Thursday, July 3, 2014

And I thought writing the book was hardwork...

Like anything, the more you do it the easier it becomes. It's no different when it comes to writing a book. Now I'm not saying you can do it with your eyes closed after the first, but you learn things along the way from editors and other writers who read your work and pick up the mistakes in your style, form and sometimes content. Each subsequent book takes less time to write and though it may be riddled with editorial errors it's still a whole lot more polished than that very first manuscript you kissed  for luck before sending it off.

As a debut author with one itty bitty book out there in the Amazon jungle, trying to get exposure for it has been harder than writing it. At least when you're writing the story you have a plan, you know where it's going and though you may get stuck occasionally the plethora of ideas floating around your mind  helps you wriggle free. However, promoting it and getting exposure is a whole different ball game and I'm just learning how to play.

Since Doctors Beyond Borders was published and even before that epic day (for me!) it's been reviewed, spotlighted on blogs and bandied about social media. All of that has helped get it in front of readers. However, you have to be on the case to maintain the buzz. It's time consuming and sometimes I feel like it's all I'm talking about and that everyone's just bored with me! The more books you can publish the better it is for your brand but that's easier said than done. It is a very long process from beginning to end. At the moment, I have a book for sale, one being assessed by a publisher and another two in the pipeline. The sooner I get the next book out, Cuffs, the better, but I've chosen to wait and see if this publisher will take it up. I'm really hoping they will.

There is always the option to advertise, but I'm not sure if I want to go down that path just yet. To me books need to be spread to others by the people who love them, the people who read them. Besides, it's expensive and if I'm in the business of writing and selling books then I have to make a profit no matter how small. We'll see though, I may change my tune in time. You have to spend money to make money, right? Decisions, decisions. See what I mean? I just want to write. It's fun. It's sexy. It's what  I love to do. Promotion, on the other hand, can be a slog.

What do you think?

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Romance Royalties

Hi there friends,
My blog has been very quiet lately. I've been busy working, teaching, learning and over this last two months or so have had to change my priorities. This chapter will all come to an end in about seven weeks when my temporary teaching block will finish up and I'll have more time to blog and write books.

However, like all good things, I will miss the full time teaching role. It's my very first. It has been an amazing journey implementing theory into practice and I have learned so much along the way. Getting paid is something that hasn't happened to me for a long time too. Being a stay at home mum for many years, the funds from my husbands income were (and still are!) available to me. However, there is something about knowing you have earned some money and contributed financially to the family unit that makes you feel worthy. Not that I haven't contributed above and beyond in my role as mother, wife and CEO of our home, but it seems in our society if you're ain't earnin' you're ain't deservin'. My husband and  other men never made me feel this way. I hate to say it but it was working women (and only a couple but that's enough) that made me feel unworthy. Go figure.

Not only have I been earning some bucks teaching but I was paid my first royalty payments today for my debut romance, Doctors beyond Borders! No need to pop the champers, it wasn't a great deal of money, more than I expected, but I'm not off to London and Paris on a shopping spree not with my expensive taste! LOL.

All jokes aside, unlike receiving a wage/salary there is something deeply gratifying about receiving payment for something created or composed from your mind and having people out there buy it, read it and in some cases like it enought to review it. However, though it's my baby other people played a part in getting it out there like my my lovely editor Lauren McKellar and Managing Editor of Escape Publishing, Kate Cuthbert and I am eternally grateful to them.

So now I work on finessing my craft and writing more books for readers to read. Cuffs is currently being assessed by a publisher and I'm still working on Base.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Awesome Reviews

This week I was fortuante to receive two shit hot reviews for Doctors Beyond Borders. I'm not a bragger but I'm going to go against my nature. If you got 'em, flaunt 'em!  Right? LOL

So, if you've got an e-reader or know friends who have one please recommend my book because according to the reviewers you're all missing out!!!! But seriously, I'm not doing the hard sell. Really I'm not. I am just so freakin' happy and proud.




First up is Bex who is from Bex 'n' Books. She reviews tons of book. Here's her 4 star review.

Reviewer: Bex
Disclosure: This ebook was provided by the author in exchange for an HONEST and not necessarily positive review. 

Ariadne and Ford make for a fabulous couple to follow as they navigate their way through the heartbreak and danger in Sudan. Both characters are well developed with human flaws that make them believable and highly readable characters to follow.


I enjoyed the plot development and the interesting setting of Doctor's Beyond Borders. The author, Georgie Tyler, has crafted an intriguing read with a love mixture of romance, suspense and drama.

Next up is the lovely Helen. Here's what she has to say. Another 4 star review.

Doctors Beyond Borders by Georgie Tyler is the story of Ariadne Tate, a doctor who becomes involved with Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF). Ariadne is on a quest for fulfillment as she travels from Sydney, Australia to Abyei, Sudan to work in a hospital, providing assistance to the Sudanese people ravaged by war, famine, and disease. She leaves behind a concerned father and a recent betrayal. Her father says she’s running from the hurt of her ex-boyfriend’s infidelity. She believes she is creating a new beginning. With her new beginning comes her new pledge to never again get involved with someone she works with.

Ariadne sponsors Sudanese kids through a charity. Her first is a boy named Ablaye; she has lost contact with him. Her latest is a boy named Luol; contact with him has been recently severed. Ariadne is in pursuit of leads as to Luol’s whereabouts. Will she find him?

Ariadne stays in a MSF residence with five others. Hamish is a surgeon from Scotland. Tammy is a nurse from Kansas. Graciella is a midwife from Argentina. Luis is an anesthesiologists from parts unknown. Ford is a surgeon from Virginia.

After a disastrous relationship back in Virginia, Ford Gosden vows to never again ‘shit where he eats’. No good can come of it. That doesn’t stop Graciella from throwing herself at him at every turn. Ford rebuffs Graciella and avoids the women he works with, until he meets Ariadne.
Ford (against his own mantra: "Don’t get involved") begins a pursuit of Ariadne. His attraction is immediate, as is hers. But it will take a bigger temptation than attraction to get Ariadne to abandon her pledge.

After a trip in the mobile medical unit to the Sudanese outback, Ariadne and Ford return to the MSF residence with a new bond. But, after one steamy nighttime kiss and another soul-stirring one in the rain, is it lust or love? Before they can discover which, Ariadne learns that Ford will be going home, soon. To shield herself from hurt, Ariadne takes a vacation that will keep her away until Ford’s departure. So, Ford follows Ariadne to Mykonos, before going home. Does he get the girl?

While Ariadne awaits Ford’s return to the Sudan, she plans another mobile medical unit excursion with only a driver, a satellite phone, a rifle, and supplies. Ariadne is kidnapped by a Sudanese rebel leader called Yakubu. Ford rushes back to the Sudan and mounts a rescue attempt when he feels the authorities are not acting quickly enough. Will he get there in time to save her?

Doctors Beyond Borders is a contemporary romance. I don’t usually read romance; a lot of it is one-dimensional and cliché. This novella is neither. It has romance and sex, lust and love. It is well-paced. It has distinct, international settings, and is populated with attractive, exciting characters.

I highly recommend Doctors Beyond Borders to anyone who wants to read a great romantic novella which incorporates action and suspense as well.


Friday, May 9, 2014

Love in Exotic Places

Love in Exotic Places (also photo bait)

Is there anything more romantic, more conducive to steamy, sensuous passion than danger and desire in a far-flung exotic location? Escape authors Wendy L Curtis, Gracie Macgregor, and Georgie Tyler don’t think so! From the jungles of Papua New Guinea to the island paradises of Gozo in Malta and Mykonos in Greece and the harsh and beautiful Sudan, they’ve woven stories into settings as thrilling and unforgettable as the first stirrings of love. Here they share the excitement and the challenges of finding – and writing – love in a foreign land.
What’s the allure of an exotic location?PNG
Wendy: I love exotic locations because every time I dream about relaxing and not having a worry, it’s on a secluded island, with cocktails delivered by a cabana boy ! I do think it is how a lot of people like to dream about how their life could be different, so it’s a definite escape within books.
Sudan hutsGeorgie: I guess I’ve always been captivated by exotic locations. Not necessarily places with a 7-star rating attached to them, but places that are out of the way, or have religious, scenic, or remote location qualities. I’ve travelled but not as extensively as I would have liked to and always love to know about new places. I suppose when my kids have grown up I’d love to travel the world and write reviews of places for holiday makers as well as write novels and get paid to do it! A bit grand , but oh well, it’s good to dream. 
Majestic cliffs line Gozo's coastline.
Gracie: I think when we travel to an exotic location, even in our imagination, we allow ourselves the chance to become different people. It takes courage to immerse yourself in a strange place, and you can’t help but grow from the experience. You’re already open to new possibilities – a different culture, all the amazing sensory experiences – so there’s always that tantalizing potential for something wonderful to happen to you.

Exotic settings are perfect for romantic suspense. How did you choose your setting to ramp up the tension?
Tour boats just like the ones in Hearts on Hold call Xlendi, Gozo, home.
Gracie: My setting chose me! I was holidaying on Gozo, basically just soaking up the sun and history and atmosphere in the little coastal village of Xlendi, and suddenly imagined how a peaceful, sleepy place could be the ideal setting not just for love and romance, but for sinister secrets and scandal. There was that underlying tension between past and future, between innocence and greed. Of course, the sinister secrets, scandal and greed are all fiction! The beauty, peace and romance are the real Gozo.
Cairns
Wendy: I wanted people smuggling to be a part of my suspense angle without focusing on it completely. I also needed tropical storm activity, and it had to be close to Australia, as refugees coming in boatloads is a very hot topic here. But I also did not want to present it with a biased POV about the right and wrong of it but with a human compassion feel about the only ones in the wrong are the ones profiting from the hopes and pain of others. And anywhere I chose had to be known enough for most Australians to understand the beauty of it, but also volatile enough for there to be a real threat of danger there, and I definitely didn’t want to choose a real place that might be offended by being portrayed as something illegal going on there. So I made up a small island off the south coast of Papua New Guinea, and never had any national people actually involved in the smuggling except by skippering a boat to take people to the detention centre so he got to keep the boat for his fishing. So I needed another nice place to set part of the story in, which turned out to be Cairns.
Sudan
Georgie: Sudan was an obvious place to set the story for me. I sponsored four boys there for many years through a charity and would correspond with them through their translator. When I came up with a story involving MSF doctors and a scary warlord, Sudan was the perfect location. The internet was my friend as I researched as much about the location as possible. I’ve never lived in Africa and have only visited it as a child and have no memory of it. However my father spent some years growing up in Iraq on a RAF base and had many stories of life in the desert. As for Mykonos, I have visited the island and Greece several times as my mother is Greek and I grew up in England and I think it’s pretty hard to beat a summer holiday in Greece!

What did you find most difficult or challenging about writing in these settings?Sudan women
Georgie: Sudan is not a country many people know much about. However, there is a wealth of information on the internet and I tapped into it! Describing landscapes and weather patterns, political turmoil is relatively easy as this information is accessible. The more difficult research is understanding the people and the way they think. I had to draw from my bank of knowledge, my relationships with people who have lived and worked in Africa (not necessarily Sudan), who have lived and worked in Muslim countries, doctors and nurses (I seem to know a lot of people who work in the medical profession! It helped since my main characters are doctors!).
Moorish influences appear in farms and villages all over Gozo.
Gracie: I was very conscious that I was writing about crimes and intrigue happening in a small place, filled with real people getting on with their real lives. I haven’t had that same concern with setting stories in busy metropolises, because there’s an anonymity in big cities that means you can write about the people in a shop or a bank and not be worried a reader will think you’re writing about them or someone they know. I wasn’t in Xlendi long enough to get to know anybody very well, so all the characters are entirely fictional, and I was keen to make the central antagonist an outsider.
800px-Papua_New_Guinea_(5986599443)Wendy: Hands down the most difficult aspect of using PNG as a setting was the fact that I didn’t want to ever disrespect the very proud people who call PNG home. For this reason I made a fictitious island off the South Coast and was very sure I always portrayed the people and the place in a good light. Also, I’ve never been there, so I tried to anchor my story there with what we might all believe it would be. Most of my story takes part in Cairns, also a very exotic location but a lot more accessible for me as a writer.

Why do you think an exotic setting works so well for the romance genre?
20833Wendy: Romance is a genre readers use to escape from real life for a while. I think an exotic location aids that healthy escapism. There are plenty of places we’d love to go but may not ever get a chance, or places we’ve been that these settings remind us of. 
19910GeorgieExotic rhymes with erotic! No, I’m only kidding! I think a good romance novel can be set anywhere. It’s the relationship between the hero and heroine and how it unfolds that is important. However, I like to read and write books that take me to another place. I want to smell the spices in the air or hear the crash of the wave as he lowers his head and steals his first kiss. I want the conflict in the story to extend beyond the protagonists’ relationship and for their environment to have a hand in their journey of discovery. I also love to learn about new places and since authors are also researchers, your general knowledge grows.
9690Gracie: I like Georgie’s point about exotic rhyming with erotic! Travel takes us out of our everyday routines, makes us less inhibited people, more spontaneous, more ready for excitement – more ready for love! Exotic locations are not just great places to discover new love; the fashion for second honeymoons suggests they’re also fantastic for rejuvenating tired love. I thoroughly recommend them!

And what exotic places are next on the horizon for you or your characters (ie what are you writing now?!)
Georgie: The locations of my next two books are inner city Sydney. However, many from rural Australia, other states and beyond may find it an exotic setting. Perhaps one day I’ll write a story set in Mongolia or Tibet/Central Asia. Now that’s exotic! Anyone got any ideas?!
Gracie: I’m going back to Gozo, but in a very different time setting. Gozo has long been thought to be the true identity of Ogygia, the island home of Calypso in Homer’s Odyssey. Calypso was a famed beauty, and a very tragic figure as well. I’m telling her love story.
WendyI definitely have a PNG follow-up story coming and that will have a good dose of Tasmania in it as well. Tassie is my home state and there are places here that can just take your breath away and it often gets overlooked as an exotic location.
Wendy L Curtis is the author of Above and BeyondGracie Macgregor’s book isHearts on Hold, and Georgie Tyler wrote Doctors Beyond Borders, all published by Escape Publishing.
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Monday, May 5, 2014

Fresh Fiction - Review of Doctors Beyond Borders

"Medical workers in Sudan meet danger and romance"

Having agreed to work with charity Medecins Sans Frontieres, Dr. Ariadne Tate travels to Sudan in DOCTORS BEYOND BORDERS. She's from Australia so the heat isn't too big an issue. Reckless drivers and basic bathroom facilities are less welcome. She has no intention of getting involved with colleagues, having found the hard way that such romances are not ideal.

Kidnapped aid workers and armed militia driving around their compound make life uneasy for the medics, who are surgeons, nurses and midwives trying to do their best in this war-torn country. Another doctor, Ford Gosden from America, seems to know his way around, and he has an effect on Ariadne beyond friendship. He has been known to have light romances, but never with colleagues, and he silently expects that one tour in Sudan will be enough to send Ariadne packing.
Disease, gunshot injuries, malnutrition and parasites are not helped by lack of standard medical facilities, so improvisation is the way to go while the heat saps strength. On a three-week tour of villages with Ford, Ariadne's familiarity with Arabic comes in useful, but there's nowhere to hang her mosquito net, and she needs to beware of scorpions. The political situation is ropey and people have no security, no wealth. Seeing the crude, perilous environment helps us understand how co-workers may start a relationship for escapism as much as love.

Anyone interested in volunteering will be fascinated by this story of hard-pressed people striving to make a difference, while those looking for a romance may count it among their more unusual reads. Landscape descriptions are simply put but effective: when the rains suddenly start, the paprika surroundings turn to a sea of melted chocolate. Aid workers whose stories I've read fantasised constantly about food, and that does seem to apply here, with one good restaurant meal on a sojourn amounting to a feast. Then it's back to the brutal reality and drama of Sudan, where foreign women are in particular danger. Georgie Tyler has done well to show the tension-filled actuality behind what we see on TV screens in DOCTORS BEYOND BORDERS. I'll be looking out for her next venture into adult romance and realism.

Learn more about Doctors Beyond Borders

SUMMARY

When Ariadne Tate takes a deployment to Sudan with a medical aid organisation, romance is the last thing on her mind…but Dr Ford Gosden puts a glitch in her plans. Too damn attractive for his own good and a thoroughly nice guy, Ford slowly seeps under Ariadne's skin.
But Sudan is not a stable place to form a relationship, and as political tension escalates in the region, Ariadne has no choice but to focus on her job and her safety. Under the protection of a UN convoy, she heads out into the war-torn countryside — and the unthinkable happens. Captured and held hostage by a renegade with no chance of escape, Ariadne's hope for a new life with the man she loves begins to fade and the fight for her life begins

By Clare O' Beara

Reviews like this by book reviewers like Fresh Fiction make all the hard work, angst and self doubt worth it. Not much comes close. Thank you Clare O' Beara.



Sunday, April 27, 2014

Book lovers unite!

Since I'm going to be teaching high school English for the next few weeks, I've had to put my reading books aside (reading and some writing) to dive into texts  I haven't read before and some I haven't read for a very long time. I've come to realise over the last few weeks that I'm a lover of all books (given they are written reasonably well) and genres.

I've always loved reading romance and have immersed myself in their pages for the last couple of years completely. I love the first spark of love, lust, attraction that draws the main characters together despite the obstacles and conflict determined to keep them apart. But like a freight train with no brakes the power of love, lust, attraction is too great a force and they collapse into each others arms. I love the HEA. I don't want to feel bereft and hollow at the end of a book (Romeo and Juliet is an exception. It's a tradegy and we know what we are getting ourselves into from right from the Prologue) and definitely not a romance. It's not allowed anyway! As a reader I want to know the characters are in love, together, forever. That's why I love this genre so much. But now I realise as the romance fog lifts, I had forgotten how much I love books just generally. Duh! I guess I always knew it but haven't been reading widely of late and before that I'm not sure what the hell I was doing. I was in a baby producing and rearing haze. I have vague memories of those years. The most prominent are babes suckling at my breast, Wiggles DVD's and flowery flannel pyjamas! And no I'm not posting a photo!

Anyhow, the point of my quite pointless blog entry is that I wanted to say that books are wonderful. Booklovers already know this, I know. But when deciding what you'd like to read next try not to get caught up with literary snobbery or because you may have read one book once from a particular genre or author and vowed you would never touch anything of the like again. Be open-minded. I always tell my children to 'mix it up'. By that I mean try different things, be adventurous, find a balance (to put it in context I usually say this to the boys when they've spent a good chunk of the day on their blasted X Box!) Most readers don't really understand how much time, effort and good old blood, sweat and tears goes into writing a simple, single faceted book let alone a book with layers of subplot, multiple themes and depth.

So, go on 'mix it up'. You won't regret it.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Romance in a harsh land

I watched a short film many moons ago and it got me thinking. Now when I say short, I mean very short. I think it was attached to the popular movie, Love Actually and rolled after the final credits.

Picture this. Two African women sauntering across a dry, cracked earth, each carrying a stack of sticks strapped securely to their backs. You get the idea that this isn’t the first or last time they’ll be taking this journey. In fact it’s a daily routine for them.  They’re chatting in their own language and it’s subtitled. Reading their banter I was a little stunned, I’m embarrassed to say, because their discussion surprised me, and at the same time immediately connected me to them. Why? Because they were commenting on their life, dreams, husbands, children, neighbours, community. Not that different to when I enjoy a coffee or meal with friends.

Sometimes we forget the common humanity we all share, whether you live in a war torn, famine ravaged country or safely nestled away in a suburb of Sydney. It was one of the many factors that led me to write my debut romance Doctors Beyond Borders which is available on the e book shelves of all the major etailers. Ariadne Tate, a doctor with Medecins Sans Frontieres is eager to escape the world of work based gossip having been a prime target in Sydney and discovers that the same observations, elucidations and interpretations are made amongst the Sudanese medical staff as they are in  laid back, first world Sydney.

Ariadne and Ford, the heroine and hero of my story and both doctors represent the many people in the world that dedicate months or years of their lives using their skills to help the afflicted and less fortunate. My ex pat characters chose this path for many different reasons but the common thread is the desire to offer up their skills in active charity. I admire them. I applaud them. I wish in my younger years I had been more proactive like them. I’m so glad I penned a story around them that’s now available for others to read.

Kids and family are my priority at the moment, but maybe in my twilight years when my brood have flown the coup, my passive assistance may transform into something more active. I’d like to think so as these people have the same hopes and dreams as the rest of us; the eradication of poverty, improvement in health and a better world for themselves and their children.


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