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Playing by the Rules – by author Rosa Temple & a Guest Post

Title: Playing by the Rules
By author: Rosa Temple
Release Date: February 15, 2017
Publisher: HQDigital
Genre: Chick Lit

On the 3rd of August, I died. Well, not literally, but it felt like my life was over. Melodramatic? Me? Just a teensy bit…

When workshy socialite Magenta Bright learns that inheritance comes with one horrific condition, she mentally kisses goodbye to the money. Get a job and keep it for a year? Not likely.

Naïve CEO Anthony Shearman is persuaded to hire her as his PA, and Magenta decides to stick it out, if only because of her sexy boss. But between the bitchy receptionist, Anthony’s beautiful fiancée and not having a clue how to be a career girl, Magenta barely makes it to the end of her first day.

So, just 364 to go then…

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Meet author Rosa Temple

Rosa Temple is the pseudonym of writer, Fran Clark. A ghostwriter of romance novels, Fran was awarded a Distinction in her Creative Writing MA from Brunel University in 2014. To date, Fran has penned three publications as Rosa Temple; Sleeping With Your Best Friend, Natalie’s Getting Married and Single by Christmas. A mother of two, Fran is married to a musician and lives in London. She spends her days creating characters and story lines while drinking herbal tea and eating chocolate biscuits.

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Taking Chances
Guest Post by Rosa Temple

So … my journey as a writer of romantic comedies hasn’t been a long one but it’s been a journey of ups and downs. I speak in the present tense because I know there is still a long way to go and I hope to be writing in this style for years to come.

My first romcom publication was a novella which I followed up with two full length novels. I knew I was writing in a genre which was absolutely flooded in terms of its wealth of great writers who were already well established, experienced and highly talented. But the odds against a newbie trying to make an impression on the market didn’t stop my desire – I wanted to take a chance.

As a self published writer I took many chances; paying out for editors, proof readers, advertising and a lot of marketing efforts that cost me a lot of time as well as money.

I can’t say my books flew off the shelves, as I said before I knew I was competing in a saturated market. But then I started getting some really positive feedback and great reviews and I knew that the chance I had taken was paying off. I was happy to sell just a few books and to have those few people love my books – it meant the world to me. I bored my sister and husband senseless every time a review came in and it was complimentary. Though I was far from becoming a best seller, I was feeling positive and I knew I had to go on.

I especially had to go on when one day a new character popped into my head and I knew I had to write her story. Her name was Magenta Bright, a party girl whose parents bailed her out of financial trouble all too often. Her mission was to work for a whole year so that she could get her hands on a very lucrative inheritance. I also felt that there was a bigger story to be told about Magenta and my book idea eventually became an idea for a series.

I’d never written a series. I had no idea what it would take to write a series and yet I found myself blogging about the fact that I had decided to write one! So I’d thrown down a gauntlet and I was going to challenge myself and take yet another chance that a series could actually take off!  Before I knew it the sketches for a three book idea was already taking form.

The first story about Magenta Bright was completed and I decided I would take another chance. Yes. Another one! I sent the completed manuscript out to publishers. I did this before asking my trusty readers (hubby and sister) to read it. I didn’t send it out to betas either. I submitted straight away to publishers and surprise, surprise, my chance taking paid off. HQ Digital (Harper Collins) contacted me and they wanted to offer me a one book deal.

All of a sudden I wasn’t a self published author but a published one. It was something I had dreamed of happening because I was struggling so much to get my books under the noses of more readers; such a hard thing to do on your own (and I take my hat off to people who have done so successfully) as a self published author.

So today is publication day. My book, Playing by the Rules, is out across all digital platforms worldwide and I’m so excited. I’m pleased to have the support of a major publishing house behind me. I know it’s only a one book deal but I’m thrilled all the same. I also know that the first review was in last week and it was amazing – I was really chuffed to read it.

I have no idea how my new book will go but I’m happy and positive to be taking this next step with HQ Digital.

So … my journey continues, and so far it has given me a lot to celebrate. I really hope my journey carries on in that way. After all – who doesn’t like a celebration?

Thank you, Rosa, for spending a bit with For the Love of Chick Lit. I’ve read all of Rosa’s books and I will make no exception for this one. The cover is absolutely adorable, and because I always love a Rosa Temple book, I can’t wait to read this one!


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