My Baby Is Seven Months Old
Seven months ago my baby was born. Not literally, I’m sixty years old. On June 17, 2014 my debut novel, To Dance One More Day, was released by Astraea Press.
Being a new author, I was unschooled in the art of promotion. I’m sure I made only a minute blip on readers’ radar. The excitement of my accomplishment has dwindled away, but my determination to succeed has grown. I worked extremely hard to ‘birth’ my baby and have decided to press onward as I learn new ways to promote my book in the reader’s world, where new books are released every week.
I’ve set up a blog tour for my book which will probably occur in February. Seven months ago I didn’t have a clue about blog tours or other avenues of promotion. With the help and support of my fellow Astraea Press authors and my Georgia Romance Writers friends, I have learned a ton about promoting my work.
Yesterday I established my channel on you tube. I invite you to take a minute out of your day and view the book trailer that has been uploaded. If you’d share it with the social media of your choice, I’d be thrilled as I attempt to garner the attention of readers I missed the first time around.
Title: To Dance One More Day
Author: Rachel Jones
Genre: Contemporary Romance
From her early teens, ballet has been an integral part of Jillian Russell’s life. One by one, she loses her parents, grandparent, husband and child. If being alone in the world wasn’t bad enough, a medical diagnosis takes away her chance to become a prima ballerina.
Knowing a part of her will die if she walks away from ballet, she changes her focus and builds a ballet company and opens a dance school. This endeavor takes all her resources and leaves no time to build new relationships outside her world of dance. Jillian rationalizes if she doesn’t build relationships, she can’t be deserted. And she’s not sure she would survive another loss.
Handsome trauma surgeon, Alan Armstrong has relocated to Charlotte, North Carolina for a fresh start. Until a few years ago, he had always envisioned his future to include a wife and children. But after his father died in a plane crash from lack of medical attention, his focus for the future has shifted to equip himself professionally to set up a rural clinic. A supporter of the arts, Alan finds himself on the board of the North Carolina Ballet Company. He has always had a penchant for fixing things. Realizing Jillian’s professional life could use some help, it is not long before he realizes he is drawn to her romantically as well.
They fall in love, but when Alan discovers Jillian has been misdiagnosed, he tells her she must decide between their love or a performance career in ballet.
In 1977 Rachel earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education and taught music for ten years. After the birth of her second child, she returned to school and in 1991 earned her Associate of Applied Science degree in Nursing and passed the state boards for registered nurses. She has been a labor & delivery and antepartum nurse since that time.
Anticipating her retirement from healthcare, Rachel decided to write her first novel at age fifty-seven. For years she had experienced scenes of heroes and heroines rambling about in her thoughts and spilling into her dreams. So it was a no-brainer that she should attempt to capture these thoughts on paper.
Rachel resides in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia with her husband of thirty-seven years. She has three adult children, who help spoil their Labrador retriever. She is a member of Georgia Romance Writers, Southeastern Writers Association and is a PRO member of Romance Writers of America.
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