Book Blitz: Unexpected by Lilly Avalon -- GUEST POST + GIVEAWAY!!!

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Hey everyone! Today we have an author and book spotlight, featuring a guest post by the very talented Lily Avalon, author of the RESIST series and her upcoming novel, Unexpected. Go check her out in the links below!

She's also giving out a swag pack to a lucky winner! You can enter at the rafflecopter below. Good luck! :)

Giving Your Book Time to Breathe
by Lilly Avalon

Some books come easily, flowing from a writer's mind to their fingers onto the paper or computer. The inspiration continues to pour out and pretty soon the whole book is written in a matter of months, and in some cases, mere weeks.

Sometimes it doesn't work that way.

That was the case with Unexpected, my latest novel. The idea came to me last year in the spring, more than a year ago. I intended to make it the second book I published. Something just wasn't working, though, and I couldn't pinpoint what. So, I reluctantly set it aside to concentrate on a different book. It was hard to do since I had a decent portion of the story written.

After I wrote Resist, More Than Words, and Longing, I had to return to Unexpected. I felt it calling out to me, like something in my bones was telling me it was time. I opened the previous documents and read through the chapters and scenes again. It didn't take me long to figure outGI what was missing: I needed to tell it in dual POV! Last year, that thought never crossed my mind.

It made me realize how important it is to trust your instincts as a writer. All too often we get so focused on finishing our next story that we can miss the glaring holes--in the plot, in the characters, in the prose. The idea of setting a project aside can feel like failure. Couple that with having to start fresh with a new story, and it feels like going backwards.

But honestly? You're not a failure and you're not going backwards. Taking a step back from a project, while frustrating, can often be exactly what the story needs. When something isn't working or something is missing, you won't be able to just snap your fingers and have an answer. Give it a day, a week, a month, or even longer. I've discovered when you give a story some time, details you missed before can come to light.

If I had continued to push myself with Unexpected, it would not be the story it is today. That's something that I don't want to do as a writer--force a book just to have something to publish. It's not fair to you or your readers. Don't continue to write a story if it's not working. Trust your gut and set it aside. Let it breathe. Let your mind wander. Eventually, the missing pieces will fall into place and you'll be able to start again. And it will be the best thing for your story.

Lilly Avalon
New Adult and Erotic Romance Author
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Author Bio:

Lilly Avalon is the author of the RESIST series as well as other erotic romances. She's somewhere in the midst of her twenties and lives mostly in the stories in her head. When she's not enveloped in the worlds she creates, she's out in the real world making stories happen. That or reading other romances. It's a toss-up.


Ever had one of those days? Alina Lyons is having one. Everything keeps falling apart and going wrong. Just when she thinks it couldn't get worse, it does. After a case of mistaken identity and a broken heart, she finds herself questioning the things she thought she knew. She wonders who she can turn to or trust anymore.

An unlikely bond with her former best friend's ex, Ryan Wilcox, sends her life in a new direction. He offers her a place to stay while she gets her life back on track. His friendship is exactly what she's been missing—what she's been needing. Alina's never felt this alive. As time goes by, the dynamic of their relationship becomes more than either of them expected. A few innocent kisses could lead them in a new direction, but are they prepared for what's on the other side?

Only one way to find out.
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