Please welcome Michelle Hazen to OMGReads! Today she is sharing with us 5 things she didn’t expect about becoming a published author and spotlight on her recent release, Playing the Pauses …….
You have to spend so much time looking at stock photography of shirtless guys to properly promote a book. You really have to suffer for your art these days.
You need to be a graphic designer. Seriously, I had no idea that graphic design skills were so necessary for publishing books. I mean, if you have money, you don’t have to have skills, but I don’t have either, so…yeah.
For instance, my website is this beautiful wonderland of gorgeous banners and swirls and logos, but that’s entirely thanks to my college roommate’s husband, my critique partner in Texas, and a tech-savvy friend of an author who I only semi-know on Twitter. Shh, don’t tell anyone and blow my cover. Pretty much I just beg people for help. Dignity? Yet another casualty of the glamorous Becoming-A-Published-Author process.
You have to be witty! (So clearly, I’m not going to go far in this industry.) Getting people to love your books is like going on infinity number of first dates, and you kinda have to charm all of them. Did I mention that shirt looks really good on you today? Because it totally does.
- People are so nice to you!
I really didn’t see this one coming. I was all braced for those kind of reviews where some guy in Michigan says your book is so bad that he had to wear a garlic necklace while putting a wooden stake through his Kindle and he’s still trying to source holy water on Craigslist to sprinkle on the ashes. Anyway, I haven’t heard Word One from Mean Guy In Michigan. Instead, everyone has been so enthusiastic about Danny and Kate and my quirky little rock band family, and so sweet about helping me spread the word about the series.
- People know your imaginary friends.
It turns out when you publish a book, people like…actually read it. Which means now I’ve got people tweeting at me from Cypress, begging for Jax to get a love interest or asking if Danny and Jera ever secretly had a thing going, and if I think Jacob would like this one song… I love it. And when I say love it, please know that I mean LOVE in the “capital letters with champagne-flavored sprinkles” sense of the word.
We are excited to celebrate the release of PLAYING THE PAUSES by Michelle Hazen. This is the second installment in her Sex, Love, and Rock & Roll series. Follow the tour for reviews, excerpts, guest posts, plus enter to win a $50 Amazon gift card!
“Hazen’s use of the frantic energy of a rock band’s tour contrasts perfectly with the slow and seductive dance this couple engages in. Readers are sure to enjoy following The Red Letters on their drama-fueled climb to fame. “ —RT Book Reviews
“To call Playing the Pauses an erotic novel alone would be to belie its equally strong explorations of the boundaries between personal, career, and sexual growth.” —Midwest Book Review
When an ultra-independent tour manager meets the one musician she can’t resist, their kinks fit together perfectly, but their lives don’t. Michelle Hazen is back with PLAYING THE PAUSES, the second, stand-alone installment in her Sex, Love, and Rock & Roll series. Fans of Kylie Scott’s Stage Dive Series and YOU REALLY GOT ME by Erika Kelly, will love this bad boy, friends with benefits romance with a dash of BDSM mixed in.
Title: Playing the Pauses
Author: Michelle Hazen
Release Date: March 5, 2018
Series: Sex, Love, and Rock & Roll #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Rock Star Dom + his Queen of the Spreadsheet employee = KRYPTONITE
Kate is a globe-trotting tour manager who can’t be tied down.
Danny is a Dominant rock star and tattoo artist who needs her help to explore his true kinks.
Kate just got her big break, running an international tour for a rising band. Her job is everything to her…at least until she meets the band’s enigmatic bass player.
After they collide in one unforgettably erotic night on a hotel balcony, he comes to her with a proposition. As a former BDSM club performer, Danny’s spent so long fulfilling other people’s fantasies that now he wants to reclaim his own—and he says she’s the only one who can help.
Getting caught in bed with her rock star boss could cost her career, and yet there’s something about Danny’s quiet intensity that she can’t resist. He steals her heart, hard. But the end of the tour is approaching, and their jobs are headed two different directions.
To be together one of them will have to stop touring, but the only thing they crave as much as each other is music.
** This book can be read and understood as a standalone, but does contain spoilers for earlier books in the series. **
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About Michelle Hazen:
Michelle Hazen is a nomad with a writing problem. Years ago, she and her husband ducked out of the 9 to 5 world and moved into their truck. As a result, she wrote most of her books with solar power in odd places, including a bus in Thailand, a golf cart in a sandstorm, and a beach in Honduras. Currently, she’s addicted to The Walking Dead, hiking, and Tillamook cheese.
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