Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Virginia Nelson, Turn Me On, plus #giveaway



AUTHOR: Virginia Nelson                 
BOOK TITLE: Turn Me On
PUBLISHER: MuseItUp

GIVEAWAY?: An ebook copy of the book (note: this book contains romance between two women)  If interested, be sure to leave contact information in your comment to be considered in the drawing.

Tell me a little about your book.  Valentine’s Day has been a hard holiday for me for a long time.  I thought about what the worst possible thing to happen to someone would be on Valentine’s Day.  Pretty fun to consider, actually, and led to the creation of Kay and Camie.

What gave you the idea for this particular story? I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with the holiday of hearts, only recently replacing it with Chocolate Day, so it was a topic that was near and dear for me.

Are you a full-time writer or part-time, and how do you organize your writing time?  I’m a full time writer, a full time acquisitions editor, a full time student and a full time single mom.  I actually wear a lot of hats and all of them are full time hats.  It makes for an interesting balancing act but I devote the first couple hours of every morning to the writing portion of my life.  Then I edit until it’s time to go to school, do my classes and, if I’m lucky, go back to the writing in the evenings.  In my life, being an insomniac is a handy personal trait.

When did you first know you wanted to be a writer? I’ve always been a voracious reader and wrote my first ‘book’ when I was nine years old.  Taking it seriously enough to start submitting didn’t come until my late twenties, though.

What do you hope readers will take from your writing? I hope to make readers laugh a little and realize that no matter how bad things seem to get, there’s always a chance that you’ll laugh about it later if you just keep your chin up and keep trying.

Which genres do you write, which do you prefer, and why? I write a variety of things.  Paranormal romantic comedies, contemporary erotic romance, contemporary romcoms…I prefer to write about characters who live believable lives, even if hit by extraordinary circumstances, and deal with those issues with normal flawed personalities.  I like to do this because at the root of every love story, really, there should be people you would want to be friends with.

What is the toughest part about being a writer and how do you get past it? The toughest part, for me, is finding that balance between being a good friend, mother, and person and still having the time to tell the stories I want to tell.

Is there anything in your story based upon a real life event? If so, tell me about it. No.  There never is, really, not for me.

How much is your protagonist like you? How different? She really isn’t much like me at all.  She is far more confident, has way better hair and an altogether more interesting personality.

What kind of research did you do for this type of story? This one didn’t require a lot of research.  Since it was a contemporary story, set in our world, this was one of the easier ones when it came to research.

Do writing violent or highly sexual scenes bother you? Why or why not? Nope.  Life is gritty.  I like to get my hands dirty and tell the story the way it happens.  Life isn’t about perfection or lack of sweat…it’s about enjoying the smell of roses because you’ve lived through the sweat.

What is your marketing plan? Blog tours, visiting a few conferences and giving away swag.  I’ll be at the Sassy Seven Naughty Sleepover in San Antonio, Lori Foster’s (hopefully) in Cincinnati and possibly Epicon in Vancouver right around the release of this book.

Where can people learn more about you and your work? Visit my website virg-nelson.com or join me on social networks (I’m on twitter and facebook and love to talk to readers!)

Any tips for new writers hoping to write in the genre of your book? Build a network of author friends, crit partners and other people who understand the industry.  I’m super lucky and have some of the greatest crit partners a girl could ask for.  Look for someone who keeps up with your speed of working and who you can keep up with.  Make sure they’re willing to tell you when you suck but just as willing to give you a kudos when you nail it.  You aren’t in competition with other authors—that’s the great thing about this industry.  You’re only in competition with yourself so who better to understand you than other people taking the same journey.

What’s in the future for you?  Well, I had a book release back in December, Odd Stuff, which was a paranormal romantic comedy.  I have a book releasing in March from Champagne books called Proper Care and Feeding of a Sex God and one in April called Rumor Has It.  I also have a book coming soon from Decadent Publishing called Dom of the Dead, a paranormal BDSM romance for the 1Night Stand series.  I guess I could say my plan is to bring readers more great books and keep writing!



Blurb
Valentine’s Day is brutal.  When Kay is called by her ex to meet at a restaurant, she doesn’t expect to find out that not only is the former love of her life trotting down the aisle with someone else…she expects Kay to take part in the festivities.

Cook up some romance…

But the sexy sister of the groom is determined to help Kay get over the bride.  Camie wants to teach Kay that passion is best when it isn’t hidden. 

With the sister of the groom…

Will Kay take a chance with the one woman who can bring her body—and her broken heart—back to life?

Excerpt:
Valentine’s Day is a holiday dressed in hearts—because it’s brutal. I mean, it is a holiday
named after a martyr. How do you become a martyr?
By dying.
And what happens to a lot of relationships on Valentine’s Day? Hearts bleeding from
Valentine disappointments—yearly—has become almost as much a holiday tradition as giving
chocolates.
Just look at me, sitting across the table from my former best friend. The woman I thought
loved me. I plastered a fake smile on my face, sipped my cappuccino, and dared the world to
believe my foolish fa├žade.
She’s getting married.
The thought knifed into my chest. I want to wish her nothing but the best, but somehow…
Our lives weren’t supposed to be this way. We were going to be together forever.
She wants me to be in the wedding party.

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