Friday, November 16, 2012

Author: Emma Leigh Reed Guest Post and Giveaway!

So excited to have Emma at Books à la Mode today! She's here, on her debut novel, Mirrored Deception's book tour, to talk about the blogging community. Read on for a HUGE tour-wide giveaway!

Jayla Ralston is running. After her apartment break in, she decided to get away from life and her overbearing twin sister. She finds the perfect Maine hide away to make some changes—The Cliffhouse Bed and Breakfast. It was perfect... until the phone calls resumed—kicking her paranoia into high gear.

Trenton Montgomery is out for revenge. It has taken him ten years to return to his childhood home. After sneaking into an empty wing to focus on his clandestine investigation, a beautiful woman shows up - causing him to feel emotions, other than anger, for the first time in a long time.

Insights on the Blogging Community

When I started writing a number of years ago now, I never gave a thought, as an author, how I would reach out to readers. You sit down, write that book and then edit, edit and edit some more. As I moved through the next few years and got closer to publication, my thoughts also moved to whom I was going to be targeting for readers and how to reach them.

I started reaching out through social media and blogging. Blogging is a great way to reach an audience, but it is also time consuming at times. Blogging must be done at a consistent pace in order for it to be an effective tool to reach readers and network with other authors.

One of the reasons I love doing a blog tour is having the opportunity to be a guest on another blog. It’s not just a matter of promoting your books, which of course is great, but it is also a chance to give people the ability to look inside you as an author and get to know you a bit. I know for myself, understanding what makes some of my favorite writers tick gives insight on how they come up with their plots, how their characters react to situations, etc.

I love pouring my emotions into my characters. My own life will come through my heroine or possibly hero. So I invite you to grab your favorite drink whether it is coffee, tea or something else, and join me into a glimpse of my life and what personifies my characters as I breathe life into them. Don’t think of this as reading yet another blog, but imagine sitting down and having coffee with me and just chatting.

About the Author

I grew up as an avid reader. I spent summers reading nonstop. As I got older I dabbled with poetry and published a few times in anthologies, but it wasn’t until a few years ago I had the courage to start writing the book I always wanted to write.

My stories deal with life issues. My first manuscript takes on the world of Autism and all the challenges it brings. Being a mom of a high functioning autistic son, I know first hand the obstacles and challenges it can bring. I enjoy writing about life experiences in a fiction world.


Thanks to the author and These Paper Worlds Book Blog Tours, there are two eBook copies and five paperback copies of Mirrored Deception up for grabs! To enter, all you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form below :)
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Giveaway runs through 30 November, 2012 at 11.59 pm (EST).
As this is a tour-wide giveaway, I am responsible neither for winners, nor for prizes and shipping.
As a reminder, you do not have to follow my blog to enter, though it is always very much appreciated ❤
Good luck!