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About Jane Litte

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

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Giveaway: Carole Mortimer nearing her 200th book publication

Giveaway: Carole Mortimer nearing her 200th book publication

Carole Mortimer is quickly approaching her 200th novel published and I thought it would be fun to include an interview of her as well as a small giveaaway sponsored by Dear Author.

Carole Mortimer is a USA Today Bestselling author, recipient of a Romantic Times Pioneer of Romance Award 2014, and she was recognised by Queen Elizabeth II in 2012 for her ‘outstanding service to literature’.

She has written almost 200 books for Harlequin, in the Presents series, and Regency Historical and is currently writing her new series which she plans to self publish–a contemporary romance with a dash suspense.

Christmas with a Billionaire by Carole Mortimer and Maisey Yates and Joss Wood

Q. How did you originally become a published author?

I have been reading romance novels since I was thirteen years old – usually at night under the bedclothes with a flashlight! I wrote my first book when I was very young, sent it off, and predictably received a rejection letter; it was far too short, and the storyline definitely needed working on. But the letter came with helpful advice, and after waiting a couple of years I wrote another story and tried again. This book was accepted, and became The Passionate Winter, my very first novel for Harlequin Mills & Boon.

Q. How do you structure your time and how do you motivate yourself to write 200 books?

I’ve had the same schedule now for several years.  Monday to Friday, from 9am-1pm, I sit down at my laptop and I just write. I have no idea where the inspiration comes from—and I’ve never really wanted to question it too deeply, just in case I lose it! I just love to write. Always romance. Always with a Happy Beginning—I’ve always thought that the end of the book is the start of the hero and heroine’s future together.

My family is very important to me—I have a lovely husband and six sons, and I spend as much time with them all as possible. When the children were younger my routine was far more haphazard—usually I did my writing when they were in bed or at school. In fact, our youngest son, who is now 18, had no idea I was an author until about 6 years ago, when someone at school asked him if his Mom was Carole Mortimer, because his Mom read my books.

Q. What does it take to write 200 books?

Inspiration and a lot of self-discipline.  The inspiration, as I said, is something I never ever question; I’m just grateful that I have it. The discipline is very important, and that really does come from within yourself. There are so many demands on people’s time, especially nowadays, that the self-discipline element, setting aside certain hours for writing every day, is just so important to any successful career, not just an author’s. Authors have the disadvantage in that they don’t have an ‘office’ as such that they go to every day—for instance, I write my books sitting at the breakfast table with my laptop every morning. There are always distractions that could take up your time instead of writing. The thing is not to let that happen.  Easier said that done, I know. I was actually expecting my first son when I wrote my first book, and no, it wasn’t easy caring for a young baby and writing as well. But I think if you’re determined to be a writer, have a need to write, as I do, that you will find the time, no matter how busy your life is.

Q. How has the industry changed from when you first started compared to now?

The publishing industry, as I’m sure everyone knows, has been in great upheaval for the past 3 years or so, ever since self-publishing—or Indie—burst on the scene. This has been the biggest change in publishing for many years. The standard of books could be so varied when Indie first started, but the quality of books now coming out of Indie publishing is amazing. I’m one of the authors who thinks this change is a good thing. I love the diversity of Indie publishing. The enthusiasm of the authors, for what they are doing, and the way in which they are doing it. I love it so much that I decided to write an Indie series myself. And I love it. The whole process of it, from writing the book to having the covers designed, to seeing the very first book in my very own series, Christmas Alpha, uploaded and ready for preorder, with a publishing date of November 8th.

I’m still busy writing for Harlequin, in both Presents and Regency, so I guess I’m now what’s called a ‘hybrid’ author—I write for a traditional publishing but also my own Indie series.

Q. What do you think will happen to the publishing market in future?

I think everyone is asking themselves that same question. I doubt anyone imagined that Indie would take off in the way that it has, that most people believed it was a bubble that would burst. Instead it’s just grown bigger, and better and now I’ve joined them with my new series. Wherever publishing goes in the future, I’m sure that authors will want to continue writing and having their books published, however and wherever they can, and hoping, always hoping, that the readers will buy and enjoy reading them.

You can find Carole Mortimer at facebook:
email: [email protected]

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Podcast 110: Subscription Services, What Jane’s Reading, and Listener Email

Podcast 110: Subscription Services, What Jane’s Reading, and Listener Email

Jane and Sarah are together again – yay! We don’t talk about the lawsuit against her because, well, many reasons.  But we do talk about Kindle Unlimited, the KU All Stars, and a few of the different subscription services. We AGREE on a BOOK. We can hear you asking, “Really?” YES. Yes, we do. But of course we like it for totally different reasons.

One of the things we discuss is the practice of the henna application prior to the wedding. Janhavi shared a few pictures with me of her own wedding and I have her permission to repost them. You’ll have to listen to the podcast to find out why that’s important.

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Here are the books we discuss in this episode.

Christina Lauren - Beautiful Bastard Sweet Filthy Boy Beautiful Stranger

Dirty Rowdy Boy Cora Brent - Risk Bollywood Affair

Sarina Bowen - The Year We Hid Away Sarina Bowen - Gay hockey player

Book Reaper's StandThis podcast is brought to you by Berkley, publisher of Reaper’s Stand, the latest bad-boy biker romance in Joanna Wylde’s edgy, sizzling Reapers Motorcycle Club series.

As Reapers Motorcycle Club president, Reese “Picnic” Hayes has given his entire life to the club. After losing his wife, he knew he’d never love another woman. And with two daughters to raise and a club to manage, that was just fine with him. These days, Reese keeps his relationships free and easy–he definitely doesn’t want to waste his time on a glorified cleaning lady like London Armstrong

Too bad he’s completely obsessed with her.

Besides running her own business, London’s got her junkie cousin’s daughter to look after–a more reckless than average eighteen-year-old. Sure she’s attracted to the Reapers’ president, but she’s not stupid. Reese Hayes is a criminal and a thug. But when her young cousin gets caught up with a ruthless drug cartel, Reese might be the only man who can help her. Now London has to make the hardest decision of her life–how far will she go to save her family?


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