7.18.2011

Blog Tour, Guest Post by Angela Henry, & TWO Giveaways!


Hey everyone! Today I have a guest post from Angela Henry, author of The Paris Secret, as part of the book's blog tour. Angela created this short video as an introduction to her post:



The Day in the Life of an Author

Contrary to what many people think, authors don’t live glamorous lives. It’s true.
The majority of us aren’t lounging by the pool eating bon bons all day while reading
our fan mail, fielding phone calls from producers who want to turn our books into
movies, or jetting around the world for book signings. In fact, most of us have day
jobs. I’ve worked in the library field for more than 20 years. I’ve been at my current
job in a college library for 16 ½ years. Here’s what my typical day looks like.

6:00am – Shake a fist at my alarm clock and curse the daylight before rolling out of
bed still half asleep.

6:05am to 7:05am - Shower, brush teeth, curl my hair, iron clothes, notice my shirt
is missing a button (How’d that happen?). Grab another shirt and notice the big
grease stain on the front didn’t come out in the wash. Crap! It’s getting late so I wear
shirt that’s missing button and hope no one notices.

7:15, yes, 7:15am – Arrive at work, make coffee for the coffee drinkers, fill water
pot for me and my fellow tea drinkers, read notes left by evening staff.

7:25am - Head to my office, check email, voicemail, Amazon ranking, eat breakfast
(Chibani yogurt. Yum!), read news, write notes for idea I had about a scene for one
of my WIPs (I have several). Enjoy the peace and quiet.

7:50am – Open library and take my seat behind circulation desk. Brace myself for
the onslaught of students, faculty and staff needing things before their 8 o’clock
classes. Update library’s Facebook page.

8:00am to 8:20am – Shoot the shit with coworkers and vow to stay away from
the big box of donuts my boss brought in before packing shipment of ILL books
requested by other college libraries. Cringe when someone points out I have a
missing button.

8:45am – Have a donut, or two, and first cup of tea while reading Shelf Awareness
and Publisher’s Marketplace. See a book deal announcement for an author friend
and squee for them. See a deal announcement for a sequel to a book I loved and
get excited. See major seven-figure book deal announcement for book described
as Marley and Me meets The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and curse my lack of
imagination.

9:00am to 11:00 am – Check books in and out, check in magazines and
newspapers, answer reference questions, frantically stop print job for student who
accidentally printed 200 copies of fifty page journal article, patiently explain for the
millionth time that the library doesn’t sell textbooks, try to find a video for a faculty

member who can’t remember title of video but knows it’s about enemas, gently, but
firmly, turn down a donation of computer books from 1980. Check Amazon ranking.

11:00am to 1pm – All of the above, plus, sneak in a few hundred words on WIP
during downtime, read about the latest new ereader on Galleycat, get a Google alert
for a review of one of my books and agonize over whether to read it or not.

1pm to 2pm – Eat lunch in office (Lean Cuisine, fruit and another donut), while
either reading or watching an anime DVD, make personal phone calls, check Amazon
ranking.

2pm to 4pm – Repeat hours 9 to 11, attend staff meeting and try to convince
collection development librarian why we need to add Hobo with a Shotgun to our
DVD collection, fidget in chair when butt goes numb as meeting goes too long.

4:15pm – Quitting time!

4:30 to 5pm – Go home, have a snack, check Amazon ranking just in cast I hit the
bestsellers list while I was on my way home from work. Find missing button in my
bra. Go figure.

5pm to 8pm – Nap, eat dinner, watch a little TV, wash dishes, answer emails, check
Amazon ranking.

8pm to 10pm – Write. Write. Write.

10pm to 11pm – Eat a bowl of ice cream (chocolate), read, and brush my teeth
before turning out the lights and going to sleep so I can get up and do it all again
tomorrow.

And there you have it. Pretty glamorous, huh?


Thanks, Angela! It sounds like a hectic, but interesting workday. I'm glad you could share it with us! :)



Angela Henry was once told that her past life careers included spy, researcher and investigator. She stuck with what she knew because today she's a mystery-writing, library reference specialist, who loves to people-watch and eavesdrop on conversations. She's the author of four mysteries featuring equally nosy amateur sleuth Kendra Clayton, and is also the founder of the award-winning MystNoir website, which promotes African-American mystery writers, and was named a “Hot Site" by USATODAY.com. When she's not working, writing or practicing her stealth, she loves to travel, is a connoisseur of B horror movies and an admitted anime addict. She lives in Ohio and is currently hard at work trying to meet her next deadline.
You can find Angela here:   Website   Myspace   Facebook   Twitter



Now, are you ready for a giveaway?
How about TWO?

First giveaway:
I am giving away an eCopy of Angela's book, The Paris Secret, to one lucky reader!
Find out more about The Paris Secret on Goodreads.

To enter, all you have to do is fill out THIS FORM.
Two extra entries can be gained by tweeting with a link to this post.

You have until midnight MST on the night of the 23rd, to enter.
Due to the book's content, you must be 18 years or older to enter.
FYI: Name and email address will be forwarded to the author so you can get your prize!



Second giveaway:
 
A grand prize pack that will be given away on Angela's blog on Tuesday, July 26th


The grand prize pack consists of:
A beautiful Eiffel Tower Pendant
Delicious Lip Gloss
A Signed Poster
The Paris Secret Music Playlist
Audible Gift Card (good for 2 book downloads)

In order to enter to win the Grand Prize pack:
You must answer at least one question in the comments on any of the tour stops. 
You may answer as many of the questions as you like, for up to 15 entries in the tour. 

RULES:
  • Only one answer per tour stop will be considered valid.
  • No purchase, affiliation, status as follower to a certain blog or any other association is required to enter.
  • Full rules for the contest can be found at The Paris Secret's tour home page
  • Winner of the Grand Prize pack give-away will be announced on Angela's homepage on Tuesday, July 26th.

    To enter, please answer the following question:

    Dress to kill.  
    What do you wear when you want to feel your most confident?


    Ready for more?
    Don't forget to visit the other tour stops to see reviews of The Paris Secret, more author content, and for more opportunities to enter to win the grand prize pack!

    Monday July, 4th
    Julie, That's Swell / Guest Post, Maya's Map of Paris

    Tuesday, July, 5th
    Tishia, Paranormal Opinion

    Wednesday, July, 6th
    Heather, Bewitched Bookworms

    Thursday, July, 7th
    Jules, The Great, The Good and The Bad / Guest Post, Visitor Tips for Paris

    Friday, July, 8th
    Mysterious Books / Interview with Angela

    Monday July, 11th
    Deea, Deea's Book Journal / Guest Post, The Paris Secret Playlist

    Tuesday, July, 12th
    Sarah, Workaday Reads

    Wednesday, July, 13th
    Lisa, Baffled Books / Guest Post, What's In Maya's Bag

    Thursday, July, 14th
    Yiota, Splash of our Worlds

    Friday, July, 15th
    Lori, Romancing the Darkside

    Monday July, 18th
    Penelope, The Reading Fever / Guest Post, A Day in the Life

    Tuesday, July, 19th
    Mandy, The Well Read Wife

    Wednesday, July, 20th
    Rebecca, Kindle Fever

    Thursday, July, 21th
    Missie, The Unread Reader / Guest Post, When I'm Not Writing

    Friday, July, 21th
    Crystal, Elegantly Bound Books / Interview with Angela

    Tuesday, July 26th
    Announcement of the big prize winner on Angela's Blog!



    A huge thanks goes out to Kismet Book Touring for the opportunity to participate in this tour!

    12 comments:

    1. I have a gorgeous pair of black boots that I got for my last birthday. I put them on with a pair of skinny jeans and any black shirt and feel like I could stop on anyone!

      thegirlonfire27 at gmail dot com

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    2. What do I wear when I want to feel confident? Let's see: Blouse, jacket and my favorite pair of black pants (job interview), my favorite outfit would be jeans, Converse & a colorful t-shirt.
      Thanks for the giveaway(s)!
      sk_86(at)gmx(dot)de

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    3. Well it's a toss up between one of my dresses which makes me feel long and lean and my boot cut jeans which makes my butt look good and boots which make me feel like a rock star

      frellathon(at)gmail(dot)com

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    4. I feel most confident when I'm wearing casual but boyish-looking attire.

      aikychien at yahoo dot com

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    5. When I want to feel most confident, I wear my favorite purple shirt thats not too fancy but is sort of a dress shirt. Coupled with a pair of skinny jeans and some black heals, I fell great! (Especially when someone tells me I Look great as well)

      ruby95660@yahoo.com

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    6. I will wear black pants and a wine colored shirt preferably with a baby-doll cut. Thank you for the fun day in the life and giveaway opportunity.

      dz59001[at]gmail[dot]com

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    7. Fun interview. My day doesn't look too different, unfortunately! ;)

      Hmm, my "confident clothes?" Probably this 1950's style black and yellow dress with my faux pearls. I know it's kitch, but I love the way I look in it, and swirly skirts are always fun!


      Smiles!
      Lori
      serena423[@]yahoo.com

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    8. Must wear high heels! For some reason, I feel like I'm exuding self-confidence when I have high heels on!

      Thanks for the giveaway!

      darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com

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    9. Sexy underwear always makes me feel good, even when the other person doesn't know I have them on - at least til later!

      I can't wait to read this book! Thanks for a great post and a great giveaway:)
      jwitt33 at live dot com

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    10. I have a lovely red, tiered dress that looks good on me and makes me feel wonderful

      lindahl at rogers dot com

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    11. My navy blue v-cut blouse, black skinny jeans, and heels.
      Oh, and some sexy underwear never hurt anybody.

      missy1549@gmail.com

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    12. skinny jeans, my favorite withe blouse and stilettos.

      flaka.077 at gmail dot com

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    Thanks for commenting! I read each and every one, and reply as soon as I can :)

    Please note: The Reading Fever is an award-free zone. I am very flattered, but comments are all the thanks I need.

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