Monday, May 27, 2019

That Guy and That Girl by Natalia Albrite (VBT, guest post, excerpt, and GIVEAWAY) GFT Updated




Whoops, my apologies! I forgot to add the wonderful post by author Natalie Albrite, who shares...



Top 5 Reasons Why Self-Publishing is My Chosen Path


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Natalia Albrite


I started writing That Guy and That Girl in May of 2018. From the very baby beginning of the journey I knew that shopping it out to traditional publishers was not a route I would take. Here are my top 5 reasons why:
 


#1 Permission from myself is all I need. I got to tell myself go and I still get to tell myself go. I don’t have to wait for anyone’s approval or permission to write. The only permission I need is my own and I really appreciate that. At this point, it’s really hard to imagine any other scenario appealing to me.

#2 Freedom of choice about what I write: I get to decide. Right now, I’m solidly in a new adult sports romance phase and I enjoy the heck out of it. I am committed to seeing this series through. However, I love that within this series I can add any tidbits or plot points that I feel drawn to. Also, in the future, I can move into new genres if I choose. My goal is to build an enthusiastic and loyal audience that’s willing to take chances with me.

#3 Great authors to emulate on this path: wow, the examples are endless! So many of my favorite authors are self-published geniuses and I can do the research to discover and emulate their paths. Penny Reid, Elle Kennedy, and Sarina Bowen are just three of the authors who I’ve noticed are blazing some amazing self-publishing trails. I really appreciate that this path is not mysterious or out of reach. The steps are logical and clear.

#4 I get to be a creative and a businesswoman. This is the best combination of skills I have ever had the privilege of using. I adore getting to exercise my creativity and tell stories. It is so much fun and satisfying in a way that nothing else has ever been. I’ve also been surprised by how fun the challenges of marketing and building a business are. I get to use a totally different side of my brain and pat myself on the back for problems solved and infrastructure built. If you would have told me a year ago that I could build my own website and send out a newsletter, I would have laughed at you.

#5 All the benefits are mine (and all the risk too). All of this infrastructure that I am building now is all mine. I haven’t shot to the top of any bestseller lists yet but the key word is yet. I have a plan for the future and I truly believe that if I stick with it and remain consistent I can achieve my goals. I can do it at my own pace and luckily for me, I get to receive all the benefit of that building.

For me, self-publishing has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. Sure, I’d love the exposure of a major publishing house but truth be told, I love that I get to learn at my own pace. I can make mistakes and I can have victories and all of that belongs to me. I’m so grateful that the tools I need are within my reach. Who knows what the future holds but for now, I’m so grateful for this journey I’ve begun!




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by

Natalia Albrite



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GENRE:   New Adult Contemporary Romance



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BLURB:



Olivia Meadows is excited to finish her senior year of college as a volleyball national champion beside her teammates and best friends. A complication arrives in the form of John Hunter, that guy, her brother’s best friend whom she has had a secret crush on since she was eleven years old. Effortlessly charming and handsome, with a body honed by years of playing football, John initiates his charm offensive and Olivia finds herself unable to resist him.

John Hunter is pumped to finish his senior year of college as a football national champion beside his teammate and best friend. The only thing missing is that girl, Olivia Meadows, his best friend’s little sister. He needed to sow some wild oats before settling down with Olivia but now he is ready for something serious with the girl he has always admired. 

Be careful what you wish for. John and Olivia find themselves dealing with adult consequences very quickly and wondering if their young love can endure the pressures of adulthood. Will they find deeper love or implode from the pressures of their own making?



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EXCERPT
  

I spot Marcus in my dad’s hand-me-down Maxima with John in the front seat next to him. Oh jeez. John Hunter. He’s that guy. He’s the stuff of young girls’ dreams and I gave him up long ago by trying to turn my eyes to other guys. The way I see it, it’s like this: 1) he’s Marcus’s best friend and I have no interest in messing up their friendship; 2) he’s not an intentional player but he’s a player just the same; and 3) thank you, but I’ll skip the broken heart, please. I’ve grown up in proximity to this handsome devil for most of my life and he still manages to make my stomach drop when I see him.



It’s such a cliché to say that he’s tall, dark and handsome but clichés work for a reason—they’re inescapable kernels of truth. John is tall at a striking six feet and four inches. He’s dark with his almost-black hair and deep brown eyes. I can’t forget the handsome with his perfectly structured jaw line. Ridiculous. Just by looking at him, I can feel my adrenaline kicking in and the sweat gathering. Great.



I plaster an annoyed look on my face because that’s how we interact with each other. That’s part of our unwritten script. He plays the charming rogue and I play the cynical wallflower who is suspicious of all his kind gestures. He jumps out and does a half-bow. “Madame, your chariot,” he says as he gestures to the front seat.









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AUTHOR Bio and Links:





Natalia is a lifelong reader and lover of romance novels. Before finally tapping away at her keyboard to create her own stories, she tried all sorts of professions: elementary school teacher, barista, seller of make-up, baker, and the list goes on. When she isn't pursuing the arts, she's hanging out with her husband, two wacky children, and full-figured Corgi.



















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22 comments:

  1. Great post and I appreciate getting to find out about another great book. Thanks for all you do and for the hard work you put into this. Greatly appreciated!

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    1. Thanks for taking the time to read it and check in! Feedback is so appreciated!

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  2. Great admiration for going the self-publishing route.

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    1. Thanks! It's been great for me that's for sure!

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  3. Interesting cover -- make me want to read it.

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    1. Thanks! I truly admire the talents of graphic designers! They can do amazing things!

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  4. Where do you do most of your writing?

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    1. It totally depends on who else is home and where they are. In a nutshell, I find whatever quiet corner I can which ranges from my bedroom to the playroom to the kitchen and I've even been known to stake a claim at my 11-year-old daughter's desk!

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  5. Thanks for hosting me today! I lost track of the days with Memorial Day so I'm late getting here to show my gratitude!! Apologies for that and again, thanks for everything!

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  6. I'm looking forward to reading this.

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  7. Good luck with the release!

    --Trix

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  8. This sounds like a great read! I've already added it to my TBR! Thanks for sharing! 💖

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