Things Lia Riley Wished She Knew Before She Was Published – Guest Blog and Giveaway

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Things you wished you knew before you were published
1) Having a writing career is a marathon, not a sprint. Settle in for the long haul

2) There is never a perfect time to write a book. The muse isn’t ever going to turn up and grant you an audience unless your butt is in the chair working. So turn up every day, happy or not.

3) Chill. Not everyone will love you. You aren’t a special snowflake. And that’s totally fine.

4) Weekends are work days. Sob.

5) This really was a good idea! A bad day writing is better than most any other day.

5_14 Riley_Upside Down_TPIf you never get lost, you’ll never be found…

Twenty-one-year-old Natalia Stolfi is saying good-bye to the past-and turning her life upside down with a trip to the land down under. For the next six months, she’ll act like a carefree exchange student, not a girl sinking under the weight of painful memories. Everything is going according to plan until she meets a brooding surfer with hypnotic green eyes and the troubling ability to see straight through her act.

Bran Lockhart is having the worst year on record. After the girl of his dreams turned into a nightmare, he moved back home to Melbourne to piece his life together. Yet no amount of disappointment could blind him to the pretty California girl who gets past all his defenses. He’s never wanted anyone the way he wants Talia. But when Bran gets a stark reminder of why he stopped believing in love, he and Talia must decide if what they have is once in a lifetime . . . or if they were meant to live a world apart.

About the Author:5_14 Lia Riley_Photo Credit Kitti Homme2After studying at the University of Montana-Missoula, Lia Riley scoured the world armed only with a backpack, overconfidence and a terrible sense of direction. When not torturing heroes (because c’mon, who doesn’t love a good tortured hero?), Lia herds unruly chickens, camps, beach combs, daydreams about as-of-yet unwritten books, wades through a mile-high TBR pile and schemes yet another trip. She and her family live mostly in Northern California.

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