Friday, February 7, 2014

Serendipity Book Tour

Serendipity by Janet Nissenson Media Kit

Virtual Book Tour Dates: 1/22/14 - 2/19/14
Genre: Contemporary/Erotic Romance

Book blurb/synopsis:
Was meeting again an unfortunate twist of fate? Or was it just serendipity?
Julia McKinnon was convinced she’d found the one – the man of her dreams, the most seductive, experienced lover she’d ever known – and the night they’d spent together in New York was the stuff erotic fantasies were spun from. But with the dawn of a new day came only heartache and betrayal, and her dreams were snuffed out like so much fairy dust.
Nathan Atwood felt like the lowest sort of life form after seducing the incredibly beautiful girl he met in New York, only to break her tender heart with the confession that he was already involved with someone else.  Leaving Julia was the hardest thing he’d ever done, and the memory of their passionate night together haunted his dreams for months afterwards.
Now fate has brought them together again, and they are forced to work alongside each other. Will Julia be able to put aside the feelings she still has for her handsome boss and forge a new life for herself in San Francisco? And how long will Nathan be able to resist the gorgeous woman he’s never really stopped thinking about or wanting?

“How did you find me?”
Julia’s head swung to meet his gaze in disbelief. “Excuse me?”
Nathan leaned back in his desk chair, regarding her across the wide expanse of mahogany, with an expression of barely checked anger. “Come on, Julia. You don’t really expect me to believe that you working here is some sort of wild coincidence, do you? The only logical explanation is that you somehow found out who I was and where I worked, and was lucky enough that there was a job opening. The only real coincidence is that you happen to be an interior designer and that I co-own an architectural design firm.”
She stared back at him, appalled by his arrogance. “Are you kidding? Even assuming that I was able to figure out who you were – Mr. No Last Name, No Occupation, No City of Residence – why would you think I’d want to see you again, much less work with you?”
He shrugged, but his composure looked a bit less cocksure than it had. “Revenge, obsession. Maybe a little of both.”
Julia smirked. “Really? You think I somehow managed to find out your name – by what means I have no idea – then stalked you several thousand miles across the country because I wanted to get back at you? Or worse, because I craved another fuck? Sorry, you weren’t that good.”
Nathan’s eyes narrowed and shot out sparks of light blue fire. “That’s not what you said that night.”
Enraged, she got to her feet, leaning over his desk. “As I recall, both of us said a lot of things that night. But one of us intentionally neglected to say the one thing that would have instantly put a stop to everything else – something along the lines of ‘by the way, I’m already spoken for’.”
He winced at the angry lash of her words. “I deserve that, I suppose. But that still doesn’t explain how you found me or why you followed me cross country.”
She let out a rather undignified hoot of laughter. “For real, Nathan? You’ve still got me pegged as some Fatal Attraction-like stalker? Well, think on this one. I’m normally not a vain person, but I’m not na├»ve, either. I know I’m hot. Men have been telling me that since I was twelve. If I wanted a man that badly all I’d really need to do would be to walk inside the nearest bar or club or even a grocery store, and let nature take its course. It would take little to no effort on my part to get whatever man I wanted. And he sure as hell wouldn’t be one who’s already taken.”

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Guest Post:
The Joy of Writing
If I stop and think about it, I’ve probably been writing for nearly all of my life.  I attended Catholic schools for twelve years, back in the 1960’s and 1970’s, and writing was always stressed in my English classes.  I think learning to write in your formative years has a real impact on you for the rest of your life, particularly when it comes to learning grammar, punctuation, and spelling.  Probably the most significant memory I have of this is during my senior year of high school, when I took Advanced Placement English.  To prepare for the AP exam that would give me several units of college prep English if I scored high enough (I did!), I was basically reading a book about every two and a half weeks.  And these were some pretty heavy duty texts – Steinbeck, Shakespeare, Dostoyevsky, Dickens, Kafka.  After reading the book we were then required to dissect, analyze, and write, write, write.  I think after surviving that class, my writing skills were pretty well honed though I tended to shy away from most classics for a while!

I probably started dabbling in writing fiction when I was in my twenties, with a notebook and pen always close at hand.  I made one serious attempt at getting published, going through the futile process of sending out query letters to publishers and agents, and getting rejected time after time.  I actually did engage a literary agent at one point but nothing ever came of it, and like so many other authors I gave up in frustration.  I continued to write, filling up notebooks with story ideas and outlines, but never had the heart to resume the disheartening process of trying to get a publisher interested in my writing.  In addition to my dabbling in fiction, I did a great deal of technical writing for my job and later on a volunteer basis for various running organizations I was involved with, mostly articles, procedural manuals, and business correspondence.  So I was always writing, though not necessarily the type I wanted to do most.

The age of self-publishing was like a re-awakening of my dream.  Whether or not I was successful, just seeing my words in print (or in this case on a Kindle) was the realization of many years of hoping and dreaming.  I think self-publishing has allowed readers a much wider variety of books to choose from, not just the lucky ones that were chosen by an overburdened editor at a publishing house. We are able to select books that might never have gone to print or been available to us otherwise.  That’s not to say that everything being self-published is Pulitzer Prize material, but a lot of stuff in print isn’t necessarily of much better standards, either.  I think being able to realize your dream is something to be encouraged, and I applaud the various platforms that have let so many people like myself finally do just that.

Building The Perfect (Book) Cover

I did quite a bit of research before contracting out the design for the cover of Serendipity. I knew I definitely didn’t want to use a stock image that numerous other books had already used (hello – how do you distinguish between the five books currently out that used the exact same image?)  And since I have zero skills at any semblance of art or graphic design, coming up with my own cover wasn’t even on the radar.  I know that new authors are on a limited budget but some of the covers I had seen either looked like someone’s ten-year-old child had designed it on Photoshop, or that they had persuaded their brother or boyfriend to pose for a not-always-flattering shirtless photo.  I knew that first impressions meant a lot when it came to marketing a book by a brand new author, so having a professionally designed, original cover was just as important to me as the content inside the cover.

I wound up using the services of Damon at Damonza Book Cover Designs and I have never regretted the decision.  He was prompt, professional and very helpful.  He suggests on his website keeping covers simple and straightforward, and more or less discourages using character images.  I thought this made perfect sense, given the success of such series as Fifty Shades, Crossfire, and Twilight to name a few, all of which have a very simple, basic image on the cover and no attempt to create images of the characters.  Not to mention the fact that I had very specific images of real life people/celebrities in mind when I created the characters in Serendipity, and getting permission to replicate their images would have either been cost-prohibitive at best or impossible at worst.

So many thanks to Damon for his great advice, and I would encourage more authors to follow suit.  Having a professional, original book cover is definitely an investment but if it’s in your budget I would absolutely recommend it.

Author Bio:
Janet is a lifelong resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, and currently resides on the northern California coast with her husband Steve and Golden Retriever Max. She worked for more than two decades in the financial services industry before turning her focus to producing running events. She is a former long-distance runner, current avid yoga practitioner, is addicted to Pinterest, likes to travel and read. She has been writing for more than three decades but Serendipity is her first official published work. She plans five more books in the Inevitable series, with each one a standalone with new lead characters, so no cliff-hangers or waiting months to see what happens next!

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What does "Serendipity" mean?  According to my Google search, it means "the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way."  So, meeting the person you are supposed to be with by chance, at a work convention is serendipitous, right?  BUT, it really sucks when one of them is engaged to another.  How will these two be together?  Can they possibly work together after their fantasy-laden chance meeting?  

Serendipity is well written, has a great story line and {most importantly} is H-O-T!  I very much enjoyed how the two had to figure out how to be together.  Their life together wasn't just handed to them.  Janet Nissenson is very descriptive and reading her book was very easy.  The whole story was expertly described that you could visualize everything that was happening.  

I recommend Serendipity to anyone who likes are good romance/erotic book.  You will be surprised by how good it is!

Author Janet Nissenson is giving away a total of six prizes! One winner will receive a $15 Amazon gift card, and five readers will get an ebook copy of Serendipity. Ends 2/20/14 at 12 A.M. Eastern time.  Open internationally to readers 18+. Enter through Rafflecopter.

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