Friday, September 20, 2013

Blog Tour: Loving Your Lies Review & Guest Post

Loving Your Lies by Piper Shelly
Publication date: January 2013
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Romance

Julian is drop-dead gorgeous, annoyingly provocative, and he’s fast becoming her best friend. But he also has a secret that makes the little hairs on her arms stand on end…

My name is Jona Montiniere, and that’s pretty much the only good thing to say about me.

I’m seventeen, I’m snarky, and I’m a crap-load of trouble. Or so they say. But what did they expect from me really, when they dumped me in an orphanage at age five? That I’d grow up to become the new first lady? Nah, I think it’s much more fun to raid Camden Market in London with my friend, Debby. She’s cool. She lives on the street. I learned so much from her.

The only thing she missed to teach me was how to tend to a vineyard. And yeah, that’s what I’m going to do for the next 6 weeks, courtesy to this darn judge, who sent me off to France after I was caught stealing again. Fair enough, the vineyards are okay, and so are my aunt and uncle, who I haven’t met up ‘til now. What isn’t okay, and I mean it, is that I have to live in the same house with my mother, that god-awful dragon, who spurned when I was only a child. And now she wants me back? Demands my forgiveness? Why, because she’s about to die of cancer? Uh-uh. Sorry, but that’s not gonna happen. I want no contact with that woman, thanks.

But what’s Julian got to do with all of this? About my age, he’s too young to be my mother’s lover. So why doesn’t he leave her side? Ever. He’s different, as in the paranormal kind of different, but he’s sa-woon-worthy gorgeous. He obviously has secrets, but he’s also get-under-my-skin charming. In short, he’s a riddle to me. But he likes me, and that’s scaring the shit out of me. I sure won’t let anyone come too close.

So now I’m wondering only two things: How did he manage to hold me in his arms after only three days? And how the hell do you keep an angel earth bound?


Guest Post with the Author:
Ten things I didn’t know about becoming a published author

Oh boy! I really was a beginner…
When I started writing my first novel, I never thought I would want to publish it one day. It was just for my personal pleasure, because I loved to write and I loved to create a story where I could make anything happen I wanted.
When that book was finished, however, I had thoroughly changed my mind. I wanted to make other people happy with it, too, so I needed to find a way to get it out to readers.
How do you do that??? I had no idea. But Google was a good friend during that time. I googled publisher, found ONE, took a look at their submission guidelines, and knew what I had to do. Find an agent.
Okay, shouldn’t be that difficult. I had a brilliant story, so everyone would love it and I would make big money. Right? – Oh so wrong. Have you ever heard of the word query? Well, if you’re a writer, you probably scream that word in your sleep by now. LOL
So, the thing was, I had to write a really nice, capturing, original, to the point, impressive query. Fine. I could do that. I pieced a little cover letter for my book together and was all eager to send it out. But wait. There was more. They wanted a synopsis, too. What the hell was a synopsis? Google told me what it was. And I wrote what I thought was the ultimate summary of my novel.
All right, I think now is the time that I should tell you that I’m from Austria (That place in Europe, not Australia. We speak German here and we have no kangaroos!) and my English was really weak. But I loved the language enough to never give up. I got help. First from two editors I paid. Wow, what a damn lot of money – and what a waste of it, too. They should have told me that I should go take some writing classes, instead of correcting some mistakes and sending me off with a good feeling when my book, synopsis and query were actually sh*t.
Anyways, after 77 (in words: seventy-seven) rejections for LOVING YOUR LIES (the title was different back then) I went back to my room with a hanging head and started from scratch. Ten months later I had a perfect book ready. And this time, it was perfect. I had learned a lot during that time. :-) So, I found a publisher and gave them the rights for my beloved novel. It wasn’t one of the big six, but a rather small publisher with really nice people.
It was February when I signed the contract and I thought I would hold my book in my hands in May, the latest. Nope, it didn’t happen that fast, of course. Three rounds of edits, that’s what happened. And they made me rewrite one particular chapter. I wasn’t too happy with that, but it was okay. In the end, it worked. What I didn’t know, was that you can’t style your book the way you want. I was lucky, I could do my own cover and give them a really striking one. But the size, the fonts, the page number, it was all managed by the publisher, and it didn’t look very attractive in the end. But they had to do it that way, or the costs for printing it would have been a little higher than the other way, and it would have meant 2 hours more work for them. No chance. With a sigh, I took notice of that.
So, in September, my book finally came out. YAY!! I was so happy, because now everyone would read it. Come on, people, buy my book!! But only very few people did. Why not?? I don’t know why, actually. But one thing I do know. There was no kind of promotion at all. I mean other than me shouting it out to 200 friends on my facebook site. I had to do everything myself, and that was just too little. And then, worst of all, I found a ton of errors in my published book. I went through it once more and made corrections. (That was actually the 25th time I read my book. Seriously, I was so fed up with it by then.)
But I thought, the royalties would make up for all of it. Only that the royalties were about $30 for the first three months. I never had any chance to check how many copies of my book really were sold, because this was all in the publisher’s hand, so I had to wait one quarter of a year to hear the news of how my book had done. Not so well, it seemed…
I concentrated on another book then, just to get my mind off the first one. My second book was PLAY WITH ME. I wrote it fast, because it was a nice distraction. I knew from the start that it would be a really short book – a novella. And since it was nothing but fun for me, I thought, why not publish it yourself on Amazon? Nothing to lose, right? And that was in fact the very first time that I was right about something in the writing business. I had nothing to lose, but I won a lot!
I won fans, people who actually bought my book, spread the word and gave me the feeling of finally being a real author. I had the chance to make changes in my book as often as I liked, I could even change the cover, and I could pick a design, size and font that I really liked and that fit my short book. I got a lot more royalties for each sold copy, I could decide with which editors and proofreaders I wanted to work together, I could check my sales everyday, and I didn’t have to wait sooo long to publish the next book. (That’s where RYAN HUNTER comes in.)
After my contract with my former publisher had ended, I parted with them and self-re-published LOVING YOUR LIES, too. Now, everything is in my hands. I have control, get more money, write and publish whatever I like, and don’t have to answer to anyone.
So yeah, that’s it. I know, you probably wanted me to talk about all the good sides of being a published author, but I’d rather stay honest here. That’s what I didn’t know about becoming a published author and what I had to learn the hard way.
To cut a long story short. I love being an indie author and I’ll never do it any other way again. :-)
My Review:
I received a copy of Loving Your Lies for an honest review.

Jona Montiniere has had a hard life living in the orphanage of London after her mother left her there five years ago. After one too many run ins with the law the court has demanded she move in with her aunt and uncle in France with her mother and caretaker. It’s the absolutely last thing Jona wants to do though. She agrees though having no other choice than to move to another country until she turns 18 in a couple months. In the mean time she’s supposed to help out with her families’ vineyard. After being closed off for so long Jona doesn’t expect to become close with anyone, especially not her mothers’ caretaker Julian. As time goes by though the two become closer despite the obstacles and despite the secrets Julian is hiding Jona is falling more and more in love with him. Another problem looms though because Jona’s mother is dying quickly and the only thing she wants more than anything is forgiveness from her only daughter but time is running out and Jona will have to find it within herself to let people in.

This is going to be a short review because I can’t give too much away so I will say that while I felt this book had a lot of fluff so many aspects of this book made me feel suck a deep emotional connection with both the characters and the story as a whole it definitely made this book worth reading. In the end I really wanted to call my mom all tell her I love her. Loving Your lies pulled at my heart strings and I loved every minute of it. I loved the ending and there is the perfect amount of reality with the supernatural that it really made this book enjoyable. Piper Shelly definitely did an amazing job with this story and I hope to read more from her in the future.

Grand prize giveaway
Prize (open internationally):
--One signed copy of Loving Your Lies

About the Author:
I’m a cool girl with a passion for writing.
The genres you’ll find me hanging out at are contemporary and paranormal YA, but I’m also snooping into some adult paranormal right now. All of them romances…of course.
The nitty-gritty:
I’m an Austrian lass—totally uncomplicated and up to anything fun.
I grew up in Vienna, not by free will but because my parents decided to move there when I was only 4 years old. I. Hated. The. City. Everything about it. So right after graduation I moved back to Upper Austria, where I settled down with a nice husband and an awesome laptop.
I’ve been a storyteller all my life. Already in kindergarten, I came up with the most exotic fantasies and tales. My teacher would call me a liar. I call it the cornerstone of my writing career.
People always told me you can’t make a living with being an author. So when my first novella PLAY WITH ME came out and shot straight to the stars within the first week, I was totally dumbstruck. Took me a while to realize what was happening, LOL.
And the personal stuff:
At the (awesome) age of seventeen, I met the love of my life. But he was a playboy, and I was so not going to be his next trophy. It took him another four years of fighting for me until I finally decided to give that “couple-thing” with him a shot. I’m now married to this man. ;-)

We have an eleven-year-old son, and together we travel a lot…although I sometimes wish the trips were shorter because I can’t wait to get back to my laptop and my many stories. Unless we’re in Disneyland. No stress to go home then…

If you still want to know more about me, my FAQ page is the right address for you. ;-)

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