Monday, November 11, 2019

*Book Tour & Giveaway* The Revenge Game by Alice Gaines-GUEST POST

The Revenge Game 
by Alice Gaines 
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Adam Morrow is a self-made millionaire. But one night with her could ruin everything... 

I’ve worked my ass off for what I have, and I’m damn proud of it. I started off with nothing and now I’m filthy rich. Let me tell you, there’s nothing like revenge to help you get your ass in gear. And that’s what I’m taking, with every exclusive resort I open—sweet, sweet revenge...on her. 

Nicole Westmore was my first love. The poor little rich girl stole my heart with her sweet smile, hot body, and irresistible innocence. The summer I worked for her father was the best time of my life...until he drove me away. Even then, I thought Nicole would wait for me. She didn’t. 

And so, I decided to get even, opening rival hotels, slowly driving them out of business. The old man is gone now, but Nicole is still running the company that’s about to collapse. All my hard work will soon pay off. 

And then I catch sight of her at a wedding, and all those feelings come rushing back--for both of us. Still, she doesn’t know what I’ve done—yet—and she seems more than willing. What will one night in her bed hurt? 

The sex is hotter than ever, and I can’t help wondering if I’ve made a mistake. Until I get up the next morning...and realize I’ve been kidnapped! 

Alice Gaines lives in the San Francisco Bay Area in a fixer-upper house she never fixed up. Aside from writing and reading hot, hot romance, she loves cooking, knitting and crocheting, and her church. She has a pet corn snake named Casper and she's insanely passionate about the funky soul band, Tower of Power. 

Advice you would give new authors?
First, two phrases that are absolutely necessary. One, we have from Nike—Just do it! I don’t know how
many people I’ve met who want to be writers or authors but don’t write. That’s the single most definite
way to make sure you never get anywhere. Write. No matter what, write. That’s one thing the industry
can’t keep you from doing. You can always write. You have almost total control over that.
I say almost total control because, of course, most of us have other demands on our time. You can’t not
feed your children (although you can figure out easy, less time-consuming ways to do it). You can’t not
show up for your job. But most of us can find some time to write, even if it means missing an hour of
sleep before the kids wake up.
Then, too, life can send tragedies that will suffocate the desire to write out of you. If that happens, don’t
beat up on yourself. Realize you can’t write just now, but the desire will come back. Then, go back to
The second phrase comes from Galaxy Quest—“Never give up. Never surrender.” Trying to become

successful as an author is an enterprise designed to crush your spirit. I started in the days before self-
publishing, so you had to convince an editor (and the senior editor and the marketing department) that

your book could make money for the publishing house if you wanted to see it in print. I’ve met a lot of
editors and agents, and they’re overwhelmingly delightful people. But when it comes to seeing the
brilliance of the book you’ve slaved over for moths, they suddenly turn stupid and reject you. This
happens almost all the time, so get used to feeling rejected.
Or, and this is worse believe me, you do get accepted, and your baby is published and no one buys it.
Your sales suck. The publisher no longer thinks you can make money for them, and they drop you. I’ve
been dropped by the same publisher twice—published, dropped, published again, dropped again. Two
different publishers have done this. It’s gawd-awful.
So, you develop a thick skin. When bad things happen, and they almost always will, have some chocolate
or gin. Nurse your wounds for a while and then pick yourself up, look around for something to do next,
and get writing.
These days, you can publish your own books. In the beginning, lots of people made lots of money doing
it. These days, that’s not likely to happen to you unless you’re a marketing genius. I’m not here to tell
you not to self-publish. Just realize that the chances are good you’ll put that literary gem out there and no

one will read it. If that happens, refer to the paragraph immediately above.

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  1. Thanks for stopping by, Alice, and providing such truthful insight to publishing. Yes, if you want to be a writer, "just do it!." But a lot of writers don't realize that this path is not exactly a money maker (you still have to keep your day job, folks!) In fact, you often spend money to promote it. So then why do we do it? Because we love it!