Monday, August 14, 2017

Sharon Coady - An Author Interview at the HBS Author's Spotlight

Today our blog puts the Spotlight on Author Sharon Coady. She is the award-winning, bestselling author of Contemporary, Romance and Paranormal novels and novellas.

Author: Sharon Coady

Author Genre: Romance, Mystery/Suspense, Paranormal

Author's Blog: Whisper's World
Twitter: @srcoady
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Author Description:
Sharon loves her family, tattoos, reading and writing when she's not riding around behind her husband on their Harley. You can check out all her books on Amazon and Createspace. She's a nurse for the Veterans Administration by day and a hard working writer at night creating believable characters and books that leave you wanting more.

Her husband spent 22 years in the Army and his career took them to some exciting duty stations around the world. Sharon and Ed have settled in Florida with three of their daughters and five of their eleven grandchildren. They have four daughters, three granddaughters and seven grandsons. They are awaiting the birth of their first great-grandson in May.

SPOTLIGHT Questions and Answers with the Author

Congratulations on your book: Clarity. What do you have on the drawing board next? Can you tell us the timeline for its release and give us a little tease?

Thank you! I have two new books, one that released in May as part of a set Luck of the Draw. My book is Placing Her Bet which is a book about a young woman with Agoraphobia (the fear of crowds) who forces herself to go to a race track and place a bet on a horse after having a dream about her late grandfather. She meets a man who helps her place her bet and invites her to his private box to watch the race. It is a clean, sweet romance. Luck of the Draw

The other book I am releasing in a set called Mystic Passion on August 7th is Safe With You. It is a steamy paranormal about a young man who inherits a mansion only to find it inhabited by a witch. Mystic Passion

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 think social media relationships are important. I am trying to build my following with advertising with other authors and tweeters. It's not easy when you work a full time job and write part time! I am still trying to build my followers find the newsletter the most difficult one to do. Yes, because every time I do advertising I find a few more readers eager to read my books.

Do you do any book signings, interviews, speaking and personal appearances? If so, when and where is the next place where your readers can see you? Where can they keep up with your personal contacts online?

Yes, I love book signings! It is a great way to meet new readers. I actually have one coming up in September and another in December. The one in September, on the 16th is in Orlando, Florida the one in December is in Mt. Dora, Florida. I will be posting the information on my Facebook page. I also have a readers group on Facebook. (see Facebook link in Contact Info)

You have great covers. They carry a theme and your brand with them. How does your book cover creation process work? Do you hand over the basic theme or do you have more of a hands-on approach? Do you get your readers involved in its development?

Thank you James. Most of my covers have come from the collaboration with a great cover artist. We work together taking our ideas to create the covers. Yes I do love to have my readers input on many things including the photo's for the covers to names of characters.

You have written several novellas. Can you tell us if they had an impact on the sales of your novels? Are shorty’s one of your styles of writing or are they created to give readers a sample of your work? Do you feel short reads are a product of our email and smart phone age?

It's interesting that you asked this question. I actually find it harder to write novellas. My readers devour everything and usually the most avid ones ask me when I am going to write something longer. The novellas are usually written to be part of a set with other authors and is a requirement to write a shorter work. I don't know if they are or not, I have actually never thought about it.

I like the idea of Author bundles. You are a part of several romance bundles featured on HBS Author’s Spotlight. What was the impact on your other sales? What was the main objective of bundling your works with other romance authors? How did you put something like that together?

Spicy Christmas Kisses
Luck of the Draw
Dangerous Encounters

Yes, I love doing sets with other authors. I have seen an increase in sales on my other books and my single books that were in the sets. The main objective of course is to reach more readers and help them find other authors to enjoy. The authors I work with our amazing women who work well to help each other and combine our efforts to make cohesive sets where the stories work 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?

It is great! Readers who may not know you and might pass your book over if they have to read it will usually seek out your other books once they have read you. I think it is a great way to meet new readers. Yes, I try to do a few giveaways a month and my main goal is to build a larger reader base.

What is your primary genre? What has been your best marketing approach to this group?

Well, the one I seem to lean more towards is contemporary romance with some mystery and suspense. Doing advertising and giveaways each month.

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?

No I don't. I have readers on my Facebook page and they like to keep in touch and will pm me if they have questions. Yes to all of those for the building of my readers.

Tell us about The Diamond Club? What was the impact on your other sales? What was the main objective of forming the group with other romance authors? How did you put something like that together?

The Diamond Club was the brain child of another author to bring together a group of authors that used the Diamond Club as the central focus for the books. I saw an increase in sales and reads when we did the release. We were hoping to build a world of intrigue, suspense and mystery with the books. It was put together with a lot of hard work and advertising.

Author's Book List
Clarity - The Diamond Club Book 0
Diamond Club, where secrets are sacred and diamonds are currency.

Successful jewel thief Drew Taylor is young, beautiful, and bored. She lives her life on the edge, trusting no one and deceiving everyone.

Logan James worked his ass off to become the best damn wide receiver the NFL has seen in years. Even though his sport is brutal he lives a life of honesty and trust.

When they meet at the Diamond Club their worlds collide and sparks ignite but will Logan’s honesty and Drew’s deceit destroy them. Mystery, danger and romance mingle together to form a sensual intriguing story for all romance lovers.

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Melanie's Christmas Gift
After a whirlwind wedding Kyle and Anne settle in with their ready-made family. They feel like they have it all, love, romance, his daughter Melanie and of course Pop. They couldn’t be happier. But when Kyle announces they are expecting a new baby his child’s stubborn actions could rock their cradle and ruin their future. Can the family cat help create another Christmas miracle?

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Candi Kane Kisses
Preston River Carson ~ a young, sexy cowboy who's family owns a cattle ranch in Colorado. Last year their lives were turned upside down at Christmas by the death of his father. When his older brother ran it became Preston's responsibility to take care of his mother and younger sister. He gets angry when he finds out his mother rented a room in their home to a complete stranger over Christmas.

Holly Candi Kane ~ a beautiful, curvy widow who's two young adult kids aren't coming home for Christmas again this year. Holly put everything on hold for her husband and kids only to end up alone for her favorite holiday. Holly takes a chance and books a room in the Colorado mountain's to try and find her way again. When she arrives and learns she’s joining the owners in their family home she almost turns around to leave.

When the two unlikely strangers are brought together will holiday magic sprinkle happiness or melt away like Christmas snow?

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Last One to Know
Leona McCoy has two secrets ~ she loves John Montgomery, and she wants to pursue a career in country music.

Both are in her blood but Leona's controlling mother and unhappy aunt have done everything in their power to prevent her from having either dream.

John Montgomery has his own secrets ~ he wants to see Leona pursue her dreams and he is determined to get her to admit her love for him.

He fell in love with Leona the first time he met her. Because of her overbearing mother John was forced to be just another friend and he hid his love so he wouldn't be banned from being around her.

When Leona and her friend Alistair start a band John is blown away by her beautiful renditions of songs by famous country music artists. He gladly becomes part of her trusted group and encourages them to sing every chance they can.

When college and life take them their separate ways they keep in touch but John can't be stuck loving someone he can't be with.

Leona's best friend Heather's family rents the girls a beach house for the summer and Leona leaves him a voicemail asking him to join them.

John and his friends just happen to be at the same place doing some surfing so he figures this will be his chance to go for it, to give it one last try before he moves on with his life.

Will this summer be the one where all of their dreams come true?

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Mavy's Christmas Miracle
Six years ago, Kyle Shafer disappeared from Anne Hurd's life. Anne returns home just before Christmas to take care of her elderly grandfather. While there, she rescues a kitten and takes her to the local veterinarian. To Anne's surprise, the doctor turns out to be none other than Kyle.

He wants another chance so Kyle risks everything to try again for the love he gave up on. Will his secret scare her away or will she accept him back?

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Christmas Choices
When Rhian St Claire gets a frantic call that her grandfather's cafe is on fire and he was found unconscious in the kitchen, she knows her life is about to change forever. When her father hires Kellen Slade to rebuild the cafe she is instantly drawn to him, throwing her into a panic. Her father would never approve of the Harley riding bad boy. All she has wanted for years is to escape from under her father's control, go to Italy to paint and find herself. As her attraction grows for Kellen grows he tells her he is interested in her too. She buys her ticket and runs, only to complicate her life further by meeting the smooth talking, handsome Italian artist Dante Barone. She finds herself wondering if Kellen can forgive her for running, if her father will ever allow her to be her own woman and if her relationship with Dante will destroy everything.

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Broken Lies
After training with the Irish Special Forces, Niall's father sends him to New York City to be a bodyguard for Mr. Pierce. He is paid well, doesn't ask questions and does his job.

One night he sees a beautiful woman with a man she clearly is afraid of. Niall can't get her out of his thoughts. He finally sees her again and they begin a courtship that deepens. She asks that he not pry into her past, he agrees because he doesn't want her prying into his past or his present. Niall decides he wants out of his job so Abby is not drawn into the life he lives. His boss informs him he won't let him go.

Their lives change forever when they are thrown into a battle not of their making. Can Niall keep her safe from whoever seems Hell bent of keeping them apart? Niall finds himself using his training and skills to not only fight for her but to keep himself alive as well. Will he find the person behind the attacks?

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Summer of Change - Elizabeth's Story
"I’ve always had thoughts of what it would be like to live in a world where magic really did exist, where wizards, fairies and dragons lived in harmony. Imagine what it would be like to know that kind of magic existed. Of course, I figure if wizards, fairies and dragons did exist there would have to be dark magic, too, and witches, vampires and werewolves. I have always thought that one could not exist without the other. I want to believe that they all still exist in our world, hidden from the eyes of humans, because of what we are."

It’s 1969 and 17-year-old Elizabeth is looking forward to the last summer before her senior year. During a family trip to Wheaton Plaza, she finds a book about the town where her father grew up. The author had written about vampires living amongst the town’s residents. When Elizabeth meets a handsome young man who agrees to help her do the research, she doesn’t know that her life is about to change forever. Vivid dreams of a house in the book start to haunt her. Not long after, a stranger contacts her and tells her he can explain the dreams she has been having about the house in the book. When she agrees to meet him she finds herself thrown into a world where magic and vampires do exist. Elizabeth finds she must join forces with this stranger not only to keep her family safe, but to keep this man and herself safe as well.

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Yesterday's Memories
One year after Rogers death Emily finds herself driving outside of a small mountain town. She never expected to find her destiny as she rounded the bend in the road. There sitting on a small hill was a beautiful old home that appeared empty. Something compelled her to pull into the drive. As she parked her car and climbed out Emily felt she had finally come home. Emily is thrown into a world she never knew existed when she moves into the home and stumbles upon a "window" in time.

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