Love on Landing Tour ~ Guest Post, Review and Giveaway ~ Heather Thurmeier

Today we're welcoming author Heather Thurmeier to the blog on her tour with Goddess Fish Promotions for the contemporary romantic novel being released today by Silver Publishing.

To celebrate the release of her amazing new book, Heather will be giving away a $25 Amazon GC to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour. So comment today AND follow her tour (if you click on the banner above, it'll take you to a list of her tour stops), the more you read and comment, the better your odds of winning. See below for more information on the giveaway.

Ten things I Wish I’d Known About Being An Author

1. That it could take many, many rewrites to get the story just right. And some of those rewrites might be huge, gigantic beasts, but they will also make your book stronger.

2. That I had a lot to learn about...everything. Characters, settings, plot, conflict, emotion, editing, revisions, submitting, and—OMG!—rejection all come with a steep learning curve.

3. That writing isn’t the only job an author does. Oh, if only it were that simple! LOL. We also edit, network, book-keep and promote.

4. That even if you “tell” people that you have office hours (aka uninterrupted writing time) they won’t really believe you because your “office hours” take place on a couch or at the kitchen table. Don’t make me screen your call… You’ve been warned.

5. That yes, I’m working even though I haven’t gotten “paid” yet. Generally speaking you don’t sell the book until you’ve written it. But let me assure you, that click-y thing I do with my fingers on the laptop keyboard is still work.

6. That people would look at you a little different when you tell them you're a writer—of romance. (Yep, I write romance-y stuff while the kids are at school. Some times that includes a sexytime scene. Don’t fall over fainting. It’ll be okay.) I’m not sure if authors of other genres get The Look when you tell them what you write, but if you write romance, you get The Look.

7. That people would constantly ask me how my books are selling. Oh man! If only I knew. Most of us don’t know our numbers until months later when we see a royalty statement. Not to mention those sales numbers are in constant motion, never staying the same for long. Lots of sales or little sales, I’m just happy that people are picking up my book and taking this ride with me.

8. I wish I’d known just how much “information” is out there once you start looking. Seems like everyone has an opinion on publishing, writing, promo, social networking... The list goes on and on. It can be very daunting and overwhelming once you start wading through all that info. I wish I’d know that I didn’t have to try and listen to every piece of advice written. It’s impossible since most of it contradicts the rest anyways.

9. I wish I’d know just how important it was to connect with other writers right off the start. I was lucky and happened to find my critique partner fairly quickly. But even still I had already been writing my first novel for a few months. Once I started chatting with her and then joining RWA groups, a whole new world opened up to me!

10. I wish I’d known how fulfilling it would be to actually be an author. A real paid author. With books for sale and everything. LOL. Coming up with ideas, writing them down, manipulating the words until they feel just right, and then sending the book out to get contracted all felt amazing. But once I saw my first book for sale…well, I’m a writer and I still have no words for how truly awesome that felt.

“Gavin, can I get your help in here for a minute?”

She heard a loud groan and the chair in the waiting room squeaked as he stood. Her door clicked open and Gavin peeked his head inside the tiny room. His tired eyes instantly lit up at the sight of her reflection in the mirror. Exactly the kind of reaction she hoped an outfit like this would stir in someone. Especially someone as hot as Gavin.

“Can you lace up the back for me? It’s a bit tricky to reach.”

“Um—sure,” he said quietly, taking the edges of the material from her hands. His gaze shifted to her back and she was suddenly aware of the lack of clothing between her skin and his fingers.

Apparently he was aware of her naked flesh too.

His large fingers fumbled with the laces almost letting them slip. She quickly held the top tight against her stomach so it wouldn’t fall to the ground. Not that a situation like that would be completely unwelcome with a guy like Gavin, but she’d prefer not to have it happen in a changing room if possible. Her hotel room?

Well, that was different.

Why was she so attracted to him?

‘Cause he’s hot. And fights back. And hot.

I enjoyed this book, and I know you won't be disappointed either. The heroine, Tali was complex, on the outside she appeared to be a self centered spoiled brat, but on the inside, once you start peeling back the layers she is funny, kind and very insecure. She has always placed her families needs before her own. So much that she found herself in a relationship that was one side, he was with her so he could worm himself up the corporate ladder in her family's business. Tali, simply wanted to be loved for who she is, problem was she just forgot who that really was.

Enter Gavin, the sexy pilot who saw the real Tali, he knew there was something more than the outside layers, but could he chisel away to get her to see her inner beauty? She had all the traits to make him dislike her, she was a shopaholic, living off daddy's money and bitchy but he also saw a caring, funny, sexy woman. I loved the fact that Gavin didn't give up on her, he was pushing her to be the "real" Tali by constantly giving her pep talks. He kept telling her to stand up for herself, to take life in your own hands, "be who you really are for once and stop hiding and blaming others for her place in life." Sometimes it is hard to hear and accept the truth about oneself but hard love is what she needed to begin to love herself.
“You were right about me. I wasn’t being honest with myself or my family about what I really wanted in life. I tried to live a lie that would never make me truly happy. You—you showed me I can be who I really am and it’s okay. That’s why I’m going to tell my father he needs to find someone to replace me. I won’t be taking over the job of running the company.”

I just loved how they completed one another, it was a cute, romantic tale one that you don't want to miss out on. I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating

Heather Thurmeier was born and raised in the Canadian prairies, but now she lives in upstate New York with her own personal romance Hero (aka her husband) and their two little princesses. When she's not busy taking care of the kids and an adventurous puppy named Indy, Heather's hard at work on her next romance novel. She loves to hear from readers. Heart, humor, and a happily ever after.

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Here's how you can enter to win a $25 Amazon GC:
  • Leave a comment here today and then comment on each stop of the blog tour to earn additional entries for the $25 GC.  
  • The more you comment (1 entry per blog, multiple comments on one blog doesn't give you an advantage) during the tour, the greater chance you have at the GC.
Rules and disclaimers:
The winner(s) for the $25 GC will be selected randomly from among all of the comments of the blog tour by either the author or by Goddess Fish Promotions who will also be responsible for contacting the winner(s).

Forever Book Lover is not responsible for prizes that are not honored, distributed in a timely manner, lost, stolen, or damaged during transit
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Goddess Fish Promotions said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you for hosting Heather today.

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks so much for having me on your blog today! And for the lovely review!! I'm glad you connected with Tali and Gavin's story. Tali is a tough cookie, but once you start to see who she really is, it's hard not to love her and sympathize with her. I'll be stopping by all day if anyone has any questions or comments!

mbourn said... Best Blogger Tips

WOW!!! I didn't know some of those things about writers. I can sympathize with the office hours at home. That was the biggest complaint my husband had when he worked from home. I admit....If he was home, I thought of him as being there on my time for me, not working. I got a few nasty glares, but have gotten much better at leaving him alone during his office hours.

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Mel! Thanks for stopping by and reading my post! I think at home office hours are hard for everyone to get used to.

katsrus said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks for the review. Going to add her book to my reading. Loved the excerpt. Some great chemistry between them. And isn't that such a pretty cover? It has been a real eye opener to see how much authors have to do to get a book out. I am sure it's a great feeling to see it finally finished.
Sue B

Cayce said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you for the review! I love to read about shopaholics and the plot sounds interesting as well. Loved those 10 things. :D

cayce006 at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks for stopping by, Sue and Cayce! I'm glad you both enjoyed my 10 things! I'm sure they're a little different for every writer. I too love shopaholics. They're so fun to read and write about!

WakeAngel said... Best Blogger Tips

Loved the excerpt! I really can't wait to read it!

Catherine Lee said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm not an author but I can appreciate your top 10 list of things you wish you had known. I think it's so tough for indie authors and you're right--writing is just one part of what one must do. There's constant marketing, networking, and promotion to be done. I get exhausted just watching it.

catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

Kat ~ Forever Book Lover ♥ said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks Heather for chatting with us today. Remember everyone, follow her blog tour and make sure you comment at each stop for your chance to win the $25. gift card. Tell your friends, I would love to have them stop by here and comment.

Also, don't miss out on Love on Landing, pick up a copy!!

Renald said... Best Blogger Tips

I like your (Being an Author )list,very interesting. Deb P

Wendy S Marcus said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Heather!
Great post! I remember talking on the phone to my aunt who was upset that I didn't answer when she'd first called. I told her I was working. Later in the call I told her I'd been writer a chapter about blah, blah, blah. And she said, "Writing? I thought you said you were working?" Of course that was before I was published. Now she loves my books - "But do you need to put so much sex in them?"

Congrats on your book! Can't wait to read it!

Charmaine Gordon said... Best Blogger Tips

Your personality shines through every word, both non-fiction-the list-and fiction.
Writing takes time and concentration not to be broken by ,"What's for dinner?" at 10 in the morning. Makes a writer want to do evil things to said person. Sometimes I hold up a frozen pork loin roast and smile. "If I hit you in the head then put this in the oven, when the cops come I can offer a slice of roast."Get the picture? Success ahead for a talented writer, Heather.

marybelle said... Best Blogger Tips

An informative list of ten thank you. I found it interesting.


Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

There is part of me that would like to become an author. There is another part of me that is terrified of all the other stuff you mention. Like networking! Dear lord, I don't want to talk to people in any way that isn't just being social. All the more power to you.

Pr0n4Mrs on Gmail.

Lyra L7 said... Best Blogger Tips

LOL, about the Look,I think if you say you write Fantasy books you would get the same and just think what look you'd get if you'd tell them that you write paranormal erotica!


Kara D. said... Best Blogger Tips

I think it'd be hard to network as well. It sounds like a challenge but one well worth it.

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Sounds great! Love the quote "be who you really are for once and stop hiding and blaming others for her place in life."! Can't agree more! Sometimes we are subject to conformity and lost ourselves.


Karen H in NC said... Best Blogger Tips

Due to circumstances beyond my control, I have been away from my computer and unable to keep up with your book tour. I'm playing catch-up now!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

This is such an interesting story at it gives in-depth information to the reader as well. Good thing you have it shared. Damiana

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