Monday, 27 May 2013

Competition time!

Well, the What Happens in Ireland blog tour has been a huge success and my winners has been selected!

Congratulations to Meghan Mack and Josette Schaber who won my giveaways! :) They'll be heading your way soon.

Now, the excitement of the blog tour might be over now, but not to worry. I have a new competition for you all! What Happens in Ireland has been doing great on amazon and last week, a dear reader sent me in a picture of my debut on their shelf. So here's my new competition!

I want to see What Happens in Ireland on your shelf! I'll draw the winner on the Sunday the 19th of June! :) All you have to do is post the photo on my author page or tag my author page in the photo. You can also tag me on twitter!

You can find my author page here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Whitney-K-E-Romance-Author/311522372250495?ref=hl

And find me on twitter here: https://twitter.com/Whitney_KE

Now to the prize. I'm giving away a $10 amazon gift card and one of my gorgeous ribbon bookmarks to one of my lucky readers :)



And, just to mix things up a bit, if you share  the following link and tag my author page or twitter in it, you'll score yourself another entry:

"Do you know what happened in Ireland? 'Unashamedly romantic and sentimental in parts, hot and steamy in others...' "

Can't wait to see all your photos! Good luck! :)

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

5 STARS!

Yesterday, What Happens in Ireland, received a short and sweet review from a very happy reader earning itself five stars!

"Loved the storyline and the intriguing characters especially the sexy Irishman!!
Definitely worth reading.
Looking forward to reading more from Whitney."
 
 
Stoked to hear from a reader. :) Hopefully more wonderful reviews to come!
 
 
 


Saturday, 18 May 2013

The Irish 'Look' - The SCP Contemporary Romance Blog Hop

As a part of my release blog tour for What Happens in Ireland, and as a part of my participation in the SCP Contemporary Romance Blog Tour, I've decided to talk about what I call, the Irish 'look'.

Now, some of you (I hope most of you) will currently be reading my debut and know that Kate was not expecting Mr. Tall-Dark-and-Handsome, but rather, was under the impression that all Irish people were 'leprechaun-like'. Well, they're not, but admittedly, my twin sister and I (standing at 5'4) thought we would finally be able to see eye-to-eye with everyone we encountered.

What a misconception...

So I'm here to bust the myth for you. :)

From what I saw, in Dublin (as I remember the people most there), the Irish are (generally speaking) tall. Really tall (or maybe they were the only people I noticed). So don't travel to Ireland under the impression you will be the tallest one there haha.

Another characteristic I notice (and truly, I could not get over it) was that Irish men, tend to have this look. Now, this is not a look they develop when they open their mouths hehe, but in Dublin as we walked around, we were amazed by the number of men who possessed this 'look'.

Now firstly, not all of them possess this look (if they did, they might just be known as the most attractive country in the world), but wherever my sister and I went, we noticed men who resembled some actors who had either played Irishmen or were actually Irish!

So let me introduce you to the three 'ingredients' to the Irish look:

 Mr. Collin Farrell (of course hehe)

 
Gerard Butler (Mr. Irish in 'P.S. I Love You')


And Matthew Goode (who played Declan from 'Leap Year')



It was as if these men were the main ingredients to a cocktail which made up the Irish 'look'. And as a result, there were few female travelers I met that did not agree with me when I said, a majority of Irishmen were attractive.

So there you have it. The Irish 'look'!
If you had a choice of designing your own Irishman, who would you use as your inspiration? Leave your answer below and you get one entry into my blog tour giveaway. :) I have two prize packs to giveaway, including a copy of my novel on ebook, a coffee mug and a ribbon bookmark designed for my release by Swagmaster designs. The winners will be drawn on the 24th of May. :)





Friday, 17 May 2013

My First Review!

Woohoo! Today, I received my first review and gosh I am happy with the results.
Maria Perry Mohan gave What Happens in Ireland 4 out of 5 stars!

'Unashamedly romantic and sentimental in parts, hot and steamy in others...  I have no hesitation at all in recommending this novel to readers of romance fiction.  And in particular, to readers of romance who love Ireland.'

How cool is that! :) You can read the rest of the review at the following link!
http://rbh-contemporary.blogspot.com.au/2013/05/what-happens-in-ireland-by-whitney-k-e.html?spref=tw

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Out In The Big World

What Happens in Ireland is now available for purchase on Amazon, All Romance Ebooks, Bookstrand and Smashwords! Now my lovely readers can read my debut off all their digital devices :)

Over the next week, my novel should also be available on Barnes and Nobel.

So here's where you can find What Happens in Ireland:

- Amazon
- Bookstrand
- Secret Cravings
- All Romance Ebooks
- Smashwords

And on another note, I'm now an Amazon Author.  Come join me on amazon and like me as a fan. :)

http://www.amazon.com/Whitney-K-E/e/B00CRXBGXS/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_nu_1IgLrb7E22634



Friday, 10 May 2013

Busy, busy. busy!

Well, the What Happens in Ireland blog tour has gone off with a bang. I've been running around cyberspace, visiting friends and making new ones! :)

It's been a great release week so far and here's where I've been:

- http://www.jenniejonesromance.com/1/post/2013/05/whitney-k-e-came-knocking-on-my-country-manor-door.html
- http://australianromancereaders.wordpress.com/2013/05/08/release-day-what-happens-in-ireland/
- http://www.kees2create.com.au/the-other-side/index.php?ac=post&id=101&cat=6#.UY2qizpAp5d
- http://sistersofthepen.wordpress.com/2013/05/07/interview-with-author-whitney-k-e/
- http://www.maggiegilbert.com/2013/05/author-10q-whitney-k-e.html

And just a reminder to everyone, any comment posted on any of the blogs listed above is a entry into winning my big blog tour giveaway prizes, one of two packs including an e-copy of What Happens in Ireland, a coffee mug with my cover on it and a ribbon book mark designed by Swagmaster designs!

 
 
 

 
 

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Release Day!

What Happens in Ireland has finally hit the cyber world! I'm officially published!
After roughly eighteen months of hard work and two months of preparation, the big day is finally here!

Can you tell I'm excited via my use of exclamation marks? hehe

You know, it's hard to believe that its out there. I'm excited and terrified all at once. The truth is, you can't please everybody and that, among one's own doubts, are a writer's greatest enemies.

And I think the best thing you can do is sit there and remind yourself that you've done it, you've worked hard and that there are billions of people sharing this world you live in - one of them is bound to like it. :P

So, a big, massive thank you to all those who has supported me. I'm already enjoying meeting potential readers and can finally share my story with them. My family and friends have done so much to spread the work and support me. My love goes to you.




So without further ado, here's where you can find What Happens in Ireland:

- Secret Cravings Publishing - http://store.secretcravingspublishing.com/index.php?main_page=book_info&cPath=4&products_id=593

And there are more links to come!


Note: If you are wondering how you can read my novel without owning a kindle, you can download my novel to read as a PDF from my publishers website, you can read it and buy it via installing the kindle app on any smart device (including ipads) or you can buy it off a ebook retailer and read it off your computer!

You can also read extracts from What Happens in Ireland here: http://whitneyk-e.blogspot.com.au/p/what-happens-in-ireland.html

And now, in celebration of my big debut, I'll be doing two things. First, I'm going crack open a bottle of Bushmills, single malt whiskey and toast my first (of many, I hope) release!



And secondly, I'd like to do a giveaway! For your chance to win one of my lovely ribbon bookmarks, simply tweet, share on facebook and spread one of the following links to make an entry! The more you share, the more entries you get. So go crazy!

For Twitter share:

Ever wondered what happens in Ireland? #romance #novel #whathappensinIreland @whitney_ke http://store.secretcravingspublishing.com/index.php?main_page=book_info&cPath=4&products_id=593
 
 

For Facebook share:
Ever wondered what happens in Ireland? http://store.secretcravingspublishing.com/index.php?main_page=book_info&cPath=4&products_id=593


Well, I'm off to celebrate and I'm hoping everyone else is off to celebrate by reading a copy of my novel hehe. So, on a finishing note, thank you to my friends, family, fellow writer friends and future readers for joining me today. This shot, is for you :P SlĂ inte!


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Friday, 3 May 2013

Save the Date!

Just three more sleeps until the release of What Happens in Ireland! Admittedly, I'm terrified. I'm thinking about all the people who will be reading my novel, wondering what their reaction will be... I don't know what to expect! But I'm also excited. I've been waiting for this moment and if my anxiety gets a little high, well... nothing a little whiskey won't fix :P



Anyway! I have the date for my blog tour! Here they are:


-          7th – Release day celebrations on Whitney’s blog

-          7th – Spotlight and giveaway on Australian Romance Readers Association

-          7th – Spotlight on You’ve Got to Read Reviews

-          7th – Author Whereabouts with Fiona Palmer

-          8th – In the chair… with Juanita Kees

-          8th – Interview with the Sisters of the Pen

-          9th Interview with Alissa Callen

-          10th – Interview with Jennie Jones

-          11th – Interview with AJ McPherson

-          12th – Sunday Snippets on The Romantic Muse

-          13thThe Irish Look on Whitney’s blog

-          13th – Interview with Caribbean Accents Book Reviews

-          14th – Interview with Jenn J Mcleod

 
-          15thCooking the Books with Louise Reynolds

-          15th – Spotlight on Riverina Romantics

-          17thWho is Jack O’Reilly? on Whitney’s blog

-          18th/19thCuddle Up with A Contemporary Romance Blog Hop

-          20th – Interview on Smile Somebody Loves You

-          21st – Interview with Bronwen Evans

-          22nd – Interview with Pamela Cook

-          23rdWhat Really happened in Ireland with Rachael Johns
 
 
 
So watch this space! I can't wait till release day. Lots of giveaways to be won over the two weeks!