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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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Week three

On my quest to post each week I’ve been keeping track of what I’ve done that week toward writing and learning more about the industry.  Between working and feeling sick I haven’t done as much as I would like but here is what I’ve got.

 

I managed to re-do my website, I think it looks a bit better now, if you are familiar with the old one let me know what you think. I have had my first guest blog with Samuel Mascarenhas and am set up for the second one coming up next week.

 

I started doing Snippet Sunday again which is nice. My first week was last week and I will be adding another Snippet this week. It is a group of people on Facebook and a website called Weekend Writing Warriors, that like to share little bits of a story to get people intrigued about their writing.  Check out the group and if your an author join in, if you are a reader take a look at what they have to offer. You may find a new favorite author.

 

I’ve started reading more blogs and if I find them helpful or interesting I’ve been sharing them on my Facebook page. A lot of authors have liked my page lately so I thought it would be nice to share what I find as I find it.

 

Speaking of Facebook, I have managed to post something everyday. Sometimes its those helpful websites sometimes it funny memes about writing or other helpful memes I’ve found in my writing group. If you want to ‘like’ the page to join in the fun feel free. I love comments and sharing of what I’ve found. There is link to the right or you can click here: Megan Grooms, Author

 

That’s it for this week. There are a lot of links this week to different pages, check them out. I hope everyone is feeling healthy, hopefully I will get over this bug quickly. Have a great week and I’ll be back next week with more finds, thanks for joining me on my journey.

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Week One

My first week of getting back into writing has gone surprisingly well. I’ve taken time to find like-minded people in a couple of different FB groups and commented on the posts there. I am honestly surprised how nice it is to have people to discuss books with. People that know the struggle of trying to keep a realistic timeline in a made-up land. Being able to discuss all the aspects of writing, editing, and publishing with others that are going through the same thing I am is pretty astounding. It’s like having a support group that you can get advice or complain to and they completely understand.

 

I have lightly researched editors (seems pretty expensive since all my books are quite wordy), book covers (found a few websites that you can get stock photos to make your own), and websites that link writers and companies together (so that writers can gain experience and earn a little money). Of course, all of these will need to be looked into rather deeply but they are all new to me so I’m excited to learn.

 

I have pulled out all my old hand-written works (some so old the notebooks are falling apart) and leafed through some that brought back ideas I had forgotten (and reminded me how far I have come in my writing). I think it is important to keep all my old notebooks, even if they never become something because it can give me inspiration for current books and reminds me how long I have been doing this. It also reminds me that while I didn’t realize it, I was learning how to be a better writer. If I have become better without trying, just imagine how much better I could do when I am trying.

The only annoying thing this week was my new computer deciding to shut down on me. I had to contact Dell support and they factory reset the thing. All of my books are on dropbox so I didn’t lose any work but I did lose all of those new websites I had found over the week. I think I’m going to have to keep a list in my dropbox as I find websites and just update as I research. The other problem with the factory reset was downloading Microsoft word again. My advice, make sure you have your product key and don’t lose it. Mine is now a picture on my phone.

 

As I research more about writing and the business itself I will post my findings, who knows, maybe you could use the information I find too. Right now, I get to write while I’m at work and my kiddos are sleeping (I teach 2-year-old children in a childcare facility at the moment). The only problem with this is having to come home and type out all the thoughts again. I try to look at it as written is the first draft and the second is typing it (because I always change things) but part of me just wants to continue the story while I’m on a roll. I don’t want to have to rehash everything already. Oh well, once I stop working all my work will be on the computer again.

 

If you are a writer do you prefer hand written or typed, have you found any editors you like, how do you do your book covers, and are you a part of any groups on FB or anywhere else that you would like to share? Let me know in the comments I’m always looking for new information!

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Amazing News!

Some amazing news. My husband and I have decided that we are ready for me to stay at home with our son and focus on writing. My last day of work is going to be May 25. I will be taking care of my son during the summer and then when he goes back to school my focus gets to be on housework and writing. I am so excited for this next step in my life.

 

To show is support with my long-time dream of being able to be a full-time author my husband has made our spare room into my office. I have a new desk, marker board, cork board and a brand-new laptop (mine was getting old and has giant cracks on the screen).

 

It is my hope that with this I will be able to start writing on my website more. The idea is going to be that I can share my journey on this path of becoming a full-time author.  Though I will be busy with my son during the summer I am hoping to post once a week (realistically probably once a month until my son goes back to school). This will also give me accountability. What exactly have I done with my time at home? What have I learned, good and bad, also how much have I written that week/month? It would be amazing if others could learn from my journey and I would love to get input from others that have done, or are trying to do, the same thing as me. Get our names out there and try to navigate the crazy world of writing, editing, and publishing.

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RHR Series and other things.

I’ve decided to add a short story to the Rolling Hills Books, this one is going to be Ma and Pops story. I think told in a series of flashbacks through Pop’s eyes. I’m not very far into it yet. I’ve been also working on another book that I’ve rewritten at least 10 times. I also have at least one for full length book for the Rolling Hills stories. This one is to cover Joe’s story. I need to make myself focus on those two before I continue with others. I would love to have a complete series for sale at AAD in Aug. of 2014 though honestly that doesn’t give me much time.

I’m starting school soon so I’m sure homework will take up any extra time I have, which isn’t much. I have so much respect for moms that are stay at home moms. I’ve been doing it just a month and still haven’t gotten a good grove going. We are working on it though.

I do have a new book that I’m submitting to a publishing company that hopefully will like it. My beta readers seemed to enjoy it, the ones that have gotten back to me so far anyway. Well time to get everything in line to submit it to the publishing company.

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