Tuesday, March 8, 2016

PUYB Virtual Book Club Chats with Jennifer Allis Provost, author of 'Changing Teams'

Jennifer Allis Provost writes books about faeries, orcs and elves. Zombies too. She grew up in the wilds of Western Massachusetts and had read every book in the local library by age twelve. (It was a small library). An early love of mythology and folklore led to her epic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Parthalan, and her day job as a cubicle monkey helped shape her urban fantasy, Copper Girl. Changing Teams, the first in a new contemporary series, was released November 10, 2015 from Limitless Publishing. The second book, Changing Scenes, made its debut onJanuary 5, 2015.

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About the Book:

Title: Changing Teams
Author: Jennifer Allis Provost
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
Pages: 36
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Britt Sullivan, part time model and full time aspiring artist, is sick of living alone in the city… 

Taking lame jobs just to make ends meet is leading Britt nowhere, and she knows something has to change. She needs some excitement, and when she meets blue-eyed Midwesterner Sam MacKellar at a photo shoot, she realizes he’s perfect for her in every way—well, except for the fact that he’s gay. 

A devastating childhood trauma turned Sam’s whole life into a lie… 

Sam came to
New York City to escape an existence that had become unbearable, and when his job as a photographer’s assistant leads him to Britt, he realizes he’s finally met someone who sees him as he really is. But plagued by nightmares and trapped by his own deception, he doesn’t know how she can truly be part of his life. 

Friendship leads to a passionate encounter and hidden dangers… 

Britt comforts Sam though his nightmares, and they begin to explore their mutual attraction, but the tables are turned when Britt faces unwelcome attention from a manipulative art instructor and Sam must come to her defense. 

Sam is terrified to reveal the source of his nightmares, sure the truth would shatter his complicated relationship with Britt, but when she suffers an unspeakable trauma of her own, only Sam can help her pick up the pieces. 

When Britt learns the magnitude of Sam’s lies, will his reasons and the depth of their feelings be enough to allow her to forgive him? Does she have a future with Sam, or does his deception also include the reality of changing teams?

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Before you started writing your book, what kind of research did you do to prepare yourself?

I did quite a bit of research on New York City, particularly Hell’s Kitchen and Lower Manhattan. I researched what kind of apartments were available, what the average rent was, and other boring demographics. The devil’s in the details J

Did you pursue publishers or did you opt to self-pub?

I researched a few publishers, and ended up with Limitless Publishing. I couldn’t be happier!

If published by a publisher, what was your deciding factor in going with them?

Since Changing Teams is a NA contemporary romance, I looked into what publishers were doing NA well.

If published by a publisher, are you happy with the price they chose?


Did you purposefully choose a distinct month to release your book?  Why?

Nope, that was all up to Limitless.

How did you choose your cover?

I filled out a rather extensive questionnaire, and Limitless forwarded that to the artist, Wicked by Design. I am very happy with what they came up with.

Did you write your book, then revise or revise as you went?

I always revise as I go. I just can’t turn off that inner editor.

Did you come up with special swag for your book and how are you using it to help get the word out about your book?

I have some bookmarks and rack cards, which I hand out like candy, and some special swag for giveaways: shot glasses. Starting in the second book there’s a restaurant that features prominently in the rest of the series, so shot glasses seemed like an ideal—and fun—choice.

Did you consider making or hiring someone to make a book trailer for your book?  If so, what’s the link?

I have considered it, but I haven’t done so yet. Good trailers are expensive!

What’s your opinion on giving your book away to sell other copies of your book?

I don’t mind giving away copies. That tends to lead to reviews, and nothing sells books better than good reviews!

What are three of the most important things you believe an author should do before their book is released?

1. Draw up their marketing budget
2. Make a marketing plan
3. Line up early reviewers

What are three of the most important things you believe an author should do after their book is released?

1. Interact with readers, both online and in person
2. Set up more promo – blog tours, in-person events, etc.
3. Start working on the next book

What kind of pre-promotion did you do before the book came out?

I already had a strong social media presence, so I set up cover reveals, pre-release giveaways, and just kept on spreading the word.

Do you have a long term plan with your book?

Absolutely! It’s the first in a series, and I want to build momentum with each release. I’ve even got my first real long distance author event scheduled, over one thousand miles from me!

What would you like to say to your readers and fans about your book?

Changing Teams holds a special place in my heart. Thank you for reading it!

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