Friday, July 3, 2015

Interview with Annie Jocoby, FEARLESS


Can you give us a brief overview of your latest book? Is it part of a series?
I always write series, usually three books to a series. My latest series is the Exposure series, and it features a heroine who has suffered a severe tragedy for which she blames herself and a billionaire who saves her, but has a violent past.

Do you have a favorite character?
My favorite character of all my books is Ryan. He’s the hot rich guy who stars in the Illusions series books. He’s totally yummy, totally sexy and totally intelligent and kind. And so devoted to Iris, his love. I wish he existed in real life!

Did you try the traditional route to publishing, i.e. querying agents/publishers?
No, never did. I heard too many horror stories of the restrictive contracts offered to writers and I said “no thank you.” Best decision I’ve ever made!

What factors influenced your decision to self-publish your book(s)?
I wanted total control over everything - my covers, my writing, my marketing, everything. And I wanted to get higher royalties. Plus, in traditional publishing, there are too restrictive elements to their contracts.

If you used a graphic designer/publisher’s designer, how involved were you during the creative process for your cover?
Pretty involved. I choose the images that go on there and I give my cover designer the basic concept. I have final approval over the final cover, too.

What is your writing process? Do you listen to music or do you like silence?
I like to write in front of a television that is playing something that I can tune out. It makes me feel less lonely.

Do you outline your story or just go where your muse takes you?
I go where the muse takes me. I sit down at the keyboard and the words just start to come. I can’t really outline, because I don’t work that way, unfortunately.

Besides Amazon, are there any other sites where your books are for sale?
iTunes, Google Play, Nook, Kobo, Scribd.

What kinds of marketing [twitter, facebook, blog, forums] are you involved with for promoting your book(s)?
Getting more involved with Facebook ads, because I really want to learn how to market effectively there.

What advice would you give a new author just entering into the self-publishing arena?
I would recommend that they be prepared to pivot at any time, and learn all they can. KBoards is a great resource for writers, and a great place to learn!

What’s next for you?
A legal thriller romance series that will feature a billionaire charged with murder.


Book & Author Details:
Fearless by Annie Jocoby
(Fearless #1)
Publication date: July 15th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Synopsis:
BOOK ONE OF A PLANNED TRILOGY
BOOK TWO, SECRETS AND LIES, IS AVAILABLE NOW!
*Warning* Strong language and sexual situations. Ends in MAJOR cliffhanger. Not for the faint of heart.

Beautiful heiress Dalilah Gallagher, a former child art prodigy, has lost her way. Harsh criticism in her formative years has left her floundering and without the artistic voice that once centered her life. Now, at the age of 20, she has spent the last nine years trying to reclaim what she lost.

Her struggles lead her to the nude-modeling world in New York City, where she hopes she will find her passion for art again. What she finds is surprising: Her artistic voice isn’t gone, merely misplaced.
Luke Roberts has a different problem. Raised by a solid, working-class fisherman in Maine, Luke is a gifted artist struggling to get a foothold in the busy New York City art scene. His gifts attract the attention of a wealthy benefactor, Blake Nottingham, who finds himself fascinated with Dalilah. Nottingham commissions Luke to provide him with a piece of art: A painting of Dalilah.

As the two young artists fall in love, Dalilah finds her artistic voice once more, so she’ll do anything to help Luke find the prominence he deserves. This leads to a dangerous game of deceit that puts Dalilah in Nottingham’s clutches when she tries to manipulate him into helping Luke.
Nottingham isn’t easily manipulated, though, and things go seriously awry for Dalilah. What happens when the manipulated becomes the manipulator?

This is a New Adult Contemporary Romance. Age groups are 18+. It has some sexually explicit scenes.


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AUTHOR BIO:
Annie Jocoby is the author of 8 contemporary romance novels and 3 New Adult contemporary romance novels. Her motivation to begin writing these novels is that she was interested in writing about rich men who actually love and respect their women. Her heroes are alpha and damaged, yet also genuinely good guys.

Ryan, Nick, Luke and Asher are all complicated characters who have experienced plenty of darkness, yet always seek the light. They would all go to the ends of the earth to protect the women they love. And they’re all sexy, enigmatic, magnetic and great in bed.

All of Annie’s books have things in common: they all combine a touch of mystery and intrigue with drama, love, and lots of hot sex. Some of the books have action and even some criminal elements in them. Her current book, in fact, is her first book that would be classified as straight romantic suspense, although it also combines definite elements of the thriller genre! If you’re in the market for a book that is fast-paced, where the heroes are beautiful and wealthy, and the heroines are strong, vulnerable and flawed, then try these books out!

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 Giveaway:
Tour-wide giveaway (INTL)
  • $50 Amazon Gift Card
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