A warm welcome to author Xenia Melzer joining us today to talk about her new release “Love and the Stubborn”.
How to write a blog
The release date for my second book, Love and the Stubborn is approaching at rapid speed and I’m sitting in front of my laptop trying to figure out topics for the blogs on my blog tour. All the good advice about what to write in a blog is bouncing around in my head.
Be unique. Choose topics concerning the book. Or something about yourself or your writing. Be funny. Be interesting. Capture reader interest.
Easier said than done.
Love and the Stubborn is the second book in a series and somehow I managed to cover all the good topics on my blog tour for the first book, Casto. I wrote about the female characters, about horses, about threesome dynamics and character development. Of course, there are still areas I haven’t touched, but unfortunately, the second book is a key to the following third and fourth book and I can’t go into great detail without reaching spoiler territory. That limits the range of topics directly related to the book which I can choose from.
Talking about myself always makes me feel a bit uncomfortable since I assume that I’m not that interesting to begin with. I did a blog about getting my picture taken for the book, but I’m not sure if that counts as personal. It’s more like a fairy tale about the duckling without make-up and highlights who one day steps into the magic world of Barbie.
My life with two young children is not per se boring, but it isn’t a well of excitement either (and has nothing to do with fantasy, unless you count my wish for good folk in my house to do all the chores as fantasy) and I’m only funny when I don’t intend to be.
And I still have to write a blog.
So let’s try honesty here. Writing a blog can be a real hassle. Sometimes you just have a great idea and the blog practically writes itself. Those are the days where I lean back in my chair and love my life.
Most of the time though, you know you have to come up with six or more blogs for your release date and the good ideas just won’t come.
You don’t want to disappoint your readers. They spend time and money on your books and you want them to have a good time when they’re reading your blogs.
I’m a reader myself, so I know what I’m talking about.
Trying to make my blogs unique and fun to read is hard work. One would think that somebody who can come up with a plot for an entire series should have no problems writing a tiny blog of about five hundred words, but here I sit and don’t know what to tell you.
I enjoy writing my books. Of course, there are moments when I’m stuck on a character development, a sentence, a plot line or a certain phrase that I just can’t get right, but that is something I can resolve with a good long run in the woods. Most of the time.
Blogs are different. To me, anyway. When you I get stuck on a blog, I can as well delete everything I have written so far and start over. Luckily, this one didn’t turn out so bad.
I wish my readers fun with Love and the Stubborn and ask them to kindly tolerate my ranting about everything else.
All is fair in love and war. By now, Renaldo has found out the hard way how utterly stupid this statement is once you’ve met your match. And Casto won’t give an inch in their ongoing war for love.
After a tumultuous start to their relationship, Renaldo and Casto seem to have finally reached calmer waters. But just when Renaldo starts getting comfortable and thinks he can relax, things get out of hand again. His old enemy, the Good Mother, is dangerously close to defeating the divine brothers by reaching out to what is most dear to him. Casto still clinging to his stubborn pride is all the plotters need to drive him and Renaldo apart. Burdened by the secrets of his past, Casto fights with everything he’s got not only to save his life, but also to secure his future happiness. Facing the destruction of everything they have built together, Renaldo and Casto must choose between pride and love.
Xenia Melzer is a mother of two who enjoys riding and running when she’s not writing stories. She doesn’t like beer but is easily tempted by a Virgin Mojito. Or chocolate. Truffles are especially cherished, even though she doesn’t discriminate. As a true chocoholic, she welcomes any kind of cocoa-based delight.
You can contact her through her website: http//www.xeniamelzer.com
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