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It’s Alive! Player in Paradise is Published!

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I’m excited to announce that my New Adult novel, Player in Paradise, is now available at most online retailers at the following links!

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IQ8HI6C

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/player-in-paradise-rebecca-lewis/1118621329?ean=2940149275250

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/406067

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/player-in-paradise/id820800534?mt=11

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Player in Paradise Teaser #1

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Let #TeaserTuesday begin!! Today I am going to share the first chapter of my new adult contemporary romance novel, Player in Paradise. Please add it to your Goodreads list if you’re interested in reading more! The book is set to launch on March 1 and the cover reveal is set for this Friday!

PLAYER IN PARADISE

Chapter One

I follow my boss’s Louboutin-clad footsteps into her large corner office, clutching my notepad and pen.

“Welcome to the PWR Group,” she says, pronouncing PWR like power. “I’m Priscilla Wilhelmina Ray.”

Owner of the PWR group and famed celebrity publicist, Priscilla Ray basically runs the fame game in Los Angeles. Her public relations agency represents some of the biggest movie and television stars in the world, and it’s her job to keep them relevant.

When I accepted the position of Junior Publicist, I had no idea that I’d be reporting directly to her. Now I know I’ll need to be on point at all times, continuously proving my worth and competence in the world of PR.

I take a seat in the white leather chair on the opposite side of her glass desk, and she immediately runs off three rules that I, as a representative of the PWR Group, must always follow whether on or off the job.

Rule One: Never act like a fan.
“Asking for autographs or pictures on the red carpet will make it your last time on the red carpet.”

I nod, scribbling her words down in my notebook. That one should be easy. I interned at a radio station until college graduation a few months ago and ran into musicians in the hallways every so often. No big deal.

Priscilla swipes on a fresh coat of shiny pink lip gloss after taking a sip of coffee and spits out the next command.

Rule Two: Keep your secrets safe.
“Never tell a journalist something about your client that you wouldn’t want the whole world to know. Even non-juicy info will be up on the Internet ten seconds after it comes out of your mouth.”

“Got it,” I respond. I’m pretty sure I can keep my lips sealed around media. I’m not that much of a blabbermouth.

“And Olivia, this may seem obvious, but you don’t know how many times I’ve had to fire staff for this one…” She leans in close and looks me straight in the eye.

Rule Three: Keep it in your pants.
“I mean it; these celebrities know how to seduce young girls like you, and it never ends well. Trust me when I say mixing business with pleasure can get seriously messy.”

Awkward much? I try not to break eye contact with her as I reply. “Yes, of course.”

What movie star would want me anyway? I just moved to L.A. from a small town in rural Florida and I felt like an alien from the moment I stepped off the plane. I swear I was the only girl at the gate not wearing a velour tracksuit, toting a small dog in an oversized purse. And in what seemed like a sea of blondes, I was the lone brunette.

Thankfully, I quickly connected with my cube-mate Mandy, another East Coast transplant. She moved out from Boston a year ago and had been at the PWR Group for nearly the same amount of time. She warned me that the job didn’t quite live up to the description on the agency’s career page, and after a few weeks, I found that out for myself. Instead of jumping into the glamorous Hollywood scene, I spent most of my work days and nights stuck in a tiny cubicle, slaving away on my laptop.

Mandy pops her head over the cube wall we share. “Leaving soon?”

I peel my eyes away from the spreadsheet I’m working on and peek at the clock. It’s after five, as usual.

“Probably not. Cassidy Evans has a premiere tomorrow night and I’m still finalizing the guest list.”

Lately it seems like my life revolves around lists – guest lists, media lists, invite lists, VIP lists…

“That sucks, hope you finish soon.” She grabs her bag and heads for the door. “Call me if you need anything.”

“Thanks, have a good night.”

I stare back at my computer screen, but my eyes can’t focus. Stupid Cassidy Evans. I blame the pop-princess-turned-movie-actress for my lack of having a life. She’s my biggest client, but I’ve never actually met her. I know I need to work my way up the food chain, but I still wish Cassidy knew I existed, especially since I’m constantly busting my ass trying to keep her famous.

She’s certainly no Oscar winner, but she’s made a few fun teen-friendly flicks. Cassidy’s mostly in the tabloids nowadays though due to one major thing – her famous boyfriend, Austin Ford. Austin’s the hottest up-and-coming actor in Hollywood, as well as a notorious bad boy. There have been reports of him getting into fights with the paparazzi, public intoxication, and speeding tickets up the wazoo.

One perk to being behind the scenes in Cassidy’s life is that I’m privy to all the insider information on her and Austin’s relationship. The best, and probably biggest secret of all, is that the PWR group arranged for Cassidy and Austin to be together. From the timing and location of their first date, to everything they do and say in public with each other. I’m constantly calling every paparazzo in town to make sure they’re on hand to snap photos of them. In fact, everything is strategically planned to make it seem like they’re the perfect couple so that teens will pile into the theaters to see their movies and buy their products. I don’t particularly enjoy deceiving the public, but hey, it pays the bills.

Although, if I had to be in a sham relationship, I certainly wouldn’t mind pretending to date Austin Ford. He’s twenty-three, only two years older than me, and his sun-kissed skin and underwear model physique would draw any woman with an ounce of taste to do a double take. His wavy, light-brown hair and piercing blue eyes are just icing on the cake.

I’m suddenly shaken out of my Austin-filled daydream when the janitor approaches my cubicle to empty the trash for the night. I think that’s my cue to shut down and go home.

Merch Girl Character Spotlight – Lacey Kind

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Let’s get to know a little more about Lacey Kind, the main character in Merch Girl.

Lacey Kind

Lacey Kind

Full Name: Lacey Anne Kind
Birth Date: July 31
Favorite Color: Purple
Favorite Band: Lansdowne!!!
Heels or flip-flops?: Flip-flops
Favorite place you’ve traveled?: LA was wicked cool, I love celebrities.
Favorite snack: Oreos
Tell us something we would be surprised to know about you: I am fluent in French and I once dyed my hair pink (temporarily)
Favorite TV show?: Anything on MTV
Favorite book?: The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Favorite Movie?: Almost Famous
Best tour memory?: Spending time with Logan in New York City

To learn more about Lacey, and her time on tour, check out Merch Girl, available on Amazon now! http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CN0HNQO

Merch Girl is FREE July 25 – 29!

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If you’ve been wanting to read Merch Girl and haven’t had a chance to download yet, do it now while it’s free!! As part of my Kindle Select subscription, I am able to give readers the chance to purchase my book for free for 5 days. So what are you waiting for? Download it here now through July 29:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CN0HNQO/

 

About Merch Girl:

Seventeen-year-old Lacey Kind doesn’t have the guts to talk to cute boys, isn’t a size two, and would rather stay home and listen to music than go to a party. But in the summer before her first year of college, she ends up thousands of miles away from home, in the back of a tour bus, underneath the body of the hottest teen rockstar in the country.

When Lacey and her best friend Trina sneak into a Boston nightclub to see their favorite band, they not only get to watch their rock gods perform for the first time, but score a chance to meet the guys too. Lacey’s heart races as she comes face-to-face with her idol, nineteen-year-old lead singer, Logan Shire.

The girls charm their way into being hired to sell merchandise on Lansdowne’s first summer tour. As “merch girls” Lacey and Trina quickly find themselves transported from their ordinary, suburban life to an exhilarating few months on the road. But they soon realize that life on the road isn’t always a smooth ride…

Self Publishing – Lessons Learned Part 2

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So, it’s been a little over 2 months since I self-published my debut Young Adult novel, Merch Girl on Amazon using their Kindle Direct Program. Here are some things I’ve learned along the way. To read Part 1 of my lessons learned about self publishing, click here

Categories Matter

Amazon gives you the option to choose two categories for your book. I chose Teen Romance and Coming of Age when I launched my book. I believe that I chose the correct categories, because Merch Girl cracked the Top 100 in the best sellers list, and even the Top 30 in the Hot New Releases lists in both categories. This helped with the visibility of the book tremendously. 

Sales May Drop After 1 Month

Because of the visibility on the Hot New Releases list, Merch Girl was purchased much more than I ever imagined it would be. However, after about a month, the purchases did drop slightly. I played with the categories a bit, and it seemed that the book was doing better in Teen Romance than in Coming of Age. So, I removed it from the latter and categorized it instead under Music since the book is about rockstars and concerts. The book actually placed in the Top 10 best sellers in the Popular Music and Pop Culture Categories immediately. Exciting, right? Yes, it was cool to be a best seller again, but I kept it in the category for about two weeks and realized that it wasn’t helping sales at all. In fact, i think they were slipping because of it (less visibility to the type of readers I was trying to attract). 

I decided today to add it back into the Coming of Age category and see how it goes. I’m also planning on using my “free days” that Kindle Select gives you for being exclusive with them for 90 days. I’ll report more on that experience after the free days are used!

Happy categorizing!

Merch Girl Character Spotlight – Logan Shire

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I’m starting a new series of posts spotlighting the main characters in my YA novel Merch Girl! Here you’ll find the nitty gritty details that might not have made it into the book.

First up is everyone’s favorite rockstar, Logan Shire, lead singer of the band Lansdowne!

Logan Shire

Logan Shire

  • Full Name: Logan Matthew Shire
  • Birth Date: April 22
  • Favorite Color: Red
  • Favorite Band: Aerosmith
  • Boxers or Briefs?: Boxers
  • Favorite place to tour?: Boston, always!
  • Best prank you’ve pulled?: I tend to pants Griffin on stage a lot; he hates it, but that’s why it’s so fun
  • Tell us something we would be surprised to know about you: I used to have my eyebrow pierced, oh and I can do a perfect British accent
  • Favorite TV show?: True Blood
  • Favorite book?: Harry Potter
  • Favorite Movie?: The Departed
  • Tell us something about your bandmates that we wouldn’t know?: Ryan’s diet consists solely of pop-tarts, cheetos and mountain dew. Griffin tries to get a new tattoo in every city we go to, but our manager only lets him get away with it about half of the time.
  • Best tour memory?: Late-night conversations and pizza parties with some amazing new friends.

 

To learn more about Logan, his band and his first cross-country tour, check out Merch Girl, available on Amazon now!  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CN0HNQO

Merch Girl Anniversary Sale!

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Happy 1 month anniversary to Merch Girl!!

This month has been more than I ever expected it to be, and to celebrate, the ebook is on sale for just $.99 cents! This deal isn’t going to last much longer, so if you’ve been waiting to purchase, you should probably act fast! Click here for the deal: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CN0HNQO

And thanks to all who have already purchased a copy!