Thank You From Natalie Charles and Giveaway!

We have author Natalie Charles and she is sharing with us about her journey as well as giving away a copy of her The Seven Day Target.

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Over to Natalie now...

Today marks the last stop in my blog tour for THE SEVEN-DAY TARGET. Writing and publishing a book has been an amazing experience, and I've had a blast visiting with bloggers and readers from different corners of the Internet. Here are a few things I've learned from this experience, in no particular order:

- Life can change with a single leap of faith. My life began to change the day I uploaded the first chapter of THE SEVEN-DAY TARGET and entered Mills & Boon's 2011 New Voices Competition. My heart was racing, my fingers were trembling, and I had loads of doubt – nothing was a given. Today THE SEVEN-DAY TARGET is released in Australia, which means that my little book has been sold on three continents. I think that's pretty darn cool.

- Writing is hard work. It turns out that dreaming about being a novelist is different from actually being one. Words don't always come out in the right order, and drafts of books don't always look pretty or make sense. I've rolled up my sleeves and worked as a real writer for the first time, and in the process, I've learned that magic happens in revisions. Lots and lots of revisions.

- Dreams are still important. Maybe I'm knee-deep in the hard work, but I still find plenty of time to dream about what I hope to accomplish in the future. I still love what I'm doing, and I'm incredibly fortunate to be able to say that.

- This won't be my last book! Writing my second book was a struggle (and a story for another day), but a week after THE SEVEN-DAY TARGET hit shelves, Harlequin Romantic Suspense offered me a two-book contract. So, I'm thrilled to say that you'll be seeing more of my books in the coming months. I can't wait to share them with you!

Thanks to all of you for coming on this journey with me!

xx ~ Natalie 







Natalie Charles has a signed copy of her The Seven Day Target for one US commenter and Amazon kindle copy for one International commenter!
 

41 comments:

  1. Congratulations on your success, Natalie!

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  2. Yeah writing is sure work indeed, congrats!

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    1. It sure is. Silly me, I keep expecting it to get easier... :-)

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  3. Well done, Natalie. Dreaming and doing are poles apart. Wishing you tons of sales.

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  4. Congrats on the multibook deal. That's wonderful news!

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    1. Thank you, Donna! I was thrilled when I found out. :-)

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  5. Congratulations! Thanks so much for all your encouraging tips. ☺

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  6. congrats and I know what you mean, I need to take the plunge and have a go and about the revisions yeah and glad to hear you having more books coming out. All the best for the future and keep on writing :)

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    1. Thank you Jan! All the best to you as well, and good luck with those revisions -- they're necessary, but definitely not easy!

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  7. Congratulations,. Natalie -- both for Seven-Day (which I'll be checking out) and for your well-earned book contract! May you have much success.

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    1. Thank you, Helena! And thank you for checking out The Seven-Day Target -- I hope you enjoy it! xx

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  8. ohhh...i'm so signing up for that one!!! thanks for sharing

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    1. My pleasure, Tammy! Thanks for stopping by!

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  9. This is already in my reading queue. I'm looking forward to it.

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    1. Yay! Thank you, Lynda, and I hope you enjoy it! xx

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  10. I enjoyed thi book sooo much. Can't wait for the next one.

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  11. How wonderful- hearty congratulations to you!

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  12. Huge congrats your book is awesome and definitely one for the keepers shelf!

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    1. Thank you so much, Desere! I'm thrilled you enjoyed it. xx

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  13. I saw this book on another blog. Looks like a really good one. Best of luck with it!

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    1. Thank you very much, Sherry! xx

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  14. Congratulations on your book; looking forward to reading it.

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    1. Thank you, Melanie, and thank you for your support! :-)

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  15. Natalie, I won your fab book off the Cata Romance blog and it's arrived today so I've started it again, I LOVE it!

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  16. I was also supposed to say MANY CONGRATS with your two book release contract, cant wait to read more :D

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    1. Thank you, Tash!! I'm happy to hear you are enjoying it even the second time around. xx

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  17. Congratulations, Nathalie!

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  18. That's amazing about the competition. Congrats on going so far with it.

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    1. Thank you so much, Medeia. I still can't quite wrap my mind around winning New Voices...it was amazing. :-)

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  19. Huge congratulations, Natalie!! Thanks for the link to the freebie chapter too - it'll keep me company when I commute home after work today!! Yay!

    May you continue to dream and write many many many more books!!! Take care
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    1. Thank you for sampling the first chapter, and for the encouragement! It means so much. xx

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  20. Congratulations to the first time author - and thanks for the reminder that it takes a lot of hard work! And thanks, Nas for bringing this to us. Cheers

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    1. Thank you, Carole! I really do believe the secret is in lots and lots of work. And with that, I'm off to do some right now! ;-)

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  21. Nice to meet you, Natalie! Best wishes for great success!

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  22. That is absolutely awesome! Congratulations Natalie, you have achieved something I have only dreamed of doing, so far.

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