Sunday, February 17, 2013

Book Blast: Bent by H.B. Heinzer

I'm so excited to be participating in the book blast for Bent, a contemporary romance by H.B. Heinzer, which released on January 22nd.  I have a guest post from J.B. about how she manages to juggle the roles of full-time writer and parent...and I have to say, I wish I had her work ethic and determination!  And I also have a giveaway for you!!!

If there’s one thing Julia Wilson has learned in life, it’s that you can’t push your own dreams to the background for anyone. Newly divorced, Julia returns to the hometown she once swore would never see her again. Her plan is simple; enjoy the cheap rent her friend is offering and stay just long enough to develop a plan to make her own dreams come true.

It doesn’t take long before Julia realizes she’s made a big mistake.

Micah Anderson came closer to breaking Julia than anyone else ever had. After promising her forever, he broke her heart the week before she left for college. Now, Julia’s back in town and he’s going to have to tell her the truth about why he left her. It’s not possible to hide a twelve year old child when you live in a town of 5,000 people.

Is following your dreams worth it if it means giving up on a second chance with her first love? Is trying to make a relationship work worth it if his past becomes a threat to her safety?

Add Bent on Goodreads and buy it on Amazon.


I’ve been reading romance novels for over 20 years now. My fascination started with my mother’s collection of romance novels which lined half of one wall in the master bedroom of my childhood home. After I graduated from high school, life began to interfere with my reading and I didn’t read nearly as often as I would like. When my daughter was born, we decided that it would be more beneficial for me to be a stay at home mom. To fill the income gap, I began freelance writing for a variety of websites and print publications.

From there, I progressed to writing blogs as a way to hang on to the pieces of myself I felt slipping away as I filled my roles as wife and mother. Blogging slowly morphed from a creative outlet for my writing to a way to place another egg in my work at home basket.

It wasn’t until attending a blogging conference in 2012 that I was overcome with the need to write a book. I’d been thinking about it since I was 15 but it was one of those “someday” dreams. There were two speakers at that conference who convinced me I needed to do it. Just shy of a year later, here I am!

Visit H.B. at her websitetwitterfacebook, and goodreads pages. 

And now for the guest post...

A Day in the Life of HB Henizer

I'll admit, there was a time when I had this misguided notion that being a writer would mean I had time to sit down and write for hours on end and the words would flow from my fingertips. Then I started to write. But as soon as I sat down to write, I had two kids who needed me right this very minute even though there are two other adults in our house. So, after writing the first three words of a sentence, I'm jerked out of my zone and thrust back into my role as a mommy.

There's nothing typical about a day in my life since making the decision to listen to my friends who'd been hounding me for years to find the time to write.

When I did make that decision, I spent far more time trying to figure out the best way to write than I did actually writing. While that may not have been the best decision ever, it did lead me to On Writing by Stephen King. It's one of those books that everyone seemed to agree was a must-read for anyone who wanted to write. From that book, I gained a few good tips that I try to follow, no matter what.

Read, Read, Read – This is the part of the job that I have to rein in so I have time to write. While it made sense that you can't write if you don't read, I didn't realize just how important it was until I started making a point to read every single day. Unfortunately, I read books the same way I watch movies; from start to finish. It's about as easy for me to set down a book as it is to pause a movie and come back to it the next day. It doesn't happen.
Writing Every Day – This is easy to do on those days when I feel inspired and the words are coming. Not so much on the days when I have no clue what my characters are saying to me or I am alone on parenting duty. Even on holidays, I try to find time to sit down and write every single day, whether I want to or not.

When I was writing Bent life was good. I had to find time to read and write on top of taking care of a three year old who's home with me full-time and a seven year old who comes home with enough drama to fill a community theater group every day. From time to time, they'd complain that they wanted food or clean laundry and I'd have to think about those things too.

Now, my daughter comes home from school and asks me how many copies of my book I've sold and if we're rich yet. Seriously, I don't know where she gets it. I'm hoping she knows something I don't and the day comes when I can tell her that, yes, we are instantly wealthy. Then, we have to go over why I'm not letting her take my book to school for show and tell or reading circle time.

My son is the whip cracker around the house. If he sees me doing something like laundry or dishes, he tells me to go to work and pushes me towards the desk. Not that he's going to do the rest of the work, but he's starting to understand that mommy has to work and that it has to happen at the computer.

Being a full-time writer is honestly one of the hardest jobs I've ever taken on. It's also one of the most fulfilling, so I suppose that, for now, I'll read, write and let the kids keep leading me in the right direction!

And finally, the giveaway!  I have a signed paperback copy of Bent for one lucky reader!

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