Thursday, April 3, 2014

What Goes on Tour by Claire Boston Giveaways and Guest Post

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Welcome to my stop for
The Rock Star Tour
for What Goes on Tour by Claire Boston

What Goes on Tour
What Goes on Tour
by Claire Boston
Adult Contemporary Romance
Ebook, 282 pages
February 11th 2014 by Momentum Moonlight

What goes on tour, stays on tour … or does it?

Few people know that socially awkward Adrian Hart is actually rock god Kent Downer, and that's the way Adrian likes it. His privacy is essential, especially now that he has guardianship of his orphaned, ten-year-old niece, Kate. But when the nanny quits in the middle of his tour Adrian finds himself in a bind.

Until Libby Myles walks into his life.

Libby has only ever wanted to become a full-time author and prove to her parents that she can make it on her own. On the surface, the temporary job as the nanny for Kent Downer's niece looks perfect—the pay is fabulous, the hours are short and Kate is a big fan—it's the rock star that's the issue.

Arrogant and way too attractive for anyone's good, Kent Downer has enough swagger to power a small city. But when he's out of costume he's different—shy and uncertain. For Libby it's a far harder combination to resist. She needs to find a balance between work, writing and ignoring her attraction to the rock star, because if she falls for him, it could mean the end of her dream.

But when a horrible scandal is unleashed—putting young Kate in danger—there's more heat between Libby and Adrian than just sexual attraction. Libby must figure out if Adrian ever cared for her, or if it was all just part of the show …

Claire Boston was a voracious reader as a child, devouring anything by Enid Blyton as well as series such as Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden, The Baby-sitters Club and Sweet Valley High. Then one school holidays when she’d run out of books to read her mother handed her ‘Hot Ice’ by Nora Roberts and Claire instantly fell in love with romance novels.

The love of reading soon turned to a love of writing and she struggled to keep within the 1500 word limit set by her teachers for her creative writing assignments. When she finally decided to become serious about her stories she joined Romance Writers of Australia, found her wonderful critique group and hasn’t looked back.

When Claire’s not reading or writing she can be found in the garden attempting to grow vegetables, or racing around a vintage motocross track. If she can convince anyone to play with her, she also enjoys cards and board games.

Claire lives in Western Australia, just south of Perth with her husband, who loves even her most annoying quirks, and her two grubby, but adorable Australian bulldogs.

Guest Post:
What Goes on Tour is my debut novel, the first book I’ve ever had published, but not the first book I’ve ever written. From informal statistics gathered (by asking a few author friends) it seems that on average an author writes between 4-6 books before getting THE CALL (otherwise known as a publishing contract). I was no different. What Goes on Tour is the fifth novel I have written and I started writing, with the aim of getting published, eight years ago. So where did my path to publication lead me? Let me tell you the story.
Eight years ago I was having a particularly bad week at work. I can’t remember exactly what the problem was but I got to the point where I thought, “I don’t want to be doing this for the rest of my life.” So of course the obvious question was, “What do I want to do?” I thought about it for a while and I kept coming back to the desire to write a book and become a full-time novelist. I’d written half of a fantasy while at university and I’d enjoyed the process and thought I can finish it and be paid to write full-time.
Now I’ll be the first to say I was hopelessly naïve and optimistic. I knew nothing about the publishing industry and very little about the craft of writing, but I was determined. I took a week off work to get a good start on the novel and in the five days I wrote a very short, terribly written romance aimed at Harlequin Mills & Boon. When I read it back I knew two things:
1.       It was way too short even for the 50,000 words needed for Mills & Boon
2.       It was badly written.
I needed to learn about the craft of writing. After doing some intense internet searching I found Romance Writers of Australia and joined. From there I found my critique group, a wonderful group of women who help me improve my work and immediately my writing began to improve.
It took me a few years before I was ready to start submitting my work to competitions to get feedback. This can be a process fraught with dangers if you’re not ready for criticism. The main thing to remember is that it’s only one person’s opinion and to take what works for you and leave the rest.
In 2012 I finally placed in two competitions with a fantasy novel called Assassin’s Gift. To say I was excited is an understatement. Finally someone else aside from my family and critique group thought my writing was good. It’s a very validating experience. This then followed with What Goes on Tour placing in three competitions in 2013. I was on a roll. When the Romance Writers of Australia 2013 conference organisers announced one of the panels was going to be a submission panel, whereby six agents and editors listened to the first three pages of a manuscript and then said why they would or wouldn’t request it, I thought what did I have to lose? I sent in my three pages, not knowing whether mine would be one that was read out. As it turns out, it was read and four of the panellists requested it. (Cue champagne corks popping!) Two months later I had an offer for publication from Momentum and six months later it was published.

If I had to give one piece of advice to aspiring authors it would be to never give up. Nothing happens quickly in this industry and you need to learn your craft before you get to the submission stage. Even after that, it’s very subjective so you need to persevere until you get your manuscript in front of the right person. 

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  1. I would love to meet Steven Tyler , he is the ultimate rock star who has stood the test of time and is still going strong

  2. I would like to meet Bryan Ferry

  3. I do not have a favorite rock song; i like many songs

  4. Believe it or not, it would be Zucchero.

    Maybe just to practice my Italian, or maybe because I love his music...

    Not that most Americans have any idea who that is...

  5. I would like to meet Elvis.

  6. I would meet John Lennon