THE COUPLE by Harlie Williams * Guest Post & Giveaway

Title: The Couple
Author: Harlie Williams
Publisher: MuseitUp Publishing
Release Date: December 28th 2012
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Heat Level: Steamy
Length: 3,200 words
Available At MuseitUp | Amazon | ARe | BookStrand | Smashwords

A woman has one thing on her mind tonight…sex. Dirty, sweaty, kinky sex with a cowboy. With her man gone more than he is at home, she needs the release.

After being away for two weeks, a cowboy goes looking for someone to play with for the night. Being away is part of the job but not having someone to come home to is hurting his soul. Feeling disconnected in his love life, the red head will be perfect.

Once they meet, can one night of pure passion led to more than just a one night stand for either of them? Communication is the key to every relationship. Can these two find a way to connect emotionally or are they destined for heartache.

Warning: This title is intended for readers over the age of 18 as it contains adult sexual situations (including BDSM/light bondage) and adult language and may be considered offense to some readers.

Guest Post

As a newbie author I’m finding things that worked as an owner of a review site do NOT work when it comes to promotion of your work.  I’ll try to explain in both ways that my brain works.

Do’s of Review Promotion:

1.       Facebook or Networked Blogs is essential.  This is easy peasy to set up and you never have to worry about getting your post up on FB or Tweeter.  It does it automatically when you post.

2.      It’s not necessary that people leave a comment or two.  It’s nice but I can look at my site stats and know how the blog is doing for that particular post.

3.      Word of mouth by the author is critical. 

Don’ts of Review Promotion:

1.      Don’t lose your integrity or reputation trying to please everyone out there.  You can’t please everyone so let it roll off your back.

2.      Make sure that you email the author with the link to your review.  Also, publishers like the link, too.  Not doing this means that you don’t care about the book or author.  Authors remember this and will spread the word.

3.      Get in FB or Twitter and slam a book or author.  Oh yes, I’ve seen it and its awful.  We are grown adults.  Let’s act like that and keep it professional.

Do’s of Author Promotion:

1.       Make sure you have an author FB page.  If you can, keep your author and real life separate.  (Still haven’t master this and I don’t know what to do at this point)

2.      Post at least once a week on your blog.  Readers need to “hear” from you even if it’s something simple as what you are working on.  Again, Networked Blogs is a godsend.

3.      Try to find some blogs that you can become part of or a group to join.  Cross promotion and having author buddies keeps you honest.  (Again, this eludes me.  I’ve actually “tried out” for some blogs and didn’t make the cut.  Sad, I know but that’s life.)

Don’ts of Author Promotion:

1.       Over promote.  Yes, it happens and I have tuned out authors because of it.  I don’t need to be reminded every couple of hours that you have a new release coming out.  (I realize this happens more often on FB and unfortunately, I ignore it.)

2.      Getting into cliques on FB or Twitter and excluding other authors.  Yes, this does happen often especially on Twitter and I have stopped following people because I never felt welcomed.  And yes, I did try to join the conversation and was ignored.  To me it’s unprofessional and really…are we still in high school?  Nope, we are grown adults.  Try to act like one. 

3.      Over sharing on social media.  Again, I don’t post what I’ve had for breakfast, what I’m wearing or what I’m going to do over the weekend.  I know this makes me a very boring author but my writing and real life is completely separate.  Plus, I have a child and I don’t want the freaks in this world to know about my personal life. 

As you can tell, it’s a completely different animal when you are an author.  Some people will argue my author points but reviewers will understand the reviewer points.  A lot of what I thought would work, hasn’t and it’s reflected in the one review now two reviews that I’ve gotten.  I didn’t have an author mentor that some authors have and most people still see me as a reviewer not author.  *sigh* It’s a double edged sword with me but I’m still out there writing. 

If anyone has any ideas, let me know.  I’m all ears.


“What’s a girl like you doing at a bar like this?” he asked.

Her voice was a purr, like a cat well satisfied with its stolen pitcher of cream. “I’m looking for someone special.”

Hoping that she meant him he asked, “Did you find him yet?”

“Maybe.” The glint in her eye told him he was definitely in the running.  However, I’m not looking to hook up with just any old cowboy.  He must be able to go the full eight seconds and come back for more.”  She eyed him from head to toe.  “Think you can handle that?”

Oh, I can most definitely handle you sweetheart.

Not wanting to seem too eager he replied, “I’m not sure but I’m willing to try.”

“Do or do not.  There is no try.”  He struggled not to let his grin escape.  The fact that she was trying to seduce him made his dick twitch.

“Let’s just say I’m looking to burn off some pent up frustration. A little excess energy.  And I’ve got plenty to burn.”

The way she shivered at his words, he knew he almost had her.  He winked as she licked her crimson lips and blew out a small breath.  Damn what this woman is doing to him. 

He pushed her knees apart with his left leg and was rewarded with the amazing scent of her arousal.  The knowledge she was wet for him had him close to going off in his jeans. 

Houston, we have lift-off!

“Why don’t you have a seat cowboy and we’ll talk about it.”

She gasped when he shocked her with a brush of his lips against hers; fighting with everything he had not to deepen the kiss. 

Patience, patience.

He would play her game for the moment but sooner or later, she would be his.  Tied up and begging for more. 

He asked her, “Now about that eight second ride?”

Prizes are: Grand Prize of a $25 GC; secondary prize of 3 eBook copies of "The Couple" (1 each to 3 winners). Contest is tour-wide, open internationally and ends Mar 6. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter.

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I’m just a city girl living in a small East Texas town. As a child, I devoured books but writing a book was never in the equation. Teaching literature to high school students was my goal. After being in a corporate cube for over 25 years, I’m a stay at home mom. I started writing as a dare and here I am. I’m married to my own hero and a mother to an awesome son. He has no idea that his momma wrote a book. He just knows that momma spends a lot of time on the computer.

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  1. Great excerpt. Congratulations on your release!! I tweeted.

    • Maria D. on February 6th, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    Great guest post and so, so true! I too suck at the “social media” thing….sigh.

    Congrats on your debut release and keep plugging away!

    • Alyssa on February 6th, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    I have a lot of friends that have made the transition from blogger/reviewer to author and they’ve all had this same issue. It’s a whole new world you have to brave, and I think you’re doing great!

    • maw25 on February 6th, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    Thanks Ella, Maria and Alyssa. Its been rough making the transition believe me. I’ll keep chugging along though. 🙂


  2. LOVED your Do’s and Don’ts of promotion! Well done you!!

      • maw25 on February 7th, 2013 at 2:48 pm

      Thanks Liberty. Unfortunately because I’m not FB/Twitter whore, I’m lost. 🙂


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