A Working Mom and Author Shills for Her Book

Hi, everybody, it’s Sara.

“Who?” you’re thinking. “I’m supposed to know who this Sara person is?”

I wouldn’t blame the majority of our readers for not knowing, because I’m sort of the “shadow” WMAG these days – the invisible one who rarely posts. Why? Because I’m working what sometimes feels like two, even three jobs.

You see, I’ve got a book coming out in a few months – February, to be exact. It’s a young adult novel called RIVAL, about two girls, once friends, now enemies, who are getting ready to go up against one another in a major singing competition. In addition to my job job, I’m doing a lot of work to get the word out about RIVAL, all the while working on a couple of new books. This author thing consumes nearly every second of my time when I’m not with my family or doing work that actually brings home some bacon. (Novels do bring in bacon, but not enough yet to pay the mortgage and put food on the table… but that’s a previous post.)

The good news is that I’ve got some opportunities for you, or someone you love, to read RIVAL before anybody else. Part of book marketing is getting advance reader copies (ARCs) into the hands of people who, hopefully, will read the book, love it, and help spread the word. To that end, I’m hosting two random drawings for ARCs. Here’s the scoop!

The first drawing is for teens only. If you have a daughter (or even a son) who you think would like this book, please encourage them to enter! I’ve got 5 ARCs set aside for teens and will be doing the random drawing Dec. 1. For details on how to enter, please go here.

The second drawing is for fans of the TV show “Glee.” I feel like my book has a lot of similar themes, not the least of which is the fact that it’s about singers in a high school choir. I’ve got 3 ARCs for “Gleeks” of any age and will be doing this random drawing December 15.

If neither of these sound like they’re down your alley but you’d still like to read RIVAL, there will be other opportunities to win both advance copies and finished versions of the book. I’ll keep everybody updated. I’m even available to do author visits via Skype (or in person, if you live in Cincinnati) if you’ve got, say, a mother-daughter book club that wants to read it.

Just watch this space. I’ll come out of hiding every now and then for an update. Oh, and I might even post a bit about being a working mom against guilt. (Today’s quick story: My six-year-old thinks I’m famous because my photo is on the back of my book. Yeah… I haven’t washed my hair in two days, I’ve got animal cracker mush on my sweats from hugging the baby, and I’m racing to meet a deadline while trying to figure out how to fit in a trip to the grocery store. This is just how I imagined the glamorous life would be! 🙂

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