It’s here! It’s finally here! YEAH! It’s the release of my sexy sports novel, Defending the Net, that follows the romance of goalies Brighton and Gatien. These bad boys of hockey bring back the term body-check. I am so excited and stoked that words can’t express it enough. I can barely believe it is happening. That means this day must be celebrated (as if I haven’t been celebrating the entire week).
Let me tell you. This week has been insane. I’ve had tons of tech issues. I was beginning to think my life was a remake of Maximum Overdrive with the way my electronics began taking a life of its on.
My email went all wonky, and important messages were being directed to spam. I have no idea when it started doing it, but I’m assuming it has been several weeks, maybe even months. If anyone emailed me within the last couple of weeks, I’m still going through all of it and am responding as fast as I can. Second, my blog cropped up weirdness and began posting at random time after the clocks were set back for the time change. First, it defaulted everything to noon. Later, I noticed some had reset to 9:00 AM. I’ve had to go in twice now to fix it back to 10:00 AM CST, but don’t be surprised if my post comes in at some other time.
Then, my Facebook page decided it didn’t want to allow me to post anything there. Nope, nothing. And then, when I finally managed to get it to upload and it was incorrect, it wouldn’t allow me to delete. I had to have others go into my page for me, and it even gave them problems. So, who knows. I guess the stars just lined up, and said, “Not today you won’t.” But, oh yes, I will because today, is the day. DTN is released, and I couldn’t be happier. Every mishap has not deterred it from happening, and I’m overjoyed to be sharing it with each of you.
Jumping right in with tons of info in this post.
So, to recap, anyone following knows that I have been posting every day since October 28 with special posts leading up to the release. That has been tons of fun. Each has provided some type of insight or relates to DTN. Here’s a quick rundown of posts.
- Love & Sociopaths (Halloween inspired and not at all demented and dark)
- Kissing Smooch Smooch
- Romantic Horrors (Another Halloween inspiration)
- Real Talk About Your Characters Writing Tag (A fun way for writers to talk about their WIP and books. I used DTN characters to complete this tag.)
- DTN: What’s That (A synopsis and background of DTN)
- The Quick and Dirty Guide to Hockey (The rules of hockey explained)
- An Interview with Myself (Answering FAQ about DTN and other matters)
- Beer Facts (Cause hockey players drink beer)
- Presenting the Sigma Male (Step aside alpha. There’s a new man in town.)
- Saint Anne, Louisiana (All about the hometown of DTN)
- Defending the Net Playlist (The music I frequently listened to or was inspired by while writing DTN)
- Meet the Players (All about the characters of DTN)
All of these posts are on my blog. Also, let me remind everyone that my giveaways are still going happening.
Today is the last day to win a free DVD from Hot Tree Publishing when you grab a copy of DTN. Visit their Facebook page for all the details. (Hot Tree Publishing Facebook)
Win a free signed copy of Out of the Penalty Box, my first hockey romance that was released earlier this year. All one has to do to enter the giveaway is:
- Follow this blog on Creole Bayou
- Like this post/leave a comment
- Join my Newsletter/Mailing list at https://genevivechambleeconnect.wordpress.com/newsletter/
BONUS ENTRY: For anyone who follows steps 1-3 AND preorders a copy of Defending the Net, your name will be entered twice for a chance to win. Just post a copy of your order receipt below or email it to email@example.com
It’s that simple. A winner will be chosen at random. The giveaway ends 11/11/18 at 11:59 CST.
For a chance to win a free copy of DTN, post a picture of the DTN cover on Instagram and tag me in it so I’ll know it’s there. My Instagram is genevivechambleeauthor if you would like to leave me a message or comment on any posts. The giveaway ends 11/30/18 at 11:59 CST.
Or if you prefer, you can post a picture of the DTN cover on Twitter and tag me there. My twitter is @dolynesaidso. The giveaway ends 11/30/18 at 11:59 CST.
WHERE TO PURCHASE
WHERE TO WRITE AND READ REVIEWS
I always love hearing from readers. If after reading you would like to tell others about the experience, I’m on both Amazon and Goodreads. I will list the links below. I appreciate honest reviews, so whatever you have to say, feel free to post it. Even if you decide you do not want to write a review, please consider stopping by Amazon, Goodreads, or both and giving it a star liking/ranking.
“I want to read DTN but…”
Here’s the tea.
A common question that I have been asked and have addressed but would like to address again is DTN’s relationship with my first sports novel, Out of the Penalty Box. I am frequently asked if DTN is a sequel. No, it is not. OotPB is the story of Aidan and Christophe. They make an appearance in DTN as do some of the other OotPB characters, but DTN is the story of Brighton and Gatien. DTN can be read as a standalone. However, OotPB is available for purchase as well. (Or if you participate in one of my contests, you may win a free copy of it.)
Another common question is one needs to have an in-depth knowledge about hockey to enjoy DTN. No. I do my best to explain any technical terms or rules within the story. But for those who want to know more prior to reading, I wrote a post (A Quick and Dirty Guide to Hockey) that covers this topic. But also remember, DTN is first and far most a romance.
Many of my characters speak French, Cajun French, or French Creole. Sometimes, readers have a concern that they will not be able to understand because they do not speak these languages. Know that I do my best to explain each foreign word/term either directly or with context clues. I also keep the usage of any of these languages to a minimum. Therefore, the story is easy to read and understand.
Some ARC readers have asked if the story of Brighton and Gatien will continue. It depends. If enough of you say that you would like to read more about them, then please let me know in either an email or comment on one of my social media platforms. I main goal is to entertain my readers. I have said it several times, without my readers, none of this would be possible. I cannot express my gratitude and appreciation enough.
Do you have time to read it? I’ve been informed by ARC readers that DTN goes by quickly because of the pacing. It’s also not 100 billion pages that will take months. Thus, if you’re pressed for time DTN may be a book for you.
You’re still not sure because it’s, “eh, just another romance”. With DTN, I try to go beyond typical romance and bring both drama and comedy. I want to do the unexpected and break stereotypic molds. My characters may not be typical or react as most. I also appreciate diversity. Hopefully, readers will find characters they can connect or relate. I like bringing giggles when least expected, too.
Yes, but is it sexy? Oh, yeah. DTN is steaming hot. Any hotter and the ice rink would be a sauna.
TWEETING ON TWITTER
Okay, so I guess that’s all I have for now. Today, I will be around for most of the day on Twitter. If you have questions or want to chat about DTN, my novels, or anything else, tweet me @dolynesaidso. Drop in and say hello.
Keep your eyes peeled for other adventures today. Who knows what I may have spring up later?