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Title: Life Worth Living
Author: Tina Blenke
Publisher: Wilde City
Cover Artist: Adrian Nicholas
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
Jake has been hiding in plain sight, always a few rows behind his straight-crush Quentin during their four years of college. He’s been successful so far but just as they’re about to graduate, Quentin finds out Jake’s secret and Quentin shares one of his own. He’s in the closet.
Jake isn’t about to let this opportunity pass him by especially when Quentin is scheduled to leave for the East coast in a few short summer months. Willing to keep Quentin’s secret from his upper crust politically-fueled homophobic family, Jake shares his bed and eventually his heart.
Quentin’s life in the closet is non-negotiable. His family has strong political ties and any word about their son’s sexuality would cast him out of the family and out of his inheritance which he desperately needs to finish his education. He’s been successful keeping his sexuality a secret for years until he meets the irresistibly adorable Jake at an early graduation party.
Quentin is unable to ignore his desire for Jake and makes the life-altering leap that holds his future in the balance. Locked away from the public eye, the two men admit their love for one another. In three short months, they will be forced to part ways for graduate school but the challenges of potential scrutiny, family commitment and an un-promised future may prove to be more than they can overcome.
Ten things I wish I had known before becoming a published author
I had no idea that I had to write my own blurbs and taglines. As a reader, it wasn’t something that I ever thought of and now it’s the dreaded last touches on a manuscript-package that makes me want to cry every single time. I’m trying some new tricks to help ease the burn of this cruel trick of the trade so maybe next time won’t be as painful as the last several.
Writing the book is the easy part. There are so many painful parts of the process for a writer. There’s marketing, web design, business setup, branding, logos, swag and payment options and that’s just to name a few. Writing is what I prefer to do and the rest really stinks.
Conferences are amazing. True that I attended RomCom prior to publication but it was post-writing during my submission phase for the first time around. I didn’t know about these absolutely fantastic events and I wish I had attended more as a reader. As an author? Still freaking amazing!
The editing process takes a lot of time. I wasn’t aware that this step takes seemingly forever including the queue to be edited and then the three-plus steps to finalizing the manuscript. I don’t want to shorten it by any means but by the time I’ve submitted, many times I’ve moved on to another project and I’ve lost much of my momentum in that universe. Thank goodness for copious notes for reference!
The cover artist hasn’t read the book. In my reader’s mind, I had no idea that the artist hadn’t read the book and now it makes more sense as an author that sometimes it isn’t quite right. We have a form to complete and sometimes we are involved with creating the art ourselves but I didn’t know this as a reader and I think it’s interesting.
Sometimes it’s interesting when I’m recognized outside of an author venue. Like, when I’m thousands of feet in the air and the person in the window seat knows my chosen profession and genre. I’m not prepared and may not be ready to be “in the zone”.
Sometimes day-job co-workers want to talk about the whys of writing like the genre and research. Most of the time, they’re surprised but not in a bad way. I’m more surprised when they purchase a book when I’m sitting right there!
My family is completely supportive. Had I known this, I might have tried years ago. It might have been in a completely different genre to start but it’s interesting to think about.
Writing is excellent therapy. I write for my day-job and my chosen genre and I love it. Not everything makes it into the finalized version and that’s completely okay. It’s the process of writing that I enjoy and the more I write, well, the more I write and that’s a great thing.
The first book takes the longest. Athan’s Kiss took me forever to write but it was because I didn’t know the process. I thought I had to write from start to finish or write a violent scene when I was happy or a love scene when I was sad – and all of that isn’t true. I’ve learned to write when it feels good to write and have learned to work through writing when it’s forced and that all of it is a process. You can’t run without learning to walk and that first book was me learning to walk. I learned to jog during the Shifting Paradigm series and now I’m running and working on a marathon.
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About the Author
Tina is a retired Air Force brat and has lived in several states as well as a handful of countries. She has always had a soft spot for literature and is a voracious reader. When she isn’t writing, she can be found cuddled up with a good book. Though Tina adores a thrilling novel with sappy lovesick heroes, she is terrified of things that go bump in the night. This makes for quite a complicated relationship with zombies, something that she just can’t get enough of.
Where to find the author:
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tina-Blenke-Author/487878157926041?ref=hl
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,
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