The Hardest Part of Writing by J.L. Petersen – Guest Blog and Giveaway

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The Hardest Part about Writing

The hardest part about writing is facing publishing. I always wanted to write stories and have plenty of them in my head. But life had me pushing that aside until recently. In my “work” career I was a perfectionist. I would work hard and long to ensure I met deadlines, excelled at my and my employer’s expectations and through the years gained the experience and confidence to be at the top of my game. However, when it came to writing to publish I was starting anew. I hadn’t written anything non-work related in years (I won’t mention how many years) and dealt with insecurities and fear that I would embarrass myself. When Love in a Moment was published I was shy and hesitant to talk about it with anyone. But as I continued to publish I became more comfortable with putting myself out there to be judged by others. It was okay that my stories or writing style didn’t appeal to everyone. I have learned through the process to continue to improve at my craft and be okay with my work.

Another challenge was figuring out how to get published. All those questions every author asks themselves. Do I submit to the traditional publishing houses? Do I learned to self-publish? Is there something in-between? How much can I afford to spend to publish? How do I get editing done? Oh, so many questions and it seemed overwhelming. I’ll admit I still don’t know if the path I chose is the most lucrative but it is the most comfortable for me. Basically, part of my choice to go a direction different than the traditional route still had to do with being insecure that the big houses would dislike my work. But the more I’ve learned I know it’s not the way I want to go. The indie and small house publishing is more flexible, better timelines for turnaround and has a growing presence in the publishing world.

All in all the road I’m on has definitely been one with curves, pot holes and hills but I am getting a good workout and stronger for the walk.

Logan, the eldest of the MacBride clan, is thrilled at his brother Clay’s pending nuptials to Sandy. But when Sandy’s sister RJ arrives at the family’s ranch, Logan’s world is turned upside down. However, the sisters’ shared past has created scars and barriers against love testing Logan’s ability to push aside his need and patience to win RJ’s trust and ultimately her unwavering love.

Enjoy an Excerpt

Logan studied the woman. He’d bet his favorite horse she thought she was portraying herself as stoic. All he saw was a woman on the verge of breaking. Remorse filled him. He jumped in thinking he knew where the trouble was as he had done with virtually all his siblings since their father died. Now he wasn’t so sure he had approached this situation right. Straightening, he rubbed the back of his neck and tried again.

“Look, I may have jumped the gun a bit. There’s obviously something wrong that has both of you in tears. Can’t I help?”

Frowning at his words, RJ tried to determine if the man was playing her. She’d been burned before by family trying to manipulate her with caring to get what they wanted. Studying him, she captured his image as she would one of her pictures. Studying it for all the nuances not readily seen. Tall, lean with a broad chest, he stood with an ease many would envy. His hair was mostly covered by his cowboy hat, but black locks escaped at the back of his neck. His face was all angles with sharp cheekbones, strong forehead and a nose that looked like it had been broken along the way. His lips were firm and his eyes deep blue.

The eyes held her. There seemed to be sincerity in them but something else was pulling at her. When her mind grasped what that was, she sucked in her breath. Want. And, as if he realized she saw his wanting her, his eyes narrowed and became more intense. She pulled her gaze away quickly, and once again, turned towards the balcony doors. Gathering herself from the shock of his wanting her, she realized her body was tingling. Not good.

“I appreciate the offer, but it’s not something I want to discuss with a stranger.”

Logan was stunned to know she saw his desire for her. It only seemed to heighten his need to grab her and hold tight. When she spoke, he knew he needed a bit of space to process what was happening to him. “I can appreciate that. But don’t be hasty about leaving. Why don’t you join us at the ranch for dinner tonight? If you come about four, you and Sandy can have some private time to talk.”

About the Author:

J. L. Petersen lives in Denver with her husband. She finds inspiration in her adopted state of Colorado. She’s enjoyed reading all types of romance for years and finally found the courage to start telling her own stories. Ms. Petersen believes love is the strongest, most powerful of emotions. It allows us to trust, believe, forgive and have hope. Her stories try to bring those emotions to her characters.

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  1. James Robert says:

    Thank you for the excerpt and giveaway as well.

  2. Thanks for hosting!

  3. congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win

  4. Enjoyed reading your guest post today. I’m not a writer and never aspire to be one but the road to publication must really be a daunting experience. When considering books to buy, I think I prefer reading something that has been published via an actual publisher (big or small) rather than the self publisher. That being said, some writers who have self-published have been successful because what they wrote is worth reading. I think that’s the publishing pitfall today for many would-be authors. Everyone thinks it’s easy to write a book, so they do and they self-publish and it’s a piece of garbage that should never have seen the light of day. Makes it bad for the rest of the people in the field who actually have a good book worth reading.

    • J. L. Petersen says:

      It is a quandary, Karen. And I agree there are many books out there that need a bit more refining editorial wise. Hopefully, you found my book to be worth the read. Good luck!

  5. Sounds like a good read.

  6. I’ve enjoyed following the tour and reading all of the excerpts & posts along the way. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  7. I have enjoyed the tour, thank you.

  8. bernie wallace says:

    What book would you like to see a sequel to? Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win. Bernie W BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

    • J. L. Petersen says:

      Hey Bernie. I read so many book its hard to say. I’ve recently just started reading Jill Shalvis. So far she hasn’t disappointed. Good luck!

  9. Thank you, miss Petersen for your amazing guide for indie or self-publishing writers. I understand a lot of things as I read this article and learned a lot. Any writer, I agree, is unsure about himself in any things but I think the experience can tell us as our readers, what we reached and how we succeeded.
    I really enjoyed your article and wish you all the best!
    Would like to enjoy your books

  10. J. L. Petersen says:

    I would like to thank everyone at Long and Short Reviews for hosting me on their blog. I love interacting with new readers and hearing from them. Good luck All!

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