Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

Okay, everyone, I don't normally participate in Blog Hops on this blog, but this one is perfectly timed. Do we all know what today is? Today is the one year anniversary of when I indie published my first book! So far this November, I've sold over twice as many books as I did for the entire month of November last year. I'd like to celebrate with this Blog Hop, in which I'll answer questions about the upcoming sequel to Someone Else's Fairytale.

Starting below the book graphic are the words of the originator of this Blog Hop (modified to link to the author who passed it on to me), and my answers to their questions:

“From Twilight to Casual Vacancy, the past few years have been full of high profile reads. Love em or hate em, you have to admit you have at least heard of them.

As Authors we all dare to dream we will be next, and well let’s face it you never know ... right?

What is a blog hop?

Basically, it’s an Authors game of tag.

One Author posts, and then tags five other Authors, who each link back to them. Exponentially it is a marketing gold mine, and you my fair reader have hopefully just increased your to read list. Finding New and Exciting Authors you may never have found otherwise. Some of us are still writing, others are just being released. Either way, for you Fiction Lovers, a treasure trove awaits and I’d like to thank fellow Author, Michelle Renea Anderson, for tagging me to participate.”

Click the links to find out about Michelle Renea Anderson's book Shelby’s Plan.



Amazon Author Page:

Twitter: @MichelleRAnders

“In this particular hop I and my fellow Authors each in their perspective Blogs have answered 10 questions where you get to learn about our current WIP (Works in Progress) as well as some goodies as to our process, from characters and inspirations to photographic/ Cinematic eye candy! I hope you enjoy it!!

If this or any other items pique your interest, please feel free to comment and share your thoughts and questions.”


1: What is the working title of your book?

The working title of my next book is Nobody's DamselIt's definitely what I'll stick with since I've already got the cover designed.

2: Where did the idea come from for the book?

So in this book we return to the world of Someone Else's Fairytale, but focus on Chloe's career as a forensic scientist. She's put on her first case which happens to be a crime against a child. As a childhood crime survivor, she feels a strong personal investment in the case. Meanwhile the media and the public are all interested in her husband, Jason, because he's an A list actor. His frustration is that he feels he has incredible power in the world of make believe while his wife has so little power in the real world, where real lives are at stake. By working together, though, they find their worlds aren't as different as they fear.

This is a sequel to Someone Else's Fairytale, which I guess is technically an Amazon "Bestseller" as it's been as high as the top 200 paid in the Kindle store, but that's not a term I feel I should be using yet. Suffice it to say, a lot of people really liked Fairytale, so I've wanted to write a sequel for quite some time, but it took almost a year for me to put together a viable idea. I didn't want to just do a sequel in which we follow the characters around doing nothing. Even the most lovable characters get old in that kind of context.

3: What genre does your book fall under?

Chick lit, I gather. I never read chick lit, but Chick Lit Plus has already booked a review slot for it, so I'll trust their ability to categorize!

4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

You know I'm terrible at this kind of thing. I know what I don't know, shall we say, and I don't know which actors would do the best portrayal. If I ever have to seriously answer that question, I'll likely be too giddy to be coherent.

5: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Chloe wants to crack a case and save a child's life, while her husband, Jason, fears that he's lost his edge as a Hollywood actor, yet together they find that they and their careers compliment one another better than they ever could have imagined.

6: Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

I assume you mean self pubbed or traditionally pubbed. As E.M. Tippetts I always self publish, so this book will be no exception.

7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

Six weeks for the actual typing, but about a year for all the mental work of plotting it.

8: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

See, I just don't read chick lit, so I wouldn't know. Someone Else's Fairytale is sometimes compared to Love Unscripted, but I gather that even if the subject matter is similar, the actual books are about as different as they can get.

9: Who or What inspired you to write this book?

My characters, I suppose. I've worked on coming up with ideas for plots and characters every day for ten years straight, so I don't have many "eureka" moments when I have this brilliant new idea. Usually they come together a little bit at a time over the course of weeks.

10: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

I'll always make sure that my series books do not need to be read in order, so even if Someone Else's Fairytale doesn't appeal, feel free to check out Nobody's Damsel.


  1. Thanks for the info, Ms. Tippetts! :)

    I have a question. Whenever I attempt to preorder Nobody's Damsel, the link just leads me to my paypal account with no instructions on how to send money/buy. Maybe I'm missing something? I've had several of my friends try and they can't figure it out either, so I was hoping you could help me.

    1. Hi Luna,

      Okay, you're the second person who has told me this (and I got an order in just after the first person, so I thought it was fixed). Let me go re-do the order page and see if I can fix it. I'll post once I've done that here in a few minutes.

    2. Okay, it appears to be working now. See if you have any trouble.

    3. Thank you! I managed to preorder it. :D

    4. Great! Sorry for the technical glitches there.