Con Riley on True Brit and Self publishing vs Publisher Publishing ~ Blog Tour, Excerpt, Guest Blog, Rafflecopter Giveaway

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Title: True Brit
Author: Con Riley
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: unknown
Release Date: 02/18/2015
Genre/Sub-Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance


Winning the United Kingdom’s favorite singing contest is a challenge for half-Afghani Pasha Trueman. He doesn’t have the best voice, but success would be life-changing. His strategy is simple—he’ll make the British public love him.

Ex-soldier Ed Britten has a different agenda. Winning means he’ll keep a promise made after a deadly Afghan ambush. His voice is his weapon, but he leaves his heart unguarded.

Ed and Pasha’s discovery that the contest isn’t a fair fight calls for creative tactics. Staging a fake love story could bring victory, only there’s more at stake than the prestigious first prize. If winning means surrendering each other, they could both end up losing.

Self publishing vs Publisher Publishing:

TRUE BRIT will be my first self-published novel. Will it be a successful venture? I won’t know until the novel releases on February 18th. It’s a risk, for sure, and there are two main differences between this release and my others.

Some backstory: I published five novels in two years while also working a part time day job. I learned so much about the business of turning books from edit-strewn Word documents into beautifully polished novels, and I was helped every step of the way by a team of incredibly knowledgeable publishing professionals at Dreamspinner Press.

I learned that publishing is a machine that has many small cogs as well as specific processes that have to happen in exactly the right order

This year I’m working a full time job that I love. I know that loving a day job is rare for an author to admit, but this introverted soul would have very little to write about without the social interaction work outside the house offers! Melding this work commitment with my other love, writing, made self-publishing a logical option.

Here’s my #1 self-publishing difference: I don’t have to drop everything in my professional life to fit into a big machine’s production schedule. I can’t do that this year. It’s impossible. Edits arriving out-of-the-blue according to a publisher’s schedule would be entirely too stressful. I pay for quality editing and professional cover design, and my support team works around me instead of the other way around.

The second difference is speed. I can get books out so much faster, which means I’ll have two to three releases this year instead of one at the most if I’d followed the traditional route of fitting into a publisher’s schedule with its inherent time lag.

The third difference is quality control. If there’s a mistake in my work, I will fix it. It’s as simple as that. Having that power over my own work means more to me than rubies.

When my work-life balance shifts again, I’ll likely be interested in handing off the minutiae of publishing to a professional publishing team again. But for now, I’m having so much fun getting a bloody good book out.

TRUE BRIT only exists because I decided to take a risk on self-publishing. I hope you all decide it was a risk worth taking.

Con Riley


Ed and Pahsa discover that winning the Brit Pop! contest will take more than singing their hearts out. In this excerpt, Ed discusses a new plan of attack with Pasha:

Ed put down his mug and stepped much closer. The toes of his boots touched the tips of Pasha’s scruffy knock-off Converse trainers. “Is that really what you think we need to do all of the time from now on? Be affectionate whenever there might be a camera or people around? Verbally, I mean. And act like we’re….”

“In love?”

Did Pasha usually sound so breathless? Ed tilted his head to one side and tracked the quick flick of Pasha’s tongue wetting his lower lip.

“That’s…” Pasha hesitated, “that’s exactly what I think we should do. And I don’t think verbal affection on its own will cut it either. We should… we should probably touch. A lot. But naturally, you know? As if we have a hard time keeping our hands off each other.”

“Like this?” Ed reached for the half-full mug Pasha clutched to his chest and made sure both his hands covered Pasha’s for an extended moment as he slowly took it from him.


“And like this?” Ed pushed the strands of hair covering Pasha’s eyes to one side. “Hi.”

This time Pasha slowly smiled instead of answering.

“And what about if we hold hands?” Ed awkwardly threaded his fingers through Pasha’s. “Is that too much, do you think?”

Pasha shook his head. “No.” He cleared his throat. “No, that’s exactly what I meant by natural.” He tugged his fingers away and wiped his palms on his trousers as if they were sweaty. “You’re taking to this much faster than I thought you would.”

There wasn’t much Ed wouldn’t do to get to the finals.

About the Author:

Con Riley lives on the wild and rugged Devonshire coast, with her head in the clouds, and her feet in the Atlantic Ocean.
Injury curtailed her enjoyment of outdoor pursuits, so writing fiction now fills her free time. Love, loss, and redemption shape her romance stories, and her characters are flawed in ways that makes them live and breathe.
When not people watching, or wrangling her own boy band of teen sons, she spends time staring at the sea from her kitchen window. If you see her, don’t disturb her—she’s probably thinking up new plots.

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iTunes / iBooks
All Romance eBooks
Barnes & Noble


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7 thoughts on “Con Riley on True Brit and Self publishing vs Publisher Publishing ~ Blog Tour, Excerpt, Guest Blog, Rafflecopter Giveaway

  1. If I had to sing karaoke (heaven help us all) I’d sing Happy by Pharrell Williams 😀 Very interested in the self published v publisher experience Thank you

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