Musings Over a Late Cuppa: A Book Birthday and One Sizzling Hot Read

I feel like it’s my birthday – without having to tell anyone how old I am. In this case, it’s the birth of a book although it’s really more a culmination of two years of hard work, from the time I started writing it around March 2015 until its release date today. Forget that there was at least a year in between where it sat in that virtual drawer and almost got tossed out of the hard drive.

It’s here and I want to say thank you for buying a copy, reading my blog posts about the whole drawn-out process of getting this book out, and more importantly, still being here. That’s probably the most important thing, especially if you’re reading this. You’re still here!

Thank you!

Just to document the day, I’d like to add a few screenshots so one day when I look back at all this, I can say, “you know, it did make it to blah-blah-blah…” even if whoever I’d tell it to would probably roll their eyes and say, “Can you stop already?”

I spotted it making its rounds on Apple iBooks Paid bestsellers:

Spotted it sitting on #1 in New Releases on Amazon

It’s currently sitting at 8k ranking in the overall Amazon store and #8 in… wait, those things actually don’t matter as much as the book is finally out and you’re still reading this.

So, yup, happy book birthday to me.

So what do I now that the book is done and dusted and out there in the wild? Not Disneyland – nope. Been there, done that, bought the annual pass.

I’m reading and you know what’s on my paperwhite at the moment and has me riveted and ready to worship at the feet of CD Reiss?

This. This… this!

All I can say is, holy moly, but this is one sizzling hot read! So hot I might need to light up and I’m not even done yet – and I don’t smoke.

Loving Riley Teaser: A Blast from His Past

“How do you know her?” Riley asked him as they stood outside, Ashe smoothing her coat over her shoulders. “And what did she mean about me being vanilla?”

“I’ll tell you when we get home,” he said as Dave parked in front of the restaurant and the attendant opened the passenger door for them.

Inside the car, Ashe seethed in silence. Of course, Catriona had to catch him right at the bottom of the stairs where everyone could see them together and even take photographs.  He wondered how soon it would be before the pictures were uploaded online and if anyone would remember the days when he and Catriona were regularly seen together at the same event, no matter how discreet they’d been. Who was he fooling?  Of course, someone would remember, if they knew where to look.

Ashe belatedly realized that, while he knew almost everything about Riley, she knew little about him; nothing much about his life after he’d left the family farm at eighteen until the time when he and Isobel Reign, his Sentience co-star, had dated and split up the previous year.

Riley knew nothing about the time when he’d been a struggling actor, when he had done things he now regretted doing—some that got him right where he was now.

Well, That’s About It

It’s actually not a bad thing. It just means the ebook files for Loving Riley are now being finalized for publication. I had already uploaded the final file two weeks ago but Amazon officially locks down the file three days before publication date so what you have on file at this point is what the readers will get, especially the ones who preordered (thank you, guys!).

When I saw this today, I felt this huge sigh of relief. A year and a half of constant self-doubt finally ending with eight words (twelve if you include the bottom line in blue).

Ever since I uploaded that final file, I’ve been in a sort of bubble, like I still can’t quite believe it’s really happening – Loving Riley is finally getting published. I couldn’t even do Facebook takeovers and giveaways like they tell you to do if you want to treat this whole thing as a business. I couldn’t even pretend to be rah-rah-rah happy and giddy that it’s finally happening. Just like it doesn’t even matter that I have four copies of the paperback in my house sitting in a box (which means the book’s as good as published); in my head, they’re four books that no one is currently judging whether they’re good or bad.

Another huge sigh of relief.

Sometimes I wonder why I put so much emotional and psychological energy into a book, still agonizing over every little detail long after the book’s been written, from cover design to the choice of cover model to heaven knows what else I can think of – and still not be happy. It’s only a book – a story, I want to yell at myself. It’s just like the last one I wrote, Everything She Ever Wanted; although that book wasn’t as emotionally taxing as this one. Still, from baring emotions I never thought I’d put on paper, borrowing money for the exclusive image that I knew was the perfect person to represent Dax (and a good marketing decision short of finding a shirtless man) to changing my trinket-buying habit so I could funnel money to advertising, it was still a book I cried many silent and real tears over.

Just like this one.

Most of all, the journey of these last two books taught me to treat each book as if it were my last. It’s a morbid thought but it’s as if time is running out and whatever I want to say I need to say it. Whatever stories I need to write (for my heart not for the market), I need to write them. Life is short.

So Loving Riley is finally getting its close-up. It’s only taken a year and a half of self-doubt. Sometimes I ask myself if I’m being melodramatic about the whole thing because it is only a book. But it is what it is. There’s a huge piece of me in my books, and Loving Riley carries within its pages my self-confidence, my love affair with storytelling, and my heart.

And that’s about it.

What You See Isn’t Always What You Get…

Yup, 5 more days before Ashe and Riley land and I can’t believe I’m so calm. How many times have I lamented over Ashe’s story and allowed self-doubt to almost destroy them?

I don’t know and maybe I shouldn’t ponder that question because, well, there are only five days left before launch day and I need all the good happy vibes I can get.

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Preorder Tour: Loving Riley by Liz Durano

Loving Riley
Book 2 of the Celebrity series
by Liz Durano

Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Cover Model: Stuart Reardon
Photographer: Franggy Yanez
Cover Designer: Cover Couture | Book Covers & Designs

Some secrets can’t stay hidden forever…

To his fans, Ashe Hunter is the perfect man, the classically trained British actor taking Hollywood and Broadway by storm. To his American girlfriend, Riley Eames, he is a man in love and he’ll do anything to keep her safe from the prying eyes of paparazzi suddenly digging into her life.

But to someone from his past, Ashe is her ticket to Hollywood fame and she’ll do anything to get it even if it means tearing down the image he’s built for himself ever since he left her.

“What did she mean when she said I was so vanilla?” asked Riley.

Ashe had known this was coming, that Riley would ask questions. Well, why shouldn’t he just answer her truthfully.

“It has nothing to do with your hair, petal,” he said. “Unfortunately, Catriona Marks is not known for her subtlety.”

“What does it mean, then, ‘She’s so vanilla’?” Riley asked, her voice mimicking Catriona’s words as she pulled her hand away and crossed her arms in front of her chest.

“Catriona’s tastes are what might be called ‘alternative’,” explained Ashe. “In some circles, she’s better known as ‘Mistress Cat’.”

“Like a Dominatrix? How would you know that?” Riley paused, raising her hand. “No, don’t answer that, Ashe. I’m not sure I want to know.”

For a few moments, she didn’t speak. He watched her bring her hand to her mouth, her expression distraught as if a vision of Ashe and Catriona together had come to her mind unbidden. Then she turned her face toward the window, watching the snow outside as the car made its way through the streets.

“You used to date her, didn’t you?”

“Yes,” he replied.

“It would have been better if you’d just said she’s your ex-girlfriend,” Riley said. “She is, isn’t she? Is she the actress who discovered you?”

“Yes, she is.”

They spent the rest of the ride in silence. Ashe had much to say, but this was not the ideal place to tell Riley the things he wanted her to know about his past and the people who belonged there.

Loving Ashe
Book 1 of the Celebrity series

A booty call. A stuck elevator. A chance to move on.

Three years after her ex-boyfriend left her to pursue his Hollywood dream, barista Riley Eames’ life is still on hold, hindered by questions only he can answer. So when he asks to meet her for a booty call while he’s in town, she reluctantly agrees, only to find herself stuck in the hotel elevator with rising British star, Ashe Hunter.

He’s gorgeous, charming, and before the night is over, smitten.

But a celebrity romance may not be enough to get Riley’s love life moving again, not when the ex-boyfriend is back in town and with him, the secrets that will change her life forever.

Though Liz majored in Journalism in college, she discovered that she preferred writing fictional stories over proofing news and ad copy. These days, Liz is the author of five full-length novels including Everything She Ever Wanted, Loving Ashe and A Loving Riley.

When she’s not arguing with her muses about their story arcs, she’s usually hanging out with her little prince, stepping on Legos and building train towns. She’s probably also guzzling down coffee and sneaking in the chocolate while learning about the world from other peoples’ writings. And she’s always asking questions. Always.

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