June 2, 2017

CHANCE AT REDEMPTION by Samatha Harris {Teaser/Guest Post/Giveaway}

Chance at Redemption (Madison Square #3)
by Samatha Harris
Publication Date:  May 23, 2017
Publisher:  Limitless Publishing
Gwen Stevens had a privileged life until her father spoke three little words that turned her world upside down. “You’re cut off.”

Broke and desperate, Gwen is forced to accept a waitressing job, but this glimmer of hope has a price. As if being a cocktail waitress isn’t bad enough, she has to do it in a dive bar called The Den, and her bad luck doesn’t stop there. She also needs to deal with the new owner, a blue-eyed, self-righteous ass determined to make her life miserable.

Liam Sinclair walked away from the entitlement and obligation his family planned for him, vowing to make his own way in the world…

Adjusting to life as a new business owner, Liam has experienced more than his fair share of setbacks. When his only waitress breaks her leg, his sister takes it upon herself to hire a replacement—a spoiled, self-indulgent hothead with too much makeup and more than enough attitude. Gwen represents the world he’s trying to escape, a world of excess and greed that he was never cut out for.

Appearances can be deceiving, and first impressions aren’t always right…

Despite their apparent differences, the tension between them turns to a fiery passion that neither of them can resist. Together they find balance and learn to appreciate the simpler things in life. But Gwen soon discovers that old habits die hard, and one mistake is all it takes to ruin everything.

Forgiveness must be earned, but even a villain deserves a chance at redemption…
The joy of writing blurbs.
By Samatha Harris

The Blurb: Just a few paragraphs written to summarize and entice the reader into reading the entire book. It may seem a simple thing, but how do you condense three hundred pages into three paragraphs? It’s like looking at the world through a keyhole. You only get a glimpse of what lies on the other side.  

As authors, we spend weeks sometimes months, with these characters. We agonize and sometimes torture them so that everything that happens to them is important. Every aspect of these characters lives is meant to enrich the story and captivate the reader. It’s a delicate balance between getting the readers attention and trying not to reveal too much of what happens in the book. We want you to read the whole thing and immerse yourself in the world we created for you. So we highlight the major plot points hoping that you will enjoy the path the characters take on the way there.

That brings me to the characters themselves. You are the star of your own life story, but you wouldn’t be able to tell that story without mentioning your best friend, your family, your children. These are important characters in your life. They keep you on your toes, and make everyday interesting. The same goes for a novel. Side characters give a richness to the story. They make the world our characters live in relatable and more tangible, but if we listed everyone of them in the blurb it would be too confusing as to who the story is really about. It does however allow for a certain element of surprise for the reader, giving them the chance to fall in love with the best friend or sister character who may in fact be the star of another novel later on.

In my Madison Square Series, each novel focuses on a different couple from within the same group of friends. For example, SOMEWHERE IN BETWEEN is about Alex and Drew, best friends who fall in love with each other at different times in their lives. They’re goofy friend Sean is the MC in Book 2 CHOOSING HAPPY in which Sean falls in love with an older woman Madison. In Book 2 Alex and Drew become side characters as the focus shifts to Sean and Madison. The same goes for Book 3 CHANCE AT REDEMPTION which is Gwen and Liam’s story. Gwen is the villain from book 1 and Liam makes his appearance as Madison’s younger brother in Book 2. Book 3 brings together all the characters from the series and allows the reader to follow up with characters they’ve loved from earlier books in the series, but not mentioned in the blurbs.

They say not to judge a book by its cover, but we all do it. The cover is what catches our eye and makes us turn it over and move on to the blurb. A good blurb, while difficult to write, is able to convey the overall theme of the story, the characters, and leave the reader wanting more. So, next time you pick up a book and turn it over to the blurb on the back cover remember that the world between the covers is so much more than you can imagine. 

Samatha “Sam” Harris lives near Baltimore, Maryland with her husband David and daughter Ava. Born in Florida, she migrated north which most people agree was a little backwards. She has been an artist all of her life, a Tattoo Artist for more than ten years, and a storyteller since she was a kid.

Sam has a slightly unhealthy love for Frank Sinatra, classic movies, and Jazz and Blues music, but her first love will always be reading. From Romance, to Thrillers, to Historical Fiction and everything in between, she loves to become a part of the story. As a writer she tells the stories that she would want to read.

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