Tina Gerow Discusses the Book of Her Heart

New-York-Times-best-sellerIf you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your novel or getting it published that you would change?

I think I would’ve ignored the prejudice against small presses and ebooks much earlier.  Although I’m pretty happy with my publishing journey so I can’t really complain.  Yes, I’d still like to hit the NYT and all those other lists and someday I fully intend to be a #1 NYT Best Selling Author! (And tonight, we take over the world!!)

How do you market your work? What avenues have you found to work best for your genre?  

My best marketing comes from pure word of mouth.  I’m pretty active on Facebook and twitter and I’ve found that a lot of fans have found me through friends of a friend of a friend who knows me on those andended up recommending my books tothem.  I’ve tried advertising on the various readers websites or in magazines like Romantic Times but word of mouth has always been by far the best for me.

Have you written a book you love that you have not been able to get published?

The absolute book of my heart, and the one that my agent said was the best book I had ever written to that point, is Sleeping With Shadows.  In the end, everyone passed on it so Iended up self publishing it.  It’s my one and only self pubbed book.  I would love to have a NY pub pick it up so the book can get the distribution and the recognition it deserves.  I STILL love the story and the book!  I haven’t given up hope on it and continue to promote it and hand sell it at events like The Glendale Chocolate Affaire, but I’m convinced one day it will find its avid market!

Can you tell us about your upcoming book?

Here’s the blurb from the publisher:

Running from a troubled past, Sandra Barry spent years hiding out in New York City’s BDSM scene, finding satisfaction and even a sense of community as a sub at a large dungeon. But when a stalker joins the dungeon posing as a Dom, he crosses her personal boundaries, giving her no choice but to return home to Arizona. Seeking refuge once again in the kink lifestyle, Sandra meets a sexy new Dom whose tutelage drives her wild—although there’s something familiar about him she just can’t place.

As a teenager, Brent Weston was a nerd. Now he owns the hottest dungeon in Phoenix, enjoying the power and success he’s always craved. All that’s missing is the right woman to share it with. Then one day Sandra, his secret high school crush, walks into his club. She’s just as beautiful as he remembers. She’s also scared as hell. Brent has been waiting for this moment, and now that Sandra’s in his sights, he’ll do anything to protect her, pleasure her—and prove that he’s the only master worthy of her devotion.

Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?

I grew up with my maternal grandmother who was actually very abusive to my sister and I, so some of my heroine’s experiences are from personal experiences and some are purely imagination.


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