Friday, October 15, 2010

Guest Post by Farrah Rochon & A Giveaway!


Please help me welcome romance author Farrah Rochon, who I was lucky enough to meet  through twitter. When I found out her newest release, Huddle With Me Tonight, was about Football, I knew I had to have her on here to talk about it! She's also offered to give away one autographed copy of Huddle With Me Tonight to one lucky commenter! For details of the giveaway, please see below

The Long Haul

One of the cool things I’ve discovered about Twitter is that you can learn

a lot about people just by checking out who they follow, as was the case
with my first encounter with Buckeye Girl. I can’t remember who retweeted
one of her tweets, but having followed Ohio State football for several
years now, her name caught my eye. And seeing as I mostly tweet about
books and football, it was inevitable that our paths would cross.

As I thought about the topic for this blog post, I tossed around a number

of ideas, but something I heard last weekend as I watched a slate of
college football games pretty much picked the topic for me. There were
several major upsets last week, but one analyst pointed out that the
college football season is a long season, and those teams who are in it
for the long haul are the ones who will come out on top.

If that doesn’t apply to writing, I don’t know what does.

Everything about the publishing business is painfully slow. From the

months (even years) it takes to write a book, to the months (again,
sometimes even years) to find an agent and hopefully sell the book; it can
be an agonizingly long process. And don’t expect the process to speed up
once the book is sold. Writers then have to wait up to a year or more
before seeing their book on the shelf. Then, if they’re lucky enough to
earn royalties, expect to wait months before seeing any of that money,
too. That college football season seems like a breeze when compared to
what writers go through, doesn’t it?

Just as a football team endures setbacks throughout the season--from

injured players, to surprise losses (remember Michigan vs. Appalachian
State?)--writers can also count on huge roadblocks as they travel along
their journey. Rejection letters, writer’s block, and people who tell them
they’re wasting their time with this writing dream, can make reaching
their destination seem impossible.

But we all know that nothing is impossible, and that goes for both writing

and football. Teams that maintain their composure throughout the long
college football season will have a better chance of making it to the BCS
Championship in February. Along those same lines, it is the writers who
are in it for the long haul, who take the bumps and bruises this sometimes
brutal profession throws at them and get right back up again, who will
eventually come out on top.

Where to find Farrah: 

All Paige Turner wants is to be taken seriously as a journalist. The entertainment columnist and blogger extraordinaire gets more notoriety than she planned when her scathing review of NFL superstar Torrian Smallwood's memoir sparks an online confrontation. But that's nothing compared to the sensual heat that tackles her when she meets the heart-stoppingly sexy athlete face-to-face...
Torrian can't let Paige derail his dream of a new career as a restaurateur. Even if the sassy, sultry writer is making America's favorite wide receiver yearn to be on the receiving end of her desire. And with a reality TV cook-off propelling them into the spotlight, Torrian can no longer hide his passionate secret goal--to build a future with the woman who's making an end run around his heart...

To win an autographed copy all you have to do is be a follower of my blog and say that you want to enter the giveaway. I have to have a way to contact you if you win, so if your email address is not on your blogger profile, please leave it below. Giveaway is open until  9:00pm Monday October 18th, 2010. If I do not hear from the winner within two days of being contacted, I will chose a new winner.