February 12, 2015
FEATURED AUTHOR OF THE WEEK– BARBARA JOE WILLIAMS
Today, I’m welcoming Barbara Joe Williams to my blog. Whether you’re looking for good ol’ sage advice on life, invaluable tips and information on marketing your products, publishing your books, or an escape from your reality, chances are you’ll find what you’re looking for among Barbara Joe Williams’ writings. Her realistic romance books are about people not so different from you and me. I have had the pleasure of reading several of her novels, all of which I enjoyed very much. In the past few months, Barbara has released several new books, one of which is the sequel to her steamy short story, Holiday Hotel. Here is short excerpt from her new book, followed by an author interview.
Excerpt from Holiday Hotel 2: A Valentine’s Day Story
“I’m sorry, Janna,” Waverly began. “But I’m not going to be able to meet you at the hotel tonight. I have to work overtime.” I heard the tiredness in his voice, but it didn’t deter me from my goal. I needed a night alone with my hubby.
“Not again, Wave,” I begged. “You promised me we would celebrate this holiday together.”
“Come on, now. Valentine’s Day isn’t considered a real holiday. I need to make this money. I told you, we spent too much for Christmas.”
“I know what you said. But, Babe, it’s Saturday night. Let’s go relax and unwind together, please.” Then, I switched to my lower, sexy voice. “I have a new move I’ve been wanting to try on you.”
He chuckled. “I wish I could. I really wish I could. Look, why don’t you go ahead without me.”
“Go to a hotel without you?” I asked, raising my voice. I was thinking my husband of fifteen years had finally lost his ever-loving mind. “Why would I go to a fancy hotel on Valentine’s Day without my man?”
“Why not? I mean, my mom is coming over to stay with the kids all night long. You can think of it as a one-night getaway just for you.”
I’d had enough. As usual, it was useless trying to reason with Wave once his mind was made up about something. The man gave new meaning to the words “strong-silent-type.”
I slammed down the house telephone and sighed heavily. Waverly had been acting strange since the Christmas holidays had passed. Not only was he working a lot of overtime hours, but he was also complaining about the amount of money I had spent during the special season.
I don’t know why he complained. Most of the money we spent on presents had come from my separate account. Yes, I had my own money, but he knew about it as well as approved of it. Since he paid all the household bills, I figured I could at least buy presents once a year for our family.
While I was sitting in the family room contemplating whether or not to call my mother-in-law, Diane, and cancel her coming over, my teenagers came busting through the front door.
What genre do you write and why? I love writing romance and women’s fiction because that’s what I love to read. I was an avid reader long before becoming a writer. I always dreamed of writing a timeless romantic story.
Tell us about your latest book. My latest book is titled, Holiday Hotel 2: A Valentine’s Day Story, which releases today (2/12/2015). It’s a short story focused on a married couple with plans for celebrating Valentine’s Day at a local, romantic hotel. However, their plans are disturbed when the husband announces that he has to work that evening.
What marketing methods are you using to promote your book? I use multiple marketing strategies for all of my books. I mainly use a combination of “low cost” and “no cost” ideas including social media, email blasts, and paid ads.
What formats is the book available in? My latest book is only available as an eBook on Kindle and Nook.
Who are your favorite authors? Some of my favorite authors include: Terry McMillan, Kimberla Lawson Roby, Adrienne Thompson, and Angelia Vernon Menchan.
What advice do you have for other writers? I like to tell writers that writing is a hobby, but publishing is a business. If you plan to have a long-term writing career, you need to do your research and learn about the publishing industry.
What’s your favorite quote about writing/for writers? My favorite quote about writers is this: Writers are people who write, not people who think about writing.
What’s the best thing about being a writer? The best thing about being a writer is that I get to live vicariously through my characters. I try to become each character as I write and fully experience what each one of them is going through. That’s why it takes longer for me to write fiction than non-fiction, but I enjoy it to the fullest.
Why do you think readers are going to enjoy your book? I think readers will enjoy Holiday Hotel 2 because it’s a longer, short story with sexy characters they will love getting to know better. Even if they didn’t read the first story, they will be able to jump right into this one. And if they loved the first story, they will love this one even more.
Where can people find out more about you and your writing?
Please visit my Amazon Author’s Page: http://ow.ly/EdeDI
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/barbara.williams.31105674
If you haven’t had the pleasure of reading this wonderful author, please download any one of her books. You won’t be disappointed.
Thank you for stopping by Barbara Joe Williams!