Friday Spotlight: Serenity King

10 things people don’t know about me.

1. I ran track from junior high school to high school

2. I was a gymnast in junior high and high school

3. I am an avid Nascar, basketball, and football fan.

4. I am in school pursuing a degree in psychology

5. I have a degree in business administration

6. I have worked as a legal secretary and a paralegal altogether for about 15 years

7. I have done interior decorating.

8. I was an independent title closer

9. I love to joke around and have fun.

10. People will never believe this, but I was ordained in the church a while back; although I left that church, I still work with their women’s ministry and others. I was honored in 2009 at a banquet for the work that I do with the women.

Thursday Spotlight: Serenity King

Online book promotion can be difficult. You have to be dedicated to getting your information out there, which can also be complicated if you do not know where to start.

The utilization of all of the social networks, such as, Facebook, MySpace, Yahoo groups and Twitter are of the utmost importance, in conjunction with a reliable website and blog page. The most important thing is getting yourself and your book out there to the public. Publishers want to know that you are not solely depending on them to promote your book but that you are putting in an effort as well. Doing interviews and scheduling blog chats are also great online promotion tools. Each interview and blog chat puts your information in the eyes and ears of the old as well as the new readers.

Because of time restraints and my tight schedule, along with doing my own online promotion, I have decided to hire a promotional company to help promote my books. The use of a promotional company helps with getting my books on sites that I am not privy to and frees up a great deal of my time. The time saved can be utilized for writing more stories and spending time with my family.

Wednesday Spotlight: Serenity King

Balancing life and writing can be difficult without a plan.

When I first started writing I had about five WIPs (works in progress) going at once. I thought because I had started them I had to work on all of them at once to complete them. Well lo and behold those WIPs are still WIPs.

On top of my writing I am in school obtaining a degree in psychology and I have two teenage sons living at home with me. Anyone with children knows that with school, after school activities and the like, life can get very busy, very fast. Things became overwhelming very quick, so I had to formulate a plan to balance my writing life along with everything else.

I used to teach a class called “Managing Your Time and Priorities.” I took the knowledge from that instruction and incorporated it into my current situation. I keep an electronic agenda and start off with what’s top priority and work from there. What can wait is either moved to the next day or further in the week if possible. So far it’s working beautifully.

The hardest thing for me to conquer was balancing my writing with family time. Now, it is understood that my deadlines are my deadlines. I might not be available at the drop of a hat now, but that is okay, because we will still be able to do things together. The time I schedule with them is not broken unless there is an extreme emergency and vice versa. My writing time is not to be interrupted unless there is an extreme emergency. Actually, my family time is starting to turn into some great writing material.

Tuesday Spotlight: Serenity King

My goal when I first started writing was to self-publish and see how it worked before I tried to submit to Beautiful Trouble Publishing. Being familiar with the person you sort of get a feel of what they would be looking for in an author. I knew them as authors before they became publishers. I absolutely love their books! After working with them for several months I knew that BTP was a place that I wanted to be. They are tough in that they will comment on your story without trying to change your prose. The comments help, but don’t hurt the story. I like the fact that they are not afraid to say yes to a new author and no to an established author. They are tough but they are also fair. Not only that-their editors are just awesome. Seriously, in the few months that I have worked with them I have learned a great deal about my writing. They are so helpful. Each story that I submit I learn something new about my writing as well as what it will take to get me from being a “good” writer to being a “great” writer.

Earlier I said that they were tough, well, their toughness is what’s pushing me to be a great writer. Many people can write erotica but when there are stringent guidelines that must be followed by a publisher, you get to see just how good you are, by producing a great story even with the guidelines. There are things that BTP just will not allow in a story and for me, that’s what keeps me rooted and grounded in the values that I hold dear. It is so easy to do something that you don’t believe in just for the sake of publication; I don’t even have to contemplate doing something like that with BTP.

Monday Spotlight: Serenity King

I began working with my publisher quite by accident. I had read all of their books and loved them. In the process of working on my own story, I would email one of the owners, Jayha Leigh, and ask a bunch of questions about getting started. I wanted to self-publish a manuscript I was working on. Jayha was very patient with me and answered every single question that I had and then some. She even went as far as sending me valuable information that I would need as an author.

In the process of trying to self-publish my manuscript, which was wanted by a publisher, I emailed Jayha asking her to review my synopsis. One thing led to another and Beautiful Trouble Publishing asked if I wanted to write a short story for their Cowgirl series. I immediately accepted the offer to try. I submitted “Let’s Ride,” which was accepted, and that started my writing career with BTP. Needless to say I ended up submitting Simply Beautiful to Beautiful Trouble Publishing as well. So far I have three releases scheduled to be released through Beautiful Trouble Publishing: Diamond’s Seduction, Sensual Seduction and You Are My Lady.

Working with Jeanie Johnson and Jayha Leigh “JandJ” of Beautiful Trouble Publishing has been an awesome experience all around. These two ladies know what they are looking for in a book and in an author and will not settle for less.

GUEST BLOG: SERENITY KING

My name is Serenity King and I am a new author of interracial/multicultural erotica and contemporary romance. My first short story Let’s Ride was published through Beautiful Trouble Publishing in early May, 2010. I have three new titles coming soon from Beautiful Trouble Publishing: Diamond’s Seduction, You Are My Lady, and Simply Beautiful.

This is my first guest blog and I have no clue as to what to talk about. Well, here we go! I absolutely love writing romance. I do not write romance that demeans women in any way, nor do I write the kind of romance where there is a lot of baby momma drama, or the heroine and hero do not stay together. I try to write about intelligent individuals that show mutual respect for one another. It is ironic to me that many readers want to read a romance novel where the hero and heroine do not end up together with a happy ending. Well, to me that is not romance. Romance is just that– romance. There is already too much disrespect in the world to be writing about it in fictional romance novels. Besides if men and women respected each other more, there would be less divorce and more staying power in relationships. I absolutely will not read something knowingly where the hero and/or the heroine demean one another, unless it is nonfiction. My heroes and heroines can take care of business in a boardroom as well as the bedroom.

I am fiercely devoted to my characters and have a strong passion for Alpha males. My males are Alpha family-oriented men who Live, Love, and Fight for their women.

I absolutely love Beautiful Trouble Publishing, they have authors that write about characters you can love, respect, and admire. BTP Rocks!

Let’s Ride
Serenity King
Description: contemporary, erotic romance, IR (WM/BF)
ISBN: 978-1-936271-64-1
Available at: https://beautifultroublepublishing.com/xcart/Lets-Ride-EBOOK.html
Download: Adobe PDF, HTML, MobiPocket PDA (with DRM

Serenity King is a new author of interracial/multicultural erotica and contemporary romance who has been reading romance novels since her auntie placed a Harlequin in her hands at the age of sixteen.

Serenity is fiercely devoted to her characters and has a strong passion for Alpha males. Her males are Alpha family-oriented men who Live, Love, and Fight for their women. She lives in the New York area with her husband and children.

Be on the lookout for more of Serenity’s works for your reading pleasure. She loves feedback from her readers, so she’d welcome your e-mails to serenity.king088@gmail.com.

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