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Feature Friday on the podcast: Talking with Mona Shroff about writing romance, a baking contest and receiving “the” calls…(+ Giveaway)

So many books came out this week. Which ones did you get? Or request from your libraries? I need to write two raving reviews for CINDERELLA IS DEAD and for PRETTY LITTLE WIFE. Hold me to it. Next week, I need to start with “I wrote the reviews.” Yes, next week on Friday. I am not planning on releasing an episode this Tuesday. In terms of schedule, I will release episodes every Friday and every two weeks on Tuesdays. Don’t worry I’ll continue discussing my self-publishing adventures. Today, after the chat, I’ll quickly talk about time…

I am just about to start reading WILD WOMEN AND THE BLUES by Denny S. Bryce. What are you currently reading? Leave me a message. I’ll select a few to read on the podcast. And don’t forget you have any questions to either leave a comment on my blog, send me an email or leave a voice message. 🙂

Before starting today’s chat: have you seen the Books For Hope auction? The KidLit Community is coming together to raise money for the Covid crisis in India!  Bid on Signed Books, Book Swag, Editor and Agent Critiques and more and help raise money for the Unicef USA India Covid Relief Effort! The organizers are US-based children’s book authors with roots in the Indian subcontinent. And there are a lot, a lot of items to bid on. All for a good cause! https://www.booksforhope.org The auction takes place on May 7th to May 9th.

Today for Feature Friday, I am so so happy to welcome Mona Shroff. Per her bio on Harlequin and Mona is obsessed with everything romantic, so she writes romantic stories by night, even though she’s an optometrist by day. If she’s not writing, she’s making chocolate truffles, riding her bike, or reading, and is just as likely to be drinking wine or gin & tonic with friends and family. She’s blessed with an amazing daughter and loving son who have both gone to college. Mona lives in Maryland with her romance-loving husband. She’s the author of: THEN, NOW, ALWAYS and THEN THERE WAS YOU. You can find Mona on Instagram.

Giveaway time!

Do you want to win one of Mona Shroff’s books? Just hop on to my giveaway: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/35c42cc23/?

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Writing romance, a baking contest and receiving “the” calls…

Today on the podcast (Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and more), contemporary romance author Mona Shroff (author of THEN, NOW, ALWAYS & THEN THERE WAS YOU) about the time she met Martha Stewart (and almost met Matthew McConaughey), her writing process, receiving the calls from her agent and book deal and how falling in love isn’t the solution for all our characters’ issues.

When it comes to my self-publishing and writing update: This has been a pretty busy week on my side…and while I made progress on my revision, I haven’t made as much progress as I wanted to. I think we all have these weeks, right? Contemporary romance author Mona Shroff who is on the podcast today shared on Instagram today a repost from Emily Duvall which said, “Respect your writing time.” And that’s something we had discussed with L. Penelope last week on planning that writing time…I’ve been doing Pomodoros. 25 minutes and then a short break and I think that if I start talking in Pomodoros instead of saying I will do something for an hour then it works better. I am going to carve some writing time this weekend…

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Ep – 45: An indie author yearly review: The highs and lows of my self-publishing career in 2021. A self-published author's diary

Before diving right into my yearly review as an indie author: if you're struggling or know someone who is struggling (or maybe even just mention it or post it or share this resource with people in your life): https://www.crisistextline.org/ Text HOME to 741741 to reach a volunteer Crisis Counselor. Today, on the podcast, I talk about the highs and lows of my self-publishing career in 2021. Some of my lows included: Dealing with my own career expectations and the reality, What it means to not be using a pen name, Feeling like I'm letting down some of my collaborators in royalty-share agreements… Some of my highs included: Having the French version of #TheLeftoverBride reach the #9 on Apple Books Chart  Having the French version of #TheLeftoverBride sit next to The Hating Game by Sally Thorne on the charts… Reading wonderful emails from readers around the globe And more… As always: Ask me a question (per email: authorelodienowodazkij AT gmail.com or by leaving me a voicemail: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/message)    Follow A Self-Published Author's Diary on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aselfpublishedauthorsdiary      Visit my website: http://www.elodienowodazkij.com  — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/support
  1. Ep – 45: An indie author yearly review: The highs and lows of my self-publishing career in 2021.
  2. Ep. 44 – Five things I've learned about self-publishing in 2021 and one thing I learned about writing.
  3. Ep. 43 – Five things I've learned about podcasting as an author in 2021 and five things I want to do next year (podcast-related)
  4. Ep. 42 – The feeling when you upload your files for publication, brainstorming story ideas and learning, learning, learning…
  5. Ep. 41 – Gearing up for the publication of #TheLeftoverBride French edition and writing craft building blocks…

1 thought on “Feature Friday on the podcast: Talking with Mona Shroff about writing romance, a baking contest and receiving “the” calls…(+ Giveaway)”

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    Monique

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