First off, I’d like to thank the lovely ladies of Pink Fuzzy Slippers for letting me visit and blog today.


One of the things I wish I’d known before I started writing, and especially as I
got closer to publication, was how much of the promo for a book would fall on the writer’s shoulders. Basically, ALL OF IT! Readers may or  

may not know how many of us writers are introverts, so it might surprise you that we are uncomfortable tooting our own horns. Believe me, we do feel awkward about it, and it is a process I would compare to standing naked in front of a crowded room. I suffer from cringe attacks on a regular basis, while visiting blogs and promoting my latest book, ONE FOR THE ROAD.

I’ll start by telling you a little about myself. I’m a published author of a dozen books, most with Harlequin, Mills & Boon in the Medical Romance line. I love to write category romance, but I also love to write bigger stories with more secondary characters. I was fortunate to find a home for this story of my heart, One for the Road, at The Wild Rose Press a small, independent e-book and print publisher. This book is a contemporary story featuring an over-forty romance. That’s a hard sell in today’s market, and I am so grateful to the Last Rose of Summer line for giving this book a chance.

So far, I’ve received 4 stars from Romantic Times Reviews, and 4 books from The Long and Short reviews, and a bunch of satisfied reader reviews at Amazon, so, as you can imagine, I’m happy as a kid with hiccups caused by giggles.

Now back to the tough part.

Consider me sufficiently cringing as I offer up a quick blurb about my current release – ONE FOR THE ROAD – and since the heroine of the book, D’Anne Palmer, is a list maker, I’d like to follow up with a list of my own about ten things you may not know about One for the Road.

I’d also like to know what makes you cringe? What things do you occasionally have to do that make you feel like you’re naked as a jay bird (heck at least they have feathers!) Do share in the comments section!

Here’s the blurb:

D’Anne Palmer and her husband had a life others dream of–traveling the US in a luxury forty-foot motor coach, going where they wanted. Suddenly, D’Anne finds herself a widow with her only asset being the motor home. Without funds to return to California, she decides to hire out the RV.

Tyler White was a “one-hit wonder” ten years ago. At a crossroads, he plans a comeback. He’s hoping the three-week tour he’s put together will reignite his career. All he needs now is some cheap transportation and the widow with the RV might just fit the bill.

D’Anne and Tyler discover a lot about themselves—and each other—as they journey from Nashville to Las Vegas, via Texas with the band and Tyler’s dog. Can close quarters really help a has-been singer on the comeback trail and a widow with California style fine love?

Now, as you read the list of ten below, please know that I’m feeling as if I’m wearing nothing but Pink Fuzzy Slippers!

Ten Things You May Not Know About ONE FOR THE ROAD by Lynne Marshall

1. A wacky license plate is a cross D’Anne must bear daily when she drives her VW.

2. D’Anne makes a list for the band to abide by while traveling with her, then breaks the biggest no-no herself.

3. One of the band, Bear, is a fount of trivia.

4. As the author, I got to write two songs for the book. (Yup, I even have tunes for them.)

5. There’s a southern Barbie Bimbo in the story who may just steal your heart and become your hero.

6. Tyler’s mother was named after my mother, and I dedicate the book to my mom.

7. A young journalist comes up with a headline after an interview with Tyler that just might change his life.

8. The heartbreaker of the band, J.T., gets his comeuppance.

9. D’Anne does something in the desert she’d never ever do back home.

10. Dexter, Tyler’s dog, helps save the day!

And here’s a bonus tidbit: Anyone who has read the book and would like to receive a free epilogue of One for the Road, which doesn’t appear in the book, contact me at my website (http://www.lynnemarshall.com/)and I’ll send you a pdf.

Now that I’ve had my cringe for the day, let’s hear about your cringe-worthy moments in the comments section, okay? Thanks for reading!

Lynne Marshall lives in Southern California with her husband of thirty years and is the proud mother of two adult children. She is a retired RN, who loves to travel, see movies, read (of course) and eat a lot of things she really shouldn’t. You can visit Lynne at her website: http://www.lynnemarshall.com/

 

49 comments

  1. Mary Marvella // September 13, 2011 at 1:07 AM  

    Great post! I love this kind of story! Good job and welcome, Lynne.

  2. Autumn Jordon // September 13, 2011 at 1:57 AM  

    Hi, Lynne. Welcome to the PFS. One For The Road sounds like a fun read. I love to RV. Sadly my dh doesn't.

    Congrats on the release!

  3. Rachel Brimble // September 13, 2011 at 4:23 AM  

    Hello, lovely lady!

    Hmm...cringe-worthy moment? When I went to the RNA conference this year, I had a 10 min pitch session with an editor from Mira. She welcomed me into the room and I followed her in, babbling so much about how nervous I was, she looked at me and said maybe I should talk about the book instead. So embarrassed!

    Fortunately, she asked for the full, yay!

    Enjoy your day!

    R x
    www.rachelbrimble.com

  4. Mona Risk // September 13, 2011 at 7:24 AM  

    Hi Lynne, great to have you here. Imagine, last night I was without Internet, panicking and wondering how to check if your post was up. Fortunately, things got fixed overnight and we are so happy to welcome you at the PFS.

    I had the pleasure of reading several--probably all--of Lynne's novels and loved every one of them. She knows how to pour emotion with her inimitable style and give us characters we immediately assimilate with.

  5. Beth Trissel // September 13, 2011 at 7:36 AM  

    I loved this Lynne, all the personal tidbits about the story, behind the story and about you. And you wrote two songs! Wow. I'm impressed. I also hate doing promo and wish I had a really good personal secretary/publicist for that.

  6. Judy // September 13, 2011 at 8:21 AM  

    Wonderful post, Lynne. I love your storyline...Lots of fun, interesting characters. I agree that it's hard to do any self-promotion for most writers, but I guess it's a necessary step...You did a great job with yours!

  7. Celia Yeary // September 13, 2011 at 8:42 AM  

    So, what did she do in the desert she'd never do at home? I can imagine.
    Cringe-worthy moments? I suppose I'm a little introverted like so many authors, but believe me, I know plenty of authors who are extroverts! If I were more like them, I would do book signings--but I just cannot.I'd rather do everything by email and newsletter--that way I won't see their faces when they say, "Uh-uh, nope, don't want your book."
    I do send out email notices about a new book to people here in town. But I'm selective--I study each one--would she (or he, because I do have three male fans)like this book or not? So I make the decision who gets to hear about it.
    And so this has caused some to approach me and say, "Linda got a letter about your new book. Why didn't I get one?" Or, "Why did you leave me out?"
    Those moments make me feel very badly about making someone think I shunned her. Now...I try to include everyone I know so as to not hurt feelings.
    I, too, have a book about a 40yr-old starting over, and I still love that book.
    Congratulations on your release.
    Celia
    Celia

  8. Mary Campisi // September 13, 2011 at 8:58 AM  

    Hi Lynne:

    Well done! I love the tidbits about the story, the presentation, the tone...actually, everything. One for the Road sounds like a wonderful book and though you might hate the promo, you did a great job here. Thanks so much for sharing and best of luck with this book!! My cringe-worthy moments?? Lots - I actually told our local library coordinator NOT to order one of my older books in e-format because it was too expensive...what is wrong with me??! Oh, well. He ordered it anyway- tried to tell him:)

    Mary

  9. P.L. Parker // September 13, 2011 at 9:00 AM  

    My cringe moment - I was at Saturday market handing out promo items, got so nervous, couldn't function. A friend showed up and took over - Whew!

    Congratulations on the new release, sounds like a fun story!

  10. Joanne Stewart // September 13, 2011 at 9:05 AM  

    I loved your post! I'm still new to the whole publishing world, and I'm painfully shy. Self promotion doesn't make me cringe, I sit here and shake. So call me sadistic, but I love hearing I'm not alone in that. lol I'm with Celia--I'd rather do everything from my computer...so I can hide behind it. lol

    Cringe worthy moment--calling the Harlequin offices for the first time to ask about a book that had been there for a year without word...and babbling so much about why I was calling to the poor woman who answered the phone that she went, "aaaannnd?" And I realized I hadn't even told her why in the world I was calling. I wanted to crawl in a hole.

    Yeah, someday, i want to hire a publicist. lol

  11. Maeve // September 13, 2011 at 9:28 AM  

    I can SO relate to this post. When I sold my first story, I had two reactions: YAY! I'VE SOLD (ultimate high) and then OMG! WHAT DO YOU MEAN I HAVE TO PROMOTE IT (crashing low). Excellent post, Lynne!

  12. Nightingale // September 13, 2011 at 10:20 AM  

    I understand the cringing Lynne. One for the Road sounds like an intriguing read. The characters particularly!

  13. Mackenzie Crowne // September 13, 2011 at 10:25 AM  

    Yeah, what Maeve said. I'm so there! Just signed my first contract, so I'm still facing my cringe moments, I guess. Looks like I'm in good company. Does feeling like I was going to throw up before opening the fateful email count?

  14. Lynne Marshall // September 13, 2011 at 10:40 AM  

    Hello everyone -Please forgive my tardiness - I'm on Westcoast time.
    Hi Mary,
    I'm so glad you enjoyed the blog, and I sincerely hope you'll give the story a chance. The reviews have been kind, and these days we can all use some extra smiles, right?
    Thanks for reading.

  15. Lynne Marshall // September 13, 2011 at 10:42 AM  

    Hi Autumn- thank you so much for having me as a guest blogger today. I love the pink fuzzy slippers - very comfortable. You may have a hard time sending me home! LOL
    Well, the beautiful thing about reading is you can take that RV trip and your dh can still be right by your side. If that makes any sense at all.

    Thank you for the warm welcome.

  16. Lynne Marshall // September 13, 2011 at 10:44 AM  

    Rachel, Rachel, Rachel! Where in the world are you today on your blog tour? I'll have to check into that after I've done my e-mails for the morning.
    Oh, pitch sessions are definitely cringe-worthy! I've given them where my hands were shaking and my throat was dry - just over talking about a book! I'm glad your cringe was worth it!
    Thanks for stopping by with your busy schedule. Enjoy your blog tour!

  17. Lynne Marshall // September 13, 2011 at 10:48 AM  

    Hi Mona! I immediately cringed this morning because, of all days, I slept later than I should have. I am now sipping my first cup of coffee - so I hope what I've posted so far makes sense.

    You are very sweet to says those lovely things about my books, Mona, and I can say the same about your wonderful stories! I guess we're in the right business, eh?(as frustrating as it is at times.)
    Again - Mona, thanks so much for letting me blog at PFS.

  18. Toni V.S. // September 13, 2011 at 10:52 AM  

    Congrats on the new release. May there be many more!

  19. Lynne Marshall // September 13, 2011 at 10:57 AM  

    Hi Beth!
    I hope I didn't give too much of the story away. I'm trying to entice people. LOL. Subtle eh?

    Hey - wouldn't it be cool for a few of us writers to get together and hire someone?
    Oh yeah, and wasn't it George Bailey in It's a Wonderful Life who used to say - I wish I had a million dollars - hee haw - well, me, too. :)

  20. Lynne Marshall // September 13, 2011 at 11:00 AM  

    Hi Judy! Thanks so much for reading the blog and for your encouraging words. At least with blogs, we don't have to stand in front of people for the presentation. However, I think if I had to, it would be really cool to be wearing pink fuzzy slippers behind the podium. That would be very soothing, and relaxing.
    Hey PFS ladies - do the slippers come with the gig? :-

  21. Lynne Marshall // September 13, 2011 at 11:04 AM  

    He Celia! LOL on the "why didn't I get one of your letters." That falls under my daddy's favorite saying: Sometimes you can't win for losin'

    The first book signing I ever did at national RWA conference, I was three seats down from Sherilyn Kenyan. I spent the evening talking to people standing in line waiting for her to sign their books. LOL

    OK, so the desert scene - hmm, let's just say if you and I are introverts we'd have to love someone a whole heck of a lot to do what she did...

  22. Lynne Marshall // September 13, 2011 at 11:08 AM  

    Hi Mari - I'm thrilled to know you think I did a good job today. For some reason, my personality (voice, if you will) comes out easily with blogs. I think you can tell how much I enjoyed writing the book.
    OK - too funny about telling a librarian NOT to buy your book. That's taking humility to a whole new level. I'm glad he didn't listen to you!
    Thanks for reading the blog.

  23. Lynne Marshall // September 13, 2011 at 11:11 AM  

    Hi P.L. - so, were you like acting like a basket case or did you freeze up? I think, because our books mean so much to us, we put a lot of meaning behind every aspect of "peddling" (if you will) our books. We take everything personally - oh, you don't want my flyer, why do you hate me? LOL. Not that extreme, but let's just say I'm glad your friend showed up and took over.
    Thanks for reading the blog.

  24. Lynne Marshall // September 13, 2011 at 11:16 AM  

    Hi Joanne - you're so cute, your picture even looks shy. :) I just want to put my arm around you and say - it's gonna be all right.
    Oh, yeah, I know what you mean about calling a publisher. I'm amazed you got one word out. You know what? I bet that lady got a hundred calls a day just like that.

    Okay - so can I sign you up for the group who want's to hire a personal assistant? I think that's me, Beth, Celia, you...anyone else?
    Thanks so much for reading the blog!

  25. Lynne Marshall // September 13, 2011 at 11:19 AM  

    Hi Maeve - thanks so much for reading the blog. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

    LOL - I can understand how you'd come crashing down after your selling high when realizing all the pressure for promo your books will take. ( I'm totally stoked about your new covers. ) It's true, you will be expected to do high profile promo for your Kensington release. Just be your beautiful self and you'll go sailing through it all. And keep us all posted about it, too!
    There's just something about those highlands...

  26. Lynne Marshall // September 13, 2011 at 11:23 AM  

    Hi Nightingale - I did fall in love with the characters in this book - ALL OF THEM. The band was a kick to write, each having distinct personalities and physical traits - you know how musicians are.
    When you write male characters, that aren't the hero, you can stretch out a bit and let them be raunchier than the other characters and still get away with it. ;)
    Thanks so much for reading the post.

  27. Lynne Marshall // September 13, 2011 at 11:26 AM  

    Hi Mackenzie! First off, congratluations on the new contract. You can't call yourself a proper writer until you've dry heaved a time or two. LOL.

    The only advice I can give is take everything one step at a time, otherwise you'll feel overwhelmed. Do not look one step ahead, just focus on the task directly in front of you. That got me through nursing school a gazillion years ago, and the mind-set still serves me well today.
    Good luck!

  28. Lynne Marshall // September 13, 2011 at 11:29 AM  

    Hi Toni! thanks for the good wishes. I am happy to say that I do have some other books coming out in 2012 - my first ever Harlequin Special Edition in March, another Medical Romance and my first Wild Rose Press Champagne line book.

    I see far too much promo in my future...

    Thanks for reading my post.

  29. tsueversteeg // September 13, 2011 at 11:37 AM  

    This sounds like my kind of book. I'll definitely be downloading it to my Nook. (huh, that rhymes...)

    As a writer, I've had many cringe-worthy moments. The biggest was after a visitor found out that my book was romance, she asked (at my own book signing, mind you) if I'd ever considered writing a real book. Yes, I did briefly consider smacking her with it and asking if that felt real enough ;)

  30. Rachel Brimble // September 13, 2011 at 11:55 AM  

    I am over at Starla Kaye's blog today, Lynne - thanks for asking! I tried to response to yours and the other ladies comments yesterday but the blog isn't posting my answers for some reason. So frustrating!

    http://starlakaye.com/starla-kaye-welcomes-rachel-brimble-author-romantic/

    Hope to see you Starla's if you can make it - seems rather busy around here, lol!

    R x

  31. Lynne Marshall // September 13, 2011 at 12:35 PM  

    Hi Tsueversteeg! May I call you Tsue? LOL. Oh, happy dancing about my book in your nook. I'm glad One for the Road sounds like something you'd like to read. There is definitely family drama in it, but mostly it's an uplifting road trip with a bunch of rowdy musicians, a mystery, and - romance.
    If I'd been at your book signing, I would have wacked that lady for you! Our only compensation is when people decide to write a romance, since ANYONE can do it, and they discover how difficult it is. Chin up! that's all we can do along with the cringing.
    Thanks so much for reading the blog.

  32. Lynne Marshall // September 13, 2011 at 12:36 PM  

    How frustrating, Rachel! Off to see the wizard (I mean Rachel) now!

  33. Tanya Hanson // September 13, 2011 at 1:01 PM  

    Hi Lynne, congrats on the great reviews. I'm eager to read this. I guess my biggest cringe moment is the PORN STAR who shares my name. Grrrrrrrrr. Shoulda googled. oxox

  34. Connie Mann // September 13, 2011 at 1:27 PM  

    Great post, Lynne! I cringe when I'm asked to introduce people around the table at a conference and suddenly, I draw a blank. I know them, but the name is gone. Oiy!

  35. Patrice // September 13, 2011 at 2:45 PM  

    Hi Lyn,
    Welome to the Fuzzies. You shouldn't be cringing, girl. You should be proud of all your accomplisments! But it is hard to promote and push your stuff on people. I hate, hate, hate it too!

  36. Calisa Rhose // September 13, 2011 at 2:46 PM  

    Your list is wonderful I want to get this book more now than I did last week-- and that's hard to do.

    What makes me cringe? When my Irish temper makes me say things I normally wouldn't and I realize after I've done it- I can't take it back. I told granddaughter's school superintendent's secretary 'Someone needs to light a fire under 'the school's' a$$ and make them get off their lazy butt and do their job!'-- in those exact words-- last week! O_o

  37. Lynne Marshall // September 13, 2011 at 3:17 PM  

    Oh, Tanya! How funny. Or not. so true, especially since you've ventured into the white rose line, having a porn star with the same name could get tricky. LOL

    Thanks so much for reading the blog, and I hope you enjoy the book.

  38. Lynne Marshall // September 13, 2011 at 3:19 PM  

    Hi Connie! I know that feeling well, nerves make our minds go blank. Also, at my age the hormone challenge keeps me blanking on a lot more than names!

    Definitely cringe-worthy.

    best,
    Lynne

  39. Lynne Marshall // September 13, 2011 at 3:21 PM  

    Hi Patrice - I am totally with you on hating that part of the writer's equation. Promo is tough. No doubt. I must say, though, the pink fuzzies have made this blog visit a pure pleasure. One question, do I get to keep the slippers?
    :)

  40. Lynne Marshall // September 13, 2011 at 3:24 PM  

    Oh, Calisa - I hope you'll want to read the book even more next week, though i won't be blogging anywhere. LOL. Maybe I'll go on sale at Amazon soon. Wish I had some control over that pricing business.

    Yes, saying things we can't take back is particularly challenging, especially if we're married. So are you banished from your grandaughter's school now? :p
    Thanks for dropping by.

  41. Mary Ricksen // September 13, 2011 at 9:26 PM  

    this is my kinda story! Welcome Lynne, I think I need a list for that! My brother has a beautiful RV and I wish he'd lend it to me! Good luck!

  42. Penny Rader // September 13, 2011 at 9:44 PM  

    How cool that you wrote two songs for the book. I have no clue how to write a song. What comes first? The words or the melody?

  43. Pamela Varnado // September 13, 2011 at 10:19 PM  

    Welcome, Lynne. I'm happy to have you here. You reeled me in with all the personal reference to the story. And I especially liked all the insight into you the author. It makes the story so much richer for me if I can connect to author.

  44. Lynne Marshall // September 13, 2011 at 11:01 PM  

    Hi Mary R! I wish your brother would loan you his RV, too! I discovered a website to post an ad for this story called RVing women. Now those ladies are something, aren't they?

    I'm glad One for the Road sounds like your kind of story.

    Thanks for reading the blog.

  45. Lynne Marshall // September 13, 2011 at 11:03 PM  

    Hi Penny - for me the words came, because I reached a part in the story where I gulped and realized, cripes, I've got to write a song! Once I had the words, whenever Tyler sang the song in the book, I heard a melody. Believe me, it wouldn't be a hit in real life, but it worked for my purposes in this book.
    Thanks for reading the blog!

  46. Lynne Marshall // September 13, 2011 at 11:05 PM  

    Hi Pamela,
    thanks so much for letting me blog here today. I'm glad I reeled you in with the personal touches about the story. As you well know, we get pretty attached to our characters and books as we move along and bring the story to life.

    best,
    Lynne
    If you don't mind, I'd like to keep the pink fuzzy slippers. :0

  47. Mary Marvella // September 14, 2011 at 4:32 PM  

    Great job, Lynn and Mona!

  48. Scarlet Pumpernickel // September 15, 2011 at 6:22 PM  

    Gosh, I went to bed early and completely missed this wonderful post! Lynne I'm sorry to be so late welcoming you to the pink fuzzies! Glad you stopped by. This sounds like an excellent read. Can't wait to add it to my e-reader collection.

  49. Josie // September 16, 2011 at 3:28 PM  

    Gosh, Lynne. I can't think of any cringe-worthy moments, but I'd like to belatedly congratulate you on your new release from the Wild Rose Press. Seems like a brilliant concept for a story.