Thursday, October 16, 2014

Aleatha Romig - An Author Interview in the HBS Author's Spotlight

Today our blog puts the Spotlight on New York Times & USA Today Bestseller Author Aleatha Romig. She is the author of the Consequences Series.

Author Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Thriller

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Author Description:
Aleatha Romig is a New York Times and USA Today best selling author, who has been voted #1 "New Author to Read" on Goodreads July 2012 - Present!

She has lived most of her life in Indiana, growing-up in Mishawaka, graduating from Indiana University, and currently living south of Indianapolis. Together with her high-school sweetheart and husband of twenty six years, they've raised three children. Before she became a full-time author, she worked days as a dental hygienist and spent her nights writing. Now, when she's not imagining mind-blowing twists and turns, she likes to spend her time with her family and friends. Her pastimes include exercising, reading and creating heros/ anti-heros who haunt your dreams!

Aleatha enjoys traveling, especially when there is a beach involved. In 2011 she had the opportunity to visit Sydney, Australia to visit her daughter studying at the University of Wollongong. Her dream is to travel to places in her novels and around the world.

CONSEQUENCES, her first novel, was released August 2011 by Xlibris Publishing. October 2012 Ms. Romig rereleased CONSEQUENCES as an Indie author. TRUTH, the sequel, was released October 30, 2012 and CONVICTED, was released October 8, 2013. Beginning in 2014, Aleatha released the BEHIND HIS EYES reading companions. BEHIND HIS EYES CONSEQUENCES was released January 2014 and BEHIND HIS EYES TRUTH was released March 2014. These two companions are 1.5 and 2.5 of the CONSEQUENCES SERIES and are meant as a companion to the original novels.

SPOTLIGHT Questions and Answers with the Author

Let’s start with what’s next. Do you have another book on the horizon? Can you tell us the timeline for its release and give us a little tease?

I do. My newest book INSIDIOUS will be released on October 21, 2014. It is a dark, erotic thriller. It is part of my new series: Tales from the Dark Side. EACH book in the series will be a stand-alone. The series is only connected by genre and author. The characters, worlds, storylines are all different.

I’m also working on A PEEK BEYOND THE CONSEQUENCES a novella that appeared for a limited time in an anthology. I am doubling the length from its debut appearance and will release it on its own in January of 2015.

You have a good following on twitter. How important have your social media relationships been? How did you build your following in your niche? Do you see a carry over to your writing success?

I feel my social media presence and relationships have been essential to my writing career and success.

Do you maintain a reader list? What are the methods you use to find your readers and create the list and the relationship? Do you use social media, forums, newsletters and/or support groups to build your list?

I don’t have a reader list. I use Facebook, Twitter, Google +, Goodreads, and my blogspot to communicate to my readers. I also welcome personal messages and emails.

You do a lot of book signings, interviews, speaking and personal appearances? When and where is the next place where your readers can see you? Where can they keep up with your personal contacts online?

My events are listed on Goodreads, my Amazon Author Page, and my Facebook Author page. My next appearance will be local, at the Greenwood, Indiana Public Library Author Fair on October 18. On October 25 I will be in Cincinnati at Queen City Indie Con. In November I’ll be at Indie Unmasked in Indianapolis, and in December I will be in Hollywood at Rock’n Hollywood.

My 2015 is also filled…I love meeting and talking with readers!!

You have several great book trailers. They look very professional. Do you know how much impact they have had on your book’s success? Do you use the trailer in your character development? Are the pictures and background the way you see your characters and scenes?

I do have amazing trailers. I’m not sure of their impact. They have all been made by devoted fans. I am continually amazed with the professionalism and ability of my readers. (See trailer links below.)

Several of you novels have been converted into audio books. What has been the impact on your regular sales? Has the audio books gained a new audience?

Currently all six of my Consequences series books are available in audio. My new release Insidious has also been purchased by audible and will hopefully be available in the next few months. I LOVE the audible. I feel that the audible has opened my books to a new audience. The audible and especially the whisper-sync audience is growing daily.

You have written several companion books connected to your novels. Can you tell us if they had an impact on the sales of the novels?

The sales of my companion books has been relatively small compared to my main books. However, I don’t in any way find that upsetting. I created the companions for the “die-hard” readers who wanted more and more. The reviews have been phenomenal. I realize that not every reader wants to get into Tony’s head, and that is all right. But for those who do, I have the BEHIND HIS EYES companions.

I like the idea of bundling a series of novels. You have put together a set of your novels called The Consequences Series. What was the impact on your other sales? What was your main objective in bundling your novels?

The main objective for bundling my series, THE CONSEQUENCES SERIES bundle only contains the first 3 of the 4 books in my series, was to give readers another option. I find it incredibly interesting that both the bundle and the individual books still sell well.

What has been your experience in giving your books away free? Have you been involved in any other type of giveaways and how did that work out? What was your main goal in doing this? Did you run into any obstacles?

The only FREE books that I do are with giveaways. I’m always open to donating books, print and ebooks, to blogs and as donations to things such as PTO/PTA fundraisers. I feel that it is another way to find new readers. I have NEVER “sold” my books for free. As a matter-of-fact, I only put Consequences on sale.

Again, the goal is to find new readers for my series. My books are LONG and INVOLVED. They took time and effort. I feel they are worth spending money to buy. If I value my work, I hope others will do the same.

Your website has several areas for each novel where you have fan made teasers and pics. I really like that idea. What was your goal in doing this and how did you get your readers to participate? Do you get your readers involved in your cover development?

My readers are not involved in my cover development. That is part of molding my story. I now have a fabulous cover designer. We work together to find the best representation for my story.

The teasers that are made by me, readers, and blogs are AMAZING. I’m continually honored that my story touches someone enough that they feel moved to create the beautiful and touching teasers that they do.

Author's Book List
Dark desires…Deadly secrets…Devious deceptions…Nothing is exactly as it seems in INSIDIOUS...

When a powerful man is willing to risk everything for his own satisfaction, only one woman can beat him at his own game: his wife. Or so she thinks…

Book Trailer: Insidious

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Revealed: The Missing Years - Consequences Book 4
Share the struggle as Anthony Rawlings fights for what is his as the crashing consequences of his past threatens to change his world forever. Join Harrison Baldwin as he discovers the truth that threatens his beliefs, and John Vandersol as he come to terms with his revelations. Witness as Phillip Roach decides with whom his loyalties lie, and Brent Simmons demonstrates the meaning of friendship--no matter the cost.

Readers of this series survived the Consequences, learned the Truth, and know who was Convicted, but that is not all. Do not assume that Tony and Claire's story is complete, because beyond the conclusion of Convicted there is more to be REVEALED!

Book Trailer: Revealed: The Missing Years

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Convicted - Book 3 of the Consequences Series
Stick to your convictions.

Against all odds, Claire and Tony have found their way back to one another, but it doesn't mean a happy ever after. Not even close. Just when they seemed to have it all--love, respect, and the promise of a family--the game master exposes the truth and Claire's world once again unravels. With old convictions wavering and past transgressions coming to light, the cards have changed and luck is not in the deck for Claire and Tony.

Abandon all assumptions.

Lost in a constant nightmare, who will save Claire from her past? From herself? Everyone has a hand to play, and now they're playing for keeps. Everything known to be true is questioned. Motives are explained. The past is once again unearthed, and this time, secrets lurk between dreams and reality, between the past and the present.

The clock is ticking.

Time is running out on Claire...on Tony...on their happy ever after. When the final cards are played, will their unconventional love trump the opposition?

In the end, some will discover their bets were too high, and all will learn the most crucial lesson-- here are always consequences for the truth.

Book Trailer: Convicted

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Behind His Eyes - Truth - Book 2.5 of the Consequences Series
Truth is relative.

By delivering the consequences, Anthony has proven he is a man of his word. With one promise complete, he must face the truth of his emotions regarding Claire Nichols. Is it too late? Can a man who had never been forgiven accept forgiveness? Can that man forgive?

Not a total re-write, this companion explores the thoughts of the man who discovers that the truth is not always what it seems.

Secrets exposed.

As past sins and motivations are revealed, Behind His Eyes Truth explores the recurring questions: What was Tony thinking? Who can he trust? Through significant scenes and behind-the-scenes moments, learn how Tony's well-designed existence is incomplete.

The acquisition of a soul.

Experience the journey into the mind of the man who slowly realizes that there is more to life than money and power. Witness his thoughts as his control is not only challenged but lost, and as he comes to terms with the new truth.

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Truth - Book 2 of the Consequences Series
Claire survived the consequences.

Through strength and compartmentalization, Claire Nichols captivated her captor. Though Anthony Rawlings thought he taught Claire to behave, his domination became desire, and his obsession morphed into love. Or was it? When her choices pushed Anthony's relentless vendetta too far, Claire barely survived the consequences.

Discover the truth.

Now, armed with new information and more questions than answers, Claire works to uncover the truth behind the dangerous game at play. As she begins anew, she must decide whom she can truly trust, especially with a new set of players on the move.

New set of rules.

With everything to lose and a manipulative game master controlling the board, Claire and Tony duel by a new set of rules. When thrust together once again, can they learn to trust each other to overcome new dangers? Or will this be Tony's second attempt at domination? Can Claire resist the man she'd never before been able to resist? Hatred and love. Deception and truth. Old habits and new beginnings. As this real-life game of chess plays out, past sins will come to light and new secrets will be revealed. With so much riding on each move, the stakes have never been higher.

Book Trailer: Truth

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Behind His Eyes - Consequences - Book 1.5 of the Consequences Series
What was Tony thinking?

Control? Acquisition? Domination? Love? BEHIND HIS EYES CONSEQUENCES explores significant scenes as well as behind-the-scenes moments from the first book of the Consequences series.

Not a total re-write, this companion explores the mind of the man who thought he set the rules and delivered the consequences.

From the beginning.

Anthony Rawlings has the perfect world: money, influence, and power. Everything in his life is and has always been planned, executed, and predicted…until Claire. How long can he deny what is right before him? Experience the rare opportunity to see this esteemed man's world change, from behind his eyes.

It is always darkest before the light.

Through significant scenes, experience the dark journey into the mind of the man who believes that he controls everything yet controls nothing. Share his thoughts as glitches are overcome and accidents are survived.

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Consequences - Book 1 of the Consequences Series
Book #1 of the Bestselling Consequences Series:

Anthony Rawlings had a plan—to teach Claire Nichols to behave. Claire Nichols had a plan—to survive!

In an unfamiliar bedroom within a luxurious mansion, Claire Nichols wakes to memories of a brutal abduction. All of her recollections have one common denominator, the man she just met—Anthony Rawlings. Unbeknownst to Claire, Anthony has had her in his sights for a long time. Every action has consequences—and his actions resulted in their chance meeting. Facing incomprehensible circumstances, Claire must learn to survive as she comes to terms with her new reality—every aspect of her livelihood is now dependent upon the tall, dark-haired, dark-eyed tycoon. Anthony may appear to the world as a prosperous, benevolent, kind businessman, but in reality Claire learns he is also a menacing, controlling captor with very strict rules: do as your told, public failure is not an option, and don’t divulge private information. Failure to follow these rules and more, are met with serious consequences.

In an effort to earn her freedom, Claire learns her lessons well and before long, she unknowingly captivates her captor. Anthony/ Tony reluctantly becomes enthralled with Claire’s beauty, resilience and determination. Their interaction instigates strong emotions, including—fear, anger, love, and lust—as their journey flows into uncharted waters of intrigue and passion.

From the opening criminal abduction, through the twists and turns, to the unlikely romantic thrills, the suspense climaxes as Aleatha Romig utilizes vivid detail, allowing this novel to unfold like a movie.

Can you put the pieces of the puzzle together? Claire Nichols abduction wasn’t a random act—did she learn her lessons well enough? Will these unlikely lovers remain true—or will she learn the truth before it’s too late?

Book Trailer: Consequences

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