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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Blog Tour: "Just for Now" by Rosalind James (Guest Post/Review/Giveaway)

Welcome to our Virtual tour stop of "Just for Fun" by Rosalind James brought to you by Reading Addiction Blog Tours.
Don’t Let Rejection Get You Down (Yeah, Right) 
By Rosalind James 

“Dear Author: Thank you for your submission. Unfortunately . . .” And your heart sinks again.
You tell yourself that Gone With the Wind was rejected 38 times. That over a hundred publishers turned down Meg Cabot’s The Princess Diaries. That Tom Clancy, after everyone else had said no, finally found a publisher for The Hunt for Red October—the Naval Institute Press.
But still, what you’re hearing is that your baby is ugly. And that nobody, anywhere, will ever love it. So how do you keep from getting discouraged? Here are some thoughts that may help.

1. Publishers Are Risk-Averse. Also agents. I worked in the publishing industry for 20 years, and have been on the other end of this one many times. If a publisher thinks a book has a 40% chance of making $100,000, he will take that bet over a 5% chance of making $2 million. What does this mean? More of the same! They want more of what’s been selling lately, because it’s too hard to predict what will sell tomorrow.

2. That doesn’t mean your book isn’t good, or that the public (as opposed to the publishers) won’t buy it. It just means that, if you aren’t writing the Flavor of the Moment, you’re less likely to be snapped up. You can choose either to keep trying, keep polishing your query and your manuscript, sending out a few queries at a time until you land that fish, or . . .

3. Consider Self-Publishing. We are living in a unique moment, when the barriers to entry have come crashing down. Yes, this means some books are being published that probably shouldn’t be. But it also means that authors whose books sat rejected for years are putting them out there, and guess what? People want to read them!

4. The downside: What downside? If your book succeeds, the publishers may come to you. Maybe you’ll finance a little bit more writing time. And if it doesn’t sell much, what have you lost? Some time and the money for (I hope) a professionally designed book cover. So make sure your book is edited and the very best you can make it, do your research on producing and marketing your work, and give it a try!

5. Keep Writing! Whichever way you choose to go, don’t stop writing. If people whose opinions you genuinely trust are telling you your work is good, and you believe in your heart of hearts that it is, you owe it to yourself to keep going, and to find a way to put your books out there for the market to judge. Nobody’s tombstone ever said, “I wish I hadn’t pursued my dream.”

Helen Keller said it best. “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. Security does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than exposure.” Good luck, and good writing!
Just for Now
(Escape to New Zealand, #3)
by: Rosalind James
Publishing Date: 8/30/12
Genre: Contemporary Romance

There’s no place like home . . . 
For teacher Jenna McKnight, nothing spells “heartbreak” like finding her husband with somebody else–in her bed. Clearly, it’s time to reinvent herself. A new body, a new city, and a new job later, she’s done just that. This isn’t really her home, though. Or her family, however much she wishes it were. And playing house can be a dangerous game. 
New Zealand rugby star Finn Douglas is just looking for a temporary nanny. Not a girlfriend, and definitely not a wife. He can’t resist Jenna’s cooking, it’s true. Who knew that he’d have so much trouble resisting her? He wants to do what’s right for his kids. But waiting is so hard . . .
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My Review:
I am officially making it known now how much I want to move to New Zealand after reading this book and the first two to the Escape to New Zealand series.  Rosalind James makes me want to pack my bags today and catch a flight to this dreamy, exotic country that I have to eventually visit or maybe live one day.  I already told my hubby it is my goal to see New Zealand.
I am loving every Escape to New Zealand book so far and I cannot wait to read the 4th book.

Jenna McKnight has dealt with a severe heartbreak before when she though the man she married loved her and wanted to spend the rest of his life with her.  Until one day she comes home from a meeting that was cancelled and finds out the truth about her husband and why he is never with her.  She decides to drop everything and leave so she can finally make something up herself.  She did end up leaving the states because of her husband and she never wants to move back since she has no one there.  Instead, she answers an advert to take up nanny duties until she takes up teaching again.  She never though she would become the nanny of two children that she already knew and help out the vice-captain of the All Blacks team, Finn Douglas.
Finn Douglas needs a nanny temporarily while his original nanny he hired is away taking care of family.  He ends up hiring Jenna, which he had a bad impression with at first, but decides to give her a go.  Of course his friends are making it difficult since they find Jenna being irrestible, especially when she cooks very well and Finn's kids already adore her.
It is going to be a challenge for both Fin and Jenna to keep their emotions from going haywire...and eventually those feelings are going to be hard to resist.

This definitely was an emotional book out of the other two.  I literally was in tears toward the end. Both Finn and Jenna had their pasts that kept them from getting involved fully.  When the truth came about for both of them, they realized they had suffered pretty much the same thing.  Finn just wanted to do what was right for his kids and Jenna felt the same way.  She did not want to become too attached, but it was kind of hard due to having two kids, Sophie and Harry that admired you from day one.
Rosalind definitely knows how to make me fall in love with characters.  I loved how Jenna and Finn finally got together and how much Finn helped Jenna get over what happened to her.  Jenna even helped Finn get over his issues.
This will probably be my 2nd favorite of the books so far, until I probably read the 4th one and then I'll have an even harder time deciding which is my all time favorite.
I definitely recommend this book as well as the first two books to contemporary romance readers and also readers who enjoy sports.  You will definitely learn a lot about rugby from these books, as well as New Zealand and its cultures.
I even enjoyed this book because it had recipes from what Jenna actually cooked in the back of the book that I will definitely be trying out.  This book made me very hungry while reading it as well.
Looking forward to the next book in the series.  I need more of New Zealand and what it has to offer.  =)
I received a complimentary copy of the book for the blog tour (from the author) in exchange for an honest review.  My review is my own opinion and is not a paid review.  
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Rosalind James is the author of the Kindle bestseller Just This Once and the three subsequent books in the Escape to New Zealand series. She is a former marketing executive who has lived all over the United States and in a number of other countries, traveling with her civil engineer husband. Most recently, she spent several years in Australia and New Zealand, where she fell in love with the people, the landscape, and the culture of both countries. Visit to listen to the songs from the books, follow the characters on their travels, watch funny and fascinating New Zealand and rugby videos, and learn about what's new!
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Virtual Book Tour January 4 - January 24

January 4 -Reading Addiction Blog Tours - Meet and Greet
January 5 - Beth Art From the Heart - Review
January 5 - Coffee Books and Lipgloss - Review
January 6 - Kaisy Daisy Blog - Review
January 7 - Reading With Abc - Review/Guest Post
January 8 - TE Garden of Books - Review/Guest Post
January 9 - Izz Pingle Bookish Place - Guest Post/PROMO
January 10 - The Adventures Within - Review/Interview
January 11- Reading With Anacrasia - Review/Interview
January 12 - Bibliophile's Thoughts - Guest Post/PROMO
January 13 - Musings From an Addicted Reader - Review/Interview
January 14 -Jersey Girl Book Reviews - Review/Interview
January 15 -Books, Books, the Magical Fruit - Guest Post/PROMO
January 16 - In Love with Romance - Guest Post/PROMO
January 17 - My Cozie Corner - Review
January 18 - I Know That Book - Guest Post/PROMO
January 18 - Jen McConnel - Review
January 19 - My Bookmark Blog - Review
January 20 -Book Breifs - Review
January 20 - A Chick Who Reads - Review/Guest Post
January 21 - Queen of the Night - Review/Guest Post
January 22 - What's on the Bookshelf - Review/Interview
January 22 - The Muse Unleashed - Review
January 23 - Book Lovin Mama's - Review/Guest Post
January 24 - Bunny's Reviews - Guest Post/PROMO


rosalindi said...

Thanks for the wonderful review, FranJessca! And also for reviewing "Just This Once" and "Just Good Friends"--that was a pleasant surprise. "Just Good Friends" is my husband's favorite too.

And also, thanks for including my guest post. I'm so grateful now to the agent who told me she really enjoyed the story, but that "New Zealand rugby" wasn't a good hook. That's why I self-published--and it's working out pretty darn well so far! Best wishes to all the other authors out there. It's tough to do it all yourself, but so rewarding. Best, Rosalind James

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