Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Guest post by Amy Andrews + Giveaway

Today I am happy to introduce you to Amy Andrews, who despite being a successful writer of Harlequin medical romances is celebrating her debut release at Entangled Publishing, as her latest novel Taming the Tycoon was released in their Indulgence line in August! I'm sure you are all curious to know why Amy decided to branch out and try new lands and subgenres, so read on to hear her story and win a copy of Taming the Tycoon and an assorted keychain!

Spreading My Eggs
by Amy Andrews

No. Don’t worry. This is not an advert for a fertility treatment. Cross my heart and hope to die :-)

It’s about books and publishing and what the hell is an author to do these days with so many options open to her (yes, I’m gonna use her, no offence meant to the male authors out there who may be reading this - I love you guys too!)

I’m currently working on my 31st Harlequin title. And for those of you who may be confused -Harlequin and Harlequin Mills and Boon are the same thing. To simplify, Harlequin is the US arm and Mills and Boon are the UK arm BUT they are THE SAME company.

Anyway I digress…

So, my 31st… it’s a Medical and after that I’ll be working on my 32nd HMB title for the new KISS line which used to be RIVA which used to be Modern Heat. Yes, I know it’s confusing but unlike many people out there I know women who read romance are smart and savvy and know what they want so I’m sure they’ll know the difference.

And after that? I’m writing a reluctant bodyguard story for Entangled’s Brazen line. Yes – hot, hot, hawt!!!

So why am I, people are asking me, after 30+ books, writing for a different publisher? Well, good question.

With a complicated answer.

Anyone who knows anything about the emerging state of the publishing industry knows it’s in a state of flux never before witnessed in living memory. Not since Guttenberg invented that printing press has there been SUCH an amazing climate of change in the industry.

As readers, this means you win.

As authors, it’s taken a little navigating.

Entangled Publishing are the Guttenberg printing press of recent times. They are new, they are young, they are small, they are nimble and they are exciting. They are taking category romance and making it appeal to an audience that shuns the stigma of “grandma’s books”. Their stories aren’t new – category romance has been around for decades and Harlequin romances have been unfairly branded as “grandma lit” for too long when in reality they have absolutely moved with the times constantly reflecting “modern” female issues/values/struggles. But Entangled are marketing them in a whole new way and THAT is exciting. THAT is bringing new readers into the fold who would never deign (and who are the poorer IMHO) to read a Harlequin.


And if there’s one thing the recent changes in the industry have taught me is that you have to get on the bus or get left behind. It’s true survival of the fittest. It’s evolution baby! Or maybe its revolution! There are so many avenues opening up to authors now that NEVER existed before – print, digital, self-publishing - and we would be monumentally stupid to ignore them. I truly believe that the key to longevity in a business that is changing more rapidly than any of us can keep up with is diversity. Is courting and loving as many beaus who’ll have us.

Slutty? Maybe.

But this is MY career. And for once I feel like I’m in charge.

Why on earth wouldn’t I want to be a part of a young, vibrant company who have invigorated the love for a style of writing to which I’ve devoted the best part of two decades? Why?

Why wouldn’t I write “big” books for Australian publishing houses hungry for Australian voices in a climate that is FINALLY embracing romance as a REAL option for Aussie women readers? Too long here in Oz we’ve been a dirty little secret but now publishers are waking up and we can be part of that.

So I’m embracing that too!

It’s not about “jumping ship”. It’s about longevity. It’s about career.

It’s about spreading eggs (without nine months of frequent trips to the loo and heartburn) .

And we absolutely have the advent of digital to thank for that!

Viva la revolution!


Amy Andrews never wanted to be a writer. She wanted to be a fairy, then a scuba diver, then Smurfette. Eventually, due to the fact that none of these were actual jobs (and no matter how hard she tried she just wasn’t blue enough), she became a nurse. But through it all she was a reader. And she loved words. When she was twenty-two and temporarily out of work she realised the voices in her head were actually a plot and she wrote her first romance novel. It was cold out and she discovered that writing meant she could stay in bed with her electric blanket. She has since written 28 novels for Harlequin (often in her pyjamas) and her proudest moment was winning the prestigious Australian RuBy award for the best sexy romance in 2010. She put on a frock for that occasion.

She now writes for both the Medical and RIVA/Presents lines and considers herself to be blessed.

Of course her two teenagers keep her grounded. One day she’s sure they’re going to admit to her being an author but she’s not holding her breath.

Connect with Amy at her website / Twitter / Facebook


Taming the Tycoon by Amy Andrews

Real estate tycoon Nathaniel Montgomery is one deal away from making his first billion and fulfilling a promise to his dying father. Nothing will stop him from tearing down the decrepit St. Agnes hospital and erecting posh condos in its place. Not even the crystal-wearing, health food store owner whose publicity stunt lands him in the hospital.

After her brush with death five years ago, child prodigy Addie Collins learned what’s truly important—health, happiness, and the two-hundred-year-old rose garden at St. Agnes. To make amends for the accident, she agrees to pose as Nathaniel’s girlfriend at his eccentric grandmother’s birthday party.

But Addie has an ulterior motive. To repay her debt to the universe, she must show him there’s more to life than making money. Nathaniel hates to lose, but as she breaks through his defenses, losing himself in Addie’s arms might be exactly what this tycoon needs…


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GIVEAWAY RULES:

Entangled Publishing has generously offered an ebook copy of Taming the Tycoon by Amy Andrews and a keychain to a lucky commenter!




To be entered leave a comment answering any of Amy's questions: Do you love category romance? Or are they grandma books to you? Or do you buy by author regardless of the type of book or the publishing house?

Giveaway is open wirldwide and ends on 21 September 2012!

Good luck!

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