P.J. Fiala has partnered with Goddess Fish Promotions to celebrate the release of her book Dog Days of Summer. As part of her tour, P.J. will be awarding a rack card with Dog Tags to FIVE randomly drawn winners via rafflecopter during the tour, and a Grand Prize of a Kindle Paperwhite loaded with books from fellow authors to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. The author will also award a free ebook to FIVE randomly drawn hosts. see the end of this post for the link to P.J.’s rafflecopter.
Now enjoy this quick interview with P.J.
Tell us about your journey to publication?
Well, all I can say is, WOW. Who knew all there was to publishing a book? Having stories floating around in my head all of my life, I thought I would start writing them down. You would think, well, that’s done. Let’s get this baby published. I had no idea what there was to publishing. I started looking on the internet and searching for what to do next, publishing companies, etc.
I had to find a cover designer that I liked to pull together my cover. I had to find an editor, because, let’s face it, writing the story and not having it edited is where so many independently published authors go wrong. Then there is formatting for all the different media, there are ISBN’s to purchase and endless uploading. Done, right?
What about marketing? Marketing? If no one knows your book is out there, you have to tell them. Oh. My. God. Marketing is endless. The internet is fabulous for getting in touch with hundreds if not thousands of people. But, you have to have a message that they want to hear. You have to find them where they are, i.e. facebook, twitter, Google+. That also means creating teasers, trailers, tweets and so much more.
It has been a year and a half of non-stop learning, but I think I’m getting there.
What is your favorite indulgence (i.e. spa treatment, favorite bad-for-you food, etc)?
I just love a great massage and pedicure. Oh, and on a good day a facial too. What a guilty pleasure that is.
I understand you and your husband have a motorcycle – tell us about your last road trip.
The beginning of August we took our annual bike trip. This year we rode the upper part of lower Michigan. We zig-zagged across the state and then went up into upper Michigan for the week. We woke up each morning, looked at the map and decided where we wanted to end up for the night. It was great, no schedules, no drama, nice friends, fabulous weather, great roads, perfect. We stayed in a different city each night and everyone got to see something they wanted to see. Next year we’re heading out west. Sturgis is having their 75th anniversary, so we will stop there for a day or so, but mostly I think we’re headed to Wyoming.
What do you like best about your hero, Jeremiah?
Jeremiah is the kind of man every woman would want. He’s loyal, sometimes to a fault. He’s HOT!, smart, dependable, and so loving. He is a veteran and honors other veterans by holding an annual veteran’s ride each year and donated the proceeds to area veterans in need.
What book(s) are you working on next?
I am working on Ryder’s story. Ryder is one of Jeremiah’s twin sons. Ryder is sexy, dependable and loyal. The problem is he’s also shy. What happens when a shy man finds the woman that could be his life partner and he can’t bring himself to ask her out?
Owning Rolling Thunder Motorcycles, Inc. and raising his twin sons was top priority in Dog’s life. That was until he met Jocelyn James, the sweet, loving, single mother of Gunnar, a young man who works for Dog.
Joci raised Gunnar alone all of his life after her cheating, dickhead of a boyfriend ran off with another woman. She finished school, started her own graphic design business and hung out with friends and family. The last thing on her mind was men! That is until she met Dog.
The chemistry is undeniable. The passion is incredible. The family bond is like no other.
“Are you seeing someone?” He held his breath. It was probably none of his business, but in all the times Gunnar had spoke of his mother, he never mentioned a boyfriend and Jeremiah knew his dad was out of the picture.
Her tongue darted out and moistened her lips as she looked at him with the most beautiful gray eyes he had ever seen. Framed by thick lashes, he had noticed her eyes the second she stepped through the door. When he stood in her space to shake her hand, her perfume filled his senses and caused his brain to short circuit for a few beats, which also caused his cock to thicken.
“Ah, no. No boyfriend. I… just can’t.” Joci took a step back and started to turn to leave his office.
“Call me if you have any questions, Joci. I’m excited to get this logo implemented. It’s something that’s been missing for a long time now.”
As she turned to walk out the door, Jeremiah took a deep breath and slowly let it out. She was breath taking. Tiny little body, beautiful smile framed by dimples, and she was smart. She had pegged his business needs within minutes of walking in the door of his shop. He wanted to get to know her better. He had never dreamed of finding a woman like her.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
I was born in a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri named Bridgeton. During my time in Missouri, I explored the Ozarks, swam in the Mississippi River, and played kickball and endless games of hide and seek with the neighborhood kids. Spending summers in Kentucky with my grandmother, Ruth, are the fondest childhood memories for me.
At the age of thirteen, my family moved to Wisconsin to learn to farm. Yes, learn to farm! That was interesting. Taking city kids and throwing them on a farm with twenty-eight cows purchased from the humane society because they had been abused was interesting. I learned to milk cows, the ins and outs of breeding and feeding schedules, the never ending haying in the summer, and trying to stay warm in the winter. Our first winter in Wisconsin we had thirty-six inches of snow in one storm and were snowed in our house for three days! Needless to say, I wasn’t loving Wisconsin.
I am now married with four children and two grandchildren and a new one on the way this summer. I have learned to love Wisconsin, though I still hate snow. Wisconsin and the United States are beautiful, and my husband and I travel around by motorcycle seeing new sites and meeting new people. It never ceases to amaze me how many people are interested in where we are going and what we have seen along the way. At every gas station, restaurant, and hotel, we have people come up to us and ask us about what we are doing as well as offer advice on which roads in the area are better than others.
I come from a family of veterans. My grandfather, father, brother, two of my sons, and one daughter-in-law are all veterans. Needless to say, I am proud. Proud to be an American and proud of the service my amazing family has given.
Website – http://www.pjfiala.com
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Follow her book tour and leave comments at each stop. You can fine the complete list of stops on the Goddess Fish website at: http://goddessfishpromotions.blogspot.com/2014/07/virtual-book-tour-dog-days-of-summer-by.html