Felice Stevens on After the Fire ~ Guest Blog Local Giveaway

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Title: After the Fire
Author: Felice Stevens
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist:
Genre: Romance
Release Date: 02/24/2017

Blurb:

A single bullet destroyed the dreams of Dr. Jordan Peterson. With his lover dead, Jordan descends into an endless spiral of self-destruction that nearly costs him his friends, his career and his life. When Jordan finds himself working closely with the aloof Lucas Conover, the investment banker’s mysterious past and unexpected kindness shocks him back into a life and emotions he’d thought lost forever.

The betrayal by the foster brother he’d worshiped, taught Lucas Conover never to trust or believe in anyone. Living a solitary life doesn’t free him of the nightmare of his youth; it reinforces his belief that he would never fall in love. When the death of one of his clients forces him to work closely with Dr. Jordan Peterson, he meets a person whose suffering exceeds his own. Though Jordan rejects his effort to help, something within Luke pushes him discover more about the first man to ever get under his skin.

As Luke lets down his guard and Jordan lets go of his pain, desire takes control. Each man must come to terms with past struggles if they are to create a future together. And learning to trust in themselves and love again after tragedy and a lifetime of pain, may be the only thing that saves them in the end.

This is a re-edited and revised re-release of the original version published in 2015 with over 4,000 words of additional content

Then and Now, or Wow, my mother was right after all.

 

My mother always used to say, “I’m glad I’m not young right now. It’s so much harder than when I was a child.” Which to me was very odd, considering she grew up in a tiny town in the middle of war-torn Poland and ran away to escape the Nazi invasion.

But it’s all a matter of perception I guess and she was talking about the stress young kids go through now with schooling and outside pressures. The internet has made us a greedy, “give it to me now” generation. We loathe having to wait for anything, be it news, books, the latest fad, or for authors, hitting that chart.

I look at publishing in the less than three years since I first was published and I find myself saying, “Damn. I’m glad I’m not just starting out now.” When my first book, Rescued came out in August of 2014, Amazon had just introduced Kindle Unlimited the month before, so I can safely say it had zero impact on my sales. There was no real talk about it and it didn’t stay on my radar. I think I remember someone saying it was a fad that wouldn’t last.

Fast forward to now and if you are part of any author loops, it is a constant topic of conversation—should I or shouldn’t I…I’d never do it….I’d only do it. And so on. In the gay romance genre, the market has exploded and I don’t know about you, but I can hardly keep up with the releases and the new authors.

Someone last week pmed me and wanted to know how to get noticed with their first book…how to get the sales to get on the Amazon charts.” (My first thought was don’t message people asking how to sell books or get noticed, but that’s another story.) The answer used to be: write a great book, do a blog tour, maybe take out a few Facebook ads. Now? I’m not so sure any more. The landscape of publishing has changed so rapidly, it’s almost like buying a new computer. By the time you take your computer out of the box, a new one has come out. Or in the case of publishing, by the time you release your book, a new algorithm has sprung up, rendering your brand new shiny idea obsolete, forcing you to start again from square one. You have to always be thinking and be one step ahead. But first and foremost, write that next book.

So I guess my answer would be, don’t write to get on any chart. There is no instant secret to success. It takes work. And time. Lots of time. We live in a world of instant gratification thanks to the internet but I’m not so sure that’s a good thing. Writing to a formula makes for boring, cookie cutter books, which we have an over abundance of. From one minute to the next we don’t know what can happen. Publisher close, publishers open. New distributors pop up. And the behemoth of the Zon can and will change like the ebb and flow of the ocean. The most important thing is write the best book you can, forge genuine friendships with other authors, be yourself and be a decent human being. (Please) But I am glad not to be starting out now.

Maybe my mother was right after all.

Links

After the Fire on Goodreads

Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

Local Giveaway

I’ll give away a $5 Amazon Gift Card to one random commenter.

About the Author

I have always been a romantic at heart. I believe that while life is tough, there is always a happy ending around the corner, My characters have to work for it, however. Like life in NYC, nothing comes easy and that includes love.

I live in New York City with my husband and two children and hopefully soon a cat of my own. My day begins with a lot of caffeine and ends with a glass or two of red wine. I practice law but daydream of a time when I can sit by a beach somewhere and write beautiful stories of men falling in love. Although there are bound to be a few bumps along the way, a Happily Ever After is always guaranteed.


Farewell Giveaway
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,

Brandilyn
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15 thoughts on “Felice Stevens on After the Fire ~ Guest Blog Local Giveaway

  1. Thanks for the post! Things do seem to be changing faster and faster. I wonder what it will be like when my kids are adults…

    Interestingly, with all the electronic media we have now, my son can still have a lot of fun batting a balloon around or digging in the dirt with a stick. (He’s 9.) And both my kids read new books along with classics and enjoy both. So, some things haven’t changed. 🙂

  2. Great post. You’re right…it’s getting harder and harder for debut authors to be seen. And not only for them, but for the established ones too. But I think that honest, objective reviews help the most.

  3. Thank you for the post, and the excellent advice. And, of course, thank you for the chance at the giveaway. I love your books

  4. “The most important thing is write the best book you can,” I really agree with this. Also don’t stop there, keep learning how to be better. There’s no such thing as perfection and always room for improvement. Write what makes you happy, not everyone will love it however if you’re happy it will shine through your work.
    Thanks for your words & your work. Without authors & all the other artists, my life would be much more empty.

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