Psychotherapist Maggie Collins has always been a little off the proverbial wall, but now
she’s also knee deep in a delayed quarter-life crisis. With her meager paychecks devoured by
student loan debt, a car payment and rent for office space, living at home with a flighty, folksinging mother seemed like a good idea…at first. Now Maggie’s not so sure. She wants space
to sort things out and launch a life of her own, but she needs a cushion of cash to get there.
When an unexpected phone call brings an offer Maggie can’t refuse, she’s one deal with the
devil away from moving out of her mother’s house.
The devil of contract negotiations, baseball agent Jordon Kemmons, has a problem the
usual experts can’t fix…his star pitcher is too depressed to throw strikes. Even worse,
Jordon’s post-divorce grudge against women is turning him into a raging mess. If desperate
times call for desperate measures, then cynical Jordon has made the most desperate move
of all. He’s hoping sexy psychotherapist Maggie Collins is the answer to all his rusty prayers.
Soon Maggie and Jordon are fighting an attraction that threatens everything they’ve ever
believed. If it’s not just physical attraction…if it’s something more, maybe two wrongs can
make a right.
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10 Things I Didn’t Know About Becoming a Published Author
When I started on this path to publication, I simply wanted to share my words with readers. But I quickly learned there was nothing simple about it. Here are 10 things I didn’t know and didn’t expect about becoming a published author:
1. I have to work just as hard after the book is published. Finding readers isn’t easy. The market is saturated, and it’s up to the writer to really be seen. Staying relevant—especially after the initial excitement of release week—is harder than writing the book in the first place.
2. Watching rankings is addictive and hazard to my mental health. I have dozens of screenshots detailing my book’s rise and fall in the Amazon ranks. My moods rose and plummeted along with those numbers. I try—really hard—not to look now.
3. Published doesn’t mean rejection-proof. I have received two rejections since Save My Soul was published.
4. People are interested in me, not just my books. As a fairly private person, this one scared me a little, and I’ve had to push outside my comfort zone to left perfect strangers in.
5. My family and friends are more excited than I am. They send supportive emails, leave comments on my site and never fail to ask how the book is doing, what I’m writing now and if they can help in any way.
6. Self-doubt still creeps in. At least once a day I think everyone is wrong and I’m the worst writer ever to open a Word document.
7. A published book is still sometimes not good enough. For powerhouse reviewers. For viral trending. For bestseller lists. There are so many levels of success. Just when I think I’ve reached the point where I wanted to be, I see something shiny ahead, and where I am isn’t good enough.
8. Some things are out of my control. Not everyone will like what I write. (See No. 3. Rejection can come from many sources, from other publishers and agents to reviewers and readers.)
9. Social media is my best friend and worst nightmare. I love connecting with readers and writers. It helps me feel less alone during the day. But I have words to write, and they often don’t get written when I’m hanging out on Twitter and Facebook all day.
10. I love every minute of it. Even the less-than happy parts, like rejection, bad reviews, and self-doubt. I love those parts, because the mere fact I’m dealing with them means I’m a published author, and that is a dream come true.
Elley Arden is a born and bred Pennsylvanian who has lived as far west as Utah and as far north as Wisconsin. She drinks wine like it’s water (a slight exaggeration), prefers a night at the ballpark to a night on the town, and believes almond English toffee is the key to happiness.
Elley has been reading romance novels since she was a sixteen-year-old babysitter, sneaking Judith McNaught and Danielle Steele novels off the bookshelves of the women who employed her. She started her first manuscript when she was twenty-five, writing during babies’ naps. A total of three children and ten years later, the manuscript was complete. Little did she know, her journey to publication was only beginning…
Elley writes provocative contemporary romances for Crimson Romance.
Twitter - @ElleyWrites
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