Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Ruthless Perfection Blog Tour! (+50 Amazon GC Giveaway!)

Title:Ruthless Perfection
Author: Susie Warren
Series: Rosa Legacy #1
Pages: 221
Date Published: September 13th 2014
Publisher: N/A
Format: Paperback
Genre: Romance
Source: Goddess Fish Blog Tours!
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A filmmaker wanting to honor her family’s legacy approaches a reclusive billionaire for help
Isabel Neri’s innocence captures the attention of a well-known Italian marble mogul, Marc Santoro, when she approaches him against her family’s wishes. Wanting to honor her disgraced grandfather, Isabel needs Marc’s permission to produce a film about the Carrara marble industry.
Faced with honoring an old family obligation, Marc allows Isabel to travel to Italy with him but seeks to limit her exposure to his family’s tragic past. Isabel discovers the untold story and challenges Marc to reveal the truth. She is forced to expose her own secret as their desire sparks out of control.
~Guest Post!~
5 Tips for authors or aspiring authors
  • Read books or articles on writingSpend time on your craft. Even after you have been writing for years, you can become re-energized by how someone else thinks about a topic. For example, I can across a writer who wrote a blog post about productivity. She had three useful strategies, when combined together enable writers to consistently write 1,000 words an hour or 8,000 words a day. I tried her technique and it worked beautifully. If you find me on twitter, I retweeted the link to her blog.
  • Create a 5 year plan. It’s important to remember that writing is more of a marathon and less of a sprint. In order to build a successful writing career, experts insist that writers need a long term plan. I think this is crucial when deciding whether to invest in marketing or spend time on craft that you know what your long term goals are so you can prioritize and achieve what you set out to do.
  • Spend time building a marketing platform. While writing the best book that you can is crucial to your career, it is also important to slowly build a marketing platform. For readers to find you, you will need to be accessible and be able to properly showcase your talent. There are many books and articles written on building an author platform and while you don’t need to do everything, most experts agree that you should pick two or three sites and do those well.
  • Learn how all the pieces fit togetherWriting a great book is just the beginning. There is a tremendous amount that you will need to know about branding, marketing, publishing, contracts, publicity etc… Most successful authors will cultivate relationships with other authors and industry professionals to get first- hand knowledge about the market, to understand what is changing and how to best position yourself. There is no right answer for every author but instead you will need to weigh your goals and strengths against what is happening in the publishing world.
  • Attend Writing Conferences. I highly recommend attending writing conferences and workshops to learn new skills and network with other writers and industry professionals. I try to reach out of my comfort zone and attend a few workshops that I’m not naturally drawn to instead of just sticking with my favorite topics.
~Try an Excerpt!~
Isabel felt a moment of panic as she watched the driver make a swift exit. She carefully walked up the stone path that led to the front door, being careful not to catch her black Manolo Blahnik heels in the stones.

The front door swung open and Isabel felt the oxygen leave her body. She wasn’t prepared for seeing Marc Santoro in the flesh again. She could feel his gaze rake over her in appraisal, apparently sizing her up. He looked every inch the wealthy business owner: he was dressed in an expertly tailored gray shirt with slightly darker gray trousers that were pressed to exactness. He was even more striking than she remembered, and she reminded herself to just breathe and focus on her pitch.

It was his intensity that she responded to; he seemed to be absorbing everything about her. Isabel hid her expression as she acknowledged to herself that while he may appreciate her outward appearance, he wouldn’t appreciate her damaged body.

Would he remember meeting her before? 

She forced herself to reach out and offer her hand. As his warm fingers enveloped hers, she felt a spark of attraction travel through her body. She immediately pulled back, but not before she saw his eyes darken.

He merely smiled at her reaction, saying, “So you are not just a figment of Alberto’s imagination.” Guiding her inside, he added, “I was beginning to doubt that the old man had any relatives interested in the marble trade.”

Isabel felt her spine stiffen. Was he questioning her family’s loyalty?

“My grandfather speaks very highly of you,” Isabel said as she took in the luxurious setting, trying to get her bearings.

His voice was cool and didn’t give her any clue if he welcomed her visit. “It isn’t often that Alberto Neri asks for a favor.”
~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. Please reach out to her via Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Susie-Warren/647556668647832 or Twitter @susiecwarren

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
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  1. Love the excerpt! Thanks for sharing! :)

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

  3. It's really good advice!

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  4. Enjoyed reading the guest post today

  5. Great advice for writers. I enjoyed the excerpt too!

  6. If the rest of the book is as good as the excerpt, I can hardly wait to read it.

  7. Excellent tips! Building a platform takes time, but it's well worth it. Good luck, Susie!