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Rise to Fame by Shay Stone

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WARNING: THIS BOOK IS RACY AND FILLED WITH PLOT TWISTS.

The Rise to Fame

Colin Riley’s past wasn’t a pretty one. He’d worked hard to bury his demons. So when he crossed paths with Alexandra Vaughn, the daughter of the man that almost destroyed his life, he should have run. But he didn’t. Instead, like an idiot, he fell in love. Alex was smart, talented, beautiful, and one of the most infuriating women Colin had ever met. From the second he laid eyes on her, he knew he’d do anything to make her his. Why else would he let her trick him into starring in some play?

It was just supposed to be a way to get close to her. How could he have known saying yes to the role would change their lives forever? But that’s what happens when Richard Steed – the most sought-after agent in Hollywood swoops in promising to make all their dreams come true. It doesn’t take long before the slick agent’s true intentions become known turning him into their worst nightmare.

With a ghost from the past haunting them and an agent hell-bent on tearing them apart, is there any way Colin and Alex can survive The Rise to Fame?

The Rise to Fame is Book One in a two-book series. The second book, The Cost of Fame is due out September 2018.

Book links:

Paperback:   https://tinyurl.com/TheRisetoFameShayStone

KOBO, Apple and Kindle:   https://books2read.com/b/4AYpAK

Amazon:   https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07FFFK1GZ

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

me signing bookShay Stone started her writing career after a car accident left her unable to read or look at a computer. Ironic, right? Many years, and hours of vision therapy later, and voila! She wrote her first book. She lives in Georgia with her four dogs and one cat, that thinks he is a dog. If you happen to be driving around Atlanta, there is a good chance you will see her dancing in her car and singing (poorly) to some 80’s tune. She has no shame.

Her passions include writing and traveling. She writes strong women with a bit of attitude, and flawed men that you can’t help but fall in love with to create that once in a lifetime love one page at a time. She has two self-help books – Pain, Pain, Go Away, and Why Am I Still Single? A Tough Love Guide for Single Women. The Rise to Fame is her first contemporary romance.

Media links:

Website:       www.shaystone-official.com

Twitter:        www.twitter.com/shaystoneauthor

Instagram:  www.instagram.com/shaystoneofficial

Facebook:   www.facebook.com/shaystoneofficialsite

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Authors helping authors and LLS

This was my first full week off from work and while I got quite a bit done around the house and in research, not so much in writing. I need to get myself to focus on that. I feel I might have trouble with that until my son goes back to school (even as I write this I get interrupted multiple times and I can’t do that when writing I need to be able to focus for hours). We are going to have a busy summer and he is always going to be with me so not much writing I’m afraid.

 

So this week on my Facebook group pages we have been sharing our websites, Facebook pages, twitter, and Wattpad names so we can follow each other. This is nice as I’ve found some really interesting things on some of their pages/websites. Sometimes I end up unliking however because it ends up filling my FB feed with people I don’t know talking about their own thing and it may be a genre I’m not interested in. I like the idea of sharing our social media to try to get more ‘likes’ and followers but it’s not just for likes and followers I look for interesting articles to share on my own page, or if someone has a book coming out, I share that on my page too. I often wonder if I am the only one that does this though, to me liking each other isn’t enough, engaging with others on their pages is what helps. Sharing their finds and their book releases really helps them and encourages them to help others.

 

I have an author friend that is going to Literary Love Savannah this year and has said she is willing to bring promo items that I’ve made along with her to put in the swag bags that all reading attendees get. I’m pretty excited about this and I am planning on being part of Literary Love Savannah 2019. It’s July of next year giving me plenty of time to come up with great promo items and have new releases. As it is I am planning on having an exclusive short story just for those going to this years. Once they get a promo of mine they will see a code on the back to contact me with and I’ll send it out. This will give them a chance to try my writing, which they will fall madly in love with (that’s the idea anyway) and encourage them to look at what else I have to offer. This also will get my butt moving on first, writing that short story, and second getting my other stories done so that I have new items to sell to them after the conference is over. Unfortunately the conference is in July meaning I must get my short story written and edited quickly.

 

This week I also looked at what it takes for copy writing and ISBN numbers. I found a website that explained it pretty well. I will do more research into it but if you click the links you can see what I’ve found so far. I also had to look up the difference between the 35% royalties and 70% royalties options given by Amazon for self publishers.

 

I am happy (and a little embarrased because it took so long) to say I am now selling my books through Barns and Noble, iBooks, Kobo, Scribd, EPUB, and Mobi. This is all thanks to Draft2digital. I checked on publishing my books through Amazon but it told me that my books would no longer be published with Createspace (which connects to the Amazon site) and I think I want to stick with that for now while I research the best place to publish paper versions.

 

Finally this week I didn’t get as many books listened to as I have in previous weeks (I ran out of borrows for Hoopla and I have been doing other things than listening to books while I clean the house) I did finish The Elite the second book in the Selection series. The end of it was better than I expected, as I mentioned last week I had to focus on another book for a bit because it became repetitive, turns out I stopped listening just before it got interesting again. I will be listening to the next one (the last in this series). I also finished Ignite, the second book in the Defy series. It was very good all the way through it. I have started on the third, and last in that series Endure, though I’m only on the third chapter right now. I also picked up and finished The Jewel a new series called Lone City that I have started. I will be reading the second in that series as well. I still haven’t managed to make myself finish 1000 White Women and am unsure if I’ll finish it before it returns. I’m not half way through yet and I still have nine hours to go (having finished almost 6 hours of it) I think it is just too long and is unable to capture my interest enough. I do want to know the ending though, maybe I will cheat and look up some reviews. It is not very often that I find a book I just am not able to finish.

What books are you reading this week? Have any books that you just found yourself unable to finish? See you all next week!

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Books I’ve read (listened to) this week:

One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd (One Thousand White Women Series) by [Fergus, Jim]

Ignite (Defy, Book 2) (Defy Series) by [Larson, Sara B.]    The Elite (The selection Book 2) by [Cass, Kiera]   The Jewel (Jewel Series Book 1) by [Ewing, Amy]

 

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Week 4, 5, and 6

Well it didn’t take me long to miss a few weeks of posting on my website. Life has been interesting around here and though I probably should have carved out some time to do my website I was too tired.

 

I am very close to not working any more. I have a week and a half left. My son was sick this weekend, and is still sick, so I have been home but cleaning and taking care of him.

 

I have found the joys of audiobooks. A friend introduced me to how nice they can be to listen to while cleaning around the house and driving in the car. I will probably listen to them more often. I have done a lot of driving lately so I have finished four books already. She gives wonderful suggestions for books and I have loved them all. I’m not sure why I hadn’t thought of audiobooks previously for car trips and such but it will make my long car drives coming up in the summer much more enjoyable. I cannot read in the car anymore I get carsick.

 

I have been looking into writing groups in my area, which do not exist. The closest ones are 2 and a half hours away. I’m hoping when we move with my husbands’ job (which isn’t for at least another 2 years) I’ll be able to find writing groups near me. I’ll just enjoy the online writing groups I have found for now.

 

I have gotten feedback on my story that I sent out to beta readers and need to get started on editing and reworking it. I find editing and reworking the hardest part. I enjoy creating the story and getting to the ending but find it daunting and dragging to have to fix all the little parts.  Oh well if I want to be an author I must get it done!

 

I was sent a book to read by another author in the group, a I’ll read yours if you read mine and have not done my part. She has done the first chapter of mine. I need to get my butt in gear and get started on that. Sometimes I have trouble reading and critiquing others work but I think doing so will help me with my own work.

 

I have started reading Stephen Kings book, On Writing. I absolutely love it and recommend it in general to everyone but specifically to writers. It has a lot of information and is written in such a way it is easy to understand and take any nuggets of information that he has learned and use if for yourself. Reading this has made me want to start read more of his writing. I haven’t read much honesty though his movie adaptations I do enjoy, which should have encouraged me to read his work in the first place (the book is always better than the movie).

 

In my writing I haven’t done much recently which is sad, though I do continue the story in my head as I’m trying to fall asleep at night. It isn’t on paper though so I sometimes worry if I create a brilliant scene in my head right before bed that it might not make it into the storyline the next day.

 

That’s mostly what I’ve done these past few weeks. It’s not much when you think about how much time has passed but its something. I included this weeks in this post, though I usually don’t post until Saturday, just because I was not sure I’d get the chance this weekend. I hope everyone has a great rest of the week and I’ll see you back here next week.

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Books I’ve read (listened too) this past few weeks.

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My Lady Jane by [Hand, Cynthia, Ashton, Brodi, Meadows, Jodi]   

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Weekend Writing Warriors

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8 lines from my second book in my Rolling Hills Ranch series Loving Allison 

“Do you know this girl?” Sam asked quieter like she knew the secret already.

John looked down at her. Sam didn’t really miss much. “You are not allowed to say anything do you understand me?” He asked trying to give her the evil eye. It didn’t last long when she started grinning. “Please Sam? I didn’t say anything to Luke. Let me do this my way.”

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On sale now on Amazon for 2.99 Kindle or 12.00 for paperback.

Just click the picture to be taken to Amazon.

Second book in the Rolling Hills Ranch series. This book follows John and Allison. The two stayed in touch after meeting a year ago. When they are face to face again they know right away their love is true and will be together forever. When Allison’s stubborn and protective nature get her in trouble more than once John wonders how long their forever will be.

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Giveaway Results!

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Now the moment you’ve all been waiting for… The giveaway results. Thank you to everyone that participated in my giveaway, and thank you to everyone that has purchased Loving Allison so far.

The giveaway was one paperback copy of Finding Samantha (sighed if the winner so choses it). There were many ways to get your name in for the drawing and some took advantage of them all putting their name in quite a few times. I used an excel spreadsheet and formula (that my husband put together) to chose the name. I had to type everyone’s name in manually. I think next time I’m going to find one on a site like raffle copter instead (much easier on me lol)

Well here it is the winner of the paperback book Finding Samantha is Debra (Debbie) C. I will email you for your information to send the book to. Thanks again to everyone that participated!

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Giveaway & Book Launch of Loving Allison

Sing a happy tune and do a happy dance it’s here, it’s here!!

It’s Finally here the moment you all have been waiting for and it’s gonna be great lol Loving Allison is now here! Today you get to see the cover (that I made all by myself first one so try not to be too judgmental 😀 )

Also you are invited to join me in a give away! One lucky person will get a paperback copy of the first book in this series Finding Samantha (signed if you so choose) Want to know how it works? Well if you go to Goodreads and add Loving Allison to your TBR (to be read list) between now and the 25th of June. You will be entered it’s that easy… but wait there is more!

Because you are looking at this cover reveal on my page if you ‘follow’ this blog… your in it again. If you share this post of twitter (add my twitter name @groomsbooks so I can see that you did it) you get your name in again! If you stop over and ‘join’ my Facebook release party you get another name and if you go to my fan page on facebook and ‘like’ it you get another name in. (Twitter and Facebook is for today only)

Finally if you buy the book from now until the 25th of June just forward me the receipt you get for the book and you will get your name in twice. (email address is groomsbooks at yahoo.com)  You could get a total of 7 chances to get your name into the pot!  The winner will be revealed on my website on June 28th (my birthday) and I will contact that person via email (or however I can find them lol)

Well now that the giveaway part is over here is the stuff you’ve actually been waiting for…

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Check out these other great blogs that are helping with my cover reveal!

Le’ BookSquirrel / i read indie / urban girl reader

the revolving bookcase / sassy book lovers

Book Blurb…

Allison met her best friend Jasmine’s brother once a year ago and kept in touch with him since When she is asked to help Jasmine plan a wedding at the ranch she jumps at the to see John again

The only woman John has thought he could be with forever is his sister’s best friend. When he sees her again he realizes this is the woman he wants to marry and be with forever.

That is if Allison’s protective nature doesn’t kill her first.

More info….

Loving Allison is the second book in the Rolling Hills Ranch series. This book follows John and Allison. The two stayed in touch after meeting a year ago. When they are face to face again they know right away their love is true and will be together forever. When Allison’s stubborn and protective nature get her in trouble more than once John wonders how long their forever will be.

Excerpt…

A van pulled up dirt flying behind it. It had been such a dry summer already, they were lucky the crops were still growing. He didn’t have long to think that before his sister jumped out of the van and was running at him. He walked down the steps laughing. “You didn’t even shut your door.” She launched herself and he caught her like he used to when she was little. “You’re almost as tall as I am. He complained laughing and hugging her. “I’ve missed you little sister.” He sighed, it felt so good to be able to hug his sister. It had been far too long.

“I’ve missed you too.” She hopped down and looked up at him. He was just as big as ever. She was almost six feet tall he had to be six foot four.

John looked her over as only a big brother could. Her black hair was down shining as usual her naturally tan skin looked flawless as ever. His sister had always taken good care of herself. She looked a little too thin for him though. She smiled as he watched her, her black eyes crinkling a little.

“I eat just fine.” She said punching his shoulder. “I know that look you’re trying to figure out, how to fatten me up.” She laughed and it made John smile. It had been so long since he’d heard that laugh. “Come on Allison.” She glanced behind her to see her friend was still in the van just watching them. “You remember Allison don’t you?” She had to look back at him to see his reaction as Allison climbed out of the van slowly.

John looked up and his breath caught for a moment. He had forgotten how beautiful she was. Finally finding his voice he mumbled an “of course how are you?” He felt his heart jump when their eyes met. Her blond hair looked good in the pixie cut that it was in now. She smiled shyly and he saw one dimple. He couldn’t remember if she had two and found himself wanting to make her smile enough to find out. Her skin was so white he worried about her burning and found he wanted to make her come out of the sun. She was short compared to everyone else and had wonderful curves that he knew she was self-conscious about. He reminded himself to tell her how beautiful he thought she was when they were alone.

“Hi John.” She answered smiling a bit. She felt so nervous. She had told him some very personal stuff in her emails. It was odd how daring she was when she wasn’t looking at him but now… She couldn’t believe he knew that stuff about her. She hadn’t thought about seeing him after telling him. She looked into his eyes and forgot all of that. All she could think about was him and how handsome he was. She couldn’t seem to pull her eyes away from his.

His sister elbowed him making him look away from the beauty of Allison. “Are you going to help us with bags or make us do it?” She asked raising one eyebrow at him.

John knew he had been caught and felt his face burn with embarrassment. “Why don’t you drive the van down to the house you used last time you were here? Joe do you wanna help me get everything inside?” John asked, as soon as he was done talking to his sister he looked back at Allison seemingly unable to stop watching her.

He heard movement causing him to look away again. Joe had come off the porch and was standing near him a smile playing on his lips. Sam had the same damn smile, like the cat that had eaten the canary. They all knew, it would only be a matter of time before his sister found out. If she hadn’t already figured out what was going on. She was pretty smart like that. He guessed it came with being a wedding planner. He shrugged and figured there wasn’t any way he was going to be able to hide it if he couldn’t even take his eyes off her. He decided to hell with it. He didn’t really care. If his sister had a problem with it he was sure he would find out soon enough.

“That sounds good. Are you Sam?” Jazz turned to the girl next to John. It was clear that her brother was going to be paying more attention to her friend this visit than to her. Honestly Jasmine didn’t mind though. She decided she’d wait until her brother brought it up to her though.

“Yeah, that’d be me. Thank you so much for coming.” She walked up and shook the girl’s hand. She couldn’t believe how much the two looked alike but yet so different. Where John was big and bulkily she was slim and delicate. Sam decided that it was because of the hard muscle building job that John did on a daily basis. Sam was glad that she had been told so many times that Luke hadn’t looked at anyone until meeting her. She could admit to herself that if she hadn’t, she would be grilling Luke about what he thought of Jasmine. The woman was gorgeous and she would have been jealous that Luke had already met her and possibly tried to hit on her when she had visited before. Sam shrugged, it wasn’t new to her that she was jealous of other women knowing Luke better than her. She had run into a few women in town that knew him well and had been jealous. Luke thought it was cute.

Jasmine looked at the woman. She certainly didn’t look like someone that would want to plan a wedding. Most of the women that were bridzillas were very conscious of their appearance. Not wanting to get dirty, having to have their hair, nails and makeup done. Sam didn’t look like she had done any one of those things. Her long brown hair pulled back in just a ponytail, no makeup and her hands had clearly seen some rough work. She could tell when they shook hands that they were tough. She smiled realizing that this wedding might be the easiest one she’d ever done. “Don’t worry about it I’m excited to start my own business. We’ll meet you down there ok?” Jasmine looked at her brother to find him and Allison still looking at each other. She shook her head and ran back to the van and climbed in.

Allison gave one last look at John before climbing in as well.

“Not one word.” John threatened as he watched the van back out before taking off after it. He could hear Joe and Sam laughing behind him.

Allison couldn’t believe how handsome John was. The way he looked at her just made her toes curl. She could barely get out a greeting to the man. His black hair, so much like his sisters, was a little longer than she remembered but it matched his bronze skin tone and was far from girlie. With his strong chiseled chin and thick neck you would never mistake him for a woman. His muscles still stood out like hard iron under smooth skin, she found herself wanting to touch those distinct muscles just to see how strong he really was.

“So what was that about?” Jazz asked her friend pulling her from her musing.

“I don’t know what you mean.” Allison was quiet by nature and she hated talking about anything relating to her personal life, especially any men in her life. She had always been that way but it was even worse when the man in question was her best friend’s brother.

“You, and my brother, we are best friends. I know you, something is going on… Do you like him?” The house wasn’t that far away she didn’t have time to beat around the bush.

“Your brother is very handsome.” Allison started, she paused thinking about how handsome he was. She shook her head “but I hardly know him.” She finished a blush creeping up her neck. Again she lamented how much she had told John in her emails. It was so much easier to talk over the internet than in person. She never imagined she would see him again. Though, honestly most of her dreams had her seeing him, a lot of him.

They stopped at the house and Allison opened the door quickly trying to get away from her friends prying only to smack John with the door. “Oh my God John, are you alright? I’m so sorry I didn’t see you.” She put her hand on his back as he was bent over. The contact sent a thrill through her. Her heart beat double time. She took her hand off him afraid of the reaction with such a small touch. He stood back up towering over her. Rather than make her frightened she found herself feeling safe and wanting to hide herself in his big strong arms.

“I’m fine Ally Cat.” He whispered looking down at her. He forgot the pain and that anyone else was near when he looked into her eyes again. He almost bent down and kissed her when a door slammed.

“Trying to beat up my brother?” Jazz asked laughing. Joe already had the back end open and was pulling out bags.

John shook his head giving Allison a small embarrassed smile before moving to the back of the van. It had taken longer than he would have thought with only two women but his sister had a lot of boxes for the wedding. “Why do you have a van?” He asked as they finished unloading. “You have a lot of crap.”

“Well that would be why I have a van. Need space for all this crap and it can’t get wet so, I can’t use a truck. I’m thinking of down grading though. I’ve offered the van to Allison, for her crazy idea of running a daycare. Why anyone would want to be around kids that much I have no idea.” She laughed putting an arm around her friend.

“I would.” John answered seriously looking down at Allison. She smiled a bit showing just the one dimple. He was going to have to try harder.

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Cover Reveal

So I have decided that I’m am going to do a cover reveal of Loving Allison on June 11th. I will reveal it here as well as a few other blogs. That day I will have a ‘party’ on facebook and may do a giveaway. Have to stay tuned to find out. 🙂 I’m pretty excited about this cover because it is one I made all by myself. I hope everyone loves it (or at least likes it a little) If you would like to be in on the fun happening June 11th just contact me here or email me at groomsbooks @ yahoo.com I would love to have as many people as I could do this.

 

I’m also looking for readers for the book so that I can have reviews about it as soon as it is released. It’s in it’s final stages of editing for me and then I send it to my wonderful Editor who will be taking over from there. Hopefully it will all be done by the end of June.  I will be publishing for Kindle and Print right away. I’m thinking I might do some kind of promotional with Finding Samantha before the release but I’m not sure yet we shall see! Well that’s enough for me today. I’ve got to get this editing done and get to work. Once again and as always thanks for the wonderful support that everyone gives each and every day!

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