We’ve teamed up with this past years’ BRoP interviewees to bring you 22 days of “year in review” guest posts and 20 fabulous giveaway prizes! Each day we’ll share a new guest post on the year in review from a previous BRoP interviewee and you’ll have another opportunity to enter the giveaway—so get hopping!
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Day 14–Lauren Jankowski
It’s hard to believe that I was interviewed by the Blog Ring of Power in August. It honestly feels like just yesterday. I can’t believe it’s already November (when did that happen?). I’m sure this is the point where I’m supposed to write something like “so much has happened since then,” and I’m sure a lot has. Right now, I’m feeling a little worn out. After months of rewrites and setbacks, not to mention countless hours of frustration, I have finally released the third novel in my series.
There really is no better feeling in the world than finishing a novel you have put countless hours into. I can honestly say that my third novel is my best to date and I think I have grown as a writer. At least, I hope I have. This was the novel I have been looking forward to releasing ever since deciding to self-publish. I foolishly thought it would only need another rewrite, maybe two. I once again learned that I was too close to the material to make that call. My wonderful brother and editor, Michael McClellan, and basically told me that the manuscript was going to require a lot of work. If I wanted it to be the best possible novel it could be, which I did.
So I embarked on one of the most challenging rewrites to date. I was still going to conventions and marketing my other novels. Conventions are fun, but can often be exhausting. Add in a hardcore rewrite and you’ve got a recipe for exhaustion. But I kept at it and I’m glad I did. “From the Ashes” is everything I wanted it to be and I cannot wait to hear what readers think. Right now, sales are good (though they can always be better). As for what the future holds: I’m taking a brief break so I can recharge my creative batteries. I plan to start work on my fourth novel in mid-January. I released three novels in 2013 and have decided to never do that again. I plan to release one novel a year at least and if I have enough left in me, I’ll try for a second. For now, though, I’m just marketing my three novels. A writer’s work is never done.
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And now for the giveaway!
Winners will be chosen from among eligible rafflecopter entries (chosen by rafflecopter) and receive a prize of our choice (from the list below). We’ll do our best to give the print books to those who don’t have an e-reader, but we can’t make any guarantees, so please be aware when entering that you are most likely going to win an e-book. Entering is easy, just use the rafflecopter below!
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ebook copies of Render (A story of Aligare) by Heidi Vlach (3 copies)
ebook copy of Home World by Bonnie Milani and ebook copy of Trades by Bonnie Milani
ebook copy of Nefertiti’s Heart by A. W. Exley
$25 Amazon Gift Card from T. J. Loveless
paperback copy of Going Thru Hell by T. J. Loveless
ebook copy of Medusa’s Desire by E. B. Black
signed hardcover first edition of In Retrospect by Ellen Larson
paperback copy of Bad Apple by Kristi Petersen Schoonover (2)
paperback copy of Skeletons in the Swimming Hole by Kristi Petersen Schoonover (2)
ebook copy of Grave Intentions by Lori Sjoberg
copy of Henrietta the Dragon Slayer by Beth Barany (print for U.S. or ebook for Int. winner)
$10 Amazon gift card from Terri Bruce
ebook copy of Twinned Universes by Sandra Ulbrich Almazan
ebook copy of Entwined Courage by Tracy Lane
ebook copy of Kindar’s Cure by Michelle Hauck
signed paperback of Ice Forged by Gail Martin
ebook copies of “Taste” “Reaping Me Softly” & “Unreap My Heart” by Kate Evangelista
ebook copy of “Romancing the Bookworm” by Kate Evangelista
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