Saturday, February 9, 2013

First Book Second Chances

I'm excited to be part of the Firsts Blog Hop sponsored by Marketing For Romance Writers along with forty other authors. I hope you are enjoying all the different posts. Our blog hop giveaway is a $10.00 gift certificate of the winner's choice, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iTunes, etc. Leave a comment below to enter.

There is nothing more exciting for a writer than that first published book. You never forget the day you get “the call” or the day you behold that first published copy, though nowadays it’s just as likely to be an e-book as a print book. But it’s exciting either way, like your birthday and New Year’s Eve all rolled into one.

My writing partner, Anne Farrell, and I each got the call one October quite a few years ago, and our book was published the following April, as Private Affair, Kensington Precious Gem #121, and for an entire month it could be seen in the book section at Wal-Mart! Then it disappeared for more than a decade.

So it is almost as exciting for us to now see the book, now titled Worth The Risk, getting a second chance to reach readers in an updated and revised e-book version. 

Worth The Risk is all about second chances, something our main characters could use. All are wounded: Amanda from a humiliating experience in her past, Mitch from a terrible accident and disastrous marriage, and little Josh from the death of his mother.

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Blurb:

Children's librarian Amanda Lloyd values privacy above all else. Three years ago her wedding ended in disaster when her groom was arrested at the altar and the story of the 'Embezzler's Bride' appeared in the supermarket tabloids. The experience has left her determined to avoid being caught in the public eye again. Until she meets a sexy single dad with a scandalous past. 

Ex-racer Mitch Delaney is a public figure whose life has been plastered across the tabloids more than once. But he believes that anything worth doing is worth a risk. After the death of his ex-wife, he moved to Southern California to take care of his son Josh. He doesn't need the complication of a woman in his life, especially since Josh's grandparents have filed suit for custody. But Josh is on the hunt for a new mother and he has his heart set on Miss Amanda, and Mitch can't fault his son's taste.

Against her better judgment, Amanda finds herself falling for both of the Delaney men. When she agrees to accompany Mitch to a high-profile movie premiere, they draw the attention of the tabloids. Overnight Amanda’s private affair becomes very public indeed, threatening her job and Mitch’s custody suit. She’s waited twenty-eight years for the right man. But will happiness come at too high a price?

Worth The Risk is available in e-book format from the following ebookstores:

Amazon Kindle, Apple iTunes, Kobo, Nook, Smashwords and Sony Reader

Anne and I hope you enjoy the blog hop. Leave a comment below to win our blog hop giveaway: a $10.00 gift certificate of the winner's choice, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iTunes, etc. If you are commenting anonymously, leave your email address so we can find you.

Happy blog hopping!

Linda McLaughlin and Anne Farrell
w/a Lyn O'Farrell

Websites:
Anne Farrell http://annefarrellwriter.com/
Linda McLaughlin http://www.lindamclaughlin.com/
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/author/lynofarrell

42 comments:

Teresa said...

Congratulations on this second chance for your first book!!

Coleen Kwan said...

It's great you have another chance to reach new readers.
coleenkwan at gmail dot com

kittyb78 said...

Congrats on the second chance for your book. :)
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Margery Scott said...

Love your "call" story, and congrats on Worth the Risk getting a second chance.

laurie said...

Congratulations on this second chance for your first book!!

Ana Smith said...

Second chances are not so common, but I;m glad you managed to catch yours. :D

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celina k said...

Congrats on your second chance, and thank you for the hop!

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Linda McLaughlin said...

Good morning and thanks to everyone for visiting my humble blog. It's still kind of early on the West Coast, at least for me, but I'll catch up! The hop should be fun. Can't wait to see everyone else's posts.

Tammy said...


Congratulations on this second chance for your first book!!
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Debby said...

Congrats on your second chance. Looks like Amanda has some chances of her own.
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Anonymous said...

Congrat!

Worth The Risk is a wonderful story with characters you want to root for.

Patricia Thayer

Quilt Lady said...

Congrats on your second chance! Worth The Risk sounds really good will have to check it out. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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Anonymous said...

Congratulations on the release!

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Patricia Kiyono said...

Worth the Risk sounds like a great story! And yes, the first publication is very, very special. Hope you're enjoying the hop!

M. S. Spencer said...

Wow what great characters. Thanks for hopping with us! M. S.

Christine London said...

What a wonderful first book's second life story!! I bet you are so tickled!

Warm regards,
Christine London

Karen Cote said...

Just wanted to stop by and say great job everyone. You all have done MFRW so proud!

Linda McLaughlin said...

Had to go out for a few hours, but want to thank everyone who commented. I'm keeping track for the giveaway!

Tina Gayle said...

Enjoying the blog hop so much fun to see different author sites.

hotcha12 said...

THE BOOK WAS JUST AWESOME!!

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Linda McLaughlin said...

Thank you, Linda! (blushing)

Marlie Bridges said...

Congratulations on the second chance! I'm loving this blog hop - getting to see new authors and books!

Mer said...

Second chances are the best! Congrats!
I love reading about second chances...while firsts are fun, characters working through their baggage to earn their happy ending is great.

dancingcelt at gmail dot com

wanda f said...

Really enjoyed your post thank you for sharing with us today I look forward to snagging a copy of your book and diving in.Have a great week.
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squiresj said...

Would love to win. Please enter me. I am all for one for second chances. Before my daughter had to divorce and remarry, I had different opinions. But she now has a wonderful husband and I have two beautiful grandsons in Ohio.
jrs362 at hotmail dot com

Jina Bacarr said...

Congrats, Linda! What a great idea to take a book you and your partner both love and give it a new life.

I love stories where the romance has a family tie -- sounds like yours has an added twist besides that with the tabloids.

Did you find you had to "update" your story to fit in social media since your hero, Mitch, is a public figure? If so, how hard was it?

Meljprincess said...

One does indeed remember their 'first'. ;-)
Congrats!

Meljprincess AT aol DOT com

Linda McLaughlin said...

Mer, I definitely agree that characters with emotional baggage are more interesting and it's more fulfilling to see them get their happy ending. :)

JRS, so glad your daughter got her second chance at happiness. I married a divorced man, so I believe in second chances, too.

Jina, yes, we had to update the book a bit to bring it into the 21st century. Amanda was freed from her pantyhose, for instance. ;)

ilona said...

Congratulations on this second chance for your first book.I know exactly how exciting it is from my daughter's reactions as she is currently enthusing about her very first print book(even though it's an anthology with other writers).

ilona
felinewyvern at googlemail dot com

Linda McLaughlin said...

Ilona, how exciting for you and your daughter. You must be so proud. :)

Rue Allyn said...

What a wonderful story. I too love second chance stories.

hotcha12 said...

CONGRATS ON A WINNER LINDA! I'M SO GLAD I READ IT AND GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE!

Jina Bacarr said...

Linda,

LOL re: Amanda losing her pantyhose...I bet the hero was happy about that.

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Rolynn Anderson said...

Exciting time in your life! Congrats!

Linda McLaughlin said...

Veronica, yes, it can be very exciting.

Rolynn, thanks for dropping by.

I'm off for a few hours to meet with a writer friend, but back this afternoon. Have a good day.

bn100 said...

Nice blurb.

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chey said...

Sounds like a great book!

Shadow said...

Sounds great! Thanks for sharing! And thanks for the awesome hop and giveaway!
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Sandy said...

Love the concept! Wishing you and your writing partner success.

Linda McLaughlin said...

Thanks to everyone who stopped by to visit during the blog hop, and Congratulations to Jane S who won the $10 gift card.

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