Monday, November 5, 2012

Blog Tour: Guest Post w/ Soraya Lane + Giveaway!


As a child, Soraya dreamed of becoming an author, recreating the types of stories she devoured day and night. Fast forward more than a few years, and Soraya is now living her dream. Working as a freelance writer and now a professional author too, she writes every day and loves her job. Soraya describes being a Harlequin Mills & Boon author as “the best career in the world”, and she hopes to be writing heart-warming, emotional romances for many years to come.
Soraya loves spending her days thinking up characters for romance stories, and her home is a constant source of inspiration. She lives with her own real life hero and son on a small farm in New Zealand, surrounded by animals and with an office overlooking a field where their horses graze. 
*From Soraya's website

Where to Find Soraya:

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The Exciting World of Self-Publishing

I have to start this post by saying that I love my editor at Harlequin Mills & Boon – I’ve worked with her on nine books in just over two years, and I trust her implicitly. That alone meant that working on a book without her was quite a daunting challenge, even though I had the support of my literary agent, as well as her editing expertise. But where my editor tells me what she loves about my work before gently suggesting what needs to be revised, my agent just says it like she sees it (no hand holding there!).

            Even though I’m a “needy” author though, I’m also a businesswoman, and that meant I was desperate to try self-publishing. I have no intention of not writing for my publisher, but I like the idea of writing some slightly different stories that I have full control over. Earlier this year I self-published a young adult novel, and I’ve loved watching my Amazon rankings and checking my sales each day.

            So anyway, that’s how The Navy SEAL’s Promise came about – a novella that is slightly different to my “sweeter” Harlequin Romance books, but very similar in that it features two fantastic military characters. Something I’d been thinking about for a long while, knowing it wasn’t quite right for Harlequin Romance, but wanting to write it regardless. The hero is a sexy Navy SEAL, and the heroine a strong yet feminine soldier.

And I have to issue a warning that this story is a little hotter than my regular readers might be used to, and I issue full blame to my agent. She encouraged me to amp up the love scene a little, and even though I blushed A LOT when I wrote it, I think it works for the story J

            Self-publishing has presented authors with a great opportunity to produce more work and take control of their writing, but no matter how enjoyable it was to work on this project, I wouldn’t give up my editor for anything!

~Soraya Lane
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The Navy SEAL's Promise by Soraya Lane
Genre: Contemporary Romance (Military)
Novella --79 pgs

With only 48 hours back on home soil for Christmas, United States Army Corporal Saskia Cullen is desperate to spend every minute with her young son. So when heavy snowfall closes JFK airport and she misses her connecting flight, she’s devastated. Until Navy SEAL Luke Gray offers to keep her company… and then personally finds a way to get her home.

Luke is back in the US on leave, waiting to hear the details of his next mission, and Saskia proves to be a pleasant distraction. And when he hears that she needs to get home to see her son, he’s prepared to do anything to help the sexy single mom. Trouble is, he hadn’t planned on falling for anyone, let alone a beautiful soldier about to return overseas.


Where to Buy*:
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[Soraya]: I’d love to give away an ebook
copy of The Navy SEAL’s Promise – leave a
comment to be entered in the draw!

How to Enter:

  • Leave a comment below (w/ your email addy, please!)

Giveaway ends November 12th --Good Luck!

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Thanks for stopping by today, Soraya! Congratulations on your newest release, and thank you for sharing it, as well as your self-publishing experience, with us! :)

TBQ: I'd like to know your thoughts on
having the hero AND heroine in the
military--have you read many books
like that? Would you like to see more?


Until Next Time,


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Erin F said...

Thanks for the great post and congrats to Soraya on the new release! I haven't read any books w/ both H/h in the military. sounds intriguing ;)

Anna@herding cats said...

Good for you Soraya for stepping out and trying something new! That's wonderful and what a lovely cover! Congrats :)


Mary Preston said...

Any book that features Navy SEALs promises to be great reading. I think it's great you were brave enough to step out of your comfort zone, as it were.


Arely Z. said...

I don't normally read many books with the heroine in the military. Normally it's just the hero, so this is a nice twist!

Texas Book Lover said...

I haven't read any books with both the hero and heroine in the military. Sounds like a great twist to me!

The_Book_Queen said...

After putting the names into, the winner is....

Erin---Congratulations! :)

I'll be sending your email info off to Soraya and she should be in contact with you very soon.