless of their walk of life. While visiting L.A., all it takes is a sound stage collision and Alex is blindsided by a headstrong woman who is simply irresistible. So much so, he hires her to help him outrun his security so he can become a regular nobody.

Miffed at being wrangled into a situation that might blow up in her face, Katie comes up with her own plan. If His Royal Highness is serious about walking the walk of the common folk, she’s only too happy to oblige. Through an ice storm, a road trip, kitchen duty, and a Texas pig race, Alex captures the hearts of the locals as well as Ms. O’Connor’s.

What starts out as a deal Katie can’t refuse becomes the acting role of a lifetime… letting Prince Alexander go without a fight.

A delightful retelling of Mark Twain’s The Prince and The Pauper that romance readers of all ages will enjoy. On a two-week 1,500-mile trek, Katie and Alex discover that the end of the road might just be the beginning of their ‘Happy Ever After’ together.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Writers, dreamers, NaNoWriMo vets, it's #PitMad today

Not yet a week after NaNoWriMo and it's time to pitch our polished WIP. Well, if you're like I was last year, after NaNo, my manuscript wasn't exactly perfect as in polished. Sure, I had a plot, characters, and the ending, but seriously that initial version of my book wasn't ready to be pitched. Not to an agent or publisher. Possibly the only place it could be pitched was out the window.

With any first draft, a writer learns that it takes time, some distance from our beloved WIP with no cheating, to regain much needed perspective. It's part of the process and there are no shortcuts.

So what do you do with your WIP after a NaNo victory? Keep writing and keep honing your craft. And that means tuning in whenever there's a chance of upping your game. Writing that story is only half of the business when it comes to being a published successful writer. The other half, the one that doesn't come easily, at least not to this author, is marketing. If you're in the same boat, don't despair. There's good news!

In the interim of when you're writing, editing, re-writing, glean and gather social media marketing skills. An excellent way is to keep abreast of what works. Today, dear friends, is such an OPPORTUNITY! 

If you aren't ready to pitch your novel, then watch and see how other writers and equally important, how agents and publishers respond. 

What, you haven't heard of Pitch Madness? No prob! Go right now and visit the official website for Pitch Wars and take a gander at the rules, suggestions, and resources.  This wonderful mentor program started thanks to author Brenda Drake in 2012. Now, Brenda's brainchild is also manned by a Pitch War committee, and lots and lots of volunteers, including oodles of mentors in a yearly program.

Today is an offshoot of Pitch Wars known as Pitch Madness. It's held on Twitter from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. For twelve hours writers pitch their finished (POLISHED) novel, tagging it based on factors such as audience age, genre like my favorite, which is romance, and sub genres, too. There are super specific rules, so do read and follow them.  You can find the #PitMad rules here: https://pitchwars.org/pitmad/

To decipher what the hash tag codes mean, take a look:

Age Categories (one is required):
#PB = Picture Book
#C = Children’s
#CB = Chapter Book
#MG = Middle Grade
#YA = Young Adult
#NA = New Adult
#A = Adult

Genres/Sub-genres (optional):
#AC = Action
#AD = Adventure
#BIZ = Bizarro Fiction
#CF = Christian Fiction
#CON = Contemporary
#CR = Contemporary Romance
#E = Erotica
#ER = Erotic Romance
#ES = Erotica Suspense
#F = Fantasy
#FTA = Fairy Tale Retelling
#GN = Graphic Novel
#H = Horror
#HA = Humor
#HF = Historical Fiction
#HR = Historical Romance
#INSP = Inspirational
#MR = Magical Realism
#M = Mystery
#Mem = Memoir
#MA = Mainstream
#LF = Literary Fiction
#NF = Non-fiction
#P = Paranormal
#PR = Paranormal Romance
#R = Romance
#RS = Romantic Suspense
#STEM = Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics
#SF = SciFi
#SPF = Speculative Fiction
#SH = Superhero
#S = Suspense
#T = Thriller
#TT = Time Travel
#UF = Urban Fantasy
#VF = Visionary Fiction
#W = Westerns
#WF = Woman’s Fiction

Additional hashtags (optional):
#POC = Author is a Person of Color
#OWN = Own Voices
#IMM = Immigrant
#LGBT = LGBTQIA+ subject matter
#IRMC = Interracial/Multicultural subject matter
#MH = Mental Health subject matter
#DIS = Disability subject matter
#ND = Neurodiverse subject matter

Okay, you've gotten an eyeful and no excuses. It's time to stock your author arsenal. Visit Pitch Wars and Twitter today!

Good luck,
Alina Snow