Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Top 5 Things About Being an Author

Although I've only met Malia Mallory via the virtual world, I feel like I know her. Check out the cover of her latest release His Desire, Her Surrender. Can you say Sexy! Check out the contest she's having for a Kindle Paperwhite.

Like anything, being an author has its ups and downs. The hours can be long or at least as long as you are willing to make them. If you are an indie author like me, you also have to do everything yourself - writing, editing, covers, formatting, promotion and more! Though some of those tasks are hired out, I still have to supervise and, ultimately, all the responsibility lies with me.

That being said though, there are great things about being an author. Here are five that come to mind.

1. Work in Pajamas. Yes. This does happen. I can roll out of bed and hit the computer with no commute in between. No makeup or pantyhose required.

2. Flexibility. If I need to take a day off, I can. If I want to work in the morning and go to an appointment in the afternoon, I can do that too.

3. Sense of Accomplishment. Though I have all the responsibility, I also get all reap all the rewards - should there be any.

4. Great Colleagues. Writers are great people. Though writing can be a solitary pursuit, the internet brings us all closer together. Writing forums and Twitter are just two ways we keep in touch. I have found my fellow writers to be supportive and encouraging.

5. Fans. Yup, it's true. The readers are great. The kind notes and inquiries I get from fans are very motivating.

What's your favorite thing about your job?

Blurb for His Desire, Her Surrender

Tabitha Quinn's Hawaii vacation was anything but ordinary. Dominant billionaire Marcus Granger saved her life, swept her into his bed, and then left her heartbroken. Now she's back in New York, mourning the man she's sure she'll never see again.

Marcus may have left handprints on her skin, but Tabitha's left handprints on his heart: he tracks her down, and they resume the sizzling affair they began in the islands.

Tabitha belongs to Marcus body and soul in bed, but she worries she doesn't belong in his high-stakes world. They've already dodged a murder attempt, and now Marcus is fighting off a competitor's takeover. When the rival company obtains critical information, suspicion falls on Tabitha. She has to prove she's innocent--and worthy to wear Marcus's collar.

Excerpt from His Desire, Her Surrender

Marcus tapped his stomach. "I don't know about you, but I'm getting hungry. If you fix something, I'll reward you later. Deal?"
"Sure." Tabitha pulled chicken from the refrigerator as Marcus left her to find her way around the kitchen. She planned to cook something quick and easy on the stovetop. She located onions, chopped them and tossed them into a sauté pan. Further searching turned up rice and spices. A little saffron and cardamom and she'd have something tasty.
Once everything was in the pan, she tracked down the makings of a salad. That would do, she thought, chicken and rice with salad. Simple but appetizing.
As she set the table, Marcus reappeared, towels in hand. "I thought you might want one for sitting." He spread one on the chair at the head of the table and the other on the chair to the side.
Tabitha handed Marcus the salad bowl. "This whole nudity thing. I'm not sure if I'd get used to it. Might get chilly."
Marcus stole a carrot slice out of the salad and tossed it in his mouth. "I imagine so. But it can be a fun change of pace."
"Yes." Tabitha brought the chicken and rice to the table, and they settled in.
Marcus gazed on the food with appreciation. "This is great. I'm starving."
"I hope you like it. I make it quite often."
Marcus placed one hand on her thigh as he took a bite with the other.
Tabitha's fork stopped in mid-air as heat flooded her. She was glad for the towel underneath her. The last thing she wanted was to stain the upholstery.
Marcus massaged her skin and slid his hand between her thighs.
Tabitha set down her fork. "Marcus!"
He continued eating. "Yes?"
"I can't eat when you do that."
"You can't?" He took another bite of chicken, clearly enjoying it. His fingers searched her intimate recesses.
Tabitha pursed her lips, displaying an amused frown. "No. I'm too distracted."
"Mmm. That is unfortunate. This meal is wonderful."
"It's hard to think about eating right now."
Marcus maintained his innocent air while he explored her moistening skin. "Really? I'm having no trouble at all." He ingested another bite.
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Malia Mallory Biography
Malia Mallory lives in Hawaii with her husband and daughter. She's been working with words since alphabet blocks rolled into her crib, not only writing her own work but copy editing and proofreading the work of others. She has loved to read about relationships since she first sneaked off with her mother's Harlequin.

Malia Mallory is the best-selling author of The ABCs of Erotica series, which covers the erotic spectrum from BDSM to ménage and everything in between. More releases in the series are on the way. She has also released the Mia's Cop Craving series and Santa's Backdoor Baby. Malia’s books have hit the bestselling erotica lists at both Amazon and iTunes. Her books are available in electronic format at major retailers like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Kobo, Sony, Diesel, Smashwords and AllRomance Books.

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1 comment:

  1. Hi Louisa! (and congrats Malia on the new release)

    My favorite thing is definitely being able to make up stuff and daydream all day and call it work. And it truly is my "work". I get lost in my imaginary world, make up stories about all the cool people there and only come out when I have to. It's a pretty good deal!