Thursday, April 16, 2015

Book Tour: Say Something Series by Brandy Jellum (Guest Post+ Giveaway)


Title: If I Say Yes
Author: Brandy Jellum
Publication Date: April 2014 (Repub)
Series: Say Something, #1
Publisher: Booktrope

Elizabeth Lewis was the child of Hollywood’s darling couple, until her father murdered her mother. Six years later, she has traded her flashy, luxurious lifestyle for one of safe anonymity as a literary agent. With a different name and appearance, Liza Winter is living the life of her dreams—one where she’s known for who she is instead of what her father did. Except her apartment should be condemned, her car only starts when it wants, she hates the romance genre she has been assigned, and the CEO’s deliciously attractive nephew is out to ruin her carefully laid plans.
Reid Harder has never met an obstacle he couldn’t overcome. When his new position in the romance department comes with a benefit his uncle didn’t mention, he decides to wage a war against the intelligent, beautiful Liza to destroy every argument she has for turning him down. Still, the closer he gets to winning the prize, the more he realizes that the woman is keeping secrets that may endanger not just her life but his. Will Liza overcome her mistrust of Reid to reveal her secrets before he learns the truth and walks away? Or will a grudge-wielding apparition from her past make her the next deadly Hollywood headline?
  
If I Say No (Bk 2 - Cover)
Title: If I Say No

Author: Brandy Jellum
Publication Date: December 2014
Series: Say Something, #2
Publisher: Booktrope

Reid Harder thought his life was seemingly perfect. He had the woman he loved and nothing could go wrong. The only exception comes in the form of his brother—Rhett.
Set on revenge, his brother will stop at nothing to make Reid pay for his past mistakes. Teaming up with the FBI, Reid is determined to put an end to his brother once and for all. But sometimes, fate has other plans in store. His relationship with Liza is falling apart, enemies become friends, and family becomes his worst nightmare. With the future unknown, Reid must figure out a way to make amends with his past if he wants to move forward with his future.



Guest Post: 
Writing: It’s a form of Art

I am often asked what my writing process is, and for the longest time, I didn’t think I really had one. But as time went on, the more I answered this aged old question, I realized that I do have a process, and it’s quite lengthy. It’s also different for each stage I’m at.
For all my projects, it usually starts with an idea. A sentence, a word, or a character that doesn’t fit with the stories I’ve already created. Then I began to piece things together such as; what’s this character like, why are they like this, and where do I want them to end up. Based off that, I figure out what genre it’ll be, which is Romantic Suspense most of the time, and start going from there. I start to add in all the elements, figuring out who the Antagonist is, and what they want. I think of different ways to bring suspense to the story. For example, in my first book, IF I SAY YES, the main character is hiding in plain sight. She’s changed her name, her lifestyle, her looks, everything. Six years pass, and she thinks she safe, until she starts receiving threatening emails. Her apartment is broken into, notes are sent, and ultimately she is pulled into a terrifying situation where she comes face to face with the person after her.
Once I get the basics down, the twists and turns, then I get to work. Which is another process all in itself. Being a stay at home mother of four kids, it makes squeezing in writing difficult, and hard to stay consistent. Thankfully, my husband and I have a pretty good schedule down. When he gets home from work, I basically disappear. I pull out my computer, get my notes ready, and start scrolling my playlist. For me, music is key to how the next two hours of writing will play out. Once I get the music sorted out, I make sure to have a soda nearby, (preferably a Dr. Pepper), and whatever candy or snacky thing I’m addicted to at that moment. I take a moment to get myself relaxed and ‘in the zone’. I open a new Word doc or my current one, plug in my head phones, turn my music full blast, and drown out the world around me.
It takes a lot for me to get started on a new project, but once I do, I’m like a freight trains whose breaks just went out. There’s no stopping me until I reach the finish line. Only to start all over again. I’d say it takes a solid twenty minutes, every day, mentally preparing myself before I actually get to the writing part of it. But it works for me. Everyone has their own process; athletes, singers, actors, etc. They all have their way of preparing for their task. You should see my approach and process when it comes to edits, but that’s a story for another day. And I’m not ready for people to think I’m not all there just yet…


Author Pic Author Bio:
Brandy’s passion for writing began long before she actually sat down to write. As a child, she has had an obsession with reading, everything from the classic stories by Jane Austen to YA Fiction by Richelle Mead. Finally, in 2012, she decided to create her own stories for people to fall in love with.

Brandy bounces back and forth writing both Romance and Young Adult Fiction (which is mainly just for fun).

At the beginning of 2014, Brandy signed a contract with publishing company Booktrope. She is very excited about the next chapter of her life and cannot wait to share her books and passion with readers.
When she isn’t writing, she can be found chasing after her husband, her four children and her black lab, Diesel. Or curled up on her favorite corner of the couch with her newest book.
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This tour was organized by Good Tales Book Tours.

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