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09 September 2015

Lola James & The Spellbound Series @1lola_james @GoddessFish #UrbanFantasy #romance

Today we have author Lola James visiting. Welcome!

What would you like to tell readers about yourself?
* Lola is a fool for a love story, a sucker for a cupcake, and let’s not talk about what she’d do for a Klondike bar. She enjoys long walks on the beach and movies that involve chainsaws. By day she’s the HR Lady and by nightfall she puts on a cape to become a romance writer.

Today Lola James will be talking about the best and worst pieces of writing advice she ever received.
* Geesh! That’s tough question! I knew nothing about the writing process when I started. I was just a reader but I had a creative side. I read a few books on how to write but I never thought it would be published. The worst advice I received was from an agent, she told me that my no one would be interested in Greek gods and I should write about something else. What she didn’t know, I fell in love with Greek mythology when I was a teen in high school and I was devastated that she thought no one wanted to read about the gods. Even though I was defeated, I kept writing and five books later here I am! I kept writing against what she said and here I am with a fun story about vampires, witches and Greek gods, Oh my!
* Which leads to my best advice… Self publish! I wanted to be a traditional writer like Jackie Collins or J.K. Rowling. But after that devastating criticism from the agent, I wrote a novella in a month, found an editor, a cover artist, joined a few book clubs and read a lot of blogs on how to self-publish. The few friends that knew I was writing, encouraged me to publish, and I did on October 28, 2012.
* Essentially, I took the worst advice and made it into the best advice. I was able to turn a negative thought into a positive accomplishment. The advice I would give any writer is to
take the bad advice and put a positive spin on it. If I listen to that agent I wouldn’t be here telling a short story about my life. I wanted to become a writer and I stayed positive and found a way to be what I wanted, a published writer. Now if I can only get to the top of Amazons best sellers list. ;)
* Smooches, Lola
A look into...

~ Blurb ~
* The journey of a spellbound woman, her friends, and the men who vie for her affections as she falls headlong into a world of vampires, witches and Greek gods. Who will she choose as her one true love and how many lives will be turned upside down in her quest to fulfill her eternal destiny? Friends become enemies and enemies become deadly as each seek to find the one thing that will bring true fulfillment.
~ Excerpt ~
Witch Bound, Book Four
* My melancholy thoughts broke as I heard my name being called—I wasn’t paying attention to details anymore. I hadn’t left the building in the last 24 hours and I was exhausted. The sounds of the hospital continually echoed in the fog of my thoughts. I played Doctor Stevens’ words in my head on repeat, but the memory of Hermes’ first touch in Hades’ temple still sent chills down my back. My daddy taught me better than to fiddle between boys. “Always pick the man, Dawn,” he would say. Thinking of my daddy reminded me that I needed to call him. I could only avoid his calls for so long.
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Thank you for joining us here today, Lola James! It was a pleasure getting to know you and your story.

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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Rita said...

I liked the excerpt.

patrick siu said...

I have enjoyed learning about the book. Thanks for sharing it.

Betty Woodrum said...

Great excerpt and post, thank you! Great tips, too!

Glenda Hefty said...

I enjoyed the excerpt...thank you very much~

Author Lola James said...

Thank you for being a part of the tour and for the great guest post idea.