Apparitions Audiobook is Available Now

I’m honored to announce that following very speedy production by narrator Beizo Tierno, the Apparitions audiobook is available now.  Many, many thanks to Beizo for such great work and prompt service!

Apparitions Audio

Adoration.  Desire.  Passion.  Apparitions explores something everyone is familiar with.  Dreams.  We all have them.

Written from a unique, anonymous, perspective, the narrator takes you on a journey through time and consciousness.  And the multitude of physical and emotional responses experienced when you are attracted to someone.

Do they feel the same way?  What should be done or said in their company?

Affection and love are the greatest gifts one can give another.  No matter how old you are, love makes you young again.  It is all encompassing, involving body, mind and soul.

Apparitions is a very emotionally driven story.  One that will arouse, excite and delight the senses.

Buy Apparitions now to enter into a sensual, romantic, dreamy world.

Apparitions Audiobook is Available Now

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What They Are Saying About Apparitions

Here’s what one reviewer, Jillian, said about the Apparitions ebook on Goodreads, after giving it a 5 star rating…

“Fabulous story and so well written. If you haven’t read it yet then you need to, you won’t be disappointed.”

No Giveaway?  No Problem!

Regular readers will know that I usually run a giveaway when each book launch is announced.  While I’m not yet ready to announce the main giveaway, I am ready to make a further announcement…

Apparitions Will Soon be in Paperback!

I’ll bring you that cover reveal next week.  In the meantime, to celebrate the audiobook launch and build up to the paperback launch, please join me at the Facebook Launch Event.

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Perfect Timing Chapter One

Perfect Timing

Perfect Timing, my first full length erotic romance novel, will soon be available for pre-order on Amazon.  To give you a taste of the novel, here’s Perfect Timing chapter one…

Chapter One   First Impressions

The first moment Lou saw anything of Will, she felt a connection unlike anything she had ever felt before, and as she sat alone at her desk it brought a gentle smile to her full lips.  All she knew, having just read an informative piece he had written, after succeeding her in the editorship, was they were both writers.  And that she liked his style.  Perhaps it was that, or maybe it was the weight which had been lifted now she had left the position?  It might have been either of those things, but as she lifted her arms and stretched in her office chair, thinking about the words she had read and the man who had written them, it felt much more than that.  But in that moment she had no idea why.

Tentatively, she typed a brief note to Will, congratulating him on the publication of his first piece, and saying that if ever he needed any support she would happily help.  In spite of the fact that she had no inclination of returning to the voluntary role, she wanted to give him, or indeed any other successor, any guidance they might need.

It wasn’t until after she sent the note and a friend request, that she looked at his profile photo on the social network.  He looked so smart, so professional in the posed shot, and she guessed it had perhaps been taken for work.  Gazing intently at the image, she was instantly drawn to his smile.  His dazzling and she had to admit, gorgeous, smile.  He exuded an air of confidence and again the corners of her mouth turned upward.  His appearance then was so different to her own in that moment.  As an artist and designer who worked from home, her usual work wear was casual; a pair of jeans and a shirt.  Today was no different in that regard, but as she stretched again, she wondered if it would be in any other way?

Turning her attention back to the design project she was working on, she was soon submerged in her work.  Until the beep of her cell phone startled her.  Picking it up from its usual spot on her desk, she instantly relaxed at the sight of Will’s name.  His cheerful, thankful reply to her note was punctuated throughout with “Grin,” and as Lou read she did just that.  She already liked the perceived air of confidence she had seen in his photo, and now seeing a possible mischievous side to him, liked that too!

Throughout the day, her mind frequently wandered from her work, to Will.  She smiled so much that it gave her facial muscles quite a workout!  Not that she minded either at all.  Life had been tough for her for the past several months and smiles, even brief ones, had been few and far between.  He was so handsome and it was impossible not to smile at the thought of him; while she at least attempted to focus on her work!

Lou would spend time each evening on the social network chatting to friends, or browsing their pages after seeing their various posts on her homepage.  But that evening she focused on just one friend.  Her newest.  Will.  She clicked on the last photo he had posted, and when the enlarged image filled the screen she once again found herself beaming at the sight of him.  It was another posed shot, but this time he was casually dressed in a red button down shirt, beige khakis and a hat.  Now, she could see his blue eyes more clearly and gasped at the sight.  The brim of his hat offered only partial shade and they seemed to sparkle in the bright sunlight illuminating his face.  It’s not just his smile that’s gorgeous, she thought, his eyes are too!

Somewhat reluctantly, she clicked the side of the captivating image and looked through the others in the album.  A number showed Will in the same clothes and hat, surrounded by other people.  Some were posed and others were more candid snapshots, but the dazzling smile that lit his azure blue eyes was constant, and she lingered on each image.  She was equally enthralled by some scenic shots that had likely been taken by him.  While gazing at them, Lou not only appreciated the stunning vistas, but also the perfect composition of the frame; as a keen photographer herself she always looked at the bigger picture.

She was clicking through another of his albums, gazing in wonder at the multitude of sights before her, when a chat window popped up, surprising her.  Startled for a moment, she immediately relaxed when she realized it was Will.

“Hi there!” he said.

“Hey there!”

“I was hoping to catch you, to thank you again for your note.  Grin.”

Lou smiled and replied, “No need to thank me.  Thank you!”

“Yes there is.  I’m still kinda new to all the goings on in the group… and your note and the offer of help… if I ever need it, is very much appreciated!”

Reading his words, she sighed contentedly, “You’re more than welcome, Will.  I truly mean it.  If ever you need any help at all, give me a shout and I’ll do all I can for you!”

“Sounds good to me.  Thank you!  Grin… I hope your day was great?”

She paused for a moment, thinking back over how unexpectedly wonderful her day had been, thanks to her new friend, “Yeah, it’s been great.  Thank YOU!  :)”

He appeared to hesitate for a moment, perhaps surprised by the emphasized personalization in her words.  “I’m not sure why you’re thanking me… but you’re welcome!”

“Why?”  She paused, suddenly shy, “Because you’re the reason it’s been great!”  She blushed a tad as she hit ‘enter’ and sent the message.

“Really???”

“Yes!  I gotta say, again, that I loved your post and…”  She paused, “well, hearing from you afterward brightened my day considerably.”

“Grin!  Good!  I’m happy to help!” he replied before quickly adding, “You brightened my day too!”

“Oh yeah?”  The smile at her lips now his trademark grin.

“YES!  Grin.  It was great to hear from you… and… it’s great to be with you now, Lou!”

The blush bloomed in her cheeks as she replied, “Aww Will, you’ll have me blushing!  I HAVE to admit that the feeling is mutual.  It’s great to be with you too!”

“You’ll have ME blushing!  Grin… From what I can see of you, from the only photo I’ve seen… and am looking at right now… I can imagine that blush suits you!”

Her face was now a deep shade of crimson and the room a lot warmer than it had been.  “Well, from what I’ve seen of you, I think blush would suit you too!”

“Ok… NOW I’m blushing!  Grin.”

She sighed.  She had rarely, if ever, felt so at ease as she did with Will, so soon after meeting anyone.  Her shyness forgotten, she let an emoticon indicate her smile, “:) Your profile pic is great.  Is it a work one?”

“Thank you!  Yep, it is.  The whole office had them done not long ago… and it felt as if we were back in high school having yearbook photos taken.  The place was crazy!  Grin.”

Envisioning the chaotic scene, she giggled.  “I bet it was!  It’s a GREAT pic!”  Her earlier musings about his possible mischievous streak seemed to be spot on and she nodded in affirmation.

“Thank you!  Now I really AM blushing!”

“There truly is no need to thank me,” she said, hoping, he was able to ‘hear’ the gentleness in her words, despite the lack of intonation in their typed form.

“Yes there is, Lou!  I hope you don’t mind me saying… yours is a beautiful pic… you look so relaxed and happy.”

“I don’t mind at all.  Thank you!”

Echoing her words, he replied, “No need to thank ME!  Grin.”

She giggled.  Her face was aching again from the smiley workout, and she hoped Will was enjoying her company as much as she was his.  “Yes there is!  One thing is for sure, I’m truly blushing now, but I’m also very happy!”

“Grin.  Good!  Me too, Lou!”

Their easy, playful conversation continued for some time, until eventually Will said, “I’d love to spend more time with you… but I’ve got an early meeting tomorrow, so I’m gonna have to make a move soon before I fall asleep.  I’m sorry!!!”

Reading his words, she was suddenly aware how tired she was herself.  “No need for sorry.  I’d love to spend more time with you.  Perhaps we can catch up sometime tomorrow?”

“Yes!  Please!  I’d like that.  Thank YOU for a great evening… and a great day!”

She knew his words were genuine.  “Oh, thank YOU!  It’s been a truly wonderful day, thanks to you!”

“Grin.  I’ll find ya tomorrow.  Good night Lou!”

“I look forward to it!  Sweet dreams.  Good night Will!”

Smiling and happier than she had been in a long time, she sat for a few minutes.  And through half closed eyes, watched the light indicating Will’s presence online go out.  When it did, she whispered “Thank you, Will,” before reluctantly logging out and turning her computer off.  “It truly has been a great day!”

Pre-order Now and Be Rewarded

 

Perfect Timing is available to pre-order now, exclusively from Amazon.  Click here to be taken to the book wherever you are.  When you pre-order, send me a SCREENSHOT of your receipt either via email to rebekah(dot)s(dot)fiore(at)gmail(dot)com or by Tweeting me and I’ll send you a link to claim a FREE copy of my short story, Apparitions.

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Perfect Timing Covers Reveal

Amid all the excitement involving the Apparitions audiobook production, I am equally excited to announce that my first full length novel, Perfect Timing, will be simultaneously released in Kindle, audiobook and print format at the end of November 2016.  Therefore I am honored to bring you the Perfect Timing covers reveal.  But before I do, here’s a look at the book’s blurb…

Friendship.  Desire.  Romance.  Lou’s life changes forever the first moment she encounters Will online during a brief break from work.  Enlarging his photo on the social network, she is immediately captivated by his dazzling smile and azure blue eyes.  Reluctantly refocusing on her work, she is frequently distracted as the image floods her thoughts.  Who is that guy?

Later that evening while gazing in wonder at his photo albums, she is startled by an instant message from him.  Hours fly by as they chat easily, discovering shared interests and passions.

Passions of a different kind are soon ignited as she feels her now best friend’s embrace across the miles.  They have shared so many secrets, but her desire for the man who she openly admits adoring is one she dare not share.  Not now.  Not ever?

Perfect Timing is an enchanting story of romance in today’s technology driven world.  It is the perfect example of how physical distance is no barrier to deep, all encompassing, all consuming love.

Buy Perfect Timing now to enter into Lou and Will’s sensual, erotic, romantic world.

Perfect Timing Covers Reveal

Perfect Timing
Kindle and paperback
Perfect Timing Audio
Audiobook

Further information, including the first chapter and pre-order information will be announced soon.  In the meantime, please consider subscribing to my blog or following me on Twitter to receive the latest updates on all my titles.  Thank you!

Apparitions Audiobook Cover Reveal

I’m delighted to share with you the Apparitions audiobook cover reveal…

Apparitions Audio

Apparitions Audiobook coming soon

While no exact launch date has yet been set, it is hoped the audiobook version of Apparitions will be available for download on Audible, Amazon and iTunes by the end of September 2016.

As soon as a date is known, I’ll update this post.  In the meantime, please consider subscribing to my blog or following me on Twitter so you don’t miss any updates.  Thank you.

 

Quick Update

Hello!  It’s been a while since I posted, but I can assure you that I’ve been very busy so today’s post is, as it says, a quick update.

If you follow me on social media, particularly Twitter, you might be aware of some of what I’ve been up to.  But if not, I won’t keep you hanging on any longer…

I’m currently doing the final edit for my first full length erotic romance novel!  And I can now reveal the title will be…

Perfect Timing

While the exact release date is yet to be confirmed, it will be released either late fall or early winter this year.  Yep, you’ll have it in plenty of time for Christmas!

In addition to editing Perfect Timing, I’ve also made one visible change here on the website.  Both pages for my previous releases, Serendipity and Apparitions, can now be found under the “My Books” page on the navigation menu at the top of pages.  If you’ve previously bookmarked their links, or have shared them anywhere, they will automatically redirect, so no need to do anything.  And I’ll soon be adding the Perfect Timing page to that tab too.

To keep up with my latest news and updates, if you’ve not already done so, please consider subscribing to the blog, or following me on social media, including Facebook, and my Amazon Author page.

Do you have any advice for me as I complete the edit?  Please leave a comment and let me know.  I look forward to chatting with you.

Thanks!

Apparitions is Available Now

The long-awaited launch day is finally here and Apparitions is available now!  HUGE thanks to my amazing husband and family for all your support.  Today wouldn’t be happening if it wasn’t for YOU!

ApparitionsAdoration.  Desire.  Passion.  Apparitions explores something everyone is familiar with.  Dreams.  We all have them.

Written from a unique, anonymous, perspective, the narrator takes you on a journey through time and consciousness.  And the multitude of physical and emotional responses experienced when you are attracted to someone.

Do they feel the same way?  What should be done or said in their company?

Affection and love are the greatest gifts one can give another.  No matter how old you are, love makes you young again.  It is all encompassing, involving body, mind and soul.

Apparitions is a very emotionally driven story.  One that will arouse, excite and delight the senses.

Buy Apparitions now to enter into a sensual, romantic, dreamy world.

Apparitions is available now

Apparitions is available from your local Amazon site by clicking here.

Do you have any advice as I launch Apparitions?

Please leave a comment and remember to check the box on the giveaway. Thank you!

Pre-order Apparitions Now

Apparitions

The release of Apparitions on Friday, May 27, 2016, is just days away.  But you don’t have to wait that long, because you can pre-order Apparitions now from the Amazon website in your location by clicking here.

Thank you!

To my ever loving husband and family, without whose unending, unconditional love and support Apparitions wouldn’t have been possible.  I love you more than you know.  Words are not enough to express my thanks, but thank you!

To my Beta readers, your input has once again been invaluable.  Thank you!

To all who have bought, or in some cases been gifted the book, and have read through to this point; I’m honored that you’ve spent your precious time with my anonymous characters, and I hope you’ve enjoyed their adventures as much as I did, both during the creative process and each time I have read it.  Thank YOU!

Free Sample

You can read Chapter One of Apparitions here.

Pre-order Apparitions Now

Click here to pre-order Apparitions.

 

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Apparitions Chapter One

Apparitions

My new short story Apparitions is launching soon and will be available for pre-order from Amazon.  To give you a taste of what’s to come, here is Chapter One…

Apparitions

“Anything that appears, especially something remarkable; an act of appearing; manifestation.”

Chapter One   Visions in the Mists

In the gentle mists of a splendid twilight or the graceful dawn, our deepest thoughts are truest, unconstrained and visceral.  They often appear quite unexpectedly; softly pleasant and then vanish most grudgingly.  Those delightful visions of something, or someone we never want to let go of, so pleasing is this dream.  And when finally we are unkindly forced to awaken from those happiest of thoughts we always feebly attempt to cling to every minute detail lest they recede into the envious mist from whence they came.  When someone is most special, you can discover that apparition over and over again as your head finds the pillow next.

Decades can pass quickly by, but the dearest of friendships remain as fresh as the day they were first made.  There is no judgment; no counting of wrongs or the smallest slights.  They can hold each other’s confidences and trust; even their most intimate feelings they share with no one else.  The unpretentious affections are tangible and palpable.  Some things voiced, some left unsaid… often silent far too long.  Is it introversion?  Are they unknowingly shared apparitions?  Is it fear of rejection?  Is it out of deepest respect?  Indeed, the possibilities exist.  Why the dance of evasion from expressions of sincere affection?  Why, indeed?

She is such a wonderful vision and he cherishes each unique thought and this passage of the lovely sonnet she has become in his mind.

Ongoing Writing Process

In the last couple weeks I’ve described the first steps in my writing process, from the conception of the story idea, through to the publication of the book.  Today I share why I believe it’s always an ongoing writing process.

So What’s Next?

While the book is complete, the related writing process continues for me, because, as I’ve said, I see my stories as living things, so the completed book is perhaps only an adolescent.  It still needs nurturing.  The world of books is a scary one and the story needs the author’s and wider family’s help to explore the world.

The wider family of which I speak are not only my family, friends, and beta readers, but in today’s tech savvy world, they are reviewers, social media users, and other authors.  I personally feel that authors, or indeed anyone who writes, should not see our peers as competition, but instead be supportive of each other.  We all need friends and a newly published book is no exception.

Social Media

Social media is a great tool in this ever expanding world and greatly aids the ongoing writing process.  Twitter is one of my favorites and I can be found on there @RebekahSFiore.  The use of hashtags makes both sharing and searching so easy on the site. Here are some I use…

#MondayBlogs ~ For those of us who only post to our blogs on Mondays

#Romance #Romantic #Erotic and #Erotica #EARTG ~ Genre specific. The latter is Erotica Author ReTweet Group

#AmWriting #AmReading ~ Widely used hashtags for anyone who reads or writes, so absolutely everyone

#IndieAuthor #SupportIA #IARTG ~ Specifically for Indie authors. The latter is Indie Author ReTweet Group

#1LineWed ~ Authors share a single line from a work. My One Line Wednesday tweets are currently all taken from Serendipity

#Amazon #Kindle #Ebook #Smashwords #Nook ~ Retailer/ reading

For a comprehensive list of author specific hashtags take a look at this Ultimate List.

What are your favorite hashtags?  Please leave me a comment and let me know.  I’d love to chat

Next Steps In My Writing Process

In last week’s post I described the first part of my writing process, from conception of a story idea through to the second edit.  This week, I describe the next steps in the process…

First Look

When the second edit is complete, I let others read the story for the first time, either with or without the cover art, which I’ll say more about in a moment.  My nerves always kick up at this point.  I’ve put so much time and effort into the story that letting anyone see it is terrifying.

My husband is always the first to read anything I write, and I’ll implement any changes he suggests.  I then send it to my network of beta readers and friends who are happy to take a look.

If their response is positive, I schedule a publication date.  If, however, they inform of any errors, or have any suggestions, I take those on board and action them where necessary.

Cover Design

Although I’m an artist myself, I outsourced cover design for Serendipity, my first published work so I could focus on writing and promotion.  I wanted to keep costs down, so I decided to go with a pre-designed cover.

There are many great designers out there and I used this list as a starting point, having been directed to it by a friend.  I looked through a number of them, before returning to the first I’d seen, Melissa Alvarez’s BookCovers.us.  The moment I saw the image, I loved it and felt connected to it.  That said, I needed to make sure it was the one, so looked at other images on that site and elsewhere.  I liked some others, so showed my husband three designs and asked him which he liked, without saying which I was drawn to.  He chose the same one and within minutes I’d completed the purchase.

The Story Becomes A Book

Once the story is complete, the penultimate step for me is writing the various elements needed to take a story and turn it into a book.  The front and back matter, including the blurb.

The last step, is perhaps the most important for anyone who independently publishes; formatting everything for publication.  I begin by “nuking” my completed manuscript to remove any hidden formatting; by pasting it into Notepad and then into a new Microsoft Word document.  Creating each version from this new Master doesn’t take long at all, around a couple hours.  Each version is then read again to check for any errors.

The submission process for both distributors is easy, and neither take long to publish.  For more control over the publication date, I always allow pre-order period, prior to the official launch date.  Serendipity was available for two weeks ahead of the launch on February 1st.

Seeing the book on a retailer website is a special moment and something that should be celebrated.  It’s another nerve wracking but exciting time in the life of the story as you await the next step.  For me it’s akin to the final weeks of pregnancy, regardless of whether, in reality, you’re physically capable of birth. You’ve nurtured and developed the story for so long and the wait for it’s birth, or launch, is full of emotion.

Part of the fun for me is thanks to Amazon’s thirteen global market websites.  Seeing the book page on each site in the various languages and the seemingly vast differences in price, thanks to the different currency conversions is entertaining for me.

There’s More

While it might seem as if the writing process is complete.  For me there’s still more to it.  In next week’s blog post, I’ll describe the next steps.

Are You An Expectant Parent?

Either in reality or as a writer?  Do you get nervous when anyone else reads your story?  Please leave a comment so we can share our experiences of the always emotional time.