Wednesday, July 8, 2015

The Convenient Wedding Blog Tour! (+$50 Amazon GC Giveaway!)

Title: The Convenient Wedding 
Author: Susie Warren
Series: Rosa Legacy #3
Pages: 160
Date Published: 2015
Publisher: Susie Warren
Format: Kindle
Genre: Romance
Source: Goddess Fish Blog Tours
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Synopsis:
A reluctant socialite is pulled into a scandal and must choose between her families’ reputation and her future happiness. Lucia Montgomery is from an old and powerful political family in Connecticut and desperately wants to shed her reputation as a superficial socialite. Against her family’s wishes, she seeks a position working for a fiercely contested political campaign and the dark horse in the race, Anderson Adams. She is thrown into the middle of a scandal of her own making when she is tricked into going to his hotel room. Anderson persuades her to play along with a pretend engagement then an actual wedding to save her reputation and his campaign. The media falls in love with the charismatic couple and they must figure out how to reconcile their public image with their private life.
~Interview with Susie!~
Why are book reviews so important? Reviews help readers determine if a book is right for them. Often reviews can be more straightforward and interesting then the marketing statement about the book. Readers are often drawn to reviews because reviews feel more immediate and expressive.

Do you read reviews before downloading a book? Which reviews do you find most helpful? Most readers do at least glance at how many reviews a book has and the average rating before scanning through the responses.

Writing a review should only take a few minutes and should be a straightforward assessment of the book. In general, you should write a review only if you have read the entire book. If the book didn’t hold your interest or you put it down after a few pages, it can be difficult to give a full and accurate assessment.

Here are a few tips and tricks for writing a helpful review:
  • As you consider what to say, think about the person reading the review, what would they like to know?
  • When thinking about the book, use the first thought that pops into your head to write the caption or subject line. It could be ‘great read’, ‘interesting plot’, ‘beautifully written’ or ‘not engaging’.
  • The first sentence of the review is the most important. Other readers will either be drawn into the review or will keep skimming. So start with what you really want others to know about the book.
  • If you think the story was compelling or beautifully written, write that and explain why. If the book was merely okay or not that engaging then go ahead and tell readers why. 
  • It can be helpful if you mention something specific about the plot that you found engaging or interesting, your thoughts about the characters or your reaction to the overall premise. These types of details can help a reader decide if they want to read the book.
  • Did you enjoy reading the book? What was your overall reaction?
  • Was the book recommended to you? Would you recommend it to others? 
  • Don’t reveal the ending unless you have a very good reason and warn readers in advance. 
Why should you consider reviewing a book?
  • You are giving back to the community of people who love to read.
  • You can help guide another reader’s choices. Writing a review can be an objective way to recommend a book to others. It removes the highly personal aspect to it. 
  • Writing reviews also helps you, as a reader, define what you think is a great read and helps you figure out what to look for in your next purchase. 
  • Recently, someone posted on Twitter – book reviews are like giving an author a Christmas morning over and over again. I think this is true. Reviews are very helpful for authors and writing one can be a great way to show your appreciation.
  • Reviews help writers develop their craft. It is usually sincere or strongly expressed ideas that give writers feedback on what can be improved in their work and cements those strengths or unique elements that are working for them.
~Try an Excerpt!~
Lucia Montgomery knew failure was a likely outcome of the evening’s celebration. Looking around at the glittering social elite clamoring for her grandfather’s attention, she wanted to make her escape. But instead she held her ground. Taking a sip of chilled champagne, she waited for the evening to unfold. She smiled openly at anyone who approached her and exchanged pleasantries waiting for her moment.

Anderson Adams was scheduled to appear this evening and she was waiting to make a pitch to the recently nominated candidate. Tonight was all about getting the party elite behind the last minute candidate, he was largely seen as the underdog in the race. She was hoping her public relations experience and skills would grant her access to this campaign. Her grandfather had mentioned that he would use his influence in the party to insist on an interview but she wanted to make her own way. The fact that her grandfather was the past governor of the state was enough pressure without him calling in favors.

Her grandfather’s mansion was showcased beautifully this evening; the unseasonably warm late April evening in Hartford allowed the numerous sets of doors to be left open to the landscaped back yard. Candles and lanterns illuminated the gardens and allowed for an easy flow of guests from inside the formally decorated spaces to the vast terraces and lawns.

Lucia watched her aunt dance with an older gentleman and took another sip of champagne. She would need to limit herself to the one glass of the chilled indulgence. It was critical that she had her wits about her when she approached the recently chosen candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives. He held the key to her launching a public relations firm on the east coast. If she could convince him to hire her then his tightly contested election bid would catapult her ahead of countless firms and talented individuals. She needed to escape her life in California and all the recent humiliation surrounding her broken engagement. A job with Anderson Adams would allow her to land on her feet and not have to explain her complete professional and personal melt down.


She walked out into the garden and reminded herself not to think about past mistakes. It would destroy her confidence and prevent her from positively pitching her ideas to Anderson Adams. Her family was well-connected politically and she had the poise and skills to run an effective public relations campaign. She knew how to make things happen and control the communication in such a way that she could help a candidate get elected. The challenge of helping with a campaign for the House of Representatives filled her with enthusiasm and direction.
~Meet Susie!~ 
Susie Warren writes contemporary romance. Besides being an avid reader, she spends much of her free time crafting intense and complex stories about falling in love. When she is not writing, Susie works as an administrator in a small, independent school while caring for three teenagers and keeping tabs on her inventor husband. With the launching of her first book, The Forgotten Heiress, she has slowly begun to navigate the social media realm.

Susie loves to hear from readers and responds to each email and Facebook post. For more information on her upcoming releases, new excerpts and other related postings, or to sign up for free promotions, please visit www.susiewarren.com

Susie will be awarding $50 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour!

23 comments:

  1. I liked the excerpt and interview

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  2. I do try to remember to write reviews. A timely reminder.

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  3. I liked it all. I love the cover. I watch everything weddings on TV.

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  4. thank you for the excerpt, i enjoyed reading it

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  5. Wonderful cover and intriguing story line!

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  6. Thank you so much for having me!

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  7. Great interview and excerpt - I enjoyed them both! Thanks for sharing :)

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  8. Happy book release! I enjoyed the interview and excerpt! Those were some great book review tips, thank you! And thanks for the generous giveaway!

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  9. I liked the excerpt. The cover is lovely.

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  10. The excerpt and the interview were both great!

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  11. I have enjoyed learning about the book. Thanks for sharing it.

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  12. The excerpt was amazing! This sounds like a fascinating book! I appreciate the tips on writing reviews. I do write reviews but I'm always interested in improving them. Thank you for the great post and contest!

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  13. I really enjoyed all the tips about writing reviews. Thank you!

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  14. The tips for writing reviews are very helpful, thank you !
    The cover is beautiful !

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  15. "... keeping tabs on her inventor husband." Now THAT alone can keep you busy!

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  16. I like how the author bio includes that she keeps tabs on her husband

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  17. OMG, luv the cover. Divne. . Wow, prize amazon gc is fab. & splendid. 2 fingers snap. It is tight, fly & off the chain. Thank you for the awesomeness, the contest, and generosity. :) Pick me, pick me! Dear Santa: I’ve been nice. My X-Mas wish this year is to win this contest. Starving artist here desperately needs the gc to shop and eat. A life changing exp.

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  18. The excerpt was great! I can't wait to see Lucia's development as a character.

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  19. I enjoyed the whole post. I'm looking forward to reading this book :) I really like the cover.
    Lori

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  20. Looks like an interesting book ;)

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