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7115548Tail from the Goddess

Originally created as a round-robin story by authors of the now closed Sapphire Blue Publishing, this little paranormal romp is completely FREE!

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Julia Sanderson pressed her palm to her forehead. Where am I, and what did I do? She opened her eyes to find herself in her own bedroom, but something was off. Maybe it was just the hangover. She rolled out of bed and swayed a little as her head throbbed. She closed her eyes against the morning sunlight hammering at her through the window and walked blindly toward the bathroom. As she reached the bathroom door, she heard something rustle in the bed. Something that sounded much larger than her cat, Pyewacket. Every hair on the back of her neck stood up, and she opened her eyes wide. She took a deep breath and turned toward the bed. How did I miss that? A gorgeous man with stunning green eyes smiled at her. “Good morning.”

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I Want To Eat The Sun

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Tina Gerow on Writer’s Block & Plotting

What genre do you consider your book(s)?

My previous Cassie Ryan books, both the Seduction Series and the Sisters of Darkness Series were all erotic paranormal romances.  My Club Desire Books are Contemporary erotic romances.

Do you ever experience writer’s block?  

I bmg 300x300think I’ve always pictured writer’s block as absolutely no ideas flowing through my head –about what to write next.  And I’ve rarely had that.  I usually have a TON of ideas, it’s just that sometimes I either think or KNOW that they are all crap…LOL!  That’s when I gather my critique group together – The Butterscotch Martini Girls – and they help me brainstorm my way out of my rut (which is what I call it) until I’m excited about the book all over again!  They also remind me when I start to think I suck, or that the book is horrible that I’ve written books before that turned out well and were well received and I can do it again.  They help remind me that I CAN do this again!  Especially with their support.  Not sure where I would be in my career without these ladies who have cheered me on from the very beginning!

Do you write an outline before every book you write?  

Hah!  I would rather have a root canal than to have to do that!  It brings back those stressful nights before an outline of a research paper was due in high school.  Ugh!  Istarted my writing career as a total panster (write by the seat of my pants).  After I wrote myself into a few too many corners and had to have the girls help me brainstorm to of them I became a brainstormer/pantser.  Over time that evolved since I have to give my agent a synopsis to sell books off of.  So I would have the entire story overview including the conflict, subplots, high points and happily ever after for the synopsis.  That became my major form of book “planning” and I wrote most of my books that way.  There were definitely times I got stuck, but my BMG’s were always there to help me brainstorm my way out.  Only for the last two book – Club Desire – did I start trying to do a few bullet points per chapter (off of my already completed synopsis) to at least help in my planning process.  I’m still NOT good at doing it that way, but hope over time to get better at it.  Especially since I can’t write a full length novel in 4 months any more thanks to the brain blowout, I need to continue to look for ways to streamline my process so I can get more work done quickly.  But it’s still a work in progress :)

Have you ever hated something you wrote?

Yes.  I think EVERY author has if they are honest.  Granted, nothing that’s been published.  If Ihated it that much I would have never submitted it to my agent or any editor.  Now some of my published books have parts that I originally hated when I first wrote them.  I have written entire chapters that I just couldn’t stand and ended up tossing them and rewriting them entirely.  But now that I think about it…there were definitely some stories from high school and college thatI HATED and I would never want to take any credit for.  Those were projects that I was directed to write a certain way or to totally remove my author voice from (even in creative writing classes).  Let’s just say I’m glad those are lost…  Hopefully since they were under my maiden name no one will ever be able to trace them back to me if they are dug out of a dumpster somewhere!!  Both high school AND college were back before computers were routine.  I had one of the big clunky Macs my last 2 years of college and turned a few projects in off of my dot matrix printer…LOL!  But nothing on those huge floppy disks, thankfully :)

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What is your favorite theme/genre to write about?

Obviously romance is a big one for me.  Not the schlochy over the top stuff that gives you diabetes, but the true experience of two characters overcoming obstacles and actually falling in love.  And Ido enjoy writing sex –sensual OR erotic.  They’re both fun in their own way.  But I have to have good plot with my sex!!  No throwaway sex – ugh.  As far as themes – I think I like strong heroines who have to come to terms with their pasts and grow to accept and like themselves in the course of the book before they can let themselves become vulnerable enough to allow themselves to fall in love with the hero.  And the heroes have to be a true man – someone worthy of my heroine.  No jerks who don’t treat her right or I kill him off and find another one!! :)

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My Day Off

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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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Helpful Pets

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Interview & #Giveaway with @TinaGerow (writing as Cassie Ryan)

e6509-my2bobsessionJoin me at Happily Ever After Thoughts for an interview and giveaway of one copy of my new erotic romance release as Cassie Ryan, My Obsession!

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Tina Gerow Talks About Sex in Elevators

What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?

I think the elevator scene near the beginning was my favorite part.  I won’t give away too much, but let’s just say it was a LOT of fun to write!

How did you come up with the title?  

My agent and editor and I all brainstormed titles thatwould fit the story and we all finally agreed on My Obsession for the first one, with My Addiction as the 2nd.  Book 3 and after are still under discussion.  It’s unknown how many books will end up being in the series, so we’re doing it a chunk at a time as needed.

What project are you working on now?

I’m currently working on My Addiction, Book 2 in the Club Desire series.  It’s fun to continue working with the characters from My Obsession and also getting to know new ones.

Will you have a new book coming out soon?  

My Obsession comes out next month –July 21st!  It’s already on preorder!!

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Are there certain characters you would like to go back to, or is there a theme or idea you’d love to work with?

With the Club Desire series I’m enjoying weaving the characters we’ve already met with new ones.  As for other characters in my books –there are many and for the few series Ineed to finish up, I’ll get the chance one of these days!

Tasty Book Tour for My Obsession by Cassie Ryan

Tour Schedule

July 13th- Mignon Mykel: Reviews– Rev/Exc

(Stop 2) Lush Book Review– P/Exc
(Stop 3) Born to Read Books – Promo

July 14th- Erotic Romance News- P/Exc

(Stop 2) Crazy Four Books- Rev/P

July 15th- JJ’s Kinky Books – Rev/P

(Stop 2) Bibliophile Wonderland Reviews– P/Exc
(Stop 3)  Deanna’s World – Rev/Exc

July 16th- Ramblings from this Chick– Rev/GP (1)
(Stop 2) Shyla Wolff’s Thoughts- Promo

July 17th- She Hearts Books- Rev/P
(Stop 2) FMR Book Grind– Rev/P
(Stop 3) Blushing Book Blog– P/Exc

July 20th– Book Bitches Blog – Rev/Exc

(Stop 2) Between the Lines– Rev/P
(Stop 3) Books Need TLC– Rev/P

July 21st- Jen’s Reading Obsession- P/Exc

(Stop 2) Wicked Reads– Rev/Exc

July 22nd-  Craves the Angst – P/GP (2)

(Stop 2) Underneath the Covers- P/Exc

July 23rd- I am Indeed – Rev/Exc
(Stop 2) Alpha Book Club- Rev/P

July 24th- Life with Two Boys- Rev/P
(Stop 2) The Jeep Diva– Rev/P
(Stop 3) Wendy-Miller Blog– Rev/P/Exc

July 27th- Bambi Unbridled- Rev/P/Exc
(Stop 2) – Those Crazy Book Chicks – P/Exc

July 28th- We Stole Your Book Boyfriend– Rev/P

July 29th- Cat’s Reviews – Rev/Exc
(Stop 2) In the Binding– GP/P

July 30th- Ellesea Loves Reading– P/Exc
(Stop 2) Crystal Blogs Books – Rev/P

July 31st- Booklover Sue– Rev/P

(Stop 2) Channelling Colee– Rev/P

How to Promote Yourself and Not Just Your Book – Class by @Tinagerow

How to Promote Yourself and Not Just Your Book

It’s obviously important for an author to promote each book prior to its release and beyond, but it’s important to ensure readers remember you as an author so they are looking out for all your future books, not just your newest. There’s a subtle difference between promoting your author brand, which encompasses your books, and just promoting your book, but as you’ll see, it’s a very important one.

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