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WILD FLING OR A WEDDING RING has hit the shelves in the US…and more specifically in my home town. And let me tell you, seeing that book shelved was nearly enough to make this debut Harlequin author swoon!
So when I tell you that I was on the floor in front of the book display at the local grocery last week, I get how you might jump to the conclusion that I’d fallen to my knees overcome by emotion, or perhaps paying homage to the publishing gods, or in some other equally understandable scenario.
But, alas, no.
I was there having my picture taken for the “Local Author” display. And as it happened, this bit of promo required me to kneel next to the low profile book rack, holding my precious clinch cover in front of me for fifteen minutes, while Team Trouble (that would be the twins) threatened to do their worst from atop a pallet of 20lbs salt bags. It was ridiculously fun and a great place to start for getting the word out locally. But it was just the tip of the proverbial promo iceberg.
Now don’t think I’ve got some crazy idea about jaunting off for my international book tour anytime soon! Not at all. But as an author without any established street credit in the line, I wanted to do what I could to get my name out there. I wasn’t looking for some hugely overblown promo plan, but I wanted my effort to extend a smidge farther than these city limits. Like globally.
Cue the internet.
Blogs, review sites, Facebook and word of Tweet specifically. Free and limited only by the effort one is willing to put in. Which in my case is a very real limit. I still have a book due next week, four kids home on Summer break, and a husband who likes to see me often enough that we can recognize each other on the street. So I needed to make some smart choices and use my promo time wisely. I spoke with the other authors in my line and got recommendations on which review sites to send my book to. Took advantage of several generous invites to guest blog, keeping in mind timing as each interview or article had to be unique. And did my best to maintain a social networking presence (though this, in particular, I struggle with). Basically I got my name out there.
And in the spirit of promo… here’s the back cover copy for WILD FLING OR A WEDDING RING, along with a link to an excerpt from the eHarlequin site!
Jake isn’t looking for a wife – been there, done that – but his hot new neighbour is in town just long enough for a wild fling...perfect! Yet when the time’s up he can’t say goodbye. Is it just because of their sizzling chemistry – or something a whole lot scarier?