Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Guest Post & Giveaway: "Remedy Maker" by Sheri Fredricks

I like to welcome Sheri Fredricks to my blog today for a guest blog and a great giveaway to a lucky commenter. Welcome Sheri!

Hi everyone!

Thank you to Danielle for hosting me today.


I have a prize for one lucky commenter, so don't forget to leave your email address! Among other goodies, your name will go into the grand prize drawing for a $20 Amazon gift card at the end of my book tour.

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Not too long ago I was reading a blog that asked if you could predict your driving behavior.

The scenario:

The light turns green, but the car in front doesn't move. Twelve seconds go by. Do you think you'd be more likely to honk if the car was an old Ford, or if it was a brand new Porsche?


2012 Porsche Boxster


The surprising overall answer came back that the majority of people would honk at the Porsche over the Ford.

Thinking about the study, as it might apply to books, I began to wonder . . .

If a book were published by a traditional publisher (ie: Kensington, Avon, Harlequin, etc.), presented to the reader with an eye-catching cover, and written by a NYT bestselling author . . . .

Would that give a reader extra enthusiasm over another author who worked equally as hard, published by a relatively young ePublisher, had the sharp cover, but didn't yet have the aforementioned exposure?

Let's use JR Ward's books as an example because I'm a huge fan of hers. Her book jackets are only a tease to what you'll read between the front and back covers. And once you open the first page, you're automatically transported to another realm — into a world where vampire warriors are huge, sexy, and love their mates.

The main character in Remedy Maker is enormous — larger than life. He's a centaur . . . and in human years, he's old. I gave him a strong persona, some real major head-trips, and a sworn duty that must be performed.

A part of his moral fiber is commitment to see things through to completion. When he agrees to help the heroine if she helps him in return, their story begins.

Here's a quick excerpt:

Patience brought a slender foot to the blue rug. Each tiny provocative toe aroused his possessive Centaur half, demanding that he take what he wanted. He couldn’t pull his gaze away. Typical of the sex-starved dog he was, he followed the sensual assault.

". . . so I’m good, thanks.”

His mouth closed with a distinctive click, and he snapped his gaze to her face. He caught himself leaning forward in his seat, his mug resting on the rocker’s arm. Rolling his shoulders and plastering a bored expression on his face, Rhycious made a show of slouching further back into the chair and rested his black boot over a knee.

"Good, that’s . . . good. I’m glad you’re much better.” Oh gods, he blabbered like an adolescent scenting his first spring heat.

Concentrate on your duty. He’d just come out and say it, get the damn ball to roll into her court.

 “You want to find your sister. I’m in a position to help.”

Disbelief crossed her face, turning into surprise, and finally tears welled to overflow. They gushed from her eyes to stream down both peachy cheeks. Well, that certainly cooled his ardor. She hung her head and sniffed, wiping a finger under each eye.

"That’s so cool of you. I wasn’t sure what I would to do.” Her watery smile wavered, lips trembling. “Don’t know how I can ever thank you.”

He caught himself before the lewd suggestion popped out of his dirty mouth and got him in trouble.

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Lately, I've read many great books by brand-new authors. More times than not, I've come away from the story feeling like I've found the next NYT bestseller.

Recommendations and posted reviews are the best ways to show love to your favorite authors. Do you give an equal chance to a writer who is new to you?

Here's where you can find me on the internet:

Website:    www.sherifredricks.com

Thank you for your hospitality, Danielle.
And don't forget to leave your comments!

Sheri is generously giving away a surprise gift to one lucky commenter don't forget to leave your email address.  

Among other goodies, your name will go into the grand prize drawing for a $20 Amazon gift card at the end of her book tour.


24 comments:

Becky said...

Great post! I loved the excerpt for "Remedy Maker". I'm looking forward to reading it.

beckyqward@gmail.com

Gale Nelson said...

Love the cover! Thanks for the giveaway! Gale Nelson gfc pgan427@yahoo.com

Carin said...

This sound wonderful, what a great new twist to the romance realm to add a centaur. Not something you see much outside of epic fantasy but the excerpt was great! Thanks carin
mawmom(at)gmail(dot)com

erin said...

Thanks for a fun post and giveaway!

efender1(at)gmail(dot)com

Sheri Fredricks said...

Becky: I'm glad you liked the excerpt. You'll love the book :).

Gale: Isn't the cover HOT? *giggles* Thanks for coming by.

Carin: It's brand new concept and a fresh read for anyone wanting that special twist on things. I hope you will read and enjoy Remedy Maker.

Erin: Thanks for coming by!!

Melissa Limoges said...

Nice post, Sheri. And to answer your question, yes, I do give the very same opportunity to a newer writer. In some cases, I feel like a newer writer might appreciate my review a bit more. That's just my opinion, of course. I love the cover of Remedy Maker, and once I read it, I'll be sure to leave you a review. :D Wishing you many sales, chicklette.

Margery Scott said...

Great post and excerpt, Sheri. Because I know how important exposure is to new authors, I definitely give equal opportunity to a new author.

Daryl Devore said...

I'd have honked at the Ford or the Porsche. I never look at publishers - so they don't affect whether I'll buy the book and most of the writers I've read in the past year are new - new to me or brand new authors.

Greta excerpt and post.

Sheri Fredricks said...

Melissa - you're a shiny gem! I've been finding many new authors to fall in love with lately. Thanks for coming by.

Margery - The debut author's road is a hard one. Sometimes you feel like a door-to-door salesman. Thanks for stopping by!

Daryl - LOL, I'm with you! The 5-second rule doesn't just apply to dropped food, it applies to the car ahead of me when the light turns green! LOL!!

Jenna said...

I'm the rebel--I've have honked at the Ford. Love the premise and excerpt for Remedy Maker, Sheri! Looking forward to reading it. :)

Neecy said...

Hi Sherri,
Love the cover, excerpt and did I mention the cover...Lol
I wish you the best of luck with your sales and can't wait to read the book. No pressure, the gift card will work too.
Neecy

Martha Ramirez said...

What an awesome giveaway---compliments the awesome book!

Sharon Cullen said...

I said Porsche too. :-(

Christine Warner said...

I'm with you Sheri...I've read some great books by debut authors....and lately I have been doing most of my book shopping from books I've learned about on blogs!

Sara Walter Ellwood / Cera duBois said...

I've only recently began reading books from epubs... Mostly because until I got my ereader I wasn't about to pay for the POD. I'm finding some really awesome reads among the epubs----and my writing buddies. Your book is definitely on my TBP...Congrats, Sheri, and good luck!

Betty said...

Hi Sheri!! Great post, as usual :) Since I still can't buy the print version of Remedy Maker, I'm just gonna have to stalk you all over the internet and keep trying to win one lol. If I win, you know where to find me, but my email is

bessieinthewell@yahoo.com

D'Ann said...

Great post! Keep your chin up and your faith strong. It'll all work out.

Karen Wilson said...

Wonderful post and I still love your cover.

bn100 said...

Interesting post. As long as the book sounds good, I'll read it.

bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

Julianne Keller said...

Oh yes, I like finding new authors, that's why I do a lot of blog hops. Always looking for something great to read. I'm willing to give anyone a try as long it's a genre I read.
luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com

Sandy said...

What a great post! I'd honk at either vehicle! LOL Unless of course I was busy reading my Kindle at the stop light. LOL

sandywolters(dot)author(at)gmail(dot)com

Tore said...

I love to read this book. Please enter me in contest. It sounds very good. Tore923@aol.com

Stacy Richman said...

Thank you so much for this giveaway. I can't wait to read this book.

tinyauthor at yahoo dot com

Sheri Fredricks said...

Thank you, everyone, for stopping my interview. I appreciate it very much!

Lots of thanks also going out to Romance Book Junkies for having me here.

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