Tell us a bit about yourself, Amber.
I’m from North Carolina, but I don’t have a Southern drawl as most people do in my town. About everyone I meet for the first time will ask me where I’m from, and it’s funny to see their shocked expressions when I say, “I’m from around here.” Most Southerners I’ve met think I’m from up north or another country, and the Northerners think I’m from England.
How do you find time to write?
Sometimes it’s difficult, mostly because some days I just don’t have any ambition to write. I still try, however, since I feel bad about myself when I don’t. I hang personal deadlines over my head, so I’m always trying to get things done.
For a new writer, don’t waste your time submitting your manuscript to one of the top five traditional publishers. It’s not impossible, but it’s very difficult to get noticed and chosen by the top dogs. With the way the publishing world is nowadays, it seems you need to know someone already in the business and/or writing for that publisher to help you out as a reference. In my opinion, it’s best to start with small presses and work your way up the ladder. After you get a few stories published and have firmly planted your feet in the publishing pool, then submit to bigger publishers, if you still want to.
FYI, writing for small and indie presses allows you as the author more freedom to write the stories you want to write. The guidelines aren’t as strict, and the presses accept a boarder range of stories and writing styles than the traditional publishing houses accept.
Any promotional and marketing tips?
The publishing world is in an uproar, and I doubt it will smooth out anytime soon. To be successful, you need to know your audience and market your genre to those people. A reader who loves paranormal romance probably won’t be interested in a historical novel, and vise-versa. You gotta do a ton of promoting, whether you pick the free options or the ones that cost a fee. Most publishers offer little assistance, so the responsibility falls to the author. It can be a nightmare, but it’s something authors have to deal with and struggle through. After all, if the reader doesn’t know your name, he or she won’t buy your book.
Personally, I rely heavily on social media, blogging, interviews (like this one!), and contests/giveaways. Sometimes I buy online ads in magazines and on websites.
Tell us about your recent book.
Erica was in a bad relationship and finally found the courage to break free. Even though she found help, a new love, and a chance for a better future, the past was still looming over her.
Dylan has retired from the New York music scene, and he now teaches kids how to play instruments. He’s gotten his life back together after all the drama of being a semi-star, and he and Erica have an instant connection.
Series: Deerbourne Inn (book 4)
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Release Date: February 11, 2019
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Heat Rating: 3 Flames
Out-of-work violinist Erica Timberly decides enough is enough. She leaves her abusive boyfriend and flees the big city, but then her car breaks down in the middle of the night. Though wary of men, she accepts help from Dylan Haynes, a stranger driving by on the road, and soon recognizes him as the sexy former drummer of her favorite indie rock band. Maybe, just maybe, her run of bad luck is finally turning around.
Music teacher Dylan Haynes knows Erica is in trouble, and her black eye is only the first clue. The stubborn yet vulnerable woman needs a friend, but he’s determined to give her everything she deserves.
Will Erica listen to the music in her heart and trust Dylan, or will her past always threaten her future?
Erica leaned up and combed her fingers through her hair. “I’ve never made love outside before. It’s a surreal experience.”
“We can do it wherever you want. In an elevator, in an alley, in my car. I’m game anywhere and everywhere for as long as you want me.”
“I want you so much it hurts.”
Dylan thumbed her knuckles and hoped she meant that. “I don’t know how you feel about labels, but I haven’t had a girlfriend in years. I’ve just had flings, but I want more than that with you. I want us to be with each other and no one else. I want a relationship with you.”
Tears welled in her eyes. “I feel divided in two. A part of me thinks we’re moving too fast, but another part says to jump in with both feet. I want something real with you too. I don’t want to feel dirty after we fool around. Just make me happy. Will you do that, Dylan?”
Her soft, pain-filled words struck Dylan like a dagger in his gut, and he bit the insides of his cheeks to steady his features.
Her ex-boyfriend had probably called her names and degraded her after they would find release in each other’s body, and the bastard likely never cared if she reached climax at all.
“I understand, Erica. I promise to treat you with nothing but respect, and I will do my very best to make you happy. I swear you will always scream your head off in pleasure every time I touch you. I’m not the sort of man to get my jollies off and leave my girl hanging.”
Her lips twitched up in a grin. “That’s good to hear.”
“So are you my girl?”
“Yeah, I’m your girl.” Erica giggled and tapped her fingers on his chest. “How could I not be? You make a very compelling argument, but I will have to hold you to it. I’m definitely looking forward to screaming every time you touch me.”
“Let’s rest, and then we’ll play again. The night’s early, and I’ve only just begun.”
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About the Author
Amber Daulton is the author of the romantic-suspense series Arresting Onyx and several standalone novellas. Her books are published through The Wild Rose Press and Books to Go Now, and are available in ebook, print on demand, audio, and foreign language formats.
Amber lives in North Carolina with her husband and four demanding cats. Feel free to visit her at http://www.amberdaultonauthor.blogspot.com.
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Groot the puppy, my faithful companion, sits by my side while I write my stories.