Please help me give a warm welcome to author Miranda P. Charles!!! She is here to promote her Lifestyle by Design Series. Book #2 in the series is free on Amazon today and tomorrow only. Be sure to check out the links at the bottom of this post. Miranda P. Charles is giving one lucky commenter Book 1 and Book 3 in the series!!! Contest will run from now until Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 11pm EDT. The winner will be chosen using Random.org and the winner will be announced and notified Sunday morning. So without further ado, please welcome Miranda P. Charles:
Hi there! Nicole has kindly invited me to share with you how I started writing romance. (Thanks so much, Nicole!)
If someone said to me twelve months ago that I would be an author of three contemporary romance novels in a year’s time, I would have laughed and snorted in disbelief. That wasn’t even a clear goal in my head.
I write a lot and have done so for years. When I was younger I used to compose poetry and contributed articles to my school’s student newspaper. In the past few years, I have created non-fiction, self-help type materials for my personal development coaching business. But even though I have a fertile imagination and am prone to daydreaming, it never occurred to me to try my hand at writing fiction. Until a certain point in time not too long ago.
Have you had a moment that was unremarkable at the time that it was only when you look back that it hits you how significant it was?
I had that moment early last year. I was feeling a bit low as my business wasn’t the success I was hoping for it to be. The thing was, I gave up a successful corporate career with an above-average salary to be a personal development coach, and to only earn a measly percentage of what I used to earn as an employee was really dragging me down.
So I was in one of those what-am-I-gonna-do moments when I sat down and forced myself to “listen to my heart”. Funnily enough, what it said was sit and read romance novels. At any other time, I would have ignored this thought and would have continued to poke my brain on how I can grow my business further. But my intuition told me to just relax and listen. So I did.
I was already a voracious reader but this time around, I indulged myself and read book after book – some contemporary, some paranormal, some historical but all of them romantic. And when I say ‘indulged’, I meant I took time off working on my business to just read. (Yeah, crazy, wasn’t it? I thought so too at the time.)
Not long after that, another wacky idea occurred to me. What if I try my hand at writing a romance novel? I had this desire to write about love and the hurt and bliss that go with it. I wanted to push my personal boundaries and swear through my characters and describe sex scenes in detail. (Yeah, some of my family and friends would get the shock of their lives if they knew what I’ve been writing lately ;-)). Most of all, I wanted to give myself a go and see if I could do it.
So one day, I just started typing. Before I knew it, I got caught up in the world of my characters and my first book was born. I thought to myself maybe I was meant to do this after all.
Fast forward to today and the Lifestyle by Design series is complete with three hot and sexy books.
Being a romance novel writer is not an easy journey. But I love it. I’m glad I listened to my heart at that low point in my life. Hand on heart, I love this whole writing fiction thing and I can’t wait to get on with my next series.
I do hope you check out the Lifestyle by Design books and that you enjoy reading them as much as I loved writing them.
As a big ‘thank you’ to Nicole for the opportunity to meet you, her readers, I’ll be giving away a kindle edition copy of Will To Love (Lifestyle by Design Book 1) and Ray of Love (Lifestyle by Design Book 3) to one lucky person.
Why only books 1 and 3? Because Heart Robber (Lifestyle by Design Book 2) is free on Amazon today (April 10) and tomorrow (April 11) for everyone. You may want to grab it while it costs you nothing. Here’s the link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AFNO2W4
Will To Love (book 1) is currently on a price promo of only .99 US cents for a limited time. While each book is a stand-alone novel, I think you would enjoy them more if you read them in order so here’s the link to book 1: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008VSMVUU
Ray of Love, the final book of the series, was recently released to complete your Lifestyle by Design experience. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BSD4DLK
To be up-to-date with news about my upcoming books, please visit my blog: http://www.mirandapcharles.com.
I hope to personally connect with you in the future!
*Please note: Miranda P. Charles has extended the free download time period for Book #2 in this series. Book 2 is available for FREE through 4/12/2013!*
I just want to take a quick minute to say thank you again to Miranda P. Charles for hanging out here on the blog today and offering this amazing giveaway. So please leave a comment if you want to be entered for a chance to win 2 ebooks!
Have a wonderful day everyone!