Debut historical romance author Stefanie Sloane
As I write this, I’m busily continuing to plan and execute my writerly debut. Don’t get me wrong: it’s an amazing experience. But throughout the process I’ve been somewhat overwhelmed by the options and details, the opportunities and must-haves. As I sat at my desk the other day, pouring over my calendar and list of things to do, it occurred to me that I may have failed to look at things from a reader’s perspective. Sure, having been a bookseller and editor in the past, I know a lot about the business. But when it comes to launching my career, it really needs to be all about the reader. So I’m here to ask you, dear readers, what it is you want from a writer. Fabulous books? That much I know. But beyond that, where would you like to see your favorite writers focus their energy? Appearances? Blog tours? Personal blogs? Newsletters? There is only so much time in the day, which means an author simply cannot do everything. But if you had your say, what would we be doing to connect with you?
While you think about it, enjoy a description of my debut book, The Devil in Disguise, which will be available at bookstores on May 24, 2011.
“Smart, sensuous, and sparkling with wit . . . spectacular.”—Julia Quinn
“Captivating . . . With her fresh, original voice, Stefanie Sloane will charm her way into readers’ hearts.”—Susan Wiggs
Lord William Randall, the Duke of Clairemont, is a rake with little regard for society—a most unlikely suitor for Lady Lucinda Grey. But his latest assignment for the Young Corinthians, an elite spy organization, involves protecting her from a kidnapping plot. To do this, the notorious “Iron Will” must use his devilish charm to seduce Lucinda and convince her he’s worthy of her attention. William never planned to become enthralled by the lovely Lady Grey—or to lose his own heart in the bargain. Beautiful and fiercely intelligent, Lucinda has managed to gracefully sidestep even the most persistent suitors. Until the Duke of Clairemont, that is. She’s tempted by his sinfully sensuous mouth and piercing eyes, and finds it hard to resist the champion thoroughbred he offers her in exchange for the honor of courting her. Can she keep him at arm’s length when his touch begs her to let him so much closer?
Now, write in and tell me about what you’d like to see your favorite authors doing and you’ll be automatically entered to win a signed copy of The Devil in Disguise.
About Stefanie Sloane:A native Northwesterner with the pale skin to prove it, Stefanie Sloane credits her parents’ eclectic reading habits—not to mention their decision to live in the middle of nowhere—for her love of books. A childhood spent lost in the pages of countless novels led Stefanie to college, where she majored in English. No one was more surprised than Stefanie when she actually put her degree to use and landed a job in Amazon.com’s editorial department. She spent more than five years reading for a living before retiring to concentrate on her own stories. Stefanie Sloane lives with her family in Seattle.
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