Reflections: Book Tour Day 5

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This has been one great week on the blog tour for Love Illusion. The response to the book has been great. I’ve seen a lot of comments on how readers connected to the characters and how they enjoyed my descriptive writing style. It’s nice to see that all of my hard work and being a perfectionist in my writing pay off.

On day 5 of the blog tour Christy’s Written Word Love rated Love Illusion 4 stars. Christy had many positive things to say about the book, but a few things stood out to me. She loved the relationship between Lucy and Jade. She also loved how the story was told from three different point of views and how they all intertwined in the end. I’m glad that Christy loved the book so much.

Next week is week two of the blog tour. You will get to know more about me with more Q & A’s and there will be more reviews.

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway for the blog tour here.

I hope that you all have a happy and relaxing Easter weekend.

 

Happy Reading and Writing,

Chineka

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Reflections: Book Tour Days 3 & 4

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Day 3 of the book tour started off with a Q & A as well as an excerpt on Change the Word. I enjoyed answering Laura’s questions. My favorite question that she asked was: If you could spend a day with any literary character, who would it be and why?

On Jess’s Book Blog Love Illusion got a five star review. I was happy to see this and glad that Jess thought it was such a great read. In her review Jess said that she really enjoyed the book  and was really scared of Charles. She could also see Lucy’s strength as the book progressed. These are the things that I want readers to get out of the book and I’m glad that Jess did.

There was an excerpt in Everything Books and Authors. Readers can get a sense of my writing style and what Love Illusion is all about by reading the excerpt.

I can’t wait to see what day 5 has in store for the tour. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway here.

 

Happy Reading and Writing,

Chineka

Reflections: Book Tour Day 2

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Today Love Illusion was on the Ai Love Books Blog with a review and a Q & A. Although Love Illusion got its first rating of 3 stars the review given was not bad at all. She loved my descriptive writing style as the reviewer from yesterdays blog tour stop did. I’m glad that my writing style connects with so many people and that those that read it can see what I am writing as if they were in the scene.

The Q&A was a to the point one, but again readers can get to know me a little more. My favorite question asked was “How do you come up with the idea of the book? What is your inspiration?” I like the Q & A’s because some of the questions challenge me.

Day 3 of the tour is tomorrow with another Q & A and excerpt. Today has been another great day of the tour.

Don’t forget to enter to win a $20 Amazon gift card and a copy of Love Illusion by going here.

Happy Reading and Writing,

Chineka

Reflections: Book Tour Day 1

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The first day being on a blog tour with Love Illusion and Chick Lit Plus has been great. I was anxious for this day to get here and I’m so glad that it finally did. To start off the day I received a 4 star review from Jersey Girl Book Reviews. I was happy to know that she loved my “rich and descriptive” writing style so much. There is also a guest post from me on the blog telling about my writing style and an excerpt of Love Illusion. Go check it out.

Chicklit Club Connect hosted another guest post of mine focusing on how social media is so important to authors. I hope that readers and other authors were informed through this guest post. I had a lot of fun writing it.

My last blog stop on the tour for today was with Authors & Readers Book Corner. It was an interview. Through this interview I hope readers got to know a little bit more about me. My favorite question of this interview was: If you could interview one of your favorite authors, who would it be? Why? If you want to find out the answer click on the link above to read through the interview.

Today was a wonderful start to the Love Illusion Blog Tour. To find out the tour schedule go here.

Stay up to date on the tour. I will be posting a reflection on each day of the tour. There will be a $20 Amazon gift card giveaway to one lucky participant at the end of the tour. I will also be giving away a copy of Love Illusion.

Happy Reading and Writing,

Chineka

 

Love Illusion Blog Tour Schedule

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Love Illusion will be on a two week blog tour starting tomorrow. The tour will include reviews, Q & A, guest posts, and an excerpt. There will also be a giveaway for a $20 Amazon gift card and a copy of Love Illusion. The tour schedule is below. I am going to post my reflections about each day of the tour. My tour page for Chick Lit Plus Book Tours can be seen here. Stay Tuned !

 

Love Illusion Blog Tour Schedule

April 14 – Chick Lit Club Connect – Guest Post

April 14 – Jersey Girl Book Reviews – Review, Guest Post & Excerpt

April 14 – Authors and Readers Book Corner – Q&A

April 15 – Ai Love Books – Review & Q&A

April 16 – Change the Word – Q&A & Excerpt

April 16 – Everything Books and Authors – Excerpt

April 17 – Jess’s Book Blog – Review

April 18 – Christy’s Written Word Love – Review

April 21 – Books Reviews and More by Kathy – Q&A

April 22 – Book Suburbia – Excerpt

April 23 – Sweets Books – Q&A & Excerpt

April 24 – The Book Bag – Review & Guest Post

 

I hope that you all are having a good weekend.

 

Happy Reading and Writing,

Chineka

Love Illusion Excerpt & Thoughts

Love Illusion Excerpt and Thoughts

 

Love Illusion was born purely out of my imagination. Many months and thoughts went into the “making” of the book. It is truly a labor of love and when I hit the publish button it was like I was pushing my literary baby out into the world for you all to meet.

Now with anything comes criticism, but if I didn’t expect that to be a part of the routine I wouldn’t be a writer. Practice makes perfect and I believe that with all things. This doesn’t fall short of writing. Writing takes skill as much as it takes emotion. It can be emotionally draining as well as emotionally rewarding.

I’d like to think that this all comes with it’s ups and downs, but the positives definitely outweigh the negatives. By writing I get to be creative and do something that I have always done, just write. From the  age of eight I have kept a journal and I still do today.

Through journaling I get to express emotion that would otherwise be locked up in my brain getting jumbled around in all of the mess of the day.

I wanted to have a space specifically dedicated to Love Illusion and my future books on my blog (outside of updates.) Currently you can purchase Love Illusion on Kindle and Nook. A paperback version will  be available to purchase  through Amazon in the future.

 

Here is an excerpt of Love Illusion for you to enjoy:

 

Chapter 1: Lucy

Lucy shoved the purple sixteen hundred thread count sheets off of her as the sunlight beamed through her bedroom window. She lifted a hand to her face to redirect the stream of sunlight. Her Friday was just getting started and already she was feeling sluggish.

She had a few sleepless nights in between getting moved into her new house and her breakup with Charles. The last few days had been rough. She didn’t even want to think about all of the boxes that she still had to unpack and was still getting adjusted to being in her own place. She was so proud of her accomplishment of being a homeowner at the age of twenty eight. She was excited about all of the interior decorating plans that she had and already clipped a few ideas from a magazine.

Working in the public relations field she put in long hours during the week, but it was worth it for doing what she loved and being able to go on the Summer vacations that were so relaxing to her. She took one big vacation a year that usually consisted of a cruise or some lavish getaway.

Her ability to speak Spanish fluently allowed her more flexibility to choose the clients that she worked with. Her sparkling brown eyes, long red hair, and flawless olive skin were sure to turn the eyes of any guy.

She had the fashion sense of some of the best designers in the business She loved flipping through fashion magazines to gain new ideas and put her own spin on it.

She loved taking the outfits that she found on Pinterest and recreating them by finding items at her favorite online stores. She could stay on the site for hours pinning to her board entitled Fashionista Finds. Her closest friends went to her whenever they needed fashion advice.

It was 7:15 am, and with her work day starting at 8:00 am she was pressed for time this morning. Lucy quickly showered and prepared for the day by listening to her daily devotional on audio book, while applying mascara and her favorite lip gloss shade, Plum Luster. She took a curling iron and curled her straight hair around it to create soft tendrils. It was an effortless hairstyle that didn’t take long to create.

She made her daily morning smoothie by turning the high quality and professional blender on full speed, blending up a citrus blend of strawberries, peach, and orange juice to keep her energetic and full until lunch. With the smoothie in her hand she exited her house and was ready to take on the day.

Her outfit was one straight out of a fashion magazine. Lucy was ready to take on the days challenges at work by being dressed in a chiffon Banana Republic blouse, Express black pencil skirt, Nine West pumps, and her signature pearls . She never forgot to spritz on some perfume. Today she was wearing Lola by Marc Jacobs.

She had just arrived at her office. She took a detour to the break room and poured herself a cup of hot tea with a wedge of lemon and a few squeezes of honey. She loved what the flavor of the sweet and sour combination brought to her tea. She plopped the cup of tea down on her desk, creating a splash. On the corner of her desk she was greeted by a beautiful bouquet of sunflowers. They were cheerful and upbeat with their bright yellow hue.

She wasn’t used to getting flowers at the job and her intuition kicked in. It was on high alert. With her heart pounding like two beating snare drums, she sensed that the flowers were from her ex-boyfriend, Charles. He had been sending her things to the office trying to get her attention for the last two weeks. Obviously he was having a hard time letting her go.

Lucy quickly took a picture of the arrangement with her cell phone and slipped it back into her purse. She walked around the flowers, observing their fragile petals and inhaling their fragrance.

She took the card out of the plastic stem and flipped it over. When she looked at the card, which had a red rose border, her suspicions were right. The card read “Some sunflowers for my sunshine. Love Charles.” Lucy traced the handwriting on the card. The note looked to be rushed and the handwriting was angry. She put the card in a zip loc bag and sealed it.

She would put it in a box that she had at home that had evidence of what Charles had been sending the last few weeks. She was worried that Charles was getting too out of control. This had to be stopped.

Their breakup had been on her part because she didn’t feel that Charles could be the man that she needed him to be. He wasn’t as mature as she had wanted him to be and then there were his anger issues. He had demonstrated to her several times while they were dating that he was controlling.

One time he had snatched her arm back when she walked ahead of him in the grocery store. The imprint of his hand had been on her forearm for days before the bruise had healed.

Charles would get mad when they were with friends and she would voice her opinion. He would also check the browsing history on her computer when he occasionally used it. He liked to feel in charge, and most of all important. He had serious self-esteem issues, which were evident in his actions.

There came a point when Lucy couldn’t take the mental and physical abuse any longer. She knew that she was worth more than being treated like a rag doll and she made the decision to end the relationship.

Lucy would call her best friend Jade as soon as she got a chance to get her advice on the situation. She always gave sound advice and was always willing to lend a listening ear. She wouldn’t worry Jade too much though, since she was in the process of planning her wedding. They had been friends since high school and had been through a lot together, including growing pains. Jade was always there and was the one person who never let Lucy down.

For now Lucy would focus on planning and advertising the event for her next big celebrity client, author Angela Dobson. Lucy had read a few of her books and enjoyed them. She was well known in the literary world for her books on bold topics and independent women. Angela wanted an upscale tea party for about twenty of her biggest fans as a way to say thank you for their support. She had ran a contest on twitter and personally selected twenty people to attend the tea party.

Since people were flying from all over this event had to be special and unlike any other tea party. It would include appetizers that were sophisticated and a twelve piece jazz band. It would be sure to keep those invited entertained throughout the event. Angela had a list of things that were required to be at the tea party.

A spreadsheet with all of the above details as well as a list of contacts lay beside Lucy’s MacBook Pro. The desk that it lay on was organized with pink metal containers for her pens and highlighters. It was time to start sending out emails to some of her most trusted contacts in order for this event to be a success. Lucy tapped away at her keyboard, carefully choosing the correct words to describe the upscale tea party. For an hour she emailed everyone from wholesale florists, vendors for table linens, and fine china companies.

After a brief staff meeting going over what the agency had on their calendar for next week it was time to go. The boss kept talking about how the clients had certain expectations and how they needed be treated a certain way. He knew how some of them could be overly demanding, but he urged the employees to not take it too personally.

It felt like the workday would never end. Today it seemed to drag on. She was ready for the weekend to start so that she could relax and finally get some things done around the house. She was planning to paint an accent wall in her living room the perfect teal color, Mariner by Sherwin Williams. Film from her Nikon F Classic 35mm film camera would also have to be processed. She would go to a lab with a dark room to process them.

Lucy had always loved photography, but she really got into it when she took a few photography classes in college. She loved the different assignments that she had the opportunity to take pictures of like the holiday toy drive and the annual picnic. She then began to understand photography terms like shutter speed, aperture, and f-stop. Everything about dark rooms and processing film on classic cameras she learned by watching youtube videos and taking notes on them.

She loved the feeling of looking through the lens and creating something out of pixels and light.

Before these things she would have to attend an important event this evening that she attended every year. She looked forward to being in the company of celebrated media professionals while enjoying a night out. The annual Media Professionals Gala was tonight.

 

Happy Reading and Writing,

Chineka

Publication Day: Love Illusion

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The day that I have been working towards has finally arrived and I am so excited. Countless nights of organizing, planning, and of course writing have all lead to this day. It’s publication day for Love Illusion and I couldn’t be more proud to share my creation and literary baby with you all.

Of course all of this wouldn’t be possible without some people helping me along the way. I hired a cover designer, formatter, editor, and blog tour coordinator to take some of the load off of me. They all were instrumental in helping my dream come alive and I thank them for it.

Since the age of ten it has been a goal of mine to write a book and I have accomplished it. As a child I was constantly reading books, visiting the library, and looking forward to the book mobile coming down the street that I lived on every Wednesday. Not much has changed since then because I still frequent the library and a local bookstore in my area. I guess I can say that books have always been close to my heart and they still are.

Love Illusion definitely won’t be the first and only book written by me. In fact, I have an idea for my second book already and will begin writing it soon.

I also plan to have Love Illusion  available for order in paperback in the coming months. I’ll keep you all updated on when that happens.

The links for where you can purchase Love Illusion are below. Please leave a review after you have read the book and enjoy.

Amazon (Kindle) – here

Barnes and Noble (Nook) – here

Love Illusion can also be found on Goodreads.  Add it to your to be read list today by clicking here.

Thanks for all of your continued support. As always you can tweet/follow me @ChinekaWilliams. I always reply back.

Happy Reading and Writing,

Chineka