Monday, September 12, 2016

Virtual Tour - Chicks Dig the Accent by Roxanne D. Howard

Chicks Dig the Accent
by Roxanne D. Howard
Date of Publication:  August 23rd 2016
Publisher: Loose Id, LLC
Cover artist: Natasha Snow
Genre: Contemporary erotic Romance, Modern-Day Fairy Tale, Fairy Tales Revisited

From The Book Junkie Reads . . . Chicks Dig the Accent . . .
If a man with an accent get you going. Then you will want to read this one. We have accents for days. More, more, more.  Quick and entertaining.

Molly had a plan. That plan involved marrying her a man with an accent. She knew this. She now has a choice of men to choose from. Her professor or her neighbor, hot rocker.
I will not tell this outcome but it was so worth the short time it took to read it. I enjoyed it all the way to the end. I was not sure which one was the true target and was happy go find my guess or wish was the right one.
**This eBook was provided via Bewitching Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.**

Molly Ivers has always known she’d marry a foreign man with a delicious accent. Six months ago, in a night of unbridled passion, Molly gave her virginity to her friend and sexy-as-can-be neighbor, rocker Evan Castle. Unfortunately, thanks to his swarm of constant groupies, things didn’t work out, but they remained friends. Now, after having just broken up with her boring, run-of-the-mill right wing boyfriend, Sean, she’s on the verge of finishing her graduate degree, moving to Paris, and is desperate to shake things up!

She’s had a crush on Nicholas Sullivan, her British professor, for as long as she can remember. So when opportunity comes knocking to spice up her appearance, in the form of a French life coach, she hires Jean Luc Dubois to help her let her hair down and become more Parisian and hip, to reflect the person she is within. Thanks to Jean Luc’s magic, she starts to catch her hunky English professor’s eye, but the more time she spends with Evan, the more she begins to realize that her Prince Charming might just be the one she’s known all along.
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Author Info
Roxanne D. Howard is an author with Loose Id. Her first novel, At the Heart of the Stone, was released in February 2016. She is an Army veteran, has a bachelor's degree in Psychology and English, and enjoys reading classical literature and Stephen King. She is also an avid musical theater nut and loves everything related to marine biology. She is the proud mother of two beautiful girls, several pets, and loves to spend time with her husband and children when she's not writing. Roxanne and her family currently reside in the Midwest United States. Roxanne loves to hear from her readers, and she can be contacted at
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Guest Blog Post - Self-Editing Tips for Writers from Roxanne D. Howard
As writers, whether we’re aspiring or published, we’ve all heard that old chestnut “everybody’s got to start somewhere.”  

Um, well, what about when the novel’s complete?

I know when I completed my very first novel, At the Heart of the Stone, I spent a good two to three days wondering how in the Sam Hill I was going to move forward. I’d like to share these self-editing tips that I’ve picked up that have helped me clean up a manuscript before sending it in to beta readers and editors:
  1.    Use spell check and grammar check. This seems like an obvious one, but a lot of people either forget to do it or find it too cumbersome. It can make a world of difference in catching misspelled words or segmented sentences.
  2.    Use “Find and Replace,” and change or get rid of as many Adverbs (-ly endings) and Gerunds (-ing endings) as you can. Shaving the amount of these from your manuscript (either getting rid of them altogether or using a stronger description) will make your manuscript more readable. This is time consuming, but worth it!
  3.     Through “Find and Replace” in Word, track down your filter words (felt, saw, heard, knew, start(ed), realized), and see if you can make the sentence stronger with different verbs or by shortening the sentence (i.e., “Michelle started to climb the ladder.” to “Michelle climbed the ladder.”). There are helpful blogs you can Google that pinpoint exact filter words to look for, such as: was, so, that, all, began, start, smile, etc. This can transform a rough draft into a readable work, and it is worth taking the time to do it; your manuscript will thank you for it!  Text to Speech! Listening to your manuscript on text to speech can help tremendously. This can be done either one of two ways; you can save the file as a .pdf and listen to it on your kindle or handheld device with the text-to-speech option, or there is a “Speak selected text” option in word that allows you to highlight an area and listen to it being read. Having your book read to you in a different tone and voice can work wonders on areas you might have missed or dialogue that doesn’t flow the way it should.

Do you have any helpful tips to add to this? Please let us know below!
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